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Camden County Driving Range to re-open Friday

(Pennsauken, NJ) – The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River Park will re-open on Friday, May 22, for the first time since being required to close by an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in April. Yesterday, May 18, Governor Murphy signed a new order allowing certain outdoor activities to resume, including batting cages, horseback riding, and driving ranges.

“The Driving Range is an excellent candidate for early re-opening because social distancing is so easy to maintain while taking advantage of the facility,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Our staff has heard from countless residents who have been hoping to return to the range for stress relief, exercise, and even rehabilitation of injuries. We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community once again and ask that all patrons work to help us maintain a safe and friendly environment when visiting the range.”

Operations at the driving range will be slightly altered in order to ensure the safety of all visitors. Some changes include:

  • All outdoor seating will be removed;
  • Restrictions on clubhouse access;
  • Encouraged use of contactless payment methods (example: Apple Pay); and
  • Staff will wear gloves and face coverings at all times.

The driving range provides easy-to-maintain social distancing thanks to hitting stalls which are spaced seven feet apart, and the 12-foot deep walking area behind these stalls. Most customers and employees never have to touch shared golf balls thanks to contactless ball dispensers to fill buckets, and ball trays at ground level in each stall.

“The only commonly touched, shared surface in the entire facility will be the buckets themselves,” Cappelli said. “Our staff will be sanitizing these buckets between every use and only placing them back into rotation once they have been appropriately disinfected.”

The driving range will re-open during its normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information regarding services at the driving range, hours, and prices, visit https://www.camdencounty.com/service/parks/camden-county-driving-range/.

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Feature Stories Recent News

Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency Now on YouTube

The Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency recently went live with their newly established and dedicated YouTube channel, BellmawrRedevAgency, which can be found by clicking here.  

The medium will provide the Agency with the opportunity to post content to include online meeting and informational videos and presentations.  The channel is also accessible via the Agency’s official website, BellmawrRedevAgency.org, by clicking the YouTube icon located in the “News” section on the home page.

“Given the current limitations & restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Agency has been hosting monthly regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners through an online portal with public access”, commented Joshua Tregear, Executive Director for the Agency.  Tregear continued “By launching the official YouTube channel, the Agency is reinforcing our commitment to transparency.  In addition, we hope to utilize this dynamic platform to its fullest capabilities by sharing informative content on the Agency’s projects under management.”

Regular Meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency will continue to be hosted via an online portal until further notice.  The meetings will be recorded, and then posted to the Agency’s official YouTube channel BellmawrRedevAgency.  

About Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency

As the Borough of Bellmawr’s lead agency for redevelopment and brownfields environmental management, the BRdA works closely with the Borough’s Mayor & Members of Council, state agencies, private and non-profit developers, and members of Bellmawr’s residential and business communities to help the Borough achieve its development goals.  Bellmawr is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, with a population of 11,600, and is 3.110 square miles in area, and the 12th largest municipality out of 37 within the County.

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Bellmawr Ranks #8 as Top Ten Camden County Town for 2020

Bellmawr is still tops. The Borough has been ranked #8 in South Jersey Magazine’s annual listing of Top Towns for 2020.

In 2019, Bellmawr ranked #9 .

In 2017 and 2018, Bellmawr was ranked #8.

To put together this year’s Top Towns rankings, the editors of South Jersey Magazine gathered data from the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Department of Education and the state’s Division of Local Government Services.

A weighted formula combined average property values and taxes, crime incidents reported per 1,000 resident, and high school performance numbers consisting of average SAT scores, graduation rates, and more.

The rankings are further broken down into two categories: big towns (population above 10,000) and small towns (population under 10,000).

This year, Haddonfield placed first as 2020 Top Ten Overall and also first place as Top Ten Town in Camden County.

5 Towns Rounding Out the Top 25 Overall

  1. Haddonfield
  2. Moorestown
  3. Medford
  4. Woolwich
  5. Harrison Twp.

Top 10 Camden County Towns

  1. Haddonfield
  2. Voorhees
  3. Cherry Hill
  4. Haddon Twp.
  5. Waterford
  6. Collingswood
  7. Winslow
  8. Bellmawr
  9. Gloucester Twp.
  10. Pine Hill

Top 10 Small Towns

  1. Medford Lakes
  2. Chesterfield
  3. North Hanover
  4. East Greenwich
  5. Shamong
  6. Mansfield
  7. Tabernacle
  8. Bordentown City
  9. Swedesboro
  10. Berlin

To view South Jersey Magazine’s full report that includes rankings for Burlington County and Gloucester County’s top towns, click here.

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In The Courts Recent News

Camden Vicinage Drug Court to Celebrate Virtual Graduation May 26

Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz announced today that in honor of the National Drug Court Month, the Camden Vicinage will celebrate a virtual graduation for 26 participants.

The virtual graduation sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen M. Delaney will preside over the ceremony. The graduation speakers include Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Greg Audino, and New Jersey Assistant

Deputy Public Defenders Katina Chase and Lou Presenza.

The Judiciary’s drug court program operates within the Superior Court to address nonviolent drug addicted offenders. The program requires completion of four phases of intensive drug and alcohol treatment and recovery.

This level of supervision permits the program to support the recovery process but also allows the team to react swiftly to impose appropriate therapeutic interventions or to reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply with the program.

The drug court program in the Camden Vicinage, which began in 1996, has 700 participants and 735 graduates.

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Bellmawr’s Amazon.com Services, Inc. Seeks Approval to Construct Rear Access Drive; Related Site Improvements

Amazon.com Services Inc., has applied to the Bellmawr Planning Board for site plan and variance approvals along with design waivers for property located at 281 Benigno Boulevard.

The Applicant is proposing to construct a rear access drive along with related site improvements for loading purposes in connection with the existing warehouse/distribution facility on the property utilized as an Amazon “last mile” delivery station.

Site plan and variance approvals and design waivers are requested for a proposed three-foot driveway separation and off-street parking — 57 parking spaces are required, but 49 parking spaces are provided.

Additional variances, relief and/or waivers that may be required upon an analysis of the plans and testimony.

The property is located in the Heavy Industrial Zone and is owned by Shields Family Partnership, LLC.

The Bellmawr Planning Board will hear the case virtually on Monday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. The application was originally scheduled to be heard on April 6, 2020, but the meeting was cancelled due to mandates put in place because of the coronavirus.

To present any objections which you may have to the granting of this Application and to participate in the virtual online Borough of Bellmawr Planning Board meeting, please visit:

  • https://www.gotomeet.me/FranWright
  • Use Meeting ID 748-353-349.

To participate by phone, please call +1 (646) 749-3122 with access code 748-353-349.

All documents related to this application are on file and available for the public to review by contacting the Planning Board Recording Secretary, Margaret Sandrock at (856) 933-1313 or by email at taxcollector@bellmawr.com to arrange to have the application materials provided.

*Article was updated on March 26, 2020 at 9:17 a.m.., May 18, 2020 at 6:55 p.m.