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Capturing Unique Family Images with ‘Porchraits’

Abdullah Anderson, Sr., Octacia Anderson, Abdullah Anderson, Jr., and Amira Anderson of Galloway stocked up on supplies, curriculum and exercise during their quarantine. Abdullah, Jr. has a special reason to make sure he keeps in shape – he plays defensive end for the Chicago Bears football team. (Photo provided by Photography by Randee)

Margate, New Jersey (May 11, 2020) – With schools across the nation experiencing canceled classes, sporting events, proms and graduations, Atlantic City High School teacher Randee Rosenfeld decided to spend her spring break photographing South Jersey family ‘porchraits.’

As the owner of Photography by Randee, she knows the impact and memories a photograph brings to individuals and families. In her business, she usually photographs beach portraits, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and more. So, when the pandemic struck, she shifted her business focus in a new photography direction with the Front Porch Project which was being done around the country.

Photographer Randee Rosenfeld, wearing her custom face mask, photographed 65 families throughout Atlantic County in their unique ‘porchraits.’ (Photo provided by Photography by Randee)

With the help of social media, she started a quest to capture the poignant porch moments of families throughout Atlantic County – Margate, Linwood, Northfield, Galloway, Absecon, Ventnor, Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township, Smithville, Brigantine and Mays Landing – and her campaign paid off. All total, Randee photographed 65 one-of-a-kind family porch portraits.

With many individuals and families sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to gather outside and express yourself in pictures was a fun and engaging way for people to come together for a keepsake image.

While no payment for the portrait was required, families could make a donation to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties.

Pictured left to right: Ella Marie, Patrick John and Emma Grace Freehan of Brigantine celebrated their three Class of 2020 graduations together. Photo provided by Photography by Randee)

“There are many people offering acts of kindness in some fashion or another. I knew that by taking pictures, individuals and families would have a memento when they share their story with future generations about this time in their lives,” said Randee Rosenfeld. “I wanted to give people something tangible, and also support a wonderful organization like JFS, and this idea made the perfect project,” she added.

In total, Randee collected donations of nearly $2,000 which will help support JFS’ services and programs our community needs during this unprecedented time.

Pictured left to right: The rollerblading family of Russel, Danielle, Ella and Abby Bergeron of Galloway found a great way to use some essential household supplies while taking a break to play a friendly game of cards. Photo provided by Photography by Randee

For more information on how you can help JFS or make a secure on-line donation, visit jfsatlantic.org.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry.

The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.
For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Safe Exchange Zone Installed at Bellmawr Borough Hall

A Safe Exchange Zone has been installed at Bellmawr Borough Hall, 21 E. Browning Road.

The Safe Exchange Zone can be used for child custody exchanges and provides a layer of security for residents who engage in online transactions from websites such as Craig’s List or Facebook yard sale groups.

The area is under video surveillance. However, police officers will not intervene or act as witnesses or negotiators for transactions or purchases.

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It is recommended that the zone be used during normal business hours (Monday-Friday) because police personnel are not in the police station at all times.

Safety Tips

The community is reminded that when making arrangements to complete any online or other face-to-face transaction, the following precautions should be taken:

  • Complete all transactions during daylight hours, if possible.
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Notify friends or family about the details of the exchange beforehand.
  • Never invite strangers to your home or agree to meet at a stranger’s home.
  • Reconsider any transaction with an individual who refuses to meet at a designated “Internet Purchase Exchange Zone.”
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JFS Presented With $25,000 Donation from Resorts Casino Hotel

Margate, NJ (May 7, 2020) – Morris Bailey and the Resorts Casino Hotel Family donated $25,000 to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties to support the agency’s COVID-19 response efforts. The donation assures JFS can continue the programs and services needed by community members during this unprecedented pandemic.

“During this very difficult time, so many regions are struggling with countless community services that are in need of support,” said Morris Bailey, Owner of Resorts Casino Hotel. “I am honored to be able to be in a position to help two vital groups in our South Jersey area, The Community FoodBank of South Jersey and Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, with financial assistance. My family and I, along with our team at Resorts Casino Hotel, are incredibly thankful of the dedicated hard work that organizations like these two provide, especially now,” he added.

Resorts has been a generous partner with JFS throughout the years hosting the annual Cocktail Party, donating prizes for raffles and sponsoring events.

The donation to the JFS, which specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services and more throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties, will benefit the food pantry, homeless support, counseling and additional emergency assistance needed during this public health crisis.

“The economic environment in Atlantic County is one of the most affected in our state, and therefore, JFS’ services are needed now even more than ever. JFS is able to continue to provide these services to help our community through donations and longstanding partnerships.  That’s exactly what we have with Mr. Morris Bailey and the Resorts team who have consistently supported our events with sponsorships and in-kind donations, and for that, we are grateful,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS’ Chief Executive Officer.

If you are a resident who is unemployed or underemployed and need assistance with food or basic essentials, JFS is here to help.

For more information, call 609.822.1108, x1 to speak with an Access Center representative. 

For more information on making a secure on-line donation to JFS, visit jfsatlantic.org or mail your contribution to Jewish Family Service, 607 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Resorts Casino Hotel

Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun Property, brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978 as the first American casino outside of Nevada. With 21 prime ocean-front acres on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk in North Beach, the casino resort features 942 guest rooms and suites in two historic hotel towers connected by 80,000-square-ft of world-class casino action. Resorts features two theaters, 10 restaurants, a food court with a variety of eateries, two VIP slot and table player lounges, two casino bars, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health club and spa, salon and retail shops. Its 64,000 square feet of modern meeting spaces include 24 meeting and function rooms with ocean views and a 13,000 square-foot ballroom.

Winner of 19 Casino Player Magazine 2019 “Best of Gaming Awards,” Resorts Casino Hotel has undergone $125 million in renovations, including the all new state-of-the-art Resorts Conference Center, a large $25 million room renovation project and the $35 million Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville-themed entertainment complex with the only year-round beach bar, LandShark Bar & Grill, on the Atlantic City sand. In 2018, Resorts welcomed DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, where guests can enjoy live, in-game and general sports betting around the world.

Resorts Casino Hotel is managed by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. For more information, visit our website or call 1.609.340.6300.

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Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners; EMS Flight Nurse Named 2020 Cooper Nurse of the Year

(CAMDEN, NJ) — Cooper University Health Care has named Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, as the 2020 Nurse of the Year. Teitelman, a flight nurse coordinator with Cooper’s Air Medical Services, also received the Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship Award as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12).

 Cooper 2020 Nurse of the Year, Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN (Photo provided)

The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize exceptional professional nurses and advanced practice nurses, at any Cooper University Health Care location, as well as members of the collaborative care teams that support nursing.  Award winners were nominated by their colleagues for their commitment to upholding the Cooper mission “to serve, to heal, to educate” and are supported by gifts from generous donors to The Cooper Foundation.

“Steve is the model nurse, as he remains dedicated to helping his colleagues provide the best possible care and embracing challenges along the way,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooper. “Cooper’s Air Medical Services is a crucial program providing transportation services to critically ill and injured patients. Steve is a valued member of that team and a true leader.”

“This year’s awards, recognizing the excellence of our nurses, takes on added significance as our nurses are front and center in the fight against COVID-19,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO at Cooper. “I congratulate our award winners and want to thank all of our nurses for their bravery, skill, and compassion every single day.”

“Over the past few months, we have seen the courage and caring of Cooper nurses, and nurses across the nation,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, Co-President at Cooper. “Nurses are true heroes, deserving our gratitude and support. I want to congratulate this year’s winners for their excellence in serving our patients and for inspiring their colleagues through their dedication and leadership.”

The 2020 Cooper Nursing Excellence Awards winners are:

Judy Acevedo, CCT – Critical Care Technician, is the recipient of The Carol G. Tracey Compassion Award.

Agnes Asamoah, RN, BSN, OCN – Registered Nurse, Pavilion 5, is the recipient of The Rose Smith & Sue Zamitis Memorial Award for Excellence in Inpatient Oncology Nursing.

Karen Babik, BSN, CCRN – Registered Nurse, Trauma Unit, is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trauma Nursing.

Toya Bennett, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Pavilion 6, is the recipient of The Ruth Parry/Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing.

Gina Brouster, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The Ronald Bernardin Memorial Award for Excellence in Pediatric Nursing.

Nicole Caristo, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The William and Eileen Archer Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.

Shelby Casey, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Kelemen 9, is the recipient of The Selma and Martin Hirsch Award for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing.

Maryanne Figueroa, RN, BSN, CNOR – Registered Nurse, Voorhees Surgical Center, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing.

Diane Fletcher, MSN, RN, CBC, CCBE – Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery, is the recipient of The Charlotte Tobiason Memorial Award for Excellence in Obstetrical Nursing.

Liezel Granada, DNP, RN-BC – Senior Medical Informatics Analyst, Medical Informatics, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Research.

Kelemen N/S 9 Team – Medical Surgical Unit, are the recipients of The Outstanding Team Award.

Elizabeth Locke, RN, BSN, CEN – Registered Nurse, Cardiac Care Unit, is the recipient of The Cooper Heart Institute & Heart House Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing.

Lawrence Matthews, MD – Physician, Critical Care Unit, is the recipient of The Nursing Alumni Excellence Award for Nursing-Physician Partnership.

Anna McCausland, RN, BSN, RN-C – Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is the recipient of The John Henry Kronenberger Memorial Award for Excellence in Neonatal Nursing.

Hillary Oldt, LSW – Transitions Navigator, Transitional Care, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Service (Non-Nursing).

Jamie Rubino, DPT – Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Allied Health Professional Excellence Award (Non-Nursing).

James Scharff, RN – Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, is the recipient of The Lynn Nelson Award for Excellence in Emergency Nursing.

Lisa Schrieber, RN, BSN, CAPA – Registered Nurse/Clinical Director, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, is the recipient of The Philip and Carole Norcross Award for Nurse Leadership.

Amanda Snyder, LPN – Practice LPN, The Ripa Center for Women’s Health, is the recipient of The Women’s Board of Cooper University Health Care Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Nursing.

Rosemarie Stag, MSN, RN, APN-C, FNP-C – Advanced Practice Nurse, Primary Care, Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, CFRN, CCRN-CMC, CTRN, CEN, TCRN, MICP, NRP – Flight Nurse Coordinator, Air Medical Services, is the recipient of The Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship,

Julie Whitman, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, is the recipient of The Franklin Morse Archer, Jr., & Mary Joy Reeve Archer Memorial Award for Excellence in Outpatient Oncology Nursing.

Rebecca Yarnall, RN, BSN – Registered Nurse, Intermediate Care Unit, is the recipient of The Shaina Horton Memorial Award for Excellence in Service.

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GraduationSource Provides Gowns to Support Healthcare Workers

GraduationSource, the leading manufacturer for graduation caps, gowns, academic regalia for all graduate levels, is pleased to announce its partnership with Gowns4Good to help connect graduation gowns to healthcare workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19.

Due to this pandemic, 2020 will forever be marked as the year millions of grads won’t be able to assemble to mark their achievements and say their farewells. Commencement ceremonies have been postponed or canceled in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines developed by the CDC.  As a result, there will be many gowns that will go unused.

In an effort to help Gowns4Good’s mission, GraduationSource has donated 1,500 gowns to provide urgently needed alternative PPE to protect our country’s medical staff.

GraduationSource CEO, Matthew Gordon, partnered with Gowns4Good after learning about the company, which was founded by Than Moore, an ER physician assistant. Moore was tired of watching his colleagues wear household items like trash bags in order to protect themselves from exposure to the deadly virus due to lack of supplies. This sparked the idea to create Gowns4Good.

According to Gordon, “This partnership was a really natural fit. We have a large supply of gowns and Gowns4Good has the means to distribute them to the healthcare industry. We are honored to be able to supply PPE to all of the brave healthcare workers working on the front lines during this pandemic.”

“Although efforts are being made to increase PPE production, worldwide demand is increasing more quickly than production. Compared to trash bags or other alternative forms of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), graduation gowns are more effective given their length, sleeves, and easy donning with zippered access,” said Moore.

Gordon added, “We hope that many of our past customers will follow suit and consider sending their old gowns, we also hope graduates who may be having virtual graduations this year will also consider donating their gowns. We really feel that this is an invaluable opportunity to honor a student’s achievement while providing much needed gear to our healthcare heroes.” To donate gowns, please visit gowns4good.net/donate-gowns. You can also support Gowns4Good by making a contribution to offset shipping costs or by recruiting your school.

About Graduation Source

Since 1960, Graduation Source has established a full line of graduation regalia, ranging from Preschool and Kindergarten gowns all the way to bachelor’s and doctorate hoods. Whether an institution is hosting a traditional cap and gown ceremony, or if it requires cords and medals to honor students of Salutatorian and Valedictorian merit, we are proud to provide the appropriate regalia and accessories to have a memorable graduation. GraduationSource also provides full capabilities to develop custom products such as imprinted stoles and diploma covers at unmatched prices. No event or function is too large or too small for our dedicated staff to tackle.

About Gowns4Good

Gowns4Good is working to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Founded by Than Moore and fellow University of Vermont Sustainable Innovation MBA students, the team is quickly facilitating the donation of graduation gowns to medical providers who need alternative personal protective equipment (PPE).

Click here for instruction on how to donate graduation gowns.