The Hammonton Gazette 07/12/23 Edition | Page 2

Noticias en español

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Staying healthy in the summer

p . 21-26

A look at the 148th Feast

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Summer CCD at SMMCP

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Wednesday , July 12 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 28
by Mohammed Fuad
HAMMONTON — Hammonton was fictionalized as the setting for a novel that was published this year . “ The New Town Librarian ” was written by Kathy Anderson , a Philadelphia resident who was a public librarian for Hammonton and Anderson shared her thoughts on the
book and what the town has meant to her .
“ The New Town Librarian ” is based on the adventures of a public librarian in a small town . The main character , Nan Nethercott , is a queer middle-aged librarian who lands a job as a public librarian in a fictional town called Pinetree , which is inspired by Hammonton .
Nethercott discovers challenges

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such as the library being housed in a former town jail being overrun by harassing teenagers , an intruding landlady , an anonymous reader leaving distressing messages on book stacks and an affair with a deli owner , according to the book ’ s blurb . Nethercott ’ s journey shows how her unorthodox solutions could combat the challenges she ’ s facing as she tries to embark on a new life .
HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Police Department reported four driving under the influence arrests , according to Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel .
Officer Travis Hoffman responded to a call relating to a motor vehicle crash and observed a vehicle impacted to a brick wall that damaged the front bumper on July 4 at 9:26 p . m . Witnesses stated that the vehicle entered the parking lot , failed to stop and impacted the retaining wall and continued driving until the vehicle became stuck , Friel said .
In speaking with Ervin Vasquez-Campos , 43 , of Ewing , N . J ., Hoffman detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and person . Several open alcoholic beverages were found in the passenger compartment of the vehicle , Friel said .
Vasquez-Campos was placed under arrest with operating under the influence and was charged

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Hammonton provides inspiration as former librarian writes novel

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Luna , Felicia , Ryder and Matthew Harrison watch from Bellevue Avenue as the Hammonton Fourth of July parade
passes . More parade photos on Pages 10-16 .

Summer ’ s heat brings greater danger of fire

by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE EDITOR
Summer can be very dry and that could lead to concerns about fire safety , especially with the recent Canadian wildfires . Members of the Hammonton Independent Volunteer Fire Company Station 2 shared tips for residents to avoid fires both at home and in your yard during the summer .
Department Assistant Fire Chief Anthony J . Berenato stated that by referring to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service ’ s General Forest Fire Act , residents must contact your nearest forest fire service office to request a permit before having any fire in a forested area and that you may also need a permit from your local fire official . According to Berenato that by state law , residents may not burn yard waste such as their twigs branches and or lawn clippings and that forest fire wardens will only issue permits for clean wood . Once a resident obtains a permit to have recreational fires , it is important to comply with any burn restrictions that may be in place to prevent the spread of fire in dry conditions .
“ Fires for s ’ mores are okay once all permits , if required , are obtained from the New Jersey Forest Fire Warden . Always make sure fires are constantly attended to and a water source or ABC fire extinguisher is on site while conducting such activities ,” Berenato said .
It is Anderson ’ s first novel and she holds a Master of Library Science degree and worked as a librarian for small-town public libraries in South Jersey for 25 years . In addition to “ The New Town Librarian ,” Anderson is also the author of the short story collection “ Bull and Other Stories ,” according to Anderson ’ s biography .
See ANDERSON , Page 8

Four DUI arrests made by HPD

with DUI , careless and reckless driving , open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and failure to possess an insurance card .
Vasquez-Campos was released , pending court appearance in Hammonton Joint Municipal Court .
Corporal Kyle Ambrozaitis was dispatched to a convenience store on the prime block of North White Horse Pike in reference to a check well-being on July 6 at 2:18 p . m ., Friel said .
Upon arrival , a white male wearing a white tanktop and jean shorts was operating a black Honda Civic . Ambrozaitis observed the vehicle and subject matching the description parked in a handicapped space in front of the business , Friel said .
While speaking to the accused , Michael Fernandez , 31 , of Brick Township , N . J ., appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic due to pinpointed pupils and watery eyes .
Fernandez was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle
See CRIME , Page 2

Got bulky trash ? Well then , read this

Courtesy Photo / Scott Rivera
by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE EDITOR
by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE EDITOR
The Town of Hammonton ’ s bulky waste curbside removal is scheduled for the first full week of the month . Bulky waste removal begins on a Monday and is for residential use only . Certified Public Works Manager and Department Head Scott Rivera shared some information on bulky waste removal as well as some tips and advice for residents to keep in mind .
This service consists of the Town of Hammonton ’ s staff removing items that residents may not have another way of disposing of or unable to transport to the Convenience Station , located on 966 Eighth Street . The items placed out for removal can consist of TV ’ s , mattresses , household items , electrical appliances and / or furniture , according to Rivera .
Rivera stated that once your curbside items are loaded into their two dump trailers , they transport the materials to the Conveniences Station . The process that goes into it is that metal , electronic and bulk
Former members of the Public Works Department , Craig
See FIRE , Page 4
Plavchak ( left ) and Jorge Baretto do fence repairs .
See BULKY , Page 3
75 cents