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Gloucester County Animal Shelter Open House Oct. 3

(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The celebration will include refreshments, music, K9 demonstrations and a balloon artist for the kids. The public can also view the Mobile Adoption Trailer.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “The Gloucester County Animal Shelter has been successful and dedicated in finding thousands of stray and unwanted animals’ permanent loving homes. We hope to see some familiar faces come back to the shelter to help us celebrate another successful year of adoptions.”
Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, said, “This open house is a wonderful way for people to become acquainted with the shelter and all the great work they do for animals and the community.”
The Gloucester County Animal Shelter helps find forever homes for animals, and the Shelter staff and volunteers also participate in educational programs with the schools to teach students the importance of animal care, safety and the responsibilities that are associated with being a pet owner.

Until further notice, dogs and cats five years old and younger will have their adoption fees reduced to $35 while dogs and cats six years and older will have their adoption fees waived. Additionally, cats are offered at a buy-one-get-one discount.
Attendees will be asked to wear a facial covering and adhere to CDC guidelines.
There is plenty of free parking and the event is held rain or shine.

You can see animals that are ready for adoption on Facebook at or for more information call 856-881-2828 or visit

Community Calendar In The Courts

Camden Vicinage to Hold Opening of Court & Memorial Ceremony Sept. 21

The Camden Vicinage and the Camden County Bar Association will conduct an opening ceremony for the new court year and a memorial service on Monday, Sept. 21 for members and former members of the bar association who passed away during the prior court year.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the ceremony will take place virtually, via Zoom.
Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz will preside over the ceremony, with bar association officers and trustees coordinating the presentations.

This year, the memorial service will pay tribute to U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle and Superior Court Judges Charles A. Little, Sr. and Samuel Natal, as well as bar members Frank Thatcher, Michael P. Albano, Richard DeMichele and Benjamin Goldstein.

“With this ceremony, the Judiciary and members of the bar will celebrate the lives of these departed members and recognize the importance and integrity of our legal system,” Judge Silverman Katz said.

The ceremony can be accessed here.

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Boro of Somerdale Announces October 7 OnlineTax Sale

The Borough of Somerdale has announced the sale of 2019 and prior year delinquent taxes and other municipal charges through an online auction on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m.

For a listing of all parcels, delinquencies and costs, click here.

Information can be viewed free of charge.

Community Calendar In The Courts

Burlington Vicinage to Hold Virtual Opening of the Courts Ceremony & Memorial Service

The Burlington Vicinage, in partnership with the Burlington County Bar Association, will hold its annual Opening of Courts Ceremony and Memorial Service on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom.

Assignment Judge Jeanne T. Covert will preside over the Opening of Courts ceremony and Reema Y. Scaramella, president of the bar association, will speak and preside over the memorial service. Rocco Minervino, a member of the bar, will read The Lawyer’s Prayer, and Superior Court Judge Gerard H. Breland will sing, “To Where You Are” in honor of the deceased.

This year, the vicinage and bar will memorialize four late members of the bar: Peter C. Gallagher, Gary Piserchia, Alfred (Fred) Powell, and John (Jack) Yetman Jr.

The ceremony also will include a remembrance of former Workers’ Compensation Judge Michael P. Mullen and late bar member Anthony Marcozzi Jr.

In 1972, then-Assignment Judge Edward V. Martino began the new court year with the first Opening of Courts ceremony in the Burlington Vicinage. In recent years, the ceremony has become a tradition.

The ceremony can be accessed here.

Bright Side Community Calendar

Grace Girl’s Closet – Free Clothing Event – Sept. 19 in Swedesboro

Grace Girl’s Closet has been collecting and distributing shoes, classy casual attire, elegant formal wear, and accessories since 2017.

This family-friendly event takes place in the ballroom of the Swedesboro Holiday Inn. We will transform the venue into a boutique atmosphere. There will be raffles and a fun environment of free shopping for all attendees. Each Grace Girl can fill up a shopping bag with women’s clothing, shoes, purses, and jewelry for zero cost.

Large shopping bags are provided and all are welcome.

Face masks are required.

Save the Date!

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn – Swedesboro, 1 Pureland Drive, Swedesboro, NJ 08085