Teen volunteer honored

Taylor Zeides, 14, of Ocean City, is the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities Volunteer of the Month for January.

MAC Chief Outreach Officer Mary Stewart nominated Zeides for helping staff secure the Emlen Physick Estate the weekend prior to Hurricane Sandy's arrival in October, and then bringing a corps of hard-working friends who helped clean up downed branches and leaves after the hurricane, allowing the estate to reopen Nov. 2.

She is the youngest daughter of Melissa Zeides, MAC's Chief Operating Officer, and she volunteers for MAC events on a regular basis.

Bike giveaway

December's annual holiday bike giveaway for needy children at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City was the biggest ever, said organizer Drew Smith of Linwood.

Smith, who collects and fixes donated bikes all year for the event, said the group gave out 435 bikes. More than 3,000 people attended the event, he said, where clothes and other gifts were distributed.

Food drive success

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey's first Students Change Hunger food drive raised nearly five tons of food for the FoodBank, with eight area schools participating.

The top winner locally was Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, which collected 2,585 pounds.

Holiday performance

The "Middletones" choral group from Middle Township High School provided holiday songs at Cape Regional Medical Center last month, dressed in Victorian-style attire.

The group included Colin Milio, son of Dr. Joseph Milio; Zachery Peterson; Angel Saclayan, son of Cape Regional nurses Beverlie and Dienito; and Caroline Seitzinger. They were joined by teacher and Choral Director Debby Dalfonso.

First-grade gifts

For the fith year, members of the Cape Regional Medical Center and Cape Visiting Nurse Association gave holiday gifts to more than 100 first-grade students at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood, a hospital spokesperson said.

Each student received a book, a hand knitted hat and scarf, and a pair of gloves or mittens knitted by about a dozen volunteers.

Hospital donation

The Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $125,000 in support of the hospital's new Intensive Care Unit, which opened in 2011.

It brings the total given to $875,000 of a

$1 million pledge toward the project made in June 2009, a hospital spokesperson said.

Fit Kids fundraiser

More than 40 students at the Texas Avenue Elementary School in Atlantic City participated in the Kids Fit Final Mile portion of the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series in the Fall, raising $1,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

In December, students and school leader, Julie Land, along with Atlantic City Marathon Race Directors Genia Chapman-Bittner and Marg Mancuso, presented the funds to CASA. Each student also got a certificate that included his/her finish time.

To participate in the 2013 Kids Fit Final Mile, call 609-822-1167 ext. 141, or visit acmarathon.org