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Camden County Weekly News-released 1-11-11

PCFA Collecting E-waste at No Charge to County Residents
The Camden County PCFA will collect electronics for recycling during the months of December, January and February at no charge to county residents.  “To make recycling electronics more convenient for county residents, the PCFA is making this program available to county residents for the next three months,” said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the PCFA. 

“This program couldn’t come at a better time.  If you replaced old electronics with new toys this season, drop off your recycling free of charge.”  The e-waste will be accepted at the Pennsauken Landfill, located on River Road in Pennsauken, during the PCFA’s normal business hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They will also open for e-waste drop-offs from 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday January 14, 2011 and February 18, 2012.

Win Everything Needed to Soar as a Scarlet Raptor
Rutgers–Camden is proud to offer two lucky winners everything needed to soar as a Scarlet Raptor: t-shirts, mugs, bobbleheads, and more, all within a smart-looking Rutgers gym bag.  Materials provided by the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers–Camden. Click here to enter the contest.

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fourteen Camden County residents have been chosen to receive the 2012 edition of the Camden County Freedom Medal, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 20 for their unselfish contributions to improving their community.  “This is Camden County’s way of honoring Dr. King,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr.  The award, created in 2001, honors ideals indicative of the slain civil rights leader.  Cappelli said the medals will be presented during an evening ceremony at the Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River.  A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner to follow at 6:00 pm.  For more information, call (856) 216-8217.

New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno cordially invite you to the
2012 Martin Luther King, Jr.Annual Holiday Commemorative Celebration on Sunday, January 15, 2012, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the State Museum Auditorium, 205 West State Street in Trenton.  The Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Baruti K. Kafele.  Please RSVP by January 9, 2012 via email @ Kyesha.Harris@sos.state.nj.us.  This event is free and open to the public.  Limited space is available, seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Library Observes Black History Month
Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System, invites everyone to join in the observation of Black History Month at the Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue branch library in February.  Starting with a four-part African American Film Series, the library will screen a selection of titles depicting the struggle and achievements of African Americans. On four successive Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 p.m. the public can sign up to watch “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, February 2; “Tuskegee Airmen”, February 9; “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, February 16; and “Precious”, February  23.  Registration for any of the programs is available by calling 856-342-9789 or through SIGNUP on the web at www.camdencountylibrary.org/events

CCMUA to Implement Geothermal Project
The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) was awarded a $1 million grant from PSEG on January 9, 2012 to implement a geothermal project at its wastewater treatment plant in Camden.  Implementing this technology is expected to save the CCMUA about $80,000 per year in energy expenses.  “The project will utilize the natural green energy available from latent geothermal heat in order to reduce the need for conventional heating options,” said Freeholder Jeffery L. Nash, liaison to the CCMUA.   “The CCMUA is the logical choice to serve as a pilot program for other wastewater treatment facilities as they have continually taken the lead on initiatives that protect the environment and promote new technologies.” 

Collingswood’s Scottish Rite Theater Among 150 Best in NJ
The American Institute of Architects New Jersey has included the Scottish Rite Theater in their Guidebook of the 150 Best Buildings and Places in the state.  The theater on the White Horse Pike in Collingswood served as a Masonic Lodge until it was purchased and renovated by the borough into an arts center.  Singer David Crosby called the theater “the coolest place I ever played.”  The Camden County Freeholder Board is proud to sponsor concerts throughout the year at the venue.  On January 21 at 8:00 p.m. the Camden County Winter Concert Series presents “A Special Intimate Acoustic Evening with Dave Mason.”  For more information, and a list of upcoming shows, visit www.camdencounty.com.

Rutgers Students Offer Income Tax Assistance to Low Income Residents
This tax season, hundreds of low-income New Jersey citizens will receive a real break from Rutgers–Camden students who are providing free assistance in preparing income tax returns.
Thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden, students have been trained to help in the preparation of federal and New Jersey state tax returns.  The program offers access to these free services on the Rutgers–Camden Campus.
The Rutgers–Camden law school VITA program is offered on the Rutgers–Camden Campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. January 31 through April 11 (excluding February 15 and March 13, 14), and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon on February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3 and 24, along with April 7.  Each session will be held in West Conference Room A on the lower level of the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden Campus.  Clients are required to bring photo ID for themselves; Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents to be listed on the return; all proof of income and taxes paid, as well as deductible expenses; and the checkbook for the direct deposit account in order to verify refund account information.  For more information about the VITA program at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406.

Rutgers Economic Conference to Explore Green Energy on January 26
The impact of green energy upon current and future economic conditions for New Jersey and the Delaware Valley region will be examined during the first 2012 session of the Rutgers–Camden Quarterly Business Outlook, which will be held on the Rutgers–Camden campus from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. January 26.  Sponsored by the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, the quarterly conference evaluates the region's health by examining key southern New Jersey industries.  Three executives will report on the performance of their business sectors during 2011, and will forecast the economic health of their industries into the spring.  The event will be held in the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Camden Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Free and accessible parking is available.  Advance registration is required for this free conference.  Register online at chambersnj.com

Sen. Norcross Champions Service Animals for Autism
A bill sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross that will permit the use of service animals in school for students who are eligible for special education programs and services for certain developmental disabilities was signed into law on Monday.  This legislation (S1797), similar to laws permitting seeing-eye dogs for blind students, would allow students with autism or other developmental disabilities to bring certified service animals into school to assist with their learning needs.  Parents of eligible students would be required to receive written recommendation from a physician, establishing the need for a medically-recommended animal. 
"By allowing children to use medically-recommended service animals in school, we are taking a large step towards making sure our students can reach their educational potential," said Senator Norcross.  "New Jersey's disabled students should absolutely be afforded a safe and secure learning environment."

Fuentes Brothers Honored for Each Winning Elections on the same Ballot
Three brothers who each serve as elected officials in different positions throughout the region - New Jersey Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, Woodlynne Borough Mayor Jeraldo Fuentes, and Woodlynne Borough Councilman Pablo Fuentes - were honored on January 10, for a unique reason.  The three Fuentes brothers became a part of history when each sibling appeared on the same election ballot during the General Election in November of 2011.  Not only was each brother's name on the ballot, but they each won the elections in which they were candidates.

Animal Welfare Association Offers Free Spay/Neuter for Cats
Thanks to a generous two-year grant from PetSmart Charities, Animal Welfare Association (AWA) in Voorhees is offering free spay/neuter services to all cats in Bellmawr, Lindenwold, Voorhees and Gloucester Township.  To make an appointment for a cat (owned, stray or feral) from one of the target communities, call 856-424-2288 ext. 105 or send an e-mail toclinic@awanj.org.  Visit www.awanj.org for more information on this program and on low-price spay/neuter for any dog or cat from any area.

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