Apply now for arts and history grant funds

Grant applications for fiscal year 2014 arts and history projects are now available online through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Nonprofit organizations in Atlantic County can apply to participate in this competitive grant process at

Application deadlines are Sept. 9 for history grants and Sept. 18 for arts grants.

Atlantic Cape offers continuing education

Upgrade your 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, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Computer Applications, Web Design and more. Courses run from Creating a Successful Business Plan to Outdoor Survival Techniques and Creating Web Pages, and much more online through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. See

Most classes are $109. 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. Call 609-343-4829 or see

A.C. Ballet creating post-storm dance

The Atlantic City Ballet is holding workshops for its new ballet, “In the Eye of the Storm” (healing and recovery through dance).

The ballet explores the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables people to overcome devastating circumstances. This ballet, choreographed by Kristaps Kikulis, will have input from those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The ballet company will hold workshops over the course of the summer to give Sandy survivors a chance to work with Kikulis to use movement to communicate their own Sandy experience. Kikulis will take movements created by the survivors and incorporate them into the ballet. The workshops will take place:

5:15-6:15 p.m. Aug. 16, Artlantic Wonder-Pinnacle Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pacific avenues by the pirate ship

5:15-6:15 p.m. Aug. 23, Artlantic Wonder-Pinnacle Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pacific avenues by the pirate ship

For more information, call 609-804-1995 or see

Careme’s ready to open

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at the Academy of Culinary Arts, will open for the fall semester on Aug. 27.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing, offers a fine dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. Under the direction of Chef Joseph Sheridan, of Ocean City, culinary students will prepare a lunch buffet for $14.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity). ACA’s student-chefs also make all dessert pastries, breads and rolls. Tableside cooking may be offered. Careme’s is open Monday through Friday through December and January through May when classes are in session. Guests are seated for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. For reservations, call 609-343-4940.

For information about the Academy, or to register for the fall semester, call 800-645 CHEF, email or visit Academy classes begin Aug. 26.

A.C. Ballet holding ‘Nutcracker’ auditions

The Atlantic City Ballet will cast local dance school students in supporting roles for its production of “The Nutcracker.”

Auditions will take place on Aug. 17-18 at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy in Egg Harbor City. The Atlantic City Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is a 31-year tradition that will continue this year with performances at three theaters, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Rowan University and the Strand Theater. For the second year, the ballet will be accompanied by the Garden State Philharmonic for the performance at the Strand.

Auditions are divided by performance locations and are listed below. Auditions are open to all children 5 and older.

Aug. 18: ACBT students and dance schools in Richard Stockton College area. Mandatory parents meeting at 1 p.m., with registration also covered. 1:30 p.m. 5- 8-year-olds, 2 p.m. 9 and older, 3 p.m. pointe. All children auditioning must be accompanied by a parent. For audition inquiries, email or call 609 804-1995.

Selichot concert planned at Beth El Synagogue

Cantors Ralph Goren, Jeffrey Myers, Larisa Averbakh and special guest Cantor Sandy Bernstein of Philadelphia will present an informal free concert at 9 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of a special Selichot evening at Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The concert will present music of the High Holidays and other special selections. Following will be refreshments and then the Selichot service, which will be led by members of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis and Cantors, which is sponsoring the evening.

The event will be completed about 11:30 p.m. The entire community is welcome to attend the annual program and service, which ushers in the High Holiday season.

Longbeards holding banquet

The Tri County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its thrid annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Aug. 24 at the Weymouth Fire Hall.

In the past year, among its accomplishments, the chapter has raised $14,000 for wildlife and habitat conservation, and has awarded $3,000 in scholarships to two South Jersey students. The chapter also supported the state Division of fish and Wildlife with transportation boxes for wild turkey trapping and transplanting, as well as volunteers to support the project.

The banquet takes place at the Weymouth Fire Hall, 7372 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Tickets are $65 each or $90 for couples and include dinner and a year’s membership to the NWTF. Sponsor memberships cost $285 and include all above, $100 in raffle tickets and bonus tickets. Ticket information is online at, or contact chapter President Lou Gambale at 609-350-3134 or

Shore and JCC plan Senior and Adult Expo

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center announces the return of its Senior and Adult Expo from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber Senior and Adult Expo in partnership with Shore Medical Center has become the largest active adult health and wellness exhibit in New Jersey. Its focus on lifestyle and active aging for baby boomers and seniors has reached more than 3,000 adults, seniors and caregivers each year in its seven-year history. The lifestyle, health and active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors offers free health screenings by Shore, hundreds of vendors, a four-part speaker series, interactive fitness demonstrations and a live performance by Ms. Senior America.

Guest speakers include Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Network Cardiologist at Shore Dr. Delcine Sood, Shore Physicians Group Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood, Urgent Care’s Dr. Gregory B. Carson, and nutritionist Nancy Adler. There will be interactive fitness demonstrations, complimentary light fare and more than a dozen free health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, hearing and more. The grand finale is a live performance by the Ms. Senior America Cameo Club at 2 p.m.

Vendor space is still available. Sponsorships are welcome. Contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or

Atlantic Cape offers programs for health professionals

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers online programs to help health care professionals advance their skills.

ICD-10 Medical Coding offers students comprehensive training in diagnostic and procedural coding and using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals. The course includes detailed instructions for using the coding manuals, understanding the coding guidelines and accurately applying the ICD-10 coding steps. Textbooks are included.

Medical Transcription teaches the beginning knowledge of the transcription of medical records. Textbooks and transcription equipment are included.

Pharmacy Technician prepares students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions. Coursework includes medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and pharmaceutical calculations. Students will be required to perform clinical rotations.

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

Berchtold receives national award

Howard H. Berchtold Jr., trial court administrator for the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage, recently was presented with the Institute for Court Management Fellow Star Award at the annual National Association of Court Management conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award is presented annually to recognize an ICM Fellow who demonstrates excellence in the advancement of court administration through leadership and education. Berchtold has served in the New Jersey Judiciary for 32 years. In March 2006, he was named TCA, overseeing a vicinage with 42 judges and more than 600 staff members. As the highest-ranking staff executive in Atlantic and Cape May counties, Berchtold is in charge of all court operations, including financial management, human resources, information systems, case management, probation services, jury utilization, facilities, equipment, records management, community outreach and statistical analysis.

Atlantic Cape workshops address health info

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free workshops for medical professionals about understanding new health information technology, including Electronic Health Records, ICD-10 and Personal Health Records.

The New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development and the 19 community colleges, in partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center, through a Skills4Jersey grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, are delivering Health Information Technology Overview Workshops on the topics of Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records and/or ICD-10 to the medical community.

The four-hour workshops cover the new federal regulations requiring the transition from paper records to EHRs, patient health literacy and privacy, and switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1, 2014.

For information about workshop dates and locations, contact Esther Gandica at 609-343-5651 or

Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.

Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.

To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see

ACA offers culinary training

There’s still time to register for the Academy of Culinary Arts five-month noncredit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. Classes begin Sept 30.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. During the program, students will: become ServSafe Certified; learn to master cooking techniques, short order and pantry skills; enhance time management and organizational skills; acquire skills in bread baking, pie making, cake decorating and plated desserts; develop techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces.

Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for the program.

For information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or

Atlantic Cape offers casino career training

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.

Gaming classes currently offered are Introduction to Casino Games, Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette and Pai Gow Poker. CCI table games alumni who graduated more than three years ago can revive 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 took with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can refresh their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Gaming classes begin every two weeks. Classes are scheduled 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Stockton Performing Arts Center announces 2013-14 season

The Stockton Performing Arts Center’s 2013-14 season offers shows, lectures and more affordable tickets to the public.

The new ticketing policy charges $32 for all shows, all seats, first-come-first-served reserved seating. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling the Box Office at 609-652-9000. For group sales, call 609-652-4786. The season’s lineup includes:

The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Ocean City High School Auditorium and Observatory, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Howard Sherman, Dante Hall, Oct. 17 5 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

LehrerDance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 18 7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Webb, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Brahms and Tchaikovsky, Shai Wosner, piano, Alvin Ailey II Dance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Nov. 1 7 p.m.

Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Campus Center Theatre, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, Aquila Theatre Co., ‘Twelfth Night,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Children’s Saturday Matinee, Pirate School!, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Atlantic City Ballet, ‘The Nutcracker,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and Dec. 14, 1 and 5 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Campus Center Theatre, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Ryan Cabrera, Teddy Geiger and Tyler Hilton, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Paul Taylor II Dance Co., Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

G.E. Smith, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Children's Saturday Matinee, Jim West's 'Dinosaurs,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Ray Klausen, sculptor and set designer, Campus Center Theatre, March 4, 6-7:30 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, The Atlantic City Ballet's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream',’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 6, 7 p.m.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy, Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 23, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Stockton Celebrates Shakespeare Series, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, ‘'Hamlet,’ Stockton Performing Arts Center, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Stockton Performing Arts Lecture Series, Ruth Wyand, Campus Center Theatre, April 10, 5 p.m., free but must reserve tickets

South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble: A Touch of Italy, Stockton Performing Arts Center, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Stockton Performing Arts Center, May 4, 2 p.m., Conversation with the Conductor 1 p.m.

Medicare workshop offered

Atlantic County residents who are interested in learning how to navigate through the Medicare system and make informed decisions about their Medicare coverage are invited to attend a free workshop in August.

The New to Medicare workshop is sponsored by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services in an effort to help newly enrolled Medicare participants or those who are soon to be eligible obtain a better understanding of the choices available to them. The workshop addresses enrollment, Medicare Parts A and B, Part D prescription drug coverage, supplemental coverage and Medicare Advantage Plans. Information about programs that help low-income beneficiaries offset the cost of Medicare premiums and co-pays will also be provided.

The workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township branch, 1 Swift Ave.

For more information, call the Division of Intergenerational Services at 888-426-9243.

Schiavo Kids Swim raises $8,600

On July 12, 90 area children raised $8,600 for the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center during the 31st annual Carole Schiavo Kids Swim for Health at Mainland Recreation Association in Linwood.

The local swimmers, ranging in age from 4-17, swam over 10,000 laps. Swimmers solicited pledges from the community. Pledges were based on how many laps they swam.

Named in memory of the late Carole Schiavo, who chaired the event for many years, the event has raised more than $300,000 since it began. Funds raised from this year’s swim will benefit Shore’s existing Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion.

The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center is Shore’s original fundraising organization. Part of the Shore Medical Center Foundation, the Auxiliary is made up of dedicated volunteers who work throughout the year on initiatives that include the hospital gift shop, thrift shops located in Somers Point and Marmora golf tournaments, fashion shows and other community events.

To learn more or join the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center, call 609-653-4646 or visit

CASA hosting forum on poverty

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will host the annual CASA Summer Forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Egg Harbor Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library System.

Staff from the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa., will present on the topic of poverty and the effects on children and families. The forum will also include an interview of the Milton Hershey School and the services they provide to disadvantaged children from the area.

Seating is limited, so to attend, call CASA at 609-601-7800 or email to register. Admission is free. For more information, visit

School supplies collection under way

The AMI Foundation is conducting its fifth annual “Tools for Schools” supply drive through Aug. 16.

The foundation has placed blue collection baskets in the reception areas of Atlantic Medical Imaging office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The list of requested school supplies includes pencils, erasers, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, crayons, colored markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, highlighters and soft pencil cases.

The foundation has purchased bookbags to accompany the school supply donations. Once the drive is complete, the collected supplies and bookbags will be delivered to elementary schools in late August. To date, the AMI Foundation has donated nearly 1,000 bookbags to schoolchildren in need.

For more information, call 609-677-XRAY (9729), or see

Brittany Run for Your Health set

The Brittany Rodio Foundation recently announced its intention to bring back the Brittany Run for Your Health 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The event will take place Aug. 24 at Hammonton Lake Park.

This year’s Brittany Run is organized by a group of St. Augustine Preparatory School seniors as part of their Caritas Project, a senior year community service project. The group consists of Collin Wetherington, Paul Bergamo, Patrick Irelan and Joe Rodio III, Brittany’s brother. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be provided to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information, email

CASA information session set

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Mays Landing Branch of the Atlantic County Library System.

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. Register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing See

Bookbag drive under way

The Family Service Association, Spencer’s Gifts, Fulton Bank and Asbury United Methodist Church are packing new bookbags with the necessities for a successful school year.

Bags are for students from pre-K to high school. Customers are encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Fulton Bank or other listed sites until Aug. 23 to dropoff school supplies in Operation Backpack 2013 bins. FSA volunteers sort supplies and prepare them for distribution Aug. 30. To sign up, email Drop-off bins are located at: Fulton Bank, two locations; Family Service Association, four locations; Lolla Chiropractic; Kramer Beverage; Atlantic County Board of Realtors; Asbury United Methodist Church; Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office; South Jersey Industries; Trinity United Methodist Church.

For more information, call 609-569-0239 or see

Hieb family donates $25,000 to JFS Holocaust Survivor Services

The Hieb family, owners of The Doc’s Place, is proud to support Holocaust Survivor Services with a $25,000 to Jewish Family Service.

This funding, directed by Geoffrey and David Hieb, supports essential services such as case management, transportation assistance, monthly socialization luncheons and support services for Survivors in Atlantic County.

For more information about Holocaust Survivor Services at JFS or to donate, call 609-822-1108 or see

Apply now for arts and history grant funds

Grant applications for fiscal year 2014 arts and history projects are now available online through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Nonprofit organizations in Atlantic County may apply to participate in this competitive grant process at Application deadlines are Sept. 9 for history grants and Sept. 18 for arts grants. Funding is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.

Beth El offers Sunday school

Beth El Synagogue of Margate is offering a new Sunday school program for kindergarteners to second-graders, beginning Sept. 15.

Connie Steiner, an experienced Hebrew school teacher, art instructor, Sesame Street illustrator and award-winning children’s book author, will lead the classes. Children will be provided with varied instructional play, stories and art learning experiences. An open house for parents and children to meet the teachers will take palce at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Beth El, 500 North Jerome Ave., Margate.

Attendees need not be a member of Beth El or affiliated with any other synagogue. All children are welcome. Call Joyce at the Beth El office, 609-823-2725, for information and registration.

Congregation Beth Judah honors new and prospective members

On Aug. 16, Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor honors new and prospective members at Shabbat on the Rocks, an evening of slushy margaritas and pina coladas, hors d’ouvres and friendship followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Honey Neustadter Memorial Garden and adjourns to the Toll Memorial Chapel at about 6:40 p.m. to welcome the Shabbat together. This event is open to the community, and interfaith families are welcome. This is an opportunity to meet the members of Beth Judah in a social setting, ending the evening with prayer and ruach.

For more information, call 609-822-7116, ext 101.

ACA offers culinary classes in Hammonton

The Academy of Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Atlantic County and Hammonton, will offer a series of culinary classes beginning in August. Classes will be offered at the Human Services Building, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.

Discover creative approaches to make more nutritious lunches and afterschool snacks for your child in Healthy Snacks and School Lunches on Aug. 29

Not sure how to use up those last few items in the garden? We’ll show you how to spruce up your menu with the last of your harvest in Seasonal Cooking on Sept. 26.

As the weather cools, learn how to prepare rustic and elegant soups to get you through the winter in Soups on Oct. 24.

Looking for ways to add excitement to your holiday table without tossing out tradition? Learn a variety of interesting and different side dishes, and one or two may become new traditions for your family in Nontraditional Side Dishes on Nov. 14.

Learn to prepare rolled, dropped and iced cookies. Bring a recipe you would like to share, and we will create an electronic file for the group in Cookie Exchange on Dec. 12.

All classes meet 6-9 p.m. Classes include demonstration, tasting and some hands-on activity. Cost per workshop is $85 per person. Call 609-343-4829 or visit

Beth Judah offers tickets for high holy days

Extend your summer and come to Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism affiliate offers an egalitarian service easy to follow by everyone, regardless of Hebrew knowledge. Interfaith families are welcome and there are special children’s and preschool family services for the holidays. The cost of tickets is $200 each including one year’s membership, if desired.

For more information, call Ethel F. Levinson, director of synagogue life, at 609-822-7116, ext 102.

Atlantic Cape offers online training

Upgrade 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, career ideas, career development, personal enrichment, test preparation, languages, computer applications, web design and more. Courses run from “Creating a Successful Business Plan” to “Outdoor Survival Techniques” and “Creating Web Pages, and more, available online through Atlantic Cape in partnership with Education to Go. See Most classes are $109. 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

Friedman to speak at Beth El Synagogue

Columnist Sally Friedman is scheduled to speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 at Beth El Synagogue in Margate.

The topic is “Life sounds: Confessions of a Columnist,” which provides an affectionate look at ordinary life.

The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 609-823-2725.

Chabad to hold summer gala

Chabad at the Shore will hold its inaugural summer gala entitled An Evening of Entertainment and Tribute at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Katz JCC in Margate.

This year’s event will honor Ronald and Barbara Zukin and Jason and Jessica Goldstein.

Tickets for the event are $118 and include cocktails, appetizers and desserts as well as special guest celebrity entertainer, Marc Salem. Sponsorship opportunities in the event program book will be available.

For more information, call 609-822-8500, email or visit

Harvest Brunch for the Arts set for Sept. 29

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation, Inc. will present its seventh annual Harvest Brunch for the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Michael’s Quaremba Hall, 15 N. Georgia Ave., Atlantic City.

Tickets are $40. Call 609-347-4500 or see

Devotion by the Ocean set

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor has scheduled it final Devotion by the Ocean for 6 p.m Aug. 30 on the beach at Newport Avenue in Ventnor.

Beth Judah supplies the prayer books and the Kiddush following services. Guests are invited to bring beach chair and join in an unforgettable evening of friendship, prayer and ruach. For more information, call 609-822-7116.

Call for photos for Noyes’ Raw exhibit

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College has announced an open call for photographs for Raw, its second annual Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition. The top 40 images will be selected by a juror for a group exhibition running from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31, 2014, at the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall, in Hammonton.

In keeping with the history of The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College’s love for New Jersey’s natural features, images pertaining to New Jersey’s raw splendor and spirit that capture the beauty and diversity of New Jersey’s landscape, people, animals, water and nature are desired. Images in any photographic process are eligible for submission. Any image submitted must have been taken within the past three years. This year’s juror is Markam Keith Adams, Assistant Professor of Photography at Rowan University.

There is a $25 submission fee for as many as five images; $6 for each additional image. Valid entries must include a completed application form, submission fee, and be submitted as digital files on a CD; no email submissions accepted. Entries must be submitted in the JPEG format and must be 72 ppi, image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side. Files should be titled as follows: LastName_FirstName_1Title.jpg. The file number should correspond with the number on the application form and must be sent via mail with images on a CD. Mail application form and submission fee to: Noyes Museum of Art Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, NJ 08037

For more information and submission form, visit For questions contact Brenda Kele,

Author to discuss book on Pine Barrens

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an artist talk and book signing by local author Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr., for his new book, “The Legendary Pine Barrens: New Tales from Old Haunts” at 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Pedersen will discuss the book and will read excerpts from his stories. Afterward, he will perform a live musical set featuring songs from his CD, “Agua Noir,” some of which relate directly to tales from his book. Pedersen will be available to sign copies of his book following the musical performance.

For more information, call 609- 652-8848 or visit

NAMI offers classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Atlantic and Cape May counties will again offer its Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for people who have a loved one with a serious mental illness.

The 12-week series of classes will begin Sept. 10 and will be held at the Jordan Road Elementary School in Somers Point from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

There is no cost for the course, but space is limited. To register for the classes or for more information, call Gregg at 609-927-7192.

Jaffe exhibit under way

Rae Jaffe, a professional Ocean City artist, is exhibiting at the second-level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, to Oct. 31.

The exhibit of oils, “Color Scapes,” reflects Jaffe’s strong treatment of streetscapes as well as florals, gardens, roadways and pathways painted both in the studio and en plein aire. For more information about Latz’ s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or see; for the Great Bay Gallery at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or see

Knit Wit hosts jewelry trunk show

Knit Wit will host Ellen Himic Designs Trunk Show at its Margate location, 8001 Ventnor Ave., Aug. 17 and 18.

The designer will be at the trunk show. For more information about Ellen Himic Designs, see For store hours for Knit Wit call 609-822-9442 or see

Yard sale planned in Northfield

Prudential Fox and Roach will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at its Northfield office, 1001 Tilton Road.

Spaces of 10-by-10 feet are available for $20. Proceeds will benefit Cradles to Crayons. To reserve a space, call Kathy Brady at 609-214-8220.

Food will be available for purchase at the event.

Homemade wine competition planned

The public is welcomed to participate in an amateur homemade wine competition during the third annual Waterfront Wine and Food Festival, which will take place noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Lake Lenape Park.

Red wines will be judged Oct. 19 and white wines on Oct. 20 based on a variety of characteristics. Wine bottles may be delivered by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Entries should be in a 750ml bottle labeled with winemaker’s name and wine class. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and not be employed or a family member of any operating winery.

Entries will be judged by the South Jersey Wineries at the event. There is a $15 entry fee and applications are due by Oct. 12. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded, along with bragging rights. There will be a best-in-show medal for the overall competition. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. For applications, visit

MMSC offers summer programs

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine offers summer programs including:

Aug. 15: 10 a.m. Sea Monsters and Mermaids (must preregister), 6 p.m. Evening Talk: Monarch Migration at the Brigantine Beach Community Center

Aug. 16: 9 a.m. Morning Beach Walk at the Cove (Lagoon Boulevard and Ocean Drive W.)

For more information, including registration and fee information, call 609-266-0538 or see

Devotion by the Ocean set

The Congregation Beth Judah family will meet for worship on the beach at Newport Avenue in Ventnor on Friday evening, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m.

This musical service on the sand with the background sound of the ocean gives a new perspective to sharing Shabbat with family and friends. Rabbi Aaron Gaber and Hazzan Jeffrey Myers lead a participatory service open to all, no matter what background. Prayer books, Kiddush and snack are provided, participants come and bring a beach chair.

Medical reserve corps calls for volunteers

The Atlantic County Medical Reserve Corps consists of volunteers who may be called upon during an emergency to assist the Atlantic County Division of Public Health and its emergency partners. The MRC invites any licensed or certified health care professional, practicing or retired, living or working in Atlantic County, and other community volunteers to apply for membership. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

During a public health emergency, MRC volunteers are called on to help protect the safety and well-being of their fellow citizens. It may be necessary to open large scale clinics or Points of Distribution sites to distribute antibiotics or provide vaccinations to prevent people from becoming ill. These sites require greeters, translators, child-care workers, clergy and religious leaders, customer service attendants, information technology assistance, food support/canteen service and general helpers, as well as licensed medical personnel.

The Atlantic County MRC meets quarterly. New members attend a three-session orientation that includes training on personal preparedness, pandemic influenza, personal protective equipment, POD operations, and the role of the MRC. Members can receive additional training in the Incident Command System, CPR, psychological first aid, and call center operations. MRC volunteers are encouraged to participate in readiness exercises and may have opportunities to interact with volunteers serving on the Atlantic County Community Emergency Response Team.

For more information, call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5853. To submit an application, see

Grants cover arthritis pool classes at Bacharach

Seniors 60 and older who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the County Division of Intergenerational Services.

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is a gentle exercise program for seniors. Classes encourage flexibility, increase range of motion and promote circulation. The class meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks) for eligible participants. After completing the grant, participants are welcome to self-pay for the program at $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide their own transportation.

For more information, or to register for the program, call 609-748-5250.

Stockton PRSSA open for business

The National Public Relation Student Society of America organization in May accepted the request of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey students for national acceptance into the organization. The students have decided to name their chapter after their founding adviser, Dr. Ai Zhang.

The PRSSA is a national organization that gives public relations students networking opportunities and professional experience as they work with local businesses. The local chapter’s students are reaching out to local businesses to do public relations work for them. This would include events, fundraisers, writing press releases and using contacts to help improve the overall image of that business. This work will also help students of the organization gain hands-on experience in the public relations field.

To learn more about the Stockton chapter, contact Lawrence Kern at 609-513-9359 or

Exhibit celebrates ‘Exit 30’

Great Bay Gallery is presenting its 2013 Summer Project Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now. The group exhibit includes the work of 17 artists and five poets at the Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point.

The exhibit and sale, featuring current scenes of Somers Point and Ocean City, will present works in media including oil, watercolor, pastels, three-dimensional constructions and displays of poetry. Celebrating Exit 30: Here and Now will continue until Aug. 31 at the gallery. Summer hours are Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 3 to 9 p.m.

Call 609-653-4991, see or call

Wedding of the Sea set in A.C.

The Wedding of the Sea celebration will take place Aug. 15 at Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

The event begins at noon with Mass celebrated by Most Rev. Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., Bishop of Camden, followed by a procession, blessing of the sea and tossing of the wreath. Religious articles, candles, gifts and mementos will be available for sale. Doors open at 11 a.m. For information, call 609-344-8536.

School supply drive under way

A national school supply drive will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive for kids in need. Until Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students. All donations will be given locally to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year. Staples stores where people can donate include: 413 Absecon Blvd. (Route 30), Absecon; 2300 Wrangleboro Road, Mays Landing; 9 Bethel Road, Somers Point.

To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. See and

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.

13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run set

The Absecon Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run race on Sept. 28, with a rain date of Sept. 29.

Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Faunce Landing and the bay, and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Heritage Park, 500 Mill Road. For registration and other information, see or Call 609-641-5375, ext.1017.

Donovan wine dinner set for October

The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools, Inc., will host the fourth annual Friends of Chuck Donovan Gourmet Wine Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, at the private and prestigious Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, where Donovan was a long-time member. The event is a fitting tribute to Donovan, who had a great love, appreciation and knowledge of good wine.

As an active member of the Community Partnership from 2007 to 2009, Donovan, who died in 2009, championed efforts to raise funds for academic enhancements, technology, capital projects and extracurricular activities. He was also very involved with the EHT High School Interact Club, mentoring students for many years, and serving as their point person linking them to the local finance and businesses community and helping to secure employment, mentorship and/or internship opportunities for students.

Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available. Donations to the Community Partnership are tax-deductible. For more information on the nonprofit foundation, visit, or contact Ellen Gregory at 646-8441, ext. 1017, or via email to

Temple Emeth Shalom hosting Salute to Stockton

Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate will host the annual Salute to Stockton guest speakers program for the 16th consecutive summer.

This program features faculty members from Richard Stockton College. The series of talks will take place at the temple in the sanctuary during Sabbath eve services starting at 7:30 p.m. The temple is located at 8501 Ventnor Ave., Margate, near the corner of Ventnor and Jerome avenues. The schedule includes: Aug. 23, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Carol Rittner.

The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served after the service.

Charity Golf Classic set for September

Atlantic City Electric will hold its eighth annual Charity Golf Classic on Sept. 23 at the Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway Township.

All proceeds will benefit this year’s Golf Classic recipients: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, and the Val Skinner Foundation — LIFE LPGA Pros in the Fight.

Since its inception in 2006, the Pepco Holdings, Inc. Community Foundation’s Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic has raised more than $850,000 for nonprofit organizations in South Jersey. The PHI Community Foundation donates funds to organizations that help support the community in the areas of health, youth development, educational support and low income advocacy.

To register, visit and click the “About Us” section, click “In the Community” then click “Charity Golf Classic” to access the registration form. For additional information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, call Jim Cinelli at 609-625-5268.

Stockton Golf Classic set for Sept. 26

The Stockton College Golf Classic will take place Sept. 26 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on Route 9 here.

LPGA Professional Laura Diaz will put on a golf clinic prior to the tournament for the second year in a row.

The Stockton event, which is played on the Bay and Pines courses at historic Stockton Seaview, benefits the College Foundation Scholarship Fund. Last year, more than $69,000 was raised to help deserving students.

The cost ranges from $1,000 for a foursome and sponsorship of a hole sign, to $225 for an individual player. Included are 18 holes of golf, the golf clinic, lunch and dinner. There also will be a silent auction and prizes for the top men’s and women’s teams. Dinner alone is $75 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $250 for sponsoring a hole sign, up to $20,000 to be the event’s title sponsor. The deadline for sponsorship is Sept. 12; the deadline to enter the tournament is Sept. 19.

For more information, contact Dawn Hans, Stockton’s director of special events, at 609-652-4830 or

Atlantic Cape offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of professional development workshops this summer for individuals interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers.

Building Inspector R.C.S. is designed to satisfy the requirements for licensure as an R.C.S., and includes laboratory and field experience, classes begin Sept. 9.

Other professional development workshops offered this summer are Algebra I, Algebra II and College Algebra. Classes begin in August.

Professional development workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit or call 609-343-4829.

Baking workshops in Margate

Each Friday in the summer, children and their parents can bake the traditional Jewish bread called challah. These workshops were offered by Chabad at the Shore at their “Krafts for Kids” location in Margate, until Hurricane Sandy damaged the shore.

This year, Chabad has announced that challah baking will continue at a new location, in the gazebo at the corner of Ventnor and Essex avenues, at 10 a.m. every Friday through the summer. Children learn how to mix the ingredients for challah dough, and the special method of braiding the dough. The workshop is open to the entire community regardless of religion or background. Call Tova Rapoport at 609-992-4900 for more information and to RSVP.

Chabad at the Shore is dedicated to ensuring Jewish continuity and is the world’s largest Jewish outreach organization, with more than 3,500 centers globally. See

Stranding Center offers educational programs

This summer, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine will present a series of educational programs for visitors of all ages.

Programs allow children to become “stranding technicians” and participate in a re-enactment of actual marine mammal strandings, search for buried treasure, make their own sea monsters and more. For dates, times and locations of summer educational program, visit There is a nominal fee for each program.

Registration is required for most programs and can be done over the phone by contacting education coordinator Sarah Miele at 609-266-0538 or email Registration is also available in-person at the Sea Life Museum, 3625 Brigantine Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Bookmobile schedule planned

The Atlantic County Library System Bookmobile follows a summer schedule of stops until Aug. 30.

Mondays: 1-2 p.m. Oaks of Weymouth, Weymouth Township; 2:15-3 p.m. Weymouth Township Municipal Building; 3:30-4 p.m. Estell Manor Elementary School; 4:15-4:45 p.m. Weymouth Township Recreation Fields; 6-8 p.m. Buena Community Reading Center, Buena Regional High School

Tuesdays: 10-10:45 a.m. Egg Harbor Township Senior Center; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Buena Senior Center; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newtonville; 3:15-4 p.m. Mullica Township Municipal Building

Wednesdays: 10-11 a.m. Alfred R. Lundy Sr. Community Center, Mizpah; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Spanish Community Center, Landisville; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cranberry Run, Buena; 3-4 p.m. Milanesi School, Buena

Thursdays: 9-9:45 a.m. Mullica Township School; 10:15-10:45 a.m. Little Flyers Academy, Egg Harbor Township; 11:15 a.m.-noon Galloway Township Senior Center; 1:15-2:15 p.m. Port Republic Beach; 2:45-3:30 p.m. Smithville Town Center, Galloway Township

Aug. 26: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Atlantic County Park, Estell Manor

The bookmobile offers summer reading program activities for kids at the Buena Community Reading Center, Newtonville, Mizpah, Landisville, Milanesi School, Port Republic and Atlantic County Park stops. Updated schedule information is at in the event of inclement weather or mechanical problems. For more information, call the Outreach Services Section of the Atlantic County Library System at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

International Night Series set

Music and dance from Africa, China, India, the Philippines and more will be highlighted this summer as part of the sixth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series.

The series, co-sponsored by the library and City of Atlantic City, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in August at Kennedy Plaza, on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The shows are free and run about 90 minutes. The schedule features: Bollywood Axion on Aug. 21, and Kinding Sindaw on Aug. 28.

For more information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3064.

Jazz on Beach Series set in A.C.

Some of the nation’s best jazz artists and outstanding local acts will take the Kennedy Plaza stage for the 14th annual Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series.

The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. and Atlantic City Free Public Library present this free concert series, which takes place Thursdays in August from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues. The schedule includes:

Aug. 15: Danny Mixon, opening act Dwain Davis and Quartet; Aug. 22: Lee Smith Quartet, opening act Lyn Ridley Quartet; Aug. 29: Alan Nelson Lines of Reason, opening act Keith Hollis Quartet.

The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, City of Atlantic City, Comcast, PNC Bank, Kinematica Inc, Kramer Beverage Co. COORS, Just 4 Wheels, Atlantic City Convention Center, CRDA and ZEO Brothers. Tune in to Richard Stockton College radio station WLFR (91.7 FM) on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for the Chicken Bone Beach hour. Call 609-441-9064 or 609-841-6897 or see for more information.

Health care classes available

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer programs to train people interested in a health care career.

In Phlebotomy Technician, students will learn blood collection techniques, handling, transporting and processing blood specimens through practice on artificial arms and extensive clinical experience at area medical facilities, beginning Sept. 16.

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

FoodBank needs volunteers

Volunteers with data entry and good interpersonal and multitasking skills are needed to help the FoodBank with registration in its onsite pantry. The group is also looking for help in bagging and boxing food for pantry clients, stocking shelves, sorting food and grocery donations and assisting pantry clients in both its onsite and mobile pantries. Other volunteer opportunities include sweeping, mopping, recycling and general cleaning. They are also looking for folks with a green thumb to help with our community garden as well as help with beautification of the FoodBank property.

Individuals, small groups and families are welcome. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is located at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township and is open Monday through Saturday. Additionally, help is needed at Kathleen’s Closet Thrift Shop to assist customers, sort, stock shelves and price merchandise and work the register. The shop is located at the Festival at Hamilton in Mays Landing and is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Maria Bocelle at 609-383-8843, ext. 114, or email Volunteers between ages 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must be registered and go through orientation.

Sandy recovery help available

Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. 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. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.

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.

VFW taking entries for essay competition

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is taking entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Patriot’s Pen essay scholarship competition for students in sixth through eighth grades.

One first-place winner from each district will be sent to compete at the state level for a chance to compete nationally. The national winner earns a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. To enter, students must write an essay of between 300 and 400 words on the theme “What patriotism means to me.” Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay, and should do so only on their entry form. Essays must be submitted to the local VFW post by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

VFW seeking nominees for Teacher of the Year

Atlantic-County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is seeking nominees for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teaching patriotism to their students. Post 16 will select one outstanding teacher from kindergarten-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. These teachers move on to district level judging for the chance to compete at the state and national levels. National winners will receive a cash award for professional development expenses, a cash award for their school, plaques for themselves and their schools and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.

To enter, in 350 words or less describe why your nominee deserves the award and submit this explanation along with the nomination form to the local VFW post by Nov. 1. For more information, see

VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is accepting entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, for which local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars and scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

The program is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Students must write and make an audio recording of an essay between three and five minutes in length expressing their views on the theme of “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” All essays and accompanying CD recordings must be submitted to a local VFW Post along with the completed V.O.D. entry form. Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay or CD, and should do so only on their entry form. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

County offers online golf reservations

Playing golf at the Atlantic County John F. Gaffney Green Tree Golf Course just got a little easier — golfers can reserve a tee time online.

Golfers can access the online reservation system at The system can accommodate reservations for two to four players with tee times from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in eight-minute intervals. The system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations also can be made by calling the clubhouse at 609-625-9131 during business hours.

The Green Tree Golf Course is located on Route 559 in Egg Harbor Township. It is known for its tight, tree lined fairways and its excellent greens. It is home to one of the only par 6 holes in the Northeast. The course provides reduced rates for county residents and offers leagues, clinics, private lessons with a PGA golf professional, special events and activities. A driving range is available, as well as a practice putting/chipping green and snack bar. The Pro Shop is open daily 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Noyes offers free admission to military families

The Noyes Museum of Art will join more than 1,800 museums across the country this summer in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

The complete list of participating museums is available at

Registration open for fall ACA classes

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

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

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

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

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

Keates Fund scholarships available

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

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

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

ACPD offers medication drop

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

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

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

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.

LGBTQ support group meets

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

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

Program helps children in need find shoes

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

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

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

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

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

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

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

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.

Mays Landing Rotary seeks host family

The Mays Landing Rotary Club is seeking a host family for an incoming exchange student from Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2013-14 school year. The girl, Ana, was 16 in April, and will be a junior.

Host families must live within the area served by Oakcrest High School, which the student will attend. Families will be required to feed the student and provide her a personal place for sleep and study. There is no ideal family the group is looking for, and families with and without children as well as single- and dual-parent families are invited to apply. All applicants will be subject to in-home interviews and background checks.

To apply to be a host family, contact Roy Klein at 609-909-0955 or email The club, which meets most Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at Ye Olde Mill Street Pub in Mays Landing, is looking for new members.

Group supports families of substance abusers

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

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

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

Health care courses offered

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

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

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

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

Arts center hosting exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To 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

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.