VEGETATIVE COLLECTION FOR TREE DEBRIS
Letter from Mayor Alan Schwager regarding Fair Funding for our Schools
Dear Woolwich Residents,
Over the last several weeks, I have attended multiple meetings and work groups regarding our current unfair school funding situation. I have received numerous e-mails and phone calls urging me to support Kingsway’s FFAC (Fair Funding Action Committee) and their efforts to phase in our fair share of funding over a period of 5 or more years. I have since gone on record that I do not support this plan and want to explain why. Before I do that, I also want to go on record that I fully support signing a petition Kingsway has on their web site taking a different position than the phased funding plan supported by the FFAC. This phased funding plan, is the anticipated outcome coming from the Senate committee that was formed thru SR-100.
Swedesboro/Woolwich and Kingsway Schools have been underfunded since 2010 using the approved formula indentified in the 2008 SFRA (School Funding Reform Act). To send a message to our State legislatures and Governor that we are willing to wait 5 more years to finally receive the funds due our community today is absurd. Woolwich and its residents deserve and demand to be fully funded in the 2017-2018 state budget cycle.
I strongly urge each and every resident to contact our 3rd District Legislatures and demand to be fully funded at once without any further delays. The Legislative District 3 Officials’ phone number for Senator Sweeney, Assemblyman Burzichelli and Assemblyman Taliaferro is (856)-251-9801.
How ironic is it that 40 Senators, 80 Assemblymen and 1 Governor can come together in a matter of months to pass a $.23 gas tax, but fail year after year after year to properly fund the education of our children. Please help me send a message to Trenton that our children should not be less important than our roads and that the time for political posturing, finger pointing and games are over and do the job they were elected to do.
Woolwich Township, NJ
To View Resolution R-2017-61 Resolution of the Township of Woolwich, County of Gloucester, Requesting the Assistance of the State of New Jersey in Addressing the School Funding Issue Faced by the Swedesboro-Woolwich and Kingsway High School Districts click here
On April 2, 1968 the Woolwich Township Police Department (WTPD) was established. Chief Thomas Feldman reported for duty and responded to the first recorded incident, a fatal motor vehicle accident at routes 538 and 322.
Equipped with a radio and a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Chief Feldman worked alone for the next five days until David Stecher joined the force as a part time officer. Soon to follow would be Ugo Canzanese, Albert Stecher, Jr. and Sam Zappala. These five men worked out of what is now the Court Administrator’s Office patrolling Woolwich in a 1963 Ford.
When asked how they rotated shifts Dave Stecher laughs, "Chief Feldman worked eighty percent of the time and I worked the other twenty. There were a lot of drunk and disorderly calls and assaults. I also remember responding to a homicide." Dave recalls the department receiving two bullet proof vests around 1978. "Before that we wore street clothes. We were on duty basically twenty-four hours a day and we shared equipment."
Before becoming the current Chief of Police in Woolwich, Russ Marino also worked as an officer between 1977 and 1985 then returning from 1986 to 87. He recalls the department switching to 12-hour shifts during this time. "The officers carried Smith & Wesson .357’s and patrolled the Township in Chevrolet Impalas."
"I remember a lot of motor vehicle accidents," recalls Marino, "some burglaries and domestic violence cases. Mantua Police Department dispatched all of our calls. You had to dial a seven digit phone number."
Each officer carries a portable two-way radio and is equipped with the necessary safety equipment needed to perform their job. In 1998 the department received an anonymous donation of a Medical Defibrillator, a device used in certain medical emergencies. Currently, seven of the Officers are certified in its use.
In January 2000, Gloucester County began dispatching the department and residents can now dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Previously, a seven-digit phone number had to be used to reach police dispatch.
During the last forty years the WTPD has evolved to meet the demands of a growing Township. The Deparment is now made up of 20 full-time sworn officers who work 12 hour shifts 24/7. These Officers continuously strive to meet the demands of an ever changing profession within an ever changing community. As always, the well-being of the Township Residents is a priority to these officers and keeping up with the growth is a responsibility they take seriously.