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March is Tire Amnesty Month in Gloucester County; County to Accept Used Tires March 1-31

(South Harrison, NJ)–The Gloucester County Board of Commissioners has designated March 2021 as “Tire Amnesty Month” in Gloucester County.

Gloucester County will accept used tires from county residents and municipalities at the Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison, March 1-March 31 Monday through Friday. A special weekend drop-off will be held on Saturday, March 20.

The program will conclude on Wednesday, March 31.  No exceptions. 

“The County has successfully removed 253,496 tires from our waste stream since we began this program in 2001. Tires aren’t only an eyesore; they are a primary breeding ground for mosquitoes which not only carry the West Nile Virus, but may other diseases,” said Director Robert M. Damminger.

March is the only time tires are accepted at the County Solid Waste Complex during the year.  The collection in March allows for the tires to be shredded in April, before the mosquito breeding season.  

County residents can dispose of up to 10-passenger car and passenger pick-up tires only at no cost at the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex at 493 Monroeville Rd. (Route 694) in South Harrison Township, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. throughout the month of March. The Saturday, March 20 event will be held rain-or-shine and will run from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  

County residents with more than 10 tires will be directed to the GCIA website www.gcianj.com for the NJDEP Tire Disposal Facility Listing where they can find information on disposing their large number of tires.

Due to budget limitations no more than 10 tires will be accepted per residence.

Tires may be on or off the rims, but they must be separated by type.  They will be going into different piles.  

Mixed loads will not be accepted.  

In addition, no tractor trailer/oversized/heavy equipment tires will be accepted.  

A list of certified tire disposal facilities will be available for anyone that may need a service for larger tires.

For more information on the 2021 Gloucester County Tire Amnesty Program please contact GCIA/Office of Recycling at 478-6045.

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Samaritan Unveils New Six-Week Virtual Support Group for 2021: Parenting After Death of a Partner

Mount Laurel, NJ – Samaritan’s Center for Grief Support is unveiling a new virtual support group for 2021 – Parenting After the Death of a Partner.

Beginning Saturday, February 27, this free, 6-week group provides guidance and support to parents of young children and teens who may have experienced the loss of a spouse, partner or significant other.

Each session runs for 90 minutes and offers supportive information about coping, communication and compassion for self and others, while addressing the unique challenges a single parent may face as they grieve the loss of their partner while continuing to be a support system and an understanding, loving parent to their children.

For an updated schedule and additional information on support groups being offered by Samaritan in 2021, visit: https://samaritannj.org/resources/grief-support-groups-south-nj/.

What: Parenting After the Death of a Partner
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Online. Link will be provided at registration.
Cost: Free
Details: Space is limited for this group – pre-registration is required. Call the Samaritan Center for Grief Support at (856) 596-8550, or mail CFGcounseling@SamaritanNJ.org to register.

Once registered, attendees will receive detailed instructions and a link to log-in to the support group.

The group will be facilitated by Michelle Tartamosa, social work intern.

About Samaritan:

Samaritan is a not-for-profit, independent organization locally founded in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1980. Samaritan is the regional leader for hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, at-home primary care, grief support and counseling, advanced illness care, education and advocacy.

Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief in their homes, assisted-living or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers: The Samaritan Center at Mount Holly and The Samaritan Center at Voorhees.

A thrift shop in Westmont supports Samaritan services and programs. Samaritan is accredited by The Joint Commission; a member of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation; and is a four-star hospice in the national We Honor Veterans program.

For more information, visit www.SamaritanNJ.org.

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JFS’ Village by the Shore Virtual Programs in March

Get out your calendar and jot down these 10 interactive, entertaining and informative virtual programs and activities in March, offered through Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore.

Plan to invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, March 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join an informative session on creating and maintaining your own Spring vegetable garden. You’ll learn how to grow Jersey Fresh veggies beginning indoors and then place outside as the weather warms up. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by February 23.

Nurse’s Roundtable: Self-Care & Nurturing in a Pandemic
Wednesday, March 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join JFS Nurse Educator Lori Pasahow and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion on how you have been caring for yourself and loved ones during the pandemic. Have your pre-COVID-19 health routines (mammograms, doctor’s visit, etc.) been interrupted? Any positive changes you would like to make permanent? Hear what medical professionals are suggesting for self-care moving forward and gain insight into vaccine distribution and its implications. RSVP by February 26.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, March 4 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Village Membership Director Tina Serota to discover ways to boost your wellness – mind, body and soul. Topics include: self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by March 1.

The Village Movie Society
Tuesday, March 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join theater teacher and coach Louise Marshall Hacker and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion about the movie, The Chicago 7, based on the infamous 1969 trial arising from protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention where seven individuals were charged by the federal government with conspiracy. The trial began a national conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the United States government. Watch from the comfort of your own home and be prepared to share your thoughts. The film is available on Netflix. RSVP by March 2.

Rothenberg Center Presents: Community Conversation – New Jersey’s COVID-19 Storytelling Project
Wednesday, March 10 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Share your story on how the pandemic has impacted you. The NJ YMCA State Alliance and the NJ Department of Health are collecting stories to memorialize the voices of residents and inform on recommendations for improving public health. Participants will be asked to complete a consent form. To thank you for participating, a Visa gift card will be mailed to you. Program is limited to the first 10 participants. RSVP by March 10.

Comfort Cuisine: Healthy & Delicious
Tuesday, March 16 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join Bernadette Getzler, healthy eating and gardening guru, as she takes participants on a food journey using farm fresh ingredients. You’ll learn to cook recipes in new and inventive ways by taking your existing ingredients and substituting healthier options. Learn to eat comfort foods in a whole new way. RSVP by March 9.

BINGO
Wednesday, March 17 from 1pm to 2pm
Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun BINGO games and prizes with Louise Marshall Hacker. BINGO cards will be delivered to those who register in advance. This event is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by March 9.

Memoir Workshop
Friday, March 19 from 10:30am to 12pm
Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history and ancestry at a Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing, Harriet Levin Millan. You need a laptop or pen/paper for the workshop. RSVP by March 10.

Trivia Game Day
Tuesday, March 23 from 4pm to 5pm
Test your knowledge and try to defeat the reigning trivia champion as you compete for the top prize. Topics include: science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. Must pre-pay and RSVP by March 17.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, March 25 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends and neighbors spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” Share your thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by JFS Village Membership Director Tina Serota and JCC Program Director Josh Cutler. RSVP by March 22.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate. You must RSVP to participate in any program by contacting Ronald Corker at 609.822.1108, x252. A Zoom link or call-in number for each program will be e-mailed or provided to you.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides Intergenerational Events, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more. For information or to join Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.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 us Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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JFS’ Village By The Shore Virtual Programs in February

Margate, NJ — Here’s your chance to enjoy a dozen interactive, informative and entertaining virtual programs and activities in February, offered through Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore. Plan to invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden

Tuesday, February 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Embrace your green thumb and join an informative session on creating and maintaining your own indoor container garden. You’ll learn how to grow, care for and propagate house plants. Necessary supplies delivered prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by January 26.

Nurse’s Roundtable: Self-Care & Nurturing in a Pandemic

Wednesday, February 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join JFS Nurse Educator Lori Pasahow and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion on how you have been caring for yourself and loved ones during the past 10 months. Have your pre-COVID-19 health routines (mammograms, doctor’s visit, etc.) been interrupted? Any positive changes you would like to make permanent? Hear what medical professionals are suggesting for self-care moving forward and gain insight into vaccine distribution and its implications. RSVP by January 29.

The Positivity Project

Thursday, February 4 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Village Membership Director Tina Serota to discover ways to boost your wellness – mind, body and soul. Topics include:  self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by January 26.

The Village Movie Society

Tuesday, February 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join theater teacher and coach Louise Marshall Hacker and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion about the movie, The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as England’s King George VI. This empowering film centers on King George overcoming a disability for the sake of the nation prior to his ascension to the throne. The film is available on Netflix. RSVP by February 4.

Yoga by the Shore

Wednesday, February 10 from 1pm to 2pm

Join instructor Natalie Kraft for holistic “chair yoga” open to all experience levels. With a focus on physical and mental well-being, Hatha yoga consists of stretches, breathing exercises and held-postures that help increase muscle tone, flexibility, balance and stamina. 

Yoga can also reduce stress and improve sleep and concentration. RSVP by February 4. 

Memoir Workshop

Friday, February 12 from 10:30am to 12pm

Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history and ancestry at a Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing, Harriet Levin Millan.

You need a laptop or pen/paper for the workshop. RSVP by February 4.

Comfort Cuisine: Healthy & Delicious

Tuesday, February 16 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Bernadette Getzler, healthy eating and gardening “guru”, as she takes participants on a food journey using farm fresh ingredients. You’ll learn to cook recipes in new and inventive ways by taking your existing ingredients and substituting healthier options. Learn to eat comfort foods in a whole new way. RSVP by February 9.

BINGO

Wednesday, February 17 from 1pm to 2pm

Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun BINGO games and prizes with Louise Marshall Hacker. BINGO cards will be delivered to those who register in advance. This event is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by February 9.

Coffee Klatch

Thursday, February 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends and neighbors spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” Share your thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by JFS Village Membership Director Tina Serota and JCC Program Director Josh Cutler. RSVP by February 11.

The Conversation of a Lifetime: Hosted by J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home & Monuments

Tuesday, February 23 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join fourth generation Funeral Director Jason Goldstein and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a comprehensive A–Z pre-planning guide for your final arrangements. Learn about your rights, options and state laws in a comfortable and friendly environment. Q&A session will follow the presentation. RSVP by February 16.

Upside of the COVID-19 Experience

Wednesday, February 24 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Rothenberg Center for Family Life Supervisor Sharon Simon and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a discussion about the COVID-19 experience. Topics include: how your life has changed since the start of the pandemic, societal lifestyle changes and if they will become permanent, and what you have learned about yourself, family and friends. What will be your takeaways in a post-coronavirus era? RSVP by February 17.

Trivia Game Day

Thursday, February 25 from 4pm to 5pm

Test your knowledge and try to defeat the reigning trivia champion as you compete for the top prize. Topics include: science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. Must pre-pay and RSVP by February 16.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate. You must RSVP to participate in any program by contacting Ronald Corker at 609.822.1108, x252.A Zoom link or call-in number for each program will be e-mailed or provided to you.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides Intergenerational Events, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more. For information or to join Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.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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Jewish Family Service Schedules 2021 Fundraising

Margate, NJ (January 13, 2021) – As Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) embraces the new year, we are pleased to announce a host of legacy fundraisers and new events to raise revenue to support the needs of our community residents.

In total, JFS hopes to raise approximately $200,000 from the events for critical community services. With the pandemic continuing to affect individuals and families, especially in Atlantic County, one of the hardest hit areas in the nation, we need to assure appropriate funds are raised, so we can help those in need.

The Blue Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser continues through January 31. This program offers supporters the opportunity to flock a friend, family member or neighbor for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion with a bevy of beauties.

Flamingo migration territories include Downbeach, Atlantic City, Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Egg Harbor Township, Absecon and Brigantine.

Pricing starts at $50 per flocking and additional fees apply for larger flocks (more than 20 flamingos), insurance or extended delivery in Mays Landing and Galloway.

“At JFS, we look forward to hosting our annual fundraising events this year. While some may look and feel slightly different, the premise of offering fun and memorable experiences is still our focus for every program,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “With a drastic increase in services such as counseling, meal delivery, food pantry and homeless support, JFS has adapted to offer interactive events and digital fundraisers to raise necessary dollars to support programming.”

While the winter Cocktail Party may still be on hiatus, The Chef’s Kitchen: A Virtual Cooking Event hopes to offer participants the opportunity to learn how to prepare appetizer and entrée culinary specialties and delicious desserts. Chefs from local restaurants will enthrall attendees with trade secrets and exclusive recipes.

The event committee is now forming for this delicious cooking series which is slated for a March start.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or novice cook, this series will be an interactive and yummy addition to the JFS events line-up. 

While a date has not been set, JFS and JCC plan to collaborate again for an afternoon on the greens full of fun, competition, contests and prizes.

The Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament hopes to raise $60,000 which is split among both agencies. 

As summer enters full swing, the 34th Annual House Tour, which has been a staple in our community, provides guests with a rare insight into specialty homes across the island.

Attendees tour residents that have been part of our community for years and newly custom built homes that adorn the waterway.

With a goal of raising $65,000 for Village by the Shore services, this annual fundraiser will take place August 2.

JFS is currently searching for homes to feature, so if you wish to be included, please call 609.822.7409. 

The Village by the Shore Card Party brings together friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Canasta, Bridge and Mahjong. A community favorite, the event combines games, shopping and prizes along with lunch and great comradery. The Card Party will take place August 26.

The Farm to Table Dinner, formerly known as the Herb Dinner, will please your palate with local vegetables, herbs and spices. The multi-course dining experience, hosted by Cookie Till of Steve & Cookie’s in Margate, offers flavorful dishes that will have you salivating.  Space is limited for this exclusive dinner featuring an interactive conversation with Herbalist Gayle Gross. Scheduled for October 19, this year’s Farm to Table Dinner will offer great food with some new changes and surprises.

“In addition to our fundraising events, the agency continues to raise dollars through our Friends direct mail campaign and will introduce a new opportunity to advertise in our agency newsletter,” explained Steinberg. “With traditional fundraising events in limbo, JFS still needs to raise money for essential services causing us to adapt for 2021.”

The agency newsletter is mailed in January and July to more than 15,000 homes and businesses. Advertising starts at $150 and is based on space and availability. Contact Susan Kotzen at 609.822.1108, x218 for details. 

Whether sending flamingos to a friend’s front lawn or touring beautiful Downbeach homes, JFS welcomes the community support and looks forward to a happy and healthy year ahead. 

All events, dates and locations are subject to change. Fundraisers will follow COVID health and safety guidelines.   

For information on 2021 JFS fundraising, contact Kirby Reed at 609.822.1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org. For information about events, programs or services, contact 609.822.1108 or 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 us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.