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You’re invited to submit entry to County-Wide Recycled Art Contest

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority, in partnership with the Atlantic County Library System and the Hamilton Mall, welcomes entries for the third annual County-Wide Recycled Art Contest. The contest challenges participants to use material that would be destined for the recycling bin or trash can to create unique pieces of art. The contest goal is to heighten everyone’s awareness and commitment to recycling, reuse, waste and litter reduction.

The contest is open to residents of Atlantic County and winners will be chosen in four age categories: 8 and younger, 9 to 12, 13 to 17 and 18 and older, as well as one group category. Entry forms and artwork must be received by April 8 at one of the following Atlantic County Library System branches: Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Mays Landing and Ventnor.

Entries will be displayed at the branches until Earth Day, April 22. Selected artwork from each branch will be moved to ACUA for judging and display. Artwork will be displayed and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 11 a.m. at the ACUA’s 27th annual Earth Day Festival on April 23 at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township. Select entries will then be displayed at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing during May.

Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.acua.com/artcontest.

For information, call (609) 272-6950 or email artcontest@acua.com.

Community School of Egg Harbor City crowned state champion

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Egg Harbor City Community School of Egg Harbor City was recently crowned the New Jersey state champion of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl, the national recycling competition for K-12 students, teachers and school communities. Recycle-Bowl, which engaged nearly 1,300 schools spanning 47 states and the District of Columbia, took place during four weeks in the fall, culminating on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2016.

Also, the Charles L. Spragg School of Egg Harbor City placed second for the New Jersey Schools Recycle Bowl.

The school students, teachers and staff of the Egg Harbor City community pulled together to collect 11,453 pounds or 43.6 pounds per student and teacher, of recyclable material during the four-week competition, to secure their fourth straight state title.

“I am so proud of the progress our school has made in its recycling program over the past four years. Their recycling program continues year round and runs like a well-oiled machine! Recycling is not only good for the earth, it also saves the taxpayer money,” said Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti.

Priority registration now being offered at ACCC

MAYS LANDING - Priority registration for summer and fall classes at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered to new and returning students, who have been advised in March, based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not in progress.

The schedule includes:

• 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 5, for students with at least 17 credits.

• 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, for all returning students.

• 9 a.m. to 6:30 pm. April 10 for all new and returning students.

Beginning April 11, students may register for courses during regular registration hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

To view summer and fall course schedules or to register online, visit atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

The first summer session is six weeks, May 22 through June 29; the second session is eight weeks, June 26 through Aug. 17; and the third session is six-weeks, July 10 through Aug. 17. A full session meets May 22 through Aug. 17, and an accelerated session runs May 22 through June 8. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 5.

Payment is due at the time of registration for summer classes. The fall payment deadline is July 11.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students may visit atlantic.edu/finaid to apply. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan for students in good academic standing for the fall semester.

For information, call (609) 625-1111, ext. 5278, or email bursar@atlantic.edu.

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.

For information, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.

Go Blue to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month

SOMERS POINT - Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Go Blue for CASA theme throughout the month.

• First, schools and businesses are encouraged to dress down or wear blue to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in our communities any day throughout the month of April.

• Second, the annual Kids Fit Mile, in conjunction with the April Fools Half Marathon and 11K and 7K races in Atlantic City, is on April 22.

• Finally, the fifth annual Go Blue for CASA cocktail party and auction will be held at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Linwood Country Club.

CASA advocates help provide a better place for children by ensuring that their families have the resources they need to keep or get their families back together. Research shows that when parents have the knowledge, skills and services they need to care for their children, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families prevail.

A new CASA volunteer training begins in May.

To register for any of these Go Blue for CASA events or for information about CASA volunteer training, visit www.AtlanticCapeCASA.org email katherine@AtlanticCapeCASA.org or call (609) 601-7800.

Collingswood to hold annual Green Festival

COLLINGSWOOD – The ninth annual Green Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 along Irvin Avenue. The event will include information on sustainable food choices, local green initiatives, alternative energy solutions, community gardening, eco-artisans, water conservation, eco-friendly transportation, green goods and services, responsible recycling, green gardening tips, bike share and more. There will also be a bike rodeo and a kid zone with fun activities.

There will also be a hazardous waste collection from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at the Collingswood Public Works at 713 N. Atlantic Ave.

April 8 is also Second Saturday in Collingswood. Stroll around downtown for art, live music and more. Many shops will host mini-art exhibits. Artists are invited to register to participate for $10.

For information, visit www.collingswood.com.

Just ask the doctor, nurse about colorectal cancer

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, will host “Ask the Doctor and Advanced Practice Nurse” about Colorectal Cancer: Signs, Symptoms, Who and How to Treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 12.

Gary Heck, DO, Family Medicine specializing in Internal Medicine, and Jamie Stranges, APN-C, Cooper Digestive Health, will discuss colorectal cancer from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, including which type of doctor to see at various stages of care and the different types of treatment available.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699, email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org or visit www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

‘Find, Get and Keep the Job You Want’

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall will present “Find, Get and Keep the Job You Want,” hosted by Michael Kuhlman, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at 30 Front St.

Attendees will learn how to:

• Identify and overcome obstacles that keep them from the job that’s right for them.

• Discover personal characteristics that they possess and that are in demand at organizations and corporations globally.

• Recognize how to create an instant connection both verbally and nonverbally.

• Develop a personal brand that can help them “find, get and keep the job that you want.” This program is based on the SELFIE model developed by Kuhlman, which stands for Self-Empowering Learning for Innovative Enlightenment.

Admission is free but reservations are required.

For reservations, visit http://thejobyouwant.eventbrite.com.

For information, call (609) 626-3840 or visit stockton.edu/hammonton.

Celebrate the Easter Eggstravaganza with treats and games

HAMMONTON - Downtown Hammonton businesses will celebrate the Easter season with an Easter Eggstravaganza from 1 to 3 p.m. April 14. The event will include treats, games and activities for children of all ages.

The Easter Bunny will drop by Second Street to dance the bunny hop and visit with the kids. Second Street will be the fun place to be to enjoy this “kid-friendly zone,” featuring “make an Easter Bunny craft, “bobbing for Easter eggs, face painting and more.

The Annual Great Egg Drop will be held at the Toy Market with the winner being announced at 3 p.m. Kids will be able to use their creative skills to attempt to prevent their raw egg from smashing and breaking on the ground.

For information, call MainStreet Hammonton at (609) 567-9014 or email mainstreethammontn@ymail.com.

Greentree Church to hold Easter Egg Hunt

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Greentree Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt, for children ages 2 to 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 15, rain or shine, at 125 Schoolhouse Road. Children should bring a basket to collect eggs. There will be prizes and the annual egg hunt with more than 3,000 eggs. There will also be a separate sensory-friendly egg hunt for children with special needs at the same time in another area of the church.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

For directions or information, call (609) 927-3838 or visit www.Greentree.org.

Accepting submissions for Congressional Art Competition

MAYS LANDING - U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo recently announced that his office is accepting submissions from South Jersey high school artists for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a slight change from previous years, submissions must be no larger than 26 inches by 26 inches, and 4 inches in depth (including the frame), and can be: paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor etc); drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); collage (must be two-dimensional); prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media (use of two or more mediums); computer-generated art; and, photography. Each submitted piece must be accompanied by a signed release form by the artist.

All submissions are due to the Congressman’s Mays Landing office by May 5. The winning submission will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol, which is part of the main tour route of visitors to Capitol Hill. The second and third place submissions will be displayed in the Congressman’s District of Columbia and Mays Landing offices, respectively.

For information, visit www.lobiondo.house.gov or call (609) 625-5008 or (800) 471-4450.

Public invited to attend Comic Book Illustration Workshop

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College invites the public to attend the Comic Book Illustration Workshop, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. April 18, in the cafeteria in C Building on the college’s campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Explore the realm of comics with Joe Del Beato, a former artist for Marvel Comics and owner of Atlantic City Comics and Graphics Arts Gallery where his original artwork is showcased. Del Beato will discuss today’s comics industry, its unique demands and tips on what students should study to break into the field. He will also lead a drawing session for the first 15 artists (of any skill level) who register for the workshop.

To register or for information, email Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at jhagen@altantic.edu or call (609) 625-1111, ext. 5346, or visit the college’s art gallery in the William Spangler Library in D Building.

Don’t miss a night paying tribute to East Vineland

BUENA - Buena Historical Society will host Tribute To Our Towns: East Vineland Night at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Buena Vista Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway. Tribute To Our Towns events offer an opportunity for local residents to come together to share memories, photos and artifacts.

For information, call (856) 466-4654.

Accepting applications for Rotary Club foundation scholarship

HAMMONTON - Applications are available for the 2017 Hammonton Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship.

The Rotary Club of Hammonton Foundation awards at least one $2,000 scholarship each year to a college-bound student from the Greater Hammonton area or who attends high school in Hammonton. To be eligible, the applicant must be graduating from high school in 2017 and plan to continue their education at an accredited college or university.

Applications include an essay, letter of recommendation, high school transcript and SAT scores. They are judged on community service, leadership qualities and academics. Public and private school students may apply. Scholarship finalists will be called for a personal interview.

Applications and instructions are available on the Scholarship 2017 tab at www.hammontonrotary.org.

Application deadline is April 30.

The Rotary Club of Hammonton Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization that was formed by the Hammonton Rotary Club for the purpose of granting scholarships to students in the Hammonton area for their college education. It is funded by the generosity of Hammonton area residents who attend and sponsor the club’s fundraisers throughout the year.

For information, email jamesfitzpatrick@hammontonrotary.org.

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