photo credit: Anne Forline
BELLMAWR 10U-REPEAT CHAMPS:-Back Row: Coaches Ken Yurcaba, Ed Legenski, Michele Legenski Middle Row: Cara Forline, Daliah Legenski, Danielle Campbell, Nayellie Ortiz, Paige Tobey, Madison Baldwin, Morgan Fries, Amanda Magpiong Front Row: McKenzie Yurcaba, Nicole Morsillo, Kira Correll, Alexa Lee, Alisa Ruh
By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
Three championship girls’ softball teams were honored and presented with plaques during last week’s Bellmawr Borough Council meeting.
Longtime coach Ed Kitchenman read a lead-in, chronicling the successes of Bellmawr’s 10U and 18U teams, each winning their divisions in this summer’s Gloucester City Girls’ Softball Tournament.
Recreation Director Lou De Angelo, with help from their coaches and Councilman Jim D’Angelo, presented the awards to both teams.
The softball team from Bell Oaks School was also honored by the Borough, following their undefeated (14-0) Tri-County Championship in the Middle School League.
The Gloucester City tournament wins gave the Bellmawr teams their 13th and 14th championships in the 19 years the fortnight-plus event has been held.
Mayor Frank Filipek echoed the sentiments of the Council members, saying he is very proud of all three teams.
Then, a special presentation was then made to Ryan McColligan, who, as a result of training in life-saving measures, saved the life of a choking victim recently.
McColligan had taken a free class offered by the Bellmawr Fire Department’s EMS division.
Fire Chief Jim Burleigh indicated they would hold two classes each year, with the next one sometime this fall.
He, along with former Station 33 Chief Tom Calhoun, made the presentation to a surprised Mc Colligan.
Honors were then bestowed on Councilwoman Regina Piontkowski, who is retiring from the panel on September 30.
After receiving a bouquet of flowers and a special plaque read aloud by the Mayor, she also received a blessing from the Reverend Carmel Polidano, pastor of St. Rita (Mary, Mother of the Church) Parish.
A tearful Piontkowski said that Bellmawr is a special town.
She leaves Bellmawr Council after over 18 years of service, having joined the panel in May 1994. Her family was also on hand for the ceremony. Her late husband, Andy, also once served on Council.
All of Mayor and Council related their pleasure in working with her in town.
Under committees, Public Safety Director John Bollinger commented on a recent drill, held at the U.S. Postal facility on Benigno Boulevard, in conjunction with the Bellmawr Fire Department, the Borough’s OEM, as well as the Postal Service.
Dave Duncan commented on the ongoing facelift, inside and out, at Borough Hall.
Mr. D’Angelo discussed recent concerns which have been brought to Council’s attention, and then entered an extended discussion on issues involving the condition of the roadway on Apple Avenue.
He informed those residents in attendance that the street is slated to be re-done in late 2013.
Mr. De Angelo reminded residents that the Second Annual Octoberfest will be Saturday, October 20, at the Rec Centre on Creek Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
He also touched on the $40K grant the Borough received, through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, noting a portion of the monies was put toward the streetscaping work on West Browning Road in front of New St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In recent months, a number of Borough resident have made their concerns public, as more have attended the last handful of Council meetings than in months past.
Mr. D’Angelo noted that this is what Mayor and Council need residents to do, in keeping them abreast of goings-on within Bellmawr’s borders.
All business on the evening’s agenda was unanimously approved, including first readings for the following:
Ordinance #09:11-12, which will fund the co-purchase of two utility trucks, firefighter turnout gear, automated license plate reader (PD), and records management software. Some $190,000 will be appropriated, with some $180,500 issued for its financing.
Ordinance #09:12-12, changing language in the Borough Code.
Ordinance #09:13-12, for the 2012 salary ordinance (in title only).
Also, Council passed a resolution establishing a special curfew of 8 p.m. for all juveniles from October 26 to October 31, with a 3 to 8 p.m. window for Halloween trick-or-treating.
The championship softball teams are:
2012 Bellmawr 10U, Coaches Ed Legenski, Michelle Legenski, Karen Tobey and Ken Yurcaba, and players Madison Baldwin, Danielle Campbell, Kira Correll, Kaya Flynn, Cara Forline, Morgan Fries, Alexa Lee, Daliah Leg-enski, Amanda Magpiong, Nicole Morsillo, Nayellie Ortiz, Paige Tobey and Mackenzie Yurcaba
2012 Bellmawr 18U, Coaches Scott Burmylo, Angela Funk, Dave Funk, Joe Helmbold and Chris Morelli, and players Maddy Bekier, Leigh Ann Bro-cious, Taylor Burmylo, Tori Falciani, Kelsey Funk, Samantha Funk, Christina Morelli, Christina Olsen, Layne Olsen, Alyssa Parisi, Ellen Unger, Emily Vit-acolonna and Krista Wells.
The Bell Oaks 14-0 Tri-County Championship Team, Coaches Jamie Casey, Sue Fischer and Mike Mazzucca, Managers Taylor Harper and Ashley Swales, and players Devan Barton, Leigh Ann Bro-cious, Taylor Casey, Megan Dyson, Janelle Fisher, Kaitlyn Flemming, Morgan Fries, Nicole Herner, Karlie Kennedy, Nikita Lee, Daliah Legenski, Brianna Monroe, Layne Olsen, Jasmine Ortiz, Nayellie Ortiz, Paige Sauter, Tatum Siegrest and Emma Stawisuck
For information or questions, contact Borough Hall, at 856-933-1313, or at: bellmawr.com.