By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
A host of area, state and federal politicians were among the dozens in attendance, at Bellmawr Mayor and Council’s annual Reorganization Meeting this January.
Following the posting of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scout Pack/Troop 185, Ashley Matousek performed the National Anthem.
Councilman John Bollinger was then sworn in by U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-1), as Bollinger’s wife and family looked on happily. He is also Public Safety Director for the Borough.
Councilman James F. D’Angelo, with his daughter Lindsey at his side, was then sworn in to his sixth term by Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa.
D’Angelo’s wife, Peggy, was honoring a prior commitment, and was unable to attend. The Councilman is also Bellmawr’s Director of Public Works.
After the two incumbents re-assumed their seats, Councilman Lou Di Angelo (Director of Recreation) was nominated as Council President by Councilwoman Regina Piontkowski.
He was then joined by his wife, Ginny, and with Mrs. Di Angelo holding a family bible, was then sworn in by Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard.
In short remarks following administering the Oath to Di Angelo, Leonard turned to Mayor and Council, promising them that the County road projects slated for Bellmawr will get done.
Other dignitaries and officials joining the many family and friends, included State Senator Donald Norcross (D-5), Camden County Freeholder Rod Greco, Camden County Sherriff Chuck Billingham, Runnemede Mayor “Sis” Calvaitis, Bellmawr Police Chief Bill Walsh and Bellmawr Fire Department Chief and Borough Code Official Jim Burleigh.
In his personal remarks, Mayor Frank Filipek thanked all Borough employees and department heads for their work.
He also stated that construction would resume at the new Bottom Dollar site on West Browning Road (site work has begun as of press time).
Filipek also remarked about a brand new Hampton Inn being built on South Black Horse Pike, in the vicinity of Exit 3 of the NJ Turnpike.
In their Council remarks, Bollinger, along with both D’Angelo and Di Angelo, thanked their wives and families.
The balance of the Council panel then took turns congratulating the three.
Filipek echoed the Council sentiments, adding his thanks to the Borough’s volunteers and EMS workers.
He also noted that they will be working hard on the new budget.
All business on the evening’s agenda was unanimously approved.
Following the meeting, the Mayor invited everyone to a reception at the VFW 9563 Hal on Essex Avenue.
All Council Meetings, with the exception of Executive Session, are open to the public, with due notice of which published according to law.
The next Borough Council meeting will be Thursday January 26.
For information or questions, contact Borough Hall, at (856) 933-1313, or at: bellmawr.com.