by Bill Cleary
CHEER-The City of Camden praised the Gloucester City Water Department for coming to their rescue last month to help repair a break in their water system.
CHEER-The unsightly property located in the 400 unit block of South Broadway that received a Jeer in last month’s column has been improved. Thank you to those responsible for cleaning it up.
JEER-A water leak on Lane Avenue was reported to the Gloucester City Water Department on a Saturday morning in July. The break wasn’t repaired until Monday, two days later. The nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the history of this country yet Gloucester City is allowing water to be wasted away. Via an Email we asked Water Superintendent Fred Schindler along with several City officials to explain why this was allowed. We are still waiting for a response.
JEER-There are several properties on Broadway that are in disarray. For example, the streetscape red bricks in front of the Gloucester Liquor Store, Broadway and Ridgeway, are broken and thrown about. At Troxies restaurant, Broadway and Mercer St., the awnings over both windows are ripped and hanging down below the windows. As mentioned before unkept properties such as these are sending the wrong message to visitors of Gloucester City. If the owner doesn’t clean up the site the City should and add the cost to the owner’s tax bill.
CHEER-Thank you to the City Highway and Water Department employees for installing the water line at the Lane and Thompson Avenues Park/Playground. The water line was needed so the volunteer who has adopted the park could take care of the flowers and shrubs he has planted and paid for.
JEER-Vandals have damaged the water pipe at the Lane and Thompson Avenue playground that was installed by the City. One child was seen with a bat banging on the nozzle. Someone else tore out one of the plants. Where are the parents of these kids? As the saying goes, “Our society is going to hell in a hand basket.”
CHEER-Gloucester City Little League 12u Girls Softball District 14 Champions. Players are :Kate Allison, Myranda McCabe, Leah Gommel, Karlee Fleckenstein Standing L to R: Caleigh Pittman, Samantha Palese, Ering Francis, Issabella Fest, Miriah Dietrich, Brooke Stafford, Allison Driscoll, Ashlee Fleckenstein. Coaches: Brian Francis, Kelly Fleckenstein, Bob Stafford.
JEER-Whenever there is an election involving a seat in Congress or in the White House you can bet your bottom dollar it will be a big year for federal grants to be given out. Even though the national debt is $16 trillion and climbing the "Washington Elite" doesn't care, after all it is not their money they are spending it is yours.
CHEER-Gloucester City Junior League District 14 Champs. Players include: Gabrielle Pierman, Nicole Myers, Savannah McIntyre, Ally McIntyre, Devon Seibert, Kasey Gillespie, Jacqueline Myers, Kate O’Connor, Holly Porter, Olivia Pierman, Coaches: Marc Seibert, Nicole Seibert, Tom Pierman
JEER-To the New Jersey State Department of Transportation for not installing a delayed left hand turn signal at the intersection of Route 130 and Browning Road in Brooklawn. As it is now, that intersection is a traffic nightmare during the evening rush hour. ~Signed a CNBNEWS FAN
CHEER-Frank J. Batavick, Gloucester Catholic Class of 1963, was presented the golden statue at the 54th Emmy® Awards ceremony held on June 16th at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The win was in the Historical Documentary category. Batavick, a former Audubon NJ resident, wrote, produced and directed the documentary.
JEER-President Obama’s much-touted plan to put a one-year freeze on student interest rates was signed into law with great fanfare in July.. The student-loan scheme was buried in a transportation bill. In it, the government raided its pension-guarantee fund to the tune of $6 billion — although the fund is already running a deficit of $26 billion. The student-loan bill puts the pension system in jeopardy. To cover future payouts, pension contributions will need to rise by as much as $50 billion a year. ‘O’ never told us that lower loan rates would come at a cost to the financial security of the elderly.
CHEER-South Philadelphia Police Division Inspector Joseph Mooney was recognized in July for 35 years of service to the citizens of Philadelphia. Inspector Mooney has had a long and successful career which started when he was appointed to the Philadelphia Police Department on July 6, 1977. He was promoted to his current rank of Inspector in 2002 and now serves as the Commanding Officer of South Police Division.
JEER-Volunteers in Gloucester City are preparing for the upcoming soccer season. When they went to pick up the Gloucester City Youth Soccer League trailer they found that someone stole the 8 prong trailer light adapter worth about $15. It is sad that someone has the nerve to steal from a non-profit organization for children! Whoever did this should have just ASKED as i'm sure the league would allow you to borrow it!- submitted by Anonymous
JEER-Some Gloucester City Highway Department employees are so lackadaisical that they end up throwing the waste cans down the street after emptying them. If it’s that big of a deal to place the can back where they were, maybe it’s time to find another line of work. In addition, maybe next time you can actually dump the garden waste into the truck and not onto the street to leave it there for traffic to run over. Come on guys, this isn’t rocket science. submitted by Anonymous
A DOUBLE JEER-To Gloucester City's mayor and council for banning fishing at Freedom Pier. Plus before the public hearing was even held on this controversial law council had ordered the NO FISHING signs be put into place. In other words no matter what any resident might say at the August 16 so-called public hearing, the decision has already been made.
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