Atlantic Cape golf tournament raises $61,470 for student scholarships
The Atlantic Cape Foundation raised a record-breaking $61,470 toward scholarships for students at Atlantic Cape Community College during the annual Scramble ‘FORE’ Scholarships Golf Tournament on Oct. 15 at Cape May National Golf Club.
“We’re incredibly grateful to all the supporters who came out for this tournament to help us reach this milestone,” said Maria Kellett, senior advancement officer for Atlantic Cape. “Through these scholarships, we’re helping to prepare a new generation of workers for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Kellett, who also serves as dean of the Cape May County campus and associate director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, explained that proceeds will support scholarships for students pursuing training in offshore wind technologies and drone programs.
Warm temperatures and sunshine greeted the 123 enthusiastic golfers as they picked up boxed lunches provided by Bill’s Corner Deli in Wildwood and entered the more than 20 raffle drawings for a variety of exciting prizes ahead of the shotgun start.
This year’s tournament winners were Steve Larzelere and Steve Rankin of Laura Bishop Communications, who took home a foursome to The Shore Club.
Several skills challenges were provided throughout the course and, although no one took home the $25,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one, winners included: Rick Smith, Nels Johnson, Paul Stewart, Steve Rankin and Norm LaBounty, who each took home a dozen golf balls for getting closest to the pin. Rankin also won a Wawa gift basket for the putting contest. Mary Simpson won a fishing trip valued at $900.
Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor, Cape May National Golf Club; President’s List Sponsor, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, and Honors Sponsors, Crest Wealth Management and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 255.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka kept golfers at the 10th hole hydrated with complimentary beverages and snack and beverage stations were positioned throughout the course.
Matt’s Family Barbeque served up a barbecue-style after party.
For information, visit atlantic.edu.
Kwon presents ‘America/Beautiful: Variations on a National Hymn’
GALLOWAY – Min Kwon will perform “America/Beautiful: Variations on a National Hymn” at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Stockton University Campus Center Theatre.
America/Beautiful is a project by pianist and arts advocate Kwon, in which she commissioned a diverse group of more than 70 leading American composers to compose a variation on “America the Beautiful.” Kwon’s hope is to paint a sonic picture of her adopted country in all of its sprawling complexity, and ultimately try to find the beauty at the core of the American experiment and its credo of e pluribus unum (out of many, one).
“Ultimately this project is about embracing our diversity, and remembering that by understanding, appreciating, and celebrating our differences, we become stronger both as individuals and as a country. The fact that 70 composers can hear the same song in a completely different way is, to me, something truly beautiful,” said Kwon.
Kwon’s performance will include highlights from this commissioned project along with exciting additional repertoire.
Kwon is a professor of piano at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and founder and director of the Center for Musical Excellence, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring and supporting gifted young musicians.
Tickets are $22 with discounts for seniors, students and alumni.
For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit www.stockton.edu/pac. Tickets are also available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 90 minutes before showtime.
Holocaust Resource Center commemorates the anniversary of Kristallnacht
GALLOWAY – The Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center will commemorate the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht with the annual Ida E. King Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 via Zoom.
Michael Hayse, associate professor of History and Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Stockton Univesity, will present a lecture, “The November Pogrom of 1938,” the infamous night of broken glass in Germany and Austria. On this night, 1,408 synagogues and places of worship were simultaneously destroyed, and 30,000 Jews were arrested. The government, instead of protecting the Jews, encouraged citizens to commit this violence.
Hayse will explore Kristallnacht as a turning point for Jews in Germany and Austria. He will also discuss information obtained from oral history testimonies of South Jersey Holocaust survivors and he will share the latest findings of the “Holocaust Survivors of South Jersey Project and Exhibition.” The project goal is to document the life stories of more than 1,400 Holocaust survivors who settled in South Jersey.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
New Jersey educators can receive 2.0 professional development hours.
For information, including the Zoom link, call (609) 652-4699 or email Gail.Rosenthal@stockton.edu.
Vegetable distributions planned
Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler, the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and other community partners will host vegetable distributions to help residents in need.
The schedule includes:
- 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society at 1 Mount Carmel Lane in Hammonton.
- 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 at St. John AME Zion Church at 6892 Sewell Ave., in Mizpah.
Medicare open enrollment is in progress; help is available
Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity to review their Medicare choices, see what new benefit options Medicare has to offer, and make changes to their coverage during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment through Dec. 7. Coverage selected during this time becomes effective on Jan. 1.
The Atlantic County Office on Aging and State Health Insurance Assistance Program staff provide free Medicare Open Enrollment counseling and assistance for people who feel overwhelmed by health and prescription insurance plan choices or need help in making informed decisions about which plan is best suited to their needs and which programs could help save them money.
SHIP counselors are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-888-426-9243 or (609) 645-5965.
Also, free Medicare Open Enrollment webinars will be offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 and 23. Visit www.aclink.org/intergenerational-services for information.
The Atlantic County Office on Aging is also available to provide information about home-delivered meals, caregiver support groups, adult day care, transportation, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, Senior Gold and other programs. For information, call 1-888-426-9243.
Stockton accelerated nursing program expands to meet demand for nurses
In order to meet increasing demand for nurses, Stockton University is expanding its Accelerated Nursing BSN program in Manahawkin and will for the first time offer a spring cohort starting in January 2022.
The program is designed for someone who already has a bachelor’s degree and now wishes to become a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. The 15-month program includes summer sessions with classes and labs held at Stockton’s Manahawkin site, which has a Foundations of Nursing Lab with simulated patients and seven physical assessment examining rooms. Clinical experiences are held at health care facilities throughout South Jersey.
“There is definitely a need for more nurses, so we created this opportunity to reach a larger pool of interested applicants,” said Sheila Quinn, associate dean for nursing and chief nursing administrator.
The deadlines are Nov. 15 for the January cohort and June 15 for the September cohort.
The program size is limited to 36 per cohort and the program is competitive.
Information sessions will be held at the Stockton Manahawkin site at 712 East Bay Ave., from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
For information, including prerequisite requirements, call (609) 652-4501, email AcceleratedNursing@stockton.edu or visit stockton.edu/health-sciences/nursing-accelerated.html.
Toys needed for Santa’s Toy Delivery Service in Buena Vista
BUENA VISTA – The Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee’s holiday toy drive is in progress, but donations are down.
The toys will be delivered to the children of Buena Vista Township through “Santa’s Toy Delivery Service,” which is sponsored by the committee and funded by donations.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys may be left in the toy box on the front porch of the Municipal Building at 890 Harding Highway during normal business hours.
Monetary donations, in the form of a check or money order payable to Buena Vista Township Special Events, may be addressed to the committee and mailed to P.O. Box 605, Buena, NJ 08310, or dropped off in the drop box on the east side of the Municipal Building.
For information, call (856) 697-2100, ext. 8.
Atlantic County offers free flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics
To help protect residents, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health is providing free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations for residents age 18 and older. Appointments are not needed, but face masks will be required for entrance.
COVID-19 vaccinations will include the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-dose Moderna vaccine. Participants may receive both the flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time in different arms.
Residents can help prevent the spread of both flu and COVID-19 by continuing to practice recommended hygiene protocols including wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home if sick, cleaning common touch items and areas, maintaining physical distance as appropriate, and limiting contact with those infected.
The schedule includes:
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 201 S. Shore Road, Northfield.
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
For information, call (609) 645-5933 or visit www.aclink.org/flu.
Stockton, Greater Egg Harbor Regional, Sign Dual Path Partnership for Students
GALLOWAY – The Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District and Stockton University have signed a Dual Path Partnership agreement that will give students at Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek high schools the opportunity to graduate from high school in three years and be automatically enrolled at Stockton with sophomore standing.
The agreement demonstrates the commitment of both institutions to provide students with a high-quality education and seamless access to an affordable four-year college degree.
“This agreement recognizes that Greater Egg Harbor Regional’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum more than adequately prepares students to make the transition to college,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. “We have welcomed hundreds of our local Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek graduates to Stockton over the years and are confident this agreement will help even more students get access to an affordable college degree.”
GEHR Board of Education President Carol Houck said the board’s primary focus is meeting the needs of students.
“The Dual Path Partnership marries the great academics of Oakcrest, Absegami, and Cedar Creek with Stockton, while saving our families time and money, something everyone can benefit from,” Houck said. “I know so many who have benefited from attending our schools and then attending Stockton. This will only help more students achieve the education they desire.”
Currently all three high schools offer dual credit courses through Stockton that allow students to earn both high school and college credits. The classes offered include Latin, French, Spanish, Precalculus, Calculus, Environmental Studies, Holocaust studies, and Film and Video Production.
Stockton Chief Enrollment Officer Robert Heinrich said the plan will save students both time and money.
“If students can earn a semester or more of credits in high school, they will not only save thousands of dollars in tuition, but also reduce the time it takes them to graduate college,” said Heinrich.
The terms of the Dual Path Partnership agreement include:
- Students who earn their high school diploma from a GEHR high school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better are guaranteed enrollment at Stockton University.
- Stockton agrees to waive the undergraduate admission application fee for eligible students.
- Stockton will provide on-site personal advisement, college admissions and financial aid workshops in GEHR high schools for prospective students and parents.
- Stockton will provide academic and merit scholarships to eligible students renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework to those who maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.
- GEHR high schools will publicize the agreement and provide regular arrangements for Stockton admissions and financial aid counselors to visit GEHR high schools.
- Stockton will work with the administration at GEHR high schools to increase the number of dual credit offerings so that students can also complete as many as 32 college credits during their first three years of high school and transfer those credits to Stockton.
- Students who complete 32 credits at a GEHR high school may enter Stockton as sophomores.
- Students who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements can be conditionally accepted to Stockton and encouraged to initially enroll at Atlantic Cape Community College under the existing Stockton Transfer Pathways partnership.
For information, visit Stockton.edu.
American Red Cross announces area blood drives
The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region has issued an appeal for blood donors. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand and prevent a blood shortage.
The following blood drives are scheduled in Atlantic County:
- 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Zion United Methodist Church, 652 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
- 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5, Louise Basile Community Center, 616 Central Ave., Minotola.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5, American Legion Post No. 28, 560 Jersey Ave., Absecon.
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6, Victory Bible Church, 816 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Absecon Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave., Absecon.
- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
- 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church, 675 W. Jersey Ave., Egg Harbor Township.
- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Pleasantville Recreation Center, 411 Brighton Ave., Pleasantville.
To make an appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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