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MEXICAN RESTAURANT COMING TO GLOUCESTER CITY!—There have been several messages on Facebook about Jalapenos, a Mexican restaurant Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 15.16.50opening a second location in Gloucester City to be called the Jalapeños Bar and Grill. We contacted their Haddon Township restaurant and they said it will happen sometime in September but they are not releasing any more information at this time. Presently the owner operates

Jalapeños Grill 2 which serves Mexican food in Haddon Township (photo below)  at 901 White Horse Pike.  (See website)

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GAF POWER PLANT DEMOLITION UPDATE——The final phase and demolition of the GAF Power Plant, Charles and Water Streets, Gloucester City 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01bb0971653c970d-320wi“will happen sometime in mid-summer,” said Raymond Merrell, Environmental Compliance Manager of GI Holdings in Parsippany NJ. He is the project manager for the job. It was originally anticipated it would occur in May “but contractual problems came up” said Merrrel on Monday at the site (photo below). 

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The plant was the main source of power for the industrial complex that was once located in that area, now known as Southport. Companies such as Ruberoid (GAF), Hinde and Daugh Paper Mill,  Harshaw Chemical (Amspec), Atlantic Richfield, and NJ Zinc (Gulf and Western) were fueled by that structure.

*GI Holdings, the parent company of GAF is the owner of the property. The prime demolition contractor is Dallas Industrial Services who retained The MACK Group of Cherry Hill, to conduct the asbestos removal.

Related: Demolition Work Begins on the 111-Year-Old GAF Power Plant in Gloucester City 

CATHOLIC PARISHES IN CAMDEN CITY REDUCED —The Diocese of Camden has announced the merger of six current parishes in the City of Camden to merge into three effective July 31. The reasons given for the unification were: a reduction in the number of residents and practicing Catholics within Camden; a decrease in revenue to support the parishes; and a reduction in the clergy.

The Diocese gave the following explanation:

  Saint Joseph Parish will merge into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish. Father John Fisher, OSFS, will continue as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish will merge into Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral Parish. Father Jaime Hostios will continue as pastor of Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral Parish.

Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish will merge into Sacred Heart Parish. Monsignor Michael Doyle will continue to serve as the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, while Father Gerard Marable will serve as pastor in solidum and moderator. As the pastors of the former separate parishes, they will administer the new parish together.

 All parish property, assets and debts of the former parishes will be assumed by the newly formed parish, which will also be responsible for the care of all sacramental records. The operations of the Catholic schools in Camden are unaffected by the reorganization of these parishes.

With these mergers, there are now 62 parishes in the Diocese of Camden, which comprises the six southernmost counties of New Jersey ministering to 450,000 Catholics in the region.  (source Diocese of Camden)

CAR FIRE IN BROOKLAWN--There was a car fire in Brooklawn Tuesday Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 15.55.16afternoon at the intersection of New Broadway and Marne Road.  According to Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis, it was determined to be an electrical problem that was the cause of the fire. "The operator of the vehicle said the car stalled, and when he went to start it back up he saw to smoke," said the chief. 

(June 29, 2017)-Here is the report filed by Officer Michael Brewster who responded to the call.  

Flagged down by a motorist about a car smoking at the interesection of New Broadway and Marne. Upon arrival I observed the unoccupied MV on fire and advised central to notify our fire department. Chief Ellis blocked traffic at the west circle, while responding officers from Gloucester City shut down traffic at Rollferrys. Brooklawn Fird Department along with Mt. Ephraim responded and contained the fire. Mt. Ephraim BLS was on the scene for assistance although no one substained any injureis. Gathered the drivers information who stated that the vehicle just shut off at the intersection and began smoking when he attempted to start the engine again. Spent approximately one hour on scene before Beverbrook responsded the towed the disabled MV and traffic was back to normal. 


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ET CETERA—Gloucester City Fireworks Monday, July 3 at the Johnson Blvd. Baseball Fields start at 9:15 PM. The parade will begin at 6 PM starting at Charles Street and ending at O'Donnell's.  For more information click