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Attend ‘Ask the Plastic Surgeon and Patient Liaison’

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s satellite, The Living Room, will present “Ask the Plastic Surgeon and Patient Liaison” about 21st Century Breast Reconstruction - Body, Mind and Spirit, from noon to 1:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Building 400, Dr. Joseph Stella Conference Room.

Adam Saad MD, board certified general and plastic surgeon, The Plastic Surgery Center, and member of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will discuss reconstruction options, from the point of diagnosis until end of treatment. Bobbi Rafaloff, breast cancer survivor and patient liaison, the Plastic Surgery Center, will discuss the benefits of support groups, keeping a positive attitude, and stress relief techniques. An open forum will follow.

The event is free and open to the public. It includes a light lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saad’s and Rafaloff’s 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.

New certification program to become substitute teacher

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a new certification program for those interested in becoming substitute teachers. This 10-hour program provides an overview of the role and expectations of the substitute teacher, as well as the application and certification process. Upon completion, students will receive one Continuing Education Unit.

Training includes:

The role of the substitute teacher.

Growth and development by age level.

Appropriate teaching strategies.

Classroom management.

Practical ideas and resources.

Application process.

Professionalism in and out of the classroom.

Health and safety issues.

The class will be offered 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 8 and 15, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Cost is $109.

An unofficial college transcript indicating a minimum of 60 college credits earned is required the first day of class.

For information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit www.atlantic.edu/conted.

All-you-can-eat crabs and spaghetti event

MAYS LANDING - Never Rest Gun Club will hold an all-you-can-eat crabs and spaghetti event from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the club at 6959 Weymouth Road. A beverage is included.

Tickets are $25 for ages 10 and older and $12.50 for ages 9 and younger.

It’s photography month at the Hammonton Arts Center

HAMMONTON - October is photography month at the Hammonton Arts Center. All of the art in the monthly exhibit will be from many of South Jersey’s best photographers. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 1 for the exhibit.

Members may enter up to five images for $9 each and non-members may enter four images for $12 each. Students with identification may enter work for $5 per image.

The show will be hung on Oct. 2 with an artist reception to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Judge Gene Lista will pick winners in portrait, landscape and miscellaneous categories with the Best in Show getting a $75 cash award.

You can ‘Continue to Live Independently’

GALLOWAY - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free workshop, “Continue to Live Independently,” for older adults from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Galloway Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike.

Pat Laychock, a registered respiratory therapist, certified senior advisor and certified dementia care practitioner, will facilitate the workshop.

The workshop will include information on how to “age in place,” which means continuing to live in the home of one’s choice safely and independently while getting older. What impact will it have on you and members of your family? What services are needed and available to help you live at home?

Attendees are encouraged to bring family members and all their questions.

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

Multiple Sclerosis Support/Networking Group to meet

GALLOWAY - A Multiple Sclerosis Support/Networking Group will meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month beginning Oct. 4 at the Artemis Center for Independent Living, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7.

Individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis will have an opportunity to meet with others who share mutual interests, challenges and experiences. Members provide and receive support as well as information on topics related to MS.

For information, call (609) 748-ABLE.

Stockton Center to sponsor free workshop on Medicaid planning

MAYS LANDING - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free workshop, “Medicaid Planning: Common Medicaid Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” for older adults from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd.

Grayson H. Heberley III Esq., a certified elder law attorney, will discuss common myths regarding Medicaid and how to avoid mistakes when planning to apply to the program.

Lunch will be served, compliments of Woodview Assisted Living. Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com or visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

Enjoy lunch and learn to handle stress management

GALLOWAY - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall is partnering with AtlantiCare to host a free Lunch and Learn event on stress management at noon Oct. 19.

Awilda Guzman, a wellness specialist with AtlantiCare, will give an in-depth explanation of stress, its overall effects on health and will guide participants through stress management techniques. Guzman is a certified wellness coach and certified matter of balance coach.

Kramer Hall is at 30 Front St.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Lunch is included.

For reservation, call (609) 626-3837 or email ginna.petrillo@stockton.edu.

For more information about classes and events at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, visit Stockton.edu/hammonton.

Grant supports program to help young teachers

GALLOWAY - To help retain first-year teachers and build leadership and mentoring capacity among veteran teachers, faculty and staff from Stockton University’s School of Education are partnering with two local school districts.

A $200,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Education will fund the second year of Stockton’s innovative program involving 20 teachers from the Somers Point School District and Mainland Regional High School.

“The experiences of a new classroom teacher can have a critical effect on the individual’s success and job satisfaction throughout his or her professional career,” said Patty Weeks, administrative director of the project for Stockton. “Research has shown that more support is needed as novice teachers navigate the K-12 environment from pre-service practice through the first years in a classroom setting on their own. Each step along the way must be led by mentors who have the capacity to observe, discuss and guide them through activities that will improve beginning teacher practices and improve outcomes for the students they instruct.”

The program provides professional development workshops, one-on-one coaching, and online learning to strengthen veteran teachers’ ability to serve as effective mentors to student teachers, beginning teachers, and even other veteran teachers in their own buildings, said Weeks, who is executive director of the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center at Stockton.

Stockton has introduced a model of teacher leadership called educative mentoring which emphasizes self-reflection and continued growth, as opposed to traditional mentoring which is often rooted in emotional support for the novice teacher.

“Teachers in the project have video-taped their own classroom instruction for the past year, learned to critically reflect on their practices, and to adapt instruction around the needs of students,” Week said. “This experience will be invaluable in year two, as they are matched with pre-service teachers from Stockton University and serve as mentors for these beginning teachers.”

Claudine Keenan, dean of Education at Stockton noted, “Teacher leadership continues to emerge in the national conversation as one pathway to strengthening student learning. We are grateful to the participants in this program and to the New Jersey Department of Education for adding our state’s input to that national conversation.”

The state grant was accepted at Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees.

MainStreet Hammonton to host Downtown Trick or Treat

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton, along with the downtown businesses, will host the 11th annual Downtown Trick or Treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. The rain date is Oct. 29.

Local businesses will hand out free treats to children and offer kid friendly activities including face painting, crafts and games. There will be a costume contest for kids with a prizes for the following categories: Scariest, Most Creative, Best Group and Cutest. There will also be a pet costume contest with a first, second and third prize. Registration for both contests will begin at 1 p.m. at the corner of Bellevue and Central avenues by the Reagan Rock. The contests will begin at 2 p.m.

“You will not want to miss all the great happenings on Central Avenue for what we are calling ‘Kid’s Halloween Central,’ said Kerry Hallman, event coordinator and owner of Hammonton Martial Arts. “Chatter’s Basket, Hammonton Family Success Center, The Alcohol and Drug Alliance and the new Hammonton Skating Rink are partnering with us to offer many fun activities such as a football toss, soccer kick, spin the wheel and so much more.”

Festivities will be held from Third Street to North Egg Harbor Road along Bellevue and Central avenues. A DJ will play kid-friendly music on Central Avenue.

For information, call (609) 567-9014 or email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com.

Kiwanis Club of Egg Harbor City has chosen 2016 Citizen of the Year

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Kiwanis Club of Egg Harbor City has chosen Dan Seaver as its 2016 Citizen of the Year. He will be honored at a dinner on Oct. 20 at the Tuscany House at Renaults Winery at 72 Bremen Ave. Cocktails will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m., dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $18 for children. A cash bar will be available.

For reservations, call Jim McGeary at (609) 965-6161 by Oct. 11.

Dispose of tattered American flags in Buena Vista

BUENA VISTA – Worn, tattered or frayed American flags may be disposed of at the Buena Vista Township Municipal Building at 890 Harding Highway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The disposal box is outside the Township Clerk’s office.

ACCC offering ‘late-start’ online classes

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer new “late-start” online classes beginning Oct. 24 for students who want to add a class to their schedule or anyone interested in continuing their education.

Classes include: General Psychology, English Composition I, Introduction to Business, Music Appreciation, Principles of Marketing and Introduction to Computers.

These courses lead to any degree programs Atlantic Cape offer entirely online, including: Business, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Database Design and Development, General Studies, History, Literature, Office Systems Technology, Psychology and Social Science.

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

For information about Atlantic Cape’s online programs, visit www.atlantic.edu/online.

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

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