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Protect your pets, family from rabies

Atlantic County health officials are reminding residents of the importance of protecting their pets with a rabies vaccination after the county’s third case of rabies was confirmed on Oct. 13 in a dead raccoon found on a property in the 600 block of Woodland Avenue in Absecon.

The raccoon was found by the property owners in the back yard after they let their three dogs outside. The raccoon was sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive for rabies. An investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health could not determine if the raccoon was killed by the dogs. Although none of the dogs had visible wounds, possible exposure could not be ruled out. Fortunately, the dogs were vaccinated, but they will receive a rabies booster and be placed under a 45-day observation as per state guidelines.

This is the third case of rabies in Atlantic County this year.

Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal if left untreated. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. For information call (609) 485-2345 or visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. Report all animal bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971. For more information about rabies control and precautions, visit www.aclink.org/publichealth or call (609) 645-5971.

Don’t miss seeing the Horsepower

by the Bay

SOMERS POINT - Horsepower by the Bay will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the surface parking lot at Harbor Lane and Bay Avenue. Sturdy Bank, Shore Medical Center, Somers Point Business Association, Comfort Now, Greate Bay Country Club, Integrity Special Services and Mott Associates are the sponsors. The event benefits Somers Point Historical Society.

Horsepower by the Bay is a car show featuring vintage, classic and antique cars, plus vintage boats, military and fire equipment. There will also be a flea market, food, and swap meet booths. Parking is available onsite. In addition, visit Shore Medical Center’s Farmer’s Market and high end craft show at the same location on Bay Avenue. To register your car or boat visit www.somerspointhistory.org. For flea market or swap meet booth information, call (609) 927-2900 or email Lnmac1229@aol.com.

Enjoy Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA’s Halloween Spooktacular

VINELAND – The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA invites the community to attend its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at 1159 E. Landis Ave.

This free event has something for everyone including: trick-or-treating for healthy treats and prizes; a spooky haunted house; crafts; games; a harvest area; and refreshments.

Costumes are welcome but not required.

For information, call (856) 691-0030 or visit www.ccaymca.org.

Kiwanis Club holding used clothing collection

EGG HARBOR CITY - The Kiwanis Club of Egg Harbor City will host a used clothing collection from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Egg Harbor City Community School, 730 Havana Ave. Kiwanis is collecting wearable and usable clothing for men, women and children, shoes, belts, handbags and linens (including bedding, curtains and towels). Stuffed animals, hard toys and other baby items will also be accepted. Items should be placed in tightly tied plastic bags. Kiwanis will receive money for every pound of items collected.

For information, call Janine Caudo at (609) 705-5914.

Buena Vista hosting 13th Halloween Fun Day on Oct. 21

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee will host the 13th annual Halloween Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Saw Mill Park on Route 40 in Richland.

The event will include a coloring contest judging, Halloween Costume Parade, free hayrides, free apple cider, free candy. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Admission is free.

For information, call (856) 697-2100 or visit www.buenavistanj.com.

Come out for breakfast at American Legion Post No. 158

EGG HARBOR CITY - The American Legion Post No. 158 and Auxiliary at 527 Philadelphia Ave., will host their third annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 21. Takeouts will be available.

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon plus orange juice, coffee or tea.

Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and older and $4 for ages 11 and younger.

Lantern Light Tavern hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner

SMITHVILLE - Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern will host a Murder Mystery Dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at 1 N. New York Road.

The event features “The Devil You Say!,” a Halloween mystery by Dolores Peronace, which tells the story of the World Wide Wonderous Widget Company, which is sponsoring a Halloween party for all of its employees. They are in the dining car of a train traveling to the party, which will be held in a big, old, spooky house in Leeds Point — birthplace of the Jersey Devil ... but they never arrive.

Tickets are $40, includes buffet and show, which will be followed by a Halloween party.

For information, call (609) 652-0544.

For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2z3ujfd.

Atlantic Cape’s online ‘late-start’ semester begins

on Oct. 30

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College’s second “late-start” online semester begins Oct. 30 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: Introduction to Computers, Composition II and Statistical Methods. The classes run for just eight weeks and cost $154 per credit.

These courses lead to any degree programs Atlantic Cape offers entirely online, including: Business Administration, Child Development/Child Care Option, Computer Applications, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Criminal Justice, Database Design and Development, Elementary/Middle School Education Option, English, General Studies, Hospitality Management, Office Systems Technology, Preschool–Grade 3 Education Option, Psychology, Secondary Education Option and Social Science.

Payment is due at registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Register online at www.atlantic.edu/fall or in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at any of the college’s 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 about Atlantic Cape’s online programs, visit www.atlantic.edu/online, email fall@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.

Dr. King Community Center holding annual Halloween Party on Oct. 27

BUENA VISTA - Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center will hold its annual Halloween Party at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville. The event will include games, candy and refreshments. Costumes are allowed.

Reservations are required as space is limited.

For reservations, call (609) 704-7262.

Overeaters Anonymous offering support and fellowship

Overeaters Anonymous offers support and fellowship for people suffering from the disease of compulsive eating and food addiction. The only requirement for membership in OA is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no fees or dues. The program is self-supporting through voluntary contributions of its members. It is modeled after the Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 step program. It recognizes that compulsive overeating for many people is an illness that cannot be solved by dieting and willpower alone. Many members have maintained a healthy body weight for years, and more importantly, a more peaceful way of dealing with life.

Area meetings include:

7 p.m. Tuesdays, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, 61 Jimmie Leeds Road, 2nd Floor, Pomona Room, Pomona, (609) 703-0733.

5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Evangel Assembly of God, 1100 Route 50, Mays Landing, (609) 271-3980.

9 a.m. Saturdays, Grace Lutheran Church, Dawes Avenue and Shore Road, Somers Point, (609) 317-4376.

For information, including additional meeting locations, visit http://www.oa-southjersey.org.

WPUR hosting a Safe Trick-or-Treat event

NORTHFIELD - WPUR Cat Country 107.3 will host a Safe Trick-or-Treat event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at Birch Grove Park at 1700 Burton Ave. Families are invited dress in costume and enjoy pumpkin picking, hay rides and trick-or-treating.

For information, call (609) 383-1073 or visit www.catcountry1073.com.

You can register early

for Atlantic Cape college

MAYS LANDING - By popular demand and new this year, registration for winter and spring sessions at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered earlier to help students plan and take advantage of the delayed payment. Registration available to new and returning students based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not in progress.

Registration begins at Atlantic Cape:

Oct. 30 for students with at least 32 credits.

Oct. 31 for students with at least 17 credits.

Nov. 1 for returning students.

Nov. 2 for all students.

Normal registration hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The college will be closed Nov. 23 to 25 for Thanksgiving break and Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 for winter break.

The 11-day Winter Term classes will be held Monday through Saturday, Jan. 2 to 13.

Spring semester classes begin Jan. 16.

To view a list of important registration deadlines, visit http://bit.ly/1fwspml.

Financial aid is available to eligible students. To apply, visit www.atlantic.edu/finaid to apply.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape has partnerships with Rutgers, Stockton and Fairleigh Dickinson universities where students can earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving the Mays Landing Campus. Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

First-time Atlantic Cape students applying for spring semester are encouraged to inquire about Atlantic Cape’s Conditional Dual Admission agreements with Stockton, Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers universities.

Atlantic Cape’s campuses are located 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.

Students who take advantage of early registration can delay their payment until Dec. 4. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. For more information, call the Bursar’s Office at (609) 625-1111, ext. 5278, or email bursar@atlantic.edu.

To register online or view an updated schedule of winter and spring courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/spring. For information, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.

OceanFirst Foundation committed

to improving quality of life

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch announced two grants from OceanFirst Foundation, which will fund a database to more efficiently track impact and will support the creation of a nutrition program in partnership with AtlantiCare. These grants align with OceanFirst Foundation’s commitment to funding programs that improve health and quality of life.

More than 71,000 people in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties struggle with food insecurity. The Southern Branch responds to the need in these counties through its more than 300 community partners – including local food pantries and soup kitchens, as well as its onsite pantry – and through a range of food programs.

One grant will fund Oasis Insight, a client-level data management platform designed specifically for food banks. The information collected will improve the quality and efficiency of FoodBank services throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

The other grant will support a diabetes-focused pilot program at the Pantry at the Plex, a partnership with AtlantiCare, which distributes food, administers medical screenings and provides nutrition education for low-income families in Atlantic City. OceanFirst Foundation’s funding will help the FoodBank expand offerings at the Pantry at the Plex with food incentives to encourage participation at educational sessions.

“We are thrilled to receive these important grants from OceanFirst Foundation in support of our work to distribute more nutritious food among children and families in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties,” said Richard Uniacke, vice president of Southern Branch at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “In these three counties, one in five children faces hunger, and we want to ensure they have access to nutritious food so they can learn and grow. This funding will help us expand programs that address hunger as a health issue and, ultimately, eliminate hunger in New Jersey.”

For information, visit www.cfbnj.org.

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