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Camden County March 28 Weekly News

Don't Miss The Camden County Spring Job Fair 
Camden County will sponsor its Spring 2013 Job Fair on Thursday, April 4th at The Collingswood Man_at_desk Ballroom, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. An estimated 100 employers will be there to interview candidates. Save the date and come early. The County hosts a Job Fair twice a year—in the spring and the fall—and more than 2,000 job seekers attend each one. If you need help with your resume, County experts will be there to revamp, edit or improve it. Camden County’s One Stop Resource Center, which organizes the event, will also have experts on hand to counsel would-be job seekers on how to dress for success for a job interview.  For more information Click Here. 

Register Now for the Camden County Parenting Conference - Fun and Learning for the Whole Family! 
The Camden County Board of Freeholders is sponsoring a free interactive conference on parenting for families and kids called “Raising The Next Generation” on Saturday, April 13th, from 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m.  at Pennsauken High School.

Parenting expert, TV host, author and Courier-Post columnist, Lu Hanessian, will be the keynote speaker and there will be a variety of workshops, from nutrition and exercise, Karate and bullying to fatherhood, being an advocate to your child, from how to do homework to how to have fun as a family. The day will start with a continental breakfast and will include exhibitors, door prizes, giveaway bags and activities, including a tour of Puratos Sensobus, where people can take a tour and take part in a survey to help determine new food products. There will be something to delight everyone from toddlers to teens and adults.   Space is limited, so register today!  Click here to register. 

Register for Nature Talks and Walks at Environmental Center
Register now for Nature Talks and Walks at the Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd. Cherry Hill NJ, 08002. They’re held on the first and third Sunday of the month, starting at 9 a.m. with a half-hour presentation at the Environmental Center, followed by a one hour guided walk around Cooper River Park, all led by Mike Hogan of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust. Programs will continue through the spring summer and fall. 

To register, call 856-858-5211.  The next two walks scheduled are: 
Sunday April 7th. Cooper River Watershed.  Learn about the history and location of the Cooper River Watershed, from its headwaters to the Delaware River and its interesting plants and animals.
Sunday April 21st.  Spring Migratory and Resident Birds. Learn about the spring migratory and resident birds of Cooper River Park and how to identify them.

Attend a Workshop on Organic Control of Common Vegetable Insects
Everything you've wanted to know about those pesky insects in your garden and how to keep them from getting to your tasty vegetables before you do will be explained in a workshop presented by Camden County Master Gardeners as part of their Homeowners Series of Workshops on Thursday, April 11th   at 7 p.m. at the Camden County Environmental Center. You will learn how to identify the most common insects found on vegetables and how to control them organically.
The speaker, Sabrina Tirpak, is the Principal Laboratory Technician at the Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  She is also an instructor at Rutgers and a frequent lecturer on insect pest problems in structures, landscapes and gardens. Cost is $10.   Advanced registration is requested. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or email 
[email protected].

Help us name a new recreation facility and win three day passes to the WXPN Festival!
The Freeholder Board, special needs children and community volunteers are all joining together to build a field of dreams for physically and developmentally challenged kids and residents in Camden County.  The new boundless athletic field will provide children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities an opportunity to play together on the same recreational surface as their non-disabled friends and family.  For the last five years, the Freeholder Board has been researching and planning to provide additional opportunities for the disabled to play games like baseball, soccer, volleyball and badminton. 

Submit your ideas online for a chance to win a family pass, 4 tickets to the WXPN Festival in July, acts to be announced soon.  The winner will also be invited to participate and be honored at the ribbon cutting on opening day at the facility.  

"Just for Seniors" Event Schedule
Senior Events are being added to the Spring event schedule, upcoming senior events include yoga, bingos and senior dances.  Open to all county residents.  To view the full schedule see our Just for Seniors Events Schedule

Veterans Honored at Camden County’s Annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast 
Chews United Methodist Church in Glendora was filled with Camden County Veterans, their spouses, families and those honoring them at the 25th Annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast on Saturday morning. It was hosted by the Camden County Freeholder Board and the Camden County Veterans Advisory Committee.
“Each year, this breakfast brings our Veterans community together to nourish our bodies and souls,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Edward McDonnell, liaison to the Camden County Veterans Affairs Office. “This annual event pays tribute to our fallen heroes through food and fellowship with those who will never forget the sacrifice they made.”
Among those elected officials either speaking or attending were Congressman Rob Andrews,  Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones, Deputy Director McDonnell, Freeholder Michelle Gentek, State Senator Angel Fuentes, State Senator Fred Madden, State Assemblyman Whip Wilson, State Assemblywoman Gabriella Mosquera, and Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer.  Click here for full story and slideshow 

A Heartfelt Welcome Home for Major Harvey Gaber of Cherry Hill
Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. joined a crowd of more than 200 family, friends, neighbors,  state and local officials in Cherry Hill on Sunday to welcome home Major Harvey Gaber and thank him for his service in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
The Cherry Hill American Legion, American Legion Riders, The Warriors Watch, Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, the New Jersey State Police, The Cherry Hill Police Department and Cherry Hill Fire and Rescue were also there to pay tribute with a hero’s welcome to the Air Force veteran just returned from the battlefields of Afghanistan.
Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn was there, along with several members of Township Council, State Senators Jim Beach and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.
“Major Gaber truly is an American hero and we are proud to have him represent Camden County,” said Freeholder Director Cappelli. “He has demonstrated extraordinary honor and conviction, and we thank him for his service to our country. He serves as an example to us all.” Click here for photos and full story

New Memorial to Veterans Unveiled at Vogelson Library 
A memorial to Veterans from all branches of our nation’s military was unveiled at a moving ceremony at the Camden County Library System’s M. Allen Vogelson Regional Branch Saturday afternoon. Eagle Scout Christian Drinkwater coordinated the installation of the tribute as his Eagle Scout project.  “We are proud to dedicate Camden County’s newest memorial to our Veterans, and at the same time recognize the young man who made it possible,” said Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System. “Christian approached us with his vision for a Veterans Memorial at the library’s main branch, and we thank him for his commitment to our nation’s heroes.”
Voorhees Mayor Michael R. Mignogna spoke at the event, along with Freeholder Leonard, who also served as emcee. Camden County Deputy Freeholder Director Ed McDonnell, liaison to the county’s Veterans Affairs Office, participated as well as Freeholder Michelle Gentek, Voorhees Deputy Mayor, Harry A. Platt, State Assemblyman Whip Wilson, The Reverend Floyd White, Director of Camden County’s Veterans Affairs and Lieutenant Colonel Al Bancroft USMC (Ret.), who has worked with Veterans Affairs for years. Linda Devlin, Director of the Camden County Library System, helped organize Saturday’s event, which was attended by Christian’s family and members of his church.

The completion of an Eagle Scout Service Project is a requirement of attaining the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts. The service project must demonstrate leadership while benefitting the community. Christian Drinkwater’s Eagle Scout Service Project displays the logos of all five of our nation’s branches of the military along with the phrase “those who gave all” above the tribute. Click here to view photos from the event