Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Police Officers - Christopher Ralph

The Wickenburg Sun
January 14, 2015

Wickenburg Police Chief Pete Wingert (center) last week introduced his two newest police officers at the Wickenburg Town Council meeting. They are Christopher Ralph (left) and Aaron Urlaub (right).


The Wickenburg Sun

June 23, 2015

Officers receive prestigious awards

Wickenburg Police Chief Pete Wingert presented three of his officers with special awards during a recent Wickenburg Town Council meeting.

Officer Christopher Ralph was recognized with the Meritorious Conduct Award for his actions on Friday, May 8, when he came upon a two-vehicle collision on West Wickenburg Way at the entrance to the Safeway parking lot. Upon exiting his patrol vehicle, he observed a brown GMC van with heavy front end damage traveling in circles in the middle of the roadway. Officer Ralph looked inside the van and observed the driver was slumped over the passenger seat with an apparent head injury. An off duty LifeLine paramedic member and Officer Ralph were able to enter the vehicle, which was traveling in circles and stop the vehicle's momentum. Once the vehicle was stopped, Officer Ralph and Keith entered the vehicle and began rendering first aid to the unconscious male driver. Within minutes of rendering first aid, the driver was awake and began speaking. The driver was transported to a valley hospital, where he was admitted for medical treatment.


The Napolitanos: A Burlington County Power-Couple


Monday, July 8, 2013 11:29 am

Victoria Lynne Napolitano

Q. What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

A. I attended Drexel University. I completed the School of Education’s five year BS/MS program in just over four years, attaining a bachelors’ in education and minor in English, and a masters’ in teaching, learning, and curriculum.

Q. What is your ultimate goal in life?

A. I really want to do something that leaves a lasting impact on the world. I don’t know right now if that will mean something in politics, writing a book, or something else, but I would like to say that I contributed to the conversation of my generation.

Q. What inspires you to do what you do?

A. Right now my focus is on being a positive influence. I am lucky to have the opportunity to make a difference in my community, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously. I hope in the process that this will make me a role model for other young women.

Q. What is your most fulfilling experience to date?

A. Being the top vote getter in my election was incredibly fulfilling. At the outset of the campaign, many thought I was too young to be taken seriously as a candidate. It felt good to disprove that notion, but more importantly, it is a great honor to be entrusted with the stewardship of our wonderful community.

Q. What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

A. Ayn Rand. I am fascinated by the way she viewed the world.

Q. Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

A. I’m kind of a Star Wars nerd.

Q. What in your life helps you get through your day?

A. Coming home at the end of the day to my high school sweetheart and our dog.

Q. What is or was #1 on your “Bucket List”?

A. I love to write, and at some point I would love to publish a book. At this point I don’t know if that will be a novel or nonfiction, but we’ll see what the future brings.

Q. Beach or shore?

A. The sandy place next to the water is a beach, but you go “down the shore” to get there!

Q. If there was a biography written about you, what would the title be?

A. Overture

Q. Advice for your fellow young up and comers?

A. Don’t feel limited by what you are “supposed” to be qualified for at your age. Only you truly know what you are capable of accomplishing.

Vinny Napolitano, Director of Constituencies, Gov. Chris Christie office

40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

Vinny Napolitano has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.


Tue Jul 29, 2014

What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?

I attended Union Catholic Regional High School and went to Syracuse University where I triple majored in political science, American history, and political philosophy

What community organizations to you spend time on/with?

Parliamentarian of the Moorestown Republican Municipal Committee; executive board of the Moorestown Republican Club; member of the Moorestown Historical Society; parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel

What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?

Compassion. No person can truly be a leader without a sensitivity to those around them and a desire to help whoever they can whenever they are able.

What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?

It's hard to pick just one. Over the last four-plus years working in the Governor's Office, I've had the chance to do so much — from working with the Special Olympics, to serving as my department's liaison to FEMA in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy; from meeting American heroes who served our nation, to staffing the Governor and Lt. Governor at various events throughout the State. At 27, I've had opportunities and experiences that most people can only dream of, and I am grateful every single day for that!

What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?

President Abraham Lincoln. I've always found him to be an inspiring and incredible figure in American history and someone who espouses the type of leadership that is too often lacking in our world.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

Few would be able to tell based on my outgoing personality now, but I was bullied much of my childhood before high school. I think there is a part of me that always remembers those days, which is why I always try to help the underdog and be a voice to those who can't fight for themselves.

Advice for future your future community leaders?

"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — 'No, you move.'" - Captain America

Tell us your own personal mission statement.

Since High School, my personal mission statement has been "Change the world one person at a time." Any day that I'm able to put my head on the pillow at night knowing I did something helpful or kind for another person is a day that was well worth it.

Fiction or non-fiction? Why?

Both, but I normally find myself reading non-fiction as a political and history geek!

If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?

"Driven to Succeed"

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?


40 under 40 Vinny Napolitano

Monday, January 26, 2015

Obituary - Klobach

Rudi Klobach From Survival in a Concentration Camp to Winning Coach

A Life Rewarded

Rudi Klobach, a resident of West Deptford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, at home from ALS. For three years he fought the effects of that disease until he lost the battle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara of ten years; a son, Lance; a sister, Maria Klobach; nephew, Steve Amelang; niece, Susan Amelang; niece, Karen Amelang; nephew, Larry Amelang; great-nephew, Cody Amelang; sister-in-law, Joanne Amelang; and sister-in-law, Joan Williams.

He was preceded in death by his brother, William Amelang.

Rudi was born to Klara and Karl Heinz Klobach on June 18, 1944, in the Threisenstadt Nazis Concentration Camp. They were rescued from the camp by the Russians and eventually settled in Dusseldorf, Germany, where his sister Maria was born. His family moved to the United States in 1948. His father, Karl Klobach, had been an architect by trade, thus he soon was sponsored by an American architectural firm and the family settled in Pennsylvania.

Rudi attended Upper Dublin High School then went on to Thiel College near Pittsburgh where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in English and German. His first teaching position found him in Weatherly, Pa., teaching English and German and coaching boys' soccer and track. Coaching soccer and track would become a major focus in his career. His dedication to these interests touched many lives and achieved for him many awards. Besides being an excellent coach, he also was an extremely proficient athlete.

Circumstances brought him back to the Philadelphia area where he taught as a permanent substitute teacher in Northeast High School for a few years and then landed a job in the Delran public schools. Here, in Delran is where 'Coach K', as he affectionately became known, really came into his own. He built the German program from one period to full time, teaching five levels, taught one German class at the middle school, established the German Club, and coached the girls' soccer team through many winning seasons. Every other year Rudi would take his German students to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as part of their foreign language experience. Rudi was asked to coach soccer at the World Scholar Athlete Games in Rhode Island for four summers.

After retiring from Delran, Rudi continued to coach soccer and track. He coached soccer one year at Cherry Hill West, two years at Gateway Regional High School as assistant soccer coach, then three years as head coach, then coached at Woodbury and Glassboro High Schools, primarily track.

In 2011, Rudi received a crowning honor of his career when he was inducted into the South Jersey Soccer Hall of Fame. In October of the same year, he reached the milestone of 250 game victories.

Rudi Klobach was loved by all his students and soccer players over the years. He is greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Rd. in Cherry Hill, N.J.

In lieu of flowers we welcome you to make a contribution to the Rudi Klobach Scholarship Fund, Delran High School, Delran, NJ 08075, indicate on check 'special funds-memory of Rudi Klobach,' or to the Goodwin Holocaust Museum, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

Memories may be shared at the Web site listed below. Budd Funeral Home,


Source: Burlington County Times - Sunday, January 25, 2015