Ripka’s closing donation earns Rescue...

Ripka’s closing donation earns Rescue Mission parking ticket

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Matawan, NJ

#1 Dec 30, 2013
When Ripka’s Market closed just before Christmas after only a few months operating in downtown Bridgeport, the disappointed owner decided to donate some of the remaining goods to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

“We got a van load of produce and quite a bit of canned goods,” said Terry Wilcox, the mission’s executive director.

The mission also got stuck with a $55 parking ticket for double-parking said van outside of Ripka’s.

“Yeah, we did,” Wilcox confirmed.

Will he fight it?

“I don’t do so well appealing anything in town,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox acknowledged that while his nonprofit owns vehicles with an identifying logo, the van sent to Ripka’s was recently donated and unmarked.

A $55 ticket isn’t exactly pocket change, but Wilcox is facing tougher fiscal challenges.

He believes his budget will be about $100,000 short as of 2014.

“We had some significant donors who could only give a half or third of what they could give in previous years,” Wilcox said.

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