Downtown Vineland: A Taste and a Toast


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By Russell Swanson, Exec. Director, VDID / Mainstreet Vineland

A Columnist for the Grapevine Newspaper

John Pedersen and Jason Scythes will be honored on October 14 at A Taste of Vineland and Volunteer Recognition event.
I’ve mentioned in the past few columns about how, at our A Taste of Vineland and Volunteer Recognition Event coming up on October 14, we’ll be showcasing many of the Vineland area’s top restaurants and eateries as they offer samples of their signature dishes. We’ll also be showcasing two dedicated volunteers who we have named our Volunteers of the Year—John Pedersen and Jason Scythes.
In the past, we have held our Volunteer Recognition Event in April as a brunch, but I want to open this wonderful moment to the entire community and showcase these volunteers’ achievements and how they are helping Main Street Vineland make our city a better place to live and work. Let me introduce you them:
John Pedersen and his wife Ellen have been volunteers with Main Street Vineland since our Main Street district was established 10 years ago. Both have served as chairpersons of our Design Team. John has been one of the leading forces in our Spring and Fall Clean-Up and Planting Days, and he is also a leader in our monthly Adopt-a-Block clean-up days. He’s also a member of the Vineland Environmental Commission, which is also active in beautification initiatives. I
ndeed, John doesn’t need special occasions to go out and clean up areas downtown and elsewhere—and to call attention to Main Street Vineland—and to the City—of areas that need attention. He’s truly a volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Born in Toledo, OH, John is a graduate of Vineland High School and Drexel University. A licensed architect in New Jersey since 1987, he is also licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Since 1993, he has been the owner of the firm of J.W. Pedersen, Architect, P.C. here in Vineland.
Jason Scythes hasn’t been part of Main Street Vineland as long as John, but his rise within Main Street Vineland has been steady. He’s been the chairperson of Main Street Vineland’s Organization Team since 2012, overseeing the team’s fundraising and membership recruitment and retention efforts. The fundraising and membership components of the A Taste of Vineland event attest to Jason’s hard work and dedication.
Currently, Vice President and Business Relationship Manager at Newfield National Bank, he’s been in the banking business from the age of 19. He starting as a teller with Minotola Bank and then serving as a Financial Service Representative, Assistant Branch Manager, and Branch Manager there and at Susquehanna Bank. He then served Susquehanna Bank as Vice President Market Manager in the Vineland Region before moving to Newfield National Bank in his current position. He’s also a graduate of the Maryland Bankers Association’s School of Banking.
Aside from Main Street Vineland, Jason is active in other community and organizational activities, such as the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 Vineland Jersey Fresh Festival Committee, fundraising efforts for Elwyn New Jersey, the Cumberland County Inspira Foundation Auxiliary, and as a member of the Human Resource Association of Southern New Jersey.
(If that weren’t enough, he also serves as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and president for Rosenhayn (NJ) Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
Now that you’ve met our volunteer honorees, make sure to buy your tickets now for this event. It’ll take place at Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Avenue in Vineland. You’ll get all the food you can eat, entertainment by Matt Adams, and have a chance to honor these two worthy volunteers—all for $40 a ticket! Our major sponsor is Century Savings Bank and J. Wilhelm Roofing is also a sponsor. Buy tickets online by going to the link on our website. We have a limited number of tickets available at the Main Street Vineland office. Call the office for more details. Tickets are also available at Century Savings Bank branches. We expect a sellout, so get your tickets now!
For more information on Main Street Vineland, call 856.794.8653, visit or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail

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