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Old Salem Pike to Close for Brooklawn Circle Improvement Project

Old Salem Pike in Brooklawn, N.J. will be closed beginning 7:00 a.m. on December 19 from Route 130 to Creek Road, as the Brooklawn Circle Improvement Project advances. Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo has been informed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that the work will continue for several months.

Detour Information

The following detour is expected to remain in place for several months. Route 130 commercial traffic wishing to access Old Salem Pike will be directed to Creek Road.

Brooklawn Circle
All photos by SJO. As improvements to the Brooklawn Circle area continue, detours are in place.

“The improvements the State is making to the Brooklawn Circle will greatly improve the flow of traffic in one of our county’s most traveled areas,” said Freeholder Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “Please allow yourself extra time in reaching your destination during this road closure.”

Project Details

The $7.9 million federally-funded Route 130 Brooklawn Circle Improvements Project began construction in August 2016, and is expected to be completed in early 2018. The project is expected to significantly enhance safety and improve traffic operation in the circle area.

Brooklawn Circle
The $7.9 million federally-funded Route 130 Brooklawn Circle Improvements project began construction in August 2016.

Improvements include:

  • The elimination of left turn movement from the Brooklawn Circle onto Creek Road.
  • The elimination of all turns from Creek Road to Route 47.
  • The improvement of the vertical curve from the Route 47 Bridge onto the circle.
  • Upgrades to Old Salem Pike including a new adaptive traffic signal at the corner of Route 130 and Old Salem Pike.
  • Pedestrian upgrades.
  • Utility improvements.
Brooklawn Circle
Old Salem Pike will be closed beginning December 19.

NJDOT will provide advanced notification to the public before upcoming road closures. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

(Source: Press Release, Camden County)
*Article updated on December 17, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. to include photographs.
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Smart 911 Now Available in Camden County 

(Lindenwold, NJ) – 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.

“Our first responders need as much intelligence as possible to ensure positive outcomes and this program is a key to gathering that strategic analysis to provide help,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Safety. “By giving the department of public safety your home and work address, or even photos, you can let first responders know exactly where to go and who they are looking for. When every second counts, Smart911 can and will save lives.”

Smart911 allows individuals to create a safety profile at www.camdencounty.com for their whole household that can include any additional information they want the county communication center and first responders to have in an emergency situation. When an individual makes a 9-1-1 call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the dispatcher, allowing them to send the most appropriate response to the exact location with the right information.

With Smart911, residents can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to police and fire personnel in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including current medications, preexisting medical conditions, vehicle details in the event of an accident, emergency contacts and much more can all be included in a Safety Profile.

“Residents who link their safety profiles to their cell phones will provide first responders with the vital information they need,” Young said. “Even if you are in an area with a weak cell signal or a location where the call drops, you will have the added assistance of having your safety profile speak for you.”

All information is completely optional and only displayed when the linked phone dials 9-1-1 and then is only available for a certain window of time. The caller has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.

Smart911 is currently available nationwide in more than 1,500 counties and municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to first responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed help to be dispatched to his location quickly.

Camden County residents are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 to have their information available to dispatchers and to receive emergency notifications. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.

(Source: Camden County Press Release)
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Ottawa Senators Buddy Robinson Ready to Produce

The Ottawa Senators’ Buddy Robinson addressed the media today in advance of tonight’s match up against the Florida Panthers and said he’s “ready to produce.”

Robinson was recalled yesterday from Binghamton, the Senators’ AHL affiliate, and will be wearing #55 in tonight’s game.

Robinson told the media that when he received the call up, it was “definitely exciting” and “It’s a real deal now.”

He’s also said: “I’m ready to get out there and show what I’ve been working on and prove that I can produce at this level and be a permanent guy.”

When Robinson was asked about drawing from last year’s three-game experience, he responded: “It helps a ton. Any time you get any type of experience anywhere, it just makes you more confident and more prepared for when you get here. It’s funny that [tonight’s game] is against one of the teams I did get to play against last year. So there is a little bit of familiarity. Any experience is good and I’ll take it.”

In April, Robinson scored his first NHL goal against the Panthers.

Robinson is from Bellmawr and played for Gloucester Catholic. His Rams teammate was Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames.

In the Atlantic Division, the Senators are 14-8-2 and currently in second place.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. tonight in Ottawa.

Watch Robinson’s interview below:

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Spanarkel Sworn in as Gloucester County Assistant Prosecutor

On November 29, Superior Court Judge Kevin Smith administered the oath of office to Sarah Spanarkel, who was sworn in as an assistant prosecutor for the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office (GCPO).

Spanarkel earned a bachelor’s degree from York College in York, Pa. and her law degree in 2015 from New York Law School.

A Toms River native, Spanarkel served a clerkship in her hometown, the county seat of Ocean County, with Superior Court Judge Melanie Appleby. Spanarkel spent half of her time in the court’s criminal division and half in Family Court.

Spanarkel’s initial assignment will be in the GCPO’s grand jury unit.

(Source and photo: GCPO)
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Zoning Board’s Conclusions on Relocating 12 Bellmawr Park Mutual Housing Units

The Borough of Bellmawr has uploaded the Zoning Board’s Resolution of Findings and Conclusions regarding the replacement and relocation of 12 units within the Bellmawr Park residential community.

The proposed relocation was necessitated by the State of New Jersey’s acquisition of a portion of the Bellmawr Park Property for the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Direct Connection project.

Included in the Resolution of Findings and Conclusions are detailed excerpts from Steven Bach’s testimony. Bach is a professional engineer and planner and he testified before the Zoning Board on October 18.

Construction & Occupation

  • Construction is required to be completed by year end 2017, with occupancy in early 2018.

Background Information:

  • The development of the Property is for the relocation of five buildings, representing 12 residential units, within Bellmawr Park, and related site improvements, resulting from the acquisition of 1.29 acres of the Property for right-of-way purposes in connection with the Direct Connect project of NJDOT.
  • As part of the acquisition process with NJDOT, it was a requirement that suitable land within the remaining 75.4 acres of Bellmawr Park Property be found to relocate the five buildings.
  • Bellmawr Park consists of 500 residential units constructed by the Federal government between the years 1941 through 1945 and is just one of eight residential developments of this type in the country.
  • The property was purchased from the Federal government in 1954.
  • Because of the historical nature of the site, the NJDOT is funding the replacement and relocation of the 12 residential units. The United States Department of Interior requires that the five new buildings be identical in shape and size as the buildings being demolished.
  • After analyzing the Bellmawr Park Property and incorporating the requirements of NJDOT and the Department of Interior, one area off Essex Avenue and one area at the end of Peach Road, were deemed suitable for the relocation of the 12 residential units.

Essex Avenue

  • The Essex Avenue portion will consist of three buildings for six of the 12 units being relocated with 20 parking spaces being provided (19 parking spaces and one handicapped space).
  • Storm water management will include a basin designed in accordance with the Borough of Bellmawr Ordinances and the NJDEP Best Management requirements.
  • The closest residents to the Essex Avenue basin are other Bellmawr Park residents.
  • The Essex Avenue basin will be enclosed by a four foot high chain link coated fence.
  • Three street lights will be provided for the Essex Avenue portion, each 15 feet in height with 0.25 foot candles.
Essex Avenue Bellmawr
(Photo by SJO) Essex Avenue location is across from Bellmawr Baseball.

Peach Road

  • The Peach Road portion will consist of two buildings for the remaining six of the 12 units being relocated and will include four units with driveways that accommodate two off-street parking spaces each and a parking court that will accommodate 12 additional parking spaces and one handicapped space.
  • Peach Road is an existing street that will be extended for the relocation of the six units.
  • Barriers will separate public Peach Road from the private Peach Road to prevent use as a traffic cut through.
  • A storm water basin will be located behind the Forest Drive residential properties to handle the storm water drainage of the Peach Road portion of the project.
  • The Peach Road basin is approximately 75 feet from the rear property lines of the Forest Drive properties and located on an area of the Bellmawr Park property that is cleared and is at a lower elevation than the Forest Drive properties.
  • Two street lights will be provided for the Peach Road parking court and will have the same 15 foot height and 0.25 foot candles as the Essex Avenue portion.
  • The Peach Road parking court will accommodate turn around needs for large vehicles and will serve as the lay down area when the project is being constructed.

    Dead End Bellmawr
    Photo by SJO. Peach Avenue location is in the dead end.

Storm Water Basins

  • A maintenance manual will be provided for the storm water basins and the required storm water management declaration will be recorded.
  • The storm water basins cannot infiltrate and will not hold water. The basins will drain to the creek via a series of inlets and collection lines.
  • The storm water management system for Essex Avenue and Peach Road has been designed to reduce the amount of water going into the Borough’s system, to reduce the amount of water flowing off of the property, and to improve an existing drainage issue in the area impacting both Borough residents and Bellmawr Park residents.

Trash Collection, New Water & Sewer Lines

  • Trash collection for the 12 relocated units will be the same as it currently exists with trash cans for each unit and not by a common area dumpster.
  • The new water and sewer lines will be dedicated to the Borough.
  • The streets in Bellmawr Park were never dedicated to the Borough, but there is an agreement in place for the Borough to maintain the streets within Bellmawr Park.

No Environmental Concerns

  • An NJDEP LOI [Letter of Interpretation] is in place and the development of the property will not encroach into wetlands or wetlands buffer areas.
  • Environmental tests have been performed on the Essex Avenue and Peach Road portions of the property and no environmental concerns were found.

Residents’ Concerns

During the public portion of the October 18, 2016 hearing, residents, Joseph Roshinko, Angela Boucher, and Annette Lauer asked questions and expressed concerns.

  • Roshinko of Devenney Drive was concerned with the utilities servicing the two areas of the property being developed.
  • Bach responded that the Peach Road portion was closest to Devenney Drive and that all utilities servicing this portion would be entirely within the Peach Road extension.
  • Boucher of Booth Drive was concerned with storm water as the Booth Drive area has had water issues.
  • Bach responded that the development of the property as proposed does not result in an increase in storm water draining to Booth Drive and reduces the amount of storm water flowing off-site and into the Borough’s storm water system.
  • Lauer of Booth Drive was concerned with the basin that will be located behind her house.
  • Bach responded that this basin is located 75 feet from her property line and is at a lower elevation than her property.

The full Resolution that contains all of the Zoning Board’s findings and conclusions can be viewed below:

 

Bellmawr Park Mutual Housing Relocation