Thursday, October 29, 2020

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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.

RCSJ Nursing Program Ranked No. 2 in the Northeast

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

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.

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.

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.

Ross Whiting, Clayton Model Revolutionize Special Education Methods

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.”

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.

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.

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.

BoroBucks Program Offers Stimulus Aide For Local Businesses

Officials have announced a Gift Card Stimulus Program in order to invest in local small businesses severely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Media Campaign #Seniors4Seniors2020 Connects Generations

Residents of the Jefferson Health Care Center -- a long-term care facility in Gloucester County -- are showing support to the graduating Class of 2020 by launching a social media campaign called #Seniors4Seniors2020 to send congratulations to area graduates whose final semester of school was disrupted by COVID-19.

Best Of Gloucester County Voting Deadline Extended

Gloucester County residents have received a little more time to show just how much they appreciate their favorite local businesses with the voting deadline extended.

GloCo Division of Disability Services Offers Online Resources For Those In Recovery

The Gloucester County Division of Human and Disability Services are launching the Recovery Library, an online destination for people navigating their own recovery and people supporting others in their recovery journey.

Rowan University Online Student Film Festival Running From May 8 – 10

While COVID-19 has had a negative effect on the academic year as well as the film and television industry, students in Rowan University documentary film classes have managed to produce several works.

ExxonMobile Donates Hundreds Of Gallons Of Sanitizer For Local Use

ExxonMobil has donated 480 gallons of medical grade sanitizer to Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management and Rowan University recently.

Gloucester County Parks And Rec Launches Online Programs For Kids

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation have launched Nature Tots and History Tots online lesson plans, the county announced recently.

Local Food Banks And Pantries In Need Of Donations

As a result of current food shortages, food banks and pantries are struggling to keep their shelves stocked due to the increase in demand for food. The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders wants to encourage our residents to donate to pantries across the county.

Gloucester County Offers Residents Online Dashboard To Search For Updates On Local Businesses

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders in collaboration with the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management and Department of Economic Development have launched Gloucester County is Open for Business.

What’s Good – Kings Things

Now Kings Things is relying on donations to continue their mission of helping the needy. Some people have been kind enough to use Amazon to ship food to them so they can hand it out -- and one seven-year-old boy used his birthday to raise over $1,000 for the Kings Things food pantry.

Rowan University Releases Plans And Instructions For 3D Printed Face Mask

Rowan University is releasing the designs and instructions for a 3D-printed face mask that can be washed, disinfected, and reused in case of an emergency shortage.

Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management Seeking Donations For Personal Protective Equipment

The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management is asking for donations to fulfill Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) orders to local hospitals and emergency responders.

GloCo Animal Shelter Seeks Donations For New Pet Food Pantry, Reduces Adoption Fees

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) is not currently accepting surrendered animals, so in order to help keep pets in their homes with their families, the shelter is starting the GCAS Pet Food Pantry in order to help pet owners in need.

GloCo Animal Shelter Offering Discounts On Pet Adoption Fees

While Gloucester County residents practice social distancing and acclimate to their new norm in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the shelter is focused on finding our dogs, cats and even rabbits their forever homes.

GloCo Officials Urge Residents To Be Wary Of Consumer Fraud

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Gloucester County Consumer Protection is warning all residents of potential fraud against consumers purchasing products used to stay safe and prevent illness during the Covid-19 outbreak.

‘Register Ready’ Helps NJ Residents With Disabilities To Be Prepared For Disasters

Disabled and assistance-needing Gloucester County residents are being urged by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Emergency Management to register for “Register Ready.”

Free Workshops Offered Ahead Of Annual MEGA Job Fair

Gloucester County Workforce Development Board will be holding free workshops for job seekers in preparation for the upcoming Gloucester County MEGA Job Fair.

GloCo Declares March As Tire Amnesty Month, Announces Scrap Tire Collection

To help reduce the number of scrap tires in neighborhoods, Gloucester County officials have declared the month of March to be Tire Amnesty Month and the Solid Waste Complex will be accepting free tire drop-off throughout the month.

Rowan College Of South Jersey Nursing Program Ranked Top In The State

For the fourth consecutive year, Rowan College of South Jersey’s (RCSJ) Associate in Nursing program has been ranked as the top Nursing Program in the state of New Jersey by RegisteredNursing.org.

Gloucester County Animal Shelter Seeks Volunteers

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) has a number of volunteer opportunities county officials announced recently.

GloCo Parks and Rec Has Open Registration For Nature Tots Program At Scotland Run Park

The Gloucester County Department of Parks and Recreation have begun registration for winter sessions of their Nature Tots program that educates children on nature and our environment.

GloCo Awarded Grant For Nearly $9K For Home Energy Assistance

The US Department of Community Affairs has awarded Gloucester County with a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) CWA Administration grant in the amount of $8,698.

GloCo Residents Can Find A New Love During Gloucester County Animal Shelter’s ‘My Furry Valentine’ Event

This Valentine’s Day residents have the opportunity to fall in love with a new furry friend during The Gloucester County Animal Shelter will sponsor its “My Furry Valentine” adoption event on February 14.

Rowan U Psychologist Awarded $443K Grant To Help Teen Moms Avoid Dating Violence

Rowan University's clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology Dr. Meredith Joppa secures $443,688 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health for the Date SMART-Young Mothers Intervention Program.

Household Special Waste Collection Program Dates Announced

The Household Special Waste Program is a series of periodic collection events where county residents can drop off items such as oil-based paint, motor oil, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs, fluorescent tubes, fire extinguishers, solvents, pesticides, pool chemicals, and similar materials for recycling, reuse, and/or proper disposal.

County Announces Locations and Dates Of Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics For 2020

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be offered to residents’ pets from January through April of this year sponsored by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and Gloucester County Animal Shelter.

County To Hold Free NARCAN Training Sessions

Free NARCAN training sessions will be held throughout the county as part of continued efforts to save lives while battling the opioid epidemic within the community.

County Offers Free Flu Shots For Residents

The Gloucester County Department of Health is offering county residents several flu clinic dates for free flu shots.

New Inspira Mullica Hill Hospital Receives First Patients

Inspira Health Network officially opened its doors at its brand-new, state-of-the-art Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill as about 60 patients were transferred from Inspira’s Woodbury campus on December 15.

Gray Fox Animal Hospital Donates Bullet Proof Vest For K-9

Gray Fox Animal Hospital, which is led by the husband and wife team of Drs. Lee and Bernadette Spector, presented K-9 unit members Tim Mitchell and Canine Officer Recon of the Woodbury City Police Department a K-9 bullet proof vest recently.

Annual Holiday Feast For Seniors Draws Thousands

The Gloucester County Division of Senior Services hosted its annual Holiday Feast at Auletto Caterers, providing over 2,000 area seniors with the opportunity to welcome the holiday season together.

What’s Good – ‘Rowan University Prayer Walk’

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What’s Good – ‘Fruiggie Juice Anniversary’

Fruiggie Juice and Bowls recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of their Turnersville store, where they serve healthy smoothies and prepared bowls made from fresh fruit and vegetables to their customers.

Animal Shelter Sets Deadline For Holiday Animal Adoptions

For families looking to adopt from the Gloucester County Animal Shelter this holiday season will have until Friday, December 20, which will be the last day of release for animals. According to the animal shelter, the time cutoff is due to newly adopted animals requiring time to become acclimated to their new home before the rush of the holiday. The animal shelter will resume the release of animals again on Wednesday, December 26 at noon.

New Solid Waste Disposal Contract Yields Long-Term Savings for Gloucester County

Gloucester County has re-procured a ten-year contract for trash disposal rates saving taxpayers at least $24 million over the next ten years.

South Jersey Singer-Songwriter Series: Dawn Hiatt — Melodic Ideas In Indie Folk

Dawn Hiatt’s music can at times sound eclectic, most with an indie folk and alternative country foundation, but every now and then a funky bassline finds its way in along with an occasional smattering of vibes and strings. She says finds it hard to pin down exactly what other musical artists have had an impact on her work. She says any influence is quite broad.

South Jersey Singer-Songwriter Series: Jason Ager — “Funky, Nerd-Folk”

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in German Language and Literature to write clever, wry, and observant songs with titles such as “Google Jawn,” “Tony From Tycony,” “Fake News,” and his holiday offering, “Santapause,” but in singer-songwriter Jason Ager’s case, it can’t hurt.

Local Author Creates New Worlds With Inspiration From Her Real One

Author Christa Conklin's new young adult novel, Tranquility, explores real world issues in new world places.

Tenth Annual Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony To Be Held At Veterans Memorial Cemetery

The tenth annual Wreaths of Remembrance Ceremony, a gathering to help remember those men and women who defended our country's freedom, will be held at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, December 7 beginning at 10:00 A.M.

Rowan University To Study Use Of EVs In Underserved Communities

The New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities has awarded Rowan University a two-year, $100,000 grant to study how to best expand electric vehicle infrastructure to underserved communities in New Jersey recently.

Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill Completes Construction, Prepares to Open in December

The first new medical facility in Gloucester County in nearly 45 years, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill brings the latest in medical and communications technology to a 100-acre parcel adjacent to Rowan University’s West Campus.

Buddy Benches Bring Girl Scouts Badges And School Children Friendships

Thanks to two Glassboro High School freshmen, McKenna McIlvaine and Alyssa Riley, three new “Buddy Benches” are now outside J. Harvey Rodgers School, Dorothy L. Bullock School, and the Glassboro Child Development Centers.

Rowan University Receives $10 Million Gift Toward Communications Scholarships

Rowan University alumni Ric and Jean Edelman have given another gift to the school. Instead of a planetarium or "fossil park," this time their contribution will fund scholarships for students within the school's College of Communications and Creative Arts.

Dan Aykroyd Visits Williamstown to Meet Fans and Promote ‘Crystal Head Vodka’

Dan Aykroyd, film and TV star, visited Williamstown, N.J. on Wednesday, Nov. 13th as part of a promotional campaign for his Crystal Head Vodka brand. Isaiah Showell was there to interview Aykroyd and get impressions from some of the people who waited in line for hours in 30-degree weather to see the former Ghostbuster.

Deptford Collegiate High School Opens Its Doors On RCSJ–Gloucester Campus

The Deptford Collegiate High School celebrated its opening during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ)–Gloucester campus on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Rowan University Opens Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program

Rowan University recently cut the ribbon on its new pet therapy center, established by a $3 million gift from Gerry Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken.

New Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team Trained At Rowan College of South Jersey

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a mental health crisis response program, recently completed its first training session in Gloucester County at Rowan College of South Jersey – Gloucester County.

County Introduces Two New Initiatives To Address Opiate Crisis

The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office in collaboration with the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services has introduced two new initiatives to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in Gloucester County: The Road to Recovery Program and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

County Installs Automated CPR Devices In Ambulances And Quick Response Vehicles

Gloucester County has equipped its Gloucester County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) ambulances and Quick Response Vehicles (QRV's) with a Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System (LUCAS) device to help emergency medical technicians save lives.

Rowan To Host The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium

Rowan University will host The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Symposium on November 19 in conjunction with the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. in the Chamberlain Student Center Ballroom on the Glassboro campus.

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Discuss Taxes, Public Safety, And Quality Of Life Ahead Of Election Day

Gloucester County Freeholder candidates Dan Christy and Frank DiMarco discuss what they feel are the most important issues facing the county.

Abilities Solutions Provides Disabled With Training And Employment Services

Abilities Solutions, a nonprofit provider of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to full participation in the workforce, presented Deptford Councilman Wayne Love with an award for Advocacy and Volunteerism on October 24.

Habitat For Humanity Unveils New Home For Family

Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity hosted a "habitation" ceremony on Friday, October 18 as a way to welcome the Samantha Brown and her family to their newly completed home on Truman Avenue in Glassboro.

Rowan President and Bonesaw Brewing Co.’s Hot New Brew Assists Students In Need

Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand and Bonesaw Brewing Co. of Glassboro have teamed up to create Houshmand’s Hazardous Bonesaw Brew, a limited edition brown ale made from the president’s signature habanero-based hot sauce for a good cause.

Governor Murphy To Discuss State Of The State At Rowan University

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will be at Rowan University to discuss the state of the state’s politics on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 P.M in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

County Sponsors Free Rabies Clinic For Cats And Dogs

A free rabies clinic will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M for cats and 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. for dogs at the Gloucester County Government Services Building located at 1200 North Delsea Drive in Clayton.

Goblins, Ghouls, And Ghosts Gather Around GloCo All Month Long

Monroe Township has declared itself Halloween Town as it readies itself for its Fall Festival beginning at 10:00 A.M. in Owens Park.

Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award Recipient Recognized At Luncheon

The Gloucester County 2019 Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award recipient, Gail Nelson, received a proclamation presented by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Gloucester County Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held at Auletto Caterers in Deptford on October 9.

50th Annual Jonas Cattell Memorial Run Celebrates History and Good Health

The 50th Annual Jonas Cattell Memorial Run will take place Sunday, October 27, beginning at 8:00 A.M. in Haddonfield.

United Way of Gloucester County Announces ‘Live United’ Mini-Grant Recipients

Officials from United Way of Gloucester County (UWGC) have announced that nine local nonprofits will receive "Live United" mini-grants.

Ghoulish Happenings Are Brewing In Pitman This Saturday

Downtown Pitman gets into the Halloween spirit beginning this Saturday, October 12, with a number of activities for ghouls and goblins of all ages.

MEGA Job Fair Offers Job Seekers Array Of Employers To Meet

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders in conjunction with the Gloucester County Workforce Development Board will be hosting the 2019 MEGA Job Fair on Friday, October 11 from 9:00 A.M. to noon at Rowan College of South Jersey.

Deptford Students Recognized For National Achievements

County officials recognized three Deptford High School seniors for achievements in academics as well as athletics on Monday, September 30.

Rowan College of South Jersey Hosts Opioid Prevention Playbook Workshop

The Southwest Council -- a non-profit health agency providing prevention, education, early intervention, and outpatient treatment services to Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester counties -- sponsored the Opioid Prevention Playbook workshop held at Rowan College of South Jersey, Gloucester County campus on Friday, September 27.

NJ Department of Agriculture Presents Award To Cecil Creek Farm For Farm To School Program

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher presented the owners of Cecil Creek Farm in Mickleton with the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award at the Ninth Annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition event on Thursday, September 24.

Rabies Confirmed In Area Raccoon

Area residents are being urged to check their pets’ vaccination status after a raccoon found in the vicinity of Daisy Avenue, Williamstown on September 23, 2019 tested positive for rabies.

County Offers Free Workshop In Preparation For MEGA Job Fair

In preparation for the Gloucester County MEGA Job Fair to be held on Friday, October 11, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon at Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell, the Gloucester County Workforce Development Board is offering interested residents free workshops to help prepare for the job fair.

County Officials Remind Residents West Nile Virus Is Preventable, Season Runs Through Late October

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious viral illness and activity continues until late October, and awareness is the strongest weapon in avoiding the virus, according to county officials.

USDA Rural Development Awards Gloucester County Nearly $90K Grant For Home Rehab

The US Department of Agriculture through Rural Development has awarded the county $89,837 in Housing Preservation Grant fund, the largest award to date according to a press release from the county.

Fountain Installation Completes Final Phase Of Town Square

The public fountain had a special significance in Glassboro’s past and during the summer of 2019 its long awaited replacement was installed in anticipation of Glassboro’s 100th Year Anniversary of incorporation scheduled for 2020.

No Cost Flu Shots Available To Gloucester County Residents

In order to help county residents stay healthy, the Gloucester County Department of Health will make flu shots available for free beginning Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Rowan College of South Jersey Breaks Ground On Two New Buildings

State and local government officials, administrators, educators, and business leaders were joined by college faculty, staff, and students to unveil plans for the Rowan Medicine Center and the Economic Development Center. The addition of the new buildings on RCSJ's Gloucester campus brings together an innovative college, prestigious medical school, labor and commerce resources, and will serve as a catalyst for career development.

Milkweed Planting Helps Falling Populations of Monarch Butterfly

South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLW) organized a group of volunteers who planted over three-hundred milkweed plants in a meadow at Oldmans Creek Preserve this past July to help lift the numbers of Monarch butterflies that have been decreasing.

Rowan University Ranked #78 Among Public Universities

Rowan University has been ranked #79 among public universities and #166 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Colleges 2020” special edition.

Rowan University to Develop Esports Program with N3rd Street Gamers

Rowan and N3rd Street Gamers will work together to develop curriculum related to the esports industry, establish internship opportunities, and create club and varsity-level teams.

Gloucester County Animal Shelter’s Annual Open House Offers A Day Filled With Pet Friendly And Family Fun Activities

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

County To Host 18th Annual Bankers and Brokers Breakfast

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development will be hosting their 18th annual Bankers and Brokers Breakfast at Auletto's Caterers on Friday, September 20, from 8:30 A.M to 11:00 A.M.

Company Pays It Forward For Couple With New Roof Donation

Merryfield Construction Group has selected Clayton homeowners Frank and Wendy Errig as beneficiaries of a new roof through the company's "Merryfield Cares Campaign - Restoration by Donation" community outreach program.

‘Shop, Dine, Go Local’ 2019 Campaign Encourages Spending In Local Community

The Gloucester County’s 2019 Shop, Dine, Go Local campaign, designed to encourage spending money within the local community to help the county’s economy, kicked off with an opening event at The Wing Kitchen in Turnersville recently.