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CNB OCTOBER 2008 ARCHIVES:

Graffiti, Professional Posts up for grabs, Term Limits for Politicians, New Business Arrives

published Saturday, October 18, 2008 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01b7c78436c8970b-320wi

Tips and Snippets: 

GLOUCESTER CITY-Bill Waters who has been writing about the graffiti problem in Gloucester City is continuing his crusade to bring it to the forefront so that the City launches an all out campaign to clean up these eyesores.

Bill writes, “The "artwork" on the RR control box at Monmouth Street has been recently expanded--now filling the entire "canvas" and was not included in the photos that I gave to you last month; and the red "Eat Me" directly across from the mayor's residence is a recent add-on. 

“I find it amazing that the epicenter for graffiti in our town seems to be the mayor's intersection. Especially considering he's an ex-policeman, this shows the boldness of the perpetrators and the pervasiveness of the problem.

“I voted for the mayor, and I think overall he's doing a very commendable job.  But he's got to get outraged about this problem and understand how the decline of a neighborhood starts with litter and unremoved graffiti.  Just look at Fairview.”

The photo of the same RR box on the left at Monmouth and the railroad was taken six weeks ago...

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The City of Gloucester City is soliciting statements of qualifications for applicants for the appointment of the following professional positions. Proposals will be accepted up until 3 PM on October 22. Listed are the positions along with the names of the individual or firm that presently holds the position.

City Administrator Paul Kain, Attorney John Kearney Esq., Engineer Craig Remington, Prosecutor Paul Doherty, Auditor Bowman and Bowman, Bond Counsel Parker and McCay Law Firm.

Planning Board Attorney Anthony Cospa, Planning Board Engineer CES, Planning Board Planner Larry Waetzmer, Board Of Health Attorney Mike Bonner, Public Defender Charles Wigginton Esq., Grants Application & Management Consultant Triad Associates.

Several sources in the know said the contract for one of these individuals will not be renewed. But we will have to wait until January when the new contracts are announced before we find out the name of that person.

To read the complete requirements for the positions Click Link

The trial of former State Senator Wayne Bryant is winding down. The defense was directed to have their witnesses ready by this coming Monday. The Star Ledger (www.nj.com) reported on (October 16) a witness for the prosecution said between 2002 and 2006, Bryant was paid approximately $250,000 for his position with the Gloucester County Board of Social Services. He was also eligible for credits toward his state pension, as well as medical and dental coverage.

Prosecutors allege that Bryant fraudulently inflated his pension with the county position from 2002 to 2006, and his anticipated annual payments grew from $28,000 to $81,268. Bryant, a Democrat, was a representative for Camden and Gloucester Counties. After being indicted he decided not to seek reelection. His pension has been frozen until a verdict is handed down.

The only way to stop political corruption is to limit the terms of office both on the state and federal level. Wishful thinking I know but that is the answer to this ongoing problem. These individuals are shameless and a disgrace to the office they hold. Keep taking until you get caught is the mantra for some these politicians both Republican and Democrat.

New Businesses Open in Gloucester City-The Auld Dubliner, 157 S. Burlington Street, Gloucester City held it’s Grand Opening on Thursday. What a fantastic job the owners did on the building both outside and inside.

Two months ago the City welcomed The Pretzel Factory, Broadway and Division Street. And we can't forget to mention the improvement the new Gloucester City Plumbing Supply building has made to the south entrance of the City.

If you drive by 4th and Jersey Avenue where the old Sports Corner once stood construction has begun on a proposed new restaurant.

And if you are interested in buying a bar/restaurant in Gloucester City there are several up for sale. For example, the owners of the bar at 301 Essex Street are asking $499,900 according to TREND the real estate listing service. Also Cheerleaders, Rt. 130 and Reading Avenue asking price, a whopping $1.9 million, the Red Mill, 509 S. Broadway, $165,000, and 500 Jersey Avenue, $280,000. All include a liquor license.

For more for sale listings of commercial properties in Gloucester City go to this link: http://www.cityofgloucester.org/realestate.php

~ Bill Cleary

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Appreciative said...

Thanks, Bill. Your site does a tremendous service for this community. You should be Citizen of the Year.

ReplySaturday, October 18, 2008 at 03:00 PM

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get involved said...

Bill, I agree with you that the amount of graffiti in this city is becoming overwhelming. I hardly doubt though that the kids or young adults most likely responsible for the graffiti even know who the mayor is, let alone where he lives. I'm not sure the mayor even cares about problems such as this at this present time. He and council members seem too involved with major things, such as festivals and boats and taking care of friends and relatives, to give these problems their time. Too often in town I hear that the city leaders are missing the small problems that lead to big problems. Or that residents are taking a " that's what this city has become" approach. The quality of life in town for residents is affected by the countless issues in the neighborhoods. A boat in town, or laptops for council members, or festivals geared for out-of-town folks, do nothing to address the problems that have good families waving the white flag and moving out of town, or seriously giving it thought. Graffiti, the tressel problem, drugs, section eight and the rental problems are just a few of the quality of life problems that face this town. These are the unaddressed problems that turn a city around. I understand that these are problems that face other cities all across America. However, when did we start to say," oh well, kids will be kids, or hey, it happens everywhere" as a solution. When we have this type of mentality to problems, this is when and where we lose a city and the quality of life we have worked so hard over the years to give our families. Parents of yesteryear certainly did not have this approach. If the police brougt you home, or if your neighbor or teacher told your parents that you did this, or said this, was their reply, " ah, just kids being kids"? I hardly doubt it. I understand times change, but when did values change? When did respect for people and their property not matter anymore? We need to address these problems. Hold the companies and departments accountable, and let them know immediately about graffiti or damage. Call the police dept. and express your concerns about problems in your neighborhood. They can't do anything if they don't know about it. Bring back town watch or another type of program that lets residents feel like they are part of the solution. Officer Ziegler works with troubled kids here in town and is involved with many youth groups. He helped my grandson immensely to get back on the right track. Reach out to the many groups in town and ask what can I do to help. I am not saying that these things are the only answers or that things will improve overnight. We need to start somewhere and say," enough is enough" and begin to take our city back. It starts with everyone of us. God bless all of you.

ReplySunday, October 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM

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get involved said...

Get involved, very well said.

ReplySunday, October 19, 2008 at 01:56 PM

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The Time Is Now said...

Dear Mayor and Council,
I know some of you read this so I would like to ask you a favor. Please get rid of Admin. Paul Kain. We need someone new in that office who can do the job.

ReplySunday, October 19, 2008 at 04:39 PM

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Tammy said...

May I suggest you not only write a comment here if you wish to but it is imperative that you actually write to the people who are running this city. Bill Cleary is not running this city he is running a WEBSITE people. Get involved if you choose to but don't just do it here. I'm fairly sure that the people that can start to make positive changes are not going to do so based upon what is written on this website however if you take the time to write a letter to the city and actually mail it there or maybe go to the next city council meeting you might actually get results. I'm not putting down Bills website I'm just pointing out what I consider quite obvious: Bill doesn't run this city nor does any of this information mean anything to anyone in charge!!!

ReplyMonday, October 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

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joe said...

Bill.....If I may.... please allow me to use your site to reach out to any Brooklawn residents who may read this.Over the course of the last two nights, 2 homes were broken into. In the one case the resident was home asleep and awakened to noises downstairs. She alertly locked herself in her room and dialed 911. From what I understand the police were swift in their response but the perp eluded them. I just wanted to remind everyone to keep their doors and windows LOCKED!!!

ReplyMonday, October 20, 2008 at 08:15 PM

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said...

Please any qualified man or woman run for city admin...Get Paul Kain out. We are wasting our time and our cities effort to change with a man like this in office. We need a man like Pat Keating in office. He loves his town and has a ton of experience. Seriously Mayor James get him out...he got away with his "medical breakdown" don't let him get away with anymore!!!

ReplyThursday, November 20, 2008 at 06:57 PM

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said...

Just for the record...Bill Cleary is a huge part of this city someone who cares...people read this page so don't be an ignorant person Tammy!!!

ReplyThursday, November 20, 2008 at 06:59 PM

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