Mayor’s Column: Fire Prevention Night

Mayor Michael MIgnogna discusses the upcoming Fire Prevention Awareness Night held on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m at Eastern Regional High School.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3 to 9. Every year, Fire Prevention Week is observed during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that occurred in 1871. This fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Voorhees Township’s Annual Fire Prevention Awareness Night will be on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School.

All are invited to come out and meet our local firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians and enjoy the fun-filled evening that has become a Voorhees tradition.

Activities will include live demonstrations from our firefighters, games, bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, a photo booth, hot dogs and cotton candy. Children can try the fire safety obstacle course and the safety trailer (smokehouse). Fire apparatus will be present for kids of all ages to explore. There will also be giveaways from local businesses and our Fire Department.

Come out and meet all of our First Responders, the event is free and sponsored by the Voorhees Citizens Event Foundation, Hardenbergh Insurance Group, Bowman & Company, CME Associates, Republic Bank, Columbia Bank, South Jersey Radiology and Environmental Resolutions, Inc.

For more information, see the Voorhees Township Fire Department Facebook page or visit helpdesk@vtfd66.org or call (856) 783- 6630 extension 7503.

** On Monday Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon the Voorhees Arts Center will hold a youth art camp for children K through 6th grade. With the leadership of 4 experienced art teachers several different art activities are planned. The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information visit, voorheesartscounmcil.org. For the safety of campers and teachers we require masks to be worn.

** Voorhees Township’s Annual Halloween Festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Voorhees Town Center. Take an old-fashioned hayride or pick a pumpkin from the Voorhees Business Association’s Pumpkin Patch. Candy and refreshments will be plentiful. Activities will include a Halloween Costume Parade, pumpkin painting and decorating, balloon artists, a Halloween themed magic show and face painting. The Voorhees Township Police Department will be providing Halloween safety tips. For more information, visit voorheesnj.com or call 856-882-SHOW.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Virtual Birthday Bash on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. Held in the comfort of your own home, this event features a brief, dynamic program and includes a Signature Silent Auction Boutique, digital Ad Book, tribute messages and videos. The Foundation furnishes Teen Lounges in hospitals to enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. For donations over $150, a unique “Bash in a Box” will be delivered just in time for you to enjoy! For more information, call (856) 784-0615 or visit info@arvf.org.