Atlantic Cape Community College raises scholarship funds

MAYS LANDING - For the first time, Atlantic Cape Community College joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide on Nov. 29.

A total of $2,565 from 61 donations was raised toward scholarships on the day of giving. #GivingOpporTuesday, a play on the college’s tag line, “Opportunity Starts Here,” was used on social media leading up to and on the day to encourage engagement from donors and participants in the college community.

For information about the Atlantic Cape Foundation and giving opportunities, call Maria Kellett, senior director of resource development and community and alumni outreach, at (609) 463-3670, email or visit

Hammonton Arts Center announces officers, exhibits

HAMMONTON - At the year-end business meeting Hammonton Arts Center, Annette Rinker, president, announced the 2017 officers and list of exhibits.

Officers are:

•President: Annette Rinker.

•Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Domenico.

•Vice-President: Jack D. McGovern

•Treasurer: Cathie Skinner.

•Corresponding Secretary: Joseph Bruno.

•Trustees: Brenda Bradford, Rita Wood, Jeanette DePiero and Charles Branigan.

The center’s 2017 exhibit schedule includes:

•January: Casting Shadows, drop off Dec. 27 to 31, reception Jan. 5.

•February: Emotions, drop off Jan. 23 to 28, reception Feb. 2.

•March: Women in the Arts, drop off Feb. 20 to 25, reception March 2; luncheon to be announced.

•April: Abstract, drop off March 27 through April 1, reception April 6.

•May: Anything Goes, drop off, April 24 to 29, reception, May 4.

•June: Flora and Fauna, non-domestic animals, drop off May 22 to 27, reception June 1.

•July: In the Heat of the Summer, drop off June 26 to July 1, reception July 6.

•August: On the Road Again, drop off July 31, reception Aug. 10.

•September: The 4 Elements, drop off Aug. 28 to Sept. 2, reception Sept. 7.

•October: Photography, drop off Sept. 25 to 30, reception Oct. 5.

•November: Tribute to a Favorite Artist, drop off Oct. 23 to 28, reception Nov. 2.

•December: Members Only Exhibit, drop off Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, reception, Dec. 7.

All receptions are from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the meeting members were also able to preview the new hanging system (which is being installed in stages), which will simplify the hanging of exhibits and provide a more modern look to the gallery.

The center is at 219 Bellevue Ave.

For center information, call (609) 567-5360 or visit

Seashore Gardens wants holiday volunteers

GALLOWAY - Seashore Gardens Living Center seeks volunteers to share a few hours of their time on Christmas Day, so that regular employees may be with their families for the holiday. The tradition began about 30 years ago by the late Lowell Gluck, who was president of Beth El Synagogue in Margate. Since then, people of all faiths and all ages have traditionally participated.

Volunteers fill various positions throughout the center from receptionist to working in food service, maintenance, transporting patients or assisting in entertainment such as arts, crafts and bingo, as well as socializing with the residents. Shifts are available during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 25.

The center is at 22 West Jimmie Leeds Road.

To volunteer, email Missy Rundio at

Earn college credits during winter break

Atlantic Cape Community College offers students an opportunity to earn college credits during the winter session, which runs from Jan. 3 to 14. Classes are offered online and at Atlantic Cape’s campuses in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

Classes include: Poetry Workshop, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Business Ethics, Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers, U.S. History II, Concepts of Physical Fitness, Foundational Math, Introduction to Algebra I, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods, General Psychology, Western World II and Food Service Sanitation.

Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The college will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. The last day to register in person for this session is Dec. 23. Online registration will be available through Jan. 2.

Payment is due at registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

To register online or view an updated schedule of winter courses, visit

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

King center plans to hold Christmas party

BUENA VISTA - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center will host its annual Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the center at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.

The event will include games, photos with Santa, gifts from Santa, refreshments and more.

Vote for your favorite confectionary creation

MAYS LANDING - Holiday-themed confectionary creations, created by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, will be on display for the Hamilton Mall Gingerbread Contest, through Dec. 17 underneath the Christmas tree.

Mall guests are invited to vote for their favorite. Winners will receive one of three scholarships for their education at Atlantic Cape Community College. Scholarships are $800 for first-place; $300 for second-place; and $200 for third-place.

For academy information, call (800) 645 CHEF, email or visit

Lazy Eye Vodka awarded a gold medal

BUENA VISTA - Lazy Eye Vodka, the flagship product of Lazy Eye Distillery, was awarded a gold medal at the New York International Spirits Competition. At the competition, Lazy Eye Distillery was also named New Jersey Distillery of the year. More than 600 spirits from around the world were entered in the competition. Top spirits experts rated spirits based on their overall quality through blind tasting.

The gold medal for Lazy Eye Vodka comes only two years after the family run distillery opened their doors on Nov. 1, 2014. Lazy Eye Rakii and Lazy Eye Rakii with Anise also received bronze medals for the distillery in its first appearance in the spirits competition.

“It’s a surreal feeling” says Carol Kafkalas “We started out over 15 years ago distilling in our shed on Saturday afternoons, a tradition that was passed onto us by our parents. To find out that our spirits are considered to be among the best in the world is humbling.” “We have always preached quality over quantity; every bottle that comes out of our distillery is carefully produced in small batches by our family.”

The distillery has a location in Richland and a seasonal location in Wildwood. Tours and tastings are available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays in Richland and the Wildwood location is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to the company, their Vodka is the first vodka to be made in the state of New Jersey since prohibition and their Rakii is the first of its kind to be produced in the U.S.

For information, email

Stockton’s School of Health expanding in Ocean County

MANAHAWKIN - Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences will expand into new, larger facilities in Ocean County, providing more students from central and south New Jersey with a convenient location to earn degrees in several fast-growing fields of health care.

The university will be opening a 7,915-square-foot expansion adjacent to the existing Manahawkin Instructional Site at 712 E. Bay Ave., in 2017, with classroom space, teaching labs and a student lounge. The site has been occupied by Rothman Institute Orthopaedics, which will move to the AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus on Route 72 West.

“There is a great need for additional health care services in the region, and a strong demand from employers and prospective students for these programs,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “Stockton’s mission is to provide access to a distinctive higher education and develop programs that ultimately improve the quality of life for New Jersey’s residents.”

The accelerated Nursing program, in which students holding baccalaureate degrees can complete all of the courses to earn a second bachelor’s degree in nursing in just four semesters, will be expanded from 13 students admitted in fall 2016 to 24 in fall 2017. Students are eligible for this program if they have a bachelor’s degree in any field and have completed all of the prerequisites. For more information, visit

Students are admitted in the fall and finish at the end of the following fall term. All classes and labs will be held in expanded Manahawkin location as of fall 2017. Clinical rotations will be offered in Ocean, Monmouth and Atlantic counties.

The Bachelor of Science in health sciences also will expand into the new facilities in Manahawkin.

“Stockton partners with AtlantiCare and Rothman to offer innovative, cutting-edge academic and clinical experiences so our students are well-prepared to meet the demands of the competitive health care marketplace,” Bartolotta said. “This expansion and our partnerships will offer additional opportunities for clinical placements of Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Communication Disorders students in Ocean and Monmouth counties.”

Bartolotta said the expansion will enable the school to expand its speech and hearing services, and eventually to offer an inter-professional clinic where students will serve patients with various health care needs.

Students are encouraged to apply now for next fall by visiting

For information about Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences, visit

Law firm ranked for excellence and best lawyers

NORTHFIELD - For the fourth consecutive year, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, P.C. has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list regionally for Workers’ Compensation Law. Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Law firms must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America list to be eligible for the “Best Law Firm” ranking.

The law firm also announced that Frank A. Petro has been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-review publication in the legal profession. Petro has been named to the list for his work in workers’ compensation every year since the 1995-1996 edition.

For information, visit or call Susan Petro at (609) 677-1700.

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Training begins Jan. 25

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Atlantic County Utilities Authority will host the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Training beginning Jan. 25.

The program provides training and experience to empower participants to contribute to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in their communities. No prior experience is required.

During the 20-week class, participants learn the basic processes of earth, air, water and biological systems. Students also learn techniques and tools used to monitor and assess the health of the environment, and gain an understanding of the research and regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey that relate to environmental issues. In addition, students also learn about group dynamics, conflict resolution and community leadership.

In order to develop such trained and educated citizen volunteers, Rutgers Cooperative Extension has formed a partnership with a consortium of non-profit and governmental environmental organizations to develop a statewide Environmental Stewardship Certification Program. “This program will teach land and water stewardship best practices, environmental public advocacy and leadership”, states Bruce Barbour, extension agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Classes are taught by local and regional experts and include both classroom and field study. Students complete 60 hours of classes and 60 hours of volunteer work in order to receive their certificates.

Registration is in progress.

Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road.

Cost is $250.

For an application or information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit

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