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Camden County October

The Camden County Freeholders have scheduled 17 site locations for the 2011 Seasonal Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization Program.  The program begins at the annual Senior Health Fair, which this year takes place on Wednesday, October 5 in Cooper River Park, starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through 2:00 p.m. 

Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez explained that the launch of the flu shot program is traditionally coordinated with the senior health fair because men and women age 65 and older are among the “high priority” groups for annual shots.  Seniors receiving MEDICARE to bring their Medicare ID cards with them.  Pregnant women and chronically ill people are other high priority groups. Flu shots are also recommended for people with weakened immune or cardiovascular systems, or with chronic metabolic diseases, renal dysfunction or blood disorders. Youngsters aged 9 and older must be accompanied by an adult; those under the age of nine are not included in the program.  For locations, dates and times of this year’s flu and pneumonia immunization program, see the listing inside the current issue of the Camden County PRIDE.  For other information, contact the county Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-999-9045, or log the county’s website.


Vote by Mail is a Convenient Alternative
If you know a college student, a homebound senior, a high school student who is old enough to vote, or anyone else who wants the convenience of voting ahead of Election Day, try Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail has replaced Absentee Voting in the State of New Jersey. Downloading a Vote By Mail application at couldn’t be easier. Just fill out the form and make sure it’s sent back to the county and your vote will be counted.  To apply to Vote by Mail, visit

Freeholders to Meet in Pennsauken
The Freeholder Board invites you to a Town Meeting on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Camden County Boathouse in Cooper River Park, 7050 North Park Drive, Pennsauken.  The Freeholder Board looks forward to providing you with greater access to your county government.  The Town Meeting is an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to you and your family.  At 7:00 p.m., the Freeholder Board will hold its regular monthly meeting which you are also invited to attend.

Free Senior Citizen Legal Workshops
The Camden County Freeholder Board’s Division of Senior & Disabled Services and the Surrogate’s Office will hold free legal workshops for senior and disabled residents to receive a Last Will and Testament, an Advance Directive for Health Care (Living Will) and Power of Attorney.   The workshops will take place at the County Store at Voorhees Town Center on October 3, 11 and 17.  Space is limited; you must register at (856) 566-2920.

Camden County Sports Hall of Fame
Camden County is hosting the annual Camden County Sports Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday, October 27.  At that time, 13 local sports legends will be honored for their contributions to athletics.  This year's inductees will be Adam Taliaferro (Eastern), Art DiPatri (Gloucester Catholic, Paul VI), Stan Pawlak, Jr. (Collingswood), Jack Carty (Camden Catholic), Claire Harden (Collingswood), Ferne Labati (Collingswood), Judy Morgan (Haddonfield), Jerry Gold (Woodrow Wilson), Tom Trotman (Cherry Hill West), Bucky Waters (Collingswood), Patti Dunlap Patoulas (Camden), Steve Israel (Haddon Heights), and Terry Schaal Durkin (Gloucester Catholic).  The event will take place at Lucien’s Manor, 81 West White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey.  The evening starts with a cocktail hour at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. with the march of the 13 inductees into the banquet room.  Dinner will start immediately after the brief introductions, and the induction ceremonies will begin shortly after 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available now for the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner.  Space is also now being reserved in the dinner program ad book.  Proceeds benefit the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame.  Adverting donations are tax deductible.  To purchase tickets or place an ad, call (856) 225-5324 or email [email protected].

Job Fair
The Camden County Job Fair, hosted by the Board of Freeholders, is being held on Tuesday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.  The job fair is being held in cooperation with the Camden County One-Stop Resource Center, so along with a wide variety of employers, there are representatives offering advice on resume writing and the job search. The Resource Center provides access to services like employment, training and education programs. They can help give you the jump-start you may need in your job search and make sure you’re presenting yourself as the best job applicant.  Many of our constituents are looking for work and can’t find it. Adding to that frustration is the fact that the job market can be difficult to navigate through.  We’re holding this job fair as a chance for us to reach out and help bridge the gap between job seekers and employers.

Household Special Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection
Camden County residents can help keep the environment healthy by participating in the next Camden County Household Special Waste Collection scheduled on October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Items that can be dropped off include oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, kerosene, polishes, photographic chemicals, automotive batteries, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, other car products, pool chemicals and cleaning fluids.  An Electronics Recycling Collection event for all Camden County residents will be held on October 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Recycling your electronics keeps dangerous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium from being released into the environment.  Both collection drive-through events are being held at the Camden County Public Works Complex, 2311 Egg Harbor Road in Lindenwold. For a complete list of what is accepted at the collections, call the Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs at (856) 858-5241 or visit  Proof of residency is required.  Households only, no businesses please. 

Camden County Shredding Event
To help in the fight against identity theft, the Camden County Freeholder Board is sponsoring a free shredding day for Camden County residents wanting to destroy documents containing personal information.  Join us on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am to noon at the Woodcrest PATCO parking lot in Cherry Hill.  Industrial size shredder trucks will be on site to destroy private documents while residents watch.  No businesses please, and a limit of 175 pounds of paper per household is requested.

Celebrate International Day
The Freeholder Board, Voorhees Township Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church present Camden County International Day on Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.   This is a great opportunity to celebrate Camden County’s diversity.  Many residents of Camden County have come here from countries around the world.  This event promotes an understanding and appreciation of each other’s rich cultural and national backgrounds. Cultural entertainment, food and vendors representing various countries’ cuisines will be in attendance.  This is a free event open to everyone.  The event takes place at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church located at 27 Kresson/Gibbsboro Road in Gibbsboro, NJ.  For more information,

Technical School Students Win Grant to Help Charities  
After submitting a comprehensive grant, the SkillsUSA and FBLA Clubs at Camden County Technical School’s Gloucester Township Campus received a $10,000 grant from the Lowe’s Educational Foundation.  This was the highest amount paid to any school in New Jersey.  The grant specified, that if awarded the funds, our SkillsUSA club would partner with two local, very worthy organizations.  The organizations chosen were the Canuso Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.  Three of our carpentry teachers, Jim Kay, Mike McLane, and John Warwick and their carpentry students built storage sheds to be used at local Ronald McDonald Houses. The rest of the money will be used to build “Lowe’s Team Racing” homework kiosks utilizing Apple ipads in a local hospital’s pediatric cancer unit for the Canuso Foundation’s Babe’s Kids – Kids Helping Kids program.

Haunted Tours on the Battleship
Climb about the Battleship New Jersey, if you dare, where you will find zombies walking the haunted decks Fridays through Sundays in October, and every night from October 26 to 30, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.  Tickets are $30.  For details, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.orgor call 866-877-6262.

Federal Disaster Assistance
To date, federal disaster assistance to New Jersey residents has exceeded $84 million, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That includes more than $79 million in Individuals and Households Program grants for temporary housing and repairs and $4.9 million in Other Needs Assistance.  More than 54,000 individuals have registered for assistance. They will be notified in approximately 10 days after registration as to whether or not they are eligible for federal aid. If they are determined to be ineligible for assistance, residents will learn from the letter what steps to take to appeal the decision if they feel that they have damages that have not been addressed.  For more information, or call FEMA toll-free at, 800-621-3362 (FEMA).