Memorials dedicated to fallen soldier

Waterford Township officials and members of the American Legion and Waterford Township War Memorial Committee recently dedicated a monument and a pavilion to one of its fallen soldiers.

The memorials, at American Legion Post 311, 2225 Atco Ave., are in honor of Marine Cpl. Jon T. Hicks Jr., a township resident who was killed in action in Iraq on Sept. 10.

New officers in Camden County

Nine residents of Camden County are among the 20th Gloucester County Police Academy Special Officer II class scheduled to graduate Wednesday at the Gloucester County College campus in Deptford.

They are Steven V. Casciato of Laurel Springs; Steven B. DiOrio Jr. and Michael Shannon of Collingswood; William James Heron Jr. and Derek M. Kramer of Pine Hill; William D. Moore Jr. of Haddon Township; Anthony Russo of Voorhees; and Jared J. Walton and Christopher M. Wilhelm of Bellmawr.

A total of 21 men from five counties make up the class.

The keynote address will be given by John J. Marolt, Deptford's chief of police.

Special Officer II graduates are authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed, full-time police officer.

They must complete 530 hours of instruction, including professional development, criminal-justice system, police community relations, law, arrest search and seizure, evidence, communications, vehicle operations, emergency medical care, weaponry and unarmed defense.

Visiting nurses group has new coordinator

Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice has named Arlene Meyers its volunteer coordinator.

She will direct all volunteer activities for the organization, including recruiting, training, and recognition of volunteers.

"My goal is to expand Moorestown Visiting Nurse and Hospice's volunteer program, creating new opportunities for community members to support their neighbors," she said.

The hospice is recruiting volunteers for its Camp Firefly program for bereaved children, which is held in August at Camp Ockanickon in Medford.

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

To learn more about volunteering, call Meyers at 856-552-1300, Ext. 2182 or visit the organization's Web site at



Volvo recognizes local dealership

Cherry Hill Volvo recently was recognized by Volvo Cars of North America with its President's Club Award.

The award, in its sixth year, acknowledges outstanding performances of the top 10 percent of Volvo dealers nationwide.

Judith M. Krupnick, president of Cherry Hill Volvo, is one of 35 Volvo President's Club members who led the way in achieving, or exceeding, their business objectives in customer-satisfaction scores, sales and service quality.

Appel Farm festival receives award

The Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer was honored with an award for tourism excellence at the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City earlier this month.

The regional arts center received recognition for its Arts and Music Festival, an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors to Appel Farm's venue in Salem County on the first weekend in June.

The festival was cited for its strong social conscience, and artistic integrity that highlights both established and emerging artists and musicians.

"We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award," said Mark Packer, executive director of Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. "Close to 50 percent of the people who attend the festival come from out of state and we are proud to be one of New Jersey's popular destinations for tourism."

This year, the festival is scheduled for June 7.