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Public Information » E-Newsletter » E-Newsletter Jan 09

New Era, New Span --- Bridge Commission's E-Newsletter --- January 2009


New Democrat Commissioner 
Sworn in for Three-Year Term

Singleton to Focus on Job Creation

Troy E. Singleton was installed as the Burlington County Bridge Commission's newest Commissioner today at the Commission's regular meeting held at Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Maple Shade Mayor James E. Fletcher performed the  

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swearing in; Fletcher held the Commissioner post through the end of 2008. The Palmyra resident was appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on December 30th. He is the Director of Policy and Planning for the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, a post he’s held since 2007.
“I see the addition of Mr. Singleton to the Commission as a real opportunity,” Chairman John B. Comegno II said. “He’s not only familiar with our economic development efforts, he also supports that work and is already looking for ways to expand that. Working together toward a common goal, I believe we can bring about even more financial relief to the overburdened taxpayers of our region.”
Mr. Singleton added, “I am deeply humbled and honored to serve my community and county in this manner. In this time of unprecedented financial distress in our country, a greater emphasis will be placed on those responsible for creating economic and employment opportunities for those whom we serve here in Burlington County. I stand ready, with my fellow Commissioners, to meet that challenge.”
Having lived along the Route 130 corridor most of his life, Mr. Singleton knows all too well the work the Bridge Commission has done in revitalizing that area. The current Commissioners look forward to working with him to further this mission.
“I’m eager to work with Mr. Singleton, given the sense of unity that I’ve heard he wants to bring to this experience ,” said Vice Chairwoman Anderson. “That will go a long way to continuing the good work we’ve done.”
A member of the New Jersey Carpenters Union Local #715, Mr. Singleton was Deputy Executive Director for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office in Trenton from 2002 to 2007. While there, he served as Chief of Staff for New Jersey Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. Commissioner Singleton was Deputy Executive Director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee from 2001 to 2002, following his service as Legislative Director to Assemblymen Herb Conaway and Jack Conners from 1998 to 2001.
A graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, Commissioner Singleton is a member of Rowan’s Board of Trustees. He is also a Volunteer Coach for Pennsauken’s Youth Athletic Association and a Civilian Emergency Response Team Member.


Shared Service Forum Set for February

The Burlington County Shared Services Forum's first meeting of 2009 is scheduled for February 5 at the Emergency Services Training Center in Westampton. The Forum is partnering with the Burlington County of Economic Development and Regional Planning to present a program on fiscal and economic issues relevant to development and redevelopment projects. 

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The Forum expects an active first quarter with many meetings planned. Work is underway for joint regional meetings between municipalities and school districts. Mayors, municipal business administrators, school superintendents, school business administrators, and board presidents will receive invitations over the next two months to attend one of four regional meetings.
Plans are also underway for the 2009 kickoff meeting with local government entities. This meeting will help gauge interest in pooled borrowing for 2009. Invitations will be going out shortly.

Towns interested in any of the opportunities mentioned here are asked to call Gary LaVenia at (856) 829-1900 for more information.

On the Owl Prowl at Palmyra Cove

Palmyra Cove Nature Park ended 2008 by hosting its first Owl Prowl of the winter season. Owl Prowl has grown in popularity since PCNP first hosted the event—this year’s Owl Prowl drew nearly seventy people

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Family groups spent the first hour of Owl Prowl getting an up-close look at Clack, an Eastern Screech-Owl, while adult groups looked and listened for owls in the park. Attendees didn’t see any owls that night, but did see a Sharp-shinned Hawk, which are widespread in North America, Central America, South America and the Greater Antilles.
Wednesday morning hikes through the park continue this winter, including two daytime Owl Prowls and an Advanced Orienteering program, which combines map and compass reading skills into a friendly competition.

Winter Doldrums?
Get Some Fresh Air!

Adult Hikes....every Weds, 9-11 AM

Juried Art Show.....Sun Feb. 1st

Next Family Hike....Sat, Feb. 7th

Wilderness First Aid Certification Course....Sat/Sun, Feb. 21-22

Call (856) 829-1900, ext. 270 for details!



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