The Hammonton Gazette 07/19/23 Edition | Page 2

Noticias en español

p . 19-20

New owners at Illiano ’ s

p . 17

A week at the 148th Feast

p . 25-40

Summer fun at Little Cubs

p . 41
Wednesday , July 19 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 29
hammontongazette . com

Mount Carmel Feast defies the rain

by Mohammed Fuad GAZETTE EDITOR
Rainy weather did not deter residents and guests as they gathered for the 148th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16 .
The day of the feast concludes the week of the Mount Carmel Festival , which is the world ’ s longest running Italian festival .
The weather brought questions regarding the status of the feast — heavy rain was forecast .
But a good turnout was in front of St . Joseph Church as preparations were made for the procession . People lined up wearing ponchos and umbrellas awaiting the statues to enter the middle of French Street .
The procession began as members of the St . Mary of Mount Carmel Parish moved
See FEAST , Page 8
Betsey Karl / THG
Members of St . Mary of Mount Carmel Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society walk in the procession of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16 . See Mount Carmel Feast special section beginning on page 25 .
Like the color ? The Hammonton Gazette hopes you enjoy the color presentation on today ’ s front page . The Gazette plans to use color in its coverage on selected dates going forward .
Betsey Karl / THG
Members of the St . Mary of Mount Carmel Parish prepare for the procession outside the parking
lot of St . Joseph Church .

School superintendent Chieco explains LGBTQ flag controversy

by Mohammed Fuad
The Hammonton Board of Education addressed a controversy regarding hanging the LGBTQ Pride flag in classrooms at its July 13 meeting .
The discussion followed an article published by The Press of Atlantic City on July 1 that said local activists raised concern about possible classroom flag restrictions .
Hammonton Public Schools Superintendent Robin Chieco Chieco said The Press ’ s article and social media posts surrounding the Pride flag controversy , were “ mischaracterized
Betsey Karl / THG
The Scanga family take in the festivites outside in the rain during the procession of the Feast of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel .
internal instructions that were discussed administratively .”
An email was sent to district staff in error and Chieco sent a clarification email to the middle and high school staff members , but not to the public , on June 12 . Chieco shared the clarification email at the BOE meeting to provide accurate information regarding the issue .
Chieco read that as per statute , all public school classrooms must display the American flag and students must recite the pledge of allegiance . The email received was not meant for staff , but for administrative purposes to determine what classrooms had non-curricular items displayed , clarifying that it was not aimed directly at Pride Month .
“ As a public institution , schools shall acknowledge the various months of recognition : Black History , Women ’ s History , Hispanic Heritage , Pride , etc .,” Chieco said . “ Just as you would display relevant infor-
See SCHOOL , Page 3

SUBSCRIBE TO The Gazette • hammontongazette . com • 609-704-1939

75 cents