William E. Cleary Sr.
NO CONTRACT, NO WORK—GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 2, 2015)—Members of the Wharf, Dock Builders, Pile Drivers, House Movers, Underpinning, Shoring and Caissons, Local Union 454, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America picketed the Conti
construction site, Route 130 and Market Street, Gloucester City on Friday for the second day. The union members carried signs saying, “CONTI is unfair to the Wharf and Dock Builders and Pile Drivers Local 454.
Dennis P. Szumski, Local 454 Business Manager said the union is protesting that Conti is bringing people from Arkansas to work on the nearby North/South Freeway $900 million construction project when there are local people qualified to do the same work residing in South Jersey.
“I have five members who live in nearby Bellmawr, where much of the work is being done,” said Szumski. “We were meeting with Conti representatives but they broke off the discussion. We are hoping to settle this problem as soon as we can.”
We reached out to Conti via email today for a response. As of this posting, we are still waiting to hear from them.
WE ARE HERE TO STAY!—This past summer Mark Matthews who writes a column for CNBNews, Meandering with Mark, and who also owns the web site 42Freeway.com, kept hearing a rumor about the Metro Diner in Brooklawn, Route 130 and Browning Road, closing. Supposedly the property was going to be the new home for a super Wawa. After checking the hearsay Mark found that there was no truth to the gossip. Two weeks ago CNBNews received three emails from people asking if the rumor about the Metro Diner being sold to Wawa was true? The latest twist to the story was the owners of the diner received $14 million for selling their property to Wawa. Earlier today we stopped at the Metro and asked owner/manager Gerry Tsokantas if there was any validity to the gossip. “Who is saying that? If I had $14 million in my pocket I wouldn’t be here, I would be somewhere in the Caribbean,” he said with a smile. “We are here to stay!”
The diner opened their doors in the summer of 2009. The proprietors also own The Oregon Diner, in South Philadelphia.
WAS THIS A HATE CRIME? —The statue depicting Saint Joseph that has set on a pedestal in front of Saint Joachim RC, formerly known as Annunciation Church, was desecrated by a vandal (s) sometime between the hours of 11:45pm, Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24, 2014) and 8am, Christmas morning (Thursday, December 25, 2014). It was forcibly knocked off of its pedestal and severely damaged. The church is located at 601 West Browning Road, Bellmawr, NJ.
The Bellmawr Police Department is seeking the public's help with identifying the suspect(s) responsible for property damage at St. Joachim's Church at 601 W. Browning Rd. “We are asking that anyone with any information related to this crime please contact the Bellmawr Police Department with your information. You may e-mail any tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-931-2121. Your calls may be made anonymously.”