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DIGNITARIES COMING TO GLOUCESTER CITY-The South African Ambassador to Rds_news the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, in conjunction with Gerrit van der Merwe, chairman of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum and Citrus Growers of Southern Africa will visit Holt Marine Terminals, Gloucester City, N.J. on Tuesday, August 16, together with Members of Congress, regional elected officials, importers, business leaders.

Ambassador Rasool is visiting to personally observe and learn more about the vital citrus industry from South Africa and its impact in New Jersey and across the U.S.

The Ambassador and 50 guests will be present as the ship Sea Phoenix offloads about 24,000 cartons of oranges and clementines bound for U.S. supermarkets.

Members of the Keystone State Boychoir will perform both the U.S. and South African national anthems and a medley of South African folk songs.

 

TIME TO END FREE “BENNIES” FOR PART-TIME POLITICIANS-Glad to see the West Deptford Township Committee people adopt an ordinance to end the medical benefit for committee members. This move, taken last week at a committee meeting, was long overdue especially with the Township facing a $142 million deficit. 

Many residents are not ever aware that this perk was being received by their part-time local and state reps. When these individuals come campaigning for your vote they all say their reason for running is to serve the public. Once elected though many, not all, sign up to receive this benefit. If the official already has health insurance provided by their employer, they “opt out” and take the cash instead. 

Republican State Senate Challenger Mike Mulligan who is running for election in the Third District is calling for the practice to be eliminated for both state and local part-time politicians. “With reform, officeholder satisfaction shall come from serving the public interest, and not the officeholder's petty self-interest. When the person thinks they've done enough, they will leave. Another altruistic, eager public servant shall step up and take the place.” 

IT PAYS TO RECYLE-The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that New Jersey's municipalities and counties are receiving $12.8 million in grants to help them implement and enhance local recycling efforts.

The grant money is made available through the Recycling Enhancement Act. The grant program is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities.  Individual grants are based on the recycling success local governments demonstrated in 2009. 

Communities in the immediate area to receive awards include: Audubon, $11,660, Burlington City, $10,729; Bellmawr, $13,241; Brooklawn, $1,573; Camden City, $20,777; Cherry Hill, $146,679; Collingswood, $17,994; Deptford, $46,321; Gloucester City, $14,884; Mt. Ephraim $3,363; Vineland, $266,769; Westville, $7,405; Woodbury, $8,325

Gloucester City Day is scheduled for October 1st at Martins Lake. The Corvette Club is coming and there will be a Soap Box Derby on Frances Street along with a Haunted House. The large band stage will be set up too. And there will be a hayride for the kids that will run from Martins Lake to the Church of God and back. Councilman Bruce Parry, celebrations committee is asking that more organizations get involve to help make the day a success. Also any vendor who is interested should obtain the registration form available at the municipal building.  

 

 

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