Atlantic Audubon Society to meet at library

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Atlantic County Library/Galloway at 306 E. Jim Leeds Road. The event will include a social hour, scholarship presentations and a guest speaker.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Gilda’s Club talk about ‘Being Mortal’ and what really matters

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will present “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the club at 700 New Road.

The event will include a screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film “Being Mortal.” Based on the book by Atul Gawande MD, Department of Health, Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699, email or visit

Registration now open for Pinelands Summer Short Course

HAMMONTON - Registration is open for the first Pinelands Summer Short Course will feature six field trips and a day of educational programs that showcase the region’s history, ecology, culture and music. The event, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Stockton University, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at the university’s Kramer Hall at 30 Front St. Attendees should check in at Kramer Hall between 8 and 8:45 a.m. A free continental breakfast will be offered to attendees, beginning at 8 a.m.

“The Pinelands Commission has held the Pinelands Short Course in early March for the past 28 years, and the event is thriving,” said Nancy Wittenberg, the Commission’s Executive Director. “While we will continue to hold the regular Short Course in March, we felt it was important to create a new tradition that enables the public to explore the Pinelands during the peak of summer, when wildlife abounds.”

Some of the program highlights are:

•A two-hour, guided tour of the Atlantic Blueberry Company’s commercial farm in Hammonton.

•A full-day, guided canoe trip along the Batsto River, with a focus on plant life.

•A full-day van tour focusing on the traditional industries in the Pinelands.

•A full-day hike between the Mullica and Batsto rivers.

•A two-hour, guided walk of Hammonton’s historic downtown.

•A two-hour, guided walk at Batsto Lake, with a focus on dragonflies and damselflies.

•A two-hour presentation that highlights the history of winemaking in New Jersey.

•A 75-minute presentation on butterflies and moths.

•A 75-minute presentation on the Battle of Chestnut Neck.

•A 75-minute presentation on the health benefits of blueberries.

•A 75-minute presentation on the domestication on the highbush blueberry.

•A 75-minute presentation on agriculture in the Pinelands.

•A 45-minute, live musical performance by New Jersey native Gabe Coia, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and musical composer, whose album, “The Pines of My Past,” features 11 original songs that celebrate the history, folklore, and ecology of the Pinelands.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

The Pinelands Short Course is registered with the New Jersey Department of Education, and professional development credits are available to New Jersey teachers who attend. Registration is $60 per person.

For course information, call (609) 894-7300, ext. 125. Full course descriptions are available at

To register online, visit To register by phone, call (609) 652-4227, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Atlantic County to salute fallen military heroes

ESTELL MANOR - Atlantic County will honor the memories of its fallen military heroes at 2 p.m. May 26 during the 33rd annual Veterans Memorial Program at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in the county park on Route 50.

The program will feature the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Color Guard, the Atlantic County Corrections Officers’ Honor Guard; the Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpipers’ Pipes and Drums, a bugler and the presentation of the memorial wreath.

“It is our tradition to begin each Memorial Day weekend with this special tribute to our fallen military heroes,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, a lifelong Atlantic County resident and decorated combat veteran, will deliver the keynote address. Brown’s military career spans two decades, including service in the Persian Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. As Commander of the 154th S&S Battalion, he was recognized as the outstanding Company Grade Army Officer by the New Jersey National Guard Association. Brown was activated for war a second time, in 2008, to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, temporarily leaving behind his wife and three small children. He was honorably discharged in 2009 with the rank of Major.

In preparation for the May 26 ceremony, several local Scout troops will place American flags at the cemetery’s more than 4,400 gravesites located within the veterans cemetery on May 24 or May 25 in case of rain. Scouts who perform this task on at least two of three annual occasions are eligible to receive the Atlantic County Patriotism patch in recognition of their service to veterans.

Shore Medical to pay tribute to women, men in uniform

SOMERS POINT - Shore Medical Center will host a patriotic tribute to women and men in uniform at 6 p.m. Fridays beginning May 26 at the flag poles in the park in front of the hospital along Bay Avenue. Shore invites the community to join together in saluting those who have served and who are serving in the armed forces.

The first ceremony will include a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Each week following, the ceremonies will celebrate those who have served both during conflict and peace time.

Members of the community may submit the name of a loved one who served to be included during ceremonies beginning with the June 2 ceremony. To have a loved one’s name read during the ceremony, email their name and branch of service to

Buena Vista to celebrate 150 years with tree monument dedication

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township will celebrate its 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration during the third annual Richland Village Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 27 at Richland Village at 1274 Harding Highway. The rain date is May 28.

Classic car parade starts at 9:30 a.m., at Michael Debbi Park and travels down Cedar Avenue to Richland Village.

Funny Farm Rescue will present a petting zoo; music will be provided by Poor Mouth Henry, Ten Eddy Drive and Eddie Morgan Jazz Trio; live radio broadcast by WVLT-FM 92.1; car show hosted by South Jersey Mustang Club; open house by Patcong Valley Model Railroad; toy show; bubble balls, rock wall; bounce houses; 50/50 raffle; crafters and merchants; demonstrations by the Richland Volunteer Fire Company; train rides on the Cape May Seashore Lines; food vendors and more. There will be a tree monument dedication at Saw Mill Park at noon. It’s the most unusual tree in the state of New Jersey with more than 40 chainsaw carvings showing the township’s history.

Admission is free.

For information, visit

Bay Atlantic Symphony concert to present patriotic music

MARGATE - The Bay Atlantic Symphony will head “downbeach” to Margate, with a star-spangled addition to a vibrant summer concert schedule. The symphony will present a concert of patriotic music at 7 p.m. July 3 at the Potena Performing Arts Center at 7804 Amherst Ave.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets will be available to Margate City homeowners, up to four per household, beginning May 27. Tickets will be available at the Margate City Library at 8100 Atlantic Ave. Tickets for the general public, up to two per household, will be available beginning June 19.

Under the baton of Music Director Jed Gaylin, the orchestra’s 50 plus professional musicians will perform a variety of compositions such as “Armed Forces The Pride of America,” “Star Spangled Banner,” Copland’s “John Henry,” John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

For symphony information, call (609) 449-8780 or visit

Bargain Boutique Thrift Store holds ‘Growing Out of Business’ sale

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Family Service Association of South Jersey’s Bargain Boutique Thrift Store is “Growing Out of Business.” The store closing sale has been extended to June 9. The store is at 3073 English Creek Ave.

For information, including about purchasing bulk items, racks or fixtures, call Torrina Bennett-Michael at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1160, or email

For further information on FSA, please visit

Atlantic Cape college accepting applications to honors orogram

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting applications to its Honors Program, which is geared toward students who excel academically and want to work more intensely in a small class environment. Honors courses offer high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in engaging and creative learning environments that extend beyond those of the regular classroom, at no additional cost.

The curriculum includes special sections of general education courses as well as specialized transfer courses. The program prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities. Benefits include: Small class size; full-time faculty who are experts in their field; opportunity to enroll in two of Atlantic Cape’s national honor societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta; resume builders for scholarships, transfer and career; and honors designation on transcript.

Honors classes this fall will include Honors ENGL101 Composition I; Honors SOCL101 Principles of Sociology; Honors COMM120 Public Speaking; Honors MATH 220 Statistical Methods; and Honors BUSN 220 Principles of Management.

Early application is encouraged due to the competitive nature of the program.

To apply or for information, visit

Hollander Memorial Foundation offering $50,000 in scholarships

GALLOWAY - The Hollander Memorial Foundation will offer $50,000 in scholarships for the coming year to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time in Stockton University’s School of Health Science pre-licensure programs, which include nursing, communication disorders, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Current students in those programs in the School of Health Sciences may apply for funding provided by the Hollander scholarship fund. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be identified by the School of Health Sciences and invited to apply.

To be eligible, a candidate must be a resident of southern New Jersey, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and be involved in ethical, leadership and extracurricular activities in Stockton’s Health Science programs or community. Ten students will each receive $5,000 toward tuition and fees as awarded by faculty judges.

The foundation was formed to perpetuate the memory and the spirit of Pauline and Adelaide Hollander by awarding educational scholarships to local students with ties to the community who are pursuing a degree in nursing or other health science professions. The foundation is associated with the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation.

For Bacharach Institute information, visit

For Stockton’s School of Health Sciences information, visit

The Singing Ambassadors to present a spring concert

VINELAND - The Singing Ambassadors, under the direction of Kyle Sheppard, will present a spring concert, “For the Love of ....,” at 3 and 7 p.m. June 3 in the auditorium at Vineland High School South on Chestnut Avenue.

Proceeds from refreshments purchased before the show and during intermission will benefit the C. Olin Fisher/Jodi Paterno Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded each spring to a graduating senior who is entering the field of music or the arts.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 13 to 17 and seniors, and free for children ages 12 and younger with paying adult. You may purchase tickets from any member of the chorus or you may purchase them at the door.

For CATS transportation, call (856) 691-7799.

The group has members from Cumberland and Atlantic counties. New members are welcome.

For information about the Singing Ambassadors, call (856) 563-0376.


ATLANTIC CITY - The seventh annual Cocktails by the Beach will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 8 at One Atlantic, The Playground. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy food and an open bar and sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. There will also be a silent auction.

Proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club South Jersey, which provides support, education and hope for men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer.

Tickets are $85 in advance or $100 at the door.

For tickets or information, call (609) 926-2699, email or visit

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