International Boutique Fundraiser – December 2 & 3 at Prep School in Richland

burma-1200x430Imagine shopping the world for holiday gifts without leaving New Jersey!! Come and shop for items from Thailand, Lebanon, Malaysia, India, Africa and many other countries at the Annual International Boutique Fundraiser.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 5 pm at the St. Augustine Prep School, 611 Cedar Ave. in Richland.

This Fundraiser is sponsored by AMURTEL, an international relief organization whose projects aid and empower women and children around the world.  All proceeds from the sale will be used to help women and children locally and abroad.  Please visit their website at www.amurtel.org to learn more.  You can also go on line to www.internationalboutique.org to view some of the items that will be available for sale on the above dates.

Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Katmandu, exotic places all, where wonderful and unique items can be found and  purchased for AMURTEL’s International Boutique fundraiser.  The main focus in traveling is shopping for the gifts and also visiting the  AMURTEL projects that they support.

Check Out This Month’s Photo News!

Halloween Fun Day a Huge Success

The 13th Annual Saw Mill Park Halloween Fun Day was held on Saturday, October 21st.  The event drew a huge crowd that joined in the festivities that included a Pumpkin Decorating, Hay Rides, Trick or Treating around the park and much more.  There was also a costume parade with candy and prizes and judging of the coloring contest.  The Patcong Valley Model Railroad Museum was also open during the event.

The Township Environmental Commission gave away pumpkins for each child to decorate.   As you can see from the photos below, everyone was decked out in their best costumes for the day.  Thanks to the members of the Special Events Committee and Environmental Commission for coordinating the event.


St. Augustine Prep. Installation Mass for Father Murray

On September 20th Committeeman John Armato and Committeeman John Williams attended the Installation Mass of the New Head of School Father Robert J. Murray.

 


High School Conducts Distracted Driving Seminar and Simulation

Municipal Drug Alliance partnered with Buena Regional High School in conducting a Distracting Driving Seminar and Simulation. Committeeman John Armato and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo attended the event and spoke with the students.

 

 

 


Volunteer Fire Companies Win Awards at Annual Convention

On September 16th three Volunteer Fire Companies in Buena Vista Township attended the Annual New Jersey State Fireman’s Association Convention in Wildwood, NJ. Each Volunteer Fire Company won an award.

Collings Lakes placed 1st for Marching and received the Special Judges Committee Award in the Memory of Chief Ed Jones.

East Vineland placed 1st for Best Appearing Tanker Straight or Tractor Drawn for Tanker Truck 1222, Best Appearing Unit from Atlantic County Overall for Unit 1220 and Best Appearing Engine Any Size Pump 25-years and Older.

Richland Fire Company placed 2nd for Best Appearing Straight or Tractor Drawn Tanker 1500 gal. or more.


MLK Community Center Hosts Veterans Breakfast

Many showed up at the Annual Veterans Breakfast to annual those that have served. Many children wrote thank you cards for the Veterans.  Pictured is Deputy Mayor Teresa Kelly, Committeeman John Armato, Committeeman John Williams, David Turner and members of “We Care”.


Elementary Students Become Hero’s for a Day

Students from Collings Lakes Elementary School dressed as their favorite hero for a day. Superman, Spiderman and Batman all showed up.

 


Students Tour Collings Lakes Fire Company

Students toured Collings Lakes Vol. Fire Company and received a demonstration on fire safety. Fun was had by all and the kids enjoyed the day.

Environmental Commission / Green Team is Seeking Volunteers for Community Garden

Did you know Buena Vista Township has a Community Garden? Impact Harvest, a local non-profit organization; along with a couple hundred volunteers built the garden two years ago at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center in Newtonville.

The garden was built to serve the residents, but we need help. Impact Harvest is looking for committed volunteers to help with the garden next season. It’s light work and there is no experience necessary. All ages, abilities, and groups are welcome to help. All volunteers are welcome to share the bounty of harvest from the garden. If you are interested in helping next spring, please contact Valerie Behrens at (609) 440-6717 or val_behrens@impactharvest.org

18th Annual Municipal Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee presents the 18th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony/Fire Truck Parade on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at Township Hall, 890 Harding Hwy., Buena.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves will arrive in a Fire Truck Parade.  There will be sing-a-longs and lots of Holiday music.  Tell Santa what is on your wish list and receive a special present!  Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  Help support our local Food Bank by bringing canned food or a non-perishable item and receive a ticket for a chance to win a prize. Let’s kick off this Holiday Season in the true spirit of Buena Vista!

2017 Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

This is the schedule for the 2017 Fall Leaf Collection.  There will be two pickups in each designated area.  Dates may vary according to the weather conditions.  Check Comcast Cable Channel 9 or on the Township’s website www.buenavistanj.com or Facebook for any updates.

DeROSA DRIVE, CEDAR GARDENS & COUNTRY CLUB:  First Collection: November 6th, 7th, & 8th (until completion).  Second Collection: Week of December 4th.

COLLINGS LAKES:  First Collection: Week of November 13th (until completion).  Second Collection: Week of December 11th (until completion).

All leaves must be raked to the curb.  NO BAGGED LEAVES WILL BE ACCEPTED in the above designated areas during these dates.   Leaves with yard waste or other debris mixed in will not be accepted.  To insure pick up, leaves must be placed curbside on the first scheduled date of collection in each area.  Again, dates may vary slightly due to weather conditions.  Call the Public Works Department at 856-692-4121 for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center Report – November 2017

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching I would like to share a little information about residential fire safety. The winter months are the most dangerous months for residential fires; there are several factors for this including increased food preparation during the holiday season (kitchen fires), the use of home heating (furnace/fireplace fires) and the increased use of electrical products in and around the home (electrical fires). There are many web sites that provide home fire safety tips and I have included the Red Cross’s website where you can learn about residential fire safety. Plan ahead, plan as family and practice your plan. Be safe and enjoy all of the joys during this season.

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Do you have the gift of talent? The Dr. Martin Luther King Center wants your talent for our upcoming Talent Show! We are looking for singers, dancers, groups, comedians, or any talent you may have. We have even had poets or displays of other physical talents. We are looking to showcase our local talent in our upcoming Talent Show on November 9th in the Roberta J Corbitt Community Room. All interested students should contact us to register by calling 609-704-7262 or by emailing us at MLKCenter@buenavistanj.com. Registration deadline is Friday October 27.

Our gardening partner, Impact Harvest will have a free Thanksgiving Meal for families at the MLK Center on Thanksgiving Day. If you don’t have family in the area, or if you want to bring your entire family, don’t spend the holiday alone; come spend it with us on Thanksgiving Day. Do you have a special dessert or side dish? You can share it with us for our Thanksgiving meal. If interested, please contact us at 609-704-7262.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center is open daily from 11am-7pm weekdays. You can take the free Route 54/40 shuttle to come to the Center and meet up with your friends to play board games, cards, or just watch some television in our air conditioned facility. The MLK Center has free Wi-Fi service and our computer lab is always open for public use.

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.  The MLK Peer leadership group (13-18yrs old) meets weekly every Thursday at 6:30pm. The teen group promotes interpersonal skills, participates in interactive activities and discussions in a safe open environment. Every Friday we have ZUMBA classes at 6pm. 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.

Upcoming events at the MLK Center:

  • • Thursday November 9 6pm Talent Show
  • • Friday November 10 MLK Closed Veterans Day
  • • Thursday November 23rd 3pm Thanksgiving Dinner
  • • Friday December 15th 6pm Christmas Party w/ Santa

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

Last Day to Register to Vote is October 17th;General Election Day Is November 7th

election-dayGeneral Election day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Polls are open from 6:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The polling places are at the following locations:

District #1 Richland Fire Hall, 876 Main Avenue, Richland

District #2 East Vineland Fire Hall, 4931 E. Landis Ave., Vineland

District #3 Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center, 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville

District #4 Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 19 Malaga Rd., Collings Lakes

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 17, 2017. CLICK HERE for an Application.

Application for Vote by Mail – CLICK HERE!

The Clerk’s Office will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Please call 856-697-2100 ext. 1 with any questions.

Time to Place Your Ad in the 2018 Community Calendar!

Buena Vista Township is calling upon you to place your ad in our highly successful Buena Vista Township Calendar and Municipal Guide for 2018.

The calendar is delivered to every home in Buena Vista Township (approximately 2,800+ homes) in mid-December plus around 1,000 additional copies are distributed through the Municipal Building.  The calendars provide useful information all year long including a very helpful blue pages section featuring a Community Guide, Map and Phone Number List in the back section.

Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee uses any proceeds to help with community events throughout the year like our Independence Day Festival, Summer Concerts, Easter Egg Hunt, Tree Lighting and more!

Your ad would be greatly appreciated.  An order form is enclosed for your use.  (CLICK HERE). Please provide a business card or artwork in the size of a business card. (Please send in a new card even if you have previously placed an ad.)

On behalf of the Township Committee and the members of the Special Events Committee, we would like to extend our gratitude for your support in advance for participating in our annual calendar.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pamela McDaniels at special events@buenavistanj.com.

Each ad is only $125 (size of one business card) or you can sponsor an entire month for $450 (size of three business cards).  Please submit ads no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Township Clerk Lisa A. Tilton Reappointed

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo & Township Clerk Lisa Tilton

On August 28, 2017, Mayor and Township Committee reappointed Lisa A. Tilton as Township Clerk/Registrar. Lisa also currently serves as the Planning/Zoning Board Secretary and is a member of the Township’s Master Plan Committee, Development Review Committee and Advisor to the Environmental Commission for Sustainable Jersey.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo administered the Oath of Office to Ms. Tilton with her family present. “It is an honor and privilege to not only work, but be part of Buena Vista Township” Tilton said. Lisa has worked in Government for over fifteen (15) years, is a lifelong resident of Atlantic County and a graduate from the Pilgrim Academy in Galloway Township in 1995. Lisa came to Buena Vista Township in January 2014 as a temporary employee and was made a permanent appointment shortly thereafter.

On August 4, 2014, the Township Committee appointed Lisa Tilton as Township Clerk/Registrar.  She is a Registered Municipal Clerk, Certified Municipal Registrar, Certified Technical Assistant, Certified Planning Board Member and a Notary.

Prior to coming to Buena Vista, she served ten (10) years in the Township of Galloway, completing her tenure as Township Clerk/Registrar. Lisa also served as a Planning Board member for the Township of Galloway in which she worked on the Township’s Master Plan and served on their Development Review Committee.

Lisa works with a dedicated staff in the Clerk’s Office, which includes Lori Ricci as the Deputy Clerk/Deputy Registrar and Lori Faisst as Clerk Typist/Alternate Deputy Registrar.

Helping in a Time of Need; Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drive

The season is approaching where we are once again asking for a helping hand to those less fortunate in our community this Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

Buena Vista Township will be accepting canned food and non-perishable food items that will go to help the Community Food Pantry at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Newtonville and the Abundant Living Church Food Bank located on Route 54 at Jackson Road.

Collection containers will be located at each of the Township Post Offices, BVT Municipal Building, and the MLK Community Center, 661 Jackson Rd. in Newtonville.

Please make any donations no later than November 10th for Thanksgiving and December 15th for Christmas.