The Hammonton Gazette 08/02/23 Edition | Page 2

Noticias en español

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Hammy Award Winners

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Special Section : Summer of Sports

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VBC hosts VBS

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Wednesday , August 2 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 31

Hammonton takes on the heat hammontongazette . com

National Night Out set for Friday

The Hammonton community has another opportunity , as the summer season winds down , to go out on the town and spend time with each other .
Hammonton ’ s 10th annual National Night Out will take place Aug . 4 at 6 p . m . at Hammonton High School .
National Night Out is a free , nationwide event that enhances the relationship between the community and law enforcement . Instead of the law enforcement being on the job during the event , community members will see a more laid-back side from these departments .
Popular aspects of the event usually include vendors giving out freebies . Hammonton ’ s event will also provide fireworks , tug-of-war and even a 5K race .
“ The event entails a family , friendly atmosphere , opening of the lines of communication between our police department and emergency responders with the community ,” longtime Hammonton volunteer Mary Young said .
“ I think if everybody comes out or the community comes out to the event , they ’ ll have an opportunity to meet a lot of the officers , interact with the officers and to know them in a less-se-
See NIGHT OUT , Page 4
by Jennifer McGraw FOR THE GAZETTE
Courtesy Photos
The heat wave over the weekend did not stop local residents from having fun in the sun . Above : Cristiano ( left ) and Noah Bermudez . Below , left ( l-r ): Leena , Jake and Ellie Kiry . Below , right : Frankie and Ava Sacco . See more pictures on page 12 .

Town council honors Hammonton Little Leaguers ahead of tournament

by Mohammed Fuad
Hammonton Town Council honored Hammonton Little League ’ s 12U All-Stars and addressed concerns about Hammonton Lake ’ s condition during its monthly meeting on July 24 .
The 12U All-Stars were honored for gaining a berth in the New Jersey Little League state tournament in Secaucus . ( See Sports coverage , Page 56 ).
Councilman Tom Gribbin praised the team ’ s perseverance and spotlighted the players and coaches , in addition to acknowledging the support of the town residents who followed the team .
Gribbin , on behalf of Council , then presented the team with a proclamation . Hammonton ’ s Little League team is one of four New Jersey squads playing in the Little League World Series tournament .
Head coach Matthew Peake
praised the team members ’ character and resilience with their next-man-up philosophy and positive attitude . He also thanked parents for their support and dedication .
“ These boys are battle-ready and at 7 years old , we started with a majority of these kids ,” Peake said . “ This is a testament to the parents , and I thank you for the commitment you guys made . I have a great group of boys , it ’ s like a small
See TOWN , Page 8
Mohammed Fuad / THG
Councilman Tom Gribbin presents Hammonton Little League head coach Matthew Peake with a proclamation .

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