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Mayor Kenney to S.J. Mayors: “We Are Working to Increase Patrols & Limit Noise”

In a letter addressed to the mayors of Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City, and Westville regarding the excessive noise from”Boom Cars,” Philadelphia James Mayor responded on September 2, 2020.

SJO was forwarded a copy of the letter from Mayor Kenney’s office.

Thanking the mayors for bringing the matter of “excessive noise from motor vehicles” to his attention, Mayor Kenney stated that he has reached out to the Police Department and “we are working to increase patrols and limit the noise coming from those areas listed in [the] letter.”

Mayor Kenney thanked the the mayors for their “continued partnership and patience as we deal with this issue.”

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Gloucester City Man Dies After Being Assaulted in Camden

On February 2, 2019, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a delayed homicide in the city.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office received information from Cooper University Hospital that a patient, Ryan Reven, 42, of Gloucester City, was pronounced deceased on February 1, 2019 at approximately 2:31 p.m.

Ryan Reven was physically assaulted on January 19, 2019, in the area of 6th and Auburn Streets in Camden at approximately 3:53 p.m. The victim was seen leaving the scene on foot.

Camden County Police found Ryan Reven a short time later suffering from multiple injuries he sustained during the assault. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he was receiving treatment until he succumbed to his injuries yesterday afternoon.

This morning, the Gloucester/ Camden/ Salem Medical Examiner, Dr. Gerald Feigin, determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest.

The investigation is ongoing, and there is no further information being released at this time.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Briana Catts at (856) 225-8531 or Camden County Police Detective Colin O’Sullivan at (856) 757-7042.

Information may also be emailed to

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PSE&G Seeks Planning & Zoning Approval for Variances & Improvements at Glou. City Reading Ave. Property

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has made application to the Gloucester City Planning and Zoning Board for approvals for property located on Reading Avenue.

The property is identified on the current Tax Map of Gloucester City as Tax Block 256.01, Lot 1 and Tax Block 285, Lots 3 and 5 and located within the Residential Low Density (R-L) Zone.

According to the Legal Notice that was published on October 5, 2018, PSE&G is seeking:

  • Variance approval
  • Conditional use approval
  • Preliminary and final site plan approval
  • A height variance to allow a height of 50 feet 4 inches for the height of the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building where 35 feet is permitted
  • A height for monopoles of 121 feet 5 inches (where 120 feet exists) to permit network upgrades to be made to the 69kV facility.

The proposed improvements will include:

  • The removal of existing electrical equipment to accommodate the construction of the new 2-story gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building
  • Installation of new electrical equipment along with modifications and two monopoles
  • Installation of new concrete footings and foundations along with expansion of the existing gravel access road, new drainage system and detention basin, a small retaining wall, site lighting, extensive landscaping, and fencing

PSE&G also seeks “some de minimis [trivial] exceptions” from site plan requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-51.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 313 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City.

The application and corresponding documents are on file in the City Clerk’s Office of Gloucester City at 512 Monmouth Street and are available for public inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Source: NJ Public

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Juveniles Find Deceased Male in Wooded Area in Crescent Trailer Park in Gloucester City

On July 15, 2018, Gloucester City Police announced that a deceased individual was found on July 14, 2018 at 4:37 p.m. when officers responded to the wooded area north of the Crescent Trailer Park for a report of a found body.

Upon arrival, the officers were directed to the location of the deceased, who was found by several juveniles.

“The body was badly decomposed and appears to have been there for some time,” the media release states.

The investigation by the GCPD Detective Bureau and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is still ongoing. However, the cause of death appears to be the result of an overdose.

On July 17, the GCPD provided an update stating that the deceased has been identified as Brandon G. Laxton, 26. He was a resident of Runnemede and had family members living in the Crescent Trailer Park.

and his name is being withheld at this time pending notification to family members.

(Updated 7/15/2018 at 2:15 pm; 7/17/2018 at 2:45 p.m.).

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Photo Gallery: Gloucester City First Responders Acknowledged, Recognized

On Saturday February 10, 2018, a First Responders Appreciation and Ecumenical Service was held at St. Mary’s Church in Gloucester City.

The procession to the church began at Fire Headquarters and continued along Monmouth Street to St. Mary’s.

Photo Gallery by SJO: