Who Let the Dogs Out?

Dogs at Ella Harris Park


Great news for dog owners!  You can now take your dogs with you to Ella Harris Park, thanks to 15-year-old Mullica Hill resident, David Charles and his cock-a-poo, Basil.  We caught up with David recently to find out the whole story on “Basil’s Law”:

MHM:  I understand you were instrumental in getting this new ordinance  passed.  What  inspired you?

David:  Well, my younger brother would have baseball games after school or on the weekends.  We didn’t want to leave Basil alone after we had been at school or work all day so someone would have to stay home with him.  There were no dogs allowed on the trail, the fields or the playground.

MHM:  So, how did you go about trying to change that? 

David:  I wrote a letter to the township and also got people to sign a petition.

MHM:  How many people signed your petition?

David:  It was about 125.  Mostly people who came into the store [Tori’s Cleaners, the Charles family’s business].  A lot of them knew Basil. 

MHM:  So then what happened with the letter and petition?

David:  I took it to the Township Committee meeting in November. I stood up and spoke to everyone and showed it to Mayor Manzo.  They voted and it passed that night.

MHM:  And so, the new rule is?

David:  Dogs are allowed on the trail and the sidelines.  They have to be on a leash, and they will be supplying doggie bags.  If it works out, they may consider allowing them at William Wilt too.

MHM:  That’s very impressive. Basil must be a great dog to have inspired you to do this. 

David:  He really helps people to get over their fears when they come in and see him here.  [At that, a customer in Tori’s chimes in and agrees that Basil helped his daughter overcome her fear of dogs.]

Basil:  Woof!

If you bring your dog to Ella Harris Park this baseball season, you may just run into David and Basil.  If so, be sure to thank them for taking action to make a positive change in the community.


Halloween Parade Oct. 27th

Halloween ParadeGet your costumes ready for the annual Harrison Township Halloween Parade is this Saturday, Oct. 27th at Ella Harris Park!  This afternoon of fun includes hayrides, pumpkin painting and awards for the best costumes and pumpkins.

Schedule of Events:

  • 2pm:  Hayrides and Pumpkin Painting begin.  (Hayrides continue until after 6pm)
  • 3:30pm:  Register for Costume Judging in the Halloween Parade
  • 4pm:  Halloween parade begins

* Costume Contest:  Awards by age group for Funniest, Scariest, Best Dressed and Most Original Family

* Pumpkin Decorating Contest:  Awards for Carved or Stenciled (at home) and Painted (at home or in park) for both Kids and Adults.

This fun-filled Halloween Event is sponsored by the Harrison Twp. Recreation Commission with assistance from the Harrison Twp. Police Department, Gloucester County 4-H and The Mullica Hill Exchange Club.



Trick or Trot 5k Costume Fun Run Oct. 27th

Trick or TrotThe Harrison Township Recreation Commission and Victory Physical Therapy present the 6th Annual Trick or Trot 5k Costume Fun Run / 1 mile walk on Saturday Oct. 27th.   Costumes are optional but make the race more fun!

The race will depart from Ella Harris Park at 8:30am rain or shine.  Registration begins at 7:45am.

Award Categories:   

Best costume:  Child and Adult

1st place:  14 & under male and female,  15-18 male and female, Adult male and female

The entry fee is $15 per participant or $20 the day of the race.  All proceeds go toward making our Harrison Township parks accessible.  Download your entry form here.

Questions?  Contact Sharon Chew in the Harrison Twp. Recreation office at 856-223-8777


Community Yard Sale on Sept. 15th

Community Yard Sale

It’s time for Harrison Twp’s Community Yard Sale!

This semi-annual event sponsored by the Harrison Twp Recreation Commission will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15th  from 8am – 1pm at Ella Harris Park.  (Rain Date -Sept. 16th)

If you’re like most of us your garage and basement are full of things that you should have gotten rid of long ago…baby gear, old toys, furniture or home goods that you know you’ll never use again.  This is the perfect opportunity get organized and earn some extra cash.  Or, come on out to bargain hunt and find some treasures!

If you’d like to set up a spot, the cost is $25.  Just fill out this form to Reserve your Space.  Set up time is from 6:30-7:30am and you will need to provide your own table (and tent/canopy if needed.)

During the Community Yard Sale, the Exchange Club of Mullica Hill will deliver Barbecue Chicken dinners from 11am to 3pm.  These complete meals include 1/2 BBQ chicken, potato salad, applesauce, roll & butter and cookie for $10 each.  Tickets are limited so please call Michele Copeland at 856-237-6800 to order yours in advance.

Race to Cure Lymphoma 5k and 1 mile Fun Run

Ready for your next 5k?  Want to support a great cause?  Join Mullica Hill resident, Matt Pietras, in the fight against Lymphoma by participating in the Race to Cure Lymphoma 5k on September 2nd at Ella Harris Park.   Matt is hosting the race with a St. Augustine Prep classmate as part of a senior year school project called Caritas.

The race starts at 8am and also includes a 1 mile Fun Run. Registration is $25 for the 5k or $20 for the Fun Run.  All proceeds benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Participants can use this Registration Form to register by  mail,  Sign Up Online, or register on-site from 6:45-7:45am  the day of the event.

For additional information, contact Matt Pietras at (856) 430-0147.

Come on out to help support this great cause!