Buena Vista Gains Assemblyman; John Armato

Mayor and Township Committee say goodbye to Committeeman John Armato who elected in November 2017 to the seat of Assemblyman.

Armato becomes the first ever Assemblyman to have been elected from Buena Vista Township.

Armato joins Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo in representing District 2, which includes Buena Vista. John will remain active with the Township’s Veteran’s Advisory Board and Municipal Alliance as an Advisor.

Good Luck Assemblyman!

Consumer Fraud Tips by State Consumer Affairs

NJ State Consumer Affairs offers several tips to protect you against fraud. Some of those include warning signs for Home Improvement Contractors, New Car Lemon Laws, Tips on Buying Used Cars, Playing it Safe on the Internet and Telemarketing Scams including those sweepstakes mailings.

If you feel you have been a victim, you can contact the Office of Consumer Protection at (973) 504-6200 and request a complaint form or visit their website at www.consumeraffairs.gov. Want to stop those annoying calls?

Call 1-800-382-1222 and add your phone number to the Federal “Do Not Call” Registry.

After-school Program at King Community Center Starting January 2018

The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center located at 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville will begin an after-school program starting on Monday, January 8, 2018. Participants are required to register for the program which will include activities, arts & crafts and recreations.

All children are welcomed, school aged from 6-18 years old. The program will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4-6 p.m. which also includes a free dinner.

For more information, please contact the community center at (609) 704-7262.  Registration forms are available at the community center, on the Township website or at the Municipal Complex.

Buy a Personalized Premium Brick Paver for “Most Unusual Tree Monument”

Preserve your name or that of a loved one well into the next millennium with a personalized Premium Brick Paver.

These pavers will be part of new walkways that were added in the area of the “Most Unusual Tree” monument at Sawmill Park where hundreds of people visit.

There are two sizes available – a 4” x 8” for $100.00 with 3 lines of text, 13 characters per line including spaces and punctuation and an 8” x 8” for $200.00 each with 3 lines of text, 13 characters per line including spaces and punctuation (up to 3 extra lines are available on the 8” x 8” size at $20.00 per line, same rules).

Order forms can be found on our website www.buenavistanj.com or pick one up at the Township Hall.   All funds raised will go directly to this project.  We would truly appreciate any help you would consider.

Please make checks payable to Buena Vista Township Special Events, P.O. Box 605, Buena, NJ 08310.  For further information, contact the Township Clerk’s office at 856-697-2100, then press 1.

Prescription Drop-Off Box Located at Municipal Building

Buena Vista Township provides a service to the community by offering a Prescription Drug Drop-off Box.  The box is located inside Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway.

The box is available to the public on Monday – Fridays from 9am to 5pm, and on Tuesday until 7:30pm. The box is monitored by the Atlantic County Sherriff’s Department 24-hours a day.

For additional information please contact the Township Clerks Office at (856) 697-2100 ext. 1.

Patcong Valley Society of Model Railroaders 2018 Schedule

Come and see highly detailed HO scale models of many different trains operate on a large realistic model railroad at the Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club. Located at 1308 Harding Hwy., (Rt. 40) & Fir Avenue in Richland Village. They will be open January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2018, 10 am to 4 p.m., which are Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Check   their   website   for additional information at www.patcongvalley.com.

Township News by Photos for December 2017

Buena Regional Middle School & Abundant Living Choirs perform on December 1st at Township Hall



Santa & His Elves were on hand November 11th at Saw Mill Park







A Crowd of 150 visited Township Hall on December 2nd for a fun evening.




An Olde Tyme Christmas at the Historic Friendship Church was held on Friday, November 26, 2017. Many enjoyed the beautifully decorated historic church and sang along to the Christmas Carols.


The newest Richland Volunteer Fire Company truck, which went out on parade for the holidays to show off their new equipment and bring a little holiday spirit. Other Buena Vista Fire Companies do the same thing during the Holidays.  Photo: Dave Griffith

Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center Report – December 2017

Wishing everyone a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year in 2018! In reflection, 2017, was a unique year for our awesome nation. We experienced many historic events that will undoubted have long-term impacts. Despite all of the daily distractions, historic disasters and terrorism, social and civic instability and varied political opinions, I believe that we all learned a little more about each other through conversations that were forced to happen as we experienced all of the outrage, empathy, sorrow, grief and disbelief of the day’s events in the past year. We are a GREAT NATION and as we learn from each other, we will see how powerful WE can be, when WE stand together respecting and accepting the differences we all have. USA all the way!

The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center held our Annual Christmas Party with Santa on Friday December 15th. Despite the poor weather conditions, Santa navigated his way to the MLK Center with the help of the Newtonville Volunteer Fire Company and Engine 1266. The attending children and their families were treated to fresh chili and hot chocolate with the backdrop of snowflakes from a small winter storm. Santa gave out gifts and the United Community Collaboration provided free pajamas to all the kids.

Winners of the coloring contests (3 categories) were given custom made holiday baskets from one of our awesome residents that provides them for us every year – Shout out to Sandy G! Thank you again!  After the activities door prizes for a lucky child and parent were distributed which included a brand new bike, donated by the All Out Trendsetter MC and a special custom basket by Sandy G. The children and adults had a blast and look forward to next year’s holiday season.

I would like to THANK all of the residents for their donations as well as the Atlantic County Toys for Tots program. This event was only possible through the AWESOME people of our community – their donations and volunteerism completely made this event possible. THANK YOU ALL!

This year the MLK Center will start our new Afterschool Program on Monday January 8th. Our afterschool program will include homework help, arts & craft activities, organized recreational activities, speakers, mentors and demonstrations. We will also provide FREE dinner to all attending children 6-18yrs old. Registration is required and forms were distributed to all Buena Regional School students, you can also pick up registrations forms at the MLK Center. The afterschool program will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm. Please contact the MLK Center for any additional details.

The MLK Center is a perfect place to have a birthday party, baby shower or any family celebration. Our Community room can accommodate parties up to 125 people and the Center is situation on Wilder Hines Park, a 10 acre with recreational activities including basketball, tennis and a large playground area. There is even a paved walking path (1/2 mile) so you can safely walk and enjoy the outdoors.

To have your next family celebration at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, contact us @ 609-704-7262 or pick up your application at the Center or our Municipal building on Route 40 next to John C. Milanesi Elementary School.

Current activities at the MLK Center include: The Seniors of Newtonville Area: Meeting every Wednesday at 10am- all senior citizens over 55 can come, participate and have lunch for $1.00.  Our NEW afterschool program with FREE dinner every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm (registration is required). Every Friday we have ZUMBA classes at 5:30pm. Come out and have fun while you dance to festive Caribbean music. Initial class is free and each session is $5. Group and multi session discounts are available.  Story Time with Mrs. Cocoa meets the 2nd and 4th Friday’s during the month and now is also broadcast on Facebook Live on her Facebook page! If your child is 3-7 and you want them to read more – this is a perfect setting. If you have any questions about any activities or programs, we can be reached at 609-704-7262 or email us. MLKCenter@BuenaVistaNJ.com.

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is also located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Center. Tours can be arranged by calling 609-350-6662. The current exhibit “A Time for Change” shows the involvement and events of the civil rights movement that occurred in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson, a new exhibit “Black Cowboys and Buffalo Solders” and the artwork of Leonard Faust is featured in the main gallery. The PRINCE and Tribute to Muhammad Ali exhibits are located in the Roberta J Corbitt Community Room.

Quentin Profile Picby Quentin McClendon, Director

18th Annual Buena Vista Tree Lighting A Success

On Friday December 1, 2017 the Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee held their 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Township Hall on Route 40.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, several Elves and Minnie Mouse rode in on a fire truck from the Richland Volunteer Fire Company followed by a parade of 20 other local Fire, Rescue and NJ State Police vehicles.

Santa led the crowd of over 150 in lighting the Christmas Tree on the front lawn. Santa and his court proceeded inside the building to hear wishes and give every child present a gift plus a large candy cane.

Hot chocolate and cookies were available for everyone. Two choirs led an audience participation sing-a-long. The were the Abundant Living Church Choir led by Kim Albert and the Buena Middle School Select Choir under the direction of Karen Coates.

Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Deputy Mayor Teresa Kelly, Committeemen Steve Martinelli and John Armato were on hand with Beth Conway and the Special Events Committee Members, Township Clerk Lisa Tilton, and Public Works Employees. Miss South Jersey and Miss Junior South Jersey gave out gift bags from the local Municipal Drug Alliance led by Gia Haws.

The event was paid for by donations and the Special Events Committee.