Rutgers offers environmental training

The 2013 class of Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Environmental Steward training will be offered in Atlantic County from January to June.

The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the nonprofit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.

The training location is the Atlantic County Utility Authority at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township.

Normal class time will be Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $250

Email Amy Menzel at, write P.O. Box 996 Pleasantville, NJ 08232, or call 609-272-6950, ext. 6934

Applications and additional info are at More information including application forms and the current schedule for lectures at all locations are at

Puppy training class set

Pinelands K-9 Club Inc. is administering a new American Kennel Club training program geared to puppies and their owners. The AKC “STAR Puppy Program” rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies. The program is the puppy level of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program. STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner — all the things a puppy needs to have a good life.

The next series of classes start Jan. 8. Classes include valuable training tips for puppy owners, such as how to housetrain, and lessons on practical skills for puppies, such as coming when called. The program is open to all dogs. Puppies can begin training as soon as they have the necessary vaccines and they can enroll in AKC STAR Puppy at any point until 6 months of age.

At the end of the course, the instructor administers the AKC STAR Puppy test. Upon passing, owners and puppies will be enrolled in the AKC STAR Puppy Program and receive a package that includes a frameable certificate , a medal, a handbook, discount enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery (a 24-hour recovery service if the puppy gets lost), and a subscription to monthly email newsletter that includes training tips.

For more information or to sign up, see

Music lectures set

Learn about “The Golden Thread,” a series of musical connections through time, at the January free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

The lecture will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. Lectures are co-sponsored by the libraries in which they given. For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Electric company to donate smoke alarms

Atlantic City Electric will donate 1,080 smoke alarms to fire marshals in southern New Jersey as part of the company’s Emergency Services Partnership Program. The smoke alarms will be dispersed in January to eight counties within Atlantic City Electric’s service area. The donation provides resources for county fire marshals who give the smoke alarms to New Jersey residents who need them.

The donation includes 80 smoke alarms designed to help protect residents who are hard of hearing. These smoke alarms emit a bright strobe light and high-decibel audible alarm to alert people to the presence of smoke.

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. Since 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 21,300 smoke alarms and 720 special needs smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.

Art center offers workshop, classes in Ventnor

The Ventnor Community Cultural Art Center is offering classes and workshops in the new year.

On Jan. 5, the first one-day workshop will teach participants to make a Kumihimo Sea Goddess Necklace. The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until participants are finished. The cost is $125 and includes all the beads, charms, tools and findings. Bring a lunch or order out for lunch break; the studio has a microwave and a refrigerator. To register, call 609-287-6449.

Winter jewelry and metalsmithing class help participants learn to work with metal, stones and beads, learn traditional techniques and develop individual style; make pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets; and learn to work with glass, crystal, semiprecious stones, beads and metal jewelry findings. The seven-week courses begin Jan. 11-12 and end Oct. 19-20.

10 a.m. to noon, Beading: Learn techniques and materials including: bead stringing and pearl knotting, catches and findings to enhance designs. Learn how beads are made and how to use them.

12:15 to 2 p.m., Beginners Metalsmithing (Metals 1): For beginners and those looking for a creative outlet. Learn methods of cold-joining metals and stones, work with wire and sheet metals,piercing, sawing, riveting, drilling, polishing, finishing and more.

2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Intermediate Metalsmithing (Metals 2): For students who have metalworking skills from Beginners Metalsmithing. Learn how to use a jewelers torch, bezel and prong settings, making chain, stamping, stone setting and more.

All seven week classes are $155 and include tools and materialsm, which includes copper and brass metal. Students also can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee. For information on any class, call 609-287-6449 or 609-823-7952.

Katz JCC Gala to honor Marrandino

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced the honoree of its 2013 Annual Gala as Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment.

The Gala is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops in Caesars in Atlantic City.

For gala or ticket information, call Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or email

JFS serving those affected by Hurricae Sandy

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties continues to serve those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Beginning Jan. 3, the JFS Donation and Distribution Center will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. James School, Ventnor.

Jewish Family Service’s Donation and Distribution Center’s main entrance is on Portland Avenue between Ventnor and Atlantic avenues. JFS is distributing nonperishable food, coats, toiletries and other basic necessities to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The agency also provides an array of services including application assistance, referrals, counseling and mental health services. To receive additional assistance, contact the agency’s Intake Department at 609-822-1108. Community members are welcome to use the Distribution Center once per week and must present valid ID with full name and address. Donations are also accepted. Current needs include peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, shampoo, cleaning supplies and diapers (all sizes). Donations of toilet paper, paper towels, mac-n-cheese, tuna, cereal and other nonperishables are always accepted. Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection, organization and distribution. See for the latest volunteer opportunity and to offer your time.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, call 609-822-1109 or email

Monetary donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made securely online at

College foundation receives gift

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation recently received a $25,000 gift from the A&R Mack Charitable Foundation on behalf of Anthony and Rita Mack, of Galloway Township.

The donation is to establish an endowed scholarship fund that will benefit Atlantic County students attending Atlantic Cape. Anthony and Rita Mack own and operate two McDonald’s restaurants in Atlantic City. The Macks became McDonald’s owners in 1986 and have volunteered many hours to local projects and organizations. “Create Opportunity: The Capital and Scholarship Campaign for Atlantic Cape Community College,” is the college’s first major gifts campaign. The campaign has two initiatives: increase college-based financial assistance by enhancing the scholarship endowment and secure funding to purchase furnishings and scientific equipment for the new Science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility to be built on the Mays Landing Campus.

To learn more about the campaign and other investment opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, at 609-463-3670 or, or see

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at or calling Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or emailing

Habitat launches mobile response

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is one of nearly a dozen Habitat affiliates that recently received a mobile response unit to assist communities in New York and New Jersey recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Chevrolet donated a total of 24 Express vans, including 19 C-20 Panel Vans that were specially outfitted with tools and equipment donated by Lowe’s and the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. Chevrolet also donated five 15-passenger Express vans.

The Habitat Mobile Response Units will assist families who need help with critical home repairs. Habitat’s “Repair. Rebuild. Restore.” effort to assist with the long-term recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy is underway and will provide families in need with critical home repairs, rehabilitations/reconstruction, weatherization and new construction.

Following the storm, Habitat for Humanity International launched a multi-phase response to help affected communities. This effort includes a range of services that will address both the short-term and long-term need for safe and decent housing. To make a donation to Habitat for Humanity see

Low-cost pet neutering program available

Spaces are available now for the state’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for pets, available to qualified residents. The program began Jan. 1 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for as little as $10.

To qualify for the $10 cost, residents must receive one of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, aid to families with dependent children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled. There is a $20 program option with other qualifications. For more information, to find out if you qualify, and to find a participating veterinarian, call 609-826-4872. See

Participating veterinarians include: Shore Vets in Hammonton, call 609-561-2802; Shore Vets in Egg Harbor Township, call 609-272-8777; Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Mays Landing, call 609-625-7922; Ventnor Veterinary Office LLC in Cologne, call 609-823-8566.

Tickets on sale for food event

The organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore event are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts. The 2013 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City.

The event appeals to “foodies” and environmentalists alike, as it showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds from the event also are used to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Chefs at the Shore tickets are $50 before June 1 and $60 after that date. Guests may purchase a block of 10 for $450. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by emailing or calling 609-348-2880, ext. 25. For restaurant participation, call the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey at 609-703-9912.

Poetry, prose getaway set

Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township and Murphy Writing Seminars have partnered to present the 20th annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway set for Jan. 18-21 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township.

The conference attracts more than 200 writers and offers workshops such as Poetry Writing, Creative Writing Sampler, Turning Memory into Memoir, Writing and Publishing Your Fiction and more. See

Kathleen’s Closet now open in Mays Landing

Kathleen’s Closet Second Chance Shop is now open at the Festival at Hamilton, 3984 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, across from the Hamilton Mall.

The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and sells gently used clothing for the whole family, jewelry and accessories, home decor, seasonal items and much more. Proceeds support hunger relief in New Jersey. Call Call 609-383-8843, ext 104.

Atlantic Cape registration under way

Registration for winter and spring sessions at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way at all campuses. Classes are offered online and at Atlantic Cape’s campuses in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road. Earn credits in 11 days during winter term.

Openings are available in the following classes: Elementary Spanish II, Financial Accounting, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Intro to Algebra II, Intro to Computers, Introduction to Logic, Intro to Visual Arts and Statistical Methods. Seats are still available in aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, hospitality and many other courses during the spring semester.

Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. To view a list of important registration deadlines, see Atlantic Cape’s events calendar at Payment is due at the time of registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

For more information, email or call 609-343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County.

Triathlon/duathlon set

The annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon will take place Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

Participants have a month to complete the event: a 2.4-mile swim in a pool, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run. Triathletes do all three events. Duathletes do two events.

The registration donation is $30 and is co-sponsored by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. Competitors can substitute gym events for the swimming, biking and running events by documenting how many laps they swim or aquasize classes they take for the swim leg of the triathlon; how many miles they bike, step or row for the bicycling portion; and how many miles they walk/run, use the elliptical or take aerobics classes for the marathon section. Everyone who enters receives a T-shirt, and everyone who finishes will receive an award. A list of triathlon finishers will be posted and an awards ceremony will take place Feb. 23 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th and Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.

The triathlon is a fundraiser for CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a nonprofit volunteer group that makes daily telephone reassurance calls to the elderly and disabled in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Registration forms are required and are available at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, by calling CONTACT at 609-823-1850 or 609-463-4564, or by emailing

Teen writing contest set

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is sponsoring its annual teen writing contest, “It’s Always Something,” for students in the ninth to 12th grades. They are looking for personal essays and poetry. Each writing must be honest and speak to how cancer has affected that teen writer’s life.

All writings must be 500 to 1,000 words, double-spaced. One entry per student. The contest deadline is March 15. Winners will be selected by May 10. Both First Place Essay and Poetry winners will receive an Apple iPad. Prizes also will be awarded to second and third place winners in each category

For more information, and a contest entry form, email Beth Wray at To enter online, see

Art contest set for kids

The Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “Abby and the Arts Birthday Festival and Art Contest” for Atlantic City students in grades six-12.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place for the categories: Drawing/Painting, Photography and Poetry. Submissions will be accepted through 3 p.m. Jan. 6. Winners will be selected by a panel of local artists and arts administrators and will be announced at Absecon Lighthouse at 1 p.m. Jan. 13. Complete rules, guidelines, and entry forms can be found at, or call 609-449-1360. The contest is part of the 156-year-old Absecon Lighthouse’s Birthday Festival, celebrated Jan. 13-15.

Restaurant collecting for storm victims

W.L. Goodfellows and Co. Restaurant and Pub in Galloway Township invites everyone to make a donation to “Goodfellows For Shore” to help South Jersey neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Goodfellows will match all donations received, up to $1,000. Financial donations are asked, either through Paypal or in person at the restaurant, 310 East White Horse Pike, Galloway Township. All funds collected will be used to deliver food and supplies to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch.

Volunteers needed for senior shuttle

Volunteers are needed for the Ventnor Senior Citizen Transportation Service.

This free shuttle service is available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and offers rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. This service is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers, who are always needed to support this program. Anyone able to donate three hours from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday is asked to call 609-823-7994 and leave your name and phone number.

Restaurant gala set for March

The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will take place March 14 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme “Celebrate the 30 kNights,” the gala will feature Camelot-inspired decor and a feast.

Gala honorees include the Donio and Crescenzo families of Hammonton and Chef Kevin Scull of Egg Harbor Township. The annual fundraiser has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Call Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672, email, or see

A.C. Electric offers ‘gift of energy’

For those seeking to brighten someone’s holiday, Atlantic City Electric offers its Gift of Energy Program.

The Gift of Energy program lets you make a payment on someone’s Atlantic City Electric bill, and in return, receive a complimentary holiday greeting card. To purchase a Gift of Energy, see or visit an Atlantic City Electric Courtesy Center. The consumer should provide the Customer Care representative with the name and address of the Atlantic City Electric customer. The Gift of Energy Program runs through Jan. 15.

You can purchase the Gift of Energy at Atlantic City Electric Courtesy Centers including: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2430 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6814 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township.

College offers IT courses

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer information technology certifications, including career training and IT professional series courses, in 2013.

Computer System Support and Analyst Technician enhances the Computer Technical Solution Series by focusing on the principles of desktop and network management beginning Jan. 28.

Certified Ethical Hacker training allows students the opportunity to review the processes and tools hackers use to exploit systems and learn how to deploy effective countermeasures to prevent malicious attacks beginning Feb. 12.

In Microsoft Certified IT Professional, students learn how to set up and maintain network infrastructure services and learn how to secure a network environment using industry standard technologies, beginning June 3.

Computer Repair Technician (A+ Certification) prepares students to work with the latest hardware technologies, including: RAID, Serial Attached SCSI, USB and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express beginning June 3.

Information technology certifications classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, see or call 609-343-4829.

DVDs needed for service members

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVD movies to send to serving military personnel.

Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; and Essl’s Dugout Restaurant, 7001 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. Cash donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

College offers casino games training

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College has prepared more than 50,000 people for careers in casino games and continues to offer training for those who wish to enter the profession.

The Half the Time at Half the Price Program offers table games professionals an opportunity to increase their value and marketability to employers by learning a new game in a short-term, low-cost program. CCI table games alumni who have graduated more than three years ago can refresh their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously have taken with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can revive their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Classes include: introduction to casino games-blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker, pai gow tiles, roulette and pai gow poker.

CCI also provides training in nondealing casino professions such as Surveillance Training. Gaming classes begin every two weeks. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Scholarship applications accepted

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2013 semester.

The 2013 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pickup at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and at

The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 8. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 20. For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 609-625-1111, ext. 5082, or email In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Toys for Tots needs help

The Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League has faced obstacles for its annual Toys for Tots campaign and seeks the community’s involvement and the generosity of residents to acquire and deliver toys to children this holiday season.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed several of the businesses that traditionally volunteered to be dropoff locations. Many families lost their homes and possessions, increasing the need for donations for children. Two prominent conventions that historically supply many donated gifts were canceled due to the storm, the New Jersey Teachers Convention and the League of Municipalities. A thief broke into a storage trailer and stole a large quantity of donated gifts. Although a suspect was apprehended and charged with the crime, the toys were not recovered.

To be a toy dropoff location, donate toys or money to purchase gifts, call Frank Vesely at 609-868-0003 or email or call Joseph Harris at 609-927-6402 or email

Jazz Society seeks sponsors

The Somers Point Jazz Society is seeking sponsors for its 2013 Jazz @ the Point event, which will take place April 11-14 at various locations in Somers Point. Proceeds benefit the arts program in Somers Point Public Schools. Sponsorships start at $500.

To be part of this event, call the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 and sponsorship information will be sent.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation has established the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students to collect emergency funds for Atlantic Cape Community College students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities assaulted by the storm on Oct. 29. Student evacuees are now returning to devastating conditions-wrecked homes and vehicles, and destroyed computer equipment, school supplies and textbooks.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will provide assistance for students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities. To make a donation to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 609-463-4507 or

Senior Center open

The Hammonton Community Senior Citizen Center is open for seniors, age 50 and older, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Canoe Club building off Egg Harbor Road at Park Avenue in Hammonton Lake Park. Recreational activities include card games, a walking group and book club. There are no membership fees or dues. On the third Friday of each month, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center sponsors a free lecture by a health care professional on a subject related directly to senior issues. The talk is followed by a luncheon provided by the Canoe Club Kitchen crew for $3. Bingo is held the fourth Tuesday of each month, followed by a free luncheon.

Call the Canoe Club at 856-322-7082 to speak to a volunteer for more information and to register for any event.

Master gardener program open

People who enjoy gardening and would like to take their skills to the next level are sought for the Atlantic County Master Gardener Program sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Applications are now being taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. No experience necessary. The first training will begin Jan. 8.

This program is for all residents of Atlantic County. For more information or an application, call Mona Bawgus or Anita Wagner at 609-625-0056, ext. 6123, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or see

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. From Jan. 12 to March 16 is Fresh Start; March 16 to June 15, Anything Goes; June 15 to Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21 to Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

All dropoffs should be made to the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Cost is $5 members/$10 nonmembers for each piece. To become a member, see

Health courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers programs for health care professionals interested in advancing their skills.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients. It will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, beginning Jan. 29.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians. Curriculum includes: anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical terminology, medical disease processes and appropriate treatments, medical ethics. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, beginning March 4.

In Administrative Health-Care Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning March 11.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

For information or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Golden Cotillion planned

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter will introduce a Golden Cotillion in spring 2013.

The Golden Cotillion, “Lovelier the Second Time Around,” will feature women 60 and older. It will provide an opportunity for mature ladies to experience relevant workshops and an evening of dining, dancing and fun. Ladies are sought to participate. A sponsorship fee will be required. Sponsors may be individuals, civic organizations, social clubs, or churches. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter has been the sponsor of the Debutante Cotillion for high school seniors for more than 50 years. The benefits of this cotillion have enabled the chapter presenting scholarships each of these years. The two cotillions will continue to benefit Iota’s Scholarship Fund and the sorority’s Youth Programs.

Anyone interested is asked to call Barbara Gilliam, chairperson, at 609-348-3654.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover business, grant writing/nonprofits, career ideas, career development, personal enrichment, test preparation, languages, personal finance, personal enrichment, computer applications and more.

Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see

Reassurance calls offered

The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

Nursery school registration under way

Congregation Beth Israel Nursery School is accepting enrollment for the 2012-13 school year, with extended hours for “Before Care.” Parents now may drop off children as early as 7:30 a.m. Extended “After Care” also is available until 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Nursery School accepts children ages 2 to 5, with flexible days and times. Kindergarten enrichment is available for half-day programs. Classes run from 9 a.m. to noon and include the “Handwriting Without Tears” language program. Afternoon sessions and five-day options are available for ages three and up. The extended hours are designed to accommodate working families, with care provided by nursery school teachers.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. Call Cookie Feldman at 609-641-3600 or email

Program set for families with young children

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor has opened Mishpacha and Me (Family and Me). The program was created specifically for families with young children to age 4. Families will meet monthly on Sunday mornings to learn about Jewish holidays, sing songs, hear a story and create a special craft.

A Saturday morning component will feature an opportunity for families to attend Sabbath worship as a family in a supportive environment. For further information, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Education Director, at 609-822-7116, ext. 104.

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Autoimmune support group forming

An autoimmune support group is forming and will meet the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Chapel of Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood. Contact Pastor Joanne Drane through the church office at 609-927-4882 or through Central Counseling Center at 609-927-4149.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Students do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information, call 609-822-1854 or email To register online, see

Library offers app

The new Atlantic County Library System app puts the library in your pocket. You can quickly and easily search the library catalog, check your record, renew the things you have checked out, and put items on hold with the app. Wherever you are, downloading audiobooks and eBooks; locating, calling or emailing a library branch; or accessing the library’s calendar of events, Facebook or Twitter pages are simple to do.

The free app is available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Google Android devices (Nook, Kindle Fire, LG, Samsung, and more) through your app store. For more information, see

Family readiness group formed

The 150th/160th Engineer Company, New Jersey Army National Guard unit out of Hammonton has officially formed a Family Readiness Group to support the soldiers and families within the unit. The following positions were filled: Leader Wanda Tarquinio of Vineland, Secretary Janet Wilson of Mount Laurel, Treasurer Patricia Christensen of Tuckerton, and Special Events, Jennifer Freeman of Pleasantville.

To join the 150th/160th FRG or receive the newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how to contribute, email To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166.

Pulmonary support group formed

An evening support group is being formed in the Atlantic County area for residents with lung and related pulmonary disease in need of camaraderie and friendship.

Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and forums for discussion. If interested, please contact 609-230-2859 or The meeting date, location and time will be announced upon participant interest.

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

Families are invited to come for the LKSA Parent Tot class — and stay to play and mix and mingle.

On Fridays, swim from 11:30 a.m. to noon and play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Working as a group and individually, the class uses songs and simple drills to acclimate the child to the aquatic environment. This program begins the journey to water safety with the introduction of back-float survival skills. After the pool is playtime for children and socializing time for adults. Light snacks and beverages will be served

The Katz Jewish Community Center is located at 501 N. Jerome Ave.17, Margate.

MS group seeks members

The Jersey Shore MS support group is trying to reform, and is looking for people involved with MS who would like a forum. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (not in summer) at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library System on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Egg Harbor Township is accepting riders.

HEARTS TRC, LLC, is a NARHA/PATH member center providing therapeutic assisted equine activities. Sue Adams has created a new curriculum, “From the Ground Up,” exclusive to HEARTS TRC, which brings new and skills to all of its riders. Adams and the HEARTS TRC partners have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children and adults who are challenged physically, mentally, psychologically and socially. They also are experienced teaching riders without disabilities. Sessions cover care of the horse, equine anatomy, psychology of the horse, and training techniques. Techniques to be introduced also include equine massage and healing through touch, to relieve stress, pain, and create relaxation within the horse.

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email

Food bank also needs baby items

The Emergency Assistance Pantry at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, is in need of baby formula and disposable diapers for its clients. The pantry serves 2,600 families each month and is located at the West Entrance of the Shore Mall at the former site of Value City. For information, call 609-383-8843, ext. 120.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties. The FoodBank has seen a 60 percent increase in need since 2008.

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, or MHAAC, is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s all about veterans helping other veterans through a member-run group process. In addition to MHAAC traditional services, this veterans group will offer education, advocacy and support.

While this group was formed to exclusively address the special needs of Atlantic County’s Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom military veterans and their families, other veterans groups also are planned. MHAAC, in conjunction with Richard Stockton College undergraduate and graduate social work programs are planning to hold meetings for Vietnam era, post 9-11, and Korean War veterans as well as topics addressing issues such as HIV and hepatitis C among veterans.

This first group for newly repatriated OIF/OEF veterans will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHAAC office, 1127 N. New Road, Pleasantville. For more information, call Jaime Angelini, MHAAC Veterans Network, at 609-272-1700, ext. 308, or email