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Bellmawr’s Batting Cages Taking Shape 

Bellmawr’s batting cages, which are located on Essex Avenue, are now taking shape.

Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek spoke about the batting cages during Council’s August 29, 2016 meeting by saying that the State of New Jersey is paying for the project “for the property that they took from the Little League.”

In exchange for the land, the Mayor explained that the Borough received the batting cages and a parking lot. “It is going to be an enclosed batting cage. It is not going to cost the taxpayers one cent,” he said.

All photos by SJO.

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Bellmawr News Bellmawr Batting Cages

Bellmawr News Bellmawr Batting Cages

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J.H. Williams, Inc. of Moorestown was awarded the contract in November, 2016.

SJO will continue to provide updates as they become available, such as a projected completion date and when they are expected to open.

 

 

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Photo Gallery: Bellmawr’s Historic Hugg Harrison Glover House Demolished

Photo gallery of the rubble of what was once the Bellmawr’s historic Hugg-Harrison-Glover (1764 House). Also included in the gallery are a few photographs that were taken on February 21, 2017 prior to demolition.

The structure was demolished this morning.

All photos by SJO.

 

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Bellmawr, Gloucester City Royal Farms Construction to Begin April-May

The demolition of the closed Walgreens at the corner of Browning Road and the Black Horse Pike has been completed in order to make way for a Royal Farms store.

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All photos by SJO. Above and below: The demolition of the closed Walgreens store in Bellmawr is now complete. The six-month construction period for Bellmawr’s Royal Farms is slated to begin sometime between April 1 and mid-May.

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SJO recently contacted Brittany Eldredge, who is Royal Farms’ Public Relations & Customer Service Manager, to ask about start dates for construction and projected openings for the Bellmawr, Magnolia, and Gloucester City stores.

Eldedge replied: “We are very excited for our stores to open in New Jersey! Our store in Magnolia is under construction, and we anticipate that opening in about 6 months…Bellmawr, Marlton, Paulsboro, and Gloucester City are starting construction between the 1st of April and the middle of May, and have about a 6 month construction period as well.”

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Above photo is the future site of Gloucester City’s Royal Farms at Route 130 & Market Street. Below is the site for the Magnolia Royal Farms at the intersection of Evesham Road and the White Horse Pike.

 

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Literacy Volunteers of Camden County to Offer Free Tutor Training

Interested in learning how to become a literacy volunteer? Beginning in mid-April, training will be offered by the Literacy Volunteers of Camden County for anyone who is interested in becoming a tutor.

Dates & Times

A free Tutor Training Workshop will be held at the M. Allan Vogelson Regional Branch Library at 203 Laurel Road, Voorhees on five Tuesdays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The aim of this program is to provide additional resources for non-native speakers in the Camden County community to help them access the local resources. Additionally, it is hoped that this workshop could help some individuals find a career in tutoring in the future.

No Experience Necessary

No experience is necessary, just the willingness to reach out to help a motivated learner. Many people who are fluent in English find that discovering how to become a tutor can be the way towards a very fulfilling career alongside being a fantastic way to give back to the community, so as long as you have the motivation to learn this skill then you are welcome to attend!

How to Register

Call Literacy Volunteers of Camden County at (856)772-1636 ext. 7331 for more information or sign up online by clicking here.

About Literacy Volunteers of Camden County:

LVCC provides free one-on-one and small group tutoring in reading, math and English for Speakers of Other Languages to Camden County adults at the lowest levels of literacy. Many Camden County residents lack functional English literacy skills and this impedes their ability to acquire productive employment, assist their children in schoolwork and become active community members. Literacy Volunteers of Camden County addresses this problem by training local volunteers to instruct these adults using a flexible, learner-centered approach. This year LVCC has over 160 volunteer tutors working with 200 students.

(Source: Media Release)

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SJ’s Shirley & Joe Vallee Tackle Bullying With Rainbow Rabbit

South Jersey natives and mother-son duo, Shirley and Joe Vallee, are tackling bullying head-on with their children’s character, Rainbow Rabbit.

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The colorful animal tells the story of a rainbow-colored rabbit who is an outcast in his community because he looks different on the exterior. This story comes at a time when differences in religion, ethnicity, and race are continuously making headlines.

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The story of Rainbow Rabbit relays a strong message to children that everyone should be treated equally. The Vallee family aims to address the serious issues affecting today’s youth and to bring about a positive change. Their mission: for youth to flourish and to celebrate their differences in healthy ways.

“Most people have dealt with adversity in their lives, and many have been bullied, which makes you feel like an outsider,” says Joe Vallee. “I was bullied growing up and for a long time I thought that things would never change.”

According to the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Center, 40 to 80 percent of adolescents report being bullied at some point during their childhood, with 20 to 30 percent of these youths being bullied repeatedly.

Rainbow Rabbit, which has received praise from local New Jersey educators and former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, addresses the importance of unity and inclusion and is used as a tool to educate children to understand that everyone is special.

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The Rainbow Rabbit organization realizes the significance of empowering children, parents, and educators, who are all navigating their way through tough, challenging times. Our mission is to address the serious issues affecting today’s children.

Arthur Vallee, creator/author of Rainbow Rabbit and former animator for the Walt Disney Company, had a deep love for children. It was his strong belief that this tale of unity and inclusion, with an emphasis on the importance of belonging, would capture the hearts of children and adults. Through the lessons taught in Rainbow Rabbit, we learn that we must remain true to who we are, no matter what the obstacles or pressures might be in our path.

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Image Credit: Rainbow Rabbit.com

(Source: Media Release)