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INSIDE BOE: SCHOOL BUDGET • SPRING GARDEN • DANCE EXCLUSIVE • DREAMZ VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 6 | MARCH 18, 2009 CONNECTING YOU T O V I N E L A N D . W E E K L Y. Visit us online www.grapevinenewspaper.com { ANDREA KORNBLUH / PHOTOS: DEBORAH A. EIN } Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Who Will Pay? In the case of Vineland Chemical, the EPA obtained $3.5 million from the Schwerdtle estate, a far cry from the $25 million already spent. I n the mid-1970s, around the time that Lois Gibbs of Love Canal, New York, discovered that her children’s school was built atop a toxic-waste dump, citizens in our own town were uncovering some ugly truths about Vineland Chemical Company (VCC). John Casadia, Sue Fenili, and Dorothy Lang suspected that Vineland Chemical, a company that produced pesticides and The cleanup has shifted west of Mill Road, and this phase is expected to continue until 2012. herbicides, was not disposing of its wastes properly. Casadia was concerned about the large number of dead Atlantic white cedar trees in the Blackwater Branch wetlands downstream of the Mill Road chemical plant. Fenili had recently formed a citizens’ group called “Kids Against Pollution” and was working as an activist to raise awareness about the dangers of chemical exposure. Each independently approached VCC’s owner, Arthur Schwerdtle, to inquire about the company’s practices. Each was turned away with unsatisfactory answers. After many letters and phone calls to the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an official investigation finally began. Arsenic salts, a byproduct of pesticide production, were found in open piles on Continued on page 10 Fluffy Friends s part of a science unit on the characteristics of living things, The Ellison School’s kindergartners opened their hearts to 12 little eggs…just about ready to hatch. For the first week, the children cared for the eggs by carefully turning them and adding water to the incubator that kept them warm and cozy. “The children watched as the eggs began to wiggle and then crack,” says Gerry Hudgins, kindergarten teacher. After a few days, the students bid their fluffy friends a fond farewell as they were transported a family farm. Kindergartner Anna Chung, in photo, bids her friend a fond farewell. I A It’s About 2.50% APY* Capital NOW Checking & Our “March Madness” 42” Flatscreen TV Drawing.             NEW BRANCH COMING SOON! Ask any employee, call 856.690.1234 or visit CapitalBankNJ.com for details. *Annual Percentage Yield (APY). Offer may be withdrawn at any time without previous notice. Interest rate may vary. Fees may reduce earnings. Rates guaranteed through June 30, 2009 No purchase or account opening required to enter drawing. Our Focus Is You. 175 S. 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Wheat Road • Buena, NJ 08310 HOURS: Sun. thru Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. I Editor’s Letter Signs of Spring Residential & Commercial Service & Installation Heating & Cooling Equipment Hot Water Heaters Water/Sewer Underground Piping Sewer Drain Cleaning On Friday we officially welcome springtime, though the signs of spring have already begun to present themselves around Vineland. As our “Recipe Corner” columnist Lisa Ann DiNunzio pointed out in her column two weeks ago, the first robins could be seen and heard chirping and swooping about in these parts before we turned the calendar to March. For the past two weeks, I’ve witnessed landscapers hard at work mulching and unearthing spring buds as piles of leaves are cleared away. The days are getting longer now that we turned our clocks ahead an hour two weeks ago. The dawn of spring coincides with the vernal equinox. On March 20 at 7:44 a.m., the sun will cross directly over the equator. On this date, day and night are about equal in length all over the world (equinox translates literally to “equal night”). As our planet revolves around the sun, the Northern Hemisphere, where we live, becomes tilted more toward the sun as winter turns to spring. That’s why the temperatures gradually rise, the days get longer and plants grow more vigorously over the course of the next few months. Another sure sign of spring is the appearance of dandelions on local produce market shelves, as pointed out by culinary writer Stephen Wilson in his column this week (see p. 14). Thankfully, they haven’t begun to appear in my yard yet. But even if you don’t see dandelions blooming amidst the grass here in Vineland, you’ll see plenty of them sprouting all over town in the form of lawn signs advertising the annual Dandelion & Beer Festival. The festival is being held on Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Merighi’s Savoy Inn. As the name implies, the event will once again highlight as a key ingredient in many different dishes, the much-maligned dandelion. And, also as the event’s moniker suggests, the event will once again feature a craft-brew component where attendees will get to sample numerous brews in their very own keepsake Pilsner glass. This year’s event will also feature cooking demonstrations so that you can replicate at home the delicacies you taste during the festival. The annual dandelion dinner pays homage to Vineland’s agricultural heritage and members of the city’s farming community will be recognized and honored during the evening. The Dandelion & Beer Festival is a feast for all senses that appeals to the ears (and dancing feet) as much as it appeals to the palate. The evening is headlined by southern New Jersey favorites, the Special K Band, a group that knows how to keep the crowd on their feet. Additional entertainment is provided by roving magician Bill Kerwood, and in a nod to Vineland’s Italian heritage, singer Tommy Serra. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased in advance. Call the Chamber at 856691-7400 or order online at www.vinelandchamber.org/events. { CONTENTS } 1 Hazardous Waste Cleanup Arsenic from a local Superfund site has leached into the soil, streambeds, and groundwater. A N D R E A KO R N B LU H 5 The School Budget The School Board gears up to approve the budget before presenting it to the voters. LEE BURKE 6 Ideas From Chicago National Main Street Conference generates ideas and entusiasm for Vineland’s program. TO D D N O O N Serving Vineland for over 100 years! 7 Men Who Knit They may not be such a rare breed, after all. DEBORAH A. EIN 691-1950 State Lic. # 12089 8 Community Calendar 12 Faces in the News 14 DINING: Springing To Life Gardens all over the region are beginning to do so, with a little help from the gardeners. ST E P H E N W I L S O N 17 18 20 21 Recipe Corner Pineapple pudding with a twist for holidays. L I SA D I N U N Z I O In Our Schools Entertainment A Third Weekly The Independent and its editors found fault with the town’s founder. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O 22 Real Estate Transactions { STAFF } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher DEBORAH A. EIN Managing Editor LORI GOUDIE Art Director GAIL EPIFANIO Controller JACK EPIFANIO Advertising Executive { 4 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 SHERRY MUNYAN Advertising Executive MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher MARIE HALPIN-GALLO Advertising Executive TRACY BUSCHAM Graphic Designer MARIE TEDESCO Editorial Intern 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. I Civic Engagement { LEE BURKE } The School Budget What does a $196 million status-quo 2009-2010 school budget really mean? hile Vineland taxpayers may breathe a sigh of relief that there will be no school tax increase this year, the Board of Education has more work to do. Plans to apply for $80,000 in supplemental funding were announced at the March 11 meeting to restore more than 65 positions not included in the 2008-09 budget. Voters rejected a 2.5 cent tax increase last year, but City Council determined the increase was warranted and overruled the voters. School Board President Frank Giordano pointed out that the recent challenge to Abbott school districts funding was “put back in” by the State Supreme Court for just one fiscal year. Giordano has scheduled a special board meeting for 6:30 p.m. on March 17 to approve the proposed 2009-10 budget, which must be submitted the next day to W the Cumberland County Superintendent of Schools. A public hearing is set for April 1 at 7 p.m. at 649 Plum Street. Voters will decide their school district’s annual budget and select the citizens to represent their interests on the school board on Tuesday, April 21. The Grapevine will introduce the individual candidates in its April 15 issue. All VINELAND SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES Frank DiGiorgio Anthony Fanucci Gene Mercoli Robert Petronglo Patricia Phillips Paul Spinelli registered voters will receive a sample ballot listing the candidates for school board, the proposed budget, as well as the polling location and hours. Gov. Jon Corzine made good on his promise to increase school aid with about $1 billion in federal stimulus funding. However, the state must still deal with issues involving the under-funding of public employee pensions, the high cost of health benefits and gaps in revenue that might remain after the federal stimulus monies run out. The public should keep in mind the local board of education doesn’t run the school district; that is the job of the superintendent. Rather, the board sets the goals and direction of the district. According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, school board policies govern the district’s operations ranging from student discipline to personnel matters. The board annually evaluates the superintendent to ensure the schools are well run. It reviews and approves the proposed budget and negotiates labor contract with employee unions. The board serves as the liaison to the community to inform the public of the needs of the district, while conveying the public’s needs to the school administration. The annual budget reflects Vineland’s goals for its schools. It addresses academics, extracurricular activities and enrichment programs, special education, and support services such as busing, cafeteria and business operations. Vineland’s current superintendent, Charles “Chalky” Ottinger, has announced his plan to retire next year, along with six other senior professional staff. Vineland has had three superintendents and one interim in the last eight years. I Lee Burke regularly reports on civic meetings and organizations in an effort to keep Vinelanders informed and to get residents more involved in the processes of city government. The Top Banana DIV. OF ZUKERMAN FOODS Wholesale Outlet Wheat Road & Delsea Drive, Vineland • 641-0815 HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 9-6:30; Friday 9-8; Sat. 9-6; Sun. 11-5 Sale Expires 3/25/09 Major Credit Cards Accepted EGGS & MILK LOW PRICE ALWAYS! FRESH CALIF. Ready to pick up. Easy shop by Phone or Fax 641-0813 ROMAINE .99¢ Each STRAWBERRIES FRESH – RED FLORIDA PARK FARM FROZEN CTN $1.99 MOMMA CARUSO DURAM CHICKEN DRUMS .79¢ LB. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | WHITE POTATOES 5 LB. BAG FRESH $1.99 IMPORTED PASTA ALL CUTS .99¢ LB. SWEET ITAL. SAUSAGE 5 LB. 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I like to think of the annual National Main Street Conference as the ultimate battery recharger for each of us dedicated to the Main Street mission and vision. Each year those of us who attend come back reinvigorated, our minds more keen to new ideas—and we transmit this new enthusiasm to our other volunteers. As at the conference in Philadelphia last year, we can take pride in the size and dedication of Vineland’s representation. Our delegation of nine—which included Mayor Robert Romano, Councilwoman and VDID/Main Street Vineland Liaison Mayra Arroyo, six volunteers including the chairs of the Organization, Design, and Economic Restructuring Committees, and me—was, in fact, the largest from New Jersey this year. These conferences are valuable, because our delegation meets and networks with people representing the redevelopment efforts of cities and towns throughout the United States. We see what other Main Street districts are doing that we can do, and other districts can do likewise. We can see where we stand in relation to other communities. Each city and town follows the same Main Street program approach, and this common strategy to redevelopment makes learning and sharing easy. This year’s conference focused on technology as a means of helping in the revitalization effort. Representatives from VDID/Main Street Vineland’s delegation attended a wide variety of educational sessions that touched on such areas as website design, using social websites for promoting the downtown, ideas for promotional events, downtown safety, effective design elements in the downtown, investing in open space, helping merchants capitalize on the revitalization T HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH OUR OWN SPECIAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN! ONLY ONE TIME PER YEAR TO SAVE BIG $$$!!! effort, and much, much more. Several of theses topics are already under discussion in our four standing committees. I have mentioned in past columns some of the initiatives taking place. Other initiatives are under consideration. Our task now is to take what we learned at the conference, apply it our downtown, and continue our work with renewed vigor. Meanwhile, we have several subcommittees hard at work on events and proj- Our delegation networks with people representing the redevelopment efforts of cities and towns across the United States. ects—the Fresh and Specialty Foods Market, the Vineland Family Soap Box Derby, Thunder on the Avenue (which is returning to Landis Avenue this year), and, for the first time, a bridal show tentatively scheduled for the fall. We are even hard at work planning the annual Holiday Parade for Thanksgiving weekend. This is not to mention several other projects worked on by smaller groups from our committees. Just as a group of us got reenergized about revitalizing our downtown by going to the National Main Street Conference, you can get reenergized about our revitalization efforts by joining in and helping us. It can be as simple as picking a project or event that interests you and offering to volunteer your help. If you are unsure of where to start or how you can help, just get in touch with us. We can lead you in the right direction. I For more information on all VDID/Main Street Vineland events and activities, call our office at 794-8653 or visit our website— www.mainstreetvineland.org. FIFTH ANNUAL MAJOR CLEARANCE EVENT! Cash, credit card and 2008 Tax Refund Checks Accepted! 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 Marshall, ESP, Ibanez, Epiphone, Takamine, Pearl, Tama & more! { 6 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 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 www.musiccentralonline.com I Gleanings { DEBORAH A. EIN, MANAGING EDITOR } Men Who Knit They’ve been popping up all over this week, on stage and in real life. ditorial intern Marie Tedesco asked me how I decide what to write about each week in this column. Good question, right? Maybe it’s not something readers wonder about as much as someone entering the field of publishing might. I explained to Marie that it often takes all week for my ideas to percolate, but usually by the weekend, I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of possibilities. Last week, for example, National Youth Art Month and the local exhibition of student artwork at Mennies School happened to coincide with my reading a CNN article about a bold Pakistani girl who wrote stories and poems that described how she felt about the Taliban’s repression of females and free speech. The report made me glad that in this country we have no inhibition of artistic expression, and I wanted to share that appreciation with readers of The Grapevine and E especially our youth. I’m hoping that parents urged their children to read the column. Another thing that clinched last week’s topic was when my own son brought home a letter informing us that his artwork, a selfportrait, had been selected for exhibition at our downtown coffeehouse in Hammonton. Which brings me to another topic for columns—my kids and the situations of parenthood, which I’m fairly certain many readers can relate to. (My kids, by the way, do not like it when I write about them, but would be more horrified if I wrote for a paper delivered to their friends’ houses.) I also told Marie that I have several unfinished columns. Some week, one of these may congeal into a column…or not. So in essence, Marie, it’s a confluence of events that causes an idea to win out for the week. The confluence of events this week has to do with a column I wrote a few issues back about a knitting group some of us in Hammonton started at the ever-popular coffeeshop/art gallery. Since then, I’ve noticed that Bogarts in Millville, on a Saturday last month (2 p.m. this Saturday, too!)—had “Chicks with Sticks” for “all levels of crocheting.” We have had so much fun with our knitting group so I’m glad to see there’s a group nearby for Vinelanders. But a couple of other events this past week makes me question that group’s title. Does it mean that men are not welcome? Is the group making the assumption that there are too few male knitters/crocheters out there? All I can say is that our group is glad we did not make that assumption. Bernie has been coming to our knitting group since the first gathering, and he has simply amazed us. I was previously content to knit simple scarves, but Bernie has raised the bar for all of us. From the first meeting when he pulled out a beautiful shawl he had knitted from a black/gold/silver ribbon “yarn” (that I purchased and wore to the Hometown Heroes Gala), he has been an inspiration. Having learned while he was a young man in college, Bernie now knits items for fundraisers and hospitals. Last Wednesday, he showed us some head warmers he knitted for preemies. So imagine my surprise when a knitter friend and I took our daughters on Friday night to the drama club’s performance of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Hammonton High School. None of us had seen the play performed ever before, so we were, well, in stitches when the actor portraying the president of the corporation pulled his knitting out of a desk drawer. Later, when the mail clerk finds out the big boss is a knitter, in order to get on the boss’ good side, claims he, too, is a knitter and that men who don’t knit must have a huge void in their lives. The president then proceeds to show off golf club covers he knitted using the popcorn stitch. Recently, Bernie joked with another knitter’s husband that a perk in being the odd man in the knitting circle is that he gets to be surrounded by the ladies. So I’m not so sure that the “Chicks with Sticks” title of Millville’s group would keep Bernie away. But that’s just Bernie! 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Food and fun 6 p.m., comedy 7:30 p.m. $30 (proceeds benefit VHS Tennis Team). 692-2283. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Homeschool Session. Parvin State park, 701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Nature games, crafts, and activities to celebrate spring. Free and open to all homeschoolers. 1 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 THURSDAYS IN LENT Community Lenten Lunches. First Presbyterian Church, 800 East Landis Ave. Lunch and brief message by a clergy from the community. Noon-1 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 St. Joseph’s Day Celebration. The Parish of Saint Padre Pio at Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, 4680 Dante Ave. SicilianAmerican Club hosts. Proceeds to local charities. $35, age 6-12 $17.50. 697-2292. Rock Around the Clock. CCC gymnasium, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. The Cumberland County College Foundation hosts sock hop. Music by David Christopher Orchestra. 6 p.m. $100. 691-8600 ext. 392. FAN OF THE SOAPS? A “Nighttime CUSTOMIZED BIRTHDAY PARTIES with the Daytime Stars” bus trip and banquet is scheduled for March 28 at Rex Manor, in Brooklyn, NY. Proceeds will benefit the Gabriel Project, founded by Veterans Memorial sixth grade teacher Mark J. Melamed in 1990. The objective of this non-profit organization is to provide life-saving heart surgery to a child from an area where such surgery is not available. The organization also helps local children who need surgery and whose families cannot afford it. Those who attend “Nighttime with the Daytime Stars” will enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing, and a chance to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite soap opera star. Among those expected to attend are Bobbi Eakes (Crystal from All My Children; Bree Williamson (Jess/Tess) from One Life to Live; and Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis) on Guiding Light. Tickets are $160 and include bus transportation, eight appetizer choices, eight entrees, and eight dessert choices. An open bar is part of the package. The bus will leave the parking lot on North Main Road opposite McDonald’s at 4 p.m. Approximate arrival time back in Vineland is 2 a.m. For tickets, contact Valerie Carbonara at 609-432-8542. 2 Private Rooms Cafe / Movie Area Leave The Details To Us — We Can Take Care of Everything So You Can Relax & Have Fun! during this week, including a relay race, a bingo day, basketball tournament, clean-up day, a visit to the Bay Atlantic Symphony and an essay contest. The public is invited to an open house on Tuesday, March 24, from 6-7 p.m. at the Carl Arthur Recreation Center, 300 W. Plum Street. Stuffing Parties Available Stuff Your Own Cuddly Friend WWW.TOWNPLAYALOT.COM 692-TOWN (8696) BABYSITTING SERVICE AVAILABLE 106 W. Landis Avenue, Vineland DISCOUNTED WORKSHOPS, special events and even yoga classes are on tap at The Artist Consortium (129 North High Street) in Millville’s Glasstown Arts District. For example there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Drawing Sessions every first Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is just $10. There’s a Senior’s Drawing Workshop ($5), a Writer’s Group (free), Ostara Yoga Sessions, and more. Contact Jenny Klein at 447-0005 for details. BUCK THE BUCKLE-UP DOG is visiting the Animal Friends Foundation (AFF) at its April volunteer meeting at 7 p.m., Monday April 6, at the Millville Public Library (210 Buck Street) in Millville. Buck is sponsored by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Traffic Safety Program. His handler is Bill Garrison. Buck will present information on his five safety rules, including “Buckle your seatbelts!” He will also have handouts geared toward young people like his own coloring book and trading cards. All ages are invited to come out and visit with Buck and listen to what he has to teach us. AFF is an all-volunteer organization committed to finding solutions to the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals through education and financial support of existing low-cost spay-neuter programs. Call 503-5572 or visit www.animalfriendsfoundation.com. A FREE SEMINAR open to business owners or representatives from firms across the region will focus on compliance issues resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Stimulus Bill. More specifically, the discussion will concentrate on the sweeping changes in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and employers’ use of revised Form 941. The GlassWorks, located at the former administrative offices of glassmaker Wheaton Industries, will host the informational seminar on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. To reserve a spot, call 765-5607 or visit www.theglassworks.biz. The seminar is sponsored by Human Resources Consultant Andrea M. 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Exp. 2/28/09 SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Lemondade/Bake Sale. Corner of High and Sassafras sts, Millville. Lakeside 8th graders will hold a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE VEIN SCREENING SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Defensive Driving Class. Training Center, 637 Bridgeton Ave., Bridgeton. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $50. Class size limited. Register at 794-1941. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Princess Party. SJH Fitness Connection, 1430 W. Sherman Ave. Morning and afternoon parties will entertain princesses ages 2-6. Parties 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. $25; proceeds benefit SJH Foundation. Reserve at 691-6551. Varicose Veins? Leg Swelling? Painful Legs? • Varicose veins can progressively worsen to leg swelling, permanent skin changes and pain • 30-minute treatments done in the office • Requires no down-time • Covered by insurance MONDAY, MARCH 23 Three Secrets to your Health Problems. Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. 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Water that contacted the salts leached the arsenic into the Blackwater Branch, contaminating the stream as well as the floodplain soils. This stream joins the Maurice River and eventually flows into Union Lake. The arsenic also contaminated groundwater as cooling water stored in unlined lagoons percolated through the peat and sand and into the underlying Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer. Both the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic found at the VCC site are toxic to humans. The ingestion of large amounts of either form can cause death. Ingestion of inorganic arsenic increases risk of skin, liver, bladder, and lung cancer. Skin contact or the inhalation of airborne particles causes irritation to affected tissues. The EPA limit for arsenic in drinking water is 0.01 parts per million (ppm). In comparison, contamination hotspots along the Blackwater Branch contained sediments with as much as 4000 ppm. State officials stepped in and required Vineland Chemical to modify its production and wastewater treatment processes. In 1982, the waste piles were removed, some of the lagoons were lined, and a wastewater treatment system was installed. The system was unable to process that amount of water that left the site daily, so further remedies were pursued by the EPA. Meanwhile, VCC continued to operate until 1994. By 1989, a two-stage cleanup approach had been selected by the EPA. This approach focused on four distinct areas of site remediation: source control, management of migration, river area sediments, and Union Lake sediments. The “immediate action” stage began in 1992 with the removal of hazardous chemicals, the permanent closure of some outbuildings, and the installation of safety fencing. The second stage of the project began in 2000 and continues today. Last Wednesday, the agencies involved Veins? 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The out, but the arsenic salts are not as easily contained. total volume of arsenic-tainted groundwater is unclear. with the project spoke to members of Contaminated sediment in the Citizens United to Protect the Maurice Blackwater Branch system is the third River and Its Tributaries (CU) and memfocus of the project. A diversion channel bers of the public, about 60 people in all. was built in 2006 to redirect the stream Ron Naman, project manager for EPA and allow access to the original streambed Region II, gave an overview of the project. and adjacent floodplain. Here, too, soil Also on hand were representatives from washing is the preferred cleanup method. the Army Corps of Engineers and Sevenson The wetland’s peat soil, however, may have Environmental Services, the firm awarded contaminated soil up to four feet deep. the cleanup contract. The Blackwater Branch remediation east Naman said that the EPA’s first priority of Mill Road was completed in 2008. was to address the arsenic-contaminated Remediation west of Mill Road is expected soils near the chemical plant. Rather than to continue until 2012. Steve Allen, techniremove the 400,000 tons of contaminated cal consultant for Sevenson Environmental, soil, the EPA opted to build an on-site facil- explained that the goal is to restore the ity to “wash” the soil and return it directly floodplain to a cedar bog. Atlantic white to the site. This was feasible because the cedar seedlings, native shrubs, and grasses majority of the soil consisted of mediumhave been planted. But until groundwater grain sand; 95 percent of it could be cleaned pumping has ceased and the hydrology of and returned to the ecosystem. Contamthe area is restored, returning the area to its inated peat and fine-grain sand that could former ecological state is questionable. not be washed would be transported to a Once the Blackwater Branch phase is hazardous waste landfill in Michigan. complete, the EPA plan calls for a threeThe soil-washing facility was built in year “natural flushing period” to see if the 2003 and can process 52 to 71 tons of soil arsenic in the Maurice River can be per hour, allowing the cleanup of the reduced to acceptable levels. “Acceptable” chemical plant location to be completed in this case means reaching targets of 120 late last year. ppm in submerged sediments and 20 ppm The second priority of the EPA was to in exposed sediments. If these levels are prevent the arsenic-contaminated groundnot met, “active remediation of the water from migrating farther away from Maurice will be considered,” says the EPA the site. The affected water formed a website. Naman referred to this strategy as plume of contamination that was most con- a “wait and see approach.” centrated at its source and more dilute as it The project’s final focus is the cleanup flowed laterally underground. Thus, the of Union Lake. The EPA plan calls for a EPA, in 2000, built a 13-well extraction sys- lowering of the water level at the lake and tem that pumps groundwater through a the dredging of contaminated materials. Until the streambed remediation is complete, it remains to be seen where the arsenic-contaminated sediments will settle. The established beaches on the Maurice and along Union Lake are tested annually and so far, have been deemed safe for swimming. The arsenic that was carried downstream is more likely to be found in the deeper part of the lake, say EPA experts. However, hotspots of contamination are not marked. Considering the cost of the project so far—$25 million and climbing—and the present state of the nation’s economy, it helps to view the cleanup in an overall context. The VCC site is one of 1,255 abandoned hazardous waste sites currently on the EPA’s National Priority List. According to a report by The Center for Public Integrity, the law that taxed polluters and put money into the Superfund expired in 1995. Current cleanup efforts are supported by the general tax fund and the few dollars that the EPA manages to recover from polluters. Often pollution cannot be traced to a single person or company. In the case of Vineland Chemical, the EPA obtained $3.5 million from the Schwerdtle estate. The Recovery Act of 2009 includes $7.2 billion for EPA-administered projects and programs. The largest proportion of these funds, some $6 billion, will be used for community-based water quality and water infrastructure projects. A total of $600 million is earmarked for hazardous waste cleanup at priority sites. This amounts to less than a drop in the bucket. Those who attended the recent Citizens United meeting learned an important lesson: Environmental cleanup, around the country and right here in Vineland, is not guaranteed. There is not enough funding to go around. The EPA classifies the VCC site as “human exposure not under control.” It is our responsibility, like it or not, to do whatever we can to make sure that this remediation is a success. We—like John Casadia, Sue Fenili, and Dorothy Lang— must refuse to allow the mistakes of the past to plague the future. I DR. JOHN MAINIERO Affordable CHIROPRACTIC CARE $ 25.00 A VISIT NO INSURANCE NEEDED! NO REFERRAL NEEDED! WALK-INS WELCOME. AND WELLNESS CENTER 691-5900 1420 S. Lincoln Ave. • Vineland, NJ 08360 www.doctormainiero.com WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 11 } Environmental Enhancement Grants The Cumberland County Improvement Authority Is Accepting Applications For The 2010 Community Environmental Enhancement Grant Program. The program is open to all Cumberland County non-profit groups and organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the environment. Projects eligible to receive funding include: • Anti-litter Campaigns • Recycling Programs • Solid Waste Management • Air or Water Quality Enhancement • Watershed Preservation • Soil Management • Recreational Enhancement The application deadline is April 27, 2009. For more information or to schedule a pre-application meeting, please contact the Cumberland County Improvement Authority at 825-3700 or visit our Web site at www.ccia-net.com. Sportsmen Federation and Lake Aubrey Reclamation Project I Faces in the News Outstanding 4-H Members Recognized YMCA of Vineland Skateboard Park Animal Friends Gazebo at NJ Veterans Memorial Home Betty Moak, left, and Robert Sharp, Past President of the Bridgeton Exchange Club named Cassidy Wagner of Cedarville center and Chris Weir (not pictured) from Vineland as the 2008 Outstanding 4-H Members at the annual 4-H Recognition Program. In photo at top right, Freeholder Deputy Director Joseph Pepitone and former Freeholder and 4-H Department liaison Doug Rainear presented the 2008 4-H Member of the Year award to Jennifer Taylor of Millville. Taylor has been a 4-H member for the past nine years. She is a member of 4-H Teen Council and the Pony Pals 4-H Club. She represented New Jersey at the 2008 National 4-H Youth Congress held in Atlanta, Georgia and was selected as one of six youth from New Jersey to attend the National 4-H Conference next month. Vinelanders Samantha Mason, left, and Kelsey Burns were selected as the 2008 4-H Salute to Excellence award winners. Both are members of 4-H Teen Council and Hoof Beats 4-H Club. FREE WORKSHOP!!! Learn the Three Secrets to Tyler Talks Heart Health Jill Tyler, an Advanced Practice Nurse at South Jersey Cardiology in Millville, presented at the South Jersey Healthcare Women’s Health Institute’s annual Heart Health Conference at Centerton Country Club. More than 200 women attended. Tyler focused on what women need to know in order to reduce risk of heart disease. She also addressed signs and symptoms of a stroke and heart attack. Tyler has more than 20 years nursing experience, and has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Nurse Practitioner, in addition to Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) through the American Heart Association. Schiapelli Honored for Safety, Security South Jersey Healthcare has selected Charlie Schiapelli, director of Safety and Security, as the 2009 Director of the Year. Schiapelli joined SJH in 2004, after a distinguished 25-year career with the Vineland Police Department. He was nominated by numerous members of the Security team who describe him as a role model who exhibits professionalism and respect as he carries out his work. His leadership, fairness, honesty and compassion are admired throughout the health system. In 2008, Schiapelli initiated a Workplace Violence Committee to help ensure a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. With patient safety and convenience in mind, he also took the lead in ensuring free valet parking Monday through Friday at the Regional Medical Center. 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! { 12 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 Monday, March 23 • 7:00-8:00 PM Vineland Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave. Workshop participants will: • gain understanding of the CAUSE of their health problems • learn non-drug solutions Presented by the Foundation For Welness Professionals Make your reservation today by calling (856) 691-1313 Use of the Vineland Public Library’s Meeting Room does not constitute Library endorsement. Seating is Limited to the First 20 Callers! WE WANT YOUR FACES! SEND US YOUR NEWS. 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 3. Yi Students Win Medals Ten students from Yi's Karate of Vineland participated in a Martial Arts Tournament in Egg Harbor Township, winning 21 medals (eight Gold, seven Silver, five Bronze, and one Sportmanship). Yi's Karate will compete at the 33rd Annual Garden State Championships later this month. Front row, from left: Hakim Abdus-Salaam, MaryAnn Grace, Rachel Davis, Sarah Mill, Paige Bailey. Back row: Zack Warren, RJ Vertolli, Master C. Vertolli, Joe Nvarro, Sam Llabres. Not Pictured: Josh Vertolli. Bennett, Middleton Rise to Top The YMCA of Vineland Seals traveled to Towson University to compete in the 36th Annual Towson YMCA Regional 8 & Under Championships. YMCA swim teams from New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland competed in this competition. Marc Bennett won the 8 year old boys 25 freestyle with a time of 14.68 and the 25 breaststroke with a time of 20.34. He also finished 2nd in the 25 butterfly with a personal best of time 15.89. Just beinning her swimming career, Caitlyn Middleton won the 6 & under girls 25 breaststroke and placed 3rd in both the 25 freestyle and butterfly. Marc joined Dominick Sheppard, Kyle Slusarczyk, and Jacob Alicea to finish 2nd in the boys 100 freestyle relay and the same relay team finished 9th in the 100 medley relay. Caitlyn joined teammates Cathryn Manning, Germaine Smart, and Sara Parks to finish 8th in the 100 freestyle relay and 13th in the 100 medley relay. Pictured are swimmers and coaches as they prepared for the meet. Irving Fryar Visits Landis School Students at Landis School were treated to a visit from former Philadelphia Eagle Irving Fryar on Thursday (March 12). Landis School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center’s after school program hosted the former wide receiver. Pastor Preston, CEO of The South Jersey Youth Alliance, sponsored Fryar’s visit to speak with the student body of Landis School on the subjects of character, motivation and making positive choices. RIGHT: Irving Fryar, who spoke to several groups of students throughout the day on Thursday, signs seventh-grader Matthew Sapsai’s shirt as Landis School principal Donald R. Kohaut observes. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 13 } I Culinary Adventures { STEPHEN WILSON / PHOTO: JILL MCCLENNEN } Springing to Life Getting the backyard garden ready for the season is a sure sign of spring. T he snow fell heavy last Monday, and we ended up with over a foot of the white stuff. Growing up in Florida, I never saw frozen precipitation when I was a kid. The saying that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb certainly rang true on the first day of the month, and now that saying made sense to me. One thing about New Jersey that I love is the changing of the seasons. In Florida and in San Francisco, where Jill and I lived before we moved back to her home here, the seasons changed in much more subtle ways. Here in Vineland, the change is more noticeable and tangible, so I feel more connected to my environment and the natural cycles around me. During the course of the week that followed the snowfall, the snow turned to slush and the slush melted into the soil where it slowly saturated the Earth below our feet. This dampening prepared the soil for the spring seeds that would soon be sprouting to life and bringing us beautiful flowers and tasty edible plants. The previous week, I had gone to a meeting at the Carl Arthur building on Wood Street regarding the community garden that the Boys and Girls Club is constructing. There had been two speakers from the Master Gardeners Program there to talk about what kind of plants to put in a community garden and how to prepare the site. One of the questions was simple enough, what should people grow. The answer was equally simple—grow what you like to eat. By the time the weekend rolled around, I was ready to prepare my backyard garden ner of our little garden plot, I got on my knees and raked the thick layer of leaves from the ground. Underneath the brown, moist leaves was my oregano plant, which looked as though it had made it through the winter quite well. Low to the ground and hidden under an insulating layer of leaves, small bits of green were ready to explode in the next few weeks into a full-fledged, harvestable plant. Next to the oregano, a small rosemary plant showed signs of life. Elsewhere in the garden, large swaths of wild mint hid much like the oregano, protected from the cold by a thick layer of last year’s leaves. With my gardening tools, I set to work, plunging the shovel into the cool damp ground and turning over the for planting. Even so soon after the snowwinter cover crop of rye that I had planted fall, spring was in the air, and I particularly last fall. The soil was dark and damp, with enjoyed finding the edible hints that a new the occasional eggshell that remained from season was upon us. In the southeast corprevious years’ additions of homemade { 14 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 Eating Out compost. Unearthed plump earthworms reacted to their newfound liberation from the ground by quickly slithering back into the depths. I was pleased to see them, as worms are a sign of healthy soil. I stayed away from two patches of the garden—the asparagus bed and the rows of garlic that I had planted in the fall. We planted asparagus roots two years ago, garlic plants have looked remarkably better. Most are looking strong and healthy and I hope they turn out better than last year’s batch, which were on the small size. As I’ve come to realize, gardening is a lifelong learning experience with many failures and successes. After finishing my work in the garden that day, I saw another sign that spring is well on its way. I went to Santori’s at Main and Oak, my favorite produce market in Vineland, to do some shopping. In the back of the store, nestled between the leeks and spinach, were Jersey Fresh dandelion greens! I remembered these bitter greens from last year, and am excited to make a big dandelion salad this week. Later this month, on March 28, I’ll also be getting my fill of this bitter green at Merighi’s Savoy Inn when the Chamber of Commerce hosts the Dandelion and Beer Festival. If you’d like to attend, contact the folks at the Chamber at 691-7400. Maybe I’ll see you there. I Stephen Wilson along with his wife Jill McClennen owns The Sweet Life Bakery. You may contact him via e-mail at thesweetlifebakery@verizon.net. 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. 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., ...the long skinny green leaves seemed to have survived the winter intact and healthy. and one must wait two years before harvesting the tender pencil-thin spears, so in mere weeks, we’ll be eating tender, delicious spears fresh from our garden. The other patch that I avoided was where the green garlic tops were protruding from the ground. I planted three rows of them last fall, and the long skinny green leaves seemed to have survived the winter intact and healthy. Since the snow has melted and the temperature increased, the Continued on next page Family Restaurant & Pizzeria 3600 E. Landis Ave. (In Lincoln & Landis Shop Rite Center) 856-691-3099 Delivery!! March is Gourmet Lunches & Dinners Take Outs & Package Goods SERVING THE FOOD YOU LOVE IN A VERY DIFFERENT WAY. FREE LUNCH Month! NO NEED TO WAKE UP EARLY! 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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. Open to 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. Sunday breakfast buffet, 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. Manny & Vics, 1687 N. Delsea Dr., Vineland, 696-3100. Daily pizza specials, delivery. Manny's Pizza, 426 N. High St., Millville, 327-5081. Daily pizza specials, delivery. 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. Three meals daily. 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. MVP Bar, 408 Wheat Rd, 697-9825. Full bar menu, live entertainment, drink specials. 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. 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 CC, 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. Vineland's neighborhood bakery, where everything is made from scratch and quality counts. { 16 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 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 I Recipe Corner 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 Rockwell setting. { LISA ANN DiNUNZIO } Recipe Swap June Walko suggests decorating this pudding with holiday-themed edibles. G reetings! This week’s recipe is a perfect springtime treat. I have to be honest: I love almost anything to do with pineapple, and this was no exception, it was simply delicious. I also want to let everyone know who has shared a recipe so far, that I continually receive numerous e-mails and comments from other Grapevine readers, stating how much they are enjoying the family-favorite recipes shared by the contributors. So thank you,—your favorite recipes are fast become other families’ favorites! togethers. It’s simply refreshing and delicious, and you can decorate the top of the pudding right before serving with many different holiday or seasonal items. Candy spearmint leaves and candied cherries to make holly leaves for Christmas, gummy hearts for Valentine’s, marshmallow peeps or chocolate eggs for Easter and candy pumpkins for autumn are just some of the creative ways you can have fun decorating this pudding. So enjoy!” In a bowl add pineapple and pudding mix, stir well with a fork. Add the container of Cool Whip and mix with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate overnight and decorate pudding before serving. 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 lapd1991@aol.com or to The Grapevine, 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361. Pineapple Pudding 1 (16 oz.) can Dole crushed pineapple, undrained 1 small box Jell-O instant vanilla pudding mix 1 (8 oz.) Lite Cool Whip, thawed The following recipe and story is shared by June Walko. She writes: “My sister Eunice shared this recipe with me many years ago, it’s served at most of our family holiday get- WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | 419 South Delsea Dr., Vineland • Take out Only • 12”PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA BUY 2 GET 1Plus Tax FREE $14.00 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK the grapevine { 17 } Private parties available on Sat. & Sun. Mon. to Thurs. 11 to 9 Fri. & Sat. 11 to 10 All Credit Cards Accepted 696-0477 I In Our Schools Cumberland Christian School Honor Roll Elementary School, 2nd Quarter HIGH HONORS Fourth grade: Jacob DuBois, Taylor Endres, John Bonanno, Olivia Fields, Faith Karkocha, Nathaniel Kreofsky, Cara Melchiorre, Julia Wiberg, Daniel Wright. Fifth grade:Tori Djakow, Richard Gardenhire, David Shepherd, Chyanne Smith, Katelyn Torrance, Alissa Weyman. HONORS Fourth grade: Erin Blizzard, John Bonanno, Tyler DuBois, Robert Giacoboni, Dustin Ott, Brandon Paulaitis, Timothy Peterson, Caroline Robbins. Fifth grade: William Gardner, Aden Herchelroth, Steven Mazzochi, Dayna Myers, Dylan Ott, Mallory Reichert, Cory Shropshire, Victoria Shuster, Jami Vohland, Daniel Yang. Students Hear Stories of Iraq Staff Sgt. Anthony Evans, a graduate of Vineland High School, and Staff Sgt. William Daisey spoke to Terry Kuhnreich’s history classes at VHS South. Both men are part of Delta Co 1-114. Front row, from left: Nicolina Barbagli, Dana Polo, Staff Sgt. Evans, David Cohen, Kimberly Jackson, Shirley Gusman, Hans Jones, Glenn Stultz and Mrs. Kuhnreich. Back row, from left: Jenn Miller, Liane Drastal, Kelsey Price, Oliver Gomez, Glenn Stultz, Staff Sgt. Daisy, Amanda Laboy, Amanda Colon, and Sophia Garrahan. Future Lawyers? The Vineland High School mock trial team was crowned Cumberland County champion after competing in the regional two-day county competitionl. Front row, from left: Sylvia Brown, Brigid Wallace, Brandon Tomasso, Jasmine Beatty, Corinne Boesz. Back row, from left: Charles Fiore, Melanie Schaffer, Yasenia Wagner, and John Howard. Not pictured: Paul Cohen, Sean Deloach, Sean Laurencio, Erika Suda, Maryann Wallace and Samantha Wallace. Middle School, 2nd Quarter HIGH HONORS Sixth grade: Jada Fields, Nicholas Kreofsky, Rachel Reese Seventh grade: Emily Austen, Matthew Crow, Joshua Ginchereau, Noreena Ogidan Eighth grade: Joshua Bonanno, Precious Bryant, Amber Davis, Joshua DuBois, Christopher Fitting, Brianna Paulus, Caitlyn Saul, Alexis Smith, Adam Watts. HONORS Sixth grade: Austin Hale, Anna King, Maeghan Parmer, Brenda Zeck, Jacob Bonanno, Brianna Lund, Abigail Milcarek, Cory Monteleone-Haught, Meredith Rehmann. Seventh grade: Joseph Chick, Nicole Crow, Allison Federico, Ryan Godfrey, Connor MacLeod, Courtney Saul, Sara Seabock, Seth Thompson, Austin Valentine. Eighth grade: Kara Gregor, Jared Gunn, Maria Hayes, Meredith Jones. Wallace Read-In Wallace Middle School held its First Annual African American "Read In" in conjunction with the 20th National African American Read In. Celebrating Black History through the written word and promoting literacy were the goals of the event. Students listened to volunteers read from books, short stories, folk tales, speeches, quotes and poetry. Volunteer readers included students, teachers, and community members, Dr. Emily Cannon, Mrs. Gwen MacCalla and Claudia Smith, Vice President of the Greater Vineland Chapter of the NAACP (pictured). { 18 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 Restaurant Profile Dreamz Cafe & Gelato n accountant for 19 years, Joann Constantine decided to open a cafe at Union Lake Crossing. It would be a place where she could prepare family recipes that had been cooked for her by her mother and grandmother. Gelato was another item she would offer. She had learned how to make the treat at the Aromi D’Italia Gelato Culinary Institute in Baltimore. Now several months later, Constantine is living her dream at Dreamz Cafe & Gelato, where the menu includes her signature panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, coffees, teas, pastries, and more. “Everything is homemade and made to order,” Constantine says. “So that means it may take a little longer to get your food, but it will be worth it.” The 24 flavors of Italian gelato made daily on the premises are what makes some people frequent Dreamz. “Our slogan is ‘Come sample us’,” she states. “You can come in and try every flavor.” According to the Dreamz website, Italian gelato is comparable to premium A which has 250 calories and up with 20 grams of fat or more per 1/2 cup). The water-based gelato is vegan and preferred by the lactose intolerant; it has just 70 calories and 0 fat per 1/2 cup. So maybe you really can have your gelato and eat it, too. That’s good news for springtime! ice cream you would buy in a grocery store or purchase from ice cream shoppes. But Italian gelato is heavier and has an extremely intense taste. There are two forms of gelato— cream and water based. The creambased gelato has approximately 170 calories with 7 grams of fat per 1/2 cup (compared to premium ice cream, Dreamz Cafe & Gelato is located at Union Lake Crossing, 2184 N. Second St., Millville, 765-5029 or 765-5031. www.dreamzcafeandgelato.com Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m to 8:30 p.m. in winter, until 9 p.m. in summer., as well as Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round. Always closed on Sunday. JEWELRY Trade In Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am–2am Sunday 8am–2am 3 Movies 4 Repair, Redesign or Scrap NOW SERVING BREAKFAST ON SUNDAYS! 2 Eggs Any Style w/Homefries & Coffee Get Credit For Movie Trades towards purchase of DVD’s Not Valid on any other offer. Sales titles limited to inventory in Stock. Exp. 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For a free and no-obligation advertising consultation, call 856-457-7815 or e-mail: sales@grapevinenewspaper.com today. I Entertainment Dance Exclusive CHOREOGRAPHERS TO WATCH, THIRD FRIDAY, WINE AND CHEESE, AND A CUMBERLAND PLAYERS PRODUCTION. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Book Signing. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Author Helen Patricia Jones signs copies of He Wants, She Wants. 6 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Musicaly Inclined, The Towheads, Mark Forchic Trio, Organic Trio. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Violin groups, Celtic music, jazz. 7 p.m., $6. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Tom Moran/Adelante. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./7 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 Cosy Sheridan & T.R. Ritchie. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Enjoy a special concert event and fundraiser to support 4Epilepsy. 7 p.m., $20. For questions, adonoflio@yahoo.com. Photo: TR Ritchie. MARCH 20 AND 21 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian. MARCH 20, 21, 26, 27, AND 28 Barefoot in the Park. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Works in Dance 2. Cumberland County College, Guaracini Arts Center, Sherman Ave. and College Rd., Vineland. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call box office at 692-8499. This year’s N.J. State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship Awards went to a collection of unique and expressive professional New Jersey choreographers, including Heidi Cruz-Austin, John Evans, Donna Gentile, Dajhia Ingram, Samuel Pott, and Ramya Tirumalai. See them work together in an exclusive dance performance. The Little Theatre, 66 E. Sherman Ave, Vineland. A Neil Simon classic is staged by local actors. 8 p.m., plus 3/22 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets $13. Senior citizens $6 at matinee performance. All seats reserved. Visit www.cumberland players.com for advance tickets, or call 6925626 and leave a message. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Savoy Unplugged: Andy DiMacale. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Dan Wythoff, Bread & Butta, Carmen Costa, Shutters, Elisa Frederic. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 6 p.m., $8. MARCH 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.: Country Western Dance Party (beer and shot specials), 8 p.m.-midnight. Savoy Inn Bistro, E. 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. SUNDAY, MARCH 22 Poetry On High. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Hosted by Rita Lyman, with featured poet and musician John Stirneman, 2-5 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Steve Testa. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. 7 p.m. AT THE CASINOS Tickets: 1-800-736-1420; www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. HEADLINERS, COMEDY ACTS, AND MORE THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Wine & Cheese Event Feat: Ryan Carr, A’s Rage, Dustin Burrows. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m. { 20 } the grapevine | MARCH 18, 2009 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. BOARDWALK HALL MARCH 21 Divas 4 Divas. Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma, Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla, Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. 8 p.m. $68-$150. 609-348-7000. 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 phone at the Comedy Stop Box Office: 1-877-FUNNY-AC or 609348-0920. Visit www.comedystop.com. HEADLINERS SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Loretta Lynn. Harrahs. 9 p.m. $55, $45, $35. 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. CONVENTION CENTER MARCH 21 AND 22 Atlantic City Beer Festival: Celebration of the Suds Noon-10 p.m. (two sessions) Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $45 at the door, $35 per session in advance online, Group tickets available. www.celebrationofthesuds.com. George Thorogood. Showboat House of MARCH 19, 20, AND 21 Nightlife at Old Oar House. Old Oar House Brewery, 123 N. High St., Millville, 2931200. Thurs.: Open mic, 9 p.m. Fri.: Danny Eyer Band, 9 p.m., Sat: Kelly & Kozak, 9 p.m. Blues. 9 p.m. $42, $32. Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. COMEDY & MORE Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Trump Comedy Series Presents Josh Blue. Trump Plaza. 9 p.m., $25. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 Friday Night Flashback. Merighi’s Save Time & Money! fter Charles K. Landis’ Rural Vineland and The Weekly, the third newspaper to appear in Vineland was forged from the political conditions of the town and shaped by reaction to what was already being published. The Independent was conceived by a group of residents who felt they had been shortchanged in some way on the opportunity Landis promised to all those who moved here. As Frank D. Andrews explains in his series “History of Vineland Newspapers,” those who harbored resentment over their lack of success here were quick to point a finger, “blaming their failure upon the promoter of the enterprise.” Because The Weekly, in its early years, was apparently influenced by Landis, it was felt that an opposition newspaper was necessary. Andrews writes that those disenchanted by Vineland’s founder “formed a party whose leaders furnished the financial backing, in part, toward the establishment of The Vineland Independent…” The new publication debuted on March 2, 1867, one-and-a-half years after The Weekly first appeared. While The Independent’s title professed a neutral political stance, Andrews identifies its politics as a “less pronounced” version of The Weekly’s Republicanism. With William Taylor as proprietor and E. Hale as editor, The Independent was launched as a weekly publication, its opening editorial proclaiming it would support the side its editor deemed correct and basing its stance on the line, “Be just and fear not,” from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, according to Andrews. But, just like the Bard of Avon’s play, the authorship of which has recently been challenged, The Independent’s adherence to its principles to “be just” would soon be open to question. Unlike The Weekly, which existed 12 years under its original ownership, The Independent was immediately plagued with an abundance of management changes. Six months after the appearance of its first issue, Hale retired and Charles W. Blew became Taylor’s partner in the business a month later. In less than a year, Blew sold his interest in the newspaper to Taylor, who became sole proprietor and A editor for the next two years. On August 5, 1870, Taylor sold the operation to William H. Gill, Jr. and T. F. Mackenzie whose ownership lasted less than a year when Uri Carruth and William G. Smith purchased the newspaper. By August 2, 1871, Carruth had become the sole owner and editor and seemed to meet with the approval of the town’s “Independent Party.” As records indicate, the new editor mercilessly ridiculed Landis in the pages of his publication, seemingly unaware of the boundaries and limitations commonly accorded to good taste. On March 18, 1875, after Carruth had, according to a later New York Times account, “more than once made Mr. Landis’s domestic problems, which were many, the subject of a newspaper article,” a piece that examined the fragile mental condition of Landis’s wife appeared in The Independent. Upon reading the article the following day, Landis quickly marched to the newspaper offices and shot Carruth. The editor survived for seven months and, in the early months of 1876, Landis was tried, then acquitted for reasons of insanity. Meanwhile, the paper had been forced to change hands once again, the third time in only five years. Andrews reports that friends of Edwin A. Teall bought the publication in the spring of 1875 and then placed him in charge of the enterprise. Teall left before the end of the year, replaced by co-editors William J. Corbett and E.G. Blaisdell who were, in turn, replaced in May 1876 with Henry Wilbur and Myron H. 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BRIDGETON 245 W Commerce St., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to James L Gazzola on 1/20/09 for $116,000 688 N Pearl St., Sec. of Housing & Urban Development (by Atty.) to Genora Rosypal on 1/28/09 for $54,600 7 York St., Rebecca J Snyder to Willie Kitchen, Jr. on 1/29/09 for $93,500 COMMERCIAL TWP 2604 Maurice St., Forrest Gottshalk to Theodore M Borodynko on 1/21/09 for $20,000 0 North Ave., John R Bateman, II to Leah Obrien on 1/26/09 for $10,000 1801 &C Main St., Fed. Nat. Mort. Assoc. to Arminda E Ernst on 1/29/09 for $62,000 FAIRFIELD TWP 476 Back Neck Rd., Lori C Lynch (Atty.) to Mayra I Rosa on 1/13/09 for $77,000 1 Copin Dr., Michael Fabrikant (by Agent) to Steven G Jost on 1/14/09 for $30,000 HOPEWELL TWP 6 Beebe Run Rd., Aiko I Nakawatase (by Atty.) to Michael P Everly on 1/13/09 for $125,000 58 Lakeside Dr., Donald A Counsellor, Sr. to Jason R Cramer on 1/21/09 for $140,000 LAWRENCE TWP East Pern Ave., Lorna L Hurlston to Joseph A Gambale on 1/26/09 for $6,000 MILLVILLE 409 W McNeal St., City of Millville to Brandt & Madison Development Co. on 1/13/09 for $7,651 817 Pine St., Dorothy Esham to Michael Futrell on 1/13/09 for $98,000 616 SW Lakeshore Dr., Silvio Ciancarelli to Katherine Bailey on 1/13/09 for $199,900 218 E Main St., Anthony Renzi, Jr. to Anthony Renzi, III on 1/14/09 for $100,000 839 S 2nd St., Janet R Page to Bryan W Page on 1/16/09 for $55,000 614 & 620 Willow Rd., Diana J Day (Exec.) to Hattie E Ayres on 1/21/09 for $85,000 140 Cottage St., Hovnanian K At Millville II LLC to James Francis Hughes on 1/21/09 for $297,382 1112 Wheaton Ave., Thomas Hyson to Emmanuil Kerusenko on 1/22/09 for $35,000 802 N High St., John H Vanaman (Est. by Exec.) to Edward T Harvey on 1/26/09 for $42,000 4 Sterling Pl., Sec. of Housing & Urban Development (by Atty.) to Kimberly R Hall on 1/28/09 for $225,000 214 S 5th St., John D Mingin to Joseph Ervin on 1/29/09 for $50,000 209 211 213 215 D St., Misha LLC to DDI Properties LLC on 1/29/09 for $200,000 UPPER DEERFIELD 4 Lewis Dr., Takashi Dodohara (Grdn.) to Leonard J Godrey on 1/14/09 for $169,900 ADVERTISE IN The Grapevine and get incredible results. 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