U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that Robins’ Nest, Inc. in Glassboro, New Jersey has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Every single day, at least one person in my district alone is dying from the disease of addiction, and we need to do everything we can to improve the recovery process and help those who are suffering,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, a Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I’m proud to have supported this grant that will help change lives in South Jersey. With the leadership of organizations like Robins’ Nest, we will continue to work together to provide affordable housing, combat homelessness and help our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are struggling with addiction.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with SAMHSA on the development of our Recovery and Housing Program,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Robins’ Nest Chief Executive Officer. “This is a much-needed care model for those who are not only battling substance abuse, but also the exacerbating life factors which may be inhibiting their recovery journey.”

“We’ve designed the Recovery and Housing Project to support recovery by addressing the many barriers that may exist, including housing, and access to care and supports,” said Melissa Fox, Robin’s Nest Chief Operating Officer. “The program was envisioned to not only support the individual, but also their family by providing a trauma-informed, therapeutic context using a wraparound service modality.”

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Bullock’s Budding Scientists Dig the Fossil Park

Dorothy L. Bullock School Principal Rich Taibi wants all of his students to have the opportunity to explore science. (His school boasts a STEM lab as well as a school garden.) That’s why he was especially receptive to teacher Laure Budney’s idea to take all of the school’s students to the fossil park.

Budney is a second-grade teacher at Dorothy L. Bullock School in Glassboro. She collaborated with Sharon Lawrence, special assistant to the director of the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University, to plan fossil park field trips for every “Bullock” student.  

Students had fun digging for fossils and learning more about the park’s previous, prehistoric inhabitants. While children didn’t find dinosaurs, many found shark’s teeth, oyster shells, clam shells, bacterial “poop,” and rocks that are said to be more than 65 million years old! The trip just might have inspired the next generation of Glassboro scientists!

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Presidential Street in Glassboro renamed to Samuel Trifiletti Street

On November 27, 2018 Mayor John E. Wallace III along with fellow council members announced the renaming of Presidential Street in Glassboro to Samuel Trifiletti Street. A lifetime resident of Glassboro, Samuel Community Athletic contributions to organizing, managing, and coaching in the Glassboro Athletic Club, St. Bridget’s Crusaders, Glassboro Midget Football, and Park & Rec Basketball and his esteemed service in the US Army in which he participated in the “Battle of the Bulge” which he was wounded and missing in action. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Bronze Battle Star, American Theatre Ribbon, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

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Glassboro Police set the table for annual senior holiday dinner

The Glassboro Police Department will host its annual senior citizens holiday dinner 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Bullock School on East New Street in Glassboro.

A local tradition for more than 45 years, the event treats the local elderly to turkey with "all the fixings," served by local police officers and their families. Some officers and special guests will also sing holiday carols and there will be door prizes and party favors.

The dinner is made possible by donations from Italian Affair, Glassboro Municipal Alliance, the Greg Bruynell Memorial FOP 108 and the Glassboro Board of Education.

Those wishing to attend are asked to register by contacting the police department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 856-881-1501, ext. 88112. Local residents who cannot attend can arrange for delivery of a meal.


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Crowdmapping in Glassboro

Where are the arts in Downtown Glassboro, NJ? Where could they exist? That's what about 20 Glassboro residents and Rowan University students explored in a crowd mapping session last week led by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.

With maps in hand, they inventoried a 1/4-square mile section of the South Jersey town, taking notes and marking their maps with garage-sale dot stickers. They were looking at a section of the Gloucester County municipality that borders a new plaza.

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VIDEO: Glassboro Police Warn of Email Scam

The Glassboro Police Department says they have received several calls from residents reporting they received emails that appear to come from the Police Department stating the recipient owes fines for speeding infractions.

The recipient is then asked to click on a link to pay the fine.

Glassboro Police say the emails did not come from them and are reminding residents that no court or police department would notify someone to pay fines through this method.

As a general warning, never click on links requesting money unless you have initiated the request with the company or agency.

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CompleteCare expands addiction outpatient services to Millville, Glassboro

New outpatient addiction services are coming to residents in Cumberland and Gloucester counties as CompleteCare Health Network expands its program reach.

The Fresh Start program, an outpatient service for people addicted to opioids, will now be offered at CompleteCare locations in Millville and Glassboro and offer outpatient medication-assisted treatment and meetings with a team of medical experts.

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What can you do with an empty space? Rowan students want to show you.

An empty lot next to Mosaic Family Success Center will become a pop-up garden Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in a collaboration between the school’s College of Performing Arts, Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability, in partnership with Creative Glassboro, Nexus Properties, the borough and the center.

Organizers say the event offers a chance for the public to see how Rowan students are able to take a usually empty public space and transform it into a place for community connection. Admission is free.

The pop-up will feature games, live music by Americana/folk musician Kylie Westerbeck, a 1980s disco DJ and a photo booth. “Historic images, fictional design scenarios, an invitation to participate in Cultural Mapping and more,’’ according to organizers.


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Glassboro High School and Rowan University Ceremony Celebrates a New PDS Partnership

Glassboro High School and Rowan University celebrated their Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership with a ceremony outside of GHS on Tuesday, September 25. Glassboro High School is the fourth school in the district to become a Rowan University Professional Development School. J. Harvey Rodgers, Dorothy L. Bullock and Thomas E. Bowe schools are also Professional Development Schools.

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Glassboro Mayor and Council participates in ‘HELP BAG HUNGER DAY’ at ShopRite of Glassboro

Each year, on the third Wednesday of September, ShopRite stores throughout the Northeast celebrate ShopRite Partners In Caring Help Bag Hunger DayThis storewide event invites local dignitaries in the surrounding community to join ShopRite associates in a day of bagging groceries at the cash register. The invited guests take on the job of a cashier by wearing aprons and bagging groceries- all to bring awareness to the ongoing issue of hunger in our local communities. This day is nationally recognized by governors and state legislatures across the size states ShopRite services including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Glassboro Mayor John Wallace, Councilman Andrew Halter and Councilwoman Anna Miller along with Freeholder Heather Simmons participated by bagging groceries and getting to know residents better.

Zallie Supermarkets is proud to honor this day at each of their seven store locations including Williamstown, Chews Landing, Sicklerville, West Berlin, Laurel Hill, Glassboro, and West Deptford. Customers were encouraged to come out and show their support at ShopRite of Glassboro on Wednesday, September 19th and cheer on their local police, fire department, first responders, governor, and other community leaders as they bring awareness to their ongoing issue of hunger.

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Annual beer fest brewing in Glassboro

Beer lovers are invited to the 2018 Glassboro Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Glassboro Town Square from noon to 5 p.m.

An anticipated 3,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample hundreds of beers from more than 50 breweries. This year's focus is on beer crafted by local and tri-state area breweries in small batches. There also will be more than a dozen food trucks.

"We have enjoyed great response from our past beer festivals and we expect 2018 to be better than ever" said Councilman Andrew Halter. "Glassboro is home to the newly opened, award winning, Bonesaw Brewing Co. and will open two new breweries within the next year. We have discovered that the art of brewing beer is an economic driver for cities that is not only enjoyed by residents but also brings visitors from around the region."

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Young Eagles running backs Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood shine in win over Colts

Clement, a Glassboro High School graduate, finished with 56 yards on a career-high 16 attempts, Smallwood, a Wilmington native, hit the same number on 10 carries and Adams made the most of his first NFL touches with 30 yards on six totes.

Clement and Smallwood had a combined six catches and 54 yards as well.

“Those guys are huge,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “We knew the type of players they are, that’s why no one was really fretting too much. … We’ve got a lot of confidence in those guys. Wendell hits the hole probably the hardest on the team, he’s a really explosive back, and Corey’s a really, really good football player.”

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Woman Sought For Posing With Glassboro Police Department’s New Statue: Officials

Police believe that the woman’s friends took pictures of her posing with the statue and that those photos may have been shared on social media.

“The pedestal is several feet high. We don’t want people climbing it and possibly damaging it – even if little damage occurred here,” officials explained.

They cite previous vandalism done to a nearby memorial wall as one of their reasons for wanting to identify this woman.

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'Buone Festa Italiano' coming to Glassboro

St. Anthony's Italian Festival will take place in Glassboro Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 10 p.m. in and around the town square.

A procession from the St. Anthony's Mutual Aid Society on Church Street to Rowan Boulevard will feature the St. Anthony's statue, decorated with flowers and carried by club members with traditional Italian musical accompaniment band.

The Glassboro High School Italian Club will join in the procession in traditional garb and perform live. Opening ceremony performance by local residents Michael Jones, Donna Lisa Campbell, Greg Armstrong, Jay Gentile and Frank DeRosa will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Joni James, Patsy Cline and Connie Francis.

Featured musical acts will include the Iconic Italian Fairy from NYC and headliner the Party Wave Band from Philadelphia.

Carnival games, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a homemade wine competition, demonstrations, beer gardens and, of course, Italian food will round out the festivities.


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