Sewell resident is chosen to say why she likes N.J.

Celebrate NJ, a grass-roots group trying to build pride and promote a brighter future in the state, recently chose Judy Ballard of Sewell to give the reasons she likes New Jersey.

The selection was made as the group released its May list of reasons to celebrate New Jersey in the yearlong campaign.

Ballard said she celebrates New Jersey for the "great beaches, state parks, nature centers, historic villages, and the excitement in Atlantic City."

Celebrate NJ invites everyone to log on to www.CelebrateNJ.org and enter a reason for celebrating the state. No deadlines have been set. The group will present reasons monthly based on the number of days in a particular month.

Residents are encouraged to enter multiple reasons describing the interesting aspects of the state. The selected reasons are announced daily on the organization's Web site. The best 365 reasons will be published as part of an advertising and media campaign.

Catholic Charities of Glouco is seeking volunteers

Catholic Charities of Gloucester County seeks volunteers to pack food bags, organize and maintain the clothing closet, perform office work and filing, organize food or paper-goods drives, make deliveries, and perform maintenance.

Catholic Charities is at 1200 N. Delsea Dr. in Westville. For more information, call 856-845-9200.

Sewell woman wins an award in child health-care nursing

Regina Grazel of Sewell recently was recognized with the Not Your Average Education Award by the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes for her work in child health-care nursing.

Grazel, a nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, pioneered bedside nursing research in the hospital and is working with colleagues from other medical centers to conduct a multistate trial on therapeutic touch.

Her study on neonatal pain assessment led to improved pain assessment and management in Lourdes' intensive care nursery.

Officials break ground on a county bicycle trail

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Deputy Director Bob Damminger and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco recently broke ground on a new section of bike trail the county is constructing.

The 2.8-mile asphalt trail will link with a trail in Monroe Township to provide a continuous 7.5-mile trail from Williamstown to Glassboro.

The trail parallels Route 322 and extends from Fries Mill Road to Delsea Drive.

N.J. environmental group honors Camden activist

The New Jersey Environmental Federation recently honored honor activist Mangaliso Davis, chairwoman of the Camden City African American Commission, at its annual conference at Rutgers University.

Davis, of Camden, has documented the rich historic legacy of Petty's Island - which includes Native American, Quaker and African slave-trade roots - to its current status as an endangered species habitat. His research led to the filing of an application with the state and federal government for historic designation, which would preserve Petty's Island from development.