Gloucester County offering senior citizens Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced that the county will be distributing Senior Farmers’ Market vouchers/checks to eligible Gloucester County Senior Citizens this summer.  

Each eligible person can receive five vouchers, each worth $5 to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at 21 different farm markets and roadside markets in Gloucester County.  

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "This program gives our seniors the opportunity to purchase locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers and provides seniors with useful nutritional information to ensure good health."

To be eligible for the Farmers’ Market vouchers the senior must be 60 years of age or older, must have an annual income less than $22,311 for a household of one and $30,044 for a household of two.  Effective July 1st the income limits are subject to change. 

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “A healthy diet is just one key to healthy living. Our local farm and roadside markets sell only the best Jersey-grown fruits and vegetables and by providing seniors with these vouchers, we are promoting that healthy lifestyle.” 

An eligibility application must be completed when picking up the vouchers and the applicant must provide proof of age, residency and total income: Social Security Award Letter, pension statements and Medicaid Card.   

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South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International

Guests came to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University from Italy and Thailand, Germany and China, India and Australia – and more – on June 3.

About 30 people traveled via bus from Philadelphia as part of a South Jersey tour sponsored by BioNJ during the BIO International Convention being held in Philadelphia.

Jeanne Nevelos, executive director of SJTP, and Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, presented an overview of SJTP and of Rowan University. Afterward, the guests cycled through presentations at/by researchers in the Virtual Reality Center, the Orthopedics Research Center and ReGelTec, Inc. to learn more about work that faculty and students are conducting and about the capabilities at the facility.

John Slotman, vice president for Government Affairs for BioNJ, said, “We’re showing off that New Jersey has a vibrant life sciences ecosystem.” He added that a goal of the tour was to demonstrate the opportunities for individuals and companies to “plant roots” in New Jersey.

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Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program

South Jersey businessman and animal lover Gerald Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, has committed $3 million to create an animal therapy program on the Gloucester County campus.

Shreiber’s gift, announced this week, will establish an endowment for a self-sustaining program that will make certified therapy dogs regular fixtures in several student-support efforts at the Glassboro-based university.

“It is a pleasure for me to give back to the community," Shreiber said. “I can think of nothing better than [the experience of] our young students striving for education, complemented by therapy dogs.”

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Glassboro rolls in South, Group 1, wins program's first sectional title

The 2019 edition of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 1 baseball final was a tale of two teams.

The first tale was about the Glassboro Bulldogs, and how a 13-0 victory on their home turf allowed them to secure not only their winningest season in the history of the program with 22 wins, but also their first sectional championship in team history.

The second tale was about their opponent, the Schalick Cougars, and how everything that could have possibly gone wrong for a three seed playing in a road championship game did just that.

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Eagles' Corey Clement to run free youth football camp at Rowan University

GLASSBORO - A Super Bowl champion will share his skills with elementary and middle school athletes in a free camp at Rowan University's stadium next month.  Philadelphia Eagles' running back Corey Clement announced on Instagram Friday he's "giving back to the community" where he grew up. 

His first-ever free football camp on June 8 is open to boys and girls in grades 3 to 9. The morning football camp and lunchtime cookout will be held at Rowan University's Richard Wacker Stadium, across the street from Clement's alma mater, Glassboro High School. 

"I want to see everybody out here," Clement said in a video shot on the university football field and released through his Instagram account @yeroc_. 

"Train like a pro, there will be some pro athletes out here ... we'll just have some fun."

Camp registration opens at 8 a.m. June 8 at Richard Wacker Stadium at 651 Carpenter Street in Glassboro. Clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. A cook-out sponsored by Chickie's and Pete's starts at 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit coreyclement.com/keep-up-with-corey-clement.

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PICS + VIDEO: Memorial Day traditions big and small celebrated across the Philly region

Memorial Day was celebrated with events across the Philadelphia region Monday. In Glassboro, NJ the annual Memorial Day Parade was full of floats, free bubble gum, brass bands and even fighter jets.

The South Jersey tradition dates back more than 100 years, according to its website. Monday drew hundreds with lawn chairs and snacks.

For many in attendance, the parade is an opportunity to remember loved ones who served in the military. “We’re either teachers, preachers or servicemen,” said Susan Gant Morse of her family.

Gant Morse’s father is a 90-year-old, World War II veteran who took part in the parade. Gant Morse’s brother is a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and her son is currently wrapping up a deployment in South Korea. Gant Morse said the parade is a way “to be behind our veterans” and she comes because “we need to be behind them 100 percent.”

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Royal court treatment in Glassboro

Glassboro will have a ribbon cutting 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, for the borough’s newly revamped Owens Field basketball courts at 230 Wilmer St.

Mayor John E. Wallace III and fellow Borough Council members will preside over the ceremony for the completely rebuilt courts, spruced up with a tile surface designed to provide safety and durability, as well as “enhance the performance of athletes.” The modular court surface is custom-colored with GHS Bulldogs colors and has a 15-year warranty, compared to traditional outdoor courts which may need to be resurfaced every few years.

In addition, the parks and recreation department has renovated the bathroom facilities.

Local youth will play the inaugural basketball game followed the ribbon cutting.

“I know firsthand just how important it is for our youth to have a neighborhood basketball park where they can play and socialize,” said Mayor John Wallace. “This complete facility makeover is a great way to give basketball players a chance to be active and work on their skills by providing them with a fresh, safe and fun place to play the game.”

For more information on parks and recreation beautification projects and upcoming events, visit glassboro.org/parks.

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Think Like an Entrepreneur: Free summer academy helps high schoolers learn to turn their ideas into businesses

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 3, for Rowan University’s third annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.

During the non-residential academy presented by the Rohrer College of Business, rising high school juniors and seniors will spend eight days at Rowan learning how to conceive, develop and prototype their ideas. Students will work alongside faculty and student leaders to learn the basics of transforming an idea into a feasible, viable business.

Students completing the academy will earn three college credits, which can be used at Rowan or transferred to another university.

The academy runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-11 and 15-18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day in Business Hall in Glassboro. It is presented by the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

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VIDEO: Rachael Ray honors Glassboro vet on her show for helping other vets

"He has a heart of gold," Ronnie says. "He actually started out needing a service dog for himself. Going through the process of trying to get himself a dog, he realized how much money it was going to cost … it just kind of spiraled into Paws Healing Heroes."

Paws Healing Heroes rescues dogs, supplies the necessary training and certificates and gives them to veterans in need, completely free of charge.

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N.J.'s 25 best grilled cheese sandwiches, for National Grilled Cheese Month

STEVE’S GRILLED CHEESE,  within walking distance of the Rowan University campus, has a summertime stand on the Ocean City boardwalk. There are 14 grilled cheeses on Steve's menu, and several will petrify the purists: a fried chicken and bacon grilled cheese, a chicken parm grilled cheese. My favorite: the Caprese, with mozzarella, Roma tomato and basil pesto on grilled Italian bread.

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Art-minded Glassboro High seniors invited to vie for scholarship

The Creative Glassboro Arts Advisory Board is offering a $1,000 scholarship to Glassboro High School Seniors who will graduate at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Glassboro High School Seniors proficient in performing arts or visual arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship submission consists of a completed application form, two examples of the applicant’s artwork, a letter of recommendation and an artist’s statement.

“This scholarship rewards Glassboro High School students who use their art as an impact they hope to have on the world,” said Glassboro Councilman Andrew Halter. “The Glassboro Creative Arts Advisory Board Scholarship will help make paying for college easier for dedicated students who are actively pursuing their artistic career.”

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New Jersey beer: Axe and Arrow set to open in Glassboro

The main reason we picked this spot is because of the Town Square,’’ says Josh. “Glassboro hosts 20-plus events here — a craft beer festival, an Italian festival, an arts festival — 20 festivals out here, pulling more people in. And we are excited about the 21-and-up college audience all around us … within a half-mile walk, there are 3,500 beds, and across the street they are building another five-story apartment building.’’ Eventually, Axe & Arrow will offer its guests an 800-square-foot patio that is directly adjacent to Town Square.

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Glassboro residents now have the ability to report certain criminal incidents online

Glassboro residents now have the ability to report certain criminal incidents utilizing Glassboro's Citizen Reporting Portal at https://www.glassboro.org/citizen-reporting-portal. The following criminal incidents will be able to be reported via the Citizen Reporting Portal: Criminal Mischief, Harassment, Lost property, Property Damage, and Theft of Property.

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Glassboro High School Offering New Computer Science Class Funded by Amazon

Glassboro High School (GHS) will offer a new computer science class next fall that will be funded by the world's largest online retailer, Amazon. The course, Amazon Future Engineer, is a four-part "childhood-to-career" program that tries to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults to grow an interest in computer science and coding. Students do not have to be apart of GHS's STEM/BIOMED Academy to sign up for the new course.

Through funding from Amazon, the course curriculum will be provided by Edhesive. All the students in the program will be given free membership to AWS Educate, which gives students access to coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing. GHS is one of 1,000 high schools across the United States signed up for the Amazon Future Engineer program.

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Glassboro Mayor and Council welcome new Councilwoman Daniele Brida Spence

Mrs. Spence was appointed to fill a Borough Council vacancy on March 26, 2018.

Daniele Brida Spence is a life-long resident of Glassboro. She attended St. Bridget’s Regional School and is a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and Rowan College of Gloucester County. Daniele currently works for the County of Gloucester as a Freeholder Aide and previously for the Borough of Glassboro Health and Housing Department as well as her family’s trucking company, Anthony M. Brida, Inc. She has more than 30 years of office administration experience and 10 years of experience in government relations. 

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What to See & Do in Downtown Glassboro, New Jersey

Known for being the home of Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey is filled with exciting history, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and loads of fun! Glassboro is a one stop, do it all community. Whether you’re a local, visiting Rowan’s campus, or just stopping by for the day, come enjoy the fresh and authentic atmosphere of Glassboro, New Jersey!

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VIDEO: Local woman invents exercise tool that helps sick children, aging adults

She has sold many b bounders since, but has been able to give some away to local families in need who write to her. One of those families included Gianna, a bright young girl with leukemia. She always bounces around on her rainbow-studded trampoline to keep her bones strong, especially when undergoing chemotherapy. 

Giorgi cut the ribbon on a brand new workout location, "Studio Just b,"in Glassboro, NJ. The bigger facility offers not only exercise but also a chiropractor, massage therapist, holistic nutritionist and more. 

Watch Gianna bounce around at the grand opening of "Studio Just b" in Glassboro

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Mod Betty’s 10 Fave Retro Roadmap Eateries in South Jersey

Angelo’s Glassboro Diner – Glassboro / Gloucester County

There are only a handful of diners that make it into Mod Betty’s faves, because I’m a bit of a purist, but Angelo’s is right up there on the list! A tiny stainless steel diner with a handful of counter stools and booths, you immediately feel like part of the community as you order one of their fresh made daily specials.

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