Bike rides raise $6,000

Two groups used a love of bicycling to raise $6,000 for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The 30-mile Marc L. Rosenberg Friends and Family Bike Ride began in Margate and ended in Strathmere. About 25 riders and support crew raised approximately $3,500 for the Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund which provides financial support for JFS.

Northfield residents Doug Stanger, Rachel Ludwig and Jamie and Terry Fischer participated in the 11th Annual Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride, riding approximately 425 miles and raising $2,500 for the JFS Food Pantry.

Banks donate to FFA

Susquehanna Bank branches in Minotola and Vineland donated $785 to the Atlantic County Future Farmers of America Alumni which benefits the Buena Regional High School FFA Chapter Scholarship Fund. The money was raised during the summer through a sale of Jersey Fresh blueberries at four Susquehanna Bank branches which were donated by Fresh Wave, John Molinelli, Inc., B&B Produce, and Twin State Farms, LLC.

The project was run by bank employees Tracy Renner, Lynn Hoban, Natalie Conde, Rosana Schreiber, Jeannie O'Connor and Don McCarty.

Golf tournament

benefits The Arc

The fifth annual I. Rice & Company Golfing for Good Tournament at Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township on Sept. 21 netted more than $55,000 for The Arc of Atlantic County's recreation program. Steven Kuhl, president of I. Rice & Company, and Joseph DiMedio, chief operating officer, played along with The Arc's golf athletes Danny Philippi, of Egg Harbor Township; John Miller and John Shorter, of Mays Landing; Shawn McHale, of Galloway Township; Michael Kmiec, of Cape May; and Sara Misal and Danny Miller, of Ocean City.

Free mammograms

Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering women who are uninsured, age 40 or older, and with no current or previous breast issues, the opportunity to receive a free screening mammogram during October at all nine office locations in Atlantic, Cape May Ocean and Monmouth counties. The program is funded through the AMI Foundation. To schedule an appointment, Atlantic and Cape May county residents may call 609-677-9729.

Nursing home

advocates sought

The Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly has a critical need for volunteers to provide advocacy for residents of nursing homes in Atlantic, Ocean, Cumberland and Cape May counties, according New Jersey Long Term Care Ombudsman James W. McCracken.

"Volunteer advocates are placed in nursing homes to provide an in-house, independent advocate, someone to whom vulnerable nursing home residents can go if they have problems or concerns," said McCracken. "Unfortunately, until recently, too little focus has been placed on recruiting volunteers for southern New Jersey. That is why we only have 25 percent of the 59 nursing homes in those counties covered. We must do better."

The ombudsman's office is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in attending a volunteer training that begins Tuesday, at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Galloway Township. Volunteers are asked to act as the "eyes and ears" of the ombudsman and contribute at least four hours each week visiting elderly residents in nursing homes and other institutional settings.

In cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation, or in cases where the volunteer believes a facility has not responded to a complaint appropriately, the volunteer forwards the complaint to the elder ombudsman. After completing 32 hours of training in communication, observation and troubleshooting skills, new volunteers will first shadow experienced volunteers who have been with the program for at least one year.

For more information about the Volunteer Advocate program or to learn more about an upcoming training, call 609-826-5090 or visit the OOIE website at

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