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As Saturday evening bowlers were enthusiastically tossing balls down the alleys, nearby in a reception room off the main area of Loyle Lanes, Airman Basic Devin Espinoza and Vineland resident Delia Banta were exchanging wedding vows. Unconventional? There’s not a person around who’d dispute that. “It was all my mother’s idea. She’s taking care (Continued on page 11) I T he blend of local culture and biodiversity that attracts nature tourists exists right here in our backyard. Cumberland County retains elements of a traditional culture linked to natural resources—the oyster and fishing industry of Delaware Bay, the Down Jersey crafts of glassmaking and woodcarving, the agricultural heritage of Old World food and farming. Large undeveloped areas have enabled us to preserve our native flora and fauna. People who live in more urban areas travel in search of these very things. Cumberland County is a popular destination for a certain type of ecotourist: the birdwatcher, or birder. 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Hopefully the best news of all will be that, regardless of how well or poorly crafted the stimulus package is, it will still have enough of an impact to improve consumer confidence in the coming weeks or months and reverse the negative course of the economy. Critics, mostly Republicans in both houses of Congress, charge that the stimulus package is loaded with pork and doesn’t contain enough immediate funding to jumpstart the economy in the next six months. But few would argue that something desperately needed to be done to pump some life back into the nation’s financial engine now. Among those legislators voting against the stimulus bill was our own Second District Congressman Frank LoBiondo. He explained in a statement issued on Friday that he recognizes that the measure is needed, but couldn’t vote in good conscience for a measure that may have had good intentions, but was drafted and executed irresponsibly. “Everyone acknowledges that our national economy is in need of direct, targeted action that will put American workers back to work, retain existing jobs, restore confidence in our markets and give individuals and families more money in their pockets,” LoBiondo stated. “This bill was intended to be a job-creation bill; it does not succeed in that goal. Furthermore, when the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 11 percent of the legislation’s $311 billion in discretionary spending will be spent by the end of 2009—and that 53 percent will be spent between 2011 and 2018—then the bill is neither direct nor targeted. Congress is playing fast and loose with the taxpayers’ money rather than taking deliberate and decisive action. For these reasons, I voted against this bill.” LoBiondo listed BILLIONS in non-job-creating provisions that are included in the stimulus package. These include: • $1 billion for a Prevention & Wellness Fund including funding for sexually transmitted diseases education and prevention programs; • $800 million for NASA & the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to improve weather forecasts; • $600 million on science research, including new types of measurement devices, and fellowship grants; • $400 million for NASA to conduct research on space exploration and landing a man on Mars; • $300 million in tax credits for golf cart-sized electric vehicles; • $300 million to buy new cars for federal government workers, adding to the existing inventory of 640,000 vehicles; and, • $25 million for improvements at the Smithsonian, among other line items. Sure, many of these funding initiatives are needed, but will they create jobs and will they inject federal funding into the most strategic areas possible and in the short term, when they are needed most? According to LoBiondo, the bill passed last week and signed by President Obama yesterday includes provisions for only $47 billion (or 5.9 percent of the $792 billion in stimulus funding) for transportation infrastructure projects, which he says is a proven method for creating “hundreds of thousands of jobs.” Certainly Congress could never pass a “perfect” stimulus package. And the fact that one was passed within a month of the new president’s inauguration is commendable. Too many jobs are being lost every day and too many families are struggling to keep a roof overhead and food on the table to have delayed action much longer. But the nation’s economy cannot benefit from more wasteful spending in Washington; spending that will ultimately be paid by the citizens of this country in the form of higher taxes. The best we can hope for is that, flaws and all, the stimulus plan will work and will start to do so quickly. Its success is far too important for our country and the cost of failure is too great to fathom. Bowling Bride and Groom It was the wedding of their dreams. JA N E T N I E D O S I K Community Calendar The Law of Landis Keeping downtown clean and litter-free is key. TO D D N O O N One Year and Counting We celebrate our first year, and look forward to the year ahead. DEBORAH A. EIN 11 In Our Schools 12 DINING: A Hot Lunch All are welcome to eat or help serve at Spriit & Truth Ministries. ST E P H E N W I L S O N 15 16 17 Recipe Corner The “World’s Best Cookie” is featured. L I SA D I N U N Z I O Entertainment School Board Meets Teachers, adminstrators, and board members have much to discuss. LEE BURKE 18 Underground Railroad South of Vineland, Greenwich figured prominently in shuttling escaped slaves. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O { STAFF } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher DEBORAH A. EIN Managing Editor LORI GOUDIE Art Director GAIL EPIFANIO Controller JACK EPIFANIO Advertising Executive SHERRY MUNYAN Advertising Executive MELISSA FIORI-LACIVITA Advertising Executive TRACY BUSCHAM Graphic Designer MARIE TEDESCO Editorial Intern WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | The Grapevine 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361 PHONE: 856-457-7815 • FAX: 856-457-7816 EMAIL: letters@grapevinenewspaper.com WEB: www.grapevinenewspaper.com The Grapevine is published on Wednesdays by Grapevine News Corp. Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved. the grapevine { 3 } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher COMMUNITY CALENDAR HAPPENINGS FEBRUARY 18, 21, 25, AND 28 Challenger League Baseball Signups. North Vineland Little League Clubhouse, Cunningham Park, N. West Ave. and Wheat Rd. Physically or mentally challenged kids ages 5 to 18. No registration fee. Wednes-days 6:30-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon. www.north vinelandll.org Cedar Ave., Richland. Sponsored by the Silician-American Club of South Jersey. Buffet features porchetta and broccoli rabe, music by Idea 71. 6:30 p.m. $50, kids 6-12 $25, 5 and under free. A BEGINNER STAINED GLASS CLASS is set for five Monday evenings at Mullica Hill Art Glass (457 route 40, Elmer). Each participant will complete two projects using the copper foil method and will learn to cut glass the way professionals do. tools will be handed out during class and will cost about $50 a week. Cost of the class is $95, which needs to be prepaid, as seating is limited. Class meets March 2, 9, 16, 232, and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 358-1200 to reserve your spot. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 “Chicks with Sticks.” Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Crocheting for the fun-loving beginner. Bring needles and yarn. 3 p.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Ramada Inn, 2216 W. Landis Ave. Gov. Corzine’s new Chief Counsel William J. Castner, Jr. will speak and answer questions. 11:45 a.m. $20. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Game Night. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Featured game is Pictionary. Jamie Moore is host. 6-8 p.m. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Epilepsy Support Group. Cumberland County College, Luciano Conference Center, 3322 College Dr. 4Epilepsy startup meeting with speaker Andrea Infante from the NJ Epilepsy Foundation. 7 p.m. 213-6523. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Annual Reach Banquet. Centerton Country Club, 1022 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Dining, entertainment, games and raffles. Win hunting and outdoor equipment. Tickets $60, couples $80, kids 14 and under $20. 5 p.m. 691-6466. TOURS AT THE VINELAND AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM will be conducted by Visions of Hope. The museum is housed in the Carl Arthur Center, Third and Plum streets. The Museum heralds the African-American history of Cumberland County and New Jersey towns recognized for their contribution to the Underground Railroad as well as the economic, social and cultural development of this area. Dr. Virginia Perry, a retired Vineland School District educator, opened the Museum in 2002 and has partnered with Visions of Hope to continue the celebration of AfricanAmerican heritage and the diversity in our community. Many of the displays were researched and constructed by students in Dr. Perry’s New Jersey Youth Corp Classes. Also, a community quilt generated by Danielle Smith-Muller and Johnstone School hangs in the museum and tells a story of its own. Geneology of prominent African-American Vineland families is available. Black Churches and their role in the Underground Railroad is significant and worthy of a visit (see February 25 listing). The museum is open Monday through Thursday 2-5:30 p.m. and Monday through Friday by appointment for groups of 10 or more. For a guided tour, call Ella Boykin (7942170 or 305-3920). The museum is free to the public. Donations are accepted. Checks may be made out to Visions of Hope. TWO SCIENCE FAIRS—If you are a scientist at heart and want to know more about The Ellison School, mark your calendar for Thursday, February 19. From 9 a.m. to noon, The Ellison School will host its Spring Open House. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school as well as projects on display at the annual Upper School Science Fair. For more information about The Ellison School, call 691-1734, or visit www.ellisonschool.org. Then next Thursday, February 26, area high school students will attend “High Tech/High Touch: Seeking Success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” in the Guaracini Center at Cumberland County College, beginning at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker is Dr. Diane Turner of Temple University. The event will also highlight talent by step teams from Vineland and Millville high schools. Parents and the general public are welcome to attend. A catered luncheon ($3) takes place in the Luciano Center at noon. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Women’s Heart Health Conference. Centerton Country Club, 1022 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Bring along the important women in your life for a day of hearthealthy activities. Breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions. Nieca Goldberg, M.D., cardiologist and author, is keynote speaker. 11:30 a.m-2 p.m. Tickets $40. 691-6551. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 One Deserted Evening. Villa Rossello, Carew Hall, 1009 Main Road, Newfield. Supports Jubilee House, offering shelter and guidance for homeless pregnant women. RSVP by Feb 12, 609-472-6863. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Homebuyer Seminar. Panamericana Seventh Day Adventist Church, 765 S. Sixth St. Learn how to be a smart homebuyer. Free. 6:30 p.m. 982-2039. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 SJH Senior Class Luncheon. SJH Fitness Connection, 1430 W. Sherman Ave. Lunch and educational tips from health experts. Noon. $6 or $10 per couple. 575-4214. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 City Council Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. Open to the public. 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 St. Mary’s School Fab Five Dinner & Raffle. St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Community Center, 310 W. Wheat Rd., Vineland. Chinese auction, too. 6 p.m. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Trinity Episcopal Church, Eighth and Wood sts. All-You-Can-Eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, desserts. 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets $5, children under age 5 free. 691-1589. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Carnevale 2009. St. Augustine Prep, 611 CUMBERLAND COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (CCHFH) and Capital Bank of New Jersey continue their partnership raising funds to give a family a place to call home. Over the holidays, CCHFH collected $10,500 to complete a handicapped accessible home for a family of seven. The fundraising drive was part of the “Capital Challenge” that kicked off in November. Capital Bank of New Jersey agreed to match all donations made to CCHFH in the holiday season up to $15,000. As a result, CCHFH raised $30,000 for a special-needs family, including five-year-old twin boys suffering from cerebral palsy. Only $4,500 away from meeting the full commitment, Capital Bank of New Jersey has agreed to extend the giving period through Easter Sunday, April 12. The extra $9,000 would allow CCHFH to complete the house on Garfield Street in Millville. Donations can be mailed to CCHFH at P.O. Box 906, Millville NJ. 08332 or dropped off to Capital Bank of New Jersey at 175 S. Main Road, here in Vineland. Volunteers are needed on the job site as well. Call 563-0292 or visit www.habitat-cumberlandnj.org. { 4 } the grapevine | FEBRUARY 18, 2009 Do You Have Dangerous Trees? Call For Your Free Evaluation Good, Clean Work At Reasonable Prices Don’t Be Fooled. Call A Certified Aborist. For All Your Tree Care. Pruning • Tree Removals • Storm Damage Elevations • Shrubbery Trimming • Stump Grinding Owner Operated Local Business • Fully Insured Owner Working At All Jobs! FREE ESTI MATES www.forresttreesurgeon.com 10% Off Any Tree Service Forrest Tree Surgeon • 856-694-0922 Must present coupon at time of estimate. Not valid with other offers. Exp. 2/28/09 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 One Book-One College Film Screening: Angela’s Ashes. Guaracini Arts Center, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. All are welcome to attend this free film, specially selected to complement theme of triumph over adversity expressed in The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. 2 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Eighth Annual Black History Celebration. Carl Arthur Center, Third and Plum sts. Celebrate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP, and the achievements of African-Americans past and present. Youth will participate through song and dance, and “Harriet Tubman” will take all on an unforgettable trip to freedom. Open to the public, soulful refreshments served. 4:30 p.m. Free. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 A “Gem of a Program.” Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave. Learn about diamonds, rubies, pearls. 6-7 p.m. 794-4244. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Red Cross Blood Drive. Vineland 1st Church of the Nazarene, 2725 N. Delsea Dr. 2-8 p.m. Call for appointment. 696-4380. SEND US YOUR EVENT NOTICES. We know that there’s more happening out there, and we want to help you publicize your events. Send them to us at the address listed on page 4. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 5 } I Downtown Vineland { TODD NOON, EXEC. DIR., VDID/MAIN STREET } The Law of Landis We should all strive to keep downtown Vineland clean and trash-free. I n previous columns, I have mentioned certain things that are being added to change the face of our downtown, but we are achieving the same results by taking something away. You have read about various programs and initiatives that are being put in place—façade improvements that are putting fresh faces on buildings; our marketing/advertising consultant initiative that will help in matters of store window design; new signage, including an attractive new “Welcome to Vineland” sign at Landis Avenue and the Boulevard; and new outdoor fixtures along Landis Avenue. Yet another way to beautify Landis Avenue is to eliminate trash. We are doing that in several ways. • Our Design Committee is working closely with Vineland’s Code Enforcement Office to make sure laws and codes are enforced regarding the disposal of trash. This means the proper use of dumpsters, as well as trash and recycling containers. Problem areas will be addressed and those responsible for maintaining their properties will have to do their part. • Another item on the Design Committee’s agenda—through the work of its Green Landis Subcommittee—is the purchase of new recycling receptacles to make it easier for downtown visitors to recycle correctly. This, along with outdoor fixtures for downtown, is being funded through a grant from the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. An ongoing trash and litter removal initiative is in place—one that many of you might take for granted. The litter you may see on the sidewalks early in the morning is gone a short while later. Do you know how that happens? Do you know how litter left over from our festivals and special events is brought under control? Certainly our Public Works Department does a great job to keep the downtown clean. But in addition, our maintenance man, Sam Klein, is out on Landis Avenue each weekday morning— bright and early, in all kinds of weather— picking up trash to make sure our downtown looks its best. Sometimes he has some assistance, but he is out there every day. Klein greets passersby and runs errands to merchants on behalf of VDID, always with a smile. He is the market manager for our Fresh and Specialty Foods Market every summer, and he is a key player in making sure that other events and festivals run smoothly. Since you may see him doing his job every day, it is easy to take him, and his work, for granted. However, you can show that you do not take his job for granted and—at the same time—make his job easier and help to keep our downtown looking good. Before you dispose of an empty soda cup, water bottle, or sandwich wrapper, find a trash container or recycling receptacle in which to dispose of it. Take a few seconds to properly dispose of trash that you may find. If you are a business owner or own property downtown, make sure to do the same, make proper use of your dumpster, and make sure that it is emptied regularly and kept as clean as possible. All of us—VDID/Main Street Vineland, the City of Vineland, our maintenance people, merchants, property owners, and all the others who make use of our downtown—can join to keep our downtown clean. I For more information about VDID/Main Street Vineland, call the office at 794-8653 or visit www.mainstreetvineland.org. & Friday, February 27 SJH Fitness Connection Hosts Free Lecture “Strong Heart, Great Lungs, Better Health” Community members are invited to attend the “Strong Heart, Great Lungs, Better Health” lecture. The program will educate participants about: • the benefits of a strong heart • keeping a healthy heart and maintaining lung function as one gets older • how these important health factors impact quality of life at HEADLINER: Mayhem will ensue when the stage is taken over by THE LEGENDARYWID!!!! Hangar 84 (6th and Elmer Streets) Food begins at 7pm, Comedy Show at 8pm Fundraiser to Benefit Downtown Revitalization! Area and local comedians will have you in stitches as you enjoy the greatest Cheese Steaks, Wings and more Tuesday, February 24 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. SJH Fitness Connection Sherman Avenue and Orchard Road Speaker: Rita Cangi-Kramer M.S., C.E.S., Manager, Cardiac Cath & Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services, South Jersey Healthcare Registration is required – Space is limited Call 696-3924 today to register { 6 } the grapevine | FEBRUARY 18, 2009 courtesy of The South Jersey Joker, he has appeared in the movie Ladder 49 (for 4.9 seconds) and Comcast on Demand, Vineland’s own MIKE KC!!!! Donkey’s Place Steak Sandwiches Tickets are only $20 and include all food and admission to the comedy show. (Must be 21 or older to enter) One of Philly’s phunniest and a regular at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia; the hilarious CHIP CHANTRY!!!!! For More Info Call Main Street Vineland 856-794-8653 This event is sponsored in part by VDID/Vineland Main Street. This ad has been paid for with funds approved for such use by the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority. www.SJHealthcare.net I Gleanings { DEBORAH A. EIN, MANAGING EDITOR } One Year and Counting It’s been a year of learning curves and leaps of faith, growing pains and great strides, trials and triumphs. n last week’s issue, history columnist Vince Farinaccio discussed The Grapevine’s first anniversary in the context of newspaper publishing that has shaped Vineland’s history from its earliest days. In his Editor’s Letter, publisher Mike Epifanio spoke of his dream to launch this newspaper. As we start our second year, I, too, would like to observe The Grapevine’s anniversary by sharing what I’ve gleaned from my first year on the job here. Working at The Grapevine has meant a return to my passion for writing and editing on a daily basis. My journalism career began at a hometown weekly newspaper, the Atlantic County Record in Mays Landing, where I worked as a freelance reporter. My beat was Hamilton Township planning board meetings and Weymouth Township council meetings, as well as the stories that I were generated by those meetings. Over the course of three years, I also wrote feature stories and covered numerous town events. It was there I learned how to interview and write on deadline. Besides that, the job charted my destiny, for it was where I met the love of my life, the man who would later become my husband. But when I left for the wider world of magazine work, I thought I’d never return to newspapers. Ha! Now I’ve come full circle, as I schedule assignments to a terrific crew of columnists, writers and photographers, who make my job not only easier but also very enjoyable. Like Mike Epifanio, I have to say that it has been one exciting year. Returning to work with Mike after several years has certainly been a highlight. We worked together a decade ago at Atlantic City Magazine, and parted ways when I went on maternity leave in 1999. When I returned to work after having my twins, Mike had made his career move to another job. But in the short time that I had worked with Mike, I came to know him as a true professional, and someone who would not leave a perfectly stable job to start a new business without having a clear plan and knowing that he could make it work. (Survival rates for new publishing ventures are not great, even in prosperous times, and the economy had already started to dip a year ago.) And from Day One, I immediately saw that this business is very much a labor of love for Mike, that he cares very deeply for this hometown of his and the people who live and work here. Perhaps that is most obvious in the culminating event of this first year in business, and Mike’s idea to honor some two dozen Hometown Heroes. If you don’t already have your ticket to this affair, it’s probably too late, as no tickets will be sold at the door. But it is not too late—or too early—to think about next year and nominating someone you feel is worthy of this honor. We know there are more than the 24 Heroes being honored this Friday evening…and we invite you to join the process next year as The Grapevine celebrates a second year in business and its second annual Hometown Heroes. For the people of Vineland and everyone involved in the publication of The Grapevine, this newspaper has made a huge splash. The residents of this town have embraced this paper as a way to connect to the people, places, and events that carry the town forward every week. I am proud to be a part of that and enjoy getting to know more of you each day. Thank you for sticking with us through our first year. When I look back at some of the first papers we published, it is evident how far we’ve come. Many changes have come from what you’ve told us is important (or not important) to you. 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Do you know how to keep your heart healthy? • According to the American Heart Association, healthy adults ages 18-65 should enjoy at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity five days of the week. • Eating a low fat diet that is high in fruits and vegetables helps keep your heart healthy. { 8 } the grapevine | FEBRUARY 18, 2009 • Quitting smoking is another great way to improve your heart health. Listen to your heart and take some simple steps to safeguard your health. Want to learn more about keeping your heart healthy? Visit www.sjhealthcare.net/keepthebeat Physician Referral Line: 1-800-770-7547 fall, birds from the Arctic, interior Canada, and the Midwest make their way to the coast and then head south to their wintering grounds. Not only thousands of birds, but also butterflies and dragonflies stop to feed and rest in southern New Jersey wetlands before continuing their journey. For some species, such as the bald eagle, southern New Jersey is as far south as they will go. Birders know that winter is the time to see birds of prey, also called raptors, in Cumberland County. There is an abundance of eagles, hawks, and owls at this time of year because the habitat of the Delaware Bayshores is extensive enough to support both resident birds and birds that have come south to nest and breed. Don Freiday is a local bird expert and Director of Birding Programs at the Center for Research and Education run by the NJ Audubon Society (NJAS). Freiday explains that Cumberland County’s diverse wetland habitats support the broad prey base—small mammals, birds, and fish—needed by large raptors such as the bald eagle. Cumberland County is one of the few places along the East Coast that still has large areas of intact raptor habitat. The open salt marshes, brackish tidal creeks, and coastal swamp forests of Cumberland County provide food and shelter for exceptional numbers of birds. A prime viewing spot for birds of prey is Turkey Point, a preserve south of Dividing Creek that is managed by the Natural Lands Trust. Karen Johnson, associate naturalist with NJAS, has been leading tours at Turkey Point for the past 10 years. An avid birder and conservationist, Johnson is quick to point out that Turkey Point’s “edge habitat” is just as attractive to birds as open marsh. Edge habitat is the area where two distinct environments meet. These locations support a mix of species from both environments. The line of trees where a forest ends and marsh grasses begin is an edge habitat. Edges are also formed along abandoned agricultural fields and gaps in the forest canopy. The banks of tidal creeks form an edge between land and water. This kind of habitat is especially valuable to birds of prey, explains Johnson, because it provides shelter and nest sites as well as food. Places like Turkey Point have a reputation among birders. Many people are willing to travel to Cumberland County in January and February to see birds of prey such as northern harriers, great horned owls, short-eared owls, ruff-legged hawks, and waterfowl such as pintail This amazing view of the marshes at Turkey Point was taken by Steve Eisenhauer of the Natural Lands Trust, who flew a camera attached to a kite in order to capture this bird’s-eye view. ducks and snow geese. Other well-known viewing spots include the Peek Preserve in Millville and Bevan Fish and Wildlife Management Area in Dividing Creek. Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts are also aware of the Winter Eagle Festival hosted by Cumberland County on the first Saturday of February each year. This is the largest bald eagle event on the East Coast. “About 1,000 people from across the Mid-Atlantic region attended this year’s festival,” said Renee Brecht, associate director of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries (CU). This number of people presents an opportunity to boost the local economy and garner support for conservation objectives. Birders and other nature tourists come prepared to spend money. Hotels, restau- rants, and service stations are the most likely businesses to benefit from ecotourism. Locally owned businesses that offer unique goods or services can also draw in tourist dollars. T&F Camera, for example, sells specialty lenses and binoculars that serious birdwatchers are willing to pay for. Recreational businesses such as Al and Sam’s Canoe and Kayak also benefit from nature tourism. There is great potential for businesses that make themselves visible to ecotourists. Ecotourism proponents urge county resident to consider the 1,000 people in attendance at a one-day bird event in the middle of winter. Cumberland County is poised to be a regional leader in ecotourism, they say, though this sort of thinking requires a look past the short-term benefits of growth and development. As New Jersey reaches build-out, residents will be faced with more and more opportunities to sacrifice natural resources for what environmentalists consider a shortterm financial gain. The alternative, they argue, is a future that preserves a rural way of life by promoting a slower-growing but more sustainable economy. If you haven’t seen the winter birds of prey that are attracting so many visitors to our neck of the woods, consider attending a guided walk at Turkey Point. Karen Johnson and Janet Crawford will be leading the next Turkey Point walk on Sunday, February 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $6 if you are a member of NJAS or $10 for non-members. The meeting spot is at the end of Turkey Point Road/CR 664 off of Rt. 553, south of Dividing Creek. Novice birders are welcome. “The way a person’s eyes light up,” says Johnson, “when s/he sees a bald eagle for the first time, is something that excites even the most experienced birder among us.” I WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | SOME BIRD SPECIES FOUND IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY WINTER Great Horned Owl* Short-eared Owl* Snow Goose Brant American Black Duck Bald Eagle* SPRING Yellow Warbler American Goldfinch Wild Turkey SUMMER Common Yellowthroat Eastern Towhee Great Egret Osprey* FALL Cedar Waxwing Osprey* American Kestrel* Sharp-shinned Hawk* Cooper’s Hawk* Red-shouldered Hawk* Peregrine Falcon* Merlin* YEAR-ROUND House Finch Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Screech Owl* Turkey Vulture* American Crow Tufted Titmouse Carolina Wren Northern Harrier* Red-tailed Hawk* List adapted from Checklist of the Birds of Cape May County, NJ … Available on the Cape May Bird Observatory website the grapevine { 9 } *Indicates bird of prey IN OUR SCHOOLS I Schools Announce Second Quarter Honors BISHOP SCHAD EIGHTH GRADE: Matthew Anderson, Brianna Andreoli, Victoria Caterina, Adriana DeBartolomeis, Ashley Gonzalez, Nathaniel Jones, Kayla Piccari, Christopher Repice, Genevieve Russo, Chandler Sammartino, Nathan Seaverns, Steven Steigerwalt, Jason Thakkar, Deckonti Tiah, Selena Zayas, Kevin Allen, Monica Canglin, Garrett Catalana, Samantha Caterina, Angela Christaldi, Anthony Consalo, Kelsey Cugini, Nicco Dagostino, Justin Dickenson, Brigitte Garvey, Samantha Gaudio, Joseph Gaunt, Megan Iaconelli, Hayley Kane, Theresa Riordan, Jeffrey Rowan, Mark Rowan, Gabriella Sorantino, Josey Swanberg, Christian Walker. 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Banta’s mother, Shirley Feltes, said her family, “my husband, my children, we all would bowl here on Thursday nights, and so I thought why not bowling—wedding and reception. It would be different.” The Banta-Espinoza marriage was the first one ever performed at Loyle Lanes, said owner, Mike Loyle. “We did have a wedding reception here about 10 years ago. We usually do kids’ birthday parties, about 500 of them a year, but, hey, I’m up for anything. “You know how it is in Vegas where they have wedding chapels like the Elvis chapel and places like that, I’m thinking maybe we can open a bowling alley chapel,” Loyle joked, but added, “No, seriously, anything for an employee.” Banta’s brother, Bobby Hough, is currently employed at Loyle Lanes. The reception that was held at the lanes 10 years ago was also for an employee’s wedding, Loyle said. Banta and Espinoza met on the Internet in late December. The 33-year-old mother of three said it was “love at first sight.” They were on a webcam. Espinoza said: “When we first met we talked for hours. It was awesome. It was like we were the same person, only she was a woman. We had the same likes, the same dislikes. A few days later we were on the webcam again and I mouthed to her: ‘Want to get married?’ “She wasn’t sure what I said, so she picked up the phone and called me. That’s how it happened,” said Espinoza, 23, who is currently stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is originally from Norwalk, Ohio. Asked about marrying into a readymade family, Espinosa said he has no qualms about it. “The kids are great. We get along great. I love ’em,” he said. His wedding day wasn’t the first time he stepped into Loyle Lanes, which is located on Delsea Drive in Vineland. Espinosa came to visit in January, and he said they came there bowling a couple of days while he was in Vineland. This is the first marriage for both Banta and Espinoza. When it was decided the two would tie the knot, they agreed that they would do it on Valentine’s Day. Actually, for Banta the date was set long before she even met Espinoza. “Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to get married on Valentine’s Day. I have always loved Valentine’s Day. It’s always been my favorite day of the year,” she said. There were about 30 invited guests, and members of both Banta and Espinoza’s immediate and extended families were in attendance. While the whole idea of a marriage ceremony and reception taking place in a bowling alley is—to say the least—quirky, the ceremony was by-and-large a traditional service. Banta wore a white strapless gown with a red-trimmed bodice and veil; Espinoza was in his dress uniform. Espinoza’s younger brother, Gary, was best man; Banta’s younger sister, Misty Mosca, was her maid of honor. Four additional ushers attended the groom, and Banta’s two daughters, ages 15 and 8, were in the wedding party. Her 7-year-old son was ring bearer. Michael Fransko, a reverend of the Universal Life Church who is also a Vineland police officer, officiated at the ceremony. Asked about the wedding venue, Fransko said: “I go wherever the couple wants me to. It’s their day.” He said he has performed many weddings. “A lot of mayors don’t want to do weddings, and so I provide a service.” He’s done weddings in restaurants, backyards and in fire halls. He even did a wedding at a WaWa. The bowling alley, like the WaWa, was a first. During the ceremony, Fransko told the couple the ceremony was “a public and legal joining of souls… a social recognition of your decision to share your lives …” He also said that to be successful in marriage, “you need strength, courage, patience and a really good sense of humor,” and urged them to “be loyal to one another “and to “stand firm in defense of each other’s life goals.” There’s really no time for a honeymoon right now, Espinoza said. He is on a fourday leave before he has to return to base. Espinoza said his bride is coming back for a week to Cheyenne and then she’ll return to Vineland until he is discharged. “I’m not sure when that will be,” he said. Espinoza’s been in the Air Force for five years, but said he’s not going to reenlist now. When he leaves the Air Force, “I’ll get a job, look for something in the information management area. I’m also thinking about going to college,” he said. Where will the couple and their family finally make their home? Espinosa said he’s not certain yet, but he’s not averse to living in Vineland. “I like it here. I have actually thought about moving here.” I WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | SHED THOSE HOLIDAY POUNDS With the power of Hypnosis Introductory Session Saturday 2/21/09, 10 AM – 12 PM Evolutions for Conscious Living Holistic Health Center 1350 S. 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Most of the 15 or so tables in the room were covered in tablecloths and set with a small vase of flowers in the middle and napkins rolled around plastic forks and knives at each place setting. Pam Carman, the kitchen manager for Spirit & Truth, greeted us warmly and introduced us to the volunteers. We met Dolly is the cook on Mondays. Family Restaurant & Pizzeria 3600 E. Landis Ave. (In Lincoln & Landis Shop Rite Center) 856-691-3099 Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Only! Dine-in only… Beginning at 4pm NOT for take-out J BUY ONE DINNER ENTRÉE AT REGULAR PRICE, GET A 2ND OF EQUAL OR LESS VALUE FREE. DINNER (excludes seafood) FREE Not to be combined with other o ers or specials. MUST PRESENT THIS COUPON exp: 2/28/09 Coupon valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays & ursdays only. Gracie, who has been volunteering since Day One at Spirit & Truth. David and Mark, who started helping out because Pam asked them, were so moved to lend a hand that they just kept coming back. Orlando and Chico were pitching in because of community service obligations, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Two other women were there for the first time. The ladies in the kitchen were the ones I was most interested in speaking with, because I wanted to see how they fed all the folks who came in the door. Dolly volunteers every Monday, and has been for quite a while. She comes in at around 9:30 in the morning, and starts preparing lunch. The menu, which doesn’t change, is roasted chicken legs and thighs, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable (on this day, it was peas). There is also donated bread, desserts, iced tea, juice and coffee. The lunch is nothing fancy, but is solidly prepared. Dolly, in the course of a few hours and with the assistance of one woman, cooked lunch for about 75 people… no easy task. At 11:30, people started shuffling through the opened doors and each of them signed in. Most made their way to the coffee, and poured themselves a cup to warm up. 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Donkey’s Place is located in Cumberland, Cape May, Camden and Burlington Counties. 20 South 6th Street, Vineland, NJ Eating Out how everyone was doing. A woman somehow rolled a stroller down the stairs, and she parked her young child on the edge of the room, to soundly sleep while she had lunch. A little girl sat happily at one of the tables, while her parents chatted to others. Pam came over to Jill and me, and asked if we could help out in the kitchen. We jumped right to it; my job was to our gravy over the mashed potatoes, and Jill served the cranberry sauce. Dolly portioned out the chicken, Gracie scooped the mashed potatoes, Annie spooned peas onto the plate. She then placed the plate on a tray, where Jill and I fulfilled our jobs. The trays were then taken by Max, and set to the side. As we did this, Connie (another volunteer) thanked everyone for being there, including those who were donating time to help, and then led the room in prayer. As soon as Connie was done, the food began to go out. The volunteers took them to each place setting. As the plates of food were being prepared, we heard that more people were coming in. More people, more food. The need has been greater lately, we were told, and as the economy slides further into recession, the need will only grow. And as it grows, the more the finances of Spirit & Truth are strained. Spirit & Truth depends on a combination of public and private funds, and both are holding tighter onto their money these days. Within 10 minutes, we had served everyone. In another 10 minutes, all was cleaned up. Dishes were done, extra food was wrapped up (for anyone to take after the meal was done), and everything was put away. All seemed grateful to have eaten, and for some, it would be their only hot meal of the day. Spirit & Truth is open to anyone. All are welcome to a hot meal, served Monday through Thursday at noon (a bag lunch is distributed on Friday). All are also welcome to help. There is always food to cook, dishes to wash, floors to sweep, plates to serve, and many other tasks. If you’d like to eat, volunteer, or donate food, I encourage you to contact Pam at 856-265-4849 or at eaglesoar7 @comcast.net for more information. I Stephen Wilson along with his wife Jill McClennen owns The Sweet Life Bakery. You may contact him via email at thesweetlifebakery@verizon.net. From fine dining to lunch spots to bakeries, the area has choices to satisfy any appetite. Call for hours. Amato’s Restaurant, 782 S. Brewster Rd., Vineland, 692-5756. Veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta specialties for dinner. Open for lunch, too. Closed Sundays. Andrea Trattoria, 1833 Harding Hwy., Newfield, 697-8400. Chef/owner Andrea Covino serves up Italian specialties in an atmosphere of fine dining. Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave, Hammonton, 609-704-9797. Food served tapas style, specialty martinis, catering, private parties. Extensive wine list. Live music every Friday 10 p.m.-1.a.m. Bagel University, 1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 691-0909. This breakfast and lunch spot offers a menu of sandwiches named for colleges near and far. Bain’s Deli, 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or take it with you. Daily specials include coffee of the day. Bennigan’s Restaurant, 2196 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Entrees, desserts, drink specials. Take-out, too. Happy Hour buffet Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. NFL flat-screen TVs. Big Apple, 528 N. Harding Hwy., Vineland, 697-5500. Steaks, veal and chicken dishes. Meet friends at the bar, then sit down for dinner. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Big John’s Pizza Queen, 1383 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 205-0012. Home of the “Gutbuster” 21-oz. burger, as well as pizza, salads, wings, subs, and dinners. Continental Room at the Ramada Inn, W. Landis Ave. and Rt. 55, Vineland, 6963800. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Open to hotel guests and the public. Denny’s, 1001 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 696-1900. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Takeout, too. Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Open 24 hours. Kids eat free Tues. and Sat. Dominick’s Pizza, 1768 S. Lincoln Ave., Vineland, 691-5511. Family time-honored recipes, fresh ingredients. Donkey’s Place, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland, 690-1777. One-of-a-kind cheesesteaks made on large, fresh poppyseed rolls. Dreamz Cafe, 2184 Union Lake Crossing, Millville, 765-5029. Panini, sandwiches, salads, soups. Also, gelato, Italian coffee, desserts, smoothies, and frappuccino. Continued on next page WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 13 } Dining Listings (Continued from previous page) Esposito’s Maplewood III, 200 N. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 692-2011. Steaks, seafood and pasta dishes will tempt you at this Italian restaurant. Five Points Inn, E. Landis Ave. & Tuckahoe Rd., Vineland, 691-6080. Italian cuisine and dinner buffets to savor. Family-owned. Fresh Restaurant, 1405 Mays Landing Rd., Millville, 327-3435. Jumbo lump crabcakes, Black Angus burgers. Wed. is pasta night. Gardella’s Ravioli Co. & Italian Deli, 527 S. Brewster Rd. and Janet St., 697-3509. The name says it all. Daily specials, catering. Open daily except Sun. General Custard’s Last Stand, 2578 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 696-2992. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat. Giorgio’s Restaurant 363 E. Wheat Rd., Buena, 697-2900. Serving lunch and dinner. Italian cuisine, pizza. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Giovanni’s Italian-American Deli. 1102 N. East Ave., Vineland, 692-0459. Pizza, Italian subs, all your lunch favorites. The Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Rd., Vineland, 691-5558. Restaurant and lounge open to the public for lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Joe’s Poultry. 440 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 692-8860. Barbecue and Kosher chickens, homemade sides, catering. Landicini’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria Landis and Lincoln aves., Vineland, 6913099. Italian cuisine, gourmet pizza, gourmet salads. Open for lunch and dinner. Larry’s II Restaurant, 907 N. Main Rd., Vineland, 692-9001. Bring the family for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sunday breakfast buffet and early-bird dinners. Library V Restaurant, 206 Rt. 54, Buena, 697-9696. Renowned for prime rib, steaks, seafood, salad bar. Closed Mon. and Tues. La Locanda Pizzeria and Ristorante, 1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 794-3332. Pasta, veal, chicken dishes. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Lucia’s Ristorante, 785 W. Sherman Ave., Vineland, 692-0300. Italian fine dining and regional cooking. Marciano’s Restaurant, 947 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland, 563-0030. ItalianAmerican cuisine, seafood and veal. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet. Martino’s Trattoria & Pizzeria, 2614 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 692-4448. Dinners, brick oven pizza, risotto, polenta. Open daily for all three meals. Merighi’s Savoy Inn, E. Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. A banquet/wedding facility as well as intimate restaurant. Friday Night Flashback with Nicky G. Fridays 9 p.m. –midnight. Milmay Tavern, Tuckahoe and Bear’s Head rds., Milmay, 476-3611. Gourmet lunches and dinners in a casual setting. Neptune Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, 1554 South Delsea Drive, Vineland, 6922800. American cuisine, array of cocktails. Next Oar, 127 N. High St., Millville, 2931360. Weekly menu, made-to-order dishes. Olympia Restaurant, 739 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 691-6095. Authentic Greek cuisine—lamb dishes and salads. Paperwaiter Restaurant & Pub, 1111 Village Dr., Millville, 825-4000. A special place for all your special occasions. Pegasus, Rts. 40 and 47, Vineland, 6940500. Breakfast, lunch, dinner specials; convenient drive-thru, mini-meal specials. Positano Ristorante, 419 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 696-0477. Veal, chicken, and seafood specials, BYOB. Richland House, 1303 Harding Hwy., Richland, 697-5700. Eclectic dinners and casual lunch fare. Closed Mondays. Saigon, 2180 N. Second St., Millville, 3278878. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine— noodle soups, curry, hotpot, Buddhist vegetarian. South Vineland Tavern, 2350 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 692-7888. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Seafood and prime rib. Steakhouse at Centerton Country Club, 1136 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove, 358-3325. Open for lunch and dinner. Steaks and reserve wines, upscale casual atmosphere. Sweet Life Bakery, 601 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, 692-5353. Neighborhood bakery. Homemade pastries, cakes, coffee. Tony Sopranos, 107 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 405-0200. Pizza, Mexican Southwest fare, Atkins-friendly salads. Uncle Ricky’s Outdoor Bar, 470 E. Wheat Rd., Vineland, 691-4454. Ribs, chicken, fish, pasta, steaks, and sandwiches. Always clams, eat at the bar or take out. Venuto’s Old World Pizza, 2166 N. Second St., Millville, 327-4002. Pizzas, gourmet salads, appetizers. Villa Filomena, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena Vista, 697-7107. Dinner combos, grilled meats, fish. Lunch and dinner daily. Wheat Road Cold Cuts, 302 Wheat Rd., Vineland, 697-0320. Deli and catering. Wild Wings, 1843 E. Wheat Rd., Vineland, 691-8899. Dinners, grilled sandwiches, wings in eight flavors. Willmott’s Pizza. 12 S. Seventh St., Vineland, 696-1525. Hand-tossed pizzas, stromboli, breakfast pizza. Take-out or eat in. Winfield’s. 106 N. High St., Millville, 3270909. Continental cuisine and spirits served in a casually upscale setting. Ye Olde Centerton Inn, 1136 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove, 358-3201. American classics served in a building right out of a Rockwell painting. 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Cookies are one of the fastest and easiest things to make, and can be eaten any time of the day—as a snack; during a coffee, tea or hot cocoa break; for dessert—and even given as a gift any time of the year. Making cookies is also a great family activity, which reaps sweet rewards. Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect cookies. 1.) Always measure baking ingredients accurately. 2) Don’t over-mix dough. 3) Monitor the baking time of your cookies, keeping a close eye on them. 4) Preheat your oven to the correct temperature (very important). G 5) Have fun and share the cookies. If you never baked cookies before, why not give the recipe below a try? The following recipe and story is shared by Heather Pruitt. Heather writes: “This is one recipe that you need to have in your recipe box! I have always loved to bake, and for as long as I can remember my mom, Joann Pruitt, has baked cookies. This is one recipe that has been made plenty of times in my house. Recently, when I needed a recipe for a cookie exchange at my church, my mom gave me this one to add to my collection. It has become my favorite cookie! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.” 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar ¾ cup vegetable oil 3 ½ cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar 1 cup regular oatmeal oats 1 cup pecans, finely chopped 1 cup rice crispy cereal 1 cup butter toffee bits Vineland’s neighborhood bakery, where everything is made from scratch and quality counts. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, mix ingredients all together. Roll dough into 1-½ inch balls, place on lightly greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets. Flatten balls with the back of a spatula or bottom of a glass. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Cool on baking racks. Yields approximately 7 dozen cookies As always, Bon Appetit! I a 6th street between Landis and Elmer in Downtown Vineland 856-692-5353 www.thesweetlifebakery.com The Sweet Life Bakery was recently named ‘Best Muffins in South Jersey? by SJ Magazine Readers Poll WORLD’S BEST COOKIE 1 stick butter, softened 1 stick margarine, softened 1 egg Lisa Ann is the author of Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes and Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II. Send recipes for publication to lapd1991@aol.com or by mail to The Grapevine, 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Getting Divorced? Bonnie L. Laube, Esq. Greenblatt & Laube, PC Divorce, Separation, Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Alimony, Asset Distribution, Emancipation, Domestic Violence Certi?ed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney the grapevine { 15 } 856-691-0424 • email: bll@greenblattlaube.com 200 North Eighth Street • PO Box 883 • Vineland, NJ 08362 I Entertainment SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Itay Goren. A residence in the Mauricetown area. 2:30 p.m. Seating limited, donations accepted. To make reservations and receive directions, call 506-0580. The Israeli-born pianist will be the featured performer at Maurice River Music’s salon concert. The program will include Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101; Schumann’s Papillons, Op. 2; Chopin’s Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39; three of Debussy’s Préludes; and Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso. Goren has gained renown as a performer, composer, and arranger. As a member of the Israeli army, he gave over 300 performances during his three years of military service. CLASSICAL CONCERT, JAZZ AND ACOUSTIC, COMEDY, BLACK HISTORY ART, AND POETRY ON HIGH. (includes full-course dinner, gratuity, concert, and dancing. 691-0030. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Third Friday Book/CD Signing. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. 5-8 p.m. Author Suze DiPietro recently published a vampire novel, Between Keys, with accompanying CD from the fictional rock band, French Kiss (in the book). The music was written by her and Frank Gorgo, a Newfield resident, who also recorded and produced the CD at his Railroad Tracks recording studio. “The original draft of Between Keys was written in 1986, long before the whole Twilight craze,” says DiPietro. “Someone dared me to write about rock ’n roll vampires. “So I did. I took much from my heavy metal days in Philly.” She was met with rejection when she tried to get the book published back then. “No one got it,” she said. “Was it a work of horror? Was it a murder mystery? Was it a comedy?” In the end, it is a little bit of all those things. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Max and Ruby. Guaracini Arts Center, Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. and College Dr., Vineland. Appropriate for Grades preK-3, all seats are $5. Call 692TIXX (8499) to reserve your seats. 3 p.m. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Poetry On High. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Hosted by Rita Lyman, 2-5 p.m. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Blue Tones/Black Sounds. Cumberland County College (cafeteria), Sherman Ave. and College Dr., Vineland. A jazz and blues musical ensemble performs. 7:30-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. FEBRUARY 18, 19, 20, 21 AND 24 Nightlife at Bennigan’s. 2196 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Wed.: ’70s and ’80s Throwback Night (frozen drink specials) 8 p.m.-midnight, Thurs.: Karaoke with DJ Bob Morgan, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.: Blue Moon Dance Party, $3 Blue Moon drafts, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat.: Latin Dance Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Tues. (2/24): Country Western Dance Party (beer and shot specials), 8 p.m.-midnight. Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Mae. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. 6 p.m. $12-$15 (frontgatetickets.com). FEBRUARY 20 AND 21 Bo Rains’ St Jude Benefit Show. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m. $TBA. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Chuckles and Cheese Steaks. Hangar 84, 20 S. 6th St., Vineland. Cheesesteaks from Donkey’s Place 7 p.m., comedy show with The Legendary Wid, Chip Chantry, and Mike KC. No one under age 21 will be admitted. Tickets $20 (includes admission and food). 794-8653. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Savoy Unplugged: Johnny’s Cousin Steve. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Open Mic. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m. MARCH 5, 6, AND 7 Oliver. Veterans Memorial School, Main Rd. and Chestnut Ave., Vineland. The intermediate schools of Vineland present their fifth annual production. 7 p.m. $10, senior citizens and students $8. 794-6918. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Night with Sir Rod. Merighi’s Savoy Inn, 4940 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. Tommy Edwards and the sounds and songs of Rock Rod Stewart. Help raise money for our local YMCA. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $50 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 The Journey of Emani Wilson. Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave. Art exhibit celebrates Black History Month. Regular library hours. 794-4244. FEBRUARY 19, 20, AND 21 Nightlife at Old Oar House. Old Oar House Brewery, 123 N. High St., Millville, 293-1200. Thurs.: Open mic, 9 p.m. Fri.: Danny Eyer Band, 9 p.m., Sat.: Kelly & Kozak, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Diary of a Tired Black Man. Cumberland County College (Lecture Hall 2 in the Academic Building), Sherman Ave. and College Dr., Vineland. A screening of the film, followed by discussion led by Arthur Horn. 7 p.m. Open to the public and free of charge, attendance by individuals age 15 and older is suggested. { 16 } the grapevine | FEBRUARY 18, 2009 AT THE CASINOS Tickets: 1-800-736-1420; www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. HEADLINERS, COMEDY ACTS, AND REVUES SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Frank Caliendo. Borgata Music Box, 7 p.m. $45, $40. 1-800-298-4200. phone at the Comedy Stop Box Office: 1-877-FUNNY-AC or 609-348-0920. Visit www.comedystop.com. Joy Behar. Harrah’s. 9 p.m. $55, $45, $35 Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. HEADLINERS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 LL Cool J. Showboat House of Blues. 9 p.m. $50, $40, $35. Village People. Hilton. 8 p.m. $25. Jesse McCartney. Tropicana. 9 p.m., $25, $35 and $50. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Friday Night Flashback. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. DJ Nicky G from 95.1 WAYV, music from ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and today. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. THROUGH FEBRUARY 20 My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Still in Therapy. Hilton. 7 p.m. except Fri. at 9 p.m., $15. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Air Supply. Hilton. 8 p.m. $40. COMEDY & MORE Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. Comedy Stop at the Trop. Three comedians nightly. Sun.-Thurs., 9 p.m., $23; Fri., 9 and 11:15 p.m., $23; Sat., 9 and 11:15 p.m., $28. Order tickets by CONVENTION CENTER FEBRUARY 20 THROUGH 22 New Jersey Home & Garden Show. Atlantic City Convention Center. Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults 17+ $7.50, children under 16: Free, 65+ $5 (All Weekend). FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Tom Moran/Dani McHenry. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./7 p.m. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 102.7 JSE Presents Disturbed. Showboat House of Blues. 8 p.m. $55, $50, $43.50. FEBRUARY 20 AND 21 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Civic Engagement { LEE BURKE } classmen created “chaos” because of the different levels of maturity and that it slowed the classroom learning experience. Wallace felt the advanced placement (AP) courses and the student and family advocacy program periods suffered from scheduling problems. Jennifer Wallace, Bridget’s mother, spoke of her concerns with the recent turnover of counselors and its impact on helping students with the college entrance process. In response, Ottinger said “it was a mistake to include the seniors” in SLCs this year and promised there would be no reoccurrences next year. He admitted the seniors have suffered and will look into resolving their scheduling problems. He said he will write recommendations for any senior and that his door is “open to all students.” The meeting concluded with remarks from all board members on the meeting and other school-related issues. Frank Giordano, board president, suggested that a student representative be offered a seat on the board as was done in the past. He also stressed to the public that the board’s involvement does not end with a meeting and that he and other members visit the schools for first-hand observations and talk with students, teachers and administrators. Anthony Fanucci and Thomas Ulrich expressed their admiration for the students who addressed the board, noting their courage, openness, and public speaking abilities. Brian DeWinne wished “good luck” to the athletic teams and made mention that the Thomas W. Wallace, Jr. Middle School was named in honor of Bridget’s grandfather and how proud he would be of her. Ronald Franceschini said he looks forward to Ottinger’s report on violence at the Landis Middle School and his meeting with parents. Paul Spinelli thanked the accounting department for its help on the budget. Robert Evans said he supports the Student and Family Advocacy program and suggested it might be considered as an elective. I School Board Meets …and it’s a lesson in frustration and candor. he board room at 625 Plum Street was packed for the February 11 Board of Education meeting. A controversial proposed employee cell phone policy was pulled from the agenda without comment and some of the crowd thinned. Other agenda items and public comments provided some interesting moments. A presentation by Kevin Franchetta, board secretary, on proposed new software to enhance student information systems failed to provide a broad comparison of competing vendors. Board member Robert Evans said he was “frustrated” that the long-awaited information necessary for board action was not as requested of Stephen Dantinne, technology supervisor, who had a scheduling conflict and could not attend. Superintendent Charles “Chalky” Ottinger assured the board it would have the information by its March meeting. Robert DeSanto, board solicitor, reported on recent Abbott funding hearings in Trenton. The State is attempting to have a new funding T law approved by the Supreme Court to substitute for Abbott remedies. He praised Ottinger on his preparedness in giving four hours of testimony on the new law’s impact on Abbott districts like Vineland. No word on when funding for this year would come was provided. The remainder of the agenda moved quickly with a review of personnel items, contract approvals, and submission and acceptance of grant funds and donations. Special mention was made of a $2,500 Wal-Mart donation to Vineland High School and a gift of laboratory furniture from Robert Haydak of RJS Enterprises International for the high school science rooms. During the public comment period, senior students David Langford and Bridget Wallace were the first to speak of their disappointment with the Small Learning Communities (SLCs). Langford said “it is not working” and that he and other students feel their senior year “was taken away.” He also noted that having freshman and sophomores mixed in with upper- The Board of Education meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. (next on March 11) at 625 Plum Street. Board of Ed members are unpaid volunteers chosen to serve staggered three-year terms. The New Jersey School Boards Association urges eligible citizens to consider serving on local boards of education. Candidate kits are available the Board of Ed office or online at www.njsba.org/ candidacy. Candidates have until March 2 to file a nominating petition with their local school board office. The petition places the candidate’s name on the election ballot on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Beautiful Smiles, Made Affordable OUR SERVICES MILLVILLE FAMILY DENTAL Union Lake Crossing Shopping Center 2144 N. 2nd St., Millville WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | NEW PATIENT WELCOMING PACKAGE $ 80( reg. $230.) 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Similar to songs like Woody Guthrie’s “This Train is Bound for Glory” or Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” in which train imagery is employed as a powerfully resonant metaphor for spiritual salvation, the Underground Railroad’s train image carries with it the salvation of freedom. The New Jersey website identifies as many as 50,000 slaves escaped the South by eluding bounty hunters, slave catchers and other difficulties, sometimes following only the light of the North Star to reach territories that, while free of forced servitude, were unfamiliar. The Underground Railroad tried to smooth that journey. In 1860, New Jersey, according to a census report, still had 18 slaves, making it the last Northern state in which slaves could be found. Conversely, it was also a key part of the Underground Railroad network that helped fugitive slaves from Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Entry into New Jersey was across the Delaware Bay into Greenwich, a Quaker town on the western edge of Cumberland County. Having eliminated slavery in 1786, Greenwich was sympathetic to the needs of runaway slaves and, according to a 1999 Philadelphia Citypaper article on the area, not only offered its town as a point of entry, but diverted any of the slave catchers who might follow. Once in the state, the fugitive slaves were taken to neighboring Springtown, the municipality that originated from the Quakers selling land to their former slaves. Springtown became a station along this line of the Underground Railroad. It was here that Harriet Tubman, from 1849 to 1853, as well as others housed slaves on their way north while the male residents, according to the Citypaper article, guarded the town from bounty hunters by night with rifles. Besides homes, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Springtown also served as a refuge. The reason Vineland was not part of the Underground Railroad was because the town had been founded shortly after the Battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861. That confrontation not only hurled our country into the bloody throes of the Civil War, but technically shut down the Underground Railroad. Many Southern slaves remained in their region, awaiting the advancing Union troops. Vineland’s August founding meant it was too late for its citizens to join the cause as it had once existed. Yet, Vineland’s growing population over the next decade would come to include individuals who had been involved in the Underground Railroad. Two prominent early citizens were known for abolitionist activities they conducted before settling here. Cornelius B Campbell, a member of the Friends of Progress and the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, was involved in the Underground Railroad in Iowa just as Thomas Welch, the inventor of grape juice, was in the state of New York during the early 1840s. Even some short-term residents brought with them abolitionist credentials. According to online sources, Henry Clay Work, composer of such songs as the Civil War-inspired “Kingdom Coming and Marching Through Georgia” (now used as the football fight song for Princeton University), grew up in an abolitionist household in Illinois where his father was jailed for helping several thousand escaped slaves. Work became an abolitionist as well and in the early 1870s, according to Internet Archive, settled in Vineland along with a younger brother and an uncle and purchased 150 acres of land in a speculation deal that proved unsuccessful. Ironically, for all of New Jersey’s part in the Underground Railroad and the work of abolitionists who moved to Vineland and other parts of the state, the This church in Springtown housed slaves on their way north. Photos: John Boykin. 18 slaves identified by the 1860 census as living in New Jersey were not freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. 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