Monthly Archives: June 2015
By Frank Sinatra, AAP Editor
A hard-working mom who takes care of 11 people – including the cats – and a dad who takes time off from work to spend time with his children were selected as this year’s Best Mom and Dad in Pennsauken.
On May 17, Falco Caruso and Leonard Funeral Home in Pennsauken hosted “Shred the Love for Pets in Need.” This event was to help neighbors do some spring cleaning by destroying their old documents in a safe matter, courtesy of Polar Shredding. Everyone who attended was asked to bring a new pet item to be donated to Puppies and More Rescue of Marlton, NJ. In addition, many dogs were adopted to their forever homes.
Special thanks to Brian Creitz, owner of Pennsauken’s Penn Florist, who donated his time and gave generously of food, water, and pet monuments; Sue Coffey and her family provided homemade dog scarves; Network DJs and CC Entertainment provided great music at the event; and Brother Carl from St. Anthony Padua Church, who said a blessing of all the animals.
Hello Pennsauken! In the last five years, I’ve addressed you through this column as your Reference Librarian. But this month, I’ve started as the Pennsauken Free Public Library’s new Children’s and Young Adult (C&YA) Librarian.
Pennsauken resident Marilyn Larke was among the 15 educators who received the “Teacher as Hero Award” for 2015. The award is presented by the National Liberty Museum and sponsored by State Farm.
The administration and staff of Phifer Middle School are proud to announce the following students that have been selected as the Students of the Month for April.
Shelby Leshnov, Alex Delgado, Kayla Brown, Jose Morales, Steven Do, Jesse Lozano, Bryanna Tatem, and Angelia Pho.
Selena Morales, David Charris, Jaelon Roman, Rosawandavi Thach, Giovani Mateo, Kieu Vo, Christian Jackson, Kenedi Atwell, Felix Liu, and Karina Rios.
Mrs. Davis, ESL teacher at Carson Elementary, reports that the first grade English Language Learners explored how things around us change and grow. They were all thrilled to see that little tiny seeds could grow to be big green plants.
By reading “The Tiny Seed,” by Eric Carle, the first graders learned that some seeds don’t get the chance to grow into beautiful plants. Students also discovered that they could do their part to help nature, by being careful where they step and by not hurting bees and butterflies so that plants can grow and make the environment BEAUTIFUL!
A formal ceremony to honor military-bound high school seniors from Camden County – including several from Pennsauken – took place on May 19 at the Mansion in Voorhees. Over 300 people were in attendance, including the families of the enlistees, local celebrities, elected officials, area college presidents and school administrators, high school counselors, representatives from all Camden County veteran’s organizations, and high ranking military officers from all five branches.
The program was made possible through the efforts of an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Our Community Salutes (OCS). OCS began in 2009 in Camden County and is now being duplicated in nearly 40 communities throughout the US.
“This is a time for us to thank and honor the high school graduates going into the Service who often receive little recognition,” said the OCS President and Founder, Kenneth Hartman, Ed.D. “These young men and women may be going off to war and need our praise, guidance and support.”
The following local enlistees were recognized at the event:
Pennsauken High School
- Lorenzo Morales, US Army
- Nhiem Bien, US Marines
- Cheavin Kim, US Marines
- Imani Glover, US Navy
- Andrea Perez, US Army National Guard
- Nini Tran, US Army National Guard
- Thang Ngo, US Army National Guard
Camden County Technical School – Pennsauken Campus
- Luis Mansilla, US Army
Pennsauken Counselor Honored
In addition to the over 50 students recognized at the formal ceremony, Dennis Armento, a counselor at Pennsauken High School, received the General Colin L. Powell Service Award. The annual award recognizes the critical responsibilities high school counselors have in providing guidance, counseling and mentoring; and, in educating, coaching and assisting all students as they assess their accomplishments, talents, interests and aspirations.
As we approach the summer months, the signs of the new season are becoming more and more visible. We see flowers blooming, the trees finally becoming full with leaves, and the weather becoming warmer each day. After months of cold weather and very few symbols of nature’s beauty, summer’s first signs always provide us with a time to think about the past and approach our new season from a fresh perspective.
The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission is committed to protecting the environment and doing its part to practice and promote sustainability whenever possible.