By William E. Cleary Sr.
GOOD NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER CITY—A nail salon will soon be occupying the empty building at 102 South Broadway and an electronic cigarette and vapor supplies business will be moving into 524 Monmouth Street.
We have also learned that Chubby’s Streak House, Monmouth and Burlington Streets plans to open sometime in July or early August. The building was a doctor’s office at one time and before that it was a pharmacy.
For some time now we have heard that a bakery will be moving into the empty train station building, at Monmouth and the railroad. However, we haven’t been able to confirm that rumor.
The Monmouth Street business district, where the E-cigarettes business will be located, has been designated a non-smoking area by the City of Gloucester.
*E-cigarettes are a nicotine delivery system. They heat liquid containing nicotine and flavorings into a vapor by passing it over a small electronic battery. The product originally was sold prepackaged as a cigarette looking device imported from abroad. Three states prohibit e-cigarettes in all public places. New Jersey was the first to prohibit e-cigarettes. The state in 2010 added electronic smoking devices to its 2006 New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act. Utah followed in 2012, amending its Indoor Clean Air Act to include e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. North Dakota is the third state to ban the product in public places. *(Source The Council of State Governments Knowledge Center)
As for the proposed Freedom Pier restaurant, King and Cumberland Streets at the Delaware River. Our sources told us that Gloucester City and the developers (Don Bigley and Jeffrey Lucas) are continuing their talks. The developers are having a problem raising money to finance the multi-million dollar project.
SOME BAD NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER CITY—Industrial Services and Supply, 502 South Broadway, moved recently from Gloucester City to a new location in Millville. The company, a division of C.L. Presser Company in Philadelphia, PA sold tools, equipment and supplies for construction and industry. C.L. Presser has specialized in tools and industrial supplies since 1900. Industrial Services had been operating at that location for 50 years or more.
FAREWELL—Former Gloucester City resident Dot Flynn (nee McKeever), who was
the co-owner of Billy Flynn’s Sport Shop, 118 North Broadway, passed away on May 22, 2015 at her home in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband William Flynn Sr, and her son William Jr. Survived by her son Michael of Turnersville and long-time companion Joseph Millette, of Ft. Pierce. Services were in Florida. The Johnson Blvd. Sports Complex is named after her husband Bill.
PENNSAUKEN COPS HAPPY—Pennsauken Township Public Safety Director John Kneib said Wednesday night that the township’s police force will not be replaced by the Camden County Police Department (CCPD).
Kneib, according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer, said, "We have unanimously decided that Pennsauken police stays right where they are.” A crowd of 150 people at the Wednesday committee meeting, mostly officers and their families, erupted into applause and cheers.
Camden County paid a law enforcement consultant nearly $80,000 to produce a report to try and persuade the Mayor and Township Committee members to join the county-run force. The report suggested the township would save more than $30 million over six years by doing so.
Mayor Rick Taylor stressed that the township had the responsibility to review the proposal from a cost-savings perspective. The report the township received estimated it would cost $51 million to $57 million with a county police force, as opposed to $86 million with the existing police department.