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Honoring Our Veterans more than twice the national average. Veterans account for seven out of every 10 suicides nationally. This tells us, loud and clear, that we must do more to support our soldiers when they come home. The good news is that we are hearing their call, and many local organizations are working hard to help veterans. Hometown Hero Paul Stern is the commander of

From the Editor


eterans Day is a day we all pause to reflect and express gratitude to those who sacrificed for our country. Freedom is not free. Those who fight for our country face treacherous conditions that many of us couldn't even imagine. When our veterans come home, if they are lucky enough to not be physically injured, they often have what to us may be invisible challenges, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. This can change their lives forever and make day to day life difficult, if not impossible. You may have noticed the 660 flags on the corner of Zion Road and Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township. Did you know that each flag represents a veteran who took his or her own life? The rate of suicide among veterans is

My father, Charles Christy, at the age of 18 in 1954, serving in the United States Army.

Jewish War Vets Post 39. He, along with his fellow veterans, sat in Shoprite and Casel's grocery store for many hours, collecting dollar bills. Those dollars added up to over $35,000. All of the funds were donated to helping veterans. K9 Warriors matches trained service dogs with veterans struggling with PTSD or TBI. Patriot RidThese are flags for forgotten soldiers in a memorial on ers of America, AMVETS, Fire Road and Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township. the American Legion, VFW, and Walk for the Wounded, Each of the 660 flags represent the number of veterans are just some of the great who take their own lives each month. organizations working to help other veterans. Riders of America. This edition of Shore Local conAs we approach Thanksgiving tains a special section called, "Veterand this season of gratitude, let's all ans Honored," highlighting the organiremember to express our gratitude zations and people in our community for those who sacrificed so much for stepping up to make a difference for our freedom. veterans here and afar. It also lists Peace & Love, resources and useful information for veterans. Additionally, we are proud Cindy to introduce a new Veterans column, called "We Salute You," which will If you have an opinion you’d appear in every issue of Shore Local. like to share, we would love We welcome new columnist, Cynthia to hear from you. Email Shore Coons, who will be heading this up. Local Newsmagazine at Cynthia is an Egg Harbor Township resident and a member of the Patriot

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By Lindsay Kirkland

Hometown Hero: Paul Stern


ou would probably recognize Paul Stern as the veteran you see collecting donations at Shoprite and Casel's. He always has a smile for everyone he greets as they toss in a dollar or some spare change. Paul is 92 years old, but that doesn't slow him down one bit. He resides in Egg Harbor Township with his wife of 66 years, Selma, and he is the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 39. Jewish War Veterans has been in existence since 1896 and is the oldest veterans organization. It has had a post in Atlantic County since 1935, initially in Atlantic City and now in Margate. Post 39 meets monthly beginning in April each year at the Beth El Synagogue in Margate. It has approximately 60 members. They spend 30 days a year at high traffic store entrances such as Shoprite or Wawa, collecting donations. It adds up to a lot of money. They typically raise between $35,000 and $39,000 in the 30 days. And they give 100 percent of it to veterans’ assistance programs for hospitals, including

Luke’s Wings, Vineland Memorial Hospital for Veterans. "Some of the guys can barely walk, yet they go out and stand there so they can help other veterans," said Paul, an Army veteran, of the veterans helping with collections. Every Memorial Day, Post 39 puts a flag at each soldier’s grave at the Veterans Cemetery in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township. For Paul, his work to recognize other veterans holds much meaning. The Philadelphia native enlisted at the age of 18, as did his two brothers. "That was just what you did then. Everyone enlisted," he said. He was first stationed in Lahar, France and then Fritzlar, Germany, where he repaired equipment that was needed on the frontlines. He explained that this was because he had chosen to

Paul was a Mess Sergeant during World War II.

they were so happy to ultimately retire there, becoming full time residents. Six years ago, the steps became too much so they sold and moved to a 55 and over community in Egg Harbor Township where they are very happy and remain active. Stern is one of a dwindling number of World War II veterans. He continues to be very committed to helping other veterans. He regularly visits veterans’ hospitals and says, "It is heart wrenching to see these young soldiers in bed without legs and arms. People need to think about that when they think about going to war." If you would like more information about Jewish War Vets Post 39 call Gerry Spainer at 609-927-6289. If you know of someone extraordinary or an organization that does wonderful things, we want to know about it. Email Shore Local at shorelocalnews@

Paul and his brothers all served in the war.

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go to mechanical vocational training as a teenager instead of high school. World War II ended in 1945. Paul was then stationed in Schwienford, Germany at a prisoner-of-war interrogation camp. There he was the Mess Sergeant in charge of feeding the German prisoners. In 1946, Stern returned to civilian life and met his wife on a blind date. They were married in 1951 and have now been married 66 years. They settled in Cherry Hill for 28 years, having raised two boys. Now Paul and Selma have four grandchildren, one great grandchild and they are expecting another great grandchild soon. Their home in Margate began as their vacation home and

Paul Stern, 92, an Army veteran, shows photos and other mementos, some of which were from the time he served in World War II, during an interview at his Egg Harbor Township home.

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Congressman Frank LoBiondo Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018 By HARRY HURLEY

Political Columnist


nited States Congressman Frank LoBiondo, R-2 has provided me with the exclusive that he will be retiring from Congress at the end of his current term. LoBiondo was first elected in what became known as "The Republican Revolution" of 1994. This is the election when Republicans won back the majority of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Newt Gingrich became House Speaker and the Republican majority went on to fulfill each and every promise made during the campaign in their "Contract with America." LoBiondo first defeated then Atlantic County State Senator Bill Gormley in a hotly contested Republican Primary in June 1994. LoBiondo went on to defeat Democratic challenger Lou Magazzu 65 percent to 35 percent in November 1994. LoBiondo will serve a District 2 record twelve (12) consecutive terms and he has confirmed to me that he fully intends to serve the remaining 14 months of his current term. LoBiondo has never received less than 59 percent of the vote in a district that narrowly favors a Democratic candidate on paper. Sometimes in life you don't know what you have until it's gone. LoBiondo has served

the district with honor and distinction. He has also wielded significant political power in a humble and benevolent manner. LoBiondo has served and chaired some of the most important Committees in the United States Congress including: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, Subcommittee on Readiness, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Chairman of the subcommittee on Aviation, Chairman of the subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Permanent Select Committee, Armed Services Committee to name some of LoBiondo's relevant committee assignments over the years. LoBiondo's career is marked by numerous critical moments of truth. His clout in the legislature saved our region from closures on several occasions. LoBiondo also was largely responsible for the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center from being relocated to another state. LoBiondo was also integral in securing the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, the first building groundbreaking took place this past May 15, 2017. This is a 58-acre park located adjacent to the FAA Technical Center. This is the first of seven buildings that are planned. It's being developed in the mode of a campus to promote collaborative efforts between business, education and research entities of the federal government. In electoral politics, interested parties move very fast, even when a local Mount Rushmore figure like LoBiondo prepares to retire. New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-1 is the current front-runner in my view. He may have been prepared to jump into this race even if LoBiondo had decided to run for re-election.

Several well-placed sources have confirmed to me that former United States Congressman Patrick Kennedy may be interested in the seat. Even before LoBiondo's decision to retire the Democratic Congressional Committee had already labeled this seat one of the 20 that they were targeting in the top tier list in pursuit of trying to recapture the majority. On the Republican side, former New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Polistina is a potential candidate. Current Assemblyman/ Senator-elect Chris Brown will also be encouraged to take a look at this race. In fairness to LoBiondo, some will speculate that he is leaving now to avoid a Primary Challenge in June 2018. Or, that he's leaving because of a strained relationship with United States President Donald Trump. LoBiondo assured me that this is not the case. He has been contemplating for the past month whether or not to seek a 13th term. He recently came to a very tough decision that "now is the time to give someone else the opportunity to serve the district," said LoBiondo. Some will complain that LoBiondo stayed too long. I predict that he will be sorely missed. LoBiondo cornered the market on constituent service. He never mugged for the television cameras or radio microphones. He focused on taking care of the needs of his District. I've personally witnessed LoBiondo drive 3 1/2 hours to attend a funeral or other important event in the District. Then, he would turn right around and drive back to our nation's capital to cast a vote. LoBiondo drove his own car. A car that he personally paid for. He paid for his own health care insurance. He staffed his offices under budget for all 24 years. His accessibility to me and all media members was extraordinary. Whether it was good news or bad news,

Remembering Estellville

By Nick Leonetti


here are ruins all over South Jersey. What makes this state so great and so unique are the findings one is bound to stumble upon, especially in the Pinelands. Fortunately for me, my place of employment is practically surrounded by monolithic reminders of the past. A stone’s throw away from the Atlantic County Veterans’ Museum are the remnants of the Estellville Glass Factory, a spot that once was rife with employment and vitality for artisans and workers in the area. The crumbling remains of what used to

be a bustling infrastructure is slowly decaying with time. But there is still enough for any visitor to appreciate the potential it once had. Walls of brick stand tall on either side of where the melting furnace site once burned day and night. There are descriptive markers that describe the Pot House site and the Flattening House and others. The dirt trail that winds through the desolation also takes visitors to a dock overlooking the Great Egg Harbor River, a sight that is both ethereal and meditative. But why should anyone care about the decaying remains of an old glass factory? After all, New Jersey is rife with boom-and-bust infrastructure. Whether it is lumber or glass or bog iron, New Jersey has always reinvented itself, using creativity, especially in the Pinelands, with new and intriguing ideas. This particular glass factory is a snapshot in time, a reminder of bleeding-edge technology in the 19th century. We should be thankful that we still have this tangible source of local history that can be examined, touched and contemplated.

Estellville Glassworks was in full swing in the 19th century, specifically from 1825 to 1877. Built by John H. Scott for the Estell family, the factory produced both bottles and window glass, and is reportedly one of the first to do so. At its peak, more than eighty people were employed, blowing molten glass into cylinders, which were sometime flattened, in order to make windowpanes. Scattered throughout the park are bits and pieces of preserved glass that one can take as a keepsake. On a leisurely stroll through the park, it’s rare for an individual not to stumble upon a chunk of emerald glass protruding from the sandy soil below. Toward the end of the 19th century is when Estellville saw a decline in business. More efficient ways, thanks to the Industrial Revolution, like coal-fueled and steam-powered manufacturing plants, were more efficient and sped up the process. Wood powered plants like Estellville just couldn’t keep up. Something else that makes Estellville unique is its sandstone structure. Due to the

Congressman Frank LoBiondo. Photo credit LoBiondo would never hide. Congressman LoBiondo will be genuinely missed. In the era of "Drain The Swamp," "The Baby just went out with the Bath Water."

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nature of how glass factories in South Jersey operated, they were extremely susceptible to fire and often burned to the ground. The masonry work done at Estellville avoided such a fate and is the reason that much of it still stands today. Visiting Estellville Glassworks is a fun, easy, and free way to see, first-hand, what our past still has to offer us. It is a living example of what life consisted of way back in the day. Walking over the crumbling remains of this place, one can almost feel the heat from the furnace, smell the sweat of the men who worked until sunset, and hear the faint sound progression emanating from the surrounding forest. This article is the first in a three-part series highlighting the Estell family, a family who played a crucial role in South Jersey history, yet have all but been forgotten. Nick Leonetti is a writer and nature-enthusiast from Somers Point, NJ. He works in Atlantic County’s department of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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▶Thursday, ▶ Nov. 16th from 4-6 p.m. New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Road in Galloway Free tutoring for children in grades K through 12. Courtesy of students at Stockton University. Call 609-652-0230 for more information.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

▶Friday, ▶ Nov. 17th at 9:30 a.m. Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township South Jersey Family Medical Center will be on hand to discuss maternal health prior to our diaper drive. Diapers will be available while supplies last. Participants in the workshop will be able to obtain first choice of diapers. Call 609-569-0376 to register or for more information.


▶Saturday, ▶ Nov. 18th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Atlantic County Park in Estell Man-

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or 109 State Highway Route 50 Are your children learning to read a map in school? Put on your hiking boots, pack a trail lunch and head to the Estell Manor Park for a threemile orienteering course through the woods. We provide the instructions, maps and a loaner compass. A basic course for the beginner and an intermediate course for the experienced or more adventurous are offered. Please specify course when registering. Children under 13 must have an adult with them. Standard tick precautions are recommended. Free but must register in advance, please call the Nature Center office: 609-625-1897


Mainland Regional High School (MRHS) students will perform The Crucible on Nov. 16-18, 2017 at the school, 1301 Oak Avenue in Linwood. The show is open to the community, and proceeds will benefit the high school’s drama program. Show times are Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. General Admission tickets are $7 and available for purchase at the door only.

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An event at ACUA’s Recycling Center will take place Friday, Nov. 17, to celebrate America Recycles Day with games, crafts, “touch a truck” for kids, and behind the scenes tours of the Recycling Processing area (5th grade and up). In addition the ACUA will be giving away a 95-gallong recycling cart and announcing the winner of our recycling poster contest during the event. More information on the event can be found here: http://www.

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So Little Time

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ast Saturday night, we celebrated the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). Many of us were rewarded with an extra hour of sleep, but this also means the sun will be setting a little earlier. So, why do we observe this “time-honored” tradition? “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Many have credited Benjamin Franklin as the inventor of Daylight Saving Time. In 1784, Franklin wrote a satirical letter to the Journal of Paris titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” In his letter, he praised the benefits of waking up early in the day and taking advantage of natural sunlight as a way to save money on candles and oil for lamps. His idea wasn’t taken seriously at that time. It wasn’t until a little over a century later that the theory was adopted. William Willett

ran the first campaign to introduce Daylight Saving Time to the United Kingdom. Willett suggested moving the clocks ahead by 80 minutes over the course of the summer, so people could take advantage of the increased daylight. During the height of World War I, the concept of “summer time” became more widespread throughout Europe. Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time in April 1916, as a way to combat blackouts and coal shortages. One month later, the United Kingdom followed suit and adopted DST. In March 1918, Congress passed the Standard Time Act as a way to conserve fuel and other natural resources during the war. This change was highly unpopular at the time, and was vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson the following year. A similar measure, known as “war time,” was enacted by Congress during the height or World War II in 1942, and remained in effect until 1945. After the war, “Peace Time” was initiated and in 1966, The Uniform Time Act was passed to pave the way for national DST system throughout the country. Contrary to belief, daylight saving was never meant to benefit farmers and agriculturalists. Initially, many farmers were highly opposed to the change and had lobbied against it, claiming that it had caused disruption in their

Northern hemisphere summer Southern hemisphere summer daily schedule and crop production. There are only two states that do not observe DST. Arizona has been exempt from daylight saving since the late 1960s. During the summer, many in the state rely on the use of air conditioning and evaporative coolers to get through the sweltering summer heat, with temperatures soaring as high as 105 degrees. Hawaii has not observed a time change since 1945, largely due to its proximity to the equator. Countries closer to the equator do not observe daylight saving as they experience minimal change in sunlight throughout the year. There has been a push to rollback existing DST laws in several New England states. Earlier this month, lawmakers in Massachusetts voted in favor of a measure to move the state to the Atlantic Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in an effort to help

Formerly used daylight savings Never used daylight savings cranberry harvesters. Proponents say that it would ease the burden on cranberry harvesters who rely on daylight to harvest their crops. This move would also extend daylight into the evening hours. Opponents argue that such a move could create problems with transportation schedules and live TV programming. Maine also approved a bill earlier this year in support of switching to the Atlantic Time Zone. There are several benefits to daylight saving that often get overlooked. The subtle change in time extends our amount of sunlight during the spring and summer months. Studies have also shown that additional sunlight has resulted in decreased crime, theft and auto-related accidents. For better or for worse, daylight saving affects our everyday lives, and while we may lose an hour of sleep every year, it is a small price to pay.

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Terror On The West Jersey Line

By Mari D. Dattolo


own the Shore on August 11th, 1880. For an estimated 2000 passengers, including a charter of 1300 members from St. Ann’s Parish in Kensington, this fateful day in history began as an escape from Philadelphia’s sweltering temperatures aboard two steam powered excursion trains. Destined for the Atlantic City seashore, this summer daytrip was met with much anticipation by the eager travelers. Following an afternoon on the world-famous beaches and boardwalk, the clouds began to gather for an impending summer storm. The return trek was on schedule to leave the Atlantic City station at 6 p.m., followed by the second train at 6:05


p.m., just as a torrential cloudburst opened up the skies. With windows sealed from the pelting rain, passengers could not have imagined

the looming tragedy to befall them, just seventeen miles away, beyond the railroad trestle. As they pulled into the station at Mays Landing, a series of dire consequences unfolded, when the brakes on the second train failed to engage. The collision of steel on steel, followed by the scalding steam sent into the sealed passenger car set off a reign of terror, The first victims of the train wreck were brought to the likes of which the the American Hotel-now part of the Atlantic County town had never seen. Library. The accident occurred in what is now Gaskill Park. Mays Landing’s residents (population:1460), sprang into Mari isn't one for too much action, rendering aid and opendown time. A diagnosis in 2011 of Parkinson's Disease ing their homes and hotels to redirected her career as a dozens of injured and dying. Director of Marketing and Without a hospital or fire deEvents in Atlantic City to doing partment, ordinary citizens her own events for other became first responders in one markets. She is active with of South Jersey’s deadliest accidents the Jersey Shore Children's in railroad history. Today it is still conMuseum and the Township of sidered Mays Landing’s most horrific Hamilton Historical Society. tragedy.

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Atlantic County Library Events

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Preschool Storytimes The library invites all preschoolers to its morning storytime Thursdays, November 9, at 10:30 a.m. There is also an evening “bedtime” storytime on Wednesday, November 8, at 6 pm. The activities are suggested for ages 3 1/2 to 5, and registration is required. Come hear stories, play games, do crafts and have fun! The library is at 1 Swift Ave in Egg Harbor Township, 609-927-8664 Maximizing Social Security The library will host monthly presentations on Social Security benefits on Thursday, December 14, at 6 p.m. The free seminars by Marc Catona, president of the Society for Financial Awareness, are open to adults, and registration is required. Come learn about the decisions involved, how to determine the optimum time to file, and claiming your benefits.

The films will be shown on Wednesdays, through December 13 at 4:30 p.m. A snack will be provided; please advise of any food allergies. Then return the third Wednesday of the month to discuss the movie and the book, on the following Wednesdays, November 15 and December 20, also at 4:30 p.m. Come to the branch for teen reading and movie-going fun! Healthy eating on a budget The library is hosting a presentation, “Healthy Eating on a Budget,” by DePaul Healthcare on Thursday, November 9 at 11 a.m. The program is free and open to adults. Eating right doesn't have to be expensive -- learn how in this informative presentation. Light refreshments will be provided. Please advise the library staff of any food allergies. The Galloway library branch is located at 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. For more information call 609-652-2352.



SHHH!!!! We’re watching our favorite book The library invites ages 16 and older to come out for a new books-adapted-intofilms club held on the second and third Wednesdays of the month. “Shhh!!! We’re Watching our Favorite Book” program will feature a movie based on a great teen read.

VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION The library invites all to a Veteran’s Day celebration on Saturday, November 11, from 2-4 p.m. Come listen to local veterans share their stories. "I am Malala" Book Discussion & TED Talk The Pleasantville library welcomes

adults to a book discussion of “I am Malala”: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban on Tuesday, November 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. The discussion will open up with a screening of the TED Talk, "My Daughter, Malala," given by her father. The free event is part of ACLS Reads. The Pleasantville Library is located at 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and may be reached by calling 641-1778.

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Exploring Performance Arts The Somers Point library offers a weekly senior-adult program on Thursdays through November 16, from 12:30-2 p.m. Discover a variety of performance arts through interactive exercises, games, challenges and lots of fun. Monthly movie night The library hosts monthly family movie nights on Tuesdays, November 21, and December 19, at 6 pm. Ages 4 and older are welcome and pizza is served during the movie. Please advise of any food allergies. Call the library branch at 927-7113 for movie titles. The Somers Point library is located at 801 Shore Road, and may be reached by calling 927-7113.


Chess Time The Ventnor library holds an open chess program for all ages every Saturday, from noon-4:30 pm, November through December 30. Exercise your mind! Join chess expert Ken Esada and play a friendly game or two. Beginners are welcome; the games double as lessons. Gathering wool The library welcomes all adults to join a quilting and knit- ting group that meets every Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-noon, November 14-December 26. The program is free and all levels of experience are welcome. Join the group to stitch, loop, craft and chat. Do you love to knit or crochet? Or would you like to learn how to create original hand- crafted blankets, scarves, sweaters and more? You won't find a cozier club anywhere! Flower arranging Have fun with flowers at the Ventnor library where adults and teens learn to craft a floral arrangement Tuesday, November 22, at 6 p.m. Registration is requested along with a $15 materials fee payable the night of the program. Come create a Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. Please bring scissors, and, if you like, a candle of your choice. The event is presented by Rain Florist Inc. of Ventnor. The Atlantic County Library System/ Ventnor is located at 6500 Atlantic Avenue and may be reached by calling 609823-4614.

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So, You Want to Become a Vegetarian

Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky


hear from people all the time who want to eat less meat or eliminate meat all together but don’t know where to start. Several years ago, my husband decided to cut out meat. He wanted to try it out and fast forward five years, he still does not eat meat. Was it a hard transition? Not really. When people ask for advice on becoming a vegetarian I always suggest that they try incorporating certain ingredients into their diet to take the place of meat. Beans are one of my favorite ingredients for getting protein into my diet. If dried beans are intimidating, start

with canned beans. Just make sure to rinse them thoroughly. Beans are a great source of protein and go well in salads, soups and quesadillas. My kids love black beans while I favor garbanzo and cannellini. Experiment with different ones and you will be sure to find a bean you like. Beans, especially dried beans, are very inexpensive and can go a long way. While lentils are beans, I feel that they deserve their own mention. I could make anything out of lentils (and do!). Replace the ground beef in your favorite taco recipe with cooked lentils and your family will love it. Are you a big fan of sloppy joe’s? Give

lentils a try instead. Add them to your favorite chili recipe in place of ground meat. They are so versatile! Tofu and tempeh, both made from soybeans, are tasty meat substitutes. If you have ever stood in front of the tofu section staring at the different varieties, here are the basics. Extra-firm and firm tofu works really well for baking or sautéing. Extra-firm is my go-to tofu for stir-fry. It is best to drain the excess liquid from firm tofu by wrapping it in a paper towel and letting it sit with a heavy object on top for about 10 minutes (like a cookbook). If I want something to take the place of ricotta when I’m cooking for vegan friends, I always go with silken. It is also a great addition to smoothies. Tempeh has recently become a favorite because it holds it shape really well. I experimented with apricot glazed tempeh meatballs last month and they quickly became a family favorite. These are going on my Thanksgiving menu. I love using mushrooms as vegetable meat substitute. Missing cheesesteaks? Make a mushroom cheesesteak! Use

all of the same seasonings but just swap out the meat for mushrooms. Mushrooms have a very earthy taste and can be filling. Cauliflower is another vegetable that is very versatile as a meat substitute. Make buffalo cauliflower bites and you won’t even miss the chicken wings. If you are used to a meat and potatoes diet, there are many ways to still feel like you are eating meat, without actually doing it. Love meatballs? Try broccoli meatballs or eggplant meatballs. Can’t live without a juicy burger? Try a beet burger or bean burger. Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean missing out. It’s just a healthier and kinder way of eating. Enjoy this recipe for Apricot Glazed Tempeh Meatballs but also be sure to check out my blog for other vegetarian main dish options. What are some of your favorite ingredients to cook with in place of meat? I would love to hear from you! Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, and can be reached at


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have a December birthday and growing up, I always had summer birthday envy. I would have loved a pool or beach birthday party but that just wasn’t happening in December. My twins have a November birthday, which means basically the same for them. Each year, I try to come up with a fun birthday party idea. The Jersey Shore has a lot to offer when it is time to celebrate your child’s special day. Here are some ideas if you are planning a winter birthday party. Gymnastics. Bright Stars is a perfect spot for a birthday party. We had the twins second birthday party there and it was perfect for kids that young. Kids can do a fun obstacle course, play in the foam pit and go on the zip line. All you have to do is in-

vite friends, order food and show up. They will take care of the rest. I’ve also heard great things about Blake’s Gymnastics in Northfield. Skating. If your kids love roller skating - this was my favorite when I was young - check out Young’s Skating Center in Mays Landing. If they prefer ice skating, Flyer’s Skate Zone in Atlantic City offers great birthday party packages. Art. Kids love art parties. Our favorite for pottery painting is Glazed Over in Ocean City. They have a

Six-year-old twins Spencer and Mirah Lutsky, of Linwood, celebrated a birthday at Let’s Party Events in Corbin City.

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parties and there are several options for a fun one. We had a great swim party at Bright Stars several years ago. Other indoor pool options are the JCC in Margate as well as the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center. Adventure. If your kids love adventure like my kids, you may want to take them to Plaay Fitness and Yoga in Ocean City. Kids can climb on an indoor climbing wall and have fun on an obstacle course. The newest local option for indoor adventure is Get Air in Mays Landing which opened earlier this month. This indoor trampoline park is huge with plenty of options for jumping, bouncing and climbing. Another favorite with the younger crowd is Dance and Fitness in Egg Harbor Township. Between bounce houses and video games, kids will never want to leave. Cooking. Do you have a little chef who loves to cook? Let Happy Heart Corner teach your little cook and his or her friends to cook. Simply Sweet Cupcakes in Egg Harbor City offers cupcake decorating parties. Characters. Do your kids love Disney characters? Let’s Party Events

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Two other great options to mention are the Play House and Café in Smithville and Atlantic City Aquarium, both are very fun spots for young kids. No matter the age of your kids, you will be sure to find something fun on this list. I would love to hear about your favorite birthday party venues. Marci Lutsky is a local mom of six-year-old twins and can be reached at veggingattheshore@

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OMERS POINT- One year ago, Shore Medical Center opened its Center for Family Caregivers, a place for people who are caring for a loved one to find information and support. In celebration of the first anniversary of the center’s opening and in honor of National Caregiver Month, Shore is bringing attention to the issues faced by family caregivers and celebrating the important role they play. Lisa DiTroia, director of the Center for Family Caregivers, says many caregivers are so entrenched in the challenges of caring for their loved one that they aren’t caring for themselves. Recognizing their role as a caregiver is an important step in ensuring they’re meeting their own needs as well. Without acknowledging this, caregivers may not be searching for – and finding – the resources available that could make a huge impact in their lives. “Caregiving can be extremely stressful and all-consuming, especially for those who are also juggling work and family. They are pouring all of their energy into helping their family member, whether it’s scheduling and taking them to appointments, providing direct care or even managing their

care from afar,” says DiTroia. “At our center, we offer a starting point – a place where caregivers can learn about and connect to helpful resources and to share the emotions that come with caregiving with our Caregiver Coaches.” DiTroia says that it’s important for friends and family of caregivers to realize that often, caregivers will not ask for help. Reaching out and offering them help in very concrete ways can really help lighten the burden. “Many caregivers will not even know how to tell you what they need. However, you don’t have to wait for them to give you an answer. There are many small things you can do that


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If you are a family caregiver or someone who is looking for ways to support a caregiver you know, please contact Shore Medical Center’s Center for Family Caregivers for assistance. Support groups are held on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Center, located on the lower level of Shore Medical Center. The center also offers an Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support group the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Caregiver Coaches are available to assist you in person, by phone at 609-653-3969 or by email at

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(in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These ceremonies took place on “Armistice Day.” In 1921, the United States followed France and England by laying to rest the remains of a World War I American soldier- his name “known but to God”- on a Virginia hillside overlooking the city of Washington, By Cynthia Coons D.C. and the Potomac River. This site became known as the “Tomb of the eterans Day is on Saturday, Unknown Soldier,” and today is called the 11th of November and the “Tomb of the Unknowns.” The designated as a Federal Tomb symbolizes dignity and reverHoliday on Friday, Nov. 10. ence for the American veteran. Do we recall how this holiday came to On May 13, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each be? I am guilty of not really knowing year. A day to be dedicated to the the historical reason behind Veterans Day, it has always been a day that I cause of world peace. Originally Arshow my appreciation to our Vets, but mistice Day only honored veterans my full understanding of what this of World War I. day stands for really fell short. So, I On Nov. 11, 1947 Raymond Weeks, did some research, and I am proud to a World War II veteran, organized a share what I found. “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to President Woodrow recognize veterans of Wilson proclaimed, “Armistice Day” in all wars. This celebra“To care for him November 1919. tion led to Congress who shall have born Armistice is when changing Armistice the battle.” warring parties Day to Veterans Day –Abraham Lincoln agree to stop fightin 1954, to recognize ing and “Armistice veterans of all U.S. (also the VA motto) Day” recognizes the wars. President Eisenend of World War 1 when hower called upon Amerhostilities ceased at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, icans everywhere to re-dedicate 1918 on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, themselves to the cause of peace. of the 11th month. The National Veterans Day cerTo commemorate the ending of emony takes place in Arlington, Virginia commencing precisely at the “Great War” an unknown soldier was buried in the highest place of 11 a.m. with a wreath placed at the honor in both England and France Tomb of the Unknowns. The cer-


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“I call upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower emony continues inside the memorial with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. America’s Parade takes place rain or shine in New York City at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the conclusion of the opening ceremony in Arlington. Locally, the Atlantic County Veterans Advisory Board has chosen to recognize 17 U.S. military veterans and current residents of Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their sacrifice and service to our Country at a Veterans Day program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Family members have been invited to at-

Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City. Photo by Tim McGlynn tend. Honorees represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army Air Corps. This information is a reminder of what this day stands for. We honor the service, sacrifice and Love of Country that our military, law enforcement and first responders have given us. We show respect and appreciation to these brave men and women. We stand united as a country to recognize those who are responsible for our freedom, and to thank our veterans for allowing us to continue living as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Cynthia and her husband Bryan Coons live in Egg Harbor Township. She is a member of the Patriot Riders of America.


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front lawn of Shore Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon. As part of this ceremony, we are inviting members of our communities to plant a flag in honor of a friend or loved one who has served or is currently serving in the military. Community members interested in planting a flag can visit the hospital on Bay Avenue on Friday, Nov. 10 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., at which time

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▶11 ▶ a.m. at Patriot Park Bethel Rd. The City of Somers Point and local Veterans Organizations will be holding a Veteran Day Service, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The service will be held at the City of Somers Point’s Patriot Park on Bethel Rd, Somers Point. The Public is invited to attend.

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▶11 ▶ a.m.-12 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park The annual ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (5th Street & Wesley Avenue). For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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Entrepreneurship for Veterans

By Trina Byrd, T.Byrd Training Center


eterans are so equipped to star t a business because they already have learned to solve problems in very creative ways. A veteran can easily transfer those skills into the business world with a great potential to succeed. It’s hard to make it through military service without gaining a strong sense of discipline and working with a team to successfully complete your goals. As a veteran on one level, you’ve received very specific training related to your role or job while in the service. On another level, and most importantly, you’ve received and gotten strong experience in leadership. All business owners are leaders, some in specific areas and others in many areas. These skills are what it really takes for any business person, especially a veteran entrepreneur to go to the level they want in their business venture. These skills also allow you to be good at relating to other people like customers, be determined to deliver a quality product or service

to the customer, stay motivated and maintain a leadership role to succeed, much in the same way you lead in your military role. How do you get started with your business idea? Well, star ting out as an entrepreneur what I found to be the most difficult part of getting a business up and running was getting access to direct tools needed to start a business. There were several seminars, workshops and classes that ranged from free to thousands of dollars. We think if it cost more, it must be better and offer more. What I found in doing both tracks was that I gained a lot of knowledge, but no experience in either track. No experience in developing a business plan, a financial plan, an operations plan, negotiating start-up costs to do business, etc. These are steps you must com-

plete at the very beginning of your business idea. So, I set out to not only s t ar t my state approved private vocational school, but to provide what I called an applied learning method to fill this void that was missing from these business training models. I used the mistakes I made from lack of experience along the way, as the foundation for 30-plus state approved successful training programs. I wanted my students to leave my school with real life business tools to become successful, whether they were seeking a job (remember a job is someone else’s business) or wanted to start their own business. This all started in 1990 and in 2017 almost 2018 we still have the same model that we created in the beginning. All students enroll in our school to get certified in Micro-

soft Office Professional and Quick Books, but instead they leave with that and so much more. I created my own curriculum that included hands-on research, business development and business projects, when at the end of each model there is a completed project such as a business plan in Microsoft Word, a financial plan in Microsoft Excel, a business proposal presentation in Microsoft Power Point, a marketing and advertising package in Microsoft Publisher, a customized customer tracking database in Microsoft Access, and knowing how to set up a business from scratch in Quick Books. I want to provide the veterans of my community with the tools they need to start their own business, but most importantly, become very successful at it. The T.Byrd Center, 1501 New Road in Pleasantville, would like to thank you for your service and assist you in any way we can to start your own business. #supportourvetsinbusiness. To register or for more information, call us at: 609-484-9356 or visit us at


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o those who knew him, Victor J. Saracini served as a symbol of where hard work and determination can lead. Even though he dropped out of Atlantic City high school, he went on to earn a college degree, and then through service to his country, attained his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975, Saracini was accepted to the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned as an ensign in December 1975 and received his Naval Flight Officer wings the following year. Saracini served on S-3A anti-submarine warfare aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. He was an esteemed and decorated officer with the Navy, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Navy E Ribbon and Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. In 1980, he separated from active duty and served in the Naval Reserve at Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pa., where he was a crewmember on a Lockheed P-3

Photo Credit AC Primetime Orion. He left the military in 1985 with the rank of lieutenant. After leaving the Navy, Saracini flew as a corporate and commercial pilot before joining United Airlines in 1985. In all, Saracini flew commercial aircraft for 16 years. United Airlines Captain Victor J. Saracini died as the Boston to Los Angeles bound 767 jetliner he was piloting was hijacked and

read it at the Sept. 18 memorial service attended by more than 1,500 people. “And for all the years that come, I know one thing will never change, you will always be my daddy and I will always feel the same. I love you.” Staff at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center had been searching for a location for a new outpatient clinic north of the city. On the day of the tragedy, they finally found the future site. Eighte en m ile s from Philadelphia, the new clinic is adjacent to NAS crashed into the Willow Grove, south tower of w h e re S a r acin i the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m., once served, and not Sept. 11, 2001. He left Victor J. Saracini grew up in far from his Bucks behind a wife and Ducktown section of Atlantic County home. two young daughters. City In November 2004 the outpaTwo weeks earlier, as Saracini celebrated his 51st tient clinic in Horsham, Pa., was birthday, his 13- year-old daughter renamed the Victor J. Saracini Kirsten had given him a poem she Department of Veterans Affairs wrote called “Years gone by.” She Outpatient Clinic.

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“Veterans Serving Veterans”

Since 1919, The American Legion has served as the voice and home of wartime veterans. Over the years, the American Legion has been responsible for creating some of the most important projects in support of veterans such as the development of the Veterans Administration in 1921, the GI Bill of Rights in 1944. The Legion was the single largest donor (one million dollars) for the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC and spearheaded studies and legislation in response to the results of Agent Orange on Vietnam Veterans. The Legion, along with the Woman's Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion have sent over 20,000 students to Boys and Girls State to receive citizen training; many of whom have gone on to stellar careers, such as Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Neil Armstrong and Michael Jordan. Nationally, The American Legion Family supports numerous Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and provides annual scholarships to deserving Eagle Scouts. Since it was chartered in 1999, Post 524 has been recognized as one of the most progressive and active posts in New Jersey. We have a current combined membership of over 500; with a very active Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion. In keeping with our motto “Veterans Serving Veterans”, the following is a list of some of our numerous and ongoing community projects. The R & R committee provides a free condo for soldiers returning from overseas deployment and their waiting families. Each Veteran is recognized with an honor escort upon their arrival and a welcome package provided by local businesses. The “Coffee Express” sends over 200 Care packages to our soldiers overseas each year. We are partners in the Walk for the Wounded and Run for the Fallen and coordinate the Hiring our Heroes Project bringing together potential employers and veterans. Every month we visit the Vineland Veterans Nursing Home to serve food and conduct Bingo Nights. We serve as the liason between our Veterans and the VA Medical System which includes having the VA Mobil Medical Van stationed at our post twice a month. After many years of serving our community, Post 524 is now asking for your support to help build our new home designed to better serve future generations of veterans. We all have a unique opportunity to leave a legacy that will guarantee the continuation of our mission of “Veterans Serving Veterans”. We were there for you, so we are hoping that you will be there for us. Your donation is completely tax deductible. Please see the attached donor level list and thank you in advance for your consideration and participation in this worthy project.

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CEAN CITY - American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 members are used to helping their community, giving to groups, and assisting veterans with services and programs. But thanks to continued fundraising efforts, generosity of the community and determination on the part of its members, they are closer to moving into a new building at 46th Street and West Avenue. “We are looking at the beginning of the new year,” Chairman of the Legion’s Fundraising Committee Rob Cozen, a Navy veteran, said Sunday, Nov. 5. “We are probably 80 percent done. The actual physical structure is done. The floors and the tile are down. There are just some other things that need to be done before we move in.” The Legion is currently in a building on 33rd Street and Bay Avenue, which is too small to service the members’ needs. It is also one of four buildings the post has rented since being established 17 years ago. “We are now over 500 members. We are the fastest growing American Legion probably in the state,” Cozen, 70, said. “We are going through a period now where veterans’ organizations are losing members, not gaining them. The fact that our membership has grown is a testament to our leadership.” Members include not only the Legion, but the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion and many of its members attend events at the Legion. All the more reason why the organization has outgrown its space. The new building is 4,800 square feet. In 2014 the City gave the Legion the property to lease for $1 a year for 50 years. “The city gave us the property with the idea that we would build on it. Up until that time, we rented a space. We always knew

Rob Cozen, director of the fundraising committee for American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City, says he can’t wait until the building is ready for use by the legion’s members. Photos by Robin Minichino we would have to find another space for the organization,” Cozen said. But buildings cost money. The Legion started fundraising and never stopped. It started off that it would be $150,000 to $250,000. “We raised $500,000 and we still aren’t done,” Cozen said. “This is an ongoing thing. Once it is open, it is not the end. We have to continue fundraising to keep it going.” The cost of the project neared $500,000 with additional unexpected costs. “We had some issues. We can deal with it. This building is a gift from our generation of warriors to the next generation, and it is our gift to Ocean City. We need Ocean City to help support us,” Cozen said. “This building should be a place that veterans go to enjoy and relax and be themselves and find anything they need.” The American Legion does a lot for veterans and for the community. With the motto: Veterans Serving Veterans, the group does a multitude of things for veterans. “Our post is about recognizing the

sacrifices of the military members and their family. We make sure they get the help they need when they come home,” Cozen said. In addition to making sure the veterans are set up with benefits through Veterans Affairs, they help veterans transition back into civilian life by assisting them in finding jobs through the program Hiring Our Heroes. The legion also helps financially and emotionally. “When the guys come back, they have a lot of catching up to do. When someone gets deployed, the whole family gets deployed. Everyone is affected. We try to help the entire family.” Cozen said although fundraising is a major priority, the Legion will not stop giving to many groups and organizations throughout the community. Every year the Legion sponsors a Boy Scout Eagle Scout. They also sponsor Little Leagues. “When people donate to the American Legion, they are donating to the commu-

The project has taken a few years to near completion, but members say it is definitely worth the wait. nity,” Cozen said. “This is very much like planting the tree. Hopefully, there are future soldiers coming home that will need the American Legion. It is not only about serving current veterans. It is about serving the needs of veterans coming home a long time from now.”

Cozen, Jim Sambucci, a trustee and past commander of Post 524 and Post Commander Bob Marzulli were instrumental in the construction of the new building. Sambucci, 68, a Navy veteran, said none of this would have been possible without the work of so many union members who volunteered their time and dedication to help with construction. He said camaraderie that comes from being in the post is unbelievable.

“There are people who you have never met before. They become almost like brothers,” Sambucci said. The work the Legion does to help fellow veterans and the community is so rewarding, he said. He said it seemed the building would never get finished. Now that it is near completion, everything seems surreal. “Going through this, you see the pilings go up. You see the frame,” Sambucci said. “And now when you near the end it is unbelievable. The electrician told me to check out the building. I went at night. When you put on all of the lights it is amazing.” The next fundraiser is by the Sons of the American Legion at D’Orios in Somers Point on Nov. 11. For more information, see or call 609398-1751.

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ovember 11th is Veterans Day. I hold this holiday in high regard since my father served in WWII. Since his passing, I have attended some of his Air Force reunions in his stead and have a profound respect for those who have served and are serving now. He was laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Estell Manor and I make sure I pay my respects at that site at least every Memorial Day and Veterans Day. But last year, a confluence of events placed my wife and I at a friend’s house in northern Virginia during Veterans weekend. With me unable to observe the holiday in Estell Manor, I suggested we go

into Washington and observe the holiday there. I guarantee if you have a shred of patriotism, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. The monuments were awash with veterans from WWII, the Korean Conflict (War), the Vietnam War and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most were wearing their uniforms, sporting their colors, displaying their military patches and insignias. At different times, you would hear the national anthem being played and I seriously doubt that anybody was taking a knee. The WWII monument is impressive for its sheer size, beauty and the manner in which it commemorates the veterans of that era. The Marine Corps Iwo Jima monument of the flag pole being planted on the top of Mount Suribachi is a must see as well. The Korean Conflict monument is smaller but depicts a squad of life size soldiers on patrol. Although not as grand a monument as you may find elsewhere in Washington, its lack of size does

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↘Continued from 29 went smoothly. I am also finding that the guests think shooting with the students is really cool. And it is!” But before “show time,” there was a lot of work to be done. First, Stoloff needed a studio set to film her segments. Professional set designer Peter Avagliano and Absegami industrial arts teacher Don Matousch created a set. They worked through the summer to make sure everything was perfect. Stoloff said she was extremely thankful for their hard work. “They were aware of my health segments from NBC 40 and wanted to see them back on the air,” she said. “They also saw it as a great way to help students and education.” The partnership between Piotrowksi and his media class and Stoloff have been so successful. Senior Gianna Malgieri, 18, a senior, has been interning for Stoloff and loves the new studio. She wants to be a sideline reporter covering football someday. “It’s such a nice opportunity and the studio is great,” she said. Malgieri said she doesn’t get too nervous during tapings. Like the other media students, they are

For Robin Stoloff, taping her shows at Absegami is a bit of a family affair. Her son Luke Stoloff, on the left, is in the media class. Next to Luke is Howard Hirsch, a director at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Holly Johns, 16, a junior, Robin and Gianna Malgieri, 18, a senior. Photo by Cindy Fertsch getting great experience in all areas of production. Holly Johns, 16, a junior, explained that the media students rotate. Sometimes she will work the camera, another time a teleprompter or audio. She loves it all. When the class does Gami-TV, their inhouse broadcast, they even get to be the hosts. “It’s all equally important,” Johns said. “It is a lot of fun. I love doing

Robin’s show.” On Oct. 26, Stoloff’s guest was Howard Hirsch, a director at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. She said one of the many advantages of having a studio in the area is it is easier on the guests. SNJ Today studios are in Millville in Cumberland County. “It is far for many of my local contacts to travel for such a short interview. Having a studio in Gal-

loway makes it more convenient and therefore, easier to schedule guests,” she said. And there is an added perk for Stoloff. She gets to see her children, both of whom go to Absegami. Her son Luke Stoloff, 17, is a junior and is in the media class. Her daughter Alanna, 14, is a 9th grader. “It is not often that parents get a chance to come into their child's world, so it is interesting to see him and his fellow students during their school day,” she said. She said she hopes her daughter takes media classes in the future as well. Stoloff has plans to start a foundation with scholarship opportunities for students in the media program at Absegami as a way to give back and show appreciation to the school and the students. She offered some advice to students interested in going into journalism: “Get as much experience as possible. Do internships and don't worry about how much you are getting paid at first,” Stoloff said. “Don't go into a job because someone thinks you should or just to make money. Find something you like and learn to make a living at it.”

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n Oct. 17, 2017, two weeks after celebrating her 95th Birthday and just two months out from celebrating Merrill’s Colonial Inn, the Weymouth Township restaurant’s 59th anniversary, Dot Merrill passed away, leaving her daughter, Angel, at the helm. This mother-daughter duo was by each other’s side for the past 28 years. Although sad at not having her mom by her side, Angel said she is prepared to carry on her family’s legacy and reopen the doors Nov. 11, the anniversary date of the restaurant’s opening. Anyone who worked with Dot was as much her family as her own, in the way she Dot Merrill, owner of Merrill’s Colonial Inn restaucared for them. I can per- rant, who passed away last month, is remembered by sonally attest to that. I had columnist Kimberly Shurig, who got her start at the the pleasure of being her restaurant. dishwasher/busser during my youth. It was not a job. It was a said. learning experience, the kind that She said not too much has changed stays with you and helps to mold your at Merrill’s over the years. Italian cuicareer. Dot was old school. Kids today sine in America is an ever-evolving would not survive an hour, let alone experience, but do not expect that at a day in her kitchen. No sense of enthis fixture in the Bellcoville section titlement or attitudes were allowed. of Weymouth Township. Merrill’s is We worked. I washed dishes, bused the go-to for old-school service and tables, swept, etc. In fact, this was true, homestyle, never flashy Italian. my first job in the restaurant indusDon't expect anything fancy - just the try, and thanks to this experience, I same sauce, meatballs, pastas, and have been able to carry myself in my family atmosphere that have been career with confidence. keeping Merrill’s neighbors coming The feeling of family didn’t stop back for decades. Look out for ownwith the people who worked there, er/bartender, Angel’s quick wit and but extended to all the regular guests sense of humor. Don’t say I didn’t and customers who came by to eiwarn you. Plus, you never have to pry ther have a meal or a drink at the hospitality out of anyone at Merrill’s. bar. There was a wonderful sense of No matter who you are, you are family comfort and camaraderie between there.

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his is always my most perilous column of the year. I predict the winners of key elections, in a column written and filed before the election, however, it's not out in print until after the election. OUR NEXT GOVERNOR: Although Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno won the overall campaign, debate season and she was right on all key issues that affect New Jerseyans; Our next Governor will be Phil Murphy. Only in Bizarro World does this make any sense. A pure case of cognitive dissonance is in raging effect. New Jersey is a "Blue State." Also, New Jersey has alternated backand-forth between Republicans and

Democrats for Governor since 1905. Republicans had dominated in consecutive elections from 1896 to 1911. Murphy has pledged to raise taxes and new fees massively and has promised to make New Jersey a Sanctuary State. There is no doubt in my mind that under Murphy, New Jersey will endure significant wealth flight, as his regressive policies take effect. Additionally, residents at all income levels will flee for more tax-friendly states such as Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. You know that things will be bad, when it's more affordable to live in New York versus New Jersey. That day is fast-approaching. With Murphy as Governor, I also predict that the state of New Jersey will legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2018. STATE SENATOR - DISTRICT 2: Assemblyman Chris Brown was the candidate from "Central Casting." He ran a master class campaign. He defined his opponent, Colin Bell early and once again defeated millions of special interest dollars that funnel-in to Atlantic County from Camden County.

Brown, deserves this win, however, it must be noted that at least 2-3 million more dollars did not materialize for the Democrats in District 2 because State Senate President Steve Sweeney had such a tough campaign versus Republican Fran Grenier in neighboring District 3. I also predict that Sweeney won re-election for another term. He will remain the Senate President in 2018 when the Majority Democrats vote to reorganize. While I'm drawing upon my inner-most Pocket Kreskin self (a nick-name approved by The Amazing Kreskin himself): I hereby predict that Bell's spouse will be nominated for a New Jersey Superior Court Judgeship. I have confirmed that she has already been vetted by the New Jersey State Police. Sarah Bell is the Daughter of current Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson, who is also famous for being the author of his fabulous best-selling book, "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City." Johnson's book was the basis for the award-winning HBO Television series "Boardwalk Empire." GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 2: In a most undeserved result, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo was

re-elected and he carried with him Buena Vista Township Committeeman John Armato into the New Jersey General Assembly. Mazzeo has consistently worked against District 2, however, he remains popular for reasons that defy political gravity. Armato's victory is simply a byproduct of him running with Mazzeo; coupled with the fact that Republican challengers Vince Sera and Brenda Taube were complete unknowns in District 2, outside of their home towns of Brigantine and Margate. Had the Republicans run former Assemblyman Vince Polistina and Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica, they would have swept all three legislative seats. Both were willing to run. The ticket simply couldn't be put together. STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 1: This was never a contest. Still, Senator Jeff Van Drew always takes every election seriously. He won the most lopsided victory of his career, I predict breaking 60 percent of the vote. Without Van Drew, District 1 would be controlled by Republicans. Van Drew truly defies all political labels. He receives support from

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↘Continued from 36 Democrats, Independents and the highest percentage of Republican support of any Democratic candidate in the state. United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo told me personally that he will retire in 14 months at the end of his District 2 record-setting 12th term. GENERAL ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 1: Democratic incumbents Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land also won re-election by a wide margin as core members of The Van Drew Team.

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CRAIG CALLAWAY - THE MAJOR FACTOR & NOT ON THE BALLOT: Craig Callaway is the former Atlantic City Council President and Mayoral candidate, who spent more than 40 months in Southwoods State Prison for bribery, when he admitted to taking $ 36,000 in August 2006. He was released from prison on Sept. 22, 2010. Callaway was not on the ballot, however, he directly affected more races than almost every at large candidate on the ballot. Callaway and his election organization delivered more than 2,500 votes. Some went to Democrats. Others went to Republicans. This proved that it wasn't a monolith, rather, a patch quilt voting effort. Those who earned Callaway's support won. Those who didn't, in almost all cases, lost. Some are crying election fraud. However, with the exception of a handful of technical violations, it appears as though Callaway has master-minded the art of generating votes by way of messenger, absentee and overall effective use the legal vote-by-mail process. ATLANTIC COUNTY SHERIFF: Because of the Callaway factor, this is the race that is almost impossible to predict. However, here goes: Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser

won at the polls and former Atlantic City Police Lt. Eric Scheffler won the coveted "Craig Callaway paper ballots." It was the "Callaway Factor" that powered Scheffler to victory. This was the most respectful race of Decision 2017. Both men behaved (publicly) as perfect gentleman throughout the campaign. Glasser remains a popular Mayor of Somers Point, with two years still left on his current term. CAPE MAY COUNTY SHERIFF: Republican Bob Nolan won over his Democratic challenger, Rich Harron. This was a bizarre race from the beginning, as Nolan had to beat Harron twice in order to win the position. First, Nolan decisively defeated Harron for the Republican nomination. The Democrats were having difficulty even finding a Nominee. In unprecedented fashion, the Democrats actually nominated Nolan's vanquished Republican rival (Harron) to be their Nominee. Hence, it was Nolan vs. Harron, Part 2. ATLANTIC COUNTY FREEHOLDER - AT LARGE: Callaway may have decided these two seats. Incumbents John Risley and his running mate Tony DiPietro ran against Democrats Thelma Witherspoon and Caren Fitzpatrick. Before I predict the winners, I was thoroughly impressed by the issue-oriented, no personal attack-style campaign waged by Witherspoon and Fitzpatrick. They didn't resort to trashing their opponents or the management of Atlantic County. To their credit, Risley and DiPietro ran in a like-minded positive campaign. These two seats could go either way. A split decision. Or, either political party winning both seats. I really don't know what's going to happen

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↘Continued from 38 here. My best guess is to reward Risley for his incumbency and experience and give him one of the spots and the other goes to Witherspoon, powered by the Democratic Column A line and the "Callaway Factor." Although Fitzpatrick had Column A, she was on the same line as Risley. Many voters mistakenly believe that they are voting head-to-head, rather than selecting any two of the four candidates. Witherspoon was linedup on the ballot next to the relatively unknown DiPietro. This is why I gave her the edge, with additional consideration given to Witherspoon for having run in the past. ATLANTIC COUNTY FREEHOLDER - DISTRICT 3: Incumbent Republican John Carman won the District 3 seat because it remains a strong Republican District and he was not affected by the "Callaway Factor." Carman survived a social media meme re-posting that was considered sexist and the wearing of a New Jersey shaped Confederate Flag on his American Legion motorcycle riding jacket. Carman was first elected in November 2014. This will be his second three-year term. Carman was a long-time Egg Harbor Township Commiteeman before that. ATLANTIC CITY MAYOR: Four years ago, Don Guardian accomplished the near impossible. He became Mayor of Atlantic City as a Republican in a city whereby Democratic party affiliation registrants outnumber Republicans by an 11-1 margin. Guardian was basically Albert Einstein, achieving the solving of an impossible mathematical equation. It just couldn't happen twice. Councilman at Large Frank Gilliam, Jr. has defeated incumbent Mayor Guardian. The victory was narrow at the polls, however, Gilliam, Jr. was powered by more than 1,400 messen-


ger, absentee, vote-by-mail ballots. Guardian is fiercely trying to contest the validity of these ballots. If past is prologue, New Jersey Judges count them as legal each and every time, as not to disenfranchise a single voter. Callaway admitted during exclusive on-air interviews with me that they had made a few technical mistakes; but that no criminal tactics were implemented during their massive paper ballot campaign. ATLANTIC CITY - COUNCIL AT LARGE: Incumbents George Tibbitt, Mo Delgado and Jeffree Fauntleroy, II (Gilliam Column A slate) won the three open seats. They defeated Guardian running mates Ron Bailey, Paul Tonacci and Stacey Kammerman. It was a nasty Mayor and Council campaign, filled with allegations of certain candidates having criminal records and other salacious allegations. By the time you read this, the election will have already taken place. Let me know how I did. It really was the tale of two election seasons: The General Election of 2017 in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. And, the Craig Callaway "special" election.

Harry Hurley is the president of Harry Hurley Consulting and Communications, LLC. He hosts the daily talk radio program "Hurley in the Morning" 6-10 a.m., weekdays on Townsquare Media, WPG Talk Radio 104.1 FM & 1450 AM, where he also serves as the senior programming consultant. Harry was elected to both the Philadelphia (2014) and New Jersey (2015) Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He has hosted various programs for local television and is the editor and publisher of his news and information website, www. Send comments to

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ovember is when many South Jersey residents leave the beach and take day trips to the north and west. Many walk the old towpaths of abandoned canals near Lambertville and Phillipsburg. Few know the forgotten history of those canals or the political lessons they teach for today. America’s first canal was the Erie Canal, built in upstate New York in 1825. It was a spectacular success. It brought cheap and reliable boat traffic between the entire East Coast and hundreds of cities and towns along the Great Lakes. It turned New York into the “Empire State” and New York City into the biggest and richest city in America. Americans everywhere were eager to imitate the success of New One of several abandoned canals in the state York. That caused problems because includes this one in Lambertville in Hunterdon New York then had the most corrupt County.

and political support to their favorite politicians. Eventually, this “pay-to-play” corruption ruins an economy. However, New York got lucky. The Erie Canal brought in so much money that New York boomed. During the 1820s and 1830s New Jersey and most other states rushed to imitate the success of New York. State and local governments borrowed heavily by selling bonds to their “favorite” banks. They built canals, toll roads, and bridges by awarding grossly padded and overpriced contracts to their favorite engineers and construction companies. Many were incompetent or outright frauds. Many projects were poorly planned, designed and built. Most projects in America failed before they were finished. Sometimes the money disappeared before anything was built. New Jersey’s canals between Phillipsburg and Jersey City and between Bordentown and New Brunswick were finished. However, they never collected enough in tolls to pay back the construction loans. In 1837, banks throughout America failed when the bonds they bought to finance this construction boom were not paid. Millions of Americans who

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put their life savings into these banks or invested in bonds lost everything. This caused other businesses to fail. Millions lost their farms and businesses. There was a seven-year economic collapse. Many thought American Democracy had failed. However, America recovered. New Jersey was one of the first states to fix the problem. Professor Wallis said our solution “was as simple as it was ingenious.” In 1844, New Jersey adopted a new State Constitution with these three reforms: First, all laws had to be “uniform.” Politicians could no longer make “special” laws that treated some businesses better than others. Second, state and local governments could no longer support or finance private businesses. There were to be no more “public-private partnerships.” Third, state government could no longer borrow money unless voters approved--something New Jersey voters rarely did until recently. These three reforms of 1844 quickly revived New Jersey’s economy. Government was simple, less expensive, and less corrupt because New Jersey politicians had fewer favors to sell. These three reforms were included in our revised NJ Constitution of 1947. New Jersey government was virtually debt free until the 1960s. We had no state sales tax until the 3 percent sales tax de-

signed to lower property taxes in 1963. We had no state income tax until our first 2 percent state income tax (also to lower property taxes) of 1976. Today, New Jersey government is no longer like that. For the past 50 years, governors, legislators, and judges of both parties created countless loopholes that completely ruined the reforms of 1844. Today’s empty shopping malls, baseball stadiums, and the Revel Casino, are like the deserted canals of the 1830s. All we are missing is the economic collapse. By the way, the canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay by Cape May was not built during the “Canal Fever” of the 1830s. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II to protect coastal ships from German submarine attack. Today, it is used mostly by pleasure and fishing boats. Seth Grossman is a Somers Point attorney and executive director of The organization maintains a Liberty and Prosperity Facebook page. It meets for breakfast 9:30 am every Saturday at the Shore Diner in Egg Harbor Township by Parkway Exit 36. Seth Grossman can be reached at

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s a nutritionist, recommending lifestyle changes over diet is how I educate. I’ve seen clients try different diets over and over, just to fall off the wagon, get discouraged, and then try a different diet. Which is why, I am more concerned with helping clients stick with a plan they can follow, while incorporating lifestyle changes they can stick with. One of the major problems with diets is adherence, which is so hard for so many overweight people struggling to shed unwanted pounds. For more than 20 years I’ve seen the pendulum swing back and forth, as to which “diet” works best for weight loss: low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, the fill-in-the-blank diet (rice

diet, grapefruit diet, peanut butter diet). You name it. The diet rage of the day just leaves overweight people confused about the best way to lose weight and keep it off. It turns out that we may just be better off forgetting the word “diet.” Lifestyle interventions involve a three-pronged approach: making dietary changes, exercising more, and incorporating behavior modification techniques. Here are six simple lifestyle changes you can make to get you on the road to permanent weight loss. I have used these techniques, along with others, with much success in my private practice, to help clients.

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Practice portion control. As an advocate of portion control, watching how much you eat is one of the best ways to lose weight. I have been counseling clients for years, and I have seen in my private practice, that when people watch the sizes of their portions, they shave hundreds of calories daily, and lose weight effortlessly. While it may seem obvious that larger portions have more calories than smaller portions, most people don’t recognize just how many more calories a large portion contains. Think positive. Instead of dwelling on the foods you cannot eat, focus on what you can have. I tell my clients that there is no restaurant that is completely off limits. You can always find something healthy to eat. For example, when going to an Italian restaurant, instead of dwelling on what you shouldn’t eat, think of what you can eat; whole wheat pasta with veggies and fresh tomato sauce or fresh grilled fish with sautéed spinach.

Keep food journals. Anyone that knows me knows I’m a huge advocate of keeping a food journal. There is no better way to get a handle on what and how much you eat than by keeping food journals. And, for the good news you do not have to journal forever. People who keep food journals are generally more aware of the mistakes they make and are then able to make corrections. Food records help you see your patterns, both positive and negative ones. For example, are you nibbling in front of the TV without realizing it? Are you famished when you get home from work, so you eat whatever is on the counter? By identifying your bad habits, you can easily find substitutes for new habits. And if you don’t want to keep a journal, I find keeping a photo journal is quite helpful for staying accountable. Snap a shot of your food plate filled, each time to eat. You can look back to see if you’ve been over or even under eating, and make the changes accordingly. Move more. All exercise helps. The key is to do what you enjoy and follow an exercise program you can stick with.

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You do not have to spend thousands of dollars on a fancy gym. Lifestyle activities also add up. Take the stairs and walk around the block at lunch. I also advise taking advantage of different exercises you enjoy during the different seasons: swimming outdoors in the summer, taking a walk on the beach, and skiing in winter. The key is to follow an exercise program for the long haul. I choose to have a few pieces of cardio equipment in our home. This way there are no excuses. Eat structured meals and snacks. Speaking of nibbling and mindless munching, one advantage to eating structured meals and snacks is that you tend to get famished less often. And when we are famished, we tend to just grab whatever food is in sight. We also end up grabbing junk food.

Cut yourself some slack. I am a big advocate of focusing on progress, not perfection. It is important to take stock of the changes you have made and look at the big picture. If, for example, you need to lose 50 pounds and already lost 10 pounds, recognize your accomplishment. One way to recognize your progress is to try

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Long Lost Towns of the Pines

he Pine Barrens of New Jersey contain more ghost towns, some say, then the entire America west. The Pinelands of today with its pristine woodlands and unique plant and animal communities, is a very different place than the busy industrial center it once was hundreds of years ago. These villages rose up around the iron furnaces, glass factories, paper mills, cranberry farms and brick-making factories that once turned the raw materials of the region into products needed by the new nation. When the demand for these goods diminished, these industrial towns faded away, reclaimed by the pines.

Amatol, Mullica Township Amatol was a planned community built during the first World War. It was centered around a munitions factory. The town was meticulously thought out and designed to be both attractive and stimulating, combining the best of country and city life. When the war ended, much of the town was dismantled. Still, some streets, cellars and foundations remain.


owned and run for 92 years by William Richards. The discovery of coal in Pennsylvania led to a steady decline of the industry. Industrialist Joseph Wharton came to lead the town in 1876, experimenting with agriculture and glass manufacturing before starting his business school in Philadelphia. The last residents left in 1989. Batsto is now a NJ historical site with many of the original structures remaining, including the Batsto mansion, a sawmill, a blacksmith, ice and milk houses, a carriage house and stable, and a general store. The post office is still open. The buildings have been fully restored and are maintained as a historical site, with a museum and visitors' center.

Batsto Village, Hammonton With a name derived from the Swedish word "bastu" (meaning sauna), this town got its start by producing household pots and kettles. It quickly became a bustling ironworks that supplied the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. It was essentially a "company town"

Pleasant Mills, Mullica Township From 1822 - 1916, Pleasant Mills was a prosperous paper manufacturing village. The business eventually waned and the mill was turned into an art gallery. This was short-lived and the mill currently acts as a playhouse theater. Visit not only for the shows but the surrounding abandoned buildings including a mansion and a church.

Ong’s Hat. Pemberton Township This notorious ghost town in the Pine Barrens has only a few structures remaining, it’s ruins hidden deep in the woods. There are several stories about how this town got its name. Some say a man named Jacob Ong threw his hat into the air out of frustration, at which point it became stuck in a tree. More likely, the town was originally named Ong's Hut after a way station/rest area along a grain transportation route. Legend says that the town had just a handful of houses, along with a thriving dance hall. However, industry left the area and Ong's Hut/Ong's Hat slowly became abandoned.

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What’s Most Important To You?

By Jeff Whitaker ow often do you question what really matters in life? For me, the question hit square in the face one day as I drove by this pile of discarded trophies near my home. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I had to drive back and take a picture. As I sat on the side of the road to take a photo, I began to think about what these trophies most likely represented. I’m certain there are scores of stories behind each one of these symbols of accomplishment. There was no doubt years of practice, dedication, hard work and time that went into what it took to earn these trophies. But for some reason, and I can only speculate, someone saw fit to toss them all by the curb for the garbage truck. Maybe the person who earned these trophies died. Perhaps the family is moving and just doesn’t have the space to display them, or it could be that what it took to achieve these trophies is a painful reminder of time lost with loved ones, or too high a price that was paid. It could be that these trophies no longer hold the meaning they once did. Life has moved “their owner” to a new place with new priorities and interests. At any rate, they ended up piled at the curb, discarded. It reminded me of the words of Jesus. He said to not layup treasures here on earth where moth and rust will corrupt but lay up treasures in Heaven (or prioritize the things in life that have lasting value). He said where your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be


as well. Whatever joy, sense of accomplishment or pride represented by these trophies in the end amounted to nothing that has lasting value. So, it leads me to ask you a question. It’s a question we are all better off for asking. What impact are you and I making today that has lasting value and investment in the things that really matter? The truth is, in the end, it is not “things” that matter but people. It is the time and effort we invest in those most important and closest to us. Whatever story your life is telling, make sure it is making a positive, lasting impact on the people you encounter every day. Because un-

Columnist Jeff Whitaker snapped this photo of discarded trophies. like the trophies we accumulate which eventually lose their shine, the relationships we invest in hold far greater significance and lasting value.

Jeff Whitaker is a lifelong communicator and storyteller. He is a certified trainer, coach and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Jeff’s goal is to encourage excellence in individuals and corporations through leadership and communications training. Connect with him at, through The Jeff Whitaker Company on Facebook or @jeffwhitaker on Twitter.

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