EHT girl is N.J. National Teenager
Kaitlyn Schoeffel, 16, of Egg Harbor Township, was crowned New Jersey's National Teenager 2009 at the state pageant in Ocean City. She also was the talent and supermodel with style winner.
Schoeffel, active in community and school projects and clubs, will represent New Jersey at the national competition in Nash-ville, Tenn.
The Atlantic City Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club recently honored local residents for their community contributions. Honorees are Grace A. Burch, education, humanitarian; Michael A. Bailey, community service, performing arts; Duane N. Comeaux, public safety, community service; and Doris V. Graves, education, community service. Annie R. Smith received the SoJourner Truth Meritorius Club Award.
A.C. Key Award winners
The Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City presented its Alan Angelo Community Key Awards to four area individuals for their positive impact in the community. The honorees were Alan Ferguson, of Mays Landing, an 18-year member of Kiwanis and long-time community servant; Ellen Rhodes Milan, of Atlantic City, former teacher, vice principal and principal in the Atlantic City School District and active leader in many community organizations; and John and Joanne Kenny, of Margate, a couple involved in charitable work for over 42 years.
Gregor Mendel honors
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Daniel S. Falasca, of Buena, was honored with the 2009 Gregor Mendel Award May 14 from the Augustinians and St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland for his outstanding contributions to the southern Jersey community at a dinner at Merighi's Savoy Inn in Vineland Falasca is the founder of D. Falasca Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Inc. which has grown to become Falasca Mechanical. He gives his time and resources to many organizations and charities including the area schools and youth athletic programs, the American Cancer Society and the National Lupus Foundation.
Atlantic Cape Community College's Iron Chef Competition was held April 18 in ACCC's Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing. The first place winners included Rob Mustardo, of Ventnor; Danilo Tangalin Jr., of Cape May Court House; and Jessica Entrekin, of Cherry Hill. The second-place team winners included Matt MacCrea, of North Beach Haven; Bill Reeves of Haddonfield; and Charlie Vogt of Blackwood. the third-place team included Kevin Murray of Blackwood; Jeremy Petro of Egg Harbor City; and Carey Brandsdorfer, of Brick. Also participating in the competition were Sara Hutchinson, of Ocean City; Paige Puentes of Hammonton; Carlie Worden, of Sewell; Nekia Ward, of Atlantic City; Jesenia Quiles, of Egg Harbor Township; Philip Searles, of Camden; Dan Bliss, of Glassboro; Brad Connors, of Williamstown; and Sarah Kessler, of Margate.
Boys, Girls get donation
BJ's Wholesale Club, its members and its vendor partner Procter & Gamble donated $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City. The grant will support Power Hour, the Club's homework and tutoring program, designed to raise the academic proficiency of youngsters ages 6 to 12. Throughout the month of March, when BJ's Members purchased selected P&G products, a portion of the proceeds benefited this effort.
St. Augustine donation
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Vincent and Denise Consolo won the Big Bucks raffle at St. Augustine's Prep School's annual auction and dinner. The Consolos promptly donated the $20,000 prize back to the school.
ARMC Nursing awards
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AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center recognized 55 recipients of the Nursing Excellence Award during a reception held in their honor May 6 at the Mainland Campus. The nurses were nominated by their peers for excellence in providing quality care and exceptional customer service to patients and families. Each nurse received an ARMC Nursing Excellence pin and certificate of appreciation. Rosanna McMahon, a staff nurse, and Joan Wagenheim, a respiratory therapist, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, were both honored with the Preceptor of the Year Award for their dedication to mentoring new nurses.
The award winners are: Ray Andes, of Glassboro; June Appleget, of Egg Harbor Township; Sheena Barr, of Pleasantville; Vicki Baxter, of Tuckerton; Janet Boger, of Somers Point; Jodi Botteri, of Little Egg Harbor; Karl Burrows, of Egg Harbor Township; Trish Callens, of Galloway Township; Nicole Carson, of Galloway Township; Evelyn Chu, of Egg Harbor Township; Shari Cohen, of Egg Harbor Township; Kathleen Connell, of Northfield; Kate Devaney, of Beach Haven; Lily Diccion, of Egg Harbor Township; Lori Focoso, of Ventnor; Shannon Fontaine, of Seaville; Nancy Fonte, of Hammonton; Nancy Gaber, of Atlantic City; Joy Gallagher, of Woodbine; Kim Green, of Linwood; Rose Grio, of Egg Harbor Township; Tracie Groff, of Mays Landing; Marianne Herman, of Galloway Township; Karen Hodgson, of Forked River; Nally Hughes, Absecon; Clarice Johnson, of Blackwood; Sarah Jones, of Pleasantville; Colleen Kenkelen, of Hammonton; Crystal Lanning, of Egg Harbor Township; Helene Locantore, of Northfield; Ann MacMurray, of Ocean View; Linda Madrigal, of Ventnor; Omana Maliel, of Egg Harbor Township; Karen Martine, of Vineland; Brenda Mattessich, of Manahawkin; Judith Matthews, of Egg Harbor Township; Kelly McGinn, of Paulsboro; Anna Mills, of Atlantic City; Sue Monahan, of Marmora; Jasmine Nieves, of Mays Landing; Eileen Owen, of Egg Harbor Township; Cynthia Padilla, of Galloway Township; Pat Reinhard, of Hammonton; Maria Victoria Roque, of Mays Landing; Ann Ruggerio, of Egg Harbor Township; Linda Seedorf, of Pleasantville; Liz Smith, of Barnegat; Denise Smith, of Mays Landing; Phyllis Sodatis, Smithville; Janine Sooy-Sheridan, of Northfield; Candace Staines, of Mays Landing; Lindsay Tittermary, of Atlantic City; Donald Williams, of Mays Landing; Kim Wood, of Linwood; and MaryGrace Yankovitch, of Egg Harbor Township.
Kids in Kitchen donation
The law firm of Cooper Levenson donated $1,500 to the Galloway Community Charter School for its annual Kids in the Kitchen fundraiser, where students prepare a gourmet meal under the supervision of professional staff.
ARMC auxiliary marks 35 years
w/art Clare Schroer, Bea Leek
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Auxiliary celebrated its 35th anniversary and were recognized by the ARMC at a luncheon at the Vienna Inn in Egg Harbor City.
Thirty-five members, including founders Clare Schroer and Bea Leek, were honored for their 35 years of contributions. The Auxiliary announced a $35,000 pledge to ARMC Mainland Campus, which will bring its total contributions to more than $2 million.
Poster contest winners
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Gianne Cone, a fourth-grader at Weymouth Township School was the first-place winner in the My County Poster Contest.
Vanessa Mathieu and Jaymi Rodriguez, of the North Main Street School in Pleasantville, tied for second place. Krista Knisel of the Brigantine Elementary School, took third-place honors.
The poster contest in an annual event sponsored by the Atlantic County Constitutional Officers. It is held in conjunction with County Government Week, which promotes the county's resources.
Area grade school children were honored as "Most Outstanding Readers" by the Philadelphia Phillies during "Phanatic About Reading Night" on May 29. The award ceremony took place prior to the baseball game that night. The students were: Hannah Cintron, grade 4, from Warren E. Sooy, Jr. Elementary School, Hammonton; and Ryan Murphy, grade 6, from Charles W. Sandman School, Cape May.
Medical Society officers
Dr. Joseph J. Hong is the new president of the Atlantic County Medical Center. Hong is a dermatologist at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser Center in Linwood. Other officers for 2009 are: Dr. Zubair Zyed, president-elect; Dr. Guri Bonner, secretary; and Dr. Richard Menghetti, treasurer.