Nominations sought

In celebration of Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s 50th Anniversary, the credit union would like to honor one individual who lives in Atlantic or Cape May County. You are encouraged to nominate an individual who has gone above and beyond the ordinary to serve the community and made a positive difference in the lives of others.

The winner will receive $500 and will be recognized at Jersey Shore FCU’s annual dinner March 23 at Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway Township. The first person who nominated the winner will be also given two tickets to attend the dinner.

To be eligible for the Jersey Shore FCU Community Star Award, nominees must be at least 18 and nominations may only be submitted in the name of a single person. Submit nominations online at jerseyshorefcu.org or at one of the credit union branches by March 1. For additional information and complete rules, call Jeannie at 609-646-3339 ext. 210.

Auditions set

Chase Arts announces auditions for poets/spoken word artists, singers, dancers and actors to collaborate on an original performance piece, Messages from Men — Machismo, Mayhem, Mirth & Maturity. Audition date is 1 to 5 p.m. March 2 at 1636 Delaware Ave., Cape May (just beyond the Nature Center of Cape May).

Auditions are by appointment only. Call 609-770-7820. Come prepared with a two minute monologue, song, dance or poem of your choice. Original work is encouraged, but not required. Bring a short bio and a photograph. Show dates are 8 p.m. April 27 and 3 p.m. April 28 at Cape May Stage's Robert Shackleton Playhouse in Cape May.

For more information, see chasearts.org or email chasearts@gmail.com.

Hospital awarded grant

Princeton Insurance of Princeton has awarded Cape Regional Medical Center a $10,000 grant to fund the implementation of the Hugs Infant Protection System in the Medical Center's Maternity and Newborn Care Center.

The Hugs Infant Protection System offers proven protection against infant abduction. Using advanced technology, the system is highly reliable and easy to use. The Hugs software gives nurses and other staff the essential information they need to ensure patient safety within the Maternal and Newborn Care Center.

CASA to honor volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold a Volunteer Appreciation Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Atlantic City Country Club, 900 Shore Road, Northfield. The free event will provide recognition to volunteers and raise awareness of CASA’s mission to help facilitate safe, permanent homes for neglected and abused children living in the foster care system.

CASA volunteer Connie Weidner, of Galloway Township, will be honored for recently closing an 11-year case, the longest in our program. CASA will also recognize the following: Service Partner of the Year, Mary Lane, of Cape Atlantic INK; Division Caseworker of the Year, Jessica Coombs, of the Cape May Office; Corporate Partner of the Year, Shore Medical Center; Community Partner of the Year, Atlantic Cape Community College; and Media Partner of the Year, Equity Communications.

Additionally, the most recent class of CASA volunteers will be officially sworn in by a Family Court judge. For more information or to RSVP call 609-601-7800 or email staff@atlanticcapcasa.org.

WISE program offered

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 health care and navigate the health care 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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. six Thursdays, March 14 to April 18 at the Cape Assisst Office, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. 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. Call Temerity at 609-522-5960 or email temerity@capeassist.org.

Music lectures set

Learn about folk literature in composed music at the March series of free music lectures by Paul M. Somers, sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Discover how composers utilized epics, sagas, fairy tales, legends, and folk heroes in their works ranging from incidental and program music to symphonies, overtures, songs, and opera.

The lectures will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Ocean City Public Library, Room 110, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City and 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Questions for the April lecture series must be submitted to Somers by the end of March-either at the lectures or by email at composer.lecturer@gmail.com.

For more information, call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony at 856-451-1169, or Somers at Maurice River Music at 856-506-0580. For the Cape May County series, you can also call the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434 and for the Atlantic County series, you can also call the Margate Public Library at 609-822-4700.

Artists wanted

The county is seeking artists to participate in an upcoming event. The Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission will host its 12th annual exhibit and contest of The National Arts Program, or NAP, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center (PAC) Gallery from April 16 to May 8.

This free art competition is open to all local, county, state and federal government employees and their immediate families. Members of the County’s non-profit Culture and Heritage Round Table groups and their immediate families are also eligible. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister or parent. This year the National Arts Program® welcomes employees and volunteers from Cape Regional Medical Center and employees from all Cape May County Schools.

The exhibit will consist of visual artwork in the following categories: painting; works on paper; photography; sculpture; mixed media; and craft. All entries submitted must be original works of the applicant completed within the last three years. There are separate classifications for adults (amateur, intermediate, and professional) and youth/teen (Youth 12 and younger, and Teen 13 to 18).

Registration forms are available online at nationalartsprogram.org/venues/cape-may-county-nj. Click to “register online” located on the left side of the screen. The deadline for registrations is 4 p.m. April 3. Call Mary Stewart at 609-884-5404, ext.131, or email mstewart@capemaymac.org for details.

An opening awards ceremony and reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 16 at the PAC. The first-place prize in each adult class will be $300, with $200 for second, and $100 for third place. Youth/Teen prizes will be $75 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. A “Best of Show” of $300 will be presented. Honorable Mention ribbons and Certificates of Participation will also be presented. Additional prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

For more information about The National Arts Program, see nationalartsprogram.org.

Cape assist awarded grant

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded a $25,000 grant to Cape Assist to fund a Wellness Initiative for Senior Education Program. 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 WISE Program is a six-week program that will provide older adults with the ability to understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. The program will also give older adults the ability to engage in self-care and chronic disease management.

Cape Assist can be contacted by calling 609-522-5960 or see capeassist.org.

Passport day scheduled

The Cape May County Clerk’s Office will participate in the national outreach Passport Day in the USA with special weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. The County Clerk’s Office will waive the regular $5 per applicant photo fee to provide passport photos to applicants this day.

The County Clerk’s Office is located at 7 N. Main Street on Route 9 in Cape May Court House. For information, call Donna Koehler at 609-465-1011.

Transportation conference set

The public is invited to attend the ninth annual Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference hosted by Freeholder Will Morey from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 at the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House.

Invited speakers to this year’s conference include state Sen. Jeff Van Drew; James S. Simpson, commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation; Samuel Donelson, acting executive director, South Jersey Transportation Authority; John Withers, supervising engineer, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Sheree Davis, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation; Scott Green, executive director, Delaware River Bay Authority; and Dale Foster, Cape May County engineer.

For information, see capemaycountygov.net or call 609-463-6678.

Health Care Resource Day planned

The public is invited to the county’s annual Health Care Resource Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. On hand will be key county departments that play a role in meeting community health needs such as Crest Heaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

Additionally, there will be free screenings by the Parish Nurse Program of the Cape Regional Medical Center for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and peripheral artery disease and fracture risk.

There will be more than 40 exhibitors representing various health services provided to county residents. Admission is free to all and there will be plenty of free parking. For additional information, call 609-463-6521.

Animal alliance offers spay/neuter clinics

The Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. (AACMC), with cooperation of American Legion Post 184, has come up with an innovative way to get the Wildwoods’ free roaming, indoor/outdoor and stray cats sterilized, thus humanely managing cat populations in their communities. AACMC will take spay/neuter surgeries on the road by launching a MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) clinic at the American Legion Hall Post 184, 4200 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, on March 3 thanks to a $22,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.

A team of veterinary technicians, volunteers and a licensed veterinarian experienced in high volume spay/neuter will set up the clinic. The surgeries, which include a rabies vaccination, are free for those caring for free roaming/stray cats in the 08260 zip code. The fee for indoor 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.

Auditions set

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) will have two local audition days of open calls for Equity actors. The call will be held from noon to 4 p.m. March 16 and 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. Sign-up for auditions on March 16 begins at 11 a.m. and continues through 3:55 p.m.; signup March 18 begins at noon and continues through 4:55 p.m. For the call on March 18 only, Equity actors may contact the theater for a definite time-slot by e-mailing the company at eastlynneco@aol.com.

The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract with rehearsals beginning on Monday two weeks before the opening-performance week, and a Wednesday through Saturday night performance schedule, with two exceptions. All of the rehearsals will be in Cape May.

Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth will be at the auditions and is directing all three shows. Actors are asked to audition with a brief monologue, preferably humorous, or read from “Lost on the Natchez Trace,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or “The Late Christopher Bean.” Sides will be available at the auditions. A reader will be provided for those auditioning with sides.

Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204, and not to the church. To learn more about the company, see eastlynnetheater.org.

Photographers wanted for show

The Ocean City Arts Center will host the annual Juried Photography Show throughout April. Work will be accepted

March 11 through 26 and must be hand-delivered to the Arts Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Traditional photography and Digital/Computer Generated photography will be eligible. All elements of digital work must be created by the photographer.

As many as to four photographs may be submitted with an entry fee of $18 for each piece. Photographs must be framed with glass or plexi-glass and be ready to hang with wire properly attached. Overall frame size should not exceed 24 x 28 inches.

Prizes are Best of Show at $200; Second Place at $150; Third Place at $100 and Two Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Applications are available on the Arts Center website at oceancityartscenter.org or at the Center. An Awards Reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12. For more information call 609-399-7628.

CCA receives funds

As a result of super storm Hurricane Sandy and the collateral damage sustained, the Center for Community Arts received an award of $10,000 from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

While Cape May City received little damage due to Hurricane Sandy, the Center for Community Arts was forced to cancel its Harvest Fling fundraising event and fundraisers associated with the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival incurring losses from these cancellations.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) announced a two-pronged major relief effort to assist artists and non-profit arts organizations who suffered serious damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation seeks to further the artist’s philanthropic and educational initiatives, and aims to preserve and advance global understanding of the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg’s life and artwork.

VIM receives donation

On Feb. 12, members of the CRMC Wildwood Auxiliary renewed a program of supplying soft toys and books for the children that come to Volunteers in Medicine.

Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County (VIM) is in its eleventh year of “neighbors caring for neighbors.” More than 4,000 patients have benefited from the physicians and staff who volunteer their time and talents to provide quality medical care to the uninsured who meet VIM’s financial eligibility requirements. The staff also educates patients and encourages them to play an active role in their own health care and maintenance.

For more information on VIM’s services, or to volunteer or donate, call 609-463-2846, or see vimcmc.org.

Cheerleading contests set

The Wildwoods Convention Center will host Cheer Tech National Cheerleading Championships for two weekends in March: the Cheer Tech National Recreation and School Championships on March 3 and the Mid-Atlantic National Cheerleading and Dance Championships on March 9 and 10.

These events will include recreation, high school, collegiate, open and all-star divisions, featuring teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. All teams will compete on a spring floor and perform aerial and acrobatic feats choreographed to music and sound effects. The winning teams will be awarded trophies and banners.

Competition begins at 9 a.m. daily. Admission prices per day are $15 for adults, $10 for children 10 and younger and free for children 3 and younger.

Cheer Tech will also return to the Wildwoods Convention Center on April 13 for the Elite Cheer Championship Shore Show Down and on April 14 for the Beast of the East Cheerleading Competition. For more information about Cheer Tech events, call 866-52-CHEER or see SpiritBrands.org.

B-17 at airport

Yankee Lady, the meticulously restored Boeing B-17, will visit Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport June 10, 11 and 12. She has been nestled in her hangar since late October, receiving attention from her handlers led by Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 Crew Chief Norm Ellickson and Chief Mechanic Paul Hakala.

Together with teams of volunteer craftsmen and master mechanics they spend countless hours through these winter months to keep this Flying Fortress in top-flight shape. For more information, see usnasw.org.

Educational seminars offered

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host educational seminars with the New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol at senior centers throughout the county in March and April. During these free seminars, Charles Clarkson, Esq. Project Director, Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey will provide information on how seniors can protect themselves from Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.

The informative lectures will take place at the following Senior Centers in Cape May County: 10:30 a.m. March 15, Lower Cape Center, 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas, 609-886-5161; 10:30 a.m. March 18, Ocean City Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, 609-399-0055; 10:30 a.m. April 22, North Wildwood Center 10th & Central Avenues, North Wildwood, 609-522-7611.

Two bullying workshops set

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with The Cape May Working Group on Bullying and Domestic Violence, is inviting parents to an evening workshop on bullying from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 at the William E. Sturm Jr. Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House.

Titled “Protecting our Children — Parents and Schools Working Together To Prevent Bullying,” this conference is free and requires no registration.

Attorney David Nash, legal counsel to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be the keynote speaker at the event. He will provide information on the rights afforded to children under New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Law and Dating Violence Law. Nash will talk about the protections available for students who are bullying and dating violence victims and will also address the due process rights of those accused of inappropriate conduct such as bullying.

Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. with a short welcome by Prosecutor Robert Taylor immediately thereafter. For more information, contact Melisha Anderson-Ruiz at 609-465-1135 or by email at manderson@cmcpros.net.

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Cape Assist, a member of The Cape May Working Group on Bullying and Domestic Violence, will co-sponsor a daylong workshop on bullying with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 8:30 a.m. March 19 at The Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood.

Titled “Putting It All Together: A Systematic Approach to Student Safety,” this conference is free. Educators can earn professional development hours for full-day attendance.

Attorney David Nash, legal counsel to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Three breakout sessions — Education and Law Enforcement Working Together; The Latest Developments on New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and Dating Violence Law” and Exploring Multiple Variations of Domestic Violence” — will be held during the morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am. Lunch will be provided. For more detailed information see the flier on capeassist.org where a registration form can be downloaded, filled out and returned to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at the address listed on the form.

For questions, contact Melisha Anderson-Ruiz at 609-465-1135 or by email at manderson@cmcpros.net.

Youth arts program under way

The Center for Community Arts children’s art education programs have begun for the winter spring term with exciting activities being planned.

Paige Cunningham, a West Cape May resident, is teaching the theme “Animals in Art” for the popular Art at the Library Program. This year-long art class for children ages 6 to 9 is being held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in four locations; Sea Isle City on Mondays, Wildwood Crest on Tuesdays, Lower Township on Wednesdays, and Cape May on Thursdays. The class reads a book, discusses the illustrations and creates art inspired by the story. Many mediums are explored; clay, pastels, paint, sculpture, charcoal.

The Youth Arts Program program is back from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays for children ages 10 to 14. Located in two locations; Cape May and Lower Township, this program is a great way to spend a night with peers creating art in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. It’s free and includes all art materials and dinner.

For more information about CCA and it Youth Arts Programs, call 609-884-7525 or see centerforcommunityarts.org.

Senior courses offered

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.

Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer. The class will be held from 9 a.m to noon March 15. A second section will be offered 9 a.m. to noon April 19.

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, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or staylor@atlantic.edu.

Rutgers rep to visit Atlantic Cape

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: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28.

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 & 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.

Support group set

Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences Department will hold a discussion session entitled Parenting the Second Time Around: Anger Management for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Building, 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

Joseph Davidow, Ed.D., licensed New Jersey psychologist will lead the discussion about anger issues of family members and ways of coping with them. Childcare will be provided for the grandchildren. A light supper for the grandparents and grandchildren will be offered at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6 p.m.

There is no charge for this program, but advanced registration is required. Call Marian at 609-465-5115, ext. 609, by Feb. 21 to register, or for more information.

State-funded spay neuter program available

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

Residents in the state can spay and neuter their pets at various veterinary offices for only $10 if they qualify for the state sterilization funding program. These 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 & Disabled.

To find out more information to see if you qualify for this “State Sterilization Spay and Neuter “ offer, or for more information on spay and neuter, assistance, call any of these veterinary offices for more information: Atlantic County Residents, 609-272-8777; Hammonton residents, 609-561-2802; Williamstown area residents, 856-728-6613; Cape May County residents, 609-390-9113.

Roller skating hours extended

Cape May Convention Hall will extend roller skating hours on Fridays and Sundays due to the overwhelming success of the roller skating program. Roller skating sessions will now run for five hours offering patrons more flexibility with when they want to arrive.

Doors for roller skating will open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. And Sundays, roller skating will begin at noon and conclude at 5 p.m. Saturdays will remain the same with two two hour sessions. The first session is from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second session is from 4 to 6 p.m. Skaters are encouraged to visit capemayrecreation.org for holiday hours and possible time changes.

Guests may bring their own standard or in-line skates or they can rent them from our facility. Admission and skate rentals are based on two hour allotments of time. Admission fee is $5 per person. Skate rental is $2 for traditional skates and $4 for in-line skates. Admission for nonskaters is $2.

Roller skating at Cape May Convention Hall will continue through Sunday, April 7 and then resume in December for the winter season.

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

Citizens Police Academy invites residents to sign up

The Cape May County Public Safety Training Center will hold a Citizens Police Academy from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through April 23 at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center, 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House.

All citizens are invited to sign-up for the Academy which will provide an overview of the law-enforcement function. Citizens will have a chance to see how police are trained and how they respond to various situations. This is a hands-on academy that gives citizens an opportunity to participate in police operations in simulated situations.

Topics include: Overview of the Criminal Justice system, Police Training Requirements, The Police Mission, Budget/Manpower, Communications, Criminal/Juvenile System, Crime Prevention and Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Related Activities, Use of Force, K-9 Usage, Domestic Violence, CPR and AED certifications, SWAT Team Demonstrations and Internal Affairs.

Refreshments will be provided during the evening. To register please call the Cape May County Police Academy at 609-465-1134 or via email to smorgan@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Playwriting get-way set

The award-winning East Lynne Theater Company and The Henry Sawyer Inn still have a few openings left for their special “Playwriting Get-Away” on March 1 and 2. Participants are encouraged to create plays, at least 10-minutes in length, during three workshop sessions, culminating in readings of these by ELTC performers. This workshop is geared for those who have written plays, as well as those who have always wanted to try their hand at writing a play.

Cost is $399 for 2 people and $299 for one (plus tax), which includes accommodations, breakfast, afternoon tea and treats for two nights, and the workshop fee. Cost for those who don’t need overnight accommodations is $150, which includes the afternoon tea and treats for two nights and the workshop fee.

Reservations are made through The Henry Sawyer Inn by calling 800-449-5667 or emailing henrysawyerinn@verizon.net. For detailed information about the events, contact East Lynne Theater Company by calling 609-884-5898 or online at eastlynnetheater.org.

Tickets on sale for concert series

Tickets for the Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Series are now on sale. Tickets will be available online and directly at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center Box Office, 212 Bayberry Road, Cape May Court House.

The concert series will include eight concerts with a focus on international guest stars from around the world. The series will open at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center the last weekend in June. The concert series is as follows: 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; Sinatra and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Tickets range from $25 for balcony seating to $40 for VIP orchestra center seating. Discounted season tickets range from $75 to $220. To purchase either season or individual tickets, call the JSP Ticket Office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924.

Dennis Township offers services for special-needs students

Parents who suspect their child may have a disability, can get free help from their local 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 21 years of age.

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 (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to all eligible students with disabilities. If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about the district’s Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821 ext. 220 or 221.

Information may also 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, if interested.

Scholarship offered

The Nature Center of Cape May will offer the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund for a third year. 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 long term New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

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. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs.

Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing lhe 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 the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Raffle tickets available

Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2013 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 14 Restaurant Gala at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Now in its 30th year, the Restaurant Gala has raised nearly $3 million in student scholarships. Winners do not need to be present to win. To order raffle tickets, contact Carrie Leahy at 609-463-4672 or cleahy@atlantic.edu.

Photographers wanted

The Ocean City Arts Center will host the Annual Juried Photography Show throughout April. Work will be accepted March 11 through 26 and must be hand-delivered to the Arts Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City. Traditional photography and Digital/Computer Generated photography will be eligible.

All elements of digital work must be created by the photographer. As many as four photographs may be submitted with an entry fee of $18 for each piece. Photographs must be framed with glass or plexi-glass and be ready to hang with wire properly attached. Overall frame size should not exceed 24 x 28 inches.

Prizes are Best of Show at $200; Second Place at $150; Third Place at $100 and Two Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Applications are available on the Arts Center website at oceancityartscenter.org or at the Center. An Awards Reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12. For more information call 609-399-7628.

Bridges conference planned

The Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) will be presenting the Bridges Conference 2013: Connecting Higher Ed and K-12 May 8 to 10 at the Cape May Convention Center. The Bridges Conference will showcase unique partnerships and projects that are helping higher education and K-12 to work together on enhancing the continuum of available educational opportunities for students of all ages.

The conference will feature many innovate programs that look beyond the traditional institutional role on behalf of high student achievement and the development of creative and innovative students through economically feasible programs and projects between colleges and K-12 school. The conference will also feature Keynote Sessions from Hall Davidson from the Discovery Educator Network, Steve Zalot from Apple Computers and Melanie Andrich from Eduventures. Special Topic Sessions and small group “hands on” presentations will also be available throughout the conference. The Bridges Conference is co-sponsored by Wilkes University, PLS-Third Learning, Discovery Education and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

For the complete conference agenda and to register for the Bridges 2013 Conference visit the P4CE website at p4ce.org and click the register today link.

Center offers development courses

The Stockton College Education Center will offer a series of one-day professional development courses for K-12 educators this February through May.

The courses are convenient for teachers in Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic County school districts. Participants are asked to bring their own device (BYOD) for certain courses. The courses being offered are as follows: Introduction to Edmodo, Safe Social Networking-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7; Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) One Day Team Training, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22; Six+1 Traits of Writing — How They Apply to the CCSS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18; Planning and Implementing a Successful I&RS Program for School Administrators, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19; Using Social Media to Connect to your School's Community-BYOD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2; Writing with SPICE, Grades 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .May 10.

For complete workshop descriptions and registration information, see ettc.net/calendar or contact Courtney Regan by calling 609-626-3866 or emailing Courtney.regan@stockton.edu.

Gardening workshops set

Pat Sutton will share her 30 plus years of wildlife gardening expertise in a series of five workshops designed for property owners from March 2 to 23. These five sessions will be in-depth, fact filled, learning opportunities that will be site specific to each gardener’s situation. Although each workshop can stand on its own, each is designed to serve as a foundation for the next. In addition to valuable handouts, workshops include question and answer sessions, working lunches, open discussions, and site visits.

The workshop topics, dates and locations are Create a backyard habitat for wildlife, March 2; Create a pollinator garden for butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bees and more, March 3; Create a wildflower meadow and wildlife pond, March 9; Battlestar Backyardia — Battling the alien invader and how to deal with invasive species, March 16. These first four workshops will be held at the Cape May Bird Observatory for Research and Education, 600 Route 47 North in Cape May Court House. The March 23 topic will be Landscape Design with wildlife in mind and will be held at the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, in Cape May.

Detailed descriptions of each workshop are available by visiting njaudubon.org/centers/nccm.

Registration is required since space is limited. Register by phone with the Nature Center of Cape May by calling 609-898-8848. Cost per workshop is $35 for New Jersey Audubon members and $45 for nonmembers. Discount for all five workshops $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers.

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. The following is the link to the list of items in the warehouse: warehouse.aidmatrixnetwork.org/Reports/Shopperreport.aspx?Org=41

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.

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 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, 10th 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 given 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 through 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.

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).