SAVE THE STEEPLE fund-raisers at the Mauricetown United Methodist Church have now raised 98 percent of its $175,000 goal. As of early June, $171,769 has been received. To make a donation, send to Mauricetown UMC Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 13, Mauricetown, NJ 08329. Donations can also be made via PayPay at www.mauricetownumc.org
CONGRATULATIONS to Wendra M. of Dorothy who was named a winner in New Jersey’s Heartland May Giveaway. The prize was a $50 gift card to The Spot in Vineland.
RORY MCDERMOTT, of Mauricetown, recently graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. McDermott was also named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.
THE COMMERCIAL TOWNSHIP Environmental Commission and Green Team are sponsoring a long-term recycling project collecting used personal care packaging. Recyclable items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, and floss containers.
Drop-off boxes are located at Mauricetown and Port Norris Post Offices and the two Family Success Centers in Port Norris and Laurel Lake. The collection is in partnership with the non-profit TerraCycle in Trenton which specializes in innovative recycling projects. This recycling effort will keep these items out of landfills. For more information contact the Commercial Township Environmental Commission at its Facebook page or the Commercial Township Clerk’s Office at 785-3100 ext. 310.
THE COMMERCIAL TOWNSHIP Enivronmental Commission reminds residents that it’s turtle season. Residents are encouraged to slow down for turtles, pull over on the side of the road when it’s safe and help the turtles get across in the direction they are heading. Use both hands to hold them at the sides near the end of their shells. Always keep the hands away from their faces, and never pick them up by the tail. It can result in damaged vertebrae.
THE NEW JERSEY Department of Transportation will be starting work on the Route 47 Menantico Creek Bridge. This project will include replacing the bridge and will take two years to complete. It is anticipated that the work will start in 2025 and be completed in 2027.
The purpose of the project is to replace the bridge to address the structural deficiencies and improve functional characteristics/requirements on the bridge.
The structure was built in 1929 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge superstructure and substructure are in poor condition. Additionally, the overall bridge geometry is substandard. Additional planned improvements include: Single span bridge to eliminate in-water piers, improving waterway travel, sidewalk installation, lighting and guide rail upgrades, and addition of shoulders.
During this time there will be nine-month detour in place. For additional information on this project, access the Virtual Public Information Center through Friday, May 26 at www.rt47bridge.com
CHANON STYER of Estell Manor was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Belmont University.
COMMERCIAL TOWNSHIP fourth and eighth grade students recently visited the Mauricetown Historical Society. Students spent their time prior to embarking on their projects for their Annual History Fair in May.
Here they learned about life in Commercial Township and New Jersey in the early and late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the 1830’s Hoy House they observed simple family life around the fireplace including toys for children and tools for laborers engaged in the carpentry and shipbuilding industries along the Maurice River.
At the Edward Compton House Museum, they followed the family of a local sea captain; learned about railbirding and salt hay rope making; saw Lenni Lenape artifacts from our earliest inhabitants; were amazed that a two room schoolhouse with multiple grade levels could be run with one or two teachers; admired period clothing for adults and children.
The Mauricetown Historical Society was established in 1984 with the mission to preserve the culture and historical heritage of life along the Maurice River and its environs. The museum and its attached buildings are open free to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month.
DURING THE APRIL Maurice River Township Committee meeting the Port Norris State Police Barracks reported the following statistics for the prior month. The results cover all the territory for the barracks.
731 class for service, 2,108 motor vehicle stops, 29 motor vehicle accidents, 78 investigations, 243 operations reports, 57 firearms investigations, 28 drunk driver arrests, and 153 school property checks.
ROBBINSTOWN SCHOOL Library, 1628 Main St., Port Norris, will hold the following events in June:
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, upcycle book craft
Regular hours are 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays,Call 785-1900 for more information.
LOUISE E. MOORE Senior Center, 8879 Highland St., Port Norris, will host the following events, in addition to weekday lunches at noon:
Wednesday, June 28
9:30 a.m. rummy
11 a.m. bingo and birthday celebration
Thursday, June 29
10 a.m. coffee and pinochle
Friday, June 30
11 a.m. Pokeno
For more information call 785-9817.
BAYSHORE CENTER AT BIVALVE, The Delaware Bay Museum, The Oyster Cracker Cafe (with a limited menu) and AJ’s Pub will operate from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from noon ot 5 p.m. Sundays.
MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP Community Clean-Up Day. is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Residents may bring trash, brush, appliances, debris and electronics to the Compost Facility, 3790 Rt. 47. Items not permitted include: hazardous materials, paint, oil, antifreeze, tires and construction materials.
NJ’S OFFICIAL Tall Ship A.J. Meerwald will offer public and educational sails along the Delaware River this July departing from Independence Seaport Museum docks at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The cost of a public sail ticket is $50, charters are available as well as educational sails for youth organizations and non-profits. Weekly public sails will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m-noon, 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, and 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Sundays, June 30-July 23. Educational sails are 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and include hands on stations and a river trawl. Also available for youth organizations and nonprofits charter sails available – capacity of 50 passengers
Donations are appreciated and will help support New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, the state’s very own historic oyster schooner. Tickets may be purchased at BayshoreCenter.org
SAVE THE DATE OF Thursday, Aug. 3 for Family Night Out in Maurice River Township. The evening will feature food, vendors, contests, fireworks and community.
SAVE THE DATE of Saturday, Sept. 16 for the Mauricetown RiverFest 2023. The event will feature live music, fine arts and crafts, vendors, food, historic tours and trail walks.
SAVE THE DATE OF Saturday, Oct. 14 for Community Day in Commercial Township. Event will be held noon-5 p.m.