College offers discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning has announced its “Democracy Cafe” series of roundtable discussions. These are a collaborative program with the college’s Political Engagement Project. The dialogues will feature political and civic issues facing democratic society. The events are free and open to all. They take place in the Campus Center Gallery East, outside the Board of Trustees Room in the Campus Center in Pomona.

The schedule features Power v. Influence: Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18; Active Citizenship and Voting, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 2; Rewriting the Constitution, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 18; Election Edition, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1; Economic in America, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 16; Healthcare Debate, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27. For more information, email

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Mediation training set

Community Mediation Services is offering a free 40-hour mediation training for anyone interested in becoming a CMS volunteer.

The training will take place at the Richard Stockton College in Pomona from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. For more information, call 609-345-7267 or see

Community Mediation Services is a partner agency of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County.

Outrigger canoes to visit A.C.

Members of the Philadelphia Outrigger Canoe Club will make their premier visit to Atlantic City’s Gardner’s Basin on Sept. 16, when they put one of their 45-foot traditional Hawaiian six-person outrigger canoes on display in the water. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public will be invited to step aboard the boat and take a brief tour of the harbor while manning one of the paddles. Because the club aims to introduce new people to their sport, there will be no fee. Hawaiian outrigger is an ancient sport embracing the spirit of Ohana (family) and Aloha (friendship and love). After that, the outrigger will be taken out of the water and put on temporary display at the Gardner’s Basin amphitheater.

As many as 100 crew members and their outriggers, from as far away as Quebec, will assemble on the Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City adjacent to North New Hampshire Avenue on Sept. 29 for the inaugural Hoe Wa’a Challenge, a 12- to 15-mile open ocean six-person outrigger canoe race, along Atlantic City’s shoreline. The race is the only open ocean outrigger race in the region. The first race goes off at 7 a.m. Three levels of rivalry will consist of men’s, women’s and mixed crews.

After the racers and their boats have completed their competition, an awards ceremony and Hawaiian luau will take place at Gardner’s Basin for the boat crews and their supporters.

Roundtable discussions set

The “For the Greater Good” Dialogue Series at Richard Stockton College in Pomona are set to take place, focusing on social justice and sociological topics.

Dicussions will be Why Is Everyone So Sensitive About Religion, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 27; What Does It Mean To Be Latinola at Stockton, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 17; Body Concepts, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 30; The Elections Are Done, Now What, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 8; Who Makes the Toys in Santa’s Workshop, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 27; and Why Doesn’t Stockton Have a Football Team, 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. Dec. 5.

Talent show planned

A talent showcase for community talent will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fist annual Touch a Truck Event set for Sept. 29 at the Cardiff Shopping Center, 6718 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Submit all links and videos at no charge to or mail them to 3073 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 by Sept. 14. Admission for the event is $2 per person or $ 10 per family (eight people maximum.) Donations are appreciated and support FSA. For information including how to become a vendor or sponsor, see

Singers wanted

Richard Stockton College’s Oratorio Society is looking for singers to take part in the performances throughout the academic year. Anyone interested is invited to join the Stockton Oratorio Society in their weekly rehearsals from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays n room H-102 of the campus in Pomona. For more information call Stockton’s Division of Arts and Humanities at 609-652-4505.

Library hosts ebook program

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer an Introduction to eBooks and eReaders class at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 31 in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room at 1 N. Tennessee Ave.

These sessions, which are free and open to library members, will teach attendees how to use their eReader, smartphone, tablet or personal computer to download eBooks and audiobooks from the library’s new Downloadable Media Service, No registration is required, but members are asked to bring their library card. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out some of the most popular eReader models on the market, which will be provided by the library, such as Amazon Kindles, Barnes and Nobles nooks, Apple iPads and Android tablets. Also, members can also bring their own device to the class.

Hundreds of popular books, including best-selling novels, well-known classics, study guides and language learning guides, are available through, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any titles that are borrowed automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees. For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3069, or email

Walk to end Alzheimer’s planned

The Atlantic City boardwalk will be decked out in purple as families and supporters of people living with Alzheimer’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 7. The biggest event of the year for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the 5K walk is expected to draw 2,000 people, including 170 walking teams to raise awareness of the disease and funds to eradicate it and support victims and their families.

The event kicks off with registration at 9:30 a.m. in front of Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza, between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The walk begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served to participants and volunteers. There will be music, refreshments, a Kid’s Corner with face painting, and opportunities to get information about the Alzheimer’s Association and the disease itself. To start a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team or to make a donation, see or call 800-272-3900.

College offers discussions

Richard Stockton College’s Office of Service Learning will host a series of topical “Headliners” discussions at the college in Pomona on Friday afternoons.

The series will feature weekly topics plucked straight from the news media every Monday morning. A question board will then be placed outside the Office of Service-Learning on Mondays and in various food courts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Finally, the topic will be discussed at length every Friday afternoon.

The discussions will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 and Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Dec. 7 in the Campus Center overlook lounge on the building’s top floor. For more information, email

United Way fundraiser planned

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County will host their signature fall fundraiser, the Sun National Bank Golf and Sporting Clays Invitational, on Oct. 12 at Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Port Republic and Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

As part of the event, the Thomas J. Kuhar Founder’s Award will be presented to Frank DiCola. This award is presented annually to a person or organization that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the community of Atlantic County. DiCola is the president and CEO of DCO Energy, LLC, a company he started in 2000 with a five-member team. DiCola has been an avid supporter of many local charitable organizations including United Way. This award will be presented during the lunch program beginning at 11 a.m. at Seaview.

The full-day schedule features a 50-bird sporting clays morning session at the legendary Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Port Republic and an afternoon round of 18 holes of golf at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway. The package includes transportation to/from Red Wing, course fees, range balls and tee package and/or shotgun and ammunition, on-course refreshments, breakfast and lunch, along with tickets to the evening reception and a tournament gift. There are options for those with limited time schedules. A morning-only session is available featuring a 100-Bird Sporting Clays Event as well as an afternoon-only option including 18 holes of golf. Those participating in the 100-Bird Sporting Clays Event may register their targets with the NSCA at no additional charge.

For event details, sponsorship/advertising opportunities and registration information, contact Mary Godleski at United Way of Atlantic County at 609-404-4483 ext. 14 or

Flea market/coat drive set

The Linwood Volunteer Fire Company will hold its second annual Flea Market and Winter Coat Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 across from the Fire House at 750 Lincoln Ave. The event is called Junk in the Trunk because whatever items you can put in your trunk, you can sell. More than 20 venders will sell assorted items from childrens clothes to jewelry.

The money raised from renting vender spots will go to the fire company fund that has been established to restore a 1963 Pirsch pumper. This engine used to be an active truck used to put out fires in Atlantic County. Until six years ago, it was used for parades and special events. There is no charge for buyers, or anyone who would like to see the fire truck. This event will run consecutively with the annual coat drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

The fire company will collect coats, scarves, sweaters and gloves from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are unable to make it on Oct. 13, all Cape Bank locations in Atlantic and Cape May counties will collect the coats from now until Oct. 13. For more information call Marc Ginsberg at 609-377-1902.

College offers development workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops this fall for people interested in enhancing their skill sets to advance their careers.

Learn how to operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment plants in Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 17.

Recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies in TIPs Certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., sections begin Sept. 29, Oct. 9 and Oct. 27.

Those interested in preparing for the state examination to become a licensed New Jersey Real Estate Salesperson can learn about property interest and rights, mortgages, leases, business opportunity sales and laws and regulations in Real Estate Sales Pre-Licensing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 24.

Teaching English as a Second Language is a self-paced course designed for individuals interested in teaching adult learners of ESL or EFL from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., first in-class meeting, Oct. 10.

Business Planning: What Do You Propose? provides an overview about the elements required to structure one’s business plan to receive funding, learn how to survive the first year of business and receive an overview of budgeting from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Design a diet for you and your clients while studying sports specific diets, principles and foundations of nutrition, energetics and athletic performance in Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 13.

Personal enrichment classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. See or call 609-343-4829.

Choral Society seeks singers

The Mainland Choral Society invites singers to join in rehearsals for the 24th annual Christmas concert Dec. 7.

Rehearsals begin 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the nave of Christ Church at Shore Road and Meyran Avenue in Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. A nominal membership fee will be charged. For further information, call Elaine King at 609-266-8912.

College offers career training courses

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College’s career training courses this fall.

Business Technology Specialist is designed for anyone who needs to gain vital computer skills. Participants will learn document production, word processing, spreadsheet preparation, database creation and management and effective use of presentation software. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24.

Small Business Accounting using QuickBooks 2011 will prepare participants to assume a wide range of bookkeeping and assistant accounting responsibilities, including payroll, general ledger, payables and receivables. It will take place from 9 a.m .to 3 p.m., Oct. 1.

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of computers and technology workshops, from basics to advanced. Some classes include: Introduction to Macs, Keyboarding, Social Media for Business, Microsoft Office 2010 Series, Google Docs Series, How to Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Suite.

Computers and Technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Raffle to benefit Arc

Tickets are now on sale for the RemArcable Raffle, with all proceeds benefiting The Arc of Atlantic County and its programs that support more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Atlantic County.

The grand prize is a trip to San Francisco, which includes airfare and a three-night, four-day stay at the Parc55 Wyndham hotel in San Francisco.

The raffle drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the I. Rice and Company Golfing for Good Tournament at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. Entrants need not be present to win.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at until Sept. 21 or call Carol Sprouse at 609-485-0800, ext. 141.

Junior volunteers receive awards

Five members of Shore Medical Center’s Junior Volunteers program were presented with scholarships from the Somers Point Rotary Club during their August luncheon.

Recipients of the $500 awards were Kelvin Gandhi, 17, of Brigantine, a senior at Atlantic City High School; Daniel Gomez, 18, of Egg Harbor Township, a freshman at Atlantic Cape Community College; Rachel Heist, 18, of Ocean City, a freshman at Muhlenberg College; Ali Hinman, 17, of Northfield, a senior at Mainland Regional High School; and Sima Shah, 18, of Egg Harbor Township, a senior at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Shore’s Junior Volunteers program is open to high school students 14 and older. For an application to take part in the summer 2013 program, call 609-653-3543.

Museum hosts Third Thursday

The Noyes Museum of Art’s satellite gallery in Hammonton, as well as the rest of the Downtown, presents a colorful Third Thursday evening, entitled Bellevue Empire from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. A spinoff of the popular hit TV show Boardwalk Empire, Bellevue Empire will feature music, sales, and activities spotlighting prominent themes such as the Roaring 20’s, the boardwalk, and the Prohibition Era.

At the Noyes gallery there will be a presentation featuring notorious artwork from the era of flappers and The Great Gatsby. It will be looping continuously from 6 to 8 p.m. Local musicians, Tamara DeMent & The Cold Club will perform originals and covers of infectious music with a jazzy feel. Visitors are encouraged to dress the part and have some laughs in our photo booth set with scenery and props reminiscent of the Atlantic City Boardwalk of days gone by. Photographs will be taken all night in the booth just outside of the gallery; prints will be available for purchase between 7:30 and 8 p.m., for $2 each.

Pastor to be ordained

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey in Galloway Township will ordain Pastor Charlie Dieterich, of Smithville on Sept. 30. Unitarian Universalist ministers from across the country and clergy of other faiths will participate in the event.

Following Puritan tradition, the members of the congregation will perform the act of ordination. The congregation elected Dieterich to the office of ministry in June. Dieterich has served as pastor to the congregation since September 2011.

The church held its first service in 1999 and was officially chartered in 2000. Over the years, the congregation met in rented space in Somers Point, Margate, Galloway and Absecon. In 2008, the congregation built the Unitarian Universalist Center at 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway, across from Richard Stockton College. September 30 will be the fourth anniversary of its use for worship.

Dieterich served previously as a chaplain in suburban New Orleans. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2010, having previously worked for RCA and other consumer electronics companies in the Princeton area. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. For more information, see

Balles family honored

The Family Service Association has announced the 2012 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year Award recipient.

Frank and Cyndi Balles are being honored for their work to improve the lives of families throughout Atlantic County. Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles and his wife, Cyndi, are dedicated volunteers for many organizations including Family Service Association, Pleasantville PAL, Cape Atlantic Tigers AAU, Moss Mill HOA and NAACP.

The Family Service Association will hold the Family of the Year Award presentation at the Touch A Truck Event on Sept. 29 at the Cardiff Shopping Center in Egg Harbor Township. For tickets, honorarium and sponsorship information, call 609-569-0239, ext. 1160, or email request to

Miss Latino Pageant set

The Latino Club of Egg Harbor City will host a Miss Latino Pageant at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Spragg School, 610 Buffalo Ave., Egg Harbor City.

Divisions for the pageant are Teenie Miss (kindergarten to second grade), Little Miss (third to fifth grade), Junior Miss (sixth to eighth grade) and Miss (ninth to 12th grade). There will be crowns for the girls and they will read essays they have written. Girls should be residents of Atlantic County and of Latino descent.

The pageant is also hosted by the Events Committee of Egg Harbor City. For information, call 609-965-1195.

College offers professional education courses

Richard Stockton College is offering a wide range of continuing professional education courses for public safety and security professionals. The courses, which begin Sept. 12 and run through late fall, have been developed by Stockton’s Center for Public Safety and Security.

The center, established earlier this year, is an academic initiative in partnership with New Jersey’s public safety and security sectors; dedicated to providing training, consulting and other resources in support of professional excellence. The classes include frontline supervision training, cybercrime and evidence training, internal affairs investigation programs, tactical interviewing, expert testimony, serial offenders and more. All classes are offered at the Galloway Township campus.

For more information, email to be put on the mailing list, or call 609-652-4342.

Polling institute to be dedicated

The Stockton Polling Institute will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 to conduct survey research in southern New Jersey and throughout the state.

The institute will use its own staff and Richard Stockton College students to conduct public opinion polls and other surveys for Stockton and outside clients. Surveys will be conducted using telephones, the Internet and other modes of data collection. The institute will continue to conduct public opinion polling of legislative, congressional and statewide election races during election seasons.

The Institute is located in the Lower N-Wing, on the Galloway Township campus at the entrance closest to College Walk and the parking lot (site of the former Ospreys’ Nest). Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to or call 609-626-3542.

College offers test prep courses

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey offers affordable, high quality test preparation courses for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree.

The graduate school Test Prep program at Stockton covers most of the required tests for entry into graduate and law schools, including GMAT, GRE or LSAT. Each prep course is a total of 30-hours of instruction. Current Stockton students and alumni receive a discount. Courses are scheduled to begin in September.

For more information or to register, see or call 609-652-4227.

Master gardeners events continue

All are invited to the Atlantic County Master Gardeners final seasonal session scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library.

This discussion will cover “Fall Planting and Putting Your Garden to Bed,” and is useful to those who want to plant a fall 2012 crop or an early spring 2013 crop. All 2012 sessions have been are co-sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Go Green Galloway. All are welcome, and this year’s community garden participants are strongly encouraged to come out.

For more information, please call Barbara Fiedler of Galloway Community Services Division of Public Works at 652-3700, ext. 209

AtlantiCare donates AEDs

AtlantiCare representatives presented three automated external defibrillators, on behalf of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Heroes, to the Cape May County Park and Zoo recently tor placement at locations throughout the zoo. Mike Laffey, park director; and Bill Holmes, director of Risk Management accepted the AEDs.

The ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC and the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. Since the group’s inception it has placed more than 70 AEDs throughout the community throughout southern New Jersey. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

ACA restaurant open for lunch

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, is now open for lunch. Careme’s is located at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing. Careme’s mini buffet, featuring appetizers, salads, entrees, a carving station and dessert for $8.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), will run through Sept. 17.

Careme’s is open at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Dinner service will begin Sept. 20. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund run set

Richard Stockton College will host the fifth annual Alumni Legacy Fund 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 at G. Larry James Stadium on the campus in Pomona. All proceeds from the event benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund to provide scholarships to deserving students. Planned activities include the 5K race, a 2-mile walk, music, post-race awards ceremony and refreshments.

There will be cash prizes of $100 for the first overall male and female finisher, $50 for the second place male and female and $25 for the third place male and female. Registration and check-in takes place at the stadium beginning at 8 a.m. with the race and walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration fee is $20 until Oct. 5. After that, walk-up registrations will be taken for $25. For more information, call 609-626-3604 or email Online registration is available at

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 through 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. Contact Cookie Feldman at 609-641-3600 or

Sponsors, walkers wanted

The Arc of Atlantic County is seeking sponsors and walkers for its 10th annual Step Up for The Arc Walk to take place Oct. 27 on the Ventnor Boardwalk. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Atlantic County’s programs that help more than 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families each year.

Event sponsorships range from $100 to $350 and all include recognition on this year’s event shirt. Registration and event sponsorship is available at or by calling 609-485-0800. Sponsorship deadline is Sept. 24 and the walker/team registration deadline is Oct. 1. Participants can register and set up a personal fundraising page at Those who raise $50 or more will receive a long-sleeved event shirt. Prizes will be given to walkers who raise $100 or more.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at St. James Parish, 6415 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, and the walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m.The walk is the length of the Ventnor Boardwalk and back (about 3.4 miles), but participants can walk as much or as little as they like. The post-walk party will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature a free lunch, music, dancing, and activities with the Rainforest Cafe’s Cha!Cha! the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Free parking is available on Atlantic Avenue.

Historical author to discuss work

The Greate Egg Harbor Township Historical Society will host author Joseph T. Wilkins for a presentation on his book “The Speaker Who Locked Up the House” at 7p.m. Sept. 14 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave.

The book concerns Republican House Speaker Thomas B. Reed battling to end the lingering power of Southern white supremacists in 1890. Wilkins will sign books following the presentation. Contact the society at or 609-813-2002 for information. See

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.

Beth Judah lists new program

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor announces a newly reformatted religious school experience called “A School Without Walls.”

Written by Hazzan Jeffrey Myers, Educational Director of Congregation Beth Judah, there will be different groupings and utilization of the entire physical plant in creative ways, featuring use of Smartboards, laptops and other modern technologies. Among some of the new features are semester electives, whole-school study of Israel leading up to a virtual trip to Israel in May, group worship services and chorus. Call Myers at 609-822-7116, ext. 104, for an appointment.

Making saves for Alzheimer’s

Matt Carmen’s father, Lou, had Alzheimer’s and died in September 2006. His son, Cameron, is a goalie for the Atlantic City Sharks Ice Hockey Club, and is working on a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For every save Cameron makes during regular season league games, money will be collected from donors. Follow Cameron’s progress on Facebook at “MakingSavesforAlzheimers.” For more information, email or call 609-926-4955.

Benefit gala set at Noyes

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold its 16th annual benefit gala, “Feast for the Eyes,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22. This annual event will feature live entertainment, wine tastings, locally sourced gourmet foods and a silent auction featuring original artwork by the region’s most talented artists. The gala is held in the museum so guests may enjoy the idyllic and eclectic setting, while raising money to support its operations, exhibitions, and many public programs.

A special treat for the evening will be a large-scale, edible art installation created by sculptor Marisa DiPaola. Guests will be encouraged to pick and eat from this sculpture. Author and certified wine educator John J. Mahoney will host two wine education sessions that include a tasting and excerpts from his book, “Every Bottle Has a Story, a Wine-lover’s Short Story Collection.” Musicians Tamara deMent and the Cold Club, harpist Sue Allen, and the a cappella group Stockappella will perform.

This event is the Noyes Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Tickets are $100 per person. For tickets or more information call 609-652-8848 or see

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.

Cancer fundraiser set

ConKerr Cancer, A Case for Smiles Southern New Jersey Chapter, will host Miles of Pillowcase Smiles, an event to sew pillowcases for hospitalized children and teens with cancer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hammonton Fire Department No. 2, 51 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton.

The organization will supply all the materials; volunteers bring their willingness to create a lasting memory. No sewing experience necessary.The goal for the volunteers across the country is to make 44,000 pillowcases — one for each child being treated with cancer. ConKerr Cancer is a not for profit organization bringing a “Case for Smiles” throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. They welcome donations of time, fabric, extra hands, as well as monetary donations to continue their mission.

Refreshments will be for sale. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase of baskets containing merchandise including Longaberger, Vera Bradley, Thirty One, quilting items and more. Email or call 609-408-4068.

Singers wanted

The Mainland Choral Society, “Dedicated to Musical Excellence,” is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their 24th annual Christmas concert, to take place Dec. 7.The concert will feature Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other glorious music. Elaine King, former Director of Music at Greentree Ministries, will conduct the group.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the nave of Christ Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue in Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Nominal membership fee will be charged. For more information, call Elaine King, director, at 609-266-8912.

Artists, crafters wanted

The Atlantic City Arts Commission invites all artists and crafters to participate in the first Atlantic City Boardwalk Arts and Craft show Oct. 6-7 on the Boardwalk. Entry fee is $75 for a 12-by-12-foot space and entrants must submit three images of their work.

There will be an awards presentation with $800 in prizes. Apply online at Applications will be accepted until Sept. 14. The event is free. For more information on how to enter, call Colleen Cornell at 609-348-0340 or email

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.

Studetns 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

FELS holds membership drive

Friends of Encore Learning of Stockton, affiliated with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, is a volunteer, not-for-profit association which provides continuing education for its members. FELS fundraising efforts provide annual scholarship monies to Stockton students.

FELS offers study groups for its members that meet monthly for six sessions beginning in October and cost $25 per group. These groups are varied and include the study of art, music, film, documentaries, opera, criminal justice, literature, plays. Study group leaders are recruited from the FELS membership, Stockton faculty and the community.

For membership information ($35 per year) or a study group brochure, call Sylvia Gabrieli at 609-822-9595.

Library now 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

Hammonton Arts District expands

The Hammonton Arts District is expanding by opening 12 independent artist studios in September.

Located just one block from the NJTransit train station, this new visual arts space offers professional and emerging artists affordable studio spaces in the center of downtown Hammonton. The Hammonton Art District is located in downtown Hammonton, along several blocks surrounding Bellevue Avenue. During open studio hours on the Third Thursdays of each month, the public can visit the Hammonton Artist Studios to watch artists at work, ask questions about the creative process and technique, and purchase work directly from the artist.

Artist Work Spaces are available on the second floor with ceilings of 12 feet and more.. Studios start at $180 per month for a 10-by-13-foot space and go up from there. See for applications, rules and layout. For more information call 609-742-1333.

Youth orchestra auditions set

The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, a string orchestra of middle and high school students in its 24th season, will hold violin, viola, cello and string bass auditions on Sept. 23, at the Central United Methodist Church, Central Avenue and Shore Road in Linwood.

Students should call Mrs. Miller at 609-646-4762 or email to arrange an audition time and to discuss requirements. See

New CASA program developed

Nine experienced CASA Volunteers recently completed an advanced training that will allow the organization to provide all 700 children living in foster care with a CASA Volunteer within four years. The training, referred to as the Peer Coordinator Model, gives these CASA Volunteers the tools to coach and support new volunteers, increasing CASA’s capacity to serve more children without significantly increasing the annual budget.

The new Peer Coordinators are Jean Harris, of Atlantic City; Jack Mahon, of Ventnor; Jack McCarron, of Ocean City; Linda Skutlin, of Ocean City; Barb Riggione, of Ocean City; John Oelkers, of Longport; Bill Potts, of Margate; Colleen Sanborne, of Northfield; and Jackie Sarner, of Galloway.

The Peer Coordinator Model was piloted by the National CASA Association in several cities across the country and unveiled to the entire national CASA community at the National CASA Convention in Washington, D.C. CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is the first New Jersey CASA organization to implement the program locally. For more information about CASA for Children and volunteering call 609-601-7800 or see

Lighthouse challenge planned

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend is set for Oct. 20 and 21 at lighthouses throughout New Jersey. Participants are invited to tour the state and visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.

Begin the challenge at any of the 11 participating New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two museums and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir for $1 that will be proof of your visit at each location. Hours for the tours vary. See or

The following lighthouses are participating: Absecon Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum, Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May County Museum, East Point Light, Finns Point Light, Hereford Inlet Light, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Navesink/Twin Lights, Sea Girt Lighthouse, Tathum Lifesaving Station 35, Tinicum Light, Tucker’s Island Light at United States Lifesaving Station 30.

Chefs wanted for chili contest

Enter to compete in the second annual Art at Night: Chili Cook-Off to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College. Guest judges from local restaurants will award the top three teams with cash prizes, gift certificates and more.

Register by Oct. 1 with a $25 donation per chili team of two, or $20 for museum members. Each member of your team receives a limited edition Second Annual Chili Cook-Off T-shirt. For event details and more information on how to register, see Admission is $5, $4 for seniors and students, children under 6 are free.

College offers financial planner program

Richard Stockton College is offering a Certified Financial Planner Certificate (CFP) program that allows students to earn their certificate in less than one year.

The program, recently approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, is offered through the college’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Financial Planning has been identified as the fifth-best career in a ranking of 200 jobs according to the Internet job-hunting site

Upon completion of the 10 month program, students will have satisfied the education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination. They are then qualified to take the CFP exam.

Courses are scheduled to begin on Nov. 12. For more information about the Certificate in Financial Planning or to register, see or call 609-652-4227.

Creative people sought for festival

The Hammonton Arts Center is looking for creative individuals to participate in the 2012 Green Day Festival. This year’s project is “Upcycling Furniture.” Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something useful.

This year’s Annual Green Day Festival is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Joseph High School Grounds, 328 Vine Street, Hammonton.The finished upcycled product has to have a practical use as a household item and the item has to visibly incorporate at least one piece of the existing bit of furniture in its design.

If you would like to participate by upcycling a piece of furniture or by donating some old furniture, email Brenda Bradford at or call or stop by the Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., or call 609-567-5360.

Scholarship awards dinner set

Richard Stockton College’s Council of Black Faculty and Staff will host the 31st annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m.

The Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Dr. Harvey Kesselman, provost and executive vice president at Stockton and Arthur A. Davis, Jr., former executive director for Administrative Services at the college.

The 2012 honorees include: Lifetime Award recipient, Alberto “Bert” Lopez, manager, Atlantic City Electric, Public Affair; Merit Award recipient, Dr. Eileen P. Conran-Folks, manager, Hammonton Center and Noyes Museum, Richard Stockton College; and Distinguished Alumni recipient, Ariane A. Newman, assistant director, Continuing Studies, Richard Stockton College.

Proceeds from the event help support the Council’s Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship funds to deserving Stockton students.

Tickets for the event or advertisements for the program book can be purchased through the Council’s website: Type “council” in the search engine and select the second listing (Council of Black Faculty and Staff - Council News). For more information, call Yubi Pena at 609-652-4382 or Patricia Collins at 609-652-4523.

Early learning center offers discount

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor is offering an incentive of $1,000 for the first 10 new families who register their child in the Beth Judah Early Learning Center for the 2012-13 school year. The incentive will continue for the second and third years.

Other discounts will include 5 percent discount for payment in full by the start of school, 5 percent discount for registering a second child and $100 discount for referring a friend. Each new family also will receive a $250 credit per child toward synagogue membership. Call 609-822-7116, ext. 120, or email

School supplies needed

Everyone’s Children is sponsoring its annual Book Bag Drive, in which filled backpacks are provided to the Women’s Center, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Food Bank/Our Lady Star of the Sea School, New Jersey Avenue School and Atlantic City High School.

Each year the organizations fills more than 200 backpacks full of school supplies. Suggested supplies include: pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pocket dictionaries, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, book covers, subject notebooks, single file folders, composition books, highlighters and backpacks.

Any donation that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Email Stacey Rich at or call 609-892-4012.

MS fundraiser set for October

The National MS Society, together with Passion Vines Wine and Spirit Co. and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will raise funds and awareness of multiple sclerosis at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. The evening will include wine and jazz, benefiting the National MS Society.

Michael Pedicin will perform, and then Passion Vines of Somers Point will give guests a tasting experience of more than 50 top-scoring wines from around the globe. Tickets are $75 per person and are limited to the first 200 guests. To purchase tickets, or for more information and sponsorship opportunities, call Kristin Marnie at 215-271-1500, or see

Outdoor movie series returns

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is holding the “Movies under the Stars” outdoor summer movie series.

Residents, families and visitors are invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for family-friendly entertainment. Movies will be shown Sundays at Brighton Park, Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk;, Mondays at Historic Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Avenue; and Fridays at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. All movies are rated either G or PG, except for “Avatar” (PG-13).

The schedule is subject to change and cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. For more information and a complete schedule of movies to be shown, call 609-344-8338 or see All movies will begin promptly at dusk.

Farmers market returns to A.C.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market is taking place in Center City Park. Farmers from Monteleone Farms of Vineland, Shady Brook Farms of Egg Harbor City and Hedgerow Farms of Williamstown will bring a wide selection of their farms’ yield of fruits and vegetables. Farm-grown and freshly cut flowers are also available.

The Atlantic City Farmers Market, now in its 12th year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Sept. 29 at Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina Avenues. For more information, call 609-347-0500 or see

College sponsors film festival

The Richard Stockton College-Dante Hall Theater in Atlantic City will be the presenting sponsor of the Downbeach Film Festival’s fifth annual Atlantic City Cinefest, set for Oct. 12-14 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City.

The theater will host screenings beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 11 a.m. Oct. 14, as well as including filmmaking panels. More information, including ticket prices and movies, will be available soon. For information on Dante Hall Theater, contact Stephanie Clineman at 609-513-8432 or

New race for children

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series is launching the Kids Fit Final Mile in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cape May and Atlantic Counties, or CASA. For the program children run, skip or dance at recess or after school a few miles each week. They keep track of all of their miles on a Miles Map until they add up to 25.2.

When children reach that goal, they will finish their last mile on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Oct. 20. All Final Mile runners will get a race T-Shirt for participating in the race and a finisher medal representing the accomplishment of running a marathon.

To register parents can see The registration fee of $15 will help support CASA and thousands of children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties who rely on the services CASA provides. Schools can contact the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series at 609-822-1167, ext. 118, to develop a School Team and encourage participation. Schools with the largest number of participants will be eligible for prizes and awards.

Seniors wanted for research project

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging, or SCOSA, has announced a research project that will be conducted this summer on the campus of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Township.

The research will explore which approaches to maintaining a healthy brain are most effective, while at the same time allowing participants to enjoy themselves by playing computer games that are interactive and fun.

The research project “Maintaining a Healthy Brain throughout the Lifespan” is directed by Dr. Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. Anyone who is 65 or older may be eligible to participate. The project involves a pretest of brain function, participation in brain games and activities, and a post-test of brain function to identify effects stemming from the games and activities. Preliminary findings are hoped to be available at the end of the summer.

Those interested in participating should call Fleck at 609-626-3489 or email

Registration open for A.C. marathon

The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has opened registration for the 2012 Marathon and Half Marathon. This year, registration for the two races will be capped at 5,000. The race series will take 3,000 half-marathon and 2,000 marathon runners. In addition to this race cap, some of the race registrations will be dedicated to those fundraising for charitable organizations.

The series, which includes the Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon on Oct. 20 and 21 and the April Fools Half Marathon on April 7, 2013, each consists of multiple race distances and weekend celebrations. Registration for both events can be completed at

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.

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can 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 forming

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 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

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.

Volunteers also are needed to make the calls. Volunteers manage calls in 2½-hour shifts — 8:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. This service is provided daily from phone centers in Margate and Cape May Court House. To volunteer, call Ann P. Magee at 609-823-1850 (Atlantic County) or 609-463-4564 (Cape May County).

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 Mary Williams Berard at 609-345-3444.

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

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, in affiliation with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley, will host a monthly Caregiver Support Group at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Meetings will take place at Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville. Volunteers also are sought by the nursing home and rehab facility.

For more information about the support group or volunteering, call Gallagher at 609-677-6369.


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