Noticias en español
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September Health & Fitness
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Little Cubs , READ go back to school
p . 33
Tips for your next yard sale
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Wednesday , September 13 , 2023
Volume 27 • Issue 37
Sunflowers are blooming
Red Barn Farm holds second annual Sunflower and Fall Festival
Kristin Guglietti / THG
Brooke ( left ), Hunter ( middle ) and Shea O ’ Brikis have fun on the jumbo bounce pad at Red Barn Farm ’ s second annual Sunflower and Fall Festival on Sept . 1 .
by Kristin Guglietti
GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
The Red Barn Farm held a grand opening weekend for the second annual Sunflower and Fall Festival on Sept . 1 . The festival will run from now until Nov . 12 .
According to Fred Penza of Red Barn Farm , this is the first time the farm has grown sunflowers .
“ First time growing sunflowers . We ’ ve done corn for a bunch , but sunflowers it ’ s our first time ,” Penza said . “ I don ’ t know if you ’ ve been out there , but they look pretty .”
The sunflowers are expected to last until the end of September and they
Cayla Kalani enjoys being a Phillies ball girl
by Jennifer McGraw FOR THE GAZETTE
might last going into October depending on the weather .
Last year ’ s festival featured a corn maze , hayrides and pick-your-own pumpkins during the day .
At nighttime , the farm also held bonfires and people walked through the corn maze with flashlights .
The corn maze this year features a Jersey Devil holding a Penza pie . Evelyn Penza , Fred ’ s mother , is known for her award winning pies .
“ It ’ s the Jersey Devil , and I just came up with it ,” Penza said . “ It was like two different legends : the legend of the Jersey Devil and the legend of my mother , who ’ s 82 , who ’ s known throughout the country for those pies .”
While the Philadelphia Phillies continue to be the hot team in Philly sports , getting to see the action live gets to be a treat . Hammonton resident Cayla Kalani gets to enjoy the team thanks to a unique gameday job opportunity .
Kalani is a pre-med student at Thomas Jefferson University with a goal to be an anesthesiologist . A softball player at Thomas Jefferson University , Kalani also works on the field at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillies ball girl . Her passion for the Phillies inspired her to become a ball girl .
“ Growing up , I ’ ve always loved sports and grew up playing sports and softball was obviously my number one ,” Kalani said . “ When I saw that they were having tryouts and applica-
See BALL GIRL , Page 4
To create the 7-acre maze , the farmers plant and fertilize the corn , and after the corn reaches a certain height , a company from Utah burns off the corn with GPS .
“ They use weed spray , and they just burn off the corn and everything else grows up . We come up with our design ahead of time and then they use the design and it just grows into the design ,” Penza said .
The idea for the Fall Festival started when Penza and his brother , Vincenzo Penza , came together and said they should get into agritourism .
“ My brother and I just came together and said we should get into agritourism ,” Penza said . “ It ’ s a huge thing . We
See RED BARN , Page 13
Hammonton resident and Philadelphia Phillies ball girl Cayla Kalani .
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HEF hosting 15th Recycling Central
by Donald Yamasaki FOR THE GAZETTE
The Hammonton Education Foundation ( HEF ) is hosting their 15th annual Recycling Central event on Sept . 16 from 9 a . m . to noon . The event will be located at the Our Lady of Mt . Carmel grounds at Third and French streets .
The event is meant to raise funds for grants and initiatives for the programs within the Hammonton school district . The Hammonton Education foundation has provided over $ 500,000 dollars for the school district since it began in 2005 . The organization is giving $ 44,000 of grants to 13 various projects for the 2023-24 school year .
“ We have provided over $ 500,000 for our school district
See RECYCLE , Page 3
Town Wide Yard Sale set for Sept . 30
by Kristin Guglietti GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
The Town Wide Yard Sale will be held on Sept . 30 from 8 a . m . to 2 p . m .
During the fall , residents of Hammonton sell their stuff while people buy hidden treasures at the Town Wide Yard Sale .
Deadline to register for people who want to participate is Sept . 22 . No mailed forms will be accepted .
Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Hammonton Family Success Center ( HFSC ) located at 310 Bellevue Ave . The Hammonton Family Success Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a . m . to 5 p . m . and Friday from 9 a . m . to noon .
Locations will be posted in The Gazette and on the Hammonton Drug Alliance ’ s ( HDA ) Facebook page along with the Hammonton Family Success Center pages during the week of the event .
A map of the Town Wide Yard Sale will be available in the Sept . 27 edition of The Gazette .
See YARD SALE , Page 10