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CHEER-Gloucester City, N.J. is celebrating its 150th anniversary of its incorporation this year. The city was founded in 1623 and was incorporated in 1868.Gloucester City is said to be the eight oldest community in the United States. It is rich with a historical heritage that is unmatched by any other place of its size in the nation. In 1776, the town hosted General Lafayette, and other notables of the Revolutionary War, during the famous "Battle of Gloucester." In 1773, Betsy Griscom was married to Gloucesterite, John Ross, at Huggs Tavern. Thus became the famous name of Betsy Ross, who made the nations' first flag. In 1973 the City commemorated its 350th birthday and the 200th wedding anniversary of the nation's most famous lady. The above information came from the back of the souvenir plate that was sold to the public in 1973. (photo credit CNBNewsnet)
JEER-Why doesn't Gloucester City capitalize on its legacy? As mentioned above it is believed to be the eight oldest community in the United States! Yet you would never know that it has such a rich heritage by walking around the community. There should be big signs everywhere in the community pointing out historical facts about the City. Its early American history should be a topic taught in the local public school system. We would wager that there is not one local public or local Catholic student who knows that Betsy Ross was married in Gloucester City? Nor would you be able to find anyone who knows that Gloucester City was founded in 1623.
JEER—Despite its scenic Jersey Shore beaches, mountain destinations, pinelands and proximity to just about anything in New York and Pennsylvania, a study claims New Jersey isn't exactly the place you want to stay if you plan on retiring in the near or distant future. Based on affordability, quality of life and healthcare, a new report suggests only Kentucky is a worse place to retire than New Jersey. The Wallet Hub survey named Florida the number 1 spot to retire followed by Colorado at number 2. (See article)
CHEER-Anyzek Fuels, of Gloucester City, located at Market and Lane Avenue is celebrating its 85th year in business. The Anyzeks have the distinction of being one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the city.
JEER—Driving south on Broadway from Camden City towards Gloucester City there is not one sign that directs traffic to Gloucester City, NJ nor is there a sign at any of the entrances to the community welcoming travelers to the oldest city on the Delaware River.
CHEER-Author Jack Heath's recent book about Browning Ross was named as one of the best new running books of 2017 by the Runner's World Magazine. A resident of Bellmawr, Heath is the cross country coach at Gloucester Catholic High School. A founding father of American running who faded into obscurity, Browning Ross excelled in high school, joined the Navy, then became a two-time Olympian. But as Jack Heath shows, it was Ross's accomplishments off the track that make him notable.
JEER—U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) (photo)detonated on Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on January 16 during a Senate committee hearing, according to National Review columnist David French. "He threw a deeply flawed security study in her face as if she didn’t understand the terror threats facing the United States, and unloaded on her for claiming that she couldn’t recall the president’s exact words in the now infamous “sh**hole” meeting. Booker’s face is twisted in fury. He pounds on the table. He insults her character. It’s nothing short of a temper tantrum. If he were a Republican, this exchange would be taken as proof-positive that he doesn’t respect women," wrote French. Others say the senator was just grandstanding as it has been suggested he will be the Democrat candidate for the presidency in 2020. (Best Actor Snubbed by Oscars) and (National Review)
CHEER—Last year the Brooklawn Police Department responded to the Motel 6 complex 459 times. According to the OPRA documents, the calls vary for things like sex offender registration, criminal mischief, medical assistance to nuisance offenses like disturbing the peace. Police also responded to the motel for major crimes like theft, prostitution, possession of narcotics, and overdoses. "In the hopes of deterring these crimes we have used officers on foot-patrol walking the grounds of the motel every so often," said Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis. Hopefully, the problem can be solved soon.
CHEER—This year's Philadelphia Eagle football team has given their fans much to cheer about this season. When their star quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury everyone thought the season was over. But, Nick Foles stepped up to fill his shoes and did a fantastic job leading the team to the NFC title. One last hurdle is left. Beating the New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday. Fly Eagles Fly!
JEER—The Washington Political Elite remain out of touch with the American people that they are supposed to be serving. The most recent example is the latest government shutdown supposedly over the budget. However, this shutdown was caused by the Democrats who were holding back their votes because they wanted to include a permanent solution to the DACCA program. The Democrat's plan would give permanent citizenship to over one million immigrants who have been living in this country illegally for decades. Why during that time period didn't these illegal individuals apply for citizenship? Why should they be given preference over those who did follow the proper steps and have been waiting in line for their citizenship papers.
JEER —Crashes along a single 25-mile segment of the mostly six-lane highway of US Route 130 from the Airport Circle in Camden County to Farnsworth Avenue in Burlington County claimed 29 lives between 2009 and 2013. More than half of those who died — 16 — were not mortally injured while driving or riding in vehicles, but while walking across or along the highway; another was riding a bicycle. (See Inky article)
CHEER-Kudos to Haddon Township Police Detective Sergeant Joseph Johnston, Detective Mark Pagano and Detective Timothy Hak for successfully concluding a lengthy investigation into 70 commercial burglaries all committed by one suspect throughout the State of New Jersey. Charged with the crimes was Dennis M. Niceler, age 56, of Galloway Township, NJ. (See article)
CHEER-January 5 Vitale's Restaurant, Jersey Avenue and 10th St., Gloucester City was almost destroyed by fire. Heavy winds fanned the fire with flames billowing out of the restaurant's roof two stories above. The smoke was so heavy at times you couldn't see your hand in front of you as spectators gathered on Jersey Avenue behind the CVS Pharmacy. Firefighters had to contend with the freezing temperatures and slushy snow. The cause of the fire was unknown. No injuries were reported. Praise to the Gloucester City Fire Department and fire companies from around the area who kept the fire from spreading to nearby residential homes and businesses. (See article)
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