Here's What's Happening January 12, 2022

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Our First New Member for 2022 - Pat's Pizzeria & Bistro of Salem

We welcome our FIRST New Member of 2022!

Pat's Pizzeria & Bistro
Ryan Sweeney, General Manager

188 East Broadway
Salem, NJ 08079


Online ordering, delivery, finest pizza, sandwiches, appetizers - they also offer gluten free pizza crust!

Congratulations to Fazzio's Pasta Company - Grand Opening 1/5/22

The Chamber and Stand Up for Salem/Salem Main Street held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the first day of business for Fazzio's Pasta Company in Salem.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Matt Fazzio, we wish you much success!

Fazzio's Pasta Company is a farm to table, hand made on site, first class Italian-style restaurant.

To view the ceremony brief video Click HERE

Fazzio's Pasta Company
203 East Broadway - Fenwick Plaza
Salem, NJ 08079

For Reservations call: 856-759-4580

January 28 "Rewarding Employees & Boosting Morale" Business Education Workshop via Zoom

January 28 - 8am - 10am via Zoom

The Chamber’s Business Education Committee has been busy planning terrific workshops to assist you and your employees.

Join us on January 28 for a panel discussion with area experts who will provide positive practices to help retain and recognize your Top Talent through work recognition programs.

Our panel includes:

Emily Bruley, Director of Human Resources, Ranch Hope
Sherry Leary, Chief Operating Officer, Morris James Law Firm
Maria Schaffner, Director of Human Resources, Heritage’s Dairy Stores

The event is free of charge thanks to our generous sponsor, Atlantic City Electric.

To register, contact or call 856-351-2245.

January 1 Reminder NJ Minimum Wage Increase

New Jersey’s minimum wage increased on January 1st, 2022 to $13/hour for most employees statewide. Governor Murphy signed into law a gradual increase of the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024.

Congratulations Andrea Pelura, RN SMC's November Blue Violet Award Recipient

Andrea Pelura, RN, became an SMC Emergency Department nurse in June 2020.

She became Anthony Wright’s angel in July 2021.
And recently, she became the November Blue Violet Award for Nursing Excellence winner.

Wright, of Carneys Point, was playing in a Corn Hole Tournament at Sakima Country Club when he experienced a massive cardiac arrest.

“I started to feel myself go into A-fib and I got dizzy,” said Wright. When he attempted to sit down, he missed the chair and fell to the ground as he went into cardiac arrest.

A fellow player grabbed the Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and began shocking him, but Pelura knew he needed chest compressions.
“I dropped my coffee and ran to him,” Pelura said.

Wright — former Carneys Point police officer and Salem County Correctional Facility deputy warden — was told the nurse “knocked” the person using the AED out of the way and took over with chest compressions.

“They said I had no pulse for one minute and 45 seconds,” Wright said. “I’m here today because of her. She saved my life. She’s my angel.”
Wright’s doctor said if Pelura hadn’t massaged his heart with the chest compressions, he would have died.

“She never hesitated,” he said. “I’ve actually known her since day one. We’re family friends. I can’t wait to see where she goes in her nursing career. She’s going to do great things.”

Wright has a history of cardiac issues and regularly works out in SMC’s Cardiac Rehab facility. He saw the Blue Violet Award banner during one of his visits and asked how he could nominate Pelura for the recognition.

“I made it my mission to find out how to nominate her and I couldn’t be happier that she was chosen,” Wright said. “I’m forever grateful to her.”

Pelura is the first winner nominated by a patient since the program began in May.
To nominate a nurse for the Blue Violet Award for Nursing Excellence, scan the QR Code found on posters in all elevators, find nomination forms throughout the hospital or visit

January 17 - Honor Betty White's Memory with a Donation to Bo Lends A Paw Pet Pantry

Bo Lends a Paw Pet Pantry is an all volunteer Chamber Member non-profit created by Tammy and Al Stell to fill a need in our community.

You can find more about them here:

South Jersey Farmer Experiences COVID-19’s Long Haul

Inspira’s COVID Recovery Program Aims to Return Him to His Farm.

Widener U & Salem County Chamber Partnership Offers 20% Tuition Discount

SCC marks opening of Athletic Training Center
Salem Community College Athletics recently celebrated another milestone with the dedication of the Mannington Mighty Oaks Athletic Training Center (ATC) in Davidow Hall. 
Through the generosity of Mannington Mills and the Campbell family, SCC received various free-weight machines, three complete sets of dumbbells and thousands of pounds of weights. SCC also received cardio equipment, including five treadmills, four elliptical machines and several bikes. 
“We were excited when the opportunity arose to support SCC Mighty Oaks Athletics,” John Campbell, Mannington’s Senior Manager of Customer Technology and a fifth generation Campbell family member, told the attendees. He added that the equipment donation made “perfect sense” because Mannington’s ‘work hard/play hard’ core value meshes so well with SCC’s student-athletes’ ambitions.
Opened in spring 2021, the ATC enables Mighty Oaks student-athletes to train, gain strength, grow healthier and prepare better for their seasons. 
On behalf of all student-athletes, pitcher Ryan Dipper thanked Mannington Mills and the Campbells. “We are very grateful for your contribution and hope you understand how integral this training equipment is to our success,” he said. “This facility is a huge part of our growth.”
The size and amount of equipment is larger and of greater scale than most of the weight rooms at community colleges in the area. The ATC’s location – in the spacious mezzanine overlooking the Field House – appeals to current students and recruits alike. 

Clear Cut Consulting LLC Offering FREE Financial Literacy Informational Dinner Series

Joel Forman the President of Clear Cut Consulting LLC will be hosting a series of dinners around the greater Pennsville NJ area one Monday a month starting in January of 2022.

Due to the uptick in Covid. I think the responsible thing to do at this time is to postpone the first Dinner Around Town that is scheduled for this Monday January 10, 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Deep Water Diner. 

What do you need to know?

·        The dinner is free to all registered attendees - that’s right I said free! (from selected menu).
·        What will we be talking about? I created a financial literacy blueprint featuring 8 basic financial concepts that will enable you to manage your personal finances with confidence for life.
·        What do you need to do in return? Just tell 3 people you know that you feel could benefit from this knowledge about my blueprint and enjoy your dinner.
·        What to expect - a friendly informational atmosphere, good conversation and a good meal

The 8 Topics are: 
1.      Personal Budget, 2. Basic Savings Methods, 3. Basic Investment Methods, 4. Retirement Planning, 5. Building Your Credit, 6. Primary Loan Types, 7. Life Insurance, 8. Planning for Children’s College.

You must register because seating will be limited and first come first serve. Please email me at to reserve your spot for our first dinner on Monday January 10, 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Deepwater Diner 449 Shell Rd, Carneys Point, NJ 08069.
I look forward to seeing you then. 

From Bill McGowan at RCL Solar

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives

The need for blood doesn't take a holiday. The Red Cross needs the help of donors in our community to help ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood & platelets amid its lowest blood supply in 10+ years. Schedule your appointment to #GiveWithMeaning:
Upcoming Salem County blood drives include:
Wednesday January 12, 2 - 7 p.m. at the Woodstown Masonic Lodge #138, 32 Auburn Road, Woodstown 08098
Tuesday January 18, 2 - 7 p.m. at Woodstown Presbyterian Church, 46 Auburn Street, Woodstown 08098
Friday February 4, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Penns Grove Masonic Lodge, 330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069
Tuesday February 8, 12 - 5 p.m. at the Pedrictown Industrial Complex, 76 Porcupine Road, Pedricktown 08067

February 4 - Morning Coffee & Connections Networking at Salem County Historical Society

February 4, 2022
8:00 am – 10am
Morning Coffee
Networking at Salem County Historical Society

Located at: 83 Market Street
                     Salem, NJ 08079

Join us for morning coffee, refreshments and networking hosted by Salem County Historical Society. Remember to bring plenty of business cards and business brochures to share with new contacts.

The wonderful folks at Salem County Historical Society will also treat attendees to a facility tour and peek at their newest displays.
To ensure adequate refreshments, please RSVP your intention to attend at  or call 856-351-2245

February 24 - State of the County Address Luncheon - NOTE DATE CHANGE

February 24, 2022
11:30 am - 1pm
$35 Per Person


at Creekside Inn, Woodstown

We're only able to hold 70 guests. Please RSVP ASAP. The following Members have already reserved space:

March 3 - Morning Coffee & Connections Networking at Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation - NOTE DATE CHANGE

March 3, 2022
8:00 am – 10am
Morning Coffee
Networking at The Offices of the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation

Located at: 205 E. Broadway
(Fenwick Plaza)
                     Salem, NJ 08079

Join us for morning coffee, refreshments and networking hosted by The Forman Acton Scholarship Foundation. 

Come out for great networking and learn more about their program. Remember to bring plenty of business cards and business brochures to share with new contacts.

To ensure adequate refreshments, please RSVP your intention to attend at  or call 856-351-2245

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