Donate military artifacts to veterans museum

Donations of artifacts attributed to the military service of Atlantic County citizens through all conflicts and from all branches of service will be accepted for display in the soon-to-be completed Atlantic County Veterans Museum during two upcoming collection dates.

Representatives from the Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at VFW Post 220, 1209 Route 50 in Mays Landing and from noon to 4 p.m. March 19 at American Legion Post 352, 1st and Pennsylvania avenues in Somers Point.

Artifacts with a direct connection to area veterans and personal accounts are of particular interest. A scanner will be available on both dates for those making donations of photos, letters, etc. who prefer to keep their originals.

A categorized list of suggested articles is available at The site also includes preservation tips for specific types of artifacts and construction progress photos.

“This museum is a labor of love that will serve as a lasting tribute to our veterans and their families,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “We also hope it will be of interest to area youth and serve as a resource for schools.”

The historic Daniel Estell House on Route 50 in Estell Manor adjacent to the Atlantic County Park and veterans’ cemetery will house the museum. The former home of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the state’s first female mayor, has been rehabilitated to meet current code standards and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the added features are an elevator and rest rooms. The building is also being equipped with improved lighting, phone and Internet service, computers, exhibit cases and more.

For information, visit or call Cindy Mason-Purdie, administrator of the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at (609) 646-8699, ext. 6314.

Registration set for North Vineland Challenger League

VINELAND - Registration for North Vineland Little Leagues’ Challenger League will be held at the North Vineland Little League Clubhouse at Dr. Charles Cunningham Park at North West Avenue and Wheat Road.

Any physically or mentally challenged boys and girls, who live in Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Cape May or Atlantic counties, are eligible to participate. All participants must bring proof of age and those 17 and younger must have a parent/guardian present during registration. There is no age limit for the senior division. There are two divisions: Challenger, for ages 5 to 18, and Senior, for ages 15 and older.

Registration will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 9 and 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 12. Registrations after March 14 will be held by appointment only.

Registration is free for all participants.

For information, call (609) 381-0450 or visit or visit

Academy of Culinary Arts hotsting ‘Savory Sundays’

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College “Savory Sundays” cooking demonstration on Feb. 21 will highlight snacks to get you through the mid-afternoon doldrums. Shows will be held at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., at the Hamilton Mall. Academy of Culinary Arts alumna Christina Martin and culinary students will share information on protein-powered snacks.

Demonstrations are also scheduled for Sundays, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21.

For academy information, call (800) 645‑CHEF, email or visit

Coping with anxiety, post cancer treatments

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “Coping with Anxiety During and Post Cancer Treatments,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at 700 New Road.

Kenneth Leight, clinical psychologist, will explore the complex feelings of anxiety often experienced during and after cancer treatments. Dr. Leight will help identify the feelings as well as share strategies for coping and decreasing the fear and anxiety that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis, sometimes years after treatment has ended.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call Gilda’s Club South Jersey at (609) 926-2699 or email

Exhibits highlight Hammonton’s sesquicentennial celebration

HAMMONTON - What’s in your attic? Stockton University’s Kramer Hall instructional site and the Noyes Museum of Art are partnering with the Town of Hammonton to host two exhibits throughout the year celebrating the town’s sesquicentennial celebration. The organizers are seeking historical items related to Hammonton from community members and artists to be on loan during the exhibition periods.

The first themed exhibit, “Industry,” will run from March 1 through Aug. 22.

The second themed exhibit, “Agriculture,” will run from Sept. 5 through Dec. 9.

Possible items include objects, documents or photographs related to the garment, sewing, shoe, textile, glass, banking and railroad industries. There are some size and space limitations, and interested donors are encouraged to email a picture and description of the item(s) to: Ginna Petrillo at

Artists from the community are asked to consider exhibiting 2-D or 3-D art work that has historical relevance to any of the various industries related to Hammonton. If interested, email images to Michael Cagno at

Kramer Hall is at 30 Front St.

For information about the loan process or how larger items may be incorporated in the exhibit, call (609) 626-3840.

Start your culinary career with training programs

Learn the skills to start your culinary career in time for the peak hospitality season with short-term training at the Academy of Culinary Arts. Choose the Culinary Training Program or the Baking and Training Program and begin classes March 7.

Learn the skills you need to start a career with confidence as a cook, pastry cook or baker in just 17 weeks, at a lower cost than other local culinary training options.

All students earn ServSafe certification and learn interview skills. A job fair at the end of training is scheduled for quick entry into the field.

The Culinary Training Program provides an overview of basic culinary terminology and skills; pantry production; the use and benefits of kitchen gardens; hot food production and short order cooking; preparation of stocks and sauces; cooking methods of meat, poultry and seafood; and the fundamentals of baking.

The Baking and Pastry Training Program covers basic culinary terminology and skills as they apply to the bakeshop; organization and scaling as it pertains to production of bread; leavening agents; proper mixing methods for crusts and cookies; cake decorating; plated desserts as well as chocolate and sugar work.

Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

Cost for each program is $5,000; visit the local One Stop Center for funding information.

To register, call Judy DeSalvo at (609) 343-5624 or email

Do you love to cook? Check out these open houses

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will host open houses for prospective students who love to cook and are interested in starting a career in the culinary field. An open house will be held at noon March 11 at the college’s Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. There will also be an open house as part of a college wide open house from 1 to 3 p.m. April 10.

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.

Academy students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking & Pastry Club and food shows.

To register for the open house, visit

For information, call (800) 645 CHEF, email or visit

Free clinics for those suffering from aphasia

HAMMONTON - The Stockton University Masters of Science in Communication Disorders Program has aligned with Adler Aphasia Center of West Orange and Maywood to offer twice-monthly free clinics for those suffering from aphasia, a speech and language disorder.

Aphasia results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language (typically in the left half of the brain). Close to two million individuals within the U.S. suffer from this type of communication disorder.

Graduate students, working with supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist and clinical affiliate, JoAnn Sabo, will help patients with aphasia to practice speaking, develop alternative communication strategies, cope with the challenges of living with the disorder, and meet and interact with others with aphasia and their families.

“This wonderful partnership allows the students to gain valuable experience while giving back to the community,” said Dean Theresa Bartolotta of Stockton’s School of Health Sciences.

The group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Fridays of the month beginning March 11 at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St.

To register or for information, call Wendy Greenspan at (973) 530-3981 or email

You can learn how to stop ‘over-acquiring’

GALLOWAY - Buried in Treasures, a free, 20-week workshop for individuals who want to learn how to declutter and stop “over-acquiring” will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 22 at the Mental Health Association of New Jersey office at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. Each week participants will discuss a new skill and complete an exercise.

The workshop is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County.

Reservations are required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 303, or email

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