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Bring on those lazy hazy crazy days of summer under the boardwalk; then we’re on our way to Cape May so we don’t have to spend the summer in the city! How many of you remember all of those fabulous summer tunes? Well if you don’t, you have missed out on some truly great summer music. Look them all up on YouTube and enjoy!

Weis Markets announced on July 3 that it will support our troops and sell U.S. Army branded paper towels in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. A portion of the sales from the paper towels will help support the U.S. Army’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs, which offer soldiers and their families opportunities to enrich their lives culturally and creatively and are designed to relieve stress, build strength and resilience, and help the Army Family stay physically, mentally, and financially fit. “Helping to support our nation’s active military and veterans is something we are proud and honored to do,” said Kurt Schertle, chief operating officer at Weis Markets. “Whether it’s through the sale of private-label U.S. Army paper towels or through the fundraising program Believe in Heroes to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, it’s our duty to say thank you and give back to our military as much as we can.” The paper towels, created by Global Tissue Group, feature the U.S. Army logo, the phrase “Army Strong,” and images of military equipment.

As part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration’s continuing efforts to provide improved nutritional opportunities for school children, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced in June that 158 New Jersey schools will participate in the 2014-2015 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated $4,021,620 for New Jersey for next school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fresh produce to students during the school day, along with nutrition education. The goal of the program is to expose children to healthy foods, increase their fruit and vegetable consumption and set them on the road to improved lifelong dietary habits. For the first time, the Department of Agriculture will provide additional funds to schools for connecting their FFVP with the Farm to School Program. Eighty percent of the 158 schools have agreed to participate. “The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable funds will be used to buy Jersey Fresh produce when it’s in season,” said Fisher. “In addition to students eating healthy local fresh produce and learning about the food we grow right here in the GardenState, our farmers will benefit.” Starting in September, the selected schools will begin to offer fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis free to 74,475 students in 15 New Jersey counties each week.

Mark your calendars now for the fall event of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), November 6, 2014 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Giant/Carlisle president Tom Lenkevich will be the keynote speaker. This will mark the first time Tom addresses the trade, so be sure to come out and hear what he has to say about Giant and the supermarket industry. For more information go to: www.newonline.com

To date, 2014 hasn’t been my favorite year. The circle of life smacked me again as I lost my most cherished mother on July 6. This was a quick and unexpected passing and my family and I are still numb from her loss. I gave remarks of remembrance at the funeral Mass and wanted to share them. Rosalie Maggio was an extraordinary woman.

“Good morning. And so we meet again, although not the way we were hoping to. My brothers Michael and Larry, our families and my mother’s brother Peter Runfolo and sister-in-law Edna join me in thanking you all for your outpouring of condolence and support during this very difficult time in our lives. Losing one parent is painful, losing both within three months is both devastating and surreal. As many of you know, my mother had been battling stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer for a little more than two years. She did so with her usual grace and dignity, all the while taking care of my father, who although healthy, was falling deeper into the hole of dementia as time went on. When he passed in April, she was finally able to focus on herself and get back to doing the things she loved to do. Ultimately, it wasn’t the cancer that took her from us, it was an infection. She wasn’t strong enough to fight, even though we told her to keep trying. I also think she was missing my dad more than she was willing to admit to us. I know our Lord came to take her home last Sunday, but I can assure you that my father paid Him off and pulled in every favor to bring her to his side early because, even in eternal life, he needed her to make him fresh orange juice in the morning.

“My mother was born in Newark, NJ to two wonderful people, Angelina and Larry Runfolo. She has an older brother Peter, who along with his wife has always treated us like their own children. What you may not know is that both sides of my mother’s family were also in the food business. Her father’s family had a large seafood business in Newark, Mansueto Fish Market and her mother’s family were butchers and grocers in Vineland, NJ. We come from a long line of foodies. She graduated from West SideHigh School and was a concert pianist. After high school she went to work at Allstate Insurance Company rising from a mailroom clerk to a junior underwriter in just three years. If it weren’t for the fact that when she became engaged to my father and he made her stop working, I think she would have broken the glass ceiling with her high heels!

“Her married life in Philadelphia was a charmed one. But, just being a housewife wasn’t enough for my mom. She couldn’t work because my dad wouldn’t allow it, so she began volunteering, first at Friends Select School (FSS) as a class mother for all three of us, running the school fair and eventually as president of the PTA. She evolved into a professional volunteer, a woman of charity. And, as a Do-Gooder, which is coincidentally the last charitable group she joined. She made many new friends while raising money to give small donations to many needy groups. She worked at Children’s Hospital before it moved to University City in the pharmacy as a pink lady, helping deliver medicines from the pharmacy.