2023 Town Council Updates
January 30, 2023
Deputy Mayor Fozia Janjua joined Senator Troy Singleton , Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip , and representatives from the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of Pick up from Jessie Hair Studio by Caniya.
Owner Caniya Caldwell started her business as she noticed the lack of salons that serviced women of all nationalities and hair types. Caniya has been doing hair professionally for over 7 years.
Janjua stated "We are so proud to see a minority and women owned business call Mount Laurel home. I personally look forward to being a lifelong customer".
The salon offers hair treatment services, coloring, balayage, bridal services, hair extensions, updos, and more.
Pick Up From Jessie Hair Studio is located at 1155 Route 73 Suite 4, Mount Laurel, NJ. To book an appointment call 856-930-7086.
January 21, 2023
Over the weekend Deputy Mayor Janjua and Councilwoman Cohen attended the Alice Paul Institute birthday celebration and opening of the temporary exhibit "Equality is a Verb".
The exhibit connects the work of suffragists and Equal Rights Amendment supporters through three verbs commonly used by activists: Organize, Advocate, and Resist.
Both Deputy Mayor Janjua and Councilwoman Cohen met with Ranger Susan Philpott from Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. Some of items from the museum's collection were on display.
January 16, 2023
Mayor Steglik stopped by Congregation Adath Emanu-El
for their MLK Day of Service projects. The Congregation held a day of "Tikkun Olam", which is a concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. The Congregation worked on many service projects, including preparing food for the homeless and creating dog and cat toys for animal shelters.
January 2, 2023
During the Township Council's Reorganization meeting New Jersey State Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip administered the oath of office to Mount Laurel Mayor Stephen Steglik, who made history in 2021 as the youngest Mayor to serve Mount Laurel.
Mayor Stephen Steglik stated “When sworn in four years ago, I alongside my colleague Kareem Pritchett, made a promise to find solutions to Mount Laurel's concerns. We will do what is right and just regardless of political affiliation. Today I renew that pledge with
even more confidence. I along with Deputy Mayor Janjua and all of Township Council are prepared to work harder than ever".
Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah administered the oath of office to Deputy Mayor Fozia Janjua. Deputy Mayor Janjua stated "As an educator I have always had a passion for social justice and community service. As a Council we have managed to create events for the whole community to enjoy, such as our food truck festival. These events not only bring great fun, but bring our whole Mount Laurel community together. As the first South Asian Deputy Mayor I hope to provide an example to others and thank the community for your support."
2022 Town Council Updates
December 18, 2022
The Township and Township Council wish a Happy Hanukkah to all residents who celebrate!
Last night marked the first night of Hanukkah with the menorah lighting at Rancocas Woods. Thank you to Rabbi Memis-Foler of Congregation Adath Emanu-El and residents who joined for the lighting.
Rabbi Memis-Foler was joined by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip
, Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell, Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, and Councilwoman Janjua.
Thank you to Public Works for assistance with the lighting. Four Green Cats Café
provided hot chocolate to attendees.
December 12, 2022
Mount Laurel Township and Township Council are excited to announce the winners of our first annual Deck the House contest!
The Deck the House contest featured four categories to enter: Best Use of Theme, Most Creative, Best Classic, and Mayor's Choice. Winners were announced at last night’s Township Council meeting.
Congratulations to the Maier Family, display named "Merry Lights" winner of Best Theme.
Albertson family, display "Albertson Holiday Lights", won Most Creative.
The Kelly family, display named "Gardner", won Best Classic Display.
The Christ family, "Rankin' Bass Merry CHRIST-mas", won Mayor's Choice.
Thank you to all residents who entered and congratulations to all our winning families.
December 3, 2022
Vibe Salon celebrated their grand opening and were joined by Councilwoman Cohen. The salon is women owned and operated, and owner Jill has been in the hair industry for over 15 years. Her team of stylists are focused on making clients look and feel their best.
The salon features sophisticated black and white fixtures to create a modern space
for clients. The salon offers hair styling, cutting, coloring and a variety of other services. The salon offers Oribe products clients can purchase to continue salon worthy results at home.
December 2, 2022
Township Council attended the Townships and Rancocoas Woods Events and Shops second annual tree lighting on Friday December 2.
There was a wonderful turnout with everyone enjoying the tree lighting, the variety of kids activities, visit from Santa on the fire truck, character appearances, and shopping for holiday gifts along Creek Road. The event was also attended by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip, Burlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, and Commissioner Eckel.
Thank you to all who made the event possible, including Public Works, Township employees, volunteers at Rancocas Woods and Shops, Mount Laurel Police Department, Mount Laurel Fire Department, Mount Laurel Office of Emergency Management, and Mount Laurel Emergency Medical Services .
Thank you to the participating small businesses, including Sunflour Bakeshop , Laura's Princess Appearances, Bout The Hops Brewing, Dr. Brewlittle's, Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, Wagonhouse Winery and Three Boys Brand, and Armageddon Brewing LLC. Four Green Cats Café provided delicious hot chocolate. Thank you to all the shops along Creek Road for residents to shop for holiday gifts. A big thank you to all Mount Laurel residents! Please continue to keep an eye on social media for upcoming Township events in the new year.
November 26, 2022
Deputy Mayor Steglik and Councilwoman Cohen joined the Rancocas Woods Business Association and Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for a shopping tour at Rancocas Woods for Shop Small Saturday.
The shops at Rancocas Woods offer the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. This holiday season be sure to shop local.
November 16, 2022
Mayor Pritchett and Deputy Mayor Steglik attended the Arbor Terrace Mount Laurel Veteran event and presented recognition awards. The Township and Township Council continue to honor our veterans that have served in times of peace and in war.
Mayor Pritchett and Deputy Mayor Steglik encourage others to provide support to our military community by thanking veterans and their families for their service, as without them we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today.
November 14, 2022
At the Township Council meeting two proclamations were adopted.
The first proclamation recognizes star student Emma Rossetter for successfully completing her service project involving the nonprofit BookSmiles. Emma reached out to Mount Laurel Schools, nearby businesses, and the Township to set up book collection boxes. BookSmiles provides students and educators with high quality new or gently used books.
Emma exceeded her initial goal and collected over 6,000 books!
The Township and Township Council recognize Emma for her hard work and dedication working towards her Girl Scout Silver Award.
A second proclamation recognized the month of November as National Veterans and Military Families Month. Veterans Bob Smyth and Jim Healey accepted the proclamation.
Thank you to all veterans for their dedication and service to our country, as well as their families. Throughout November the Township and Township Council encourage residents to thank a veteran for their service, visit memorial sites, and support veteran owned businesses.
November 12, 2022
Deputy Mayor Steglik and Councilwoman Cohen attended the Mt. Laurel Field of Honor patriotic display at Laurel Acres Park.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Mt. Laurel, the moving patriotic display features 100 flags to honor our heroes. Each flag represents an individual and tells a story. The display will be available for public viewing through November 19.
November 11, 2022
Mount Laurel Township has received the “We Value Our Veterans” Award!
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, and Councilwoman Janjua attended the New Jersey Veterans Day ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. The ceremony featured Governor Phil Murphy bestowing the "We Value Our Veterans" Award to Mount Laurel Township and other recipient municipalities. Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip
also attended the award
The New Jersey’s Governor “We Value Our Veterans” Community Award is given to municipalities that honor the “sacrifices, patriotism, and bravery displayed by our men and women who have worn the military uniform.” The Township scored 155 points on the submission application.
The Township completed the following programs and services to qualify for the award: provided parking spots for Purple Heart Recipients and Disabled Veterans, honoring veterans at roundtables and luncheon events, holding annual Memorial Day tributes, providing discounts for community based recreation programs, listing veteran businesses on the Township website, and listing mental health and additional healthcare resources on the Township website.
November 10, 2022
The Township hosted a veteran luncheon honoring all those who have served. Township Council thanks our veterans for their dedication and service to our country.
The luncheon was attended by Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, and Councilman Moustakas.
We thank our veterans for their courage, dedication, and
strength so we can continue to be the land of the free and home of the brave.
The Township and Township Council look forward to honoring our veterans at upcoming events.
October 28, 2022
There was a wonderful turnout of residents at Chick-fil-A East Gate Square Trunk or Treat event on Friday October 28.
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, and Councilman Moustakas enjoyed meeting residents and passing out candy to those in creative costumes. Joining the event was Mount Laurel Police Department, Mount Laurel Fire Department, and Mount Laurel Emergency Medical Services.
October 15, 2022
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness walk on Saturday saw many members of the community join to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to honor the memory of those who have been lost to suicide.
The walk was attended and remarks were given by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Majority Whip
, County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, Mayor Kareem Pritchett, and Councilwoman Karen Cohen. The annual event was organized by Mount Laurel resident Kyra
October 14, 2022
On Friday October 14 Mayor Pritchett and Councilwoman Cohen attended the Rancocas Woods Events and Shops Boos and Brews event.
Thousands of attendees and their families enjoyed delicious brews, shopping Halloween items from the Witches market, and dressing up for the costume contest.
Mayor Pritchett judged the costume contest and enjoyed meeting residents and their families along with Councilwoman Cohen.
Stay tuned for upcoming events including December's tree lighting.
September 24, 2022
Councilwoman Cohen attended the Alice Paul Institute 15th Annual Uncorked food and wine tasting. The event celebrates and supports the important work of the Alice Paul Institute.
A special VIP reception was held to unveil a special desk that Alice Paul installed in her office at the National Woman’s Party headquarters in D.C. The desk first belonged to Susan B. Anthony, and then Alice Paul.
Proceeds from the event support API’s Girls Leadership Council and
the continued preservation of Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s childhood home.
September 10, 2022
Councilwoman Cohen and Councilwoman Janjua attended the first Rancocas Woods Business Association Dinner in the Woods!
The exclusive event served as a fundraiser with proceeds going directly into the Rancocas Woods Business Association's continued efforts towards the revitalization of the shops at Rancocas Woods.
The event featured a menu prepared by an executive chef using ingredients from Wegmans. Guests enjoyed live music, a silent auction, a live painting
demonstration, and much more.
September 12, 2022
Mayor Pritchett and Councilwoman Cohen had the pleasure of attending a ribbon cutting for Mainstream Dance Academy!
Owner Julie Plummer has been part of the Mount Laurel community for 7 years and has moved into a new studio for her dancers. The new location, located at 127 Ark Road, features beautiful new viewing windows, live streamed classes, large dance rooms and more.
Dance classes include lyrical, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and more.
August 27, 2022
August 16, 2022
The Alice Paul Institute held their Women’s Equality Day event with Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing. Councilwoman Cohen attended the festivities which included food trucks, information tables, vendors, and more. Alice Paul, who was born in Mount Laurel in 1885, dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women. Alice Paul played an instrumental role in securing women the right to vote.
Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilman Moustakas, Councilwoman Janjua, and Councilwoman Cohen attended the grand opening of The Woods Ice Cream Shop!
The new ice cream shop, located at 200 Creek Road, offers 14 flavors of hand-dipped Bassetts ice cream, house-made waffle cones, milkshakes, craft-soda ice cream floats, and sundaes. Shake flavor combinations include blueberry vanilla malt, peach sundae, and other local flavors. The shop also offers cold brew shakes.
The shop is taking part in Burlington County Restaurant Week, happening this week August 14-20. For four legged friends the shop will offer homemade doggie treats and doggie ice cream.
Be sure to check out the Woods Shop apparel store, home of the original Rancocas Woods apparel. The shop sells mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and more.
The ice cream shop is open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00- 9:00 PM and 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM Sunday.
July 27, 2022
Thank you to all the Mount Laurel residents who attended Mount Laurel night at the Phillies game!
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, and Councilwoman Cohen enjoyed meeting residents and cheering on the team.
Stay tuned for upcoming events, including September's Food Truck Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony later this year
July 26, 2022
Mount Laurel Township and Assemblywoman Murphy, Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, and Councilwoman Cohen celebrated the grand opening of Rancocas Pointe last night. Residents enjoyed free Mister Softee and got to explore the new recreation space.
The new recreation space features a tennis and basketball court, 2 pickle ball courts, and a walk/run path.
The recreation space is located at 73 Sternlight Drive.
July 25, 2022
Over the weekend Councilwoman Cohen joined Assemblywoman Murphy and school officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony of Apple Montessori Schools.
Apple Montessori Schools offers infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and summer camp programs, as well as before and after school daycare. Apple’s Mt. Laurel School is for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, and is conveniently located at 1401 South Church Street. The campus consists of spacious classrooms for Montessori inspired curriculum and enrichment activities. The grounds offer age-appropriate outdoor play areas, a swimming pool, an outdoor sports court, and ample parking to make drop off and pick up easy. Children experience activities like hands-on based coding & robotics program, music, drama, arts, sports, and more.
July 16, 2022
Councilwoman Cohen joined the Girl Scouts for a time capsule ceremony at Laurel Acres.
There was a parade to kick off the ceremony and proclamations were awarded to a troop who earned their bronze award by doing a project for Operation Yellow Ribbon.
Assemblywoman Carol Murphy and Councilwoman Cohen spoke to the Girl Scouts on leadership and service to the community.
The ceremony concluded with one of the organizers opening the time capsule that was buried at Alice Paul Institute in 2002. Some of the scouts who contributed to the time capsule were at the event to look at what they buried 20 years ago!
June 18, 2022
Deputy Mayor Steglik joined members of the Township's Diversity & Inclusion Board at the Evesham Township's Juneteenth celebration.
June 17, 2022
Deputy Mayor Steglik and Councilwoman Cohen attended the grand opening of Full House Pets Mount Laurel, NJ. Those who attended enjoyed animal learning sessions, sales throughout the store, kids activities, and more.
The full service pet store carries a variety of pet supplies. Owners Jeff and Kelli carry a wide variety of products in store, perfect for pets with allergies or sensitive needs.
Products include dry, wet, and raw cat and dog food, wild bird food, bones, treats, and more. Additionally the store has a reptile section complete with food supplies, cages, and accessories.
Full House Pets is located in the Larchmont Centre complex at 127 Ark Road.
June 5, 2022
The Rancocas Woods Business Association celebrated the opening of Mount Laurel's first Farmers Market on Sunday June 5.
Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, and a representative from Senator Troy Singletons office celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The markets mission is to promote and support a sustainable local food system and business network in Mount Laurel.
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, and Councilwoman Cohen attended the Holiday Village East Memorial Day service on May 28th.
“On Memorial Day we remember those who did not return home. We are deeply appreciative of the ultimate sacrifice made by many brave men, women, and their families in service to our nation” stated Mayor Pritchett.
May 26, 2022
Township Council attended a Memorial Day Tribute held at Laurel Acres Park.
Mount Laurel Police Department Honor Guard presented a wreath at the Mount Laurel Veterans Memorial. We honor all those veterans who have given their lives in service to our country. Officials from the Mount Laurel Fire Department were present for the tribute.
The tribute was attended by Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, Councilwoman Janjua, Councilman Moustakas, Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O'Connell and Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel.
"We owe our freedoms to those veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice. They have led with courage and bravery, and we continue to honor those veterans and their families here today" stated Deputy Mayor Steglik.
Today the Township hosted a veteran luncheon honoring all those who have served. Township Council thanks our veterans for their dedication and service to our country.
The luncheon was attended by Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel, representatives from Congressman Andy Kim 's office and representatives from Assemblyman Herb Conaway, MD 's office. Representatives from the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center and Armed Forces Heritage Museum were also present.
May 15, 2022
On Sunday May 15th the Township celebrated Mount Laurel's 150th Anniversary with a celebration event. Mount Laurel is rich with history, with a spot along the Underground Railroad at Jacob’s Chapel AME Church, antebellum African American settlements marked by the Colemantown Meeting House, as well as being the birthplace of women’s rights activist Alice Paul.
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilwoman Cohen, Councilwoman Janjua, and Councilman Moustakas enjoyed the festivities with residents while celebrating the rich history of the Township.
April 5, 2022
Councilwoman Cohen, Councilman Moustakas, and Township officials celebrated the grand reopening of beloved Mount Laurel staple Bhan Thai.
The new location offers beautiful interiors with large glass windows and plenty of space for dining with family. Bhan Thai offers home-style Thai food, using only fresh, natural ingredients.
Bhan Thai is located at 4301 Dearborn Circle and is open Monday-Saturday. Congratulations!
April 2, 2022
Mayor Pritchett, Deputy Mayor Steglik, and Councilwoman Cohen joined the celebration of opening day for Mount Laurel Baseball. A parade kicked off the ceremony, fun giveaways were announced, and teams showed up in full spirit ready for game day.
Township Council would like to thank everyone who made this season possible. Thank you to the Mount Laurel Baseball Organization, coaches, parents, and players.
March 26, 2022
Township Council celebrated Greek Independence Day with a flag raise of the Greek flag at Laurel Acres Park.
Residents and many members of the Greek community celebrated the rich culture and history of Hellenism with Assemblywoman Murphy, Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell, Sheriff Basantis, Deputy Mayor Steglik, Councilman Moustakas, Councilwoman Cohen, and Councilwoman Janjua.
February 14, 2022
January 1, 2022
At the Mount Laurel Township council meeting a proclamation was given to the Cub Scouts of Mount Laurel, Pack 15, for their hard work in providing books for local youth. In partnership with BookSmiles, a 501(c)(3) organization, the Cub Scouts held a book drive charity event. They collected and organized books that would be provided to children, families, and schools in need, aiding in promoting literacy and the joy of reading. The Cub Scouts ended up collecting over 6,000 books, donated by local families for several weeks leading up to the event. This is the largest amount of books that have been collected during a single book drive compared to any other group since BookSmiles was founded in 2017.
Below Mayor Pritchett and Township Council congratulate the Cub Scouts on receiving their proclamation.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker
administered the oath of office to Mount Laurel Mayor Kareem Pritchett in a historic first as Kareem became the first African American to lead the township in the 150-year history of the municipality.
Mayor Pritchett stated “It is a great honor and privilege to serve as Mayor, and I humbly embrace the immense responsibility ahead. Having served four years on the township council, I'm ready for this opportunity to be a powerful voice for all residents, especially the many that never thought a day like this would be possible in Mount Laurel. During the next year, I will work to ensure our growing township pushes forward smart policies to help our local economy, ensure our residents feel safe and fight for critical infrastructure improvements we need to improve our roads, water quality and improve our quality of life. And, most importantly, we will continue to build upon a responsive, open and transparent government that will work hard for all residents.”
Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Deputy Majority Leader administered the oath of office to Deputy Mayor Stephen Steglik.
Deputy Mayor Steglik stated “The challenges we faced were unprecedented during the past year and I could not be prouder of my colleagues, as we worked together to ensure that Mount Laurel would see the progress we promised on reorganization day nearly a year ago. It was not always easy as we faced complex issues that we knew needed to be addressed to improve our township and when faced with even more difficult issues last summer we brought the community together to usher in a new day of progress in Mount Laurel.”
The ceremony was held at Mount Laurel Township's Municipal Court room and was attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayors families, Councilwoman Cohen, and residents.
November 12, 2021
Mount Laurel Township continues to honor our veterans for their dedication and service to our country. We would not enjoy the freedoms we have today without veterans acts of courage, sacrifice, and bravery.
The Township hosted a veterans luncheon thanking veterans for their service. Congressman Kim, Assemblywoman Murphy, Mayor Steglik, Deputy Mayor Pritchett, Councilwoman Cohen, and Councilman Moustakas were in attendance.
October 23, 2021
Mount Laurel Township alongside the Larchmont Jogger and the non-profit The Recovery Chair hosted a 5K run on October 23rd.
The Breast Cancer Awareness 5K helped raise funds for The Recovery Chair, a non profit dedicated to providing women recliner chairs in their steps to recovery from Breast Cancer. The funds would go towards a new chair, and the non-profit has helped over 200 women.
Mayor Steglik and Councilwoman Janjua were in attendance, and everyone showed support by wearing a splash of pink in their outfits.