Toy Market offering summer activities for kids

Toy Market will offer summer activity classes for children at the store at 204 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, and at the new location at Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Road, Smithville.

The schedule includes: Fabulous Stepping Stones, June 22; Join the Kitten Club; June 28, Welcome to Our Science Lab, July 13; Design, Paint & Grow, July 19; Shrinkable Creations, July 27; Dig it Up! Dinosaur Excavation, Aug. 2; “Tweats” for the Birds, paint a feeder, Aug. 10; and For your Grandparents, Create a Master-plate, Aug. 16.

Fee is $10 per class.

To register or for information, call (609) 561-2121 or visit

Advanced Shore Imaging to celebrate ribbon cutting

NORTHFIELD - Advanced Shore Imaging Associates announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center at 2605 Shore Road. A ribbon cutting and celebration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. June 22 in the facility’s parking lot. Guests are invited to enjoy live entertainment provided by 95.1 WAYV, tours of the facility, giveaways and free water ice.

The imaging center is staffed by board-certified, fellowship trained, sub-specialty radiologists and a highly skilled clinical team. Advanced Shore Imaging is a two-story facility with general imaging on the first floor featuring x-ray, general ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET/CT. The second floor is solely dedicated to women’s imaging featuring mammogram, ultrasound, Automated Breast Volume Screening and DEXA. The designated women’s imaging center provides privacy and comfort to women during the medical imaging process.

For information, visit, call (609) 380-4175 or email Jessica Giles at

Learn all about ‘Prohibition in Somers Point’

Gregory Gregory will present “Prohibition in Somers Point” at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Somers Point Historical Museum at 745 Shore Road.

The program will include a real still, tales of prohibition in Somers Point as related to Gregory, fact or fiction, and who, where and how prohibition thrived in the 1920s and 1930s. Attendees will be regaled with information and wit.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Eagle Theatre launching conservatory for kids, adults

HAMMONTON - Eagle Theatre will officially launch its Eagle Theatre Conservatory, designed to provide theater intensives for children and adults throughout the calendar year, instructed by elite industry professionals.

Two intensives will be offered this summer for children ages 5-15, “Find Your Spotlight” and “Page to Stage,” geared to ignite imagination, and cultivate creativity. Enrollment has surpassed all previous Eagle Theatre Summer Camps. Conservatory instructor Kimberly Suskind says “What makes this first year so special is that parents and their children can tailor their summer to suit individual needs. Enrollees have the option to choose between one week, multiple weeks or a six-week intensive. It has allowed us to develop a detailed curriculum, while allowing ample freedom for fun and creativity.”

The first week begins July 11. At the end of each week, a short, free performance will be offered for family members highlighting what the students have learned.

Co-artistic Director Ted Wioncek III said, “Eagle Theatre Conservatory offers opportunities for aspiring actors to build both social and academic skills. Arts education paves the way for creativity, critical thinking, and assists in exercising one’s full potential. It determines the quality of our cultural future.”

Co-artistic Director Ed Corsi adds, “I’ve watched the growth of our summer offerings over the last five years and it’s something very special. We are very excited to not only offer the same fun, social experience, but our instructors have truly improved the educational facet. These campers are really going to be in for a great summer!”

In addition, Eagle is launching its first ever Saturday Teen Camp, “Page to Stage.” For five Saturdays this summer, teens ages 13 to 17 will create, write and perform in their own play. When former enrollee Allie Shaw heard the news, she said, “I can’t wait! I had the best time last summer!”

Registration will be open until July 9.

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

Teen Arts winners recognized for their creative talents

The Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs announced that four Atlantic County students who participated in the Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival in May were recently recognized for their creative talents in the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival held earlier this month.

Tevya Parietti, a Hammonton High School student, and Amanda Paule from the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, were each honored with a $1,000 prize funded by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation as winners in the “ArtsEdNow” statewide video contest.

Egg Harbor Township High School student Joanne Hoang won the Visual Art Award for a color pencil self portrait while Moira Sweeder from Mainland Regional High School won the Creative Writing Award for her short story “Dear Diary.” Each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

A complete list of award winners is available on the NJ State Teen Arts website at:

Warning: Bat found in Absecon tested positive for rabies

ABSECON - A bat collected from a Coolidge Avenue property has been confirmed positive for rabies, making it the sixth confirmed case in Atlantic County this year but the first found in a bat, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health. Rabies was previously confirmed in four raccoons and a skunk.

The bat was discovered in the home by the owner. It was removed by an animal control officer and sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive for rabies on June 15.

An investigation by the Division of Public Health determined that the owner’s cat may have had contact with the bat so it was placed on a 45-day observation period and provided with a rabies booster vaccination.

Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated. Atlantic County reported eight rabies cases in 2015 among bats, skunks, raccoons and a fox. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. The next clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. June 26. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For information call (609) 485-2345 or visit

Dogs and cats who receive an initial rabies vaccination are not considered immunized until 28 days after the vaccine has been administered, therefore it is strongly recommended that any animal newly vaccinated or those too young to receive the vaccine (less than three months) not be left outdoors unattended. Situations have arisen where pet owners have left unvaccinated or newly vaccinated pets outdoors where they have sustained exposures to known or suspect rabid animals, resulting in euthanasia or six months strict confinement.

Public health officials also advise residents to teach children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention.

Report all animal bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

For information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, call (609) 645-5971 or visit

Hammonton business sponsoring patriotic bike contest

HAMMONTON - Toy Market will sponsor a patriotic bike contest during the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Hammonton. Everyone is welcome to decorate bikes, strollers, wagons and scooters. Prizes will be awarded. Check in at Toy Market, 204 Bellevue Ave., between 10 a.m. and noon July 4. The parade starts at noon at the corner of Egg Harbor Road and Bellevue Avenue.

Toy market will provide free decorations, from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the parade, while supplies last.

For information, call (609) 561-2121 or visit

Free storytelling workshop for older adults

MAYS LANDING - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free storytelling workshop for older adults focusing on the imagination to reconnect memories.

“Let Your Imagination Soar - Start Telling Stories” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. July 6 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living at 5030 Unami Blvd. The event begins with a complimentary luncheon.

TimeSlips is an innovative storytelling intervention that replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine, opening storytelling to everyone. Christine Ferri, SCOSA education chair, will help participants discover the science and practical impact of this powerful tool that uses visual cues to tell stories. Used by families and health care professionals, TimeSlips provides everyone with an opportunity to engage in storytelling in a joyful and fun way. When memory loss separates us from people we love, the emotional, symbolic language of the imagination can bring us back together.

To register or for information, call (609) 626-4878 or email

For SCOSA information, call (609) 626-3591 or visit

Seniors can learn to avoid scams, identity theft

HAMMONTON - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free workshop for older adults, “Avoiding Scams & Identity Theft,” at 11 a.m. July 7 at the Hammonton Canoe Club Senior Center at 100 Sports Drive.

Jennifer Fox of Money Management International, a non-profit credit counseling service, will facilitate the workshop. Fox will explore the most common identity theft scams and instruct participants how to protect their identity, money and credit history. Participants will also learn how to safeguard their information, monitor their credit report for signs of possible identity theft, and take action if falling victim to identity theft.

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

Dorothy fire ladies auxiliary sponsoring sub sale

WEYMOUTH - The Dorothy Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a sub sale from 10 a.m. until sold out on July 9 at the fire house at 70 Tuckahoe Road in Dorothy.

Subs are $7.

To pre-order, call (609) 476-2436. For large orders, on the day of the sale only, call (609) 476-4441.

Have fun learning to be healthy and happy

GALLOWAY - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsor a free workshop for older adults, “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” at 10:30 a.m. July 9 at Spring Village at 46 W. Jimmie Leeds Road.

Maryann Prudhomme, a registered nurse, will share how to stay healthy and happy using food, sleep and active fun. Participants are invited to bring family and friends to have fun learning to be healthy and happy.

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

Coping strategies, resources for finders/keepers

GALLOWAY - The Enough Stuff Family Support Group will offer a monthly meeting for family members of individuals who are finders/keepers, formerly known as people living with a hoarding disorder. Coping strategies, resources, education and other topics will be covered. Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road,Suite 8, Galloway.

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

Shore Medical center holding Alumni Reunion Party

SOMERS POINT - More than 10,000 people have spent some or all of their careers at Shore Medical Center throughout the hospital’s 75-year history. To help reunite some of these alumni of Shore Medical Center and celebrate the organization’s deep-rooted history in the community, Shore will host a 75th anniversary Alumni Reunion Party from 5 to 8 p.m. July 26 at Greate Bay Country Club.

All in attendance will enjoy mixing, mingling and reminiscing with their former colleagues while perusing memorabilia displays. Refreshments include finger foods, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All alumni are encouraged to bring a guest. The cost is $10 with a reservation or $20 without a reservation. Payment may be made at the door.

Reservations are requested by July 18.

For reservations, provide your name, guest name, phone number and years you worked at Shore to Shore Reunion Committee Member Maryann Vergulti at (609) 641-1775 or email

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