Salem County Chamber of Commerce

Best of Salem County 2021

View the 2021 Best of Salem County Winners

Congratulations To Our Winners!
Included are the total votes for each business.

Advertising and Marketing

Best Advertising: South Jersey Times/NJ Advance Media – 348

Best SEO Services: Evolvor Media – 765

Best Newspapers & Printed Media: South Jersey Times/NJ Advance Media – 659

Best Outdoor Advertising – Signs & Ad Banner Production: Printers of Salem County – 471

Best Promotional Item Design & Production: Printers of Salem County – 576

Best Graphic Design: Printers of Salem County – 602

Best Videographer: Graham Communications – 590

Best Web Design: Green Technology Services – 448



Best Farms & Farm Product Provider: AT Buzby Farms – 314

Best Local Products Made from Local Sources: Hens & Honey Shoppe – 448

Best Distillery: Tadmore Distilling Company – 949

Best Winery: Auburn Road Vineyards – 706

Best Dog Breeder: Nelson Border Collies – 786


Arts & Culture

Best Art Creations: Appel Farm Arts & Music Camp – 624

Best Culture & Entertainment: Appel Farm Arts & Music Camp – 526

Best Library: Salem County Historical Society Research Library – 324

Best Art Instruction: Appel Farm Arts & Music Camp – 443

Best Lodging:  The Inn at Salem Country Club – 459

Best Photographer: Memory Keeper Photography – 546

Best Golf Course: Town & Country Golf Links – 576

Best Recreation Destination: Parvin State Park – 308

Best Amusements & Tent Rentals: Affordable Tent Rentals, Bouncy Houses & More – 840

Best Recreational Boat Sales & Service: Salem Boat Exchange – 893

Best Vending Machine Rentals & Service: Four M Vending – 784

Best Art Framing: Salem Art Bank – 818



Best Automobile & Light Truck Sales: Bobbitt Auto – 587

Best Heavy Truck Sales: Hunter Jersey Peterbuilt – 793

Best Auto Body Repair: The Auto Body Shop – 493

Best Towing Specialist: Cousin’s Main Street Collision – 393

Best Automobile & Light Truck Tire Sales & Service: Bobbitt Auto – 250

Best Automobile & Light Truck Part Sales: Williams’ Napa Auto Parts – 398

Best Automobile & Light Truck Repair & Service: Bobbitt Auto – 362


Business & Professional Services

Best Accountant: Crouch & Company – 288

Best Attorney: Sherman Law – 277

Best Office Equipment: DocuTrend – 401

Best Courier Services: Premier Courier Services – 697

Best Payroll Services: CM Williams & Associates – 291

Best Business Consultant: CM Williams & Associates – 289

Best Engineering Firm: Pennoni – 394

Best Fire Protection: Joseph Racite Fire Protection Services – 787

Best IT Services & Networking: Green Technology Services – 400

Best Telecommunications: Comcast – 345

Best Computer & Technology Sales & Service: Uniq Electronics – 744

Best Employment & Staffing Service: Salem County One Stop Career Center – 411

Best Insurance Agent: Dempsey, Weiss & Associates – 414

Best Grant Maker: Salem Health & Wellness Foundation – 692

Best Transportation Experts: BR Williams, Inc. – 422

Best Bulk Package & Letter Shipping & Distribution: US Postal Service, Salem – 801

Best Local Shipping Agents (Ocean & River): Mid Atlantic Shipping & Stevedoring – 463

Best Professional Printing Services: Printers of Salem County – 806

Best Waste Management & Bulk Disposal: C & H Disposal Services – 454

Best Septic Services & Management: English Sewage Disposal, Inc. – 489


Construction & Trades

Best Hardscaping & Landscaping Service: Costello’s Garden Center – 401

Best General Contractor: Elmer Door Co. – 305

Best Handyman Service: Mr. Handyman of Woodstown, Swedesboro & Sewell – 747

Best Electrician: Eric Krise Services – 692

Best Painting Contractor: JF Elk Painting – 741

Best Roofing Contractor: High Point Roofing – 539

Best Construction & Material Supply: Smick Lumber & Building Supplies – 530

Best Hardware Sales: Smick Lumber & Building Supplies – 977

Best Janitorial Service: ServPro of Salem County – 552

Best Plumbing & HVAC Service: Eric Krise Services – 398


Educational Institutions

Best Trade School: Salem County Vocational Technical Schools – 686

Best Higher Education: Salem Community College – 811

Best High School: Salem County Vocational Technical Schools – 635

Best Preschool/Early Childhood Education: Amazing Grace Early Education Center – 781

Best Dance Instruction/Dance Studio: Hailey Jane Dance Center – 723

Best Tutoring, Education Classes/Home Schooling: Pioneering Kids, Inc. – 667



Best Senior Services & Support: Meals on Wheels of Salem County – 528

Best Children’s Specialists: Ranch Hope, Inc. – 499

Best Community Strengthening Non-Profit: Habitat for Humanity of Salem County – 417

Best Civic Group: Rotary Club of Woodstown – 493

Best Veteran’s Services: Salem County Office of Veteran’s Affairs – 736


Money, Banking & Finance

Best Financial Institution: Fulton Bank – 278

Best Financial Consultant: Dempsey, Weiss & Associates – 407


Health Care & Services

Best Dental Care: Centerton Orthodontics – 231

Best Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs/Center: Southwest Council – 387

Best Eye Care: Mazzuca Eye & Laser Centers – 670

Best Adult Services: The ARC of Salem County – 642

Best Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy: Woodstown Physical Therapy – 344

Best Hospital: Inspira – Elmer – 712

Best Emergency Services: Inspira – Elmer – 732

Best Counseling & Mental Health Expert: Salem County Women’s Services – 334

Best Specialty Health: South Jersey Family Medical Center – 654

Best Health Supplements & Nutrition: Sunshine Nutrition – 403

Best Professional Nutritionist: Nutrition Bytes – 660

Best Physician Group: Salem Medical Group – 809

Best Radiology Services: Salem Medical Center – 797

Best Laboratory Services: Salem Medical Center – 806

Best Bariatric Surgery Specialists: Salem Medical Group – 774

Best Wound Care: Salem Medical Center – 778

Best Pediatrics: Salem Medical Group – 772


Hearth & Home

Best Apartment Living: Hillcrest Garden Apartments – 465

Best Senior Assisted Living: Friends Village at Woodstown – 740

Best Tree & Land Clearing: Bergholz’s Tree Experts – 784

Best Cleaning Service Providers: Kutting Edge Cleaning – 354

Best Exterminator: Tri County Pest Control – 562

Best Home Improvement: Smick Lumber & Building Supplies – 345

Best Laundromat: Suds Yer Duds – 690

Best Lawn Care & Maintenance: The J Boys – 404

Best Live Plant & Garden Center: Costello’s Garden Center – 683

Best Water Conditioning Service: South Jersey Water Conditioning – 560

Best Utility Company: Atlantic City Electric – 323

Best Home Heating Suppliers: Woodruff Energy – 370

Best Real Estate Professional: Mahoney Realty – 177

Best Storage Specialist: 4 C Storage – 373

Best Title Agency: Salem Oak Title Agency – 701

Best Memorials: Hassler Monuments – 676

Best Faith Community: First Presbyterian Church of Salem – 278



Best Local Manufacturing Company: Mannington Mills, Inc. – 269


Personal Care & Services

Best Fitness Centers & Programs: Jersey Fitness – 369

Best Cosmetics & Skin Care: Hens & Honey Shoppe – 387

Best Hair Salon: Quick Snips, II – 273

Best Massage & Wellness Provider: Woodstown Massage – 334

Best Nail Salon: Nail Expo – 664

Best Tanning Salon: Quick Tans – 362

Best Life/Personal Coaching Service: Woodstown Massage – 467

Best Pet Boarding/Kennel: Joyful Acres – 657

Best Dog Grooming: Showcase Grooming Salon – 665


Food & Restaurants

Best Catering: DiPaolo’s Catrering – 272

Best Event Center: The Inn at Salem Country Club – 320

Best Deli & Grocery Store: Italian Kitchen of Pennsville – 352

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Custard: Cream Valley Custard – 950

Best Restaurant: DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante – 237

Best Breakfast: Point 40 Diner – 385

Best Lunch: Lapp’s Dutch Market – 178

Best Food Truck/Mobile Food Service: Lapp’s Dutch Market – 584

Best Large Event Planner: Kristin Wiggins of Italian Kitchen of Pennsville – 447

Best Bar: DiPaolo’s Italian Ristorante & Bar – 514

Best Subs: Italian Kitchen of Pennsville – 403

Best Coffee: Woodstown Bakery & Coffee Shop – 292

Best Pizza: Italian Kitchen of Pennsville – 341

Best French Fries: McDonald’s of Salem – 173

Best Burgers: Lapp’s Dutch Market – 188

Best Cheese Steaks: Italian Kitchen of Pennsville – 291

Best Home Made Chicken Pot Pie: EMS Café – 240

Best Wings: PT Bar & Package – 157

Best Home Made Soup: Lapp’s Dutch Market – 170

Best Desserts: Cream Valley Custard – 254



Best Antiques: Cawman’s Mall – 305

Best Clothing: Zane’s Western Apparel – 280

Best Boots & Shoes: TIE – Cowtown Cowboy Outfitters & Zane’s Western Apparel – 316 each

Best Books: Barney Loves Books – 382

Best Handmade Artisan Items: Hens & Honey Shoppe – 428

Best Local Online Retailers: Salem Botanicals – 306

Best Florist/Floral Design: Garden of Eden – 504

Best Furniture: Hitchner’s Furniture – 390

Best Appliances: Hitchner’s Furniture – 492

Best Retail Store Front: Donna’s Hallmark – 193

Best Thrift or Resale Store: Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore – 421

Best Hobby Shop: Alloway Trains N’ Things – 457

Best Jewelry Store: Parker Jewelers – 461

New Jersey Biz ListsIn 1943, a group of business owners got together to develop the first organization dedicated specifically to serving business in Salem City. Today, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce boasts roughly 380 members comprised of large corporations, manufacturers, small businesses and community leaders county-wide. We have a supportive, active Board of Directors, professional staff, and over 340 active members. Although much has changed in the past several decades, our mission has remained the same. We are still a group of business people dedicated to making Salem County a better place to live, work and do business.

Covid 19 Resources

The Latest News

With COVID-19 Numbers Trending Decisively in the Right Direction, Governor Murphy Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions

Changes Include Removal of All Percentage Capacity Limits for Indoor and Outdoor Businesses, Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Bar Seating, and Removal of Outdoor Gathering Limit

Changes Effective in Two PhasesOn Friday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 19

With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Governor Murphy today announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor gathering limit. As detailed below, some changes will take effect on Friday, May 7, with others taking effect on Wednesday, May 19, in coordination with both New York and Connecticut.

“With our COVID-19 numbers, particularly hospitalizations, trending decisively in the right direction and our vaccination goals within reach, now is the time to take major steps to reopen our economy and loosen both indoor and outdoor gathering and capacity restrictions,” said Governor Murphy. “We’ve done this the right way, in partnership with our neighboring states of New York and Connecticut, and by allowing data, science, and public health to guide our decision-making. Over these next few weeks, I encourage all remaining eligible New Jerseyans to get vaccinated so we can continue fighting back against this virus and move toward a ‘new normal’ for ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones.”

“With COVID-19 cases on the decline, more than 7 million vaccines administered and the good weather allowing more outdoor activities, we are able to take these steps to reopen the state,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “But, we can’t let our guard down now. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, practice physical distancing and wear a mask when in large crowds.’’

Today, Governor Murphy will sign an executive order that makes the following changes effective Friday, May 7 (some of which were previously scheduled to take effect on Monday, May 10):

  • Outdoor gatherings limit – The limit will increase to 500 persons, up from 200.
  • Large venue outdoor capacity – The maximum capacity allowed will increase to 50% for venues with 1,000 fixed seats or more, as long as six feet of distance is maintained, up from 30% capacity for venues with a 2,500 fixed seating capacity.
  • Increase in maximum capacity for certain indoor activities – Currently, indoor catered events are limited to 35% of the capacity of the room in which they are held, up to 150 persons. The capacity limit for those events, including proms, will be raised to 50%, up to a maximum of 250 individuals. The  capacity limit for indoor political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and performances will also increase accordingly.
  • Dance floors at private catered events – Dance floors would be permitted to open at such events, with masking and social distancing requirements in place. Dance floors would remain closed at bars and other related businesses, such as nightclubs.
  • Permit carnivals and fairs to operate at the amusement business capacity – Currently, these events may be treated like a gathering, and thus subject to more restrictive limits. Carnivals and fairs may now operate at the same capacity as large outdoor amusements.
  • Bar seating – The prohibition on indoor bar seating will be lifted, with final guidance on necessary safeguards, such as spacing and the use of plexiglass, to follow from the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • Buffets – The restriction on self-service food, like buffets, at restaurants, would be lifted, but individuals will still be required to remain seated while eating and drinking.

Additionally, barring an unexpected uptick in COVID-19 numbers, the following changes will go into effect on Wednesday, May 19, largely in line with actions taking place in the neighboring states of New York and Connecticut:

  • Complete removal of outdoor gathering limit – Attendees at outdoor gatherings will still be required to remain six feet apart from other groups.
  • Indoor gathering limit – The general indoor gathering limit will be raised to 50 persons, up from 25 persons. The limit applies to general social gatherings, such as birthday parties and events in people’s homes. Commercial gatherings and gatherings organized and operated by an overseeing entity (e.g. conferences, expositions, meetings of fraternal organizations, job trainings, events hosted by senior centers) will be subject to the 250-person indoor gathering limit that applies to indoor catered events, as long as all attendees can remain six feet apart.
  • Complete removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, and houses of worship – Any business, whether indoors or outdoors, that is subject to a percentage capacity limitation will instead be guided by the rule regarding six feet of distance between persons or groups of persons.  This would include:
  • Indoor dining – Currently, indoor dining is limited to 50% capacity. This change will remove the 50% limitation but maintain the six feet of required distance between tables, except that tables will still be permitted to be closer than six feet where restaurants use partitions that comply with DOH requirements. Additionally, the prohibition on tables of more than 8 persons will be lifted. As a reminder, outdoor dining has never been bound to a capacity percentage.
  • Houses of worship and religious services, which are currently at 50% capacity. Retail businesses, which are currently at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms, which are currently at 50% capacity.
  • Personal care services, which are currently at 50% capacity.
  • Indoor and outdoor amusement and recreation businesses, which are both currently limited to 50% capacity.
  • Indoor and outdoor pools, which are both currently limited to 50% capacity.
  • Indoor catered events, funerals, memorial services, performances, and political activities – Per today’s Executive Order, these events will be limited to 50% of a room’s capacity, up to 250 individuals.  Beginning on Wednesday, May 19, the 250-person limit will remain in place, but there will be no percentage-based capacity restrictions. Individuals and groups will need to remain six feet apart.
  • Indoor large venue capacity – The capacity limit for indoor large venues will increase from 20% to 30% and the definition of a large venue would shift from those with 2,500 fixed seats to those with 1,000 fixed seats. The requirement that individuals or groups of individuals that purchase tickets together remain six feet apart would remain in place.

May 21 – At Noon, Business Education Workshop Via Zoom

Cartoon of monitor split with 9 people on screen“Making Zoom Calls Fun”

During this one-hour seminar, we’ll discuss how to maximize your Zoom capabilities while having fun at the same time. Learn how to effectively use infusions and backgrounds, add sound, adeptly screen-share a presentation and more.

Since Zoom meetings aren’t going away, let’s make them more enjoyable and meaningful, and less fatiguing.

To register and receive the login and passcode, email

April 28 Chamber Offices Relocating

We Are Moving!

The Chamber Offices are relocating to Salem Community College’s Main Campus! Our permanent location is in transition so we’ll be temporarily housed in Tillis Hall, Room 102 (first floor).

Our telephone number will remain 856-351-2245.
Our mailing address will remain PO Box 71, Salem, NJ 08079.

We may still be reached via email at

May 7 – Lower Back Pain Management Seminar

Did you know that most low back pain has a mechanical cause? That is, most low back pain can be decreased and potentially eliminated by performing specific movement patterns . Join us as Gary Colone, PT, DPT, Clinic Director for Ivy Rehab in Elmer provides some tips and easy exercises to assist.

This event is free, to register and receive the Zoom login and Passcode, email:

April 30 at Noon – Virtual Lessons in Leadership “What’s Normal?”

Includes a panel discussion covering how we now define tomorrow as a result of the pandemic.  Lessons learned about working remotely, our re-established and redefined business practices, struggles to fill positions, the expanding real estate business, where the new State and Federal grant/loan programs will take businesses, and what happened in the retail market. Our moderator will be Dr. Mike Gorman, President of Salem Community College.

Panelists include: Sue Ann Leighty, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Salem County and realtor; Rob Bender, SVP, First National Bank of Elmer; John Bobbitt, President, Bobbitt Auto; and Scott Edmunds, Owner of The New Dodge’s Market.

To register and receive the login and passcode, email 

May 21 at Noon – Virtual Lessons in Leadership “A Deep Dive Into Working Remotely”

Last spring, many employees shifted to working from home, literally overnight.  The adjustment has gone smoother for some more than others.  Since remote work may become the new normal for some of us, what are tips for success?  What’s working and what’s not? Several Salem County Chamber members will share ideas during a 45-minute panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer period.  Topics include setting up your home office, dealing with technology issues, managing and engaging employees, and addressing personnel shortages.

To register and receive the login and passcode, email

Covid Restrictions on Wedding Receptions Relaxing

March 3, 2021

New Jersey is expanding indoor and outdoor capacity at wedding receptions amid continued drops in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The orders go into effect at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 5, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Outdoor receptions are limited to 150 people, while indoor receptions are capped at 35% capacity or 150 people, whichever is lower.

Masks still have to be worn, and food and drinks can only be eaten while sitting down, under the order Murphy said he will sign.

“Because we know these events take time to plan and we see things slowly moving in the right direction, we can safely take this step as we slowly recover,” the governor said March 3 at a daily COVID-19 press conference in Trenton.

These are the latest restrictions the governor has begun to roll back as the state rides the tail end of a second wave.

Still, federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control are warning against reopenings because of sluggish vaccine roll-outs and the presence of several variants across the globe.

“These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a March 1 White House press briefing. “Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, not when we are so close.”

Last month, New Jersey expanded indoor dining capacity from 25% to 35%, which was also extended to indoor businesses such as casinos, salons and gyms. And the state began to allow sports stadiums to reopen at an extremely reduced capacity.

“But for the variants, it would be even sooner and even more significant,” Murphy said of reopenings during a daily COVID-19 press conference on Feb. 24.

Original Article:
By: Daniel J. Munoz

Heart of Salem County Recognition – Jeff Truax

Mr. Jeff TruaxJeff Truax is a Salem County Hero

On the day New Jersey mandated a lock-down mode due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Jeff Truax sprang to action knowing that the Mid-Atlantic States Food Distribution Program would be an essential resource to thousands throughout South Jersey, and most particularly, in Salem County.

In early 2020, Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center under the leadership of Jeff, operated a food distribution program at its Training Center at 375 S. Broadway in Pennsville, once a week serving seniors and others lacking food security in Salem and Gloucester counties.

When the pandemic hit, Jeff responded quickly, beginning a daily food distribution immediately, leveraging our partners’ contributions with a few new resources to acquire literally tons of nutritious food on a weekly basis. Jeff redesigned the packaging and distribution process immediately to adhere to CDC Guidelines. He led the devoted staff and volunteers into a seemingly seamless transition from serving hundreds per week to thousands per week – all while maintaining the health and safety of everyone involved. Today, Mid-Atlantic States continues to provide food to more than a thousand families per week; sometimes the line for pickup at the Pennsville site has stretched for two miles. In July, Mid-Atlantic States’ Food Distribution Program has given away 268,400 pounds of food for 223,667 meals for 8,091 families.

Simultaneously to this expanded distribution, Mid-Atlantic was approached by the Veteran’s Hospital in Wilmington Delaware to provide food baskets to shut-in disabled veterans in several Southern New Jersey counties. Due to the nature of being isolated over long distances these baskets must be delivered directly to the door of the veterans. Rather than saying NO, our staff, once again under Jeff’s attentive guidance and leadership, sprang into action and we now deliver what we call “Meals of Honor” to more than 50 disabled veterans per week.

In addition, Salem County seniors who participated in the Salem County Office on Aging’s Congregate Nutrition Program administered by Mid-Atlantic States, were no longer able to gather, thus missing out on hot meals. Jeff worked out the logistics that now allow these seniors, who are most vulnerable to the virus, to receive food baskets delivered to their door on a regular basis.

While we commend and support all food pantries and distribution sites within Salem County which have stepped up to support the community, we believe that Jeff Truax deserves special accolades for going way above and beyond – working beyond 9 to 5 and many times dipping into his own pockets to provide needed food and supplies – to make sure the people of Salem County can put food on their family’s tables.

Jeff, supported by Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center, had the courage to immediately ramp up  operations to giveaway enormous quantities of food, expanding from a few hundred pounds of food a week to tons of food a week without any guarantee of financial resources.

Most important of all is how Jeff leads the staff and volunteers – many times though extreme heat or pouring rain – to show great caring and empathy for people in need at significant personal cost and without reservation. He encourages them to give their best graciously and selflessly. Jeff’s infectious positive attitude is also a welcome relief for the many people receiving food. He’s not just handing them a bag of food; he’s giving them a smile, a bit of support, a ray of hope during this very trying time that our entire country is enduring.

Webster’s defines Heroes as having great courage in the face of adversity but here is more than courage involved. There is also empathy, caring, understanding, a big heart, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and a strong desire to overcome barriers that might stop meeting urgent needs. Jeff Truax has exhibited this definition in an amazing way, and as long as the need is there, Jeff will be there as well.

Jeff lives in Pennsville with his wife Michele and their two daughters Shelby and Kimberly.

Heart of Salem County Recognition – Sally Maurer

Sally Maurer

When I saw the hero nominations Sally Maurer immediately came to mind. Sally is a visiting Nurse Practitioner with Phoenix Housecall Associates of South Jersey. Home-bound individuals throughout South Jersey rely on Sally to receive in home medical care. I know there are many Meals on Wheels clients who utilize the service Sally provides, which is how I was able to get to know her. The individuals Sally cares for often do not have others they can rely on and Sally steps in to be a source of reliability and trust. Through mutual clients and interactions I see just how much Sally cares for her patients.

During this time of quarantine and social distancing Sally is taking extra precautions to keep her home-bound clients and herself safe so that she can continue to visit them in their homes, where they feel safe.

It is not always easy to help care for those who are home-bound, especially if they have no other family to help them. For these individuals you become much more than just their medical provider. You become their friend, their therapist and sometimes their family. Sally has stepped-in and assumed the role of Emergency Contact for more than a few of the clients she cares for. Sally is an advocate for her clients and truly has earned and deserves the title of Salem County Hero.

Thank you! This was a great idea and I am so glad to be able to nominate this individual.
Carly Melchert

Heart of Salem County Recognition – Friends Village at Woodstown C-19 Response Team

The Friends Village at Woodstown COVID-19 Response team is made up of administrators, directors, facility personnel, registered and licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants who selflessly created a safe haven during one of the most challenging times in our organization’s history. The unexpected storm hit in early March when we were forced to suspend visitors and cancel resident activities.  We had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at that point, but this would not be the case for much longer.  Knowing that the novel Coronavirus was on it is way to us, our team put a COVID-19 Response plan into motion, with guidance from the State of NJ Department of Health and Salem County local health officials.

Within thirteen days, this team converted our office and storage wing into a 12-bed COVID-19 isolation wing so that we could accommodate South Jersey seniors who were contracting the virus.  We opened the doors of the isolation wing on April 15th and have been treating COVID patients ever since.  A team of nurses, certified nursing assistants, and a member of our facility team volunteered to exclusively work with COVID-positive seniors, a noble act that reduced the chance of virus transmission to our other residents and staff members.  These staff members have families and loved ones, which triggers fears of their own, yet they continue to help our patients who need their kindness as much as the critical medical care.

In addition to our COVID-19 Response medical team members, our administration has also been committed to the safety of every staff member as weekly COVID-19 testing was put into place in May.  Every Monday, each staff member and resident is tested for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all who are connected to Friends Village at Woodstown.  This commitment comes at a high financial cost for a nonprofit that could never have predicted what 2020 has brought us.

I am nominating our entire COVID-19 Response Team as a Heart of Salem County Hero for their altruism that is enriching and saving lives during the most significant public health crisis of our time.

Heart of Salem County Recognition – Cynthia Davis

Ms. Cynthia Davis

Decorative QuoteI am nominating this person due to the strength and loyalty she has shown during the Covid outbreak while serving her clients here in Salem County.

Cynthia Davis is a CNA employed through Bayada. She also has several clients through the state’s PPP program and self pay clients. She takes care of the physically disabled, the senior population as well as younger clients, also the mentally ill.

During the Covid outbreak her job took on many new roles, not expected or reimbursed for.

Some of her daily duties include helping her clients with daily living skills as well as light cleaning and food preparation.

With the new normal she now has taken on more in-depth of a role due to the lack of clients family members being available, such as: medication ordering, picking them up from the pharmacy, dispersing them in proper daily containers, grocery shopping, laundry, yard work, and using her own phone for tele-med conferences for her patients with their doctors.

Instead of going down the road as a lot of her co-workers did by quitting their jobs for the fear of getting Covid, not to mention they made more money staying home collecting the “new” unemployment rates brought on by the virus, Cyndi remained faithful to her clients. She quickly became their “family member”, not letting one of them want for anything!

Oh how I wish more of us had her attitude! Her job is not just a job, it’s a passion for helping those who can not help themselves.

While she is currently working full time, raising her own family at home, enjoying being a first time grandmother, she is pursuing a career as an RN and is currently enrolled in Salem Community College.

Her current clients will someday miss her ……… but her new patients will be blessed! Let’s keep her in Salem County!

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

Agencies have not begun accepting forgiveness applications for the PPP Loans, however, they released what the application will look like on Friday:

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application PDF

It follows the same basic requirements that they have been stating throughout the process. The loan funds must be used for payroll (25% of which can be used for approved non-payroll expenses) loan proceeds must be used within 8 weeks (56 days) beginning from the date funds were received. They will be doing employee headcounts, in an effort to enforce payroll restoration. If your employee headcount is reduced, so too will be the portion of the loan that can be forgiven.

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