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Lawrence C . Silipino
Lawrence C . Silipino , 84 , of Hammonton , N . J . and formerly of Bonita Springs , Fla . passed away Monday September 27 , 2021 at AtlantiCare Medical Center in Galloway , N . J .
Larry was born and raised in Hammonton , graduating from Hammonton High School in 1955 . He served in the U . S . Navy from 1955 – 1957 aboard the U . S . S . Antietam and continued to be very active in many veterans affairs and events . Larry started working for Whitehall Laboratories in Hammonton , N . J . when the plant opened and retired as the plant manager upon closure of the plant . He moved to Bonita Springs , Fla . in 1996 and returned to Hammonton in 2021 .
He is predeceased by his parents , Anthony and Catherine Silipino and brothers , Raymond , Anthony and Robert .
Larry is survived by his devoted wife , Nancy A Silipino ( nee Craig ) and his children , Sharon Petrucelli , Karen Franks , Tania Sceia ( the late Charlie ), Jody Mortellite ( Anthony ) and Nicole Krouse ( Jason ).
He is the loving grandfather of Desiree Loveland ( Jason ), Ashley Petrucelli , Danielle , Christina and Brianna Franks , Katherine Sceia ( Sean ), Charles Sceia ( Stephanie ), Makenzie and Isabella Mortellite and Zachary and Jadyn Krouse and great-grandfather of Savanah , Dion , Gabrielle , Robert , Mia , Makayla , Michael , Mila , Gabriella , Gianni and Rhyan Lynn .
Relatives and friends attended his viewing Monday , October 4 , 2021 at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N . Third St . Hammonton , N . J . A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St . Mary of Mt . Carmel Parish – St . Joseph Church 3rd & French Streets , Hammonton , N . J . Entombment was in Greenmount Cemetery 124 S . First Rd . Hammonton , N . J .
In lieu of flowers , donations may be made in Larry ’ s memory to the Hammonton V . F . W .
Post # 1026 , 390 S . Egg Harbor Rd ., Hammonton , NJ 08037 . To share condolences please visit www . marinellafuneralhome . com . Arrangements made by the Marinella Funeral Home .
Josephine “ Chickie ” Giorno
Josephine “ Chickie ” Giorno ( nee DeMore ), 78 , of Hammonton passed away on Saturday , October 2 , 2021 at her residence .
Josephine was born and raised in Hammonton , and worked in the food service department at Ancora State Hospital . She loved the casino , her family and especially her grandchildren .
She is predeceased by her parents , Thomas and Josephine ( nee Cagno ) DeMore ; her husband , Rudy Giorno ; sisters , Margaret Pace and Anna Marie Skrzat ; and son , Rudy Giorno .
Josephine is survived by her children , Kelly-Jo Giamporcaro ( Carmen ), Lucille DelGuercio ( Paul ) and Salvatore Giorno ; her brother , Carmen DeMore ; and her sisters , Carmella Moffa and Lucy D ’ Antonio . She is the loving grandmother of Alexis Giamporcaro ( Ryan Henskens ), Amanda Giamporcaro , Nadine DelGuercio , Jacqueline Perona , Salvatore Giorno Jr . and Samantha Giorno ; greatgrandmother of Michael and Tony DelGuercio , Bella and Rachel Perona , and Sophia Giamporcaro .
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Friday , October 8 , 2021 from 9 a . m . to 10:30 a . m . at the Marinella Funeral Home 102 N . Third St . Hammonton , N . J . A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a . m . at St . Mary of Mt . Carmel Parish – St . Joseph Church 3rd & French Streets Hammonton , N . J . Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery 124 S . First Rd . Hammonton , N . J . In lieu of flowers , donations may be made in Josephine ’ s memory to St . Jude ’ s Childrens Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis , TN 38105 or st . jude . org . To share condolences please visit www . marinellafuneralhome . com . Arrangements made by Marinella Funeral Home .
Michael J . Cafone IV
Michael J . Cafone IV , passed away on October 2 , 2021 .
Michael was a 2009 graduate of Eastern High School . He then attended Towson University in Maryland . He was a licensed realtor for Keller Williams in Moorestown . Michael was a passionate fisherman , an avid Philadelphia sports fan , most especially his Philadelphia Flyers .
Michael is predeceased by his adoring maternal grandparents , Anna B . and William J . Ebinger , and his paternal grandmother , Lois Cafone .
Left to mourn the loss of their only child are his loving parents , Patricia ( Ebinger ) Cafone and Michael J . Cafone , III . Michael was blessed to be loved by his Godparents , Brenda and
Michael DiVirgilio ; his paternal grandfather , Michael J . Cafone Jr .; his paternal aunts and uncles include Matthew Cafone ( Lori ), Max Cafone ( Sheila ), Marie Moss ( Jim ) and Marjory Cafone . Michael is also survived by his loving cousins , Alyssa Sarno ( AJ ), Kelsey DiVirgilio and Whitley , Alec and Sheena Cafone . Important to note was his loving soulmate , Emily Johnson and her furry babies , Fergus , and Remy .
A visitation will be held on Thursday , October 7 , 2021 9:30 a . m . to 11 a . m . in St . Mary of Mt . Carmel Parish , Church of St . Joseph ’ s , 226 French St ., Hammonton , where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a . m . Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery , Hammonton . In lieu of flowers , donations can be sent to Kings Crusade PO Box 1263 Marlton , NJ 08053 .
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HAMMONTON — On September 22 , The Gazette received a copy of the Supreme Court of New Jersey decision with regards to the town of Hammonton and members of Hammonton Independent Fire Co . No . 2 .
According to the decision , “ A petition for certification of the judgment in A-002876-18 having been submitted to this Court , and the Court having considered the same ;
“ It is ORDERED that the petition for certification is denied , with costs .
“ WITNESS , the Honorable Stuart Rabner , Chief Justice , at Trenton , this 9th day of September , 2021 .”
The members of the company who were the plaintiffs were Joseph J . Caruso III , Joseph Caruso Jr ., William Tomasello , John H . Warren Jr . and John Michael Warren . The town was listed as the defendant .
On April 19 , the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division ’ s decision was issued in the case of Independent Volunteer Fire Company and Joseph J . Caruso III , plaintiffs , and Joseph Caruso , Jr ., William Tomasello , John H . Warren Jr ., and John Michael Warren , plaintiffs-respondents , v . town of Hammonton , Defendant-Appellant .
The decision from Judges Messano , Hoffman and Suter overturned the 2018 decision that awarded the men $ 80,000 and $ 85,963.06 in attorney ’ s fees and costs , according to the appellate division decision .
Town solicitor Michael J . Malinsky represented the town and Louis M . Barbone from Jacobs & Barbone , PA represented the firemen .
Barbone submitted the petition to the Supreme Court at the end of April .
On May 9 , Malinsky wrote via email , “ I think it is highly unlikely that the New Jersey Supreme Court will grant plaintiffs ’ request for Certification to review the final Judgment of the appellate Division entered on April 19 , 2021 .”
On September 24 , Malinsky commented via email on this most recent decision .
“ The law was entirely in the Town ’ s favor . Plaintiffs had no claim against the Town for violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act . The Superior Court appropriately granted Summary Judgment in the Town ’ s favor on plaintiffs ’ due process claims and plaintiffs had no claim against the town under a class-of-one equal protection theory of liability . The United
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Court denies Fire Co . No . 2 petition
by Gina Rullo
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
States Supreme Court decided the equal protection issue in 2008 , which decision was adopted by the New Jersey Appellate Division 2012 . The Town consistently challenged Plaintiffs and the Superior Court to cite or provide a case in New Jersey State or Federal Court that supported Plaintiffs ’ class-ofone equal protection claim . However neither the Superior Court or Plaintiffs could ever provide same . That is because all of the cases decided in the New Jersey Appellate Division and New Jersey Federal District Courts established the opposite , that New Jersey does not recognize a classof-one theory of equal protection in the context of both a volunteer or public employee . The Town made this clear in all of its arguments and the Appellate Division recognized same when it stated in its decision , ‘ Plaintiffs fail to cite a single case in which a class-of-one equal protection claim was successfully brought in the sphere of public employment , and we found none ,’” Malinksy wrote in an email to The Gazette .
Malinsky explained in an email that the plaintiffs have no further appeal options .
“ The September 16 , 2021 New Jersey Supreme Court Order which denied Plaintiffs ’ Appeal with costs concluded this mat-
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