by Bill Cleary
The owners of the D’Place Bar and Restaurant were charged this week with 34 alleged violations by the City of Gloucester City. Mayor and council will hold a formal hearing on the charges February 6 in council chambers, 313 Monmouth Street.
The list of charges vary and include such allegations as the purchase of alcoholic beverages from a prohibited source, health code violations, overcrowding, fist fights, brawls etc. Most recently a 24-year-old rapper who was performing at the bar was shot outside in the bar’s parking lot.
The club’s owners, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Vasquez said at a news conference on January 10 the city was harassing them and they should not be held accountable for a series of bloody fights in their parking lot.
"The one-of-a-kind sports bar and restaurant owned by a Latino American family never thought that taking a vacant business and making it a better, more attractive place in a predominantly Caucasian American city with roots similar to theirs would be continuously harassed and denied basic civil liberties by their own township officials," they said in a statement.
Gloucester City Solicitor John Kearney said, "We think a business establishment has some responsibility for the behavior of patrons."
The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control fined the club’s owners $7,100 earlier this year after they were cited for buying alcohol from unauthorized vendors and for employing workers with criminal records.
The bar, located at 56 Crescent Blvd., near Klemm Avenue is two blocks from the former Cheerleaders Bar. It is a few feet from the entrance of Meadow Brook Mews a townhouse complex owned by the City of Gloucester City and the Meadow Brooks housing project, which are single family homes.
A full list of the charges can be found here.
Good News for Holt and Gloucester City-Gloucester Terminals LLC is one of the recipients of port security grant funding for a perimeter project. Holt will re-fence the entire terminal west of Broadway and King streets under the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard.
Suspect Arrested for Assaulting Ranger Fans-Philadelphia police arrested Dennis Veteri, 32, of Glassboro on January 12. and charged him with the assault on two New York Rangers fans outside of Geno’s Steaks on Jan. 2, the date of the NHL Winter Classic.
Police said based on the video of the incident, (see it here) he started it and was the aggressor in the fight. Veteri's been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. He was released after posting 10 percent of his $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing on the matter is Jan. 31. Police are also looking out for other men that were involved in the fight.
The attack left Neal Auricchio, a Woodbridge N.J. police officer, unconscious and needing stitches around his eye. The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Auricchio "will undergo surgery to repair a bone beneath his eye that was damaged in the attack."
FDU Poll Says Kyrillos Could Win-The takeaway from the January 13 Fairleigh Dickinson University’ (FDU) poll is U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is very vulnerable and this is a real opportunity for a good candidate to defeat him. Any incumbent under 50% is in trouble and Menendez is under 45%, which means he is in major trouble. That is Jon Corzine territory.Joe Kyrillos, even though not yet a candidate, would make a very strong opponent for Menendez because of his personal and fundraising base and his consistently strong fiscally conservative voting record in New Jersey.
NEST International located at 822 Klemm Avenue near Crescent Blvd. in Gloucester City gross $42 million in 2011 maintaining stores for such retailers as Target, Walgreens and Petco. NEST employs 128-full time employees. The company was founded by Bob Almond and Phil Dwyer in 1994. The elder Almond and Dwyer now work out of the Florida office. Rob Almond runs the local office in Gloucester City. Inc Magazine’s 500/5000 annual list of the fastest growing companies for 2011 ranked NEST International in 2593 place out of 5000 companies listed. with an 89% growth rate in just a three year period. For more information about the company www.enternest.com/