Churches offer storm aid

Brendon Wilson, the new lead pastor of New Covenant Community Church in Somers Point, has received phone calls from several U.S. churches offering assistance after Sandy.

Gateway Church in South Lake, Texas, has offered to foot the bill for Chance Craven of DRADT ( to come to the area, assess and call for trained volunteers to come help rebuild the lives of those affected by the storm. Along with DRADT is Andrew Bashor of Hopeforce International and Chris Zitzmann of Crisis Response International and their teams. They can help residents clear out flooded homes, gut Sheetrock, remove small and medium trees with chainsaws, and provide chaplaincy services to those in need.

New Covenant created a webpage,, where donors from all over the country can support these efforts, and Wilson is using this page to challenge his network of pastors and church leaders with the “1 Percent Challenge,” where they donate 1 percent of their Sunday tithe or collect a special offering to donate.

Homeowners in need of debris removal, drywall removal, gutting of a home or furniture removal can call New Covenant Community Church at 609-601-1299 and apply for services. The relief organizations are taking them case by case until a full team of volunteers arrives.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

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

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

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

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

Nature center offers holiday workshops

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May will hold the Holiday Artists Marketplace through the end of December at the Nature Center’s Harbor Gallery. All artwork is both original and priced under $50 and features the work of local photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and mosaic artists.

Upcycle Craft Workshops for Home and Garden will be held at the Center Tuesday evenings beginning 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and through Dec. 4. Center Director, and obsessed repurposer, Gretchen Whitman will show ways to give new life and purpose to waste material and useless products by transforming them into top-quality home goods and garden art. Project lists and supplies will be provided at the first class. Cost per workshop is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Holiday wreath and garland workshops and a Girls Night Out have been scheduled through November and December. Use fresh evergreens of Douglas fir, spruce, pine, cedar and other natural materials to create handcrafted wreaths and garlands for family and friends. Registration is a must because space and materials are limited. Cost per workshop is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

The holiday wreath workshop schedule is 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 29; 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Girls Night Out will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

A holiday campfire will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost per person is $5. Bird Seed Sale Days will be Dec. 1 and 2. For more information call the center at 609-898-8848. The center is located at 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Events set in Wildwood

Wildwood continues to hold special events throughout the fall. The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will hold a night of fun, food and casino-style games Nov. 10 for its annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Bolero Hotel Resort and Conference Center, 3320 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood. Admission is $25 and includes food and $50 worth of playing chips. Blackjack, craps and roulette will be some of the featured casino games. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tables open at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward scholarships for local students.

The Wildwoods also will play host to Christmas cheer and celebrations. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will have a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec.7 followed by the Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at 15th and Central avenues in North Wildwood, continuing south on Pacific Avenue thorough Wildwood and Wildwood Crest ending at the Wildwood Convention Center with an awards ceremony.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 in Convention Center, where families can enjoy the holiday season with holiday-themed crafts, classic holiday movies and entertainment in the main lobby. Admission is free,

The South Jersey Wrestling Association presents a youth wrestling tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Dec. 15 will feature an open high school varsity wrestling tournament, and Dec. 16 will feature the Wreckers Duals Tournament for recreational wrestling and wrestling clubs (K-8). Tickets are available at the door.

To end the 2012 season, the Wildwoods Convention Center hosts the 14th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic, Dec. 26 to 31. Tickets are available at the door.

Quiet Festival set

Two Quiet Contests will be featured at Ocean City’s annual Quiet Festival this year.

The Snore at the Shore will challenge one’s ability to fall asleep and snore. Participants will have the option of lying on a cot or sitting in a comfortable chair. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Senior Center of the Ocean City Community Complex, 17th and Simpson Avenue. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded.

The White Mice, Hamster and Guinea Pig Challenge will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Senior Center. These pets will be judged for their lack of energy, unusual sleeping positions and disinterest in their surroundings. There will also be prizes for costumes and decorated cages and layouts.

An exercise wheel will be provided for any mouse or hamster that feels the need to abandon its instincts and work out.

Turtles and reptiles are welcome. There will be a special visit by the Turtle Singers. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded. Call 609-525-9300, email

College receives awards

Atlantic Cape Community College received five Medallion awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at the group’s annual District 1 Conference recently in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The college’s new mobile-friendly website received a gold award in the website category. Silver awards went to: Communication Success Story for media coverage received for the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala; One-Time Special Event, Publicity on the Academy of Culinary Arts 30th anniversary; and Fundraising/Annual Campaign, communication materials for the Create Opportunity Major Gifts Campaign. A photo taken at Atlantic Cape’s 2012 graduation captured a bronze award in the Original Photography category.

Food drive set

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is holding a Holiday Turkey and Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at locations including the ShopRite store in Marmora. Items requested include frozen turkeys (frozen only, no fresh), canned soups, stews, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and other nonperishable foods. Items only in cans, no glass jars or bottles. For more information, call Colette Kraus, food sourcing coordinator at 609-383-8843, ext 116.

Holiday craft shows set in O.C.

Ocean City will host two craft festivals featuring skilled artisans displaying and selling handmade products to raise money for local charities in November.

The festivals are produced by JoAnne and Norman Schaut, of Ocean City. The first event is the Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 to 11 at the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The second show, the Holiday Celebration of Fine Crafts, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 to 18 at the Music Pier will feature a completely different roster of Artisans and products. An admission donation of $3 plus all booth rentals goes directly to local charities. In addition to the Food Cupboard, Rescue Mission and Gilda’s Club, proceeds have supported The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

For more information, call the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild, 800-822-4112 or 609-399-9998.

Trail ride and potluck planned

Cape May County’s 4-H Horse Program celebrates 10 years of fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital with an afternoon trail ride, potluck dinner and 10th anniversary festivities at 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

The ride will leave from the Crooked Horn Gunning Club in Belleplain. Interested sponsors can donate online at Click on “Find an Event,” select New Jersey, then choose “4-H Youth Program.” The trail ride entry fee is $25 if pre-registered with payment before Nov. 11 and $40 the day of the ride. Riders are encouraged to get additional sponsorships as all proceeds are donated to the children of St. Jude Hospital. St. Jude awards prizes based on how much money riders raise for the hospital. Entry forms and sponsorship sheets are available at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, located at 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House and at, click “Departments,” then “Rutgers Cooperative Extension.” Riders must provide their own horses, and safety helmets are required.

The Crooked Horn Gunning Club is located in Belleplain, off Chestnut Street. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish, dessert or drinks for the potluck.

Music lecture set

Learn about the influences in music after the American Revolution at the November free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

In this third installment of a four-part series examining the effects of history on music during the last two centuries, see how the American experience after the Revolution was captured in music. With composers such as William Billings, William Henry Fry and Louis Moreau Gottschalk, learn about such influences as the Moravians, shape-notes and minstrelsy. The lecture will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 13 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave. The four-part series concludes in December with an exploration of music between the 20th-century wars -from Irving Berlin to the Beatles and beyond.

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

Cookie drive for the troops

Morvay-Miley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 524 in Ocean City is conducting its annual cookie drive for American military personnel.

The drive will take place through Nov. 14. Deliver cookies, homemade or store bought, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday to the Henry Knight Building, 12th Street and Haven Avenue in Ocean City, or noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays to the American Legion Post 524, 3304 Bay Ave. Cookies will be distributed to troops through the USO. The auxiliary is also in need cookie tins and would appreciate any donations of tins made at the same dropoff points. Mark if cookies include peanuts or nut products.

Call Beverly Osborne at 814-1654 with questions.

GED testing set

There will be only one GED Test for November and December at the Cape May County Technical School District. For November it will be from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. A mandatory registration and orientation (which takes about a hour) for the Nov. 14 and 15 testing session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and for the Dec. 5 and 6 testing session, registration and orientation is scheduled for 3:30 p.m .Dec. 4 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House.

Those interested in the GED Test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID along with an original birth certificate or social security card. Sixteen and seventeen year olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.

There will be GED retests on Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Call to register. For more information, call the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646.

College hosts food drive

Atlantic Cape Community College student clubs and college staff are organizing food drives throughout the month at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Members of the community are invited to support the student food drives.

The Cape May County Campus is collecting nonperishable canned food items for a local food pantry through Nov. 16. Collection boxes are located at the main entrance and in the third floor Faculty Support Office.

Jazz festival set

Cape May will be the stage for the inaugural edition of the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, Nov. 9-11.

More than 100 musicians will perform more than 50 shows over the course of the festival, with performances in club venues and on the main stage of the Cape May Convention Hall during this three-day event. Opening the festival at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Nov. 9 will be jazz bassist Christian McBride and his quintet, Inside Straight. Headlining the festival on the main stage will be the Sun Goddess Tour starring Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

See or call 609-849-9202 or 888-943-1864.

Donations needed for angel tree

The Rio Grande branch of the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is collecting gifts for the Starfish Angel Tree to benefit the Hamer’s School of Karate Christmas Party for disadvantaged children to take place Dec. 8.

Every year, 100 children between the ages of 4 and 10 from the community are invited to attend. Stop by the credit union at 3317 Route 9 S in Rio Grande and select a starfish tag from the tree in the lobby. Wrapped gifts should be returned to the credit union’s lobby and placed under the tree with the tag attached by Nov. 30. For more information about the gift drive, call the credit union at 609-646-3339, ext. 210.

Free flu shots offered

The Cape May County Health Department is offering free flu shot clinics in November. Upcoming flu clinic dates include: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10, Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. To keep up to date on all of the county’s flu clinics, see or call the flu hotline at 609-463-6581.

East Lynne hosting gala

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents “The American Songbook,” where all may test their skills with a Music Trivia Contest at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Music will be performed live by Chris Sooy, Lew London, and Grace Wright, and winners receive prizes.

The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At 6 p.m. is dinner, and at 7 p.m. the competition begins. The MCs for the evening are Mark Lang and Scott Eck. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and the recipient of the Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund in the Name of Bob and Toni Green will be announced. Cost is $55.

The Theater Company is selling 50/50 Raffle tickets for $40 each, with the opportunity to win $3,600, $1,800, or $600, and purchasers don’t have to be present to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Checks should be made out to East Lynne Theater Company and mailed to ELTC’s office, 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204.

Reservations for the event can be made by calling East Lynne Theater Company at 609-884-5898 or via email at All proceeds go to East Lynne Theater Company to support the production season and educational outreach.

‘Messiah’ singalong set

The 25th annual Community Messiah Singalong will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia and Guerney streets, Cape May.

The choir and soloists will accompanied by an orchestra and will be directed by Nancy Robinson. The public is invited to attend the performance. Refreshments will be served following the program and there is no cost. One rehearsal is scheduled for Nov. 16. The orchestra will meet at 7 p.m. with the chorus joining at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Ruth Fritsch at 609-886-5862 or

Turkey drive under way

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is holding its annual Holiday Turkey Drive to provide families with turkeys and trimmings throughout the holiday season. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, JFS will collect monetary donations to purchase turkeys for members of the community in need.

Ways to help include make a donation of $25 or more to purchase a Butterball turkey or kosher turkey (upon request). This gives an individual or family a turkey certificate that can be used to purchase a holiday turkey, plus the holiday trimmings. You can also make a donation of canned goods. Stuffing, canned corn, cranberry sauce and other side dishes are perfect to complete the holiday meal. JFS also encourages donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, pasta and cereals to use throughout the year. Ocean City Home Bank has food dropoff locations in Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ventnor through mid-November.

To donate, see or call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08234. Jewish Family Service accepts non-perishable food donations all year. If you have a question about the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, email Leigh Turner at

Artists wanted for show

Artists are sought for the Ventnor Winter Fine Art and Craft Show, which will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at the Ventnor City Cultural Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

This show is juried and space is limited. For information or an application, call 609-823-7952.

Online courses offered

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

Concentrations cover Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more. Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas.

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

Worship service for those with disabilities

The community is invited to a new, inclusive worship service adapted to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue, in Ocean City, will be the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services, and will hold its first service at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

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

Coat, food drive under way

Be an Angel is collecting much needed nonperishable goods for the South Jersey Food Bank, and coats from infants through adult sizes for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The drive runs through Nov. 30. The following have partnered with Visiting Angels to be drop off locations: Visiting Angels of Atlantic County, 3153 Fire Road, Suite 1-F, Egg Harbor Township, call 609-641-7200; Visiting Angels of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, 110 Roosevelt Boulevard, Marmora, 609-545-8258; Fox Rehab, 331 Tilton Road, Suite 7, Northfield, 609-241-6339; Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road Suite 100, Northfield, 609-641-4675; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-1199; Atlantic Chiropractic Life Center, 3 N. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, 609-487-0800; Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-748-8800.

Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home safely for as long as possible. For more information, call 609-641-7200 in Atlantic County and 609-545-8258 in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Disabilities awareness day set

The annual Community Disabilities Awareness Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and Beach, Avalon. This event is designed as a day of information, food, music and fun not only for people with disabilities but for all who are interested in the agencies and organizations that serve the citizens of Cape May County.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. A Kids Corner is planned with activities to entertain children so their parents can speak with and collect disability-related information from the more than 50 exhibitors.

Cape Regional Medical Center’s Parish Nurse Program will be offering free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and other health information, the Cape May County Health Department will be giving free flu shots, and there will be an opportunity to sign up on the Special Needs Registry for Emergency Evacuation assistance.

Exhibitors will include representatives from local and state service agencies, civic organizations, support groups and commercial vendors specializing in products and services of particular interest to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information, contact Paulann Pierson at the Department of Aging & Disability Services at 609-886-2784.

Food drive under way

The New Jersey Society of CPAs Young CPAs are sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The Young CPAs’ goal is to collect 100 bags of nonperishable items and canned goods.

The drive will conclude Nov. 16. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the following Atlantic and Cape May County locations now through Nov. 16: Friedman LLP, 327 Central Ave., Linwood; Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni and Kelly, 293 South Shore Road, Marmora; Ford-Scott and Associates, 1309 Carleton Boulevard, Mays Landing; Capaldi, Reynolds and Pelosi, 332 Tilton Road, Northfield; Ford-Scott Associates, 1535 Haven Ave., Ocean City.

For more information, call Chandra D. Anaya at 609-646-8441, ext. 1008.

Bus trip fundraiser set

People in Crisis, which helps those in need of medical assistance, will hold a bus trip fundraiser to Resorts Casino Hotel on Nov. 10. The trip will raise money to help two local residents with life-threatening illnesses.

Buses will pick up at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Bellanova Dress Shop, 222 96th Street, Stone Harbor, and return at 6 p.m. There also will be a pickup 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean View Parking Lot. Round-trip fare is $30 and covers all costs. There will be refreshments from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bellanova. During this time, People in Crisis supporters can spin Bellanova’s wheel for special discounts. Some of the gifts include a $250 gift certificate from American Diving Supply for scuba diving classes, a $50 gift certificate from Bellanova, a gift certificate from Denuzio’s in Sea Isle City and a $100 gift certificate from Coastal Design Outlet in Ocean View.

For information and tickets, call 609-334-8718 or email Joan Maddox at

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.

MAC offers programs for schools

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities offers free museum education programs to help area educators enhance students’ learning in and out of the classroom and meet New Jersey Core Curriculum standards.

A new brochure is available detailing MAC’s school programs, which are presented by Museum Educators, experienced interpreters trained to work with students. Programs are adapted to grade level and include field trips, classroom visits and assembly programs. All classroom and assembly programs are free during the 2012-13 school year. Walking tours in Cape May are also free and other field trip prices have been reduced.

New programs include Tales of Olde Cape May, which lets teachers select from more than 20 local stories presented by costumed storytellers. Teachers can select as many of these 5- to-10-minute stories as they like. Visit from Our Vets brings World War II veterans into the classroom to share experiences and insights. Another World War II offering is a visit to the World War II Lookout Tower in Lower Township near Cape May Point. Another new program features Lt. Col. Henry Washington Sawyer, Cape May’s Civil War hero. Five more programs are designed to meet the revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards: The Impact of Industrialization on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Immigration on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Innovations on the Victorian Era, the Victorian Civil War and Technology, and Music of the Civil War Era. The last two can help schools observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All include local references. Holiday programs include Victorian Christmas about the Victorian origins of the Christmas celebration, plus another on Victorian Views of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” For Halloween, there are programs on the History of Halloween, Victorian Spiritualism, Supernatural Victorian Music and Ghosts of Cape May. Brochures detail these and other MAC educational offerings.

Educators can email Robert Heinly, MAC’s education coordinator, at or call 609-884-5404, ext. 134, for more information and to reserve a time for programs.

Pajamas wanted

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

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

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

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

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

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

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

College to offer non-credit training

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

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

For more information about scholarships and training, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email

Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

Local Rotary clubs in South Jersey are offering study abroad scholarships for about eight high school students, ages 15½ to 18½, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2012-13 school year.

Students must apply by Nov. 10. Applicants are screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2013. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation, but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools. Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems. Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Contact Alfia DeKovacs, Rotary District 7640 student exchange chairperson, at 856-694-1884 or, or Jack Kammer, outbound coordinator, at 609-898-9134. See

Arts league hosts monthly shows

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents monthly show and sales throughout the year. The “Meet the Artist” reception takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City.

The show schedule is as follows: November, Anything Goes, reception Nov. 9; December, Petite, reception Dec. 14; January, Judges Show, reception Jan. 11. For more information, call 609-814-0308.

College offers career training courses

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

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

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

For prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

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

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

Sponsors sought for First Night

The First Night Committee in Ocean City is seeking sponsors and advertisements for 2013 First Night and the event program book. Not only will your message reach the local community, but thousands of visitors to the area. First Night is a non-alcoholic celebration held Dec. 31 that has grown over the years and attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the entertainment venues available throughout the afternoon and evening.

To be a sponsor or place an ad, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 16 E. Ninth Street, Ocean City. For more information, call 609-525-9300.

Low cost shingles vaccine available

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

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

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

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

County high school has student openings

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

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

School registering students

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

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

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information call 609-822-1854 or email To register, see

Angelus chorus seeks members

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

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

Stone Harbor police to run for charity

Members of the Stone Harbor Police Department will lace up their sneakers this fall to raise money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to eradicate childhood cancer. They are currently training for the Philadelphia marathon and half-marathon Nov. 18 (see All donations made to support police will be dedicated to the efforts of the foundation.

To donate, go to and click the “donate now” button; mail or drop off a check payable to the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation to the Stone Harbor Police Department, 9508 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247; or text LEMONADE E81424 to 85944 to make a $10 donation.

New volunteer group formed

The Stone Harbor Borough Council has approved the creation of a new volunteer group, Go Green Community. This group will work to create environmental initiatives to keep Stone Harbor a beautiful place to live and visit.

Members include Alan Kaplan, Esq., Patti DiMarco-Sheston, Larry Kratzer, Stone Harbor Public Works Director Gregory Sheeran, Stone Harbor Utilities Inspector Chuck McIlvaine, Island Supervisor Joe Hughes. Stone Harbor Public Information Officer Scott Wahl will serve as adviser, while Council Member Karen Lane will serve as liaison to the Stone Harbor Borough Council. One of the main initiatives will water conservation.

See or call 609-368-7311.

PAC plans ‘Jersey Joys’ series

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced that it will soon initiate a “Jersey Joys” series featuring professional performers and theatrical companies based in New Jersey, a special series as PAC enters its 20th year. Linda Gentille, of Upper Township, will return with her Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra on Nov. 17. On Dec. 9, the New Jersey Ballet will return for its annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Ticket prices vary. Call 609-463-1924.

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.

Stone Harbor residents can sign up for emergency calls

The Stone Harbor Department of Emergency Management encourages all residents and property owners to sign up for Global Connect 911 emergency telephone calls issued by the borough in advance of major storms or during other emergencies. The calls are available for free to all property owners in the borough.

All property owners who have their landline with Verizon automatically have their phone numbers entered into Stone Harbor’s Global Connect 911 system. Residents who have landline telephone service from Comcast, Vonage or other providers must sign up for the system. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to sign up their cell phone numbers into the Global Connect system as well.

The Borough has made it easier for properties to sign up for the Global Connect emergency telephone calls. Visit and look for the logo on the front page of the website. Click on the logo and fill out the information and you are automatically entered into the system. It takes less than one minute to sign up.

If you have any questions about Stone Harbor’s Global Connect emergency telephone system, please call Borough Hall at 609-368-5102.

College offers training programs

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

All professional development courses and computer workshops can be customized to a business or organization’s specifications. Some customized training courses include: computer skills, communication, supervisory/management development and human resource applications. For information regarding on-site services or to request a free consultation, call Jean McAlister at 609-343-5688 or email

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

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

Head Start seeks preschoolers

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

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

Scholarship available

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

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

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or

Book clubs offered

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

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

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

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

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

Cape May Stage 2012 season under way

Cape May Stage’s Artistic Director Roy Steinberg recently announced plans for the Equity theater’s 2012 season, along with money-saving changes to subscription packages. The season features:

‘Poe, Times Two’ by Greg Oliver Bodine, to Nov. 16.

‘A Tuna Christmas’ by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Nov. 23-Dec. 30.

Cape May Stage continues to offer the “Opening Night Series” package, which includes admission to seven shows with reserved seating for $255, or a three-show option for the seasonal resident for $127.50. For those needing flexibility with dates and times, the Flex Pass Series now includes seven-show and three-show passes specially priced from $81 to $196 for adults and seniors (ages 62 and older) at 20 percent off regular box office prices. The Preview Night Series package again offers reserved seating and admission to six preview night performances for $105 (adults), $90 (seniors), and $45 (students).

To buy a subscription, call 609-884-1341, see or purchase directly at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30 and some restrictions may apply.

Young Cape Singers seek new voices

Young Cape Singers, for kids who love to sing, has scheduled auditions for new singers for the 2011-12 season. Young Cape Singers is open to boys in grades four through eight and girls in grades four through 12.

Founded in 1997 and under the direction of Julia Henrich, the Young Cape Singers is made up of talented young musicians from throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties. The group meets weekly in Ocean City, September to June. They perform locally and regionally throughout the school year and cap off the season with an annual summer tour to a more distant city.

Young Cape Singers is designed for youngsters who want to expand their musical horizons into more advanced accomplishment. The group offers both singing choirs and a handbell choir. For more information or to schedule an audition, call Julia Northrup-Henrich at 609-385-6715.

Reassurance calls offered

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

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

Volunteers wanted for Medical Reserve Corps

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

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

Counseling offered in Wildwood

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

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