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Upcoming County Government Events, Programs and Important Dates

County Government | Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:55 pm | Updated 2 years 7 weeks ago | Read 1168 | Commented 0 | Emailed 0

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Legopalooza at the Lockwood Youth Center

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and the Cape May County Library have teamed up to offer a day of Lego themed fun at thFeb. 23, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The afternoon will include hands-on activities, screenings of Brick Films and a Lego Contest.

Legopalooza is designed to offer kids a taste of the 4-H fair experience; including opportunities to showcase original work, enjoy hands-on activities and receive recognition for their efforts.

The event is free and open to the public. The Cape May County 4-H Foundation plans to run a concession stand during the event. For more information and to register, contact the 4-H Youth Development Office at (609)465-5115 ext 605.

Feb. 25, 2013

Citizen’s Police Academy Starts

The Cape May County Public Safety Training Center will be holding a Citizens Police Academy starting Feb. 25, 2013. The Academy will take place on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through April 23, 2013. All citizens are invited to sign-up for the Academy which will provide an overview of the law enforcement function. Topics include: Overview of the Criminal Justice system, Police Training Requirements, The Police Mission, Budget/Manpower, Communications, Criminal/Juvenile System, Crime Prevention and Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Related Activities, Use of Force, K-9 Usage, Domestic Violence, CPR and AED certifications, SWAT Team Demonstrations and Internal Affairs.

To register please call the Cape May County Police Academy at 465-1134 or via e-mail to smorgan@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Feb. 26, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Public Hearing on 2013 Proposed County Budget

The County of Cape May will hold a public hearing on the 2013 proposed budget during the regular Freeholder Meeting on Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room at the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, CMCH, New Jersey.

Now Through March 1

Cape May County residents who had damage from Hurricane Sandy can still register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline to register with FEMA has been extended - Survivors of Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1st to register for disaster assistance.

People with storm losses in Cape May County and all counties in New Jersey can register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration also is available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. FEMA disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Now Through March 1

Federal Benefit Disbursements go Electronic March 1

Cape May County residents who receive federal benefits such as Social Security, SSI, VA Compensation and Pension payments that they need to switch from paper checks to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Under the US Department of Treasury's GoDirect program, recipients must decide whether their benefits will be deposited directly into a bank account or onto a pre-paid debit card. Individuals who receive federal benefits can sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express(r) card online or by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795. If federal benefit recipients do not choose a method of payment prior to March 1, they will be issued the Direct Express(r) card. Provider agencies, caregivers and family members can learn more about the GoDirect program online at www.GoDirect.org.

March 9

Passport Day in the USA

The Cape May County Clerk’s Office will participate in the national outreach Passport Day in the USA with special weekend hours on March 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The County Clerk’s Office will waive the regular $5 per applicant photo fee to provide passport photos to applicants this day.

The County Clerk’s Office is located at 7 N. Main Street on Route 9 in Cape May Court House NJ. For information call Donna Koehler at 465-1011.

March 14, 2013

Transportation Infrastructure Conference

The public is invited to attend the ninth annual Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference hosted by Freeholder Will Morey on March 14, 2013. The Free conference will take place from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (sign- in and refreshments at 9:30 a.m.) at the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House, exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway.

Invited speakers to this year’s conference include: State Senator Jeff Van Drew, James S. Simpson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Samuel Donelson, Acting Executive Director, South Jersey Transportation Authority, John Withers, Supervising Engineer, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Sheree Davis, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Scott Green, Executive Director, Delaware River Bay Authority and Dale Foster, Cape May County Engineer.

For information visit our website at capemaycountygov.net or call 609-463-6678.

March 23

County Host Healthcare Resource Day

The public is invited to the county’s annual Healthcare Resource Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The free Healthcare Resource Day sponsored by the Cape May County Health Department will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On hand will be key county departments that play a role in meeting community health needs such as Crest Heaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

Additionally, there will be free screenings by the Parish Nurse Program of the Cape Regional Medical Center for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and peripheral artery disease and fracture risk.

A major highlight of the day will be presentations by a leading physician on a major health issue; 11:00 a.m. – “New Developments in Colon Cancer Prevention” David Lancet, D. O. Certified Gastroenterologist

There will be more than 40 exhibitors representing various health services provided to county residents. Admission is free to all and there will be plenty of free parking. For additional information please call 463-6521.

Now through March 31 -

Donate Items For Local Pantries

The County will continue to collect non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries through March 31, 2013. The County’s program Cape May County….Helping our Neighbors, coordinated by the County’s Communications Office, collects items that the public and county employees donate to help those in need in Cape May County and distributes them to local food pantries. It is easy to help! Bring your items to any county facility, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Posters and collection bins can be found in all county facilities including the County Administration Building, all county library branches, the County Clerk and Surrogate’s offices, Department of Aging, Senior Centers and in places like the Park and Zoo.

To-date, 45 boxes of items have been distributed to food banks in Cape May County and another 15 boxes will be donated to a needy food bank on Feb. 26, 2013. For more information call the Cape May County Communications Office at 609-465-1066.

Educational Seminar on Medicare Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host educational seminars with the New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol at senior centers throughout the county in March and April. During these free seminars, Charles Clarkson, Esq. Project Director, Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey will provide information on how seniors can protect themselves from Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.

The informative lectures will take place at the following Senior Centers in Cape May County:

March 15, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Lower Cape Center, 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas
609-886-5161

March 18, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Ocean City Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City
609-399-0055

April 22, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
North Wildwood Center 10th & Central Avenues, North Wildwood
609-522-7611

For more information about these free seminars, please call (609) 886-8138.

Ongoing through April 15 -

Income Tax Returns Prepared Free - Income tax return forms will be prepared free for persons of any age with incomes under $50,000 until April 15, 2013 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.) Program. Volunteers will be completing income tax forms by appointment only every Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon at the Social Services Building, 4005 Route 9 South in Rio Grande. For an appointment call 886-3400. Forms will also be completed by appointment only at the following locations:

• North Wildwood Senior Center - 10th & Central Avenue., North Wildwood Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, call 522-7611
• Lower Township Senior Center – 2612 Bayshore Road, Villas, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 886-5161
• Victoria Commons – 610 Townbank Road, North Cape May, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 886-3400
• Howard Stainton Senior Center – 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., call 399-0055.

For additional information, please call the Department of Aging and Disability Services at 886-2784.

March 1 through April 30
Police Academy Accepting Alternate Route Candidates

The Cape May County Police Academy is accepting applications from aspiring police officers for the Alternate Route Training Program scheduled to start the Basic Course for Police Officers on Aug. 26, 2013. Applications will be available March 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

The program is the only residential based academy in the state of New Jersey for municipal officers requiring them to live on base while they train. The tuition cost is $3,300 which includes instruction, lodging, meals, ammunition, and textbooks. Starting March 1st, Applications will be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Center located at 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway). Applicants must pick up their own application and bring photo identification and a fee of $75 which may be paid in cash, check or money order, made out to County of Cape May. For additional information please call 609-465-1134.

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