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Surfers to hit the waves to help cancer victims, families

MARGATE - Local surfers will hit the waves to make an impact for people with cancer at the 16th annual Surf for a Cause on Sept. 10. Registration is in progress for the surfing contest presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, and surfers are encouraged to create fundraising pages in a separate contest with a prize for the top fundraisers.

Registration is $50, includes an event T-shirt and entry to the after party at 4 p.m. at Ventura’s Greenhouse. Additional surfing divisions are $15 each. Grom boys, age 11 and younger, and gromettes, age 12 and younger, surf for free. Entry to the after party is $30. Register at thedrcf.org.

All surfers will be competing for divisional trophies. The winner in the grom and gromettes categories will each win a surfboard.

All surfers that enter the fundraising contest by raising their registration fee will compete for a custom-designed surfboard by Brian Wynn; two boards will be awarded, one in the adult category and one in the groms and gromettes category, who raise the most funds. Each contestant that raises at least $25 more than the fee will receive an “I Surfed It Forward” hat and sticker, and other prizes.

“Every year people come from all over the country to surf and hang out catching up with old friends on the beach,” said event director Dan Cellucci of Northfield. “The City of Margate and Ventura’s Greenhouse are great hosts each year.”

“The Surf For A Cause is how it all started in 2001 and it’s become as much of a reunion as it is a surfing contest,” said Mark Zappone of Linwood, foundation president. “We’re looking forward to a great surf contest and fundraiser. It’s an amazing day on the beach with awesome surfing and an epic after party.”

Randazzo, New Jersey’s most successful professional surfer, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the height of his career in 2001 and formed the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation to support others diagnosed with cancer in need of financial assistance. To date the organization has granted more than $600,000 to people with cancer and organizations dedicated to providing cancer treatment.

For sponsorship or other information, visit TheDRCF.org.

American Legion to host crabs and spaghetti dinner

BUENA – American Legion Post 270 will host a crabs and spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Minotola Fire Company at 616 Central Ave., Minotola. Takeouts will be available. Beer and wine will also be available.

Tickets are $15.

Hammonton Education Foundation to hold Recycling Central

HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Education Foundation will hold its annual Recycling Central event from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society grounds on the corner of Third and French streets. BB&T bank will be the event’s major sponsor.

DocuVault Delaware Valley will have a mobile paper shredding unit on-site to provide safe, secure shredding of documents.

Residents may shred up to three 33-gallon bags of paper for $20. Businesses will be charged on a sliding scale, ranging from $50 for up to 150 pounds to $250 for up to 1,000 pounds. Receipts for tax purposes will be provided.

“The annual shredding fundraiser is a great community event where residents can safely destroy their important documents,” event chairwoman Marie Fucetola said. “At the same time, the proceeds raised will help the education foundation continue to offer grants that help fund innovative projects in the Hammonton School District.”

Several other community organizations will participate in Recycling Central.

The Hammonton Lions Club will collect eyeglasses and hearing aids, the Hammonton branch of the Atlantic County Library System will collect books, and the Hammonton High School Green Earth Club will collect old cell phones.

Migrant Worker Outreach, a local volunteer organization that helps migrant farm workers who spend time in South Jersey, will collect folding chairs, soft luggage and backpacks, 5-gallon plastic buckets, beach and yoga mats, and stadium cushions.

Recycling Central is part of the town’s Green Weekend, which also includes the town-wide yard sale on Sept. 17 and the Green Day Festival on Sept. 18.

For information about Recycling Central or to help sponsor the event, call (609) 561-0343.

Atlantic Cape Community College celebrating 50th anniversary

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for Atlantic and Cape May County residents with a series of commemorative events during the 2016-2017 school year at all three of its campuses. The college will kick off the yearlong series of events with a Community Day, from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Highlights include music by Seven Stone, face painting, a drone demonstration, Blackhawk Helicopter tours, Atlantic City Aquarium’s Traveling Touch Tank Exhibit, plus craft and nonprofit vendors.

Food will be available for purchase from food trucks including The Palm, Mad Dog Morgan’s and The Brickwork Caterers.

The event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s 50th anniversary and future events, visit www.atlantic.edu/50.

ACCC golf tournament supports scholarships

CAPE MAY - The 2016 Atlantic Cape Community College Scramble “Fore” Scholarships golf tournament will be held Oct. 7 at the Cape May National Golf Club on Route 9. Partnering with the Atlantic Cape Foundation, Cape May National will host the tournament to support student scholarships and foundation operations. In honor of the college’s upcoming 50th anniversary, a few surprises will also be added to the tournament.

The tournament will follow a scramble format, beginning with a shotgun-start at 12:30 p.m. Player fees, which include a complimentary gift, lunch and awards dinner, are $150 per person and $500 per foursome. Golfers may participate in a variety of skills challenges, including closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests. Individuals and businesses may also support the event through sponsorship opportunities ranging from $125 to $5,000.

For sponsorship or player information, call Alicia McMackin at (609) 463-4672 or email amcmacki@atlantic.edu.

Somers Point Historical open Tuesdays, Saturdays

SOMERS POINT - Somers Point Historical Museum is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 745 Shore Road. Thousands of pictures and artifacts are on display at the museum.

For information call (609) 927-2900 or visit www.somerspointhistory.org.

August is month for action on energy assistance

MAYS LANDING - The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition has declared August as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Action Month. Atlantic City Electric reminds customers about numerous options to apply for energy assistance including LIHEAP, which provides critical home heating and cooling assistance to those who qualify.

LIHEAP, administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, is a federally funded program that assists low-income households, both homeowners and renters, with their energy bills. While many people associate LIHEAP with heating costs, assistance is also provided for an emergency crisis and medically necessary cooling costs.

“In New Jersey, we are fortunate to have a wide range of programs that offer our customers financial assistance with their electric bills,” said Vince Maione, region president, Atlantic City Electric. “We thank the legislators for their continued support of these critical programs and encourage residents of South Jersey to use the financial assistance available to them.”

Customers may apply for LIHEAP from Oct. 1 through April 30, through a network of local agencies. To apply for LIHEAP assistance or for information, call (800) 510-3102 or visit energyassistance.nj.gov.

In addition to LIHEAP, customers may also take advantage of the Universal Service Fund, which helps ensure energy bills are more affordable for eligible low-income customers.

Moderate income energy assistance programs include:

The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric program, which provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low to moderate-income New Jersey households that are experiencing a temporary financial crisis. For information, call (855) 465-8783 or visit njpoweron.org.

The TRUE Grant program, which assists customers who are ineligible for low-income programs by providing up to $750 toward their Atlantic City Electric bill. For information, call (855) 465-8783 or visit njpoweron.org.

New Jersey SHARES is a nonprofit corporation, which provides assistance to income eligible New Jersey households with energy, telephone and water bills. For information, call (866) 657-4273 or visit njshares.org.

Senior citizens and adults with disabilities may apply for Lifeline, a utility assistance program that offers $225 to persons who meet certain income guidelines. This benefit includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent. For information, call (800) 792-9745.

Customers may also contact Atlantic City Electric’s Customer Care Center at (800) 642-3780 and ask about budget billing or register for My Account, a web-based interactive tool that provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electric use and offers ways to save energy and save money on their monthly energy bill.

For Atlantic City Electric information, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com or www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric.

Mental health workshop will help people declutter

GALLOWAY - The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County will offer a Buried in Treasures Workshop, a workshop for individuals who want to learn to declutter and stop over-acquiring, at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8. The group will meet on Tuesdays for 15 weeks beginning Sept. 27. This action-oriented, self-help group teaches healthier habits.

Cost is $15 per session. Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 303.

Stockton University now owns the Noyes Museum of Art

GALLOWAY - The Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation and The Noyes Museum of Art recently announced the transfer of ownership of the art museum and artwork, both formerly located in the Oceanville section of Galloway, to Stockton University. The Noyes Foundation will continue to provide annual bequests to the university, primarily to support art acquisition.

Stockton initially will expand The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University’s footprint at Kramer Hall, at 30 Front St., Hammonton, and will designate a permanent location in the future. The Noyes Foundation retains ownership of the museum’s former Oceanville location, which is currently for sale.

“The Noyes Museum has been an arts and culture icon in South Jersey since 1983, and Stockton is very excited to continue this tradition,” said Stockton President Harvey Kesselman. “Having a museum of this caliber adds great value to our students’ experiences and offers a number of opportunities to appreciate art and engage in cultural activities.”

The Noyes Museum already has strong ties to the university, including installations at satellite facilities in the Arts Garage and Sculpture Walk in Atlantic City and at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway. It is a key partner in Hammonton’s Arts District and operates the Noyes Museum Gallery in Stockton’s Kramer Hall, where museum and university staff collaborate with other groups to present exhibits including the upcoming show, “Hammonton: 150 Years of Agriculture,” through Dec. 31 during the town’s Sesquicentennial.

The Noyes Museum Shop on South Second Street showcases and sells original artwork, jewelry and ceramics by regional artists and offers custom framing. In addition, the museum provides traveling exhibitions throughout the year at facilities of partners including Shore Medical Center and AtlantiCare.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Mr. and Mrs. Fred Winslow Noyes Foundation, I am excited that the Noyes Museum of Art’s lengthy partnership with Stockton University is now culminating in the university’s ownership and operation of the museum,” said Michael Hyett, president of the Noyes Foundation board. “This agreement protects and serves the interests of all parties and, especially, the people of our region who have for so long supported the museum as an organization of distinction. I anticipate that the university will wholeheartedly preserve the mission and vision of the museum board, the foundation board and, most importantly, our founders, Fred and Ethel Noyes, who would be extremely proud that their creation has come so far.”

Hyett said an advisory committee consisting of members of the Stockton community and the museum board “will help ensure that the heart and soul of the museum will remain vital and a key ingredient in the South Jersey cultural landscape.”

“I’d like to thank everyone involved who helped bring this to fruition and, in particular, Dr. Harvey Kesselman, for his insight, leadership, sensitivity and dedication to fulfilling the dream of the perpetuation of our South Jersey cultural gem, the Noyes Museum of Art,” Hyett said.

“Fred and Ethel Noyes were strong proponents of the arts and created a legacy to highlight South Jersey artists and the rich offerings of regional art,” said Christine McCullough, president of the museum board. “We trust that the new relationship with Stockton University will allow The Noyes Museum to continue to grow and expand the Noyes' vision. We look forward to seeing our supporters at all the Noyes locations and upcoming events.”

The Noyes Museum of Art was the vision of local entrepreneurs Fred and Ethel Noyes, who were avid art and antique collectors. Fred was also an academically trained artist who produced many works reflecting his love of southern New Jersey's natural features. His art and personal collection of vintage bird decoys are part of the museum’s extensive collection of 19th- to 21st-century fine and folk art.

“For the past 33 years, the Noyes Museum Board of Directors and the Noyes Foundation have provided leadership and support that has made the museum a cultural hub in southern New Jersey,” said Michael Cagno, executive director. “This has enabled the museum to provide many opportunities for artists and community engagement throughout the region. Stockton’s support for the past six years has been nothing but exemplary and will only provide deeper engagement opportunities to better serve the museum’s members and the community at-large.”

Dean Lisa Honaker, of Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities, elaborated on how the change will benefit students.

“Bringing the Noyes officially and more permanently under Stockton will offer many opportunities for joint activities and projects,” said Honaker. “We see opportunities for our students to work with portions of the Noyes collection as well as opportunities for collaborations with other Stockton programs and units, such as the South Jersey History & Culture Center, the Visual Arts program and the Performing Arts Center, which will benefit students and the community alike.”

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