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To: Bellmawr, From Your Facebook Blogger

Dear Residents of Bellmawr: Tonight, the monthly mayor and council caucus meeting was at 5:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall. I arrived at the Borough Hall at about 4:50 p.m. and walked into the conference room where it appeared that a meeting of some sort was already in progress. Almost immediately after I walked into […]

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Mt. Ephraim School District Pays $3,100 in Legal Fees to Defend Ethics Complaint

In response to an OPRA (Open Public Records Act Request), South Jersey Observer has learned that the Mt. Ephraim School District paid $3,100.04 in legal fees to defend Joan Greenwood for the Ethics Complaint that was filed against her. The Mt. Ephraim School Board previously voted to approve the Parker, McCay law firm to defend […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Gloucester City Board of Ed

CNBNews.net is reporting that the Gloucester City Board of Education has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed against them for alleged Open Public Records Act (OPRA) violations. On December 30, 2015, John Schmidt submitted an Open Public Records Act request to the Gloucester City School Board Custodian of Records, Margaret McDonnell. Schmidt […]

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Gloucester City Middle School Construction Progressing

During the March 8 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, School Superintendent, Joe Rafferty gave an update on the progress of the new middle school. He said: “Sometime in October, we will be able to go in and out of the building. In December, they should be complete with construction. We are looking that we will […]

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Bishop Dennis Sullivan Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Gloucester City’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade kicked off today at 1:00 p.m. at King & Monmouth Street. Grand Marshal Bishop Dennis Sullivan was joined by Msgr. William Hodge of St. Mary’s Church. Msgr. Hodge was the driving force behind the parade.     Videos:

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Mt. Ephraim School District Pays $50K To Settle Lawsuit

*Article updated on March 23, 2016 to note that John Paff obtained narrowly redacted versions of the civil lawsuit. Paff updated his post by writing: “It looks as if there were two $50,000 settlements for a total of $100,000.” School superintendent, Leslie Koller, was reached on March 23 for a comment and she stated: “We […]

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Bellmawr Boro Fails to Keep Caucus Meetings Minutes, Lawsuit Alleges

  John Paff, a well known open government advocate, filed a pro se lawsuit against Bellmawr Borough Council alleging violations of the Open Public Meetings Act. In his complaint, Paff alleges that Bellmawr Borough Council has failed or refused to record minutes of its caucus meetings and further, that minutes have failed to specify the […]

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Boro of Bellmawr Sued for Open Public Meetings Act Violations

SJO has learned that the Bellmawr Borough Council has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by John Paff, a well known open government advocate. Paff, who blogs at New Jersey Open Government Notes, New Jersey Civil Settlements, and Random Notes on NJ Government, is suing Bellmawr Borough Council for alleged violations of the […]

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AT&T Store To Open In Brooklawn Shopping Center

Major renovations are underway to transform the shuttered Taco Bell into an AT&T Store, according to commercial real estate developer, Brahin Properties, Inc. The AT&T Store is the latest tenant to join Planet Fitness, Petco, Hope Thrift, Hair Cuttery, DaVita Dialysis in the redevelopment of the Brooklawn Shopping Center. Brahin Properties’ website indicates: “The Brooklawn Shopping […]

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Bellmawr Mayor Gives Updates on Landfill, Construction

During the February 25 council meeting Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek provided updates on the landfill and on other issues in the Borough. Pastor Vincent Kovlak asked during the public portion if the Mayor could provide an update concerning the landfill and on some of the empty pieces of property around Bellmawr. Excerpts from the mayor’s […]