Scholarship available to Cape May County women

Cape Women’s Resource Fund Inc. will award at least one $1,000 scholarship this year to a young woman graduating from high school who is a resident of Cape May County. Last year, the fund awarded four scholarships to Cape May County graduates.

Criteria include a B average through high school, acceptance to either a two-year or four-year college program with proof of acceptance, and community involvement or community service during high school.

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Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on a choice of topics: “Do you think there should be a requirement in this country for every student to dedicate at least two years to military or public service, either immediately after high school or college?” or “Do you think that women are equal to men in all aspects of our society? Why or why not?”

Candidates should submit essays and proof of meeting criteria to CWRF, Box 903 Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or to Christine Cote, 3409 Bybrook Drive, Villas, NJ 08251. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 24.

4-H offers poultry workshop to public

The 4-H livestock clubs of Cape May County will host a Poultry Clinic and Picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4, open to the public and held in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center at the 4-H fairgrounds. The Cape May County 4-H Livestock Committee will grill hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Poultry showmanship expert Richard Hickman will demonstrate basics and finer points of showing a bird in competition. Poultry will be available for participants to work with during the clinic. Clinic coordinators ask participants not to bring their own birds, to preserve safe bio-health standards.

Peter Brown, known as the “Chicken Doctor” and owner of First State Vet Supply, will lecture on poultry diseases and parasites from 1 to 3 p.m.

Brown has spent a career in the poultry industry. He will discuss serious poultry health issues such as coccidiosis, Marek’s disease, scaly leg, bumblefoot and the treatment of lice and other parasites. He also will demonstrate proper vaccination methods on poultry carcasses.

His Poultry Emergency Kits will be available for purchase.

Registration is required, call 609-465-5115, ext. 605. There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the picnic. The 4-H fairgrounds are located at 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Student Government Day event set

Students representing Cape May County’s high schools will join county freeholders in conducting the freeholder meetings as part of Student Government Day on April 23.

The day begins for students with demonstrations by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the Public Safety Training Center at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch, when elected officials will explain the role of county government. Then students will meet with representatives from county departments at an open house in the lobby of the county Administration Building. Students will preside over the 3 p.m. caucus meeting and the 4:30 p.m. regular meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information, call 609-463-6678.

County government honors CASA

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently recognized the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program and passed a resolution declaring April 2013 as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Cape May County.

CASA’s mission is working with trained volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers come from varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds and act as advocates for children who are victims of abuse and or neglect in the complicated, unfamiliar and often intimidating court and child welfare systems. Court appointed CASA volunteers serve as the court’s eyes and ears in a child’s life, thus helping to improve the quality of information presented to the court and child welfare systems.

County library holds website contest

To promote its newly designed website, the Cape May County Library is conducting a monthlong survey requesting online feedback from its webpage users.

Entries submitted before midnight May 3 will be entered into a drawing between 1 and 2 p.m. May 4 for prizes and gift certificates. The total value of prizes is more than $300. The contest is open to residents of Cape May County or registered Cape May County Library patrons with current library cards. See for the complete list of rules and an entry form.

Prizes and certificates were donated by local establishments.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box Theatre in Atlantic City in a series of five concerts July 7-Aug. 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature renowned soloists. All concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. with tickets on sale May 4, starting at $25. Call 866-900-4849 for tickets.

July 7: Americana concert features ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ Sousa marches and 1812 Overture.

July 14: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58, violinist Jorge Avila.

July 21: Italian opera with arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley.

Aug. 4: An all-Mozart concert with Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, ‘Jupiter,’ and Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with violinist Kai Gleusteen.

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

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s next subscription concert series will take place May 5 at 2 p.m., the Richard Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway Township. For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see

History exhibit showcases Chalfonte

Learn about the historic Chalfonte Hotel and Cape May’s Civil War hero Henry Sawyer in the Carriage House Gallery exhibit “Cape May’s Chalfonte Hotel: A Living National Landmark,” guest-curated by author Karen Fox and sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, which opens April 26.

The Chalfonte Hotel was built by Sawyer, who was taken prisoner in 1863. It has hosted guests continuously for more than 137 years. The exhibit is in the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Fox has adapted her book “The Chalfonte” into an exhibit showcasing life and legends from Sawyer’s battlefield diaries and prison letters to more than a century of vintage photos, watercolors, architectural drawings, kitchen diaries and more.

The opening is 7 p.m. April 26; the exhibit is free and open daily April 26-Nov. 10.

Junior Chefs Cooking Camp taking registration for summer

The Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County offers a new and creative program, Junior Chefs Cooking Camp, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 for children who have completed grades five to seven. Children will learn to prepare a variety of foods including snacks. The pilot project incorporates nutrition education with hands-on food preparation lessons to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

The cost is $125. Registration and payment are requested by May 10. To register or for more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 609, or e-mail

Pig roast supports Cape May Lighthouse

The public is invited to a pig roast from 3 to 7 p.m. April 20 at the Moose Lodge, 569 Seashore Road, Erma. The event to benefit the Cape May Lighthouse is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Admission is $20 and includes an all-you-can-eat pig roast and sides. Beer is included. Beef hot dogs also will be available. Musical entertainment is by Twelve Strings as well as guitarist Geno White. There is a Chinese auction, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Admission includes a voucher for a free climb of the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park.

Tickets are limited, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 to reserve, or buy at the door if available. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or see

Grand Slam at Cape May Stage

The Center for Community Arts announces the Shore Grand Slam at 6 p.m. April 21 at Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Lafayette and Bank streets, Cape May.

Winners of the storytelling, poetry slams and bull slams from the Winter Slam Series will compete for the grand prize. The Grand Slam theme is “Under the Gun.”

With the Bull Slam, stories can be true, partially true or completely untrue; the winner is the best at putting one over. Monthly winners in the storytelling category are: John Alvarez, Edgar Holmes, Kaitlyn Cockery, Emily Dempsey and Phil Broder. Audience favorites were Barbara Sobel, Suzanne Logeman and Barbara Ridgeway. Monthly winners in the Poetry category were: David Check, Ann Kelly, Los Chil. The audience favorites were Paul Kosten, Kaitlyn Cockery and David Check.The Bull Slam winners are Charles Logeman, Kaitlyn Cockery, Mark Allen, Mark Allen and Edgar Holmes.

General admission is $10, seniors and students $5, and an afterparty sponsored by the Lucky Bones Backwater Grille will take place immediately following. Call 609-884-7525 or see

Beach Sweep set for April 27

Clean Ocean Action will host a beach sweep in Ocean City from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m April 27.

Cleanup supplies will be handed out at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All organizations and families are invited to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. Call 609-399-6111, ext. 9711.

Sunday ‘Sports Talk’ series set

Cape May Convention Hall is host to a series of Sunday “Sports Talk” open forums for fans to connect with some of the area’s most recognized members in sports media.

The live audience interaction provides fans the opportunity to discuss the topical sports stories with in-depth knowledge from several award-winning journalists.

Sunday “Sports Talks” will take place April 21 and 28. First pitch is at 2 p.m. for the 2½-hour open forum. Admission is $5 at the door. Sports fans of all ages are invited. Conversation also will touch on careers in journalism, communications and broadcasting. Cabanas of Cape May will sell tailgate-style food with nonalcoholic beverages.

Cape May Forum presents speaker series

Cape May Forum presents a series of evenings featuring the experience of the region’s water experts followed by discussion and refreshments.

The schedule includes:

April 19, ‘The history and status of oyster fishery in Delaware Bay,’ Dave Bushek of Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University, Cape May Stage, 405 Lafayette Street, Cape May

April 26, special program at the Coast Guard Training Center with 5 p.m. tour of the base and 6:30 p.m. lecture, ‘Guardians of the Sea: The Shield of the Environment,’ Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Fitch with MST3 Kristina M. Toronto, Ida Lewis Auditorium, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May

May 3, ‘Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebird Connection,’ Gretchen Whitman, director, Nature Center, takes place at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May

May 10, ‘The Effects of Hurricane Sandy,’ Stewart Farrell, Stockton Coastal Research Center, Rutgers AIC Admin Building, 1636 Delaware Ave., Cape May

The free talks take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays in April and May. All are welcome.

Atlantic Cape offers summer sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this summer at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. The courses include:

Summer Session One, May 28-July 3: Biology of Our World, Human Anatomy Physiology I, Intro to Computers, Public Speaking, Western World I, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods and Elementary Spanish I.

Summer Session Two, July 1-Aug. 22: Student Success Seminar, Psychology of Exceptionality, Reading/Writing II, General Psychology and Principles of Sociology.

Summer Session Three, July 15-Aug. 22: Human Anatomy Physiology II, Western World II, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II and Precalculus.

Visit to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

National Teenager pageant set

Ocean City will host the 43rd annual New Jersey National Teenager Scholarship Pageant at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, with 40 teens from across the state vying for top honors in categories ranging from application, interview, gown and the expression/style category Preliminaries are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 20 and the final show starts 4 p.m. April 21. Tickets available at the door.

Atlantic and Cape May counties will be represented by the following 2013 state finalists: Harlee Cancelosi, of Marmora; Alexandra Hughes, of Smithville; Julia Keating, of Egg Harbor Township; Madison Kennelly, of Ocean City; Nikki Librizzi, of Linwood; Samantha McConaghy, of Mays Landing; Rachel Skwirut, of Salem; and Julia Wilson, of Ocean City.

Earth Day celebration April 20

The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on April 20, with a theme of “Respect for the Planet.”

There are a 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run and 5K Run. The Earth Day Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with more than 20 exhibitors and 17 crafters on display. This year’s main feature is a climbing rock wall that will be open and free to the public. Events include:

7:30 a.m. 5K Run and Earth Walk/Run Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run (pre-registration required at information booth)

9 a.m. 5K Run (pre-registration required at information booth)

10 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Race Winners announced

11:30 a.m. Creative Recycling Awards Presented by the CMCMUA

12 p.m. Live Music, The Too Trio

12:30 p.m. Show, The Magic of Recycling with Bill Kerwood

1:30 p.m. Drum Fun Circle, Mark Jacopec

2:30 p.m. Live Music, The Too Trio

3 p.m. Show, The Magic of Recycling with Bill Kerwood

See or call 609-465-5271.

Atlantic Cape hosting open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to begin a new career, enhance job skills or seek personal enrichment at an open house 5 to 7 p.m. April 22, in J-building at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Attendees can meet faculty and staff, apply for admission, learn about financial aid options, and discover how to launch a new career with a college degree or short-term training certificate. Information will be available about Atlantic Cape’s degree programs, including: education, new media studies, aviation studies, computer operations and iPhone programmer. Students who wish to continue their education without leaving the Mays Landing Campus can obtain information about degree completion programs through Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. College representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the NJ STARS program. Atlantic Cape will host a NJ STARS information session 6-8 p.m. May 1 in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus.

For more information, contact Linda McLeod at 609-343-5009 or, or see

Cafe hosts open mic night

The Positively 4th Street Cafe is hosting an open mic night April 24.

The cafe is located at 400 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the mic opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

April is National Poetry Month. Guests are invited to read a poem by an American poet laureate, bring a copy of their favorite poem to add to the “poem-in-your pocket” display, and play poet laureate trivia.

Call 609-399-8400.

Art camps in Ocean City

The Ocean City Arts Center presents more than 50 weekly art camps offered this summer, beginning June 17.

Offerings include drawing, painting, dance, pottery, sculpture with clay and wire, and film and TV, and classes where children learn to make masks, create puppets and puppet shows; acting for pre-schoolers called Little Stars, art as it relates to science and invention, and more. Classes change weekly and take place either 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m. They cost $165 per week and most classes are for children ages 6-11.

See or call 609-399-7628.

South Jersey Cancer Fund aids families

With a $2,000 grant from the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation, the South Jersey Cancer Fund will provide financial assistance to cancer patients in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

In 2012, the South Jersey Cancer Fund experienced a record year, contributing $222,000 to help 390 patients meet expenses such as co-pays, COBRA payments, transportation to and from treatments, utility bills and nursing care, said Joseph McNally, president of the nonprofit organization, which is operated completely by volunteers.

The grant was one of 21 grants presented to nonprofit organizations in the region at the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundations awards reception in January. The foundation presented a total of $60,000 in grants at the reception, bringing the organizations seven-year donation total to more than $800,000.

Cleanup volunteers needed

From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, Comcast employees and their children, friends and families will pull on their work gloves and volunteer to help Ocean City recover from Hurricane Sandy, with the 12th annual Comcast Cares Day, Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

Volunteers from Comcast, OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Clean-up And Recovery Effort) and the World Fishing Network will plant dune grass and clear debris. To join in, see or call 215-642-6635.

Churches honored for raising breast cancer awareness

Gloria Schultz, program navigator for the Komen Reach Out for Life Program, and Bonnie Kratzer, RN, Cape Regional Medical Center parish nurse/lifestyle management coordinator, recently recognized local churches for their support of breast cancer education and mammogram screening through a Komen Grant.

Each church was awarded $250 for sponsoring and signing up 10 or more women to have a mammogram. The award is part of an incentive program through the Komen for the Cure grant. The churches honored were Christ Gospel Church, Whitesboro; Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Stone Harbor; First Assembly of God, Cape May; Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Sea Isle City; Notre Dame de la Mer, Wildwood; Eureka Baptist Church, Wildwood; and Seaville Friends Meeting, Seaville.

For more information about the program, call Schultz at 609-463-2599 or Kratzer at 609-463-4043.

Cleanup volunteers needed

Civic groups, scout troops, families, individuals and other volunteers are invited to join in Sea Isle City’s annual Spring Beach Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon April 27 (rain date April 28), hosted by the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission.

Students who volunteer during the Beach Clean-Up can earn community service credits. Volunteers will be asked to document the type of debris collected from beaches and dunes. That data will be given to Clean Ocean Action to be compiled to help identify potential pollution issues. Volunteers will be invited to attend a buffet luncheon at Mike’s Seafood Market and Dockside Restaurant immediately afterward. Volunteers can register on the cleanup morning at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, where Environmental Commission members will distribute supplies and luncheon tickets.

Call 609-263-2081 or see

Aviation museum’s ‘Runway 5K’ cleared for takeoff

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport will host the Runway 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at 9 a.m. June 8

The airport will temporarily close to air traffic so runners and walkers can compete on the runways. Early registration is recommended. All participants 18 and older registered before June 1 will be entered to win a free ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady WWII bomber, which will be at the museum June 10-12. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the entrance to the Aviation Museum. Proceeds of the rain or shine event benefit Hangar No. 1 restoration efforts.

See or, call Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 or email

Cape Island seeks designation as Community Wildlife Habitat

New Jersey Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation are seeking community support to certify Cape Island as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

For the purposes of this effort, Cape Island is defined as the entire land mass south of the Cape May Canal, encompassing all habitats including preserved farmlands, parks, private for-profit businesses, condominium associations and individual back yards. A community-wide habitat conservation project is already occurring, and to unify it, NJA proposes to register Cape Island in the program.

To certify your yard, business property, school or church, go to, and look on the right for creating a habitat and getting the certification.

The Cape Island Certification Project is lef locally by the Nature Center of Cape May. Email Evelyn Lovitz at to assist, or for questions.

Breast cancer awareness walk set

Cape May County invites the public to participate in the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk from 10 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

The state has designated May 20 as Breast Cancer Survivor Day. By increasing the public’s awareness about the risk factors and the need for research and a cure, Breast Cancer Survivor Day will become a significant anniversary for many.

On May 4, registration starts at 10 a.m. followed by a warmup session. The walk will proceed around the park area at your own pace. The first 75 registered walkers will be given a free pink T-shirt for participating. All walkers with be provided a map of the route and educational signage will be posted along the trail.

For more information about this event, call 609-465-1047.

County offers review of medications for seniors

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor announced that the Department of Aging will offer a free medications review for seniors 60 and older at county senior centers in May.

Bring medications for a free review by a pharmacist from 10 a.m. until noon on either May 16 at the Ocean City Senior Center, or May 17 at the North Wildwood Senior Center.

This review is a safety check and can be helpful for a person who has a chronic health condition, is being treated by more than one physician or is taking over the counter medications.

If you would like to reserve a meal for the day of the event or need additional information, call the Ocean City Senior Center at 609-399-0055 or the North Wildwood Senior Center at 609-729-2090.

Custody, guardianship talk for grandparents

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences Department will host Cape May County Surrogate, M. Susan Sheppard, Esq., who will speak about wills, guardianship and custody for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Building at 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

The program will focus on the legal requirements for guardianship and custody and creating and revising wills. Childcare will be provided for the grandchildren. A light supper for the grandparents and grandchildren begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6 p.m.

There is no charge for this program, but advanced registration is required. Please call Marian at 609-465-5115, ext. 609 by April 19 to register, or for more information.

Cape Assist offers senior health series

Cape Assist will host a “Taking Control of Your Health” six-week seminar series for seniors at the Woodbine Community Center, 812 Longfellow Ave. in Woodbine. This seminar series has been rescheduled from the previously posted dates.

The six classes are designed to teach those with a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain and or anxiety as well as other health conditions and their caretakers: how to manage your symptoms; how to get started eating healthy and exercising; how to communicate effectively with your doctor; how to manage fear, anger and frustration; how to make daily tasks easier.

The program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, and May 24.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call Temerity Berry at 609-522-5960 or email her at

All participants will receive a free guidebook to “Living a Healthy Lifestyle with a Chronic Condition.”

Theater company plans student workshop

Applications are available for the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company’s Summer Student Workshop. This year, it’s “An Evening of Fables,” presented in storytelling fashion with a minimum of props and costumes. Like last year’s workshop, the focus is on the storytellers themselves, working as a tight ensemble, and the imagination. Fables and stories will be from a variety of sources including “1,001 Arabian Nights,” the Brothers Grimm, and Aesop.

This year, twelve students ages 11 to 16, will have the opportunity to work with ELTC’s professional staff, including Sally Bingham, who is heading up this year’s workshop.

Technical Director Lee O’Connor and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth will be around to help ELTC’s Student Workshop.

The workshop dates are June 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. July 2, students will perform in front of an audience, open to the public and admission free.

The location for the workshop and the performance is The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. (corner of Decatur and Hughes) in Cape May, where the company is in residence, and the fee is $200. To receive an application form, visit or call the office at 609-884-5898 to receive one via snail mail. For questions, contact Gayle Stahlhuth at or call the office.

Historical Museum hosts model building workshop

Join the Ocean City Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 as members delve into the world of models. Models of all sorts will be on display and guests will be able to ask questions and learn from veteran model builders.

Held at the Ocean City Community Center’s Senior Center, this event is for children 8 and older. Admission is $10 and all children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment required in advance. Lunch will be served, so allergies should be made known at registration. Each child will be given a model kit depending on age and skill level, with an opportunity to work on it throughout the event and take it home.

For more information, call 609-399-1801.

American Legion to honor forgotten heroes

American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City will host a ceremony honoring the memory of four deceased Cape May County veterans whose remains have gone unclaimed until now. Post 524 and public officials will assemble at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Street and Wesley Avenue, at 11 a.m. April 25 to pay tribute.

Following the ceremony, the veterans’ remains will be escorted from Ocean City to the Cape May County Veterans Memorial Cemetery for burial. The public is invited to join Post 524 and their fellow veterans service organizations in offering their respects to these formerly forgotten heroes.

4-H offers summer teen institute

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County and NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May are accepting applications for the 2013 Rutgers 4-H Summer Teen Leadership Institute at the Nature Center of Cape May’s environmental education campus on Cape May Harbor.

The eight-week program, from June 24 through Aug. 16, provides youths in grades seven to 12 with a leadership and learning experience through service, teaching and social activities. It coincides with summer children’s program day camps at the Nature Center of Cape May. Professional NJ Audubon teacher naturalists provide teens with mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and successful work habits. Rutgers 4-H educators lead teens in youth-driven community service projects and leadership skills development activities.

Participants job-shadow nature center teacher-naturalists for eight to 10 hours weekly and attend a mandatory weekly training session every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Coordinators try to accommodate teens’ outside work schedules. A mandatory orientation session will take place June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May. Contact the 4-H Youth Development Program to learn more, at 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or see

The application deadline is May 15. Participation is limited to 20 students, and tuition is $250 for eight weeks of hands-on experience and mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and work habits.

Motorcycle rally in Wildwood

The eighth annual Wildwood Spring Motorcycle Rally will take place April 20-21.

This two-day rally on Oak and Atlantic avenues in Wildwood will feature vendors in two lots on Oak Avenue selling their wares daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 609-729-8870 or see

Volunteers to be honored

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Efforts) volunteers Dottie Cianci, Karin Gleason, Maria Marinelli and Kathy Sykes at its Annual Salute to Working Women at noon May 1 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

While hundreds of volunteers made Ocean City’s recovery efforts possible after Hurricane Sandy, these four women were essential in the process and took leadership roles. The luncheon will honor all working women at home or in the workforce. The luncheon is open to the public and is $25 per person.

For information and reservations, contact the chamber office at 609-399-1412 or

Casino Night fundraiser for Wildwood Catholic

The Wildwood Catholic High School PTA will host its third annual Casino Night on April 19.

The event will take place at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May. Admission is $50 per person in advance or $60 per person at the door and includes $25 in chips, food, and entertainment.

Cocktails and appetizers are at 6 p.m., casino games open at 7 p.m. and the event features a “taste of the town” with food presented by 11 restaurants and musical entertainment by Brandon Tomasello “The Kid,” singing Frank Sinatra favorites. There will be dozens of prizes valued over $100, plus a live auction featuring a one-week stay in Turks and Caicos, a one-week stay in St. Maarten at the Royal Islander Club, Fleetwood Mac concert tickets, Justin Bieber concert suite level tickets, Phillies Experience with box seats and a behind the scenes VIP tour, Flyers tickets including a ride on the Zamboni and behind the scenes tour, Exclusive Club box seats for the Jersey Devils with center ice views and an autographed hockey stick, 76ers tickets, Philadelphia Union field level seats, Yankees-Red Sox tickets and Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays tickets with access to the Audi Club, and “Player for a Day” with the Camden River Sharks, including a suite for 25 friends.

The WCHS PTA raises money each year to support the school’s academics, athletics and facilities. For Casino Night Tickets, see or, or call Valarie Sorensen at 609-408-4295.

Captain Mey Day announced

The merchants of the Washington Street Mall have declared April 20 as Captain Mey Day. Between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m., the Mall will host a variety of activities in celebration. There will be authentic Dutch Klompen dancing, Captain Mey will appear as well as the King and Queen of Cape May.

There will also be an apple pie baking contest, limited to 12 amateur participants. Any variety of apple pie is eligible. Each contestant will bake two identical pies, one for judging and one for a silent auction benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Judges will be local food industry professionals, who will evaluate entries on taste and appearance. The silent auction will take place concurrently with the judging with a sign-up sheet for bids.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places by the judges and bragging rights will be determined by the high selling pie. For more information on the contest email Alison Bjork at For more information on Captain Mey Day, see

Reassurance calls offered

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

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).

Law fair planned

The Cape May County Bar Association will host its fifth annual Law Fair in conjunction with the Cape May County Superior Court from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Cape May County Courthouse in Cape May Court House.

There will be a variety of attorneys, county agency representatives and court division representatives and a fair in the back lobby of the Cape May County Courthouse. This event provides free education to the public on the law and legal system and is supported by funds from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The Cape May County Bar Association will also hold a special award ceremony and reception at 9 a.m. for the Cape May County High School Mock Trial champions, Middle Township High School.

For more information, or if you are interested in having a table in the fair, contact Michele Devine-Hartnett, executive director, at 609-463-0313 or

Boating safety classes offered

One-day classes on boating safety will take place May 4, June 1 and July 6 at Price Hall, Academy and Seashore roads, Cold Spring.

Students will receive a New Jersey Safe Boating Certificate, which is required by law for anyone 16 or older to operate a personal watercraft or vessel 12 feet or larger. Instructors are qualified personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 86. The cost is $45. For reservations, schedules and more information, call 609-889-2236.

Stone Harbor Police start safe driving initiative

The Stone Harbor Police Department will participate through the summer in an initiative to reduce the number of drivers who operate a vehicle while talking on their cell phones, called “Turn the Phone Off.”

Turn the Phone Off is organized by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance to educate drivers on the perils of distracted driving, using increased enforcement and storytelling. As a participant, Stone Harbor police will issue special cell phone warnings with directions to go online, watch a video and answer questions to avoid a ticket. The video, created by AT&T, features police officers, offenders, family members and friends recounting tearful stories about the consequences of texting and driving.

Talking and texting on a handheld cell phone while driving are common distractions for motorists, authorities say. New Jersey law bans the use of a handheld cell phone while driving; violators can face a substantial fine. Other common distractions include eating and drinking, and tending to children or pets. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration says about 25 percent of all police-reported traffic accidents are due to driver distractions.

‘Slow food’ dinner returns April 18

For the third year, the Cape May Forum invites Cape May residents and spring visitors to a very special seasonal dinner.

Come out and dine “green” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 as Cape May Forum partners with Congress Hall and Slow Food South Jersey Shore to host “Forum on the Green: A Farm-to-Table Dinner at Congress Hall."

Congress Hall's Farm-to-Table expert, executive chef Jeremy Einhorn, will use fresh ingredients from Beach Plum Farm from JAH’s Creation Organic Farms (CSA), and other local sources. Join CMF in the Congress Hall Ballroom at 6 p.m. for a five-course dinner, beginning with appetizers. At 7 p.m., guests will sit down chowder, salads and entrees. A complimentary glass of wine from local vineyards will be offered with dinner, and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $60 per person, with proceeds to benefit Cape May Forum programs and scholarships. A tax deductible donation receipt of $30 will be given for each ticket. See

Nature center holding plant sale, swap

The Nature Center of Cape May is holding its annual Spring Wildlife Plant Sale.

Orders must be received by April 30. Plants can be picked up from the Nature Center on May 11 and 12 at 1600 Delaware Ave.

The Nature Center will conduct its annual Backyard Habitat Plant Swap on April 27. This year’s theme is caterpillar host plants. Admission is one plant and a new or used garden tool. For admission, guests can take one “swap plant” home. Bring additional plants to swap on a 1:1 ratio. Plants may be dropped off April 27, and guests will receive a credit voucher to use April 28. See for a list of caterpillar host plants.

Order forms can be obtained at the center. Call 609-898-8848 or see

GED testing set

GED testing for April at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m. April 24-25. Mandatory pre-registration and orientation, which takes about a hour, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 23 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, office 145, Cape May Court House.

Test-takers 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 additional test dates, see

Senior jamboree set in Avalon

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host the annual Senior Jamboree at 10 a.m. May 2 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and the beach, Avalon.

The theme is “Kentucky Derby,” so feel free to wear your favorite fancy hat. Also, wear your dancing shoes, since there will be live entertainment and dancing. A free lunch will be served by staff of the Department of Aging and Cape May County high school students, and awards will be given to the Senior of the Year, female and male, and to the Organization of the Year.

The free event is open to all Cape May County residents age 60 or older. For more information, call 609-886-2784.

Nominations sought for awards

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging and Disability Services are accepting nominations for Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Organization of the Year.

The Senior Citizen of the Year nominee must be a resident of Cape May County, be over the age of 60 and have contributed time to helping others. Organization of the Year nominees must be made up of volunteers who have contributed to the community and can be made up of seniors helping any age group or a younger group helping seniors.

Any church group, municipality or nonprofit organization is encouraged to submit their candidate’s name or the organization’s name, address and a short biography, listing their contributions to the community. The name, address and phone number of the person submitting the nomination must be included. The Department of Aging and Disability Services will present the Senior Citizen of the Year and Organization of the Year awards at the annual Senior Jamboree, which is held in May, in honor of Older Americans Month.

All nominations must be received by April 19. All nominations must be mailed to Department of Aging and Disability Services, Social Services Building, 4005 Route 9, South, Rio Grande, NJ 08242, Attn: Carol Lennox.

For more information, call 609-886-2784.

Youth invited to fishing camp

The Nature Center of Cape May and its parent organization, New Jersey Audubon, invite children over the age of 8 to participate in the second annual Guy Hill Buckelew Memorial youth Fishing Camp to run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Guy Hill Buckelew was an avid angler and sportsman whose desire to see his love of fishing perpetuated to aspiring youthful anglers is realized by this camp. The camp will be supervised by retired teacher and local waterman Norman Smith. Camp leaders will instruct students in all phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions and even catch cleaning and preparation. Additional afternoon hours will be scheduled to accommodate a boat trip from 1 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), a visit to this year’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tuna and marlin tournament to watch weigh-ins and tour the Big Tent.

The cost for this weeklong experience covers professional instruction, equipment, bait, T-shirts and other apparel, as well as charter boat fees. The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Scholarships are available based on need and for many U.S. Coast Guard dependent children, but camp size is limited. Inquiries should be made in person at the center or call 609-898-8848 for registration information.

Hospital program recertified

Cape Regional Medical Center has announced the recertification of its Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The goal of the cardiopulmonary team is to achieve and maintain the individual’s maximum level of independence and functioning in the community by reducing the effects of cardiac illness and pulmonary disease. Cape Regional Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program received its initial certification in 2000 and recertifies every three years with the AACVPR.

Questions and inquiries are welcome; call 609-463-2348.

College offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of workshops this spring for those interested in enhancing their skills.

Sanitation Training will teach participants to recognize the responsibilities involving the prevention of food-borne illnesses. The ServSafe Food Safety Training Program will also help foodservice workers understand proper storage, food preparation, cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safe food handling, two sections, beginning April 19 and 30.

TIPs Certification trains participants to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. This workshop is ideal for those who deal with alcohol in a licensed establishment, three sections, beginning April 27, May 4 and May 7.

Workshops take place 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, call 609-343-4829, or see

Scholarships available

Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary offers scholarships to high school seniors contemplating study in the health care field. The scholarship amounts will be determined by strong academic ability, involvement in school and civic activities, financial need, acceptance into an accredited college or university in the United States, and a panel interview. All awards will be paid directly to the university or college of choice after the first term studies are completed and checked.

Applications are available to any high school senior in Cape May County. Download the application at by clicking on the Volunteer tab on the home page and then the Auxiliary link. It is vital that interested students complete all three and return to the Scholarship Chairperson, Mary Ann Mosso, 1363 Virginia Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204. The deadline for receipt of all applications is April 24.

For more information call 609-463-2519.

Gently used books needed

The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library seek donations of gently used books. The group will not accept magazines, textbooks, or books damaged by water or storms. Drop off books at the Circulation Desk of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

Scholarships available

The Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants’ Association is offering educational scholarships to students who live within the geographic boundaries of the association and meet certain eligibility requirements.

Since 1998, the association has awarded about $100,000 to students from the greater Tuckahoe area. Applications will be accepted from high school seniors for the James and Martha Owens, Alex and Virginia May scholarships,and the Doris C. Stowell Scholarship program is in its fifth year.

One high school senior who meets special criteria established by Stowell will be selected as a recipient for the $5,000 Doris C. Stowell Scholarship. The number of scholarships for the James and Martha Owens Scholarship will be determined by the number of applicants, and the dollar amount will be set later, but will be at least $500. The Alex and Virginia May Scholarship is $1,000 and is for a high school senior who will attend a community college. The Owens and May scholarships for the high school seniors will be awarded after a student successfully completes the first college semester and provides the scholarship committee a copy of the transcript. The Stowell scholarship for a high school senior will be awarded after a student successfully completes the first year of college and provides the scholarship committee a copy of the transcript.

All applicants must be residents or dependents of residents, or dependents of business owners who operate within the GTAMA scholarship geographical boundaries, which are: to the north, the city limits of Corbin City; to the south, Cedar Swamp Creek; to the east, the intersection of Cedar Swamp Creek and Tuckahoe River if extended; to the west, the Dennis Township-Woodbine border.

Applications are available at local high schools, the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchant’s Association website or Sun National Bank in Tuckahoe. Completed forms must be in the high school guidance office by May 1. College applications must be at the Tuckahoe Committee by June. 1.

Educational seminar offered

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host an educational seminar with the New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol in April. Charles Clarkson, project director for the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey, will provide information on how seniors can protect themselves from Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.

The lectures will take place at 10:30 a.m. April 22, North Wildwood Senior Center, 10th and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Call 609-522-7611.

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 take place from 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

Volunteers sought for 4-H

Cape May County 4-H is looking for volunteers. Volunteer orientations are set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 16 and 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

4-H is looking for club leaders for gardening, photography, science, engineering and technology and herpetology programs. Corporate and Leadership volunteers are being sought for the Cape May County 4-H Foundation as well as volunteers for the annual 4-H fair. Interested volunteers complete an application, attend training and meet with 4-H staff prior to their appointment. Volunteers serving as 4-H Club leaders are provided curriculum, resources and support for the clubs and programs they develop and implement.

4-H volunteer opportunities are varied to suit your interests and the time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or email to get more information about the scheduled orientations, current volunteer opportunities and to preregister.

Rutgers representative to visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free vacations offered

The Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City Board of Realtors have once again joined forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” by awarding 11 families a weeklong family vacation in Ocean City.

Each winner will receive a seven-night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps as many as eight people. Pictures, addresses and descriptions of each unit are available on the contest entry page. Contest entry is through the Chamber’s website at Entrants may enter one time for each of the 11 weeks per email address.

Winners will be randomly selected and notified about three weeks before their vacation. Winners will be selected beginning June 3 and each week following until Aug.12.

Youth arts program under way

The Center for Community Arts children’s art education programs have begun for the winter/spring term.

Paige Cunningham, a West Cape May resident, is teaching the theme “Animals in Art” for the Art at the Library Program. This yearlong art class for children ages 6 to 9 takes place 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.

Call 609-884-7525 or see

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, from 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 and Employment Relations, Liberal Studies, Nursing (RN to BSN), Political Science, Psychology and Public Health.

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 or contact Elizabeth Moore at 609-837-2910 or

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.

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 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 the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email

Bridges conference planned

The Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) will present 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 and click the register today link.

PAC, youth orchestra partner with Pops

The Middle Township Performing Arts Center has announced that the Atlantic Youth Orchestra will join forces with the Jersey Shore Pops for the 2013 season. This will be a continuation of a partnership started last year with the Pops orchestra hiring six of Atlantic Youth Orchestra’s outstanding members. The goal 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

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 more 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.

Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include 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.

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 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 or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30.

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