Dear Members,

As I've mentioned before, one of the quickest and most reliable ways to stay informed about important local happenings is by signing up for Nixle alerts. South Brunswick, like many jurisdictions around the country, uses the Nixle system to keep residents informed about things like severe weather warnings, traffic incidents, missing persons, criminal activities, and local events. While emails from Nixle will always come from the wonderful South Brunswick Police Department, the system also updates subscribers with messages from other government officials as well, such as Mayor Charlie Carley's recent statement about the chaos in Washington DC. It's a great resource, please sign up!

The South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management has a recording line that provides the most up-to-date information available regarding local vaccine distribution.
Please call 732.329.4000 x4400 to hear the recording.

The State of NJ has come out with a Vaccine Registration process: this is the best way to ensure an orderly distribution to those most in need first. It's pretty simple to follow, but if you need assistance with this please reach out to us and we will be happy to help. Let's get you into that virtual line so we can all get back to a more normal life!

My Best,
732.329.4000 x 7682

One of the hardest things for me when I transitioned to the job of Director of the Senior Center was giving up my role as Social Worker. I truly enjoy helping our members with the litany of challenges they face, but of even bigger concern was finding someone who could step in and ensure that the needs of our community were met. Dawn Neglia, who has been with us for a little over a year, has not only stepped in to fill that role but is thriving in it. Please read (in Dawn's words) one of her most recent cases.

In a time where stress and sadness fills the news, it is wonderful when we can share a story of our community showing just how compassionate and caring we can be.

An unimaginable tragedy struck George Smick in December when he witnessed his mother killed on Route One. They had been homeless and living together in their truck prior to the accident. When the story was published, many community members and businesses immediately wanted to help.

Along with the South Brunswick Police and Social Services departments, I was asked to help coordinate assistance for George. A GoFundMe page set up by his friend to manage the astounding amount of people who wanted to contribute financially. Many who wanted to do whatever they could to support George contacted me, but one family in particular offered the biggest gift of all, a place for George to stay.

Within a short time, we were able to get the minor repairs and furnishings needed to make this a home where George can start fresh and all free of charge.

I would like to recognize Sgt. Joseph Jankowski (Ret.), Executive Contractors (Mike George), Bob’s Discount Furniture, M.J Murphy Funeral Home, South Brunswick Township Police and Social Services and the Home Depot of South Brunswick for their generosity. I would especially like to recognize the family (who wishes to remain nameless), who provided the apartment for George.

They are a true example of kindness and humanity. Without them, this would not have been possible.

-- Dawn
This is the podcast this week: please listen at your leisure and join Dawn.
Reorganization Meeting Thursday, January 14th at 10:30.
Please join us and email me for the link.

Please reach out to us to learn about our live fitness classes.