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First Responder Organizations Receive $10,000 in Donations From New Jersey American Water for COVID-19 Relief

New Jersey American Water is providing $10,000 in donations to the COVID-19 emergency funds of two first responder support organizations in New Jersey. New Jersey American Water is donating $5,000 each to the EMS Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Firemen’s Home.

“We are so pleased to be able to support organizations that provide aid to the first responders who serve our communities throughout the state year-round but especially during this public health emergency,” said Cheryl Norton, President of New Jersey American Water. “These donations are just one way New Jersey American Water says thank you for the bravery and selflessness of our everyday heroes.”

The 90-year-old nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey represents 17,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 259 first aid and rescue agencies throughout the state.

“Volunteer EMS is an integral part of New Jersey’s prehospital response system,” said Barbara Platt, President of the EMS Council of New Jersey. “Our member organizations are comprised of volunteers who rely on donations and fundraisers to buy equipment and PPE. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of numerous fundraising activities for our squads, so we’re grateful for New Jersey American Water’s support during this difficult time. This donation will help us secure much-needed PPE to help keep our volunteers safe as they continue serving their communities.”

The New Jersey Firemen’s Home is the only nursing home and residential-care facility dedicated to the state’s 77,000 active and retired firefighters. The home, administrated by the New Jersey Firemen’s Board of Managers, has served over 1,787 people since it opened over 100 years ago in Boonton and currently offers 75 long-term beds, 20 residential, and 10 memory care.

“New Jersey American Water’s contribution to our COVID-19 relief fund will help us purchase the essential supplies needed to protect the health of our residents, staff, and nurses who are working very hard during this difficult time,” said Hugh Flood, Superintendent and CFO of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home.

Last month, New Jersey American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation together provided $65,000 in donations to the COVID-19 emergency response funds of the Cooper Health Foundation, Inspira Health, RWJBarnabas Health, and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

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 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 and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Area Medical Examiner’s Office Requests Public’s Help in Locating Next of Kin

The Gloucester/Camden/Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 11 deceased individuals who remain unclaimed.

Anyone that is a relative, or knows of a relative, of these individuals is asked to call the Medical Examiner’s Office at (856)218-4190.

The deceased individuals are:

  • Marquerite Dennis
  • Thomas Gordy
  • Lakiesha Green
  • Donald Morrone
  • Felipe Roland-Miranda
  • Michael Seamster
  • Jodi Smith
  • Adam Smutny
  • Bonnie Spencer
  • Hassan Strand
  • Larry W. Thatcher

If the Medical Examiner’s Office does not receive a response regarding any of the deceased individuals on or before June 26, 2020, arrangements will be made for immediate burial without further notice.

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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 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

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 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 Follow the company on Facebook at and on Twitter at Our mobile app is available at

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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 or

About First Bank

First Bank ( 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.” 

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Bellmawr’s Services, Inc. Seeks Approval to Construct Rear Access Drive; Related Site Improvements Services Inc., has applied to the Bellmawr Planning Board for site plan and variance approvals along with design waivers for property located at 281 Benigno Boulevard.

The Applicant is proposing to construct a rear access drive along with related site improvements for loading purposes in connection with the existing warehouse/distribution facility on the property utilized as an Amazon “last mile” delivery station.

Site plan and variance approvals and design waivers are requested for a proposed three-foot driveway separation and off-street parking — 57 parking spaces are required, but 49 parking spaces are provided.

Additional variances, relief and/or waivers that may be required upon an analysis of the plans and testimony.

The property is located in the Heavy Industrial Zone and is owned by Shields Family Partnership, LLC.

The Bellmawr Planning Board will hear the case virtually on Monday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. The application was originally scheduled to be heard on April 6, 2020, but the meeting was cancelled due to mandates put in place because of the coronavirus.

To present any objections which you may have to the granting of this Application and to participate in the virtual online Borough of Bellmawr Planning Board meeting, please visit:

  • Use Meeting ID 748-353-349.

To participate by phone, please call +1 (646) 749-3122 with access code 748-353-349.

All documents related to this application are on file and available for the public to review by contacting the Planning Board Recording Secretary, Margaret Sandrock at (856) 933-1313 or by email at to arrange to have the application materials provided.

*Article was updated on March 26, 2020 at 9:17 a.m.., May 18, 2020 at 6:55 p.m.