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CHOW’SGARDEN BUFFET
1101 N. 2nd St. Reema PlazaRt. 47, South Millville, NJ 08332856-327-3259 • www.chowsgarden.com
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VOLUME 5
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ISSUE 5
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MARCH 14, 2012
CONNECTINGYOU TO
ONNECTING YOU TO
SOUTHJERSEY.WEEKLY.
OUTH JERSEY. WEEKLY.
INSIDE:
CCCDEAN’SLIST/SACREDHEARTHONORROLL • CALLEDTOLOVETOUR • TREASURE ISLAND CROSSWORD
Dandelion Dinner Set for March 31
On Saturday, March 31, the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce will host the 39th annual Dandelion Dinner andBeer Tasting from 6 to 11 p.m. at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland.This community event began in 1973 as a way to celebrate Vineland’s agricultural heritage and has contributed to interna-tional recognition of the city as “the Dandelion Capital of theWorld.” The event has seen an influx of ticket sales and grow-ing popularity in recent years, topping more than 400 ticketssold in each of the last five years.Stacey Lilliston, who is the event chair, attributes theincreased popularity to a number of components.“I think there are a lot of things that go into the popularityof the event,” she said. “Adding the beer tasting (which we didthree years ago), people seem to really enjoy that and come outfor it. The event is like a dance party, and everyone seems tohave a great time. And the food is just fantastic. Most of thedishes are a rich, delicious food with dandelion ingredients. Ibelieve all of those things together have made the event hugefor the community.”The beer tasting has played no small part in helping to con-sistently push attendance over the 400-ticket threshold. Selectvendors provide a variety of beer for tasting and information
The 2012 slate of Hometown Heroes have their night in the limelight.
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Front row, from left: Gwendolyn Gould,Donald Fiocchi, Jr., Melanie Druziako, JoeDelgado, Donata Dalesandro, Pastor VandyColter, Ginger Chase, Anthony Carter, EllaBoykin, and Diane Amico.Back row: Luigi Tramontana, Sr., Pastor AlMorgan, Tracey Morgado, Ronald E.McMahon, Gail Marino, Victor LaTorre, TerryKuhnreich, Kevin Kirchner, Cosmo Giovinazzi,and Kristina Garcia. Not pictured: Ted Krause.
Turn to page 26 to read about out howthis event gives back to the communitythrough funds raised for local charities.
Dandelion dishes and brews are the stars at the much-anticipatedannual event.
Heroes Are Celebrated
 
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The Grapevine
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on each brew, and attendees receive a com-memorative pilsner glass, which is used fortasting.Merighi’s Savoy Inn has been the hostfor a number of years now, and the restau-rant has become synonymous with the din-ner. Tom Merighi, owner of the Savoy, ishappy it has turned out that way.“I really fell in love with the dinnerwhen I first attended it about 20 years ago,”he said. “I was so glad when they moved it[to the Savoy Inn], and it has become a petproject for me. It’s something I haveenjoyed taking on each spring the last 15 orso years.”Seemingly, part of the challenge withhosting a dinner that features dandelions innearly every dish would be culinary prepa-ration. But Merighi insists that working with dandelions is actually quite simple.“The cooking of the dandelions is prettyeasy actually,” he said. “The real challengeis cleaning the dandelions. If there’s rainthe day before, those things just becomeloaded with sand. So we’re always praying for dry weather and wet water to clean thedandelions. Cooking dandelions is not rock-et science, though. You can use them thesame way as any green that you’d sauté.They’re very versatile and very flavorful.”For the fifth year,Capital Bank will besponsoring the event.“We’re a communi-ty bank, and we feelthis event is truly acommunity event,”said CosmoGiovinazzi, vice presi-dent and CumberlandCounty market man-ager of Capital Bank.“We think this eventreally epitomizes theidea of communityand what it is allabout. We get approached to do a lot of sponsorships, a lot of them great causes,but we can’t do all of them. We pick causesand events that we feel are beneficial to thearea, and this particular event is right at thetop of the list.”For the first time ever this year, theentertainment will be provided by an actthat was asked to return by populardemand—The BLT Band.“The band did a phenomenal job lastyear,” said Lilliston. “They had peopledancing until the very end of the night, andthe dance floor was full. They were verywell received, and those in attendance justraved about them. So we knew we had toget them back.”The return of The BLT Band, along withthe already high demand for tickets, has theDandelion Committee certain that thisyear’s event will sell out once again.They are encouraging everyone to buytheir tickets now, as 315 of the 400 or sotickets to the event have already been sold,as of press time.Tickets are $45 per person and must bepurchased in advance. Call the GVCC at856-691-7400, or visit them online atwww.vinelandchamber.org to purchasetickets.
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Tell Us About Your Marriage Proposal
Brides and grooms, guys and gals—we are looking for romantic, or unusual, or“traditional with a twist” proposals to print in our Spring Bridal Guide.• Did you get down on one knee?• Did he hire a banner plane?• Did he surprise you with a ring in the creme brulee?• Did you ask him?Tell us when, where, and how the marriage proposal occurred. If possible,include a photograph from your wedding, as well as a recent photo of happy couple.
Deadline for submissions: March 21.Send your story and photo to:
The Grapevine907 N. Main Rd., Ste. 205,Vineland, NJ 08360
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Heroes Are Celebrated
The 4th Annual Hometown HeroesGala honors 21, while funds areraised for two worthy charities.
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Dandelion Dinner Set
Mark your calendar for Saturday,March 31.
RYAN DINGER
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Faces in the News
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In Our Schools
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HOME & GARDEN
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News in Brief
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Volunteer Week
The third week of April marksNational Volunteer Week.
TODD NOON
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Crossword
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Community Calendar
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Treasure on Landis
See the pirate movie that started itall.
VINCE FARINACCIO
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PET CARE
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DINING
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Entertainment
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REAL ESTATE
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STRAIGHTENINGTEETH HAS COME A LONG WAY.
 Braces work. Yet,eventhoughtheycome in bright colors these days, the brackets and steel wires stillworkthesame way. Food still gets stuck in them. Flossing and brushing are anadventure.And,whenyou’reateenager sporting a mouthful of metal, easy andconfidentsmilescanbehard to come by.
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Parr Places Second in South Jersey Throw Down
Ian Parr, a sophmore at VinelandHigh School, placed second in SouthJersey Throw Down Number 5 atCherokee High School in Marlton, NJ,on February 21, 2012. The competitionwas for Winter Track and Field.Parr and his family thank VinelandTrack and Field Coach Garlarza forworking with Parr to help him achievethis success.
DiPilla Graduates fromU.S. Air Force
During the week of March 1,Christopher DiPilla, a 2010 MillvilleSenior High School graduate, gradu-ated from the U.S. Air Force BasicMilitary Training at Lackland AirForce Base in San Antonio, Texas.Alongside his fiancée AlishaDonelson, of Millville, and mother,Valerie Sauers of Buzzards Bay,Massachusetts, the newly inductedAirman DiPilla received the“Thunderbolt” physical trainingexcellence award for his success inhis physical ability through an evalu-ation of sit-ups, push-ups and a mileand a half running time. AirmanDiPilla will be studying IntegratedAvionics Systems during his careerin the Air Force.Through his journey of eight and half weeks through the rigorous and labori-ous basic training, Airman DiPilla, along with his Flight squadron, achievedWarrior Flight status, where they received a Flight trophy and earned extra privi-leges during their long-anticipated graduation.Airman DiPilla is known in Millville for being an avid soccer player since hewas five years old up until high school. Through Millville Senior High School,DiPilla was an active participant in the American Technological Honor Society,the German Club, Student Council and Millville Soccer. Before his leave for BasicTraining at Lackland, Airman DiPilla was a fundraising volunteer and Trustee forthe Cumberland County Martial Arts Training Center Support Group, which aidsin funding youth martial artists to achieve their dreams of attending the AAUTaekwondo Nationals. Through 2011 Airman DiPilla attended DeVry University inNew Brunswick, NJ for Computer Engineering. From a young age, the now 20-year-old Airman was destined to become a part of the U.S. Air Force. AirmanDiPilla was involved in Civil Air Patrol and always displayed a knack for theMilitary. He has always had a philanthropic nature, aiding all those who are inneed, but now as a United States Airman, he is sure to make an impact in ourNation’s air defense. We congratulate you Christopher DiPilla on a job well doneand we thank you for your service.

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