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Contents MARCH 2018

mom 2 mom

6 Mom's Night Out

m om R women 2 8 The Importance of Breast Self Exams

k now 2 grow 10 What You Need to Know About Adolescents and Self-Harm

12 Fractures, Sprains and What to Do

t own 2 town 21 The Borough of



Haddonfield: World of Adventure

Summer Camp Guide

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4 Mommy and Me 2 5 Some of My Faves

16 Birthday Party

14 Buying Guide



29 Recipe Corner 30 Things to Do

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St. Patrick’s Day Lunch for Little Leprechauns

Photographer JCPenney Portrait Studios Contributing Writers Michael Ahearn, Shannon Cahill, Angela DeGroot, Louisa Kopp, Brie Latini, Jess Michaels, Kelly Moore, Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio, Cheryl Potter, Barbara Wilchensky Submit Calendar Listing

Make celebrating St. Patrick’s day fun and easy with this adorable leprechaun lunch. It’s cute as can be and super fun for kids, but it’s also a healthy lunch option for the holiday. You’ll need the following for two shamrock pizzas: • Cheddar cheese • English muffin separated into 2 halves • Green pepper cut into rings for shamrock • Green pepper slice cut into rectangle for stem • Preheat oven to 425 degrees This is a simple recipe to include your little leprechaun in the preparation. Sprinkle enough cheddar cheese to cover surface of English muffin. Place pepper ring on top of cheese and add stem to look like a complete shamrock. Place in heated oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden.

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Welcome to the annual Birthday Party issue! While we always hope our pages are inspirational, this month we’re featuring South Jersey locations to throw your kid a perfect birthday extravaganza (page 16). Birthdays are meant to be fun, but with busy lives for today’s super moms, make the day hassle free and hand over the details to enjoy the day with family and friends. And, need I remind you that the clock is ticking to find the right camp for your kids this summer. This month be sure to check out “Why Children Need Camp Today More Than Ever”, (page 22). There are so many positive reasons to send your kids to camp, but the way I see it, resilience is the best skill for kids to obtain.

Jeremiah is a vibrant and energetic child who loves his mom, dad, big sister, and dog Tony. He is also a huge fan of anything that has wheels.

Jess Michaels, Director of Communications at the NJ and NY divisions of the American Camp Association says, “It’s important for children to develop resilience for coping with the obstacles and stressors that inevitably will happen in their lives. At camp, children are often problem solving, adapting to change, and building confidence. These are all tools that help children to cope with hurdles they may encounter and therefore build resiliency.” I love this concept! In addition to Editor of South Jersey MOM, I am also a licensed psychotherapist (page 15) and work with teens through adults that need help with problem solving skills. So often, kids and teens are isolated in the summer on social media instead of navigating social situations in person. Attending Summer Camp allows kids of all ages to connect, navigate and make autonomous decisions every day. This month is National Nutrition Month and be sure to look for Lisa Ann’s healthy breakfast ideas (page 29) to get your kids eating more berries. Today’s generation spend so much time with a device in their hand instead of a ball. I challenge you this month to play with your kids outside: take a walk, play soccer, throw a football, collect sticks. Be adventurous! The possibilities are endless.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

Karen Ognibene, Executive Editor

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“It’s important today for moms and even dads to spend quality time with one another or with family and friends, without their children”


oms wouldn’t think of trading their kids in for anything in the world. Yet, many of them need a break sometimes from their kids. It’s important today for moms and even dads to spend quality time with one another or with family and friends, without their children. However, many moms suffer from mommy guilt, feeling they have to spend every moment at home with their youngsters. Experts say, having friends is actually beneficial to your health. A 2000 UCLA study on the topic, found a circle of friends for women, actually helps to alleviate stress. An Australian study on aging found that having good friends for women, as well as men, helps to increase longevity. Yet, for some moms, getting out of the house without their kids is considered a luxury. South Jersey mom, Colleen Barbaro of Elk Township, knows this scenario all too well. “If I get a night out without the kids, it is usually for a date night with my husband for dinner and some alone time, or an occasional lunch, dinner or glass of wine with my girlfriends.” Most of her girlfriends have children, but she admits that she does have a few friends who have no children at all. “Either way, we all cherish moments when we’re able to get together to catch up and share stories.”

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Some of those getaway moments for moms may be at some of the many fun places throughout South Jersey. Numerous restaurants dot the Southern New Jersey landscape that serve a variety of delicious cuisines. There’s also wine and painting parties, comedy clubs, concerts and even the theater. Atlantic City is close by many communities and offers gambling, the beach and plenty of nighttime activities. For moms, who are just too tired for a night out, they too can have plenty of fun activities, simply at home. After putting kids to bed, moms can invite a few friends over for such fun activities as a spa night or a chick flick movie marathon. They can even host a wine and cheese tasting party or have game night, bringing out their favorite games or even re-playing some of their old time favorite games from their youth. “Time alone is very important in maintaining a marriage,” said Barbaro. “Sometimes people lose their identity to being mom or dad or the marriage gets put on the back burner. It’s important to remember who you are both individually and as a couple, and have that adult time together.”

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Voorhees This Italian inspired charming custom home has 4 bedrooms, 2 full 2 half baths, gourmet eat-in kitchen, sunroom, finished basement with a 2-car garage that shows pride of ownership, and workmanship. The real Cobble stone driveway leads you to the stoned front porch where you are greeted with custom double doors with beautiful leaded glass. The foyer flows directly in to the grand living room, that has hardwood floors, 28 ft. wooden ceilings, gas fireplace with a stone accent wall and a dramatic glass block arched backed wall sets the tone for this tranquil light filled home. The master bedroom suite has 3 closets and a beautifully designed master bath. Realistically priced at $659,000.

Cherry Hill/Hunt Tract This Magnificent builder’s home is a masterpiece of architecture nestled on over 9 acres with 6 Br 6 baths and 2 powder rms. The Mstr suite includes a sitting room, bedroom, luxurious bath, 2 Fpls & 4 WICs. The 3 year old gourmet kitchen has Smallbone cabinets, Tumble Limestone flooring, Viking stove w/additional double ovens, warmer, subzero refrigerator, granite countertops & back splash, w/ Large Cen-ter Island. The great room features a custom bar, wine/ humidor room, French doors to the outdoor veranda, and tennis ct. This home has a four car garage and a separate detached garage which can hold an additional 10 cars. Realistically Priced at $2,475,000

Haddonfield Traditional style home w/ 5 BRs, 3 baths, fin bsmt, 2 car garage, freshly painted throughout & no wallpaper. The huge master Br suite is on the 2nd level w/sitting rm, dressing area, large WIC, additional storage space and a custom bath. There is a 2nd BR on this floor and the 3 more are on the 1st level. Customized kitchen has a brick wood burning fireplace, ceramic floor & SS appliances center island and access to the family/Sunporch. The formal living room and dining rm have hardwood floors. The basement is perfect for entertainment, w/a billiard rm, FP, wet bar area & kitchenette. The backyard and front yard have custom landscaping, w/ Flagstone walkways, Pergola’s and back patio. Realistically priced at $739,000

Marlton/ Little Mill Gorgeous custom 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home backing to the Preserves at Little Mill golf course w/1st floor master suite, 1st fl. study, 2 car garage and full unfinished basement. The large foyer has cathedral ceilings & ceramic floors. Living room has 12 foot ceilings, custom built entertainment center, gas fireplace, Large eatin kitchen w/ french sliding patio doors leading to back deck & views of golf course. A perfect emptynester home. Realistically priced at $564,900

Voorhees/Sturbridge Estates Pristine & Elegant expanded Danbury model home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, formal living rm & dining rm, family rm, sunroom, 1st Fl office, 3 car garage, full basement located on a 1/2 acre manicured lot. A large eat in kitchen w/center island, granite countertops, newer stainless steel appliances that opens to a large dining area with Fireplace & patio doors leading to the light filled sunroom. The family rm has a fireplace, cathedral ceilings, Hardwood Fls & Skylights. The master bedroom suite has a sitting area, huge closet and newer bath. The roof, gutters, HVAC, hot water heaters & pwder rm are all newer. Realistically priced 799,900.

Cherry Hill/Park Place Make yourself at home in this convenient condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 bath & personal garage, located in close proximity to numerous restaurants, shopping w/an easy com-mute to Phila. The living room, kitchen, and dining Room have beautiful Hardwood floors. The master suite has tray ceilings, large WIC, access to the balcony and a private bath with Jacuzzi tub, large shower & double vanities. The kitchen has granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, This home is truly easy living. Realistically priced at $275,000.

Cherry Hill This unique contemporary home has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bath. The foyer features Marble floors & custom carved front double doors. The over-sized living room has a step down fireplace area with marble hearth, custom carpet and sliders leading to the professionally landscaped back yard. The large eat in kitchen has granite counter-tops, custom glass back-splash, ceramic floors, center island, and the breakfast areas has cathedral windows. The master bedroom suite offers 3 large walk-in closets, custom marble bath. The finished basement has 10ft ceilings and 2 entertainment rooms. The back yard offers a Gunite salt water pool with water-fall, and professionally landscaped. Newer roof, heaters and air condition. Realistically priced at $674,000

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nderstanding your body is important to staying healthy. When you have an understanding of how your body feels, looks and operates on a day-to-day level, you will be best equipped to notice any changes. When it comes to breast cancer, the same rule applies: you are your first and best defense. Reading and knowing the risk factors and signs of breast cancer are a first step to staying healthy, and for women, monthly breast exams play a vital part. According to BreastCancer. org, a non-profit organization providing up-todate information on breast cancer, self-exams a simple method should be performed at least once per month. First, look for any visual changes in the breasts. Swelling, puckered skin, changes in the shape of the nipple, and redness are all potential warning signs. Examine your breasts in the mirror, first with your arms at your sides and then raised, keeping an eye out for any visual differences. Discharge from the nipple 8 | March 2018

(if you are not lactating/breastfeeding) is also a warning sign and should be followed up with a medical exam. Next, you should examine your breasts with your fingertips, feeling for any physical symptoms, such as a hard lump. For some women, cystic breasts are any everyday occurrence, meaning that the breast may feel “lumpy” all the time. This is an example of why it is key to be in tune with your body. Recognizing an “everyday” lump will allow you to feel a difference if another lump should form. This part of a self-exam should be performed both laying down and standing up. When laying down, place your arm above your head and use the opposite arm to examine that breast. Move up, down and across, using small, circular motions, pressing down. Next, repeat moving side to side across the breast. The same procedure can be used for a standing exam. The shower is an ideal place for a breast exam—you’re already naked, already stand-

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ing, and the running water can help your hand glide across the breast. If you see or feel any changes, don't panic. Call your doctor and make an appointment for an exam. A physician will be able to determine the next step. Often, there is further testing performed, such as a mammogram. Your age, family history, and other risk factors will determine additional testing, such as an ultrasound or MRI of the breast. If a lump proves to be troublesome, your physician may order a biopsy. This is a minimally painful procedure in which your physician will use a long needle to extract a piece of a lump for testing. Talk with your doctor to understand your personal risk factors, make a plan for when you should begin yearly mammograms, and commit to performing a breast self-exam once a month. While there is no surefire way to prevent breast cancer, you can certainly do everything you can to lower your risk. For more information, visit

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elf-harm is a very real and serious issue among adolescents. As a parent, finding out that your child is purposely causing themselves pain can come as a shock and be hard to understand. The first thing to know is that self-harm is not a suicide attempt. In most cases, adolescents who cause harm to themselves use it as a coping mechanism. Dr. Debbie Riddle, a therapist and CEO of Total Family Solutions, said “A child may self harm as a means of distraction from the emotional pain they are feeling. Frequently we hear “it feels good” “it is releasing or freeing”. Someone who is self-harming will try to keep their cuts and scars hidden from their parents and other authority figures. Some adolescents will share their injuries with other peers to fit in. “Sadly the view of engaging in self harming behaviors can become “normalized “among friends.” Said Dr. Riddle. SOME WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR: • Wearing long sleeve shirts or long pants in warm weather. • Multiple unexplained marks on them such as cuts, bruises or burns. • Isolation from friends and family. • Wearing bandages, bracelets or other wrist bands to hide cuts. Be sure to have open communication about feelings with your kids. If they feel they cannot be open and honest with their negative emotions, self-harming can become their coping mechanism. Try to take notice if they are being bullied, having a hard time at school or seem stressed or depressed. 10 | March 2018

“A child may self harm as a means of distraction from the emotional pain they are feeling” Stay on top of what your child is viewing on the internet. Social media has a big influence on children, which in some cases can be dangerous. Many popular social media sites have strict regulations against conversations and images of self-harm. Unfortunately, there are other websites that lack this restriction and even pro self injury sites and chat rooms that teach how to hurt oneself. If you find that your child is causing self-injury get them to a licensed therapist for treatment. They will be able to see if there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed by a psychiatrist. Talk with a counselor yourself to learn about healthy coping mechanisms that you can teach your child. Learning to manage their emotions in a positive way is key for recovery. Dr. Riddle encourages parents to “be empathetic and reach out for help. Resources are available to children and families 24/7 through Performcare 877-652-7624.” *If you notice any warning signs of suicide in your child, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741.

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Fractures, Sprains and What to Do

By Michael Ahearn


If you know it’s a fracture, however, you probably have to go to the icture this. It’s a lovely day, and you’re watching your kids play in emergency room. You can try going to a local urgent care walk-in center, the backyard. You’re reading the most recent issue of South Jersey where they can help determine if it’s definitely a fracture, or treat minor MOM when you hear a cry. You rush to help only to see your child fractures in the toes or fingers. Beyond that, however, urgent care centers on the ground, ankle swollen. So, what do you do? will likely send you to the ER anyway. In addition, if there is any dis This is a stressful situation. No parent wants to see their kid hurt, and you obviously want to make sure you take all the tortion, numbness, discoloration, or if the injury is in the back right steps. When it comes to an injury like this, you or neck, do not waste time. Go straight to the ER. Also, first need to determine whether you are dealing with because setting a bone involves anesthetic, make sure a sprain or a fracture. While both sprains and fracyou child doesn’t eat or drink after the incident. “When it comes tures involve swelling and pain, fractures do When you know where to go, you have to to an injury, have specific hallmarks. start making decisions. Only drive the child yourself if you can do it without making the injury you first need to • Immobility with severe pain worse. If there is any chance it might, or if the • Discoloration determine case is serious, call 911. Not only will your child • Heavy bleeding get to the hospital safely, the EMTs will also per• Snapping or grinding noise at time of injury whether you are form any necessary medical procedures. If med• Faintness, dizziness, and sickness dealing with a ical services cannot reach you, you may need to • Numbness around extremities make a splint to move them, but only as a last re• Pain on top of bone sprain or • Misshapen injury sort. When you meet with the doctor, be sure to help a fracture” your child describe how the injury occurred, including If there are no signs of the above, you are probably any information that you can give. That will allow them dealing with a sprain. In that case, you should stick with to properly diagnosis the injury. After that, just let the docthe RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate the aftors do their jobs. As for recovery, you’ll most likely be referred fected area. For pain management, you can give your child Advil or to a fracture clinic, such as the Rothman Institute, Penn Medicine, or Tylenol, but be sure to stay away from aspirin. In rare cases, aspirin can Nemours Hospital. There, they’ll help your child recover properly so that lead to medical complications in children. After a few days, if there is any they can go back to playing in the backyard on lovely days. discoloration in the area, you should see a doctor. 12 | March 2018

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Birthday Parties on Every Budget By Kelly N. Moore, Psy.D.

package. Either way, a party should be about what your child is into. So if your child loves video games, and you don’t want to pay for one of those fancy trucks, consider letting his or her friends just come hang out and take turns playing on your system at home. Don’t get too caught up in how it looks to other adults. The kids will have fun as long as they are free to do what they like! TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY… If you have a few kids and if you’re someone who throws parties all the time, it can be a lot on family and friends to come to 3-4 parties a year and be expected to give gifts. So depending on your budget, consider only having “big” parties during milestone birthdays like 1, 5, 10, 13, 16, etc. Your budget may not be a factor, but everyone may not be in the same position.


irthdays! I have a friend that referred to it as our “trips around the sun” and I have used it ever since! They are times of great celebration, especially for our little ones! The way we celebrate birthdays is varied—from those that treat it like just another day with very little fanfare, to those who treat their birthday like a national holiday. Whatever your pleasure, here’s some ideas to consider for celebrating your child(ren)’s birthdays for any budget. Some general ideas to stay within your desired budget: IT’S A NUMBERS GAME If you want to keep your birthday party budget down, consider paring down your guest list. Every child that knows your child doesn’t have to be invited. A cool strategy can be inviting the number of kids relative to your child’s age (e.g., 9 friends for a 9th birthday party). This will help in stretching your budget so you aren’t paying for the cost of lots of extra people. If money is no object, then invite away! Also, use local dollar stores and online stores to get good deals on items for your favor bags! FOCUS ON YOUR CHILD’S INTEREST, NOT HOW IT LOOKS Whether your budget is big or small, focus on your child’s interest. Typically, you can throw a great party at a bowling alley or skating ring for any cost, but your budget determines how much you add to your party

ISC ISC of Cherry Hill and Mount Laurel are the place for Your Best Birthday Party Ever! Offerings include: Roller Skating, FunZone Indoor Jungle Gym, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Bubble Ball Soccer, Flag Football, Dodgeball, Tykes Town and more! Cherry Hill: 856-4288588 or Mt. Laurel 856-273-2828. Website: 16 | March 2018

CONSIDER STAYING HOME! Birthday parties that are held in the comfort of someone’s home or at local public parks are usually a great way to keep costs down for parties. No matter what time of year it is, you can solicit ideas from creative friends, family, or good ole Pinterest to transform pretty much any space into the theme party of your child’s dreams. Just be careful! Sometimes, this budget can get out of hand if you go too crazy with decorations. Set a budget and stick to it. They will have plenty of birthdays for you go bigger throughout the years.

Some ideas for fun birthday parties that you can do on any budget, without sacrificing the fun: • Playground Party • Bowling Party • Movie Theater Party

• Music Celebration


• Baby Gym Party

• Art Party (at a local

• Sports-themed party

• Arcade/Gaming Party

• Backyard BBQ

paint party place)

(at home or a gaming truck party)

SUGAR PLUM STUDIO South Jersey’s Place for Edible Art, located in Cherry Hill. Cake and cupcake decorating parties and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. Birthdays, friends night, and corporate events, too! Call 856-354-8700. Or learn more at

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• Tea Party • Pool/Splash Party

MAD SCIENCE OF WNJ Mad Science parties entertain children of all ages with exciting, highenergy, interactive shows that come to you! Our no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour, with optional add-ons, like cotton candy-making, bubbling potions and rocket launches. Goodie bags and invitations are also available. 609-737-0313 Ext. 304;

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Skate, Play, Climb and Slide Birthdays Parties

We NOW offer so much more than Skating • Birthday Parties...Public and Private • Group Lessons and Private Instruction • Roller Hockey Leagues 14 years and under for ALL abilities... even learn to play • Friday Night Tween Skate • Weekday Play and Skate Activities (Tues, Wed, Thurs 10-2*)

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Our Birthday Parties are dynamic, unique and tons of fun!! We incorporate 1 to 2 different activities of your choosing, and our experienced trainers will have the kids happy and exhausted by the end!

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Our Reviews speak for themselves! “We hosted our 1 and 3 year olds birthday at Moozies, and we could not be happier with our party! The party went so smooth! The owners, Aimee and her husband went above and beyond to ensure that our party did not skip a beat.” — Jennifer Donnelly

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Book Your Next Party With Us! • Party Room • Free Game Room • Customized Ice Cream Cakes • Team discounts

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Open all year!


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They Will Come SUPPLIES: • Orange Juice or Milk Carton • Outdoor Acrylic Project Paint • Scissors/Project Knife • Project Glue • Twine • Popsicle Sticks • Short Pencil

By Angela De Groot

STEPS: • Rinse the carton and allow it to dry. • In the front, carefully cut out a circle for the opening using a project knife or scissors. • Form a perch by pushing a short pencil into the carton an inch below the opening. • Punch holes in the top and thread twine through the holes, then knot the ends. • Glue Popsicle sticks to the top to make a roof. • Using acrylic paints, decorate the carton. • Hang the birdhouse in your garden.

There you go! You now have a beautiful home for a lucky pair of chickadees! 20 | March 2018

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town 2 town


By Barbara Wilchensky


opping up on many of the “best lists” for Camden County, such as best or safest place to live, you will find the Borough of Haddonfield. Since warmer weather is right around the corner, you should add an afternoon of strolling the streets of Haddonfield to your Spring to do list to see why it is a top ten location! Haddonfield has the perfect mix of shopping, dining, history and recreation. With hints of British, Scottish, and Irish flair, along with Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese and Indian cuisine, Haddonfield will give you a worldly feel. The heart of Haddonfield lies along Kings Highway, which stretches through the middle of the town. Unique gift shops, floral shops, formal dress wear, optical and clothing stores dot the sidewalks on both sides of the streets, as well as down many side alleys. For the book lover both children and adults, stop by Inkwood Books, an independent bookstore whose owner has an interesting background story. The kids will enjoy a trip into the toy store along with the many sugary treat shops, like cake pops and ice cream, along the way.

“Haddonfield has the perfect mix of shopping, dining, history and recreation” If you are looking for history, Haddonfield has it with the Indian King Tavern Museum. This tavern once became a safe haven for the New Jersey Legislature. In 1777, after George Washington’s army defeated the British in Trenton, the legislators felt the need to move temporarily to a safer location. According to the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry website, the legislators spent several months at the Indian King Tavern and it was here that the Great Seal of New Jersey was adopted. The tavern is open for tours most days of the week and is restored to the décor of the late 1700’s. The museum curator has a wealth of information to share. If you would rather talk science, then Haddonfield is still the place! In 1858, the bones of the first nearly complete dinosaur, Hadrosaurus foulkii, were found along the water in the current location of Pennypacker Park. Walk or jog along the trails to locate the spot of the excavation, which is marked with a plaque. Note: A replica dinosaur watches over the town as a reminder of this scientific discovery, be sure to stop by for a selfie with Haddy! With plenty of public parking, you can spend the day exploring Haddonfield and then take the PATCO Lindenwold Line into Philadelphia. In fact, Haddonfield’s close proximity to Philadelphia with a 10-minute drive to the Ben Franklin Bridge has made it a popular in-season home to many Philadelphia pro-sports athletes. Whenever you decide to visit, be sure to check the Haddonfield website for upcoming events such as the Night Market in March! Barbara is a lifelong resident of South Jersey, an educator and a mother of three. Together her family enjoys outdoor activities and a they have a goal to travel to every state in the U.S.! Follow their adventures on Barbara’s blog at

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summer camp guide

Gain Independence — Camp is one of the best environments for children to gain independence and have a healthy separation from their parents. At day camp, children board the bus and go to camp on their own, have the opportunity to choose some elective activities and learn to trust their own decisions without a parent by their side. Overnight camp provides for even more opportunities for independence. Being away from home for an extended period of time allows children to see themselves separately from their parents. They work through their own problems, choose what to eat at meals, and go to sleep in a different environment than home. These steps toward independence are important for children to become successful and independent adults.

Why CHILDREN NEED CAMP Today More Than Ever


By Jess Michaels

or over 100 years, children have enjoyed summers at camp learning to swim, making new friends, gaining important life skills and attaining sports skills. However, in recent years, it has become very clear that today’s young people need the camp experience now more than ever. Here are just a few reasons why:

Break from Technology — According to a 2015 Common Sense Media Report, children ages 8 – 12-years-old spend an average of 4 hours and 36 minutes using screen media. Tweens spend an average of 4.5 hours each day with screen media and 6 hours with all media. Camp allows for a much needed break from technology. The majority of summer camps don’t allow for smart phones, tablets, computers, TVs or any device that has wifi capabilities, allowing for children to connect with each other, face to face, and participate in the many activities offered without the distraction of screens. Improve Communication Skills – Because media use is so prevalent, children aren’t com22 | March 2018

Build Resilience — Camp builds resilience among children. Whether it’s getting over some homesickness the first week of camp or making it to the top of the climbing wall after being fearful for weeks, there are many opportunities for building resiliency. Life will present challenges for everyone but having the skills to bounce back and recover from difficulties will help children grow into resilient adults.

municating the same way they were a generation ago. Talking has been replaced by texting, snap chatting and Instagram comments. Technology can also isolate young people, communicating from their bedrooms with a screen in hand instead of spending time with a friend one-on-one. At camp, texting is replaced with talking and forming meaningful friendships. Without the use of screens, campers are having conversations, laughing and reading social cues. Time to Play — The days where children just played all afternoon in the backyard or on the street with friends are gone. Today, children are overscheduled with music lessons and sports. Our structured society leaves very little time for play. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children and an important tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to work with others. Camp allows for plenty of time for creative play where kids can just be kids and enjoy the many benefits of just being able to play.

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Camp Educates the Whole Child — There is more to learning than just tests and good grades. Unfortunately, the traditional school classroom doesn’t address the whole child. Camp is one of the most powerful learning environments and where a child’s social education takes place. Camp provides children with the opportunity to try new activities and succeed at these new skills, which allows for confidence building. Children also gain important social skills and problem solving skills by being part of a supportive community and taking part in activities together.

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Live, love, laugh…and learn. Kids love water. And we love kids. At Goldfish, we teach important life-saving skills to turn the tide on water-related accidents and give parents peace of mind. But kids learn best when they are having fun, so our curriculum and facility is dedicated to them and their joy of swimming.



just add water.

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June 25 - August 23

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Learn new skills! Make new friends! Enjoy BB shooting, archery, swimming, boating, crafts, sports and much more. We have 5 camp locations to choose from - covering Burlington, Camden, Salem and Cape May Counties. Camping opportunities are offered June 25-29, July 913, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3, Aug 6-10

Summer Program Build leadership experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Conductive Play-Doh, program animated movies, microscopy, STEM guest speakers, earn science prizes and much, much more! Offered July 9-13, 2018

See website for details!

All of our camps are nationally accredited and your child’s safety is our highest priority.


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Register at an

Open House Sunday, March 18 & April 15 • 11am -2pm New Camp Families: Save $250 per camper

JCC Camps at Medford 400 Tuckerton Rd • Medford, NJ

Welcoming all faiths and cultures ages 3-14.

Schedule your personal tour today! • (856) 751-1666

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Campers ages 2-5 become their own self-assured superheroes • • • • • • • •

STEAM Projects Cooking & Sports Jewish Values & Traditions Nature & Music Swim Lessons Air Conditioned Facility Nut Aware & Allergy Friendly Lunch and Snacks Weekly Super Themes


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JCC CAMPS AT MEDFORD The fun lasts all summer, but the memories last a lifetime at the JCC Camps at Medford, an award-winning and ACA accredited summer day camp. With 75 years of experience, we really know camp and provide children ages 3-14 with the ultimate summer experience! Each camp day is woven with traditions, values and spirit, and campers become more self-confident, self-reliant and self-sufficient while building lifelong friendships. Watch our camp video and learn more at

EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPS AT THE KATZ JCC Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC, an award-winning summer day camp, is the place for little campers ages 2-5 to have big fun! Children learn new skills, develop socially create friendships all while having a blast. Learn more at; (856) 424-4444 x1242. OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL We are located at 23 W. Prospect Avenue in Moorestown, NJ. We offer fun summer camps for kids ages 3 to 13, including cooks and books, photography, how to write a research paper, multi-sports, art and more. We have themed activities for the little ones and outdoor play on our new playground. Camps are just $99 per week and include a free camp T-shirt. Call today for more information. 856-235-7885 or visit our website

LIBERTY LAKE SUMMER DAY CAMP Liberty Lake is a transformative summer experience for ages 4-15. A full service camp, with bus transportation available in Camden & Burlington Counties. Hot lunches & snacks all included. With a philosophy based on teaching children character and life skills, campers create their own schedules guaranteeing the BEST SUMMER EVER! Tours available daily, Conveniently located just off Rte. 295 (exit 52A) (856) 437-5340;

Coming This Summer...BATTLE BOTS/KING OF THE HILL AND LEGO SUMO WRESTLING Bringing STEM to summer camps since 2011 Always a NJ certified teacher on site ◗ Learning principles of building, programming, and teamwork! ◗ Your child has never had so much fun learning! ◗ A robotics and technology camp for grades 1 through 9


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recipe corner

Better Breakfasts, Better Days By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio


t’s important to start the day out with a healthy breakfast. It helps children focus better in school, and adults focus better on their daily tasks. Whole grain cereal or toast, fruit, eggs and oatmeal are all good options. It’s best to stay away from sugary sweet cereals and pastries because they have little to no nutritional value, and instead of helping you get a good jump start to the day, will end up making you feel sluggish. When possible try to use fresh or frozen organic fruit. It’s available in many local grocery stores, health stores and food markets.

BERRY GOOD FOR YOU PANCAKES • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour • 1 cup whole wheat flour • 2 tbs. flaxseed meal or oat bran, optional • 1/2 tsp. sea salt • 2 tbs. raw sugar or pure maple syrup • 3 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder • 2 eggs • 1 1/2 cups organic or almond milk • 1/4 cup safflower or sunflower oil • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries • Butter or non-stick cooking spray, for cooking • Maple syrup, for topping

Preheat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, flaxseed meal, salt, sugar and baking powder. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, milk and oil. Gently whisk wet and dry ingredients together, just until combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy, but it’s better not to over mix. Stir in the blueberries and raspberries. If batter seems a little too dry, add a little more milk; if too wet, add a little more flour. Lightly grease the griddle with butter or non-stick cooking spray and, using a ladle, add about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and then flip pancakes. Cook second side just until lightly golden brown and batter is cooked through. Transfer pancakes onto serving plates and serve immediately topped with butter and maple syrup or your favorite toppings. Note: You can use all blueberries or add strawberries in place of the raspberries in this recipe.


• 6 oz. plain Greek-style yogurt • Honey or pure maple syrup, to taste • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries or strawberries • 1/4 cup sliced bananas • 1/4 cup granola (See Recipe) In a small bowl, add yogurt, then stir in sweetener of choice, top with blueberries, bananas and granola. Serve. EASY & DELICIOUS BAKED GRANOLA • 3 cups rolled oats • 1 tbs. wheat germ • 1 tbs. flaxseed meal • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds • 1/4 cup honey • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup • 1/4 cup safflower oil or melted butter • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract • 1 cup raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, nuts, honey, maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Mix ingredients until well combined. Spread granola onto a large baking pan greased with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Stir the granola occasionally during the baking process. Remove granola from oven once done, and stir in the dry fruit. Let granola cool completely before storing in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Serve with organic milk, almond milk or use as a topping on yogurt, etc. Note: You’ll notice that the granola may still be sticky when it comes out of the oven, but it will crisp and dry up as it cools. As always, Bon Appetit! Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page

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things 2 do

March Calendar

For a complete list of events, log onto

To submit your event, send an e-mail to Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited.


Colors of Spring Open House March 4, 2018 11am-3pm Help us celebrate the arrival of Spring with vibrant and colorful craft projects as well as S’mores, Tower of Power, Gaga, and more! Current camp families come by and see some friends. Prospective families come by to meet us, learn about Liberty Lake, and go for a personalized tour! 1195 Florence-Columbus Rd, Columbus, NJ 08505 www.LibertyLakeDay Camp. com. Find us on FaceBook: Liberty Lake Day Camp Happy Easter Open House March 25, 2018 11am-3pm Help the Easter Bunny find his eggs, egg dying-BYOE (bring your own eggs) and pictures with the bunny. Plus Rock Wall + GaGa, s’mores and tours! Current, past and prospective camp families are encouraged to attend! 1195 Florence-Columbus Rd, Columbus, NJ 08505 www.LibertyLakeDayCamp. com. Find us on FaceBook: Liberty Lake Day Camp

Animal Kingdom Zoo Bordentown, NJ Open daily, We have one of the most extensive wild animal collections 30 | March 2018

in New Jersey. Families and friends can view countless endangered species and learn about the importance of preserving the environment and the animals that live there. To learn more about how you can schedule your trip, call 609- 261-7211. Valenzano Winery Wine Tasting Wine lovers will certainly enjoy tastings and tours at Valenzano Winery in Mt. Holly, NJ. Open daily, this winery can be a fun day trip or the location for your next event. For more information about pricing and to book your tour, call 609-267-1796 or visit their website at CoCo Key Water Resort Indoor Fun Climb, jump, shoot and cruise at CoCo Key! With a number of water activities to choose from CoCo Key Water Resort is the perfect place for people ages 1 to 100. CoCo Key Water Resort At The Hotel ML 915 Route 73 Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 877-494-2626


New Jersey Motorsports Park We are the premier motorsports entertainment complex. The Park includes two world-class road courses: Thunderbolt and Lightning, Tempest Raceway which is considered one of the top outdoor karting complexes in the U.S., a motorsports country club

membership program known as the Drivers Club, Battlegrounds Paintball which features 10 acres of paintball fields, concert and festival space, overnight accommodations, and real estate development opportunities. Also on the property, a clubhouse features meeting space, bar/restaurant and built-in pool. 856-327-7202;

Plastic Canvas Needlepoint – Wednesday, 3/7 & 3/21 1-3pm. Instruction provided by Nancy Stang. Make & Take Easter Craft – Saturday, 3/24. Anytime between 10:30am – 12:30pm. Assistance and supplies will be provided. All Ages welcomed. Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit – Friday, 3/30 10:30am. Ages 10 and under. Bring a basket to find eggs hidden inside the library. Don’t forget your camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny!

The Levoy Theatre Located at the center of Millville’s Glass Arts District, is a first-rate performing arts center that combines a rich history with grand design and modern convenience. Check out our upcoming shows. 856-327-6400;


Logan Library Happening Branch of Gloucester County Library System Library phone number (856) 241-0202 Book Clubs: Best Sellers Book Club – Wednesday, 3/7 7pm. This month’s selection, The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant. Facilitated by Carolyn Oldt. Quilters’ Club – Tuesdays, 3/6 & 3/20 1-3pm. Beginners welcome. Instruction by Sylvia Rodgers and Marva West.

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The Broadway Theatre Located in the heart of downtown Pitman, the Broadway Theatre is an opulent French Revival theatre that offers a wide range of live entertainment and classic films. A family can enjoy the theater experience at affordable prices. Call 856-3848381 or visit www.

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Know the facts. Save your life. FACT: Every 80 seconds, a woman in the

United States dies from heart disease.*


80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes.* *American Heart Association, Common Myths About Heart Disease in Women

The Women’s Cardiology program at Virtua includes board-certified cardiologists who specialize in caring for a woman’s heart. To do this, they offer longer appointment times to discuss the lifestyle risks, medical issues and family history that can cause or contribute to a woman’s heart condition. Virtua is a proud member of WomenHeart, the national coalition through which women survivors provide free, monthly peer-to-peer support to other women. Local meetings held monthly at Virtua Health and Wellness Centers.

For more information about Virtua Women’s Cardiology and WomenHeart, call 844-VWOMEN-7.

Maria Duca, MD, Virtua Cardiologist Maria Duca, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist who provides whole patient care to help women be as heart healthy as possible.

Talya Spivack, MD, Virtua Cardiologist Talya Spivack, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist who strives to empower her patients to maintain their optimal heart health through disease prevention, early detection and education.

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