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CHEER—Year in and year out the players from the Gloucester Catholic and Gloucester High Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 13.40.25football teams display good sportsmanship at the annual Thanksgiving Day game between the two schools. Kudos to the players and fans for continuing this long-standing tradition which goes back seven decades if not longer.

JEER—Our legal system has become a swinging door for criminals who know how to work the system. For example in November Gloucester City Police arrested Tavius Lindsey, a resident of Camden City for breaking into several vehicles parked in the north end of the city. Lindsey was arrested in the same area in 2015 for the same crime, burglary. Lindsey was sentenced to a three-year prison term for that crime. He served 17 months and was released. As for his latest arrest, Lindsey was released from custody as of November 23, 2017, on his own recognizance, according to the New Jersey Statewide VINE service (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).

CHEER—Happy to see that someone purchased the Gloucester Catholic High School Boys Building, Monmouth, and Burlington Streets, also known as St. Mary's High School. The new owners of the building are Rich Lauletta and Paul Margaritis who have purchased 10 properties in the City besides the school under their business name WEBO properties. "WEBO is our best acronym for West of Broadway which is our area of focus in Gloucester City," said Lauletta. Asked about their plans for the former high school, Lauletta said, "We have a few different ideas for the school, but I assure you they all include keeping and preserving that amazing building!"



JEER—South Jersey Democrat Political Boss George Norcross announced in October there are Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 18.55.16plans to demolish the 6,700 seat Campbell's Baseball Field, located on the Camden City waterfront. The park was built in 2001 at a cost of $21 million to $35 million depending on who you are talking to."You're going to see, in the not-too-distant future, that stadium demolished and in its place will be world-class athletic fields for Rutgers University in Camden and the public school's system and the renaissance schools in Camden, so they will have world-class athletic facilities to utilize," Norcross said according to the Courier Post. If you visit the park you'll find there is nothing wrong with it so why tear it down? The answer. The tax and spend Democrats could care less how they waste your money.

CHEER—A group of residents has joined together to reestablish the Gloucester City Town Watch program. We would like to thank all the volunteers of this program for stepping up to protect our community.

JEER-We learned recently that our 535 United States congressmen and senators have been operating a 'slush fund' to pay off victims of sexual assault who were attacked by unscrupulous members and staff of the House and Senate. As of this date, the total amount of the payout is $17 million. The fund that settles sexual harassment cases in the legislative branch is unlimited and funded by taxpayers. What is upsetting is the fact that the taxpayers, who foot the bill for the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) of 1995, are just finding out about the payouts. What hasn't been made public is who are the offending US Congressmen and Senators.

CHEERBrooklawn School District has a new superintendent, Dr. Sam Rosetti. He replaced Dr. John Kellmayer who retired in June. Rosetti had been serving the district as the school's assistant principal for two years. Over that time period, Kellmayer helped train him for his new role.

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 15.53.46JEERThe state of New Jersey has the worst state business tax climate of the 50 states and the third highest overall state and local tax burden (behind only Connecticut and New York), according to The Tax Foundation the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit. Any New Jersey resident knows they pay the highest property taxes in the country, but other taxes are also high: income taxes(5th highest top rate), corporate taxes (6th highest in collections), sales taxes (16th highest in collections), cigarette taxes (10th highest), and gas taxes (8th highest) are all high, and New Jersey is currently one of two states with both an estate and an inheritance tax (the estate tax half is scheduled to be repealed in 2019, but we’ll see if the new Governor changes this). The state has more outbound net migration than any other. One bright spot: you can drink away your sorrows, with a mere 12-cent per gallon beer tax, lower than 40 other states.

CHEER-The borough of Bellmawr dedicated a new War Memorial in honor of all veterans in November. The monument is located on Creek Road near the Bellmawr Highway facility. Veterans from both local VFW Posts 7410 and 9563, along with an honor guard from the local police department were on hand for the dedication.

JEER—The NJ Education Association aka the state Teachers Union for spending $5.7 million ($5,700,000!) in the November election in an unsuccessful attempt to try to defeat State Senator Stephen Sweeney. The senator, a heavy favorite won easily by his biggest margin yet. Instead of trying to get even with Sweeney that money could have been used for more important things like education or on programs to help the members.

CHEER—The Bellmawr Park Elementary School, the Ethel M. Burke Elementary, and the Bell Oaks Upper Middle School were cited for achieving the Sustainable Jersey For Schools (SJFS) certification in 2017. The SJFS is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 13.36.15

JEER--The Gloucester City Board of Education, also known as the 'Spend and Tax School Board' at their October 10 meeting approved the $136,000 purchase and installation of bleachers to seat 500 people for the Middle School football field. These are the same bleachers that taxpayers couldn't afford to buy just a few months ago after the state defunded the district by $512,000. Over the years, this governing body under the direction of former Board president Louisa Llewelyn and the current president, Edward Hubbs, has left this city with such a school tax debt it will be decades before residents ever see any relief.

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CHEER-Congratulations to Jim and Karen D'Amore, owners of Lipkins Pharmacy, 113 New Broadway, Brooklawn on receiving recognition from the Westville Lions Club for supporting their organization.

TALKING POINT—The owner of the South Jersey Shooting Club, of Winslow Township, has placed a billboard advertisement on Route 73 in Voorhees and near routes 73 and Route 130 in Pennsauken that has some people upset because they feel it is racist. The slogan on the sign takes a jab at those NFL players for taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. The billboard depicts a kneeling person aiming a rifle with the slogan, "The only time we take a knee." Wesley Aducat, a man identified as the owner of the gun range, told philly.com, the billboard "has absolutely nothing to do with race. It's just support for our veterans."

NAACP member Keith Benson Sr.  called the signs racially divisive and has encouraged people to call the club to complain. “They deserve all the disrespect they’re going to get as a result of putting it up. But they probably thought they were clever. They probably thought they were strong, patriotic Americans.”

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? Is it racist? Or does it show support for veterans?

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The South Jersey Shooting Club’s sign along Route 73 in Voorhees.