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JFS Village by the Shore Programs in June

Margate, NJ (May 21, 2020) – If you’re looking to enjoy some fun, unique virtual programming and a chance to socialize while safely at home, then the Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore events are for you. In June, the Village will feature interactive programs for your mind, body and creative skills as well as a chance to showcase your musical talents.

Relaxation Workshop

Wednesday, June 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Decompress virtually in a positive, relaxing environment and join in conversation with JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Village Care Supervisor Jamie Reichelt. This workshop includes guided meditation, a discussion on breathing techniques and positive affirmations as well as tips to relax and wind down. Those new to guided meditation are in for a treat!

The Positivity Project – The Mind-Body Connection

Friday, June 5 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join JFS Wellness Coordinator Mary Jean Arreola and Rothenberg Center Supervisor Sharon Simon as you discover ways to boost your wellness – mind, body and soul. You’ll explore how emotions, diet and physical activity impact your health, while discovering healthy habits that fit your lifestyle.

DIY Container Garden

Tuesday, June 9 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Embrace your green thumb and join us for an informative session on creating your own manageable container garden. You’ll learn how to grow and care for herbs and vegetables for display on your porch, deck or balcony.

Karaoke Sing-Along with Alex

Thursday, June 11 from 4pm to 5pm

Are you feeling nostalgic for the annual Village Spring Social, sponsored by United Methodist Communities?  If so, we can still come together virtually as local musician Alex Town leads friends and neighbors through a late afternoon of songs and live music. Dance along as Alex plays all of your favorites on the keyboard.

Coffee Klatch

Thursday, June 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Our world in 60 minutes! Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” Share your thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by JFS Village by the Shore Membership Director Tina Serota.

Memoir Workshop

Friday, June 19 from 10:30am to 12pm

Experience the thrill of capturing your life’s adventures, history, ancestry and more at our Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing, Harriet Levin Millan. You must have a laptop or pen and paper to enjoy the full experience of the workshop.

Get Physical with Fox Rehab

Tuesday, June 23 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Put on some sweats, grab your sneakers and kick those quarantine blues! Join a Fox Rehab Exercise Physiologist for a 45-minute session – no special equipment required. Exercises include a warm-up, gentle stretches, yoga-like techniques and cool-down. Stick around afterward for a 15-minute Q&A with Fox Rehab Regional Director of Operations Lauren Hunt, OT, MS, OTR/L, and Fox Rehab Account Manager Tara Pietrowitz.

Comfort Cuisine

Thursday, June 25 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us as we share our favorite recipes and the memories they invoke.  This month, we’ll focus on desserts, so send a copy of your favorite confection, pastry or treat to Tina Serota at tserota@jfsatlantic.org by June 18.  Don’t forget to include your special memory and keep an eye out for special guest chefs.

All community members are welcome to participate in these programs, so please invite your friends, family or neighbors. To participate in any of the programs, please RSVP to Tina Serota at 609.287.8872 or tserota@jfsatlantic.org.  A Zoom link or call-in number for each program will be e-mailed or provided to you.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides Intergenerational Events and Programs, Transportation, Grocery Shopping and Delivery, Kosher Meals on Wheels and more. For information or to join the Village by the Shore, contact Tina Serota at 609.287-8872 or tserota@jfsatlantic.org or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Atlantic City Electric Offers Gifting Program to Assist Friends & Family

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (May 21, 2020) – As COVID-19 continues to present health and economic challenges to our customers in southern New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric wants to remind customers of the Gift of Energy and New Jersey SHARES programs. From helping someone pay their energy bills to giving the gift of energy, these programs provide customers options to help ease the financial impacts of the pandemic.

“We’re here to help our customers who are facing hardships,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “Right now, we’re all looking for ways to step up and help our community. We’ve suspended service disconnections, waived new late payment charges and more. But it’s also important to empower support within our communities. Through Gift of Energy and New Jersey SHARES, we’re able to help our customers help their friends, families, neighbors or even a local business.”

For those looking to assist a specific customer, Atlantic City Electric offers the Gift of Energy. The program allows anyone to purchase credits for Atlantic City Electric customers—including family and friends—that go toward their energy bills. The Gift of Energy is an easy way to alleviate an energy bill for a loved one or even a local business. All that is needed is the customer’s name and address or phone number associated with the account. The gift will appear on the recipient’s future energy bill as a credit. Those interested in making a purchase can do so online at atlanticcityelectric.com/gift or by calling 800-642-3780.

Through the New Jersey SHARES program, Atlantic City Electric customers can help community members in need of assistance. Simply pay exactly $1 over your Atlantic City Electric bill amount and that dollar will be contributed to New Jersey SHARES, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Atlantic City Electric matches this donation dollar-for-dollar. Donations can also be made directly to New Jersey SHARES by visiting njshares.org.

In addition to energy assistance programs, Atlantic City Electric has provided $75,000 for COVID-19 relief in South Jersey. For those struggling to pay their energy bills, Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that energy assistance is still available. To learn more about state and local payment assistance programs, visit atlanticcityelectric.com/customersupport or call 800-642-3780.

Readers are encouraged to visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online news room. For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available at atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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Cooper Foundation & Norcross Foundation Donate 60,000 Reusable Masks for Public Health Campaign

“This generous donation will go a long way for the residents of the city in slowing the spread,” Chief Joe Wysocki said. “I want to thank the foundations for making this purchase and providing this resource to the residents and organizations of Camden.”     

George E. Norcross, III, the chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees and founder of the Norcross Foundation, and Phillip A. Norcross, the chair of The Cooper Foundation, announced the two Foundations will begin distributing more than 175,000 reusable and washable fabric facemasks to patients, employees, and the members of its community to reduce the spread of COVID-19 tomorrow. At the start of the pandemic, The Cooper Foundation began a dedicated fund to provide Cooper’s clinical team the needed personal protection equipment (PPE). George Norcross and The Norcross Foundation were among the first donors to the new effort.

An officer hands a reusable and washable face mask to a resident. (All photos provided)

Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. talked about the importance of masks for the community at large.

“I want to thank the foundations for their generosity with this important resource for our residents,” Cappelli said. “Masks and social distancing will be a necessary tool for our residents until we have a vaccine or antiviral. Until we have therapeutics available and on the market masks will be mandatory.”  

Over the next few weeks, additional masks will be distributed to residents in Burlington and Gloucester counties as well as patients at Cooper offices and Cooper University Hospital. Future distributions will be coordinated with local officials to ensure that the most at-risk communities receive priority.

Officers from the Camden County Police Dept. were out in the community distributing masks to the community (All photos provided)

“The health of the community and our patients is always our top priority and these facemasks are just another way we can demonstrate our commitment to those we serve,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-president/CEO of Cooper. 

The CCPD picked up the first 14,000 masks and started distribution at the Walter Rand Transportation Center, Guadalupe Family Services and outside the grocery stores in the city including Cousin’s Market and PriceRite. In addition, the county Health Department will include the face coverings as part of their public health campaign in vulnerable neighborhoods. Working alongside local elected officials in towns throughout Camden County these masks will be given out along with educational material and hand sanitizer. 

“Wearing a facemask is a simple way to keep yourself and others healthy when you are out and around others. As New Jersey begins to slowly open, we are happy to be able to provide masks to those we serve as an easy way to stay healthy,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-president/CEO of Cooper. 

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Camden County Driving Range to re-open Friday

(Pennsauken, NJ) – The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River Park will re-open on Friday, May 22, for the first time since being required to close by an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in April. Yesterday, May 18, Governor Murphy signed a new order allowing certain outdoor activities to resume, including batting cages, horseback riding, and driving ranges.

“The Driving Range is an excellent candidate for early re-opening because social distancing is so easy to maintain while taking advantage of the facility,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Our staff has heard from countless residents who have been hoping to return to the range for stress relief, exercise, and even rehabilitation of injuries. We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community once again and ask that all patrons work to help us maintain a safe and friendly environment when visiting the range.”

Operations at the driving range will be slightly altered in order to ensure the safety of all visitors. Some changes include:

  • All outdoor seating will be removed;
  • Restrictions on clubhouse access;
  • Encouraged use of contactless payment methods (example: Apple Pay); and
  • Staff will wear gloves and face coverings at all times.

The driving range provides easy-to-maintain social distancing thanks to hitting stalls which are spaced seven feet apart, and the 12-foot deep walking area behind these stalls. Most customers and employees never have to touch shared golf balls thanks to contactless ball dispensers to fill buckets, and ball trays at ground level in each stall.

“The only commonly touched, shared surface in the entire facility will be the buckets themselves,” Cappelli said. “Our staff will be sanitizing these buckets between every use and only placing them back into rotation once they have been appropriately disinfected.”

The driving range will re-open during its normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information regarding services at the driving range, hours, and prices, visit https://www.camdencounty.com/service/parks/camden-county-driving-range/.

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Bright Side Covid-19 News

First Bank Donates $30K+ To Provide COVID-19 Relief

HAMILTON, N.J. — First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) announced on May 18, 2020 that it has donated $30,500 to help communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community bank, which has 18 full-service branches throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, has made contributions to more than a dozen nonprofits that will be allocated to fight the mounting medical, social and economic impact of the pandemic.

“There are many people sacrificing on the frontlines today,” said First Bank President and CEO Patrick L. Ryan. “From health care systems that heal and police departments that protect to nonprofits that serve, we support them. No matter the crisis, we are in this together.”

The NJ Bankers Charitable Foundation effort is the one that kicked off First Bank’s charitable giving campaign. NJ Bankers has agreed to match every dollar donated by NJ Bankers member banks up to $50,000. At the time of this writing, more than $112,000 has been raised (matching included) for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.  Based in Morristown, the NJPRF raises funds and coordinates resources in response to COVID-19.

Below is a list of more non-profits that have received support from First Bank:

  • Rescue Mission of Trenton, based in Trenton, helps individuals in need with many offerings including an emergency shelter, weekend soup kitchen, substance abuse program and a Mission Store.
  • West Chester University, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, will help students impacted by the global health crisis through the school’s Emergency Student Aid Fund.
  • Chester County Community Foundation, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, helps provide flexible resources to county nonprofits disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.
  • The Decency Foundation, based in Hopewell, works with restaurants to provide nourishment to those impacted as part of the Working Meals fundraising campaign.
  • Trenton YMCA, based in Trenton, provides free breakfast and lunch for 1,100 children Monday through Friday while school is out, plus 50 meals to families in temporary housing seven days per week in Mercer County and the northern Burlington area.
  • Hopewell Valley YMCA, based in Hopewell, provides emergency childcare for essential workers, now through the summer, plus aid in community food pantry efforts.
  • Foundations Community Partnership, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, helps provide financial resources for nonprofits serving children and families throughout Bucks County.
  • Mount Carmel Guild, based in Trenton, assists with home nursing services for low-income seniors citywide and throughout the greater Mercer County region.
  • Catholic Youth Organization, based in Trenton, helps operate a food pantry twice per week and distribute about 200 lunches and snack packs each weekday in partnership with the Trenton YMCA.
  • Good Counsel Homes, based in Riverside, provides a rescue home for pregnant women, mothers and children to help avoid homelessness and poverty, many of whom have been hurt by the pandemic.
  • Project Paul, based in Keansburg, provides a food pantry and thrift store operation that relies on sales to help fund food pantry efforts. Thrift stores have been closed by the pandemic.
  • nourish.NJ, based in Morris County, offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year. During COVID-19, they have been providing bagged lunches free to pick-up for anyone who needs it.
  • 200 Club of Morris County, based in Morris County, provides care for families of emergency workers affected by the pandemic.
  • RWJ Hospital Hamilton Foundation, based in Hamilton, offers a fundraiser to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff to help counter COVID-19-related shortages.
  • Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, based in Cherry Hill, offers a fund for COVID-19 relief.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, based in Trenton, provides children age 3-18 throughout the county with social, enrichment and recreational activities. The group’s biggest fundraising event of the year has been turned into an online event due to COVID-19.

Brenda Rascher, executive director of Catholic Social Services at the Diocese of Trenton, said First Bank’s contributions to the last four listed charities will “go far” in offering much-needed basic services.

“Many people may not be aware that all our Catholic social service agencies are open and serving those in need while also making adjustments for social distancing,” Rascher said. “The four agencies that received First Bank’s donations are all not only serving an increasing number of families at their food pantries, but their usual sources of financial support and food donations have been interrupted or even stopped completely.”

Tobias Bruhn, executive director at the Foundations Community Partnership, echoed similar sentiments.

“Our new COVID-19 Response Grant program reflects Foundations Community Partnership’s long-standing commitment to help the non-profit community in their efforts to serve Bucks County children, youth, and families throughout this public health and economic crisis,” Bruhn said. “We applaud First Bank’s generous support and commitment to our community in times like these. It’s comforting to know that ‘We Are All in This Together.’”

How First Bank Bands Communities Together

There are several reasons why First Bank is one of the fastest-growing community banks in the nation.

For example, the bank believes in local decision-making. In other words, clients have access to First Bank’s decision-makers. The bank’s market executives have lending authority—and use it. For larger clients, customers can expect to talk to the bank’s CEO, who plays a pivotal role in helping to foster lasting business relationships.

Most importantly, the community bank views itself as a solution-provider, where everything begins with a conversation. First Bank’s employees listen intently and ask smart questions, so they can provide the best answer.

In addition, First Bank operates with a long-term mindset. It recognizes that its reputation is its most valuable asset. To preserve its good name, First Bank keenly focuses on delivering the best long-term results. By providing great recommendations and following through on its promises, the community bank continues to build its reputation and base of happy customers.

The community bank’s branches offer the bank’s full range of financial solutions for families and businesses, including:

  • Personal deposit accounts
  • Business deposit accounts
  • Certificates of deposits
  • Retirement accounts
  • Cash management services
  • Commercial lending
  • Lines of credit
  • Term loans
  • Real estate loans

The bank offers traditional deposit and loan banking services for individuals, families and commercial clients. The bank has approximately 210 employees working throughout New Jersey in Burlington, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Morris counties, as well as Bucks and Chester counties in Pennsylvania.

To learn more about First Bank, visit firstbanknj.com or firstbankpa.com.

About First Bank

First Bank (firstbanknj.com/firstbankpa.com) is a New Jersey state-chartered bank with 18 full-service branches throughout New Jersey in Burlington, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Morris counties, as well as in Bucks and Chester counties, Pennsylvania. With $2.10 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020, First Bank offers a traditional range of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses throughout the New York City to Philadelphia corridor. First Bank’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market exchange under the symbol “FRBA.”