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ACCC offering medical assistant training program

ATLANTIC CITY - The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers a comprehensive Medical Assistant Training Program at the college’s Atlantic City Campus this fall, in two different formats:

Medical Assistant, Daytime, Classroom Option is offered in a traditional format of classroom instruction and some online work, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Oct. 10.

Medical Assistant, Evening, Hybrid Option is a more flexible option that allows students to complete most coursework online, with skills lab instruction, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 6.

Medical assistants are highly trained individuals who perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care facilities. Clinical duties include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination and assisting the physician during the exam. Students completing all course requirements will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician and EKG Technician certification exams. American Heart Association BLS/CPR certification is also covered in this program. The cost of these exams and certifications is included in the program fee.

Both programs cost $6,035. Students eligible for financial aid must use their aid for the traditional daytime class.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings.

To register or for information or to register, call (609) 343-5655 or visit www.atlantic.edu/conted.

County’s ninth rabies case confirmed in Hammonton

A kitten that had been taken in and cared for by a Hammonton couple has been confirmed as Atlantic County’s ninth rabies case of the year.

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health reports that the couple’s outdoor cat brought home three kittens in June that were cared for by a couple living on Washington Street. One kitten became ill and was taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment on Aug. 18. It displayed neurological symptoms consistent with rabies and soon died. It was confirmed positive for rabies by the state lab on Aug. 24.

This is the second confirmation of the viral disease in a cat this year. Other cases have involved bats, raccoons and a skunk.

An investigation by the Division of Public Health determined that the couple was exposed to the kitten’s saliva and scratches while under its care and has been advised to seek post-exposure treatment. Thirteen cats that were living at the couple’s home may also have been exposed. Vaccination records are incomplete at this time. Further monitoring and investigation is ongoing.

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

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. 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.

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.

For information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets or to report an animal bite, call (609) 645-5971 or visit www.aclink.org/publichealth.

Learn about ‘Prohibition in Coastal Atlantic County’

NORTHFIELD - The Atlantic County Roundtable of Historical Organizations will present “Prohibition in Coastal Atlantic County” at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Northfield City Hall, 1600 Shore Road. Several local historical societies and Frank Ferry will offer tales, history and photographs relating to local prohibition in the communities.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Hammonton Community Yard Sale deadline Sept. 8

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton will host its 12th annual Town Wide Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17. To be included on the town wide map, you must complete a registration form and submit the $10 fee by Sept. 8.

To obtain a yard sale registration form, visit www.downtownhammonton.com, email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com or stop by the MainStreet Hammonton Office at the Historic Train Station.

Completed forms may be mailed to or dropped off at: MainStreet Hammonton Office at 10 S. Egg Harbor Road, P.O. Box 1147, or the Edward Jones Office at 235 Bellevue Ave.

For information, call (609) 567-9014.

The Eagle Theatre to present ‘The King of East Jabip’

HAMMONTON - The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., will present the world premiere of “The King of East Jabip,” written by local playwright Kelly McCarthy, starring her father, Tom McCarthy, a Barrymore Award Winner, on Sept. 9.

According to Eagle Theatre Co-Artistic Director Ted Wioncek III, “A plethora of producers, potential investors, and regional theatres will be traveling quite a distance to catch a glimpse of McCarthy’s new play. We look forward to discussing the broad and bright future of JABIP and its budding new playwright.”

Set in Philadelphia, the show touches on the trials and tribulations of growing in age, losing state of mind and dealing with loss. Witty and humorous, the new play promises to leave audiences grateful for all of life’s immeasurable beauty.

“When the lights go down at Eagle Theatre, the moment the actors walk onto the stage, you feel something. From beginning to end, your emotions can run the gamut from warmth and love to heartache and anger, and always a deep connection to humanity itself. That’s a gift. And that’s what I want as an audience member and what I am compelled to do as a writer. It’s not my job to tell you what to think, but I believe it is my job to make you feel something, anything. Eagle Theatre does that consistently with every production. That is why Eagle Theatre is perfect for a World Premiere,” said Kelly McCarthy.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 9.

Sept. 9 through Oct. 9.

Tickets are $20 to $40.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit www.TheEagleTheatre.com.

Historical Society will present ‘South Jersey Auto Racing’

SOMERS POINT - The Somers Point Historical Society will present “South Jersey Auto Racing,” from the early days of car racing until the 1970s, at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Somers Point Historical Museum, 745 Shore Road. Many local tracks will be discussed. There also will be a slide show and video. Guests are invited to bring photographs and memories to share.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17

Concerned citizens from throughout the area are set to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17 by tackling marine debris throughout the Absecon Island back bays. This coordinated effort between the green teams of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport will focus on removing as much debris from the wetlands as possible on this day. Volunteers are invited to participate with motor boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, however there will also be plenty of work for walkers and land lovers.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17, rain or shine. Staging areas have been established in each community, so volunteers are being asked to report to the area that is most convenient for them.

The staging areas are:

Atlantic City: Albany Avenue boat ramp with Tony Vraim as Captain.

Ventnor: Newport Marina with Mike Advena as Dock Captain.

Ventnor: Viking Rowing Club Dock on Surrey Avenue with Diane Birkbeck as Dock Captain.

Margate: Captain Andy’s Dock (Teal) with Rich Moore as Dock Captain.

Longport: Borough Hall Dock.

Maps will be distributed to volunteers at each staging area listing locations which need attention.

This effort was conceived by Rich Moore of Teal Charter Cruises in Margate. “Being out on the water every day, in the back bays and ocean, it’s staggering to see how much trash and debris litters the wetlands,” Moore said. “I know so many people that feel the same way, so I decided to partner with Sustainable Downbeach and get something going. They immediately said ‘yes’ and we started planning,” Moore added.

“One of the most amazing things to come out of planning this event is to realize how many people are concerned with the amount of trash in our back bays,” said Sustainable Margate Chairperson Monica Coffey. “Although this started out as an Absecon Island-focused event, we’re hoping that all Atlantic County communities will get on board and help clean up the wetlands in their communities. We definitely see this growing and becoming a yearly event,” Coffey noted.

Marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health. Our oceans and waterways are polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from soda cans and plastic bags to derelict fishing gear and abandoned vessels.

For information, visit www.facebook.com/sustainabledownbeach.

Broadway voices at Beth Israel for An Evening of Entertainment

NORTHFIELD - The talented voices of Broadway will be at Beth Israel for An Evening of Entertainment featuring Heather & Friends, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The evening is a major fundraising event for the synagogue and all are welcome.

Formerly known as the Broadway Bash, the event will recreate the New York landmark, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, known for serving up entertainment along with your meal. Guests can channel their inner celebrity as they mingle over delectable fare and fabulous cocktails, and sing along to favorites, including Broadway and other standards.

New this year is an opening act, The Change, a local band made up of area professionals (including attorneys, a physician and a psychiatrist). The Change pays tribute to the music of the 1960s and 1970s with some original material influenced by the music of that era. Members of the band include Larry Hirsch (drums and vocals), Joe Mosley (lead vocals and guitar), David Schultz (lead guitar and vocals), Ralph Orsatti (bass), Bob Rovins (keyboards) and Jan Rovins (mandolin) and Julianne Childs (vocals).

The Change will perform at 7:15 p.m., as guests enjoy platters of hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Heather and Friends will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The main cast includes accomplished Broadway and off-Broadway performers, and stars Beth Israel’s Heather Shields. Heather is a founder and executive director of the nonprofit company, Aged in Wood Productions, CitySalt Theatricals (formerly While We Wait Productions), a safe haven for all artists to explore interests and identities as performers, educators, students, writers, communicators and technicians.

Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door. The event has been sold out for the last four years.

Sponsorships are available.

For tickets, mail a check payable to Beth Israel to: Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225.

For information, call (609) 641-3600 or email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org.

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