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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.

Athletes Swim, Bike, and Run at the 4th Annual Laurel Lake Triathlon

Luck filtered through abundant sunshine and nearly perfect weather for Laurel Lake’s 4th annual triathlon on Saturday, July 27. The event, held in memory of William Laubengeyer, brings community volunteers and athletes together each year to challenge themselves and support each other.

RCSJ-Cumberland Holding Open Auditions for Musical ‘She Loves Me’ in September

The Department of Theatre at Rowan College of South Jersey-Cumberland will be holding open auditions in September for the musical She Loves Me.

Vineland Teacher Receives National Geographic Educator Certification

Amber Egorov, a local elementary school teacher received a prestigious National Geographic Educator certificate, in April. A third-grade teacher at Anthony Rossi Elementary School in Vineland, Egorov joined an elite group of teachers from across the globe to earn a certificate from this distinguished program.

Millville Development Corporation Seeking Artists for Public Art Installations

Officials from the Millville Development Corporation (MDC) are calling to all mural artists for public art installations all throughout High Street in the Glasstown Arts District.

Championship Coach Reflects on Experiences as He Enters New Phase in Career

After winning back-to-back-to-back conference championships from 2009-2011, Gorman took the position of head baseball coach at Cumberland County College.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Cumberland & Salem Counties Chosen for ACME Reusable Bag Program

All month long, BBBS will receive a $1 donation whenever a $3 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the ACME at 301 South Main Road in Vineland.

Ribbon-Cutting Held for Affordable Housing Community in Bridgeton

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 30 for an apartment complex rehabilitation project in Bridgeton.

Cumberland County Office on Aging Announces Program to Provide Free Produce for Senior Citizens

The Cumberland County Office on Aging has announced that through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health the Office on Aging will be giving vouchers for the USDA Senior Citizens Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

EPA Shows New Cleanup Plan for Former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site in Vineland

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to remove over 57,000 cubic yards of soil from 40 non-residential properties impacted by the former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site in Vineland.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties Receives $100,000 Grant for Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties (BBBS) has been awarded a $100,000 Core Mission Grant by Impact100 South Jersey, a women’s collective giving fund at Community Foundation of South Jersey.

Jersey Reflections: Laurel Springs

Walt Whitman’s visits to a farm there were “like going back to the old Whitman homestead at West Hills.”

Main Street Millville Awarded $15,000 Transformation Grant

he Millville Development Corporation has received a $15,000 Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey Program.

Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville Clear the Streets for Child’s Play

Most children get excited about summer break. No school, no homework, no hassles. While free from a lot of the stresses of the school year, we hear of many kids who do little else but sit around and look at their electronic screens all day. Well, not anymore!

Vineland Teenager Turns Children with Special Needs into Superheroes with Nonprofit Organization

An 18-year-old’s empathy and love for children with disabilities and special needs has manifested in books and speeches.

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity Announces New Board of Directors

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity has announced the election of its new Board of Directors President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Downtown Vineland to Get a Facelift with $20,000 Grant

Main Street Vineland has been awarded a Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program for downtown facade improvements.

Cumberland County Department of Aging and Disabled Announces Cooling Center Locations

Officials from the Cumberland County Department of Aging and Disabled have established its 2019 Cooling Center locations as temperatures continue to rise in the state.

Vineland Officials Caution Residents of Burglars Posing as Utility Workers

The Vineland Municipal Utilities are warning residents of individuals posing as water or electric utility workers after a Vineland resident was deceived and had their home burglarized last week.

Bridor Employees Raise Money for Boy with Cancer

A local manufacturing company, Bridor, used a day set aside to appreciate the hard work of its employees to also raise funds for a South Jersey child who has cancer.

Celebrate Japanese American History at the 74th Annual Obon Festival

BRIDGETON, N.J. - The Seabrook Buddhist Temple will be celebrating Japanese American history with...

Bridgeton Native, Dominique Williams, Returns with Life Lessons for the Next Generation

As a recent pro football retiree, Williams’ goal now is to help the citizens of Cumberland County, especially children, escape from the downtrodden mindstate that unfortunately permeates the area.

Bridgeton Celebrates the Opening of Riverside Cafe, ‘A Cafe With a Cause’

The cafe trains foster youth and young adults to provide employment, stability, and skills.

Check Out Community Theater in Cumberland County

Theaters around the region are in full rehearsal mode, working to keep you entertained this summer.

Cumberland County College Celebrates 52 Years in Service, Reopens as Part of Rowan College of South Jersey

After 52 years in service, Cumberland County College took a major step in becoming Rowan College of South Jersey.

Bridgeton Glass Manufacturer Unveils Massive New Solar Farm, Will Power Facility for 30 Years

A glass packaging manufactuing company in Bridgeton has flipped the switch to renewable energy.

Monthly Farm Market Kicks Off in Millville this Saturday at the Village on High

A monthly Farm Market kicks off in Millville this Saturday at the Village on High.

Parade Will Celebrate Division III World Series Champs: Cumberland County College Dukes

The Cumberland County College Dukes will be honored with a celebratory parade following their exciting win as National Champions at the 2019 NJCAA World Series tournament in Greeneville, Tennessee.

RCGC President Discusses Pending Merger with Cumberland County College

On Friday, June 28, CCC is holding a historic event that will “honor its past and celebrate its future” as Cumberland County College prepares to enter into a new era by combining with RCGC in what is known as a jointure.

Millville’s Glasstown Productions Wins Gold Telly Award for One of Its Documentaries

When folks think of the film industry they tend to conjure up images of Los Angeles or New York or maybe even Georgia, but not South Jersey. Now that Millville’s Glasstown Productions has won a Gold Telly award, however, it may be time to count Cumberland County among the country’s film production hotspots.

Local, Multi-Talented Artist Stays Humble While Creating Magnificent Pieces

Cumberland County is home to dozens, if not hundreds of artists who, in a different time and place, may have been recognized as some of the best in their fields by the citizens of the world.

Miss Cumberland County Alyssa Rodriguez Competes for the State Crown This Month

The 2019 Miss New Jersey Pageant will soon be upon us, and for the highly intellectual, reigning Miss Cumberland County, whether she wins or loses is irrelevant.

Jersey Reflections: Inland Cousin Contributes

By: Vince Farinaccio Photo courtesy of Wildwoods, New Jersey Facebook page. Early Vinelanders aided the...

Millville Matters: Planning for Summer

The unofficial start of summer is upon us, bringing more activities in and around the Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Some of you may be looking for programs for the kids to enjoy throughout the summer, and others may want to explore our own backyards. Here are suggestions to guide you in your search.

Singing Ambassadors of Vineland Take the Stage on June 1st for One Last Show

Formed in Vineland in 1957, the Singing Ambassadors choral group has been a mainstay on the Cumberland County community entertainment scene for more than six decades.

Jersey Reflections: Wild and Wind-Twisted

Vineland’s Baker intended to christen the new settlement Florida City before naming it Wildwood.

Cumberland County Legends Donates $60,000 to CompleteCare Family Health Foundation

The Cumberland County Legends recently donated $60,000 to the CompleteCare Family Health Foundation, proceeds from their 10th annual Cumberland County Legends event held at the Grove at Centerton on March 30th.

Vineland Is Seeing a Big Increase In Recycling Participation

In January of 2019, the City of Vineland introduced new 96-gallon Trash and Recycling carts, and since that time residents have responded by dramatically increasing the amount of materials being recycled.

The Creative Enterprise Center Wants to Help You Help the Community

By: Ahmad Graves-El The Creative Enterprise Center in Millville is a collabrative co-working workspace that gives entrepreneurs and...

Bridgeton ACE Students Excel in Their First Year as Engineering Students

It’s finals week at Rowan University and Juan Vera and Yael Garcia are in the midst of studying. The friends—since they were both sophomores at Bridgeton High School—have had quite a standout year as freshmen engineering students.

Vineland School Program Helps Students to Be the Best Versions of Themselves

Some local students and their teacher are setting an example that we all might do well to follow.

Local Steak Master Vies to be National Champion

Millville LongHorn Steakhouse Grill Master Spenser Burlew recently took home the regional win after competing in the Steak Master Series, where the restaurant’s grilling experts are put to the test.

Cherry Blossom Festival Reflects on the Seabrook’s History as a Japanese Settlement

Between 1944 and 1947, more than 500 families of Japanese ancestry worked and lived around Seabrook Farms as part of government relocation programs.

Cumberland County College Mourns Professor John H. Gibbs

John H. Gibbs was one of the original CCC English professors.

Local Habitat for Humanity Chapter Celebrates 30 Homes in 30 Years

On the morning of March 24th, Rosa and Carlos Gonzalez and their two daughters woke up in their new Vineland home for the first time.

‘Project Prom Dress’ a Runway Hit with Local High School Students

Cumberland and Salem county prom-goers headed to the Hopeloft building in Bridgeton for the opportunity to check out prom dresses during Project Prom Dress.

L’America the Beautiful

Vineland author Joe Orazi talks about his recent novel.

Recipes, Plus Sides at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society

A history lesson—in spirituals, dialogue, and soul food recipes—beckons you to the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society this Saturday.

Vineland Police Department Looking to Identify Man in Fraud Investigation

Officials from the Vineland Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a man in regards to an active fraud investigation.

Take Me to the Cohanzick Zoo

By: Clyde Hughes, Reporter African leopard siblings are just one of the attractions at...

Earth Day at 49

A look at how the day came to be 49 years ago and how we can make small changes each day to help conserve Planet Earth and its natural resources.

Sgt. Dominick Pilla Remembered in Vineland Middle School Name Dedication

Lincoln Avenue Middle School's name was changed to the Sgt. Dominick Pilla Middle School last year, and the school recently held a ceremony to honor Sgt. Pilla.

CASA to Hold First-Ever Open House this Weekend

This weekend a local non-profit will be hosting a fun holiday-themed event to raise awareness about the work that they do to help kids in the community.