DuFault named to board

Henry Brzyski, chairman of the Cape Regional Health System, has announced the appointment of Tracey DuFault to serve as board member of the Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation. DuFault is executive director of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Before accepting her current position in 2006, DuFault spent 15 years working in the casino industry in Atlantic City, specializing in player development and marketing.

DuFault also serves as executive director of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation, dedicated to providing scholarships to local Wildwood students. DuFault is a board member for the United Way of Cape May and Atlantic Counties.

She lives in Lower Township with her husband, Joseph, and two children, Joelle and Zachary.

Grandparents program set

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences Department will hold an information session, “Quick and Thrifty Meals,” for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Building, 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

The program will focus on preparing quick and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients that are easy on the budget and that the family will love.

Childcare will be provided for the grandchildren. A light supper for the grandparents and grandchildren begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6 p.m.

There is no charge for this program, but registration is required.

Call Marian at 609-465-5115, ext. 609, by Jan. 18 to register, or for more information.

Polar plunge set Jan. 19

The Special Olympics New Jersey Polar Bear Plunge returns to the Wildwoods at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The annual plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean will benefit the more than 22,000 athletes of the Special Olympics New Jersey.

The event is free for spectators, but Plungers must raise $100 in pledges to participate in the event. Early registration can be done online at sonj.org. Additional registration and donations will be accepted on-site the day of the event.

Check-in will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Wildwoods Convention Center lobby. Immediately following the Plunge, participants can enjoy a free lunch inside the warm Wildwoods Convention Center.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run is sponsoring the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge and comprises law- enforcement officers who volunteer and are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. For more information on the plunge call 609-896-8000 or see njpolarplunge.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Artists wanted

The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit up to two entries for the February Anything Goes competition and exhibition. Maximum size is 50 united inches (length + width). Entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Entries are accepted in all mediums and can reflect any theme. Entries can be dropped off Jan. 25 to 28 at the Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City.

In February, The Arts On Asbury Gallery will also host its annual Arc student exhibition and sale, which will showcase the Arc of Atlantic County students artwork. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and greeting cards and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Arc artist.

There will be a Meet The Artist reception and awards presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. The event is free and open to the public. The show runs through the end of February and all artwork is for sale. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Theater receives grant

The Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is receiving $14,400 from the Cooperative Marketing Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State: Division of Travel and Tourism. The award was given based on the scores of an independent evaluation and funding review committee that studied ELTC’s application and marketing plan. This is the sixth year in a row that ELTC has received this prestigious grant, and it will be used solely for advertising.

For information about being a season or show sponsor, advertising in ELTC’s program, season tickets, touring shows, and educational outreach, call 609-886-5898 or email eastlynneco@aol.com.

Evening classes available

The winter/spring semester of evening classes at the Cape May County Technical School begins the week of Jan. 14 and registration is under way. The school offers part time classes in arts and crafts, dance, computers, cooking/baking, language, health and fitness, special training, and technical programs for general interest or job oriented. The Technical School also offers State licensing courses in Black Seal and Wastewater Advanced this semester.

In-person registration is accepted at the school 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Tozour Building, Office No. 145, on the school campus, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. There will be extended hours to 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Senior Citizens, age 60 and older, can register for non-licensing/certified courses at half the registration fee.

For information about evening/continuing education programs, see capemaytech.com or call the office at 609-465-2161, ext. 646.

Auxiliary donates funds

Anne Burrows, Ppresident of the Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, presented Joanne Carrocino, FACHE, president and CEO of Cape Regional Medical Center, and Arlene MacDonald, chairman, Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation, with a $125,000 check in support of the Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) renovations.

The Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary announced their pledge of $1 million toward the ICU Renovation in June, 2009. The new ICU opened in July, 2011.

Coop artists in exhibit

The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery is featuring all its members in a group show during the month of January. Artists have been challenged with creating a work that fits into a 12” X 12” frame. Each was free to approach the challenge in his or her medium within the size parameters. .

The Co-op will host its monthly Second Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at it gallery in the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St., Cape May. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work. The Gallery Walk is a partnership of the Artists Co-op, Splash and Mad Batter Restaurant.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is a group of local artists who have joined together to showcase and sell their work as well as educate the public about their art forms. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

Child support seminar offered

The Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage and South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. will hold a free seminar on child support at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Atlantic County Public Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing.

Topics will include court procedures and processes, initiating and modifying child support, modifying child support and what to do if payments are delinquent. The seminar will feature a question and answer session, and attendees will be provided with information packets. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

No advance registration is required. Because this is an informational seminar, no personal cases can be discussed or resolved.

Free movies in Ocean City

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through June 2013.

Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include Feb. 5, “Italian for Beginners”; March 5, “Julie and Julia”; April 2, “Searching for Bobby Fischer”; May 7, “Finding Neverland”; June 11, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

For more information, call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434.

Gallery reopens

The Ocean City Fine Arts League has reopened the Art on Asbury Gallery at 608 Asbury Ave.

In January, the gallery will feature the work of the Art on Asbury judges, who volunteered to judge shows through the year. Featured artists include Marilyn Brent, Lance Balderson, Michael Waters, Steve Kuzma, Paula Angelo and Judy Scull. A Meet the Artist reception will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of January.

Art on Asbury artists also will show their work in January at the Ocean City Art Center, 17th and Simpson, for the 14th Street Fishing Pier Show. The reception is from 7:30 to 9 p.m., immediately following the Art on Asbury reception.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

Mad Batter to display student art

Lower Cape May Regional High School’s advanced art students will participate in their fifth annual art show at the Mad Batter Restaurant in Cape May in January.

A reception for the artists will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the restaurant on Jackson Street. The work displayed was created by juniors and seniors in the advanced art classes. This annual exhibit gives the students the opportunity to have their work displayed at a professional venue.

Concert raises funds

A recent benefit show by New York singer Ron Gartner at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township netted more than $4,000 for the Hurricane Sandy storm victims in Cape May County.

More than 400 audience members paid $10 per ticket for the show, with all proceeds to be turned over to the Cape May County chapter of the American Red Cross for relief of county residents who were affected by the storm. Donations are still being accepted at the PAC box office from those who were unable to attend but would like to contribute, at 212 Bayberry Road, Cape May Court House.

Noncredit culinary programs available

There’s still time to register for the Academy of Culinary Arts five-month noncredit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Classes begin Jan. 28.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to learn new skills or enhance existing ones. During the program, students 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 and develop techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces.

Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for the program. For more information, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Music lectures rescheduled

The December 2012 lecture, “Music During and Between the 20th Century Wars,” has been rescheduled in Ocean City for 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at the Ocean City Public Library. Lectures are co-sponsored by the libraries in which they given.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Electric company to donate smoke alarms

Atlantic City Electric will donate 1,080 smoke alarms to fire marshals in southern New Jersey as part of the company’s Emergency Services Partnership Program. The smoke alarms will be dispersed in January to eight counties within Atlantic City Electric’s service area. The donation provides resources for county fire marshals who give the smoke alarms to New Jersey residents who need them.

The donation includes 80 smoke alarms designed to help protect residents who are hard of hearing. These smoke alarms emit a bright strobe light and high-decibel audible alarm to alert people to the presence of smoke.

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. Since 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 21,300 smoke alarms and 720 special needs smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.

Mural to be auctioned for charity

Local artist David Macomber recently completed an 8-by-20-foot mural at Morey’s Piers to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the Jersey Shore. The completed mural will be separated into about 30 segments and will be auctioned to raise money for New Jersey shore towns that were hit by Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds will be donated to Waves for Water. For more information, see moreyspiers.com.

View video of the mural’s progression at youtube.com/watch?v=fA85IhiZr60&list=UURx5ZGQXfuQvB7avvjpABXQ&index=1. To bid on a piece of the art, see stores.ebay.com/Moreys-Piers-and-Waterparks.

First Night celebration set

First Night, Ocean City’s nonalcoholic celebration of the New Year, will offer a selection of 60 shows from 4 p.m. to midnight throughout the city.

The evening is capped by a fireworks display at midnight. Admission is $15 per person, which also includes rides a Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m. plus miniature golf at Gillian’s Adventure Golf from 2 to 9 p.m. Entertainment includes popular children’s shows with magicians, jugglers and puppeteers, Broadway shows, a big band dance, Trout Fishing in America, the Grease Band, Japanese drummers and more. A chart with the entertainment schedule is available at firstnightocnj.com.

The Ocean City Restaurant Association offers Taste of the Jersey Shore at the high school cafeteria. Check the menu at firstnightocnj.com and make reservations at eatinocnj.com. First Night buttons can be purchased at the Wonderland Kiosk in Stainton’s, Eighth and Asbury Avenue at Chamber of Commerce headquarters, Ninth Street across from TD Bank, by calling 609-399-1412 or at firstnightocnj.com.

There is free jitney service from 5 p.m. to midnight, operating continuously between sites starting at the Transportation Center, Ninth and Haven Avenue and the Seventh Street Parking Lot, Seventh and Central Avenue for button holders. Street parking is free and many city parking lots are available for free parking.

There will be food at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street off Boardwalk, featuring Dell’s Grille and light boardwalk fare, Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave, with Yanni’s specialties, The Primary School, Fifth and West Avenue with light boardwalk fare and St. Peter’s Church, Eighth and Central Avenue with light boardwalk fare.

Slow Food South Jersey Shore to host feast

Slow Food South Jersey Shore will host its fifth annual “Comfort in the Cold” Winter Feast on Jan. 26 at the Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St., Cape May.

The menu includes a five-course meal with local, seasonal and fresh ingredients including dessert, prepared by guest chef Sheri Waide, of SouthWark Restaurant in Philadelphia. For 15 years, Waide’s focus has been on local, seasonal and sustainable foods. Dean Schneider will perform on the piano.

Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner, one seating only, at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, includes tax and gratuity. All reservations must be prepaid. Mail check payable to: Slow Food South Jersey Shore, PO Box 85, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. Indicate on form the names of the people with whom you wish to be seated, along with which guests require the vegetarian option. Print clearly your name, phone number and email address.

For more information, email Evie Lovitz at evelyn@lovitz-mccabe.com or call 609-780-6510.

Low-cost pet neutering program available

Spaces are available now for the state’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for pets, available to qualified residents. The program began Jan. 1 (while funds last) at participating veterinary offices to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for as little as $10.

To qualify for the $10 cost, residents must receive one of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, aid to families with dependent children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled. There is a $20 program option with other qualifications. For more information, to find out if you qualify, and to find a participating veterinarian, call 609-826-4872. See state.nj.us/health/cd/izdp/spayneut.shtml.

Participating veterinarians include: Shore Vets in Seaville, call 609-390-9113; Abri Animal Hospital in Cape May Court House, call 609-465-1368; Baysea Veterinary Hospital in Rio Grande, call 609-886-2292; Cape May Veterinary Hospital in North Cape May, call 609-884-1729; Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Marmora, call 609-390-0701; Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Cape May Court House, call 609-465-5590.

Theater sponsors special weekends

The award-winning East Lynne Theater Company and The Henry Sawyer Inn’s Murder Mystery Weekends and Playwriting Getaway return this winter. Guests can test their sleuthing skills in four Murder Mystery Weekends: Jan. 18-19, Feb. 22-23, March 8-9, and March 23-24.

Retired Philadelphia police detective Frank Smith is on hand to provide just enough information to keep the investigation going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the inn, dinner at one of Cape May’s restaurants, breakfasts at the inn, and a dessert reception on Saturday evening — all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime. Cost is $349 for two people (plus tax) in a deluxe room; upgrade to a two-room suite for an additional $50.

The Playwriting Getaway on March 1-2 focuses on the “Ten-Minute Play.” ELTC’s Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth, who has taught theater and playwriting, is leading the workshop. Cost is $399 for two people and $299 for one (plus tax), which includes accommodations, breakfast, afternoon tea and treats for two nights, and the workshop fee.

For those not needing accommodations, the fee is $150. Reservations for all of these weekends are made through the Henry Sawyer Inn by calling 609-884-5667, 800-449-5667 or emailing henrysawyerinn@verizon.net. For information about the Playwriting Getaway, call 609-884-5898 or see eastlynnetheater.org.

Auxiliary pledges funds

Anne Burrows, president of the Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, has announced that the auxiliary will pledge $1 million to the Thomas and Claire Brodesser Jr. Cancer Center capital campaign.

The medical center installed the TrueBeam Radiation Therapy System in May. The Brodesser Cancer Center at Cape Regional Medical Cancer now treats prostate cancer in five treatments compared with the standard 40, and certain lung cancers in three treatments rather than the standard 35. With the addition of the auxiliary’s pledge, more than $2.5 million has been raised toward the $5 million goal.

To contact the Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation, call 609-463-4040.

Nature center becomes seasonal

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May will soon operate as a seasonal center.

As of Jan. 1, the center is closed to the public for 3½ months. It will reopen for public access April 15 and immediately commence a full schedule of spring programs, as well as special activities and events such as Harbor Fest, Paddle for a Purpose and Harbor Safaris.

Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman has issued an appeal to the local community, residents, businesses and friends of the center for support, both moral and financial, and ideas for the future. Interested and concerned parties are encouraged to contact her about teaching and volunteer opportunities. Call 609-898-8848 or email gretchen.Whitman@njaudubon.org.

4-H to produce T-shirt

The Cape May County 4-H Foundation recently voted to produce one official 2013 4-H Fair T-shirt.

The T-shirt will feature logos of sponsoring companies and businesses and include a graphic design on the front about the 2013 4-H fair theme, “Belong, believe, achieve.” It will be the only 4-H T-shirt offered at the fair. Funds raised from shirt sales and sponsorship will support the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program. Fair sponsorships, which include a corporate logo featured on the back of the official 2013 shirt, begin at $250. Additional sponsorships are available for $500 and $1,000. 4-H Members, alumni and partners are invited to submit ideas for the 4-H graphic to be featured on the front of the T-shirt. Artwork must be submitted to the 4-H office for consideration by March 8.

For more information, call 4-H agent Julie Karavan at 609-465-5115, ext 610.

Socks for Seniors under way

Cape May County’s seniors are going to be a little warmer this holiday season thanks to Cape May Point resident Christopher South, who brought the Socks for Seniors program to Cape May County.

South presented the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a sample of socks to be distributed to more than 400 seniors at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and those registered in the county’s homebound meals program. “Socks For Seniors” is a national program active in more than 250 cities. South’s Cape May County program expects to collect more than 500 socks by Christmas.

If you would like to donate socks to the program, email South at south5859@msn.com or call 609-705-3484.

Volunteers sought for 4-H

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invites adults interested in working with Cape May County youth to attend scheduled orientation session for new volunteers.

Orientations are set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Interested volunteers complete an application, attend training and meet with 4-H staff prior to their appointment. Volunteer leaders are provided curriculum, resources and support for the clubs and programs they develop. 4-H volunteer opportunities are varied. The time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us to get more information about the scheduled orientations and to preregister.

Jersey Shore Pops to play

The Jersey Shore Pops, under the musical direction of Linda Gentille, will present the 2013 Summer Concert Series beginning June 29 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.

The series includes: The Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m. July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Chairman of the Board, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Individual tickets will not go on sale until February, to give season ticket purchasers the premier choice of orchestra center seating. The individual tickets will range from $25 for balcony seating to $50 for VIP orchestra center seating. To purchase season tickets, call the JSP ticket office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924. Tickets can be purchased online or in person and student ID must be showed for ticketing.

GED testing set

GED testing for January at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24.

Mandatory registration and orientation for the Jan. 23 and 24 testing session, registration and orientation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Those interested in the test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.

For more information, call 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates, see capemaytech.com.

Triathlon/duathlon set

The annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon will take place Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

Participants have a month to complete the event: a 2.4-mile swim in a pool, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run. Triathletes do all three events. Duathletes do two events.

The registration donation is $30 and is co-sponsored by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. Competitors can substitute gym events for the swimming, biking and running events by documenting how many laps they swim or aquasize classes they take for the swim leg of the triathlon; how many miles they bike, step or row for the bicycling portion; and how many miles they walk/run, use the elliptical or take aerobics classes for the marathon section. Everyone who enters receives a T-shirt, and everyone who finishes will receive an award. A list of triathlon finishers will be posted and an awards ceremony will take place Feb. 23 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th and Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.

The triathlon is a fund-raiser for CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a nonprofit volunteer group that makes daily telephone reassurance calls to the elderly and disabled in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Registration forms are required and are available at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, by calling CONTACT at 609-823-1850 or 609-463-4564, or by emailing contact-c-a@excite.com.

Cape May Stage offers subscriptions

Equity theater Cape May Stage has announced the lineup of plays and deals on subscription packages for the 2013 season, the theater’s 25th anniversary.

The schedule features: “How to Make a Rope Swing,” May 17-June 7; “Lend Me A Tenor,” June 12-July 26; “Boeing Boeing,” July 31-Sept. 13; “Freud’s Last Session,” Sept. 18-Oct. 19; “A Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 23-Nov. 16; “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

Subscriber benefits include as much as 50 percent off regular box office prices, complimentary exchanges and upgrades, priority seating, and discounts on our merchandise. Cape May Stage offers subscription series tickets for opening or preview night performances and subscription flex passes. Purchase of these series is equivalent to 15 percent off single ticket prices.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 609-884-1341, online at capemaystage.org or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30, 2013.

Food collection under way

Through March 31, Cape May County government will collect nonperishable food items for those in need in Cape May County. Put items in the labeled containers located throughout county facilities and they will be distributed to those in need. For information, call 609-463-6678.

Scholarship applications accepted

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall 2013 semester.

The 2013 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pick-up at all three Atlantic Cape campuses, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and at atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. The deadline to file a scholarship application is Feb. 8. Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes one’s personal and professional goals.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in April 2013, and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 20. For more scholarship information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 609-625-1111, ext. 5082, or email finaid@atlantic.edu. In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Toys for Tots needs help

The Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League has faced obstacles for its annual Toys for Tots campaign and seeks the community’s involvement and the generosity of citizens to acquire and deliver toys to children this holiday season.

Superstorm Sandy destroyed several of the businesses that traditionally volunteered to be dropoff locations. Many families lost their homes and possessions, increasing the need for donations for children. Two prominent conventions that historically supply many donated gifts were canceled due to the storm, the New Jersey Teachers Convention and the League of Municipalities. A thief broke into a storage trailer and stole a large quantity of donated gifts. Although a suspect was apprehended and charged with the crime, the toys were not recovered.

To be a toy dropoff location, donate toys or money to purchase gifts, call Frank Vesely at 609-868-0003 or email frankv@842comcast.net or call Joseph Harris at 609-927-6402 or email bbstan@verizon.net.

Temple opens doors to displaced worshipers

Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood has voted to open its doors to the displaced worshipers from West Wildwood Bible Church.

The synagogue is willing to offer the island’s displaced parishioners a sanctuary for their services until the church’s flood-damaged building can be repaired. Call 609-522-7541 for more information. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

New youth group forms

A new regional youth group is forming for South Jersey, offering fun and fellowship with other youths from all Christian denominations. Devotions will be led by a different pastor each week and food will be provided. Regular weekly meetings began Jan. 6.

For more information, call Cricket Denton Brennan at 609-624-9019 or email seavilleumc@gmail.com.

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 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 atlantic.edu/relief 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 pgentile@atlantic.edu.

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 atlantic.edu/conted.

Worship service for those with disabilities

The community is invited to a new, inclusive worship service adapted to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue, in Ocean City, will be the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services.

Rejoicing Spirits encourages people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become part of a welcoming faith community, and is adapted to their needs. The Rejoicing Spirits worship service will take place at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact the church office at 609-399-0798 or office@stjohnlutheranoc.org.

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.

Pajamas wanted

The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey is hosting a PJ Roundup.

They are asking for donations of new pajamas/gowns to be distributed to the needy during the upcoming Holiday Season. Drop off your donations from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Wildwood Housing Authority, 3700 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. Pajamas for all age and gender groups are needed. No used clothing will be accepted.

For information, call Ruth at 267-207-5681.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton invites the residents of Cape May County to join the 144 members of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps.

Medical Reserve Corps units are made up of locally based volunteers who assist their communities during emergencies, such as an influenza epidemic, a chemical spill or an act of terrorism. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Community members such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers and legal advisers can fill vital support positions.

To become part of this community project, call MRC coordinator Joan Rowland at 609-463-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

College to offer non-credit training

Starting in January 2013, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts will offer its five-month non-credit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. The training program began Jan. 7. Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for ACA’s Culinary Arts Training Program.

For more information about scholarships and training, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

College offers career training courses

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

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

Computers and Technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

Dennis Township parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their school district’s Child Study Team. The Dennis Township school district is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.

Information also can be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey. Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are all available free through the Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234 for more information.

Low cost shingles vaccine available

The county is still offering the shingles vaccine at low cost for residents who don’t have health insurance or who have health insurance that doesn’t pay for the vaccine. There is no charge for the shingles vaccine itself. Uninsured and underinsured residents only pay a $15 administration fee.

A single dose of zoster (shingles) vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older, whether or not the patient reported a prior episode of shingles. Shingles is a localized, generally painful rash that occurs most frequently among older adults and immunocompromised people. It is caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

For those who have health insurance but are unable to obtain the shingles vaccine at their doctor’s office, the Department of Health can administer the vaccine to them for $175. Residents must pay for the vaccine out of pocket and submit the cost for reimbursement to their insurance carrier (i.e. Medicare Part D). Residents are encouraged to contact their insurer in advance to determine whether the vaccine is covered.

The shingles vaccination program is by appointment only and the patient needs a prescription from their physician to receive the vaccine. To schedule an appointment for the shingles vaccine, call 609-465-1200.

County high school has student openings

Cape May County High School, which serves students with disabilities from Cape May and surrounding counties, announces openings in its Community Based Instruction Program.

This program is designed for 18- to 21-year-old students who have not yet graduated from high school, but have completed the academic requirements for graduation and have some level of independence. Students are placed in one of three community partner worksites, and are mentored by a worksite employee with the support of a special education teacher and aide. The goal is to give students authentic experiences to prepare them for employment after graduation from high school. For more information, contact Mrs. Haas, principal, at 609-465-2720, ext 8800.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Students do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information call 609-822-1854 or email BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Angelus chorus seeks members

The Angelus Chorus is looking for new members. It is a choral group that sings throughout Cape May County during April, May, and December. The chorus rehearses at the Middle Township High School during the school year and perform concerts in the spring and winter seasons.

For more information, call Carolyn at 609-898-0324.

Volunteers sought for tax program

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking people to be part of the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. More than 950 Cape May County residents with incomes less than $50,000 received free help filing their 2011 tax returns by volunteers through VITA. To continue this service, more volunteers are being recruited for training.

If you can use a computer and are available at least one day per week February through April 2013, you are encouraged to join. Training will be provided on federal tax law by Jackie Piper of the IRS and retired CPA and VITA volunteer Ed McCaughey, and New Jersey tax law will be taught by a state Tax Office employee in January. All materials will be furnished by the IRS, but you are welcome to use your own laptop.

Call RSVP Director Lee Shupert at 609-886-3400.

College offers training programs

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 mcaliste@atlantic.edu.

In addition, Atlantic Cape’s Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program offers free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses through a literacy grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Employees can receive basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communication, computer applications, mathematics and measurement and customer service. Customized classes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged. The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state; however, employees taking the classes must be paid at their regular hourly rate while in training. Business owners are eligible only if they pay taxes into the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Atlantic Cape will offer several basic skills training sessions at the Institute for Service Excellence at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. A full schedule of classes is available at atlantic.edu/njbia. For more information, or to register employees for training, call Trudy Mills at 609-343-4814 or see atlantic.edu/njbia.

Head Start seeks 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 up to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the Head Start program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information, call 609-861-2804.

Scholarship available

In collaboration with the Nature Center of Cape May Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman, longtime members and volunteers Barbara and Warren Nuessle have established the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund as a work-study program, where recipients are provided with a $3,000 award each year through four years of college.

Administered by the Nature Center of Cape May, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of natural resources. A selected student is obligated to serve as an intern during the summer or school year for a total of 240 hours. Nature Center staff serve as intern supervisors and work with the student and their school to obtain college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs. Eligibility is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee of members representing local high schools, Atlantic Cape Community College, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the Nature Center of Cape May and the community of Cape May, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Book clubs offered

The Cape May County Library offers a variety of book clubs through the week. Book clubs take place at the following libraries:

Great Books Book Club for adults, 10 a.m. to noon every other Thursday, Main Library, 30 Mechanic St. Cape May Court House, call 609-463-6350; 1st Thursday Book Club for adults, 7 to 8:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month, Main Library; Current Fiction Book Club for adults, 2 to 4 p.m second Monday of each month, Wildwood Crest Library; Great Classic Fiction Book Club for adults, 4 to 5:45 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Main Library; Teen Book Club for ages 13 through 18, 3 p.m. first Tuesday, Sea Isle Library; Tween BiblioMANIACS Club for fifth to seventh graders, 6 to 7 p.m. third Thursday, Main Library; Book Friends Book Club for third and fourth graders, 6 to 7 p.m. second to last Tuesday of each month, Main Library; Reading Rumpus Book Club for first and second graders, 6 to 7 p.m last Monday of each month, Main Library.

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

The Children’s Fresh Air Home, a faith-based program in North Wildwood, has hosted more than 20,000 children in its 115-year history.

The support of their alumni is vital to the Century Campaign, which addresses major capital improvements the home requires. With this campaign, the Fresh Air Home is committed to expanding and improving the structure, to continue to serve children for another century. Donations to the Century Campaign will go toward effort to raise the $1 million dollars needed to complete renovations. For more information, call 609-522-2716, see FreshAirHome.org or search the group on FaceBook.

Reassurance calls offered

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

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

Volunteers wanted for Medical Reserve Corps

The Cape May County Department of Health is looking for volunteers, both health care professionals and those in non-health care fields, to continue the growth of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps. MRC volunteers will receive free training in emergency response, disaster preparedness, health education and community recovery.

During non-emergency times, MRC volunteers have opportunities to participate in flu vaccination clinics, health promotion activities and emergency preparedness drills. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this community project can call 609-465-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

Counseling offered in Wildwood

Through Cape Assist, a local prevention program, counseling services for substance abuse are offered at Cape Assist’s main office, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood.

The program will take a personalized approach to client care, understanding that clients come needing help in changing addictive behaviors. Cape Assist’s method to care is client-centered in the belief that true change comes from the internal motivation of the individual. Appointments can be made by calling 609-522-5960. While some services are free, there is a small fee for some services with a sliding scale rate for those with low income, and some grant funding is available. For more information, email info@capeassist.org.