County opens a center for help with storm damage

Gloucester County has opened a disaster-recovery center to assist residents affected by the severe storms and flooding caused by the April nor'easter.

The center, located in the county's Government Services Building at 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton, is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Residents should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance. After people register either by phone or online, they then can consider visiting the disaster recovery center if they have questions or need additional information.

Residents and businesses with damage from the storms may register online any time at www.fema.gov or by calling-1-800-621-3362 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Even those who go in person to a Disaster Recovery Center will first be asked to register online or over a phone.

$1.1 million state grant to aid storm-water program

Gloucester County recently received a grant of $1.1 million from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its storm-water management program.

The grant will go toward the construction of five regional salt-storage sheds and the purchase of street sweepers for the county's municipalities to use.

Basins stocked with fish to help control mosquitoes

As part of Gloucester County's effort to control mosquitoes, the county's Department of Parks' Mosquito Control Division has stocked 4,200 fish in various retention basins throughout the county.

The fish are a natural means of controlling mosquitoes and are supplied by the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission as part of the State Bio-Control Program.

Pitman resident elected head of N.J. parks group

Beth Richmond of Pitman, Medford Township's director of recreation, has been elected president of the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association for 2007-2008. She will serve a one-year term beginning July 1.

The New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the parks and recreation industry, enhancing the professional development of its members, and advocating sound public policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management and leisure services.

Richmond is a 25-year member of the association, and has served in many capacities. She has served as director of Medford's recreation department since 1996.

Unregistered contractors get warning from county

County officials urge home-improvement contractors to register with the state and warn they plan to be aggressive about pursuing unregistered contractors operating in the county.

Contractors conducting business in New Jersey and writing contracts for $500 or more are to register with the State Office of Consumer Affairs. Registrations must be renewed annually.

Contractors can go to www.njconsumeraffairs.com/contractors to download an application and renew online at or call 1-800-242-5846.

Fines for working on home remodeling and not being registered can be as high as $10,000 for the first offense and $20,000 for each subsequent offense.