Posts in Downtown Glassboro
'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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Textile artist explores relationship to natural world in Rowan U. exhibit

Heather Ujiie's exhibit "Terra Incognita" will open the 2018-2019 season at Rowan University Art Gallery, showcasing work that aims to blend the disciplines of textiles, fashion design and visual art to create an ethereal, imaginary, and mythological world. 

Heather Ujiie's vision is inspired by botanical studies, living networks, sexual identities, and commonalities between living creatures.

The show will open Tuesday, Sept. 4, and run through Nov. 17. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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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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Glassboro Packing facility tour highlights NJ peach harvest

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited Eastern Pro Pak, Glassboro, N.J., recently to highlight Jersey Fresh peaches.

Eastern Pro Pak completed a 70,000-square-foot expansion this spring, and the company has a two-lane tunnel connecting the expansion to the previous 100,000 square feet at the facility, according to a news release. The Jersey Fruit Co-op supplies Eastern Pro Pak.

“The amount of Jersey Fresh peaches that flow through here demonstrates the peach production that takes place in the Garden State,” Fisher said in the release. “Facilities like this give consumers all along the East Coast and Canada the opportunity to enjoy our super-delicious peaches.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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We are excited to announce the opening of a new business: Liberty Virtual Reality on Rowan Boulevard!

We are excited to announce the opening of a new business: Liberty Virtual Reality on Rowan Boulevard! Liberty VR is excited to be the first to present this new, exciting attraction to South Jersey! Grand Opening Weekend will be April 20th-22nd, with an official Grand Opening on April 21st at 10:00am.

This Grand Opening Weekend will include free 5-minute VR trials and an iPad raffle entry to every guest!

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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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