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Shawnee High School’s Kids For Wish Kids Club Host 4th Annual Magic Show

Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School’s Kids for Wish Kids Club hosted their fourth annual Magic Show on Thursday, February 18.

The show had well over 100 virtual attendees and raised $4,800 for the New Jersey chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Former Shawnee student Jake Strong volunteered his time to provide a fantastic virtual performance.

Club’s Long-Time Advisor Set To Retire

The show was also bittersweet as the club’s long-time advisor, Mrs. Diane Kelly, is retiring at the end of this year.

The club surprised Mrs. Kelly with a magic trick of their own, having dozens of letters from former students appear in her doorway at home in a special surprise.

The club thanked Mrs. Kelly for her years of volunteer work in running the club and her efforts to help the club raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Mrs. Kelly shared: “Having been the Kids-for-Wish Kids advisor as well as the coordinator for the Give Kids the World Village volunteer trip since 2010 has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. To cap off all that time, Jake Strong played a trick at his final Shawnee Magic Show that I will never forget. He enlisted former club members and trip participants to write letters to me to tell about what their time in the club and at the Village meant to them.”

So many former and current students wrote about how “life changing” their time volunteering has been to them. Mrs. Kelly said. “These letters affirmed all the hours and effort that were put into the planning, fundraising, and meetings over all these years really had a positive and long-lasting impact on the students. What more can a teacher ask of her time spent working with teens?”

Mrs. Kelly truly felt that all the students who traveled with her to volunteer and who worked to raise money to grant wishes for kids facing critical illnesses through Make-A-Wish NJ, became her “kids.”

“What a way to take a final bow as I resign from a career that defined who I am as a person,” Mrs. Kelly said. “It will now be a challenge to answer the question, ‘What do you do?’ Thank you to all in the Shawnee Community that supported all the efforts of the Kids for Wish Kids Club for so long!”

About LRHSD

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.

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Bright Side Education

Cherokee Art Students Create Inspirational Art to Honor Black History Month

Cherokee High School’s Creative Arts Media 2 students celebrated Black History Month by creating shadow box silhouettes featuring Black Americans who impacted the course of American history.

Cherokee Art teacher, Deana Guittar, introduced her students to the stylistic works of Kara Walker, an African American established installation artist and professor at Columbia University.

Guittar’s students studied Walker’s signature style of using the art of silhouetting and her choice to work with black and white paper to depict race relations specifically during the 19th century.

Students were asked to design and construct shadow box silhouettes to display the person they selected.

To accompany their silhouettes, students provided written statements regarding their person’s impact on society past and present.

Moreover, students created a set of shoeprints to simulate “stepping into someone else’s shoes” to aid in the viewer’s experience of understanding the life of the selected American figure.

Picture attached: Deana Guittar, Cherokee teacher standing next to shadow box silhouette exhibit.

About LRHSD

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.

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NJDOT Announces Statewide Pothole Repair Campaign; Expect Moving Operations & Daytime Lane Closures

On March 3, 2021, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti announced the annual statewide campaign to repair potholes across New Jersey will begin today.

This has been one of the most difficult winters in years with heavy snowfall, freezing rain, ice storms, and temperatures continually fluctuating above and below freezing.

The weather has been extremely harsh on state highways, resulting in a large number of potholes that pose a risk for motorists.  

Potholes are created by water seeping into cracks in the asphalt and then expanding when it freezes.

“NJDOT crews work year-round to repair potholes and keep our highways in good condition, but at this time of year it becomes our primary focus, especially after the winter that we have had,” Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “We are beginning the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s annual pothole campaign today, and will continue for the next couple of months until we have repaired the most significant potholes from this winter.” 

To deal with potholes in the most aggressive and efficient manner, the Department will be allowing crews throughout the state to close travel lanes where necessary during daytime hours. 

Where possible, crews will limit their daytime work hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will try to avoid working in travel lanes carrying traffic in the peak direction during peak times.

As the weather warms up and asphalt plants reopen, our crews will start to perform permanent patch operations on particularly problematic sections of roadway.

This is more extensive work that includes milling and paving a small area of the road, and generally will be done overnight.

In the past five fiscal years (FY16 – FY20), NJDOT has repaired on average 195,965 potholes per year. So far in FY21 (July 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021), NJDOT has repaired about 90,639 potholes, with the busiest pothole repair season just starting.

It is important to slow down in work zones so NJDOT crews can safely make repairs. New Jersey’s Move Over law requires motorists to move over if it is safe to do so when they approach an emergency or service vehicle stopped on the side of the road.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs to alert motorists of the campaign and, to the extent possible, of lane closures that could result in temporary travel delays. Detailed current repair locations will be posted on a continual basis on www.511nj.org.

In addition to our crews monitoring and reporting potholes that need repair on state highways, we encourage motorists to report potholes as well.  Motorists may call 1-800-POTHOLE or go online to report potholes on state roads using a new mapping feature to help identify the exact location of the pothole.

To report potholes on county roads, contact the appropriate jurisdiction.

The Department responds as quickly as possible, especially to reports of potholes that create safety concerns based on their size and location. 

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Covid-19 Recent News

COVID-19 Update: Cases, Trends; Hospital Census & Cases by County

This post is regularly updated. Scroll through as post is organized:

  1. Camden County
  2. Gloucester County
  3. Statewide Data

Editor’s Note: Camden County recently announced that new cases and deaths in the County will no longer be announced on weekends or holidays. All weekend cases and deaths will be announced on the next business day and will be properly attributed to the day they were received.

Camden County

On March 3, 2021, the Camden County Department of Health announced 104 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County.

This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 39,682 in Camden County today and 1,068 total fatalities.

“While we are in a much better place than we were a few months ago, we must remain vigilant in order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spike again in our community,” said County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Even with vaccinations underway, this pandemic still has the potential to do incredible damage in the coming weeks and months. Now is not the time to stop wearing masks or crowd into small, indoor spaces. Now is the time to double down and beat this virus once and for all.”

In addition, the county Department of Health also announced 2,311 confirmed resident cases and 1,317 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 39,682 in the county’s 56 long-term care facilities.

At this time, 459 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as seven staff deaths, out of our 1,068 total fatalities countywide.

The following information is currently available regarding new patients:

New Patient 1: MALE, 30s, AUDUBON BOROUGH 
New Patient 2: MALE, 30s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 3: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 4: FEMALE, 30s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 5: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 6: MALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 7: MALE, 10s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 8: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 9: FEMALE, 50s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 10: FEMALE, 10s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 11: FEMALE, 60s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 12: MALE, 40s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 13: FEMALE, 40s, BERLIN BOROUGH 
New Patient 14: FEMALE, 40s, BERLIN BOROUGH 
New Patient 15: FEMALE, 80s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 16: MALE, 40s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 17: MALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 18: FEMALE, 30s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 19: FEMALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 20: MALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 21: FEMALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 22: MALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 23: FEMALE, 10s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 24: MALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 25: FEMALE, 20s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 26: FEMALE, 10s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 27: MALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 28: FEMALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 29: MALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 30: FEMALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 31: FEMALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 32: FEMALE, 50s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 33: MALE, 60s, CHESILHURST BOROUGH 
New Patient 34: FEMALE, 10s, CLEMENTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 35: MALE, 10s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 36: FEMALE, 30s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 37: FEMALE, 10s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 38: MALE, 30s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 39: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER CITY 
New Patient 40: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER CITY 
New Patient 41: FEMALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 42: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 43: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 44: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 45: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 46: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 47: FEMALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 48: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 49: FEMALE, 60s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 50: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 51: MALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 52: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 53: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 54: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 55: MALE, JUVENILE, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 56: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 57: FEMALE, 50s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 58: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 59: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 60: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 61: FEMALE, 30s, HADDON HEIGHTS BOROUGH 
New Patient 62: MALE, 50s, HADDON TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 63: MALE, 50s, HADDON TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 64: MALE, 40s, HADDONFIELD BOROUGH 
New Patient 65: MALE, JUVENILE, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 66: FEMALE, JUVENILE, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 67: MALE, 10s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 68: MALE, 10s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 69: MALE, 40s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 70: FEMALE, JUVENILE, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 71: MALE, 40s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 72: MALE, 30s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 73: MALE, 30s, MOUNT EPHRAIM BOROUGH 
New Patient 74: MALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 75: FEMALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 76: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 77: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 78: FEMALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 79: FEMALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 80: FEMALE, 40s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 81: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 82: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 83: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 84: MALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 85: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 86: FEMALE, 40s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 87: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 88: FEMALE, 20s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 89: FEMALE, 70s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 90: FEMALE, 30s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 91: FEMALE, 40s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 92: FEMALE, 30s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 93: FEMALE, 70s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 94: FEMALE, 50s, SOMERDALE BOROUGH 
New Patient 95: MALE, 50s, SOMERDALE BOROUGH 
New Patient 96: MALE, 20s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 97: MALE, 50s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 98: FEMALE, 20s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 99: MALE, 50s, WATERFORD TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 100: FEMALE, 80s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 101: FEMALE, 50s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 102: MALE, 20s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 103: MALE, 50s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 104: FEMALE, 10s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

The county Health Department is currently working to trace close contacts of these newest cases.

For those residents who are having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 crisis, please call the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. at (877) 294- HELP (4357) between the hours of 8AM to 8PM for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed.

For additional information and services, call Camden County’s Office of Mental Health & Addiction at (856) 374-6361.

Residents should call 9-1-1 during emergencies only, for those with questions or concerns related to the coronavirus, call the free, 24-hour public hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253, or text NJCOVID to 898-211.

Camden County COVID-19 Cases by Town 

Camden County COVID-19 Vaccination Center

The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in a joint public health effort with Cooper University Health Care and Jefferson Health – New Jersey, will begin vaccinating individuals at the Camden County Vaccination Center located at Camden County College – Blackwood Campus.

On-line scheduling is available. Click here to read more.

Gloucester County:

On March 3, 2021, Gloucester County announced an additional 51 cases of COVID-19.

As of March 3, 2021, Gloucester County has conducted 149,173 total tests.

Of these cases, 128,884 have come back negative.

Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 case count is now 20,289.

Gloucester County is reporting 516 deaths.

A full list of today’s reported cases and deaths, including age, sex and municipality, is available here:

https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4657/COVID-CASES-LATEST-UPDATE-3321?bidId&fbclid=IwAR3JnP2Urs5kU9MjB-btSFGngHwng_Xc51lyDWBsYuMVB6MubQCLwTJ97as

Gloucester County COVID-19 Cases by Town

Clayton Borough
Cases: 597
Deaths: 4

Deptford Township
Cases: 2,539
Deaths: 124

East Greenwich Township
Cases: 726
Deaths: 20

Elk Township
Cases: 276
Deaths: 7

Franklin Township
Cases: 1,049
Deaths: 15

Glassboro Borough
Cases: 1,754
Deaths: 23

Greenwich Township
Cases: 320
Deaths: 9

Harrison Township
Cases: 824
Deaths: 10

Logan Township
Cases: 304
Deaths: 3

Mantua Township
Cases: 1,070
Deaths: 14

Monroe Township
Cases: 2,436
Deaths: 52

National Park Borough
Cases: 185
Deaths: 4

Newfield Borough
Cases: 91
Deaths: 2

Paulsboro Borough
Cases: 390
Deaths: 8

Pitman Borough
Cases: 524
Deaths: 8

South Harrison Township
Cases: 263
Deaths: 0

Swedesboro Borough
Cases: 172
Deaths: 2

Washington Township
Cases: 3,197
Deaths: 115

Wenonah Borough
Cases: 103
Deaths: 4

West Deptford Township
Cases: 1,447
Deaths: 39

Westville Borough
Cases: 327
Deaths: 7

Woodbury City
Cases: 643
Deaths: 38

Woodbury Heights Borough
Cases: 211
Deaths: 1

Woolwich Township
Cases: 786
Deaths: 5

Unknown
Cases: 4
Deaths:

Statewide Data

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**This post is regularly updated as new data becomes available.**

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ABC NJ Donates Vehicle to Mt. Laurel Twp. Fire Dept.

Mt. Laurel, NJ: Members of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NJ Chapter were honored to deliver a rescue training vehicle to Battalion Chief Chris Santone and his crew at the Mt. Laurel Township Fire Department. ABC NJ donated this key training tool in thanks for their dedication and support for the town in which the ABC NJ Chapter headquarters resides.

Training is essential to building a rescue team ready for challenging real-life emergencies. This vehicle, which was older and beyond the realm of repairing, will be used specifically in extrication training—safe techniques for removing people from dangerous situations.

Thanks goes to nearby Triple J Recycling & Storage on Sherwood Avenue for storing the car while not in use.

Sam Fiocchi, President of ABC NJ commented, “Supporting the community in which we work is of great importance to ABC NJ. We are indebted to our Fire Department for all they do and are grateful for this opportunity to contribute.” Battalion Chief Chris Santone expressed appreciation right back to the association, “The Mt. Laurel Fire Department depends on community involvement. This donation will help bolster our team’s understanding and skills in emergencies. Thank you for your generous donation to the Mt. Laurel Fire Department.”

About Associated Builders and Contractors:

ABC is a national association representing 11,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 Chapters across the United States.

Our membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and consists primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

ABC NJ is the industry’s liaison to federal, state, and local governments and the public at large.

For more information, please visit our website at www.abcnjc.org.