Burlco YMCA gets award

for aid to military families

The YMCA of Burlington County has been recognized with the Community YMCA Award by the Armed Services YMCA for its support of military families.

The YMCA of Burlington County, located in Mount Laurel, created the Deployed Military Spousal Assistance Program to provide direct financial assistance and referrals to spouses and families of deployed or recently deployed military members. The program helps cover costs for necessities such as food, mortgage payments and utility bills. The program also offers camps, recreational and fitness activities to local military families.

During the first phase of the program, from January to September 2006, $100,000 was distributed to 64 military families. When the second phase was announced in January, Gov. Corzine presented the YMCA with a $150,000 check to go toward the program.

The Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit organization that supports the families of junior enlisted military personnel.

New team manager

for Moorestown nurses

Karen Kirk, a registered nurse, has been named clinical team manager for Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice. Responsible for medical/surgical patients in Camden County, Kirk will supervise an extensive nursing team providing home care.

Kirk, who lives in Burlington Township, graduated from the Helen Fuld School of Nursing in Trenton. She has worked locally in health care for more than 11 years.

Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice provides home- and community-based health-care services to families in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

Emergency services center

gets firefighters' award

The Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center in Westampton recently received a Seal of Excellence Award from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The award was made earlier this month when the national organization's nationwide whistle-stop tour stopped in Burlington County to salute state and local firefighters.

Other Seal of Excellence Awards went to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Medford Twp. official

to lead state group

Beth Richmond, Medford Township's director of recreation, has been elected president of the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association for 2007-2008. She will serve a one-year term beginning July 1.

The New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association is a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting the parks and recreation industry, enhancing the professional development of its members, and advocating sound public policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management and leisure services.

Richmond, a resident of Pitman, is a 25-year member of the association, and has served in many capacities. She has served as director of Medford's recreation department since 1996.

Burlco farmers' market

will open June 16

The Burlington County farmers' market will open for the season June 16 and is scheduled to be held every Saturday through Oct. 27.

It will feature locally grown fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, baked goods and other food. Arts and crafts activities and live music also are planned.

The market is located at the old Winner Farm near Hartford and Centerton Roads in Moorestown. For more information, call the county's Division of Cultural Affairs and Tourism at 609-265-5068.