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The other half of the old K-Mart building is being renovated to house new businesses.  Planet Fitness opened last year in the same building (photo credit CNBNewsnet)


By William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet


 GOD’S LITTLE ACRE—The Borough of Brooklawn, also known by some residents as God’s Little Acre, is a happening place these days. By now most people know the Brooklawn Diner opened under new management, and if you are a sports fan you are aware that the Brooklawn Legion baseball team is making another appearance in the American Legion World Series. The defending champs begin play on Thursday, in Shelby, N.C. 


Related: Defending Champ Brooklawn Post 72 

What many local residents might not know is the news about four new businesses who will be opening their doors in the Brooklawn Shopping Center, Route 130 and Browning Road, before the end of the year. 

The former Radio Shak property will be home to Hair Cuttery (photo credit CNBNewsnet)

They include: the Seeds of Hope Thrift Shop,  Davita Dialysis, and Petco. They will be sharing a section of the old K-Mart property. The other part of the K-Mart property is occupied by Planet Fitness. The fourth business is Hair Cuttery. They will share part of the former Radio Shack building.


Brooklawn Mayor Teri Branella said she and members of the council are very happy about the new businesses moving into the community. “We are very excited,” she said. Asked about the chance that even more commerce is coming to that locale, she said, “That's all I can confirm right now but as I get more I'll let you know.” 

The Seeds of Hope Thrift Shop  a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, prostitutes, drug addicts and ex-offenders on the streets of Camden. 

From the Seeds of Hope website: The Lord has opened up a miraculous door for us to have our second thrift store in the Brooklawn Shopping Center, right on Rt. 130. We are scheduled to open sometime towards the end of October. We are looking for volunteers to do a few hour shift each week as well as able-bodied men and women who might be looking for employment, somewhere between 10 - 30 hours per week. If interested in either opportunity, email info@seedsofhopeministries.org  

DaVita Kidney Care (Davita Dialysis) is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease. As of June 30, 2015, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,210 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 176,000 patients. The company also operated 96 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. DaVita—which is Italian for "giving life"—has more than 50,000 employees.  Source: Davita 

Hair Cuttery is a United States-based unisex hair salon, founded by Dennis and Ann Ratner in 1974. The first salon opened in West Springfield, Virginia, and the enterprise has since expanded to become the largest privately held salon chain in the United States,[1] with locations up and down the East Coast, the Chicago metropolitan areaFlorida, and New England. Source Wikipedia 

Petco Animal Supplies is a privately held pet retailer in the United States, with corporate offices in San Diego and San Antonio, that sells pets as well as pet products and services. Source Wikipedia 


The US Route 130 bridge that connects Brooklawn with Westville and spans the Big Timber Creek can be seen in the distance. (photo credit CNBNewsnet)

 Improvements to the Brooklawn circles are also on the horizon and just recently the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that reconstruction of the heavily traveled Route 130 bridge, which spans the Big Timber Creek, is being planned. The preliminary date for engineering to start is December 2015, the date for the final design is December 2017. The construction should be completed by December 2019. Questions about the bridge repairs contact Kimberly Nance, regional manager NJDOT, Office of Community Relations, 609-530-2110 or kimberly.Nance@dot.nj.gov . 

THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES TO LIVE—The news blog onlyinyourstate.com recently released a list of the top 10 most dangerous cities to live in the state of New Jersey recently. Leading the way is Camden, which has received over a billion dollars in federal and state grants since the mid-1990’s for improvements in its schools, police department, housing, and infrastructure. From reporter Kristen Koennemann’s article: 

1. Camden

Camden is not only the most dangerous city in New Jersey, it is one of the most dangerous places in the United States. The city's crime rate is four times higher than the national average. Even still, tourists enjoy the Adventure Aquarium, Battleship New Jersey, and the Walt Whitman House.

2. Atlantic City 

Hiding behind the glitz and glamor of the boardwalk lies a struggling city. Plagued by one of the highest violent crime rates in the state, we still stop by for endless entertainment at the shoreline resorts and casinos.

3. Trenton

In 2013, Trenton had the highest murder rate in the state of New Jersey. It is also our state capitol. While you may want to avoid the city at night, there is a lovely historic district. Enjoy numerous museums, historical homes, and the New Jersey State House.

4. Asbury Park

This seaside town thrived until the mid-1900s. Once a top shore destination, it evokes fond memories for the older generation. Its popularity declined after WWII, but the area is being revitalized. Though Asbury Park ranks high in both violent and property crimes, it offers a beautiful boardwalk, vintage arcade and legendary music venue, The Stone Pony.

5. Newark

Newark had the third highest murder rate in the NATION in 2013. While safety is certainly an issue, there are nicer neighborhoods in this large city. University Heights is home to several great schools including the prestigious New Jersey Institute of Technology. Visitors also love the planetarium at Newark Museum!

Three of the remaining five cities are in South Jersey. To continue to read click.

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