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What's Going on In and Around Woodbury
February 15 - 22, 2018
Strategic Plan Update

Save the date: Woodbury City Public Schools' Strategic Plan 2015-2018 - a document that identifies clear goals, outcomes, and priorities for our schools - is in need of updating. Superintendent Lynn DiPietropolo and Board of Education President Kathy Mangeri invite students, parents, grandparents, teachers, alumni, and community members to join in the planning process. Child care will be provided and light refreshments will be served. 
Meetings will take place in the Junior-Senior High School Library (25 N. Broad Street) on the following dates:

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
While registration is not necessary, if you know you'll be attending a meeting, please contact Stacy Hoffman, administrative assistant to the superintendent, at 856-853-0123 ext. 214 or

Board Certified Behavior Analyst to Discuss
Education Strategies for Autistic Children at Kiwanis Dinner
Maria Gassner, 
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Woodbury invites the public to attend a talk about education for children with autism by Board Certified Behavior Analyst Maria Gassner on
February 15, 2018.

Gassner teaches kindergarten and first grade multiply disabled students at West End Memorial Elementary School, a position she has held since 2006. Based on extensive work with children with autism, Gassner identified the lack of communication as an area of opportunity to assist these students. The presentation will address Functional Communication Training (FCT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as these pertain to education in a classroom for children with autism.
Using evidence-based ABA principles of learning and reinforcement, Functional Communication Training replaces problem behavior, the result of poor communication skills, by teaching a child an alternate way to communicate his or her needs.

"For example, an autistic student who hits because he does not know how to ask others to play must learn to say, 'play with me,'" Gassner explained. "This can replace the problem behavior because the desired result of playing reinforces the use of these words in the future."

This is significant for students with autism who must overcome challenges that impede their ability to communicate. Gassner has found that Functional Communication Training and the use of Applied Behavior Analysis have successfully improved the lives of many children with autism and their families.
Gassner earned a Bachelors degree in Special Education in 1984 from Millersville University. Subsequently, in 2015, she earned a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Rowan  University. Her experience includes working in a self-contained school for students with  emotional and behavioral problems in Carlisle, PA. Later, she has worked in a resource room in  the school district of East Windsor, NJ. Subsequently, she provided educational services to  home-bound students until 2006 when West End Memorial Elementary School hired her for the  position she currently occupies.  "Our Kiwanis club recognizes outstanding West End Memorial Elementary School students  every month through our Terrific Kids Program," explained Michael Smolensky, President of the  Greater Woodbury Kiwanis. "Recently I met Mrs. Gassner while assisting in her classroom, and  I immediately recognized the challenges she helps students overcome. Therefore, I wanted to  give her the opportunity to share her work and knowledge with the public."

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm on February 15, at Charlie Brown's, 111 N Broad Street. An  optional dinner is available for $17.00, including the famous Unlimited Farmer's Market Salad  Barâ„¢.

Check Out  What's 
Going on at the Library!!
13th Annual
Community Garden Sign-ups and 

The Woodbury Community Garden is a unique and beautiful place to garden. Conceived and founded by Woodbury resident Amelie Harris-McGeehan in 2005, the vegetable plots are surrounded by continuously blooming flower gardens with lakeviews and buffered by ball fields and woodland spaces. Located just off Red Bank Avenue, it is a lively and visually inspiring location for anyone to enjoy.
The Woodbury Community Gardens Association is dedicated to teaching sustainable practices that will help preserve the environment for future generations. Its main emphasis is on education and preservation.

When:Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 to 12:30
Where: The Woodbury Library
Various-sized garden plots are available for a one-time application fee of $.40 per square foot. 

For more information contact Amelie at (609) 820-2172

General meetings are held throughout the growing season at the Woodbury Community Garden and are open to the public. T he public is always welcome to enjoy the park.

Other Important Information!!
Cat and Dog Licenses are now past due!

Licenses can be purchased at City Hall, 33 Delaware Street anytime M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Licenses were due on January 31, 2018!

All licenses purchased after January 31 will be charged a 
$5 late fee PER pet.

Fees for licensing with added late fee:

Dogs                                            Cats     
- spayed/neutered                          - neutered/spayed
$13.20                                                  $12.00
       - not neutered/spayed                    - not neutered/spayed
$16.20                                                 $15.00

The YMCA of Gloucester County has  everything you need to get you started on a path to better health! 

The Y offers a wide range of programs for youth including swim lessons, sports, fitness and day camps. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, and water aerobics. Not only is the
YMCA of Gloucester County the place for you to stay active and healthy, but is a safe, fun environment to make new friends and volunteer to help others. There are many programs and services offered at the Y each day to help all our community members learn, grow and thrive in their own unique way.
Click the link for our Spring Brochure full of new and exciting programs.

The 2018 Holiday Trash Schedule is here !

For more information on the program click here or visit their website at 
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
City of Woodbury, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096