Monthly Archives: December 2015

You Know The Song… I’m Coming To Town

LetterFromSantaBy Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, AKA Santa Claus

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that most wonderful time of the year, where children of all ages have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Families all over are getting ready for my arrival, trimming the tree, hanging stockings with care, and baking cookies for that magical night of the year. My elves and I are working at top speed, prepping the sleigh, getting the reindeer ready to fly, and making that famous list of mine everyone keeps talking about. And yes, I do check it twice.

A Milestone Birthday For The “Other” Frank Sinatra

Frank_ProfilesmallBy Frank Sinatra, AAP Editor

Apparently, some singer would be 100 today. His name’s familiar; I just can’t put my finger on it…

Unless you’re a square, or have been swingin’ in a cave, the world is celebrating the Centennial of the Chairman of the Board. The “real” Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. And that skinny mama’s boy from Hoboken went on to have quite a life. Google his name and you’ll get about 46,300,000 results in .68 seconds. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” sold more than 150 million records worldwide; he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “From Here to Eternity;” and won 11 Grammys throughout his career. That is the life’s work of a cultural icon.

Pennsauken Library Launches Giving Tree Project

By Maira Diaz, Children’s and Young Adult Librarian

The Children’s and Young Adult Department of the Pennsauken Free Public Library invites the Pennsauken community to participate in The Giving Tree Project. This project is an opportunity to honor those you love by donating to support one or more of the following causes:

  • The Ronald McDonald House
  • The South Jersey Food Bank
  • The Pennsauken Canine Officer Fund

Everyone is welcome to participate. This is an especially helpful way of gift-giving during the holidays and since the minimum suggested donation is just $1, it’s a great way for young children to participate in the joys of giving. This can be a great project for families, scout troops, church groups, classrooms, and others to participate in.

The Giving Tree Project starts on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and will run through to Sunday, February 14, 2016. Here’s how it works:

The Giving Tree will be located in the Children’s Area of the Pennsauken Free Public Library. It will have mini-origami gift boxes, prepared by our volunteers, hanging from its branches. Select the box of your choice and take it to the Circulation Desk. Inform the Circulation staff member which cause you are supporting and give them your donation. They will place it in the appropriate fund and give you a gift acknowledgement. At the end of each month and in mid-February, the donations collected will be sent to the corresponding organizations.

As we begin this holiday season, the season of giving, may you be blessed to pass the blessing on! Thank you and enjoy a wonder-filled holiday!

Christmas Festival Held On December 5

ChristmasFestivalThe Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St Cecilia’s school auditorium, located on 49th St. between Westfield and Camden avenues. Vendors will have crafts, Christmas items, jewelry, and many other fine gifts for your shopping selection. Food and drinks will also be available, and maybe a surprise visit by Santa! Please come out with your family, friends, and neighbors to support the Knights, while picking up a few items on your Christmas list. For more information, please call (856) 662-6049.

Pennsauken School Board Members Get Educated

By the Pennsauken Board of Education: Nick Perry, President; Dung Nguyen, Vice President; Armando Diaz; Michael Hurley; Diane Johnson; Allyson Meloni; Leona Moss; Meg Snyder; and Joann Young

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The words of former South African President Nelson Mandela could not be truer, especially to a school board member. Board members clearly value education, not only for the students in the districts that they serve, but also for themselves. After all, education is a lifelong quest!

Tickets Still Available For Breakfast With Santa

Tickets for this great annual event must be purchased in advance at the Parks and Recreation office at the Pennsauken Township Municipal Building, 5605 N. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Country Club Golfers Give Back To Help Veterans

By Frank Sinatra, AAP Editor

Jim Bisignaro organizes a “skat” golf game most weekends at the Pennsauken Country Club. At the end of the game, 35 to 40 golfers chip in a dollar per person, which is then donated to the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Double Nickel Brewing Company Opens In Pennsauken

By Frank Sinatra, AAP Editor

Here’s something to raise a glass to: on Oct. 24, the Double Nickel Brewing Company opened its doors to the public for the first time. Located at 1585 Rt. 73 in Pennsauken, the former site of the Spa Fitness Center, the business is a culmination of the dreams of several individuals.

New, Unwrapped Toys Needed For Pennsauken’s Angel Tree Program

Pennsauken residents and businesses are pitching in to help children in the community during the holiday season through the Angel Tree program, which collects new, unwrapped toys for families in need.

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