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‘Haddonfield Uncorked’ – A Premier Event Pairing NJ Wines with Shopping & Dining Specials February 7

Enjoy the perfect pairing – wonderful wines and unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas and special offers – during Downtown Haddonfield’s first ever ‘Haddonfield Uncorked’ event taking place Saturday, February 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Haddonfield Uncorked’ is an opportunity to sample and purchase New Jersey wines while browsing the Downtown shops, which will also be offering in-store specials and discounts – just in time for Valentine’s Day. So whether you seek traditional gifts like wine, chocolates and flowers; a romantic spot for dinner and wine for two; or unique gifts that are a little less traditional, it can all be found in Downtown Haddonfield – during ‘Haddonfield Uncorked’.

Participating merchants along Kings Highway and our charming side streets – which include Mechanic, Ellis and Tanner Streets, Haddy Lane, Kings Court and Haddon Avenue – invite you to enjoy this sip and sample shopping opportunity in the Downtown.

Haddonfield is a “dry” town by law; however, thanks to a recently approved Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets prepared by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, shop owners in Haddonfield can now lease a portion of their business to one of the area’s local wine growers for the sale of Jersey-grown wines by the bottle to the business’s patrons.

“This agreement and event allows our shops and restaurants to expand their clientele while bolstering New Jersey’s economy and agriculture by broadening the avenues by which New Jersey-grown wines can be sampled, marketed and sold. It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved,” said Susan Hodges, Chairperson for the Partnership for Haddonfield.

Below is a list of store and winery pairings – where representatives from the New Jersey winery listed will be offering tastings of their wine and selling wine by the bottle:

Haddon Avenue:
Jersey Java & Tea / Auburn Road Vineyards

Kings Court:
Rhinoceros / Tomasello Winery

Kings Highway East:
The Little Tuna & Market / Amalthea Cellars
Evearts Gallery / Auburn Road Vineyards
SIX on East / Bellview Winery
maxwelljames / Coda Rossa Winery
Saxbys Coffee / Chestnut Run Farm & Winery
Serendipity / Monroeville Winery
JAX Boutique / Summit City Winery
The Paper Trail / Wagonhouse Winery
Girlfriends Boutique / Natali Vineyards
Zaffron Mediterranean Cuisine /Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Painting With A Twist / DiMatteo Winery

Mechanic Street:
In The Kitchen / Sharrott Winery

Tanner Street:
Mia Mare / Coda Rossa Winery

“The best way to sell wine is by tasting and what better way than to do so while shopping and supporting local businesses – the Haddonfield ‘Uncorked’ event is a win-win for both the local business and wineries,” said Jake Buganski, Executive Director at South Jersey Tourism Corporation. “The new Alcohol Management Plan for Retail Outlets and wine friendly events taking place throughout New Jersey are incredible. Having local wines available to pair with culinary experiences at some of South Jersey’s fine restaurants, and at other local businesses that complement the wineries’ offerings, creates an engaging environment that keeps people moving throughout the region,” he added.

Camden County Economic Development (CCED) is a partner of this event: “We are excited to be a partner with Downtown Haddonfield for this new town-wide event,” said CCED liaison Louis Cappelli, Jr., Camden County Freeholder Director. “This is the perfect opportunity to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Haddonfield’s many restaurants – all while supporting the CCED’s Shop Camden County Program – which promotes shopping at local businesses and boosting the surrounding communities economy as a whole,” he added.

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Haddonfield, NJ Featured in Mercedes Benz® BBC America Commercial

In October 2014, the quaint streets and thoroughfares of Downtown Haddonfield were transformed into a “stage” for a television commercial featuring a gleaming, new Mercedes Benz® vehicle.

Producers, actors and a television crew descended on the bustling streets of this historic town to film an international commercial in Downtown Haddonfield – which is airing on the BBC America Channel’s “Top Gear” television series.

The commercial, entitled “A Long Drive”, features a metallic silver Mercedes Benz E63 4MATIC AMG S Model Wagon, with a price tag exceeding $100,000, driving through the center of town along iconic Kings Highway – passing landmarks such as the Indian King Tavern Museum. The commercial commences and ends in Haddonfield, with a jaunt during the middle portion of the commercial filmed at a nearby raceway in Millville, NJ so the producers could illustrate the vehicle’s “zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds” capabilities.

The commercial is presently airing during BBC America’s show “Top Gear” – garnering international exposure for the Downtown. “Top Gear” is an auto themed show full of extreme stunts, challenges and focuses on pushing cars to the limit and beyond. The project is a cross-branding spot that promotes both Mercedes Benz and the BBC America show “Top Gear”.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sophisticated Downtown to a worldwide audience,” said Haddonfield Mayor Jeff Kasko. “We were more than happy to accommodate the request to feature our Downtown in a world-renowned luxury car commercial like Mercedes Benz,” he added.

TV commercial producer Brian Bennhoff added, “The town was incredibly helpful and supportive of what turned out to be somewhat of a last-minute request. From the town administrators to the police department and the residents, everybody accommodated our activities and officials were super flexible in letting us turn things slightly ‘upside down’ on Kings Highway for a few hours.”

For more information about Downtown Haddonfield, please visit


Haddonfield Professionals Committee to Host First Friday Networking Event

The Haddonfield Professionals Committee of the Partnership for Haddonfield (PfH) will host its October First Friday networking event on October 3 at Susquehanna Bank, 110 Kings Hwy East in Haddonfield, NJ from 8 – 9 a.m.

The monthly Haddonfield Professionals Committee First Friday events feature one hour of networking and business card exchange for local professionals in Haddonfield and surrounding communities including (but not limited to) Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Moorestown and Cherry Hill. Participants will be able to purchase Haddonfield town-wide gift certificates at a 10-percent discount during the networking session.

“Our First Friday events allow local professionals to meet up with old friends, exchange contact information and come up with new ideas,” said John C. Picking, Professionals Committee chairman. “It is a great opportunity for professionals throughout Camden County to come together and network with one another,” he continued.

The Haddonfield Professionals First Friday Networking Event is free to attend and no registration is required. The event will be catered by Ludovico’s of Haddonfield.

The Professional Committee promotes the diverse members of Haddonfield’s professional business community. The goal is to provide professionals and business services with the advertising opportunities and networking events necessary to succeed.

For more information about the Haddonfield Professionals, visit


Haddonfield Girls’ Night Out

The Partnership for Haddonfield’s (PfH) Marketing Committee will once again host Girls’ Night Out, featuring a fun-filled ladies’ exclusive night of shopping, dining and relaxing on Thursday, October 2 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Girls’ Night Out will kick-off the fall season in Downtown Haddonfield with many of the town’s shops and boutiques offering the latest fall fashion, gift and dining trends along with in-store discounts, food and beverages and more.

While walking from shop to shop, shoppers will find exciting surprises, specials and deals. One shop may be offering great percentages off your entire purchase; another could feature buy one, get one half off specials; and yet another store may be offering refreshments and enter-to-win contests.

Participating Haddonfield boutiques and eateries will be offering creative promotions – here is a sneak peek at some, broken down by street:

Kings Court

Rhinoceros Gamery, Activity & Toy Store: Bring out your inner child – come into Rhinoceros and make a free craft. Decorate a bookmark, create a window hanging or draw a scratch art drawing. Between 5 and 8 p.m. an activity is on us and when you finish your craft, you get to take it home with a coupon for 20% off of one regularly priced item in the store. Limit one craft and coupon per crafter.

Kings Highway East

CONTACT Exchange: Spend $50 and get a $10 gift certificate.

da Soli: 10% off your entire dining bill.

Divine Play Space:  A free week of yoga for each person who shops during the event (must be redeemed before November 15, 2014). Also, 25% off all regular priced merchandise.

English Gardener Gift Shop: From 5 – 9 p.m. enjoy cheese samples from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Stop in to see our great selection of gifts and food for Halloween and the holidays.

Hanna’s Gourmet, set. 1994: 15% off any purchase. Buy our Green Mountain Gringo Salsa with our Tortilla chips and get 25% off.

JAX Boutique: 20% Storewide – Cayetano Legacy Collection jewelry trunk show and refreshments will be served.

Jay West Bridal:  20% off all stock except sale items.

Running Co. of Haddonfield: 20% off the entire store. Apron of Downtown Haddonfield will be providing a great spread of food and the Running Co. will have drinks to pair up with the food.

Haddon Avenue

vTrainers Personal Trainers: Free personal training session to anyone interested in spending Girls’ Night Out at out facility.

For the most up-to-date list of participating retailers and their special offers, visit


Smiles for Hope

Dental Arts of South Jersey, located at 1001 Laurel Oak Road in Voorhees, NJ, NY is pleased to announce a partnership with Give Kids The World, one of the most respected Not-for-Profits in the United States, and have named their joint initiative “Smiles for Hope”. Dental Arts of South Jersey will be fundraising for Give Kids The World throughout the year in support of its “Smiles for Hope” initiative. Throughout the Month of August, Dental Arts of South Jersey will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all Children’s Sealant and Adult Oral Cancer Screening procedures to Give Kids The World. To learn more about this program, or to schedule your child’s sealant procedure or your oral cancer screening procedure to help support this initiative, please visit or call 856-783-5777. “We are thrilled to support the great work being done by Give Kids The World and hope everyone in the area who needs dental work done will schedule it for August in order to help kids with life-threatening illnesses,” said J.P. McGuirk, Dental Arts of South Jersey’s Director of Marketing. Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. Children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations, complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals and much more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 130,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries. Give Kids The World has been rated one of the best charities in America, and over 93% of their donations go towards helping children with life-threatening illnesses rather than to administrative or fundraising costs. For more information, visit Dental Arts of South Jersey, located in the Voorhees / Cherry Hill area, is a comprehensive, multi-doctor, implant surgery facility dedicated to excellence in dentistry. We perform cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dental implant surgery and oral surgery. Our doctors are highly skilled clinicians and educators lecturing at dental conferences and scientific symposia. We offer intravenous sedation (sleep anesthesia) for our apprehensive patients. Please visit for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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.


Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

THE END of the school year is an ideal time to check the Megan’s Law website for up-to-date information on known sex offenders, said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

“Children are home and will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather,” Vicari said. “For peace of mind, this is an ideal time to review the state’s sex offender list for any individuals that may be living in your community.”

The database lists up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of the Garden State.

Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.

More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.

“This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said.

Vicari also suggested periodically checking the Megan’s Law database throughout the year.

“It’s important to know what dangers a child may encounter when they travel to and from school,” he said. “It’s also essential that they learn to avoid strangers and how to react if they are approached by an adult they do not know.”

If a child is approached by a stranger in a car, they should be taught to run the opposite way – towards the rear of the car. This way, the driver will have to first turn around before they can pursue the child, Vicari said.

The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at The page can also be accessed directly at

MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164

people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver

but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.  Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate.  The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.

“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.

States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.

For more information on interlocks, please visit

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at  or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.


Ocean Co. Literacy Group Merges With “Literacy New Jersey”

Adults in New Jersey who cannot read a medicine bottle, menu or even a street sign are served by the statewide educational non-profit organization, “Literacy New Jersey”, which has announced a merger with six local literacy groups. To make the statewide organization Literacy New Jersey a stronger force in serving functionally illiterate adults throughout the state, the groups Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Mercer County, Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County, Literacy Programs of New Jersey, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Literacy Volunteers of Ocean County, and Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester County have joined Literacy New Jersey as one network.


Volunteer tutors from Literacy New Jersey make it possible for adults – especially from underserved populations — to learn to read, write and speak English. Nearly 8,000 students received free services from Literacy New Jersey and their 21 affiliated programs in 2012-2013.


It is estimated that 17% of adults in New Jersey are low literate. Illiteracy is a devastating problem, which is at the root of many social problems, including poverty, crime, unemployment, poor parenting, welfare dependency and homelessness. Adults whose lack of reading, writing and speaking skills causes them to struggle to perform the daily tasks that native English speakers take for granted: reading to their children, ordering from a menu, completing job applications and filling out medical forms.


“Learning to read can make a dramatic difference in someone’s quality of life,” says Elizabeth Gloeggler, CEO, Literacy New Jersey. “We match our well-trained volunteer tutors with men and women who have no where else to turn.”


“We share Literacy New Jersey’s mission to provide meaningful assistance to people with a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English,“ says Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “Improved literacy means improved skills that help people to market themselves to employers, to become employed and to carry out their roles, not only as workers, but also as spouses, parents and active members of our community.”

Literacy New Jersey offers free GED Preparation Classes, Citizenship Classes (for new immigrants), and ESL conversation groups (to practice English speaking skills), along with the core Basic Skills and English-as-a-Second Language Programs. The Basic Skills Program helps adult students with learning disabilities or other significant challenges, and serves a population with limited educational options.

More than 2,500 men and women volunteer on a regular basis with Literacy New Jersey. They receive training on principles of adult education, teaching reading, lesson planning, teaching small groups, and motivation skills for tutors. Literacy New Jersey staff match tutors with adult students seeking help, ensuring quality service for the student and support for the volunteer tutor.

The new organization is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gloeggler of Montvale, NJ; Chief Operating Officer Jessica Tomkins of Milltown NJ; Ocean County Executive Director Charlotte Fahey of Whiting, NJ; Gloucester County Executive Director Trudy Lawrence of Clementon, NJ; Burlington County Executive Director Sheri Churchill of Medford, NJ; Mercer County Executive Director Cheryl Kirton of Newtown, PA; and Middlesex County Program Coordinator Melissa Cohen of Highland Park, NJ.

Literacy New Jersey’s merger was supported by: The Community Foundation for NJ, Pro Bono Partnership, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration, The Karma Foundation and The Support Center for Nonprofits.

About Literacy New Jersey

Founded in 1979 and funded by government grants and donations, Literacy New Jersey is a statewide non-profit network helping adults change their lives through literacy. The organization advocates for and educates about adult literacy, providing resources to adult learners throughout New Jersey. For more information or to volunteer, call 800-848-0048 or visit


Office locations:



Literacy New Jersey

224 Main Street

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Tel: 800-848-0048


Burlington County

P.O. Box 2746

Willingboro, NJ 08046



Gloucester County

Woodbury Child Development Center
36 Carpenter St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096



Mercer County

3535 Quakerbridge Road

Suite 104

Hamilton, NJ 08619



Middlesex County

380 Washington Road

Suite F

Sayreville, NJ 08872



Ocean County

c/o Ocean County Community College

P.O. Box 2001

Toms River, NJ 08754



Union County

121-125 Chestnut Street

Suite 203

Roselle, NJ 07203




Literacy New Jersey Affiliates:


Atlantic County

LVA-Cape-Atlantic, Inc.



Bergen County


LV-Englewood Library


Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County



Camden County

LVA-Camden County 



Cumberland and Salem Counties

 LV-Cumberland/Salem Counties



Essex County


LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties

LVA-Essex & Passaic Counties



Hudson County

Jersey City Library Literacy Program

LV-West Hudson



Hunterdon County

Hunterdon Helpline Literacy Services



Monmouth County

LV-Monmouth County



Morris County

LV-Morris County



Somerset County

LV-Somerset County



Sussex and Warren Counties

LV-Sussex County



Union County

LV-Plainfield Public Library


Haddonfield’s Premiere First Thursday Event A Success

Downtown Haddonfield put a new spin on an old favorite by premiering ‘First Thursdays’ on June 5.

First Thursdays replace First Fridays, and each will present its own unique theme. The June 5 First Thursday theme was a ‘One Stop Wedding Shop.’ Wedding-related retailers, invitations, bakeries, flower shops and many other unique vendors displayed their wedding wares in front of their stores; and Country Way Bridal, Jay West Bridal and Angel Bridal offered a sample dress sale. Clothing stores also displayed apparel for wedding-related events.

Live entertainment filled the air with music as the streets filled with shoppers browsing the displays, shops and an Artists Row filled with colorful art and photography displays.

Something totally new for First Thursdays and the Downtown was Customer Appreciation Rewards. This promotion allows all receipts for purchases made between 5 and 8 p.m. on First Thursdays to receive a 10% rebate on the total amount of money spent. The rebate is to be given in the form of a Haddonfield Gift Certificate, and all receipts must be redeemed within one week of the event (by June 12 for June First Thursday). The rebate is not to exceed $50 per person.

Additional First Thursdays are scheduled to Take Place on July 3 (‘Everything Red, White and Blue’), August 7 (‘Sidewalk Sale’) and September 4 (‘Back to School’). Each will feature an exceptional mix of music, on-street artists, extraordinary dining, and themed displays in many of Haddonfield’s unique, independently owned shops and boutiques.

For more information on First Thursday events, please visit