Volunteers to be honored

Martin Pagliughi, director of the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center announced that the 2013 Governor’s Jefferson Awards will honor volunteers in 20 categories, including multiple awards for those who responded to Hurricane Sandy.

Pagliughi urges all Cape May County communities to take the time to nominate one of the many volunteers in your town that went above and beyond during Hurricane Sandy response and recovery operations.

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Click on njgovernorsawards.com for more information and to nominate volunteers. Nominations are due by Feb. 15.

Hurricane groups formed

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

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

Also, the state’s Donations Management Plan has been activated and a state warehouse has been opened in Mercer County. If you are aware of specific needs of victims email them to DMCC@gov.state.nj.us at which time the state’s Donations Management Team will try to find a match with items available in the warehouse.

To check out the list of items in the warehouse, go to warehouse.aidmatrixnetwork.org/Reports/Shopperreport.aspx?Org=41

Music lectures set

Learn how composers work at the February series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. In a hands-on class, you will discovery how composers create and set their musical thoughts on paper. This class is designed for people who do not read music, and will rely on the drawing of simple designs by all the participants.

The lectures will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. For more information, call 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Visit to veterans planned

The Cape May County Veterans’ Bureau is sponsoring the 29th Valentine’s trip to the Wilmington VA Hospital and New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial Home in Vineland on Feb. 13.

Valentine’s Day cards are being made by Cape May County school children to be distributed to the hospitalized veterans at both facilities. Additionally, veterans’ organizations and their auxiliaries are collecting donations from businesses throughout the county for gift bags that will be distributed along with the cards to hospitalized veterans.

Cape May County Fare Free Transportation is providing the transportation to either the Wilmington V. A. Hospital or the New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial Home located in Vineland. Buses will depart from the Social Services Building, 4005 Route 9 South in Rio Grande at about 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available before departure in the Social Services Building.

Any organization, auxiliary or the general public can make a donation or participate. To reserve a seat on either bus call the Veterans’ Bureau by Feb. 11 at 609-886-2762.

Roller skating back

The City of Cape May Recreation Department has started its traditional roller skating program in Convention Hall. Open roller skating is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Guests may bring their own standard or inline skates or they can rent them from the facility. Admission fee is $5 per person. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for inline skates. Admission for no-skaters is $2.

Skaters can take a break from the action and enjoy soft drinks, water, and light snacks at the concession stand for affordable prices. Roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall will continue through April 7 and resume in December 2013 for the winter season.

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

Deadline nears to file for assistance

Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton reminds Cape May County residents who had damage from Hurricane Sandy that they still can register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, through March 1. The deadline was extended one month at the request of the state of New Jersey.

People with storm losses in Cape May County and all counties in New Jersey can register at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration also is available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week.

FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The SBA has also set March 1 as the date for homeowners, renters and business owners to complete and return SBA disaster loan applications. An SBA Representative is based in the Ocean City Community Center five days per week and at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Building for the near future.

Plunge planned for Feb. 4

Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host its seventh annual Polar Bear Plunge for residents at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4 in the Recreation Room of the Center, Moore Road, Cape May Court House.

Residents, staff, family members and community volunteers will participate in this event, coordinated by the Recreation Department at Crest Haven. Participants will be encouraged to plunge their bare feet in a very large kiddy pool filled with water. Other activities include Zumba fitness, a pie eating contest and a music show by “Danny.”

For more information, call 609-465-1261.

Rutgers rep to visit

A Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby, on the following dates this spring: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 12; and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 18.

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

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

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

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

Rabies clinic set

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

Call 609-884-9532.

Art exhibit planned

The Art On Asbury Gallery will host the “Anything Goes” themed show, along with their annual Arc student exhibition and sale in February. The show was previously scheduled in December, however, due to Hurricane Sandy, it had to be postponed until the “Art on Asbury” gallery reopened.

Arc of Atlantic County students, with the help of Art on Asbury artists, work throughout the year to create paintings, drawings and greeting cards for the show. The theme is dogs. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Arc artist.

The Meet the Artist reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

VIM Day events scheduled

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

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

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

Spay/neuter clinic set

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. (AACMC) has come up with an innovative way to get the Wildwoods’ feral and stray cats sterilized and thus humanely manage free roaming cat populations in their communities. AACMC will take spay/neuter surgeries on the road by launching a MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) clinic on March 3 at the Holly Beach Fire House, New Jersey and Montgomery Avenues, Wildwood thanks to a $22,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.

A team of veterinary technicians, seasoned volunteers and a licensed veterinarian experienced in high volume spay/neuter will set up the clinic. The surgeries, which include a rabies vacccination, are free for those caring for free roaming/stray cats in the 08260 zip code. The fee for pet cats and stray/free roaming cats for all other municipalities is $55. Appointments are required for all cats

For appointments and other information, contact AACMC through its website at AnimalAlliancecmc.org or call 609-465-6388.

Free tax help

Income tax return forms will be prepared free for persons of any age with incomes less than $50,000. The forms will be completed from Feb. 4 through April 15 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

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

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

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

Program set for seniors

Cape Assist will sponsor six classes designed to teach those 51 years and older to become healthy and stay that way as they age.

Funded by a grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Wellness Education program classes will cover a variety of topics including making healthy lifestyle choices, behaviors to avoid in order to stay healthy, safe practices regarding alcohol, prescription, and over-the-counter medications, and simple tools to take charge of your own healthcare and navigate the healthcare system.

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

The sessions are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at the Dennis Township Senior Center, 571 Petersburg Road, Dennisville. Lunch will be provided. All those completing the six sessions will receive a $50 gift card at the end of the program.

Registration is required. To register, call Peggy at 609-522-5960 or email peggy@capeassist.org.

College offers classes for seniors

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

Classes include Introduction to the Personal Computer for Seniors, 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays begining Feb. 1; Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 8; Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs, 9 a.m. to noon March 15.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01. Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

For workshop prices or to register, call Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or email staylor@atlantic.edu.

Volunteers sought for plunge, run/walk

The Sea Isle City Chamber and Revitalization is in need of volunteers for Polar Bear Plunge from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1,5 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the registration trailer and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the beach. To sign up, email sicccr@gmail.com or call 609-263-9090.

Volunteers are also needed for the Run/Walk for Autism on Feb. 17 to help with registration and to man street ends directing participants. Call Jason at 609-778-8418.

Museum receives funding

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, located at the Cape May Airport, recently received funding from the 1772 Foundation Grant Program administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust. The $15,000 grant requires a 100 percent match on behalf of the museum. The total project cost of $30,000 will enable the museum to repair and restore damaged areas of the roof on the hangar’s northwest side. Restoration work should be complete by March 1.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located in Historic Hangar No. 1 at the Cape May Airport. For more information call, 609-886-8787.

Flu shots still available

Due to the increased cases of the flu this year, the Cape May County Health Department will continue to offer free flu shots while supplies last. Flu shots will be administered by appointment only at the Cape May County Health Department located at 6 Moore Road in Cape May Court House, exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 609-463-6581.

Dog shows set

The annual All Breed Dog Show, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club, will take place through Feb. 3 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Competitions begin at 8 a.m. daily. Multiple judges will determine the winner of each category and various prizes will be awarded.

The competition schedule is as follows: Sand and Sea Kennel Club will host its All Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Dog Show Jan. 31; All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show; Best Veteran in Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; All Breed Puppy Match Show and Schutzhund Demonstration, Feb. 1; The Boardwalk Kennel Club will host its All Breed Dog Show; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Groomer on the Boardwalk Competition, Feb. 2; All Breed Dog Show and Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition, Feb. 3.

Vendors will offer merchandise,and guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $2 for children under 12. Tickets will be available at the door. See BoardwalkKennelClub.com.

OLMA scholarship testing set

Our Lady of Mercy Academy is offering scholarship testing at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at the school, 1001 Main Road, Newfield.

For more information and to register for the testing, call 856-697-2008.

College offers culinary classes

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

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

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

PAC, youth orchestra partners with pops

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

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

Police academy seeks candidates

The Cape May County Police Academy is accepting applications from aspiring police officers for the Alternate Route Training Program scheduled to start the Basic Course for Police Officers on Aug. 26. Applications will be available March 1 through April 30.

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

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

Starting March 1, applications will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Safety Training Center located at 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Applicants must pick up their own application and bring photo identification and a fee of $75 which may be paid in cash, check or money order, made out to County of Cape May.

For additional information call 609-465-1134.

County Princess Pageant contestants sought

The annual Miss Cape May County Princess Pageant is seeking contestants from kindergarten through 12 years old.

The pageant will take place March 9 at the St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10th and Central avenues, Ocean City. Girls need a 90-second talent routine. Three crowns will be awarded in this group depending on the ages. For more information and anapplication, call Betty Pruitt at 609-390-0860 or e-mail bapruitt@verizon.net before Feb. 1. Leave name, address, phone number andcontestant’s school, grade and age.

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.

Singers wanted

The Cape Shore Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting an Open House to introduce potential members to four-part acapella singing at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Abundant Life Church, 44 Route 50, Ocean View.

Free vocal lessons will be available. The group is for women of all ages. For information, call Brenda at 609-463-8870.

Theater sets event

Performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway Series return to the stage in a casual, entertaining and intimate cabaret of favorites from the Great White Way on Feb. 16 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, Sixth and Asbury Avenue, Ocean City.

The evening begins with a pre-show dessert reception at7 p.m. that will feature a medley of sweets from local eateries, two chocolate fondue fountains and hot beverages from Starbucks Coffee of Somers Point. Evening entertainment will include songs from “Les Miserables,” “Oklahoma,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Spamalot,” “Aida,” “South Pacific” and more.

Tickets purchased before 4:30 p.m Feb. 4 are $18 per person. Tickets are $20 thereafter. All tickets include the dessert reception and show. Purchase tickets online at ocnj.us/boxoffice, in City Hall or by calling 609-525-9300. Reservations strongly recommended. All proceeds to benefit the 501c3 Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

Children’s Tea Party planned for Feb. 9

The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to its annual Children’s Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the museum.

This year’s theme is “Life in the Sand.” Leslie Clark will provide entertainment. This event is geared toward children 5-9 years old. Come learn about a proper Victorian tea, do arts and crafts and enjoy an afternoon tea. The event is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City.

Space is limited and advance tickets are needed. Open registration is $6 per person and will continue until all tickets are sold. To register, call 609-399-1801 or stop by the museum in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

Theater receives grant

The Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is receiving $14,400.00 from the Cooperative Marketing Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State: Division of Travel and Tourism. The award was given based on the scores of an independent evaluation and funding review committee that studied ELTC’s application and marketing plan. This is the sixth year in a row that ELTC has received this prestigious grant, and it will be used solely for advertising.

For information about being a season or show sponsor, advertising in ELTC’s program, season tickets, touring shows, and educational outreach, call 609-886-5898 or email eastlynneco@aol.com.

Free movies in Ocean City

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through June 2013.

Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include: Feb. 5, “Italian for Beginners”; March 5, “Julie and Julia”; April 2, “Searching for Bobby Fischer”; May 7, “Finding Neverland”; June 11, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

For more information, call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434.

Theater sponsors special weekends

The award-winning East Lynne Theater Company and The Henry Sawyer Inn’s Murder Mystery Weekends and Playwriting Getaway return this winter. Guests can test their sleuthing skills in three remaining Murder Mystery Weekends: Feb. 22-23, March 8-9, and March 23-24.

Retired Philadelphia police detective Frank Smith is on hand to provide just enough information to keep the investigation going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the inn, dinner at one of Cape May’s restaurants, breakfasts at the inn, and a dessert reception on Saturday evening — all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime. Cost is $349 for two people (plus tax) in a deluxe room; upgrade to a two-room suite for an additional $50.

The Playwriting Getaway on March 1-2 focuses on the “Ten-Minute Play.” ELTC’s Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth, who has taught theater and playwriting, is leading the workshop. Cost is $399 for two people and $299 for one (plus tax), which includes accommodations, breakfast, afternoon tea and treats for two nights, and the workshop fee.

For those not needing accommodations, the fee is $150. Reservations for all of these weekends are made through the Henry Sawyer Inn by calling 609-884-5667, 800-449-5667 or emailing henrysawyerinn@verizon.net. For information about the Playwriting Getaway, call 609-884-5898 or see eastlynnetheater.org.

Nature center becomes seasonal

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

The center is now closed to the public and will reopen for public access April 15 and immediately commence a full schedule of spring programs, as well as special activities and events such as Harbor Fest, Paddle for a Purpose and Harbor Safaris.

Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman has issued an appeal to the local community, residents, businesses and friends of the center for support, both moral and financial, and ideas for the future. Interested and concerned parties are encouraged to contact her about teaching and volunteer opportunities. Call 609-898-8848 or email gretchen.Whitman@njaudubon.org.

4-H to produce T-shirt

The Cape May County 4-H Foundation recently voted to produce one official 2013 4-H Fair T-shirt.

The T-shirt will feature logos of sponsoring companies and businesses and include a graphic design on the front about the 2013 4-H fair theme, “Belong, believe, achieve.” It will be the only 4-H T-shirt offered at the fair. Funds raised from shirt sales and sponsorship will support the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program. Fair sponsorships, which include a corporate logo featured on the back of the official 2013 shirt, begin at $250. Additional sponsorships are available for $500 and $1,000. 4-H Members, alumni and partners are invited to submit ideas for the 4-H graphic to be featured on the front of the T-shirt. Artwork must be submitted to the 4-H office for consideration by March 8.

For more information, call 4-H agent Julie Karavan at 609-465-5115, ext 610.

Socks for Seniors under way

Cape May County’s seniors are going to be a little warmer this holiday season thanks to Cape May Point resident Christopher South, who brought the Socks for Seniors program to Cape May County.

South presented the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a sample of socks to be distributed to more than 400 seniors at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and those registered in the county’s homebound meals program. “Socks For Seniors” is a national program active in more than 250 cities. South’s Cape May County program expects to collect more than 500 socks by Christmas.

If you would like to donate socks to the program, email South at south5859@msn.com or call 609-705-3484.

Volunteers sought for 4-H

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invites adults interested in working with Cape May County youth to attend scheduled orientation session for new volunteers.

Orientation is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Interested volunteers complete an application, attend training and meet with 4-H staff prior to their appointment. Volunteer leaders are provided curriculum, resources and support for the clubs and programs they develop. 4-H volunteer opportunities are varied. The time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us to get more information about the scheduled orientations and to preregister.

Jersey Shore Pops to play

The Jersey Shore Pops, under the musical direction of Linda Gentille, will present the 2013 Summer Concert Series beginning June 29 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.

The series includes: The Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m. July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Chairman of the Board, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Individual tickets will not go on sale until February, to give season ticket purchasers the premier choice of orchestra center seating. The individual tickets will range from $25 for balcony seating to $50 for VIP orchestra center seating. To purchase season tickets, call the JSP ticket office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924. Tickets can be purchased online or in person and student ID must be showed for ticketing.

Triathlon/duathlon set

The annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon will take place through Feb. 18.

Participants have a month to complete the event: a 2.4-mile swim in a pool, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run. Triathletes do all three events. Duathletes do two events.

The registration donation is $30 and is co-sponsored by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. Competitors can substitute gym events for the swimming, biking and running events by documenting how many laps they swim or aquasize classes they take for the swim leg of the triathlon; how many miles they bike, step or row for the bicycling portion; and how many miles they walk/run, use the elliptical or take aerobics classes for the marathon section. Everyone who enters receives a T-shirt, and everyone who finishes will receive an award. A list of triathlon finishers will be posted and an awards ceremony will take place Feb. 23 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th and Simpson Avenue, Ocean City.

The triathlon is a fund-raiser for CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a nonprofit volunteer group that makes daily telephone reassurance calls to the elderly and disabled in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Registration forms are required and are available at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, by calling CONTACT at 609-823-1850 or 609-463-4564, or by emailing contact-c-a@excite.com.

Cape May Stage offers subscriptions

Equity theater Cape May Stage has announced the lineup of plays and deals on subscription packages for the 2013 season, the theater’s 25th anniversary.

The schedule features: “How to Make a Rope Swing,” May 17-June 7; “Lend Me A Tenor,” June 12-July 26; “Boeing Boeing,” July 31-Sept. 13; “Freud’s Last Session,” Sept. 18-Oct. 19; “A Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 23-Nov. 16; “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

Subscriber benefits include as much as 50 percent off regular box office prices, complimentary exchanges and upgrades, priority seating, and discounts on our merchandise. Cape May Stage offers subscription series tickets for opening or preview night performances and subscription flex passes. Purchase of these series is equivalent to 15 percent off single ticket prices.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 609-884-1341, online at capemaystage.org or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30, 2013.

Food collection under way

Through March 31, Cape May County government will collect nonperishable food items for those in need in Cape May County. Put items in the labeled containers located throughout county facilities and they will be distributed to those in need. For information, call 609-463-6678.

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 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.

Youth group available

A regional youth group has formed 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

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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