The Hammonton Gazette 05/17/23 Edition | Page 2

Occurred at Second & Vine Sts .
Fenway ’ s picks of the week

Noticias en español

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Cruisin ’ is Friday , May 19

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St . Joseph Academy holds The Rising

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Season 3 of the Mandalorian

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Wednesday , May 17 , 2023
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Zero school tax increase

by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — At the May 4 meeting of the Hammonton Board of Education , Superintendent of Schools Robin Chieco gave a presentation regarding the 2023-
HAMMONTON — The Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival was held on May 10 in downtown Hammonton . Art students from schools all throughout Atlantic
HAMMONTON — Birds are nesting in boxes at Moss Mill Park with spring vastly approaching . Two bird boxes are placed at two ends of Moss Mill Park and are banded by the New Jersey Bluebird Society ( NJBS ) to protect the baby birds from predators . Jennifer Wicks monitors the two bird boxes at the park and a family property as well as a bird box in Winslow Township . Wicks cleans out the boxes , counts the birds , lets someone know when to band the birds , providing updates on the birds ’ conditions .
Wicks was joined by NJBS Board of Director Jim Priest and his wife Priscilla for the banding of the birds . Priest noted that the NJBS places bird boxes so that the

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County showcased their many talents throughout the entire downtown area on a cool and breezy sunny day .
Many different activities took place at the festival as various musical performances , feedback sessions , art shows and workshops were in store at various venues .
bluebirds can regain population as they ’ ve lost 60 percent of their population in the last couple of
See BIRDS , Page 16
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Lake Water Quality Advisory Committee held their monthly committee meeting at the
See LAKE , Page 3
2024 school budget .
As preparations for the 2023-2024 school year begin , we reflect on the previous year , evaluate existing programs and research enhancements for a continuous cycle of school improvement . In order to achieve growth , there must be a cohesive plan and a continu-
See SCHOOL , Page 8

Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival

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Audra Schaivo performs a small vocal performance inside First United Methodist Church of Hammonton during the Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival held downtown on May 10 .
HAMMONTON — A fire that occurred in a house located at 120 Vine Street — on the corner of Second and Vine Streets — and was reported to police at 12:16 p . m . on April 25 was “ not suspicious ” according to
Musical performances included small and large instrumental performances at the M . B . Taylor Masonic Lodge , small and large vocal performances with the choice of MP3 or piano as background music at both Hammonton Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist
mission , chairperson Dan Bachalis gave a recap of the Arbor Day program that was held at Warren E . Sooy Elementary School on April 27 , and was given by both Comby Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel during an interview with The Gazette on May 15 .
“ Patrol called in a structure fire on Vine Street . The residence at 120 Vine Street appeared to be on fire on the rear of the structure ,”
Church of Hammonton ( First UMC ), along with piano performances at Hammonton Presbyterian Church . The Eagle Theatre hosted a musical theater where students performed a song in the form of a short musical with MP3 and piano music playing . Dance performances took place at

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Friel said .
The Hammonton Volunteer Fire Department was called and responded , Friel said .
“ All occupants of the residence were evacuated and accounted for ,” Friel said .
See POLICE , Page 2

Arbor Day , tree removal applications at meeting

HAMMONTON — At the May 10 meeting of the Hammonton Environmental com-
See COMMISSION , Page 12

Hundreds of students downtown for Teen Arts Fest .

Bluebird boxes now at Moss Mill Park

Lake Water Quality Adv . Committee met May 9



by Gabe Donio

Occurred at Second & Vine Sts .

GAZETTE STAFF WRITER both Studios A and B at DanceXplosion with a Broadway jazz workshop prior to the scheduled performances . Live music performances were on hand with Zach Runfolo at the Kramer Hall entrance , Jake Gussman and open mic sessions at the stage
See TEEN , Page 4

SJA holds The Rising at Tavistock

THG / Mohammed Fuad . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
Saint Joseph Academy held its annual fundraiser The Rising on May 13 at Tavistock Country Club . Above : ( L-R ) Matt DeSoto , Wil Donio , SJA President Stephen Cappuccio and Steve Manghenelli .
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