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Add courses to your fall Atlantic Cape schedule

Current students may add classes to their fall schedules starting Sept 5, at any Atlantic Cape Community College location: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Add a class takes place at all three campuses from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 to 10 and online until Sept. 10.

Payment is due at the time of registration.

To register or view an updated schedule of fall courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/fall.

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

Bellview Winery to host Vinyasa and Vino

BUENA - Bellview Winery will host Vinyasa and Vino, for ages 21 and older. from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 at the winery at 150 Atlantic St., in Landisville.

Tickets are $20, includes yoga, souvenir glass and a glass of wine.

For information, call (856) 697-7172 or visit www.bellviewwinery.com.

TheBestColleges.org ranks Atlantic Cape Community College

MAYS LANDING - TheBestColleges.org recently ranked Atlantic Cape Community College 10th overall best online community college in New Jersey. Factors such as admissions, student loan default, retention and graduation rates, as well as students enrolled in online courses determined the ranking. TheBestColleges.org is a resource for people seeking information about online colleges and degree programs that best suit their educational needs.

Atlantic Cape offers the following 15 degree programs entirely online: Business Administration, Child Development/Child Care Option, Computer Applications, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Database Design and Development, Elementary/Middle School Education Option, English, General Studies, Office Systems Technology, Preschool–Grade 3 Education Option, Psychology, Secondary Education Option and Social Science.

To register for an online course for fall semester visit www.atlantic.edu/fall or visit a campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Campuses are at: 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; or Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Payment is due at registration.

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

Don’t miss Vintage Base Ball Game at Batsto

HAMMONTON - Batsto Citizens Committee will host a Vintage Base Ball Game, Monmouth Furnace vs. New Brunswick Liberty, at noon Sept. 15 at Historic Batsto Village at 31 Batsto Road. The game will feature 1864 rules, no gloves and “one bounce and you’re out!”

Admission is free.

For information, call (609) 561-0024.

Noyes Museum hosting Hammonton Plein Air Event

HAMMONTON - The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University at Kramer Hall will host the 2018 Hammonton Plein Air Event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8. In its 10th year, this competition attracts artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, who will set up their easels at various locations in Hammonton.

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be awarded. All of the paintings created during the event will be included in an exhibition, which runs from Sept. 11 through Dec. 2 at 30 Front St. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

For information, call (609) 626-3420.

Eagle Theatre going 3D with ‘NOIR’ thriller

HAMMONTON - Eagle Theatre’s upcoming original world premiere allows audiences to wear 3D glasses, feel the wind in their hair, and play with flying bubbles.

“NOIR: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller” will blend live action comedy with three-dimensional cinematography, using interactive in-theater 4D special effects to fully immerse the audience, including; wind, mist, scent, bubbles, seat sensors, surround sound, and projection mapping. The show will be presented Sept. 14 through Oct. 14 at the theater at 208 Vine St.

Ted Wioncek III, artistic director, Eagle Theatre, and creator/co-writer of “NOIR,” said, “We hope to create a form of entertainment so viscerally intoxicating that it gives your imagination permission to set sail and never return.”

The first incarnation of “NOIR,” a 20-minute proof of concept, debuted at the first official Jersey Fringe Festival in 2016, lauded immediate praise and attention from creatives and critics alike. Soon after, Eagle Theatre agreed to further develop “NOIR” into a full-length production.

Wioncek concludes, “We tell stories in hopes of forming a connection … a bond. Theme Park Theater strengthens that bond. Some say we’re addicted to ‘pushing the envelope’ for our audience. But, if you’re not going to push the envelope for your audience, then for whom are you pushing?”

Tickets are $19 to $39.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit www.eagletheatre.org.

MLK Community Center invites veterans to breakfast

BUENA VISTA - The Martin Luther King Community Center invites all veterans to attend its fourth annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.

Reservations are requested by Sept. 15.

For reservations, call (609) 704-7262.

Yard sale at Hammonton ShopRite to benefit food bank

Hammonton Shoprite will hold its annual Partners In Caring Yard Sale this month.

The event will be held Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $25 per parking space.

The event is to help support local food bank. If you want to reserve a spot, you will need to go to the customer service desk at the Hammonton ShopRite.

For more information, call (609) 704-7609.

Learn to navigate Medicare system at free workshop

Atlantic County residents interested in learning how to navigate the Medicare system and make informed decisions about their Medicare coverage are invited to attend a free workshop, “New to Medicare.”

The workshops are sponsored by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services in an effort to help newly enrolled Medicare participants or those who are soon to be eligible obtain a better understanding of the choices available to them. The workshops will address enrollment, Medicare Parts A and B, Part D prescription drug coverage, supplemental coverage and Medicare Advantage Plans. Information about programs that help low-income beneficiaries offset the cost of Medicare premiums and co-pays will also be provided.

The schedule includes:

  • 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing.

For information, call (888) 426-9243.

Two more mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus

Two more mosquito samples in Atlantic County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing to nine the total number of positive sample locations this year. The latest samples were collected in Northfield in the 1200 block of Zion Road and the 700 block of Debora Street.

Previous positive samples were found in Hammonton, Pleasantville, Linwood and Northfield, where the county’s Division of Public Health has conducted further outreach and education.

West Nile Virus is carried by infected mosquitoes and can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans. Most infected humans will not develop symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but those who do may experience a fever, headache and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Health officials encourage residents to reduce their risk and the spread of West Nile Virus by following these tips:

  • Use an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.
  • Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water.
  • Mosquitoes do not travel far from where they breed. Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.
  • Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.

For information about West Nile Virus, visit www.aclink.org/publichealth or call the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971. If you need assistance in removing stagnant puddles or floodwater from your property, call the Office of Mosquito Control at (609) 645-5948.

Somers Point sponsoring Richard Somers Day on Sept. 9

SOMERS POINT - The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Historical Society will sponsor the annual Richard Somers Day at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Richard Somers Memorial Park at 801 Shore Road. The ceremony will feature information about Barbary War hero Richard Somers, who was born in Somers Point, an honor guard and more. For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Also, the Somers Point Historical Museum is now closed for the season.

Somers Point unveils new website to promote the city

SOMERS POINT - The City of Somers Point unveiled a new website to promote the city’s attractions, fun things to do and places to eat.

Visitsomerspoint.com offers clear and concise, desktop and mobile-friendly information on where to dine, play, stay and shop in Somers Point. Information on Somers Point’s business and medical services plus city-wide events are available. Each section of the site is home to a complete list of businesses, their addresses, phone numbers and websites. Information on events, news, frequently asked questions, directions, and history are also a part of the new site.

“The new website utilizes the latest technology combined with a simple, easy-to-use design,” said Greg Sykora, chair, Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Commission. “It serves as a central place for important information about the businesses and events that make Somers Point so unique.”

Somers Point business owners looking to add their business or information to the website should email EDAC@visitsomerspoint.com to request a link to the online form.

The website was designed by Suasion Communications Group of Somers Point and Haddonfield.

Stockton announces test-optional policy for freshmen

GALLOWAY - Stockton University will adopt a test-optional policy for freshman admission that will begin for the fall 2019 class, and be implemented gradually during the next two years.

Students will not be required to provide SAT or ACT scores when they apply for admission for 2019-20. Once accepted, they will have to submit standardized test scores, or take the Accuplacer subject-specific exam, to determine placement for freshman math and writing courses.

For the fall 2019 class, Stockton will require standardized test scores for consideration into certain academic majors as well as most institutional scholarships.

During the next academic year, Stockton will develop alternatives to SAT and ACT scores for course-placement purposes. These additional changes would go into effect for the Fall 2020 class.

The university’s decision to adopt a test-optional policy is the result of recommendations by a year-long faculty senate task force as well as research by the offices of the Provost, Enrollment Management, Planning and Research.

“I am very pleased with the work of the faculty senate task force and I am certain this will offer an application review process that is more inclusive and more supportive of our students,” said Lori Vermeulen, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Office of Enrollment Management will continue to use a comprehensive and integrated approach to application review, evaluating each student’s transcript, letters of recommendation, essay and extracurricular participation. Although Stockton does not require a minimum grade-point average for freshman admission, students who exhibit a consistent and rigorous academic performance throughout their high school career will be in a strong position for acceptance.

For information about Stockton admissions, visit admissions.stockton.edu.

For information about the test-optional policy, visit stockton.edu/testoptional.

Academy of Culinary Arts offers noncredit training programs

ATLANTIC CITY - The Academy of Culinary Arts will offer two four-month noncredit training programs at its new facility at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. The Culinary Training Program and the Baking and Pastry Training Program both begin Sept. 10.

Learn the skills you need to start a career with confidence as a cook, pastry cook or baker in 17 weeks, at a lower cost than other local culinary training options. All students earn ServSafe certification and learn interview skills. A job fair at the end of the training is scheduled for quick entry into the field.

The Culinary Training Program provides an overview of basic culinary terminology and skills; pantry production; the use and benefits of kitchen gardens; hot food production and short order cooking; preparation of stocks and sauces; cooking methods of meat, poultry and seafood; and the fundamentals of baking.

The Baking and Pastry Training Program covers basic culinary terminology and skills as they apply to the bakeshop; organization and scaling as it pertains to production of bread; leavening agents; proper mixing methods for crusts and cookies; cake decorating; plated desserts as well as chocolate and sugar work.

Classes meet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cost is $4,995; visit the local One-Stop Center for funding information.

To register or for information, call Judy DeSalvo at (609) 343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

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