New Rowan Boulevard Welcome Center greets prospective students and their families

Rowan University celebrated a grand opening Oct. 2 for its all-new, 4,700 square-foot Welcome Center, a glass-front, centrally located information hub for prospective students and their families.

Built in the heart of Glassboro’s $450 million redevelopment zone just off the borough’s recently opened Town Square, the Welcome Center, at 131 Rowan Boulevard, is the University’s official new reception space.

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Gloucester County Offers Free Workshop In Preparation For MEGA Job Fair

In preparation for the Gloucester County MEGA Job Fair to be held on Friday, October 11, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon at Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell, the Gloucester County Workforce Development Board is offering interested residents free workshops to help prepare for the job fair.  

“Going into a job fair can be overwhelming, whether it is your first time or you’ve done it before,” Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said. “There are many employers seeking workers or on-the-spot interviews. The free job fair workshops are a great way to prepare yourself and learn new skills to present your best self to potential employers.” 

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Leo J. McCabe, 87, retired Mobil Oil executive and former mayor of Glassboro

Leo J. McCabe, 87, a retired senior consultant at Mobil Oil and the former mayor of Glassboro, died Sunday.

“Leo J. McCabe will be remembered as a mayor whose vision and energy helped Glassboro evolve,” said borough spokesman Lavon Phillips.

Mr. McCabe, a Glassboro resident since 1962, began his tenure as a public servant by joining the Glassboro planning board in 1964.

He served on the Glassboro Board of Education from 1973 to 1992 and was president of the Glassboro education foundation from 1998 to 2001.

But his influence was felt most strongly when he was elected mayor on the Democratic ticket. He took the reins as mayor in 2002 and served four terms until stepping down in May 2018.

Mr. McCabe helped Glassboro, a small borough which had needed redevelopment since 2000, achieve a comeback, Phillips said in the statement. It’s now a livable, thriving small city, he said.

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Glassboro completes final phase of Town Square with new fountain, restrooms

It has been almost 120 years since the Glassboro Public Fountain was installed between the intersection of Academy and State streets.

It was placed on July 10, 1900. It was a drinking fountain that doubled as a lamp post. Since that fountain was placed before the time of automobiles, it faced many dangers as technology advanced and was relocated on South Academy Street after 21 years and being struck four times by automobiles.

Several years later it mysteriously disappeared, and was never seen again.

The public fountain had a special significance in Glassboro’s past and during the summer of 2019 its long awaited replacement was installed in anticipation of Glassboro’s 100th Year Anniversary of incorporation scheduled for 2020. Glassboro was incorporated as a borough on March 18, 1920, replacing Glassboro Township.

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St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival takes place in Glassboro on Sept. 14

“The annual Italian Festival is cherished in Glassboro, and for good reason," said Councilwoman Daniele Brida Spence. "Our festival is like no other and celebrates our community of many Italian families. Downtown Glassboro is one of the most popular destinations in South Jersey and we are delighted to join residents and visitors in this annual tradition of amazing food, great music and Italian Heritage.

“This year’s festival will offer a full spectrum of events and activities for all ages; Italian food, wine competition, cannoli eating contest, artisan vendors, and a full schedule of authentic Italian performances by new entertainers as well as local favorites.”

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Second Annual ‘Borough Of Glass Festival Art Walk and Night Market’ Celebrates Glassboro History

Circus performances and dozens of local and area glassblowers, sculptors, painters, and potters will be on display at the second annual Borough of Glass Festival Art Walk and Night Market on Saturday, July 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The festival commemorates the borough’s rich history of glass blowing as well as celebrates the first birthday of the glassblower statue located in the Town Square. Standing at 13 feet tall, weighing over 600 lbs, his ball of glass is lit from within and points toward the previous locations of the “Glass Works in the Woods” and the industry that forged Glassboro.

Along with dozens of artists selling and performing demonstrations of their unique crafts, world-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard will entertain the audience with demonstrations of his art. Stankard is considered a “Living Master,” and his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. Over his forty-year artistic journey, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees and many awards within the glass community, most recently the Masters of the Medium Award from Smithsonian’s The James Renwick Alliance and Glass Art Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Stankard is an Artist-in-Resident and Honorary Professor at Salem Community College.

“We are excited to continue growing the Borough of Glass Festival as a destination for makers of all ages,” Council President George Cossabone, Sr. said in a press release. “Glassboro has created this festival for artists of all disciplines to be able to showcase and demo their craft in our beautiful downtown making this a memorable weekend for everyone.”

The art festival will also showcase the area’s many art schools, highlighting a thriving Arts & Entertainment District, as well as recognizing talented contemporary and street artists with a focus on glassblowing. Salem Community College and Rowan University will be in attendance.

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Gary Brackett’s Journey Comes Alive With ‘#Brackett’ Movie

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Gary Brackett always had to hustle in life. His childhood began in Camden, NJ before the family moved to Glassboro, NJ when he was five, seeking a better life. And while the sleepy Philadelphia suburb certainly offered much more in terms of opportunity, the streets were still troubled with obstacles such as drugs and gangs.

As he grew older, Gary found a sanctuary in football taking the talent he developed playing alongside his brothers on the streets and transferring it to the field at Glassboro High School. Football often served as an escape from a home life where his father, who suffered from PTSD (Vietnam) and schizophrenia, grappled with life often feeling overwhelming. This resulted in severe corporal punishment on behalf of his father who believed that this treatment reflected the deep love he had for his family.

Shining as a rising varsity star on the football field by the time he was a sophomore, Division-I universities began sending recruiting letters in his junior year. Miraculously Gary had avoided the drugs and temptations of the streets by always relying on his athletic abilities. However, not realizing he had to engage to those recruitment offers, his opportunities all but dried up by the time his senior season had eclipsed.

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Rowan’s Economic Impact Continues to Climb

Recent growth at Rowan University – from new academic buildings to increased housing options to added programs and faculty – did more than just impact students and the campuses in Gloucester and Camden counties.

That growth, and the ripple effect from it, is bolstering the economy of Glassboro, South Jersey and the State.

A recent economic impact analysis by private research firm Econsult Solutions to update its 2015 study pegs that impact at $1.53 billion. Rowan directly supports 4,460 jobs at the University and close to 7,000 jobs indirectly in New Jersey each year, making it a major driver of economic development in the region and the State.

Commissioned by the University, the report also indicates:

  • Rowan’s statewide economic impact has increased 24 percent – from $1.23 billion – since 2015.

  • Rowan has undertaken $298 million in capital (construction) investments during the past 4.5 years.

  • Rowan students spend an additional $128 million a year throughout the State, in addition to tuition, fees, and room and board.

  • Alumni living and working in New Jersey earn about an additional $197 million annually due to the education and credentials they received from Rowan.

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Glassboro, New Jersey Teen Earns Spot at Fortnite World Cup with $30,000,000 Prize Pool

A 16-year-old high schooler from New Jersey just earned a spot at the Fortnite World Cup — a video gaming competition that boasts a $30 million prize pool.

Jared Elwood, who plays under the handle "Eclipsae" (pronounced eclipse-ay) is a junior at Glassboro High School in New Jersey. He is one of 200 top performing Fortnite players from around the world that are heading to New York for the World Cup.

The sold-out competition will take place from July 26 to July 28 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, which can seat over 23,000 people.

"I thought he was doing awesome and would make a little a bit of money, but I didn’t expect this to happen,” said Beth Elwood, Jared’s mother. "I was quite shocked.”

Just for participating in the Fortnite World Cup, Jared gets $75,000 to split with his duo partner, "Tetchra," a 16-year-old from Florida.

If the two win the competition, they could earn $3 million. "I would probably invest it,” Jared said about the prize money.

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Gloucester County offering senior citizens Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced that the county will be distributing Senior Farmers’ Market vouchers/checks to eligible Gloucester County Senior Citizens this summer.  

Each eligible person can receive five vouchers, each worth $5 to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at 21 different farm markets and roadside markets in Gloucester County.  

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "This program gives our seniors the opportunity to purchase locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers and provides seniors with useful nutritional information to ensure good health."

To be eligible for the Farmers’ Market vouchers the senior must be 60 years of age or older, must have an annual income less than $22,311 for a household of one and $30,044 for a household of two.  Effective July 1st the income limits are subject to change. 

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “A healthy diet is just one key to healthy living. Our local farm and roadside markets sell only the best Jersey-grown fruits and vegetables and by providing seniors with these vouchers, we are promoting that healthy lifestyle.” 

An eligibility application must be completed when picking up the vouchers and the applicant must provide proof of age, residency and total income: Social Security Award Letter, pension statements and Medicaid Card.   

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South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International

Guests came to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University from Italy and Thailand, Germany and China, India and Australia – and more – on June 3.

About 30 people traveled via bus from Philadelphia as part of a South Jersey tour sponsored by BioNJ during the BIO International Convention being held in Philadelphia.

Jeanne Nevelos, executive director of SJTP, and Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, presented an overview of SJTP and of Rowan University. Afterward, the guests cycled through presentations at/by researchers in the Virtual Reality Center, the Orthopedics Research Center and ReGelTec, Inc. to learn more about work that faculty and students are conducting and about the capabilities at the facility.

John Slotman, vice president for Government Affairs for BioNJ, said, “We’re showing off that New Jersey has a vibrant life sciences ecosystem.” He added that a goal of the tour was to demonstrate the opportunities for individuals and companies to “plant roots” in New Jersey.

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Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program

South Jersey businessman and animal lover Gerald Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, has committed $3 million to create an animal therapy program on the Gloucester County campus.

Shreiber’s gift, announced this week, will establish an endowment for a self-sustaining program that will make certified therapy dogs regular fixtures in several student-support efforts at the Glassboro-based university.

“It is a pleasure for me to give back to the community," Shreiber said. “I can think of nothing better than [the experience of] our young students striving for education, complemented by therapy dogs.”

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Glassboro rolls in South, Group 1, wins program's first sectional title

The 2019 edition of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 1 baseball final was a tale of two teams.

The first tale was about the Glassboro Bulldogs, and how a 13-0 victory on their home turf allowed them to secure not only their winningest season in the history of the program with 22 wins, but also their first sectional championship in team history.

The second tale was about their opponent, the Schalick Cougars, and how everything that could have possibly gone wrong for a three seed playing in a road championship game did just that.

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Eagles' Corey Clement to run free youth football camp at Rowan University

GLASSBORO - A Super Bowl champion will share his skills with elementary and middle school athletes in a free camp at Rowan University's stadium next month.  Philadelphia Eagles' running back Corey Clement announced on Instagram Friday he's "giving back to the community" where he grew up. 

His first-ever free football camp on June 8 is open to boys and girls in grades 3 to 9. The morning football camp and lunchtime cookout will be held at Rowan University's Richard Wacker Stadium, across the street from Clement's alma mater, Glassboro High School. 

"I want to see everybody out here," Clement said in a video shot on the university football field and released through his Instagram account @yeroc_. 

"Train like a pro, there will be some pro athletes out here ... we'll just have some fun."

Camp registration opens at 8 a.m. June 8 at Richard Wacker Stadium at 651 Carpenter Street in Glassboro. Clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. A cook-out sponsored by Chickie's and Pete's starts at 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit coreyclement.com/keep-up-with-corey-clement.

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PICS + VIDEO: Memorial Day traditions big and small celebrated across the Philly region

Memorial Day was celebrated with events across the Philadelphia region Monday. In Glassboro, NJ the annual Memorial Day Parade was full of floats, free bubble gum, brass bands and even fighter jets.

The South Jersey tradition dates back more than 100 years, according to its website. Monday drew hundreds with lawn chairs and snacks.

For many in attendance, the parade is an opportunity to remember loved ones who served in the military. “We’re either teachers, preachers or servicemen,” said Susan Gant Morse of her family.

Gant Morse’s father is a 90-year-old, World War II veteran who took part in the parade. Gant Morse’s brother is a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and her son is currently wrapping up a deployment in South Korea. Gant Morse said the parade is a way “to be behind our veterans” and she comes because “we need to be behind them 100 percent.”

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Royal court treatment in Glassboro

Glassboro will have a ribbon cutting 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, for the borough’s newly revamped Owens Field basketball courts at 230 Wilmer St.

Mayor John E. Wallace III and fellow Borough Council members will preside over the ceremony for the completely rebuilt courts, spruced up with a tile surface designed to provide safety and durability, as well as “enhance the performance of athletes.” The modular court surface is custom-colored with GHS Bulldogs colors and has a 15-year warranty, compared to traditional outdoor courts which may need to be resurfaced every few years.

In addition, the parks and recreation department has renovated the bathroom facilities.

Local youth will play the inaugural basketball game followed the ribbon cutting.

“I know firsthand just how important it is for our youth to have a neighborhood basketball park where they can play and socialize,” said Mayor John Wallace. “This complete facility makeover is a great way to give basketball players a chance to be active and work on their skills by providing them with a fresh, safe and fun place to play the game.”

For more information on parks and recreation beautification projects and upcoming events, visit glassboro.org/parks.

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Think Like an Entrepreneur: Free summer academy helps high schoolers learn to turn their ideas into businesses

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 3, for Rowan University’s third annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.

During the non-residential academy presented by the Rohrer College of Business, rising high school juniors and seniors will spend eight days at Rowan learning how to conceive, develop and prototype their ideas. Students will work alongside faculty and student leaders to learn the basics of transforming an idea into a feasible, viable business.

Students completing the academy will earn three college credits, which can be used at Rowan or transferred to another university.

The academy runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-11 and 15-18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day in Business Hall in Glassboro. It is presented by the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

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VIDEO: Rachael Ray honors Glassboro vet on her show for helping other vets

"He has a heart of gold," Ronnie says. "He actually started out needing a service dog for himself. Going through the process of trying to get himself a dog, he realized how much money it was going to cost … it just kind of spiraled into Paws Healing Heroes."

Paws Healing Heroes rescues dogs, supplies the necessary training and certificates and gives them to veterans in need, completely free of charge.

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