NEW JERSEY THEME FLOAT All you float builders out there. It is not too early to think about your idea/theme. More ideas for the New Jersey Theme Category could be, Lucy the Elephant, Nipper the RCA doggie, the Boardwalk, Gypsy Moths or how about the Light Bulb/Thomas Edison. Have fun and get involved. Any questions, call Samantha at the Colony Office, 654-7747. VOTE – DUES SPECIAL ASSESSMENT At 7:30 p.m. on April 6th (please note the meeting date) we will be voting for a 2009 one- year Special Assessment of $75 to the Regular Rate, $25 to the over age 65 rate, and nothing for the “Senior Rate.” Your 2009 dues must be paid to vote (one vote per home). Please bring your ID. Voting will begin after the discussion of the Special Assessment in Vaughan Hall and continue on April 7th in the Colony office (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). SOUTH JERSEY POPS SPRING CONCERT The Medford Memorial Middle School, 55 Mill Street in Medford will host the South Jersey Pops Spring Concert on Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per adult (children can attend for free). For more information call 609-634-3083. COME SEE THE BUNNY! APRIL 4th, 2009 Come, have breakfast and visit with the Easter Bunny on April 4th, 2009 at Vaughan Hall! Choose your time - 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am. Come have pancakes and sausage (courtesy of The Sand Stand), fruit (courtesy of Murphy’s in Medford), coffee and juice! All of that for just $5 a person! There will be a Papa Johns free pizza giveaway at each sitting! (Thank you Papa Johns). Bring your whole family and all of your friends! The kids can enjoy crafts and taking their picture with the Easter Bunny (extra fee). Thank you to the Blanchard Family, Cooper Family and Spotts Hardware for your very generous donations! Advance reservations are welcomed so please email Alli Schmidlin at email@example.com. Include your name, how many and the time requested. We need you lovely volunteers too! Please contact Tiffany Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristi Cooper email@example.com or Jen Dittmar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Thanks for supporting the Home and School! JWA EASTER EGG HUNT “Here comes Peter cotton tail hopping down the bunny trail…….actually that’s Mudjekeewis Trail. Join Junior Women’s Auxiliary for their annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11th, 9:00 am sharp, at Nokomis Field.” The Easter Egg Hunt is open to ages 1 – 3rd Grade. If you are interested in helping out, from donating candy to volunteering your time, please call Catina Scafidi-Cranston at 609-760-5059. Hope to see you there! LIONS CLUB PALM SUNDAY BREAKFAST Sunday April 5, 2009 from 8:00am to 12:00 pm Vaughan Hall – Live Music and song with performances from local schools. Plus Eggs, pancakes, home frays, sausage, toast, coffee, tea, juice all served by the Lions of Medford Lakes. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids Looking forward to a great turn out and continued support from the community as the Lions Club continues, “to serve” our community. PRESCHOOL CAMP The Medford Lakes Colony preschool camp program for colonist children and grandchildren will be held in Neeta School from 9 – 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, July 6 – 17, 2009. The preschool camp fee is $55/camper. Registrations will be accepted through April 30, 2009. Call 654-7747 with questions. FIVE YEAR OLD SWIM PROGRAM For the children and grandchildren of colonists entering kindergarten in the fall of 2009 the Medford Lakes Colony offers a swim program for five year olds. The swim program will be held at Beach three from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, June 29 – July 24, 2009. Registrations are being accepted through April 30, 2009. Call 654-7747 with questions. CAMP EMPLOYEES NEEDED The Medford Lakes Colony summer camp (June 29 – July 24) is in need of Junior Counselors, an Art Director, and an Archery teacher and swim instructors. If you are interested in receiving an application for employment please call 654-7747, stop by the Colony office or download one from our website: www.medfordlakescolony.org. Medford Lakes Colony is an equal opportunity employer. IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION CAMP The Medford Lakes Colony summer camp will be held June 29 – July 24, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. No camp on Friday, July 3, 2009. Campers, grade 1-4, may register in the Colony office through March 31st. A new registration policy will begin this year for Upper Camp, grades 5-9 (BSR). In order to register your camper, parents/grandparents MUST ATTEND A REQUIRED INFORMATION SESSION. Registrations for UPPER CAMP will be accepted ONLY at these sessions. Camp Council has scheduled two evening sessions: Where: Vaughan Hall When: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Note – last chance – please attend! MARK YOUR CALENDARS. Please note, register your child even if you cannot afford to pay at this time. A deposit of $25/camper will be required with the balance due on or before May 31, 2009. If you are requesting a scholarship for your camper(s), please write a letter outlining your needs and address it to Medford Lakes Colony V. P. of Recreation Jeanie Watters. You MAY NOT register your camper (5-9 /BSR) at the Colony office. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS, if you do not attend a session, your camper may not attend camp. Note: BSR’s or those entering 9th grade are CAMPERS not staff. There will be NO Late registration session for any campers entering grades 5 – 9 in 2009. In response to the increasing yearly discipline problems with the Upper Camp, we will require that all parents/grandparents of grades 5-9 attend this information session. The Campers Rules will be reviewed as well as the expectations for participation. The consequences for violations will be clearly outlined. Camp Council regrets these actions but feels the need to respond to increasing issues. The actions of a few are creating a bad experience for many and also creating a liability for the Medford Lakes Colony. Medford Lakes Colony Camp is a voluntary program; your camper must be ready and willing to fully participate in the activities, demonstrate respect towards fellow campers, staff and Colony property while following the Rules of Camp. It is not fair to the many campers that want to attend, participate and be cooperative. Member Grandparents registering grandchildren that meet the requirements will be asked to provide a notarized statement from the PARENTS/LEGAL GUARDIANS of the grandchild, which should affirm their status as grandparents and acknowledge their rights as a guardian for purposes of emergencies with camp. This form MUST be received prior to the start of camp. As per the BY LAWS, only grandchildren of current members in good standing are eligible to register for camp. Nieces, nephews, exchange students and other relatives are not eligible to participate in camp. SUMMER CAMP FEES - 4 WEEKS Per household with: One child $150.00 Two children $300.00 Three children $425.00 Four children $550.00 Five or more $675.00 Deadline to register a camper entering grade 5 – 9 in 2009 is March 31st at the Vaughan Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. No late registrations for any camper entering grades 5 –9 in 2009 except for new Colony residents. The camp registration for campers entering Grade 1-4 in 2009 also ends March 31st. Late fees for campers entering grades 1 – 4 are as follows: payment by April 30th adds $25/camper; pay after May 31st adds $50/camper; pay after June 15 adds $75/camper. Registrations grade 1-4 /payments after June 15th are wait list only, subject to space availability with a late fee per camper of $100.00. Medford Lakes Colony Camp is a wonderful tradition dating back many years and in many families, through generations. It is the intent of Camp Council to resolve these recent issues to insure that the tradition of camp remains intact and continues to be an enjoyable and unique experience for the campers of Medford Lakes. Please contact Jeanie Watters, VP Recreation, with any concerns or questions. LAKE SAFE” FERTILIZERS. “Lake Safe” fertilizers meet the following criteria: -50% or more of the nitrogen in slow-release form -Low or no phosphorus -Pesticide free (no weed-and-feed) -Ratio nitrogen to phosphate 5:1 or greater Please use and be sure your landscapers use lake safe products. Continued lake health and water quality has to be a community wide effort INCLUSIVE PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS Beginning April 6, 2009 applications for the 2009-2010 Inclusive Preschool will be available online or at the Nokomis and Neeta School offices. The Inclusive Preschool is designed to provide special needs children the opportunity to be educated with typically developing peers. This application is for children without special needs who are able to attend to all toileting needs. Students should be four years old by October 1, 2009 to apply for the program. The selection of four year olds will be made by lottery the week of May 4, 2009. You will be notified by mail if your child’s application has been selected. Questions – call 654-5155 ex.17. DINNER AT PJ’S ON MARCH 25 This notice can be used towards PJ’s TAKEOUT, if you cannot dine in! This is a FUN Fundraiser for the Warriors Crease Club (WCC). WCC and PJ Whelihan’s have teamed up to bring you a great night. Wednesday, March 25th, 6- 9:30pm, if you eat at PJ Whelihan’s a portion of every check goes to your kids and the Warriors Crease Club. We are doing this to promote teamwork, communication, keep fees lower and get the players the things that they desperately need. Looking forward to seeing you all there!!! Please bring this Flyer with you. Any money raised is for the Warriors Crease Club, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization formed to support the Medford & Medford Lakes Boys Lacrosse Program. For more information on how to get involved with or support the Warriors Crease Club please email, Lee Ann McLoughlin at email@example.com. DINE OUT NIGHT AT PJ WHELIHAN'S IN MEDFORD LAKES! PLEASE COME OUT and SUPPORT THE WARRIORS CREASE CLUB, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 6PM TIL 9:30PM SIMPLY PRESENT THIS NOTICE TO YOUR SERVER & 10% OF YOUR BILL WILL BE DONATED TO THE WARRIORS CREASE CLUB. INDIAN GUIDES REGISTRATION WANTED FATHERS AND SONS THE SHAWNEE FEDERATION IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS FROM MEDFORD LAKES. About the YMCA-Indian Guides Fathers and sons age 5 to 10 participate. Tribal meetings provide a forum for spending time together, telling stories, playing games, making crafts and other activities. Members usually take Indian names, many wear leather vests to display their Indian names and activity patches, the children perform services and crafts to earn "feathers" and tribes use drums, chief's headdresses and other Indian-oriented items to create an atmosphere of excitement and enjoyment for everyone. For more information please call Mike Moraglia 609-654-1914 LITERACY VOLUNTEER TRAINING Since 1982, the Literacy Volunteers of Burlington County (LVBC) has been offering free and confidential one-to-one tutoring help to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, and English-speaking skills. T heir mi s s io n is to p r o v id e fr e e a nd co n fid e nt ia l i ns tr uc tio n a nd a s si s ta n ce b y t rai n ed vo l u n te er s to ad ul ts wi t h li mi t ed re ad i n g, wri ti n g a n d /o r E n g li s h - sp e a ki n g s ki ll s, to he lp t h e m a c hi e ve t heir p er so n al li tera c y - re lat ed go al s. No w is t he t i me to e nr o l l fo r t u to r tra i ni n g cla s s es. T he Sp ri n g 2 0 0 9 Da yt i m e C la s se s (5 se s sio n s) will b e o ffered at Ho l y E u ch ari st C h urc h i n T ab er na cl e o n T hu r sd a ys ( Ap r il 3 0 , M a y 7 , 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 ) fro m 1 0 a. m. – 1 p . m. T he Sp ri n g 2 0 0 9 E ve ni n g C la ss e s (5 se s sio n s) will b e o ffered at Ke n ned y Ce n ter i n W ill i n gb o r o o n T ue sd a y s ( Ap r i l 7 , 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 a n d Ma y 5 ) fro m 6 – 9 p . m . Call 609-877-5566 to sign up. You’ll be glad you did! TAI CHI ANYONE? A new tai chi class will start March 24, Tues. 6:30 pm in the park in Medford. For more information, call Elaine Reinhardt at 609-654-1658 LOST AND FOUND Lost: A lacrosse net was taken from Hopkins Field several weeks ago. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this net, please call Cara Ross at 654-2779, or return it to the field. Thank you. INCOME TAXES PREPARED - FREE The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, sponsors a FREE income tax counseling service in Medford Lakes for taxpayers. Trained counselors will be available every Tuesday morning from February 3, 2009 through April 14, 2009, 9:00AM until noon in Vaughan Hall, Tabernacle Road at Powhatan Trail, to assist taxpayers. Counselors can prepare noncomplex federal and New Jersey income tax returns, New Jersey real estate tax rebate forms for 2008, review returns prepared by taxpayers, or consult on specific questions which taxpayers may have. This is a great service for taxpayers who don’t like preparing their own returns but feel it’s not worthwhile to use a paid preparer and for those who prepare their own returns but would feel more comfortable if they were reviewed by someone knowledgeable about income taxes before filing with the tax authorities. We ask that taxpayers bring copies of their 2007 tax returns. Counselors will also need to know the amount of the Economic Stimulus Payment received in 2008. If you did not receive the maximum, you may qualify for an additional amount when you file your 2008 tax return. Certain counselors can prepare federal and New Jersey income tax returns by computer and file them electronically at no cost. Electronic filing usually results in more accurate preparation and processing and faster receipt of refunds. The most rapid refund receipt occurs with direct deposit to taxpayers' bank accounts, like most Social Security benefits. To receive refunds this way counselors must insert taxpayers' bank account numbers on electronically filed returns, so bring this information with you, a blank check from your account is best. Those taxpayers who anticipate making payments need not actually pay the balance of tax due until April 15, 2009, even though the return is electronically filed before then. Aerospace Mania Days Flying W Airport April 4th & May 2nd 9:00am-3:00pm ages 3rd-6th grade $50.00 fee includes Hand-on activities including: Rocket building & Launch, airplane building, For an application/info please email firstname.lastname@example.org Free orientation flights run by the Young Eagles from 10:00am-12:00pm SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATONS The Jo Taylor Memorial Scholarship Application for high school seniors from Medford Lakes who are planning to attend a four-year accredited school next year is available at the Medford Lakes Colony office. The deadline for completion is April 15, 2009. LIONS SCHOLARSHIP The Medford Lakes Lions Club is accepting applications for their annual scholarships from graduating high school seniors that are Medford Lakes’ residents. Applications are available at the Colony office. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2009. Contact Rikk Holston with any questions. WOMEN AUXILIARY NEWS The Women's Auxiliary is accepting applications for their first annual scholarship to be given to a graduating high school seniors who is a Medford Lakes’ resident. The Scholarship application can be picked up at the Medford Lakes Colony office. Donations for this scholarship are being accepted – call Sabina for information. Their next meeting is at Joan Rudderow's home at 180 Cheyenne Trail on April 21 at 7:30 and they welcome new members. For more info please call Sabina at 953-2711. The Gerald B. Cahill / Medford Lakes Athletic Association Volunteerism Award The Medford Lakes Athletic Association (MLAA) is now accepting nominations for the 1st annual Gerald B. Cahill / MLAA Volunteerism Award. The MLAA will provide 4 scholarships per school year: one male graduate and one female graduate from Neeta in the amount of $100.00 each and one male graduate and one female graduate from Shawnee in the amount of $250.00 each. These awards will be presented to the individual who best represents the spirit of Gerald B. Cahill and the MLAA though their community involvement and volunteerism. Potential award winners must also have played within the MLAA organization. Please submit a letter of nomination for the individual, or an essay nominating yourself, to one of the following individuals by April 24, 2009. Brian Downing - 67 Seneca Trail - 609.714.8647 or Shawn Cone - 127 Nokomis Trail - 609.654.8304 Warriors Crease Club Night At The Wachovia Center With the Philadelphia Wings Saturday, April 11, 2009 7:30 pm Game Start Philadelphia Wings vs. Toronto Rock Jake Bergey’s Retirement Night Please consider supporting this WCC event by purchasing tickets to the Wings game. Your support will help the WCC reach a quota of tickets need to allow the Medford, Medford Lakes Warriors Lacrosse Program play on the Turf and have Q & A with the Wings Players before the Wings game. The Warriors Crease Club is a 501c3 parents organization formed to support the Medford, Medford Lakes Warriors Lacrosse Program. Tickets are $18/person. Please contact Lee Ann McLoughlin, LLMMCL@comcast.net or 609.953.7903 by April 1, 2009. Thank you for your consideration! THE DUCKIES ARE COMING BACK! Calling all float groups, clubs, scouts, colony organizations, church groups and crafters. McKendimen Road will be closed on Duckie Day - Save the date - Saturday, May 16th. We want the day to be fun filled for all, similar to Medford Lakes Day from years gone by - music, games & food. Call Michael for ideas & more information 654-6095 YELLOW RIBBON CLUB Colonist Elaine Phillips recently joined the Yellow Ribbon Club. It is a group of dedicated people who collect items for care packages to be shipped to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Yellow Ribbon Club plans elaborate homecomings for these soldiers when they return home. If anyone or their organization would like to donate items, you can contact Elaine directly at email@example.com To learn more about the club and to see the items that the troops need, go to www.yellowribbonclub.org. YARD WORK The Women's Auxiliary is offering a volunteer based service to our Medford Lakes seniors along with those who have limited mobility. This service includes light yard work, raking leaves and shoveling snow. If you would benefit from this service please contact Nancy Schuck at 609-654-8087 for more information. WOMEN PADDLERS A women's paddling group will be starting soon, in the evenings Monday -Thursday nights, time to be determined by whatever works best for everyone. Boats and paddles provided. Call 654-0845 if interested (we tried this before but things got crazy-let's try it again!) DONATIONS NEEDED Conor, Sean and Delaney Cahill are still collecting items for the AWA animal shelter in Voorhees. Items needed include: Cat and dog food, dog toys, towels, blankets, bleach, and laundry & dishwasher detergent. For your convenience you can bring your donations to the Colony office during regular business hours. Thank you! BOTTLE CAP PROJECT Cub Scout Troop 48 is currently collecting plastic bottle caps for a project. These caps are not recyclable, and very often don't even make it to the garbage can. They end up in our streams, in our playgrounds, on our beaches, and too often, in the stomachs of wildlife. Please contact Pam O'Neill at 654-7493 to make a "donation" of these bottle caps. LAKE WATCH In its on going effort to be responsive to and address concerns of the membership regarding our lakes, the Colony Board has established an email address to report lake related issues. Please use this address to notify the Colony of issues such as weed growth, water quality concerns or other water maintenance issues that concern our lakes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the following information: your name and address, location/lake name, what you are reporting (please be as detailed as possible), the date and time that you made the observation. This account will be monitored closely. We will follow up and promptly respond via email. Thank you in advance for you assistance in helping to preserve and maintain the health and quality of our lakes. Suggestions are always welcome and we encourage all Colonists in good standing to attend the monthly Colony meetings! SCHOOL FACILITIES USE Prior to any activity-taking place in the school building or on the school property all paperwork must be completed as follows: -A completed facilities use application with a certificate of insurance showing Medford Lakes School District as an additional insured signed by the President of the organization. -Applications and certificates of insurance are due to the Superintendent’s office two (2) weeks prior to the Boards? Meeting for inclusion of the agenda. -Board of Education approval of application. Please call Mary Jo Cooper at 654-0991 x 15 for a Facilities Use Application. WILSON FIELD Residents, please be aware Wilson Field will be used for Medford Lakes Athletic Association sports programs for our youth. Please pick up after your pet! It is the law and it is common courtesy. Thank you! PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET There is a common misconception that pet waster benefits the environment by fertilizing the soil. The truth reveals that pet waste contains disease-causing bacteria and parasites that can harm water systems. Typical organisms found in pet waste include the bacteria, E. coli and campylobacteria, the protozoan parasite cryptosporidium and roundworms. Pet waste also contains nutrients that can promote the growth of algae and waterweeds. Disease and Contamination Prevention: Reducing this problem consists of picking up after your pet. When walking your dog, always carry a pooper-scooper and a bag. Periodically pick up dog waste from your yard, especially during wet-weather seasons. Place all bagged wastes into the garbage. Dispose of kitty litter in the garbage, not in the yard. Do not allow pets to roam unsupervised near streams or wetlands.