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LETTERS ! COLUMNS ! MEMORABILIA ! SPORTS RETROSPECTIVE ! MORE ! Looking back at 25 years of Hammonton : Government , Sports , Events and Much More .
Hundreds attend event


LETTERS ! COLUMNS ! MEMORABILIA ! SPORTS RETROSPECTIVE ! MORE ! Looking back at 25 years of Hammonton : Government , Sports , Events and Much More .


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Wednesday , June 29 , 2022
Volume 26 • Issue 26
HAMMONTON — The Reverend Joseph P . Capella , a beloved
Catholic priest who served as pastor , a teacher and a chaplain and rector at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School , the rector of Camden Catholic High School as well as serving as a member and chaplain
by Joseph F . Berenato GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — Town council voted to pass the 2022 budget , representing a one-cent increase to taxpayers , at their regular meeting
of the Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Society and as the former chaplain of the New Jersey Sons of Italy
on June 20 .
“ We ’ re going to have a public hearing on the COLA ordinance and the budget ,” Mayor Stephen DiDonato said , referring to the public hearing of Ordinance No . 015-2022 – COLA Ordinance Establish CAP Bank
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by Gabe Donio priest , teacher , chaplain was 61



Lions at Blueberry Festival and the Sons of Italy ’ s National Chaplain , died on June 21 , 2022 at his residence after an extended illness . Capella was 61 .

See CAPELLA , Page 2

Council passes budget

and Resolution No . 080- 2022 , Adopting the 2022 Budget .
According to the language of the ordinance , Local Government Cap Law provides that , “ in the preparation of its annual
See COUNCIL , Page 14

Kellyanne Conway has local book signing

by Gabe Donio

Hundreds attend event

signed copies of her new memoir Here ’ s The Deal at one of the most local of ven-
THG / Betsey Karl . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 . HAMMONTON — On the evening of The Hammonton Lions Club sold a variety of blueberry-flavored confections at the June 26 Red , June 21 , hundreds of Kellyanne Conway ’ s ues — the pavilion next to the Our Lady of White & Blueberry Festival , which drew large crowds . See the special 24-page section . friends and family showed up to purchase
See CONWAY , Page 4

Silver Anniversary : The Gazette turns 25

by Gabe Donio
HAMMONTON — It began with an idea .
I was 23 years old , living in my hometown of Hammonton , and I wanted to have my own minor league baseball team called the Hammonton Blueberries . This would have been in January of 1997 . Then , a few months later , I decided it would be a good idea to have my own sports section to cover the baseball team . You can ’ t

Catania wins an international trip

have a sports section without a newspaper . That is how The Hammonton Gazette was created . While the minor league baseball team didn ’ t become a reality , the dream of the newspaper that grew out of that failed baseball dream began 25 years ago this week with
its first edition hitting newsstands on July 2 , 1997 .
There are many people who helped make the newspaper a reality . I was able to interview some of them during the past few weeks . Two of them , like me , have been with the paper for its entire quarter-century
existence : Editor-in- Chief Gina Rullo and Sports Editor Dan Russoman . Others were there at the genesis and then moved on to other career opportunities . Still others came on board for a while during different points
See GAZETTE , Page 3

Conway holds book signing

by Gina Rullo
COPENHAGEN , DEN- MARK — Hammonton resident Franco Catania and his wife Deana recently returned from an international trip that he won from his employer Lundbeck for his 2021 sales efforts with the prescription medication Vyepti , which is for the prevention of episodic and chronic migraines .
Catania reached the President ’ s Club in the United States ( top eight account managers ) with the top person awarded the international trip , the highest award the company has . Catania was number one sales rep for Vyepti in the world for the company . His sales topped that of four other countries .
“ I took this position to help people . In migraine , I give people their lives back . I can prevent the migraine . I love helping people . [ Vyepti ] has 100 percent response rate . Three out of 10 people can go 28 days without a headache . The
See CATANIA , Page 10

Green Mkt . returning July 21

by Sean Friel
HAMMONTON — On June 16 , the Hammonton Green Committee held their first Green Market . The event was held in conjunction with the downtown ’ s monthly Third Thursday promotion . Located on
See GREEN , Page 18
THG / Gina Rullo . To purchase photos in The Gazette , call ( 609 ) 704-1940 .
St . Joseph High School alumna Kellyanne Conway held a book signing event on June 21 at the pavilion next to the Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Society ’ s hall . Conway is pictured with Robert Donio and Jeanne Marie Brunozzi . See article above .

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