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NJM Insurance Group Commits $400,000 to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

WEST TRENTON, NJ – April 28, 2020 – NJM Insurance Group, a leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has committed $400,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts to assist families, businesses, and communities impacted by the pandemic. The funding will go toward non-profits serving essential needs, health care providers, emergency responders and coordinated statewide efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“Community support and corporate giving are essential in times of challenge and uncertainty,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM President and CEO. “Our commitment to these relief efforts is rooted in NJM’s core principles. During this very difficult time we will remain true to our pledge to support the communities we are privileged to serve.”

As part of its commitment, NJM will provide support to area non-profits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that bridge gaps in essential areas, including technology needs, and food and shelter for children and families. The funds will also go to small business relief and recovery efforts, including the statewide New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, to support efforts to address the complex medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19.

In addition to financial contributions, NJM has donated 15,000 personal protective equipment items to area frontline health care providers and emergency responders, and is providing warehouse space to Mercer Street Friends, enabling the expansion of the non-profit’s essential food bank operations in Mercer County, New Jersey.

“Our communities are fortunate to have so many organizations that are making a positive impact at a time of unprecedented hardship for so many,” said Livingston. “NJM is proud to support these organizations and we are sincerely grateful for their efforts.”

More information about NJM’s response to the pandemic is available at

About NJM Insurance Group

Founded in 1913, NJM is a leading property casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company offers workers’ compensation, auto, homeowners, renters and umbrella coverage in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, NJM employs nearly 2,500 workers and operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its customers. For more information, visit

Bellmawr Education News

Bellmawr BOE to Vote Wednesday on Employment Contract for New Superintendent

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) is set to vote on the employment contract for the district’s new superintendent on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

The meeting will be held remotely due to current restrictions on public gatherings.

According to the meeting agenda that has been uploaded on the district’s website, the BOE will be voting on the hire of Danielle Sochor as Superintendent effective July 1, 2020-June 23, 2023.

  • For the 2020-2021 school year, Ms. Sochor’s salary will be $155,200.00.
  • For the 2021-2022 school year, Ms. Sochor’s salary will be $158,304.00.
  • For the 2022-2023 school year, Ms. Sochor’s salary will be $161,471.00.

Ms. Sochor is the principal of Rodgers School in Glassboro. On her principal’s page, she wrote: “I am a proud graduate of Rutgers University, NJ. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Rider University and completed my administrative course work at Rider University. For the past 18 years, I have dedicated my career in education to inspiring and motivating students, supporting and encouraging teachers, and communicating openly with parents.”

Ms. Sochor will replace Annette Castiglione, who has been the district’s superintendent since 2007 and will be retiring.

Ms. Castiglione was named 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the year.

In June, 2017, the Early Childhood Center was dedicated in Ms. Castiglione’s honor.

For the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, Mrs. Castiglione’s salary is $171,360.

To view the meeting agenda, click the image below:

To view the terms of the superintendent’s employment contract, click the image below:

Posted: April 27, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. Updated 3:25 p.m.

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Public Hearing for Bellmawr School District’s 2020-21 Budget to be Held Remotely on April 29

Given the current restrictions on public gatherings, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2020 will be held remotely and will also serve as the public meeting for the 2020-2021 school year budget.

The meeting will still begin at 5:00 p.m. as advertised.

To Join the Meeting

Cisco WebEx:

Click here for instructions on how to access the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smartphone via the Bellmawr School District website.

You will be asked to provide simple identifying information before being admitted. You will then enter the meeting muted and will only see and hear the board for the duration of the meeting. At the time for public comment, if you would like to speak you may either utilize the “raise hand” option or send a message via chat to the “host” and you will be unmuted for comment.

Should an executive session be necessary, the event will remain active, but the microphone will be muted, and a message will occupy the screen until regular session resumes.

Audio Only:

Dial (408) 418-9388 toll free from any phone. The access code for the event will be 716 455 579. It may ask you for your registration or attendee ID, which you can skip and then you will be granted access.

Since the schools are closed and coming to the school to review the full budget is not possible, please email Patrick Doyle, Business Administrator, at: if you would like to review the budget in its entirety, rather than just the advertised budget.

To view the advertised budget, click the image below:

Bellmawr Local Government News

April 23, 2020 Monthly Meeting of Bellmawr Mayor & Council to be Conducted Remotely; 2020 Budget to be Presented

The April 23, 2020 monthly meeting of Bellmawr Mayor and Council will be conducted remotely beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The 2020 budget will also be presented during this meeting. Click the image below to view the budget presentation.

Public Participation

Those wishing to participate in the meeting can do so by phone or online as follows:

Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5166 Access code: 1390205# Online meeting ID: boroclerk1

To join the meeting using a computer or device: For additional assistance, connecting to the meeting text “Call Me” to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

All public participants will be muted until the public portion of the meeting, which will be announced at the appropriate time. If you have a comment or question please start by giving your name and address and you will have a total of 5 minutes for questions or comments.

To view the meeting agenda, click the image below:

Article has been updated.

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DEP Launches Online Stay-at-Home Activities, Learning Tools & Virtual Park Visits

To celebrate Earth Day and its 50th birthday, the Department of Environmental Protection is introducing new online resources, including stay-at-home activities, virtual tours of state parks and distance-learning opportunities. The online resources were developed and curated to enable New Jerseyans to celebrate Earth Day while still staying at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The DEP was established on April 22, 1970 — America’s first official Earth Day, through a state law consolidating New Jersey’s environmental, resource protection and conservation agencies under the umbrella of one state agency.

“Earth Day 2020 is a milestone for New Jersey and the entire nation,” said Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Fifty years ago, New Jersey committed itself to a new legacy of environmental protection, cleaning our air, water and land; today, we celebrate that vision and re-commit ourselves to the new challenges of protecting against climate change. This new website provides fun activities for learning, guides to environmentally themed crafts, and virtual visits to some of New Jersey’s most popular parks – all designed with an eye toward reminding us of just how important it is to take care of our fragile planet and each other. Today is also a day to publicly recognize the dedication of the DEP’s many employees – current and past – and the collaboration of the state’s environmental advocates.”

The DEP50 website provides a special section providing online resources to help residents celebrate Earth Day in the safety of their homes.

It provides step-by-step instructions on creative crafts that help remind us of the importance of conserving resources, reusing materials and recycling. Crafts include a bird feeder made from an orange peel and peanut butter, bracelets fashioned from soda can pull-tabs, and a decorative flower made from a plastic bottle. These activities use items found readily around the home.

Families can also download and print coloring and activity books and enjoy photos and fun facts about New Jersey’s wildlife. Links are also provided to distance-learning opportunities such as webinars and online classes from Rutgers University, New Jersey Audubon, the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and others.

“Although interactions with the natural world are limited for most environmental educators at this time, we are still able to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by offering ANJEE’s Remote EE Hub to all New Jerseyans,” said Michael Chodroff, President of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education.

Visitors can also check in on active peregrine falcon and bald eagle nests through the live webcams maintained by the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of New Jersey, as well as the group’s many other interesting wildlife video and educational offerings.

New Jersey’s Division of Parks and Forestry is also bringing New Jersey’s parks to visitors virtually. 

Its popular #IHeartNJParks campaign now connects with the public through virtual access through its Facebook and Instagram pages:

On Facebook:

New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

On Instagram:

New Jersey State Parks

The campaign posts new content each day, including a special collection of park tours and projects, interviews with experts and never published historical photos.

In addition, through a series of stunning, even inspiring, videos, families can make virtual visits to popular parks and historic sites from High Point to Cape May Point.

Visitors can:

  • Soar above the unique maritime forest that surrounds Barnegat Light, or Old Barney as the venerable lighthouse in Ocean County is affectionately known; enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Batsto Village, the historic heart of the Pine Barrens in Wharton State Forest.
  • Explore the eerie, concrete gun emplacements of historic Fort Mott along the Delaware River in Salem County; enjoy stunning views of the pristine beaches and dunes of Island Beach State Park in Ocean County.
  • Tour the wetlands and beaches of the ecological gem that is Cape May Point State Park; and soak in inspirational mountain views of High Point State Park in the extreme northwestern corner of the state in Sussex County.

For New Jersey DEP’s Earth Day resources, visit: