College hosts access program

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts will host a College Access Program to offer high school guidance counselors and educators an opportunity to learn how students can benefit from an Academy education from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Academy of Culinary Arts, M-Building, Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Highlights include an organic greenhouse tour, hands-on demonstrations by ACA chef educators, meeting with representatives from the following Atlantic Cape departments: Admissions, Financial Aid, Testing, Special Services, Student Activities, Rutgers@Atlantic Cape and Fairleigh Dickinson University, lunch in Careme’s Restaurant and 2+2 articulation agreement discussion.

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For more information and to RSVP, contact Danays Alvarado at 609-343-5623 or by Jan. 25.

Teen arts academy offered

Teens who are interested in the visual and performing arts are invited to participate in free workshops on Saturdays in February as part of the Atlantic County Teen Arts Academy.

The goal is to provide area young people with greater arts education opportunities and to enhance skills needed in preparation for college or a professional program. The Teen Arts Academy is a collaborative effort of the Hammonton Arts Center, Richard Stockton College, the Noyes Museum/Stockton College, Atlantic Cape Community College, Cygnus Creative Arts Center, and the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in addition to others.

February workshops are scheduled as follows: Drawing Faces and Caricatures, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2; Creative Writing, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2; A Dance Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2; Theatre Auditioning Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2; all at Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing.

Other workshops include: Exploring Techniques for Creative Watercolor Painting, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Hammonton Arts Center; Musical Theater Styles and Audition Class, noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Cygnus Creative Art Center, Egg Harbor Township; Digitally Manipulated Painting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona; East Asian Painting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona; Digital Photography, 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Mazzeo Photography Studio, Hammonton; Student Art Portfoloio Preparation, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, Hammonton Arts Center, Hammonton; Accordian Book Making, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, Hammonton Arts Center, Hammonton.

All participants must be registered. Registration deadline is Jan. 25. Space is limited. Registration form and full descriptions of the workshops are available at

More workshops are planned for March and April. For more information contact the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs via email or call 609-646-8699, ext. 6314, Monday through Friday.

Kickoff for cancer event

The Kickoff Celebration for American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at Center Court at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Linwood, an overnight celebration scheduled for June 14 to 15. This year’s theme is Colors of Hope. The kickoff celebration will feature refreshments, speakers, and information on how you can become involved and make a difference. Volunteers of all ages are needed. The event is free and open to the public.

Chili cooks wanted

The Knights of Columbus All Saints Council will sponsor its 11th annual John J. Heinz Memorial Chili Cook-Off and Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Annex at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Wabash and Poplar avenues in Linwood.

A full chili buffet dinner will be served and there will be live music. There is no entry fee and prizes will be given to the top three chili chefs, as judged by local celebrity judges. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for children and $18 for a family of four. Takeout is also available. Call Bruce Jackson at 609-646-1861 for information.

Tax help available

Several sites will offer free tax-return service starting in February. Appointments are required at the following locations:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, call 609-677-8266

9 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Atlantic City library, call 609-677-8266

9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Atlantic County Library/Pleasantville, call 609-677-8266

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township, call 888-569-1000

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Atlantic County Library/Brigantine, call 609-266-1684

Walk-ins are welcome:

9:30 a. m. to noon Thursdays starting Feb. 7 at 100 Medical Center Way, Shore Medical Center, Somers Point

For more information call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

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.

In Soups and Stews, learn how to prepare satisfying comfort food on Jan. 22 and 25. 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

Electric company donates to Arc

Atlantic City Electric presented a $44,000 donation to The Arc of Atlantic County during an open house and retirement celebration of long-time Arc CEO Deborah Davies. Through its seventh annual Charity Golf Classic, Atlantic City Electric donated $132,000 in 2012 to nonprofit organizations including The Arc; Gateway Community Action Partnership; and Special Olympics New Jersey.

The Arc of Atlantic County is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since its founding in 1961. For more information about The Arc of Atlantic County, call 609-485-0800 or see

Singers wanted

The Mainland Choral Society is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their 25th anniversary spring concert, “Songs of Hope and Encouragement,” on May 3.

Elaine King, former director of music at Greentree Ministries, will conduct the group. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the nave of Christ Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue, Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Nominal membership fee will be charged. For more information, call King at 609-266-8912.

CASA program set

Det. John Ioia from the New Jersey State Police Gang Unit will speak at CASA for Children’s annual Winter Forum from 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the Atlantic County Library in Egg Harbor Township.

The free event, which is open to the public, will feature a presentation by Ioia that details the use and affects of street drugs and gang activity in our community.

In addition to Ioia, residential counselors from the John Brooks Recovery Center in Atlantic City will discuss treatment options for people battling drug abuse. Anyone interested in attending should call CASA for Children at 609-601-7800 or email to register. For more information about CASA, see

Award to be presented

Atlantic County government will host the 26th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Birthday Celebration at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Atlantic County Atlantic County Office Building, auditorium, 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City.

County Executive Dennis Levinson will present an award in King’s honor to Perry Mays, a resident of Pleasantville and chair of Stop the Violence in Atlantic County. Mays is former Director of Community Partnerships for Health Engagement for AtlantiCare, and past director of Atlantic County Weed and Seed, which strives to help residents take back their communities by weeding out bad elements.

Each year, the county commemorates King’s birthday by honoring people who continue to uphold his principles through their involvement in the community and their efforts to improve the lives of their fellow citizens. The keynote address will be presented by Rev. John Howard, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Atlantic City, founder of the John Howard Gospel caravan, and a past county MLK award recipient.

College offers test prep courses

Richard Stockton College offers test preparation courses for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree or gain admission to law school. The courses provide preparation for most of the required entry tests including GMAT, GRE or LSAT tests.

Each course includes 30 hours of instruction. Courses are scheduled to begin in February. For more information or to register, see or call 609-652-4227.

Baby shower set

A baby shower will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Frances Cabrini’s Culliney Hall, Second and Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City. Admission to this service activity will be an unwrapped gift for a newborn.

These gifts will be donated to the Catholic Charities in Atlantic City for disadvantaged families. A tea with light refreshment will be included. For more information, contact Sister Joelle at 609-399-2643 or

Dementia/Alzheimer’s care education seminar

The Richard Simon Foundation of Alzheimer’s will present an educational seminar for family caregivers and professionals dealing with practical strategies for the management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, at Linwood Country Club, 600 Shore Road, Linwood. Featured speaker will be Lanny Butler, MS, OTR. The course qualifies attendees for six contact hours CEUs. Cost is $125. Must register by Feb. 10. Call 609-641-4772 or

Playwriting workshop scheduled

The Eagle Theatre will offer a workshop for those interested in learning about the craft of playwriting Feb. 2 to April 27 at the Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton. It is open to anyone 16 and older.

The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the major structural elements of dramatic form, and guide them toward writing their own one-act play. The workshop will be directed by John Perovich. Perovich is a theater artist from Mays Landing, an adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at Richard Stockton College, and has taught playwriting, acting, and dramatic literature courses.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the chance to see their original one-act plays performed at a public event at the Eagle Theatre. The total cost for all seven sessions of the workshop is $45. For more information or to register, call 609-704-5012.

Poetry workshop slated

The Eagle Theatre will hold a beginner-to-intermediate level poetry workshop beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton.

The workshop will take place on a bi-weekly basis from Jan. 30 until May 8 for a total of eight sessions, meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. During each session, writers will give feedback on the work of others, as well as receive critiques on their work from fellow members of the workshop. There will also be discussion on various elements of craft and poetic technique.

This poetry workshop will be co-directed by Dave Murphy and Eagle Theatre manager Scott Van Pelt. Murphy, a resident of Hammonton, has taught English for over 30 years. He has also participated in many poetry and prose workshops, events, and readings, including Peter Murphy’s annual Poets and Writers Getaway in Cape May, the poetry programs of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, advanced writing seminars with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn and the creative writing workshops of the Artist Teacher Institute. A recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Murphy has published a “handful of articles and poems,” is working on longer prose works, and continues to teach, read, and write poetry.

The registration fee for participation in the workshop is $45 for all eight sessions. It is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Call the Eagle Theatre at 609-704-5012 for more information and for registration. Enrollment in the workshop is limited to 10 individuals.

Concert scheduled

Music full of myth and fable by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky, and American composer and percussionist Charles DeLancey will make up the program for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s next concert series.

The concert will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township.

A discounted ticket price of $25 will be for all seats, subsidized by a grant from the PNC Arts Alive grant program. All Bay-Atlantic Symphony performances will be preceded one hour prior to starting time with a Pre-Concert Conversation with the Maestro.

Order tickets by calling 609-652-9000.

Basketball tourney planned

The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City will hold a seventh- and eighth-grade basketball tournament for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Jan. 20-23.

The fee is $175 per team, and teams are guaranteed two games. For information, call Bryant DeShields at 609-347-2697 or email

Bar association membership drive under way

The Atlantic County Bar Association 2013 membership drive has begun. With more than 400 members, the ACBA is a nonprofit organization that is open to all New Jersey attorneys.

The ACBA helps members stay connected and grow their businesses while offering exclusive access and discounts for many other special events. In addition, the ACBA helps sponsor various charities within the region. For more information contact ACBA Executive Director Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or see

Rutgers offers environmental steward training

The 2013 class of Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Environmental Steward training will be offered in Atlantic County from January to June.

The curriculum is designed to introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Authorities from academia are joined by colleagues from government and the nonprofit sector to share understanding and insights with the students.

Training location: Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. NJ, 08234

Normal class time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $250

Contact: Amy Menzel, , P.O. Box 996 Pleasantville, NJ 08232, 609-272-6950, ext. 6934

Applications and additional info are at More information including application forms and the current schedule for lectures at all locations are at

Music lecture set

Learn about “The Golden Thread,” a series of musical connections through time, at the January free music lecture by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

The lecture will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. Lectures are co-sponsored by the libraries in which they given. For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580.

Electric company to donate smoke alarms

Atlantic City Electric will donate 1,080 smoke alarms to fire marshals in southern New Jersey as part of the company’s Emergency Services Partnership Program. The smoke alarms will be dispersed in January to eight counties within Atlantic City Electric’s service area. The donation provides resources for county fire marshals who give the smoke alarms to New Jersey residents who need them.

The donation includes 80 smoke alarms designed to help protect residents who are hard of hearing. These smoke alarms emit a bright strobe light and high-decibel audible alarm to alert people to the presence of smoke.

Harris Communications of Minnesota and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse provided the donated alarms at a reduced cost. Since 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 21,300 smoke alarms and 720 special needs smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at or contacting Tamara M. Lamb at 609-345-3444 or

Low-cost pet neutering program available

Spaces are available now for the state’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for pets, available to qualified residents. The program helps qualified residents spay or neuter their pets for as little as $10.

To qualify for the $10 cost, residents 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. There is a $20 program option with other qualifications. For more information, to find out if you qualify, and to find a participating veterinarian, call 609-826-4872. See

Participating veterinarians include: Shore Vets in Hammonton, call 609-561-2802; Shore Vets in Egg Harbor Township, call 609-272-8777; Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Mays Landing, call 609-625-7922; Ventnor Veterinary Office LLC in Cologne, call 609-823-8566.

Tickets on sale for food event

The organizers of the annual Chefs at the Shore event are making tickets available early specifically for holiday gifts. The 2013 Chefs at the Shore fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 at Historic Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City.

The event appeals to “foodies” and environmentalists alike, as it showcases some of the area’s finest food while it funds educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Proceeds from the event also are used to fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association.

Chefs at the Shore tickets are $50 before June 1 and $60 after that date. Guests may purchase a block of ten for $450. Tickets are available at the Atlantic City Aquarium, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or by emailing or calling 609-348-2880, ext. 25. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, and donations of silent auction and raffle prizes are needed. For restaurant participation, contact the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey at 609-703-9912.

Poetry, prose getaway set

Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township and Murphy Writing Seminars have partnered to present the 20th annual Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway set for Jan. 18-21 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway Township.

The conference attracts more than 200 writers and offers workshops such as Poetry Writing, Creative Writing Sampler, Turning Memory into Memoir, Writing and Publishing Your Fiction and more. The event is designed for writers to advance their craft and energize creativity. See

Triathlon/duathlon set

The annual CONTACT Cape-Atlantic Triathlon/Duathlon will take place Jan. 21-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 fundraiser 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

Teen writing contest set

Gilda’s Club South Jersey is sponsoring its annual teen writing contest, “It’s Always Something,” for students in the ninth to 12th grades. They are looking for personal essays and poetry. Each writing must be honest and speak to how cancer has affected that teen writer’s life.

All writings must be 500 to 1,000 words, double-spaced. One entry per student. The contest deadline is March 15. Winners will be selected by May 10. Both First Place Essay and Poetry winners will receive an Apple iPad. Prizes also will be awarded to second and third place winners in each category

For more information, and a contest entry form, email Beth Wray at To enter online, see

Restaurant collecting for storm victims

W.L. Goodfellows and Co. Restaurant and Pub in Galloway Township invites everyone to make a donation to “Goodfellows For Shore” to help South Jersey neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Goodfellows will match all donations received, up to $1,000. Financial donations are asked, either through Paypal or in person at the restaurant, 310 East White Horse Pike, Galloway Township.

All funds collected will be used to deliver food and supplies to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch.

Volunteers needed for senior shuttle

Volunteers are needed for the Ventnor Senior Citizen Transportation Service.

This free shuttle service is available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and offers rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate and Longport. This service is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers, who are always needed to support this program.

Anyone who is able to donate three hours from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday can call 609-823-7994 and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted.

Restaurant gala set for March

The 30th anniversary Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will take place March 14 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. With the theme “Celebrate the 30 kNights,” the gala will feature Camelot-inspired decor and a feast.

Gala honorees include the Donio and Crescenzo families of Hammonton and Chef Kevin Scull of Egg Harbor Township. The annual fundraiser has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All gala proceeds benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Call Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672, email, or see

College offers IT courses

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer information technology certifications, including career training and IT professional series courses, in 2013.

Computer System Support and Analyst Technician enhances the Computer Technical Solution Series by focusing on the principles of desktop and network management beginning Jan. 28.

Certified Ethical Hacker training allows students the opportunity to review the processes and tools hackers use to exploit systems and learn how to deploy effective countermeasures to prevent malicious attacks beginning Feb. 12.

In Microsoft Certified IT Professional, students learn how to set up and maintain network infrastructure services and learn how to secure a network environment using industry standard technologies, beginning June 3.

Computer Repair Technician (A+ Certification) prepares students to work with the latest hardware technologies, including: RAID, Serial Attached SCSI, USB and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express beginning June 3.

Information technology certifications classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, see or call 609-343-4829.

DVDs needed for service members

AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting new and used DVD movies to send to serving military personnel.

Donations of new or good condition DVDs will be accepted at: Chester’s Pastry Pantry Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point; Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township; and Essl’s Dugout Restaurant, 7001 Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville. Cash donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of mailing DVDs to the troops. Checks made payable to “AMVETS Post 911 NJ” can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

College offers casino games training

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College has prepared more than 50,000 people for careers in casino games and continues to offer training for those who wish to enter the profession.

The Half the Time at Half the Price Program offers table games professionals an opportunity to increase their value and marketability to employers by learning a new game in a short-term, low-cost program. CCI table games alumni who have graduated more than three years ago can refresh their skills as they return to the gaming workforce with an Alumni Refresher Program. Graduates may take the refresher program course only for the games they previously have taken with CCI. Alumni who have graduated from CCI within the past three years can revive their skills with the Alumni Practice Program.

Classes include: introduction to casino games-blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker, pai gow tiles, roulette and pai gow poker.

CCI also provides training in nondealing casino professions such as Surveillance Training. Gaming classes begin every two weeks. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see

Scholarship applications accepted

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year. Atlantic Cape offers 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 pickup 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

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, 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 In Cape May County, call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082.

Jazz Society seeks sponsors

The Somers Point Jazz Society is seeking sponsors for its 2013 Jazz @ the Point event, which will take place April 11-14 at various locations in Somers Point. Proceeds benefit the arts program in Somers Point Public Schools. Sponsorships start at $500.

To be part of this event, call the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 and sponsorship information will be sent.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

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

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

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

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

Senior Center open

The Hammonton Community Senior Citizen Center is open for seniors, age 50 and older, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Canoe Club building off Egg Harbor Road at Park Avenue in Hammonton Lake Park. Recreational activities include card games, a walking group and book club. There are no membership fees or dues. On the third Friday of each month, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center sponsors a free lecture by a health care professional on a subject related directly to senior issues. The talk is followed by a luncheon provided by the Canoe Club Kitchen crew for $3. Bingo is held the fourth Tuesday of each month, followed by a free luncheon.

Call the Canoe Club at 856-322-7082 to speak to a volunteer for more information and to register for any event.

Arts center lists 2013 exhibits

The Galloway Cultural Arts Center has announced its 2013 exhibit lineup. To March 16 is Fresh Start; March 16-June 15, Anything Goes; June 15-Sept. 21, All About Light; Sept. 21-Jan. 11, 2014, South Jersey Life.

All dropoffs should be made to the Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Cost is $5 members/$10 nonmembers for each piece. To become a member, see

Health courses offered

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers programs for health care professionals interested in advancing their skills.

Emergency Medical Technician Certification will prepare students to perform basic life support. Participants will learn adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support, use of AED, assisting patients with medication administration, splinting, bleeding control, lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients. It will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, beginning Jan. 29.

Multi-Skill Technician will prepare students to function as EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians. Curriculum includes: anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical terminology, medical disease processes and appropriate treatments, medical ethics. The class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, beginning March 4.

In Administrative Health-Care Specialist, participants will learn a variety of administrative duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists and other health care facilities. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, beginning March 11.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

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

Golden Cotillion planned

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter will introduce a Golden Cotillion in spring 2013.

The Golden Cotillion, “Lovelier the Second Time Around,” will feature women 60 and older. It will provide an opportunity for mature ladies to experience relevant workshops and an evening of dining, dancing and fun. Ladies are sought to participate. A sponsorship fee will be required. Sponsors may be individuals, civic organizations, social clubs, or churches. The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter has been the sponsor of the Debutante Cotillion for high school seniors for more than 50 years. The benefits of this cotillion have enabled the chapter presenting scholarships each of these years. The two cotillions will continue to benefit Iota’s Scholarship Fund and the sorority’s Youth Programs.

Anyone interested is asked to call Barbara Gilliam, chairperson, at 609-348-3654.

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

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.

Local cookbooks wanted

Has your church, school, family, community group or civic organization created its own cookbook? If so, the Atlantic County Library System would love to have a copy of it.

Donations of local cookbooks can be dropped off at any Atlantic County Library System location or the Bookmobile. Library branches are located in Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. For a schedule of Bookmobile stops, call the library’s Outreach Services Section at 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

Library offers app

The new Atlantic County Library System app puts the library in your pocket. You can quickly and easily search the library catalog, check your record, renew the things you have checked out, and put items on hold with the app. Wherever you are, downloading audiobooks and eBooks; locating, calling or emailing a library branch; or accessing the library’s calendar of events, Facebook or Twitter pages are simple to do.

The free app is available for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and Google Android devices (Nook, Kindle Fire, LG, Samsung, and more) through your app store. For more information, see

Family readiness group formed

The 150th/160th Engineer Company, New Jersey Army National Guard unit out of Hammonton has officially formed a Family Readiness Group to support the soldiers and families within the unit. The following positions were filled: Leader Wanda Tarquinio of Vineland, Secretary Janet Wilson of Mount Laurel, Treasurer Patricia Christensen of Tuckerton, and Special Events, Jennifer Freeman of Pleasantville.

To join the 150th/160th FRG or receive the newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how to contribute, email To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see

Head Start enrolling 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 to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Call 609-348-4166.

Pulmonary support group formed

An evening support group is being formed in the Atlantic County area for residents with lung and related pulmonary disease in need of camaraderie and friendship.

Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and forums for discussion. If interested, please contact 609-230-2859 or The meeting date, location and time will be announced upon participant interest.

MS group seeks members

The Jersey Shore MS support group is trying to reform, and is looking for people involved with MS who would like a forum. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (not in summer) at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library System on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Egg Harbor Township is accepting riders.

HEARTS TRC, LLC, is a NARHA/PATH member center providing therapeutic assisted equine activities. Sue Adams has created a new curriculum, “From the Ground Up,” exclusive to HEARTS TRC, which brings new and skills to all of its riders. Adams and the HEARTS TRC partners have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children and adults who are challenged physically, mentally, psychologically and socially. They also are experienced teaching riders without disabilities. Sessions cover care of the horse, equine anatomy, psychology of the horse, and training techniques. Techniques to be introduced also include equine massage and healing through touch, to relieve stress, pain, and create relaxation within the horse.

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email

Food bank also needs baby items

The Emergency Assistance Pantry at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, is in need of baby formula and disposable diapers for its clients. The pantry serves 2,600 families each month and is located at the West Entrance of the Shore Mall at the former site of Value City. For information, call 609-383-8843, ext. 120.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties. The FoodBank has seen a 60 percent increase in need since 2008.

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, or MHAAC, is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s all about veterans helping other veterans through a member-run group process. In addition to MHAAC traditional services, this veterans group will offer education, advocacy and support.

While this group was formed to exclusively address the special needs of Atlantic County’s Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families, other veterans groups also are planned. MHAAC, in conjunction with Richard Stockton College undergraduate and graduate social work programs are planning to hold meetings for Vietnam era, post 9-11, and Korean War veterans as well as topics addressing issues such as HIV and hepatitis C among veterans.

This first group for newly repatriated OIF/OEF veterans will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHAAC office, 1127 N. New Road, Pleasantville. For more information, call Jaime Angelini, MHAAC Veterans Network, at 609-272-1700, ext. 308, or email


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