Carpenter Street School, Woodbury, NJ
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Woodbury celebrates Black History Month
The Carpenter Street School is the oldest surviving black schoolhouse in New Jersey and quite possibly the first building constructed specifically for educating African-American children in the state. It was built in 1840 by the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal congregation with the aid of early Quaker abolitionists during a time when very few children, and even fewer African American children, had access to any education at all.
It was used as a schoolhouse up until 1889. Around the same time, the
congregation built their church structure on an adjoining plot. The Bethel A.M.E. Church in Woodbury had its start in 1817 with Reverends Richard Allen (found of the A.M.E. in 1794, the 1
independent black denomination) and W.P. Quinn.
William Dickerson, a prominent Woodbury citizen, became the church's 13
th Bishop. Henry Dickerson, William's father, owned a large farm along Broad and Carpenter which stretched back to the railroad. In 1862, he leased some of the land to the Union Army for Camp Stockton, a Civil War training camp for the 12
th Regiment NJ Infantry Volunteers.
Woodbury Public Schools
Woodbury City Public Schools is pleased to announce that several Woodbury hair salons and barbershops have agreed to partner with the district for an elementary reading challenge initiative.
When parents/guardians take children in grades K-5 to D&D's (9 Curtis Avenue), Edward's Hairstyling (14 S. Broad Street), The BUZZ Cutz (138 S. Broad Street), Marc's Place (1033 N. Broad Street), or A Cut Above the Rest (443 S. Evergreen Avenue), and the children choose to read out loud to their stylist or barber, they will receive a discount on their haircut. Children may either bring in their own book(s) to read, or choose used, in good condition books donated by the district to each location. Haircut discounts vary and are at the discretion of each establishment.
This project is a result of the district's strategic plan - a guide created by staff, parents, and community members. The strategic plan is the driving force in the district's decision-making process and is made of sections entitled "Strands." Strand 1 calls for engaging students in meaningful literacy activities and Strand 2 speaks to building stronger relationships with the community. The Woodbury Community Reading Partnership grew out of a desire to address both of these Strands with an outside-the-box idea that students, families, and community members would be excited to participate in.
Gloucester County Workforce Development Board News
GLOUCESTER COUNTY JOB FAIR-
Free Admission/ Free Parking
DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2016 @ 10 am - 2 pm
PLACE: St. Matthew's Community Development Recreation Center
245 Glassboro Rd., Williamstown, NJ 08094
Meet employers with job openings in the fields of health care, retail, hospitality, financial services, administration and technology. For a list of employers/ employment opportunities visit:
Be prepared: Dress for success and bring copies of your resume.
WOODBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MEAL PLAN FOR WEIGHT LOSS with Meggan Hunter
Saturdays: February 4, March 4 and April 1
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WOODBURY COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB
Gardener Sign Up
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Library: Lower Level
All Write, second Tuesdays @ 7 PM
Bridge Class for Beginners & Intermediate Players, every Thursday @ 10:30 AM
Lettering Art Studio with Maureen Peters, every Wednesday @ 6:30 PM
Library Board of Trustees
The Woodbury Public Library Board of Trustees will now be meeting @ 6 pm on the 4th Monday of each month beginning February 27, 2017.
ROADRUNNERS CLUB OF WOODBURY
The Roadrunners Club of Woodbury meets at Woodbury Creek Park every Thursday night at 6:30 pm for a Fun Run.
AROUND OUR TOWN
Attention Woodbury Business Owners
Woodbury Old-City Restoration Committee's Storefront Grant Program
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Woodbury Old-City Restoration Committee ("WORC") mission is to protect existing historical structures within the City of Woodbury by actively restoring endangered landmarks and structures. The Downtown WORCs Project aims to assist the City of Woodbury's downtown revitalization efforts by improving the aesthetic appeal of existing structures, by restoring their history and character. WORC has designed this program to assist both, the exterior restoration of historic structures, and beautification of those buildings which complement our beloved district.
ELIGIBILITY: Owners of properties and/or owners of businesses in the blocks of South Broad Street between Red Bank Avenue and Carpenter Street with a requirement of retail and/or office frontage or access on Broad Street itself.
SCOPE: The renovations are intended to be historically significant to the City of Woodbury. Renovations may include the exterior of each property including but not limited to paint, trim, windows, roofing, awning, signage, lighting, surface materials. WORC will provide research assistance and custom design services to achieve a desired plan that is both agreeable to applicant and the WORC Board of Trustees.
Visit Downtown Woodbury
Tiki Tiki Board Games
Open Board Game Night
All ages, free to play
Every Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6 - 9 pm
Every Saturday from 12 - 3 pm
Miriachi & Karaoke
Every Friday and Sunday nights starting at 5 pm
Sketch Club Players of Woodbury Present:
The Music Man
February 13- 18, 2017
@ the RCGC Fine Arts Center, Sewell, NJ
Tickets: $25/$20 Seniors
For more information visit:
Shop Woodbury is a shop local campaign to encourage residents and visitors to shop in the City of Woodbury. Shop Woodbury cards are available throughout the town. Cards and receipts are collected on a monthly basis and a $50 gift card is awarded to the person who spends the most amount of money in Woodbury in a one month period of time. Call 856-845-1300 x143 for more information.
December 2016 Shop Woodbury winner:
$50 Country Sweets Bakery
City of Woodbury, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096