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Shop Rites Corporate Offices Moving to Westville

By Sara Martino

NEWS Correspondent

Westville Mayor Michael Galbraith said the Brown family, owners of several Shop Rites in the area, will move their corporate headquarters to Westville.

  "They will be moving into the vacant Berkowitz building," Galbraith said during the recent Borough Council meeting.

  J.E. Berkowitz, the glass manufacturers once located at Harvard Avenue and Delsea Drive for many years, now have relocated to the Pedricktown area.

  "Jeff Brown has already expressed his desire to be part of our community and we welcome the new business," the mayor said.


In old business, the council approved the 2007 Salary Ordinance and a copy of the ordinance will be available to the public.

  The governing body chose to keep and deposit a $19,481 dividend from the TRICOJIF insurance program for the borough instead of paying now towards the next premium.

  "This way the Borough will receive interest for a few months," said William Bittner, borough administrator.


Council also approved a request from the Westville Fire District for an emergency appropriation of $18,505 necessary for the repair or replacement of a motor breakdown in a fire apparatus.

  Borough officials said this money will come out of the Fire District budget and the district needed the borough's permission to carry out the appropriation.

  Councilman George Baker asked for an update on the hi-rise building that is proposed to be built on Broadway across from the WaWa.

  Galbraith said a meeting was held with the developer and the developer asked for a PILOT program that will give a tax break to the developer.

  "They will be back in touch to learn of our answer," Galbraith indicated.


Members of the audience brought up the concerns of traffic on certain streets.

  Michael Sorrato said sometimes as many as four cars glide through the traffic light going north on Delsea Drive near the bank intersection.

  Frank Ferrar asked if a stop sign could be placed at Almonesson and Delsea Drive, and suggested a portable yellow light for the use of the school crossing guard.

  Councilman Woodrow Dooley said stop signs are also needed along Edgewater Avenue.

  Councilwoman Susan Rodgers said it is very dangerous when cars come to the one-way sign on Edgewater and then veer sharply onto Tweedel. The mayor asked the Public Safety committee to investigate the concerns.

  Ferrar also asked about a sex offender ordinance. He has been collecting signatures from residents concerned about the placement of those offenders near the sites where children play or go to school.

  "We think we can move on the ordinance soon," Councilman James Pennington said.