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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NJ — Here are your weekly Faces in the News for the Cumberland County region, Wednesday, February 13th - Tuesday, February 19th:

Two Ribbon-Cuttings on The Ave Add Variety to Downtown Vineland Businesses

Two formal grand openings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies that recently took place in downtown Vineland show the added variety of businesses on The Ave. The ceremonies, organized by Main Street Vineland in partnership with the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, took place at the 89-Cent Plus Convenience Store, at 925 E. Landis Ave., Suite A—in the ground level of the Landis Square Senior Apartments building, and, at The Spot at The Ave Antiques and Vintage, 626 E. Landis Ave. Representatives from Main Street Vineland, as well as state government attended the ceremonies. 

“I continue to be excited and proud of the increasing number and variety of businesses we have on The Ave,” said Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson. “Our aim is twofold—to help our existing businesses stay successful and viable and to bring new successful businesses to our downtown. These aims go hand-in-hand.”

“We see an increasing number of businesses finding The Ave an attractive and profitable location to locate,” said Main Street Vineland Associate Director and Business Development Director Robert Scarpa. “These two businesses, are testimony to that. The 89-Cent Plus Convenience Store gives the residents in the apartment complex and others in the area a handy place to purchase their needs. Those looking for fine antique and vintage furniture antiques need go no further than The Spot at The Ave for that special item.” 

For more information on all Main Street Vineland programs and events, call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653, visit the organization’s website at TheAve.biz, or its Facebook page.


Top: 89-Cent Plus Owner Raghbir Brar (center) and wife Gulinder Kaur (sixth from left) are surrounded by family, representatives from New Jersey and Cumberland County government, Main Street Vineland, and the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce (GVCC).
Above: At The Spot at The Ave Antiques & Vintage, from left: GVCC Executive Director Dawn Hunter, NJ Senator Bob Andrzejczak, Humble Pie owner Bobbi Girone (cutting ribbon), NJ Assemblyman Bruce Land, GVCC Board of Directors member Ginger Chase, and Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson. PHOTOS: ROBERT SCARPA/MAIN STREET VINELAND


Ricci Named Associate Partner

Fabietti, Hale, Hammerstedt & Powers, PA has announced that Christopher J. Ricci joined the firm as an Associate Partner. Ricci began his career with the firm in 2008 as an intern and started full time after graduating from Mt. St. Mary’s University. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2010 and received his CPA certification 2012. 

During his time with the firm he has worked on a number of companies in the hospitality, medical, manufacturing and construction industries. Chris’ main area of focus includes business and individual taxation and planning, financial statement compilations and business consulting.

Chris has demonstrated an ability to build a lasting relationship with his clients. He takes the time to understand their business to assist them in achieving their short and long term financial goals.  

Chris resides in Vineland with his wife, Trish. 


Mark LeGrand Designer Couture Cuts Ribbon on New Bridgeton Location

Owner Mark Stubblefied, joined by public officials and chamber members, recently cut the ribbon on Mark LeGrand Designer Couture’s new Bridgeton location at 694 North Pearl Street, Store #2.

“We are excited to open our new location in Downtown Bridgeton, and to become a part of the city’s business district,” said Stubblefield. “We offer some of the finest selections in bridal, Quinceanera, and formal wear, as well as custom designs and expert alteration services.” 

Mark LeGrand Designer Couture provides personalized attention, one-on-one consultations, and stylist services. Apparel includes men’s tuxedos and suits, women’s and children’s formal wear, wedding gowns, prom dresses, evening gowns, Quinceañera gowns, and couture accessories. Expect one-of-a-kind apparel, as well as tailoring and alterations. A flagship store and production center under construction at 634 North Main Street in Pleasantville, will open its doors this spring. For more information about Mark LeGrand Designer Couture, stop in, visit the website (MarkLeGrandFashion.com) or call 856-221-4844.


Mark LeGrand Designer Couture owner Mark Stubblefield is joined by Darlene Barber, Cumberland County Freeholder Deputy Director; Jack Surrency, Cumberland County Freeholder; James Curtis Edwards, City of Bridgeton Council president; Rosemary DeQuinzio, City of Bridgeton councilwoman; Dawn Hunter, Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce executive director; and John Amenhauser, Special Counsel to Congressman Jeff Van Drew.


Local Couple’s Love Story Featured on CBS 

A South Jersey couple’s love story was scheduled to be featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley on February 10.

Barbara and Mel Kornbluh of Pittsgrove Township in Salem County recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. In the past few decades, they have ridden almost 200,000 miles together on a tandem bicycle.

Their shared love of cycling also resulted in two family businesses, Tandems East, which sells customized bicycles built for two, and Evelyn Hill Cycling, a bicycle clothing line designed especially for women (and their cycling partners). 


Miss and Little Miss Vineland 2019 Crowned

The 2019 Miss Vineland and Little Miss Vineland Pageants were both held at the Landis Theater on January 26, with more than 400 guests in attendence.    

Pageant organizers added the Little Miss Vineland Pageant event this year, which featured six young girls between the ages of 7 and 10. The Miss Vineland Pageant featured 19 young women between the ages of 16 and 18.Contestants from both events competed in talent, casual wear, response to a question, and evening wear. Hosts for both events were Krystal Santiago and 2018 Miss Vineland, Sarah Layton.

The judges for the 2019 Little Miss Vineland Pageant were Kathryn Ross, Donata Dalesandro, Debra Quinn, and Carmen Minguela. Judges for the 2019 Miss Vineland Pageant were Dr. Michael Sarnoff, Kathryn Ross, Debra Quinn and Carmen Minguela.

Both pageants included performances from Arts of the Dance Centre and 2018 Miss Vineland, Sarah Layton.

Jaslene I. Candelaria, age 10 was crowned this year’s Little Miss Vineland.  Jaslene won the judges over with her poise and worship dance talent performance. Second runner-up was Alanah Medina, age 10 and first runner-up was Morgan Williams, also age 10.

This year’s Miss Vineland Pageant winner is 17-year-old Marissa Marchese, a junior from Vineland High School. Second runner-up was Marianne Burgess, age 18, a senior at Vineland High. First runner-up was Heather Roguckas, age 17 and a junior at Cumberland County Technical Education Center.

This years’ winners received $1,500 in scholarship money donated by the Sophia Chroscinski Charitable Trust. The Friends of Historic Vineland also provided $1,600 in scholarship money to this year’s winners. Co-sponsors for this event were Douglas Author Salon and It’s Hair with Flair, which provided hair and make-up sessions for each contestant. Additional co-sponsors were Brass Frog Photography, Boston Consulting Group, Martini Accounting, Finer Flowers (donated the flowers for the winners), and LashMe Co.

“This year we had the most contestants participate since we revived the pageant in 2011. Due to its success, we decided to add the Little Miss Vineland Pageant and offer additional scholarships to the younger demographic,” said, Kevin Kirchner from the Friends of Historic Vineland, sponsor of the Miss Vineland Pageant.


Miss Vineland for 2019, left, Marissa Marchese with Little Miss Vineland 2019, Jaslene I. Candelaria.


Milestone Reached in Construction of Inspira’s Leading-Edge Cancer Center

Inspira Health celebrated the installation of the final steel beam for its new Leading-Edge Cancer Center located on the campus of the future Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. The $70 million 100,000 square foot facility is projected to open in January of 2020. The beam carries signatures of Inspira employees, trustees and members of the construction team. 

The design of Inspira’s Leading-Edge Cancer Center will provide patients with convenient one-stop access to comprehensive oncology services. Services will include radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical oncology, as well as support services, including social work, nutrition counseling, and nurse navigation. Access to clinical trials and support groups will also be offered. 

“We have conducted focus groups and external surveys to understand what is important to our patients when undergoing treatment,” said John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health. “From the warm and welcoming décor to the location of the coat hooks, every inch of Inspira’s Leading-Edge Cancer Center is being designed with the patient experience at the forefront. We know that patient-centered care supports clinical excellence and leads to better patient outcomes, which is what matters most.”

In addition to the Leading-Edge Cancer Center, the site will be home to a medical office building with a variety of services, including cardiac rehab, physical therapy and other rehab services, OB/GYN, women’s imaging, maternal fetal medicine, pediatrics, urology, orthopedics, preadmission testing, lab draw services, and a retail pharmacy. For more information about Inspira Health, visit InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA. 


Plevins, Salvation Army Turkey Drive Committee Recognized by Governor

Stephen Plevins, director of the Vineland Salvation Army Turkey Drive, has been commended for his work by Governor Philip D. Murphy

The Vineland Salvation Army Turkey Drive collected 1,400 which fed 1,400 families who otherwise would not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal. This is the largest community-based turkey drive in the state. 

Majors Miguel and America Barriera along with The Salvation Army Turkey Drive Committee were honored by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate. A special honor went to the Bottino family for their support. Every year the Bottinos allow the Vineland Salvation Army Turkey Drive to utilize their three ShopRite stores for turkey collection sites and their generous donations throughout the event.

This program has been suggested as a pilot program that Salvation Armies in northern New Jersey can be trained to take part in. 


Vineland Salvation Army Turkey Drive Committee, seated: Paul Thakkar, Todd’s News Agency; Director Steve Plevins, Salvation Army; Antony Thomas, president of Vineland Salvation Army Advisory Board. Standing: Majors Miguel and America, Salvation Army; Michele Low, Ace Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical Supplies; Minerva Alvarado, Servpro of Cumberland County; Jason Scythes, First National Bank of Absecon.


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