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Outdoor Screening of Pine Mud Documentary on Oct 11 Explores Controversial Off-Roading in the Pine Barrens

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ — Enjoy a socially-distanced movie under the stars at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom on Sunday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Produced by Hundred Year Films, award-winning filmmaker Jared Flesher’s fourth feature documentary explores the controversial topic of off-road vehicle damage on public land.

With a running time of about 60 minutes, Pine Mud focuses on the vast Pinelands National Reserve of southern New Jersey, one of the largest areas of open space remaining on the Atlantic seaboard.

Like in many wild places, “off-roading” has grown more popular here, with powerful vehicles trampling protected sand dunes and driving circles through ancient ponds. While some of the off-roading activity is perfectly legal, provided it stays on established trails, noncompliance with the rules is widespread. As a gritty local conservationist works to protect habitat for threatened species, tensions flare with off-roading enthusiasts who fear their access to the forest will be restricted.

For a deeper dive into these issues, Jared will be holding a 30-minute Q&A session after the film.

Registration is required for this event, with a $5 ticket fee and a request to bring your own seat.

The outdoor space that will host attendees is large enough to accommodate social distancing, but event organizers ask that tickets for groups are purchased together. Masks will be required for entrance and may be removed when seated in your designated area.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Sponsored by Sustainable South Jersey, Sustainable Collingswood, and Hundred Year Films.

About Sustainable South Jersey:

Sustainable South Jersey (SSJ) aims to support real and lasting change in South Jersey that will reduce harm from climate change, environmental degradation, and overburdened resources. SSJ provides this support by subsidizing sustainability projects, promoting educational or advocacy events in our community and giving a platform to those leaders in sustainability that want to make a difference in South Jersey communities

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Local Citizens Transportation Advisory Committees of Burlington & Camden Counties Public Meeting Oct. 27

Pursuant to the New Jersey Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Plan (SCDRTAP), on October 27, 2020 at 10:30a.m. the Local Citizens Transportation Advisory Committees (LCTAC) of Burlington and Camden Counties will be hold a combined public hearing.

The hearing is being held for the purpose of soliciting testimony/comments regarding receipt and use of funds in 2021, provided through Casino revenue taxes.

Funds Available

The funds available for use in Burlington County in 2021 are $999,446.00. Funding for the Camden County program is $1,061,856.00.

Revenues are used to provide transportation services to senior citizens (age 60+) and people with disabilities (age 18+) for medical appointments, employment, shopping, personal business rides, and transport to other predetermined destinations in Burlington and Camden Counties.

The operator of these services, Senior Citizens United Community Services, Inc., is affording the opportunity for interested persons to attend virtual hearing via the Zoom platform.

To Join Via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here. Meeting ID: 837 9047 2069 Passcode: 438561

To Join Via Phone:

+1 929 205 6099
US Meeting ID: 837 9047 2069
Passcode: 438561

To Submit Written Testimony:

SCUCS, Inc.,
Attention: SEN-HAN Transit – SCDRTAP
537 Nicholson Road
Audubon NJ 08106

Questions or Comments can also be sent to

Written testimony must be received no later than Monday October 26, 2020.

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Riverside Music Sessions Announced in Red Bank

Red Bank, NJ —Red Bank RiverCenter has announced a socially-distant concert series, the Riverside Music Sessions presented by the Asbury Park Press on Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, October 3 at Riverside Gardens Park. 

The Sept. 26 Riverside Music Sessions line-up is: Almost U2, at 11 a.m.; Decade “Neil Young Tribute” at 2 p.m.; and “Heat Wave” a Linda Ronstadt Tribute featuring Sharon Lasher at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 27. 

The Oct. 3 Riverside Music Sessions line-up is: The Haven w/Special Guest Carl Gentry at 11 a.m.; The Weeklings – Music of the Beatles & More at 2 p.m.; and The Nerds at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 4. 

Tickets to the six performances by musicians and vocalists known locally and internationally are available for purchase online at A total of 396 tickets will be sold for each session. Tickets are $39.95 each and are being sold exclusively in blocks of four tickets. 

“In creating the Riverside Music Sessions, RiverCenter plans to reintroduce live music in the parks in a socially-distant and safe environment,” RiverCenter Executive Director Laura Kirkpatrick said. “We are working with the Borough of Red Bank and our event producer, Rue Events, to be in compliance with all current state and local guidelines now and on event day.” 

Concert goers will be required wear masks as they enter the park and are escorted to their assigned, physically distanced seats, and unless they are enjoying food and beverages. Chairs will be provided and cleaned between sessions; no outside chairs will be allowed. No outside food or beverages allowed. Additional safety precautions are listed with the ticket purchase. Other safeguards may be announced on or before the event day. 

“RiverCenter is also looking to recoup some of the revenue lost when we had to cancelled both of our 2020 music and food festivals as a result of COVID-19,” Kirkpatrick added. “The two festivals help defray the extremely popular and successful holiday lights display that lights up the Red Bank business district from the night after Thanksgiving until the new year.” 

Concert goers will receive a goodie bag with snacks, and a list of restaurants offering discounts the day of the performance. 

“RiverCenter is excited to have this opportunity to welcome more people back to Red Bank and to demonstrate our responsiveness to their desire to be entertained while still feeling safe,” Stephen 

Catania, RiverCenter Chairman and owner of the Cheese Cave said. “We are equally thrilled to be giving some great artists an opportunity to get back to playing in front of a live audience and earn some money.” 

The Riverside Music Sessions are being presented by the Asbury Park Press and produced by Rue Events (Really Unbelievable Events). The event is a project of Red Bank RiverCenter. 

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JFS’ Village By the Shore Programs in October

The autumn season offers a delightful time to enjoy cool breezes and cool programs with Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS). In October, we’ll showcase 12 interactive, thought-provoking and entertaining activities through the Village by the Shore virtual programs. Plan to participate with friends, family and neighbors while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden

Tuesday, October 6 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Step into the autumn season and embrace your green thumb. Join us for an informative session on creating your own manageable Fall container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for herbs and vegetables. Plus, you’ll learn which flowers grow best in your garden during the autumn season. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by September 29.

Election 2020: Make Your Vote Count

Wednesday, October 7 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Whether you’re planning to vote by mail or at the polls, educate yourself about voting in a pandemic. Join us for an informative session with local attorney, Elaine Tobolsky, on how to make certain your vote is counted. RSVP by October 2.

The Positivity Project

Thursday, October 8 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 October 2.

Open Enrollment Medicare Seminar

Tuesday, October 13 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Amanda Reese from Hafetz & Associates for a discussion about Medicare basic, including Medicare Part A and Part B, Part C Advantage Part D prescription, and supplemental plan coverage.  A question & answer session will follow the presentation. RSVP by October 7.

Navigating Your “Normal” in COVID-19

Wednesday, October 14 from 10:30am to 12pm

Join Lori Cohen-Pasahow, JFS Nurse Educator, for a discussion about safety and returning to your routine. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of grocery shopping, visits with friends and relatives, restaurant dining or ordering takeout, walking the boardwalk, exercise classes and more. Find out what’s safe and what’s not as we return to our “new normal.” RSVP by October 8.

Memoir Workshop

Friday, October 16 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 October 9.

Comfort Cuisine

Tuesday, October 20 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us as we share our favorite recipes and the memories they invoke. This month will feature soups and one-pot meals (stews, casseroles, etc.). Send a copy of your favorite recipe to Tina Serota at by October 13 and include your special memory. RSVP by October 13.

Family Relationships

Wednesday, October 21 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Being a parent, stepparent or grandparent is a joyful experience, but it may also be challenging.  Join Sharon Simon, Supervisor of the Rothenberg Center for Family Life, and Tina Serota, Village Membership Director, for a lively discussion about family and communication tools to help create healthier relationships. RSVP by October 14.

Coffee Klatch

Thursday, October 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am

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 Village Membership Director Tina Serota. RSVP by October 15.

The Artist’s Corner: Decoupage

Tuesday, October 27 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Explore your inner creativity with artist & crafter Louise Marshall Hacker. This month will be an adventure in decoupage.  You need any of the following materials: decorative greeting cards, wrapping paper, wallpaper or material scraps, pictures, and scissors. Additional supplies will be provided to each participant prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by October 20.

The Village Movie Society

Wednesday, October 28 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join theater teacher and coach Louise Marshall Hacker and Village Membership Director Tina Serota, for a lively discussion about the documentary, 13th, on how the Thirteenth Amendment reframed American history. You’ll need to watch the documentary, available on Netflix, ahead of the planned discussion. RSVP by October 21. 

Trivia Game Day

Thursday, October 29 from 4pm to 5pm

With 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. This month’s Trivia Game Day is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties. RSVP by October 27.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free for community members to participate. You must RSVP to participate in any program 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.

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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