Here's What's Happening October 5, 2022

Tonight at Farmers & Bankers Brewing

Bouquets, Brews and Boards

Wednesday, October 5

6-7 pm

Farmers & Bankers Brewing

8 N Main Street, Woodstown 

Farmers and Bankers Brewing is excited to host A Garden Party Florist for this fun night that will include a floral design demonstration, fresh florals and tools, a charcuterie box from Board Catering and 1 beer or sampler flight from F&B.

To purchase tickets, visit

This Week's Specials at Lapp's Dutch Market

The Barnyard Bash at Coombs Barnyard


This year's Barnyard Bash will be an open house style! Come to the Barnyard on Sunday October 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30 between the hours of 1pm-4 pm for a hayride, pumpkin picking, barrel train rides, visit with our Barnyard Animals and our 2022 CORN MAZE!! It will take about 2 hours to complete all the activities. Cost is $20/child and includes the hayride, corn maze, animal visits, pumpkin, decorating kit and barrel train rides. Cost is $10/adult and includes wagon ride, animal visit and corn maze.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cash and credit card accepted. Additional Pumpkins are available for purchase. 

Amanda Coombs

Coombs Barnyard

20 Route 77

Elmer, NJ 08318


The Maze at Coombs Barnyard

MAZE opens at 6:30 pm! Last entrance to the maze will be 8:30 pm. Every Friday AND Saturday from 9/23 to 10/29. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Please be sure to bring a FLASHLIGHT! It's going to be dark out there! Cost is TBD. Food and Pumpkins will be available for sale at the event. Maze will take 30-45 minutes to complete. This year's corn maze theme is to LIVE SIMPLY!




Amanda Coombs

Coombs Barnyard

20 Route 77

Elmer, NJ 08318


NJ Dept of Labor Technical Workshop Opportunity Grants

The NJ Office of Apprenticeship and NJDVRS has partnered in developing a Technical Workshop that employers can benefit from . NJ has been awarded a GAINS grant with the purpose to promote and expand Apprenticeship programs, please go to this website for more information . This technical workshop will provide you with knowledge on how to apply for the grant and how NJDVRS can be a valuable resource that can assist employers in apprenticeships. Looking forward to seeing you at this training.

Irene Perez, MS, CRC

Program Planning Development Specialist

NJ Vocational Rehabilitation Services

28 Yard Ave., Suite #CN959

Trenton , NJ 08625


NJDOL Business Services

Coming Soon Salem County Tourism Web and Mobile App

Coming soon! Salem County Department of Tourism will be launching a new tourism web and mobile app in October! The app will allow users to browse a variety of things to see and do, places to eat, shopping, and more in Salem County. A launch date will be announced soon. If you own a business in Salem County and are not featured in one of the relevant categories on the web and mobile app please contact the Salem County Department of Tourism to be featured at

Salem Health & Wellness Foundation News


Brenda Goins, Executive Director of Salem Health & Wellness Foundation, Announces Retirement

Paul DiLorenzo Assumes Role Effective October 3, 2022

CARNEYS POINT, NJ – After 19-years of dedicated service to Salem County residents, Brenda Goins, Executive Director of Salem Health Wellness Foundation, has announced her retirement.

Under Goins’ leadership, the Foundation has expanded its areas of interest to include the Matching Gift Program; funding opportunities to establish Breakfast After the Bell in local schools; a nonprofit capacity building program, Rebound to Resiliency; and the Healthy Kids Bright Futures initiative that serves children and their families.

Goins also established working relationships with many foundations and agencies across the state. Collaborating with the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network brought funding opportunities for local nonprofits and municipalities to make needed physical improvements to surrounding areas. Partnerships were forged with New Jersey Health Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, South Jersey Funders Collaborative and the New Jersey Department of Health which brought additional funding to the county in support of nonprofits who serve Salem County residents.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are deeply grateful for Brenda’s unwavering service to the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation,” said Ralph Thomas, chair of the board of trustees. “Brenda is an outstanding leader who has led the Foundation to broaden its areas of interest encapsulating various new avenues for funding. She has led the Foundation through its first strategic plan establishing the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative. Salem County has benefited from Brenda’s vision and stewardship as leader of the Foundation. The Board and the Foundation’s staff wish Brenda all the best as she prepares to enter this new chapter in her life.”

Succeeding Goins is Paul DiLorenzo who will assume the Executive Director position on October 3, 2022.

According to Board Chair Ralph Thomas, “After an exhaustive four-month national search, conducted by Nancy Burd, The Burd Group, from which we received nearly 100 resumes, Paul’s career-defining leadership and expertise rose to our attention. We are pleased to have someone with his experience join us in our critical work.” 

DiLorenzo comes to the Foundation after a four-decade career in human services and child welfare. Starting as a caseworker with families in the child welfare system, he held a series of senior level administrative roles in state and local government, the non-profit sector and in project management for federally funded multi-state efforts. He was also a Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs, the country’s largest foundation devoted solely to the improvement of the child welfare system.

DiLorenzo has served on multiple boards and advisory groups, as well as commissions that have developed systems improvement strategies. He has published extensively and has been a speaker at many conferences and professional events throughout the country. He is also a Senior Fellow at Child Welfare League of America.

“I am fortunate and excited to have this new opportunity and look forward to build on the Foundation’s history and strong reputation,” said DiLorenzo. “My priority will be to strengthen the foundation’s existing partnerships and to identify a fresh group of individuals and organizations who share the foundation’s vision and mission related to health and well-being.”


DiLorenzo attended undergraduate school at St Joseph’s University, received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and a Master’s Degree from Bryn Mawr College in Law and Social Policy. 

About Salem Health and Wellness Foundation

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation was founded in 2002 for the purpose of promoting the health and wellness of Salem County, New Jersey residents. The Foundation has made a profound impact on the community by providing over $58 million in grants, contributions, and scholarships to more than 60 organizations, to address health problems in Salem County.

For more information, visit

American Red Cross Blood Drive Locations


Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Salem County with available appointments include:

Wednesday 10/5/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 117 South Main Street, Woodstown 08098

Tuesday 10/18/2022 12 - 5 p.m. at the Pedricktown Industrial Complex EAC Building 545, 76 Porcupine Road, Pedricktown 08067

Thursday 10/20/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Salem County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 6, 693 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070

Tuesday 10/25/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove 08098

Wednesday 11/2/2022 2 - 7 p.m. at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, 2 Lamplighter Drive, Woodstown 08098

To make an appointment to donate blood, go to and enter the zip code of the desired donation location.

October 8 & 9 19th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show

Presented by B & K Enterprises at the Salem County Fairgrounds

The 19th annual South Jersey Pumpkin festival returns to the Salem County Fairgrounds on October 8-9, 2022, 735 Harding Hwy, New Jersey. Families are invited to attend in support of small and local businesses.  

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show has become one of the best ways to welcome the autumn harvest with kids and parents alike. Festival goers visiting will enjoy pumpkin desserts, over 150 vendor booths, Fall Home Show, fun contests, give-a-ways, wine sampling, food court, Amusement Rides, Fun Haunted Barn, pony rides and hayrides around the fairgrounds. The festival will host a variety of live musical acts daily. The giant Pumpkin Pyramid, filled with pumpkins, and mums, represents everything beautiful about the fall harvest. Each year dozens of the participating vendors compete for prizes for the best Fall Scarecrows. Visiting festival goers are invited to help pick the winners.

Saturday activities includes the Adults Pumpkin Toss and the Pumpkin Dessert Contest with free sampling. Saturday will showcase a reading of the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the arrival of the Headless Horsemen at the graveyard. The Halloween Costume Contest & Trick or Treat Stroll for kids ages 4-10 begins at 6pm.
Sunday events will start with the All-Breed Fun Dog Show at noon & Little Miss Pumpkin Show Queen Pageant at 2pm. Come search for one of our Halloween Painted Rocks and win amazing prizes. The Salem County Fairgrounds is located just a few miles from Delaware Memorial Bridge. Admissions is free, parking $5.00 a carload. Portion of proceeds to benefit a Salem County nonprofit group.

Event runs rain or shine. Visit the website for details and updates at Vendors and sponsors being sought. All NJ State & CDC COVID 19 regulations will be in place. Call 856-765-0118 with questions

October 10th Habitat for Humanity 40th Anniversary

There are a few tickets left - come celebrate Habitat's 40th Anniversary - $40 - venmo or check or paypal via our website

Oct 13 PRAC of Southern New Jersey Gala - Sponsorships Available

Norman's Hallmark Debuts Holiday Keepsake Ornament

Norman's Hallmark (Acme Shopping Center Woodstown) Mark your calendars to shop with us! 

Carolyn Crisafi

Store Manager I Norman's Hallmark Store 103

Chamber 2023 Networking Dates Seeking Host


It's looking like a great 2023 Networking line up, so many businesses have already signed up to host. Thanks to all who reached out!

We do have a few dates available for 2023, if you are interested in having our Members for Business After Hours or Morning Coffee Networking let us know by calling The Chamber Office at 856-351-2245 or emailing

September 14 – Thursday - Networking

October 12 – Thursday - Networking

Networking events can be

     Coffee and Connetions - 8am - 9:30 am

     Business After Hours - 5pm - 6:30 pm


Salem County Historical Society Opens New Exhibit

Step Into Our Canvas: 200 Years of Salem County Art Opens October 14


The Salem County Historical Society is opening an art exhibit featuring Salem County artwork including artists recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their skills. Ranging from the late 18th century to the present day, the subject matter includes portraits, landscapes, structures, still lifes, illustrations, and many more in a variety of mediums. This new exhibit of the Historical Society’s visual art collection aims to perpetuate Salem County’s heritage and enhance awareness and appreciation of its artistic roots. Some of the artists to be included are:

George Grier Bassett

George Washington Conarroe

John M. Dunn

Lucy Holme

Ron LeHew

Morris Hall Pancoast

Amelia Rumsey Patterson

George W. Pettit

And More!


October 24 Get to Know Your Candidates Forum

October 24 - 5:30 pm


At Salem Community College's Davidow Auditorim

460 Hollywood Avenue

Carneys Point, NJ 08069

Join us in person at Salem Community College's Davidow Auditorium to meet the Candidates and hear their platform.

Confirming Participating Candidates Include:

Salem County Board of Commissioners

   Nelson Carney, Jr.

   Charles V. Hassler

   Cordy Taylor

   Daniel Timmerman

United States Congress

   Tim Alexander  

   Jefferson Van Drew

This event is free and organized by The Chamber's Government Relations & Economic Development Committee. 

Please RSVP to or by calling 856-351-2245

October 28 Annual Leadership Breakfast - Leading With Empathy

October 28 - 8:30 am

Salem County Vo-Tech

880 Woodstown Rd (Rt 45)

Woodstown, NJ 08098

$25 per person

Sponsored by Salem Community College

Presented by Mike Gorman, Ed.D., President of Salem Community College and Kim Gattuso, Owner & General Manager, Dry Guys Basement Systems

Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of priority in today’s times. Far from a soft approach, it can drive significant business results for your company.

New research demonstrates the importance of empathy in everything from innovation to employee retention. Great leadership requires a fine balance of skills to create the conditions for employee engagement, happiness, and performance. Empathy tops the list of what today’s leaders must get right.

Full gourmet hot breakfast catered by the Salem County Vocational Technical School’s Culinary Arts Students.

To RSVP With Payment Click HERE     The following businesses have already responded with their intention to attend:

Dry Guys

Mr Handyman

City of Salem

Classic Touch Embroidery

Quality Homes NJ

Ross Enterprises

Salem Community College

Salem Health & Wellness

South Jersey Gas

October 28 - Salem City's Annual Walking Ghost Tour

November 16 - Chamber Business After Hours Networking at Appel Farm

November 16, 2022

5pm - 6:30 pm

At Appel Farm

457 Shirley Road

Elmer, NJ 08318

Custom Wine Glass Marbling Experiential Networking Hosted by Appel Farm

Join us for light food and drinks, networking, and custom wine glass marbling art. Participants will receive a complimentary Appel Farm wine glass to take home - but first, you can use your creativity and make it your own! 

Pictured is an example of what we'll be creating.

To ensure adequate refreshments and art projects for everyone, please RSVP your intention to attend at 856-351-2245 or

November 18 IN PERSON Business Education Seminar "Your Business & Tomorrow. Are They Compatible?"

November 18 - 8am - 10am at Salem Community College - Tillis Hall Room 123

Join us live and in person for an interactive exercise in evaluation & planning for your business. Co-presented by Mike Gorman, EdD, President, Salem Community College & M. Ryan Gorman, CEO, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. 

FREE thanks to a grant from Atlantic City Electric


Salem Community College

Tillis Hall Room 123 (Board Room)

460 Hollywood Avenue

Carneys Point, NJ  08069

To register, contact

December 3 Salem City's Yuletide Tour - 35th Year

December 7 Save the Date - Chamber Annual Distinguished Citizen of the Year Banquet Honoring Lee Ware

December 7, 2022
5:30 pm

$60 per person

The Grove at Centerton

Tickets are available now and may be purchased at Click HERE

Sponsorships are also available, all Sponsorships include event tickets. To download the Sponsor form Click HERE

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