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Mental Health Experts Discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder’s Links to COVID-19 Pandemic

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, many Americans will suffer from seasonal affective disorder on top of potential mental health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sky’s The Limit: Eastern Sky Cooperative Helps Bring Out the Best in People

For those at Eastern Sky Co-Op, yoga has become an essential part of staying grounded during the coronavirus pandemic.

Open Enrollment for New Jersey Health Insurance Marketplace to Open November 1

New Jersey residents will be able to enroll for new health insurance plans through Get Covered New Jersey beginning on November 1.

Patient First in Woodbury Now Provides Coronavirus Testing

All six of the urgent care center chain's in South Jersey now offer coronavirus testing by appointment.

FiveThirtyEight Slightly Favors Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District House Race

FiveThirtyEight's data and projections show that this year's race between Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy is going to be close.

Gov. Murphy Outlines New Jersey Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Plan

Health care workers and at-risk populations will be prioritized when New Jersey begins distributing doses of the coronavirus vaccine to members of the public.

New Jersey Launches Website to Provide Transparency on COVID-19 Funding Allocation

The website aims to provide oversight and restore public confidence in the expenditure of federal recovery funds related to the coronavirus pandemic.

RWJ Foundation Donates $1.68 Million to New Rowan SOM Facility

The donation will allow for the construction of Rowan University's new osteopathic medicine facility, which will be located at RCSJ's Gloucester County campus and provide spaces for student instruction and medical care for community members.

Grant Funding Expands COVID-19 Testing In Cape May County

Cape May County will utilize $552,513 in grant money from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC)-Enhancing Detection to expand testing capabilities for COVID-19 over six months.

Camden County Rental Assistance Program Expands Income Limits For Residents

The Camden County Freeholder Board is expanding the income limits of the Camden County Rental Assistance Program in order to provide more residents the ability to apply.

What’s Good — Breast Cancer Hero Kids

Anona Abdullah and Ja'syiah Reynolds may not even be 10 years old yet, but they made a difference in their community by collecting donations for breast cancer research.

Gloucester County To Participate In National Drug Take Back Day With Operation Take Back

Operation Take Back, a program that provides Gloucester County residents an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs in an effort to prevent substance abuse and overdose, will take place on Saturday, October 24, at the Deptford Township Municipal Building, 1101 Cooper Street, Deptford from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Atlantic City Releases Halloween 2020 Plans

Trick-or-treating will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween, and community members are encouraged to take a number of coronavirus-related precautions like mask wearing and social distancing.

New Jersey to Allocate $14 Million in CARES Act Funding to Workforce Development Programs

The $14 million in CARES Act funding will go towards resources that will help New Jerseyans find jobs and businesses get much-needed support.

CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties to Host Virtual Q&A

You can tune into ask CASA of CGS about how they support the South Jersey community at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 23.

Governor Murphy Nominates Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan As Commissioner Of The New Jersey Department Of Education

Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D. as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education.

Commentary: This Halloween Look Fear Right In The Eye…From A Good Distance…And Wear A Mask

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many warnings regarding the safety of Trick-or-Treating this Halloween. While we all need to be mindful to protect ourselves and our neighbors from the spread of COVID-19, we also need to understand that the loss of a holiday can amplify the feelings of isolation, anxiety, helplessness, and depression that are already being experienced because of the pandemic.

Salem Community College Partners with Woman’s Club of Penns Grove/Carneys Point to Beautify Campus Again

The Penns Grove/Carneys Point Woman's Club's work to beautify Salem Community College has been recognized as the best in the state.

Cumberland County Municipalities Lay Out Halloween Plans

Although community members will be asked to take coronavirus-related safety precautions, Halloween will, all things considered, look fairly normal this year.

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce Partners with Surrounding Chambers for Small Business Grant Webinar

The webinar, which will highlight the third phase of the NJEDA's third phase of funding for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21.

Senator Cory Booker Holds Big Lead in U.S. Senate Race, Per Stockton University Poll

Booker holds an overwhelming 25-point lead over Republican challenger Rik Mehta among 721 voters in the state.

Albert Appel Posthumously Receives New Jersey Heartland Hero Award

New Jersey's Heartland honored Appel, who died at the age of 98 on August 25, with its Heartland Hero for the month of October.

Moratorium On Utilities Being Disconnected For New Jersey Residents Extended Into Next Year

Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order extending a moratorium preventing New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through at least March 15, 2021.

What’s Good — Mail-In Ballots

More than one million New Jerseyans have already voted in this year's election, and drop boxes are scattered across the state with less than three weeks remaining to cast your vote.

New Jersey to Provide $60 Million in Coronavirus Relief Fund Money to Additional Counties, Local Governments

The city of Bridgeton is set to receive more than $800,000 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Cumberland Foundation Board Member Lilly Kejzman Donates $25,000 to RCSJ-Cumberland Scholarship Program

Kejzman's donation will help fund two-year scholarships for students at Rowan College of South Jersey's Cumberland County campus.

New Jersey Launches Fully-Translated Spanish Business Website

The state's website, which aims to provide guidance and resources for those hoping to start small businesses in New Jersey, is now available in Spanish.

Student Story: Students And Teacher Alike Are Adapting To Necessary Uses Of Technology

Long gone are the days of students carrying heavy textbooks and roaming the hallways, and in are the days of Zoom meetings in pajamas. Since online classes have begun at Gateway Regional High School, both students and teachers have had to adapt to the world of virtual learning.

Fall 2020 Bridal Guide: How to Get Married Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Planning a wedding during a global pandemic is trickier than you might think.

What’s Good — I Have A Lot To Say

Six-year-old Caleb and 11-year-old Calvin Corley wrote a children's book called I Have A Lot To Say, which aims to emphasize the importance of a positive mindset.

GloCo Household Special Waste Collection To Take Place October 17

The Household Special Waste Collection Day for Gloucester County residents will take place Saturday, October 17 at the Gloucester County Road Department at 1200 N. Delsea Drive, in Clayton.

Applications for School Improvement Grants Now Open Through ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’

Grants awarded will help schools make improvements to school security, water infrastructure, and Career and Technical Education in both Vo-Tech school districts and county colleges.

Senator Michael Testa, Assemblymen to Introduce Bill to Support Fight Against Breast Cancer

"Michelle's Law," named in memory of 38-year-old Hopewell Township resident Michelle Devita, would make it mandatory for private health insurers to cover the cost of mammograms for patients of all ages.

Commentary: Making Distance Learning A Little Closer With “Box Kit” Deliveries

Science kits, art kits, introduction to Kindergarten kits, all were developed and packaged up for delivery. These have been unique offerings we were able to provide our students to offer a hands-on specialized learning experience.

Fitness: Exercise Must Be Viewed As A Critical Use Of Our Time

When we don’t value our time we try to get things done here and there and force the critical things to suffer. Exercising and working out is one of them.

M25 Initiative to Distribute $15,000 to Combat Food Insecurity in Cumberland County

The local nonprofit will award grants of up to $3,000 to help fellow nonprofits combat food insecurity in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County Freeholders Vote to Transfer Jail Inmates to Atlantic, Burlington Counties

The Cumberland County Board of Freeholders voted 5-2 in favor of actions that effectively leave the county without its own jail.

Cape May Receives $10,000 Grant for Environmental Protection, Open Space Preservation

The grant will be used to support open space preservation, improvements to parks and rec resources, and environmental conservation.

Gov. Phil Murphy Announces Introduction of Reproductive Freedom Act

The Reproductive Freedom Act will grant greater access to birth control, abortion, and pregnancy-related care to New Jerseyans.

Cape May County Libraries Have Reopened with Coronavirus-Related Protocols in Place

All guests at the Cape May County libraries will be required to take a temperature check, wear masks, and practice social distancing.

Five Takeaways from Thursday’s Second Congressional District Debate

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) and challenger Amy Kennedy's debate featured discussion about a number of different topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to social justice issues.

What’s Good — Tatiana Samaria

Tatiana Samaria's self-titled EP of gospel tracks was released in 2019.

Vineland Releases Plans for Halloween 2020

Trick-or-treating will be allowed to take place from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween in Vineland, but residents are encouraged to take a number of coronavirus-related precautions this year.

Freeholder Jack Surrency Calls on Joseph Derella to Replace Emergency Prison Meeting with Public Hearing

At this time, an emergency meeting is scheduled for Friday to vote on an inmate transfer to Atlantic County.

The Annalisa Show — Gallery 50

Gallery 50 recently held its first live event since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cape May County Releases Secure Drop Box Locations for 2020 Election

The county has released the locations of 12 secure drop boxes for the 2020 election.

Rep. Andy Kim, Challenger David Richter Discuss Military Support in Third District Debate

Discussion about Veteran Affairs medical facilities in the state's Third Congressional District dominated Monday night's debate.

Bunting Family Pharmacy Opens Drop Box for Disposal of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The drop box aims to help community members avoid misusing prescription medications.

Amy Kennedy Ahead in Second Congressional District Race, Per Monmouth University Poll

Kennedy holds a five-percentage point (49-44) lead over incumbent Jeff Van Drew, according to the poll from Monmouth University.

Millville High School Releases Athletic Protocols for 2020-21 Season

This season, home football attendance will be limited to two guests per player.

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Moves to Increase State’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The NJBPU's order will mandate the creation of more electric vehicle charging stations in order to encourage residents to drive electric cars.

What’s Good — ‘I Write To You’ 30-Day Journaling Challenge

Kevin Gold's "I Write To You" journaling challenge encourages community members to keep a log of their thoughts and feelings throughout the month of October.

Cumberland County Releases Schedule of Eight Upcoming Flu Clinics

The first Cumberland County flu clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, October 15 at Riverview West in Millville.

Voters Polled: Community Members Discuss Various Voting Options for 2020 Election

Community members in Vineland and Millville shared their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming election.

Jaws Youth Playbook Foundation Donates $10,000 to RCSJ Scholarship Program

The donation by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski's foundation will go towards the School Counts program at RCSJ-Cumberland.

The Annalisa Show — Eastern Sky Co-Op

On today's episode of "The Annalisa Show," we sit down with Kay Delp to discuss Eastern Sky Co-Op.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Mask Wearing

Proper masking guidelines have proven essential to our safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finding the right fit, however, can be challenging. Here are some tips to make the process easier – and effective.

Officials Tout Marketing Campaign For Cuts To Covid-19 Losses

Cape May County officials credit flexible marketing strategies for reducing tourism revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic from 60% to 42%.

Student Story: Students And Teachers See Virtual Learning Improve Since Spring

Within those first few weeks of virtual learning, students were constantly adjusting to what would quickly become their new normal.

What’s Good — Bridgeton Women’s Suffrage March & Rally Celebrates 19th Amendment’s 100th Anniversary

Community members gathered on Monday afternoon to celebrate the 19th Amendment's 100th anniversary and a century of women voting in elections.

Rental Assistance Program Offers Thousands To Those Who Experienced Loss Of Income Due To COVID-19

Renters are at risk of losing their homes or facing an eviction threat due to lost employment or income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can take advantage of a program launched by the Camden County Freeholder Board.

The Annalisa Show — Bridge The Gap

Bridge the Gap is a local nonprofit based in downtown Bridgeton that has a thrift shop, learning center, and ministry cafe.

Assemblyman Antwan McClellan Introduces Bill to Raise Black Awareness in New Jersey

The proposed bill would create the New Jersey Black Cultural Heritage Commission and Black Heritage Trail, which will aim to promote and raise awareness for Black culture in the state.

Second, Third Congressional District Debates Slated for Next Week

Reps. Andy Kim (D-3) and Jeff Van Drew (R-2) will debate challengers David Richter and Amy Kennedy, respectively, next week.

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Announces Expansion of Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program

The program reopened at noon on Monday, and landlords who've suffered from tenants missing payments can receive reimbursement from the state.

New Legislation Excludes Combat Pay from Gross Income Taxation

New Jersey was the only state in the country to charge taxes on combat pay before Monday's legislation was signed.

Cumberland County Women’s Suffrage Centennial March and Rally Set for Monday Afternoon

The Cumberland County Women's Suffrage Centennial March and Rally will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 28 at the Bridgeton Zoo and end at the Pavilion in Morningside Park approximately 45 minutes later.

Gloucester County Officials Urge Residents To Take Advantage Of Free Flu Shots

The Gloucester County Department of Health will provide county residents with no cost flu shots beginning Saturday, October 10.

What’s Good — Arlin’s Dance Spot, Bourre Bar & Grill Host Socially-Distant Salsa Night

Arlin's Dance Spot hosted a socially-distant, safe Salsa Night at Bourre Bar & Grill in Atlantic City.

Camden County Receives Grants Totaling Nearly $290K To Address Opioid Abuse

Two grants totaling approximately $290,000 to be used to address and study opioid abuse has been awarded to Camden County.

RCSJ Nursing Program Ranked No. 2 in the Northeast

NursingProcess.org ranked the college's nursing program as the second-best in the region.

Wetlands Institute Reimagines Remote Learning Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The institute has reimagined remote learning by encouraging students to explore and discover the wonders of science and nature.

Camden Urban Agriculture Collaborative Set to Receive $293,000 Federal Grant

The grant will help the CUAC promote access to healthy food and fight food insecurity in the city of Camden.

United Day of Service Calls Millions Of Youth To Volunteer In Their Communities

United Day of Service mobilizes hundreds of thousands of youth to volunteer in their communities to emulate the heroes of 9/11.

‘SMART’ Program to Provide Rent, Mortgage Assistance to Camden, Atlantic County Residents

New Jersey SHARES and the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley will help residents in danger of eviction or foreclosure with their payments through a new grant program.

Once-A-Week Trash Collection in Camden to Return October 1

The city will return to collecting trash once per week beginning on October 1.

National Conference on Citizenship to Host Digital Voter Education Seminar

The NCoC's bipartisan event, which aims to educate voters on their choices, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Six South Jersey Fire Departments Receive Federal Grant Money

The six fire departments will receive a combined total of $358,842 in federal grant money to support general operations.

Applications for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program Now Open

Applications are open until December 30 for families with incomes of up to $75,000 with children from the ages of 5-13 who are attending school remotely.

CAMcare Health Corporation, Project H.O.P.E. to Receive Federal Funding

The two federally-qualified health centers will receive a combined total of $348,645 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Travel: Clearwater Beach Florida Captivates

While many people are understandably hesitant to travel far during the COVID-19 pandemic, for sun-seekers, there are destinations available with a focus on keeping travelers safe, while offering a hearty dose of fun.

The Importance Of Staying Hydrated

While the autumn season is upon us, there are still plenty of hot days in September. That mean an increased risk of dehydration, which can be very dangerous.

Camden County Library System Gradually Opening To The Public

The Camden County Library System is beginning to reopen to the public, starting with limited services and hours at their larger branches. This week marked the first time indoor, in-person services have been available to library patrons since our facilities were ordered to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Gov. Murphy Signs Environmental Justice Legislation to ‘Protect Overburdened Communities’

The legislation requires New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection to deny permits for new facilities that will have "disproportionately negative impacts" on overburdened communities.

Gloucester County Institute of Technology Provides More Than 26,000 Meals to Children

The department has provided meals in bags with a week's worth of food.

Built for Greatness: Rob Johnson’s Book Becomes Positive Force in Community

Johnson's book, "Abandoned Not Broken," details his personal story of overcoming hardships, obstacles, and curveballs that life threw his way.

A Sense of Place: Bridgeton Nonprofit Earns Funding for Historical Restoration

“The support of these well-named CARES grants has been nothing short of critical. We have to show people that the work we do is valued by others who have a bigger stake in its survival even than we do."

‘notOK’ App Provides Instant Assistance for Mental Health Crises

"I just remember needing a button that I could press on my phone so that my loved ones knew that I was not okay and where to come find me immediately."

What’s Good — Camden’s American Training Center Connects People with Jobs

The American Training Center can help you earn the certification necessary to be a nurse aid, dental assistant, or pharmacy technician.

Rutgers, Rowan Joint Study Finds Coastal Salt Marsh Erosion, Decreased Land Development in New Jersey

The study found that New Jersey has lost around 4,400 acres of coastal salt marshes from 1986-2015.

Free Salem County Flu Clinics Begin September 22

Salem County's Department of Health and Human Services will hold six different free drive-through flu clinics throughout the next six weeks.

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce Announces 2020 Community Hero Selections

This year's winners will be honored at the Chamber's awards celebration on December 1.

Bridgeton City Council to Host Community Clean-Up

The clean-up event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 at the Marino Center in downtown Bridgeton.

Cooper, Norcross Foundations Distribute Masks to Camden Students

All students at schools in the city of Camden will receive a free, reusable face mask.

Ross Whiting, Clayton Model Revolutionize Special Education Methods

The Clayton Model supports children with intellectual disabilities beyond the typical Individualized Education Program (IEP).

New Jersey Announces Record Census Self-Response Rate

With two weeks until the Census' deadline, New Jersey's self-response rate of 68.1% broke its previous record of 68% set in 2000.

Atlantic County Commuters Can Take Advantage Of Free Rides

The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle is a free and convenient mode of transport that connects Atlantic County residents with job opportunities and essential services. It serves the community by giving transit-dependent individuals and families access to their weekly and daily needs.

Cumberland County Career Fair & Business Expo Set to Be Held Outdoors

The career fair will also feature an online platform in addition to the in-person event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.

Learning To Be Kind One Mile At A Time

Someone once said that kindness is caring for others even when they may not care for you. This can be no more evident than when driving.

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Designating Juneteenth as State, Public Holiday

Juneteenth will be celebrated on the third Friday of June after Gov. Murphy signed the legislation on Instagram live with critically acclaimed singer/rapper SZA.

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation to Extend Motor Vehicle Commission Deadlines

The DMV will institute seniors-only hours for elderly residents and will extend deadlines for driver's license and ID renewals by four years.

RCSJ President Frederick Keating Emphasizes Importance of Transparency, Communication with Fall Semester Plans

President Keating feels confident and comfortable in RCSJ's fall semester plans due to the college's early decision and constant communication with students, faculty, and staff.

Low Cost Firewood Available To County Residents Beginning In October

Atlantic County residents can take advantage of the Homeowners Firewood Program to obtain inexpensive firewood from designated county parks to supplement their own supplies beginning October 1.

Youth Targeted In New COVID-19 Public Health Campaign

With COVID-19 infections on the rise among teenagers and young adults, the Camden County Freeholder Board has unveiled a new public health campaign today urging younger residents to “protect your circle.”

SNJ Today Becomes Follow South Jersey; Student Journalists to Provide Local News, COVID-19 Updates

"We are launching FollowSouthJersey.com to reconnect our communities as things start to reopen and to hopefully alleviate some of the fear and uncertainty through regular local updates."

Follow South Jersey Internship Provides Opportunities for Aspiring Journalists

Carly Truett, Jaina Louise Winston, Arianna Adan, and David J. Detweiler spent their summer as news reporting interns for this very website.

Local Journalism Is More Than Just Telling The News

Hyper-local journalism picks up the quieter voices of society while many larger publications focus on the loud. What impacts us most, what impacts us immediately, is what happens in our own backyards.

Hopeloft Partners With Born This Way Foundation to Launch #BeKind21 Campaign

The three-week campaign, which culminates on the U.N. International Day of Peace, aims to inspire compassion and establish a habit of kindness across schools, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals alike.

New Jersey Senate Democrats Call for Board of Public Utilities to Suspend, Investigate Ocean Wind Project

President Stephen Sweeney, assembly deputy speaker John Burzichelli, and assembly deputy parliamentarian Adam Taliaferro have called on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to investigate the project due to a number of unfulfilled promises from Orsted.

RCSJ to Host Fourth Annual ‘Suit a Student’ Career Readiness Fashion Show

This year's "Suit a Student" fashion show will take place via a Zoom webinar with live messages from RCSJ Presidnet Fred Keating and Dean of Business Studies Patricia Claghorn.

Wildwood Beaches to Continue Some Lifeguard Services Throughout September

North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will continue offering lifeguard services through September 27, and beaches in the City of Wildwood will be guarded daily through September 13.

What’s Good — Dominic Barksdale Vows to ‘Change the Way We Look at Food’ Through Almost Vegan

Almost Vegan is the byproduct of Barksdale's mission to find healthier, tastier food.

Student Story: Still Virtual Learning, Still Opportunities For Students

As the summer season continues to wind down, students may have returned to or started their 2020-2021 academic year. Some students may be freshmen in college, such as myself, feeling the adrenaline of the prospect of the safe return to the physical campus or in a situation similar to the what the Class of 2020 experienced this past spring.

Free Produce Distribution to Take Place in Millville

Families can receive 25 pounds of mixed produce while supplies last by walking or driving up to the front of Lakeside Middle School from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, September 11.

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce Seeks Volunteers for Mexican Independence Day Celebration

The Chamber needs volunteers to help control the number of people who enter Saturday's Mexican Independence Day celebration, which will begin at 1 p.m.

Rapport Through A Computer Screen: The Teacher Concern

This year schools are faced with starting off entire programs and first days of school interfacing through a computer screen. How will we do what we do with our students? How will we create those magical moments? How will we make those special connections? How will we see the moment of understanding for our kids when the lightbulb goes on for them? How can we do all this through a little Zoom box on a computer screen?

Officials Partner With Touch NJ For Food Distribution

State and local officials along with Touch NJ will distribute the boxes of food on Thursday, September 10 from 10:00 A.M.. to noon at 1101 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro.

County Officials Announce 2020 Drive-Thru Flu Shot Schedule

To help keep residents safe and healthy this flu season, county officials have announced the 2020 Seasonal Flu Shot Schedule, beginning on Friday, October 2.

New Jersey EMS Teams to Receive More Than 11,000 Doses of Opioid-Overdose Antidote

Naloxone reverses opioid overdoes by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain, and the Murphy administration has now distributed more than 86,000 free doses of the drug throughout the state.

RCSJ-Cumberland Receives $2.1 Million STEM Grant from National Science Foundation

The five-year, $2.14 million grant will assist Hispanic students in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in the STEM field.

South Jersey Singer-Songwriter Series: Christopher Davis-Shannon — An Uncommon Standard

In today’s musical world of heavy beats, looped sampling, distorted guitars, and pounding bass, local singer-songwriter Christopher Davis-Shannon offers an alternative to the alternative.

Fitness: When Life Changes Come, Reinvent Yourself

Reinvention can be a marvelous thing! There comes a time when you must reinvent yourself in order to deal with the major changes that will come your way.

Gloucester County Animal Shelter Offers Discounts For Pet Adoptions

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter has put in place special discounts to help clear the shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic, and residents are taking advantage.

Newton Creek Improvement Project Moving Forward

Camden County officials are proceeding with an expansive project to improve the water quality of Newton Creek.

Albert Appel, Founder of Appel Farm Arts Camp, Dies at Age 98

Appel co-founded the Appel Farm Arts Camp, which opened in 1960 and has grown into a staple of the South Jersey community.

New Jersey to Allow Indoor Dining at 25% Capacity Beginning September 4

Restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables on Friday, September 4.

Rowan College of South Jersey to Freeze Tuition Rates Through Summer 2021 Semester

RCSJ will keep its tuition rates at the same price through at least the summer 2021 semester amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Murphy to Allow Reopening of Gyms at Limited Capacity

All gyms will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity and are expected to adhere to a number of coronavirus-related safety guidelines.

New Jersey Releases Reopening Health & Safety Guidelines for Schools

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to stay home until their test results are available.

RCSJ Student-Athletes to Begin Practicing in Small Groups

Although competition is on hold throughout the fall semester, RCSJ's teams will start practicing with groups of 5-10 athletes at a time.

New Jersey to Heavily Utilize Mail-In Voting for 2020 General Election

All registered voters in New Jersey will receive mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election thanks to an executive order from Gov. Murphy.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation That Will Eliminate The Title of “Freeholder” from Public Office

Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill which requires the county officials’ title of “chosen freeholder” to be changed to “county commissioner” and all “boards of chosen freeholders” to be known as “boards of county commissioners.” The legislation will go into effect January 1, 2021.

Freeholders Unanimously Support Call To Lift Indoor Restrictions and Reopen Businesses

The Atlantic County Board of Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution on August 18 supporting County Executive Dennis Levinson’s request for Governor Murphy to lift the current restrictions on indoor dining and entertainment that are having a devastating economic impact on Atlantic County businesses.

Gloucester County To Host International Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil

The 5th Annual Candlelight Vigil to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, August 27, at James G. Atkinson Park beginning at dusk.

Frontline Educators’ Duty To Plan

The educational profession dramatically changed last March as our students left physical schools and became virtual learners. Our teachers became virtual educators responsible for not only their children’s academic needs, but their social emotional and all of their other needs as well in the middle of a pandemic.

Gov. Murphy Requires All Schools to Reopen for 2020-21 Academic Year, Remote Learning Allowed in Some Cases

School districts that can't meet New Jersey's coronavirus-related health guidelines in time for the beginning of the school year will be allowed to deliver courses remotely.

Boost or Bust: Can Food Actually Boost Your Immunity?

Several Jefferson Health registered dietitians recently weighed in on the topic of truth regarding nutrition and immunity. Their answer is yes — the right foods can be beneficial to support immune health.

Cumberland County Freeholder Details Review Process for New Prison

Though nothing is set in stone yet, Cumberland County's government is formulating a plan that would have prisoners in the county transferred to other correctional facilities in the region.

Bridgeton Public School District to Begin 2020-21 Academic Year with 100% Remote Learning

The district's 2020-21 academic year will begin with 100% remote instruction on September 8, it currently plans on transitioning to phase one of hybrid learning on Tuesday, October 13.

Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program to Compensate for Missed Rent Payments with CARES Act Funds

Grant amounts will be formulated based on the total number of missed rental payments and the number of COVID-19-impacted rental units serving low- and moderate-income tenants.

Counting on All: 2020 Census Takes to the Road

The Census Bureau estimates it'll need to visit approximately 56 million addresses to collect in-person responses thanks to the current self-response rate of 63.3%.

Future of Work: Employees and Bosses Must Embrace a New Landscape

"There's still a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety out there. And that can be paralyzing."

What’s Good — Little Sparks Technology Camp Offers Creative Courses to Children

Children ranging from third to eighth graders got to participate in a number of different activities involving science, technology, and art at the Alms Center in Bridgeton.

RCSJ, Rowan University Team Up to Create Rowan Partnership Online Program

The Rowan's Partnership Online program will allow an incoming student to get their associates and bachelor's degree from RCSJ and Rowan, respectively, for $36,000.

Free Lunch Programs Across South Jersey Provide Meals for Families

School districts from Vineland to Bridgeton have provided free food to families throughout the summer.

New Jersey Opioid Law Expected to be Brought Before US House of Representatives

The Patient Notification Act, which requires medical professionals to discuss the potential for dependency when prescribing opioids, was signed into New Jersey's law in 2017.

What’s Good — Joi’s Lemonade Stand Unites Community Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The Stevenson family has provided free hot dogs and lemonade to community members throughout the summer, and they plan on continuing Joi's Lemonade Stand in the fall.

Despite Coronavirus Regulations, Some Rowan Students are Excited to Begin New Fall Semester

Students are prepared to follow any and all social distancing guidelines as the fall semester is nearly ready to begin.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter To Offer Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics For Dogs And Cats

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter will conduct free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats. A canine clinic is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, and a feline clinic is scheduled for Sunday, August 30

Residents Asked To Be On The Lookout For The Destructive Spotted Lanternfly

While they may appear exotic and beautiful, the invasive Spotted Lanternfly can be devastating to Gloucester County’s rich agricultural industry.

Camden County Offers Multiple Resources For Job Seekers

Camden County residents who are seeking quality information on available employment and training programs, as well as how to access those opportunities and services can find what they are looking for virtually at the Camden County One-Stop.

Student Story: Teachers Apprehensive About Reopening Schools

The re-opening of schools has been on the minds of many New Jersey residents, the surrounding areas and, in fact, across the country. The coronavirus has been a topic of great concern since the March shutdown and teachers are worried that health and safety of school staff and students could be put in grave danger.

The Next Bent Curve: Academic Versus Social Emotional Challenges Of Our Students

Now that we have had a moment to reflect, we are still puzzling over that experience as it sits in our very near rear view mirror. Conversations have begun in terms of the academic loss and how our children sit so far back in their curriculum and comparative scores on whatever measures exist out there compared to previous years.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Adjusts During Coronavirus Pandemic

New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with several guidelines in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bridgeton Public School District Releases Reopening Plan

The new plan says the 2020-21 academic year will begin on September 8, and the school will only be filled to 25% capacity at the start.

Education Association Presidents Representing More than 12,000 Educators in South Jersey Publish Open Letter to Gov. Murphy Regarding Back-to-School Concerns

"We would like nothing more than to return to our classrooms, busses, cafeterias, and offices to educate our students in a safe environment. However, it is clear that the science does not support reopening school buildings this fall."

Pet Ownership on the Rise During Coronavirus Pandemic

High demand and a decreased supply of shelter animals have led to an uptick in pet ownership during the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s Good — Organizations Team Up to Encourage Census Participation in Bridgeton

Gateway, Operation South Jersey, and Unidos Para La Familia teamed up to encourage the Hispanic community to fill out the 2020 Census.

New Jersey Department of Education Gives Students Option for Full Remote Learning

Students and their parents can choose whether or not they attend in-person classes at school this year thanks to CARES Act funding from the state of New Jersey.

Bridgeton is One of 64 New Jersey Municipalities with Businesses Eligible for Emergency Grant Program

The Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program can provide up to $10,000 in assistance for small businesses in 64 New Jersey towns.

Local Fitness Centers Help People Stay Active Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Although gyms and fitness centers in New Jersey are closed, community members can continue to stay active through a number of different online offerings.

Rowan College of South Jersey Professors Prepare for Different, Virtual Fall Semester

“I liken the whole phenomenon to a dog walking on its hind legs. It can be done, but not well.”

What’s Good — Hamilton Township School District Feeds Children Through National School Lunch Program

Families can pick up free food from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing.

Quell Nighttime Pandemic Worries With Sleep Hygiene Tips

If you’ve found yourself tossing and turning at night since the outbreak of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Heightened stress and anxiety, as well as changes to daily schedules, have caused many to lose some much-needed shut-eye.

Camden County Correctional Facility Mural Arts Project Seeking Public Submissions

The Camden County Youth Services Commission (CCYSC) and the Department of Corrections are asking for submissions of mural designs for the outside perimeter wall of the Camden County Correctional Facility that will reflect themes such as hope, support, peace, and community, among others, and their intersection with both the juvenile and adult criminal justice system.

Volunteer Center Of South Jersey Announces Local Scholarship Winners

SEWELL, N.J. -- The Volunteer Center of South Jersey has announced the winners of the 2020 Scholarship Award for Volunteer Excellence (SAVE). Thomas (TJ) Edmund, Jr. of National Park and DeAisha Johnson of Sicklerville have each been awarded $500 scholarships.

Census2020 PUSH Week Works To Boost Participation

New Jersey is now in the middle of PUSH Week, an incentive to drive participation in the 2020 Census count before census takers begin visiting homes in August.

A Better Way: Dr. Thomas A. Dwyer Wins Cumberland County Legend Award

Dwyer is an orthopedic surgeon who opened Premier Orthopaedic Associates -- a company that supports people with severe injuries from their initial evaluations to physical therapy.

What’s Good — Cecily Bumbray’s ‘Awakening Pt. 1’ EP Discusses Deeper Meaning of Relationships

Bumbray joined "What's Good" to discuss her new album and "Clumsy" -- a new single that talks about the humble beginnings of her relationship with her current husband.

New Jersey to Receive Additional $15 Million in CARES Act Funds

Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state will receive an additional $15 million in funding to support small businesses that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Family Crisis Intervention Available To Help De-Escalate And Resolve Conflicts

Children and families have been impacted in a number of ways including loss of income, illness, and death on top isolation. The Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) offers help to families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children 10-17 years old for whom they are responsible.

Free Narcan Training Sessions Available Virtually

The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, in partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will host Naloxone training sessions held virtually via Webex on the last Tuesday of each month. The next session will take place on Tuesday, July 28, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Bridgeton Public Schools’ Closure Preparedness, 90-Day Entry Plans Cover All Bases for New School Year

Bridgeton Public Schools' plans to reopen this fall outline what education could look like this year.

Rowan University Announces Tuition Cut for 2020-21 Academic Year

In-state and out-of-state tuition will cost $12,938 and $21,970, respectively, after the Board of Trustees approved the decrease on Monday.

Potter’s Tavern Offers Small Slice of American History to Bridgeton

Handwritten newspapers that helped spur the American Revolution into motion were created at Potter's Tavern, which still stands in the heart of Bridgeton.

RCSJ Offers 12 Additional Programs of Study Through Career and Technical Education Division

Twelve new programs of study at RCSJ's Gloucester and Cumberland campuses will help students enter the workforce by offering technical training.

New Jersey Congressmen Urge Department of Health to Extend Public Health Emergency

All of New Jersey's congressional representatives signed a letter urging the government to extend the current public health emergency beyond July 25.

A Better Way: Millville Resident to Hold Annual ‘Players vs. Drugs, Guns & Gangs’ Flag Football Event

"It was about just gathering kids from all the cities that we can, different walks of life, different parts of the city to challenge people to come out of their comfort zone, so to speak.”

What’s Good – The CROWN Act Ensures Protection from Discrimination Based on Natural Hair

Marisa Peal, a cosmetologist and writer, sat down to discuss why the Crown Act is one of the most important laws in her life.

Cumberland County Democratic Primary Election Race Too Close To Call

All six candidates in the Democratic freeholder race received less than 20% of the vote, which may result in a runoff election.

Local Businesses Cope With Coronavirus Regulations As Pandemic Continues

At this time, retail stores are allowed to operate at 50% capacity with a smattering of coronavirus-related restrictions like social distancing in place.

Bridgeton Summer Concert Series Returns with Coronavirus Guidelines in Place

With social distancing and mask-wearing required, Bridgeton's annual Summer Concert Series returned on July 12.

Sunset Lake Reopens to Public, No Swimming Allowed at this Time

Mayor Albert B. Kelly recently announced that Sunset Lake is open for kayaking and canoeing, but he "can't say for certain" if swimming will be allowed in the lake this summer.

Rowan College of South Jersey Offering Job Training Resources

As New Jersey begins to lift restrictions and businesses are reopening, RCSJ is offering people free access to 120 of its academic programs.

Camden County Freeholder Board Announces $20M In Total Grants To Local Small Businesses

Camden County small businesses will soon be able to apply for federally funded grants totaling $20 million to help with losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ending A Pandemic School Year With Forward-Thinking Preparation

Many schools in New Jersey came into this pandemic unprepared. Technologically in terms of one to one computers for students, infrastructure behind the scenes, LMS learning platforms, staff development, and even students as digital natives were not ready to take the drastic step to a fully virtual education.

Student Story: Middle And High School Students Express Concerns About Returning To In-Person Classes In September

Back in mid-March, as per Executive Orders 104 and 107, Governor Phil Murphy called for the immediate closure of all public, private, and religious learning institutions across the state because of COVID-19. Ever since then, local schools have had to resort to virtual learning as an alternative to in-person instruction and now amid an unorthodox summer, many students are undoubtedly concerned about returning to live classes in the fall.

Happy With Your Current Health Status?

Do you have a few pounds to lose? Do you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol? Do you suffer with blood sugar issues? Have joint pain? Experience heartburn, bloating, gas, or constipation? Then you might be what I like to call “functionally ill.”

The 2020 Census is Critically Important for Cumberland County Residents to Complete, Due by Oct. 31

As of July 1, only 61.3% of Cumberland County residents have filled out the census, which helps the government determine how funds will be allocated within a certain community.

Rowan Professor Harriet Hartman Examines Mental Health of Students, Faculty Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Hartman found that more than a third of the students she surveyed are concerned about how they'll finance their college educations, and 43% live in home environments that aren't conducive to studying.

Green Olive Restaurant & Lounge Implementing Effective Safety Measures in Response to COVID-19

“It has been a challenge readjusting, but I believe we have been able to overcome quite a few obstacles. I feel that our state is one of the few that is taking its time because there are a lot of other states that have opened up too quickly, where masks aren’t a requirement in some spaces."

GloCo Office Of Emergency Management Honored For Achievement in Geographic Information Systems

The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been recognized for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as thought leadership in the field of emergency management.

Local Bridgeton Parks Continue Reopening Process, Implement Coronavirus Safety Protocols

The Cohanzick Zoo opened on July 6, but some of its new protocols include a 125-visitor capacity and different hours of operation.

RCSJ Releases Plans for Cumberland and Gloucester Campuses Amid Pandemic

“As we continue to practice social distancing, many students are likely questioning the impact on their current education plans. Taking classes online may not be every student’s first choice; however, at this point in time, it is the safest,” RCSJ President Frederick Keating said.

Camden County Freeholder Board Allocates Millions in Federal Funding To Towns

The Camden County Freeholder Board has received and is allocating federal funding for towns which will be used to supplement unforeseen costs from COVID-19 related purchases such as personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, and a variety of other tools for essential employees since the start of this public health crisis.

A Shared History: Remembering a Forgotten Vineland Suffragist

Henrietta Crawford, who lived much of her life on 123 Montrose Street, in Vineland, was a pastor, evangelist, suffragist, and feminist. This firebrand was a significant figure in the historical fight for human rights, yet her participation has, unfortunately, largely gone unnoticed.

Cumberland County Residents Can Use Newly-Installed Drop Boxes to Cast Their Vote in the July 7 Primary

Voting in the middle of the pandemic just got easier for residents of Cumberland County. Back on June 22, it was announced that voters have the option of dropping their ballots for the July 7 primary in drop boxes across the county.

Governor Murphy and NJ DOE Release Guidance on Returning Children to Schools This Fall

Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education released “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” this past Friday.

Resource Roundup: Finding Assistance and Giving Back During the Pandemic

Some people seek employment, some search for meals, and others are looking for sites where they can be tested for the coronavirus. Sensitive to this fact, community leaders and officials of Bridgeton have advised residents to be aware of various opportunities to take advantage of if impacted by the virus.

NJ’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan: ‘Phase 2’ Postpones Indoor Dining, Encourages Continued Testing

New Jersey is currently in "Phase 2" of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic and its related precautions are far from over.

Student Story: Class Of 2020’s Fortitude Through Pandemic Promises Bright Future

Decades ago, no one could have possibly imagined that the Class of 2020 would be one lived through with great trials and tribulations, fighting against an “invisible enemy” like COVID-19.