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Mayor’s Message — Sergeant promotions and fossil park

Mayor Joann Gattinelli talks historic fossil resources and activities in Gloucester County, while three police officers were promoted to sergeant rank

Three Washington Township police officers were promoted and sworn in as sergeants last week, all having served for at least 13 years. Pictured from left are Sergeants Joe Morici, Brent Keller and Eric Caveng, Chief of Police Patrick Gurcsik, Mayor Joann Gattinelli, Councilman Joseph Perry, Business Administrator Jason Gonter and state Sen. Fred Madden at the swearing in ceremony.

WTPD sergeant promotions

On July 27, I was pleased to swear-in three Washington Township police patrolmen who have been promoted to the sergeant rank. These three gentlemen have shown great skill and work ethic. Our township is fortunate to have Sergeants Joseph Morici, Brent Keller and Eric Caveng on duty with our police department. Each have served for at least thirteen years as police officers in Washington Township and have dedicated their lives to serving the public.

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The families of the officers attended the swearing-in ceremony to celebrate with them, and their co-workers were there to show support as well. Also in attendance were Chief Patrick Gurcsik, Business Administrator Jason Gonter, state Sen. Fred Madden and Councilman Joe Perry. I am grateful to have such a dedicated and hard-working police force in Washington Township and am happy to present these well-deserved promotions, as they will help improve the quality of public safety for our residents and their families.

Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce hosts event at Fossil Park

On July 27, I also attended an entertaining, yet important networking event hosted by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. The Wine and Dig event was held in Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University in Glassboro. Edelman Fossil Park is a former marl pit located off of Route 55 in Mantua Township. The park is home to thousands of fossils from the pre-historic period. Excavators of this park have uncovered fossils of sharks, boney fish, mosasaurs, sea turtles and crocodiles. It amazes me something this unique is accessible to visitors.

I was lucky enough to observe the site and cannot wait for our township residents to explore this unique space that fosters learning. There are plans to implement a museum, visitor center, laboratory spaces, a nature trail, a paleontology-themed playground and social areas. Washington Township and Gloucester County are very lucky to have this right in our back yard. If you would like more information, you may visit Rowan University’s website at http://www.rowan.edu/fossils/.

Joann Gattinelli is the mayor of Washington Township. She can be reached at mayorgattinelli@twp.washington.nj.us.


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