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{ 4 }  SNJ Today  |  MAY 19, 2021                                                                                     MAY 19, 2021  |  SNJToday.com   { 5 }
 winds greater than 100 mph. The storms
 leveled entire fields of crops and caused   COMMUNITY UPDATE                              CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
 billions of dollars in damages.
 Complexes of thunderstorms like   Executive Order   more than eight persons will be lifted. As
 derechos that take shape in the north-cen-  a reminder, outdoor dining has never been   Arts Organizations          The Council identified 94 nonprofit
 tral or midwestern U.S. this summer could  Implements Second   bound to a capacity percentage.                    arts organizations as eligible to receive
 potentially travel eastward into the Ohio   Phase of COVID-19   • Houses of worship and religious ser-  Receive Recoup Grants  the Cares Act funds. The grants are
 Valley or mid-Atlantic before fizzling out.  vices, which are currently at 50 percent    Five arts organizations in   being distributed broadly, meaningfully,
 The western states can expect another  Restriction Easing  capacity.           Cumberland and Salem counties are   and quickly.
 active fire season. California experienced   Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive   • Retail businesses, which are currently   receiving a total of more than $200,000   The local recipients are:
 its third-driest winter in history which   Order No. 239, moving forward with the   at 50 percent  indoor capacity.  in grants to help mitigate the effects   • Appel Farm Arts and Music
 has left water reservoir levels well below  COVID-19 restriction easing that includes   • Gyms, which are currently at 50 per-  of the coronavirus disruption of their   Center, $40,250
 normal, and with minimal snowpack across  the complete removal of the outdoor gath-  cent  indoor capacity.  activities.  • Bay Atlantic Symphony, $50,500
 the mountains, there will not be much   ering limit; an increased indoor gathering   • Personal care services, which are cur-  In total, the New Jersey State   • Levoy Theatre, $40,000 f•
 snowmelt to feed the reservoirs throughout  limit; the complete removal of all percent-  rently at 50 percent  indoor capacity.  Council on the Arts is distributing $5   Riverfront Renaissance Center for the
 the summer.  age-based capacity limits for indoor busi-  • Indoor amusement and recreation   million in Federal Cares Act Funds.   Arts, $15,000
 A drought emergency was issued for   nesses, outdoor businesses, and houses of   businesses and outdoor amusement and   The goal is to help arts organizations   • WheatonArts, $66,000
 several counties in California on April 20  worship,; and an increased indoor large   water parks, which are currently limited   throughout the state recoup some of the   Awards were determined through a
 due to drought conditions with the poten- venue capacity. Additionally, the prohi-  to 50 percent  capacity.  significant losses they’ve experienced   tiered, need-based formula that consid-
 tial for Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a   bition on indoor interstate youth sports   • Indoor and outdoor pools, which   due to the current pandemic.   ered each applicant’s reported losses.
 more widespread drought emergency in   competitions is being lifted.  are both currently limited to 50 percent
 the coming months.  The following changes will take effect   capacity.
 Water use restrictions are likely to   on Wednesday, May 19:                                                      dear blessing to me and my family. I’m
 “come into play during the course of the   —Complete removal of outdoor gath-                                     debt-free and the College is so close to
 summer season,” Pastelok added.  ering limit: Attendees at outdoor gather-                                        home.”
 The parched earth has left vegetation   ings will still be required to remain six                                    With her long-held interest in giv-
 dry ahead of the hot summer, setting the   feet apart from other groups and existing                              ing back to her community through the
 stage for another active wildfire season   requirements regarding mask wearing will                               medical profession, Federico was drawn
 across California. Researchers from San   remain in place.                                                        to RCSJ’s Biological Science associate
 Jose State recently found that moisture   —Indoor gathering limit: The limit for                                  degree program. After completing her
 content levels in vegetation samples were  indoor gatherings in private residences                                entrance exam to find her math score
 the lowest in a decade.  will be raised to 50 persons, up from 25                                                 was not as high as she had hoped, she
 “We might have bigger fires earlier in   persons. Commercial gatherings and gath-                                 took advantage of summer classes at
 the season than we typically would if we   erings organized and operated by an over-                              RCSJ that put her on-track to register as
 had more of a wet year,” Craig Clements of seeing entity (e.g. conferences, exposi-  • Indoor catered events, funerals,   Diagnosis for Success:   a full-time STEM student the following
 San Jose University Fire Weather Research  tions, meetings of fraternal organizations,   memorial services, performances, and   Future Physician Gets   fall.
 Laboratory told AccuWeather National   job trainings, events hosted by senior   political activities: These events are cur-  “I want to be an example that you
 Reporter Bill Wadell.  centers) in public spaces will be subject to   rently limited to 50 percent  of a room’s   Her Start at RCSJ  shouldn’t give up,” she remarked. “Girls
 Colorado, Utah, Nevada and northern  the 250-person indoor gathering limit that   capacity, up to 250 individuals.  Beginning   Future emergency medical physi-  who are thinking about a career in STEM
 California will face the highest risk of early applies to indoor catered events, as long as   on Wednesday, May 19, the 250-person   cian, Taylor Federico, has big goals and   shouldn’t let anyone talk them out of
 summer wildfires before the fire threat   all attendees can remain six feet apart.  limit will remain in place, but there will   she has chosen Rowan College of South   it, even if their grades aren’t perfect,
 shifts as the season progresses.  —Complete removal of all percentage   be no percentage-based capacity restric-  Jersey (RCSJ) as her starting place.  because grades can always be improved.
 In 2020, Colorado experienced its four  capacity limits for indoor and outdoor   tions. Individuals and groups will need to   Homeschooled from a young age, the   Get yourself together and take some sum-
 largest wildfires in state history. Among the  businesses, and houses of worship: The   remain six feet apart.   Fairton-Bridgeton resident had an early   mer courses; just don’t give up. That’s the
 Colorado fires, the Cameron Peak Fire was  following businesses will no longer be   • Indoor large venue capacity: The   glimpse at the college experience when   win.”
 the biggest, scorching more than 208,000  subject to any percentage-based capac-  capacity limit for indoor large venues will   her mother, Michelle Federico, began   In laying the groundwork for suc-
 acres. Previously, the record for the largest  ity restriction, but will instead be guided   increase from 20 percent  to 30 percent    attending Cumberland County College   cess, Federico also decided to pursue an
 wildfire in the state was more than 139,000 by the rule regarding six feet of distance   and the definition of a large venue would   (now RCSJ’s Cumberland campus) when   Alcohol and Drug Counseling certificate
 acres burned earlier in 2020.  between persons or groups of persons.    shift from those with 2,500 fixed seats to   her daughter was 10. The pair chatted   in addition to her Biological Science
 Northern California is another area of  This would include:  those with 1,000 fixed seats. The require-  about their respective lessons often,   degree. She thought that it would help
 concern to Pastelok early in the summer   • Indoor dining: Currently, indoor din-  ment that individuals or groups of individ-  sparking a love of learning. When she   her relate to future patients—both with
 with the potential for several significant   ing is limited to 50 percent  capacity. This   uals that purchase tickets together remain   graduated from high school in 2019, she   and without substance abuse issues—and
 fires. Although the winter and spring   change will remove the 50 percent  limita-  six feet apart will remain in place.  followed in her mother’s footsteps enroll-  polish up her people skills.
 were not nearly as dry across the Pacific   tion but maintain the six feet of required   —Removal of prohibition on indoor   ing at RCSJ.  “I really think it’s important that we
 Northwest as across California, the hot and distance between tables, except that tables   interstate youth sports competitions:   “It was pretty amazing to watch my   understand people,” she explained. “In
 dry summer weather will lead to an elevat- will still be permitted to be closer than   Athletes, staff, and spectators will still   mom get her degree here,” remembered   the certificate program, I’m taking these
 ed wildfire risk across the region as well.   six feet where restaurants use partitions   need to abide by all existing health and   Federico. “Plus, I selected RCSJ in   sociology classes which help me under-
 Keep checking back on AccuWeather.  that comply with DOH requirements.   safety requirements.  Cumberland because it was affordable.   Continued on next page
 com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather   Additionally, the prohibition on tables of   I have a PELL grant and that’s a really
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