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7th Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament Rescheduled for October 1st at Harbor Pines Golf Club

Margate, NJ (April 27, 2020) – The 7th Annual JFS & JCC Golf Tournament hits the fairway at the Harbor Pines Golf Club on Thursday, October 1.

A must-attend community event, Jewish Family Service and the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center join forces once again to raise funds for agency programs and services. This men’s and women’s competition style tournament will bring the community together for a fun day of golf, contests, prizes and more.

This year, JFS Committee Chair Todd Arsenault and JCC Committee Chair David Schultz are excited to announce the tournament’s new venue, Harbor Pines Golf Club, a premier course nestled in the woods of Egg Harbor Township. The 18-hole tournament will also include on-course contests – Squiggle Line, Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive – as well as hit the solar panel, courtesy of Geoscape Solar. Whether you’re a proficient golfer or first-time player, there’s something for everyone.

In 2019, the tournament raised $55,000 to support both agencies. This year, the committee hopes to raise $65,000 to benefit JFS and the Katz JCC to further their mission to provide children, seniors and the Atlantic County community with programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

Registration begins at 11:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. Tickets are $225 per golfer and includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner. For ticket or sponsorship opportunities or to get involved with the committee, please contact Kirby Reed at 609-822-1108, x144 or kreed@jfsatlantic.org. For more information about this event, visit jfsatlantic.org or jccatlantic.org.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center

The mission of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County is to foster an appreciation of Jewish identity, values and culture, to promote the health, education and welfare of our members and our surrounding community, to strengthen

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JFS’ Village by the Shore Programs in May A Great Way to Stay Connected – Virtually

Margate, NJ (April 24, 2020) – If you’re looking to enjoy some fun virtual programming and a chance to socialize while safely at home, then the Jewish Family Service Village by the Shore events are for you.

In May, the Village will feature a host of interactive programs for your mind, body and creativeness.  

The Positivity Project

Wednesday, May 6 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Chat with Village Membership Director Tina Serota for some positivity during these challenging times. Topics include self-care, mindfulness, purpose and well-being. Be prepared to share resources that you’ve found to be helpful.

A Healthier You

Tuesday, May 12 from 11am to 12pm

With limited grocery options and gyms closed, you can join JFS Nurse Educator Maggie Weaver for a workshop on healthy eating and home exercise.  Be ready to move as we’ll practice a few stretches and activities to keep you active and healthy.

Memoir Workshop

Friday, May 15 from 1pm to 2:30pm

Capture the thrill of your life’s adventures, history, ancestry and more at our Memoir Workshop led by award-winning author and Drexel University Professor of Creative Writing, Harriet Levin Millan. You must have a laptop or pen and paper to enjoy the full experience of the workshop.

Member Chat

Wednesday, May 20 from 11am to 12pm

We want to hear from you on how you’re keeping busy, safe and healthy.  Say hello to JFS Care Supervisor Jamie Reichelt, Care Coordinator Jessica Jones and Village Membership Director Tina Serota for some conversation and updates.

Trash to Treasure Pencil Holder

Tuesday, May 26 from 11am to 11:30am

A fun workshop where you take household items and make a creative pencil holder. Led by Village member Becky Duer, you’ll need a clean soup can, pieces of material and ribbon and glue.

Coffee Klatch

Thursday, May 28 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Our world in 60 minutes! Insightful, animated and fast-paced conversation with friends spanning “both sides of the aisle and the middle.” You may share thoughts on politics, technology, world events, the arts and more. This program is moderated by JFS Village by the Shore Membership Director Tina Serota.

Village by the Shore is a membership program for adults over the age of 50. The program provides care coordination, transportation, intergenerational events, Kosher meals and more. For information or to join the Village by the Shore, call Tina Serota at 609.822.1109 or visit jfsvillagebytheshore.org.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities. With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Due to COVID-19, Bellmawr’s St. Joachim Parish Carnival, Other Events Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, several of Bellmawr’s events have been cancelled, Mayor Chuck Sauter announced at the April 16, 2020 Caucus Meeting.

The events that have been cancelled in accordance with Governor Murphy’s emergency orders include:

National Day of Prayer, which was scheduled for May 7.

The Rabies Clinic postponed, with no new date.

Miss Bellmawr cancelled, with no new date.

St. Joachim Carnival, which is usually held in mid-May as the lead-up to Mother’s Day as the gift that keeps on giving, has also been cancelled. Mayor Sauter said that there are early, preliminary talks to possibly have a three-day carnival maybe at the end of September. (We can only hope.)

National Night Out, which is usually scheduled for the first Tuesday in August has been moved until October 6, 2020.

Since the annual Easter Egg Hunt was cancelled, Councilman Jim D’Angelo hopes an event for the kids can be scheduled one day when stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Once any new event dates are scheduled, we will let everyone know.

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Shelter and Snap! Bird Photo Contest Encourages Aspiring Bird Photographers to Capture Images While They #StayatHome

While global communities are practicing physical distancing, birds are actively socializing outside our windows, in our trees, bird baths, and feeders. Depending on where you live, birds of all species are migrating, singing, preening, mating, feeding, flying, and building nests.  

KingBirder, the first online contest to combine the skills of birding with photography, wants you to capture photos of the birds you see safely from your homes or yard in its free bird photography competition entitled “Shelter and Snap!” 

From May 1 – 31, photographers of all ages can submit photos to KingBirder for a chance to win prizes such as, gift cards, a Cotton Carrier photographic harness, and KingBirder licensed merchandise. Contributors’ photos will also be featured on the KingBirder website.  But most importantly, the contest is an opportunity to have some fun during a difficult time.

Traditional KingBirder contests involve submitting photos for a fee and competing for cash prizes, with more opportunities to win large awards per year than any other bird photography contest.  KingBirder’s first global contest, “Everybody Duck! just closed on March 31 and winners will be announced in April.

“Shelter and Snap!” is a different sort of contest.  There is no cost to submit entries and the purpose is to serve as a distraction and provide some entertainment to everyone stuck at home.  Contestants will be tasked with finding great shots of birds from their home or surrounding property, from a window, balcony, rooftop, garden, or yard.  Entries are judged on their artistic, technical, and creative qualities.  There are two divisions – one for adults and a junior division for kids under the age of 18. 

“Millions of people are worried and bored as they shelter in their homes, so we searched for a way to make a small contribution to the global community during this terrible pandemic,” said Tom Younkin, KingBirder Founder. “We are funding this photo contest with the goal to provide some entertainment and a distraction from this gloomy situation by inviting people to capture photos of local birds and compete for some prizes. Better yet, everyone is encouraged to look up information about the birds they photograph to learn more about their entries!”

Entries can be submitted at www.kingbirder.com throughout the month of May. For more information, click here.

About KingBirder and Cotton Carrier

KingBirder is the first online photography contest to combine the skills of birding with photographic capabilities. Different bird types will be the subject of quarterly contests with major cash prizes awarded by an esteemed panel of professional judges. Ten percent of all contest revenue will be donated directly to land preservation non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy or American Bird Conservancy.

Kingbirder is on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter.

A special thank you to Cotton Carrier for contributing to this contest as a sponsor.  Cotton Carrier develops best-in-class camera carrying systems. Visit their website here.

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Public Hearing on April 16 for Ordinances Allowing Brewpub Licenses in Mt. Ephraim

The regular commission meeting of the Borough of Mount Ephraim will be held as a virtual meeting using Zoom on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

The website address to access this meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/542347653?pwd=RlBxMGZsQWduMHFJMC9aUFMxWmoyUT09.

Meeting ID: 542 347 653 and Password: 948478.

To participate by phone, dial 1-646-876-9923.

Public participants will be muted until the open public portion. This meeting will have an open public portion where the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

There will be a public hearing and final adoption at this meeting for two Ordinances that will establish and make permissible the issuance of Brewpub licenses in the borough and where they can be located.

The agenda for this meeting will be available on the borough website at on the Borough’s website at www.mountephraim-nj.com.

These ordinances were approved on first reading at the March 5, 2020 commission meeting.

Ordinance 2020-03: Amending and Supplementing Article II of Chapter 85 of the Borough Code to Expand the Permitted Issuance of Class A Liquor Licenses for Limited Breweries, Restricted Breweries (Brewpubs), Instructional Winemaking Facilities and Limited Distilleries.

Ordinance 2020-04: Amending and Supplementing Article IV of Chapter 525 of the Borough Zoning Ordinance to permit Limited Breweries, Restricted Breweries, Instructional Winemaking Facilities and Limited Distilleries in the C Commercial Zoning District.

Copies of the full ordinances can be obtained by email request to boroclerk@mountephraim-nj.com. They will also be made available on the borough website at www.mountephraim-nj.com.

If anything changes, the new information will be published on the Borough’s website and meeting agendas will be posted to the website 24 hours before the meeting is scheduled to begin.

Caucus Meeting April 8

The caucus meeting was held on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:15 p.m. To view the April 8 caucus agenda, click here.

Post updated on April 12, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.