Happy New Year 2016 Messages

New Year’s Message From Galloway Twp. Mayor Don Purdy

Don Purdy, Mayor of Galloway Twp. NJ
Don Purdy, Mayor of Galloway Twp. NJ

I would like to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and happy new year.  Moving forward into 2016 I’m sure we will be faced with some challenges. This is why we in Galloway Township strive to position ourselves not only for growth but to secure what we already have in place. New opportunities are on the horizon to stabilize Atlantic City, which in turn will help all of Atlantic County. The Galloway Township council is eager to move forward with smart economic growth not only in Galloway but the entire County. Stockton University is one entity promoting positive growth in Atlantic County along with the soon to start aviation park located near the Atlantic City International Airport and the newly opened RDI project at the former Lenox China site. These are just a few projects shedding a positive light at the end of the tunnel. The RDI project alone has brought hundreds of jobs to Galloway Township. The market has caused a significant number of job losses in the area but our hope is with every finished project more local residents will find employment. Galloway Township is in a good budget position for 2016. We hope that the Galloway Township School Board, Greater Egg Harbor Regional School Board and Atlantic County will keep their taxes flat. I look forward to an exciting and positive 2016.

New Year’s Message From Galloway Chief of Police Donna Higbee

Donna Higbee, Chief of Police Galloway Twp. NJ
Donna Higbee, Chief of Police Galloway Twp. NJ

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year. I would also like to thank all of the countless residents and local business owners who took time out of their busy holiday schedules to remember the men and women who work at the Galloway Township Police Department by dropping of food trays, cookies and holiday cards! Your generosity does not go unnoticed or unappreciated!  2015 was the Biggest shop with a cop from Galloway ever! In 2014 we sponsored 14 kids. In 2015 we sponsored 26 kids between the Police Department and a few businesses in town which came out to  a great $111 a child.

New Year’s Message From Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson

Chuck Knutson, Publisher of the Galloway Patriot newspaper and Commander of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team
Chuck Knutson, Publisher of the Galloway Patriot newspaper and Commander of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team

We would like to thank everyone that volunteered to help the community over the last year.  Neighbors doing for each other is what makes a community strong.  2016 will be a great year for Galloway Twp.  The Galloway Patriot will be producing and presenting many great events and the Galloway Twp. Community Services team led by Beth Stasuk with Jen Diluzio, will also be putting together another year of great events.  Galloway Township enjoys a true family community spirit.  Many of our neighbors get involved with coaching, teaching or volunteering.  I would like to ask that everyone in our community take some time in 2016 to make our township even better.  You can volunteer to help with one of the many events planned for 2016 like the Magnus Mud Run or the 4th of July Parade.  There will be other big events like National Night Out, the Halloween events or the Galloway Township Summer Camp.  Volunteers are always needed.  You can also help at the Galloway Senior Center or help keep the community clean.  We all need to stop thinking that someone else will do it and do it ourselves.  Just take a few minutes to make sure your street is free of trash.  If your neighbors see you doing it, chances are they will help as well.  There are so many people in our community that help.  I want to single out a few that are always willing to help.  The Coppola family that has owned and operated Historic Smithville Village for years.  The Coppola family helps with everything.  I am always impressed by how much help they give the community.  Galloway Township Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, is at virtually every event and on countless committees.  He works tirelessly to make our community a better place to live.  Jim and Rebecca Bozarth have been extremely generous by providing facilities at which we can better prepare our sons and daughters that have chosen to join the military prior to their leaving for Boot Camp.  Our new Police Chief Donna Higbee and Township Manager Susan Jacobucci both have a great commitment to the community and have been highly visible as well as helping at many events.  The Galloway Fire Department is always helping out. Galloway Public Works helps at many events. The Cicarelli family at Goodfellows restaurant help out with food and other donations. There are a number of people I could point out.  I want you all to know how grateful we are for your help and commitment to making Galloway an even better, stronger, family community. Happy New Year and we wish you the very best in 2016.

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