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CUMBERLAND COUNTY NEWS

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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.

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.