County Utilities

Authority handling trash collection for Buena

BUENA - As of Oct. 3, Atlantic County Utilities Authority began providing trash collection service to Buena Borough. Waste collection had previously been handled by Gold Medal. Prior to the expiration of its current contract, Buena Borough officials went out to bid for waste collection and disposal service. ACUA was the lowest bidder.

“The Atlantic County Utilities Authority has always been a great partner,” said Buena Borough Mayor David Zappariello. “I look forward to having ACUA provide this critical service to our residents and anticipate other cost-saving opportunities where we can work together in the very near future.”

“We’re really pleased to be providing trash collection service to residents of Buena Borough,” said Rick Dovey, president, ACUA. “Our staff has a good feel for the town given our long-standing recycling collection relationship. We’re expecting a seamless transition.”

Buena residents should not notice any difference in service given that collection services will continue to happen on the same day for the entire municipality. Trash will continue to be collected every Tuesday, only now the collection will be done by ACUA. Bulk items will continue to be collected on trash days – one bulk item is allowed per home on each trash collection day. Recycling collection will continue every other Friday, with no changes from the current scheduled collections.

For information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit

Buena Historical

Society presenting

a Holiday Art Auction

VINELAND - The Buena Historical Society and Buena Regional High School’s Class of 1978 will present a Holiday Art Auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church Hall, 310 W. Wheat Road. The auction will be conducted by Marlin Art of Deer Park, N.Y., and will feature a variety of art including original signed oil paintings, signed sports memorabilia and more. The event will include a buffet, music, door prizes and giveaways and a cash bar.

There is no obligation to make a purchase.

Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for two people. Mail your payment to: Buena Historical Society, P.O. Box 114, Buena, NJ 08310.

For information, call (856) 466-4654.

Mobile Mammography Van visiting Atlantic County sites

The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will be at the following Atlantic County locations this month:

• Oct. 9, Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Pleasantville.

• Oct. 14, Masjid Baitul Nasr, Pleasantville.

• Oct. 16, Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Hammonton.

• Oct. 24, South Jersey Gas, Folsom.

• Oct. 25, New York Ave. School, Atlantic City.

• Oct. 31, Atlantic County Health Services, Northfield.

The screenings are for women age 40 and older with no current or past breast issues. Screenings are processed through their insurance. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A prescription may not be needed.

To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 677-9729 or visit

Fall Lunch and Learn Presentations being offered

HAMMONTON - The Wellness Center at Stockton University and Bacharach Center for Rehabilitation-Sleep Center will offer Fall Lunch and Learn Presentations at noon Oct. 12 and 18 and Nov. 8 at Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.

The schedule includes:

• Oct. 12, Kim Raring, M.S., R.D., registered dietitian and nutritionist, will present “How to Reduce Sugar.” Raring will review the dietary recommendations for added sugar and explain how to read a food label. Each participant will be able to calculate how much added sugar they are typically consuming.

• Oct. 18, Mary Adekunle, clinical director of Bacharach’s Sleep Center, will present “Consequences of Sleep Deprivation.” Adekunle will discuss how poor sleep quality can impact one’s health, memory, mood and more. “Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise,” said Adekunle. “When you have adequate sleep you are mentally sharp and able to function better. Lack of sleep can put you at risk for accidents, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.”

• Nov. 8, Luanne Anton, Stockton University health educator and a certified meditation instructor, will present “The Importance of Fitness.” Anton will discuss various ways to achieve a higher level of fitness followed by a 30-minute yoga session, perfect for beginner to intermediate levels. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or large towel to class. Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited.

To register for Oct. 12 session, visit; for Oct. 18 session, visit; and for Nov. 8 session, visit

Also, guests are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to support Stockton University’s food drive. Items collected at Kramer Hall will be distributed within Hammonton.

Learn about the ‘Early

Hotels of Atlantic County’

NORTHFIELD - “Early Hotels of Atlantic County, 1880s to 1940s,” a program sponsored by the Atlantic County Roundtable of Historical Societies, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Northfield City Hall, 1600 Shore Road. Early hotels that hosted people who came to shore communities will be highlighted and presented by the local historical societies.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Seashore Gardens appoints

new director of rehabilitation

GALLOWAY - Seashore Gardens Living Center appointed Nicole Goodson of Beach Haven as its new director of rehabilitation. She will supervise the physical, occupational and speech therapy efforts at the center.

Goodson, who began her career at the center in August 2013 after using her professional skills for organizations from Ocean to Cape May Counties in South Jersey, said, “I make the daily trip from Beach Haven to Seashore Gardens Living Center, because it’s the best. It’s a truly different world here. I’m particularly impressed with the organization and management. We have staff meetings every morning so that your ideas and concerns are shared with the other departments including nursing, recreation, culinary, etc. It’s the way it should be.”

Goodson says she also gets benefits from coming in close contact with the center’s residents. “They all enjoy sharing their personal stories and experiences with us. One of them even taught me how to play a musical instrument. This is an unexpected benefit that they don’t teach us in the universities,” she says.

Currently, Goodson is helping with Alzheimer’s and dementia residents in the Comfort Care wing. A series of blueberry plants have been placed in the Alzheimer’s Sensory Trail & Healing Garden as well as the rehab courtyard. The residents are encouraged to go out into the garden and tend to the plants on a daily basis, weather permitting.

“Gardening is great rehabilitation for the memory,” says Nicole. “So, working with their hands in the soil reconnects them to an earlier time, and the daily gardening stimulates their short-term memories in the bargain.”

For information, visit

You can join Stockton University to perform

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

GALLOWAY - The Stockton University School of Arts and Humanities Vocal/Choral program’s biennial performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Event Center at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Dec. 10.

Area residents are invited to join the vocal/choral program in presenting this joyous event. No professional singing experience is required.

Rehearsals are held at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Alton Auditorium on the second floor of the A-Wing at Stockton University.

Auditions for solos will be held on Oct. 15. Interested singers can sign up at the rehearsals on Oct. 2 and 9. Copies of the score will be available for $7.50.

For information, call Joe Sramaty at (609) 652-4515 or Brian Lyons at (609) 652-4891.

Buena Vista accepting canned food items for food pantry

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township will accept canned food and non-perishable food items for the Community Food Pantry at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville and the Abundant Living Church Food Bank on Route 54 at Jackson Road.

Collection containers will be located at each of the township post offices, Buena Vista Township Municipal Building and the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center.

Donations are requested by Nov. 10 for Thanksgiving and by Dec. 15 for Christmas.

Newtonville Fire

Company presents safe trick-or-treating event

BUENA VISTA - Newtonville Volunteer Fire Company and the Women’s Auxiliary will host a Trunk-or-Treat, a safe trick-or-treating event, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Newtonville Fire House at 835 Route 54, Newtonville.

For information, call (609) 567-4439 or (609) 567-0644.

Buena Vista fire district

receives firefighters grant

MAYS LANDING - U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo recently announced that a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $23,648 was awarded to the Buena Vista Township Fire District #1.

“Each day our first responders risk their lives for our communities by answering the call for help. Without hesitation the men and women of our fire and emergency response companies come through for us,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “The peer-reviewed AFG program has helped many first responders acquire critical life-saving equipment. I will continue to strongly support this federal program which literally saves lives.”

“We always happy to receive federal support for our volunteer fire department here in Buena Vista. They do an outstanding job and this will help with safety equipment purchases,” said Buena Vista Township Mayor Chuck Chiarello.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards grants directly to fire departments and emergency services to support their efforts to protect the communities they serve. The Fiscal Year 2016 program will award approximately $310.5 million in competitive grants to first responder organizations across the country to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources required to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the program. Each summer Congressman LoBiondo’s office hosts local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program and assist with the application process. They are held in cooperation with Senator Cory Booker’s office.

For information, visit

High school seniors can

apply for $500 scholarship

TRENTON - New Jersey residents who are in their senior year in high school this year and are planning a career in agriculture or science may apply for the New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award. One winner will be selected and awarded a $500 scholarship.

The award, sponsored by Dr. Amy Butewicz, a former New Jersey Equestrian of the Year, was started because of her desire to give back to the community. This scholarship is meant to assist its recipients in beginning their future in agriculture.

The qualifications for receiving this award include submitting an application, available at, a resume along with an essay answering the question, “How has your involvement within your respective nominating organization helped to shape your future career choice?”

Also, a contestant is required to be a current, active member of an organization either on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and/or represented at the Youth Reception portion of the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention. Each organization on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and a participant of the State Agricultural Convention may nominate two contestants.

The winner of the Agricultural Achievement Award must attend the Annual New Jersey Bred Equine Breeders Award Luncheon on Jan. 28 in Eastampton and will read his or her essay to the attendees.

Application, resume and essay must be mailed, by Jan. 10, to: NJDA, Attn: Lynn Mathews, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625.

For questions, call Lynn Mathews at (609) 292-2888 or email

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