Spotlighting ‘The Finders’ by a Hammonton native

HAMMONTON - Since its inception Eagle Theatre has garnered a reputation for innovative and invigorating live theater. This month the spotlight shifts to film with the public premiere of Hammonton native Tracy Lucca’s “The Finders,” which will be presented at 7 p.m. April 24 and 25 at the theater at 208 Vine St. There will be a post film talk back session with the director on April 24. Also, there will be a post film talk back session with Kim Carson, lead actress, and the director on April 25. Sharrott Winery’s on-site wine lounge will be open prior to the film.

According to, “The Finders” tells the story of “The beloved mayor of a small town is running for Congress. Just before the election her only son is almost kidnapped at a local store. When she begins to unravel the case, she finds that the very institutions she thought were there to help and protect her are now out to get her. When she doesn’t back down, the powers that be are forced to come to her with a deal.”

“The Finders” marks the first official SAG/AFTRA film to be cast by the Eagle Theatre Casting Department. SAG/AFTRA is the American labor union for film, television, journalists, recording artists and radio personalities worldwide.

“I knew I wanted to film in Hammonton, because I wanted to create a sense of community among local filmmakers, actors and artists. I felt if we just got everyone in the same room we could really create something special, so helping to organize a space where this could happen was very important to me. I hired all locals and residents of Hammonton, we have so much talent in our area and I wanted to highlight that for all to see,” said Tracy Lucca, writer, director and producer of “The Finders.”

Shot frame-by-frame exclusively in Hammonton, the full-length feature film highlights an array of local noteworthy talent, including several resident Eagle Theatre performers, and members of the Hammonton community.

When asked about its bold political charge, Lucca added, “I love politics, because I’ve always felt that it’s a career path where one can affect real change. I knew I wanted to write a political thriller and I knew it had to be filmed in Hammonton because although we are far from Washington, anyone, anywhere can make a difference, and we should all try.”

“This is the only opportunity for the public to see this professionally produced movie before it goes on the film festival circuit throughout the nation. All net proceeds will benefit the Eagle Theatre,” said Jim Donio, managing director of Eagle Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for general admission.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit

Easy as dialing 8-1-1 to ensure safe digging

MAYS LANDING - April is National Safe Digging Month and knowing what’s below is as easy as 8-1-1. Atlantic City Electric reminds residents to be safe and call 8-1-1 before beginning any outdoor construction projects and/or large gardening and landscaping projects that involve digging.

8-1-1 is the nationally recognized “Call Before You Dig” phone number designated to help minimize damage to underground utilities by identifying areas for safe digging. A call to 811 connects you to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground lines with flags, stakes and/or spray paint. Residents and contractors should call 8-1-1 at least three days in advance of starting a project.

“The underground utility locating service is free, and simply calling 8-1-1 will bring someone to your home or business to mark all underground utilities so you will be able to dig safely,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “Calling 8-1-1 before digging will help you avoid fines and more importantly, knowing where it’s safe to dig will help prevent an accident.”

Additionally, stay clear of overhead utility lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree trimming tools and pool cleaning equipment by holding these items parallel to the ground. Remember to look up before raising a ladder or similar object to be sure it’s clear of overhead wires. Touching a power line with any part of the body or most objects can result in serious injury or even death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastic. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.

For Atlantic City Electric information, visit

High school juniors can apply for STEM program

GALLOWAY - High school students in their junior year who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are invited to apply for a two-week residential program at Stockton University’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics this summer.

The Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton introduces students to STEM topics through a variety of coursework, data collection, data analysis, problem solving and hands-on experiences in a wide variety of subjects not typically found in the high school setting.

Students will live at the university from July 17 to July 30 and work with professors and experts in the field who share their love of science. After two weeks, the students will present their findings.

The program will allow students who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2016 to meet, network and work with other students who enjoy math and science as much as they do and who want to expand their knowledge. All of the 2015 participants have chosen STEM majors and 12 have been accepted to Stockton University.

The program fee is $2,000 for accepted students, with some scholarship opportunities available. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be high school juniors during the 2015-16 school year and should be among the top students in their school, with no less than a “B-“average in their high school coursework and with at least a “B” or higher average in science and math courses. Students who have demonstrated a very strong interest in science outside the classroom can also be strong candidates for the academy.

Students must be willing to live on campus for the duration of the program. Saturdays and Sundays make up part of the program and there will be no weekend leaves of absence. Students will not be permitted to leave the program early.

The deadline for applications and recommendations is midnight May 1. They may be sent via email,, or via postal mail to SEAS, care of David Furgione, Unified Science Center Room 120, Stockton University,101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, N.J. 08205. Click for the application or visit the SEAS page for more information.

A panel of professors, researchers and educators will review applications, choose the nominees and invite an estimated 24 students to attend the academy. Students who are accepted will be notified by May 15.

For an application or information, visit or contact David Furgione, program director, at or call (609) 652-4546.

High school artists invited to join art competition

MAYS LANDING - U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo recently announced that his office is accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am honored to again host the annual Congressional Art Competition for the aspiring and inspiring artists from South Jersey. Over the years there has always been a strong showing of creativity and ingenuity from young artists in our communities,” said LoBiondo. “With the winning piece on display for visitors to the U.S. Capitol, I encourage South Jersey high school students interested in art to participate in the competition.”

Submissions must be no larger than 28 inches by 28 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.

The deadline for submissions is April 29. 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 Washington, D.C., and Mays Landing offices, respectively.

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

Find support, resources to deal with mental illness

GALLOWAY - Individuals with a family member or loved one who is living with mental illness discuss issues, find support and locate local resources during a monthly group meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 14 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8.

For information, call Christine at (609) 652-3800, ext. 301, or email

Living in the moment, improving wellness

GALLOWAY - A free Mindfulness Workshop, “Mind full or Mindful?,” will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. April 14, 21 and 28 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8. Topics include living in the moment, acceptance, improving wellness and others.

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

Learn how to improve your resume

GALLOWAY - The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County will host a free Interviewing Tips Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 19 at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8. Topics include: how to answer typical questions, ways to improve your resume and more. Participants encouraged to bring a resume and wear business attire.

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

Symposium on status of women in county

ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women and Stockton University will host a symposium on the Status of Women in Atlantic County from 9 to 11 a.m. April 22 at Stockton’s Carnegie Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The symposium will introduce participants to a recent report commissioned by the commission on the Status of Women in Atlantic County prepared by Stockton faculty and students. It will also offer opportunities for discussion and networking in addressing its findings.

The report outlines current data on women and girls in Atlantic County in addition to state and national comparison data in six areas: basic demographics, political participation, employment and earnings; social and economic autonomy; reproductive health and rights; and general health and well-being.

A copy of the full report is available online at:

The symposium is free but registration is required by April 15 to Rita King, ACACW co-chair, at:

Registered attendees will receive a free parking pass.

Tackling mental health and addiction

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - A Mental Health First Aid class, a national curriculum similar to First Aid, which covers topics such as: mental health and addiction, tips for talking to an individual in crisis, identification of risk factors/warning signs and resources for interventions and recovery will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at the Tony Canale Training Center. Cost is $75.

For reservations or information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 308, or email

Gilda’s Club discusses healthy lifestyle

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “How to Stay Young the First 100 Years,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 27 at 700 New Road.

Robyn Amerman D.C., and Erica Klickovich, Santoro Chiropractic Representative, will discuss the many facets of a healthy lifestyle and the role that chiropractic plays in keeping you mobile for your entire life. The presentation will include videos and testimonials.

Registration is required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 926-2699 or email

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