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Scotland Run Park Offers Scout Sunday for Scouts of America, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts

(Clayton, NJ)—Local Scouts of America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout Troops can visit Scotland Run Park to fulfill requirements towards their nature badges.

“We support our local Scouts of America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout Troops and welcome them to learn about our environment at our County parks,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “These groups teach children leadership, confidence and professional development and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Scouts can book a Sunday trip for their troop to adventure, learn and interact with the nature Scotland Run has to offer. Bookings are free of charge, but do need to be booked in advance.

“Our parks have so much to explore. There’s so much to learn in nature and each visit to the park you can discover something new,” said Freeholder Jim Lavender, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Department.

If you’re interested in scheduling your troop, please call (856) 251-6710. Scotland Run Park is located at 980 E. Academy St. Clayton, NJ 08312.

For more information, visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov.

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Cooper University Health Care Honors Two Team Members Honored with 2020 Military Employee of the Year Award

Caption (left to right): Cooper Co-CEO Kevin O’Dowd, honorees Joseph Milton and Karen Gruber, and Co-CEO Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli. (Photo provided)

(CAMDEN, NJ) –Cooper University Health Care honored Karen Gruber, RN, AVP of Nursing Operations, and Joseph Milton, an orthopedic technician with the Cooper Bone & Joint Institute, with its 2020 Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award.

The Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award was established in 2018 to formally recognize the outstanding contributions Cooper team members have made to the health system, the community, and the nation, as well as in support of Cooper’s mission: To serve. To heal. To educate.

“Cooper is committed to serving members of the military with a number of initiatives coordinated by a dedicated Military, Diplomatic, and Field Affairs program and our commitment extends to acknowledging and honoring members of our own Cooper military family, such as Joseph Milton and Karen Gruber, who continue to serve our communities,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, Co-President/CEO of Cooper.

 “Cooper is also one of the leading health systems in the nation in providing training to military medical personnel, and each Veterans Day we are proud to honor outstanding colleagues like Joseph Milton and Karen Gruber, who continue to lead by serving others,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care.

Gruber, a United States Navy veteran and 31-year Cooper employee, currently serves as AVP of Nursing Operations. Throughout the pandemic, she has been very active in the COVID-19 Regional Command Center and in working with the team in establishing the field base to care for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. She also has led numerous initiatives aimed at improving health care access, health screenings, and COVID-19 testing sites. She is also an active member of the New Jersey Hospital Association Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Milton also is a US Navy veteran and a 30-year employee of Cooper. In addition to his daily responsibilities as an orthopedic technician, he has worked closely with Cooper’s Military, Diplomatic and Field Affairs Program, especially in helping visiting military and state department trainees properly integrate into the orthopedic department during their training. He is active in his church where he serves as a deacon.

Cooper’s first Military Employee of the Year Award recipient was trauma surgeon Col. John Chovanes, who has been instrumental in developing Cooper’s Military, Diplomatic and Field Affairs Program. Dr. Chovanes served six tours of duty with the US Army Reserves Medical Corps.

In 2019, Cooper honored advanced practice nurse Ella Hawk, a member of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team, who has been a member of the United States Navy Reserves since 2013. As a Navy nurse, she has served in a variety of leadership capacities.

Due to its expertise in trauma, surgery, and critical care, Cooper provides a wide range of military, diplomatic, and field affairs training programs. Last year, Cooper became the third location in the nation to provide specialized medical training to active duty and reserve personnel from all branches U.S. military as part of Operation SMART (Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training).  Operation SMART was developed by the U.S. Army Medical Command as part of an effort to establish a national network of civilian health care facilities to train and build medical skill sustainment among military personnel.

In January 2019, Cooper was the first health system in the nation to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Army to provide advanced surgical trauma training to the elite Forward Resuscitation Surgical Team (FRST) through the Army Medical Department Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) Program. Cooper is also the only hospital in the United States that has trained elite medical providers from every military branch, multiple local, state, and federal government agencies, and international partners.

Caption (left to right): Cooper Co-CEO Kevin O’Dowd, honorees Joseph Milton and Karen Gruber, and Co-CEO Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Honored Veterans With Inaugural Flag Raising Ceremony on Veterans Day

Atlantic County veterans, Hard Rock Atlantic City veteran team members and community leaders joined the ceremonial event which featured a performance of the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America by Philadelphia native and frequent Hard Rock Atlantic City performer, Dionne Carole to honor those who have served. 

Hard Rock Atlantic City employs 74 veterans and has over 32,000 customers that are honored throughout the year through special programs and events. Customers who join the Wild Card Reward’s Veteran’s Program receive free parking, a $20 resort credit, and a complimentary car wash and coffee at Rocktane® Gas and Wash.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Set on 17 acres, with the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has become Atlantic City’s go-to entertainment destination.

The property features endless gaming, multiple dining options, a full-service spa, lavish guest rooms and a gaming floor that boasts 2,200 slots and 120 table games, along with a dedicated Sportsbook.

Currently operating at a mandated limited capacity, the resort destination unveiled new and thorough Safe + Sound protocols, which include the requirement of face coverings and temperature scans for all guests and team members upon entering the building.

A new Safe + Sound Clean Team was also established to focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. More than 200 hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in high-traffic areas such as key guest and team member entrances and additional air filters were added in common areas to increase the quality of air circulation, maximizing the exchange of fresh air.

The property offers five spacious outdoor dining options to complement its In-Room Dining menu, while adhering to current New Jersey indoor dining restrictions, including the Beach Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Sugar Factory, Balcony Bar and the new addition of Fish & Co., which offers ocean views, seafood favorites and refreshing cocktails.

The music-inspired offers guests a look at one of the world’s largest music memorabilia collections, along with services from Rock Spa® & Salon, which offers rhythm and music inspired treatments like the Soul Survivor Massage, currently from a limited menu.

From casino games and entertainment to one-of-a-kind amenities and luxe accommodations, Hard Rock Atlantic City offers an unparalleled experience for all types of travelers. Hotel guests can enjoy high speed, property-wide Wi-Fi, 24-Hour In-Room Dining and towel and chair service at Hard Rock Beach.

For more information including continued updates on the Safe + Sound protocols or to book your stay, please visit hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.

About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 76 countries spanning 262 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies.

Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe.

In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards.

In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains.

Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located.

The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

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Hard Rock Atlantic City Raises $86,812 For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has raised a total of $86,812 through their PINKTOBER initiative which benefits the American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

For the second straight year, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City went pink throughout the month of October in honor of PINKTOBER.

Along with pink décor throughout the entertainment destination, guests were able to contribute to the cause by purchasing limited-edition services at Rock Spa Salon & Spa, specialty food and beverage items, and PINKTOBER swag at the Hard Rock Store and Rock Shop.

The resort’s team members contributed more than $34,000 through various fundraising efforts including, but not limited to the purchase of retail item, pastries, raffle tickets for the baskets, online peer-to-peer fundraising and more.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Set on 17 acres, with the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has become Atlantic City’s go-to entertainment destination.

The property features endless gaming, multiple dining options, a full-service spa, lavish guest rooms and a gaming floor that boasts 2,200 slots and 120 table games, along with a dedicated Sportsbook.

Currently operating at a mandated limited capacity, the resort destination unveiled new and thorough Safe + Sound protocols, which include the requirement of face coverings and temperature scans for all guests and team members upon entering the building. A new Safe + Sound Clean Team was also established to focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

More than 200 hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in high-traffic areas such as key guest and team member entrances and additional air filters were added in common areas to increase the quality of air circulation, maximizing the exchange of fresh air.

Boasting more than fifteen food and beverage offerings, all adhering to current New Jersey capacity guidelines, guests are able to enjoy fine dining at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Kuro, and Il Mulino, to casual fare at Hard Rock Cafe, YOUYU Noodle Bar, Sugar Factory and Fresh Harvest ‘All You Can Eat.’

The music-inspired resort offers guests a look at one of the world’s largest music memorabilia collections, along with services from Rock Spa® & Salon, which offers rhythm and music inspired treatments like the Soul Survivor Massage.

From casino games and entertainment to one-of-a-kind amenities and luxe accommodations, Hard Rock Atlantic City offers an unparalleled experience for all types of travelers.

Hotel guests can enjoy high speed, property-wide Wi-Fi, In-Room Dining and towel and chair service at Hard Rock Beach during warmer seasons. For more information including continued updates on the Safe + Sound protocols or to book your stay, please visit hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.

About Hard Rock®:

With venues in 76 countries spanning 262 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies.

Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe.

In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains.

Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located.

The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

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Seneca’s Julia Greeley Named Senior Student Spotlight Award Winner

Tabernacle, NJ – Seneca Senior Julia Greeley is being honored as the Senior Student Spotlight winner for October.

The award is given by Assemblyman Ryan Peters, who celebrates a different senior each month, “in light of the difficult year they are navigating and the achievements they are accomplishing.”

Julia was nominated by Chad Devino, a School Counselor at Seneca. Devino explained that when he heard of the award he, “thought of Julia first thing because of her academic and athletic prowess. Julia is a scholar athlete and I knew she was a force when she first came out for XC in the fall of her freshman year. Julia moved over to pole vaulting her sophomore year and has been dominating every year. Julia is the full package and my favorite thing about her is that her accomplishments don’t go to her head. She is humble, kind and will always strive to be better. She is personable, outgoing, and will go far in this world.”

In the Facebook Post through which he announced the winner, Assemblyman Peters noted that, “this award fits Julia perfectly. She’s been described by her peers and faculty as, ‘never taking the easy way out, never doing anything halfway and never quitting.’ Those traits will carry her well through life beyond high school.

“Julia is a scholar athlete who ranks #1 in her class and is one of the best pole vaulters in Seneca’s school history. Although she has broken a ton of records, she’s described as humble and puts her all into her education as well. I have no doubt Julia is destined for great things.”

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, NJ.

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.