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Township police welcome K-9 Vino

That makes four, and the department wants to add another one in the fall The Sun The police department welcomed a new K-9 member to its force at the township council meeting on May 11: a 2-year-old black Lab named Vino. “Vino already fits into our home and he plays with my infant daughter,” said Vino’s handler, officer AJ Franchi. “When he is home, he is a member of the family and when we get to work, he has no problem going to work.” Franchi was born and raised in the township and joined the police department in 2003 with aspirations to become a K-9 officer. He worked with other K-9 partners and saw the benefits of their work firsthand, then became one himself in 2022. “We went through a New Jersey state accredited K-9 training program,” said Franchi. “We trained for 10 weeks, Monday through Friday, for eight hours a day. We worked on his detection for narcotics and I learned how to work with him while he was doing his thing.” During a 10-week at the state’s Police K-9 Association Academy, Vino also trained in the area of missing persons. The dog will be used for the department’s community caretaking, visiting schools and participating in outreach activities like Cool Off with a Cop. HIs public demonstrations will be handled differently given that he was not trained in bite work.

“Our training was shorter because we didn’t do bite work and suspect apprehension,” Franchi explained. “We will do demos, but we will find different ways to do them. He can search and I could easily bring him around the crowd and let people pet him.” The police department’s K-9 program started back in 2002, and it now has five platoons that rotate duties and each have an officer. With the addition of Vino, the department has four K-9s and wants to acquire a fifth K9 in the fall. “The (German) shepherds are a force multiplier, so they get called out to a scene for disbursement or (if) people aren’t being cooperative,” said Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik. “We find that things calm down greatly when a K-9 is with the police officer.” While the department’s current K-9s are trained in narcotics, they cannot be used for drug searches because of their experience with marijuana, whose recreational use is now legal in the state. But according to Gurcsik, the dogs are still used for things like crowd control and missing person searches. “There were a lot of benefits to the town and the police department,” he noted. “Bringing Vino on board helps us to support our community caretaking mission. He is going to be a lot more approachable than a German shepherd. He is working out great in the schools doing community policing.”

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Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik and officer AJ Franchi are shown with the department’s new K-9 Vino at a township council meeting earlier this month.

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Members of the Hurffville Elementary School green club are shown with advisor Tracy Colligan (far left) and principal Dr. Naté Switzer after their solar energy presentation at the township board of education meeting.

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Members of the Hurffville Elementary School Green Club, under the direction of teacher/ advisor Tracy Colligan, shared their research on solar energy with the Board of Education at the Board’s work session on May 17. The PowerPoint presentation was prepared by students Reagan Fritzch, Linzey Boyer, Jimmy Smith and Alyssa Spadafora and provided detailed information about why the District should “Go Solar!” Their fellow “Green Clubbers” also were recognized at the meeting as the Board applauded the students’ interest in being good stewards of the planet

and for seeking ways to provide clean, emission-free renewable energy as a solution to combat greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. They were commended for their conservation efforts and for the persuasive information they shared to support their cause. Members of the Hurffville Green Club include: Matthew Behlau, Blake Boucher, Linzey Boyer, RJ Egan, Reagan Fritzch, Molly Lewis, Ella Martynick, Isabella Mauger, Lyla McCart, Owen McDevitt, Jayla McLean, Jimmy Smith, Alyssa Spadafora and Hannah Thomas.

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Music at Bunker Hill announces its final Season 14 concert, the long-anticipated Trout Quintet, rescheduled after its cancellation in spring 2020. Schubert’s beloved Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout” will be performed by Eugene Drucker, violin; William Frampton, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello; Timothy Cobb, bass; and Gili MelamedLev, piano. This quintet is nicknamed “Trout” because movement four is a set of variations on Schubert’s earlier lie “Die Forelle.” The concert is on June e12 at 3:00 p.m.. e New to the Music at Bunker Hill stage is Susannah Woodruff, dmezzo-soprano, who will sing lthree of Beethoven’s Irish Songs. Woodruff will also sing Drucker’s “Of Troubled Times,” which -puts Music at Bunker Hill in the unique position of presenting music by a living composer who ewill also be performing. Violinwist Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Grammy winning Emerson String Quartet, is ,performer, composer and author. Repertoire: Beethoven: Irish Songs a Drucker: Of Troubled Times Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, no. 1 Schubert: Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout” Music at Bunker Hill’s 2021-22 Season has featured celebrated classical musicians from near and far, with a return to indoor in-person concerts in October 2021. Performers have remarked how much they missed performing for in-person audiences when venues were shut down. The musicians feel a certain energy from a live audience that is missing when they perform for a camera. In keeping with safety guidelines, capacity has been capped at 50 percent, and proof of

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Kindergarten students back to virtual school

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Kindergarten students, whose sending zone is Hurffville Elementary School and who had been attending the Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center, will be attending kindergarten at Hurffville beginning in the 2022-23 school year, Washington Township Superintendent of Schools Joe Bollendorf announced today. All six District elementary schools now will be K-5 and neighborhood-based. The District’s proposed 202223 school budget includes provisions for the purchase of a portable addition that will be placed at Hurffville to accommodate its expanding population. The addition will feature rooms for support services and will be outfitted with bathrooms. All fullday classrooms will be assigned in the main building. Full-day classrooms include regular education and self-contained special education rooms.

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Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center, which formerly housed many kindergarten classes, now will operate solely as a preschool center. Through funding secured through the Preschool Education Aid (PEA), a grant from the New Jersey Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE), the District anticipates housing approximately 250 three and fouryear-olds in 2022-23 at GTECC. It is hoped that increased grant funding will allow the District to further expand its full-day preschool program so that at least 90 percent of eligible families will have access to the program within five years. “As a community, we already are realizing the many opportunities that preschool expansion has provided to our youngest please see SCHOOL, page 5

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School: Students go virtual continued from page 4 learners and their families,” Bollendorf said. “The playbased program is structured to meet the social, emotional, physical, communication and cognitive needs of the students by teaching developmentally appropriate skill areas that are embedded throughout the curriculum. These first steps further strengthen our already thriving and fully integrated kindergarten cur riculum, launching our students on a path of discovery and learning as they become readers, writers, and investigators in a building in which they will flourish through grade five.”

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s reported recently in The Sun, the Washington Township veterans wall will now accept applications for the next phase of inductions, but because of the growing number of veterans eligible, the township will need a second wall. “It started with the recognition of those who fought and gave their lives,” said Mayor Joann Gattinelli. “Their families still live here and they are representing them honorably on the wall.” The news is timely given that Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday. The federal holiday is meant to honor those who have died serving their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it became an official federal holiday in 1971, according to history.org. But let’s face it, Memorial Day is also thought of as the kickoff to summer, a chance for people to head to the Shore, host a barbecue, watch a parade. Or shop: Retailers shamelessly advertise sales timed to the holiday, for all the wrong reasons. The true meaning of the holiday has gotten lost. While the intent of Memorial Day was to honor those who died in ser-

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vice, we’ve associated it for years with all veterans, thus the names to be added to the Washington Township wall, an effort supported by local businesses. (Veterans Day in November officially honors all living vets and current service members.) The holiday began as a way to honor those lost in the Civil War, but as America fought in other wars, the holiday evolved to commemorate personnel who died in all conflicts, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, history.org notes. But how we’ve evolved is less important than what we can do to honor the military’s men and women. Flags are planted at military posts. Wreaths are laid at graves. Towns celebrate with the aforementioned parades and other ceremonies. Here are some ways you can celebrate the intended meaning of Memorial Day in the area. Dates are May 30 unless otherwise noted: – The Glassboro Memorial Day pa-

rade will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at University Boulevard and Lehigh Road. A solemn ceremony will be held at Town Square Veterans Memorial Plaza. – Medford’s annual Memorial Day parade will happen at 11 a.m., beginning at Memorial Middle School on Mill Street and ending on Main Street. The event will include a 21gun salute and flag raising. – Swedesboro’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Woolwich firehouse. Flag services will take place there and at the war memorial in front of borough hall. – Through July 4, Haddonfield is hosting Project Poppy, an art installation at the high school in memory of soldiers who died. The red poppy has been a symbol of lives lost since World War 1. In advance of Memorial Day on May 27, the Battleship New Jersey in Camden will host a twilight adult guided tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $15 for battleship members. Any one of these events counts as a true tribute to America’s fallen soldiers. Let’s keep that in mind.

Mayor’s message: Upcoming events and activities Proclamation At the May 11 Council Meeting, the Township Council and I designated the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Present to accept the Proclamation was Lori Samilson, of Congregation B’Nai Tikvah Beth Israel. Jewish American Heritage Month acknowledges achievements of American Jews in the fields of sports, arts, entertainment, medicine, business, science, government, military service, music and

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more. It’s an annual celebration of Jewish Americans who have helped weave the fabric of American history, culture and society. A month reaffirm our commitment to never compromise our steadfast support for the Jewish community, our rejection of anti-Semitic bigotry, and our disdain for malicious attacks of hatred. We give thanks for the profound contributions that Jewish Americans continue to make to our society, and way of life. We honor their spirit and resiliency during Jewish

American Heritage Month and celebrate the myriad of ways they enrich our country and the world.

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Whitall Flower Show will display native species County heritage commission is one of the event’s sponsors

By DANIELLE DEANGELIS The Sun Join the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the county’s Parks and Recreation and Certified Gardeners to welcome the colors of summer at the annual Whitall Flower Show on June 5 at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. “Native plant species will be available for sale, tours will be given of the Whitall House and the gardeners will be presenting workshops as well,” said Erika Gardner, administrator of the commission, which will display plants at Whitall House. Local residents will also be able to tour the Whitall House’s garden, which is maintained by a group of volunteers. Gardening workshops hosted by the Certified Gardeners will help answer

questions regarding gardens and lawns and art sessions will be led by local artists Carol Schottenfeld and Cassidy Coolgan. The heritage commission is an advocate and resource for the arts in South Jersey that hosts art shows across the region displaying the work of local residents. The 18th-century James and Ann Whitall House has been standing since the American Revolution and was once used as a hospital. The county acquired the house and grounds in 1904 and named it Red Bank Battlefield Park. The historic county landmark hosts tours throughout the season as well as other summer events. Family History Day will be held on June 26 and the outdoor event will focus on baseball history, with a vintage baseball demonstration and displays of vintage game uniforms, equip-

ment and other memorabilia. Guests can learn the importance of bees and pollinators at the battlefield’s butterfly festival on July 16. Tours of the butterfly house, free classes, a bug parade

and other family fun activities will be free from noon to 4 p.m. The free Whitall Flower Show takes place from noon to 4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. For

more information on that and other upcoming events at the Whitall House, call (856) 307-6456. For more information on the heritage commission, visit rcsj. edu/cultural.

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Noto, Remaly take on more responsibility for Pioneers Single-game program record set at first-round playoff game against Northern Burlington By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Following the graduation of senior Hailey Russo at the end of last school year, Clearview girls lacrosse head coach Megan Conklin emphasized getting more players involved on both ends of the field this year. As one of the top players in the state, Russo scored a staggering 109 goals last season for the Pioneers, nearly 37 percent of their total last year. Following her departure, Conklin looked forward to seeing as many players as possible step into larger roles. “We felt like our biggest strengths coming into the season were going to be us being unified as a team and having everyone really contribute,” Conklin said. “It’s important for every player to know that they are contributing and that we need them too as well.” By design, Clearview has seen a more well-balanced stat sheet in terms of goals and assists so far this season. While stats don’t tell the whole story, the long-time Pioneers head coach said it has reflected a season in which various players have accepted and thrived with new responsibilities. Senior Ashely Noto stepped up as the leading scorer, with a team-high 73 goals during the regular season. She contributed three more in the team’s firstround NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 tournament victory over Northern Burlington.

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Clearview senior Ashley Noto (above center) leads the Pioneers in goals this season having taken on a larger role on the field. Noto and many others have stepped up to create a well-balanced attack in 2022.

Noto was the team's fourthhighest scorer last season, behind two seniors and thensophomore Ryan Remaly. In preparing for this year, she felt confident enough in her own game to perform when the time came, though she had to be mentally ready to take on the larger offensive role. “It was a lot of mental preparation for me I felt like before this season started, just knowing

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that we had a spot that had to be filled and I couldn’t be as much of an observer as I was last year,” Noto said. The senior looked forward to her 100th career goal at some point during this season, a feat she accomplished near the end of April in Clearview’s 16-0 victory over Timber Creek. But more important, Noto said, has been the team’s aforementioned well-balanced attack.

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“I didn’t anticipate myself being the leading scorer for us this season,” she added. “I am shocked at how well balanced it’s kind of been for us throughout the season. Everyone’s done a great job in terms of contributing. It surprised me in such a good way.” Now a junior with Clearview, Remaly has also grown in her role this year. Russo took the bulk of the team’s draws last

season, a job that is now mainly split between Remaly, senior Mary Moraca and junior Mia Martorano. Remaly has had the lion’s share of the draws, while remaining the team's secondleading scorer for the second consecutive year. Regardless of who was graduating in 2021, Remaly was confident she and her teammates would continue a winning tradition at Clearview this year. “We knew we had big shoes to fill with the seniors that graduated last season, but we were able to come into this season and get everyone a role on the team and working well together pretty early,” she said. The bond Remaly and her teammates have developed this season – something most coaches hope will happen – has transcended their sport, meaning the Pioneers play for each other perhaps more than ever. “It’s not just about lacrosse, it’s about building bonds and friendships and a sisterhood on the field,” Remaly said. “We have plenty of time to find ourselves and work together on the lacrosse field, but we’ve made sure to find time to do that off it as well.” The Pioneers’ recent firstround victory over Northern Burlington also included a bit of history: In the waning minutes of the game, sophomore Avery Roberts broke the program’s record for assists in a single game, with seven, after she assisted four goals to four teammates in the first half.

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Mills, Brown lead Minuteman to GCC title Washington Township edges out Delsea for first title since 2008 By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Junior Kanye Mills and sophomore Yashahya Brown have formed a strong duo in hurdles for Washington Township. Both secured the top spots in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles at the Gloucester County Championships earlier this month, with Brown winning the 110 and Mills the 400. The two were also on the winning 4x400-meter relay team, responsible for an identical 28 team points at the county meet won by the Minutemen after they scored 119 team points. Delsea finished second with 109 points and Deptford (62), Kingsway (60) and Williamstown (41) rounded out the top five. As might be expected, having a teammate to practice alongside each day in both hurdle events led to tremendous growth for Mills and Brown and allowed them to push each other while perfecting their form and technique. Just a year ago, it felt like a very different story. “I felt like I was chasing after [Kanye] in both hurdle events all last season,” Brown said. “I was trying as hard as I could just to get next to him in races.

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The Washington Township boys track team edged out Delsea for the Gloucester County Championship earlier this month, scoring 119 team points for the team’s first county title since 2008.

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can finish first, and that brings the best out of us,” he added. A year apart in age, Mills and Brown started their first season on the track the same year: The former was a freshman at Triton before he transferred to the township and joined the Minutemen in 2021. The task of doing both hurdle events – which come with a varied distance and greater height in the high hurdles – has significant challenges. But overcoming both the physical and mental obstacles, Mills said, has been enjoyable. “It’s really fun (and) … at the same time, I feel like it makes you get even better even though they’re kind of different,” Mills said. “The relationship [Brown] and I have is great; we keep pushing each other to get better and hit new times.” The recent Gloucester County Championship title was the Minutemen's first since 2008, and head coach Chris Mitchell said it was a big thing to finally reclaim. The team's recent success, he added, can be attributed to the development of a full team across all areas of track and field. “We’ve always had a good program and good athletes, but we’ve never seemed to have a full team,” said Mitchell, who’s in his ninth season as head coach. “I knew coming into this year though that this could be a different season, and I give a lot of praise to football coach Mike Schatzman, because he’s done a good job tearing down a wall that was between the football and track team and helped encourage football players to come out. “And that’s helped us the past few years.”

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Playoff ready: Williamstown peaks at just the right time Recent Gloucester County title has Braves playing their best of late By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Following a midseason injury to senior Christian Ramos that sidelined the experienced setter for nearly three weeks, the Williamstown boys volleyball team had a noticeable rough patch in its schedule. After starting the season 5-0, the Braves went 2-5 over their next seven games, causing them to drop from contention in defending their 2021 TriCounty Conference title. But the Gloucester County tournament offered Williamstown the opportunity to show that its 5-0 start better reflected the team’s abilities than its midseason struggles. Despite splitting the season series with both Kingsway and Clearview entering the tournament, Williamstown defeated both and emerged victorious as the first Gloucester County champions since the tournament was last held 2018-’19. And as the postseason nears, head coach Mark Avery said the Braves seem to be playing their best volleyball yet. “I think now we’re starting to play some of our best volleyball of the season,” Avery said. “The county tournament was really an opportunity for us to test ourselves, and I challenged the guys to focus on that when it was upcoming. And it’s something they really grabbed a hold of, since it was something tangible that we could grab to show ourselves that we’re as good as we think we are.” Senior Jesse Garczynski has emerged as Williamtown’s top outside hitter this year with a team-high 130 kills so far. The senior was named MVP of the recent county tournament after racking up 20 kills and nine

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The Williamstown boys volleyball team recently won the Gloucester County title after defeating both Clearview and Kingsway. The teams split the season series entering the tournament.

digs between the two games against Kingsway and Clearview. According to Avery, Garczynski spent the bulk of the season last year with the JV squad, something that can be a tough pill for a junior to swallow. Having been blocked by several big names on the varsity squad last year, Garczynski spent his time at JV perfecting his game and looked forward to getting his shot this season.

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“He’s kind of been able to play all over the court due to his size, but he’s been dead set on being an outside hitter,” said Avery. “And I give him props, because he worked really hard at it and brings too much for me to not have him on the floor with what he’s able to do. “He’s such an option for us now,” the coach added. “He's brought his game to such a different level, that we have to get

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him the ball in games.” The journey was a tough one for Garczynksi: As much as he wanted to play varsity last year, he took the opportunity to instead work on his passing and refine other skills to prepare for senior year. Having played such a big role in his team's Gloucester County win, Garczynski has come full circle. “It was frustrating last year to be honest,” he said. “But we had a great team last year, so

I understood it. Now to have [won MVP this year], it’s honestly not something I expected or thought of at all. I feel really honored to have that title. “Coming off a season last year where I didn’t see as much playing time on varsity as I wanted to, and now to have won this, it definitely makes me really proud of myself and what our team was able to do,” Garczynski added. What the team’s been able to do this season after starting hot with plenty of new faces – and rebuilding chemistry all over again following Ramos’ ankle injury – was no small feat. It’s been noticeably different, Ramos said, but the team’s dedication has kept players in high spirits all season. “It’s definitely a different atmosphere now, but with the new members we had on the team to start this season, I felt like we adjusted pretty quickly,” he said. “We had that fivegame win streak, and if I had stayed healthy, I felt like we could’ve kept it going.” Like his coach said, the Gloucester County tournament offered Ramos and his teammates a chance to prove their worth against several tough conference opponents the Braves felt they could have beaten earlier in the season. So motivation for the tournament couldn’t have been higher. With playoffs approaching, Williamstown seems to have peaked at just the right time. “That tournament got us pumped up going in, and now that we were able to win that, now we’re poumped up for the playoffs,” Ramos said. “The tournament showed us that we’re better than what some of our games earlier this season reflects, so on the right day with us all clicking, any game can be a good one for all of us.”

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Mayor: News and events continued from page 6 -Pints in the Park Beer Fest, due to unforeseen circumstances, JMK Events & The Pints in the Park staff regretfully announce that this Saturdays, 5/19 Pints in the Park Beer Fest in at Washington Lake Park is being rescheduled to Sunday, July 31. We want to apologize to all of our ticket holders for any confusion and inconvenience. If you are a ticket holder, your ticket is valid for the new date or a refund. We also want to apologize to Washington Township and thank them for their patience and understanding. We appreciate them working with us to bring this festival to the public at a later date in beautiful Washington Lake Park. We look forward to a fun filled time of great craft beer, music, food and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you on July 31. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the promoter at jmkevents@aol.com

or Lisa Collins our municipal events coordinator at 856-2377903. -The Washington Township Municipal Building will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. -Our summer hours will start on June 3, through September 2, WT Administration offices will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Fridays. -Washington Township Senior Center members, please be on the lookout for the date of our 2nd annual Spring into Summer event. My Administration and I, are so excited to host this event If you have any questions, please contact Lori Morello Director of Senior Affairs at (856) 589-0520, ext.2287

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