Rowan U. exhibit spotlights Jamaican-born artist in Glassboro

Patterson’s work has been featured in recent seasons of the television series, “Empire,” and published in newspapers and magazines around the world. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Joan Mitchell Prize Foundation Artist Grant, the United States Artists Award, the Aaron Matalon Award from the Jamaica Biennial, a Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, a Small Axe Magazine and Andy Warhol Commissioned Grant and the Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies. For more information, visit ebonygpatterson.com.

A conversation and reception with the artist is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, to be led by visiting scholar Collette Gaiter.

The gallery is at 301 High St., Glassboro. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For information, call 856-256-4521 or visit sites.rowan.edu/artgallery.

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The Crossing makes its way to Glassboro

The Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing, led by conductor Donald Nally, will kick off this season’s Marie Rader Presenting Series at Rowan University on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

The Philadelphia-based group focuses on new music in an effort to make and record work that expands the choral repertoire. Many of its more than 70 commissions explore social, environmental and political issues.

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Energy Assistance Expo Held in Glassboro

An event in Gloucester County gave those in need the opportunity to connect with resources to help keep them safe and warm.

On Wednesday, January 30th, officials with South Jersey Gas hosted an Energy Assistance Expo in Glassboro to help those who are having trouble paying their utility bills get they help they need.

Along with South Jersey Gas officials, there were also representatives from Atlantic City Electric, NJ Shares, and Gateway Community Action.

Officials say the goal of the event is to connect community members who may be in financial crisis with the resources available and the services that they may qualify for.

"I hope they feel like we're here for them," said Christina Teel, customer outreach program specialist, South Jersey Gas, "and that we're doing our best to make sure that they are taken care of in regards to their bills, as well as their households and their livelihood."

To learn about various energy assistance programs or to find out if you qualify, visit southjerseygas.com.

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Rowan planetarium to host lunar eclipse viewing party

On Sunday night, guests are invited to Rowan University’s Edelman Planetarium for a viewing party to watch as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow and turns a deep and eerie red.

Eclipse viewers may arrive no earlier than 9:15 p.m. About 9:30, the penumbral eclipse starts. The total lunar eclipse will not begin until 11:30 p.m., according to the university. Throughout the night, guests will be able to observe the eclipse through telescopes on the grounds around Science Hall. Astronomy faculty and club members will be on hand to operate the telescopes and guide visitors as they view objects in the night sky.

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Pelosi pick for Climate Crisis panel has Jersey ties: the late Joseph L. Bowe

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Florida) is the granddaughter of the late Joseph L. Bowe, who served as mayor of Glassboro from 1959 until his death in 1967.

Bowe died of cancer at age 50, just hours before President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin met for a summit at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).

Castor was less than a year old when her grandfather died.

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Glassboro students take their parents to school

Thomas E. Bowe School in Glassboro recently welcomed parents to “Take Your Parents to School Day” during American Education Week and parents returned later in the month for the Bowe PTO’s Fourth Grade Fall Festival and the school’s Title I Fall Family Night.

“This is our opportunity to showcase the programs that we have,” Principal Craig Stephenson told parents, while also pointing out, “It’s all about our kids.”

Parents were treated to breakfast sponsored by the Gloucester County and Glassboro Education Associations and sat in on classroom lessons during “Take Your Parents to School Day.”

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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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