Top Stories | Government Salem County, NJ Discover the Possibilities Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 County Seeks Volunteers to Spotlight “KNOCK OUT OPIATE ABUSE DAY” Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:40:11 +0000 opiate2

On October 6, volunteers will join the Salem County Office of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services and various municipal alliances for a single day initiative to make people aware of the link between prescription drugs and skyrocketing heroin abuse.

Volunteers will spread awareness by leaving information on neighbor doors between 4pm and 6pm on October 6. Each volunteer will be given door hangers and other awareness materials in an effort to reach as many people as possible regarding the dangers of opiate abuse leading to heroin use. Volunteers will also share information with physicians and dentists to bring awareness to safe prescription prescribing.

For information on how to get involved, please contact: Victoria Yuhasz- County Coordinator at or 856-935-7510 ext 8449.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Peer Education Trainings Provided to Salem County Students Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:42:02 +0000

A series of substance abuse prevention and peer education trainings will be provided through funding by the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Drug and Alcohol Services, to six Salem County middle schools and high schools.

The trainings will include three evidence-based programs:

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Peer Mediation
  • Cross- Age Mentoring

The programs focus on the benefit of older students mentoring and educating younger students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, they highlight the importance of good character and decision making, while also empowering students to positively influence peer behavior within their schools.

“Education to prevent substance abuse among our children is of critical importance. These grant funds are proven to have an impact,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, who chairs the County Health and Human Services Committee.

“Our County Office of Drug and Alcohol Services has been very active in helping families in coping with substance abuse. They have offered NARCAN trainings and staged ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ sessions at schools to help families see the signs of substance abuse,” said Julie Acton, Freeholder Director.

These substance abuse prevention and education trainings will be provided by Lori Tedesco Singley, of Educare, Inc. Ms. Singley is a certified prevention specialist and has been providing trainings to youth and adults for over 30 years.

Trainings are scheduled as follows:

  • September 20 – Upper Pittsgrove School, Cross-Age Mentoring
  • September 21 – Schalick High School, Cross-Age Mentoring
  • September 28 – Lower Alloways Creek School, Peer Assistance and Leadership September 29 – Alloway School, Peer Assistance and Leadership
  • October 4 & 5 – Olivet School, Cross-Age Mentoring
  • November 1 & 2 – Penns Grove High School, Peers Making Peace

Download PDF here

Free NARCAN Training Offered to Salem County Residents Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:56:43 +0000

A free community training session on the use of NARCAN to save a life from drug overdose is being offered by the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Drug and Alcohol Services.

The free training will be held on September 21, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Pennsville FOP. Topics include overdose prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of overdose, how to administer Naloxone, rescue breathing, overdose prevention legal rights, and general support information.

A free NARCAN kit will be given to those attending at the end of the training.

“This is a critical training session, designed especially for those with family members, or loved ones at risk of overdose,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. “Seating is limited to 30 people, but if the response is overwhelming, we will schedule another free training so that we can meet the community’s need.”

Freeholder Director Julie Acton urged anyone who faces the daily stress of how to intervene should a drug overdose occur to attend.

“It can be overwhelming to watch a loved one who is involved with drugs. This training will give you at least one way to respond in the worst of situations,” said Freeholder Director Acton. “Take advantage of this training and go home with a very important NARCAN Kit to help you step in if ever needed.”

Training will be provided by the professional staff from Urban Treatment Centers. Registration is required, as seating is limited.

To register, contact Maggie Vaughan, who directs the County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Services at 856-935-7510 extension 8460, or email her at


Move Yourself! Salem County with Walks and Chair Yoga Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:46:24 +0000 The Salem County Department of Health & Human Services announces the New Move Yourself! Salem County schedule for the outdoor walk and indoor chair yoga program. The September 2016 Walk N Talks will take place on selected dates at various parks throughout the county. The indoor chair yoga class will take place in the Stage Room at The Ware Building, 51 Cheney Road, Woodstown. The Ware Building is located two miles south of Woodstown off Route 45 behind the Salem County Vo-Tech.

The Office of Aging is offering a free box lunch to participating seniors on Thursday, September 15 and Tuesday, September 27. To receive the free-boxed lunch, the participant must be over 60 years of age, fill out a small registration form, and RSVP by 8:00 am the day before. Seniors must call (856) 339-8622 to register for the boxed lunch. The box lunch is prepared by the Italian Kitchen of Pennsville and meets the nutrition requirements of the State Office of Aging.

The exercise schedule is part of the We Can! campaign to encourage residents with special needs to participate. We Can! Walks are on dates with ** before it. Caregivers and support staff are welcomed to attend. If a special needs resident requires transportation, please contact the Salem County Office of Aging at (856) 339-8622 in advance.

Below is the list of dates and locations for September 2016:

WALK N TALKS start at 10 am

  • Thurs. Sept. 8  – Riverview Beach Park, Route 49, Pennsville – Talk: Healthy Meal Planning
  • Tues. Sept 13 – Salem County Recreation Park, Corner of Route 130 and Perkintown Rd, Oldmans Township – Talk: Budget Friendly Meals
  • Thurs. Sept. 15 – Marlton Recreation Park, 123 Marlton Rd., Woodstown – Talk: 10 Healthy Tips
  • Thurs. Sept. 22 – Fort Mott State Park, Fort Mott Rd., Pennsville  – Talk: Fruit & Veggie Storage
  • Tues. Sept. 27 – Carney’s Point Recreation Park,  Penns Grove-Auburn Rd., Carney’s Point -Talk: Shopping Healthy “On the Fly”

INDOOR CHAIR YOGA starts at 10 am

  • Thurs. Sept. 29 – The Ware Building, 51 Cheney Road, Woodstown, NJ

In the event of severe weather, the exercise class may be cancelled please contact the Health Department at 856-935-7510, extension 8302.

For more information about Move Yourself! Salem County, visit us online at Also, get regular updates, walk dates and times at our Facebook page, located at We look forward to seeing our returning walkers and meeting new residents.

Salem County Sets Flu Clinic Dates for 2016 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:40:56 +0000 The Salem County Department of Health and Human Services will offer six flu clinics this season, providing residents with a free vaccine that inoculates for four strains of the virus.

The vaccine, called a quadrivalent, is designed to protect against four different flu viruses – two Influenza A and two Influenza B viruses — and it is recommended for adults and children who are at least three years old.

The free flu clinics will begin with the popular drive-through clinic at the Fairgrounds on September 20, followed by clinics at Salem County Community College, Schalick High School, LAC Municipal Building, Oldmans Township Municipal Building, and at the Salem County Health Department in Salem.

“We are able to offer the broader vaccine protection this year through a grant from the Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation, which we began partnering with last year for our flu clinics,” said Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee.

The flu clinics also are being staged again this year in two rural townships, Oldmans and LAC. “We are committed to taking our programs into the rural areas to ensure residents have an easier access to health care,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “Our largest clinic, at the fairgrounds, also gives us an opportunity to partner with the nursing students at Salem County Community College.”

Click HERE to go to Flu Vaccinations page on the County Health Dept. website

September 20, 2016 (Tuesday)
Vehicle Drive Thru Clinic
Time:  3 pm – 6:30 pm
Place: Salem County Fairgrounds
State Highway Rt. 40

October 5, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time:  4 pm – 7 pm
Place: Arthur P. Schalick High School
718 Centerton Road, Pittsgrove

October 26, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time:  4 pm – 7 pm
Place: Oldmans Township Municipal Bldg.
40 Freed Road, Pedricktown

September 27, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 3 pm- 7 pm
Place: Salem County Community College
460 Hollywood Ave, Carney’s Point

October 19, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Place: Lower Alloways Creek Municipal Bldg.
501 Locust Road, Hancock’s Bridge

November 2, 2016  (Wednesday)
Time: 4 pm- 7 pm
Place:  Salem County Health Department
110 Fifth Street, Salem


Download the schedule HERE

Salem County Freeholders Recognized the Oldest Salem County Female War Veteran Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:16:14 +0000 Director Julie Acton announced that during the August 3 Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting they and Veterans Administrator Joseph Hannagan recognized Beatrice Coleman as the county’s oldest Female War Veteran.

Beatrice served in the US Army WAC during WWII in 1943-1945 as S/N-A805 912 T/F. Ms. Coleman was formally honored and presented a Board of Chosen Freeholders Certificate.

Director Julie Acton stated, “Every year it is a great honor to present these certificates to our Oldest Armed Forces Veteran’s. We want our veterans to know we are grateful for their service, and it is particularly special to have the opportunity to honor someone who served 73 years ago in World War II. Every individual has a story and I am glad we were able to honor Mrs. Coleman for heroism in our country’s history.”

“We are so proud to honor one of our citizens who volunteered and answered the call in our country’s time of need to serve in our US Military,” stated Veterans Administrator, Joseph Hannagan.


County Waives Fares for Medical and Nutrition Site Trips, Expands Medical Runs Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:21:57 +0000 Effective September 1st, the Office on Aging and Disabilities will waive all rider fees for residents using the County’s specialized transportation system to go to medical appointments or to the nutrition center in Pittsgrove Township.  The County also is announcing new and expanded medical routes.  

Currently, riders going to medical appointments or to the County nutrition center pay $3 each way.
“We are waiving the $6 roundtrip transportation fee, and we are launching new and expanded services to reach health providers in Wilmington, Philadelphia and Camden, and to a local dialysis center,” said Bob Vanderslice, Freeholder Chair of Health and Human Services Committee. “We want to provide financial relief to our seniors and disabled community. We want to ease the burden of getting to and from medical appointments. We want to encourage better nutrition through our senior meal program.”

Vanderslice said a realignment of funding sources in the Office on Aging and Disabilities and a grant from the Health and Wellness Foundation allowed the County to waive fees and expand services in this specialized, curb-side pick-up.
“If you are going to dialysis three times a week and you need to use the specialized bus transportation, $18 a week on a fixed income is a burden. By the end of the month, it can mean not enough money for food or medicine,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton.  “I know families who struggle to arrange with friends to make the drive over to Christiana for chemo treatments because we didn’t offer daily trips. Now we will. These changes announced today have a tremendous positive impact on overall health.” 

The new bus routes include:

  • Expanding from one day a week to Monday through Friday bus trips to the Christiana Care network, which includes the Helen Graham Cancer Center and nearby medical offices.
  • Initiating a Tuesday and Thursday loop to Cooper, Lady of Lourdes, and the Philadelphia center city hospitals.
  • Extending hours to the Fresenius Medical Center in Mannington for dialysis treatment by adding Saturday mornings and a last pick up at 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Freeholder Director Acton added that medical offices work with the staff at the Office on Aging and Disabilities to schedule appointments within the timeframe of the curb-side drop-offs and pick-ups.

Anyone who is at least 60 years old and/or disabled can use the specialized transportation system. For more information or to schedule pick-ups, call the Salem County Office on Aging and Disabilities and 856-339-8622. This office is your resource connection to various services available to seniors and the disabled.

Salem County to Offer ‘The Crusader’s Award’ for the First Time Ever Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:17:10 +0000

Freeholder Bob Vanderslice, Chair of Health and Human Services and the Salem County Office of Disability Services announce its first ever Crusader’s Award. The criteria for selecting reward recipients will be the degree and durability of their positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities within the County of Salem. The selection of recipients will be made by the Salem County Office of Disability Services Advisory Board Members.

“Salem County has many individuals, businesses, facilities, and organizations that continually do for others. The county is honored to offer this first ever award to recognize those who have made a positive impact in the lives of those with special needs,” stated Julie Acton, Freeholder Director.

Click here to download the Award Nomination Form

The Crusader’s Award will have two different categories:


The Citizenship Award will be awarded to an individual whose leadership and dedication have greatly improved the services available to residents in the County of Salem with special needs. The nominee must be a resident of the County of Salem or an individual whose energies are primarily directed towards improving the quality of services for the persons with special needs within the County of Salem.


The Community Service Award will be given to a business, corporation, or organization located in or serving the special needs population in the County of Salem. The nominee should be one who has contributed to a better life for citizens with special needs in the County of Salem through on-going programs and/or creative events. This will be awarded to a business, facility, or organization that has shown leadership in serving this population.

“Good deeds are performed every day; we encourage everyone to submit a nomination for someone who meets the award criteria. The Crusader Award is an innovative award to recognize the efforts that are often done without the expectation of recognition,” stated Bob Vanderslice, Freeholder Chair of Health and Human Services Committee.

To download a nomination form, please go to the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services website Completed nomination forms must be mailed to Office of Disabilities Services, 98 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079. Nominee submission deadline is September 19, 2016. The winners will be announced at the Disabilities Awareness Day in October. For more information, please call the Salem County Office on Aging and Disability Services at 856-339-8622.

Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders Name Interim Clerk of the Board Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:26:19 +0000 Kevin Crouch, Clerk of the Board, has submitted his resignation to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in order to focus on other interests. Due to Crouch’s impending departure, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce Curt Harker as interim Clerk of the Board. Mr. Harker currently holds the civil service title of Deputy Clerk of the Board and he will fulfill the remainder of Crouch’s term. 

As well as holding the title of interim Clerk of the Board, Harker will continue with his current duties as Open Public Records Act Custodian. The Clerk of the Board duties include handling all official correspondence, advertising, legal notices, organizing the meetings, as well as preparing and distributing agendas, resolutions, contracts, and minutes. The Clerk of the Board position is a Freeholder appointment.

Freeholder Director Julie Acton said, “Kevin Crouch served us well and took the lead to institute paperless meetings, saving a tremendous amount of work. Our decision to have Mr. Harker serve in his deputy title brings someone who possesses knowledge of the Clerk of the Board office responsibilities and will provide a seamless transition while we begin our selection process. He is very organized, works well with the public, and understands the seriousness and importance of the office.”

“Curt has nearly 22 years of county government service, lending his vast knowledge of government operation, experience, and proven ability to assist the public. We are confident he will successfully fulfill this role and enhance the services provided by the office,” stated Dale Cross, Deputy Freeholder Director.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders will begin their search and anticipate appointing a new Clerk of the Board early January 2017.

Statement by the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:45:08 +0000 Today, we mourn with the citizens of Dallas and the families of the officers who were killed while carrying out their oath to serve and protect. When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, there is a solidarity of sorrow felt by all of those who work in public safety. We are mindful that our Salem County first responders and their support teams are sharing in that pain.

The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders stands with our public safety community on this sad day. We express our sympathy and our deep gratitude to each of them for their hard work, personal sacrifice, and willingness to confront dangerous situations to protect all the people of Salem County. We recognize the superior level of professionalism they display, their vigilance, and their unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity.

JULIE A. ACTON, Freeholder Director




DALE A. CROSS, Deputy Freeholder Director


LEE R. WARE, Freeholder