Maschio honored

Bob Maschio, president of Coastal Broadcasting System Inc., WCZT-FM 98.7, was recognized as Cape May County Technical School District's Business Partner for 2012. He is an active member of the Entertainment Production Technology advisory board, where he provides professional insight towards industry trends and shifts in technological practices. Over the years, a number of employment opportunities have been provided for the Entertainment Production Technology students. The station's annual "Back to School Tour" airs live every September from the campus.

"The live broadcasting is an exemplary example and provides the students with extemporaneous speaking, critical thinking skills and the opportunity to meet the challenge of airing live," said Dr. Nancy Hudanich,superintendent of the Cape May County Technical School district.

Gilda's couples celebrate

Joe Lautato, chef and owner of Cafe 2825 in Atlantic City, opened his restaurant to 25 "Couples Members" of Gilda's Club South Jersey on Feb. 19, treating them to a night out with delicious food and great company. Lautato and his staff prepared a special meal and donated the entire evening to Gilda's Club members touched by cancer.

Honoring volunteers

United Way of Ocean County honored 26 people with Young Altruistic Professional Awards at a cocktail reception March 20 at Hemingway's Cafe in Seaside Heights. YAP Awards are presented to individuals ages 18 to 39 for outstanding volunteerism and philanthropy in Ocean County. This year, the YAP Awards focused on those who did extraordinary things in response to Superstorm Sandy. The recipients include: Lisa Dibernardo, Stafford Township, a volunteer with the township S.T.A.R.T. program; LeAnna Fisher, Long Beach Island, "Get Stuff Done" movement; Jeffrey M. Melchiondo, Jr., Barnegat Township, Barnegat D.O.V.E. founder, volunteer; and Cheryl Syminink Long Beach Island, relief supply collection/Long Beach Island muck-out.

Kennedy to be honored

The Peter C. Alderman Foundation, a non-profit organization seeking to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and violence in post-conflict countries around the globe, has announced that former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, of Brigantine, will receive its annual Humanitarian Award at the foundation's 10th anniversary celebration April 9 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

Kennedy is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to curing the diseases of the brain and eliminating discrimination associated with mental illness and brain injuries.

Autism group mixer

The Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association held its annual Winter Charity Mixer on March 11 at Cuba Libra in the Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.The event raised $2,100 for the FACES 4 Autism autism awareness, education and support group. FACES President Isabelle Mosca, accepted the donation.

Community garden

Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield is starting a community vegetable garden that will be tended by students, parents and volunteers. Produce from the garden will be available for free to those who volunteer to tend it. For information, call 609-641-3600.

Medical donation

Volunteers in Medicine in Cape May County has received $3,500 from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to offset the cost of 50 patient visits. VIM is a free health care facility for residents of Cape May County who have no access to medical insurance and who meet financial eligibility criteria.

Run for the Schooner

The Port Norris Rotary is sponsoring the 16th annual 5K run and walkathon to benefit the schooner A.J. Meerwald as well as local and international Rotary projects. The 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run/walk will be held April 6 at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Port Norris. The route traverses gravel and dirt bike paths and paved rural roads through scenic wetlands and the historic villages of Port Norris and Bivalve. Children in strollers and pets on leashes are welcome. Entry fees are $15 for adults; $10 for children aged 14 and younger.

On race day the entry fee for the 5K will be $20 for adults. Race T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the races start at 9 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony and tours of the schooner. For more information call the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 856-785-2060 or email info@bayshorediscovery.org.

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