Business news - Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce



Business news - Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce
Business news •
Volume 18, Issue 6
“Business is our
Chamber honors its finest at ‘Salute to Business & Industry’ awards night
Patitucci, whose family also was on
hand, sketched his 55-year career in real
estate, which concluded on June 30 this
year when he “closed the door” on the
business. As one who always put community service on the top of his priority
list, he had advice for members of the
“I don’t care how busy you are––you
should still take time to go out and volunteer for organizations that need your
t was a festive evening Oct. 18 when
Chamber members and guests packed
Centerton Country Club to recognize
local business and community leaders at the annual Salute to Business and
Special presentations were made to
Charles Patitucci, recipient of the Francis
“Binks” Sharp award, and Gary Simmerman, recognized with a Leadership Award
for his longtime service to the Chamber.
The business awards were presented
to: Leone Industries, Industrial Sector;
South Jersey Eye Associates, Professional Sector; Marlboro Farm Market, Agricultural Sector; Diamonds &
Design, Retail Sector; TD Banknorth,
Service Sector, and JEM Print, Commercial Sector.
“Celebrating Life’s Journey,” a video
capturing important moments in the
lives of the award winners, was shown
throughout the evening.
Simmerman’s record
Simmerman received the Leadership
Award in recognition of his 40 years of
service to the Chamber. The retired President of the Southern Region of Summit
Bank (now Bank of America), Simmerman now serves as a Commissioner of
the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
He is a former Director and Chairman of
the Bridgeton Chamber Board, recently
choosing to retire after many years.
His impressive résumé includes: Chairman of the South Jersey Health System;
former Chairman of the West Jersey
Coming a Glance
Photo by Prestige Publications
Charles Patitucci, left, accepts congratulations from Gary Simmerman
on winning the Francis “Binks” Sharp Award.
Health & Hospital Foundation; 1990
Campaign Chairman, Camden County
United Way; President of Bridgeton
Rotary, 2004-05; former Cumberland
County Freeholder; former Bridgeton
City Councilman; Past President of the
Bridgeton United Fund; Past President of
the Bridgeton Jaycees and past Banking
Advisor for the American Bankers Association.
His awards include the “Cumberland
County Citizen of the Year” by the Holly
Shores Girl Scouts Council in 1987,
“Citizen of the Year” by the Southern
New Jersey Economic Development
Council in 1988, the “Humanitarian
Award” by the Southern N.J. Chapter of
the National Conference of Christians and
Jews in 1990 and the “Whitney Award”
by the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce in 1993.
Simmerman accepted his award with
his usual humor and grace, crediting the
support of his family and noting that his
sons, of whom he was extremely proud,
were in attendance.
Business Banking is Solid Service at colonial Bank
85 W. Broad Street
271 Lambs Road
7 Refinancing
2745 S. Delsea Drive
227 Bridgeton Pike
7 Equipment Purchases
1771 S. Lincoln Avenue
upper deerfield
1107 N. High Street
Route 77
& Big Oak Road
7 Commercial Mortgages
7 Lines of Credit
7 Working Capital
7 Acquisitions
Bridgeton Recreation
Festival of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 1
4-8 p.m.
Sunset Lake
Business to Business
Diamonds & Design
Wednesday, Nov. 28 • 4-7 p.m.
1048 N. Pearl St.,
Upper Deerfield
RSVP: 453-9523
General Membership
Tuesday, Dec. 18 • Noon
Gia’s Catering,
36 Mulford Dr., Bridgeton
“Millville Motorsports Park”
455-1312 • $20 in advance,
$25 for walk-ins
Page 2
Business News • November-December 2007
Business Spotlight
Owner Jane Spare in
front of “Sweet Jane’s
Bagel Company”
‘Sweet Jane’s’ will satisfy your yen for bagels
ridgeton area residents who
have a yen for a bagel ––or a
bagel sandwich in its many
varieties––now no longer have to
travel outside the local area to satisfy their craving. They can just head
over to the Carlls’ Corner Upper
Deerfield Plaza and look for Sweet
Jane’s Bagel Company, the only
bagel shop around.
Owner Jane Spare used the name
of a popular 1970’s rock song,
one of her favorites, “Sweet Jane”
–– by Lou Reed and the group The
Underground Velvet –– for the name
of her shop. The menu features eight
varieties of bagels, baked fresh on
the premises daily; several breakfast
and lunch sandwiches (including the
newly-added ham and cheese melt);
and soon will offer soup in anticipation of the cold winter months
ahead. Party trays are also available.
The business, which opened
in September, represents a sharp
turnaround for the owner. For the
past five years she worked in Mt.
Laurel for a mortgage company,
supervising two departments. Prior
to that, the family lived in North
Carolina and Virginia for 15 years
where Jane’s husband Bill worked
as a commercial printer. They finally
decided to return to South Jersey,
settling in Bridgeton.
“Cooking was always an intense
hobby,” she says, and her husband
had always encouraged her to open
a bakery or “something similar.” In
addition, she felt that self-employ-
ment was a good way to prepare
for retirement. So one day she
woke up and decided now was the
time to do it.
She was steered to bagels
because, after researching the field,
she discovered it was something
she could handle, and also because
there were no bagel shops in the
area. She and her son Adam operate the shop while another son,
Billy, is in the Military Police Air
Force in Charleston, S.C.
The shop is open Monday
through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon. It promises
“no artificial flavors or ingredients.” Call 455-0600 for information.
Business/Chamber Briefs...
Chris Jespersen, the Chamber’s representative in the Leadership Cumberland
County program sponsored by Cumberland County College, reports that he has
been assigned to the “State and Local
Government” committee. The program explores various aspects of life in Cumberland County. The focus for November was
“Rural and Urban Issues,” and the group
toured the Cumberland County Improvement Authority Solid Waste Complex on
Jesse Bridge Road, Millville. Jespersen
said the facility is being renovated and he
was impressed that it operates using “the
cutting edge of technology.”
Tony Stanzione, Chamber Director,
was a speaker at the Nov. 5 “Learning
Day” for the Rural and Urban Issues committee. He also represented the Cumberland County Development Corporation.
Stanzione also participated in the
recent Cumberland County Economic
Development breakfast as a representative
of the Chamber and the CDC, sharing a
display table with the City of Bridgeton
and Cooperative Business Assistance
The Chamber’s new Membership Drive
is getting in gear, reports chairperson Jody
Hirata. Teams were chosen at the last
Chamber Board meeting, with each bank
team choosing its members. The Membership Committee will meet soon to come
up with a plan.
Dutch Neck Village will present its
25th annual “Walk of Lights” Festival
Dec. 7, 8 and 14 and 15. A live nativity
scene with animals will appear all four
nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Santa
and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 5 p.m. for
photo opportunities. Patrons are asked to
bring their own cameras. The West Park
Choir will perform Dec. 7 at 6:30 and the
Singing Ambassadors at 7:30. Lakeside
Middle School appears Dec. 8 at 6:30, the
Cumberlads Dec. 14 at 6:30 and Donna
Hickman, Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30.
Bridgeton Area
Chamber of Commerce
76 Magnolia Ave.
P.O. Box 1063 • Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856-455-1312
Fax: 856-453-9795
Email: [email protected]
Executive Director: Anthony Stanzione
Business News Editor:
Carol Smith, Prestige Publications
Grow your business...join the Chamber!
Page 3
Chamber members and guests are in a partying mood at dinner honoring award winners
At right, Rod and
Marie MacDonald
of Diamonds &
Design, winner of
the Retail Sector
award, pause at the
Salute to Business
& Industry awards
dinner at Centerton
Country Club.
Bridgeton Director of Planning and Development Sandi Zapolski
and former Millville Schools Superintendent Larry Miller discuss
the issues of the day.
Photos by
Award winner
Gary Simmerman
celebrates with
Sandy Olbrich.
Bridgeton City Council President Bill Spence and Cumberland County
Clerk Gloria Noto enjoy dinner.
Page 4
Business News • November-December 2007
Membership Renewals
David Wilson wins Rotary Vocational Service Award
David Wilson, left, former Chamber Board member and Chairman,
poses with Rotary District 7640 Governor Jozsef DeKovacs (center)
and Ted Ritter, Bridgeton Rotary Club Vice President, after receiving the district’s Vocational Service Award for his achievements as a
business owner and community leader. The award was made at the
Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.
American Red Cross Atlantic /
Cumberland Co.
Bidic Autolines
Bridgeton Glass & Mirror
Bridgeton Realty
Cumberland County Technical
Education Center
Charles Patitucci Agency
Cohanzick Country Club
Cumberland County One Stop
Career Center
Cumberland Regional High School
D and S Designs
DiLisi Restaurant
Dutch Neck Landscaping/Village
Heating Specialties, Inc.
Hopewell Sub & Pizza
Jim Wenger Farms
Mirella L. Piccioni, LLC
R & M Transportation & Farms, LLC
Roller Remodeling
South Jersey Gas
Sungenis Insurance
The Salvation Army
Upper Deerfield Township
Watson & Henry
Welcome, New Members!
Sweet Jane’s Bagel Company, LLC
28 Cornwell Drive, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Jane Spare
IKON Office Solutions
640 Freedom Business Ctr., Suite 500
King of Prussia, PA 19406
John Ladota
Spinelli Jewelers
1010 North Pearl St, Laurel Plaza
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Marc Spinelli
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