East Greenwich Police, Students Work Together on School Bus Safety

MICKLETON — Students from the East Greenwich Township School District and the East Greenwich Township Police Department have been working together on a campaign to promote school bus safety. Their ideas included a “Red Lights Mean Stop for School Buses” contest.

As a result, the East Greenwich Township Committee presented a proclamation to the Red Light Poster Contest winners, Angelina Harbaugh and Mya Narcisi at their meeting on May 14. The initiative was put together to help students consider all the different ways to demonstrate school bus safety. The main goal of this initiative is to remind drivers to stop when it comes upon a school bus with its lights on and the stop arm is activated.

“We preach about the importance of teaching our children about it,” commented East Greenwich Township Mayor Dale Archer. “At any given time, there can be an accident. I believe these two children understood what they were doing.”

Harbaugh and Narcisi also received a temporary East Greenwich Police Department badge along with their proclamations. Archer also declared May 14, 2019 as Angelina Harbaugh and Mya Narcisi Day in East Greenwich.

“We appreciate you being here and participating in our contest,”

the mayor emphasized. “We are trying to do everything that we can to stop speeding in our town.”

The Committee announced in February that they would be receiving a flashing signal from Gloucester County to be installed at the intersection of Kings Highway and Tomlin Station Road. The intersection has been the scene of a number of accidents in recent years.

Archer has said that the township’s goal was to create a traffic unit that can eliminate the speeding in the municipality.

Helping the police department remains an important part of East Greenwich’s new municipal budget. In one of the meeting’s resolutions, the Committee authorized the advertising for two new full-time police officers. Coming soon are two new police vehicles, including a “stealth police vehicle”.

Other resolutions saw the appointment of Stephanie McCaffrey as Registrar of Vital Statistics and Joint Insurance Fund Claims Coordinator. Elizabeth McGill was appointed as Township Treasurer, Payroll Clerk, Affordable Housing Liaison and Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics.

Another adopted resolution added William Piper to East Greenwich’s Community Emergency Response Team. 

The Committee also accepted the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Katie Coleman, and authorized advertising to hire a CFO.

In discussion items, the Committee agreed to join the South Jersey Power Cooperative subject to review from the solicitor. Bulk purchasing of natural gas through the Cooperative can lead to lower heating costs for municipalities and their school systems.

“It’s a cost effective way to use our expenses for natural gas,” observed Committeeman Stephen Bottiglieri.

Elsewhere, Archer pointed out that construction of a beach volleyball court at Thompson Family Park is just about completed. Also, he credited Committeeman Bob Tice for hosting a successful senior’s luncheon at Auletto Caterers in Almonesson. The event drew 125 seniors, according to Archer.

by Robert Holt

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