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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glassboro Town Square Honored for Landscape Architectural Excellence

Glassboro Town Square has received a 2018 Honor Award for Landscape Architectural Design from the New Jersey chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA).  Glassboro Town Square is a new Borough park, designed by Clarke Caton Hintz, which has quickly become the hub of Glassboro’s Arts and Entertainment District within the existing fabric of the downtown.  

The 1.75-acre park contains a variety of unique and inviting public spaces, including an art garden, performance plazas, a rolling greensward, groves of trees, a veterans’ memorial garden and a communal fire bowl. Underpinning these spaces are systems and structures designed to recapture stormwater and endure the ravages of public use for generations.  The Town Square has become the framework for events, festivals, and rituals, creating a vibrant and inviting energy within a new public commons.

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The Story Behind NJ’s $426M Walkable Town Center

Great suburban locations offer a lifestyle that blends comfort and access. That doesn’t change with the addition of an urban-style town center. In fact, a central hub like the one we’ve created in Glassboro can act as a magnet for the entire surrounding population, bringing people together not just to eat and drink with friends, but also to organize and attend larger cultural events. A town center can actually strengthen the fabric and identity of a suburb, not damage it.

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Find out how a pair of former Rowan students opened Cookie Munchers on Rowan Boulevard

Rowan alumni Brandon Lucante and Cassie Aran started the business after graduating from Rowan University in the spring of 2016 as a way to fund a world-wide backpacking trip. The couple originally found it to be a unique way to make money, but didn’t imagine the business would become so successful.

“Since we’ve started this, we’ve fallen in love with what we’re doing,” Lucante said. “To start, we didn’t have huge overbearing passion for cookies. But what we have fallen in love with is the business, the brand, our customers, and the process of doing it and watching it grow.”

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Glassboro hosts annual Car Show and Food Truck Festival (PHOTOS)

Glassboro hosted a car show and food truck festival on Friday night drawing thousands of people to the town.  The car show featured old restored vehicles of all makes, models and years. For patrons walking the grounds, viewing the treasured vehicles, local food trucks and a beer garden from local Landmark Americana.

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