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Seeking nominations for outstanding residents with disabilities

Atlantic County seeks nominations of outstanding residents with disabilities who have attained significant personal achievement and have made a difference in the lives of others.

Eligible nominees will be honored at a reception in October during Disabilities Awareness Month and presented with the Donald J. Sykes Award named in memory of the former chairman of the Atlantic County Disability Advisory Board and an active community advocate.

Nominees must be Atlantic County residents and have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. All submitted letters will be reviewed for eligibility by members of the Advisory Board. Nominees should be exemplary citizens who generously give of themselves to make Atlantic County a better place. Individuals of all ages may be nominated.

Nomination letters must be postmarked by Aug. 31 and should include a description of the individual’s personal qualities, accomplishments and contributions, as well as the nominee’s address and phone number. In addition, the person submitting the nomination should include his/her own name and contact information.

Nominations may be mailed to: Kathy Quish, Atlantic County Intergenerational Services, Shoreview Building, 101 S. Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225.

For information, call (609) 645-7700, ext. 4519, (TTY use NJ Relay, 1-800-852-7899).

Enjoy the Community Farm Market in Weymouth on Saturdays

WEYMOUTH - Weymouth Township School’s Green Team will sponsor a Community Farm Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in July at the Weymouth Township Municipal Building, 45 S. Jersey Ave., Dorothy. Local growers, crafters and artisans will be selling their goods. There will also be prepared foods for sale, music and activities for children.

Everyone is welcome.

For information, call (609) 476-2633 or email hooper@weymouthtsd.org.

Free nature walks offered at Holgate Wilderness Area

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, internationally famous as a birding and nature destination, is offering free nature walks throughout the summer at the Holgate Wilderness Area at the southern end of Long Beach Island. These themed walks are free, family-friendly and registration is not required. Participants should bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and water, and meet at the Holgate Bulkhead. Walks will start at 10:30 a.m., will last about one hour and will cover a distance of about one-half mile.

The schedule includes:

Shorebird Tour, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Wilderness Walk, Thursdays.

Ever-Shifting Sands, Fridays.

Beachcombing, Sundays.

For information, call (609) 652-1665.

Find hidden objects, clues and ‘Escape the Room’

AtlantiCare Young Professionals will host an “Escape the Room” event from 6 p.m. to midnight July 16. Transportation will depart from the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in Egg Harbor Township for the event in Philadelphia.

Participants will enjoy a fun, interactive game, where players must find hidden objects, figure out clues and solve the puzzles to “Escape the Room.”

Cost is $65 per person for non-members. Membership packages are available. Space is limited.

Registration deadline is July 1.

To register or for information, call (609) 407-2393.

Reconstruction of the Daniel Estell House nears complete

ESTELL MANOR - Reconstruction of the Daniel Estell House on Route 50 is almost complete and now the work begins to organize the display of military artifacts within the historic facility built in 1832 that will serve as the new Atlantic County Veterans Museum.

“Our residents have been very generous in donating a wide variety of items from several wars and conflicts which not only provide a unique perspective of our nation’s history, but also of the contributions of generations of local residents and families,” noted Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County executive. “We are so pleased to soon have a beautiful museum in which these pieces of our history can be proudly displayed and enjoyed today and well into the future.”

Representatives from the Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee will be available to accept additional donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9 at the Estell Manor Historical Society, 134 Cape May Ave.

Artifacts with a direct connection to area veterans and personal accounts are of particular interest. A scanner will be available for those making donations of photos, letters, etc. who prefer to keep their originals.

A categorized list of suggested articles is available at www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum. The site also includes preservation tips for specific types of artifacts and construction progress photos.

The historic Daniel Estell House is adjacent to the Atlantic County Park and veterans cemetery. The former home of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the state’s first female mayor, has been rehabilitated to meet current code standards and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the added features are an elevator and rest rooms. The building is also being equipped with improved lighting, phone and Internet service, computers, exhibit cases and more.

For information, visit www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum or call Cindy Mason-Purdie, administrator of the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at (609) 646-8699, ext. 6314.

Seniors urged to get market produce vouchers

Low-income Atlantic County residents, age 60 and older, are encouraged to take advantage of the state’s farm market produce voucher program coordinated through the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services. The annual program provides an opportunity to purchase locally grown produce using $20 worth of free vouchers. The vouchers may be used at participating farm markets July through October.

The Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services has received 1,000 vouchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis at the county’s senior centers and several senior housing complexes.

The state requires the county to target low-income senior citizens for participation. Residents must be age 60 or older with an annual income that does not exceed $1,832/month or $21,984 annually for one person or $2,470/month or $29,640 annually for a couple.

Eligible participants will receive four, $5 vouchers per person to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from participating farm markets. Customers may spend one voucher at a time, but will not receive change if they do not use the whole value of a voucher. Participants may go to any site to receive vouchers and may call ahead for details. A list of participating farmers’ markets is available at www.aclink.org/intergenerational.

No vouchers will be issued without proof of income, which may include a Social Security statement, income tax return, bank statement, or a valid 2016 letter of government assistance, such as energy assistance or food stamps. Medicaid cards will no longer be accepted as proof of income. Proof of identification and residency as verified by a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, senior identification card, or posted mail is also required. Recipients must also present proof of age.

Vouchers will be distributed to eligible residents at area locations between July 12 and Aug.12. For locations and times, visit www.aclink.org/intergenerational.

Public info session scheduled on county master plan

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Atlantic County Division of Planning will host a public information session for municipal officials and interested members of the public to discuss plans to update the Atlantic County master plan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14 at the Anthony Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Ave.

The master plan serves as the unifying guidance document for major countywide initiatives affecting the continued growth and development of Atlantic County. It is being reviewed and updated in coordination with the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan developed last year by AngelouEconomics.

The project team, including representatives from Heyer, Gruel and Associates and Michael Baker, International, will explain the status of the planning process and its relationship to the changing environmental, economic and social landscape.

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues and objectives in addition to offering their input and suggestions.

Funding for this initiative, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, is provided through a state Post-Sandy planning assistance grant.

What to do when income decreases, but bills don’t

GALLOWAY - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free workshop, “When Income Decreases, But the Bills Don’t,” for older adults at 9:30 a.m. July 19 at the Galloway Senior Center, 621 White Horse Pike.

Jennifer Fox from Money Management International, a non-profit credit counseling service, will facilitate the workshop.

An unexpected loss of income can be devastating. This workshop will teach participants strategies that may help them “stay afloat” in the face of a sudden decrease in income resulting from issues such as job loss, divorce, injury or illness.

Participants will learn how to assess their financial situation, analyze the available resources and set financial priorities, create a plan to handle their financial shortfall, and contact their creditors and discuss potential hardship programs.

For information, visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

Learn about exercise science at Stockton University

VENTNOR - Faculty from Stockton University will give presentations on topics ranging from exercise science, the university’s newest program, to gender equity in sports, community involvement and a finale summer-fest musical program, as Temple Emeth Shalom sponsors its 19th annual “Salute to Stockton” lecture series this summer, in conjunction with Congregation Beth Judah.

The public is invited to this free series of events to be held at Beth Judah, 700 N. Swarthmore Ave. The programs will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Gordon Geller of Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate, a longtime Stockton faculty member in the School of General Studies, said the talks are always a summer cultural highlight for the congregation and community. The two soon-to-be merging synagogues are holding a number of joint services this summer in Beth Judah’s larger sanctuary, including the “Salute to Stockton” series. The merged congregations will be called Shirat Hayam.

The schedule includes:

“The Science of Exercise,” July 22, Kelly Dougherty, assistant professor of Health Science, will discuss Stockton’s new exercise science program, which begins classes this fall.

“Women in Sports,” Aug. 5, Eileen Conran-Folks, director of Stockton’s Hammonton & Manahawkin Instructional Sites, will speak about Title IX in education and sports and gender equity in sports.

“The Powerful ‘Town-Gown’ Engine,” Aug. 12, Laurie Greene, associate professor of Anthropology, will speak on “Community Engagement: Connecting College & Community to Effect Change.”

“Summer Songfest,” Aug. 19, Beverly Vaughn, professor of music, will host the festive finale to the series with a program of African American spirituals and songs focusing on freedom, deliverance, brotherhood and joy.

Enough stuff? Finders/keepers meetings scheduled monthly

GALLOWAY - The Enough Stuff Family Support Group will offer a monthly meeting for family members of individuals who are finders/keepers, formerly known as people living with a hoarding disorder. Coping strategies, resources, education and other topics will be covered.

Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road,Suite 8.

For information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 308, or email jangelini@mhanj.org.

Seniors can learn how to avoid damaging falls

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - AtlantiCare will offer a senior university lecture, “Don’t Fall for Me,” an informational session for seniors about fall prevention and increasing activity levels, from 11 a.m. to noon July 26 at AtlantiCare LifeCenter at the AtlantiCare Health Park.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 272-6287.

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