Early in 2020, Stockton University received a three-year United States Agriculture Department grant to promote maple sugaring in South Jersey.
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Stockton’s Maple Team hosts outdoor events for families
GALLOWAY – Stockton University’s Maple Team will host a series of family-friendly, outdoor events at the university’s maple sugarbush on Saturdays through August.
Sugarbush Saturdays will highlight the work of the team, which is using a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to promote and study the potential for maple syrup production in and around South Jersey. The group this year tapped almost 100 trees at the sugarbush on the Stockton campus and partnered with area landowners to assist them in tapping their own trees.
Events scheduled include:
Adopt a Tree, 11 a.m. May 15: Don’t have your own maple to tap? Adopt a tree in our maple grove! We invite you to choose a tree that you will tap before the sap flow. You can collect all or some of the sap and keep it for your own syrup-making! To guard over the tree and help you remember which tree is yours, you will be able to paint a ceramic fairy, gnome, or frog statue to sit at the base of the tree. Participants will also leanr about caring for the trees and why trees are important. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by a guardian.
Children’s Sing-A-Long, 11 a.m. May 29: Legend has it that if you sing to a maple tree, the syrup will be even sweeter! The sing-a-long in the maple grove will feature songs about the forest and original songs all about maple. The forest fairies may show up and bring maple cookies. Guests should wear clothing suitable for the woods in summer and bug spray.
Story Time in the Maple Grove, 11 a.m. June 12: Join the Garden State Story Tellers league as they share wonderful legends and children’s stories all about maple syrup! This event is great for all ages and it may involve maple syrup cookies.
Craft Day, 11 a.m. June 26: Make a swamp monster puppet and check out the boat races in the creek. Wear boots and bug spray.
Craft Day, 11 a.m. July 31: Make a moss and lichen terrarium. Moss and lichen are essential parts of any forest and they are easy to keep alive in your own home. Learn about forests and get a microscopic view of the forest floor.
Maple Syrup Workshop, for adults, time to be announced, Aug. 14, register for a workshop all about maple sugaring. Join a group of Stockton faculty for a day of learning about all things maple. The maple team will provide information about the history, science, economics and process of sapping. The workshop is free and tapping supplies with be given to participants. Wear boots and bug spray.
Craft Day, 11 a.m. Aug. 28: Enjoy a craft day full of fun projects using your forest foraging skills. Wear boots and bug spray. Cookies and drinks too will be served.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in Lot 1.
Masks will be required based on current state guidelines.
For information, email email@example.com or visit stockton.edu/maple.
New Atlantic County accessible beach guide is available
Residents and visitors looking for accessible beaches in Atlantic County will have an easier time finding them with the aid of the new Accessible Beach Guide created by Atlantic County in cooperation with its Disability Advisory Board.
The guide includes information about accessible beaches in Atlantic City, Brigantine, Hamilton Township, Longport, Margate, Somers Point and Ventnor plus locations of surf chairs, accessible restrooms and parking, and beach fees.
The volunteer members of the Disability Advisory Board identified a need for the guide and worked with the county’s Office of Disability Services to gather the information, according to County Executive Dennis Levinson.
The guide is available at www.aclink.org/disability and on most of the websites of the seven towns included in the brochure. Hard copies are also available by request.
For information, call (888) 926-9243.
Free food distribution scheduled in Hammonton
HAMMONTON – Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society and the Community Food Bank of South Jersey will partner for a free, community food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon May 7, or while supplies last, in the society’s parking lot at 1 Mount Carmel Lane.
Masks and social distancing are required.
Mental Health Association of Atlantic County offers support
The Mental Health Association of Atlantic County will offer the following during May:
Coping Skills, 4 p.m. May 11, 18 and 25, participants discover and practice coping skills through journaling, self-care, and other common avenues of wellness, to receive a link, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (609) 652-3800 or join via zoom./us/join meeting ID 841 2648 1496 and passcode 958411.
Daytime Depression and Anxiety Group, 10:30 a.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27, this peer-led group is offered to individuals seeking coping strategies, mutual support, self-care, wellness/recovery as well as discussion of experiences, relationships and other related topics, to receive a link, email email@example.com, call (609) 652-3800 or join via zoom./us/join meeting ID 854 2622 0982, password 973280.
Evening Depression and Anxiety Group, 6 p.m. May 5, 12, 19 and 26, this peer-led group is offered to individuals seeking coping strategies, mutual support, self-care, wellness/recovery as well as discussion of experiences, relationships and other related topics, call (609) 241-9388, then type 149330.
Rising Minds, 6 p.m. May 6, 13, 20, 27, an online support and discussion group for ages 18 to 30, participants connect with others who’ve had similar experiences, engage in honest conversation about mental health/wellness, and develop tools for self-care, to receive a link by email and join the virtual meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (609) 652-3800 or join via zoom./us/join meeting ID 971 713 914, password 503416.
Men’s Wellness Group, 6 p.m. May 6 and 20, an online group which discusses a variety of topics such as setting personal goals, substance use, anger management, and coping strategies for better health, family/relationships, to receive a link, email email@example.com, call (609) 652-3800 or join via zoom./us/join, then meeting ID 879 7103 8031, passcode 847497.
Employment Wellness Group, substance use focused, 11:30 a.m. May 11, 18, 25, an online group provided to individuals and family members impacted by the opioid crisis, group addresses barriers faced by individuals so they may find gainful and long-term employment, to receive a link, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (609) 652-3800 or join via zoom./us/join, meeting ID 876 7683 3552, passcode 697513.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, 6:30 p.m. May 11, 18, 25, a weekly, peer-run support group meeting, facilitator is an individual who has lived experience with childhood abuse, this innovative and effective model is designed specifically for survivors of physical, sexual and/or emotional childhood abuse or neglect, topics may include confronting abusers, self-blame and abuse repercussion, the group does not replace therapy, but aims to build strength and resiliency, to receive a link, email email@example.com or call (609) 652-3800.
Too Much Stuff?, 1 p.m. May 5 and 19, an online support group for individuals with clutter challenges, collecting behaviors or a hoarding tendency, staff who facilitate this group studied a best-practices model that helps people understand and change their behaviors, to receive a link, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 652-3800, ext. 303, call-in to (929) 205-6099.
Meditation, 7:15 p.m. May 9, 16, 23 and 30, participate in guided, calming meditation or breathing exercise, to receive a link, email email@example.com, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 318, or join via zoom./us/join meeting ID 849 3665 7008, password 184661.
Take a tour of “Talking About Herstory”
The African American History Museum of Southern New Jersey will present “Talking About HERstory” at 7 p.m. May 6, virtually.
The event will include a tour of “Talking About HERstory” followed by a question and answer session with Ralph Hunter Sr., museum founder and president, Anne Glapion, exhibit curator. Beverly Vaughn, associate professor of music, Stockton University, will be the moderator.
This exhibit originally opened on March 5 but was closed shortly after because of COVID-19.
The newly updated virtual tour explores the acts of African American women who drove local and national progress throughout history. It pays tribute to a long list of South Jersey women including Sarah Spencer Washington, Vera King Farris, Barbara Gaba, Rita Mack and many others whose legacies are part of the fabric of Atlantic City and the region.
Admission is free but registration is required.
To register, visit https://bit.ly/3aVafAS.
Atlantic County to establish countywide municipal court system
Atlantic County was awarded a $150,000 Local Efficiency Achievement Program Challenge Grant from the state Department of Community Affairs to support a countywide municipal court system.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson proposed the consolidation of the municipal courts as a shared services opportunity to promote greater efficiency and cost savings for taxpayers.
He noted a variety of costs associated with municipal courts. In addition to salary and wage, judiciary, legal, administrative and security, there are costs for facility maintenance, utilities, capital, health benefits and pension, office supplies, travel and more. Each court is responsible for these same expenses that could be shared in a countywide system.
According to Levinson, the consolidated court system could provide some towns as much as 30 to 40 percent in savings.
The grant supports projects that demonstrate collaboration and innovation with the potential to produce expansive and efficiency-generating shared services.
The county’s grant award must be used exclusively for the implementation of the countywide municipal court. Levinson said it will help offset start-up costs and any upgrades that may be needed at the historic courthouse in Mays Landing, which the county has offered as a centralized location for this purpose.
Walk-in vaccination clinic scheduled in Buena Vista Township
BUENA VISTA – Atlantic County Health Department is partnering with Buena Vista Township to host a free, walk-in COVID vaccination clinic for Atlantic County residents from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 6 at the Municipal Complex at 890 Harding Highway.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will be offered. Anyone receiving the vaccination will be required to wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination is administered to be monitored for any reaction.
Face coverings and social distancing will be required.
For information, call (856) 697-2100, ext. 1.
Seashore Lines celebrates 25th anniversary
BUENA VISTA – Join the Seashore Lines for a 25th anniversary celebration at the Richland Train Station on May 15 and 16.
Short excursion trains will be operating from the station for this event. Trains will depart at 11 a.m., and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
Plus, railroad equipment and antique automobiles will be on display. Radio personality Jimmy Brown of WNJH Radio will provide the entertainment.
The Seashore Lines will also have merchandise available for purchase.
Seashore Lines will rolling back fares to those on its inaugural passenger trains on May 18, 1996.
Tickets are $7 for ages 13 and older and $4 for ages 2 to 12.
For tickets or information, visit www.seashorelines.org or Cape May Seashore Lines on Facebook.
Atlantic County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing continues
NORTHFIELD – Atlantic County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing at 617 Dolphin Ave., has been discontinued due to declining demand at this location.
For a list of COVID-19 test sites in Atlantic County, visit https://www.atlantic-county.org/covid/additional-testing-locations.asp.
Vaccinations available at Atlantic County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center
ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic County Mega-Vaccination Site at 1 Convention Blvd., offers appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, which are now made available on a rolling basis.
Before attempting to schedule an appointment, site visitors should review the frequently asked questions section to learn more about what to expect during the process.
Walk-in vaccinations may be available and will be offered on a first come, first-served as vaccine supplies last. Those who have registered online and made an appointment will be prioritized.
The vaccine is provided for free to anyone with or without health insurance
and regardless of immigration status.
To schedule an appointment or for information, visit vaccination.atlanticare.org.
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 South Jersey:
- 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 6, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7, Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main St., Mays Landing.
- 3 to 8 p.m. May 7, Jersey Shore Baptist Church, 216 S. Wrangleboro Road, Galloway.
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8, Victory Bible Church, 816 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton.
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
- 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 11, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 13, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 2 to 7 p.m. May 14, Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
To make an appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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