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Summer book reading
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Affected by the Writers Strike
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Wednesday , May 31 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 22
Portable toilet fire
by Gabe Donio
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — A portable toilet caught fire on May 11 at 9:39 p . m . at Moss Mill Park , Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel
At Moss Mill Park
said . “ A
fire ,” the report said .
Friel said Officer Dalton
Verderame is the investigating
“ It ’ s unknown at this time whether it was careless smoking or an act of vandalism ,” Friel said ,
See POLICE , Page 2
Remembering the fallen www . hammontongazette . com
2.5-CENT TOWN TAX INCREASE R . Rodio questions bank purchase
by Joseph F . Berenato
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — The town ’ s
2023 municipal budget was introduced at the May 22 meeting of
town council . Town Auditor Leon Costello — of Ford-Scott Associates of
City — spoke about the budget .
“ This has been a very unique year ,” Costello said .
Costello said that the
firm represents 51 towns , and called the budgetary process for each a “ nightmare .” “ You ’ re faced with enormous increases in health benefits — 22 percent — pension — almost 17 percent —
See COUNCIL , Page 8
New Standard Senior
THG / Mohammed Fuad . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
A sizeable crowd gathered in Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day , May 29 , for the annual parade and ceremony marking the holiday .
by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — A sizeable crowd came out on a beautiful , sunny morning for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on May 29 . People gathered on
by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
Bellevue Avenue as the parade rolled down the downtown , with veterans , members of town council , county officials , the Hammonton High School ( HHS ) marching band , Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Society and others participating . As the parade ended , everyone gathered in Veterans
HAMMONTON — At the May 23 meeting of the Hammonton Parks and Recreation Commission , Councilman Steven Furgione said that the aquatic herbicide spraying scheduled for Hammonton Lake is on indefinite hold .
“ The lake spraying is not going to happen ,” Furgione said .
Furgione said that the town applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ( DEP ) for the appropriate permit , which also had to be reviewed by the Pinelands Commission .
“ Pinelands came back with a two-page letter stating that there ’ s three different types of what they called bladderwort that ’ s endangered , so we have to bring a consultant in now ,” Furgione said . Councilman Sam Rodio said that the Pinelands would not fur-
See PARKS , Page 16
HAMMONTON — Twice a year , a group of men who paddle the rivers of the Pine Barrens in their canoes gather in the mornings for
See PADDLE , Page 3
Memorial Park for the ceremony .
American Legion Post 186 Adjutant Arthur L . Orsi began the ceremony for the presentation of colors , followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Disabled American Veterans ( DAV ) Scaltrito-Castone Chapter 66 Commander Larry Adair .
Living open on WHP
White Horse Pike called New Standard by Mohammed Fuad
Senior Living ( NSSL ). This assisted living
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER facility will be led by the team of Executive Director Trisha Kaylor , Director of Nursing
HAMMONTON — A new assisted living facility has been established on South
The singing of the National Anthem was by Victory Bible Church ’ s Robin Pellot and Don Small ; the duo also performed at various times of the ceremony with renditions of “ Battle Hymn of the Republic ” and “ Amazing Grace .” Victory Bible Church Pastor Anthony Parise led the
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See NSSL , Page 12
Ceremony remembers those who gave their lives
Furgione : Lake spraying on hold
‘ Red Barn Navy ’ gathers again
by Gabe Donio
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER invocation and the HHS marching band performed renditions of “ Stars and Stripes Forever ”, “ Grand Old Flag ”, “ America the Beautiful ” and “ Taps and Echo .”
Veterans of Foreign Wars ( VFW ) Post 1026 Commander John Griffee gave welcome
See MEMORIAL , Page 4
Canoeing the Pine Barrens this spring
THG / Gabe Donio . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
Members of the “ Red Barn Navy ” are pictured , clockwise from top left : Tim Burris , Jamie Smith , Bruce Kemp , Rick Duncan and Curt Coucill .