Weekly roundup: Committee recognizes outstanding citizens, resident gets published

Also, Harrison Township Police Department investigate the theft of a charity jar in local diner

Mayor Louis Manzo (right) swears in new police officer Gregory Germscheid (left), accompanied by his significant other Brooke Hetherington holding the Bible.

At the work session meeting held on Aug. 7, the Harrison Township Committee honored local artist Danielle Brown for her first-place drawing in the 201 Congression Art Competition. Also, a new police officer was sworn in, while the committee authorized a purchase of more than $1 million for a public works storage building. For the first time since prohibition, Mullica Hill will see developments toward liquor consumption and distribution in local business. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Committee honors art, law enforcement at recent meeting

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At last week’s meeting, Mayor Louis Manzo and Harrison Township committeemen recognized local artistic accomplishments, approved police appointments and authorized the purchase of a public works storage building for more than $1 million. Clearview Regional High School student Danielle Brown was honored for her pencil drawing entitled “Room 109,” which took first at this year’s Congressional Art Competition, while Gregory Germsheid was appointed as a full-time police officer for Harrison Township Police Department. Also at the meeting, Manzo and the committee voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a public works storage building, not to exceed the amount of $920,074.

Charity jar stolen from Harrison House Diner

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Harrison Township Police Department was dispatched to the Harrison House Diner, 98 N. Main St., for a theft report. Police said a 27-year-old male from Long Branch removed a white charity bucket from the counter and walked out of the business to a blue Volvo that was waiting outside. Criminal summonses are pending against both subjects.

Author Cindy Madara (right) and illustrator Fran Hughes pose with their newly published book “Ruby’s Peaches,” a story of a young girl and her grandfather living on a peach farm, inspired by the orchards found in Harrison Township.

Local author tells the story of a simpler time through children’s book “Ruby’s Peaches”

Having spent many years of her life working or living on a farm, the simple life resident Cindy Madara enjoyed so much inspired her to share the beauty of her hometown in a children’s book, “Ruby’s Peaches.” Madara tells the story of a young girl named Ruby living on a farm with her grandfather Poppy, transitioning through the seasons of harvesting peaches while she learns to read.

Developments to drink: Restaurants and liquor store to be first in Mullica Hill since prohibition

For the first time since prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, Mullica Hill residents will have the ability to consume and distribute liquor. Not only will residents be able to have an alcoholic beverage in the coming Richwood Town Center, but also at Naples Ristorante and Pizza on Main St., as well as the capability of buying liquor at a new liquor store to be built in the Mullica Hill Commons on Bridgeton Pike.

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