Mayor’s Message: Budget meetings, ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive and women owned businesses and women entrepreneur event

The weekly message from Mayor Joann Gattinelli

Budget meetings

I would like to remind residents that there are still some dates left for small group budget meetings for residents to ask any questions they have or to offer any constructive ideas they may have regarding the 2019 municipal budget. We ask that you contact the business administrator’s administrative assistant, Lori Morello to register for your preferred meeting date. Lori can be reached at You can visit our website at for the meeting dates; they will be listed under the “calendar” section.

Also listed on the calendar, you will find two open public budget meetings for all residents to attend on April 1 and April 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.; no sign up is necessary for these two meetings. We look forward to hearing some constructive ideas from the residents of Washington Township.

‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive

For the second year in a row, the Washington Township Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the council room of the municipal building. This friendly competition is back by popular demand. Blood donors must choose which department they would like to “donate” for: team police or team fire. The winner will claim the winners’ plaque, as well as bragging rights for the year! Last year, team police took the win, along with the plaque. Let’s see if team fire can bring home a win this year. We ask if you’re eligible to donate blood, to please consider signing up to donate at and enter the sponsor code: Washington Township BOB. To find out if you’re eligible, you may visit the Red Cross website, or call 1-866-236-3276. One blood donation can save up to three lives. I look forward to seeing residents stopping in to make a difference in people’s lives at Washington Township’s second ‘Battle of the Badges.’ May the best department win!

Women owned businesses and women entrepreneur event

I am pleased to share the date for the second women owned businesses and women entrepreneur event, which will take place on May 9 at Rowan University. This time around, the attendees will be taken on a tour which will be conducted by Jeanne Nevelos, the director of the technology center and the business incubator program. Our goal for this event is to have local business leaders such as bankers, chamber members, owners and financial advisors, speed network with attendees through 15-minute sessions with groups rotating from table to table.

Our hope is to allow women business owners the opportunity to ask questions and obtain information in a dynamic and fun environment. I would like to thank Nancy Mozzachio for coordinating this event and I look forward to meeting all of these inspirational women. Please stay tuned for more information to come in regards to this event.

Joann Gattinelli is the Mayor of Washington Township. She can be reached at