Sea Isle schedules St. Patrick’s parade

Mayor Leonard Desiderio and his family will host Sea Isle City’s 23rd annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Celebration on March 16. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at 93rd Street and Landis Avenue and will continue north on Landis to 63rd Street, where it will culminate at KIX McNutley’s and the 2013 Irish Celebration.

During the Irish Celebration, which will begin immediately after the parade, the public will be invited to enjoy live music and dancing inside KIX-McNutley’s, where special edition St. Patrick’s Day beach tags, good for the 2013 season, will be on sale for the preseason price of $20.

For more information call 609-263-4461, ext. 1230, or see kixmcnutleys.com.

Scholarships available

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

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

To apply, see atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm or call Kenya Goods, Financial Aid Office, at 609-343-5082 ext. 5279 for an application.

Chamber to present award

The Middle Township Chamber of Commerce will present 2013 Business of the Year certificates recognizing businesses for their service to the public and the business community at the chamber’s annual dinner April 5 at the Stone Harbor Golf Club.

For more information on chamber membership, see wmtcc4u.com or call 609-463-1655.

Scholarships available

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

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

OD Marathon health expo set

The Ocean Drive Run Club presents the 15th annual Ocean Drive Marathon and Health and Fitness Expo on March 23. The Marathon takes place March 24. The Health and Fitness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Expo will offer a day of wellness, with pro-active health related activities and screenings, as well as information on the benefits of diet and exercise. The Expo is free to attend and is open to the public.

Following the Health and Fitness Expo, the traditional Carb-Load Pasta Dinner will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Adam’s Restaurant inside the Montego Bay Resort, at 18th Street and Boardwalk in North Wildwood. Tickets for the pasta dinner are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Expo.

The Ocean Drive Marathon starts at 9 a.m. March 24 and will remain open until 2:30 p.m. The marathon course runs through the scenic barrier islands of Cape May County and runners will be eligible for awards. The event is also set to include the following runs: the Ocean Drive 10-Miler; Ocean Drive 5K; and the noncompetitive Ocean Drive 1.5-Mile Fun Run.

Runners participating in the Ocean Drive Marathon or any of the additional Ocean Drive runs are asked to check-in and pick up their race number, shirt and packet starting at 10 a.m. on March 23 at the Health & Fitness Expo in the Wildwoods Convention Center. This is the final opportunity to register for the Marathon and 10-Miler events; registration will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Race-day registration will be available on March 24 for the Ocean Drive 5K and 1.5-Mile Fun Run only.

For more information about the Health and Fitness Expo and the Ocean Drive Marathon, call 609-523-0880 or visit odmarathon.com.

College hosts video competition

The Atlantic Cape Community College Communication Degree Program is hosting its second annual High School Video and Film Competition. High schools in Atlantic and Cape May counties are eligible to participate.

Videos, films and newscasts produced in school for academic credit during the 2012-2013 school year will be considered. Schools may submit one entry up to 10 minutes long. A panel of judges made up of Atlantic Cape faculty, staff and students and industry professionals will review the entries based on criteria including titles, editing, sound, videography/cinematography, originality and entertainment value.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three entries. All submissions must be posted on YouTube and links submitted electronically to be considered. Schools can earn three bonus points if teachers join the Atlantic Cape Communication Facebook page. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. March 11.

Trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers at the college’s sixth annual Communication and Art Awards program May 3 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. A school representative must be present to win. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Keith Forrest at 609-343-4994 or kforrest@atlantic.edu.

Veterans van to visit

The Wilmington VA Outreach Van will be in Cape May County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Wildwood American Legion Post 184, 4200 Atlantic and Roberts Avenue, Wildwood.

The staff on the van will be providing open enrollment for VA medical services through Wilmington VA Hospital which includes the Cape May VA Clinic. To enroll veterans should have with them their service papers/DD Form 214 and medical insurance cards, such as Medicare or supplemental medical insurance.

Additionally, Rita Marie Fulginiti, Cape May County Clerk will take applications and issue Cape May County Veteran’s Identification Cards that provide discounts at participating businesses throughout Cape May County, Ginny Tomlin, Director, Cape May County Veteran’s Bureau will be on hand to answer questions regarding VA benefits and Jackie Blaydes, Veteran’s Representative, Department of Labor, One Stop Career Center will assist with employment services for veterans.

If you are planning to attend, be sure to bring your service papers/DD Form 214, medical insurance cards and proof of Cape May County residency. For more information call 609-886-2763.

Robinson named director

The New Jersey Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (NJSHCA) has announced that Corinne Robinson, RN, BSN, MHSA, Director of Patient Satisfaction/Patient Advocate at Cape Regional Medical Center, has been elected President of NJSHCA.

Robinson received her bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Villanova University and her masters degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Joseph’s College. Robinson joined the Cape Regional Medical Center team as a staff nurse in 1976. From July 1982 through November 2006, she served as director of education after which she was promoted to Director of Patient Satisfaction.

Logo contest scheduled

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders are sponsoring the 2013 Earth Day Logo Contest as part of the County’s Earth Day Celebration which will take place at the Cape May County Park on April 20. The theme for the logo contest, which is open to all Cape May County students, is “Respect for the Planet.”

The logo is to be hand drawn, black and white artwork incorporating the theme: “Respect for the Planet” submitted on 8½-x-11-inch paper. Each submission is to include the name, address, telephone number and name of school on the back. The deadline for submissions is March 28. Entries should be sent to Lenora Boninfante, Cape May County Communications Office - DN 101 A, County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210.

For more information call the Communications Office at 609-465-1066 or see capemaycountygov.net.

Stone Harbor Shiver set for March 9

The borough of Stone Harbor announced the third annual Stone Harbor Shiver Weekend, an event that builds around a Polar Bear Plunge, will take place Saturday, March, 9, starting at the 96th Street beach. These participants will resist bone chilling March winds and freezing temperatures as they stand side by side in their bathing suits and leap into the frigid Atlantic Ocean.

New for 2013, Shiver Weekend will include a parade down 96th street and bonfire on 96th street beach. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Cape May County Special Services School, Friend in Need and the Friends of Stone Harbor 9/11 Point of Peace Park. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

A pre-plunge party will be held March 8 at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor beginning at 6 p.m. Participants can register and the party includes music, food and an auction. The cost for this event is $15 per person. Registration for the Shiver is $30 for adults and $15 for students with Student ID.

Sponsorships and registration can be found on the Stone Harbor Shiver Facebook page, the Stone Harbor Borough website stone-harbor.nj.us or participants can register at Active.com. Checks are to be made payable to the Borough of Stone Harbor and questions can be emailed to stoneharborshiver@gmail.com.

Nominations sought

In celebration of Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s 50th anniversary, the credit union would like to honor one individual who lives in Atlantic or Cape May County. You are encouraged to nominate an individual who has gone above and beyond the ordinary to serve the community and made a positive difference in the lives of others.

The winner will receive $500 and will be recognized at Jersey Shore FCU’s annual dinner on March 23 at Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway Township. The first person who nominated the winner will be also given two tickets to attend the dinner.

To be eligible for the Jersey Shore FCU Community Star Award, nominees must be at least 18 and nominations may only be submitted in the name of a single person. Submit nominations online at jerseyshorefcu.org or at one of the credit union branches by March 1. For additional information and complete rules, call Jeannie at 609-646-3339 ext. 210.

Hospital awarded grant

Princeton Insurance of Princeton has awarded Cape Regional Medical Center a $10,000 grant to fund the implementation of the Hugs Infant Protection System in the Medical Center's Maternity and Newborn Care Center.

The Hugs Infant Protection System offers proven protection against infant abduction. Using advanced technology, the system is highly reliable and easy to use. The Hugs software gives nurses and other staff the essential information they need to ensure patient safety within the Maternal and Newborn Care Center.

WISE program offered

Cape Assist will sponsor six classes designed to teach those 51 years and older to become healthy and stay that way as they age. Funded by a grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Wellness Education program classes will cover a variety of topics including making healthy lifestyle choices, behaviors to avoid in order to stay healthy, safe practices regarding alcohol, prescription, and over-the-counter medications, and simple tools to take charge of your own health care and navigate the health care system.

The goal of the Wellness Education Workshops, also known as WISE, is to extend good physical and mental health and to prevent or delay out-of-home placement for older adults.

The sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. six Thursdays, March 14 to April 18 at the Cape Assisst Office, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. Lunch will be provided. All those completing the six sessions will receive a $50 gift card at the end of the program. Registration is required. Call Temerity at 609-522-5960 or email temerity@capeassist.org.

Music lectures set

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

The lectures will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City and 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Questions for the April lecture series must be submitted to Somers by the end of March-either at the lectures or by email at composer.lecturer@gmail.com.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580. For the Cape May County series, you can also call the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434 and for the Atlantic County series, you can also call the Margate Public Library at 609-822-4700.

Artists wanted

The county is seeking artists to participate in an upcoming event. The Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission will host its 12th annual Exhibit and Contest of The National Arts Program, or NAP, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center (PAC) Gallery from April 16 to May 8.

This free art competition is open to all local, county, state and federal government employees and their immediate families. Members of the County’s non-profit Culture and Heritage Round Table groups and their immediate families are also eligible. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister or parent. This year the National Arts Program® welcomes employees and volunteers from Cape Regional Medical Center and employees from all Cape May County Schools.

The exhibit will consist of visual artwork in the following categories: painting; works on paper; photography; sculpture; mixed media; and craft. All entries submitted must be original works of the applicant completed within the last three years. There are separate classifications for adults (amateur, intermediate, and professional) and youth/teen (Youth 12 and younger, and Teen 13 to 18).

Registration forms are available online at nationalartsprogram.org/venues/cape-may-county-nj. Click to “register online” located on the left side of the screen. The deadline for registrations is 4 p.m. April 3. Call Mary Stewart at 609-884-5404, ext.131, or email mstewart@capemaymac.org for details.

An opening awards ceremony and reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 16 at the PAC. The first-place prize in each adult class will be $300, with $200 for second, and $100 for third place. Youth/Teen prizes will be $75 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. A “Best of Show” of $300 will be presented. Honorable Mention ribbons and Certificates of Participation will also be presented. Additional prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

For more information about The National Arts Program, see nationalartsprogram.org.

Cape assist awarded grant

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded a $25,000 grant to Cape Assist to fund a Wellness Initiative for Senior Education Program. The goal of the Wellness Education Workshops, also known as WISE, is to extend good physical and mental health and to prevent or delay out-of-home placement for older adults.

The WISE Program is a six-week program that will provide older adults with the ability to understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. The program will also give older adults the ability to engage in self-care and chronic disease management.

Cape Assist can be contacted by calling 609-522-5960 or see capeassist.org.

Passport day scheduled

The Cape May County Clerk’s Office will participate in the national outreach Passport Day in the USA with special weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. The County Clerk’s Office will waive the regular $5 per applicant photo fee to provide passport photos to applicants this day.

The County Clerk’s Office is located at 7 N. Main Street on Route 9 in Cape May Court House. For information, call Donna Koehler at 609-465-1011.

Transportation conference set

The public is invited to attend the ninth annual Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference hosted by Freeholder Will Morey from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 at the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House.

Invited speakers to this year’s conference include state Sen. Jeff Van Drew; James S. Simpson, commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation; Samuel Donelson, acting executive director, South Jersey Transportation Authority; John Withers, supervising engineer, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Sheree Davis, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation; Scott Green, executive director, Delaware River Bay Authority; and Dale Foster, Cape May County engineer.

For information, see capemaycountygov.net or call 609-463-6678.

Health care resource day set

The public is invited to the county’s annual Healthcare Resource Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. On hand will be key county departments that play a role in meeting community health needs such as Crest Heaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

Additionally, there will be free screenings by the Parish Nurse Program of the Cape Regional Medical Center for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and peripheral artery disease and fracture risk.

There will be more than 40 exhibitors representing various health services provided to county residents. Admission is free to all and there will be plenty of free parking. For additional information, call 609-463-6521.

Auditions set

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will have two local audition days of open calls for Equity actors. The call will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 16 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. Sign-up for auditions on March 16 begins at 11 a.m. and continues through 3:55 p.m.; signup March 18 begins at noon and continues through 4:55 p.m. For the call on March 18 only, Equity actors may contact the theater for a definite time-slot by emailing the company at eastlynneco@aol.com.

The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract with rehearsals beginning on Monday two weeks before the opening-performance week, and a Wednesday through Saturday night performance schedule, with two exceptions. All of the rehearsals will be in Cape May.

Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth will be at the auditions and is directing all three shows. Actors are asked to audition with a brief monologue, preferably humorous, or read from “Lost on the Natchez Trace,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or “The Late Christopher Bean.” Sides will be available at the auditions. A reader will be provided for those auditioning with sides.

Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204, and not to the church. To learn more about the company, see eastlynnetheater.org.

Photographers wanted for show

The Ocean City Arts Center will host the annual Juried Photography Show throughout April. Work will be accepted

March 11 through 26 and must be hand-delivered to the Arts Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Traditional photography and Digital/Computer Generated photography will be eligible. All elements of digital work must be created by the photographer.

As many as to four photographs may be submitted with an entry fee of $18 for each piece. Photographs must be framed with glass or plexi-glass and be ready to hang with wire properly attached. Overall frame size should not exceed 24 x 28 inches.

Prizes are Best of Show at $200; Second Place at $150; Third Place at $100 and Two Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Applications are available on the Arts Center website at oceancityartscenter.org or at the Center. An Awards Reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12. For more information call 609-399-7628.

Educational seminars offered

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host educational seminars with the New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol at senior centers throughout the county in March and April. During these free seminars, Charles Clarkson, Esq. Project Director, Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey will provide information on how seniors can protect themselves from Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.

The informative lectures will take place at the following Senior Centers in Cape May County: 10:30 a.m. March 15, Lower Cape Center, 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas, 609-886-5161; 10:30 a.m. March 18, Ocean City Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, 609-399-0055; 10:30 a.m. April 22, North Wildwood Center 10th & Central Avenues, North Wildwood, 609-522-7611.

Two bullying workshops set

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with The Cape May Working Group on Bullying and Domestic Violence, is inviting parents to an evening workshop on bullying from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 at the William E. Sturm Jr. Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House.

Titled “Protecting our Children — Parents and Schools Working Together To Prevent Bullying,” this conference is free and requires no registration.

Attorney David Nash, legal counsel to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be the keynote speaker at the event. He will provide information on the rights afforded to children under New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Law and Dating Violence Law. Nash will talk about the protections available for students who are bullying and dating violence victims and will also address the due process rights of those accused of inappropriate conduct such as bullying.

Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. with a short welcome by Prosecutor Robert Taylor immediately thereafter. For more information, contact Melisha Anderson-Ruiz at 609-465-1135 or by email at manderson@cmcpros.net.

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Cape Assist, a member of The Cape May Working Group on Bullying and Domestic Violence, will co-sponsor a daylong workshop on bullying with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 8:30 a.m. March 19 at The Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood.

Titled “Putting It All Together: A Systematic Approach to Student Safety,” this conference is free. Educators can earn professional development hours for full-day attendance.

Attorney David Nash, legal counsel to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Three breakout sessions - Education and Law Enforcement Working Together; The Latest Developments on New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and Dating Violence Law” and Exploring Multiple Variations of Domestic Violence” will be held during the morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am. Lunch will be provided. For more detailed information see the flier on capeassist.org where a registration form can be downloaded, filled out and returned to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at the address listed on the form.

For questions, contact Melisha Anderson-Ruiz at 609-465-1135 or by email at manderson@cmcpros.net.

Youth arts program under way

The Center for Community Arts children’s art education programs have begun for the winter spring term with exciting activities being planned.

Paige Cunningham, a West Cape May resident, is teaching the theme “Animals in Art” for the popular Art at the Library Program. This year-long art class for children ages 6 to 9 is being held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in four locations; Sea Isle City on Mondays, Wildwood Crest on Tuesdays, Lower Township on Wednesdays, and Cape May on Thursdays. The class reads a book, discusses the illustrations and creates art inspired by the story. Many mediums are explored; clay, pastels, paint, sculpture, charcoal.

The Youth Arts Program program is back from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays for children ages 10 to 14. Located in two locations; Cape May and Lower Township, this program is a great way to spend a night with peers creating art in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. It’s free and includes all art materials and dinner.

For more information about CCA and it Youth Arts Programs, call 609-884-7525 or see centerforcommunityarts.org.

Senior courses offered

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this spring designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.

Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer. The class will be held from 9 a.m to noon March 15. A second section will be offered 9 a.m. to noon April 19.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01.

Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. For workshop prices or to register, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or staylor@atlantic.edu.

Rutgers rep to visit Atlantic Cape

A Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit Atlantic Cape's Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby, on the following dates this spring: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28.

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

Additionally, there will be information available about graduate programs in Education, Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. With on-site facilities, students can start at Atlantic Cape and finish at Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson universities without leaving campus. Atlantic Cape's associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 35 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

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

State-funded spay neuter program available

Spaces are available now for state sterilization funding program available to qualified residents. The program begins on April 1 (while funds last) at various participating veterinary offices in the state to help qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for only $10. Because spaces go quickly, Shore Veterinarians is encouraging residents to sign up early in February for the program. Shore Veterinarians participates in this state program at all four of their locations in Seaville, Williamstown, Hammonton and Egg Harbor Township.

Residents in the state can spay and neuter their pets at various veterinary offices for only $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. These 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 & Disabled.

To find out more information to see if you qualify for this “State Sterilization Spay and Neuter “ offer, or for more information on spay and neuter, assistance, call any of these veterinary offices for more information: Atlantic County Residents, 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802; Williamstown area residents, 856-728-6613; Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Roller skating hours extended

Cape May Convention Hall will extend roller skating hours on Fridays and Sundays due to the overwhelming success of the roller skating program. Roller skating sessions will now run for five hours offering patrons more flexibility with when they want to arrive.

Doors for roller skating will open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. And Sundays, roller skating will begin at noon and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturdays will remain the same with two two hour sessions. The first session is from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second session is from 4 to 6 p.m. Skaters are encouraged to visit capemayrecreation.org for holiday hours and possible time changes.

Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates or they can rent them from our facility. Admission and skate rentals are based on two hour allotments of time. Admission fee is $5 per person. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for in-line skates. Admission for nonskaters is $2.

Roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall will continue through Sunday, April 7 and then resume in December for the winter season.

The skating program offers an early day toddler skate, birthday parties, and private parties. Contact the Recreation Department at 609-884-9526 for more information.

Tickets on sale for concert series

Tickets for the Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Series are now on sale. Tickets will be available online and directly at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center Box Office, 212 Bayberry Road, Cape May Court House.

The concert series will include eight concerts with a focus on international guest stars from around the world. The series will open at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center the last weekend in June. The concert series is as follows: 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; Sinatra and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Tickets range from $25 for balcony seating to $40 for VIP orchestra center seating. Discounted season tickets range from $75 to $220. To purchase either season or individual tickets, call the JSP Ticket Office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924.

College offers professional training

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

OSHA Electrical Review is a 10-hour certification course that concentrates on OSHA electrical compliance, April 8 and 9.

Personal Trainer Certification Phase II will teach personal trainers how to work with special populations suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, as well as working with children, April 27.

Professional development workshops are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Scholarship offered

The Nature Center of Cape May will offer the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund for a third year. This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award each year throughout four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.

The fund was established by long term New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

Since this is a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs.

Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing lhe 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 the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Raffle tickets available

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

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

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

Photographers wanted

The Ocean City Arts Center will host the Annual Juried Photography Show throughout April. Work will be accepted March 11 through 26 and must be hand-delivered to the Arts Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Traditional photography and Digital/Computer Generated photography will be eligible.

All elements of digital work must be created by the photographer. As many as four photographs may be submitted with an entry fee of $18 for each piece. Photographs must be framed with glass or plexi-glass and be ready to hang with wire properly attached. Overall frame size should not exceed 24 x 28 inches.

Prizes are Best of Show at $200; Second Place at $150; Third Place at $100 and Two Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Applications are available on the Arts Center website at oceancityartscenter.org or at the Center. An Awards Reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12. For more information call 609-399-7628.

Bridges conference planned

The Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) will be presenting the Bridges Conference 2013: Connecting Higher Ed and K-12 May 8 to 10 at the Cape May Convention Center. The Bridges Conference will showcase unique partnerships and projects that are helping higher education and K-12 to work together on enhancing the continuum of available educational opportunities for students of all ages.

The conference will feature many innovate programs that look beyond the traditional institutional role on behalf of high student achievement and the development of creative and innovative students through economically feasible programs and projects between colleges and K-12 school. The conference will also feature Keynote Sessions from Hall Davidson from the Discovery Educator Network, Steve Zalot from Apple Computers and Melanie Andrich from Eduventures. Special Topic Sessions and small group “hands on” presentations will also be available throughout the conference. The Bridges Conference is co-sponsored by Wilkes University, PLS-Third Learning, Discovery Education and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

For the complete conference agenda and to register for the Bridges 2013 Conference visit the P4CE website at p4ce.org and click the register today link.

Center offers development courses

The Stockton College Education Center will offer a series of one-day professional development courses for K-12 educators this February through May.

The courses are convenient for teachers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic County school districts. Participants are asked to bring their own device (BYOD) for certain courses. The courses being offered are as follows: Introduction to Edmodo, Safe Social Networking-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7; Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) One Day Team Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22; Six+1 Traits of Writing — How They Apply to the CCSS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18; Planning and Implementing a Successful I&RS Program for School Administrators, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19; Using Social Media to Connect to your School's Community-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2; Writing with SPICE, Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .May 10.

For complete workshop descriptions and registration information, see ettc.net/calendar or contact Courtney Regan by calling 609-626-3866 or emailing Courtney.regan@stockton.edu.

Hurricane groups formed

Hurricane Sandy recovery operations are continuing throughout the state and Long Term Recovery Groups, or LTRG, have been established in order to support those operations. In coordination and support from Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, the FEMA and State Voluntary Agency Liaison’s, and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism. LTRG have been established in Cape May County and in many other areas.

These groups, and the people and organizations involved, will serve an important purpose as we look to the long term for helping those in need. LTRG’s will help with providing resources to victims, disaster case management, donations and any other support network that victims may need for the long term.

Also, the state’s Donations Management Plan has been activated and a state warehouse has been opened in Mercer County. If you are aware of specific needs of victims email them to DMCC@gov.state.nj.us at which time the state’s Donations Management Team will try to find a match with items available in the warehouse. The following is the link to the list of items in the warehouse: warehouse.aidmatrixnetwork.org/Reports/Shopperreport.aspx?Org=41

Rabies clinic set

The annual free rabies clinic will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. March 12 at the Cape May Fire House, Franklin and Washington streets, Cape May. The clinic is for all dog and cat owners in Cape May, Cape May Point and West Cape May.

Call 609-884-9532.

VIM Day events scheduled

VIM Day will be celebrated at noon March 10 at the Avalon Country Club. Sturdy Savings Bank returns as the Presenting Sponsor.

The breakfast is held every year on the anniversary of the opening day of Volunteers In Medicine’s service to the uninsured of Cape May County and honors the volunteers and community partners. VIM provides free primary care and medication support to those who cannot afford access to health care.

The VIM Day Brunch is open to the public. Tickets to the event are $50 per person. For reservations, see vimcmc.org and download the reservation form or call 609-463-2846. Mail form with payment to: VIM Day, 423 Route North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

Free tax help

Income tax return forms will be prepared free for persons of any age with incomes less than $50,000. The forms will be completed through April 15 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Volunteers will be completing income tax forms by appointment only from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday at the Social Services Building, 4005 Route 9 South in Rio Grande. For an appointment call 609-886-3400.

Forms will also be completed by appointment only at the following locations: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, North Wildwood Senior Center, 10th and Central Avenue, call 609-522-7611; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lower Township Senior Center, 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas, call 609-886-5161; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Victoria Commons, 610 Townbank Road, North Cape May, call 609-886-3400; 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Howard Stainton Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, call 609-399-0055.

Volunteers cannot complete your income taxes if you have sold your home or have stocks or bonds. Also, Schedule C (Profit or Loss) over $10,000, D (Capital Gains or Losses), E (Rents) or forms 2106, 3903, 8606, and 8615 can not be completed. For more information, call the Department of Aging and Disability Services at 609-886-2784.

College offers culinary classes

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts the opportunity to learn how to prepare a variety of tasty meals this spring.

Chef Jon Davies will teach students how to prepare three- and four-course dinners from around the world with the “An Evening in” Series on March 8, April 5 and 16 and May 3.

Classes will take place at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. All classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. For fees and to register, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

PAC, youth orchestra partners with pops

The Middle Township Performing Arts Center has announced that the Atlantic Youth Orchestra will once again join forces with The Jersey Shore Pops for the coming 2013 season. This will be a continuation of a very successful partnership that started last year with the Pops orchestra hiring six of Atlantic Youth Orchestra’s outstanding members. The goal behind this collaboration is to prepare these students for a possible professional music career as well as draw a younger audience to the orchestral concerts.

The Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Season which will feature members of the Atlantic Youth Orchestra begins June 29, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or the box office at 609-463-1924 or see JerseyShorePops.org.

Police academy seeks candidates

The Cape May County Police Academy is accepting applications from aspiring police officers for the Alternate Route Training Program scheduled to start the Basic Course for Police Officers on Aug. 26. Applications are available through April 30.

This program, offers would-be-officers a better chance at employment as they become eligible for full police certification when they graduate. The program is the only residential based academy in the state of New Jersey for municipal officers requiring them to live on base while they train. The tuition cost is $3,300 which includes instruction, lodging, meals, ammunition, and textbooks.

Alternate Route Applicants must be 18 or older and have 60 college credits by September 2013 or two years of full time military service. To be eligible for selection, the candidates must pass written, physical, oral and psychological exams as well as a background check.

Applications are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Safety Training Center located at 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Applicants must pick up their own application and bring photo identification and a fee of $75 which may be paid in cash, check or money order, made out to County of Cape May.

For additional information call 609-465-1134.

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 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.

Nature center becomes seasonal

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May is operating as a seasonal center.

The center is now closed to the public and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).