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Camden County Summer Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

(Camden, NJ) – In light of the threat still posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Camden County Freeholder Board is announcing the cancellation of all in-person summer programming, including its annual 4th of July celebration on the Camden Waterfront.

“In Camden County, we have always tried to provide a robust catalog of summer activities like concerts, festivals, and other programming where our residents can gather together during the summer,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unfortunately, the public health crisis facing us this year has turned otherwise engaging, exciting events into dangerous opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve determined that the best course of action is to eliminate unnecessary public gatherings for the summer season.”

Cancellations and rescheduling information are regularly being updated on the county’s webpage. Residents seeking additional recreational activities can also visit the page for more information on the region’s wineries, breweries, and attractions which are offering limited in-person programming during the summer months. The page is also being regularly updated to highlight opportunities for online engagement and virtual experiences that can offer fun for the whole family.

“Even with this unfortunate news, there are still countless ways to enjoy the summer thanks to the incredible businesses and attractions that call Camden County home,” Cappelli said. “Whether it is outdoor dining, a trip to the Camden County Driving Range, or a virtual tour of a nearby art exhibit, we hope everyone will be able to find something to enjoy in community until it is safe to bring back the events that we have all come to look forward to.”

Additional information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.

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Camden County Library Kicks Off 2020 Summer Reading program

(Voorhees, NJ) – The Camden County Library System is excited to announce the start of its 2020 summer reading program. Readers can log their summer reading minutes online to earn digital badges, as well as to be entered in weekly drawings for e-gift cards.

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” Families can sign up and add up to 12 readers by visiting Participants are then encouraged to log their minutes at least once per week to be entered into that week’s drawing.

There are four programs: Early Readers, Elementary Readers, Middle & High School Readers, and Adult Readers. In all four programs, readers will reach milestones and earn digital badges by logging their number of minutes read.

“It is always important to keep our children and tudents reading throughout the summer, and it has never been easier thanks to the library’s robust catalog of online and electronic resources,” said Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Library System. “Reading is key to the growth and development of young minds, but the best part of the summer reading program is that it incorporates the entire family. Signing up and logging your minutes is simple and easy, and the library even has recommended reading lists for children of all ages to make finding your next favorite story as easy as possible.”

Recommended reading can be found by clicking here. Most titles can be borrowed as e-books or audiobooks with a library card.

Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Camden, Bellmawr, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees Township.

The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

For more information about the Camden County Library System, visit us online at or by calling (856) 772-1636.

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209,000 Meals Delivered to Seniors During COVID-19

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – Since the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services expanded its meal delivery program in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 18, more than 209,000 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.

In total, more than 3,500 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From June 25 to July 1, the Division delivered nearly 18,000 meals countywide. Over this same span, the Division delivered an average of 3,589 meals per day.

“This is a major milestone for the Department of Health, the Division of Senior and Disabled Services, and every county employee who has helped to get food in the hands of those who are struggling amidst this unprecedented public health crisis,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Prior to coronavirus, this program served just under 500 participants. In a matter of weeks, our team was able to exponentially expand our efforts and reach thousands of residents throughout Camden County who no longer had reliable access to healthy meals. We have now delivered nearly 210,000 meals across nearly every municipality, and we are continuing to take on new clients every week.”

Meals have been delivered to seniors in 36 municipalities. More individual clients (558) were served on May 4 than any other day since the expansion of the program. More deliveries were made on May 22 (4,950) than any other day.

“This would not have been possible without the incredible men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and all the other county employees who have stepped up to make deliveries. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their incredible public service,” Young said. “Still, even with the progress we have made in our community in terms of fighting the spread of COVID-19, we know that coronavirus will continue to impact our community until there is a reliable, widely available vaccine, and the economic repercussions of this pandemic will stay with us even beyond then. As we continue to navigate these crises, rest assured that we are here to get you the assistance you need.”

The Division of Senior and Disabled Services is continuing to deliver meals to new program participants. If you or a senior you know needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements.

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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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Resorts Casino Hotel to Install State of the Art Ultraviolet Technology

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 25, 2020) – Resorts Casino Hotel announced today that it will be installing state of the art Focused Multivector Ultraviolet (FMUV) light technology from PURPLESUN™ to provide the safest gaming and entertainment environment for its guests and the true home away from home experience.

The installation is part of Resorts’ Play Safe, Work Safe plan to responsibly welcome back guests and team members after its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resorts Casino Hotel has taken extensive measures to ensure that team members and guests are safe when either coming to work or visiting the property.  “PurpleSun’s mobile FMUV light technology will ensure our sanitization process is by far one of the best in the gaming industry” said Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO of Resorts Casino and Hotel.

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PurpleSun’s novel light-based technology platform, FMUV Shadowless Delivery™, is unlike any other ultraviolet solution and was a primary line of defense for some of the country’s top healthcare institutions such as Hackensack Meridian Health and Northwell Health during the COVID-19 crisis and in the re-opening. PurpleSun provides smart, data-driven and sustainable solutions to automate the process for disinfection of rooms and equipment. The PurpleSun products offer best-in-class efficacy, speed and workflow, treating contaminated areas and equipment for the purposes of disinfection in just 100 seconds with 99.9% efficacy.

“With a combination of our deep industry knowledge and being on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, PurpleSun is equipped to offer greater insight for sustainable environmental health and safety strategies that will benefit our customers in the long term,” said Luis F. Romo, chief executive officer and founder, PurpleSun. “Partnering with RESORTS will demonstrate our ability to serve the gaming and hospitality industry to support the health and safety of its guests unlike any resort has seen before. We look forward to empowering Mark and his team”

Resorts Casino Hotel will be ready to welcome guests back on July 2, 2020.  Additional information on safety protocols and reopening efforts will be made available at

About Resorts Casino Hotel:

Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun Property, brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978 as the first American casino outside of Nevada. With 21 prime ocean-front acres on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk in North Beach, the casino resort features 942 guest rooms and suites in two historic hotel towers connected by 80,000-square-ft of world-class casino action.

Resorts features two theaters, 10 restaurants, a food court with a variety of eateries, two VIP slot and table player lounges, two casino bars, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health club and spa, salon and retail shops. Its 64,000 square feet of modern meeting spaces include 24 meeting and function rooms with ocean views and a 13,000 square-foot ballroom.

Winner of 19 Casino Player Magazine 2019 “Best of Gaming Awards,” Resorts Casino Hotel has undergone $125 million in renovations, including the all new state-of-the-art Resorts Conference Center, a large $25 million room renovation project and the $35 million Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville-themed entertainment complex with the only year-round beach bar, LandShark Bar & Grill, on the Atlantic City sand. In 2018, Resorts welcomed DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, where guests can enjoy live, in-game and general sports betting around the world.

Resorts Casino Hotel is managed by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. For more information, visit our website or call 1.609.340.6300.


WWW.PURPLESUN.COM is a New York based technology company on a mission to change the world and provide a sustainable impact to environmental health and safety. PurpleSun designs and manufactures hospital-grade ultraviolet light delivery systems that have been tested in laboratory and clinical trials and approved for safety. Its unique FMUV Shadowless Delivery™ light technology is used for the purpose of disinfecting critical equipment and rooms with the highest efficacy and fastest speed.

PurpleSun is partnered with some of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, and together are on a mission to create the standard for light-based disinfection. PurpleSun aims to become the World’s leading brand in sustainable infection prevention solutions for patients, staff and hospitals. PurpleSun’s solutions allow for hospital wide application, with one of the only products not requiring evacuation of the room during use. With the fast cycle times, the products can integrate seamlessly with customer operations. As a data driven organization, PurpleSun builds comprehensive and sustainable protocols for its customers that are expandable over time and can be monitored from a mobile application.

Technology seminars are offered for continued education based on the latest research published and cited in the American Journal of Infection Control – AJIC and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses – AORN