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Harvard freshman Shane Washart, right, accepts congratulations after one of his two victories at the Ivy League Championship at Princeton held in February. The St. Augustine Prep alum helped Harvard win their fifth straight Ivy title. (photo courtesy of The Ivy League)


WAY TO GO SHANE!!!-- Shane Washart,  a Harvard University freshman, and a member of the University’s Swim Team won two distance races for the Crimson in a recent meet at Princeton. Washart won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 8 minutes, 52.09 seconds, and the 1,650 freestyle in 14:47.51. 

Eighteen-year-old Shane and his teammates beat out seven other teams to win the competition. After winning the 1,650 freestyle Washart said, “Without my training group I wouldn’t be able to drop that much time.”

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Before Harvard, Washart was a four-year letter winner in swimming, a member of Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club (2008-20); South Jersey Aquatic Club (2020-21); high school team captain (2020-21);

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Shane Washart
(Harvard U photo)

First Team All-State in the 200-yard freestyle in 2021; First Team All Cape Atlantic four times (2017-21); Third Team All-South Jersey in 2020; St. Augustine Preparatory School 500-yard freestyle record in 2021.


Two-time New Jersey High School Individual State Finalist in 2019 and 2020; Two-time New Jersey High School State Championship Finalist (Team) in 2019 and 2020; New Jersey Cape Atlantic League Champions (Team) in 2019; Swimming Junior National Qualifier from 2019-21.

Head of School Honors List from 2017-21; National Honor Society in 2020-21;  Spanish Honor Society from 2018-21; Scholastic All-American from 2019-21; Hermit Ambassadors Club in 2019-20; Spanish Club in 2019-2020; Completed community service at the Camden, New Jersey Retreat in 2019, and the Cathedral Kitchen Retreat in Camden in 2020; Brother Zachary swims for Duke and Sister Jordan swims for Drexel. 


Washart, a St. Augustine Prep Alum, is from Wenonah. He has a good chance of qualifying for the NCAA Division 1 Championships, being held March 23-26 in Atlanta. He will learn if he made it on March 9, according to The Press of Atlantic City.


He is the maternal grandson of Bill and Carol (nee Bakely) Elenbark, of Deptford. Bill and Carol were born and raised in Gloucester City and are graduates of Gloucester High School.




HOME PRICES SOAR IN CAMDEN CITY AND GLOUCESTER CITY--Real estate prices in the state of New Jersey continue to rise despite the fact the state has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. A recent NJ Advance Media for  article names 25 towns where the cost of homes is soaring. Below are the names of just 10 of those top communities. You'll be surprised to learn in that list there are two of those communities, Camden City which saw the cost of properties increase by 48.9 percent, and Gloucester City which experienced a 36.6 percent surge in real estate cost are both Urban Enterprise Zones and Abbott school districts.

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Check out the article, 25 places in New Jersey where home prices increased the most in 2021




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The annual New Jersey Attorney General report naming police officers in the state who were disciplined has been released. AG Directive 2021-6 required all New Jersey law enforcement agencies to submit to the Attorney General their  “Major Discipline Reporting Form.”  The document names over 350 law enforcement officers statewide, out of 38,000. 

“Major discipline” is defined as terminations, reductions in rank, or suspension of more than five days. 

In the immediate area, the report contains the names of  21 Burlington County officers; 41 Camden County officers, 3 Cumberland County officers, and 10 officers in Gloucester County.

To read the 2021 or 2020 Discipline Report click links below

2021 Major Discipline Report

2020 Major Discipline Report

Download Major Discipline Data in Excel






AN UPCOMING RAMS STAR--The Catholic Star Herald highlights the Diocese’s student-athletes each month. One of those students honored in February was Gloucester Catholic's hockey player Billy Stuski. Since taking over the starting goaltending position, there has been no looking back for Stuski, writes the newspaper's sports writer Mark Zimmaro. The Rams sophomore goalie has posted an 8-3 record, including a 29-save shutout win over St. Peter’s Prep in the first round of the State Non-Public Tournament. Stuski, a South Philadelphia native, has turned aside 285 of 309 shots he has faced for a sparkling .922 save percentage for the Rams. (republished here with permission of The Catholic Star Herald)



RESEARCHERS SEEKING PAULSBORO RESIDENTS--The Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute is continuing its study of the health effects from
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Researchers are seeking Paulsboro residents, both adults and children, to participate in the study.