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Candlelight service to honor those lost to suicide

SOMERS POINT - Light for Life, an interfaith candlelight service, will be held to commemorate loved ones lost to suicide from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at Somers Point United Methodist Church, 223 Doran Ave. Residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties, first responders and professionals in mental health and addiction services will be attending.

Refreshments and information provided at the end of the service.

The event is sponsored by Spread the Love, Bridge Wellness Ministry and the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County.

For information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 301.

Buena Historical Society to discuss history of photography

BUENA - Buena Historical Society will highlight the history of photography at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Buena Vista Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway. Bart Feldman from T and F Camera Shop in Vineland will discuss the history of photography. T and F Camera Shop was founded in 1948 by Feldman’s father.

A variety of items will be available for purchase at the meeting, including CDs from the society’s East Vineland, Landisville and Milmay programs; books including “A Walk Back In Time In the History Of My Town” by Bruno Ferrar Renzulli and “Buena History Articles” by Gail Benson; also Buena Historical Society T-shirts.

For information, call (856) 466-4654.

‘Ask the Social Workers’ at Gilda’s Club

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “Ask the Social Workers,” on Feb. 18 at the AtlanticCare Cancer Care Institute, 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 400, Dr. Joseph Stella Conference Room. Supper will be offered at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

Samantha Hill, a board certified sex therapist and AtlantiCare Medical Oncology social worker, and Natalie DeSimone, AtlantiCare behavioral health, will present information on cancer’s impact on intimacy and how to overcome these challenges.

Admission is free but registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 407-4788.

First rabies case confirmed in Atlantic County

The first rabies case of the year in Atlantic County was confirmed in a raccoon collected from the 200 block of Steelmanville Road in Egg Harbor Township on Feb. 1.

The homeowner discovered her dog pawing and sniffing a raccoon in her backyard. Animal control was contacted to remove the raccoon which was later sent to the state lab for testing. It was confirmed positive for rabies on Feb. 3.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health has determined that the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations. However, as a precautionary measure the dog was given a booster vaccination and placed under a 45-day informal confinement.

Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated. Atlantic County reported eight confirmed rabies cases in 2015 that included bats, skunks, raccoons and a fox. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats each month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. The next clinic is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 21. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For information, call (609) 485-2345 or visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter.

Dogs and cats who receive an initial rabies vaccination are not considered immunized until 28 days after the vaccine has been administered, therefore it is strongly recommended that any animal newly vaccinated or those too young to receive the vaccine (less than three months) not be left outdoors unattended. Situations have arisen where pet owners have left unvaccinated or newly vaccinated pets outdoors where they have sustained exposures to known or suspect rabid animals, resulting in euthanasia or six months strict confinement.

Keep your pet on a leash. Do not allow your pet to roam where it could come in contact with rabid wildlife.

Rabies is most common in raccoons and bats, but has also been found in skunks, foxes, cats, groundhogs and other wildlife in New Jersey. According to the American Humane Society, rabies is most prevalent along the East Coast from Florida to Maine.

Public health officials also advise residents to teach your children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention.

Report all animal bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

United Way opens free tax preparation sites

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the Campaign for Working Families kicked off the 2016 tax season and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program by opening nearly 40 free tax preparation sites across the region. Families earning $54,000 or less, or individuals earning $20,000 or less, will be eligible to receive free tax assistance.

Assistance is available at the following sites in Atlantic County:

Absecon Public Library, 305 New Jersey Ave., Absecon.

Carnegie Library Center, 35 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Atlantic City.

Egg Harbor City Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City.

Egg Harbor Township Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

Galloway New Day Family Success Center, 622-624 New York Ave., Galloway.

Hammonton Family Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.

Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway.

VITA not only provides assistance for taxes, but also helps residents make connections to other financial resources such as budgeting, credit counseling and financial literacy programs.

For information, visit UnitedForImpact.org/VITA or CWFPhilly.org.

Helping to relieve financial stress of living with MS

HAMMONTON - Lee’s MSketeers Foundation will hold its third annual “Here to Relieve the Financial Stress of Living with MS” St. Paddy’s Beef and Beer from 6 to 10 p.m. March 19 at Kerri Brook Caterers at 755 S. White Horse Pike. The event will include music by Jezebel, who will donate their services, and a Chinese auction.

Tickets are $30. Proceeds will be used to assist South Jersey residents with the financial burdens of living with Multiple Sclerosis.

For tickets or information, call (609) 517-8419.

Free employment assistance to residents, community

GALLOWAY - The New Day Family Success Center offers free employment assistance to residents and community members. LaToya Wilson is the center’s employment specialist. She provides assistance with resume building, preparing mock interview questions, searching and applying for employment online, and building an individual’s confidence in preparation for a new position.

To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 652-0230.

Learn about microbrewing at Academy of Culinary Arts

ATLANTIC CITY - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, through the continuing education division, will offer “Beer Leadership: Brewing” this spring. This is the second in a series of beer and microbrewing courses offered by the academy. It will include both brewing and tasting beer.

Some topics that will be covered include:

How to Alter the Final Alcohol Content and its Effect on Palpability.

Understanding the Purpose and Use of Carbonation.

Exploring Types of Hops and Flavor Profiles Associated with Each.

Different Methods of Brewing Specific Types of Lagers, Pilsners and IPAs.

Importance of Sanitation.

Dr. Lynn Hoffman, author of “A Short Course in Beer,” will lead the workshop. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning March 7 at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

The fee is $400.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655.

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