Monday, January 18, 2021



Follow South Jersey Now Accepting Listings for Upcoming Community Job Board

Follow South Jersey is seeking job listings for its upcoming job board, which will be released in the coming weeks.

New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard Now Displaying Vaccination Totals

New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard includes detailed information about the vaccine -- including doses administered by county, race, and gender.

Gov. Murphy to Deliver ‘State of the State’ Address

Gov. Murphy's address to the state will largely focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and moving forward from it.

This New Year, Aim for Healthy Progression, Not Instant Perfection

The goal of healthy eating is progression, not perfection. As long as you’re choosing healthier options about 80 percent of the time, you can incorporate treats into your diet without diminishing the results you’re looking for.

Gov. Murphy Tours RCSJ-Gloucester COVID-19 Vaccine Megasite

Gov. Murphy greeted staffers and community members at Rowan College of South Jersey's Glocuester County campus on Monday morning.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew on Second Trump Impeachment: ‘It’s Unbelievable’

Rep. Van Drew said that a second impeachment of President Trump, who incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, would be "a waste of money, a waste of time."

COVID-19 Vaccine Megasite at RCSJ-Gloucester Opens

RCSJ announced that the vaccine megasite will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

What’s Good — New Year’s Resolutions

From being more creative to helping out the community more, Bridgeton's community members have a number of different New Year's resolutions to achieve this year.

Coronavirus Testing Available at Bridgeton’s Marino Center Through January 15

Free COVID-19 testing will be available at the Marino Center through January 15.

What’s Good — Recovery on Wheels

Recovery on Wheels hopes to provide resources and create a judgement-free environment for those dealing with substance abuse issues.

New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Leaving to Join President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 Response Team

Sarah Adelman will begin serving as Acting Commissioner of the state's largest agency on January 16.

Inspira Health to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall

Inspira Health's virtual town hall on January 14 will include information about the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Camden City Sees Record Low Crime Rates In 2020

Camden City saw reductions in homicides, shootings, and overall crime in 2020 according to Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), a Federal Bureau of Investigation program that generates statistics of crime data for use in law enforcement.

Jeff Van Drew Calls on President Trump to Tell Protestors to Leave Capitol Building

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Dr. Jill Mortensen Donates $10,000 to RCSJ-Cumberland’s ‘School Counts!’ Scholarship Program

Mortensen, a family physician based in Cumberland County, donated $10,000 to the scholarship program based at RCSJ-Cumberland.

Virtua Health Offering Coronavirus Antibody Treatment to At-Risk Patients

Bamlanivimab, a drug that helps high-risk patients with "mild to moderate" COVID-19 symptoms, has been administered to more than 100 patients across South Jersey.

Atlantic County Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health, in cooperation with Atlantic Cape Community College, has begun administering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment to eligible community healthcare workers (Phase 1A) at the college’s Mays Landing campus.

Camden County Freedom Medal Awarded To 12 Community Leaders

The Camden County Board of Commissioners will present twelve Camden County residents the 2021 Camden County Freedom Medal at a ceremony to be held virtually on January 18.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin at South Woods State Prison

Approximately 100 staff members at South Woods State Prison received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last Tuesday.

Travel: Sensational Saugerties

I’ll admit: I was nervous about traveling out of state during 2020 – the year when the world was turned upside down because of the coronavirus pandemic. But I kept my eyes peeled for possible, drivable getaways to relatively nearby destinations with low numbers of COVID-19 infections.

Camden City Native Gabriel Rodriguez Sworn In As New Chief of Camden County Police Department

Lifelong Camden resident Gabriel Rodriguez has become the city’s third leader of the Camden County Police Department over the last eight year.

New Jersey Announces $250 Million Manufacturing Facility Investment

The new facility will be located in Gloucester County and become the country's largest industrial offshore wind investment.

Cumberland County Freeholder Jack Surrency Calls on Prison Warden to Resign

"To me, it couldn’t be clearer that your arrogance and ego put the health and safety of our inmates and staff at risk."

New Jersey Begins Effort to Vaccinate Long-Term Care Facility Residents

More than 83,000 residents and staffers from 291 long-term care facilities across New Jersey are slated to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Gov. Murphy Encourages New Jerseyans to Hold Small New Year’s Gatherings

"This is not the year for a wild New Year's Eve party."

What’s Good — Hair 2 There Holiday Toy Drive

Hair 2 There donated dozens of toys to the Boys and Girls Club of Glassboro in the lead-up to Christmas.

River’s Edge Warming Center Opens in Bridgeton

Gateway Community Action Partnership opened the River's Edge Warming Center to help support those in need of warm shelter during the winter months.

New Jersey to Invest $10 Million in Preschool Improvement

The state's plan to invest $10 million into expanding the quality of early education in nine counties will begin on February 1.

Washington Township Students, Parents, and Teachers to Deliver 2,000 Cards, Snacks to Hospital Workers Today

The gift delivery will take place at 1:30 p.m. today at the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Camden.

Virtua Health Receives 3,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Begins Vaccinating Staff

The South Jersey-based nonprofit health care center expects to receive 3,000 doses per week over the next three weeks.

Cumberland County Improvement Authority Adjusts Trash Collection Due to COVID-19

The CCIA's Solid Waste Center won't be open to the public until further notice due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the county.

RCSJ-Gloucester, Atlantic City Convention Center Set to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Mega-Sites’

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced six COVID-19 vaccine "mega-sites" -- including three in South Jersey -- during his coronavirus briefing on Friday afternoon.

Volunteer with CASA of CGS as an Advocate for Local Foster Youth

Applications to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate are due on January 29, and no prior experience is necessary.

What’s Good — Century Bakery

Century Bakery has been serving community members in Bridgeton since the 1930s.

City of Camden Unveils Open Space Plan for Parks

The county anticipates an investment of more than $25 million over the next five years to ensure all residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

Applications Now Open for New Jersey’s ‘Addressing Student Learning Loss’ Grant

Public school districts can now apply for a $156,000 grant that will fund programs to reduce learning losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CamCo Freeholder Board Swears In Newest Member

The Freeholder Board has sworn in Al Dyer, a Pennsauken resident who was elected in November to fill the unexpired term of former Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo. Dyer’s term begins today and will end in December 2021.

Bridgeton Mayor Calls for Eviction Support, Relief in Column

"Perhaps the government should consider how to offer help in a way that might include a joint application from tenants, who do want to have the fallout from an eviction, and landlords, who simply want their back rent paid."

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."

First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arrive in New Jersey, Gov. Murphy Expects ‘Much More Robust’ Distribution in Coming Weeks

New Jersey has received 76,050 doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine with "hundreds of thousands more" arriving in the coming weeks.

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.

Atlantic County and Atlantic Cape Community College Partner To Help Unemployed And Dislocated Workers

The Foundation for Success Program sponsored by the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board in cooperation with Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a minimum of 100 qualified unemployed or dislocated Atlantic County residents will have an opportunity to receive education, training and support services.

Jefferson New Jersey Physicians Bring Healthcare And Hope To Woman Battling Cancer

Patricia Lorentzen may be Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s biggest fan – even though the 65-year-old grandmother lives 1,000 miles away in Florida. Lorentzen was a New Jersey resident in 2018, when she faced an avalanche of health problems.

Student Story: Despite COVID Restrictions, High School Student Athletes Score A Season

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in March of this year, the fall sports season changed things for all high school athletics

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.

Gov. Murphy Expands Unemployment Eligibility in New Jersey

The state will grant aid to individuals who have exhausted their previous unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Jersey Residents Who Receive COVID-19 Vaccine to be Enrolled in New Jersey Immunization Information System

Anyone who gets the COVID-19 vaccine born before January 1, 1998 will be automatically enrolled into the state's immunization system.

Light Show At Camden’s Charter School Network Sparks Cheer And A Sense Of Community

Camden’s Charter School Network (CCSN) is brightening the neighborhood and spirits this holiday season by presenting its inaugural The Joy of Lights show.

Red Bank Battlefield Unveils New Mural At Butterfly And Children’s Garden

The Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission awarded a grant to Gloucester County Parks and Recreation for the creation of a mural on the stairs to the Butterfly and Children’s Gardens at the Red Bank Battlefield Park.

Several South Jersey DMVs Set to Reopen After Employees’ Positive COVID-19 Tests

The Motor Vehicle Agencies in Cherry Hill, Medford, and Trenton are scheduled to reopen within the next week after employees tested positive for COVID-19 at those locations.

During Unexpected Times, Hold Onto Kindness And Compassion

As the end of the college semester approaches, a semester that held challenges and frustrations well beyond academia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students can be found frantically cramming for exams and furiously writing papers, many doing so in isolation.

Camden County Library Offers Hotspot Lending Program

The Camden County Library System now offers a new hotspot lending program for remote workers and learners. The program comes in addition to a variety of new digital services already made available through the library system as part of its ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide widened by the pandemic and to support the community during this crisis.

Healing Notes: Music Can Promote Mindfulness, Support Mental Health During Stresses of Pandemic

Music is a good way to practice mindfulness and alleviate some of the stress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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

Children and families have been impacted by the current pandemic 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.

Gloucester County Animal Shelter Offers Discounted Adoption Fees

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) will continue to offer discounted adoption fees for the animals at the shelter. Animals six years old and younger will have their adoption fees reduced to $35. Dogs and cats six years and older will have their adoption fees completely waived.

Student Story: Today’s Teen Sense Of Fashion Is Becoming Odder, And That’s Good

In today’s day and age, modern teen fashion has become something that might seem unrecognizable from what it was just a little while ago. It has evolved in the sense that it has been more about the clothing’s sense of unity and cohesion rather than name brands and expensive material.

Should You Use A Humidifier In The Winter Months?

Have you ever noticed that in the winter you are more congested, or have a runny nose? That’s because the body naturally warms and moisturizes (humidifies) air as it travels through the nasal passages, throat, and upper airway. As temperatures drop, dry, cold air can cause this moisture to evaporate quicker, causing irritation, nasal congestion, runny noses, and other difficulties breathing.

In Memoriam: Steven Defelice 1954-2020

Defelice, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties, passed away at the age of 66 on Thursday.

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.

New Cape May County VA Clinic to Open Tuesday

The new 11,000-square foot facility in Rio Grande will provide medical care to veterans.

Gov. Murphy Plans for High School Sports Return in 2021, Remains Concerned About Hospital Capacity

"I want to see, especially that high school senior, get to play her or his last season."

Gov. Murphy Suspends Indoor High School Sports Until 2021, Tightens Gathering Limits

Effective Saturday, indoor youth and adult sports will be suspended until the new year.

Virtua Health Gives 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Camden, Willingboro Residents

Last week, thousands of South Jerseyans reaped the benefits of Virtua Health's turkey distribution events.

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.

Camden County Freeholder Young Named NJAC Freeholder Of The Year

The New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) has named Camden County Freeholder Jonathan L. Young, Sr. 2020 Maurice Fitzgibbons Freeholder of the Year.

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Provides Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance

Although the weather is slated to get much colder soon, restaurants will be able to operate outdoor dining throughout the winter if they choose to.

Jefferson Health – New Jersey To Hold ‘Tree of Lights’ Event To Honor Those Who Have Battled Cancer December 2

Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s 11th Annual Cancer Center Tree of Lights event – which gives area residents the opportunity to honor, remember, and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have battled cancer – will be held virtually this year at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township on December 2.

Executive Order Pushes Back Election Deadlines for Vote Counting, Audits

The boards of canvassers in Ocean and Salem counties will now have until December 11 to conduct any potential election audits.

Cumberland County Confirms 2020 Election Results

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

Follow South Jersey Gives Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, South Jersey! Our staff has a lot to be thankful this year.

Skipping Holiday Traditions This Year Is Something We Can Be Thankful About

Here in New Jersey, Murphy’s Law has taken on a whole new meaning. With people encouraged not to travel and families being told to not gather outside those who live in the household, it is difficult for some to see anything to be thankful for or joyous about.

New Legislation Requires New Jersey Police Officers to Wear Body Cameras

Subject to funding appropriated by New Jersey's state legislature, all police officers in the state will be required to wear body cameras while in uniform.

What’s Good — Coalition of Churches

Seven churches in the region teamed up to provide 750 families with food for Thanksgiving.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available Throughout South Jersey

New Jersey has scattered six more COVID-19 testing sites throughout the Southern part of the state.

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.

Gov. Murphy Slams Rudy Giuliani for ‘Not Only Outrageous, but Racist’ Comments on Camden-Philly Voter Fraud

The former New York City mayor claimed that Camden residents fraudulently voted in Philadelphia, and Gov. Murphy slammed those claims as "outrageous" and "racist."

The Importance Of Practicing Mindfulness And Self-Care During The Pandemic

Self-care swiftly became a top priority for many people at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stress levels naturally rose in response to the extraordinary uncertainty of what was to come. For those who thought everything would be back to “normal” by now, it’s essential to keep using healthy coping mechanisms to maintain your mental and emotional well-being.

Free Flu Shots Still Available For GloCo Residents

Gloucester County is continuing to offer its Flu Clinics through November and December.

Free Virtual Screening Of “The S Word” Planned To Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

A free virtual screening of the 2017 documentary “The S Word,” a movie about a suicide attempt survivor’s journey to help other suicide survivors, will take place on December 1 at 6:00 P.M.

Camden County Correctional Facility Unveils Completed Mural

A mural has been completed on the outside perimeter wall of the Camden County Correctional Facility. The design was chosen from a county-wide contest which invited local artists to enter submissions for the project.

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.

Student Story: Immigration Isn’t As Bad As People Portray It

Coming from a Mexican family full of immigrants, I never quite understood why people dislike immigrants. Of course, when I was younger, I didn’t understand at all, but even now as a teenager, I still have some trouble trying to comprehend the fact that there are people against immigration.

Computer Training Hubs For Teachers To Be Create Through $800K State Grant

Training hubs for educators involved with computer science education in K-12 schools will be created through an $800,000 grant from the state Governor Phil Murphy has announced.

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.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Imposed Additional Restrictions of Non-Essential Businesses

In a continued attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, on November 12, Governor Phil Murphy signed a state-wide executive order that will allow for more restrictions to be placed on non-essential businesses.

Murphy Adding $60 Million In CARES Act Funding For Grants Under NJEDA Phase 3

Governor Phil Murphy is adding $60 million in Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the fulfillment of grants under Phase 3 of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA’s) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.

National Adoption Month Reminds Us That We Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Children

November is National Adoption Month, which is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Children's Bureau whose goal is to increase awareness of the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system according to the department’s website.

Camden County Freeholder Director Recommends No Gatherings For Thanksgiving

Amid high spikes in COVID-19 cases county wide, Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. is recommending county residents do not gather for Thanksgiving next week.

Gov. Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Related Safety Measures

Gov. Murphy announced new safety measures to be taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic's second wave.

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.

Camden County Opens Fifth COVID-19 Testing Site

Cooper University Health Care in conjunction with the Camden County Freeholder Board and Camden County Department of Health have opened a testing site on the Cherry Hill Campus of Camden County College.

Commentary: Field Trips In Quarantine Offer Challenges But Still Great Rewards

With the advent of COVID-19, field trips, a necessary aspect of Camden's Charter School Network's curriculum, has been difficult but not impossible.

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.

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Banning Single-Use Plastics in New Jersey

Single-use plastic bags, paper bags, foamed plastic, and plastic straws will be banned from stores and food service businesses.

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.

Gov. Murphy Appoints Three Officials to Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Dianna Houenou, Jeff Brown, and Krista Nash will all serve as members of New Jersey's new commission that aims to regulate New Jersey's marijuana market.