Gloucester Township News


 

Citizen Appreciation Park

Citizen Appreciation Park

Congratulations to the Honorees at Gloucester Township Citizen Appreciation Park.

 


 

Gloucester Premium Outlets Groundbreaking

Gloucester Premium Outlets Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking on the Gloucester Premium Outlets started on August 7, 2014.

 


 

Gabreil Daveis Tavern Tours

You may not realize the amount of rich, colonial history that exists in your own backyard! Did you know that Gabreil Daveis Tavern, situated on 4th and Floodgate in Glendora across from the Community Gardens, is one of the 175 pre-Revolutionary War, "gable-end," style buildings in the United States? 100 of those buildings are located in the historic colony of West Jersey, and Gloucester Township is proud to have one of them in town! Originally built in 1756 to accommodate watermen traveling by way of Timber Creek, Gabreil Daveis Tavern eventually became a home in 1768, and then was turned over to the Township when its final owned passed in 1976. There is a lot of mystery that surrounds the 3-story brick building, as it is believed to have served purposes other than an inn—including a hospital for wounded soldiers during the War.

It isn't necessary to take a ride over the bridge to learn about the region's vast amount of history! Spend a Sunday afternoon this summer at the Tavern learning about the areas fascinating past. Tours of the entire first floor of the building run from 1:00pm-4:00pm two Sundays a month this summer. Tours are completely free, kid-friendly, and given by volunteers from the Historic and Scenic Preservation Committee, who lend their time and talents to help keep the public educated on the area's rich history. Donations are always welcomed!

• Along with the tours, this summer the Tavern will feature a Lecture on the Lawn August 10th, at 1:00pm—Bring a blanket and enjoy the lecture and free ice cream!

• A Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, November 23rd, 1:00pm-3:00pm and will feature decorations, music, refreshments and more! Bring a camera for photos with Santa!

Looking to stop by for a tour this summer? The Tavern is open on:
June 1st & 22nd
July 13th & 27th
August 10th & 24th
September 14th & 28th

 


 

Favorites of Gloucester Township

Favorites of Gloucester Township grand opening.

 



Delight in the Sounds of Summer Concert Series 2014

Bring your lawn chairs to Veteran's Park and end your day on a perfect note while taking in the "Sounds of the Summer 2014 Concert Series!" Held on select Sunday evenings at 7:00pm throughout the entire summer, the first show on June 30th will feature TIMELESS -- Classic Rock & Roll songs of the 50s-80s.

Mark your calendars for our other wonderful show dates:

July 14th - The Tri-County Symphonic Band. A community based musical organization composed of professional, semi-professional, talented and amateur musicians.

July 28th - KaniKaPila, Hawaiian style, featuring an "island-like" atmosphere with songs, Hula, and fun!

August 11th - Teddy Royal Trio. A guitarist/composer (Fats Domino's lead guitarist for three decades).

August 25th - Sherry Lynn. Nashville recording artist.

 


 

A Fresh and Local Grocery Alternative

Take a break from the grocery store this summer and enjoy a day out at the Blackwood Farmer's Market! Opening June 28th from 9:00am-1:00pm, and every Saturday through September 27th in the Blackwood Library parking lot. Experience an open-air, bazaar-like atmosphere while browsing a variety of vendor stallsóselling goods ranging from produce, freshly cut flowers, handmade crafts, jewelry, wine, baked goods, and so much more. This year, the Market will have live entertainment weekly by Mainstage Center of the Arts beginning at 11am, as well as a DJ at 9am playing your favorites! The "Kid's Korner" sells reasonably priced toys, and even offers a live book reading to entertain children--leaving parents free to shop. A new addition this year is a "Sit and Chat" tent, which will allow shoppers to have a seat, relax, and maybe enjoy some coffee and baked goods from Tis So Sweet Bakery. Market-goers are also invited to stop by a stall to make greeting cards for servicemen and women in support of our troops. Opening day will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor David Mayer, a Mainstage performance, and a giveaway for the kids!

What sets the Market apart from everyday grocery shopping is its community building experience. It was created by the Blackwood West Redevelopment Corporationóa non-profit organization founded to revitalize Blackwood's downtown areas and spark community involvement. All dollars spent directly support local businesses, farmers, and tradesmen seeking to market their craft. Organizers are always welcoming new food and non-food vendors to open a stall and participate in either the farmer's or flea markets. Ultimately, the Market's number one priority is to promote a social and friendly environment. Friends and neighbors are encouraged to shop at their leisure and enjoy interacting with each other and other members of the community.

Interested in becoming a vendor, or looking for more information? Email the Market organizers at farmersmarket@glotwp.com or call 856-677-8772. Applications for vendor start-ups are featured on the Market's home page, as well as rules and regulations, photo galleries, and an information to sign up for their email list.

 


 

Gloucester Township Day

Gloucester Township Day

Saturday, June 7th, Veterans' Park will be transformed into a festival of rides, games, food, vendors, and activities for the 30th annual Gloucester Township Day. The purpose of the festivities will be to acknowledge the recipients of the Gloucester Township Day Scholarship Committee scholarships. The fun begins at 11:00 am and continues through the entire day until the fireworks display at 9:00 pm. Stop by, or spend the day playing games, riding rides, browsing vendors, enjoying live entertainment, and participating in the many activities Gloucester Township Day has to offer. Meterologists are predicting mostly sunny skies in the low 80s with a 10% chance of rain, however, the raindate for this event is Sunday, June 8th. Join us for this exciting, community-building event!

 


 

World War II Veterans Medal Ceremony

Gloucester Township, in partnership with the Black Horse Pike Regional School District, held a medal ceremony on May 15, 2014 for veterans who served our country during World War II.

WWII Veterans Medal Ceremony

 


 

Recycling SymbolRecycling in Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township continues to lead the region in recycling, moving into the third year of the single-stream program and working to do more to save the environment.

Through the great cooperation of the Township residents, over 12,000 tons of recyclables have been processed. The single stream program has been a huge success with monthly recycling increases averaging 40%. The increase in recycling has greatly reduced the amount of trash collected and reduced disposal fees - saving taxpayer dollars.

Mayor David Mayer has coordinated efforts with the GTMUA and the Township Public Works Dept. to create an efficient and organized system to recycle many household items and waste. The program has included expanded cooperation with the local schools and businesses.

Residents are asked to place their recycling cart, with the lid fully closed, at least five feet away from obstacles and low hanging trees and wires. The cart needs to be on level ground (no snow piles). Further information is on inside pages of this brochure.

Household electronics can be recycled and dropped off at the Public Works building on Erial Road. White goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc) are picked up on Wednesday—please call Public Works by Monday. Motor oil, car batteries, and antifreeze may also be brought to Public Works.

Further information on recycling as well as the 2014 recycling pick up dates can be found on our website and in the the winter brochure, which is also mailed to residents early in the year.

 


 

Lamp Post Diner Grand Opening 2013

Mayor David Mayer and members of Council welcome the Lamp Post Diner & Bakery to Gloucester Township during their Grand Opening!


 

 

Solar energy shared services agreement between two school districts

Gloucester Township announces solar energy shared services agreement between two school districts

 

Read the full article here...

 


 

Mayor attends groundbreaking for Taft Hall at Camden County College

Mayor Mayer attened the ceremonial groundbreaking for Taft Hall at Camden County College Blackwood Campus on October 23, 2013.

 


 

National Night Out

 

Mayor Mayer & Police Chief Earle Highlight Public Safety

Residents around town attend National Night Out event

August 6, 2013- Mayor David R. Mayer was joined by Chief of Police W. Harry Earle and residents of Gloucester Township at a National Night Out event to demonstrate the community’s commitment to public safety.

“We have worked hard together to improve the safety of our community," said Mayor Mayer.  “National Night Out gives us an opportunity to strengthen our safety goals, including community policing and bicycle patrols.”

National Night Out Against Crime is a program observed by communities across the United States. 

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminal letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

 

 


 

New Gloucester Township Outlet Mall Planned to Open in 2014

 

Gloucester Premium Outlets

Mayor David R. Mayer speaks with residents near the Premium Outlets planned site.

Read the article on CBS 3 Philly

An upscale shopping center in the works along Route 42 and the Black Horse Pike promises to "put Gloucester Township on the map," according to its mayor. The center is expected to create 300 jobs during the construction phase and nearly 700 more once the outlets opens, according to Mayor David Mayer.

Gloucester Premium Outlets, a retail center with about 450,000 square feet of space, will include a "town square" with outdoor dining and other amenities. The 55 acre project is a partnership between an affiliate of Simon Property Group and PREIT-Rubin Inc., an offshoot of the mall developer.

Read the full Courier Post article

Gloucester Premium Outlet artist rendering

 


 

Solar Panel Press Conference

Gloucester Township Kicks Off Solar Project that will be the largest shared service agreement in NJ between township and two school districts

Project expected to save $6 million over 15 years and create up to 350 jobs

Gloucester Township today announced that it will kick-off its solar energy efficiency project with the Black Horse Pike and Gloucester Township school districts as part of the largest shared service agreement between two school districts and a township in New Jersey.

The solar panel projects are anticipated to save $6 million in energy costs over 15 years.

"Our township has become a state and national leader in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency," Gloucester Township Mayor David R. Mayer said. "The installation of these solar panels—along with some of our other energy efficiency projects at 11 sites and 10 schools—will continue to save the township substantial energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint."

The township is executing a comprehensive energy master plan designed to save money and energy while becoming a leader in environmental sustainability.

The estimated aggregate size of the solar systems to provide power to township and school facilities will be approximately 6 megawatts, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of approximately 850 homes—or the avoidance of the creation of 4,200 tons of carbon dioxide. The project will have a significant economic impact, including up to 350 jobs created over its lifetime.

"Our ultimate goal is to become a cleaner, greener community," Mayer said. "The township and our schools are a model for how to properly plan for and implement effective cost-saving and energy projects."

Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) will complete all construction and the upgrades will be paid for by Marina Energy out of Southern New Jersey.

 


 

Mayor visits Victus Sports

Mayor Mayer visits Victus Sports in Gloucester Township

 


 

Relay for Life

Gloucester Township raises over $70,000 for Relay for Life

Twenty-eight years ago, Dr. Gordy Klatt ran and walked for 24-hours around a track to raise $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. Each year, the community of Gloucester Township comes together to create the same experience, generate awareness, and raise money for a cause that affects an immense number of citizens in America. And it was no different this year when on June 8th, scores of community members came out to carry the spirit and vitality of Dr. Klatt and his help those in need.

Over 500 individual participants and 40 teams signed up for Gloucester Township’s Relay for Life and raised over $70,000—one of the largest amounts raised to date during the Gloucester Township Relay for Life. Our top individual participants raised between $2,000 and $5,000 each. Participants dressed in their most spirited garb and brought other patriotic charms to carry them through the event. Special performances, empowering decorations and the Luminaria were just a few of the memorable aspects of the 2013 Gloucester Township Day.

For 4 years the Township of Gloucester has hosted the annual Relay for Life and will continue to for years to come. It is one of our most respected events in our community and the event participants hope to raise more money each year.

 

 


 

Lake Mathilde

Mayor Dave visited with Girl Scouts from Troop 30112 as they earned their Bronze Award during a "Go Green" Day at Lake Mathilde.

 

 


 

Going Green With Electric Vehicles

Solar Cars

The Township has recently obtained four Innovative Electric Vehicles (MiEV) which will be used for inspections by the Construction Department and Code Enforcement. These vehicles are electric-powered and will be charged by the solar power generated by the panels at the Municipal Building. These vehicles replace inefficient gas-powered vehicles, allowing for tax payer savings.

 


 

Economic Development Corp. Holds Business Breakfast Distributes Awards

Business Breakfast Award Recipients

Award recipients from the 13th Annual Gloucester Township Business Breakfast. Pictured from left to right: Mayor David R. Mayer; Senator Fred H. Madden; Chief Harry Earle; Jim McGrath, US Vision; Chris Rowland, Chris' Hair Emporium; Jim Tornetta, CollisionMax; Rich Tornetta, Collision Max. Not pictured: Jim Bretschneider, Mainstage Center for the Arts; Ed Fiscella, Mainstage Center for the Arts.

 


 

MARRS Press Conference

Project MARRS (Missing At Risk Response Strategies) Press Conference

On Monday, 4/1/13, The Gloucester Township Police Department launched Project MARRS (Missing At Risk Response Strategies). Colleen Nick, Mother of Missing six year old Morgan Nick, joined Chief Harry Earle and Mayor David Mayer in announcing this unique program. Morgan Nick was kidnapped at age six in 1995 from a baseball field in Alma, Arkansas, while her mother was just yards away, and has never been found. The tragic story of the disappearance of Morgan can be found at morgannickfoundation.com.

Project MARRS employs bold and visionary measures which involves an investment in young people with a goal of not only locating missing persons, conducting comprehensive investigations, and identifying at-risk youth, but also aims to further reduce crime by addressing the compelling circumstances of why children are kidnapped and why they leave the home.

Additional information about missing children please visit missingkids.com.

For further information, visit these resources:

Press Conference Video

Colleen Nick’s Video

Articles on MARRS:

NJ.com MARRS Article

NJ 105 MARRS Article

CBS Project MARRS Article

 


 

Boy Scout Troop 77's final Court of Honor and Farewell Dinner

 


 

ShopRite

Mayor David Mayer at the Chews Landing ShopRite for the unveiling of a Cheerios box featuring two ShopRite employees from the Chews Landing store. In September, ShopRite, along with Mayor and members of council, participated in Partners in Caring which raised money for the food banks in our community. The employees were put on the Cheerios box because of the large amount of money raised from charity events at the Chews Landing ShopRite.


 

Silver Certification

Members of Gloucester Township's Green Team accept the Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey officials. Gloucester Township was also the recipient of the Sustainable Jersey's Leadership Award for 2012 and awarded a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded by PSE&G.

 


 

Mayor Mayer speaks with servicemen

Mayor David Mayer speaking with servicemen of the US Army at Fort Hood Texas in January 2013.

 


 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

Over two hundred eager volunteers joined Mayor David Mayer and members of council on January 21, 2013 for Gloucester Township's Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The volunteers participated in an array of projects including the project pictured above where volunteers made Valentine's Day cards for soldiers overseas and cards filled with smiles for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.

 


 

Mayor David Mayer and Harmony Show Choir

Harmony Show Choir performed at the Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade.

 


 

Police Operations Center

Notifications, cancelations and information regarding Hurricane Sandy are on our website here. Please sign up for GlobalConnect on our website to receive emergency and community notifications on our website.

 


 

Book Asylum 2

Book Asylum Grand Opening

The Book Asylum on 26 N. Black Horse Pike in historic downtown Blackwood recently held a Grand Opening and opened its doors to a small café selling locally roasted coffees and pastries located within. The Book Asylum specializses in rare, used and out of print books.

 


 

Shop Rite Stamp Out Hunger

Mayor David Mayer, Councilwoman Michelle Gentek, volunteers from the Blackwood Fire Company, Gloucester Township Police Officer Belcher and Officer McLaughlin visited Shop Rite on Blackwood-Clementon Rd. for Shop Rite's Stamp Out Hunger event, and bagged groceries to raise money for local food banks.

 


 

Shared Services Trash Disposal

Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer joins Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash at the Camden County Department of Parks Environmental Center along with mayors from Audubon, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, and Somerdale in announcing a shared services initiative for trash disposal that will save taxpayers of Camden County 1.3 million dollars over the next two years. In particular, Gloucester Township will save $100,000 over the next two years. When combined with savings from the single stream recycling program, the township will save well over $350,000 per year.

CBS Philly article (pdf) | Patch article (pdf)

 


 

Dunkin Donuts Grand Opening 2012

Congratulations to Dunkin Donuts on College Drive for their Grand Opening on August 11, 2012.


 

Gloucester Township Police Participate in “National Stop on Red” Week
Aug 5th to Aug 11th 2012

August 5th to August 11th 2012 has been designated as “National Stop on Red” week. National Stop on Red Week takes place the first week of August each year and is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of red-light running through education and enforcement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 there were 667 people killed and more than 100,000 injured in crashes that involved red light running.

According to the Federal Highway Administration;

  • You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash
  • Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes
  • Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  • In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people
  • An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners
  • Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators — they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists
  • Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days
  • There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes every day at signalized intersections across the United States
  • The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually
  • The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable

As part of our ongoing 101 days of summer campaign, Gloucester Township Police is participating in the nationwide enforcement initiative through the use of enhanced patrols as well as our intersection safety cameras along the Blackwood-Clementon Road corridor. Also, commencing August 17th and continuing through September 3rd, we will be taking part in the 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide driving while intoxicated enforcement initiative.

For additional information of the dangers of red light running, visit DOT.gov, NHTSA.gov

 


 

"Garden brings Glo. Twp. community together" — Courier Post article July 30, 2012

Community Garden 2012

Gloucester Township's Community Garden is in full swing this year with a very plentiful season on the fertile grounds of the Gabreil Daveis Tavern.

 


 

In NJ, junior sleuths get a taste of police work - Philadelphia Inquirer article July 22, 2012

 


 

Teppanyaki Grill

Cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening celebration of the new Teppanyaki Grill on Blackwood-Clementon Road. June 28, 2012

 


 

EMS Alliance Press Conference

 

Message from Mayor David Mayer Regarding EMS Alliance

On June 26th, the state of New Jersey Department of Emergency Medical Services notified the non-profit EMS Alliance that provides emergency medical services to Gloucester Township that they would not be able to provide such services due to numerous EMS code violations.

The township administration had formulated a response plan in the event that a situation did develop.

I can assure you that EMS functions have not been interrupted and beginning today Kennedy Health Systems will be providing such services.

Residents are encouraged to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

Watch video of press release from June 26, 2012 regarding the EMS service announcement.


 

Ribbon cutting Royal Bank

Ribbon cutting for Royal Bank.


 

Gloucester Township Police to Hold Alcohol Server Education Seminar for Township Restaurants and Bars

As part of our 101 days of summer safety initiative, the Gloucester Township Police Traffic Safety Unit will be holding an alcohol server education seminar on Monday June 25th from 10am to 12 pm. The seminar is hosted by Ron Jaworski’s Valleybrook Country Club. This free seminar is open to all employees of Gloucester Township businesses that serve alcohol.

Attendees will receive information on responsibilities of alcohol servers, drinking and driving laws, identifying underage persons, identifying fraudulent identification, the designated driver program and the effects of alcohol and drug impairment on drivers. They will also have the opportunity to utilize the fatal vision impairment goggles along with the departments DWI simulator vehicle.

Fatal Vision is an evidenced-based international training tool used to demonstrate the concept of impairment and the dangers of alcohol and other drug misuse and abuse. Its purpose is to provide a means to influence attitudes and behaviors and educate people of all ages and across all languages. Fatal Vision’s purpose is not to duplicate impairment caused by a specific level of alcohol or drug ingested by a human. Alcohol and other drug impairment is the result of the alcohol or other drugs’ effect on the brain. The Fatal Vision Goggles distort vision and cause reactions that mimic behaviors exhibited by someone under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

Participants will navigate through an obstacle course while wearing the fatal vision goggles so that they can experience how alcohol can impair ones reaction time and perception while operating a vehicle.

In 2012, there were 168 alcohol relates fatalities in New Jersey. Even though alcohol related fatalities have decrease in recent years, the Gloucester Township Police recognizes that impaired driving remains a serious concern. Please join with us in working to decrease alcohol related fatalities again this year.

Please contact the Traffic Services Bureau at 856-374-5715 or email Ptl. Chris Roznowski at croznowksi@gtpolice.com to register for this free event. Do not call Valleybrook for information.

The Valleybrook Country club is located at 200 Golf View Drive, Blackwood.

 


 

National Night Out Kick-Off Meeting

Please attend our annual “Kick Off" Meeting for National Night Out, June 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM in the Seniors Center at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building complex. Communities throughout Gloucester Township will be participating in the National Night Out program on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Neighbors, family, and friends will be gathering at their homes, on their streets, and at their local community centers in recognition of their support of the community. National Night Out helps strengthen community support and our police partnership with you and your neighbors. Residents and communities that participate in National Night Out send a message that they are organized and not willing to stand for criminal activity occurring in their neighborhood. Gloucester Township has consistently won national recognition for its National Night Out Events and was even ranked first place in the State of New Jersey in the year 2011.

A National Night Out event in your neighborhood can consist of just two neighbors meeting on their front lawns, an organized block party of several neighbors occurring on a closed street, a local business inviting community members to their establishment that evening, or a full neighborhood event at a local community gathering place. Whether it is just a few neighbors meeting in front of their homes or an entire community coming together, the outcome of a stronger community is the same.

Please join us at our Kick Off Night event on June 6th event so that you can learn more about our National Night Out in August. At this year’s meeting, Chief Harry Earle will discuss our most recent programs and initiatives which further enhance our community partnerships. Community members who attend will also learn how they can organize even a small National Night Event in their neighborhood.

If you have any questions regarding the Kick Off Meeting or National Night Out you may call our Community Relations Unit at 856-228-4011 or communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

 

 

 


 

Gloucester Twp. Police to Conduct DWI Sobriety Checkpoint

On Saturday May 26th, 2012 through early Sunday morning May 27th, 2012; The Gloucester Township Police Department, in coordination with the Camden County Prosecutors Office, will be conducting a DWI Sobriety Checkpoint in Gloucester Township as part of New Jersey's 101 Days of Summer traffic safety campaign.

Statistics provided by the New Jersey State Police showed that in 2010, there were seven fatal crashes and eight persons killed over the three day holiday period. Six of the fatalities were found to have drug or alcohol impairement as a contributing factor.

Gloucester Township Police recommends the following easy steps, for a safe Memorial Day weekend

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Let us all work together to make it a safe weekend for everyone.

For additional information on the dangers of impaired driving, visit www.nhtsa.gov nj.gov or madd.org.

 

 


 

Gloucester Township Police Receive $4,000 In Grant Funding For The New Jersey Division Of Highway Traffic Safety 2012 "Click It Or Ticket" Campaign

Gloucester Township Police officers will be participating in the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign that is occurring May 21, 2012 through June 3, 2012. This annual campaign focuses on unbuckled motorist and their passengers and incorporates zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws and is funded by a $4,000 grant awarded from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

As part of the campaign, officers will be conducting high visibility patrols along the Townships main roadways targeting vehicle occupants who are not wearing seatbelts.

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.
Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 15th consecutive year to 94.51%. While front seat belt usage rates continue to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100 percent compliance rate.

During the 2011 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 419 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 33,154 seat belt citations, 5,865 speeding summonses and made 953 drunk driving arrests.

Additional information on seatbelt usage and passenger safety can be found at www.nj.gov/oag/hts/seatbelts, www.njsaferoads.com or www.nhtsa.gov.

 


 

Township receives Standard & Poor's A+ bond rating. Read Gloucester Township Patch article here (download)

 


 

NJ DARE Mayor of the Year 2012 Mayor David Mayer

Mayor David Mayer received the NJ DARE Mayor of the Year award during the NJCM annual conference.

 

 


 

Gabreil Daveis Tavern Open House 2012

The Gabreil Daveis Tavern Open House on April 28, 2012 was a huge success! Check the website calendar for upcoming tour dates and experience our township's rich past inside this historical treasure.

 


 

Earth Day 2012

An abundance of volunteers turned out at the Gabreil Daveis Tavern & Gloucester Township Community Garden to beautify the grounds during the Earth Day weekend event on April 21, 2012.

 


 

Read more about our single-stream recycling program.

 


 

Gloucester Township budget has zero tax increase and no cuts to municipal services - Courier Post Article (pdf)

 


 

Improvements to Little Gloucester Dam Complete

The Camden County Department of Public Works has completed work on Little Gloucester Dam in Gloucester Township, and the lake will now rise to normal water levels. The $900,000 project included the installation of a state-of-the-art aluminum dam structure, and replacement of a section of corrugated metal drainage pipe located under the edge of Peter Cheeseman Road.

"This dam had been slated for improvements due to its age, but the severe erosion caused by flooding during Hurricane Irene moved up the timetable. We were able to consider this an emergency repair, and got it completed in less than seven months,” explained Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “This was accomplished by only closing the road for one week in December, lessening the impact on local residents and the more than 5,000 Camden County College students that use Peter Cheeseman road daily."

Little Gloucester dam is a Class II dam. Class II dams are defined as dams that have the potential to cause significant damage to property, but does not pose a threat to human life. Little Gloucester Dam has potential impact a major county roadway if it overtops Peter Cheesman Road. The completed Little Gloucester Dam meets all New Jersey dam safety and permitting requirements.

Last year, the county completed other roadway improvements in Gloucester Township on Sicklerville Road (CR 706) from Jarvis Road to the county line. That project included the milling and resurfacing of the roadway, along with the installation of new curbs, ADA compliant ramps and storm water grates.

 


 

Berlin Cross Keys Road Gets a Speed Limit Reduction

The Gloucester Township Police Department and Winslow Township Police Department partnered together to lower the speed limit on Berlin-Cross Keys Road from 50 mph to 45 mph. The new 45 mph speed limit signs were installed this past week and take effect immediately. Berlin-Cross Keys Road was previously designated as having a 45 mph speed limit within Washington Township and Monroe Township’s jurisdictions.

Berlin-Cross Keys Road has seen an increase in traffic volume over the past few years due to new business construction. A recent traffic volume survey conducted by the Delaware Regional Planning Commission found that approximately 15,000 vehicles travel on Berlin-Cross Keys Road in Gloucester Township each day. The lowering of the speed limit on Berlin-Cross Keys Road was just one facet of the multi-jurisdictional Cross Keys Road Joint Safe Passage Initiative that was formed in March 2011. The initiative involves six police departments joining in a multi-county/ multi-jurisdictional collaborative effort to enhance traffic safety along the Berlin-Cross Keys Road corridor between the White Horse Pike and the Black Horse Pike. Other safety efforts include enhanced enforcement of distracted driving laws, DWI Enforcement, an analysis of traffic crashes, and educational initiatives to assist drivers in understanding their role in improving traffic safety. Since the initiative began, the Gloucester Township Police Department has a seen a 25% decrease in motor vehicle crashes over a twelve month period.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. Speed is involved in about one out of three fatal crashes each year. Additionally, in 2010 data released by the New Jersey State Police, 83 of the 530 fatal motor vehicle crashes were attributed to unsafe speed.

For additional information on the dangers of speeding and aggressive driving, visit www.nhtsa.gov or www.saferoads.org.

 


 

Mayor David Mayer Introduces Third Consecutive Budget With Zero Tax Increase

Read the article from Patch.com

Download Introduced Budget 2012

 


 

Gloucester Township Swears In Two Police Officers

Read the article from Gloucester Township Patch


 

Gloucester Twp. Enters Into Another Shared Services Agreement

Read the article on Patch

 


 

Gloucester Township Rotary

Mayor David Mayer and Councilman Samuel Siler join Gloucester Township Rotarians at the Hider Lane Senior Center during an unveiling ceremony of benches donated to the Township by the Gloucester Township Rotary Club.

[Read more on Gloucester Township Patch...]

 


 

Gloucester Township Police Will Be Recognized For Earning First Place In National Night Competition

On January 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM at a Gloucester Township Council Meeting Mayor David Mayer will be presenting to the Gloucester Township Police Department an award from the National Town Watch Council recognizing their achievement in earning first place in the State of New Jersey for participation in National Night Out 2011. Additionally, the Gloucester Township Police Department has also been selected as a National Award Winner and ranked 26th overall in the Country for their participation in National Night Out. The Gloucester Township Police Department competes in Category 3 which represents communities with an overall population between 49,999-99,999 people.

This year's Nation Night Out event involved over 37.1 Million people in 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories and military bases worldwide.

"The success of our National Night Out Program is the result of our National Night Out/Town Watch Leaders, residents, local businesses, government officials, the dedication of the Gloucester Township Police Community Relations Bureau and all the men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department who have partnered together in making National Night Out a continued success," said Chief Harry Earle If you would like to participate in this year's National Night Out, or if you want to find out more about how you can partner with us to make Gloucester Township a safer community, please contact the Gloucester Township Police Department Community Relations Bureau at 228-4011 or email: communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

[Read the Gloucester Township Patch article for more...]



Citizens Police Academy  
 
The Gloucester Township Police Department in a continuing effort to foster a better police-community partnership would like to invite any Gloucester Township resident 16 years of age or older to attend the  9th Citizen’s  Police Academy.  The Gloucester Township Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy will be a free 8-week course that will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and begin in mid March 2012.  The course will include an overview of the police department and the administration, uniformed patrol, police communications, special operations, criminal investigations, youth criminal law and many other interesting topics.  Also, all attendees of the Citizen Police Academy will be trained in the use of CPR for the home.  If you feel you would like to be part of this cooperative effort between the police and the community, and would like to receive a Citizens Police Academy application or have any questions, please call the Gloucester Township Police Department Community Relations Unit at 228-4011.

 


 

Dare Middle School Graduations 2012

In continuing our commitment to involve the community as our partners in policing, four Gloucester Township Police D.A.R.E. officers were trained and certified in teaching the D.A.R.E. "Keepin It Real" Middle School Program. "Keepin It Real" is a multicultural, school based substance use prevention program for students 12-14 years old and will be taught to all seventh graders who attend Gloucester Township Public
Schools and Our Lady of Hope School.

Approximately 850 7th grade students participated in the "Keepin It Real" program and they will be the first class to graduate from that program in Gloucester Township. Media representatives are invited to attend the graduations which the students will be recognized for their achievements by members of our community, government and the police department.

The Gloucester Township Police Department strongly values the positive relationship with our community and particularly our youth. If you have any questions about the Middle School D.A.R.E. curriculum please contact Sgt. Barton or Cpl. Grannan at 856-228-4011 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

 


 

Gloucester Township Police Complete “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” Driving While Intoxicated Enforcement Campaign

The Gloucester Township Police Department recently completed the statewide 2011 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” driving while intoxicated enforcement campaign. This campaign took place between December 5th and January 2nd, 2012. As part of the initiative, the department was awarded a $5000.00 grant by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. During this campaign,15 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated with 3 of the drivers arrested on New Years day.

This statewide campaign was part of a national effort to raise awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving. In 2010, there were 556 traffic related fatalities in New Jersey. 168 of those killed were in alcohol related crashes. Gloucester Township Police arrested 176 drivers for driving while intoxicated in 2010.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is just one facet of the Gloucester Township Police Departments efforts to deter drinking and driving. The department conducts monthly coordinated patrols targeting intoxicated drivers, pre-prom drinking and driving education programs for high school students and education programs for alcohol servers at restaurants.

Be a responsible driver. If you drink, don’t drive. If you do plan on drinking, have a designated driver, use mass transit, taxis or call a friend. If you see someone you suspect of driving drunk, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Take notice of the license plate number of the driver along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don’t compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

For additional information on the dangers of drinking and driving and on the designated driver program, visit NJ.gov and MADD.


 

Gloucester Township in "Towns take leave of their fall foliage" Courier Post Article January 3, 2012 by Joe Cooney

“We have our own composting facility through our municipal utilities authority,” said Mayor David Mayer. “It’s a very large operation, it reduces our disposal costs and it’s a revenue generator.” Mayer cited Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Stratford, Audubon and Deptford among the 17 towns that drop their leaves at his township’s facility. “We charge the towns $3 a cubic yard, which is a below-average cost. So that saves them money. Then we sell the compost we make to nurseries and other individuals,” he said. “Between the money generated from the towns participating and from what we make when we sell the compost, we took in more than $183,000 in revenue last year. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

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Solar

Glo. Twp. powers up for a new solar field - Courier Post article December 23, 2011

 


 

DEPUTY CHIEF DAVID HARKINS GRADUATES FROM FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

On December 16, 2011, Gloucester Township Police Department Deputy Chief David J. Harkins graduated from the 247th Session of The FBI National Academy Program. Deputy Chief Harkins joined Chief Harry Earle as fellow alumnus of this premier law enforcement executive training program. Less than 1 percent of applicants who apply to the FBI National Academy are accepted into the program.

Deputy Chief Harkins was one of 266 graduates, representing various law enforcement agencies from 49 states, 25 countries and three branches of the military, at the intensive 11-week program located at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI National Academy was founded in 1935, and has had approximately 45,000 graduates from the program. According to the FBI, the program offers "advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies." The program is internationally known for its academic excellence and is offered free of charge to the selected students and their agencies. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Deputy Chief Harkins, focused his course work on leadership training, law enforcement media relations, stress management in law enforcement, physical fitness and use of force investigations. His classes earned him 12 undergraduate credit hours, and 6 graduate credits through the University of Virginia. Deputy Chief Harkins stated that the many experiences presented by instructors and fellow students will help him in approaching similar situations in Gloucester Township. "The National Academy builds a network with fellow law enforcement professionals "Harkins said, "I'm confident this will serve as a valuable resource to help with many of the law enforcement situations from law enforcement investigations to administrative responsibilities to personnel issues. I am honored to be a FBI National Academy graduate."

 


 

Sustainable Jersey Luncheon

Gloucester Township Patch Article, December 3, 2011: Mayor Recognizes Green Team

Mayor David Mayer recognized the Gloucester Township Green Team for attaining Sustainable Jersey status in 2011 during the Township Council Monday night.

The local Green Team qualified the township for bronze-level certification in its first year as a Sustainable Jersey community.

"The Sustainable New Jersey program is a program really that was organized to help communities become more sustainable—whether it is economically or through an environmental process," Mayer said.

The mayor pointed to the solar panels that were activated atop the municipal building earlier this year and the recently implemented single-stream recycling program as Green Team achievements.

Councilwoman Michelle Gentek heads the Green Team.

"We were given this wonderful privilege to live here on earth, so we have a responsibility to keep our environment healthy and to keep ourselves healthy," Gentek said. "We need to set an example for our future generations, and that is what our Green Team is doing."

Sustainable Jersey was recognized in April with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Quality Award.

To attain Sustainable Jersey bronze status, towns must create green teams, complete two of six "priority" actions, and compile at least 150 points completed from six of 16 different categories.

The township qualified for Sustainable Jersey certification by completing 17 actions, three of which were considered priority actions, and having a total of 195 points. The certification is valid for three years.

 


 

Route 42 Bridge Opening November 16, 2011

New Route 42 Interchange Bridge Opening - November 16, 2011

 


 

Trick or Treating

Officers greet costumed residents in our community during Halloween.

 


 

Press conference

 

Mayor David Mayer and Senator Menendez speak about the new solar panels on the municipal building.

 


 

** IMPORTANT CHANGE ** MEETING NOW ON WEDNESDAY

The Gathering Space — A Drop-In Teen Support Group

Gloucester Township now has a place where adolescents can join together under the leadership of licensed mental health professionals to explore the issues and challenges they face each day. In a relaxed, supportive, group environment, topics like conflict resolution, addiction, bullying, stress management, friends/family communication, leadership skills and goal setting will be experienced through activities and group discussions.

This program is free for students ages 13 to 18, and will meet every WEDNESDAY from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pointe Arial Park Community Building located at 2900 Erial Road in Gloucester Township.

This program is sponsored by The Gloucester Township Police Department and The Gloucester Township Municipal Alliance.

For information please call the Enrichment Information Line at 856‐374‐5709 or enrichment@glotwp.com.

 


 

Domestic Violence Family Room Ribbon Cutting

 

Chief Harry Earle, Mayor Mayer, representatives of the Camden County Women’s Center, Representatives from the Camden County Prosecutors Office, and officials from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Volunteers of America were present to officially open the Family Quiet Room which will offer victims of domestic violence a safe place where they can receive assistance and guidance.

The new Domestic Violence Family Quiet Room is for Gloucester Township residents who are victims of Domestic Violence. In addition to unveiling of the new room, two new domestic violence programs were introduced. One new program will offer a weekly support group for Domestic Violence Victims. The second program is a Batterers intervention program called Family Violence Prevention Program for Domestic Violence Offenders. These new joint initiatives are being launched during the month of October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 


 

Glendora Fire Training

Glendora Fire Training

Mayor David Mayer joined the Glendora Fire Company on a training exercise on October 25, 2011.

 

 


 

 

Street Sweepers

 

 

 

New street sweepers to hit the streets to help make Gloucester Township a cleaner, greener community. Pictured above are the new trucks and Mayor David Mayer and Public Works Director Len Moffa.

 


 

Gloucester Township Qualifies for Sustainable Jersey Certification

Sustainable Gloucester Township LogoMayor David Mayer is pleased to announce Gloucester Township's qualification as a Sustainable Jersey certified community.

The municipality will be formally recognized as certified in November during the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference.

“It is an honor to be receiving this recognition from a nationally acknowledged program,” Mayor Mayer reflected on the program which recently won the U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award in April.

The Sustainable Jersey program focuses on three components of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity. These aspects emphasize the importance of supporting the local economy, environmental management and conservation, and embracing social equity and fairness. Gloucester Township received notification from Sustainable Jersey that the township qualifies for bronze level certification. To obtain this level, a municipality must create a Green Team, complete two out of six priority actions, and 150 points completed in 6 out of 16 different categories. Gloucester Township qualified for certification by completing 17 actions, 3 of which are considered priority actions, and having a total of 195 points. The certification is valid for three years.

This initiative was made possible through the efforts of Mayor Mayer, and Councilwoman Michelle Gentek, who chaired the initiative, and a group of volunteers dubbed the “Green Team.” Mayor Mayer noted, “the Green Team worked hard to achieve this goal and promote a cleaner, greener lifestyle in the township.” The Green Team kicked off this effort by having their first “Green Fair” during the Gloucester Township Day event in June. “I am thrilled with the outcome during our first year,” remarked Councilwoman Gentek, “I am looking forward to continuing our success with promoting an environmentally conscious way of living and our next goal is achieving the silver certification.” The Team also read books about the environment to children at the Farmer's Market, and had a rain barrel workshop for those interested in conserving rainwater runoff. These and other actions will be available online on the Sustainable Jersey website upon certification.

Mayor Mayer has launched multiple initiatives in Gloucester Township which reduce expenses and conserves resources. The township announced a new single stream recycling program which will allow residents to recycle more materials without sorting paper or cardboard from glass, metal and plastic. Gloucester Township recently completed an Energy Master Plan and energy audit of the municipality facilities.

This was in addition to installing a solar panel array on the roof of the Municipal Building and LED traffic lights throughout the township, which will aid in reducing electricity costs.

More information about Sustainable Jersey and the certification process can be found at sustainablejersey.com.

 


 

Remember to Lock Your Car Doors


The Gloucester Township Police Community Relations Bureau wants to remind residents to lock the doors on their vehicles. Between the months of June and October 2011 there have been approximately 102 reported incidents of thefts from motor vehicles. Out of those 102 incidents only 5 were with forced entry.

That means over 95% of thefts occurring from vehicles were from unlocked vehicles. Residents must make it a priority to always lock the doors to your vehicles and residences.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Gloucester Township Police Department by calling 228-4500 or if its an emergency, 911. Residents are encouraged to become involved the Neighborhood Watch program. The Neighborhood Watch Program encourages residents to become more aware of activities around them as they go about their normal routines and to act as EYES & EARS of the police department. If reporting suspicious activity please be as descriptive as possible. The description of the subject, location or direction of travel and tag on a motor vehicle is extremely helpful. Please do not put yourself in any danger.

If you have any questions please contact Sgt. Barton or Cpl. Grannan at 228-4011 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

Follow GTPD on:

facebook.com/gloucestertownshippolice
youtube.com/glotwppolice
twitter.com/glotwppolice
glotwp.com/police

You are also encouraged to sign up for Global Connect. The Gloucester Township Police Department utilizes The Global Connect Emergency Notification System. Global Connect gives municipalities the ability to notify thousands of residents about important community events, missing persons and other important information. You can do this by going to www.glotwp.com and clicking on police updates on Global Connect.

 

 


 

B.A.T.L.E.

News Conference Announcing Implementation Of Project B.A.T.L.E. Kicks Off Respect Week In Gloucester Township

The Gloucester Township Police Department in cooperation with the Gloucester Township Public Schools, Black Horse Pike Regional School District, the Camden County Technical School, Our Lady of Hope School, and the Kingdom Charter School have partnered together in launching Project B.A.T.L.E. – Bullying Awareness Through Law Enforcement.

B.A.T.L.E. - Bullying Awareness Through Law Enforcement is a comprehensive and community based approach to harassment, intimidation, and bullying and its associated consequences of substance abuse through information sharing, preparedness, and response. Project B.A.T.L.E. was developed by the Gloucester Township Police Department and is a new approach in providing valuable resources to juveniles and their families. This program consists of five separate components each designed specifically to address the growing national problem of bullying and its many negative effects on our youth. Project B.A.T.L.E. is also being considered for possible future wider implementation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

A news conference took place at the Timber Creek High School, 501 Jarvis Road, Erial, New Jersey (Gloucester Township) on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM. Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer, Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle, Representatives from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Black Horse Pike School District Superintendent Mr. John Golden, Gloucester Township Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Thomas Seddon, and Our Lady of Hope School Principal Sister Paula Randow, was in attendance.

The news conference consisted of an overview of the five separate focus areas of Project B.A.T.L.E. including three new juvenile enrichment programs now available for Gloucester Township youth. Students serving as Project B.A.T.L.E. Teen Team Leaders will also be introduced. The kick-off of Project B.A.T.L.E. coincides with National Respect Week which is the first week of October.

 

Read more...Gloucester Township Patch Article

 

 


Gloucester Township Police Launches Seventh Grade D.A.R.E. Program 9/22/11

Since 1990 the Gloucester Township Police Department has provided D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instruction to tens of thousands of fifth grade students. These specially trained Gloucester Township Police Officers have developed a great relationship with so many of the young children who have participated in the fifth grade D.A.R.E. Program.

In continuing our commitment to involve the community as our partners in policing, four Gloucester Township Police D.A.R.E. officers were recently trained and certified in teaching the D.A.R.E. "Keepin It Real" Middle School Program. "Keepin It Real" is a multicultural, school based substance use prevention program for students 12-14 years old and will be taught to all seventh graders who attend Gloucester Township Public Schools and Our Lady of Hope School.

The new “Keepin It Real” curriculum prepares students to act decisively in refusing offers to use drugs, helps students recognize risks, builds strong decision making skills, develops communication, planning and assertiveness refusal skills, and empowers our youth to value their own perceptions and feelings. The curriculum contains ten separate lessons that last approximately 45 minutes. The lessons help promote interaction with the students, and the curriculum uses a series of five videos produced by youth which embraces real stories as a key learning tool.

Chief W. Harry Earle stated " Keepin It Real” reinforces the lessons already learned from the 5th grade program, and continues to build positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders."

The Gloucester Township Police Department Community Relations Bureau strongly values the positive relationship with our community and particularly our youth. If you have any questions about the Middle School D.A.R.E. curriculum please contact Sgt. Barton or Cpl. Grannan at 856-228-4011 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

 


 


Gloucester Township Police Participate in the 2011 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Partnership with Safe Kids Southern New Jersey and Malvern School

September 18th to the 24th is National Child Passenger Safety Week. In support of this initiative, the Gloucester Township Police Department in partnership with Safe Kids Southern New Jersey will be conducting a car seat checkup event on Friday September 23rd 2011. This event is being held at the Malvern School located at 2920 New Brooklyn-Erial Road, Sicklerville, between 7:30 am and 11:30 am. It is free to the public and no advance sign up is required.

Data released by Safe Kids shows that child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used properly, can prevent injuries and save lives. Each year, an estimated 975 child occupants under 14 years of age die as a result of a motor vehicle incident. Young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained.

In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems (CRS) in six states, approximately 73 percent of CRSs showed at least one critical misuse. The most common form of misuses for all CRSs included loose vehicle seat belt attachment to the CRS and loose harness straps securing the child to the CRSs. A properly installed child safety seat reduces fatal injury in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants less than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years of age. For children 4 to 7 years of age, booster seats have shown to reduce injury risk by 59 percent compared to safety belts alone. Additionally, among children under 5 years of age, 451 lives were saved in 2004 due to child restraint use. Of these 451 lives saved, the use of child safety seats was responsible for 413 saved lives and the use of safety belts saved 38 lives

For any questions related to the event, please contact Maureen Donnelly, Safe Kids Southern NJ at 856-968-8687 or Lieutenant McKendry, Gloucester Township Police at 856-374-5714.

For additional SafeKids car seat checkup events, visit www.Safekids.org. Residents may also contact the Traffic Services Bureau to schedule a car seat check with one of the Gloucester Township Police certified child safety seat technicians.

 


 

World Trade Center Artifact Memorial Dedication

World Trade Center Artifact Memorial Dedication

World Trade Center Artifact Memorial Dedication at the Chews Landing Fire Department on September, 11, 2011. Honoring those who lost their lives during the attacks ten years ago. See more pictures here

 


 

The Gathering Space — A Drop-In Teen Support Group


Gloucester Township now has a place where adolescents can join together under the leadership of licensed mental health professionals to explore the issues and challenges they face each day. In a relaxed, supportive, group environment, topics like conflict resolution, addiction, bullying, stress management, friends/family communication, leadership skills and goal setting will be experienced through activities and group discussions.

This program is free for students ages 13 to 18, and will meet every Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. beginning September 26, 2011 at the Point Arial Park Community Building located at 2900 Erial Road.

This program is sponsored by The Gloucester Township Police Department and The Gloucester Township Municipal Alliance.


For information please call the Enrichment Information Line at 856-374-5709 or .


 

Our Most Effective Weapon Against Terrorism is You


We were forever changed by the events of September 11, 2001. Our thoughts and our prayers will always be with the heroes who perished that fateful day and their families. To honor these courageous men and women, a New Jersey September 11th Memorial will be constructed at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, directly across the Hudson River from "Ground Zero" in Lower Manhattan.

The New Jersey September 11th Memorial will be a lasting symbol of our resolve to honor those who died by rising above the evil that claimed their lives. The massive attack, which claimed the lives of 746 New Jerseyans, was intended to break our spirit. It has not done that. It has made us more determined and more resolved. This information was provided by www.nj911memorial.com

The Gloucester Township Police Departments Community Relations Bureau wants to recognize the 10 year anniversary of the terrorism that occurred on September 11, 2001. We want you as residents of the State of New Jersey to report suspicious behavior no matter how minor you think it is. If you are in Gloucester Township at the time of the suspicious act please call 9‐1‐1 if it is an emergency or 856‐228‐4500 if it is a non emergency. Let the Police Department determine whether or not the act is suspicious. If you are not in Gloucester Township and you suspect a suspicious act call 1‐866‐4‐safe‐nj or you can email tips@njhomelandsecurity.gov.

Please, if you see something, say something. Just by being vigilant of your surroundings you may be stopping an act of terrorism and/or a crime.

If you have any questions please contact Sgt. Barton or Cpl. Grannan at 856‐228‐4011 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com.

Additionally, please note that on Sunday, September 11 at 8:15 AM, the Chews Landing Fire Department is holding the World Trade Center Artifact Memorial Dedication Ceremony, where a piece of steel from the World Trade Center will be proudly displayed in our great township.

 


 

Big Lots Sicklerville Grand Opening

Big Lots Grand Opening Sicklerville

Photo courtesy of Joan Cimino.


 

National Stop on Red Week

August 7th to August 13th 2011 has been designated as "National Stop on Red" week. National Stop on Red Week takes place the first full week of August each year and is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of red-light running through education and enforcement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2008, nationwide there were 2.3 million reported intersection related crashes. These crashes resulted in 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injuries. 762 of the fatalities and 165,000 of the injures were directly related to running a red light.

According to the Federal Highway Administration:

  • You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash
  • Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes
  • Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  • Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators — they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists
  • Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days
  • There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes every day at signalized intersections across the United States
  • The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually

The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable

As part of our 101 days of summer campaign, Gloucester Township Police is participating in the nationwide enforcement initiative through the use of enhanced patrols as well as our intersection safety cameras along the Blackwood-Clementon Road corridor. We are also continuing with our Cross Keys Road Joint Safe Passage Initiative which targets aggressive and distracted drivers along the Cross Keys Road corridor.

For additional information of the dangers of red light running, visit safety.fhwa.dot.gov, nhtsa.gov, saferoadssavelives.org.