Flowers on The Ave

by Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland

Last week, I wrote about volunteers and extolled the virtues of the many ways that volunteerism can help make The Ave a great place. Beautification of our downtown is one of the most self-satisfying ways to accomplish this.

To that end, we’re seeking adult volunteers for Spring Planting Day, taking place this year on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine, at the mini-parks at Landis Avenue and the Boulevard.

While you’re thinking of flowers for Mother’s Day, set aside a few hours that day and help us add flowers to areas of our downtown that are focal points. This year, we’re looking for some ambitious adults to come and help out.

Over the years we’ve made these occasions community efforts, involving volunteers from various groups—and just people who came out to help, get some exercise, and enjoy the idea of making our downtown look pretty.

We’ll be focusing on the mini-parks, including the flower beds at the four corners and in the parks themselves, and the flowers at the water fountains. The mini-parks, especially, have been focal points for people passing through our downtown on The Ave and that’s a point of pride for us, as it should be for you.

We’ll have gardener’s gloves and tools for you or you can bring your own. Just come with your green thumb and a whole heap of enthusiasm for making this weekend extra special—not only for Mom, but also for The Ave. To help, just give the Main Street Vineland office a call at 856-794-8653 or e-mail us at info@theave.biz and we’ll fit you in.

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Registration is open for our Running The Ave 5K on June 27. Cumberland County’s premier road race will go through 3.1 miles of Vineland’s wide streets and green parks. Special awards will go to the fastest runner from Vineland and a True Grit Award for the last-place finisher.

Team challenges will take place for the fastest family and fastest business. Social distancing measures will be in place. Over the past two years we’ve had runners from throughout the Delaware Valley participate. Be one of them by going online to theave.biz and signing up.

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This is a reminder about “Take Out Thursday,” which helps our restaurants on The Ave. This week, on April 29, check out El Tuque Restaurant, at 623 E. Landis Ave.

For more information for subsequent weeks, go to our Facebook page for the restaurants’ menus, hours, and telephone numbers.

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Another reminder: We have a COVID vaccination clinic right on The Ave, which will also provide COVID testing. It’s operating through the Vineland Health Department and is located in the former Landis MarketPlace building, at 631 E. Landis Ave.

You can get more information by contacting the Health Department at 856-794-4131.

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