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                                                                                                                                              INSIDE ...
                                             APRIL 19, 2023                                                              of the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce  Our latest real estate report .... M3
                                                                                                                                              Remembering Tim Shannon .... M5
                                                                                                                         The Official Newsletter
                                                                                                                                              GMCC teams with TixForGood .... M6
                                                                                           VOLUME 16 • ISSUE 10         Tickets are Still Available for GMCC’s Comedy Event at Elks Club  Welcome to our newest members ... M6
                                                                                                                                              Luncheon recaps ... M7
                                                                                                                        MARK YOUR CALENDAR ...SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
                                                                                                                                       ISSUE NO. 2 » VOLUME 33 // SPRING 2023
                                                                                                                                              Millville Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years ... M9

                                                                                                                             In 2022, the GMCC’s Comedy Show
                                                                                                                        resulted in a packed house as attendees
                                                                                                                               the Elks Club at 1815 E. Broad Street on
                                                                                                                               Saturday, April 22, 2023.   site. Individual tickets are $30 per person.
                                                                                                                        enjoyed three great performers.
                                                                                                                             Not wanting to change a good thing,
                                                                                                                                       A table of eight can be purchased for
                                                                                                                                   The event will feature three top comics
                                                                                                                        this year’s event will once again be held at
                                                                                                                               provided by Ginger Ninja Productions.
                                                                                                                        PRESIDENT’S NOTES ...       Tickets are on sale at the GMCC web-      For more information, check out the
                                                                                                                                      Chamber website.
                                                                                                                                              • Register at
                                                                                                                        An Energized GMCC Brings
                                                                                                                          Our Vision for Success to Life     Derella to be Honored on May 17
                                                                                                                                      as Pride in Millville Award Recipient
                                                                                                                        EDITOR’S NOTE:  Colleen Ayala was named President of the
                                                                                                                           Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce, effective January 1, 2023.
                                                                        INSIDE:                                              Wow…where does the time go…the first quarter        As someone who has spent decades                 HOSTED BY
                                                                                                                                           The Greater Millville Chamber of Com-
                                                                                                                                      merce is pleased to announce that Joe
                                                                                                                                             by the event com-
                                                                                                                        of 2023 has come to an end. The beginning of a new
                                                                                                                                      Derella has been named the GMCC's
                                                                                                                                             mittee and board
                                                                                                                        year always brings optimism and the chance for a
                                                                                                                                      2023 Pride in Millville Award honoree.
                                                                                                                          fresh start.
                                                                                                                                             of trustees.
                                                                                                                               The Greater Millville Chamber of
                                                                                                                          Commerce is excited about the great
                                                                                                                                      his work in the public and private sectors
                                                                                                                                                  • For more information about the
                                            • COMMUNITY CALENDAR:                • COMMUNITY UPDATE:                   Colleen Ayala  the business community and its   FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  supporting the Holly City - through both        Please mark May 17 on your calendar.
                                                                                                                          things ahead and looks forward to
                                                                                                                                             Pride in Millville event and a list of all
                                                                                                                                      - Mr. Derella was unanimously approved
                                                                                                                          continuing to work hard on behalf of
                                                                                                                                             category winners, turn to page M11.
                                                                                                                               The various chamber committees
                                              Filled with Springtime Events        Be in the Know with Local News      munity and show that Millville is a great place to live,   fornia Angels – Mike Trout announced that he        Making the announcement even more intri-
                                                                                                                          members on a number of initiatives.      A Renaissance Taking Place in The Holly City?
                                                                                                                          are working effortlessly to continue to
                                                                                                                          think outside the box in numerous
                                                                                                                                      On March 27, Millville resident – and, oh yes,
                                                                                                                       areas to show positive growth for our business com-
                                                                                                                                 Major League Baseball superstar with the Cali-
                                                                                                                       work, and play. Our committees are young, ener-
                                                                                                                                         guing, the duo noted that golf legend Tiger
                                              Around the Region                  •  Great Outdoors: Fleeting Springtime Flora  gized, and full of creative ideas. These folks are       land-Millville border. A little project they were cal- CENTER:
                                                                                                                                         Woods and TGR Design would be overseeing
                                                                                                                                 building an exclusive golf course on the Vine-
                                                                                                                                                                   Please turn to Page M6
                                                                                                                                 and Vineland businessman John Ruga would be  the construction and details of what will be one
                                                                                                                                         of the world’s greatest courses.
                                                                                                                                 ling Trout National – The Reserve.
                                                                                                                                              As the entire world digested the news, the
                                                                                                                          Millville ChambeReporter
                                                                                                                                            Please turn to Page M8
                                            •  Crossword: Cartoon Characters     •  Business Profile: Rienzi Bridal Salon  Millville ChambeReporter
                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Covella
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                                                                                                                   Sets Sights on World-
                                                                                             Federation of Sports-  Class Competition
                                                                                             men from the tri-county
                                                                                             area participated in                    By Rebekah Bohl
                                                                                             the cleanup, with the
                                                                                             Cumberland County Fed-
                                                                                             eration spearheading the   It’s April 7, 2023, at the FMA District
                                                                                             event in memory of    Competition at Lehigh University,
                                                                                             Lee Widjeskog.        Bethlehem, PA. In a bustling auditorium,
                                                                                                                   people wave signs and cheer. The bleach-
                                                                                                                   ers are filled with team members and fans
               Cumberland County’s              very March, the Cumberland County Clean Communities Program hosts a   wearing the colors of their favorite team,
                                                county-wide Trash Hunt to promote awareness and accountability for preserv-

            31st annual Trash Hunt Eing the environment. The Clean Communities Program is a statewide, compre-     waving flags and shaking pom-poms to
                                                                                                                   show their enthusiasm.
                 is a record-breaker.     hensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities   The game requires teamwork, coordi-
                                          Act in 1986. It is administered by The Authority of Cumberland County. This year’s   nation, balance, and endurance. Matches
                                          recent annual event saw participants throughout the County doing their part to keep
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