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Appel Farm Offers Virtual Private & Small Group Lessons This Summer

Appel Farm Teaching Artists and Appel Farm Arts Camp Instructors are teaching lessons online to help our community stay creative over the summer! Sign your creative kid up for one-on-one instruction in music, theatre, visual arts, photography, and more. We are adding Teaching Artists and lessons all the time, and you can always reach out with your ideal lesson. We will most likely be able to match you with a Teaching Artist and get you started.

Missing your friends? Get together with 2-5 friends for a Small Group Lesson. You can all join the same class from your own houses, and learn together. Rehearse scenes, write songs, collaborate on an art project, write poetry and have group critiques.

 Lesson Details:

  • Private and Small Group Lessons run July 6-August 14, 2020.
  • Choose 3 or 6 weeks of weekly lessons.
  • Lessons are designed for young artists ages 7 to 17; lessons may be available to other aged-students on request.
  • Private Lessons cost $30 per 1/2-hour lesson, and $60 per 1-hour lesson.
    $90 for 3 weeks of 1/2-hour lessons
    $180 for 6 weeks of 1/2-hour lessons
    $180 for 3 weeks of 1-hour lessons
    $360 for 6 weeks of 1-hour lessons
  • Small Group Lessons cost $30 per 1-hour lesson, per student, up to 5 students.
    $90 for 3 weeks of 1-hour lessons
    $180 for 6 weeks of 1-hour lessons
  • Lessons will meet on Zoom, an online platform that is accessible from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. We will provide information on how to download the Zoom app, and help you throughout the summer with any support you need.
  • Lessons are taught by Appel Farm Teaching Artists.

How to Register:

  • Browse through our roster of Teaching Artists and Lessons below.
  • Click the Schedule Lesson button.
  • Choose a Lesson. Lessons are 30 or 60 minutes, for 3 or 6 weeks.
  • Choose a Teaching Artist.
  • Scroll to the week of July 6th, and click on each day to see when the Teaching Artist is available.
  • Choose a Day and Time for your first lesson. We will set you up for recurring lessons on the same day and time for the number of weeks you selected.
  • Enter your information, and click on the Book Appointment Button.
  • Click on the Submit Payment button to complete your registration and pay the fee.

Visit our website for more information and registration:

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Independence Day Observance at the Bellmawr War Memorial

There will be an Independence Day Observance on Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the new Bellmawr War Memorial located at 1040 Creek Road across from Larc School.

This will be a brief patriotic observance on our nation’s 244th birthday.

Please plan to attend and celebrate America.

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Cumberland/ Gloucester/Salem Vicinage to Hold Virtual Program on Resolving Municipal Warrants June 29 in Sewell

The Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage will hold a virtual municipal warrant resolution program in Gloucester County at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 29 at the Volunteers of America Office, 900 Holly Dell Court, Sewell.

The two-hour event, co-sponsored by the Judiciary, the Cumberland County Prosecutors Office and Volunteers of America, is designed to help individuals with outstanding warrants resolve their cases.

The program also will provide information virtually from community representatives on a variety of services including:

  • Court information
  • Paralegal advocacy
  • Employment assistance
  • Housing referrals
  • Addiction treatment referrals
  • Mental health referrals
  • Social services referrals
  • Veterans supportive services

For additional information, contact Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Safe Return Tri-County Re-Entry Program at 856-716-2212.
Social distancing will be enforced, and masks are required. A limited supply of masks will be available onsite.

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Camden County Holding Virtual Public Meetings to Present Preliminary Designs for Multi-Use, Cross County Trail

(Cherry Hill, NJ) – The Camden County Department of Environmental Affairs, in cooperation with the Boroughs of Audubon, Haddon Heights, Hi-Nella and Somerdale, as well as Winslow Township, will begin hosting a series of virtual public meetings this month to present the preliminary designs for three segments of the County’s proposed 33 mile off-road, multi-use, cross county trail.

The Camden County LINK Trail, traveling through 17 Camden County municipalities from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Winslow Township, was formerly known as the Cross Camden County Trail. The project is the result of a County-wide trail network plan completed in 2015 and a more recent feasibility study completed in 2017 to develop a “spine” for the trail network. The 2017 feasibility study was completed by the engineering firm NV5.

“This trail, once completed, will infuse millions of dollars into the local economy each year and give our residents and visitors opportunities for recreation and a means of transportation between communities that do not exist presently,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash. “We are proud to partner with our municipalities, to provide all of our residents with new recreational opportunities and businesses along the route with new customers.”

In June of last year, the Board of Freeholders authorized a $4,579,540 agreement with NV5 to design approximately two-thirds of The LINK trail over the next three years, with various segments identified in the feasibility study being prioritized for design.

The public meetings will discuss the first three trail segments for which preliminary design has been completed.  These segments and the related public meetings are as follows:

  • June 23, 2020: Presentation of the preliminary design for the trail segment from Merchant Street in Audubon to Station Ave in Haddon Heights along East Atlantic Avenue (approx. 1 mile).
  • July 9, 2020: Presentation of the preliminary design for the trail segment from Somerdale Road in Somerdale to Wakonda Road in Hi Nella (approx. 0.4 miles).
  • July 13, 2020: Presentation of the preliminary design for the trail segment from Cross Keys Road to New Brooklyn Lake at Cedar Brook Road in Winslow Township (approx. 5.3 miles).

Registration to participate in any, or all, public meetings is available at All presentations will be recorded and posted to this page the day following the presentation.  Public comments will be accepted for 21 days following the first posting of the presentation.

Similar presentations will be scheduled for additional segments of The LINK Trail as preliminary designs are completed.

More information related to the Trail, including drone videos for segments covering the entire length of The LINK Trail, is available at

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Atlantic County Middle School Students Invited to Participate in Public Service Announcement Contest

The winning entry of the 2019 PSA Contest was created by Naomi Green 8th grade, Brigantine Middle School.

Join Together Atlantic County, a countywide substance misuse prevention coalition, is holding an underage drinking middle school Public Service Announcement contest for 6th through 8th graders in Atlantic County.

Students are invited to create an 8.5 x 11 inch landscape direction, PSA, as a message to parents from youth about the dangers of underage drinking or providing alcohol to those under 21.  

The top three winners will receive prizes and the 1st place winner’s drawing will be turned into a billboard. Entries are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The younger a person starts drinking, the more likely he or she is to have alcohol problems later in life. Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives. The brain is still forming until the early twenties and teen drinking can cause permanent brain damage. If you really want to fit in, stay sober. Research shows that more than 70% of youth aged 12 to 20 have not had a drink in the past month. Providing alcohol to those under the age of 21 is illegal, a person can receive up to 6 months’ jail time and a $1,000 fine.

By participating in this contest, youth help to support Join Together Atlantic County in their mission: “to prevent, reduce and/or delay substance use among youth of Atlantic County in a long term and sustainable manner.” Join Together Atlantic County is located at 626 N. Shore Road in Absecon, NJ.

Please see the attached Rules and Regulations for the Middle School PSA Contest, which are also located at

Click here for the entry form.