Buena Vista mayor to take oath as president of mayors organization

Buena Vista Township Mayor Chuck Chiarello will take the official oath of office for the position of president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors on Thursday. It will be administered by Gov. Phil Murphy at the NJCM Winter Summit at the Trenton Masonic Temple.

Chiarello, previously first vice president of the organization, assumed the role as a result of the previous president, Jim Perry, no longer being mayor in his municipality due to reorganization. Chiarello will serve as president for the remainder of Perry’s term, which is through April 2018, and then continue for another year of a regular term until the end of April 2019.

American Vegan Society to host

a Valentine’s Dinner at Carême’s

MAYS LANDING - The American Vegan Society will host a Valentine’s Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 at Carême’s in the Academy of Culinary Arts on the campus of Atlantic Cape Community College. Culinary students will prepare and present a meal under the guidance of Chef-Educators.

Cost is $36 for adults and $26 for students/low income.

For seating availability, call (856) 694-2887.

Atlantic County offering free

blood pressure screenings

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health will offer free blood pressure screenings and heart health information and education, weekdays through Feb. 28.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in Atlantic County. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and kidney damage. When combined with obesity, smoking, high cholesterol or diabetes, the risk increases several times.

Known as hypertension, high blood pressure can damage your heart, arteries and other organs if left unmanaged. Monitoring blood pressure is important, especially for those who have a family history of high blood pressure.

Blood pressure consists of two numbers that indicate the pressure of your heart when it beats (diastolic) and when it is at rest (systolic). Normal blood pressure is less than 120 diastolic and less than 80 systolic.

Individuals can help improve blood pressure by not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly as well as limiting alcohol use and sodium. Doctor-prescribed medications may also help maintain a healthy pressure.

Residents may receive a free blood pressure screening from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 201 S. Shore Road, Northfield; and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Appointments are not necessary.

Residents age 18 years and older who have not yet received a flu shot may also do so during any of these walk-in screenings. There is $15 fee but no out-of-pocket cost for Medicare Part B recipients who present their card at time of vaccination.

For information, call (609) 645-5935.

Filing deadline for

student scholarship nears

MAYS LANDING - The filing deadline for Atlantic Cape Community College’s 2018 Student Scholarship Application Packet is Friday. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall.

The 2018 Student Scholarship Application Packet is available for pick-up in Atlantic County at 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and online at

Eligible students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation from faculty members and an essay that describes their personal and professional goals.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in April and are invited to attend Atlantic Cape’s Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on May 15.

For information, call (609) 343-5082 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5082, or email

Get informed with new nutrition classes at YMCA

VINELAND - Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA will offer a new nutrition class, “Introduction to Nutrition,” for members and the public at at various times during the month at 1159 E. Landis Ave. The class is designed to help people learn about eating delicious, nutritious food. Information about the best sources of nutrition, good foods for various stages of life, recommendations for items that are good to eat before and after exercising, and other topics will also be provided. Recipes, tips, and snacks are all part of the class.

Kelsey DiVirgilio, a registered dietitian from Bottino ShopRite on West Landis Avenue, will be the instructor. “I really enjoy interacting with the community and helping them to reach their health goals,” said DiVirgilio. The class will include group interaction plus time for individual questions.

For information about YMCA programs, call Jose Ledezma, healthy living director, at (856) 691-0030, ext. 130.

Buena Historical Society celebrating 20th anniversary

BUENA - Buena Historical Society recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Buena Vista Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway.

Upcoming meetings include:

•Feb. 21: Honoring Black History Month: Rev. David Mallory will discuss his experiences attending college in the South, his life in Richland, and the Baptist Church in Richland.

•March 21: Tributes to our towns: Memories of Vineland, features a presentation by several Vinelanders including a video and slide presentation and a display of images depicting the wealth of Vineland’s past and its influence on the development of South Jersey.

•April 18: Bob Gleason of the Philadelphia Living History Theatre will present “The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln,” in the character of Lincoln.

Desserts and coffee are provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

For information, call Debra Casazza at (856) 466-4654.

New emergency medical

responder course being offered

ATLANTIC CITY - The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a new emergency medical responder course at the college’s Atlantic City Campus this spring.

The course is designed for police, firefighters, schoolteachers or anyone with the potential to be first at the scene of a medical emergency. It will provide immediate basic lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional emergency medical service resources to arrive.

Students will receive lecture, skills lab and online instruction on the human body systems, patient assessment, airway, medical emergencies, trauma, behavioral emergencies, substance abuse and childbirth information.

Lecture and lab modules will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for six Saturdays and 8 a.m. to noon on one Saturday, beginning April 7, at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Cost is $695.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit

Mobile Digital Mammography

Van to visit county sites

The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will be at the following Atlantic County locations this month:

•Feb. 16, Salvation Army, Atlantic City.

•Feb. 20, Pleasantville City Hall, Pleasantville.

•Feb. 23, 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

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