Glassboro Online http://glassboroonline.com/public Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:17:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Spring Hydrant Flushing http://glassboroonline.com/public/spring-hydrant-flushing/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/spring-hydrant-flushing/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:17:57 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3612 As part of our routine maintenance of the water system, Glassboro will begin our spring hydrant flushing Monday April 27th through Friday May 8th. Flushing may take place during the day as well as in the evenings. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the water department at 856-863-3612.

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Shred Event April 25 Protects Against Identity Theft http://glassboroonline.com/public/shred-event-april-25-protects-against-identity-theft/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/shred-event-april-25-protects-against-identity-theft/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:16:47 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3601 The Borough of Glassboro is sponsoring the “Open Shred Day Event” on Saturday, April 25 to help protect against identity theft and take a step toward going green.  Boxes and bags of paper may be taken to the Victoria Street Parking Lot (next to the Barnes & Noble on Rowan Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  The event is made possible through Glassboro’s Clean Communities Grant.

An experienced operator from DocuVault Delaware Valley will move bins of paper to a highly secure, mobile shredding unit where confidential materials will be destroyed before your eyes.  A full 100% of the shredded paper is recycled.  Please note that only paper will be accepted. No plastic bags or metal, including three-ring binders and binder clips, can be accepted. Paper clips and staples are okay. Customers can keep their boxes for future use.

“The shred Event is a great way to clean up while protecting ourselves by destroying documents that may contain personal information,” said Councilwoman Anna Miller.

For more information on the Shred Event, please contact the Glassboro Highway Department at 856-881-8422 or rclark@glassboro.org.

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Fundraiser, Scavenger Hunt, Music, Food, Giveaways: SWP and Rowan Team Up for ‘Strides for Students’ April 18 http://glassboroonline.com/public/fundraiser-scavenger-hunt-music-food-giveaways-swp-and-rowan-team-up-for-strides-for-students-april-18/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/fundraiser-scavenger-hunt-music-food-giveaways-swp-and-rowan-team-up-for-strides-for-students-april-18/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:09:06 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3597  

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It’s not too late to sign up as Glassboro’s Student Working Professionals (SWP) readies for the first annual Strides for Students community walk and fundraiser, slated for Saturday, April 18. The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. at Student Working Professionals’ Lundy Hall (50 South Academy Street, Glassboro–the former LaTrina’s caterers).  The event is co-sponsored by SWP and Rowan University’s Accounting Society.

Strides for Students is a two-mile community fundraising walk and local business scavenger hunt that will raise money for local high school students to attend Student Working Professional’s Business Leadership Camp this summer.

Strides for Students promises lots of fun and interaction for participants…bring your smart phone and be ready to learn about Glassboro’s businesses through social media as part of the local Business Scavenger Hunt.  Listen to tunes as local favorite the Juliano Brothers perform from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Register to win one of four $250 gift cards to downtown Glassboro’s Grilly Cheese.  Get a flyer to present at the Landmark Americana any time on April 18 and 25% of your check will be donated back to Student Working Professionals…a great a post-walk dinner idea for walking teams!

SWP, which just opened its Glassboro location last fall, helps students prepare to enter the workplace as financial leaders. For more than 20 years, SWP has provided real-world experience in business, non-profit and social entrepreneurship.

“Students who join SWP must be actively involved in the community and participate in outreach activities, which makes Strides for Students a perfect fit in Glassboro,” said Kaitlin Rattigan, SWP Director.  “This event is a prime example of how SWP strives to partner with the local business community for a common cause.”

Sponsorship packages are available and range from $100-$1,000.  Businesses are also invited to become “stops” on the scavenger hunt. Hunt participants will tweet, Instagram and/or post on Facebook answers to scavenger hunt questions, providing digital marketing for participating businesses.

You can also sign up as a walker individually or as a group by visiting http://tinyurl.com/stridesforstudents.

More information for sponsors and businesses is available by contacting Kaitlin Rattigan, SWP Director, at 856-343-7209 or kaitlin@swpstars.org.  To sign up for the walk, visit http://tinyurl.com/stridesforstudents.

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Notice: Overnight Traffic Pattern Change on Route 322 by Rowan Due to Road Project http://glassboroonline.com/public/notice-overnight-traffic-pattern-change-on-route-322-by-rowan-due-to-rowan-project/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/notice-overnight-traffic-pattern-change-on-route-322-by-rowan-due-to-rowan-project/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:57:35 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3591 Starting on Monday, April 13, 2015 thru Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be a traffic pattern change due to road construction in the westbound lane of Route 322 West from Girard Road to South Campus Drive. The Glassboro Police Department will have officers alternating traffic during the hours of construction so expect some delays.  The project could go possibly go into the middle of the following week. The road project includes utility work along Route 322 related to Rowan University’s construction of the Rohrer College of Business building on part of the former A parking lot on 322.  Questions may be directed to the Glassboro Police Department at 856-881-1501 ext. 88184.

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Lush Nails Celebrates Ribbon Cutting April 8 on Rowan Boulevard http://glassboroonline.com/public/lush-nails-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-april-8-on-rowan-boulevard/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/lush-nails-celebrates-ribbon-cutting-april-8-on-rowan-boulevard/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:28:44 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3589 Lush Nails and Spa celebrates a grand opening this Wednesday, April 8 at its new location on Downtown Glassboro’s Rowan Boulevard.  The nail salon is located at 213 Rowan Boulevard in the Enterprise Center.  A ribbon cutting is slated for 11:00 a.m. followed by tours and light refreshments.

Lush Nails is the latest business to occupy the first floor of the Enterprise Center.  The Boulevard Salon, Domino’s, Treasures on Broadway and HFM Financial Advisors have also opened within the last year.  The final vacancy in the building will be filled by Fitness Fuels, which begins fitout this month.  The four upper stories of the building are occupied by Rowan University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education. A 1,200-space parking garage sits behind the building, serving shoppers, employees and Rowan University students living in Rowan Boulevard housing.

Lush Nails owner Rachael Vy Cao said the full-service nail salon features a highly-trained and courteous staff.  “With years of experience and continuing education, our dedicated staff is ready to serve you and your beauty needs,” said Cao, who previously operated a salon in Mullica Hill.

Lush Nails is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Gift cards are available.  Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  Call 856-863-4888 for information.

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Philadelphia Union to Host Soccer Day in Glassboro April 12 http://glassboroonline.com/public/philadelphia-union-to-host-soccer-day-in-glassboro-april-12/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/philadelphia-union-to-host-soccer-day-in-glassboro-april-12/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:46:33 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3577 The Philadelphia Union soccer team will host a Union Day in Glassboro on Sunday, April 12 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at South Delsea Drive Park (152 Delsea Drive South, Glassboro). The visit is open to the public and will include inflatables, games and a FREE youth soccer clinic  for any interested child ages 6 and up.

Parents are required to complete a registration form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15NvIGU5CKf65-dee2znICHQsTUIXHtIOHM1RwoUtydk/viewform) for each participating child that you are responsible for. Please note that any participating child must bring their own soccer equipment and soccer ball to the clinic. Thank you for reserving your spot in the clinic. You will be contacted with 72 hours to confirm registration.

In addition to filling out the registration form you will need to sign a waiver upon arrival at the clinic. All waivers must be signed by the parent or guardian, age 18 or older, of the registered child. You can print out the waiver at the link below: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/sites/philadelphia/files/2015%20Skills%20Clinic%20Waiver.pdf

Please note the event will take place rain or shine.

Questions? Email Marketing@philadelphiaunion.com.

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Council Introduces Budget with Zero Tax Increase http://glassboroonline.com/public/council-introduces-budget-with-zero-tax-increase/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/council-introduces-budget-with-zero-tax-increase/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:28:21 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3575 The Borough of Glassboro introduced its 2015 municipal budget on March 24, a plan that includes a zero tax increase for borough residents for the second consecutive year.  At the same time, the spending plan maintains all municipal services, adds two full-time firefighters and reduces the size of local government through shared services.

A public hearing and vote on the budget will take place Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom, Borough Hall (1 South Main Street, Glassboro).

The $24,822,402 budget proposal falls $902,298 below the state-mandated 2% tax levy cap and is also $1,091,580 below the appropriations cap.  Salaries and wages were leveled at 2%.

“The zero tax increase is attributable to two primary factors.  The first is an increase in redevelopment PILOT revenue.  In addition we have undertaken cost saving measures across the board, including privatization of janitorial services, reduced costs for our Joint Insurance Fund contribution and reduced costs in Economic Development and Buildings and Grounds,” explained Glassboro Mayor Leo McCabe.

McCabe noted that long-term ground lease and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) revenue on the Rowan Boulevard redevelopment project is projected to increase by $325,975 in 2015.  That revenue is projected to reach $1,756,000 for 2015, up from the 2014 total of $1,430,025.

An increase in revenue on Rowan Boulevard shows that steady progress continues on the state’s largest municipal redevelopment project.  Construction is expected to wrap up this summer on the Boulevard’s third mixed-use building.

“The 317,000 sq. ft. structure will include 25,000 sq. ft. of primary and specialty medical care in a joint agreement with Inspira and Cooper, as well as first-floor retail and upper story multi-family rental housing and student apartments,” said Councilman John Wallace.

“Ownership of this and all other buildings remains with private developers, translating into property tax revenue once construction is complete,” Wallace added.  He said a proposal process is underway for development of the final two Rowan Boulevard parcels as well as the former Roxy Theatre site on East High Street.

Two new firefighters will be added to the Fire Department’s paid staff in 2015.  “This is a vital addition that protects lives and property in a growing commercial environment.  It also allows for better daytime coverage due to limited volunteer availability at that time,” said Council President George Cossabone, Public Safety liaison.  He said this brings the total number of full-time paid firefighters in Glassboro to seven.

At the same time, Glassboro continues to reduce its debt load.  $2.2 million was paid to the borough by the developer for the acquisition of land for 220 Rowan Boulevard and applied directly to pay down debt.

Mayor and Council continue to investigate every option to reduce costs, including line-item cuts in every department and innovative cost-saving measures.  “To address rising fuel costs, four Compressed Natural Gas vehicles have been added to the fleet for an annual fuel savings of about $12,000.  The governing body has also gone paperless for a savings of about $11,000 a year,” said Councilwoman Anna Miller.  She said there is also a roof-mounted solar energy purchase agreement at four municipal buildings, creating a “greener” and utility program that saves approximately $20,000 annually.

Glassboro also continues to share services with Gloucester County to reduce the size of government and cut costs.  Shared services agreements include countywide tax assessment, EMS, 911 dispatch, stormwater management and trash disposal.  These combined efforts have translated into more than $2.6 million in savings to Glassboro taxpayers.

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Mayor Addresses Local Concerns to Senate Budget Committee http://glassboroonline.com/public/mayor-addresses-local-concerns-to-senate-budget-committee/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/mayor-addresses-local-concerns-to-senate-budget-committee/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:24:58 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3573 Glassboro Mayor and League of Municipalities Executive Board Member Dr. Leo J. McCabe appeared before the New Jersey State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on March 25 to discuss Governor Christie’s proposed state budget. The testimony took place at Rowan College at Gloucester County.  His remarks focused on the Transportation Trust Fund, the Pension and Benefit Commission’s Roadmap to Resolution and the status of municipal property tax relief funding.

Speaking on behalf of all New Jersey mayors, concerning transportation infrastructure funding, Mayor McCabe noted:

The State Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that New Jersey’s municipalities are responsible for 64 percent (28,539 center line road miles) of our roads. County governments are responsible for another 22 percent (6,649 center line road miles). Together, local governments are responsible for 39 percent of our bridges. Local roadways and bridges carry about 55 percent of all traffic. …

We thank Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Prieto for their commitment to doubling Local Aid. … We ask this Committee to address the need for investments this year. And, with local budgets due for adoption on April 24, we ask that you do so as soon as possible.

 

On the Pension and Benefit Study Commission “Roadmap to Resolution” recommendation to divert local health benefit savings to address State pension funding shortfalls, Mayor McCabe stated, “It is frustrating to see a State Commission suggest that the local property taxpayer be asked to absorb a State liability and that projected municipal ‘savings’ be applied to reduce a state obligation.”

 

On general property tax relief funding, Mayor McCabe said, “Municipalities lost $331 million in combined Energy Tax and Consolidated Municipal Property Tax Relief Aid (CMPTRA) funding in Fiscal Years 2009, 2010, and 2011. In each succeeding year, ‘level’ funding has been held at that lower level. …We urge you, again, to acknowledge that the time has come to begin to restore to local budgets the millions in property tax relief that continue to be annually diverted to meet State needs.”

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Celebrate Spring! http://glassboroonline.com/public/celebrate-spring/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/celebrate-spring/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:40:15 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3565 Saturday, March 21st 2015 South Delsea Dr. Park
152 South Delsea Drive
Meet the Easter Bunny! (Bring your camera)
Ages 10 and under
Where: Glassboro Park and Recreation Building
Time: 11:00AM to 12:30PM
For: Glassboro Residents
Games/Candy/Fun
Bring a can good to donate to Glassboro Food Bank

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Downtown Business Owners Gather for Quarterly Update http://glassboroonline.com/public/downtown-business-owners-gather-for-quarterly-update/ http://glassboroonline.com/public/downtown-business-owners-gather-for-quarterly-update/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:30:56 +0000 http://glassboroonline.com/public/?p=3553 The Borough of Glassboro gathered downtown business owners, merchants and commercial property owners for a quarterly update on Thursday, March 12 at HFM Investment Advisors (209 Rowan Boulevard).  The group received updates on redevelopment of the old theatre property on East High Street and phase 1 of construction of the Town Square at the corner of Main and High Streets.  Also discussed was Rowan Boulevard and downtown construction as well as the RFP process on the next phases of redevelopment.  The 2015 Signature Event Series and new marketing opportunities–including the Shop Local Tax Rebate Program–were also covered.

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Barnes & Noble’s John Styles, Astro Sign Company’s Chris Painter and HFM Investment Advisors’ Jason Gabrieli.

 

 

 

 

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Fitness Fuels’ Tony  Sabarra Jr., Little Beefs’ Mark Lovallo and Green Zebra’s Corey Meeks.

 

 

 

 

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Borough of Glassboro’s Joe Brigandi, Rowan University’s Bob Zazzali and Nexus Parking Systems’ Mike Ciesielka.

 

 

 

 

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Borough of Glassboro’s Ronda Abbruzzese, HFM Investment Advisors’ Michael Pallozzi, Forevey Young Emporium’s Nina and Gary Reses and Fitness Fuels’ Greg Fondacaro.

 

 

 

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Sassy Decor’sMary Anne Snodgrass, HFM Investment Advisors’ Kristine Robinson and Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons

 

 

 

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To Your Door Delivery’s Nathan McCargo, Courtyard by Marriott’s Dawn Counard, Forever Young Emporium’s Nina Reses and Sun National Bank’s Mark Berlenbach.

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