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INSIDE HOME & GARDEN • MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST: PG. 4 • HAPPENINGS: PG. 26 VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 10 | APRIL 15, 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 Six Vie for School Board Slots Petronglo Fanucci Board of Education candidates speak out on varied issues affecting the District’s schoolchildren and taxpayers. W DiGiorgio Mercoli e, at The Grapevine, tip our hats to the six candidates running for the Vineland District Board of Education. Their devotion to the students of the District—in taking on an unpaid, often thankless, job—is truly inspiring. The six candidates seeking election to three-year terms are: Frank DiGiorgio, Anthony R. Fanucci, Gene Mercoli, Robert M. Petronglo, Patricia Phillips, and Paul Spinelli. Fanucci and Spinelli are incumbents. The third incumbent, Robert Evans, is not seeking a new term. Polling times and locations are contained in sample ballots mailed to all registered voters prior to next Tuesday’s election. Polls are open on Tuesday, April 21, from 1 to 9 p.m. Voters can become familiar with the candidates and the issues affecting the Vineland Public Schools by reading their views as follows. First, an introduction to the candidates: FRANK DIGIORGIO, 42, was born and raised in Vineland. He has a fourth-grade son and a daughter, who will attend kindergarten in September. ANTHONY FANUCCI, 36, was also born and raised in Vineland. He has a 2-year-old with special needs. GENE MERCOLI, 39, is a lifelong Vineland resident. “I do not have children that attend the school district right now but my daughter will come of age by September 2009,” he says. ROBERT PETRONGLO, 19, has lived in Vineland all his life. He is a 2008 graduate of Vineland High. PATRICIA PHILLIPS, 59, has lived in Vineland since 1975. “Thoughout my 37 years working in the Vineland School system,” she says, “I have had thousands of Vineland children as I served as their teacher, their guidance counselor, or their principal. I always considered them as ‘my children’.” PAUL F. SPINELLI, 55, has lived in Vineland his entire life. His son graduated from Vineland High in 2001. Continued on page 8 Phillips Spinelli Owners of EXCEL REALTY Russ and April Puesi Trust Us To Keep Their Money Safe and Sound.              COMING SOON! NEW CAPITAL BANK BRANCH Our Focus Is You. 175 S. Main Road, Vineland, NJ • 856.690.1234 Se Habla Español CapitalBankNJ.com 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 4/21/09 Major Credit Cards Accepted EGGS & MILK LOW PRICE ALWAYS! Ready to pick up. Easy shop by Phone or Fax 641-0813 AXELROD GREEN .29¢ Lb. 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Cannot be combined with any other offer and subject to end without notice Days Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Day Get rid of it all in one day! To d AM rlan nts 00 8: be pen00 PM O 2: Saturday, April 18, 2009 City of Millville Streets and Roads Complex, Ware Avenue Saturday, June 6, 2009 Cumberland County Administration Complex, Route 49, Bridgeton Saturday, September 12, 2009 City of Vineland Public Works, East Walnut Road e Cum Resid ty oun Only! C Sponsored By: Cumberland County Improvement Authority Co-Sponsored By: City of Millville, Cumberland County Utilities Authority, and Landis Sewerage Authority WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | “Taking Steps To A Better Environment” the grapevine { 3 } I Editor’s Letter World’s Greatest Mom? If you think your mother deserves this title, tell us why. If yours is the winning entry, your mom will be pampered with a spa day. After all she’s done for you, wouldn’t this be a great way to say thanks? We’ve all seen the T-shirts, mugs and mousepads that say “World’s Greatest Mom.” These items often come customized with a photo depicting Mom with her son or daughter. These knickknacks are a staple for Mother’s Day gift-giving. I’m sure many of our Grapevine readers have either given or received such a gift. In typical mom fashion, I’m sure you or your mother made a big fuss over getting one of these gifts and it’s most likely proudly displayed (or worn) — especially when mom knows the kids will be around. Giving a present emblazoned with the phrase “World’s Greatest Mom,” is admirable (at least you didn’t forget Mother’s Day), The Grapevine is giving you a chance to go the extra mile. Show mom that you really appreciate her by writing a short note explaining why your mom is tops. Send your letter (no more than 150 words), along with a photo of your dear mother to the address in the bottom right corner of this page by May 1. We’ll publish the letters we receive (we reserve the right to edit them) in our May 6 issue, just prior to Mother’s Day. Imagine the look on Mom’s face when she sees your letter. As if that wouldn’t be rewarding enough, we’ll select three entries to win a “Spa Day for Mom,” courtesy of Utopia Salon and Day Spa, Salon Fabrojae and Cynthia Roberts Salon & Spa. And doesn’t mom deserve a day of pampering? My mom sure does, but lucky for you, she’s not eligible to win this conest! CONTEST RULES: • Entries must be no more than 150 words. • Must be received by noontime May 1. • Should be accompanied by a photo, but will be accepted without one. • May be e-mailed or sent via snail mail. { CONTENTS } 1 Six Vie for School Board Voters will cast three votes for school board next Tuesday. Read here what the candidates see as the most pressing issues. 5 6 In Our Schools Gratitude Presented Several area organizations are recognized for their gifts to Iraqi children last Christmas. 7 Untold Stories Self-publishing allows them to be heard. DEBORAH A. EIN HG1-4 HOME & GARDEN 18 Faces in the News 20 After the Assessment This is the time to buckle down and keep the MainStreet Program momentum going. TO D D N O O N 21 A College is Born CCC’s opening occurred on October 17, 1966. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O 21 Crossword 24 DINING: Broccoli Rabe Our columnist catches the tail end of broccoli rabe season…but freezes the goodness. ST E P H E N W I L S O N 25 Recipe Corner Always looking for new ways to cook chicken? Look no further. L I SA D I N U N Z I O Don’t Forget to Vote in School Election This week’s cover story is devoted to the candidates running for seats on Vineland’s School Board in the annual school election on Tuesday, April 21 (Polls will be open from 1 to 9 p.m.). Voters will select three school board members from among six registered candidates — all pictured on our front cover. Anthony Fanucci and Paul Spinelli are incumbents. The third incumbent, Robert Evans, is not seeking re-election. The board members elected in Tuesday’s election will be responsible for, among many other things, overseeing the hiring of a half-dozen senior administrative positions in the district, including a new Superintendent. Voters will also vote on the school budget for 2009-2010. While the school budget acounts for most of the local purpose tax, the school elections typically are decided upon by only a couple thousand votes. That means that those who DO vote have a disproportionately influential vote on Tuesday. Even if you can’t make it to the polls on Tuesday, your voice can still be heard. County Clerk Gloria Noto reached out to The Grapevine this week with the following announcement: “If you will be unavailable to vote at your regular polling place on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 for the annual school board election, you may visit [the County Clerk’s] office to cast your ballot early. The County Clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the County Court House in Bridgeton and is open Monday through Friday this week, from 8:30 am until 4:00 p.m. for voting purposes. You may also vote on Monday, April 20th until 3:oo p.m. If you have any questions about voting early in the Clerk’s office, call 856-453-4865 for more information.” MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher 26 Community Calendar 28 Entertainment 30 REAL ESTATE { STAFF } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher DEBORAH A. EIN Managing Editor LORI GOUDIE Art Director GAIL EPIFANIO Controller JACK EPIFANIO Advertising Executive SHERRY MUNYAN Advertising Executive MARIE HALPIN-GALLO Advertising Executive TRACY BUSCHAM Graphic Designer MARIE TEDESCO Editorial Intern { 4 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 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 In Our Schools Honor Students Raise $700 for Sick Child Students in the Rossi School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society raised more than $700 for Michael Barner, a Petway Elementary School fourth grader stricken with a rare and serious blood disorder. The NJHS students raised money by selling support bracelets during their lunch periods, says Dayna Quiles, Rossi math teacher and NJHS advisor. Officers of the club presented Stacey Barner, Michael’s mother, with a donation of $627 to help with the family’s travel expenses to Philadelphia, where Michael is undergoing treatment. The students also presented Mrs. Barner with a $100 gift card from Toys ‘R Us so Michael can pick out a gift for himself. “I’m so proud of these students,” said Quiles. “When they learned of Michael’s illness, they immediately wanted to do something to help. Their efforts are admirable and truly reflect the service component of NJHS.” Representing the entire club at the presentation were officers Saadiqa Smart, President; Toure Douglas, Vice President; Jacob Villafane, Secretary; and Malik Bard, Treasurer. From left, Malik Bard, Jacob Villafane, Ms. Barner, Saadiqa Smart, and Toure Douglas. Bishop Schad Regional School Honors List GRADE 4 Julian Allen, Leila Baez-Amberths, Daniel DeNofio, Andrew Dion, Salvatore Gallina, Bryan Garcia, Madison Giovinazzi, Siani Gomez, Deidra Lebron, Gianna Lovisone, Thomas Quinones, Alyssa Rodriguez, Kasey Siena, Allison Walker, Kelly Bagby, Anna Marie Bernard, David Cross, Vincent D’Augustine, Jaime DiMatteo, Sarah Hatten, Robert McCormick, Michael Miles, Emmey Swanberg. GRADE 5 Aaron Blandino, Christopher Booth, Dennis Campanella, Sarah Consalo, Evan Cressman, Dana DaSilva, Kaylee Falasco, Lee Fiocchi, Anthony Gaunt, Sarah Gibney, Lindsey Gloway, Sejal Menghani, Marley Williams, Deja Williams, Samantha Zarankin, Emily Bencie, Gianna Bianco, Anthony D’Ottavio, Giavanna Landicini, Gabriela Leone, Nicholas Luciano, Roderick Maier, Jeffrey Martine, Jana Martini, Ricardo Morales, Marielena Richards, GRADE 6 Eric Bradway, Monica DeDomenico, Lukas Gavigan, Nicholas Gibney, Britney Jones, Jenna Lambert, Lia Stiles, Nicholas Trotz, Addison Conley, Lisa Curley, Anthony DeAngelis, Paige Granato, Ashley Harridan, Jared Martine, Jessica Middleton, Sophia Valla, 6W GRADE 7 Drew Bencie, Paul Bergamo, Frank Conroy, Leonard DeBruno, Themba Lungu, MaryKate McCormick, Karla Salazar, Michael Booth, Andrew Gee, Matthew Gladfelter, Julia Martini, Jessica Panno, Taylor Santangelo, Dane Spoltore, Jael Vaquero, 7W GRADE 8 Matthew Anderson, Brianna Andreoli, Victoria Caterina, Adriana DeBartolomeis, Ashley Gonzalez, Nathaniel Jones, Kayla Piccari, Christopher Repice, Genevieve Russo, Chandler Sammartino, Steven Steigerwalt, Veronica Stokes, Selena Zayas, Kevin Allen, Monica Canglin, Garrett Catalana, Samantha Caterina, Angela Christaldi, Anthony Consalo, Kelsey Cugini, Justin Dickenson, Samantha Gaudio, Joseph Gaunt, Genevieve Giovinazzi, Megan Iaconelli, Hayley Kane, Theresa Riordan, Jeffrey Rowan, Mark Rowan, Josey Swanberg, Christian Walker. Get to Know Joe! (Founder of the Pilates Method, Joe Pilates) Join Us for Body Benefits PILATES DAY Saturday, May 2nd 2009 • 10 am Each year on the first Saturday in May, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) celbrates International Pilates Day to promote awarness of the many health benefits that Pilates brings. • A brief lecture on the histroy of Pilates • Free mat class • Demonstration on the apparatus • Reception with Q&A • Refreshments and light snacks ENJOY: 5 Beginner Mat Classes Start Monday, May 4th Call for details (856) 213-6365 Lincoln Plaza 3722 E. Landis Ave. Belated Birthday WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | The staff and students of Mennies School celebrated Read Across America on March 27 because the original celebration was postponed by s late-winter snowstorm. Students and staff joined together in an afternoon assembly that was filled with music, reading and excitement. The students were treated to a surprise appearance by The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch. Students also took an oath of reading, pledging to read every day and feed their brain what it needs to grow. The celebration continued that night with a Family and Books Night, presented by the Vineland Public Library. While parents attended a workshop on the importance of reading to their child every day, students enjoyed various Dr. Seuss-themed stations taught by the staff at the school. Leading the oath was Elena Brown, the school’s media specialist.. the grapevine { 5 } r Old Trade-In You w A Ne nalog TV For A CHOOSE YOUR FINANCING… or DTV! H 40” or INTEREST FREE FINANCING!* *FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS ON SELECT BRANDS & MODELS.. SEE STORE FOR DETAILS, PAYMENT OPTIONS & PROGRAMS. MODELS DETAILS, 46” compare, shop and save right here! $ Look What Will Buy! 299 99 99 6.0 Cu. Ft. 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Making the presentation to these organizations is Master Sergeant Robert Cuff from the New Jersey Army National Guard, Joint Training and Training Development Center “Battle Lab,” Fort Dix, NJ Organizations receiving the Flags: • Mayor Romano, City of Vineland • Lou Amico, 3d Battalion 102d Armor Retiree Association • Brian Lankin, Al’s Shoes • Jose Garcia, Q-Ball Billiards • Dave Strittmatter, Fairton Christian Center $ $44.00 MONTHLY* 1299.99 $ Look What Will Buy! 499 99 • Large oven window JBP65DMWW Smoothtop Electric Range 18.0 Cu.Ft. Upright Refrigerator 30” Self-Cleaning 63” $ Look What Will Buy! 599 99 • 4 Glass Shelves • Gallon Door Storage GTS1818BRWW • UltaFilterBright™ anti-glare technology • 175 degree viewing angle ® 4 HDMI interfaces • 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio • Swivel stand PN63A650 63” Widescreen Plasma TV $ $118.00 MONTHLY* 3499.99 New Store Hours! 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EIN, MANAGING EDITOR } Untold Stories They are finally seeing the light of day, as writers take the initiative to self-publish. here’s a soft spot in my heart for aspiring novelists. That’s why I am thrilled for a couple of local authors who have recently published novels. One of them, Suze DiPietro, was featured on our Entertainment page a few weeks ago, when she had a book signing at Bogart’s Bookstore in Millville. Her book, Between Keys (PublishAmerica, 2008), is a vampire novel, and when she wrote it back in 1986, “no one got it,” she says. Suze was decades ahead of her time, because now vampire novels and movies are all the rage. Since then, Mae Kent, has contacted me with news about her first published novel, Titanic, The Untold Story (BookSurge Publishing, 2008), which she will have at Bogart’s on this Third Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. She also has a fascinating story about how the book came to be. Like millions of Americans, she went to see T the Titanic movie in 1997. A history buff and longtime Titanic enthusiast, Kent thoroughly enjoyed the movie. But, she says, something was missing. As the movie credits ran and she stood up in the darkened theater, a question nagged at her: “Where were the black folks?” She believed there had to be at least one black person on the ship. A couple of months later, she was riding to work one morning listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Previewing their “Little Known Black History Facts” segment, Joyner said he was going to tell the story of the only black man on the Titanic. Kent was so excited she had to pull over to the side of the road as Joyner related the story of Joseph Phillipe Lemercier Laroche. Then and there, Kent decided she would write an historical fiction novel set on the Titanic with a black protagonist. Outside of Joyner’s audience that day, she doubted that very many people knew there was a black passenger on the Titanic. Certainly, none of the books she had read, or movies she had seen about the Titanic had ever shown a black man, or any people of color. Months of painstaking research verified the fact that Laroche, a Haitian black, went down with the ship. His pregnant wife and two children were among the survivors. No one had ever written a story about a black man on the Titanic. So she set a goal: She would create a multifaceted character and immerse him in the excitement, drama and tragedy of the Titanic, all with an eye toward bringing attention to the long-ignored fact that there was a black passenger on the ship. Kent opted to self-publish her novel so that she could maintain control over the design and content. DiPietro also self-published, as I did a few years ago in order to print a collection of birth and pregnancy stories, Birthdaze (iUniverse, 2004). My decision to self- publish had more to do with the fact that getting a standard publisher to recognize a good story is very difficult these days. If you’re a celebrity, no problem. Look at all the books on the shelves and bestseller lists written by movie stars and politicians. Much of that has to do with the fact that the publishers see built-in marketing potential, which translates to immediate book sales (i.e., dollars). Publishers have been known, however, to pick up self-published titles; some movies have even come of books that would not have been published if the writer hadn’t paid a little to get the book in print. Indeed, the book-ondemand publishers and e-publishing has turned the publishing world on its ear. Best of all, self-publishing has allowed thousands of untold stories to be documented and heard. I Each of the books pictured here can be ordered from the book-on-demand publisher mentioned for each one, which gives the greatest percentage of the sale back to the author. And all may be ordered from major online booksellers or at any bookstore. Honda. Power you can count on. HRR216K2VXA Lawnmower $499 At work, home or play… † WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | HRX217K2HXA Lawnmower EU2000i Generator $729 † $999 † 12 MONTHS No Payments No Interest Option* See these products at the Honda Power Equipment Dealerships listed below. Vineland Rental Country, Inc. † Prices shown are manufacturer’s minimum advertised price. * The Honda Power Equipment Mastercard® card issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank is a dual-line credit card. Special terms apply to purchases charged with approved credit to the Honda Power Equipment line of credit. No payments are required during the special-terms period. The no-interest option means there is no interest if the purchase is paid in full within the special-terms period; otherwise interest accrues from date of purchase at the regular APR. For newly opened accounts, the regular APR for purchases is 23.90% and the default APR is 27.90%. All APRs given are as of January 1, 2009. All APRs may vary. If you use the card for cash advances, the cash advance fee is 4% of the amount of the cash advance, but not less than $10.00. Offer expires 12/31/09. Connection of a generator to house power requires a transfer device to avoid possible injury to power company personnel. Consult a quali?ed electrician. For optimum performance and safety, we recommend you read the owner’s manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment. Not all dealers carry all products. Consult your local Yellow Pages. © 2009 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. AH916-01-89441-2 the grapevine { 7 } School Board Bacharach Physical Therapy has the best care. And we’ll prove it. At Bacharach Physical Therapy, we know you’re not just a number. You’re a person. That’s why we offer: • Personalized recovery plans • Customizable care • Convenient, ?exible appointment times • 15 locations in South Jersey • State-of-the-art facilities • Specialty certi?cations So don’t settle for less than the best care. Let Bacharach’s friendly, experienced staff get you back to what’s important to you, the right way. Continued from cover Why are you running for a seat on the School Board? FRANK DIGIORGIO: I believe my background could be useful to the school district. Also, I have children that are being educated in the Vineland District. I am concerned about what I have learned regarding safety in some of our schools and about the negativity surrounding small learning communities. We all have a vested interest in the school system, whether it is short term or long term. I am committed to assist in the process of providing the best public education for children in our community. I want our children to learn in a safe environment, and at the same time, make sure education is delivered in the most cost-effective manner. I want to be a part of a board that operates within its responsibilities. A board that develops and approves effective policies, a board that will hire an effective executive (probably the board’s most critical undertaking in the next year) to carry out the mission of the district. Doing all of this within the confines of respectable dialogue and total accountability. ANTHONY R. FANUCCI: I wish to continue serving the children and residents of Vineland as I have for the last three years. GENE MERCOLI: I believe I have qualifications that will be a benefit to all the stakeholders of the Vineland School District. I have 10 years experience as a school business administrator. Primarily, my experience is in school budgeting, school law and regulation, federal grants (NCLB, IDEA, etc..), facility operations, public bidding and food service. I am passionate about education and also cognizant of parent and taxpayer concerns. ROBERT M. PETRONGLO: Since I was young, I always had this goal to make my community a better place by any means possible. I knew that this goal was very broad and would be difficult to achieve. However, due to my upbringing, I also felt that I was ready for the challenge. Looking around the community, I thought about where I was the most knowledgeable, and thus where I could be the most effective. This is how I came to the decision last year to run for the Vineland Board of Education. And for this reason, I am running again. PATRICIA PHILLIPS: This is a critical time in the history of the Vineland Public Schools. There are many challenges facing our schools, with drastic cuts in funding, state mandated programs, school security issues, and emphasis on high stakes testing. With my 37 years of working experience in the Vineland Public Schools, I feel that I can “jump right in” and make a difference. I have worked at each level of education— elementary, middle, high school, and even pre-school. Now that I’m retired, I clearly have the experience, knowledge, and time to devote as a school board. member. For me, it’s a way to “give back” to the school system that has given me the opportunity to enjoy such a rewarding career. PAUL SPINELLI: I am running for reelection to give back to education. I have taught for 34 years and this is my chance to help Vineland and the children of the district. I also feel very qualified since I have taught and I hold a master’s in administration and supervision. I have also served as a union vice president and understand the issues of the teachers. I am involved in athletics and as a young man was in drama. I think I am a candidate that sees many issues that others would not. What do you perceive as the top three issues affecting Vineland’s schools? As a board member, how would you address each of these issues? DIGIORGIO: Not in any particular order; school safety and security, budget, and accountability. The issue of gangs and safety in schools is real. More than ever before, today’s public schools are serving children from a variety of backgrounds and needs. Unfortunately, resources that adequately serve the total range of needs presented are limited and parental supervision of some students has weakened. Some students have diminished respect for all forms of authority, especially school personnel. Schools are confronted with a wide range of problems such as drugs, gangs, weapons, and other behavior that leads to violent acts either in school or around school. These problems are real. In order to create a safe environment for both students and staff, a safety plan and comprehensive prevention programs that address the causes are necessary. Involving the community, law enforcement, parents, administrators, teachers, support staff, students, community leaders, and professionals is needed. Input from staff members and the law enforcement community is essential. Our schools are designed for the purpose of learning rather than to control crime and violence. Firm and consistent rules and guidelines for appropriate student behavior are essential and infractions should not be tolerated. Regarding the budget, I’m afraid that the State of NJ will not have or make available the resources it has spent on education in the past for programs that we have grown accustomed to in Vineland. We may need to adopt a “get back to basics” philosophy. However, the state dictates many of the Back to Life.™ Career & Education Resource Expo Cumberland County College Gymnasium 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ FREE EVENT Friday, April 17, 2009 • 9 am-4 pm Looking for a new career? Not sure how to get trained for that new job? What jobs will be hot by the time you graduate? How can you pay for training? Meet helpful professionals More than 50 training and support service representatives will be on hand to provide you with the information you need to transition to an exciting new career. { 8 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 Learn how to prepare for these careers • • • • • • • Healthcare Law & Public Safety Transportation & Logistics Infrastructure Construction Business Services Food Science & Safety Green Collar Jobs Attend workshops on the seven hottest career fields projected for Cumberland County. Learn to survive, grow, succeed Please join us for this FREE event! Registration required online at www.cccnj.edu No Internet access? Please call 856.451.8920. Some workshops offered • Getting back to school • Financing your education • Managing your budget in a financial crisis • Dealing with stress during hard times • Marketing yourself FREE REFRESHMENTS FREE VEIN SCREENING educational requirements of our students. Board members must be mindful that ever increasing budgets and funding may not be realistic in the coming year and a funding crisis is on the horizon. We cannot outspend or expect revenue that may not be recurring. We also have to be honest with people. The crisis is no longer just financial or economic, it’s social. We must operate in an open, honest and trustworthy manner and treat people with respect. Accountability has to be a top priority and an ongoing process, not only in the classroom and administration levels, but also the areas of discipline policy, personnel matters and fiscal matters. We need to promote a culture of accountability. FANUCCI: The safety of our students and staff should be our highest priority. If that goal is achieved, we will be able to focus our attention on providing the best possible education to every student, regardless of their level of need. Fiscal responsibility: The school district is a very large, expensive organization and I believe my business background in real estate, insurance and construction allows me to make a unique contribution to fiscal responsibility, and efficiency of our school district. This will be a direct benefit to the students and employees in our schools and also to the taxpayers of our community. I also believe serving on the school board for a full term has provided valuable experience that will allow me to make decisions on issues that will be in the best interest of all concerned. Accountability: People need to be held accountable for their actions and as a board member I must continue to work with my colleagues to enforce our policies so that all positions in the district will adhere to rules and regulations regarding not just performance but conduct as well. MERCOLI: 1) State Funding—The State’s new funding formula will begin squeezing Vineland’s budget in the near future and that will force the district into two specific budgeting problems. The first will be to somehow reduce the budget that is 80 percent required by State mandates and the other is the raising of property taxes to support the State’s interpretation of “local fair share.” There is no easy solution. However, I will draw upon my experience to assist the Board in preserving necessary programs and staff. 2) Senior Leadership Replacement— The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent have already announced their retirements along with 10 other administrators. The Vineland School Continued on next page Varicose Veins? Leg Swelling? 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The Board sets policy based on law and good educational practice and then instructs the Superintendent to create procedures to carry them out efficiently and effectively. I will actively monitor and participate in this process as a Board Member. PETRONGLO: The top three issues facing Vineland Public Schools are the Small Learning Communities, school security, and district spending. In addressing each of these issues, my approach would be simple: collaboration. Though we are one district, we have many schools and many, many students. Each student has different dreams, goals, needs and family life. In solving each of what I consider to be the three top issues, I would go to each individual school and confer with school personnel (teachers, security guards etc.). They know our students best. Whether we are discussing behavioral issues, learning problems or supply troubles, in setting district policy we must keep in mind that there is not “cookie cutter” school. PHILLIPS: First and foremost, we need to increase student achievement at all levels. We should focus on addressing the academic needs of our students and provide the opportunity for them to achieve at their highest levels of ability. As a board member, this issue can be addressed by evaluating school testing data annually to determine which schools are making adequate yearly progress. Secondly, we need to be fiscally respon- A GREAT VALUE!! SPECIAL OFFER Cost includes: NOW OFFERED AT Includes: check belts and hoses, check all fluid levels, change oil and filter, complete chasis lube, rotate tires, inspect brakes, check air conditioner operation, check engine performance, and check transmission operation. VALUED AT $99.95 Up to 5 quarts of oil. Synthetics slightly higher. 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SPINELLI: The top issues are hard to pick, but I would say the small learning communities and making sure they are implemented properly this year, removing block schedules as I requested last year, and also removing advocacy classes to make this program work. I also think that the problem in one of our middle schools with discipline needs to be resolved. We have met with all of the administrators from the middle schools and they themselves have decided what will work for the schools and what changes need to be made. I think the movement of personnel in the middle schools may help resolve the problem since I truly think it is a personality conflict between the adults. The last is in the next year we will be losing some great employees. It will be very hard to fill the voids. On the up side, it will give us a chance to get new blood and ideas in the district and reshape it to meet the future needs of our children. I look forward to the challenge. Do you think school board elections should be moved from April to November? Why or why not? DIGIORGIO: It saves money and will increase voter participation and turnout. I think we should have all elections in November, it makes for a more efficient and effective process for all. FANUCCI: No. By keeping the board elections in April you are able to keep them 10 PACK MOVIE RENTAL PACKAGE *Prepay 10 overnight movie rentals for just $20 Take them anytime…one at a time or up to 3 at once, bring them back the next day and save $10 off of our regular individual rental rates. Present this coupon and get a bonus movie rental free with purchase of 10 pack for a total of 11 movie rentals! 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School board candidates would most certainly become aligned with certain political ambitions. I would support the move, as I believe there’s a greater public good achieved with increased public participation. PETRONGLO: I am not in favor of moving school elections to November. Though it would be effective in increasing turnout and lowering costs, a move to November means less reporting of school issues because of the other elections taking place. Having the elections in April means increased attention and coverage. Also, a move to November would make the school board elections more politically oriented and not about the interest of our students. PHILLIPS: A definite yes! In today’s busy world, it is difficult at times for Vineland residents to get out to vote. An Election Day in November for all voting events will enable more people to have a voice in school board elections. SPINELLI: I really do not think it is a good idea because of the political nature of the November elections. I think the school board would be lost in the mix of the republican and democratic moves to get elected, and then it would just go the party line. However, I do understand the cost of the election and this may help with that. What is your philosophy for attaining the best candidates for top administrative posts (including Superintendent) to be vacated during the coming term? DIGIORGIO: My philosophy is that we need to seek candidate(s) who are independent thinkers, who promote accountability and are true leaders. This is an WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Continued on next page Lab Puppies For Sale the grapevine { 11 } 3 girls all black the rest are boys • 5 weeks old, will have shots and worming call for appointment & Prices 856-696-9491 School Board (Continued from previous page) extremely important decision. The School Board and the Superintendent Search Committee will go through a very thorough search process and work diligently to vet each candidate through a thorough examination of their resumes, interviews, site visits, along with seeking the New Jersey School Boards Association’s input as well as the input of the community. The culture of a company and for that manner, a school district and schools, permeates through the organization from the top and filters down. It is crucial that positions be filled with people who know how to manage all aspects of district operations, are honest, accountable, open minded and fair, and passionate about education. FANUCCI: Other than for the superintendant, the district personnel department brings forward candidates for selection by working with a hiring committee. As for the superintendant, the board collectively must set criteria for candidates, then the position will be posted and advertised. We must advertise in various publications to attract potential candidates from all over the country. It is always great when you have a home-grown candidate that fits our needs; however all options must be explored. A fair and equal opportunity must be given to all who apply. MERCOLI: When a position is being vacated, particularly a top administrative position, it is incumbent upon the Board to scrutinize that position’s job description. It is much easier to enforce accountability of the position when it is spelled out to the candidates during the interview and hiring process. I also believe experience in a similar type school district is a real indicator of probable success. I would promote the hiring of the best qualified and experienced individual for the position. PETRONGLO: Only the most qualified candidates should be considered. After their personal, professional, and educational backgrounds have been thoroughly evaluated and examined, I would look at the person’s personality. I believe an educator of that position should be highly charismatic, enthusiastic, caring and dedicated. Times are tough in Vineland and a candidate for an administrative post should be willing to make sacrifices. Only an individual of the highest caliber should be given an administrative post. PHILLIPS: This is an excellent question; and in fact, it’s another reason that I’m running for school board. Never have we been at such an important crossroad of having to replace retiring administrators at many key positions! The leadership of our schools and our district is a vital factor in the key to our success. While I know that we have many positive potential leadership candidates in our district, I feel that we need to broaden our search beyond our own district. Then we need to carefully screen applicants to find the most dynamic, enthusiastic, visionary leaders who can take us to the very highest level. We need to find the real “go-getters” who have proven records of strong, positive leadership. Our leaders must be extremely “tech-savvy” with charismatic, influential personalities. SPINELLI: I think that we need a dynamic individual that has foresight and is strong in delegating authority but also holding those people responsible for their actions. I do not think any one person should be ruled out and that we need to search in southern New Jersey to find someone that understands the problems of the district and not a person who is just going through the area for the term. I also think the person should be willing to accept input from all areas of the educational and local community and attempt to implement the ideas that fit into their vision. As far as the second-tier administration, we are not involved in the interviews for principal and that is by design and the practice of the NJ School Boards. We vote on the recommendation of the superintendent, we have asked in the past for resumes etc. to get a better feel for the person we are being asked to accept. Unfortunately, we have asked and been turned down to be in the interview. I would love to be involved and look for responsible people who understand their mission and are willing to follow the plan of the district. How will you deal with declining state funds overall, and also as it pertains to the Abbott districts? DIGIORGIO: We are all facing difficult economic times, and as a school district, we must do our part to operate in the most cost-effective manner. We must continually lobby the state for adequate funding. Under the circumstances and given the economic forecasts coupled with uncertainty of available support from the state, we must review all aspects of the operating budget to determine where costs can be reduced. Although the message sent by administrators that the budget is lean, the administration must reduce the budget wherever it can without impacting the education of our students. Costs can only be cut or reduced so much. However, the Abbott Districts are in the Corzine administration’s bulls-eye. As a district in need, Abbott funding was not supposed to last forever. The new funding formula provides for flat funding and a Take advantage of the lowest rates in 37 years! Newfield National Bank offers various mortgage options along with knowledgeable professionals for a stress-free experience. { 12 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 Dial 1-800-690-3440 extension 1107 or 1108 to talk to your hometown mortgage professional. Member FDIC Mortgage Center 12 North West Blvd., Newfield NJ 08344 1-800-690-3440 x1107 or 1108 www.newfieldbank.com small opportunity for short-term supplemental aid. The new law also provides for “fair share” contributions from property taxes and establishes an “adequacy budget” for each district. The expected increases may not cover the costs. The long-term result will be less money and an unavoidable increase in property taxes. As a district, we may have to sacrifice and work harder to make the budget work. We must be ready because the funding formula is going to force this district to change. The administration, the employee unions, staff and the community must all have realistic expectations of what is achievable and what will be required. The reality is that costs, for the most part, go in one direction, and future funding may not keep pace with the increase. If we do not take action and work together now, school taxes will reflect that direction in the long term. We also must evaluate and make sure that funds are being spent where they are needed and to eliminate any wasteful spending. I think people are realistic and would embrace increases if they are shown that all options were looked at to deliver cost-effective and purposeful education measures that deliver positive results. FANUCCI: We should examine our budget carefully to be sure every dollar is being spent appropriately. We also should explore every possible energy-saving alternative, seek out every dollar available through grants, and consider business partnerships that may generate additional revenue. MERCOLI: Part of my answer was in a previous question but I will elaborate further. The districts are being asked to do more with less. This is a tag line in almost every Governor Corzine speech. The State, through legislation and regulation, has restricted the growth of school budgets. No budget can grow beyond 4 percent from year to year without Commissioner intervention. This also applies to the tax levy. This will be an issue for Vineland. Without a whole lot of discretionary spending in the budget, it will be a difficult problem for this Board. Anyone telling you that cutting administrators, supplies or facility maintenance to preserve serious staffing cuts is selling “snake oil.” The real solution is finding a new source of revenue, participating in cooperative efforts with municipal and county organizations, as well as possible renting out existing abandoned school buildings. Utilizing the new district kitchen at Wallace school to produce school meals in neighboring school districts [could] also be a re-occurring source of revenue. The kitchen operates at 50 percent capacity now while serving Vineland’s 19 schools. These are just ideas without specific knowledge of Vineland’s budget and revenue streams, which I would evaluate further. PETRONGLO: The State of New Jersey is, at best unreliable and highly irresponsible, especially when it comes to our tax dollars. With state funds declining and the prospect of higher taxes on the horizon, I would consider a collaborative approach. As I said earlier, I am a true believer in teamwork. I believe that in order to control the taxes in Vineland, cuts must and will be made. In making the cuts, however, I would make sure that the many educators of this district have some sort of say. The cuts that are made must not directly affect our students. They are the future of Vineland and to hack at their funding is hacking at the future of our great city. PHILLIPS: As a Principal, I had first-hand experience with budgeting. I served as a Principal during the pre-Abbott era where money was very tight, and we had to run our schools on a limited shoestring. I was also a Principal when the Abbott ruling took effect and we had an extra $10 million to immediately spend. At that time, each principal began the enormous task of building a school budget—line by line. We became “accountants” overnight in learning this process. The years directly after this infusion brought more and more money as we were told to build our site-based budgets based on what we needed—without a monetary limit! Then came the last few years where funding became limited. We were given the grueling task of cutting these budgets by 3%, 5% or even 7%. It was very hard, but not impossible, to reduce a budget within the percentages given. After all the cuts, the school budgets at the current time are “bare bones budgets.” We need to analyze all areas of the district budget and work as a team to suggest areas which could be reduced without hurting our kids. We need to continue budgeting as a “non-Abbott” district in order to live within our means. SPINELLI: I have already dealt with it for the past three years. I have been on finance since I got on the board. We have cut nearly 37 million dollars in the first two years. This past year we came in with a no-tax increase budget and through attrition and increased city tax revenue due to new business and housing kept the tax rate the same. When you are in our situation, there is nothing that is untouchable and everything is on the table for discussion to cut or consolidate. We have a great accounting department and they help us get through the process on a weekly basis. I think it will be safe to say that we will never get supplemental funding from the state. It was pretty clear that within the next three years, Abbott funds are done. We will still get state aid and will have to see how much that entails. It may be exactly what we get presently. I Graduate With Style… Unique Rings For a Unique You. 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The Youth of the Year program recognizes outstanding effort and contributions by a member to their family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as having overcome personal challenges and obstacles. Birmingham is a role model for her peers and younger family members. A junior at Vineland High School where she has achieved a 3.6 GPA, she is very determined in keeping her life on a positive track and volunteers extensively at the Club and for the community. Ashley would like to attend Cumberland County College and major in Performing Arts with a minor in Education. She has aspirations of being on Broadway Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1982. Having served as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 1997-98, Greenblatt presently heads the Vineland firm of Greenblatt & Laube, P.C. Greenblatt currently serves on the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Greenblatt Honored Vineland lawyer, Jay H. Greenblatt has been designated one of the top 100 lawyers in New Jersey according to the point totals in the 2009 New Jersey Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review program, published in the April issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine. After graduating from The Peddie School, the University of Miami and the University of Miami School of Law, Greenblatt served in the U.S. military and entered the practice of law in New Jersey in 1963. Admitted to practice before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, Greenblatt was certified as a Civil Proud Brothers Damon & Dillon welcome Baby Sister “Layla Bug” Layla Maria Tara Gant born January 29, 2009 6 lbs., 15 oz. Parents: Jerry Gant & Pamela Ashmen of Vineland Seals at Nationals The YMCA of Vineland Seals swim team traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to compete in the SunKissed Junior and Senior Swimming Championship of the U.S.A. The meet is conducted over a fourday prelim and final format with two age group divisions for boys and girls. . Day 1: Jeannie Weaver and Rachel DeSantis swam the 1,000 yard freestyle, both recording personal best times. The 200 medley relays were next and the two senior boys relay teams surpassed their relay goals. Chris Morris, Jake Taylor, Jerry Capriotti, and Mike Oliva swam a 1:41.58 and the second relay team consisting of Stephen Hartman, Michael Smart, Troy Cervini, and Robby Moorhouse also recorded a personal best time. Day 2: It was a big day for junior girl swimmer Courtney Middleton, as she made it back to finals in the 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle, and 100 butterfly. She placed 8th in the 100 breaststroke, 1:15.22, 6th in the 200 freestyle, 2:06.34, and in her final race of the evening she placed 3rd in the 100 butterfly with a last half of the race dash to the finish. Corryn Rivera, Ashley Juzwiak, Jordan Hess, and Shannon Dougherty all dropped time in the 100 breaststroke. Mike Oliva discovered he was not just a freestyler, but also a breaststroker. He made it back to finals in the 100 breaststroke swimming a 1:04.90. Robbie Moorhouse also dropped time in the 100 breaststroke. Victoria Moorhouse made in back to finals in the 200 freestyle, placing 5th and breaking a team record with a time of 1:55.36. CJ Tarquinio shaved off time in the 200 freestyle. Troy Cervini also recorded a personal best in the 200 freestyle. Jerry Capriotti went on to swim a 55.56 in the 100 butterfly during finals. Danielle Sileo took off 3 seconds in the 200 freestyle to begin her first swim at this national meet. In photo: Victoria Moorhouse and Courtney Middleton. Courtney placed 3rd in the 100 butterfly and Victoria placed 5th in the 200 freestyle and broke a team record. Princess Party { 18 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 The South Jersey Healthcare Auxiliary hosted its annual Princess Party at SJH Fitness Connection. Morning and afternoon parties entertained 100 princesses from ages 2-6 with parents and grandparents. The girls had the opportunity to dress up and be treated like royalty while raising more than $2,000 to support the SJH Foundation. Lisa Taylor from Party Works provided key elements of the party, including Disney princesses. Taylor has been assisting with the event since it began in 2005. DAR Kontes Honored The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) have honored Valerie Stevens Kontes for her years of dedicated volunteer work. Jack Gebhart, state vice president of the New Jersey Society of the SAR presented a certificate and medal of appreciation. Kontes, a Vineland resident, joined the DAR (Daughters of the Americna Revolution) in 1982 after a long and frustrating search for her family history. “As a very young child.” said Kontes,“ my father showed me a relative’s obituary. It was written when New Yoirk was called New Amsterdam (renamed by the British in 1664). It was then that I resolved to trace my family heritage,” Select from over 300 Pieces to Create Your Own Masterpiece Y Strong Breakfast The YMCA of Vineland sponsored a breakfast to kick off its annual Strong Kids Campaign. The event was hosted by the Y’s Board of Directors and held at the YMCA. Strong Kids Campaign is one of the organization’s primary fundraising efforts. The breakfast featured bagels donated by Bagel University and coffee donated by the Savoy Inn. The goal for this year’s Strong Kids Campaign is $80,000. For information or to make a donation, call 691-0030, ext. 105. Pictured at the breakfast from left: Four YMCA Board of Directors members Ron Rossi, president; Peter Galetto, Jr.; Tom Merighi, vice president; and Marty Reiff. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | At LaTorre Hardware A “Paint Your Own” Pottery Studio Surprise Mom for Mother’s Day Make a personalized gift she will LOVE! Sign up for Mother’s Day Class on April 25, @ 10:00am for more details call Carmie or Robin 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 4. 1607 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360 856-691-3637 Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 6pm • Thursday 12 – 8pm Friday 12 Noon – 6pm • Saturday 10am – 4pm • Closed Sunday & Monday. the grapevine { 19 } www.carmiespotterypaintworks.com I Downtown Vineland { TODD NOON, EXEC. DIR., VDID/MAIN STREET } After the Assessment There’s no resting on laurels: It’s a good time to set new goals and keep the momentum going. he Downtown Assessment Resource Team, as I wrote here last week, gave us plenty of reasons to feel proud, but they also left us with some challenges. I look upon these challenges as goals—many of which are ongoing initiatives in which we are currently engaged and on which we will continue to build. Overall, we have to keep the momentum and the quality of our leadership. Success is good, but then you need to work harder to maintain it. We are also going to reach out more to downtown property owners—engaging them in a dialogue—and to the representatives of the diverse cultures that make up our population. We aim to let you know more T about the progress we are making—through the news media, City Council meetings, media advertising, and other means. Tying all of this together is the strategic goal that we set for ourselves, and which govern the actions of all our committees. From the standpoint of our downtown’s physical appearance, we are going to continue with façade improvements. As we take a closer look at our parking and landscaping needs, we will be addressing wayfinding—making it easier for people to find their way to where they want to go. Downtown housing is another important challenge—how to effectively utilize the housing that is above our downtown retail space. We are also looking at the set-up of our festivals and events to make them more business-friendly. And as our Restaurant Row initiative and the Landis Theatre redevelopment help to change the face of downtown Vineland, we will be lauding those successes. From the standpoint of Economic Restructuring, we will continue to work to get downtown businesses more involved with our programs, events, and initiatives. We will work to spread more information to our culturally diverse population in a bilingual format so they know what is going on and what services are available. We want to make it easier for property owners to work with us to get a new tenant in and open for business. The property owner can send the new business to us and we will work with them to get them on their way. Our Promotions Committee will be working to keep enthusiasm high and downtown events fresh. These events bring thousands of people to Landis Avenue, but we must show merchants how they can buy in and profit from them. Also, what kinds of retail events are feasible? We need to evaluate our events and make adjustments where they are needed. For the future, we will see when we need to incorporate new niches and initiatives into our promotional efforts as well as to create new sponsor partnerships. In short, we want to give people reasons to take advantage of what is local—for entertainment, recreation, and shopping. These are the challenges that have been set for us and the goals that we are working on reaching. This process is a partnership between us and many others—City government, other agencies, businesses, property owners, other downtown stakeholders, and— especially—you. Your support, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to help us as a volunteer or supporter will turn these challenges into achievements. *** I also wrote last week that I would say more about our Volunteer Recognition Lunch on April 4 at Bain’s Deli. As I told the volunteers then, I like the event because it is one of those friendly functions that is full of good cheer and allows us to give recognition for work well done and have a laugh or two. I want to thank all the staff of Bain’s Deli for the work they did to make us feel at home. I For more information on all VDID/Main Street Vineland events and activities, call the office at 794-8653 or visit www.mainstreetvineland.org. ATTENTION Vineland Residents Do You Have Junk Vehicles On Your Property? The City of Vineland is initiating a program to address the growing problem of disabled, abandoned, and/or unregistered vehicles on private property. In addition to being an eyesore, these vehicles have the potential to leak gasoline, oils, transmission fluid and antifreeze onto the ground, causing environmental problems and general blight. In addition, the City of Vineland Code prohibits the storage of abandoned or unregistered vehicles on properties. City Code Enforcement staff are coducting neighborhood inspections throughout the City to identify properties with disabled/abandoned vehicles. The owners of these properties will receive notices from City staff requiring removal of the vehicle(s) from their property within 15 days. Property owners will also receive information regarding options to have the disabled/abandoned vehicles removed from their property at no cost. Our goal through this program is to provide convenient remedies for the affected individuals while improving the quality of life for all City residents. 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? You can start to do something about it by ridding yourself of the toxic products currently in your household that are — at this very moment — affecting you and your children. The solution is . . . Go Green! { 20 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 Create a healthier, safer place to live with our organic and natural product lines. Let us show you how to convert your household to a safer, non-toxic environment and help protect your health using less expensive, higher quality products. Your family is worth it. Any questions concerning the program should be addressed to Department of Licenses and Inspections, Code Enforcement Division, 856-794-3806. This program is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you like the idea, give us a call for more info. 877-460-1969 Be sure to mention that you saw it in The Grapevine. I Historical Vineland { VINCE FARINACCIO } A College is Born days later, it was determined that the paving would be completed in mid-November, a month into the semester. During that interim, students would have to brave the mud. On the night of October 3, a weeklong Cumberland’s was the first county college in orientation program began with a dinner for New Jersey to open on its own campus. faculty and trustees at the White Sparrow Restaurant. The next day, Cumberland he weeks leading up to the September 27. Because the college facilities County College President Dr. William J. October 17, 1966, opening of were still in the final stages of completion, Sample addressed his faculty at the first oriCumberland County College were other establishments in Vineland and entation session at Vineland’s First hectic for the institution’s admin- Millville donated the use of buildings for Methodist Church auditorium at Seventh istration, faculty and prospective students, various functions. For registration, on Street and Landis Avenue. Sample, with and for Vineland as well. September 28 and 29, students reported to considerable experience as an education Twenty-seven instructors and administhe Benjamin Corson Fellowship Hall at the professor at Monmouth College, reported trators had been hired by the college as of Trinity Methodist Church on Second Street that while the library and student activities September. While 16 of those recruited were in Millville in order to pay tuition, receive building was 75 percent complete, the acafrom New Jersey, the remainder came from parking permits and academic forms, and demic, industrial and administrative buildaround the country, traveling from locations meet with advisors about classes. By the end ings were well over 90 percent finished with as far away as California, Wisconsin and of the week, the college had 328 full-time less than two weeks until the start of school. Mississippi to settle in the Vineland area and 16 part-time students enrolled. Of those Faculty sessions continued into the next and start a new job at a newly established who signed up for courses, 275 were week following a Sunday reception at the two-year college. The Times Journal report- Cumberland County residents and the stuhome of Mrs. Adam Massey of Millville. On ed that a number of spouses of CCC dent body ranged from ages 18 to 55. October 16, Sample hosted a reception for employees were obtaining education posiIt was reported on September 30 that students and their parents on the Prudential tions in Vineland High’s guidance departcontract problems had developed over the Insurance Company lawn in Millville. By 7 ment and on Cunningham School’s faculty. paving of roadways around the buildings on a.m. the next morning, the first student had Students began registering for classes on the 75-acre Sherman Avenue site. Several arrived for class. While the students and fac- T ulty would have to adjust to the roar of construction work through the opening week, the ribbon-cutting exercise just before 8 a.m. on October 17 made history by establishing the first county college in New Jersey to open on its own campus. The original complex contained a total of 19 classrooms. In October 1969, bolstered by the success of Cumberland County College, some residents felt that this area should be considered for a new four-year state college. These Vinelanders argued that the proposed site of the college was ill-advised and would better serve southern New Jersey if it were to be located in Cumberland County. Even when told at a public meeting that another county had been the only one considered for the project, Cumberland County Freeholder Charles Scarani read a resolution from the Board of Freeholders requesting that the new school be placed closer to Cumberland County College. At the same gathering, a Vineland “Committee of 50” addressed the advantages offered by building the new facility here, but the arguments went unheeded and changed nothing. Today, it’s difficult to imagine Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Vineland. I The Grapevine’s Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1. Garotte 6. Emotion caused by guilt 11. Trout catching gear 14. Goblin 15. Italian cathedral 16. Before 18. In a way, barked 21. Crinkled cabbage 23. French young women 25. Undone 26. Foot coverings 28. Reconnoitered 29. Practices 31. Volt-ampere 34. The space above the ground 35. CNN’s founder 36. Academic terms 39. Breed of sheep 40. Auspices 44. Gets up 45. Helper 47. Donate income regularly 48. Goldman ____, Investment Bank 50. A citizen of Thailand 51. Transient cessation of respiration 56. Old world, new 57. Witherspoon movie 62. Dolefully 63. Emblem or insignia DOWN 1. Greek prophetesses 2. Atomic #55 3. Blood factor 4. Furnish with help 5. Large African antelope 6. Immediate memory 7. Vietnamese currency unit 8. Carrier invention (abbr.) 9. Finnish monetary unit (abbr.) 10. Raised 11. Beer froth 12. Don’t stay 13. Wears away 14. Halfback 17. In a way, looked 19. ___cution: art of speaking 20. Month 21. Disrespectful laugh 22. Make somebody laugh 24. Swedish krona 25. Fiddler crabs Solution to last week’s puzzle WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | 27. Chairs or benches 28. Junipero: C.A. Father 30. Go quickly 31. Truths 32. Orthodox Anabaptist sect 33. Actress Zellweger 36. Consecutive 37. Distress signal 38. Very large body of water 39. Free of gloss 41. World data organization, (abbr.) 42. Actress Lupino 43. S.C. was first to do this 46. 1st president of So. Korea 49. Atomic #21 51. Every 52. Double over (cloth) 53. Empire state 54. Outward flow of the tide 55. Wing of an insect 58. 4th state (abbr.) 59. Not B.C. 60. Overdose 61. Dog Whisperer channel the grapevine { 21 } I Culinary Adventures { STEPHEN WILSON / PHOTOS: JILL MCCLENNEN} In Season: Broccoli Rabe The locally grown, sometimes wild, veggie can be frozen and used in a variety of dishes all year long. roccoli rabe season sneaked up on us this year. My mother-in-law Paula called me at the bakery to say she had driven by our secret stash of wild broccoli rabe and that it was ready to harvest. She even saw a few patches of yellow sprinkled throughout the field, which meant some of the plants were ready to go to seed. At that point, the flavor drops and toughness increases. Ideally, one would want to harvest just before this point, so it was time to go! A few days later, Jill went with Brittany and our friend Kindra to harvest the wild broccoli rabe. They returned a few hours later with eight plastic grocery bags full of the wild greens. Now the hard part began. In order to pre- B serve the wild bitter greens for future use, they needed to be cleaned, blanched in salted boiling water, and put into freezer bags. Paula took one bag, and Grandmom took two. We went to the bakery to process our haul, because it’s easier to clean the greens in a professional kitchen. The process was easy but time consuming. We put a big pot of water on the fire, then set to preparing the greens. We then went through each bag and filtered out all of the weeds, wild onion, grass, etc. We also removed any yellow or wilted pieces of broccoli rabe. We proceeded to cut the greens into smallish, bite-sized pieces. The thicker stalks were split in half (so that they would cook at A perk of being on the staff at The Sweet Life Bakery is sometimes being treated to a nutritious lunch. Here, the gang enjoys pizza with broccoli rabe as the main topping. about the same rate) and then everything (stalks, leaves, flower buds) was put into a bucket. Into the bucket went copious amounts of cold water to wash the dirt from the greens. We filled the bucket up until the greens were covered and then used our hands to plunge the greens into the water. The greens were then scooped out by hand into a colander to drain. We didn’t want to pour the bucket over the colander, because the dirt would have simply fallen right back onto the broccoli rabe. FREE SOFT SERVE Reg. 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Chuck Boone Band Saturday, April 25 Everyone’s Favorite… Summer Salad! Crisp greens, tossed with dried cranberries, walnuts, fresh strawberries in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Salad: $6.99 w/chicken $9.99 • w/shrimp $12.99 The Above Salads are available April 1st thru August 31st! 20 South 6th Street, Vineland, NJ 08360 P (856) 690-1777 F (856) 690-1677 (609)476-3611 www.donkeyscheesteak.com Open 6 days 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Monday Fresh Blueberry BUY ONE Pancakes availab le! BREAKFAST GET ONE FREE! Saturdays and Sundays Exp. 5/3/09 EATING OUT We repeated the process, washing them a second time (dandelion greens, in comparison, need to be washed three or more times to get all the dirt and sand off ). There was no reason to dry them in a salad spinner, though, because they were going right into the blanching water, which by this time had come to a nice rolling boil. Into the churning, salted water went handful upon handful of broccoli rabe. We wanted to pre-cook the greens until tender so that they could be frozen and finished for later use. After a few minutes of boiling, the water had turned an army-green color and the broccoli rabe was done. Using a long pair of tongs, we removed the greens and placed them into a deep pan to cool. After the greens had cooled to room temperature, we portioned them into quartsized freezer bags, labeled them with masking tape, and basked in the knowledge that we had a whole year’s worth of wild, nutritious, local broccoli rabe in the freezer! So what to do with all of these yummy greens? That question inspired me to commit to a broccoli rabe filled lunch menu for family meals at the bakery this week. The first day, we got some Kaiser rolls from Donkey’s Place and made sandwiches of fried onions, mozzarella cheese, and broccoli rabe. The next day, we had Grandmomstyle egg sandwiches with locally grown eggs, onions, and broccoli rabe, topped with thin slices of white cheddar cheese on crispy whole wheat bread. The following day, we had Puerto Rican pigeon peas over brown rice and broccoli rabe. On Wednesday we had burritos with brown rice, kidney beans, avocado, yogurt, and broccoli rabe wrapped in whole grain tortillas. Thursday, we had whole-wheat rotini pasta tossed in a sauce of olive oil, onions, garlic, Serra sausage, Pecorino cheese, and broccoli rabe. Friday, the broccoli rabe went on pizzas. As you can see, broccoli rabe is very versatile and can be used in almost anything! And considering that this is the first fresh veggie that’s available in our region (asparagus isn’t harvestable yet and dandelion is a bit more limited in its uses), we seriously loaded up. This is what local eating is all about… eating what’s in season because it’s fresh, tasty, nutritious, and sometimes free! I Stephen Wilson along with his wife Jill McClennen owns The Sweet Life Bakery. You may contact him via e-mail at thesweetlifebakery@verizon. 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, 6910909. This breakfast and lunch spot offers a menu of sandwiches named for colleges near and far. 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. Bojo’s Ale House, 222 N. High St., Millville, 327-8011. All food is homemade, including the potato chips. Casa Dori II, Brewster Rd. and Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 794-1888. Authentic Italian, lunch and dinner; catering avail. Continental Room at the Ramada Inn, W. Landis Ave. and Rt. 55, Vineland, 696-3800. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Open to hotel guests and the public. Crust N Krumbs Bakery, Main and Magnolia rds., 690-1200. Cakes, pies, cookies, breads, and doughnuts. Custom wedding cakes, too. Bain’s Deli, 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 5631400. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or take it with you. Daily specials include coffee of Deeks Deli & Kustard Kitchen, 1370 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 691-5438. Call for lunch and dinner the day. specials. Soft ice cream and cakes year-round. Bennigan’s Restaurant, 2196 W. Landis Ave., Mon.-Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Vineland, 205-0010. Entrees, desserts, drink specials. Take-out, too. Happy Hour buffet Mon.- Denny’s, 1001 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 6961900. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Take-out, too. Fri. 3-7 p.m. NFL flat-screen TVs. Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Open 24 hours. Big Apple, 528 N. Harding Hwy., Vineland, 697Kids eat free Tues. and Sat. 5500. Steaks, veal, chicken dishes. Meet friends Dominick’s Pizza, 1768 S. Lincoln Ave., Vineland, at the bar, gather for dinner. Open daily for lunch continued on next page and dinner. Vineland’s 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 www.thesweetlifebakery.com The Sweet Life Bakery was recently named ‘Best Muffins in South Jersey? by SJ Magazine Readers Poll the grapevine { 23 } 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. Eric’s, 98 S. West Ave., Vineland, 205-9800. Greek and American cuisine. Pizza, too. 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 served 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 daily. Italian cuisine, pizza. 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, 694-5700. 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. Kawa Thai & Sushi, 2196 N. Second St. (Rt. 47), Millville, 825-9939. Thai and Japanese cuisine. BYOB. Landicini’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria Landis and Lincoln aves., Vineland, 691-3099. Italian cuisine, gourmet pizza, gourmet salads. Open for lunch and dinner. Larry’s II Restaurant, 907 N. Main Rd., Vineland, 692-9001. Three meals daily. 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. { 24 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 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. Manny & Vic’s, 1687 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland, 696-3100. Daily pizza specials, delivery. Manny’s Pizza, 426 N. High St., Millville, 3275081. Daily pizza specials, delivery. Martino’s Trattoria & Pizzeria, 2614 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 692-4448. 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 Road, Vineland, 6979825. Full bar menu, live entertainment, drink specials. Neptune Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, 1554 South Delsea Drive, Vineland, 692-2800. American cuisine, array of cocktails. Next Oar, 127 N. High St., Millville, 293-1360. 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, 694-0500. Breakfast, lunch, dinner specials; convenient drive-thru, mini-meal specials. Pete’s Pizza, 20 W. Park Ave., Vineland, 2059998. 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, 1022 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. Pizza and gourmet salads. 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, 6918899. 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, 327-0909. 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. I Recipe Corner { LISA ANN DiNUNZIO } Recipe Swap Two recipes to spice up chicken night. reetings! What’s all the clucking about? Well I’ll tell you! This week’s column is all about chicken. Did you know that chicken is not only great tasting and versatile, but that it also has some great health benefits. Chicken is a good source of protein, and contains several vitamins including niacin, selenium and B6. Chicken is a very popular food in this country as well as throughout the world. I personally buy free-range or organic chicken, it’s available in many supermarkets and health stores. Roasted, grilled, baked or broiled chicken makes a delicious, flavorful and nutritious addition to a meal. The following recipe and story is shared by Carolyn Gambino. Carolyn writes: “This is a tasty and easy family favorite recipe, Hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. It’s perfect any day of the week!” sday Thur -11pm e -8 4/23 Challeng rivia Specials T k Drin rizes P Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11am–2am Saturday 12pm–2am Sunday 8am–2am BREAKFAST Sundays 8am-2pm Seniors 10% Off Frid Nighay DJ H t N enry o Co ver G is thoroughly cooked, approximately 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving. Serves 4. The following recipe and story is shared by Marc Torres. Mark writes: “My family loves this chicken recipe. I came across it several years ago and changed a few of the ingredients. Sharing it in hopes that others will give it a try.” Daily $2 Beer Specials 2 New 50″ TVs! Come watch your sports events! 408 Wheat Rd., Vineland (856) 697-9825 ge 2 Lar as Pizz .50 $ 17 Spicy Honey Orange Chicken 1/4 cup honey 2 tbs. frozen orange juice concentrate 1 tsp. grated orange zest 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 tbs. butter 1/2 tsp. canola oil We Deliver! Daily Specials! $ 1 00 OFF Party Tray Pizza Expires 4/31/09 Manny & Vic’s Pizzeria 1687 N. Delsea Dr., Vineland (856) 696-3100 Lemon Chicken 2 tbs. flour ¼ tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 cup chicken broth 4 tbs. margarine or butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely minced 2-3 tbs. fresh lemon juice 1 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped (optional) In a bowl, combine honey, juice concentrate, orange zest, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. In large non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook about 4 minutes until seared. Turn chicken, cook another 4 minutes until just cooked through and juices run clear. Pour honey mixture over chicken and cook, turning chicken to coat as sauce begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Serve chicken breasts with honey-orange glaze spooned over the top. As always, from my kitchen to yours, Bon Appetit! 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In same skillet, melt remaining 2 tablespoons of margarine or butter over medium-high heat and sauté onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chopped garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the lemon juice and cook for another minute, add reserved broth mixture and bring to a boil. Return chicken and chicken juices to the skillet and simmer uncovered until chicken Grapevine Special 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. $9 Regularly $12 1ST ANNUAL POLISH DINNER Knights of Columbus #2531 Home Association Polish National Alliance Lodge #3106 Sunday, April 26, 2009 12 Noon – 4:00 pm $9 In Service to One, In Service to All Borsch Soup with Russian Pelmeny (Tortellini) & Dozen Kruschicki Cookies EXTRA CHARGE 4 Pierogi, 2 Golabki and Kielbasa with Sauerkraut (Polish Ravioli) (Stuffed Cabbage) (Polish Sausage) Knights of Columbus Hall 1803 N. East Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360 Call Albert (856) 794-3884 for more information. Mail checks payable to “Knights of Columbus” today to purchase your $9 tickets (Grapevine Special) in advance. Send checks to the address below. Only 50 tickets will be sold at the door for $12 each! Supporting Poland’s Independence & Culture the grapevine { 25 } Mailing Address PO BOX 72 Vineland, NJ 08362-0072 TAKE-OUT Please purchase tickets early. Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door EAT-IN I COMMUNITY CALENDAR HAPPENINGS FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Home School Activity. Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. A nature slide program, a spring walk, and a craft. 1 p.m. and College Dr. Workshops on the seven hottest career fields in Cumberland County, as noted by the state Department of Labor. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free event, but registration required at www.cccnj.edu or 451-8920. 25 vendors will offer complimentary information about health and safety topics. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free, no registration needed. 691-0030. APRIL 23 AND 24 AARP Driver Safety Program. Vineland Fiorili Senior Center, Sixth and Elmer sts. $14 fee. Register in advance. 453-2223. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Friday Night Christian Coffehouse. Trinity Bible Church, 4630 Mays Landing Rd. Basketball, ping-pong, karaoke, video games, billiards, board games. 7 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Benefit for Paul Kates. Cumberland Christian School, W. Sherman Ave. 6 p.m. Tickets $10. Comedian, Gordon Douglas, silent auction and bake sale 498-3709 (evening), or 825-0700 (daytime). Kates was injured in a bicycle accident in October 2008 and now requires 24/7 care from a home health aid, which is not covered by insurance. Monetary donations can be sent to JoAnn Kates c/o Jacob & Chiarello, LLC 600 W. Main St., P Box 429, Millville, NJ 08332. .O. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Rattlesnake Program. Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Presenter is Bob Brewer of Bridgeton. 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Career and Education Resource Expo. Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. Healthy Family Community Day. YMCA of Vineland, 1159 E. Landis Ave. Fun, food, entertainment, and education. More than SATURDAY, APRIL 25 All Sports Booster Dinner Dance. North Italy Hall, Eighth St. and Verona Ln. Catered buffet, entertainment by the Secret HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS may want to enter the 2009 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) has announced that his office accepting submissions from high school artists across southern New Jersey. All submissions are due to the Congressman’s Mays Landing office by Friday, April 24. The winning submission, announced May 15, will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol, which is part of the main tour route of visitors to Capitol Hill. The second and third place submissions will be displayed in the Congressman’s D.C. and Mays Landing offices, respectively. Interested applicants can find complete details regarding the competition available at the Congressman’s official website – http://www.house.gov/lobiondo/ – or by calling his Mays Landing office at 609-625-5008. SUNDAY, MAY 3 SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Day. City of Millville Streets and Roads Complex, Ware Ave., Millville. County residents may dispose of household-generated hazardous waste and electronics. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 8253700. SOME 400 JOBS are being made available through the county’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Cumberland County Freeholder Director Louis N. Magazzu announced that nearly $1.2 million of federal stimulus money has been secured to fund the jobs program. Applications are available at area high schools, the Vineland Adult Education Center, Bethel Development Corporation, PathStone, Tri-County CAP, Cumberland County College and the Cumberland County TEC. For more information, call 696-5660, ext. 204. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 NJ FamilyCare Day. SJH Bridgeton Health Center 333 Irving Ave., Bridgeton. Parents and guardians may apply for free or lowcost health insurance. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments and free pictures with Dora and Diego. Free parking. (Bring proof total monthly household income before taxes from wages and all other sources, SSN, and letter you received when your health insurance ended.) VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 2009 CHALLENGER Little League are needed. If you would like to assist the players during the game, contact Joe Delgado at 609-381-0450 or Lou Tramontana at 856-691-2442 or go to www.vinelandrotary.com. THE BIG LEAGUE DIVISION of the North Vineland Little League is accepting registrations until May 15 for players ages 16 through 18. Call 794-8806 if interested in playing or managing a team in this division. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Birding Workshop. Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Get to know or reacquaint yourself with spring migraters. For children as well as adults. 9:30 a.m. Free. A CASH AWARD OF UP TO $5,000 is being offered by The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any one involved in the recent bomb threats at the Cumberland County Court House. Freeholder Director Louis N. Magazzu firmly encourages members of the public who may have information to call the County’s Sheriff Department at (856) 451-4449, ext. 101. SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Newfield Sportsmen’s Club Venison Breakfast. North Italy Club, Eighth St. and Verona Ln. 7;30- a.m-noon. $8. { 26 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 GREAT WORKOUTS AND INDOOR SWIMMING are now possible at the YMCA of Vineland, free of charge, to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey members. Families who are not or have not been YMCA members in the past year are qualified to receive the free one-month membership. Horizon BCBSNJ members can simply show their ID Card and bring the offer coupon located on the following web site to the YMCA of Vineland to receive a free month of membership: www.Horzionblue.Com/YMCA. DIGIKIDS®, A CHILD ID PROGRAM, will be offered by Sweetpea’s Children’s Shoppe (2757 S. Main Road) will be hosting on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. DIGIKIDS® offers a child safety CD that allows parents to quickly provide law enforcement officials, the media, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and other agencies with two high-resolution digital photos along with medical and identifying information to aid in recovery efforts. The cost for 1 ID is $15, additional copies are also available for another parent, grandparent or caregiver for a minimal cost. Appointments are recommended. For further information: www.digikids-id.com or call Sweetpea’s at 213-6739. SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Cumberland SPCA Step-for-a-Pet Walk. Parvin State Park Beach Front, Pittsgrove. Walk to help raise money for homeless animals. Great prizes, spring pet photos, musical entertainment, free refreshments, shelter dogs available for adoption. 9 a.m.-noon. $10 fee for walkers, pets and kids free. Registration 9 a.m. Rain date April 26. 691-1500 ext. 17. Walk MS. Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the walks and runs kick off at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, call 1-800883-WALK or go to www.walk4ms.org. Wade Brody is always walking the Walk to support the National MS Society. As planning team chairman for the Walk MS: Vineland site at Parvin State Park and a Walk MS team captain, Brody says he has helped raise $2.5 million to create a world free of MS over the past 11 years. “Wade is an inspiration for people who live in this community,” said Amy Peters, development manager for the National MS Society’s Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. “This site would not be as successful as it is, if not for Wade and his family. The Parvin State Park site draws about 400 walkers and annually raises about $55,000. In 2009, about 80 of those walkers will participate as part of Team Brody. N.J. Sen. Jeff Van Drew will attend the event to meet walkers and kick off Walk MS. Brody promotes the walk everywhere he goes, soliciting sponsorships and food donations and recruiting walkers. He never stops, Peters said, recalling times when he has called to report new sponsorships from his hospital bed. “I just want to be part of the cure for MS,” Brody said. “It means the world to me.” MONDAY, APRIL 20 NAMI Cumberland County Meeting. Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave. National Alliance on Mental Illness holds its monthly business/support group meeting. 7-9 p.m. 794-9987. SEND US YOUR EVENT NOTICES. We want to help you publicize your events. Send them to us at the address listed on page 4. Service band, and an auction. A cash bar is available. Proceeds will help fund the club’s June banquet to honor senior scholar/athletes and provide scholarships. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $35. 696-0954. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Breakfast with the Characters. Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. Children of all ages are invited to have breakfast from with Mrs. Potts, Belle, the Beast, Lumiere (pictured), Cogsworth, Gaston, and the rest of the cast of CCC’s stage production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Pictures and autographs, too. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 per person. 692-8499. See Entertainment page for show details. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 The Ladybug Tree Day. Magnolia Hills Studio, 1425 Magnolia Rd. Celebrate the environmental benefits of ladybugs and trees, explore eco-friendly choices. Pre-registration necessary. 1-4 p.m. Kids $5, families $9. Adults free. 981-0418. Varicose • SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Little Folks Festival. Dallago Preschool, 240 S. Sixth St. Get a free ID kit, complete with photo, fingerprints (provided by Vineland and Millville Police departments) and a data booklet for recording descriptive details about your child. 9:30- noon. Veins? Reach Out To The Most Qualified Specialist Minimally Invasive Insurance covered and WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Run for Aaron 5K/1 Mi. 4680 Dante Ave. Registration 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m. All age groups. Scholarships awarded to graduating area seniors. $25 per runner, $50 per family for the 5K and $20/$40. 825-5228 or www.runforaron.com. 30 min. Office Treatment Free Vein Screening Call to schedule an appointment • Featured on SATURDAY, APRIL 25 5-Mile Blanket Walk. Landis Park, tkttktk. Proceeds will benefit SJH Foundation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Fedup-4u. The event will urge youth to be gang- and drugfree. 364-8103. Charles L. Dietzek, D.O., FACOS Raymond S. Wojtalik, M.D., FACS SATURDAY, MAY 2 Get To Know Joe! Body Benefits, Lincoln Plaza, E. Landis and Lincoln aves. Learn about Pilates (Joe Pilates is the founder), free mat class, apparatus demo, light snacks. 10 a.m. Voorhees • Sewell • Vineland 856.309.VEIN (8346) Specializing in spider and varicose vein treatment SUNDAY, MAY 10 Run for Barb. Cumberland County College, 3322 College Dr. a Mother’s Day 5K run/walk to raise awareness of domestic violence. The event will begin at 9 a.m. An entry and pledge form is available at www.vineland.org/pr/public/rfbform. Visit www.Lmsports.com or contact Bruce Wilson wilsonb@sjhs.com. the grapevine { 27 } 2950 College Dr., Suite 2B, Vineland • www.VeinVascular.com Save Time & Money! Vineland’s Premier Car Wash Offers To You: EXPRESS WASH Only $6.00 to get the dirt off!! No Waiting for vacuum customers… Stay in your car!! 2611 S. Main Rd., Vineland Gift Books Available! I Entertainment FUEL HOUSE ART, POETRY ON HIGH, RUNDGREN AT HANGAR 84, AND ROTARIANS TAKE TO THE STAGE. (Between Grant & Sherman) SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Dan Barry. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Original music, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Savoy Unplugged: Frank Camparri. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. V o te “ B e s t od # 1 f Be 2 0 0 8 s t” SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Doris Botts and Denise Gray Exhibits. Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 794-4244. Reception 2-4 p.m. GVSW 10% OFF Any Full-Service Wash SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Todd Rundgren “Arena” Tour. Hangar with this ad. Exp. 4/30/09 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. 6 p.m. $30$35 (frontgatetickets.com). FRIDAY, APRIL 17 An Evening of Art, Music, Wine and Cheese. Fuel House Coffee Co. (at Bain’s Deli), 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. The venue’s first art show features Vineland artist and musician Joel Howard. Vineland’s newest art gallery has been home to local musicians for the past year and a half and has now opened its walls to artists who wish to showcase their talents. Howard uses mixed media including oil paints, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic and tempra. Artist reception 7–10 p.m. Acoustic music by Joel Howard, Dominick Baruffi, Matthew Hyson, Jeffrey Caldwell and others. A wine and cheese tasting will be offered with a variety of wines featured by Heritage Vineyards. Cover charge of $8 applies, $15 includes cover and wine & cheese tasting. Artists who wish to have their work considered for future shows may contact Fuel House at bookings@fuelhousecoffee.com. Full Service & Self-Service Car Wash Whet Vineland’s Appetite. Get your restaurant noticed by advertising on these dining pages in APRIL 18 AND 19 Murder in the Rehearsal Hall. Women’s Club House, Main Rd. and Washington Ave., Vineland. A play written and directed by Shirley Burke, starring fellow Rotarians. Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. $40 dinner and show, BYOB. 825-8583. APRIL 14 THROUGH 20 Nightlife at Bojo’s. 222 N. High St., Millville, 327-8011. Mon, Tues, Wed: Texas Hold’m. Thurs: Ladies Nite with Charlie Maines. Fri: The Bryer Band. Sat: Dance Party with DJ Chris. Sun: Nascar and Baseball. Eyer Band, 9 p.m., Sat: Joe Kozak, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Tom Moran/Clotworthy . Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./ 7 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Poetry On High. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Hosted by Rita Lyman, featured poet Bob Cook. 2-5 p.m. APRIL 15, 16, 17, 18, AND 21 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, APRIL 17 Mr. GreenGenes. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, E. Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. The perfect party cover band plays all your favorites. 9 p.m. $10. THROUGH APRIL 19 Contemporary Flamework. The Gallery of Fine Craft, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville. Works by Shane Fero, Paul Stankard, and several other glass artists. The work ranges from unique goblets and perfume bottles to oneof-a-kind sculptures. 825-6800, ext. 155. The Grapevine. Every residence in Vineland receives { 28 } the grapevine | APRIL 15, 2009 FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Lights Resolve. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also, Hotspur and The Volunteers. 6 p.m. $10-$12. (frontgatetickets.com). The Grapevine… There’s no better way to draw customers into your establishment! Call today for advertising information: MONDAY, APRIL 20 The Cumberlads Cumberland Manor, 154 Cumberland Dr., Bridgeton. Men’s acappella chorus. 6:30 p.m. APRIL 16 AND 17 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian. FRIDAY, APRIL 17 The Trio. Brainchurch, 129 C N. High St., Millville. Jody Janetta, drums; Paul “Woz” Woznicki, synths/flute; and Steve Testa, bass. 7:30-9:30 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Music Lecture. Millville Public Library, 210 Buck St., Millville. Get answers to any questions you have about classical music; hosted by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. 7-8:30 p.m., free. 451-1169. 856-457-7815 APRIL 16, 17, AND 18 Nightlife at Old Oar House. Old Oar House Brewery, 123 N. High St., Millville, 2931200. Thurs.: Open mic, 9 p.m. Fri.: Danny FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Book Signing. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Author Mae Kent Titanic the Untold Story 6 p.m. Professional Pressure Washing Services THURSDAY, APRIL 23 Shakespeare Festival. VHS South Auditorium, E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. Drama and theatre students add a modern twist. 7 p.m. $1 donation. SATURDAY, MAY 2 Let’s Play. Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Center, Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. and College Dr., Vineland. The concert, conducted by Music Director Jed Gaylin, will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s bold and innovative Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, with Corsican pianist Olivier Cangelosi (pictured) as soloist, and two works by Sergei Prokofiev—A Summer’s Day (Children’s Suite) and one of his bestknown works, the Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical.” The Classical Symphony, written in the style of a symphony of the Classical period, requires an orchestra of supreme virtuosity. 8 p.m. The symphony will be preceded one hour prior to starting time with a “PreConcert Conversation with the Maestro.” Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for those age 55 and over, $15 for students, and $8 for children, and may be ordered by calling the box office at 692-8499. For more information, call the BayAtlantic Symphony at 451-1169 or visit the web site www.bayatlanticsymphony.org. APRIL 23 THROUGH 26 Beauty and the Beast. Guaracini Arts Center, Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. Show stars CCC students, faculty, staff and community members. 8 p.m. first three nights, plus Saturday 2 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets $12/adults, $8/55 plus, $8/under 18. 692-TIXX (8499). Pro Power Residential • Commercial Wash Professional Pressure Washing Services NEW Serving the South Jersey Area FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Adelante. Higher Grounds Coffee House, 21 Rosenhayn Ave. and Pearl St., Bridgeton, 221-3773. Jody Janetta, drums; Paul “Woz” Woznicki, synths/flute; and Steve Testa, bass. and Anthony, drums. 7-10 p.m. Homes • Decks Sidewalks • Boats Tractor Trailer Business Exteriors Mention this ad and receive SPECIAL MAY 1, 2 AND 3 Hansel & Gretel. The Little Theatre, Sherman Ave. and Blvd, Vineland. The Children’s Theatre production of the classic Brother’s Grimm fairytale. Fri and Sat 7 p.m., Sat and Sun 2 p.m. $TK. 10%service OFF any one Call for a FREE ESTIMATE for your home or business SATURDAY, MAY 2 Cumberland County’s Got Talent! Centerton Country Club, Almond Rd., Pittsgrove. Tickets $45 (includes dinner); proceeds benefit Vineland Rotary Charities. Tickets available at Colonial Bank, Century Bank, Dondero Jewelry, and Loyle Lanes. ( 856) 466- 4704 AT THE CASINOS Tickets: 1-800-736-1420; www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. COMEDY & MORE Celebration of the Sixties. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. Comedy Stop at the Trop. Three comedians nightly. Sun.-Thurs., 9 p.m., $23; Fri., 9 and 11:15 p.m., $23; Sat., 9 and 11:15 p.m., $28. Order tickets by phone at the Comedy Stop Box Office: 1877-FUNNY-AC or 609-348-0920. Visit www.comedystop.com. 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FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Lou Neglia’s Ring Of Combat XXIV. Tropicana. 8:30 p.m. $35-$100. REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS The following transactions of $1,000 or more were filed with Cumberland County in the month of March 2009 (transactions may have occurred in an earlier month). Names listed may, in some cases, be those of buyers’ or sellers’ representatives. Real Estate LLC on 3/6/09 for $69,825 40 Tomasello Dr., Sherwood Forest Homes LLC to Damian P Lokuta, Jr. on 3/6/09 for $290,000 13 McNeal St. W., Shore Management Co. of Delaware Valley Inc. to SJP 2 LLC on 3/9/09 for $60,000 317-319 D St., Roy A Epstein (Ptr., TA) to Jeremy Mccoy on 3/9/09 for $100,000 395 Crest Ave., US Home Corp. 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Visit us online www.grapevinenewspaper.com Rundgren Takes to Hangar 84 Arena Fans attending his April 18th show here will be treated to a performance of his Arena album, plus old favorites. n April 18, when Todd Rundgren’s current tour arrives at Vineland’s Hangar 84, it will be a welcomed return to the State of New Jersey. “It’s the old stomping ground,” Rundgren said last week from his hotel room in Birmingham, Alabama. “We always have great shows in Jersey.” For the multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer who grew up just across the Walt Whitman Bridge in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, New Jersey was also home for a short period in the mid-1960s. “I was actually living with a drummer in his parent’s house in New Jersey at the time,” he said. “It was somewhere around, I think, Cherry Hill.” The two musicians would eventually join the Continued on page 21 O Good Egg(s) Connor Morgado, 12-year-old sixth grader at Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, will be at the SPCA on Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11 from noon till 2 p.m. selling his finely crafted spring eggs. He has raised more than $700 for the Canine Hearing Companions over the last few years and this year hopes to raise at least $300 for the SPCA. 9th Anniversary Sale DA HON P 2009 4 DR V CIVIC15,718 $ nd 670 tion a Destinliang charge…..$8,825 hand ……………..$1 88 .. MSRP …………….$16,3 TOTAL.. ¢ 2009 Civic VP 4DR *0.9% APR We Treat You Better…Period 1517 South Delsea Drive, Vineland 856-692-1700 Se Habla Español +1 LEASE FOR $99.00 24/MO. 4 door, 4 cyl., power steering, Auto. trans. power brakes, compact disc, mp3 Compatible, Power windows, Stock # 12588, 24mo. closed end lease, $99.00. 12 k miles per year. 15¢ coverage top $2376, LEVO $11698.50.$3400 Cash orTrade. Tax, Tags, Registration and $97.00 Doc Fee extra. *0% up to 36 months, 3.9% 37-60 months based on super preferred credit through AHFC. BUY FOR $16,388.00 + 1¢ INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLING MEMORY IMPAIRMENT… ARE IN LOVING, HIGHLY TRAINED HANDS WITH OUR WELLSPRING MEMORY CARE PROGRAM. We offer: • A specialized, secured community with outside garden areas • Therapeutic, innovative interventions and programs designed to enhance the resident’s strengths and abilities • Our In Touch specialized staff training program developed by a nationally known dementia expert • Respite/short term stays are offered WITH { 2 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 JUNIPER VILLAGE ALSO OFFERS A SEPARATE ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY ON THE SAME CAMPUS 1640 South Black Horse Pike Williamstown, NJ 08094 www.junipercommunities.com 856.740.4444 { CONTENTS } 1 Rundgren at Hangar 84 The rocker brings his Arena tour to Vineland. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O I Editor’s Letter 4 and 29 In Our Schools 6 Postal Service Woes An update from Vineland’s Postmaster. D O N A L D G . H E R ZO G , J R. Easter Coloring Contest Winners We knew that an Easter coloring contest would be popular. But we had no idea it would be this popular. By the time our entry deadline rolled around on Thursday, our contest sponsors (Landicini’s Family Restaurant and Sweetpea’s Children’s Shoppe) had received a combined total of well over 200 entries. Wow. Special thanks to the teachers at Marie Durand and Notre Dame Regional schools for having their students participate in the contest as a classroom activity. We were dazzled by the creativity, neatness and use of color by the children who entered and we wish we could give away prizes to all who entered. But as the contest rules stated, there could be only one winning entry chosen in each age category. Without further ado, the winning entries were submitted by: Kayla Gannotta, age 4 1/2; Savannah Brown, age 8; and Taylor Iacovelli, age 9. The winners each receive a free large pizza from Landicini’s and a gift certificate from Sweetpea’s. It’s unfortunate that this is a black & white page, because the image scans of our winning entries, shown below, don’t reveal how colorful and well presented the coloring pages are. Nor do these scans show off the “special effects” used by Kayla (cotton glued to the ears of the bunny) and Taylor (glitter was very artfully used). Once again, thanks to all who participated and Happy Easter! Residential & Commercial Service & Installation Heating & Cooling Equipment Hot Water Heaters Water/Sewer Underground Piping Sewer Drain Cleaning 7 8 Living in 2009 It’s much different than even a decade ago. DEBORAH A. EIN Push for a Community College Keeping students in state was an objective. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O 10 12 14 Business Bright Spots The Report Card Serving Vineland for over 100 years! The MainStreet Program gets a thumbs-up. TO D D N O O N The School Budget A presentation of the 2009-10 School budget. LEE BURKE HG1-5 HOME & GARDEN 20 Entertainment 24 DINING: A Dandy Evening It was had at Bellview Winery’s cooking demo. ST E P H E N W I L S O N 691-1950 State Lic. # 12089 MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher 28 Recipe Corner Recipes to grace your Easter table. L I SA D I N U N Z I O 30 Community Calendar 33 Faces in the News 34 Crossword 35 REAL ESTATE { STAFF } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher DEBORAH A. EIN Managing Editor LORI GOUDIE Art Director GAIL EPIFANIO Controller JACK EPIFANIO Advertising Executive SHERRY MUNYAN Advertising Executive MARIE HALPIN-GALLO Advertising Executive TRACY BUSCHAM Graphic Designer MARIE TEDESCO Editorial Intern Winning entries submitted by Savannah Brown (right), Kayla Gannotta (below right) and Taylor Iacovelli (below). WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | The Grapevine 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361 PHONE: 856-457-7815 • FAX: 856-457-7816 EMAIL: letters@grapevinenewspaper.com WEB: www.grapevinenewspaper.com The Grapevine is published on Wednesdays by Grapevine News Corp. Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved. the grapevine { 3 } FREE I Excellence since 1903 In Our Schools HARDSCAPING SEMINAR April 18, 2009 9am-11:30am RAIN OR SHINE Learn how to create and build your own elegant patio, walks, walls and more. Pi Day Inspires Irrationally Fun Activities Students from Veterans Memorial School celebrated the mathematics “holiday” of “Pi Day” in a big way, forming a huge circle in the back parking lot of the building that was photographed from a Vineland Fire Department truck ladder. The demonstration was one of a number of activities planned by the school’s math department in celebration of Pi Day. The festivities were organized by Frank Gallo, an eighth grade math department teacher, assisted by Bryan Davis, who teaches social studies to grades six and seven. Pi is the Greek symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14). According to Gallo and Davis, the students have been enthusiastic on the subject. Sixth grader Carolyn Cruz-Lovera, has memorized the value of pi up to 188 places—and is still calculating. (Pi is an irrational number, meaning it will continue infinitely.) Bryan Davis, left, with Carolyn CruzLovera and Frank Gallo. Top photo courtesy of Jack Carr, Vineland Fire Department. “We make it easy for you” Call and Pre-Register and you could win, a 10’x10’ area of patio paver. www.recumminesinc.com 691-4040 67 CHESTNUT AVENUE VINELAND NJ 08360 Refreshments will be served Must be present to win. Drawing to be held 9/20/09. Cannot be combined with any other offer and subject to end without notice I’M GETTING A TING $ 35995 9 95 16” bar Business Students Compete Thirteen students from Vineland High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2009 NJ FBLA State Conference. Students who qualified from regional competitive events were invited to compete at the state level, said Mary Beth Banko, FBLA Advisor. General sessions, workshops, meetings, and competitive events take place throughout the two days. This conference is a great opportunity and experience for both students and advisers. This year’s theme was “New Jersey FBLA-PBL: Jump Start Your Future.” Vineland’s Paul Cohen, the New Jersey FBLA State President, opened the conference as master of ceremonies. Cohen also received the Jack Rutledge MS 290 STIHL FARM BOSS® L FARM Forged connecting rod with caged needle bearings earings $ 95 19995 14″ bar 4″ bar MS 180 C-B CHAIN SAW MS 180 C-B CHAIN SAW i ck Chain ck c { 4 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 FS 55 TRIMMER FS 45 TRIMMER S AUTOCUT® head A in the STIHL n 2-line AUTOCUT® head $ 95 99 239 95 $ 139 99 $ 179 95 9 95 BG 56 C-E HANDHELD DHELD BL BLOWER LOWER Memorial Scholarship for his commitment to FBLA. The VHS team of Isiah Battle, Jerome Clements and Nate Offer came in fourth in Business Ethics among all teams in the state. In addition, businessman Stuart Cohen from Vineland was named Businessperson of the Year and the chapter received the Gold Key Chapter and Membership Expansion Awards. At the end of the conference, Paul Cohen handed over his NJ State presidency to newly elected 2009-2010 State President, Sachet Choudary, from Piscataway High. Cohen will also participate in the FBLA National Conference in Anaheim, California June 25-28, where he will end his term as the FBLA National Eastern Region Vice President. Paul Cohen speaking to attendees at the conference Jerome Clements, Isiah Battle, Advisor Mary Beth Banko, and Nate Offer. 533 N. East Ave. Ave. 691.7900 Check our STIHL site out on the web at www.swansonhardware.com www.swansonhardware.com under Web Specials! are.com Web Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 128 at CCC Cumberland County College recent inducted 128 students into Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college scholastic honor society. This represents CCC’s largest number of new PTK inductees to date. To be eligible, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students while providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. Student inductees from Vineland include Brenda Ackley, Zulibette Adorno, Sandra Buzby, Christina Calderon, Eric Candelario, Julio Carrion, Corey Caterina, Traci Ciraolo-Torriero, Linda Everett, Kimberly Flores, Timothy Grussenmeyer, Felicia Harris, Karen Henschke, Steven Hoffman, Katherine Jackucki, Shondell Johnson, Adrian Jones, Jamie Josephson, Aneta Klepacka, Derrick Miller, Katelyn Moratelli, Sharon Morgan, Elizabeth Mujica, Brittani Murray, Jekaterina Nebolsina, Oludamilola Oduntan, Rigoberto Onofre, Amanda Padro, Ryan Phillips, Erin Polo, Sean Powers, Christine Ritthaler, Bianca Rivera, Carlos Rosado, Angel Santiago, Alexander Schimmel, Megan Shanaman, Sara Silva, Heather Smaniotto, Shirley Sola, Ciara Torres, Gabriela Viera, Jon Watson, Ernest Wozunk, Lindsey Wozunk and Oksana Yarkovoy. In the photo: Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe, Cumberland County College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Services, congratulates Phi Theta Kappa member Jon Watson, of Vineland, during the recent induction ceremony. Weight-loss surgery is a life-changing decision — That’s why you deserve the best team at your side • South Jersey Healthcare’s compassionate team of professionals treats every patient with dignity and respect. • We offer a comprehensive bariatric program, including Laparoscopic Gastric Banding and Roux-en-Y surgeries provided by caring and experienced physicians. • The SJH Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for exceeding standards for quality, safety and outcomes. For millions of Americans struggling with obesity, bariatric, or weight-loss surgery is an excellent option to overcome this debilitating disease. 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They cleared the land, built schools and churches, and grew produce, but it was hard work and a family’s survival depended on everyone doing their part. Today, Americans and businesses— including the Postal Service—are confronted with a different set of challenges due to the current economic crisis. The Postal Service has predicted that I mail volume will likely plunge to 180 billion pieces by the end of fiscal year 2009 (September 30). In 2008, mail volume declined by 9.5 billion pieces, the largest mail volume decline in postal history. First-class mail is declining due to electronic diversion, and business mailers are cutting back because of their own financial troubles. At the same time, Postal Service costs rose significantly, led by increases in fuel prices. The result was a year-end net loss of $2.8 billion. Postmaster General John Potter, in testimony last week before a House subcommittee, urged lawmakers to provide the Postal Service with greater flexibility with regard to mandated retiree health benefit payments. The law currently directs the Postal Service to pay more than $5 billion a year for 10 years (2007- 2016) to prefund the cost of future retiree health benefits. At the same time, we are required to pay roughly $2 billion to fund current retiree health benefits. This is a challenging set of obligations in good times, let alone in the current global economy. The Postal Service asked for no financial assistance from Congress. USPS is a self-supporting agency that funds its operations from revenue generated by the sale of products and services. The Postal Service has put several measures in place to slow the everwidening gap between revenue and the cost of doing business. These measures include rural and city delivery route adjustments to reflect current mail volumes, a reduction in work hours, and halting all new postal facility construction, with the exception of emergency situations. What Americans seem to focus on is the conversation over five-day delivery. While this is an option, we all need to look at the big picture. The $900-million mailing industry employs 9 million Americans in businesses ranging from catalog sales to paper manufacturing and printing. The industry is the conduit for roughly $1 trillion in commerce annually, represents nearly 7.5 percent of the gross domestic product and drives our nation’s economy. The Postal Service is at the center of the mailing industry, playing an invaluable role in the economy and maintaining an economic presence in every community in America. The Postal Service is a valuable asset to our country and it cannot just be used during the holidays. What ever happened to our writing skills? How about developing a handwritten letter to express your feelings to a loved one instead of an e-mail? I like e-mails, but I know I always get more excited about opening and reading a posted letter. The fact is, if Americans want the Postal Service to continue to be a viable institution, they need to use it. The Postal Service is not just a business; it’s a national treasure that serves every American—at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, down our nation’s remote rivers and throughout rural America. Universal service: everywhere, every day. I Select from over 300 Pieces to Create Your Own Masterpiece At LaTorre Hardware A “Paint Your Own” Pottery Studio Suprise Mom for Mother’s Day Make a personalized gift she will LOVE! { 6 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 Sign up for Mother’s Day Class on April 25, @ 10:00am for more details call Carmie or Robin 1607 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360 856-691-3637 Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 6pm • Thursday 12 – 8pm Friday 12 Noon – 6pm • Saturday 10am – 4pm • Closed Sunday & Monday. www.carmiespotterypaintworks.com I Gleanings { DEBORAH A. EIN, MANAGING EDITOR } Living in 2009 You know you are when… 7. Every commercial on television has a website at the bottom of the screen. 8. Leaving the house without your cell the time—on menus, show programs, etc. But I must admit, in the e-mail, I glossed right over it.) 15. You actually scrolled back up to check I f you have e-mail, you are no doubt familiar with those forwarded mass messages that are sometimes bothersome, sometimes interesting. I received one recently that falls into the latter category, as it made me ponder what a huge impact technology has had on our everyday lives, even within just the last decade. Also, it made me smile and chuckle here and there, so I thought I would pass it along with the hope of raising your endorphins as well. cards in years. (I don’t know if my daughter has ever played the game with real cards, but she’s an ace at the game on the computer.) 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it. (Happened just last week, but I was all the way to work before I realized it. It was tough getting through the day without it.) 10. You get up in the morning and go on that there wasn’t #9 on this list. (Not yet, but I planned on it, after finishing the list.) And now you are laughing at yourself. Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to. (I didn’t, but I’ve enjoyed sharing it with 22,000-plus Vineland households.) If you can think of any other ways that show how the human race has been impacted in a funny or odd way by the fast pace of technology, mail them to me or e-mail me at deb@grapevinenewspaper.com. If I receive enough to make another column, I will do so in a few weeks. Here are a couple that I thought of: 1. Your kids ask you what time it is, and line before getting your coffee. (Yep.) 11. You start tilting your head sideways to reach your family of three. (Well, not quite, but we’re getting there.) 4. You e-mail the person who works at smile. : ) (I didn’t get this one at first, but I guess it’s another way of saying LOL.) 12. You’re reading this and nodding and the desk next to you. (All the time!) 5. Your reason for not staying in touch laughing. with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses. (Well, I wish it were that simple.) 6. You pull up in your own driveway and 13. Even worse, you know exactly to Ready? You know you’re living in 2009 when: 1. You accidentally enter your password whom you are going to forward this message. (All of you, in a way.) 14. You are too busy to have noticed there on the microwave. (I haven’t yet, but….) 2. You haven’t played Solitaire with real use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries. (Oh, I know they’re home, I just toot the horn.) is no #9 on this list. (Got me! I don’t think I would have missed this had I been reading it on the page rather than in an e-mail. My editorial eye catches typos and this sort of thing all when your response is half-past or quarter of, they need the digital translation (i.e. 6:30 or 7:45). 2. You can’t recall the last time you wore a watch. Sometime before you had a cell phone. I ATTENTION NOVICK AUTO MALL has been an automotive leader in Cumberland County for 38 years, due to our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations on each and every visit. 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Pearl St. (Rt. 77), Bridgeton, NJ • (856) 451-0095 I Historical Vineland { VINCE FARINACCIO } The Push for a Community College Stats showed that 55 percent of New Jersey high school grads chose higher education outside the state. mid-1960s proliferation of county colleges in New Jersey. With the exception of community colleges in Hudson and Passaic counties, both of which were founded in the 1970s, and Warren County, which was most recently added in the 1980s, all other county colleges were in place before the end of the 1960s. The oldest such institution in the state is Union County College, which opened its doors in 1933 as a “Junior College.” Salem County College actually started out as the Salem County Technical Institute in 1958 but, surrounded by an influx of degreegranting institutions in southern New Jersey, became a community college by approval of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education in 1972. The story of CCC begins in the early 1960s. Groups interested in establishing a two-year college in Cumberland County campaigned for months before county freeholders finally approved the construction of such a facility on February 13, 1964, after a study committee’s report urged that the addition of a college was a “dire need” of the community. Immediately, the approval was met with controversy. The Times Journal reported that W. Fred Weber, who at the time was president of Bridgeton Savings and Loan Association and a Fairfield Township Committee member, was particularly opposed to the idea. In March 1964, Weber led a drive to place the question of the county college umberland County College has served this region for nearly 43 years, so it’s possible that many residents, including its current student body, might find it hard to imagine a time when this two-year college didn’t exist. Like any historical moment, the story of CCC and what was involved in bringing it to fruition can’t be divorced from the conditions of its times and the concerns of its community. The origins of CCC can be traced back to the educational statistics of New Jersey in the mid-1960s. At the time, it was reported that, despite ranking eighth among states in per capita income, New Jersey was 48th in support of higher education. And while the rest of the country experienced an average of 20 percent of its college students attending institutions outside of their home state, an alarming 55 percent of New Jersey collegians chose their education elsewhere. The figures helped stir a statewide concern for higher education that resulted in a C { 8 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 before county residents in the form of a referendum. The Times Journal reported that he and his followers, known as the Cumberland County Referendum Committee, obtained the required signatures. The November ballot would leave the future of the project in the hands of voters, and many of the supporters of the college felt the referendum would prove fatal for the planned institute. Local PTA members intervened by seeking and obtaining a court order to examine the signatures secured by the Referendum Committee. The study concluded there were enough valid signatures and the voters were left to decide. The results of the election won approval for the college by a narrow margin of 18,000 to 16,000 votes. According to the Times Journal, “A 3,000vote majority in Vineland turned the trick.” Before the conclusion of 1964, the trustees of the college were appointed by freeholders and sworn in by county judge Arthur L. Joseph. Once organized, the board named Vinelander Dr. Charles Cunningham chairperson. A 70-acre tract of land on Sherman Avenue at the Vineland-Millville border was donated in February 1965 by the Millville Manufacturing Co. While the site was eventually used for the college, grumblings from various trustees favoring a Bridgeton or an exclusively Vineland site were sounded. In May 1965, a $1.4 million bond issue was approved by the freeholders in order to finance the construction of the college. Approvals were granted and by November, the trustees accepted bids. The original cost of the facility was estimated at $1.9 million, but final figures placed it slightly over $2 million. By December 1965, work on the college began on what would become a significant achievement in the history of the state’s community colleges. Cumberland County College would be the first to open on its own campus. I Next Week: The Opening of CCC WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Do You Have Dangerous Trees? Call For Your Free Evaluation Good, Clean Work At Reasonable Prices Don’t Be Fooled. Call A Certified Aborist. 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Martini began selling and repairing shoes out of his East Avenue home before moving into the first floor of the Baker House Hotel on Landis Avenue in the early 1920s. He soon outgrew that location and moved to the 600 block of Landis Avenue. In the 1950s, the Martini family moved the business to its present location. Frank and Lynn vividly remember when three generations worked side-by-side in the shoe store. Back then, Frank never thought he’d one day take over the Lynn Martini stands between a display of ladies’ footwear and the art gallery she’s operation, but in 1985 he and Lynn did just added in the store. that. They soon opened a second location in Ocean City, but the commute made that vengallery setting as well. A portion of the store’s ture too difficult when their children were west wall recently has been dedicated to young. The couple focused on the Vineland showing some of her own paintings as well as operation and have succeeded here through those painted by five other local artists. hard work, dedication to “the Avenue,” and Customers are invited to visit the store to applying their personal touch. “It’s our name peruse the gallery, even if they’re not in the on the door,” says Lynn Martini. “I would market for footwear. attribute our longevity to caring for our cusMartini felt a need to put the works on tomers, honesty, and offering top-quality display, especially in light of the fact that brands and expert fitting.” I ynn Martini is an artist at heart. Many Vineland-area brides-to-be have seen her artistic tendencies shine when Martini applies custom dyes to special-occasion and bridal footwear. She is proud of the fact that she can match any shade or color because she does the color matching by eye and doesn’t rely on charts. Now customers who walk in the door of Martini Shoes at 613-A E. 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In this faltering economy, the last thing an employee wants to hear is “let’s have a corporate meeting.” But in this case, 434 Bollinger employees got a special surprise. Instead of receiving bad news about typical layoffs, each hardworking staff member received a $1,000 bonus check. As the fifth-largest privately held insurance brokerage firm in the United States, Bollinger Insurance Solutions has built a strong local presence in the Cumberland County area and currently houses 35 employees. The insurance broker specializes in personal lines of insurance, which include auto, homeowners, businesses, amateur sports organizations, 700 golf courses, group and life insurances. The bonuses are being hailed as the “Bollinger Mini Stimulus Package,” and rightfully so. A year ago, CEO Jack Windolf sold 51 percent of the company to a private equity firm. As part of the package Windolf received $500,000 in deferred compensation, but instead of keeping it to himself, he dispursed it to the company’s 434 employees. “I encouraged them to spend the money on themselves,” Windolf said. “It was a well-kept secret that only the payroll clerk and I knew about.” Bollinger staff members received their surprise checks this past St. Patrick’s Day. Windolf is a New Jersey native. He grew up in Verona and after college married his boss’s daughter. After four years in the Marine Corps, he was offered a position at Bollinger in 1963. A year later, with seven employees, Windolf took over the company. BREWSTER & FINE WINES (856) 690-1188 LIQUORS “Family Owned and Operated” I 690 South Brewster Road, Vineland, NJ 08361 Jack Windoff, CEO of Bolinger Insurance Solutions, recently distributed $500,000 in deferred compensation among his company’s 434 employees. 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DIR., VDID/MAIN STREET } Get to Know Joe! (Founder of the Pilates Method, Joe Pilates) The Report Card If it were from school, Mom and Dad would be proud. he Downtown Assessment Resource Team came, they looked, they talked to us, they talked to downtown merchants, and they gave us their initial findings. And we have plenty of reasons to be proud. As I explained in my last column, the Team is made up of representatives from the state and national Main Street organizations and a representative from a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in comprehensive revitalization programs. This is one of the services that we receive as a Main Street organization. The visit is, as the name of the team implies, an assessment—a report card—of how we are doing so far. This was an intense—and exhausting— several days. The team met with the VDID/Main Street Vineland Board of Directors, with each of the four committees, with partnering organizations to those committees, with City administration, with various other stakeholders in our downtown revitalization effort, and with downtown business representatives. They walked downtown and visited merchants. They drove around the surrounding community. The news media were here to add another spotlight on the proceedings. The culmination of all this was a public presentation last Thursday in City Council Chambers during which the five members of the Team gave a thorough summary of their findings. Why should we be interested in what this group of people think? How can they get a true picture of our community in just a few days? The answer is that these individuals not only have vast experience in their areas of expertise, but have visited and carried their knowledge to communities throughout the state—and around this country. They can look and see where we stand on the basis of their experiences in other communities. How was our report card? Well, if it were from school, it would be one that I would certainly want my parents to see. We passed, and we passed with flying colors! I will take some time in a future column to go over the findings in a little more detail, but I will give some of the Team’s overall impressions here. The Team was literally bowled over by the dedication of our volunteers. The size and strength of the four committees was another extremely positive factor. In a related way, Join Us for Body Benefits PILATES DAY Saturday, May 2nd 2009 • 10 am Each year on the first Saturday in May, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) celbrates International Pilates Day to promote awarness of the many health benefits that Pilates brings. T • A brief lecture on the histroy of Pilates • Free mat class • Demonstration on the apparatus • Reception with Q&A • Refreshments and light snacks ENJOY: this whole community was seen as friendly, outgoing, and caring. Jef Buehler, state director of Main Street New Jersey, said that Vineland’s large physical size—over 69 square miles—is necessary to contain all the big hearts we have in our city. Our collaborations and partnerships were also highly praised. This includes our partnerships with Main Street New Jersey, with the City administration, with public works, police, planning, engineering, and legal departments, as well as with the UEZ, with 5 Beginner Mat Classes Start Monday, May 4th Call for details (856) 213-6365 Lincoln Plaza 3722 E. Landis Ave. $2 Overnight Movie Rentals @ A CLEAN HOME IS A HEALTHY HOME For only Vineland’s large physical size—over 69 square miles—is necessary to contain all the big hearts we have in our city. community organizations, and many more. The progress we are making in enhancing the downtown’s physical appearance was noted. The cleanliness of the downtown was noted as were the façade improvements and the redevelopment efforts at the Landis Theatre. Our wide downtown street and sidewalks were regarded as assets. The many initiatives of the Economic Restructuring Committee aimed at business recruitment and retention were highly praised. This included our efforts to personally reach out to businesses. The Restaurant Row initiative was seen as a major influence that will positively affect all aspects of the Main Street program. Getting information out to the public—through The Grapevine and this column, a monthly newsletter, the new website we are developing—won us strong words of endorsement. The group was also impressed by our promotional events and activities. The fact that we have a 27-member Promotions Committee that can put on 13 events a year speaks for our strength and determination. 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She noted that we succeed on all three fronts. In the next column or two, I will go into some of the challenges we face that the Team cited, but it is certainly great to feel that we are standing so tall. What about a celebration? We did just that at our Volunteer Recognition Lunch last Saturday at Bain’s Deli. I will have more about that later, as well. And speaking of reasons to celebrate, Vineland is one of only two New Jersey cities on Forbes’ list of Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers, while Cumberland County is eighth in the Culture and Leisure category. This shows that we are moving in the right direction. I For more information on all VDID/Main Street Vineland events and activities, call the office at 794-8653 or visit the website— www.mainstreetvineland.org Mark Your Calendar: 2009 MainStreet Events Monday, May 25, time to be announced: Memorial Day Parade Saturday, May 30, 2-8 p.m.: Thunder on the Avenue (rain date: May 31) Saturday, June 6, 1-6 p.m.: Vineland Family Soap Box Derby (rain date: June 7) Saturday, June 13, 5-10 p.m.: Cruise Down Memory Lane (rain date: June 14, 3-8 p.m.) Saturdays, June 20-August 15 (except July 4), 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Fresh & Specialty Foods Market Saturday, July 15, 3-8 p.m.: Seafood Festival (rain date: July 16) Saturday, August 22, 3-8 p.m.: International Food & Cultural Festival (rain date: August 23) Saturday, September 26, 3-8 p.m.: American Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Ribs ‘n Chili Cook-Off (rain date: September 27) Sunday, October 11, 12-4 p.m.: Bridal Show Saturday, November 28, 7-9 p.m.: Holiday Parade (rain date: November 29, 5-7 p.m.) WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 13 } I Civic Engagement The School Budget he April 1 special Board of Education meeting and public hearing on the tentative $196,170,419 budget produced little reaction from the audience of about 50 people, most of whom were district employees and school board candidates. As required by the School District Accountability Act (Public Law 2007, chapter 53), the Vineland School District Budget Statement appeared in the March 27 issue of The Daily Journal. The Act states that the Commissioner of Education promulgates “user friendly” plain language budget forms for use by a school district. Each district must follow a prescribed format when posting the document in a local paper. The state Department of Education’s 2009 Comparative Spending Guide compares spending in a variety of areas by similarly grouped school districts. It is available online at nj.gov/education/guide/2009. { LEE BURKE } At a special public meeting, there were few comments after a summary presentation of the 2009-10 budget. T Kevin Franchetta, business administrator, presented 2009-2010 Budget Highlights, which showed an increase in the budget of $6,787,033 (3.56%) over the last fiscal year, but did not increase the tax rate for residents of $1.037 per $100 of assessed property value. The local tax levy increased $475,874 (2.25%) from last year, due an increase in city ratables. Franchetta explained that as an Abbott district, Vineland receives 80.13% of its school budget from state aid, 3.59% from federal aid, 5.26% from other sources, but only 11.02% from the local tax levy. However, he said the state expects the local “fair share” to be at least 50% or about double the current share of $21,619,781. (The landmark state case in Abbott vs. Burke ruled that New Jersey must provide a “thorough and efficient” education system as guaranteed by the New Jersey Constitution and as defined by the state Supreme Court in the Abbott decisions.) Vineland is one of 31 dis- tricts receiving state aid to educate its K-12 students in public schools. Franchetta concluded his presentation with a graphic budget breakdown shown here. Another chart compares the total municipal budget and number of employees to that of the Board of Education. Residents are urged to review the BOE budget and narrative details online at www.vineland.org/board or call Franchetta at 794-6700, ext. 2004. “The local board plays an essential role in the education that our children receive,” said Frank Giordano, board president. “On April 21, voters will have the opportunity to select the men and women who will set policies under which our community’s schools will operate. Voters will also weigh in on the proposed school district budget.” Municipal Budget (2008-09) …..$64,274,732 Electric Budget………………………$106,807,016 Water/Sewer Budget ………………….$7,641,365 Total……………………………………….$178,723,113 Total Employees …………………………………..723 BOE Budget (2009-10) Total………………………………………$196,170,419 Total Students K-12 ……………………………11,113 Total Employees ………………………………..3,215 Register Now For Summer Enrichment & Camps! New & Interactive Themes! 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Home Garden and 10-Step Pond Start-up Source: Dougherty’s / 694-1216 1 Monitor water temperatures before feeding your fish—60 degrees to start. In early Spring, start with wheat germ food; add in some medicated food. 2 Net-out unwanted debris from the bottom of the pond. 3 Replace 1/3 water with fresh water. Add Stress Coat to protect fish. 4 Test water’s pH, ammonia, nitrite, phosphate, and salt levels. 5 Use a test kit to determine how much salt to add. Stabilize water with pH Stabilizer if practical. 6 Start your pump and clean out your biological filter if you didn’t prior to shutting down the pond. Jump start filter by adding MicrobeLift PL. If pond has extra debris, use Sludge Away first. 7 Raise winter hardy plants to the top for more sun. Add an Aquatic Plant Tab to each pot. Add floating plants as weather permits; fertilize with liquid plant food. 8 Watch fish closely for first few weeks, when most vulnerable to disease. 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Aerifying equipment should also penetrate through the thatch layer and 1 to 3 inches into the soil. Coring holes should have a maximum spacing of 3 inches. 8. Seed with a high-quality turfgrass mixture adapted to the intended use and expected level of maintenance. 9. Drag the area with a steel doormat or a piece of cyclone fence when loose thatch material on the surface is relatively dry. Rake excessive thatch from the surface. 10. Water thoroughly. Light frequent watering (daily) may be continued to hasten germination and establishment of newly seeded lawn grasses. Late summer to early fall is the most appropriate season for this procedure. Early spring is the next best choice. In the spring, however, success is usually more difficult. An increased weed problem, particularly crabgrass, can be expected from renovation in the spring. Applying siduron as a preemergence crabgrass herbicide, as the last step in the procedure, would be appropriate. (More information on lawn establishment can be found in Rutgers Cooperative Extension publication FS 584, Seeding Your Lawn.) Various types of dethatching (verti-grooving) equipment are available. Only certain ones are effective and should be selected carefully for best results. The machine should have straight steel blades (at least 1/8 inch thick) spaced 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart, and be rigidly attached to the revolving shaft. Blade depth should be easily adjustable to allow complete penetration through the thatch layer and at least 1/2 inch into the soil. A small amount of soil will be displaced with a Continued on next page WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | South Jersey Landscape Supply … Your Lawn & Garden Dyed Mulches (Red – Black – Brown) ………………………………… (5 yard min.) $ Root Mulch–Double Schredded……………………………… $ Terragro Mix (Top Soil – Delivered Local)……………………… (5 yard min.) 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The machine should provide conditions for seed-soil contact. B. Less than 30 percent desirable lawn grasses are present with thatch layer less than 1 inch: 1. Test the soil – see procedure A. 2. Apply glyphosate according to directions and all precautions on the container. Glyphosate, a non- selective herbicide, will effectively eradicate plant growth in the treated area. It is available to homeowners under the product name: Kleen Up, and to professionals as: Roundup. Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County Contact Information Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Education Center 291 Morton Ave. Millville, NJ 08332-9776 Fax: 856-451-4206 Programs • 4-H: 856-451-2800 • Agriculture and Resource Management: 856-451-2800 • Family and Community Health Sciences: 856-451-2800 • Master Gardeners Phone: 856-825-6800, ext. 161 Retreat areas which do not show complete eradication after 10 days. 3. Proceed as outlined in A, but exclude steps 1 and 2. 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SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Doris Botts and Denise Gray Exhibits. Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 794-4244. Reception 2-4 p.m. Shakespeare Festival Drama and theatre students at Vineland High School are preparing for their 5th annual Shakespeare Theatre production on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the VHS South Auditorium. In the production, open to the public for a $1 donation, students are required to “take a scene, research the characters, add a modern twist, and make the language understandable for a modern audience by inflection, movement, and body language,” says Noelle Panichella, VHS drama teacher. The production will be videotaped by VPS Broadcasting and aired on Channel 9 at a later date. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Todd Rundgren “Arena” Tour. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. 6 p.m. $30$35 (frontgatetickets.com). THROUGH APRIL 19 Contemporary Flamework. The Gallery of Fine Craft, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville. Works by Shane Fero, Paul Stankard, and several other glass artists. The work ranges from unique goblets and perfume bottles to oneof-a-kind sculptures. 825-6800, ext. 155. ’60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and today. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. APRIL 7 THROUGH 13 Nightlife at Bojo’s. 222 N. High St., Millville, 327-8011. Mon, Tues, Wed: Texas Hold’m. Thurs: Ladies Nite with Charlie Maines. Fri: Kids Don’t Bounce. Sat: Singalong with Charlie. Sun: Nascar and Baseball. MONDAY, APRIL 20 The Cumberlads Cumberland Manor, 154 Cumberland Dr., Bridgeton. Men’s acappella chorus. 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 The Troubadour KP. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Original music, 7 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Music Lecture. Millville Public Library, 210 Buck St., Millville. Get answers to any questions you have about classical music; hosted by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. 7-8:30 p.m., free. 451-1169. APRIL 23 THROUGH 26 Beauty and the Beast. Guaracini Arts Center, Cumberland County College, Sherman Ave. and College Dr. Show stars CCC students, faculty, staff and community members. 8 p.m. first three nights, plus Saturday 2 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets $12/adults, $8/55 plus, $8/under 18. 692-TIXX (8499). WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Farewell. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also, Last Try, Play Your Aces, A Little Affair, Alert the Media, David Earl Experience. 6 p.m. $10-$12. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Savoy Unplugged: Fish in a Cup. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. APRIL 8, 9, 10, 11, AND 14 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. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Hopscotch Injury, Chang Chang, Bizarre Silence, + Your Persona. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m. $8. AT THE CASINOS HEADLINERS, COMEDY ACTS, AND MORE Tickets: 1-800-736-1420; www.ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. Resorts. 8 p.m. $40 and $30. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Jersey Fest. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. 2 p.m. $10-$12 (frontgatetickets.com). APRIL 9 AND 10 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian. SUNDAY, APRIL 12 Easter Cantata “Eyes of Faith” Christ Community Church, 201 Salem Ave., Newfield. 10:30 a.m. HEADLINERS APRIL 5 THROUGH 10 Sheena Easton. Hilton. 7 p.m. except Tues. 2 p.m. and Fri. 9 p.m. $20. COMEDY & MORE Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. TUESDAY, APRIL 14 Special All Ages Show. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Featuring Goot, A’s Rage, The In Crowd, and more. 6 p.m. $10. 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: 1877-FUNNY-AC or 609-348-0920. Visit www.comedystop.com. { 20 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 APRIL 9, 10, AND 11 Nightlife at Old Oar House. Old Oar House Brewery, 123 N. High St., Millville, 2931200. Thurs.: Open mic, 9 p.m. Fri.: TBA, 9 p.m., Sat: Acoustic Soul, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Big Head Todd & the Monsters. Showboat House of Blues. 8 p.m. $20, $30. TUESDAY, APRIL 14 He is Legend. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also, Where the Ocean Meets the Sky, Fire in the Eyes of the City, and Divided by Sorrow. 6 p.m. $10-$12. (frontgatetickets.com). FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Tom Moran/Ant Farm. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./Four-piece jazz, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Jimmy Fallon. Borgata. 9 p.m. $35. 1-866-MY BORGATA Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Friday Night Flashback. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, E. Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. DJ Nicky G from 95.1 WAYV, plays music from the FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Lights Resolve. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also, Hotspur and The Volunteers. 6 p.m. $10-$12. (frontgatetickets.com). APRIL 17 AND 18 Smokey Robinson. Trump Taj Mahal. Friday 9 p.m. Saturday 8 p.m., $60, $40 & $25. SATURDAY, APRIL 11 An Evening of Mixed Martial Arts. Presented by New Breed Fighters. esorts. 6 p.m. $135, $55, and $40. Todd Rundgren (Continued from cover) Philadelphia-based band Woody’s Truck Stop, whose regional popularity over the years has become part of local legend. Some longtime area musicians talk about the band having played Vineland, but Rundgren has no recollection. “It’s possible that we did and I don’t remember,” he said, “or it’s possible they played there without me because I was in the band for nine or so months.” After Woody’s Truck Stop, Rundgren formed The Nazz, which introduced such radio classics as “Hello It’s Me” and “Open My Eyes.” “We didn’t play a lot of places,” Rundgren noted. “As soon as the band got formed, we got whisked off to New York for the star treatment, part of which involved us not making ourselves too available. That was our manager’s theory. So we hardly did any playing at all. We only played big showcases and things. That’s part of what broke up the band.” What awaited Rundgren on the other side of The Nazz was a successful solo career that alternated through the 1970s and 1980s with his progressive rock ensemble Utopia, as well as hits like “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day.” Numerous projects, including video work and stints with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band and the short-lived New Cars, followed. A Savoy Inn Coup To fill out a musical weekend in Vineland, Mr. Greengenes will be appearing at Merighi’s Savoy Inn on Friday April 17 at 10 p.m. The popular cover band regularly performs throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and is known for its appearances at Phillies Parties at McFadden’s in Citizens Bank Park. “We wanted to have an event where you don’t feel the need to dress up,” Savoy owner Tom Merighi said. “This is going to be more of an event where people can come and have fun. And there will be dancing.” Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8 p.m. (See also Entertainment on opposite page.) Last September, Rundgren released his latest album Arena, a collection of songs that rally around thumping bass patterns and crunching guitars reminiscent of heavy arena rock bands alluded to in the title. The recording was completed in less than eight weeks, with Rundgren playing all the instruments, but the singer-composer never entered a studio the entire time. “I was going to do it in a more conventional manner,” Rundgren explained, Rundgren’s latest album, Arena, was released last September, but his Arena Tour includes old favorites as well as “top-to-bottom” coverage of the album. “with my whole Pro Tools setup…there was something wrong with one of the the most attentive listener might not suscomponents and it would have taken me pect there was no kit used. A Hangar 84 Coup at least two weeks to get that all turned “It’s because I used to play drums,” Here’s a lineup of cities Rundgren’s around and fixed. I was ready to go, so I Rundgren said about the accuracy of the Arena tour is visiting this month: Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, decided to figure out a way to do it with sound. “I don’t play drums anymore, but Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; the minimal amount of equipment—with if you’ve had some experience as a drumNashville, Tennessee; Annapolis, my laptop and a USB audio interface, and mer, it makes it a lot easier to do a more Maryland; NYC, New York; that was pretty much it. And I managed to realistic programming job with them.” Vineland, New Jersey; create inside the computer all the sounds While Arena’s music is a paean to Northampton, Massachusetts; that I wanted.” heavy metal, its lyrical content was parFoxboro, Massachusetts; Cleveland, While the sound of Arena contains tially inspired by the movie 300’s stoic Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. some tip-of-the-hat riffs to Jimmy Page portrayal of responsibility, a quality So how did Hangar 84 in and AC/DC, there are enough Rundgren Rundgren feels is less evident today. Vineland secure what otherwise big-city venues have been able to trademarks in evidence to raise the mate“It’s the whole idea of a totally outcapture? rial to another level than simply loud. numbered band of men protecting their “I’ve been a fan of Todd There are melodies like “Courage,” with families or their cities, knowing they Rundgren’s since I was 13 years its pop allure, certainly one of this songwould probably not succeed, but taking up old,” said Michele Coccagna, who writer’s strengths. Then there’s the clean that responsibility fearlessly, anyway,” he along with her husband Daniel, and spacious production that has graced said. “That’s the reason why we rememowns and operates Hangar 84. Now previous solo albums as well as countless ber them. We don’t remember the cowCoccagna is bringing Rundgren to others he has worked on for artists as var- ards at Thermopylae. We need people Vineland on Saturday, April 18, for ied as Patti Smith and XTC. And those today who are able to live up to a tradia 6 p.m. show at the city’s newest music venue, which provides what vocals, lead and harmonies, on a track like tional image of what’s expected of a man. she calls an “intimate concert “Weakness” effortlessly evoke the age of You sacrifice without complaint and you experience.” sweet Philly soul, that byproduct of an protect the weak and you find the lost Tickets are $30 and she expects Upper Darby upbringing. lamb and you seek the truth.” the 800-capacity room to sell out. Rundgren has recorded previous Fans attending the April 18 show will “I’ve been getting a lot of phone albums playing all the instruments, but in be treated to a performance of the album. calls asking, ‘Can I bring my kids?’ the case of Arena, certain factors made it “We do some older material,” Rundgren ” Coccagna said, adding that it is necessary. “It’s partly [expediency] and explained, “but the real highlight of the an all-ages event. partly I live on [the Hawaiian island of ] show is we do Arena from top to bottom, She reports that audiences have been increasing since Hangar 84’s Kauai and nobody else in the band does,” which is something I’ve come close to opening last October. “It’s a work he said. “I don’t have a giant pool of musi- before, but I don’t think I’ve done the in progress,” she said. cians out there. So just to do the drums, or entirety of a record. Once you get out with something like that, I either have to fly a a band playing it, a whole other excitedrummer out, find a studio and do that or ment level finds its way into it because as I’d have to go somewhere else, essentially the other players get comfortable with the leave my comfort zone in order to get the material, they start to make contributions drums done. You don’t want to have to be of their own. And that’s kind of the idea, distracted by the logistics of trying to set no matter what you do on the record, you up sessions and things like that.” want to be able to continually improve on The drumming on Arena was impeccathat and evolve it.” I bly programmed by Rundgren so that even WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 21 } Handmade Easter Candies www.barberaschocolate.com Handmade Rabbits (Dark, Milk, White, Peanut Butter) Handmade Filled Easter Eggs (Buttercream, Peanut Butter, Fruit & Nut, Coconut) Order your Chocolate Caramel Bunny Apple! 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If you use raw eggs for cookie dough or cake batter, be sure to use eggs pasteurized in their shells so licking the spoon may be safe. If you happen to touch the liquid inside of a raw egg, immediately wash A your hands with soap and water. Refrigerate colored eggs. Even though hard-boiled eggs are cooked, they should not be out at room temperature for more than two hours. Tip: If eggs will be used to hide for an egg hunt, decorate one set for hiding and another set for eating. Other dangers: Chocolate can be toxic to both cats and dogs. Symptoms include convulsions, heart problems, nausea, and vomiting. Easter grass should be kept away from young children and pets, as this product can be a choking hazard. It can cause intestinal obstruction if ingested. Easter egg dye: use only food dye to color eggs. Despite their lack of serious toxicity, children should be supervised while decorating their eggs. A trip to the emergency room may result if a large amount is eaten. 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All Made on Premises • Sugar Free Chocolates Al’s Homemade Candies 1 33 Fairmount Ave., Vineland 1 691-4536 or 692-7147 St. Padre Pio Parrish HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2009 Easter Sunday Breakfast Buffet Photos with the Easter Bunny Bring Your Camera Holy Thursday, April 9th Our Lady of Pompeii Church – 7:00 PM MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Following the Liturgy, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Holy Child Chapel until midnight, when Night Prayer will be celebrated. Bring the family to spend some time in prayer this evening. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | All your breakfast favorites cooked right in front of you (including omelettes & crepes) # GREAT VALUE # $6.95 Children 6 and under 8am until 2pm Served upstairs in the Chandelier Room and downstairs in the main dining room $9.95 Adults Good Friday, April 10th 12:00 Noon: STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT THE GROTTO. Assemble at the Grotto Shrine. In case of rain, Stations will be held in church. Liturgy Of The Lord’s Passion and Holy Communion – 3:00 PM Fast and abstinence today. Holy Saturday, April 11th 8:00 PM: EASTER VIGIL The Liturgy of Light, Word, Water & Eucharist are all part of this celebration. the grapevine { 23 } East Landis Ave. & Tuckahoe Rd. East Vineland Call 856-691-6080 for reservations Easter Sunday, April 12th St. Mary’s Church – 7:30 AM Our Lady of Pompeii Church – 9:00, 10:30 AM I Culinary Adventures { STEPHEN WILSON } A Dandy Evening SINCE 1953 A cooking demonstration at Bellview Winery is a mid-week delight, with a surprise from the winemaker. ill and I made plans last Wednesday to attend a cooking demonstration at Bellview Winery in Landisville. The featured chef that evening was Joe Massaglia from Mama Mia’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Seaville. Although I’ve never been to Mama Mia’s, I’ve heard that the food there is excellent and that Chef Joe puts on a good show at demonstrations. Jim and Nancy Quarella, the owners of Bellview, warmly greeted us, and Nancy poured us each a “cranberry spritzer.” She explained that it was a mixture of their cranberry wine with seltzer and lemon-lime soda. A twist of fresh lime clung to the rim of the glass, and we were encouraged to give it a squeeze into our drinks. We tasted our refreshing spritzers and scanned the gathering of about 25 to see whom we might know. Part of the fun in going to an event is running into people you Open Easter Saturday Hot Barbecue Chicken & Homemade Salads Made Fresh Daily J 856.692.8860 440 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland (North of Chestnut Ave.) Jim Quarella, left, and Joe Messaglia hosted 25 foodies at the winery recently. 714 Harding Highway, Buena (next to Buena Self Storage) know and reconnecting with them. Jill and I were pleased to see some familiar faces. Mario Ruiz-Mesa, and his wife Carmen, were there. They each own businesses downtown on Landis Avenue—Mario an insurance agency and Carmen, a real estate business. We’d met with them before on a professional level, but we’d never shared a meal. Sharing good food and drink brings a relationship to a whole new level, in my opinion, so we made it a point to sit with them and their neighbor, Sandy Jones, who had joined them. After moving us into the demonstration area and finding our seats, Jim took the whole group into the back to give us a tour of the winemaking facilities. In an abbreviated manner, he described the winemaking process. As we stood listening to Jim, Jill nudged me and pointed out a gurgling sound off towards the rear of the large fermentation room. Jill and I being former homebrewers, she recognized that gurgling as the sound of an airlock letting out carbon dioxide from a fermentation chamber. I asked Jim about it, and he explained that it was a huge batch of their cranberry wine that was making the noise. The cranberries had been added to the wine several days before, and the yeasts in the wine were happily digesting the sugars introduced with the cranberries. He pointed to a large, silver fermentation vessel that had the telltale airlock on the top, in which we could see the water inside bubbling vigorously. By this point, we could smell delicious food being prepared nearby. We returned to our seats, and chef Massaglia was introduced. He A Friendly Bar & Grill Attitude Adjustment $ Join us for Trivia Contest You might be surprised how much you know. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11am–2am Saturday 12pm–2am rday Sunday 8am–2am Satu usic Wednesday Night M Live ry & Ga Kid The ONLY Monday-Friday 2.00 Budweiser, Coors Light HOURS 3:00-6:00 Ladies Night Out Like it was meant to be. 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Soon, he began preparing the first course; little purses of pasta, stuffed with a ham and prosciutto filling and tossed in Mama’s sauce. The sauce was quite tasty—a mixture of caramelized onions, peas, tomato, brandy, Marsala, and Parmesan cheese. It was an excellent first course, and the wines paired nicely with it. I preferred Angelo’s Red Table Wine, although the 2006 Chardonnay was very good as well. The main course was “Veal Rollatini Milanese,” which was pounded veal rolled around a filling of sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and ground sausage. It was served with a stuffed tomato and a very interesting, slightly sweet lemon polenta. For this course, I preferred the white wine, the 2007 Viognier. Jim said that the Viognier grape is growing particularly well in the vineyards, and it certainly tasted so. It had a nice peachy aroma to it, and was the perfect acidity for the veal dish. About half the guests preferred the red wine, a 2005 Chambourcin, an earthy mellow red wine that was very drinkable and tasty. Tiramisu was the final course of the evening, and that was paired with the sparkling wine Lettizzia, and the newly released 2008 Dandelion wine. The real showstopper, though, was the bottle of 1971 dandelion wine that Jim said the family found recently in the basement. He was generous enough to pop the cork on this extremely special wine, which was the color of honey and tasted like a fine sherry. I couldn’t believe how intense and complex the flavors were—I didn’t want my glass to end. In all likelihood, we’ll never have a wine like that again, and Jill and I kept thinking back to Aunt Ada all those years ago on her hands and knees, picking dandelion flowers from the very yard that surrounds the winery now. Thank you, Jim, for sharing this special treat with us! The evening was a blast, and I’m glad we got to sit with Mario and Carmen and share such a special night with them. The food, the wine, the company… and, of course, the ’71 dandelion wine that I will long remember. 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. From fine dining to lunch spots to bakeries, the area has choices to satisfy any appetite. Call for hours. Amato’s Restaurant, 782 S. Brewster Rd., Vineland, 692-5756. Veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta specialties for dinner. Open for lunch, too. Closed Sundays. Andrea Trattoria, 1833 Harding Hwy., Newfield, 697-8400. Chef/owner Andrea Covino serves up Italian specialties in an atmosphere of fine dining. Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave, Hammonton, 609-704-9797. Food served tapas style, specialty martinis, catering, private parties. Extensive wine list. Live music every Friday 10 p.m.-1.a.m. Bagel University, 1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 691-0909. This breakfast and lunch spot offers a menu of sandwiches named for colleges near and far. Bain’s Deli, 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or take it with you. Daily specials include coffee of the day. Bennigan’s Restaurant, 2196 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Entrees, desserts, drink specials. Take-out, too. Happy Hour buffet Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. NFL flat-screen TVs. Big Apple, 528 N. Harding Hwy., Vineland, 697-5500. Steaks, veal, 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. Bojo’s Ale House, 222 N. High St., Millville, 327-8011. All food is homemade, including the potato chips. Casa Dori II, Brewster Rd. and Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 794-1888. Authentic Italian, lunch and dinner; catering avail. 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. Crust N Krumbs Bakery, Main and Magnolia rds., 690-1200. Cakes, pies, cookies, breads, and doughnuts. Custom wedding cakes, too. 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. The Breighton Room at the Drivers Club s u n d ay B r u n c h a ay at e n joy a de l ic io u s Easter brunch WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Featuring all your favorites, including Hand Carved Meats, Omelets, Pasta, and much much more! ALL FOR ONLY $ 24.95 4.95 4 95 Beverage and Champagne Included Inclu uded For Information & Reservations Call: Reser vations 856.327.8000 x 8203 8000 3 Available for private parties Available parties NJ MOTORSPORTS PARK TM the grapevine { 25 } Gift certi?cates available certi?cates The Breighton Room at the Driver’s Club is open Fri, Sat, Sun for Lunch and Dinner 11AM – 10 PM. Driver’s ’ ch every Brunch ever y Sunday from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm 0 Take advantage of the lowest rates in 37 years! Newfield National Bank offers various mortgage options along with knowledgeable professionals for a stress-free experience. Dial 1-800-690-3440 extension 1107 or 1108 to talk to your hometown mortgage professional. 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. Eric’s, 98 S. West Ave., Vineland, 2059800. Greek and American cuisine. Pizza, too. 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. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 696-2992. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner served 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 daily. Italian cuisine, pizza. 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, 6915558. 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. Kawa Thai & Sushi, 2196 N. Second St. (Rt. 47), Millville, 825-9939. Thai and Japanese cuisine. BYOB. 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. Three meals daily. Sunday breakfast buffet, early-bird dinners. Member FDIC Mortgage Center 12 North West Blvd., Newfield NJ 08344 1-800-690-3440 x1107 or 1108 www.newfieldbank.com 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. { 26 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 Delicious Goodies for your Family or Hostess Bunny Cakes, Head Cakes (Large & Small) Easter Breads, Easter Breads w/Egg in Middle Bunny Head Cookies, Pastries, Cakes, Pies and more 1370 S. Main Road, Vineland, NJ Happy Easter & Kustard Kitchen Ice Cream Cakes for all Occasions Large Easter Egg Cakes Small Easter Eggs & Bunny Heads ORDER EARLY! 856-690-1200 Open Easter Sunday 6:30 til 1:00 pm Reg. Hours: Tues-Fri 6:30-5pm, Sat. 6:30-3:30pm, Sun 6:30-1pm OPEN Year Round Custard Stand 856-691-5438 1370 S. Main Road Vineland, NJ 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. ItalianAmerican cuisine, seafood and veal. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet. Manny & Vic’s, 1687 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland, 696-3100. Daily pizza specials, delivery. Manny’s Pizza, 426 N. High St., Millville, 327-5081. Daily pizza specials, delivery. Martino’s Trattoria & Pizzeria, 2614 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 692-4448. 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 Road, Vineland, 6979825. 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. 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, 1022 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. Pizza and gourmet salads. 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. Sushi Lunch Specials $7.99 NOW OPEN AT 2196 N. 2nd Street, Millville (Rt. 47 – Target Shopping Center) Hours: Mon-Thurs. 11am – 10pm Fri.-Sat. 11am – 11pm Sunday 12pm – 9:30pm (856) 825-9939 Restaurant Pizzeria & Lounge Vineland’s neighborhood bakery, for Hannukah and Christmas Desserts Make Your Reservations For Easter & Mother’s Day! Regular Menu & Easter Specials Available Wednesday Night Drink Specials! Starting Tuesday,April 14th Dinner Buffet $13.99 5 – 9 pm (All you can eat) WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | a 6th street between Landis and Elmer in Downtown Vineland 856-692-5353 www.thesweetlifebakery.com HOURS Sun. thru Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the grapevine { 27 } The Sweet Life Bakery was recently named ‘Best Muffins in South Jersey? by SJ Magazine Readers Poll (856) 697-2900 363 E. WHEAT ROAD BUENA, NJ 08310 I Recipe Corner { LISA ANN DiNUNZIO } Recipe Swap Easter recipes and what to do with the leftover ham. reetings! Spring has finally sprung! The air is filled with sounds of twittering birds, the ground is producing beautiful daffodils and the temperature is rising. These are just a few sure signs that spring is here. With its arrival, many people get ready to prepare some of their favorite springtime recipes. One of my family’s Easter traditions is baking a lambshaped cake from a mold that was given to my Mom when my GreatGrandmother Brady passed away. It’s a cherished tradition we partake in every Easter. The pic- Easter Ham 4 pounds boneless ham, fully cooked 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon dry mustard Whole cloves Slice each roll lengthwise, spread inside of each with spicy mustard (or mustard of choice). Place 2 slices of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of ham on each roll. Cut sandwich in half on the diagonal and serve with potato chips. Makes 4 servings. 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. G tures shown are my niece, Christina, making the lamb cake as she has every year since she was two years old. She is the fifth generation of our family to use this special mold. I encourage everyone to share your family’s traditions with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Happy Easter! The following recipe and story is shared by Maureen Krupp Maureen writes: “Every year we have our traditional Easter dinner, and the showstopper is the Easter Ham. We enjoy until our bellies are full on Easter day, and then we look forward to ham sandwiches the day after. I thought I would share both recipes with you and hope they go over as big at your house as they do at ours.” Preheat oven to 325°. Place ham on rack in a shallow pan, fat side up. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer reads 140°. After the first hour of roasting, remove ham from oven and score the top if desired, into a diamond pattern. Combine brown sugar with maple syrup (honey may be substituted) and the dry mustard, mix well and spread over the outside of ham. Stud with whole cloves set into the center of each diamond. Return ham to the oven to finish baking. After removing ham from oven, allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes before carving. Makes 12 servings Here is a great recipe to use up any leftovers from the Easter ham. Baked Ham Sandwiches 4 hoagie rolls (8 inches in length) 8 slices domestic Swiss cheese 8 slices fully cooked baked ham Spicy Mustard Beautiful Smiles, Made Affordable OUR SERVICES MILLVILLE FAMILY DENTAL Union Lake Crossing Shopping Center 2144 N. 2nd St., Millville NEW PATIENT WELCOMING PACKAGE { 28 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 $ 80( reg. $230.) Includes oral exam, full mouth series of x-rays, cleaning & polishing, oral cancer screening, periodontal (gums) evaluation. With coupon only. Not valid with other offers. 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In addition to the Tuesday Tours, Cumberland Christian School is also offering an EVENING OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. No appointment is needed for the Tuesday Tours or the Open House. Students entering grades 6-12 can spend the day at CCS on one of the scheduled Prospective Student Days. These days provide the prospective student with a chance to visit the school and shadow a current student for the day. Thursday, May 7 has been set aside as a Prospective Student Day. Students wishing to visit the school on one of this day must register in advance by contacting Nancy DeHaan, 856-696-1600 ext 39 or ndehaan@cccrusader.org. For other questions about enrolling at Cumberland Christian School, contact Nancy DeHaan at 696-1600 ext. 39. Molly Says Come & Have Your Pet’s Photo Taken! PET PHOTOS Saturday, April 25th By Appointment Only Call For Details! 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The combined choirs will participate in the division IV category for both the mixed choir and madrigal classifications. The combined Select mixed choirs invite you to hear their groups at their spring concert, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the VHS South Auditorium. Front row, from left: Jennie Crescenzo, Samantha Lee, Emily Montagna, Adrian Lelli, Natalie Bermudez, Allison Beres, and Kristina Sakhan. Second row: Kaitlyn Brown-Torpey, Angelica Quiles, Jenese Bennett, Amanda Garcia, Juliana Crescenzo, and Chynna Vavrusa. Third row: Melisa Altreche, Cassandra Satterfield, Krystina Mason, Emily Velez, Angel Cosme, Gary Guadalupe, Dee’Anna Denelsbeck, Yasenia Wagner, Aiyanna Brown and Lori Cummines, director. Fourth row, from leftt: Scott Shapiro, Christopher Scott, Shaun Laurencio, Andrew Anastor, PJ Connelly, and Andrea Chieffo. Not pictured: Suzanna Zakota and Yocelyn Cortes. We Carry All Natural Pet Food! Lip Sync Concert at Mennies The faculty and staff of Mennies Elementary School will present their fourth annual Lip Sync Concert in the school’s all purpose room on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. The school is located at 361 E. Grant Ave. The school’s teachers and staff will perform the greatest hits of the 60’s to the current top 40. The previous three concerts have attracted capacity audiences and caused lots of laughs, according to Chris Hannah, Mennies music teacher, and Nancy Dixon, kindergarten teacher, who are coordinating the event. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for students. Each ticket includes one chance to win a door prize. There will be a bake sale during intermission. Proceeds will go to the school’s scholarship fund, which goes to a graduating VHS senior who attended Mennies Elementary School. The event will be videotaped by VPS Broadcasting and aired on Channel 9 at a later date. For further information, call the school at 794-6957. Blackoil Sunflower Seed 50 lb. 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It negotiates employee contracts, and approves the hiring of teachers, administrators and other staff. To participate in the Annual School Election, a citizen must be a registered voter in his or her municipality. In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by absentee ballot, which is available at the county clerk’s office. Residents can apply to their county clerk for absentee ballots by mail. County clerks must receive mail applications by April 14. In addition, voters have until 3 p.m. on April 20 to apply for absentee ballots in version at the office of the county clerk. Absentee ballots must be received by the board of elections or the designee no later than 9 a.m. on the date of the election. 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Registration begins at 9 a.m. Rain date April 26. 691-1500 ext. 17. APRIL 23 AND 24 FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Crabs & Spaghetti. North Italy Club, Eighth St. and Verona Ln. 6 p.m. Takeouts starting 5:30 p.m. (bring a container). Steamed and raw clams also available. Cost is $15 per person eat-in or takeout. Ave. 6-8 p.m. Learn about the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians from tribe member Yuri Ridgeway. Free and open to all ages. 794-4244. AARP Driver Safety Program. Vineland Fiorili Senior Center on 6th and Elmer sts. Cumberland County Office on Aging & Disabled is administering the course. $14 fee. Register in advance. Call 453-2223 TUESDAY, APRIL 14 City Council Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Friday Night Coffehouse. Trinity Bible Church, 4630 Mays Landing Rd. Basketball/ Ping-Pong/ Karaoke, Video Games/ Billiards/ Board Games (Feel free to bring your own!) Plus snacks and refreshments. 7 p.m. WEDNESDAYS IN LENT Bread and Broth. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 2384 E. Landis Ave. Meal at 6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. service. 691-4278. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 Cooking Demonstration. Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic St, Landisville. Wine paired with three courses by Chef Murray Levin of Lucia’s Ristorante in Vineland. 6 p.m., $47. Advance tickets required. 697-7172. FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Good Friday Breakfast. Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Second St., Millville. Special speaker attorney Fred Jacobs. Starts 8 a.m. $6. 825-0076. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 All Sports Booster Dinner Dance. North Italy Hall, Eighth St. and Verona Ln. Catered buffet, entertainment by the Secret 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. MONDAY, APRIL 13 Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians. Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 Healthy Lifestyle Seminar. Louise’s Cafe, Salem and West Blvd., Newfield, Guest Speaker: Roe Melnicove, a Health & Wellness Coordinator. Topics discussed: Improve immune function, increase energy levels, slow the aging process, reduce disease-causing toxins, learn your body’s nutritional requirements. 7 p.m. RSVP 6978700 7 a.m.-2 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 10 Run for Barb. Cumberland County College, 3322 College Dr. The family and friends of Sharon Bortle have organized the “Run for Barb: Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk” The event will begin at 9 a.m. The run/walk has been planned in memory of Sharon Bortle, a teacher at Durand Elementary School, and Barbara Vanaman, an education transportation coordinator and fitness enthusiast. Both died in domestic violence incidents. “Physical abuse in the home is a terrible tragedy that alters lives forever,” said Debbie Matusow, an organizer of the event. “Providing aid to the victims in the form of shelter, basic necessities and counseling, is the best way to help families get back on their feet and lead productive lives. “Giving aid to domestic violence victims seems the most appropriate tribute to Sharon, who was always involved in helping others,” said Bev Greco. “Together, we can help stop this cycle of abuse that ruins lives and many times ends with the death of a loved one. An entry and pledge form is available at www.vineland.org/pr/public/rfbform For more information, visit www.Lmsports.com or contact Bruce Wilson wilsonb@sjhs.com. To increase awareness of domestic abuse, Val Gallina, a special education teacher at D’Ippolito School is again selling purple bracelets. The cost is $3 each, two for $5 or three for $10. To order, contact Gallina via email vgallina@vineland.org. A FREE AFTER-HOURS NETWORKING EVENT for local women business owners is set for Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center (450 E. Broad Street in Bridgeton). Meet like-minded business owners, network and enjoy wine and cheese. Registration is required. Contact Joyce Garofolo, Membership VP, NJAWBO, Cumberland-Salem Chapter at gtravelingagent@aol.com for more information. THE SICILIAN AMERICAN CLUB is accepting nominations for the Spirit of Achievement Award for 2009 until Friday, April 24. Nominees must be of Italian Heritage and good moral character. He or she must inspire others through their extraordinary service to the community. The award ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 24. Written nominations are to be detailed and comprehensive. Forward submissions to the Selection Committee C/O Clorinda Blasse, President P.O. Box 84, Vineland, NJ 08362. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Healthy Family Community Day. YMCA of Vineland, 1159 E. Landis Ave. Fun, food, entertainment, and education. More than 25 vendors will offer complimentary information about health and safety topics. Other features: an obstacle course, the Toothmobile, a celebrity dunk tank, and an art show, complete with prizes. Tour the YMCA’s new Family Fitness Center and free weight room, as well as full-sized pool and skate park. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free, no registration needed. 691-0030. THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY is currently accepting applications for the 2010 Community Environmental Enhancement Grant Program. The program assists non-profit groups and organizations with grant funds dedicated to preserving and improving the environment in Cumberland County. The Improvement Authority has budgeted $250,000 for the program this year and will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. The individual grant amounts will depend upon the number of applications that are approved. Grant applicants for 2010 may be eligible to receive funding to conduct projects that can include anti-litter campaigns, recycling, air quality, water quality, solid waste management, watershed management, preservation efforts, environmental cleanup efforts to encourage preservation, soil conservation, establishment of outdoor recreation facilities by reclaiming public lands, improving storm water management practices, and the purchasing of recycled material for community enhancement and recreational projects. Other creative applications that preserve or improve the environment will also be considered for review. “We encourage applicants to schedule a pre-application meeting to review their ideas,” said Cumberland County Recycling Coordinator Dennis DeMatte Jr. “A proposed project must be completed within one year from the grant award date.” The application deadline for the Environmental Enhancement Grant Program is April 27. For more information, please contact the Cumberland County Improvement Authority at 825-3700. SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Newfield Sportsmen’s Club Venison Breakfast. North Italy Club, Eighth St. and Verona Ln. 7;30- a.m-noon. $8. SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Our Lady of the Lakes Pancake Breakfast. Our Lady of the Lakes Church Hall, 9 Malaga Rd., Collings Lakes. Proceeds will be used for parish assessments for Notre Dame Regional Catholic School. Menu inlcudes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Meals are $5. Tickets to be purchased by April 12. 609-805-7503 or 609-561-8313. { 30 } the grapevine | APRIL 8, 2009 SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Cumberland SPCA Step-for-a-Pet Walk. Parvin State Park Beach Front, Pittsgrove. Walk in the park to help raise money for the homeless animals. Remember to bring your mutt. Raise $50 or more and receive a 2009 Pet Walk t-shirt. Great prizes, spring pet photos, musical entertainment, free refreshments, shelter dogs available for adoption. 9 a.m.-noon. “PICK AN EGG MONTH” is currently underway for new and returning members of the YMCA of Vineland, who may enjoy several specials during April. At the front desk, each person can select an egg, which will indicate a certain level of savings. The savings can range from $15 to $147.72. The YMCA of Vineland is located at 1159 East Landis Avenue. For more information, call the YMCA at 691-0030. SEND US YOUR EVENT NOTICES. We want to help you publicize your events. Send them to us at the address listed on page 3. Service band, and an auction. A cash bar is available. Proceeds will help fund the club’s June banquet to honor senior scholar/athletes and provide scholarships. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $35. 696-0954. SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Challenger League First Game. Cunningham Park, West Ave. and Wheat Rd. North Vineland Little League Challenger League players, coaches, parents, Vineland Rotarians, Vineland High School Interact Club, Mayor Romano, and Assemblymen Matthew Milam will all be on hand. 1:30 p.m. THE VINELAND HISTORICAL and Antiquarian Society invites anyone interested in volunteering at the Society to attend volunteer orientation sessions, to be held on Thursday, April 9, at 1 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. The Society is located at 108 South Seventh Street. For further details: www.vinelandhistory.org. A BUS TRIP TO LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, is being sponsored by The Zonta Club of Cumberland County. The trip is set for Saturday, April 18. It includes tickets to the American Music Theater to see the show “RocketMen— The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John,” along with visits to the Kitchen Kettle Amish Village and Rockvale Outlets. Cost is $55 per person, which includes the bus trip and show ticket. Meals not included. Bus leaves Maintree Shopping Center, Main Road and Chestnut Avenue, at 9 a.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Call 825-9587 to reserve a seat. SUNDAY, APRIL 26 Project Graduation Breakfast Fundraiser. VHS South Cafeteria, E. Chestnut Ave. Project Graduation is a free all-night drug and alcohol-free party for seniors to celebrate their high school graduation. organizers must raise nearly $60,000 annually. Menu includes eggs, sausage, potatoes, French toast sticks, bread, and hot/cold beverages. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 794-6800 ext. 7594 or smusey@vineland.org. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Run for Aaron 5K/1 Mi. 4680 Dante Ave. Registration 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m. All age groups. Scholarships awarded to graduating area seniors. $25 per runner, $50 per family for the 5K and $20/$40. 825-5228 or www.runforaron.com. TUESDAY, APRIL 28 City Council Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 First Friday Game Night. Vineland 1st Church of the Nazarene, 2725 N. Delsea Dr. Basketball, games, food, and music for ages 12-16. 696-4380. THE FED-UP WITH BREAST CANCER 5-Mile Blanket Walk will be held at Landis Park on Saturday April 25. The event will also focus on youth staying away from gangs and drugs, as there will be activities for the youth to get involved with. Proceeds will benefit SJH Foundation, Susan G. Komen race for the Cure, and Fedup-4u. Call 364-8103 or send email to fedup4u@hotmail.com. Write checks and money orders to Fedup-4u, 308 W. Chestnut Ave. Vineland, NJ. THE MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR America Pageant is seeking contestants. the contest will be held at Harrah’s Resort Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. The pageant celebrates women who have reached the “age of elegance,” or 60 years and over, and exemplify the dignity and maturity of all senior Americans. After winning the State title, the queen becomes the delegate for New Jersey and will compete in the national pageant, held at Harrah’s in October. For an application and information call 822-7441. SUNDAY, MAY 3 Dr. Sketchy’s. Artist Consortium, 129B N. High St., Millville. Artists draw glamorous burlesque dancers, compete in contests, and win wacky prizes. 2-5 p.m. $10-$15, tickets at the door, must be 18 to participate. SATURDAY, JULY 25 Barbara Cook Run-Ride-Walk for Cancer. New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville. This year’s event will feature new bike routes including 62-mile (Metric Century) and 31-mile rides, plus an 8-mile fun ride for family riders. A post-event barbeque fundraiser will include raffles and auctions. Longer cycling events begin 8 a.m., other registrations 4:30 p.m., events at 6 p.m. For additional details, or to register, visit www.ACTIVE.com. MONDAY, MAY 4 Environmental Commission Meeting. City Hall, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 640 E. Wood St. 7 p.m. THE KIDSPEACE FOSTER CARE and Community Program is hosting a meet-and-greet to announce the opening of a Vineland office. Join the staff on Thursday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vineland Public Library (1058 E. Landis Avenue) to learn more about the program or call 794-9950. CPR COURSES are being offered by The American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter at the Millville Office, 21 E. Main Street (Rear Suites). All registrations must be paid in advance. For additional information, call Damaris Alicea, Health & Safety Manager, 413-0909. • Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 21, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Recertification, 5-9 p.m., $40. • Saturday, April 11, Community CPR/AED, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., $50. • Saturday, April 18, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $70. • Saturday, April 25, First Aid, 8 a.m.-noon, $35. THURSDAY, MAY 7 The Photographic Society of Vineland. Newfield Senior Center, corner of Catawba Ave and Church St, Newfield. New members welcome. 7:30pm. 691-4563. EVERY MONDAY Zumba. Vineland 1st Church of the Nazarene, 2725 N. Delsea Dr. Join Tamara for this exercise craze. 6:15 p.m. for low impact, 7 p.m. for high impact. 696-4380. FRIDAY, MAY 8 Moonlight Scrapbook/Card making Night. Masonic Lodge, Landis Ave. Dinner and snacks will be served and prizes will be given. 3 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $35. To reserve your space, call in advance 794-1069. EVERY TUESDAY Karate Class. Dr. Wm. Mennies School, 361 E. Grant Ave. Program of the Vineland Recreation Commission, for girls and boys ages 6 and up. Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. Registration fee $15, 794-4000, ext. 4681. SATURDAY, MAY 9 A Mother’s Love Conference and Luncheon. 208 Park Ave. Registration is $20. Presented by Heartfelt Treasures and WOWgroup. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 982-1559. EVERY THURSDAY Free Yoga Class. Holly Heights School AVA room (2515 E. Main Street), Millville. Linda Schimmel, certified yoga instructor, teaches. Open to all age groups and suitable for most fitness levels. Dress comfortably; bring a yoga mat or beach towel to class. 6-7 p.m. Every Thursday through April 30. WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Planning Board Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. 7:30 p.m. THE FIRST HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE and Electronics Recycling Day of 2009 is set for Saturday, April 18. County residents may bring their household generated hazardous waste and electronics to the City of Millville Streets and Roads Complex on Ware Avenue in Millville from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are limited to 150 pounds or 20 gallons of material per trip, to include the following items: gasoline and kerosene, pesticides and herbicides, household batteries, oil-based paints, turpentine and thinners, and other solvents. Electronics, limited to six computer units per resident, include such items as computers, monitors, keyboards, TVs, VCR and DVD players, stereos and cell phones. No small quantity commercial generators of hazardous material will be allowed to dispose of their waste during these clean-up days. Also, tires will not be accepted at the Hazardous Waste Days this year. Residents may bring tires to the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex during normal business hours. There is a fee of two dollars per automobile tire, and five dollars per truck tire. Questions? Call 825-3700. If unable to attend this clean-up day, store your eligible materials in a safe manner until the next scheduled collection day—June 6 at the County Complex in Bridgeton. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 31 } TH 5×5 • 5×10 • 10×10 • 10×15 • 10×20 2 MO N WITH AID RENTAL • 24 Hour / 7 Day Available • Car/RV/Boat Storage EPA PR • Document / File Storage • Computerized Gate Access 1 MONTH FREE 1348 S. Main Road • Vineland, NJ • 856-691-3613 • www.MainRoadUStoreIt.com I Faces in the News services. One of the most important tasks undertaken by Riesenburger was serving as President of the Trustees during the construction of the new addition. Riesenburger lives in Vineland and is the Chair of the Environmental Law Group for Flaster/Greenburg. He is a cum laude graduate of the American University where he received the John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago. Riesenburger Named a Trustee Emiritus Franklin J. Riesenburger, Esq. was named a Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of 24 years of exemplary service to Vineland Public Library and the community. Joanne Gittone, President of the Trustees, left in photo, presented Riesenburger with a plaque and memory book. At right, his wife looks on. Riesenburger was appointed to the Vineland Public Library Board of Trustees in 1984 by Joseph E. Romano, the father of Vineland’s current mayor. His term as a Trustee took him through five City Mayors and three Library Directors. Important events during his tenure included automation of the card catalogue, expansion of library materials, establishment of a Library Foundation and a tremendous growth in Serra Receives National Honor Thomas Serra, owner of Thomas Serra Salon & Spa here in Vineland, recently was honored by Top Salons & Day Spas in America!, Total Look – Gala Fashion, and also received an exclusive invitation to do a photo shoot for Passion International Stylebook in Washington, D.C. Serra received these honors after attending a weeklong cruise for the Share the Wealth Program, which celebrates hair fashion artistry. The program, founded by John Amico, Sr., included educational seminars presented by industry experts such as Geno Stampora, John Amico, Jr., Larry Oskin, and Rudy D’Amico from Italy. Tommy Serra was a featured speaker for the events. As a result of the Share the Wealth Program, a national consumer hair magazine—Top Salons & Day Spas in America!— will include Serra in a future directory article. Total Look – Gala Fashion honored Serra with a Supernatural Award Plaque. Passion International Stylebook also asked Serra to participate in a future photo shoot for its international audience. These trendsetting stylebooks are considered the top fashion directories, which can be found in virtually every salon throughout the world. Serra has owned and operated his salon and spa on Landis Avenue for 45 years. He has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. Additionally, Serra had owned and directed the Philadelphia Academy of Beauty, a fully accredited cosmetology school. Hart-Macy Named to Who’s Who Megan L. Hart-Macy, Professional and Community Education Program Administrator and member of the adjunct faculty at Cumberland County College, has been named to the 2009-10 edition of Who’s Who Among Professionals and Executives. The specialized registry, produced by Montclair Publishing, recognizes men and women of excellence in professional fields from across North America and Canada. An employee of Cumberland County College since 2004, Hart-Macy specializes in the arts, humanities and business in her role as a program administrator. She received her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and is a 1996 graduate of CCC. The Millville resident donates charitably to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. In her free time she enjoys volunteer work and her role as a Bible study teacher at Genesis Elder Care. In addition, Hart-Macy is the 2008-09 N.J. American Queen and supports D.A.S.H. (Domestic Abuse Stops Here). “I am honored to receive this recognition in conjunction with my work at Cumberland County College,” said Hart-Macy. “From a student to a full-time employee, my heart is the success of each and every student I encounter, whether it is through teaching or advising. I hope to use this honor to continue my professional growth and contributions to my work at Cumberland.” Save Time & Money! Vineland’s Premier Car Wash Offers To You: EXPRESS WASH Only $6.00 to get the dirt off!! SHOE REPAIR 2611 S. Main Rd., Vineland Gift Books Available! (Between Grant & Sherman) No Waiting for vacuum customers… Stay in your car!! Look At Your Shoes… Everybody Else Does! 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Yogesh Thakur, coordinator of Sanskaar, thanked all the volunteers and their parents for making this first cleanup event successful. Happy Easter to our Beautiful Little Angels Danna, Suzanne, and Baby Girl Andrea (a.k.a. Rabbit) Love, Proud Grandparents Ricky & Marie Gallo Happy Easter to our Wonderful Grandchildren: Virginia, Anabelle, Logan, Shannon, Daniel, Dominic, and Gabriella—Love, Grandparents Paul & Paula Doe Local Employees Honored Trico Lift, a nationally established aerial work platform company headquartered in Millville, recently held an Employee Appreciation Dinner to honor employees for their efforts and to recognize several milestones. Service awards were presented to 10 employees including Lorrie Adler of Vineland, Mary Lou Cuneo of Franklinville, and Yamira Velez of Newfield. Adler is the company’s Marketing Manager. She has worked at the company for 15 years. According to Trico Lift Executive Vice President Chris Carmolingo, Adler received the company’s Outstanding Achievement Award, which is given to employees who demonstrate the desired attributes of a true Trico Lift team player. Cuneo works at the company’s headquarters in Millville as a Credit and Collections Representative and Velez is Sales Coordinator for the company. Both Cuneo and Velez received the company’s Joe Pustizzi, Sr. Service Award, given for completing five years of service. The award is named after Trico Lift President and CEO Ken Pustizzi’s father who founded the equipment rental company in 1952 from which Trico Lift was formed. Barbetti Wins Tourney Dylan Barbetti, former Vineland resident, won at the USTA Queens Harbor tennis tournament. The three-day tournament included junior players from central and north Florida, and was held during President’s Day Weekend. The photo shows Barbetti accepting his trophy from Queen’s Harbor Tennis Director Matt Hancock. Barbetti is currently ranked #134 in Florida for Boys 12 and under. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Ariana’s Art Ariana Scalfo, of Vineland is 17 and a sophomore at Cumberland County College. She was recently chosen to create five charcoal sketches of movement for the Vineland Regional Dance Company’s spring performance at CCC. Scalfo, a Fine Arts Major, was recognized for her ability in figure drawing. Sarah Shapiro, Art Director at CCC, was instrumental in giving this student the opportunity for her first art exhibition. Celebration at Boys & Girls Club Boys & Girls Club of Vineland members planned a week of interesting and fun activities to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week for the week of March 22-28. In addition to holding an Open House, the Vineland Club members took part in several healthy recreational activities and created a puppet show, conducted a community clean-up, played Boys & Girls Club bingo, competed in a three-on-three basketball tournament, participated in an essay contest and attended a rehearsal of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Pictured from left: Izaiah Castro, Rafael Medina and Joseph Rivera showing off their paper bag puppets. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, call 696-4190 or 896-0244. the grapevine { 33 } 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. The Grapevine’s Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1. Color lightly 6. Female parents 11. Present covering 14. Feathered scarf 15. Positive pole 16. British Air Aces 18. Alo_____: loss of hair 21. Broadway’s Hook, Ritchard 23. Lime painting on dry plaster 25. 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Opening Doors to Home Ownership REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS The following transactions of $1,000 or more were filed with Cumberland County in the month of March 2009 (transactions may have occurred in an earlier month). Names listed may, in some cases, be those of buyers’ or sellers’ representatives. 761 Bridgeton Ave., Leroy M Jones to Primacy Closing Corp. on 3/4/09 for $295,000 60 W Sunset Pine Dr., Raymond F Mensh to Dawn Groover on 3/4/09 for $186,000 Now Is The Time To Buy! Excellent Interest Rates FAIRFIELD TWP Fairfield Twp., Richard B Blew to Frank E Laning, III on 3/5/09 for $8,448 VINELAND 1508 W Landis Ave., Lee Dalton to Eva Cardoso on 3/2/09 for $74,000 2561 Michelon Ct., LaSalle Bank Trust (by Atty.) to 101 Orchard LLC on 3/2/09 for $145,000 450 John St., Yury Shapovalov to Kathleen Loguidice-Newsome on 3/2/09 for $153,000 404 W Laurel St., Diana E Cruz to Daniel Fabbri on 3/3/09 for $65,000 1240 Lilac Dr., Jeremias J Bermudez to Osmar Renato Escotlam on 3/3/09 for $168,000 1092 Maurice River Pkwy., Dennis Spence to Sandra Elmore on 3/4/09 for $9,500 129 Luciano Ave., Cumberland County Sheriff to New Jersey Home Construction Inc. on 3/4/09 for $61,900 520 Third St., Naomi E Rodriguez to Lillian Reyes on 3/4/09 for $137,000 2611 N East Blvd., Paul C Smith to Steel-Men LLC on 3/4/09 for $200,000 1183 Almond Rd., Barnard LLC to Hilario Hernandez on 3/5/09 for $50,000 BRIDGETON 75 Edward Ave., Lynn Ada Holding to DFC Management LLC on 3/3/09 for $130,000 39 Ridge Ave., Sherry Gosbin (Ind. Exec.) to Laurie A Buirch on 3/4/09 for $128,500 61 Bridgeton Ave., Carla Rochelle Chiarelli to DFC Management LLC on 3/4/09 for $150,000 MAURICE RVR TWP 28 Harriett Ave., Douglas W Dobson to Eric Perewiznyk on 3/4/09 for $298,000 BRAND NEW KITCHEN Perfect starter home! This home contains 3 large bedrooms, Brand new kitchen and bathroom and fenced in yard. $145,000 Vineland MILLVILLE 2523 Newcombtown Rd., Louis H Tice to Donna Lynn Livingston on 3/3/09 for $160,000 2 Tomasello Dr., Sherwood Forest Homes LLC to Brenda Bretnall on 3/3/09 for $239,000 12 Emily Dr., Dan I Dixon to Larry E Ashbridge, Jr. on 3/5/09 for $175,000 COMMERCIAL TWP 100 Sunset Rd., Joyanne Miller (Exec.) to Eric S Nocon on 3/2/09 for $24,000 204 Ridge Rd., Richard C Balderson (Exec.) to Debra Hayes on 3/5/09 for $55,000 333 Olive Rd., Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. 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The Prep commissioned Leap for two panels, a landscape depicting St. Augustine’s life and a lifesized portrait of the saint. “Because of my background in illustration, my work always contains a story,” says Leap. “I do a lot of research on my own to figure out what is the client’s story and how to depict that for the viewer. Sometimes a client has a sense of what it should be about.” For instance, at the Veteran’s Home in Vineland, Leap designed windows for the chapel and library. The images in the library depict some of the residents while they were active in the military, along with stanzas from “The Star Spangled Banner.” For the landscape at The Prep, Leap’s research led Continued on page 10 EGG HUNT: Pick a Park The Easter Bunny is rumored to arrive early in town this year, as Vineland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for this Saturday, April 4. 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Lincoln Ave. • Vineland, NJ 08360 www.doctormainiero.com WWW.TOWNPLAYALOT.COM 692-TOWN (8696) BABYSITTING SERVICE AVAILABLE 106 W. Landis Avenue, Vineland { CONTENTS } 1 Stories in Glass Stained glass is the medium Ken Leap uses to tell the story of St. Augustine. ST E P H A N I E FA R R E L L I Editor’s Letter 4 6 7 Faces in the News In the Spotlight Take Me Out to the Ball Game Each year at around this time, I fall victim once more to sunflower seed addiction. This habit, for me, goes hand-in-hand with being a spectator at youth baseball games. All the players, including my son, chew the salty shells, carefully extracting the nutty seeds from within before spitting out the shells and starting on the next handful. Many of the parents subsequently have gotten hooked on the tiny treats. The spitting part may not sound very dignified, but hey, it’s baseball. At least the kids (and parents) aren’t chewing tobacco. Youth baseball, in my humble opinion, is the purest and most enjoyable form of the game. There are no obscene player salaries. There are no drunken fans cursing at the top of their lungs, oblivious to the young children seated directly in front of them. There are no outrageous ticket prices or parking fees. And there are no seats so high that the players on the field look like ants. There are just kids who love to play the game and coaches who volunteer their time because they love to teach the finer points of America’s pasttime to the next generation. I enjoyed my limited time coaching youth baseball when my son was three and four years old. Those two years were spent coaching T-ball and showing the kids which direction to run after they hit the ball. I still get a huge kick out of watching the old videos of those teams learning to play the game. I don’t know enough about baseball strategy to coach at the higher levels, but with kids that young, the main thing was to show them the basics and make sure they had fun so that they’d learn to love the game. Pure baseball. It’s that time of year again, though many seasons have since passed. My son is now a better ballplayer than I ever was, and he loves the game as much as I do. This summer, his traveling team will go to Cooperstown to play in a weeklong tournament and visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. But before then, there will be many more weekend games, countless practices and too many more fundraisers. Most of the kids on my son’s teams hope to one day play in the big leagues. Their fantasies were most likely fueled even more when the region’s team, the Philadelphia Phillies, won the World Series last year. Most of them, like me, are hoping for a repeat this year. And the Phightin’ Phils have as good a chance at recapturing the world championship as any other World Series champs in recent memory. After all, most of the roster is returning, with the exception of Pat Burrell. He’s been replaced by the more consistent Raul Ibanez. Ryan Howard has played in Spring training just as he finished off last year—leading the league in homers and playing pretty decent defense, too. Cole Hamels and Chase Utley are both recovering very well from injuries; and though Hamels won’t be ready for opening day, he’ll most likely be ready for the time he’s due to pitch in the rotation. The Phillies’ season opener is on Sunday night, in Philadelphia, against the Atlanta Braves. The game will be on the TV in the Epifanio household (provided we get back in time from my son’s game in Mount Laurel). And we’ll be root-root-rooting for the home team. And while watching the game, I’ll reminisce about watching and playing the game as a kid. When the game seemed so pure. And when the sunflower seed addiction first began. Residential & Commercial Service & Installation Heating & Cooling Equipment Hot Water Heaters Water/Sewer Underground Piping Sewer Drain Cleaning A downtown assessment team visits this week. TO D D N O O N Time To Plant…Again Fields and backyard gardens are readied. DEBORAH A. EIN 8 Entertainment 12 Community Calendar HG1-4 HOME & GARDEN 17 More Faces 18 In Our Schools 19 Vineland on the Move Transportation and the Four Corners project are topics at last week’s Planning Board meeting. LEE BURKE Serving Vineland for over 100 years! 691-1950 State Lic. # 12089 20 A Century of Study The Training Center at Vineland has led some important mental health studies. V I N C E FA R I N AC C I O 24 DINING: 31 Very Vineland Vineland has an array of food specialties. ST E P H E N W I L S O N Recipe Corner Josh Phillips is the first man to share a recipe. L I SA D I N U N Z I O 26 Crossword 27 REAL ESTATE { STAFF } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher DEBORAH A. EIN Managing Editor LORI GOUDIE Art Director GAIL EPIFANIO Controller JACK EPIFANIO Advertising Executive SHERRY MUNYAN Advertising Executive MARIE HALPIN-GALLO Advertising Executive TRACY BUSCHAM Graphic Designer MARIE TEDESCO Editorial Intern WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | The Grapevine 3660 E. Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ 08361 PHONE: 856-457-7815 • FAX: 856-457-7816 EMAIL: letters@grapevinenewspaper.com WEB: www.grapevinenewspaper.com The Grapevine is published on Wednesdays by Grapevine News Corp. Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved. the grapevine { 3 } MIKE EPIFANIO Editor & Publisher Get Ready For Easter! WE CARRY A COMPLETE LINE OF BUNNY AND CHICK SUPPLIES! I Faces in the News Dandelion & Beer Festival Held on Saturday at Merighi’s Savoy Inn, the 36th Annual Dandelion & Beer Festival was sold out and packed with attendees who sampled craft brews and feasted on dozens of dishes prepared with dandelion greens as the highlighted ingredient. The event, which was sponsored by Capital Bank of NJ, celebrated Vineland’s agricultural heritage with a special nod to the many farmers in attendance at the event. Cumberland County’s own Doug Fisher, NJ’s Secretary of Agriculture (pictured with Assemblyman Nelson Albano, below), attended the event in one of his first public appearances since being sworn in. The Dandelion & Beer Festival featured entertainment by the Special K band with special appearances by roving magician Bill Kerwood and singer Tommy Serra. • • • • • • • • Horse Poultry Goat Sheep Pig Cattle Dog Cat • • • • • • • Pond Fish Rabbit Game Bird Hay/Straw Shavings Woody Pet Domestic/ Wild Bird We Carry All Natural Pet Food! 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Mike Oliva finished 4th in the 15-18 boys 50 freestyle with a time of 21.67. Jeannie Weaver broke a team record in the girls 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.12. She swam best times in all her events, 100 fly, 1:01.17, 50 freestyle, 25.09, 200 backstroke, 2:14.59. Jerry Capriotti swam best times in the 100 butterfly, 56.43 and 50 freestyle, 22.69. Victoria Moorehouse recorded a personal best in the 50 freestyle, 26.02. These high school swimmers had come off their High School Championship meet and the coaches increased the practice yardage to prepare them for Nationals in April. Courtney Middleton improved time in the 200 freestyle, 2:05.00, 100 fly, 1:02.8, 200IM, 2:23.71, 100 freestyle, 57.90, and 50 freestyle, 26.39. Robert Moorehouse swam a personal best in the 100 breaststroke, 1:11.17. Chris Morris improved in the 200 backstroke to swim a 2:05.27 and held steady in his other events. Corryn Rivera dropped time in the 200 breaststroke for a time of 2:44.80. The team is now preparing for its National meet in Charlotte, North Carolina. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | 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. the grapevine { 5 } I Downtown Vineland { TODD NOON, EXEC. DIR., VDID/MAIN STREET } In the Spotlight The Downtown Assessment Resource Team pays Vineland a visit this week. A nytime we have the opportunity to show off what we have accomplished and the progress we’ve made downtown, I am very excited, but this week gives me an extra surge of pride. During four days this week, the Downtown Assessment Resource Team, a group including representatives from national and state Main Street organizations and a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in comprehensive revitalization programs is visiting our downtown. The team consists of Norma Miess, program officer of the National Main Street Trust Center; Jef Buehler, state director of Main Street New Jersey; Heather McCall, assistant state coordinator of Main Street New Jersey; Darlene Rios Drapkin, principal of the consulting firm Urban Transformation; and Wayne Bell, an architect from the Texas Main Street Program. From Tuesday through Friday, this group is not only meeting with members of VDID/Main Street Vineland, but also with representatives from the City of Vineland, the Vineland/Millville Urban Enterprise Zone, the Downtown Merchants’ Association, downtown business owners, and other important stakeholders in the downtown revitalization effort. The team is taking an up-close look at our downtown and touring the sur- rounding community. The culmination of the team’s visit is a public presentation of their findings on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., in City Council Chambers. As Buehler says about the purpose of the visit: “The Downtown Assessment Resource Team provides a comprehensive review of the state of Vineland’s Main Street District and local Main Street Vineland Program. It is one of the key services provided by Main Street New Jersey, a program of the Office of Smart Growth and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. “By bringing in outside expertise from around New Jersey and the nation, including the National Main Street Center, the Team will be able to listen to and interview a number of public and private stakeholders in the downtown and review the ‘facts’ on the ground that affect the quality of life and commerce in the community. As a result, the Team will provide immediate results-oriented feedback to help Main Street Vineland enhance its programming and the health of the business district, as well as a follow-up with a strategic report to guide Main Street Vineland in the coming years.” This is obviously an intense week of collaboration that will be a mutual learning experience for all concerned. I am optimistic that the team will be impressed with the progress that has occurred. Even a quick cruise down Landis Avenue shows how far we’ve come. New facades are appearing at an ever-increasing rate and work on the Four Corners project at East and Landis is moving along. In addition, we have had several success stories with new businesses on the Avenue. This will be an opportunity to celebrate our successes, assess where we stand, and move on with some strategies for the future. Speaking of celebrations, we will be capping off this busy week with a breakfast on Saturday recognizing the achievements of our volunteers. So stay tuned, and I will inform you, in an upcoming column, of the Downtown Assessment Resource Team’s findings. I For more information on all VDID/Main Street Vineland events and activities, call the office at 794-8653 or visit www.mainstreetvineland.org. Get a Fresh Start… 4.79% 4.79% .79% 7 79% { 6 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 * APR APR P 5-Year Fixed Rate Home Equity Loans! Don’t wait! Call us at 1-800-690-3440 for more information. *This annual percentage rate is available when you make automatic payments through your new or existing percentage availa able you s through your new Newfield National Bank Account. If you Newfield National Bank Account. If you choose other payment options, the annual percentage rate is 5.04% percentage APR. There are no fees associated with our Home Equity Loans. 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One of the sure signs of spring’s arrival is not so much something seen, but something heard. I’m talking about the spring peepers, the tiny frogs that can be heard, especially towards evening. Once we get used to hearing them, their “peeping” (really a mating call) becomes background trilling—the white noise of early summer. Another sign of spring is evident in the farmers’ fields. All over the region, the winter cover crops are giving way to tilled earth, cultivated brown and black soil ready to nourish plants that will yield another harvest of Jersey produce. Last year about this time, I wrote a col- umn titled “The Onion Experiment.” In it, I described a little of what it was like growing up on a Jersey farm and how I wanted to pass some of the life lessons learned on the farm along to my own kids. Lessons such as gaining an appreciation for hard work, earning money to save and spend, working together as a family toward a common goal, and keeping busy in summer away from TV and video games. Thus, my twin sons along with their uncle planted a field in onion seedlings. We chose onions, because it’s a crop that doesn’t ripen suddenly or spoil quickly. (The farm is about 10 miles from where we live, so we couldn’t get there every day.) Plus, both my boys like to eat onions. I promised to keep you updated with the project. Well, as Stephen Wilson noted in his Culinary Adventures column last week, growing crops is a learning experience. The experiment didn’t go so well last year, but lessons were learned. The weather turned dry and we did not have the ability to irrigate the onion field, so the yield was disappointing. But that doesn’t mean we’ve given up. This year, we will choose a more fertile field, we’ll plant another crop (potatoes) in addition to onions, and we’ll also have a home garden that we can monitor more closely. Elsewhere in this issue, you will find guidelines for planting your own vegetable garden. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service offers excellent tips and ideas for our locale. And we have a wealth of garden centers and landscaping services in the Vineland area that stand ready to provide seeds, seedlings, topsoil, tools and all the equipment needed to get your garden started, be it a flower bed or vegetable plot. In the Home & Garden section of this issue of The Grapevine, you will find a chart that lists the recommended month to plant specific crops. My grandfather each year insisted upon getting the seed potatoes in the ground around the time of the March full moon, which usually falls near St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it was his German roots paying homage to fellow immigrants of Irish ancestry. More likely, it had something to do with the old adage: “Plant potatoes during the dark of the moon.” The gravitational forces of the moon are believed to have an effect on seed germination and plant growth, and the period from the full moon to the new moon, when light is decreasing, is considered best for planting root and bulb crops. The chart on page 16 (HG-4) lists April as the month to plant both onions and white potatoes in the region. This gives us an extra few weeks to plant beyond Granpop’s deadline—a good thing, since our planting will have to wait until next week when my kids are off school for Easter vacation. Planting by the moon is certainly a romantic idea, but we will need to sweep superstition aside. Once again, we will be sowing seeds for the future, cultivating new ideas, and setting down deep roots. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to check the April calendar for the full moon. I WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | the grapevine { 7 } I Entertainment RUNDGREN IN TWO WEEKS, FOLKSY FIRST FRIDAY, SPRING DANCE CONCERT, AND A CLASSICAL TRIO. Hwy., Buena, 697-7107. Thurs.: Ladies Night, Fri.: Live music, Sat.: Italian Accordian. APRIL 2, 3, AND 4 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: Retrospect, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Tom Moran/Dan Barry. Bogart’s Books, 210 N. High St., Millville, 327-3714. Acoustic, 5 p.m./7 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Friday Night Flashback. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, E. Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. DJ Nicky G from 95.1 WAYV, plays music from the ’60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and today. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. FIRST FRIDAY AT APPEL FARM FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Folk By Association. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd., Elmer. The multi-talented duo of Karen Krajacic and Jill Cohen will appear as part of the First Friday@theGallery series, a showcase for rising young talent who often are on the verge of breaking into mainstream success. Krajaci and Cowen write their own songs and play several string instruments including guitar, mandolin, and banjo. The intimate setting of the Art Gallery at Appel Farm is limited to 50 seats, patrons are invited to bring their own beverage of choice. 8 p.m. Tickets $7. 358-2472. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Todd Rundgren “Arena” Tour. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. 6 p.m. $30-$35 (frontgatetickets.com). FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Passion Play. Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 4680 Dante Ave. St. Padre Pio Parish performs the Easter play. 7 p.m. All are welcome. 691-7526. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Savoy Unplugged: Rob Lipkin. Merighi’s Savoy Inn Bistro, Landis Ave. and Union Rd., Vineland, 691-8051. 9 p.m.-midnight. No cover. annual Spring Dance Concert. 7. p.m. $25 and $35. 691-6059 or www.VRDC.org. SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Matthew Bengston. Cumberland County College, Guaracini Arts Center, Sherman Ave. and College Dr., Vineland. Pianist Matthew Bengtson will join members of the Atma Trio (pictured, violinist Blanka Bednarz and cellist Cheung Chau) for a program of chamber music. 3 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and under 18. 692-8499. APRIL 1, 2, 3, 4, AND 7 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. Millville, 327-8011. Mon, Tues, Wed: Texas Hold’m. Thurs: Ladies Nite with Charlie Maines. Fri: Ravioli Shanker. Sat: Dance Party with DJ Chris. Sun: Nascar and Shuffle Bowl. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Christopher Martin Record Release. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. . 6 p.m. $8. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 The Passion of Christ. Rock of Salvation Church, 513 E. Grape St. A one-man presentation. 8 p.m. 794-8898. Free. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Elements of Dance. Cumberland County College, Guaracini Arts Center, Sherman Ave. and College Rd., Vineland. Vineland Regional Dance Company’s 30th THURSDAY, APRIL 2 Open Mic Night. Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. 7 p.m./ 6 p.m., Free. APRIL 1 THROUGH 8 Nightlife at Bojo’s. 222 N. High St., APRIL 2 AND 3 Nightlife at Villa Filomena. Villa Filomena Ristorante & Lounge, 821 Harding Do You Have Dangerous Trees? { 8 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 Call For Your Free Evaluation Good, Clean Work At Reasonable Prices Don’t Be Fooled. Call A Certified Aborist. For All Your Tree Care. Pruning • Tree Removals • Storm Damage Elevations • Shrubbery Trimming • Stump Grinding Owner Operated Local Business • Fully Insured Owner Working At All Jobs! 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City Code Enforcement staff are coducting neighborhood inspections throughout the City to identify properties with disabled/abandoned vehicles. The owners of these properties will receive notices from City staff requiring removal of the vehicle(s) from their property within 15 days. Property owners will also receive information regarding options to have the disabled/abandoned vehicles removed from their property at no cost. HEADLINERS SATURDAY, APRIL 4 G Love & Special Sauce. Borgata. 9 p.m. $39.50. An Evening of Comedy starring Bill Cosby. Caesars. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $85, $70, $55, $45. The Spinners. Hilton. 8 p.m. $35. REO Speedwagon. Showboat House of Blues. 10 p.m. $50, $45, $35. $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 www.comedystop.com. Chris Botti. Tropicana. 9 p.m. $45, $60, $45, $30. Our goal through this program is to provide convenient remedies for the affected individuals while improving the quality of life for all City residents. Valery Leontiev. Trump Taj Mahal. Time and price TBA. APRIL 5 THROUGH 10 Sheena Easton. Hilton. 7 p.m. except Tues. 2 p.m. and Fri. 9 p.m. $20. Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles. Tropicana. Liverpool Club Theater in North Tower. Wed.–Sun., 8:30 p.m., $25. Any questions concerning the program should be addressed to Department of Licenses and Inspections, Code Enforcement Division, 856-794-3806. This program is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 COMEDY & MORE Comedy Club at Borgata. Borgata Music Box: three comedians daily, 9 p.m. (except during headliner engagements) 1-800-298-4200. Trump Comedy Series Presents Bill Burr. Trump Marina. 9 and 11 p.m. $28. BOARDWALK HALL SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Eat Bulaga! Live. The popular Filipino game show. 7 p.m. $95, $75, $55, $35. Comedy Stop at the Trop. Three comedians nightly. Sun.-Thurs., 9 p.m., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Farewell. Hangar 84, 20 S. Sixth St., Vineland. Also, Last Try, Play Your Aces, A Little Affair, Alert the Media, David Earl Experience. 6 p.m. $10-$12. THROUGH APRIL 16 Cumberland County’s Got Talent Auditions. Loyle Lanes, 3565 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland. Audition application at www.vinelandrotary.com. Individuals and groups are welcome—singers, dancers, novelty acts, and comedians of all ages. Two levels of competition—15 and under, and 16 and over. Applications accepted until April 7. WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Come Peek at our Wedding Invitations Getting Divorced? Bonnie L. Laube, Esq. 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He is in contemplation, wrestling with his thoughts,” says Leap. “The way I depicted that figure was someone walking through with a silhouette, so the viewers could put themselves in that situation. It’s about each person on their own spiritual quest, their individual search for God.” Leap also read some of Augustine’s work and included some of those quotations in the landscape. The life-sized portrait of Augustine also contains a story. “He is usually shown as old, a patriarch of the church with a full beard,” says Leap. But Leap discovered that Augustine converted to Christianity in his late 20s. “He was a bishop by the time he was in his 30s. The possibility existed to depict Augustine as a younger man. There was enough historical evidence that I could make a case. The students could perhaps relate to him better. I try to identify what the story is for the community, and who is viewing the panel.” The panel also contains traditional symbols associated with St. Augustine, “the heart on fire for God pierced by an arrow. He was a bishop, so he is carrying a bishop’s staff and wearing bishop’s hat. He is often depicted carrying a book.” Leap is a well-known for his stained glass work, having worked in southern New Jersey for two decades. He spent many of those years as an artist-in-residence at the Stained Glass Studio at Wheaton Arts. He still has ties there, but now he primarily does large-scale architectural projects for corporate and liturgical settings and also residential work. Leap works in a tradition of hand painting glass that was used in the European medieval cathedrals. He starts with colored glass and then creates imagery on the surface, painting with a special pigment of crushed particles of glass and metallic oxide. These pigments are then fused to the glass by firing in a kiln. In the Prep’s panels, Leap painted in a traditional style, but employed a cuttingedge production technique. Leap is fond of the Munich-style stained glass of the 1800s. “They had a representational approach to depicting Biblical scenes. Very elaborate patterns were used in the garment of their figures.” Similarly, Leap painted an elaborate pattern in The Audience The chapel is a quiet place, a spot for rest and reflection. “We have mass in there three times a week,” says Father Paul Galetto. “We find students and faculty going in there whenever they get a quiet moment to reflect and pray.” Leap’s windows enhance that experience. “Everybody loves the windows. When they were first installed, we had an open house. There was nothing but sounds of joy.” Galetto and Leap worked through the details in feedback sessions. The project took close to a year from the initial meeting until the installation of the windows. “Augustine says, ‘Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’ Students have all this energy,” says Galetto, who works with students to direct their energy toward God, toward helping others. “The windows talk about his faith journey, the questioning of faith, struggling with sexual temptations, committing offenses that at the time were thought to be right, but upon later reflection, he realized were not. Those moments are highlighted in the windows.” Augustine’s garment. And it was to Germany he went again, this time for his new technique. Rather than having the individual glass Save Time & Money! Vineland’s Premier Car Wash Offers To You: EXPRESS WASH Only $6.00 to get the dirt off!! No Waiting for vacuum customers… Stay in your car!! 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Landis Ave. Meal at 6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. service. 691-4278. APRIL 2 AND 7 County 4-H Public Speaking Program. 4-H Center, 291 Morton Ave., Rosenhayn. Support county 4-H members learning the art of delivering speeches. 451-2800. SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Little League Opening Day. Cunningham Park, West Ave. and Wheat Rd. 10 a.m. North Vineland Little League will be having its Opening Day ceremonies. “Challenger Division” has added two new teams so will have four teams this season. THE FIRST CRABS AND SPAGHETTI DINNER of the season at the North Italy Club (Eighth St. and Verona Ln.) will be held Friday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Takeouts will be available starting 5:30 p.m., but you should bring your own container. Steamed and raw clams will also be available. Cost is $15 per person eat-in or takeout. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Ellison Spring Spectacular Auction. Merighi’s Savoy Inn, Landis Ave. and Union Rd. Celebrity auctioneer/comedienne Dena Blizzard. Three auction formats (live, silent and tricky tray), raffle items, and a 50-50 with a grand prize of up to $10,000. Tickets are $55 (includes dinner). 691-1734. SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Run for Aaron 5K/1 Mi. 4680 Dante Ave. Registration 7:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m. All age groups. Scholarships awarded to graduating area seniors. $25 per runner, $50 per family for the 5K and $20/$40. 825-5228 or www.runforaron.com. JEFFREY SERRA IS BRINGING his hair makeover event, “Peeps in the East,” to Vineland. His 15-plus years working in one of the most recognizable fashion trend starting points, Beverly Hills 90210 at GIUSEPPE FRANCO. During this two-day event, held April 4 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Tommy Serra Salon (1167 E. Landis Avenue), Serra will give a portion of the proceeds to The Kevin J. Snyder Memorial Foundation, which raises money for research of pediatric cancer. Call Serra at 323-573-2990 to secure your appointment on visa/Mc. All services start at $100. All prices given upon consultation. Serra’s celebrity clientèle includes the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tia Carrera, Andrew Dice Clay, and Michelle Beisner. APRIL 4 AND 5 Yard Sale. 419 E. Elmer Rd. Five family sale with lots of bargains. Starts 8 a.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Outreach, “The Point.” Maurice River Township Elementary School, 3593 Rt. 47, Port Elizabeth. This month’s message presented by Margaret (Cottrell) and Jared Keefer entitled “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People.” 7 p.m. 785-0221. DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL is the little New York art event that became a movement. Started in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, the concept is simple: Artists draw glamorous burlesque dancers, compete in contests, and win wacky prizes. From its humble Brooklyn beginnings, Dr. Sketchy’s now has nearly 70 branches around the globe, and Madcow Designs LLC is bringing Dr. Sketchy’s to Millville. The monthly sessions will feature burlesque babes, roller derby girls, snow bunnies (pictured) and fetish models, along with contests, prizes and fun galore. Dr. Sketchy’s happens every First Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m at Artist Consortium, 129B N. High St. $10-$15, tickets at the door, must be 18 to participate. SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Palm Sunday Breakfast. Recreation Club, 626 Washington Ave. (parking lot on Paul St.) All you can eat. Eggs, ham, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, coffee, tea, jucie. Benefits Rec. Club Scholarship Fund. 7 a.m.-noon. $6, kids $3. 692-9629. BEWARE OF FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCHEMES, County Clerk Gloria Noto warns. Homeowners should be alert to con artists looking to take advantage of those who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. The con artist approaches the homeowner with promises of paying off the delinquent mortgage and helping the homeowner stay in the property. They often say they will be able to “rent” their property back from the “investor” who has stepped forward to save their home, but they must transfer title of the home to the “investor” as collateral. They also promise they may “re-purchase” their home at a later date. If you are having difficulty with your mortgage payments, talk directly to your mortgage lender to see if they offer any programs to help get you on track and retain your home. Recently a state foreclosure mediation hotline was established at 1-888-989-5277 (also on the web at www.njforeclosuremediation.org). AN ARC LIFEGUARDING COURSE will be held at the YMCA of Vineland from April 3 to May 2. All but the final two of seven sessions will be held at the YMCA (1159 East Landis Avenue). Attendance is mandatory at all classes. Participants must be 15 years or older. A prescreening session to determine eligibility will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 3. Bathing suits and towels will be needed at that time, as swimming skills will be tested. The price is $265, with course book and pocket mask included. For more information, call the YMCA at 691-0030. MORE THAN 15 4-H DOUBLE DUTCH TEAMS from the Bridgeton, Vineland and Millville areas will be participating in the Cumberland County 4-H Double Dutch Contest on Saturday, April 4, from noon to 3 p.m. at Bridgeton High School. Double Dutch is a jump roping sport that consists of two ropes, two turners and one or two jumpers. It is a skill in coordination and rhythm between both jumpers and turners, as the ropes are turned in egg-beater fashion. The competitors, in grades 3 to 12 will be judged in three categories: compulsory jumps, speed jumping and free style tricks. The First and Second Place winners in the county contest may compete in the State Tournament. For more information, call 451-2800. MONDAY, APRIL 6 Identity Theft. Learn how to protect yourself from financial hardship. This program is presented by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 6:30—8:30 p.m. Register by calling Vineland Postmaster at 507-0032 or Donald.G.Herzog@usps.gov MONDAY, APRIL 6 Environmental Commission Meeting. City Hall, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 640 E. Wood St. 7 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Candidates Forum. Wallace Middle School, 688 N. Mill Rd. The six candidates seeking seats on the Vineland Board of Education in the April 21 school election. 6 p.m. Anyone interested in submitting questions may do so via e-mail (info@vinelandchamber.org or fax (691-2113). { 12 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 New Jersey Motorsports Park will host its second annual Run-Ride-Walk, which will honor the late Barbara Cook, a co-owner of Quality Lincoln Mercury Hyundai with her husband Marty. She passed away last year after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The Barbara Cook Run-Ride-Walk for Cancer at New Jersey Motorsports Park will benefit the Lance Armstrong and South Jersey Healthcare Foundations, raising both awareness and funds to fight cancer. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 25. This year’s event will feature new bike routes including 62-mile (Metric Century) and 31-mile rides, plus an 8mile fun ride for family riders. A post-event barbeque fundraiser that will include raffles and auctions, for those who do not wish to run, ride or walk, but still want to contribute to this great cause is being added. Also, a “Winners” karting tournament is being developed for the participants. With the exception of the two longer cycling events to begin at 8 a.m., the rest of the benefit will be held in the evening, with registration starting at 4:30 p.m., and events beginning at 6 p.m. For more details, or to register, visit www.njmp.com/RunRideWalk or www.ACTIVE.com. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Planning Board Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. 7:30 p.m. SEND US YOUR EVENT NOTICES. We want to help you publicize your events. Send them to us at the address listed on page 3. TUESDAY, APRIL 14 City Council Meeting. Council Chambers of City Hall, Seventh and Wood sts. 7:30 p.m. Home Garden and How to Make a Quick, Easy, & Cost-Effective Butterfly Garden Courtesy of Dan Sepers, Sepers Nursery – Newfield, NJ Butterflies like different types of plants—those that provide nectar for the adults to eat (nectar plant), and those that provide food for their offspring (host plant). The key to attracting a diverse grouping of butterflies is to offer a variety of flowers. Below is a great starter list of easy to grow perennials that are perfect for the southern New Jersey area (Zone 7) in a sunny location: • • • • • • • • • • Asters Coreopsis Lavender Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Hibiscus Hemerocallis (Daylilies) Verbena Echinacea (Coneflower) Rudbeckia (Black eye Susan) Achillea (Yarrow) 10 Most Popular Trees for Zone 7 Source: Arbor Day Foundation he Plant Hardiness Zones divide the United States and Canada into 11 areas based on a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual minimum temperature. (The United States falls within Zones 2 through 10). Suggested hardiness zones are generally indicated for all trees and perennials sold. If a range of zones, for example, zones 4-9, is indicated, the tree or perennial is known to be hardy in zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Suitable hardiness means a plant can be expected to grow in the zone’s temperature extremes, as determined by the lowest average annual temperature. Keep in mind, however, that local variations such as moisture, soil, winds, and other conditions might affect the viability of individual plants. You may want to ask a local professional arborist or nursery about which trees to plant in your community. 1. ARBORVITAE, AMERICAN (Thuja occidentalis) The narrow, pyramid shape makes it a T Walks, Patios, BBQ 1 5 % Off Hardscaping Herb & Joe Morgan Lighting/Landscaping Call for Free Estimate www.herbsshamrocklandscapingllc.com WWW.GRAPEVINENEWSPAPER.COM | Continued on next page Get Your Home Ready For The Season! Largest Selection of Stone & Mulch in South Jersey! We Carry a Full Line of E.P. Henry Products • • • • Riverock- Various Sizes Driveway Stone PICK-UP & DELIVERY Screened TopSoil Mulch–Various Varities Homeowners Spring Special! GAROPPO STONE & GARDEN CENTER the grapevine { HG-1 } IN BUSINESS OVER 35 YEARS! PROPANE GAS REFILLS 10% Off Your EP Henry Purchase! One coupon per customer. 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PINE, WHITE (Pinus strobus) A hardy, valuable tree. Clustered soft blue-green needles. Ideal screen or windbreak. Likes moist, well-drained soils. Grows 50’- 80’ with a 20-40’ spread. (zones 3-8) 5. BOXWOOD (KOREAN) (Buxus microphylla koreana) Esteemed for hedges because it can be sheared into precise shapes. Its small dark leaves create dense foliage. An excellent plant to line driveways or borders. (zones 5-9) 6. JUNIPER, BAR HARBOR (Juniper horizontalis ‘Bar Harbor’) A low-growing spreading form of creeping juniper with blue green color turning reddish purple in winter. It has a slow to medium growth rate, about 10’ in ten years with a deep taproot. It is long lived. Typically, ‘Bar Harbor’ is male, but both male and female forms are known. (zones 3-9). 7. HEMLOCK, CANADIAN (Tsuga canadensis) This handsome and graceful evergreen is ideal for screening, groupings, and foundation plantings. May be sheared to any height or shape and likes full sun to light shade. Avoid heavy soils. 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This is a cottonless hybrid. Plant back from sidewalks. Grows to 40’ to 50’, 30’ spread. (zones 3-9) 9. PINE, AUSTRIAN (Pinus nigra) Very hardy, withstanding city or seaside conditions, heat and drought, and clay and alkaline soils. Good for windbreaks. Grows to 60’, with 20’-40’ spread. (zones 4-7) 10. WILLOW, WEEPING (Salix babylonica) Graceful and refined, easily recognized by its open crown of ground-sweeping branches. Leaves are light green above, grayish-green beneath. This willow grows especially well near water, reaches 30’ 40’ tall, 35’ spread. (zones 5-8) Planning a Vegetable Garden Source: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Factsheet by Peter J. Nitzsche, Morris County Agricultural Agent & Stephen Reiners, Ph.D., Former Extension Specialist in Vegetable Crops he most important factor in planning a vegetable garden is location. Choose a site with good drainage and no standing water, even after the heaviest rain. Keep the garden away from trees and shrubs, which may compete with vegetables for water, nutrients, and light. Leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and spinach, require the least direct sunlight, only 4 to 5 hours. Root vegetables require 5 to 6 hours, and fruiting vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini, require at least 8 hours. Remember, NO vegetable can grow in total shade. Once you’ve decided where the garden will go, it’s time to choose which vegetables to grow. First, make a list of those vegetables you like. Next, put a plan down on paper. This will help you make the best use of space and will save time when planting by showing you exactly where to place your seeds and transplants. The plan should include the following information: garden size, space T between rows and within rows, crops and varieties, planting dates, seeded crops, and transplanted crops. You may want to make two plans—one for the spring planting and one for a second planting for summer and autumn harvest. Use the table included on the next page to help you plan. If possible, rotate your crops so similar vegetables are not planted in the same location consecutively. Remember to place your tallest growing crops on the north side of the garden so as not to shade lower growing plants. Also allow for good air movement through the garden. This ensures that moisture on plant leaves dries quickly and may lessen disease problems. When choosing varieties, always look for ones with disease resistance. Although these varieties may cost more than some of the old standards, they more than make up for the cost with improved yields and less reliance on chemical controls. For more information call your county Rutgers Cooperative Extension office (listed in the phone book under county government) or visit our web site at www.njaes.rutgers.edu. 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Desktop publishing by Rutgers-Cook College Resource Center Revised: July 2003 RUTGERS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH & EXTENSION N.J. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY NEW BRUNSWICK Spacing (in.) Transplant In Row Btwn. Rows or Seeds Asparagus 18 60 Crowns Beans, Lima, bush 4 24 seed Beans, Lima, pole 36 36 seed Beans, Snap, bush 4 24 seed Beans, snap. pole 36 24 seed Beets 3 15 seed Broccoli 15 30 transplant Brussels Sprouts 18 30 transplant Cabbage 18 24 transplant Cabbage, Chinese 12 18 seed or trp. Carrots 3 15 seed Cauliflower 24 30 transplant Celery 6 18 transplant Chard, Swiss 6 24 seed Collards 18 24 seed Corn, Sweet 12 24 seed Cucumbers 36 30 seed or trp. Eggplant 30 30 transplant Endive 12 18 seed or trp. Kale 15 18 seed Kohlrabi 4 15 seed or trp. Leeks 3 15 transplants Lettuce, Leaf, Romaine 8 15 seed or trp. Lettuce, Bibb 6 15 seed or trp. Muskmelons 36 72 seed or trp. Mustard Greens 12 15 seed Okra 24 36 seed Onions, dry 4 15 seed, trp. sets Parsley 6 15 seed Parsnips 3 18 seed Peas 2 18 seed Peppers 15 15 transplant Pumpkins 48 96 seed Radishes 1 12 seed Rhubarb 36 48 crowns Rutabagas 4 18 seeds Spinach 4 18 seeds Squash, bush 24 48 seeds or trp. Squash, vine 36 72 seeds or trp. Sweet Potatoes 12 36 transplants Tomatoes 24 36 transplants Turnips 3 18 seed Watermelons 36 96 seed White Potatoes 12 24 tubers Planting Dates Perennial Ma,Ju,Jl Ma,Ju,Jl Ma,Ju,Jl Ma,Ju,Jl Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl Ap,Ma,Jl,Au Jl Ap,Jl Ap,Jl Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl Jl Ma,Ju Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl,Au Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl Ma,Ju Ju,Jl Ma,Ju Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl,Au Jl,Ag Ap,Ma,Jl,Au Ap,Ma,Au Ap,Ma,Au,Se Ap,Ma,Au,Se Ju Au Ma,Ju Ap Ap,Ma,Ju Ap Mr,Ap Ju Ju Ap,Ma,Ju,Jl,Au,Se Perennial Ap,Jl Ap,Se Ju,Jl Ju Ju Ma,Ju Ap,Jl Ju Ap Avg. 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The honorees are Sharon P. Blase, of Vineland; Jane Morton Galetto, of Millville; and Nancy Sungenis, of Bridgeton. Thressa Giampietro, of Vineland, will receive a special Founder’s Award for her pioneering work in education. Blase is a family and consumer science educator with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County. In this capacity, she has been involved with adult and education, nutrition for low income families, community outreach, and other issues of importance to the local community. Galetto is a leader in local environmental protection and advocacy, as well as a member of numerous local organizations. Through her leadership, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries has created and coordinated school programs, conservation presentations, documentaries, wildlife studies, and habitat projects. Sungenis was the first woman mayor in Cumberland County. She is also a businesswoman, the owner of Sungenis Insurance Agency. She has been highly involved with the county, with interests ranging from the Cumberland County Utilities Authority, which she chairs, to commissioner of registration for the Board of Elections. The event will be held at Centerton Country Club starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Tickets for the dinner cost $45 per person. Entrée choices are prime rib or shrimp imperial. Individuals and groups are welcome to be part of this historic first for the county. For additional details, call Louise Bertacchi at 825-5929. Scouts Honor Swanson The Boy Scouts of America, Southern New Jersey Council, will honor Robert D. Swanson with the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award on May 19 at the Centerton Country Club. Swanson is being honored for his contributions to the community through his professional and civic careers. He started Swanson Hardware Supply in 1958 in partnership with his father, Walter G. Swanson. Bob is a former member of the board of directors of the Boy Scouts’ Southern New Jersey Council, chairman of strategic planning, and member of the capital campaign. He has served as both a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Century Savings Bank since 1993 and the Siloam Cemetery Association since 2008. He has served on local community organization board of directors including the American Red Cross, YMCA, United Way, Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, and Newcomb Hospital Foundation. Tickets are $150. For tickets or to support the event as a sponsor, call 327-1700, ext. 25. Sungensis Galetto The AT&T Foundation presented the Cumberland Empowerment Zone Corporation (CEZ) with a $221,754 grant to support a new Community in Schools initiative to work with at-risk youth in Bridgeton and Millville high schools. Those two schools were identified as having the highest dropout rates in the county. 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Delsea Dr., Vineland (856) 696-3100 I In Our Schools Odyssey of the Mind The Vineland High School “Earth Trek” team came in third at the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition and thus qualifies for the April 25 state finals at Ewing High School. The team includes Rodolfo Perez, Cori Rose Schroer, Nima Karvar and Savanna Bassett, all sophomores; and Ivonna Dumanyan, Jessica Flitcraft, and Joanna Donoulis, all freshmen. The school’s other team, competing in the “Classics” division, placed fourth. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and about 25 other countries participate in the program. VHS Odyssey of the Mind participants, from left, Ivonna Dumanyan (front) Jasmine Stickland, Jessica Flitcraft, Nima Karvar, Rudy Perez, Diane Severino, Savanna Bassett, Cori Rose Shroer, Gina Trivellini, Mike DeVono (kneeling). Lying in front of the rock is Zack Cook. Absent from photo: Joahna Dounoulis, Melissa Garcia and Cody Carpenter. Students of the Vineland High School S.H.A.P.E. Club took part in the NJ Clean Communities Council Student Exchange with several other schools from all over the state. Events included a beach clean-up in Brigantine and a tour of the ACUA sewage treament facility and wind farm. VHS students collected several bags of trash, a keg and even a car engine. Student Brian Holt of Vineland High’s School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, shared his passion for reptiles recently. He brought in several lizards, a tortoise and black widow spider to present to fellow classmates in the Environmental Science class for National Wildlife Week. Young Artists An overflow crowd of students, family and friends jammed Mennies Elementary School on March 13 for the 12th annual Youth Art Month opening reception. The district’s elementary art teachers covered nearly every square inch of wall space in the building with work from students in grades kindergarten through five. The winners (art teacher’s name in parentheses) included: BARSE: 1st Joshua Jimenez, 2nd Kayleigh Cooke, 3rd Avisail Bermudez (Nancy Curley); DURAND: 1st Elizabeth Estrada, 2nd Timothy Schneil, 3rd Marc Terron (Cynthia Doulis); D’IPPOLITO: 1st Kobe Hick, 2nd Emma Stratoti, 3rd Shylynn Castro (Lisa KalerAhmad); JOHNSTONE: 1st Lionel Nieves Jr., 2nd Lauren Viscusi, 3rd Jerick Cerala (Beverly Hughes); MENNIES: 1st Jennifer Antonio, 2nd Siobhan Three students from Cynthia Doulis’ art classes at Durand Elementary School had their art work chosen to be displayed at the State Capital in Trenton, in celebration of Youth Art Month. From left, Isaac Ochoa, a second grader; Celine Lockman, a fifth grader; Doulis, and third grader Adianez Negron, show a certificate. The trio had their art displayed with more than 100 other works by students from all over New Jersey in grades K-12. Russian class honors Twenty-seven students enrolled in the Russian language class at Vineland High School won recognition in the recent Annual Russian Essay Contest, said Vlada Jackson, VHS teacher of Russian. VHS students won four gold medals and five silver medals in the contest, which is sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Fourteen other VHS students earned bronze medals and four received certificates for their participation. Jackson said nearly 1,200 students from 66 Russian language programs across the country vied for the honors. Gold medal winners included Diana Shubrat, Vadim Drozd, Artem Broshchan, and Boguslav Sakhan. Shubrat’s essay was forwarded to the Pushkin Institute in Moscow for the second round of judging by members of The International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRIAL). Silver medal winners were: Ivonna Dumanyan, Pavel Predit, Inna Nechay, Viktoriya Scherbyna and Kirill Romanov. Bronze medal winners: Halyna Mashura, Anna Sakhno, Ilya Nechay, Anastasiya Novatorskaya, Susanna Zakota, Rashad Williams, Vyacheslav Drozd, Svetlana Gordeeva, Dariya Groshev, Diana Kucher, Alina Shelestun, Tatyana Broshchan, Mark Groschev and Maciej Grudzien. Diplomas of honorable mention went to Joshua Bareiszis, Valentin Shulzhenko, Yekaterina Beletskaya, and Yuriy Zozulya. In the photo, seated, from left: Halyna Mashura, Diana Kucher, Anna Sakhno, Diana Shubrat, Dariya Groshev, Alina Shelestun. Second row, from left: Svetlana Gordeyeva, Ivonna Dumanyan, Anastasiya Novatorskaya, Viktoriya Shcherbyna, Inna Nechay, Suzanna Zakota. Back row, from left: Vadim Drozd, Vyacheslav Drozd, Pavel Predit, Rashad Williams, Boguslav Sakhan, Kereel Romanov, Ilya Nechay, Joshua Bareiszis. James Patrick Sbrana, second grader at Petway Elementary School, gives his artistic endeavor a thumbs-up. Moncrief, 3rd Erynn Heggan (Cherie Hackler); PETWAY: 1st Joel Colon, 2nd Queena Wang, 3rd Sara Bortle (Lisa LaRosa); SABATER: 1st Ashley Gonzalez, 2nd Ikea Alvarez, 3rd Omar Gonzalez (Kristin McMackin); and WINSLOW: 1st Kynaat Moosvi, 2nd Juliet Brown, 3rd Luis Perez (Kara Rehm). { 18 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 I Civic Engagement { LEE BURKE } Vineland on the Move The Planning Board holds back-to-back special public meetings on transportation and the Four Corners project. wo back-to-back special public meetings were held Monday, March 23, by the city’s Planning Board. The first addressed plans for a new circulation element to be added to the May 2008 master plan. The previous circulation element was last reviewed and approved in the 1992 master plan. The New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law refers to a “circulation” plan element as showing the location and types of facilities for all modes of transportation required for the efficient movement of people and goods into, about, and through the municipality. It takes into account the highway classification system and the types and conditions of existing and proposed transportation facilities, including air, water, road and rail. The project was presented by Daniel Kueper of Orth-Rodgers & Associates of West Trenton and David Fields of NelsonNygaard & Associates of New York City. Both are transportation engineers and planning consultants hired by the city with funding provided by the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), the local regional planning entity for Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, based here in Vineland. (The 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the southern region of New Jersey can be viewed at www.sjtpo.org) Kueper’s power-point presentation covered data on existing conditions of vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities. Information was gathered in the field and by review of previous city traffic stud- T ies, including examples of crash clusters, missing sidewalks, roadway design and bus and rail routes analysis. Kueper made special note of signalized intersections at Landis Avenue and Mill Road and Landis and Orchard Road as ones with a very high number of left-turn crashes due to poor lane alignment and sightlines. (The 1992 master plan stressed the need for a series of intersection, shoulder, signalization and signage improvements under various state, county and city jurisdictions in this area based on a 1988 Route 55 Impact Study.) He also thought it was odd that sidewalks were missing at Petway School on Lincoln Avenue and Wallace School on Mill Road. Fields’ part of the presentation outlined opportunities to identify and prioritize roadway improvements, sidewalk requirements, a citywide bicycle network and transit analysis of current commute patterns. He noted the highest commute patterns were toward Atlantic County and Millville. The project will include further analysis of population and employment densities as part of an expanded transit market. The next steps will be for the consultant to gather more information from the public and provide a draft circulation element and meet with the city’s technical advisory committee before another presentation to the Planning Board. The project will end June 30, 2009. The public is encouraged to contact Kathy Hicks, Planning Supervisor, at 791-4101 or khicks@vinelandcity.org for more information and comments prior to this date. The second public hearing dealt with a series of waivers requested by Hans Lampert, president and CEO of Eastern Pacific Development, in response to the site plan review by the city’s planning and engineering staff of the southeast corner of the Four Corners project (also known as the Landis Square or Gateway project). The Board previously approved the other three corners at Landis and East avenues as part of the $50 million downtown redevelopment plan. The site will have a threestory building that includes 8,000 square feet of retail space and 74 age-restricted units and seven for special needs that count toward the city’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) plan. However, a question of ownership of the property led to a lengthy discussion between City Solicitor Frank DiDominco and an attorney from the law firm Cooper Levenson, representing Seaboard Developers, who previously had a longterm lease on the property. The attorney challenged the city on its interpretation of municipal land use law of property not fully owned by the developer. Lampert explained that eight properties are involved and he has two under contract. It was determined Lampert has standing with the city to proceed as planned. After further discussion between the Board and Lampert’s project engineer and architect on parking spaces, property lines, tree placement and fencing, approval was granted. Click on www.easternpacificdevelopment.com for details on Four Corners, including architectural renderings by J.W. Pedersen. I $2 Overnight Movie Rentals @ 10 PACK MOVIE RENTAL PACKAGE *Prepay 10 overnight movie rentals for just $20 Take them anytime…one at a time or up to 3 at once, bring them back the next day and save $10 off of our regular individual rental rates. Present this coupon and get a bonus movie rental free with purchase of 10 pack for a total of 11 movie rentals! 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I Historical Vineland { VINCE FARINACCIO } school and turned the philosophy “if there is happiness first, all else follows” into a program that led the facility to what the Times Journal has called “a unique and dishistory.” On September 15, Research conducted at the Training School at Vineland tinguished lab was established and Dr. 1906, a research Henry H. Goddard was recruited from West has earned the institution world recognition. Chester State Teachers College in he rain was continuous through- Landis Avenue facility can be traced back to Pennsylvania to be its director. It was out the day and into the evening, 1845 when Cumberland County Senator Goddard who, according to the website on but the meetings were conducted Stephen Ayres Garrison argued in the State the institution’s history, proposed the term with little note of the weather. Senate for the need to recognize and pro“moron” to “identify higher level individuThe morning session focused on electing a vide care for retarded children. als, formally called feebleminded.” Board of Directors and creating bylaws. The senator’s son, S. Olin Garrison, took Research conducted at the Training By 8 p.m., local notables and visitors from as up the cause and, according to the website School began earning it world recognition. far away as Haddonfield and Woodbury on the institution’s history, founded his The French Binet Intelligence Test was reconvened in the Presbyterian Church; school at his Millville home on September 1, standardized here in Vineland for use in the hundreds of Vineland residents also attend- 1887. Exactly six months later, philanthroUnited States. The school’s examination of ed this meeting. After several speeches, pist B. D. Maxham provided 40 acres of land heredity was published as the Kallikak songs and a benediction, the gathering dis- in Vineland along with the Scarborough Study in 1912. Under the direction of the persed into the rainy night, confident it had Mansion. The donation allowed the school government, the institution devised the accomplished its goals on the opening day to expand, and by the end of 1888, 40 boys mental tests used by the U.S. military during of the New Jersey Home for the Education and 15 girls were in residence. World War I. By the 1920s, psychotherapy and Care of Feeble Minded Children. Within five years, the institution was in cerebral palsy cases was undertaken. While the title of the institution would known as the New Jersey Training School. From 1935 to 1949, research at the facility be altered several times over the next 120 By 1897, Garrison had brought in Edward R. concentrated on social competence. years, the Home’s concern for its children Johnstone, his former vice-principal at As director, Johnstone expanded the and their development has been unwavering Indiana State School. Upon Garrison’s death school’s facilities and programs to benefit its since that May 24, 1888. The origin of the in 1900, Johnstone became director of the students and the community. Some 1,300 A Century of Study T acres were purchased four miles from the school’s main site for a satellite campus known as the Menantico Unit. The institution also brought in experts from state agencies to discuss farming, poultry and dairy techniques that benefitted many Vineland residents. Additionally, summer classes for the training of teachers were introduced. Johnstone died in 1946, but his accomplishments earned the Training School numerous accolades and international respect. In 1965, the school changed its name to the American Institute for Mental Studies (AIMS). For 16 years, it existed under this title, continuing its studies and adding a Division of Emotional Disturbance. In 1981, the institution faced the prospect of closing, before Elwyn Institute of Media, Pennsylvania, took over management; within seven years, a $300,000 grant initiated a renovation of the campus and new programs. The name reverted back to The Training School at Vineland. Today, the school has entered its third century and remains as committed and devoted to its work as ever. I member Re When? A Family Tradition { 20 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 Hairstylist Jennifer Eldridge is joining the hair design team at TNT Hair Designs (1242 S. Main Road). She graduated from Cumberland County Vo-Tech, has an Associate in Fine Arts from Cumberland County College, and has advanced training in Sexy Hair. Eldridge is continuing a family tradition in barbering and hair styling, along with her aunt, Nancy Tuso, who has been in business for 24 years and is the owner of TNT Hair This vintage photograph of Joe’s Diner graced the pages of the March/April issue of Reminisce. Several readers of The Grapevine spotted it there. It was sent to that magazine by Judith Brandt of Sea Isle City with this memory: “In 1938, my grandfather Joe Meandro opened his ‘lunch wagon’ diner on Landis Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey, where I grew up. This was home cooking at its best, and people came from all over the county for Joe’s special- ties, like homemade ravioli, baccala with polenta, pasta fagioli and clam chowder. Standing behind the counter, from left to right, is a counterman, my grandmother Mary, my grandfather Joe, and my Uncle Pete. “The Landis Theatre opened next door to the diner around that time, and one of my fondest memories is Saturdays when my sister and I would have lunch at the diner and then take in a matinee.” Designs. Also, Eldridge’s great grandfather, Solvatore Tuso, was a well-known barber in Vineland. Pictured above is his barbershop at Sixth and Landis. I Culinary Adventures { STEPHEN WILSON / PHOTOS: JILL MCCLENNEN } Very Vineland The Greek salads at Olympia, the ravioli at Conte’s, the subs at Giovanni’s… these are the foodie spots that make Vinelanders proud. ere’s hoping you enjoy reading my articles as much as I enjoy writing them. From the number of comments that I get from folks around town, it seems as if you do. Well, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone (as well as myself ) why I write my weekly column in The Grapevine. First of all, I want this column to be a celebration of all foods local. I am what you might consider a locavore, someone who seeks out and enjoys eating foods that are grown and produced locally. The reasons for this are many—supporting small farmers, cutting down on the transportation costs and fuel consumption that goes along with moving food all over the world, keeping my money in the local economy, and the simple fact that local, seasonal food tends to taste better. H Also, I feel that eating locally really connects me to my environment and the region. The constant changing of the seasons gives me a progressively changing menu of foods throughout the year. Dandelion greens, for instance, are being eaten all over southern New Jersey right now, not because they are available year-round in hermetically sealed bags at the grocery store, but because they are growing right here, right now in the soil that surrounds us. Eating locally grown foods also connects me to a past that I know little about, but strive to learn from. The immigrants that first moved to the area ate dandelion greens because they didn’t have the endless options for year-round foods that we have today. Eating the foods that our ancestors ate, when they ate them, allows me to under- stand and respect them a bit more. I also see this column as a vehicle to highlight restaurants and eateries in Vineland and the surrounding region that are doing something truly special. Too often, our culture gives in to the idea that homogenized, consistent foods are the best option. With that idea, though, come bland foods, uninspired foods, foods that lack soul. With the constant barrage of marketing that comes from corporate advertising, it’s easy to forget about the local food artisans that give our fair city something to rave about. The Greek salads at Olympia, the Chambourcin at Bellview Winery, the ravioli at Conte’s, the subs at Giovanni’s, the strawberries from Pantano Produce… these are the foodie spots that give Vineland something to be proud of (and there are many more that I don’t have the space to list!). Another goal in writing my weekly article is to inspire pride in Vineland. Not being native to the area and having lived in quite a few places around the country, I have a different perspective of Vineland than many residents. I was surprised when I first Ashley, Samantha, and Marie at the Seafood Festival. moved here about how many people were down on this town when there is so much great stuff around! Mike Epifanio, the publisher of The Grapevine, and I share this passion for reigniting pride in our home city, and I’m happy to share my angle—which of course, is food. In the past year, I’ve done stories ranging from a tradiContinued on next page Family Restaurant & Pizzeria 3600 E. 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There is wonVineland has several food-oriented events… derful food stuff going on in Vineland, and I the seafood festival and the fresh and specialty want to pass that along to readers. foods market are coming up soon. There will I also like to write about special events in be new restaurants opening, and new possibilVineland and the region. The Rock n’ Roll n’ ities for food and fun all over Vineland. So Ribs n’ Chili cook-off in downtown Vineland make sure you go out this year and eat! I comes to mind as an event that is a source of Stephen Wilson, along with his wife Jill pride. The Dandelion & Beer Festival, which McClennen, owns The Sweet Life Bakery. took place last weekend, is another event You may contact him via e-mail at thesweetthat is very Vineland. The Chamber of Commerce does a great job of putting on this lifebakery@verizon.net. EATING OUT From fine dining to lunch spots to bakeries, the area has choices to satisfy any appetite. Call for hours. Amato’s Restaurant, 782 S. Brewster Rd., Vineland, 692-5756. Veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta specialties for dinner. Open for lunch, too. Closed Sundays. Andrea Trattoria, 1833 Harding Hwy., Newfield, 697-8400. Chef/owner Andrea Covino serves up Italian specialties in an atmosphere of fine dining. Annata Wine Bar, 216 Bellevue Ave, Hammonton, 609-704-9797. Food served tapas style, specialty martinis, catering, private parties. Extensive wine list. Live music every Friday 10 p.m.-1.a.m. Bagel University, 1406 S. Main Rd., Vineland, 691-0909. This breakfast and lunch spot offers a menu of sandwiches named for colleges near and far. Bain’s Deli, 636 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, 563-1400. Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or take it with you. Daily specials include coffee of the day. Bennigan’s Restaurant, 2196 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, 205-0010. Entrees, desserts, drink specials. Take-out, too. Happy Hour buffet Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. NFL flat-screen TVs. Big Apple, 528 N. Harding Hwy., Vineland, 697-5500. Steaks, veal, 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. Bojo’s Ale House, 222 N. High St., Millville, 327-8011. All food is homemade, including the potato chips. Casa Dori II, Brewster Rd. and Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 794-1888. Authentic Italian, lunch and dinner; catering avail. 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. Crust N Krumbs Bakery, Main and Magnolia rds., 690-1200. Cakes, pies, cookies, breads, and doughnuts. Custom wedding cakes, too. 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. & Kustard Kitchen Ice Cream Cakes for all Occasions Large Easter Egg Cakes Small Easter Eggs & Bunny Heads ORDER EARLY! OPEN ar Ye Round Custard Stand 856-691-5438 1370 S. Main Road Vineland, NJ { 22 } the grapevine | APRIL 1, 2009 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. Eric’s, 98 S. West Ave., Vineland, 2059800. Greek and American cuisine. Pizza, too. 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 served 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 daily. Italian cuisine, pizza. 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, 6915558. 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. Kawa Thai & Sushi, 2196 N. Second St. (Rt. 47), Millville, 825-9939. Thai and Japanese cuisine. BYOB. 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. Three meals daily. 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. Marciano’s Restaurant, 947 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland, 563-0030. ItalianAmerican cuisine, seafood and veal. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet. Martino’s Trattoria & Pizzeria, 2614 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, 692-4448. 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. 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, 1022 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. Pizza and gourmet salads. 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. 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Thanks for the opportunity to share a family-favorite recipe.” Spaghetti Pie 6 ounces spaghetti, cooked as directed on package 1 pound ground beef 1 sm. onion, chopped 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 (8 oz.) can mushrooms, drained 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp. garlic powder Since 1957 Custard NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON! 22 Flavors of Homemade Ice Cream 9 Flavors of Sugar-Free, Fat Free and Soft Serve Daily • Water Ice Hot Dog & Soda $1.98 Open 7 Days • Noon-10pm • 692-2748 1231 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and mushrooms. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and drained spaghetti, beaten eggs, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and the garlic powder. Press the spaghetti mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10-inch pie pan to form a crust. Pour the meat mixture over the crust and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. 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