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Free class teaches how to handle bullying Jiu Jitsu expert conducts free session for students By MACKENZIE FITCHETT The Sun

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Hassetts Jiu Jitsu in Williamstown holds a free seminar on May 14 for kids and teens to learn about anti-bullying, self-defense and bolstered confidence. Students met in different age groups: first through fourth grade, middle school and high school. the confidence to stand up for themselves,” Cavalier noted. The free class took place on May 14 and offered three levels:

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As a stepfather to young children, JP Cavalier is familiar with the issue of school bullying. So he and his partner Tommy Merino created a free self-defense and confidence class for area kids and teens at Hassetts Jiu Jitsu in the township. “I have young stepkids, and in the last few years there seems to be a lot of bullying and things like that going on in schools,” said Cavalier. “It seems to be worse than ever. There was bullying when I was a kid and I’m sure there was bullying before, but it just seems to be at an alltime high … “The things that I hear – I’m appalled sometimes.” Cavalier is the head instructor of Hassetts, which also has a location in Williamstown. It offers Jiu Jitsu classes for adults as well as children and teaches them how to defend themselves without injury to an attacker. Merino is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, a police trainer and a retired investigator. “We thought the more people we can get into martial arts, especially the younger ones, I believe it would have a positive impact on what’s going on with bullying and at least give kids

first through fourth grade, middle school and high school. More than 70 people attended, with the young children’s session crowd-

ed enough to turn students away so class size would be manageable. About 18 people attended the middle-school session, with

15 at the high-school session. “When we started, we were not sure what type of response we would get, because it is the first time we are doing it,” Cavalier said. “I was really happy with the turnout and we are truly lucky with the groups I teach and their families. They really helped us bring people in and get the word out. “I was overwhelmed with gratitude.” The class allowed students to try their hand at Jiu Jitsu by learning how to subdue attackers or bullies safely, bring them to the ground and put them in a hold to keep an attack from continuing. “Something the parents appreciate is that it is not violent,” Cavalier explained. “You are not striking and kicking. Basically, you are just subduing an attacker, or a bully in this case. You are getting them on the ground and in a hold where they can’t hurt you. A lot of parents like that because you are not causing harm to anyone.” The class also addressed verbal assertiveness in a situation where a bully is speaking aggressively. The students were taught how to speak clearly and confidently in response, so they please see JIU JITSU, page 11

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Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) will hold its 12th annual golf outing on Monday, June 6, at the historical Pitman Golf Course. Proceeds will support GCHFH’s affordable homeownership program. The annual event is once again presented by GCHFH’s longtime community partner, First Harvest Credit Union. “First Harvest Credit Union is proud to once again serve as a whole house sponsor for the ‘Build a House…Build a Dream’ golf outing,” said Ernest Huggard, First Harvest president and chief executive officer. “We share Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity’s goal of helping families find stable and affordable housing. We’re happy to provide financing for qualified partner families purchasing Habitat homes, and we’re proud to support an event that has raised over $500,000 for such a worthwhile cause.” The golf outing will begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration, networking, and lunch before the round of golf, surf and turf dinner, and a silent auction. Participants can register as individual golfers, foursomes, or through various sponsorships.

Proceeds will benefit Habitat’s efforts to welcome four families into homes by next summer in Gloucester County. At a time when the U.S. grapples with the economic fallout tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it, it is important to underscore the multiplier effect of investments in housing and how they may help accelerate our economic recovery. “The golf outing has been a beloved tradition and successful fundraiser for GCHFH and we are thrilled to plan another terrific event this year,” Ashley Griffiths, GCHFH executive director said. “GCHFH has served as a critical lifeline in this community, especially these past few years, in providing much-needed affordable housing to support strong and stable households that are foundational to child development, health, and generational wealth-building. “We invite the community to join us for a fun day of golf in a beautiful setting - an event that will have an amazing impact on the lives of local families.” For sponsorship information and to register visit gc-habitat. org/golf-outing.

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Rowan student named top woman finisher in chess championship lazy for a second, right? You didn’t feel like calculating and there comes your mistake and all that good play you did, is out the window.” Sharuda, the mother of a seven-year-old son who also plays chess, is intrigued by the psychological and philosophical aspects of the game. She points out the parallels between chess and life. “Of course, I love the game. I just find it fascinating. What I like about it is that it teaches you to analyze,” she said. “The best way to learn is to learn from the games that you lost. So, I feel like it relates to life a lot. “We all make mistakes, right? What separates good players from not good players is good players are able to learn from their mistakes. If you cannot learn from your mistakes, if you’re not trying to improve, it’s probably not a good thing in chess, and in life, as well.” A participant in RCSJ’s 3+1 premier partnership program with Rowan University, Sharuda also sees a connection between the game and being a college student. “One of the chess players said the hardest thing is to win a winning game, so I feel like we tend to relax in some cases,” she said. “When we feel like the victory is close, we imagine we’re already celebrating [with] champagne in our hands. But that’s actually the time to be even more cautious. I feel like in school it’s also important to finish strong. So, no matter how well you’re doing you can’t just relax. It’s important to finish strong with whatever you’re doing.” Sharuda has family ties to the college, which made it an easy decision to enroll here. “I almost feel the choice was made for me,” she said. “My husband went to Rowan College of Gloucester County (now please see CHESS, page 5

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Chess: Top woman finisher continued from page 3 RCSJ) and my brother-in-law goes to RCSJ as well. I live in the neighborhood. RCSJ has a good reputation so there’s no reason to not take advantage of something that is right around the corner.” Sharuda has excelled in her 3+1 courses, majoring in education with a 4.0 GPA. “It’s a great program,” she said. “It’s affordable, which is important. The dean has been extremely helpful. Mr. Kitchenman and my advisor, Mr. Ray, they’ve been wonderful. All the teachers are amazing.” Her professors feel the same about her. “Kam has always found ways to get her peers involved in conversations at a deeper level,” said Dana Teague, instructor for education majors in the 3+1 program. “She is always willing to ask all kinds of questions and to provide support to her peers when needed.” “She has a very strong desire

to teach, and I believe that she will make a strong, effective teacher because she has a great deal of empathy,” said instructor Jennie Cusick. “She also knows and understands how to communicate well with others.” For those interested in playing the game, Sharuda, who is currently in the top 100 rankings for women chess players in the U.S., shared some words of wisdom. “It’s important to enjoy what you do and try to have fun,” she said. “Like with my son, I try to teach him to just have a fun experience and not just play chess for the results. I think that’s the most important thing. When you start something, you don’t always win. You don’t always succeed. I think it’s important to be patient and try to improve from that result when you lose.”

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s reported recently in The Sun, the Washington Township veterans wall will now accept applications for the next phase of inductions, but because of the growing number of veterans eligible, the township will need a second wall. “It started with the recognition of those who fought and gave their lives,” said Mayor Joann Gattinelli. “Their families still live here and they are representing them honorably on the wall.” The news is timely given that Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday. The federal holiday is meant to honor those who have died serving their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it became an official federal holiday in 1971, according to history.org. But let’s face it, Memorial Day is also thought of as the kickoff to summer, a chance for people to head to the Shore, host a barbecue, watch a parade. Or shop: Retailers shamelessly advertise sales timed to the holiday, for all the wrong reasons. The true meaning of the holiday has gotten lost. While the intent of Memorial Day was to honor those who died in ser-

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vice, we’ve associated it for years with all veterans, thus the names to be added to the Washington Township wall, an effort supported by local businesses. (Veterans Day in November officially honors all living vets and current service members.) The holiday began as a way to honor those lost in the Civil War, but as America fought in other wars, the holiday evolved to commemorate personnel who died in all conflicts, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, history.org notes. But how we’ve evolved is less important than what we can do to honor the military’s men and women. Flags are planted at military posts. Wreaths are laid at graves. Towns celebrate with the aforementioned parades and other ceremonies. Here are some ways you can celebrate the intended meaning of Memorial Day in the area. Dates are May 30 unless otherwise noted:

– The Glassboro Memorial Day parade will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at University Boulevard and Lehigh Road. A solemn ceremony will be held at Town Square Veterans Memorial Plaza. – Medford’s annual Memorial Day parade will happen at 11 a.m., beginning at Memorial Middle School on Mill Street and ending on Main Street. The event will include a 21-gun salute and flag raising. – Swedesboro’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Woolwich firehouse. Flag services will take place there and at the war memorial in front of borough hall. – Through July 4, Haddonfield is hosting Project Poppy, an art installation at the high school in memory of soldiers who died. The red poppy has been a symbol of lives lost since World War 1. In advance of Memorial Day on May 27, the Battleship New Jersey in Camden will host a twilight adult guided tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $15 for battleship members. Any one of these events counts as a true tribute to America’s fallen soldiers. Let’s keep that in mind.

N.J. Transit launches the next phase of NewBus program N.J. Transit riders may see some updated routes across Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties. Focused on 27 bus routes in the three-county region, NewBus BCG will evaluate how well the existing network serves customers by assessing where people live and work, how they travel, and how they use today’s system. The BCG project team is working to analyze these current conditions of the system.

“This new design will better serve our community’s needs and create a positive end-to-end experience. N.J. Transit is working to identify where transit can be an effective, efficient and attractive mobility option,” Director Frank J. DiMarco said. While the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the transportation system needs to be strengthened to remain resilient as travel patterns continue to evolve. “This program will ensure

inclusive and equitable mobility, connecting individuals and communities to key destinations,” Commissioner Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Division of Transportation said. Right now, the program is at its “Goal Setting and Service Strategy” stage and expects to implement final service recommendations in fall or winter 2022. Your feedback will help ensure that the final plan responds to your community’s

needs. There will be many opportunities to share input throughout the project. In the coming months, N.J. Transit will be holding meetings where you will be able to contribute your ideas and opinions on the future of mobility across the region. For updates, follow N.J. Transit on social media, visit the N.J. Transit website, or sign up for updates via email. View the project website: njtransit.com/newbus-bcg.

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Whitall Flower Show will display native species County heritage commission is one of the event’s sponsors

By DANIELLE DEANGELIS The Sun Join the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the county’s Parks and Recreation and Certified Gardeners to welcome the colors of summer at the annual Whitall Flower Show on June 5 at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. “Native plant species will be available for sale, tours will be given of the Whitall House and the gardeners will be presenting workshops as well,” said Erika Gardner, administrator of the commission, which will display plants at Whitall House. Local residents will also be able to tour the Whitall House’s garden, which is maintained by a group of volunteers. Gardening workshops hosted by the Certified Gardeners will help answer

questions regarding gardens and lawns and art sessions will be led by local artists Carol Schottenfeld and Cassidy Coolgan. The heritage commission is an advocate and resource for the arts in South Jersey that hosts art shows across the region displaying the work of local residents. The 18th-century James and Ann Whitall House has been standing since the American Revolution and was once used as a hospital. The county acquired the house and grounds in 1904 and named it Red Bank Battlefield Park. The historic county landmark hosts tours throughout the season as well as other summer events. Family History Day will be held on June 26 and the outdoor event will focus on baseball history, with a vintage baseball demonstration and displays of vintage game uniforms, equip-

ment and other memorabilia. Guests can learn the importance of bees and pollinators at the battlefield’s butterfly festival on July 16. Tours of the butterfly house, free classes, a bug parade

and other family fun activities will be free from noon to 4 p.m. The free Whitall Flower Show takes place from noon to 4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. For

more information on that and other upcoming events at the Whitall House, call (856) 307-6456. For more information on the heritage commission, visit rcsj. edu/cultural.

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Noto, Remaly take on more responsibility for Pioneers Single-game program record set at first-round playoff game against Northern Burlington By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Following the graduation of senior Hailey Russo at the end of last school year, Clearview girls lacrosse head coach Megan Conklin emphasized getting more players involved on both ends of the field this year. As one of the top players in the state, Russo scored a staggering 109 goals last season for the Pioneers, nearly 37 percent of their total last year. Following her departure, Conklin looked forward to seeing as many players as possible step into larger roles. “We felt like our biggest strengths coming into the season were going to be us being unified as a team and having everyone really contribute,” Conklin said. “It’s important for every player to know that they are contributing and that we need them too as well.” By design, Clearview has seen a more well-balanced stat sheet in terms of goals and assists so far this season. While stats don’t tell the whole story, the long-time Pioneers head coach said it has reflected a season in which various players have accepted and thrived with new responsibilities. Senior Ashely Noto stepped up as the leading scorer, with a team-high 73 goals during the regular season. She contributed three more in the team’s firstround NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 tournament victory over Northern Burlington.

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Clearview senior Ashley Noto (above center) leads the Pioneers in goals this season having taken on a larger role on the field. Noto and many others have stepped up to create a well-balanced attack in 2022.

Noto was the team's fourthhighest scorer last season, behind two seniors and thensophomore Ryan Remaly. In preparing for this year, she felt confident enough in her own game to perform when the time came, though she had to be mentally ready to take on the larger offensive role. “It was a lot of mental preparation for me I felt like before this season started, just knowing

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that we had a spot that had to be filled and I couldn’t be as much of an observer as I was last year,” Noto said. The senior looked forward to her 100th career goal at some point during this season, a feat she accomplished near the end of April in Clearview’s 16-0 victory over Timber Creek. But more important, Noto said, has been the team’s aforementioned well-balanced attack.

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“I didn’t anticipate myself being the leading scorer for us this season,” she added. “I am shocked at how well balanced it’s kind of been for us throughout the season. Everyone’s done a great job in terms of contributing. It surprised me in such a good way.” Now a junior with Clearview, Remaly has also grown in her role this year. Russo took the bulk of the team’s draws last

season, a job that is now mainly split between Remaly, senior Mary Moraca and junior Mia Martorano. Remaly has had the lion’s share of the draws, while remaining the team's secondleading scorer for the second consecutive year. Regardless of who was graduating in 2021, Remaly was confident she and her teammates would continue a winning tradition at Clearview this year. “We knew we had big shoes to fill with the seniors that graduated last season, but we were able to come into this season and get everyone a role on the team and working well together pretty early,” she said. The bond Remaly and her teammates have developed this season – something most coaches hope will happen – has transcended their sport, meaning the Pioneers play for each other perhaps more than ever. “It’s not just about lacrosse, it’s about building bonds and friendships and a sisterhood on the field,” Remaly said. “We have plenty of time to find ourselves and work together on the lacrosse field, but we’ve made sure to find time to do that off it as well.” The Pioneers’ recent firstround victory over Northern Burlington also included a bit of history: In the waning minutes of the game, sophomore Avery Roberts broke the program’s record for assists in a single game, with seven, after she assisted four goals to four teammates in the first half.

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Mills, Brown lead Minuteman to GCC title Washington Township edges out Delsea for first title since 2008 By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Junior Kanye Mills and sophomore Yashahya Brown have formed a strong duo in hurdles for Washington Township. Both secured the top spots in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles at the Gloucester County Championships earlier this month, with Brown winning the 110 and Mills the 400. The two were also on the winning 4x400-meter relay team, responsible for an identical 28 team points at the county meet won by the Minutemen after they scored 119 team points. Delsea finished second with 109 points and Deptford (62), Kingsway (60) and Williamstown (41) rounded out the top five. As might be expected, having a teammate to practice alongside each day in both hurdle events led to tremendous growth for Mills and Brown and allowed them to push each other while perfecting their form and technique. Just a year ago, it felt like a very different story. “I felt like I was chasing after [Kanye] in both hurdle events all last season,” Brown said. “I was trying as hard as I could just to get next to him in races.

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The Washington Township boys track team edged out Delsea for the Gloucester County Championship earlier this month, scoring 119 team points for the team’s first county title since 2008.

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can finish first, and that brings the best out of us,” he added. A year apart in age, Mills and Brown started their first season on the track the same year: The former was a freshman at Triton before he transferred to the township and joined the Minutemen in 2021. The task of doing both hurdle events – which come with a varied distance and greater height in the high hurdles – has significant challenges. But overcoming both the physical and mental obstacles, Mills said, has been enjoyable. “It’s really fun (and) … at the same time, I feel like it makes you get even better even though they’re kind of different,” Mills said. “The relationship [Brown] and I have is great; we keep pushing each other to get better and hit new times.” The recent Gloucester County Championship title was the Minutemen's first since 2008, and head coach Chris Mitchell said it was a big thing to finally reclaim. The team's recent success, he added, can be attributed to the development of a full team across all areas of track and field. “We’ve always had a good program and good athletes, but we’ve never seemed to have a full team,” said Mitchell, who’s in his ninth season as head coach. “I knew coming into this year though that this could be a different season, and I give a lot of praise to football coach Mike Schatzman, because he’s done a good job tearing down a wall that was between the football and track team and helped encourage football players to come out. “And that’s helped us the past few years.”

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Playoff ready: Williamstown peaks at just the right time Recent Gloucester County title has Braves playing their best of late By MATTHEW SHINKLE Sports Editor

Following a midseason injury to senior Christian Ramos that sidelined the experienced setter for nearly three weeks, the Williamstown boys volleyball team had a noticeable rough patch in its schedule. After starting the season 5-0, the Braves went 2-5 over their next seven games, causing them to drop from contention in defending their 2021 TriCounty Conference title. But the Gloucester County tournament offered Williamstown the opportunity to show that its 5-0 start better reflected the team’s abilities than its midseason struggles. Despite splitting the season series with both Kingsway and Clearview entering the tournament, Williamstown defeated both and emerged victorious as the first Gloucester County champions since the tournament was last held 2018-’19. And as the postseason nears, head coach Mark Avery said the Braves seem to be playing their best volleyball yet. “I think now we’re starting to play some of our best volleyball of the season,” Avery said. “The county tournament was really an opportunity for us to test ourselves, and I challenged the guys to focus on that when it was upcoming. And it’s something they really grabbed a hold of, since it was something tangible that we could grab to show ourselves that we’re as good as we think we are.” Senior Jesse Garczynski has emerged as Williamtown’s top outside hitter this year with a team-high 130 kills so far. The senior was named MVP of the recent county tournament after racking up 20 kills and nine

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The Williamstown boys volleyball team recently won the Gloucester County title after defeating both Clearview and Kingsway. The teams split the season series entering the tournament.

digs between the two games against Kingsway and Clearview. According to Avery, Garczynski spent the bulk of the season last year with the JV squad, something that can be a tough pill for a junior to swallow. Having been blocked by several big names on the varsity squad last year, Garczynski spent his time at JV perfecting his game and looked forward to getting his shot this season.

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“He’s kind of been able to play all over the court due to his size, but he’s been dead set on being an outside hitter,” said Avery. “And I give him props, because he worked really hard at it and brings too much for me to not have him on the floor with what he’s able to do. “He’s such an option for us now,” the coach added. “He's brought his game to such a different level, that we have to get

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him the ball in games.” The journey was a tough one for Garczynksi: As much as he wanted to play varsity last year, he took the opportunity to instead work on his passing and refine other skills to prepare for senior year. Having played such a big role in his team's Gloucester County win, Garczynski has come full circle. “It was frustrating last year to be honest,” he said. “But we had a great team last year, so

I understood it. Now to have [won MVP this year], it’s honestly not something I expected or thought of at all. I feel really honored to have that title. “Coming off a season last year where I didn’t see as much playing time on varsity as I wanted to, and now to have won this, it definitely makes me really proud of myself and what our team was able to do,” Garczynski added. What the team’s been able to do this season after starting hot with plenty of new faces – and rebuilding chemistry all over again following Ramos’ ankle injury – was no small feat. It’s been noticeably different, Ramos said, but the team’s dedication has kept players in high spirits all season. “It’s definitely a different atmosphere now, but with the new members we had on the team to start this season, I felt like we adjusted pretty quickly,” he said. “We had that fivegame win streak, and if I had stayed healthy, I felt like we could’ve kept it going.” Like his coach said, the Gloucester County tournament offered Ramos and his teammates a chance to prove their worth against several tough conference opponents the Braves felt they could have beaten earlier in the season. So motivation for the tournament couldn’t have been higher. With playoffs approaching, Williamstown seems to have peaked at just the right time. “That tournament got us pumped up going in, and now that we were able to win that, now we’re poumped up for the playoffs,” Ramos said. “The tournament showed us that we’re better than what some of our games earlier this season reflects, so on the right day with us all clicking, any game can be a good one for all of us.”

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Jiu Jitsu: Free sessions for students continued from page 1 not only become more confident, but can also help deescalate a situation without physical touch. “There are two aspects of bullying: If someone assaults you, you need to learn how to defend yourself,” Cavalier stressed. “The trickier part is if someone is picking on you and calling you names … “We taught kids ideas on how to approach someone if they are bugging you … “ he added. “Look them in the eye and speak in a clear voice. Tell them, ‘I dont want you to call me stupid.’” The final section of the class was about practicing different scenarios such as kidnapping. Students learned how to free themselves from an attacker or kidnapper, how to get help and the best place to escape to in that situation. “We taught them a technique: If someone grabs you and takes you away, how to free yourself,”

Cavalier said. “It’s like having insurance; you have car insurance and life insurance. You don’t want to use it, but it’s still very important.” Cavalier hopes to host another session for students who want to try martial arts. “I’m hoping this opens a spark for the kids that helps them want to continue learning,” he said. “The goal is to continue the practice, because that is how you will continue to learn these life skills.”

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