Invasive plants workshop rescheduled
The West Cape May Environmental Commission will host an informative, free afternoon featuring local naturalist and author Pat Sutton.
"Battling Invasive Plants in our Gardens, Yards and Communities" will be offered free to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 at West Cape May Boro Hall, 732 Broadway, West Cape May. Refreshments will be provided before the program.
Many people are surprised to learn that plants they had assumed were native are in fact non-native, problem plants. The program will address key invasive plants and how to identify them, offer suggestions on how to control or remove them if they find their way into your garden, and showcase native alternatives. Call 609-884-1005 for more information.
Aviation museum opens registration for camps
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and the Federal Aviation Administration again will partner to host an Aviation Career Education Summer Academy.
The full day ACE camp will run one week only, July 7-11, for students ages 12-17. The museum also has announced open registration for the Explorers Summer Academy. Explorers is a half day camp tailored to younger students, ages 9-11, and will run one week only, July 14-18. Registration is now open to all students. Due to the popularity of the camps and holdovers from last year's waiting list, both camps are already half full. Enrollment is limited.
The "ACE" Academy is designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about careers within the aviation industry while having fun. The camp will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include a tour of an active air traffic control tower and U.S. Coast Guard base, tour and demonstration by the Federal Air Marshal Training Center and FAA Technical Center labs. The Explorers Academy helps students to explore the question "What do I want to be when I grow up?" The camp is scheduled for half days, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Highlights include Cape May Ferry operations, demonstration by U.S. Coast Guard, water rocketry and more.
Both camps stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and math "STEM" skills. Scholarships, financial aid packages and registration infomation are available at usnasw.org.
For more information, contact Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCA offers 'Art at the Library'
The Center for Community Arts is offering the free weekly program "Art at the Library" for children ages 6-10.
The program brings literacy and art together in a fun and creative way. Children attending read a book and then do an art project based on the ideas or illustrations in the book. They have fun while learning new techniques and trying different media. Projects vary by week and include painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. The program is taught by Paige Cunningham, of West Cape May, and Janet McShain, of Dennisville. Libraries hosting the program include:
Cape May City, 110 Ocean St., Cape May, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Lower Township, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wildwood Crest, 6301 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest, Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Sea Isle City, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City, Mondays 4-5 p.m.
Woodbine, 800 Monroe Ave., Woodbine, - Mondays 2:45-3:45 p.m.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Lower Cape Alliance, Sturdy Bank and the support of the community. For more information, call 609 884-7525.
Legal aid clinic set for Hurricane Sandy victims
On March 28, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice will hold a free legal aid clinic in Atlantic City for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Hurricane Sandy.
The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Andrew by the Sea Lutheran Church, 936 Baltic Ave., Atlantic City. A part of VLJ's Disaster Legal Response Program, this clinic is made possible through VLJ's collaboration with Duane Morris LLP. Anyone interested in attending the March 28 clinic can call 855-301-2525 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
At these free legal clinics, VLJ's volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing or landlord-tenant issues, contractor disputes, and FEMA appeals. All Sandy victims with legal issues in New Jersey stemming from the storm, regardless of their income and assets, are eligible to meet with a volunteer attorney at the legal clinics for advice or brief service. Clients needing extended representation are screened for financial eligibility, and VLJ will attempt to locate a volunteer attorney for those who qualify.
Intake staff is available to answer calls on the statewide, toll-free phone number on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will screen cases for potential placement with volunteer lawyers. Callers may also leave a message on the hotline after hours and receive a prompt call-back from a VLJ volunteer or staff member to address their issues.
Free photography walk at refuge
Are you an aspiring nature photographer? Or do you want to become one? Then bring your camera for a leisurely walk at 10 a.m. March 22, starting at the headquarters of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Court House.
Sponsored by Friends of Cape May NWR, the walk will explore the woods, fields and vernal ponds of the nearby Songbird Trail (one mile) for early signs of spring, which may include resident songbirds, amphibians, and flowering plants. Also, if there is time, we will take a walk down to Kimbles Beach to check for early season migrants. Leaders for this walk will be Joe Alvarez and Chris Borkowski.
This program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. These trails are well-maintained and easy to walk but may be wet in spots. Dress for the weather; heavy rain or snow will cancel the event. For more information or directions, call 609-513-9349.
Community Health Law Project seeks Sandy-affected residents
Due to the ongoing issues that victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience, Community Health Law Project has received a contract from the state Department of Human Services to work with residents affected by the storm who were or are living in Atlantic, Cape May, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Essex and Union counties.
With this funding, the Community Health Law Project is able to provide legal assistance, as well as case management.
In an effort to reach residents currently in Cape May and Atlantic counties, a CHLP attorney and advocate will be able to meet with residents in its office or at a location close to their home. Call the Community Health Law Project at 856-858-9500.
Atlantic Cape offers 'Club 50 Plus' workshops
Atlantic Cape Community College's "Club 50 Plus" offers workshops to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners this spring.
The 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. Classes include:
March 21 and May 2: Fraud Recognition for Seniors
March 25: Grapes and the Ground They Grow In, runs for five Tuesdays
April 25 and May 2: Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors
May 9: Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs
May 16: Organize Your Photos and Videos in the Cloud
June 7: Publish Your Book, Guaranteed
Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future club workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code CEGN001-MW01. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.
Casino Career Institute offers training
Atlantic Cape Community College's Casino Career Institute is offering quick-start courses in Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat.
The four-week courses teach fundamentals and emphasize game knowledge, chip value and card handling. New sections begin weekly. For a complete list of classes and to register, see atlantic.edu/cci or call 609-343-5655.
Atlantic Cape seeks distinguished alumni nominations
The Alumni Association Advisory Committee of Atlantic Cape Community College is seeking nominations for Atlantic Cape Community College President's Distinguished Alumni Award.
The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include: Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, practicing psychologist; Katherine M. Morris, Esq., partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law; Michael R. Rann, Esq., Michael R. Rann Law Offices, LLC; and Janice DeCicco Fipp, Ed.D., superintendent, Northfield School District. The award winner will be announced and recognized at Atlantic Cape's graduation May 22.
The deadline for nominations is March 21. To nominate someone, go to atlantic.edu/alumni. Nominations after the deadline will be considered with next year's nominees.
NASW to feature B-17 rides
The Yankee Air Museum in Detroit confirmed that the B-17 Yankee Lady will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum on June 9, 10 and 11. The museum partnership will honor World War II veterans by offering free Flight Experience, or FLEX, rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady when a paid rider accompanies them.
A ride is a 45-minute experience with about 30 minutes of air time and will be offered at the Cape May Airport June 9, 10 and 11. To order a FLEX ride or to obtain a gift certificate, call Dave Wright at 734-483-4030, ext. 236. Donations are tax deductible. Be sure to mention the Cape May Airport dates.
Visit YouTube and view "Where Heroes Have Flown" for a 90 second glimpse of a B-17 Flight Experience.
Outreach center offers classes
The Neighborhood Outreach Center, 308 Clay St. in Woodbine - located at the St. Joseph building of St. Casimir's Church - continues to offer High School Equivalency and English languages classes.
Classes take place 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, and individual tutoring is available at other times. Call 609-374-5670 for free tutoring.
Dennis Twp. registering kindergartners
If your child or a child you know is turning 5 and was born prior to October 1, 2009, it's time to register for Dennis Township kindergarten.
The school district will hold its annual kindergarten registration on May 7 and 8. If you know a child in Dennis Township who meets these requirements, you are asked to pass this information to their parent or guardian, or have them call the school at 609-861-2821, ext 501.
It is important to send this information to the school promptly, so the school can send an official registration packet. Registration is done by appointment only.
Great Backyard Bird Count set
The Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by Cornell University and Audubon, is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It's free, fun, and easy - and it helps the birds.
This year, the Friends of Cape May NWR will hold counts at three separate locations on the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, representing the three sections of the Refuge: 1) Tyler Road/Cedar Swamp Trail in Upper Township, 2) Kimbles Beach Road/Songbird Trail in Middle Township, or 3) Two-Mile Beach Dune and Marsh Trail in Lower Township. For directions to these locations, visit our website at www.friendsofcapemayrefuge.org. You can choose whichever location you wish! All necessary information and forms will be provided when you arrive. Leaders and expert birders will be on hand to help with identification.
Meet at your chosen location at 10 a.m. The walks last about one hour, depending on weather and turnout. Some easy walking will be involved, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Dress for the weather, but heavy rain or snow will cancel the event. Kids are welcome. Free loaner binoculars and field guides (bird books) will be provided.
For more information, call 609-513-9349.
Literacy Volunteers to train tutors
Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Classes in Cape May County will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 23 at the Cape Technical School in Cape May Court House. Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic's tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.
For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers' website, lvacapeatlantic.org or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.
Fashion show, brunch planned
Soroptimist International of Cape May County will hold its annual fashion show, Wine, Fashion and Brunch, from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at Willow Creek Winery, 160-168 Stevens St. in West Cape May.
At 11:25 a.m., there will be an educational vineyard walking tour. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for fashion show registration. Fashions will be provided by Talk of the Walk, of Stone Harbor and Atlantic City, and brunch will be by Southern Mansion.
The cost is $35 per person. For tickets, call Mary Rose and 609-898-9330. The last day to purchase tickets is April 15.
Child find under way by Dennis Twp. schools
The Dennis Township School District is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved and underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.
A child may be eligible for services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is one who either "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment." Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all eligible students with disabilities. If the Section 504 Committee determines that a child has a disability under Section 504, it must develop and implement a Section 504 plan for the delivery of needed services.
If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district's Child Study Team. Information also may 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 of charge through the Dennis Township School District's Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.
Play group at Seaville UMC
Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road (Route 9), is hosting a Mommy and Me weekly play group at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Children can play in a safe environment with others while caregivers enjoy adult interaction. The nursery is located downstairs in the fellowship hall with toys for all ages.
Call 609-624-9019 or email email@example.com.
Animal Alliance seeks members
The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray the costs associated with running its clinic.
With the help of donors and volunteers, more than 15,000 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in 2005, and more than 26,800 volunteer hours have been logged at the clinic. Annual dues for individual alliance members are $10. Animal Alliance CMC is a 501(c)3 charitable all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. All donations go to defray costs associated with operating the clinic.
To join or donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, PO Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-465-6388.
Free postpartum depression support group forming
Cooperative Care will offer a free support group for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression, and moms of older children who are experiencing depressive symptoms that affect bonding with their children.
Mothers with depression often deal with feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being a bad mother, lack of support from others, and a supportive group can help. Call Cooperative Care at 609-741-6363 to register for this free group.
Cooperative Care is a new mental health service in Rio Grande, located at 1076 Route 47 South. Most insurance is accepted, and mental health services are available for marital, family and personal issues.
Sandy recovery help available
Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.
Small Sandy Survivors group set
New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
Caper 10 group seeks new members
In the communities that comprise the Lower Cape May Regional School District, one program in the past 20 years, has provided more than $368,000 in scholarship aid to families of LCMR graduates, the Caper 10 Alumni Association said.
The association was founded in 1993 by 10 community minded graduates of Cape May High School, or LCMR. The group determined that if they would each contribute $100 annually to a dedicated fund, they could award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was not in the top 10 of the graduating class and to whom $1,000 might make the difference to be able to attend the college of their choice. The idea caught on, and Caper 10 now makes $3,000 awards to as many as nine graduates each year. Chairman Ed Sheretta reminded prospective members, that there are no fundraisers or meetings to attend - one only has to write a check for $100 to the group.
Caper 10 is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has a committee to oversee the annual collection, distribution and recording of funds. For more information or to join, write to 311 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204.
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).