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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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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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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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'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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Prime new parking space reserved for annual Glassboro car show

"We are thrilled to move the car show into downtown Glassboro, which will allow us to evolve (it) into a larger festival experience for car enthusiasts," said Councilman Andrew Halter."The new location gives us the flexibility and space to do everything the show's fans are asking for and to show off the redeveloped downtown Glassboro with all of our new businesses and stunning Town Square."

Many of the events tried and tested features of the show will remain, including the  judged competition with trophies awarded and the show's "Concours d' Elegance" up-close display of  classic and historic vehicles from all eras.

The show's newest features are exotic cars, a giant slot car racing track, local celebrities cars and designer-wrapped vehicles to show the modern technological advances in the automotive industry.

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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: 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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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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VIDEO: Rowan University Gives Back to Glassboro During 'Back to the Boro' Event

On Sunday, April 22nd, more than 1,600 student volunteers from Rowan put on their gardening gloves, picked up their shovels, and set out into the Glassboro community for the annual Back to the Boro event.

Volunteers spent the day helping residents throughout the area with various projects to spruce up yards.

Officials say the event is a great way for students to give back and builds a stronger sense of community among all the people that call Glassboro home.

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Need a little help around the house? We are looking for Glassboro Residents to submit projects for volunteers.

Each year, student and faculty volunteers of Rowan University engage in a community-wide cleanup of their hometown, Glassboro called “Back to the Boro.” This is a Thank You to the citizens of Glassboro for the continual support of Rowan University and it’s students. Volunteers visit the homes of Glassboro residents to perform needed household duties such as cleaning, raking leaves, pulling weeds, painting, and other tasks that are difficult for residents to do themselves.

We are looking for Glassboro Residents to submit projects for volunteers.

Simply complete the attached form and return it to Rowan University no later than March 21, 2018.

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Rowan Jazz Fest fosters excitement for a new generation

The festival, now in its 48th year, will be held Feb. 14-16 at the university's Wilson Hall. Bands from 39 schools have registered, with the final evening featuring DiBlasio and the Rowan Jazz Band in a public concert tribute to late composer Oliver Nelson Sr.

"There are a lot of these festivals — high schools have them, colleges have them, often as a (student) recruiting tool. But most of them are competitions. I don't like that," DiBlasio says. "With our festival, there is no win or lose. The kids love it. If we made it competitive, it'd be the same five bands coming back every year."

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Santa's coming to light Glassboro's tree

"The Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect time for kids of all ages to come and experience all that our beautiful downtown has to offer as we officially kick off the holiday season," Councilwoman Anna Miller said. "There are great activities planned for this year that you won't want to miss. Please be sure to bring a Toy-for-a-Tot and canned food for those less fortunate."

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Glassboro Police to host annual holiday dinner for senior citizens

The Glassboro Police Department has scheduled its annual senior citizen's holiday dinner for early December. 

On Dec. 10, at 1 p.m., seniors will gather with officers and community members for the annual meal at the Bullock School on East New Street. This holiday tradition has taken place for more than 45 years in Glassboro. 

At the dinner, seniors will be treated to a turkey dinner with "all the fixin's," served by officers and their families. Throughout the event there will be door prizes, caroling and special guests. 

Those wishing to RSVP should contact the police department between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 856-881-1501. 

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