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hen the doctor handed me my precious baby girl, no one told me that she would only be mine for a time. Then she would grow wings and fly away, and I would have to let her go, even if I didn't want to. Just when I thought I knew everything there is to know about parenting, this harsh reality kicked me in the heart not once, but twice. August is a time when many families are preparing to send their son or daughter away to college, some for the first time. This can be an adjustment like no other. You knew it was going to happen. In fact, it is supposed to happen and is part of an exciting plan for your child's future. It is wonderful, until move-in day arrives. Then it is gut-wrenching. I'll

never forget the feeling of watching my daughter walk the other direction, across campus as I forced myself to get in the car alone, to drive the other way four hours home. My heart sank. But with each phone call, text message or face time, I began to feel better. Seeing or hearing that she was happy and excited about new friends, classes and activities made me feel so much better. There is a lot of preparation that goes into move in day. Setting up a dorm room with such limited space can be tricky. Each student, especially the girls, want to infuse their own personal style into their side of the room as well. In this issue, check out dorm room Ideas for tips and tricks to get your son or daughter ready. Local moms' also give their advice for helping to make it a more positive experience for you and your son or daughter. These moms have been through the transition to college living with their own son or daughter and offer suggestions from their experiences. In less than two weeks, I will be doing it again, this time, with her sister. I know I will struggle with goodbye and flounder for a while, before I settle into my "new normal" that is only seeing my daughters on major holidays

and an occasional weekend. This is what I wanted, I must remind myself. I want them to flourish, to pursue their dreams and their passions fearlessly and boldly like Cassidy McClain does. How brave not only Cassidy was, but her mom must have been just as brave to send her off to literally fly around the world to pursue her love for surfing. Read her story on page 44 of this issue. Like all moms, I want only what is best for my daughters so I will put on my brave face and suck in my tears.

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Hometown Hero: Mark Jamieson By Lindsay Kirkland ark Jamieson, an Ocean City native, learned to respect the ocean early in his life. He recalled making his first of many rescues at the young age of 12, when he was out in the water with friends and recognized someone was in danger. Many of his uncles and cousins were lifeguards on Absecon Island at the time and had taught him what to look for. "The ocean is powerful. It can carry you 50 yards in a matter of seconds, without you even realizing it," said Jamieson. "The ocean can be your best friend, but it commands respect." Jamieson became an Ocean City lifeguard when he was 16 years old. He attended Montclair University after graduating from Ocean City High School in 2000. Each summer, Jamieson came home to keep watch on his beach. As a younger lifeguard, he was assigned 8th and 9th Street beaches. Both were well known for being heavily populated. "You could easily have a thousand people on your beach at any given time. It was a big responsibility," recalled Jamieson.

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Beach Patrol has upheld over its 118 years in existence. The Ocean City Beach Patrol first formed in 1898, less than 20 years after the island's founders, the Lake Brothers arrived in 1879. Ocean City quickly began to boom in the late 1800’s,

but there were several drownings as people ventured into the ocean. Consequently, the first Ocean City Beach Patrol formed. Three men were hired to protect the bathers. Today, 188 men and women protect Ocean City's eight miles of beaches. No one has ever, in all these years, drowned on their watch. Jamieson believes the Ocean City Beach Patrol has been and is so effective because they take a preventative approach, often creating a perimeter around a safe zone for swimmers. "When someone is getting close to a dangerous area, we are there before it becomes an emergency because we know what can happen in that area. For example, there may be rip currents or structures that can create dangerous man-made currents,” said Jamieson. “We are trained what to look for. When there is an emergency we can respond automatically, without hesitation.” Although there have been 28 reported drownings along New Jersey beaches this year, Jamieson pointed out that these are occurring on unguarded

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beaches or before or after lifeguard hours. Ocean City has not seen a spike in rescues and Jamieson reports it is a pretty typical summer thus far. Ocean City's population swells to approximately 150,000 during the peak summer months. "We are dealing with a huge population with diverse medical conditions," commented Jamieson. "Heat related issues are common. It is very important to stay hydrated when you go to the beach." With Shark Week growing in popularity, some beach goers are wondering

what is swimming in the water with them. "We typically only see four foot or smaller sand sharks and skates, a lot of skates" says Jamieson. "We have not had to pull any swimmers out due to sealife." Skates are fish belonging to the ray and shark family. However, they are typically smaller than stingrays and do not have stinging barbs on their tails. They are completely harmless bottom feeders, he said. As the second half of August approaches, Jamieson faces new challenges. Many of his staff will be heading back to college. "Lifeguards are often athletes, required to leave even earlier than other students for training camps. It becomes increasingly challenging to keep all the beaches guarded," said Jamieson. After Labor Day, a limited number of beaches will remain open through the third Sunday in September. For a full listing of those beaches go to ocnj.us. For decades Jamieson made rescues and guarded Ocean City's beaches. Now, as chief, he is using his expertise to staff, develop protocols and train a new generation of guards that are protecting thousands of swimmers each day.

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Margate Dunes - A Teachable Moment on Liberty

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By Seth Grossman love natural sand dunes on deserted, uninhabited islands. I enjoyed camping and hiking through them on the Outer Banks near the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. However, I hate the fake dunes built with pumps, pipes, bulldozers in beach towns like Atlantic City and Margate during the past 15 years. In his book “Boardwalk Empire,” local judge and historian Nelson Johnson explained why the original sand dunes on the Atlantic City and Margate beaches were “leveled” around the time Abraham Lincoln was President. When Jonathan Pitney and Sam Richards built the first railroad to Atlantic City in 1854, the island was covered with sand dunes and “hundreds of wet places where insects could breed”. Those insects annoyed tourists from the beginning. However, in 1858, a “plague” of

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sions right next to the ocean. They build modest cottages that could easily be replaced after a 20-year storm. All that changed in 1989. That October, Hurricane Hugo destroyed hundreds of lavish vacation homes in and around Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Many wealthy owners had political influence and ties to Dick Gephardt-- a Democratic candidate for President, and powerful Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. Suddenly, Congress made the protection of vacation homes by the beach an urgent priority of the federal government. During the 1990’s, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hundreds of millions of dollars to “find ways to reduce storm damage” to homes and businesses near the beach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers then did what most government officials do when asked to fix a problem. They proposed projects that would spend billions of dollars and greatly increase their power and influence. They made plans to move beach sand from one place to another from New England to Texas. Part of their plan was to build artificial piles of sand on the beaches in front of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. Most local home and business owners opposed this plan. They were happy with the clean, flat beaches created by the founders of

Atlantic City some 150 years ago. However, their voices were drowned out by the lawyers, engineers, contractors, and unions eager to make fortunes from government contracts to build the dunes. “Progressive” environmental groups also supported these dune projects. In the past environmentalists opposed engineering projects that interfered with the natural movement of sand by ocean currents. However, today’s most influential “environmental” groups are out to advance a leftist political agenda. They love building ugly piles of sand in front of beach front homes to punish “ Seth Grossman, Executive Director They love to falsely accuse beachfront homeowners who oppose them of “selfishly” putting other homes in danger of floods to enjoy their “privileged” ocean view. (TRUTH: Most flooding comes from back bays. A 100 year storm strong enough to destroy other homes would melt the largest sand dunes in less than an hour). Margate voted to oppose this dune project in court, but they lost. The dunes were built in June. The water and insect problems they were afraid of came true last month. The dune issue is not the real issue. The real issue is liberty. The people of Margate-and every beach town-- should be free to decide for themselves what their own beach should look like. Sethgrossman@libertyandprosperity.org

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and lots of love. Many people asked if they would regrow each year. The sad news was the plant would finally meet its end, but the good news was that it would regrow and live forever, so long as they kept the seeds going, like people. I always asked where their new home would be. Turned out my sunflowers ended up moving to almost half of the United States and Canada. Like I said, I was determined to find each and every one a home.

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Jacqueline D’Angelo, of Brigantine loves growing sunflowers. Her “green thumb” has led to the golden beauties topping 11 feet. sunflowers were individually potted, well rooted, and I would show them what to do. We dug a hole, filled it with water, and placed the baby sunflower in it. We then covered the hole. It was that easy. Another fear was in putting back too much soil. I had noticed when transplanting many, that a little extra soil on the stem went a long way. They were like our tomato plants in the fact that the stem made roots on the sides, and it strengthened the plant, so they didn’t have to worry when filling the hole back in. One by one they were adopted out. Some to visiting family and some to friends. I don’t think anyone really understood the magnitude of what I was trying to accomplish, until they saw it for themselves. My son Lorenzo, a little embarrassed, asked his homeroom teacher. Before we knew it, he was bringing in trays upon trays and excited about doing so. He said the teachers and everyone in the school who worked there loved it, including the crossing guard. Before I knew it, I was taking orders. I would always ask, “How many?” to ensure each one of the babies had a chance. They were available to anyone who wanted them and could provide a good home. I often got puzzled looks from strangers, who would walk by our house, and comment how lovely the sunflowers were. I would always say, “Sure, you want some?” I will never forget this little girl’s face as I handed her a tray. Her puzzled look became a smile, from ear to ear. She wanted to know how to take care of them. I told her that they required three things; lots of water, lots of sun,

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I enjoyed sharing my sunflowers, I felt like I had made a difference - so many happy faces - so much joy. I too enjoyed watching my sunflowers grow and open. I didn’t know it, but each sunflower was different. Each one, like people, with their own personalities. Some made single flowers. Some made multi-flowers. Some were red, yellow, black, brown, green, and some were orange. Some were short and some were tall. Some were thick and some were skinny. At the end, I must have grown 12 different varieties. “Pot Luck,” is what I called it, and it was exciting, and educational, all at the same time. I was in awe with the tall ones. I felt so small looking up at these giants. My tallest measured at 11 1/2 feet upon opening of the Sunflower but continued to grow. I had learned a new thing. I didn’t know they did that! Looking up at these giant plants with leaves bigger than an elephant’s ear, you begin to realize, how small you are compared to the universe. The shorter ones were just as amazing. I would gaze into the heads of each one like it was a kaleidoscope. Snapping pictures along the way, it awakened my love for photography. After having endured everything that came along with Hurricane Sandy, I would say after several years, I was finally relaxing. It was soothing and food for my famished soul, and yes it made me very, very, happy. If you’re wondering what happened to the ones in the pots that I couldn’t find homes for, well they still had a home - our home, and they had made the tiniest of sunflowers, just as beautiful as their siblings that had grown up to be giants.

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Ocean City Happenings ▶BOYS ▶ AND GIRLS FISHING TOURNAMENT (Aug. 12): Free event for boys and girls 8 to 16 years old. North end beach at Ocean City–Longport Bridge. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. Tournament is 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes and trophies awarded. Rain date: August 19. Co-sponsored by Ocean City Fishing Club and City of Ocean City. For more information, 609-8140216. ▶MISS ▶ OCEAN CITY PAGEANT (Aug. 12): The City of Ocean City will host the 49th annual Miss Ocean City Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 12. The pageant will be held at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Twelve contestants will compete in interview, talent, evening gown and swimsuit with the hopes to become the next Miss Ocean City. Contestants vying for the 2018 title include Sophia Terry, Brielle Nicole Hammerstein, Pamela Traflet, Shannon Cattie, Grace Webber, Alexa Rosen, Megan Jessica Keenan, Madison Leigh Kennelly, Nora Sheppard Faverzani, Abigail Waid, Emily Aita, Alanna Palombo.

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Aisha de Haas, and Met Opera star Harolyn Blackwell -- as they celebrate The Queen of Jazz. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $35/$25 and can be purchased online at oceancityvacation. com/boxoffice, at all City Welcome Centers or by calling 609-399-6111. ▶GET ▶ THE LED OUT (Aug. 14 and 15): A summer tradition continues as Philadelphia-based tribute band Get the Led Out returns to the Music Pier for two nights of Zeppelin. Their attention to detail and loyal re-creation to the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin has quickly made them the most sought after tribute to the music of hard rock’s founding fathers. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit Ticketmaster. com or call 1-800-745-3000. ▶WACKY ▶ WEDNESDAY (Aug. 16): Little Miss/Mister Miscellaneous seeks hidden and unusual talents among anyone over the age of 6. Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos

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S A L E ▶HERMIT ▶ CRAB RACES (Aug. 16): Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete for the King of Klutz Plaque, immediately following Miss Crustacean at the Sixth Street Beach. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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Along for the Ride as an Operator By Sarah Fertsch ennsylvanians and New Yorkers line the beach and boardwalk, marking the beginning of summer. Seagulls cackle, the sun shines, and sand sticks to the wet bare feet of locals and tourists alike. As a local from Egg Harbor Township, I spent most summers in high school working as a ride operator on the Ocean City boardwalk. The poignant smell of freshly-fried funnel cake and a child’s laughter whip me back in time. Donning a polo and khakis, I’m ready to start my shift. High schoolers, pimpled, hairy, and tan, wait impatiently for their workday to begin. Everyone is assigned a ride to supervise for the next six hours. “One word determines the fate your entire day,” my twin sister Holly whispers to me as we approach our manager. He broods over the flock of teenagers dangling the destiny of our day by his fingertips. “You two will be breakers today,” he mumbles under his breath. After three years of working at the pier with my twin sister, the manager still can’t tell us apart.

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We huff a sigh of relief. Breakers mean that we aren’t assigned one ride all day, but instead bounce ride to ride, giving the other operators a lunch break.

Once all the teens are assigned a ride and the park opens, the breakers gather to pick and choose which pieces of machinery they want to work for 30 minutes. “Top of flume?” asks

Mr. Manager. It’s suddenly an auction and top-of-flume is the prized pig. Fighting, bargaining, and then begging are quick to follow. “Kiddie Boats?” Mr. Manager asks. Dead Silence. These seasoned employees know that Kiddie Boats means soaking wet crying toddlers, parents complaining and older siblings who are too big to take a trip down memory lane. Kiddie Boats doubles as the main attraction of the park and the horror of the employees. Holly chirps up. She loves kids and has worked that ride for years. Surely this half hour helping children couldn’t be that painful. I review my list of mediocre rides to visit and start my day on the Frog Hopper ride. When I push through the flimsy iron gate, there are five kids flying on frog-shaped pods. The employee assigned to that ride relaxes when she sees me, and hustles to wrangle the kids so she can take her break. In less than a minute I’m alone - the safety of these shoobies rests in my hands. Operating a ride is monotonous. I stand in front of what seems like a car

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him. The boy giggles as I set his feet on the ground because he knows my hands are now covered in urine. The mechanics finally arrive and free the other children. The families get free ride passes and I wash my hands. Just like that, the ride operator is back from her break and moving on to the next ride. I make my rounds on the rest of the rides. I sit and spin inside the Graviton Spaceship, dance with a 10-year-old girl on the Music Express, and yell “choo choo” on the monorail train ride. With a motor oil stain on my khakis and sweat on my brow, I finish my work day and meet my sister. The sun is setting, the lifeguards pull their rowboats to the dunes, and tidal salty-air smells poignant. Untucking our shirts, Holly and I reenact our days. We find ourselves throwing our hands, snorting with laughter, and head up to the boardwalk for smoothies and gyros for dinner. The perfect end to an imperfect day. Four years later, I’m almost finished with college and I intern for the state Senate. I spend long summer days sitting in an office answering phones. It’s a different world, but I know I wouldn’t be here without my Ocean City rite of passage working as a ride operator on the boardwalk.

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and growing up together. Hand me downs. Having children is expensive whether you have one at a time or three at a time. Whenever I needed something like an extra high chair or an extra pack and play, I always looked to my moms’ club first to see if someone was selling one in good condition. And vice versa, I was able to sell many of my baby items to my fellow moms of twins instead of having to go through a consignment store. Leadership skills. When I gave birth to my twins, I left my job in the non-profit sector. I felt very fortunate to stay home with my twins but quickly missed working. When my children turned three I was elected to be president of my moms club. This gave me a chance to build my leadership

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Egg Harbor Township Rhythm in the Park Summer Concert Series

▶Fridays ▶ from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tony Canale Park Amphitheater off Dogwood Avenue ▶Aug. ▶ 11: Tidal Wave Band South Jersey’s Favorite Party Band ▶Aug. ▶ 18: The Rhythm Wranglers Five-piece Band featuring New and Classic Country Songs ▶Aug. ▶ 25: Billy Walton Band A mix of rock, blues and soul Ventnor Sunset Celebration at Ski Beach ▶Friday, ▶ Aug. 11th from 6:00pm-Sunset Ski Beach in Ventnor Heights Enjoy the beautiful views and wonderful sunsets at Ski Beach during this Foodie Festival. The festival is

to include a host of food trucks, local food vendors, a BBQ competition, acoustic live music, local artists, and a headliner music celebration at sunset. The event is to take place June July and August from 6 to 9 pm. Sunset at Ski Beach is the only sunset celebration on the entire island. The event will be host to live music, lots of food, live performers including; dancers, magicians, face painters, puppeteers, and more. A family friendly event for all ages.

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Brigantine Farmers Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Haneman Park; 1075 N. Shore Drive A vibrant Farmers Market on Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the heart of the Brigantine business district, Haneman Park between 15th & 16th on Revere Blvd. Rain or Shine. The 2017 season runs through Sept. 2nd, plus includes a Fall market beginning on Oct. 21st. The Brigantine

Farmers Market is FREE from ‘onetime single use plastic bags’. Get your reusable shopping bags ready for the Market. There is something for everyone. More information available at http://brigantinebeachgreenteam. com/farmers-market/.

Ventnor Beach Concert Series: Bob Sterling Band feat. Geri Mingori

▶Sunday, ▶ Aug. 13th at 6 p.m. Newport Ave. Beach behind Ventnor Library Jazz surf rock fusion.

Absecon Concerts in the Park: Brandon Ireland Band

▶Sunday, ▶ Aug. 13th at 7 p.m. Heritage Park; 500 Mill Road Pop, Rock and Roll from All Decades. Food will be available at the concession stand. Bring your own beach chair or blanket. Free admission.

Ventnor Street Fair

▶Wednesday, ▶ Aug. 16th South Beach, Ventnor Avenue between Melbourne to Fredericksburg Local merchants, crafters, artists and live music will be setup along the commercial districts of Ventnor. Encouraging each business to partake and show off their business. Come down to the wonderful street fairs throughout the summer. All festivity goers are encouraged to walk and bike to free up traffic and parking if you are nearby.

feast, farm tables at this market are loaded with the region's freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh roasted coffee, cheeses, seafood, spices, soaps, jelly, cut flowers, and potted gardens. Local food artisans bring fresh bread, blueberry pie, prepared foods and other goodies. The market runs Thursdays through Aug. 31st.

Margate Free Movies on the Beach

▶Thursdays ▶ at 8:30 p.m. on the beach at South Decatur Avenue ▶August ▶ 10: Jaws PG ▶August ▶ 17: Sing PG ▶August ▶ 24: Kong: Skull Island PG-13 ▶August ▶ 31: Trolls PG Join us for pre-movie activities every Thursday at 8 p.m. Rain dates on Fridays. Check facebook.com/ MargateBusinessAssociation or margatehasmore.com

Ventnor Beach Concert Series: Who Dat Band

▶Saturday, ▶ Aug. 20th at 6 p.m. Newport Ave. Beach behind Ventnor Library Get on up and dance to classic hits from the 70s, 80s and today.

Northfield Concert in the Park & Ice Cream Social

▶Tuesday, ▶ Aug. 22nd from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Birch Grove Park Join us for the John Walter Cape Community Band along with John Philip Souza Concert, Jazzy Jen Face Painting and The Friends of Birch Grove Park Ice Cream Social. Rain date is Aug. 29.

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▶▶ Wednesday, Aug. 23rd at 11 a.m. On the Atlantic City Beach Now celebrating its 15th year, the 2017 Atlantic City Airshow will return to the skies above the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Aug. 23. GEICO will return as the presenting sponsor of this event, as announced by Greater Atlantic City Chamber President Joe Kelly, the show’s organizer. The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron ("Thunderbirds") is the air demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF). The

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Thunderbirds are based at Nellis AFB, Nevada and perform aerial demonstrations in the F-16C Fighting Falcon, and they also fly two F-16D twin-seat trainers. Much of the Thunderbirds' display alternates between maneuvers performed by the diamond, and those performed by the opposing solos, all with magnificent accuracy and precision.

Atlantic City Concerts Deckstock 2017

▶Saturday, ▶ Aug. 12th at 2 p.m. The Deck at Golden Nugget Free Admission Phone: 609-441-2000 A live musical journey to the sights and sounds of the 60's. Take a trip back to the Woodstock era with Deckstock, the ultimate blend of the 1960s iconic concert and the hottest party spot on Atlantic City’s marina, The Deck. Fans can join the psychedelic fun for one day only, as Deckstock takes them through a live

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▶Monday, ▶ Aug. 14th from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway Join us for lunch and a rousing game of bingo. Get to know people in your community. Call 609-652-0230 to register or for more information.

▶▶ Saturday, Aug. 12th at 7 p.m. Dante Hall Theater Tickets: $20 pre-sale/$25 at the door Phone: 609-626-3890 DYLAN FEST AC RETURNS! This annual sell out concert festival featuring the 5 Believers returns to Dante Hall Theater with an exciting new lineup of artists. Mississippi Avenue is the place to be. Beginning at 5 p.m. enjoy wine and Dylan inspired artwork at the The Noyes Arts Garage. At 7 p.m. the concert starts just a few shorts steps away at Dante Hall Theater. This show only happens once a year so don’t miss out. Order your tickets now and save. $20 Pre-sale/$25 At the Door.

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Ice Cream Party

▶Saturday, ▶ Aug. 19th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. American Legion Post 295 232 Mill Road, Northfield Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 295 invites all to come join us in the Dog Days of Summer to enjoy the ice cream party. Create your own ice cream sundae. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children ages 4 and younger get one scoop free. Bottled water is $1. Proceeds go to K-9 Warriors Inc. A non-profit organization that takes service dogs training for Combat Veterans.

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▶Summer ▶ Beach Concerts Somers Point continues its summertime celebration with its 25th Annual Somers Point Beach Concert Series taking place every Friday at 7 p.m. through September 8. The concert series is free to attend and takes place in front of the beautiful backdrop of William Morrow

Beach and the Municipal Beach Park, located in between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues in Somers Point. Performances in August and September are as follows:

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Join the Somers Point Recreation Commission for free family-friendly fun Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. this summer. Events are William Morrow Beach and the Municipal Beach Park, located in between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues in Somers Point (weather permitting). ▶Aug. ▶ 7 – Princess Showcase Come watch your favorite princesses perform classic songs, live and in-person. The beautiful princesses will perform in their gowns and take pictures with their fans after the show. ▶Aug. ▶ 14 – Nae Breeks Bagpipe Show Join this energetic Pipes and Drums band for the finale beach concert. They play traditional tunes and sea chanties that the whole family will enjoy. You may even get invited up on stage to sing along. ▶Aug. ▶ 21 – Movie on the Beach – Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Beginning at 8 p.m., this 2017 adaptation will be played on the big screen under the stars. Bring your beach chairs and blankets for this magical, musical evening. For more information visit www.

The Somers Point Historical Society will present the second program of the season, Natural Disasters: Nature’s Damages to Somers Point on August 22 at 7

p.m. at the Somers Point Historical Museum, 745 Shore Road. (Please park on New Jersey Avenue, the City Hall parking lot, or along the bike path. You may want to bring a folding chair. There is seating for about 35 people but anticipate more than that). For additional information call 609-927-2900. ▶Saturday, ▶ Sept. 9

Good Old Days Festival

The Annual Somers Point Good Old Days Festival will say farewell to summer in Somers Point from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park – an event which the City of Somers Point anticipates thousands will attend. There will be antique cars on display, children’s entertainment including carnival games, inflatables, a magician, pony rides, karate demonstrations, as well as K-9 demonstrations, over 20 vendors and community groups, food and treats including hot dogs and hamburgers fresh from the grill. Attendees will enjoy FREE live musical performances on two different stages throughout the day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lawrence “Bud” Kern Scholarship Foundation. Established in 1979 in honor of Lawrence “Bud” Kern, former Recreation Commission Chairperson and Little League President, the fund recognizes graduating Somers Point high school students who have demonstrated community spirit and pride through their involvement in civic and scholastic activities while displaying a singular dedication to a purpose. Lawrence “Bud” Kern was instrumental in the development of recreation facilities and programs in Somers Point and expended countless volunteer hours in service to his community. It was his idea to hold an end-of-summer community picnic, which gave rise to the Good Old Days Festival. The festival will be preceded by the Annual ‘Run for Bud’ at 9 a.m. at Kennedy Park with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. For a printable race application, directions to Kennedy Park and additional

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adise” and “Baby Hold On,” Money continues to astound crowds with his high-energy performances. Foghat has been a classic rock staple for over 30 years. Their hits “Slow Ride,” “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” and “Stone Blue” have been used in countless movies, TV shows and commercials. During their live shows, they play their classic 1977 album “Foghat Live” in its entirety. Michael Allman, lead vocalist of The Michael Allman Band, continues to spread his family’s blend of roots, rock and blues. The eldest son of The Allman Brothers Band’s Gregg Allman, Michael will perform original songs from his album "Hard Labor Creek," as well as songs his dad’s band made famous in the 70s. Making their South Jersey debut, Dead Fish Handshake is a New Jersey-based band catching the eye of the music industry. They were winners of the Rock Carnival Talent search, beating out hundreds of entrants to receive a slot in the event. The Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally begins on Thursday, September 7 and continues through Sunday, September 10 with a list of events for motorcycle enthusiasts and guests. Rock and Roar 2017 featuring Eddie

Money, Foghat, The Michael Allman Band and up and coming artist, Dead Fish Handshake on Friday, September 8 will keep the City of Wildwood rockin’ through the weekend. For more information on Roar to the Shore, visit: www.roartotheshoreonline.com. For more information on the Rock and Roar 2017 Concert, visit www. rockandroarnj.com. For more information about the City of Wildwood, visit www.wildwoodnj.org.

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f spending more time together is on your family’s to-do list, consider the following tips and ideas to make the most of each experience. - Run a 5K. Encourage the entire family to get active by participating in a 5K. Whether you walk, run or a do a bit of both, this is a distance that many people of all ages can accomplish with some preparation. For bonus family time: train together in the weeks leading up to the race, then plan a special meal or outing afterwards to celebrate your collective accomplishment. - Watch a movie. Get the family together, and even consider making it a party by inviting a few friends and neighbors for the ultimate gaming or movie night. With a projector, you can enjoy a film or video game indoors or out. Look for low-maintenance and energy-efficient projectors that offer convenience, such as the SLIM series from Casio. Their latest models offer increased light output for improved colors. Lightweight, they make an easy, portable choice, whether movie night is in the living room, the backyard, or around the block. - Play a game. You don’t need any special equipment to hold a family game night. Play charades, 20 ques-

Photo credit michaeljung - Fotolia.com tions or Botticelli. These are all fun guessing games that require you to think fast and work together. - Get outdoors. Get yourself somewhere beautiful for a hike, bike or kayaking trip. Use new technology to enhance the experience and help you fully enjoy the adventure. For example, the new WSD-F20, a smart outdoor watch from Casio, is equipped with built-in, low-power GPS and full color map functionality that can be used offline to track your location, even when you’re offline.

Apps allow you to add notes to otherwise unmarked spots on the map to help you return to that ideal viewpoint or fishing spot. - Volunteer. Most communities have plenty of one-time volunteer opportunities appropriate for kids and families. However, you can also create your own opportunities if no formal programs exist locally. From cleaning up the park to delivery groceries to a family in need, volunteering as a family is a great way to spend time together. - Make Music. Explore your musical

creativity by playing and remixing your own music. Consider using new technology such as the Dance Music Mode on Casio’s LK-265 portable keyboard. Learn your favorite songs with the keyboard’s lighted keys and remix the tracks. Choose from 50 styles of electronic dance music with different variations of drum beats, bass lines, and synth parts, as well as effects to polish tracks. Life is busy, but there are plenty of ways to make family time count. StatePoint

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Essentials for a Well-Stocked Kitchen Mixing bowls:

I love mixing bowls in every size and ones that stack into each other to save space. I have a beautiful ceramic set but I find them too heavy and usually opt to use the less expensive, lighter ones. Bonus if they can go in the dishwasher. Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky Summer is a time for gift giving between weddings and college graduation parties. No matter what stage of life the recipient is at, having a good kitchen set-up is essential. I became interested in cooking after graduating from college and over the years have learned which tools and gadgets are essential. Here are some of my favorites, which I cannot live without in my kitchen:

Knives:

You can’t get very far in the kitchen without a good set of knives. I like having a set in a block that doesn’t take up too much space. A chef’s knife is essential, as is a paring knife and serrated knife. Bonus if the block has a sharpener.

the coffee pot is always the first thing to get unpacked. I prefer one that grinds coffee beans because coffee just tastes fresher.

Pots and Pans:

I get asked for recommendations on pots and pans all the time. Here is what I tell people, you need to think about what you use most. For me, I love a good non-stick egg pan, a Dutch oven for soups, a small saucepan for sauces and a couple of big frying pans. These don’t all need to come in a set, but it’s certainly more expensive to buy them this way.

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I use my food processor weekly for everything from pesto to hummus. When my kids were babies it was used daily for baby food. The parts easily go in the dishwasher, making it one of my favorite appliances.

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this) like a high-powered blender, instant pot and pasta maker. Again, those are not essential. If you need to buy a gift for someone setting up a new kitchen, hopefully you have gotten some

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There are plenty of other kitchen tools that I love giving as gifts like a spiralizer or immersion blender but I wouldn’t consider these essential. And of course, I always have plenty of kitchen goodies on my holiday wish list (hint, hint to family members reading

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By Charles P. Eberson rowing up in Margate, the summer meant one thing - going to the beach. This was not merely a vacation, but a way of life. We would go down with our parents or friends and spend the morning, have a sandwich with a touch of sand in it and stay on the beach until dinner much to my dermatologist’s delight. A jump in the ocean was followed by rolling in the pristine, soft white sand above the high-water mark. We referred to ourselves as “powdered donuts.” There were no dunes, just a large expanse of white sandy beaches. As I got older, the only mention of dunes centered around a bar called The Dunes located just outside of Long-

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port on the way to Somers Point. “Dunes ’til dawn” was a common refrain. Partiers would leave Somers Point bars which closed in the early morning hours and went to the Dunes which was open until sometime when the sun came up. Now you can’t mention the word “dunes” in the Margate area without touching off an emotional firestorm. In case you have been out of the country or in solitary confinement, the construction of dunes along sections of the Margate beach created a large body of standing, stagnant, algae-ridden water between the dunes and the homes along the bulkhead. This has attracted media attention not only locally, but also outlets in Washington D.C. and Boston. Residents and their advocates have tried to block the construction of the dunes only to have their worst fears realized. “Drain the Swamp” has taken on a different meaning in Margate. Now a judge has stepped in and ruled that there must be a halt to the construction. In all my years of employment, I have worked for some bright and creative people. I have also

worked for some that I questioned how they ever managed to get dressed in the morning and find their way to work. With that in mind and with all the experts and engineers involved with the dunes project did anyone ever ask the questions, “What happens if it rains?” “What will happen if there is a storm?” “What provisions will we make?” “What measures will be prepared to take?” I may be over simplifying, but when dealing with Mother Nature wouldn’t this be a concern? Shouldn’t have

there been a plan? It’s not like asking what will happen if a plane crashes on the beach or what if a meteor hits the dunes? We are just asking about rain. There have been arguments for and against dunes all along Absecon Island weighing the benefit of protecting the beachfront against the aesthetics and the effectiveness of these structures. If you have seen our island or other barrier islands from the air, you can see what a tenuous foothold they have and how vulnerable these spits of land really are. Common sense should dictate that some protective measures must be in place -but how this can be accomplished is a challenging and delicate balance with pitfalls that have now become painfully obvious. I have to believe when all is said and done, the Army Corps of Engineer and the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection will make things right. But the beaches of Margate will never be as I remember them, and when kids come out of the water to coat themselves in dry sand, it begs the question what’s in the sand in which they are rolling?

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Farmers Markets Continue to Bring Taste of Country to Communities By Maddy Vitale ther than going to a farmer’s field yourself, the best way to get fresh produce is to stop at a farmers market. Farmers markets pop up like summer staples Jersey corn and Jersey tomatoes in the spring and summer. In addition to produce, you can purchase the freshest breads, jams and jellies, honey and other goodies, be done with your shopping early and hit the beach by the afternoon. In fact, some of the farmers markets are literally steps from the beach, such as Sea Isle City’s market. There’s also no shortage of farmers markets in the mainland communities scattered throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Organizers say it’s a great way to promote healthy eating, and a way for the community to meet local farmers and shop where they live. New Jersey’s official slogan is the Garden State and if there is any doubt about that, all anyone has to do is to visit their local farmers market. Here is a list of farmers markets in the area and what they have to offer, according to Jerseyfresh.nj.gov:

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↘Continued from 30 cookies.com. Somers Point – Shore Medical Center's Farmers Market and Craft Fair held Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 8 on Bay and New York avenues in front of hospital between Medical Center Way and New York Avenue. Shore Medical Center in partnership with The AC Hub and Somers Point-Community First and local volunteer organization A portion of the proceeds from the weekly event will be donated to Shore’s Cancer Center. “We tested the waters with our Farmers Market and Craft fair in the fall, and the response was incredible," said Brian Cahill, Marketing Director for Shore Medical Center. "This summer's market, which will be held every Friday afternoon, will feature even more local produce, food and craft vendors, plus additional offerings like nutrition and wellness educators, food vendors, yoga, local honey, fresh cut flowers and more.” Vendor opportunities are available. To become a vendor, contact Dina at dina@theachub.com or 609377-8484. Parking will be available in the medical center parking lot. Ventnor City – Farmer Market every Friday at 8:30 a.m. through Sept. 1 at Holy Trinity Parish, 6415

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Funny Farm to the Rescue for Critters

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mom Annie McNulty who passed away from cancer at just 52 just weeks before Zaleski closed on the property. Zaleski said her mom never had a lot and since she couldn’t give her mother the property, she decided to create an animal sanctuary. Funny Farm offers children and families a glimpse into farm life, some life lessons about compassion and unconditional love, and a fun excursion to a welcoming place where 500 critters live. Donkeys, horses, pigs, emus ducks, dogs, cats, cows, peacocks and even a skunk greet the visitors. Some animals relish the company such as an older donkey and a

Founder and Director of Funny Farm Rescue Laurie Zaleski takes visitors on a hay ride at her animal sanctuary in Mays Landing. It isn’t like she would kick out the 1000-pound hog, named Daisy, or Oscar, the diminutive pig with a big attitude, or even Hollywood, the goat who likes to steal everyone’s food. But be on your best behavior, like Chuck the German Shepherd and Rosie the turkey, and you’ll get extra kisses and snuggles from Zaleski. Either way, these are pampered animals who once were either abandoned, neglected or abused and in need of the care that Zaleski can deliver. She provides food, shelter, medical care, compassion and love for the rest of the animals’ lives and a safe environment at her home nestled on 15 acres. Zaleski, 49, founder and director of Funny Farm Rescue, a nonprofit 501 C 3 charity at 6908 Railroad Boulevard, purchased the tract 17 years ago for her

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Laurie gives her favorite turkey Rosie a big kiss. decorated in cows.” Visitors walked from paddock to paddock to look at all the animals. Some people sat at picnic tables, and pet a donkey, horse and goat who enjoyed the picnic area as well. Zaleski’s energy could be felt throughout the sanctuary. She sported fashionable leopard print cowboy boots, a pink T-shirt with Funny Farm embossed on it and a giant smile. The animals gravitated toward her. She kissed Rosie the turkey, whom she raised, and he cooed. Then it was time for a hay ride. Her faithful dog Chuck and her other pooches followed as she took a group of smiling

Ava Hoch, 17, of Absecon loves volunteering at Funny Farm Rescue. visitors on a tour with Thompson at the wheel. Zaleski told the families her emotional story about her mom and why she created the sanctuary and mixed in a lot of jokes and fun. She showed areas that are being cleaned up and spoke of plans to expand the areas to house her rescues and create more trails. Zaleski said

Elaine Burger, of Mays Landing, a nanny to Manning, 11, and Madison, 8, Keithley, also of Mays Landing, have a great time at the Funny Farm Rescue. it is her love for animals that keeps her motivated though her days are long. For now, the rescue is only open for tours two days a week. However, she said anyone is welcome any time. In addition to the constant farm work, the stream of calls from people who need help with animals, she is the owner of Art-Z Graphics and is the project manager on the graphics and photography contract for the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. While there are donations to the rescue, it takes a lot of money to run the sanctuary. Zaleski and Thompson spent $100,000 of their own money to care for the animals last year. This year, thanks to donations, they had to spend a bit less. Zaleski's goal is to open a welcome center so visitors will know where to enter and enjoy all that Funny Farm has to offer. But from the visitors’ reactions to the animals and Zaleski, this special animal sanctuary, nestled in a slice of solitude in South Jersey, everything seems perfect just the way it is. For more information about the rescue or if you’d like to come for a visit, call Laurie Zaleski at 609-742-9410 or go to www.funnyfarmrescue.org.

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Slammin’ Sammy and Seaview’s PGA Championship By Sean Fawcett orth Carolina’s Quail Hollow hosts this year’s PGA Championship, the PGA Tour’s fourth, and final major of the year. But did you know that one of golf’s all-time greatest players won the PGA Championship right here in South Jersey? Well, it’s true, and it was none other than Hall of Famer Sam Snead who did it when he won the 1942 PGA at historic Seaview Country Club in Galloway. The first of seven major tournament titles for “Slammin’ Sammy,” Snead conquered the first-class field by chipping in for a miraculous, and clinching, 60-foot pitch and run on the next-to-last hole to beat fellow professional Jim Turnesa 2&1. The hole, then the 8th hole on The Pines Course, and now the par 3 16th, earned Snead the first of his three Wannamaker trophies. The PGA which, unlike now, was a match-play event, was held on both of Seaview’s legendary courses, The Bay and The Pines, ending on the 1st, 2nd, and 12th through 18th holes on the William Flynn and Howard Toomey designed Pines after beginning on the front nine of the world-famous Bay designed by Merion Architect Hugh Wilson and Pinehurst No.2’s Donald Ross which, also, annually hosts the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic every June. Snead, who also won three Masters green jackets in 1946, 1952 and 1954 and a British Open in 1946, still holds the PGA Tour record for professional tournament victories with 82. Sam is also the only tour player, man or woman, to win tour events

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What it Takes to Succeed

By Jeff Whitaker o you ever wonder if you have “what it takes”? You name it; for your career, your family, whatever task is in front of you? If you think about it, you can always have more. ‘We’ can always have more. The reality is, whether more resources, more time, more technology, there is always a reason to doubt that we have what it takes to accomplish what we need and want in our lives. But here is the other reality; often, we make excuses for why we might not have “what it takes.” Think of it this way. Did you know that the computing power in our smartphones today is more than all of NASA’s computing power in 1969? With the power, the aerospace industry had at their disposal nearly a half century ago, NASA sent men to the moon. Think

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you finish reading this column and write down one or two things you’ve been putting off because you didn’t think you had what it takes to accomplish it. Then instead of concentrating on the reason why you can’t accomplish something, consider the reasons why you can. Sometimes, it’s not about the tools we have available, it’s what we do with what we have. NASA used what little computing power they had to send men to the moon while we take our technology and play games. Don’t waste what you have at your disposal. Throw off the excuses and just do it, whatever “it” is! 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 jeffwhitaker.com, through The Jeff Whitaker Company on Facebook or @jeffwhitaker on Twitter.

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Blueberry Picking a Real Art Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills We trekked and picked until the cans were full, Until the tinkling bottom had been covered With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard's. Excerpt from “Blueberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney By Nick Leonetti lueberries at this time of year are a staple of the South Jersey diet. And why wouldn’t they be? Hammonton is home to some of the most delicious blueberries in the world, as far as I am concerned. Picking them is so much fun, too. There is an art to it. It’s not like reaching up and simply plucking an apple from a branch. It takes precision and a gentle patience to pick a blueberry from its bush. If it’s plucked with too much force, the skin will tear, and the morsel will be ruined. Every summer, when I was a kid, my folks would pack me off to daycamp. There were lots of things we did, like going to Morey’s Pier, miniature golfing, roller skating, and to Lake Lenape. I loved all of this, but not as much as I loved when we went

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to a now defunct blueberry farm in Egg Harbor Township. The goal was to collect as many blueberries as possible in plastic shopping bags, in order to make blueberry milkshakes when we got back to camp. The milkshakes were also made with homemade vanilla ice cream too, and there is nothing as good as homemade vanilla ice cream. Of course there were the bombastic, competitive-types: the ones who would rip handfuls from the bushes, not caring how many berries were destroyed in the process; rather, only concerning themselves with how full their bags were by the end. It was always easy to spot who these people were: their palms were stained red. Sadly, it seems they missed the point. I relished in how perfect my blueberries were at the end of the endeavor. I picked each one so gently

I doubt even the most minor indentation from my fingers could be seen. I always looked out for the plumpest ones, too. They were always hidden deep in the foliage, protected by the most thorns. It was like finding a four-leaf clover. One stipulation repeated over and over again, by the counselors was to not eat the blueberries as they were being picked. After all, the more blueberries a person had, the more milkshakes could be made. Of course, like everyone else, I ate more than my fair share. On especially hot days, they tasted the best. The skin was hot, and the juice inside was warm and heavenly sweet. It was as if I was stealing a sip from Bacchus’s challis when he wasn’t watching.

I haven’t gone blueberry picking for at least twenty years now. Like most people, I go to the super market and buy a plastic container full and eat a handful or two when I remember. Usually they go to rot. I know there are a few places out by Stockton that allow people to pick if they want. Maybe I’ll head out there before the summer is over. 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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egistration is Open for The 17th Annual Surf For A Cause MARGATE CITY – Surfers here are preparing to give back to their community as they Surf It Forward to help people with cancer. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will hold its 17th annual Surf For A Cause Saturday, Sept. 9 at Decatur Avenue beach. Registration is now open and will only be conducted online at thedrcf.org and surfers are encouraged to collect online pledges to Surf It Forward. As an incentive, the top fundraiser in the adult and grom categories will each be awarded a custom-shaped surfboard by Brian Wynn. The second-place fundraiser will win an electric skateboard and third place will win an autographed Dean Randazzo surfboard from his personal collection. Entries are $50 per division, $15 for each additional division, and includes a ticket to the after party. Entries are free for grom boys, 11 years old and younger and grom girls, 12 years old and younger, divisions. There are also divisions for longboard and standup paddleboard. Anyone who raises $75 will receive a Surf It Forward hat, T-shirt and sticker. The after party is 4 p.m. at Ventura’s Greenhouse. Tickets to the after party only are $30. Once again, the foundation will also partner with The Heart of Surfing Foundation to

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Maddie Allen, 17, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania is congratulated for her Surf It Forward fundraising efforts. From left, Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City and event coordinator Dan Cellucci of Linwood. work with special needs children and teach them to surf at Surf for A Cause. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will also honor ambassador Jon Baker of Egg Harbor Township for his years of dedication to promoting and assisting the foundation. Randazzo, New Jersey’s most successful professional surfer, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the height of his career in 2001 and formed the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation to support others diagnosed with cancer in need of financial assistance. Sponsorships and raffle items are still being accepted. Contact Dan Cellucci at dcellucci@copiersplus.com. See thedrcf.org for information.

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Champion Surfer Cassidy McClain Gives Top Advice By Becky Fleischauer on’t let the quiet girl behind the counter at Heritage surf shop in Margate fool you. Beneath 22-year-old Cassidy McClain’s shy demeanor, she oozes stoke, grace and grit – earned through hardscrabble surf and world travel. Shore Local magazine had the opportunity to talk to this Ventnor native about what it’s like to be from South Jersey, taking on the world’s best surfers, living out of cars in Australia and dining with the Princess of Morocco. In her third World Qualifying Series (WQS) tour, Cassidy is steadily climbing the international rankings. She’s now 113th out of 346 women surfers in the World Surf League. The competition is as hardcore as it gets. Getting to the top

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Cassidy loves surfing even in the winter. Photo credit: Jake Krum requires years of experience to build up seeding points, learn what judges expect, and get comfortable traveling the globe on a shoestring. Cassidy is back at home on South Jersey’s Absecon Island for a few months to see friends and family and to work and surf as many hours as she can to pay for and prepare to compete in the WQS tour events. The WQS is a grueling gauntlet of contests run all over the world, with hundreds of surfers competing for a select few spots on the World Championship Tour.

Stacey Marchel, owner of Stacey’s Surf Camp where Cassidy has taught for 8 years, credits Cassidy’s achievement to her intense work ethic. “Two of the most impressive aspects about Cassidy are her determination and dedication,” she said. “She is one of the hardest working people I know, as an employee and as an athlete. She sometimes works six hours giving lessons and then right after she gets out there to surf herself no matter what. She never says no to getting in the ocean, and time in the water is what makes you better.” Cassidy is the only female in history to win the Eastern Surfing Association’s Northeast Regional Open Short Board division for men and women of all ages. And she did it two years in a row. But she might be best known for taking on Jersey’s epic winter waves. Surf photographer Jake Krum says Cassidy is one of the very few female surfers to paddle out on the biggest winter days when the waves are well overhead and the air is below zero. “She really proves her dedication when she’s back in her home state in the winter,” he said. “She knows how to get barreled on any wave big enough to tuck into and can get super vertical. In fact, I think she can get as vertical as any other surfer out there. On top of all that, she is a super humble and nice person.” Cassidy says she’s come out of her shell a lot in the past few years and loves to share what she’s learned. She did just that in an hour-long Q and A session chock full of advice and adventure.

What is it like to be from Jersey taking on the world’s most famous surf breaks?

A lot of these girls show up to contests and say, “how do you surf knee-high waves?” I tell them it’s easy you just do it. It’s a blessing coming from Jersey and small waves. Pretty much 90 percent of the time I show up to contests and it’s pretty small. Meanwhile I’m frothing to get out there. Ask any of my friends I froth for any kind of wave. I like surfing, so I’m just going to do it. Bay Head in the winter is comparable to Hawaii without the crowds (and warmth). It goes off in the winter. I’m out there on the coldest days for the best waves. I love surfing in the snow more than anything. It’s so quiet, it’s peaceful and calm. I just embrace it. Surfing is my Zen, my meditation. If I don’t surf for a day I’m not chipper and happy. It gives me happiness.

As a representative for major brands (RVCA, Heritage Surf, Covian footwear, J-tags Jewelry, FCS, Isurus wetsuits, Positive Beverage) and competing internationally, you have a public persona yet you’re known for being quiet and unassuming. What is that like for you?

I can be really shy sometimes. I’m not as bad as I was. When I was 14, I wouldn’t say a word. It’s all about social media now. Promoting the brands by showing the products in action and letting your surfing do the talking. But sometimes people miss the person behind the posts. A bunch of my guy friends were terrified of me before they met me. Then they got to know me and know I’m a goofball and they said, “wow I didn’t see that coming.”

What is the longest you’ve gone without surfing?

When I was 18 years old I had a procedure done on my heart and I was out of the water for three weeks. I wasn’t allowed to do anything. I wanted to be out there so bad. I got migraines after

“Cassidy gets as vertical on a wave as any surfer out there,” surf photographer Jake Krum Photo credit: Helen Lazar the procedure, but I got out there anyway holding my head in pain. It didn’t matter. I would rather be in the water.

Tell us about your Australian adventure?

I spent almost two and a half months in Australia. My friend and I flew out there and bought I would not even call it a car. It was similar to a Scion. We put a mattress in the back and full on slept out of it. Imagine two people living in a Scion. I don’t know how we did it. When it rained, it would leak in and we were even more cramped. We named the car Skirty, because as a manual the car would constantly skirt and stall out. While staying with a friend at this insane condo overlooking all of Manly, we ended up having dinner with the Princess of Morocco! We were like “we need to go shopping.” She was super to cool to hang out with - very down to earth person and a very good singer and pianist. You really don’t know what’s going to happen when you travel for surfing.

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I think it’s being able to explore somewhere you otherwise wouldn’t go. I never in a million years would have thought I would go to Australia, Barbados and Chile, but because of surfing I get to see how other people live, their culture. It makes you appreciate what you have. I also love all the friendships you make. To have friends all over the world is so cool. My closest friends are scattered all over the world. We all share a love of surfing and trying to do well in qualifying. We all support each other and are rooting for each other. Because we share the experiences of having a bad heat or facing tough surf, we just know what it’s like to do this. Your parents or friends, they don’t know what it’s like to surf in these contests. I’m just waiting for my next trip to see where I’ll go.

What’s special and particularly challenging about being a woman surfer?

for breath control and paddling. It makes you confident to paddle into really big waves, especially if they hold you under for a really long time.

Where are some of your favorite waves and why?

I love to surf D-bah (Duranbah Beach) – just around the corner from Snapper in the Gold Coast of Australia. It’s a consistent wave that is so playful. It’s like a little skatepark offering turn after turn after turn. It can get crowded. I love surfing Lowers. When you get some good ones, it just goes. Again, it’s like a skatepark.

Cassidy’s Australian girl crew with “Skirty” the car.

Respect. You paddle out in a line up sometimes and the guys will look at you like ‘what are you doing out here?’ You feel like you’re constantly trying to prove yourself. Then when they see you catch

And I love surfing Bayhead in the winter time. It just pumps barrels. And it’s not crowded. Jake and I will go out there, find our own peak and score all day long. We have that place dialed.

pro. I would have actually competed at a higher level to be in a better seeding for WQS. To go from amateur east coast to competing with the top surfers in the world, it would give me more time to build in it.

Who are some of your most valuable mentors and why?

I like Rob Kelly a lot. He is such a nice guy - so cool and constantly pushing his surfing with contests. He’s getting New Jersey out there. He and Dean Randazzo, they kill it. But my most valuable mentors are the people I travel with. You are constantly learning new things from them or learning together. Everyone comes from a different background. And they are constantly pushing to improve. There is no judging among us. They’re just very open and supportive people. I’ve mentored a 16-year old girl from Red Bank - Lexi. She desperately wants to beat me and I love it. I told her the day you beat me, I will carry you up the beach with joy. I will be your biggest fan ever. I want her to beat me. When you tell a younger surfer, who looks up to you, “All right bring it. Bring it on. Beat me.” It not only pushes her it pushes me.

Do you see yourself continuing a career in the surfing world or have you been thinking about other things?

I definitely want to continue working in the surfing world someway somehow. I love surf coaching and analyzing competitive surfer’s performance and digging into how to fix and improve what they’re doing. I’m constantly telling people, please ask. I’ll do it for free. I want to help the younger girls.

Is surfing your first passion? What else do you like to do?

I’m also a book worm. I’m constantly reading. I like a lot of Sci Fi fantasy stuff. I can’t stand biographies. I like getting lost in a whole other world. It’s cool.

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2x Belmar Pro Women’s Champion East Coast Surfing Championships Women’s Pro Champion Surfing America National Championships Women’s 18+ Champion Guanascasye Surfing Circuit Costa Rica Open Women’s Champion 2x ESA Northeast Regionals Open Shortboard Champion (first female in history to win) AAU National Surf Championship Jr. Women Champion

If you could offer advice to some of the up-and-coming girl groms, what would it be?

Just get out there. Don’t let the boys intimidate you. If anything, they are more intimidated by you. Always have fun. Don’t worry about what other people say or think. If they say you’re different, so what. It’s fun to be different. Have a solid crew for sure. I grew up with a bunch of boys. We built a half pipe in my driveway and were constantly pushing each other in skating and surfing. My friend Pat and I were out there at Ventnor pier constantly pushing each other. In fact, we are still pushing each other.

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You’ve said sportsmanship is really important to you. What do you mean by that? Cassidy walks along Ventnor beach a wave, their attitude changes. Women also get mad props for going out in the winter time and pulling into a sick barrel.

What does your training regimen look like?

I’m pretty bad about it right now. In the summer, I don’t train as much as I should, because I’m working. That said, I think surfing is better than training sometimes. Swimming is key for me. It’s good

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No matter how or why you get beat, always have a smile on your face and say good job and then if you need to go cry and pout in a corner somewhere else. Been there done that.

What do you wish you knew in your younger years?

I wish I knew more about all these junior pro events you could do. Once you get to a certain point as an amateur, you need a higher level of competition. No one ever told me about the hundreds of contests out there between amateur and

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he bay is clearing after last weekend's random North East storm and created many firsts for anglers. Justin Foreman of Margate caught his first striped bass! He has been catching his family's dinner in the flounder category and has now added another prized species. Eleven year old Carter Thatcher from Quarryville, Pa will fund his next Dad/son rental boat fishing trip by winning a free one with his five pound flounder catch. Eight year old Keira Comfort of Boyerstown, Pa aced her family's annual fishing competition with her three pound flounder. Her advice? Be patient and use a minnow AND a gulp. Nothing like stacking your odds. Acing the cuteness category are Josh and Ben Pecarsky of Scotch

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