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Stockton to host Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary tribute

GALLOWAY - Stockton University will host the New Jersey Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary tribute to heroes of that era, including a presentation by 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Peter Fantacone of Mays Landing at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.

John Thomas, chairman of the event and a World War II veteran, has worked with a statewide committee which includes National Operation College Promise Director Wendy Lang, Fairleigh Dickinson University Veteran Outreach Director and OCP national board member Martha Papson Garcia, Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors member Lee Darby of Northfield, Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board representative Herb Davis, and the president of Stockton’s Student Veteran Organization, Paul Garrity.

The event will feature a memorial tribute in Stockton’s Veterans Park, followed by a luncheon with noted military speakers such as Mid-Atlantic Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Edward Croot, and U.S. Navy veteran William Keyes.

At 12:48 p.m., the group will take part in a national moment of silence to observe the time of the initial surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk, along with cruisers, destroyers and other ships. American fatalities totaled 2,403, with 1,178 others wounded. The attack shocked the American people and led directly to the nation’s entry into World War II in both the Pacific and Europe.

“We are expecting a large turnout from our wonderful veterans and political supporters as well as community members from around the state,” said Tom O’Donnell, assistant dean of Students/director of Veteran Affairs.

For event information, call (609) 652-4676 or email tom.odonnell@stockton.edu.

Atlantic City Ballet will present ‘The Nutcracker’

GALLOWAY – The Atlantic City Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Stockton Performing Arts Center at Stockton University at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

For the 34th year, the Atlantic City Ballet presents its production of this beloved ballet, telling the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Embarking on a wondrous journey through the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets, Clara encounters many unforgettable and timeless characters.

Tickets are $32 for adults and $12 for children when accompanied by an adult.

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

Bay Atlantic Symphony to present Holiday Cheer

The Bay Atlantic Symphony will present Holiday Cheer, featuring music by Bach, Pachelbel, Schubert, Strauss and others, at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Landis Theater, 830 Landis Ave., Vineland, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Stockton University’s Campus Center Theater, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway.

The program will include Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Josef and Johann Strauss Jr.’s fun Pizzicato Polka, Russell Steinberg’s Lights On! A Chanukah Medley; and A Medley of Christmas Carols arranged by Arthur Harris. Soprano Lauren Athey-Janka will be the guest soloist in Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria and Adolph Adam’s Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night). The concert will also feature an opportunity for guests to join Jed Gaylin, music director, for a Christmas carol sing-along.

Tickets are $7 to $30 for Stockton concert and $30 for Landis concert, plus service fees.

For anyone who purchased tickets for the Landis Theater concert prior to Nov. 27 and cannot make the new 7 p.m. starting time, tickets may be exchanged for another upcoming Bay Atlantic Symphony concert or a refund can be arranged. For details, email megan.chstheatrical@gmail.com.

For Landis Theater tickets or information, call (866) 811-4111.

For Stockton University tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or (609) 449-8873.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Get your holiday present gift-wrapped for Gilda’s Club

LINWOOD - Volunteers from the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund will provide holiday gift wrapping services at Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road. Hours are: Noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 to 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24.

Boxes, gift bags and wrapping start at $1.59 per gift.

Proceeds will benefit the club.

For information, call (609) 926-2699.

Please help to provide holiday gifts for kids

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Family Service Association seeks assistance to provide holiday gifts for children. “Almost 17,000 children live in poverty in Atlantic County and many of their parents cannot afford the basic necessities, according to Cindy Herdman Ivins, president/chief executive officer of Family Service Association.

Individuals may drop off a new, unwrapped gift or toy in the FSA Holiday Drive bin at any one of the drop-off sites by Dec. 12. Gift cards are also appreciated for teenagers.

Holiday drive drop off locations are:

•Family Service Association - Headquarters, 3073 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

•Spruce Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

•Family Service Association East, 312 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

•New Day Family Success Center, 622-624 New York Road, Galloway.

Grab-A-Tag locations for people who want to pick a tag for a gift to donate for a child are:

•Shoprite Supermarkets at: 401 S. Pitney Road, Galloway; 616 White Horse Pike, Absecon; 3003 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township; 23 Bethel Road, Somers Point; and 80 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton.

•First National Bank of Absecon, 106 New Jersey Ave., Absecon; and 38 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.

For information, call (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160, or visit www.fsasj.org.

County authority holding Holiday Food Drive

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic County residents are encouraged to place non-perishable food items at the curb on their recycling collection day through Dec. 16 as part of Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s 26th annual Holiday Food Drive. Recycling crews will collect the food in conjunction with regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.

Sponsored by ACUA, the Holiday Food Drive gives residents an easy and convenient way to help the needy while helping the environment. All food collected through the Holiday Food Drive will be distributed through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, which provides the donated food to more than 300 partner charities for distribution to those less fortunate throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. These charities include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with ACUA on this incredibly successful food drive, said Richard J. Uniacke, vice president of Southern Branch, Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “The items collected by ACUA recycling crews will be an important part of our efforts to feed hungry families at this difficult time of year. It’s heartwarming to see that so many Atlantic County residents donate top quality food so their neighbors may eat. We couldn’t do it without you.”

The Community FoodBank seeks donations of food items, especially canned soups, meals in a can, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and other meats, and cereal. Donations should not include perishable or frozen items, or food in glass jars.

To participate, just fill a bag or box with donations and leave it at the curb on your recycling day.

Atlantic County residents not serviced through the ACUA curbside recycling program may bring donations to the ACUA at 6700 Delilah Road, or to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey at 6735 Horse Pike.

For information, call the Community Food Bank of NJ, Southern Branch, at (609) 383-8843 or visit www.cfbnj.org/southernbranch.

For information about ACUA’s Food Drive, call (609) 272-6950 or visit www.acua.com.

Rabies found in cat was 10th case of disease in county

PLEASANTVILLE - A cat that was part of an unvaccinated feral colony being fed by owners of a property in the vicinity of First Avenue and Tuckahoe Road in Estell Manor has been confirmed as Atlantic County’s 10th rabies case of the year. The cat was brought to a local veterinary hospital with a wound of unknown origin and displayed neurological symptoms. The cat was euthanized and sent to the state lab where it was confirmed positive for rabies on Nov. 30.

This is the third 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 found that no other cats in the colony appear to display wounds or symptoms at this time. The cats will be confined to an outdoor heated shed for a period of four months with daily monitoring by the homeowners and monthly monitoring by the Division of Public Health.

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. The next clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18. 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.

Public health officials also advise residents to teach their 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.

Report all animal bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

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

Get help filling out FAFSA application

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College invites students to attend a free hands-on FAFSA session for help completing a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Sessions will be held at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., on the following dates: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Room 105; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Room 232; 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 4, Room 132; and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Room 232.

Financial aid specialists will provide information, answer questions and help students complete a 2016-2017 online FAFSA form. Students must bring their own and their parents’ 2015 tax returns, W-2 forms and Social Security numbers. Students must also bring their FSA ID and password and a photo identification, either a student ID or a state-issued ID.

Registration is required, and students may register and obtain more information by calling (609) 343-4822 or sending email to dhernand@atlantic.edu. Students may also register in person at any Atlantic Cape Financial Aid office on the Mays Landing, Cape May Court House or Atlantic City campus.

Open house for those who seek culinary career

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host an open house for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a culinary career from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 on the campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike, M Building.

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.

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

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

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

Awards promote the importance of the arts

The Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, awarded $72,700 to 21 local nonprofit arts organizations through a competitive grant process. These awards will help provide Atlantic County residents with access to quality arts experiences within their communities and promote the importance of the arts to quality of life.

The following organizations were awarded grants:

•Absecon Lighthouse MudGirls Studios.

•Atlantic Arts Foundation Somers Point Arts Commission.

•Atlantic City Pops Community Band Somers Point Beach Concert Series.

•Atlantic Youth Orchestra South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble.

•Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Stockton University Art Gallery.

•Children’s Cultural Arts Foundation Stockton University Dance Program.

•Cygnus Creative Arts Centre The Arc of Atlantic County.

•Dance Arts League of Atlantic County South Jersey Jazz Society.

•Garden State Film Festival Hammonton Arts Center.

•Historic Organ Restoration Committee Jewish Community Center of Atlantic County.

•Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center.

For information, call (609) 646-8699, ext. 6314, or email bbliss@aclsys.org.

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