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Tree For Every Delawarean Awards $60,000 in Grants

Five projects will receive a combined $60,000 in grant funding for tree plantings as part of Delaware’s Tree For Every Delawarean Initiative (TEDI), announced by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and initiative partners today. TEDI works with Delaware conservation partners, including DNREC and the Department of Agriculture’s Delaware Forest Service, to enhance and support tree planting projects throughout the state, to plant 1 million trees by 2030. Over 72,000 trees have been planted with funds allocated through TEDI. Combined with funding from other sources, a total of 120,000 trees have been planted since January 2020. The latest projects will add almost 8,000 trees to this total and are to be completed this fall and next spring. The funded tree planting projects were selected from among 13 applications cumulatively seeking more than $250,000 in requests received during the latest funding round for TEDI. Project recipients, their TEDI grant... Read more →


Peyton and Me Meandering:

Great GHS Idea; Gcity Thai Boxing; O'Hara's Penthouse; Meat/Fish Prices; School Lawsuit Settled; Olive & Mabel

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews THE GHS SENIOR PARKING SPOT...What a great idea.-- On a recent walk, we noticed some of the parking spots at Gloucester High School (GHS) were painted with different designs. Wanting to know more, we contacted School Superintendent Sean Gorman. "The new Senior parking spot tradition that we started has been wonderful. Seniors are assigned a parking spot in our lot. They worked with our Senior Class Advisor and Art Department Chair to personalize their design for their spot and completed the work themselves. Current Board of Education member Jackie Borger mentioned that she had heard of another local school district that allowed their Seniors to do this and thought it would be a marvelous tradition to begin here. We were able to connect with the other local school district, and our Maintenance Department helped support us in bringing this new tradition to GHS," said... Read more →


Veterans and First Responders to be Honored in Voorhees

Fallen Comrade Ceremony Provides Hope and Healing for Soul Injury Voorhees, NJ – To honor those who have served, survived and now carry the burden of the losses they have sustained, Samaritan partnered with Voorhees Township and Opus Peace to host a special Fallen Comrade Ceremony at Voorhees Town Center. The ceremony was based on the welcome home rituals for Native American warriors. It served as a special moment to restore hope for healing the “soul injury” that veterans and first responders who have endured dangerous-duty assignments can carry with them throughout their lives. “This uniquely inspiring ceremony honors those who have humbly devoted themselves to our country and communities,” said Phillip W. Heath, president and CEO of Samaritan. “Samaritan is proud to partner with Opus Peace and Voorhees Township to not just thank them for their service, but to recognize their pain and trauma.” The ceremony also included a... Read more →


ONE BIG HAPPY LIFE

One Big Happy Life has 217,000 YouTube subscribers and millions of views. After graduating from Yale Law, Founder Scarlett Cochran worked as a banking and consumer finance attorney for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has also served her country with the Marine Corps. Cochran built her dream life after starting off as a single teen mom living below the poverty line. She wished there had been a guide to help her through her hard times; to pay it forward, she wrote IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY: A Proven Path to Building Wealth and Living the Rich Life You Deserve (Penguin Random House / Avery; on sale Feb. 7, 2023). One of the key points that sets Cochran apart is her unconventional, seemingly counter-intuitive financial advice (that has worked for her personally), like how debt can... Read more →


Northern Liberties Business Improvement District announces the return of Artists at Work

Philadelphia, PA - Northern Liberties Business Improvement District announces the return of Artists at Work on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The neighborhood comes alive this fall with a special art crawl that will feature live music, plus crafters and artists live-creating in pop-up spaces and shops around Northern Liberties. This episode of Artists at Work is the largest to date for the program with 19 locations. Attendees will be able to stop and talk with painters, sculptors, knitters, collagers and more to learn about their process and inspiration. New for edition, look for collaborations with Cosa Cosa, The Clay Studio and Almanac Dance Circus Theater. The event is rain or shine, and free to attend. Make it a day in Northern Liberties for Second Saturday with the brand-new Northern Liberties Farmers’ Market Pop-up from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Piazza Alta Courtyard. For a full list... Read more →


GCHS Announces the Catherine M. Flynn Scholars Program

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ --Gloucester Catholic is pleased to announce the Catherine M. Flynn Scholarship, which helps to fund the education of a Gloucester Catholic student throughout her high school career (see below). The Catherine M. Flynn Scholarship was funded recently by Thomas F. Flynn III, Class of 1965, on behalf of his grandmother, Catherine M. Flynn. Mrs. Flynn (see photo below) was a highly recognized civic and politically active leader in Gloucester City prior to her passing in 1986 at 92. She was recognized for leaving an impressive record of community service and long hours spent throughout her lifetime for the betterment of her church, her community, and her neighbors. In 1972, she was named Gloucester City Jaycees Citizen of the Year while being selected Citizen of the Year by the Gloucester City Rotary and Lions Club in 1977 at age 82. Mrs. Flynn was also very active in the... Read more →


*Montreal Beach Resort's Doggie Day Pool Pawty Returns on Sunday, October 30,

DOGS-ONLY POOL PAWTY TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL OUTREACH OF CAPE MAY COUNTY Cape May, NJ - Montreal Beach Resort (1025 Beach Avenue) is going to the dogs - literally. A beloved and cherished Cape May tradition is back after a pandemic break. Montreal Beach Resort's Doggie Day Pool Pawty returns on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 12:00pm Noon to 4:00pm. Years ago, after uneventfully closing their pool each season, the owners decided that it would be fun for one day a year to let the pups jump in for a dip. Over the years this fun way to close the season turned into a larger community tradition that now raises money for the Animal Outreach of Cape May. Madison Resorts and new owner Dan Alicea bring back the event and want to carry on the tradition after a two year break. “As the new owners of the Montreal Beach... Read more →


Coming to Gloucester City, NJ: " The Wave", A New Public Landmark in Proprietors Park

CNBNewsnet file photo GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 3, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--After several years of development, "The Wave" will be rising in Proprietors Park. The unveiling will occur on October 8, 2022, at 4 pm at Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ, during our Pack the Park Fall Festival celebration. The installation, dedicated to former Mayor Bill James and created in partnership with the Hearth Community Fund, was designed by NY based artist Winter Willoughby-Spera as part of a winning plan to beautify and redevelop Gloucester City's historic harbor front. "The Wave" showcases hundreds of fish sculptures painted by residents of all ages in response to the prompt: "What does Gloucester City mean to you?" The fish are symbolic of each citizen's story, forming "The Wave" that represents the legacy of Gloucester's historic waterfront and the promise of the city's future in its community. In 2015, Willoughby-Spera envisioned visitors approaching an installation that celebrates... Read more →


Disney100: Coming to the Franklin Institute (video)

PHILADELPHIA PA--Disney100: The Exhibition to Immerse Guests Worldwide in the Magic of Disney The Exhibition, which celebrates Disney 100 Years of Wonder, launches a World Tour at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on February 18, 2023, with the next stops announced, including Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, and Munich, Germany Philadelphia, PAToday at D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event in Anaheim, CA, exciting new details and stops were announced for the upcoming world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition. Created for the 100-year celebration of The Walt Disney Company, the exhibition will immerse guests in the beloved stories that have been dazzling guests since 1923, when Walt Disney set his company on a path that would revolutionize the entertainment industry. The world premiere of the exhibit opens on February 18, 2023, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, with Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO, set as the next two stops on... Read more →


GOOD NEWS! Sharing Her Gifts!

Black Entrepreneur & Real Estate Investor Launches AI-Rooted, Hi-Tech Path to Financial Independence Offers a Year of Free Mentorship to 10 Single Moms Ready to Build Generational Wealth Applicants Simply Post an Instagram Video with their Kids to Enter Nicole Purvy, entrepreneur and founder of Philly Real Estate Week, Inc. (PREW) and the Better Than Success (BTS) Real Estate League, is launching an innovative AI-rooted, a hi-tech program for aspiring real estate investors. She’s gifting this new program and mentorship opportunities to 10 single moms in the Philadelphia area to help them build their own businesses and a path to create generational wealth for their families. Founded in 2016 with 400 members, the Better Than Success Real Estate League is the premier real estate club for first-generation entrepreneurs, investors, and wealth builders in the Philadelphia region. Purvy has created a first-ever psychology-based AI mentor assessment approach that is personalized to... Read more →


City of Gloucester City Offering Community Development Block Grants to Small Business Owners

Gloucester City— September 13, 2022 —Mayor Dayl Baile and the Council of Gloucester City open applications for Community Development Block Grants to businesses in Gloucester City. “The City administration has been persistent and diligent in pursuing these funds, totaling $370,684, which were awarded through Camden County Community Development,” stated Lori Ryan, Director of Community Development. Mayor and Council have appropriated $250,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant CARES Funds (CDBG-CV1) for the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program. This program is being established to provide working capital funds to the community’s small businesses that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gloucester City Small Business Assistance Program has been established to provide working capital funds to community businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The program component makes funds available for 120 days of verifiable working capital up to a grant ceiling of $7,500. “We are happy to... Read more →


American Welding Society Expands Its Commitment to Welding Education

Miami, FL, September 7, 2022: The American Welding Society has empowered the welding community through educational programs for over 100 years. To stay at the forefront of welding education and serve different industry sectors, AWS continues its commitment to education by frequently adding new courses and offering members and nonmembers the tools needed to face new challenges and emerging technologies. “Welding is a dynamic industry with endless learning opportunities, no matter where someone is in their career,” said Gary W. Konarska II, Executive Director & CEO. “Through AWS Education, we offer welding education for the entire career arc. You can develop new skills, discover the latest technology, brush up on foundational principles, or prepare for a certification.” AWS Education offers new and experienced welding professionals an unmatched selection of in-person and virtual education opportunities. For educators and institutions, AWS provides industry-leading curriculum, guidelines, and support to help teach welding students... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Newark Symphony Hall Receives $2.75M to Support Capital Improvement AND New Programming  

Prudential Financial and Mellon Foundation gifted $2M and $750,000 to the historic performing arts venue. NEWARK, N.J. (Aug. 30, 2022)- Continuing an upward trajectory for the 1920s-era performing arts center as it approaches a century of existence, Newark Symphony Hall (NSH) announced it had received a combined $2.75 million from Prudential Financial and the Mellon Foundation. Prudential contributed $2 million to NSH as part of the performing arts center's 100th-anniversary capital improvement campaign, and the Mellon Foundation gifted $750,000 to develop the venue's programming department. "Newark Symphony Hall is a community pillar and long-time partner," said Nicole Butler, vice president of inclusive solutions, Prudential Financial. "This funding helps preserve a historical treasure, continues our support of Newark's vibrant arts community, and moves Newark Symphony Hall closer to achieving its renovation goals." The capital improvement campaign is positioned to create 500 construction jobs and contracting opportunities for 50 small businesses in... Read more →


Philly Happenings: Omakase by Yanaga in Fishtown Grand Opening

OmakasebyYanaga-Photo by Eddy Marenco PHILLY SUSHI WHISPERER KEVIN YANAGA AND GLU HOSPITALITY GRAND OPENING OMAKASE BY YANAGA IN FISHTOWN WITH 25 COURSE TASTING MENU Philadelphia, PA - Philly's Sushi Whisperer Kevin Yanaga and Glu Hospitality announce the grand opening of Omakase by Yanaga in Fishtown at 1832 Frankford Avenue. Omakase is a Japanese cuisine-style “menu” that is completely left in the hands of the Chef. Chef Yanaga will be preparing his Kaiseki style Omakase, in the intimate and exclusive eight-seat dining area attached to the already existing Izakaya by Yanaga restaurant. Through the discrete double doors to the back of Izakaya, each guest will enter a unique tasting room where they will sit facing Chef around a custom sushi bar, where Chef will perform his culinary craft nightly. Every diner will spend the 90 minute experience with the Chef watching his artistry, sharing stories and learning about the dishes. All... Read more →


New Jersey Offers Sales Tax Holiday for School Supplies

Sales Tax Holiday for Certain Retail Sales August 27, 2022 – September 5, 2022 P.L. 2022, c.21, establishes a Sales Tax Holiday for certain retail sales of computers, school supplies, and sport or recreational equipment when sold to an individual purchaser for non-business use. The Sales Tax Holiday takes place between August 27 through September 5 of 2022. Sellers should not charge Sales Tax on eligible items when purchased during the Sales Tax Holiday. Retail sales of the following are exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday: Certain Computers Computers with a sales price less than $3,000. "Computers" means electronic devices that accept information in digital or similar form and manipulate it for a result based on a sequence of instructions. "Electronic" means related to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities. Computers with a sales price greater than or equal to $3,000 remain subject to tax... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum Granted Reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

Philadelphia, PA, July 19, 2022 – Independence Seaport Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded to the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. “Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” says Laura L. Lott, Alliance President and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.” Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to... Read more →


Wait List for State Rental Assistance Opens Monday

TRENTON, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--Low-income residents can get vouchers for safe and sanitary housing through the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP). The SRAP waiting list opens on Monday, July 11th for pre-applications. Pre-applications enter a lottery for the statewide SRAP program in the Elderly, Family, Disabled, and Homeless categories. Elderly applicants must serve as head of household and be 62 years of age or older. For the Family category, the head of household must be 18 years of age (or an emancipated minor). To qualify in the Disabled category, the head of household or spouse must be permanently disabled. Applicants in the Homeless category must lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. All pre-applications submitted online during the open enrollment period from Monday, July 11th, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. until Friday, July 22nd 2022 at 5:00 p.m. will be entered into the lottery. Those selected in the lottery will join the... Read more →


$200,000 NJDCA Capital Grant will Help Gloucester Township Fix Blackwood Bank Building

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ– Gloucester Township Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) district has been awarded $200,000 Community Capital Needs NPP Grant from the NJ Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA). The grant will be used to acquire and help fund reconstruction of the former bank building on the corner of Black Horse Pike and Church Street ( 3 S Black Horse Pike) in Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Approximately $550,000 in additional funding from various federal, state, and local sources will go toward this project in keeping with goal of leveraging Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) funding to expand the resources and impact on the community. Built over a century ago (est. 1911), this 6685 square-foot historic building will serve as a much-needed Community and Arts Center, a “shared space” where Gloucester Township residents and entities such as, but not limited to, the Library and Mainstage Center for Performance Arts, will hold their events... Read more →


New Playground Coming to Proprietor's Park

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (JUNE 27, 2022)--The City of Gloucester City has been awarded $247,000 Community Capital Needs Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA )and the Neighborhood Preservation Program for an inclusive Playground at Proprietor's Park. This grant will provide for the construction of a playground which will be available to all children with different levels of ability. With the additional assistance of funds from the Camden County Commissioners' Open Space Recreation Grant, the park will be accessible for any types of assistive devices for children to enjoy. For more information, contact Lori Ryan, Director of Community Development, lryan@cityofgloucester.org. Read more →


Virtua Health Presents Humanitarian Award to Senator Troy Singleton

The Health system also awards television’s Stephen A. Smith for vaccine advocacy (Marlton, N.J.)…Virtua Health recently presented Senator Troy Singleton with the Humanitarian Award at its black-tie gala held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. The celebration of the not-for-profit health system’s philanthropic partners also included the presentation of the first-of-its-kind Voice for Good Award to ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith. Representing New Jersey’s 7th Legislative District, Senator Singleton has been a champion of many important health care issues, including improving access to healthy and affordable food for those in need, reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, and protecting health care workers from acts of violence. Singleton has also demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and has hosted monthly volunteer events involving hundreds of participants. “The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to improve the health and well-being of families in our... Read more →


CNB TRAVEL NEWS: All work and no play is boring...

A Complete Guide to Events & Festivals in Greater Philadelphia This Summer Head to Philly for a summer full of street fests, concerts, games and more. READ MORE JUNE HIGHLIGHTS 31 Great Things to Do on the Delaware River Waterfront Right Now SIPPING, STROLLING, LOUNGING, KAYAKING AND MORE READ MORE Where to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year HISTORICAL REENACTMENTS, AFRICAN-INSPIRED PROGRAMMING AND LIVE PERFORMANCES READ MORE SPONSORED Beach Days at Peddler’s Village SAND SCULPTURES AND BLOCK PARTIES TAKE OVER IN JUNE READ MORE 26 Things to Do in Philadelphia & the Countryside This Week & Weekend INCLUDING THE RETURN OF THE ROOTS PICNIC READ MORE 20+ Things to Do for Pride Month in Greater Philadelphia IF PHILLY IS ANYTHING, IT’S PROUD READ MORE What's Blooming at the Philadelphia Flower Show This June DAZZLING DISPLAYS AND IMPRESSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS READ MORE The 12 Best Things to Eat at Reading Terminal Market ONE ICONIC... Read more →


Virtua Health Nurse Ann Coyle of Audubon, Honored by Independence Blue Cross

Honored for Her Extraordinary Care and Compassion (Voorhees, NJ)…Virtua Health is proud to announce its own Ann Coyle, RNC-NIC (registered nurse certified in Neonatal Intensive Care), as an honoree of the Independence Blue Cross annual “Celebrate Caring” campaign, which highlights three nurses who demonstrate extraordinary care and compassion to their patients and community. For the last 39 years, Ann has taken care of Virtua’s tiniest patients and their families during what can be an incredibly stressful time. As the manager of the Perinatal Bereavement Program, Ann ensures that families who experience the loss of a pregnancy or an infant have access to a multidisciplinary range of services that provide comfort and support. Ann is also one of the organizers of Run with the Docs, an annual 5K held outside Virtua Voorhees Hospital that raises funds for the Perinatal Bereavement Program and involves the participation of several families Ann has supported... Read more →


Affordable Home Program Launched in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) joined by Councilmembers, housing officials, and advocates, today announced the single largest developers of affordable housing in Philadelphia history – 1,000 affordable homes to be built across the city. “Turn The Key”, the Philadelphia Affordable Homeownership Program, is being funded through the $400 million Neighborhood Preservation Initiative (NPI) program created by City Council in 2020. “Turn The Key” and NPI will provide funding to build more than 1,000 new, energy-efficient, 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ bath homes on publicly-owned city land. Several Requests For Proposals have already been issued to develop homes, and RFPs will continue to be issued on a rolling basis until 1,000 homes are built and sold to qualifying home-buyers. Using publicly-owned land reduces development costs and increases the affordability of the new homes. The mortgage for these 3-bedroom homes will be about $1,200 per month — considerably... Read more →


Philadelphia Happenings and Events

29 Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend in Greater Philadelphia INCLUDING THE VISIT PHILADELPHIA KICKOFF-TO-SUMMER FIREWORKS SHOW READ MORE The Best Things to Do with Kids in Greater Philadelphia TIME TO GET THOSE COOPED-UP KIDS OUT AND ABOUT READ MORE Greater Philadelphia's Top Beer Gardens for 2022 BEER AND BRAMBLES? FLOWERS AND FLUIDS? LOOK, JUST GO DRINK AT THESE SPOTS READ MORE 25 Things to Do in Philadelphia and the Countryside This Week & Weekend YOUR WEEKLY RESOURCE FOR ALL THINGS PHILLY READ MORE What to Expect at the Reimagined Pride March & Festival This June CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PHILLY’S FIRST PRIDE DAY READ MORE Join Visit Philly for the Inaugural Black Greek Edition Golf Outing HIT THE LINKS TO CLOSE OUT JUNETEENTH WEEKEND READ MORE BOOK NOW Check Out the Latest Episode of Love + Grit Visit Philadelphia's Podcast LISTEN NOW SPONSORED PARTNERS Flash Sale: Get... Read more →


South Jersey Health System Welcomed 9,000-Plus New Babies in 2021

(VOORHEES, NJ, May 19, 2022) Newsweek and data firm Statista have named Virtua Voorhees Hospital as one of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals. The list includes 350 hospitals nationwide, eight of which are in New Jersey. Virtua Voorhees received five out of five ribbons, signifying the highest-possible performance category and the hospital’s commitment to safety, outcomes, and personalized care. Ratings are based, in part, on medical data, patient satisfaction data, and reputation among industry leaders. “We recognize the tremendous responsibility that comes with helping women and families welcome their babies to the world. Recognition like this affirms our patient-focused practices and collaborative, team-based approach to care,” said Nicole Lamborne, MD, Virtua’s vice president of clinical operations for women’s health. In the 2021 calendar year, Virtua welcomed 9,109 babies, which represents a 7.36 percent increase over 2020. Virtua provides maternity services at three hospitals – Virtua Voorhees, Virtua Mount Holly, and Virtua... Read more →


9 Popular Baby Shower Presents for Twins

Image Source Being a mom is challenging; you will feel various feelings before and after a child is born. Soon-to-be parents are filled with thoughts, concerns, and whether they’ll be good parents. With or without other kids in the mix, being a mom of twins is no easy feat. So, be sure to purchase a gift in the upcoming baby shower and be respectful to the soon-to-be mom and dad! A way of thanking the parents for the invitation to the baby shower is by preparing a gift. This page covers the nine popular presents you can give. Matching Jewelry If you’re looking for a gift to give at a baby shower, then consider getting jewelry. Since a baby can’t use or wear their jewelry yet, parents can take care of these gifts in the meantime. Jewelry and other valuable items are good memorabilia from their soon-to-be favorite aunt or... Read more →


Ocean County Student Recognized in PDFNJ’s Statewide Fourth Grade Folder Contest

Pt. PLEASANT BEACH, NJ — Young people are using their artistic talents to encourage their peers to live a healthy substance-free lifestyle as part of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest. Nearly 3,000 fourth grade students from all 21 counties in New Jersey entered the contest, but only 33 earned recognition at the program’s virtual award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 3. Allison Leinen of G. Harold Antrum Elementary School in Point Pleasant Beach was selected as a finalist in the competition. The virtual awards ceremony honored each of the finalists, allowing them to showcase their work in a video presentation. All 33 fourth grade student finalists will receive medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance use prevention artwork with the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.” The winning artwork will be featuring on 40,000 fourth grade folders to be distributed... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: Burlington County Student Recognized in PDFNJ’s Statewide Fourth Grade Folder Contest

WILLINGBORO, NJ — Young people are using their artistic talents to encourage their peers to live a healthy substance-free lifestyle as part of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest. Nearly 3,000 fourth grade students from all 21 counties in New Jersey entered the contest, but only 33 earned recognition at the program’s virtual award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 3. Justin Martin of Twin Hills Elementary School in Willingsboro was selected as a finalist in the competition. The virtual awards ceremony honored each of the finalists, allowing them to showcase their work in a video presentation. All 33 fourth grade student finalists will receive medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance use prevention artwork with the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead of Drugs.” The winning artwork will be featuring on 40,000 fourth grade folders to be distributed this fall. “All of the... Read more →


Camden County Commissioners Reduce Taxes

By Linda Lindner CAMDEN CITY, NJ (MAY 13, 2022)(CNBNews)--The Camden County board of commissioners on Monday said that, in an effort to ensure Camden remains an affordable place to live, it recently passed a budget that reduced the county levy by $5 million this year and puts it more than $15 million under the state-imposed tax cap, according to a news release. GOOD NEWS The new 2022 budget represents an almost 8% decrease from 2021 on the average assessed household in the county, which means a house assessed at $200,000 will have reduced county taxes of $120 and a home assessed at $500,000 will see a reduction of $300. The total amount of the 2022 budget was not provided in the release. “The board continues to work hard to streamline services and cut costs for the county taxpayers to ensure Camden County remains an affordable place to live,” Deputy Director... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: DELAWARE RIVER TRAIL IS COMPLETE AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Upon the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Master Plan for Central Delaware, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is thrilled to officially turn the newly completed 3-mile multimodal path over to the public for their leisure and enjoyment. Enjoy a Scenic Bike Ride Along the Delaware River Trail...Credit: Matt Stanley PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 29, 2022) – A major milestone in the Master Plan for Central Delaware, the highly anticipated Delaware River Trail (DRT) is complete and fully open for public use and enjoyment, transforming the way Philadelphians and visitors can access and benefit from everything that the Delaware River Waterfront has to offer including wonderful public spaces such as Penn Treaty Park, Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Washington Avenue Pier, and Pier 68. “Citizens who participated in the 2012 Master Plan for Central Delaware were very clear: they... Read more →


NJ American Water Awards $41,000 in Environmental Grants to Five Communities

CAMDEN CITY, N.J. – APRIL 21, 2022 – In honor of Earth Day this week, New Jersey American Water announced today the recipients of its 2022 Environmental Grant Program. This year, the company awarded a total of $41,000 to five distinguished organizations and community groups within its service areas that are engaged in sustainability projects to improve water source protection or watershed protection. “At New Jersey American Water, we recognize that people aren’t the only ones who need clean water – the environment depends on it too,” said Danielle Kearsley, Environmental Program Lead, New Jersey American Water. “That is why we are proud to offer over $40,000 in funding this year to support these innovative projects. By investing in the restoration and protection of our watersheds, we can help preserve our water sources and the life they sustain for years to come.” The 2022 Environmental Grant Awardees are as follows:... Read more →


CNB Fishing News NJ: SPRING TRADITION GETS UNDERWAY WITH OPENING DAY OF TROUT

SEASON ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9 (P22/15) TRENTON – Anglers will have approximately 250,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout to catch in waterways across the state when trout season opens on Saturday, April 9, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. Approximately 100,000 anglers of all ages are expected to head to their favorite fishing spots on opening day, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Trout season in New Jersey is eagerly anticipated by many because it’s an excellent opportunity to spend quality time outdoors while also enjoying some outstanding fishing. “DEP Fish and Wildlife began stocking beautiful rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County statewide on March 21, and will continue stocking through the end of May,” Commissioner LaTourette said. “I encourage anglers to take full advantage of our quality stocking program and enjoy not only some of the best trout fishing on the... Read more →


Camden and Gloucester Counties Launch South Jersey First Joint Film Office

(Paulsboro, NJ)— Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. and Deputy Director Heather Simmons of Gloucester County joined film industry leaders Monday evening to launch South Jersey’s first joint film office. The South Jersey Film Office Cooperative will assist in a variety of services for film productions such as permitting and scouting. The communities within Camden and Gloucester counties are suited to be the backdrop for almost any type of production. Each county features diverse environments including idyllic main streets, bustling urban centers, untouched forests, manicured parks, historic estates, rolling farmlands and much more. “We are always looking for ways to bring new employment and economic opportunities to Camden County and the South Jersey Film Cooperative is one way to do that,” Cappelli said. “Camden County has a unique geography that can serve as the setting for a variety of film projects. Whether it’s the urban backdrop on the Delaware... Read more →


NJ Renaissance Faire Celebrates Triumphant 13th season

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!! There’s no better way to celebrate the re-socialization of modern society, than to attend an outdoor festival set in MEDIEVAL times! The NJ Renaissance Faire celebrates its triumphant 13th season with the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Robin’s close friend, Will Scarlet, is accused of murder and on the run from the Sheriff of Nottingham- it’s is only a matter of time before he’s caught! The citizens of the magical village of Crossford are the only ones who can help! This story unfolds each morning at 10am, as we set our imaginations free in a magical, family-friendly festival featuring something for all ages- a Jousting contest, Tournament of Arms, Sword Fighting, Fire Breathing, Aerialists, Comedy, Music, and 8 hours of interactive entertainment. Shop in the eclectic Merchant Village of fine artisans, featuring leather goods, jewelry, costumes, and handmade crafts. Feast on... Read more →


Stella Nwanguma, Winslow Township Middle School Principal, Honored

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SELECTED AS VISIONARY PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR Winslow Township School District is proud to announce the awarding of Visionary Principal of the year to Ms. Stella Nwanguma, Winslow Township Middle School Principal, by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA). Ms. Nwanguma has served as the Principal of Winslow Township Middle School for the past 11 years after successfully teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for over 17 years. She began her role as Principal at a time when the Winslow Township Middle School was in need of change. Under Ms. Nwanguma’s lead, she succeeded in making the Middle School into a school of excellence. As a collaborative and empowering leader, she has worked to instill a sense of pride and purpose in the staff and students. According to Dr. H. Major Poteat, Superintendent of the Winslow Township School District, “Ms.... Read more →


Samaritan’s 2022 Celebration of Life Gala Raises $151,000

SamaritanGala2022A.jpg – Samaritan’s 2022 Gala Chair Jamie Bratton of Innovative Benefit Planning (left) and Samaritan President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Ann Boccolini (right) stand with a $151,000 donation from the organization’s 2022 Celebration of Life: Above and Beyond Gala, which was held virtually on Saturday, February 12. All proceeds raised from the event will support the not-for-profit’s comprehensive family of services that benefit seriously ill patients and their families, as well as those grieving a loss, across the southern and central New Jersey region. ___________________ Mount Laurel, NJ – Samaritan held its annual Celebration of Life Gala, presented by Holman Enterprises, virtually on Saturday, February 12. The Gala, entitled Above and Beyond, raised more than $151,000 in charitable support for the not-for-profit’s comprehensive family of services that benefit seriously ill patients and their families, as well as those grieving a loss. “The proceeds from this year’s Gala help our... Read more →


CNB Delaware News: DuPont Nature Center to Reopen April 2

Health Protocols in Place for Guest Safety The DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Harbor Reserve will welcome visitors again when it reopens for the season Saturday, April 2, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Controlannounced today. The facility will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April through September on the following days: April: Wednesdays and Saturdays only (closed Easter weekend) May: Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays) June-July-August: Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) September: Wednesdays and Saturdays only Visitors of kindergarten age and older will be required to wear a face covering while inside the nature center. In the spring, the center’s large deck overlooking the harbor offers wildlife watchers an unrivaled view of the spectacle of spawning horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, including federally-listed threatened red knots that feast on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their 9,000-mile journey to the arctic.... Read more →


Business News: SJI (NYSE: SJI) Salutes Our Veterans Engagement Team

SJI Employee Veterans Hold Food Drive to Help Military Families FOLSOM, NJ, March 9, 2022 – SJI (NYSE: SJI) salutes our Veterans Engagement Team (VETS) for helping collect nearly 4,900 lbs. of food, enough to feed approximately 270 families, during their second annual food drive for the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program. As part of its ongoing community service efforts, SJI and its utilities, South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas, encouraged customers and employees to drop off non-perishable items at the Elizabethtown Gas headquarters and set up drive-thru collection points throughout Southern New Jersey on Saturday February 26. Volunteers then delivered several truckloads of food to the Red Cross for distribution at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. VETS is an employee resource group at SJI that supports the personal growth and professional development of former servicemen and women who have transitioned to the workforce. The Red Cross Service to... Read more →


Dunkin’ of Greater Philadelphia to Award $100K in Scholarships

The thirteenth annual Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program returns to award 20 regional students with $5,000 scholarships The Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program will accept applications through April 15 Philadelphia, Pa. (March 7, 2022) – Dunkin' and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees last week announced the launch of its thirteenth annual Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program, which will award $100,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students. With the program’s return, Dunkin’ franchisees are celebrating by increasing the individual scholarship awards from $2,000 to $5,000 per student to help ease the financial burden of college. In collaboration with Scholarship America, Dunkin’ will award a $5,000 academic scholarship to 20 students throughout the greater Philadelphia region to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school of their choice in Fall 2022. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program will be open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and... Read more →


Father Joseph D. Wallace: Let one Church unite Ukraine, Russia 

Let one Church unite Ukraine, Russia By Father Joseph D. Wallace - March 3, 2022 The world is shocked and dismayed over the wonton and unprovoked military incursion by Russia into the sovereign and independent country of Ukraine. Religious and political leaders from throughout the world condemned the invasion. Pope Francis, in an unprecedented move, went so far as to go to the Russian embassy in Rome, as a Vatican spokesman described, “to convey his concern for the war.” On the surface, this statement may seem somewhat perfunctory, but it really belies the Russian myth that this is not a war, but as they insist, only a “special military operation.” Pope Francis even called upon all Christians throughout the world to fast and pray for peace on Ash Wednesday, saying, “I encourage believers in a special way to devote themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: RN Lisa Caudill Presented with DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Lisa Caudill, BSN, RN, a nurse at Jefferson Stratford Hospital’s Emergency Department, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The Deptford resident was presented the award by Nurse Manager Stephanie Maxwell and Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns. They praised Caudill for putting a patient first who entered the hospital without shoes. Caudill gave the patient an extra pair of her own shoes, after discovering she and the patient wore the same size. Caudill used patience, empathy, and kindness to alleviate this patient’s anxiety. Part of an international program, DAISY honorees are nominated by patients, family members, and colleagues. DAISY Award winners are chosen following a review of nominations by Jefferson’s Clinical Recognition Committee in New Jersey. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in late 1999 from complications of an autoimmune disease. For more information about the... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: A Big Birthday for a Little Cheesesteak Guru!

Gabarelly’s Stockton Steaks Celebrates the Birthday of its Namesake with $2 Milkshakes and Hot Chocolate on March 9th, with Proceeds Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Stockton, NJ – Gabarelly’s Stockton Steaks is celebrating the second birthday of the business’ namesake, Chef/Owner Brian Held and Judith Francois’ daughter Gabrielle, with $2 milkshakes and hot chocolates all day on Wednesday, March 9th. And ‘Gabby’ has decided that 100% of all of the money collected for a milkshake and hot chocolate sale that day will be donated to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. “There might be nothing more satisfying for kids than ice cream,” said Judith Francois, who welcomed Gabrielle in 2020. “We want everyone to be able to celebrate and have a sweet treat in honor of Gabby while supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is an incredible charity doing amazing work. We also wanted to give everyone a warm drink... Read more →


Jefferson Washington Township Hospital Welcomes a "Twosday" Baby - Born 2-22-22

Washington Township, NJ, February 22 -- A “Twosday” baby – born on February 22, 2022 – was welcomed at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Washington Township in South Jersey. Little Haillie Marie was born to parents Kaydee Weaver and Tyler Viscardi from Pitman, NJ. The new baby, who has older big sisters and a big brother at home, is 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds 10 oz. at birth. OB/GYN Jessica Pescatore, DO, was the delivering physician. Read more →


Rowan-Student Athletes: Nicole Mallard, Marcellus Ross and Emma Padros

PITMAN, NJ – A trio of Rowan student-athletes – Nicole Mallard, Marcellus Ross and Emma Padros – earned weekly honors as named today by the NJAC. Mallard (Washington, NJ/Warren Hills Regional) was selected the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week as she scored a team-high 20 points in Rowan’s 75-69 win over Montclair State in the final regular-season game, which secured the number-two seed in this week’s NJAC Tournament. Mallard, who receives the weekly award for the third time, had six rebounds and tied her career-high with six steals in the victory. Ross (Sicklerville, NJ/St. Joseph Hammonton) was named the Men’s Basketball Player of the Week as he scored 26 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in the Profs’ 110-102 overtime win over Montclair State in the regular-season finale. The sophomore guard also had four steals and three rebounds as Rowan improved to 21-4 on the year and clinched... Read more →


GOOD NEWS: 11 Camden County Middle Schools Named as Schools of Character

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (February 4, 2022) – The Camden County Technical School (CCTS) District is pleased to announce that 11 middle schools in Camden County have met the criteria and were each named a Camden County Middle School of Character. This standing shall remain in effect from 2022 through 2024. This award is jointly sponsored by the Camden County Commissioners, Camden County College, and Camden County Technical Schools. “Character education reinforces core values needed for success in the workforce, college, and in life,” said Patricia Fitzgerald, Superintendent of CCTS. “The two campuses of CCTS received recognition as National Schools of Character as well as New Jersey Schools of Character and it is our pleasure to co-sponsor and coordinate the Camden County Middle School of Character award.” “The schools selected go above and beyond when it comes to instilling character education into our young people,” said Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to... Read more →


Bellmawr Resident Timonthy Kolody Named the 2022 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 14, 2022) – The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia announced today that Timothy Kolody, PE, LEED AP BD+C, a project engineer and mechanical discipline lead with Remington & Vernick Engineers, has been selected as the 2022 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year. Kolody, a Bellmawr resident, will be recognized this week as the 2022 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year – during Delaware Valley Engineers Week (Feb. 17 – 26), which is part of a national observance dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of all types of engineers throughout our society. The annual award recognizes an outstanding engineer who is age 35 or under, has demonstrated leadership capabilities and has made a recognized contribution to the engineering profession within the Greater Philadelphia region. Beyond the field of engineering, the recipient must also have contributed to and participated in charitable, civic and technical society affairs. Kolody will be honored... Read more →


Gloucester Camden Line Will Have An Enormous Impact on Rowan University Students (video)

The cars will be environmentally friendly similar to the one above. (source gloucestercamdenline) by Berry Andres /The WHIT GLASSBORO, NJ--In 2027, Rowan students will have the opportunity to benefit from the full operation of the Gloucester-Camden Line (GCL) and its two Glassboro stations, one located right on Rowan University’s doorstep. The GCL is a proposed passenger rail line that would span from Glassboro to the Camden area with stops throughout the Southern New Jersey area. Its initial conception was announced in 2009 by the current New Jersey governor at the time, Jon S. Corzine. At this time, Corzine had also pledged $500 million to the project from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund in order to help pay the rail’s $1.8 billion projected costs. However, little support was seen from the succeeding governor, Chris Christie, who refused to commit New Jersey funding to the rail’s construction. At this time, the GCL... Read more →


CNBNews Spotlight on NJ College Students: Georgia Tech Dean's List

Students Make Dean's List at Georgia Tech for the Fall 2021 Semester ATLANTA, GA (01/27/2022)-- The following students have earned the distinction of Dean's List at the Georgia Institute of Technology for Fall 2021. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester. Colby Ackerman of Voorhees (08043) Abhijat Chauhan of Mount Laurel (08054) Alexander Contratti of Burlington (08016) Iris Kim of Cherry Hill (08003) Daniel Lam of Mount Laurel (08054) Shawn McKelvey of Williamstown (08094) Zarif Rahman of Voorhees (08043) Gemma Ruggiano of Mount Laurel (08054) Sherry Shao of Cherry Hill (08003) Isabella Turner of Medford (08055) The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a top 10 public research university developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition. The Institute offers business, computing, design, engineering, liberal arts, and sciences degrees. Its nearly 40,000 students, representing... Read more →


HUD Awards $1.4M to Support Housing Counseling Programs in NJ, Organization in Audubon Receives $36,774

Awards provide HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and intermediaries with funding to maintain and expand critical services for the nation’s renters, homebuyers, and homeowners. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Monday awarded $51.4 million in housing counseling grants to 177 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and intermediary organizations. This includes funding to HUD-approved housing counseling agencies that are partnering with Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), or other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The funding supports housing counseling agencies in their critical work to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on housing, maintain housing stability by helping families with foreclosure and rental eviction prevention, and help families make more informed housing choices. The awards also include funding to further training and education to attract and retain more housing counseling professionals. In New Jersey, HUD awarded $1,429,328 to six HUD-approved housing counseling... Read more →


*New Jersey Civil Service Commission Job Fairs

Dress for Success! Open to the Public! Bring your Resumes! State agencies and department representatives will be in attendance to meet with you to share employment opportunities in state government. source https://www.state.nj.us/csc/CSC%20Public%20Employment%20Fairs.pdf Read more →