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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.

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Assistance Available to Aid Those Who Are Behind on Their Energy Bills

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Jan. 12, 2021) – Atlantic City Electric is reminding customers who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to contact the company now to establish payment arrangements and get connected to customer assistance programs that can help get their accounts up to date.

Atlantic City Electric recognizes the ongoing financial challenges some customers are facing as a result of the pandemic and is committed to working with customers individually to help with the continuation of their electric service.

The most important step that customers who are past due on their Atlantic City Electric bill can take is to call 800-642-3780 or visit atlanticcityelectric.com/help as soon as possible.

Customers should never wait until they are in crisis to contact Atlantic City Electric. Customers must contact the company now!

Atlantic City Electric Customer Care will work with customers having difficulty paying their energy bill by helping enroll customers into available payment options, including:

  • Flexible payment arrangements that offer tailored payment plans
  • Eliminating down payment/security deposit requirements
  • Extending payment periods for balances
  • Connecting customers with energy assistance funds

Millions of dollars in energy assistance remains available for customers. Atlantic City Electric works closely with its community partners to connect customers with grants and programs like LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

LIHEAP provides grants in varying amounts based on a household’s income size, type of fuel, and type of dwelling, with no pay back required.

Customers can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance through the Department of Community Affairs website, by contacting their local LIHEAP Agency, or by calling 800-510-3102.

Residents also can access the Department of Community Affairs self-screening tool to help determine what energy assistance benefits they may qualify for.

Other programs supporting Atlantic City Electric customers include:

  • The Universal Service Fund (USF) helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. Call 1-800-510-3102 or visit energyassistance.nj.gov for information.
  • New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance to income eligible customers. Visit njsharesgreen.org or call 1-866-657-4273.
  • The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) program provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low-to moderate income customers experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Customers can call 732-982-8710 or visit njpoweron.org.
  • Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to persons who meet certain income guidelines. Utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent can call 1-800-792-9745 for details.

Customers who have the financial ability, can help support those in need by contributing to the New Jersey SHARES Good Neighbor Energy Fund or the Gift of Energy program. 

Learn how at atlanticcityelectric.com/help.

To further support customers and communities across South Jersey, Atlantic City Electric has contributed more than $1.2 million to support local communities, including support for southern New Jersey pandemic relief efforts with donations to local foodbanks, grants to small businesses and scholarships to local students impacted by COVID-19.

In December, the company continued its support for customers affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing $100,000 to NJ SHARES to help support customers who are struggling to meet their energy needs.

The donation will fund grants up to $700 for Atlantic City Electric customers who meet the agency’s income criteria. 

In addition to payment arrangements and energy assistance support, Atlantic City Electric has many programs that can help customers manage their monthly energy bill, including Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period.

The company also offers energy efficiency programs and energy saving information to help customers reduce their energy usage.

Information regarding these programs can be found at atlanticcityelectric.com/save.

Readers are encouraged to visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online news room. 

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit atlanticcityelectric.com.

Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at twitter.com/acelecconnect.

Our mobile app is available at atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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Jewish Family Service to Host ‘Soup’er Bowl Fundraiser

Margate, NJ (January 11, 2021) – While millions of sports enthusiasts will watch the 55th annual ‘big game’ on television, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) is hosting their own ‘Soup’er Bowl.

To combat hunger in our community, JFS is hosting a drive to collect 550 cans of hearty soups (including meats and vegetables) to assure community members have a hot and filling meal during the cold winter months.    

“Soup is a great meal because it is easy to prepare and also filled with protein and vegetables,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS Chief Executive Officer. “Game day is synonymous with food which is why we wanted to bring awareness about the 1 in 11 people who are experiencing food insecurity in our community,” she added.

Since mid-March, the JFS Food Pantry has experienced an 80% increase in usage from individuals and families who have been affected by the economic environment.

The collection goal is to provide hearty soups, along with food pantry staples of tuna, pasta, cereal and mac-n-cheese, to the approximately 183 people who utilize the pantry in a given month.

The ‘Soup’er Bowl collection encourages donors to drop-off canned soup to stock the pantry’s shelves. Hearty soups with chicken and meat provide essential nutrition. 

Cans with pop-tops are extremely appreciated and make for easy opening, especially for homeless individuals with limited access to can openers. 

Donations for the ‘Soup’er Bowl will be accepted January 21 through February 7 at JFS, located at 607 North Jerome Avenue in Margate.

The agency is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. Or, donations may be dropped-off at the Pleasantville Police Department, Galloway Police Department, Linwood City Hall and Ventnor City Hall.

Financial contributions are greatly appreciated. Contact Susan Kotzen at 609.822.1108 x218 or skotzen@jfsatlantic.org to make a donation. For those in need of emergency food, the JFS Food Pantry is open to Atlantic County residents Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm daily. Drive-through or walk-up options are available for the health and safety of recipients, staff and volunteers.

For information about JFS programs and 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.

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Route 130, Bridge Over Timber Creek Reconstruction Project Expected to Go Out for Bid Later This Year; Project to Improve Roadway drainage at West Brooklawn Circle.

The Route 130, Bridge over Timber Creek project is expected to go out for bid later this year pending the completion of right-of-way agreements and permitting, and the resolution of utility conflicts, said Brian Ahrens, Public Information Officer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

The purpose of the project is to replace an existing bridge over Timber Creek and improve roadway drainage at the west Brooklawn Circle.

SJO recently sent an email to NJDOT asking when the project was projected to start and we also requested a copy of the project plan that was presented during a Public Information Session in March, 2019.

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On December 17, 2020, the Westville governing body finally adopted Ordinance No. 12-2020, which authorizes the execution of an agreement of sale between the Borough and the Commissioner of Transportation for a conveyance of a portion of Block 11, Lot 1, which is owned by the Borough for the Route 130 Bridge over Big Timber Creek Project.

According to the March, 2019 Public Information Meeting Notice:

The Proposed Project

The existing 5-span bridge over Big Timber Creek will be replaced with a 3-span continuous bridge while maintaining the existing roadway and bridge profile.

The new bridge opening will accommodate required hydrologic and hydraulic requirements and satisfies the minimum clearance of 14’-0”.

A new fender system will be installed at the center span to accommodate the navigational channel with a clear horizontal opening of approximately 100’-0”.

The total out-to-out new bridge width will be 91’-2”, which is approximately 19’-0” wider than the existing bridge.

Additional proposed improvements along Route 130 also include the following:

  • Full depth reconstruction, milling, and resurfacing
  • A concrete curb/barrier along southbound New Broadway Road to retain the high tide water away from the roadway.
  • A stormwater basin to reduce flooding frequency during high tide event.
  • Retaining wall along southbound Route 130 to minimize environmental impacts
  • Improve outside shoulder width to 8’ within the limits of the project
  • ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps

Construction will be divided into multiple phases to optimize traffic operations and minimize traffic impacts to the traveling public.

Advance construction warning signs will be posted to inform motorists of upcoming work and lane closures.

State Police oversight is anticipated for this operation.

Estimated Project Schedule (based on funding availability)
Design: 2018-2020
Construction: 2020-2023

There’s a Facebook Group For That!

Whenever there are heavy rains, a hide tide, or a full moon, there is always the burning question: Will the Brooklawn Circle flood today?

To help with that, our friend Mark Matthews (who runs the website 42 Freeway) started the Facebook group: Is the Brooklawn Circle Flooded? The group currently has 4,100 members and information is shared about the current flooding status at the circle.

Mark said that he started the group out of necessity. People were always asking in other town Facebook groups if the circle was flooded. He added that he founded the group “partially, tongue in cheek. I never expected 4,000 + members.”

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Traffic Advisory: I-295 SB/Al-Jo’s Curve to Route 42 SB/I-295 SB To be Closed & Detoured

(Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced overnight closures next week of the I-295 southbound ramp to Route 42 southbound and I-295 southbound as the Direct Connection project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County. 

Beginning at 9 p.m., Monday, January 11, until 5 a.m. the next morning, and continuing Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m., the next day, NJDOT’s contractor, South State, Inc., will close the I-295 southbound ramp to Route 42 southbound and I-295 southbound, also known as Al-Jo’s Curve, for the installation of a flashing warning beacon at Exit 26. All motorists traveling on I-295 southbound will be directed to stay left onto Exit 26.

The following detour will be in place overnight:

I-295 southbound to Route 42 southbound/I-295 southbound detour:

  • Motorists traveling on I-295 southbound to Route 42 southbound will be directed to exit left at Exit 26/I-76 westbound
  • Take I-76 westbound to Exit 2/I-676 northbound
  • Take I-676 northbound to Exit 1/Collings Avenue
  • Turn right onto Collings Avenue
  • Turn left onto I-676 southbound which becomes I-76 eastbound
  • Take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1A/I-295 southbound

The work is part of the Direct Connection project that will provide a seamless route for I-295 motorists traveling through the interchange of I-295, I-76, and Route 42.

The Direct Connection project has been divided into four separate construction contracts, with completion of the fourth and final contract expected in the fall of 2024.

NJDOT’s project website provides construction activity schedules and updates.

Portable variable message signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. 

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. 

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.