Learn about the sea voyage of sloop captain

SOMERS POINT - Somers Point Historical Society will host a presentation by Jim Kirk, author of “Golden Light: The 1878 Diary of Captain Thomas Rose Lake,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Somers Point Historical Museum at 745 Shore Road.

The book, which was started by James Kirk II, was completed by his son, James B. Kirk III. The diary of Captain Thomas Lake reproduces the leather-bound diary of a 19th century sloop captain shortly before his death at age 22 from tuberculosis. There is a local connection to the story. This program will be of special interest to anyone interested in maritime history. Books will also be available for purchase.

For information call (609) 927-2900.

Atlantic Cape Community College celebrating its 50th anniversary

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for Atlantic and Cape May County residents with a series of commemorative events during the 2016-2017 school year at all three of its campuses.

In December 1963, the State Department of Education granted approval for the establishment of Atlantic Community College, which became the second college to be organized by the state on April 14, 1964. The college opened its doors to students in September 1966, using facilities rented from Atlantic City High School. The college opened its main campus in Mays Landing in 1968.

In the spring of 1982, major work was completed on a two-year, $7 million expansion project that included two new buildings, expanded student service facilities, the Academy of Culinary Arts and additional classroom and office space.

In that same year, the former Atlantic City Electric Company building in Atlantic City, was purchased by Atlantic County for Atlantic Cape, and renovated into what is now the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. The campus is home to the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies and the Health Professions Institute.

In 1999, the college changed its name to Atlantic Cape Community College to signify its official role bringing higher education to Cape May County.

In August 2005, Atlantic Cape and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders celebrated the completion of the college’s Cape May County Campus, which features a state-of-the-art facility with all of the amenities of Atlantic Cape’s other locations.

Atlantic Cape continues to grow to meet the needs of the area. The STEM building opened in January 2015 at the Mays Landing Campus and features five science labs, two computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways that are used for telescope viewing by the college’s astronomy classes. The building is home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute. The college will break ground on a Student Success and Career Planning Center this fall.

The college will kick off a yearlong series of 50th anniversary events with a Community Day from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. The event is free and open to the public and will feature music by Seven Stone, face painting, a drone demonstration, food trucks, paintball, Blackhawk Helicopter tours, Atlantic City Aquarium’s Traveling Touch Tank Exhibit, craft and nonprofit vendors and more.

To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s 50th anniversary, visit

Artists invited to participate in ‘Economic Inequality’ exhibit

High school students, amateur artists and professionals are invited to participate in a community exhibition of their artwork designed to bring attention to the impact of economic inequality in the U.S., and potentially earn some money doing it.

The exhibit, “Focus on Economic Inequality,” will be on display from Oct. 8 through Oct. 30 at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University at Fairmount and Mississippi avenues in Atlantic City. Cash prizes in the form of gift cards will be awarded, with a $175 top prize and $50 for honorable mention in each of the three artist categories.

“This art exhibit is part of Stockton University’s ongoing initiative on economic inequality,” said Oliver Cooke, associate professor of economics, who co-chairs the university’s initiative with Carra Leah Hood, assistant provost and associate professor of writing. “Stockton is one of over 20 colleges and universities across the country seeking to engage college and university campuses and their broader communities in discussing, debating, and exploring the complex causes and consequences of economic inequality,” Cooke said.

“The artists whose work appears in this exhibit will share what they see and understand about economic and other forms of inequality, presenting viewers with visual stories of struggle and survival and love amidst, at times, chaotic odds,” said Hood. “An artist’s vision can tease out subtlety of emotion and, in doing so, teach us new ways of seeing and knowing ourselves and others, imagining different — more just and equitable — worlds, and acting to change the contours of our communities.”

A panel discussion followed by awards and a reception will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Noyes Arts Garage. Panelists will include: Larry McKim, an artist from Frenchtown; Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton; Joyce Hagen, executive director of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation; and Christina Jackson, assistant professor of sociology. All of the events are free and open to the public.

All artwork must address a theme related to the causes or consequences of economic inequality, the growing gap between the haves and “have-nots.” All submissions must have an entry form attached to the back. All 2D artwork must be ready to hang with a wire securely attached. Artist must provide pedestal or stand for 3D work, if needed. Entries are limited to three artistic pieces per person. There is no fee to enter. Entry forms are available at

Participating artists must drop off art work with entry forms and registration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Noyes Arts Garage.

Artists will be notified by email or phone between 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 1 if their work has been accepted. If an artists’ work is not accepted, it should be picked up between 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 1.

“This visual arts platform offers the public, ages 14 and older, the opportunity to participate in the larger conversation of economic inequality, express their point-of-view, exchange ideas and talk about their personal experiences and concerns for their community,” Denise McGarvey, Stockton exhibition coordinator.

For exhibit information, call (609) 652-4566 or email

For information about Stockton’s Economic Inequality Initiative, visit

Seeking donations for Operation Backpack 2016

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Family Service Association is sponsoring Operation Backpack 2016. With the recent casino closures, many children in the community will not be prepared to return to school. These children will enter the coming school year with no backpack, notebook, pencils, or basic supplies that they need.

Cindy Herdman Ivins, president and chief executive officer of Family Service Association, states that “the hardship of being unprepared will make staying on track difficult for any young student, and especially one who might already be struggling academically.” Donations of new backpacks filled with school supplies, for students age 4 to 18, will be accepted through Aug. 19.

Donations may be dropped off at these Family Service Association locations:

•312 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

•3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

•3073 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township.

•622-624 New York Road, Galloway.

Donations may also be dropped off at:

•Fulton Bank at 5100 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township; and 1101 Tilton Road, Northfield.

•Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 W White Horse Pike, Galloway.

•Sandpiper Consulting, 222 New Road, Suite 505, Central Park East, Linwood.

•Atlantic County Board of Realtors, 240 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

•Atlantic County Sheriff Office, 4997 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing.

Corporate sponsors are South Jersey Industries and Spencer’s Gifts.

To sponsor Operation Backpack 2016 by hosting a box at your business, call Torrina Bennett-Michael, chief development officer, at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160.

Gary Jerue named Atlantic County Teacher of the Year

Richard Stepura, interim executive county superintendent of schools, announced that Gary Jerue is the recipient of this year’s Atlantic County Teacher of the Year and is Atlantic County’s nominee for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

Jerue has worked for 15 years in education, of which he has served the last 4 years as a teacher of mathematics for students in seventh grade at the Richmond Avenue School in the Atlantic City School District. On March 22, Jerue was selected as Atlantic County’s New Jersey Teacher of the Year for school year 2016-2017 by a panel of judges consisting of a local administrator, a teacher, an education association member, and a parent.

Stepura stated, “Gary Jerue is a dedicated teacher of junior high mathematics. His passion for the students, the expression of his qualitative teaching that cannot be measured by scores alone and his extensive professional development not only personally but through his involvement with his peers is remarkable. His mentoring of teachers and field work with student educators expresses his love for education while providing growth opportunities for both students and educators. Gary’s efforts with student and teacher learning are highly visible through test scores as well as his relationships with his current and former students and colleagues.”

“Gary’s ‘Three Pillar Philosophy of Teaching’ as explained in his summary, serves as a sound educational foundation for all learners, and which is: 1) to promote positive learning; 2) to spark learner enthusiasm for learning; and 3) to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Furthermore, as I read through Mr. Jerue’s application, his expression of passion and understanding of his students showcases his strong ties to the local community. Dr. Jeru is quoted as stating, ‘I feel that the role of teacher has evolved and become multifaceted. I must be an instructor, a motivator, and a role model.’ As such, Gary is a promoter of learner-oriented teaching,” said Stepura.

“Dr. Gary Jerue is a compassionate and knowledgeable teacher and leader whose fervor for his students as well as education and the future of his community present a unique hope that challenges not only his students and peers but also the current community issues. His passion will serve to provide a powerful platform for the County of Atlantic as the 2016-17 Teacher of Year. Without hesitation and with great enthusiasm, I recommend Dr. Gary Jerue for nomination as the 2016-2017 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year,” said Stepura.

Jimmy Buffett highlights Atlantic City’s beach concerts

ATLANTIC CITY - The remaining schedule for Atlantic City’s beach concerts this summer, provided by Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in partnership with Live Nation, includes:

•Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with special guest G. Love & Special Sauce, 4 p.m. Aug. 13.

•Zac Brown Band with Drake White and The Big Fire, 4 p.m. Sept. 1.

•Florida Georgia Line with Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown, 4 p.m. Sept. 3.

•Blink 182 with A Day to Remember, All Time Low and The Front Bottoms, 1 p.m. Sept. 5.

The following items are allowed at the concerts: blankets and towels, one factory sealed or empty water bottle up to one gallon in size, umbrellas, small sand chairs — 9 inches or lower, and non professional cameras.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, government-issued identification, and cash, debit card or credit card.

Prohibited items include: weapons and anything that resembles a weapon; drugs or drug paraphernalia; cans or bottles; hard coolers; alcohol; fireworks and sparklers; high back or patio chairs; glass containers; tents or structures; flags or anything else that would block someone’s view; animals except service animals pre-approved by the city; bicycles, skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles unless an ADA approved device; and laser pens or pointers; paint, sharpies or permanent markers. Also, unauthorized or unlicensed vending is prohibited. Confiscated items will not be returned.

For tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.

For information, visit

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