10th Annual Trick or Trot 5k Costume Fun Run

The Harrison Township Recreation Commission and Victory Physical Therapy present the 10th Annual Trick or Trot 5k Costume Fun Run / 1 mile walk on Saturday Oct. 29th.   Costumes are optional but make the race more fun!Trick or Trot

The race will depart from Ella Harris Park at 8:30am rain or shine.  Registration begins at 7:45am.

Award Categories:   

Best costume:  Child, Adult and Group

Overall Male / Top Female awards:

Top three finishers (male/female) in the following categories:

14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

The entry fee is $15 per participant or $20 the day of the race.  All proceeds go toward making our Harrison Township parks accessible.  Download your entry form here.

Questions?  Contact Sharon Chew in the Harrison Twp. Recreation office at 856-223-8777


Girls on the GLOW ~ Fall Registration

The Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club offers a great program for young girls in our community and registration is now open for the upcoming season. 

Girls on the GLOW

Girls on the GLOWGirls on the GLOW is open to all girls in grades 1-6 and focuses on building endurance and strength as well as building character and confidence. G.L.O.W. stands for Grow, Learn, Offer, and Work, which is what the girls are expected to do at each and every practice.  The goal is for every girl to discover her inner GLOW that comes from achieving a goal, as an individual and as a team, through effort, determination and cooperation.

Practices are held weekly practices on Saturday mornings at J. Mason Tomlin Elementary School on Main Street in Mantua Township.  Throughout the year, there are special events, such as GLOW Runs, which will be held at Clearview Regional High School on Breakneck Road in Mullica Hill.  There will even be opportunities for some mother/daughter quality time on our calendar, too.  GLOW offers a spring session and a fall session.

Registration is now open!  Membership is available through the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club and the fee for membership is $30 for the Fall session.  To register,  click here.  Each participant will receive a Girls on the GLOW t-shirt, a journal, a water bottle, invitations to special events, and admission to signature GLOW Runs.

Local Orthodontist Says Goodbye To Orthodontic Impressions – It’s No Gag!

Kids and adults alike remember the dreaded impressions or “molds” that were required prior to starting orthodontic treatment.  First a tray was fit to your mouth and then a heaping mound of pink mushy material was pressed onto your teeth and held there for what seemed like an agonizing eternity.  For some it was no big deal but for many, especially those with a strong gag reflex, the molding would bring on the unpleasant urge to be sick!

Great news for the impression weary—getting a 3-D replica of your mouth has become a lot easier!  Intra-oral digital scanning is the latest technology that can help orthodontists make a 3-D reproduction of a patient’s mouth.

Gloucester County native and local orthodontist, Dr. Susan Lempert, explains: “We have embraced digital dentistry in our practice.   Our intra-oral scanner uses a small wand that is waved over the teeth.  Using 3-D video technology it generates an exact replica of the patient’s oral anatomy.  This 3-D replica can be used diagnostically or to fabricate a variety of orthodontic appliances including Invisalign.  Our patients love it and we couldn’t be happier with how easy and accurate it is to use!”

Dr. Lempert digital dentistry

Intra-oral Scanner

A magic wand that gets rid of orthodontic impressions—it is a dream for patients and orthodontists alike and a reality that Dr. Lempert is excited to share with her patients.

Dr. Susan LempertDr. Lempert provides complimentary orthodontic screenings in her Swedesboro office.  You can visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.

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Soft Drinks and Orthodontic Treatment: A Recipe for Disaster

Soft Drinks + OthodonticsThe American Association of Orthodontists recently published a warning about the dangers of soft drinks during orthodontic treatment.  Sodas, both regular and diet, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices can do considerable damage to teeth.   This damage is compounded when you are wearing braces or aligners.

The acids in these beverages weaken the tooth by pulling the calcium out of the enamel.  This process of decalcification can lead to cavities.  This loss of enamel is permanent and will not restore itself.

The acid effect of soft drinks on your teeth can be amplified by another source of acid found in your mouth.  Every day the surface of your teeth accumulate plaque, a sticky mixture of food debris, saliva and bacteria. The bacteria in the plaque utilize sugars and starches as food and make acid as a byproduct.  This acid softens the teeth.  For orthodontic patients this decalcification occurs around the braces and under the aligners.  If you combine the acid from plaque with acid from drinks it doubles your risk for tooth decay!


During orthodontic treatment it is best to avoid these damaging drinks.  If you must drink a soft drink use a straw to limit the contact with your teeth.  Also, drink with a meal and do not sip the drink over a long period of time.  The length of time the teeth are exposed to the acid increases the risk of decay.  Brush right away after drinking and if you don’t have a toothbrush with you then rinse with water.


Dr. Susan Lempert, a local orthodontist, encourages her patients to follow the AAO warnings about soft drinks.  She suggests drinking water instead.  Dr. Lempert prescribes a special fluoride paste for all of her patients during treatment and will also recommend more frequent dental cleanings if a patient’s home care is deficient.

Dr. Lempert explains, “When you finish your orthodontic treatment you want a beautiful smile with straight, healthy teeth.  White decalcification marks and cavities will destroy your result.  Choose your drinks wisely because your smile depends on it!”

Dr. Susan Lempert Dr. Susan Lempert is a local orthodontist and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.  For more information about Dr. Lempert and her practice you can visit her website at:   www.lempertsmile.com.

 American Association of Orthodontists


Harrison Soccer Cleat Exchange

The Harrison Soccer Cleat Exchange is a new program hosted by the Harrison Soccer Club.  The Exchange is a place to donate and/or exchange your  clean and out-grown cleats and other soccer equipment.


Simply clean your out-grown cleats, tie the laces together and label with size. Place your old clean cleats in the bin near the concession stand at the Harrison Soccer Complex and take home any pair that you need.  The exchange will be open during concession stand hours.

This is a NEW program for Harrison Soccer and we are in need of donations, donations, donations, to get it jump started!  This exchange is only for clean soccer cleats or shin guards in good condition.  Please not donate baseball, lacrosse or football cleats or cleats with holes or broken soles.
Yes, you can take cleats even if you don’t bring a pair for exchange.

For more information, visit the Soccer Cleat Exchange on Facebook.

Gentle Sleep Coaching for Children and Spring Forward Sleep Tips

If you’re a parent of a baby or toddler, chances are you face challenges when it comes to teaching your child good sleep habits.  Whether your infant wakes multiple times during the night or your toddler resists naps during the day, Gentle Sleep Coaching may be the solution you need!

Meredith Kinney, a certified Gentle Sleep Coach with Well Rested Family, shares some information about sleep coaching and some great tips for adjusting your child’s sleep to the time change when we “Spring Forward” this month.


Meet Meredith Kinney, GSCmeredith kinney

Meredith Kinney is the mother of two boys and lives in Hainesport. She graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, and worked in magazine publishing in Philadelphia. When her children were born, she chose to leave her office job and stay home with them.  As a stay-at-home mom, she was very involved in the day to day activities of her boys and around young children and moms all day. She would often hear how concerned everyone was about how much sleep their babies were getting. It seemed no one was getting any sleep. Everyone had suggestions to help these moms, but no one had real solutions.  The Gentle Sleep Coaching method is a real solution.  Meredith decided the best way to stay at home with her boys, while still being involved with other moms in the community was to become certified as a Gentle Sleep Coach.  The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist.

What is Gentle Sleep Coaching?

Gentle Sleep Coaching was created by Kim West, LCSW-C author of book Good Night, Sleep Tight.  It is a gradual way to teach your baby the vital skill of sleep.  During sleep coaching, the parents learn to tune in to their baby’s sleep cues and patterns, and use that information to shape healthy sleeping habits.  No two babies are alike, so the Gentle Sleep Method is a program customized to your baby, and your family.  Methods like cry it out, which do not take into account the individuality of each baby, are hard for parents to follow through with.Well Rested

With Gentle Sleep Coaching, parents make small changes to the baby’s sleep habits and environment, gradually teaching their baby how to fall asleep and stay asleep. Unlike cry it out methods, Gentle Sleep Coaching encourages parents to respond to baby’s needs while they are learning this new skill of sleep.

The Gentle Sleep Coaches at Well Rested Family will work with you to determine a plan that matches your family’s needs.  They offer a Baby Basics Consultation for newborn-4/5 month olds and a Well Rested Consultation for children ages 4months to 6 years.  Learn more about their programs here.


Tips for Adjusting to Daylight Savings

On Sunday March 13 this year, we will “Spring Forward” and move our clocks ahead an hour.  Babies and toddlers who don’t understand what time is may be affected by this change more than you would think.  Here are a few tips to help ease the transition.

First, plan ahead.  Make sure your child is getting adequate naps the week before the time change.  This way they will be well rested, and better able to adjust to the change ahead.  We always say sleep begets sleep; the more sleep your baby gets, the better they will be at sleeping.  Second, on the day of the time change, be prepared for  your child’s bedtime to feel earlier, because it actually is an hour earlier. Third, take your child outside first thing in the morning.  Getting some sunlight will help his internal clock to adjust.  (and yours as well!)

sleeping babyThere are two methods to dealing with the time change.  The first method is the Do Nothing Method!  Act like it is a normal day.  For most families this is the easiest thing to do.  However, be aware that your baby has now lost an hour of sleep.  Watch their sleep cues for the day, and be aware that they may indeed be a little “off”.  Put them to bed at their regular time, say 7PM, but remember this was 6PM yesterday.  With this do nothing method, it may take a few days for their sleep to regulate, and their meals and naps to adjust as well.

The second method is for children who are a little more alert, and less likely to self adjust to a change in their schedule.  In this instance, the new 7PM (which was 6PM yesterday) may be too early for them to go to sleep.  You can split the difference for a few days, putting them to bed at 7:30 and slowly making the bedtime earlier in the upcoming days.  Also try to be as consistent as possible with their feeding and nap schedules in these days. The most important thing to remember is to watch your child during these first few days.  Try to read their sleepy cues, and respond accordingly.  Every child is different, and some may take longer than others to adjust to this new time.

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For more information about Meredith or to set up a free 15 minute consultation contact Well Rested Family here.  For more tips and tricks on children’s sleep follow Well Rested Family on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wellrestedfamily


Girls on the GLOW and Teen Tri ~ Registration Info

The Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club offers two great programs for young girls in our community and registration is now open for the upcoming season. 

Girls on the GLOW

Girls on the GLOWGirls on the GLOW is open to all girls in grades 1-6 and focuses on building endurance and strength as well as building character and confidence. G.L.O.W. stands for Grow, Learn, Offer, and Work, which is what the girls are expected to do at each and every practice.  The goal is for every girl to discover her inner GLOW that comes from achieving a goal, as an individual and as a team, through effort, determination and cooperation.

The participants are encouraged to attend weekly practices and take part in the various events and seminars offered throughout the season.  There will even be opportunities for some mother/daughter quality time on our calendar, too.  GLOW offers a spring session and a fall session.

Registration is now open!  Membership is available through the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club and the fee for membership is $30 for the spring session.  To register,  click here.  Each participant will receive a Girls on the GLOW t-shirt, a journal, a water bottle, invitations to our special events, and admission to our signature GLOW Runs.

Teen TriTeen Tri

Teen Tri is also a facet of the Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club and is a program designed to empower young women in grades 7-12.  The club provides training opportunities for traditional athletes who are looking to do a triathlon but also provides activities and events for non-traditional athletes who are more interested in having fun and simply being active.  Teen Tri wants to show that being a girl means you can do anything.  It is a great organization that helps to create strong athletes, strong friendships and strong women.

Teen Tri membership is $25 for the year.  Each member will get a MHWTC tee shirt and an invitation to all rides, runs, swims and special events throughout the year. Teen Tri registration is now open for 2016.

A Teen Tri  information session will be held on Monday, February 29th at 6:30 at Clearview High School in the LGI.  Click here to RSVP for this event. To register for Teen Tri, click here.

For additional information on either program or to lend your support as a mentor please contact Dina Strachan at dina@mhwtc.com. 


Introducing Raines Dental, Now Open in Mullica Hill

There’s a new dentist in town! MHM is excited to introduce Raines Dental, offering general and cosmetic dentistry and conveniently located at 4 Burton Lane in Mullica Hill (right behind Inspira  in the Tomlin Station Commerce Center.)

Raines Dental

Meet Dr. Jason Raines Dr. Jason Raines

Dr. Jason Raines was born and raised in Central New Jersey and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a BA in Genetics. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from The University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

 “I take pride in the outcomes and appearance of my patients’ smiles…It is my goal to deliver dental care in a pain-free, gentle manner, with the potential of completely altering a patient’s perception of what dentistry is all about.”

Dr. Raines also participates with organizations such as “Give Kids a Smile” and “Dentistry From the Heart” providing free dentistry to those in need.  Outside of dentistry, Dr. Raines and his wife, Dr. Lauren Raines, enjoy spending time with their dog and family and staying active outdoors.


Raines Dental offers a full range of general dental treatments including fillings/restorations, bridges, crowns, sealants, dental implants and non-surgical root canals.  They also offer cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, bonding and porcelain veneers.


Raines Dental

State of the Art Office

Take a tour here of the brand new Raines Dental office with a warm and inviting waiting room and comfortable treatment rooms featuring state of the art dental equipment.

Special Offer for New Patients:

new patientRaines Dental offers special pricing for New Patients:  

Free Teeth Whitening!

All patients with insurance get FREE take home whitening for a limited time with comprehensive exam, cleaning, and a complete set of X-rays!

$119 New Patient Exam

No insurance?  No worries!  For a limited time, all new patients without dental insurance are eligible for a cleaning, comprehensive exam, and four bitewing X-rays for only $119.00!

Your initial appointment usually will consist of a cleaning, an examination and review of your treatment options. Many treatments can be started the same day as the initial consultation and Raines Dental is an  in-network provider with most PPO dental insurance companies.

To schedule an appointment, please call 856-343-4020 and be sure tell them Mullica Hill Mom sent you!

For more information visit Raines Dental online at www.rainesdental.com or www.facebook.com/RainesDental/


The Orthodontist’s Role in Recognizing Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder where there is partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep.   Children with OSA have repeated episodes of airway obstruction during sleep and may snore, gasp, snort or even stop breathing. This leads to slowing of the heart rate, brain arousal, a drop in blood oxygen level and disruption of sleep.  According to The American Academy of Otolaryngology approximately 10 percent of children snore regularly and up to 4 percent have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

The National Sleep Foundation reports that children with OSA can be difficult to wake up, display morning irritability, suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness and have frequent morning headaches.  Additionally, these children are commonly inattentive and display disruptive behavior that can lead to school or social problems.   Many of the symptoms of OSA are similar to those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.   In addition to the behavioral and social difficulties associated with OSA there are other consequences such as slowed growth and development, cardiovascular problems and increased risk for obesity.

Risk factors for OSA are:

  •  Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Abnormalities of the jaws or tongue
  • Childhood obesity
  • Neuromuscular deficits such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Allergies or asthma

Orthodontists are in a unique position to recognize children who may suffer from OSA.  As certified specialists in the irregularities of the teeth and in the morphology of the jawbones, orthodontists understand the symptoms and characteristics of children with OSA can help identify patients at risk.  Also, orthodontists see their patients frequently and this repeated exposure puts them at an advantage when it comes to identifying the symptoms and distinct craniofacial indicators associated with OSA.

If you suspect OSA in your child be sure to alert your orthodontist.  She can determine whether your child may be at risk, discuss possible orthodontic corrections and refer your child to medical specialist for treatment.

If you have concerns about OSA in your child, Dr. Lempert provides complimentary orthodontic screenings for children in her Swedesboro office.  You can visit her website at www.lempertsmile.com to learn more about her practice.

Dr Lempert
Dr. Lempert graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Human Biology.   She received her Master of Science in Oral Biology Degree, Certificate in Orthodontics, and Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Temple University School of Dentistry.

CrossFit HideOut ~ Opening Dec. 1st

There’s a brand new fitness center coming to town! CrossFit HideOut will open December 1st on Harmony Rd in Mickleton, right next to South Jersey Bullpen.  CrossFit HideOut welcomes individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds.  Their mission is to create a fit and healthy community of people with strong work ethic inside and outside the gym.

The CrossFit HideOut Approachcross fit

Cross Fit HideOut combines functional complex, movements with high intensity training for the ultimate workout.  They believe in an atmosphere of encouragement and acceptance and will help you push yourself to achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.

All memberships are monthly, with no hidden fees. Each class at Cross Fit HideOut is taught by a top notch coach who will not only work with you to achieve your fitness goals but also make sure you have fun while doing it!

Meet the Coaches

Owners Abby Graham and Dana Heinsen are both originally from Mullica Hill and graduated from Gloucester Catholic H.S.


Abby is a former D1 collegiate soccer player with Cross Fit Level 1 and 2 certifications.” I have to say that some of the best experiences I have had while coaching CrossFit is seeing all the hard work pay offEveryday I have the opportunity to make a difference and that is something that keeps me coming to work every day with a smile.”, says Abby.



Dana grew up playing softball, soccer, swimming and field hockey and is also Cross Fit Level 1 certified.  “After college, I was a serious endurance athlete, competing in a ton of triathlons, half marathons, and whatever else I could get into on the weekends,” says Dana. CrossFit made my times better! Strength and muscle endurance is an amazing thing.” 



Open House ~ Saturday Dec. 5th

Come to the Open House from 9 a.m to Noon on Dec. 5th to see the new facility, try out two of their classes (at 9am and 10am) and enjoy some food and refreshments afterwards.  Enter to win great prizes including s a free month unlimited membership.

The Founders Club promotion will be for the first 15 athletes to sign up. Each of these members will receive a discounted price of $135/month for unlimited membership and 10% off all future apparel For Life! To sign up  e-mail abby@crossfithideout.com.

Mullica Hill Mom Deal

Special Offer:  Get 20% off your first month membership when you mention Mullica Hill Mom.


CrossFit HideOut ~ 228 Harmony Rd, Mickleton, NJ, www.crossfithideout.com

Facebook:   CrossFit Hideout, Instagram:  @crossfithideout