Atlantic County Briefs
Hammonton Rotary to hold annual gravy vs. sauce competition
HAMMONTON – The Hammonton Rotary Club will hold its third annual Hammonton Gravy vs. Sauce Competition at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Hammonton Fire House No. 2, 51 N. White Horse Pike. Completed entry forms are due by Feb. 11.
Whether you call it gravy for sauce, what you put on your pasta has been a source of pride, tradition and culinary artistry for generations. The public is invited to join a friendly tasting event and competition to find the best of the best among local Sunday dinner cooks and restaurant professionals.
The competition is in two divisions: Homemade, which includes original recipes from home, and professional for restaurants or commercially made entries. Within each division, there are four categories: red, white, meat or other.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger, includes tasting of all the entries, a salad bar, unlimited macaroni, dessert bar, soft drinks and coffee. Guests may bring their own beverages.
Contest entry fee is $10. A panel of judges will select first and second place awards for each category. A People’s Choice Award will be given for each category based on the number of votes cast by the public at the event.
For tickets, rules, entry forms, sponsorship information and other details, visit http://hammontongravyvssauce.com/.
Updates will be provided on the Hammonton Rotary Club Facebook page.
Council helps to improve
patient experience at Shore
SOMERS POINT - Shore Medical Center’s commitment to providing exceptional, patient-centered care is exemplified by its Patient and Family Advisory Council. Comprised of former patients, family members and medical center staff, the council serves in an advisory capacity for improving the patient experience at Shore.
Shore is recruiting new council members to share their diverse perspectives and experiences on the patient experience. The council meets monthly.
To apply for council membership, call Rayelle Hansen at (609) 653-3882 or email rchansen@ShoreMedicalCenter.org, or call Lisa DiTroia at (609) 653-3543 or email LDiTroia@ShoreMedicalCenter.org.
Oakcrest High School
Class of 1968 plan reunion
The Reunion Committee of Oakcrest High School’s Class of 1968 will host a reunion on April 28 at the Mays Landing Country Club.
Classmates are asked to contact Gay Dagrossa Laubert at (609) 412-9906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammonton High School announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees
HAMMONTON - Hammonton High School has announced the following as its 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees:
•Ross Restuccio, Class of 1988.
•Scott Gully, Class of 1988.
•Ronald Dorsey Jr., Class of 1997.
•Matthew Longo, Class of 1997.
•Jessica Weber-Ruhle, Class of 1999.
•Meredith Howell-Turner, Class of 2001.
•Richard Amos Jr., Class of 2003.
•Katie Piekielski, Class of 2006.
•Anthony Barone, Class of 2008.
•Robert Nowlan, Class of 2009.
•Jessica Combs, Class of 2010.
•Christin Bettis, Class of 2012.
•Football Team 1994.
•Wrestling Team 2008-2009.
•Anthony Sbarra (Supporter), Class of 1957.
The induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at Kathedral Event Center, 499 S. Egg Harbor Road. Tickets are $30. Ticket purchase deadline is Feb. 9.
For tickets or information, call Sue Milazzo at (609) 567-7000, ext.156.
Atlantic Cape offering
MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer “late-start” classes beginning Feb. 5 for students who want to add a class to their schedule or anyone interested in continuing their education. Classes will continue through mid-May.
Classes include: CISM125-Introduction to Computers, ENGL101-Composition I, ENGL102-Composition II, ENGL080-Reading/Writing II, PSY135-Child Psychology, COMM110-Interpersonal Communication, MATH073-Introduction to Algebra I-Pre Algebra, MATH074-Introduction to Algebra II, ALHT110-Comprehensive Medical Terminology, THEA110-Introduction to Theater and RELG110-World Religions.
Payment is due at the time of registration.
To register online, visit www.atlantic.edu/spring. In person registration is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike; and at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.
For information, email email@example.com or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.
Accepting applications for volunteer children advocates
SOMERS POINT - Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is accepting applications for a multi-session, volunteer advocate training that begins in April. More than 400 children are waiting for a volunteer to advocate on their behalf to ensure they receive the best care while living in the child welfare system. Individuals interested in learning more should attend an information session held on the first Tuesday of each month at the CASA office at 321 Shore Road or contact Debbie Giacomoni at (609) 601-7800 or Debbie@AtlanticCapeCASA.org for additional dates. An online volunteer inquiry is also available at AtlanticCapeCASA.org.
CASA for Children’s mission to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation to protect a child’s right to be safe, treated with respect and to help them reach their fullest potential. More than 200 volunteers in Atlantic and Cape May Counties advocate on behalf of 625 children and youth, from infants to young adults. “The CASA volunteer experience is unique, and can be fulfilled by anyone willing to help a child in need. In fact, volunteering for CASA and helping break the cycle of abuse and neglect is one of the most rewarding accomplishments a person could experience,” said CASA Volunteer Nancy.
“Currently, CASA has the volunteer capacity to serve about 60 percent of the 1,049 children living in foster care in Atlantic and Cape May Counties leaving nearly 400 children without a trusted advocate. Additional volunteers are critical to ensuring that every child who needs an advocate has access to one,” said CASA Director of Community Development Karen DeRosa. “Volunteers are trained and supported throughout the entire process so they do not need any special skills. A CASA volunteer makes sure that each child has access to services and resources while they are not living with their family. By visiting with the child and others, the advocate makes objective recommendations to the Family Court regarding the entire well-being of the child and helps facilitate a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.”
It’s not too late to get
a flu shot for protection
This season’s flu outbreak has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with more than 100 deaths a week since December and widespread activity in every state in the country.
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health reminds residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot to help provide protection for you and your loved ones.
Flu shots are available for ages 18 and older, on a walk-in basis, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 201 S. Shore Road, 1st floor clinic, Northfield; and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at 310 Bellevue Ave., in Hammonton.
“Although this year’s vaccine is only about 30 percent effective against the prevailing H3Ns virus strain, it can reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus or the severity of the illness,” said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County Public Health Officer. Diamond also noted that the vaccine does not contain live flu virus so a flu shot cannot cause the flu.
The flu season typically peaks during the winter and after the holidays when people are more likely to travel and socialize in larger groups.
Health officials emphasize that it can take up to two weeks for the antibodies in the vaccine to develop in your body so the sooner you get a flu shot the better. Protection lasts several months to a year.
Flu symptoms may include fever, headaches, extreme fatigue, chest discomfort, cough, muscle aches and pains. Complications from the virus may result in bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
The effects of this year’s virus are especially concerning to children with 30 pediatric deaths caused by influenza or related symptoms since October and 10 within the week of Jan. 6 to 13, as reported by the CDC. Parents and guardians of children age 6-months to 18-years of age should consult their child’s physician for a flu shot.
Adult flu shots are available for $15. No appointment is necessary. There is no out-of-pocket fee for Medicaid Part B recipients who present their card.
For information about the flu, visit www.atlantic-county.org/flu or call (609) 645-5935.
Attend a VegFest to
learn about vegan lifestyle
More than 120 VegFests are scheduled for 2018 in the U.S. VegFests typically promote the vegan lifestyle with food, speakers, and merchandise.
The complete list of VegFests in the U.S., visit americanvegan.org/vegfests.htm.
Buena Vista offering
free rabies vaccinations
BUENA VISTA - Buena Vista Township will offer free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats on:
•March 3: 10 a.m. to noon at the Newtonville Fire Hall and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Richland Fire Hall.
•March 17: 10 a.m. to noon at the East Vineland Fire Hall and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Collings Lakes Fire Hall.
An adult must accompany all pets 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 and checks are preferred for payment. Licenses are also available at the Clerk’s Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
A late fee of $7 will be applied for licenses renewed after March 31.
For information, call (856) 697-2100 or visit www.buenavistanj.com.
Enjoy an evening of romance, renewal at Absecon Lighthouse
ATLANTIC CITY - Absecon Lighthouse will host its annual Evening of Romance & Renewal on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Couples are invited to take part in a group vow renewal ceremony by a non-denominational minister at 6 p.m. in the Keeper's Cottage, followed by a champagne toast of congratulations and romantic dancing to the beautiful sounds of classic songs and standards, performed by vocalist Lisa Camp and her keyboardist. Plus, couples have a chance to win a future overnight stay and dinner at the Golden Nugget. A donation minimum of $40 per couple includes the ceremony, tower climb, music & dancing, and champagne toast. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the event will conclude at 7 p.m.
The lighthouse is at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave.
For reservations or information, call (609) 449-1360.