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s awarded $73,000 from the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The funds will help provide first responders with proper protective and cleaning equipment.

THE BRIDGETON ROTARY CLUB hosted three speakers from United Advocacy Group located in the Hopeloft Building in the city. They talked about their Igniting Hope program that works to free individuals from human trafficking and domestic violence. Their presentation highlighted their passion and dedication to helping people in these difficult cir- cumstances. For more information visit www.UnitedAdvocacyGroup.com, call 243-5810 or email [email protected]

CONGRATULATIONS TO the following students who were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The College of New Jersey: Steven Garcia, history; Amelia Laubsch, political science; Sarah Laubsch, civil engineering; Amanda Volk, elementary education.

TRINITY BAGNATI was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C.

TAYLOR ROSSITER was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at York College of Pennsylvania. Rossiter is a biology major.

THE THIRD ANNUAL Bridgeton Library Teen Poetry Competition is underway. Students ages 13-18 from Bridgeton and the wider area can enter up to five of their poems plus the completed submission form to [email protected] by Tuesday, April 30 to be considered for the competition. More information and the form can be found on library website, bridgetonlibrary.org

BRIDGETON ROTARY CLUB has a new meeting schedule. The club will meet at 12:10 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at De Olde Towne Tavern. The club will host Zoom only meetings at 12:10 p.m. on the third Thursdays and will meet at 5:10 p.m. on fifth Thursdays at Cedar Rose Vineyard.

BRIDGETON HIGH SCHOOL’S winter concert has been posted online. To enjoy the students’ performance visit the school’s Facebook page and click on the corresponding link.

THE COHANZICK ZOO is operating under winter hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Note: pets are not permitted. Emotional support animals are not permitted.
Service animals are permitted. Guests are asked to move past any exhibit at which a zoo animal is not reacting well to the presence of a service animal. This helps protect the safety and mental health of the zoo residents. For more information call the office at 453-1675.

STORY TIME SATURDAYS are held 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St. Ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, crafts, music and more.

LEGOS, MINECRAFT and board game Wednesdays will be held at 3:30-4:30 p.m. for ages 6-11 at the Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St. Call 451-2620 for more information.

TEEN MEET SATURDAY will begin in December. Meet each month 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bridgeton Public Library for crafting, art projects, movies, music and more. Call 451-2620.

FRIENDS OF THE Bridgeton Public Library are seeking new members. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the library.

MOVIE NIGHT is planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St. Movie to be shown is “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” No registration is required. Admission is free. Thanks go to Regal Cumberland Mall for its donation of free popcorn. Movie night is held on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information contact the library at 453-2210 ext. 26103.

BRIDGETON AREA CHAMBER of Commerce will host the following meetings:
• 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Frightened Turtle Winery at Sunny Slope: Local Women-Owned Businesses. Cost is $30.
• Noon Tuesday, April 16 at the Grove at Centerton: Economic Development Focus. Learn about growth and development in Upper Deerfield Township and the area.
There will also be a business-to-business meeting held at 5 p.m. during April at the Bridgeton Pubic Library. Date to be announced.
To register for the events, visit www.cumberlandgrows.com/events

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Winter Book Sale will be held thorugh Saturday, March 2 at the Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St.

EXPERIENTIAL ARTS LABS with Appel Farm will be held 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Cumberland County Library. Students will immerse themselves in games and techniques exploring various forms of creative enrichment including dance and movement, music and sound, and visual arts. Registration through the Appel Farm registration link is required.

STORY TIME will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 21 and 28 at the Cumberland County Library. Children ages 3-5 and a caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and movement activities. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/rTUCcQwPPNfkVG7Q9

NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Cumberland County Library. Celebrate by learning to make your yard a habitat for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Pat Sutton will showcase native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, and even weeds that are most beneficial to birds and other wildlife.
In addition to the obvious (bird feeders, bird houses, and bird baths), this program is packed with the “how’s and why’s” of attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard, no matter how small or how urban. Register at forms.gle/NvPbn3siHhuTdP4W6

NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Cumberland County Library. Join the American Littoral Society for a family-friendly program focusing on native plants and how pollinators, insects and other wildlife depend on them for food, water and shelter. Guests will build planter boxes and each family that attends will receive two to three native plants to plant in them. Register at forms.gle/AJyVrSidwRUPP4pQ9

HARRIET TUBMAN is visiting the Bridgeton Library 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Noted storyteller Michele Washington Wilson will roleplay Harriet Tubman during her program “Harriet Tubman: Tales From The Trails.” The program is for ages 11 and up and adults. Call 451-2620.

BABY/TODDLER TIME will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 18 and 25 at the Cumberland County Library. Children ages 2 and under and a caregiver are invited for stories, songs and finger plays. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/9NnspGz8gDV9WCu39

PAGETURNERS LOUNGE for Teens will be hosted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Cumberland County Library. Bring a favorite book or borrow one from the library, then spend some time reading and enjoying some snacks. There will be a break where readers can share what they’re enjoying. Register at forms.gle/YUqEAVyRs4wqKzau6

DUNGEONS & Dragons program for ages 10-12 is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Learn the basics of character creation, role playing, combat skills, and more of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. All experience levels are welcome, but the program is geared toward beginners. Register online at forms.gle/sBLeU95xY2ZSJGWi9

FREE COMPUTER classes continue at the Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St. This month’s schedule is:
Internet basics: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14
Word, mail merge: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18
Gmail: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21
Yahoo mail: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21
Mouse/keyboarding skills: 10 a.m.-noon Friday, March 22
Computer basics I: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 25
Computer basics II: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26
Excel basics I: 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27
Excel basics II: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28
Registration is required. Call 453-2210 ext. 26100.

TEEN DUNGEONS & Dragons program is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Cumberland County Library. Tabletop/role playing experience is not required and new players are welcome. Pre-made characters will be available for those that need them. Register online at forms.gle/VhsHQ9EtF1wcHuVF9

LEGO CLUB will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the Cumberland County Library. Kids 5-12 years old are invited to the new program. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/ys85U1bPS996wiRU8

LEAP INTO SCIENCE “Light and Shadow” Family Night is 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 at the Cumberland County Library. Families are invited to celebrate the upcoming eclipse by exploring the science of light and shadow with stories, hands-on experiments and crafts. While supplies last, participants will receive free solar eclipse glasses to use during the Monday, April 8 eclipse. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/Bj2PvUKHqRFYNiTZ6

BABY/TODDLER TIME will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Cumberland County Library. Children ages 2 and under and a caregiver are invited for stories, songs and finger plays. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/Ngi4ekEsZ9YVHhdF7

TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM at the Cumberland County Library is 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to make a difference at the library while earning volunteer time. Members help to plan events for teens and kids, suggest books for the library, and much more. Register online at forms.gle/9Gu85EsxySZCxedMA

BOOKS & BREWS Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Cumberland County Library. Enjoy coffee while sharing thoughts on a book currently being read. There is no assigned reading. Register at [email protected]

STORY TIME will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Cumberland County Library. Children ages 3-5 and a caregiver are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and movement activities. Register online at the following link: forms.gle/uzDsNoxej9d2ENuj6