The Hammonton Gazette 07/10/24 Edition

BY CRAIG RICHARDS GAZETTE PUBLISHER hammontongazette . com Wednesday , July 10 , 2024

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HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Planning Board approved D variance relief on Middle Road to construct a pole barn to keep horses on the property during the July 3 meeting .
Planning Board members James Matro , Michael Hozik and Jonathan Baske were absent .
The Planning Board issue involved a D variance , so board member Edward Wuillermin and Councilman Jonathan Oliva recused themselves , Planning Board Chairperson William Olivo said .
“ The next item we have on the agenda is a D variance relief for 351 Middle Rd . to construct a rear yard pole barn for keeping his horses on the property ,” Olivo said .
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HAMMONTON — Get ready to witness a unique spectacle this Sunday , July 14 , as Hammonton plays host to the inaugural “ Running of the Sandwiches ” event . Scheduled to kick-off at 4 p . m ., this quirky competition will unfold in the heart of Hammonton at the intersection of Cottage Avenue and Third Street , promising an afternoon of culinary excitement and community fun . Organized by the Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Society and Sons of Italy , the event is a lighthearted celebration of the town ’ s rich cultural heritage and culinary prowess . Four iconic sandwiches , each representing a cornerstone of Hammonton ’ s renowned “ Feast of Our Lady of Mt . Carmel ,” will vie for the title of champion in the coveted “ Sandwich Bowl .” Among the contenders are the hearty red roast beef sandwich , the savory sausage and peppers sandwich , the classic meatball sandwich , and the flavorful roast

Planning Board approves Middle Rd . construction

Michael Floyd , an attorney with Archer & Greiner , represented the applicant . Luke Coia is a member of the LLC and was authorized to speak on behalf of the applicant .
Floyd said the applicant is seeking use variance approval to allow for a horse farm to be reestablished on the property along the continuation of the existing residential use and accessory structures on the property .
Board Solicitor Joseph McGroarty said the applicant , Coia , and Planning Board Member Raymond Scipione both are part of the Hammonton Board of Education .
“ It ’ s my understanding that Mr . Scipione does feel that he could fairly rule on this and does not feel any pull one way or the
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BY CRAIG RICHARDS GAZETTE PUBLISHER hammontongazette . com Wednesday , July 10 , 2024

Sandwich showdown takes to the street

Inaugural ‘ Running of the Sandwiches ’ slated for July 14

pork and broccoli rabe sandwich . These legendary sandwiches aren ’ t just competing for glory — they ’ ll be racing down the streets , cheered on eagerly by locals and visitors alike .
Families are encouraged to bring their kids to meet the sandwiches up close after the race , making it a delightful outing for all ages . Cheer on your favorite sandwich and enjoy an exceptional family outing .
The atmosphere promises to be festive , including an opportunity for those in attendance to partake in a spaghetti dinner at the Sons of Italy Lodge from 1 pm to 7 pm . For just $ 15 per person .
“ The Running of the Sandwiches ” transcends mere competition ; it ’ s a celebration of Hammonton ’ s vibrant community spirit and enduring culinary traditions . Whether you ’ re rooting for a favorite sandwich or simply curious to see this unique event unfold , make sure to mark your calendars for Sunday , July 14 . It ’ s an occasion not to be missed — a celebration that promises memories to savor long after the last sandwich has crossed the finish line .

Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Festival set to begin on July 15

HAMMONTON — The 149th annual Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Festival , the longest running Italian festival in America , will be from July 15 to July 20 .
President of Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Society Lou Pantalone said the Society has continued the tradition to honor the teachings of their forefathers ; teachings rooted in thankfulness .
“ It ’ s about our ancestors that came over here from Sicily . They came here in 1875 and were very thankful for all that they achieved to get to the United States and to be able to find a way to be successful . Most of them were farmers at that point . They took a picture of the Blessed Mother to the fields to say thank you and from that day , July 16 in 1875 , it has never stopped . It moved into the town 12 years later when the first Catholic church was built . The Mt . Carmel Society are the ones that started this before any church came to Hammonton . We do it because that ’ s what our forefathers taught us , to be thankful for being in America ,” Pantalone said .
That lesson in thankfulness has deeper roots as well . And the depth of the celebration gives purpose as to why people continue the celebration .
“ It ’ s all about the Blessed Mother . That ’ s the most important part out of anything , keeping her front and foremost . The reason why we continue this is because of her ,” Pantalone said .
Father David Rivera looks forward to the Feast , an important event for the church .
“ We ’ re very excited about the Mt . Carmel Feast this year as we are every

Celebrating Independence Day

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Groovy Kids Riley Scanga and Izzy Erb ride down Bellevue Avenue in style during the town ’ s Independence Day Parade on July 4 . For more photos , see Pages 3 , 8 , 9 and 13 .

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year . It means a lot to the parish . It ’ s a public display of the faith of the people ,” Rivera said .
While talking with The Gazette , Pantalone described the July 16 Feast Day events .
“ There will be a Mass at 8 o ’ clock at St . Joseph Church where we celebrate the Blessed Mother and remember our deceased members . From that time after the Mass , we will go then to our original site on Pine Road where we have a monument , erected there in our 100th year .
See FESTIVAL , Page 10
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