Committeeman Armato Receives Prestigious Award; 150th Birthday Promoted; Brick Pavers Still Available; Richland Kitchen Open

Committeeman John Armato Receives Four Chaplains Award

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 Township Committeeman John Armato received the prestigious Four Chaplains Award at the First Baptist Church in Richland. The award which is given by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, a post of retired former Marines that make the award each year. They are presented to citizens who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to help their community. John Armato received the “Humanitarian Award” for his exceptional work with the Richland Fire Company, Buena Vista Township and his efforts to promote drug awareness.

150th Birthday Celebration Promoted on Lite 92.1

Recently to promote Buena Vista Township’s 150th Sesquicentennial Birthday and 3rd Annual Richland Village Festival Committeeman Steve Martinelli and Mayor Chuck Chiarello did two live one hour broadcasts on different Saturdays in May. The broadcasts originated from WVLT FM 92.1 Lite in Vineland. During the first show held on May 6th local car buff and radio host Ben Notaro joined Martinelli and Chiarello. They talked about the festival and took phone calls. On Saturday, May 20th Martinelli and Chiarello were joined by Committeeman John Armato and Deputy Mayor Teresa Kelly to further promote the event.

Tree Monument Brick Pavers Still Available

Brick Pavers can still be ordered at the Buena Vista Township Mayor’s Office to be part of the walkway around “The Tree Monument” in Saw Mill Park. Pavers are available for purchase. Details can also be found on our website at


Richland Kitchen Open for Business

The Richland Kitchen recently opened on Route 40 in the Richland Village area of the Township. They serve 3 meals a day and are open every day but Mondays. The food is good and the prices are reasonable and you should give this new local eating establishment a try. Stop in and see Chef Tim!

“The Tree Monument” Brochure Available 

On May 27, 2017 as part of the 3rd Annual Richland Village Festival, the official dedication of “The Tree Monument” was held at 12 noon with a crowd of over 200 in attendance. “The Tree Monument” can be viewed daily in Saw Mill Park on US Route 40 in Richland Village.

“The Tree Monument” depicts almost 40 different carvings that show the past and modern history of what we call home, Buena Vista Township.

It was dedicated in time for the 150th Birthday of Buena Vista Township. A self-guided tour brochure can be found on our Township website at, you can print the brochure or stop by the Township Hall to obtain a copy.

Tour Guide Page 1

It is well worth the tour to learn about your townships history and to see “The Most Unusual Tree in the State of New Jersey”.

Buena Regional Class of 2017; Run4Ricky Success; Clean Communities Grant; Buena Chiefs Softball 600 Wins

Buena Regional Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Buena Regional High School Class of 2017. The graduating class consisted of many National Honor Society students and not one but three Valedictorians!

Linda Franceschini of Milmay, Daniel Dormanen of Estell Manor and Olga Koturlash of Buena stunned the crowed with their insightful and entertaining speeches during graduation. Buena Vista Township is proud to have so many bright young minds working towards bright futures. Congratulations again from Buena Vista Township.

14TH ANNUAL Run 4 Ricky 

The 14th Annual Run 4 Ricky was held on Saturday, June 10th at the home of remembered student and athlete Ricky Wilcox. The run gathered hundreds of past, present and future students of Buena Regional High School, friends and family, and Township Officials.

The yearly event raises money used to provide deserving students with scholarships at the end of each year. The total for 2017 was $17,500.00. This year’s event was no different, from the awards, runners new and old, walkers both kids and adults and a kids run fit for the little ones of the event. After the run the BBQ for the event was held at Michael Debbi park which involved food, a bounce house, Starbucks Coffee, music and a prize auction.

A very successful event once again. Keep an eye out for next year’s event and how you can help at

Buena Vista Township is Awarded Clean Communities Grant 

The Clean Communities Grants were awarded in the beginning of June granting money to municipalities and counties all over New Jersey. $2.2 million dollars in grants were awarded to the 21 counties in New Jersey. Buena Vista Township received a grant of $30,713.39.

According to Commissioner Martin, “Clean Communities money is a vital resource for New jersey’s municipalities and counties every year because these grants help fund cleanups that will further enhance our communities, natural resources and roadway.

By taking care of the environment around us, we encourage others to do the same in their own communities and build pride across the state.” Buena Vista is honored to receive such a large grant and continues to focus on making our communities better each and every day.

Buena Chiefs Softball Wins South Jersey Title 

Photo Credit: Press of Atlantic City

The Buena Chiefs softball team coached by Pamela Picket has had quite the season in 2017. Wining their third consecutive South Jersey Title was a huge part of the season topped off by April 8, 2017 when Coach Pam Picket achieved her 600th career win.

Coach Picket of course gives most of the credit to her players over the last 30 years but she is definitely a spectacular coach and woman herself. Players of the Buena Chiefs Softball team both present and past, feel that they are the players they are today because of Coach Picket or Coach Pick for short.

During the season, Aysiah Cintron crushed another record help by a previous play Samantha Horner for her career hits. Cintron broke schools record by hitting her 143rd hit in the 2017 season.

Another proud moment for Coach Picket and the team. We look forward to seeing the team next year during another great season!

Buena Vista Township’s Annual Independence Day Festival is July 2nd

The Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee have finalized plans for a spectacular event and fireworks display for Sunday, July 2nd. Start time will be 3:00 pm with a parade preceding that at 2:00 pm. Rain date will be July 8th.

Below is a list of events you can expect to see:
•Patriots Car Show presented by the South Jersey Cruisers Association. Registration is from 10:30 am to Noon and show is from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
•Fire Truck & EMS Parade through-out the Township starts at 2 pm in Collings Lakes and ends at Michael Debbi Park
•Flag raising at 3:00 pm, Special Programs at 4:30 pm & 5:30 pm
•Lots of good food & beverages
•Face painting, Temporary Tattoos, Rock Climbing and Sack Races for the kids
•The VFW Post #158 will hold their annual raffle drawings.
•Music all day & night by Nicky G
•Free hay rides around the park
•Fireman’s Water Barrel Fights
•Fireworks at dusk

Also many vendors, crafters and exhibits will have displays.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s event as a crafter or exhibitor, please contact Kristie Knapp in the Mayor’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext. 8 or email


Summer is in full swing. The kids are on summer break and the temperatures are rising. We would like to pass on some common tips so that you can enjoy the summer season and be safe from the season’s high temperatures. The most affected people of heat related injuries include: Infants and young children, elderly people, people who work outdoors, athletes and people who like to exercise (especially beginners), and those with medical conditions. Here some ways to protect yourself from the summer heat and avoid heat related illness:

  • • Drink more liquids and avoid alcohol – Fruit and sport drinks help replace the lost salt from your body when you are sweating.
  • • Avoid being outside during the hottest times of the day, usually between noon and 3pm.
  • • Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen
  • • Wear loose and lightweight clothing. Hats will also help keep you cool.
  • • Pace yourself when you’ll are playing or working outside, take regular breaks every hour if possible.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center will be hosting a Community Pig Roast sponsored by Impact Harvest, our community partner, on Saturday August 5th. The pig roast will include outdoor activities and events for the entire family. Check out our Facebook page for details. Last year’s pig roast was well attended and a great opportunity to meet some of your neighbors throughout the community.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center hosts Cub Scout Adventure Clinics every Monday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The Boy Scouts of America, Garden State Council, are looking for all boys Kindergarten to 5 grade. The Adventure Clinics will run for 8 weeks, through July 31st and provides hands on activities that combine outdoor activities, science and technology. For more information and to register contact Justin by calling 609-827-0121 or email .

Upcoming events this Summer at the MLK Center:

August 5th – 3:00- 8:00 pm Community Pig Roast

August 19th – 12:00 – 6:00 pm Community Fun Day

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center and Wilder Hines Park are available for your next family reunion, birthday party or baby shower. We have a large community room with a capacity of 125 people, a full kitchen and pavilion outside in the park that would be a wonderful place for your next family celebration. This is our busy time of the year and weekends are filling up fast. For more information on available dates and costs contact the MLK Center or Buena Vista Township’s Clerk’s office.

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, complete homework assignments, or group projects. The MLK Center has free WiFi service and our computer lab is always open for public use. Our Community Center is also a great resource to find out the various local events or programs going on in your area.

Current activities at the MLK Center include: The Seniors of Newtonville Area meet every Wednesday at 10am, MLK Peer leadership group (teenagers) meets weekly every Thursday at 6:30pm and ZUMBA classes every Friday night 6pm and Saturday morning at 9am. 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! We also have an array of board games for all families to enjoy. If you have any questions about any activities or programs, we can be reached at 609-704-7262 or email us.

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 civils rights movement that occurred in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson and a new exhibit “Black Cowboys and Buffalo Solders”.

Quentin Profile Picby Quentin McClendon, Director

Committee Tours Teligent; Savoy Inn Expands Luna Bar; Shoreline Vintage Grand Reopening

Buena Vista Township Committee Tours Outside of New Teligent Building

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Mayor Chuck Chiarello, Deputy Mayor Teresa Kelly, Committeeman Steve Martinelli and Committeeman John Williams toured the new construction work at the Teligent site on Lincoln Avenue. Also in attendance was Township Administrator/CMFO Kenia Nunez and Township Clerk/Planning – Zoning Board Secretary Lisa Tilton. Teligent Vice President Peter Gallagher led the tour which featured pointing out some of the construction process and European style used in the design of the building. The project is moving along rapidly and work has already begun inside the new 75,000 sq. ft. addition. Teligent is a manufacturer of generic medical products.

Merighi’s Savoy Inn Expands Luna’s Outdoor Restaurant 

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 Buena Vista Township Planning-Zoning Board approved an expansion for Luna’s outdoor restaurant located at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in East Vineland. The new expansion will enhance the dining experience and expand the outdoor kitchen area which will include a fire pit and an outdoor waiting area. Parking will be redesigned to have a front parking area and the rear banquet area parking. Work is expected to begin immediately so that the “Key West” Style restaurant will be fully operational this summer. It will be a nice addition to a very successful establishment in Buena Vista.

Shoreline Vintage Grand Re-Opening 

Shoreline Vintage located on Route 40 in Richland Village has added new vendors to their Antique/Consignment Retail Store. Stop in and take a look at the changes.

“We Must Make It Easier for Veterans to Get Help”

On May 29, our country celebrated Memorial Day. For different families across the country, that day held a different significance. For me, that last Monday in May always brings me back to May of 1967, the month I became an airman in the U.S. Air Force.

Coming from Buena Vista Township, joining the Air Force was both exciting and nerve-wracking. People always ask me why I chose to enlist during a time when our country was at war. My answer has always been because I believed it was the right thing to do.

We owe so much to our veterans. Just getting them home safely is not enough. We need to make sure that these men and women are educated on the financial and medical services that are available to them. And we need to do what we can to remove the barriers that stand between them and these services.

As chairman of the Buena Vista Township Veterans Committee, I’ve had the privilege to serve our veteran community here in Buena Vista. Every day I work to make sure our veterans have access to the benefits they deserve. Recently, a resident came to our committee to ask if we could help her obtain her late husband’s medals. She had been trying for years but to no avail. With the help of our congressman, we got the job done. When she invited me over to see the medals, I was so gratified to see the Purple Heart that she could now share proudly with his friends and family.

Our veterans, our fallen soldiers and their families deserve our respect and commitment. In Buena Vista, our committee took on the task of getting a proper memorial stone at Township Hall that listed all the names of our neighbors who had given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But we must do more than just memorialize. Too many veterans don’t know what services they have available to them or how to access the ones they’re aware of. For those who have already sacrificed so much to serve our country, that’s unacceptable. To be able to make their lives easier or solve challenges they might be facing, are tasks I feel honored to take on.

Our men and women in the military made the choice to risk their lives so that we could continue to enjoy our lives back home. On Memorial Day, let’s remember those who made the greatest sacrifice and let’s recommit our efforts to serve those who have come home.

John Armato

Buena Vista