UPDATED July 23, 2014 at 3pm
CNBNEWS TIPS AND SNIPPETS:
By William E. Cleary Sr.
BLOWING IN THE WIND—Officials are telling South Philly citizens that the state of New Jersey is responsible for the overwhelming odor of cat urine that has bothered them for the past three weeks. The reports are coming from residents living south of Snyder Avenue, west of Broad and as far as Front and Ritner.
From the Passyunk Post,
Turns out that the smell is likely coming from across the Delaware River. Councilman Mark Squilla’s office told us that the city’s Air Management Services office said it had been receiving complaints about the odor and that PGW, the Fire Department and AMS had been unable to determine any source in Philadelphia.
“Most likely it is coming from New Jersey due to the wind direction,” AMS said. A new power plant built by New York-based LS Power is about to open in West Deptford, N.J., directly south of the Navy Yard, putting South Philly in the path of a potentially foul summer breeze. The projected opening date for the natural gas-burning plant is Aug. 1.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not finished its investigation, but the agency told AMS that “there could be combustion problems associated with the power plant and/or start up of the SCR units.” To make a complaint about the odor, call the NJDEP’s environmental incident line at 877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337).
BROOKERS DISTRICT 3 CHAMPS!—Brooklawn Legion Post 72 sailed through the State District 3 Baseball Tournament held at Mercer Country Park this week beating Robbinsville Post 530 (9-2), Gibbsboro Post 371 (11-0)and Allentown (8-2). The Brookers move on to the state finals being held at Moody Park in Ewing which begin on Sunday, July 28. The winner of the state tournament goes to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. The ALWS is familiar ground for the New Jersey team. Since 1960, Brooklawn Post 72 has made 15 appearances in the ALWS, was runner-up in 1984 and 2012, and was World Series champion in 1991, 2001, and 2013.
GLOUCESTER CITY GIRL IN THE NEWS---Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade has been named a 2014 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
The Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics administrators. Entering her seventh year as A-10 Commissioner, McGlade will be recognized along with her fellow honorees on October 14 in Louisville, Ky., at the 2014 Administrator of the Year Luncheon in conjunction with the 35th Annual NACWAA National Convention.
McGlade earns the honor following one of the most prolific years in league history, with 13 basketball teams earning postseason bids, including a record six men’s basketball teams making the NCAA Championship. The A-10’s success on the court was complimented by multiple NCAA bids in men’s soccer, while 11 A-10 student-athletes earned individual bids.
A former resident of Gloucester City, NJ, McGlade is a Gloucester Catholic High School Alumnus Class of 1976.
Updated: City workers were at Freedom Pier today, July 23, cleaning up the debris that was left over from the construction work.
DOCKS COST $202,000--The floating docks at Freedom Pier were installed last week (July 14 to July 18). The docks, according to Bob Bevan, the spokesman for the City of Gloucester, measure 8 foot wide for 50 feet (handicap) and 6 feet wide for 160 feet, total length is 210 feet. Bevan said this was a Green Acres project, and the City received $202,000 for the construction. Atlantic SubSea, the same contractor who rebuilt Freedom Pier was the low bidder. “It took three years to get the necessary permits for the project,” said Bevan.
The photo below shows some of the debris, which is piled up on Freedom Pier, that was removed from the Delaware River to make room for the new docks. Those docks make quite a clanking noise when a wave comes rolling into the sheltered cove. The docks bang against the sides of the pier. Hopefully the noise wont be a problem to the customers of the proposed restaurant. Time will only tell.
(photo credit CNBNews)