Foundation receives grant

The Atlantic County Library Foundation has received a $1,000 Hurricane Recovery Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, the basement of the Brigantine Branch of the Atlantic County Library System was flooded, and is under remediation and reconstruction. The basement housed the branch’s book sale, administered by the Atlantic County Library Foundation, which generated nearly all program funding for events through the year. The grant money will allow the branch to resume programming, including the “Tell Us Your Sandy Stories” video project, from its temporary Outpost location at the Brigantine Beach Community Center and from the library building once renovations have been completed.

To contact Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine, call 609-266-0110 or visit the Library Outpost at 265 42nd St. in Brigantine.

Nominations sought for alumni award

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the Atlantic Cape Community College President’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments.

See to nominate an Atlantic Cape graduate for this honor by March 22.

Nominations received after the deadline will be considered with next year’s group of nominees. The recipient will be announced and recognized at graduation May 23.

Walk your dog to fight cancer

Bring your favorite pooch on a walk to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Atlantic County at 9 a.m. April 27 on the Linwood Bike Path, starting at Linwood Market parking lot, 136 W. Poplar Ave.

Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and then the one-mile walk.

Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Dogs and their owners can enjoy games, demonstrations and contests throughout the event.

Cost for participants is $10 per dog (two dogs maximum per participant.) Early registration is encouraged.

To register for Bark for Life, see or contact Jacqui Gaskill at 856-616-1651, ext. 3120, or

Atlantic Cape group lauded

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alpha Delta Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was awarded several honors at the annual PTK Middle States Regional Convention in Baltimore recently.

PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Members have earned a 3.5 GPA and 12 credits at Atlantic Cape.

The chapter received the Five Star Development Level Chapter award for demonstrating an overall level of excellence in leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service for the fourth year in a row.

In addition, several individuals were honored for their service to the chapter, including Gabriella Mayorga, of Galloway, chapter president; Tamica Johnson, of Absecon, vice president of membership; and Lisa Nguyen, of Atlantic City, distinguished chapter member.

PTK adviser Holly R. Schultheis, of Galloway Township, was one of four to receive the Paragon Advisor Award for her efforts to guide Atlantic Cape’s chapter.

Chapter member Felix German Contreras, of Galloway, was elected New Jersey state president, regional office.

Atlantic Cape offers corporate training sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College delivers corporate training programs and targeted consulting to businesses or organizations to help employees meet the demands of an increasingly challenging and competitive market.

All professional development courses and computer workshops can be customized to a business or organization’s specifications. Some customized training courses include computer skills, communication, supervisory/management development and human resource applications.

For information regarding on-site services or to request a free consultation, call Jean McAlister at 609-343-5688 or email

College offers free seminars

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor free informational seminars offering strategies to older adults managing mortgages and fixed incomes.

Seminars will take place as follows: 10:30 a.m. to noon March 20, Brigantine Senior Center, 265 42nd Street South; 11:15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. March 22, Hammonton Senior Center, 310 Bellevue Ave.; 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 26, Egg Harbor Township Senior Center, 5045 English Creek Road.

Additional seminars include Reverse Mortgages, 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 21, Hammonton Canoe Club Senior Center, 100 Sports Drive, Hammonton; Avoiding Identity Theft, 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 28, Egg Harbor City Senior Center, 341-51 Cincinnati Ave.

Visit the SCOSA website for updates and schedule changes at or call 609-626-3591.

Lighthouse open for spring break

Looking for something to do with the kids on Spring Break? Absecon Lighthouse is open Thursdays through Mondays now thru March 25 and will then be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 through April 8. The last climb is at 3:30pm.

Go to and print off a special coupon for $1 off admission when you climb. The museum, grounds, and parking are all free. Normal business hours will resume on April 11, with the lighthouse being open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs, call 609-449-1360.

Foundation receives donation

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation accepted a $15,000 donation from Soroptimist International of Atlantic City on March 5 to establish an endowed scholarship for Atlantic Cape students enrolled in health care-related studies.

To learn more about giving opportunities at Atlantic Cape, contact Maria Kellett, director of major gifts, at 609-463-3670 or or see

Rutgers representative to visit

A Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 18.

Members of the community are invited to learn about the B.A. and B.S. degree programs Rutgers offers at the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, including bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Labor & Employment Relations, Liberal Studies, Nursing (RN to BSN), Political Science, Psychology and Public Health.

These events are free and open to the public. No appointment is needed. Attendees should bring an unofficial transcript. For more information about Rutgers at Atlantic Cape programs, see or contact Elizabeth Moore at 609-837-2910 or

Books raffled

In celebration of World Book Night, April 23, and to encourage reading, the Galloway Women’s Club is raffling four books, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier and “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. To participate, fill out a raffle form at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System from March 23 until the drawing at 7 p.m. April 23.

For more information about the raffle go to the Galloway Township Women’s Club Facebook page, or email Mary Crawford at

Scholarship offered

The Galloway Women’s Club is offering a $250 scholarship to a senior girl going to an accredited post-secondary program next year. The deadline to apply April 17. Applicants must have minimum 3.25 GPA, write a one page essay, about their contributions and involvement in a club, activity or sport during high school, which demonstrates their commitment to improving the school or community.

Include your name, address, grade point average, future plans and the name of the post-secondary program you hope to attend in the essay. Applicants must email to by April 17.

Financial aid application assistance available

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering free financial aid application assistance after hours at its three campuses this spring. Financial aid professionals can help you navigate the federal financial aid process and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Students and parents can attend any of the following workshops: Atlantic City Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Boulevard, 6 to 8 p.m. March 19; Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 and 27; Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, 9 a.m. to noon March 23.

Atlantic Cape is offering the workshops through a grant that is federally funded and administered by the State of New Jersey to assist New Jersey families at the start of the financial aid process by helping them complete the FAFSA. Seats are limited, and there is documentation that you will be required to bring if you plan to attend. For more information and to reserve a seat, call Kenya Goods at 609-343-4900, ext. 5279.

Taste of Town moves to larger space

The second annual International Taste of the Town event is moving to a larger venue at Renault Winery’s Grand Ballroom from 4 to 8 p.m. April 28 at 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City. Last year’s inaugural event sold out when it was held at the city’s Ambulance Squad Building. This year’s event, sponsored by the Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce, will increase attendance by 50 percent when 300 foodies sample international cuisines prepared by the area’s top chefs.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch. Visitors can bring a non-perishable food item to the event to donate to the Kitchen Door food pantry at the Moravian Church.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at Restaurants and vendors who want to participate should call Nanette Galloway at 609-965-5681, or email

Group offered for substance abusers

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

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

The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p. m. the third Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church at Hammonton, 326 Bellevue Ave. The next meetings are March 18 and April 15. For more information, call the church office at 609-561-0168 or email When coming to the church, use the side entrance of the Christian Education Building closest to the 310 Building parking lot.

Hurricane Sandy recovery shower set

Families affected by Hurricane Sandy will benefit from the Sandy Recovery Shower, an event organized by the Jewish community to collect new household items for those still in need. The Sandy Recovery Shower will take place at 4 p.m. April 17 in the auditorium at the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave. in Margate. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to bring donations of household items. Donations needed include microwave ovens, toasters, tea kettles, queen size sheets and comforters (beige), non-allergenic bed pillows, and vacuum cleaners. Gift cards also will be accepted. A more detailed “wish list” is available from the sponsoring organizations.

For more information on donating items, contact If you are in need of hurricane assistance, call Jewish Family Services at 609-822-1108.

Jewelry-making classes forming

Spring jewelry-making classes are now forming at the Ventnor City Cultural Art Center at 6500 Atlantic Ave. in Ventnor.

Learn to work with metal, stones and beads to make beautiful wearable art. You will learn traditional techniques and develop an individual style, making pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to wear or give as gifts. Learn to work with glass,crystal and semi-precious stones and beads as well as a variety of metal jewelry findings.

These seven-week courses will begin on March 16 and 17, and will end on May 3 and 4 (with March 29 and 30 off). Classes will take place as follows: Beading, 10 a.m. to noon; Beginners Metalsmithing, 12:15 to 2 p.m.; Intermediate Metalsmithing, 2:15 to 4:14 p.m. All seven week classes are $155 and include tools and materials (which includes copper and brass metal. If desired students can purchase sterling silver, pearls and other specialty items for an additional fee). For information on any of these classes call 609-287-6449 or 609-823-7952.

Veterans civil-rights seminar set

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in partnership with The American Legion will conduct a regional veterans’ civil-rights seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at the New Jersey Casino Commission offices, Public Meeting Room, 1st Floor, Tennessee Avenue and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. All veterans, family members, and veteran service organizations are invited to attend. You do not have to belong to The American Legion to participate.

There will be other veteran-related support groups present to provide information and services, e.g. N.J. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, etc. During registration from 10 to 11 a.m., light refreshments will be provided by the Atlantic County Executive Committee of the American Legion.

Email to register. For more information call Bob Looby, The American Legion’s Coordinator, at 908-894-0746or the Newark Attorney Generals’ office at 973-648-4826 for civil rights related matters.

Hurricane Sandy event set

Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine in partnership with BrigStrong hosts Your Calm After the Storm: Hurricane Sandy from 10 a.m. to noon April 6 and from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each of the sessions facilitated by New Jersey Hope and Healing is free and open to adults.

Get useful suggestions and techniques for managing the stress and anxiety stemming from Hurricane Sandy in this interactive presentation of coping and recovery, hope and support. Learn about managing the emotional consequences of the storm, understanding the impact, and exploring strategies for coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

This project is sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. For more information, call Atlantic County Library System/Brigantine at 609-266-0110.

Angrisani named employee of year

Family Service’s Food Service Head Cook Joseph Angrisani, was recently voted Family Service’s Employee of the Year by members of Family Service’s staff. Angrisani received the honor after being recognized as an Employee of the Month, along with other colleagues throughout the year. Family Service employees vote on their choice for Employee of the Year from the winners of the monthly awards.

As Head Cook of Food Service, Angrisani oversees food preparation, handling, safety, purchasing and periodic state inspections. Through Angrisani’s efforts, Family Service receives many accolades from all served.

For more information on Family Service Association programs and services, call 609-569-0239 or visit

Stockton Foundation gala set

The 33rd annual Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, hosted by the Stockton College Foundation, will take place April 27 at the Revel in Atlantic City. Tickets are $225 per person. The evening’s events include a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner followed by entertainment and dancing.

The gala’s honorary chair is Kevin DeSanctis, chief executive officer at Revel. Gala co-chairs this year are the Honorable John Schultz and Gary Hill, co-founders of the Schultz Hill Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization supporting the arts, history and education in southern New Jersey. Auction chair is Lisa Johnson, president of Lisa Johnson Communications, Inc.

The Foundation is seeking additional sponsorships and donations to the silent auction. To donate or become a sponsor, see, For more information call Dawn Hans at 609-652-4830.

Downtown Hammonton celebrates literature

On Third Thursday evening, March 21, Downtown Hammonton brings some of your favorite literature to life in “The Classics: Lasting Literature.” This townwide event focuses on famous literature from antiquity through modern times and visitors are encouraged to dress the part of their favorite classic character. Third Thursdays in Hammonton offer extended hours until 9 p.m. with participating shops, art galleries, and restaurants offering related entertainment and specials.

At the Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton, Richard Stockton College students will deliver poetry readings based on classic literature. Two blocks of readings will be performed, one starting at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.; there will be a break for refreshments at 7 p.m. During a portion of the night students will present famous poems from antiquity, recited in Latin, followed by the English translation. Other works to be recited include the third canto of Dante’s Inferno, modern versions of West Wind, and original student sonnets based on Shakespearean sonnets. For more information about this event, visit or call 609-561-8006.

Retired police, firefighters group elects officers

The Atlantic County Retired Police and Firemen recently announced the group’s 2013 officers. They are: President William McKnight, First Vice President Dennis Munoz, Second Vice President Edward Kroger, Secretary Joseph Yulick, Treasurer Charles Conrad, Delegator Kelem Merrell, Trustees Joseph Rifice, Bill Ferris and Gerald Singer, Finance Secretary Gerald Singer and Sergeant at Arms Thomas Madamba.

N.J. hosts student competition for those of Indian origin

The North South Foundation, a volunteer driven 501(c) e organization will hold an educational contest for students in first through 12th grades who are of Indian origin, on April 28 at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. At least one parent or grandparent must be of Indian origin.

The proceeds collected through registration charges will be used for scholarships for disadvantaged college students in India. The Cherry Hill chapter of North South Foundation will help participants from the Atlantic City area with a math workshop, if enough students are interested. To learn more about the North South Foundation or Brain Bee, call 856-503-6606 or email

Solve murder mystery at lighthouse

Historic Absecon Lighthouse is presenting a murder mystery performance, “Lit With a Dim Bulb,” at 7 p.m. March 23, at the lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City. The year is 1909, and the lightkeeper has reported seeing the Jersey Devil at the top of the lighthouse, a true Lighthouse legend, as reported in the Atlantic City Sunday Gazette. Three lightkeepers race to the top in pursuit, but only two come down.

The event costs $25 per person. Tony Boloney’s pizza, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7 p.m. A tower climb is included with the price of admission. Reservations may be made by calling the Lighthouse at 609-449-1360. All proceeds benefit the Absecon Lighthouse educational programs.

South Jersey Aids Alliance elects officers

The South Jersey AIDS Alliance has announced the election of officers to its Board of Directors. They include Lori Link, president; Joel Ballesteros, vice president; Douglas Kelley, secretary; and James Foley, treasurer and immediate past president.

The alliance’s programs and services span 1,300 square miles in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, serving about 2,500 people each year. The organization is headquartered in Atlantic City and operates client centers in Atlantic City, Wildwood, Bridgeton, Millville and Camden. The United Way of Atlantic County and Manna by the Shore are partner agencies. To learn more, see or call 800-281-AIDS.

Free vacations offered

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

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

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

Information sessions to help aid abused and neglected children set

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold two information sessions at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 18 at the CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties office at 321 Shore Road in Somers Point. The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and shows how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the information session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer.

Interested individuals should register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing For more information about CASA, visit

Volunteers wanted

Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County is looking for volunteers to set up, staff the Habitat table and tear down tables. Volunteers are needed for two- to three-hour time slots. They will be selling T-shirts and house pins and may have display boards set up. There will also be a sign-up sheet for new volunteers and a waiting list for prospective homeowner applications.

Volunteers are needed for the following events: Dave’s Day, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 23, Northfield Community School, 2000 New Road, respond by March 15; Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authorities Annual Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, Haneman Environmental Park, Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, respond by April 15; Somers Point Bay Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, Bay Avenue, Somers Point, set-up, 8 to 9 a.m. and tear down, 5 to 6 p.m. Respond by April. 22.

For more information or to volunteer, call 609-487-9472.

Scholarships available

Applications are now being accepted for Magner Scholarships administered by Atlantic Cape Community College for the 2013-14 school year. The endowment scholarship was created by a bequest from the Magner family and is awarded to students from Atlantic or Cape May counties, with preference given to applicants interested in pursuing a health-related career.

Three $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree at any accredited college. Students must have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher or comparable work experience and demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is March 29.

To apply, see or call Kenya Goods, Financial Aid Office, at 609-343-5082 ext. 5279 for an application.

Women’s forum planned

The Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women will hold its 16th annual Women’s Forum for Change breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. March 21 at Ron Jaworski’s Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, 550 W. Country Club Drive, Egg Harbor City.

“Change and Challenges: An Intergenerational Dialogue Between Women and Girls” will feature keynote speaker Teressa Griffin, author of “Lies That Limit: Uncover the Truth of Who You Really Are.” Griffin is also the host of “Office Talk” on KYW NewsRadio and the founder of Spirit of Purpose, LLC.

Commission members will lead small-group discussions to encourage conversations concerning changes and challenges facing women today and to share knowledge learned from life experiences.

Tickets are $22. Those who sponsor the attendance of a young adult will have their name or the name of their business included in the event program. See for a registration form and more information or call 609-407-6739.

Scholarships available

The Polish American Club of South Jersey’s annual scholarships in memory of Msg. Winowicz and Msg. Bucia in the amounts of $1,000 and $500 are now available at high schools in both Atlantic and Cape May County.

The deadline for applying is April 1. For more information, call Virginia Bakos at 609-653-1428.

Easter events at aquarium

Children and their families are invited to have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 23 at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Advance reservations are now being taken. The event will start with an Easter egg hunt for children to age 12, where they will search for candy-filled eggs. One lucky recipient will find the golden egg, which comes with a free family membership to the Atlantic City Aquarium.

Breakfast will follow with the Easter Bunny and the aquarium’s mascot, Seaweed the Sea Turtle. Bring cameras. Both the Easter Bunny and Seaweed the Sea Turtle will be available to pose for photos. All children will receive a free holiday-themed gift.

Cost is $14.95 for children ages 2 to 12, $5 for children age 1 and younger, and $17.95 for adults and children older than 12. Aquarium members receive a $3 discount per ticket. Tickets include full-day admission to the Atlantic City Aquarium that day.

Following the breakfast, guests may stay for the interactive Live Diver Feeding Show at 11 a.m. Visitors can watch and interact with the diver as he hand feeds the stingrays and other tank residents inside the 25,000 gallon tank.

Reservations are required and space is limited. A 50 percent deposit is required to hold your place, and is nonrefundable. RSVP to or call in your reservation to 609-348-2880, ext. 25, by March 16. No discount coupons will be accepted for this event.

Aid available for hurricane victims

Representatives from New Jersey Hope and Healing will be available to help residents cope in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Atlantic County Office Building, 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. The service is free and no appointment is necessary.

Traumatic events such as Sandy affect people in many different ways. After the tragedy, adults and children may feel extremely upset, stressed or depressed. It is especially important for those who experience severe emotional reactions to seek professional guidance.

The New Jersey Hope and Healing initiative includes the New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline which individuals may call, toll free, for confidential mental health information and referral at 877-294-HELP (4357) and TTY: 877-294-4356. The phones are answered by trained counselors who may assist anyone experiencing anxiety or depression.

Music lecture set

Learn about folk literature in composed music at the March free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Discover how composers used epics, sagas, fairy tales, legends, and folk heroes in their works ranging from incidental and program music to symphonies, overtures, songs, and opera.

The lecture will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Questions for the April lecture series must be submitted to Somers by the end of March-either at the lectures or by email at

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580, or the Margate Public Library at 609-822-4700.

Lessons in boating safety available

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety education course in “About Boating Safely” beginning on March 16 at the Atlantic City Coast Guard Station at 900 Beach Ave. The eight-hour course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will cover topics such as boating law, safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems, etc. The class will also be offered on April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20 and Sept. 21.

The beginner boating class is open to anyone and will offer participants the knowledge needed to obtain a boat safety certification.

Those interested are encouraged to register in advance. The class is $60 a person. For more information visit or call Public Education Officer, Pete Fuhrman at 609-822-9099 to register.

Kline to be feted

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will honor president and CEO of Kline Construction Co. Inc. Ed Kline at its 2013 annual Gala at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at The Chelsea in Atlantic City.

Kline has developed a powerful work ethic and a strong compassion for the less fortunate which comes through in the many ways he gets involved. He has been involved with the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare’s Growing Atlantic City Community Gardens, the American Heart Association, the Jewish Federation of Southern Jersey, the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, the Holocaust Resource Center, the Autism Support Network, the Little League Education Program, the National MS Society, the First Tee program and the Former State Troopers Association.

The Katz JCC Gala is presented as an opportunity for the organization to recognize individuals who have had a positive impact on the community and celebrate their business, political, philanthropic or personal achievements. In turn, the event helps the Katz JCC raise funds to further its mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and or tickets for the gala, call Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or email

Casino training offered

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

New courses that will be offered this spring include the following: Entertainment Dealer-Blackjack, for blackjack dealers to transition to an entertainment dealer; Introduction to Electronic Games with i-Table Blackjack, to deal blackjack on an electronic table, translating traditional skills to an electronic environment; Introduction to Electronic Table Games with i-Table Roulette, to deal roulette on an electronic table; Half the Time at Half the Price Program offers table games professionals an opportunity to increase their value and marketability to employers by learning a new game in a short-term, low-cost program.

CCI table-games alumni who have graduated more than three years ago can refresh their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously have taken with CCI.

Additional classes offered are Introduction to Casino Games-Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette and Pai Gow Poker. CCI also provides training in non-dealing casino professions such as Surveillance Training.

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

Scholarships available

High school senior girls from Atlantic County who plan a college major and a career in the sciences, particularly environmental science, may apply for the Atlantic Audubon Society’s $1,000 Patricia and Carol Bristow Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is April 15.

Interested students should contact their school guidance department or call 609-965-3611 for more information.

5K run scheduled May 4

The Hammonton Mothers’ Club will sponsor the Hammonton 5K Run For Fun at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Hammonton Lake Park, 100 Sports Drive, Hammonton. Proceeds of the event will benefit Hammonton Youth Recreation and the Hammonton Parks and Recreation Department, which provides recreational programs and playground facilities in the greater Hammonton area.

The course will be a police assisted run through the quaint and historic streets of Hammonton, starting and ending at the Hammonton Lake Park. There will also be a one-mile family walk on a traffic-free track. Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Other awards will be given to the top male and female in many age categories.

Early registration deadline is April 14. All early entrants will receive a T-shirt. Day-of-event registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt, as supplies are limited. 5K early registration fee is $35, day of event $40, one-mile family walk is $10 per person or $35 per family. To register, visit or call 609-561-1989 to have a registration form mailed.

Foodie Tuesdays scheduled

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

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

Courses include Super Foods: Yummmm, the Magic of Chocolate: Its Importance in History, Culture, and Pleasure, 6 to 9 p.m. April 9; New Jersey Wines: World Class in our Own Back Yard, 6 to 9 p.m. May 14; Cheeses: Food of the Gods, From the Simple to the Sublime and Everything in Between, 6 to 9 p.m. June 11.

Company donates for hurricane relief

Pepco Holdings Inc., parent company of Atlantic City Electric, has donated $250,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF). Established by Gov. Chris Christie and chaired by first lady Mary Pat Christie, the HSNJRF is a nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations in support of the long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Donations to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund can be made at or mailed to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc., P.O. Box 95, Mendham, NJ 07945.

Health care courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of programs to help health care professionals advance their skills.

Certified Nurse Aide will prepare students for employment in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, adult medical day care or some hospitals, three sections, beginning March 1, April 1 and May 1.

In Patient Care Technician, students will learn basic patient-care skills, including: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, CPR certification, phlebotomy, EKG, vital signs, patient care and HIPAA awareness, to prepare for careers as patient care technicians, phlebotomists or EKG technicians, beginning March 18.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood-collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through laboratory practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, beginning April 1.

Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs is designed for the CNA who wants to become a certified home health aide, two Saturdays, May 11 and 18.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients, beginning Sept. 6.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings.

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

Job help seminars offered at library branches

Six Atlantic County Library System branches offers Free Job Help Seminars presented by the Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center during March. All of the seminars are open to adults and registration is required for any session.

The seminars will take place as follows: 10 a.m. to noon March 14, Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., call 609-823-4614; 10 a.m. to noon March 20, Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Ave., call 609-927-8664; and 10 a.m. to noon March 27, Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton, 451 Egg Harbor Road, call 609-561-2264.

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

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

Meeting set for hurricane victims

A weekly support and resource meeting for those affected by Hurricane Sandy will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Hooked on Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. in the Ventnor Community Center. New Jersey Hope and Healing invites residents to come and get connected to local and county resources for free.

Techniques for handling stress also provided. No registration is necessary. All are welcome. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for more information.

Meerwald in A.C. this summer

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

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

Library offers language learning

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

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

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

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

Tax help available

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County is launching the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, an IRS-supported tax preparation service that uses trained volunteers to prepare taxes at no cost for individuals and families with a household income less than $51,000. The program also educates clients on common tax credits, like the EITC and Child Tax Credit, and provides financial advice to help clients get the most out of their return.

This tax season, UWGPSNJ will coordinate five VITA sites throughout Atlantic County: Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City, Family Success Center in Egg Harbor Township, Public Library in Egg Harbor City, Hammonton Family Success Center in Hammonton and UWGPSNJ in Galloway. Sites are open through tax day, April 15. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 609-404-4483. Additional information on VITA, including eligibility guidelines and required documents, can be found at

Raffle tickets available

Three winners will share as much as $15,000 in the 2013 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 14 Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Now in its 30th year, the Restaurant Gala has raised nearly $3 million in student scholarships. Winners do not need to be present to win. To order raffle tickets, contact Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672 or

Support group forms

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will hold support groups called GriefShare for those who have lost loved ones. GriefShare includes a video seminar series featuring some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. The video seminars are combined with support group discussions where participants can share regarding the materials presented in the video and the happenings in their journey of grief.

Meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 23 at the church, 1301 Columbia Ave., Pleasantville. Registration fee is $10. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 609-432-2171.

Center offers development courses

The Stockton College Education Center will offer a series of one-day professional development courses for K-12 educators through May. The Stockton College Education Center is in the new addition to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage of Stockton College, located at 610 Washington Ave. in Woodbine.

The courses are convenient for teachers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic County school districts. Participants are asked to bring their own device (BYOD) for certain courses. The courses include: Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) One Day Team Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22; Six+1 Traits of Writing — How They Apply to the CCSS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18; Planning and Implementing a Successful I&RS Program for School Administrators, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19; Using Social Media to Connect to your School’s Community-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2; Writing with SPICE, Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .May 10.

For complete workshop descriptions and registration information, see or contact Courtney Regan by calling 609-626-3866 or emailing

Undergarments wanted

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

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

Relay for Life set

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will take place June 14 and 15 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave., Linwood. This 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.

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 of the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event.

Relay for Life is open to anyone. Cancer survivors can walk for free. Volunteers of all ages are needed. Sponsorships also are needed. For more information, see or call 800-227-2345.

College offers pastry classes

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur pastry chefs the opportunity to learn how to prepare confectionery creations through an assortment of dessert workshops this spring.

Classes include Low Calorie, Low Carb, March 27; Breads and Rolls, April 23 and 24.

Classes will take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. All classes take place from 6 to 9 p.m. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or see

Benefit raffle for lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse will hold a benefit raffle, Hop In, Check In, Dine In, featuring a weekend to remember in Atlantic City. Tickets are $10 and the winner will receive this fabulous prize package: limousine transportation to and from courtesy of Avalon Limo, weekend stay at The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, $150 Dinner Comp, courtesy of the Borgata and a tour and climb of Absecon Lighthouse

Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360, or visiting the Lighthouse at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. The drawing will take place May 10. The winner need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle benefit educational programming for children.

Tax help available

Several sites will offer free tax-return service provided by certified counselors with the AARP TaxAide Program starting in February.

Appointments are required at the following locations:

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

9 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Atlantic City library, call 609-677-8266

9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

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

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

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

Singers wanted

The Mainland Choral Society is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their 25th anniversary spring concert, “Songs of Hope and Encouragement,” on May 3.

Elaine King, former director of music at Greentree Ministries, will conduct the group. Rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Nominal membership fee will be charged.

For more information, call King at 609-266-8912.

Bar association membership drive under way

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

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

Scholarship available

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

Tickets on sale for food event

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

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

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

Teen writing contest set

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

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

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

Volunteers needed for senior shuttle

Volunteers are needed for the Ventnor Senior Citizen Transportation Service.

This free shuttle service is available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and offers rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. This service is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers, who are always needed to support this program.

Anyone who is able to donate three hours from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday can call 609-823-7994 and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted.

Restaurant gala set for March

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

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

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

College offers IT courses

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

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

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

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

DVDs needed for service members

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

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

College offers casino games training

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

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

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

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

Jazz Society seeks sponsors

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

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

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

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

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

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

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

Senior Center open

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

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

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

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

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

Golden Cotillion planned

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

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

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

Online courses offered

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

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

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

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.

Library offers app

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

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

Family readiness group formed

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

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

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

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

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

Pulmonary support group formed

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

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

MS group seeks members

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

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

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

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

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

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

Food bank also needs baby items

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

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

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s 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 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