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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 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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ShopRite Glassboro and Cheerios help fight hunger.

ShopRite customers will recognize some familiar faces on their favorite cereal box when they visit ShopRite stores this month. Photos of 101 ShopRite associates will appear on the back of limited-edition Cheerios boxes as part of an annual tradition recognizing associates for fighting hunger in the communities where ShopRite stores operate.
 
That tradtion enters its 20th season this year, with ShopRite associates capping off 20 years of good by raising $1.5 million to help feed the hungry. 
 

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Energy Assistance Expo Held in Glassboro

An event in Gloucester County gave those in need the opportunity to connect with resources to help keep them safe and warm.

On Wednesday, January 30th, officials with South Jersey Gas hosted an Energy Assistance Expo in Glassboro to help those who are having trouble paying their utility bills get they help they need.

Along with South Jersey Gas officials, there were also representatives from Atlantic City Electric, NJ Shares, and Gateway Community Action.

Officials say the goal of the event is to connect community members who may be in financial crisis with the resources available and the services that they may qualify for.

"I hope they feel like we're here for them," said Christina Teel, customer outreach program specialist, South Jersey Gas, "and that we're doing our best to make sure that they are taken care of in regards to their bills, as well as their households and their livelihood."

To learn about various energy assistance programs or to find out if you qualify, visit southjerseygas.com.

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U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that Robins’ Nest, Inc. in Glassboro, New Jersey has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Every single day, at least one person in my district alone is dying from the disease of addiction, and we need to do everything we can to improve the recovery process and help those who are suffering,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, a Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I’m proud to have supported this grant that will help change lives in South Jersey. With the leadership of organizations like Robins’ Nest, we will continue to work together to provide affordable housing, combat homelessness and help our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are struggling with addiction.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with SAMHSA on the development of our Recovery and Housing Program,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Robins’ Nest Chief Executive Officer. “This is a much-needed care model for those who are not only battling substance abuse, but also the exacerbating life factors which may be inhibiting their recovery journey.”

“We’ve designed the Recovery and Housing Project to support recovery by addressing the many barriers that may exist, including housing, and access to care and supports,” said Melissa Fox, Robin’s Nest Chief Operating Officer. “The program was envisioned to not only support the individual, but also their family by providing a trauma-informed, therapeutic context using a wraparound service modality.”

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Crowdmapping in Glassboro

Where are the arts in Downtown Glassboro, NJ? Where could they exist? That's what about 20 Glassboro residents and Rowan University students explored in a crowd mapping session last week led by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.

With maps in hand, they inventoried a 1/4-square mile section of the South Jersey town, taking notes and marking their maps with garage-sale dot stickers. They were looking at a section of the Gloucester County municipality that borders a new plaza.

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What can you do with an empty space? Rowan students want to show you.

An empty lot next to Mosaic Family Success Center will become a pop-up garden Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in a collaboration between the school’s College of Performing Arts, Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability, in partnership with Creative Glassboro, Nexus Properties, the borough and the center.

Organizers say the event offers a chance for the public to see how Rowan students are able to take a usually empty public space and transform it into a place for community connection. Admission is free.

The pop-up will feature games, live music by Americana/folk musician Kylie Westerbeck, a 1980s disco DJ and a photo booth. “Historic images, fictional design scenarios, an invitation to participate in Cultural Mapping and more,’’ according to organizers.


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Glassboro Packing facility tour highlights NJ peach harvest

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited Eastern Pro Pak, Glassboro, N.J., recently to highlight Jersey Fresh peaches.

Eastern Pro Pak completed a 70,000-square-foot expansion this spring, and the company has a two-lane tunnel connecting the expansion to the previous 100,000 square feet at the facility, according to a news release. The Jersey Fruit Co-op supplies Eastern Pro Pak.

“The amount of Jersey Fresh peaches that flow through here demonstrates the peach production that takes place in the Garden State,” Fisher said in the release. “Facilities like this give consumers all along the East Coast and Canada the opportunity to enjoy our super-delicious peaches.”

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VIDEO: Rowan University Gives Back to Glassboro During 'Back to the Boro' Event

On Sunday, April 22nd, more than 1,600 student volunteers from Rowan put on their gardening gloves, picked up their shovels, and set out into the Glassboro community for the annual Back to the Boro event.

Volunteers spent the day helping residents throughout the area with various projects to spruce up yards.

Officials say the event is a great way for students to give back and builds a stronger sense of community among all the people that call Glassboro home.

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