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            COMMUNITY UPDATE                                                               CORONAVIRUS                          COVID-19



      Continued from cover                waste disposed, for an overall recycling                                 five, but obviously we will let you know
        Rothberg’s 45-minute presentation,   rate of 56 percent. This represents a slight   Weekly Update: Yellow   as soon as we know any additional
     “The Voice is our Vote: Cape May County   decrease from the 2018 rate of 59 percent.   Visitation, Boosters in   information.
     and Suffrage,” will focus on suffragettes in   Solid waste includes municipal waste plus   Vineland and Mullica Hill  So our visitation is yellow. Obviously
     Cape May County and will include a ques-  construction debris and other types of non-                         that’s a heck of a lot better than red and
     tion and answer session. Attend in person   municipal waste.                  Excerpted from                  we’re thrilled to be able to have loved
     at the Cape May County campus, 341 Court   Likewise, New Jersey generated 9.7   February 21, 2022             ones in with their family members now.
     House-South Dennis Road, or remotely   million tons of municipal solid waste.   message to the com-           I know that makes a big difference.
     via Zoom at https://atlantic-edu.zoom.  Municipalities, and in limited instances   munity, inspira-              You would be surprised while you
     us/j/98668135822 (Webinar ID: 986 6813   counties, reported recycling 3.6 million tons   healthnetwork.org/   don’t think emergency room volume
     5822).                               of municipal solid waste and disposing 6   covid19                       really can fluctuate by how people feel.
        Atlantic Cape will host the Smithsonian’s   million tons of it. Higher disposal versus   Great news on     People do talk themselves in and out
     “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”   recycling of municipal solid waste in 2019   COVID, 6.7 million    of whether or not they’re really sick
     exhibition, presented by Museum on Main   compared with 2018 caused the municipal   people are vaccinated. We have 2.9 mil-  enough to come. And we certainly have
     Street in cooperation with New Jersey   solid waste recycling rate to dip one per-  lion people who have gotten the booster   seen the volumes drop off, which is a
     Council for the Humanities, at the Mays   centage point to 38 percent.     and February 23rd through March 1st is   good thing for our staff who needed a
     Landing campus July 11 through Aug. 13.  NJ Solid Waste RecylingNew Jersey’s   booster week. The state of New Jersey   desperate breather.
        To learn more, visit museumonmain-  municipal solid waste recycling rate   is pushing out a lot of information about   But for those of us who just worry
     street.org.                          exceeds the national recycling rate average   the benefits of boosters. Even with our   about whether or not people are delay-
                                          of 32 percent but is below the state’s munic-  own staff we’ve seen those that kept   ing care, we certainly have seen through
                                          ipal solid waste recycling goal of 50 percent.
     State Awards Annual                    Additionally, the payout amount for food   their boosters up to date did not get sick   COVID that those delays have ended up
                                                                                by a significant percentage less. So it is
     Funds to Reduce Waste,               waste was increased this year to encourage   important. And if you haven’t done so   with sicker patients in a higher acuity.
                                                                                                                   And so we’re really trying to make sure
                                          food waste recycling in conjunction with
                                                                                yet we encourage you to do so.
     Promote Recycling                    the Food Waste Recycling and Food Waste-  If you have additional questions   that we’re doing all we can to encour-
        The Murphy Administration is awarding   to-Energy Production Law.       or still are seeking the booster, check   age people to make sure to listen to
     nearly $16.2 million in grants to communi-  In our region, governments receiving   our website (inspirahealthnetwork.  their body, stay attuned to everything
     ties across the state to help them enhance   grants of more than $100,000 for 2019 recy-  org/covid19) for the times that we are   that’s going on and really use the ser-
     waste reduction and recycling programs, a   cling efforts are:             offering at both our Mullica Hill and   vices as you need them.
     slight increase over the previous year’s total,   • Camden County: Cherry Hill, $131,431  Vineland sites.        Until we meet again, be well and stay
     Department of Environmental Protection   • Cape May County: Wildwood,         I know we are anxiously awaiting   safe.    —Amy Mansue, president and
     Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette     $136,379                              the ruling from the Feds on kids under   CEO, Inspira Health, inspirahealthnet-
     announced last week.                   • Cumberland County: Vineland,                                         work.org/covid19
        The annual awards are based on 2019   $450,178; Millville, $133,757
     recycling performance, the most recent year   • Gloucester County: Logan, $238,748  Foundation of South Jersey plan goals   ship to create a more equitable region. CFSJ
     for which data is available. Municipalities   For a complete list of grants by munici-  focuses on growing assets to create an equi-  works with South Jersey philanthropists,
     must use their funds for various recycling   pality, visit nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/  table region, impactful grantmaking and   local nonprofits, and neighbors to build
     initiatives. These may include sponsor-  stats.htm                        exercising leadership to support local com-  capital, contribute assets, and create perma-
     ing household hazardous waste collection   To learn more about recycling in New   munities in the region.     nent endowments for impact in perpetuity.
     events, providing recycling receptacles in   Jersey, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recy-  The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation   By aligning donor interests and using the
     public places, or maintaining leaf compost-  cling/                       grant invests in CFSJ’s capacity as an   investment earnings on each of its endowed
     ing operations.                                                           impactful grantmaker, regional asset devel-  funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds lead-
        The grants are awarded through the   Community Foundation              oper, and community leader.         ership within the community to create
     state’s Recycling Enhancement Act and                                       For more information about the    thriving, equitable, and livable communities
     are funded through a $3 per-ton surcharge   of South Jersey Receives      Community Foundation of South Jersey,   for all.
     on trash disposed statewide at solid waste   Grants from the Geraldine    make or donation, or learn more about our
     facilities. The DEP returns that money to                                 funds, please visit communityfoundationsj.  Record Health Insurance
     municipalities based upon how much recy-  R. Dodge Foundation             org/.
     cling each community reports accomplish-  The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation   The Community Foundation of South   Sign-Ups During Open
     ing during the calendar year.        announced 2021 grants to the Community   Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county   Enrollment
        For calendar year 2019, New Jersey   Foundation of South Jersey as a result of its   region thriving where all neighbors aspire,
     generated 21.8 million tons of solid waste.   December board meeting. The Community   succeed, participate, and give. The vision is   Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of
     Municipalities, and in limited instances   Foundation received $71,500 for its strate-  realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, man-  Banking and Insurance Commissioner
     counties, reported 12.1 million tons as   gic plan work and $25,000 for its Atlantic   ages and deploys permanent charitable   Marlene Caride recently announced
     recycled and 9.6 million tons of solid   City Community Fund. The Community   assets, and exercises collaborative leader-   Continued on next page
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