Working Together Glassboro and surrounding towns are feeding off each other’s energy and continuing to create a thriving community.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in South Jersey, or anyone in New Jersey for that matter, who doesn’t know about the revitalization in Glassboro— specifically Rowan Boulevard. It has changed the landscape of the town and Rowan University and fostered major economic growth.

“There are only so many towns in South Jersey that have downtowns and that have gone through the renaissance that ours has,” Joseph Brigandi Jr., Glassboro administrator and executive director of economic development says. “There are a number of factors for that. We have a major university that is growing substantially in size and is prestigious with the two medical schools, and the enrollment has increased significantly. I think having that resource there, even though all our development isn’t directly Rowan related, not many other towns have a resource like that and have allowed to expand and build.”

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VIDEO: Glassboro Police Department Warn Residents of String of Car Burglaries

Authorities say over the last several days they have taken numerous reports of residents' vehicles being broken into during the evening and overnight hours.

The incidents have occurred in various locations in town and nearly all of the burglaries were made through unlocked doors.

Police say securing your vehicles is one of the easiest things you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

They are also asking everyone in the community to report any suspicious activity by calling the Glassboro Police Department at 856-881-1500

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VIDEO: ERA Young Hosts 3rd Annual Alex's Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

On Friday, July 27th, ERA Young, a real estate and rentals company out of Glassboro, hosted its 3rd annual Alex's Lemonade Stand fundraiser to help the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation move one step closer to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Staff with ERA Young spent the afternoon pouring up some refreshing glasses of ice cold lemonade in hopes of reaching their goal of raising $3,000. The money raised goes towards research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

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RCGC Co-Op Program Revs Up Technician's Passion for Cars

A good technician never underestimates what is under the hood since appearances can be deceiving — just ask Amanda Mutarelli, a student in Rowan College at Gloucester County's (RCGC) Automotive Technology program. With her dramatic eye makeup and colorful tattoos, this skilled technician knows firsthand how deceptive appearances can be.

Mutarelli, of Glassboro, finds it amusing that she does not fit the stereotypical image of an auto technician. A self-described "girly girl with a passion for cars," she is most content when working in a garage surrounded by tools. Although being a female in a mostly male dominated profession can have its drawbacks, Mutarelli isn't one to back away from a career that gets her motor racing.

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South Jersey day trips for under $50 are a treat for two

As the school has grown exponentially over the last decade, so has the community around it, becoming a downright cool destination for date nights or just a stroll. Explore cultural offerings at Rowan Art Gallery, the Rowan College of Performing Arts or at the school's family-friendly Edelman Planetarium (older visitors might also appreciate "Laser Michael Jackson" and "Laser Beatles"). Off-campus fun includes an Escape Room and the Heritage Glass Museum, plus Chickie's and Pete's and many more restaurants.Plus, Glassboro's Summer Fest continues in Town Square Thursday nights through July, and includes a free performance of Rowan's "Interactive Alice in Wonderland."

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A new statue, arts fest celebrate Glassboro's glass-making heritage

All that glitters is not gold. In Glassboro this weekend, it's definitely glass — and bronze, and some rock 'n' roll glitter. The Borough of Glass Festival: ArtWalk & Night Market is a celebration of regional pride, with a focus on the region's history of glassmaking.

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Glassboro commissions a bronze glassblower sculpture and will have art fest to celebrate

"We have such an incredible mixture of the arts here in Glassboro and the arts are quickly becoming an economic driver for cities." said Mayor John E. Wallace III. "Glassboro is home to Rowan University which hosts world class dance, theatre, concerts, and of course a World Class Art Gallery. Glassboro is also home to the Heritage Glass Museum which holds many historical glass pieces from our past, not only enriching our residents' lives but also bringing visitors from around the region."

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VIDEO: Let’s watch Corey Clement’s ridiculous tape from Glassboro High

It’s crazy to think, but it really wasn’t all that long ago when Corey Clement was a young kid in South Jersey tearing up other Group 1 competition. 

Since then, a lot has happened. He went to star at Wisconsin, joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent and then had 100 yards receiving in the freaking Super Bowl! 

In five years time, he went from running over little kids at Glassboro High School to making defining plays in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win. 

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NYTimes: New Jersey Town and University Bridge Their Divide, and Both Reap a Reward

The revitalization project is drawing new residents, too. Bill and Joan Murphy moved into one of the new Nexus apartments in December after about a quarter-century in a suburban home in Mount Laurel, N.J.

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Mr. Murphy, 72, who teaches part time at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, said he and his wife were enjoying their proximity to the Rowan campus and to shops and restaurants within walking distance of their apartment, which overlooks the new town square.

“It’s meeting our expectations that we were going to have a lot of things at our fingertips,” he said.

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VIDEO: Glassboro Celebrates Fallen Heroes in Annual Memorial Day Parade

“I say it's getting better. More and more people are out today," said Virginia Johnson, of Glassboro. "We enjoy it. It’s something that we always did." 

Johnson has attended the parade nearly every year going back to when she was a little girl marching in the parade.

Now at 93 years old, the mother of 11 celebrates today for a different reason than when she was young. She has three sons that fought in Vietnam and one, Richard, who lost his life 50 years ago in battle.

“I grew up here and they’re all close friends [and] school mates. We’ve seen them go off to war and some of them didn’t come back," said Johnson. "When you see your own son go over and you go through that [it's hard] ... but I’m thankful the other two came home." 

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Zallie Shoprites Hold 'Luncheon to Honor Veterans' Over the Weekend

Supermarkets in Gloucester and Camden counties held a special event for veterans over the weekend.

Seven Zallie Shoprite Supermarkets in Camden and Gloucester counties hosted luncheons on Saturday, May 19th, to show their appreciation to local veterans throughout the area during their 7th annual Luncheon to Honor Veterans event.

More than 40 South Jersey veterans were honored at the luncheon and each received a $200 gift card, a patriotic floral arrangement, a gourmet fruit and cheese basket, and an ornament with the inscription, “Home of the free, because of the brave.”

And to continue honoring veterans the Zallie Shoprite stores in Camden and Gloucester counties will be offering a military discount every Monday starting on Monday, May 21st.

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We are very proud of those recently appointed to Council, promoted in the Glassboro Police Department, and appointed to Council, and as Police Chaplains.

Mayor John Wallace swore in

  • Councilman Andrew Halter

  • Police Sergeant Charles Williams

  • Police Corporals Joshua Adieyefeh and Kenneth Kuzniasz

  • Police Chaplains Mattikkii A. Collins, William Guidry, Joseph Allen O'Maley, and Sequetta F. Sweet

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Glassboro’s Mayor and Council Members held a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of a sculpture honoring former Glassboro Mayor Alvin Shpeen (1999-2002).

Glassboro’s Mayor and Council Members held a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of a sculpture honoring former Glassboro Mayor Alvin Shpeen (1999-2002), created and donated by Demountable Concepts, Inc. featuring a steel silhouette of the late mayor who was instrumental in bringing Glassboro and Rowan University together to revitalize the town.

“Former Glassboro Mayor, Alvin Shpeen’s dedication and vision created the groundwork for our revitalization and what has become the new standard in suburban living and a model for cities nationwide,” said Glassboro Councilman John E. Wallace III. “That is why this statue belongs in this location, directly across from his previous office -- to remind us, no matter how much we have to overcome, just what it is that leadership requires; just what it is that citizenship requires. Alvin Shpeen would have turned 87 years old this July. We do well by placing a statue of him here. But we can do no greater honor to his memory than to carry forward the power of his vision and a dedication to our residents.”

Rustin Cassway, President of Demountable Concepts states, “Alvin was a positive force in the town’s development and played a key role in our decision to locate our facility in Glassboro. We saw how nicely the town square has come together and decided it would be a perfect place to honor Alvin with a sculpture. The town agreed, and we worked together to make it happen."

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Glassboro's Teachers of the Year Honored

Glassboro’s Teachers of the Year include (second from the left to fourth from the left) Heather Stewart, Dorothy L. Bullock School; Lori Kaszupski, J. Harvey Rodgers School; Shannon Batten, Glassboro Intermediate School; and (second from the right and far right) Christina Duffey, Glassboro High School; Mary Aruffo, Thomas E. Bowe School.

They are pictured at the county recognition luncheon with Dr. Mark J. Silverstein, superintendent of Glassboro Schools (third from the right) and Danielle Sochor, chief academic officer for Glassboro Schools.

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Newly appointed Glassboro Mayor John E. Wallace III takes office

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Newly appointed Glassboro Mayor John E. Wallace III takes office

Previous Mayor Leo McCabe stepped down to allow the next generation to continue taking Glassboro forward.

Mr. John Wallace was previously appointed to fill an unexpired term on Council in January, 2015. He is Chair of the Public Property and Ordinance Committee and serves on the Water and Sewer and Health, Welfare and Recreation Committees. He is also liaison to the Board of Health and the Historic Preservation Commission. His focus is on reducing the cost and size of local government through shared services agreements. Wallace works as a perfusionist in the Department of Surgery at Cooper University Hospital.

A 15-year Glassboro resident, he is a graduate of Washington Township High School. He attended Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland and holds B.A. degrees from Thomas Edison State College. He also holds post-graduate certification from the Cooper University Hospital School of Perfusion.

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Liberty's virtual reality arcade in Glassboro will let you feel like Iron Man

At Liberty, you can stare up at the Eiffel Tower or roam the streets of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. “Elven Assassin” seeks to give you a true feel as you reach for your quiver, nock your arrow, and fire at hordes of orcs and trolls that rush toward your base. And games like “Fruit Ninja VR” can be an intense, fruit-slashing workout if you don’t mind flailing your arms like a fool.

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Glassboro Dedicates Original Firehouse Monument

Glassboro officials, the Glassboro Historical Society, and Glassboro Fire Department dedicated a monument recognizing the past location of the original fire house in downtown Glassboro.

This historic site is being commemorated to remember the town’s past, while celebrating its future.

The monument was erected using the bricks and cornerstone from the original building built by Frank C. Ware in 1910 and stands in the footprint of the structure that was razed in 2012 to make way for the state-of-the-art town square.

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