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THE DAY AFTER—Branches, trees, and power lines were brought down on Wednesday in Gloucester City and other South Jersey communities by the strong winds that followed Tuesday’s snow storm. Above a tree limb fell on Barnard Avenue blocking traffic throughout the day. A number of down trees and branches also blocked traffic on Rosalind Avenue and Greenwood Avenue.
QUESTION RE: ROAD IMPROVEMENTS & PARK AVE. —We recently were asked if we knew of any plans to tear down homes on Park Avenue, Gloucester City to make way for the road improvements being made on nearby Route 295/42/1-76.
Kevin Israel, spokesman for the N.J. Department of Transportation said, “NJDOT has a project in an early phase of development to replace three I-76 bridges over Route 130 in Gloucester City. The work should not affect the homes on Park Avenue and there are no plans to acquire any homes in that area.”
The purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion at the interchange of 1-295,1-76 and Route 42 while providing a direct connection for 1-295 traffic that will bypass the Route 42 and 1-76 traffic. Construction began in March 2013 and will continue until 2023.
On June 28, 2016, the Borough of Paulsboro (Gloucester County) agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed in 2015 by its former Borough Administrator.
In her suit, Leeann Ruggeri claimed that Mayor W. Jeffrey Hamilton and Council members Theodore D. Holloway II, Joe Kidd and Jennifer Turner created a racially hostile work environment for her. She claimed that at least some of the four defendants supported hiring candidates based on their race rather than on their qualifications. The lawsuit describes Ruggeri as "a non-Hispanic Caucasian female" and says that Hamilton, Holloway, Kidd and Turner are all African American. According to the Borough's website, Hamilton and Turner no longer hold elected office in Paulsboro while Holloway and Kidd do.
Ruggeri claimed that Holloway and other unnamed officials made public statements urging the hiring of African American employees over prospective employees of other races. She claimed that after she interviewed seven candidates for a position in the water and sewer department, Mayor Hamilton and Councilman Kidd were displeased that her recommended candidate was not African American. According to the suit, Ruggeri later learned that Kidd had promised the job to an African American individual who was not the best candidate. (READ MORE)
SALARY CUTS FOR ATLANTIC CITY COPS --Atlantic City police were notified this week that the state has moved to unilaterally change their union contracts they have with the city.
The Atlantic City Press reported yesterday, Wednesday, the state plan cuts salaries, eliminates some benefits and changes the officers’ health care plan. It wasn’t immediately clear how much money the changes would save the city, which is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Similar contract changes proposed for city firefighters would save the city $14 million this year, according to the state. (READ)
South Jersey radio host Harry Hurley posted a copy of the state’s letter sent to the union.
ET CETERA--Have you ever read a novel and wondered where it could have taken place? Or, perhaps you are becoming weary of vague topographical descriptions. Although 'Pi, Squared' is set in the little town of Pi it doesn't take imagination to realize it's based in Gloucester City, New Jersey. The novel, written by local resident Dawn Watson, is available on Amazon. Below is an excerpt...
“I want to tell you about prison, county lock up, whatever you wanna call it. Being there was the most humiliating experience of my life.”
“Okay. Tell me why you feel the need to talk about this part of your life.”
“You want to know everything, right? That’s why the cops hired you? Because they need to get into everybody’s head and you applied for the job?”
“Something like that. But, go on.”
What the subject, Raider McLaughlin, said was mostly true: no one in this little blue-collar Irish town would talk to the police. And so, they brought me, Cheryl Bublik, the most non-threatening person they could find, into the mix. There are still hostilities, yeah, but they open up to me better than they would a cop."