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Stockton University to honor veterans in ceremony

GALLOWAY - Stockton University’s Office of Veteran Affairs will host a series of events on the main campus on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Tom O’Donnell, assistant dean of students and Veteran Affairs at Stockton, will welcome the public in front of the Campus Center at 11 a.m. The Stockton University Police will present the colors and Stockapella, Stockton’s acapella group, will sing the national anthem.

Archbishop de Paulo, of the Old Catholic Confederation, will give the invocation, and representatives from the university will speak, including Paul Garraty, president of Stockton’s Student Veterans Organization.

Assemblyman Chris Brown, who served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 2009, will serve as the keynote speaker. Lt. Col. Lawrence P. Stawicki, of the U.S. Marine Corps, will serve as the honored speaker.

The crowd will then move to Independence Plaza, at 11:45 a.m. for a welcome by Stockton’s Dean of Students Pedro Santana.

Wendy Lang, director of Operation College Promise; Jesse Violante, director of Vetwork Outreach; and Robert Sistler of the U.S. Army and an alumnus of the Stockton SVO, will speak.

At 12:15 p.m., the laying of the wreath will take place in the university’s Veterans Park, located adjacent to G-Wing, while Stockton student Brielle Lord plays “Taps.”

Robert Cannon, of the Stockton Student Veteran Advisory Board, and Patrick Cavicchio, a member of the SVO Executive Board, will give remarks.

A luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Event Room, which will include a presentation of awards and certificates to the Warrior Champion Essay Winners students Brittany Hayes, in first place, and Marissa Luca and Alexis Propovitch, who tied for second place. An open mic session will allow for Veterans Day reflections from the public.

For information, visit Stockton.edu/veteranaffairs.

Egg Harbor historical society welcomes donations of veterans artifacts

The Greate Egg Harbor Township Historical Society will host a donation day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 to accept donations and loans of military artifacts for future display in the Atlantic County Veterans Museum. Items may be brought to the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave.

Artifacts with a direct connection to area veterans and personal accounts are of particular interest. A scanner will be available for people making donations of photos, letters, etc. who prefer to keep their originals.

A categorized list of suggested articles is available on the county web site at www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum. The site also includes preservation tips for specific types of artifacts.

For donation information, call the historical society at (609) 813-2002.

For museum information, call (609) 909-7305 or visit www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum.

Everyone invited to tree lighting in Buena Vista

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee invites residents to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at the eighth annual Saw Mill Park Tree Lighting at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the park on Route 40 in Richland Village. Santa and his elves will arrive on a Richland Volunteer Fire Company truck. There will be holiday music and singalongs. Every child will receive a candy cane.

Guests who donate canned food or a non-perishable food item will receive a ticket and a chance to win a prize.

For information, visit www.buenavistanj.com.

Collingswood Farmers’ Market holding Handmade Holidays bazaar

BUENA VISTA - Collingswood Farmers’ Market’s Handmade Holidays will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 and 19 at the market along PATCO between Collings and Irvin avenues, Collingswood.

The craft-and-art gift bazaar is a seasonal extension of the market. As temperatures drop and harvest season winds down the market expands to fill spaces with crafters and artisans selling gifts and holiday-themed items like tree decorations and holiday wreaths.

For information, visit www.collingswoodmarket.com.

The Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club opening doors

BUENA VISTA - The Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 and Jan. 7, 8 15, 21 and 22.

Visitors have an opportunity to see highly detailed HO-scale models of many different trains, operated on a large realistic model railroad through beautiful scale scenery of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern New York State.

Admission is free.

The club is at Route 40 and Fir Avenue, Richland.

For information, email patcongrr@comcast.net or visit www.patcongvalley.com.

Academy of Culinary Arts named Best Choice school

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College recently was ranked the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey by Best Choice Schools.

The academy’s tuition is one-half that of comparable private culinary schools and features a 100 percent job-placement rate for graduates.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

The academy also offers two one-year certificate programs, Baking and Pastry Certificate I and Culinary Arts Certificate I. These two-semester certificates are designed to provide students with career training for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry or culinary fields. The certificates can also be used as a foundation for completing an associate degree at the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Academy students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year.

Open houses are planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at academy on the college’s campus in the M Building at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

To register for the open house, visit www.atlantic.edu/aca/visit.htm.

For information, call (800) 645‑CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

Find out what happens at Atlantic County Utilities Authority

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic County Utilities Authority will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the recycling center at 6700 Delilah Road.

Visitors are invited to find out what happens after recycling is collected curbside. Visitors may enjoy tours of the Recycling Center, “touch a truck,” games, crafts and kids activities and a chance to meet Supercan, ACUA’s recycling mascot. Other features include special “behind the scenes” tours, for fifth graders and older, and a chance to win a 95 gallon recycling cart.

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

Celebrate Festi-Fall at Buena Regional High School

BUENA VISTA - Buena Regional High School’s PTO will host Festi-Fall, the third annual vendor and craft fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school gym at 125 Weymouth Road. Items available will include homemade decor, gifts, crafts, holiday decor, food, candles and more.

Also, the school’s Art Department and PTO will host the first Empty Bowls event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Guests are invited to purchase a bowl created by one of the school’s art students for $10 and enjoy a small meal of soup and bread. Proceeds from the sale of the bowls will be donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Penny Auction to be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post

SOMERS POINT - Somers Point Historical Society will sponsor a Penny Auction on Nov. 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 500 Bethel Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The drawings will begin at 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be available.

For information, call (609) 457-3034 or email Lnmac1229@gmail.com.

Celebrating 40 years of providing entertainment

GALLOWAY - Stockton University’s Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 40th year of providing entertainment and educational programming with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Neil Berg’s “103 Years of Broadway” at 4 p.m. Nov. 19. The catered reception, with music from the Stockton Faculty Band, will be held in the Upper K-Wing area, adjacent to the center at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

“103 Years of Broadway” is a musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows, featuring a cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band.

Tickets for the reception and show are $75.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit stockton.edu/pac.

Church to hold annual Kris Kringle Mart

EGG HARBOR CITY - Zion Lutheran Church, 312 Philadelphia Ave., will hold its third annual Kris Kringle Mart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19. There will be crafters, food, door prizes, gift basket auction and a visit from Santa.

Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Atlantic County, which is an interfaith nonsectarian group of volunteers to assist homeless and low income families with food, shelter and support services to gain independence.

For information, call (609) 965-1813 or email zionlutheran@comcast.net.

Open house at Center for Family Caregivers in Somers Point

SOMERS POINT - Shore Medical’s Center for Family Caregivers will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the medical center’s Lower Level, West Zone at 100 Medical Center Way. This free, public resource is dedicated to the support and well-being of the family caregiver. Regular hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information, call (609) 653-3969 or email thecenterforfamilycaregivers@shoremedicalcenter.org.

Downtown Hammonton to celebrate Small Business Saturday

HAMMONTON - Small Business Saturday will be held in Downtown Hammonton on Nov. 26. According to the Small Business Saturday website, the event was founded in 2010 to help businesses with their most pressing need, to get more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This single day has grown into a powerful movement, with more people taking part than ever before. Businesses in Hammonton have been participating in this national celebration since its founding.

MainStreet Hammonton and the Hammonton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a social media campaign leading up to Small Business Saturday: A digital image that includes the pledge “I pledge to shop small in downtown Hammonton” has been created to help promote this event. The downtown website and social media channels will make this image available and ask all customers, residents, friends and neighbors to share the image and take the pledge.

Shoppers will be offered the chance to snap a photo of themselves holding, a small “selfie prop” stating “I shopped small in Downtown Hammonton.” “We are just trying to have some fun while encouraging the community to come out and shop small in their local community,” said Cassie Iacovelli, executive director of MainStreet Hammonton.

There will be a new downtown promotion kicking off on Small Business Saturday called “The Berry Blue Scavenger Hunt.” Customers will be encouraged to find the “Blue Berry” in one of the participating downtown stores and restaurants. When you find him, you will be awarded a prize by that store and then “Berry Blue” will move around to other downtown business locations. Folks are encouraged to shop and dine in the downtown throughout the holiday season to increase their chance to win. This promotion will end on Jan. 7.

Downtown Hammonton shops, restaurants, salons, services and arts venues will feature once a year specials, sales and giveaways throughout the day. MainStreet Hammonton has also produced a short video featuring Downtown Hammonton and its businesses to encourage residents of South Jersey to shop small and shop local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year. The video and more are available at www.downtownhammonton.com and www.facebook.com/downtownhammonton.

You can add a tree ornament to Hammonton holiday tree

HAMMONTON - With the holidays just around the corner, the Hammonton community can begin to get into the holiday spirit by making a donation to add a tree ornament to the town tree. MainStreet Hammonton, in partnership with corporate sponsor, Wells Fargo Bank, is offering the tree ornament program. Proceeds will be used to support MainStreet Hammonton initiatives such as the Downtown Trick or Treat and the Downtown Easter Eggstravaganza.

The annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at Central and Bellevue avenues. The rain date is Dec. 4. This year’s event will include local entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and carolers throughout the downtown. A highlight will be the arrival of Santa via firetruck to light the decorated tree at 7 p.m.

Tree ornament request forms will be available at various downtown businesses. The deadline to submit requests is Nov. 22. Completed request forms may be sent to: MainStreet Hammonton, PO Box 1147, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Checks should be made out to the Hammonton Revitalization Corporation.

For information, call (609) 567-9014, email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com or visit www.downtownhammonton.com and www.facebook.com/downtownhammonton.

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