ST. JOHN FORDVILLE United Methodist Church would like to remind those that have loved ones interred at the cemetery that is against policy to install fencing, bricks, stones, red chips, poles, trees, bushes, etc. on the gravesites. These items hinder upkeep of the grounds. The Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees are asking family members who want these items to remove them as soon as possible. Any remaining items will be removed by the church after 60 days of the decision to enforce the regulations.
BRIDGETON MAYOR Albert Kelly is looking for the best flower displays and gardens he can find in the city and he’s asking for nominees. It comes courtesy of “Urbanscape 2014,” an informal city-wide garden contest to encourage residents to spruce up their front yards with a seasonal flair and to recognize those who already have.
The rules are basic; decorated areas must be a front yard, the focus will be on flowers or decorative plantings and the area must be visible from a passing car on the street.
Residents offering nominations for the contest should call the Office of the Mayor at 455-3230 ext. 200 and provide the street address of the display being nominated and the name of the person responsible for the display if known. Nominations are being accepted now with 3 winners being selected the week of Sept. 15.
GATEWAY Community Action Partnership’s Greater Bridgeton Family Success Center will host six Back to School Block Parties in and around the city. There will be activities for children and parents, food, giveaways, music, back-to-school items and more at each of the events, which run from noon to 4 p.m. Raffles for backpacks filled with back-to-school items will be held at each event. The schedule is:
Thursday, Aug. 28, Bridgeton Villas
Friday, Aug. 29, Countryside Village Apartments
For more information or to make donations of pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks and all other back to school items, call 451-1133.
WOODLAND COUNTRY Day School will hold a Basket & Bag Bingo Friday, Sept. 26 at the school, 1216 Roadstown Rd. An incredible selection of Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley Bags, as well as baskets and/or pottery made by that famous company in Ohio, are waiting to be won. Early-bird tickets are $20 until Tuesday, Sept. 9. Wednesday, Sept. 10 until Friday, Sept. 26, tickets are $25. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. There will also be raffles and a 50/50 throughout the evening, along with food, baked goods and refreshments available for purchase. For tickets send your donation to Woodland Country Day School, 1216 Roadstown Rd, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. For more information contact Diane at 453-8499 ext. 112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GATEWAY Community Action Partnership’s Literacy Volunteers program will conduct two tutor training session beginning in September. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Sept. 10. Trained tutors will work one-on-one with adult learners who need help reading, writing or speaking English.
The Bridgeton class at Gateway’s administrative offices, 110 Cohansey St., begins Sept. 18 and runs for five consecutive Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Vineland class begins Sept. 23 and runs for five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at PathStone Corporation, 76 W. Landis Ave., Suite C.
Residents of Cumberland and Salem counties can register for either training class. The training is free and open to the public, but tutor trainees must attend at least four of the five sessions to graduate and become certified to tutor. Tutors will be trained in ESL and basic literacy. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Tutors may attend the alternate location for make-up sessions if space allows.
For additional information or to sign up for this or future training sessions, call Laura Stanton at 497-6645.
WOODLAND COUNTRY Day School is hosting a bus trip to see Aladdin on Broadway Saturday, Oct. 4. Attendees will be able to enjoy time on their own before the 2 p.m. performance and time to explore or grab dinner after the show as well. Two convenient departure locations are available: Woodland Country Day School in Bridgeton and Holding Hands Family Center in Mullica Hill. The deluxe motorcoach will depart from the school at 9:30 a.m. and leave New York City at 7:30 p.m. Tickets (mezzanine seating) are $149 per person. For more information contact Diane at 453-8499 ext. 112 or at email@example.com
BETHANY GRACE Community Church invites other churches and groups to ‘Not Just Go to Church- But be the Church.’ The sixth annual Faith In Action (FIA) Campaign, a church-wide campaign that creates an outward focus and a heart to serve the congregation, starts Sept. 21 and will end with an expanded weekend of service. Traditionally, Bethany has engaged in an FIA Day, but this year it is an FIA weekend themed Church Without Walls:
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4- 7 p.m.-7 a.m.: Box City Homeless Fund Fundraiser. There is also a “Participant Until 11 p.m.” option for those who can’t sleep over. Visit the website for details.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 8-8:45 a.m.: Community Communion Worship Service which will include a time of prayer.
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., volunteers from both the church and the community will join together in several service projects.
1-2 p.m.: a community BBQ hosted in partnership with the Hands of Compassion Ministry.
Bethany Grace Community Church is located at 31 N. Pearl St. For more information or to register for events call 855-818-3810, visit bethanyinbridgeton.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in volunteering, should visit the website to fill out a volunteer form.
THE BETHANY Grace Community Church is planning for Faith In Action Day 2014. On Oct. 5 regular worship services are canceled and the entire congregation engages in service projects in and with the community. Anyone interested in planning and/or participating should fill out a volunteer form by visiting bethanyinbridgeton.com or call 451-4601.
THE ANNUAL Fall Bridgeton Legends celebration, Champions for Bridgeton: The Jim Hursey Family and Gary Simmerman is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Centerton Country Club. Tickets will be on sale soon. For more information call Gil Walter at 391-1127.
BROAD STREET School Discount Cards are now available. The cards are $5 each, expire Dec. 31 and are good at 36 local businesses. Contact Mrs. Boyd at 455-8030 ext. 1081 or Ms. Byers at 455-8030 ext. 1078.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY Library, 800 E. Commerce St., offers yoga classes. The schedule is:
Wednesday- Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Call 453-2210 ext. 101 for information.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
LESTER R. BROWN, environmentalist, Bridgeton native son, and author of Outgrowing the Earth, Plan B 3.0 and a new autobiography: Breaking New Ground will be part of Chaba-Con 2014 Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 23 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 25 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 18 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
THE BRIDGETON Free Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their Annual Meeting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 on the main floor of the library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 451-2620.
WALK THE track and lose weight, every Wednesday and Friday at Edmunds & Edmunds Recreation Center, 1177 E. Buckshutem Rd. For more information call 455-4400.
ANYONE WISHING to report a crime or information related to a crime to the Bridgeton Police can do so anonymously via cell phone by texting the key word “BRIDGETON” followed by a space and the anonymous information to 847411 (tip411). Citizens can also call the police “tip” phone line at 455-5550. Information is checked daily.
A FOOD distribution will be held every fourth Saturday of the month at Edmunds & Edmunds, Inc. Training and Counseling Outreach Center for Children and Adults, 1177 Buckshutem Rd.
BIBLE CLASS will be held at noon every Thursday at Edmunds & Edmunds, Inc. Training and Counseling Outreach Center for Children and Adults, 1177 Buckshutem Rd.
BETHANY GRACE Community Church will be working locally and globally to help those in need through their third annual Advent Conspiracy campaign. Partnering with Samaritan's Purse, the church's youth (grades K-5) are raising money to buy a cow for a village in a third world nation. Collectively, the church is raising money to support the mission of the Karaundas Children's Home with Kids Alive International. Contributions will go towards the construction of a bio-gas cooking unit for the Hall Mead Academy at the home. The community is welcome to learn more about these projects and to volunteer or donate by visiting bethanyinbridgeton.com or calling (856) 451-4601.
BIBLE CLASSES are held at noon every Thursday at 1177 Buckshutem Rd. For more information call 455-4400.
THE BETHANY Grace Community Church, 31 N. Pearl St., Food Pantry, Clothing Closet and Shower Ministry will begin on Saturday, July 19. The Shower Ministry will run weekly from 7-9 a.m. The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will distribute goods 10 a.m.-noon on the third Saturday of the month.
BETHANY GRACE Community Church, 31 N. Pearl St., is in need of donations for their Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, and Shower Ministry. Items needed include non-perishable food items, plastic shopping bags, bottled water, clean and gently-worn clothing and shoes, new men’s and women’s undergarments and t-shirts, white towels, etc. Donated items may be dropped off noon to 1:30 p.m. every second Wednesday at the Church Fellowship Hall, located to the right of the sanctuary behind the 29 N. Pearl St. Building (Blue Building).
THE BETHANY Grace Community Church Agape Café is closed for the summer months and will resume in September.
GRADUATES OF the Cumberland County College Adult Basic Education program were recognized recently during a ceremony to mark their achievements and included Christopher Dickerson, Jordan Gonzalez, Tameka Hannah, Trinidad Ibarguen, Nadine McKenzie-Simpson, Andrew Thomas Jr. and Rupert Williams.
THE LOCAL Finance Board has approved the sale of a Port Authority-owned property to modular home manufacturer Renewable Jersey LLC, including an 83,000 square foot warehouse that will house the operation. Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly and city officials have been working with the Port board and the modular home manufacturer over the past 2 years to get the project to the brick and mortar stage. With the approval, the project, which is expected to bring 120 full-time jobs to Bridgeton, can now move forward with the pre-development phase.