Glassboro completes final phase of Town Square with Public Restroom Facilities and State-of-the-art Water Feature

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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Buona Festa Italiana! Come celebrate with the Borough of Glassboro on Saturday, September 14, 2019, for the Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival.

“The Annual Italian Festival is cherished in Glassboro, and for good reason. 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,” said Councilwoman Daniele Brida Spence.  “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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The 15th Annual Glassboro Car Show & Food Truck Festival drives into Glassboro August 30, 2019.

The car show will be located in Downtown Glassboro and the Town Square, Glassboro, New Jersey. The show will be start at 5 pm. The show will end at 9pm. This is a free family fun event and there is something for every gear head or casual admirer. On display will be restored vehicles representing all decades of automotive history as well as exotics, EV’s, and motorcycles. Food vendors will be on site selling food and non- alcoholic beverages. Landmark Americana will host two Beer Gardens. There will be plenty of free parking at the event with signage and parking attendants to direct attendees. This is a rain or shine event.

“Each year, our goal is to grow the selection vehicles that are all-new to the show and match the passions of our attendees,” said Council President George Cossabone, Sr. “For our younger attendees the passion for cars and motorcycles starts very early, so it was important to us to provide a wealth of fun activities for kids—the drivers of the future. These new attractions will entertain and inspire children, while also providing them with opportunities to learn about the rich history and legendary fanfare of iconic automotive brands.”

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The second annual Borough Of Glass Festival ArtWalk and Night Market celebrates Glassboro’s namesake industry.

To commemorate our rich history of glass blowing, on July 20, 5-10 PM, we will host the “Borough of Glass Festival Art Walk and Night Market.” This art festival and market will be marked by dozens of artists selling and performing demonstrations of their unique crafts.

“We are excited to continue growing the Borough of Glass Festival as a destination for makers of all ages.” Said Council President George Cossabone, Sr. “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.”

This inspiring festival will include dozens of local and area glassblowers, sculptors, painters, and potters plus a multitude of other hand-crafters that will offer their items for sale and be demonstrating their skills and artisanship right before your eyes!

The night market offers visitors the chance to browse a variety of goods while basking in a festival atmosphere full of great food, craft beer, and other al fresco fun on Rowan Boulevard and the Town Square while live entertainment is provided by headliner The Jump Off Band, a Philadelphia power band.

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Glassboro's Annual CommUnity Day will take place Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Square. Over 2,000 people are expected for games, food, community information, and entertainment.

Glassboro's Annual CommUnity Day will take place Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Square. Over 2,000 people are expected for games, food, community information, and entertainment.

With the days getting longer and warmer in the New Jersey, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore what’s new and fun in Glassboro!

This rain or shine free community event will be open to the public for all ages to enjoy. The excitement will begin at 11am and end at 3 pm. There will be over 50 vendors on site selling artisan offerings, food, and non- alcoholic beverages. Activities will include live music, DJ’s, face painters, sports obstacle course, balloon artists, kids castles and a very special scholarship award for one deserving Glassboro High School student. For the second year in a row, the Creative Glassboro Arts Advisory Board, joined by Mayor John E. Wallace III and fellow council members, will award a $1,000 scholarship to a GHS Senior proficient in performing arts or visual arts. The 2019 recipient is Rebekah Toy.

“This event continually brings residents together for a free day of entertainment and education, building on the sense of collaboration and friendship that makes Glassboro such a great community,” said Council President George Cossabone. “I’d like to offer a very special Thank You to our local businesses and organizations whom continue to support unity in Glassboro and encourage people to get involved.”

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Glassboro commissions 817 sq. ft. Legacy Mural Project highlighting iconic figures from Glassboro’s cultural heritage...

GLASSBORO REQUESTS EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FROM NATIONAL ARTISTS.

To commemorate this history, the Borough has issued a Request for Expression of Interest for artists to apply. Specifications and application process are available at glassboro.org/bidsrfprfq until June 6, 2019.

The mural site will be on the exterior wall of a restroom pavilion on the South side area of the Glassboro Town Square visible from High Street.

“It's impossible to overstate the importance of dedicating space for the arts and entertainment district to thrive,” said Glassboro Councilwoman Daniele Spence. “We are committing space, resources, funding and ongoing efforts to meet the unique needs of artists from the area. We need to allow their creativity to inspire us in our development of our downtown’s image.”

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Join us for our annual Summer Fest! Enjoy live entertainment, interactive activities, food trucks and local craft beer Thursdays 5-9 pm from June 6 to July 25, in Glassboro Town Square.

Glassboro is the place to be this summer as we host our third annual Summer Fest sponsored by Nexus Properties. Some of the best local food trucks, craft breweries, and wineries will join the Borough in the Town Square this year. Bands performing include Acoustic Soul Duo, Bar None Duo, Jay Gentile, 99 Reasons, TK & the Howlers, Greg Armstrong & Friends, and the Acoustic Soul Foursome.

“There’s nothing like our Summer Fest series to slowly enjoy summer nights in Glassboro,” said Councilwoman Anna Miller. “Everyone can enjoy a weeknight break and treat themselves to relaxation and great entertainment with friends and neighbors while experiencing our beautiful downtown.”

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Glassboro will host their annual Memorial Day parade on May 27, 2019, at 10 am.


“As a proud veteran myself, I am continually humbled by the stories of valor I hear from our veterans,” said Council President George Cossabone Sr. “Join us for our annual tradition where we remember those who went to war and gave the ultimate sacrifice for each of us to live free.”

The 177th Fighter Wing’s motto is “Community Based, Global Impact.” This will be the third time that Glassboro’s fallen will be honored by the NJANG 177th Fighter Wing. A flyover was approved in 2018, but was cancelled due to weather. “We are proud to honor our fallen heroes and those who have and are presently serving by supporting flyovers for events like this one in Glassboro” said Colonel Bradford Everman, 177th Fighter Wing Commander.

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Glassboro has rebuilt basketball courts featuring innovative performance enhancing tile surface and fully remodeled bathroom facilities.

Parks are a crucial part to any community, which is why the Borough of Glassboro has made it a priority to revamp these spaces. Studies have always shown the economic, social, environmental, and health benefits that parks can bring to a neighborhood and its residents. “I know first-hand just how important it is for our youth to have a neighborhood basketball park where they can play and socialize,” said Mayor John Wallace. “This complete facility makeover is a great way to give basketball players a chance to be active and work on their skills by providing them with a fresh, safe, and fun place to play the game”

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Mayor John Wallace briefing about suspicious backpack on the sidewalk in Glassboro on May 8, 2019.

I would like proudly thank the Glassboro Police Department, Fire Department, and Gloucester County EMS for their rapid, professional, and expert handling of this potentially life-threatening situation. The Borough’s tactical proficiency and fortitude combined with the Glassboro Public School District personnel, most notably Superintendent Dr. Mark J. Silverstein, Chief Academic Officer Danielle Sochor, and Glassboro High School Principal Dr. Danielle Sneathen, proved to be determining factors in quickly disseminating public information and providing care and shelter for students and residents that were evacuated to safety. To the residents and the students and staff from the Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School that were displaced during this incident, thank you all for your patience, tolerance and understanding throughout the day.

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The Creative Glassboro Arts Advisory Board is offering a $1,000 scholarship to Glassboro High School Seniors who will graduate at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Glassboro High School Seniors proficient in performing arts or visual arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship submission consists of a completed application form, two (2) examples of your own artwork, a letter of recommendation, and an artist’s statement.

Application forms are available by e-mailing Ronda Abbruzzese at (rabbruzzese@gmail.com) or at glassboro.org/creative-glassboro-advisory-committee

The Deadline for Applications is Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The scholarship will be awarded at Community Day in Glassboro on June 8, 2019

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Join Glassboro’s Mayor, Council, and the Green Team Commission for the first annual Learn Electric Automobile Day (LEAD) to be held on April 22, 2019.

Join Glassboro’s Mayor, Council, and the Green Team Commission for the first annual Learn Electric Automobile Day (LEAD) to be held on April 22, 2019, in Town Square to experience the many benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), including cleaner air, a smoother ride and greater convenience. Drive a Tesla, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt and more.

Many new electric vehicles will be able to be driven through Downtown Glassboro and on Route 55 returning to the Town Square where you can learn about charging and incentives as well as speak to owners and dealers about their experiences. There will be several models of electric cars and electric bikes to view and test out!

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Glassboro launches new tools to support modern business growth.

Glassboro Economic Development is pleased to team with technology firm Localintel to launch our economic development microsite that will provide Glassboro businesses and entrepreneurs online information and advice in a streamlined format. Glassboro is a premier place to turn an idea into reality, and our new development tools help remove barriers to economic success.

Many businesses express frustration when looking for reliable business development information online. We have now made an interactive set of tools in which all data can be downloaded in an easy to use format for business use. As part of our mission to connect and support business owners, we have launched this set of tools to make it easier for startups, emerging and existing businesses to:

  • research the local business climate and industry trends

  • evaluate the workforce by education, occupation, and location

  • identify their customers and competitors

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Glassboro Achieves Second Bronze Sustainable Jersey Certification

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that Glassboro has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Glassboro is one of 64 towns that have attained certification in 2018. Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over half the state's municipalities and nearly 89 percent of its population.

“The Borough of Glassboro congratulates all the Green Team members who continually raise environmental awareness in our schools, homes, and communities through Green Team activities,” said Mayor John Wallace III. “This important Borough Commission helps everyone take action to protect our natural resources, and brings to life sustainable practices.”

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The Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity is currently working on two different projects in Glassboro, New Jersey.

The Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity is currently working on two different projects in Glassboro, New Jersey. One house is on Truman Avenue, the other is on East Boulevard, next to another home that was already built in 2010.

The active projects in Glassboro are being worked on by a core group of fifteen to twenty volunteers. Due to the cold weather approaching, the volunteers will be working on the inside of the house and then finish the outside once spring comes. These two projects are both projected to be complete by August of 2019.

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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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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Santa Claus is coming to town to light the tree in Downtown Glassboro!

"We expect this year’s annual tradition of Boro in Lights to be the biggest and brightest ever as we celebrate our beautiful downtown and officially kick off the holiday season," Mayor John E. Wallace III says. "It is our goal to bring the community together for family fun and encourage the community to help those in need, so please be sure to bring a Toy-for-a-Tot and canned food for those less fortunate."

Over 4,000 people are expected to attend Glassboro's Annual Tree Lighting. Put it on your calendar and you better be good for goodness sake!

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Join the Borough of Glassboro for Spook-tacular free activities this autumn including two of the largest trick-or-treating events around!

“In Glassboro, we pride ourselves on hosting extraordinary community events,” said Councilwoman Anna Miller. "After quickly becoming one of the largest Trunk-or-Treat event towns around with attendance of over 4,000 people per spooky event, we are delivering the ultimate autumn experience. We welcome everyone to visit our ever- growing downtown, it truly is an experience unlike any other."

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For the 6th Year in a row Glassboro is brewing up fun and beer at the 2018 Glassboro Craft Beer Festival. Sample hundreds of beers from over 50 breweries...

“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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Buona Festa Italiana! Come celebrate with the Borough of Glassboro on Saturday, September 15th for the Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival.

“The Annual Italian Festival is very exciting to Glassboro. When visitors attend this exciting festival, they also embrace the richness of Italian history, culture, and traditions. 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.” said Councilwoman Anna Miller. “Our attendees wanted to see more vendors, interactive features, food and entertainment, however our previous locations were limiting to build those types of experiences. The new location gives us the flexibility and space to do everything the festival’s fans are asking for and to show off the redeveloped Downtown Glassboro with all of our new businesses and stunning Town Square.”

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