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Start on your New Year’s resolution to get fit

VINELAND - Dance moves, great instructors, and snappy music will all be part of a Zumbathon, which is open to the public, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA/YMCA of Vineland at 1159 E. Landis Ave. Megan Barber, Dawn DiGioia and Jackie Martine will be the instructors.

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Child watch will be available for $3; preregistration is required for that service. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s annual Giving Campaign and the Healthy Living Department.

For information, call (856) 691-0030 or visit www.ccaymca.org.

Enroll in the Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the state climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it. How about learning about habitat restoration in your own community or helping improve water quality of a local river or stream? These are some of the opportunities available to enrollees in the 2017 Rutgers Environmental Steward Training Program.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, will host the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Training beginning Jan. 25.

The program educates the public about the science behind pressing environmental issues and helps participants create positive change in their communities. Weekly classes focus on a wide variety of topics including climate change, soil health, energy, waste management, water resource protection, invasive species management and habitat conservation. In addition, students also learn about conflict resolution and leadership. Optional fieldtrips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included as part of the program.

Anyone can become an Environmental Steward. The program introduces non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in our region. Leading authorities from academia are joined by leaders from environmental and non-profit organizations to share information and insights with the Stewards and help them make a difference in their own communities.

In order to become a certified Environmental Steward, graduates of the class portion of the program complete a 60-hour volunteer internship of their choosing. Internships are unique and intended to align with the passion of the individual, the needs of the program, and the community.

Space is still available for the Atlantic County session of the Rutgers Environmental Steward Class of 2017. In southern New Jersey, interested parties may contact the Atlantic County Utility Authority to learn more or to sign up for the class.

Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $250.

For an application form or for information, visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu or acua.com/stewards or call (609) 272-6950.

Get your tickets to 34th Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala

ATLANTIC CITY - An “advance ticket” special is available until Dec. 31 for anyone interested in attending the 34th Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala. Individual tickets are available for $200 each, a $25 savings, and make great gifts for the foodie on your holiday list. The gala will be held on March 23 in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.

The annual event showcases food by serving 1,000s of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts and featuring the culinary specialties of 40 of the region’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience.

George Kyrtatas of Medford, co-owner and executive chef of SweetWater Bar & Grill in Cinnaminson and 1999 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate, is the 2017 Culinary Honoree for the Restaurant Gala. Kyrtatas was the youngest person to become Certified Chef de Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation at age 20, has authored cookbooks, and been a guest chef on many national and international television programs. Kyrtatas’ greatest joy in the kitchen is taking the traditional dishes from his homeland of Greece and introducing his own unique style on each.

This year’s theme is the “Golden Gala,” celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary of creating educational opportunities for Atlantic and Cape May county residents.

Proceeds will benefit student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

To purchase advance tickets, send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Foundation to: Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.

For information, call Alicia McMackin at (609) 463-4672 or email amcmacki@atlantic.edu.

Casino Career Institute offering training programs

ATLANTIC CITY - The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College, which has prepared more than 50,000 people for rewarding careers in gaming, will offer several training programs in 2017 for those who wish to enter the casino profession.

CCI will offer “Table Games – Quick Start” in three different selections: Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat (choose one); Craps and Carnival Games (two games for one price); and Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker or Pai Gow Tiles (choose one.) Students will learn the fundamental skills for dealing games on the casino floor with emphasis on game knowledge, chip value and recognition, and card handling. Security, accounting and pit procedures also will be covered.

Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat, 60 hours, meets from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, and costs $499. Craps and Carnival Games, 120 hours, meets 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, and costs $995. Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker or Pai Gow Tiles, 60 hours, meets 6-10 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, and costs $499.

To attend, register and pay online at www.atlantic.edu/cci, print your receipt and begin your class the following Tuesday. You will inform the instructor which table game you want to learn to jump-start your casino career that you can take anywhere.

Classes run from January to July and are held at the institute at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

CCI will offer a new Practice Program for students to practice games they have previously dealt and refresh their skills in a state-of-the-art mock casino setting. This program meets 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, and costs $99. CCI also offers the Alumni Practice Program for table games alumni who have graduated from CCI within the last five years and who would like to refresh their skills for a $15 annual fee.

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

Love to cook? Make a career change at academy

MAYS LANDING - If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring classes, which begin Jan. 17, at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College.

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.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon sessions.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Jan. 6.

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

Winners of South Jersey Gas grant program

FOLSOM - South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, recently announced the winners of its inaugural First Responders Grant Program. The 20, $1,000 grants were designed to provide critical support for operations conducted by first responders.

All paid or volunteer fire, emergency medical services, and police departments serving at least one of the municipalities in the South Jersey Gas service area were eligible to apply. SJG received more than 80 applications.

“These grants will help provide training and lifesaving equipment to ensure local first responders have the tools necessary to serve,” said Jeffrey DuBois, president of South Jersey Gas. “We value their bravery and commitment to residents in southern New Jersey.”

The winners, chosen randomly, are:

•Daretown Fire Company

•East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue

•Gibbstown Volunteer Fire Company

•Green Creek Volunteer Fire Company

•Hammonton Fire Department

•Laurel Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue

•Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company

•Logan Volunteer Fire Company

•Mauricetown Volunteer Fire Company

•Millville Rescue Squad

•Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company Number 1

•Pedricktown First Aid and Rescue

•Scullville Volunteer Fire Company

•Vincent Fire Company Number 1

•Washington Township Fire Department

•West Cape May Volunteer Fire Company

•West Wildwood Police Department

•(City of) Wildwood Police Department

•Winslow Township Police Department

•Woodland Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

For information, call (609) 561-9000 or visit www.southjerseygas.com.

Converting street light fixtures to LED bulbs

BUENA VISTA - Atlantic City Electric recently began work to convert nearly 700 existing street light fixtures to more energy efficient light-emitting diode bulbs in Buena Vista Township. ACE plans to convert all streetlight fixtures in Buena Vista Township to LED.

Buena Vista’s Township Committee approved a bond in September to fund the project after determining that new LED streetlights will save residents money while reducing the township’s carbon footprint.

“We are pleased to offer a more energy efficient lighting option to our customers,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “LED bulbs use less energy, reduce operating costs and are better for the environment compared to traditional streetlights.”

“The LED project will not only save Buena Vista taxpayers money in the long run, it’s an environmentally-friendly action in shrinking our carbon footprint,” said Buena Vista Township mayor Chuck Chiarello. “Our streets will be brighter with less energy being used and ongoing maintenance to our streetlights will be greatly reduced. Buena Vista Township is among the very first towns in Atlantic County to implement this type of program that should be a model for other communities to follow. The Township Committee was 100 percent behind this project and expedited it in record time allowing work to begin promptly,” added Chiarello.

For information about Atlantic City Electric, visit atlanticcityelectric.com.

Find support, discuss topics at LGBTQ group meetings

GALLOWAY - A “Speak of the Spectrum” meeting will offer LGBTQ individuals and supportive family/friends an opportunity to discuss experiences, learn about the community, find support and discuss relevant topics. The group will meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8.

For information, call (609) 652-3800.

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