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INSIDE RESTAURANT ROW • FACES IN THE NEWS • YOUTH ART MONTH • PANCAKES VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 5 | MARCH 11, 2009 CONNECTING YOU T O V I N E L A N D . W E E K L Y. Visit us online { STORY AND PHOTOS: STEPHANIE FARRELL } One Book: The Glass Castle At least eight local book clubs read the bestseller, many of them in anticipation of the author’s visit to Cumberland County College. T he Guaracini Center was packed for the culminating event of Cumberland County College’s “One Book, One College” program. Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, whose memoir The Glass Castle was read in classes as well as in the community, captivated the audience. For more than half an hour, Walls told funny stories and shared insights with a personable and positive style—and without a single note card. She then opened the floor for questions and afterward graciously signed books and posed for photos for a line that snaked the length of the center’s hallway. “I’m just a woman with a story,” says Walls. “For a long time, my story was a source of shame.” Walls’ parents, despite being intelligent and talented, were inca- pable of caring for their children. Walls and her three siblings suffered through lack of food, heat and indoor plumbing. Her father was an alcoholic. Walls was able to go on to college, and she became successful writing about celebrities. “I thought that once my story was out, I’d lose all my friends, lose my job….” Yet Walls felt compelled to tell the truth, and The Glass Castle is the result. CCC freshman Sarah Singer says she absolutely loved the book. “I think I actually cried, which I don’t usually do. She had this life experience, horrible but…look how successful she is. She made the best of her circumstances. There’s something to be taken from that.” Art students at the college read the book and created alternative book covContinued on page 10 Student Jessica Mooney’s artistic take on the book. Top: James and Amber Parrish, husband and wife CCC students who read Walls’ book for class, are eager to have their books signed. “Home of the Original Penny Sale” 2009 Civic VP 4DR We Treat You Better…Period NDAP 9 HO 200IC 4 DR V IV 5,718 C $1 nd 670 tion a Destinliang charge…..$8,825 hand ……………..$1 88 MSRP.. …………….$16,3 TOTAL.. 1517 South Delsea Drive, Vineland + 1¢ LEASE FOR $229 36/MO. 856-692-1700 Se Habla Español SIGN & DRIVE • 0 DOWN BUY FOR $16,388.00 + 1¢ 4 door,4 cyl., power steering, Auto. Trans. power brakes, compact disc, mp3 Compatible, Power windows, Stock # 12588 36 mo. closed end lease, $229. 12 k Miles per year .15¢ coverage top $8244., LEVO $10,635. Tax, Tags, Registration and $97.00 Doc Fee extra. Select from over 300 Pieces to Create Your Own Masterpiece ustom Homes Affordable C At LaTorre Hardware A “Paint Your Own” Pottery Studio Sign up for Some Fun & Make an Easter Dish { 2 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 March 21st at 10am Call Carmie’s for Details 1607 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360 Join us for our Open House on Saturday March 21, 2009 856-691-3637 Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 6pm • Thursday 12 – 8pm Friday 12 Noon – 6pm • Saturday 10am – 4pm • Closed Sunday & Monday. – $500 OFF ANY HOUSE Refreshments • Tours • 3 Beautiful Models on Display FINANCING HELP AVAILABLE {Right Before Mainiero’s Appliance on the Right} 11:00am to 3:00 pm 1846 S. Delsea Drive Vineland, NJ 08360 856-507-0432 { CONTENTS } 1 One Book: The Glass Castle The author of the book, which has been locally embraced over the past year, visits the area. ST E P H A N I E FA R R E L L I Editor’s Letter One Step Forward, Two Back for Stem Cell Research What a difference a couple of years make. In November of 2007, New Jersey voters rejected a $450 million bond referendum to fund stem cell research. The defeat of the public question was a crushing blow for Governor Jon Corzine, who was a big advocate for the Garden State taking a much bigger and more proactive role in promoting stem cell research here. ThenPresident George Bush was staunchly opposed to embryonic stem cell research and vetoed a bill in June of 2007 that would have opened the gates to massive federal spending on such programs. Now in March of 2009, Corzine has a like-minded President in the White House with regard to the stem cell issue. On Monday, President Obama signed an order striking down his predecessor’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Unfortunately for stem cell research proponents like Corzine, this step forward comes at a time when the economy is forcing cutbacks on the same programs Obama is trying to liberate. In February, the Governor had to cut $13 million from the 2009 state budget for stem-cell research. That cut came on the heels of an even bigger cut of $21 million the month before. But Corzine is hoping that President Obama’s willingness to commit federal funds to scientific research will mean millions more for New Jersey’s efforts to lure cutting-edge scientific companies to our state. Of course it will be months before any of those federal funds begin to flow, especially in the case of embryonic stem cell research, which carries with it a host of ethical considerations that must be sorted out before those spending decisions are made. I voted against the bond referendum in November of 2007 and was pleased that most of my fellow New Jersey voters did the same. It’s not that I don’t support stem cell research; I do. It’s just that I don’t feel that government funds (taxpayers dollars) should be diverted into areas of scientific research better left to private funding. Nor do I believe that political motivations should be behind the regulation of scientific research of any kind. Consider the examples of California and Missouri, as cited by Sigrid Fry-Revere, director of bioethics studies at the Cato Institute: “It’s better to allow private interests to fund the most promising research than to allow the party in power to make medical and scientific decisions for all,” said FryRevere in a recent article. He pointed out that California’s Proposition 71 authorized $3 billion in state funding to stem cell research. That was more than three years ago and not a penny has been spent yet. Lawsuits by those morally opposed to stem cell research have kept the state from issuing the bonds to raise the funding. “And these being bonds,” says Fry-Revere, “they’ll saddle California taxpayers with an additional $3 billion in interest payments over the next 30 years.” On the other end of the spectrum were Missouri voters who, in November of 2006, passed a constitutional amendment that protects the right to pursue all forms of stem cell research allowed under federal law — but not funding it. “This,” says Fry-Revere, “ensured that the state kept the door open for private laboratories like the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which employs an international team of researchers and $2 billion in private endowments. For years, Stowers has been doing extraordinary research on adult stem cells, and the amendment will see to it that the progress continues as the lab expands into embryonic stem cell research in the future. And since it’s privately funded, there’ll be no bond issues, no debts, no interest to pay, and no taxpayer liability.” New Jersey should take their lead from Missouri, not California. We should refuse to stand in the way of stem cell research while also refusing to allow government to use our money to promote or hinder it. MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher 5 Vintage Buttons The making of pearl buttons was one of Vineland’s earlierst industries. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O Residential & Commercial Service & Installation Heating & Cooling Equipment Hot Water Heaters Water/Sewer Underground Piping Sewer Drain Cleaning 6 What’s Cooking? The Restaurant Row initiative along Landis Avenue, that’s what. TO D D N O O N 7 Poetry in a War Zone National Youth Art Month reminds us of our ever-fragile freedoms. DEBORAH A. EIN Serving Vineland for over 100 years! 8 Community Calendar Faces in the News 12 16 DINING: Cake and Dinner, Too A cake delivery to Philadelphia offers a chance to hit the town. 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All rights reserved. the grapevine { 3 } { 4 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 JUNIPER VILLAGE OFFERS ASSISTED LIVING AND A SEPARATE SECURED COMMUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS IN NEED OF DEMENTIA CARE A S S I S T E D L I V I N G A N D W E L L S P R I N G M E M O RY CA R E AT W I L L I A M S TOW N Nurturing the spirit of life 1640 South Black Horse Pike Williamstown, NJ 08094 SM 856.740.4444 I Historical Vineland { VINCE FARINACCIO } Vintage Buttons Vineland nurtured the business of pearl button manufacturing as one of its earliest enterprises. n the lawn, Hatchet Jack tried on one of the Warden’s linen suits, then a high-collared London shirt and Spanish leather vest with pearl buttons.” This passage is from novelist Rudolph Wurlitzer’s latest work, The Drop Edge of Yonder, a mystic Western peppered with iconic figures roaming a 19th century mythic frontier. But, if the characters and events of this narrative were real, it’s possible those pearl buttons glistening from Hatchet Jack’s leather vest could have come from Vineland, New Jersey. Shortly after its 1861 founding, Vineland nurtured the business of pearl button manufacturing as one of its earliest enterprises. While specialized buttons of gold and ivory had been around since the 14th century, pearl buttons were a relatively new and popular commodity of the 19th century, ini- “O tially produced in bulk in London, England and Vienna, Austria. According to the Chest of Books website, button manufacturing in the United States didn’t begin until 1826 when Samuel Williston started a modest business that soon led to the construction of a factory and world distribution. Pearl buttons, the Chest of Books site explains, “are made of pearl shells, or what is known as natural pearl, having a clear, pearly inside of various degrees of whiteness.” The site also observes that the craft of cutting, drilling and polishing a pearl button must be accomplished largely by hand. While machinery was added to this field of work, the industry hasn’t changed much. While the pearl button boom occurred in the 1880s and 1890s, Vineland was well ahead of most of the country. According to Elena J. Darling’s study of the subject in the Vineland Historical Magazine, the first men- tion of pearl button manufacturing in this area was in the July 4, 1868 edition of The Weekly, in which it was announced that a Philadelphian was about to establish a button factory that would employ 20 to 40 people. As it turns out, two men, Captain S.F. Hanson and a Mr. Bryant, established a factory on the northeast corner of Sixth and Quince streets by August 1 and began production of pearl buttons using shells from China, Panama and the Red Sea. Hanson and Bryant had hired as superintendent Newark, New Jersey resident David James, whose reputation was one of the best in the field of pearl button manufacturing. Within a year of working for Hanson and Bryant, James established his own business, and within two years, had the sole pearl button factory in Vineland from 1871 to 1872. In 1875, the business was placed in the hands of a relative while James opened yet another button factory in Landis Township. Darling reports that in March 1876, another pearl button manufacturer opened its doors, and shortly after, Nathaniel Eldridge Jenkins purchased the James business. In 1879, E.O. Mills & Company was established, led by Thomas Jones, an entrepreneur whose previous experience in the Philadelphia pearl button business guided the Vineland enterprise to what Darling reports as 1,200 gross of buttons weekly and a staff of 50 workers. Housed in the Gage machine shop at the Boulevard and Pear Street, the company was considered one of the biggest pearl button manufacturers in the United States. The Chest of Books website reports that the number of pearl button businesses in the country rose drastically from 17, as of April 1, 1891, to 95 by 1892. Unfortunately, as this nationwide competition increased and as the 20th century approached, changes in manufacturing as well as flooded markets led to a turning point for the last of the small pearl button businesses in Vineland. Some companies, like Peter Smith & Son, turned to specializing in jewelry that continued to require the precision of cutting by hand. Some, like Frank M. Lyons & Son, simply closed their doors. And others desperately sought larger companies for any work that could be outsourced. While Vineland had helped pioneer the pearl button industry, it was unable to successfully sustain its own manufacturing into the new century. I No wifi? No worries. At home or on the road, stay connected with a mobile broadband device from Sprint. Get it on the Now Network.™ Free > Rev A speeds > Sprint SmartView§ interface > MicroSD™ slot holds 32GB WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | $49.99 two-year price. Plus $50 mail-in rebate with new line activation with two-year agreement and a data plan. Connection Plans $ 59 99/mo. Req. 2-yr agreement. Other monthly charges apply. See below.** Contact your Sprint Preferred Retailer: 533 N. East Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360 856.563.0330 2639 S. Main Road Vineland, NJ 08360 856.563.0110 622 E. Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360 856.563.1771 the grapevine { 5 } Communications **Monthly charges exclude taxes, Sprint Surcharges [incl. 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While the results of one of the City’s incentive programs, the Façade Improvement Program are already being seen up and down Landis Avenue, the Restaurant Row initiative is still in its preliminary stages. The end result, however, will be several fine eateries downtown and an indoor public market where a wide variety of foods can be purchased. To update you on the Restaurant Row initiative and make it more of a reality for you right now, I will give you a preview of one of the first eateries that will R open as a result of this program and introduce you to the owners. Obie Bermudez is dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Vineland. He is one of the newly appointed members of our Board of Directors. He and his wife Marilyn also love crêpes—very thin, delicious folded pancakes that originated in France and are filled with eggs, meat, or dessert topping. This inspired an interest in the CrêpeMaker franchise that led them to become the developer for that franchise in southern New Jersey. They will be opening a CrêpeMaker in the Cherry Hill Mall food court on March 21 and one is scheduled to open on the 600 block of Landis Avenue later this year. Negotiations are in progress for two more locations for the Atlantic and Cape May County areas. The Vineland location, which will be the Bermudez’s first free-standing CrêpeMaker store, will be the base for the catering division. The 2,300 squarefoot facility will also include a lounge. The incentives made possible by the Restaurant Row initiatives made it feasible for Obie and Marilyn to choose Vineland for a free-standing location. “With all of the projects going on downtown,” Obie Bermudez says, “like the renovation of the Landis Theatre, the Main Street façade program, and the Restaurant Row initiative, now is the right time to put it all together, and now seemed the right time to get involved from the beginning. I want to help set the standard for what’s to come.” However, his incentive runs deeper and he cites his roots from his parents’ arrival in Vineland in 1951. “I was born and raised in this town and I can tell you Vineland has something that a mall or any shopping center can never have and can never take away—history.” He cites, by example, the buildings with their unique architecture. “Landis Avenue was just waiting to be found again and, with the team that has been assembled here at the VDID and City Hall, we’re going to bring it back,” Obie continues. “Downtown Vineland will become an exciting family destination, attracting visitors and residents alike by embracing our history and culture, and by celebrating our unique and diverse heritage.” That is the spirit behind what we want to achieve downtown. Once this spirit takes root, it will blossom in other places. All it needs is something to nourish it. That is what the Restaurant Row initiative is all about. I hope that I was able to enlighten you about it. Perhaps, I even made you hungry for more. I For more information on all VDID/Main Street Vineland events and activities, call 794-8653 or visit www.mainstreet Choose from hundreds of new and used Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Basses. Sale also applies to Drums, Percussion, Cymbals, Amps & PA Systems! Save on big names such as Fender, Ibanez, Epiphone, Takamine, Pearl, Tama & more! Now signing up new students on all instruments! OUR OWN SPECIAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN! HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH ONLY ONE TIME PER YEAR TO SAVE BIG $$$!!! { 6 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 Come see our recentl renovated y store!! NUAL IF TH AN NCE EVENT! F L ARA nd JOR aCh,E redit card aAccepted! MA C s c s Check Refund 008 Tax 2 While supplies last. Sale price based on the current manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Guitar cases not included with any guitar. The second item must be a different model than the first (not valid for two of the same guitar – etc). Sale valid for existing in-store inventory only. No special orders, layaways, or rain checks. We reserve the right to limit quantities. All Sales are FINAL! Sale for the public only. NO DEALERS PLEASE!! Exclusions: Rivera Amps, Keyboards, Music Books, DVD’s, Software, Digital Recorders and Drum Machines 606 E. Landis Ave., Vineland • 856-692-2060 I Gleanings { DEBORAH A. EIN, MANAGING EDITOR } Poetry in a War Zone National Youth Art Month celebrates the talents of our children…and freedom of expression. “T uba Sahaab looks nothing like a warrior. She is a slight girl of 11, living in a simple home in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan. But in Tuba’s case, looks are deceiving. “With her pen, Tuba is taking on the swords of the Taliban. She crafts poems telling of the pain and suffering of children just like her; girls banned from school, their books burned, as the hard-core Islamic militants spread their reign of terror across parts of Pakistan.” These are the words of Stanley Grant, reporting for CNN. His article continues; “A stanza of one of her poems reads: ‘Tiny drops of tears, their faces like angels, Washed with blood, they sleep forever with anger.’ Tuba is not afraid to express her views. Of the Taliban forcing young girls out of the classroom, she says: ‘This is very shocking to hear that girls can’t go to school, they are taking us back to the Stone Age.’ ” In good times and bad, art lifts our spirits. This is especially true of the burgeoning talents of the young. In this country, we are fortunate to be able to fearlessly encourage our children to express themselves through their art. This month in particular, we celebrate the artworks of our youth. Vineland Public Schools will again host the annual district-wide children’s art exhibit at Mennies Elementary School (361 East Grant Avenue), from March 11 through the end of the month. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the celebration of National Youth Art Month, and an opening reception is scheduled for March 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and children whose works are displayed are invited to attend with family and friends. All eight elementary schools in the district will be represented with work being displayed from kindergarten through grade five. Locally, National Youth Art Month coincides with “Music in our Schools Month,” so during the evening, there will be performances by Mennies’ School Fine Arts Club, the Petway School Chorus, and the Spanish chorus from Barse School. As in past years, the Woman’s Club of Vineland will present first-, second-, and third-place prizes to children in each school for outstanding artwork. “We welcome families to come and meet their child’s art teacher and to support the ever-increasing importance of the arts in our schools,” said Cherie Hackler, art teacher at Mennies School. “Those unable to attend the reception are welcome to stop by Mennies School throughout the month of March to view the artwork.” For more information, call Hackler at 794-7141 or e-mail her at In addition to Hackler, Vineland’s elementary art teachers include Nancy Curley, Dane Barse School; Cynthia Doulis, Durand School; Beverly Hughes, Johnstone School; Lisa LaRosa, Petway School; Lisa Kaler-Ahma, D’Ippolito School; Kristin McMackin, Sabater School, and Kara Rehm, Winslow School. Congratulations and thanks to all these teachers who teach and encourage artistic endeavors. In addition to self-expression, art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, cooperation, and critical thinking skills. We are blessed to be far from the world’s war zones, but our kids still have a lot to say and contribute. Tuba Sahaab’s home is less than two hours from where the Taliban have control. She loves writing poems and short stories (she has already published one book) and has created a cartoon character called Tomato Man. “I want to give peace to my nation,” she says, “I will fight for it.” I Men – Plan to Attend a free prostate cancer screening ( for men 40 years or older) Saturday, March 14 9 a.m. – Noon South Jersey Healthcare Frank & Edith Scarpa Cancer Pavilion 1505 West Sherman Avenue Vineland, NJ WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | PSA testing (a simple blood test) ~ Prostate exam and consultation by Christopher Lee, MD South Jersey Urology Consultants ~ Come and find out about the latest advances in prostate cancer treatments ~ If you plan to attend, please call to register: 856-575-4430. the grapevine { 7 } I COMMUNITY CALENDER HAPPENINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY IN LENT Bread and Broth. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 2384 E. Landis Ave. A Lenten meal at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. service. 691-4278. Lunch and brief message by a different clergy from the community each week. Noon-1 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 RNS Mobile Mammongraphy. Vineland Senior Center,. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Women should call 1-800-246-2404 to make an appointment. Have insurance ID, if applicable, and name of physician. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Benefit for Ron. North Italy Club, 414 Virano Ln. Friends of Ron Mejia are holding this benefit to help defray his cost for medical treatments. 7-11 p.m. $30 (includes a buffet, DJ and dancing, comedian (WIP’s Big Daddy Graham), silent auction, cash bar.. 692-4406 or 466-2664. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 South Jersey Homeschooler’s Support Group. Loyle Lanes Bowling Alley, Delsea Dr. Deanne Scalfo will take you through the supermarket jungle and show you how to find the good stuff (at the good prices)! She lets you in on the secrets the food companies don’t want you to know. Noon2 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY IN LENT Community Lenten Lunches. First Presbyterian Church, 800 East Landis Ave. THE EPICUREAN SOCIETY of Southern New Jersey presented its respected Restaurant of the Year award to Winfield’s Restaurant, located on High Street in Millville. Jeff Schwartz, President of The Epicurean Society made the presentation to owners Rick and Lois Abbott, and stated that Winfield’s stood out because of its excellence in food, service, and ambiance. The award is given by the Society to one outstanding restaurant, which is chosen from among the restaurants visited by the Society during their monthly dinner events. The Epicurean Society is a member of the American Culinary Federation, consisting of restaurant owners, chefs, purveyors and foodies from six counties in southern New Jersey. Call County Clerk Gloria Noto at 4534860 or Surrogate Douglas Rainear at 453-4800 for further information. COLLEGE STUDENTS may purchase a one-week YMCA membership while on break for $25. To qualify, students need to bring a valid college identification card to the front desk at the Y (1159 E. Landis Avenue). YMCA hours are 5:15 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 691-0030. KIDDIE KORNER, a children’s store featuring new and used clothing will have its grand opening on Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. It is located at 504 E. Landis Avenue (near Army recruitment center). THE VINELAND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL held its first Open House with about 50 local youngsters and their parents attending the event at 1155 East Landis Avenue, next to the YMCA. The bright-eyed children, ages 5 through 8, enjoyed refreshments and played with educational toys while their parents learned more about the school and completed enrollment forms. (Pictured is Neftali Ramos and Mom Erica Rosa doing just that.) Executive Director Ann Garcia and her husband, Tito, who serves as the facility consultant, answered questions and Albert R. Maccani CPA/PFS CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT THE COUNTY CLERK’S AND SURROGATE’S OFFICE will be open as follows for the month of March: Late Night – Offices open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Mall Information Booth – Wednesday, March 18, from 10 .a.m until noon. Vineland/Millville Satellite Office Wednesday, March 25 Vineland 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. / Millville 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Celebrating 31 Years of Excellent Service! 1537 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland 856-691-3279 explained some of the goals of the new school, which will open its doors this August to kindergarten, first and second grade students. School Curriculum Consultant Yvonne Cribbs offered a tour of the facility. Established by the Garcias and Cribbs. the school will provide the basics mandated by the State‘s Core Curriculum program, as well as drama as a way to encourage students to actively use their language skills and develop a lifelong interest in learning. The Vineland Public Charter School was one of six such initiatives approved last October by the New Jersey Department of Education. It is the first charter school to open its doors in Cumberland County. “If all goes well, we plan to add more grades in the years to come,” Garcia said. The charter school is funded by state and local taxes, which means there is no charge for students to attend. Transportation is provided for free by the Vineland School District. Classes are expected to begin on August 31 and run through June 29, 2010. The school day starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. To register a child or for further information, call 985-4782 or e-mail { 8 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 Do You Have Dangerous Trees? 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The Parish of Saint Padre Pio at the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, 4680 Dante Ave. Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sunday 3 p.m. Lenten dessert social to follow in Rosary Hall. Communal Lenten Penance Service, Monday, 7 p.m. Mass and healing service, Wednesday, 7 p.m. All invited to attend. 691-7526. Veins? Reach Out To The Most Qualified Specialist Minimally Invasive Insurance covered and SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Rock Around the Clock. CCC gymnasium, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. The Cumberland County College Foundation hosts an old-fashioned sock hop, 6 p.m. Music by David Christopher Orchestra, a jitterbug contest and more. $100 per person. 691-8600 ext. 392. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Evening of Stand-Up Comedy. Moose Lodge, 187 W. Wheat Rd., Vineland. Headliner comic is Chris Dubail, emcee is Matt Faison. Must be at least 21 to attend. Food and fun 6 p.m., comedy 7:30 p.m. $30 (proceeds benefit VHS Tennis Team). 692-2283. 30 min. 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At 240 lbs., Nichole Newton suffered with joint pain, shortness of breath and the social awkwardness that comes from being overweight. To reclaim her once healthier, happier life, she chose weight-loss surgery at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center, a nationally-recognized Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. (Continued from cover) ers. Walls was impressed with the college’s discussions of the book as well as the student artwork. “It’s very humbling,” she said, and added that the artwork was “so amazing.” Singer said the book was required reading for freshmen. “We talked about it in English Comp. A lot of kids could relate.” On a trip to Wal-Mart, Singer noticed that the cashier, also a CCC student, had the book and they discussed it while she checked out. It’s just those kinds of conversations that Sharon Kewish, CCC English professor and chair of the program’s book selection committee, hopes happen all over campus and throughout the community. “The committee was pretty much unani”mous in choosing the book,” she says. We understood how directly our students would get involved in the book. The student reaction has been just amazing. In the classes I teach, the students have related to the main character, the issues of homelessness and extreme poverty.” Kewish says some of her students had been homeless themselves. “They were comfortable enough to talk about it.” For other students who had not experienced poverty, it makes an impression to hear about it from a fellow student. Her students also relate to Walls’ sense of survival. “Siblings taking care of siblings when parents are dysfunctional,” says Kewish. “Even when she’s going through it, there’s hope.” In addition to many classes reading and discussing the book, CCC hosted a well-attended panel discussion of faculty, students and community members in the fall. They also showed two movies with similar themes, Angela’s Ashes and The Pursuit of Happyness. These events were open to the community. “We want to be sharing with the Exceptional bariatric surgery care. Right here in South Jersey. The experienced SJH Bariatric Team put Nichole at ease and prepared her for every step of her successful weight-loss journey. Nearly two years later, and almost 120 lbs. lighter, activities that were once difficult or impossible are back in her life. She spends more time outdoors exercising, talking to neighbors and shopping, which is fun again! She’ll even take an occasional run up the Philly Art Museum steps. Why? Because she can! Our promise From our experienced physicians to our pre-op and follow-up group sessions, the SJH Bariatrics Team is dedicated to offering high quality weight-loss surgery and positive outcomes and experiences for every patient. { 10 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 For more information call: (856) 641-8263 • Past CCC “One Book” Picks: 2004-05 James McBride’s The Color of Water 2005-06 David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars 2006-07 Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper 2007-08 Erin Gruwell’s Freedom Writer’s Diary community in an exchange of ideas,” says Kewish. “It’s a means of communicating with the community what we are doing in our classes. We want to have the community reading right along with us.” Kewish hears that eight book clubs are reading the book. One of those is Rose Diaz’s, which discussed The Glass Castle last month in anticipation of the author’s visit. Diaz says they talked about the resilience of children. “It was amazing how these children survived these parents,” notes Diaz. “Their basic human needs of shelter, food and clothing were consistently denied and yet three of them went on to be productive, functioning individuals. Could it be possible that even though they starved their little bodies the fact that they educated them, provided culture, and promoted self sufficiency was more essential to the development of the human spirit?” The Walls’ parents were nonconformists. “Granted there were issues of alcoholism and mental health,” Diaz continues, “but even so their personalities loved the chaos and refused to follow rules or fulfill expectations of any sort. Their fierce independence made them reject a normal life while always reaching for an impossibly grandiose future, i.e. the glass castle.” Diaz says she is impressed by the book’s nonjudgmental tone. “Her ability to accept her past and her parents as they are without rancor is truly awesome,” she says. “I think the author has captured the torn feelings a person experiences with members of their family that disappoint and wreak havoc.” Walls is not bitter. “I don’t consider myself a victim. My parents are who and what they are. I can accept them as flawed people, who did the best they could,” Walls says, who adds that what she truly regrets from her past is her father’s drinking. “We can take these things in our past that we’re not crazy about and have them work for us, turn them all to our advantage. I truly believe that everything in life is a blessing and a curse, it’s what you choose to make it.” She says that writing about her past was more than cathartic. “It has transformed the world for me. I was always a happy person, but I felt like a fraud. The world was filled with potential enemies,” she says. “I underestimated people, their goodness, kindness and compassion with a kid from the wrong side of the tracks. In the isolation of my shame, I didn’t realize that other people had their own stories. Now the world is filled with potential friends. Also, people like hearing about parents stranger than their own.” But writing about her past had excruciating moments. Her husband was reading her draft and asked her if her parents were not buying food, what did she eat? “My face started burning with shame. But he said, ‘you have to explain where you got food.’ It was very hard to be honest.” Walls had to write about digging through garbage. “Now that I’ve written it, it doesn’t haunt me anymore.” Walls recognizes that America is going through hard times, but having survived without the basics has helped her not take anything for granted. The Glass Castle has been optioned by Paramount and is currently with Brad Pitt’s production company. Walls’ next book, Broke Back Horses, is due out in October. She says it is being called a “true novel,” as it is based on her grandmother’s life, but told in first person and with gaps filled in with fiction. I WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the little shop BIG SALE 856-825-1194 HOURS Tue.- urs. 11-5 Fri. 11-6 • Sat. 11-4 60% OFF Melissa & Doug Toys % 75 OFF Winter & Selected Spring SALE ENDS 3-25/09 Large Selection of Christening Out ts & Gi s the grapevine { 11 } One Sale Item CLOTHING w/ this ad SIZES PREEMIE TO 4T 137 N. HIGH STREET, MILLVILLE NEW LOCATION Formerly Ricci’s Little Shop I Faces in the News Davila Promoted Battle of the Young Warrior The champions, from left: Hector Agosto, 3rd place Kata and Sparring; Diana Diaz, 2nd place Kata and Sparring, 4th place Weapons; Patrick Maxwell, 2nd place Weapons and Kata, 4th place Sparring. All the karate competitiors train at NJ State Black Belt Association in Vineland. Glenn Davila has been promoted to President of Performance Marketing (PM), a marketing and branding firm serving the Delaware Valley. Along with company founder Penny Rossi, Davila will provide support for all marketing and management functions including strategic planning, advertising, public relations, special events, market research, direct mail, signage and Internet marketing. Davila was part of the team that initially formed Performance Marketing. In 2000, Rossi spun off the company from Unitel Wireless Communications as an independent marketing firm. Since then, the company has worked with local and regional clients including South Jersey Healthcare and the SJH Foundation, Minotola National Bank, Stanker & Galetto, and the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce. VASA Partners with Youth Services The Vineland Administrators and Supervisors Association (VASA) recently formed a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem County and the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland, according to Dr. Thomas McCann, VASA president and Vineland High School South principal. VASA includes district supervisors of instruction, principals, executive principals, assistant principals, administrative assistants, and department directors and coordinators. “We’re thrilled,” said Donna Bennett, CEO for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties. “Since we mainly offer one-to-one mentoring services, I think VASA could be very helpful….” Said Chris Volker, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs: “We’re always excited when we can get more people involved in helping the children who really need assistance.” In the photo, from left: Bennett, Dr. McCann, and Volker. LSA Recognized At the annual reorganization meeting of the Statewide Insurance Fund, the Landis Sewerage Authority (LSA) received a Special Recognition Award for “maintaining an exemplary loss control program and employee safety program.” Pictured are Executive Director Dennis Palmer, Carol Ricci, Insurance Coordinator and Chairman Peter Galetto, Sr. with the award plaque received at the conference. Free Movie Rental @ Coupon Good for One Free* Overnight Movie Rental when you rent one at regular price. Hoag in Business 50 Years Martin K. Hoag, of Hoag-Parrish Financial Management, is celebrating 50 years in business. He started in 1959 as the sole proprietorship, selling New York Life Insurance out of his home. Hoag has served as President of the Vineland City Council (1968-1972); Chairman of the Board for Newcomb Hospital for three years and as a Board Member from 1980 to 1990. He also served on the Board of Directors of the United Jersey Bank from 1972 to 1989. Hoag is currently a member of Vineland Rotary and the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce. For the past 20 years, he has awarded scholarships to deserving Vineland High School seniors with financial needs. In 2000, Hoag joined forces with his son-in-law, Frank Parrish to form HoagParrish Financial Management. Raised on Staten Island New York, Hoag is a World War II veteran who served as an officer in General Patton’s Third Army in all five European Campaigns. Kudos to Edmeads The family and friends of Toya Edmeads would like to celebrate with her as she has attained some major successes in the past several years. Edmeads has carried a nursing license in the state of New Jersey for 29 years. She is also licensed in California. She has been attending Cumberland County College since 2004, majoring in Psychosocial Rehabilitation. In 2006, she made the Dean’s list and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (national honor society for two-year colleges), In 2008, she made the President’s list. 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In the photo: Rieck gets into a Lotus Formula junior single seater at the Vineland Speedway in 1964. FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Worldwide Convenience • Personal Attention Savings Home Equity Checking VISA Credit Cards Auto Loans VISA Check Cards Personal Loans Online Banking Plus Much More! “Serving Members for Over 70 Years” 37 West Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360 856-696-0767 Also serving members at: 28A Cornwell Dr. Bridgeton, NJ 08302 856-453-9094 Ramada Honored by ARC The Ramada Inn of Vineland was honored for providing the American Red Cross with an outstanding facility to conduct community blood drives. Present at the award ceremony were Sherry Kejzman Soutiere, representing the Kejzman family, owners of the Ramada Inn; Carla Yates, and Guy Troiano, from the American Red Cross; and Vineland Rotarian Ron McMahon, Blood Drive Organizer for the Vineland Rotary Club. The ceremony took place during a Vineland Rotary Club Luncheon. The Vineland Rotary Club members have participated with the American Red Cross in donating blood for the past 11 years. During that time, Rotarians, their friends and family members have donated 1,000 units of blood holding four blood drives a year. In the photo, from left: Carla Yates, Sherry Kejzman Soutiere, Guy Troiano, and Ron McMahon. Vineland Rotary Club recently inducted Melissa Rhodes, owner of the Huntington Learning Center in Millville, into the Vineland Rotary Club. Club Member, Charles Loyle, inducted Melissa, and her sponsor, Melanie Druziako, left, presented her with a Rotary pin. Protect Your Health & Home There is no better time than the present to rethink the products that you use in your home and on your body. We are assaulted by toxic chemicals, dangerous additives and poisons in our food, home products, and construction materials — day after day, every day. Is it any wonder why cancer is afflicting Americans at an alarming rate? 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The elevators are necessary for elderly and handicapped parishoners who have difficulty getting down the steep stairs to the social area below the church. Also part of the first phase expansion is an indoor waiting area with matching architectural design, with an anticipated completion date of April 2009. The second phase includes construction of a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose facility with expanded parking lot, and the third phase consists of an expansion of the existing church, which has served the Greek community in Vineland for 35 years. Pictured at the groundbreaking are, left to right: Marco Papadaniil (Parish Council), John Papadaniil (architect), Richard Milstead (Legal Council), James Gruccio (Legal Council), State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, Mayor Robert Romano, Fr. Nick Rafael, Nick Kaskabas (Parish Council President), Dr. Paul Mastoridis (Parish Council VP & Project Director), Jim Costas (Parish Council), Pan Kaskabas (building committee), Dan Kuhar (DRK Construction) and City Councilman Doug Albrecht (Parish Council Secretary). Garrett in Honor Band FREE WORKSHOP!!! Learn the Three Secrets to YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS Learn Natural Solutions to Get Your Health Back! If you suffer from Fatigue, Headaches, Hormone Imbalances, Digestive Trouble, Pain, Asthma, Arthritis, Sinus Problems/ Allergies, Weight Problems, and more, then this is for you! Jenna Garrett, a Rossi Middle School sixth grader, has been selected to perform with the 2008/2009 All South Jersey Honor Band. 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We have a magnet on the back of the van that states “Caution: Wedding Cake on Board,” because we get tired of people honking at us when we go slowly around corners. I had called the concierge earlier and was instructed to pull up to the front entrance. Jill eased the van to the curb, and I tossed my keys to the doorman. We unloaded the cake onto a cart that we brought with us and began to wheel it into the hotel. We slowly made our way through the lobby, into the elevator, across the ballroom and to the display table. We were nervous every time someone walked by and made a snarky comment—it is NOT funny when you ask us if we’ve ever dropped a wedding cake. After about a half hour, we had set the cake up and it looked great. We left the hotel with about 30 minutes to spare before the guests would arrive. With the hard part done, it was time to eat. We parked the van in a parking garage nearby, and made our way onto Sansom Street. We were headed to Vintage, a wine L ast month, when The Sweet Life Bakery crew went to New York, we all stayed at the apartment of Lindsay’s sister and her fiancée. Last week, we made their wedding cake and transported it to Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where the wedding was to take place. We bar recommended to us by a customer of ours. He had told us the vibe was fun, the food good, and the wine selection excellent. We found Vintage right around the corner from El Vez (where I had gotten phenomenal guacamole a few months back). The dining area was long and dark, and the place was packed with hipsters. The music was loud but chill, and the whole place hummed from the conversations of several dozen people. We sat near the back of the dining room at a tall bistro table and perused the smallish menu for a few minutes. We ordered three dishes—fried calamari with a smoked tomato aioli, French onion soup, and a homemade veggie burger made with lentils, white beans, and root vegetables. 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We walked over to the Loews, where the reception was well under way. The cake had been cut and enjoyed by that point. We found the bride and groom and congratulated them on their future life together. We danced for a bit, and since the evening had long since turned into night, we decided to head home. It was a fast, fun trip into Philly. It’s nice to have a big city so close, and I’m glad we got to take advantage of it…if only for a few hours. I Stephen Wilson along with his wife Jill McClennen owns The Sweet Life Bakery. You may contact him via e-mail at Vineland, 697-5500. Steaks, veal, chicken dishes. Meet friends at the bar, gather 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. Casa Dori II, Brewster Rd. and Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 794-1888. Authentic Italian, lunch and dinner; catering available. 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. 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. 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. From fine dining to lunch spots to bakeries, the area has choices to satisfy any appetite. Call for hours. 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Harding Hwy., French fries on the side. The calamari was great—so hot, tender and crispy, it was hard not to eat them all myself. After relaxing for a few minutes, we left Vintage and walked over to Fergie’s, a little Irish pub on a side street. We had a pint, and people-watched for a while. The pub was very crowded and there were tons of Continued on next page It’s an intriguing steak sandwich served on an oversized poppyseed kaiser roll baked exclusively for Donkey’s Place. That’s right, a round roll. The meat is a block of thinly sliced ribeye steak grillcooked, but never chopped, covered with American cheese and topped with tender onions cooked until they are caramelized from our secret seasoning. It’s the loads of our signature onions that gives Donkey’s Steaks its personality. The red pepper relish is a tangy addition to the flavorful taste. 20 South 6th Street Vineland, NJ Pay to the bearer: WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Donkey’s Place expires 3/31/09 Limit one per customer – present this check to receive discount 10% Off Entire Order Stomach Stimulus Check • Panzarotti • Chicken Cheeseteak • Salad (Grilled Chicken Salad) • Grilled Barbecue Chicken Deluxe • Tender BBQ Pork Sandwich • Fried Fish Platter, and Much More! the grapevine { 17 } 20 South 6th Street, Vineland, NJ (856) 690-1777 • Fax (856) 690-1677 • Continued from previous page Esposito’s Maplewood III, 200 N. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 692-2011. Steaks, seafood and pasta dishes 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.., 697-3509. Name says it all. Daily specials, catering. Closed Sunday. General Custard’s Last Stand, 2578 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 696-2992. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tues.-Sat. Gina’s Ristorante, 110 N. High St., Millville, 825-4241. Italian cuisine, lunch and dinner, BYOB, nothing over $20. 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. Jake’s. 611 Taylor Rd., Franklinville, 6945700. Italian-American, served lakeside. Lunch, dinner, happy hour, Sunday brunch. 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 & Ristorante, 1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 794-3332. Pasta, veal, chicken. 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. Italian-American 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. Banquet/ wedding facility as well as intimate restaurant. 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. Pete’s Pizza, 20 W. Park Ave., Vineland, 205-9998. Pizza (including whole wheat), subs, wings. Open daily 11 a.m-10 p.m. 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—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. Lunch and dinner. Steaks, reserve wines, upscale casual. Sweet Life Bakery, 601 East Landis Ave., 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, steaks. Always clams, eat in 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. { 18 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 I Recipe Corner { LISA ANN DiNUNZIO } Recipe Swap A healthy start to the day is fun and delicious with these favorite pancakes. Oatmeal Pancakes 3 cups buttermilk 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats 1 1/4 cups flour 2 tbs. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 2 tbs. water 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbs. butter, melted ay: Tuesd Mic Open ht Nig 8 PM Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am–2am Sunday 8am–2am St. Patty’s Day Party! $2 Miller Lite Bottles; $2 Bud Lime Bottles; Knot non Dri Girls Specnk ial Shant Up Frida yN Shu ight Mon. $6.95 Miller Light Pitchers Tues. $6.95 Bud Light Pitchers Wed. $6.95 Bud & Bud Light Pitchers Thurs. $6.95 Coors Light Pitchers Fri. Sat. Sun. $2 Miller High Life Bottles; $2 Bud & Bud Light Bottles; G reetings! It’s important to start the day with a good healthy breakfast—it helps children focus better in school and adults to deal better with daily tasks. Whole grain cereal or toast, fruit, eggs and oatmeal are all good options. It’s best to stay away from sugary cereals and pastries; instead of helping you get a good jumpstart to the day, they will make you feel sluggish. Here are two healthy breakfast recipes for you to try. Marie Robinson writes: “I love making my family a healthy breakfast. Here is a pancake recipe that I’d like to share….” 2 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 eggs 1 cup flour plus 2 tablespoons 2 tsp. wheat germ In a large bowl, beat buttermilk and eggs, then stir in the flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking soda and salt, just until blended (batter will be lumpy). Heat a heavy skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with butter. Using about 3 tablespoons batter for each pancake, cook until bottom is golden brown and edges are dry. Turn and cook until second side is golden brown. Serve pancakes warm with maple syrup. You can also top with fresh berries, bananas, or chopped pecans. Anna Miller writes: “My husband and I share breakfast together every day. We both cook and take turns making our meals. Once a month, we have family and close friends over for brunch, this is one of the most requested recipes we serve.” In a bowl combine buttermilk and oats, cover and refrigerate overnight. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Dissolve baking soda in 2 tablespoons of water. Add the other ingredients in the bowl along with the buttermilk and oats, stir until blended. Bake on a lightly greased hot griddle, until bubbles appear, then turn and lightly brown pancakes on second side. Serve with favorite topping. As always, Bon Appetit! I Lisa Ann is the author of Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes and Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II. Send recipes for publication to or to The Grapevine, 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361. $2 Coors Light Bottles; $6.95 Yuengling Pitchers $2 Yuengling Light Bottles; $6.95 Yuengling Pitchers $2 Corona & Corona Light Bottles; $7.50 Heineken Pitchers 10 % Off Serving Breakfast on Sundays, 8am–2pm All-U-Can-Eat Wings – Sunday, $7.95 Any Food Purchase Mention this ad to receive discount 408 Wheat Rd., Vineland (856) 697-9825 Vineland’s Serving Breakfast & Lunch Daily Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 3 Featuring Steaks, Seafood & Pasta 3 2 DON’T FORGET OUR SPECIAL 2 7 Wednesday Night 7 Pasta Night • Fight the recession and your • 3 financial depression with our 3 new Fresh For Less Menu!! 4 Dinner entrees from $8.95 to $13.95 4 Overstuffed Sandwiches • Black Angus Burgers 3 Chef Fred’s Jumbo Lump Crabcakes 3 FREDRIC BELFUS 5 5 Executive Chef/Owner neighborhood bakery, where everything is made from scratch and quality counts. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | a 6th street between Landis and Elmer in Downtown Vineland 856-692-5353 The Sweet Life Bakery was recently named ‘Best Muffins in South Jersey? by SJ Magazine Readers Poll the grapevine { 19 } 1405 Mays Landing Rd., Millville, NJ 08332 Between Custard Corral & Old Vineland Tavern I Entertainment JAZZ AND ACOUSTIC, MEET THE ARTIST, STAND-UP, BATTLING BANDS, AND A SCHOOL PRODUCTION. Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian. THROUGH APRIL 5 Bosco Art Exhibit. Cumberland County College, Guaracini Arts Center (Art Gallery), Sherman Ave. and College Rd., Vineland. Opening Reception March 11, 2-3:30 p.m. 691-8600 ext. 314. The exhibition features 28 works in oils, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media by Gus Bosco. Pictured is Bosco’s “Landscape.” “My work originates from an outward image,” states Bosco. “Once the work begins, the image that I have before me becomes an illusive struggle to bring to life…. I trust my intuitive process to finish it.” The award-winning painter and sculptor studied at the Fleisher Art Memorial as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to retiring, Bosco was an art technician at Camden County College and also taught painting, sculpture and drawing. His work appears in private and corporate collections nationally. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Savoy Unplugged: Frank Caprarri. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Qatsi. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic guitar. 7 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Tony Mascara. Ramada Inn, Harry’s Lounge, 22 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 6963800. 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Pre-Irish Festival Event. Bogart’s SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Horrible Horrible Creatures, Our Fair City (pictured), Is He Misery, Young Bloods, and Shadow Play. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 6 p.m., $8. Photo: Bob Conboy Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Music with SJ Songwriters Guild, 2-5 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Book Signing. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 5631400. Also, The Status, The Right Coast, Barely Blind, So To Speak, and Just in Case. 6 p.m., $8. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Author Michelle Andrews signs copies of Child of Compromise: The McKenna Family Chronicles. 2-5 p.m. MARCH 11, 12, 13, 14, AND 17 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.: Country Western Dance Party (beer and shot specials), 8 p.m.-midnight. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Dancing with the Cumberland County Stars. Centerton Country Club, 1136 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove, 358-3325. Four couples will compete to raise Scholarship Funds for CCTEC (Technical Education Center). 7-11 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Tony Mascara. Ramada Inn, Harry’s Lounge, 22 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 6963800. 6:30 p.m. the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. 7-8:30 p.m., free. 451-1169. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Music Lecture. Millville Public Library, 210 Buck St., Millville. Learn about the influences of classical music in jazz; lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by MARCH 19, 20, AND 21 Anything Goes. Sacred Heart High’s Performing Arts Dept. presents the Cole Porter classic. 7:30 p.m. each night, Sat. matinee 1 p.m. $15 reserved, $10 general admission. 691-4491 ext. 1110 or 1206. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Open Mic. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m. MARCH 13 AND 14 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa MARCH 12, 13, AND 14 Nightlife at Old Oar House. Old Oar House Brewery, 123 N. High St., Millville, 2931200. Thurs.: Open mic, 9 p.m. Fri.: Ravioli Shanker, 9 p.m., Sat: TJ Fry Duo, 9 p.m. AT THE CASINOS Tickets: 1-800-736-1420; unless otherwise noted. Sinbad. Resorts. 8 p.m., $50. HEADLINERS, COMEDY ACTS, AND MORE Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Difonzo Pop Experiment. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also RC Static, Gennereo, and Forgotten Fall. 6 p.m. $10$12 ( { 20 } the grapevine | MARCH 11, 2009 HEADLINERS FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Flogging Molly. Showboat House of Blues. 7 p.m. $32, $27. COMEDY & MORE Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Trump Comedy Series Presents Ben Bailey. Trump Marina. 9 p.m., $25. MARCH 13, 14, AND 15 John Edward. Trump Plaza. Psychic medium. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. $175. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 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. Daddy Yankee. Taj Mahal. 9 p.m., $75, $60 and $50. Comedy Stop at the Trop. Three FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Tom Moran/Punky O’Dell and the Love Dark. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./7 p.m. MARCH 13 AND 14 Johnny Mathis with Gary Mule Deer. Tropicana. 9 p.m., $175. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Ocean The Legend. Fuel House Coffee SATURDAY, MARCH 14 The Wailers. Taj Mahal. 8 p.m., $25. 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 phone at the Comedy Stop Box Office: 1-877-FUNNY-AC or 609-348-0920. Visit BOARDWALK HALL MARCH 11 THROUGH 14 A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship. 609-348-7021. I In Our Schools Cumberland Christian High Honor Roll Highest Honors, 2nd Marking Period 9th Grade: Briana Horner, Rachel Nash, Kara Ott, Daniel Vandzura. 10th Grade: Rebecca Gardella, Jacob Havens, Jennifer Leonard, Kylie Ott. 11th Grade: Matthew Austen, Jessica Bradway, Sharmaine Ross. 12th Grade: Kimberly Koering, Jeffrey Sjogren, Richard Worley. 100 Days, 100 Bears The Ellison School’s first grade class celebrated the 100th day of school by making the smiles of 100 children, 100 times brighter. Earlier this year, the children were told the story of a young boy being helped by the Dream Foundation, an organization founded by Ellison parents, Mark and Gina Rudolph, to provide support to children and their families as they cope with devastating illnesses. “The children were so touched that they made cards and mailed them to him in the hospital,” says Rachel Engle, first grade teacher. “They also decided it would be fun to celebrate the 100th day of school by sending him 100 Teddy bears to share with his friends.” The students led a school-wide drive for brand new Teddy bears, and in they came. Carefully counted by the first graders, each Teddy bears was hugged before the students carefully packed up their fluffy friends and sent them on their way. Left behind is a 100-day lesson of love sure to last a lifetime. Honors, 2nd Marking Period 9th Grade: Eric Irizarry, John Johnson, Eric Sjogren. 10th Grade: Jessica Ciaurelli, Emily DenBleyker, Raychel DiMatteo, Angela Maccarelli, Emily May-hew, Brandon Paulus, Brandon Read, Alisa Yeon. 11th Grade: Hannah Andrews, William Fitting, Kevonna Hayes- Kennedy, Erica Nash, Leana Phillips, Taryn Riggs, Amaris Watson. 12th Grade: Sean Connors, Matthew Creamer, Ashley Haney, Richard Malatesta, Ashley Pinckney, Jessica Schaper, Hope Trifiletti, Kelly Varesio, Carey Walden, Paul Welch. Dr. Seuss Celebrated Students at Bishop Schad Regional school participated in a few special events to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. Students made Dr. Seuss hats, enjoyed cooking and eating Green Eggs and Ham, and hosted guest readers. Pictured is first grader Carly Fanucci enjoying some Green Eggs and Ham. Mayoral Visit Mayor Robert Romano spoke to several classes of Vineland High’s School of Business and Leadership. He shared his personal and career history and then answered questions. The mayor also shared insights related to the duties and responsibilities of the mayor and city council members. Grandparent Society Mrs. Bialecki’s second grade class at Notre Dame won the penny collection contest for February sponsored by the Grandparent Society. The class gets to pick a dress-down day as their prize. The Notre Dame Grandparent Society is made up of grandparents, aunts and uncles, along with many friends of Notre Dame. Birthdays Are Special Come & Play With Us! WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | 2 Private Rooms Cafe / Movie Area Leave The Details To Us — We Can Take Care of Everything So You Can Relax & Have Fun! CUSTOMIZED BIRTHDAY PARTIES the grapevine { 21 } Stuffing Parties Available Stuff Your Own Cuddly Friend WWW.TOWNPLAYALOT.COM 692-TOWN (8696) BABYSITTING SERVICE AVAILABLE 106 W. Landis Avenue, Vineland Getting Divorced? Bonnie L. Laube, Esq. 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(Between Grant & Sherman) REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS The following transactions of $1,000 or more were filed with Cumberland County in the month of January 2009 (transactions may have occurred in an earlier month). Names listed may, in some cases, be those of buyers’ or sellers’ representatives. Gift Boo k Availables BRIDGETON 104 Harvard Ave., William G Guess (Est. by Exec.) to Oloruntobi A Olusa on 1/6/09 for $165,000 SE Ave & E Broad St., James Todd to TriCounty Community Action Agency Inc. on 1/7 /09 for $16,000 37 Twin Oaks Dr., Sherwood at Twin Oaks LLC to Verna S Hernon on 1/7 /09 for $191,220 Donald Bruce Wood on 1/8/09 for $310,000 451 S 2nd St., Grace Burcham to Financial Solutions Investment Group LLC on 1/9/09 for $25,000 321 Union Lake Rd., Miriam R Anderer (Aka, by Atty.) to Cynthia Carole on 1/9/09 for $178,000 1517 G St., RPJ Properties LLC to Stephen A Scaffidi on 1/12/09 for $203,910 COMMERCIAL TWP 402 Fern Rd., Lisa Garrison to Robert Kerr, Sr. on 1/7 /09 for $25,000 1410 E Buckshutem Rd., Taylor Fletcher Real Estate LLC to Panzini L LLC on 1/8/09 for $435,000 UPPER DEERFIELD 26 Westward Dr., Deutshce Bank Trust Co. Americas (Trust) to Shanda A Richer on 1/7 /09 for $202,500 VINELAND 324 W Cherry St., Joe Acosta (Est. by Exec) to Eligio Rodriguez on 1/5/09 for $7,000 23 Columbia Ave., Julio Ceasar Santiago to Madelyn Santiago on 1/5/09 for $60,000 1861 E Sherman Ave., Robert R Perna, Jr. (Ta) to Robert R Perna, Sr. on 1/5/09 for $150,000 1313 Nelson Ave., John C Reynolds to Erlentz Bernabe on 1/5/09 for $194,000 561 Timber Brook Dr., Freddie D Lavan, Sr. to James G Gillis, Jr. on 1/5/09 for $200,000 1624 Tomahawk Ct., NVR Inc. (Dba) to Quillon Longno on 1/5/09 for $252,715 2451 Magnolia Rd., Tracey E Pace (by Atty.) to Julio C Santiago on 1/5/09 for $299,900 2781 Rosemary Ave., Ezekiel Colon to Jeffrey T Lawrence on 1/6/09 for $199,900 801 Amber Ln., Courtney Dorsey to Desmond P Pessoa on 1/6/09 for $245,000 2782 Rome Rd., Coastal Properties Group LLC to Omar Cruz on 1/7 /09 for $164,000 511 Mayfair St., Eulogio Colon to Ezekiel Colon on 1/7 /09 for $164,000 1364 Venus Dr., Michael S Davis to Ramon J Rodriguez on 1/7 /09 for $168,000 167 E Butler Ave., RPJ Properties LLC to Katie Laferriere on 1/7 /09 for $192,500 2363 Lavalle Ave., Beazer Homes Corp. to Willie M Conley on 1/7 /09 for $286,400 415 W Almond St., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Juanita Torres on 1/8/09 for $112,900 711 Yale Terrace., Barbara L Dils (FKA, Est. by Exec.) to David Soto on 1/8/09 for $135,000 242 W Landis Ave., Melini Bros Inc. to Diversified Applications LLC on 1/8/09 for $166,000 800 Florence Ave., Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. (Trust, by Atty.) to B&B Venture Group LLC on 1/9/09 for $16,500 920 New Pear St., Reinaldo S Vicente to Paul Letizia on 1/12/09 for $85,000 1542 Fela Dr., NVR Inc. (Dba) to Adriano S Regucera on 1/12/09 for $253,418 1950 Industrial Way, 1950 Industrial Way LLC to J&D Produce Inc on 1/12/09 for $2,900,000 DEERFIELD TWP Landis Ave., Frank S Martini to Salvatore F Tedesco, Sr. on 1/8/09 for $550,000 FAIRFIELD TWP 6 Laurel Dr., Maflda Spence to Issac Coombs on 1/6/09 for $5,500 Steward Ave., Dennis Spence to Issac Coombs on 1/6/09 for $8,500 170 Lummis Mill Rd., Judith A Layton (Est. by Exec.) to Domenick Puleo on 1/7 /09 for $121,069 GREENWICH TWP Gum Tree Corner Rd., Ricardo Slade to County of Cumberland on 1/5/09 for $445,574 743 Ye Greate St., James H Orr to Daniel J Orr on 1/6/09 for $200,000 HOPEWELL TWP 76 Hitchner Ave., Garrett E Corliss, III (Exec.) to Rebecca L Maltese on 1/7 /09 for $194,000 LAWRENCE TWP Cedarville Rd., Thomas B Kates, Jr. (Ind. Exec.) to County of Cumberland on 1/5/09 for $165,146 677 Ramah Rd., BBT Builders LLC to Karl J Duerr on 1/7 /09 for $182,000 MAURICE RIVER TWP 70 Leesburg Belleplain, John M Bailey, Jr. to Jason A Barbour on 1/6/09 for $187,000 MILLVILLE 333-334 1/2 W Main St., Joanne L Smith to Edward T Harvey on 1/2/09 for $70,000 2226 S Wedgewood Ct., Evelyne Wallace to Patrick E Williams on 1/5/09 for $215,000 316 W Green St., Jeffrey P Barnes to Michael R Sikora on 1/7 /09 for $23,890 15 Highland Dr., Alfred W Smedley (Exec.) to Thunderbolt Investments LLC on 1/7 /09 for $32,000 602 N 9th St., John Kaspar to Andre R Cephas on 1/7 /09 for $145,000 612 W Main St., Cosmo P Terrigno to www NEED REAL ESTATE? Find Out If You Qualify…. 856-696-CALL (2255) First Time Home Buyer Stimulus Bill **If you have not owned a home within the last 3 years, this also qualifies as a first-time home buyer.** OPEN HOUSE SAT 14TH FROM 1 – 4 & SUN 15TH FROM 1 – 4 Beautiful Bi-Level – Move In Condition Wow! Take a look at this almost new home on a quiet cul-de-sac street featuring 3 bedrooms (with a possible 4th) and 2 full baths. Open, bright & spacious. Beautiful hardwood floors, large master suite, giant family room, central air, high efficiency gas heat (low utility bills!), formal living & dining rooms, library, plenty of closets & 2 extra large storage closets. Spacious, wooded back yard features a slate patio and an above ground deck. Appliances included. Truly a Must See! Asking Price: $239,900.00 Price Flexibility: Willing to negotiate CONTACT INFORMATION: Eman & Allison 609-338-7155 • PROPERTY DETAILS: Floors: 2, # of bedrooms: 3, Sq Footage: 2100 Lot Size: 120 x 110, # of bathrooms: 2 City Sewer/ Water: yes LOCATION: 695 Ridgewood Dr. Vineland, NJ 08361 Located near the soccer fields on Spring Rd. & maple Ave. Call for Directions. Advertise in The Grapevine and get incredible results. For a free and no-obligation advertising consultation, call 856-457-7815 or e-mail: today. What an incredible opportunity for first-time homebuyers! In addition to a huge selection of homes to choose from, and near-record low interest rates on solid, 30-year fixed rate mortgages, and far more affordable prices, first-time homebuyers now have the added incentive of a $8,000 federal income tax credit to help them buy their first home!* Stop paying rent. Become a homeowner instead! Come meet with us on Saturday March 14 between 10am-1pm and Tuesday March 17 between 6pm-8pm. While you’re at it, meet with a Gateway Funding loan officer in the same location and get pre-qualified for a mortgage. LOCATION: YMCA of Vineland 1159 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ OPEN HOUSE DATES Come between the hours of: Saturday, March 14 between 10am-1pm Tuesday, March 17 between 6pm-8pm WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Stop by and Meet with a friendly, knowledgeable Maturo Realty agent. We’ll answer all your questions regarding the incentives and benefits of becoming a first-time home buyer. 1080 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ Broker/Owner, Thomas Maturo (856) 696-2255 Held by: Maria Larrain, Evelyn Schweibinz, and Lisa Novicke of Maturo Realty, Inc. and Gateway Funding For More Information call: Maria 856-207-4678, Evelyn 856-498-6034, or Lisa 609-204-5541 Hablamos Español the grapevine { 23 } “OPENING DOORS TO HOME OWNERSHIP” Diversified Mortgage Services, L.P . Dave Mazowski, Brian Costanzo, and Blaise Menzoni Lobby Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM It’s All About the 2.50% APY* Capital NOW Checking Account the Hard-to-Beat Rate with Hard-to-Top Benefits. We rolled out what is probably South Jersey’s best rate on a NOW Checking Account to celebrate Super Bowl and welcomed many new customers to Capital Bank. Now we’re doing it again—in anticipation of college basketball’s “March Madness.” So you can still get that amazing 2.50% Annual Percentage Yield (APY)—guaranteed through June 30, 2009! This account comes with unlimited check-writing privileges and free logo checks. There are no minimum balance, monthly fees or ATM/Debit card charges. What’s more, we’ll refund any ATM charges imposed by other banks! Capital Bank of New Jersey. Making hoopla. Making money. Making friends. Drive-Thru Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Or Anytime At Se Habla Español COMING SOON TO VINELAND A NEW CAPITAL BANK BRANCH On West Landis Avenue, Next to the New Wal-Mart Supercenter And It’s All About Our “March Madness” 42” Flatscreen TV Drawing. Enter in time to see “March Madness” on the big screen. No purchase or account opening required to enter, nor do you need to be present at the 3 PM, March 20, 2009 drawing to win. Ask any employee for details or call 856.690.1234. And congratulations to Iqbal (Sam) Singh and Harinder Kaur of Vineland, winners of our January 30th TV drawing. *Annual Percentage Yield (APY). Offer may be withdrawn at any time without previous notice. Interest rate may vary. Fees may reduce earnings. Our Focus Is You. 175 S. Main Road, Vineland, NJ • 856.690.1234 Member FDIC

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