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142,000 Meals Delivered to Seniors During COVID-19

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – Since the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services expanded its meal delivery program in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 18, more than 142,000 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.

In total, nearly 3,300 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From May 26 to June 3, the Division delivered more than 25,700 meals countywide.

“Unfortunately, we continue to hear from new residents each week who are facing food insecurity and need our help to get through this crisis, but the Health Department continues to meet the demand and prevent this pandemic from causing a hunger crisis in Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Every week that this initiative is underway I will continue to highlight the incredible men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and other county employees who have stepped up and made these deliveries every day. Our residents can rest assured that this team is ready to support them, and they should contact us immediately if they are in need of nutrition assistance.”

Meals have been delivered to seniors in 36 municipalities. More meals (4,950) were delivered on May 22 than any other day since the expansion of the program.

The Division of Senior and Disabled Services is continuing to deliver meals to new program participants. If you or a senior you know needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements.

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Water Quality Reports Available Online for New Jersey American Water Customers

CAMDEN, N.J. – June 3, 2020 – New Jersey American Water’s annual Water Quality Reports are now accessible via the company’s website – www.newjerseyamwater.com – under the Water Quality tab.

Each year, New Jersey American Water compiles its annual Water Quality Reports (also called Consumer Confidence Reports) for customers and other stakeholders, detailing the quality of water supplied by the company to each community served. The report outlines the quality of water provided using data from water quality testing conducted in local systems between January and December of 2019. Data collected is shown in comparison to the compliance standards established by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), including regulations specifically related to lead.

“New Jersey American Water is pleased to report that, once again, the drinking water supplied to our customers meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances,” explained Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. “When it comes to water quality and regulatory compliance, we’re proud to be a leader. We encourage our customers to read through the information provided in their specific community reports to better understand the work we do and our commitment to providing high-quality water.”

The report gives an overview of local drinking water sources for each community and details the extensive testing conducted on the company’s water each year. Additionally, the report highlights the substances detected in the treated water, as well as the levels of those substances prior to treatment. As an additional layer of education and transparency, the report also details results of tests conducted for certain unregulated compounds, in areas where they are present and thus treated to achieve levels below recommended health guidelines.

New Jersey American Water relies on the expertise of more than 800 professionals across the state to ensure that the water delivered to customers meets or surpasses state and federal standards. From plant operators and engineers to water distribution professionals, these experts continuously monitor and test the water, and maintain facilities and infrastructure across the state to maintain safe, efficient operations.

“Our 2019 results are a testament to our employees’ hard work and dedication to excellence,” said Norton. “Their work is further enhanced through investment in our infrastructure, including treatment plants, tanks, pump stations, pipes, fire hydrants and metering equipment. In 2019 alone, we invested more than $375 million to improve our water treatment and delivery systems across the state. We take what we do very seriously and care about our customers just as much as we care about the quality of our water and service.”

How to Access the Report

Customers can access the Water Quality report specific to their area by going to the Water Quality tab on New Jersey American Water’s website and searching for their report by zip code.

The company also created a video to show customers how to access their reports. Printed copies of the report are available to customers who do not wish to access it online. Customers can call the company’s customer service center at 800-272-1325 to request a hard copy of their local report.

To learn more about New Jersey American Water’s commitment to water education, environmental stewardship and quality service, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com.

About New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About American Water 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.

For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Bellmawr’s 4th of July Parade & Summer Rec Program Cancelled

Bellmawr’s annual Fourth of July Parade and the Summer Recreation Youth Program have both been cancelled this year because of safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We regret to announce that our traditional 4th of July parade and the Summer Youth Program are cancelled due to the continuing restrictions on large gatherings and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” an announcement stated on the Borough’s website.

SJO Photo from the 2019 Bellmawr Fourth of July Parade

“Mayor and Council have reached this unfortunate conclusion that the celebration, which attracts hundreds of residents and others, cannot be held. This decision was made with the guidance from both the State and County Officials as well as similar decisions being made by neighboring communities. We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate the 4th of July with our Bellmawr families as we have in the past,” the post stated.

Mayor Chuck Sauter said: “We do not want to take any unnecessary chances with the health and well being of our residents as well as those involved in making the parade happen. We look forward to the future when we can all come together at a town wide community event.”

As for the annual Summer Youth Program, that has also been cancelled.

“We are equally regretful that the Summer Youth Program must be canceled. We have not received any guidance from the State on how to proceed with the program. In addition, funding from the Clean Communities Program has not been provided. With restrictions on the use on recreational facilities and social distancing requirements, sadly makes it impossible to run the program. We hope for your understanding in these decisions and look forward to a healthier future,” the post read.

SJO Photo Gallery from the 2019 Fourth of July Parade:

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360 Multi-Family Residential Units, 4-Story Hotel Proposed for Love Drive & Rt. 42, Gloucester Twp.

On June 9, 2020, the Gloucester Township Planning Board will hear the application of M & T Gloucester Partners, LLC pertaining to a designated Redevelopment site in the vicinity of Love Drive and Route 42 in Gloucester Township.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom teleconference.

The application seeks Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with bulk variances and waivers from the Gloucester Township Land Development Ordinance with respect to the land parcels designated on the Gloucester Township Tax Map as Block 13103, Lots 2, 3, 3.01, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 25, collectively consisting of approximately 24.457 acres in the CR-RD College Drive Redevelopment District.

If approved, the application will also result in lot consolidation of all subject lots, other than lot 25, into two resulting lots — one for the hotel, and one for the residential use. The application proposes a four story, 125 room hotel, a 5,000 square foot clubhouse, and 360 multi-family residential units.

The application will be heard and potentially decided upon at the June 9, 2020 meeting and, if necessary, on such further dates as the Board will  determine, without further published or mailed notice.

All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. During the public hearing, any interested party will have an opportunity to view the hearing in its entirety, be heard, and ask questions, provide comments or offer evidence.

Click here to be directed to the meeting link on Gloucester Township’s Community Development and Planning’s page.

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Jewish Family Service Receives Grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for $60,000 to Fund Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund

(Pictured left to right): Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg previously accepted a check from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Senior Program Officer Jennifer Goudy to support the JFS Wellness Network program. This partnership provides resources for the JFS Wellness Network to assist Atlantic County residents who have chronic conditions and experience barriers to care to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices. (Photo provided)

Margate, NJ (May 26, 2020) – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties has been selected to receive a $60,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The grant earmarks $40,000 for JFS’ Wellness Network and $20,000 for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

“The generous Wellness Network grant will assure that our programs and events, specifically focused on the health of individuals with mental illness, will continue seamlessly for residents throughout the county, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS’ Chief Executive Officer.

For years, the Wellness Network (WN) has provided a lifeline for more than 500 Atlantic County residents who have one or more chronic conditions and experience barriers to care. The Wellness Network encourages individuals to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices. JFS’ experience shows that WN’s innovative care coordination and patient advocacy services result in better health outcomes and a reduction in preventable hospitalizations.

“Horizon is pleased to support the important work being done by Jewish Family Service,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “The Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund align with Horizon’s commitment to helping our members access the resources they need to manage their health. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey works across the state with grantees who share our commitment to improving the health and communities we serve,” he added.

While still providing its dozens of programs, including Wellness Network, since March, JFS has seen a 35% increase in the Food Pantry use and more than 65% increase in Kosher Meals on Wheels program. In addition, the JFS Shop at Home program grew by more than 200%. With many neighbors, especially older adults without transportation or concerned about their vulnerability of being in public, these programs are essential to ensure they remain safe and well-cared for in their home environment.

“The grant for JFS’ COVID relief efforts will assure we can continue to supply the services and resources needed to residents in our community. With many people either unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic, the need for food has more than doubled and this grant will enable JFS to keep its Food Pantry well-stocked for individuals and families,” explained Steinberg.

Jewish Family Service Receives Grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for $60,000 to Fund Wellness Network and COVID Relief Fund

For more information on JFS programs and services, visit www.JFSatlantic.org or on social media at JFSAtlantic.