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William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews


LOVE YOUR MONEY--Washington has announced it is sending $2.765 billion to the state of New Jersey's Department of Education to be dispensed to school districts throughout the state. graphic files


According to the Courier Post, the Camden City School District will receive the highest amount of funding – $100 million – under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund in the ARP Act. The funding formula is based on Title 1 No Child Left Behind standing and other factors. 

A random list of schools in the Camden County region and the money they will receive is listed below. A link to the full list along with links to other districts in Burlington, Cumberland, and Gloucester, are below courtesy of that newspaper. 

Audubon School District $1,008,000

Bellmawr School District $3,507,000

Black Horse Pike Regional School District $5,050,000

BrooklawPublic School District $1,274,000

Camden City School District $100,684,000

Cherry Hill Public Schools $8,961,000

Collingswood Public Schools $1,995,000

Gloucester City Public Schools $6,466,000

Gloucester Twp. Public Schools $9,292,000

Haddon Heights School District $309,000

Haddon Twp. School District $1,216,000

Haddonfield Public Schools $400,000

Merchantville School District $779,000

Mount Ephraim Public Schools $1,157,000

Oaklyn Public School District $520,000

Pennsauken Public Schools $16,230,000

Pine Hill Schools $3,481,000

Runnemede Public School District $1,155,000

Voorhees Twp. Public Schools $1,860,000

Winslow Twp. School District $11,605,000

Woodlynne School District $3,066,000


Burlington County school districts receive $60 million in federal relief

Cumberland County school districts receive $91 million in federal relief

Gloucester County school districts receive $41 million in federal relief


Screen Shot 2021-05-17 at 13.8.26source (Brooklawn School District)


NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR BROOKLAWN--We have covered the community of Brooklawn for decades.  Mayor Murphy was in charge when we first wrote about the borough. It is such a nice community it has been called at times, "God's Little Acre".  One thing we noticed since Teri Branella was elected to the position of mayor in 2011 the community has continued to prosper. During her realm, she and members of the council have overseen the building of a super Wawa, the revival of the Brooklawn Shopping Center with new stores such as Planet Fitness, the Hair Cuttery, Davita Dialysis, Petco, AT&T phone business, and Dominoes.

The two most recent projects that have been announced are a waterfront restaurant and a storage facility. 

Donald and Svitlana Bogey received permission from the Borough Planning Board to proceed with their plans to build an eatery on the site where they once operated Bogey's, Private Eye. 

A Courier Post article stated the 6,000-square-foot building the Mr. and Mrs. Bogey plan to construct would rise next to Big Timber Creek on property covering almost two acres at Creek Road and Route 47. 

About 3,300 square feet of existing retail space would be demolished to make way for the project, as would about 850 square feet currently used as a garage, said Brittany L'Esperance, a civil engineer retained by the developers. 

She said docks that can accommodate four boats at the site "are intended for restaurant patrons only that are interested in arriving by water."

It is not known when construction will start.

For those who were around 'Back in the Day',  Bogey's was once known as Meril’s (not sure of the spelling) Circle Cafe. Sunday afternoons the pool table was a favorite spot for local pool hustlers like Harry Walker and Albie Brandt. Friday and Saturday nights from 12 midnight to 1 AM was amateur hour. This was decades before karaoke.  Singer Paul Nipper Nazar, a Gloucester City character, who performed on the Children's Hour when he was just a kid, was one of the regulars at Merils that would sing a few songs during that hour.

One memory about Paul that stayed with this reporter for all these years happened at a Sunday Mustangs football game at the Charles Street stadium. The Mustangs was a semi-pro football team, the players, mostly Gloucester guys, were all former high school and college football players. At half-time here comes Nipper, decked out in a bright pink shirt and black pegged pants with white stitches on the side. It's half-time and he comes walking, actually strutting, across the field arm and arm with two beautiful black girls. 

We asked long-time Gloucester City hairstylist Charlie Huber, who was a good pool shooter himself said, "I remember Nipper, he used to come to my old shop at 359 South Broadway. Funny guy, his brother Charlie was a mailman in town.  Those pool games at Merals used to be a bit much for those days I used to shoot more at the bowling alley, Joe Slick was a better shooter, but piss him off and you could beat him. I think the 
black girl(s) nipper accompanied to the stadium were part of a singing group."
"Go way back and I used to rack the front table at A&A billiards.  They played Harrigan on that front table, guys like Matty Mullin, Pudgy, Harry Walker Sr., Albie Brandt, Dinky Brennan, etc. I'd get 5 cents a rack until I made enough to get time on the back table to start our own games with Craig Gramley, Wes Brandt, Frank Kiermiier, (God, my memory).  I used to love pill pool, by the time I was able to shoot on that front table, those previous shooters moved on to the bars.  
"Ah yes, those were the days!"

see Courier Post article

Screen Shot 2021-05-16 at 14.42.04Webers Drive-In 

The public learned about the storage facility at the March meeting of the Mayor and Council.  Anthony Seriack, of Warren, NJ stated he is in contract to purchase the Weber's Drive-In property at  310 Crescent Blvd. Seriack stated he has been in touch with the Planning and Zoning Secretary. And, Borough Solicitor Higgins told Seriack what has to be done for the project to move forward.

The Chew family, who owned and operated Webers for 26 years closed the business in 2014. The property went on the auction block in the same year. It is not known whether it was sold at that time. The Chews also owned Parkway Golf in Cherry Hill.

Webers opened in the 1950s and was owned by a gentleman name Axel Kjellman. Every fall, he would close the business and head to Florida for six months returning in the spring to open his doors.  Is not known when he sold the property or to who.

In the early 60s, there was a trampoline park at Webers that was replaced with one of the miniature golf courses after two years. Skip Zirbser worked at that park when it first opened in 1961. He said there were 9 trampolines and he received 50 cents an hour. He only worked there one year when it first opened. 

Screen Shot 2021-05-17 at 13.14.23Brooklawn Memorial Monument, Hannevig Ave.


Brooklawn Memorial Day Services —The Brooklawn American Legion Post #72 will conduct their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 10 AM at the Memorial Monument located on Hannevig Ave. in Brooklawn. The public is invited to attend and is asked to social distance. The Service will be live-streamed on the Borough's Facebook page. The Service will be conducted by members of the Brooklawn Memorial American Legion Post #72.

Those wishing to have a wreath placed during the service may drop off their wreath at the monument by 9 AM and they will be placed around the monument during the service.


Video of the Brooklawn 9-11 Memorial


Brooklawn Town Wide Yard Sale-June 5, 2021 8 am to 3 pm

Click the link below to download the registration form. The cost is $5.00 which helps to cover the cost of advertising and will get your address on the list of participating homes. The link below will take you to the Borough's website where you can download a registration form. It also includes instructions for mailing in your form or dropping it off.




Video Promoting The Community of Brooklawn aka "Gods Little Acre"