Road crews try out deicing dispensers

About 100 Gloucester County and municipal public works employees who keep more than 1,000 miles of roadway clear of snow and ice over the winter recently participated in a hands-on demonstration of the new tailgate liquid deicing dispensing units, which deliver calcium chloride to the salt, as part of a training session for the county's regionalized salt-shed program.

Gloucester County has six regional salt sheds ready and stocked with salt for use by the 20 Gloucester County municipalities participating in the county's regional program.

The county will have 5,000 gallons of calcium chloride on hand at each of the salt sheds for a total of 30,000 gallons. The six regional facilities are in Clayton, Franklin, Mantua, Washington Township, West Deptford and Woolwich.

Underwood hospital prohibits smoking

Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury recently banned smoking on its property.

The ban applies to all staff and visitors at all of the hospital's buildings, campus properties, and parking lots at the hospital's main campus. The ban also applies to Underwood's mobile intensive-care facilities and the family health centers in Paulsboro, Mullica Hill and Glassboro.

Smoking also is prohibited on sidewalks adjacent to hospital properties.

Pets, owners can get photos with Santa

The Gloucester County Animal Shelter, Pet Savers and the two PetsMart stores in Deptford are holding photo-opportunity weekends with Santa "Claws" for pets and their owners.

They will be taken from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday and next Sunday at PetsMart in the Deptford Crossing Shopping Center on Clements Bridge Road.

In addition, sessions will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday and next Sunday at the PetsMart in the new Deptford Landing Shopping Center, also on Clements Bridge Road.

The cost is $9.95; $5 from each photo package sold will benefit homeless animals at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter. The rest will pay for film and materials.

Hospice is seeking gift-card donations

Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice is seeking holiday donations of grocery-store and supermarket gift cards to help those with special dietary needs, such as diabetics; those with food allergies; or those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing.

Donated cards will be distributed to needy area families so that healthy, diet-appropriate food may be purchased for the holiday season.

Tax-deductible donations of supermarket gift cards may be made by calling Beth Coyle at 856-552-1300, ext. 2201. Gift cards also may be mailed directly to Moorestown Visiting Nurses and Hospice, attn: Special Meals, 300 Harper Dr., Moorestown, N.J. 08057.