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Hammonton to celebrate the peach with party Saturday

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton will host its fourth annual Peach Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 at the Vine Street parking lot.

Pastore Orchards provides the festival with bushels and bushels of peaches. According to Jennifer Pastore, they enjoy setting up a mini version of their regular farm stand and featuring the fruit that has been part of their 100-year history. The booth will be manned by longtime employee Brittany Lupinetti and her staff for the same great service you receive at their regular stand on Route 30 in Elm.

South Jersey bluegrass band Home Cookin’ will be back to serve up its blend of bluegrass and traditional country music. There also will be photo opportunities in front of the antique peach tractor provided by Tommy Mature of Hammonton. Mature contributes to the history of peach farming in Hammonton’s community and enjoys discussing it with all who come by for their picture.

As usual, the Peach Party expects a visit from the newly crowned 2016 New Jersey Peach Queen, who will visit with her “court” of past Hammonton Peach Queens from the 1950s and ’60s. They will be hosted by Inferrera’s Market, where there will be an extensive display of memorabilia about the Peach Queen heyday in Hammonton.

“I love sharing our history of this interesting era of Hammonton with the people who attend the festival,” said Dot Orlandini, owner of Inferrera’s Market.

The most popular event last year was the “Best Peach Fuzz Baby Contest,” sponsored by Behind the Moon, a children’s clothing shop. Children age 1 and younger may be entered in the contest to determine three winners based on the cutest fuzzy head.

“We’ve had many of our customers ask if we would again sponsor this contest,” said Brooke Sacco, owner of Behind the Moon. “We were pleasantly surprised how many adorable ‘bald’ babies were entered last year!”

The pictures will be taken at the Peach Fuzz booth and printed for display on the voting board. Customers at the Peach Party may vote for their “Favorite Peach Fuzzy Head!”

Also look for complimentary glitter tattoos at the Sassy Sweets booth, a peach toss game at the Toy Market booth and games and giveaways at the AtlantiCare booth. There also will be a variety of peach treats and drinks. Food will be available from food trucks, A Cannoli World and Beast of the Street.

There will also be a Perfect Peach Pie contest. For contest information, call (609) 760-4085.

For Peach Party information, call (609) 567-9014 or visit www.facebook.com/hammontonpeachparty.

Micro loan program can help start a small business, grow

Looking to start or grow a small business but not sure you have the money to do so without raiding your life savings or remortgaging your home?

Consider two business loan programs currently being administered by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority that enable communities to leverage their Community Development Block Grant funds into federally guaranteed loans to promote job creation and economic revitalization.

“Small companies can create jobs and grow their businesses through the use of these loans,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “They offer opportunities that are often unavailable for start-ups and new small businesses that fail to qualify for traditional bank loans due to lack of experience and a proven track record.”

Shirley Corsey, owner of SC Consultant in Linwood and a state-certified training provider, plans to hire and train five new employees to become certified medical billing specialists with a $35,000 micro loan.

Corsey first learned of the micro loan program last September after attending a kickoff event for the county’s economic development strategy and action plan. Upon hearing of an increased need for job training in this area, she made the decision to grow her business in Atlantic County with the benefit of this attractive loan.

The Micro Loan Program offers loans between $1,000 and $35,000 to start-up businesses that meet the HUD criteria of low to moderate income. Preference is given to borrowers with at least six months to one year experience. Fifty-one percent of an applicant’s new hires should be of low to moderate income and should preferably live within Atlantic County. A non-refundable $100 administrative fee is required at time of loan processing.

The 108 Loan Program can provide for-profit businesses with loans up to 40 percent of the project cost at a maximum of $400,000 with repayment terms of 10-20 years. One job must be created for every $35,000 spent. A non-refundable $200 application fee is required.

Both loan programs are available to businesses located in municipalities that participate in the Community Development Block Grant as well as Atlantic City.

For information, visit www.atlanticcountyimprovementauthority.org or call Max Slusher, economic development director, Atlantic County Improvement Authority, at (609) 343-2157.

Atlantic Cape college offers more than 100 courses

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than 100 courses online this fall as an option for students unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The college offers 12 associate degree programs entirely online, as well as credits toward any of the college’s 46 degree programs. Fall classes begin on Aug. 29.

Register online at www.atlantic.edu/fall or in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at one of the college’s locations at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; or the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Some online options this fall are: Financial Accounting, Essentials of Culinary Nutrition, Graphic Design, Criminal Law, Composition I, Educational Psychology, Western World I, College Algebra and more.

Courses are accessible 24/7, so students can log on and work at their convenience.

The degree programs that are available entirely online include: Business, Business Administration (AS/AAS), Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Database Design and Development, General Studies, History, Literature, Office Systems Technology, Psychology and Social Science.

For information, call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, or email fall@atlantic.edu.

Jim Craine Show plays at Buena Vista concert series

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township’s Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, weather permitting, at Michael Debbi Park, Cedar Avenue, Richland. The schedule includes: Jim Craine Show, July 27; Lonnie Youngblood, Aug. 3; 45 RPM, Aug. 10; Ten Eddy Drive, Aug. 17; and Tear It Up, Aug. 24. The rain date is Aug. 31.

Hot dogs, desserts and beverages will available for purchase.

For information, call (856) 697-2100 or visit www.buenavistanj.com.

Ocean City Waterpark, Boardwalk discounts to help children

OCEAN CITY - OC Waterpark at Plymouth Place and the Boardwalk will offer discounted all day pass for $30.95 every Monday through Aug. 29. All day passes can be purchased by mentioning “CASA Mondays” at the OC Waterpark.

For every pass sold, OC Waterpark will donate $5 to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, a non-profit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to be court advocates for children living in foster care.

“We are so grateful for this new partnership with OC Waterpark and are excited to offer a great discount for families that live in or visit Ocean City,” said Karen DeRosa, director of community development at CASA. “The Boardwalk is the center of activity in the summertime and there is no better place to be than at the waterpark on a hot summer Monday.”

For OC Waterpark information, call (609) 399-0483 or visit ocwaterpark.com.

For CASA information, call (609) 601-7800 or visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Somers Point sets National Night Out for Aug. 2

SOMERS POINT - National Night Out, sponsored by the Somers Point Police Department and the Municipal Drug Alliance, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 on William Morrow Beach on Bay Avenue. It will feature a family beach concert with live performances by local rock n’ roll cover band the SSP’s and Strange Brew.

WAYV 95.1 will broadcast live from the beach and the New Jersey Chapter of The Ghostbusters will make an appearance. The evening will also feature a K-9 demonstration by the Somers Point Police; a helicopter rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard; strolling entertainment, face painting; the opportunity to meet with local politicians, fire departments and emergency management representatives; and more.

Somers Point Republican Club and ShopRite will provide complimentary hot dogs and snacks, Atlantic County Toys for Kids program will provide beverages and SP Drug Alliance will provide ice cream.

For information, call Lieutenant Anthony DiSciascio from the Somers Point Police Department at (609) 927-7161.

Hair Cuttery donating back-to-school haircuts to needy children

Hair Cuttery will donate back-to-school haircuts to children in need. From Aug. 1 to 15, for each child who purchases a haircut at a Hair Cuttery salon, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community.

“A new haircut for a special occasion is something we all take for granted,” said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Our Share-A-Haircut program ensures that children in our communities aren’t deprived of that simple, but essential, service. If we can send those students back to school with added confidence and a smile on their faces, then we’ve done our job.”

Area Hair Cuttery locations include: Wrangleboro Consumer Square, 320 Consumer Square, Mays Landing, (609) 645-9820; and Hammonton Square, 79 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton, (609) 567-9199.

Want to help kids? Become a CASA volunteer

SOMERS POINT - CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties seeks individuals interesting in becoming volunteer court advocates for children living in foster care. Individuals who would like to learn more should attend one of the upcoming Information Sessions scheduled at noon or 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 16 or 24 at the office at 321 Shore Road. Each session explains the role and responsibilities of a CASA volunteer and also gives an overview of the CASA program and outlines the training requirements.

Trained CASA volunteers advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

To register or for information, call (609) 601-7800, email Julie Bellezza at julie@atlanticcapecasa.org or visit www.AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Summer Dance/Concert Series continues in Buena

BUENA - The Borough of Buena’s Summer Dance/Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Joe Dale Pavilion at Bruno Melini Park, 616 Central Ave., Minotola. In case of rain, concerts are held in the Louise Basile Community Center.

The schedule includes: 4Js/Joe Janetta, Aug. 2; Buddy Cavallo Duo, Aug. 9; John Clark Dance Band, Aug. 16.

Bring a chair.

For information, call (856) 697-9393.

You can ‘Ask the Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner’

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s satellite, The Living Room, will present “Ask the Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Building 400, 2nd floor.

Marianne Herman, a medical oncology staff member at the Atlanticare Cancer Care Institute, will discuss improving quality of life for patients living with cancer, myths about palliative and hospice care, pain management and symptom control, and when to seek care. An open forum will allow for questions to be answered.

Lunch will begin at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Gilda’s Club South Jersey provides support, education and hope to people affected by all cancers at any stage, and to their loved ones.

Reservations are required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 407-4788 or email jane.abbott@atlanticare.org.

Egg Harbor City holding City-Wide Yard Sale Day

EGG HARBOR CITY - Egg Harbor City will hold its annual City-Wide Yard Sale Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. All residents, church groups, organizations and clubs are invited to participate.

The annual Egg Harbor City Fire Hall Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the fire hall on the 500 block of Philadelphia Avenue. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children.

For information, call (609) 965-0081 or visit www.eggharborcity.org.

Learn all about medical care in retirement

HAMMONTON - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a financial management workshop for older adults on “Medical Care in Retirement: Take Care of Yourself So Others Won’t Have To,” from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 at the Hammonton Canoe Club Senior Center at 100 Sports Drive.

Charles C. Weeks Jr., a certified financial planner and founder and president of Barrister Wealth Management, will discuss Medicare, Medigap and long-term care insurance.

“Many people wrongly assume at age 65 they no longer have to worry about medical expenses, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” Weeks explained. “We will explore what is covered and what is not covered, and how to accurately project likely medical costs and what options are available to insure against medical catastrophes.”

To register, call (609) 626-3591 or visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

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