Ventnor Arts Weekend showcases talent

Ventnor Arts Weekend will highlight the talented artists and musicans who live in the area. The art events are free to the public and include:

May 24, First Fourth Friday of the Summer: Art in the Park, 4 to 8 p.m. behind the Atlantic County Library’s Ventnor branch, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Artists will demonstrate and sell their work.

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May 25-26: Artists will be set up around Ventnor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations including: Atlantic Avenue from Little Rock (5300) to Sulfolk (5500) at Malelani Cafe, North Beach Gallery and Gift, Holtzman Gallery; from Troy (6700) to Buffalo (6800) in front of Stefania’s Boutique, Johnny’s Man’s World Barber Shop, Christine Rae Salon, Daniel J. Smith Real Estate; and on Ventnor Avenue from Newport (6500) to Troy (6700) at Anchor Arts, and Anatolia Arts and Crafts Studio.

May 26: Music and poetry from 2 to 4 p.m. at Malelani Cafe, Atlantic and Little Rock avenues.

GildaFest 10th anniversary event May 17

Gilda’s Club’s 10th anniversary celebration, GildaFest, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Linwood Clubhouse, 300 Shore Road.

It is an evening of fun, food and music in which the organization recognizes its volunteers and honors its Dazzlers of the Decade. Get your picture taken in the photo booth with a Gilda lookalike, try your luck with the 50/50 raffle and enjoy the company of friends and family over great food and music. Joanna Bull, founder of the first Gilda’s Club and Gilda Radner’s psychotherapist and friend, will join in the celebration.

All are welcome. Register by calling the Clubhouse at 609-926-2699.

Forsythe offering healthy garden insects program

A presentation on “Healthy Garden Insects” will be hosted at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge as part of its Evenings at Forsythe series. The program will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 and will take place in the headquarters auditorium at the Refuge at 800 Great Creek Road. This is a free event open to the public.

Entomologist Dr. Peter Bosak will be on hand to discuss beneficial insects for gardents. Bosak is the superintendent of Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control, co-owner of Imagine Butterflies, a live butterfly exhibit and gift shop in Clermont, and also a master gardener, photographer and birder.

For more information, call the Refuge at 609-652-1665 or visit or

Awards brunch planned

The National Society of Phi Delta Kappa Inc.’s Delta Lambda Chapter is sponsoring an awards/recognition brunch to honor community leaders and “Youth Making a Difference” at 10 a.m. June 8 at the Clarion Hotel West and Convention Center, 6821 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.

The honorees are Darrell J. Edmonds, MS Education/Community Service Award; Jose L. Ruiz Sr., Chief of Pleasantville Police, Community Service Award; La’Quetta Small, Education Award; retired Judge Bruce H. Weekes, Community Service Award. The Youth Making a Difference recognition will go to Milara Charles, Delta Lambda Xinos, Pleasantville High School senior; Isaiah J. Sinclair, Delta Lambda Kudos, Mainland Regional High School junior.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships, implementation of service programs and activities. For tickets or ad reservations, call 609-645-2239 or 609-442-0598.

Pirate Day planned at lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse will present a Pirate Activity Day and Jolly Roger Cruise on May 19.

The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble will present live rapier skills in a show of swordplay and comedy for all ages. Trade quips with notorious buccaneers, thrill as historical figures engage the audience with their swords and pass along history through interactive fun.

Children can enjoy crafts and Pirate “Jeoparrrrghdy,” a scavenger hunt, goodie bag surprises and snacks, and a climb to the top of the lighthouse to look out for the ghosts of shipwrecks. Dress as your favorite pirate. Admission is $12 for kids and $6 for adults. The first 120 visitors to check in will be treated to a Jolly Roger Cruise out of Gardner’s Basin at 3 p.m. on Atlantic City Cruises’ Cruisin One. The lighthouse is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the show will be presented at 1 p.m. Guests can climb and enjoy activities before or after the show. For more information, call 609-449-1360.

Funding has been provided in part by New Jersey’s State Council on the Arts, Department of State, administered by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Atlantic Cape offering kids cooking classes

Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts will offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for chilren ages 8-12 through the summer.

The classes are designed to help young chefs build skills and confidence in the kitchen, and will teach kitchen safety and an understanding of healthy cooking while giving participants a chance to make friends and have fun. The class costs $195 and includes hat and apron.

Sessions will be offered 9-1 p.m. June 24-27, July 15-18 and August 12-15 at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit or call 609-343-4829.

Scholarship offered

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation will award a $1,500 college scholarship to a deserving local student majoring in the arts. Go to for the eligibility criteria and application. The deadline to apply is June 4.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way. ACA classes begin Aug. 26.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at

The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645 CHEF, email, or visit

Keates Fund scholarships available

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus Auxiliary is awarding fellowship funds to qualifying applicants pursuing nursing education through its Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund for nursing students. Funds will be applied toward tuition fees or book purchases and other appropriate educational expenses as determined by the Martha B. Keates Nursing Fellowship Fund Committee.

Applicants must live in Atlantic County, be high school graduates enrolling or currently enrolled in a nursing program or have completed the prerequisites of a nursing program. Children and grandchildren of ARMC Auxiliary members are not eligible.

Applications are available at For more information about the Martha B. Keates Fellowship Fund or the ARMC City Auxiliary, contact Donna Mason at 609-441-8131, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at

CASA to hold information session

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold two information sessions on May 20, at noon and 6 p.m. at the CASA office in Somers Point.

The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and shows how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. Anyone interested should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing See

Trained CASA Volunteers speak in family court on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. In Atlantic and Cape May counties, more than 700 children are placed in foster care annually.

Medical society offers scholarships

The Atlantic County Medical Society will offer scholarship money to medical students who are accepted to or are attending an accredited medical school. Applicants must be residents of Atlantic County.

Since 1970, the society has awarded $604,000 in scholarship money to 98 medical students. Applications are available online at or by request to The deadline for applications is June 15.

Smooth jazz for scholarships at Boneyard

The Smooth Jazz for Scholarship series brings smooth jazz to the musical menu at the Boneyard Bar and Grill in Atlantic City for Memorial Day weekend.

The first installment of the newly created benefit concert series will showcase emerging regional smooth jazz talent. The Smooth Jazz for Scholarship series will take place on the last Sunday of each month and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the Atlantic Cape Foundation of Atlantic Cape Community College. The May 26 event will be co-headlined by husband and wife, vocalist Shiron Denise and trumpeter WoJamm.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for shows at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and food and drink specials will be offered all evening. Tickets are $20 for general admission in advance or $25 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $40 and include early 5 p.m. entry, a meet and greet, complimentary appetizers and an autographed CD.

Ticket and artist information is at or 609-813-1250. Seating is limited, reservations suggested.

Teens win state scholarship pageant

Gianna Mazzone, 16, of Somers Point (senior division), and Madison Kennelly, 14, of Ocean City (junior division) captured the state crowns recently when Ocean City hosted the 42nd annual New Jersey National Teenager Scholarship Pageant. Julia Wilson, of Ocean City, was crowned Miss Hospitality for her support of the pageant.

Forty of New Jersey’s brightest teens vied for top honors in events including application, interview, gown and expression/style, which featured contestants wearing jeans they personally decorated in a style that showcased their creativity and individuality. The girls will represent New Jersey at the national competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Atlantic Cape offers continuing education

Upgrade your skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents with courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division this spring.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the Certified Nurse’s Assistant who wants to become a Certified Home Health Aide, May 18.

In Personal Trainer Certification Phase 1, participants will learn how to design fitness programs using free weights, resistance training and cardiac conditioning. The course features a review of principles of strength conditioning, principles of aerobic conditioning, fitness testing and body composition, injury prevention and identification, May 18.

Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep will offer participants an opportunity to learn and apply the following skills: PV markets and applications, safety basics, electricity basics, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals and more, Monday-Thursday beginning May 21.

In Leveraging Social Media to Attract New Customers, participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to enhance communication with potential customers and existing contacts, May 22.

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

Miss Night in Venice seeking charities in need of donations

The Miss Night in Venice Committee is accepting requests from charities. Each year, the proceeds raised by Miss Night in Venice contestants are awarded to charity. Organizations are asked to submit a letter describing the charity, current financials and any pertinent information. Send to Miss Night in Venice Committee, P.O. Box 433, Ocean City, NJ 08226. The deadline for accepting requests is June 1.

Community Safety Day planned

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Atlantic County Special Services School, and DARE NJ present DARE Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18.

The event will take place at the Atlantic County Special Services School, 4805 Nawakwa Blvd., Mays Landing. It is free and open to the public. Appearances inlcude Miss New Jersey Lindsey Petrosh, Hell on Wheels, an X-Games bicycle and skateboard stunt team, and Unity in Motion from “America’s Got Talent,” as well as a live remote from Longport Media.

Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant set

Harrah’s Resort Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City will host the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant at 1 p.m. June 4 in the Concert Venue Theater.

Contestants are judged in four categories: Interview, Philosophy of Life, Evening Gown and Talent. Upon winning the state title, the queen becomes the delegate from New Jersey who will compete in the national pageant, to be held at Harrah’s in October.

The pageant includes performances by the contestants, a Motown Medley by the Great Dames Chorus, and climaxes with outgoing Queen Carol Dugan, who will deliver her farewell address, sing and crown this year’s winner. The pageant is rated G, and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased ahead of time, or at the door, by calling Agnes at 732-557-9799 or Carole at 609-412-1340.

Stockton offers spring and summer continuing studies

The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township will offer a GRE test prep course and a program in getting a project management professional certificate this spring and summer.

GRE Test Prep Course, May 20-June 24: The prep course for students taking the Graduate Record Examination meets Mondays and Wednesdays on the main campus in F-Wing, room F-121, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All course materials and a pre- and post-test are included. See or call 609-652-4227.

Project Management Professional Certificate, June 5-June 20: The Project Management Professional certificate program prepares people to apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations at an affordable cost that includes materials. The course includes instruction in project planning, risk management, cost and time management, contracts and procurement, accounting, statistics, decision making, and human resources, and prepares students to sit for the PMP Certification exam. The course meets on Stockton’s main campus in the Campus Center Meeting Room 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 20. For more information, see or call 609-652-4227.

Free job help seminars at library branches

The Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center presents free job help seminars at six Atlantic County Library System branches during June. The two-hour seminars are open to adults, and registration is required.

The seminar is presented at 10 a.m. June 4 at Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton, 451 Egg Harbor Road, 609-561-2264; 10 a.m. June 5 at Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Ave., 609-625-2776, ext. 6310; 10 a.m. June 7 at Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Avenue, 609-823-4614; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 10 at Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, 609-652-2352; 10 a.m. June 17 at Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Ave., 609-927-8664; 10 a.m. June 26 at Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., 609-641-1778.

Participants learn about free services to help them find a job, including the state’s new online job search tool,, which has specialized resources for those looking for a job, exploring a new career, starting a business, looking for training, or reentering the work force as a veteran.

To learn more or to register, call one of the branches above or go to and click on Calendar of Events.

American Legion plans ceremony

At 8 p.m. May 17, the Atlantic County American Legion Executive Committee, Department of New Jersey, will install its 2013-14 officers and perform the annual Sons of the American and Legion Riders Memorial (deceased members) Ceremony, at American Legion Charles A. Hammel Post 28, New Jersey Avenue and Mill Road in Absecon.

Flags to be installed on graves

To honor the memory of those who served their country, on Armed Forces Day May 18, and if necessary May 19, veteran organizations veterans/units, family members and friends from American Legion Mainland Post 81 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Bruce Gibson Post 6594, both of Pleasantville, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Lt. J. Wills Gale Post 215 of Atlantic City, will install American flag grave markers in Atlantic City Cemetery, Sections: Atlantic City, Greenwood and Pleasantville.

Volunteers start at 10 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery near the flag pole on West Washington Avenue in Pleasantville. Flags also will be installed in Pleasantville Memorial Park. All veterans and the public are invited to participate.

Library expands computer training schedule

The Atlantic City Free Public Library has instituted changes to its computer training program to make taking classes easier.

First, registration is no longer required. The classes, which are open to Atlantic City Library card holders, are now on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending are asked to bring their Atlantic City Library card to class. There also are more class sessions. The schedule features six to seven sessions per month.

Computer and Internet Basics: Mondays, May 20, and June 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21, and June 4 and 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn basic computer concepts and terms, how to use a mouse and keyboard, and become comfortable getting around the Internet.

Job Skills Basics: Monday, June 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how and where to search for jobs on the Internet, strategies to get a job and practice filling out a sample online job application.

Microsoft Word Basics: Tuesday, May 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to create, edit, save and print Word documents by making a resume. Resume templates will be provided.

Those who don’t yet have an Atlantic City Free Public Library card can apply online at or at the Main Library and Richmond Branch Library. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3079.

Auxiliary presents $475,000 donation to Shore

The Shore Medical Center Auxiliary celebrated a successful fundraising year, making a $475,000 donation to Shore Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Gerald J. Corcoran, Esq., and Shore Medical Center Foundation Chairman James Fraser on April 18 at the Crab Trap in Somers Point.

The auxiliary is the medical center’s original fundraising organization, with a legacy dating back to Shore’s founding in 1940. The donation is part of the auxiliary’s $2.5 million pledge to the Shore Tomorrow campaign, which helped fund the construction of Shore’s state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. Over the past 40 years, the auxiliary has contributed more than $11 million in support of Shore.

During Thursday’s event, Pat Crowley, of Ocean City, was presented with the New Jersey Hospital Association Catalyst of the Year Award. Also recognized were members of the Women’s Golf Tournament Organizing Committee, which has staged the event for 20 years and will hand off responsibility for the tournament after this year. Members include Juanita Harmon, of Pleasantville, June Heun, of Linwood, Carol McDowell, of Somers Point, and Gerrie McNelis, Judi O’Donnell, Carol Platt, Joanne Sankey and Millie Traa, of Egg Harbor Township.

The auxiliary also was honored for excellence in fundraising achievement, membership development and public relations achievement.

The event included the installation of the 2013 Auxiliary Executive Board Officers, including Chairman Susan Biscieglia, Past Chairman Barbara Harper, Vice Chairman Heidi Angelestro, Recording Secretary Brenda Martello, Corresponding Secretary Judi Rubino, Treasurer Lynn Brock and Membership Chairman Dolores Dengler Vitas.

For information or to join the Shore Medical Center Auxiliary, call 609-653-4646 or see

South Jersey Industries donates

Each year, South Jersey Industries selects a charitable cause to support as part of the Give Back program. This year, they selected food pantries.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Thrift Store and Food Pantry in Woodbine and the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Hammonton were two of the pantries selected. For more information, find South Jersey Gas on Facebook at and on Twitter @southjerseygas.

Family Fun Day set in Brigantine

The City of Brigantine and the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church will present the third annual Brigantine Community Family Fun Day on July 6, with a rain date of July 7.

The parade is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. from the 26th Street Recreation Complex and will march to the 15th Street Complex. The festivities will begin as soon as the parade arrives and will continue until 9 p.m. The activities at 15th Street will include musical entertainment, amusement rides, games for the children, strolling entertainers, local talent, games of chance, local organizations selling their wares and food.

Local organizations and businesses are invited to participate in Family Fun Day 2013 by setting up booths for games/activities, selling items and preparing and selling food.

Commitments from organizations are due by June 12. Please indicate what type of food you want to sell or what games you want to run or what items you want to sell. To avoid duplication, requests will be handled on an as-received basis.

To reserve a spot for Family Fun Day 2013 or for more information, call 609-264-7350 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VFW post to honor deceased veterans

The Cardiff VFW Post 8098 will place flags on veteran’s grave sites starting at 9 a.m. May 25 at Laurel Memorial on Tilton road across from the FAA and 177th Fighter Wing.

In addition to the members of VFW Post 8098 and Boy Scouts, the public is invited to get involved. Anyone wishing to have a flag placed on the grave of a veteran family member, please show up.

Peace Lutheran plans clambake

Peace Lutheran Church of Galloway Township (at the corner of Pitney and Great Creek Roads), will hold its 17th annual clambake, barbecue and penny auction from noon to 6 p.m., June 1, featuring raw and steamed clams, crab cakes, fish, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the cob, french fries, cole slaw, desserts and soda or water.

Seafood platter are $14 and non-seafood platters are $8. Eat-in or take-out. Door prizes will be awarded all day. The penny auction includes local restaurants, golf packages, spa/salons and gift baskets.

Winners will be drawn at 5 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win.

All proceeds will benefit our many church ministries and outreach including Vacation Bible School, youth group activities, scarves for our military service men and women, layettes for newborn babies, and food and clothing for school aged children.

Stockton’s Kramer Hall offers discounted summer courses

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Hammonton instructional site, Kramer Hall, will offer discounted classes this summer.

Stockton’s eight summer sessions, which start in May, June and July, are open to students enrolled in degree programs, non-matriculated students and students currently enrolled at other institutions. A summer tuition discount for undergraduate courses is offered. Students can save more than $300 for each four-credit undergraduate course. Courses in communication disorders, education, language and general studies are offered at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St.

Registration for summer courses is open. See

MBCA awards luncheon set

The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association will host its 12th annual Spring Scholarship Foundation Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May15 in the Swan Ballroom, North Tower, Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.

The MBCA Education Foundation will present scholarships for students planning to continue their studies at an accredited higher education institution. This year’s keynote speaker and Outstanding Educator Award recipient is New Jersey Secretary of State and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. The luncheon is sponsored by Atlantic Cape Community College and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, co-chaired by Alexander Marino, executive director of Carnegie Library, and Richard Santoro, president of

Tickets are $40 per person. Tables of 10 with reserved priority seating and signage are available by calling 609-348-1903, or see for more information.

Golf event to benefit education foundation

The Ralph W. Martin Education Foundation will hold its annual golf tournament on June 2 at the Mays Landing Golf Club.

The tournament is the main fundraiser for the foundation, which assists students and programs at Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek high schools. The tournament honors Ralph W. Martin, the first employee of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, who served as business administrator for 37 years.

The event will begin with an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. tee-off. The cost is $90 per golfer, which includes golf, continental breakfast and lunch buffet. Non-golfers can purchase a lunch buffet for $25. The cost of hole sponsorship is $100 or three holes for $200. A tournament sponsorship for $500 includes entry fees for two golfers. A foundation scholarship for $1,000 includes entry for a foursome. Prizes include the Foreman Cup-low gross, low net, longest drive-closest to pin, scramble format, and door prizes.

For information, contact Executive Director Charles Muller at 609-909-2617 or

VFW announces grand reopening

The Ventnor VFW hall, severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy, has been rebuilt and will officially reopen May 18.

The rededication takes place at 11 a.m., followed by an open house and fundraising lunch from noon to 4 p.m.: hot pork roast sandwich, salad, dessert, drink for $10, takeout available. There will be door prizes, Buddy Poppy distribution and a 50/50 drawing. The post is located at 601 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor Heights.

For more information, call Quartermaster Roger Emmick Sr at 609-703-1975.

Rescue Mission Auxiliary to meet

The next regular meeting of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission Auxiliary will take place May 21.

The auxiliary meets to hear updates on mission programs and activities, and firsthand accounts from clients who are served in various programs. All are invited. Meetings take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, and are followed by lunch. Bring your lunch. A dessert, coffee and hot tea will be served.

For more information or directions, call Kathy Schmookler, volunteer program manager, at 609-345-5517, ext 165.

‘Barefoot in the Park’ at Dante Hall

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City presents Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park in May. The last performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. May 17 and 18 2 p.m. May 19 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

The show will be performed by Dante Hall Theater’s Ninth Circle Players, starring Patrick Judd and Courtney Paige, co-starring Janelle Hawkes, Jim Maher, Mark Glickstein and Kate Read. It is directed by Chip Garrison.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the Dante Hall Theatre box office at 609-347-2162. To buy tickets online, see

ACPD offers medication drop

The Atlantic City Police Department is one of several in the state to participate in Project Medicine Drop, police said, and officials encourage Atlantic County residents to use the program to safely get rid of old medications.

The program lets people dispose anonymously of unused and expired medications, at any time, at drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals including pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids. Police maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them using normal procedures; they also make a quarterly report to the Division of Consumer Affairs about the quantity of drugs turned in.

State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said he encourages all Atlantic County residents check their medicine cabinets for expired or unneeded drugs, and bring them to the ACPD drop box, which is available around the clock every day. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said his agency was pleased to participate in the project.

Rental Housing Fair set

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs invites individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Sandy to attend the Rental Housing Fair.

The fair takes place 2-5:30 p.m. May 17 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Room 201. Attendees can meet with prospective landlords and Realtors on-site to discuss available housing, review listings and discuss permanent housing options. Learn about Special Admission Section 8 vouchers. Those who qualify may apply on site.

Registration is recommended, but not required; call 609-633-6606. For questions on or before May 17, call 609-649-8769. Parking validation is available at the registration table.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation needed, with contact information; make the request as early as possible. Call 609-633-6606 or e-mail

Myers to lead session at Cantors Assembly

Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, will chair a session at the Cantors Assembly 66th annual convention in May. The convention will take place at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford May 19-23.

The theme of this year’s convention is L’eila: Raising Cantors Higher. Its emphasis is to equip cantors with the skills needed by today’s synagogues. Sessions include: Programming for the 21st Century, chaired by Myers; chaplaincy; homiletics; song-leading skills; spirituality; social media and technology. Among the presenters and performers are Joel Chasnoff, Steven Cony, Dr. Galit Dardashti, Makhelet Hamercaz, HaZamir, Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Rick Recht, Rabbi Charles Simon, Six13, Stereo Sinai and Rabbi Burton Visotzky.

The convention also includes musical events and concerts. Ticket information for Sunday evening’s concert is available at For Monday and Tuesday evening performances, see Admission for Wednesday evening is free.

For registration, call Ayelet Tours at 800-237-1517 or see or For more convention information, call the Cantors Assembly at 330-864-8533.

Oakcrest Wall of Fame nominees needed

Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing is accepting nominations for its 2013 Athletic Wall of Fame induction ceremony, an annual tradition that honors athletic talents, achievements and contributions of Oakcrest alumni, former staff and supporters.

The awards ceremony occurs during the fall football season. It was instituted in 1994 by now-retired physical education teacher Carol Rott. If you know anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to athletics while at Oakcrest High School or after graduation, and would like to submit their name for consideration, go to and click on “Sports” and then “Wall of Fame” to access the nomination form. The process is explained and you can also view former inductees.

For more information, call the Oakcrest Athletic Office at 609-625-1462.

Kramer to speak at Congregation Beth Judah

On May 25, Stephen J. Kramer will return to Congregation Beth Judah to speak on “Prospect for Peace in the Middle East.”

Kramer, the Jewish Times columnist of “Israel Viewpoint” and author of “Encountering Israel,” will speak during Shabbat morning services. More than 20 years ago, Kramer and his family made aliyah to Israel. His writing reflects his feelings about life in Israel, where he has traveled extensively. The services are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 609-822 7116. Congregation Beth Judah is located at 700 N Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Congressional Art Competition winners recognized

Buena Regional High School student Danielle Banas recently was recognized by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Her piece, “Contemplative Blue,” will be displayed in Washington, D.C., in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Adrian Pulido, of Egg Harbor Township High School, also placed for her piece, “Edith’s Closet,” and Georgie Dickerson, of Atlantic City High School, placed for her piece “Brigantine Sunset.” Adrian’s piece will be displayed at LoBiondo’s office in Washington, D.C., and Georgie’s will be displayed at his Mays Landing office.

Estell Manor Historical Society holding auction

The Estell Manor Historical Society will hold a Chinese (silent) auction from noon to 5 p.m. May 18 at the Estell Manor Fire House, 124 Cape May Ave.

Prizes include all new items, signed celebrity and sports memorabilia, gift cards and more. Tickets are $1 each or 15 for $10, 35 for $20, 100 for $50 or 250 for $100. Bring a friend and get a free ticket. Hot sandwiches, baked goods and beverages will be for sale. Crafters and yard salers are welcome for a $5 donation, must bring own table.

Call Arleen at 609-412-1399 for questions, to donate an item or to get a craft table.

Luncheon to honor military personnel

Members of the military, active and veteran, will be honored by the Cape Atlantic Christian Womens Connection.

A luncheon at L’s Restaurant in Corbin City at 11:30 a.m. June 12 will pay homage to those who serve and have served in any branch of the military. There will be a special guest appearance by Gen. George Vogel, chief of Chaplain Service at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Members of the military, active, reserve or veterans will be provided with a complimentary lunch. Reservations required, as space is limited. Call Judy at 609-457-7947 to RSVP.

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, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

LoBiondo encourages police departments to apply for grants

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, is encouraging law enforcement departments in South Jersey to apply for federal funding available under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.

The program will award $165 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2013 for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.

Under the 2013 program, awardees may receive as much as 75 percent of the approved entry-level officer salary and fringe benefit costs, with a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement. Grant funds may be used to hire new, full-time sworn officer positions, to rehire officers who have been laid off, or to rehire officers who are scheduled to be laid off on a specific future date as a result of local budget cuts. The program requires each position awarded to be retained with local funds for at least 12 months at the conclusion of 36 months of federal funding for each position. Priority consideration will be given to agencies that use their COPS Hiring Program funding to hire either school resource officers or military veterans and those targeting to reduce homicide.

The COPS program is managed by the U.S. Department of Justice; see The deadline to apply is May 22.

Food Bank Beach Ball set

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey will hold its Beach Ball on May 21 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

The event will feature food provided by 15 fine chefs and restaurants from the area, and entertainment courtesy of Kool 98.6. Tickets are $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10, and the money raised will go to the food bank. Attire is casual. Call 609-383-8843.

Mrs. New Jersey America seeks entrants

The Mrs. New Jersey America Organization is accepting applications for the 2013 Mrs. New Jersey competition June 22-23 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Competition includes interview, evening gown and swimsuit. There is no talent category. Entrants must be at least 18, married, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for at least three months (exceptions for military). No pageant experience is necessary. The state winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the national 2013 Mrs. America Pageant hosted by Florence Henderson.

For more information or to register, see, email or call 609-970-1270.

Open call for short films

The Noyes Museum of Art of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is holding an open call for film shorts for the Noyes Independent Film Series, which consists of three festivals: the Hammonton Outdoor Film Fest on July 18, the Noyes Independent Film Festival on Nov. 16 and the Noyes Atlantic City Film Festival in spring 2014.

Films will be chosen from original works that have never been shown, works by young independent filmmakers ages 18-20, and films that have been previously screened. Submissions should be between 2 and 60 minutes long. The deadline for submissions is July 1.

For more information and a registration form, see or email Saskia Schmidt, Noyes director of education, at For museum information, call 609-652-8848 or see

LGBTQ support group meets

Interweave of South Jersey offers a support group for members, family and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway Township.

Interweave provides education and support to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community. For more information, visit

Lee to speak at Atlantic Cape

Bakari Lee, Esq., a member of the McManimon, Scotland and Baumann law firm in Roseland, will deliver the keynote address to Atlantic Cape Community College’s class of 2013 at the school’s commencement at 11 a.m May 23.

Lee is an advocate for community colleges and has served as chairman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, as a member and officer of the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College and as the Northeast Regional Chairperson for the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. helps children in need find shoes

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. has announced its selection as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource.

YAP has programs in 18 states, and the Atlantic County office was awarded the grant. By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials, YAP hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible. For more information, see or call 609-345-7333.

Jersey Genesis Triathlon set

The Jersey Genesis Triathlon is set for 8 a.m. June 8 at Harry Bowen Memorial Park, 141 Main St., Port Republic, and will be followed by the Bambino Biathlon. Packet pickup is June 7 at the Port Republic Fire House, or or 6-7:30 a.m. June 8 at the race site.

Tilton Fitness is a sponsor, and will host a free swim clinic for race registrants from 1 to 5 p.m. May 18. All race participants receive a one-day pass to use at Tilton Fitness in Galloway Township after the race, which grants access to the hot tub, sauna, steam rooms, shower and juice bar. Pre-registered participants get 50 percent off the guest fee to use the facility prior to race day.

GNC will have staff on site race morning for nutritional support and advice. Beacon Bikes will provide tech support in the bike transition area for the triathlon. Cape Bank is sponsoring the High School Challenge Relay. High schools can enter several teams, all male, all female or co-ed, consisting of one runner, one swimmer and one biker. A traveling trophy is awarded to the school with the best finishing time. Carrabba’s Italian Grill will host the afterparty, along with other local vendors.

See or call Bill Smallwood at 609-652-6154.

AtlantiCare offers community events, education

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center offers community events and education in May. Event locations and fees vary. Events include:

May 16: AtlantiCare Spirit of Women Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, Auto Immune Defenders. May 18: Safe Sitter Class. May 20-22: 15th annual Trauma Symposium. May 20: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group; LapBand Surgery Support Group. May 21: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group. May 22: Preparing for Chemotherapy. May 23: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. May 28: Adult Diabetes Community Support Group; Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. May 29: HIV Life Support Group; Preparing for Chemotherapy.

For information, call 888-569-1000 or see or

Virtual Israel at Congregation Beth Judah

The sights and sounds of Israel will come alive at 9 a.m. May 19 at Congregation Beth Judah of Ventnor.

Participants on the virtual tour will fill out their own passports and board an El Al jet for the flight to Israel. Each group will meet up with their tour guide, who will direct them along the way. At Masada, there will be an archaeological dig and exploration of a recently discovered cave. In Jerusalem, guests will visit the Kotel (Western Wall), learn about the tradition of placing a note in a crevice, and have the opportunity to compose a prayer. Participants will visit the Dead Sea. At Safed, everyone will visit an ancient artists’ colony and create their own Safed-style works of art.

Virtual Israel is free for the entire family and is open to the public, underwritten by the Florence Benedict Fund.

Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, serves all of Atlantic County and is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Call 609-822-7116.

Master Gardeners plant sale planned

The Master Gardeners Association of Atlantic County will sell wildlife-friendly and native perennials, herbs, annuals, vegetables, succulents, trees and shrubs at the annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library, on Jimmie Leeds Road.

For a flyer and a list of plants, see rutgers-atlantic/ or call 609-625-0056. This is the ninth annual Rutgers Master Gardener Plant Sale in Atlantic County. Shoppers also are invited to bring any gardening questions or plants they may have to the “Plant Clinic” table staffed by master gardeners. The group also will sell Rutgers soil tests for $20 each. The test identifies soil pH, as well as macro- and micronutrient content.

Cash and checks, with proper identification, will be accepted, but the group cannot take credit card or debit payment.

Stockton offers information session

Find out how to continue your education by attending a Graduate Information Session from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The Graduate Admissions Office is holding an information session at 4:30 p.m. May 22 at the college’s Hammonton instructional site, Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the admissions process and graduate programs.

An overview of graduate programs offered is available on the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ Web site. For more information, contact Tara Williams at 609-626-3482 or

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box Theatre in Atlantic City in a series of five concerts July 7-Aug. 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature renowned soloists. All concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. with tickets starting at $25. Call 866-900-4849 for tickets.

July 7: Americana concert features ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ Sousa marches and 1812 Overture.

July 14: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58, violinist Jorge Avila.

July 21: Italian opera with arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley.

Aug. 4: An all-Mozart concert with Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, ‘Jupiter,’ and Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with violinist Kai Gleusteen.

Aug. 18: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, soloist Stefan Jackiw.

For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see

Business sponsors needed

AMVET Post 911 and Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge 2563 are combining their efforts this year for the 15th annual “Brutus” Fluke Tournament set for 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at the Elks Lodge, 1815 Somers Point Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township.

After cash prizes totaling $1,000 are awarded and minimal expenses are paid, the additional money raised is split between the Elks and VFW for their support of charities that benefit veterans and handicapped children.

The Elks and AMVET Post 911 are hoping to raise even more money this year by asking local businesses to consider sponsorship. For a tax-deductible donation of $100 your business name would be assigned to one or more boats. The number of boats representing your business would be determined by the number of sponsors compared to the number of registered boats.

Free promotion for your business, both verbally and in print, would be given during the captains’ meeting held June 14, and also during the Awards Picnic June 15 (the deadline for business sponsorship is due no later than June 9). For more information, contact Jim Donahue at 609-412-7769.

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.

College offers computer workshops

Enhance your technology aptitude with Atlantic Cape Community College’s computer technology workshops this spring and summer.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) participants will learn the information and hands-on skills necessary to configure and troubleshoot a Windows 7 deployment, a Windows Server 2008 network infrastructure and an Active Directory deployment. The class will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning June 3.

Other workshops include: Introduction to Macs, Microsoft Project 2010, Excel 2010 and Access 2010.

Computer and technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Registration open for theater summer camp

The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, has opened registration for its 2013 Summer Camp for Young Performers.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 24-July 17. It is open to youth ages 8-15. At the camp’s conclusion, students will put on a production of Disney’s “Aladdin,” with four performance dates July 18-21. The camp will be directed by Eagle Theatre co-artistic director Ed Corsi, and the culminating production will be directed by Rich Curcio.

Information on rates and registration are at under “Education.” For more information, call the box office at 609-704-5012.

Gardner’s Basin seeks crafters

Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City is seeking crafters and artisans for its Crafter’s Village, a set of cottages along the Absecon inlet near the Atlantic City Aquarium. Currently, the village features artists, African art, shell crafts, nautical gifts and art, collectible dolls, trendy accessories, jewelry, gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures.

The lease is seasonal and begins Memorial Day weekend. Ample parking is available on-site. For more information, email or call 609-348-2880, ext. 17.

Registration open for children’s camp

Registration is open for Art and Discovery Camp for children ages 2-5 at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

The program, taught by state-certified educators, features a low camper/staff ratio, assuring personal attention for each child. Camp is in session from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from June 25 through Aug. 1. Cost is $850, with a $75 early bird discount when paid in full by May 1. A $125 deposit is due by May 1 to hold a camper’s spot. A minimum class size is required.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road, Northfield. For more information, call 609-641-3600 or email

Rotary Club seeks host families in Oakcrest area

The Mays Landing Rotary Club is sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student during the 2013-14 school year. This student will attend Oakcrest High School.

This year, the student is expected to be a boy from Germany. He will be between 15½ and 18 years old when he arrives at the end of August. He will spend his junior or senior year of high school learning a new language in a new country.

The Rotary program is to have a family host a student for about 3½ months, so three families will host the student during his exchange school year. Students must follow a defined set of rules, which they acknowledge before departing their home country. They have an allowance of $90 per month supplied by the Rotary Club and have expectations of family financial support from home for things such as clothing.

The host family must live in an area that attends Oakcrest High School. The family is expected to provide a place to sleep and meals including lunch for the student. A shared room is fine; students do not have to have a bedroom of their own. There also should be a place to study. They should be treated the same as any other family member with respect to chores. They agree in advance that it is their responsibility to adjust to the host family and they do not expect to be treated as a guest. They are expected to successfully pass their courses in high school.

Families with children, families without children, dual parent families and single parent families are all acceptable. All applicants for hosting will have an application taken that includes an in-home interview and a background check will be run.

Interested families should call Roy Klein at 609 909-0955 or email

Artists wanted for Boardwalk show

The Atlantic City Arts Commission and Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College invite all artists to the Boardwalk Art Show, a revival of the tradition of Boardwalk art shows, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event is free and all proceeds from the event will be used for future art events in Atlantic City. All artwork must be original and created by the artist registering for the show. Entry fee is $75 for a 12-by-12-foot space. Applications can be downloaded at, or Artists must submit five images of their work, an image of their display and a short bio, along with the application and entry fee.

Applications can be mailed to: The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College c/o Do Art AC Boardwalk Art Show, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231, along with a CD of five images of art and one image of their display, a short bio and check made out to the Noyes Museum of Art.

$2,000 in prizes will be awarded. The deadline for applications is July 1. The Atlantic City Arts Commission and the Noyes Museum of Art will review all applications, and acceptance notifications will be sent July 7.

For more information, contact Andrea Giannini at 609-652-8848 or

Group offered for substance abusers

The Presbyterian Church at Hammonton has created a group to offer hope and support to those with a family member struggling with substance abuse. This group provides a safe, confidential gathering place where stories are heard without judgment. It is a place for those who have watched loved ones struggle with addiction.

The parents, guardians, spouses, children and others affected by family members who struggle with suspected or confirmed substance abuse can find and offer support and learn more about addiction. The group offers hope and the knowledge that we are not alone.

The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p. m. the third Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, 326 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call the church office at 609-561-0168 or email When coming to the church, use the side entrance of the Christian Education Building closest to the 310 Building parking lot.

Free vacations offered

The Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City Board of Realtors have once again joined forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” by awarding 11 families a fun-filled, week-long family vacation in Ocean City.

Each of the 11 winners will receive a seven-night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps as many as eight people. Pictures, addresses and descriptions of each unit are available on the contest entry page.

Contest entry is through the Chamber’s website at Entrants may enter one time for each of the 11 weeks per email address. Winners will be randomly selected and notified about three weeks before their vacation. Winners will be selected beginning June 3 and each week following until Aug.12.

Foodie Tuesdays scheduled

Foodie Tuesdays at Richard Stockton College in Hammonton are a series of continuing education courses focusing on culinary education. The classes are designed so that participants can sign up for one, all or any number of the courses. Each seminar begins at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. in Hammonton, for a discussion and instruction from a culinary expert. Afterwards, the seminar will move a few blocks away to Rocco’s Town House, 21 N. Third St., for light dining in the heart of Hammonton’s arts district.

To register for a course, call 609-652-4227. Each class is $35 and includes the seminar, discussion and dinner. There is a discount if you register for two or more classes at once or if you register with a friend for the same course.

Courses include Super Foods: Cheeses: Food of the Gods, from the Simple to the Sublime and Everything in Between, 6 to 9 p.m. June 11.

Health care courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to help health-care professionals advance 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, beginning Sept. 6.

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.

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

Meerwald in A.C. this summer

The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship, is scheduled to dock at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City, from Aug. 1 to 11. Public tours and sails are scheduled, including themed sails with pirates, trawling for marine critters, romantic evening sails and a full-day Sailor Camp for children age 10 to 16 years.

The schooner will also be available for educational tours, group bookings and fundraisers. To reserve the A.J. Meerwald for a special event or tour, email or call 856-785-2060, ext. 107.

Library offers language learning

The Atlantic County Library System now offers more language learning opportunities through the Mango Languages online resource. The most recently added languages are Egyptian, modern standard Arabic, Romanian and Swahili. Mango Languages offers nearly 50 world language courses and15 English as a Second Language courses.

Mango users may choose to learn simple, practical skills for common polite, conversational situations or to learn in-depth and comprehensive language and grammar skills. Each language is presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that goes beyond teaching vocabulary to integrate components of grammar and culture. Mango teaches actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information the user already has learned.

No special training, downloads or installation are required to use Mango Languages on a home computer. Free iPhone and Android apps are available through the library system.

More information about Mango Languages is found at or by contacting any Atlantic County Library System branch.

Undergarments wanted

The Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization is collecting donated new unopened packages of male and female undergarments from children sizes to young adult. The undergarments are to care for the needs of children during a crisis that ends up in an extended hospital stay.

Donations can be dropped off at the Northfield office, 950 Tilton Road, Suite 108. All donations will go to Bridgeton Hospital.

Bar association membership drive under way

The Atlantic County Bar Association 2013 membership drive is under way. With more than 400 members, the ACBA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all New Jersey attorneys.

The ACBA helps members stay connected and grow their businesses while offering exclusive access and discounts for many other special events. In addition, the ACBA helps sponsor various charities within the region. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 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 contacting Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or

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. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, and donations of silent auction and raffle prizes are needed. For restaurant participation, contact the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey at 609-703-9912.

College offers IT courses

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

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.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To June 15, Anything Goes; June 15-Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21-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

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 people, 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.

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.

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