by William E. Cleary Sr.
ONE BIG TRUCK!—The driver of a large tractor and trailer got lost on Friday night in Brooklawn ending up on Paris Avenue. According to Scott Halliwell, a Paris Avenue resident, the driver was heading north on Paris from New Broadway around 10:30pm. Halliwell said a police officer was on the scene, “almost immediately”.
Halliwell said tractor trailer drivers have gotten lost on this street in the past. He said his husband’s car was parked in front of their house when it was hit in April 2014 by the driver of a Rite Aid tractor trailer.
“We have asked the Borough for ‘No Truck Traffic’ signs to be placed at the entrance to Paris Avenue several times,” he said. “We are still waiting.”
Brooklawn Police Officer John Stires III, spokesman for the department said, “I spoke with the responding officer who received a call from a tractor trailer driver who advised he was stuck in the 500 unit block of Paris Ave. He later stated that he was following the directions from his GPS unit to get to Route 295, which sent him into the neighborhood. The responding officer assisted the driver with backing his truck down Paris Avenue to get out of the neighborhood. The officer also requested a few residents to move their vehicles to assist in getting the truck out of there."
"There were no summonses issued as no motor vehicle infractions occurred,” the officer said.
SADIE GETS A NEW LOOK—The naked lady statue that has set near the entrance to Gloucester City’s Proprietor Park, King Street, and the Delaware River, for decades has gotten a new look thanks to volunteers and city taxpayers. Joe Hargesheimer, a local history buff, and a retired Gloucester City Police Lieutenant got the project started about a year ago. The statue once stood in Billy Thompson’s garden, which was located a few blocks away on King Street. The Duke of Gloucester’s estate was built on the grounds that are presently being used by Holt Cargo Systems for their corporate offices. The statue was named Sadie by the Thompson family, after the Duke’s wife and daughter. The statue is actually a copy of ‘Venus at the Bath’ that is in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Repairs were made to the arm of the statue and it received a new paint job. A black iron fence was erected to keep people from climbing on the statue, plus flowers were planted around it which enhances the statue even more.
Great job! Thanks to all those involved! (Gloucester City History in Photos)
WORM INVOLVED IN A MC ACCIDENT-- Former Gloucester City resident Bill "The Worm" Seddon was in a motorcycle accident in Kent County, Delaware on Saturday. The 70-year-old man was driving the cycle. He is being treated at the Bay Health Medical Hospital. He is sedated and is in stable condition. No further information is available.
UPDATE: Jane Seddon recently posted the following on her Facebook page, "I was informed a short while ago that my brother Bill, known to many of you as "Worm", crashed his motorcycle into a pole last night. My niece called to tell me. At this time all we know is he is being kept sedated, is stable and has a breathing tube in him . Bill has a bad heart, lungs and diabetes. After my niece takes care of things up there today she is driving down to the hospital, it will take her quite a while to get there because she lives out near Pittsburgh, PA so I won't hear from her until late tonight. I am going down Tuesday if I find someone to ride with me, I have a bit of trouble reading the signs some times. I am asking a small favor of you, please say a prayer for him."
by William E. Cleary Sr.