Mayor’s Message: Updates on outdoor dining, municipal services

Mayor Joann Gattinelli also invites seniors to attend Gloucester County's free fan distribution next week.

Outside Dining in Washington Township

On June 15, more than 15 restaurants opened their doors for outdoor seating and more are on the way. I witnessed patrons joyfully sitting outside to enjoy wonderful food and service from our great restaurants. Please make a reservation and support our local businesses.

We continue to provide guidance to nail salons, hair salons barbers and other personal care businesses in preparation for their openings on June 22. Please continue to check our Washington Township O-N-E app for new notifications, guidance and other news from the governor or email our Economic Development Consultant Nancy Mozzachio at nmozzachio@twp.washington.nj.us to sign up for our business newsletter.

 

WT Senior Citizens

The Gloucester County Division of Senior Services will hold its annual “Keep Cool” fan distribution on Wednesday, June 24. The distribution will take place at the Gloucester County Senior Services Offices located at 115 Budd Boulevard, West Deptford from 1 to 3 p.m. Gloucester County seniors will receive a fan at the front of the Budd Boulevard office free of charge. After June 24, fans will be available for curbside pick-up by contacting senior services at (856) 384-6900.

Due to the limited number of fans, and under the guidelines set forth by the Older Americans Act, fans are distributed to seniors 60 years and above. These seniors must have proof of ID showing a Gloucester County mailing address and date of birth. Seniors must show Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) or Medicaid card to show low income. Those who received a fan from senior services in 2019 are not eligible to receive one this year and one fan per household will be distributed.

Any Washington Township seniors interested in the program can reach out to Director of Senior Programs and Community Affairs Lori Morello at (856) 589-0520, ext. 287.

 

Municipal News: Parks and Municipal Building

Pavilion rentals at Washington Lake Park will resume on July 1. The park staff has begun accepting applications. Applications can be printed on the Township website at www.TownshipNJ.com. Blank copies are available at the park office as well. The office is located in Washington Lake Park, Parking Lot D. The rentals will be taken through the concession stand window during week days and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ring the doorbell next to the window upon arrival.

Summer events will be held at the Washington Lake Park Amphitheater unless otherwise noted. In the event of rain, the movies will be held the next evening. Concerts either have a scheduled rain date or will be posted upon cancellation. For cancellations and more event information, visit the township website at www.TownshipNJ.com.

The municipal building is now open to residents. Visitors entering the municipal building will be manually signed in and out and will be provided a numbered visitor’s pass. It will be color-coded according to department and you will be instructed to return the visitor’s pass to the reception area prior to exiting the building. This will help direct the flow of traffic.  Please follow directional arrows, exit signs and social distancing markers as they will be placed strategically at the front entrance and throughout the entire building to remind and encourage all employees and visitors to maintain a social distance of six feet apart.

A face mask or face covering is required to be worn at all times upon entering the building and in all shared spaces such as hallways, restrooms and offices. This is required for both employees and any permitted outside visitors. The township will adhere to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as state and local orders. In some cases, the township may have requirements in addition to these guidelines in order to provide increased precautions and safety measures. These are subject to change at any time as guidelines evolve, and I will keep you informed of any changes. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we adjust to the new changes.

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