St. Francis Community Center will be holding its 24th Annual Antique Show & Sale on Saturday, July 25, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, July 26; 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM at St. Francis Community Center located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ.
You can find all kinds of treasures from the past under one air conditioned roof: Vintage and Estate Jewelry, Ladies Accessories, Glassware, Pottery, Decoys, Sports Memorabilia, Collectibles, Antique toys, Coins, Fine China and so much more!
Admission for Adults is $3.00.
For more information please call the Community Center at 494-8861 or stfranciscenterlbi.org.
Temple Emeth Shalom’s 18th Annual “Salute to Stockton” lecture series, this year co- sponsored with Congregation Beth Judah, kicks off in Ventnor, NJ on Friday, July 17, with a look at the University’s community partnerships in math education.
Dr. Chia-Lin Wu, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will speak about forming community partnerships with local elementary, middle, and high schools to provide professional development for mathematics teachers.
Schools involved include Greater Egg Harbor Regional, Ocean City, Mainland Regional, Egg Harbor Township, Southern Regional School District, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.
Dr. Wu has also runs “Math Mayhem,” an annual program which brings more than 60 students from 10 South Jersey high schools to Stockton to compete in exams that challenge the students and assess their current skill development, which helps bridge the gap between high school and college.
Dr. Wu has taught a wide range of Mathematics courses, Computer Science and Education courses. He specializes in mathematical analysis, probability and statistics, along with his interest in math education.
The public is invited to this free series of events, sponsored by Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate and being held this year at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 N Swarthmore Ave, Ventnor, NJ. The programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. during Friday evening Sabbath services in July and early August, and feature a question-and-answer session following the presentations.
Rabbi Gordon Geller of Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate, and a longtime Stockton faculty member in the School of General Studies, said, “The talks are always one of the community’s cultural highlights. This summer the series will be held at Congregation Beth Judah to accommodate a larger audience.” The two temples are holding a number of joint services this summer, including the “Salute to Stockton” series.
Rabbi Jonathan Kremer of Congregation Beth Judah said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Emeth Shalom in hosting these thought-provoking talks by respected local faculty.”
Upcoming lectures also include:
Friday, July 24: Dr. Nathaniel Hartman, Assistant Professor of Biology, will speak on: “Medical Immortality: Who Wants to Live Forever?”
Dr. Hartman will discuss the major advancements in the fields of regenerative medicine and brain-computer interface as ways to achieve medical immortality. He will explore the possibility of using medical advances in stem cell biology and bioengineering to avoid death. He will discuss some of the moral and ethical dilemmas that we will face as a society if technology allows us to overcome death.
Friday, July 31: Dr. Eileen Conran-Folks, director of Stockton’s Hammonton & Manahawkin Instructional Sites, will speak on: “Meeting Students Where They Live and Making New Community Partners Along the Way.” This presentation will outline the positive outcomes Stockton University has realized through its expansion and development of instructional sites in Hammonton and Manahawkin.
Friday, Aug. 7: Dr. Beverly Vaughn, Professor of Music, will host a program built around songs about freedom from slavery, including a sing-along with audience members and guest performers.
Dr. Vaughn, a mezzo-soprano known for her velvety tone and vibrant personality, is director of Choral Activities at Stockton. She has won numerous awards and citations for her teaching and has also received several awards from the regional organizations for outstanding community outreach and service.
Lacey Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will hold an Island Style Tropical Fundraiser and Tropical Paradise Gift Auction on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 6pm until 11pm. The event is a major fundraiser for the Special Children’s Committee that helps Special Needs Children in our community. Doors open at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
Admission donation is twenty-five dollars per person. The event features island style food, limited refreshments, music and dancing, gift auction and raffles galore. Specialty tropical beverages will be available. Get into the theme by wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt.
The winner of the Tropical Paradise Grand Prize Raffle will receive their choice of one of the below prizes. Winner need not be present.
Jamaica all-inclusive five night stay with airfare for two, Cancun all-inclusive five night stay with air fare for two, Royal Caribbean Cruise four or five night in balcony stateroom for two, Waikiki Beach Vacation four night stay includes airfare for two, Los Cabos all-inclusive five night stay with airfare for two. Raffle ticket donation is twenty dollars per ticket. For more information or review of any of the above vacation packages, a package description is available at Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 located at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, N.J.
Tropical Paradise Grand Prize raffle tickets and tickets for the event can be purchased by calling Pattie at 609-548-1593 – preferred. Tickets will also be available at the door or by calling Lacey Lodge at 609-693-1281. Help us help a neighbor. Elks Care – Elks Share. Tell a friend.
The Wildwoods’ Morey’s Piers presents a Beach Sports Weekend featuring lacrosse, field hockey and track events on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 on the Wildwoods’ award-winning beaches.
This weekend’s events – one of the only beach sports tournaments in the world – give players of all ages a chance to experience each sport in a new and exciting way. All competitions will take place on the beach north of Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Avenue in Wildwood.
The Beach Meet – the only multi-event track meet in the country held entirely on the beach – will be a two-day competition consisting of Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and Shot Put. Participants can register for an individual event, two events (Triple Jump, Long Jump, or Shot Put), or complete the Triathlon (Long Jump, Shot Put, and 800 Meter Run). The Pole Vault competition is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while the remaining competitions will take place on Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon.
The Beach Meet, a timed one-mile beach race, will be held on Saturday only – first gun goes off at 10 a.m. and medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in each seeded race. Both days will also feature Beach Hockey and Beach Lacrosse tournaments.
For additional information or to register for the Beach Sports Weekend, visit www.MoreysPiers.com/events/special-events or call 609-522-3900 x1195. Registration includes Morey’s Piers amusement and waterpark passes, and meal ticket packages are also available.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.
If you’ve been thinking about attending college, now’s the time to get started. Register now for FALL classes at Ocean County College. Applications are being accepted. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.ocean.edu. Current students may register online or in person. New students must register in person.
The fall semester will be here before you know it; register early for the best selection of classes! Fall Registration runs now through August 30 (classes start September 8).
Evening and weekend classes are held on the OCC Main Campus in Toms River, at the OCC Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, and at off-campus locations throughout Ocean County. Online classes are also available.
For some courses, students may be required to take the College Placement Test. New full-time students must complete orientation prior to registering.
Register in-person Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday until 5:00 p.m. in the Registration and Records Office, Administration Building, (Bldg. #1), Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.
Registration is also taking place at the Southern Education Center in Manahawkin, Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday until 4:00 p.m., and Saturday until 12:00 noon.
For information, call the Registration and Records Office at 732-255-0400 or visit www.ocean.edu.
Author Mark Turner has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources. Now, Turner puts his experiences to good use by touching on the topic of inappropriate behavior in church through his religious and leadership book, “Respect in the Church Place: Policies and Procedures for Clergy and Church Staff.”
Composed of chosen, converted, and consecrated people, the Church of God is a sacred and holy place full of sanctity and anointed people chosen by God to worship him, enlighten believers, and evangelize the lost. However, as most human beings, not everyone or everything is perfect. Some issues need to be amended and reinstated into its original purpose.
In Mark Turner’s “Respect in the Church Place,” Turner presents a succinct and helpful guideline to preserve the sanctity of the church place and secure people from inappropriate behavior that does not align with the Christian faith. Turner’s veracity, his faithful service in the church, and his faith in the Lord, combined with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources suitably makes him eligible to address the subject matter accurately.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Mark Turner has worked for major financial institutions, public agencies, and start-up companies in Human Resources. In 2002, he created the HR division for Sean John Men’s Apparel. He was ordained as a minister at the age of sixteen and is currently an elder with Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where Lawrence Powell is the pastor. Mark has been married to Rebecca Turner for 38 years, and they have two children, Jaime Noelle and Mark Richard.
Parents and children created sculptures using donated computer parts at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library Saturday June 27.
The project was a continuation of the Maker’s Day event first held in March.
Event coordinator Mark B. Retacco, Bayville, guided the participants through the process of creating art with repurposed material.
Using hot glue and vivid imaginations they attached items together to demonstrate their creativity and an ability to communicate analog ideas with digital components.
Laura Wagner, Toms River, said that her son’s experience “opened up his eyes to a new world of building”.
Among the pieces created were two computer mice redesigned to look like actual mice and a “mouse house” using keyboard keys and Styrofoam.
The computer components were donated by Log Tech, an IT asset disposition and electronics recycling company with offices in Wall and Jackson.
Retacco, a member of the Toms River artist community, has worked with studios such as Paramount, Burbank Studios, and 20th Century Fox Studios. He also worked for Color Systems Technology, converting over 100 movies in Ted Turner’s Classic Movie Library from black and white to color.
Retacco paints with acrylics and his work has been exhibited nationally.
BCCT PRESENTS: MARY POPPINS!
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances! Come enjoy this practically perfect musical with the entire family! The jack-of-all-trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft!
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New Jersey adults who studied U.S. government or civics in school were more likely to vote in recent elections and to participate in civic activities, according to a Stockton Poll released today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
“With Independence Day upon us, the poll points to the need to reaffirm our commitment to civic education and the importance of our independence and our system of government,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center at Stockton University.
A majority of 55 percent said they had taken at least one class in civics, American government, elections or democracy in the United States while in school, while 44 percent said they had not taken such a class. Of those who were taught about government, 89 percent learned about it in high school and 66 percent studied it in college.
Ninety-seven percent of those who had taken a class said they follow government and politics some or most of the time, compared to 85 percent who had not taken a class. Those who had studied civics spend more time following what goes on in government: 33 percent who had taken a class spend six or more hours a week watching or reading about such information, compared to 19 percent who did not study civics.
Higher percentages of people who studied civics in school or college reported voting in the 2012 presidential election (90 percent versus 72 percent of those who never studied government) and in the 2014 election for U.S. Senate and Congress (72 percent versus 56 percent).
Those who studied civics were more likely than those who were never taught the subject to have contributed to a political candidate or campaign in the past year (26 percent to 17 percent), more likely to have written a letter to a newspaper or public official (33 percent to 18 percent), and more likely to have signed a petition advocating policy change (45 percent to 30 percent).
Respondents who had studied civics were only slightly more likely to have attended an organized protest or worked with others in the community to solve a local problem. Six percent had worked on a political campaign in the past year, regardless of whether or not they had studied civics. In no instance did those who never took a civics class participate in an activity in greater percentages than those who had taken a class.
“It makes sense that people who are informed about how their government works are more likely to take part in civic activities, including voting,” said Douglas.
The poll was conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy with 876 adults who reside in New Jersey. Live interviewers on the Stockton University campus called both landlines and cell phones. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.3 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level and is lower in subsets of data.
In April, the Hughes Center published research by Stockton political science professors Linda Wharton and James Avery which showed many adults in New Jersey do not know basic facts about the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court. More than half could not name one Supreme Court justice. (Read the report at stockton.edu/hughescenter.)
Wharton presented the findings at an April 16 conference of social studies teachers cosponsored by the Hughes Center and the Southern Regional Institute & Education Technology Training Center. A number of conference participants, including former Ambassador William J. Hughes and high school teachers, said that standardized tests and other curriculum mandates leave little to no time to teach about American government in the classroom.
Hughes said having an informed and active citizenry is important for the success of the American political system.
In other poll results, adults who had studied civics were more likely to get political news primarily from a print or online newspaper than those who did not take a class (38 percent to 21 percent). Sixty percent of those who never took a class were more likely to get information from TV news, while 43 percent of those who studied civics mainly get government news from TV.
Finally, a majority of respondents opposed a suggestion by President Obama that the United States consider making it mandatory for citizens to vote. Sixty percent opposed mandatory voting, while 35 percent supported it and 5 percent were unsure.
The poll was conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy (www.stockton.edu/hughescenter) with 876 adults who reside in New Jersey. Live interviewers on the Stockton University campus called both landlines and cell phones from March 20-27. 2015. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.3 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level and is lower in subsets. Data are weighted based on United States Census Bureau demographics for the New Jersey population.
About the Hughes Center
The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy (www.stockton.edu/hughescenter) at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research, analysis and innovative policy solutions on the economic, social and cultural issues facing New Jersey, and promotes the civic life of New Jersey through engagement, education and research. The Center is named for William J. Hughes, whose distinguished career includes service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador to Panama and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockton. The Hughes Center can be found at https://www.facebook.com/StocktonHughesCenter and can be followed on Twitter @hughescenter.
Need help to program your phone? Not sure what your new tablet can do? Want to get library books on your eReader?
WHEN: Tuesdays, July 7- August 11th 2 – 4 pm
Ocean County Library teen volunteers in the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., can help with all these problems and more. Spend up to an hour with a teen volunteer who will help you navigate your technology problems.
Drop by the computer lab for help. There is no need to register.
For more information telephone the Toms River Teen Services Team at 732-349-6200 ext. 5203 or go to the website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .