Mayor’s Column — Check out Voorhees Township’s newly designed website

Visitors to the site will experience a completely new look and feel along with many increased capabilities

In and ongoing effort to keep our residents informed and to provide easy access to municipal services, Voorhees Township has launched a new website. While the township’s web address remains the same, www.voorheesnj.com, visitors to the site will experience a completely new look and feel along with many increased capabilities.

The website was redesigned with a focus on providing our residents, visitors and businesses the ability to easily and quickly find township information and answers. The website features a more expanded user friendly events calendar. Visitors to the website can get the latest Township news and information along with the weekly Mayor’s Column.

The redesigned website also enhances the township’s efforts at providing greater transparency. Township committee meetings, planning board meetings, zoning board meetings and all other meetings of our boards and commissions are posted on the calendar in advance to encourage public involvement. Township Committee meetings are also streamed on the site to. For our esteemed veterans, there is a link providing information about local benefits, local organizations and honors. Local businesses are listed by category and their websites are available to allow a direct connection.

In addition, in an effort to offer our residents multiple options to stay connected with the township, we have a Facebook page with almost 2,500 followers, our Township App (Voorhees Township ONE), a Twitter account (Voorhees Twp), Instagram (Voorhees Twp) and Nixle, which allows our residents to be informed timely about local emergencies, road closures, police activities and community events.

**The Voorhees Township Public Schools, in partnership with the Voorhees Township Police Department, is hosting the Steered Straight Parent Academy at the Voorhees Middle School Theater on Wednesday, May 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The free program will educate parents about the latest drug trends, symptoms and signs, skills for speaking with your children about drugs and advice to assist in preventing drug and alcohol abuse.

**The Voorhees Schools Color Fun Run will be held on Friday, May 19, at Connolly Park. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the run begins at 6:30 p.m. Money raised from the event will help support technology and enhancements at VMS, ET Hamilton, Osage, Kresson and Signal Hill Schools. There will be music by Just Call Dawn DJ and other post run fun! For more information, visit www.voorheesk12.nj.us.

**The Animal Welfare Association will hold its “Paws & Feet 5K Run and Walk & Doggie Fun Day” on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School. The day includes live music, food, activities and games for the entire family. For more information, visit www.awanj.com

**The Voorhees Police Department will be conducting the annual free Bike Rodeo on May 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Virtua Hospital Parking Lot D. This program will help your children ride with more confidence and will include training on crossing intersections, exiting driveways, getting around obstacles, staying visible to cars and more. The Bike Rodeo features age appropriate stations allowing kids to improve their bike skills under the supervision of adult volunteers.

**The Ninth Annual Alicia Rose Victorious 5k Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, May 21. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk will start at 10 a.m. at Virtua Hospital, 200 Bowman Dr. in Voorhees. Cost is $30 for participants 19 and older and $15 for ages 5 to 18. The ARVF installs Teen Lounges in hospitals throughout the world. For more information, visit www.victoriousfoundation.org.

**The Chad Gunther Memorial Fund is presenting “A Night at the Ballfield” at the Lions Lake Softball Complex on Sunday, May 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. This free event will include food and prizes along with softball games with Bancroft Special Olympics, Voorhees Girls All Stars and Bancroft Volunteer teams. This picnic will offer fishing, horse shoes, bean bag toss, badminton, whiffle-ball and more. The event is made possible through the generous support of the Ravitz Family Shop Rite, Rosenblatt Roofing, BJ’s of Voorhees and Maple Shade and Third Base Sports.