William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --Our column this week contains photos taken during our daily walk throughout Gloucester City. In the first photo, our eyes were drawn to the changing leaves on the trees near St. Mary's Church, Monmouth, and Atlantic Streets.
For those who are new to Gloucester City, the Irish started to build the church in 1886. Those men would work their regular jobs during the day and after work, they spent their waking hours laying the stone. Some of those workers would sleep in the church overnight to keep it safe from those in the city who vandalized the building as the Irish were hated in those days. On July 15,1886 Bishop O'Farrell laid the cornerstone. The church was brought to completion without delay and dedicated on November 24, 1889. The cost of the structure was $65,000. In the spring of 1893, the last dollar of debt on St. Mary's property was paid.
St. Mary's Church, one of the most beautiful churches in New Jersey, is built of hard sandstone of a bluish-gray color. The stone trimmings are tool-dressed and the front has a fine stone gable cross. The style of architecture is early Gothic.
The church is 140 feet in length by 70 feet in width; adding to the beauty of the structure is a tower and spire, together 160 feet in height.
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THE TRASH PROBLEM
Thompson Avenue at Lane Avenue
The trash in this photo sits in front of an apartment on East Thompson Avenue, near Lane Avenue. The photo was taken early Monday morning, November 2 which was the day the area had 30 to 40 MPH winds. Trash day in this neighborhood is Tuesday. Once again the city ordinance is being violated because this trash should not be placed on the curb for pickup until 5 PM the night before pickup. On windy days the trash not properly placed in receptacles blows all over the neighborhood. Squirrels, cats, dogs, mice, etc. are attracted to it. Bags are broken open, and the trash spreads to every home nearby. Landlords should inform tenants about the law. And, the City Housing Office should fine people who violate that law. That is the only way this will stop. Right next to this apartment is a house for sale that is listed for $205,000. It makes one wonder how many potential buyers would be hesitant to move into the neighborhood after seeing this refuse piled up for days. Recyclable days are even worst as many residents don't use a lid on their container.
Railroad Crossing Dangerous
DANGER!- The railroad crossing at Kohler Street and Lane Avenue is caving in again. A few years ago CONRAIL repaired that crossing because of the same problem. We found another hole like the two above on the other side of the track. That crossing gets a lot of traffic during the day as the employees working at the Cold Springs School complex and others using it as the main route to the schools and as a shortcut to Market Street. Employees of the Public Works Department travel over this crossing in heavy vehicles a dozen times a day.
DANGER!-Walking along South Broadway in front of the senior citizen's apartments/doctor's office Peyton stumbled upon two empty syringes.
Mary Ethel School Building Being Used to Train Police
Memorial To The Unborn
One of our daily stops is the Memorial for Unborn Babies at Old St. Mary/s Cemetery, Market Street, located in the 800 unit block of Market Street. We take a few moments to say a prayer for all the unborn babies that have been aborted. During the month of October, the Catholic Church observes Respect for Life Month. Bishop Dennis Sullivan, spoke about this topic in his message to members of the Diocese last month. "Annually, during the month of October, our church observes RESPECT LIFE MONTH. Living in a society in which increasing acts of violence against life surround us, we cannot tire of this annual observance. Perhaps we need to get louder in voicing our church’s prophetic witness to the right to life. Every month of the year the right to life should be our concern because of the growing threats against life; threats against life both inside and outside the womb. Some of these threats originate from elected officials who flaunt their anti-life agendas and present them as if they represent us!" (emphasis CNBNews)
Stop Sign Sinks Into The Ground
A stop sign at the corner of East Thompson and North Stinson Avenues was literally swallowed by the earth a few weeks ago. A Stinson Street resident said the sign just sunk into the ground overnight. "I was able to pull the sign up from the ground but when I let go it slid back down. A new stop sign and a new no parking sign were erected by Public Works employees shortly after the department was notified", said the resident.
Container for Discarded Clothes