Locke Ave. Fun
Day Draws Over 3,000
IT'S TIME TO EAT. Billy Ford, 5, of Swedesboro and Max Siglow, 4, of Logan
Township take their turns petting and feeding the animals in the petting zoo
at Locke Avenue Fun Day.
Photo by Karen E. Viereck
Second Street Repair Funding Withdrawn By State
By Sam Fran Scavuzzo
SWEDESBORO – The borough of Swedesboro will have to go
back to the funding drawing board for two of the borough’s biggest projects in
the 2008-09 fiscal year – construction on Second Street and an expansion of
the Swedesboro Public Library.
With recent cuts to the New Jersey State Budget by
fiscally aware senators, Swedesboro’s request to the Department of
Transportation for repair to Second Street has been withdrawn, as well as
other projects for the borough put in by State Senator Stephen M. Sweeney
(D-Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland).
In a June 15 Philadelphia Inquirer article, New
Jersey Senate President Richard J. Codey (D) highlighted what he
felt were “pork” items, not beneficial to the entire state or a specific
region. Swedesboro’s projects were not to be included in the final budget.
That coupled with surrounding Woolwich Township’s refusal
to aid in the payment of the library puts Swedesboro in a tough fix. The
Borough Council discussed these matters at its June 18 meeting.
“It’s a shame,” Democratic Borough Council President
David Flaherty said. “I find it hard to believe that Woolwich won’t
participate [in the library project]. I thought that they would be excited.”
In a letter to Swedesboro Mayor Thomas W. Fromm acquired
by The New Town Press, Democratic Woolwich Mayor Giuseppe “Joe”
Chila said during a June 4 Woolwich Township Committee meeting, it was the
consensus of the Committee to deny participation in the expansion project.
“This decision was reached not only due to budgetary
concerns, but also due to a lack of requested information that would have
assisted the Township in making an informed decision,” Chila’s letter said.
The Borough did not respond to questions regarding the
number of Woolwich residents utilizing the library, according to the official
minutes of the Committee meeting.
In an interview Chila added to letter saying: “I don’t
want us to come off as negative, but our circumstances don’t allow us at this
time to get involved with a capital project with the borough.”
Chila cited that Woolwich is involved in projects that
include additions to Locke Avenue Park and the construction of a municipal
“I don’t think this will hurt future relations with the
Flaherty had been working on the project with Republican
Woolwich Committeeman Sam Maccarone, Jr. He volunteered to give Chila any
information he needed in order to get the project completed.
However, this does not mark the end of the projects.
“These are just minor set backs,” Fromm said. “We’ll be able to find the money
Swedesboro Republican Councilwoman Darlene Gage echoed
the sentiment, “We’ll find a way,” she said.
Gage suggested asking the librarians to ask Woolwich
mothers and library patrons to talk to their council.
Chila said he would be open to change the Committee’s
decision if there was enough response from residents. “We have an open-door
policy,” he said.
Fromm alluded to other grants the borough applied for
that could help in the payment of these and other projects.
Additional proposed projects include repair to the
firehouse roof and a bike path from Walter Hill School to Locke Avenue Park.
Resident Lucile Stewart of Auburn Avenue disagreed. “I
think those other projects can wait,” she said. “I thought that Second Street
was most important, so let’s get that done first.”
Also discussed at the meeting was the pet census which
looks to take place from November 2007 until June 2008. For $2,500 the borough
will contract an independent official to go door-to-door gathering information
on the number of dogs and cats in Swedesboro. Furthermore, he will follow-up
to see who applies for the proper licenses after the initial census.
Borough Clerk Dolores M. Connors estimated that only
about 100 pets are licensed. The Council stated that up to 200 could be
Republican Councilman Salvatore “Sam” Casella wanted to
make sure the representative possesses an identification certified by the
Additionally, in-term Web Master George Weeks requested
Connors give him Council meeting minutes to be published online. Fromm noted
that all committees should give brief descriptions of their work to be
published on the borough’s new Web site – www.swedesboro-nj.us.
In her report on Economic Development Diane Hale
announced the selection of floral baskets to be hung from lampposts in town at
a cost of $47 a basket. This will come from the department’s budget.
A somewhat heated exchange between Flaherty and
Republican Councilman Donald Dryden occurred on the issue of Merkling Street.
The road is private property and should not be plowed during snow storms,
Flaherty argued. Dryden didn’t see the harm in it and noted that they were
taxpayers as well. No decision was reached on the matter.
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EMMA ENGLE MEMORIAL
Volunteerism at Its Finest
EAST GREENWICH TWP. -- On Sunday, June 3, the residents
of East Greenwich Township honored the late Emma Engle who shared her home
with the East Greenwich Library for 37 years, with the dedication of a
memorial at the library’s present location.
The memorial was funded by contributions from
individuals, families and organizations of East Greenwich who wished to
commemorate Emma’s contributions to the community. She died in 2004 at the age
Emma, a retired librarian, loved libraries, books, and
knowledge so much that she was willing to share three rooms in her home with
the library, beginning in 1963. According to library archives, she never
regretted her decision.
In 1992, when a reporter asked Emma why she shared her
home with the library, she said, “I certainly don’t need all this space and
the library does.”
Today, the library is located in a former school building
on the corner of Kings Highway and Quaker Road in Mickleton, a section of East
Greenwich Township. In 1999, when the library was preparing to move to a
larger space, Emma remarked to Board President Susan Breen that although she
would miss the library and employees, she knew that the library needed more
space. “I can always visit there,” she said.
The memorial site, which sits in front of a shade tree on
the front lawn of the library, is reminiscent of a park-like setting. The
design includes a paver-stone patio, two park benches made from recycled
materials, and a granite memorial stone with a brass plaque, providing a
historical remembrance of Emma.
Plantings surround the tree. The back of each park bench
is engraved with the following message: “In Memory of Emma Engle, 1907 - 2004,
longtime host and friend of the East Greenwich Library.”
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Library’s
55-year history is the spirit of volunteerism that helped create it in 1952
and is still alive today. As Former Mayor David Jenkins remarked to the
audience on Sunday, “Emma Engle’s generosity as a volunteer was unprecedented.
Without a doubt she was the ultimate library volunteer.”
Because of that generosity,
residents are still able to enjoy a library nestled in their home town, where
the director and employees know their names, where morning story hours are
filled with familiar parents and children, residents can attend evening
programs just five minutes away, and at the end of the day elementary school
children can walk across the yard to an after school program at the library.
The following words are
engraved on the memorial stone on a brass plaque on the stone:
Come sit for a while ...
To read, to rest, to dream, to visit
with other books lovers in our community.
The idea for a library in East Greenwich took shape in 1951 when a
member of the Intermediate Girl Scout Troop No. 6 suggested that the community
should have its own library. Intrigued by the idea, Scout Leader Gretchen
Peirce and her Troop gathered together a dedicated group of Township residents
and organization representatives, who helped shape a young girl’s observation
into a reality.
On February 23, 1952, the Library opened in a small shed
behind the Clarksboro Market on the corner of Kings Highway and Cohawkin Road
in Clarksboro. More than 2,000 books filled the shelves.
By the early 1960s, the Library, which had no windows and
relied on a space heater for warmth, was outgrowing its first location and the
roof was leaking. In 1962, Emma Engle, a native of East Greenwich and a
librarian, herself, offered to share her home with the Library. It was a 19th
century clapboard house on the opposite corner of Kings Highway and Cohawkin
Road. For 36 years, the Library, rented three rooms in Ms. Engle’s home.
Before moving to its present location in the former
Mickle School on the corner of Kings Highway and Quaker Road in Mickleton, the
Library was short on space for nearly a decade. On its limited budget, The
Board of Trustees was unable to find a suitable site in town until May 1997,
when it proposed leasing space in the old Mickle School Building, to the East
Greenwich Board of Education.
Over the course of a year, the two Boards worked out
details for a lease agreement. For the next six months the Trustees and
director worked with staff members and volunteers to renovate the space, which
consisted of four classrooms and a spacious foyer and center hall area.
The new space was three times larger than the previous
facility. On March 16, 1999, the library opened for business at its current
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East Greenwich Assembles Second Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Gloucester County
by Beth S. Biermann
EAST GREENWICH – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
graduates Diane Angelucci, Ian Cook, Steven Engblom, Ben Fish, Fred Hills,
Brett Hulst and Jim Wavorsky received certificates presented by Mayor John
DeGeorge at the June 12 East Greenwich Committee meeting.
The seven member volunteer team, all East Greenwich
residents, attended a nine week training course conducted by Gloucester County
Department of Emergency Response. Financed by federal funds distributed by the
state of New Jersey, the CERT program trains individuals to provide support to
first responders in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise.
Team members are trained in basic disaster response
skills such as light search and rescue, medical and first aid response,
traffic control and communications with first responders. Each team member is
also provided with equipment such as communication gear, helmets, flashlights
and reflective vests.
The East Greenwich CERT team is only the second to be
assembled in Gloucester County. A second course will be offered in September
for anyone interested in volunteering to be a CERT team member.
In other business, three new police officers were sworn
in by DeGeorge. Rodolpho Mazzocco, a West Deptford resident, was sworn in as a
Patrolman 5th Class. Mazzoco’s position is full-time with a salary
Nicholas Barber of Mickleton and Michael Robostello of
Gibbstown were sworn in as Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officers. Working
at an hourly rate of $11.50, Barber and Robostello will fill in for
vacationing full-time officers and serve as additions to the force during
special events and emergencies.
All three officers graduated from the Gloucester County
Police Academy on May 30.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)
presented information to the Committee regarding the reconstruction of Route
295. The highway is being rehabilitated from Exit 14 to Exit 24. Construction
is being separated into four segments, with Exits 14 to 17 comprising section
In section one, construction will consist of breaking up
the existing concrete roadway and repaving, as well as excavating under
overpasses to provide a minimum of 14.5 feet of clearance.
The northbound side of the highway will be closed first.
Traffic will be moved to the southbound side which will have two lanes
traveling in each direction separated by a concrete barrier. After the
northbound side is completed, all traffic will be traveling on that side while
construction is done on the southbound side.
During a period of time during construction,
Exits 14 to 17 will be closed in order to work on the road surfaces on the
exit ramps. Any drivers needing to exit at any of these points will be
detoured at Exit 13 to travel on Routes 130 and 44. No traffic will be
diverted into East Greenwich.
According to the NJDOT, the entire four segment project
is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
Finally, the Committee passed a resolution to renew the
alcoholic beverage license for the Mt. Royal Inn. Four Committee members voted
to renew the license while Committeeman Frank Aiello abstained after
explaining that the business is owned by his grandfather.
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WOOLWICH ADOPTS NEW NOISE ORDINANCE
by Beth S. Biermann
WOOLWICH – The Woolwich Township Committee voted to
adopt an ordinance that amends the township noise ordinance at their June 18
At a previous committee meeting on March 19, Police
Chief Russell Marino asserted that the original noise ordinance was lacking
the language specificity needed to investigate noise complaints and
The original ordinance made it unlawful between the
hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make noise that “either
annoys or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others”.
Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. it was illegal to make noise that
“either annoys, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety
The only difference
designated for the daytime and nighttime hours was the word “injures”.
Marino, along with Township Administrator Jack Lipsett
and Solicitor Timothy Scaffidi, reviewed noise ordinances of other towns and
the result of their research is the adopted amendment.
The new noise ordinance prohibits any loud, unnecessary
or unusual noise which is likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the
comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others, within the limits of the
According to the ordinance, loud, unnecessary or
unusual noises include but are not limited to the following: horns and
signaling devices (except under necessary driving conditions); radios,
televisions, musical instruments and phonographs (heard from more than 25
feet from the origin between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.); loudspeakers
or amplifiers for commercial advertising purposes, except between the hours
of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; yelling or shouting; animals; and construction or
repair work (except during the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and
Saturdays and during the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. by a homeowner at his or
her own residence).
According to the township code, any conviction of a
violation of any section of the township code is punishable by a maximum
penalty of one or more of the following: a fine of no more than $1,000 or a
prison sentence or community service of no more than 90 days.
The committee also adopted an ordinance regulating the
use of motorized recreational vehicles. These vehicles
include snowmobiles, mini-bikes, trail bikes, motor scooters, all-terrain
vehicles (ATVs), and go-carts.
The ordinance makes it illegal to operate these types
of vehicles on private property owned by another without permission, and
within 75 feet of adjoining property or public road; on public property;
before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m., and while endangering any people or property
by operating it in a reckless manner.
According to the
ordinance, it is also unlawful to operate such vehicles without wearing a
helmet and without proper headlights, taillights, brakes and mufflers.
The penalties for
violation of this ordinance are the same as for violation of any township
code. However, there is also an additional penalty of impoundment of a
motorized recreational vehicle found to be operated in an unlawful manner.
Any resident interested in reading the full ordinances
can do so at the Woolwich Township municipal building.
In other reports from committee members, Committeeman
Ted Otten reported that he has heard nothing but very positive reflections
on Recycle Bank. In early June, Woolwich kicked off a RecycleBank program in
which residents are rewarded for their recycling efforts.
Each residence was given a recycling container
containing an imbedded barcode which records the weight of the recyclables
in each pick-up. All recyclables, including paper, plastic, glass, tin,
aluminum and metal, are placed together in one container.
Residents who participate will receive “RecycleBank
Dollars” based on the weight of recyclables collected from their container.
These coupons will be redeemable at participating retailers.
According to Otten, residents have been telling him
what a good idea it is and that they never thought much about recycling
before, but now are trying to recycle as much as possible. Otten concluded
that recycling is on people’s minds, which is really the whole point of
Otten also reported that Locke Avenue Fun Day on June 9
was an “amazing success and it exceeded all of our expectations”. For the
first time, Woolwich hired a vendor to run the rides. Tickets were sold
ahead of time at the municipal building and at the event. According to
ticket sales, between 3,000 and 3,500 people attended over the course of the
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