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CNBNews Cheer and Jeers for JUNE/JULY 2021

CHEER—A total of 137 households in Camden County will share $215,000 from 92 people in eight United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations, as well as other church agencies, to abolish medical debt, the group announced recently. Together, the UCC has abolished more than $9 million in medical debt in four states, including more than $8 million in New Jersey. Their latest debt-relief campaign raised $65,522.21, according to the UCC.


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JEER—Sunday, July 4, 2021, a day that families and friends gather to thank our forefathers who died and fought for our Independence. That is what the agenda for the day is supposed to be but that wasn't the case in the little neighborhood of North Harley Avenue. No, sad to say that one resident along with her quests thought this was the time to play rap songs that contained the four-letter word that began with F and ended with K. Not satisfied to keep the vulgar language to their selves they decided everyone in a four-block area needed to hear this disgusting phase which was repeatedly blasted and amplified over their sound system. For the majority of us living in this area, their actions were offensive and classless. The same neighborhood was also subjected to the constant sound of a "hammerhead" fire cracker going off every few minutes into the early morning hours.


CHEER—Congratulations to former High School Principal Sean Gorman who was named Superintendent of the Gloucester City Schools recently. Gorman, a leader, and educator that was born and raised in Gloucester City and who has chosen to raise his own family here. Looking forward to a bright future for our district's children under his leadership.


JEER—To the residents in Gloucester City who continuously leave their trash in our playgrounds. Residents should take pride in their community and pick up after themselves, especially when trash cans are located in every playground!  The parks department needs to do a better job maintaining our city's playgrounds so children have a safe and clean place to play. With all the rain we have been having this summer the grass needs to be cut more often than once every three weeks.


CHEER— Coach Josh Cassidy and the Gloucester Catholic baseball staff that assisted him in the FREE baseball clinic they ran for our city's youth. It was well organized and the kids enjoyed learning and playing. It was a wonderful example of giving back to the community. Thanks, guys!


JEER—Gov. Phil Murphy announced his intention to expand New Jersey’s Medicaid program to cover the state’s nearly 90,000 uninsured children — including those who are undocumented — in February. We are not against helping those in need that are residents in our state. But, according to data, there are between 18,000 and 25,000 undocumented kids living in this state now. Who is going to pick up the health care tab for them?  YOU!


CHEER-There are some actions you can take to stop getting nuisance calls that you don’t want. The National Do Not Call Registry lets you limit the telemarketing calls you receive. Stop unwanted sales calls by registering your phone number:  Online: Visit By phone: Call 1-888-382-1222 or TTY: 1-866-290-4236


JEER-How is it not a conflict of interest to have the Gloucester City Police Chief also hold the position of City Administrator? If you have a complaint about a police action one of the people you would lodge the complaint with would be the Administrator. Also, the city administrator oversees any disciplinary action filed against a police officer. And, the administrator is part of contract negotiations with the police union. This is too much power for one person. Who is watching him?  Sometime ago former city clerk Paul Kain was also serving as city administrator. That council found one man couldn't do both jobs. Taxpayers were being shortchanged. Kain was demoted and Jack Lipsett was hired to the administrator position. You would think the council would have learned a lesson, but apparently not. 


CHEER-Lots of successes to Gloucester City's interim mayor Patrick Keating who was appointed by council members to the seat of Mayor Dan Spenser who resigned for health reasons. This coming November an election will be held to elect someone to serve out the remaining two years of Spencer's term. There will also be an election to fill Keating's council seat which expires in 2023.

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JEER-Who killed Ashley Babbitt? Seven months after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, we still don't know the name of the person who shot her? Video footage reveals Babbitt climbing through a window and a hand with a gun pointed towards her. She is struck with a bullet and later died in a hospital. Ms. Babbitt was a veteran of the US Air Force who had served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a supporter of President Trump. The shooter's name was never released.  But, if it was a police officer shooting a person, who was committing a crime,the name of that officer is spread all over social media and news outlets within hours if the shooting fits the narrative of the Progressive Left.


CHEER—South Jersey port terminals are bustling with activity as the economy rebounds and responds to the pent-up demand. Total revenue is up 2.8%. The South Jersey port is also positioned to become the epicenter of the offshore wind industry along the East Coast. A recently signed agreement clears the way for EEW American Offshore Structures to build a manufacturing facility at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal to support Orsted’s offshore wind project.


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CHEER—Skeptics who believe a border wall will not stop illegals from entering the United States may want to look at what's happening in Hungary. On the day its border fence was completed, (above) the influx of illegals entering Hungary went down from 6,353 per day to 870 the next. For the remainder of that month, illegal border crossings were steadily below 40 per day, officials. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's pledge to stop illegals from flowing into the country appears to be a spectacular success, according to Daily Caller News Foundation.


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JEER--Another summer season and once again the restrooms at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, are still dirty. In fact there is mold growing on the floor and in the water fountains. 

152791472_114996137296429_4322255169501745440_nCHEER-Joshua Twyford and Charlene Delfico the chair and co-chair of the Gloucester City GOP for getting involved in local politics and trying to make a difference. Kudos to both of you! 


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