Thursday, October 29, 2020



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.

Vineland Opens City’s First Dog Park

City officials including Mayor Anthony Fanucci, City Council President Paul Spinelli, Councilwoman Elizabeth Arthur, as well as invited guests and some furry friends were on hand recently to officially open Vineland's first dog park.

Cumberland County Tops NJ Recycling Rankings for Seventh Year in a Row

For the seventh consecutive year, Cumberland County leads the state of New Jersey in recycling.

Volunteer-Based Lacrosse and Field Hockey Program for Cumberland County Youth Seeks to Expand

Small Town Sticks, Inc., also known as STS, is a relatively new recreational field hockey and lacrosse program for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade who are based in Cumberland County.

Vineland Resident Spins Her Way to Weight Loss, a Cross-Country Bike Challenge, and Overall Fitness

"The YMCA changed my life,” said Sherry Reim, a 45-year-old lifelong Vineland resident, who had reached her highest weight ever by the end of 2016. She has since become an athlete, biked across the United States, and now lives a lifestyle of fitness.

RCSJ Opens New Satellite Location in Bridgeton: Bringing Local, Affordable Educational Opportunities

A packed room full of guests, local dignitaries, and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting of Rowan College of South Jersey's new Alms Center location in Bridgeton.

‘Verse Diversity,’ Poetry Sees a Resurgence in Millville

Rebecca Bonham, a lifelong resident of the county, is a dedicated disciple of the literary arts and has worked diligently to help people find strength and comfort in the power of words. She runs a successful, highly regarded monthly poetry event called Resurgence at Bogart’s Books & Cafe, in Millville, and is also co-owner of Blue Jade Press, LLC.

RCSJ Cumberland County Campus Educational Foundation Announces 2019-2020 Officers

Rowan College of South Jersey's Cumberland County Campus Educational Foundation has announced their officers for the 2019-2020 year.

What’s Good – ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day Outreach’

On Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers at Hopeloft held an event to give back to members of the community in honor of the late civil rights hero.

History Safeguarded: Donation Will Preserve Vineland’s Valued History

John Scarpa recently donated $25,000 to the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, which will allow the non-profit to finish repairs to their museum’s roof.

College Comes to Bridgeton: RCSJ to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Alms Center Location

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) will hold a ribbon cutting and open house at its new Alms Center Location in Bridgeton from 6 to 8 p.m. This new branch of RCSJ's campus will provide much-needed opportunities Cumberland County residents.

Criterion Confection: Bridgeton Mourns Local Icon Wayne A. Ernst, Master Baker

Bridgeton mourns the passing of Wayne A. Ernst, a pillar of the community. The first American Master Baker and the face of Century Bakery — a true criterion of South Jersey confections.

CCTEC’s Interact Club Displays Spirit of Giving

On Thursday, Dec. 12, students from the Cumberland County Technical Education Center (CCTEC), helped spread the spiritual message of Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men, by participating in their annual Toy Drive.

NJEDA Awards Cumberland County with Opportunity Zone Challenge Grant

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has announced that it is awarding an Opportunity Zone Challenge grant to Cumberland County.

What’s Good – ‘Hopeloft Coat Drive’

The organizations at Hopeloft held a coat drive to provide protection from the cold to members of the community who needed a little assistance.

Award-Winning Director Working with RCSJ’s Co-Op Program to Teach the Next Generation of Filmmakers

Mamrak, a graduate of Gloucester County College (now RCSJ), always dreamed of being a filmmaker. With 33 years invested in the film industry, he has returned to the South Jersey to share his behind-the-camera knowledge and movie-making experiences with student interns eager to follow in his footsteps

What’s Good – ‘Veteran’s Home Christmas’

Local students from Maurice River Township visited the Veteran's Memorial Home of Vineland to spread Christmas cheer through the gift of song -- and the gift of gifts.

Former Eagles Quarterback Holds 2nd Annual Bike Giveaway for Local At-Risk Youth in Cumberland County

On December 5 and 6, more than 100 volunteers gathered at the YMCA of Cumberland County in Vineland to assemble and distribute bicycles to local at-risk youth during Ron Jaworksi’s 2nd Annual Jaws Bike Drive.

Champion of ESL Education, Dr. JoAnne Negrin Named Dec. 2019 “Heartland Hero”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESL programs are the fastest-growing component of state-administered education programs -- and educators like Dr. JoAnne Negrin are helping to lead that charge.

What’s Good – ‘Jaws Youth Playbook Donates Bikes to Local At-Risk Youth’

Jaws Youth Playbook has collaborated with the Cumberland County YMCA for the second-annual "Jaws Bike Drive," which will provide bikes for at-risk youth in the community.

Vineland Recording Artist Releases Video Game-Inspired Album, ‘Water Temple’

Local recording artist Martin Muniz (also known as "MartyAfterDark") has released his second album, titled: Water Temple. The album draws inspiration -- and its name -- from the popular 1998 video game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

CCTEC’s Interact Club Partners with Salvation Army to Provide Presents for 200 Local Children

The Cumberland County Technical Education Center’s Interact Club has partnered with the Vineland Salvation Army to sponsor 200 children this Christmas.

Corning Incorporated Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to RCSJ

The Corning Incorporated Foundation presented a $10,000 check on Nov. 25 to Rowan College of South Jersey in support of a program that will allow the college to partner with Millville’s Lakeside Middle School to provide enrichment opportunities in STEAM-related careers as they relate to Cumberland County.

What’s Good – ‘A Capella Group ‘InAWay’ Embarks on their Christmas Tour’

The four-time Tiffany Gospel Award-winning group known as In-A-Way are getting back to where things started and embarking on a Christmas Tour of South Jersey.

Local Author Holds Book Signing for ‘Some Bugs I Know’

A local resident who recently entered the world of authordom participated in her first book signing event earlier this month. Kelly L. Miletta, from Cedarville, held the event at The Spot at The Ave, in Vineland, to celebrate her first children’s book entitled, Some Bugs I Know.

Mending Walls: Repairing a Historic Bridgeton Landmark

After heavy rain caused a historic wall on Commerce Street in Bridgeton to collapse, community members came together to rebuild it and make it strong enough to last another 150 years.

Time Marches On: Vineland High School Marching Band Earns Honors at Championship

Vineland High Marching Clan hosts Cavalcade of Bands show for fourth straight year, places second with "timely" theme.

NJ’s Largest Concentration of Endangered Species, 1,400-Acre Holly Farm to be Sold to NJDEP

After over 30 years of advocacy, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River & Its Tributaries has finally seen one of their biggest goals completed: the 1,400-acre Cumberland County farm known as "Holly Farm" will officially be preserved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Bridgeton’s Holiday House Tour Returns With New Stops; Tickets Available Now

The Bridgeton Holiday House Tour, hosted by Bridgeton Main Street Association, will take place from 3:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The tour, which has been held for over 30 years, brings hundreds of people into Bridgeton's Historic District surrounding the downtown to enjoy the Victorian homes, churches, and public buildings.

Mural Honoring Veterans Dedicated on Landis Avenue in Vineland

A new mural created by George Perez received a dedication ceremony on Veteran's Day on Landis Avenue in Vineland. The mural serves to honor the men and women of the United States military. Isaiah Showell was there to speak to the artist, as well as a local student who helped paint the mural, Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci, and more.

Vineland Environmental Commission Receives Award at 94th NJ Shade Tree Conference

The Vineland Environmental Commission has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Green Communities Achievement Award by the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry - NJ Forest Service, the NJ Community Forestry Council, and the NJ Tree Foundation.

Levoy Theatre, Off Broad Street Players Earn Statewide Honors

The Levoy Theatre and its resident company, the Off Broad Street Players (OBSP), were awarded New Jersey’s statewide honors for outstanding artistic and technical achievement in community theater at the annual Perry Awards in Union County last month.