Buena Historical Society Invites You To Their “Tribute To Our Towns” East Vineland

The Buena Historical Society would like to invite you to their upcoming community program “East Vineland Night” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Buena Vista Township Hall, 890 Harding Highway, Buena.  There will be refreshments and great homemade desserts and more!

Please call Debra Casazza at 856-466-4654 with any questions.

14th Annual Run 4 Ricky is June 10th

Its Run4Ricky time again, June 10th! The 14th Annual event being a 5K, walk, and Kids Fun Run for kids 12 and under. This year’s event will include as always, the All you can Eat BBQ – Family Fun Day with your race registration fee!! Come over to Michael Debbi Park after the Run for great food, Basket Auction, A1 Entertainment, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, and a lot of fun!

The Foundation is again seeking Sponsors, donations, BBQ contributions, and baskets for our Basket Auction. Anyone wishing to donate their time or Talent, is also greatly appreciated!

We welcome everyone’s involvement. Hope you all will join the family and community in making this another great day by participating and supporting this event and the students at Buena Regional High School.

Your generosity is appreciated! This event supports the Ricky Wilcox Memorial Scholarships awarded each year in June.  We were happy to award The Ricky Wilcox Memorial Scholarships totaling $14,500.00 on June 2 ,2016 at Senior Awards night. Thanks to everyone that has made these scholarships possible for these students!

Contact Kristie Knapp in the Mayor’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext 8 for more information on how to donate. Register on line, mail in or day of event at www.run4ricky.org.

Buena Vista Township Crowns New Miss Buena Vista 2017

On Sunday, March 5, 2017, Buena Vista Township Crowned its newest Queen Amanda Guzman of Landisville. The Villa Fazzolari Restaurant was packed with over 140 in the crowd including the 2015/2016 Miss Buena Vista Township, Ciarra Siking.

A panel of judges were wowed by all 8 of the girls performances which made it almost impossible to pick a winner. Alongside of the winner Amanda Guzman, 1st Runner Up Megan Burke of Minotola and 2nd Runner Up Tabatha Dalponte of Richland dazzled the audience with their grace, poise and talent. Two special recognitions were given out to the girls prior to the announcement of the winners.

The title of Miss Congeniality for this years event was awarded to Lillian Nelson of Richland for her unique and humorous personality throughout the pageant and practices.

The second award was given in the name of a past contestant Gina Durham who is remembered yearly at the pageant. The award recognizes one girl who demonstrated kindness, strength and belief in herself and others just as Gina did. This year the award was given with honor to Megan Burke.

The Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee were the host of the event along with Fazzolari Restaurant and Special Guest MC Nor Easter Nick Pitman of South Jersey News Today.

The afternoon was the perfect way to kick off the Township’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebrations throughout the year. Also, March 5th was the actual Anniversary of the 1867 Founding of Buena Vista Township!

Third Annual Shredder Event with Prescription and Electronic Drop-off will be May 6th

Bring your old documents and records out and have them shredded securely. This helps protect you from identity theft while cleaning out unnecessary clutter.

The Third Annual Buena Vista Township Free Shredder Event will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 2 pm (or until the truck is full) in the parking lot of the Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, 890 Harding Highway, Buena (Rain or Shine).

Event is open to Buena Vista Township residents only with proof of residency required.  This event is on a first come-first served basis with a limit of three (3) boxes per resident or business.  Empty boxes (average size is 12” x 12” x 18”), bags or containers must be taken back by the resident once they are emptied.

We will NOT accept newspapers, magazines, phone books, binders or accordion folders.

Also take this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your unused medication to our disposal box located in the municipal complex during shredding hours.

Small electronics (keyboards, monitors, mouse devices, computer towers, TV’s and VCR’s) will also be accepted during shredding hours.

This three in one event will be greatly attended so make sure you pack up your stuff and come on over!

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY CENTER REPORT – APRIL 2017

Spring has sprung, despite one of the warmest February’s on record; we had a threat of the largest snow storm for our area coming in March? I think the lesson here is Mother Nature has a mind of her own and we should enjoy the day no matter the forecast. There are places with climate changes and destruction from that us New Jersey folks seem to just miss – Have to love New Jersey for that!

We are looking for 75 volunteers for our upcoming Annual Comcast Cares Day! Registration is on line and available by going to:

https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/Detail?projectID=8221

Once there you will be able to register yourself, guests (family), and provide the correct tee shirt size for all attendees. We will be completing various projects within the Wilder Hines Park and Dr. Martin Luther King Center. This was a great event last year and with our partners Impact Harvest and Comcast, a free catered breakfast and lunch will be provided. Our Community Garden will also get upgraded with raised beds, a bean tee-pee, and flowers to attract pollenating insects. This is a great family event for all ages and it will help foster a great sense of community involvement, pride and volunteerism – These are things that make our community, Buena Vista Township, AWESOME! The on- line registration should be simple to follow, however if you encounter any problems contact us at the MLK Center, 609-704-7262.

Registrations for our Walking Club are still open. The MLK Walking Club is promoting the benefits of walking and encourages people of all ages to participate. We will have a periodic meeting to go over the club’s successes by sharing our walking goals and results within the Club. If you are interested in participating in our Walking Club, contact Sandy at the MLK Center and she will “walk” you through the details. All Walking Club members will receive an informational packet of the benefits of walking, a tracking sheet and instructions on the use of an electronic based app to monitor your walking distance and steps.

We are also looking for our students from the Buena Regional School System, to MOM to the MLK Center on Saturday May 13th at 10am. We will provide all the craft materials so you can make MOM a gift and give her a FREE breakfast during our Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. This is a great way to show you MOM the appreciation and love you have for her. All attending Moms will also receive a special treat from the Dr. Martin Luther King Staff! Mark your calendars and RSVP by email or phone (MLKCenter@BuenaVistaNJ.com or 609-704-7262.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center will also host a ZUMBA-THON on April 29th in the Roberta J Corbitt Community Room. Tickets are $25 and are available by contacting Kymbah Dozier at 609-334-3186 or the MLK Center for additional details. Partial proceeds will benefit the Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, Susan G Komen for the Cure and Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Fund.

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 Wi-Fi 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, BMA personal fitness training every Monday, Tuesday and Friday by appointment, 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. 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 of the civils rights movement in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson and in the gallery the works of Lawrence Faust.

The MLK Center is also available for your next family celebration and a great place to have a birthday party or family reunion. Applications for usage of the facility can be picked up at the MLK Center or at the Clerk’s office in Town hall.

Happy April

Quentin Profile Picby Quentin McClendon, Director

Spring Leaf Pickup Will Begin the Week of May 1st

Spring Leaf Pickup will begin the week of May 1st in Collings Lakes, Cedar Gardens, Country Club and De Rosa Drive.

The Public Works Department will go by ONLY ONCE so make sure your loose leaves are out in these areas by 7am on Monday, May 1st.  Any leaves not out in time will then have to be bagged in bio-degradable bags for pick up by ACUA or call the Public Works Department at 856-692-4121.

 

Easter Egg Hunt At Dr. Martin Luther King Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center, located at 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, is holding their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  There will be games and refreshments.

Please RSVP at 609-704-6272 to reserve your seats.

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Comcast Cares Day At Dr. Martin Luther King Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center & Impact Harvest are pairing up with Comcast for Comcast Cares Day.   Volunteers are needed on April 1, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, NJ 08346.  All ages are welcomed.

Volunteers are required to register online at http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/Detail?projectID=8221.  Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at (609) 704-7262.

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Township Selling 96 gal. Recycling Containers

unnamed-2ATTENTION BUENA VISTA RESIDENTS ONLY

In May, all homes received a new 96 gal. ACUA/Buena Vista recycling container.

Some home owners who had already bought the recycling container from ACUA were given a 96 gal. trash cart instead.  The Township has a limited supply of 200 recycling containers available at a onetime price of $50 each.  These containers normally cost $65.00 if bought directly from ACUA.

If you are interested in purchasing a new recycling container then please feel free to stop by the Township Clerks Office – 890 Harding Highway and make your payment of $50 (cash or check) and the container will be delivered to your home.

For more information please contact the Township Clerk’s Office at 856-697-2100 or 609-561-5650, Press l.

Buena Vista Offers Personalized Brick Pavers With Tree Carving Project

tree-carving-drawingIn 2017, Buena Vista Township will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary.  We are reaching out to businesses and residents in our community in hopes that you will help us achieve a very special “one-time only” request for funds that is outlined in the paragraph below.

In the Richland Village section of our town, we have a giant white oak tree that reached the age of 235 years old.  It died last year.  It was a beautiful tree.  We are making an effort to fund raise to make a carving out of the tree trunk and lower limbs featuring highlights of our Township’s 150 years in existence.  The tree is huge and we need the funds to hire a well-known chainsaw carver to make a permanent memorial out of this historic old tree located in the center of Saw Mill Park on Route 40.  It will be lighted and capture the spirit of the fine tree this once was.  It will feature a semi-circle of young white oak trees that will grow in the future behind the huge carved tree.  There will be new walkways and fencing required also.

Sample Pavers

Sample Pavers

Donors for this special project can make a donation or purchase Brick Pavers.  Preserve your name or that of a loved one well into the next millennium with a personalized Brick Paver.  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.  For further information, contact Kristie in the Mayor’s office at 856-697-2100, then press 8.

The photos below show the work performed by local Tree Surgeon Gary Heitz of Richland who trimmed the tree back removing all the dead branches and giving it shape to be used as a monument in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Township.  The pictures show the tree trimming project which will be followed by chain saw carving in late November.

CLICK HERE for Order Form