Thursday, October 29, 2020



RWJ Foundation Donates $1.68 Million to New Rowan SOM Facility

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

Grant Funding Expands COVID-19 Testing In Cape May County

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

Camden County Rental Assistance Program Expands Income Limits For Residents

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

What’s Good — Breast Cancer Hero Kids

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

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

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

Atlantic City Releases Halloween 2020 Plans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cumberland County Municipalities Lay Out Halloween Plans

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Appel Posthumously Receives New Jersey Heartland Hero Award

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

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

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

What’s Good — Mail-In Ballots

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

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

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

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

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

New Jersey Launches Fully-Translated Spanish Business Website

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Good — I Have A Lot To Say

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

GloCo Household Special Waste Collection To Take Place October 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Phil Murphy Announces Introduction of Reproductive Freedom Act

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

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

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

Five Takeaways from Thursday’s Second Congressional District Debate

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

What’s Good — Tatiana Samaria

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

Vineland Releases Plans for Halloween 2020

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

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

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

The Annalisa Show — Gallery 50

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

Cape May County Releases Secure Drop Box Locations for 2020 Election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Millville High School Releases Athletic Protocols for 2020-21 Season

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

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

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

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

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

Cumberland County Releases Schedule of Eight Upcoming Flu Clinics

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

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

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

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

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

The Annalisa Show — Eastern Sky Co-Op

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

The Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Mask Wearing

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

Officials Tout Marketing Campaign For Cuts To Covid-19 Losses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Annalisa Show — Bridge The Gap

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

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

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

Second, Third Congressional District Debates Slated for Next Week

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

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

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

New Legislation Excludes Combat Pay from Gross Income Taxation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wetlands Institute Reimagines Remote Learning Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Conference on Citizenship to Host Digital Voter Education Seminar

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

Six South Jersey Fire Departments Receive Federal Grant Money

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

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

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

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

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

Travel: Clearwater Beach Florida Captivates

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

The Importance Of Staying Hydrated

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

Camden County Library System Gradually Opening To The Public

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘notOK’ App Provides Instant Assistance for Mental Health Crises

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

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

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

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

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

Free Salem County Flu Clinics Begin September 22

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

Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce Announces 2020 Community Hero Selections

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

Bridgeton City Council to Host Community Clean-Up

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

Cooper, Norcross Foundations Distribute Masks to Camden Students

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

Ross Whiting, Clayton Model Revolutionize Special Education Methods

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

New Jersey Announces Record Census Self-Response Rate

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

Atlantic County Commuters Can Take Advantage Of Free Rides

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

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

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

Learning To Be Kind One Mile At A Time

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

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

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

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation to Extend Motor Vehicle Commission Deadlines

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

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

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

Low Cost Firewood Available To County Residents Beginning In October

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

Youth Targeted In New COVID-19 Public Health Campaign

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

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

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

Follow South Jersey Internship Provides Opportunities for Aspiring Journalists

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