August 30, 1987 |
The Glassboro Borough Council on Tuesday night tabled a proposed ordinance to allow a third junkyard in the borough after several residents who live near the only applicant for the third license objected. "They are concerned that this will cause a devaluation of their homes and the water table would be endangered from the possibility of pollution seeping in from the junked cars," said Martin Margolet, a Camden attorney representing six people who live near Pete Clark & Sons Auto Body on East High Street, the applicant.
August 19, 1987 |
The Westampton Township Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously voted last night to grant a zoning variance to William Denning, owner of Denning's Garage on Rancocas Road, to construct a 30-by-50-foot, one-story concrete block addition. The variance was granted with the stipulation that Denning enclose his junkyard with a 6-foot fence and maintain an existing fence of trees. Residents surrounding the 38-year-old business have been protesting the addition and requesting that Denning clean up the business and fence in the junkyard, which they say is unsafe.
February 24, 2000 |
Two hundred firefighters last night were battling a huge junkyard blaze on the edge of the environmentally sensitive Pinelands, about 15 miles north of Atlantic City. The fire at Cramer's Auto Wreckers, on Route 542 in Burlington County, was reported at 1 p.m. yesterday. The fire fed on old crankcase oil, gasoline in old fuel tanks, and stacks of tires. As night fell, the billowing, thick black smoke that could be seen for miles in daylight gave way to the orange cast of flames above the treetops.
November 8, 1990 |
Modena resident Donald Crothers has balked at an agreement to phase out his junkyard business. Now the Borough Council must decide what to do about all his old cars and discarded tires. Over the last few months, the council has been negotiating with Crothers to rid his property of accumulated junk in exchange for a one-year, no-cost junkyard permit. Crothers now operates his business in a residential area without a permit. "I'll agree to get rid of the junk that is there now, but I have to be able to continue to run my business," Crothers said.
March 30, 1989 |
A two-year court battle between the Norwood Borough Council and a developer over the use of 2.5 acres of land has ended with a partial victory for both sides. At Monday's Norwood Borough Council meeting, acting solicitor Sam Auslander reported that on March 9, Commonwealth Court handed down a decision in the dispute with H & R Builders Inc., denying the developer's request to use the plot for a junkyard but allowing it to build 23 townhouses on the property near Mohawk and Winona Avenues.
March 17, 1988 |
A conflict between neighbors made its way to a meeting of the Board of Supervisors in East Pikeland. At the meeting Tuesday night, Township Line Road resident Charles McDonald told the supervisors, "I had no idea I was moving next to a junkyard. " Residents of the Township Line Road and Mowere Road area are alarmed at what they describe as the mismanagement of a property owned by resident Frank Metz. Metz owns a 2-acre triangle-shaped tract at the junction of the two roads, and, according to neighbors, the property is a "trash disaster.
April 9, 1989 |
Tom Hazzard, a lifelong resident of Lansdale, has had a longstanding problem with the Mattero Brothers junkyard. Sure, he said, he knows that everyone needs a place to dump trash. Sure, he knows that everyone's entitled to make a living and that that includes Mattero Brothers Co. But Hazzard has been hearing too much lately about environmental contamination, and it seems to him that with all the old junk that finds its final resting place at Matteros, some bad stuff has got to be seeping into the groundwater.
June 1, 1989 |
What started as an argument over a flashlight ended last summer in the bloody death of an eccentric Woodland Township man who lived in a junkyard, according to a taped statement played in a Burlington County murder trial yesterday. Joseph C. Slover, 19, of Pemberton Township, is on trial in Superior Court in Burlington County on charges that he robbed and murdered a part-time watchman who lived in a converted school bus in the Southside Auto Wreckers & Salvage yard near Route 72. Slover, of Tennessee Trail, gave the tape-recorded statement to police the day after the Aug. 2 slaying of Martin M. Vinson, 53. Slover said he struck Vinson three times on the back of the head, leaving him bleeding and vomiting inside the school bus. But Slover said in the 70-minute statement that his friend, Larry Sego, was the one who did most of the beating.
May 14, 1986 |
The operator of a Deptford junkyard who was refused a license renewal by the township council in January because of noncompliance with local codes has brought his business into line with the ordinances, his attorney says. Michael A. Angelini, who represents John Barnes and his mother, Margaret, owners of Barnes Garage at 2007 County House Rd., filed suit two weeks ago in Superior Court in Woodbury against the council and Mayor Joseph Kivlen, Deputy Mayor Beatrice Cerkez and Councilmen Andrew Dilio and Joseph Burns, after the council refused to renew the business license or reschedule a hearing on the matter.
January 30, 1991 |
In the woods out back of 2344 West Route 70 - along Cherry Hill's corridor of multimillion-dollar office buildings and high-rise hotels - two septagenarian brothers lived in a corrugated metal shack with no running water and no heat. The Voschin brothers - Steven, 76, and Peter, 75 - had lived there for 14 years, Steven Voschin said, running their salvage yard and rebuffing developers who sought to buy their 11 acres of prime commercial real estate. They moved to the salvage yard in 1977 to protect it from thieves, "the damn vultures," Steven Voschin said, that preyed on them constantly.