WELL KNOWN PHYSICIAN RETIRES--Doctor Carl Vitola, a long time family physician in South Jersey, retired last week so he could devote more time to caring for his wife, Eileen, who is suffering with ALS.
Dr. Vitola, a former resident of Gloucester City, is a Gloucester City High School alumnus. After graduating from med school he opened an office in Gloucester City in the 500 block of Monmouth Street. Later he moved his office to Washington Township, Blackwood. He has been practicing medicine for 30 plus years.
Many of his patients were from Gloucester City and Brooklawn. Ask any one of those individuals about Carl, and they will tell you immediately, he is one of the most caring, compassionate doctors they have ever known. “Carl is going to be missed”, said Connie Cleary. He has treated our family for many years. You don’t find family physicians like him anymore. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife, Eileen.”
Besides his family practice, he was also the school physician at Gloucester City High School since 1988. Although it wasn’t a requirement of the job, Dr. Vitola would attend the Lions home football games just in case one of the players got injured. He will continue to serve as school physician.
According to his office receptionist, Dr. Vitola’s practice has been taken over by the Kennedy Health System. Specifically the physician is Dr. Elyse B. Kernis, D.O.
Dr. Elyse B. Kernis
A Google search of Dr. Elyse B. Kernis revealed she received her medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic, Kansas City, MO in 1999. Her internship was served at St. Joseph’s Hospital and her residency was at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.
HOUSING FOR TEACHERS--According a recent New York Times article, two redbrick buildings in the South Kensington section of Philadelphia are being converted into apartments and offices intended to house teachers and nonprofit educational organizations. When the renovation is complete, 60 percent of the buildings’ 114 apartments will be reserved for teachers, who will be offered a 25 percent discount on market rent — paying about $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom unit in a neighborhood where they typically rent for $1,300.
The remaining apartments will be available to the public. In addition, a quarter of the 160,000-square-foot space is being turned into offices for education-related nonprofit groups like Teach for America, which will use 10,000 square feet of renovated space as its regional headquarters. The buildings, scheduled to be ready in time for the 2014-15 school year, will have conference rooms, a coffee shop, a health club and a copy center to help teachers with their lesson plans.
The idea of bringing educators together in an affordable, supportive housing complex is intended to make teaching in city public schools a more attractive option — particularly for those new to the profession — and to reduce the risks of burnout. The $36 million project, named Oxford Mills, is modeled on two similar centers in Baltimore. The developers are able to offer rental discounts because of state and federal tax credits based on the historic nature of the properties and on the economically challenged nature of their locations, said Donald Manekin, a developer of the Baltimore buildings and a partner in the Philadelphia project through his company, the Seawall Development Corporation.
ET CETERA--Another new tenant for the Brooklawn Shopping Center, Route 130 and Browning Road, may be announced in the very near future. A source told us the name of the business is Big Lots. According to www.biglots.com they are North America's largest broad line closeout retailer. They sell a broad range of high-quality, brand-name products, including consumables, seasonal items, furniture, housewares, toys, electronics, home decor, tools and gifts. We are still trying to confirm this information. In the immediate area there are Big Lots stores in Cherry Hill, West Deptford, Clementon, Glassboro and Sicklerville.
Although our source is reliable we are still trying to confirm his information.