Update on donations: Due to the overwhelming response of the Jefferson Township community, The Lake Shawnee Clubhouse located at 4 West Shawnee Trail (Wharton) is no longer accepting gently used or new clothing and toiletries for Pam and her immediate family members who shared the home with her; a 17 year old boy, 13 year old boy, 6 year old girl, 3 women, and 1 man.

An early morning fire on Sunday, January 8 destroyed the home of Pamela Graham in Lake Shawnee, and the Jefferson Township community within hours rallied together to help Mrs. Graham and her family get the bare essentials that they immediately need as everything they owned was lost in the fire.  The good news is that all family members are safe and have temporary housing.

Read the story: Structure Fire Engulfs Home At East Shawnee Trail

  • Jefferson Township Recreation Department Director Grace Rhinesmith will be accepting monetary donations with drop-off points at the Recreation Department located at her office at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong and the Jefferson Township Municipal Building located at 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge during normal business hours – Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4:30 pm/Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm. 973-663-8404 x4 or x5
      • The Jefferson Arts Committee will also be accepting monetary donations as well as VISA, MasterCard, and AMEX gift cards in any denomination (no specific store gift cards please). Contact artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org or drop off at the Jefferson Township Recreation Department office at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong during normal business hours.
      • Additional activities to assist the family will be posted on The Jefferson Chronicle as they become available.

Over the years, Mrs. Graham has been very involved in her community not only as a Science Teacher at the Jefferson Township Middle School, but as the JTMS Red Cross Club adviser, a member of the Township of Jefferson’s Recreation Advisory Board, the Township’s CERT team, the Township’s Teen Scene, and the Jefferson Arts Committee and its sub-committees.  She has given so much to this community and now the community will have an opportunity to help her and her family.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and recently retired as the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.