ACCC’s Club 50 Plus offering workshops

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer the following workshops designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners:

•”Who Are You Leaving Your Money To?,” will focus on long-term care; how to avoid estate tax traps that can affect the whole family; wills and trusts used in estate planning; and durable powers of attorney and health care declarations, 2 to 4 p.m. today.

•Beginner Selling on eBay 101 will familiarize users with how eBay and active PayPal accounts work, and all aspects of selling on eBay, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 or 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 14.

•Intermediate Selling on eBay 101 focuses on tips on how to list your item for sale at the right price and how to ship your item the most cost effective way, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 or 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 21.

•Sharing Pictures Across the Web teaches attendants how to move images from their camera, phone or tablet to their computer, then edit and resize the photographs for use on the web or email, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 4.

•Conserving Retirement Funds provides detailed information in layman’s terms on the uses, pitfalls, estate taxation, income taxation and general terms for the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, or reverse mortgage, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 or 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4.

•Intermediate Piano builds on basic piano theory, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., five Mondays beginning Nov. 14.

•iPad Basics provides a forum to explore the features and options of your iPad that allow you to use it more efficiently, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov 18.

•iPad Basics Part 2 will take participants through various applications on the iPad, such as Safari, Mail and the App Store, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 15 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, use code: CEGN001-MW01.

Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered in Building T of the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, or the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit

6 county residents named as Sykes Award winners

LINWOOD - Six Atlantic County residents will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community at the 28th annual Donald J. Sykes Awards ceremony at noon Oct. 19 at the Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Road.

Each October the county celebrates Disability Awareness Month with the presentation of awards to individuals with disabilities who were nominated by area organizations, family or friends for their positive attitudes, personal accomplishments and their success in enriching the lives of others. The ceremony is presented as a cooperative effort of the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services and the Atlantic County Disability Advisory Board.

Established by the county in 1989, the ceremony was later named in memory of Donald J. Sykes, a longtime community advocate and former chairman of the county’s Disabled Citizens Advisory Board.

“This is one of the most heartwarming and rewarding events Atlantic County has the pleasure to present,” said Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive. “Over the past 28 years we have recognized more than 100 individuals of all ages from throughout Atlantic County who despite any physical or mental challenges have persevered to make important strides and outstanding achievements. It is our honor to publicly recognize them and all of their accomplishments. They help make Atlantic County a better place for all.”

This year’s honorees include:

•Stacey Bertonazzi of Buena, nominated by her sister, Lauren Bertonazzi;

•Michael Braxton of Mays Landing, nominated by Kathy Ford and Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation;

•David Fowlkes of Pleasantville, nominated by the John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center;

•Nam Ly of Egg Harbor Township, nominated by Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation;

•Jessica Ransom of Egg Harbor Township, nominated by her mother, Eileen Ransom;

•LaToya Smith of Atlantic City, nominated by The Arc of Atlantic County.

The ceremony will feature Donald Campbell as its guest speaker. Campbell is a former Sykes Award recipient and a 2016 graduate of Widener Law School. Representatives from PAWS of Jewish Family Service will also participate.

For ceremony information, call (609) 645-7700, ext 4519. (TTY, use 711) Reserved seating only.

For information on services, call the Atlantic County Aging and Disability Resource Connection at (888) 426-9243.

College offering ‘late-start’ online classes

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer new “late-start” online classes beginning Oct. 24 for students who want to add a class to their schedule or anyone interested in continuing their education with the convenience of not having to leave home.

Classes include: General Psychology, English Composition I, English Composition II, Introduction to Business, Music Appreciation, Principles of Marketing, Statistical Methods and Introduction to Computers. The classes run for eight weeks and cost $149 per credit.

Payment is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Register online at or in person, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at any of the college’s three locations: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For information, call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, or email or visit

Stockton professor presents workshops on water, energy

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Tait Chirenje, associate professor of environmental studies, will present workshops on water, energy and waste management around your home this fall at Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.

The following workshops will be offered:

•“Skills for Sustainability,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18, a water management workshop focusing on landscaping, water collection and other storm-water management techniques for use around the home.

•Energy management workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1, will concentrate on how to perform an individual home energy audit as well as implement changes to reduce energy consumption.

•Waste management workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15, will examine the materials flow process from packaging, purchasing and disposal.

The Hammonton Green Committee is pleased to co-sponsor this lecture series on how to apply sustainability concepts to local homes.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations, email Ginna Petrillo at

Enjoy Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto

HAMMONTON - The Batsto Citizens Committee will hold its annual Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Admission and parking are free.

The committee has invited more than 125 exhibitors to participate in this daylong event. Visitors will have an opportunity to see and purchase a variety of country, colonial and Victorian crafts. They will also be able to meet talented crafters demonstrating their artistry.

A blacksmith will demonstrate his craft in the Batsto Blacksmith Shop. Pre-World War II cars will be on display. Old-time steam engines, antiques and pony rides will help make this an event of special interest to people of all ages. The Renegade Cloggers will perform.

Visitors will be able to purchase raffle tickets for a handmade quilt. It is hoped that Smokey Bear will make an appearance along with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service truck. Local service organizations will sell a variety of foods and drinks. Various 4-H groups will be available to display their animals and discuss their experiences as a member of a 4-H club. Animal rescue groups will bring various breeds of dogs hoping to be adopted. In addition to pony rides, children will be able to enjoy the petting farm animals of Barnyard Friends from Dorothy.

For information, call (609) 561-0209 or (609) 561-5019 or visit

Atlantic City Cinefest will serve up entertainment

ATLANTIC CITY - The ninth annual Atlantic City Cinefest will present more than 50 feature, short and documentary films, from Oct. 14 to 16 at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave. Both venues are managed by Stockton University.

The film festival will serve up a mix of comedy, drama, horror and science fiction, many from New Jersey filmmakers. The festival opens with the East Coast premiere of “Bad Frank,” starring Howell, New Jersey’s Kevin Interdonato, Tom Sizemore and last year’s honoree, Brian O’Halloran, also from New Jersey. First time director, Mendham’s Tony Germinario, wrote the drama, with Red Bank’s Peter Dobson producing. The film, made entirely in New Jersey, centers on Frank Pierce, who leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again. Dobson stars in and produced the short, “The Demo,” which precedes “Dirty Frank.”

The festival will screen the powerful documentary, “Changing Hands,” from Philadelphia native, Scott L. Schwartz, who played Bruiser in “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.” Schwartz will also receive a Lifesaver Award. “I’m still just a little ole boy from Philadelphia,” Schwartz says. “It is my pleasure and honor to be recognized by the Atlantic City Cinefest. As a child, my family used to spend summer at the Jersey Shore and now I have a chance to return in a bigger capacity than I ever imagined.”

Another Lifesaver Award honoree this year, Blanche Baker, will host a Saturday night screening of the cult classic, John Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles.” Baker plays Ginny, Molly Ringwald’s older sister.

The festival will feature plenty of regional talent. Keith Vaile returns with the feature length, “Kidnapped” and two shorts. Pat Kazanjian also returns with the feature “Odd Crows.” Rachel Albanese presents “Lost and Found.” Among other New Jersey filmmakers: Sebastian Foxworth’s three shorts; C.J. Cullen’s comedy short, “Marathon Mouth,” Mark Clauberg’s “Hotel,” Maurice Paramore’s “The Kill Club,” Stuart Connelly’s “Bloodletting,” Donna Hernandez’ “Crossing Blood Lines” and Larry Rosen’s “Surviving the Outbreak.”

LGBT documentaries include A.J. Mattioli’s “Words,” along with “Cherry’s In Season.” “Larger than Life” and “Hang On Sloopy”

For information, visit

Tickets are $40 for a weekend pass; $25 for a day pass or $5 for a single block of films.

Hear the roar of Horsepower by the Bay

SOMERS POINT - Horsepower by the Bay, sponsored by the Somers Point Historical Society, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the parking lot at Harbor Lane and Bay Avenue. Also, Shore Medical Center’s Farmer’s Market and craft show will be held on Bay Avenue.

Horsepower by the Bay is a car show featuring vintage, classic and antique cars. There will also be vintage boats, military and fire equipment plus some new boats and cars. It will include crafts, food and swap meet booths.

For vendor information, email

To register a car or vintage boat, email

Hammonton Arts Center celebrating 20th birthday

HAMMONTON - Hammonton Arts Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Oct. 16 with a tasteful event of food and beverages at 219 Bellevue Ave. There will be a raffle of gift baskets and coupons from local vendors, an art auction and hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Tickets are $15.

For tickets or information, call (609) 567-5360 or email

You’re invited to harvest holiday of Sukkot at Beth Israel

NORTHFIELD - The community is invited to celebrate the harvest holiday of Sukkot at Beth Israel at 2501 Shore Road, with a service and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

During Sukkot services, there will be a First Grade Consecration, a ceremony that marks the beginning of the students’ Jewish studies. The fifth grade class will offer the traditional blessings of the Lulav and Etrog, symbols of Sukkot.

Sukkot services will be followed by a dinner, and a chance for all to “dwell” in the Sukkah, the temporary hut that is set up for the holiday. The Sukkah features a roof that is open to the stars. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Mitzvot project, making bag lunches to be donated to the hungry. There will be s’mores and songs around the campfire if weather permits.

The service is open to the community and all are welcome.

Cost is $25 per family or $10 per adult.

For reservations or information, call (609) 641-3600 or email

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