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Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter III)

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews 

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Condoms are thrown about at Gloucester City public parking lot (Russell Cogill photo) (November 11, 2020)--Gloucester City resident Russell Cogill contacted CNBNews today regarding the discarded condoms laying about the public city parking lot on King Street, next to the Fire Department. Cogill said, "As if we don’t have enough health issues to deal with, now this."

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Gloucester City public parking lot on King Street being used for a whore house (Russell Cogill photo


Cogill, who works for a school bus company parks the bus in the public city parking lot.  He said not too long ago he found a naked couple asleep in the back of his bus. "They broke into the bus. I woke them up and told them to get the hell out of here. As for condoms they are a new phenomenon.  They just started to appear over the past two weeks."

Screen Shot 2020-11-11 at 16.20.49Gloucester City parking lot on King Street next to the Fire Station, the parking bumpers are broken and in disarray (CNBNews Photo )


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A constant humming sound is emitted from the nearby shipping terminal in the background (CNBNews Photo)


After receiving Cogill's email we went to the parking lot and found the evidence he provided laying about. We noticed several of the cement parking bumpers dislodged. As we walked around the immediate neighborhood we couldn't get over the constant humming noise coming from the stack of trailers parked in the nearby terminal. Cogill said he believed the sound was coming from the refrigerator trailers in the terminal that are sitting there waiting to be shipped out.

Screen Shot 2020-11-11 at 16.20.16The resident who owns this property said he can store anything he wants in his backyard. Sitting on top of the storage shed are several tires, a large container, and a sink. In the backyard on the other side of the fence, behind the bush, there is also a pile of junk. The debris is visible from King Street the main corridor for traffic coming and going from the city. (CNBNews photo)


A block or two from the city parking lot we notice trashed piled at least 5 feet high in the back of two residences. In the one-yard, there is a stack of discarded car tires and sitting on top of a storage shed there was a sink. We spoke with the resident and he said it was his property and he could store anything he wanted in his yard. Apparently, the appearance of his yard doesn't bother him. But what about his neighbors who have to look at the rubble every day. 


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Walking to King and Essex Streets we found all kinds of trash behind an orange plastic fence on the Essex Street side of Holt Terminal parking lot. A broken beer bottle and an empty six-pack were laying on the sidewalk. 


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A few feet away stood this well kept single residence that was decorated for the fall season. 


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For 70 years or longer, there has been a bar on this corner. Neighbors say it was demolished a few weeks ago. Does anyone know the names of all those taverns? (CNBNews photo)


Missing on the corner of Essex and Burlington Streets was the building that was once the home of Mealy's and Glory Days. For as long as we can remember there was always a tavern/bar on that site. Does anyone recall the name of the bar that operated there in the '60s and '70s?


We headed to Broadway and started our trek back to the King Street parking lot. Peyton, who has a great sense of smell, kept pointing at the discarded face mask she saw. By the time we got back to our destination, we counted 25 face masks along with discarded rubber gloves laying on the sidewalks and streets. 


HI DOGGIE!!--A few days earlier we were walking by the Dollar Store on South Broadway and noticed a little child hanging out a second-story window. He was yelling hello to Peyton, "Hi doggy," he said several times. I told him to get back inside, which he did. After walking about 100 steps or so  I looked back and the child was hanging out the window again. We went back and

Peyton Cleary (CNBNews files)

knocked on the door. Two older kids, maybe 6 and 8 answered, I explained that I was concerned that the little boy would fall and get hurt. The kids went running screaming the child's name closing the door behind them.


It is surprising what you see when you take a walk. Always something happening. 


I told this story about the child to several people. One said I did the right thing. The other two said I should mind my own business. 

What would you have done?




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The Cold Springs School complex has been closed again due to the COVID-19 breakout. According to Supt. Vespe employees or students attended a gathering and because of their carelessness, the district has multiple cases of COVID. The high school is also locked down. 


The Gloucester City School District has shut down again because of COVID-19.  School superintendent Dennis Vespe posted this notice on social media. How do parents of school children who don't have a social media page get notified?

My Fellow Lions: Dr. V here- Due to additional information received last night (Nov. 6) and early this morning (Nov. 7) regarding gatherings that occurred outside of the district and resulted in multiple positive cases of COVID. The district will begin complete remote instruction effective Monday (Nov. 9) until Friday (Nov. 27) with the hope of renewing in-person instructions of Monday, Nov. 30. 


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Like many other people who travel back and forth on Market Street, from US 130, we have been attacked by Tom Turkey. It is funny to watch as Tommy stops the cars and trucks that are coming and going from Gloucester City. We first noticed the turkey in early October. Here are two photos of what we saw today around 1 PM.  Maybe Tom is taking a stand for all his cousins who are going to be roasted on Thanksgiving Day. One thing is for certain, you don't want to mess with a mad turkey. 

Screen Shot 2020-11-11 at 16.18.33Tom the Turkey strutting along Market Street, near Route 130. There have been times when traffic in both directions has been stopped as drivers try not to hit the bird.  (CNBNews photo)


If you have a photo or a tip about a problem in your neighborhood send  it to [email protected].    



Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter I)

Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Brooklawn, Chapter II)


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published | Nov. 11, 2020