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The creative process of putting a book or article into words can be difficult at times. Thoughts bounce around the brain at rapid speed, but still the writer is staring at a blank computer screen.

But there are also times when sentences pour forth from the keyboard like a symphony of words.

Some area writers hoping to get published or share ideas have formed the New Jersey Writers Resource Group at the township’s Margaret Heggan library.

“We have upwards of 25 members and a core group of six to 14 writers,” said Facilitator Laura J. Kaighn of Williamstown, adding that English students from Rowan University occasionally visit the group. “New people coming in energize us.”

Besides their meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., the group sponsors poetry presentations and writing workshops throughout the year. Their January session was canceled due to snow, but nine writers filed into one of the library’s meeting room on Feb. 13 for a spirited discussion.

“It’s a wonderful group.

‘It’s a wonderful group’

Writers gathers to share struggles and accomplishments

sional writer and creator of the Writing in Circles blog, which features tall tales and short stories from South Jersey.

“The group enhances the writing experience,” said Tom Minder, author of “The Ferret,” the story of cross-country journey filled with memorable characters and available online through Black Horse Publishing. “Laura gives us a lot of assignments that help with our writing techniques.”

“I love the camaraderie and I get a lot of ideas,” said Sandy Skalski, who has published two science fiction short stories for which she was paid.

“We are a diverse group with a lot of different perspectives,” Cindy Mazer observed. “We learn how to incorporate humor and surprise into our writing.”

Joe Tierno has had articles published in Easy Rider magazine.

Everyone helps with your writing and you get the input of different people,” said Jane Mayer, who self-published a book of her grandmother’s photos from the early 20th century. She is part of Innovative Creations, a

web design graphics photography company based in Mantua.

“We share a lot of ideas.

Laura is such a good communicator,” noted Kathy Appleton of Mount Laurel, who gets paid for articles about families that

she writes for Upper Room magazine. She also plays the harp and is a piano instructor.

“You get a different point of view when other people look at your writing,” offered Joanne Costantino of Sewell, a profes-

“I like the companionship,” he noted of the writer’s group. “There is incentive to push you into areas you are not comfortable going through.”

“They are all my friends,” acknowledged said the eponymous owner of Linda Silver Impressions in the township, who

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Straight… to Treatment

Those who are struggling with substance abuse and have been thinking about seeking help can do so at the Washington Township Police Department on Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. The program is available to everybody, regardless of residence. No appointment or insurance necessary. For more information please visit www.straighttotreatment.com


Happenings at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library at 606 Delsea Dr., Sewell. For more information about the listed events call 856-589-3334 or email info@hegganlibrary.org. Feb. 29 – 10:15 a.m. – Leap Year Party.

Monday, March 4 • 6pm

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Recognizing your loved one in the present will help you make meaningful connections. Learn about mindful communication and how activities like gentle hand massages, music therapy, dancing, and more can enable you to experience joyous moments together.

Please RSVP by March 1.

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Feb. 29 – 11 a.m. – Caring Connections of New Jersey: What You Need to Know in The Second Half of Life.

Feb. 29 – 4 p.m. – TAB: Virtual Game Time.

Feb. 29 – 6:30 p.m. – Leap Year Party.

March 2 – 10:15 a.m. – Read Across America Day: Special Saturday Storytime!

March 2 – 2 p.m. – Seuss Olympics.

March 2 – 1:30 p.m. – Card Club: Learn Bridge with Craig.

March 4 – 10 a.m. – Friends of the Library First Monday Sale.

March 4 – 10:15 a.m. – Mother Goose on the Loose.

March 4 – 11 a.m. – Music and Motion.

March 4 – 4 p.m. – Teen Art Club.

March 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Kids’ Club.

March 4 – 4:45 p.m. – Teen Advisory Board.

March 4 – 7 p.m. – Bedtime Stories.

March 5 – 10:15 a.m. – Mother Goose on the Loose.

March 5 – 11 a.m. – Wiggle Worms.

March 5 – 1:30 p.m. – Preschool storytime.

March 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Crafting Tuesday.s

March 6 – 10:15 a.m. – Babies Boogie.

March 6 – 11 a.m. – Preschool Storytime.

March 6 – 11:30 a.m. – Wiggle Worms.

Happenings around Gloucester County

March 2 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sheriff’s Department Child Seat Check, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford.

Through Sunday, March 3 – The 19th annual Gloucester County Cares About Hunger will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 4, United Way of Gloucester County Office, 454 crown Point Road, Thorofare.


Washington Township Council meeting at 6 p.m. at 523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell.


South Jersey Coin and Collectibles Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 3 at the Lindenwold Moose Lodge, 2425 White Horse Pike (Rt. 30) Lindenwold. The show will include 32 plus tables, friendly dealers, easy parking, security, food and refreshments. Free Koins for Kids. For more information visit southjerseycoinshow.com or call Tom at (609) 742-2279.


Washington Township Planning Board meeting at 6 p.m., 523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell.


Free Rabies clinic from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Public Works Garage, 2 McClure Drive. All dogs in the township are required to be registered and vaccinated.


The Gloucester County Nature Club meets at the Holy Nativity Lutheran Church at the corner of Woodbury-Glassboro Road and Mantua Avenue, Wenonah.

Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month, September through June, and are free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.gcnatureclub.org. Up to date Field Trip information can be found on the Meetup website:‚Ä® www.meetup.com/

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Do we need another hero? Yes, because just one can enhance our lives

The late Tina Turner performed the song “We Don’t Need Another Hero” in the 1985 film “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

While the context of the tune is a post-apocalyptic landscape of people searching for a hero, a savior, according to oldtimemusic.com, its overarching message is that we need the strength to rise above adversity and find the hero in ourselves.

Yet it is also about being a hero to the outside world.

“So, what do we do with our lives

We leave only a mark.

Will our story shine like a light or end in the dark?“

“The song became an anthem for empowerment and social change,” notes oldtimemusic.com. ‘It inspired individuals to question the status quo and strive for a better world.”

The recent death of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny reminds us of a hero who questioned the status quo and paid for it with his life.

Navalny chose to return to Russia and certain imprisonment after recovering in Germany from a poisoning attributed to Vladimir Putin in 2020.

He died, said Russian authorities, from “sudden death syndrome” at a frigid and unforgiving penal colony in the Arctic Circle. The rest of us know he perished because he was the bestknown opposition to Putin.

“If your beliefs are worth something, you must be willing to stand up for them,” Navalny said in a Facebook post a month before his death. “And if necessary, make some sacrifices.”

The idea of heroes is an unceasing narrative in America and elsewhere. Is the fact that we made Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Gandhi – among others – into world heroes a reflection of how we need such people to step up when we can’t – or won’t?

The answer is yes. Three scientists who studied the subject have identified at least 12 functions of heroes, according to Psychology Today. Among them: They give us hope, they heal us, they give us meaning and purpose.

To do that, they make monumental sacrifices.

Take the unknown, unarmed citizen who stood before a tank and refused to let it pass during protests in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. No one knew who he was. He hasn’t been seen since. But he still inspires us.

And why?

“We need heroes to get us through this challenging experience called life,” one of the scientists who studied the subject, Scott T. Allison, wrote in Psychology Today. “Heroes help us survive, and they help us thrive. They help us through our worst times and they prepare us for our best times.”

Allison and his two colleagues also showed that heroes don’t have to be physically present to benefit the rest of us. Just remembering them, they

concluded, can accomplish that.

Remembering Navalny is also an opportunity to continue the cause of dissent – in Russia and around the world – by speaking truth to power. He had the courage of his convictions and the bravery to do something about it. He did not go quietly into that good night.

“Navalny provided a glimpse of what Russia could be,” writes Emily Parker on CNN. “He accomplished what had once seemed impossible.”

And what about the rest of us? At the very least, we can make our voices heard, in our own country, in our cities, in our schools, in our government – when we perceive injustice.

“The appalling silence of the good people,” King once said, “is as serious as the vitriolic words of the bad.”

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Sign of the Pines: Learning about historic area

The It’s a Sign of the Pines event will mark its 19th year with a celebration of the Pine Barrens next month.

The idea began as a conversation among friends sitting in a Piney bar about how they could bring like-minded people together to celebrate and maintain the cultural richness of the Pine Barrens.

The first weekend gathering, Lines on the Pines 2006, brought together authors, an archaeologist and a photographer whose work reflected or was influenced by the Pines. The annual event has become an opportunity for presenters and community members who attend by the thousands to talk with authors about the newest Pine Barrens-themed books;

look over hand-made jewelry made from 19th-century Jersey glass slag; or just chat about the Pines.

For its second event, It’s a Sign of the Pines offered Lines on the Pines for KIDS and Lines on the Pines Goes to College!

Classes were offered to children from 6 to 12 at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall in Hammonton, where they discussed the authors, history, and the arts and humanities of the Pine Barrens.

This year’s gathering will be Lines on the Pines 2024: A Celebration of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Stockton’s campus center. For more information, visit linesonthepines.org.

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That’s a wrap

More than 2,000 hoagies were assembled during the 30th annual Helping Hands hoagie sale on Super Bowl Sunday. The Washington Township school district’s hoagie sale committee and its Education Foundation donated proceeds to needy families.

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Scholarships for health-care workers

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will provide free scholarships to county healthcare professionals so they can earn state-mandated continuing medical education provided by the Partnership for a DrugFree New Jersey (PDFNJ).

The PDFNJ webinar, “Do No Harm: Exploring Strategies for Safer Prescribing of Opioids,” is tailored to a wide range of health-care professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists, and medical students. The education initiative aligns with New Jersey’s 2017 opioid legislation, which not only limits initial opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply but also mandates that providers discuss opioid risks and alternative pain management options with patients.

“This unique approach, providing continuing medical education to prescribers, is a natural intersection for law enforcement and the medical community,” said the county’s Acting Prosecutor, Christine

Hoffman. “The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has been a trusted ally in our ongoing battle against opioid abuse affecting Gloucester residents.”

This program represents a collaborative effort between Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. PDFNJ’s accredited online course features medical, law enforcement and legal experts discussing the impact of the opioid epidemic on New Jersey and providing the most updated information on how to prescribe opioids safely and responsibly to patients.

“We aim to equip healthcare professionals in Gloucester County and beyond with the latest pain management and opioid prescribing knowledge,” said Angelo Valente, executive director of PDFNJ. “This initiative is crucial for reducing opioid misuse and ensuring comprehensive, informed patient care.” For more information on the accredited curriculum, visit drugfreenj.org/TriCountySafeRx.


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You are invited to Game Night, co-hosted by Game Friendzy and The Pop Shop, on Tuesday, March 2, an evening of food, fun, friends, and playing the classic games of mah jongg and canasta at the popular downtown Collingswood eatery.

Game Night runs 5-8 pm at The Pop Shop Cafe & Creamery, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, and includes three hours of game time plus a full dinner.

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Come alone or with a table of friends!

Players of ALL levels, including beginners, are welcome, and depending on attendance, we will play two-, three-, or four-person variations of each game.

Game Friendzy facilitators will provide all supplies and form tables, answer questions, and teach the basics to newcomers. If you have a 2023 mah jongg card, please bring it.

The $32 fee includes appetizers, dinner entree, beverage, dessert, instruction, supplies, gratuity, and tax. Vegan options available upon request and guests are welcome to BYOB.

Mah jongg originated in China, was introduced to the United States in the early 20th century, and is enjoying a new popularity.

Those who already play can sit down and start playing, while those new to the game can learn the basics, including the tiles, the Charleston, the wall, the rhythm of the game, and how to read the National Mah Jongg League card and form hands.

Canasta is a card game for two to four players played with two regular decks of cards, including the jokers. Canasta originated in Uruguay in 1939, took the United States by storm in the 1950s, and is still going strong today

Current players can start laying melds, building canastas, and amassing points, while novices will be introduced to the basics of the game.

Reserve your seat by clicking on the Game Night listing on the Events page at www.thepopshousa.com. Call The Pop Shop at 856-869-0111 with questions.

Game Night is held the first Tuesday of every month.

Game Friendzy, 7 Carnegie Plaza in Cherry Hill, is South Jersey’s premier tabletop gaming location. It offers bridge,

mah jongg, and canasta games and lessons, a Saturday Day of Play, and a Game & Puzzle Lending Center. Visit www.gamefriendzy.com or call 856-7957529.

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NMG to host 19th Employment Weekly Job Fair March 8

Looking for a new employment opportunity? Pull out your best business attire, fill a folder with resumes and head to the Employment Weekly Job Fair.

The free event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, in the Nordstrom Corridor of the Cherry Hill Mall. Please note: this is the centralized area near the fountains and escalators, not inside any specific retailer.

Businesses will be on hand showcasing both full-time and part-time job openings and other opportunities. All companies attending the event will be hiring for a range of employment opportunities.

Job seekers can plan to discuss their resumes and employment aspirations on site with all businesses.

Silver sponsor, Inspira Health, will be on-site with a range of opportunities and support for job seekers.

Bronze sponsors attending the event include Heritage Dairy Stores, Aurora Staffing, and Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Additional businesses confirmed to attend include The Sun Newspapers; New York Life; Heart to Heart Health Care Services; Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey; Catholic Charities; Edward Jones; Evolution; Freedom

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“We are really excited to host our nineteenth job fair at the Cherry Hill Mall,” NMG Director of Marketing and Events Michelle Donnelly said. “These events have done a great job connecting job seekers with hiring companies, and we are hoping this is especially true now, considering the job market.”

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Writers: Group gathers monthly to share experiences

continued from page 1 creates original impressionistic prints exhibited in local galleries, including the Galleria in Deptford. “I need the assignments Laura give us.”

Kaighn, who has written “Rabbit’s Tale & Other Rites of Passage” and “The Vesar Warrior Legacy” is working on her third book in “The Earth Child Trilogy. She recalled how the New Jersey Writers Resource Group began after South Jersey poet Joanna Swank led a series

of workshops in 2012.

Some writers at the workshops wanted to keep meeting together, and with Kaighn leading the way, the group has met at Heggan library since January 2013.

Aspiring writers 16 and up are invited to visit the group and write, share, be inspired and enjoy the company of other scribes. Contact Kaighn at ladyhawkestorytelling@comcast. net for information and to register.

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Musical contest sends message on substance abuse

The “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs competition,” organized by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDNFJ), is a platform for high-school students to showcase their musical talents while sending a message about substance use prevention.

As the competition gears up for its 20th season, PDNFJ showcased some inspiring journeys from last year’s winners.

Jordan Wilson of Lawrence -

ville clinched the first-place title with his song “Intervention Intentions.” Wilson recalled the whirlwind of opportunities that followed his victory.

“After I won the contest, it immediately followed with radio interviews, my song getting played on the radio, newspaper interviews, articles, and more,” he noted. He added that perhaps the most memorable moment was his performance at the Delaware Juneteenth


“It was an amazing time,” he remembered.

Matthew DiTizio of Egg Harbor Township secured third place with his performance of the song “Revealed.” He recalled how the competition was an unforgettable experience that also opened doors for him.

“After winning the contest, I was actually connected with a few other artists who I’ve been able to work with,” he said. His

group, GardenGuyz1026, was interviewed by the press and addressed creative freedom.

The “Your Song! Your Voice!

Shout Down Drugs New Jersey” competition is supported by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) and radio station 95.9 WRAT. This year’s entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 24.

A panel of judges will select the finalists, whose songs will then be broadcast on radio station 95.9 FM during a com-


petition concert on Wednesday, May 8. Winners will be announced live on 95.9 FM at the concert’s conclusion. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place songs. The top performer will secure a $5,000 music contract, while the second- and third-place recipients will be awarded contracts valued at $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

For competition rules and entry details, visit shoutdowndrugs.com.


They will next meet Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The March program will be “Plant Communities of New Jersey, Native or Otherwise,” presented by Karl Anderson, a noted local naturalist. He will present an old-fashioned lecture about the origins of New Jersey’s high botanical diversity, an introduction to the native plant communities, the origins of non-native plants and their effect on native plant communities, and some thoughts on gardening with native species.


The Washington Township Public Schools will continue its partnership with the Food Bank of

South Jersey to stage a mobile food pantry behind the 9/10 wing of Washington Township High School off the Ganttown Road entrance from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.


The Washington Township High School Way-Off Broadway Players presents their Spring Musical, “The Prom” on March 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Republic Bank Performing Arts Center, 401 Ganttown Road. All seating is reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at this link for $15 per seat.

Online ticketing is now open. For more information or if you have any questions about the performances, please contact Shannon Molloy at smolloy@ wtps.org.

continued from page 2 to 1 p.m. at the senior center, 315 Greentree Road. Residents may sign up at the senior center or call Cathy in the police chief’s office at (856) 589-6664.



Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled another Rutgers’ Coaches Clinic from 6-9 p.m. March 26 at the municipal building, 523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell.


The Washington Township Police Department is teaming up with the FBI to host another Senior Scam Seminar lunch from 11 a.m.

First responders get grants

South Jersey Gas has announced recipients of the company’s annual First Responders Grant Program, with eight grants totaling nearly $40,000 awarded to local first-responder departments.

“At South Jersey Gas, we recognize the vital role first responders play in our communities; providing critical emergency planning and response services for natural disasters and emergencies,” said Brent Schomber, president and COO of the company.

“These grants are a token of

our appreciation for their tremendous dedication, and we are proud to support the invaluable work they do to keep our customers and communities safe.”

The grant recipients include:

• Glassboro police department

• Hammonton Independent Volunteer Fire Company No. 2

• Tabernacle Rescue Squad

• Somerdale fire department

• Cedarville Fire Company No. 1

• Galloway Office of Emer -

gency Management

• Wildwood fire department

• Washington Fire Company No. 3

Grants to first responders support the purchase of critical resources, including firstaid and firefighting gear, fire hose equipment, gas leak detectors and other protective equipment.

The First Responders Grant Program will be offered again in the fall. Information is available on the South Jersey Gas website at southjerseygas. com/community.

The 16th annual Olde Stone House Village’s Classic Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, 208 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell. To register or for more information visit OldeStoneHouseHistoricVillage.org or call (856) 981-3096. Rain date is April 28.


Washington Township Senior Center presents Flea Market, Craft Fair and Businesses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the senior center, 315 Greentree Road, Sewell. Rain date is May 25.


The Washington Township Veterans Wall of Honor is accepting applications. Please note that eligibility to have a plaque on the Wall is: a Veteran who is a resident of Washington Township at the time of entrance into the military, a current resident, a member of a current resident’s immediate family (parent, spouse, sibling, or child). Kindly include the Veteran’s DD 214 and submit a 5×7 photo, preferably in uniform. Applications are available in the Municipal Building. For additional information, please contact Lori Morello

at (856) 589-0520, ext. 2287, or email at lmorello@twp.washington.nj.us.

License Your Furry Friend. Hey neighbors! Mayor Laurie Burns wanted to send out a quick paws-up reminder to make sure your four-legged family members are licensed! It’s that time of the year when we show some love to our fur babies and keep our community safe. Licensing your dog is not just a state requirement, but it also helps reunite lost pets with their owners and supports local animal services. The licenses expire Jan. 31 of each year.

The Washington Township Police Department is accepting applications from all qualified individuals who are interested in testing for the position of Police Officer and SLEO II. The Physical Fitness Test is scheduled for February 2024. Interested applicants, upon reviewing the qualifications below, may scan the QR code or visit https:// www.twp.washington.nj.us/…/careers_at_wtpd.php

The Washington Saves Lives Program is available for residents to use seven days a week between the hours 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a free ride from any bar or restaurant located within the township to their home. If you or if you know someone that may benefit from this program, please download the Uber application and use it during the designated hours.

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