NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

Obit: Leonard R. Sauer, Jr. of Gloucester City

Gloucester City/Brooklawn Bridge Update; Odors Force Wilmington Compost Plant Closure; Get Well Wishes for Philly Cop Killer Mumia!



 by William E. Cleary Sr.

 ( BRIDGE WORK ALMOST FINISHED: CNBNews contacted the Camden County Public Works Department this week to find out what is happening with the reconstruction of the Broadway Bridge. The bridge, over Little Timber Creek, connects Gloucester City with Brooklawn and is a heavily travel route for both truck and car traffic. The bridge reconstruction began on August 1, 2012. According to a Camden County press release the $4,154,144 project included the demolition of the existing structure over Little Timber Creek and construction of a new bridge including new abutments, the bridge span, decking, and parapets. The project also features new bridge approaches, new pedestrian sidewalks, new guide rails, traffic striping and roadway markings.

 Dan Keashen, a spokesman for the county, said the work on the bridge is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer. Asked whether or not the approach from Gloucester City into Brooklawn will be repaired, Keashen said, “Not at this time.” 

“We had to start first with the repair of the bridge. We plan on expanding out to that approach  in the future.  Between the county and Gloucester City we will be working on a long term project to remediate the main thoroughfare with capital funds and FEMA funding. It will be a multi-million dollar project when all the funding sources are organized.”

The flooding on the Gloucester City side of the Bridge that has existed for decades has not been fixed. Whenever there is a extreme high tide or a torrential rainfall the road becomes impassable. A Camden County spokesman said that problem will be addressed in the future. (CNBNews file photo-December 2014)



The gully that exists on South Broadway wasn't in the plans to be repaired. A Camden County spokesman said it will be fixed sometime in the future. (CNBNews file photo looking south from Gloucester City towards the bridge and Brooklawn)

Broadway on the Gloucester City side of the bridge is much lower. When the tide is extremely high, or there is a heavy rain, you cannot enter or exit Brooklawn or Gloucester City using south Broadway, also known as CR551. 

Keashen said the bridge will not flood, and the Broadway Bridge reconstruction is slated to come in under budget. The bridge contractor is Mugrose Construction Inc., of West Caldwell NJ.

As for why the reconstruction has taken so long, Keashen said, “The Broadway Bridge delay has come from the fact that we have committed to replacing the bridge without closing it. In turn keeping it open to traffic slowed construction along with adverse weather conditions at certain times of the year.”  

Will the Gloucester City Compost Plant Emit Odors?: The State of Delaware has ordered the Wilmington Organic Recycling Center to shut down because of the odors coming from the facility. The Peninsula Compost Company began operating the Center in December 2009 with

Architect drawing of the proposed organic waste to energy/compost recycling plant

approval from DNREC via a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) permit. On Oct. 20, 2014, Peninsula’s request to renew the BUD was denied and a DNREC Secretary’s Order was issued requiring the facility to immediately stop accepting incoming materials and to close the facility by March 31, 2015, including complete removal of all materials from site. The majority of material remaining at the site is finished compost and not food wastes or feedstock that, in the past, may have contributed to significant odors from the site.

In December 2010 it was announced that Gloucester City was chosen as the site for the first organic waste to energy/compost recycling plant to be constructed in the United States. The $30 million, 110,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Southport Development area on 9.5 acres at the end of Water Street and the Delaware River. Organic Diversion LLL, of Marlton NJ, are the owners of the proposed plant. 

When asked if there were any similarities to the Wilmington Plant, Rocco D’Antonio, a spokesperson, said,  “ The only similarities between the closed site in Delaware and our project in Gloucester City are the types of materials we accept. We also will accept food and ward waste.

Asked to be more specific, D’Antonio listed the following differences: 

  • Gloucester City will handle about 25% of the volume of the Delaware facility. 


  • The processing technology and operations are completely different. The Delaware facility was an outdoor composting facility where we are a totally enclosed, indoor facility. 


  • The Delaware facility had an air Biofilter only on their receiving building. All other operations were conducted outdoors with no air filtration. Gloucester City conducts all operations indoors and all air entering the building is recycled, sent through two scrubbers and two biofilters before leaving the building.

When asked for the approximate opening date, he said,  “Difficult to say at this point since there are still several moving pieces. I'll keep you posted.”


Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. (photo credit Philadelphia PD)

OUTRAGEOUS!!!-Marylin Zunig, a third grade teacher at the Forest Street School, in Orange NJ instructed her 7-year-old students to send get well cards to cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal who was hospitalized on April 2 after collapsing in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania State Correction prison. He also received a batch of get well cards from high school students in the Philadelphia Student Union, according to The Daily Mail. 

Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Richard Costello, the political coordinator for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, said the letters set a dangerous example.

'I think it is both alarming and outrageous that any teacher would use a group of innocent seven-year-olds to promote a twisted agenda glorifying murder, glorifying hatred and glorifying violence,' Costello told Fox News.

'He shot (the officer) in the back and then as the officer lay slumped against a wall helpless he leaned over and shot him between the eyes.

'When he was in the hospital he actually bragged about it.'  The Daily Mail