By Bill Cleary
CHEER-The City of Gloucester City hired a new police officer using funds from the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ). The officer, Barbara Kane, is a former Camden City cop who was laid off by that City because of budget restraints. She is the first police woman ever hired in the 388 year history of the City. Officer Kane is a resident of Gloucester City.
JEER-To the two idiots who were involved in the traffic accident in February with the school bus on Johnson Blvd. Gloucester City Police charged the suspects with being under the influence Police say the driver of the pickup truck will be charged with driving while intoxicated. They say heroin was found inside the truck.
CHEER-To all those involved helping the children who were in the bus that collided with the pickup truck the suspects mentioned above were driving.
JEER-Another year and the proposed Gloucester City Middle School to be constructed on the vacant ground located on Market Street remains in limbo. This project has been ongoing for 10 years. In the meantime the vacant lot, which is owned by the State of NJ, is a blight on the surrounding neighborhood. It is time for the State to relinquish the property back to the City so that something gainful to the area can be built on the site.
CHEER- Seven members of the Gloucester City Fire Department will be given the EMS Medal of Distinction for their actions in the preservation of a life at a pedestrian/train accident on Broadway and George Street in Gloucester City on September 20, 2010". This award is from the NJ State FMBA Valor Awards Committee .The award s presented to firefighters who demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in Emergency Medical Services while aiding a civilian. Those to be honored at a banquet in April include: B/C John McNutt, Captain Joseph Schili, FF Chris Ryan, FF Anthony Bramble, FF Scott Maxsymowicz, former FF Joseph Tuttle (laid off), and FF Steve Quinn.
CHEER-The Cherry Hill Pine Barons Barbershop Chorus, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Haddons, made a special President’s Day visit to the residents of Rohrer Towers II in Haddon Township. The Chorus provided an entertaining 45-minute A cappella concert after an introduction and ceremonious reading of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by Kiwanis Club President-Elect Anson (Andy) Wager of Barrington. Members of the Kiwanis Club served refreshments after the concert.
CHEER-Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today unveiled a plan to reduce childhood obesity and hunger in Camden, Campbell’s home since 1869. The company will invest $10 million over ten years with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and hunger in Camden’s 23,000 children by 50 percent. Campbell’s President and CEO Douglas R. Conant said, “Obesity is a national crisis, but it is even more acute in Camden. We absolutely believe this important effort can nourish the lives of thousands of Camden children, both physically and emotionally, and help prepare them for a productive future.”
CHEER-The Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund approved an application filed by Brooklawn American Legion Baseball to reconstruct the Joe Barth Field in Brooklawn. The $25,000 grant will allow the Joe Barth Field to meet the demands and exposure the Brooklawn American Legion Baseball brings to the Camden County Area. Bruce Darrow and Tom MacAdams wrote the application for the grant.
JEER-To the Courier Post for appointing Democrat Political Boss George Norcross to its editorial board. Tom Crone, executive director of the South Jersey Citizens organization sums it up this way, Allowing Mr. Norcross to sit on the editorial board reeks of another “insider deal,” and is at best a questionable decision by the Courier Post. This is a time of new ideas, a time for citizens to put their hands up and say “STOP” to the corruption and politics as usual in our community. The Courier Post has decided not to allow the voices of the People to be heard, yet will invite a man so politically connected and rooted in the problem to shape and craft the debate on HIS very indiscretions.