Beachcombers anniversary

Volunteers who lead and organize Sea Isle City's Beachcomber Guided Tours celebrated the group's 25th anniversary Aug. 28 with a luncheon at Mike's Dock Restaurant in historic Fish Alley.

Dozens of active and retired tour guides attended, some of whom have been associated with the Beachcombers for a quarter-century. Dr. Irene Jameson was honored for her 25 years of service to the program.

"I think the tours are successful because they are very informative and enjoyable," said director Eleanor Moore of Sea Isle City. "We offer a lot of interesting information for adults, but the tours are also geared for children. Our volunteers are amazing and very devoted. They show up rain or shine, and I have often witnessed guides staying late to answer questions long after the tours were over."

Since 1988, more than 45,000 participants have taken a tour. Sponsored by Sea Isle's Environmental Commission, the one-hour tours take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings in summer. They cost $1 per person and each child who signs-up for a tour receives a free sand bucket and "Sara the Turtle" coloring book. After each tour ends, all tour-takers take an oath to protect the beaches and preserve nature.

For more information about Sea Isle City's Beachcomber Guided Tours or to volunteer, call 609-263-9643.

School supplies donation

The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation's fifth Annual "Tools for Schools" supply drive resulted in the distribution of 265 backpacks and additional school supplies to needy students in area elementary schools.

"There are many children right here in our own communities who are not properly prepared for their return to school, simply because they lack the basic supplies like pencils and paper," said Dr. Robert M. Glassberg, President of the AMI Foundation in Galloway Township. "We are proud to have partnered with the community each year for the past five years in donating much-needed school supplies, and thus help provide these children with an equal opportunity at a quality education."

The AMI Foundation placed blue collection baskets in the reception areas of all nine AMI office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and purchased the 265 backpacks to hold the school supply donations.

Handmade for Hospice

Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House and Cape Visiting Nurse Association have announced a Handmade for Hospice program to benefit hospice patients in Cape May County. Volunteers at the Medical Center and Community Volunteer Knitters will make afghans, lap blankets and comfort shawls to donate to patients being cared for by Cape VNA.

Handmade for Hospice is an expansion of the Community Knitters Program started at the Medical Center several years ago. All knitted items are labeled, indicating that they were handmade by volunteers. Cape Regional and Cape VNA are accepting donations of yarn or gift cards for the purchase of yarn. Donations can be made at Cape Regional Medical Center's Foundation Office or at Cape VNA located at 1940 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. For information, contact the Volunteer Services Department at Cape Regional Medical Center at 609-463-2367.

Morey's goes to the dogs

On Labor Day Weekend Morey's Piers' Ocean Oasis Waterpark opened its gates for the first time to dogs, with all proceeds benefiting the New Jersey SPCA. About 100 doggies paddled through the water park, raising $2,000 for the group.

"The event was an overwhelmingly positive experience for guests and their dogs," said Jack Morey, of Morey's Piers. He said they do plan to repeat the event next year.

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