Poet Joel Dias-Porter to read at ACCC

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will host poet Joel Dias-Porter (a.k.a. DJ Renegade) of Atlantic City for a reading at 2:30 p.m. April 25 in Room 204 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

For information, email Elinor Mattern, assistant professor of English, at

Hammonton Historical Society hosting yard sale

The Hammonton Historical Society will be hosting a Gift Shop Closeout Yard Sale on Saturday, April 30. Stop by the museum at 333 Vine St. from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Proceeds benefit the Hammonton Historical Society.

The historical society is open to the public the first and third Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Canoe Club (7 p.m.) and feature guest speakers.

The museum is displaying a variety of artifacts and items in honor of the town’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Featured are the founding fathers and several businesses and banks. The museum also has items for sale including plates, postcards, books and slate from the roof of the 1904 railroad station.

Its next meeting will be May 5.

Check out its website at www.historicalsocietyofhammontonorg for membership and other information about the society.

New college students can register now at ACCC

MAYS LANDING - Registration for new students is in progress at all Atlantic Cape Community College campuses for summer sessions and the fall semester.

Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Visit to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

The first summer session is six weeks, from May 23 through June 30; the second session is eight weeks, from June 17 through Aug. 18; and the third session is six-weeks, from July 11 through Aug. 18. A full session meets from May 13 through Aug. 18. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 29.

First-time Atlantic Cape students applying for fall semester are encouraged to inquire about Atlantic Cape’s Conditional Dual Admission agreements with Stockton University for all degree programs; and Rutgers University for Public Health, Public Policy, Health Administration, Planning and Public Policy and Urban Planning and Design degree programs.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape has partnerships with Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities where students can earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving the Mays Landing Campus.

Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Classes will be held at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; and online.

Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, visit

For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, or (609) 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Buena Vista providing prescription drug drop-off box

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township now provides a service to the community by offering a prescription drug drop-off box. The box is inside Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway. The box is available to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The box is monitored by the Atlantic County Sherriff’s Department 24-hours a day.

For information, call (856) 697-2100, ext. 8.

Seeking vendors for Treasure Chest Flea market

BUENA - Buena Regional High School’s Class of 1978 Alumni Committee seeks vendors for its Treasure Chest Flea Market, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 and 23 at the 5 Points Event Grounds, East Landis Avenue and Tuckahoe Road, East Vineland.

The event will also include a bake sale and food and activities for kids. Pets are welcome.

Fee for space with table is $25 for both days or $2 for one day.

To reserve a space, send a check payable to the Buena Regional High School’s Class of 1978 Alumni Committee to: Julie Mendini, 136 Weymouth Road, Buena.

Proceeds will be used to provide food baskets for local families and senior citizens in need.

For information, call (856) 466-4654.

Richland fire company hosting chicken barbecue

BUENA VISTA - Richland Volunteer Fire Company’s second annual Chicken Barbecue, takeouts only, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 at the fire house at 876 Main Ave., Richland.

Tickets are $10.

For information, call (609) 381-1004.

Teenage suicide prevention seminar being offered

HAMMONTON - A “Teenage Suicide Prevention Seminar,” sponsored by the Bereavement Ministry of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, will be held at 7 p.m. April 27 at St. Anthony Hall at 285 Route 206.

Registration is requested.

To register or for information, call (609) 704-5601 or (609) 576-6221.

Rutgers Master Gardeners share ideas on communication

LINWOOD - The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Atlantic County are teaming up with the Friends of Linwood Arboretum to welcome the public to a free presentation by Adam Levine, “Thirty Years as a Garden Communicator,” at 2 p.m. May 1 at the Belhaven Middle School, 51 Belhaven Ave. Levine is editor in chief of GROW, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the author of “A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region.”

Levine will present an illustrated lecture describing garden projects he has worked on over the years and noteworthy gardens he has visited. Along the way he will share ideas on effective communication about gardening.

A reception, sponsored by Friends of Linwood Arboretum, will follow the talk at the Linwood Arboretum which is adjacent to the school.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners program provides community volunteers with 20 weeks of intensive horticulture training. The volunteers then assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County in outreach efforts to support the home gardening needs of Atlantic County residents. Activities include answering consumer horticulture questions, designing and installing community demonstration gardens, and presentations at community events.

For information, call (609) 625-0056 or visit

Latino Club holding Mother’s Day celebration

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Latino Club of Egg Harbor City will hold a Mother’s Day Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. May 7 at the Teamsters Hall, 1 Philadelphia Ave. The event will feature music by DJ George Restrepo, the Azteca Dancers, dancing, food and a silent auction.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children age 9 and younger.

For information, call (609) 703-4288 or (609) 839-3840.

Egg Harbor City to hold city-wide cleanup

EGG HARBOR CITY - The ninth annual City-Wide Clean Up in Egg Harbor City will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. May 7, rain or shine. All churches, schools, civic groups, sports teams, sports organizations, and Boy/Girl/Cub Scouts may enter into a drawing to win one of 10 cash awards of $250 on the day of the event. Also, participants may obtain a certificate for six hours of community service. Anyone who turns in their “grabbers” at the lake pavilion at 11 a.m. will receive an entry form and certificate. The drawing will be held about noon.

Residents, church groups, organizations, clubs, and businesses are being asked to participate by cleaning up litter and recycles on streets, roads, avenues, terraces, and creeks throughout the city. Pick up trash bags, recycle bags, gloves, litter grabbers and a free Atlantic County Utilities Authority T-shirt at the Egg Harbor City Fire House on 500 block of Philadelphia Ave. at 8 a.m.

All volunteers are invited to the lake pavilion for a free community barbecue at 11 a.m., provided by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority.

To register a group, call Lisa Jiampetti at (609) 965-9146, City Hall at (609) 965-0081, or visit

Fundraiser to benefit veterans museum foundation

SOMERS POINT - A barbecue and beer fundraiser to benefit the Atlantic County Veterans Museum Foundation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 14 at the Clark-Eliason American Legion Post No. 352 at 1st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The event will also include music, prizes and raffles.

Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for ages 12 and older and $10 for ages 11 and younger.

For information, call (609) 652-0833 or

Seniors can learn to stay healthy and happy

HAMMONTON - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free workshop for older adults, “Staying Healthy & Happy as You Age,” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 17 at the Hammonton Senior Center, 310 Bellevue Ave.

Maryann Prudhomme, a registered nurse, will share how to stay healthy and happy by using the things that you love: food, sleep and active fun. Participants are invited to bring family and friends to have fun learning to be healthy and happy. Prudhomme has more than 30 years of management and clinical experience in health care and nursing in both acute care and home care settings.

To register, call (609) 626-3591 or visit

ACCC has initiated an honors program

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College initiated an Honors Program this spring for students who excel academically and want to work more intensely in a small class environment.

Honors courses offer high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative learning environments that extend beyond those of the regular classroom, at no additional cost.

The Honors curriculum includes special sections of general education courses as well as specialized transfer courses. The Honors program prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities.

Benefits include:

•Small class size.

•Full-time faculty who are experts in their field.

•Opportunity to enroll in two of Atlantic Cape’s national honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta.

•Resume builders for scholarships, transfer and career.

•Honors designation on transcript.

•Honors luncheon hosted by Rutgers University.

Eighteen current Honors Program students attended this spring’s luncheon recently at the Rutgers Degree Completion Center on the Mays Landing Campus and learned about options for transfer to Rutgers.

Honors classes this fall will include Honors ENGL101 Composition I; Honors SOCL101 Principles of Sociology; Honors COMM120 Public Speaking; Honors MATH 220 Statistical Methods; and Honors BUSN 220 Principles of Management.

To apply or for information, visit

Free workshop on how to manage your credit

MAYS LANDING - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free workshop for older adults, “Managing Credit,” from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd.

Older adults from the community are invited to attend. The complimentary luncheon begins at 1 p.m. and is donated by Woodview Estates. The workshop is presented by Money Management International, a non-profit credit counseling service.

Credit is an important part of a sound financial plan when it is managed responsibly. This workshop will teach participants when to use credit, how to identify and avoid predatory lenders, and how to compare credit cards for the best value.

Participants will learn how to:

•Identify best practices for using credit.

•Determine when to use credit or save and pay cash.

•Examine a credit statement and compare credit card interest rates.

•Understand the ramifications of predatory lending and identify alternative lending options.

To register or for information, call (609) 625-4878 or email or visit

Join support group for bipolar disorder

ATLANTIC CITY - The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County invites individuals with bipolar disorder to attend a support group at 6 p.m. Thursdays at AtlantiCare, 1601 Atlantic Ave. Peer support, resources, coping skills, strategies and other topics will be discussed.

For information, call Carolyn Quinn at (609) 652-3800, ext. 303.

Living with too much clutter? Clean it up

“Got Too Much Stuff?” If you are living with overwhelming clutter and you want to clean up, the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is offering a bi-monthly support group to help individuals understand why they acquire/hold on to too many possessions and learn ways to support a healthier lifestyle. The group meets at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday at the association at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway.

For information, call Carolyn Quinn at (609) 652-3800, ext. 303, or email

Learn skills needed for culinary career

ATLANTIC CITY - 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 this spring.

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 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

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