The Hammonton Gazette 06/05/24 Edition

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Public hearing set on cannabis

HAMMONTON — There will be a public hearing on June 10 at 7 p . m . at town hall for a second reading on a proposed ordinance , which would allow Class 1 Cultivator and Class 2 Manufacturer cannabis licenses in the town of Hammonton .
During the May 20 town council meeting , solicitor Michael Malinsky said 10 days prior to the public hearing , every resident or lot owner within the AP , AP CLI and HP zoning district and within 200 feet will be notified by certified mail and regular mail . Each of the neighboring municipal clerks will also be notified as well as the Atlantic County Planning Board .
After the public hearing , council could approve the ordinance during the regular July 22 meeting .
During the May 20 town council meeting , Pocono Organics founder and CEO of Garden Organics Ashley Walsh gave a presentation on Class 1 Cultivator and Class 2 Manufacturer cannabis licenses .
There are six cannabis licenses in New Jersey : Class 1 Cultivator , Class 2 Manufacturer , Class 3 Wholesaler , Class 4 Distributor , Class 5 Retailer and Class 6 Delivery Service .
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Restuccio secures spot in National HS Rodeo Finals

MULLICA TWP .— Gracie Restuccio , an 11th grader at Cedar Creek High School and resident of Mullica Township , has earned a coveted spot on the New Jersey state / provincial National High School rodeo team . She will join her teammates in Rock Springs , Wyoming , from July 14 - 20 to compete in the 76th annual National High School Finals Rodeo ( NHSFR ) in Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping .
Gracie , who competes with the New Jersey High School Rodeo Association , showcased her talents at the NJ State Finals over Memorial Day weekend . She competed in Barrel Racing , Breakaway Roping , and Goat Tying , consistently holding the top spot in Barrel Racing with her horse , Badger . The pair solidified their dominance with two outstanding runs , securing her the 2024 State Champion title in Barrel Racing with a remarkable time of 15.87 seconds in the High School division .
The road to a state championship did not come without its challenges . During her Friday night round Restuccio knocked a barrel , adding pressure . But she delivered a fast clean run in the finals that secured the championship .
As for Nationals , Restuccio has her focus on making the short go with clean consistent runs . The pattern is bigger at the Nationals , so she looks
See RESTUCCIO , Page 9
HAMMONTON — On May 28 at 5:47 p . m ., Hammonton Police responded to a check wellbeing call in the area of 500 Block of South White Horse Pike .
Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said a subject was reported to be out in the woods , and police searched and located Steven Holub , 30 , of Hammonton .
Holub had an outstanding NCIC warrant and when police attempted to speak with him he ran and resisted arrest as police were taken control and

Walk held in memory of Dawn Baldwin

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People came out to show support for the Hammonton Cancer Foundation ’ s Dawn Baldwin Walk for Our Neighbors on June 1 at the Hammonton Middle School track . Miss Dawn ’ s Troopers Madison Watson , Kylie Wolcott , Gabrielle Domenico and Emily Williams came out to the event . For story and more photos , see Page 8 .

HPD respond to well-being check

HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Planning Board held a special meeting on May 29 at town hall to discuss making changes to the master plan draft .
During the meeting , each board member gave Town Planner Stuart Wiser changes for the master plan . Some of the changes were grammatical errors and correcting facts .
Board members also asked Wiser various questions including who determines low income housing and should solar fields be added as an accessory structure .
Planning Board Chairperson William Olivo said once the master plan draft is completed and tentatively approved by the Planning Board there will be a public hearing for the public to give their input .

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Courtesy photo custody of him , Friel said .
He was transported to police headquarters for processing and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on the NCIC warrant .
He was charged with resisting arrest and resisting arrest by flight .
Officer Juan Guzman was the investigating and arresting officer .
On June 1 at 9:42 p . m . at the 200 Block of North Washington Street , police were called and the caller reported an intoxicated male drove into her fence and drove away , Friel said .
See HPD , Page 3

Board discusses changes to town ’ s master plan

After the public hearing on the master plan , the next step would be the adoption of the master plan .
“ So we ’ re not quite there yet because Stu has to finish those last couple things , and once we know that we ’ ll set a date to do our thing to tentatively approve it and then send a notice out to the public and everybody else that has to be involved in that . It ’ s more than just the newspaper , it ’ s the local districts , the county planning board ; all those have to be notified as well ,” Olivo said .
During the meeting , Wiser said he couldn ’ t do the proposed zoning map until he got a thumbs up on all the individual map changes .
Board member Michael Hozik said it ’ s the first time the Planning Board has done a full re-
See PLANNING , Page 3 be allowed and the other cannabis establishments would be prohibited .
“ We are seeking your support for Garden Organics for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing here in the town of Hammonton ,” Walsh said .
Her company holds two annual permits from the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission ( CRC ) for cannabis cultivation and for manufacturing .
Walsh currently is an Atlantic County resident and former Pocono resident .
Pocono Organics is a 380 acre regenerative organics certified farm in the Pocono mountains .
“ We have a 70,000 square foot facility , 30,000 square feet of processing and packaging with 40,000 square feet of stateof-the-art greenhouses . We ’ re a very diverse farm growing lots of different vegetables , herbs and three specialty crops of micro greens , mushrooms and hemp that we grow for CBD products ,” Walsh said .
She said her company grows everything organically and produces organic products .
For seven years , Walsh has been running the farm and intends to support the Hammonton community in the same ways .
A portion of the revenue generated from the business will go directly to the municipality , she said .
“ There is a two percent trans-
See CANNABIS , Page 2
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