Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A township Daisy troop is scheduled to plant a tree at the Gloucester Township Community Park.
The Girl Scout motto is that it "builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place." That's just what Girl Scout Daisy Troop 30323 had in mind when it scheduled a tree planting on April 13 at Gloucester Township Community Park as part of its "Take Action" project. "I think it is a huge deal that such little girls will be doing something so big for their community, and I am looking to getting the word out and trying to make it a public thing," said Anna Marie Short, a troop co-leader. The township public works department will help out and Mayor David Mayer is also scheduled to make an appearance, Short said.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer pitches the call-in session as an opportunity "to receive input from our citizens about how we can improve the quality of life in our community."
Gloucester Township Democrats released the following press release: Gloucester Township Mayor Dave Mayer will host an hour-long Telephone Town Hall Meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Residents are encouraged to call toll free (888) 409-5380 from their home or cell phone to participate in a live question-and-answer session with Mayer. “The goal of this live Telephone Town Hall Meeting is to encourage participation in township government and to receive input from our citizens about how we can improve the quality of life in our community,” said Mayer. “This will be an interactive opportunity for residents to share their vision of the township’s future and discuss how we can work together for a better Gloucester Township.” The …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer introduces the 2013 municipal budget during Monday's Council meeting.
Residents would receive roughly the same municipal tax bills this year as they did last year under the proposed 2013 township budget. The township's 2013 budget, as introduced by Mayor David Mayer during Monday night's Township Council meeting, calls for the same exact tax levy as the 2012 spending plan's. "I'm very proud to say that for four years in a row, we are introducing a budget that holds the line on taxes," Mayer said. "We've worked hard over these last three-and-a-half years to straighten out our township's finances, to upgrade our bond rating to an A+." The $53,489,254 spending plan is to be supported by a $37,346,064 local tax levy—the same tax revenue called for to support $51,616,205 in appropriations for 2012—Business …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The newest member of Gloucester Township Council is to take her oath of office on Monday.
Michelle L. Winters is now just days away from officially becoming a member of Gloucester Township Council. Unanimously selected by Council to complete Michelle Gentek's unexpired term at its Feb. 11 meeting, the 1985 Triton Regional High School graduate will take the oath of office at Council's Feb. 25 meeting. “We had many qualified individuals in our township who applied to serve on council,” Mayor David Mayer said, “but Michelle stood out because of her community service and volunteerism within Gloucester Township and her commitment to improving the quality of life in our community." Gentek became a Camden County freeholder in early January following her election in November 2012, creating a vacancy on Gloucester Township Council. …
Monday, February 18, 2013
A fundraiser to benefit the handicap-accessible baseball field will be held Feb. 24.
Gloucester Township's "Field of Dreams" will be dedicated on Saturday, April 20, Mayor David Mayer announced last week. "As you know we have been working on building a Field of Dreams whereby children and adults with disabilities could play baseball, play softball on a field that is specifically designed to meet their needs," Mayer said during the Feb. 11 Township Council meeting. The field for physically and mentally disabled ballplayers will be located in Gloucester Township Community Park, in the township's Erial section. In addition to other upgrades from the typical ball field, the Field of Dreams will include an artificial-surface infield to make it easier for those in wheelchairs and walkers to play the game. A bowl-a-thon …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Sign up for your plot in the Gloucester Township Community Garden at Gabreil Daveis Tavern on March 19.
Want to grow your own vegetables, fruit or flowers this year, but don't have adequate space on your property? Or are you maybe worried about your discerning neighbors finding out you don't exactly have a green thumb? Either way, Gloucester Township has the answer for you. Sign up for one of the plots available to rent at the Gloucester Township Community Garden, located in the shadows of Gabreil Daveis Tavern. Mayor David Mayer urged residents to participate in Community Garden this spring and summer at Township Council's Monday meeting. Opening Day for the Community Garden will be April 21—one day after the Earth Day spring clean-up there. The Community Garden holds 23 individual plots, as well as a common area for herbs and raspberries. …
Monday, December 17, 2012
In a letter to the community, David Mayer sends his sympathies to Newtown, CT, and covers how Gloucester Township has prepared for a similar emergency.
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer sent the following letter about the Newtown, CT, shooting to the community via email on Sunday: Dear Gloucester Township Neighbor, I am sure that you are as shocked and saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred in the community of Newtown, CT, just this past Friday. Soon after learning of the tragedy, I immediately spoke with Gloucester Township Public Schools Superintendent John Bilodeau, Black Horse Pike Regional School Superintendent John Golden, members of Gloucester Township Council and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle. My conversations with the superintendents and our chief of police have focused on our collective commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, teachers …
Monday, August 20, 2012
David Mayer says data proves his administration is succeeding at its goals. Do you agree?
Home values are up in Gloucester Township, outpacing other regional municipalities, Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer said in his most recent YouTube message to residents. (Click on the video, right, to view Mayer's message.) Mayer based his remarks off of a Philadelphia Inquirer analysis that showed area property values and sales for the first half of 2012. "Of the 33 towns that were in this study, only home values in Gloucester Township grew by 11 percent," Mayer said. "... This analysis reaffirms what all of us have been working towards." Mayer said his administration has focused on stabilizing tax rates, improving Gloucester Township's financial outlook and increasing quality of life for residents. What do you think of Mayer's …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
County and town officials talk trash—specifically, a deal cooperative agreement that will save towns money on what residents throw away.
A new shared services deal throughout Camden County means taxpayers won’t be throwing extra money away when they throw out the trash. Thirty-four of Camden County’s 37 towns—including Gloucester Township—joined into a shared services agreement for trash disposal in a deal county officials say will save $1.3 million over three years. And while disposing of the county's combined 187,600 tons of trash annually isn’t the sexiest of topics, the agreement with winning bidder Camden County Energy Recovery Associates means savings for towns forced to keep budgets within a state-mandated 2-percent cap. “When we work together as 34 municipalities, we can create the economies of scale and get an amazing bid to lower our trash costs for the lowest …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The agreement, which will not cost Gloucester Township a dime, according to officials, runs through Dec. 31.
Township Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution naming Kennedy Health System as emergency-medical services (EMS) provider through the end of the year. The move came just six days after the township ended its relationship with Gloucester Township EMS Alliance—a move that has EMS Alliance employees and their supporters calling dirty politics on the Mayer administration. It came about 80 minutes after a last-ditch attempt by longtime EMS Alliance Chief Tom Eden Sr. to spare his employees their jobs by resigning his post. "At this time, for the best of the residents of Gloucester Township and the best of my 45 employees, I ask you to reconsider your actions tonight you're going to take," Eden told Council. "You've had me …