NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

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By Bill Cleary

 Leaving Home PIANO FINDS A HOME- Gloucester Catholic High School has accepted the offer by Dan and Dawn Watson for a free upright grand piano. The Watsons, who reside on Market Street, have been seeking a home for the piano since August. Several letters written by the Watsons offering the piano to area schools, churches and other organizations went unanswered.

PHOTO: Students from the local school with the piano, Dawn Watson and GCHS supervisor Jim Martin .

DOG TRAINING BUSINESS NOW OPEN-The Gloucester City Zoning Board approved the commercial variance for a dog training business Brother of the Wolf to operate at 700 Market Street. The vote was 7 to 1 with one member abstaining. Dawn Watson, the owner, holds training classes for dogs by appointment.

Last month the Gloucester City Planning Board upheld Zoning Officer Joseph Stecklair’s earlier decision to disallow the Market Street resident from operating a dog obedience school out of her home unless she first applies for the appropriate use variance. Stecklair said the property is in an area zoned as residential.

Stecklair had directed the applicant to seek a decision from the Zoning Board on the matter, but Watson first opted to appeal Steckler’s decision. In a split vote, the Planning Board members passed a motion requiring the applicant to apply to the Board for the use variance which was approved at the Board's Wednesday, Oct. 21 meeting.

UNION ENDORSES LEVINS-United Steelworkers (USW) Local 10-1 announced today that they have unanimously endorsed “one of their own” for Gloucester City Council, Independent Candidate Wil Levins.

“Wil Levins is an outstanding young man who exemplifies the best of our Local,” said USW Local 10-1 President Jim Savage. “We are proud to call Wil a member of Local 10-1 and we’re equally proud to see Wil run a campaign that his fellow citizens can be proud of. Wil is a dedicated Union member, friend and co-worker. His work ethic, loyalty, and sense of fairness are admirable qualities and we believe that the residents of Gloucester City would be well-served being represented by him during these difficult economic times. The employees of Gloucester City who are currently without a contract deserve better, and we’re positive that Wil Levins will work hard to treat them fairly.”

USW Local 10-1 represents approximately 650 refinery and dock workers at the Sunoco Philadelphia refinery and the Sunoco Logistics Eagle Point dock facility.

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