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Volume 28 • Issue 27 hammontongazette . com Wednesday , July 3 , 2024

A ‘ BERRY ’ FUN RED , WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

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Volume 28 • Issue 27 hammontongazette . com Wednesday , July 3 , 2024

$ 67K secured for recreation

BY KRISTIN GUGLIETTI GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — The Town of Hammonton was awarded $ 67,000 from the Local Recreational Improvement Program to replace old playground equipment designed for toddlers .
The program is a competitive grant that supports improvement and repair of public recreation facilities including local parks , municipal recreation centers and local stadiums .
Hammonton Parks and Recreation Leader Adam Monacelli said there was a little playground near the concession stand by the Hammonton Major League field at Hammonton Lake Park which was removed last year because it was old and dilapidated .
“ Anytime we can better the town by being awarded a grant is just excellent ,” Monacelli said .
“ It ’ s a great thing for the town and the young people ,” Mayor Stephen DiDonato said .
According to the mayor , the new playground equipment will be for the younger kids , however , eventually the town would like to do the other side of the other playground for the older kids and have ADA accessible playground equipment .
DiDonato said playground equipment is expensive , so the grant money is only going to be used for the new playground .
“ We ’ re happy . Any grant is a good thing , and we ’ re glad we received the money . Combined with what [ Assemblyman Michael ] Torrissi Jr . was able to get for us was well-received and we can put it to good work ,” Councilman Sam Rodio said .
Many residents have expressed concerns regarding the playground at Hammonton Lake Park and want the town to replace and add new equipment . “ It needs to be replaced ,” Rodio said . Torrissi said he was pleased to see his hometown receive the funds .
“ We are always working with Hammonton and all the towns in our district to secure funding whenever possible . Myself and Senator [ Latham ] Tiver ( NJ District 8 ) are in a good position to help with these grants . We urge more towns to apply for these programs so we can bring more money into our district ,”
See GRANT , Page 4

Receiver appointed at Hammonton Center

BY KRISTIN GUGLIETTI GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
HAMMONTON — Downstairs in the basement of the First United Methodist Church of Hammonton , volunteers made 450 homemade blueberry cheesecake dessert pizza .
This is the 16th year of the sale , which according to organizer Michelle Perone gets bigger each year .
“ The first year we couldn ’ t sell them all , so we were like giving them away for $ 4 , $ 5 to the VFW and we gave some to other places just so we wouldn ’ t have to throw them away , and now we can ’ t make enough . We sold out today ,” Perone said .
She said the first year they tried selling 100 pizzas at the Red , White & Blueberry Festival and couldn ’ t sell them all .
Now , people like siblings Marisol and Frankie Sanchez of Hammonton are ordering eight blueberry pizzas for themselves and as gifts to friends and family .
To get a dessert pizza , people called the First United Methodist Church of Hammonton to
Kristin Guglietti / THG
Siblings Marisol and Frankie Sanchez ordered eight blueberry pizzas from The First United Methodist Church of Hammonton 16th annual homemade blueberry cheesecake dessert pizza sale last weekend . preorder then they picked up their pizzas from June 27 to June 30 at the church .
All of the dessert pizzas were made using fresh Hammonton blueberries donated by local farmers , and sugar was donated by Atlantic Sweetener .
STAFF REPORT THE HAMMONTON GAZETTE
TRENTON — A Superior Court judge appointed an independent receiver on June 17 to run the Hammonton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare and Deptford Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare following the Office of the State Comptroller ’ s move to suspend the owners and facilities from New Jersey Medicaid .
The appointment means that the receiver has complete control and authority over the finances and operations of both South Jersey nursing homes . Citing poor conditions in the facilities and evidence of massive Medicaid fraud in the owners ’ New York facilities , OSC ’ s Medicaid Fraud Division had previously notified the owners , Kenneth Rozenberg , Beth Rozenberg and Daryl Hagler and their entities that they would be suspended effective June 17 , 2024 from New Jersey Medicaid unless they completely dissociated from the facilities .
Due to the receivership , OSC temporarily lifted the suspension , pending the outcome of the New York fraud case , OSC ’ s investigation , or until and if the receiver determines the facilities should be closed , according to a letter OSC sent to Hagler and the Rozenbergs .
The Gazette reached out to the Center ’ s Health Care Director of Corporate Communications Jeff Jacomowitz for a response .
“ Hammonton Center and Deptford Center are actively
See CENTER , Page 3

Methodist Church serves up blueberry pizza

One of the Gallettas at Atlantic Blueberry Co . gave the church the recipe , Perone said .
Since the price of the dessert pizza was $ 18 / pie and 450 were sold , the church made at least $ 8,100 .
The proceeds will be used for out-
See METHODIST , Page 10

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