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Buena Regional to honor former English teacher

BUENA - Buena Regional High School will honor the late Alma M. McCarville on Sept. 27 at the school at 125 Weymouth Road.

McCarville, who passed away in February after a courageous fight against cancer, was a former English teacher at the school. She was also advisor for National Honor Society and started a children’s library with society members.

To honor McCarville, who loved teaching, reading and her children and grandchildren, the school will name the children’s library, the Alma M. McCarville Children’s Library. A book shelving ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Atlantic County offering flu vaccinations at various locations

A flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths that typically impact up to 20 percent of the nation’s population each year.

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide flu shot clinics for people age 18 year and older through Nov. 8. There is a $15 fee, except there is no out-of-pocket cost for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination.

As an added convenience, residents may schedule a flu shot appointment online at www.aclink.org/flu. Appointments are not required; walk-ins will be welcome at all locations.

The vaccine does not contain live flu virus so flu shots cannot cause the flu. “Although it cannot prevent all cases of the flu, a flu shot can reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus in combination with practicing precautions such as covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently, and cleaning commonly or frequently touched items,” said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County Health Officer. “Because it may take up to two weeks for the antibodies to develop in your body, the sooner you get a shot the better,” she added. “Protection lasts several months to a year.”

Flu symptoms may include fever, headaches, extreme fatigue, chest discomfort, cough, muscle aches and pains. Complications from the virus may include: bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

The effects of influenza are especially concerning to adults older than 65, people with chronic medical conditions, women who will be pregnant during flu season, healthcare providers and home caregivers who provide direct patient care. These individuals are strongly urged to receive a flu shot. Parents and guardians of children age 6 months to 18 years should consult their child’s physician.

If you contract the flu drink plenty of liquids, get plenty of rest and contact your healthcare provider.

Public flu clinics will be held from:

•10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Maple and Wabash avenues, Linwood.

•10 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, Atlantic County Library, 33 Martin Luther King Ave., Pleasantville.

•10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3, Brigantine Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave., Brigantine.

•3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, Beacon Church, 420 S. 6th Ave., Galloway.

•10 a.m. to noon Oct. 6, Atlantic County Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City.

•3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

•10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18, St. James Church Memorial Hall, 9 S. Newport Ave., Ventnor.

•10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, Atlantic County Library, 451 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton.

•10 a.m. to noon Nov. 8, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 591 New Jersey Ave., Absecon.

In addition to the public flu clinics, flu shots will also be administered to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the Stillwater Building, 201 S. Shore Road, Northfield; and from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, while supplies last.

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about seasonal flu, visit www.aclink.org/flu.

For information, call the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5933.

Naturalist to talk about pollinators at Atlantic Audubon Society

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Atlantic County Library at 306 E. Jim Leeds Road. The meeting includes a social hour followed by a presentation by Naturalist Jennifer Bulava who will speak about pollinators.

The public is welcome.

Eye Associates donates $5,000 to hurricane relief

Eye Associates recently donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts. The practice will also accept monetary donations at its offices and online to help assist with recovery from recent hurricanes.

Online donation options are available at www.sjeyeassociates.com/events.htm.

For office locations, call (800) 922-1766 or visit www.sjeyeassociates.com.

DiDonato Family Fun Center rolling with Trick-or-Treat Train

HAMMONTON - DiDonato Family Fun Center at 1151 S. White Horse Pike will offer a Trick-or-Treat Train, an outdoor, Halloween train ride in its Halloween-themed village. Guests will ride along Rolling Railway, find their way through a hay maze created just for DiDonato’s, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, get their face painted and more.

The train will run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 to 30, and Oct. 1, 5 to 8, 12 to 15, 19 to 22, and 26 to 29.

Tickets are $12.95.

For tickets or information, call (609) 561-3040 or visit www.facebook.com/didonatofuncenter or www.didonatofuncenter.com.

Hammonton Senior Nutrition Center offering a balanced lunch

HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Senior Nutrition Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 310 Bellevue Ave. Each day a balanced lunch is served at no charge. A $1 donation is suggested to enhance the program. Meals are planned by a qualified nutritionist to supply at least one third of the day’s nutritional requirements. Seniors are asked to make reservations for meals at least two days in advance by calling Site Manager Olivia Bellano at (609) 645-7700, ext. 6537, or email obellano@jccatlantic.org.

Activities include: Pinochle, Bridge and other card games from 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily; chair yoga, 11 a.m. Thursdays; crochet lessons, 10 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, reservations requested; and birthday party with cake and gifts, Sept. 29.

The center depends on volunteers.

To volunteer or for information, call (609) 645-7700, ext. 6537, or email obellano@jccatlantic.org.

Knights of Columbus sponsoring Italian Festival at Historic Smithville

SMITHVILLE - Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council No. 6342 of Absecon & Galloway will sponsor an Italian Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Historic Smithville at Route 9 and Moss Mill Road. The rain date is Oct. 1.

The event will feature Italian music, bocce, Italian food, wine tasting, American and Italian beer on tap, Italian folk dancing, children’s activities, vendors with handcrafted items and imported Italian specialties and more.

Admission is free.

For information, call (609) 652-7992 or visit www.kofcitalianfest.org or www.colonialinnsmithville.com.

Animal Clinic of Hammonton holding a fall open house

HAMMONTON - The Animal Clinic of Hammonton will hold a fall open house with facility tours, a showcase of other businesses including pet related businesses and non-profits, adoptable animals from local rescues, a food truck, an ice cream truck and more, from noon to 3 pm. Sept. 30 at the clinic at 900 S. 12th St., Suite 1.

The Animal Clinic of Hammonton joins existing clinics in Millville and Buena, which are committed to keeping your pet healthy.

For information, call (856) 691-4848 or email animalclinicofhammonton@gmail.com.

LICK volunteers holding annual meow mixer

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Life Improvement for Cats and Kittens, also known as LICK, will hold its annual meow mixer from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Scullville Fire Hall on Somers Point Mays Landing Road. The event will include music, desserts and auctions.

Cost is $15. Donations of canned cat food are requested. Tables with the most cans donated will receive extra tickets for the auction.

LICK is an all volunteer cat rescue and sanctuary in Atlantic County.

For information, call (609) 892-1535.

Learn about ‘Healthy Cooking for the Home Chef’

MAYS LANDING - A new cooking class, “Healthy Cooking for the Home Chef,” with Academy of Culinary Arts alumna Chef Christina Martin will be offered in Kitchen 2 at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6.

This hands-on healthy cooking class is designed to help you nourish yourself and those you cook for, while learning practical skills in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals for your table, along with nutritional information and how to be an educated grocery shopper. Participants will also explore how to apply plant-based eating principles to everyday meals.

Cost is $225.

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

It’s Designer Handbag Bingo at country club

SOMERS POINT - Designer Handbag Bingo, for ages 21 and older, will be held on Oct. 2 at Greate Bay Country Club. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. The event will feature 12 games plus a bonus game, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, an auction and a cash bar.

Tickets are $40, includes dinner and games. Proceeds will benefit Shore Cancer Center.

For tickets or information, email bcahill@shoremedicalcenter.org.

Collings Lakes Fire Department holding an open house

BUENA VISTA - Collings Lakes Fire Department will hold an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at the fire house at 600 Cains Mill Road. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet first responders, view fire prevention and apparatus displays, and see a Jaws of Life extrication demonstration. There will also be a coloring contest for kids, a bike giveaway, free refreshments and more.

For information, visit http://bit.ly/2y1alVK.

Atlantic Cape offering Sanitation Training workshop

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a Sanitation Training workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays in October at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

This 12-hour workshop is a ServSafe Food Safety Training program, developed by the National Restaurant Association, to teach restaurant and foodservice professionals how to prevent food-borne illnesses. Participants will learn the importance of proper food storage, preparation, cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safe food handling.

Topics will include principles of food microbiology, food-borne diseases and measures to prevent them. The workshop will also cover regulatory standards and prepare participants to take the National Restaurant Association and the New Jersey State Sanitation examinations. Students will take the exams during the last session, and those who successfully complete the exams will gain a competitive edge in the workforce.

Fee is $189.

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

Historic Friendship Church plans macaroni dinner fundraiser

BUENA - Historic Friendship Church will host a macaroni dinner fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Fire Hall at Route 40 and Arbor Avenue, Landisville. Dinner includes macaroni, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Takeouts will be available.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and younger.

Proceeds will be used for the preservation of Historic Friendship Church, which was built in 1808. For tickets or information, call (856) 466-1765 or (856) 697-1967.

Seeking certified disaster response crisis counselors

Atlantic County residents, age 18 and older, are needed to participate in state training to become certified disaster response crisis counselors, who provide psychological first aid and information and referral services as part of the statewide Emergency Response Network.

“Recent emergencies and disasters have underscored the need for organized and well-trained counselors to assist first responders and public safety officials during times of crisis,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to receive free training, technical support and knowledge that can better serve our communities when most needed.”

Interested participants must submit an application available online at njdrcc.org and attend designated training that will consist of an initial online webinar and four, six-hour classes to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 23 and Nov. 3 and 13 at the Atlantic County Library/Brigantine at 201 15th Street South. They will also be required to undergo fingerprinting at no cost.

Volunteer disaster response crisis counselors do not need to have a clinical background, however, a strong interest in disaster response and/or related training and skills is beneficial.

Classes will include: Introduction to Disaster and Trauma Counseling; Cross Cultural Issues in Disaster Response and Recovery; Key Concepts in Psychological First Aid; and Ethical Issues in Crisis Response.

For information, call Kathy Quish, Atlantic County Mental Health Administrator, at (609) 645-7700, ext. 4519.

MainStreet Hammonton hosting annual Downtown Trick or Treat

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton will host the 12th annual Downtown Trick or Treat from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. The rain date is Oct. 28. Throughout the downtown, local businesses and churches will be handing out treats and offering kid friendly activities including a scavenger hunt, free photo booth, crafts and games. Capital Bank, Kennedy Health Alliance and Elm Dental Associates are among the sponsors.

Additional activities will be held on Central Avenue. Chatter’s Basket, Hammonton Family Success Center, The Alcohol and Drug Alliance and the Hammonton Skating Rink will offer activities such as a football toss, soccer kick, spin the wheel and more. DJ Cruz will provide the kid friendly music. A Kids Costume Contest will begin at 3 p.m., with a prize given in the following categories: Scariest, Most Creative, Best Group and Cutest. A Pet Costume Contest with a first, second or third prize will immediately follow. Registration for both contests will begin at 2 p.m., by the Reagan Rock at the corner of Bellevue and Central avenues.

Hammonton Rotary Club will provide trick or treat bags, which may be picked up on Central Avenue before you go around the downtown to pick up your treats.

For information, email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com or visit www.downtownhammonton.com.

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