State chief justice to speak at Rowan commencement

Judge James R. Zazzali, chief justice of the State Supreme Court, will be the commencement speaker at Rowan University's ceremony for 1,909 undergraduate students beginning at 10 a.m. May 11, on the green in front of Bunce Hall off Route 322 and Whitney Avenue in Glassboro.

First named to the Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Zazzali also served as chief of the Appeals Divisions of the Office of the Essex County Prosecutor, general counsel to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, and receiver for Bloomfield College among other roles.

He was sworn into office in October 2006 as the seventh chief justice to lead the New Jersey Supreme Court since the 1947 constitution.

Mark Stanwood, Gloucester County superintendent of schools, will address Rowan's 370 graduate students at their commencement at 4:30 p.m. May 10 at John Page Field, the Rowan athletic stadium at the corner of Carpenter Street and Bowe Boulevard.

GCIT will host shredding for residents' documents

Gloucester County plans to hold its second annual big shredder event from 8 a.m. to noon June 16 in the rear parking lot of Gloucester County Institute of Technology, 1360 Tanyard Rd., Sewell.

The event, which is free, is open only to Gloucester County residents. Each household will be limited to 150 pounds of paper or documents for shredding. An industrial-size shredder truck will be on site to destroy documents.

No businesses will be permitted. For more information, call 856-384-6855.

Woodbury resident to serve two years on Historic Trust

Maia Farish of Woodbury has been appointed to a two-year term on the New Jersey Historic Trust by the state Senate.

The mission of the trust, formed in 1967, is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey through education, stewardship and financial investment programs.

Farish has worked in historic preservation in a number of venues, notably in Palm Beach, Fla., and Nantucket Island, Mass.

Farish is concentrating on restoring Hollybush Mansion, Rowan University's 19th-century, Italian-style villa. It was the site of the summit in 1967 between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.

Cumberland's Style Squad is seeking teen volunteers

Cumberland Mall is recruiting local teens, ages 13 to 18, active in their community and interested in learning about the retail and fashion industry, to apply for its Style Squad, from Tuesday through May 31.

The Style Squad is a volunteer organization that gives members the opportunity to participate in community-service projects, mall events and activities, and to model in mall fashion shows. The Style Squad gathers for classes and meetings on a monthly basis. Membership runs for one year.

Applications are available at the mall's management office, located in the corridor between Coffee Beanery and Boscov's department store. Completed applications, along with a non-returnable color photo of the applicant, must be returned in an envelope to the management office by May 31.

The mall is at 3849 Delsea Dr. in Vineland.

Samaritan Hospice needs volunteers to assist in care

As April, which is National Volunteer Month, comes to a close, Samaritan Hospice is seeking volunteers from Gloucester, Burlington and Camden Counties.

In addition to assisting patients and caregivers, Samaritan volunteers provide a support system for newly bereaved families, serve as ambassadors at community events or speaking engagements, plan fund-raising events, and serve as committee or board members. Samaritan welcomes people of all ages and provides a complete program of training and orientation.

Samaritan Hospice is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization serving in Atlantic and Mercer Counties as well as Gloucester, Burlington and Camden Counties.

For more information, call the volunteer department at 856-596-1600 or visit

Lane closings this week on Burlington-Bristol Bridge

An annual inspection at the Burlington-Bristol Bridge will require one lane to be closed for two eight-hour periods tomorrow to Wednesday.

Work will be performed from 9 p.m. tomorrow to 5 a.m. Tuesday and from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. A flagger will direct alternating traffic during the closure. In case of inclement weather, work will be performed from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

For updates on this undertaking, see