Hello Friends!

We all know that Burlington County is a great place to live, work and raise a family, but many of you may not know what services and opportunities the county provides.

 

With our world still remaining in a virtual setting, we don’t get out into the community as much as we used to do. We all miss speaking with our residents and neighbors so we decided to bring What’s Happening in Burlington County to your inbox.

 

Each month, we will send out a highlight of what’s been happening, things to come and some great information we would like to share.

 

Take Care,

Felicia Hopson, Board Director

 

Election Information

Election Day is fast approaching, and voters have several different ways to cast their ballots, including the mail, secure drop boxes or by bringing them to the Board of Elections Office in Mount Holly or to their assigned polling locations on Election Day. Accommodations will also be available for voters with disabilities, including machine voting for those unable to complete and sign a Vote-by-Mail or provisional ballot.

“We’ve heard from constituents anxious or confused about how they will be able to vote and whether the process will be secure,” Burlington County Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson said. “I’m pleased by the actions taken by the Clerk’s Office to ensure that every registered voter receives their correct ballot and that they will have multiple options to submit their ballot and ensure their vote is counted.”

The drop box locations and other election-related information and updates is available here

Photo: Board Member Dan O’Connell puts his Vote-by-Mail ballot in the Drop Box in Mount Holly in front of a County building at 50 Rancocas Road.

 

Burlington County Holds First September 11 Ceremony

Burlington County officials, first responders and residents came together to pay their respects to the more than 3,000 victims who lost their lives 19 years ago during the County’s first 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

“We have a responsibility to remember the victims and share with both current and future generations the raw emotions of that day. The confusion. The uncertainty. The fear, anger and sadness but also the selflessness and heroism shown as first responders rushed into the burning towers and Pentagon without a moment’s hesitation or how volunteers traveled miles away to Ground Zero to assist with the recovery effort,” said Deputy Director Tom Pullion during his address.  “And most importantly, how such a horrible tragedy brought us together as one nation, blind to race, religion, status or political party. We became one national family, united in mourning but also in belief that together we can overcome whatever challenges we face.”

Read the full release here.

Photo: Congressman Andy Kim; New Jersey Sen. Troy Singleton; Father Matthew Tucker, chaplain of the Burlington County Fire Chiefs Association; Burlington County Administrator Eve Cullinan; County Board member Dan O’Connell; County Public Safety Director Gary Gubbie, Burlington County Sheriff Anthony Basantis; Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina; County Deputy Director Tom Pullion; Mount Laurel Police Chief Steve Riedener; Westampton Fire Chief Craig Farnsworth; Endeavor Emergency Squad Chief David Ekelburg

 

Burlington County Opens a Recovery Center

Residents suffering from substance use disorder have a new resource with the launch of the new Burlington County Recovery Center.

Located in the County Human Services Building in Westampton, the Recovery Center will be staffed with peer support specialists to help residents obtain treatment and other critical mental health and community support services that can help them with recovery.

Activities at the Recovery Center kicked off last month with online virtual sessions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more information.

Photo: Officials from Prevention is Key joined with Burlington County Administrator Eve Cullinan, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and County Board Director Felicia Hopson

 

Burlington County Distributes Free Food

 

Burlington County will host its 14th food distribution event on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 AM to noon in the parking lot between BCIT and the Emergency Services Complex off Woodlane Road in Westampton.

 

Burlington County residents in need of assistance are eligible for free boxes of produce and groceries on first come first basis while supplies last.

 

Since the start of the pandemic, the County has expended more than $100,000 on its food assistance program and partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey and Farmers Against Hunger to successfully distribute more than 4,000 boxes and bags of food to county households through its distribution days.

 

“No one should have to go hungry or skip meals just to get by,” said Burlington County Board Director Felicia Hopson. “It’s why I’m so proud our County is able to hold events like this one to provide struggling families with a little extra help they need.”

 

Photo: Board Member Dan O’Connell, Director Felicia Hopson, Deputy Director Tom Pullion and Board Member Linda Hynes

 

Helping To Keep Burlington County Residents Safe

 

Helping residents remain healthy and safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has become the top priority of all levels of County government, and among the most critical components of the County’s response has been its COVID-19 testing program.

 

To date, more than 8,000 residents and workers have been administered COVID-19 tests through the Department of Health testing program.

 

Testing first launched in March at a fixed site at the County Emergency Services Complex in Westampton, but it was expanded this month to include a home testing option.

 

“We were among the very first counties to launch a testing program because we knew it would be essential for our residents' health and safety. We feel the same about this testing expansion,” said Freeholder Dan O’Connell.

 

Click here for more information.

 

Photo: County staff, RCBC Nursing students and Medical Reserve Corp medical personnel worked the COVID-19 testing site in Westampton

 

Burlington County Distributes Nearly 2 Million PPE to First Responders and Long-term Care Facilities

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep the most vulnerable residents safe, Burlington County has successfully distributed close to 2 million pieces of protective equipment to first responders and health care workers, including those employed at long-term care facilities.

Ensuring that long-term care centers are properly equipped is particularly important, since their residents are among the most vulnerable to the disease.

The county had distributed more than 637,000 surgical masks, 327,000 gloves, 20,000 protective gowns, 85,000 face shields, 86,000 K95 or KN95 masks to more than 60 long-term care facilities and health care providers in the county. Another 308,000 surgical masks, 153,700 gloves, 14,900 gowns, 35,000 face shields and close to 200,000 K95 and KN95s were distributed to first responders within the county’s 40 municipalities to distribute to their police and fire departments and Emergency Medical Service providers.

 

Minority and Equality Rights Task Force

In a move aimed at ending systemic racism, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders created a new Minority and Equality Rights Task Force to meet and develop recommendations on how to promote equality in the county.

“We’re committed to having the important conversations about race and discrimination and also to taking action to bring about racism’s end,” Director Hopson said.

The first 15 members of the task force were appointed last month and Malika Morris was named the group’s chair.

Burlington County’s new Minority and Equality Rights Task Force hosted its first public forum as part of the group’s ongoing review of social justice issues impacting Burlington County residents on Thursday Oct. 29.

The forum centered on the issue of Police Interactions with the Minority Communities with a panel of speakers from law enforcement, the NAACP, social justice activists and local government.

“The Task Force has already met a few times since being formed and held its first public forum. We were very excited to begin digging into the issues,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson, a member of the task force and one of the County leaders who pushed for its creation.

Residents can contact the task force at equality@co.burlington.nj.us.

 

Burlington County Launched HELP Loans To Assist Small Businesses Impacted By Coronavirus Pandemic

More help is available for Burlington County small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a new interest-free loan program approved last month by the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.

The Health Emergency Loan Program (HELP) will extend up to $50,000 in zero-interest financing to any business operating in the county for business-related purchases, expanses and improvements.

“From the very start of the pandemic, the Board has made it our mission to provide whatever assistance we can muster for our residents and small businesses to help them through this unprecedented crisis,” said Deputy Director Tom Pullion, the board’s liaison to the Department of Economic Development. “Now we’re proud to announce that more HELP is on its way. These loans can provide a lifeline for our county’s businesses and a springboard for their recovery. The more assistance we can provide our small businesses the better off we’ll all be.”

The Burlington County Bridge Commission and its Office of Economic Development will administer the HELP loans. Click here for additional information.

 

Burlington County Opens Willingboro Lakes

Members of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Willingboro Township Council announced the opening of Willingboro Lakes, saying the County’s newest park will give residents and visitors a picturesque new destination to relax, hike, fish, kayak and enjoy the outdoors within one of the county’s densest suburbs.

Tucked off Route 130 and Beverly-Rancocas Road, the 105-acre park will provide an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside its gates, with amenities such as three fishing piers, 2.9 miles of hiking trails, a small-group pavilion, log-themed play area, grills and picnic sites.

“The best park system in the entire state just became even better,” Freeholder Director Felicia Hopson said during a ceremony Wednesday celebrating the much-anticipated new park’s opening.

Photo: Resource Conservation Director Mary Pat Robbie, County Administrator Eve A. Cullinan, former Willingboro Councilwoman Jacqueline Jennings, Willingboro Mayor Tiffani Worthy, Taylor Wiseman Taylor VP Scott Taylor, Board Member Linda Hynes, Board Director Felicia Hopson, Former Willingboro Mayor Martin Nock, and Board Deputy Director Tom Pullion.

 

 

Up-Coming Events

Monday, November 9, 2020  ●  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Trivia Night

Join us live via Zoom for trivia. Each week three rounds will be played featuring Burlington County history, world events, general history, pop culture, and many others. It is sure to be a fun time! You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Register for each session online.

 

Update from County Administrator Eve A. Cullinan:

Burlington County has continued to provide services to our residents through the entire COVID-19 pandemic. Even though our buildings are not open to the public, residents may make an appointment with certain offices if they require services that are not found online.  Here are just a few facts about our county:

From April through August, the program delivered just over 51,000 meals to seniors, a 17% increase compared to the same five months last year. The program has delivered meals to just over 630 clients each week.

Since the beginning of COVID-19, the Animal Shelter has adopted 961 cats, and 316 dogs.

 

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