Organization to Offer Self-Defense Classes at Shore Medical Center

Shore Medical Center in Somers Point

Somers Point-Community First, a local volunteer organization, is offering a series of free self-defense classes for women starting Monday, Feb. 18.

Thomas Lacovara, a Somers Point resident and founding member of Somers Point-Community First, will serve as the class instructor.

Lacovara, who earned a Ninja Blackbelt, will teach overall safety and preventable precautionary education as well as maneuvers helpful in insecure circumstances.

Classes will be held Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Spaces are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space, email Fran Kaplan at or call 609-653-3299.

Somers Point-Community First serves as a voice of the Somers Point community and is involved in local projects to promote the betterment of the city, according to a press release.

The group assists in offering organizations and businesses advice, expertise, community project partnerships and more, but does not provide financial support.

It is comprised of people with expertise in community activism, economics, health care, education, entertainment, traditional and social media, insurance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship and more. Each member lives or works in Somers Point.

The organization recently hosted a community Christmas tree lighting and decorating event, constructed and donated an osprey nesting stand, and has taken an active role with the Somers Point Senior Center, Somers Point Little League, the Somers Point Garden Club, and more.

In 2017, Somers Point-Community First also helped bring to the town a weekly Farmer’s Market and Craft Fair and Patriotic Flag salute ceremony. Anyone who is interested in having their organization considered for assistance, may call David Hughes at 609-653-3299.