Dear Fellow Residents,

It is hard to believe that Labor Day is already upon us. It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the beginning of summer and now we are welcoming the unofficial start of the fall season. For many of our residents, this time of year marks the seasonal transition to a more normal (sometimes-hectic) routine with children starting school and other activities.

The Labor Day holiday celebrates the achievements of the American worker. It is in this spirit that I want to thank the dedicated employees of Harrison Township for all you do to make our town such a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

For the fall and winter seasons, our team at the Harrison Township Recreation Commission is rolling out an extensive program of activities, including Fun Fall Activities, Tennis and Pickleball Clinics and their Annual Bus Trips. I hope you will join us for our annual 9/11 Commemoration at 6 PM on Monday, September 11th at our 9/11 Memorial site on Main Street. The Recreation Team has also begun the planning for our signature event, Lights on Main, on Saturday November 25. And congratulation to Sharon Chew, Recreation Coordinator, the Recreation Commission, and our Lights on Main volunteers for being voted the Best Event in Gloucester County for the 11th year in a row.

Our local business owners are also collaborating to bring the fun to Main St. with their 3rd Thursday themed events: September 21 is Western Hoedown and October 19 is Trick or Treat on Main. In addition, the weekend of October 14 & 15 is the annual Fall Festival & Civil War Weekend and Ghastly Tales Tour. The Harrison Township Historical Society joins in the seasonal fun with their annual Mullica Hill Ghost Walk on October 7.

I’d like to bring to your attention a new initiative taking place during the week of September 10 – 16, Wings of Life – Harrison Strong Suicide Awareness Week.  A week of activities and events to inform and engage our community in awareness and prevention of suicide, dedicated to the memory of Paul M. Donahue, Andrew M. Matter and Brian O. Blazek.

On behalf of my fellow Township Committee Members, Deputy Mayor Julie DeLaurentis, Committeewoman Michelle Powell and Committeemen Jeff Jacques and Lawrence Moore, we look forward to seeing you and your family during the active and beautiful fall season in the Hill. Together we wish you and your families a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Be safe and enjoy the holiday!

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor

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