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Bellmawr BOE Appoints Lisa Young as President, Kelly Rosato as Vice-President; Letters of Interest for Vacant Seat Due Aug. 24

At their August 5, 2020 meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) accepted the resignation of long-time board member, Jody Mangus, who recently moved out of state.

The BOE also voted Lisa Young as president and Kelly Rosato as vice-president.

To fill the vacant seat left by Ms. Mangus, a notice has been advertised for the vacancy, which is to be filled by a resident of Bellmawr Borough, for the remainder of the term of a seat up for election in November 2021.

The appointee shall serve from the date of appointment until the reorganization meeting in January 2022 following the election, and therefore anyone interested in filling the seat beyond January 2022 must also register separately to run in the November 2021 election.

Those eligible residents of Bellmawr Borough having an interest in filling this position should send a letter providing information about themselves and summarizing their interest in the position, as well as information relative to their place of address, telephone number, and email address.

All letters must be received by 4:00 pm on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Interviews will be held by the Board of Education on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Interested persons will be notified as to the time if they are chosen for an interview.

The letter should be mailed or scanned to:

Mr. Patrick Doyle, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Bellmawr Board of Education
256 Anderson Ave
Bellmawr, NJ 08031

Email: pdoyle@bellmawrschools.org

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Community Medical Center Foundation Receives COVID-19 Response Grant From The Community Foundation of South Jersey

Haddonfield, NJ – The Community Medical Center Foundation’s (CMCF) mission is to support the programs and services provided by Community Medical Center in Toms River. Using a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ), CMCF is helping the hospital offset the increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE), structural changes to combat the virus, and supplies.

For more than 55 years, Community Medical Center has been a trusted acute-care hospital offering state-of-the-art health and wellness services dedicated to the health and well-being of the Ocean County community.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Medical Center has invested heavily in PPE, equipment rentals such as ventilators and tents, prescription drugs, maintenance, repairs, and the creation of negative pressure rooms for COVID-19 positive patients.  

“Every contribution, regardless of size, will help during this time of need as we confront the effects of the global pandemic,” said CMCF Vice President Jennifer Shufran. “Ensuring the safe treatment of COVID-19 patients is quite expensive.  Health centers throughout our region are facing financial challenges, so we are grateful to CFSJ for this vital grant.  It will help save lives.”

“The hospital workers on the frontline fighting this virus need our support, and we are glad to be able to do our part to help these workers and keep them safe,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “The work Community Medical Center is doing to save lives and protect the community is admirable.”

The Community Medical Center has tested over 9,000 individuals in addition to an initiative to test all long-term care facilities in the area.  Community Medical Center has been able to discharge more than 550 COVID-19 patients who beat the virus and were healthy enough to go home.

The Community Foundation of South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund continues to respond to local nonprofits that need support to serve communities impacted by the pandemic.  

To date, the Fund has received more than $1 million in donations but more is needed.  

If you would like to support the only such Fund where donations stay in our South Jersey region, click here.

Community Medical Center Foundation

Community Medical Center (CMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is dedicated to advancing the quality of life and health of the greater Ocean County region by providing safe, high quality care. CMC is a fully accredited acute care hospital and maintains national accreditations in multiple specialty areas. Highly sophisticated services, not typically found in a community hospital, include advanced cancer, cardiac, emergency, maternity and neurology care, as well as cutting edge surgical care. Patients have access to advanced technology including the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical platform, Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System for joint replacement procedures and state-of-the-art imaging technology.

RWJBarnabas Health and CMC, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at CMC features one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy, a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors and holistic therapies to care for the whole person. CMC provides a broad array of health and wellness programs designed to help people achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles and optimal health.

For more information about CMCF or to donate, click here.

Community Foundation of South Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give. The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region. CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity.

By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all.

Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships.

Learn more about CFSJ by clicking here.

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Jewish Family Service Launches Two New Programs

Margate, NJ (August 4, 2020) – At Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, we strive to offer innovative programs and services for clients.

Bridges to Employment and HEDS Case Management reflect our agency’s commitment to further assisting community residents with critical support to help empower their lives. 

In the current economic environment, many teenagers and young adults are struggling to secure steady employment. These challenges are intensified by the presence of a disability which may impact how someone interviews, how employable they are seen or their transportation options.

In May, JFS implemented the Bridges program for out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, who have a disability (learning or mental health challenges) from the Atlantic City area. Currently, JFS Vocational Case Managers provide comprehensive services to help 30 participants and their families navigate the sometimes overwhelming transition from high school into the workforce or advanced education. The program provides individualized guidance and support to connect a client to job training, apprenticeships, certification programs and more. Or, if the client is looking to further their education or join the military, JFS will assist in those avenues. In addition, the Bridges program offers financial literacy education, transportation and benefits counseling to clients.

As Dr. Nina Stolzenberg, JFS Director of Vocational Services shared, “According to the Institute for Community Inclusion, based at the University of Massachusetts, only 33.7% of working-age adults with disabilities are employed, compared with 72.9% of people without disabilities. For working-age adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, the number plunges to 16%.”  Given the opportunity, many of these individuals can and want to work. JFS Bridges to Employment supports them in doing so.”

As the state continues to pioneer programs to reduce incarceration levels amongst our youth, the New Jersey Superior Court Family Division has created the Home Electronic Detention System (HEDS) Case Management Program, which serves as an alternative to the established detention program.

With the HEDS Case Management Program, Case Managers work closely with a court-designated youth to identify, develop and achieve individual goals. In doing so, the program shows the court system that the youth is diligently working to reduce any technical violations and enhance their future. The Case Manager offers professional support, insight and an array of dedicated services including the development of skills – problem solving, better communication, anger management resolution and more. In addition, the client receives connections and referrals to other professionals or resources in the community to further develop their personal and professional abilities. They also have access to transportation, vocational assistance, and advocacy at a court disposition.

“With the HEDS Case Management Program, JFS staff provide support and psychoeducation as well as assist in developing resources for youth in the program and reduce racial disparity of youth involved in the juvenile justice system,” said Naomi Jones, Ph.D., Senior Director of Outpatient Services. 

The program also provides family support to further educate parents and/or guardians about the court process and available peer support with other families experiencing similar situations.

JFS was also awarded funding for the Resilient Youth Program, a trauma-informed emotional regulation group treatment for youth age 17 or younger who have begun to engage in low-level delinquent behavior and are at-risk of continued involvement in the Juvenile Justice System.

For more information on the Bridges program, contact Mike O’Brien, JFS Vocational Services Supervisor, at 609.703.3037 or mobrien@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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Borough of Bellmawr Tax Lien Sale to be Held as Online Auction Aug. 11

The Borough of Bellmawr has given notice of the Lien Sale of property for non-payment of 2019 taxes, assessment, and other Municipal charges.

The sale will be conducted on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and will be held as an on-line auction.

For a listing of all parcels, click here.

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Bellmawr Mayor & Council to Hold Special Meeting to Afford Atilis Gym Opportunity to be Heard Regarding Revocation of Mercantile License

The Special Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council that was scheduled for August 4, 2020 at 5:00 was cancelled and has been rescheduled until Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Borough Hall located at 21 E. Browning Road.

The purpose of the meeting was to open the meeting and afford Atilis Gym Bellmawr, L.L.C. an opportunity to be heard and consider the revocation of the mercantile license issued thereto by Borough Council.

In addition, Mayor and Council reserve the right to take any additional action, not anticipated at this time, that may be necessary, including items of a routine nature, which come before Mayor and Council. A public portion shall be conducted.

This Special Meeting will be conducted both in-person and remotely and will be live streamed on the Borough’s YouTube Channel.

Post updated on August 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm, August 6, 2020 at 5:40 pm.