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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PENNSAUKEN!
On February 18, 1892, the State of New Jersey officially created the municipality known as Pennsauken Township. A lot has changed in Pennsauken during the last 125 years: the population has boomed to over 35,000 people from diverse cultures and backgrounds; over the last six years, businesses have invested over $100 million into the community; the town was identified as one of the top 40 commuter cities in New Jersey, with access to several major highways and three train stations; and has been home to professional athletes, prominent educators, successful business people, talented artists, and dedicated public servants.
To celebrate Pennsauken’s past, as well as to get excited about the Township’s future, a variety of events are being planned as part of a year-long, community-wide celebration.
Kick-Off Event, February 18, 2017
To kick off this year of celebration, Mayor McBride will issue a special proclamation on Saturday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m. at the Pennsauken Free Public Library, 5605 N. Crescent Blvd.
During the event, Pennsauken native and Food Network star Al DiBartolo of DiBartolo Bakery will be on hand to cut the first piece of the “birthday cake” specifically designed for the occasion; pieces of cake will be handed out free to residents until it runs out.
Pennsauken Township is working to put together a special “Pennsauken-opoly” keepsake board game in conjunction with the town’s 125th anniversary.
The proposed board game will be filled with Township landmarks, such as the Pennsauken Library and Tippin’s Pond. Local businesses are also able to support the project by sponsoring items including board spaces, game money, the box top, and more. There will also be opportunities for residents to purchase patron ads, having their name included on the board game. The money raised goes directly to the production of the game.
Current plans are to make the game available prior to the holidays for purchase.
For more information or to learn about game sponsorship opportunities, contact email@example.com or call (856) 665-1000 x127.
Throwback Thursdays On Channel 19
As part of the Township’s celebration of Pennsauken’s 125th anniversary, Channel 19 Pennsauken Television is going into its archives for “Throwback Thursdays.” Every Thursday throughout 2017, Pennsauken Television will air a variety of shows and programming from the channel’s history.
This “retro” programming will be broadcast throughout the day on Thursdays, allowing viewers several opportunities to watch.
Other Celebrations Currently Being Developed
- The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission is installing a special 125th anniversary logo on its three million-gallon water tank, located on the corner of Park Ave. and Haddonfield Rd.
- Special banners commemorating Pennsauken’s 125th anniversary, which can be hung inside or outside of area businesses, are being offered to companies for purchase
- As part of the Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library 10th annual Art Show and Sale this April, the organization is asking for submissions with a “Pennsauken” theme
- The Township is looking into having a marching band-only parade, date to be determined, with high schools from across our region participating
- Banners with the 125th anniversary logo will line Westfield Ave. for the entire year
- The Pennsauken Historical Society is working to create a special retrospective on the town’s history, details to be forthcoming
- “Our Town,” the 1950s-era film that highlighted Pennsauken, will be aired on Channel 19; in addition, a new video, “Our Town… Today,” will be produced by Pennsauken Television
- Pennsauken High School’s Chorus will be performing a vocal tribute to the Township, singing popular songs from a variety of different eras