CHESTERFIELD CHATTER

by Nancy Mrzljak
The Chesterfield Township Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Building.
   The event is open to Chesterfield Township residents. Guests to date are Robert Wood Johnson (blood pressure screening), Ideal Nutrition (BMI check), Civinski Chiropractor, Corner Stone Health and Wellness and the Burlington County Health Department.
   For more information call, 609-298-2311 or visit the Township website www.chesterfieldtwp.com.
   A Bone Marrow Registry Drive will be held 12-4 p.m., Nov. 10 at Crosswicks Community House, 480 Main Street, Crosswicks.
   The registry is an online community that helps patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Team members raise funds so more people can be added to the registry. It’s important to add more people to the registry because that gives patients a chance to find a matching marrow donor.
   The event is being held locally for Ronald Hogas, a fourth grader at Chesterfield Elementary School who was first diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010.
   After a three-and-a-half-year battle, Ronald was approaching the end of his treatment, but sadly this was not the case. He has relapsed and is now facing the beginning of another long battle to recovery. This is a difficult reality because he was doing well and was so close to the end. A new phase begins now on the journey to complete remission. The next few months will be critical with a new round of intense chemotherapy, as well as radiation to get him into remission again. Once he is in remission, he will need a bone marrow transplant. This will be an ongoing effort for as long as Ronald undergoes his treatments.
   This time period will be another few years. Having already been through three years of treatments, one can understand how much of a financial burden on the Hogas family this type of crisis has caused and will continue to cause. Thus the help of many is necessary.
   The Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. For more information, call 609-298-2311 or visit the Township website www.chesterfieldtwp.com
   The Chesterfield Township Historical Society is taking orders for holiday mincemeat pies. The mincemeat recipe is based on the traditional Brick’s Mincemeat recipe, created and manufactured in Crosswicks for decades until the 1970s.
   Order your 5-and-a-half inch pie for $15, 8-inch pie for $28, a dozen tarts for $25 and a container (approximately 3 cups) for $20. The deadline for Thanksgiving pie orders is Nov. 14, with pickup at Society headquarters, 2 Front Street, Crosswicks on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
   The deadlines for Christmas pie orders is Dec. 12 to pickup on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the same location, Crosswicks between 9 a.m. and noon. Surprise your family with this old-fashioned holiday treat. For more information or to order, call Debbie at 609-291-9351.
       The Board of Fire Commissioners District #2 Chesterfield will hold a meeting 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 at the Chesterfield Firehouse. For more information, visit Chesterfield Hose Company website www.chesterfieldhose.com
   The Chesterfield Township Emergency Squad Drill Night will be held 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 at the Chesterfield Township Emergency Squad Building. For more information, visit the Township website www.chesterfieldtwp.com
   The Chesterfield Township Planning Board meeting will be held 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Building. For more information, call 609-298-2311 or visit the Township website www.chesterfieldtwp.com
   The Union Fire Company District #1 meeting will be held 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Crosswicks Firehouse. For more information, visit the Union Fire Company website www.crosswicksfire.org
   The Chesterfield Township Keen Agers meeting will be held at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Chesterfield Firehouse. Any Chesterfield resident 55 and over is welcome to attend.
   Keen Agers meetings are held two times a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Meetings are held during the months of January through June and September through December. There are no meetings in July and August.
   Dues are $3 per year. Keen Agers begin with a potluck lunch, which is served at noon and members bring whatever they would like to share. The meetings start at 1 p.m. when they have various guest speakers including the local police who keep them informed on points of interest. Fore more information, call Janet at 609-298-6547.
   The Chesterfield Township Committee meeting will be held 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Chesterfield Township Municipal Building. For more information, call 609-298-2311 or visit the Township website www.chesterfieldtwp.com
   The Chesterfield Education Fund cordially invites you to a vendor show from 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 15, in the School Cafeteria. Vendors that include: Spirit Wear, skin care, cosmetics, children’s hair and clothing accessories, fashion jewelry, hand-decorated illuminate glass, kitchen products, easy to prepare foods and spices, interchangeable handbags, organizing bags and totes.
   For more information, contact thecpef@gmail.com if you have any questions.
   The Crosswicks Community Association will be sponsoring a Canvas and Cabernet Night from 7 – 10 p.m., Nov. 15 at the Crosswicks Community House on Main Street in Crosswicks.
   Come join a fun-filled night of painting for a great cause, all proceeds benefit the Hogas family. Cost is $30 per person, all supplies included. Ruth Palmer, local artist and owner of Dragon Fly Studio, will lead the class. The event is BYOB and bring a snack to share.
   For more information visit the Crosswicks Community Association website www.crosswickscommunityhouse.org
   The Crosswicks-Doctors Creek Watershed Association (CDCWA) announces the continuation of a well-water testing initiative within the watershed. This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the safety of their well water. The initiative is being funded, in part, by a grant from the Watershed Institute.
   Through this initiative, the CDCWA is able to offer the test to residents of the watershed for $95. The regular price of the test is $225. All water samples will be analyzed by a certified New Jersey laboratory, and all who participate in the program will receive a one-year membership to the CDCWA in addition to a free CDCWA T-shirt. The offer is good for the first 43 respondents or until Oct. 31, whichever occurs first.
   To order a well water test, visit www.ccdcgreenway.org and click on the blue “Well Water Test Offer” button on the homepage, and use coupon code “NEWS2013” upon checkout to get the special price. The CDCWA is a New Jersey nonprofit environmental and educational public charity. For more information, contact Marc Covitz at 609-752-1832 or email info@ccdcgreenway.org.
   The Chesterfield Township Elementary Board of Education has rescheduled upcoming meeting dates. The rescheduled dates are as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 19; and Tuesday, Dec. 17.
   At the Nov. 9 meeting there will be a public hearing for the purpose of discussing an extension of the interim superintendent’s contract. The meeting is open to the public and may go into executive session.
   For more information, call 609-298-0307 or visit www.chesterfieldschool.com.
   The Crosswicks Monthly Meeting has joined the reuse movement, having signed up for ShoeBox Recycling – a community service fundraising opportunity that lets you recycle your shoes.
   They will be collecting shoes for reuse, spreading the message that worn is not worn out and hopefully connecting with people around the globe through the magic of a SoleMate note. The note is similar to the old message in a bottle, only now the vessel is your shoes that you know longer wear. People all over the globe depends on second hand shoes to attend school, to protect against bacteria borne illnesses, for self esteem or for job creation.
   ShoeBox Recycling will send boxes to fill, pay for all shipping costs, the tools for a successful shoe drive and the chance to meet our SoleMate and they pay 50 cents per pound for good, reusable and re-wearable shoes that are collected.
   This collection will help meeting to earn a little money while clearing out our closets and sharing with those in need. There will be collection boxes in the meeting house and First Day School on Front Street in Crosswicks. For more information call 609-298-4362.
   Chesterfield Township expects to start single-stream recycling in May 2014. That means residents will be able to put all their recyclable items (cans, bottles, paper and cardboard) into the big blue cart that is now used for paper and cardboard only.
   Recycled items will still be collected every other week.
   Single-stream recycling is convenient, increases recycling volume and saves money.
   The county needs to know who needs a free extra recycling container before Sept. 30.
   To learn more, visit www.burlcorecycles.com.
   The Country Roads Dance Academy is now accepting registration for fall dance classes.
   The academy specializes in the imaginative and strives to create a nurturing, non-competitive environment for all of its dancers.
   Visit www.countryroadsdance.com for further details and descriptions of each class or contact Meg A. McMenamin at crosswicksdance@aol.com.
   The Chesterfield Township Healthy Community Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in front of the Chesterfield Township Elementary School at 30 Saddle Way.
   Fresh produce from Chesterfield Township farms will be available as well as prepared foods and crafts.
   For more information, call Pat at 609-954-1215.
   The Chesterfield Township Environmental Commission is giving Chesterfield Township residents a chance to win a tree.
   Each month, the Environmental Commission is featuring a particular species of tree and asking the Chesterfield residents to take pictures of the featured tree.
   At the monthly meeting, the Environmental Commission will judge which picture is best. The winner will be contacted by email and will win a new tree to plant.
   For more information, call 609-298-2311.
   The Chesterfield Township Police Department is partners with Project Safe Child in a program that promotes responsible firearms ownership and storage.
   For more information and to find out how to obtain a free firearms cable lock and brochures, call 609-298-2311 or visit www.chesterfieldtwp.com.
   The Crosswicks Friends Meeting invites the public to an assembly for all Sundays at 9:30 a.m.. Worship for adults at 10 a.m. Sundays, and there is First Day School for children ages 2 and up.
   The Crosswicks Friends Meeting is exploring the Quaker testimonies through song, activities, discussion and readings Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
   For more information, call 609-298-4362.
Chesterfield Township residents interested in being on the Budget Advisory Board should visit the township website and fill out the Citizen Leadership Form.Send forms to Chesterfield Township Clerk Caryn Hoyer, 300 Bordentown-Chesterfield Road., Chesterfield, New Jersey, 08515, or fax them to 609-298-0469.For more information, contact Ms. Hoyer at 609-298-2311.
The Chesterfield Township Environmental Commission is participating in a recycling program for inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and cell phones.These items will be recycled into usable products.The commission receives credits for each cartridge and cell phone. It will use the credits towards reforestation, protection of natural resources and ecological education for residents.Collection boxes are at the Crosswicks Library, Chesterfield Township municipal office and Chesterfield General Store.Help protect the environment by recycling used cell phones and inkjet cartridges.For more information, call 609-298-2311 or visit www.chesterfieldtwp.com.
Be sure to tune into Northern Burlington County Regional High School Northern TV to check out the latest in Northern news, sports, and information.Programs include, “Preparing for the SATs,” “Financial Aid Night,” “Preparing for College,” “Future Farmers of America,” “Band Concerts,” “Chorus Concerts,” “Student of the Month,” “Classroom Happenings,” “Bowling,” “Wrestling,” “Basketball” and “County All-Stars” on Comcast Channel 19 and FiOS Channel 42.Tune in via www.nburlington.com to see the programming schedule, videos on-demand and live streaming of Northern TV.
    To contact Chesterfield Chatter guest columnist Nancy Mrzljak, send an email to Mrzljak@verizon.net, a fax to 609-298-3936 or call her at 609-298-0567. For more chatter, visit www.registernews.com.