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                                             MARCH 27, 2024
                                                                                             VOLUME 17 • ISSUE 7           dŚƌĞĞ  ŚĂŵďĞƌƐ ,ŽƐƚĞĚ  ƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ  džƉŽ
                                                                                                                                        Business & Community News      Spring 2024
                                                                                                                                         ƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ Θ  ŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ EĞǁƐ                 ^ƉƌŝŶŐ ϮϬϭϴ
                                                                                                                         Catherine Hardy, (center) owner of A
                                                                                                                                  ϮϬϭϴ͘  ĞƐ ƚŽ ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚ ƚŚĞ ƐĞĐŽŶĚ ĂŶŶƵĂů  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ
                                                                                                                         Whiskey Array, historic home rentals,
                                                                                                                                    ƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ  džƉŽ Ăƚ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ dĞĐŚŶŝĐĂů
                                                                                                                         talks about her business journey. Listen-
                                                                                                                                    ĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ  ĞŶƚĞƌ ŝŶ sŝŶĞůĂŶĚ ŽŶ DĂƌĐŚ ϭϰ͕
                                                                                                                                           ƌŝĚŐĞƚŽŶ  ƌĞĂ͕ 'ƌĞĂƚĞƌ DŝůůǀŝůůĞ ĂŶĚ 'ƌĞĂƚͲ ƟǀĞ  ŝƌĞĐƚŽƌƐ dŽŶLJ ^ƚĂŶnjŝŽŶĞ ;    Ϳ͕  ĂǁŶ
                                                                                                                         ing are Patricia Mooneyham, and
                                                                                                                         Meghan McCormick Hoerner.
                                                                                                                                   Ğƌ sŝŶĞůĂŶĚ  ŚĂŵďĞƌƐ ŽĨ  ŽŵŵĞƌĐĞ ũŽŝŶĞĚ ĨŽƌĐͲ ,ƵŶƚĞƌ ;'s  Ϳ ĂŶĚ  Ăƌů ^ŚĞƌƌŝĐŬ ;'D  Ϳ͕  ƌ͘
                                                                                                                                    EŝŶĞƚLJ ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐĞƐ ĂŶĚ ŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƐ ƐĞƚ ƵƉ
                                                                                                                                            ŝŶĂ ZŽƐƐŝ  ůŝŽƩ ĂŶĚ ƐƚĂī ŽĨ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ
                                                                                                                                              ŽƉĞƌĂƟŽŶ ƚŽ ŵĂŬĞ ƚŚŝƐ ũŽŝŶƚ ĞīŽƌƚ Ă ƐƵĐĐĞƐƐ͘
                                                                                                                               On March 19, the Bridgeton Area
                                                                                                                                           dĞĐŚŶŝĐĂů  ĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ  ĞŶƚĞƌ ĂŶĚ ĞdžƉŽ ŵĞĚŝĂ
                                                                                                                                  ĂŶĚ ĂďŽƵƚ ϰϬϬ ƉĞŽƉůĞ ĂƩĞŶĚĞĚ͘
                                                                                                                                  ƚŚĞ 'ƌĞĂƚĞƌ sŝŶĞůĂŶĚ
                                                                                                                                           ƐƉŽŶƐŽƌ ^E: dŽĚĂLJ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞŝƌ ŚĂƌĚ ǁŽƌŬ ĂŶĚ ĐŽͲ
                                                                                                                                  ĂŶĚ 'ƌĞĂƚĞƌ DŝůůǀŝůůĞ
                                                                                                                        Sunny Slope Farms in Hopewell.
                                                                                                                                    :Ğī 'ĞŽƌŐĞ ĂŶĚ >ĂƌƌLJ DĂůŽŶĞ͕ WƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚƐ ŽĨ
                                                                                                                                             ǁǁǁ͘ ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ džƉŽ͘ĐŽŵ͘
                                                                                                                                      efits, Patricia Mooneyham of

                                                                                                                               el discussion including owners of
                                                                                                                                           &Žƌ ŵŽƌĞ ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐ Ă ůŝƐƚ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ
                                                                                                                               Chamber of Commerce celebrated  The Passion Professor, and
                                                                                                                                  ĚŝƐƉůĂLJƐ ƚŽ ƉƌŽŵŽƚĞ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƉƌŽĚƵĐƚƐ ĂŶĚ ƐĞƌǀŝĐĞƐ  ĞdžƉŽ͛Ɛ ƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƟŶŐ ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐĞƐ͕ ǀŝƐŝƚ
                                                                                                                        four of the Chamber’s women-owned businesses. The meeting was held
                                                                                                                               Women’s History Month with a pan- Meghan McCormick Ho-
                                                                                                                          ŽůůĞĞŶ  ĞŶŶŝƐ ŽĨ ^ĞƌǀWƌŽ ŽĨ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ ĂŶĚ  ĂƉĞ DĂLJ
                                                                                                                                  ĂŶĚ  ŝůů tŚĞůĂŶ͕  ŚĂŝƌͲ con.
                                                                                                                        5-7 PM at Chamber member - Frightened Turtle Vineyard & Winery at
                                                                        INSIDE:                                         discussion at the meeting was moderated by April Venable, another ex-  ĂƌŽƵŶĚ ƚŚĞ ĐŽƵŶƚLJ ĂŶĚ ďĞLJŽŶĚ ƚŽ ŶĞƚǁŽƌŬ
                                                                                                                         ĐŽƵŶƟĞƐ ƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚ ŚĞƌ ĐŽŵƉĂŶLJ Ăƚ ƚŚĞ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ

                                                                                                                                  ƌĞĂ  ŚĂŵďĞƌ ĞdžͲ
                                                                                                                                   ŚĂŵďĞƌƐ͕ ƌĞƐƉĞĐƟǀĞůLJ͕  erner of The Bridgeton Bea-
                                                                                                                          ƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ  džƉŽ ŽŶ DĂƌĐŚ ϭϰ Ăƚ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ dĞĐŚ͘
                                                                                                                        The meeting was sponsored by Inspira Health, which is led by a suc-
                                                                                                                                       ͞dŚŝƐ ŝƐ ŽŶĞ ǁĂLJ ŽƵƌ  ŚĂŵďĞƌƐ ƉƌŽŵŽƚĞ
                                                                                                                         Inside Cumberland Grows
                                                                                                                                 ŵĂŶ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ  ƌŝĚŐĞƚŽŶ  Venable began the discus-
                                                                                                                                           Chamber members and women who excel and
                                                                                                                        cessful and inspiring woman, President and CEO Amy B. Mansue. The
                                                                                                                                      ůŽĐĂů ƐŚŽƉƉŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ŝŶǀĞƐƚŵĞŶƚ ĂŶĚ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ
                                                                                                                                            inspire, le�–right: Ediana Mar�nez, Meghan
                                                                                                                        Chambers Join for Expo  .............  1
                                                                                                                                 Transformation. Chamber   sion by asking the women to talk about their journey as entrepreneurs
                                                                                                                                       ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐ ĨŽƌ ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ ƉĞŽƉůĞ ĨƌŽŵ
                                                                                                                                           McCormick Hoerner, Catherine Hardy, Patricia
                                                                                                                               traordinary leader of Inspira
                                                                                                                                            Mooneyham, and April Venable.
                                                                                                                        Promoting County in DC  ...... 1-2
                                                                                                                        Chamber Golf Tournament ......  3
                                                                                                                                      ǁŝƚŚ ĞĂĐŚ ŽƚŚĞƌ ĂŶĚ ƚŽ ĞdžƉĂŶĚ ƐĂůĞƐ͘͟
                                                                                                                               for Operations Strategy and
                                                                                                                        Park Trails Bridge Project ..........  3
                                            • COMMUNITY CALENDAR:                 • COMMUNITY UPDATE:                   Outlook for County in 2018 .....  6      ƚŽŶ  ǀĞŶƚ ŽŶ DĂƌĐŚ ϭ͕ ϮϬϭϴ͘     Meghan McCormick Hoerner talked about the many twists and turns of a
                                                                                                                        Focus on Chamber Members    ....  4
                                                                                                                                        ĂƌƌLJ ^ĞĂLJ ŽĨ ^ŽƵƚŚ :ĞƌƐĞLJ tĂƚĞƌ  ŽŶĚŝƟŽŶŝŶŐ ^ĞƌǀŝĐĞ ĂŶĚ
                                                                                                                                      ZĂŝŶďŽǁ ^ƉƌŝŶŬůĞƌƐ͕  ŚĂŝƌŵĂŶ ŽĨ  ƚŚĞ  džƉŽ  ŽŵŵŝƩĞĞ
                                                                                                                                 ƉƌĞƐƐĞĚ ƚŚĂŶŬƐ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ  and as women who embrace the opportunities of running a business,
                                                                                                                        NJ Community Capital Explains
                                                                                                                               members and women busi-
                                                                                                                               dŚĞ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ  ŽĂƌĚ ŽĨ &ƌĞĞŚŽůĚĞƌƐ͕  ƌŝĚŐĞͲ
                                                                                                                                 ĐŽŵŵŝƩĞĞ ůĞĚ ďLJ  ĂƌƌLJ  balanced with all the challenges and responsibilities of life in general.
                                                                                                                        Loans & Other Services..............  5
                                                                                                                               ness owners who spoke in-
                                                                                                                              ƚŽŶ  ƌĞĂ  ŚĂŵďĞƌ ŽĨ  ŽŵŵĞƌĐĞ ĂŶĚ EĞǁ :ĞƌƐĞLJ ^ƚĂƚĞ

                                                                                                                        Free Business Meetings ........ 5-6
                                                                                                                               cluded Catherine Hardy of A
                                                                                                                                 ^ĞĂLJ͕  ŚĂŵďĞƌ  džĞĐƵͲ Ediana Martinez of Essential Senior Benefits said, “it is the passion she
                                                                                                                               ŚĂŵďĞƌ ŽĨ  ŽŵŵĞƌĐĞ͕ ǁŽƌŬĞĚ ǁŝƚŚ ƉĂƌƚŶĞƌƐ ĂŶĚ ƐƉŽŶͲ
                                                                                                                                WƌŽŵŽƟŶŐ  ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ ŝŶ tĂƐŚŝŶŐƚŽŶ
                                                                                                                                     has to help others, especially seniors, that drives her to grow her busi-
                                                                                                                              Whiskey Array, Ediana Mar-
                                                                                                                              ƐŽƌƐ ƚŽ ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚ Ă ĚĞƐƐĞƌƚ ƌĞĐĞƉƟŽŶ ĨŽůůŽǁŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ  ŽŶŐƌĞƐͲ
                                                                                                                        Cumberland Grows Website  ....  6

                                              Springtime Events, Save the Dates      Be in the Know with Local News   Slope Farms was welcomed as a new chamber mem-  ďLJ ƚŚĞ E:  ŚĂŵďĞƌ͘  /ƚ ďĞŐĂŶ ŝŶ ϭϵϯϳ ǁŚĞŶ Ă ŐƌŽƵƉ ŽĨ ƚŽƉ
                                                                                                                              tinez of Essential Senior Ben-
                                                                                                                               Health, Senior Vice President  ness while handling the role of mother of three children and wife.”
                                                                                                                       Public Votes for Best of South
                                                                                                                              ƐŝŽŶĂů  ŝŶŶĞƌ Ăƚ ƚŚĞ E: ^ƚĂƚĞ  ŚĂŵďĞƌ͛Ɛ tĂůŬ ƚŽ tĂƐŚŝŶŐͲ
                                                                                                                        CEN
                                                                                                                               TER: Bridgeton Chamber
                                                                                                                       Frightened Turtle Vineyard and Winery at Sunny
                                                                                                                       & West  Cumberland   .................  7
                                                                                                                                     career as a lawyer and entrepreneur recounting her work as a public
                                                                                                                       ber, and served as host for the mee�ng. Le�-right:
                                                                                                                       Coming Events ..............................  8
                                                                                                                                 INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER

                                                                                                                       Lisa Thomas, Rita Ratli�, and Ron Thomas.
                                                                                                                                                                 continued on page 4
                                                                                                                                    prosecutor, defense attorney with her own law firm, her desire to tell the

                                                                                                                                    profit organization, The Bridgeton Beacon, and her current
                                                                                                                                    positive stories of others in Bridgeton and South Jersey through her non-
                                            •  Crossword:  Finish the Lyrics      •  Book Nook: Marvel-ous Local Author      of Commerce Newsl

                                                                                                                              Business Resources - Here to Help ………….Page 2

                                                                                                                              Breakfast with NJ Legisla�ve District 3… Page 2-3
                                                                                                                             ƚƌĂŝŶ ƌŝĚĞ ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƐ ǁŝƚŚ ŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐ ŽĨ ƉĞŽƉůĞ ƉĂĐŬŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ
                                                                                                                              ďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ ůĞĂĚĞƌƐ ƚŽŽŬ Ă ƚƌĂŝŶ ƌŝĚĞ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ ŶĂƟŽŶ͛Ɛ ĐĂƉŝƚĂů ƚŽ  Hispanic Business Commi�ee Ac�vi�es ..Page 9-10 etter
                                                                                                                              State of the County ………………………………...Page 3
                                                                                                                             ŝĂ ĂŶĚ tŝůŵŝŶŐƚŽŶ͕ ƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐ ĂŶ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJ ƚŽ ǁĂůŬ
                                                                                                                                  ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚ ŽŶ ƉĂŐĞ Ϯ
                                                                                                                              dŚŝƐ ǁĂƐ ƚŚĞ ϴϭƐƚ tĂůŬ ƚŽ tĂƐŚŝŶŐƚŽŶ ĞǀĞŶƚ ƐƉŽŶƐŽƌĞĚ  Member / Shop Local Guide ……………….....Page 5-8
                                            •  Slice of Life: Easter Basket Ideas   • History: Vineland Pioneer/Suffragist              ŚĂŵďĞƌ  ŚĂŝƌŵĂŶ  ŝůů tŚĞůĂŶ ĂŶĚ E: ^ƚĂƚĞ  ŚĂŵďĞƌ WƌĞƐŝͲ
                                                                                                                             ŵĞĞƚ ǁŝƚŚ ƚŚĞ ƐƚĂƚĞ͛Ɛ  ŽŶŐƌĞƐƐŝŽŶĂů ĚĞůĞŐĂƟŽŶ͘ dŽĚĂLJ͕ ƚŚĞ  New Members, New Board Member…….....Page 10
                                                                                                                                         ƵŵďĞƌůĂŶĚ  ŽƵŶƚLJ &ƌĞĞŚŽůĚĞƌ  ŝƌĞĐƚŽƌ :ŽĞ  ĞƌĞůůĂ͕ 'ƌĞĂƚĞƌ
                                                                                                                             ĐŚĂƌƚĞƌĞĚ ƚƌĂŝŶ ĨƌŽŵ ƐƚŽƉƐ ŝŶ EĞǁĂƌŬ͕ dƌĞŶƚŽŶ͕ WŚŝůĂĚĞůƉŚͲ Free Mee�ngs, Founda�on Fundraising…...Page 11
                                                                                                                                        sŝŶĞůĂŶĚ  ŚĂŵďĞƌ WƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ :Ğī 'ĞŽƌŐĞ͕  ƌŝĚŐĞƚŽŶ  ƌĞĂ
                                                                                                                              Holiday Mee�ng, Remembering Leaders...Page 4  Chamber Event Calendar………………………….Page 12
                                                                                                                                       ĚĞŶƚ dŽŵ  ƌĂĐŬĞŶ Ăƚ ƚŚĞ  ĞƐƐĞƌƚ ZĞĐĞƉƟŽŶ ŝŶ tĂƐŚŝŶŐƚŽŶ͘
                                                S N J T O D A Y . C O M   •   N E W S P A P E R M E D I A G R O U P . C O M
                Onward                                                                                              Millville’s First Woman
                                                                                                                    Mayor Steps Down, Cites
                     and                                                                                            Personal Attacks
                                                                                                                       Late last week, The City of Millville
                                                                                                                    issued a press release announcing that
                                                                                                                    Commissioner Benjamin Romanik has
               Upward                                                                                               been appointed to serve as Mayor of
                                                                                                                    Millville. It came after a Commission
                                                                                                                    meeting earlier in the week where
                                                                                                                    Mayor Lisa M. Orndorf resigned from
                                                                                                                    the City Commission.
             From deep-sea training to                                                                                 She was the first woman mayor in
                                                                                                                    city history and left office with a little
       out-of-this world heights, Vineland                                                                          less than two years left on her term. She
         native helps build moon lander.                                                                            cited personal attacks on social media
                                                                                                                    and elsewhere that have affected her
                                                                                                                    health and family life as her reasons for
                                                                                                                    resigning as Mayor and Commissioner.
            ity officials will proudly present the Key to the                                                          Orndorf and other members unani-
            City to another Vineland Hometown Hero,                                                                 mously voted to appoint Romanik to
     CMario Romero, on Thursday, April 4, in City                                                                   take over as mayor for the remainder of
                                                                                                                    the current term.
     Council Chambers beginning at 5:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                       Millville’s Commission elections are
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                                                                                                                    held every four years, with the next one
                                                                                                                    to be held in November 2025. Other
                    Mario Romero stands in front of the completed                                                   current commissioners are Vice Mayor
        moon lander “Odysseus” prior to it being shipped to Florida for                                             Joseph Sooy, Charles Kirk Hewitt, and
           the launch to the moon aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.                                                 Stephen E. Watson Jr.
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