Category Archives: Burlington County

This Thanksgiving, Athletes Across South New Jersey are Giving Back to Help Local Kids That are Battling Cancer

Football teams across South New Jersey are going to Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® for their Thanksgiving Football games.  Funds raised by these teams will help support Go4theGoal’s programs that benefit local children and families battling pediatric cancers.

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time for us to give thanks for all the healthy children in our lives and to keep in our thoughts all those who are battling cancer and other illnesses,” states Beth Stefanacci, Founding Director of Go4theGoal.  “We started the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® campaign because of the outcry from athletes that wanted a way to kids in their communities with cancer.  We are grateful to have such a strong show of support from local coaches and players at this time of year.” Continue reading This Thanksgiving, Athletes Across South New Jersey are Giving Back to Help Local Kids That are Battling Cancer

March of Dimes Nominates Nurse at Preferred Nurse of the Year

The March of Dimes has nominated Esther Wentz, RN, Williamstown, N.J., Nurse of the Year. Wentz is a nurse in the Mount Laurel, N.J., branch of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, with offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The 10th annual Nurse of the Year, a state-wide event, recognizes and honors nursing excellence and achievements in 19 health care categories. The March of Dimes nominated Wentz, a registered nurse with 19 years of experience, a most outstanding nurse in the category of hospice, home health, palliative care, and long term acute care.

Wentz, the mother of a child with special needs, devotes her free time volunteering at Impacting Your World Christian Center, working in a soup kitchen, and volunteering at a walk-a-thon, among other charitable causes.  Recently, the city of Trenton Police Department awarded Wentz with a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of her outstanding superior service. Until paramedics arrived, Wentz performed CPR on a pedestrian who had collapsed in the street and was in cardiac arrest.  He survived his medical emergency, thanks to Wentz’s heroic efforts. Continue reading March of Dimes Nominates Nurse at Preferred Nurse of the Year

Smoke From A Burlington County Brush Fire Will Continue To Impact Ocean County Today And Wednesday

A contained brush fire in Burlington County near the Jackson Township border will continue to spread a strong smell of smoke across much of Ocean County today and into Wednesday, Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy said.

The fire, which broke out in a wooded section of Burlington County on Monday morning, burned nearly 1,000 acres of Pinelands before being contained overnight Monday and early Tuesday.

The fire poses no threat to homes or businesses, but the strong odor of smoke will continue to impact many sections of Ocean County, Mastronardy said.

“The lack of wind and the high heat and humidity means the smoke is just going to stay in place,” Mastronardy said.

Mastronardy also asked residents not to call 911 about the smell of smoke.

“Please do not call 911 unless it is an actual emergency,” he said. “We need to keep our operators free to handle emergency calls.”

Updates on the smoke situation are also available on the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

Leslie D. Terjesen, spokesperson for the Ocean County Health Department, advised anyone with asthma or other pulmonary issues to stay indoors and avoid breathing the smoke.

“Stay inside indoors and let the air conditioning run,” she said.

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Announces Candidates for August New Jersey Heroes Online Poll

Honoring their work in fighting hunger, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and the New Jersey Heroes Foundation have designated three deserving individuals as nominees for the August online New Jersey Hero poll.  The three candidates – Adam Lowy of Move for Hunger, Gary Oppenheimer of and Kristina Guttadora of Farmers Against Hunger are being recognized for their hunger prevention efforts throughout the Garden State.

“Each of this month’s nominees has worked tirelessly on behalf of New Jersey families and individuals in need,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie.” At a time when so many in our communities are experiencing food insecurity, these organizations are making a difference and ensuring that impacted families have the necessities to put a meal on the table. Our August candidates clearly represent the best of New Jersey Heroes.”

Beginning today, August 10th through August 31st, the public will have an opportunity to choose the August New Jersey Hero by visiting  to cast their selection.

This is the third New Jersey Hero being determined by the public via an online poll posted to the New Jersey Heroes website. There were more than 20,000 votes cast overall for May’s New Jersey Heroes candidates.

Voters can cast their ballots once per day until the poll ends at 10:00 am on August 31st.  The August New Jersey Hero will be announced later that afternoon via press release.

The August New Jersey Heroes nominees are:



Adam Lowy – Move for Hunger (Neptune, Monmouth County)

Adam Lowy is the founder and Executive Director of Move For Hunger, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing food waste and fighting hunger. Having grown up working alongside his family’s NJ moving company, Adam saw firsthand the incredible amount of food that was wasted when people moved. As a solution, they started offering their customers the opportunity to donate their food when they moved.  The moving company was in the home anyway and would offer to deliver it to the local food bank. By simply asking a question, 300 lbs. of food was delivered in just one month. Adam knew this process needed to be replicated nationwide. In just five short years, Move For Hunger has built a network of over 600 movers dedicated to eliminating food waste and delivering more meals. Today, we have delivered over 5.2 million pounds of food to those in need, but there is still so much more to do. We find it hard to believe that while 50 million Americans struggle with hunger, 40% of food processed in the US will end up in a landfill. The generous support of this award will enable Move For Hunger to expand our impact and ensure that nutritious life-saving food does not end up in the trash.  Learn more at




Gary Oppenheimer – (Newfoundland, Passaic County) is a 50 state solution to hunger and malnutrition founded by Gary Oppenheimer (a CNN Hero).  This one of a kind program is enabling America’s 42 million home/community gardeners (35% of all households) along with small farmers, share their excess bounty with one of nearly 300 New Jersey food pantries/soup kitchens plus another 7,200 nationwide, that help nourish about 10 million food insecure people. educates, encourages and for the first time, enables these gardeners who have 5+ billion pounds of excess food, to share this bounty thereby creating a recurring, sustainable and lifelong link between the gardeners, and the desperate need for the fresh food in the same community. What makes this different from any other food/gleaning program is its extreme efficiency and that it instantly scales to reach any town in America.  The free supply of excess food gardeners end up with annually, its cost free transportation (the grower herself) to the food programs, as well as the Internet were all pieces that needed to be joined together. By using information, social media and technology to connect these dots, AmpleHarvest.orghelping millions of gardeners reach into their backyard instead of their back pocket to help their neighbors in need get healthier food harvested only hours earlier.  This small but hugely impactful non-profit from New Jersey is America’s cloud based solution to hunger. The idea and the ideal is “No Food Left Behind”.  Learn more at



Rutgers Sustainable Ag students gleaning collard greens with Farmers Against Hunger (NJ Ag Society) charity program, at Jim and Sue Giamarese Farm pick-your-own and market in East Brunswick. 1,760 lb harvested, destined for Franklin Food Bank.
Rutgers Sustainable Ag students gleaning collard greens with Farmers Against Hunger (NJ Ag Society) charity program, at Jim and Sue Giamarese Farm pick-your-own and market in East Brunswick. 1,760 lb harvested, destined for Franklin Food Bank.

Kristina Guttadora – Farmers Against Hunger (Bordentown, Burlington County)

The New Jersey Agricultural Society’s Farmers Against Hunger (FAH) program has been “harvesting for the hungry” since 1996.  It all began when a group of farmers and legislators were on a farm tour and recognized the need to efficiently move surplus fresh produce to those in need. Ever since, FAH works to collect 1.3 million pounds of food annually from farms, grocery stores and wholesale suppliers. Farmers Against Hunger is a truly collaborative organization, helping over 70 partner agencies, including the state food banks, soup kitchens and pantries by providing free donations. “Glean teams.” engaging 1200 community volunteers annually, come to local farms to help harvest extra produce which may otherwise be plowed under. Communities become directly engaged in the mission and volunteers gain an understanding of New Jersey’s rich agricultural heritage and the relationship between their food, food waste and food insecurity. Recovering everything from apples to zucchini, recipients line up to receive these bountiful, New Jersey crops which are often not available at their pantries. For a struggling mother, this donation could enable her to have enough ears of corn for every family member; for a senior citizen, this donation could provide the fresh produce that is necessary for his/her health conditions; and for a child, this donation could be the first taste of fresh peach and the beginning of an understanding of what it means to make healthy food choices. Kristina Guttadora leads the Farmers Against Hunger effort as Program Director and Executive Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. As just one of two full time employees, Kristina relies on an amazing support team of part-time seasonal staff, volunteers, partners and board members to operate the Garden State’s first and broadest farm gleaning program. Learn more at


New Jersey Heroes is an initiative First Lady Mary Pat Christie began in 2010 to showcase the positive and unique ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey and their communities. To nominate a hero, go to and follow the application instructions to submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.


YEEHAW! It’s Wild West Weekend At Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm!

Saturday and Sunday July 25th and 26th from 10 am – 4pm

Get your spurs and your boots on and come on out to the Johnson’s Farm in Jobstown! This farm, newly opened, will be hosting Wild West Weekends, throughout the summer and fall to take you back to the good ol’ country western days. Brush up on your cowboy films first, and then bring out the family for a day of fun! Wild West Weekends include costumes, practice cattle roping, a shady saloon to relax and drink a cold soda, country western tunes, cattle drives, pony rides, hayrides, gem mining, and more! Wild West Weekend will also be happening August 22nd and 23rd, September 19th and 20th, and October 10th and 11th! Call the farm at 609-353-9000 or check their website for more info.

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Armed Forces Heritage House Fundraiser at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm


At Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm!



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FREE ADMISSION with Valid Military ID

JOHNSONS LOCUST HALL FARM, IN JOBSTOWN NJ is hosting ARMED FORCES HERITAGE HOUSE FUNDRAISER.  All proceeds of festival wrist bands go toward providing a Home for the rich heritage and history of the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst from 1917 to the present day. Artifacts, Stories and Military Equipment is being collected and housed now.  Howard Brooks is just one of many Veterans interviewed sharing his story of serving on USS Houston WWII POW.  AFHH members AND Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm have planned a day filled with a Black Hawk Helicopter Landing, Farm to Farm Car Show from Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford to Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, Military Vehicle Displays, Steel Drum Performance, Warrior Watch Riders, and Civil War, WWII, and Korean War Re-Enactors.  Fun for the entire family with moon bounce, balloon art, and much more.






Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm Opens for the 2015 Season in Springfield Township, NJ

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Johnson’s Corner Farm of Medford, NJ will open its second location for the season on Friday, May 1st in Jobstown, NJ. Johnson Locust Hall Farm is a 300 acre farm located at the northern tip of Burlington County, in Springfield Township. The Johnson family purchased the farm on Monmouth Road last year and opened it to the public last September with pumpkin picking hayrides.


The farming family,  long known for their Medford farm with pick your own crops, bakery and family entertainment will host an open house for the for the public at Locust Hall Farm on Saturday and Sunday May 2nd  and 3rd. There will be free educational hayrides of the crop plantings and free informative introductions of the farm animals.


“Spring has arrived here on the farm” says Pete Johnson, co-owner of the two Burlington County farms with his brother Eric. “With the farm looking picture perfect and the forecast heavenly, it promises to be a wonderful weekend for all who attend”


Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm is located at 2691 Monmouth Road in Jobstown , NJ, 4 miles off Route  206. For more information, visit

Active Adults Discover the Advantages of Building a Luxury Toll Brothers Home

Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, offers a variety of exceptional luxury carriage home and single-family home communities where active-adult home buyers will enjoy a leisurely lifestyle with resort-style amenities.  Toll Brothers Active Living® communities are located in convenient locations throughout Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.


“Lifestyle is the key word – our Active Living communities offer homeowners a low-maintenance lifestyle with an abundance of recreational activities and social opportunities to meet neighbors and make new friends,” said Chris Gaffney, Toll Brothers Group President.  Toll Brothers Active Living communities allow homeowners to spend more time with friends and family and enjoy on-site amenities including swimming pools, tennis and bocce courts, fitness centers, walking and biking trails, and more. Amenities vary by community and buyers can learn more by contacting their community of choice.


Burlington County, NJ

The Mews at Laurel Creek is the only new resort-style community in prestigious Moorestown with on-site amenities and a low-maintenance lifestyle.  These carriage homes are priced from the upper $400,000s.  Three professionally decorated model homes grand opened in mid-October to rave reviews from buyers and real estate agents alike.


Hunterdon County, NJ

Regency at Readington is the only 55+ community in Readington Township with a resort-style clubhouse and amenities. The Villas Collection of single-family homes debuted in Fall 2013 to high demand and has been selling quickly.  Two brand new professionally decorated model homes are now open.  Villas Collection homes are priced from the upper $400,000s.


Middlesex County, NJ

Princeton Manor, located in South Brunswick Township, offers an abundance of social opportunities at its 11,500 sq. ft. clubhouse.  Eleven single-family floor plans with a variety of exterior home designs are available from the upper $400,000s.  The highly desirable Woodlands section of homes is now open for sale.


Regency at Monroe is the only new home active-adult community in Central New Jersey with a USGA 9-hole Arnold Palmer designed golf course, award-winning 40,000 square foot community clubhouse, and luxury homes with personalized options.  In addition, a brand new state-of-the-art tennis pavilion is now open. Buyers can choose from twelve single-family home designs from the upper $400,000s.


Monmouth County, NJ

Enclave at Shrewsbury is located just 2 miles from downtown Red Bank, and is perfect for those who like being close to the water with the beach nearby.  The community features amenities including an outdoor heated pool, bocce and tennis courts, and putting green. Only three home sites and one professionally decorated model home remain available for sale – buyers are invited to visit today to take advantage of this opportunity. Homes priced from the low $700,000s.


Regency at Trotters Pointe is only 2 miles from the Garden State Parkway, nearby Colts Neck, and 4 miles from the Red Bank train station. The community will feature a resort-style clubhouse and luxury one- and two-story homes from the upper $500,000s.  Recently opening to much excitement, new home sites are now available.


Enclave at Freehold is the only luxury new home community in sought-after Freehold for those 55 and better.  Only 79 single-family homes are available in the community which will also include a private clubhouse with pool, shuffleboard and bocce courts, and more. The highly anticipated community is now open with homes from the upper $400,000s.


Morris County, NJ

Enclave at Long Valley is the only luxury active adult community in Long Valley. This quaint community of 45 carriage homes showcases small-town living with the best of metropolitan conveniences nearby.  Quick Delivery Homes are available for immediate move-in. Homes are priced from the mid-$400,000s.



Ocean County, NJ

Sea Breeze at Lacey boasts a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse and is Toll Brothers’ only community on the South Jersey coast. Located in Forked River, Sea Breeze at Lacey is only ½ mile from the Garden State Parkway and 2 miles from Route 9.  Residents will enjoy the area’s wide variety of cultural and recreational activities including boating, fishing, and fine dining on the Barnegat Bay; and fabulous shopping that only the New Jersey shore can offer. Homes available from the mid-$300,000s.



Communities are open daily.  For more information, including floor plans, photos, sales center hours, and directions, please visit



Toll Brothers, an award-winning Fortune 1000 company founded in 1967, embraces an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. Toll Brothers is currently building nationwide and is a publicly owned company whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). The Company was recently named national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.




Black Run Preserve

If you enjoy outdoor recreation such as walking, trail running, biking, or birding, then come visit the Black Run Preserve.  It’s one thousand acres in a beautiful corner of Pine Barrens.


The Friends of the Black Run Preserve (FBRP) need our constituency to be seen and heard at our October 1st Concept Plan presentation @ 7:00pm in the Evesham Twp. Municipal courtroom.


The Concept Plan was developed with community input during a Visioning event last October.  It’s a long-range plan for the Black Run Preserve and the most important issue is safety.  The Plan recommends the establishment of two trailheads to provide safe access to existing and planned trails.  Recommendations to stop on-going illegal dumping, campfires, and motorized vehicles would help protect this pristine watershed.


The Black Run Preserve is owned by Evesham Township.  Our elected officials determine what level of support and funding will be provided for the Preserve to be enjoyed safely by citizens of all ages.  The Concept Plan provides a framework for diverse user groups to enjoy life-long recreational activities in the Black Run Preserve.  If you enjoy our pristine Pinelands gem, then please support the Friends of the Black Run Preserve.


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Your voice is needed!  Please join us on October 1st.

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.