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Free Gardening Webinar Series Offered by Master Gardeners & 4-H

(Camden, NJ) – Have you and your family always wanted to garden? Do you just need a few tips to get started this growing season? Then join Camden County Master Gardener Coordinator Rebecca Szkotak and Camden County 4-H Agent Sharon Kinsey for the Get Ready to Grow! Family Gardening Series scheduled biweekly on Thursdays during June, July, and August 2020.

This six-part webinar series offered via WebEx is free of charge but requires pre-registration to participate. Szkotak will teach topics for the whole family, while Kinsey’s webinars are geared towards youth.

Topics Include:

  • June 4, 2020, 6 pm – Planning a Vegetable and Herb Garden with Rebecca
  • June 18, 2020, 3 pm – Making Upcycled Planters and Garden Markers with Sharon
  • July 2, 2020, 6 pm – Keeping Pest Out of the Garden with Rebecca
  • July 16, 2020, 3 pm – Insects – Pests or Pals?
  • August 6, 2020, 6 pm – Harvesting and Food Safety with Rebecca
  • August 20, 2020, 3 pm – Crafting for the Garden with Sharon

“Gardening is a rewarding, outdoor activity that can be shared by the whole family, especially during this period of social distancing,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. “With the expertise of these two organizations, and the easy access offered by the online format, your family will be cultivating and caring for your very own garden in no time.”

For questions, contact Rebecca Szkotak at or Sharon Kinsey at 

Register by June 3, 2020, by clicking here.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science based knowledge.

Through science-based educational programs, Rutgers Cooperative Extension truly enhances the quality of life for residents of New Jersey and brings the wealth of knowledge of the state university to local communities through a partnership with counties across New Jersey.

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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 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  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 or visit

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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Gloucester County Division of Senior Services Holding Public Hearing via Teleconference to Identify & Prioritize Needs of Senior Citizens

The Gloucester County Division of Senior Services is in the process of updating its three-year plan. This plan will coordinate a service delivery system designed to identify and prioritize the needs of senior citizens in Gloucester County.

There will be a Public Hearing on the Gloucester County Division of Senior Services’ Area Plan Contract 2019-2021 — update 2021. The Area Plan Contract provides funding for programs that benefit the senior citizens of the County.

Funding sources include the Older Americans Act, Social Services Block Grant, Safe Housing and Transportation Programs, and State of New Jersey Funds among others.

Due to Governor Murphy’s executive order on March 21, 2020 prohibiting social gatherings and ordering residents to stay at home the County will be conducting its public hearing using teleconferencing.

This teleconferencing will provide information and permit members of the public to provide feedback and comment.

The teleconference will be held on May 28, 2020 at 10:00 am.

Persons who are unable to attend may send written testimony to:

Leona Mather, Executive Director
Division of Senior Services
115 Budd Blvd.
West Deptford, N.J 08096

To access the meeting:
Dial # 1-800-747-5150
Use Access code #3848346

For more information, please contact Brian Carey, Senrior Program Analyst at 856-686-8342.

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United Way Gloucester County’s Community Response & Recovery Virtual Telethon May 16

United Way of Gloucester County hopes that our community members will join us on Saturday, May 16, 2020, for our Virtual Telethon to raise money for our Gloucester County Community Partners.

Starting at 2:00 PM on May 16, our Facebook page will be posting video performances from local artists; some well-known bands, comedians, and other performers, as well as some surprise performers. Our Masters of Ceremonies are Tim Jennings from Telecorp. Inc., and Ryan Harbinson, from ClearBridge Branding.

Our 2-hour Facebook show will also include Facebook Livecomments from our MC’s and guests.

At 4:00 PM on May 16, we will wrap the festivities up with a 1-hour Webex with more special guest appearances.  Our fundraising goal is $15,000, and every dollar raised will go towards COVID-19 recovery for Gloucester County residents in need.

Please visit our Facebook page and enjoy the performances. Every dollar counts, so please give what you can.

United Way of Gloucester County knows that some of the area’s most vulnerable individuals are at risk and are having to make changes due to the spread of COVID-19. In response, our United Way is launching the Community Response & Recovery Fund to assist local community organizations and better serve our county residents.

We are already seeing the impact on the residents of our community and our local nonprofit agencies. Many organizations have had to change the way in which they provide services to the community as we all try to reduce the spread of this disease. This has included the closure of local child development centers, free tax preparation sites and support group meetings. Virtual and mobile services are being used when possible and community resources such as local food pantries are struggling to keep up with demand.

During this critical time, we understand the unprecedented challenges many in our communities are facing. During a public health crisis like COVID-19, we know vulnerable populations are more at risk to suffer from economic, social and emotional consequences. Incidents of mental health crisis, domestic violence, homelessness, job loss, child abuse and food insecurity will increase over the next several weeks and months as we work to contain and mitigate the virus.

To make a donation to the UWGC Community Response & Recovery Fund, COVID-19, please visit, send donations by mail to 454 Crown Point Rd. Thorofare, NJ 08086 specially marked for the COVID-19 Response, or make a donation through the United Way of Gloucester County’s Facebook page.

These funds will only be utilized to assist individuals in Gloucester County, New Jersey. For more information please contact: Michael Gower, Executive Director, United Way of Gloucester County at 856-845-4303 x 14 or by email at

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Westville’s Fireworks Postponed Until September 26

Due to the coronavirus, Westville’s fireworks show has been postponed from Saturday, June 27 until the evening of the Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 26.

The fireworks will be along River Drive and will start at dusk.