Sneak preview at library for Campbell exhibition

The Burlington County Freeholders and Mill Race Village Arts and Preservation will preview the work of local artist Hugh Campbell from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 21 at the Mount Holly Library on High Street.

The preview will display several of the late artist's paintings in preparation for an exhibition in November at the Smithville Mansion Annex Art Gallery, Burlington County Library and Mount Holly Library.

Individuals and organizations will be invited to "adopt" some of the paintings by paying for their conservation treatment. In return, they will be acknowledged in the exhibition catalog and on cards displayed alongside the paintings during the exhibit. They will receive framed reproductions of the Campbell artwork they adopted.

A reception with music and light refreshments provided by the Robin's Nest will follow. A total of 31 paintings in Burlington County's extensive collection of Hugh Campbell artwork are being conserved.

Rita's Water Ice store honored by mall

Leslie and John Aharon of Moorestown, co-owners of Rita's Water Ice at the Moorestown Mall, recently had their business recognized by the mall as its top merchant for the first quarter of this year.

The Aharons have owned Rita's Water Ice with Glenn and Liz Ricketti of Cherry Hill since February.

An award certificate, a $100 gift card and prizes to the employees came with the recognition, which is part of the mall's program to reward merchants who show excellence in retailing, customer service, and presentation with a high participation in mall events.

Clergy members attend emergency conference

More than 75 members of the clergy attended two Burlington County faith-based conferences on emergency preparedness and health last month.

The conferences were held in Cinnaminson and Westampton.

Freeholder Aubrey Fenton, a minister with Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Edgewater Park, talked to the group on how faith-based organizations can help their congregations and communities prepare for emergencies such as flooding, pandemics or terrorist attacks.

"We can work together to build partnerships, prepare plans, and enhance coordination before disasters strike," he said. "Faith-based organizations can help educate and empower our communities to be ready, address gaps in preparedness, and assist in building resources."

Those who attended received information about preparedness programs within Burlington County, as well how their organizations can become involved in planning, and about volunteer opportunities available to them and their members.

For more information about the conference and how to be involved, call health educator Holly Funkhouser at 609-265-5548.

Durand Academy gets grant for Asperger's

Durand Academy and Community Services in Mount Laurel has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation to start a therapeutic after-school program for students ages 16 to 21 with high-functioning autism, or Asperger syndrome.

The Jordan Fiddle Foundation awards grants to programs that enrich the lives of adolescents and adults with autism.

Durand plans a curriculum that will teach community and social skills, job-development skills and financial literacy.

Durand provides programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, autism and other learning disorders and a school for youths ages 4 to 14, primarily to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties.

For more information, call Terry Flannery at 856-235-3540, Ext. 107, or Catherine Medovich at Ext. 103.

'Cornfield Cruiser' renamed for Doyle

The Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, a South Jersey landmark that is a replica of the bridge of a Navy cruiser, has been renamed in honor of retired Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr.

The Moorestown facility, known locally as the "Cornfield Cruiser" because it's in an area that once was surrounded by cornfields, is a test-and-evaluation site for the Navy's Aegis Weapon System.

It was through Doyle that a fleet of cruisers and destroyers was equipped with the Aegis Weapon System.

The "Cornfield Cruiser" was commissioned as a Navy facility in 1977.