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Fundraiser benefits Gilda’s Club South Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY - The third annual “Sip. Savor. Support.” fundraiser at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House to benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House are donating the venue, food, beer, wine and spirits, and the servers for the evening so the $60 per person ticket price will go directly to the free support program at Gilda’s Club for men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer. The event is being co-chaired by Lauren Tummarello and Charles Weeks.

Diane of the Mike & Diane Show on 95.1 WAYV will be the emcee for the evening. Also, DJ Tyler of 95.1 WAYV will play some great music. The event will also include a silent auction with items including Diamond Club Phillies Tickets, Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival tickets, golf foursomes and a gorgeous 14 karat white gold and diamond horseshoe pendant from Roberts Fine Jewelers. Attire is casual.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For tickets, to become a sponsor or for information, call (609) 926-2699 or visit www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

ACCC offering state Emergency Medical Technician course

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will partner with Mutual Aid Emergency Services to offer the New Jersey Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician course. This 230-hour course will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Feb. 7, at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. The fee is $1,895, which covers tuition and materials.

This course prepares students to obtain their EMT Certification through either the State of New Jersey and/or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Once certified, candidates are qualified for various volunteer and career positions in New Jersey and other states that recognize NREMT or New Jersey certification. EMTs are widely used in hospitals, ambulances, patient transport units, racetracks, sports stadiums, concerts and bike teams.

This course covers adult and pediatric medical and trauma assessment, basic airway support and use of AED. It also includes assisting patients with and administering medication; splinting; bleeding control; and lifting, transferring and transporting stretchers and patients. Course material is presented through lectures, textbook readings, discussions, demonstrations, case presentations and summary skill sheets. In addition, EMT candidates must complete clinical experience in a hospital emergency department setting and other settings considered appropriate.

Course prerequisites include holding a high school diploma or GED, CPR certification for Health Care Professionals and obtaining a reading score of nine on the Test of Adult Basic Education. Candidates also must be 18 by the last day of the program and must have the physical strength to perform all required tasks of an EMT-Basic, among other requirements.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit atlantic.edu/conted. This training is offered through the college’s Workforce Development program which provides a broad range of workshops, seminars and career training programs to the residents and businesses of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Student-run, gourmet restaurant reopens

MAYS LANDING - Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, has reopened.

The restaurant will offer an a la carte lunch menu with items including Minestrone with Basil Pesto, Chef’s Daily Soup, Caesar Salad, Careme’s Chopped Salad, Fresh Pasta of the Day, Grilled London Broil, Pan-Seared Salmon, Chicken Milanese, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Careme’s Burger. Desserts offered are Roasted Apple Bread Pudding, Flourless Chocolate Tart and Carrot Cake.

For groups, the restaurant will offer a three-course menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, prepared and served with care and attention to detail. The luncheon menu for groups is priced at $16.95 per person, plus tax and a service charge, which helps provide scholarships for academy students.

Careme’s, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, offers a farm-to-table dining experience that’s unique in South Jersey. The restaurant is open from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, for the duration of spring semester.

For reservations or information, call (609) 343-4940 or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

You can earn associate degree in criminal justice

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College offers an associate degree in criminal justice for people considering a career in policing, corrections, the court system, probation, parole, private security and related service careers. The Associate in Science degree provides the theoretical, practical and professional knowledge graduates need to succeed in the workplace or in continued studies at a four-year institution.

The program offers expert instruction on the most current trends, policies and practices in the field. The curriculum focuses on the criminal justice system, modern criminal investigative theories and procedures, on-the-job decision making and problem-solving and the ethical implications of police work.

Students take 30 credits in general education courses and 33-36 credits in criminal justice program courses. Required courses are: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice, The Criminal Court System, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice Report Procedures. Graduates of a New Jersey police academy may be eligible for up to 16 credits toward the Associate in Science Degree in criminal justice.

For information, call Dean Wyks, faculty adviser and assistant professor, criminal Justice, and co-coordinator of Professional Studies, at (609) 343-4915 or email dwyks@altantic.edu.

To register or view an updated schedule of spring courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/spring.

For information, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, or (609) 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Income tax assistance program available at Kramer Hall

HAMMONTON - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a program funded by the Internal Revenue Service to help taxpayers, is returning to Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Nick Tiberio, VITA’s Atlantic County site coordinator, will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, from Feb. 2 through April 14.

Parking is available and free at Kramer Hall. Front desk security will direct participants to the proper room after they sign in.

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

‘Find, Get and Keep the Job You Want’

HAMMONTON - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free, four-session workshop, “Find, Get and Keep the Job You Want: A New Environment Calls for New Strategies,”for older adults at the university’s Kramer Hall instructional site, 30 Front St.

Attendees must attend all four sessions, which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, and 15. Michael Kuhlman, formerly with the National Council on Aging, will facilitate the workshops.

The workshops will take participants through the SELFIE (Self-Empowering Learning for Innovative Enlightenment) model that Kuhlman created, including how to:

•Identify and overcome obstacles that keep one from finding the right job.

•Discover personal and professional strengths and find a competitive edge in this changing work environment;

•Learn what community employers need and want in their employees;

•Develop strategies for a successful presentation, from creating a resume to a final job interview;

•Practice new presentation skills on a group of peers and benefit from their objective critiques, while learning about the competition.

To register or for information, call (609) 626-3591 or visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

Registration now open for Pinelands Short Course

GALLOWAY - The 28th annual Pinelands Short Course will feature 38 presentations, including 20 new programs that will explore the region’s unique history, ecology, culture and music. Registration is open for the daylong event, which will be held at Stockton University on March 11.

“The Pinelands Short Course has educated more than 1,400 people about the Pinelands during the past three years alone,” said Nancy Wittenberg, executive director, New Jersey Pinelands Commission. “With more total courses than last year and an impressive variety of presentations, we’re hopeful that this year’s event will be our best yet.”

“Stockton is a leader in environmental studies and in stewardship of natural resources - wonders we are conscious of every day on the Galloway campus in the Pinelands National Reserve,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “The university is very pleased to host the Pinelands Short Course and to have Stockton forest expert Dr. George Zimmermann, entomologist Dr. Jamie Cromartie, river expert Dr. Claude Epstein, Professor Emeritus, and birding expert John Rokita share their knowledge with the public.”

This year’s event will feature a new, guided tour of the Mullica River watershed. Attendees will be taken on a 2½-hour van tour that will include stops at various watershed habitats. The Short Course will also offer three on-campus field courses, including a program in which attendees will venture outside to learn how to identify different bird species, a tour of Stockton’s ecologically-based management of forests on its campus, and a new course that will examine biodiversity hotspots on the school’s campus.

Other new courses for this year include the following: coyotes in New Jersey; the fungi kingdom and its importance to the Pinelands; raptors and reptiles in the Pinelands (with live animals); the life story of 1st Lt. Jeremiah Leeds, a typical “Piney” who once owned almost all of what is now Atlantic City; interactions between mites and Eastern fence lizards; an overview of the ecosystem services that insects provide in the Pinelands; techniques to identify more than 440 birds in New Jersey; improving soil for native gardening; the geologic and land use history of Pinelands rivers; a virtual field trip of the rivers and streams in the Barnegat Bay watershed; the history and ecology of the Maurice River; the Lenape and their use of the region’s environment in everyday life; a Pinelands overview; honey bee rescue; Pinelands forest monitoring and management; the Pine Barrens Byway; geologic time, people and industries in the Pinelands; and Double Trouble State Park.

The event will also feature numerous popular presentations from the past, including threatened and endangered snakes in the Pinelands (with live animals); the Jersey Devil and origins of New Jersey; the secret world of plants and pollinators; Pinelands frogs and toads; a pictorial journey through the Pinelands; sights and sounds of the Pinelands; wilderness survival skills; climate change; the wild turkey and its reintroduction in New Jersey; moths of New Jersey; using benthic invertebrates as indicators of water quality; Batsto through the years; ghost towns of the Pinelands; former Coast Guard Station 119; a live dulcimer performance; and a live musical performance about the folklore and history of the Pinelands.

As part of the Short Course, area high school students participated in the first-ever contest to create a poster with a Pinelands Wildlife theme. All posters will be on display at the event, and the winning poster will be used to advertise next year’s Short Course. Pinelands-themed food, coffee and other refreshments will be available for purchase at Stockton’s Campus Center.

Participants should register early to help ensure that they receive their first course selections. The Pinelands Short Course is registered with the New Jersey Department of Education, and professional development credits are available to New Jersey teachers who attend.

Discounted registration fees are offered to senior citizens and students. The Short Course brochure and registration form includes complete, detailed descriptions of every program.

To request the brochure and registration form, call (609) 894-7300, ext. 125. The form is also available online and can be downloaded and printed at www.nj.gov/pinelands.

To register online, visit intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=107&pageID=470.

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