by William E. Cleary Sr.
CHEER —Construction crews have started to clear the site for the Organic Diversion’s food waste to energy facility that will be built on 9.5 acres in Gloucester City’s Southport. Although we would much rather see new homes, a marina, and shops being built on the site, at least it is something. See more at:
CHEER— Eric Frein, the suspected cop killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers is in custody after being discovered hiding in an airplane hangar. Kudos to all the officers involved in his capture.
CHEER—Members of the Gloucester Township bike patrol saw a suspicious vehicle occupied by three individuals parked in the Cherrywood Development on October 7. Upon further investigation marijuana and eight MDMA pills were recovered by the officers. These occupants were arrested and transported to headquarters for processing.
CHEER—The Catholic Star Herald featured Camden County Police Chief Scott J. Thomson, in October. A police officer of 22 years, Thomson joined the Camden force in 1994. In August, 2008 he became chief of the Camden City Police Department and oversaw its transition to the Camden County Police Department beginning in August 2011 through May 2013. A former resident of Gloucester City,Thomson attended Sacred Heart School in Camden through the second grade, then St. Mary’s School in Gloucester City. He went to Gloucester Catholic High School, attended Rutgers University to earn a degree in sociology, and holds a master’s degree in education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He and his family are members of Holy Family Parish in Washington Township.
CHEER—Three Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division judges dismissed a $1 million lawsuit filed by Michael C. Kain for injuries he sustained while boarding the Northwind schooner, owned by Gloucester Sail Inc. The schooner is docked at Freedom Pier in Gloucester City NJ. The panel wrote, “The alleged dangerous and hazardous condition of the openings release to the original design of the pier, rather than a lack of care by Captain Charles Reed. Kain had sued Gloucester City, Gloucester City Sail, Robert Bevan and Reed. ~ signed Anonymous ONE
JEER—Thumbs down to Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek for not communicating with the people he serves. The only time you hear from him is when he is running for re-election. For the past 14 years he has given questions from citizens a rude brush off, including at council meetings. He does not inform the people in town or give them input in the decisions about major activities in town—water trucks taking town water, pot plants being built, cell phone towers, the landfill project etc. until he needs votes at election time. Communication is always good but do it consistently and inform your stakeholders—the residents of Bellmawr about decisions that will affect them before you put them in place. ~signed Anonymous TWO
JEER-Despite being given millions and millions of dollars of our money the city of Camden remains the most dangerous city in the state of New Jersey When will our political leaders wake up. It is obvious by now that throwing money at the crime problem and other social issues is not working. It is up to the people who live in Camden to fix these conditions. They need to step up and get involved. Until that happens Camden will continue to be plague by murders, drugs and failing schools.
JEER-The other day I watched three employees of the Gloucester City Highway Department go speeding by with the leaves they had just picked up flying out the back of the truck. Come on guys, use a little common sense. Either slow down or secure the leaves so they don’t go flying all over the neighbor.
JEER—Commencement speeches can be amusing, inspiring or, in the worst (some would say even the best) case, a bit dull. Schools tend to choose corporate CEOs, politicians and celebrities to send off the graduating class. Goddard College, a small liberal arts school in Plainfield, Vt., wanted a different kind of speaker. The graduating class chose a Philadelphia cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal. A video was made of his speech so he could speak to the students from Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa.. With these kinds of decisions being made by academics it no wonder our society is going to hell in a hand basket.
JEER--To those who do not take a few moments each day to sweep their sidewalks, pull weeds from in front of their house, or use a trashcan to dispose of waste.
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