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MLK Center to host Christmas Party

BUENA VISTA - The Dr. Martin Luther King Center will host its annual Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.

The event will include refreshments, games and maybe even an appearance by Santa Claus.

For reservations or information, call (609) 704-7262.

Community invited to

festive Chanukah celebration

NORTHFIELD - The community is invited to Beth Israel for a festive Chanukah celebration following 5:30 p.m. Shabbat Services on Dec. 15. Shabbat Services are open to the community and free to attend. Congregation Beth Israel is at 2501 Shore Road.

Rabbi David M. Weis and Cantor Larisa Averbakh will lead the celebration, which includes Chanukah prayers and songs, and a meal of potato latkes and full salad bar. Children will also have a chance to play dreidel.

Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family.

For reservations or information, call (609) 641-3600, email bethisrael@cbinorthfield.org or visit bethisraelnorthfield.org.

Celebrate the theme

Jingle & Mingle at Posada

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton and Allies in Caring are partnering to host the second annual Posada at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Hammonton Family Success Center at 310 Bellevue Ave.

This event is part of the December Third Thursday program that has the theme, Jingle & Mingle. The Posada, hosted to help bring the local community together, is a traditional Mexican Christmas celebration with Latino music, piñatas, art, storytelling, crafts, games, food and more. This event was created in the likeness of traditional Mexican Posadas, a nine-day religious observance celebrated annually by the Latino community.

“In the Mexican tradition during the Posadas, families open their doors even to strangers. We share our gifts of music and piñatas. We open our hearts and give in every way we can: making food, celebrating with piñatas, dancing together, sharing stories and making friends with someone unfamiliar,” said Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, executive director and founder of Allies in Caring. “This is what we are trying to do here in Hammonton.”

South Jersey Gas, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, ANJEC, Lions Club and Mom’s Club are among the event sponsors.

For information, call Allies in Caring at (609) 561-8400 or email iguillermo@alliesincaring.org or call MainStreet Hammonton at (609) 567-9014 or email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com.

Five-day shotgun hunt for deer at refuge

GALLOWAY - The annual five-day shotgun hunt for deer in the vicinity of the Wildlife Drive of Forsythe Refuge will be held Dec. 11 to 15.

On these dates, visitors may continue to use the Akers Woodland Trail, the Gull Pond Road, and about two-thirds of the Wildlife Drive to the north dike/cross dike junction. Signs and gates will direct traffic to then turn around. Traffic on the Wildlife Drive will be two-way during this period. Caution and consideration is advised while using the drive. Songbird Trail and the west end of the Wildlife Drive will be closed to all visitors during the hunt.

Refuge managers and biologists work with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife each year to provide this hunting opportunity to the public and to ensure over-harvest does not occur. Hunting is one of the priority public uses of the National Wildlife Refuge System and supported by the Refuge.

The refuge entrance fee will be waived during the five-day period.

For information, call (609) 652-1665 or email forsythe@fws.gov.

Annual gift wrap planned at Hamilton Mall

MAYS LANDING - Gilda’s Club South Jersey is partnering with the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer & Heart Fund for its annual Gift Wrap at the Hamilton Mall.

Volunteers are needed through Dec. 24 to fill morning, afternoon and evening shifts. Volunteers do not need to be expert gift wrappers to help.

To volunteer, email Samantha@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Egg Harbor City to celebrate

Christmas with avenue parade

EGG HARBOR CITY - The annual Egg Harbor City Christmas on the Avenue Holiday Parade will be held on Dec. 16. Line up will be at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 500 London Ave. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. It will feature bands, fire trucks, floats, civic groups and Santa. The parade will proceed down Liverpool Avenue and turn left at Arago Street and turn right onto Philadelphia Avenue. The viewing grandstand will be at the 300 block of Philadelphia Avenue.

For information, call Brenda Ruth at (609) 335-1767 or email brendaruth319@comcast.net or call Brian Beals at (609) 332-1425.

Association seeks holiday gifts for children

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Family Service Association seeks assistance to provide holiday gifts for children who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays. “South Jersey has been hit hard and felt the brunt of the impact of a weak economy, and no one more so than the very needy families in our county.

Over 13,000 children live in poverty in Atlantic County and many of their parents cannot afford the basic necessities,” said Cindy Herdman Ivins, president and chief executive officer of Family Service Association.

Individuals may drop off a new, unwrapped gift or toy in the FSA Holiday Drive bin at any one of the drop-off sites through Dec. 15. Gift cards are also appreciated for teenagers. Individuals may also “grab a tag” at various locations or sponsor a family.

To make a donation or for information, call Torrina Bennett-Michael, chief development officer, at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160, or visit fsasj.org.

Speak of the Spectrum

meets at these dates and times

GALLOWAY - The Speak of the Spectrum meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month and at 2 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8.

This peer-run group is for LGBTQ individuals and supportive family/friends to discuss experiences, learn about the community, find support and discuss relevant topics. Participants should be age 16 and older.

There is no fee to attend.

For information, call (609) 652-3800 or email speakofthespectrum@gmail.com.

You can earn college

credits in less than two weeks

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College offers students an opportunity to earn college credits in less than two weeks, from Jan. 2 to 13. Classes are offered online and at Atlantic Cape’s campuses in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

Classes include: Poetry Workshop, Business Ethics, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Cultural Geography, Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers, U.S. History II, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods, General Psychology, Principles of Sociology, Western World II and Food Service Sanitation.

Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The last day to register in person is Dec. 22. The college will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1 for winter break. Online registration will be available through Jan. 1.

Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. For payment information, call the Bursar’s Office at (609) 625-1111, ext. 5278, or email bursar@atlantic.edu.

To register online or view an updated schedule of winter and spring courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/winter. For information, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.

Be a lucky winner and share up to $15,000

MAYS LANDING - Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2018 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and will provide emergency funds for students with unforeseen financial needs.

Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each and are available now. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Dollar amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the March 28 Restaurant Gala at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. Winners do not need to be present to win.

This year’s gala theme is “Culinary Magic.” The gala showcases the talent and cooking expertise of the students and alumni of the Academy of Culinary Arts, and raises funds for scholarships.

For raffle tickets, call Kristin Jackson at (609) 463-3621 or email kjackson@atlantic.edu.

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

11 new members elected

to economic alliance board

The Atlantic County Economic Alliance recently elected 11 at-large members to the new Board of Trustees at its first annual meeting of the 501(c)3 corporation established to promote economic development and diversification throughout Atlantic County.

They include: Kenneth J. Calemmo Jr., Cooper Levenson; Frank Frankowski, South Jersey Transportation; Joseph Ingemi, Pinarus Technologies; Harvey Kesselman, Stockton University; Carlo Losco, Balsley-Losco Realty; Brett Matik, Harrison Beverage; Rick Ricciardi, Marathon Engineering and Environmental Services; John Runfolo, Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce; Leo Schoffer, Schoffer Enterprises; Gregory Sykora, Erco Ceilings and Blinds; and Michael Viscount, Fox Rothchild.

Trustees serve staggered one- to three-year terms and join six appointed members: Rick Dovey, Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Lori Herndon, AtlantiCare; Howard J. Kyle, Atlantic County Government; Vito Pantilione, Parke Bank; Jon Powell, Kravco/Hamilton Mall; and Mitch Zitomer, Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

Board Chairman Leo Schoffer introduced Lauren H. Moore Jr., who was appointed as the ACEA Executive Director in June 2017, to provide an overview of the state of the corporation. According to Moore, the first priority as outlined in the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan was to create a regional economic development authority.

“The ACEA is now firmly established with a board of trustees, by laws, a small staff and a centrally located office in the Hamilton Mall, Mays Landing,” said Moore. “We currently have 33 public-private investors and have developed partnerships with Choose New Jersey, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Southern Shore Destination Marketing Organization and our local chambers. We have also recently launched our website as well as a presence on several social media platforms.”

Moore also noted the ACEA’s efforts to drive industry diversification by assisting in attracting, retaining and growing businesses such as Resdel in Estell Manor and Comar and Teligent in Buena Vista Township.

Aviation is one of six key industries of focus for the ACEA as it continues to actively work with the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center and the Atlantic City International Airport. It also supports the efforts of Atlantic County and Atlantic Cape Community College to develop an aviation maintenance academy and air cargo handling operation at the airport. Additionally, an ACEA subcommittee is working with local educational institutions to better prepare our workforce for the creation of new jobs in the aviation industry.

“Our momentum is building,” stated Moore. “We are busy assisting clients in securing funding for expansion and relocation and are quickly establishing the ACEA as the one-stop resource for economic development in Atlantic County. We can help guide businesses through site selection and permitting with access to local, state and federal agencies as necessary. Our goal is to make Atlantic County the best address for business.”

For information, call (609) 245-0019 or visit www.aceanj.com.

Don’t miss bus trip to

Metropolitan Opera in NYC

NORTHFIELD - Beth Israel of Northfield will sponsor a bus trip to see Franco Zefferelli’s production of “La Boheme” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at 7:30 p.m. March 7. Bus will leave at 2 p.m. from the Beth Israel parking lot at 2501 Shore Road.

Composed by Giacomo Puccini, “La Boheme” is a timeless story of love among young artists in Paris. The performance is sung in Italian, with subtitles in English on small seat-back screens.

Tickets start at $95 and include transportation.

Reservation deadline is Jan. 5.

For reservations or information, call Cantor Larisa Averbakh at (609) 432-2983 or email cantor@cbinorthfield.org.

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