The Hammonton Gazette 06/07/23 Edition | Page 2

Denise Mazzeo on Access Hammonton , studio : ‘ They watch it to get news ’
Fenway ’ s picks :

Noticias en español

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Deputy journalists featured

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St . Joseph Academy Class of 2023

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Cirque show on Princess Cruise

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Wednesday , June 7 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 23

Town government ‘ news ’

by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — Recreation Leader Denise Mazzeo spoke about updates to Access Hammonton at the May 22 meeting of town council .

Denise Mazzeo on Access Hammonton , studio : ‘ They watch it to get news ’

“ We ’ re very proud of everything that we ’ ve been able to bring to the residents of Hammonton , because I know — a lot of people tell me all the time — they watch it to get updates .
See COUNCIL , Page 8

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Occurred on Lakeview Drive

by Gabe Donio
HAMMONTON — Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Lakeview Drive in reference to a motor vehicle crash hit-and-run at 2:54
a . m . on May 30 , Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said . “ The caller advised dispatch that the vehicle , a silver in color sedan , left northbound on Poplar ,”
Friel said .
Cpl . Kyle Ambrozaitis
observed the accused vehicle in the area of the
White Horse Pike ( Route 30 ) and Eighth Street with significant damage to the front end , Friel said .
He stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Moss
See POLICE , Page 2

Board of ed . holds

THG / Betsey Karl . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
Saint Joseph Academy President / Head of School Stephen Cappuccio with SJA Class of 2023 graduate Carley Merlino with her aunt Renee and brother Carmen . Special section inside .
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Early Childhood Education Center ( ECEC ) will add eight classrooms as well as additional spaces for occupational
HAMMONTON — The 37th annual Red White and Blueberry Festival will be held at Hammonton High School ( HHS ) on June 25 from 10 a . m . to 4 p . m . The event will feature numerous food vendors and crafters , inflatable rides for children , live music , a classic car show featuring classic cars from Cruisin ’ Classics Auto Club , blueberry-themed foods , snacks and plants on sale and a pie-eating contest to cap off the event .
A Jitney shuttle service will be provided for guests to go to and from the event . Half of the Road to Excellence will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic . The Kiwanis Club of Hammonton will be running a blueberry pancake therapy and physical therapy ( OTPT ), speech therapy and The Master Teacher for the preschool program , according to Hammonton Public Schools Superintendent Robin Chieco . The new additions allow the school district to free up space at the Warren E . Sooy Jr . Elementary
breakfast under their tent at the event . There will be raffles taking place by the Hammonton Lions
See BERRY , Page 16
HAMMONTON — Hammonton Environmental Commission and Lake Water Quality Advisory Committee Chairperson Dan
See PADDLE , Page 3
School ( Sooy ) for additional instructional space that ’ s needed at Sooy Elementary to assist students with additional reading and math help and small room settings . The construction project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2024-25 school year .
The construction project is to be

retreat for members

Retreat inside the Samuel A . Donio by Mohammed Fuad
Memorial Library at Hammonton High
School on May 25 . The retreat ’ s purpose was to discuss roles and responsibilities
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Board of Education ( HBOE ) held a Board
completed using federal funds awarded through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief ( ARP ESSER ) State Plan and some money from the Hammonton Board of Education ’ s ( HBOE ) capital reserve so that there is no tax increase . The

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See SCHOOL , Page 12

Details on planned $ 4.7 million addition to ECEC

Blueberry Festival is Sunday , June 25

Bachalis speaks on lake , birds at club

by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE STAFF WRITER amount being paid for from the ARP ESSER grant is $ 4.7 million and $ 520,000 through the capital reserve , according to HBOE Business Administrator Barbara Prettyman .
The ARP ESSER grant was awarded during the COVID-19
See ECEC , Page 4

Cancer Walk for our Neighbors

THG / Mohammed Fuad . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
Team Jam Masters during the Hammonton Cancer Foundation ’ s Walk for Our Neighbors event on June 3 . Article and pictures inside .
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