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FREEHOLDERS HONOR BELLMAWR PURPLE EAGLES

By Chris Concannon

Gloucester City News

  The Camden County Freeholders honored the Bellmawr Purple Eagles on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary during their Bellmawr Town Meeting on July 21.


  Freeholder Director Louis Capelli Jr. presented the proclamation, noting the honor was made at the request of Mayor Frank Filipek and members of Council.


  Current Club Secretary Bill Savidge and founding member Joe Huff, were on hand for the presentation. Huff is the retired Bellmawr Recreation Superintendent.


  In remarks following the ceremony, Mr. Huff thanked the residents of Bellmawr, saying “If it weren’t for you, there would be no Bellmawr Purple Eagles.”

  In his presentation, Capelli said the Club will be celebrating the milestone with a celebration on October 15 at the Bellmawr Park Fire Hall, Essex Avenue.

  Under the public portion, the Freeholders were asked about their ongoing fact-finding, into a proposed countywide police and fire element.

  The Director said it is an exploratory committee, involving both local and county officials, and re-assured local residents that no municipality would be forced to participate.

  As two Bellmawr residents then asked about the ongoing landfill redevelopment and former IGA restoration projects, they were informed that these were both local matters, and any questions should be directed to local officials.

  Following the posting of colors by Boy Scout Troop 185, along with Ashley Matousak singing the National Anthem, the regular meeting got underway with the Borough of Bellmawr receiving a Community Development Block Grant check for $50,790.

  The presentation was made by Director Capelli and Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez.

  Lisa Young and Angela Burleigh, members of the E.M. Burke PTO, then thanked the panel for their grant to the school, which enabled them to construct a nature park on Burke School property.

  Bellmawr Councilman Lou De Angelo also thanked the Freeholders for providing a playground grant to the Borough.

  Freeholder Ian Leonard informed the audience that the milling and re-surfacing of West Browning Road, between Belmont Avenue (7 Eleven) and Lewis Avenue (Borough Hall), would begin approximately late August.

  West Collingswood Heights residents were advised that re-surfacing work on the Audubon section of Nicholson Road, would begin following the ratification of a County Resolution proposed by Leonard.

  As Nicholson Road stretches from Gloucester City to the White Horse Pike, these areas may see an increase in traffic volume, due to any posted detours, the freeholders said.


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