Community donors sought

for Arc holiday program

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Arc of Atlantic County’s annual Holiday Partners Program seeks community donors to make the holidays a little brighter for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Atlantic County.

The Arc has teamed up with Tilton Fitness and Wellness to host a Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 16. Staff and members of Tilton Fitness and Wellness, along with the public are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items at Tilton Fitness & Wellness locations in Northfield or Galloway.

Bright blue recycling containers, courtesy of the ACUA, are located in each of the clubs’ main lobby. The items most needed are canned vegetables, fruits, ready to eat meals (soup, stew, chili, pasta, tuna, chicken), peanut butter, dried beans, rice or legumes, low-sugar/whole grain cereals, healthy snacks, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing, spices, vegetable oil, and other items used to prepare meals. Items in glass containers, frozen or expired foods will not be accepted.

Also, the Arc of Atlantic County’s Adopt -A-Family program seeks community partners, businesses and citizens of Atlantic County to provide gift cards or unwrapped gifts for people with I/DD or families with a member with I/DD and have a financial need.

Families caring for a loved one with developmental disabilities in their home can experience a great deal of stress throughout the year, but financial hardships can further complicate the life of the individual and their family during the holidays. As Holiday Partners, donors can help alleviate some of that stress and bring a smile to the faces of those less fortunate.

To participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, call Rebecca Reed, director of clinical services, at (609) 485-0800, ext. 175, or email by Dec. 12.

For information, visit

Atlantic County Utilities Authority

holding recycling open house

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic County Utilities Authority will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at its Recycling Center at 6700 Delilah Road, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

ACUA will offer guests a chance to learn what happens after recycling is collected curbside. “Behind the scenes” tours, for fifth-graders and older, will give visitors an opportunity to see how single stream, mixed materials are sorted and prepared to be recycled into new materials. The event will also feature crafts, games and activities for kids, including the chance to “touch a truck” with ACUA’s collections vehicles on hand, and a chance to win a 95-gallon recycling cart for adults.

“America Recycles Day is a great way to bring attention to recycling. Recycling is still one of the easiest ways for residents, schools and businesses to make a positive impact on the environment. We want everyone to get to see how recycling works and to understand the important role they play in reducing waste and pollution,” said Rick Dovey, ACUA president.

For information about recycling in Atlantic County, visit or call 609-272-6950.

Academy of Culinary Arts

hosting food, wine festival

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, in conjunction with the Atlantic City chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, will host the Academy of Culinary Arts Food and Wine Festival at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the academy at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Guests will be treated to authentic French country food “live cooking stations” operated by culinary students, complemented by selection of international wines, and topped off with a delectable dessert reveal to end the night. The event will be held in the working kitchens of the academy and will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how top culinary and hospitality students prepare for this unique event.

Tickets are $65. Proceeds will support scholarships for culinary and hospitality students at Atlantic Cape.

For reservations, call Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944 or email

For Academy of Culinary Arts information, call (800) 645 CHEF, email or visit

Enjoy DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express

HAMMONTON - Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express, an outdoor train ride through a lighted, magical Christmas village, at DiDonato Family Fun Center at 1151 S. White Horse Pike. Santa and his elves will have a special gift for each child who visits the workshop.

The Magical Express will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 to 19 and 24 to 26 and Dec. 1 to 23. Although Santa will need to return to the North Pole, the train will continue to run from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 26 to 31.

Tickets are $14.95 through Dec. 23 and $9.95 from Dec. 26 to 31.

For tickets or information, call (609) 561-3040 or visit or

Buena Vista sponsoring Thanksgiving, Christmas food drives

BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township is sponsoring Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives. Donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the township post offices, the Municipal Building and the Martin Luther King Community Center at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.

Donations will be delivered to the food banks at the Martin Luther King Community Center and Abundant Living Church for distribution to community members in need.

Donations for Thanksgiving are needed by Nov. 18 and for Christmas by Dec. 15.

Learn ‘How to start a Support Group’

GALLOWAY - Individuals, church leaders, civic group members and others who would like to start a support group for family and friends affected by someone with substance use disorder are invited to attend a “How to Start a Support Group Workshop.” It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8.

Participants will learn about facilitating, leading discussions and strategizing.

For information, call Carolyn Davis at (609) 652-3800 or email

Irish American Cultural Society

presenting musical tale

ABSECON - The Irish American Cultural Society will present a program at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Absecon American Legion Hall at New Jersey Avenue and Mill Road.

Using antique instruments and authentic costuming, Robert Mouland will tell the tale of Michael Keane, an Irish ‘harper’ arriving in Colonial America, with historical tunes on authentic instruments and stories.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

The society is a regional organization dedicated to the preservation of Irish and Celtic history and culture.

For information, call (609) 927-1234.

MLK Community Center hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

BUENA VISTA - Martin Luther King Community Center will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville. Everyone is invited. Guests are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert.

Reservation deadline is Nov. 21.

For reservations, call (609) 704-7262 or (609) 442-9684 or email

Register now for winter and spring classes

MAYS LANDING - Registration for winter and spring sessions at Atlantic Cape Community College is in progress. Students may register now and delay their payment until Dec. 4.

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 Atlantic Cape’s academic calendar at

Financial aid is available to eligible students. To apply, visit Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan.

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.

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

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

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

Are you eligible for

food, medical assistance

The NJ Helps website allows residents to anonymously input basic information about their household and finances and in return learn if they are likely to be eligible for eight different programs offered through the Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development and Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services.

These programs are: food stamps, general assistance or GA, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families also known as TANF, Medicaid, New Jersey Family Care, child care assistance, kinship care and Low Income Home Energy Assistance.

For information, visit

Hammonton holding Small

Business Saturday on Nov. 25

HAMMONTON - Small Business Saturday will be held in Downtown Hammonton on Nov. 25.

MainStreet Hammonton will sponsor a social media campaign leading up to Small Business Saturday: A digital image that includes the pledge “I pledge to shop small in downtown Hammonton” has been created to help promote this event. The downtown website and social media channels will make this image available and ask all customers, residents, friends and neighbors to share the image and take the pledge.

On Nov. 25 shoppers will be offered the chance to snap a photo of themselves holding, a small “selfie prop” stating “I shopped small in Downtown Hammonton.” Each shopper will get a Small Business Saturday sticker too. “We are just trying to have some fun while encouraging the community to come out and shop small in their local community,” said Cassie Iacovelli, executive director of MainStreet Hammonton. “We all love our town and this is a day to show our support for the local businesses.”

Downtown Hammonton shops, restaurants, salons, services and arts venues will feature once a year specials, sales and giveaways throughout the day. MainStreet Hammonton has also produced a short video featuring Downtown Hammonton and its businesses to encourage residents of South Jersey to shop small and shop local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year. The video and specials are available at and

Obtain college credit outside

traditional classroom

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College offers college credit for college level learning obtained outside of the traditional classroom through a prior learning assessment. Individuals with professional licenses, certifications, work experience and military experience can request an evaluation of their experience from Atlantic Cape and receive up to 25 credits toward an associate in applied science degree in technical studies.

Robert Winder of Estell Manor is one of the first students to take advantage of the PLA credits for his work experience. His New Jersey State Electrical Contractors License, New Jersey State S-1 Wastewater Treatment Facility License, and New Jersey State C-1 Collection System License qualified him for the maximum of 25 life credits toward his degree, which he received in 2016 at age 45.

“At the time of my schooling I was the monitoring and control systems coordinator with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority and have since been promoted to operations coordinator with my new degree being a major part of the qualifications,” Winder said.

“Atlantic Cape’s PLA program continues to provide our constituents the opportunity to earn college credits for their experiential learning. For many, this is the gateway into higher education, and for most, it is the most efficient pathway to a college degree,” said Otto Hernandez, vice president of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape.

For program information, email Bo Zilovic at or call (609) 343-4959.

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