Mayor’s message: Small business Saturday, Shop Washington Township and holiday festivities

Shop small local business Saturday, Nov. 30

We are joining Gloucester County in taking the pledge to shop local this holiday season. On Saturday, Nov. 30 please join us “Shop Local Saturday.” By shopping with us you help promote local job growth and stimulate the local economy. Local businesses provide jobs for Gloucester County residents, including right here in Washington Township. Local employment opportunities create shorter commutes to work, keep dollars earned in the community, reduce strain on social services and enhance the quality of life.

To register please visit: www.co.gloucester.nj.us/depts/e/ed/slsat.asp

Shop Washington Township

I am happy to see the Shop Washington Township program continuing to grow and thrive. Please remember to shop in town to earn property tax credits. My office has been in contact with many business owners who are looking to join the program, and we are excited to see which businesses join next. There have also been a large amount of residents consistently logging in to the property tax card website and registering their cards. If you would like a list of the current participating businesses as well as what rebate they are offering, you only need to visit the website at https://www.propertytaxcard.com/ShopWashingtonTownship/participants. The list of businesses are also on the township website at www.TownshipNJ.com. New residents, please stop by the municipal building information booth to pick up a card and information how it works. Cards were mailed out in January 2018.

Tree lighting

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and on Dec. 7, be sure to join the Washington Township council and I at our annual tree lighting ceremony. We will be offering all of the usual favorites, including hot chocolate and cookies in our heated tent, carols by the WTHS choir, guest appearances by Frosty the Snowman and a few other characters and of course our guests of honor: Santa and Mrs. Claus. I am so pleased to announce a new addition this year: The Christmas village, sponsored by the WT Chamber of Commerce, they we will be hosting different vendors for your holiday shopping needs. This event will occur from 5 to 9 p.m., please join us.

Festival of Lights

New this year for 2019, I invite all residents to join together in celebrating the Washington Township “Festival of Lights” holiday house decorating contest. There will be different awards and prizes for creative themes. If you would like an application you may pick up one in the vestibule at Washington Township municipal building. Also, applications may be completed and printed online at www.twp.washington.nj.us . The deadline for entry has been extended until Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.. Join the fun.

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