Public Notice: Request for Towing Companies

In accordance with Chapter 182 of the Code of the City of Woodbury, applications are being accepted from qualified towing operators for inclusion in the Towing Rotation List for the 3-year term beginning December 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until December 14, 2016.

Applications can be obtained here or by contacting the City Clerk, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ or call 845-1300 ext. 125.

Download Chapter 182 here.

Woodbury Old-City Restoration Committee honors couple for their home restoration efforts…

…saving another historic property in Woodbury.

 

On Saturday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm, The Woodbury Old-City Restoration Committee (WORC) will present their annual award of recognition for Restoration, Renovation and Refurbishment to Mike and Amanda Peck of 23 S. Woodland Ave. The Pecks made an investment of over $100,000 to restore their historic home which was built in 1890.

 

Every year, WORC accepts applications to award homeowners for extraordinary measures to bring back to life a deteriorating house in Woodbury. The mission of the organization, which started in 1977, is to provide financial support to help property owners restore historic structures throughout the City.

 

According to Heidi Louis, WORC’s board president, “Woodbury’s streets are lined with beautiful historic structures. Most of those structures need a lot of work and the cost to restore a historic building is enormous. So, when a property owner is willing to make that kind of investment in the community, we think they should be recognized and rewarded.”

 

On Saturday, the Beck’s will be presented with a bronze plaque of recognition to attach to the outside of the house and a cash award of $3000, which they will use to paint the exterior of the house.

 

Louis adds, “The Restoration, Renovation and Refurbishment award application is available online and can be submitted by either a homeowner seeking assistance in a renovation project or a friend or neighbor of a homeowner whose home improvements have made a significant impact on a Woodbury neighborhood.”

 

Woodbury’s Old-City Restoration Committee holds monthly meetings to discuss historic renovation projects and ideas. If you are interested in the organization, you can visit their website at: http://www.woodburyorc.org.

Notice for the Solicitation of Proposals for Professional Services under a Fair and Open Process

NOTICE FOR THE SOLICITATION OF PROPOSALS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES UNDER A FAIR AND OPEN PROCESS
 
Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals for professional services in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-24, et seq., and P.L. 2005 c.271, will be received by the Qualified Purchasing Agent of the City of Woodbury on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, no later than 10:00 am, at which time the sealed proposals will be opened and recorded at the City Hall, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, New Jersey, by the Qualified Purchasing Agent and witnessed and recorded by the City Clerk.
 
Proposals for the following professional services will be accepted for the calendar year 2017:
                                                                                               
Each sealed proposal to be considered shall be returned with one (1) original and two (2) copies of the submission and shall provide hourly rates, and/or other terms and conditions, and qualifications.  The sealed proposal shall comport to the criteria set forth in the specification packets, and as found in the Code of the City of Woodbury.  The specification packets may be obtained online at www.woodbury.nj.us or in the Office of the City Clerk, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, (856) 845-1300 ext. 125 or via email at [email protected].  The Municipal Appointing Authority shall thereafter publicly select the professional or business entity for the position so advertised, which shall thereafter be confirmed or approved as required by law, Resolution or Ordinance.           
 
ROY A. DUFFIELD, RMC
City Clerk

 

Main Street Woodbury is serving up treats for Halloween

WOODBURY, NJ—Main Street Woodbury, Inc. (MSWI) is getting the City ready for Halloween and has created activities treats for “kids” of all ages. The preparations for the events started on Friday, October 14, 2016. MSWI coordinated with the Woodbury High School’s Art Club to paint the storefront windows on Broad Street with Halloween/Fall based themes. Approximately nine storefronts now showcase the art of several local artists from Ms. Marge Sebest’s art class.

 

According to Nick DellaRova, Main Street Woodbury’s Board President, “The paintings on the storefront windows for Halloween is an annual tradition in Woodbury. We are grateful for the partnership we have with the High School and that the local kids get to show off their talents in such a big way.”

 

Then continuing the Halloween spirit, on Friday, October 28 MSWI will host their famous annual Spooky Walking Tours. Starting at 6 pm and running every ½ hour until 8 pm, several local Woodbury residents, including: Gerald O’Conner, Sue Anderson, Jen St.John and Dan Reddin, will accompany guests as they visit historic landmarks around Broad Street and learn about the history and ghost tales that haunt these buildings even today.

 

The tours start at the MSWI/Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce office located at 36 S. Broad Street. Tickets are available online at www.mainstreetwoodbury.org or at Edward’s Hairstyling at 14 S. Broad Street. Tickets for anyone 13 years or older are $10 and anyone 13 years or younger are $5. The tours might not be appropriate for very young children.

 

DellaRova states, “Woodbury’s history dates back to the 1600’s so needless to say, there are many great and interesting stories that exist about the City and the landmarks around the City.”

 

In addition, for those families who have children that might scare easily, MSWI is partnering with Tiki Tiki Board Games to host an outdoor movie during the same times as the Spooky Tours. The featured movie is Young Frankenstein. It can be viewed at the new Polsky’s Corner’s “playground” starting at 6 pm and running continuously until 9 pm. An oversized screen will be set up in between the Polsky’s Corner building and the Woodbury Variety Store building. Popcorn will be available for sale and it is suggested to bring a blanket for seating.

 

MSWI will take a break for the weekend to prepare for the Trick of Treating on Broad Street event on Monday, October 31. MSWI along with a majority of Broad Street business from Cooper/Delaware to Barber will be giving out treats to all children in costumes. Trick or Treating on Broad Street will take place from 3 – 5 pm. The City’s Trick or Treating hours are from 3 – 8 pm that night.

 

For further information about Main Street Woodbury’s Halloween activities or about Main Street Woodbury events, please contact the Main Street Woodbury office at 856-845-8655.

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Reviving a historic treasure in Woodbury-Introducing Polsky’s Corner

 

luke-and-cade%27sWOODBURY, NJ—On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 the City of Woodbury will join the owners of Tiki Tiki Board Games, and seven other businesses as they officially open the doors to their new location at 164 S. Broad Street, formerly the home of Polsky’s Army Navy Store. The first floor retail section of the Polsky’s building has sat vacant for nearly ten years but with a vision and a huge outpour of community support, Ryan Morrison, Ryan Harbinson and Tyler Ager, the owners of Tiki Tiki Board games, were able to rehabilitate the building into an economic engine of new businesses.

 

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be followed by light refreshments. There will be a DJ for entertainment and at 6:30 pm there will be a costume contest for children 12 years and under with store giveaways as prizes.

In combination with the upcoming Geek Fest event on Saturday, October 29, an annual event created by Morrison, table-stage-areaHarbinson and Ager, and Halloween on October 31, the ribbon cutting will have a “Geek” theme. Guests are welcome to attend the October 26th celebration in costume.

 

The building, now be referred to as Polsky’s Corner, will be the home to Tiki Tiki Board Games, Luke & Cade’s Toy Chest, Mystic Metal Body Jewelry, Soft Air NJ, Novel Ideas, Anthony Parisi’s Illustration Studio, Button Shy Games and Island Officials. Completely remodeled, the space includes an 1100 square foot game playing stage with 8 kitchen tables to accommodate family style board gaming. In addition, there is a yo-yo corner and lounging section for the Novel Idea reading customers to sit and enjoy a good book. And, a full size wall mural, painted by Jacqualynn Knight, a local Woodbury resident artist graces the space to remember one of the founding partners of the yo-yo center.

 

sculptureAccording to Morrison, “This is a combination of a “MakerSpace” and “Business Incubator” concept. We have several businesses that will be developing products, much like what we do at Island Officials and others that are small start-ups looking to grow into the retail world and hopefully grow big enough to move into other storefront space in Woodbury.”

 

Morrison, Harbinson and Ager are very familiar with starting small and growing in and out of space. In 2011, they moved their homebased software gaming company, Island Officials, into 234 S. Broad Street. It is one of the four storefronts in the retails section of the Woodbury Courts complex.

 

At the time, Woodbury’s ordinance restricted service based businesses from operating out of a Broad Street storefront. In parisi%27s-studioan effort to abide by the City’s ordinance, the guys decided they would create a retail space selling used board games in the first 83 sf of the retail space and operate the software company from the back of the building.

 

Much to their surprise, in just two years, the board game side of the business started to grow and they needed to expand to 250 sf just for the retail portion. The Island Officials software development side was also still going strong but the board game business was booming.

 

novel-idea-booksIn 2014, the board game side of the business was busting at the seams so Morrison, Harbinson and Ager decided to move to a larger space in the Woodbury Courts Apartment complex (232 S. Broad) and dedicated 1000 sf just to the board game business.

 

Morrison explains, “We don’t just sell games. We really sell an experience. Most people who purchase a game from us have the opportunity to play the game in the store. In addition, we have game nights where we introduce a game to the public and have people play one another. We also have yo-yo club and events. So, every time we walked passed Polsky’s we shared this vision of people playing in the side yard and inside the building. We just had to make this work because we once again needed more space and with the help of Woodbury’s Old City Restoration Committee (WORC), customers, friends and family it all came together.”

 

tiki-poleIn 2015, Morrison, Harbinson and Ager launched a Kickstarter campaign asking friends, family, neighbors and customers to help add to the $30,000 they saved to make this move and renovate the interior of the Polsky’s building. The guys were amazed at the support they received. The Kickstarter campaign generated an additional $13,000. Those who donated, selected a number of different rewards for their generosity, some have their name prominently displayed on ceiling tiles, or on metal plaques attached to the tables and chairs throughout the space.

 

Harbinson states, “The amount of financial and in-kind help we received was, and still is, over-whelming. Each person who made a donation, financial or volunteer is now a physical part of this amazing venture which is why we felt so strongly about publicly recognizing each donor in the manner that we did.”

 

chill-out-spaceAger adds, “So, when they say it takes a village, it really does and this is what a village can do when they work together.”

 

Another major partner in this venture is Woodbury’s Old City Restoration Committee (WORC). They created a pilot program to provide façade/exterior improvement grants to businesses operating out of historic storefronts in Woodbury. The Polsky’s Corner venture was the first business to receive the funding. WORC provided capital to help purchase the bulk of the materials to fix exterior and provided the labor, specifically to paint the outside of the building, replace the plexiglass with glass, restore the original entrance and clean up and upgrade the side lot was performed by over 250 volunteers.

 

Each business in Polsky’s Corner is privately owned. At Tiki Tiki Board Games, they buy, sell and trades current and traditional board and electronic based games. They rent board games for $5 a week and host events daily.

 

At Luke & Cade’s Toy Chest, owner and Woodbury resident Anthony Allman buys, sells and trades action figures of yesterday and today. Allman will work side by side with David Basile who owns Mystic Metal Body Jewelry. Mystic Metal is an established online retailer of body jewelry and Polsky’s Corner will be their first retail location.

 

Also joining Luke and Cade’s and Mystic Metal is Adam Pierce and Dan Hazelhurst, owners of Soft Air NJ. Their space features airsoft products, replicas and equipment. They will also host training classes and sign-ups for their bi-weekly games.

 

Alana Talarico, another Woodbury resident is the owner of Novel Ideas, a second hand book store also located at Polsky’s Corner. It is the only place in town where you can purchase three books and get one free. Talarico’s book collection does not consist of romance novels or text books but includes children’s books so there is something for everyone. She will be hosting a book club on Tuesday nights and there is a “Chill Zone” area for customers to sit and read.

 

Woodbury resident, Anthony Parisi of Parisi’s Studio has also found a home at Polsky’s Corner. He sells art prints, t-shirts, caricatures, tarot and metal tarot art cards.

 

Jason Tagmire, owner of Button Shy Games is another neighbor in the Polsky’s Corner space. Tagmire has a maker space for analogue board and card games. Then there is The Monthly Throw which has no physical space on the floor but offers a monthly mystery box for yoyo aficionados and fans.

 

Last but not least, Island Officials, which is now located in the rear offices of the Polsky’s Corner complex, continues to develop software games and employ over 20 local designers. Over the past five years, the creative team at Island Officials has developed and launched 12 new software games. In 2017, their newest game, Queen of Space – Coronation will be released through eshop for the WII U. This is their 3rd Nintendo game being released to the public. In addition, Island Officials will be showcased at the Franklin Institutes Robots in Gaming event on November 5th.

 

Since October 1, 2016 Polsky’s Corner has been open seven days a week. Their hours are 11 am – 6 pm on Sunday and Monday, 11 am – 9 pm Tuesday thru Friday and Saturdays they are open 10 am – 7 pm. They have events six nights a week and the space is also available for rent for parties during and after business hours. Detailed information about Tiki Tiki/Island Officials and the Polsky’s Corner’s neighbors can be found on the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Polskys-Corner-264540237261303/.

 

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2016 Greater Woodbury Fall Festival Parade Award Winners

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2016 Greater Woodbury Fall Festival Parade – October 1, 2016

Judged by Shamrock Judges Association

8 Categories – Antique/Classic Vehicle, Community Organization, Fire/Rescue Apparatus, Marching Band, Parade Float, Performing Group, Pageant Winner (not judged), Other

Without the gracious support of these area businesses and organizations, the 2016 Woodbury Fall Festival Parade would not be possible. We thank them for their continued support.
Gold Sponsors:      
City of Woodbury Municipal Alliance Program

Antique/Classic Vehicle

1) Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus – 1959 GMC Pumper #74
2) Washington Twp. Ambulance & Rescue Association #56
3) Cradle of Liberty Antique Fire Apparatus – 1990 E-One Pumper #75

Community Organization

  • Boy Scouts of America: Pack #7007 – Woodbury NJ #16
  • Cub Scout Pack #296 – West Deptford #43
  • Youth Girls Drill Team – Woodbury #21

 

Fire/Rescue Apparatus

  • Verga Fire Company #49
  • Woodbury Heights Fire Department #72
  • Gloucester County EMS #13

Marching Band

  • Paulsboro High School Marching Band #54
  • Woodbury High School Marching Band #9

 

Parade Float

  • Jazz Hands Dance Academy #61
  • Casa Dance Studio #70
  • Act One Dance Studio #19

 

Performing Group

  • Jazz Hands Dance Academy #61
  • Act One Dance Studio #19
  • Holy Angels Performing Arts Program #39

 

Pageant Winner – No Trophies awarded – category is not judged

Other – No Trophies awarded

 

Special Volunteer Recognition:  #48 – Raymond McCoy

Trophies will be given out October 25, 2016, at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers.

SAVE THE DATE:  Next year’s Parade Date:  Saturday, October 7, 2017

10/6/16 EDIT: Catch the 2016 Fall Festival Parade on Comcast Channel 97 and Verizon Channel 34: October 14-17 at 12n and 8p, and October 21-24 at 12n and 8p.

Tis’ the Season for Grand Openings in Woodbury

For Immediate Release

October 3, 2016

For more information please contact: Joan Clark at 856-537-3244

WOODBURY, NJ— Following on the heels of the grand opening of the Eight and Sand Beer Company, on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Woodbury will be welcoming another new business to their downtown. 2nd Chance Boutique, located at 108 S. Broad Street, Suite 4 in the GG Green Building, will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 4:30 pm. Then on Wednesday, October 26, Tiki Tiki Board Games will celebrate their relocation to the former Polsky’s building at 164 S. Broad Street

The 2nd Chance Boutique officially opened on Monday, October 3, 2016, with a soft opening. According to Joan Clark, the Senior Director of Avenues of Independent Living, “The “store” concept was actually born at the Woodbury Child Development Center. It was a small, money- making venture to help fund their operating expenses. Due to its success, space limitations and zoning became an issue so the idea of opening a retail space in the downtown seemed possible as long as they had a partner to help with its operation outside of the building.”

The Boutique is now a collaborative effort between Avenues to Independent Living, a Woodbury based human service agency which has been in operation for over 15 year, and the Woodbury Child Development Center (WCDC), a local child care facility which has been in operation for over 45 years. The partnership developed over the past few years through Clark’s leadership both at Avenues and as she served on the Board of Directors for the WCDC.

Clark explains, “One of my goals it to provide learning opportunities for our clients and those at WCDC that develop into life-long sustainability skills. 2nd Chance allows Avenues’ clients an opportunity to work in the real world alongside our employees in an effort to generate an additional funding source for the youth programs at the Woodbury Child Development Center.”

The 2nd Chance Boutique offers gently used items for sale at an extremely discounted price. All items are donated by local and surrounding community members; with a percentage of all sales going directly to the Woodbury Child Development Center.

Avenues hired three employees from the local community to operate the Boutique. In addition to selling merchandise, they will be offering art/crafting classes to the public in the near future.  Those items will also be up for sale in the store.

Donations are accepted during normal business hours: 10am- 7pm M-F, 10am-4pm Saturday. They are closed on Sundays.  They ask the public not to leave any items outside the doors when they are closed. Donations can be picked up by calling the office to schedule a pick-up appointment. Donations are tax deductible.

The mission of  Woodbury Child Development Center is to create a 21st century learning experience that will equip students with the social/emotional development, academic skill set, language competency and the acquisition of technology skills that will prepare them for kindergarten readiness and ultimately academic success. They offer affordable childcare to residents of the Greater Woodbury Community.

 

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Greater Woodbury 66th Annual Fall Festival Parade

WOODBURY, NJ—On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the City of Woodbury will host the 66th Annual Fall Festival Parade. The parade starts at 6:30 pm starting on the corner of Colonial Avenue and Broad Street (Route 45), the parade will head south on Broad, through the Downtown district and culminate at the grandstand stage which will be located in between the South Jersey Times and Comcast buildings near Salem Avenue (AKA Kings Highway).
 
This year’s parade theme is “Diversified Yet Unified” and will include over 70 participants featuring the Bonsal Blues Band, Pat Ahearn the Stilt Walker, Broomall String Band, Avalon String Band, local pageant winners along with antique cars and local emergency vehicles and equipment.
 
Woodbury’s Fall Parade tradition was initiated in 1950 by the Greater Woodbury Jaycees and continues today.
 
According to Councilman David Trovato; “The Fall Festival Parade is truly a mainstay of the City that brings lifetime residents and business owners from all over the County back to the City. It’s much like a “Homecoming” celebration. Most people who come to the parade have been doing this with their families their whole lives.”
 
Awards will be given out for the following categories: Parade Float, Marching Band, Fire/Rescue Apparatus, Antique Vehicle, Performing Group and Community Organization. The parade awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30pm in Woodbury City Council Chambers, 2nd floor City Hall, directly before the 7:30pm City Council meeting.
 
Broad Street will be closed to all automotive traffic starting at 5:00 pm to accommodate the Road Runners Club of Woodbury (RRCW) 5K run and the parade.
 
Once again, Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) and the Woodbury Child Development Center will be taping the parade. Comcast and Verizon will show a taped replay on local TV stations in the weeks following the actual parade.
 
In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, after 3 pm, the City will have a recording on the main line at (856) 845-1300 verifying cancellation or postponement. The information will also be posted on the City’s website at www.woodbury.nj.us and on the Facebook and Twitter pages for the City. The rain date for the parade is Saturday, October 8, 2016.
 
Also check out some of our YouTube video clips from the 2015 Parade.https://www.youtube.com/user/woodburycity
 
If you have any questions about the parade, please contact Bob Law at (856) 845-1300 ext. 129 or [email protected].

Woodbury gets its first brewery: Eight & Sand: To quick and safe travels

WOODBURY, NJ—On Friday, September 30, 2016 starting at 4:30 pm, Woodbury’s governing body will join Chris Mazzone and Chris Burke, the owners of Eight and Sand Beer Company, as they open the doors to the first craft brewery in the City. The brewery is located at 1003 N. Evergreen Avenue.

According to the owners, Eight and Sand is a phrase coined from the historic train industry meaning “quick and safe travels”. Eight comes from Notch-8 which is the quickest setting on certain trains and sand was spread on tracks to prevent slippage. On that note, the entire Eight and Sand facility is decorated and themed with historic train station memorabilia. Even the beer samplers are served on “rails”.

Burke states, “Most people don’t know this but Woodbury had three rail lines merging into the center of the town in 1887 and Woodbury one of the oldest train hubs in New Jersey. So, trains just seemed like the perfect “theme” for our Woodbury based business.”

Burke and Mazzone are childhood friends that as a hobby, started to brew craft beers. The hobby grew into a great love for both and the dream of starting a business became a reality last year when they found the Corsetti’s building on Evergreen Avenue.

Mazzone states, “It was perfect. Previously, the building was a pasta manufacturing plant with a full walk in refrigerator. We automatically knew the space would work so we made the investment and started applying for our craft brewery license.”

According to Burke and Mazzone, the NJ state brewer’s licensing process takes quite a while, which gave them the time they needed to fix the building and install all the necessary equipment to brew several different types of beers. They are currently serving: Blonde, Hefeweizen, Session IPA, English Mild, Dry Irish Stout (also on Nitro!), IPA and Saison.

Councilwoman Jess Floyd, who is also the chair of the Economic Development Committee states, “With the huge appeal of craft beers and the growing number of local microbreweries, the residents of Woodbury have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Eight and Sand. We are ecstatic that Chris and Chris decided to open their business here and incorporate a theme rich in our history. They did a beautiful job renovating a vacant space and have employed several local residents, it has been a win/win for everyone.”

In addition, the owners of Eight and Sand explained that they are committed to sustainable brewing. This means they opted to use environmentally friendly steam rather than direct fire burners to heat the 10 barrel brewhouse. They are using high-efficiency cleaning devices and a system that recovers and reuses the cleaning and sanitizing solutions and the spent grain is reused by external sources instead of going to a landfill. In addition, they plan to install a 26 kW solar panel array, which will generate about 35,000 kWh of clean electricity every year.

Eight and Sand is opened Thursday and Friday nights from 5 – 9 pm, Saturday from 12 – 9 pm and Sunday from 12 – 7 pm. There is no food served on the premises so they are a BYOF (Bring your own food) facility or you can either order from the Woodbury Good Eats brochure featuring all local Woodbury restaurants or from Mary’s Mobile Diner.

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Eight and Sand:

Our styles of beer incorporates the old (European styles) with the new (American ingredients).  The majority of beers are sessionable, meaning lower in alcohol content, adhering to classic styles. Rotating taps are featured in the tasting room, providing a different experience for every visit. Eight & Sand will produce seasonals, one-offs and special releases only available at the Eight and Sand brewery.

Hydrant Flushing

0004223226The City of Woodbury Water Dept. will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the City and outlying areas starting Sunday, September 25, 2016. flushing will be done from 10 PM to 7 AM Sunday through Thursday.

Residents may experience low water pressure and a slight discoloration in their water at this time. If discolored water is experienced, please run your cold water until clear. Flushing will take approximately 4-6 weeks.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Rich Leidy
Public Works Manager
856-853-0892 ext. 202