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EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this week, around 6:30 pm, a salesperson knocked on our door. It was a young girl, 18 or 20 years old. She was doing a survey for a gas and electric company and wanted to know what we spent monthly on those utilities. She said depending on my answers she might be able to save us money if we switched to her company. Similar sales people with the same pitch have been in our neighborhood before. I asked who did she represent? Before she could answer I asked to see her ID which she produced with two fingers over the middle of the card. Pushed further I found out that she didn’t have an ID that the one she showed me actually belonged to her boss. When I asked if she had a permit from the city to solicit she said her boss had it.
I told her to wait and I would call the police to find out if her boss had obtained one. When I said that she left our steps and started running down the street. I thought about calling 911 but she was gone in a flash. Thinking further about others in our city being scammed by this group of individuals I reached out to Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell and City Police Lt. Steve Burkhardt to find out what should people do if approached by someone soliciting or peddling wares.
The police released the following statement in answer to my request.
The Gloucester City Police would like to inform all of our residents and business owners that all solicitors and peddlers are required to submit an application at the city clerk’s office before going door to door or approaching anyone in the city to solicit. If the application is approved, the city clerk will issue a license which will contain the solicitor’s name, address, and photograph.
Gloucester City Ordinance 76-6 [Amended 5-7-1998 by Ord. No. 11-1998] states, “The City Clerk shall issue to each licensee at the time of delivery of his license a badge, which shall contain the words “Solicitor’s and Peddler’s License” and “Gloucester City” and the year of current issue, which badge shall, during the time such licensee is engaged in soliciting or canvassing, be worn constantly by the licensee on the front of his outer garment in such a way to be conspicuous.”
We are asking anyone who is approached by a solicitor at their residence or place of business who is not wearing his required badge to contact police at (856) 456-0900 and request that an officer responds to investigate. This ordinance is enforced by the Police Department and as always if you feel the situation is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
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The unforgettable protagonist of Teacher On the Brink, a 26-year old alternate route teacher, is one of them, struggling with his own demons, and like his students and teaching colleagues, failed by the system. The protagonist discovers that his students’ demons are even worse than his own and undergoes a profound personal metamorphosis as he teaches at-risk students. But unfortunately, events at the school take a tragic and unexpected turn. In the end, the young teacher makes a fateful decision to strike back at the system
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