Eric Sheffler

This fall, Somers Point-Community First, a local volunteer organization, will offer a series of free self-defense classes for women. The classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m Monday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Nov. 4, at Shore Medical Center’s DiOrio Hall in Somers Point. Those signing up must commit to all three classes. Due to the popularity of its prior classes and limited spaces available, those interested must register in advance by emailing

Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler and Thomas Lacovara, a Somers Point resident and founding member of Somers Point-Community First, will serve as the class instructors. Scheffler has developed more than 30 training programs and has taught in police academies across the state, as well as local and county police departments, State Police, the FBI and Navy SEALs on various aspects of defense tactics and conflict resolution. Lacovara who is a 4th degree black belt, is trained in multiple forms of mixed martial arts and has trained with Scheffler over the last six years. They will teach overall safety and preventable precautionary education and will demonstrate a variety of physical maneuvers designed for self-defense.

Shore Medical Center is located at 100 Medical Center Way in Somers Point. For more info go to