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Camden County Freeholder Board Weekly Update released Feb. 11

Local High School Students Show Consumer Savvy
Students from Audubon High School, Haddon Township High School and Winslow High School tested their knowledge of consumer laws and regulations while familiarizing themselves with their rights in the marketplace for the annual Consumer Bowl competition, which took place this past Wednesday at the Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River. Presented by Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez and the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services and the New Jersey Office of Consumer Affairs, the event was moderated by Camden County Sheriff Charles Billingham and judged by Freeholder Deputy Director Ed McDonnell and Freeholder Ian Leonard.
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Camden County Celebrates Black History Month with Poetry, Music, Movies                      
The Freeholders and the Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College are presenting a wide-range of events this month to celebrate Black History Month.  From a tribute to women in the civil rights movement to a celebration of the legendary Dreamland Club in Lawnside, there is something for everyone.  The events planned by the Cultural and Heritage Commission will excite, inspire and celebrate the rich history of the African-American Community.  Click for the full schedule of events.

You can also check out movie screenings in honor of Black History Month at the Camden County Library’s Ferry Ave. Branch with screenings each Thursday afternoon.  Selections include:

·         “Why Did I Get Married?” - Thursday, Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m.
·         “The Help” - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.
·         “For Colored Girls” - Thursday, Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE - Spring Camden County Job Fair on April 4
The Camden County Board of Freeholders will host its semi-annual Spring Job Fair on Thursday, April 4th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. More than 100 local employers will be participating.  There will also be on-site help available for applicants to write and update resumes, special veterans’ assistance, and information on job readiness programs such as training, dressing for success and more. Programs are offered through the Camden County One Stop Employment Center.  For more information on employment programs please visit

Check Online for Camden County Restaurant Inspections
Camden County continues to provide accessible digital health inspections of Camden County restaurants, school cafeterias and other food handling facilities to ensure residents can see these reports and assess cleanliness. Since the program’s inception, thousands of Camden County residents have visited to check on their favorite restaurant or their child’s school cafeteria. To access the service, You can search by the establishment’s name or by Municipality. You can also register to receive e-mail alerts when new reports are posted for your favorite restaurants or when the Camden County Health Department issues food-related alerts.

Just for Seniors – February Events
The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Surrogate, Patricia Egan Jones, will presentFREE Senior Legal Workshops (wills/living wills/powers of attorney) for senior residents 60 + at the Camden County Store, Voorhees Town Center (Echelon Mall, 2nd level near Boscov’s) on the following dates: February 11th and February 19th, all at 2 p.m. Please pre-register by calling 856-566-2920.
The county is also hosting a Senior Sweetheart Dance on February 20th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at the Bellmawr Ballroom, 29 Lewis Avenue, Bellmawr. Join us for refreshments, live music by the Star Band and a night of fun. Call Michael at 856-216-2170 to register. For more information on joining your local senior club, call 856-858-2986.

Camden County Winter Concert Series Adds Two Shows
Camden County has added two new shows to the winter series line-up. The Rosanne Cash Duo on February 23rd and Ann Hampton Callaway presents The Streisand Songbook on April 6th. Both shows will be held at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theater at Camden County College. For more information and to see the entire winter concert line-up visit our website

Sign up for Master Gardener Classes
Do you enjoy gardening and would you like to improve your horticultural knowledge and skills? If so, consider becoming a Master Gardener through Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County. Earn the distinctive title of Master Gardener and you will join the ranks of thousands of others throughout New Jersey. Certification is achieved by completion of a rigorous, science-based training program and 60 hours of volunteer service where you assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in addressing horticultural and environmental issues in Camden County. The Master Gardeners of Camden County are now taking applications for the 2013 Horticulture School. Classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February to April from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $300.00, which covers a scientific notebook and related material. This is a terrific opportunity for county gardeners to learn more and become volunteers to help others with their gardening projects and questions once they’ve completed the program. Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, working with the Camden County Board of Freeholders, offers the training program twice weekly over a three-month period. For more information, please contact Becki Szktoak at: 856-216-7130 or The class registration form is also available online at: