The Glassboro branch of the Gloucester County Library System recently received a $5,300 grant from the State Library. Funded by the Gates Foundation, the grant will help the library continue to provide free Internet access to residents of Glassboro.
The Gates Foundation identified the Glassboro branch as one of 49 libraries in the state eligible to apply for the grant, which is administered by the State Library.
The library system used the grant to purchase eight new public-access computers to replace aging equipment at the Glassboro branch.
Use of the grant is limited to help "identify computer security issues" that cause Internet connectivity problems and to provide at least one computer for public Internet access in the selected libraries.
Rowan University recently was recognized with a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.
Rowan won in the clean-air category for taking steps to reduce air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions by purchasing wind energy, adopting a landscaping plan in which numerous trees and native-plant species were planted, integrating clean energy and sustainability into the classroom, and becoming the first university in the state to sign the American College Presidents' Climate Change Challenge.
Nominees for the awards are judged on documented benefits from their goals.
Outstanding-achievement awards recently were presented to the 31 graduates of the 33d Basic Police Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy.
Twenty-nine men and two women graduated, marking the completion of a 20-week training session.
Joseph McCalla Sr. of the Delaware River Port Authority and E. Adam O'Lano of Gloucester Township won the physical-training award, and Matthew E. DiCamillo of Gloucester Township was the recipient of the firearms award and the director's award.
The Division of Criminal Justice merit award was presented to Andrew Carson, Alternate Route - Woodbury; Paul Daniel Toppin of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife won the special-dedication award; and the vehicle operations award was given to Siegfried D. Kreusel of the Salem County Sheriff's Department.
The graduates represented four southern New Jersey counties, the Delaware River Port Authority, and the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife.
Boggs Auto Rebuilders in Woodbury recently presented a refurbished 1997 Cadillac to a man down on his luck.
Alfred Wilson Sr., 49, an Army veteran, was living in a homeless shelter in Winslow Township when the keys to the Seville were handed to him.
He was chosen after writing a letter to owners Jason and Jim Boggs asking for help.
This is the fourth year that the Boggs company has given a car to a person in need.
The Gloucester County Division of Consumer Protection recently completed a toy task force that involved investigators from the Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures units.
The two county offices inspected stores that sell toys to make sure that the toys were properly priced and that toys that had been recalled because of high levels of lead weren't being sold.
The task force inspected 27 stores in the county, including Target, Kmart, Big-Lots, most discount stores, and any store that may have carried the recalled items.