Ghostbusters On A Secret Mission In Newark?

Newark – Who knew that Newark had it’s very own Ghostbuster Squad? On Saturday evening we caught the paranormal investigators outside the old abandoned Super Fresh in Newark’s Fairfield Shopping Center, vacant since 2015.

(L-R) Jordan Syplnski, Kiren Khan, Jeffe Rodriguez , Bill Malkin, Greg McHugh

They said they were just on their way back from the annual Middletown Galactic Con event, but does that explain us finding them outside the old grocery store? If this was a mission to rid the store of some pesky poltergeist, they weren’t sayin’.  The tight lipped group gave no indication as to who called the squad in, but God knows the residents of Fairfield would do just about anything to have a new grocery store.

In all seriousness the group, dressed in their official flight suits and elbow pads, just happened to be in the area and were happy to tell us all about what they do.

Delaware Ghostbusters is a fan based charity group that spends their time raising money for important causes, using the car to bring attention to those events, according to Jeffe Rodriguez, the coordinator of Delaware Ghostbusters.  “We are here to serve Delaware”, added Rodriguez.

For today’s mission Rodriguez called in reinforcements from the The Garden State.  Bill Malkin, the founder of Ghostbuster New Jersey, and his crew made their way to Delaware to backup the Delaware Ghostbusters.

Malkin’s website says that “Besides bustin’ ghosts, which is a great customer service and all, GBNJ prides our-self on our charitable and community work. It doesn’t matter if it involves visiting a children’s hospital or making an appearance at a trunk-or-treat, GBNJ will be happy to attend and make the day better for everyone involved. ”

Sure the uniforms and proton packs are pretty cool, but it was the car that caught our eye. The iconic 1959 Cadillac, known as Ecto 1, has a unique siren pulled directly form the movie’s sound track, a wide arrangement of light bars, flashing lights and of course the Ghostbusters logo.


Its not the original Ectomobile, from the movie, but it was built just six months off the original, said Rodriguez. According to a Ghostbuster fan website the vehicle has enough room in it to store Proton Packs for all of the crew, along with Ecto Goggles, P.K.E. Meters, and a slew of Traps to contain unwanted ghost.

When asked why they built Ecto 1 Rodriguez simply said “because we are the Delaware Ghostbusters.” Rodriguez added that his group has put around twenty thousand dollars into their Ectomobile and expects that to number rise.

The group once based in New Castle now calls Newark home, according to Rodriguez. So if you have have a ghost problem and want it taken care of you can find them on their Facebook page. The New Jersey group can be found at

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