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Johnston is new council member in Somers Point - Ocean City Sentinel: News

Johnston is new council member in Somers Point

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:15 am

SOMERS POINT – Somers Point City Council swore in a new council member, Janice Johnston, during a Thursday, Aug. 22, meeting. 

Johnston will take over former City Councilman Ron Meischker’s term.  Meischker resigned from the council last month.  In his resignation letter, Meischker wrote that he purchased a property outside of Somers Point and planned to move out of the city. 

City council chose Meischker’s replacement from a list of candidates provided by the Somers Point Republican County Committee. 

Meischker served as a Republican. 

Johnston moved to Somers Point in 1975 and vacationed in the summer before then. 

She served on the Somers Point Planning Board and the Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Board. 

She is also on the executive board of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. 

Johnston used to own a hair salon. 

She and her husband own a Philly Pretzel Factory store in Egg Harbor Township and Johnston serves as a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway. 

“I’m very much looking forward to working with this council,” she said. “I love Somers Point and I like being involved and I’m looking forward to making some good decisions, whatever is best for the city.”

Johnston said her experience as a business owner helps with budgeting on city council and that her time with the chamber of commerce was a “very educational experience.”


Green Thumb


The city council also honored the Winners of the Somers Point Green Thumb Garden Club’s annual garden contest. 

The VFW Post 2189 Submarine Veterans Memorial won the commercial category, Janice Strigh won the container garden category, and Cheryl and Ed Rush won the large flower garden category. 

Pat and John Bitzer won the medium flower garden category, and Gary Gray won the small flower garden category.  The Junior Garden category went to New York Avenue School in Somers Point and School District Superintendent Michele CarneyRay-Yoder. 

In the members category, Sally Pietrofitta won the large garden category and Mary and Matt Rydzewksi, and Oscar Sanpedro won the vegetable garden category. 

City council members also congratulated Chris Spiers, a lifeguard for the Margate City Beach Patrol, for winning the singles row at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship. 

Spiers grew up in Somers Point and is a student at Stockton University. 

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