A preview of those running for Camden County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders

By Sierra Morrison

The race for Camden County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders has begun. Currently, two seats are up for grabs. The Republican candidates are Robert Stone and Claire Gustafson. The Democratic candidates are Carmen Rodriguez and Edward McDonnell.

Asked why he’s running, Stone said, “I can bring change to Camden County. Democrats have been in power since 1979 and during their time, taxes have gone up and jobs have gone down.”

Asked what he would do if he won, Stone said, “I would make sure every road is repaved. To repair the roads, I will ask for federal money and employee people to fix the roads.”

Secondly, he said, “I will account for money that’s gone missing and privatize the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority to save money.”

Gustafson’s posted on Facebook that she and Stone will, “have a grass roots campaign and will shine a light on those areas of county government that rarely get talked about.”

Stone and Gustafson’s Facebook page is called Stone and Gustafson for Freeholder.

According to Rodriguez’s profile on Camden County’s government website some of her achievements include, “expanding the Code Blue protocol for cold weather to include a new Code Blue warming site in downtown Camden, where the homeless can come to get warm on the coldest winter days.”

Also, “Rodriguez proactively works with agencies to find permanent homes for the homeless and helped the Health department maintain a level budget without reducing services.”

McDonnell’s profile on Camden County’s government website mentions that, “He’s the Superintendent of Elections and the Board of Elections and liaison to the Battleship New Jersey.”

Also, “McDonnell is the founder and board member of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, and former Chairman of the Philadelphia-based Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.”

Attempts to get a comment from Gustafson, Rodriguez and McDonnell went unanswered. Calls to the Camden County Democratic Committee and Camden County Republican Committee were made and messages forward to the candidates. The candidate’s place of residence were visited throughout the day.

Aside from Stone, Gustafson, Rodriguez and McDonnell, eight independents are running for Camden County’s Board of Chosen Freeholder, they are Thomas Stearns Jr., Kathryn Petner, Anthony De Stefanis, Franklin Frake, Maryann Dunn, Amy La Conte-Smith, Moneke Ragsdale, and Steven Kelly.

Tips for dealing with seasonal allergies.

By Sierra Morrison

Spring can be unpleasant for people with seasonal allergies. Sneezing, coughing, a runny and itchy nose and itchy throat are some of the symptoms people with seasonal allergies face.

Today’s air quality index is 40, which is considered good, according to the National Weather Service.

Hearing that pollen numbers is good news for Mark Thomas, 31, a seasonal allergy sufferer. When Thomas is exposed to pollen, he experiences symptoms including a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.

When Thomas is outdoors, he takes preventative measures. “I carry an asthma inhaler with me at all times,” he said.  “I take Zyrtec, an anti-histamine and primarily stay indoors when the pollen count is high. When I have to go outdoors, I go out at 8 a.m. because the pollen count is a lot less.”

Carrying an asthma inhaler, taking an antihistamine and staying indoors at certain times aren’t enough for many people with seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergy sufferers can take several other steps to limit their exposure to allergens, according to WebMD.

The site suggests, “that people leave their shoes at the door to lessen the amount of pollen you track into the house, wash your hair before bed so pollen collected in your hair won’t rub off on your pillow, close windows and doors to prevent pollen from entering your house, service the filters in your furnace and air conditioner and dry your clothes in a clothes dryer and not on an outdoor line.”

Those looking for medicine to help control their seasonal allergies can, ” start with antihistamines such as eye drops, nose sprays, liquids and pills,” according to WebMD. Over-the-counter antihistamines include Alavert, Claritin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. Prescription antihistamines include Clarinex, Xyzal, Astelin, Astepro and Patanase.

The Lego Club at the Pennsauken Library

By Sierra Morrison

The Pennsauken Library held its weekly Lego Club on March 25 to great excitement.

The Lego Club is where kids can play with a large selection of Legos and was created by Susan Starts. Starts is Pennsauken’s Library Youth Service Assistant.

Asked how the Lego Club was started, Starts said, “I saw other libraries with a Lego Club and we [The Pennsauken Library] decide to start one.”

Asked if there was a demand to start a Lego Club, Starts said, “There was no demand but, I thought kids would like having one.”

Daniel isn’t the only one who like playing with Legos. Daniel has a sister named Sophia, 2, who loves playing with Legos.

Asked how he heard about the Lego Club, Valladares said, “My wife is a regular visitor and learned about the Lego Club on the library’s website.”

Daniel wasn’t the only kid, other kids were present.

Asked how the Lego Club got its Legos, Starts said, “The Lego Club got its Legos from donations. A request for unused Legos was placed online, in The All-around Pennsauken Paper and display signs in the library.”

The Lego Club continues to takes donations and donations can be turned in at the library’s front desk. Starts said, “When dropping off Legos at the front desk say it’s for the Lego Club.”       

The Pennsauken Library is located at 6505 Crescent Blvd. Pennsauken, N.J. 08110 and can be contacted at 856-665-5959.