The Hammonton Gazette 03/09/22 Edition | Page 2

‘ Top 10 Publishers ’ honorable mention
Fenway ’ s picks of the week

Seed swap at Canoe Club

p . 45

Stay healthy this spring p . 21

Hammonton , in so many words

p . 27-44

Looking for a movie to see ?

p . 55
Wednesday , March 9 , 2022
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by Gabe Donio

Kessler Hospital Bd . Chairman , ‘ Nice Going ’ Award winner was 88

HAMMONTON — Dorothy “ Dottie ” R . Berenato ( née Ruberton ), a family-focused woman who

Town-wide cleanup event is a success

trash bags and grabber tools on
Commision Chair Dan Bachalis
ago one of our former chairs of the
standby . The event was organized
were at the event to help kick off
— Susan
the cleanup .
Gietka — came up with this idea , to
organizations and clubs , to clean-up the town . Councilman Jonathan
“ It ’ s a coalition of organizations … consists of the Green Committee
pull us all together and then start doing things together … we ’ ve
Oliva ,
… the Environmental Commission ,
been doing it for … 14 years ,”
Committee Chair Amy Menzel , and Hammmonton Environmental
and the Lake Water Quality Advisory [ Committee ] … years
Bachalis said .
See CLeaNUP , Page 4
gathered together a
crowd of
by Sean Friel
HAMMONTON — On March 5 ,
people in green ACUA shirts , ready to help clean up the town .
Beginning at 9:30 a . m ., the event offered donuts , coffee and other
the town-wide cleanup event
started off at the Canoe Club in Hammonton Lake Park . The event
supporting the cause . Next to the treats was a sign-up sheet , with

Gazette receives

national award

by Gina Rullo
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Gazette was one of only 11 media companies nationwide recognized with an honorable mention under the 10 members of Editor & Publisher ( E & P ) Magazine ’ s “ Top 10 Publishers Who Do It Right .” The awards were announced on March 1 on the E & P website and social media and articles about the award winners , including The Gazette , appear in the March edition of E & P Magazine .
The longstanding awards have been given to some of the largest and most-honored newspapers , television , radio and digital media outlets in the country and the world .
The Top 10 award winners were gave back to the community of Hammonton and surrounding towns through her works as the former Chairman of the Board of
THG / Joseph F . Berenato . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
On February 28 , Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel ( left ) presented Sgt . Christopher Clements with a plaque in appreciation of his 21 years of service .

‘ Top 10 Publishers ’ honorable mention

as follows ( in alphabetical order ): Cimarron Valley Communications ( Cushing , OK ); Community Jour-
See Gazette , Page 10

DiDonato family history

HAMMONTON — On March 3 , Christina DiDonato Dillon , the daughter of Mayor Stephen DiDonato , spoke at the Historical Society of Hammonton meeting at the Canoe Club . There , she talked
See DIDONatO , Page 18
William B . Kessler Memorial Hospital in Hammonton and the former president of the Board of Trustees of Ancora Psychiatric
by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — Two retirees from the Hammonton Police Department were
by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Planning Board discussed a resolution for potential redevelopment of three parcels of
honored at the regular meeting of town council held on February 28 in town hall .
“ They ’ ve provided their time of service here in our community , in our police force , and are retiring to

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Hospital in Winslow Twp . as well as many other organizations and was the recipient of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce “ Nice Going ” Award in 1996 , died peacefully at her Hammonton home in the early hours of
See BeReNatO , Page 2

Retiring officers honored

move on to the next chapters of their life . Cumulatively , between the two of them , we have about half a century ’ s worth of experience . That ’ s the one thing , besides losing
See COUNCIL , Page 3

Plan bd . discussed Washington & 11th

land on Washington Street and 11th Street at their meeting on March 2 , held in town hall .
“ Washington and 11th Street study area ( as defined herein ), or any part or parts
See PLaNNING , Page 14

Working State of the Union

REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein / Pool
Regina Berenato-Tell , of Hammonton ( background ), was the stenographer on the floor of the United States House of Representatives chamber at the United States Capitol during President Joe Biden ’ s first State of the Union Address in Washington , D . C . on March 1 .
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