William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
(Gloucester City, NJ)(November 22, 2020)(CNBNews)--After years of neglect Jack's Twin Bar, Broadway, and Market Street is nearing the end. The condition of the building looks like it is beyond repair. Peeking through the window on the Broadway side you can see broken pieces of sheetrock mixed with leaves. Most likely the leaves got into the building through one of the many holes in the roof. On Market Street, the siding, along with the capping over the soffit is falling off. Plus a stove pipe has broken down and is leaning into the next property. Trees and vegetation are slowly starting to cover the structure.
The Camden County Board of Freeholders in 2007 presented a bronze plaque commemorating the Twin Bar as the birthplace of Rock 'N Roll to Dennis and Tammy Galligan, the owners of the bar. According to historians, it was back in the early 1950s, in an 18-month stint at the Twin Bar, Bill Haley & the Saddlemen, later to become Bill Haley and The Comets, enthusiastically combined country and western, rhythm and blues, and various other musical styles to form a successfully blended sound, which resulted in what Haley described as "the birthplace of rock 'n' roll.
About five years ago the asking price for the historic property was $400,000 plus. The most recent price we found was $274,000. A notice posted on the door states the property is under the management of Guardian Asset Management, Levittown, Pa 1-888-872-9094. There is also a faded sign on a window that reads Available, Rose Commercial Real Estate 856-985-9522.
"Gloucester City Marina restroom facilities are a disgrace", said a source who sent us several pictures of the inside of the men's restroom. The photos, taken about a week ago show the toilet is stopped up, the trash is spilling onto the floor and the entire floor, including in front of the urinals, is in need of a good scrubbing. The source said, "I have contacted the mayor about these conditions but nothing was ever done. It is little things like this that give Gloucester City a bad reputation. Who is responsible for maintaining the facilities?"
This isn't the first time CNBNews was contacted about these conditions it has been an ongoing problem for some time.
The toilet at the Gloucester City restroom facilities looks like it never was cleaned. While the floor in front of the urinals appears to be stain with urine. The trash can inside the men's room is overflowing with trash. The last photo is of the front of the facilities and the marina's office. Here again, the condition of these city facilities gives a negative image to the city. What is upsetting is the fact that it could be easily taken care of if the person in charge did their job. (photos provided)
Below the contractor for PSE&G was installing new utility poles in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City. CNBNews photo
Walking throughout the area we noticed a number of people have already put their Christmas decorations up.
Watching the sunset last week we were awestruck with the many colors that kept changing in the sky as the sun slipped behind the horizon. With all the turmoil in the world sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate what is happening around you. Looking at this scene you can see that God is still with us. Now take a deep breath, and think about all the good things you have to be thankful for in your life. Happy Thanksgiving a few days early.
~Bill and Peyton (Woof! Woof!)
published Gloucestercitynews.net | October 28, 2020