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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. 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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? 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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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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. (DBA) to Mizraim L Castro on 3/10/09 for $220,000 131 Cottage St., Hovnanian K At Millville II LLC to Josephine M Ritacco on 3/10/09 for $226,800 22 Greenlawn Ct., Steven Levick to Nicholas Moore on 3/10/09 for $230,000 1023 Church St., Frank Bello to Christian Adorno on 3/12/09 for $130,000 516 Sassafras St., Sec. of Housing & BRIDGETON 208 S Pine St., Damien Smith to Gerald Hyman on 3/6/09 for $4,000 11 Hopewell Rd., Paul Rudowsky (Est. by Exec.) to Austin E Headrick on 3/12/09 for $100,000 MILLVILLE 808 Dock St., James McMahon to R&J Real Estate LLC on 3/6/09 for $65,438 810 Dock St., James McMahon to R&J Real Estate LLC on 3/6/09 for $66,079 211 Maurice St., James McMahon to R&J “How To Quickly Get Rid Of Neck Pain Without Surgery Or Medication!” Or, Get This Amazing FREE VIDEO & REPORT By Going Here Now: www.Vinelandpainrelief.com/7 FREE VIDEO & Report Reveals A Little-Known Neck Pain Removal Secret That Quickly Eliminates Neck Pain Without Drugs Or Surgery! 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Day & Evening Hours Proud Member Of The Allied Dental Practices Of NJ Personalized Dentistry SPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN TO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS Se Habla Español E D W A R D P O L L E R , D D S • G L E N N P R A G E R , D D S • TO D D P R A G E R , D D S • D A N I E L D I C E S A R E , D M D Urban Development (by Atty.) to Angel Viruet, Jr. on 3/13/09 for $25,000 7 Mulford Ave., Danielle Frazer to Mary F Abel on 3/13/09 for $145,000 6 Porreca Dr., Paul Roselle to Alisa Spaida on 3/13/09 for $159,650 UPPER DEERFIELD 1315 2nd Ave., Paul Allamby to Herbert J Hymer on 3/6/09 for $81,500 82 S Woodruff Rd., Leonard J Gergenti (Exec.) to Martin W Turner on 3/11/09 for $70,000 VINELAND 532 E Elmer St., Jeffrey Flick (Exec.) to City of Vineland on 3/9/09 for $39,000 1611 Tomahawk Ct., NVR Inc. (DBA) to Ediana Aponte on 3/9/09 for $303,740 515 E Pear St., Richard Reynolds to Nancy Gonzalez on 3/10/09 for $85,000 59 S Howard St., Joe H Gonzalez to Javier Gonzalez on 3/10/09 for $154,900 1750 Tomahawk Ct., Spring Hollow No. 1 LLC to NVR Inc. (DBA) on 3/12/09 for $85,000 1800 Tomahawk Ct., Spring Hollow No. 1 LLC to NVR Inc. (DBA) on 3/12/09 for $85,000 1126 Sharp Rd., Kenneth Leigh Philage to Mod-Con Inc. on 3/13/09 for $50,000 1126 Sharp Rd., Mod-Con Inc. to Joseph Caporale on 3/13/09 for $66,000 690 Wayne Ave., Sec. of Housing & Urban Development (by Atty.) to Cameron Peery on 3/13/09 for $120,000 1635 Strathmore Terr., Angelo Pinizzotto (Exec.) to Edward Dattner, III on 3/13/09 for $160,000 455 Cedarwood Dr., Deborah A Wallace to Yuri Shapovalov on 3/13/09 for $215,000 3395 Grace Ann Dr., Genco HomesStrawberry Ave. LLC to John Dellangelo on 3/16/09 for $309,840 1737 Almond Rd., Baehrs Den LLC to RPJ Properties LLC on 3/17 /09 for $45,000 LET THE NUMBERS DO THE TALKING WE ARE #1! Maturo Realty sold more real estate in the 1st Quarter of 2009 than any other Cumberland County real estate office* * Stats gathered from SJSRMLS Sold Units from 1-1-09 thru 3-31-09. 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