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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (June 14, THE DAY COMING TO AN END--One night last week around 9:15 PM we caught the last glimpse of daylight before the dark sky of night closed over the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City. We took the photo with the Apple iPhone 11


LOVE YOUR MONEY--The new Gloucester High football field and running track around the field is finished. Work on the $1.3 million jobs began at the beginning of the year and ended in May. The arrow is pointing to two members of the construction crew putting the finishing touches on the field. It makes you wonder if the Canada Geese living nearby on the school practice fields and in the nearby swamp are going to be upset about the artificial field. We heard not long ago the School Board had paid to have the football field reseeded.

Incidentally in the list of the June bills, we found the following payment about the track. We asked Terri Weeks, Board Administrator if this payment was in addition to the $1.3 million costs for the field. Once we have an answer we will let you know. 

High School-Turf Field Closeout -Accept substantial completion of the high school turf field component of the track and field project from December 2020 and closeout project for a final cost of $498,222.54. All retainage was utilized. 

Ms Weeks explained "the High School track project has separate vendors.  Turf Field project component with the vendor LandTek is nearing or at completion.  Their portion of the project totaled $498,222.54.  These monies, not including any change orders, was part of the $1.3 million project costs.  The other vendor, Field Turf was awarded the balance of the project.   Retainage can also be known as allowance and is part of the original contract, if unused, is deducted from the final project."

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THANK YOU HOUSING AUTHORITY--The Gloucester City Housing Authority was notified in May about the junk and trash being stored behind a Lane Avenue rental property. As a result, the Housing Authority cited the owner and the property was cleared of the debris. (see below) If you have someone in your neighborhood who is doing the same thing, storing junk, or is not cutting their grass take a photo and send it to the Housing Authority, [email protected], and also send a copy to us [email protected]. Make sure you include the address of the location.

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The vacant ground where the junk was being stored is owned by the landlord of 21 Lane Avenue according to the City Housing Authority.

CITY SCHOOLS WELL PROTECTED--A Gloucester City Police Officer stands guard recently outside of the Cold Springs Pre School playground watching the children. We were told that the police officers replaced some of the school security personnel, who were being paid less money. The Gloucester City Police Department provides a police officer for each of the four public schools during school hours (Pre-School, Cold Springs K-3, Gloucester Middle School, and Gloucester High School). Former City Police Chief and City Councilman George Berglund, who heads school security at that location, remains on duty at the Cold Springs School. Likewise, the full-time police officer that was always assigned at the high school hasn't been replaced. 

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 22.48.49COMMUNITY PRIDE BEGINS HERE! The fire hydrant at Lane Ave and Little Hunter Street has been out of service for five years if not longer. You would think after all that time the City would have removed it. After all, would you like to have that ugly-looking piece of junk sitting in front of your house? The old tire and oil-stained sidewalk are located on Broadway at Market Street in front of the defunct Jack's Bar. How did the oil get there and who dropped the old tire at that spot is a mystery. Besides being an eyesore the oil is difficult to walk around as it takes up most of the sidewalk.
NEW BUSINESS-Another eatery has opened up at the former McGroarty's News Shop, 738 Market Street, a few feet from Broadway. Previously an Indian food business occupied the building; before that, there was a fried chicken shop. Years ago the building was owned and occupied by John McGroarty, who sold newspapers, lottery tickets, and deli items. The sign near the door reads "Chosen Protection Soulfood 3 PM to 11 PM. According to Wikipedia, a traditional soul food dinner would consist of fried chicken, with macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and fried okra. We wish the owner (s) much success. Phone (856) 349-2143.

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JUST LOVE MOTHER NATURE--On our walk one day we heard loud chirping and to our surprise, we looked up and saw two young birds hanging out a birdhouse. Further up the tree, we saw a squirrel resting on top of his house. (click image to enlarge)


COMMUNITY PRIDE BEGINS HERE--The dirtiest unkept shopping plaza in Gloucester City goes to CVS Pharmacy/Dunkin Donuts, located at 455 South Broadway. The sign above has been laying at the entrance since last year. Below are the cutters in the parking lot filled with trash of all kinds and 100's of cigarette butts. There are no trash cans in any part of the plaza. CVS is a billion-dollar corporation. As is Dunkin Donuts.


Certainly, between the two businesses they can afford to clean the lot every week and buy some trash cans. Gloucester City residents deserve better treatment. The problem was brought to the attention of the City Housing Office. We were told they are on top of the situation. Another multi-million dollar business thumbing its corporate nose at the residents of this City is The Bank of America. The dumpsters below are placed on the Bergen Street side of their parking lot. Disgraceful and uncalled for. The Housing Office told us they are working on that issue also. 



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Freedom Pier looking south towards Proprietor's Park



A  NICE TRIBUTE--The Kings Highway entrance to Haddon Lake was decorated with  Flags for Heroes, an annual tribute provided by the Community of Audubon.  Drive past that monument towards where the old Audubon Swimming pool was once located and you'll find information about Audubon's Rain Garden.

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Index cards with the names of  those being honored by the community are also part of the  Flags of Heroes memorial

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The Haddon Lake walkway was overflowing with newborn geese, ducks, and turtles.

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THE LION WILL LAY DOWN WITH THE LAMB--It was fun watching Peyton as she walked alongside this family of geese. She and the geese acted like it was normal for their relationship to be so friendly. If you have ever experienced geese with their young they are very protective and will come after you with their heads down and wings spread making a hissing sound. Yet that wasn't the case on this particular day. 

Screen Shot 2021-06-13 at 20.41.34Turtles everywhere.  Lurking in the weeds was this black snake, (below) it was six feet long if not longer



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FINAL THOUGHTS--We were asked several times this week if we got a new dog. No, we didn't we were watching Bella, (right) for these past seven days for our grandchildren. It took me a day or so to get her to heal but once we got that out of the way we had no problems.  As for Peyton, she and Bella had their issues on the first day but that too only lasted for a short time. For the longest time, we had two Labs, Lacey and Erica. They both died of cancer, a year apart, at the age of 11.  After that happened we said no more dogs. Thirty days after Erica died we were in Gettysburg picking up Peyton who was 14 months old when we got her six years ago. One dog is enough, although I thought about getting another, but, after this week I suddenly remembered how much time it takes to care for two dogs. Bella was a joy to be around, and if the truth is known I miss not having her laying on my lap looking up at me with those big brown eyes.

~  Peyton and Me


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