Expressive Arts program for adults slated

The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center will present “Expressive Arts Workshop for Adults” on Tuesdays starting September 11, 6-8 p.m. The four-week series will be held at the Bereavement Center located on 5 Plains Road in Augusta.


“I’ve always wanted to do something for adults after seeing how well it has worked for the children, in terms of being able to externalize – give voice – to their many different feelings in grief,” said Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT, Director of Bereavement. “On occasion, I have the parents/guardians participate in the same art activity that the children will be doing and it’s a great way for the parents to see how art can facilitate conversations in grief, express emotions and show others, through their art, how they are feeling.”


“This will be our first attempt at an arts workshop for adults and my hope is that the program will develop over time. The debut program will include four sessions, once a week, that introduce a different expressive art modality that could be helpful in expressing their grief – Music, Art, Drama and Writing,” said Sebzda. 


We would like to invite any adult, who has suffered a loss through death, to participate in this new workshop.  We will have reserved space for ten and the cost of registration is $100 to help cover the cost of materials and supplies. Those interested can register online at or call 973-948-2283.

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Smiles for Our Heroes – A Mission of Mercy Event.

Get FREE Dental Services if you attend a Veteran’s Day event in November! Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon, Morris, Essex and Somerset Counties. Free dental services, food and more!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 & Sunday, November 4, 2018

17 South Warren Street, Dover 07801. Transportation pick-up points available in all counties served. Call Fergie at 973-328-9100 ext. 357 to see if you qualify.

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Stevens appointed to Memorial Board

Janice Stevens was recently appointed to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Memorial Foundation Board

Julia Quinlan, Co-Founder of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and Chairman of the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation Governing Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Janice Stevens to the Governing Board.


Prior to moving to New Jersey 21 years ago, Janice worked for a large law firm as a paralegal dealing with worker’s compensation cases and insurance defense.  For the last 20 years, she has worked for Sparta Township in various capacities with her main focus in Land Use.  She is currently the Zoning Coordinator and Code Enforcement Official.  She also works closely with the Township’s Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission and Green Team.  She was instrumental in helping bring Sparta to a Bronze Level in the Sustainable Jersey program and has kept the Bronze Certification active for the past 8 years. 


Throughout her time in Sparta, she has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church for over 7 years and was an Ambassador for the Newton Medical Center “Year of Women’s Health” campaign.    She also serves on the Karen Ann Quinlan Fashion Show Committee and has helped with the Tour De Farm, Wine and Cheese event and Sparta Farmers Market. 


Stevens was recently recognized at the 24th Annual Sussex County Tribute to Women Award Luncheon by the Boy Scouts of America for her commitment to serving the community.


The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is a not-for-profit organization which provides a full continuum of high-quality medical, emotional and spiritual services to hospice patients, their family members and the community.

Hospice receives Greater Pike Community Foundation: Richard L. Snyder Fund Grant

 — Proposals for making the Greater Pike area an even better place to live abounded in July as the Greater Pike Community Foundation’s Grants Committee reviewed and awarded grants to 27 local non-profit organizations for this year’s Richard L. Snyder Fund grant cycle.

There is a funding increase of nearly 70 percent over last year’s total of $52,000. The foundation will award $87,500 to 27 local non-profits from the Snyder Fund this year.

A reception for the recipients will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Hotel Fauchère, Milford.

“To my knowledge, Greater Pike’s Snyder Fund granted the largest amount of money from a local funding source so far this year,” said Maryanne Monte, Greater Pike Board member and Chair of the Grants Committee. “It was heartening to learn about how so many community organizations are working to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Pike area.”

Dick Snyder, a local businessman and philanthropist who died in 2014, was one of the strongest supporters of non-profit organizations in Pike County. The donor designated fund was created at the Greater Pike Community Foundation by a distribution from a charitable trust created during Dick’s lifetime and distributed following his death to support the causes and charities he cared about most. Greater Pike received a record number of applications for Richard L. Snyder Fund grants this year. 

After a thorough review process by the Foundation’s grants committee, and approval by the Foundation’s board, the following grants were awarded:

BeautificationHistoric Preservation Trust of Pike County

Milford Enhancement Committee

Milford Garden Club

Milford Shade Tree Commission

Pike County Historical Society

Greene-Dreher Historical Society

Festival/ArtsAmerican Readers Theatre

Barryville Area Arts Association

Black Bear Film Festival

Kindred Spirits

Milford Presents

Milford Music Festival

Milford Readers & Writers Festival

Tri-State Chorale

Delaware Highlands Conservancy

Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Peters Valley School of Craft

Health/DiversityDelaware Valley School District

Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice

Safe Haven of Pike County; Pocono Fox Trot

Genuine Alternatives in Therapy (Gait)

Fractured Atlas

Green Trees Early Learning Center

Pike County Public Library.

The lasting power of Snyder’s thoughtful planning is evident in the work this funding, which is awarded annually, will make possible.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Those interested in learning more about how to establish a fund at Greater Pike are encouraged to get in touch with any Greater Pike board member or contact Jim Pedranti, board chair, at, 570-296-6959 or and

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice invites community to join Book Club

Join our Book Club!

            Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in association with Black Dog Books of Newton, NJ is excited to announce the third book selection in our book club, “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.” We will meet at Black Dog Books on Sunday, August 12, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that see fortune as a blessing from god and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son.

Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

New York Times Bestseller – “A meditation on sense-making when there’s no sense to be made, on letting go when we can’t hold on, and on being unafraid even when we’re terrified.” -Lucy Kalanithi.


Click here to watch a short video from the author of the book Kate Bowler.

            The book club is open to anyone in the community. Registration is required as space is limited and can be done online at: or by calling 973-383-0115 ext. 145.  The book can be purchased at Black Dog Books. Please call them at 201-230-3900, to secure your copy. There is no cost to join the club. Once registered you will be emailed or mailed additional information about the club.

Black Dog Books is located on 188 Spring Street in Newton. Light refreshments will be available for purchase from Between the Bread, located next door.

Click here to join the book club!