Friday, July 21, 2017

Wharton State Forest On Fire

Mullica Township Police Department shared Dan Skeldon's photo.
Smoke can be seen and smelled in all portions of the Township. Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless of an emergency. The Mullica Township Police Department is working closely with NJ Forest Fire Service to assure the safety of all residents. 

The forest fire in southern Burlington County near the Batsto Village and fire tower has grown to 2,800 acres, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Friday.

 As of noon, the state Forest Fire Service contained 60 percent of the fire, said DEP spokesman Bob Considine. The established containment area is an estimated 3,500 acres, he said.

Batsto Village, the visitor center, and all trails including the Batona Trail are closed.
Hawkins Bridge Camp, Godfrey Bridge Camp, Lower Forge Camp and Mullica River Camp are also closed due to the smoke and ash from the fire.
Light northerly winds are blowing smoke south into Atlantic County, resulting in a heavy smell of smoke and thick air for many early Friday morning. 
The fire, which developed late Thursday, initially caused smoke to drift into Ocean County as winds blew from the west and southwest.
"The incident commander is pleased with the progress made the last 12 hours and is confident in the plan's success," Considine said. 
An alert by from the Hamilton Township Police Department noted that the forest fire was not a threat to local residents.

However, light northerly winds are blowing smoke south into Atlantic County, resulting in a heavy smell of smoke and thick air for many early Friday morning.

The fire, which developed late Thursday, initially caused smoke to drift into Ocean County as winds blew from the west and southwest.
The smoke is worsening the already poor air quality over South Jersey, which is due to the high humidity levels and ozone. 
Winds will shift more southwest or southerly later Friday, which should push the smoke back to the north.
Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean County officials urge residents not to call 9-1-1 unless they see flames.

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 Burlington County forest fire 7-2017

 Wharton State Forest fire

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Urgent - Help Mullica's ACE Program Grant Get Renewed

Everyone should now be calling Ms Anne Corwell at NJ DOE and lobby for the reconsideration and renewal of our Mullica Township Schools ACE 21st CCLC grant!!!
Senator Jim Whelan (D) and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D) have gone above-and-beyond for us - AGAIN.
This is how our ACE program was saved 5 years ago when our grant application was initially rejected.
CALL CALL CALL the Director of the Office of Grants Management at the NJ Dept of Education: Anne Corwell, 609-633-6974 and tell her how much the program means to you and your family; the positive impact it has had in our district; the tough financial times our rural district has experienced; and how a successful 10 year program has positively impacted our negatively impacted community.
Attached, you will see the actual letter that was sent by Sen. WHelan and Assemblyman Mazzeo to the State.
They have lobbied for us - now it is time to make our collective voices heard!!!
Barbara Rheault
MTEA President
And Mullica Township Resident

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Mullica Job Opportunities


The Township of Mullica is accepting applications for a Class II or Class III, SRO.  Average 20 hours per week, $22.00 per hour.  Applications can be obtained at Mullica Municipal Building, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, or on-line.  Application deadline is July 27th, 3:00 p.m.  The SRO is assigned to the Mullica Township K-8 School, primary responsibility is school security

The Township of Mullica has an opening for a Full-Time position with the Public Works Department for a Heavy Equipment Operator. Valid NJ Driver’s License required with a CDL endorsement.  The salary range is $29,500.00 with full benefits, work schedule is rotating, which includes weekends.  Must have a High School, Vocational High School Diploma or possession of an approved High School Equivalency Certificate, Must have the ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position.  Proficiency in the operation of heavy equipment.  Please apply at the Municipal Building, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, NJ.   EOE
Please apply in preson at the Mullica Township Municipal Building, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, NJ or obtain employment application on-line  EOE

Lucky Returned Home

UPDATE: I now know my name is LUCKY and boy is that true!!! Officer Chelsea scanned me unfortunately I had a check. Unfortunately, the information on it was out.
Luckily, Officer Chelsea is very smart and asked the Mullica Township police to research the old phone number with an address in Mullica Township. So now, I am home. Thank you so much to Officer Chelsea and the Mullica Township Police Department for working so hard to find my family. I actually live in egg Harbor city which is right on the border.
 Mullica residents:
Help I was wandering around and some nice person picked me up. I would really like to go home if you know me or my family please call 1-800-351-1822
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

EHC Acme Site Revitalization Plans

EGG HARBOR CITY — The long-abandoned Acme Supermarket building at the intersection of the White Horse Pike and New York Avenue continued to become more dilapidated and vandalized after its closing 15 years ago. Finally, there is hope for a revitalization of the site as a potential developer has taken numerous steps to open a business there.
Voorhees Township-based developer Raymond Persia has an agreement in place to purchase the property to create an office complex that will be used by a firm specializing in used-car wholesaling. According to Persia, the firm requires a physical site to hang its licenses. He anticipates that improvements to the property will cost upward of $1 million. That includes a new roof, an exterior upgrade and a repaved parking area.
Persia expects to have a site plan ready to present to the city’s Land Use Board within the next 60 days.
 “The site has been declared an area in need of rehabilitation,” City Council President Ed Dennis said. “The developer has met with the mayor and other township officials and has put funds in escrow for work on the site.”

“The site is within the Gateway Residential Development area,” City Planner Tim Michel said. “The zoning would need to be changed to a commercial designation. That requires a revision of the redevelopment plan which the city is currently working on.”
That plan would then have to be submitted to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Michel is optimistic the panel will approve it. “There will be no increase in stormwater runoff, no wetlands will be impacted and there are no threatened or endangered species on the site,” he said. "The city’s objective is to have the site improved and made safe."

Real Estate Transactions 7/15/17

None for Mullica

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mullica Motor Vehicle Accident
EVFC Incident #41 07/11/2017 at 6:53pm - Elwood Rd between Blueberry Rd and Reading Ave for Single Motor Vehicle Crash -
 Single vehicle accident. Vehicle hit a tree. Performed door pop on driver door. One patient was transported by ambulance and one by helicopter. Engine 16-3 set up a landing zone at the Elwood School. Cut battery cables in vehicle. All units cleared at 7:41pm.
EVFC Incident #41 07/11/2017 at 6:53pm - Elwood Rd between Blueberry Rd and Reading Ave for Single Motor Vehicle Crash - C

Mullica ACE Funding Lost

Call today!!

Our school district was recently informed that we will not be receiving the very important 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant that funds our ACE program.
Mullica residents: You can do something! Email or call our Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo at or (609) 383-1388 and ask his office to contact the State Dept. of Education (the agency that distributes the grants) and ask them to reconsider. When this happened the last time, Sen. Jim Whelan made the call for us, but he is currently recovering from surgery, so call Assemblyman Mazzeo.
Please share and email/call.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mullica Art Contest Display

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo
Each year we are honored to have our office decorated by students from the Mullica School District as part of the Jaiden Ohnemuller Muskett Art Contest. Thank you to the students and members of the Mullica Twp PTA for stopping by with this years great entries. Keep up the good work!

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Mullica Murder Suspect, Sergio De Rosa, On Trial

MAYS LANDING — Sergio DeRosa, who is on trial for murder in the 2014 death of his wife, Lynn, sat in court Wednesday along with jurors and watched himself on videotape being interviewed by police detectives.
DeRosa, 57, of Pleasant Mills Road in Mullica Township, maintains he shot his wife by accident after cleaning a shotgun. He was in court wearing a black suit and a maroon tie.
Lynn DeRosa was found dead in their home just before 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 2014, with a shotgun wound to the head. An autopsy determined the manner of death to be homicide.

Sergio DeRosa was originally indicted on a charge of manslaughter in September 2015. He was indicted on a murder charge in October 2016.
On video, DeRosa professed his love for his now-dead wife.
He talked about how he never hit her, and they talked on the phone “50 million times.”
On the video, DeRosa talked about his late wife as an animal lover and a “great, great woman.” Jurors were given a transcript of his interview with the police.

“People were kind of jealous because we were so close in everything we did,” said DeRosa on the black and white video that was played in court.
At times he appeared upset while talking to detectives. He rose out of his chair when the detectives threw out the possibility that his wife might have been cheating on him.
“I cannot believe this,” DeRosa said in the video. “I have no house, no wife. There’s nothing left. Where is my life?”
DeRosa cursed himself out on video talking about how stupid he was to put a live round into the shotgun and to pull the trigger.
When police confronted DeRosa and told him that he did it or to confess, he vehemently denied that her death was anything but an accident.
“I did not kill my wife. Give me any reason why I would kill my wife,” DeRosa told the detectives on video. “I’m not a killer. ... I have to live with this.”

 DeRosa talked about how he had nothing to live for on video and was so distraught police took him to a psychiatric hospital because he threatened to harm himself in their presence.

The day was full of prosecution witnesses.
Gloria DeRosa, Sergio DeRosa’s daughter-in-law, told Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy that her in-laws consistently argued about money in front of her.
Gloria DeRosa testified that Sergio DeRosa killed his wife for her money. Gloria DeRosa testified there was more than $80,000 in a safety deposit box, and she said Sergio DeRosa told her and her husband that he took the money.
Elaine Murphy, a dealer at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City testified she was “100 percent certain” that one day when she was dealing poker to him in 2014 that DeRosa said to her that he was going to kill his wife.
One of DeRosa’s defense attorneys, Jill R. Cohen, went after Murphy for the months of delay before she went to the police and told them what she allegedly heard.
When Murphy said on the stand that she believes she heard DeRosa say that his wife was lazy, didn’t do anything and spends money, Cohen got her to admit that the police statement she gave doesn’t not contain those words.

 The trial resumes 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Balles To Leave Sheriff Office 7/30

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced Tuesday he will leave office July 30, five months before the end of his term.
He will return to the Pleasantville Police Department, where he will serve as a captain, his rank before being elected sheriff.
The 55-year-old from Egg Harbor Township said he is leaving effective July 30 because the captain’s position is open and would not be at the end of the year. He earned $107,250 as sheriff and will earn $118,000 in his new position. He will begin in Pleasantville on July 31.

Balles, a Republican, announced in December he would not seek re-election. He had endorsed Chief Warrant Officer Steven Caldwell, who has since retired. Running for sheriff are retired police captain and Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser, a Republican, and retired Atlantic City police Lt. Eric Scheffler, a Democrat.
Balles defeated incumbent Sheriff Jim McGettigan in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

 “I am extremely proud of the men and women of this agency and what we have accomplished over the last almost nine years,” Balles said. “We have accomplished everything we set out to do and more, and I am excited to see where the next sheriff will take the agency. It has truly been my honor to serve as your sheriff.”

Balles is credited with reinstating a county K-9 unit, which assists with bomb detection, drug search and seizure, and missing persons. He established Project Lifesaver, which provides tracking for someone who might be prone to getting lost, such as an elderly relative or autistic child. He created an Explorer post for the Sheriff’s Office for youths interested in careers in law enforcement. He also assisted in the creation of the New Jersey Police Surgeons Program and Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office Police Chaplains program. And he oversaw sheriff’s sales of homes during a time in which the county led the nation in foreclosures.
“Doing more with less is something I learned in Pleasantville, and service to the public has always been my passion,” Balles said. “As sheriff, I was able to use my experience and passion for helping others to add additional service for county residents without adding additional expense.”

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Feast of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel


The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel


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4 Days Left For Mullica Fall Sport Sign-ups

Hello Everyone! ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP!!
We hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and staying cool!
Just a friendly reminder that Fall Sport sign ups are closing July 15th.
Please follow the links below to sign up for your sport!
Fall Baseball:
Fall Softball:
TeamSnap :: Mullica Township Recreation Association ::
This season we’re using TeamSnap to manage our teams and registration. Please create an account to continue, or log in with your TeamSnap account.

Tomi Tomiko Patrica/Tamashiro Neals R.I.P.

Neals, Tomi Tomiko Patricia/Tamashiro, - 82, of Mullica Township, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She was born in Okinawa, Japan. Tomi married a Navy Seabee Richard M. Neals Jr. Tomi moved to the United States. She worked in the labor industry at Frankford Paper Box Corporation for 15 years in Philadelphia. She then worked in 2 family owned and operated businesses called J & R Imports and Uncle Richie's Mouse House for 25 years in Nesco, NJ.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Greenmount Cemetery, 4301 N. Front Street in Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers please make a donations in her name to St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, 226 French Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Arrangements by the Carnesale Funeral Home in Hammonton, for info or to post condolences go to

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mullica Committee Meeting Agenda, Tuesday 7/11

                                                 TOWNSHIP OF MULLICA
                                                  COMMITTEE AGENDA 
                                                         JULY 11, 2017 
                                                             7:00 P.M. 





APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  06 / 13 / 2017  &  06 / 27 / 2017


FIRST READING:  Ordinance #7-2017 / Accept Unimproved Land / Block 41105, Lot 4

HEARING:             Ordinance #6-2017 / Create Chapter 170 / Peace & Good Order




A.       Resolution #102-2017 / Amend Resolution 101-2017/ Liquor License Renewals
B.       Resolution #103-2017 / Renew Membership Atlantic County Municipal JIF


A.      Resolution #103-2017 / Extend Third Quarter Taxes Due Date
B.      Resolution #104-2017 / Approve MTRA #65-2017 Application / Well
C.      Resolution #105-2017 / Approve Land Sale / Block 11004, Lot 4
D.      Resolution #106-2017 / Waive Construction Fees / Weekstown Fire Company
E.      Resolution #107-2017 / Waiver Construction Fees / Elwood Fire Company
F.       Resolution #108-2017 / Approve Contract / Professional Property Appraisals
G.      Review Atlantic County Wastewater Management Plan Update



EXECUTIVE  SESSION    Resolution ES #17



Peace & Good Order Ordinance #6-2017 at

 Questions have been raised by an article by Mr. John Paff,
presently serving as Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project as well as the NJLP's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project, as to the legality of the proposed "Peace & Good Order" Ordinance.
His article and other links at

Update 7/11 -  The Solicitor has recommended that Ordinance #6-2017 "Peace & Good Order" be put under further review.  The Committee agreed not to pass it in the current form and will work on revisions.

Mullica Tax Revaluation

Attention Township residents: The township has contracted Vital Communications, out of Trenton to perform its tax revaluation. Starting today an employee from Vital will be visiting every home and business in the township. Vital employees will be able to provide identification. Contact the clerks office at 561-0064 for any questions or concerns.


Revaluation Update: Please be advised representatives from Vital have begun visiting properties today, July 10, 2017 and will continue for the next three or four months. Any questions or concerns please contact the Clerk’s Office 561-7070 and/or non-emergency dispatch number 652-2037. 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

NJ Budget Signed - Shutdown Ends

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A budget impasse that shuttered government and state parks and beaches for three days ended on the Fourth of July when Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a deal he and the Democratic Legislature crafted.

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the budget deal late Monday. The deal calls for a $34.7 billion budget that includes more than $300 million in Democratic spending priorities and is part of an agreement to overhaul the state's largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Mullica Found Dog 7/4

It was stated that this baby got scared by fireworks but he has been happily been returned  to his family.


This dog was found on Atlantic Ave at 12:00 pm. If this dog belongs to you or you know the owner please contact the Mullica Twp. Police Department 609-652-2037

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Monday, July 03, 2017

NJ Fireworks Law Change

Now people 16 and older can buy and use non-exploding, non-aerial fireworks and devices such as sparklers; snakes and glow worms that release ash resembling snakes; smoke devices; party poppers; snappers; drop pops; and nonexplosive handheld or ground-based sparkling devices with up to 75 grams of pyrotechnic composition per tube.

A study by Harborview’s Injury Prevention and Research Center of patients who came through its doors with fireworks injuries between 2005-15 found nearly 40 percent were a result of shell-and-mortar type fireworks.
Fireworks around Independence Day also are responsible for an increase in structural, vehicular and outdoor fires, according to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

The sale of illegal fireworks, which still include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles and other explosive devices, is a fourth-degree crime, which can carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.
People who buy and use illegal fireworks could be charged with an offense that could lead to a maximum of 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $500.

Entire article at

Mullica Seeks To Pass An Illegal Ordinance

An Article by Mr. John Paff
Presently serving as Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project as well as the NJLP's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project.

Mullica (again) seeks to pass illegal "Peace and Good Order" ordinance.

On July 11, 2017, the Mullica Township (Atlantic County) Committee will consider enacting Ordinance No. 6-2017 which seeks to establish a "Peace and Good Order" code in the Township.  Among other things, the ordinance will prohibit "participat[ing] in any practice having a tendency to annoy, disturb or frighten any person or animal in any public place."  Also prohibited will be "[a]ll other riotous, indecent or disorderly conduct, breach of the peace and vagrancy not hereinabove specifically mentioned."

These prohibitions are almost certainly unconstitutional because they are overly broad and vague.  The ability to conduct oneself in public without being arrested cannot depend on whether ones conduct might annoy or disturb somebody else.  Otherwise, everyone would be required to conform their conduct to the preferences of the most sensitive person in town.  Penal codes, especially those governing speech and assembly, need to be narrowly tailored to prohibit specific conduct while preserving citizens' rights to lawfully express themselves.

However, according to Committeeman Christopher Silva, the Township's main intention is not to directly enforce the ordinance.  Rather, as Silva stated at the May 23, 2017 Committee meeting, "the focus of the Ordinance is a catch-all to plead out a lesser statute in municipal court."  So, Mullica probably realizes that it can't enforce the ordinance but still wants to have it on the books so that municipal court defendants can plead down their statutory offenses to violations of the ordinance. 

For example, a person charged with simple assault, a violation of the New Jersey Criminal Code, could plea-bargain the charge down to an ordinance violation.  This would allow the defendant to avoid having an assault conviction on his or her record and from having to pay mandatory assessments to the Violent Crimes Compensation Board and Safe Neighborhood Services Fund.

 The apparent goal is to entice defendants to not demand costly and time-consuming trials but to instead plea bargain their charges and line up at the Court Administrator's payment window with checkbooks in hand.

Beyond raising troubling policy concerns (e.g. Isn't saddling a violent assailant with an assault conviction on his or her criminal record a good thing?  Isn't it wrong for Mullica to let defendants evade paying into the Violent Crimes and Safe Neighborhood Funds?), Mullica's proposal also runs afoul of a 1998 Attorney General Directive that prohibits municipal court prosecutors from pleading down statutory offenses to ordinance violations when the ordinance is pre-empted by state law.  Since everything prohibited by the ordinance is either unconstitutional or already prohibited by Chapter 33 in Title 2C of the New Jersey Criminal Code, using the ordinance in the manner that Silva suggests would violate the 1998 Directive.

Over the years, I, as chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project, have notified six county prosecutors of violations of Directive and in each case the prosecutor has agreed with me and told the town to stop the improper plea bargains.  Here is the proof:

Bergen (my letter and the reply)
Burlington (my letter and the reply)
Cumberland (my letter and the reply)
Gloucester (my letter and the reply)
Morris (my letter and the reply)
Somerset (my letter and the reply)

Yet, engaging in these prohibited plea bargains is exactly what Silva and the other members of Township Committee have in mind. 

Mullica attempted to pass a similar version of this ordinance in late 2014.  After being roundly criticized by the public and press, the Committee decided to abandon the effort.  See "'Peace and Good Order' / Misguided in Mullica." Press of Atlantic City, December 16, 2014.  The Committee should take a similar tack this time.

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 Update 7/11 -  The Solicitor has recommended that Ordinance #6-2017 "Peace & Good Order" be put under further review.  The Committee agreed not to pass it in the current form and will work on revisions.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

NJ Shutdown Continues

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's government shutdown dragged on without a resolution to the stalemate between a defiant Republican Gov. Chris Christie and an unmoving Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto as the state began to feel the sting of shuttered services.
Christie ordered the Democrat-led Legislature to return on Sunday to consider a path around the budget impasse, which centers on Christie's proposal to overhaul the state's largest health insurer. Democrats are splintered, with Prieto opposed to the plan, but Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney behind it.

Entire article at

Guess who enjoyed sun at closed Island State Beach