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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 the 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.

OLMA announces 2018 Hall of Fame inductees

Our Lady of Mercy Academy has announced the inductees to its Hall of Fame for 2018. Inductees are selected by the school’s Salerno Society, in recognition of their significant contributions to OLMA’s vision to change the world, one young woman at a time.

Inductees are:

  • Lauren Hartman, Class of 2011, Nicole Covella, Class of 2009, and Caitlyn Covella, Class of 2013, the first three scholar-athletes to score 100 goals for OLMA’s lacrosse team.
  • Dawn Coia, a long-time OLMA educator and alumnae parent.
  • Honorable Georgia M. Curio, Class of 1974, the first female superior court judge appointed for Cumberland County.
  • Tony and Mary Jane Stanzione, Class of 1972, Mary Jane runs the food service operation at OLMA and she and Tony are alumnae parents, contributors and volunteers.

In their honor, OLMA will hold a Hall of Fame Induction Celebration dinner event on Oct. 26 at The Greenview Inn in Vineland. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit OLMA’s athletic program, which offers 13 competitive sports.

The Salerno Society was created in 2012 and is named in honor of Sister Mary Dolores Salerno, D.M., OLMA’s first principal. It was through her efforts that OLMA introduced sports as an integral part of the school’s curriculum. “The mission of the Salerno Society is twofold,” said Bernadette Corwonski-Miller, society chairperson. “First, we want to honor Sister Dolores for her incredible commitment to OLMA as principal. In addition, we want to pay tribute to the many others who have contributed to the growth of our school as athletes, scholars, teachers, coaches, benefactors, and career professionals.”

For tickets, to make a donation or to place an ad in the program booklet, call Mary Jane Kinkade at (856) 697-2008 or visit https://conta.cc/2BWZsHE.

For OLMA information, call (856) 697-2008 or visit www.olmanj.org.

Atlantic County to host Drive Electric Celebration

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Atlantic County Utilities Authority will host a Drive Electric Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at ACUA’s Environmental Park at 6700 Delilah Road.

The event, part of the eighth annual National Drive Electric Week, will highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of driving electric cars. Speakers from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, ChargEVC and Atlantic City Electric will address the important role electric vehicles play in reducing dependence on fossil fuels, the state of EV ownership in New Jersey, and the current charging infrastructure in our region. Information on incentives to purchase electric vehicles and install charging stations will also be highlighted.

Residents and businesses are invited to showcase their electric vehicles and discuss their experience. ACUA will display their electric vehicle fleet, which includes a Nissan Leaf and five plug-in hybrids.

“ACUA has been working to “green our fleet” for many years; using biodiesel and now Compressed Natural Gas to fuel our fleet and installing charging stations for ACUA’s plug in hybrids and EVs,” ACUA president Rick Dovey notes. “These measures have worked great for the authority, but the Drive Electric event offers an opportunity to include other people and organizations who can add their own perspective. It’s a great chance to ask questions and to get honest feedback from people who own and drive electric vehicles.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, visit www.acua.com/driveelectric.

Shore Medical hosting Healing Touch sessions

SOMERS POINT - Shore Medical Center is offering free monthly Healing Touch sessions for the community. Sessions will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17 in the Planetree Conference Room at Shore. Appointments are not required and the last session begins at 12:45 p.m.

Healing Touch is an integrative therapy that employs light touch to assist the body in rest, recovery and stress reduction. Its applications can range from alleviating chronic conditions to preparation for and recovery from surgery.

Tami Kitchen, administrative director of experience and Planetree coordinator for patient centered care at Shore Medical Center, says Healing Touch is just one of several integrative therapies Shore offers patients and families to promote healing alongside traditional healthcare services.

“At Shore, we believe in a holistic approach to care, one that addresses each individual’s mind, body and spirit. Integrative therapies like Healing Touch can help with acute pain, symptom management and stress management, and we’re proud to extend this therapy complimentary to our community,” said Kitchen.

For information, call (609) 653-3676.

Kathedral Event Center to host custom car show

HAMMONTON - Kathedral Event Center will host Kustoms at Kathedral, its first custom car show, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at 499 S. Egg Harbor Road. The event will feature custom cars, music by the Lower Bank Krustums Band, food trucks and vendors.

Proceeds benefit the Hammonton Cancer Foundation.

For information, call (856) 685-6664 or visit www.kathedral.com.

Open audition for ‘Nutcracker’ for Atlantic City Ballet

EGG HARBOR CITY - Atlantic City Ballet is already thinking about a Sugarplum Fairy and a magical doll! The ballet will hold open auditions for area dance students for its “Nutcracker” production on Sept. 16 at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy at 713 W. Moss Mill Road. Auditions will be held in the form of a class. Advance preparation is not necessary.

The audition schedule includes:

  • 1 p.m. mandatory parents meeting.
  • 1:30 p.m., boys, ages 8 to 12, no dancing required but some acting experience helpful.
  • 1:45 p.m., ages 5 to 7.
  • 2:15 p.m., ages 8 and older, non-pointe.
  • 3:15 p.m., ages 10 and older, en pointe.

Audition fee is $30.

All rehearsals will be held at the academy.

The performance schedule includes:

  • 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway.
  • 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Circus Maximus Theatre, Atlantic City.
  • 7 p.m. Dec. 22, The Strand, Lakewood.

For information, call (609) 348-7201 or visit www.acballet.org and click on Nutcracker.

Penny Angels Beagle Rescue to hold annual BBQ

ESTELL MANOR - Penny Angels Beagle Rescue will hold its 18th annual Beagle BBQ from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Pavillion in the Atlantic County Park on Route 50. The rain date is Sept. 23. All friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. The event will include food, music, games for children, pet parade, blessing of the animals, costume contest, an auction and a 50/50 raffle,

Cost is $15 for ages 11 and older, $7 for ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and younger.

For tickets or information, call (609) 965-9476, email beagler534@aol.com or visit pennyangelsbeaglerescue.com or PennyAngelsBeagleRescue on Facebook.

Mitzvah Zecher Avot service planned for Holocaust survivors

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University and Rodef Shalom Cemetery will host the Mitzvah Zecher Avot Cemetery Service for Holocaust survivors and their families at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the cemetery on the Black Horse Pike. This service, Mitzvah Zecher Avot, the good deed of remembering family, will take place in the cemetery’s Holocaust Survivor Section.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 652-4699.

Discussing the history of the Second Amendment

GALLOWAY - Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law, will discuss the “Strange and Surprising History of the Second Amendment” on Sept. 17 at Stockton University’s annual Constitution Day in the Campus Center event room. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The speech will also be simulcast in the adjacent Campus Center Theatre to provide additional seating.

A specialist in American constitutional law and the Supreme Court, Winkler is the author of “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” and “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” Winkler’s scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases on the First and Second Amendments.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Constitution Day, a day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, is one of a series of events at Stockton sponsored by Stockton’s Political Engagement Project/American Democracy Project, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, the Office of Service-Learning and the Office of the Provost.

Course at Greentree Church explores the Christian faith

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Road, will host a seven-week course that explores the Christian faith. It is for anyone who would like to learn more about Christianity and it significance in their lives. Participants do not need to know anything about the Bible and won’t be asked to read aloud, pray or sing. Participants are also encouraged to ask questions.

The course will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 20. A free dinner is included with each session.

To register or for information, call (609) 927-3838 or visit www.greentree.org/ce.

Community invited to learn all about square dancing

BUENA VISTA - Rainbow Squares Dance Club invites the community to learn to square dance. The club will offer a free open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Milmay Fire Hall at 225 Broad St., in Milmay,

Weekly lessons will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2. Admission is free for the first night and $5 thereafter.

For information, call (856) 825-1809 or (609) 839-3796.

Four more samples tested positive for West Nile Virus

Four additional mosquito samples in Atlantic County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The latest samples were collected in Linwood in the 300 block of Beech Avenue and the 300 block of Marvin Avenue. In Northfield, positive samples were found again in the 1200 block of Zion Road and the 700 block of Debora Street.

Previous positive samples were also found in Hammonton and Pleasantville. The county’s Division of Public Health continues to conduct outreach and education in locations where positive samples have been identified.

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.

Reach for a career in medical laboratory technology

MAYS LANDING - Students interested in pursuing a career in medical laboratory technology may now do so through a cooperative program between Atlantic Cape Community College and Mercer County Community College.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is designed to prepare students for a career as a medical laboratory technician. Medical laboratory professionals perform laboratory analysis on body fluid samples, which provide physicians with data and information used in the assessment of a patient’s health status. They work in all the departments of the clinical laboratory including the areas of clinical chemistry, hematology, blood bank transfusion services, immunology and microbiology using the principles of chemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology.

Myrna Morales Keklak, division chairperson of nursing and allied health programs at Atlantic Cape, said, “The Atlantic Cape Community College and Mercer County Community College Medical Laboratory Technician cooperative program provides an opportunity for residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties to complete the MLT degree and secure national certification. MLTs are medical laboratory professionals who are being highly sought out for employment by all the hospital and medical laboratories within Atlantic and Cape May counties.”

This National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences accredited program of study is offered in two phases. The pre-professional phase, first year of study, includes courses in general education, mathematics and sciences offered at Atlantic Cape. The second phase or the Professional Phase, which includes the clinical experiences, is conducted at Mercer County Community College and laboratories located in Mercer, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Upon completion of the prerequisite courses at Atlantic Cape, students apply to Mercer County Community College for admittance to the professional phase of the program. Acceptance to the professional phase of the program is competitive and requires a special application for admission. To be considered for admission, all Atlantic Cape courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester for admission. A minimum of a 2.5 grade-point average is required for admission.

The professional phase of the program begins each year at the end of May, is 14 months in duration, and is scheduled as full-time daytime classes with a structured progression of courses in the curriculum.

For information, visit http://www.mccc.edu/mltp.

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