JFS turkey drive provides holiday meals

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties hosted its annual Turkey Drive to provide Thanksgiving and holiday meals to hundreds in the area.

Community members donated funds as well as non-perishable food items, which enabled the agency to feed more than 800 families this holiday season. In October, James Klinghoffer donated $20,000, which kicked off the drive. Non-perishable food collections at Sandra and Roy’s Boutique, Bon-Ton Blinds and Interiors, Marketplace Realty, Playgroups Plus and the Casino Control Commission helped fill the pantry shelves.

Jewish Family Service accepts non-perishable food donations all year. For questions on the pantry or how to assist, contact Leigh Turner, community initiatives coordinator, at 609-822-1108, ext. 114, or lturner@jfsatlantic.org. See jfsatlantic.org/community.

O.C. Realtors donate $1,100 to Shore

The Ocean City Board of Realtors presented the Maternity and Pediatrics Department of Shore Medical Center with a donation of $1,100 on Nov. 8.

The funds were generated through the Board of Realtors’ annual “Bubble Mania” fundraiser and other efforts by Berger Realty in Ocean City. The donation will be used to purchase two pieces of equipment for the maternity and pediatrics unit: a kangaroo chair, which promotes skin-to-skin contact between parents and newborns; and a device that rocks newborns while playing music to provide soothing stimulation.

Shore’s Maternity and Pediatrics Department is one of the medical center’s six Centers of Excellence, where special attention is paid to helping pregnant mothers and new families develop and maintain those early bonds.

Call 609-653-3500 or see ShoreMedicalCenter.org.

Charter Tech plans open house

Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point will host an open house at 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

Parents and students will learn about the artistic majors, meet the performing arts teachers, learn about the college prep academics and dual credit (college) courses, performance and technical arts opportunities, course curriculum, and requirements.

The school is located at 413 New Road (Route 9) in Somers Point. Call 609-926-7694 or see chartertech.org.

Radiology school enrollment starts Jan. 6

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology begins Jan. 6.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an associate’s degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates may apply for state licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants who have not already earned their associate in applied science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium, College Algebra or Precalculus, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Conceptual Physics, English Composition I and II, General Psychology, Heritage of the Western World I or II, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of “B” or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

ACA registration open

There is still time to register for spring classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Classes begin Jan. 21. A limited number of $1,500 scholarships are available for new students.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and short-term specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Full-time classes meet five hours per day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. ACA students can gain hands-on experience throughout the year at activities including the Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, food shows and more.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Jan. 6. See atlantic.edu/aca. For more information or to register, call Valerie Weller at 609-343-4944.

Gala raises $100,000 for Bacharach Hospital Fund

On Dec. 3 at Tomatoe’s in Margate, 225 guests attended Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s eighth annual Holiday Charity Gala, raising $100,000 for Bacharach’s Hospital Foundation and the Hospital Fund to benefit patient care.

The gala was supported by main sponsor TD Bank and six Gold Sponsors: AtlantiCare, Brown Brothers Harriman, Capaldi Reynolds and Pelosi, Innovative Risk Solutions, Kisby Sore Corp. and Shore Medical Center. Bacharach provides more charity care than any freestanding rehabilitation hospital in New Jersey, more than $1 million annually.

CASA offers info session for potential volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold two information sessions on Jan. 7 at noon and 6 p.m. at the CASA for Children office in Somers Point.

The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and describes how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. To learn more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children, register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing julie@atlanticcapecasa.org.

Trained CASA volunteers advocate 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. See AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

January movie set at Beth Judah

Continuing with the theme of “Islam and the Jews: What We Need to Know,” Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, is viewing “Frontline Presents: Muslims” at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Goldberg Family Library.

To attend, make a reservation by calling Karen at 609-822 7116, ext. 101.

Body in Balance hosting health, wellness events

Body in Balance in Linwood hosts many events for health and wellness.

BIG exercise class, every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. and every Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Chair Zumba, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Chair Yoga every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Balance Class every Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Adaptable yoga every Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in December.

Parkinson’s group exercise every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s caregiver support group every Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Parkinson’s support group for the patient every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 609-365-8499.

Environmental training set

Space is available for the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward training, hosted at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township, set to begin Jan. 15. Classes will meet weekly from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through the end of May.

The Environmental Steward Training is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in our area.

Students pledge to intern for 60 hours of volunteer service following the completion of the lecture portion of the course. Upon completion of the training and internship, certificates are awarded to the students designating them Rutgers Environmental Stewards.

Registration is open and the cost is $250. For more information, call 609-272-6950 or see envirostewards.rutgers.edu.

Gift of Energy Program available at A.C. Electric

This holiday season, you can help Atlantic City Electric customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bills by giving them the Gift of Energy.

To purchase a Gift of Energy, visit atlanticcityelectric.com and click “Gift of Energy.” You also can pay for a Gift of Energy in person at one of the company’s participating Atlantic City Electric Customer Service Centers. The program works like this:

Visit atlanticcityelectric.com and click ‘Gift of Energy’ and fill out the contact form, or visit an Atlantic City Electric Customer Service Center

Provide customer service with the name and address of the person for whom you’re buying the Gift of Energy

Make a payment via check or credit card on that person’s account

Through Jan. 15, participants will receive a holiday greeting card to give to that special someone, compliments of Atlantic City Electric

Where to buy a Gift of Energy:

Atlantic City Customer Service Center: 2430 Atlantic Ave., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Cape May Court House Customer Service Center: 420 Route 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Egg Harbor Township Customer Service Center: 6814 Tilton Road, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

For more information, see atlanticcityelectric.com.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

The K-Loc Education Center is offering health-related and educational events.

The K-Loc Healthy Kids Fitness program is now offering individual, group or families classes to improve their lifestyle and healthy living. The Choose to Move, Train and Lose program is designed for people who prefer a one-on-one class with a personal trainer on their own schedule. Participants can be referred to staff nutritionist for consultation and healthy eating evaluation. Regular class fees are $5 per session.

Classes are held at K-Loc Education Center and Personal Training Studio, 904 South Main St., Pleasantville (American Legion building). Call Kyle Lockett at 609-674-7605 or Vivian Lockett at 843-467-0068.

‘Joseph Project’ planned in Margate

The Beth El Abram and Rose Weiss Hebrew School, under the supervision of teacher Tamar Spanier, once again will sponsor “The Joseph Project.”

Spanier and students go to local stores to purchase new coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing essentials for adults and children who otherwise would not have these items.

The community’s assistance is requested in sponsoring needy families in the area — donors are asked to bring or mail a monetary donation to Beth El Synagogue to help purchase new coats. The coats will be distributed by Jewish Family Service, which helps the entire community, regardless of nationality or religion.

Checks should be made payable to “Beth El Youth Account” and mailed to Beth El Synagogue, P.O. Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Military tutoring program to be featured on NJTV

NJTV’s “Classroom Close-up” this month will feature Terry Dougherty, a Galloway Township teacher and graduate student at Richard Stockton College, for tutoring children whose parents are in the military. Dougherty, who is Atlantic County’s Teacher of the Year, winner of the Great American Teach-Off and a Coast Guard wife and mom, started the free program to help military children who change schools frequently and develop gaps in their learning. Dougherty teaches third grade at the Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway and is a student in Stockton’s Master of Arts in Education program.

The special, “Schools Supporting Soldiers’ Kids,” will air on NJTV on Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 25 at 5:30 a.m.

Skate for Wishes set

The sixth annual Skate for Wishes event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Atlantic City.

The price is $16 to skate all day, and $5 from each admission goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to fund the wish of a child who has a life-threatening medical condition. There will be food, face-painting, raffles, skating and granting wishes. This year’s goal is $5,000.

The Flyers Skate Zone is located at 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City. Donations also are welcome at skateforwishes.com.

Food pantry closed Christmas, New Year’s Day

The Main Street Food Pantry in the First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing, which is usually open on Wednesdays, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Clients will be permitted to pick up food on an alternate week.

For further information, call the church office at 609-625-9446.

A.C. Electric warns of Green Dot scam

Atlantic City Electric reminds home and business owners to practice safety when someone claiming to represent a business contacts them in person or by phone, especially during the holiday season.

Recently, Atlantic City Electric was alerted to a “Green Dot” scam. Information from law-enforcement officials and other utilities indicates that scammers are targeting not only residents, but also businesses. It has been reported that scammers are telling business owners that the location’s electric service account is delinquent and it will be shut off for nonpayment unless the business purchases a Green Dot Money Pack for a specific amount dictated by the scammer from stores including CVS, Rite Aid and Wawa. Victims then receive instructions to call a scammer phone number with the card’s account number and pin. Once the scammer obtains the card’s identifying information, the value is downloaded, swept and stolen. These transactions are untraceable.

Many companies, including Atlantic City Electric, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent any company, it is important for customers to take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate payment.

When addressing past due accounts, Atlantic City Electric never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to the customer.

If someone calls claiming to represent a certain company, customers should ask them to verify their identity and affiliation. If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Atlantic City Electric, they should call the company immediately at 800-642-3780.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, see atlanticcityelectric.com.

Master Gardener training offered

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 being taken on a first-come, first-served basis. No experience necessary. The first training will begin Jan. 7.

This is a unique program that we are pleased to offer to all residents of Atlantic County. For further information and/or an application, contact Mona Bawgus or Anita Wagner at 625-0056, ext. 6123, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit rutgers-atlantic.org/garden.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014. Technical assistance workshops are offered in December and January to assist schools in preparing their application. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

Electric bill assistance available

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers that they have options to apply for energy assistance.

The TRUE Grant program assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing as much as $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. See ahanjtrue.org or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

The Universal Service Fund helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. See energyassistance.nj.gov or call 800-510-3102.

The New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (New Jersey SHARES) program provides assistance to New Jersey customers in need of temporary help paying their energy bills. New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to pay the energy and utility bills of households in need, through a statewide network of more than 250 community-based social service agencies. Visit njshares.org or call 866-657-4273.

The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides help for numerous households each year. Call 800-510-3102 or see energyassistance.nj.gov.

Lifeline is a utility assistance program that offers $225 to people who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. Call 800-792-9745 for information.

For more information about energy assistance programs, visit nj211.org or call 211 — New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline, available 24/7 in the state.

Customers also can contact Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care Center at 800-642-3780 and ask about Budget Billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use. My Account provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save energy and save money on their monthly energy bill.

VA mobile medical clinic available

The Wilmington VA Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic will be available on the Richard Stockton College campus monthly during the academic year. The next date will be in January. The mobile units offer the following services to veterans:

Primary care services including history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health, and patient education

Ancillary services: Immunizations (including flu and pneumonia vaccines), lab services (including blood draws, urine specimens, etc.)

Social worker available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.

Sign up to spay, neuter pets for $10

Spaces are available now for a state sterilization funding program available to qualified New Jersey residents.

The program begins Jan. 1, 2014 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians encourages residents to sign up early in December for the program before all the slots are taken. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of their locations in Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents can spay and neuter pets at various veterinary offices for only $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. Animals must be current with their rabies shot, or will be required to vaccinate the day of the surgery. These residents must receive one of the following:

Food Stamps

Medicaid

GPA: General Public Assistance

Rental Assistance

AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children,

LUC: Lifeline Utility Credit

Tenants Lifeline Assistance

SSI: Supplemental Security Income or

PAAD: Pharmaceutical Assistance to aged and Disabled

To see if you qualify or for more information on spay and neuter assistance, please call Shore Veterinarians at 609-272-8777 for Atlantic County residents, 609-561-2802 for Hammonton residents, or 609-390-9113 for Cape May County residents.

DVDs requested for troops

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting used DVDs of movies to send to U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas.

Donations of good condition DVDs will be accepted at the following locations: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road,Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Cash donations will be accepted to pay for mailing DVDs. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

Jazz scholarship available

The Somers Point Jazz Society has announced the creation of a $1,000 jazz scholarship program for high school student musicians from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The purpose is to help students gain experience with a qualified jazz educator. For an application, contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or through spjazz.org. An MP3 or CD sampling of the student’s work must accompany the application. Applications should be sent to PO Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. A scholarship presentation will be held in May.

This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Shore Medical Center.

Food drive at county library branches

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch through Feb. 28.

Any unopened, unexpired nonperishable food is appreciated, but the most needed items include: canned fish and meat, such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham and Spam; shelf-stable milk, boxed meals, such as pasta, potatoes, rice and cereal; canned or packaged meals, such as mac and cheese, chili, stews, and meaty soups; peanut butter in plastic jars; and canned vegetables and fruit.

Food items may be dropped off during regular hours at any Atlantic County Library System location. Branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point, and Ventnor. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule, see atlanticlibrary.org.

Village by the Shore now accepting members

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has announced that its newest initiative, Village by the Shore, is now accepting members.

This nondenominational program offers services and socializing for Atlantic County adults 50 and older through a concierge style. People can now take advantage of a special introductory rate of $18 per month or $180 a year. The Village is not a physical place, but a movement enhancing the people’s lives to get the most from their community at any stage of life. One call offers “one-stop shopping” with access and referrals to preferred service providers, specialists and social services. Benefits include resource and referral concierge, visits, phone check-ins, care coordination and transportation as well as local lectures, concerts, workshops and classes.

For more information on Village by the Shore or to get involved, call 609-822-1109 or email villagejfs@jfsatlantic.org. To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see jfsatlantic.org.

Support groups aid people affected by Sandy

New Jersey Hope and Healing, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is sponsoring support groups to provide information, link to resources, manage disaster-related issues and stress for people affected by Hurricane Sandy at the following locations:

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Andrew By the Sea, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City

6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd St., Brigantine

6 p.m. Sundays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 306 S. Franklin Blvd., Pleasantville

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays at Ventnor Coffee, 108 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Tuesdays at Ventnor Library, 6500 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor

6 p.m. Thursdays at Milton and Betty Katz JCC, 501 Jerome Ave., Margate

The program ends Feb. 14.

Library offers free digital media streaming

The Atlantic County Library System now offers IndieFlix, a new digital media streaming service. With IndieFlix, library members can stream and watch thousands of documentaries, shorts, independent and foreign films free of charge with no checkouts, returns or waiting times.

To watch IndieFlix films, viewers need an Atlantic County Library System card and an Internet-connected device such as a computer, smart phone, or smart TV. IndieFlix can also be viewed on tablets, including iPads and Kindles. Multiple users can watch the same film on different devices at the same time.

To learn more about IndieFlix or to get started, visit the library’s IndieFlix web page at atlanticlibrary.org/indieflix.

Thrift shop seeks winter garments

Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Store located in the Festival at Hamilton, 4450 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, is looking for gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. These items will be available for sale at bargain prices with proceeds supporting the hunger relief efforts of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Festival at Hamilton. Call 609-241-7323.

Gilda’s Club to hold writing contest

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is calling all teen writers and poets for its seventh annual “It’s Always Something” Writing Contest. If you have survived cancer, have watched a family member or friend deal with cancer, or have watched someone your own age go through cancer, we want to hear your story.

Needed are honest and personal essays or poetry from students in ninth through 12th grades. Essays must be between 500 and 1,000 words. Essays and poems should be typed and double spaced. Writings will not be returned. Writings, along with a completed contest entry form, must be postmarked by March 14, 2014. Winners will be selected by May 9, 2014. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at Beth@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 2014, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey’s Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Nonprofit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton’s Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. The schedule and brochure will be available in December at nj.gov/pinelands.

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

Looking to give back? Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville needs volunteers who are at least 14 years old.

Opportunities include: helping with resident outings, helping office staff, playing board games and bingo, card games, serving meals, friendly visits, welcoming guests, playing music or singing for guests, transporting residents to and from daily Mass at the on-site chapel, and arts and crafts. Call Shalini at 609-677-6369.

Our Lady’s is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

Small Sandy Survivors group set

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.