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Photo Gallery: 15 Special Officers Graduate from GC Police Academy

The Gloucester County Police Academy held its 29th Special Officer II Class graduation ceremony on March 22 in the Physical Education Center of Rowan College at Gloucester County campus.

Fifteen officers from area police departments graduated from the program.

Special Officer II graduates are authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed, full-time police officer.

The trainees must complete instruction, including professional development, criminal justice system, police community relations, law, arrest, search and-seizure, evidence, communications, vehicle operations, emergency medical care, weaponry and unarmed defense; patrol concepts; traffic; criminal investigation; physical fitness; and agency training.

The courses are conducted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Sessions began on August 15, 2016.

In addition to the night classes, the recruits are also required to participate in three physical fitness evaluation tests, five days of firearms training and four vehicle operations sessions.

The 29th graduating Class Officers were:

President/Physical Fitness Leader: Sean Aitken, Glassboro PD.

Vice-President: Matthew Barnett, Washington Twp. PD.

Secretary/Treasurer: Rebecca A. Wood, Washington Twp. PD.

Class Leader: Jason Skidmore, Glassboro PD.

Guidon: Luke Brandon Ivey, Deptford Twp PD.

Achievement Awards were awarded to:

Physical Training Award: Sean Aitken, Glassboro PD.

Firearms Award: Luke Brandon Ivey, Deptford Twp. PD.

Academic Award: Aaron Lane, Vineland PD.

Robert D. Melson Merit Award: Matthew Barnett, Washington Twp PD.

Special Dedication Award: Jason Skidmore, Glassboro PD.

Vehicle Operations Award: Rebecca Wood, Washington Twp. PD.

Director’s Award:  Sean Aitken, Glassboro PD.

(All Photos by SJO)

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Photo Gallery: Demolition of Bellmawr’s St. Joachim Rectory

Today, the rectory at St. Joachim (a/k/a Annunciation) was demolished to make way for a new parking area along with new entrances and exits. This is due to the ongoing I-295/I-76/Route 42 Direct Connection interchange project.

At its February 6, 2017 meeting, the Bellmawr Planning Board granted St. Joachim’s application for replacement parking and a new internal traffic circulation pattern. Later this summer, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is expected to install a temporary road on a portion of the property.

Councilman Steve Hagerty and Code Official Jim Burleigh spoke about the parking lot and upcoming work at Council’s February 23, 2017 meeting.

Councilman Hagerty said: “St. Joachim will be starting a parking lot project where they will be adding more spaces, taking down the old rectory, making a new parking area, and new exits and new entrances. At the end of the summer is when the temporary bridge will go into effect and [the removal of] the old bridge. The area is going to be congested.”

Jim Burleigh added: “At Browning Road over by the mausoleums, a temporary steel bridge will be put in. One lane each direction with a pedestrian walkway while they take down and redo the other one.”

Groundbreaking will be in April and they have to do footings and a lot of legwork, he said.

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Bellmawr Water Dept’s 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

In order to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act amendments, the Bellmawr Water Department issues an annual report on monitoring performed on the Borough’s drinking water.

The purpose of the report is to advance consumer understanding of drinking water and to heighten awareness of the need to protect our precious water resource.

The Bellmawr Water Department’s 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is now available. Included in the report are facts about Bellmawr Water:

•Bellmawr’s water resource is drawn from the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy aquifer, using four wells.

•Bellmawr has two water treatment plants.

•Treatment Plant #01 is located at the corner of Leaf Avenue and Bell Road and uses wells #4 and #5, which are drilled 560 feet deep.

•Treatment Plant #02 is located on Warren Avenue and uses wells #3 and #6, which are drilled to a depth of 359 feet.

•Both treatment facilities use filters containing Manganese Greensand as the filter medium.

•In order to conserve water, the odd-even outdoor water usage schedule is utilized to conserve water between May 1st through September 15th. This system is utilized in order to stay under a 353 million gallon quota.

•In order to remove viruses and bacteria from the water, the Bellmawr Water Department chlorinates its water.

•The Bellmawr Water Department flushes fire hydrants twice a year to remove sediment and to make sure the hydrants are in proper working condition.

Fluoride is naturally present in the water, so additional fluoride is not added. Call the Bellmawr Water Department for up-to-date fluoride results in your area at 856-931-7269.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has prepared Source Water Assessment Reports and Summaries for all public water systems. Further information on Source Water Assessment Program can be obtained by visiting the NJDEP’s website or by contacting NJDEP’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at (609)292-5550.

To view the Bellmawr Water Department’s Water Test Result for 2016, click the image below:

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Bellmawr PD’s Ptl. Kevin Lokaj Saves Borough Woman From House Fire

While on patrol on Sunday, March 12, 2017, Ptl. Kevin Lokaj of the Bellmawr Police Department observed heavy smoke in the area of Colonial Road at Midway Lane. As he came closer to the area, Ptl. Lojak located a residence that was engulfed in flames on the left side.

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Above and below photos: Mike Gordon

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After notifying Central Communications, he began to check the home for occupants. After a delay, a female came to the door and she was completely unaware of the fire because she was asleep. Both she and her dog were safely evacuated from the structure.

Bellmawr Fire Department responded to the scene and crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and minimize the damage to the property.

The Bellmawr Police Department commended Ptl. Lokaj for his actions, “which most likely prevented the woman from sustaining serious injury or worse.”

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Ptl. Kevin Lokaj (right) is pictured presenting Sgt. Chris Cummings with a Valor Medal during Bellmawr Council’s September, 2016 meeting. Also pictured are: Cpt. Scott Paker, Lt. Mike Draham, Police Chief Bill Walsh and Council President, Steven Hagerty. (Photo by SJO)

(Sources: Bellmawr Police Department and Bellmawr Fire Department)


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Bellmawr’s Batting Cages Taking Shape 

Bellmawr’s batting cages, which are located on Essex Avenue, are now taking shape.

Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek spoke about the batting cages during Council’s August 29, 2016 meeting by saying that the State of New Jersey is paying for the project “for the property that they took from the Little League.”

In exchange for the land, the Mayor explained that the Borough received the batting cages and a parking lot. “It is going to be an enclosed batting cage. It is not going to cost the taxpayers one cent,” he said.

All photos by SJO.

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J.H. Williams, Inc. of Moorestown was awarded the contract in November, 2016.

SJO will continue to provide updates as they become available, such as a projected completion date and when they are expected to open.