Toys for Tots Dropoff at Municipal Building

toys-for-totsHarrison Township has announced that the Municipal Building will be a Toys for Tots drop-off location.  Toys will be collected through November 30th.

Bring any new, unwrapped toy and drop it in the collection bin located in the vestibule at the front of the Municipal Building.

Of particular need are toys for little ones (infant to age 3) and kids over 10.

Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Introducing Jumpstart at Predicate Academy

Have you heard the buzz about Predicate Academy’s coding classes?  Do you have an aspiring young innovator who you think might love writing code but you’re not sure? Are you new to Predicate and interested in enrolling in the winter program?

What you need is a little Jumpstart…jump-start

Predicate’s Jumpstart class is a foundational experience in Computer Science – no experience necessary!  It’s the perfect way to test the waters, spark a conversation, and see if coding is for you.  Jumpstart consists of three hours of instruction, usually split into two days, with 90 minutes in each class. These classes are $89  and are offered throughout the year, outside of the regular seasonal schedule.

Upcoming Jumpstart Classes and Events

November 19th Open House from 3-5pm

November 25th - Black Friday (three hour Jumpstart session for ages 8-10)

November 30th and Dec. 7th (two 90 minute Jumpstart sessions for ages 10 and up)

December 12th and 13th (two 90 minute Jumpstart sessions for ages 10 and up)


Jumpstart students will engage in mini projects that spark creative thinking and center on the following concepts:

  • The basics of working with the Raspberry Pi micro-computer
  • Using the Linux operating system (Linux powers most of the internet.  It’s very accessible and widely adopted in the computing field.)
  • Writing code in Python programming language.  (Kids as young as 9 are easily able to grasp this language, as discussed in this recent Wall Street Journal article.)

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  • If your child enjoys Jumpstart and wants to continue with coding, the next step would be to purchase the Predi-Kit Hardware Bundle. The Predi-Kit including a Raspberry Pi 3 – Model B.  The Predi-Kit costs $115 and is used in all Predicate classes.
  • Once your child completes Jumpstart, they are welcome to enroll in any of Predicate’s seasonal classes.  Winter program registration opens October 24th.

To learn more about Predicate Academy, visit their website, blog or Facebook page!

Predicate Academypredicate
230 Village Center Drive,  Logan NJ

IEP,504 Plan & IFSP Parent Empowerment Workshop ~ Sept. 20th

TAOH Inspired Education will hold its next Parent Empowerment Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 141 N. Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill.   The workshop will focus on helping parents and educators to learn more about IEP’s, 504 plans and IFSP’S.


Paretn Empowerment Workshop

Educational Empowerment Consultant, Taralee O’Malley-Hurff and Speech Language Pathologist, Kristin Piperno will lead the workshop which will focus on plans for children with a functional age of infancy to 7 years old.  It is an adult-only workshop but all parents and educators are welcome.  Admission is $25 per person, $45 per couple.

Topics covered will include:

  • The process and the differences between IEP’s, 504 Plans and IFSP’S
  • Helping parents and educators feel confident about what to include and what not to include
  • Helping parents/caregivers understand their rights and the rights of their children.
  • Make & Take Activity is includedTAOH Inspired Education

Please Register @

For more information on Taoh Inspired Education’s other services and resources, email Taralee at or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @TAOHInspired Education.



September Children’s Programs at the MH Library

The Mullica Hill branch of the Gloucester County Library has great programs for kids of all ages.  Here is a look at what’s going on at the library this September.

Story Time

Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts for each age group

  • Wiggles and Giggles: ages 0-2 ~Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 a.m.story time
  • Toddler Storytime: ages 2-3 ~ Mondays and Fridays 10:30-11:00a.m.
  • Preschool Storytime:  ages 4-5 ~ Thursdays 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Kids Yoga

Kids Yoga with Instructor Tara Kron. Please come with your own mat

  •  Saturdays Sept. 10th and 24th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. for ages 6-12

Crazy Cool Creations Calming Crafts

Take a break from homework for a relaxing afternoon in the MakerStudio Jr. making stress balls and decorating notebooks. Notebooks not required, but you may bring your own

  • Thursday, Sept. 22nd 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. for ages 6-12

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  •  Tuesday, Sept. 14th 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. for ages 9-12

For the full calendar of September events at the library click here.  Some programs require advance registration. To register for programs click here.



Predicate Academy Fall Session~ Behind the Scenes with Technology

Predicate Academy is gearing up for their fall session and enrollment is well underway.

Predicate Academy is an independent company in Logan Twp. that creates their own technology courses for kids with the goal of providing a glimpse into the computing field.  They not only teach coding, but also demonstrate “real world” applications of technology in a fun learning environment.  All classes are taught by practitioners with a passion for enriching the lives of children.

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Although it’s nice to have a break from the school year during the summer, many family vacations can incorporate great learning opportunities to engage kids, stretch their creativity and open their minds.  Behind the scenes tours are a great way to understand the inside story of our favorite foods, entertainment, and products.  They help kids gain an appreciation for what it takes to go from concept to raw materials to finished product.

In a similar way, the aspiring young innovators at Predicate experience the hidden educational value of going behind the scenes with technology.  Here’s what some of these young innovators have to say about Predicate:

“The coding and wiring we get to do” is Tyson’s favorite part.  “I am looking forward to building a robot!”

“Once we made a game where we told the code bug in the program to make a number between 1 and 10,” explains Eddie, age 7.  “Then we downloaded it and got play our own game!”

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Join Predicate Academy for their upcoming Open Houses:

  • Saturday, August 6th from 11:00a.m.- 1:30p.m.  Event Details on Facebook.
  • Saturday, August 27th from 11:00a.m. – 2:00pm

You’ll have a chance to test drive their new Equation Computer Kit and other cool techie projects.  If you already take classes at Predicate, bring a friend!  They have a GREAT referral program!

Fall Session

Predicate Academy runs four “seasonal” sessions a year with classes that meet weekly for 10 weeks.

The Fall 2016 Season will start during the week of September 18th and run through the week of December 5th. The academy will not hold classes on October 31 (Halloween), November 7-12 (Jersey Week), November 23-26 (Thanksgiving).

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For more information and to register for the Fall Session visit,  email or call 484-483-5820

The Predicate Academy Studio is located at  230 Village Center Drive, Logan, NJ.  They’re in the Acme Shopping Center, on the second floor above Papa Luigi Pizza and across the hall from Burgundy and Brushes.



Free Creative Movement Class for Two Year Olds

Swedesboro Performing Arts Academy invites your little one to experience something new this summer that’s designed just for them!

Their Creative Movement class is designed especially for two year olds and uses games, imaginative props and expressive movement to introduce their youngest students to styles of movement.  The class focuses on building confidence, listening and friendship skills, rhythm and the beginning techniques of dance movement.


Stacey and Mike of SPAA know that the Creative Movement class is many children’s first experience in a class setting, independent from their parents.  With that in mind, they provide a safe, family atmospherewhere the children can feel at home and comfortable with their parents nearby, yet participate in a class in a structured group environment.  Parents can take a few minutes to relax and observe via closed circuit tv while their child plays, grows and learns.

Parents can be confident that their little ones are in loving, skilled, nurturing hands.  All of the SPAA instructors are degree certified and are top industry professionals, trained in early childhood development. 

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Here’s what some local parents are saying about this great class:

My daughter just lights up when it’s “dance day”! We both just love it here. Such a warm family environment, Ms. Stacey and Mr. Mike make everyone feel right at home! The little kids are allowed to be kids here….being energetic and creative is encouraged! It’s just perfect for our sweet, but spunky, little girl!”  – Valerie
I love the way my children always feel at home here. Ms Stacey and her husband Michael know everyone by name and love the children for who they are.”   – Kristin

Mullica Hill Mom DealJoin the Creative Movement program now, and pay no tuition for the entire Summer Session, through August 19th when you mention Mullica Hill Mom.  (This is a $90 value!) If your child’s under three, sign up now and get the summer for free!

For more information and to register your child for this great program, call the studio at (856) 832-4774 or email them at

Swedesboro Performing Arts Academy is located at 1510 Kings Highway in Swedesboro, NJ.  Visit them online at or on Facebook.

Pony Parties by Pony World Adventure

Pony World Adventure LLC specializes in Themed Pony Parties and to make your child’s next birthday party a magical and memorable dream come true.

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The best part is, Pony World Adventure brings the party right to you!  Imagine a beautiful pony right in your own backyard to help your little one celebrate their special day.  Or, you can have your special event Rain or Shine Indoors at the Gloucester County Dream Park.  Pony World Adventure is also available for corporate parties and events.

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Whatever your party theme may be, Pony World Adventure will customize their wonderful ponies to make your child’s dreams come true. Choose from a variety of pony party themes including Princesses, Cowboys, Cowgirls, Pirates and Unicorns.  Kids adore the sweet ponies – GiGi, Goliath, Ariel and Buttercup!

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pony partiesGet one pony for all of your party guests to ride for $250 for the first hour and $200 for each additional hour.  Expecting a lot of party guests?  You can reserve two ponies for $460 for the first hour and $400 for each additional hour.

*Special Offers:  Save $50 on Weekday parties!  One pony is just $200 for the first hour.  Plus, call for Monthly Specials like: Save an additional 10%  when payment is made in full ! Example: A $250 party drops down to $225 !

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Call JoAnn Mulligan at 856-628-1277 or 856-299-4466 to check availability and book your special event.


Water Slide Rentals ~ Bring on Summer!

Looking for some wet & wild fun for your summer party?  Choose from these amazing Water Slide rentals from Jumpin Beans. 

Rent All Day for 1 Low Price and Keep it Overnight for those late events, for only $25.  All Jumpin Beans water slides deliver free to Gloucester, Salem and Camden counties.  (For delivery outside these areas, additional fees may apply.)


wild-wave-jr-wet-dryWild Wild Wave (setup area 41′ x 15′)  $375

Jumpin Bean’s newest water slide, The Wild Wild Wave,  measures 19′ tall by 38′ long and 12′ wide. This wild water ride is sure to deliver an exhilarating experience.  Each rider will slide down the 19′ slide,  hit the speed bump and land in huge puddle of water.



Water Tag Arena (setup area 31′ x 31′)  $375Water-Tag1

This water tag arena is a HUGE 30×30 inflatable arena, perfect for battles between the Ultimate Water Warriors. This one-of-a-kind rental comes with 10 water tag vests, 10 stream machine water guns, 10 safety goggles, and buckets for fast refill.


The Wipeout  (set up area 44′ x 15′)  $375Water Slide Rentals

This 17′ high slide gets its name from the potential to “wipe out”  in a large puddle of water at the bottom after getting some ‘air’ on the mid slide speed bump.  This exhilarating slide will make a great addition to your next summer time party in South Jersey!




The Big Kahuna  (setup area 36′ x 17′) $375thebigkahunaslide

At 17′ high, this enormous inflatable water slide is sure to be a huge hit.  The Big Kahuna features steps to climb up on the side, a five foot high platform, and a bump in the middle of the slide for an extra lift.  There is no pool of water at the bottom which makes this water slide one of the safest around.   All you need is an outside hose hookup to turn your backyard into a virtual water park!


 Reserve your water side here and also ask about their Dunk Tank and Big Splash rentals.



Private Arabic Language Lessons in Mullica Hill

There is a unique opportunity this summer for Middle School and High School students to take private Arabic Language lessons with a University of Pennsylvania lecturer right here in Mullica Hill.

Why Study Arabic?

Knowledge of foreign languages helps us understand and value cultural differences and creat a heathier society.  Knowledge of a foreign language is very critical in this era of globaization.

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The growing demand for Arabic speakers has increased the utility value of the language as well as the perception of its usefulness to Americans who may feel they can play a part in serving their nation. Of course, the fact that Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world is enough to warrant its usefulness in this increasingly globaized marketplace.

UPenn Lecturer, Salwa Shishani

Salwa Shishani is a Mullica Hill resident with over ten years experience in teaching Arabic at several universities.

SAS_logo_8She is currently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department and is offering private lessons in Mullica Hill this summer.

Private Arabic Language Lessons

Private Lessons will be offered for Middle School and High School students from June through August. If students are interested, the lessons could continue throughout the year. There are three levels available, Elementary Intermediate and Advanced, depending on the student’s ability.

Each session is $45 and sessions can be held two or three times per week depending on the student’s preference.

If you are interested in learning Arabic, contact Salwa at, or call (856)905-9800.



Introducing TAOH Inspired Education ~ Empowerment and Support

What is TAOH Inspired Education?TAOH logo

TAOH Inspired Education offers resources and services with the purpose of inspiring, empowering, supporting and educating children, parents, families and educators.  Educational Empowerment Consultant, Taralee O-Malley Hurff  recognizes the need for more parent and educator inspiration, support and empowerment in the areas of child development, special education, and food allergies.  Inspired Education focuses on family interactions and student learning to make them fun, meaningful and full of discovery.  


TaraleeMeet Taralee A. O’Malley Hurff

Taralee O’Malley-Hurff  is a special educator, allergy advocate and author who has passionately contributed to the fields of special education and early childhood education since 1998, meeting children’s needs in the home and school setting.  

Taralee was Harrison Twp School District’s first Preschool Disabled Teacher and has also served as a Mult-System Disorders/ Autistic Support Teacher, Developmental Interventionist and Special Education Consultant.  She excels at recognizing each child’s unique gift and successfully ignites their love of learning through exploration, discovery and play.

She is also an Amazon Bestselling Author of Alliteration Alphabet: A fun way to teach preliteracy to kids!  Taralee lives in South Jersey with her husband and three children where she enjoys dancing, reading and photography.  She also loves exploring new places and things with her family and friends and her book 100 Things To Do Before You Are 10 is the go to resource for family bonding and adventure!

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TAOH Inspired Education offers a variety of services and resources including:

  • A free new client consultation
  • Family Services and Food allergy phone consultations
  • Home consultations to help organize your home environment and routines to best support your child’s unique needs 
  • Meeting Prep services to help get you ready for your next IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 PLAN meeting


TAOH Inspired Education’s Parent Empowerment Workshops are designed to empower parents, family members and educators by providing relevant information and accessible, easy-to-implement tips and strategies.  

The workshops are presented by Taralee O’Malley Hurff and Kristin Piperno (a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist).   Their goal is to provide a sense of community and belonging for parents and a place for educators to expand their knowledge and classroom strategies.  The workshops are open to parents and educators who have or are working with children with a functional age range of birth to 7 years old.

Upcoming Workshop:  All About Play!

  • Tuesday, June 21st from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
  • America Legion in Mullica Hill
  • $25 per person or $45 per couple


Play is an essential piece to a child’s overall development.  This workshop will focus on making play engaging, full of affect, language rich, and learning to follow the child’s lead and build on it. The workshop will help parents and educators feel confident doing these things with what they already have in their homes and classrooms.   There is a make & take component to every workshop.

* Look for more Parent Empowerment Workshops this fall on September 20th, October 18th and November 15th

Learn more about TAOH Inspired Education at or on Facebook.  For more information, contact Taralee here and be sure to tell her Mullica Hill Mom sent you.