Originally By Sally Friedman Correspondent at Burlington County Times

It may be the middle of summer. The mood may seem more beach and pool than up-and-at-’em.

But don’t for a moment think that your fellow Burlington County residents are off their game.

The pace has not yielded to those infamous “dog days” of summer. And the fact that school is presumably out for the summer hasn’t stopped activity in that realm particularly.

Here’s what’s happening in the area — and rest assured that good deeds, accomplishment and change are in the summer air.

There’s a lot going on at Rowan College at Burlington County, including for women seeking new career paths in either the construction or energy fields. They may find themselves eligible for free training through a promising partnership that includes the college’s Workforce Development Institute and leading area utility companies.

The aptly named “WISE” — Women in Sustainable Employment — will provide a weeklong 40-hour training program for women who are interested and qualify.

“Women in Sustainable Employment provides everything a woman needs to start a long and successful career in the utility field,,” said Paul Drayton, Rowan College at Burlington County President. “Combining so many outstanding industry partners leaves me no doubt that that many women will walk out of this program and directly into a new job.”

The same opportunities for women exist in the construction field.

The program will be held at Rowan College of Burlington County in Mount Laurel from 9 .m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. Orientation sessions begin on Aug. 15.

For complete information and registration for the orientation program, call Mary Fox at 609-702-7006 or mfox@co.burlington.nj.us.

Attorney Timothy Farrow, the co-founding partner of the Moorestown law firm, Dash Farrow, has recently been named as the board chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), which is dedicated to keep alumni engaged with their alma mater.

Farrow, who served as vice chair of the association, is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, and was president of his graduating class. He had graduated magna cum laude from Catholic

University of America in Washington, D.C.

Farrow’s devotion to the Red and Black, Rutgers’ colors, extended to serving as chancellor of the Rutgers-Camden Law Alumni Board. He also is a past president of the Burlington County Bar Association.

Providing criminal defense at all levels has been the main focus of Farrow’s professional life, and he is a frequent panelist on criminal matters.

Doane Academy has every reason to be enormously proud of one of its own.

Zaniya Lewis, a member of the Class of 2016, has been chosen for the honor of traveling with 20 NBA players to South Africa this summer to participate in numerous service projects and also the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program, one which encourages young basketball players together to promote the sport.

Zaniya, who also was a Burlington County Times Teen Excellence winner this year, was one of only three students in the country chosen out of a large national field of contenders who were all required to submit essays concerning their qualification and accomplishments.

This Doane Academy rising senior, Edgewater Park resident and 100-plus point scoring guard, also has been immersed in community projects.. The young woman founded the New Jersey National Guard Teen panel, an organization that helps children dealing with the military deployment of their parents. She also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Camden, which is dedicated to helping the families of seriously ill children.

Also named one of the Burlington County Times’ Teen Excellence’s students last spring, Nicole Higginbotham of Burlington Township, a graduate of Burlington Township High School, excelled in both academics and community involvement.

With a cumulative grade point average of 4.73 and a roster of all AP and Honors classes, this young woman also has been named the recipient of a New Jersey Utilities Association James R. Leva Scholarship.

The award is given to only three promising New Jersey students who are members of families employed in the utilities industry. Nicole, a champion for women’s rights, was committed t to the Girls Up Foundation, which gives American girls the opportunity to stand up for global issues involving girls and women.

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