Atlantic County Briefs
Mobile Digital Mammography
Van visiting locations in county
The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will be at the following Atlantic County locations this month:
•Nov. 9 John Brooks Recovery Center, Atlantic City.
•Nov. 13 Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Hammonton.
•Nov. 15 Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Atlantic City.
•Nov. 20 AtlantiCare HealthPlex, Atlantic City.
•Nov. 22 Atlantic County Health Services, Northfield.
The screenings are for women age 40 and older with no current or past breast issues. Screenings are processed through their insurance. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A prescription may not be needed.
To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 677-9729 or visit www.amifoundation.net.
St. Augustine Prep hosting
its Fall Open House Nov. 10
BUENA VISTA – St. Augustine College Preparatory School will host its Fall Open House from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 at 611 Cedar Ave., in Richland. Participants will have an opportunity to take the entrance exam, tour the school and athletic facilities, meet members of the faculty and more.
For information, visit HermitsOpenHouse.com.
If you are unable to attend open house but would like to plan a campus tour or for an information session or to take the entrance exam, call Mary Jane Hrapczynski at (856) 697-2600 ext. 149.
Buena Vista hosting
Saw Mill Park Tree Lighting
BUENA - Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee will host its ninth annual Saw Mill Park Tree Lighting at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the park on Route 40 in Richland Village.
The event will feature the arrival of Santa on a Richland Volunteer Fire Company truck and every child will receive a candy cane from Santa. Guests who donate canned food or a non-perishable food item will receive a ticket and a chance to win a prize.
Also, Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12. Visitors have an opportunity to see highly detailed HO-scale models of many different trains, operated on a large realistic model railroad through beautiful scale scenery of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern New York State. There is no admission fee for the club but donations are accepted.
For information, call (856) 697-2100 or visit www.buenavistanj.com.
Stockton Center on Successful
Aging hosting event
GALLOWAY - Stockton Center on Successful Aging will host an event for professionals who work in fields that support the senior population from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the university’s L Wing on the campus.
This conference qualifies for Continuing Education Units. Topics include: diabetes, New Jersey Veteran resources, dementia, cognitive impairment and hoarding disorder.
Cost is $45, includes brunch.
To register, visit at www.Stockton.edu/scosa.
For information, call (609) 652-4311.
Holding resource fair for caregivers
GALLOWAY - The third annual resource fair for caregivers, “We Care Because You Care,” offered by the Cape Atlantic Caregivers Coalition, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at L Wing at Stockton University. Giveaways, door prizes and chair massages are planned.
Admission is free.
For information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 301, or email email@example.com.
Free haircuts for military members
at Smithville Barber Shoppe
GALLOWAY - Smithville Barber Shoppe, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, will provide free haircuts to members of the military, with identification, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11. The haircuts are provided as a way for the barbers to thank the service members.
Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be provided.
For information, call (609) 652-2442 or visit www.smithvillebarber.com.
Operation Christmas Child dropoff
at Calvary Chapel of Hammonton
HAMMONTON - Calvary Chapel of Hammonton, 660 S. Egg Harbor Road, is an official dropoff location for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which provides shoeboxes to be filled with small items to be delivered to third world countries.
Shoeboxes may be dropped off from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 to 17, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 and 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 20.
For information on acceptable items and how to prepare your shoebox, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.
Atlantic Medical Imaging
Foundation to hold food drive
The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation will hold its ninth annual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County through Nov. 17.
A collection bin, for unexpired canned and other non-perishable food items, will be placed at all office locations. For a list of office locations, visit www.atlanticmedicalimaging.com.
“This is another way for us to give something back to the communities we serve,” said Dr. David Levi, president/chief executive officer of AMI and president of the AMI Foundation. “The programs, services and partnerships undertaken by the foundation are designed to enhance the quality of life and improve the health status of community residents, and this food drive is consistent with that mission and vision.”
The AMI Foundation has donated more than 3,000 pounds of food to help re-stock the Food Banks in the communities that AMI serves. The Southern New Jersey Food Bank serves Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.
For information, call (609) 652-8316.
Alzheimer’s Support Group to meet
GALLOWAY - Family members and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia often find themselves to be unusually stressed during the holidays. Signs to be watchful for, and suggestions to follow, to deal with the stress will be topics on the agenda for Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 13 at Seashore Gardens Living Center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road.
Alysia Price, administrator and director of Social Services for Seashore Gardens Living Center, will lead the meetings, which offer an opportunity to learn about resources, find strategies for dealing with a loved one with memory loss, and meet others in similar circumstances. The meetings are free to the public and last about one hour hour.
For information, call (609) 404-4848 or visit seashoregardens.org.
Atlantic Cape offering
social media workshops
MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer the following workshops focused on using social media effectively in business or the nonprofit sector:
•Social Media: Using Twitter and Instagram, Nov. 14, is geared toward beginners and provides information and guidance on cultivating followers, creating an editorial calendar, defining the theme of your Twitter or Instagram, and balancing fun, interactive elements like pictures and videos.
•Social Media Strategies for Real Estate Agents: Get Social, Get Sold!, Nov. 28, demonstrates how to widen your pool of prospects while building your brand and community relationships, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
•Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits: Hashtags, Ice Buckets and Twizzlers, Dec. 5, covers social media tools, tactics, content and fundraising strategies with a focus on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
Each workshop will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on the college’s campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.
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 atlantic.edu/conted.
Doctor to talk about orthopedic advances
HAMMONTON - Dr. Danielle Ponzio, an orthopedic surgeon at Rothman Institute, will discuss advancements in hip and knee replacement, what to expect from joint replacement surgery and the recovery process during Lunch and Learn: Staying Active: Before, During & After Joint Replacement at noon Nov. 15 at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.
Dr. Ponzio has specialized training in hip, knee and joint replacement and complex revision joint replacement. She provides guidance through the options of non-surgical and surgical care for musculoskeletal conditions affecting the hip or knee. These include degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, hip dysplasia, infection and fracture.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
For reservations, visit jointlearn.eventbrite.com.
Historical Society to host a Penny Auction
SOMERS POINT - Somers Point Historical Society will host a Penny Auction on Nov. 18 at the VFW at 500 Bethel Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The drawings will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
For information call (609) 457-3034 or email Lnmac1229@gmail.com.
Buena Regional holding annual Festi-Fall
BUENA VISTA - Buena Regional High School’s PTO will host its fourth annual Festi-Fall Craft, Vendor, Food Truck event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the school gym at 125 Weymouth Road.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friendship Church to host
Olde Tyme Christmas Program
BUENA - Historic Friendship Church will host its annual Olde Tyme Christmas Program, hosted by the Friends of Friendship and the Trustees of the Friendship Cemetery Association, at 3 p.m. Nov. 26 at the church at Weymouth Road and Friendship Road in Landisville. This year’s theme is “Legends and Lore of Christmas.” It will feature music, period costumes, holiday decorations and Christmas cheer.
The program will be followed by light refreshments in the social hall.
For information, call (609) 636-7504.
Consider adopting cat,
kitten at animal shelter
PLEASANTVILLE - Atlantic County residents who may be considering adopting a cat or kitten are encouraged to take advantage of the November promotion at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter at 240 Old Turnpike Road. The shelter will reduce the adoption fee from $85 to $25 through Nov. 30 to help increase pet adoptions.
The shelter offers felines of various ages and temperaments that are already neutered or spayed and available for immediate release to eligible adoptees. Shelter adoptions include age appropriate vaccinations, diagnostic testing, a microchip and a free veterinary consultation.
Shelter hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. daily, except 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.
For information, call (609) 485-2345 or visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter.
Developing aviation training programs
Atlantic County will partner with Atlantic Cape Community College to develop training programs for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul technicians that will support the development of the aviation industry in Atlantic County. Aviation was identified as one of several strategic industries in the Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan prepared by an independent consultant.
“We have had ongoing discussions with several airlines who are interested in developing the Atlantic City International Airport as an aircraft maintenance center,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.
This initiative is fully supported by the South Jersey Transportation Authority which operates and maintains Atlantic City International and is committed to expanding commercial carrier use of the airport.
“We have the facility and the interest. What we are lacking is a professionally trained workforce to support this field,” Levinson said. “We plan to take advantage of our assets to build an aviation industry. This is yet another step in that direction that should bring good paying jobs to our region and help us diversify our economy beyond gaming.”
A 2015 Boeing technical outlook forecasts the need for more than 609,000 maintenance technicians during the next 17 years.
“We recognize this and are teaching to the need,” said Levinson. “As Buckminster Fuller so wisely advised, ‘If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.’” The Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Training Academy would prepare students for FAA certification and provide a foundation for an associate of applied science degree in aviation maintenance with the ability to transfer into a variety of four-year programs.
The county and the college have signed a memorandum of understanding to codify this mutual effort. The college will develop the education component with technical support and cooperation from the county during the next 18 months. Both organizations will work to secure funding for implementation and operation of an FAA-approved program.
“We see this as a tremendous opportunity and are very appreciative of Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba and her team for their shared vision in moving this forward,” added Levinson. “Aviation maintenance and repair technician careers should appeal to both our youth as well as those who may be currently underemployed or unemployed.”
“The combination of an aviation MRO training academy and the commitment of the SJTA for greater use of the airport should have a positive impact on the economic development of our region,” he concluded.