Surf instructor offers life changing experience at 7th Street Surf Shop in Ocean City, NJ
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Fall Festival planned at Funny Farm Rescue
MAYS LANDING – Funny Farm Rescue will host a Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10.
Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy a day filled with family fun including hayrides, face painting, cornhole, sack races, pumpkin painting, vendors and crafters, food trucks, basket raffles and music, plus a chance to visit with and feed the animals.
The farm is at 6908 Railroad Blvd.
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Proceeds support the care of the animals at the farm.
For information, visit www.funnyfarmrescue.org.
It’s time for Clocktoberfest
HAMMONTON – Hammonton’s Clocktoberfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 by the clock!
The event will feature music by Stealing Savanah and food, plus wine, craft beer and spirits from Wine and Ale Trail of South Jersey vendors.
The event will also feature the unveiling of the commemorative town clock plaque at 1 p.m.
The rain date is Oct. 16.
The festival will be held by Town Hall at 100 Central Ave.
For information, visit www.downtownhammonton.com.
Hard Rock team members support suicide prevention
ATLANTIC CITY – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City team member’s fundraising efforts garnered more than $90,000 of the $126,000 total funds raised for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s Atlantic-Cape Out of the Darkness Walk held Sept. 18.
Hard Rock Atlantic City’s fundraising team was the top performing team in New Jersey and has helped elevate the Atlantic-Cape walk as a top performer in the region.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.
If you are in a crisis, call (800) 273-8255 or text TALK to 741741 for assistance.
For information, visit afsp.org.
Love to present ‘Hip Hop and Social Justice’ at Stockton
GALLOWAY – Bettina L. Love will be the featured speaker at the 18th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The theme of this year’s event is “Hip Hop and Social Justice.” The public is invited to attend via Zoom.
Love is the author of “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”
She is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics including: abolitionist teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2020, Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network. ATN’s mission is to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities.
Fannie Lou Hamer fought for African Americans’ voting rights during the Civil Rights movement. She made history in 1964 by giving testimony at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in opposition to the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation.
To register or for information, visit stockton.edu/arts-humanities/fannie-lou-hamer.html.
Atlantic County Library System welcomes Absecon Library
The Absecon Library joined the Atlantic County Library System as its 10th branch on Oct. 1.
The Absecon Library at 305 New Jersey Ave., will provide improved technology and resources with the addition of new computers, scanners, public copiers, printers and a fax machine.
Absecon Library card holders may visit any ACLS branch to obtain a new ACLS card and access to all ACLS services, including the complete collection of physical materials, eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as online databases and digital media.
The Absecon Library card number will continue to provide access to Overdrive, South Jersey Audiobook and eBook Download Center through the end of 2021, but the sooner patrons upgrade to an ACLS card, the sooner they will enjoy access to a larger selection of titles and eMagazines.
The Absecon Library hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The county library system card is an all-access pass to any of its 10 branch locations.
For Atlantic County Library System information, visit www.atlanticlibrary.org.
Help manage truancy and other issues with Family Crisis Intervention
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals and families in a variety of ways. Families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children ages 10 to 17, for whom they are responsible, including truancy issues, can seek assistance through the Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit.
FCIU is a legally mandated program that is available 24-hours to intercede in family conflicts and help strengthen the family unit. Its services include short-term crisis stabilization, family assessment, and referrals to appropriate community-based services.
FCIU staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone and/or via virtual meetings to help de-escalate and resolve family conflicts.
For assistance, call (609) 645-5861, which is available 24/7, or email Family_Crisis@aclink.org or send a fax to (609) 594-3752.
Referral forms are available at www.atlantic-county.org/intergenerational-services/children-youth.asp.
Wilson named Shore Medical Center’s Employee of the Month
SOMERS POINT – Shore Medical Center recently announced that carpenter and cabinet maker Steve Wilson of Somers Point is the September Employee of the Month. He has been a valued member of the maintenance department since beginning his career at Shore in 1985. He is a second-generation Shore team member, as his mother Joan was a key member of the Information Systems Department for many years.
Bob Robertson, administrative director of logistics and finance, called Wilson a valuable employee for the maintenance staff and for Shore Medical Center.
“Steve’s job as a carpenter keeps him very busy with the installation and repair of millwork, desks, framing and installation of doors and key making throughout the facility,” said Robertson. “Steve is a vital member of our project team, and particularly enjoys demolition day at the start of the project as well as seeing the projects develop from start to finish.”
Robertson called Wilson a go-to employee who takes his job seriously and considers the patient experience in all his work and projects. “We depend on Steve a lot and he always delivers first class work,” said Robertson. “We thank him for his dedication and hard work.”
Wilson has a great sense of humor and enjoys being with his co-workers who have a great respect for him, according to Robertson.
For information, visit www.ShoreMedicalCenter.org.
Shore’s Prostate Care Center Urologist Urges Screening
SOMERS POINT – This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, urologist Dr. Michael Schutz, founder and director of the Prostate Care Center at Shore Medical Center, is urging all men age 50 and older, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured, to get screened for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men next to skin cancer, with one in eight men expected to receive a diagnosis in their lifetime.
In 2021, the American Cancer Society estimates that there are 248,530 new cases and 34,130 deaths from prostate cancer, but with regular screening, prostate cancer can be caught early when it is most treatable.
Dr. Schutz, who practices with Shore Physicians Group and Jersey Urology Group, says that COVID-19 has led to a serious decline in elective procedures like cancer screenings, and as a result many cancers including prostate cancer are being found at more advanced stages.
“Prostate cancer can be a very manageable condition if it is caught early. If you are eligible to begin prostate cancer screening, I urge you to talk to your primary care doctor to decide whether prostate cancer screening is right for you,” said Dr. Schutz.
Screening guidelines generally recommend that men consider prostate cancer screening at age 50, or younger if they have an immediate family history or are of African American ancestry. According to the American Cancer Society, the incidence of prostate cancer is about 80 percent higher in African Americans than in Caucasians for reasons that remain unclear. It is important to have a discussion with your doctor about the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of screenings. The initial screening is a simple blood test that measures prostate specific antigen levels, or PSAs, and a digital rectal exam.
Dr. Schutz says that men should be aware of prostate cancer symptoms and see a urologist if they are experiencing pain and frequent urination. “Those symptoms could be benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. This is a common condition in older men, with seven in 10 men, age 70 and older, experiencing these symptoms,” said Dr. Schutz. “For others, the pain and frequent urination might be a symptom of prostate cancer. Once we conduct a prostate cancer screening, if we suspect prostate cancer, then we will conduct a biopsy.”
At the Prostate Care Center, Dr. Schutz and a comprehensive team of medical and radiation oncologists provide ongoing monitoring and treatment for men who have prostate cancer or are at risk of developing it. Each patient receives a personalized program based on their individual needs.
“Some prostate cancers are slow growing and require close monitoring. Others are more aggressive and require radiation, surgery, hormone therapy or chemotherapy. Through the Prostate Care Center, we can provide patients with the comprehensive care they need to make sure they receive the right treatment based on their age, overall health, how fast the cancer is growing, and whether it’s spread outside the prostate gland,” said Dr. Schutz.
According to Dr. Schultz, “How we treat prostate cancer has changed. For lower grade prostate cancer, we follow the patients and we monitor the growth and avoid the morbidity of treatment until it is absolutely necessary. We want to maintain the best quality of life for men.” He added that early detection will give the physician and the patient the widest range of options for treatment.
Men who are uninsured, underinsured or have high deductibles who wish to be screened for prostate cancer may be able to receive a free screening through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program.
Shore Medical Center is the lead agency in Atlantic County for NJ CEED.
To learn more and see if you qualify, call (609) 653-3484 or visit https://shoremedicalcenter.org/screening-uninsured.
The Prostate Care Center at Shore Medical Center is an initiative by Shore Physicians Group in partnership with Shore Medical Center and urologist Dr. Michael J. Schutz. Dr. Schutz is a founding partner and practicing physician with the Jersey Urology Group who treats patients at Shore Medical Center. He is board certified in Urology and fellowship-trained in Urologic Oncology, and focuses on treating cancers of the bladder, prostate, kidney and testicle. Dr. Schutz sees patients at Shore’s Prostate Care Center at Shore Cancer Center, on the first and third Fridays each month.
To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 365-6239.
Rynkiewicz honored as Shore Medical Center Guardian Angel
SOMERS POINT – Shore Medical Center’s Guardian Angel of the Month for September is Jennifer Rynkiewicz of Galloway, a social worker and a member of the care management team since joining Shore in 2014.
Rynkiewicz comes to work every day with a smile on her face. That smile is a reflection of her caring nature and compassion according to her manager, Christine Bracey. “Jen is hardworking and genuine. She is very pleasant and has a great attitude. She is dedicated, compassionate and has a great sense of humor,” said Bracey.
A grateful patient who made the Guardian Angel nomination and donation in honor of Rynkiewicz said, “Jennifer was a godsend as she facilitated for our mother. Most of all she listened and cared! Jennifer is truly a blessing to our family and we will never forget her and all the wonderful care our mother received at Shore.”
Shore’s Guardian Angel program recognizes anyone who works at Shore Medical Center and makes an impact and difference in a patient’s care or experience.
To honor a Guardian Angel or for information, call (609) 653-3800 or visit www.GiveToShore.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 Atlantic County:
- 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, 890 Route 40, Buena.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Winslow Township Municipal Complex, 125 S. Route 73, Hammonton.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11, VFW Post 220, 1209 Route 50, Mays Landing.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295, 232 W. Mill Road, Northfield.
- Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Pleasantville.
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main St., Mays Landing.
- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Pleasantville Recreation Center, 411 Brighton Ave., Pleasantville.
- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge #2563, 1815 Somers Point Road, Egg Harbor Township.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Congregation Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield.
To make an appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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