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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 6, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Looking back over the past week the immediate area of  South Jersey was a hotbed of news.

Some of those topics we are reporting on below include:

A rumor about a halfway house coming to Brooklawn

Mayor Baile's Good News

A road rage incident that ended in a death of a driver

A two-car accident stopping train traffic at the Railroad and Essex Street


POLITICO'S story on your toxic drinking water

Our Opinion

Plus the Make A Wish Foundation visits Gloucester City


Let’s start with the halfway house...We received a tip from an anonymous person who asked about a  rumor circulating in Brooklawn about a halfway house for recovering addicts and alcoholics opening near the Alice Costello School.


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The Alice Costello Elementary School and the School Library, 301 Haakon Road, Brooklawn. A rumor about a halfway house opening a block from the grammar school and library has been circulating in the community.  (CNBNews net photo)

Below is the tip...


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We reached out to Brooklawn Police Chief Shamus Ellis who stated, 

"I heard that rumor also, but after speaking with the B.A. (Borough Administrator Ryan Giles) there is no “concrete” knowledge that’s the case.

I/the borough would know it’s being occupied by others (not the owner) because they would need to fill out a Rental Registration Form with the borough and pay the fee.

Although I could understand some of the public concerns if this is true, I don’t believe there is anything that can be done. However, like all other areas/homes/apartments, if it becomes a nuisance proper and professional attention would be given."


MAYOR BAILE'S GOOD NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER CITY RESIDENTS...Gloucester City Mayor Dayl Screen Shot 2022-02-06 at 14.12.17Baile, announced today that very soon members of the governing body will be taking turns releasing a monthly newsletter loaded with information about our fair city.

But wait!

We are getting ahead of ourselves.

At the end of January newly appointed Councilman at large Derrick Timm had published a brief synopsis of what took place in the City during that month on his personal Facebook page. He also sent a copy to CNBNews to publish.  Because of some legal issues, the acting city administrator/police chief asked Timm to remove it from his site. Timm was upset. Baile loved the idea of the governing body being forthright with the residents. A meeting of minds took place and as a result, the newsletter idea was back on track. 


The mayor (photo) said today, "The disclosure and publication of City information is an excellent idea. It is more official and expansive if posted on the City website. I love the whole disclosure of information and transparency mindset. It insulates Derek by posting his comments on the City’s platform as opposed to a personal one. I intend to have all of the Council take turns posting updates as we proceed throughout the year. Lots of good things happening in Gloucester City.  I will also be doing some City updates soon through the website and on your site (CNBNewsnet).”

Screen Shot 2022-02-06 at 15.38.59The Google map street view of the location where the two cars collided at the Railroad and Essex Street. Looking east, the arrow is pointing to nearby Collings Road. In the foreground is the Gloucester City Swim Club and on the left is the Walt Whitman Bridge. 


A CAR ACCIDENT IN GLOUCESTER CITY STOPS THE TRAIN...Early last Thursday (Feb. 3, 2022) morning, (approximately 3 AM), two cars collided at Essex Street on the railroad tracks. One of the vehicle passengers was trapped. Rescuers had to cut the trapped passenger out of the wreckage. It took crews about 20 minutes to get the person out. The passenger was taken to a nearby hospital in Camden City with multiple injuries.  A second person was also hurt. Train traffic was moving again after both cars were removed from the collision site.



A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT ENDS IN TRAGEDY...Victim's name released... A road rage incident that started in nearby Philadelphia ended with one person being shot and killed. The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public’s assistance with their homicide Investigation that occurred last month on Interstate 76 in Mount Ephraim Borough, Camden County.


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Louis E. Ciccanti Jr.,  photo courtesy of 6ABCNews


On January 24, at approximately 10:32 p.m., troopers from Troop “A” Bellmawr Station responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 76 eastbound at milepost .4.  When troopers arrived, they discovered the driver of a black 2004 Mercedes Benz 500, identified as Louis E. Ciccanti Jr. had been shot and killed. 

Screen Shot 2022-02-05 at 23.12.06New Jersey State Police are searching for this vehicle in connection with the road rage murder of Louis Ciccanti on January 24, 2022.  


Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and an unidentified black sedan vehicle were both traveling eastbound on Interstate 76 in the area of Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, P.A. when they became involved in a “road rage” incident.  Surveillance video from the Walt Whitman Bridge captured both vehicles continuing over the bridge into New Jersey onto Interstate 76 eastbound. 


Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, the events leading up to it, or any other information that might aid this investigation, is asked to contact the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Tip Line at 856-783-4900 or email at [email protected]. 

Anonymous tips are welcome.   


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MERIDIA ON THE PIER—The Gloucester City Mayor and Council will hold a public information meeting about the possible construction of a high-rise building being erected on Freedom Pier, King Street, and the Delaware River. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the Gloucester High School auditorium, 1300 Market Street near Route 130. Starting time 7 PM. Residents are invited to attend. 

RELATED: NJ Developer Attends Meeting with Select Group of City Businessmen/Politicians to Discuss Freedom Pier Plan



IS THE WATER WE DRINK TOXIC?... You decide...During the summer walking along the promenade at Proprietors Park, in Gloucester City, we saw human feces coming from a sewer pipe into the Delaware River. That day we spoke to a resident who walks through the park every day. He said that was a normal occurrence, to see human feces, emptying into the river, “more so after a heavy rain”, he said.

Many communities located near Delaware get their drinking water from that river. 


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MAY 2021 DELAWARE RIVER AT PROPRIETORS PARK...On the left is a CNBNews photo of human feces floating out of a drain pipe that is hooked up to Gloucester City's sewer system that empties into the Delaware River. The sign on the right reads "WARNING Possible sewage overflows during and following wet weather contact with water may also cause illness. "For that reason boating, fishing, and swimming are prohibited in this area of the river. (CNBNews photo)



If the image of the human waste floating in your drinking water wasn’t enough to discourage people from using their home tap water we now learn from POLITICO that a toxic chemical was recently discovered in that same river.  New Jersey’s largest drinking water supplier made the Screen Shot 2022-02-06 at 20.07.42 discovery, and the search for the polluters led back to a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant and a South Jersey company in West Deptford. 


The chemical New Jersey American Water Co. found, 1,4-Dioxane, is a byproduct of plastic manufacturing that is considered a likely carcinogen by the federal government. While the chemical has been found in water supplies before, this discovery in early 2020 set off alarms because of the high levels in a section of the Delaware River close to American Water’s treatment plant in South Jersey that sends drinking water to customers in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties.  Eventually, the search led authorities to two sources of the toxin,  a wastewater treatment plant in Allentown, Pa.,  and its polymer manufacturing facility in West Deptford, N.J.

Coim is an Italian polymer and plastics maker, and 1,4-Dioxane is one of its byproducts. 



External-content.duckduckgo-1The City of Gloucester City announced in 2019 that 1,4-Dioxane was found in the City's water system also. Taxpayers in that community spent millions to rebuild their outdated Water Plant several years ago. It makes you wonder how did that dangerous chemical get into the new system?

Read Gloucester City's Water Quality Report here

According to our sources, before borrowing the millions in bonds and notes to rebuilt the Johnson Blvd. Water Plant,  New Jersey American Water wanted to buy that system and would have hired the city employees working there, but at a lower salary. For that reason, we were told by a former mayor,  American Water's nearly $20 million offer to buy the plant was turned down. 

In our opinion, our mayor and council should have looked at the long-range cost to improve the City's outdated infrastructure made of cinder blocks and bricks built in the 1800s before turning their back on their offer. Were they thinking of the poor taxpayers in the city when they made that decision? Or were they only thinking of the employees? One of the things that would have been fixed almost immediately would have been the problem of human feces emptying into the Delaware River. And also on the top of the list would have been the broken down pipes in the area of the Southport Development. And the streets caving in on Barnard Avenue, Stinson Avenue, Harley Avenue, etc. But that is just Our Opinion. What is yours?



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