Community Calendar Feature Stories

Gloucester County Local Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee Holding Public Meeting to Solicit Comments for Use of FY 2021 Casino Tax Revenues

On September 22, 2020, the Gloucester County Local Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee (LCTAC) will be holding a public hearing for the purpose of soliciting testimony/comments regarding receipt and use of fiscal year 2021 casino tax revenues under the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program (SCDRTAP) in the amount of $583,833.00.

The hearing will be held via teleconferencing at 3:00 p.m.

Revenues are used to provide transportation services including, but not limited, to non-emergency medical appointments, dialysis, chemotherapy and physical therapy and work-related transportation to senior citizens, people with disabilities and low income residents in Gloucester County.

Due to Governor Murphy’s executive order March 21, 2020 limiting social gatherings, this teleconference will provide information and permit members of the public to provide feedback and comment.

Persons who are unable to attend may send written testimony to:

Lisa Cerny,
Director of Human and Disability Services
115 Budd Blvd.
West Deptford, NJ 08096.

Written testimony must be received by September 15, 2020.

To access the meeting call 1-800-747-5150 Access Code: 3846870#

Service is supported by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Robert M. Damminger, Freeholder Director; Jim Jefferson, Freeholder Liaison.

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JFS’ Village by the Shore Programs in August Stay Virtually Connected with These Fun Events

Margate, NJ (July 15, 2020) – Enjoy some cool JFS Village by the Shore virtual programs during this hot summer season. Here’s your chance to participate in unique and entertaining activities while continuing to socialize safely at home. In August, the Village will host eight interactive, thought-provoking and creative programs for you.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, August 4 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join us for an informative session on creating your own manageable container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for herbs and vegetables for display on your porch, deck or balcony. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by July 31.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, August 6 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. Each month features a new topic including self-care, mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, resiliency and more. RSVP by August 3.

Magic in Watercolor
Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 25 from 10:30am to 12pm each day
Join local artist Diane Hark as she guides you through the art of watercolors. Initial supplies including paints and watercolor cold press tablet will be provided to the first 11 registered participants. Attendees must supply their own paper towels and have access to a computer and printer. The class is open to all levels of experience. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by August 4 (for the August 11 program) and RSVP by August 18 (for the August 25 program).

Memoir Workshop
Thursday, August 13 from 10:30am to 12pm
Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history, ancestry and more at our Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing, Harriet Levin Millan. You must have a laptop or pen and paper to enjoy the full experience of the workshop. RSVP by August 11.

Comfort Cuisine
Tuesday, August 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join us as we share our favorite recipes and the memories they invoke. This month, we’ll focus on delicious Summer Soups and Main Course Salads. Be sure to send a copy of your favorite recipe to Tina Serota at by August 11. Don’t forget to include your special memory and keep an eye out for guest chefs. RSVP by August 11.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, August 20 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Our world in 60 minutes! Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends 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 by the Shore Membership Director Tina Serota. RSVP by August 14.

Trivial Game Day
Thursday, August 27 from 4pm to 5pm
With more than 6,000 questions covering an array of topics including science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more, you can test your knowledge and compete for the top prize during this fun program. RSVP by August 25.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate, so invite your friends, family and neighbors. You must RSVP to participate in any of the programs by contacting Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or 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 or visit

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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Bright Side Community Calendar

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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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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