Sr. Special Events Continue
BRIDGETON — No fewer than 20 special events & activities in observance of Older Americans Month—ranging from dessert smorgasbord to the annual pinochle tournament—are taking place today through next Wednesday at various locations throughout the county. Call the county Office of Aging & Disabled at 453-2220 for details.
Library Offers Free Classes
BRIDGETON — The Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St., offers free computer training; call 453-2210 ext. 28 to register for these classes:
MS Word II en Español—6-7 p.m. Wed., May 17
Computer basics I—11-1 Thursday, May 18
Windows XP II—11-1 Monday, May 22
Computer Basics I—6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23
Lo basico del internet I—6-7 p.m.. Wed., May 24
NRC Assessing Nuke Plants
SWEDESBORO — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with representatives of the PSEG Nuclear power company 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, l Pureland Dr. for the annual assessment of safety performance at the Salem & Hope Creek power plants. The NRC says that overall the utility operated safely during 2005. The public will be able to ask questions.
NAMI Meeting May 17
VINELAND — The county chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 8th & Landis Avenue. NAMI is a support, education & advocacy group serving mental health services consumers and their families of persons with serious mental illness; call 691-9234 or 794-9987.
BikeFest Celebrates Cycles
MILLVILLE — For the first time in South Jersey, an art exhibit dedicated to the motorcycle and featuring over 30 works of art will be on display May 18-June 11 at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, 22 N. High St. where there will be a public reception 6-9 p.m. on Third Friday, May 19.
Photo Contest Deadline Fri.
BIVALVE — May 19 is the deadline to submit entries for the 2006 Bay Days Festival photography contest. There is a $5 entry fee and a six-print limit; call 785-2060 ext. 112. The festival is June 3-4 and the grand prize is $100 cash.
Beef/Beer Benefit May 19
MILLVILLE — A catered beef & beer benefiting 3-year-old Kolden Cheesman, formerly of Millville, who is in need of a heart transplant takes place 8 p.m.-midnight Friday at the Elk’s Lodge, 1815 E. Broad St. Cost is $20 and include entertainment.
Events Offered at Parvin
PITTSGROVE TWP. — Activities for adults, teens & children are scheduled at Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Rd. (Rt. 540) west of Parvin’s Mill Road (Route 645); call 358–8616. Activities are in the nature interpretive pavilion; inclement weather moves them to the conference room. Scheduled walks meet at either Second Landing on Almond Road or Fisherman’s Landing on Parvin’s Mill Road. This weekend’s schedule:
Saturday, May 20
9:30 a.m. Storytime & activity
10:30 a.m. Nature crafts;
1:30 p.m. Guided walk from Second Landing
4 p.m. Nature scavenger hunt
Sunday, May 21
2:30 p.m. Guided walk from
Parvin Run Saturday
PITTSGROVE — The Parvin State Park Appreciation Committee is hosting its first 5K run of the year to raise money to promote the use of the park by the public and to educate visitors on its history. The flat 3.1-mile certified course winds through pine forest, holly groves, cedar swamps and mountain laurel. Signup begins at 7:30 a.m. at the park Grove Beach complex. Fee is $20; call 358-5370 or stop by the park office, 701 Almond Rd. (Rt. 540).
Yard Sale & More May 20
LANDISVILLE — Cornerstone Christian Life Center is hosting a yard sale, craft & bake sale beginning 7:30 a.m. Saturday at 321 W. Flower St. Spaces are $10 each; bring your own table(s). To reserve, call 697-1537. Rain date is the following Saturday.
Kids Fishing Tourney Sat.
CEDARVILLE — The annual Get Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs fishing tourney for pre-teen kids begins with 8 a.m. signup May 20 at Cedarville Lake. Hosted by the county Sheriff’s Department, the event offers prizes in three age groups for all county kids 12 & younger. Bring your own rod & reel; bait is supplied. Call officer Arnie Escobar at 451-4449 ext. 138 for details.
Memorial Golf Tourney Sat.
E. VINELAND — The North Vineland Fire Department’s 15th annual memorial golf tournament with tee times 7 through 11 a.m. is May 20 at the Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Ave.; call 691-5232.
Flea Mart, Craft Show May 20
WEYMOUTH — Weymouth UM Church, 6971 Deeprun Rd. is the site for a flea market, craft show & barbecue on Saturday. The show/sale begins 9 a.m.; the chicken dinner, 2-6 p.m. and costs $10/$6 for adults/kids. The church is a quarter mile south of Rt. 322 off Rt. 559. Proceeds benefit the building fund for the Sunday school for which ground was broken during the 200th anniversary service in September.; call (609) 476-3949 or (609) 625-1490.
Pittsgrove Day May 20
PITTSGROVE — Pittsgrove Day will include a day of activities beginning with an Armed Forces Day observance 9 a.m. Saturday at the veterans monument next to Township Hall, 989 Centerton Rd. Rep. Frank LoBiondo is keynote speaker. There will be a 5K run/walk at Parvin State Park at 9 also, and the traditional parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from town hall. Opening ceremonies follow the parade’s end at Green Branch Park and fireworks conclude the day at 9 p.m.; call 358-2300.
Peace Vigil Saturday
BRIDGETON — The Coalition for Peace & Justice monthly peace vigil is 6 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 49 & 77 (Broad & Pearl streets) May 20; call (609) 601-8583.
Vets’ Memorial Tour Sunday
MILLVILLE — The 73rd annual Memorial Tour and wreath laying at the county’s 23 veterans cemeteries and monuments, honoring deceased vets of wars from the Revolutionary to War on Terror, begins following a 6:30 a.m. breakfast May 21 at the American Legion post, 220 Buck St. There will be a mid-point break at the Maurice Township Fire Hall, and lunch will be served back at the post home. The public is encouraged to participate; call 825-2189.
Arc Walkathon Sunday
PITTSGROVE — The fifth annual Step Up for the Arc walkathon benefitting the Arc of Cumberland County at the Evanoff Center begins with a 9 a.m. signup May 21 at Parvin State Park. Arc is the nonprofit advocacy & service group serving children & adults with developmental disabilities and their families; call 691-9138.
Fishing Derby Sunday
PITTSGROVE — The annual fishing derby at Thundergust picnic area, Parvin State Park is noon-2 p.m. for youths, ages 2 to 16 in three age groups. A demonstration and signup is 10 a.m.-noon; call 358-8616.
Health Fair May 13
Dog Show May 21
VINELAND — South Jersey kennel Club is hosting a match dog show beginning 9 a.m. Sunday at Landis Park, Park Avenue & Park Drive; call 692-5374 or 447-4513.
Circus May 22 & 23
VINELAND — Cole Bros. Circus performances are 5 & 8 p.m. Monday & Tues-day at U-Sell Flea Market, Route 47.
Gardener Program Continues
MILLVILLE — The final Master Gardener program in the 15-week series is an awards luncheon 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Wheaton Village. Call 451-2800.
Award Presentation May 25
E. VINELAND — The Augustinians of St. Augustine Prep School, Richland will present this year’s Gregor Mendal Award to area businessman and philanthropist Frank Guaracini Jr. on Thursday evening, May 25 at Merighi’s Savoy Inn; call 697-2600 ext. 107 for tickets, details.
Payne on Dean’s List
GLASSBORO — Dawn Payne of Woodbine was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Rowan University where she is majoring in elementary education.
Drug Mules Equals Cruelty
TRENTON — The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee released two bills that would make surgical modifications of dogs and other animals to serve as drug mules a specific animal cruelty crime. The bill would provide that a conviction under any animal cruelty laws would not be able to be merged with a conviction for any other criminal offense.
SBA Sees No $hortage
NEWARK — The U.S. Small Business Administration New Jersey District Office reported that 749 state small business owners received $144 million in SBA-backed loans during the first quarter of the agency’s fiscal year 2006. “There is no shortage of capital at the SBA,” said District Director James Kocsi. “We continue to make small business owners aware of the variety of programs and services that can aid them with the expansion or start-up phase of their business.” For more information, call (973) 645-2434 pr log onto www.sba.gov/nj
going acting Gov. Richard J. Codey.
Farmers Can Get Disaster Aid
WASHINGTON — Nineteen of the Garden State’s 21 counties, including all of South Jersey, have received disaster designation from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns for excessive precipitation and heat during the 2005 growing season.
Singles Dance Every Sunday
VINELAND — The Cumberland chapter of the Single Parents Society holds dances featuring live bands at the North Italy Club 8 to 11 p.m. every Sunday. For more information call 694-5321.
SMART Bill Passes Senate
TRENTON — A bill sponsored by State Sens. Stephen Sweeney and Paul Sarlo that would encourage interstate collaboration among the Mid-Atlantic region in promoting technology was approved by the Senate Jan. 5. The bill would ratify the Strengthening the Mid Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Research and Development Compact.
Seniors Fund Library Books
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Deerfield Township Senior Citizens Association presented a check for $250 to Edythe Austermuhl, chief school administrator and Linda Ferrara, school librarian of Deerfield Township School. The annual donation is used to purchase award-winning books for the school library.
Credit Union Donates $1,500
DEPTFORD — Employees and members of the South Jersey Federal Credit Union donated more than $1,500 to help area families this holiday season. The money was used to purchase food and toys for less fortunate families in South Jersey.