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BY BILL CLEARY
Contract negotiations between the Gloucester City School Board and newly appointed Superintendent Joseph Rafferty have been completed. The contract, effective July 1, 2012, is for three years. He is replacing Paul Spaventa whose contract was not renewed. According to Rafferty his starting salary is $146,00 with increase of two percent in year two ($148,920) and year three ($151,898).
MEET AT THE SHIP-Jim Walsh, Courier Post staff writer, recently wrote an article on the Brooklawn Diner, which shut down unexpectedly a few days before last Christmas. Court records show the diner’s operator, Kostas Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2011, citing debts of $3.8 million and assets of about $65,000.
Located at the U.S. Route 130 traffic circle, in Brooklawn, the diner was originally called the Southwood Diner. When it opened in the late 50‘s early 60‘s it was shaped like an ocean liner. It has always been a favorite meeting place and almost everyone knows what you are talking about when you say, “Meet at the ship.”
The restaurant was sold at sheriff’s sale earlier this year to the law firm Riker and Danzig in Morristown. Around March 10 a sign appeared on the diner’s marquee that read, “Closed for renovations will open the end of March”. But March came and went and the diner remained closed.
According to the borough, which also has a lien against the business, the diner’s liquor license was seized by the state’s Division of Taxation and sold at auction to RG & LC Holdings. The exact amount paid is not available. The license has been pocketed, meaning it is not currently in use.
FREE CELL PHONES?-Is a cell phone really necessary for a person to survive today? Apparently the government feels so. The government program has been available for sometime for people who receive Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI, Home Energy Assistance, Pharmaceutical Assistance, etc. No wonder the nation’s debt is $16 trillion and climbing. From the Safelink wireless advertisement. If you qualify, you’ll receive a brand-name cell phone, a Motorola, LG or Samsung and up to 250 free monthly minutes for local and long distance calls, texting and more. You don’t pay anything. There are no contracts, no credit checks and no hidden fees.
ANOTHER REASON-The U.S. Senate barbershop ran a nearly $300,000 deficit last year. Sen Peter Fitzgerald, R, Ill, said the problem stems from the the fact that the barbershop’s employees, who are federal workers, are overpaid. “They are using union labor, and so their benefits and wages are higher than those of many jobs,” Fitzgerald said.
To support his argument, Fitzgerald contrasts the salaries and benefits of the Senate’s stylists to what is offered by Capitol Barber, three blocks away.
Capitol’s four barbers and stylists made $22,000 to $30,000 last year with no benefits, manager Lynn Dang said. At the Senate barbershop, formally called Senate Hair Care Services, the top four barbers and stylists made more than twice that — $54,761; $70,349; $73,658; and $81,641 — plus they have a generous 401(k) plan, health care and paid vacation. In all, the government contributed $230,000 in benefits for the barbershop, the Senate Appropriations Committee said.
TOP 25 TOWNS-South Jersey Magazine recently released its annual list of the top 25 towns. Thirteen are in Burlington County, seven are in Gloucester County and five are in Camden County. Medford, located in Burlington County, moved from last year’s position of four up to one. The township is known as a community that’s close to everything yet far from it all: the city and Shore are both within a 45-minute drive, yet the neighborhoods nestled in the Pine Barrens give residents a quiet break.
Listed by the magazine under the Lowest Residential taxes per average residential value (population over 8,000) in the immediate area were: West Deptford, Maple Shade, Camden, Haddonfield, Audubon, Collingswood, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, and Bellmawr.
Some of the communities listed under the title Rankings by High School Performance (population over 8,000) include: Haddonfield, Haddon Township, West Deptford, Pitman, Runnemede, Deptford, and Woodbury.
CONGRATULATIONS: The 38th class of the Atlantic County Police Training Center graduated Friday, May 11th in a ceremony at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The ceremony for the 15 members of the class and their canine partners, includes officers from police departments throughout South Jersey. The officers have completed 16 weeks of training with their K9 partners at the John “Sonny” Burke Canine Training Facility, located in Egg Harbor Township.
GEORGE ADAMS and K9 GRIP, Atlantic City Police Department; WILLIAM BONTCUE and K9 YOSHI, Vineland Police Department; MICHAEL CALCHI and K9 TREU, Millville Police Department; ROBERT CONFORTI and K9 TITAN, Stafford Township Police Department; JOHN A. DEVLIN and K9 CLANCY, Atlantic City Police Department; DANIEL FOGARTY and K9 RIGBY, Brick Township Police Department; JOSE GOMEZ and K9 BAMA, Cape May County Sheriff Department; ROBERT MAGEE and K9 DIRK, Vineland Police Department; MATT PRETTY and K9 SULLY, Little Egg Harbor Police Department; CHRISTOPHER ROBELL and K9 KOTA, Hamilton Township Police Department; GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ and K9 SERGE, Camden City Police Department; CHRISTOPHER SMITH and K9 OLLIE, Stafford Township Police Department; GARRY STOWE and K9 FLASH, Atlantic City Police Department; IAN TODD and K9 FRODO, Salem County Sheriff’ Office; SCOTT W. WINNEBERGER and K9 LYCOS, Galloway Township Police Department