by William E. Cleary Sr.
THE BEST COMMUTER CITY—The City of Gloucester has received another accolade. This time
it was chosen as one of the top ten best commuter cities in the state of New Jersey by the Obrella Insider. According to a press release, the company analyzes and reports on everything insurance related, including consumer behavior and trends. Obrella is a community-focused organization that simplifies and adds transparency to the insurance shopping experience by providing helpful resources and comparing car insurance providers
The Best Commuter list includes 1. Totowa, 2. Middle Township, 3.Gloucester City, 4.Pleasantville, 5. Millville, 6. Somers Point, 7. Ewing Township, 8. Vineland, 9. Pennsville Township, 10. Dover.
The company’s “40 Best and Worst Commuter Cities in New Jersey” report was released on March 23, 2015. To determine the rankings, Obrella analyzed traffic data from the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau survey, considering only New Jersey cities whose population exceeded 10,000 at the time of the survey. The report visualizes compelling commuter data at the city level, including methods of commuting and a breakdown of commute durations. View the full report and rankings.
YOUR MONEY— The Camden County Freeholder Board, at their March meeting, approved a $66,800 raise for Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson. As a result, his annual salary was increased to $230,000. His new contract requires him to stay in Camden until at least 2019.
NJ.com reported that Daniel Hardwick, a spokesman for the Camden County NAACP was irate that Thompson received such an enormous raise. ”In the words of Gov. Christie this contract is obscene!" said Hardwick, first vice-president of the Camden County NAACP, in a statement Saturday. "Camden has been ranked either the number one or the number two most dangerous city in the country under Chief (Scott) Thomson's command. What has this chief done so significant to deserve such a significant raise? One of the main purposes of disbanding the Camden City police department was to save money. How does this outrageous pay raise save money?"
SHAME ON YOU!!!—Camden County Police Lt. Benito Gonzales Jr. plead guilty on March 11 in Cherry Hill municipal court that he committing a lewd act in 2014, according to a Courier Post article. Benito was accused of masturbating in public at the Starbucks on Route 70. The judge fined Gonzalez $360. Part of his plea included he participate in a conditional dismissal program. Under the program, Gonzalez would be monitored for one year on probationary statues. If he commits no additional crimes, the judge could dismiss the lewdness charge. After his May 16, 2014 arrest, the former head of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) narcotics unit was removed from duty without pay. A disciplinary hearing is pending. Gonzalez, of Deptford, was a 17-year veteran of the police force having served with the Camden City municipal police department before it was disbanded.
VOTE FOR THE BEST LION--Plans for the revision of the Gloucester City High School Athletic Hall of Fame are moving along. High School Principal Sean Gorman said the committee will be convening in April to prepare for a ceremony that will take place during the 2015-2016 school year. Anyone interested in nominating a candidate the form appears on the school’s Athletic website. Click here.