Volunteers fix up homes in Colerain Township

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The fourth annual Give Back Day in Colerain township brought together a record number of people working cooperatively and volunteers to help those in need.

Over 140 volunteers scattered the neighborhoods of Colerain Township to do free home repairs.

Laying down concrete, repairing handrails, trip hazards, even painting — it’s not always easy for these neighbors to ask for help.

“They lay awake at night and they lay at wake worried about their roof leaking, and it takes a toll on their overall health,” assistant fire chief Will Mueller said.

Jeff Weckbach, assistant administrator for Colerain Township, said the pandemic didn’t get in the way of volunteers.

“The last six or so months a lot of things have been canceled — this is the one thing that we were able to make happen.”

PWC Volunteer Program Manager Aaron Grant said they had a record turnout.

“It’s overwhelming and in a great way. The fact that even, when people come out and serve they do it not because it’s easy but because it’s difficult.”

Mueller said it’s about more than just giving back.

“Think about the impact that they’re going to have not just today but in the months and years to come.”

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EHC Mayor lists PD improvements and swears in new police officers | Galloway Township

EGG HARBOR CITY — Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti outlined improvements that have taken place in the city’s police department due to an order from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013 and then proceeded to swear in four police officers during the Thursday, September 24 city council meeting.

“We have worked cooperatively to complete all 26 of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office mandates to improve police operations and policy,” Jiampetti said.

The mayor listed the improvements that have taken place. Included are an updated police rules and regulations manual, yearly performance evaluations, established an employee recognition program, increased staffing and rank, purchased body cameras with grant funding and increased accountability and communication between the police department and council.

“Staffing has been increased to include 15 full-time officers, two part-time special officers and two class-three officers to serve as school resource officers,” Jiampetti said. “We also promoted four sergeants, one lieutenant and one detective who is also training to serve on the Atlantic County S.W.A.T. team.

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