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Hammonton First to hold special community meeting

HAMMONTON - Mayor Steve DiDonato announced a special Hammonton First Community Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at DiDonato’s Alley Bar & Grille, 1151 S. White Horse Pike. Hammonton residents are encouraged to attend. Children and families are welcome.

Mayor Steve DiDonato said, “Come out and let your voice be heard. That’s what these meetings, and Hammonton First, are all about. We’ll have some special announcements too.”

Mayor Steve DiDonato, Deputy Mayor Tom Gribbin, Councilman Sam Rodio and others will be available for a question and answer session during the meeting. Hammonton First Community Engagement Coordinator, Brooke Sacco, is organizing the outreach effort for this meeting.

Hammonton First is a local organization comprised of Independents, Republicans and Democrats dedicated to improving Hammonton.

For information, visit www.hammonton1st.com or www.facebook.com/hammonton1st or email info@hammonton1st.com or call/text (609) 385-6088.

Learn about healthy living and cancer prevention

HAMMONTON - Shore Medical Center will offer a free workshop on healthy living and cancer prevention, with an emphasis on nutrition, prevention and screening for colorectal cancer. Early detection and prevention is the best protection when it comes to colorectal cancer.

The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Atlantic County Library, Hammonton Branch, 451 Egg Harbor Road.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-4743.

Shore Medical Center is the lead agency for the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection grant in Atlantic County. The CEED program provides free colorectal cancer screening for people who are uninsured/underinsured with a limited income. There are no citizenship requirements. Eligible guests can enroll in the CEED program at the workshop’s conclusion. In addition to free colorectal cancer screening, the CEED program also provides free breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening.

For event information or the CEED program, call (609) 926-4743.

Beth Israel Nursery School holding open house

NORTHFIELD - Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 30 or from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 2 at Beth Israel Nursery School at 2501 Shore Road. Nursery school is open to the community and features programs for children ages 2 to 5, kindergarten enrichment, before and after care.

The program incorporates art, movement and music, stories, writing and dramatic play, Smart Boards, a playground built on a sandbox and an organic garden that is “farmed” by the children. The “Handwriting Without Tears” program is a cornerstone of literacy development and employs multisensory tools to help students succeed. The children also are taught about Jewish holidays in hands-on activities, that range from making their own challah bread to participating in a weekly Shabbat program with Rabbi David Weis. Small class sizes and personalized attention are a hallmark of the program. Both Rabbi Weis and Director of Education Cookie Feldman will be available to meet you and answer questions.

Students are grouped by developmental levels, age 2, 3 or 4 and kindergarten enrichment classes. They may attend the program two, three or five days per week. Before and after care also are offered.

Class size is limited. Enrollment for the 2017-18 term is in progress.

To register or for information, call Cookie Feldman at (609) 641-3600 or email cookie.feldman@cbinorthfield.org.

Learn what Atlantic Cape Community College has to offer

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. April 2 in the STEM Building on the campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Atlantic Cape faculty and learn about the college’s academic degrees, online degrees and career-training programs. Programs and departments represented include Allied Health and Nursing, Computer Information Systems and Aviation, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Workforce Development. In addition, representatives from Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University will provide information on their dual admission programs with Atlantic Cape.

Admissions staff also will be available to discuss the enrollment process and financial aid opportunities. In addition, Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, will greet guests. Current students also will be on hand to answer questions and lead tours of the campus.

The college offers 46 academic degrees and 13 online degree programs. Atlantic Cape’s associate degree is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country. Students may also earn short-term certificates.

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

Academy of Culinary Arts to hold an open house

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. April 2 and 5:30 p.m. May 3 for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a career in the culinary field in the M-Building on the campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

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.

Register online for an open house at www.atlantic.edu/aca/visit.htm.

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

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

Love to cook? Register for ACA fall classes

MAYS LANDING - If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, it’s time to register for fall classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Registration will be offered to returning students at all Atlantic Cape campuses, and online, based on the number of credits earned, beginning April 3. ACA classes will begin Aug. 28.

New culinary students should call Judy DeSalvo at (609) 343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Returning students may register online at www.atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

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.

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

Mobile Digital Mammography to visit Atlantic County sites

The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will visit various Atlantic County locations in April. The custom-built, 38-foot van is completely self-contained. In addition to offering the latest digital mammography equipment, the van provides a comfortable waiting area and a private dressing room.

The schedule includes:

April 4, Seashore Gardens in Galloway.

April 6, William L. Gormley AtlantiCare Healthplex in Atlantic City.

April 7, Ventnor Public Library in Ventnor.

April 11, Atlantic County Division of Public Health in Northfield.

April 13, ShopRite in Hammonton.

April 24, Golden Heart in Somers Point.

April 26, Southern Jersey Family Medicine in Hammonton.

April 27, Southern Jersey Family Medicine in Atlantic City.

The screenings are free for uninsured women age 40 and older with no current or past breast issues. Screenings for insured women are processed through their insurance.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A prescription is not needed.

To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 677-9729 or www.amifoundation.net.

Sixth annual college fair planned at Stockton

GALLOWAY - Prospective students, transfer students and their families and friends are invited to the Cape Atlantic School Counselor Association’s sixth annual college fair, with more than 100 colleges and universities expected to participate, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 5 in Stockton University’s Sports Center at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

Jeanne Lewis and Chris Connors of Stockton’s Office of Financial Aid will provide a free college and financial aid planning workshop during the fair in Room 205 of the Sports Center at 7 p.m.

For information, visit stockton.edu.

Mazza’s Antique Marketplace sets spring open house

HAMMONTON - Mazza’s Antique Marketplace will hold a spring open house from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7 at 109 12th St. The event will include entertainment by Richie Vitale, refreshments, raffles, prizes, shopping and more.

For information, call (609 247-3947.

‘Shop for a Cause’ at the Tanger Outlets

ATLANTIC CITY - Family Service Association is partnering with St. John at the Tanger Outlets for “Shop for a Cause” from 6:30 p.m. April 7. The event will offer an opportunity to support the association and to network with area professional women. The event will include special in-store sales and promotions. As the event host, St. John will provide food and beverage to attendees and will donate a portion of the proceeds back to the association to benefit programs for children and families.

For information, call Torrina Bennett-Michael, chief development officer, at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160, or by email torrina.bennett-michael@fsasj.org or visit www.fsasj.org.

Rotary to hist Easter egg hunt on April 8

COLLINGSWOOD - Collingswood Rotary will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 10 and younger at 10 a.m. April 8 in the cafeteria of Collingswood High School, 424 W. Collings Ave.

For information, email mguinoiseau@collsk12.org.

Linwood Community Church to present ‘What LOVE is This?’

LINWOOD - The Linwood Community Church Worship Choir will present its annual Easter cantata, “What LOVE is This?” at 6:30 p.m. April 9 at 1838 Shore Road.

For information, call (609) 927-2950.

Easter Bunny to visit Lake Lenape Park East

MAYS LANDING - Children, ages 1 to 8, are invited to join the Easter Bunny from 1 to 3 p.m. April 9, rain or shine, at the Atlantic County Parks’ Easter Egg Hunt at the Lake Lenape Park East, 753 Park Road. In the event of inclement weather activities will be held in the catering hall.

In addition to the egg hunt, registrants may also participate in craft activities, a photo station, hay rides and more. The egg hunt, which will be grouped by age, will start at 2 p.m.

Admission is free but registration is requested.

To register or for information, call (609) 625-1897.

You are invited to open house at Artemis Center for Independent Living

GALLOWAY - The Artemis Center for Independent Living will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. April 11 at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7. The new center is unique in that it is run by and for people with disabilities. It is one of 20 nonprofit centers operating in New Jersey that supports people living with disabilities. Staff is tasked and sanctioned to provide a range of services that increase independence for those living with mental or physical disabilities.

As with all Centers for Independent Living more than half of the individuals on staff and the board of directors live with a disability. Among the local CIL, there is an individual with Multiple Sclerosis, someone with Cerebral Palsy, multiple people with a physical disability, including one with limb loss, another person who survived stroke, an individual with rheumatoid arthritis and several who live with mental illness. There are also two cancer survivors.

“With such a wide range of firsthand life experience, this compassionate, well-rounded staff is committed to empowering Atlantic County residents with disabilities to make their own life choices and to realize their greatest potential as individuals,” said Donald Campbell, the center’s director.

Campbell, a law school graduate who lives in Egg Harbor Township, originally was chosen to sit on the board member, but recently accepted the position of director. He lives with Cerebral Palsy and has experience with advocacy. He says his overall goal is to ensure that disabled persons are living a healthy and productive life in a barrier-free community.

In recent weeks staff members have been making rounds through speaking engagements with potential community partners in promotion of the center. This upcoming open house is planned to bring representatives from agencies as well as community members and local media into the center for a meet and greet.

So far, the center’s unusual name, “Artemis,” is helping generate conversation. Campbell explained that Artemis is a Greek Goddess often depicted with a bow and arrow. She represents the natural environment, which, Campbell says is a perfect tie in to the CIL’s purpose.

There are several core services offered by a CIL, which are consistent among sister centers. One of the services is to assist youth who are transitioning from high school to the work force. Other services include information and referral, which entails linking individuals with other services and organizations that can help.

Staff also provide advocacy by assisting persons who seek help in making systems changes in order to improve quality of life. Mary Beth Preyer, outreach coordinator, is gathering data for the purpose of improving personal safety and transportation needs on a local and state level, a project that will include community members as advocates.

Life Skills Training is another service offered by the center. Through this component, staff work one on one with individuals on specific activities of daily living. The aim, explained Campbell, is to teach skills necessary to live with optimum independence. This may include cooking, paying bills, or reading a bus schedule, for example.

Other services include peer support and transition services for those who are moving from a nursing facility to home.

There is no fee associated with center services, which is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

For information, call (609) 748-ABLE (2253).

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