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(PUBLISHED April 23, 2018)(Gloucester City, NJ)--Let this be a reminder to those who use Martin's Lake for fishing and other recreational areas, here and elsewhere, to clean up after themselves. Don't leave your discarded fishing line and hooks at the park. The birds, geese and ducks can get injured because of your carelessness.  There are only six trash cans spread around the one acre plus park. It would be a nice gesture if some local organization (s) purchased a few more receptacles for this beautiful park. 

Sad to say, but some people today just don't care about the environment. Take a ride around this city and elsewhere and you'll find liter thrown all about.  

6a00d8341bf7d953ef0176176315f9970c-800wiSo much for the so called “Green Generation.”

Despite their reputation as environmentally conscious conservationists, a new research study has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment, and do less to help preserve it, than previous generations of young people.  See Not-So-Green Generation Earns Black Eye.

COYLE v SCHMIDT--Gloucester Township school board member Marianne Coyle filed a harassment complaint against John Schmidt, of Gloucester City, on February 28.  Coyle claims that Schmidt, age 24, aggressively questioned her during and allegedly after a February board meeting. 

 A South Jersey open-government activist, Schmidt was once politically active in Gloucester City. He worked for the election of Bill James when James first ran for mayor in 2006. He joined the City Democrat Club, was named to the Gloucester City Tree Commission and the Gloucester City Board of Health. Somewhere along the line the relationship between Schmidt, the mayor and Democrat Club members fell apart. Schmidt didn’t like the way the mayor was handling several issues and becamea vocal critic of the administration.

This case is scheduled to be heard at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at Winslow Municipal Court on South Route 73 in Winslow. An earlier court date in Gloucester Township was postponed.

PUBLIC HAS GOOD OPINION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT--Even as public views of the federal government in Washington have fallen to another new low, the public continues to see their state and local governments in a favorable light according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Overall, 63% say they have a favorable opinion of their local government, virtually unchanged over recent years. An 57% express a favorable view of their state government – a five-point uptick from last year. By contrast, just 28% rate the federal government in Washington favorably. That is down five points from a year ago and the lowest percentage ever in a Pew Research Center survey. The national survey was conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults.