Hammonton First to hold public meeting

HAMMONTON - Hammonton First will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in the 1952 Room at The Alley at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center at 1151 White Horse Pike.

An election of the organization’s officers will take place during the meeting and a question and answer session will be held as well.

Hammonton First is a local organization comprised of Independents, Democrats and Republicans dedicated to improving the community of Hammonton. Mayor Steve DiDonato, Councilmen Tom Gribbin, and Sam Rodio are affiliated with Hammonton First.

For information, visit or, call or text (609) 385-6088.

Buena Vista to host ‘Tributes To Our Towns’

BUENA VISTA - Buena Historical Society will host “Tributes To Our Towns” at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Buena Vista Township Hall, 890 Harding Highway. Landisville will be the featured town.

Numerous area residents will speak and share their memories. Pictures, mementos and artifacts pertaining to Landisville will be on display.

Anyone with pictures to share is invited to bring them. Original pictures can be scanned and returned.

For information, call (856) 466-4654.

Sustainable EHC seeking vendors for market, fair

EGG HARBOR CITY - The city’s green team, Sustainable EHC will host a Farmers Market from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, from June 3 through Sept. 2, and a Green Fair from 1 to 10 p.m. July 9 on the Buffalo Avenue side of Lincoln Park at 700 White Horse Pike.

Local farmers, Community Supported Agricultures and green vendors are invited to participate. Seasonal rate is $175 for 10x10, 10x20 or 10x30 set-ups at all events, or $35 for the green fair only. The market will offer Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, memberships to local Community Supported Agricultures, native garden plants, and locally made products, such has honey, jellies and jams, crafts and more.

Vendors may download an application at

Vendors are advised that tents must be weighted for safety, and no single use plastic bags will be permitted in the park at any time. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags.

“Last year’s events were very successful for both the vendors and residents, many of whom shopped the market on a weekly basis,” Nanette LoBiondo Galloway, chairwoman, SustainableEHC, said. “This year, we will be making our market accessible to NJ Transit riders and those who use NJ SNAP, EBT and Atlantic County produce vouchers.”

For information, visit or Sustainable EHC on Facebook, email or call Jenn Williams, market manager, at (609) 965-9291.

ACCC authorized to operate drones for mapping

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College was issued a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems recently.

The college was approved for the specific purpose of operating UAS for aeronautical research to measure the effectiveness of UAS to monitor and map agriculture crops. Over the next two years, Atlantic Cape will schedule and conduct a series of research flights at the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth, which is a substation of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University.

The research gathered will aid the college’s Aviation Studies department to design courses and programs focusing on using UAS to collect geospatial and aerial imagery data.

Students will benefit through:

•Exposure to aeronautical research.

•Participation in data collection.

•Participation in preflight planning of research flights.

•Preparation of weather reports for test range.

•Post-processing of collected geospatial data.

Since Atlantic Cape launched a special topics class on unmanned aircraft systems in January 2014, the college has acquired four UAS for demonstrations.

The college has collaborated with the Atlantic City Police Department previously to demonstrate the uses of the unmanned aerial systems and how they can be used in law enforcement, Homeland Security, beach patrols and sea rescues.

What to go back to work? Attend Gilda’s Club program

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “America Works, Ticket to Work — Do You Need a Job?” presented by America Works of New York, a free program of the Social Security Administration, from 2 to 3 p.m. May 10 at the club at 700 New Road.

This is a program for anyone who receives Social Security Insurance or Social Security Disability who wants to go back to work full time. Participation voluntary and provides access to a wide variety of free employment services. Services provided by Ticket to Work include: career counseling, job leads, individual work plan, work incentive counseling referrals/planning, resume/interview preparation, labor market information and retentions services.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699 or email

Living with mental illness? Family services can help

GALLOWAY - Intensive Family Services will host a meeting for individuals with a family member or loved one who is living with mental illness from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 12 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues, find support and locate local resources.

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

Atlantic County shelter to host free rabies clinic

PLEASANTVILLE - Atlantic County Animal Shelter will host a free rabies vaccination clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. May 15 at the shelter at 240 Old Turnpike Road.

Cats and dogs must be at least 4-months-old to receive this vaccine. Pregnant or sick animals will not be vaccinated. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccination if applicable.

Dogs should be on leash and cats should be in a carrier.

For information, call (609) 485-2345.

Support the family service golf tournament

MAYS LANDING - The 12th annual Family Service Association Golf Tournament will be held on May 19 at the Mays Landing Country Club. The tournament will begin with a shotgun-start at 1 p.m. Player fees, which include a complimentary gift, lunch and awards dinner, are $150 per person and $600 per foursome. Golfers can participate in a variety of skills challenges, including closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests.

Glenn Insurance, South Jersey Industries and Kindle Auto Plaza of Cape May Court House will provide support for the tournament. Individuals and businesses can also support the event through sponsorship package opportunities ranging from $100 to $5,000.

Tournament proceeds will benefit programs for children and families.

For sponsorship or tournament information, call Torrina Bennett-Michael, chief development officer, at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160, or email

For Family Service Association information, visit

Live concert to benefit Serenity House, Hansen House

ATLANTIC CITY - Area singers and musicians will perform a live concert to benefit the Serenity House and Hansen House at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Harrah’s Resort.

Inspired by a poignant song about a woman’s personal account of life on the streets, the 11th Street Life concert event will bring together 22 featured performers and a host of talented musicians. Presented by the Hansen Foundation, this year’s concert theme is “Songs in the Key of Life,” celebrating the music of legendary artist Stevie Wonder.

This year’s concert is once again produced by Melanie Rice and Bob Fowler, with well-known Philadelphia entertainer Eddie Bruce serving as Master of Ceremonies and as one of the featured performers. The inaugural concert in 2005 and the accompanying CDs were the brainchild of Northfield’s Nina Soifer. Soifer became inspired when hearing Hansen House founder and Hansen Foundation Chairperson Jennifer Hansen’s song titled Street Life, which Hansen wrote about her own experience of having lived life on the streets with a drug addiction.

“Our roster of performers represents an incredible mix of styles and musical genres,” said Fowler. “All are donating their time and talents, and we could not be more appreciative of these amazing individuals who will wow the audience with their performances.

Bakko, Blondie, Steve Branca, Eddie Bruce, CiBon, Edgardo Cintron, Jessica DiDonato, Bob Ferguson, Bob Fowler, Kathy Fowler, Mya Hansen, Charlene Holloway, Devvyn Holloway, Howard Isaacson, Geri Mingori, Demetrios Pappas, Melanie Rice, Gina Roche, Sharon Sable, Ken Shiles, Rubin Singleton and Bob Sterling are scheduled to perform.

Tickets are $25. VIP Supporter tickets, which includes a dessert reception with the musicians following the show, are $150.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Event proceeds will benefit Serenity House and Hansen House. Hansen House consists of two, 24-bed residential treatment halfway houses (one for men and one for women) located at 411 Aloe St., in Galloway. Hansen House treats the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction, providing clients with the tools and skills needed to live productive and responsible lives.

Serenity Houses for women in Absecon, Serenity Rose House in Northfield and The Randy Scarborough House for men in Somers Point, are transitional sober-living houses. Residents live in a supportive, drug and alcohol free environment while learning how to become responsible members of the community.

For tickets, visit

For information, call (609) 965-4002.

Relay For Life working to find cancer cure

LINWOOD - Mark your calendar for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life to be held from 6 p.m. June 10 through 6 a.m. June 11 at Mainland Regional High School, 1301 Oak Ave. Participants stay overnight to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will they until a cure is found.

Participants form teams and walk around the track to raise money for cancer. There are events throughout the night from free Zumba lessons to volleyball, wing-eating contests and more. This year’s theme is “At the Shore for a Cure,” which means there will be plenty of beach-themed activities.

Cancer survivors and their caregivers are honored at the opening ceremonies, in a Survivor Lap around the track, and with a complimentary dinner reception. A local elementary school student will read a poem about cancer, and there will be speeches from a survivor and a caregiver.

A highlight of the event is the luminaria service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall (typically around 9 p.m.) to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event. The candles are placed in bags with names and pictures of loved ones.

Relay For Life is open to anyone who wants to participate. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

To register a team or for information, visit or email or call or text (609) 432-2559.

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