Mayor’s message: School safety, upcoming events, and Washington Township App

The weekly message from Mayor Joann Gattinelli

Special to The Sun: Washington Township High School welcomes the resource officers on Aug. 29. From left — Chief Pat Gurcsik, Joe Perry, Ginny Murphy, Jason Bilderback, John Hamilton, Joann Gattinelli, Vince Fulginetti, Tony Leon, Tom DiTullio and Joseph Bollendorf. Bilderback, Hamilton and Fulginetti are new this year.

Safety in our schools

I am happy to report that there have been several new School Resource Officers hired to monitor the schools during the day. Public safety remains a top priority for my administration, which is the reason we worked together with the Board of Education to make sure our schools had extra police presence during the school days. I would like to thank Joe Bollendorf and Ginny Murphy for coordinating this decision with my administration and Chief Gurcsik. I would like to wish all of the students and teachers another safe and productive school year.

Upcoming events

I would like to remind the residents of Washington Township of some upcoming events in the town. As many of you may know, we have been hosting movies in the park and concerts in the Park during the summer months. There is only one more concert scheduled for Sept. 14 so make sure you do not miss it! Another event that is taking place on Sept. 22, is the Harvest Festival, hosted by the Historic Preservation Commission. There is much fun to be had for the whole family including, games, music, food, hayrides, and more!

I am happy to report for the first time, Washington Township will be hosting a craft beer festival that will take place on Sept. 30. Not only will there be beer to enjoy, but the Eagles versus the Tennessee Titans football game will be streamed live at the Washington Lake Park Amphitheater. If that was not enough, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Food Truck and Musical Festival on Oct. 20. For more information on all of our other Township events, visit our website at www.TownshipNJ.com and click on the events tab. I look forward to seeing everyone at these fun-filled events!

Washington Township App

I am happy to announce the Washington Township O-N-E application is now available for download in the App Store and Google Play by searching “Washington Township”. Residents are able to access all of the township information, such as news, events in the park, and participating Shop Washington Township merchants. Not only is the app a source of information and news, but you can also report any dangers that you see around the Township such as potholes, trash not picked up, fallen street signs or debris, etc. Your report will go directly to our department of public works, so they may address the issue in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding the Washington Township app, you can contact my administrative assistant, Alicia Rotella at arotella@twp.washington.nj.us.

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