Frank Kelly, provided the following information about Marshall's Grocery Store, which was located next to the barber shop..."Agnes and Harold Marshal were my great aunt and uncle. They sold the store to Tom and Loretta McNulty. My wife’s parents. Then they sold it to Bodalski’s who sold it to Jim Kenny."
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--This past Saturday morning Peyton and Me couldn't help noticing the pile of trash thrown on the step of the former Twin Bar at Broadway and Market Street (see below). This unsightly pile of garbage lay just a few feet from a nearby trash receptacle.
It makes one wonder what type of person thinks they can throw their trash anywhere without considering the people living nearby or the environment. Are they residents of Gloucester City? Or were they passing through? A few weeks ago, we found a similar trash pile in the exact location.
The following day on Sunday morning, we walked down South Broadway towards Market Street. We had to maneuver along the sidewalk as residents living on the odd side of the 200-unit block of Broadway from Hunter Street to Powell Street had placed trash receptacles in front of their houses and other items they were throwing out. It was pretty early in the morning, so the residents had to place their trash out on Saturday night. Blocking our way as we walked was a box spring and mattress, old car tires, old carpets, and several plastic trash bags that animals had broken open. The sidewalk in front of those homes is very narrow. A pedestrian is squeezed on one side between the cars on the street and the row of houses on the other side. Two people walking in different directions can not get by without one of those individuals stepping out onto Broadway. Add the trash, and it is an obstacle course.
The city trash ordinance states in part.
The occupant of any dwelling house, store or other building shall not place the receptacles required by this ordinance in the appropriate curbside location for collection at any time prior to 7:00 p.m. the evening before regularly scheduled collection. Upon the collection of garbage, the receptacles required by this ordinance shall be removed from curbside before 7:00 p.m. the evening of regularly scheduled collection.
Across the street, there were three derelict cars parked alongside 243 S. Broadway. Most recently, the building housed a barber shop, and years ago, it was home to Sarlo's Towne House Florist. A few months ago, the owner of that property, who lives in Philadelphia, took issue with Peyton and Me for photographing the old cars and publishing them, saying we should mind our own business. He threatened to sue us. It was his property, and he could do whatever he wanted. He further stated that he moved those cars from his home in Philadelphia because he didn't have any room for them at that location. All three of his cars violate the law. The City ordinance states you cannot store vehicles without current registration or proper license tags.
LITTER IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN GLOUCESTER CITY--Several months we found this garbage at the intersection of Broadway and George. A few feet away was a trash receptacle. Because of few slobs, people driving through Gloucester City are getting the wrong impression of our community
People often wonder why we complain about trash on our city streets and the derelict cars abandoned on city parking lots and rental properties. The answer is simple. We remember what Gloucester City used to be like. It wasn't that long ago when you didn't see trash lying everywhere like you do today.
For example, look at the photo above of a section of Monmouth Street in the late 1940s early 1950s. One thing that immediately stands out is no trash in that photo. We remember seeing the people who owned the businesses in those two blocks sweeping their sidewalks daily. As a youngster, my first haircut was at that barbershop. Pete Pellingrino was the barber. Up the street was the 5 and 10 owned by Gwen Wostupal, Dr. Hirshorn, Tedesco's shoes, Elwell Jewelers, Joanna Fox's Book Shop, Bill Stuebin's TVs and Appliances, later Keenans TV, Gardwood Hardware, Defligers Candy Store, Quality Drug are some of the names that come to mind when we view the photo.
Here is another point to ponder; why don't we see trash like the one shown in the pictures below lying about in nearby Brooklawn or Westville? You won't see trash like the one shown in the photo below in Haddon Heights or Haddonfield either
Why do people living here and passing through think it is okay to trash our Gloucester City?
What has changed?
What is being done to stop this problem from spiraling any further?
We don't have the answer.
photo credit CNBNews