Gloucester Township News
Gloucester Township honored members of our community on February 23, 2015 during our Black History Month Celebration. Congratulations to the recipients!
Congratulations to the winners of the of VFW Erial Memorial Post 5794 Patriot's Pen Essay and Voice of Democracy Essay!
Gloucester Township Public Works Employees out filling potholes.
Fire District Officer Installations
Chews Landing Fire Department Officers being sworn in.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
With over 450 participants, Gloucester Township's third Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service saw the biggest group of volunteers helping the community yet!
Student Veterans from Rutgers Camden presented Mayor David Mayer with a donation of toys for the mayor's Toys for Tots drive for Gloucester Township children. Pictured with the mayor is Mark Bodrog (CPT USMC), Joshua Piccoli (SGT USMC), Nambaramey Dy (SPC US Army), Henderson Tyrrell (SPC US Army), Philip Anagnostos (SGT USMC), and Jonathan Wood (SPC US Army).
Citizen Appreciation Park
Congratulations to the Honorees at Gloucester Township Citizen Appreciation Park.
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 grand opening.
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.
Recycling 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.
Mayor David Mayer and members of Council welcome the Lamp Post Diner & Bakery to Gloucester Township during their Grand Opening!
Gloucester Township announces solar energy shared services agreement between two school districts
Mayor Mayer attened the ceremonial groundbreaking for Taft Hall at Camden County College Blackwood Campus on October 23, 2013.
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
Mayor David R. Mayer speaks with residents near the Premium Outlets planned site.
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.
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 Mayer visits Victus Sports in Gloucester Township
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.
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
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
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.
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:
Articles on MARRS:
Boy Scout Troop 77's final Court of Honor and Farewell Dinner
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.
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 David Mayer speaking with servicemen of the US Army at Fort Hood Texas in January 2013.
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.
Harmony Show Choir performed at the Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade.
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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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Dunkin Donuts on College Drive for their Grand Opening on August 11, 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.
Cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening celebration of the new Teppanyaki Grill on Blackwood-Clementon Road. June 28, 2012
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.
Ribbon cutting for Royal Bank.
Township receives Standard & Poor's A+ bond rating. Read Gloucester Township Patch article here (download)
Mayor David Mayer received the NJ DARE Mayor of the Year award during the NJCM annual conference.
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.
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.
Mayor David Mayer Introduces Third Consecutive Budget With Zero Tax Increase
Gloucester Township Swears In Two Police Officers
Gloucester Twp. Enters Into Another Shared Services Agreement
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.
“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.”
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.
New Route 42 Interchange Bridge Opening - November 16, 2011
Officers greet costumed residents in our community during Halloween.
Mayor David Mayer and Senator Menendez speak about the new solar panels on the municipal building.
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.
Mayor David Mayer joined the Glendora Fire Company on a training exercise on October 25, 2011.
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
Mayor 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.
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
Big Lots Sicklerville Grand Opening
Photo courtesy of Joan Cimino.