Sheriff’s Office hires eight new officers

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles is pleased to announce the hiring of eight individuals who will join the ranks of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office. “I am thrilled to be able to replace the officers we have lost due to retirement and transfers while allowing these individuals a chance to begin a rewarding career in law enforcement,” Balles said. The officers have completed extensive background investigations as well as mental and physical evaluations prior to beginning the Atlantic County Police Academy on Jan. 27.

The newly hired officers were administered the oath of office by Sheriff Balles on Jan. 31 at the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ meeting.

The officers are:

•Douglas Field, 28, of Pleasantville, Bachelor of Science from Penn State University.

•Ryan Harris, 26, of Brigantine, New York Maritime College.

•Cassandra Howie, 28, Atlantic Cape Community College and seven years’ experience at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

•Daniel Ruiz, 30, of Margate, son of retired Chief of Police Jose Ruiz from Pleasantville.

•Raymond Snyder, 23, of Pleasantville, criminal justice at Rutgers University.

•Richard Andres IV, 29, of Absecon, a Delaware National Guardsman with prior service at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

•Jose Roman, 36, Egg Harbor Township, emergency medical technician for the City of Pleasantville.

•John Marciante, 26, Atlantic City, former Class II Officer for the Atlantic City Police Department.

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Jazz pianist and specialist in African music visiting Stockton

GALLOWAY - Benon Kigozi, a noted educator, jazz pianist and specialist in African music, will visit Stockton University from Feb. 11 to 23 for a residency, which includes two public events, workshops for Stockton students and visits to local schools, churches and community groups. Kigozi is also a senior staff member at the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Makerere University in Uganda.

As a jazz pianist, he has performed in 14 countries and he will perform during his presentations both on- and off- campus, including a choral workshop at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville on Feb. 16.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our music program at Stockton and for our community at-large,” said Beverly Vaughn, professor of music, who organized the visit and after receiving funding from the university’s 2020 Initiatives program. “Thanks to a 2020 global grant, this is the first time the music program has been able to bring in such an eminent specialist in African music traditions,” she said, adding that Kigozi is one of the continent’s leading music educators.

Kigozi’s research is in technology in music education. He is doing “ground-breaking research in the adaption of the latest technology models in K-12 music education, with particular emphasis on its application in a 21st century East African country such as Uganda,” Vaughn explained “This research and/or application can be further expanded to address questions of technological implementation in music education throughout the continent.”

He will present a free, public workshop, “A Sampling of Ugandan and East African Singing Music Traditions and Performance Practices,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the university’s Alton Auditorium.

Kigozi will also present a free, public lecture, “Indigenous Knowledge Systems as a Way of Africanizing Music Arts Education through Technology,” at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Room F111, sponsored by the Global Studies minor. There will be a “meet and greet” reception following the lecture co-sponsored by the African Students Association and the Music Program.

Support for this residency is also provided by the School of Arts and Humanities, Africana Studies, the NAACP, the Unified Black Students Society, and the Highest Praise Gospel Choir.

Egg Harbor City’s Safe Community schedules meeting

EGG HARBOR CITY - Egg Harbor City’s Coalition for a Safe Community, in coordination with REACH and the Egg Harbor City Community School Climate Committee, will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the cafeteria of Egg Harbor City Community School at 730 Havana Ave. The coalition invites residents to attend and learn about the coalition and help in making Egg Harbor City a better community.

Light refreshments will be served.

Community college hosting social media workshop

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer four separate workshops focused on using social media effectively in the business and nonprofit sectors. Each workshop will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on an upcoming Thursday at the Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The following workshops will be offered:

•Facebook for Small Business, Feb. 16, covers how to build a compelling presence for your business on Facebook and how to benefit from your page.

•Social Media for Professional Business, March 16, focuses on using social media to engage customers and market your business and on discovering which social media tools potential customers favor.

•Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits: Hashtags, Ice Buckets and Twizzlers, April 13, covers social media tools, tactics, content and fundraising strategies with a focus on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

•Social Media Strategies for Real Estate Agents: Get Social, Get Sold!, May 4, demonstrates how to widen your pool of prospects while building your brand and community relationships, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

These workshops are offered through the college’s Personal Enrichment/Community Education program which provides a variety of noncredit classes to the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties throughout the year.

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

Family Service Association holding Ladies Night Out

NORTHFIELD - Family Service Association of South Jersey will host a Ladies Night Out at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Atlantic City Country Club at 1 Leo Fraser Drive.

The event features fine dining, wine tasting, designer bag auction and more.

Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit the association’s programs for families and children in South Jersey.

For tickets or information, call (609) 569-0239 or visit

College offering Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid workshop

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid, an eight-hour workshop that trains lay rescuers to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies with adult, child and infant victims. Those who successfully complete the course will earn American Heart Association certification which is good for two years.

Training will cover CPR/AED and relief of choking for adults, children and infants. This is ideal for first responders. In addition, the workshop will cover first aid for lay rescuers, focusing on how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes of an emergency until professional help arrives.

The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25, March 25 and April 22 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

The fee is $79, including tuition and materials.

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

Program teaches essentials of bartending

Atlantic Cape Community College will present Bartending Training, a new 40-hour program covering the essentials of bartending, from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, from Feb. 28 through April 18. The workshop will meet primarily at Fuze Restaurant and Mirage Lounge in Avalon with some classroom instruction at the Cape May County Campus at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

Participants, who may be considering a career in bartending, will learn to tend bar with confidence during this hands-on workshop. Students will become well versed in liquors, equipment and mixing techniques. In addition, they will develop an understanding of pricing, business management, beverage control and customer service. Fee is $349, including TIPS certification.

This training is offered through the college’s Workforce Development program which provides a broad range of workshops, seminars and career training programs to the residents and businesses of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

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

Learn about career in baking and pastry

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will present two hands-on training programs for people interested in fast entry to a career in baking and pastry or the culinary arts. The Culinary Training and the Baking and Pastry Training programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Feb. 27 through June 27, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

Culinary Training Program covers the many areas of the professional kitchen, as students master cooking principles and practical techniques. Students learn to prepare professional and gourmet dishes and learn the basics of baking and pastry.

Baking and Pastry Training Program focuses on the fundamentals of baking and pastry, as students develop the skills required to work in almost any professional bakeshop. Topics include equipment use and safety, proper work methods and culinary math. In addition, students will learn about bread baking, cake baking and decorating, pies and cookies, custards, puddings and mousses.

Both programs prepare students to take the National Restaurant Association Foodservice Sanitation Certificate exam, which is given at the end of each course. Those who successfully complete the exam receive a nationally recognized certification in sanitation. The prerequisite for each program is obtaining a reading score and a math score of 9 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE.)

These noncredit programs will be taught by the college’s Academy of Culinary Arts chef educators, and classes will be held in state-of-the-art kitchens in the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies.

Fee is $5,895, including tuition, labs and supplies.

This training is offered through the college’s Workforce Development program which provides a broad range of workshops, seminars and career training programs to the residents and businesses of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

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

Buena Vista offering free rabies clinics

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township will offer the following free rabies clinics for residents:

•Newtonville Fire Hall, 10 a.m. to noon March 4.

•Richland Fire Hall, 1 to 3 p.m. March 4.

•East Vineland Fire Hall 10 am to noon March 18.

•Collings Lakes Fire Hall, 1 to 3 p.m. March 18.

An adult must accompany the pet and vicious dogs must be muzzled.

Cat Licenses are $7 for spay/neuter or $9 for non-spay/non-neuter and dog licenses are $12 for spay/neuter or $15 for non-spay/non-neuter and will be sold at all clinics. Exact change or checks are requested.

Licenses are also available at the Clerk’s Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. A late fee of $7 will be applied for licenses renewed after March 31.

For information, call (856) 697-2100 or (609) 561-5650 or visit

Hammonton Education Foundation sponsoring Taste of the Town

HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Education Foundation will sponsor the 14th annual Taste of the Town from 3 to 6 p.m. March 5 at Hammonton High School at 566 Old Forks Road.

About two dozen local eateries will serve samples of their signature dishes. Proceeds will help the foundation fund innovative projects in the Hammonton School District. BB&T Bank will sponsor the event, which will feature the theme “Food with Friends.”

“We are very excited about this year’s event,” foundation trustee Lori Calderone said. “We will be introducing many new vendors to showcase their specialties, and several of our previous vendors will return with their delicious samplings. We encourage everyone to help us celebrate food, fun and family.”

New vendors this year will include Costello’s Pizza, Taste of the Olive, Bun in the Oven, Mott’s Creek Inn, Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Roma Pizza, The Funky Cow and Atco Diner.

Entertainment will be provided by students from the Susan Watson Leiser Piano Studio and dancers from the Dance Magic Studio. The cast of Hammonton High School’s production of “Anything Goes” also will perform, along with students from The Voice Studio of Marissa Carrafiello.

The event also will include raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Taste of the Town is a major source of funding for the Hammonton Education Foundation, which has given more than $400,000 to local schools since its inception in 2003.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Inn, The Golden Feather and Atco Diner. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets or information, call (609) 432-7977, (609) 517-4731 or (609) 567-1734.

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