Linwood church offers varied topics

Members of the Linwood Community Church invite others to explore the book of Colossians during morning worship services.

On Feb. 9 the sermon topic is “Are You Living by Rules or Relationship?” The 6 p.m. service will be a concert from the Pilgrim Academy School Choir. Feb. 16 brings the topic “Our Feet May Be on the Earth But Our Hearts Belong to Heaven”. The evening service is a celebration of baptism for new and older believers in the faith. The month wraps up with “No More Hand Me Downs” during morning worship times and a continuation of the study from I Timothy. Paul charged young Timothy to shepherd the church in Ephesus and teach them how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God. It wasn’t an easy task then, and it’s not an easy task today.

A variety of Sunday school for all ages takes place at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. Topics for adults vary. Focus on Church History is vital to the understanding of the Church. When Faith Flickers, Stoke the Fire, Battling Unbelief is another topic about sin in our lives. The Character of God teaches us that nothing is more important than knowing and understanding the character of God. In the study on Psalms we find that the Psalms are designed to teach us to do one thing — to worship. The final adult study is Love and Respect based on Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research. Sunday school for children of all ages is also available. Service times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.

Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, offers programs for all ages. Programs include Celebrate Recovery, Knit-N-Stitch, first place4health, Olympians Children’s Bible Club, youth programs, weekly Bible studies, Handi*Vangelism for disabled adults and older children, and more. All services and programs are open to the public.

To learn more, call 609-927-2950.

Atlantic Cape partners with Tilton Fitness

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer fitness enthusiasts a comprehensive personal fitness training program, featuring eight modules and an internship with Tilton Fitness. The eight-week program begins Feb. 22.

Taught by AAAI/ISMA faculty trainers, the program will offer participants an opportunity to earn four different certifications in the areas of Personal Trainer Phase 1 and 2, Sports Nutrition, and Strength Conditioning and Weight Training. The program features the following modules and sequence: Personal Trainer I, Anatomy and Physiology, Personal Trainer II, CPR/AED/BLS for Health Care Professionals, Sports Nutrition, Social Media and Marketing, Strength Conditioning, Professional Development, Internship with Tilton Fitness. Those who complete the program will earn a 25-hour internship with Tilton Fitness.

Program classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T. For more information or to register, see or call 609-343-5655.

Relay for Life kickoff set

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee is holding a kickoff celebration to announce this year’s theme and to rally the community around the fight against cancer.

The tradeshow-style kickoff will take place at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6. A formal welcome and ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s theme celebrates Superheroes, with the tagline, “Superheroes come in many forms.” There will be Superhero booths as well as a chance to sign up to participate in the 2014 Relay for Life, scheduled for June 13-14 at Mainland Regional High School. There also will be activities for the kids and refreshments for all.

The Relay for Life overnight event is held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Participants walk around the track to raise money for cancer. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Highlighting the event is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event.

Relay For Life is open to anyone who wants to participate. Cancer survivors may walk for free. Volunteers of all ages are needed. Sponsorships also are needed. See or contact or 609-432-2559.

AtlantiCare Heart Heroes donate 111th AED

Representatives of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona presented an automated external defibrillator to St. Joseph High School in Hammonton on Jan. 7.

The AED was the 111th placed in the community since the ARMC Heart Heroes Matching Funds Program began in 2002. Matching funds were provided by NJM Insurance Group/NJM Bank.

ARMC Heart Heroes is a volunteer group that raises funds for the Heart Institute at ARMC through the AtlantiCare Foundation to place AEDs in the community. The Heart Heroes fund a portion of the AED and community groups or organizations provide the remaining funds.

Spots open Israel trip this summer

Congregation Beth Israel invites community members to join the congregation on a trip to Israel led by Rabbi David and Susan Weis this summer, June 25-July 6.

A limited number of spaces are still available. For more information, contact or 609-641-3600.

Black History Month Art Exhibit planned

The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College in cooperation with the Atlantic City Chapter of the Links Incorporated presents the Links 45th annual Black History Month Art Exhibit and Artist Reception, featuring the works of Kevin A. Williams; a juried art show with Atlantic City School District students; and music by Paul Watson.

A reception, which will include a presentation by the artist, music and light refreshments, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8. The reception is free and open to the public. Student Awards will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9. This event is also free. Participants from Atlantic City School District are Atlantic City High, Sovereign Avenue, Texas Avenue, Martin Luther King, and Chelsea Avenue schools.

The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College is at 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. For more information, call 609-626-3805 or visit

Arts workshops for teens set

Teens who are interested in the visual and performing arts are invited to participate in a variety of Saturday workshops beginning in February through April as part of the Atlantic County Teen Arts Academy.

The goal of the Teen Arts Academy is to provide area young people with greater arts education opportunities and to enhance the skills needed in preparation for college or a professional program. The Teen Arts Academy is a collaborative effort of area arts organizations and educational institutions to provide teens with new opportunities for learning in the visual, performing and literary arts.

Workshops include Creative Writing: Zines for Teens; Printmaking; Watercolor Painting; Songwriting; Musical Theatre Styles and Audition; Digital Self-Portraiture and more.

Each workshop is three hours long at a cost of $30 which includes materials. All participants are required to register. A minimum of seven registrants is required for each workshop to proceed.

Registration is available at or in person at any of the following locations: Noyes Museum of Art/Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, 609-652-8848; The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, 609-626-3805; and The Noyes Museum Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, 609-561-8006.

For more information, contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by email at or by calling 609-646-8699, ext., 6314, Monday through Friday.

JCC brunch and learn planned for Feb. 18

The next Katz JCC Brunch and Learn event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in Margate. The brunch will be followed by a speaker and a documentary on the big screen. This month, the speaker will be Rabbi Jeff Lipschultz from Beth Judah, Wildwood.

After the discussion, we will watch the documentary film, “The Yiddish Cinema.” The film, Yiddish Cinema traces the history of the genre through interviews, archival photographs and film clips of many of the NCJF’s Yiddish feature films. In addition, the film discusses the reasons for the decline of Yiddish cinema, including the Holocaust, the Stalinist suppression of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union, and America’s demands for assimilation among its new immigrants.

JCC Brunch and Learn is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers when paid in advance or $5 and $7 on the day of the program. For more information or to register and pay in advance, contact Josh Cutler at or call 609-822-1167, ext. 138.

Free dance workshops, performance offered

Kinetic Poetic Dance will present a variety of free dance and fitness classes will be offered to students ages 6 through adult with live performances by the Kinetic Poetic Dance Catollective from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 on the second floor of Tilton Fitness and Wellness Center in Galloway Township, 323 S. Pitney Road.

The community day is part of Kinetic Poetic’s “Love of Dance” campaign, in which local artists unite to share their love of dance with their community.

The free workshop and performance schedule is as follows: 12 to 12:50 p.m. Piloxing (Teen-Adult); 1 to 1:50 p.m. Hip-Hop (6 to 12 years old); 2 to 2:50 p.m. Hip-Hop (Teen-Adult); and 3 p.m. a performance by Kinetic Poetic Dance Collective.

For information, call 609-652-1123, email or visit

CASA info sessions planned for Galloway

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers and will hold three information sessions in Galloway Township.

The sessions will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Feb. 12 and, 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Those interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing

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. The 60-minute CASA Information Session describes how CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. For more information, see

Shore’s Heart Day set for Feb. 7

In honor of the American Heart Association’s National Heart Month, Shore puts cardiovascular health front and center Feb. 7 at its free 18th annual Heart Day Health and Wellness Fair.

From 9 am to noon in Shore’s Surgical Pavilion lobby, medical center staff will provide valuable educational opportunities and services to the community. Free testing will include cholesterol and glucose screenings, blood pressure and body mass index checks and cardiac and stroke risk assessments. Additionally, professionals will be on hand to discuss Shore’s chronic disease management and tobacco prevention and treatment programs.

Feb. 7 is also National Wear Red Day, an American Heart Association initiative that encourages everyone to wear red to show support and build awareness of heart health.

Free garage and valet parking will be available to all Heart Day attendees. For more information, call 609-653-3670.

Retro dance party to benefit Alcove Center

The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families and greatest hits radio station KOOL 98-3 are teaming up March 7 to present the Alcove A Go Go, a retro dance party featuring the soundtrack of the disco era and beyond.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Boogie Nights at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The party will be broadcast live on KOOL 98-3. In addition to the dancing and the live radio broadcast, guests will enjoy complimentary light fare plus drink specials from a cash bar. The party will also feature live and silent auctions. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best disco outfits and prizes will be awarded for the best and most authentic retro wardrobe. Tickets for The Alcove A Go Go are $75. Groups of four can purchase tickets for $240, a $60 savings. Parties of 10 are just $500, a savings of $250. Tickets are available through or by calling 609-484-1133.

Proceeds will support the mission and programs of The Alcove Center For Grieving Children and Families, a nonprofit based in Northfield.

Jan-Ai scholarships available

Scholarships ($500-$1,000) are now available from the Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in the arts to include the following: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Please visit the website to download the application. May 12 is the deadline for all applications.

Since April 2007, $92,344 in scholarships and cash awards have been given to 233 recipients. The goal is to make that $100,000 by 2014. Donors can give via PayPal,, or sending a check or money order to PO Box 8068, Atlantic City, NJ 08404.

The Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Ventnor native Jennifer Cakert, who died at age 26 in June 2006. It was established to help young people follow their passion in the arts.

Literacy Volunteers to train tutors

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Classes in Atlantic County will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 18 at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Recycle Center.

Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic’s tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.

For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers’ website, or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.

Adopt a cat for Valentine’s Day

Pet Pros will be the hosting site for an adopt-athon for cats and kittens Feb. 8-9 at 112 Woodland Avenue in Somers Point. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Applications for adoption will be on hand.

Several rescue groups from Atlantic and Cape May County are participating, including Life Improvement for Cats and Kittens and Cape May County Shelter. For more information call 609-927-3232.

Eagle Theatre wins N.J. awards

BroadwayWorld has announced the winners of its New Jersey Awards, and the Eagle Theatre of Hammonton won six categories, including Best Local Theatre, Best Play, Best Director of a Play, Best Actor in a Play, Best Actress in a Play and Best Lighting Design for a Musical.

The theatre’s production of “Lombardi” won Best Play and brought in the most awards for those involved. Director Ted Wioncek III won Best Director of a Play, and actors Tim Rinehart and Marianne Green won Best Actor in a Play and Best Actress in a Play for their performances.

“Hair,” the tribal rock musical, garnered accolades from critics when it took the stage in April. Chris Miller won Best Lighting Design for a Musical for his work on the production.

‘Growing up in the Other Atlantic City’ on stage at Stockton

From the 1920s through the 1970s, the Washington family helped build and shape a vibrant and thriving African-American community in Atlantic City’s Northside neighborhood. Their story is chronicled in “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City,” a play based on author Turiya Raheem’s book, “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside.”

The play was adapted for stage and is directed by Pamela Hendrick, professor of Theatre at Richard Stockton College, in collaboration with Raheem.

“Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City” will make its debut in the Experimental Theatre at Stockton College’s Performing Arts Center in February. The production will take place at 7:30 p..m. Feb. 12-15, and 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the main campus, with an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., in Atlantic City.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $8 for students and seniors with ID; tickets can be ordered at or by calling the box office at 609-652-9000.

The Stockton box office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and an hour and a half before each performance.

Art exhibit highlights A.C.’s Northside

The Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College presents Floretta Schiff Mostovoy’s “Visions from the Northside,” a unique and provocative exhibition based on the people, sights, and underlying racial tension of Atlantic City’s Northside, through March 6.

Hailing from New York City, Floretta Schiff Mostovoy began private art lessons at age 8 and graduated high school with a degree in fashion illustration in the middle of the Great Depression.

After working as a fashion illustrator for an advertising agency for several years, Mostovoy met her husband Ira aboard a cruise ship. The couple opened a fishing supply shop in the heart of Atlantic City’s Northside, where Mostovoy continued free-lance fashion sketches for local department stores and her husband worked on his photography. While living in Atlantic City’s Northside, Mostovoy’s subjects were usually her neighbors. Her paintings remind viewers of the affinity between blacks and Jews through their common heritage of oppression and shared fear of random violence.

For more information about the exhibits, events and artists of Noyes Arts Garage: Stockton College, call 609-626-3805 or visit

Expo planned on energy assistance

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County, in partnership with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office R.E.A.L Help Program, will present an Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo on from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hamilton Mall, in the space in front of Sears department store, in Mays Landing.

This free event is intended to connect community members in need of assistance with programs and services that are available in Atlantic County. Representatives from Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas Company, Ocean Inc., American Water Co. , and others will be available to provide information and answer questions on local programs and process assistance applications. Some program guidelines and restrictions apply.

Applications for energy and other assistance programs will available. The following documents will be needed to complete the application process: a lease, property tax or mortgage statement; proof of current income (last four pay stubs if paid weekly and last two if paid biweekly); award letters for Social Security Insurance, Social Security Disability, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and General Assistance; Social Security cards for all household members; and a current gas, oil and electric bill. For those with no income, an affidavit of non-income is required.

For more information, contact United Way at 609-404-4483 or or the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office at 609-909-7214.

Kuzma to give Artist Talk at Noyes

Hammonton will host an artist talk with local artist Steve Kuzma from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Noyes Artist Studios: Hammonton, 15 Horton St.

Kuzma will discuss and present examples of his most recent work and experiences from an autumn artist residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, N.Y. More locally, he was chosen to create artwork for the Healing Arts Program at AtlantiCare in Cape May and Hammonton and was a recent recipient of the Jackson Pollock-Krasner award, Joan Mitchell award, NYFA grant, and Gottlieb award. Kuzma will also show and talk about his work related to Hurricane Sandy and other paintings done on location.

Kuzma, who lives in Ventnor, has more than 30 years of professional artist experience and has worked for such clients as ABC, CBS, NBC, Time Magazine, The Olympics to name a few. His artistic style can be described as contemporary with impressionistic brushstrokes that create a deep connection to nature through his luminous technique of paint layering. Also, Kuzma will present a Studio and Plein Air Techniques class for 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at The Noyes Studios in Hammonton.!

Kuzma’s Artist Talk is free and open to all artists and the general public. For more information about all Noyes Museum events in its Hammonton locations, visit noyesmuseum/hammonton or contact the Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton at 609-561-8006.

ACS kickoff event planned Feb. 6

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life committee is holding a kickoff celebration to announce this year’s theme and to rally the community around the fight against cancer. The tradeshow-style kickoff will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Avenue, Linwood. A formal welcome and ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s theme celebrates Superheroes, with the tagline, “Superheroes come in many forms.” There will be Superhero booths as well as a chance to sign up to participate in the 2014 Relay for Life, scheduled for June 13-14 at Mainland Regional High School. There also will be activities for the kids and refreshments for all.

Relay for Life overnight event is held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure. Participants walk around the track to raise money for cancer. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Laughter’s benefits to be explored

Gilda’s Club South Jersey, at 700 New Road in Linwood, will host Maryann Prudhomme, RN, CCM, CSA, will present a wellness program to shape positive health behaviors through laughter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10.

Learn how laughing positively affects your body and health. Attendees will learn the physical health benefits of laughter, including how it boosts immunity and decreases pain; the mental health benefits of laughter, including how it improves mood and eases anxiety; the social benefits of laughter, including how it promotes group bonding and enhances team work. A short but funny film to follow the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gilda’s Club South Jersey at 609-926-2699 or email

Kids night out set

The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is hosting a Pajamas-Pizza-Movie Kid’s Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Certified childcare providers will be on-site for this event, so parents can enjoy their own night out.

Reservations are required. Call 609-641-5726. Special Event admission price $20 per child/$15 siblings. Discounts, coupons and memberships are not accepted during this special event. Open to children 2-10 (children must be potty trained). Kids bring a pillow, blanket and favorite stuffie.

The JSCM (temporary location) is open until March 31 — Hamilton Mall, upper level near Sears —while the JSCM continues to raise the needed funds to start the construction of the NEW Jersey Shore Children’s Museum.

CASA seeks volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is recruiting volunteers in and will hold an information session in Somers Point.

The session will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the CASA Office on Shore Road. Those interested in learning more about volunteering to help abused and neglected children should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing

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. The 60-minute CASA information session describes how CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. For more information, see

Agricultural sciences scholarship available

A $500 college scholarship is available to an Atlantic County high school senior pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences.

For more information, call the Rutgers Cooperation Extension Master Gardener program at 609-625-0056 or see

Careme’s Restaurant reopens for lunch, dinner

Careme’s, the student-run gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, has reopened and is accepting reservations.

The $8.95 lunch special (plus tax and gratuity) features an antipasta table with assorted salads and pastas, a frittata station, carved item and choice of one main entree, including an Italian burger, roast pork sandwich, panini del Giorno, timpano and seafood del Giorno. Dessert will include tiramisu, cannoli or affogato, a lemoncello ice cream with amaretti cookies and espresso.

A $14.99 dinner buffet (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered weeknights until Feb. 10. The buffet features appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables harvested from Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse and Herb Garden offer patrons a farm-to-table experience. ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a fine dining experience unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday, August-December and January-May, when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and for dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

The ACA has been training future chefs and food service professionals for more than 30 years. See

Share Shabbat with Congregation Beth Judah

Dr. Itzhak Brook, Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University and author of “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War,” will speak at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor on Feb. 21 during the Share Shabbat Dinner, which follows 6 p.m. services.

His topic for the evening is “The Young Kippur War-Historical Perspective.” Brook will speak again Saturday morning, Feb. 22, during services on “A Physician’s Personal Experiences in the Yom Kippur War.” He will take questions during Kiddush Lunch following services.

The entire community is welcome. There is a charge for Friday night dinner of $22 per person. Your check will confirm your reservation. For details, call 609-822-7116, ext 101, or email

Latz’s to exhibit work by Zerbe

Carol Zerbe, a retired artist-educator and resident of Somers Point, is presenting an exhibit of watercolors, “Light and Location,” at the second level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, through April 30.

A reception to meet the artist will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 with light refreshments; the exhibit is free and open to the public. All of the exhibit pieces are for sale.

For more information about Latz’s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or visit; for information about Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or visit

Free training offered to laid-off workers

The T.Byrd Training Center is offering registration for a 10-week MS Office Professional and QuickBooks Certification course. Students become certified in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks.

The training program is free for laid-off workers, as funding was provided by the One Stop Center. The grant includes all course materials including MS Office and QuickBooks software. The course is designed for people who need to improve their career skills or who have skills and need certification in MS Office to obtain employment. Classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in February at T.Byrd Computer School, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville.

Visit, click on “recently laid off” to download more information and to register online, or call 609-484-9356.

Grand marshals chosen for A.C. parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announced recently that the Grand Marshals for 2014’s 29th annual parade in Atlantic City are Frank Ferry and Thomas Patrick Flynn.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set for 1 p.m. March 15. Any group (civic, youth, nonprofit or business) interested in participating should contact the Atlantic City Parade Committee at P.O. Box 1524, Atlantic City, NJ 08404 or call 609-742-9092 no later than Feb. 24.

The parade begins on the Boardwalk at Massachusetts Avenue. It will include pipe bands, string bands, marching bands and floats.

Free income tax-return preparation offered

The following Atlantic County sites will offer free tax-return service by certified counselors with the AARP/IRS tax aide program, starting in February. Appointments are required at the following locations:

Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, Mondays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic City Free Public Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library System/Pleasantville, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township, Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., call 888-569-1000.

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Walk-ins are welcome at:

Shore Memorial Hospital, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting Feb. 7.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see

Lighthouse hosting vow renewal for Valentine’s Day

Absecon Lighthouse is hosting “An Evening of Romance and Renewal” for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.

Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage at 7 p.m., followed by a champagne toast of congratulations. A donation of $25 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb and champagne toast.

Hours of operation also will be extended and the lighthouse will be open for climbing from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Valentine’s Day — climb the lighthouse tower with the one you love before heading out to a romantic dinner. Absecon Lighthouse belongs to the A.C. GLBT Alliance, and invites all couples to this romantic evening. Reserve by calling 609-449-1360. Date Weekend is Feb. 15 and 16 — two can climb for the price of one. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with the last climb at 3:30 p.m.

Atlantic Cape’s culinary workshops offer taste of global cuisine

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts opportunities to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners with an international flair without leaving South Jersey. Chef Jon Davies of Cape May leads the “An Evening in …” series this semester.

Taste specialties such as Italian fondue, vitello tonnato and zabaglione in An Evening in Piedmont, with dishes highlighting this rich, mountainous region, Feb. 18.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with America’s original fusion cuisine in An Evening in the French Quarter, March 4. Featured dishes include red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, dirty rice, and beignets.

Discover the flavors of the Caribbean in An Evening in Jamaica, April 8. Explore the influences of Spain, Africa and others on these recipes, including jerked chicken, curried goat, mashed plantains and gizzada sweet coconut tart.

Classes take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Kitchen 2. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $75 each. To register, call 609-343-5655, or visit

SCOSA presents local history craft workshops

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. The winter/spring schedule, presented by Niki Giberson of Swan Bay Folk Art Center in Port Republic, is:

Craft a Wool Felted Silk Scarf, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Learn the art of placing wool on a silk scarf and felting it into place to make a one of a kind designer accessory (10-by-55-inch finished size) using dyed wool and other fibers. $45 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Weave a Wool Drying Basket, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15. Notched handles and legs make this a useful knitting or chair side basket 14-by-14-inches square. $38 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Easter Tree with Felted Ornaments, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Learn the art of needle-felting. Complete seven ornaments and take them home with the tree, which is 18 inches high and 10 inches at its widest point. $50 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Tote Basket with Wooden Handle, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 17. A basket for magazines, file folders or books, 8-by-15-by-15 inches. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Water Needle Felted Bag, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21. Learn the art of water felting to create a designer purse 6-by-8-inches. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Niki Giberson, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, owner and operator of Swan Bay Farm in Port Republic. Giberson has been teaching basket-making and felting for many years. The wool used in her felting projects is sheared from the sheep that live on the farm, Swan Bay Folk Art Center and Farm in Port Republic.

Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

JCC hosting Falafel and Film

The Milton and Betty Katz JCC in Margate will offer a new event Feb. 6: JCC Falafel and Film, an evening of food, fun and short Israeli films to celebrate the variety and spice of today’s Israeli culture and cinema.

Attendees will enjoy a kosher falafel meal with hummus, tahini and Israeli salad, followed by two short films from Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh Film School that will highlight current events and issues in modern Israel. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8/members and $10/nonmembers in advance, or $10/members and $12/nonmembers at the door.

Spaces are limited. Contact Josh Cutler to reserve a seat at 609-822-1167, ext. 138, or

SCOSA presents craft workshops at Noyes

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a yearlong series of craft workshops for older adults at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.

The Winter/Spring schedule, presented by Diamond Frandsen of the Ivy Cottage, is as follows:

Seasonal Candle Cozy, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Create a felt seasonal candle cozy for any standard large jar candle using hearts, stars and clover appliqués. Basic stitching techniques to be used. Level: Beginner. $15 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

Woven Mason Jar and Flowers (two sessions), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 13 and April 24. Session 1, use natural materials with colorful additions and original over/under weaving techniques to cover the outside of a mason jar (level: intermediate). Session 2, use a specially designed flower frog and fresh flowers and greens to create a floral arrangement for your jar. All materials and tools provided by instructor. Participants must attend both sessions. $40 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

South Jersey Berry Basket, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 12. Create a 3-inch round heirloom basket with unique handle using natural materials and colorful accents with three different weaving techniques. Level: Intermediate. $25 materials fee collected by the Noyes Museum at time of registration.

The workshops will be presented by Diamond Frandsen, SCOSA volunteer art instructor, fiber artist/custom designer and owner of the Ivy Cottage. Advance registration is required; call 609-652-8848. See for more information, updates and cancellation procedures.

Atlantic Cape scholarships available, deadline Feb. 14

Atlantic Cape Community College is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2014 semester.

The 2014 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pickup at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 14. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 19.

For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082, or In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

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 clinic will be available on campus every third Tuesday — Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. 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.

Coat collection set for people in need

Through Feb. 7, Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 60,000 gently used winter coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey during its 18th annual Coat Drive.

This year, the Jersey Cares Coat Drive is partnering with the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, Walmart and New York Cares to create the Super Community Coat Drive. In Atlantic County, there are three places to donate coats:

Egg Harbor Township Police Department, 3515 Bargaintown Road, Egg Harbor Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-926-4040.

Davis Family Agency, 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 609-241-1503.

Borough of Longport, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. Coats accepted Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 609-823-2731.

Lou Holtz to speak at Stainton brunch

The Shore Medical Center Foundation has announced that college football coach, television analyst and author Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Stainton Society Thank You Brunch in Atlantic City on May 4.

Members of the Stainton Society, the foundation’s largest fundraising organization, and the Stainton Associates, whose membership is comprised of the next generation of philanthropic leaders, will be invited to listen to Holtz as he discusses how to overcome steep challenges with hard work, discipline and a tenacious spirit.

Stainton Society and Stainton Associates members play a vital role in the growth of Shore Medical Center and its continuing mission to provide the highest quality care to the community. To join the Stainton Society or Stainton Associates and secure an invitation to this year’s Thank You Brunch, call 609-653-3800, email or see

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology is under way.

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.

Body in Balance hosting 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.

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.

K-Loc Education Center offers events

The K-Loc Education Center, 904 S. Main Street, Pleasantville, 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. Free fitness evaluation, 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 to schedule an appointment.

‘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, PO Box 3133, Margate, NJ 08402. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Tickets on sale for Chefs at Shore fundraiser

Give a taste of the area’s finest restaurants this season, while giving back to a good cause — the organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts.

The 2014 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 19 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The event showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds also go to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Tickets are $50 each and will be provided in a box suitable for gift-wrapping. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by contacting or 609-348-2880, ext. 25.

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 to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see

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 or call 732-982-8710 for more information.

The Universal Service Fund helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible customers. See 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 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

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 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.

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 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 take place 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

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 To learn more about agency events, services and programs, see

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.

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. Winners will be selected by May 9. For more information and a contest entry form, contact Beth at

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

Richard Stockton College will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 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. For schedule and brochure, see

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.