Posts in Downtown Glassboro
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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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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N.J.'s 25 best grilled cheese sandwiches, for National Grilled Cheese Month

STEVE’S GRILLED CHEESE,  within walking distance of the Rowan University campus, has a summertime stand on the Ocean City boardwalk. There are 14 grilled cheeses on Steve's menu, and several will petrify the purists: a fried chicken and bacon grilled cheese, a chicken parm grilled cheese. My favorite: the Caprese, with mozzarella, Roma tomato and basil pesto on grilled Italian bread.

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New Jersey beer: Axe and Arrow set to open in Glassboro

The main reason we picked this spot is because of the Town Square,’’ says Josh. “Glassboro hosts 20-plus events here — a craft beer festival, an Italian festival, an arts festival — 20 festivals out here, pulling more people in. And we are excited about the 21-and-up college audience all around us … within a half-mile walk, there are 3,500 beds, and across the street they are building another five-story apartment building.’’ Eventually, Axe & Arrow will offer its guests an 800-square-foot patio that is directly adjacent to Town Square.

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What to See & Do in Downtown Glassboro, New Jersey

Known for being the home of Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey is filled with exciting history, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and loads of fun! Glassboro is a one stop, do it all community. Whether you’re a local, visiting Rowan’s campus, or just stopping by for the day, come enjoy the fresh and authentic atmosphere of Glassboro, New Jersey!

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VIDEO: Local woman invents exercise tool that helps sick children, aging adults

She has sold many b bounders since, but has been able to give some away to local families in need who write to her. One of those families included Gianna, a bright young girl with leukemia. She always bounces around on her rainbow-studded trampoline to keep her bones strong, especially when undergoing chemotherapy. 

Giorgi cut the ribbon on a brand new workout location, "Studio Just b,"in Glassboro, NJ. The bigger facility offers not only exercise but also a chiropractor, massage therapist, holistic nutritionist and more. 

Watch Gianna bounce around at the grand opening of "Studio Just b" in Glassboro

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Mod Betty’s 10 Fave Retro Roadmap Eateries in South Jersey

Angelo’s Glassboro Diner – Glassboro / Gloucester County

There are only a handful of diners that make it into Mod Betty’s faves, because I’m a bit of a purist, but Angelo’s is right up there on the list! A tiny stainless steel diner with a handful of counter stools and booths, you immediately feel like part of the community as you order one of their fresh made daily specials.

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VIDEO: Glassboro diner gets a second chance to serve

Monarch DIner opened Feb. 18. Tsiknakis cut the ribbon on the restaurant last week.  The bar area where PB's Diner once served 20 beers on tap is converted back to a traditional diner counter, with swiveling stools and a pastry case.  The bar area's high-top tables are replaced with booths.  The entire interior of the building was renovated. When he took it over, the building was in bad shape, Tsiknakis said.  READ MORE>>

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Bonesaw Brewing is NJ’s Best New Brewery! The Glassboro brewery's "go-big-or-go-home mentality" yields exciting results.

New Jersey Monthly’s panel of 14 beer experts chose Bonesaw Brewing of Glassboro, which opened in 2018, as the Best New Brewery. One thing that impressed them was the scale of the operation, which sits on 7 1/2 woodsy acres and includes a 23,000-square-foot brewery and a 33-tap tasting room with high ceilings, a rustic lodge ambience and indoor-outdoor seating for 200. There are foamy iced coffee and tea on nitro taps and craft sodas for kids. As Bonesaw co-founder Rich DiVerniero puts it, “We’ve got a go-big-or-go-home mentality.”

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18-mile light rail in South Jersey is coming, but not for another 6 years, at least

The corridor has older, densely-populated communities, like Glassboro, Woodbury and Pitman that developed along the rail line. Colleges, medical centers and other businesses which drive the economy in the area are largely based in Philadelphia and Camden County. A rail link between there and Rowan University in Glassboro is expected to reduce vehicle traffic and spur growth.

“The federal guidelines for attracting federal funds requires several time-consuming steps,” Nash said. “Even if the state is unable to attract federal funds, the open and transparent process and careful study of environmental concerns mandated by federal requirements makes the time well spent. At the end, the line will be constructed and will operate for generations to come.”

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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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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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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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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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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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