Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Low-income Cape May County seniors are eligible to receive five $5 checks between July 1 and Sept. 30 as part of the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The checks can only be redeemed at authorized farmers markets and can’t be used at grocery stores.

Low income for seniors is defined as 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines. A household of one can’t have an annual income that exceeds $22,311. For a household of two, the maximum would be $30,044.

All checks must be redeemed by Nov. 30, and the program is open only to county residents through the state Department of Health and Senior Services and the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Dates and times vary for check pickup, though they are available at the following locations:

• Department of Aging and Disability Services, 4005 Route 9 South, Rio Grande, 609-886-2784

• Division of Aging and Disability Services, 4005 Route 9 South, Rio Grande, 609-886-2784

• Lower Cape Senior Center, 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas, 609-886-5161

• North Wildwood Senior Center, 10th and Central avenues, 609-522-7611

• Howard Stainton Ocean City Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, 398-2552

• Upper Township Senior & Wellness Center, 1369 Old Stagecoach Road, Palermo, 609-390-9409

Woodbine receives $8,000 Clean Communities grant

WOODBINE — Over the past 20 years, the borough has received about $80,000 from the state’s Clean Communities program, and this year, Woodbine received another $8,000, according to Mayor William Pikolycky.

Grants for the New Jersey Clean Communities program are funded by a user fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products, the mayor said. Disbursements to municipalities are based on the number of housing units and miles of municipally owned road within each municipality.

Activities that can be funded by the grants include cleanups of stormwater drainage systems that can empty trash into streams, volunteer cleanups of public properties, adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances, beach cleanups, and public information and education programs.

The mayor said the borough can also use the grant to purchase litter receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs and supplies to remove graffiti.

“We recently purchased recycling cans, both for residents and along our streetscape, sidewalks and bikeways, using Clean Communities funding,” Pikolycky said.

Two local students receive degrees from University of the Sciences

Two Cape May Court House residents recently graduated from the University of the Sciences as part of the university's May 24 commencement celebration in Philadelphia, college officials said.

Meghan Bridgeman graduated with a doctorate of occupational therapy.

Marisa Caminos graduated with a bachelor’s in biomedical sciences and a minor in psychology. She was a member of Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology.

Library hosts creative-writing workshop for teens

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Teens in grades six through 12 can learn more about creative writing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, from Keri Mikulski at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St.

The series of four workshops will introduce teens to the craft of writing, including poetry, fiction and personal narrative, librarians said. Participants will practice brainstorming, free-writing, drafting and workshopping to develop their own style, tone and voice.

Registration required. For more information, call 609-463-6357, email or see

Bishop McHugh seeks summer volunteers

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — High school or college students seeking volunteer hours this summer are welcome at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School, officials said, as maintenance staff work to renovate several areas and prepare classrooms for the opening in September.

Scheduling is flexible, officials said, as the school, located at 2221 Route 9 North, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. School officials said students will receive a recommendation letter acknowledging community service hours.

For more information, email or call 609-624-1900.

Job-readiness workshop offered to Woodbine youth

WOODBINE — Three job-readiness workshops are available to students in grades seven through 12 and are sponsored by the borough’s Municipal Alliance, according to Mayor William Pikolycky.


• Thursday, June 22: Education/resume writing

• Monday, June 26: Job applications/interview tips and role play

• Wednesday, June 28: Job retention/career presentation

Sessions are planned from 5-6 p.m. at Woodbine Elementary School, 801 Webster St.

Registration required. For more information, call Monsy Gallardo-Rodriguez at 609-861-5659.

Library hosts crochet club for teens

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A crochet club for teens in grades six through 12 is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, June 19 and 26, July 10, 24 and 31, and Aug. 14 at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St.

Randi Ziring will lead the class, and library staff will provide supplies. For more information, call 609-463-6357, email or see

Enrollment open for Little Storm Preschool at Bishop McHugh

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Enrollment at Little Storm Preschool at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School is open, and caregivers can choose from two-, three- and five-day programs for half or full days for pre-kindergarten 2 and 3.

Parents may also choose between half and full days, and four- or five-day options, for the pre-kindergarten 4 program.

An after-care program also is available.

Bishop McHugh is a preK-8 regional school with a student-centered curriculum grounded in Gospel values.

For more information, call 609-624-1900, ext. 22, email or see

Peter Max in Stone Harbor July 4 weekend

STONE HARBOR — Artist Peter Max will be in Stone Harbor over Fourth of July weekend for a 50th anniversary celebration of the “Summer of Love” at Ocean Galleries Friday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 5.

Attendees can meet Max, who will sign purchased artwork, from 7 to 9 p.m. July 1-2.

For more information, call 609-368-7777 or visit

‘Groovy’ way to start the season with British Invasion

AVALON — Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, for the The British Invasion Years band at Avalon Community Hall, featuring music from the ’60s, organizers said.

The audience can expect covers by both British and American groups, such as the Rolling Stones, the Who, The Kinks, The Zombies, Herman's Hermits, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Doors, Steppenwolf and the Beatles.

Ice will be provided at Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach. Cost is $20 per person.

For more information, call 609-967-3066 or see

Coffee Fridays for grandparents raising grandchildren

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Coffee Fridays for grandparents raising grandchildren are planned 10-11 a.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road.

Grandparents are invited to participate to learn about available resources and support, as well as share thoughts and concerns: Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

For more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 609.

Board games at Cape May Court House Library

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The public is invited to a "board game night for adults" 6 p.m. Thursdays, presented by Aaron Day at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St. Participation is open to those over 18.

For more information, call 609-463-6386 or see

Adult LGBT group meeting set

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual, or as an ally, are invited to the LGBTQIA social group meeting presented by Alice Mitchell at 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St.

Mitchell is a librarian at the library and has been involved in the LGBTQIA community since high school.

For more information, call 609-463-6386 or see

Masons announce meetings, dinners

DENNIS TOWNSHIP — Dinner is planned at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Cannon Masonic Lodge 104, 370 Main St. in South Seaville, and is open to the public. Cost is $10.

The meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Rob Bosisio at 772-584-0660.

Friday dinners at Belleplain VFW Post 6257

DENNIS TOWNSHIP — Members of Belleplain VFW Post 6257 host a dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at the post featuring home-cooked meals.

Cost for the dinner is $10, and funds raised benefit veterans in the area. The post is located at 556 Woodbine Ave.

For more information, contact Genia Caprioni at 609-861-2298 or

Writers group at Cape May Court House Library

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Jersey Cape Writers will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month for a program presented by Mary Parral at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St.

For more information, call Marya Small Parral at 609-231-3959.

Library's teen volunteer program helps youth build resumes

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Teenagers 13-17 can build a resume and gain job experience through a volunteer program at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St.

Interested youth can sign up for volunteer orientation sessions at the library. After orientation, volunteers will choose from a list of available jobs. Volunteer slots are open year-round.

For more information, call 609-463-6357, email or see

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