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JFS’ Village by the Shore Virtual Programs in December

Margate, NJ (November 18, 2020) – Here’s your chance to close out the year with 11 interactive and entertaining virtual programs and activities in December offered through the Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore. You may participate with your friends, family and neighbors while continuing to socialize safely at home.

DIY Container Garden
Tuesday, December 1 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Embrace your green thumb and join us for an informative session on creating your own winter indoor container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for all types of house plants. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by November 30.

Clutter Buster
Wednesday, December 2 from 10:30am to 11:30am
With de-cluttering, knowing where to start is often the hardest part. What should you keep or get rid of? Perhaps most difficult of all, what to do with all of the stuff your kids and grandchildren don’t want? Professional Organizer Charlotte Schutzman of All Moving Matters will help make sense of your space and provide tips for tackling and organizing the clutter. RSVP by November 30.

The Positivity Project
Thursday, December 3 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 November 30.

The Village Film Society
Tuesday, December 8 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 motion picture, Social Dilemma, a documentary exploring the human impact of social networking and the tech experts who question their own creations. The film is available on Netflix. RSVP by December 4.

Nurse’s Roundtable: Keeping Joy in the Holidays
Wednesday, December 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am
JFS Nurse Educator Lori Pasahow and Village Membership Director Tina Serota will discuss the challenges of finding holiday joy during these unprecedented times. Plus, they’ll share ideas for celebrating safely this holiday season. RSVP by December 4.

Memoir Workshop
Friday, December 11 from 10:30am to 12pm
Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history and ancestry at a Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing, Harriet Levin Millan. You need a laptop or pen/paper for the workshop. RSVP by December 4.

Comfort Cuisine
Tuesday, December 15 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join us as we share our favorite holiday recipes and the memories they invoke. Share your Hanukkah latke, donut, Christmas cookie or favorite holiday meal recipe. Send a copy of your recipe to Tina Serota at by December 10 and include its special memory. RSVP by December 10.

Creating Your Best Year Ever
Wednesday, December 16 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Join Rothenberg Center for Family Life Supervisor Sharon Simon and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for a lively discussion exploring creative ways to make and keep achievable New Year’s resolutions for healthier and happier living in 2021. RSVP by December 14.

Coffee Klatch
Thursday, December 17 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends and neighbors 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 December 14.

The Artist’s Corner: Adorable Snowman
Tuesday, December 22 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Explore your inner creativity with artist and crafter Louise Marshall Hacker. Participants will create an adorable snowman – perfect for gift giving. Supplies will be provided prior to class. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by December 15.

Holiday Trivia
Wednesday, December 23 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Test your holiday knowledge and try to defeat our reigning trivia champion. Topics include science, geography, history, music, theater, movies and more. This program is free for Holocaust Survivors and Village Members. For non-members, the cost is $5. RSVP by December 17.

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 on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Feature Stories Recent News

Unofficial 2020 General Election Results for Bellmawr Council, School Board & Other Local Races

Camden County Unofficial Results Last Updated: November 16, 2020 7:51 PM

Current status: Unofficial as of November 16, 2020 8:27 PM.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to how the November 3, 2020 General Election is conducted (made by P.L. 2020, c 72) the completion of the results will be delayed, according to Camden County’s website.

Click the image below to be directed to the write-in votes.

(Credit: Camden County)

The expected schedule for the release of results is:

Initial Vote by Mail Ballots
November 3, 2020, shortly after close of polls (single upload without additional updates)

ADA Voting Machines
November 3, 2020 – Approximately 11:00 pm

Subsequent Vote by Mail Ballots
Daily through November 23, 2020

Provisional (In-Person Voting) Ballots
Daily beginning on or about November 11, 2020 through November 23, 2020

Results are unofficial and not complete.

Ballots will be continued to be processed through certification.

Results will be updated regularly.

Gloucester City
Mt. Ephraim

*This post has and will continue to be updated as Election Results are counted and new information becomes available.*

Feature Stories In The Courts

Ocean Vicinage to Graduate 47 Drug Court Participants

The Ocean Vicinage will celebrate the successes of 47 drug court participants at two graduation celebrations, on Wednesday, Nov 18 and Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Superior Court Judge Steven F. Nemeth will preside over the events.

The graduates have met all the requirements of the program and have successfully completed the terms of their probation supervision.

The Judiciary’s drug court program operates within the Superior Court to address non-violent offenders with substance abuse issues.

The program requires completion of four phases of intensive drug and alcohol treatment and probation supervision.

This level of supervision permits the program to support the recovery process but also allows the drug court team to react quickly to impose appropriate therapeutic sanctions or to reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply.

The vicinage’s drug court program serves approximately 373 participants.

The program has graduated 617 participants since its inception in 2002.

The ceremonies can be viewed live on the vicinage’s channel at

For additional event information, contact vicinage Drug Court Coordinator Carole Haines at 732-504-0700, ext. 64242.

Feature Stories Recent News

Boro of Stratford Announces On-Line Tax Sale to be Held Nov. 19

The Borough of Stratford has announced that the sale of 2019 and prior year delinquent taxes and other municipal charges will be held through an on-line auction on November 19, 2020 at 9:00 am.

For a listing of all parcels, delinquencies and costs, along with bidding instructions, please visit

Bright Side Feature Stories

Scotland Run Park Offers Scout Sunday for Scouts of America, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts

(Clayton, NJ)—Local Scouts of America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout Troops can visit Scotland Run Park to fulfill requirements towards their nature badges.

“We support our local Scouts of America, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout Troops and welcome them to learn about our environment at our County parks,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “These groups teach children leadership, confidence and professional development and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Scouts can book a Sunday trip for their troop to adventure, learn and interact with the nature Scotland Run has to offer. Bookings are free of charge, but do need to be booked in advance.

“Our parks have so much to explore. There’s so much to learn in nature and each visit to the park you can discover something new,” said Freeholder Jim Lavender, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Department.

If you’re interested in scheduling your troop, please call (856) 251-6710. Scotland Run Park is located at 980 E. Academy St. Clayton, NJ 08312.

For more information, visit