NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

Mrs. Stella Celmer, of Runnemede, Member of the Polish Club and Runnemede Senors

LETTERS TO EDITOR: Gloucester City School Board Candidate Joe Schili Seeks Your Support

To the residents of our community,
As you are all aware, the November 4th election is rapidly approaching.  I'd like to taken an Get-out-voteopportunity to introduce myself and seek your support for the Board of Education election slated for Nov. 4th in our community.  My name is Joseph Schili, a fourth generation and lifelong resident of our city.  I am also fortunate to be a third generation public servant for our city as a 22 year veteran firefighter of the city's fire department. Over the past 24 years I have faithfully served the public in the capacity of an EMT, firefighter, police officer, paramedic and medevac flight paramedic.  Additionally, I had been assigned to the State's urban search and rescue team; New Jersey Task Force 1, and had worked in NYC at the World Trade Center after September 11th. 
I consider myself a lifelong student and have previously held an adjunct faculty position with the Atlantic - Cape Community College and currently hold an adjunct faculty position with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in emergency medicine.  Over the past several years I have been published in a number of magazines, periodicals and journals, presented and lectured at international, regional state and local conferences and hold a regional faculty position in an internationally recognized emergency medicine course which covers a six state region.  I am active in teaching and/or instructing a number of courses to emergency services personnel in our region.  The members of my team have been recognized for performance in the line of duty on a number of occasions and this past year I was honored by the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics as the recipient of the "Tim Hynes Award", formerly known as the flight paramedic of the year award, which "recognizes exemplary abilities in leadership, education and safety within the paramedic profession".  I have been blessed not only for the organizations for whom I work but also the individuals and teams I have been fortunate to work with.  I hope to work shoulder to shoulder in the future with the members of our community's board of education for the benefit of our children and community.
As a resident and employee of our city, with a son that will be entering the school system in the near future, I have a vested interest in our community, it's youth and our future.  My goal is to work to see to it our children have the tools they need to succeed in a safe and secure environment and that the educational administration and staff have the equipment and resources they require to meet this goal. Our community has always been identified as "hard working, blue collar" and I bring this work ethic to any project I undertake because, at the end of the day, we all want what is best for our community and I feel it is our duty to invest in our children's future.
Thank you for your time in reading this and please remember to exercise your right to vote.
Joseph L. Schili