- Post by Councilman Matt Weng
As some of you may know, a few of our neighboring towns, including Glassboro, Harrison, and Mantua, have entered into a joint redevelopment plan that could potentially impact Pitman near Alcyon Woods.
A company called MOTUS has been working closely with Rowan University to develop Rowan's West Campus Fields into a large sports training complex, with plans for an indoor training center, more than 50 athletic fields, artificial turf fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, outdoor track and field venues, a hotel, and retail space.
A small portion of the facility, a few baseball fields, could possibly be located within Pitman, on land that is currently privately owned, usually referred to as Zee's Farm. However, that land, as currently zoned, would not permit such a use without permission from the Planning and Zoning Board and/or the Borough. Neither the current owner, nor MOTUS, has applied for such permission.
Additionally, council has been receiving regular updates on the progress of this project from our borough planner. Mayor Johnson and Borough Administrator O'Donnell have attended meetings and remain up to date on the current status. From the latest information we have, there is currently no deal in place to sell the privately owned land in Pitman to MOTUS. Negotiations for any such sale, if there are any, are at a very preliminary stage, and there's no guarantee they will ever be successful.
MOTUS has stated that if they are unable to acquire the land, or unable to change the zoning, they would adjust the rest of their fields and move the baseball fields out of Pitman.
You may find some more information on MOTUS's website, although I caution you it looks like it hasn't been updated in a few months and some details may be out of date. I have also included a link to an article on the project from the Press of Atlantic City.
Press of Atlantic City
I want to let you all know this so you have the latest information. Representatives from MOTUS will be at the September 24, 2018 Council Meeting, starting at 7:00pm. If you have any questions about this project or if you're looking for more information I encourage you to attend!
As always, Mayor and Council welcome your questions and input regarding issues that concern our borough. If you cannot make the public meeting on September 24th, please consider sending an e-mail. You can find our borough email addresses here: LINKS
Please join Council Candidates Paul Blass & Amy Rudley on Friday, September 7th from 6-8 p.m. for questions, conversations, and one free scoop of ice cream!
Dear Fellow Pitman Democrat:
I’m so excited to let you know that I have been unanimously elected by our municipal committee as the new chairwoman of the Pitman Democratic Party! I want to particularly thank our former chair, Matt Weng, for his support. However, as we have always said, we owe the most thanks to you, the voters! We are confident that with your continued support, 2018 will prove another successful year for the Pitman Democrats. We have two excellent choices for council this year!
Council President Paul Blass
Paul’s leadership on council is a big part of the progress we’ve recently seen. He is liaison for Public Property and the Memorabilia Committee where his focus has been on preserving Pitman’s rich history. Paul continues to give back to Pitman through volunteering for such events as the Haunted Tales of Pitman Ghost Tour, the Spring Easter Egg Hunt, and last year’s Pitman Potter Festival. Paul has also previously volunteered as a soccer coach and the President of the Pitman Soccer Association. In his spare time, Paul advises the mock trial team at Pitman High School and is always willing to lend a hand to other community organizations in need of assistance.
Councilwoman Amy Rudley
Amy is a dynamic force on council, serving as Public Safety Director and as liaison to the Economic Development Committee. Amy also saw a need to connect with Seniors in Pitman and created our first Senior Outreach Committee in 2017. Through her work with the EDC, Amy has created and/or managed numerous successful community events in town, including the Haunted Tales of Pitman Ghost Tour, the Broadway Theater’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday Night Pop-Up Parks, the Holiday Sing-Along, the Winter Village, and the Pitman Potter Festival.
On Tuesday, November 6th, Vote to Re-Elect Blass & Rudley To Pitman Council!
Vanessa E. James
Chair, Pitman Democrats
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard ... we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." --Malala Yousafzai
A mere 98 years ago, women in America were denied the right to vote. The fight for women's suffrage began in earnest in July of 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York. Some seventy years later, brave women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone secured women the right to vote through the Nineteenth Amendment adopted on August 18, 1920. Surprisingly enough, four years earlier, Jeanette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman ever elected to Congress.
On Thursday, June 28th there will be a panel discussion on "Women in Government" at the Pitman VFW from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. You are invited to join past and present elected officials including Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Councilwoman Amy Rudley, Esq., and Former Councilwoman Debra J. Higbee for a lively discussion on the current role of women in government and how that role continues to evolve.
June 28th will also kick-off our "School's Out Summer Food Drive". Feel free to drop-off your non-perishable food item donations to the "Women in Government" panel from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the VFW.
We hope to see you there!
"This should not be America. Moral leadership has always been the most important part of our cultural identity; America is great because America is good. Somehow, in less than 30 years we’ve gone from a shining city on a hill to babies screaming for their parents. This is neither great nor good. It is an immoral policy that should be, and could be, ended immediately. I encourage you to contact your elected representatives-Congressman LoBiondo, and Senators Menendez and Booker-and make your voice heard. If the president won’t act then Congress immediately should. " - Councilman Matt Weng
Listen to Children who have just been separated from their Parents
"Blessed with the extraordinary privilege and remarkable responsibility of fatherhood, dads play vital roles in our lives -- inspiring us to reach for our highest potential, lifting us up when we need it most, and helping us become the people we were meant to be. Doing right by our families is the most important job any of us will ever have. On Father's Day, we thank the wonderful fathers -- and stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and mentors -- in our lives, and we recognize the sacrifices they make to be there for us, through good times and bad."
Excerpt from Presidential Proclamation - Father's Day, 2016 by President Barack Obama
To all the dads - and anyone else who loves someone enough to step up and take on that job - Happy Father's Day!