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Hammonton Arts Center accepting entries for July show

HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Arts Center, celebrating its 21st year of operations, will be accepting entries for the July show titled “In the Heat of the Summer.”

It’s about celebrating summertime and all it brings.

Entries will be accepted this week until Saturday, July 1, during business hours. Please call the Arts Center at (609) 567-5360 to ensure someone will be available to accept your entry.

Entry fees for members are $9 per work (up to 5 entries), non-members $12 per work (up to 4 entries), Students with ID pay only $5 per entry.

All entries must be for sale!

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

Works in Pigment - paint, ink, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, crayon - any type of pigmented ink.

Digital/Photography - Digital images and standard photographic processes.

Miscellaneous - Works in clay, wood, metal, sculptures, 3D and wireform art, stained glass, anything that does not fit in the first two categories.

Each category will have a 1st place (blue ribbon) selected with a $50 Cash Prize. 2nd, 3rd and Honorable mentions are awarded ribbons only.

An artist reception will be held on the Thursday, July 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is open to the public. Awards will be presented and those attending will have the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists.

Themes for the remainder of 2017 include:

August: On the Road Again

September: The 4 Elements

October: Photography

November: Tribute to a Favorite Artist

December: Members Only Show

Mosquito control fighting the bite with added resources

Mosquito season is here.

To help combat the annoying insects and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis and Zika, the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control is equipped with two new resources.

Atlantic County is one of five counties in the state that has recently received equipment from the State Mosquito Control Commission to hold mosquito-eating fish.

“Atlantic County is fortunate to have this new equipment to enhance our efforts,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “Before our staff had to routinely travel to the state hatchery in Hackettstown to obtain the fish which could take as long as 8-hours round trip. This will make the operation even more cost effective and efficient.”

The Office of Mosquito Control has stocked nearly 11,000 mosquito-eating fish to date this year in stagnant bodies of water such as abandoned swimming pools, ornamental ponds, foundations and swamps. Each fish can consume hundreds of mosquito larvae each day thereby reducing mosquito populations from these common breeding grounds.

Atlantic County has also created a mosquito service request application for easy and efficient reporting of mosquito problems and locations of mosquito breeding sites from a smartphone, tablet or computer.

“We’re using technology to supplement our traditional customer service support. The mosquito app provides the public with access at all times,” explained Doug Abdill, superintendent of Atlantic County Mosquito Control.

The application was developed and tested over the winter in cooperation with the Atlantic County Office of Geographic Information Systems.

Citizens can access the service at www.atlantic-county.org/mosquito-app to report issues or problem areas and also include photos. The app can find your location or it can be submitted manually. All identifying information is kept confidential and will only be used if follow up is requested or needed.

These new resources are being used to enhance the normal methods of integrated pest management including chemical and biological controls, water management, source reduction, and public education.

Citizens are reminded to do their part in reducing mosquito populations by removing standing water from their properties which can easily accumulate in containers, rain gutters, tarps, tires, wading pools and more.

For more information about mosquito control and prevention, visit www.atlantic-county.org/mosquito-control or call (609) 645-5948.

In addition, the Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled a ground spray for portions of the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor in its ongoing effort to control adult mosquitoes and reduce the spread of mosquito-borne illness.

The ground spray application will take place, weather permitting, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. today and Thursday using Scourge, the trade name for resmethrin, applied as an ultra low-volume aerosol.

The Environmental Protection Agency does not require people to relocate or take special precautions during mosquito control spraying. The public may choose to avoid or minimize exposure by staying indoors during application, keeping windows shut, window fans and air conditioning off or set to circulate indoor air, keeping children’s toys indoors, and keeping pets and their food, water dishes and toys indoors.

For health information about the pesticides to be applied in this area, call the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971, ext. 4277.

For more information, visit: www.aclink.org/publicworks/mosquito or call the West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-64FACTS.

Produce vouchers for seniors available starting next month

Beginning July 11, the annual produce vouchers for senior, low-income Atlantic County residents will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last at county senior centers and several senior housing complexes from July 11 to 27.

The vouchers, distributed by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services, allow recipients to purchase locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables at participating farm markets through October. This year each eligible recipient will receive five, $5 vouchers for a total of $25. Vouchers may be spent individually or together. Change will not be provided if the entire $5 is not spent.

The state requires the county to target low-income senior citizens for participation. Residents, age 60 or older, with an annual income that does not exceed $1,860 per month or $22,311 annually for one person or $2,504 per month or $30,044 annually for a married couple.

Proof of income, which may include a Social Security statement, income tax return, bank statement, or a valid 2017 letter of government assistance, such as energy assistance or food stamps, is required. Medicaid cards will not be accepted as proof of income. Proof of identification and residency as verified by a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, senior identification card, or posted mail is also required. Recipients must also present proof of age.

Participants may visit any site to receive vouchers and may call ahead for details.

For a list of sites distributing vouchers and a list of participating farmers’ markets, visit www.aclink.org/intergenerational.

Atlantic Christian School offering fun activities through the summer

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic Christian School will be open throughout the summer to offer fun and exciting activities as part of the ACS Cougar Camp for boys and girls entering first through sixth grades. Campers will enjoy educational field trips, movie days, lake days, science experiments, computer lab, Bible lessons, music, arts and crafts, cooking and gardening.

Camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 25. Early and late care are also available and children may attend on a daily or weekly basis.

The school is at 391 Zion Road and the campus includes a playground, track, gymnasium and athletic fields for sports and games.

To register or for information, call (609) 653-1199 or visit acseht.org.

Collingswood hosting free concert with U.S. Army Field Band

COLLINGSWOOD - Borough of Collingswood will host a free concert featuring the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. today at Knight Park. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike. Guests should bring blankets and chairs.

The concert will feature the 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals.

For information, visit http://bit.ly/2sURRnq.

Still time to register for fall classes at Academy of Culinary Arts

MAYS LANDING - If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, there is still time to register for fall classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Classes will begin on Aug. 28.

Scholarships are available for incoming students. The deadline to apply is June 29. For scholarship information, call Erin Adasczik at (609) 343-5624.

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College recently was ranked the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey by Best Choice Schools, and leads to 100 percent job placement.

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 may also be used as a foundation for completing an associate degree at the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon sessions.

For information, visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

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. Monday through Thursday.

Returning students may register online at www.atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

FoodBank of NJ partners with restaurants to fight hunger

The Community FoodBank of NJ is partnering with restaurants in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties in a fight against hunger with the Dine Out 2017 campaign from July 30 through Aug. 8. Participating restaurants/chefs will be highlighted and thanked through the pre-promotional press and media campaign.

Restaurants will be provided with promotional menu inserts, table tents and posters. Restaurant servers will ask guests if they will help feed hungry families in our area by adding a $5 donation to their bill. Donations greater than $5 are also welcome. Teams from the CFBNJ will visit each restaurant to deliver campaign materials and thank team members for their support.

For information, call (609) 383-8843, ext. 122, or email rtaylor@cfbnj.org.

Volunteers sought for lifestyle/impact research project

GALLOWAY - Stockton University seeks volunteers for a research project which will explore which lifestyle factors have the most significant impact on the degree of connectivity among different regions of the brain. Prior research has shown that greater connectivity among brain areas was associated with the strongest thinking and memory performance in older adults.

“As we age, we routinely participate in screenings of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar,” noted Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. “However, many individuals have never participated in a screening of brain health and function. The National Institute on Aging suggests that changes in the physical brain may occur a decade or more before changes in memory and thinking are observed. However, research has suggested that lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and education can influence how the brain changes during aging.”

Fleck has been a member of Stockton’s psychology program since 2006. In addition to researching brain health throughout the lifespan, she is also an active researcher of creativity and the creative brain.

The research project, “The Relationship between Brain Activity and Cognitive Reserve,” will be conducted on Stockton’s main campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

The study is comprised of two sessions which will begin in early July, with each session lasting about an hour. Participants will be compensated for their time.

“We are looking for healthy participants who are between 45 and 64 years of age, but are particularly interested in participants who are African American or Hispanic,” said Fleck. Also, according to Fleck, rates of dementia and cognitive decline are significantly higher in African American and Hispanic older adults than they are for Caucasian older adults, so it is vital to learn more about brain connectivity in diverse participant groups.

Participants must be right-handed and have no prior diagnosis of dementia, neurological disorder or traumatic brain injury. Latino participants will need to be able to read and write in English. The project involves the use of EEG, which measures electrical activity in the brain. Tests of memory and thinking will also be administered in a second session.

For information, call (609) 626-3444 or email eeglab@stockton.edu.

‘Make the Best of it Bash’ raising money for a cure

ATLANTIC CITY - The Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation will present the fourth annual “Make the Best of it Bash” from 7 to 10 p.m. June 30 in the ballroom at the Tropicana Casino. The foundation seeks to further Melanoma research and honor Tara’s legacy.

The event continues to honor Tara’s vision for what a fun event should be along with her passion for raising money to find a cure. Some of the auction highlights include dinners with Charles Barkley and Connor Barwin, Bruce Springsteen tickets with a meet and greet with the E Street Band, signed guitars and sports memorabilia, vacations and cruises and jewelry.

Tickets are $150.

Through Tara’s battle with stage 4 Melanoma, she endured five brain surgeries, a full neck dissection, four rounds of Gamma Knife Radiation, four rounds of IPI, six weeks of Proton Radiation and three weeks of full brain radiation. The Longport resident had five words that became synonymous with her fight to get through it all, “Make the Best of It.” Unfortunately Tara lost her battle with Melanoma on Oct. 14, 2014. Tara took a courageous step to help others and created The Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation in 2014 to increase awareness of this horrible disease.

For tickets, visit TaraMillerFoundation.org.

Buena Borough to begin free summer concert series

BUENA - The Borough of Buena will host a free Summer Dance/Concert Series from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, from July 11 through Aug. 15, in the Joe Dale Pavilion in Bruno Melini Park at 616 Central Ave., in Minotola. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Louise Basile Community Center.

The schedule includes: Buddy Gale Orchestra, led by Lou Giunta, July 11, Jerry Abbott Western Band, July 18, Gene Iannette, July 25, Jack Melton Band, Aug. 1, Cumberland County College Band, Aug. 8, and John Clark Band, Aug. 15.

Guests should bring a chair.

For information, call (856) 697-9393.

Presenting integrative nutrition coach at Gilda’s Club

LINWOOD - Gina Rollins, integrative nutrition coach, Chopra Center Vedic Educator, will present “All You Never Knew About Ayurveda” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 12 at Gilda’s Club South Jersey at 700 New Road.

Ayruveda, a 5000-year-old healing system founded in ancient India. Ayruveda is derived from Sanskrit, Ayus meaning life and veda meaning wisdom. The wisdom of life offers a proven guide for a life of happiness, vitality, love and purpose. Health is a state of vibrant balance in which all the layers of life are integrated. Find out what this can mean for you.

Registration is required.

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

Mixer scheduled to set goals to revitalize EHC

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Egg Harbor City Development Corp. will hold its first mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Crossroads Tavern, 171 Philadelphia Ave. The EHC Development Corp., is open to all interested in setting goals with the purpose to revitalize the Egg Harbor City community and businesses.

Tickets are $20, includes snacks and a beverage.

For information, call (609) 965-0081 or (609) 965-0081 or visit www.eggharborcity.org.

Kramer Hall participating in ‘Dog Days of Summer’

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., will participate in Downtown Hammonton’s Third Thursday themed “Dog Days of Summer” from 6 to 8 p.m. July 20.

Donna Downs, a certified therapy dog evaluator and professional member with the International Association of Canine Professionals, will present a leash obedience demonstration with two of her trained dogs to show the obedience possibilities that every dog and puppy has at any age with the right training.

Downs, of Donna Downs Dog Training in Egg Harbor City has been a trainer for 35 years and has trained in obedience, problem solving, behavior modification and search and rescue as well as service dog and therapy dog training and certification. She and her demonstration dogs volunteer their time to visit schools, libraries, nursing homes, private homes and even her own home to run reading programs. They also work with children in confidence building programs and assist in training dogs owned by her clients.

Downs will also give a brief talk on the differences between therapy dogs and service dogs and the laws governing service dogs and their handlers. She will finish up with an open forum question and answer session.

Seating is limited.

For reservations, visit dogdemonstration.eventbrite.com.

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