By Tracey Howarth, Pennsauken Township
At the beginning of this initiative, it was agreed that the Township needed to make progress quickly, so we set a few reasonably achievable goals: get a good count of how many properties we had to deal with; map them out for a visual of where the hardest hit areas are; ensure that we had all the necessary resources in place, such as the most up-to-date ordinances to move forward; and identify and hold accountable the banks and property maintenance companies for as many of the vacant properties as we could. Once those goals were achieved, our mission was to put together a comprehensive program that would help to streamline the vacant and abandoned property processes with the ultimate goal being to sell them, rehab them, and occupy them.
So let’s see how we did…
By Arlene Miller, Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library
The Freeholder Board has launched Smart911 in Camden County to save critical time in emergency situations and encourages county residents to register with the program. Smart911 is a free nationwide service that allows users to create a Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides vital information to emergency dispatchers and first responders during an emergency. Camden County is the first in the state to introduce the technology.
Since the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16 is a holiday, does it affect trash pickup? Who do I talk to about a business that doesn’t maintain their property? Who do I call about a question I have about my upcoming court date? These are just some of the questions residents may have this month. Sometimes, finding the answers are easy. Other times, residents may not know where to go to get the information they need. Fortunately, Pennsauken Township has a variety of online tools available that help residents keep informed.
The Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber of Commerce (P.M.A.C.) will be unveiling its new web site at its first networking luncheon of the year, held on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Pennsauken Country Club, 3800 Haddonfield Rd.
The meeting’s guest speaker will be fellow P.M.A.C. member Joseph Welusz, managing partner and co-founder of Accularis Marketing Solutions, southern New Jersey’s only full-service marketing, advertising and public relations agency.
Bryson’s Irish Pub, located at 3402 Cove Rd., is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for Pennsauken native Desiree Fantini, who is currently battling breast cancer.
Pennsauken native Kam Williams is one of 22 contestants looking for love – and a cash prize to go along with it – in season five of MTV’s “Are You the One?,” a show that takes the matchmaking process to a whole new level.
Santa came and went in a cookie-fueled, toy-laden sojourn ‘round the globe; the giant ball dropped at Times Square at the stroke of midnight January 1, 2017; and we don’t have to listen to Jenny McCarthy blather on for at least another 360 or so days. We are now free to take a deep breath and get ready to pick up the soon-to-be broken pieces of our New Year’s resolutions. They. Just. Don’t. Last.
The cost is $40 per person, $75 per couple. Please make checks payable to “PHS Class of ’62” or “PHS Class of ’63,” based on the attendee’s graduating class. All payments should be sent to Norma Pearlstein Kamis, ’63 at 2337 Finlaw Ave., Pennsauken, N.J., 08109 by Wednesday, March 1.
For questions, contact Norma at (856) 662-7916 or e-mail email@example.com. Alumni from these classes are encouraged to share this information with as many of their fellow classmates as possible and visit PHS Sensational 60’s Class Reunions on Facebook for additional details.
The Camden County Community Emergency Response Team will be conducting a training class from Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15. Learn valuable skills that will enable you to assist families and friends in the event of an emergency. The class will be held at the Mt. Ephraim EOC, located at 508 Lambert Ave., Mt. Ephraim, N.J. Friday night’s class starts at 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and run until 4:00 p.m. Anyone interested in taking the class is asked to register no later than Monday, Jan. 9 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to provide your name, age, and contact information.