Woolwich Township, NJ


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Gloucester County is set to begin the roundabout construction at the intersection of High Hill and Auburn Road.

For more information, click here to access the Letter to Residents


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.

Alan Schwager-Mayor

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

Adopted 2-21-17 


Boards and Commissions

Welcome to the Woolwich Boards & Commissions

The Woolwich Township Boards and Commissions are listed on this page. If additional information is available for a specific Board or Commission there will be a clickable link at the bottom of the individual Board or Commission listing.

Please note that the Township of Woolwich is grateful to accept applications from residents to volunteer to positions on boards and commissions as they become available.

To access an Application, please click on the following link:


Citizen Volunteer Application

Note: Applicants will be notified via e-mail when positions are vacant, and again when those vacancies are filled.


Business Development Committee:

 The Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee meets once every month.

The Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee will build relationships between the Township of Woolwich, commerce and industry associations and local businesses that encourage an exchange of information, facilitate the growth of existing businesses, promote Woolwich Township as a viable location for new development and investment and enhance the quality of life for residents of the Township.


Nine Member Committee                       Four Year Terms

Member                                                  Term

Sheba Vine                                               1/1/17-12/31/20

Vacant                                                      1/1/14-12/31/17

Sue O'Donnell                                          1/1/15-12/31/18

Juanita Thornton                                     1/1/16-12/31/19

Dan Battisti                                               1/1/16-12-31-19

Jeremiah Hawkins                                   1/1/15-12/31/19

Deborah Margl                                          1/1/17-12/31/20

Peter Gervasoni                                       1/1/14-12/31/17

Joseph Carlemere                                    1/1/15-12/31/18

Committeeman Carleton & Committeeman Battisti, Co Township Committee Liaisons


Swedesboro-Woolwich Joint Environmental Commission:


The Environmental Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The Environmental Commission researches and develops ways in which to promote environmental causes and investigates and remediates environmental concerns.

Woolwich Members

Five Members 3 Year staggered terms    One Alternate 3 Year Term 

Vacant                                                     12/31/16

Carolyn Grasso                                      12/31/17

Ann Dorsett                                            12/31/18

Paula Hasenauer                                   12/31/18

Michael Tunstall                                     12/31/19


Committeeman Schlump, Township Committee Liaison


Joint Land Use Board:

The Woolwich Township Joint Land Use Board is established pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law and has the power to hear and vote upon land development applications.

The JLUB meets on the first and third Thursday of each month when there is an agenda, at 7:00 p.m.

Member                    Member Type           Term                 Term Length

Mayor Alan Schwager                    Class I              1/1/17-12/31/17                   1 Year

Joseph Maugeri                              Class IV            1/1/15-12/31/18                   4 Years

Dep. Mayor Rizzi                             Class III              1/1/17-12/31/17                 1 Year

Matt Blake, DOCD                            Class II              1/1/17-12/31/17                 1 Year

Robert Rushton                               Class IV             1/1/14-12/31/17                 4 Years

Michael Iskander                             Class IV             1/1/16-12/31/19                 4 Years

John Casella                                    Class IV             1/1/17-12/31/20                 4 Years

John Juliano                                    Class IV             1/1/17-12/31/20                 4 Years

Sue O'Donnell                                  Class IV              1/1/16-12/31/19               4 Years

Dave Glanfield                            Alternate #1             1/1/16-12/31/17              2 Years

Beth sawyer                                Alternate #2             1/1/16-12/31/17              2 Years       

Vacant                                         Alternate #3   

Vacant                                         Alternate #4          

Planner  ~ Tim Kernan of Maser Consulting, P.A. - 609-390-1927

Engineer ~ Stephen Nardelli of Fralinger Engineering, P.A. - 856-451-2990

Solicitor  ~ Mike Aimino of Aimino & Dennen, LLC - 856-686-9100


Contact Person 
Tara Simpkins
(856) 467-2666 ext.3107



Open Space Committee and Agriculture Development Committee:


The purpose of this Committee is to review and establish ways and means to guide the preservation of open space and agricultural lands and to help to retain and enhance the farming industry as whole.

Three Year Appointments

 Alfred DiBella, Chairperson                   1/1/12-15-31-17

Jarret Vine                                             1/1/15-12-31-17

Jason Johnson                                       1/1/16-1/31/18

Mark Hasenauer                                     1/1/16-12/31/18

Leslie Viereck                                         1/1/15-12/31/17

Paul Lott                                                  1/1/16-12/31/18

Vacant                  Alternate #1                  1/1/12-12/31/14
Vacant                  Alternate #2                  1/1/11-12/31/13

Dep. Mayor Rizzi, Township Committee Liaison

Meetings are held at 7:00 PM the Second Wednesday of each month at The Municipal Building (120 Village Green Drive)


Swedesboro/Woolwich Parks and Recreation:

The following persons serve as members of the Parks and Recreation Committee whose purpose is to plan and execute community events.

Annual Appointment

Maureen Nieves

Janet Richardson

Janine Mills

Suzanne Powell

Bernadette Noonan

Councilwoman JoAnna Gahrs-Swedesboro Liaison

Committeeman Frank Rizzi-Woolwich Township Liaison

Dave Glanfield



Natalie Matthias, Park Director

Contact Person 

Natalie Matthias 
Woolwich Park Director
(856) 467-2666 ext.3300

Activity Information: 
(856) 467-2666 ext.3300

Meetings are held at 7:00 PM the First Wednesday of each month at the Woolwich Municipal Building. 


Shade Tree Commission-Committeeman Fein Township Committee Liaison

The Shade Tree Commission consists of five members appointed by the Mayor to serve a five year term. The Shade Tree Commission is Established for the purpose of the regulation, planting, care and control of shade and ornamental trees and woody shrubs within the Township of Woolwich and shall exercise full and exclusive control over same.

 Members                                                  Terms

Paul Biester                                              2/1/10-12/31-19

Christina Merola                                     01/01/14-12/31/18

Craig Borrie                                              2/1/13-12/31/17

Vacant                                                      2/1/11-12/31/15

Randy Rossi                                           2/1/10-12/31/16

Nicholas Gattuso Alt. #1                      1-1-13-12-31-17

Alex Stuerer Alt. #2                              1-1-13-12-31-16