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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:01 am | Updated: 2:10 pm, Fri Feb 1, 2013.

Artists co-op plans holiday weekend

The Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery has organized an eventful weekend Dec. 7-9.

Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the ballroom of the Wilbraham Mansion, 133 Myrtle Ave., West Cape May, with a special preview reception for the Holiday Art Extravaganza show and sale. More than 15 local artists will present new handmade art. Many of the artists have made limited edition Christmas ornaments for the occasion. Refreshments will be served. The show also runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

The co-op will host its monthly Second Sunday Dec. 9 at its gallery in the West End Garage, 484 W. Perry St. Refreshments will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. and the artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work. The Gallery Walk is a partnership of the Artists Co-op, Splash, SOMA NewArt Gallery, Spirit Catcher Gallery and Mad Batter Restaurant. Call 609-770-8261 for information.

Christmas house tour set

The 24th annual Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 throughout historic Dennisville.

The tour features historic buildings, homes and two churches. The tour is a fundraiser for the Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association Inc. Tickets are $10 sold at the Dennisville Post Office, 24 Hall Ave., the night of the tour only beginning at 4:30 p.m. Greeters will distribute programs and get tourgoers started.

A soup-and-sandwich supper is offered starting at 4 p.m. at the South Dennis Trinity United Methodist Church. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 children younger than 12. Refreshments and comfort stations at the Dennisville United Methodist Church Social Hall. For more information, see dhhoa.dennistwp.org, call Jack Connolly at 609-861-1338 or email Dennisvillechristmashousetour@verizon.net.

Woodbine seeks entrants for holiday parade

Entrants are sought for Woodbine’s Holiday Parade, 6 p.m. Dec. 22 starting on Bryant Street east of Washington Avenue.

Lineup starts at 5 p.m. The parade will head south on Washington to Clay Street, east on Clay to Heilprin Avenue, and north on Heilprin to DeHirsch Avenue. It will proceed west on DeHirsch and end up at the Woodbine Firehouse, where Santa and the mayor will light the Christmas tree. The parade route is about 1.5 miles, and marching units are encouraged to enter. Trophies will be awarded for: first and second place in: best appearing fire company, best appearing rescue, best float, and best marching unit. For more information and to register, call Jim Gurdgiel weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 609-861-4541 (leave a message). Send attendance confirmation by Dec. 14.

Tree of Hope celebration set

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, a member of the 1980 World Series team, will be the guest speaker at Cape Assist’s annual Tree of Hope celebration Dec. 13.

Noles, an advocate for addiction treatment, is an employee assistance professional with the Phillies. He works with major- and minor-league players on life skills and other issues. He will speak on his personal fight with addiction, and on prevention and treatment and also will share stories of his time with the Philllies.

The Tree of Hope began in 2001 as a reminder of the hope of recovery. People are encouraged to put a star or an angel on the tree in memory of or in honor of a family member or friend who is struggling with an addiction or in recovery. The ornaments on the Tree of Hope serve as symbols of hope and shining remembrances. The money donated for each ornament benefits the treatment scholarship fund. The ornaments, which can be initialed, personalized or placed anonymously, hang on the tree at Cape Assist through the holiday season. In January, those who purchased ornaments can pick them up or donate them back to Cape Assist.

To dedicate an ornament, call Janet at 609-522-5960 or email Janet@capeassist.org.

‘Nutcracker’ coming to PAC

The New Jersey Ballet brings its holiday hit “The Nutcrcacker” to the stage at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township, 212 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House.

Supplementing the performers will be students from the Art of Gymnastics and Cheer of Rio Grande, who for several years have delighted audiences with their Mother Clowns scene of the classic dance production.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and $12 for children under the age of 10. Call 609-463-1924 for tickets. The Performing Arts Center is situated at 212 Bayberry Drive, one mile east of exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. There is free parking for all.

Culinary arts programs offered

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

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to learn new skills or enhance existing ones. Students will become ServSafe Certified, learn to master cooking techniques, short order and pantry skills, enhance time management and organizational skills, acquire skills in bread baking, pie making, cake decorating and plated desserts, and develop techniques for making great stocks, soups and sauces.

The training program begins Jan. 7. Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for the program. For more information, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Senior pets for seniors

Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center officials and with the Animal Alliance of Cape May County have teamed up to offer a special program until the end of 2012.

Senior Pets For Senior Citizens pairs the more than 25 cats and dogs older than 8 with seniors older than 60. Adoption fees for dogs and cats in the program will be waived for the adopter and paid by the Animal Alliance of Cape May County, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the shelter.

The shelter is located in the Crest Haven Complex, 110 Shelter Road, Cape May Court House. The facility is open seven days per week for adoptions and visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Cats from the shelter are available for adoption at the PetSmart store in Rio Grande. Call 609-465-8923, email animalshelter@cmcsheriff.net or see capemaycountygov.net.

Volunteers sought for cleanup

Volunteers are needed to come to New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 to assist with a special cleanup of the beaches and harbor in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The cleanup coincides with the first of several Waves of Action efforts organized by Clean Ocean Action. Member of the community can also help by organizing their own cleanup.

The Nature Center has set up a self-help cleanup station next to the main door so that volunteers can come and get supplies at any time.

For more information, see cleanoceanaction.org and ForTheShore.org.

Pearl Harbor Day commemoration set

At noon Dec. 7, North Wildwood VFW Post 5941 will conduct a Pearl Harbor Day commemoration ceremony to honor all those who served in World War II.

The ceremony is a brief, solemn event of prayer and patriotic song, held every year at St. Demetrios Church, 321 St. Demetrios Ave., and the Hereford Inlet Seawall. A memorial wreath is tossed into the water as Taps is played.

Brunch, Bingo and Lace to help storm relief

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities invites guests to join the ladies from Cape May’s Lace Silhouettes and the Cotton Company for Brunch, Bingo and Lace at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8 for a morning of fashions and fun.

Brunch, Bingo and Lace is sponsored by MAC and features a brunch buffet at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., along with rounds of bingo and prizes, topped off with a fashion show featuring leisure wear from Cape May’s Lace Silhouettes and Cotton Co. on the Washington Street Mall.

For this year’s event, $5 of each ticket sold will be donated toward Hurricane Sandy relief funds. Admission is $25 and includes a breakfast buffet and eligibility for prizes.

Christmas Candlelight House Tours planned

The second of three Christmas Candlelight House Tours is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8., sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities in Cape May.

More than a dozen properties are adorned for the holidays. There will be Christmas carols by candlelight, strolling musicians and more. Travel from site to site on a heated trolley shuttle and stop at hospitality centers for warm beverages and traditional treats. Featured properties include:

The Abbey, 34 Gurney St.; Albert Stevens Inn, 127 Myrtle Ave.; Beauclaire’s B&B Inn, 23 Ocean St.; Bedford Inn, 805 Stockton Ave.; Cape May Stage/the Robert Shackleton Playhouse (limited hours), Lafayette and Bank streets; Congress Hall Hotel, Congress Place; Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; Inn at the Park, 1002 Washington St.; John Wesley Inn, 30 Gurney St.; Queen Victoria, 102 Ocean St.; Summer Cottage Inn, 613 Columbia Ave.; Thomas Webster House, 933 Washington St.; Victorian Lace Inn, 901 Stockton Ave.; White Dove Cottage, 619 Hughes St.; Wilbraham Mansion, 133 Myrtle Ave.

The tours also include a visit to Cape May’s Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., and the exhibit “An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Traditions through the Years” in the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Physick Estate.

The exhibit’s main attraction is a model train display that includes Christmas toys beneath a giant Christmas tree and more.

Two hospitality centers, the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia and Gurney streets, will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with warm beverages and traditional holiday treats.

Admission to the tour is $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-12. Tickets should be reserved in advance by calling 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visiting capemaymac.org. Any remaining tickets on the day of the tour may be purchased at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets. Properties on tour are subject to change.

The final Christmas Candlelight House Tour for the 2012 season will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Christmas Spirit Toy Run leaves from Wildwood

The Christmas Spirit motorcycle toy run will leave from the Cape Classics Club, 337 W. Spicer Ave. in Wildwood at

1 p.m. Dec. 15 and head to the Sunset Beach Sportsman’s Club in Cape May Point.

All are invited to join in. Please bring a new toy. Refreshments and food will be provided. The run will happen rain, snow or shine. Anyone who can’t bring a bike is asked to bring a car or truck. Call Paul at 609-889-9679 or 609-425-6742 for more information.

Christmas at Ocean City Tabernacle events set

The Angelus Choir with instrumentalists and soloists will perform at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Admission is free.

The Tabernacle will present a live Nativity scene at 2 p.m. on the same day, presented by Tabernacle Youth. Guests can drive by or stop and visit. Call 609-399-1915.

Santa Paws event planned

The Ocean City Humane Society, on Shelter Road off Bay and Tennessee Avenue, invites the public to bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8. The cost is $10 per photo. Call 609-399-2018.

Poet Lamont Steptoe to speak in Ocean City

The Cape May County Amnesty International group has invited poet Lamont Steptoe to read at at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave. Ocean City. The performance is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

Steptoe is a poet, activist, Vietnam veteran, photographer, and founder and publisher of Whirlwind Press. He has published 10 books of poetry and edited two collections of poems by South African poet Dennis Brutus. This will be his second reading for Amnesty International. Call coordinator Georgina Shanley at 609-442-2407.

Photos with Santa in lifeguard boat in O.C.

Capture the magic of the 2012 holiday season by getting your photo taken with Santa on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

From noon to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 16, get a photo with Santa in an Ocean City lifeguard boat by the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Each photo costs $10 and will be printed and mounted the day it is taken.

Sea Isle City hosts holiday house lighting contest

The Sea Isle City’s Recreation Department teams-up with the Sea Isle City Garden Club to host the resort’s annual Holiday House Lighting Contest. The seasonal event is open to residential homes and businesses. Judging will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, by Garden Club members. Entries will be judged on creativity, aesthetics, effect and endeavor.

To enter Sea Isle’s 2012 Holiday House Lighting Contest, a completed entry form must be submitted to the Recreation Department by noon Dec. 12. Entry forms can be obtained seaislecitynj.us (via the “City Departments” and “Downloadable Forms” tabs) or in person at the Recreation Services Building, 6108 Central Ave., and at the Sea Isle City Welcome Center, JFK Boulevard and Park Road.

For more information, call the Sea Isle City Recreation Department at 609-263-0050.

Hockey fun planned at Amanda’s Field

The annual Cape May County Hockey Skills Competition will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. Both street and inline players ranging from second thru 12th grade will do their best to win medals in seven challenging skill categories, possibly taking home a trophy for best all-around player. Players will represent North Wildwood, Sea Isle City and Dennis, Middle and Upper Townships.

The inaugural all-star game for middle school inline players will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. The Black and Grey Invitational will feature the top players from Middle Township playing against the best from Upper and Dennis townships. Immediately following the all-star game there will be a one-hour Family Skate; helmets are required. Campfires, food and music will be part of the event. Email upperinline@aol.com for more information.

Food drive set

The Letter Carrier’s annual Food Drive will be held Dec. 8. Leave nonperishable food donations by your mail box and your mail carrier will pick it up. Or drop off donations at your local post office.

Suggested items include cereals, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, mayonnaise, pasta, rice, instant potatoes, spaghetti sauce, pasta, applesauce, canned fruits and vegetables, corned beef hash and spam, beef stew, chili, beans, juices, soups and baby food and formula. For more information call your local post office.

Equine health clinic offered

The Cape May County 4-H Fall Equine Health Clinic will take place Dec. 8.

Veterinarians and clinic volunteers will travel throughout the county to participants’ farms and boarding stables, offering equine deworming and vaccinations at a reduced fee. The clinic is open to all horse and pony owners in Cape May County. Contact Linda Horner at 609-465-5115 for a registration form and to be added to the clinic mailing list. These semi-annual clinics, held each December and March, are cooperative endeavors between local veterinarians from South Jersey Equine Associates and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program. They are coordinated under the direction of 4-H volunteer Nancy Rothenbiller.

Dr. Robert Newman, lead clinic veterinarian, encourages local equine owners to take advantage of this opportunity to vaccinate and deworm their horses regularly.

Food donations accepted at theater

The East Lynne Theater Company will accept nonperishable items for the Cape May Food Closet.

Needed are small cans of soup, paper towels, and toilet paper. Any canned food items will be accepted, as long as they have current and future expiration dates. Items will be accepted anytime, but patrons attending the Dec. 7 performance of ELTC’s “Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas” will save $3 off the admission price when bringing Food Closet items. This $3 deduction cannot be combined with any other deduction.

On closing night, Dec. 14, ELTC will give $5 from every ticket sold to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance through the West Jersey Presbytery. PDA provides monetary and spiritual care for immediate disaster situations, and for those who need it for months and years to come. The PDA team is helping families in Long Beach Island and farther north who were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. These teams will continue to be with these families as they rebuild their homes and their lives. Funds raised at this performance night will only be used for victims of Sandy.

The performances take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for full-time students, and free for 12 and under. Dinner/theater packages are still available at the following restaurants: Aleathea’s Restaurant, through Dec. 8, and The Washington Inn. For information and reservations, call East Lynne at 609-884-5898 or see eastlynnetheater.org.

Dog club gives donation

Members of the Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club recently presented a check for more than $2,900 to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. The amount represents half of the proceeds of the 2012 Mutt Strut held on the Cape May Promenade in September. The donation is earmarked for the purchase of canine protective vests. None of the K-9s currently is protected. With a cost per vest of about $2,000, the donation is a start.

For information on Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club programs and activities, email cmcdotc@comcast.net or see cmcdotc.com. More information on the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit is at cmcsheriff.net.

Hospital earns approval

Cape Regional Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

In August, the Joint Commission conducted a four-day survey of Cape Regional Medical Center. The Gold Seal is awarded for demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety. The commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

For more information on the center and its programs, see caperegional.com or call Sue Staeger at 609-463-2059.

A.C. Electric offers ‘gift of energy’

For those seeking to brighten someone’s holiday, Atlantic City Electric offers its Gift of Energy Program.

The Gift of Energy program lets you make a payment on someone’s Atlantic City Electric bill, and in return, receive a complimentary holiday greeting card. To purchase a Gift of Energy, see atlanticcityelectric.com/home/giftofenergy/default.aspx or visit an Atlantic City Electric Courtesy Center. The consumer should provide the Customer Care representative with the name and address of the Atlantic City Electric customer. The Gift of Energy Program runs through Jan. 15.

You can purchase a Gift of Energy at Atlantic City Electric Courtesy Centers including: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 420 Route 9, Cape May Court House.

Santa’s Calling program set for kids

Local children can receive phone calls directly from Santa Claus during Sea Isle City’s annual Santa’s Calling Program at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The event is sponsored by the Sea Isle City Department of Recreation in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

To arrange a private phone conversation between your child and Santa Claus, a completed registration form must be submitted by Dec. 7 to the Sea Isle City Department of Recreation, 6108 Central Ave. Registration forms can be downloaded at seaislecitynj.us. For more information, call 609-263-0050 or email sicrec@seaislecitynj.us.

Music lecture offered

Learn about the music that grew out of the period during and between the 20th-century wars at the December free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. In this final installment of a four-part series examining the effects of history on music during the last two centuries, you will see how the music scene evolved from Irving Berlin to Beatles and beyond.

The lecture will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Discounts on theater in exchange for food

This December, Cape May Stage is offering patrons discounts on theater tickets to the holiday production of “A Tuna Christmas” in exchange for donated food items for the Community Food Closet of Cape May, which serves families in need in Cape May.

Through Dec. 30, patrons can bring three nonperishable items to the box office and get a $10 discount off regular admission prices to see the holiday comedy “A Tuna Christmas.” The Food Closet specifically requests laundry detergent, small jars of jelly, small cans of soup, peanut butter, coffee, toilet paper, small boxes of cereal, and boxed pasta. Show up at the box office with your food items and pay for your ticket at the door. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and are pending availability. Advance reservations are not available.

“A Tuna Christmas” runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse at 405 Lafayette Street in Cape May. Tickets are $35 adults, $30 seniors (62 and older), and $15 students. The show runs for two hours with intermission. See capemaystage.org or call 609-884-1341.

Scholarship applications accepted

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

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

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

Wildwood celebrates holidays

Wildwood is celebrating the 2012 holiday season.

Kick off the holidays with fun for the entire family Dec. 7 and 8. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will host a special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lighthouse Courtyard, First and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Santa Claus will make an appearance and refreshments will be available. Call 609-522-4520.

Holiday house tours will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at three locations in the Wildwoods: the Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 24th and Central avenues in North Wildwood; Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast, 2110 Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood; and the J. Thompson Baker House, 3008 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood. The holiday house tours are free. Call 609-522-3639.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration will start with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 beginning at 15th Avenue in North Wildwood, south along Central and Pacific avenues through the Holly Beach Station Mall to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest. The parade then proceeds east onto Ocean Avenue, and makes its way north to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade registration begins at 6 p.m. with parade line-up at 6:30 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, Tenth and Central Avenues. There is no fee to submit an entry. Trophies will be awarded later in the evening inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be given for: Community Service, Commercial, Marching Bands and Public Service. Rain date 5 p.m. Dec. 9 with parade lineup at 4 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, tune in to 98.7 The Coast or see WildwoodHoliday.com.

Immediately following the parade, the fun continues at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony set for 8 p.m. Festivities continue inside the Convention Center with the Christmas Parade Awards Ceremony and free hot chocolate and cookies. The venue will host a Holiday Shopping Bazaar beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring holiday-themed crafters.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Wildwoods Convention Center with a full day of shopping, crafts, face painting, local school children’s choruses and band performances, music, gymnastics and cheer performances, a magician, free holiday movies with free popcorn and a special visit from Santa.

For more information, call 609-729-9000 or see WildwoodHoliday.com.

Volunteer workshop planned

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center will host a stranding volunteer workshop at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cape May Point State Park. At the workshop, volunteers interested in becoming “first responders” for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in New Jersey will be trained by Stranding Center Staff on proper procedures for handling these endangered and protected species.

Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old and reside within 15 minutes of a coastal waterway. To sign up for the workshop or get more information, call Sarah Miele, Education Coordinator, at 609-266-0538.

Spay pets for $10

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

Residents can spay and neuter their pets for $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. They must receive one of the following: food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, aid to families with dependent children, Lifeline Utility Credit, Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, or Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled.

For more information, Atlantic County Residents can call 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802; Williamstown area residents, 856-728-6613; and Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Toys for Tots needs help

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

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

To be a toy dropoff location, donate toys or money to purchase gifts, call Frank Vesely at 609-868-0003 or email franky2842comcast.net or call Joseph Harris at 609-927-6402 or email bbstan@verizon.net.

Temple opens doors to displaced worshipers

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

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

New youth group forms

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

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

New dates for flu shots

The Cape May County Department of Health has scheduled flu shots 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Department of Health, 6 Moore Road, Cape May Court House. While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine. The high-dose vaccine for seniors and the pneumonia vaccine will be offered at the Dec. 12 clinic. Seniors who want the high-dose vaccine need to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic.

To keep up to date on all of the county’s flu clinics, see cmchealth.net or call the flu hotline at 609-463-6581.

Gift wrapping offered

If you wish to save time and energy this upcoming holiday season, volunteers of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church will wrap your gifts for you. Bring them to Price Hall at Academy and Seashore Roads, Cold Spring, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Donations are greatly appreciated. For information, call 609-884-4065 or 609-889-1624.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

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

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

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

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

Online courses offered

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

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

For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Worship service for those with disabilities

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

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

Pajamas wanted

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

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

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

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

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

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

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

College to offer non-credit training

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

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. The training program 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 desalvo@atlantic.edu.

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: 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 atlantic.edu/conted.

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

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

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

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 BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Angelus chorus seeks members

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

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

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. 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.

 

College offers training programs

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

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

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

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

Head Start seeks preschoolers

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

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

Scholarship available

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

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

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

Book clubs offered

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

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

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

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

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

Reassurance calls offered

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

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

Volunteers wanted for Medical Reserve Corps

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

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

Counseling offered in Wildwood

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

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

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