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UPDATED: On  June 24, 2014 Peter Feuerherd, spokesman for the Camden Diocese said  in a response to the questions we asked him on June 23, that the Diocese of Camden does not own the Gloucester Catholic Boys Annex building.  St. Mary’s Parish owns that building. 

We contacted Monsignor James P. Curran, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, for clarification. 

 “In the 1960’s the Diocese of Camden took over the administration of Gloucester Catholic High School,” said Monsignor Curran. “But St. Mary’s Parish remained the owner of the Boys Annex {Burlington and Monmouth Streets} and all the other buildings that house the high school.” 

Did the parish offered the deed to the Boys Annex to the City for a $1? 

 “No, we did not,” said Monsignor.  “The City wanted us to give them the building for a $1. They wanted to tear it down. We said no to their proposal. We would sell it if someone had an interest in it that would give us a half decent price. It is an old building and if someone wanted to make another school out of it, or something else, they would probably have to put in elevators.”

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YO BILL, HAVE YOUR HEARD?—Several comments were posted recently about the Gloucester 196174544_80_80Catholic HS boys annex building being demolished to make room for a parking lot. The parking lot would be used by the owners of the new restaurant (Chubby's) that is being built in Dr. Klein's old buiding across the street from the school at 239 Monmouth Street.

Here is one of the comments…


They paved paradise? said...
At the June 2 Work session meeting, it was noted in the Engineer’s Report, “discussion on knocking down Annex Bldg”. It is not clear if mayor and council are referring to St. Mary’s Annex. If they are, surely they have considered all alternative options for this unique and historical building. My guess is that no alternative considerations were made, serious or otherwise…at least not publicly.
With the right local incentives (tax abatements, waived development fees), state and federal historical preservation grants, and a little imagination (THE missing ingredient here) the St. Mary’s Annex could be redeveloped into outstanding condominiums. Not an unusual “reuse” of such a building in such a location.
No. I bet it is to be torn down and made into a parking lot across from the new Chubby’s Steakhouse being developed at the corner of Burlington and Monmouth Streets.

Not so!", said Robert Bevan, Gloucester City’s Community Relations specialist and aide to Mayor James. “The Diocese of Camden was going to sell it to the City for $1.00 and the City would seek grants to market it. Recently the Diocese decided against this deal,” said Bevan.

 We also contacted Peter Feuerherd, Diocese spokesperson for a comment. Feuerherd said via an email, “Don’t know anything about this, will check into it.”


The historical Gloucester Catholic Boys Annex was built in 1926. It is being sold by the Diocese of Camden, asking price $495,000
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As of today we haven't received anything further from Feuerherd. 

 CHRISTIE GAINING ON HILLARY-A Quinnipiac University poll, released on Monday shows NJ Governor Chris Christie is recovering his footing in the 2016 presidential race in Iowa, and is Unknown slowly gaining ground against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The poll showed Christie trailing Clinton 44 percent to 36 percent in a theoretical match-up, compared to 48 percent to 35 percent in a March survey. “Things are getting a bit better in Iowa for New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “But the Repulican contender, who was ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Iowa before “Bridgegate” took him down several pegs, still has a ways to go.”

 Back in Trenton, Christie’s plan to cut pension funding by $2.4 billion would have a snowballing effect on New Jersey’s troubled budgets, costing taxpayers almost twice as much over five years — an estimated $4.2 billion according to the governor’s own financial team. That’s because cutting the $2.4 billion also means losing the interest it would generate in the long run.


Sean Gorman,
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CONGRATULATIONS—The Gloucester City Board of Education has named Sean Gorman principal for the Junior-Senior High School replacing Jack Don who retired. The Board also announced that they wanted Superintendent Joseph Rafferty to return for another three years

Gorman, a GHS alumnus, and a Gloucester City resident, began his career in the district 12 years ago. He has held the position of Special Education, Guidance Counselor, and presently he is the Director of Guidance. He was also the girls basketball team coach. He will begin his new job on August 1. His salary will be negotiated by the Board of Education.

Rafferty, also a Gloucester City resident, has held the position of superintendent since 2012. Prior to that he held the position of Mount Ephraim school superintendent.

Rafferty's starting salary was $146,00. His contract called for an increase of two percent in 2013 ($148,920) and two percent in 2014 ($151,898).

Asked about his new contract Rafferty said, "I am in the third year of my contract and one aspect of my contract is that they need to make me aware if they intend on having me come back. So what the Board of Education told me was that they wish to have me return for another three years. During the 2014-2015 school year I will be sitting down with the  Board of Education to discuss the different terms of that new contact. The new contract would not be in effect until 2015-2016 school year."


According to DataUniverse, Gorman's salary in 2013 was $72,234. The outgoing principal Jack Don, has worked in the teaching profession for 38 years. His salary is listed by DataUniverse at $137,716.  

(The Data Universe home page, hosted by The Asbury Park Press is here.)

Besides Jack Don, attendance officer Shirley Cleary, and Athletic Director Leon Harris, also retired this month. We wish all three the best of luck in their retirement. 

ET CETERA --Postal workers are upset with the  U.S. Postal Service deal that allows STAPLES,  the office-supply chain to operate USPS retail counters at some of its locations as part of a pilot program. The financially struggling Postal Service said its agreement is part of a plan to increase convenience and boost business through new partnerships. The agency also has contracted with Amazon to provide package deliveries on Sundays for the online retailer. Labor groups say the Staples deal represents a shift toward privatization for the USPS. They accuse the agency of jeopardizing mail security and supporting low-wage employment over dependable union jobs.

American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein takes on the PMG’s claims in the video below, released on June 23. 


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