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Deerfield Harvest Festival names its SingFest contestants

DEERFIELD - Deerfield Township Harvest Festival has announced the contestants for this year’s SingFest.

They are:

Ages 4 to 12: Madelyn Bratton of Millville, Nadia Vasquez of Deptford, and Olivia Johnson of Millville.

Ages 13 to 18: Alexis Mathis of Egg Harbor City, Rylee Oswald of Swedesboro, Hailey Mollik of Newfield, Nicolette Garofalo of Wenonah, Nicole Wolkowicz of Vineland, Sydnie DeRosa of Bridgeton, Diana Pinolini of Glendora, and Lizbet Tiaseca of Bridgeton.

Ages 19 and older: Caitlin Hill of Woodbury, Ashley Christman of Mays Landing, Christopher Crumb Jr. of Elmer, Andrew Fralinger of Bridgeton, Ron Rutledge of West Deptford, Carol Ann Rutledge-Ott of Woodstown.

A $100 cash prize will be given to the winner for each age category.

The preliminary competition will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 on the main stage of the festival grounds at the Rosenhayn Fire Hall on Morton Avenue. Participants will be judged on vocal performance, stage presence and overall performance. The top three contestants from each age category will compete in the finals at 1 p.m. Oct. 9.

Festival admission on Oct. 7 is $1.

For festival information, visit www.dthf.org.

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives

NORTHFIELD - When it comes to breast cancer, early detection saves lives. In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advanced Shore Imaging will offer free screening mammograms to women in the community this month. Women, who are age 35 or older, uninsured and have no prior breast health diagnosis qualify. In addition, all women who have their mammogram done at ASI this month, will be entered into a drawing to win a spa gift basket.

“Worrying about health insurance and finances should not be top of mind when it comes to breast cancer screening. Screening mammograms are vital to early breast cancer detection and successful treatment,” said Tom Yu, Medical Director of ASI. “We want to make sure quality care is available to all members of our community.”

ASI is at 2605 Shore Road, suite 101/201.

For information, call (609) 380-4175, email jgiles@advancedshoreimaging.com or visit www.advancedshoreimaging.com.

Kramer Hall presents ‘The Moon, the Flower & Love’

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, in partnership with the Atlantic Chinese Community Group and Stockton students, will present, “The Moon, the Flower & Love: A Celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival” from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.

The event, a traditional celebration which has been a part of the Chinese culture for more than 3,000 years, will feature the history of the mid-autumn festival and mooncake; dance and song performances; and fashion and art presentations.

The mid-autumn festival is the second most important festival in Chinese culture – second to the spring festival. Chinese culture views the full moon as a symbol of peace, prosperity and family reunion. On mid-autumn night, the harvest moon is said to be the brightest and fullest of the year, so the festival is also known as the “Day of Reunion” and the “Moon Festival.”

The Atlantic Chinese Community Song/Dance Group is a non-profit organization formed exclusively for educational, charitable and socially assimilative purposes. The group’s mission is to increase public awareness and knowledge of Chinese culture and heritage.

Admission is free but reservations are required.

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

High school students can learn about environmental careers

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - While choosing a career path is not easy, there’s a new local initiative to offer some guidance to high school students who may be thinking about an environmental career.

The Atlantic County Utility Authority’s Explorer Post will offer opportunities for young people to learn about a wide variety of jobs that they might not know about.

Many people are may be familiar with local Explorer Posts for law enforcement or firefighting; ACUA’s Explorer Post will be based on the same principles: emphasizing career exploration, leadership experience, character education, life skills and service learning, but with a focus on environmental career fields.

“People are usually surprised when they come for a tour and learn about projects and initiatives that we’ve been able to implement here at the ACUA,” president Rick Dovey commented. “Hosting an Explorer Post gives us a chance to introduce students to jobs that they might not be aware of. Participants will be able to interact directly with the people who work in a variety of career areas.”

From recycling to water treatment and testing, ACUA employees with diverse skills and training perform a wide variety of jobs which protect the local environment. Explorers will learn about the work that goes into designing, implementing and operating some of the ACUA’s green initiatives. Participants will be introduced to engineers, chemists, mechanics, electricians and operations staff who will share information about their careers and experience. “Getting to talk to someone who works in the field is very helpful. Hands on activities are a big part of what makes this program fun and interesting.” Dovey added.

The program is open to all high school students and will meet one evening a month at ACUA at 6700 Delilah Road. Explorers will engage with staff from a different department each month to learn about the work that is done at ACUA and what skills and training are needed for different jobs.

An open house will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 to enable students and their families to learn more about ACUA’s Explorer Post and to register for the program. There is no cost to attend the open house, but there is a registration fee for the program.

For information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit acua.com/explorer.

Buena Vista to host 12th annual Halloween Fun Day

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee will host the 12th annual Halloween Fun Day, for children ages 12 and younger, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Saw Mill Park on Route 40 in Richland.

The event will include a coloring contest, Halloween Costume Parade, free hayrides, free apple cider, free candy; and food and refreshments available for purchase.

Admission is free.

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

Historical society presents ‘Winslow’s Hauntings Revealed’

WINSLOW - The Historical Society of Winslow Township presents “Winslow’s Hauntings Revealed” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Winslow Township History Center, 124 Pump Branch Road, Waterford Works. Join Jersey Paranormal Investigations as they reveal what they found during their investigations of the old Iuluicci farmhouse that is now the home of the Historical Society of Winslow Township.

Small groups of visitors will enter and move from room to room with a different presentation in each. JPI members will demonstrate the equipment used and describe what they found during the several nights of on-site investigations. You will see demonstrations the equipment used to detect ghosts, and even have the opportunity to try your hand at ghost hunting in a mock investigation. The tour lasts about an hour. Mediumship and Angel Oracle card readings as well as light food will be available.

Donations of $7 for adults and $4 for children are requested. Tour groups will be formed about every 15 minutes on a first come, first served basis unless reservations are made in advance.

For reservations, call (609) 561-8114.

For information, visit tinyurl.com/WinslowHistory or www.facebook.com/WinslowTwpHistoricalSociety.

Somers Point can enjoy farmers market, craft fair

SOMERS POINT - Shore Medical Center has partnered with The Hub, a local community events company, to present a Fall Farmers Market and Craft Fair. This event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in front of the hospital on Bay Avenue between Medical Center Way and New York Avenue. A portion of the proceeds from the farmers market and craft fair will be donated to Shore’s Cancer Center.

“We are excited to partner with Shore Medical Center in bringing a farmers market and craft fair to the Somers Point community,” said Dina Guzzardo, director of public relations for The Hub. “This market will provide an opportunity for local vendors to offer a vast selection of diverse items as well as the benefit to the neighborhood to come together and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables as well as handmade treasures and other quality items. Our pleasure and priority is always to provide a benefit to the local community. We are confident that the market will be a success and with additional ongoing dates will quickly become a neighborhood gem. In keeping with our culture and belief in the importance of giving back, we are proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Shore Medical Center’s Cancer Center.”

Vendor opportunities are available. For vendor information, call (609) 377-8484 or email dina@theachub.com.

Parking will be available for $5 in the Medical Center parking lot, which is accessible from Medical Center Way.

See educational opportunities at ACCC open house

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to earn their degree, begin a new career or enhance job skills at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet college faculty and learn about degree and career-training programs, take a tour of the new STEM building, and explore the Mays Landing Campus, as well as learn about the enrollment process and financial aid opportunities.

Programs and departments represented include Admissions, Allied Health and Nursing, Computer Information Systems and Aviation, Workforce Development, Rutgers University at Atlantic Cape, and more.

Also, the Academy of Culinary Arts will host an open house during these hours for anyone interested in learning about the culinary and baking programs offered at the Mays Landing Campus.

Registration is required.

To register, visit www.atlantic.edu/openhouse.

St. Joseph High School planning an open house

HAMMONTON - St. Joseph High School will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at the school at 328 Vine St.

For information, call (609) 561-8700 or visit www.stjoek12.org.

Community college holding free financial aid nights

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College’s Financial Aid and Admissions Offices will host the following free Financial Aid Night workshops for students and their parents:

Mays Landing Campus, Room M129 in the Academy of Culinary Arts Building at 5100 Black Horse Pike, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

Atlantic City Campus, Room 204, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Topics covered will include: understanding the components of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and recent changes; types of financial aid available; scholarship opportunities and important deadlines and documents.

Registration is requested.

To register or for information, call Carol Fraone at (609) 343-5009 or email cfraone@atlantic.edu.

South Jersey Energy announces winners of arts grant program

FOLSOM - South Jersey Energy, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, recently announced the winners of its annual Energy for the Arts grant program. The 15, $1,000 grants are designed to provide critical support needed to sustain local, art programs for school-aged children.

Since its introduction in 2011, Energy for the Arts has provided a total of $90,000 to support various music, visual art, media art, theatre, and dance programs in New Jersey.

Chosen lottery-style, the winners and their respective programs are:

Bunker Hill Middle School in Sewell for music.

Clayton High School for visual arts.

Commercial Township School District in Port Norris for theater.

Dane Barse Elementary School in Vineland for visual arts.

Dr. Albert M. Bean Elementary School in Pine Hill for visual arts.

Edgarton Christian Academy in Newfield for visual arts.

Egg Harbor Township High School for visual arts.

Glassboro Intermediate School for music.

Lower Cape May Regional High School for dance.

Millville High School for music.

Olivet Elementary School in Pittsgrove for visual arts.

Pinelands Regional Junior High School in Little Egg Harbor for music.

Quinton Township School for theater.

West Deptford High School for music.

Woodland Country Day School in Bridgeton for visual arts.

Energy for the Arts will be offered again in September 2017. For information, visit “About SJE” at www.southjerseyenergy.com.

St. Augustine College Preparatory School to hold open house

BUENA VISTA - St. Augustine College Preparatory School will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at the school at 611 Cedar Ave., Richland.

The event will include an opportunity to learn about the school; meet faculty, students and athletic coaches; take the entrance exam; tour the campus; attend a parent information session; and more.

For an application, to register for open house or for enrollment information, call (856) 697-2600, ext. 149, or visit www.hermitsopenhouse.com.

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