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A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean ¯ Thursday, December 20, 2012 ¯ Vol. 10, No. 46 ¯ Cape May, America’s Original Seaside Resort

’Tis The Season For Giving In Cape May

It’s not just Saint Nick people came to see at Congress Hall’s Breakfast With Santa last Saturday. Aaron, Jessica and Adrian Sykes, Ryann, Casey, Rob and Erin also got to hear Mrs Claus read a story. “It’s wonderful to see look into the children’s eyes,” she told us. “There’s such goodness there.” Aleksey Moryakov


It’s A Tundra Of Fun...

The Reindeer Issue!

Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis

Pages 20-28

Dog Obedience Graduation

Pages 46-50

Chapter 4 Of “A Very Zombie Christmas”

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Inside This Issue «The Coffee Break Page................. Page 7

«What’s Your Story........................ Page 67

«Goings On Around Town............ Page 11

«The Answer Lady........................ Page 69

«Talk of the Town.......................... Page 13

«Cape May Activity Guide............ Page 75

«Spouty-Offy..................................Page 21 «Student Of The Week................... Page 26 «The Undertow............................. Page 41

«Activity of the Week......................Page 85 «Adopt an Animal.........................Page 89

«The Movie Column .......................Page 47

«Bird Droppings............................Page 95

«The Old Fogey..............................Page 57

«Homes of the Week......................Page 109

«Bouquet Ambush......................... Page 63

«About Exit Zero........................... Page 111

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Subscriber Of The Week

Each week, we will feature a lucky subscriber (and Exit Zero T-shirt winner!) in this spot. This week’s subscriber: Ella Mulrenin of Cape May. How long have you been coming to Cape May? I’ve lived in Cape May for 60 years, ever since I moved down from Massachusetts in 1952. Who are you normally with? I live by myself. Favorite thing about Cape May? I love everything about Cape May. Least favorite thing? While I love the town, I wish parking was a bit easier to find. Favorite restaurants? The Harbor View! Their fried oysters are delicious. Favorite place to stay? I live in my house in Cape May year round. Since I’ve lived here for so long, I have never really stayed anywhere else. If you could change one thing about Cape May, what would it be? Nothing much, besides the parking situation. Cape May is a pretty nice place to live. Favorite thing about Exit Zero? It’s a real fun magazine. I love the colored issues— they have everything in them. If you get them, you don’t need anything else. Least favorite thing about Exit Zero? Nothing, really. What’s your T-shirt size? Large, please!

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Quotes Of The Week

Random Factoid

“After today, I’ll bet Santa takes a shovel to the reindeer stalls to fill your stocking.” —Bill Watterson I don’t like reindeer. They seem like regular deer, only more dangerous.— John Green How can you overlook that? His beak blinks like a blinking beacon. —Donner

FEMALE reindeer actually retain their antlers until they give birth to young ones, while males lose their antlers during the winter. Whether or not the reindeers who pull Santa’s sleigh are male or female is debatable, though the facts lean more towards female. Sorry, Donnor and Blitzen!

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup hot chocolate 1/2 cup strong coffee 1 oz brandy 1 oz Kahlua (peppermint mocha) Garnish: whip cream, sprinkles, candy cane Pour the hot chocolate, coffee, brandy and Kahlua into a 10 oz coffee cup. Stir and top with whip cream and red and green sprinkles. Use a candy cane as a stirrer stick.

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Goings-On Around Town


Upcoming can’t-miss events around town... mark your calendars

HIS Saturday, December 22, is your last chance to take advantage of a holiday ceramics class, which is part of Congress Hall’s Winter Wonderland. Brenda Dolhanczyk, owner of Island Studio in Stone Harbor, teaches the class at the Boiler Room in Congress Hall. From 11:30am to 2:30pm, Brenda will help you create the perfect homemade gifts for your friends and family this holiday season. NEED a break this Christmas? If so, come have a three-course Christmas dinner at the Blue Pig in Congress Hall. That means no cooking, no cleaning, no hassle what so ever—just spend a relaxing evening with your loved ones. Go to www. to look over the special Christmas dinner menu and reserve a table for you and your party. THROUGH December 30, patrons can bring three or more non-perishable items to the Cape May Stage box office and recieve a $10 discount off regular admission prices to see the holiday comedy, A Tuna Christmas, the hilarious sequel



to the hit comedy, Greater Tuna. The Food Closet is specifically requesting laundry detergent, small jars of jelly, small cans of soup, peanut butter, coffee, toilet paper, small boxes of cereal, and boxed pasta. The company also requests that each individual bring a minimum of three non-perishable items or more. Spare what you can for our northern neighbors who are currently in need of your support. A Tuna Christmas runs Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinées at 3pm at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette Street. RING in the new year the Cape May way by attending the Glitter Ball at Congress Hall. A full service palted dinner will be prepared by Congress Hall’s own chefs. Dance the night (and the year) away with live music and indulge in the open bar. At midnight, there will be a champagne toast for you and your friends and family to celebrate the arrival of 2013. Tickets are $165 a person and includes admission to the Boiler Room’s New Years Ever Party— from 9:30pm-2am, enjoy snacks, drinks, and a



performance by the Billy D. Light Trio. For more information, call (609)-884-1816. THEY say singing relieves stress and can put one in a better mood—what better reason do you need to attend an open mic night at the Pilot House? Every Friday night from 8-10pm, you can either be a preformer or an observer. Performers: bring your own equipment and talk to Barry when you come in. Observers: order a beer and a plate of nachos (or, if you’re really hungry, one of the Pilot House’s famous burgers) and let the fun begin. ANIMAL lovers and tea enthusiasts alike can appreciate this next event. In an effort to benefit Animal Outreach of Cape May County, there will be a garden tea held every Saturday during the winter and spring months. Enjoy your hot drink with homebaked treats at the Highland House, which is located at 131 Broadway, from 1-3pm. If you own a pooch, they are more than welcome to join in on the festivities.



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Talk Of The Town

Ramblings, idle gossip, and occasionally important odds ’n’ ends

Holiday Etiquette Guide SURE, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most stressful time of the year in a lot of ways, too. Figuring out what to buy and for whom. Playing host to family members we barely know, or can barely stand. Planning meals. Stuffing stockings. Listening to “Frosty the Snowman” for the 200th time. And trying to do it all without losing our sense of decorum. Or, at least, trying to do it all without shot-gunning a bottle of high-proof eggnog at the company party. This week, we contacted Tara Rothberg — Dining Room Manager at the Ebbitt Room, author of, and a Go Jane News contributor — so that we could pepper her with some of our most pressing holiday etiquette questions (turns out, the eggnog thing would not be cool). Hopefully, you’ll find her tips as helpful as we did. 1. Not all Christmas cards are created equal When it comes to the cards, if you’re going to send them, make them count. “We live in a texting and e-mailing society, and that’s great if, say, you need an answer right away or you’re sending a quick reminder,” Tara says, “but a Christmas card should be more personal than that.” Meaning? Your cards should be of the snail-mail type. (It’s never too early to start shopping for next year’s; Whale’s Tale on the Washington Street Mall carries the cards of at least a dozen different manufacturers, according to “card lady” Eliza Dietz… there are single, boxed, classic, and humorous options, including the iconic one depicting little Ralphie with his tongue stuck to a pole.) Or, if you opt instead for one of those computer-generated photo montages, remember to at least sign your own name. “It makes a difference,” Tara says. Otherwise, your card can feel a bit like

one of those mass “Merry Christmas” texts that go out to all 322 people in a person’s address book on the morning of December 25. 2. Leave ego out of it: You know the litanies of accomplishments masquerading as “cards” that arrive every year around this time? The ones with pictures of your friends in front of their new car/house/baby/boat with a note about their recent raise/promotion/trip to Bora Bora? The ones that leave you eating an entire plate of reindeer-shaped cookies while wallowing in your own self-pity? They’re often over the top. “There is sometimes a brag factor involved with Christmas cards,” Tara says. “You have to keep your audience in mind.” Grandma, for example, will be excited to learn that your son is the smartest child in his class, or to learn about some of life’s milestone moments, like a pregnancy or the buying of a first home. But people can go overboard. “Things about a new car or new house don’t necessarily need to be in a letter,” Tara says. “Unfortunately, at this time, some people are struggling, hours have been cut, people have lost their jobs. Others may have lost a loved one. If a list of accomplishments goes to someone like this, it may come across as though you’re rubbing things in their face. A card needs to be tailored appropriately.” 3. Isn’t being thankful enough? No. At least not when it comes to the holidays. “Thank-you cards are a must,” Tara says. “The standard time to send is two days after you’ve received a gift or been to a holiday party or dinner.” But it’s better late than never… 4. How much is too much? Have you seen the giant inflatable reindeer hanging over the balcony above Carney’s? What about all of the lawns now exploding with plastic Santas and singing elves? We asked Tara if it’s possible to over-do the decorations. Should we take our

neighbors into consideration when buying a 12-foot abominable snowman? After all, it is the folks across the street who’ll be blinded if we string 90,000 blinking lights across the yard. “There are developments and condo associations that are very particular,” Tara said. “It is your responsibility to learn the rules of your neighborhood or town and respect them. But if you’re not bothering anyone, and a floating reindeer outside of your house is going to bring you happiness, go ahead.” Just remember, like with the cards, to keep the audience in mind. “Keep it tasteful,” Tara says. “No Santas in compromising positions.” 5. Hosting headaches What do you do if company shows up with an edible gift… are you expected to serve it right then and there? Good news: it’s up to you. Don’t want to be saddled with Aunt Milicent’s fruit cake? Have your guests divide and conquer it. Want that bottle of wine all to yourself? Hide it away before drunk Aunt Milicent gets her paws on it. Just remember to take the giver’s intentions into account. “If a guest says ‘This bottle of wine is for you and your husband because it’s your first Christmas in your new home,’ then it’s obviously meant for you to enjoy privately,” Tara says. “Whereas a huge bottle of grey goose is likely meant to be shared.” (Unless, of course, you’re the type to polish off a handle by yourself, in which case you probably shouldn’t be hosting a party in the first place.) As for what to do when your guest is the one hitting the sauce a bit too hard? “If they’ve gotten completely out of hand,” Tara said, “pull them into another room, give them some food and water while they regroup, and make sure they have a safe ride home. If you have to call a cab, be sure

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Chris Bauer, Kristy Salloum, Jana Wright, and William McDermott at last year’s Glitter Ball in the Congress Hall ballroom Aleksey Moryakov

Talk Of The Town ? From Page 13 to do it discreetly.” 6. Diner’s dilemmas Being the guest can be an equally tricky situation to navigate. For starters, there’s the host gift. Tara recommends making something by hand — cookies, pie, or something a bit more unusual, like homemade Epson salts in a mason jar. If you are going to purchase something (plants, candles, and wine are all acceptable gifts), try not to exceed $50. “Anything more expensive than that, and you risk embarrassing your host,” Tara says. If you aren’t sure what the main course will be, a soft pinot noir is a good idea, as it will go well with both meat or fish. Sunset Liquors recommends the Belle Glos Meiomi ($22.99) and Irony ($17.99) bottles. Equally important to remember is the importance of dressing appropriately. “A holiday party is not the time to wear jeans and a football jersey,” Tara says. And for women, it’s also not the time for an outfit that will land you on Santa’s naughty list,

if you catch our drift. Finally, it’s never okay to refuse the food your host has put in front of you because “you don’t like it.” So what to do if, well, you really, really don’t like it? “Have a bite or two,” Tara says. “You might say that you’re not a big eater, and you may have to move it around on your plate a little, but at least you’ve been gracious enough to accept what’s offered.” As for dietary restrictions? “It’s completely appropriate to notify your host ahead of time of any limitations.” Perhaps when you RSVP, which should be done within 72 hours of receiving an invite. 7. Hot tip: Nobody wants to be away from their families during the holidays, but many who work in the hospitality industry have no choice. Should you feel obligated to tip your server or bartender more on Christmas day? “Twenty percent is highly appropriate,” Tara says. “It’s not mandatory, but if you’re feeling a little generous or you have an exceptionally large party, and you want to give a little more, it’s a lovely gesture. If there is a server or hostess or bartender with whom you’ve established

a relationship over the years, it’s also extremely appropriate to give a little extra.” As for others — lawn mowers, house keepers, post masters, babysitters — on whose services we rely throughout the year, an appropriate Christmas bonus is equal to the cost of one day’s services. 8. The low-down on recycling It may seem at best cheap, and at worst, lazy, but try to think of this holiday’s inevitable “regifting” as more resourceful. “It’s better to give a present to someone who will use it than to let it sit in the back of your closet all year,” Tara says. Just be mindful of who you’re regifting to and where. “If you give me something,” Tara told us, “I’m certainly not going to regift it at the next Exit Zero party.” Finally, be sure to change the packaging, and for pete’s sake, remove the card! 9. All I want for Christmas You’ve got young kids. They’re asking for a fat giraffe, a tugboat, and 17 blue crayons for Christmas. Yes, it’s okay to send a holiday wish list to the friends and family who might otherwise be at a loss. Just be sure to include gifts of various price

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Talk Of The Town ? From Page 14 points. And if you happen to receive a wish list on which everything is out of budget? “Then a monetary gift will do fine,” Tara says. 10. Take it away The Christmas spirit should be around all year long; this does not mean your tree should be. That should come down by the first week of January. Period.

Ring It In THE long-awaited opening of Convention Hall, a near-miss with the biggest storm to ever hit New Jersey, Terry O’Brien’s comeback as legendary Exit Zero columnist… it’s been a year of big events here in Cape May. And it’s been a year, also, of little events — little acts of kindness that don’t always garner a lot of attention. Doing the job that we do, we have the privilege of researching all the good that’s happening in our neck of the woods. In this week’s issue, you’ll see pictures from a toy drive that was held at The Crab House at Two Mile Landing in order to brighten the holidays of AI DuPont Hospital’s sick children, and those taken at a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation inspired by a gorgeous nine-month-old named Quinn who suffers from the disease. Last week, we

covered the busy elves working tirelessly to package gifts for the Sergeant Bill Alvarez toy Drive, and we wrote about the 63 homeless children who’ve benefited from the work of Family Promise. After Sandy, we interviewed the man who ran the length of New Jersey for storm relief, and the people behind the Cape May Donates effort, which was overwhelmed by support. We saw the community come together in order to ensure the West Cape May Christmas Parade would continue into it’s 47th year. We saw the opening of a new Animal Outreach Adoption Center, which is already saving lives. We saw more Spaghetti dinner fundraisers and beef and beer benefits than we could possibly recount here. In light of recent events — we know the horrific Newton shooting has cast a shadow on this Christmas — it would be easy to lose faith this holiday season. But the truth is, there IS good happening all around us. Over the course of 2012, we’ve witnessed compassion and camaraderie from our Cape May neighbors in great measure. It is with this in mind that we look forward to celebrating the end of 2012, and ringing in 2013. We’ve compiled a list of local New Year’s Eve happenings, because it is our hope that you, too, have plenty in which to rejoice come December 31. Here’s to a year full of even more

big, exciting events for Cape May and, perhaps even more importantly, here’s to a great deal more of those “little” events, too. Cape May Brewing Company: It’s $25 to attend, and by the time we went to press, half of the tickets had already sold, so you’re going to want to jump on this. The evening will include live music, a Champagne toast and food, and beer will be offered at a discounted price. “We don’t want a jam-packed mega-party,” said owner Ryan Krill. “We want something a bit more mellow, so we’re capping it off at 60.” As for why to come? “How many New Year’s eves have you spent in a brewery?” Fair enough. Rio Station: It’s Terry O’Ke with Terry O’Brien in the bar from 9pm to 1am. Need we say more? His show is, as the kids say, the bomb. The Merion Inn: Finding a sitter can be one of the greatest struggles on New Year’s Eve, but not to worry; the Merion Inn’s first seating this evening, beginning at 4:30pm, is a kid-friendly, a la carte one. The 7pm and 9:30pm seatings will include a prix-fixe menu. Jazz musician Barry Miles will be tickling the ivories all night long. The Red Store: Chef Lucas Manteca will be putting out an eight-course tasting menu

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 belavitano cheese. It was specially ordered, and they’ve only got 10 pounds of it to sell. Wherever you end up (don’t forget that Cucina Rosa, Marie Nicole’s, The Harbor View, Tisha’s, and Axelsson’s Blue Claw are all taking NYE reservations now as well), be sure to drink responsibly and get home safe. Other than that, party like it’s 2013.

Talk Of The Town ? From Page 16 on New Year’s Eve, for $85 per person. “There is no better way to start a new year than to finish the old one with good company and good food,” Lucas says. Cheers to that! Peter Shields Inn: Dinner and dancing… what a romantic way to ring it in. “We clear out the lobby, which has a wooden floor, so it’s perfect for dancing,” said owner Jeff Gernitis. Vocalist Patrice Jegou, a retired figure skater and a two-time recipient of the Calgary Opera Company Scholarship, will provide the entertainment, accompanied by a bassist, drummer, and piano player. Tickets are $95 or $130 (The “prices heat up as the night does,” Jeff says). The following day is brunch, from 11am to 2pm, but “it’s brunch the Peter Shields way.” Meaning? You’re looking at a combination buffet/three-course sit-down meal. Reservations are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Glitter Ball: In the beautifully decorated ball room at Congress Hall, you’ll dine on delicious cuisine and dance to live music. If you’d like to have more Champagne toasts than advised by the Surgeon General, that’s okay, too… hotel room packages are available. The Ebbitt Room: It’s a three-course dinner hand-crafted by Chef Anthony Micari,

Exit Zero Burns Supper

the soundtrack to which wll be the live entertainment of charming pianist Paul Sottile, Jr. (We’ve never hear a request he couldn’t play.) There’s plenty that’s familiar to choose from on this menu (cod, lobster bisque, slow-roasted rib-eye), and plenty that’s more adventurous, too (We’re looking at you, sea urchin amuse bouche). Home sweet home: You may opt to avoid the crowds and traffic this holiday by hosting your own get-together, in which case, we recommend ordering take-out from Depot Market, which is now taking orders for the holiday. For a special treat, you might also want to look into the Seaside Cheese’s extra-aged congac

IT WILL be here before you know it. On Thursday, January 24, we will once again host what promises to be the event of the winter season at the Ugly Mug. We are, of course, referring to the Ninth Annual Exit Zero Burns Supper, which pays homage to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns. It’s a sell-out every year. A bagpipe brigade, whisky cake, some of Rabbie Burns’ best poetry, and delicious haggis (and fish and chips for those who don’t want to try Scotland’s national dish) make this a night worth marking your calendars for. Reserve your tickets early; they’re already selling. You can do so by giving us a ring at 609-770-8479, or by visiting Tickets are the same price as they were the first year — just $30. Finally, a very Merry Christmas to all of our readers and advertisers!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/12: MAC Holiday Party At West Cape May Banquet Hall PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/8: Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis At Victorian Towers

Quinn O’Connor

Barbara and Dennis Klukiewski, Frank Gargowski, Judy Arico, and Joe and Edna were among the attendees of this “Dining With Quinn” event, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, held at Victorian Towers. Nine-month-old Quinn O’Connor (left) suffers from the chronic lung disease.


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The column where anonymous gasbags have their say! WHY does Santa’s reindeer have such unusual names? What’s wrong with Rob the reindeer? Or even Russell (from Swain’s) the reindeer? — Villas *** BLITZEN?! What kind of name is that? Sounds more like a play for linebackers in football. — Cape May *** I SAW Comet the other night during the Geminids meteor shower! — Cape May *** CAN someone please explain to me exactly how Rudolph nose lights up? — Erma *** DANCER and Prancer... they must be a couple. Maybe one day they can be on Dancing with the Stars! — Erma *** MISTLETOE is great and all but I’m looking for something a little stronger. Got anything to get me to second base? — Cape May {Spouty Offy’s Editors Note: Yeah, try a diamond ring. That should get you all the way to home base!} *** I’M always looking for a Vixen! Plus it’s just kind of fun to say. — Cape May

him coming! — Cape May *** REINDEER and kids can be so mean with the teasing and all! — Erma *** I WONDER who would win in a fight... Rudolph or Frosty? — Erma *** I WOULD really get that kid a hippopotamus for Christmas. And then I’d see what he’d really do with it! — Cape May *** THAT LADY in the Santa Baby song is quite greedy, don’t you think? — Cape May *** SILVER Bells are great and all but I’d really prefer gold bells... you know with the current price of gold right now! —Erma ***


HARK is a funny word! — Villas

IF I was Donner I’d change my name... don’t want to get all mixed up with that trailblazing party that came on hard times and had to eat themselves! — Cape May


*** GRANDMA probably did not get run over by Rudolph because she would have been able to see

I HEARD a song that said to “deck the halls with boughs of holly.” But my question is this... what the hell is a bough? — Cape May *** CAN someone please tell me what nog is? — Cape May

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/8: Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis At Victorian Towers PHOTOGRAPHS BY SANDY MALONEY

Betty Young, Elaine Makepeace, Susan Longacre

Anna May Ryan, Carol Jamison, Shirley Stiles

Judy Pitman, Roberta Jorgensen

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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12/8: Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis At Victorian Towers

Lisa Murphy, Allyssa Grzib

Dennis Callaghan, Bill Shirley, Fay Morris


CAPE MAY BAKERS Fine pastries • hearth-baked wholegrain breads donuts • decadent desserts and more Daily lunch items including: quiche • soups veggie tarts and much more!

• Gourmet teas and coffees including

Grounds for ChangeTM organic fair trade coffee!


All of Our Fine Baked Goods are Made Daily Right on the Premises!

All recipes are vegetarian and many vegan friendly items are available.

Beautifully Decorated Cakes for Every Special Occasion.

(Wedding cake orders by appointment only!)

482 West Perry Street, Cape May | (609) 884-7454 |

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/8: Cape May Dance Company Prepares For The NCM Christmas Parade


Merry Christmas

Open Friday, Dec. 21 & Saturday, Dec. 22 & Nightly from December 26-31

Washington Inn


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12/8: Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis At Victorian Towers

Parker, Janice, Quinn, Cory, and Riley O’Connor

Cindy Pratt, Janet Kerrigam, Loretta O’Connor




Re-opening on December 31 for New Year’s Eve... Reserve Now! Gift Certificates available by calling 884-5878 Reservations: 609-884-5878 991 Ocean Drive, Cape May

Wishing Each and Everyone of You a Very Merry Christmas!

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LCMR Student Of The Week

Serving Dinner from 5pm Thursday thru Sunday (Open every day Dec. 26 till New Years Eve Dec. 31)

RESERVE YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY! Also great for... Rehearsal Dinners • Reunions Baby Showers • Bridal Showers Any Occasion Really!

Reservations: (609) 898-9800 301 Washington Street Mall, Cape May

Corner of Washington & Perry Street


LOWER Cape May Regional High School junior Katie O’Neill landed the lead role of Emily in the school’s production of Our Town this fall. O’Neill, the daughter of Ed O’Neill of Cape May, was very surprised when she was told she got the lead role. “I was honored,” she said. O’Neill did not have too much trouble getting into character. “Emily represents how people were back in the day, how they were innocent and vulnerable,” she says. O’Neill started in theater at the age of 10 when her mother encouraged her to try acting. Her first part on the stage was as an orphan in Annie. She believes that theatre is a very interesting art form and way of expressing oneself. “It’s honest,” O’Neill said. Even though she loves the theatre, O’Neill does not plan to become an actress. “There are many other people like me who want to be actors or actresses.” O’Neill is considering Temple, Notre Dame, and Arcadia in order to pursue a major in child psychology and nutrition for children, with the hopes of one day owning her own daycare center. STORY BY JOSH COLQUHOUN/ PHOTO BY GIANNA WELLS

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The Ultimate Cape May Food & Drink Chart What you need to know about the food and the vibe

Meals served

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ALEATHEA’S 7 Ocean Street, Cape May (609) 884-5555, Ext. 226

Aleathea’s is closed for the season but we still needed to fill this space so there! They will re-open in March 2013

AXELSSON’S BLUE CLAW 991 Ocean Drive, Cape May (609) 884-5878

Fine dining near the harbor. Elegant dining room, delicious food, and the classic Clipper Ship Pub make Blue Claw a great place to dine.


$24-$30 Cards: V, MC, D




BACK BAY BISTRO 1891 Bayshore Road Villas (609) 889-8500

Casual fine dining at its best, and just a stone’s throw from Cape May. Open for lunch & dinner daily, breakfast on the weekends. Early bird dinner specials from 4-5:30pm

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$5-$25 Cards: V, MC, D




BELLA VIDA CAFÉ 406 N. Broadway, West Cape May (609) 884-6332

You’ll leave feeling satisfied, and proud for having made a healthy choice... Lots of homemade selections, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian items.

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$5-$25 Cards: V, MC, D




THE BLACK DUCK 1 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May (609) 898-0100

A chic interior and stylish food, but the ambience is anything but pretentious. Modern American cuisine. Plus the coolest address on the island!


$15-$28 Cards: V, MC




THE BLUE PIG TAVERN 251 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-8422

Check out why Congress Hall’s restaurant is a favorite of locals as well as hotel guests. They serve classic tavern food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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$12-$36 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




BOILER ROOM 251 Beach Avenue in Congress Hall Cape May (609) 884-8421

A main hot spot in town. The Boiler Room is where it’s at for a cocktail and the music to dance it off.


Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CABANAS 429 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-4800

The party is here - always warm and friendly in this lively beachfront bar, featuring great food and some of the best live bands around.

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$8-$25 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CAPE MAY FISH MARKET 408 Washington Street Cape May (609) 770-3790

If you’re a seafood afficionado, this is your new favorite place. Lunch or dinner, cold sandwiches to broiled seafood entrees. Look for the crab shaking hands outside!

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CAPE MAY OLIVE OIL COMPANY 324 Carpenter’s Lane Cape May 800-584-1887

This new spot features 20 different varieties of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, pastas, spreads, jams, mustards, infused salts and sugars, and much more.

Olive oils and more

Please call for info




CAPE MAY ORGANIC MARKET 120 Park Boulevard West Cape May (609) 884-3200

It’s been a long time coming, and we are so glad to have an organic market on the island. Stock up on local produce, bread and a range of healthy-tasty goodies.

Organic Food Store

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/8: Dining With Quinn For Cystic Fibrosis At Victorian Towers

Emily Lada, Sean O’Connor


Sophia and John Seuvert

Joan Young, Nena Kowalski

Carol Abbamondi, Peg Dunlap

Kay Francis


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The Ultimate Cape May Food & Drink Chart What you need to know about the food and the vibe

Meals served

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Bar or BYOB?

Should I book?

Food for kids?


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CAPE MAY WINERY 711 Townbank Road, North Cape May (609) 884-1169

This beautiful winery is open daily from 12-5pm. Make a reservation to tour the winery on Saturdays at 3pm. Great venue for special events including weddings!

CAPE ORIENT 315 Ocean Street, Cape May (609) 898-0088

Great food every time, whether you are looking for Chinese, Thai or sushi. The service is superb, too.

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$12-$19 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CUCINA ROSA 301 Washington Street Mall (609) 898-9800

Nicely located at the beginning of the mall, this classic Italian restaurant is a must-visit. Simply superb food.


$12-$29 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




C-VIEW INN Texas Avenue & Washington Cape May (609) 884-4712

A locals’ favorite, the oldest and friendliest tavern in town with great wings, excellent pub fare and cold beer.

L, D

$4-$18 Cards: V, MC




DEPOT MARKET CAFÉ 409 Elmira Street Cape May (609) 884-8030

Owners Chris and Lisa Shriver are keeping the old favorites at this locals’ joint AND adding new specials. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.

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THE EBBITT ROOM 25 Jackson Street, (609) 884-5700 www.

Enjoy your meal (and the crisp fall air) on the Ebbitt Room porch, overlooking tree-lined Jackson Street, or enjoy the simple elegance of this dining room.


$26-$33 V, MC, AE, D





FISH AND FANCY 2406 Bayshore Road, Villas (609) 886-8760

Superb seafood however you like it — fried, broiled, grilled, blackened or sautéed. That’s choice for you. Great salads, too!

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GOOD EARTH ORGANIC EATERY 600 Park Blvd., West Cape May (609) 898-6161

Nothing but the best of ingredients at this pescaterian restaurant on Park Boulevard. A very welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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HARBOR VIEW 954 Ocean Drive, Cape May (609) 884-5444

A Key West vibe, great views of the harbor, good food and regular entertainment. Great $16 dinner specials and Friday is pizza night and shrimp stravaganza!

B, L, D

$6-$30 Cards: V, MC




HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande (609) 846-7347

Open year round. Tasting room open daily 11am to 6pm. Wine tasting and sales, wine by the glass and bottle, gourmet cheese plates to enjoy on premise.

L, Winery

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12/1: Wassail Day At Historic Cold Spring Village


O p e n Fri d ay & S at u rd ay fo r B re a k f a s t, Lu n c h a n d D i n n e r S u n d ay fo r B re a k f a s t, Lu n c h

Open New Year’s Day for Brunch 10:30-2:30 - Accepting Reservations S e e c ape m a y po i n t r e d s to r e. c o m f o r m e n u d e ta i l s

5 0 0 Ca p e Ave n u e, Ca p e M ay Po i nt, New Je r s ey 609-884-5757

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The Ultimate Cape May Food & Drink Chart What you need to know about the food and the vibe HEMINGWAY’S 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-5611

A relaxed yet elegant island ambiance, featuring USDA Prime Steaks and classic seafood creations.

LUCKY BONES 1200 Route 109, (609) 884-BONE

A huge hit and local’s favorite for a reason. Excellent food, great bar vibe, superb service. Lucky Bones gets it right every single time.

MAD BATTER 19 Jackson Street, Cape May (609) 884-5970

The original fine dining restaurant in Cape May and still one of the best. The food is always creative and tasty.

MARIE NICOLE’S 9510 Pacific, Wildwood Crest (609) 522-5425

Marie Nicole’s serves modern American cuisine with a European ambiance. Delicious entrees, delectable desserts and cool cocktails.

MERION INN 106 Decatur Street, Cape May (609) 884-8363 www.merion

The dim, amber lighting, dark wooden bar, period fittings and classy staff give a special ambience. Plus we love just sitting at the lovely bar!

OYSTER BAY 615 Lafayette Street, Cape May (609) 884-2111

Closed for the season. They will reopen in 2013 and they will feature a new expanded bar!

PETER SHIELDS 1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-9090

The Georgian Revival mansion is magnificent and the modern American menu and excellent wine list matches it all the way.

THE PILOT HOUSE 142 Decatur Street, Cape May (609) 884-3449

A classic pub and restaurant offering award-winning burgers, excellent homemade comfort food, fresh local seafood and an authentic, friendly ambience.

THE RED STORE 500 Cape Avenue, Cape May Point (609) 884-5757

Awesome food in a secluded, serene setting. Join them for a scrumptious breakfast, grab a coffee and muffin, or relax on the porch with a delicious lunch.

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12/1: Wassail Day At Historic Cold Spring Village PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV

Bob Feizet, Father Christmas, Toby, Will, Mark, Carol, Lacey

Leanne Chanley, Emma and MaKayla Lee, Father Christmas

Sofia, Ava, ZoĂŤ

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The Ultimate Cape May Food & Drink Chart What you need to know about the food and the vibe

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Bar or BYOB?

Should I book?

Food for kids?

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RIO STATION 3505 Route 9 South Rio Grande (609) 889-2000

While everything around it has changed, the Rio is still serving excellent food with old-style, friendly service. great wings too!

SEASIDE CHEESE COMPANY 600 Park Blvd (609) 884-8700

A huge plus for the area when it opened, and this place continues to delight with savory gourmet cheeses and treats.

SUNSET LIQUORS 106 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May (609) 435-5052

A brand-new liquor store has hit town, conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard. Spirits, wines, beers, ice and snacks - check it out!

Liquor Store

Please call for info




TISHA’S 318 Washington Street Mall (609) 884-9119

This local favorite moved from Convention Hall to the mall, at the former site of Stumpo’s. Delicious food for lunch and dinner!

B, L, D

$18-$35 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




THE UGLY MUG 426 Washington Street Mall Cape May (609) 884-3459

A Cape May legend, and even better now that they’ve put those wonderful booths in there — such a treat. You’ll find some of the best live entertainment in town here!

L, D

$12-$25 Cards: V, MC, AE, D

UKAI 1500 Route 47 South, Rio Grande (609) 770-7773

Enjoy delicious, fresh and nutritious authentic Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine — all homemade. Try the Fire Wok!

L, D

$2-$37 Cards: V, MC, AE




UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE Beach Avenue & Perry Street Cape May (609) 884-7199

Reliably excellent food – there is a reason why people wait... excellent breakfasts. Open daily. Located right on the beachfront by Congress Hall.

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VINCENZO’S LITTLE ITALY II 3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May (609) 889-6610

If you want to bring the family for a fine and fun Italian meal, look no further than here! The kids will love it. Check out their recently expanded pizzeria

L, D

$8-$20 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




WASHINGTON INN 801 Washington Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-5697

Superb gourmet food, and a bar to get your night off on the right foot. Amazing wine list. Check out their $5 specials at the Wine Bar.


$18-$34 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




WILLOW CREEK WINERY 168 Stevens Street, West Cape May (609) 770-8782

You can “adopt” one of the vines on this breathtaking, 50-acre winery, which will afford you the VIP treatment!


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12/1: Wassail Day At Historic Cold Spring Village

Herb “Bebop” and Pat Baasch

Jane and Mark Bainbridge

Sheri and George Muller


Marie Nicole’s STEAK




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12/1: Journey To Bethlehem At Holy Spirit Lutheran Church



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Breakfast with Santa!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/1: Journey To Bethlehem At Holy Spirit Lutheran Church PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV

A Holiday Tradition!

Rabbi Harry Tibbrine, Tim Worrell

Saturday, Dec. 15th & 22nd 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All you can eat Breakfast Buffet

$10.95 Adults, $6.95 Children

Bring your camera!

Michael Conwell, Mary Ann Breden

Reservations suggested!

Toy Drive

For Victims of Hurricane Sandy

In our Lobby Dec 1st - 15th At the Grand Hotel 1045 Beach Avenue 609.884.5611

Sharon Buehler, Stephen Breden

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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12/1: 26th Crafts And Christmas Show At Convention Hall

Stephanie Vozzi, Stephanie Stampone, Lauren Veasey, Amanda Hernández, Nina Krych, Suzanne Panepinto PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV... TO ORDER COPIES, PLEASE CALL (609) 770-8479

The Exit Zero Clip Art and Fake Ad Contests will return in February 2013... Thanks for playing! CONTEST WINNERS November 29 issue

CONTEST ANSWERS November 29 Issue


CLIP ART ANSWER: Page 63 - Cape Atlantic Book Ad

Diane Zih • Eileen Smith

FAKE AD WINNERS: Michael P. Kelly • Deborah Begley

FAKE AD ANSWER: Page 60 - Jock-o-Gram Ad

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12/1: 26th Crafts And Christmas Show At Convention Hall PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV

Japanese • Sushi • Chinese • Thai Cuisine

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK YEAR ROUND Lunch • Dinner • Take-Out • Catering 315 Ocean Street, Washington Commons Mall (609) 898-0088 •

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EXIT ZERO Contact Jason Black for rates and info Cell (609) 408-7629 • email

Stanley Jr, Stanley Sr, Rachel

Lunch and Dinner Daily Dinners start at 4pm - Serving Fresh Seafood, Cut to Order Prime Rib, NY Strips & Flat Iron Steaks, Veal, Chicken and Pasta

EARLY BIRDS 4-5:30PM Breakfast Served Weekends Only 8-11:30 Sat. and 8-12:30 Sun. Catering on site or off site

Reservations Recommended 1891 BAYSHORE ROAD, VILLAS 609-889-8500

Grace Talarico, Walter Williams

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Uncle Bill’s

12/1: 26th Crafts And Christmas Show At Convention Hall PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV


Breakfast with Santa December 22 - 23

breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-2pm Monday - Friday 6:30am-2pm on Saturday & Sunday

Queen of Design LLC


Authentic Italian Cuisine

Seafood & Fine Dining New York Strip Steak • Filet Mignon • Veal Cutlet • Center Cut Pork Chops

Jim Salway, Audrey Young, Marge Salway, Herb and Bunny Kuhl

Early Bird Special... Complimentary Glass of Wine with each Early Bird Dinner. Available Sunday thru Friday from 3:30-5:30

3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May Cape Plaza Shopping Center • 889-6610

Bobbi Oliver

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The Undertow


Terry O’Brien’s legendary column, which changed the face of Cape May, is back, and it’s as pretty good as ever

WOULD like to start this week with a deep, heartfelt apology… to Parker Smith (Fvuhrt!). It is tasteless to use a silent-but-deadly fart sound as a man’s sound effect, though if any of you have seen more than 3 minutes of a show at Elaine’s you know it to be apt. (This is not, repeat NOT an insult; Elaine’s is home to some great, quick-witted, ad-lib theater… and fart jokes.) So, from this moment forward, Parker Smith’s (Fvhurt!) sound effect shall be, um, Parker Smith (Ping!*). And now, the elephant in the room (see what I did there?). I think a lot of you out there know me. If not personally, then through my 9 or so years of Undertow-ing in these pages, which probably offers a clearer window into my soul than any 10-minute face-to-face over a cocktail at the Ebbitt Room or Brown Room (though I will happily oblige those who invite). So I think most of you know that I am a man unafraid to ask an awkward, delicate, uncomfortable or seemingly inappropriate question, be it in person or in print. I think it is this aspect of my personality that makes me a semi-decent columnist, as well as socially

fearless. It is also the aspect that makes me sort of a dick. I would like to do something I rarely do — quote from one of my own columns; “In no way do I mean to denigrate the mission or existence of Animal Outreach; they are all dedicated, warm-hearted people looking out for our four-legged friends...” That probably would have been a pretty good place to stop. However, despite those words, it appears I have done just that. I sometimes forget the power of the printed word; it becomes very easy to sit here in my ivory tow… my regal esta… my humble abo… my house in Erma and throw lightning bolts from on high like Zeus, forgetting that those

lightning bolts often create human reactions, with animal consequences. And poop on the rug. So I come before you this week a humbled man, having learned, through several sources, including a very well-written letter to this magazine, that I have ruffled the feathers… wait, sorry they don’t do birds (more on that later)… that I have angered a few (hundreds of) people with my comments regarding Animal Outreach a few weeks ago (and probably with that sentence). The writers (I don’t know who or how many as they chose to CRAVENLY HIDE behind the generic “Animal Outreach” moniker… sorry, sorry… still working on that gracious thing) of that pithy missive described my comments as “careless”, and I would merely like to take a moment to defend that particular accusation. My statements may have been ill-informed (I drew my conclusions based on reportage from, ahem, Exit Zero magazine), but they certainly were not careless; I wrote about 12 versions of that week’s column and the one that went to print was

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The Undertow ? From Page 41 the least offensive of them. In the great tradition of Oliver North and Susan Rice, I testify that my comments were accurate at the time based on the information I had. However, the real point of that column was to point out a dichotomy I saw at work; Convention Hall vs Animal Outreach. Why I chose to follow that by (metaphorically) kicking a puppy I can’t say, my only explanation is that I was on deadline and the column wasn’t going to write itself. And as for AO’s letter, if I couldn’t take as good as I give I wouldn’t write half the stuff I do (believe me when I say; Undertow blowback is constant, though very rarely published). Finally, as for my “attempt” at a clever pun, I did, in fact, mean half-cockatooed, NOT half-cockapooed, since birds are animals also, and the place is called “Animal Outreach”, not “Cat and Dog Outreach.” This is blatant animal racism at worst, simple animal snobbery at best. (But had I known cockapoo was a thing that existed I probably would have used that instead, so let’s call this one a draw.) Anyway, this is a very longwinded way of saying; I’m sorry, Animal Outreach. On the bright side, from my stupidity came a vigorous discussion of your mission, so perhaps not all bad? I hope this earns your forgiveness, though I know not all of you will, specifically Sue Lotozo of Flying Fish, who advised I be ashamed of myself (I’m not; there’s nothing wrong with posing questions) and wished upon me a lump of coal for Christmas (which is more than I’m expecting, thanks!). Make sure to read next week when I will be talking about the gays and the blacks... Had a very interesting Facebook chat with EZ “Answer Lady” Kate Chadwick regarding the “Frankenstein screw” in her hip. She further suggested that “Frankenstein Screw” would make an excellent band name. Kate was also quick to defend my Animal Outreach remarks, saying that even as a “tree-hugging,

liberal cat lady” she did not find them offensive... Now onto some hep cats. Acousticed my mayhem off with Will Knapp (Ding!) and Bill Caterini at Good Night Irene’s on Saturday. The evening was fraught with tension as my son Jackson was in the North Cape May Christmas Parade, which I was ASSURED would be over by 8:30 at the latest. Well, at 9:05 we finally snatched him from the Bayshore 8 parking lot, zipped home (slowed just enough to push them out without injury) and pulled up at Irene’s at 9:35 for our 10pm gig. Somehow, we loaded-in and were ready-to-go at 9:55. Of course, we didn’t start til 10:15. We’re musicians. Tuesday, Will Knapp (D… eh…) and I played a private party at the Anglesea Pub; captive crowds are the best! Bill O’Connell (Elite Public Adjusters and Cape Island Building & Restorations) was the host, and was kind enough to kick in a little something extra for the season. So I hope the rest of you are paying attention… I am proud and excited to announce the First (Hopefully) Annual Beatles Open Mic Night, Cape May, which will take place Sunday, January 20 in The Boiler Room at Congress Hall from 8pm-midnight (or later, if necessary… so let’s make it necessary!). I know it’s a Sunday, but I also know it’s Monday is a national holiday, so no worries about having to get up early. All are welcome to sing/ play/ listen/ drink. I have set up an event page on the Facebook with further details and where you may sign-up for your song! You can play solo, bring your own combo or play with ours (Will Knapp {Ding!}, Terry Dougherty, Mike O’Brien and Al Olivero). As of 7:20pm Saturday night, 40 of the 50 song slots have been claimed! Singers and players range from some of my non-professional Friday night karaoke buddies, to bands like 5 Hour Jones and Ten Eddy Drive. And, of course, Parker Smith (Ping!*) ’Til next week, don’t get caught in The Undertow. *Try to “hear” it as that submarine sound.

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The Movie Column

This week, Stan Welsh, Cape May Film Society member, reviews “Silver Linings Playbook”


EATURING an acclaimed cast, Silver Linings Playbook is receiving rave reviews, including Oscar buzz... the film just received multiple nominations from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. The movie tells the story of a former teacher (played by Bradley Cooper) who returns home after a stint in a mental institution to live with his father (Robert DeNiro). As Cooper’s character tries to make amends with his ex-wife, he meets a mysterious woman named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who begins to pursue him. With star power like this, it’s no surprise the film is a crowd pleaser. It was especially refreshing to see DeNiro in his role as the father — not stereotypical “DeNiro,” but a bit more subdued. BUT! While the lead actors (supposedly in a romantic relationship) give good performances, their 15-year age difference does not go unnoticed. The gap is so striking, perhaps, because there are so few romantic scenes between the two; for most



The age difference between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is bit distracting in Silver Linings Playbook, according to our reviewer of the film, they look almost like brother and sister. When they finally do begin to get romantic, the fit seems awkward. Equally awkward was the acting in a number of scenes, due largely to what I see as a trend going on in films. You can sometimes tell when actors are told by a director to improvise in order to achieve a more natural interaction. This happened throughout Silver Linings Playbook, and it made for less

than authentic moments. The effect was actually opposite of the intention — interactions came across even more forced than if they had been scripted. Finally, there has been a lot of hype about this movie being set in Philadelphia, but really — except for just a few short scenes — it did not showcase the city very well. It’s almost as if the bulk of the film was shot in a Hollywood studio and then the director asked the actors, “So what city do you want to set this in?” When they answered “We like Philadelphia,” he sent them there with a skeleton crew to pick up some extra shots. (Caveat: A friend who works as an extra in many films set in this city told me that, nevertheless, most of the movie was, in fact, shot there.) All that said, I can’t say that this movie won’t provide for an entertaining night out. But if it does win an Oscar, it may be at the expense of more worthy films. Learn more about free membership to the Cape May Film Society at capemayfilm. org.

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Caitlin Supka, a former employee of Jackson Mountain and the Blue Pig who now works in advertising for the Wall Street Journal, once told her 18-year-old sister that at the moment she got engaged, it would be nice if someone were there to snap a photo. Knowing this, her boyfriend Bob Raimondo, who works in financial research in Manhattan, asked local photographer Mary Pat Myers to wait on the Queen Street jetty on the evening of December 1. Then, Bob asked Caitlin to walk with him to Queen Street, in order to assess any Sandy damage. It was here he popped the question, while Mary captured the moment nearby. Afterward, the couple and their families celebrated with drinks at the Virginia Hotel, before watching the West Cape May Christmas Parade. “It was fun to see Caitlin so shocked, because she’s such a difficult person to surprise,” said Caitlin’s mother, Terri. “She’s still over the moon.”

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12/3: “Getting Small Business Back To Work” Event At Convention Hall

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, with the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cape May and Constant Contact presented this “Restore the Shore” event, open to the entire state. Every attendee left with a business continuation planner and a disaster preparedness guide. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV... TO ORDER COPIES, PLEASE CALL (609) 770-8479

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« FUN FACT... The local elementary Parent Teachers Association serves all four schools in Lower Township: Memorial, Mitnick, Maud Abrams, and Sandman — pre-k through sixth grade. Their fundraiser, in which 27 vendors participated, raised $2,000, and the money, according to president Peg McCann, goes toward things like sixth grade graduation, free functions (movie night, carnival day), color-coded T-shirts for keeping track of youngins on field trips to the zoo, and important seminars for parents and guardians. “Recently,” Peg said, “we brought in an excellent speaker for parents of children with ADD and ADHD children.”

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The Old Fogey


Ah, those good old Cape May days... by Jackson D’Catur

EINDEER are not to be trusted: just ask that old fool, Santa. Well, I say “ask” when I really mean “if only you had asked him before the reindeer got him, then perhaps he’d have seen some sense, but it’s too late, unless that McManus fellow is in town and can use his mediumish talents to channel him.” You see, back in the old days, Claus’s sleigh was pulled by a dozen sheep; they were placid, reliable and other than a nasty f latulence problem, first-class helpers. But Claus was always looking for the next trend, and one December 25 morning in the Brown Room, celebrating a successful night’s deliveries with a Bloody Mary, he announced he wanted something more modern. He was considering pigs, but was worried high-altitude f lights might chill them. I tried to interest him in a train of Yorkshire Terriers, much like Young Albert — I estimated that it would only take 3,000 of the indomitable canines to get the sleigh airborne — but he was not convinced they were festive enough.

In the end, he settled on reindeer against the advice of myself and Ernie Hemingway, who recounted in gory detail his encounter with the dread Great Bull Reindeer of Lapland that ended only when Ernie emptied an entire magazine from his Vickers machine gun into the bloody-antlered fiend as it consumed an igloo of Inuit. Well, Claus could not be swayed; he soon had a dozen fearsome beasts hitched up and ready. Yes, a dozen. But such is the nature of reindeer that within minutes Bob, Blitzkreig and Felcher had been gored to

death and eaten by the rest of the pack. Things were deceptively calm for a while; some household pets disappeared, and a higher-than-average amount of reindeer poop dropped at high velocity onto carol services on Christmas Eve, but Claus seemed pleased by his rakish new image. Then, as media attention focused on the reindeer, and they got name-checked in songs and movies, tensions f lared, jealousies formed. Claus particularly came to resent Rudolph, who he saw as an opportunistic blowhard. And Rudolph was bitter than he got no share of revenue from merchandise bearing his face. So one Christmas Day, as Claus climbed wearily up the final chimney of the night, Rudolph struck: Santa was bundled into his own empty sack and dumped in the Arctic Ocean. During the scuff le, that dastardly reindeer’s nose was bloodied, hence the nickname. And who drives that least pleasant of sleighs now? Well, every year Rudolph kidnaps a suitably bearded and fat Cape May native for that dubious honor. Lock your doors, you corpulent hairies.

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A Very Zombie Christmas

“All I want for Christmas is YOU...,” chapter four of Terry O’Brien’s chilling holiday short story Cape May Police Headquarters, City Hall, Washington Street; 3:30am:


AROL Wiggins had always been a bit absent-minded, as her husband was fond of reminding her, usually amidst a group of friends, usually after a few cocktails. This always made her angry, and had an off-putting effect on their friends. But this moment, rushing into work at such an ungodly hour to retrieve the centerpiece of her husband’s gift array, well, at this moment all of those nasty little barbs felt well earned. She keyed open the heavy brass doors of the city hall building, brought with her a tailing wind that sapped the foyer of what little heat had been bouncing off the old radiators. The marble floor sucked the heat out through her shoes. Thick, wet snowflakes fell out of her graying black hair. It was predicted days earlier that the Christmas Eve super storm would hit the Cape. Here, predicting weather was notoriously unreliable, but unfortunately, the weathermen were right this time. Fat flakes tumbled off Carol’s coat, dissolved on the crunchy, salt-covered floor. “Gracious,” she said, stomping her feet, shedding clumps like a melting snowman. In reality, she was a robust 53, looked 10 years younger, dark hair framing an open, pretty face, the only concession to age the crow’s feet at the corner of each eye. WHAM! “Eep!” The high winds sucked the doors shut. “Goodness…” Heart twittering, she scurried down the dim hallway lined with courtrooms and legal offices. It terminated at a set of stairs; down to the police station, up to more offices. Carol went up, turned at the landing, up again and down another long hall to a door that read, “Office of the Prosecutor.” She may have been a bit daft at times, but she was the toughest DA the town had seen. Her husband could stick it up his ass. “Come on, Carol,” she admonished herself, fumbling her keys with frozen fingers. A minute later she had the gift in her bag and was re-locking the door. Tired, but elated, she bounded down the hallway and stairs to the 1st floor hallway, eyed the heavy brass doors and prepared herself for the storm beyond. She reached into the bag

Despite the chaos that surrounded them, it was clear to all that they loved each other. Which is why it was so strange to see Bruce eating Stefan’s face. for her keys, chastising herself for tossing them in there to begin with knowing she’d need them again so soon. “Forgetful old…” WHAM! “Christ!” The doors flew open. Carol clutched her chest. “Prosecutor Wiggins?” asked the Hispanic man in the doorway. Carol eyeballed him. “Officer Torres?” CMPD Officer Kermy Torres stepped into the foyer. “Sorry, ma’am… the wind… door got away from me.” He shouldered them closed until the automatic lock engaged with a soft click. “Same thing happened to me,” she said, “but I haven’t been that startled in ages.” “My apologies, ma’am. Our rear service entry is snowed in.” Carol was flabbergasted. “Already? It’s only been snowing for 10 minutes!” “Yes, ma’am.” “Stop with the ma’am. Call me Carol.” “Yes ma’am.” Just then a cute little blonde boy in a large parka stepped from behind the policeman’s winter trench. Carol gave the boy’s head a rub. “And who do we have here?” “Uh, James Pratt. Jimmy, to his friends.”

She cocked an eye. “Pratt?” “Yes, ma’am.” Her face fell. For a moment she looked every one of her 53 years. Kermy said, “We’re here to get this guy something to eat.” Jimmy, in a scratchy voice, said, “Kermy says I can have anything I want, ‘cause it’s Christmas Eve and everything. I’m gonna have a Kit-Kat and a Coca-Cola Zero!” “That sounds awesome,” Carol said, then to Kermy, “Where are we with this?” Kermy shook his head. “The mom?” Another shake. “I’ve got to go. Feel free to reach out to me tomorrow if you need any resources.” Kermy tipped his hat. “That’s a lovely sentiment, ma’am, but I’m afraid you’re not going anywhere.” “Pardon?” Kermy pushed the door open; all was white, swirling madness. She sighed deeply. “Can this night get any worse?” She saw Jimmy Pratt digging at his nose and immediately regretted the choice of words.

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Page 60 A Very Zombie Christmas ? From Page 59 Kermy said, “It should pass in a few hours, until then you can hunker down here with us, maybe catch a few Z’s in a holding cell.” “Oh, you’d like that,” she laughed. “I can just see you putting a picture on the social network. No thanks.” Kermy smiled. “You got me. Come one, I’ll make us a pot of coffee.” “Deal.” Kermy scoffed. “And they said you were a tough negotiator. Come on, Jimmy. Let’s get you that Kit-Kat.” Jimmy scampered after them. “Oh, boy!” They ambled down the hallway and the two twisting flights of steps, through a set of glass doors and into the reception area of the Cape May Police Department. “Hola, Lola,” Kermy called as they entered. “Hola, Kermy,” replied the very attractive young lady behind the reception desk. “Lola, this is Mrs. Carol Wiggins, the city prosecutor, and Jimmy Pratt…” “The 10-65?” Lola asked sadly. Kermy nodded.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 “Poor thing. Did you find the mother…” Kermy stopped her. “I promised Jimmy here he could have the run of the vending machines. Can you do that for me?” Lola said, with a look that said, Sorry, that was insensitive. “I’m not supposed to leave the desk unattended.” Kermy replied with a wink that said, It’s okay, I know you didn’t mean any harm. “It’s okay. I’ll cover you.” “Well then,” Lola came around the desk and offered Jimmy a hand, “Follow me, young man. A garden of Earthly delights awaits you.” Jimmy took her hand. “I don’t know what that means but it sounds yummy!” “Bruce and Stefan still in lock-up?” Kermy asked her. She answered, “Byrne brothers, present and accounted for.” “The Byrne brothers,” Carol said with disdain. Kermy nodded. “Got into the sauce early today. On the bright side, we won’t have to go dig their frozen remains out of a snowdrift.” Carol added, “Or frozen into the mall fountain, a stream of icy urine holding them in place.” “Oh God,” Kermy chuckled.

“Ew!” Jimmy offered. Lola made a squinchy face and said, “They’ve been passed out since around midnight. Last I checked they were both sawing logs pretty good, when the watch commander stopped in.” “Watch commander?” Kermy asked. “Yeah,” Lola replied. “He was National Guard, I think, flashed a military ID. Said he was here in advance of the storm. Actually, he said he talked to you.” Kermy shook his head. “First I heard.” “Huh,” Lola grunted. “Maybe he talked to Todd, Officer Reagan. He talked fast, really fast.” Kermy waved her off, “I’ll call Chief Miller later, he probaby knows what’s going on. Now let’s get this kid some nutritious broccoli from that vending machine.” “What?” Jimmy protested, eyes popping. “You said I could have a candy!” Lola pulled Jimmy away. “He’s just messing with you.” Jimmy looked over his shoulder, very serious. “Not very funny, Officer Torres.” Kermy smiled and off they went. Carol sighed, “He’s got a rough road ahead.”

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 A Very Zombie Christmas ? From Page 60 Kermy answered, “Only thing in his favor is he’s so young. Lost my mom when I was 18, my dad when I was 25. It’s harder to say goodbye to someone you’ve known that long. But at least I got to know them. You know? This kid…” “It’s tragic, either way,” Carol said with finality. “Now… coffee?” Kermy moved behind the reception desk to the coffee machine, placed the filter in the trap, poured some Maxwell House, unmeasured, from the bag, then pushed it into the old Bunn machine. In a few seconds the aroma of fresh coffee filled the reception area and a lovely brown stream filled the pot. “If you don’t mind my asking, what are you doing here so late?” Carol flushed, “I left my husband’s gift… you know Harvey, the judge?” “I do.” Asshole. “Forgot it in my desk. Had to wait for the old fart to fall asleep so I could sneak out. Then I fell asleep waiting for him to fall asleep…” her flush deepened. “Don’t get old, Officer Torres.” “I’ll try not to. Cream and sugar?” “Little of each.” He fixed their cups, handed her a steaming mug. “So, what’d you get him?” She set the cup down and took a slim package from her bag. “iPad 2.” Kermy whistled. “Nice.” “Expensive.” “Convenient. He can do all of his emailing and networking on that thing.” He took a sip of coffee. “Yes,” Carol agreed. “He can also stop watching his porn in the living room.” The coffee went flying. Carol laughed. “I’m sorry.” “Don’t be,” Kermy protested and wiped his shirt. “Just… not what I was expecting.”

“Oh, it’s not like he’s addicted to it or anything, I know you men have… needs. And frankly, if he’s watching somebody else do it, it means I don’t have to. So there are benefits. Doesn’t mean I want to hear it right outside my bedroom door. He can take this to the den or the bathroom or wherever he wants to… you know. At least I assume you know.” Kermy laughed. “I do, I do… and I hate to be a smart ass, but… you could have just gotten him a set of headphones.” Carol said, sotto voce, “There’s also consideration to be given to the carpet.” Kermy raised a hand. “I think I’ve heard enough.” “Oh don’t be such a boy scout.” “Believe me, Mrs. Wiggins, I’m not,” “I told you, call me Carol.” “Yes, ma’am.” She sighed. “Since neither of us will be driving anywhere anytime soon, would you like to…” She produced a silver flask from her bag. “No thanks.” “Do you mind if I…” “Mrs. Wiggins; it’s Christmas morning, you’re off the clock and socked in. Go crazy.” She winked. “Good man.” Then she poured a healthy snort into her mug. They stood in silence for a moment, sipping at their mugs. This was easily the most he’d ever interacted with the prosecutor outside the courtroom, and he liked her; accessible but strong, smart but human. And damn good-looking. He downed his coffee, suddenly sweating. “Another cup?” She raised her mug, “I’m fine, thank you.” He poured a second cup and considered the ink-stained, key-scarred reception desk, the coffee machine 20 years too late to pasture. As far as police departments went this one

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A Very Zombie Christmas ? From Page 62 was modest; small town, small police force, so not a lot of real estate needed. But it had character; the small waiting area, the small warren of offices and cubicles behind it. To one side was an interrogation room with 2-way mirror, on the other, pay phones and rest rooms. On the far wall, designed just so that it almost disappeared into the wall, was the door to another hallway. This one, full of vending machines, led to the rear of the building and the holding cells, where there was another, smaller reception area, where relatives could bail out their bike thieving uncles then sit and wait for them to claw through the red tape to release. No cop was ever really motivated to expedite this process. This was also the back entrance to Police HQ, the one currently so snowed under it forced Kermy around to the front doors to scare the hell out of Mrs. Wiggins. The vending machines. It dawned on Kermy that Lola and Jimmy had been gone longer than they should have been to get a candy bar and soda. He filled with dread. “Mrs. Wiggins, Carol. Would you please watch the desk for a moment?” He shucked off his trench coat, put a hand on his pistol, and trotted to the far hallway door. Heart racing, he pulled it open as if entering a home on a 911 call; tight and tense. “Jimmy,” he poked his head into the hallway. “You okay in there, buddy?” “I’m fine, Officer Torres,” the little boy answered. “You want a sip of my soda?” Jimmy sighed; sure enough, there was Jimmy, sitting, unperturbed, on a plastic bench, chomping on a Kit-Kat. “I sure would,” Kermy answered. The boy looked fine, but the hairs on the back of his neck

stood up anyway. Lola. “Here you go,” Jimmy offered the soda. Kermy took an exaggerated sip. “Mmm-mmm, that’s good. Say buddy, did you see where Miss Lola went?” Jimmy bit chocolate-covered wafer and pointed at the door on the other end of the hallway marked, “HOLDING.” “Thanks, pal. Do me a favor and stay right here.” “Sure,” Jimmy shrugged, the candy bar the most interesting thing on Earth. Kermy went to the door, peered through the window. It was narrow, 6-inches wide, 3-feet high, inlaid with wire. Through it, he couldn’t see much. The holding cells were perpendicular to the door, so no direct vantage point from here. Neither could he get enough of an angle on the rest of the room to see where Lola might be. He pushed it open a crack. “Lola? You okay?” In response he heard only a low moan; either the wind whipping around the walls or one of the Byrnes waking up from their load. Neither explained why no answer from Lola. His dread fell deeper. “Amiga?” At this the moan took on a slightly more animal tone. Kermy unsnapped his holster, pushed the door open. “I’m coming in.” So he did. And there was Lola, looking completely normal, except for the trembling hand over her mouth and the tears streaming out of her fixed eyes. “Madre de Dios…” Kermy rushed to her side, checked her; no injuries, but her body thrummed like a hummingbird. “Lola, what is it?” She said nothing, so he followed her eyes into the locked cell. “Bruce?” Bruce and Stefan Byrne

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were brothers, fishermen, and notorious rabble-rousers who spent almost as many nights here in the city lock-up as they did in the shitty little house they shared by the canal. Like most fishermen Kermy knew, as hard as they worked to make money while out at sea, they worked equally hard to ruin their lives once ashore, and anyone’s life who might be in close proximity. If there was a bar fight in town, a Byrne was likely the starter. Or finisher. But they also had a rowdy charm, a shabby charisma. Stefan the pipsqueak at 6’2”-250, Bruce the protective big brother at 6’4”-270. Despite the chaos that surrounded them it was clear to all that they loved each other. Which is why it was so strange to see Bruce eating Stefan’s his face. “KERMY!” Carol. He pulled Lola out of the holding area, put her on the bench next to Jimmy, took her face in his hands. “Watch. Him.” She managed a nod. He bolted down the hallway and back into the main offices. Carol was crouching behind the reception desk. “What is it?” he asked. “Ssh! Listen…” So he did. For a second. Then two. “I don’t hear any…” WHAM! Carol clutched his arm. “Okay. I heard that.” WHAM! The front doors. Locked. Or were they? Think. Doors open. Carol screamed. Kermy apologized. The door clicked. Yes. Locked. So they weren’t being blown open by the wind. Which meant… “Someone’s trying to get in.” He stood. Carol whispered, “What are

you doing?” “Going to see who it is.” “But… are you sure?” He told her, “Carol. I’m not sure of anything right now. But I do know those old doors won’t hold up to that kind of beating.” WHAM! She nodded, scared, but firm. “I’ll come with you.” Strong. Around the desk, out the main HQ doors, up the steps to the dim corridor of City Hall. WHAM! The sound was louder, more urgent up here. Carol trembled against him but kept on. WHAM! Twenty feet from the door. Shuffle shuffle. Now 10 feet. WHAM! Five feet now. Tense, waiting for the next crash, but it didn’t come. Five seconds. Ten. Kermy moved Carol to the far side of the hall, motioned for her to wait. She nodded assent. Still silent. A deep breath, a firm grip on the handle. “Wait…” Carol hissed. Just inside the doors, was an old “In Case of Fire: BREAK GLASS” container and, inside it, an axe. Using her scarf she broke the glass, removed the axe, hefted it in her hands once, twice. Kermy nodded. Strong. He took the door handle. A squeeze and a click, unlocked. A look at Carol, she squeezed the axe. He opened the door. WHAM! The door slammed open, pushed by the howling wind, a swirl of wet flakes exploded into the foyer, caked against Kermy’s face and chest. “Hold it!” he shouted to Carol and she did. “Shut it behind me! I’ll knock 3 times! You let me in!” She nodded. He swallowed hard and stepped out onto the front landing, which sat at the top of 13 stone stairs. In the blizzard it was hard to see much. The snow

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What’s Your Story?

Every week, we ask: Who the heck are you and what are you doing here? Who are you? We are William and Brenda Badie from Ephrata, Pennsylvania. What do you do? (Brenda) I am a stay-at-home mom, and my husband is a retired army trooper. What brings you to Cape May? We love to travel to new places. We’ve never been here before, and we wanted to check out the Victorian homes. What’s in the bag? We’ve been doing some shopping on the mall! Chocolate-covered nuts and Christmas ornaments. Plans for tonight? We heard it’s wing night at the C-View; I think we’ll check that out. Favorite reindeer name? Prancer. Interview by Gabi Urda PHOTOGRAPH BY GABI URDA

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The Answer Lady


HE Answer Lady invites inquiries from gentle readers on all manner of relationship quandaries, matters of the heart and ethics. If you’d like to send a query, write to Dear Answer Lady Christmas is my favorite time of year — I love everything about it: the decorations, the food, the lights. My husband indulges me, but he draws the line at Christmas music. He can’t stand it, so I never get to play it without him whining. I need someone to agree with me that he is a big Grinch. In print. — Santa’s Little Helper Dear Helper He does sound Grinchy, although the Answer Lady can see both sides of this situation. For instance, her cold, stony heart gets warm and fuzzy upon hearing “Marshmallow World” by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; watch it on youtube if you need a reason to smile. And Burle Ives’ “Holly, Jolly Christmas makes her feels like a kid again. On the other hand, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” makes her want to put a fork in

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her very own ear, and she truly wonders how the brilliant mind of Paul McCartney could possibly be responsible for both the genius that is “A Day In The Life” AND the egregious “Wonderful Christmastime.” (Even in her advanced elderly state, it’s amazing how quickly the Answer Lady can sprint to the radio dial when that slice of hell comes on.) Speaking of hell, when the Answer Lady gets there, she looks forward to a chat with Bernie Taupin and Elton John to find out exactly what they were on while writing

the horrific “Step Into Christmas;” she feels as if she has indeed stepped into something every time she is subjected to it. But the Answer Lady digresses. As with all things Grinch and elf, compromise is key. Perhaps your husband will tolerate Christmas music in timed increments (while baking cookies, perhaps?), and then tune into Cape May’s own WCFA-FM 101.5 for a spell. The Answer Lady is a fan of MQ Murphy’s “Six Degrees” on Saturday mornings, and Phil Broder’s Tuesday night “Original Audio.” Dear Answer Lady My sister broke up with her boyfriend and I am now her date for her office’s VERY upscale Christmas party. I don’t have money for a last-minute fancy ensemble… help! — Christmas Belle — Dear Belle Cape May is home to two wonderful consignment shops. The Ladies Room never fails for something fabulous on the cheap, and VIMspirations Thrift Shop supports the great work being done by Volunteers In Medicine. A stop at either place will make you the Belle of the ball.

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’Twas the night before Christmas, and all over town People were walking around with a frown. “I’ve been to the shops and I’ve been to the mall, I’ve scoured each one, the large and the small. All the gifts look the same, and nowhere I seek Can I find a present that’s really unique. I want ornaments, music boxes and books of the best; Scarves, jewelry and teapots that are not like the rest.” Then they heard Santa say, “Before it’s too late, Try the Carriage House Shop at the Physick Estate.”

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A Very Zombie Christmas ? From Page 66 seemed to occupy all space. He shielded his eyes, scanned the immediate area; nobody. But at his feet, crumpled up like a soda can, was a metal trash receptacle. The brass door bore deep scars where it had been struck. Guess it wasn’t a tree, goddammit. There were no hiding places on the landing, no notches to crawl into then pop out and brain him. He was alone. He started down, into the teeth of the swirling wind. He usually hated the cold, but right now, it felt good, slowed him down. He walked down the stairs, and stepped onto Washington. There was 8 inches on the ground, and all was coated thick with white; trees, cars, even the dark seemed white. He looked around, trying to find whomever was breaking down the door, but visibility was just about zero in full dark in the driving nor’easter. Whoever it was, they were gone. He started back to the steps, but stopped; something caught his eye and he backed up into the street. Through the blanket of falling snow, backlit by the blinking red and yellow lights of the nearby further traffic signals at Washington and Ocean, he saw what looked like two dozen snowmen at various points along the street. Gazing north he saw two dozen, checkered by the traffic light near the fire station. He began to wonder who the hell would build 50 snowmen in this god-awful blow. Then he noticed they were moving. His heart leapt. He bounded up the steps. “Carol! Let me in! CAROL!” He pounded on the door; once, twice, thrice. The things were closer. The door opened. Carol yelled, “Is everything okay?” Kermy opened his mouth to answer, but before he could answer Carol shrieked, “KERMY!”

He turned in time to see the giant thing come rushing. “Carol!” It tackled him. Hard. They tumbled in through the door and slid 20-feet across the wet marble floor. “Oh my God!” Carol yelled. “Bar the door!” Kermy shouted, wrestling with it. Carol slammed the door, tested the lock; tight. “OFF!” the thing screamed. They writhed on the floor. “What do I do?” Carol cried. “Stay back,” Kermy grunted. “I got this!” “OFF!” the thing shouted again, lifted Kermy up by the shoulders, slammed him against the wall. He most certainly did not got this. “KERMY!” The thing’s strangled voice cried again, “OFF! OFF! CUT IT OFF!” Kermy, pinned against the wall, gathered himself. He could not overpower it. Instead he slapped it hard in the face. Hard. Snow went flying. The thing stopped, blinked its eyes. And Kermy recognized it. “Chris?” The thing blinked again. “Kersh?” “Kermy!” Chris said, a moment of clarity. “Chris, what’s the mat…” “Quick, you’ve got to cut if off! NOW!” He was growing hysterical again. “Chris! Chris, cut what off?” “THIS!” Chris screamed and held up his right hand. Only it wasn’t really a hand anymore. It was the skeleton of a hand, mottled grey skin pulled tight like canvas, bones poking through the fingertips. “Chris, I don’t understand!” “Stay back!” Carol shouted. She then swung the axe and cleaved Chris’ arm above the elbow. It fell to the floor, wriggled a moment, then died. Carol wiped the blood from her face. “I got this.” Next week: Undead Wonderland

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12/2: Breakfast With Santa At Townbank Fire Hall

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22nd 12 noon to 5pm Wrap up your holiday shopping in Stone Harbor! Discover the magical spirit of the season in a small town setting. The following stores will be open and offer Secret Santa Specials, Holiday Cheer and Free Gift Wrap (on most items) Barrie Shoes Bellanova Boutique at the Beach Christina’s of Stone Harbor Coastal FX Coffee Talk Free Shop Frog and Toad

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The Ultimate Cape May Activity Guide

Whether you want family fun, or a romantic night out, you will find the answer in here... get reading!


HE holiday season is upon us... okay, it’s been upon us since before Halloween when certain radio stations started playing Christmas tunes 24/7. (How many versions of “Frosty the Snowman” are there??) But now it’s really upon us, and Cape May is a hub for holiday happenings... from tre-lightings to breakfasts with the big guy. So pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, pop in your DVD of It’s a Wonderful Life (or go buy one if you don’t already have it, because that’s unacceptable), and read all about what’s happening on Cape Island this winter. For more information on any of the events you see below, contact the MidAtlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities at 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit Through December 30 Cape May Stage presents A Tuna Christmas: It’s 24 hours before Christmas and times are tough. Bertha Bumiller’s drunken husband hasn’t come home, her kids are messes, and a

Admission is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (62 and over), and $15 for students.

Christmas Phantom is destroying the town’s decorations. Two actors, 12 days of Christmas, and 24 hilarious characters will put a jingle in your sleigh. Performance schedule is as follows: Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, and Thursdays at 8pm. The Cape May Stage theater is located at The Robert Shackleton Playhouse on the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets.

December 26, 27 Chef’s Dine-Arounds: After all the cooking and cleaning you’ve done preparing for holiday company, you’re ready for someone else to do the work! At these events, you’ll enjoy a five-course gourmet feast, with each course served in one of Cape May’s premier restaurants. Wine will be provided with each course, with a representative from the sponsoring winery on hand to explain the pairings. A trolley shutle between restaurants is provided. The dine-arounds start at 6pm and cost $125 per person (gratuity included). Reserve early; dine-arounds are limited to 34. December 29 Cape May Wine Trail: Spend the afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. First,

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 Activity Guide ? From Page 75 enjoy lunch at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille, 1200 Route 109, and then take the trolley shuttle to Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, where you’ll learn about viniculture and visit the tasting rooms. $60 per person includes lunch and wine tastings. Event runs from 12-5pm. January 1 An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhbit: This exhibit of holiday traditions through the years allows you to stand beneath the branches of a huge Christmas tree and enjoy the dozens of buildings and village scenes of the Dickens Village. There will be Christmas toys, music and more, at the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. Physick Estate Christmas Tour: Visit the 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style. Learn about Victorian Christmas decorations and traditions on this guided daytime tour, beginning at 2:15pm. It also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tickets for adults are $10; for children, $5. Self-guided Wine Trail: Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and taste wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map and tasting glass. Offered from 12pm to 5pm. Visit the Cape May Lighthouse: Climb the 199 steps of this 1859 structure to get a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. Open from 12pm to 3pm, the lighthouse is located at the Cape May Point

State Park in Lower Township. Admission to the Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for children (ages 3-12). Historic District Trolley Tours: Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Offered at 1:30pm, the tour is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). January 5 Self-Guided Wine Trail: Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and taste wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map and tasting glass. Offered from 12pm to 5pm. Tickets are available in advance at the Washington Stree Mall information booth, the Hill House office, or the Carriage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, during hours of opeartion. Self-guided Wine and Brewery Trail: What’s brewing in Cape May? Some great spirits, as you’ll find out on this tour of two area wineries, Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, plus the new Cape May Brewing Company. At each stop, you’ll sample some of their products. Admission is $13 and includes map with directions. The tour is offered 12 pm to 5pm, and tickets are available in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, the Hill House office, or the Car-

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tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house musuem, the Emlen Physick Estate. Begins at 12:30p. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $10 for children (ages 3-12).

riage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, during hours of operation. Winery Cellar Tour and Tasting: Spend an afternoon at the award-winning Cape May Winery. The tour includes a barrel tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit and a complimentary tasting glass. It will be offered at 3pm, and tickets ($20 per person) are available in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, the Hill House office, or the Carriage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, during hours of operation. January 12 Self-guided Wine Trail: Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and taste wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map and tasting glass. Offered from 12pm to 5pm. Tickets are available in advance at the Washington Stree Mall information booth, the Hill House office, or the Carriage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, during hours of opeartion.

Emlen Physick Estate Tour: Enjoy this entertaining and educational guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Offered at 1:15pm, it’s $10 for adults, and $5 for children (ages 3-12).

Winery Cellar Tour and Tasting: Spend an afternoon at the award-winning Cape May Winery. The tour includes a barrel tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit and a complimentary tasting glass. It will be offered at 3pm, and tickets ($20 per person) are available in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, the Hill House office, or the Carriage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, during hours of operation. January 19 Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour: This guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic Disctric will be followed by a guided


Historic District Trolley Tours: Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Offered at 12:30pm, tours leave from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, and cost $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Self-guided Wine Trail: Visit Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and taste wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map and tasting glass. Offered 12pm to 5pm. Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, the Hill House office, or the Carriage House Visitor’s Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street.

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A weekly column by Catherine Dugan. This week: Celebrate a winter wedding.

APE May ramps up the romance in winter, so if you have a chance, attend a winter wedding. Cape May lovers grow used to weddings on summer days, when you’ll see a different bride every time you get up for a hot dog. Winter weddings are less common, and therefore more memorable. A bride alighting from a carriage to a garland-decked reception site is an image that harkens back to another era. Winter weddings also give a chance for memorable attire — a fun cape or shrug for the bride to keep warm, and rich velvets for the bridesmaids, who might carry muffs instead of flowers. Queen Victoria was a winter bride. She married her Albert in February, 1840, and used her wedding to promote a domestic product: Honiton lace. Before Victoria, royal brides favored metallic gowns, but Victoria saw a chance to spark an industry which was lagging in the midst of the industrial revolution. It worked — after her marriage, wealthy brides around the world clamored for white lace. Bleaching

A winter bride’s attire can be especially memorable. was expensive, so a bride who wore white was bragging about her wealth, not her chastity. Wedding white was not generally linked to virginity until the 20th century. Orange blossoms represented purity, and myrtle, domestic happiness, and Victoria carried both in her bouquet. Victoria chose a wedding breakfast, but most modern brides choose an evening celebration. The budget will go farther in Cape May in winter, letting the couple splurge on a carriage ride — complete with

jingle bells — from the church. Winter lovebirds also enjoy other benefits: vendors focusing on one wedding, more interesting light for pictures, and a town full of gorgeous decorations in the background. Out-of-town wedding guests enjoy lower prices at area inns. And no one has to worry about sweating her makeup off, at least until the party heats up. Winter brides often serve cozy comfort food and hot cocktails. The flowers might be unusual; think amaryllis, or feathers and cranberries in the bouquet. For favors, some brides choose iced gingerbread cookies, gourmet teas, candles or tiny bells. I’ve seen a winter wedding cake iced in a very pale blue that suggested ice crystals. Weddings By the Sea can help you plan your wedding, from the license and ceremony to the trolley to transport your guests. And Cape May offers plenty of locations: intimate restaurants, wineries, and more traditional locales like The Grand Hotel, Congress Hall, the Washington Inn, or the Southern Mansion. Next week: Choose your Resolution

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Z, a 3-year-old lab/shepherd mix, is in the shelter again; such a shame! His first adopters weren’t actually allowed to have a pet in their residence, so they gifted him to a friend, who decided Z is just a bit too rambunctious for their child. He IS full of energy, which is exactly what makes Z a wonderful companion. If you’ve got energy, he can keep up, and if you don’t... well, then, he’s got enough for both of you! $95.


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For such a small town, Tuna, Texas is the source of some big laughs. Lighten up your holiday season with tickets to A Tuna Christmas, the two-man show playing now at Cape May Stage. Christmas Carol, and you’ve got holiday fare that would tickle the funny bones of even the most bah-humbug Scrooges. Playing Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, this show is your chance to stuff your stocking with a tuna surprise! The fun ends at the end of the year. Still searching for that perfect gift? Tickets for a show are a fantastic gift, or you can plan ahead and purchase a gift certificate redeemable for next year’s 25th season package. Details are still being ironed out, but huge savings and extraordinary flexibility come standard in each subscription. Cape May Stage takes care of its subscribers,

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Bird Droppings


The weekly report from the world’s birdwatching capital... by Seymore Thanu

HIS year a spotting scope? You heard me. Is this the year you finally bite the bullet and become a real, grownup birder? I know, you regular readers of this column. You can’t believe I’m encouraging you to buy a scope. I know that just two weeks ago I told you to do just the opposite. I’ve poopoohed your innate desire for power and intimacy and gratification for years. Counseled that binoculars are the primary tool for bird study and that a spotting scope is... A specialty item. Well, are you feeling special? Is it time in your evolution as a bird watcher to reach for the stars? Winter is precisely the time when birders need to reach for distant birds. Ducks, loons, perched eagles, owls on the tree line at dusk. Okay. You’re convinced. This IS your year. Now here’s what you need to know before you plop down an unholy bundle of cash on the WRONG piece of equipment. First and most importantly right now, you do not need to spend a bundle. A small wad of

cash will do — under 4 digits. Yes, for under $800 you can purchase a spotting scope AND a tripod combination that has the quality and performance bird study demands. How do I know? I just asked the store manager at the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO). His name is Brian. He knows his stuff and he’s not going to sell you junk. Also, it’s not in CMBO’s mission descrip-

tion to sell cheap stuff that doesn’t work. There are plenty of other stores and online outlets that you can go to for that. Of course you can spend a LOT more than $800 for a spotting scope. Heck, there are scopes on the market that cost $4,000; and there are tripods that cost over $1,000. That’s the difference between ooooh...ahhh and OHMYGODLOOKATTHAT! It’s just money. And image quality. And what happens to your spotting scope after it falls. But no matter what your budget, there are a few very basic things that you need to know BEFORE you start test driving spotting scopes starting with... Fixed power magnification versus zoom eyepieces. Unlike with binoculars, zoom is a good thing in a spotting scope. In fact, most spotting scopes come with zoom eyepieces. Low magnification helps you find objects (because the field of view is larger) and helps you see distant images when heat waves are

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Bird Droppings ? From Page 95 perking. Zoom eyepieces allow you to crank up the magnification to get more detail (conditions permitting) BUT the best thing about zoom eyepieces is how they perform with back lit subjects; conditions that turn distant images into dark silhouettes. You crank up the magnification. You reduce the field of view. You reduce the amount of back lighting reaching your eye. Your pupil expands. You see more color and detail. By the way, that $800 scope combination I just mentioned comes with a 15-45x zoom eyepiece. Angled versus straight-through viewing. Straight scopes allow you look over obstacles (because the scope is raised higher) and they work better if you use a window mount for viewing inside your car. Angled are much preferred for long term viewing. Why? Too difficult to explain in a column. You’ll have to ask Brian or one of the bookstore staff. Big objective lens versus small objective lens. Big objective lenses offer a bigger exit pupil. If you are going to take pictures through your scope, it is easier to line up the camera with a big exit pupil than a smaller one.

It’s important to do your research before you purchase your first spotting scope... or let CMBO do it for you. There are two last considerations worth mentioning. First, no matter how much you plop down for the spotting scope DO NOT CUT CORNERS ON THE TRIPOD. A quality tripod is key. It is the support that makes high magnification usable. Second, check out the warranty. All scopes fall over. No scope is impervious to gravity. Some warranties actually cover your scope in the event of a tumble onto a rock jetty. Many do not. You want more information, ask Brian. Tell him Seymore sent you. You can find Brian at the Cape May Bird

Observatory — THE place for all your nature needs and some pretty cool holiday gifts as well. CMBO, located at 701 East Lake Drive overlooking Lake Lily in Cape May Point (609-884-2736), is open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays) from 9:30am to 4:30pm through December 23. CMBO will be closed December 24 through January 1. So if you want to get something checked off your list before the holidays — you better hurry. Pick up a FREE birding map and checklist and browse for some holiday gifts, like some bargains in the used and vintage books section, some wonderful Charley Harper merchandise, and some of the newest HAWKS in Flight clothing. CMBO also offers gift cards. Brian is at the Northwood Center on Mondays and Thursdays; otherwise he’s at CMBO’s center up in Goshen (600 Route 47 North) where you can stop in and see him or just give him a call (609-861-0700). Seymore Thanu is New Jersey’s own Pete Dunne, Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and Chief Communications Officer for New Jersey Audubon. Pete uses his talents to make the natural world real for others. Author of several books on nature (available at CMBO) he weaves information, insight and even fantasy into a net that captures minds and hearts. He has written for virtually every birding publication and for The New York Times.

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11/29: Cape May County Historical Society Reception At Lobster House PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV

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« FUN FACT... The Cape May County Historical Society, which was founded in 1927, has applied for a New Jersey Preservation Trust Grant in order to begin restoration on a house in the Villas from the 1730s. “Part of that process would include getting it listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings,” said the society’s Executive Director, Pary Woehlcke. The house, which orignially belonged to a Justice of the Peace, Judge Nathaniel Foster, has always been in the Foster family, until three years ago when Isabella Foster left it to the Historical Society in her will.

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DIAPER DRIVE Wilsey Realty A S FAMILIES in shore communities throughout the region face damaged property and mangled memories, the need for food, toiletries and other necessities continues to mount. Among the most requested items are supplies for the storm’s tiniest victims: baby formula, diapers, and wipes. Wilsey Realty is hosting its annual Diaper Drive to collect these items and other baby supplies. Community members are encouraged to join in and to drop off their donations through January 1, 2013 at 501 Lafayette Street in Cape May. All items collected will be distributed to families in need through the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Cape May County and Family Promise of Cape May County.

“By uniting together, we can help alleviate a portion of the burden faced by those families most impacted by the storm, and provide much-needed resources to support the youngest members of our communities,” said Gail Wilsey, founder of Wilsey Realty. “By helping to meet immediate needs and supporting local families when they are most vulnerable, we put Cape May County on the path to recovery.” Osman M. Corson Jr, Terry Van Gilder

Carl Gansert, Andrea Markey

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HOME ON QUIET CUL-DE-SAC 4 Arthurs Court, Erma 5BR, 2.5BA, multi-zone heat/air, deck, porch, att garage, storage attic, o/s sprinklers. $424,900

NEW CONSTRUCTION 14 Hidden Lake Cape May Court House 4BR, 2.5BA, cac, screened porch, 2-car att garage. $479,900

CONDO IN CENTER OF TOWN 678 Washington St., #1, Cape May 2 BR + study, 1 BA, window a/c, gas f/p. Excellent rental. $319,000

BEACH FRONT “BARONET CONDO” 819 Beach Avenue, Unit 2F Cape May 1 BR, 1 BA units in this building have excellent rental history. $299,000

TRUE MOVE-IN CONDITION 217 E. St. Louis Avenue Wildwood Crest 2 BR, 2 BA, cac, 2.5 blocks to beach. $439,000

PERFECT BEACH HOUSE 406 Second Avenue West Cape May 4 BR, 2 BR, cac, gas f/p, screened patio. $639,000

Kate, Robin, Alyssa, Brian, Brian

Hope, Ken and Laura Perry, Jennifer Agostini

“MARQUIS” CONDO-TEL SUITE 501 Beach Avenue Unit 202 Cape May 1 BR, 1 BA, on site staff to maintain rentals year round. $149,900

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Matt and Veronica Abel

Bob and Ginger Osborn

Bob Elwell Sr, Brian A.


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Happy Holidays!

Kristy, Michele, Jerry Inderwies

416 Portsmouth Road, Tranquility Unobstructed Waterfront Views of Canal 4 bedrooms, 3 baths $725,000

608 Hughes Street, Cape May Faithfully Restored Historic Home 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths $2,100,000

309 Harvard Avenue, Cape May Point Gracious Beachfront Home 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths $1,400,000

1027 Lafayette Street, Cape May Charming Attached Home 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths $499,000

Melisa, Maria, Stacey, Doreen, Stacy

HOLIDAY TOY & FOOD DRIVES Please bring unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for Toys for Tots and the Community Food Bank Drop off at 1159 Washington Street.

Ed Zebrowski, Monica

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On November 1, nine members of the Cape May Fire Department shaved their mustaches and started growing them anew, in the hope of raising awareness for prostate cancer. On the last day of the month, a reception was held at the C-View Tavern. The bar, along with many CMFD members, also donated money to the cause. Event organizer, Lieutenant Michael Eck told us it was the spouses of some nonparticipating members who judged each mustache at the end of the contest. “If our own spouses had been judging,” he joked, “no one would have won.” We asked Mike why so many fireman choose to sport the ‘stache, and he explained it’s a tradition that dates back to the early 1800s. “Before men went into a fire, they’d wet their mustaches, because they thought this would help filter out the smoke and fire particles,” he explained. “It seems a bit arachaic now, but it’s a tradition.

Antonie, Cupcake, Fire Marshal Bill, Captain Spaz, Little Magic, Eck Mandela



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275 FIFTH AVENUE WEST CAPE MAY 4 BR/3.5 BA Custom Single family Home Chef’s Kitchen Exquisite Craftsmanship $585,000

203 CAPE AVENUE CAPE MAY POINT 3 BR/3 BA Rare Townhouse Multiple Decks Abundant Water Views $734,000


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Located in the heart of West Cape May, Plenty of room in this 4 bedroom, 2.5 Bath home. Price Reduced! $295,000

609-602-4122 direct 609-884-2700 x14 office 609-884-0788 Fax

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Sol Needles Real Estate

230 PERRY STREET CAPE MAY This 5 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home combines Victorian Charm with modern amenities, such as updated kitchen and baths and central a/c; good rental income, close to beach and mall. $695,500.

1081 WASHINGTON AVE. WOODBINE This beautiful 7 ½ acre farm belongs on a postcard! Charming 100 year old 4 bedroom home, attached garage, 2 yr. new Amish barn with stalls and many other features! Please call for an appointment and further details $685,000.

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Monica, Angel

512 Washington Mall, Cape May (609) 884-8428 • 800-441-8428



This large 5 bedroom 3 and a half bath home has been completely redone with top of the line finishes including custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a Viking range, granite counters, hardwood floors, gas fireplace and more. $1,390,000

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath year round home with screened in porch, located close to restaurants, shops, and the beach. $299,000

1400 Texas Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 Next to the Cape May Wawa

Kristen, Angel

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Homes Of The Week

Check out these beautiful homes in the Cape May area






Location, location, location! Just one half block to the beach at the popular south end, this 2 unit condominium has an excellent rental history. The first floor unit offers 3 bedrooms., 1 ½ baths and nice open front porch. $495,000. The 2nd/3rd floor unit offers 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, ocean view front deck, large rear deck. $795,000, or whole house $1,290,000. Ample off-street parking for both units.

Charming 6 bedroom, 7 bath home offers the savvy buyer the ability to own an impressive home, an elegant inn, and a super large home rental. Live in the middle of the historic district, very close to the beach with plenty of parking and a front porch. Three fireplaces make this home a perfect yearround residence or amazing retreat. This Victorian Carpenter Gothic cottage is licensed and run as a B&B. The first floor of the home has central air. There is a large dining room and a parlor that will accommodate your guests. $1,095,000

Quiet, large corner lot in the desired Bayshore West development. Expanded split level featuring a large fenced yard with wrap deck and hot tub spa. This low maintenance home has a living room, dining area, open kitchen. Three bedrooms and 1.5 baths with laundry room and garage. Hardwood floors under carpeting, Sunsetter awnings, firewood stove in family room. Bright, sunny, year round retreat. Roof and electric water heater are only 7 yrs old.$219,000.

A spacious & comfortable rancher. This home is located on a highly desirable street, just a few short blocks away from the beach & historic district. It is perfect for a primary home, vacation home, or investment property. This home was renovated in 2002. Amenities include C/A, gas heat, original hardwood floors, low maintenance siding, remodeled kitchen, fenced-in back yard, BBQ area, outdoor shower, a rear shed & 3 plus car concrete driveway.

Attention all investors! Outstanding opportunity to take over a strong rental income property. This classic, 3 story Victorian home has been lovingly upgraded and comes with 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, dining room with pocket doors, a wonderful living room with gas fireplace, eat in kitchen, den, and a laundry room. A newly restored Carriage House renovated and equipped with a full kitchen, full bath gas fireplace offers a second unit to the property. The large 66 x 112 fenced yard offers parking for at least four cars. Newly Priced at $732,000

Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington St., Cape May 609-884-5800

Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty 1159 Washington St., Cape May (609) 884-3332






This is a must see! Large living room/dining room kitchen open floor plan with butler’s pantry! Private layout has master bedroom with his and hers closets on one side of house & two guest rooms that share a tile bath with double sinks on the other. Large sunny family room with vaulted ceilings and a slider that opens to a large deck. Maintenance free pebbled & partially fenced back yard. Super garage with electricity, extra storage & covered landing area! 1.5 blocks to beaches!! Easy to show. $269,000

Licensed bed and breakfast! Currently operated as Akwaaba By The Sea, this Victorian home offers 5 guest rooms with private bathrooms along with an attached Owner’s quarters. 7 full bathrooms. Off street parking for approximately 5 cars. $599,000

If you are you looking for a private, rural setting this is a great location! This three bedroom rancher is located right in the heart of historic Dennisville on 1.55 acres of wooded land. This home has a living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, full basement with laundry and large storage attic. There is a brand new propane gas heater andhardwood flooring. $194,900

This 4 bedrooms 2.5 bath home has harbor views and great rental income! Sleeps 12. Asking $675,000

Coastline Realty Carol Menz, Broker (609) 884-5005 1400 Texas Ave., Cape May

DeSatnick Real Estate 1001 Lafayette Street Cape May (609) 884-1300

You don’t want to miss this remarkable Queen Anne style home with a contemporary feel. This home offers three bedrooms and 2.5 baths with a separate one bedroom, one bath apartment. Inside you’ll find a state of the art kitchen with center island and breakfast bar, formal living room and sunroom. The master suite has an open floor plan with steam shower and whirlpool tub. You must see this home to appreciate all the care and attention to detail throughout the years. $599,000

Coldwell Banker Sol Needles 512 Washington St. Mall Cape May (609) 884-8428

HomeStead Real Estate 846 Broadway, W. Cape May 609-884-1888

Heijung Park-Colameco Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington Street Cape May 609-884-5800

Theresa Senico Apex Realty 2505 Bayshore Rd., Villas (609) 408-4655

Wilsey Realty 501 Lafayette St., Cape May (609) 884-1007

Darcy Dickenson Cape May Realty 311 Pittsburgh Avenue Cape May 609-602-4122

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OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, December 22 • 12-3pm

1036 Maryland Ave. Cape May 5 Bed 4 Bath, Pool $1,395,999 Heijung Park-Colameco Broker/Sales

Jersey Cape Realty, Inc

739 Washington St., Cape May NJ 08204 Office: 609-884-5800 Cell: 609-602-8641

Call on Us for All Your Real Estate Needs! 501 LAFAYETTE STREET, CAPE MAY NJ 08204 TOLL FREE: 877-884-8907 • LOCAL 609-884-1007 FAX 609-884-4407 • WWW.WILSEYREALTY.COM

609.884.1300 23 HARBOR COVE CAPE MAY 5 BR/4 BA estate with 45’ boat slip. Exceptional harbor views! $1,950,000

1135 WASHINGTON ST. CAPE MAY Meticulously maintained 3 BR/2 BA Dutch Colonial. $579,000 1001 LAFAYETTE STREET CAPE MAY NJ 08204 TODD H. DE SATNICK, BROKER OF RECORD

Rentals Of The Week Adorable homes in America’s Original Seaside Resort ready for your enjoyment

1031 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May 6 BR, 3.5 BA home, 1 block to beach, sleeps 15, central a/c, $4,000 - $6,400/week.

92 Pinetree Avenue, Villas - Two bedrooms, one bath, propane heat, washer and dryer. $850 per month + utilties.

620 ½ Hughes Street, Cape May – 1st floor 3 bedroom, 1 bath apartment close to mall and beach, sleeps 6, central a/c, w/d - $875 - $1,175/week.

151 East Pacific Avenue, Villas 2 bedrooms, one bath, laundry, eat-in kitchen and open living room with a fireplace. $900 a month + utilities.

Coldwell Banker Sol Needles 512 Washington Street Mall, Cape May (609) 884-8428 •

Theresa Senico, Apex Realty, 2505 Bayshore Road Villas, NJ 08251 (609) 408-4655 •

1310 B Pennsylvania Ave, Cape May Screened Porch, Open Deck, 2 Bedrooms Sleeps 6. $900-$1200 week

107 First Avenue, Unit B, Cape May 2 BR/1.5 BA. Located close to the beach! Sleeps 6. $875-$1175/week.

842 West Rio Grande Ave, Shaw Crest Summer Season Rental Sleeps 4, $7,000

217 Alexander Ave., Cape May Point 5 BR/4 BA. Beautiful single family home. Steps to the beach! $3000-$5900/week.

Coastline Realty 1400 Texas Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-5005

Desatnick Real Estate, LLC 1001 Lafayette Street, Cape May 609.884.1300 •

1321 D Virginia Avenue, Cape May Summer season, Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. $10,000 plus utilities.

608 Jefferson Street, Cape May 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Single Family sleeps 13 . Starting from $2500 per week

239 Fifth Avenue, West Cape May Summer season, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. $11,500 plus utilities.

321 Stites Ave., Cape May Point 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Single Family, sleeps 8. Starting from $1500 per week.

Homestead Real Estate 846 Broadway, West Cape May (609) 884-1888 •

Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty 1159 Washington St., Cape May 609-884-3332,

908 S. Parkway, Erma 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, sleeps 4 Year Round, $1250/month 153 Leaming Ave., West Cape May 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, sleeps 4 Year Round, $1150/month

201 Third Avenue West Cape May 4 BR 2 BA Year round or Seasonal Long term available. Wonderful location, Plenty of room for large family.

Wilsey Realty 501 Lafayette Street, Cape May (609) 884-1007

Inquiries to rentals department at Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington Street, Cape May 609-884-5800

Winter rental 712 A Corgie Street Cape May $1000 per month September-May

1500 New York Avenue, Cape May 6 BR, 5.5 BA, h/s internet, sleeps 16 Low $4250/High $8300

Darcy Dickenson Cape May Realty 311 Pittsburgh Avenue Cape May 609-602-4122

104 North St., Unit #105, Cape May 2 BR, 2.5 BA, central a/c, sleeps 6, $2400 Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington Street, Cape May (609) 884-5800 •

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A Little Bit About Exit Zero Publishing Who we are, what we do, and where we go

Established July 4, 2003, Exit Zero Publishing is owned by Jack Wright and Jason Black. We also publish highquality books as well as this fine periodical. Telephone: (609) 770-8479 Fax: (609) 770-8481 E-mail: Website: Mailing address: 109 Sunset Boulevard Suite D, Cape May, NJ 08204 Editor/Publisher: Jack Wright, Advertising Director: Jason Black, Staff Writer: Diane Stopyra, Arts Editor: Tom Sims Photographers: Aleksey Moryakov, Sandy Maloney, Gabi Urda Graphic Artist: Doree Bardes Distribution People: Julia Melendez Ashley Larson, Felicia Trusevich Columnists: Kate Chadwick (The Answer Lady), Catherine Dugan (activities), David Gray (The Old Fogey) Labeler: Mary Smith Every Thursday, Exit Zero is delivered to around 300 places. Get it delivered to your home in a plastic mailer. It’s $50 for 47 B&W issues, plus five in color. Call (609) 770-8479 to subscribe. DOWNTOWN CAPE MAY Swain’s, Mariah’s, Guardian, Cape Savings Bank, Collier’s, All Irish Imports, Cape May Stage, Wilsey Realty, Pat Jackson Jewelers, Celebrate Cape May, Go Fish, Sea Weeds, Cape Orient, Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, By The Sea Realty, Oyster Bay, Cape May Welcome Center, Depot Market, Congress Hall, Victorious, Pink, Star Inn, Bayberry Inn, Bank of America, Victorian Hotel, SOMA Art Gallery, Island Grill, Primrose, CCA, Primo Hoagies. WASHINGTON STREET MALL The Original Fudge Kitchen, Mary Ann’s, Dellas 5&10, Lace Silhouettes, Center City Mall, Casale’s Shoes, Free Shop, Happy Baby, Jackson Street Boutique, It’s a Breeze, Madame’s Port, Swede Things, Cucina Rosa, Whale’s Tale, Ella's, Italian Garden, Andrew’s Ltd, Jackson Mountain Café, Love The Cook, Bath Time, Ugly Mug, Pilot House, Caroline Boutique, Kaleidoscope, Coldwell Banker, Colors, A Ca Mia, A Place On Earth, Between the Lines, Good Scents. WASHINGTON STREET Southern Mansion, MAC, Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty, Billmae Cottage, Thomas Webster Inn, Inn at the Park, City Hall, Sturdy Savings, Washington Inn, Dr Feldman Dentistry,

Jersey Cape Realty, Victorian Towers. BEACHFRONT King’s Cottage, Blue Moon Pizza, Coachman’s Motor Inn, Carney’s, Martini Beach, Virginia Hotel, Mad Batter, Poor Richard's Inn, Inn at 22 Jackson Street, Saltwood B&B, Windward B&B, Uncle Bill’s, Ocean View Restaurant, Sandpiper, Hotel Alcott, Summer Station, The Original Fudge Kitchen, Montreal Liquor, Montreal Inn, Capri Motor Lodge, Periwinkle, Grand Hotel, Palace Hotel, Mission Inn, Angel by The Sea, Peter Shields, Hotel Macomber, Marquis de Lafayette. COLUMBIA AVENUE Columbia House, Sun Bank, Dr Gorny, Victorian Abstract, MP Myers, Cape May Day Spa, Twin Gables, Henry Sawyer B&B, Linda Lee, Brass Bed Inn, Mason Cottage, Mainstay Inn, White Dove Cottage, The Manse B&B, Merion Inn, Cliveden Inn, Pharo’s B&B, Summer Cottage, John F. Craig House, Majestic Star. GURNEY/OCEAN/STOCKTON Avalon Coffee, Cape May Beach & Kite, John Welsey Inn, Louie’s Pizza, Beach Massage, Inn of Cape May, Beauclair’s, Queen Victoria, Fairthorne, Bamboo Shack, Cheeks, Cape May Library, Freda’s Café, Victorian Lace, Camelot Hotel, Bedford Inn, Chalfonte Hotel. EAST CAPE MAY Nature Center, Model Cleaners, Cape May Laundromat, Coastline Realty, Cape Bookkeeping, Shear Sunsations, Rizzo Chiropractic, C-View Inn, Century 21 Gilmartin. WEST CAPE MAY VFW, Godmother’s, Cape May Bakers, Higher

Grounds, Tea By The Sea, Cape May Linen Outlet, Flying Fish Studio, CVS, Albert Stevens Inn, Weddings by the Sea, Kate’s Flower Shop, Seaside Cheese Company, Kasey’s Kanines, Cape Fitness, Dr Goldstein Dentist, Cheeks, Artizan Salon & Spa, Antique Doorknob, Westside Market, Cape Island Home and Garden, Bella Vida Café, Flanegan’s Framing, 7-11, Copper Fish, HomeStead. SUNSET BOULEVARD Sunset Liquors, The Bird House of Cape May, Butterfly Tea Room, Cape May Wicker, The Exit Zero Store and Gallery, Accent on Beauty, Cape Winds Florist, Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May Point Post Office, Sunset Beach Gift Shop. ROUTE 109 South Jersey Marina, Lobster House, Tony’s Marine Supply, Sea Gear Marine, Captain’s Cove, Cape May Whale Watcher, Lucky Bones, Tony’s Pizza, Cape May Antique Center. NORTH CAPE MAY Laundromat, North Beach Gym, Heart to Heart Flowers, Le Gates, Harpoon Henry’s, Mr. J’s Music Shop, Cape May–Lewes Ferry, Gorman’s, Hair Cuttery, Italian Affair, Cape May Veterinary. OFF THE ISLAND Canyon Club, Harbor View, Axelsson’s Blue Claw, Cape Liquors, Moose Lodge, Old Grange, Historic Cold Spring Village, Hawk Haven Vineyards. VILLAS Lower Township Construction, Lower Township Municipal, Apex Realty, Curl Up and Dye, Fish and Fancy, Villas Liquor, Snippers Salon, Jake’s Bar and Grill, Kiddie Closet, Cape Savings Bank, Cohwen’s Ink Emporium, Wing It.

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Volume 10, Number 46 - December 20, 2012  

"A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean."