Monday, January 18, 2021



Cumberland County Library Closed Until Further Notice

The Cumberland County library closed to the public "for the health, safety, and well-being of [its] patrons, employees, and community."

Four Local Bridgeton Businesses to Support During the Holiday Season

Supporting local businesses is especially important this year, as some have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic's far-reaching consequences.

What’s Good — Eastern Sky Candlelit Yoga

The Eastern Sky Co-op's candlelit yoga course hopes to promote relaxation and use sound healing to help community members.

Bridgeton Public Schools Offers Multiple Learning Methods for Second Half of School Year

Parents and students can choose whether or not to continue taking classes remotely or sporadically attend in-person classes as part of a hybrid model.

Living with Faith: Mother, Daughter Advocate for Those with Special Needs

Gina Panzino Lyman's new book, "Have A Little Faith," hopes to educate community members about life with Down syndrome.

Bridgeton Public School District Provides More Than One Million Meals from March-October, Continues Food Distribution Through Holiday Season

The school district helped feed community members throughout the coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do so through the holiday season.

Gridiron Glory: Bridgeton High Football Alumni Reminisce on 1947 State Title

Bridgeton's Charlie Chew is one of two living alumni of the Bridgeton High School football team's 1947 state championship.

Cumberland County Confirms 2020 Election Results

An impressive 71% of registered voters from Cumberland County voted in the 2020 election.

CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties Raises Money to Provide Presents to Foster Youth for Giving Tuesday

You can donate holiday presents to children in need as part of CASA of CGS' #GivingTuesday campaign from now until December 14.

Governor Murphy Continues To Tighten Restrictions Due To Spike In COVID-19 Cases

On November 16, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy announced an executive order tightening COVID-19 restrictions and regulations to mitigate the virus and reduce cases and deaths in New Jersey.

Construction To Begin At Cumberland County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery

Construction for the Cumberland County Veterans Burial Pavilion will be under way in the near future as plans are being made. Located at the Cumberland County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Hopewell Township, the pavilion’s goal is to keep visitors of the cemetery inside and out of possible precipitation.

New Jersey Announces Proposed Recipients of Library Construction Bond Act

Bridgeton and Cape May County's libraries are two of many throughout the state that will benefit from a total of $125 million in state bonds.

United Advocacy Group Now Offering Entrepreneurship Course for Youth

The course, which is offered remotely through Zoom, will help teens and young adults learn business traits such as budgeting and creating a business plan.

Stage Right: Walter A. Webster Wins NJACT Lifetime Achievement Perry Award for Theatre Contributions

Webster, a music/drama teacher at Commercial Township School, won the prestigious award thanks to his lifetime of contributions to New Jersey's theatre community.

Wendy’s Donates $10,000 to RCSJ-Cumberland’s ‘School Counts!’ Scholarship Program

The program, which is available at RCSJ's Cumberland County campus, rewards students who excelled in high school with a scholarship.

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce to Host ‘K-9s and Wines’ Event to Support Police Dogs

The Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce's "K-9s and Wines" event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 22 at Cedar Rose Vineyard in Millville.

Report: Judge Delays Prison Layoffs, Dismisses Lawsuit Against Closure of Cumberland County Jail

A New Jersey judge is seeking more information about how lawyers will access clients if the Cumberland County jail is fully closed.

What’s Good — 2020 Election Feedback

Our Isaiah Showell took to the streets of Cumberland County to gauge community members' opinions about the 2020 Presidential Election.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew Wins Reelection in New Jersey Second Congressional District House Race

Van Drew beat out incumbent Amy Kennedy in one of the nation's most hotly-contested House races.

RCSJ’s Online Human Resources Program Ranked No. 10 in Nation by

The online program was one of two from the Northeast ranked by along with Penn State's World Campus.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew Leads Amy Kennedy in Heated House Race, But No Major Calls Made Early Wednesday Morning

Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy's hotly-contested House race still didn't have a declared winner by the AP as of 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Despite No Calls from Major Outlets, Jeff Van Drew Declares Victory in Second Congressional District Race

Van Drew delivered a victory speech to a crowd of his supporters at the Oar House bar in Sea Isle City just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Stockton University Poll: Van Drew, Kennedy’s Second Congressional District Race a ‘Dead Heat’

Kennedy held a 46-45 lead among the 676 likely voters polled by Stockton University from October 22-27.

Amy Kennedy Cancels All Public Events, Quarantines After Contact with COVID-19 Positive Individual

Kennedy tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday morning and is experiencing no symptoms, according to her Twitter account.

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Awards Ceremony as Drive-In Event

Guests will be asked to remain in their cars and celebrate award recipients by honking their horns and flashing their car's headlights as part of the event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RCSJ Nursing Program Ranked No. 2 in the Northeast ranked the college's nursing program as the second-best in the region.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Firm In Faith: Religious Institutions Adapt to Social Distancing

Like many restaurants, fitness clubs, and other businesses, the doors to places of worship in New Jersey have been closed since March, when Gov. Phil Murphy began signing executive orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

What’s Good – Millville Stands for George Floyd

Community members assembled in Millville over the weekend to march as part of a nationwide protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Those who came out for the march demand justice for Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

What’s Good: Touch of Tom’s

Shakeem Brown of Millville is the owner of Touch of Tom's restaurant. He is currently raising funds so that he can continue to provide donations of food to healthcare workers from his restaurant because he believes nobody should do their job on an empty stomach.

Fairfield Township School District Releases Encouraging Message for Students

The faculty and staff of Fairfield Township School have released a short video message to provide support and encouragement to the students they sorely miss.

Virtually Fit: Local Gyms and Karate Studios Adapt to COVID-19 Closures with Distance Learning

Some establishments have closed their doors permanently, some are shuttered for the time-being, while others have attempted to maintain business operations on a part-time basis.

Millville Teacher Working with Others to 3D Print Hundreds of Masks for Healthcare Workers

“One of my supervisors, Bobby Barber, contacted me and asked if there was anything we could do to help with our 3D printers that we have,” says Gerald Bruman, Millville High School engineering teacher.

Take-Out is In-Season

Local restaurant owners are giving it the old college try, attempting to adapt to the new normal we’re all living in due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Murphy Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to ‘Honor Those We Have Lost, And Those We Will Lose’

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order calling for flags to be flown at half-staff immediately and indefinitely to "honor those we have lost, and those we will lose" to the coronavirus outbreak currently affecting New Jersey and much of the world.

Cumberland County Announces First Death Related to COVID-19

Cumberland County Public Information Officer Jody Hirata and County Health Officer Megan Sheppard today announced that a Bridgeton resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.

Pet of the Week: Ferb

"Oh Ferb, who couldn't love this 10 month old boy? Ferb showed up to the shelter as a stray, this handsome guy would like a home of his own -- he loves people and likes attention and would be a great walking/hiking buddy."

True County Legends: Trout Family Honored for Philanthropy

On Friday, July 24, the CompleteCare Health Network will host its 11th annual Cumberland County Legends ceremony at Greenview Inn at Eastlyn, in Vineland.

Cumberland County Confirms its First Case of COVID-19

The Cumberland County Department of Health has announced that Cumberland County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 as of March 19. Due to privacy laws, little information about the case has been released, but the patient is said to be in isolation to prevent further spread of the disease.

What’s Good – PRISM Goes Skating

Earlier this month, members of PRISM Club in Bridgeton met at Skate 2000 in Upper Deerfield to have fun and skate the night away.

Read Across Vineland

Even in this audio/visual world that society seems to be entrenched in, reading is still fundamental. Earlier this month, the Vineland Public School system once again played a positive part in helping to promote this fact by celebrating Read Across America events in its schools.

What’s Good – Self Love Women’s Empowerment Conference

On Feb. 23, Traci Mayo-Faulk, of Rowan College of South Jersey, hosted a Self Love Women's Empowerment Conference at the college's Luciano Conference Center. According to Mayo-Faulk, the event's goal was to "provide women and girls with the tools needed to turn their can'ts into cans and their dreams into plans."

Miss Vineland 2020 Scholarship Winner Crowned at the Landis Theater

On a recent Saturday, the Landis Theater, newly owned by Ray Mamrak, held the Miss Vineland Scholarship Pageant 2020. There were 11 girls competing for the crown, formerly held by Miss Marissa Marchese in 2019.

Downe Township Receives Six-Figure Grant to Transform Their Community

Downe Township was recently named as one of five South Jersey communities that will receive a $100,000 grant, which will be used to help uplift the town’s heart and soul.

Pet of the Week: Luigi, of the ‘Mushroom Kingdom 5’

"Hi! My name is Luigi. Some of you may remember me, I was one of the "Mushroom Kingdom 5," the mange puppies that were found in a crate on the side of the road. As you can see, I have healed very nicely, you wouldn't even recognize me now! I am a super nice boy who is looking for a home."

Good as Gould: Legendary Bridgeton Educator to be Honored for His Impact on Community

On Saturday, March 28, the CompleteCare Health Network will host its 11th annual Cumberland County Legends ceremony at Greenview Inn at Eastlyn in Vineland -- and one of the honorees is renowned Bridgeton Public High School Music Teacher Austin P. Gould.

What’s Good – Pascale Sykes Conference

On Feb. 13, the Pascale Sykes Foundation held their conference titled "Working Together for Working Families" in the Luciano Conference Center on Rowan College of South Jersey's Cumberland Campus. The conference featured distinguished guests "The Three Doctors" and keynote speaker Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, as well as a number of talks and sessions focused on the foundation's "whole family approach."

Truth Be Known: Abolitionist Sojourner Truth Brought to Life at the Vineland Public Library

On Feb. 11, one of the most influential and inspirational figures in United States history was brought to life in front of a captivated audience at the Vineland Public Library.

Ben’s ProServ Cuts the Ribbon on Their New Vineland Location

On Feb. 11, Ben Laury cut the ribbon to officially open a new warehouse and office space in Vineland for his heating and cooling business, Ben's ProServ.

Pascale Sykes Foundation Holds Conference in Vineland, Highlights ‘Whole Family Approach’

The Pascale Sykes Foundation hosted their latest conference titled, Working Together For Working Families: The Whole Family Approach on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Rowan College of South Jersey’s Luciano Center in Vineland. The one-day conference focused on how the foundation’s acclaimed "Whole Family Approach" is strengthening America’s low-income working-class families.

Humane to Humanity: Vineland Soup Kitchen Serves the Underserved

“The soup kitchen is a place where the homeless or anybody in need can come and eat,” Centeno says. “It’s [a] place where they can come in [and] be at peace.”

Bridgeton Residents Announce ‘Fat Saturday’ Fundraiser to Aid in Restoration of Historic Wall

Since the historic sandstone wall on West Commerce Street collapsed in the summer of 2018, many community members have come together to help rebuild and restore the local landmark. Now, they're planning a fundraising event to cover costs associated with repairing it.

Nature Around Us: Quack This Way

It’s time to talk about ducks.