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Bellmawr Boro Council Settles Open Public Meeting Violations Lawsuit

Bellmawr Borough Council has agreed to settle the lawsuit that was filed against them in February, 2016 for alleged violations of the Open Public Meetings Act. John Paff, a well-known open government advocate, filed the pro se lawsuit. The basis of Paff’s lawsuit was that Bellmawr Borough Council has failed or refused to record minutes of […]

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Agendas & Minutes for Bellmawr Planning & Zoning Boards

  In the online document section of the Borough of Bellmawr’s website, agendas and minutes from the Zoning and Planning Boards for January and February, 2016 have been uploaded. As for the Planning Board, below are their minutes/agendas: Planning Board Minutes January 2016 Planning Board February 2016 Planning Board Mar. 2016 As for the Zoning […]

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Mt. Ephraim Students Recognized for Music Participation

  During the March 14, 2016 Mt. Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Principal Mike Hunter recognized students from Mary Bray School and Raymond Kershaw School for their participation in the district’s music programs. Because March is designated as Music in our Schools Month® or MIOSM®, Mt. Ephraim School District students were honored for their […]

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Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against GC BOE Vice President

In response to an OPRA (Open Public Records) Request filed with the School Ethics Commission (SEC), South Jersey Observer has learned that on February 23, 2016, the SEC dismissed an Ethics Complaint that had been filed against Gloucester City Board of Education Vice President, Jackie Borger. Shelley Mealey of Woolwich, N.J. filed an Ethics Complaint*on October […]

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Mt. Ephraim School District Submits 2016-17 Budget; Has $443K Deficit

On Monday night, the Mt. Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve its total operating budget for 2016-17 in the amount of $9,870,139. The budget did not pass the first time it was voted on. Before the budget was brought to a vote, the meeting involved a lengthy public portion. Following the first vote, […]

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Borough of Bellmawr March 30, 2016 Bill List

South Jersey Observer recently submitted an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) Request to the Borough of Bellmawr to obtain copies of the bills that will be approved at the March 30, 2016 council meeting. The Borough of Bellmawr provided the list and you can view the list by clicking the link below: March 30th Bill […]

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Minutes Obtained from Gloucester City BOE Executive Sessions

Displayed with permission from CNBNews.net GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (March 20, 2016)—The Gloucester City Board of Education approved a one-year contract for School District Facilities Director John Kenney in September 2015. According to the minutes of the September 3, 2015, Executive session, Board vice-president Jackie Borger questioned the benefits package in the contract, such as $156,000 […]

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Mt. Ephraim School Board To Vote Monday On Proposed Budget Cuts

The Mt. Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. to vote on proposed cuts in order to balance its 2016-17 budget. The regular BOE meeting was held on March 14, which I attended. During that meeting, School Superintendent, Leslie Koller and Finance Manager/Board Secretary, Bill Gerson, spoke […]

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Bellmawr School District Approves $17 Million Budget

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve its tentative $16,981,271 budget for 2016-17. The budget has been submitted to the county for approval. There will be a public hearing on the budget at the next BOE meeting on Wednesday, April 27. Additional details about the budget, including any potential tax impact, will be […]

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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 […]