Havelock High cadets attack cleanup of shopping center


Cadets with the Havelock High NJROTC program work on cleaning up the Commercial Shopping Center last week in Havelock. The effort was part of a community service project of the group and helped prepare the shopping center for repainting.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 09:25 PM.

Local Navy cadets traded their drill rifles for squeegees last week in an act of community pride.

A dozen members of the NJROTC program at Havelock High School washed, sprayed and swept Havelock’s aging Commercial Shopping Center last week in preparation for a new paint job.

“I think it’s awesome for them to be coming out here to volunteer,” said Cynthia George, owner of Akiko’s Alterations, one of six businesses that lease spaces in the 1950s-era shopping center at the corner of Jaycee Street and Cunningham Boulevard.

“This used to be the happening place. It used to be very busy here. In the ’80s, there was a lot of night life here. I remember when it had the IGA and when there was a movie theater here.”

The students went from one end of the complex to the other spraying and scrubbing windows, brushing away cob webs and generally cleaning up the façade.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Venitah Coffelt, owner of About Face Salon.

Salon patron Betty Chaney, of Havelock, remembered when the shopping center was the only thing happening in Havelock.

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