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CHAPTER 18

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

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IS ANOTHER GLOUCESTER CITY HISTORICAL BUILDING COMING DOWN?--Thursday, February 24, we talked with a contractor who was clearing out items from the Twin Bar, Broadway, and Market Street. Asked if the building was being demolished he said that he didn't know. That he was hired to empty the property. He apologized for blocking the sidewalk. Earlier in the month, we noticed a sign on the building stating the property was unfit/unsafe for habitat. The Twin Bar, the alleged home of Rock and Roll has been sitting empty for nearly a decade. Several years ago we reached out to a historical group that fixes up historical properties in the state of NJ to see if they would be interested in repairing this property which dates back to the 1940s. More recently we talked with Councilman Jim Johnson and asked why doesn't the city remove the plaque before it is destroyed, and he said because it doesn't belong to the city.  It would seem to us that the city could take possession of that plaque until the owner claims it. 

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Unfortunately, because the Twin Bar was not open at the time the group said no. So many historical properties in Gloucester City have been demolished in the past. For example, the King Movie just needed a new roof and was located in the heart of the King Corridor development that never happened. The rest of the building was okay, today that spot is a parking lot. Sadly it appears this too will be the fate of this property. The bronze plaque at the front door  (see arrow) of the building designating the site as the home of Rock and Roll was erected in the ?. We urge the city of Gloucester City to remove it and give it to the Historical Society for safekeeping. We along with everyone else would hate to see it destroyed.

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THE JANUARY BLIZZARD--The January 29, 2022 blizzard dumped 7.5 inches at the Philadelphia Airport and 19 inches in Atlantic City. Above, a Ring camera captures the snow falling in Riverview Heights during that storm. Peyton and Me would publically like to thank our neighbors Jerry, Matt, and Mike for clearing the snow from our sidewalk and driveway. 

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UNREGISTERED/UNLICENSED/BROKEN DOWN VEHICLES-Sitting in plain view on the side of a home in the 800 block of Powell Street, Gloucester City is this derelict car.  Below are several similar vehicles on South Broadway near Hunter Street. Nearby Westville has been strictly enforcing its Housing Code ordinance on unregistered/unlicensed abandoned motor vehicles for some time now. 

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WHY DOESN'T GLOUCESTER CITY DO THE SAME? We long have been advocates for citing homeowners/landlords who have unlicensed, unregistered vehicles stored on their properties. They are unsightly and are safety hazards and depreciate the value of properties in those neighborhoods. The City passed Chapter 88 Vehicles or other machinery abandoned or inoperable in 1965

 

It reads in part...It is hereby determined and declared that the placing, abandonment, leaving, keeping, or storage out-of-doors of any motor vehicle not currently in use for transportation and not licensed for the current license year, or any other unused machinery or equipment on public or private lands in Gloucester City, is contrary and inimical to the public welfare in that such articles so placed, abandoned, left, kept or stored attract or may attract persons of tender years who, being so attracted, may play in and about them and be injured in so doing, and in that such articles so placed, abandoned, left, kept or stored out-of-doors, exposed to the elements, deteriorate and in themselves are detrimental to and depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and in Gloucester City as a whole.

CHAPTER 88-4 states that enforcement of the law is the job of the City Police Department.  To report a violation of this law in your neighbor call police at any of these numbers (856-)456-0900, Patrol: (856) 456-0901, Detective: (856) 456-7797, Administration: (856) 456-0408

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KUDOS TO the owner of the Chicken & Gyro, Broadway and Hunter Street, Gloucester City for sprucing up the outside of their building with the first coat of paint. It looks nice. There was a time when the local Business Association would urge its members and non-members to fix up their property.  A contest was held annually and the winner was honored in various ways. How we long for The Good Ole Days!!!  

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DESECRATING OUR FLAG--There is a proper way to fly our flag, and this isn't the right way. The U.S. Flag Code says, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” When an American flag is worn beyond repair, it should be retired respectfully. Read more

Also, our flag should not remain at full staff 24-hours a day. It is the universal custom to display the American flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. The flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.   

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 CRATERS EVERYWHERE...This particular pothole is on Nicholson Road a block from the I-76 underpass on Nicholson Road near University Avenue, heading towards Route 130. Because of the cold weather, you can find similar large, bowl-shaped potholes on almost any street you travel today.  Motorists may call 1-800-POTHOLE or go online to report potholes on state roads using a new mapping feature to help identify the exact location of the pothole. To report potholes on county roads, contact the appropriate jurisdiction

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WHAT IMPACT DOES GRAFFITI HAVE ON SOCIETY?  We have noticed the graffiti on both the I-76 underpass on Nicholson Road, (below) and the I-76 underpass on Klemm Avenue (above). Also, on the back of the garages that face the Gloucester City Library.
 
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Graffiti, one of the most visible forms of crime and disorder in a community, can become a visible indicator of disobedience, social decline, and antisocial behavior among youth. As well as causing damage to the property targeted, graffiti also plays a significant role in affecting entire communities. The above photo was taken at the Klemm Avenue I-76 underpass. Read more
 
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WHISKEY BOTTLES REMOVED--Someone came along recently and removed the pile of whiskey bottles that were laying near the Lane Avenue playground for over a month.  Thank you whoever you are. 

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PEYTON  stopped at the Kohler Street railroad crossing the other day to check out the deep crevices on either side of the tracks. The holes keep growing larger and yet neither CONRAIL nor the City Public Works Department has taken the necessary steps to fix the problem. 

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A GOOSE PARADE a few days ago had traffic stopped in both directions as they leisurely strolled across Klemm Avenue in Gloucester City. Betcha those "honkers "are sorry they didn't fly south this year.

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I'M BACK!!!--Gloucester City Police Officer Bill Lessig who retired in January 2021 as a corporal after 25 years is back on the Gloucester City Police Force as a Class-2 officer. Mayor Dayl Baile said in this status the city doesn't have to pay his health benefits. Baile said he works 40-hours a week. Officer Lessig was seen around the city recently issuing parking tickets to people whose vehicle was blocking the sweeper. 

 


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 This Gloucester City Riverview Heights family took advantage of the recent warm weather to decorate for St. Patrick's Day. Hopefully, the weather will be clear for the annual Gloucester City St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 6.

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