VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 43 | DECEMBER 7, 2011

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Haydak and his mixed martial arts associa-
tion, Cage Fury Fighting Championships
(CFFC). After buying the rights to the company from
former owner, Felix Hernandez, in 2010, Haydak
enacted an aggressive fight schedule for 2011, host-
ing six different events through the year, with one
more to come on December 10, at Resorts Casino
and Hotel in Atlantic City, all in an effort to resurrect
the company that was seemingly dead following
nearly three years of inactivity.
The plan was to re-establish CFFC in the region, in
hopes that if a large enough pedigree was garnered,
the company could then focus on expansion. It has
worked nearly to perfection. During the year, the
company has seen more interest than ever before
from up and coming fighters and veterans, signing
several of them to multi-fight contracts; signed a TV
deal for eight fights in 2012 with PHL 17; and has
been in negotiations with undisclosed venues in both
Atlantic City and Philadelphia about hosting fights in
2012—including the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
“Our business model, which is very secretive,”
said Haydak, “is a five-year model. Right now, we’re
a little bit ahead of where we were projected at this
point, which is great. This is an exciting time for the
company. We’ve been really happy with Resorts [the
Up for the Fight
EDITOR’S NOTE: More information on the ceremony can be found on p. 36.
The following information about those buried at the veteran’s cemetery
was written by historian and genealogist Carol Parks of Vineland.
Behind the Veteran’s Home on South West Boulevard in Vineland is a
well tended, little known cemetery where the remains of 514 veterans
and/or spouses of veterans are interred.
Wreaths of Remembrance Event
Slated for Saturday, December 10
Continued on page 36
Buena’s Mike Wilcox is ready for his first professional mixed
martial arts fight at Resorts Atlantic City on Saturday night.
Is promoter Rob Haydak right about
fighter-turned-pro Mike Wilcox?
{ BY RYAN DINGER }
Organized by the Vineland Rotary Club, holiday wreaths
will be placed on every grave marker at the New Jersey
Veterans Home on the Boulevard in Vineland at 9 a.m.
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Gonzalez Wins “New Leader in Banking” Award
Jennifer Gonzalez, a vice president at Sun National Bank, was one of only 10
bank employees in New Jersey to be honored with a “2011 New Leaders in
Banking Award.” The award recognizes young bankers in the state who have
been nominated by their peers for outstanding leadership and success in the
banking industry—the rising stars of the profession.
Gonzalez joined Sun National Bank in 2005 and held progressive positions as
a team member and leader in the
Deposit Operations department. In 2010,
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Electronic Banking & Bank Settlement
Groups. A resident of Vineland, Gonzalez
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
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has volunteered her time with local
organizations in the community including
Boys and Girls Club and the United Way.
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50th Wedding Anniversary
Luis Rafael and Trini Corchado celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday,
December 3rd.
Luis and Trini have known each other for
more than 60 years. They grew up together in
Santurce, Puerto Rico. They moved to Vneland
in 1989. Trini is self-employed, while Luis,
retired from a state government position, con-
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The couple has two sons, Rafael Enrique, a
retired New Jersey State Trooper, and Luis
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They also have five grandchildren: Nathaniel,
who resides in New Mexico, and his twin
brother, Benjamin, who lives in Colorado; the
other three are Aja, Brandy, and Justin, all of
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{ PAUL J. DOE, FORMER PUBLISHER OF THE CUMBERLAND NEWS }
Colds and
Kittens
T
he weekend after Thanksgiving I
celebrated one of those insignifi-
cant birthdays. You know, one of
those without a zero at the end
that signify absolutely nothing except the
fact that all your prized possessions are a
year older.
Family and friends gathered to wish me
a happy, happy day and leave bottles of
Irish whiskey to help me through the next
12 months.
Looks like I’ve reached that point in my
life (it drove me crazy when my parents did
it) where I can honestly say “I’ve got every-
thing I need.”
Unfortunately, I got a little unexpected
present on my birthday: a cold or the flu,
I’m not sure which.
You’d think I’d knowbecause it’s actually
lasted longer than at least one bottle of the
Irish whiskey.
My wife keeps telling me to “go to the
doctor.”
That just doesn’t seem like the right
course of action to me.
If it is a cold, the doctor will tell me to
get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids.
Believe me, I get plenty of rest.
And, if necessary, I’ll start putting ice
cubes in my Irish whiskey.
But I’m waiting to make that decision.
Personally, I think I’ve got the flu.
Which flu, I’m not so sure.
There doesn’t seem to be any special
variety (Asian, swine, bird) this year to
worry about. Not that it makes much differ-
ence, because I have an egg allergy that
prevents me from getting any flu shots.
My advice to you, though, if your system
can handle it, is to get that flu shot as
quickly as possible.
Me, I just continue to, as my wife says,
be sick and stubborn.
Actually, if it weren’t for the sneezing,
coughing, wheezing and aching, this
wouldn’t be so bad.
It gets me out of the Christmas shopping.
When my wife wants to go over the
Christmas “to do” list I can just start
coughing and wheezing and she’ll say, “you
just rest, I’ll take care of it.”
Same thing when it comes time for the
holiday decorating and, her specialty, baking.
“I’d love to help, cough, cough.”
“No, dear. You just rest.”
Problem with this strategy is that I can’t
just miraculously recover for a few hours to
go out and play a round of golf or a few
hands of pinochle.
Like the holiday season, this too must
pass, so I’m just gonna wait it out with the
help of plenty of rest and lots of liquids
(with ice cubes).
In happier news, we acquired our first
official family pet: a cute little two-month-
old kitten named Oscar.
My wife’s homestead is a three-acre
piece of country land that is a natural for
animals (raccoons, deer, skunks, a red fox,
groundhogs, turkeys, groundhogs and rab-
bits to name a few).
For years, the wife had been after me to
get a dog. And, for years I resisted.
Always on the grounds that I didn’t
want to be responsible for one more living
creature. Particularly one that had to be
fed, walked and picked up after.
After six or seven years, the wife gave up
on the dog idea and started her “cat cam-
paign.” Now, three years later, the kitten
has landed.
And, what a delight he is.
As a former city boy, I know only mar-
ginally less about animals than I do about
plants.
We didn’t have pets growing up in
Detroit. My parents were both farm-raised
and had had enough of critters to last them
a lifetime.
When my kids were young we had bad
experiences with dogs both here and back
in Michigan.
Two got run over by cars and the last
one developed some rare (expensive) dis-
ease and had to be put down.
Later, I had custody of my daughter’s cat
for about a year when she went off to college.
That, I thought, was just about enough
critters in my life.
Turns out I was wrong.
Oscar is the perfect companion.
He keeps me company when I go outside
for my cigar breaks, never complains that
“smoking is bad for me,” and is perfectly
willing to play whatever game I choose.
Now, if I can teach him how to play gin
rummy and drink Irish whiskey, I’ll have a
lifetime companion. I
Waiting for the flu to pass; a new companion arrives
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1 Up For the Fight
Buena’s Mike Wilcox is recruited
by Rob Haydek for CFFC.
RYAN DINGER
3, 5,
6, 8 Faces in the News
9 Parking Improvements
A study finds the downtown has
sufficient parking, but improve-
ments are suggested.
TODD NOON
10 DINING: Back in
Business
The Scipiones return to Mori’s on
Landis. FRANK GABRIEL
12 Recipe Corner
Baking up some holiday
memories. LISA DINUNZIO
16 News in Brief
18 Oystering Industry
A new 2nd Friday event sheds
light on a once-thriving industry.
VINCE FARINACCIO
20 Community Calendar
C1-4 NEWS & VIEWS
22 Great Gifts
26-29 HOME & GARDEN
30 Dear Santa Letters
32 Crossword
33,38 In Our Schools
34 Entertainment
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TaeKwon-Do Students Attend U.S. Nationals
Underground TaeKwon-Do, located in Millville, attended their final ITF sanc-
tioned tournament for the year in September. The Queens tournament was the
U.S. Nationals. It consisted of a full-contact sparring competition as well as a
forms competition. Underground TKD students placed for four gold, 12 silver,
and four bronze medals. Six of those students are eligible to attend the
TaeKwon-Do World Cup in Brighton, England, in October 2012. Competitors must
be at least 12 years old and rank at blue belt or higher to attend the World Cup.
The day after the Queens tournament, students went to Liberty State Park,
and visited the Statue of Liberty. They also performed a TKD demonstration, with
Ground Zero in the background, in memory of the lives lost on September 11, 2001.
New Solar Field Unveiled in Southeast Vineland
NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources,
hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Wednesday to unveil its latest commercial
solar initiative on Mays Landing Road just east of Sherman Avenue. The project
is a 4.7 megawatt, ground-mounted solar system that will provide electricity to
the wholesale market through the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility. Moreover,
the solar array is expected to annually produce 7.2 million kilowatt hours, elimi-
nating 4,953 metric tons of carbon-equivalent emissions. This equates to remov-
ing the carbon dioxide emissions produced by approximately 971 vehicles.
Pictured are (left to right) Stan Kosierowski, President, NJRCEV; Robert Romano,
Mayor of Vineland; and Joseph Isabella, Director of the Vineland Municipal
Electric Utility. According to Isabella, the project is unique because it features
panels that move as they track the sun throughout the day, and because NJRCEV
is not selling the energy produced by this solar system to the utility, but rather
utilizing the VMEU’s distribution system to move the energy to market.
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ComTec Employees Help Stock Local Food Banks
Vineland-based ComTec Systems
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Food Drive on November 22, 2011.
ComTec employees donated
enough food to fill three large boxes.
The food was delivered to local food
banks in Vineland and will be used
throughout the holiday season.
“Year after year, we receive wonder-
ful feedback from the people and
groups that our donations help to
feed, so our employees are always
willing to keep giving,” said Mike
Vertolli, CEO & President of ComTec
Systems. “It’s a great feeling to know
that our donations really are making a
difference in people’s lives,” he added.
ComTec Systems’ Vice President, Barbara Robinson, and President & CEO, Michael
Vertolli, present food donations collected by employees at their Vineland office.
Ground Broken for New Fire Station
A groundbreaking ceremony for construction of new fire station for Vineland Fire Co.
No. 1 was held last Wednesday morning on Chestnut Avenue in Vineland. Construction
is being handled by contractors
Art Anderson, Inc. of Vineland.
The station was designed by
Rodier Ebersberger Architects of
Williamstown. The station will be
a two-level, 10,170 sq. ft. facility
for Station 1 volunteers, who
have been sharing space with
Co. 6 at Fire Dept. Headquarters
(Fourth and Wood streets) since
the former Station 1 at East and
Wood was demolished as part of
the Landis Theater project. The
station will be accessible from
Eighth Street and Chestnut
Avenue with a two-lane fire truck
bay that forces fire trucks to exit only onto Chestnut Avenue. The project is expected to
be completed by June 2012. The construction contract is valued at $2,574,700 with
funding provided in part through the Urban Enterprise Zone Program. The remaining
funding has been provided through municipal bond ordinances.
Pictured (l. to r.) are: Firefighter Emmanuel Mercado, Treasurer and former assistant Chief Joe
Butschky, firefighter Sabrina Iglesias, firefighter Ricky Beltran, Co. No. 1 Chief Jim Hoffman,
City Councilman Doug Albrecht, Mayor Robert Romano, Co. No. 1 President Bill Rossi, Co. No. 1
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Faces in the News I
Women’s Hall 0f Fame Names Officers
The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame has named the officers of its
Board of Directors for 2012.
Hall Founder Louise Bertacchi (top left) will continue as the organization’s
President. Bertacchi, who has been involved in dozens of community organiza-
tions over the years, founded the Hall four years ago and has been its President
ever since.
Ginger Chase (top right), owner of Sir Speedy Printing in Vineland, a business
that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has been appointed Vice
President. She also serves as Treasurer of the Cumberland County College Board
of Trustees and has been active in a wide variety of community organizations.
Joanne Gittone (bottom left), formerly chair of the English Department at
Vineland High School, has been
appointed Secretary of the Hall.
She also serves as President of
the Vineland Public Library
Board of Trustees.
Florence Chatas (bottom
right), who has been active on a
number of Boards including the
Vineland YMCA and Redeemer
Lutheran Church, continues as
Treasurer of the Hall. She also
serves on the Friends
Enrichment Committee of
Cumberland County College.
The Cumberland County
Women’s Hall of Fame honors
local women of outstanding
achievement who have made
significant contributions to a
profession, the community
and/or women’s issues. The Hall
will announce its 2012
inductees in January, and its
fourth annual induction gala will
be held in April.
Angels at The Vineland Public Library
If you are looking for a way to share the spirit of the holiday, Vineland Public
Library can help. The library is again sponsoring an Angel Tree for the 2011 holi-
day season. In lieu of decorations, paper angels adorn the library’s holiday tree.
Each angel represents a local child whose family is in need and lists the gender
and age of the child. Area residents are encouraged to select an angel from the
tree and purchase an appropriate toy or gift item. The unwrapped gifts are to be
brought to the library along with the paper angel by Wednesday, December 21.
The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to the families in time for holiday
giving. The library is also accepting donations of gift boxes, wrapping paper, tape
and bows. Stop by the library and choose your angel. For more details, call the
library at 794-4244 or “Project Santa” coordinator Alex Kaganzev at 691-7672.
From left: Alex Kaganzev, Samantha Tai, Kelly Stites, Mayor Robert Romano, and Shanice
Glover choose an angel from the tree at the Vineland Public Library.
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{ TODD NOON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VDID / MAINSTREET VINELAND }
Last week’s public hearing unveils ideas for parking,
circulation, and wayfinding.
Parking
Improvements
M
y column of two weeks ago
was devoted to the parking,
circulation, and landscape
study that has been taking
place over the past two years and the pub-
lic hearing at which the study would be
explained. That hearing took place Tuesday
of last week and what came out of it was
that we are on the right track, with some
effective things that can be done to make
our downtown even better.
Though I cannot go through the study
in detail, I will mention some highlights.
Many of you have been concerned about
the availability of sufficient parking down-
town. The study revealed that we have ade-
quate parking downtown to accommodate
even maximum demand. A better job needs
to be done, however, to indicate where it is
and to encourage people to use it. Some
parking areas are underutilized—the lots
and curb parking on Elmer Street, for
example. More and better wayfinding signs
are needed to let people know where this
parking is located.
Getting to and from the lots to business-
es downtown can also be remedied by mak-
ing Elmer and/or Wood streets two-way
avenues. Better pedestrian access between
Landis Avenue and parking lots could be
achieved through walkways—from the lots
to Landis Avenue and mid-block walkways
across Landis Avenue. It was recommend-
ed also that pedestrian traffic signals be
repaired and upgraded.
Speaking of Landis Avenue, the study
suggested or recommended improvements
to the streetscape to take advantage of the
width of the street and sidewalks. A center
median was also discussed. Points discussed
included more trees, benches, landscaping,
bistro tables and other outdoor dining
amenities, and improved landscaping—all to
create an inviting atmosphere to encourage
walkers and browsers. The same would
apply for side streets to make themconnect
better to the overall downtown scheme.
Landscaping also would be a factor with
the rear parking lots, with dumpsters
grouped together and screened in. The lots
should have landscaped islands and per-
pendicular parking.
The overall thrust of the recommenda-
tions was to give our downtown a sense of
place and consistency branding our down-
town. This would be reflected in bright
attractive wayfinding signs.
The complete draft report can be found
on the City of Vineland’s website,
www.vinelandcity.org, on the “Public
Meetings” page. For those who do not want
to read the entire 158-page report, the
PowerPoint presented at the public hear-
ing, will be posted on the website.
Some of the recommendations in the
report are short-term, while others will be
considered in the long-term. Likewise,
some of the recommendations are much
more expensive than others. The City will
be going through the study and prioritizing
projects, based on what can be done when.
Studies of the downtown have been
done in the past and some recommenda-
tions in those studies were similar to those
in this study. The difference, to me, is that
this study coincides with our current status
as a Main Street district and the tremen-
dous efforts being made at downtown revi-
talization. We should all get behind these
efforts to make our downtown the very
best it can be—not only for us as residents
and business owners, but also for those
who visit or might consider opening a busi-
ness here.
Those of you who have been on Landis
Avenue recently have noticed that progress
is being made on mounting the mural on
the eastern wall of the building at 616 E.
Landis Avenue. Plans are for the mural to
be fully mounted this month, with a dedi-
cation ceremony taking place sometime
thereafter. An informational kiosk about
the mural will be located across the street,
in front of Landis MarketPlace.
***
With the holiday shopping season here,
make downtown Vineland your destination
for buying that special gift. Save money on
gasoline, avoid the long lines at the malls
and shopping centers, and enjoy plenty of
entertainment we have right in town. I
For more information on Main Street
Vineland, visit 603 E. Landis Ave., call 794-
8653, visit www.mainstreetvineland.org, or
check them out on Facebook.
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Back in Business
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rately, they are back. The sub-
jects of those random blips of
data, would be, in order, local
entrepreneur/restaurateur John Scipione,
along with his extended family.
The location of their return is Mori’s
Restaurant, adjacent to Vineland’s
restored Landis Theater, at the northwest-
ern corner of East and Landis avenues.
That spot, which pretty much defines
the beginning of Vineland’s downtown
shopping district, has been the subject of
much discussion, and even some contro-
versy, over the last several months.
Since this newspaper has already well
documented the recent transition that has
taken place at the Theater, we’ll dwell
instead on the restaurant side of things here.
Start with: the Scipiones—which trans-
lates as John, wife Annette, sons John and
Louis (the latter when on break from col-
lege in Tampa), plus godson Paul Rodgers,
a longtime front-of-the-house manager at
their family’s mothership business, west
Landis Avenue’s Ramada Inn—opened
Mori’s in May of 2010.
Exercising an option in that initial con-
tract, they parted ways with the property
just over a year ago, in November 2010.
As John describes it, their decision to
enter into the venture was largely one
borne out of a sense of civic pride and duty.
“Four weeks before opening, no one
else would do it.”
Calling the situation one where
“options [were] exhausted,” he continues,
adding “No one else stepped up, we were
the last ones standing. We kinda said
somebody has to try and help.”
Which they did, tracking down talent-
ed local chef Tony Oliva, a veteran of
many years at the late, always lamented,
Midway Inn.
Oliva had been working in Las Vegas
and returned excited about the opportu-
nity to forge a new dining entity in his
hometown.
And while Scipione describes the inau-
gural events as “fantastic,” allowing that
“When we were there, we built some
great relationships” the family opted out
after half a year for what he characterizes
as strictly business reasons: “Our decision
to leave Mori’s was based on wanting to
concentrate on the Ramada, that was all.”
Last autumn, they turned over the
lease to an organization headed by Frank
Pettisani, Jr. and A.R. Fanucci, who man-
aged Mori’s until Monday, November 21.
This time around, the Scipione’s took a
bit of time and did things their way.
They closed immediately, giving Annette
an opportunity to tweak the interiors.
Labeling them “cold,” she redecorated
quickly in bright, seasonal holiday themes.
After a year’s absence, the Scipiones return to kitchen and front of the house at
Mori’s on Landis.
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He credits hotel personnel with help-
ing to accomplish the transition rapidly,
saying, “The Ramada cleaning staff went
through the place like a buzzsaw,” he said.
They also immediately added enter-
tainment, bringing in vocalist Kathy
Testa Epifanio on Friday nights and Jim
White Saturdays. Both are veteran
Ramada performers.
The menu got a similar revisit, turning
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concept, while keeping Mori’s popular
brick-oven-baked flatbreads.
Among the items Scipione specifically
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anchovy paste.
Also the chicken Sorrento, sautéed
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in the comforting heat of that oven.
And as another nod to native agricul-
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garlic-infused sautéed spinach, prosciutto
and cheese.
It’s all in line with today’s heightened
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20 bucks and have a night out with a cou-
ple glasses of wine,” said Scipione.
With seating for over 150 at the two-
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Scipione seems certain that the dynamics
will work favorably this time.
Calling the atmosphere at Mori’s a
“metropolitan feel,” he seems thrilled to
have encountered customers from across
Vineland’s suddenly multicultural landscape.
When he closes by stating “There is no
issue with parking, it’s a great location
and a beautiful place,” you tend to want to
believe that this time around the
Scipiones are here to stay. I
Chef Tony Oliva (left) has been a constant
at Mori’s since it opened. John Scipione, Jr.,
is happy to rejoin him there.
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reetings! What better time of year
than Christmas to warm up in the
kitchen and get baking? There’s noth-
ing quite like filling your home with the aro-
matic scent of homemade sweets—except, of
course, maybe eating them. After all, ’tis the
season, so go ahead and enjoy a seasonal treat
or two, and don’t forget to include your chil-
dren, grandchildren, nieces or nephews in
baking homemade goodies. Not only is it
more fun, but you’re also creating cherished
memories.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
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1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (12 oz.) package) semi-sweet chocolate
chips
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sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time,
beating well after each addition; gradually
stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredi-
ents. Stir in chocolate chips and drop dough
by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased or
parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake
cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden
brown. Let stand for 2 minutes, then remove
cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Gingerbread Cupcakes with
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter
1 cup unsulfured black strap molasses
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. non-aluminum baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muf-
fin pan with paper liners. Place butter and
molasses in a small saucepan and bring to a
boil over medium heat. Pour the mixture into
the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the
paddle attachment. Cool for 5 minutes, then
mix in the sour cream and orange zest.
Meanwhile, sift flour, baking soda, ginger,
cinnamon, cloves, and salt together into a
small bowl. With the mixer on low speed,
slowly add the flour mixture to the molasses
mixture and mix only until smooth. Divide
the batter among a 12-cup muffin pan and
bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25 to
30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out
clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing
from the pan. Cool cupcakes completely
before frosting.
Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, at room
temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 pound organic confectioners' sugar,
sifted
Mix cream cheese, butter, orange zest and
vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted
with the paddle attachment until just com-
bined. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.
When the cupcakes are completely cool, frost
them generously and garnish with a mint
leaf, colored jimmies or candies, etc.
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Treasured Recipes and Lisa Ann’s Seasoned
With Love II. Send recipes for publication to
lapd1991@aol.com or The Grapevine, 3638 E.
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Andrea Trattoria, 1833 Harding Hwy.,
Newfield, 697-8400. Chef/owner Andrea
Covino serves up Italian specialties in
atmosphere of fine dining.
Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave,
Hammonton, 609-704-9797. Food served
tapas style, catering, private parties.
Extensive wine list. Live music Thurs. night.
Babe's Village Inn, Martinelli Avenue,
Minotola, NJ 856-697-1727. Famous crabs,
seafood, Italian cuisine. Eat in or Take out.
Bagel University, 1406 S. Main Rd.,
Vineland, 691-0909. Breakfast and lunch
spot offering sandwiches named for col-
leges near and far.
Bain's Deli, 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland,
563-1400. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or
dinner. Daily specials, coffee of the day.
Barbera’s Chocolates on Occasion, 782 S.
Brewster Rd., Vineland, 690-9998.
Homemade chocolates and candies, custom
gift baskets.
Bennigan’s Restaurant, 2196 W. Landis
Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Entrees,
desserts, drink specials. Take-out. Happy
Hour Mon-Fri 3pm-7pm, Sun-Thu 10pm-cl.
All Sports packages available. NBA League
Pass, NHL Center Ice, & MLB Extra Innings.
Bernardi’s Restaurant & Lounge, 140 E.
Wheat Rd., Vineland, 696-1461. Lunch and
dinner specials. Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
(until 11 p.m. on Friday). Closed Sunday.
Big Apple, 528 N. Harding Hwy., Vineland,
697-5500. Steaks, veal, chicken dishes.
Meet friends at bar. Daily lunch and dinner.
Big John’s Pizza Queen, 1383 S. Main Rd.,
Vineland, 205-0012. Featuring “Gutbuster”
a 21-oz. burger, pizza, wings, subs, dinners.
Black Olive Restaurant. 782 S. Brewster
Rd, Vineland. 457-7624. 7 a.m. - 10 p.m
daily. Entrees, desserts. Take out available.
Bojo’s Ale House, 222 N. High St., Millville,
327-8011. All food is homemade, including
the potato chips.
Bombay Bites, 112 W. Chestnut Ave.,
Vineland, 696-0036. Indian cuisine. $8.95
lunch buffet ($5.99 on Mondays).
Bruni's Pizzeria. 2184 N. 2nd St., Millville
(856) 825-2200. Award-winning pizza since
1956. Open Mon-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Bruno's Family Restaurant, Cape May Ave.
and Tuckahoe Rd., Dorothy, 609-476-4739.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza. Open Mon-
Sat. 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Chow’s Garden 1101 N. 2nd St., Millville,
327-3259. Sushi Bar, All-you-can-eat buffet.
Cosmopolitan Restaurant Lounge, Bakery,
3513 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 765-5977.
Happy hour everyday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. half-
priced appetizers, and reduced drink spe-
cials.
Crust N Krumbs Bakery, Main/Magnolia
rds., 690-1200. Cakes, pies, cookies,
breads, doughnuts, custom wedding cakes.
CrepeMaker Cafe, 607 E. Landis Ave.,
Vineland, 205-0027. Crepes any way you
like them—veggie, chicken, steak, dessert.
Dakota Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at
Ramada, W. Landis Ave. and Rt. 55,
Vineland, 692-8600. Steaks, seafood, sushi.
Deeks Deli & Kustard Kitchen, 1370 S.
Main Rd., Vineland, 691-5438. Call for lunch
and dinner specials. Soft ice cream and
cakes year-round. Mon.-Sat 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Denny’s, 1001 W. Landis Ave., Vineland,
696-1900. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Take-
out, too. Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3–7 p.m.
Open 24 hours. Kids eat free Tues. & Sat.
Dominick’s Pizza, 1768 S. Lincoln Ave.,
Vineland, 691-5511. Family time-honored
recipes, fresh ingredients.
Dori’s Italian, 16 N. High St., Millville, 765-
9799. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Double Eagle Saloon, 1477 Panther Rd.,
Vineland, 213-6176. Open for lunch and
dinner. Traditional tavern fair.
Elmer Diner, 41 Chestnut St., Elmer. 358-
3600. Diverse menu of large portions at
reasonable prices.
Esposito's Maplewood III, 200 N. Delsea
Dr., Vineland, 692-2011. Steaks, seafood
and pasta dishes at this Italian restaurant.
DINING OUT
From fine dining to lunch spots to
bakeries, the area has choices to
satisfy any appetite. Call for hours.
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Eric’s, 98 S. West Ave., Vineland, 205-
9800. Greek and American cuisine, pizza.
Fat Jack's BBQ. Cumberland Mall, next to
Starbucks, 825-0014. Open 7 days a week,
11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Eat in or take out. Serving
ribs, wings, sandwiches, salads and sides.
Five Points Inn, E. Landis Ave. and Tuckahoe
Rd., Vineland, 691-6080. Italian cuisine and
dinner buffets to savor. Family-owned.
Gardella’s Ravioli Co. & Italian Deli,
527 S. Brewster Rd., 697-3509. Name says
it all. Daily specials, catering. Closed Sun.
Gina’s Ristorante, Landis and Lincoln Aves.
in ShopRite Plaza, Vineland. Serving dinner
Tues.-Thurs., 4–9 p.m.; Friday & Sat., 4–10
p.m.; Sun., 12–5 p.m. Reservations recom-
mended. 205-0049.
Giorgio’s Restaurant 363 E. Wheat Rd.,
Buena, 697-2900. Serving lunch and dinner
daily. Italian cuisine, pizza.
Golden Palace Diner Restaurant 2623 S
Delsea Dr, Vineland, 692-5424. Serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
High Street Chinese Buffet, High St.,
Millville, 825-2288. All-you-can-eat buffet.
Jersey Jerry's. 1362 S. Delsea Dr.,
Vineland, 362-5978. Serving subs, sand-
wiches, and take-out platters.
Joe's Poultry. 440 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland,
692-8860. Barbecue and Kosher chickens,
homemade sides, catering.
Kawa Thai & Sushi, 2196 N. Second St.
(Rt.47), Millville, 825-9939. Thai and
Japanese cuisine. BYOB.
Lake House Restaurant. 611 Taylor Rd.,
Franklinville, 694-5700. American grill
cuisine, daily happy hour specials, great
selection of wine and cigars. Open-air deck
bar and patio.
Larry's II Restaurant, 907 N. Main Rd.,
Vineland, 692-9001. Three meals daily.
Sunday breakfast buffet, early-bird
dinners.
La Locanda Pizzeria & Ristorante, 1406 S.
Main Rd., Vineland, 794-3332. Pasta, veal,
chicken. Lunch and dinner. Closed Sun.
Marciano’s Restaurant, 947 N. Delsea Dr.,
Vineland, 563-0030. Italian-American cui-
sine, seafood and veal. Open daily for
lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet.
Merighi's Savoy Inn, E. Landis Ave. and
Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. Banquet/
wedding facility and intimate restaurant.
Dungeness Crabs every Tues. Gourmet
Pizza Nite on Wed.
Millville Queen Diner, 109 E. Broad Street,
Millville. 327-0900. Open seven days a
week, 24 hours a day.
Milmay Tavern, Tuckahoe and Bear’s Head
rds., Milmay, 476-3611. Gourmet lunches
and dinners, casual setting.
Moe’s Southwest Grill, 2188 N. 2nd St.,
Millville, 825-3525. Tex-Mex, burritos,
catering.
Mori’s, E. Landis Ave., Vineland. 690-
0300. Adjacent to the Landis Theater
Performing Arts Center. Includes a “casual,
upscale” restaurant with a banquet facility
and lounge on site. Lunch and dinner.
MVP Bar, 408 Wheat Road, Vineland, 697-
9825. Full bar menu, drink specials.
Neptune Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge,
1554 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 692-2800.
Live lobsters, seafood, prime rib, steak,
cocktails.
Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High
Street Millville, 293-1200. New menu,
kitchen open until 1 a.m. Smoker friendly
outdoor beer garden.
Olympia Restaurant, 739 S. Delsea Dr.,
Vineland, 691-6095. Authentic Greek cui-
sine—lamb dishes and salads.
EATING OUT
Continued from previous page
Decked Out for the Holidays
At Maplewood III on Delsea Drive in Vineland, a
retired florist has been doing the holiday decorating
for over 15 years. The dolls pictured at right have
been displayed by the hostess station every year
since 1983—the year the restaurant opened. The
dolls were purchased that opening year, along with
a holiday clown (not pictured) from the now-closed
Tom’s Garden World in Egg Harbor Township.
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1000 pots of poinsettias,
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Christmas Trees, Fresh cut daily -
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Pegasus, Rts. 40 and 47, Vineland, 694-
0500. Breakfast, lunch, dinner specials;
convenient drive-thru, mini-meal specials.
Pete’s Pizza, 20 W. Park Ave., Vineland,
205-9998. Pizza (including whole wheat),
subs, wings. Open daily 11 a.m-10 p.m.
The Rail, 1252 Harding Hwy., Richland,
697-1440. Bar and restaurant with daily
drink specials and lunch specials.
Saigon, 2180 N. Second St., Millville, 327-
8878. Authentic Vietnamese—noodle
soups, curry, hotpot, Buddhist vegetarian.
Speedway Cafe at Ramada, W. Landis Ave.
and Rt. 55, Vineland, 692-8600. Open
daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Dinner specials $7
and up.
Sweet Life Bakery, 601 E. Landis Ave.,
Vineland, 692-5353. Neighborhood bakery.
Homemade pastries, cakes, coffee.
Ten22 Bar & Grill at Centerton Country
Club, 1022 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove, 358-
3325. Lunch and dinner. New tavern menu
features soups, salads, burgers, sandwich-
es, wraps and entree selections. Sunday
Brunch extravaganza, 10am–2pm, Adults
$17.95, Children (5-12) $12.95.
Reservations recommended
Uncle Ricky’s Outdoor Bar, 470 E. Wheat
Rd., Vineland, 691-4454. Ribs, chicken,
fish, steaks. Always clams, eat in or take
out. Live music Saturday & Sunday night.
Dungeness Crab All You Can Eat.
Villa Fazzolari, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena
Vista, 697-7107. Dinner combos, grilled
meats, fish. Lunch and dinner daily.
Wild Wings, 1843 E. Wheat Rd., Vineland,
691-8899. Dinners, grilled sandwiches,
wings.
Winfield’s. 106 N. High St., Millville, 327-
0909. Continental cuisine and spirits
served in a casually upscale setting.
Family members Jacob Ciancaglini,
Nicola DeThomasi, and Tony
DeThomasi work together at
DeThomasi's 5 Points Inn serving up
Sunday Breakfast Buffet—available
every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The
buffet features omelets, made-to-order
crepes, Belgian waffles, French toast
and pancakes, sausage, ham, bacon,
cream chipped beef, scrambled eggs,
homemade bread pudding, fresh fruit
and a large assortment of fresh baked
pastries. All prepared fresh before your
eyes. The 5 Points Inn is located at
Landis Ave & Tuckahoe Road, East
Vineland 856-691-6080.
Who’s Your Hero?
Nominate Your Hometown Hero Today!
See nomination form on p. 32 or online:
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Parents Time Out at YMCA
Parents, are you looking for some “you”
time? Does some time for shopping or an
evening out sound appealing? The YMCA
Parents Time Out and the Saturday Fun
Club give local parents opportunities to
take well-deserved respites from their
busy schedules. They offer a chance to
take this break and feel confident that the
children are safe and having fun at the
YMCA. All of the programs began on
December 2 or 3 and will extend through
the spring. These programs are open to
the community.
All children will be supervised by the
trained and experienced YMCA Child Care
staff. Kids must be aged three to 10 and
potty trained. Specific dates and times are:
· Parents Time Out Friday Nights
5:30 to 9:30 p.m
· Saturday Fun Club
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
· Parents Time Out Saturday
Afternoons
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The cost of each session is $12 for Y
members and $15 for non-members.
Registration is necessary by the day prior to
each session. For more details, call Theresa
McKay Booth at 856-691-0030, ext. 313.
Learn About Commercial Truck
Driving Course Offered at CCC
Are you ready to grab life by the wheel?
The Commercial Truck Driver License
(CDL) program at Cumberland County
College may be for you.
The six-week CDL course at
Cumberland County College prepares grad-
uates for employment as a commercial
truck driver. The program provides learn-
ing opportunities that introduce, develop
and reinforce occupational knowledge,
skills and attitudes required for job acquisi-
tion. Students will also study for and take
the test to receive a Hazmat endorsement.
All of the many details of the program
News in Brief I
will be outlined and discussed during an
information session on Monday,
December 12 beginning 6 p.m. in the
Luciano Conference Center, Sherman
Avenue and College Drive.
Call CCC’s office of Professional and
Community Education at 856-691-8600
ext. 345 for more details about the CDL
course and to register for the info session.
Daretown Road Closes for
Emergency Repairs
Salem County Freeholder Bruce L.
Bobbitt, chair of the Public Works
Committee, announced the closure of
Daretown Road CR-635 at the location of
Ballinger’s Mill Pond Dam starting
Monday, December 5.
“This repair is yet another result of
Hurricane Irene,” said Freeholder Bobbitt.
“The road will be closed for approximately
two weeks to all but local traffic and emer-
gency vehicles from the intersection of CR-
611 in Aldine to the South and Ballinger’s
Mill Road North.”
The construction contract was awarded
to AP Construction for $139,997.
The detour plan utilizes Aldine Road,
Watson’s Mill Road, and Ballinger’s Mill
Road. If you have questions or concerns,
contact the Salem County Engineering
Department at 856-935-7510, ext. 8549.
Christmas Giving Tree at SHHS
Sacred Heart High School’s Annual
Christmas Giving Tree is a 20-year-old
school-wide tradition at Sacred Heart.
Students, faculty, staff and administration
donate items most needed or wanted by
medically fragile children with significant
financial need. Last year for Christmas,
over 30 children and their families in
Cumberland County received clothes, toys,
food and other needed household items
totaling over $10,000. If you would like to
donate to a child in need this Christmas
Season, please contact Anne Hartman at
ahartman@shhslions. com or call SHHS at
691-4491.
Sweetpea’s Children’s Shoppe
Decorates Giving Tree
Sweetpea’s Children Shoppe has placed
a Giving Tree in its front window in sup-
Construction crews began work this week
on rebuilding the section of Hopewell
Township's Holding Road washed out in his-
toric flooding back in August that also
destroyed a number of other roads and
bridges in western Cumberland County.
Weather permitting, the contractor hopes to
have the road reopened by Christmas.
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Refinery Releases Toxins
On Sunday evening, November 27,
Salem County’s riverfront residents were
alarmed as fires at a Delaware City refin-
ery lit the night sky and rumbling sounds
like a freight train were reported as far
east as Elmer. The Salem County Office
of Emergency Management (OEM)
immediately began receiving 911 calls of
inquiry. OEM officials quickly contacted
the New Castle County Fire Board and
were informed that there had been a
power outage and the PBF refinery was
simply burning off the stack.
Reports on Monday morning, howev-
er, indicated that the open-air, high-level
incinerator towers on both the north and
south ends of refinery had been activat-
ed. Delaware State officials confirmed
that the flare released hazardous chemi-
cals into the air, including more than
1,000 pounds of carbon monoxide, 10
pounds of hydrogen cyanide, 100 pounds
of hydrogen sulfide and 500 pounds of
sulfur dioxide. Officials also noted that
the problem was under control soon after
midnight, with affected production units
expected back in service over the next
few days. The Delaware plant processes
heavy, high-sulfur crude oil.
“I am appalled and dismayed that the
State of Delaware chose not to follow
protocol during this incident by submit-
ting a report to the State of New Jersey
and Salem County Office of Emergency
Management,” said County
Administrator Earl R. Gage. “We have
requested that Delaware officials investi-
gate the matter to assure that this failure
to communicate does not occur again in
the future.”
The Salem County Administration
Department and the Salem County
Emergency Management Department are
conducting their own investigation.
Freeholder Director Lee R. Ware has
sent a letter to the Governor of the State
of Delaware, asking him to have his office
look into this matter also. I
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port of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Cumberland/Salem Counties. On the
Giving Tree are red paper ornaments deco-
rated with information on a little brother
or little sister. Customers can select an
ornament and donate an unwrapped gift(s)
for a child age newborn to 6 years old.
Donated items must be received at
Sweetpea’s by December 14 for delivery to
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Holiday Outreach also looks to
benefit the entire family, with collections of
food and household donations. You can
make a difference to a local family by giv-
ing a food package that may include a ham
or turkey, potatoes, canned vegetables, box
dessert, cans of tuna or pasta. Or, donate a
household package that includes linens,
cleaning supplies, utensils or gift cards to a
grocery store. Donations of any size are
greatly appreciated and must be received
by Sweetpea’s by December 14.
Sweetpea’s is located at 2757 S. Main
Road (corner of Sherman Avenue) in
Vineland, and is open Tuesday - Friday, 10
a.m to 5 p.m, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more: 856-213-6739, find them on
Facebook, or visit www.yoursweetpea.com.
Holiday Parade Winners
The winners of the float and fire trucks
contests of the Vineland Main Street
Holiday Parade have been announced. The
parade, organized by Main Street Vineland,
sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, and sup-
ported by Wawa, took place on November
26, on Landis Avenue in Vineland.
The winners are as follows:
—Church Floats
1st Place: Calvary Chapel of Vineland
2nd Place: Costume Party Professionals
from Chestnut Assembly of God
—School Floats
1st Place: Bishop Schad Regional School
2nd Place: Dr. John H. Winslow
Elementary School
—Service Club Floats
1st Place: CompleteCare Health
Network
—Youth Group Floats
1st Place: Boys & Girls Club of Vineland
2nd Place: Girl Scout Troops 52377,
52345, 51743
—Fire Trucks
1st Place: Forest Grove Volunteer Fire
Company
2nd Place: Vineland Fire Company No. 5
Wallace Middle School Selling
Coupon Books
Wallace Middle School is selling the
“South Jersey Save Around” coupon book
as a fundraiser. The coupon book is filled
with more than $6,300 in savings for the
area’s dining, service, entertainment, retail,
and recreation establishments. It makes a
great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for
relative or friend who loves saving money.
The book sells for $20 and all proceeds
go towards student activities. If interested
in purchasing a book, contact Debbie
Castagnoli at 856-362-8887, ext. 6004.
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CONNECTI NG YOU TO SOUTH JERSEY. WEEKLY.
Send your letters to Santa by way of
The Grapevine Express!
Hey Kids, it’s that time of year again...the holiday
you’ve waited for all year long!
Have you written your letter to Santa yet? Your hometown newspaper is
collecting letters to Santa fromall good boys and girls. We will print your letter
in a future issue of The Grapevine, then send themalong to the North Pole.
Remember to keep your letters short—Santa is very busy this time of year.
Send themvia e-mail to deb@grapevinenewspaper.com
or mail themto The Grapevine, 907 N. Main Rd. Ste. 205, Vineland 08360,
or have Momor Dad drop themoff at our office.
Santa’s Mailbag
P.S. Don’t forget to send a
photo of yourself, too!
COMMUNITY CALENDAR

HAPPENINGS
WEDNESDAYS THROUGH DEC. 14
GriefShare. MIllville Church of the
Nazarene, 2201 E. Main St., Millville. A 13
week seminar/support group for those
who've lost loved ones. Each week is self
contained,so if you miss one, you don't
miss out. 7–9 p.m. Registration fee $15
(workbook included).
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
SBDC Business Reading and
Discussion Group Meeting. Apron
Stings Dessert Boutique, 19 E. Oak Street,
Millvillle, 6–8 p.m. The Small Business
Development Center at The Richard
Stockton College of New Jersey meets.
Free event. 856-696-5660, ext 203.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
“Christmas at the Ramada”
Luncheon. Ramada Inn of Vineland,
2216 West Landis Ave. & Route 55,
Vineland. 12 noon. Jim Hughes from
Newfield, NJ, will present a concert of
Christmas music. Garden State Christian
Women’s Connection meeting, but gen-
tlemen are welcome to attend Christmas
luncheon. Reservations recommended,
856-765-5187 or 856-690-9172.
DECEMBER 8 AND 9
AARP Driver Safety Program.
Bridgeton Multi-Purpose Senior Center,
Burt St. and Babe Ruth Rd., Bridgeton.
1–4 p.m. Space in the classes is limited,
and registration is required. To register,
call 856-453-2220. $14 ($12 for AARP
members). Make check payable to AARP
and mail to Office on Aging, 800 E.
Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Community Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Malaga Church, corner of routes 40 and
47, Malaga. 6:15 p.m. Music, Christmas
carols, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit
with Santa.
Second Friday Celebrates the
Holidays. Bayshore Discovery Project,
2800 High St, Port Norris. 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Second Fridays By The Bay, Cumberland
County's newest Friday night option, con-
tinues. Entertainment will include holiday
music. Holiday Marketplace of bay-ori-
ented crafts and gifts from a variety of
local vendors. "The Abundant Oyster"
and other exhibits will be on display in
the Delaware Bay Museum & Folklife
Center.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
The Nutcracker Prince. Vineland
Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave.,
Vineland. 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Puppet
show. Free, but registration is required.
Children 8 and younger must be accom-
panied by an adult at all times in the
library. For more information or to regis-
ter: 794-4244, ext. 4246.
Soul of the Season. Glasstown Arts
District, Millville. 6–9 p.m. More than 30
galleries, shops and restaurants provide
holiday shoppers and children with a
magical evening. Horse and carriage
rides, Santa’s workshop, song and dance
performances, free trolley.
Holiday Open House. Sweetpea's
Children's Shoppe, 2757 S. Main Rd.,
Vineland. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa visiting,
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
Mansion House Tour. 821
Columbia Ave., Millville. 1–4 p.m. The
Mansion House was built in 1814 by
David C. Wood and lived in for over
150 years by members of the Wood
family. Listed on the Cumberland
County Register of Historic
Structures and Sites, the Mansion
was gifted to the Millville Historical
Society by Wawa, Incorporated and
the Wood family. This year's theme is
Millville's trains and trolleys. Vintage
photographs and toy trains will be on
display. The first and second floor
will be open for tours. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Music will be
provided throughout the day and
includes singing by Lakeside's
Shades of Blue and harp playing by
Kristin DeHainaut. Residents are
encouraged to share their memories
of Millville's trains and trolleys, the
Mansion House and Millville
Manufacturing. Event is free. Parking
is available in the lot directly behind
the Mansion House.
YMCA of Vineland • 691-0030 • www.ccaymca.org
FOCUSING ON HEALTHY LIVING
Giving you support, guidance and resources to
achieve greater health and well-being
Be a YMCA Member!
No joining fees • No contracts • 0% interest free monthly bank drafting • Save
45% with a Family Facility Membership • Pay in full and receive one free month
Facility Membership Includes:
• One FREE tness/aquatic class for each adult
member every eight week session
• FREE ActivTrax tness & nutrition program – manage
your access at the Y or at home!
• FREE Healthy Family Home program – weekly family play time!
• FREE consultations with our YMCA registered dietician
• FREE orientation of equipment in our Family Fitness Center
• FREE access to all YMCA’s in the State of NJ
GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH WITH A Y GIFT CERTIFICATE
- LIVESTRONG at the Y – a free 12 week cancer survivor program
supported through the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign

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In order to remain the leader in recycling statewide,
the Cumberland County Improvement Authority has implemented
a number of innovative environmental education programs for young
adults, thus helping to foster a new generation of eco-friendly citizens.
Additional Improvement Authority partnerships focus on
community-wide education by providing information, resources,
products, and solutions in order for county residents to live
healthy lives and reduce their impact on the environment.
For more information on how you can make a difference,
please call 856-825-3700 or visit our Web site at www.ccia-net.com
Solid Waste Complex tours and
classroom visits educate young adults
about what happens to trash and
recyclables we dispose of every day.
The Environmental Fair utilizes
demonstrations, exhibits, and
entertainment to teach 4th grade
students the importance of recycling
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so bring Christmas Wish List and camera.
Savings on select merchandise. refresh-
ments. Check out Sweetpea’s Giving Tree,
supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Cumberland/Salem Counties. Select an
ornament and donate an unwrapped
gift(s) for a child age newborn to 6 years
old. 856-213-6739, Facebook, or visit
www.yoursweetpea.com.
Santa Visit. Members 1st of NJ FCU, 37
W. Landis Ave., Vineland. 10 a.m.–12
noon. Members should bring their list,
have their photo taken with Santa and
enjoy some holiday treats and crafts.
Firemen's Christmas Parade & Block
Party. Downtown Hammonton. 7 p.m. The
parade features decorated firetrucks along
with floats, dance groups, and music. A
free Block Party will be held afterward at
Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street.
Wreaths of Remembrance. Vineland
Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 524 NW
Blvd., Vineland. 9 a.m.
www.vinelandrotary.com.
Children's Holiday Show and Craft
Program. Millville Public Library , 210
Buck St., Millville, 1:30 p.m. Puppeteer
Richard Waterhouse presents "Sam
Discovers the Holidays" a holiday show
with music, laughs, stories, and puppets.
There may even be some magic. There
will be a holiday craft of magic scratch
angel ornaments after the show. Children
of all ages are welcome. Register at the
Circulation Desk or call 856-825-7087,
ext. 12.
DECEMBER 10 AND 11
Christmas in the Cafe. Larry’s II, 907 N.
Main Rd., Vineland. Saturday 8 a.m–7 p.m.,
Sunday 8 a.m–2 p.m. Buy your special hol-
iday gifts this year handmade from local
artists, then sit down for coffee or a meal.
DECEMBER 10, 11 AND 12
Advent Healing Mission. Our Lady of
Pompeii Church, 4680 Dante Ave.,
Vineland. Saturday 5 p.m, Sunday 3 p.m.,
Monday 7 p.m. With Father Richard
McAlear, includes Mass and Healing
Prayers, both physical and spiritual, at the
end each Mass. 691-7526.
DECEMBER 10, 11 AND
JANUARY 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club
27th Annual Open House. Route 40
and Fir Ave, Richland. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. No
Admission Charge. Door prize daily for
kids and grand prize drawing on the last
day. Come see highly detailed HO Scale
models of many different trains, operated
on a large realistic model railroad through
beautiful scale scenery of Western PA and
Eastern NY State. This is a coal country
bridge route. Six to eight trains operated
at a time using DCC technology with
sound. www.patcongvalley.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
Live Nativity, Concert & Dinner. St.
Isidore Church/ Christ The Good Shepard
Parish, 1655 Magnolia Rd., Vineland.
4:30–7:45 p.m. To celebrate the season
and the merging of the parishes. 856-498-
1240 or email: garton777@yahoo.com
AHOME Open House. 300 E. Broad St.,
Millville. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Showcasing a
home at this address and three additional
homes the organization has for sale.
DECEMBER 11 AND 18
Friendship Open
House. Historic
Friendship Church,
Weymouth. 2–4 p.m.
This quaint 203-
year-old church will
take you back to a
time of homespun
simplicity. An
opportunity for the
community to see
the church and
learn about its
interesting history.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support
Group. SJH Fitness Connection, 1430 W.
Sherman Ave., Vineland. 7 p.m. A forum for
men to learn about prostate cancer diagno-
sis and treatment options. Guest speaker,
Dr. Krisch, Board-Certified Urologist, will
talk about erectile dysfunction and
enlarged prostate. Family and friends are
welcome. Free. 856-641-8674.
Songs of Christmas Cheer. Notre Dame
Regional School, 601 Central Ave.,
Landisville. 7 p.m. Pre-school children and
kindergarteners perform.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Greater Millville Chamber of
Commerce Luncheon. New Jersey
Motorsports Park’s Officers Club, Dividing
Creek Rd., Millville. 11:30 a.m. Performance
by the Millville Senior High Select Choir.
$20 with advance registration and $22 at
the door. 825-2600 to reserve your seat.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Foundation for Wellness Professionals
Health Program. Millville Public Library,
210 Buck St., Millville. 11 a.m. Topic will be
"Natural Solutions to Treating Arthritis &
Preventing Joint Pain." Free and open to
the public. 825-7087, ext. 12 to register.
Third Thursday: A Renaissance
Holiday Evening. Downtown Hammonton.
6–9 p.m. Enjoy Medieval merriment, food,
art, shopping, music and more.
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The Gift of Entertainment
Gift-giving for the “tough to buy for” just got easier. How about a pair of tickets
to a 2012 show at The Landis Theater? Shows to choose from in the first few
months include The Magic of Bill Blagg (January 28), Hotel California: A Salute
to the Eagles (February 25), and American English: The Complete Beatles
Tribute (March 17). Seats
for most shows range from
$17.50 to $45. For the
complete selection of
shows, visit the Box Office
at 830 East Landis Avenue
in Vineland or
www.landistheater.com.
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Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank
Twice Loved,
at a Bargain
Twice Loved
Treasures has
moved to 20 W.
Park Avenue (Park
and Delsea Drive in
Vineland, next to
Forman Mills). At
this thrift store,
operated by South
Jersey Healthcare,
you can recycle by
donating clothes,
books, and household items. In the true spirit of holiday sharing, you can shop
for any of these same items. Outfit yourself for holiday parties, find adorable
clothing for the kids on your list, find kitchen gadgets, electronics, and more.
The store has plenty to choose from, so go there with your holiday lists. Store
hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Time for Cookies
You may want to give this
pizzelle maker to the baker
on your list—or you might
prefer buying it for yourself
and then packing up the
goodies as gifts. Either way,
this CucinoPro Pizzelle
Maker’s a steal at $49.99 at
LaTorre Hardware, 1607 S.
Delsea Drive, Vineland.
They also have pasta mak-
ers and home wine-making
equipment! Available from
their e-store, too, at
www.latorre-hardware.com/
Double-Duty
Handbag
Guilty Pleasures
Fashion Boutique,
202 N High Street
in Millville, has got
your number,
ladies. (Men, take
note.) This hand-
bag, at $89.99,
may be a bit over
our $50 limit, but
guys, it’s a hand-
bag, and a special-
ty handbag at that!
Designed to carry
a second pair of
shoes in a separate, washable section, it keeps the interior contents of the tote
clean and organized. Chicago native Dorrie Freiman created her Hidden Soles
bags with a separate, hidden exterior compartment that can hold even your
tallest stilettos (fitting up to five-inch heels). Available in patent leather shades
of cranberry, brown and black. Trust us, guys, she will be amazed at your clever
gift-giving! Available online, too, at www.guiltypleasuresfashion.com/
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umberland County residents
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second Friday of each month.
After an inaugural November
run, Bivalve will again host Second Fridays
by the Bay, an evening filled with food, bev-
erages and entertainment that also offers a
look at the legacy of the community.
On December 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
Second Fridays by the Bay will present the
seasonal “Bayshore Holiday” as this
month’s theme. The monthly gatherings
promise a mixture of area history, music
by local artists, a hands-on activity, and
exhibits in the Delaware Bay Museum &
Folklife Center. Admission is free.
Hosted at the Bayshore Discovery
Project's newly restored shipping sheds,
which were the center of the area’s oyster
business a century ago, the
event provides visitors with
covered wharves on the
Maurice River and a collec-
tion of historic buildings.
The setting offers a glimpse
into the past as well as an
opportunity to witness one
of New Jersey’s last remain-
ing working waterfronts.
The site is also where New
Jersey’s tall ship, the A.J.
Meerwald, docks.
Bivalve takes its name
from the term for mollusks
with two-hinged shells that
include clams, mussels, scal-
lops and oysters, the last of
which has provided the
town with its most notable
industry. Various online
sources report that Bivalve
is part of the Commercial
Township Wetlands
Restoration Site.
By the early portion of
the 20th century, Bivalve,
along with neighboring
Shell Pile, established its
reputation in the oyster
trade. Its location on the
Maurice River near the
town of Port Norris allowed
it to develop into a thriving
local industry that began to
wane in the mid-1950s after
the spread of MSX, a lethal infection that
destroyed oyster supplies in the Delaware
Bay and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard.
The Bivalve area is certainly rich in
history. The Maurice River is the source
of many legends dating back to the early
European settlement of New Jersey.
According to William McMahon’s South
Jersey Towns: History and Legend, this
waterway was originally named
Wahatquenack by local Indians. With the
arrival of Dutch explorers, who were
known to capture and enslave Indian resi-
dents, the river was used as a means of
transportation for prospective settlers.
Reports say that a band of Indians
attacked the Dutch vessel Prince Maurice
in the area of what is today Commercial
Township. The destruction of the ship led
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Oystering Industry
Town names like Bivalve and Shell Pile are a clue to what
was once a thriving industry along the Delaware Bay coast.
Bivalve shucking house workers. From the collection of the
Cumberland County Historical Society. Bottom: 1941 crew of
Schooner Mary Carolyn. Photo courtesy of John Lore.
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early settlers to use its name when refer-
ring to the river, and its title became offi-
cial over time.
McMahon also informs us that the
lumber industry was once dominant in
the Port Norris area after the town was
purchased by Joseph Jones in 1810 and
renamed after the new owner’s eldest son.
The son of a successful coffee merchant,
Jones met with failure when he attempted
to establish a sheep range. His other
endeavor, the cutting and shipping of
cordwood, proved to be a thriving busi-
ness. Jones used several boats to transport
the cut wood to the Philadelphia market.
As the century progressed, however, the
oyster industry surpassed all others in the
area. Before the arrival of a railroad line in
Port Norris in 1860, relay teams transport-
ed oysters packed in ice to Gloucester
where boats carried them to Philadelphia.
These earlier eras are celebrated at
Second Fridays by the Bay through sea-
sonal or thematic exhibits that provide vis-
itors with a sense of the location’s history
and spirit, especially through its museum
offerings. November’s Second Friday event
celebrated the opening of “The Abundant
Oyster” exhibition that, according to the
event’s press release, presented “oral his-
tory excerpts, artifacts, photographs and
newspaper accounts that recall the experi-
ences of African-Americans in Bivalve,
Shell Pile, Port Norris and Maurice River
during the height of the area’s oyster
industry.” Consisting of accounts by cur-
rent and former residents of the area, the
exhibit has offered a depiction of Bivalve,
Shellpile and Port Norris inhabitants at
work, play and worship during bygone
years, along with a collection of photo-
graphs, newspaper articles and artifacts
that bring to life the oral histories.
The museum, which includes an art
gallery and gift shop, is also open Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I
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Project, 2800 High St, Port Norris. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cumberland County's newest
Friday night option, continues on December 9, ringing in the holidays with a cor-
nucopia of sounds, sights and tastes. This month's event is co-sponsored by the
Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Cumberland
County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Entertainment will include holiday music by
harpist Kristen Dehainut; a historical reading of
sailors' holiday memories by Captain Jesse Briggs;
scenes from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a
selection from Handel's Messiah performed by the
Buckshutem Chorale; and a selection of holiday
numbers performed by the Port Norris School
Chorus. At the end of the evening, pianist Misty
Fiske will lead the audience in more caroling.
This month, the gift shop will feature a Holiday Marketplace of bay-oriented
crafts and gifts from a variety of local vendors.
Make & Take Workshop: Make a variety of holiday ornaments and handmade
cards (for kids and adults!)
Foodways Demonstration: Learn to make delicious holiday oyster stuffing from
scratch.
The Cafe will offer its signature oyster chowder, Jersey beers and wines, and
holiday specialties like pumpkin soup and apple cranberry crisp with hard sauce.
The raw bar will feature fresh oysters provided by Bivalve Packing Company.
"The Abundant Oyster" and other exhibits will be on display in the Delaware
Bay Museum & Folklife Center.
This month's highlighted partner, the Mauricetown Historical Society, will have
a display of historic Christmas items, and will be selling tickets for their
December 10 Holiday House Tour.
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New members of the Cumberland 4-H
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Junior leaders are in grades six and
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helping with 4-H programs, assisting 4-H
leaders with parts of a club meeting and
conducting community service activities.
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YMCA Poinsettia Sale Supports Youth Sports
The Vineland YMCA is sponsoring a poinsettia sale to support its popular
Youth Sports program. The six-inch poinsettias, provided by Vineland’s
Huffman Farms, cost $10; eight-inch flowers cost $15. Available colors include
red, white, pink, Monet, marble, and jingle bells. Orders and payments are
being accepted through Thursday, December 8.
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foundation of a building, transforming
itself into its fruiting or spore producing
life stage. At that point it appears as a slimy
mound or mass in a variety of colors,
including bright yellow and orange.
Slime molds feed on decaying organic
matter, bacteria and protozoa. Although
they are not parasites, they may engulf low
lying plants by covering or shading them.
Slime molds may also appear in lawns due
to over watering or poor drainage.
LIFE CYCLE
These slime molds are similar to fungi in
that they produce spores which when
moistened, germinate and give rise to
microscopic organisms. The body of a slime
mold is a “blob-like” mass. The mass is
referred to as a plasmodium. Much like an
amoeba, as they mature, they prey on
microorganisms and decaying organic mat-
ter by engulfing them, and must have a
moist surface to move. With favorable
moist conditions the plasmodium can
reach two feet or more in diameter.
When conditions are no longer favor-
able, they aggregate to form a spore pro-
ducing structures resembling a “foamy
mass or puffball.” New spores then form
within the structure. As the fruiting body
dries up and cracks open, the spores are
blown by the wind to new locations where
they can start new colonies.
CONTROL
Slime molds are more an aesthetic nui-
sance then a threat to gardens or lawns.
They are generally considered beneficial
organisms because they decompose dead
organic matter, help cycle nutrients and
may consume pathogenic fungi or bacte-
ria in the soil.
Slime molds will generally disappear if
left alone but their appearance may cause
homeowners, park and playground man-
agers to desire a more rapid method of
removal.
Chemical treatment has been found
ineffective, but cultural and mechanical
maintenance of mulched areas can mini-
mize their presence. Once a colony starts
to form, simply allow the mulch to dry
out; use a rake and turn it under; or scoop
the slime mold up and place in the
garbage. You may also be able to break it
up with a forceful stream of water.
Untreated slime molds can also quick-
ly disappear as the weather dries out the
organism and it returns to its invisible
spore stage. It is important to note that if
conditions for slime mold development
are still present and a food source is avail-
able, they may reappear throughout the
season. The simplest thing to do is to look
at them for their unique and interesting
beauty, and tolerate a little slime mold
now and then. I
New Jersey Equine Advisory Board Announces $1,000 Scholarship
The New Jersey Equine Advisory Board has announced a $1,000 scholarship to
help 4-H and FFA members, as well as any young adult who is a member of a
New Jersey Equine organization represented on the New Jersey Equine Advisory
Board, pursue their equine activities.
The Sara Dubinin Scholarship, in memory of Sara Dubinin, who loved horses,
will be presented at the New Jersey Bred Equine Breeder Awards Dinner on
January 15, 2012, at Charley’s Other Brother Restaurant in Eastampton.
Sara, a Sayreville resident, graduated from Cardinal McCarrick High School in
South Amboy in 2006. The 19-year-old was attending Middlesex County College
when she succumbed to injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in
September of 2007.
Those interested in receiving the scholarship must submit an essay on, “How
horses have affected my life and how horses figure into my future.” Consideration
of applications will be weighted upon the candidate’s financial need.
The deadline to submit the essay is January 6, 2012. It can be submitted to
Debra Moscatiello at 609-984-4389 or debra.moscatiello@ag.state.nj.us.
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November 14th thru December 22nd
Participating downtown stores
Shop the Glasstown Arts District and fill in an entry form
for a chance to win in-store gis plus an opportunity for a
fabulous $1,000 shopping spree!
Saturday, December 10th • 6-9 PM
• Horse & carriage rides • Free trolley • Santa’s workshop
• Live singing & dance performances • And more!
A great family holiday tradition event with over 30 galleries,
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and children of all ages a magical holiday evening.

the Holidays in Millville’s Glasstown Arts District
Millville, NJ
This programis made possible in part by funds fromthe New Jersey
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CONNECTI NG YOU TO SOUTH JERSEY. WEEKLY.
Send your letters to Santa by way of
The Grapevine Express!
Hey Kids, it’s that time of year again...the holiday
you’ve waited for all year long!
Have you written your letter to Santa yet? Your hometown newspaper is
collecting letters to Santa fromall good boys and girls. We will print your letter
in a future issue of The Grapevine, then send themalong to the North Pole.
Remember to keep your letters short—Santa is very busy this time of year.
Send themvia e-mail to deb@grapevinenewspaper.com
or mail themto The Grapevine, 907 N. Main Rd. Ste. 205, Vineland 08360,
or have Momor Dad drop themoff at our office.
Santa’s Mailbag
P.S. Don’t forget to send a
photo of yourself, too!
Santa’s
Mailbag
Dear Santa,
I love you! I would like the Lego Police
Station, Lego Alien Conquest (good guy)
big truck, some Star Wars Legos, Knex
Mario Kart, Imaginext Pirate Ship,
Mario Kart & Super Mario Bros. for the
Wii. My wish is that someday I can be
like one of your elves and help you at
your workshop.
Merry Christmas & Ho Ho Ho,
Brayden Brown
Dear Santa,
This is what I would like for Christmas:
An iPod Touch with a camera, ice skates-
size 5, an Angry Birds pillow (yellow),
Moshi Monster DS game and stickers, Just
Dance 3 for Wii, Headbanz game, and
light-up slinky. And my Christmas wish is
for all soldiers to be safe and be able to go
home for Christmas.
Merry Christmas,
Kylie Brown
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Love,
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Dear Santa,
I want a Barbie. I love playing with
dolls. How’s the North Pole? I bet it’s
freezing there. How’s Mrs. Claus? Is she
nice? Can your reindeer talk? I saw you in
a movie. It was called The Search for Santa
Paws and in Santa Clause 2. When is your
birthday? How do your reindeer fly? Do
you have a pet? How old are you? I’m 9
years old. I guess I’m too old to believe in
you. Am I? Every kid in school makes fun
of me. I guess they’re on the naughty list.
What should I do? I don’t want to be on
the naughty list. I want to have friends,
but they’re always mean to me. So what
should I do?
Yours Truly,
Gissele Colon
P.S. It sounds like this: Jizzele
Dear Santa Claus,
My name is Matthew Cunningham
Jr.. I’ve been good this year and I even
help Mom-Mom make cookies for you
and Rudolph. I will make carrot cook-
ies just for Rudolph and choclate chip
cookies and milk for you.
This year I would really, really like a
Call of Duty 3 game and an Iron Man. I
will be so happy if you bring them.
And Santa Claus, maybe you can talk
to Jesus and ask him to give my baby
sister Ireland a big kiss from me? My
baby sister lives with Jesus. Tell her I
love her.
And Santa Claus, please don’t eat
too many cookies ’cause you won’t fit
down my chimney. Last year I found
some presents in the front yard. What
happened?
Thank you, Santa.
Love, Matthew
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Name: ____________________________________ Relationship to nominee __________________________ Phone number _______________________________
Address______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address _______________________________
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• Nomination forms must be received at The
Grapevine by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. Nomination
forms and essays become the property of The
Grapevine and will not be returned.
• While many heroes show lifelong heroic behavior,
nominators must highlight an event/situation
within the last two years.
• Nominees must live or work in the Greater
Cumberland County area.
• The Grapevine will host each hero at the
Hometown Hero Awards Gala in March 2012.
• The Hometown Hero Selection Committee will
be comprised of civic volunteers and community
leaders; this group will select the Hometown
Heroes from amongst all nominees.
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Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to letters@grapevinenewspaper.com
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or by mail to:
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The Grapevine’s
Crossword Puzzle
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Times
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11. Revolve
13. Indelible skin marks
15. President Lyndon
16. Ethiopia
17. Ice hockey equipment
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Students Help Downtown Businesses Deck the Halls
More than 300 students from all
Vineland Public Schools, private and
parochial schools in the community
worked together to brighten downtown
businesses for the holiday season,
according to John and Denise Procopio,
coordinators of the project.
The event, now in its third year, is
intended to establish and build strong
relationships between the schools, stu-
dents, businesses and community as a
whole, according to the Procopios.
The students descended on the
downtown district on November 17,
working on decorations to beautify
Christmas trees and present them in an
array of 21 business storefront win-
dows. A contest was also part of the
project, and each school's tree will be
judged based on several criteria, with
prizes awarded to the winners.
"We would like to thank Wal-Mart
and the Youth Alliance for helping us in
coordinating the donation of 25 pre-lit Christmas trees," said John Procopio.
"The support of the Vineland Board of Education, as well as contributions and
providing transportation was important to the success of this project.”
Following their work in the downtown businesses, the students were treated to
pizza and soft drinks at Hanger 84, courtesy of the Vineland Downtown
Improvement District.
On November 20, visiting students from Australia also helped decorate in the
Wal-Mart Lobby, under the supervision of the Youth Alliance.
From left: Winslow students, Deanna Soto, Brooke Benvenuti, Jessica Abruscato, Emily
Jost, and Caroline Brown decorate a tree under the direction of Kara Macon-Rehm, an
art teacher, and Lauren Sherma, of the guidance office.
Cumberland County College Marks 45 Years
Assemblyman Matthew Milam, center, presents a State of New Jersey resolution
honoring Cumberland County College on its 45th anniversary to CCC President Dr.
Thomas Isekenegbe, left, and CCC Board of Trustees Chairman Charles Brett Jr.
The resolution states: "The strength and success of New Jersey, and the effectiveness
of our American society, depend upon outstanding schools of higher learning such as
Cumberland County College." About 350 students enrolled when CCC opened on October
17, 1966. Today, more than 4,000 students are enrolled during the academic year.
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DECEMBER 7 THROUGH 13
Nightlife at Bennigan’s. 2196 W.
Landis Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Karaoke
Thursdays with Bob Morgan, 9 p.m.-
close, $3 Heinekens, DJ/Dance Party
Fridays 9 p.m.-Close, $3 Coronas. All
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Nightlife at Neptune Restaurant. 1554
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692-2800.
Karaoke Night. Old Oar House Irish Pub.
123 N. High St., Millville, 293-1200. 9 p.m.
Bike Nite. Bojo’s Ale House, 222 N. High
St., Millville. 7 p.m. 327-8011.
EVERY THURSDAY
Jazz Duos. Annata Wine Bar, Bellevue
Ave., Hammonton, 609-704-9797. Live Jazz
featuring area's best jazz duos. 6:30 -
9:30 p.m. No cover. Reservations recom-
mended.
DECEMBER 9 THROUGH 11
Nightlife at Ramada. Harry's Pub at
Ramada, W. Landis Ave. and Rt. 55,
Vineland, 696-3800. Wed.: Ladies Night,
1/2 price appetizers all night. Happy Hour
Mon.-Sat, 4-6 p.m. $1 off alcoholic drinks.
Fri. and Sat., live entertainment.
Nightlife at Bojo’s. 222 N. High St.,
Millville, 327-8011. Thurs.: Charlie Maines
Sing Along 8 p.m., Fri and Sat.: Karaoke
with Patty and Rick. Sun.: Football, $1 off all
Millers.
Nightlife at The Rail. The Rail, 1252
Harding Hwy, Richland. 697-7245. Thurs:
The Kate & Adrianna Show. Fri.: Beatles
Revolve Tribute Band. Sat.: TJ Frye Band.
EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Top 40 Dance Party w/ DJ Tony
Morrison. The Cosmopolitan. 3513 S.
Delsea Dr,, Vineland. All of the most popular
mainstream dance music. 765-5977.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
Evening of Scenes and Monologues.
Cumberland County College, Guaracini
Performing Arts Center, Sherman Ave.
and College Dr., Vineland. 7 p.m. Join
students of CCC Theater Arts and
Deborah Bradshaw’s advanced acting
class for an evening of acting scenes and
monologues performed by seasoned
actors. Free, but tickets required and
seats will be assigned as seating limited.
We Came As Romans. Hangar 84, 20
S. Sixth St., Vineland, 609-319-5423.
Rock band. 5 p.m. $17-20.
www.hangar84music.com.
Adelante. The Bistro On Broad, 400
Broad St., Elmer, 358-8978. Live music. 6
- 9 p.m.
Joe Kozak. Old Oar House Irish Pub. 127
N. High St., Millville. 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Cumberlads Holiday Concert. Bridgeton
Library, Commerce St., Bridgeton. Men’s a
capella chorus directed by Gene Tubertini.
7 p.m. 825-0511.
CCC Student Recital. Cumberland
County College, Guaracini Performing
Arts Center, Sherman Ave. and College
Dr., Vineland. 7 p.m. Join CCC music and
voice students as they present a sam-
pling of their latest efforts. Free. No tick-
ets required.
Handel’s Messiah. Vineland High School
Auditorium, E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.
7:30 p.m. The VHS Select Choir performs.
Free and all are welcome to attend.
Livingston Taylor. Appel Farm Arts &
Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, 358-
2472. 8 - 10 p.m. A diverse repertoire that
includes country, Broadway, bluegrass and
blues. $27.50 Enjoy a pre-show dinner and
sample the wines at Auburn Road
Vineyard and Winery at 117 Sharptown-
Auburn Rd, Pilesgrove, 5 – 7 p.m. $20
(with the purchase of concert ticket).
Purchase at www.appelfarm.org or by
calling 800-394-1211.
True Rumors. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth
St., Vineland, 609-319-5423. Rock band.
6 p.m. $10-12. www.hangar84music.com.
Rich Fuller and Friends. Bogart’s
Bookstore. 210 N. High St., Millville. Free
admission. 7-9 p.m.
Kenny Young Band. Old Oar House Irish
Pub. 127 N. High St., Millville. 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
Cumberlads Holiday Concert. SJH
Fitness Connection, W. Sherman Ave.,
Vineland. Men’s a capella chorus directed
by Gene Tubertini. 12 noon. 825-0511.
Soul of the Season: Clan Suibne.
Bogart’s Bookstore. 210 N. High St.,
Millville. Irish music. Free admission. 6-9
p.m.
Christmas Cantata. Rock of Salvation
Church, 513 Grape St., Vineland. 7 p.m.
Hymns sung by the choir, soloists, and
instrumentals and native music from the
island of Puerto Rico.
Trashbag Poncho. Old Oar House Irish
Pub. 127 N. High St., Millville. 9 p.m.
Dance Crush Studio and Latin Era
Productions Holiday Celebration.
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fights in 2011]. But
we’re getting a lot of
attention right now.
Because of that, relo-
cating may be neces-
sary, and that’s
something we’re
exploring.”
For Haydak, who
is from Cumberland
County, one of the
important things
about CFFC’s ascen-
sion is taking along
some local residents
for the ride. That’s
why he has worked to make sure that he
has a Cumberland County native on
almost all of his fight cards, with many of
them signing multi-fight deals with the
company.
“[Cumberland County] is where I was
born and raised,” said Haydak, “and I’ll
always call it home. I think it’s important to
try to give guys in this area who have the
potential to fight an opportunity to do so.”
He insists that this isn’t just a charity
for locals wanting to get a start in MMA,
however. The talent pool in the area is
very strong, and that’s the main reason
why he often approaches Cumberland
County guys about getting on a fight card.
“We don’t just put Cumberland County
guys on there that we think are average
fighters. Every guy who gets on a card is a
good fighter,” said Haydak. “If you look at
the fighters that we’ve used from this
area, they all seem to have wrestling as a
background. Wrestlers have a distinct
advantage in this sport. And the guys we
use—they’re all standout wrestlers from
back in the day, coming out of strong pro-
grams in Buena, Vineland, and Millville.”
On December 10, the fight card at
Resorts will once again feature a standout
wrestler who made his name locally. Mike
Wilcox, age 24, grew up in Buena,and
wrestled at Buena Regional during his
high school years, was a collegiate nation-
al champion during his time at Delaware
Valley College. On the 10th, he’ll make his
professional debut against Emmanuel
Walo, an undefeated fighter who special-
izes in striking.
Wilcox made his amateur MMA debut
at Harrah’s Casino on September 24, and
Haydak was in attendance to see the fight-
er he had heard was incredibly skilled.
Wilcox won in a three-round decision that
night, and Haydek was impressed.
“When I first heard that Mike was
going to fight on the amateur level, I went
out to see him, “said Haydak. “After seeing
his raw ability, I pleaded with him to turn
pro with our show. We’re blessed that he’s
doing that. He’s a classic example of the
quality fighters that
come out of this
area.”
For Wilcox, the
decision to take his
talents to the profes-
sional stage was a lot
more about dollars
and cents than any-
thing else. Since
graduating from col-
lege, he has worked
as a wrestling coach,
while also working
odd jobs here and there. He wanted to
continue wrestling, which is his first pas-
sion. But after seeing the dearth of
wrestling tournaments in the area, he
began to look at MMA as an alternative,
and something he could realistically pur-
sue as a career, since the possibility of
making a career out of wrestling seemed
grim.
“I had been substituting, and coaching
wrestling, but not really doing anything
that I could make a career out of,” said
Wilcox. “I looked for jobs, but the econo-
my being what it is, it was barren out
there. So I began looking at MMA. You see
the UFC and the type of success those
guys have, and you think you might be
able to get there. I think that’s where
every MMA fighter really wants to be, and
I‘m striving for that.”
The process for getting involved in
MMA has been a bit of a whirlwind for
Wilcox. He was asked to fight on
September 24 unexpectedly, and was left
with only five weeks to train before the
fight. For the fight on December 10, he’ll
only have about four months of real train-
ing under his belt. Though he believes his
background as a wrestler, and the instincts
that accompany it, will suit him well, he
knows that he has a lot of work ahead of
him to get to where he wants to be.
“Because I’ve got the wrestling back-
ground, I’ve focused a lot more on striking
in my training,” said Wilcox. “I don’t want
to have to rely on taking a guy to the
ground to win a fight. It’s about becoming
a more well-rounded fighter. I’m training
hard, and six months from now, I hope to
be at a point where I could kick the crap
out of the fighter I am right now.”
But will the hurried nature of his
preparation for the fight and his lack of
real experience be detrimental to his per-
formance at his debut?
“When I think of fighting, I think of
everything being all out, and it’s all about
my training versus his training, my ability
versus his ability, my diet versus his diet,”
he said. “I’m ready to go. People think I’m
rushing into it a little bit, but I expect to
win this fight. Not that I’m taking him
lightly, but I don’t expect him to come out
and roll over me. Nine times out of 10, I
beat this guy.”
Haydak says that Wilcox has a good
chance to hold his own in the cage, if not
now, then in the future.
“I know Mikey is a very accomplished
wrestler,” said Haydak. “His hands have
improved drastically in training—I’ve seen
that firsthand. Sometimes, I’m tempted to
think he’s absolutely going to annihilate
somebody, but I need to keep in mind that
the other guy is a professional, too. The
other guy is there because he can fight. I
think Mike can do very well, even if it
takes some time.”
On December 10, fans will get the
opportunity to see if Wilcox can be the
next Cumberland County guy to become a
long time fixture in the world of profes-
sional MMA. I
The cemetery is no longer active with the
burials having taken place from 1900 to
1966. Many of the tombstones in this ceme-
tery have the service of the veteran etched
in granite. Surprising to me is the fact that
the service record of the husband of many
of the widows is included on her stone if he
is not buried there.
This is the final resting place of many
Civil War veterans. Buried there are over
120 married couples who lived through this
tragic war as well as vets without spouses.
Many widows of Civil War soldiers are also
buried here. Unfortunately, there is no his-
tory placed on the monuments. Perhaps
their spouses did not survive battle and
were buried where they fell. We will proba-
bly never know.
It is always interesting to discover infor-
mation from tombstones. For instance, there
are several Civil War veterans who served
with “colored” units. These units played a
significant part during this war that went
virtually untold for many years. This was
also a time when many women served sig-
nificant roles but were not recognized.
There is one exception found here: MaryA.
Richardson.
Mary and her husband David are buried
side by side. David served with Company F
of the 13th Regiment of the New Jersey
Infantry. On Mary’s stone is inscribed “A
nurse in the Civil War” although there is no
indication that it was military service.
Monuments remembering veterans from
the Spanish American War, World War I
and a few from World War II are also found
in the cemetery. I’m sure each has a fasci-
nating story.
Each of the graves in this cemetery has
been documented on www.findagrave.com,
along with pictures of the tombstones. A
copy of the documentation has also been
donated to the Genealogical Society of New
Jersey and the Vineland Historical and
Antiquarian Society. I —Carol D. Parks
Wreaths of Remembrance
Event:
Saturday, December 10, at
Vineland Veterans Memorial
Cemetery, 524 NW Blvd., Vineland.
9 a.m.
The event was inspired by a simi-
lar event held last year at the
Gloucester County Veterans’
Cemetery. The public is welcome
to observe. Dave Schad, a member
of the Vineland Rotary Club, is the
event organizer. For additional
information, e-mail:
info@vinelandrotary.com
For more information on the
national program, visit
www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Mike Wilcox, in his amateur MMA debut
on September 24 at Harrah’s Casino, in
which he was declared the winner. It’s the
same fight where Wilcox was spotted by
promoter Rob Haydak, who convinced him
to turn professional.
Wilcox began to look
at MMA as an alternative,
[to wrestling] and some-
thing he could
realistically pursue
as a career....
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5TH GRADE
Principal’s List
Genevieve Robins
Alexandra Bisignaro
Rucha Shah
Katie Dalponte
Timothy Merighi
Megan Sutter
Jonathan Kelly
Annalise Barrett
First Honors
Matthew Dortu
Second Honors
Chad Bertonazzi
Taylor Mathis
Mikaela Szamreta
Amelia Brago
Myles Holder
Daniel Merighi
Effort
Brandon Feltes
6TH GRADE
Principal’s List
Paul Biagi
Luke Henry
Katarena Paez
First Honors
Allison Capra
Daniel Kuhar
Juliehan Nguyen
Jacqueline O’Rourke
Effort
Daman Mander
7TH GRADE
Principal’s List
Ryley Bennett
Chase Bisignaro
Megan Cullis
First Honors
Jillian Enes
Mick Kirchman
Elizabeth Lam
Athanasios Mertis
Second Honors
Max Szamreta
8TH GRADE
Principal’s List
Evan Bertonazzi
Angela Frederick
Natalie Frey
Brigete Nitsche
Bianca Smith
Matthew Sutter
First Honors
Christian Bik
Austin Christy
Rocco Sangataldo
Gavneet Sehgal
Second Honors
Daniel Biagi
Dominic Ciancaglini
Rachel Davis
Grace Gardiner
Tumelo Nwanma
Franklin Township Library Visits Delsea Students
Franklin Township Public Library Director Denise Saia and Administrative
Assistant Linda McBride visited Delsea High School recently. During their visit to
the ninth graders, they shared examples of children’s stories and possible topics
that the students could use for their service learning project. The ninth graders
will be writing and illustrating a children’s story that will be shared with children
from the local elementary schools in a Read Across America celebration. In addi-
tion, the books that the students write are also placed in the Franklin Township
Public Library during the summer months.
From left: Emily Joslin, Frank Gaetano, Tori Miller, Jeremy Lawrence, Keme Brooks, Bill
Philips, Devan Rodilosso, Bill Wightman, Franklin Twp. Library Assistant, Linda McBride,
Ryan Curry, Franklin Township Library Director, Denise Saia, Starleen Hampton, Cody
Cerkez, and Taylor Anderson-Drews.
Students Briefed on Political, Military Situations
Students in Mrs. Terry Kuhnreich's classes at Vineland High School South
received firsthand information on political and military experiences from two visi-
tors recently. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Jose Ramos visited Kuhnreich's U.S. History
classes to discuss his military experiences and views on the current situation in
Iraq. Master Sgt. Ramos is a retired presidential honor guard who served under
four U.S. Presidents. Master Sgt. Ramos is the father of Jazmin Ramos, a VHS
senior who is a student in Mrs. Kuhnreich's class.
The second visitor was recently retired Staff Sgt. John Boykin of the U.S.
Army's 82nd Airborne division. The 82nd Airborne is an active airborne infantry
division of the Army specializing in parachute landing operations.
Staff Sgt. Boykin spoke to Kuhnreich's Search for Conscience classes about
the genocides in Bosnia and the Congo. He explained how difficult it was to see
the carnage left by those committing ethnic cleansing and how he is still haunt-
ed by those images. Staff Sgt. Boykin also fought in the Persian Gulf and has
more recently been deployed to Sinai and Panama.
He currently lives in New York, but visits his stepdaughter Ardena Moses as
often as possible. Ardena is currently a senior at VHS.
Pictured: Master Sgt. Jose Ramos with daughter Jazmin, front center.
Harlem Globetrotter at Vineland Middle Schools
Seth Franco, the first
Caucasian Harlem
Globetrotter since 1942,
spoke to students, staff
and parents at Rossi
School on October 24,
one of many school and
district programs with
an anti-bullying and
motivational message.
Franco's appearance
at Rossi, and Vineland's
other three middle
schools—Landis,
Veterans Memorial, and
Wallace—was co-spon-
sored by the South
Jersey Youth Alliance.
Franco, named a
Globetrotter in 2003,
now travels the world
inspiring others to "bounce back" from hardship and to "live big dreams." Franco
is well qualified to speak on those subjects, having recovered from a crippling
leg injury during his college career and during that time learning deft hand
moves with a basketball. Those tricks eventually landed him a movie role and an
audition that led to his coveted spot on the Globetrotters.
Now, Franco shares the stage with the likes of Kobe Byrant, LeBron James,
Dwayne Wade, and other NBA All Stars. He has appeared on ESPN, BET, TNT,
MSNBC, and Comedy Central. He still works with the Globetrotters, as well as
Universal Studios, the NBA, and The US Department of Education.
"We were thrilled to have Seth visit us and deliver his anti-bullying, life-affirm-
ing message," said Mrs. Tammy Monahan, Rossi principal. "After speaking with
the students and staff, I believe his appearance will have a positive impact on
student behavior and the overall educational environment at Rossi."
Mrs. Monahan and two students—Justin Malme and Brianna Acosta—were
also treated to a quick lesson on one of Franco's many ball handling tricks—bal-
ancing a spinning basketball on their fingers, to the delight of the crowd in the
school's all-purpose room.
It was a busy day for Franco, speaking to different groups of students during
the day, addressing the staff for an hour later in the afternoon and then a one-
hour session with parents in the evening.
Seth Franco, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters since 2003, speaks during an
assembly at Rossi School in Vineland.
ST. MARY’S HONOR STUDENTS, FIRST QUARTER
St. Mary's School in Vineland is proud to congratulate the following students in grades 5th
through 8th who received Principal's List, First Honors, Second Honors and Effort for the
first marking period.
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Grade 12
Alison Angelo
Christian Bencie
Robert Bishop
Franchesca Cruz
Joseph D'Amato
Troy Day
Sarah DeLeonardis
John DeLeonardis, Jr.
Stephen Dupnock
Courtney Fralick
Mark-Anthony Gaunt
Rachel Gavigan
Robert Gifford
Dustin Graiff
Brittany Harden
Valerie Harris
Timothy Huffman
Brian Langdon, Jr.
Matthew Lewis
Zoe MacAvoy
Tyler Martini
Michael Mazzochi
Siri Nesheim
Megan Petuskey
Emory Pierson, Jr.
Jeffrey Ronchetti
H. Michael Rothman, II
Rebecca Slimm
Brandi Smith
Rachele Smith
Brian Stanzione
Claire Tames
Aaron Tolliver, Jr.
Christina Webster
Grade 11
Kevin Allen, Jr.
Matthew Anderson
Tyler Aulffo
Patrice Basada
Abigail Bencie
Amanda Buirch
Monica Canglin
Samantha Caterina
Victoria Caterina
Angela Christaldi
Justin DeRossi
Zachary Donato
Lindsay Dwyer
Elaine Esteron
Brooke Farside
Alyssa Ferrucci
Michael Galzerano
Samantha Gaudio
Ayla Gentiletti
Genevieve Giovinazzi
Ashley Gonzalez
Nathaniel Jones
Mia Klekos
Anthony Langdon
Theodore Mercurio
Drew Mesiano
Katherine O'Rourke
Dylan Pierson
Christopher Repice
Theresa Riordan
Kimberly Sansalone
Ryan Veltman
Ivana Vinnick
Grade 10
Jan Bernal
Andrew Blizzard
Mia Angelia Dones
Joshua Fabrizio
Gina Giannone
Matthew Gladfelter
Jeffrey Johns
Rosalie LaGrotta
Katelin Letizia
Danielle Lugo
Themba Lungu
Julia Martini
Marialena Melillo
Alexa Plitt
Ernest Scoma
Grade 9
Anthony DeAngelis
Lauren Dwyer
Sarah Galzerano
Ashley Harridan
Erin Napier
Christine Naprava
Sophia Valla
SECOND HONORS
Grade 12
Melina Arellano
Angela Bertonazzi
Mia Capizola
Adam Chamberlain
Jocelyn Cintron
Joseph D'Amato
Rachel DeLeonardis
Dana DiMatteo
Kaitlyn Gallo
I. Joshua Kehoe
Benjamin Notaro, III
Devin Peterson
Joshua Reyes
Brandon Triantos
Grade 11
Nedim Aydin
Vincent Criniti
Justin Dickenson
Jonathan Donnelly
Tyler Lavender
Andrew Magazzu
Joseph Mezzatesta
Megan Moore
Colette Orlandini
Chandler Sammartino
Arin Scalfo
Gabriella Sorantino
Steven Steigerwalt
Grade 10
Christopher Andrews
Spenser Bassett
Drew Bencie
Andrew Bradway, Jr.
Kennedy Johnson
Allison Leach
Rocco Lupi
Zachary Nocon
Jessica Panno
Taylor Santangelo
Dane Spoltore
Zachary Steelman
Grade 9
Eric Bradway
Ciani Carter
Anna Conte
Sonseeahray Dreher
Alyssa Fabrizio
Lukas Gavigan
Kelly Hullihen
Britney Jones
Jenna Lambert
Nicholas Riland
Steven Tobolski
Delsea’s Lloyd Writes for
ERIC Newsletter
Delsea Regional High School Junior
Sarah-Louise Lloyd has had an article
published in the ERIC (Educational
Information and Resource Center)
September newsletter. The opportunity
to write the article on the gifted and
talented program at the MacFarland
Intermediate School in Bordentown
occurred last spring when she shad-
owed her aunt, Maria Tartaglia, who
works at ERIC on “Take Your Child to
Work Day.”
Sarah, of Malaga, is the daughter of
Jean-Louise Zippilli and William Lloyd. She is a member of the Key Club, GSA,
Marching Band, Women’s Choir and Peer Transitions. In addition, she has partic-
ipated in the American Music Abroad program. Her future plans are to attend
Gloucester County College and then transfer to a four-year college.
PRINCIPAL’S LIST
8th Grade
Jessica Baals
Hannah Bokma
Alyssa Bononcini
Sarabeth Sabella
7th grade
Samantha Bevilacqua
Marissa Consalo
Madison Hagerty
Kristine Limm
Ryan Meehan
6th grade
John Caselli
Morgan Hagerty
Zachary Hurban
John Sabella
Gennaro Zappariello
5th grade
Carina Cafiso
Taylor Volpe
FIRST HONORS
8th grade
Isabella Knapp
Adryanna Santiago
7th grade
Jacqueline Napier
6th grade
Andrew Cullinane
Patrick Manganaro
Michael Pozzobon
John Schossig
5th grade
Nicholas DeDomenico
Ian Graiff
Alexis Weaver
Nicole Wolkowicz
SECOND HONORS
7th grade
Celine Capriotti
Sandra Melesio
6th grade
Matthew Savela
Elyse Wooton
Mia Panella
5th grade
Madison Henry
Kameron Solorzano
Nailea Tinoco
Katlynne Weaver
Lenape Native American Demonstration
St. Mary Magdalen Regional School held a Native American demonstration
recenty. Native American Kevin “Two Steps” from the Lenape tribe visited the
school, and through singing, dancing, and storytelling explained the old legends
of animal tales.
With the use of hundreds of artifacts, some 10,000 years old plus tables filled
with ancient tools and games dating back thousands of years SMMRS students
learned about the Lenape culture. There was also a demonstration area showing
toolmaking, fishing techniques, leather work and other crafts.
Kevin “Two Steps” during his recent presentation at St. Mary Magdalen Regional School,
telling pre-K through second grade students an animal tale about the first time birds
flew south for the winter and how turtles got a line down the back of their shells.
VHS Students Learn to “Bury the Hatchet”
Students in the Native American history classes of Beverly Messore have been
studying the Iroquois tribes, specifically the Iroquois Confederacy, which was a
group of five united tribes. As a sign of this unity, the tribes "buried the hatchet,"
burying their weapons and planting on the spot a white pine tree, the "Tree of
Peace." Classes recreated this event for Respect Week by burying negative
actions and behavior.
Students in first period class, from left: Mariaelena Gonzalez, Mollie Dickenson, Alisa Perez,
Christopher Reaves, Christian Morales, Anna DiPietro, Katelyn Couch and Jin Ya Chen.
NOTRE DAME REGIONAL HONOR ROLL, FIRST QUARTER
SACRED HEART HS HONOR STUDENTS, FIRST QUARTER
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The next Power Hour Meet & Greet
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Maplewood III at 5:30 p.m. February’s
event will be on Tuesday, the 7th, at
Merighi’s Savoy Inn, at 5:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet
up with fellow businesspeople and
promote your business.
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ABOVE: The GVCC’s November Power
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Meet & Greet series continued to build
as the December event at Bain’s Deli
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DECEMBER 20—TUESDAY
ASKYOUR LEGISLATOR DAY.
GVCC Office, 11 a.m. Talk One on One with
Assemblyman Matt Milam. By Appointment
Only / Call us to Register.
DECEMBER 15—THURSDAY
GVCC HOLIDAY CELEBRATION.
Mori’s on Landis, 830 E. Landis Ave.,
Vineland. Musical Entertainment by The
Cumberlads. Sponsored by Chemglass Life
Sciences. 5:30-9 p.m. Pre-registration is
required. Members $35 / Non-members $45.
JANUARY 9-THURSDAY
POWER HOUR MEET & GREET.
Maplewood III. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Members Only.
Free food, cash bar. Remember your busi-
ness cards!
JANUARY 21-SATURDAY
VINELAND FIREFIGHTER & EMS
RECOGNITION DINNER.
Merighi’s Savoy Inn, E. Landis Ave. and
Union Rd., Vineland. 6 p.m. Call the Chamber
or go to the website for ad book and spon-
sorship opportunities.
CHAMBER EVENTS:
Registration is required for all
GVCC meetings and events.
For a listing of member events, visit
www.vinelandchamber.org.
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he Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce welcomed guest
speaker Christine Stearns to its monthly luncheon on Friday,
November 18, at Ramada Inn of Vineland. Stearns, vice pres-
ident of health and legal affairs with NJ Business & Industry
Association, shed some light on what New Jersey business owners
need to know about federal healthcare reform. She started with the
obvious: Coverage can be costly...and confusing.
“Premiums have been climbing faster than employee wages,”
she said, with the cost of family coverage increasing faster than
that of single coverage.
Stearns outlined some early changes, as well as changes to go into effect in 2013 and
2014, when the biggest change—the launch of the health insurance exchange—is
scheduled to go into effect.
The luncheon was sponsored by Bayada, Comcast, and South Jersey Healthcare. I
“JOIN THE BUNCH!”
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, N0VEMBER 2011
Dalva Karpinski of Absolutely Maid Clean recruited new member
Independence Wealth Strategies
Carlos Negron of Carlos’ Auto Repair recruited new member South Vineland
Little League
Leslie Jones of Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital recruited new member
Mullica Hill Skincare of Vineland
Victor LaTorre of LaTorre Hardware recruited new member Dominick’s Pizza
Stacey Lilliston of Lilliston Ford recruited new member Malverne Painting
Anthony Esgro of Main Pharmacy recruited new member Caliber Construction
Tough Topic: Healthcare Reform
Christine Stearns
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Welcome Message
Here we are in the middle of the holi-
day season! I encourage all of our mem-
bers to join us for a fun evening at the
chamber’s Holiday Celebration on
December 15 in
the ballroom at
Mori’s on Landis.
The event begins
at 6 p.m. (5:30
p.m. registra-
tion) and the
cost is $35 per
member. We will
not be holding a
general membership
luncheon in December, so please make
the effort to come out and get connected
with your fellow members. This will be a
terrific networking opportunity and
there will be live entertainment to help
us get in the spirit of the holidays. The
evening is generously sponsored by
Chemglass Life Sciences.
This month, we will be mailing out
your new Membership Discount Cards
for 2011-2012. Many members offer dis-
counts to other members and this card
will allow you to take advantage of them.
If you don’t currently offer any discounts
to fellow members and would like to, call
us at 856-691-7400 and we’ll help you set
it up on our website. When doing any
kind of business, shopping, eating out or
looking for a referral, remember to be
loyal to your chamber members!
On behalf of the chamber’s Board of
Directors and staff, we wish you and your
families a safe and joyous holiday season!
— Dawn Hunter,
Executive Director
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
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Congratulations to These
Chamber Members:
• Tedesco, Gruccio, DeSanto & Reuss
Bob DeSanto was honored at the 24th Annual
Italian American Cultural Foundation Gala as a
recipient of the Spirit of Achievement Award.
• Landis Marketplace
Recently honored with the President’s Award for
Planning and Implementation from the American
Planning Association NewJersey Chapter.
• Rone Funeral Home
Proudly announces the addition of Lori Rone to the
staff as Office Manager. Lori is part of the third gen-
eration of Rones to be involved in the management
of the funeral home, and brings years of experience
to the company.
• UPS
Congressman LoBiondo visited UPS on Mill Road
to present a Congressional Proclamation commem-
orating two years without a workplace injury.
• Vineland Municipal Electric Utility and Landis
Sewerage Authority
Celebrate the dedication of a new solar field on the
South Mill Road location.
• Allen Associates
Pleased to announce the addition of Lewis
Thompson to the team as the Senior Account
Executive. Thompson brings 30+ years of service.
• YMCA of Vineland
Pleased to announce the addition of Melanie
Capriotti Druziako to the board of directors. Druziako
is a longtime Vineland resident with a passion for
serving youth.
• Community FoodBank of New Jersey –
Southern Branch
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Vineland Chamber of Commerce.
Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce
2115 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, New Jersey 08360
856-691-7400 • www.vinelandchamber.org
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“The leadership of the Chamber and its member businesses provide a
group of professionals you can collaborate with at so many different
levels. In challenging market conditions, in doing business at a local or
global level, the opportunity to interact with others to create mutually
beneficial relationships is priceless. The programs coordinated through
the Chamber provide an excellent source to develop partnerships with
people and companies that help you grow your business. ”
—Mark Kahn, Owner, CertaPro Painters of South Jersey, Certified EPA Renovator
TESTIMONIAL OFTHE MONTH
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Caliber Construction
Construction, Landscape
15 Carol Drive
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 364-5133
David Rivera
www.davescaliber.com
Designer Wraps
Advertising Specialties
600 Columbia Ave.
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 765-4640
Sean Tomlin
www.designerwraps.com
Dominick’s Pizza
Restaurants
1768 S. Lincoln Ave.
Vineland, NJ 08361
(856) 691-5511
Saverio Brunetti
www.mydominicks.com
Hometowne Directory, LLC
Media
34 S. Valley Ave.
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 696-2584
Angela Waltman
Independence Wealth
Strategies
Financial Services
10 Lake Center, Exec. Park
401 Rt. 73 North, Suite 100
Marlton, NJ 08053
(856) 355 – 4350
Phillip Golden, MBA
Independencewealthstrategi
es.net
Malverne Painting
Painting Contractors
112 Park Ave.
Vineland, NJ 08360
(609) 805-6702
John Parsons
www.malvernepainting.com
Mullica Hill Skincare
Health & Healing
799 S. Delsea Dr.
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 478-4700
Colleen Gurovich
mullicahillskincare.com
South Vineland Little League
Organizations & Associations
East Park Ave. at Park Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
(609) 774 – 1646
Carlos Negron
southvinelandlittleleague.com
Vann Dodge Chrysler Jeep
Ram
Automobile-Dealers
899 S. Delsea Dr.
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 794-9700
Frank Levine
vanhasit.com
• Affiliated Podiatrists of
South Jersey Ltd
• Ameriprise Financial – Paul
Perino Jr. CFP
• ASC Solar Solutions
• Babbitt Mfg. Co., Inc.
• Barretta Plumbing, Inc.
• Bayada Nurses, Inc.
• Bellco Glass, Inc.
• Bishop McCarthy
Residence
• Boulevard Business Park
• Butch's Gun World
• C.A.S. Music Productions
• CNC Computer
Consultants, LLC
• Colonial Title Agency
• Community Food Bank
of NJ
• CompleteCare Health
Network
• Country Inn
• Cumberland County Tech.
Education Center
• Cumberland & Salem
Countys Workforce
Investment Board
• Cumberland Empowerment
Zone
• Cunningham Family Medicine
• Daily Journal
• DRK & Associates, Inc.
• Enterprise Rent A Car -
Pennsauken
• Erco Ceilings of Somers
Point
• Fabbri Builders, Inc.
• Falasca Mechanical Inc.
• Garton's Rigging Inc.
• Gruccio, Pepper, DeSanto &
Ruth P.A.
• Harmony Computer
Services, Inc.
• HP Homestead Plumbing &
Heating, Inc.
• Maturo Realty Inc.
• Merighi's Savoy Inn
• Merrill Lynch - Joel H. Cruz
• Millville Army Air Field
Museum
• New Era Enterprises, Inc.
• Our Lady of Mercy Academy
• Parrish Construction
• Parrish Self-Storage
• Parrish Sign Company
• Pennoni Associates Inc.
• Rental Country Inc.
• Ronald McMahon
• Schalick, Gressman, Repice
& Debellis, PC
• South Vineland Tavern
• Susquehanna Bank
• Systec of Vineland, Inc.
• Total Security Alarms
• Total Wellness
Group/Melaleuca
• Transweb, LLC
• Triad Associates
• Vineland Developmental Ctr.
• Vineland Roofing Co.
• VM Glass Company
New Members
Member Renewals
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