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SPARACIO RETURNS FROM SERVICE IN KUWAIT
includes excerpts from article written by Don E. Woods | South Jersey Times
Days after returning from deployment with the Air National Guard, Joseph V. Sparacio started a different kind of public service by being sworn-in to Deerfield Township Committee."My family has been here for the last 100 years and I want to be here for the time forward," he said. "It's time to do my part in the community."
He started deployment to Kuwait after winning
the primary election in June and, despite not even being in the country
for the election, managed to be the top vote getter in the 2014 election
for Deerfield Township.
Because he was on the other side of the world,
Sparacio didn't know he won the election until the next day.
He was sworn-in to committee during Wednesday's
meeting by Cumberland County Freeholder Carman Daddario.
Sparacio joined the Air National Guard just out
of high school when he was 18. That was nine years ago. He is now a
station captain and works as a firefighter.
He returned a week ago, to the delight of his
He wasn't here for the reorganization meeting last January so this meeting was an opprtunity for a more formal ceremony for the public to witness.
Sparacio is also a local business owner with
Maple Valley Nursery.
|COSMO LAURELLA IS ELECTED MAYOR IN 2015|
On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the Township Committee conducted its
annual reorganization meeting. Long-time Township Committeeman Cosmo
Laurella was elected by his fellow Committeemen as Mayor. He was sworn
in by Township Solicitor Michael Testa.
John Stanzione, who served as Mayor in 2014 was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor. Committeeman Frank Spatola was sworn in to a new three-year term on the Township Committee. Stanzione was sworn in in by County Clerk Celeste Riley and Spatola was sworn in by Solicitor Mike Testa.
"I congratulate Frank Spatola for his re-lection, John Stanzione for selection as Deputy Mayor and look forward to welcoming newly elected Committeeman Joseph V. Sparacio to the Committee when he returns from his Air National Guard deployment in Kuwait, said Mayor Laurella.
He also thanked the Committee for putting their trust in him by selecting him as Mayor. Mayor Laurella noted projects accomplished in 2014 including new landscaping at the municipal hall thanks to Boy Scouts and other volunteers, improved security in the municipal building with cameras added and repaving of Cedar Street.
He thanked public works employees and office staff and other employees and volunteers for their good work for the Township. He said in 2015 the Township will purchase a new rescue truck for Rosenhayn Fire and Rescue to replace one 15 years old, will sell the former Carmel Fire Hall and do all they can to keep local purpose taxes low.
He ended by thanking his wife Doris for all of her support as he has served on the Township Committee for 26 years.
|Breakfast with Santa Photos 2014|
2014 Township Reorganization Meeting Held Jan. 7 --
2014 Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Recreation Committee
Thanks to Melody Montgomery for the great photos.
Business Meeting in Deerfield Township a Success!
The Cumberland Development Corporation (CDC) and Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) partnered with Deerfield Township Committee to presented one of its series of free business training and information meetings in Deerfield Township on June 11.
Business owners, employees, public officials and representatives of CDC and BACC attended the business information meeting. The Deerfield Township meeting was sponsored by Fulton Bank of New Jersey.
In Deerfield Township, the business meeting was opened by Mayor Frank R. Spatola, Jr. and Chamber Chairman Frank T. Harris, Sr. Deerfield’s Deputy Mayor Rob Montgomery introduced the two local businesses that were spotlighted at the meeting. Russell Automotive was represented by Alvin Russell, owner, and BRECO, Inc. also known as Bridgeton Restaurant Equipment Co. was represented by Ernie Hutchinson, owner.
Russell highlighted his expansion and the need for businesses to stay up to date on changes in their industries and to encourage employees to grow in knowledge of and satisfaction with their jobs. Hutchinson commented on his company’s growth and expansion related to the growth of WaWa stores here and in other states. Innovation and excellent service were sighted by him as keys to business success.
Jody Hirata of The BACC Board and Century Savings Bank talked about these items especially the partnership with Cooperative Business Assistance Corp. for alternative loans. Howard Henderson, NJ Director of U.S.D.A. Rural Development explained his agency and its role in community and economic development in the rural areas of New Jersey.
Christie DiLeonardo of Cumberland County One-Stop Center and the Cumberland / Salem County Workforce Investment Board told the
participants about the services available to employees and employers through their offices and through services provided by partners like Cumberland County College, Cumberland County Technical Education Center and Cumberland Salem Workforce Education Alliance.
Information about the Direct Install Program called South Jersey Energy Service Plus was presented by Robert Senski. This includes energy efficiency audits for businesses and municipalities and up to 70% grant funding for the purchase and installation energy efficient lighting and other equipment.
Click here for a PDF version of this Deerfield Township Business meeting notice.
AS MAYOR IN 2011
COSMO LAURELLA SELECTED AS DEPUTY MAYOR
CAROL MUSSO SWORN IN TO A NEW TERM ON TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
Deerfield Township School Student Council Helps Animals
Student Council members from Deerfield Township School are collecting items and gift cards for local animal shelters in need. During tough economic times donations and supplies are down while numbers at the shelters increase.
The Council members are adamant about helping animals and have already sent the C.C.S.P.C.A. a donation of $100 back in October.
The school iheld an assembly on February 10th given by The Cumberland County S.P.C.A. to help support their efforts and boost awareness for this collection drive.
If anyone would like to donate items they can be sent in with any Deerfield Twp. School student or dropped off during regular school hours. The Student Council is headed by Mrs. Lisa Trexler M.Ed and Ms. Meghan Mosley M.Ed.
For more information, contact
Deerfield Twp. School,
Pictured from left to right are the D.T.S. Student Council officers: Cebreice Edwards: Vice President, Edenise Garcia: President, Brooke Travis: Treasurer, Mrs. Lisa Trexler: advisor, and Heidi Helriegel: Corresponding Secretary. Missing from the picture is Giavanna Visconti: Recording Secretary.
Deerfield School Celebrating 50th Anniversary
Deerfield Township School is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its opening this school year. As part of the celebration second grade teachers Eileen Morris and Laura DiPrima collected baby pictures from each staff member, scanned them and put of a display entitled “50 Years of Great Educators.” Students and staff have been asked to identify each baby. It seems like only yesterday that this school opened, putting all Deerfield k-8 students in one building for the first time.
The celebration continues this year.
Grant to resurface Maple Street
Thursday, December 18, 2008
By JOE GREEN of The News of Cumberland County
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the township a
$137,200 grant to resurface Maple Street between Morton Avenue and Kenyon
The release heralds the grants as "a move that will create jobs and help keep
property taxes in check." "Rebuilding the state's infrastructure, from roads to
bridges to mass transit, is going to be central to both getting us out of the
recession and positioning New Jersey to take advantage when the economy
recovers," Corzine is quoted as saying in the release. The DOT supplies 75% of
the grant funds upon awarding a contract and 25% when the project is finished.
The township committee also approved a list of 12 Carmel Volunteer Fire
Company members qualifying for monetary benefits based on years of active
service for 2007. The Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) provides income
benefits to volunteer responders like firefighters and emergency medical
technicians (EMT's) for investment options of the recipient's choice. These may
include investments like mutual funds or annuities.
From the ashes rises a new Starbound gym
taken from The News of Cumberland County, www.nj.com
After two and a half years in a kind of exodus, Starbound Gymnastics Academy
has found a place to settle again.
The setup was just beginning to take shape Tuesday, with all the trappings of a gymnastics training facility stacked or lined up throughout. Mats of every type and size were piled high. Bars, horses and springboards - frightening prospects to a non-gymnast - had yet to be placed. The owners and staff hope to open the facility Jan. 5, Middlekauff said.
She said Starbound has about 200 clients. An additional 50, she said, seek to
come back now that the academy is back in town.
But that was too far away for some customers, Middlekauff said.
Corrine Wright is a 1985-86 alum of the U.S. national team and a former
Division I competitor at the University of Georgia.
Setting up anew was also something new to her. "This is the first time
I've ever helped build a gym," Wright said. Starbound offers field trips and
other recreational activities for children. Some groups involved are Girl Scout
troops and home schooling students, said co-owner Lisa Battavio. The variety of
activities reflects the staff's theory that gymnastics reaches into lots of
Kids learn much about dedication and physical fitness, Battavio said. She added that they also make new friends and achieve a degree of socialization. Starbound also has three rental properties the owners hope to offer for dance instruction.But the owners and staff are thankful enough to be home in a new building. "We want to thank everybody for their support over the past two and half years," Battavio said.
She's especially grateful to contractor Leigh Marcello of Vineland-based
Trimark Building Contractors, who has readied the academy's new building."He has
worked above and beyond to help make this facility a reality," Battavio said.
|Two Hundred People Attend Dedication Ceremony for Senior Center and Community Room in May 2007|
Two hundred people joined the Deerfield Township Committee in honoring
Charlotte Brago and Louis Pizzo on May 6, 2007 at the Municipal Building on
Landis Avenue here.
Speakers at the tribute included Mayor John Stanzione, Deputy Mayor Cosmo Laurella, Township Committee members Carol Musso and Laura Pizzo, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Cumberland County Freeholders Douglas Rainear and Mary Gruccio, former Township Committeeman Anthony Stanzione, Charlotte Brago and Tina Bidic.
The ceremony included ribbon cuttings and unveiling of signs for the Charlotte Brago Senior Center and the Louis Pizzo, Sr. Community Room, dedication of photo collages for the two rooms honoring Mrs. Brago and Mr. Pizzo, dedication of an honor roll of those who served on the Township Committee from 1897 to 2007 and fellowship and refreshments.
Both honorees were joined at the ceremony by many family members and friends.