Time to sign up for pageants
The Cape Scholarship Foundation is accepting pre-applications for the Miss Cape May County, Miss Cape Resort and the corresponding Outstanding Teen pageants.
The pageants will take place on the Ocean City Music Pier on July 12. Contestant slots are limited this year and are filling up quickly. See misscapemaycounty.org to download a pre-application form and send it in as soon as possible. Contracts will be sent and are due at orientation, held on June 25.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFS receives $25,000 from MAZON
Approximately 50,000 seniors live in Atlantic County, and many struggle to put food on the table on a daily basis. Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is proud to have received a $25,000 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to participate in its new Solutions to Senior Hunger initiative and help address the growing local need.
This funding enables JFS to reach a broader audience by increasing outreach efforts in the region. These efforts will include educating seniors through healthy lifestyle workshops, administering SNAP application assistance and advocating on behalf of older adults. Efforts also will include program promotion and outreach at community activities including food drives, Village by the Shore events, local libraries and senior centers. Health education workshops, presented by JFS Nurse Educator Maggie Weaver, will offer information about the program and the application process.
Atlantic Cape receives scholarship donations, gifts
Atlantic Cape Community College and the college's Foundation recently have received gifts and donations to help students.
The Foundation received a donation from South Jersey Gas customers recently for the School Counts scholarship fund to benefit Atlantic and Cape May County students who have earned the School Counts certificate. The nearly $11,000 donation will provide $750 scholarships to full-time students and $500 to part-time students who present a School Counts certificate from their high school. The funds were raised by South Jersey Gas customers who donated $1 to the School Counts program via their gas bills. To earn a School Counts certificate, students must maintain a minimum C average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters. To learn more, see schoolcounts.org.
The American Association of University Women Atlantic and Cape May County branches will award a combined $7,400 in scholarships this year to students at Atlantic Cape. Members of the Cape May County Branch also serve as mentors to students at the Cape May County Campus. For more information about the Foundation and giving opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, senior director of resource development and community and alumni outreach, at 609-463-3670 or email@example.com, or see atlantic.edu/about/foundation.htm.
The Foundation recently accepted a $15,000 gift from the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa's Heart and Soul Foundation. The donation was made in support of Atlantic Cape's 31st annual Restaurant Gala to create scholarships for students attending the college's Academy of Culinary Arts. The Borgata is a major sponsor of the Restaurant Gala, donating $120,000 since 2007, to create dozens of scholarships for students at Atlantic Cape's Academy of Culinary Arts. For more information about the gala, contact Torrina Bennett-Michael, director of community and alumni outreach, at 609-463-4672 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see atlantic.edu/gala.
The 31st annual Restaurant Gala raised $152,000 for student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations and showcased nearly 40 of the region's top restaurants at the March 13 event. Bally's Atlantic City hosted the annual fundraiser, themed 'The Greatest Gala on Earth.' The event showcased the talents of the culinary students at the Academy of Culinary Arts, who prepared thousands of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres served during the cocktail reception. The Atlantic Cape Foundation honored Academy of Culinary Arts graduate Chef Peter Slavin '84, creative director and ice sculptor at Fear No Ice Philly; and Anthony Catanoso and Steel Pier Associates. The evening ended with a dessert reception co-organized by Chef Deborah Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Tree McCann of the Academy of Culinary Arts. The 2015 gala will take place March 26 at Bally's. See .atlantic.edu/gala.
To learn more about Atlantic Cape Community College, see atlantic.edu.
Nuessle Memorial Scholarship available
The Nature Center of Cape May has announced that the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund will be offered for a fourth year in a row.
This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award each year throughout four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.
The fund was established by longtime New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who had Duchenne's muscular dystrophy and died in 1984. The Nuessles sought to honor their son's memory by providing a benefit for other young people from Cape May County; all three previous scholarship recipients, Elizabeth Brown, Alicia Calkins and Nick Avacoli, are Lower Township residents and graduates of Lower Cape May Regional High School. Since this is a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. Nature Center staff serve as intern supervisors, and assist students and their schools in obtaining 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, composed of members representing the Nature Center of Cape May and the community of Cape May, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.
Interested students should request a scholarship application through their schools' guidance department, or by contacting Whitman at 609-898-8848 or Gretchen.email@example.com. The deadline to apply is May 10.
Theater company plans student workshop
Applications are available for the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company's Summer Student Workshop - and several students have already signed up.
This year, it's "The Dancing Princesses," based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm. Twelve students ages 11-16 will have the opportunity to work with ELTC's professional staff, including Sally Bingham, who is heading up this year's workshop.
For 25 years, Bingham has been involved in theater as an actor, director, and playwright in Chicago and Philadelphia, participating in productions ranging from full-length improvisational plays to fringe festivals to children's musicals. She has taught acting skills and creativity to both corporate executives and children. With her husband, playwright Ken Bingham, they founded the professional theater company Edge Productions and Over The Edge Comedy Troupe. Currently, she heading up ELTC's artist-in-residence team for Wildwood School District's after-school program. She started West Cape May Elementary School's after-school theater program three years ago, working with students on "Hamlet" and "Macbeth." Technical Director Lee O'Connor and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth will assist.
This year's workshop dates were created to accommodate schools' later sessions to make up snow days. The dates and times are: June 19: 1:30-3:30 p.m., June 20: 1:30-3:30 p.m., June 23: 2:30-4:30 p.m., June 24-27: four days 12:30-3:30 p.m., July 31 and July 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. On the first day, June 19, parents/guardians may arrive a little early to talk with workshop staff, but class will begin at 1:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. July 1, students perform in front of an audience, open to the public, and admission-free.
The location for the workshop and the performance is the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. (corner of Decatur and Hughes), Cape May, where the company is in residence, and the fee is $200. For an application, see eastlynnetheater.org or call the office at 609-884-5898 to receive one via snail mail. For questions, contact Stahlhuth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-884-5898.
Christ Child Society plans luncheon
The Christ Child Society of Cape May County invites residents to join them April 27 for a special luncheon, "Spring is in the Air." This year marks 30 years since the organization was founded in Cape May County.
Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Hotel on Beach Drive in Cape May with a cash bar and social hour. A Chinese auction, 50-50 drawing and raffle chances on three prizes will be offered. Lunch is a choice of crab cakes or medallions of roast pork. The cost is $35 and advance reservations are required. All proceeds benefit needy children in the county.
For tickets and menu choice, call Kay at 609-729-5773.
Dog census set in Lower, Dennis, Woodbine
Shore Animal Control is conducting a dog census in Lower Township, Dennis Township and Woodbine.
Residents of other municipalities also will be given warnings if their dogs are found at large. The state-mandated census is required by law every two years and is for the protection and safety of residents to prevent a rabies outbreak.
For more information, see shoreanimalcontrol.com.
Arts and history grants available
The Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage is accepting requests for grant application materials for local arts and history support.
The grants may be used for general operating expenses or for special projects or programs. Eligibility is restricted to 501(c)3 nonprofit corporations, and if applying for operating support, to arts or history organizations. Those who apply for program or project support must have a program or project that is an art or history program.
The Legal Secretaries of Cape May County are seeking applicants for their annual scholarship.
Applicants must be a Cape May County resident enrolled in a paralegal studies program or a graduating Cape May County high school senior who intends to enroll in a paralegal studies program. Applicants will be evaluated on grade point average and community service.
The deadline for application is May 16. Those interested should call Michelle Devine-Hartnett at 609-846-0969. Applications also are available at legalsecretariesofcmc.com.
Grants available for teachers
The Cape Educational Fund will award $500 grants this year to local teachers who demonstrate effective ways to meet student needs and increase the motivation to learn.
For the past 32 years, the Cape Educational Fund has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars to Cape May County teachers who think "out of the classroom box" to do innovative projects with their students. Application information is available at capeeducationalfund.com. Teachers can access the application, instructions, and guidelines to submit proposals online. All proposals are due May 1.
For information, email Jan Randle at email@example.com.
LoBiondo's office seeks high school art submissions
U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-2nd, has announced that his office is accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Submissions must be no larger than 28 by 28 inches, and 4 inches in depth (including the frame), and can be: paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor etc); drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); collage (must be two-dimensional); prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media (use of two or more mediums); computer-generated art; and, photography. Each submitted piece must be accompanied by a signed release form by the artist.
All submissions are due to LoBiondo's Mays Landing office by April 30. The winning submission will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol, which is part of the main tour route of visitors to Capitol Hill. The second and third place submissions will be displayed in the Congressman's D.C. and Mays Landing offices, respectively.
Interested applicants can find complete details on the competition at lobiondo.house.gov or by calling 609-625-5008 or toll-free 800-471-4450.
Beth Judah retreat meeting set
Congregation Beth Judah is hosting a daylong retreat April 27 at the Beth Judah Social Hall, Spencer and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
The purpose of the retreat is to develop a strategic plan of action that will define who Beth Judah is as a congregation, who it wants to be and what steps must be taken to achieve those goals. The congregation invites unaffiliated Jews in Cape May County, Jews by choice, secular Jews, interfaith couples, couples considering interfaith marriage, relatives of interfaith couples, Jews who respect Jewish traditions, beliefs and culture and those who do not, Jews by default (Jewish only because they were born to a Jewish mother), BuJews, Jewish atheists, educated but without faith Jews, Reform Jews, Conservative Jews, Orthodox Jews, Modern Orthodox Jews and those who do not identify themselves as any of the above, to participate in this retreat.
For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-522-7541 and leave a message for Pauline.
Free walks, programs at Two Mile Beach
Come by car or come by bike this spring and summer to the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 12001 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest.
The Dune Trail and Marsh Trail are open from dawn to dusk all year. Two viewing platforms near the beach are open year-round. Free self-guided trail maps are available at trailheads and parking areas. The newly completed Marsh Trail is wheelchair accessible, and ends at a spacious bird blind overlooking salt ponds and marshlands that are usually teeming with birds in all seasons. Free bird and nature walks that are good for beginners or experienced naturalists every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Evening Full Moon Walks are held each month on the Saturday closest to the full moon. Other activities inlcude the Third Thursday Plein Air Outdoor Watercolor Painting classes, photography walks, "Nature-cize" fitness walks and other programs.
For a complete listing of upcoming activities and events, see friendsofcapemayrefuge.org. For information or directions, call 609-513-9349.
4-H seeks golfers for tournament
Cape May Council's 4-H Horse Council invites golfers, sponsors and donors to join in the 11th annual 4-H golf tournament. The fundraiser will take place April 27 at the Avalon Golf Club in Swainton.
All proceeds from the tournament go directly to 4-H educational costs, including the 4-H Memorial Scholarship Program and youth participation in state and national 4-H events. The Horse Council has contributed $18,000 to the 4-H scholarship program in the past 10 years. With these funds, 27 college scholarships have been provided to Cape May County 4-H youth. Horse club leaders hope to use some of the proceeds from this year's tournament to renovate their 40-year-old horse show arena with new footing.
Tournament entry fees are $100 per person or $385 per foursome. The entry fee includes green fees, carts, registration gifts, door prizes, an Italian buffet dinner and desserts made by 4-H youth. The tournament features longest drive, closest to pin, and putting contests as well as a hole-in-one car sponsored by Kindle Ford. Tournament registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the shotgun kickoff at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top three tournament teams and the top coed team.
Scholarship programs available
The Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association is offering educational scholarships to full-time students who reside within the geographic boundaries of the association and meet certain eligibility requirements.
The association is accepting applications from high school seniors for the Doris C. Stowell, James and Martha Owens, and Alex and Virginia May scholarships. The $5,000 Stowell scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior who meets special criteria. The number of Owens scholarships will be determined by the number of applicants; the scholarship will be a minimum of $250. The May scholarship is $1,000 and is for a high school senior who will attend a community college. The GTAMA scholarships for those already in college have the same geographic boundaries and students must maintain at least a B grade point average. Post-secondary recipients may reapply and receive a scholarship as many as three times (a total of four years).
Applications are available at high schools, the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association website, or Sun National Bank in Tuckahoe. Forms completed by high school students must be in the high school guidance office by May 2. College student applications must be at the Greater Tuckahoe Committee by June 2.
For eligibility rules and applications, see TuckahoeNJ.com.
Artists sought for event
The Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage, the Cape May County Park and Zoo and the Zoo Society are sponsoring a new event, "Art and You at the Park and Zoo," to take place June 6-8.
The event will be a non-juried art show and sale. Any artist or artisan may reserve a display space, and show and sell their works. Any arts or history group is welcome to set up a space and distribute information about their group. Groups that cannot attend also can drop off information about the group for distribution. Space rental is $30 and all proceeds benefit the zoo. One space is 12 by 12 feet and vendors must bring their own tents, display racks, chairs and equipment. The show will be located in the courtyard directly adjacent to the entrance to the zoo.
Scholarship applications available
The Greater Wildwood Scholarship Fund Inc. has announced that applications for its competitive 2014 Scholarship Program are now available for graduating high school seniors who are current residents of the Wildwoods - Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood and West Wildwood.
GWSF supports people in obtaining educational training beyond the secondary level. Scholarships and grants are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement and community service. To date, GWSF has offered more than $600,000 in financial aid to more than 200 Wildwood students. The deadline to apply is April 29.
For more information or an application, contact Bill Winter at 609-846-1209 or email@example.com.
Culinary training program set
The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer training this spring during an accelerated Culinary 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. During the five-month program, students will:
Become ServSafe Certified.
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.
Develop techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces.
For more information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlantic Cape offers professional workshops
Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops this spring for people interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers. Classes include:
Academy for Notaries: teaches participants how to become a valuable employee and better protect their employer's business. Completion of the full course will include a current year membership with the New Jersey Notary Association, May 17.
Exploring Digital SLR Photography 1: Educates participants on what shutter speeds, f stops and ISO mean through hands-on picture taking. Bring your digital SLR camera to class, May 28 and June 4.
Building a Business in Today's Economy: Offers participants tips, tricks and techniques to start or build their business in today's economic climate, June 28.
Professional development workshops are 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 information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-5655.
Scholarships available to Cape May County women
Cape Women's Resource Fund Inc. will award at least one $1,000 scholarship this year to a young woman graduating from high school who is a resident of Cape May County.
Last year, the fund awarded five scholarships to Cape May County graduates. Criteria include a B average throughout high school, acceptance to either a two- or four-year college program with proof of acceptance, and community involvement or community service during high school. Applicants also must submit a 500-word essay on this topic: "Too many students who start college often drop out during or after their first year. As a student headed to college, what do you think parents, guidance counselors and others need to do to help students prepare for college so they will stay in school and graduate with their degree?"
Students should submit essays and proof that they meet the criteria to CWRF.SC@gmail.com no later than May 2.
4-H offers summer teen leadership program
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County and NJ Audubon's Nature Center of Cape May are accepting applications for the 2014 Rutgers 4-H Summer Teen Leadership Program.
The program will take place at the Nature Center of Cape May's environmental education campus on Cape May Harbor. The program runs June 23-Aug. 15 and provides youths with leadership and learning experience through service, teaching and social activities. Professional NJ Audubon teacher naturalists provide teens with mentoring in environmental science, teaching skills and successful work habits. Rutgers 4-H educators lead teens in youth-driven community service projects and leadership development activities. Attendees meet other teens who have the same interests, earn community service credits and gain work and leadership experience.
Program participants are asked to job shadow nature center teacher-naturalists for eight to 10 hours weekly and to attend a mandatory weekly training session every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Coordinators try to accommodate teens' outside work schedules. The application deadline is May 19 and participation is limited to 20 students. Tuition is $250.
Call the 4-H Youth Development Program at 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or see cmc4h.com.
Free courses for businesses, nonprofits
Atlantic Cape Community College will offer free Microsoft Office (2010) and social media courses for all New Jersey businesses and nonprofits at the Cape May Court House Campus in April and May.
The free courses are made possible through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. Open enrollment classes have been scheduled at Atlantic Cape's Cape May Court House Campus on the following dates:
Word, Level II: April 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Social Media Fundamentals for employees on April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This class teaches employees which social media tool is most important based on personal and professional goals.
Social Media and Marketing, May 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., examines how social media platforms affect business and investigate strategies to grow your client base.
The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state. To register employees for training, call Susan DeCicco at 609-343-5655. For questions, contact Jean McAlister at email@example.com or 609-343-5688 or Esther Gandica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.
Aviation museum opens registration for camps
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and the Federal Aviation Administration again will partner to host an Aviation Career Education Summer Academy.
The full day ACE camp will run one week only, July 7-11, for students ages 12-17. The museum also has announced open registration for the Explorers Summer Academy. Explorers is a half-day camp tailored to younger students, ages 9-11, and will run one week only, July 14-18. Registration is now open to all students. Due to the popularity of the camps and holdovers from last year's waiting list, both camps are already half full. Enrollment is limited.
The "ACE" Academy is designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about careers within the aviation industry while having fun. The camp will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include a tour of an active air traffic control tower and U.S. Coast Guard base, tour and demonstration by the Federal Air Marshal Training Center and FAA Technical Center labs. The Explorers Academy helps students to explore the question "What do I want to be when I grow up?" The camp is scheduled for half days, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Highlights include Cape May Ferry operations, demonstration by U.S. Coast Guard, water rocketry and more.
Both camps stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and math "STEM" skills. Scholarships, financial aid packages and registration infomation are available at usnasw.org.
For more information, contact Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 or email@example.com.
CCA offers Art at the Library
The Center for Community Arts is offering the free weekly program Art at the Library for children ages 6-10.
The program brings literacy and art together in a fun and creative way. Children attending read a book and then do an art project based on the ideas or illustrations in the book. They have fun while learning new techniques and trying different media. Projects vary by week and include painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. The program is taught by Paige Cunningham, of West Cape May, and Janet McShain, of Dennisville. Libraries hosting the program include:
Cape May City, 110 Ocean St., Cape May, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Lower Township, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wildwood Crest, 6301 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest, Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Sea Isle City, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City, Mondays 4-5 p.m.
Woodbine, 800 Monroe Ave., Woodbine, Mondays 2:45-3:45 p.m.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Lower Cape Alliance, Sturdy Bank and the support of the community. For more information, call 609 884-7525.
Community Health Law Project seeks Sandy-affected residents
Due to the ongoing issues that victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience, Community Health Law Project has received a contract from the state Department of Human Services to work with residents affected by the storm who were or are living in Atlantic, Cape May, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Essex and Union counties.
With this funding, the Community Health Law Project is able to provide legal assistance, as well as case management.
In an effort to reach residents currently in Cape May and Atlantic counties, a CHLP attorney and advocate will be able to meet with residents in its office or at a location close to their home. Call the Community Health Law Project at 856-858-9500.
Atlantic Cape offers 'Club 50 Plus' workshops
Atlantic Cape Community College's "Club 50 Plus" offers workshops to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners this spring.
The workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Classes include:
April 25 and May 2: Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors
May 9: Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs
May 16: Organize Your Photos and Videos in the Cloud
June 7: Publish Your Book, Guaranteed
Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future club workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30. Mention code CEGN001-MW01. For workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-5655 or see atlantic.edu/conted.
Casino Career Institute offers training
Atlantic Cape Community College's Casino Career Institute is offering quick-start courses in Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat.
The four-week courses teach fundamentals and emphasize game knowledge, chip value and card handling. New sections begin weekly. For a complete list of classes and to register, see atlantic.edu/cci or call 609-343-5655.
NASW to feature B-17 rides
The Yankee Air Museum in Detroit confirmed that the B-17 Yankee Lady will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum on June 9, 10 and 11. The museum partnership will honor World War II veterans by offering free Flight Experience, or FLEX, rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady when a paid rider accompanies them.
A ride is a 45-minute experience with about 30 minutes of air time and will be offered at the Cape May Airport June 9, 10 and 11. To order a FLEX ride or to obtain a gift certificate, call Dave Wright at 734-483-4030, ext. 236. Donations are tax deductible. Be sure to mention the Cape May Airport dates.
Visit YouTube and view "Where Heroes Have Flown" for a 90 second glimpse of a B-17 Flight Experience.
Outreach center offers classes
The Neighborhood Outreach Center, 308 Clay St. in Woodbine - located at the St. Joseph building of St. Casimir's Church - continues to offer High School Equivalency and English languages classes.
Classes take place 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, and individual tutoring is available at other times. Call 609-374-5670 for free tutoring.
Dennis Twp. registering kindergartners
If your child or a child you know is turning 5 and was born prior to October 1, 2009, it's time to register for Dennis Township kindergarten.
The school district will hold its annual kindergarten registration on May 7 and 8. If you know a child in Dennis Township who meets these requirements, you are asked to pass this information to their parent or guardian, or have them call the school at 609-861-2821, ext 501.
It is important to send this information to the school promptly, so the school can send an official registration packet. Registration is done by appointment only.
Literacy Volunteers to train tutors
Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic has scheduled tutor training classes in Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Classes in Cape May County will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning April 23 at the Cape Technical School in Cape May Court House. Sign up now for Literacy Volunteers Cape-Atlantic's tutor training so you can help adults who want to reach their potential through education. Adult students are waiting to improve their reading, writing and English language skills.
For complete tutor training registration information, please visit the Literacy Volunteers' website, lvacapeatlantic.org or call the Literacy Volunteers office at 609-383-3377.
Child find under way by Dennis Twp. schools
The Dennis Township School District is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved and underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.
A child may be eligible for services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is one who either "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment." Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all eligible students with disabilities. If the Section 504 Committee determines that a child has a disability under Section 504, it must develop and implement a Section 504 plan for the delivery of needed services.
If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district's Child Study Team. Information also may be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey.
Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are all available free of charge through the Dennis Township School District's Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.
Play group at Seaville UMC
Seaville United Methodist Church, 3100 Shore Road (Route 9), is hosting a Mommy and Me weekly play group at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
Children can play in a safe environment with others while caregivers enjoy adult interaction. The nursery is located downstairs in the fellowship hall with toys for all ages.
Call 609-624-9019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Alliance seeks members
The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray the costs associated with running its clinic.
With the help of donors and volunteers, more than 15,000 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in 2005, and more than 26,800 volunteer hours have been logged at the clinic. Annual dues for individual alliance members are $10. Animal Alliance CMC is a 501(c)3 charitable all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. All donations go to defray costs associated with operating the clinic.
To join or donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, PO Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, contact email@example.com or 609-465-6388.
Free postpartum depression support group forming
Cooperative Care will offer a free support group for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression, and moms of older children who are experiencing depressive symptoms that affect bonding with their children.
Mothers with depression often deal with feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being a bad mother, lack of support from others, and a supportive group can help. Call Cooperative Care at 609-741-6363 to register for this free group.
Cooperative Care is a new mental health service in Rio Grande, located at 1076 Route 47 South. Most insurance is accepted, and mental health services are available for marital, family and personal issues.
Sandy recovery help available
Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.
Small Sandy Survivors group set
New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
Caper 10 group seeks new members
In the communities that comprise the Lower Cape May Regional School District, one program in the past 20 years, has provided more than $368,000 in scholarship aid to families of LCMR graduates, the Caper 10 Alumni Association said.
The association was founded in 1993 by 10 community minded graduates of Cape May High School, or LCMR. The group determined that if they would each contribute $100 annually to a dedicated fund, they could award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was not in the top 10 of the graduating class and to whom $1,000 might make the difference to be able to attend the college of their choice. The idea caught on, and Caper 10 now makes $3,000 awards to as many as nine graduates each year. Chairman Ed Sheretta reminded prospective members, that there are no fundraisers or meetings to attend - one only has to write a check for $100 to the group.
Caper 10 is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has a committee to oversee the annual collection, distribution and recording of funds. For more information or to join, write to 311 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204.
Reassurance calls offered
The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.
Volunteers also are needed to make the calls. Volunteers manage calls in 2½-hour shifts - 8:30 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. This service is provided daily from phone centers in Margate and Cape May Court House. To volunteer, call Ann P. Magee at 609-823-1850 (Atlantic County) or 609-463-4564 (Cape May County).