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Gov. Murphy Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to ‘Honor Those We Have Lost, And Those We Will Lose’

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today signed an executive order calling for flags to be flown at half-staff immediately and indefinitely to "honor those we have lost, and those we will lose" to the coronavirus outbreak currently affecting New Jersey and much of the world.

Cumberland County Announces First Death Related to COVID-19

Cumberland County Public Information Officer Jody Hirata and County Health Officer Megan Sheppard today announced that a Bridgeton resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.

Pet of the Week: Ferb

"Oh Ferb, who couldn't love this 10 month old boy? Ferb showed up to the shelter as a stray, this handsome guy would like a home of his own -- he loves people and likes attention and would be a great walking/hiking buddy."

True County Legends: Trout Family Honored for Philanthropy

On Friday, July 24, the CompleteCare Health Network will host its 11th annual Cumberland County Legends ceremony at Greenview Inn at Eastlyn, in Vineland.

Cumberland County Confirms its First Case of COVID-19

The Cumberland County Department of Health has announced that Cumberland County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 as of March 19. Due to privacy laws, little information about the case has been released, but the patient is said to be in isolation to prevent further spread of the disease.

What’s Good – PRISM Goes Skating

Earlier this month, members of PRISM Club in Bridgeton met at Skate 2000 in Upper Deerfield to have fun and skate the night away.

Read Across Vineland

Even in this audio/visual world that society seems to be entrenched in, reading is still fundamental. Earlier this month, the Vineland Public School system once again played a positive part in helping to promote this fact by celebrating Read Across America events in its schools.

What’s Good – Self Love Women’s Empowerment Conference

On Feb. 23, Traci Mayo-Faulk, of Rowan College of South Jersey, hosted a Self Love Women's Empowerment Conference at the college's Luciano Conference Center. According to Mayo-Faulk, the event's goal was to "provide women and girls with the tools needed to turn their can'ts into cans and their dreams into plans."

Miss Vineland 2020 Scholarship Winner Crowned at the Landis Theater

On a recent Saturday, the Landis Theater, newly owned by Ray Mamrak, held the Miss Vineland Scholarship Pageant 2020. There were 11 girls competing for the crown, formerly held by Miss Marissa Marchese in 2019.

Downe Township Receives Six-Figure Grant to Transform Their Community

Downe Township was recently named as one of five South Jersey communities that will receive a $100,000 grant, which will be used to help uplift the town’s heart and soul.

Pet of the Week: Luigi, of the ‘Mushroom Kingdom 5’

"Hi! My name is Luigi. Some of you may remember me, I was one of the "Mushroom Kingdom 5," the mange puppies that were found in a crate on the side of the road. As you can see, I have healed very nicely, you wouldn't even recognize me now! I am a super nice boy who is looking for a home."

Good as Gould: Legendary Bridgeton Educator to be Honored for His Impact on Community

On Saturday, March 28, the CompleteCare Health Network will host its 11th annual Cumberland County Legends ceremony at Greenview Inn at Eastlyn in Vineland -- and one of the honorees is renowned Bridgeton Public High School Music Teacher Austin P. Gould.

What’s Good – Pascale Sykes Conference

On Feb. 13, the Pascale Sykes Foundation held their conference titled "Working Together for Working Families" in the Luciano Conference Center on Rowan College of South Jersey's Cumberland Campus. The conference featured distinguished guests "The Three Doctors" and keynote speaker Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, as well as a number of talks and sessions focused on the foundation's "whole family approach."

Truth Be Known: Abolitionist Sojourner Truth Brought to Life at the Vineland Public Library

On Feb. 11, one of the most influential and inspirational figures in United States history was brought to life in front of a captivated audience at the Vineland Public Library.

Ben’s ProServ Cuts the Ribbon on Their New Vineland Location

On Feb. 11, Ben Laury cut the ribbon to officially open a new warehouse and office space in Vineland for his heating and cooling business, Ben's ProServ.

Pascale Sykes Foundation Holds Conference in Vineland, Highlights ‘Whole Family Approach’

The Pascale Sykes Foundation hosted their latest conference titled, Working Together For Working Families: The Whole Family Approach on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Rowan College of South Jersey’s Luciano Center in Vineland. The one-day conference focused on how the foundation’s acclaimed "Whole Family Approach" is strengthening America’s low-income working-class families.

Humane to Humanity: Vineland Soup Kitchen Serves the Underserved

“The soup kitchen is a place where the homeless or anybody in need can come and eat,” Centeno says. “It’s [a] place where they can come in [and] be at peace.”

Bridgeton Residents Announce ‘Fat Saturday’ Fundraiser to Aid in Restoration of Historic Wall

Since the historic sandstone wall on West Commerce Street collapsed in the summer of 2018, many community members have come together to help rebuild and restore the local landmark. Now, they're planning a fundraising event to cover costs associated with repairing it.

Nature Around Us: Quack This Way

It’s time to talk about ducks.

Vineland Opens City’s First Dog Park

City officials including Mayor Anthony Fanucci, City Council President Paul Spinelli, Councilwoman Elizabeth Arthur, as well as invited guests and some furry friends were on hand recently to officially open Vineland's first dog park.

Cumberland County Tops NJ Recycling Rankings for Seventh Year in a Row

For the seventh consecutive year, Cumberland County leads the state of New Jersey in recycling.

Volunteer-Based Lacrosse and Field Hockey Program for Cumberland County Youth Seeks to Expand

Small Town Sticks, Inc., also known as STS, is a relatively new recreational field hockey and lacrosse program for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade who are based in Cumberland County.

Vineland Resident Spins Her Way to Weight Loss, a Cross-Country Bike Challenge, and Overall Fitness

"The YMCA changed my life,” said Sherry Reim, a 45-year-old lifelong Vineland resident, who had reached her highest weight ever by the end of 2016. She has since become an athlete, biked across the United States, and now lives a lifestyle of fitness.

RCSJ Opens New Satellite Location in Bridgeton: Bringing Local, Affordable Educational Opportunities

A packed room full of guests, local dignitaries, and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting of Rowan College of South Jersey's new Alms Center location in Bridgeton.

‘Verse Diversity,’ Poetry Sees a Resurgence in Millville

Rebecca Bonham, a lifelong resident of the county, is a dedicated disciple of the literary arts and has worked diligently to help people find strength and comfort in the power of words. She runs a successful, highly regarded monthly poetry event called Resurgence at Bogart’s Books & Cafe, in Millville, and is also co-owner of Blue Jade Press, LLC.

RCSJ Cumberland County Campus Educational Foundation Announces 2019-2020 Officers

Rowan College of South Jersey's Cumberland County Campus Educational Foundation has announced their officers for the 2019-2020 year.

What’s Good – ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day Outreach’

On Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers at Hopeloft held an event to give back to members of the community in honor of the late civil rights hero.

History Safeguarded: Donation Will Preserve Vineland’s Valued History

John Scarpa recently donated $25,000 to the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, which will allow the non-profit to finish repairs to their museum’s roof.

College Comes to Bridgeton: RCSJ to Hold Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Alms Center Location

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) will hold a ribbon cutting and open house at its new Alms Center Location in Bridgeton from 6 to 8 p.m. This new branch of RCSJ's campus will provide much-needed opportunities Cumberland County residents.

Criterion Confection: Bridgeton Mourns Local Icon Wayne A. Ernst, Master Baker

Bridgeton mourns the passing of Wayne A. Ernst, a pillar of the community. The first American Master Baker and the face of Century Bakery — a true criterion of South Jersey confections.

CCTEC’s Interact Club Displays Spirit of Giving

On Thursday, Dec. 12, students from the Cumberland County Technical Education Center (CCTEC), helped spread the spiritual message of Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men, by participating in their annual Toy Drive.

NJEDA Awards Cumberland County with Opportunity Zone Challenge Grant

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has announced that it is awarding an Opportunity Zone Challenge grant to Cumberland County.

What’s Good – ‘Hopeloft Coat Drive’

The organizations at Hopeloft held a coat drive to provide protection from the cold to members of the community who needed a little assistance.

Award-Winning Director Working with RCSJ’s Co-Op Program to Teach the Next Generation of Filmmakers

Mamrak, a graduate of Gloucester County College (now RCSJ), always dreamed of being a filmmaker. With 33 years invested in the film industry, he has returned to the South Jersey to share his behind-the-camera knowledge and movie-making experiences with student interns eager to follow in his footsteps

What’s Good – ‘Veteran’s Home Christmas’

Local students from Maurice River Township visited the Veteran's Memorial Home of Vineland to spread Christmas cheer through the gift of song -- and the gift of gifts.

Former Eagles Quarterback Holds 2nd Annual Bike Giveaway for Local At-Risk Youth in Cumberland County

On December 5 and 6, more than 100 volunteers gathered at the YMCA of Cumberland County in Vineland to assemble and distribute bicycles to local at-risk youth during Ron Jaworksi’s 2nd Annual Jaws Bike Drive.

Champion of ESL Education, Dr. JoAnne Negrin Named Dec. 2019 “Heartland Hero”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESL programs are the fastest-growing component of state-administered education programs -- and educators like Dr. JoAnne Negrin are helping to lead that charge.

What’s Good – ‘Jaws Youth Playbook Donates Bikes to Local At-Risk Youth’

Jaws Youth Playbook has collaborated with the Cumberland County YMCA for the second-annual "Jaws Bike Drive," which will provide bikes for at-risk youth in the community.

Vineland Recording Artist Releases Video Game-Inspired Album, ‘Water Temple’

Local recording artist Martin Muniz (also known as "MartyAfterDark") has released his second album, titled: Water Temple. The album draws inspiration -- and its name -- from the popular 1998 video game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

CCTEC’s Interact Club Partners with Salvation Army to Provide Presents for 200 Local Children

The Cumberland County Technical Education Center’s Interact Club has partnered with the Vineland Salvation Army to sponsor 200 children this Christmas.

Corning Incorporated Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to RCSJ

The Corning Incorporated Foundation presented a $10,000 check on Nov. 25 to Rowan College of South Jersey in support of a program that will allow the college to partner with Millville’s Lakeside Middle School to provide enrichment opportunities in STEAM-related careers as they relate to Cumberland County.

What’s Good – ‘A Capella Group ‘InAWay’ Embarks on their Christmas Tour’

The four-time Tiffany Gospel Award-winning group known as In-A-Way are getting back to where things started and embarking on a Christmas Tour of South Jersey.

Local Author Holds Book Signing for ‘Some Bugs I Know’

A local resident who recently entered the world of authordom participated in her first book signing event earlier this month. Kelly L. Miletta, from Cedarville, held the event at The Spot at The Ave, in Vineland, to celebrate her first children’s book entitled, Some Bugs I Know.

Mending Walls: Repairing a Historic Bridgeton Landmark

After heavy rain caused a historic wall on Commerce Street in Bridgeton to collapse, community members came together to rebuild it and make it strong enough to last another 150 years.

Time Marches On: Vineland High School Marching Band Earns Honors at Championship

Vineland High Marching Clan hosts Cavalcade of Bands show for fourth straight year, places second with "timely" theme.

NJ’s Largest Concentration of Endangered Species, 1,400-Acre Holly Farm to be Sold to NJDEP

After over 30 years of advocacy, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River & Its Tributaries has finally seen one of their biggest goals completed: the 1,400-acre Cumberland County farm known as "Holly Farm" will officially be preserved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Bridgeton’s Holiday House Tour Returns With New Stops; Tickets Available Now

The Bridgeton Holiday House Tour, hosted by Bridgeton Main Street Association, will take place from 3:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The tour, which has been held for over 30 years, brings hundreds of people into Bridgeton's Historic District surrounding the downtown to enjoy the Victorian homes, churches, and public buildings.

Mural Honoring Veterans Dedicated on Landis Avenue in Vineland

A new mural created by George Perez received a dedication ceremony on Veteran's Day on Landis Avenue in Vineland. The mural serves to honor the men and women of the United States military. Isaiah Showell was there to speak to the artist, as well as a local student who helped paint the mural, Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci, and more.

Vineland Environmental Commission Receives Award at 94th NJ Shade Tree Conference

The Vineland Environmental Commission has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Green Communities Achievement Award by the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry - NJ Forest Service, the NJ Community Forestry Council, and the NJ Tree Foundation.

Levoy Theatre, Off Broad Street Players Earn Statewide Honors

The Levoy Theatre and its resident company, the Off Broad Street Players (OBSP), were awarded New Jersey’s statewide honors for outstanding artistic and technical achievement in community theater at the annual Perry Awards in Union County last month.

What’s Good – Cumberland Mall’s ‘Trunk or Treat’

With the Halloween season in full swing, the Cumberland Mall held their annual "Trunk or Treat" event on Saturday, Oct. 26. Members of the community came out for a good time — and some sweet treats!

“Capital Recovery Center” Created To Assist With Substance Abuse, Opening Spring 2020

As part of its ongoing effort to combat drug and alcohol abuse and the local effects of the national opiate addiction crisis, the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a dedication ceremony for the “Capital Recovery Center” on October 28.

Vineland Police Department Unveil New $20 Million Headquarters [Video]

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 24, the the Vineland Police Department allowed community members to tour their new headquarters, located at 620 East Plum Street. This is the culmination of a $20 million construction project that began in January 2018, and now the finished building boasts 66,000 square feet of space.

RCSJ Arts & Innovation Center Prepares Social Justice-Oriented Exhibit, “Extra Bold”

Rowan College of South Jersey’s Arts & Innovation Center gallery located at 321 N. High Street in Millville will host an exhibition of graphic design titled, “Extra Bold,” from Nov. 1 - 30.

Millville Plastics Plan Divides Commission

A plan for bringing a major plastics recycling firm to the city on the 18-acre site of the former Wheaton Glass factory along Wheaton Avenue and G Street is itself facing some recycling.

Downe Township Awarded $4.49 Million Grant for Fortescue and Gandy’s Beach Sewer Project

Downe Township has been awarded an additional $4.49 million of funding to construct a new sewer system that will serve Fortescue and Gandy's Beach.

Maurice River Township Receives NJDEP Excellence Award

Photo credit: Cumberland County Improvement Authority. MILLVILLE, N.J. — During the 38th Annual Association of...

County Breaks Ground For Telecommunications Tower

Once operational, the tower will form a critical part of the county’s emergency communications system upgrade.

Bridgeton Free Public Library Unveils New Photo Art Gallery

Last week, the Bridgeton Public Library unveiled a gallery of iconic Cumberland County photo art which will serve to complement its bookshelves of literature and videos. The gallery of enlarged, framed color photos, donated by local photographer, Gil Walter, are also offered for sale — with all proceeds going toward the Bridgeton Free Library fund.

Meet Inspira Health Fitness Connection’s New Director

An area resident recently made history by accepting the top position at a local medical fitness facility. In August, Amanda Meschi, of Pittsgrove, became the first female director at the Inspira Health Fitness Connection, located in Vineland.

Gone Vinyl: A New Generation Carries the Torch As LPs Return to Prominence

In this digital age of streaming music, vinyl records make a comeback.

CCTEC Students Stand with Victims of Anti-Semitic Attacks in Germany

A group of students from Cumberland County Technical Education Center held a vigil for the victims of the Halle and Landsberg anti-semitic attacks that occurred on Yom Kippur.

Composite Sketch Released of Possible Witness in Case of Missing Five-Year-Old Dulce Maria Alavez

The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office has released a composite sketch of a possible witness to the case of missing five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez.

10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Falling from Ride at Deerfield Harvest Festival, Investigation Ongoing

A 10-year-old girl has passed away after sustaining injuries caused by being ejected from a ride at the Deerfield Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Salvation Army Vineland Corps to Start Accepting Donations Next Month for 11th Annual ‘Turkey Drive’

Frozen turkeys and food donations are collected for direct donations to local families. $20 can feed a family for Thanksgiving.

Seventh Annual ‘State of the County’ Event Takes a Look at Cumberland County’s Future

The focus of this year's event will be on innovation and technology in Cumberland County.

Reward Increased to $52,000 for Information on Missing Five-Year-Old Dulce Maria Alavez

An Amber Alert has been issued for Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, who went missing at the Bridgeton City...

Gateway Receives $1 Million Grant to Continue Revitalizing Bridgeton’s Southeast Gateway Neighborhood

On Tuesday, October 8, officials from the Gateway Community Action Partnership have announced that the organization has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation to support the Southeast Gateway initiative.

Millville Approves ACUA Collection of Trash, Recyclables

Millville’s City Commission, at a regular meeting on October 1, voted to approve a five-year, $5.34 million shared services agreement with Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) for trash, recycling, and bulky waste collection services to begin next year.

City of Vineland Announces Hours for Trick-or-Treating

Officials from the City of Vineland have announced trick-or-treating hours for Halloween.

Investigators Searching for ‘Key Piece of Information’ for Missing 5-Year-Old, Dulce Maria Alavez

The search for missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez continues as investigators keep following every possible lead.

Vineland Man Shot, Family Dog Killed in Home Invasion

The male resident was treated by Vineland EMS and later transported to Cooper Medical Center where he is currently in critical but stable condition.

‘Ginny Moon’ Author to Visit Rowan College of South Jersey-Cumberland Campus for ‘One Book, One College’ Program

The 16th annual "One Book, One College" program connects the college campus and the community to promote reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties Selling All-American Car Raffle Tickets

All proceeds from the raffle benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties.

South Jersey WWII Veteran Visits Battle of the Bulge Warfields on 75th Anniversary

Author accompanies his uncle on 75th Anniversary trip to Battle of the Bulge warfields. His blog is a powerful reminder of sacrifices made, horrors endured.

Vineland Police Warn Residents of Diversion Burglaries in East Vineland

Officials from the Vineland Police Department Detective Bureau are investigating several "diversion" burglaries in East Vineland.

Law Enforcement Asking for Photos and Videos of Area Where 5-Year-Old, Dulce Maria Alavez, Went Missing

Law enforcement is asking the public for photos and videos of the area where 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez went missing.

’29th Annual Millville Car Show’ Rides In This Saturday

The car show is open to all makes and models, including special interest and modern collectibles of any age.

Jersey Shore Summer Youth Employment Program Benefits Cumberland County

Hundreds of local students and young adults have participated in and benefited from a summer employment program conducted at the Jersey Shore which provides them with needed income as well as valuable workplace experience.

Millville Officials Attend Neighborhood Preservation Program Orientation

The City of Millville was recently awarded a $125,000 Neighborhood Preservation Program grant, that will strengthen the economic vitality of the downtown district and Center City neighborhood.

Pro Vapers Discuss Advantages of Vaping in Part Two of Series

SNJ Today speaks to Russ Jurczyk, franchise owner, Gorilla Vapes; Nicole Lunsford, owner of Gorilla Vapes of Vineland; a Vapin’ on Safari employee named Oscar; Shaq Johnson, an employee with Gorilla Vapes and Vineland resident, Donna Bermudez, all pro-vapers on the other side of this hot topic.

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts Sept. 20 Reception for “Strobe’s Sensational Seven”

A new gallery exhibition titled, "Strobe's Sensational Seven" will open with a reception Friday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts located at 22 North High Street in Millville, N.J.

UPDATE: Bridgeton Police Department Still Searching for Missing 5-Year-Old (Video)

Police announced on Monday, Sept. 16 that Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, was last seen in the City Park area.

SNJ Today Speaks with Experts About Vaping-Related Illnesses

With recent deaths attributed to vaping, SNJ Today talks with a pulmonologist and the coordinator of Inspira Health’s Quit Center.

Cumberland County Holding Final 2019 ‘Hazardous Waste and Shredding Event’ Later This Month

Shredding of personal documents will be available onsite as well.

Richard Weatherby Stands Witness to Forgotten Bayshore Fishing Industry

The tree and the boy stand witness to a forgotten Bayshore fishing industry.

Comment Period Extended for Former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

The proposed plan would move around 57,800 cubic yards of soil from the contaminated non-residential properties within 26.5 acres. The soil would then be sent off-site for disposal and the properties would be restored.

WheatonArts to Continue Free ‘Family Days’ Series Through September 2020

The Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville will continue its Family Days series through September 2020 with a grant from the PNC Foundation.

Vineland Officials Ask Public to Complete Survey Discussing Future of Downtown Vineland

Officials from Main Street Vineland are asking for the public's participation in a survey that will help develop downtown Vineland.

Local Resident Races to Unite Cumberland County

Second Capital Running applies running, endurance activities to daily living.

‘Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil’ to Be Held on Thursday

There will be remembrance activities, community resources, speakers who have been affected by overdose, and a montage tribute of those being remembered who have died by overdose.

Historic Nail House Reopened After $100,000 Restoration

The Center for Historic American Building Arts and the City of Bridgeton repair historic Nail House.

Cold Nose, Warm Hearts: Hospice Volunteer Team Brings Comfort and Acceptance

Cole’s naturally perceptive sensitivity allows him to know exactly what to do to make someone feel better. During his weekly visits to patients at the Veteran’s home, Hannah has seen a very special bond between Cole and seniors who relate to his overcoming of a disability.

Millville Army Air Field Museum to Honor WWII Veterans with ‘Wings of Freedom Tour’

The Millville Army Air Field Museum will also hold a special ceremony to honor all WWII veterans who can also share their experiences. They will also be able to tour the vintage aircraft.

Groundbreaking Held for New Affordable Housing in Bridgeton

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Deputy Speaker Assemblyman John Burzichelli attended the groundbreaking for the River Grove Affordable Housing Complex in Bridgeton July 31.

Cumberland County Launches New Dog Therapy Wellness Initiative

The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced a new wellness initiative for all county employees which uses dog therapy to give emotional support to county workers.

Cursive Writing: A Forgotten Art in School Curriculum

Writing in cursive is no longer taught in most schools and is becoming a lost art.

SLIDESHOW: Team South Jersey Vineland Campaign Office Opening

On Monday, August 12th, Senator Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Matt Milam celebrated the opening of Team South Jersey's Vineland campaign office

Cumberland County’s New Mobile Addiction Recovery Bus Brings Help to the Community

Other services include Narcan education, information and referrals to social services, needle disposal, Hepatitis A vaccinations, and distribution of drug-deactivation Deterra Pouches.