Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Township Council is expected to vote Monday night on a resolution appointing Kennedy Health System as EMS provider through Dec. 31.
The Township Council has called a special meeting for Monday night in part to vote on a resolution that, if approved, would formalize an agreement with Kennedy Health System to make it the township's ambulance provider through at least the end of the year. Gloucester Township EMS Alliance was banished as the township's emergency-medical services provider early last week. The agenda for the special meeting was posted to the township's website Thursday afternoon. Per the resolution, Kennedy will have two staffed ambulances in Gloucester Township on a 24/7 basis, and a third ambulance from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Kennedy would not charge the township under the agreement, but would instead bill patients for services—as was the case under…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Gloucester Township EMS Alliance chief says the state has cleared all ambulances to return to service.
Gloucester Township Republicans are none too happy with Mayor David Mayer for severing the township's relationship with non-profit Gloucester Township EMS Alliance. GOP leaders are also concerned about what the decision could mean for the future of ambulance service in the township—specifically to taxpayers' purses and wallets. In a scathing statement released by the Gloucester Township Republican Municipal Committee as the dust was still settling following the township's banishment of the EMS Alliance, party chairman Ray Polidoro described the decision as "disturbing and chilling." "This is an outrage, a staggering abuse of power,” Polidoro said in the statement, his sentiments directed at Mayer. "When did the Constitution become obsolete…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Township officials say a failure to register its ambulances was the latest in a series of issues with the privately run Gloucester Township EMS Alliance.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m. 6/26: New Jersey Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner confirmed shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday that three of five Gloucester Township EMS Alliance ambulances have been cleared to return to service. She indicated that of the five ambulances found to have been in operation while unregistered, the registration for one had expired in March. ---------- One thing is certain: Gloucester Township EMS Alliance, a private, nonprofit emergency-medical services provider based in the township's Erial section, will no longer be running its ambulances to emergency calls in Gloucester Township. The reasons behind the township's decision to banish EMS Alliance ambulances will likely be debated for months, if not years, to come, as…
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Residents of Gloucester Township, Runnemede, Bellmawr came out to welcome home troops and honor the veterans of earlier wars.
Red, white and blue was the official color of the Black Horse Pike on Saturday morning, as residents from Gloucester Township, Bellmawr, and Runnemede came out in droves to show their support for the area's veterans and active duty military members. “From initial planning, it turned out terrific. We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day,” Phil Williams, commander of Erial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 5794, said. Williams is a Marine Corps veteran who served for 28 years and 45 combat tours. He says it was emotional to see so many people waving flags and saying "welcome." Williams was amazed at how successful the "Welcome Home Veterans" Parade was considering organizers only had only about 70 days to coordinate it. He …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Members of the Highland and Triton marching bands were honored during the Township Council's May 30 meeting.
Musicians from Highland and Triton high schools were honored during Gloucester Township Council's May 30 meeting. The Triton marching band won the Group IA Championship Competition at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship, held at fellow Black Horse Pike Regional School District, at Timber Creek Regional High School in November. It won the school's seventh South Jersey title en route to the Atlantic Coast title. "It doesn't happen without a very, incredibly talented staff, without an eager group of parents or without a dedicated group of students who are willing to go above and beyond to be the very best they can be," Triton band director Bob Adams said. The Triton percussion ensemble won its seventh-straight and 12th overall…
Saturday, June 2, 2012
There was a solid crowd at Lt. Col. Samuel M. Siler Veterans Memorial Park all day Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.
Gloucester Township Day was going strong as of 4 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. The 40 winners of the 2012 Gloucester Township Day Scholarship Committee scholarships will be announced on the "Show Mobile" at around 6 p.m. (See list of winners below.) Just prior to the scholarships presentation, Gloucester Township Rotary will announce the winner of the "Four Aces" Phillies jersey raffle. The jersey is signed by 2011 starting pitchers Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt. Rotary will be selling the raffle tickets at its booth right up to the 6 p.m., when Mayor David Mayer will be pulling the winning ticket. Patch has been at the 28th annual Gloucester Township Day all day long, talking to folks about the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The fireworks show is scheduled for about 9 p.m.
Gloucester Township Day is Saturday and figures to have Lt. Col. Samuel M. Siler Veterans Memorial Park bustling with activity from morning to night. Gates open at 11 a.m. for the 28th annual township carnival, which benefits Gloucester Township Day Scholarship Committee. In addition to the top-notch playground always in place at Veterans Memorial Park, the park and adjacent municipal complex parking lot will be transformed into a child's dream, complete with carnival rides and inflatable bounce games. The fireworks show is slated to begin around 9 p.m., but arrive much earlier to celebrate the township and to enjoy the rides, food, and crafts. "It's a great opportunity for the township to come together and celebrate itself," said Dick …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The meeting is scheduled for May 29 at 6 p.m.
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer and Councilwoman Michelle Gentek invite residents to attend a Green Team meeting on Tuesday, May 29. The Sustainable Gloucester Township meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Council chambers at the municipal building. The mayor and Gentek, who is a 2012 Democratic Party candidate for Camden County freeholder, are hoping to register new members for the Green Team, which, as the name suggests, strives to make the township a cleaner, greener place. The Green Team earned the township a bronze-level certification in its first year as a Sustainable Jersey community in 2011.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The school's wrestling team was also recognized during Monday's Council meeting.
Gloucester Township Council and Mayor David Mayer on Monday recognized the Timber Creek Regional High School marching band and wrestling team. Roughly three to four dozen members of the marching band attended the meeting to pick up proclamations from Council and Mayer. "I can tell you these people work hard. They work hard day in and day out. They work hard over the summer. It's just amazing the amount of work that each and every one of them put in," Council President Glen Bianchini said. "I'm proud to be able to honor them tonight." The Marching Chargers won the Group 2-A title at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships, in West Grove, PA, last October. Council and the mayor also recognized Timber Creek band director Dan O'…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The mayor called the bond rating bump a "historic event" for the township.
Standard & Poor's increased the township's long-term bond rating status from "A" to "A+" on Monday, Mayor David Mayer announced during the Township Council's meeting Monday night. "That is extremely, extremely significant—increasing, really, our credit rating, which you don't see very often" Mayer said. An "A" rating by Standard & Poor's (S&P) means an entity has "strong capacity to meet financial commitments, but (is) somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions and changes in circumstances," according to the credit-rating agency's website. A "+" or a "-" can be added to a rating to show "relative standing" within the rating categories. "AAA" and "AA" are the highest S&P ratings. "Not only have we over the last two-and-a-half years…