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Take Time for Last Weeks of Summer

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here is real time and there is Fertsch time. That is our long-standing joke because my family is always at least 10 minutes behind where we need to be. In fact, we even received a sign as a gift that reads, "Don't rush me. I'm waiting for the last minute." Procrastination is a family trait that we don't usually boast about, but once in a while, it kind of works for us. Labor Day is right around the corner, and as summer begins to slow to a stop, we choose to linger and enjoy the final days. We predictably forgo back-to-school shopping for a trip to the dog beach or the Cape May County Zoo. Sure, there are times this backfires a bit - like when we had to run to the store the evening before

school started because we had no notebooks in the house - but when we focus on the big picture, I think we're doing it right. In the bigger scheme of life, those last- minute trips to the beach and those days spent swimming and playing in the pool make for much better memories than dealing with crowded stores and patrons in back-to-school mode. I know life isn't all about fun in the sun on the beach, or by the pool. There are tasks to complete and lists to check, and always a new job to finish. But the last days of summer seem to be made for slowing down, relaxing, and taking in the beauty and opportunities that abound in our shore communities. This issue of Shore Local Newsmagazine highlights some of the best places to go to squeeze in a little more summer. If you are looking for a road trip check out these fun local spots on page 46. Also, check out the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, featured on page 18. There is always something new to see and learn at this local animal rescue. Whether you are on the islands or the mainland, the possibilities are endless for end-of-summer family

fun. "Never grow ‘all the way’ up," someone once told me. "Keep your childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. Otherwise, life gets really boring." So, I invite you to join us in procrastinating the leap toward the next season. Stop and smell the roses and

enjoy the ride before we need to step full-force into our September schedules and say farewell to the summer of 2017.

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Time for Turbines From left to right: Lisa A. Ruiz, an with Shore Nurses Union; Executive Director New Jersey Work Environment Council Dan Fatton, Patrick Hossay, professor at Stockton University; Tammi Bernardi-Bathke, Mom's Clean Air Force & Action Together NJ; Rev. Ronald Tuff, GreenFaith & NJ Black Issues Convention; John Shinn, Director District 4, United Steelworkers; Janice Umptage and Executive Director Environment New Jersey Doug O'Malley.

those economic benefits are realized,” noted John Shinn, District 4 Director for United Steelworkers. Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, said “Offshore wind remains a tantalizing gold mine of clean energy right off the Jersey Shore. Seven years ago, New Jersey was poised to become the national leader on off-shore wind. But even though we have fallen behind, we have a chance to roar back.” Lisa A. Ruiz, an RN with Shore Nurses Union, a local of the NY State Nurses Association remarked that the climate

crisis is a public health issue. “As nurses, we know that our health system is already overburdened, and we see firsthand the effect that extreme temperatures can have on asthma patients, and emergency room visits,” Ruiz said. “Moving toward clean energy, and finally getting offshore wind operational is imperative for protecting public health.” Jessica Eckdish, senior policy advisor for the BlueGreen Alliance said, “Off-

shore wind is a significant opportunity to create quality, family-sustaining jobs while addressing today’s greatest environmental challenge, climate change.” Curtis Fisher, Northeast Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation said, “Offshore wind projects can be appropriately-sited and operated 10 to 15 miles offshore to minimize the impacts to wildlife and create a clean energy future that will reduce pollution which harms both people and wildlife, especially marine species already being threatened by climate change.” Rev. Ronald Tuff, a member of the NJ Black Issues Convention said offshore wind power in New Jersey is a moral imperative. “Our urban communities need cleaner air and good jobs, and a wind-powered future can help provide both,” Tuff said. “Renewable energy is not just good business and good for the environment, it is the right thing for communities that already suffer the worst impacts of pollution and climate change.” The event was organized by Jersey Renews, a broad-based coalition of labor, faith, community and environmental organizations.

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South Jersey Our Children Making Change volunteers enjoyed a ceremony Aug. 21 at the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center. The children donated $17,649 to five charities.

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tefanie Jones, 12, of Egg Harbor Township, has been a part of Our Children Making Change, a nonprofit in which kids raise funds for charity by doing bake sales, talent shows, car washes, lemonade stands and anything else to benefit causes. She does it because she loves giving to others less fortunate. “I like knowing that I helped so many people and animals who need our help,” Stefanie said Monday, Aug. 21. “I've always been told to give without expecting anything in return. That is what we all are doing. We give our time and effort to help these charities. We get the prize of the satisfaction that we made a difference.” She and other kids from OCMC raised over $1000 with a pool volleyball tournament. Stefanie was one of OCMC volunteers I the region who want to help others in need. And on Aug. 21 a ceremony was held at the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center with the children who volunteered their time through the summer to give back and the charities who received the funds. South Jersey OCMC kids raised and donated $17,649 to five charities; Kyle's Quillows, Funny Farm, South Jersey Field of Dreams, Covenant House and

NJ Nature, said Laura Dulac, 46, of Margate, founder and director of OCMC. “Each of the charities explained to the kids how their money would be used to help their organizations,” Dulac said. “They were overwhelmed with gratitude that these young children were making such a big difference and took time out of their summers to help them out.” Each charity received a check for $3,529. The kids then had a chance to celebrate their amazing accomplishments with a fun night on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Twin 6-year-olds Mirah and Spencer Lutsky, of Linwood, said they like doing activities that help people. They made and sold challah bread on Fridays. They also participated in a team bake sale and had a table at the Brigantine Farmers Market to raise money. Dulac’s daughter Kelly, 12, of Margate, said, “It makes me feel special helping others. And with all the bad things happening in the news it makes me feel that there is a spark of hope by helping others. I also like how everyone works together to help and make a difference.” Kelly and other volunteers picked blueberries and baked blueberry muffins and sold them. And for Evie Santilli, 9, of Northfield, volunteering for Our Children Making Change is fun because it helps raise money for local charities which are in her own community. “It makes me very happy to help others,” Evie said. “This is my sixth summer participating and this summer I raised money by having a toy sale, lemonade stand and a huge bake sale at JR's Supermarket." Laura Dulac continues to be thrilled

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Spencer Lutsky, 6, of Linwood, Evie Santilli, 9, of Northfield, Laura Dulac, founder of OCMC, Stefanie Jones, 12, of Egg Harbor Township, Kelly Dulac of Margate and Mirah Lutsky, 6, of Linwood love raising funds for charities.

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by the success of the charity. And the idea for OCMC started on a family trip to Cape Cod a decade earlier with her children Kate 18, Chloe, 16, and Kelly, 12 in the car. “My kids wanted to do fundraiser. I wanted to teach them to be young

Rhonda Van Windergen, Lily Van Windergen, 11, Maya Hagan, 10, Lily Hagan, 12, and Kelly Hagan enjoyed a fundraiser where they sold flowers to benefit charity. Photos Courtesy Laura Dulac

philanthropists and feel the joy of giving back,” she said. A year later Dulac created Our Children Making Change. Since then, the nonprofit has grown to 200 children from the area who donate their time to raise funds for charity. Over just nine years the nonprofit has raised $400,000 with all of the proceeds going to charity. “We need to shine the light on the kids. In this day and age, there are a lot of negative things in the country,” Dulac said. “I look at the kids donating charities and think what good they will be doing when they are 20 or 30.” For more information email Laura Dulac at ourcmc@aol.com or call 609-335-4530. You can also visit the OCMC Facebook page. Do you know someone who is making a positive impact? We want to know about it. Send your nominations to shorelocalnews@gmail.com.

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Cream Parlor and Boyar’s Market. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at www.ocnj.us/ carshow.

nities. A variety of exhibitors will be on hand. The Green Fair is sponsored by the City of Ocean City and the Ocean City Environmental Commission. The event is free to attend. For information, call (609) 399-6111. The Ocean City Pops perform again on Sunday, Aug. 27, with a Best of Broadway show. The concert will feature special guests Jim and Joan Schubin and include everything from contemporary favorites to classic love songs. The show begins at 8 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15 and will be available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Ocean City’s Car Show Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night (Sept. 8), the Street Rod Show on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 8 and 9), a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night (Sept. 9), and the always-popular Boardwalk Corvette Show on Sunday (Sept. 10). The 43rd annual Classic Car and Street Rod Show will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show – featuring models from every year Corvettes were manufactured – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sept. 10. The Corvette Forum recently listed Ocean City’s among the Top 5 Corvette Shows in America. As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. His band recorded the soundtrack to “Eddie and the Cruisers” in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single “On the Dark Side.” The band has toured for more than three decades. Tickets cost $25 to $30 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111. The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring live music and games. Food vendors will include Johnny B. Goode Ice

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SOUNDS LIKE FUN – FREE FAMILY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Aug. 29): Meet the Ocean City Pops Woodwind Quintet at a fun concert for all ages. The woodwind quintet will be performing “Peter and the Wolf” as well as other new pieces. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free, and the concert lasts about 45 minutes. WACKY WEDNESDAY (Aug. 30): Use your creativity to shape and sculpt french fries into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. DOOWOP WITH THE DUPREES AND THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Aug. 30): The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. “You Belong to Me” was the group’s first million-seller and an instant hit. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30/$25 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111. OUR THREE TENORS WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 3): Shawn Mathey, Cody Austin and Roy Hage will bring down the house with favorite arias and showpieces. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111. OCNJ LABOR DAY RACE (Sept. 4): Five-mile beach run and one-mile fun run/ walk. Great end of the summer season event. $20 Pre-registration. $25 Race Day. $10 14yrs. & under. For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

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Historic Smithville Car Cruise

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▶Friday, ▶ Aug. 25th from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. 615 E. Moss Mill Rd. Smithville Cruise on down to Smithville and hang out! A car cruise at Historic Smithville is simply a great place to hang out with fellow car enthusiasts.

Free yoga class at 11 a.m. by Grow Yoga!

▶Sundays ▶ 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. now through Oct. 15th at the Galloway Municipal Complex.

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Country Music, Your Favorite Parrot Head Songs in One Spectacular Show.

Egg Harbor Township Rhythm in the Park Summer Concert Series

▶Friday, ▶ Aug. 25th from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Tony Canale Park Amphitheater off Dogwood Avenue Billy Walton Band A mix of rock, blues and soul

Longport Farmers Market

▶Saturdays ▶ through Sept. 2nd from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Behind Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Avenue, Longport The Borough of Longport, in cooperation with Longport’s green team, present the 2017 Longport Summer Farmer’s Market. The purpose of the market is to help provide access to local fresh foods, support local growers and business, and raise sustainability awareness.

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▶Saturdays ▶ from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Haneman Park, 15th Street & Revere Blvd. We are happy to announce the second season of the very successful Brigantine Art Walk which will be held Saturdays now through Sept. 2 at Haneman Park in Brigantine. Artists and their work will be available from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at each event. The Brigantine Art Walk is a community of artists dedicated to supporting the Arts in our community by providing local artists exposure to the residents and visitors to Brigantine. Each week, a portion of the Art Walk sales are donated to a different local charity. The Brigantine Art Walk is open to any interested artist, visual and performing. Word of the success of the inaugural Brigantine Art Walk in 2016 has spread and additional talented local artists will be joining us in 2017.

Galloway Green Market

▶Sundays ▶ from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Galloway Municipal Complex Come enjoy Galloway's very own farmer's market! Go Green

▶Sunday, ▶ Aug. 26th at 6 p.m. Newport Ave. Beach behind Ventnor Library Do you love the jamming sound of the 70s and 80s? 2:15 the Band delivers a unique flavor all its own that gets the crowd riled up! Come out for a great night of music.

Monday Night Entertainment Series in Somers Point

▶Monday, ▶ Aug. 28th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. William Morrow Beach 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. A variety of entertainment is being planned. Past events have included everything from storytelling and puppet shows to music and magicians. The series runs throughout July and August on Monday evenings. The series is sponsored by the Somers Point Recreation Commission.

Margate Community Farmer’s Market

▶Thursdays ▶ from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monroe & Amherst Avenue behind Steve & Cookie’s The Margate Community Farmers Market brings over 30 New Jersey Farmers and small food vendors to this quaint seashore neighborhood in South Jersey. Market days are full of the colors and sounds of shoppers from all over who live and work in this community. A visual and aromatic 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

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▶Tuesday, ▶ Aug. 29th from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Inland Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Avenue, Egg Harbor Township Come in for dinner and give back to the community by having a voice in what happens at the Inland Family Success Center. Families and individuals are asked to join the advisory board. The board is a great way to

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Yoga for Beginners

▶Wednesday, ▶ Aug. 30th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Atlantic County Park at Lake Lenape West, 753 Park Road, Mays Landing Relax while learning basic Yoga forms and breath work. Participants should dress in loose fitting clothing, casual footgear, and bring water, yoga mat, and towel.

Back to School Bash

▶Wednesday, ▶ Aug. 30th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Inland Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Avenue, Egg Harbor Township School's back in session! Come celebrate the start of a fresh new year with the center at Inland. Games, prizes and refreshments will be provided in addition to a back to school workshop. School supplies will be distributed to families participating in the workshop. Please call 609-652-0230 to register or for more information.

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The 2018 Miss America Competition: The Best Ever

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nce again, the Miss America Organization is about to take this year’s 2018 Miss America Competition to new heights. The organization pays serious attention in finding ways to improve the competition from year to year, making it more enjoyable and entertaining for the public and the contestants. The Miss America Competition has gone through many changes since its inception as an Atlantic City mainstay beginning in 1921, except for the time when the Miss America Organization moved to Las Vegas in 2005 but returned “to its home, Atlantic City” in 2013. “We are thrilled to be back in Atlantic City for five years now, back where we belong and where it all started. This is our 97th Anniversary and we are so excited about the improvements we have made,” said Josh Randle who has been at the helm as the chief operating officer and as of May 2017, added the title of president of the Miss America Organization. “The most important change we made this year is moving the preliminary competitions from Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings to Wednesday, Aug. 6, Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8,” said Randle. “We felt that the

preliminary events all took place during work and school days, this way we are able to have people come to a Friday preliminary and bring their children.” This year, the final Miss America Competition airing live on ABC will be held on Sept. 10 at its home, Boardwalk Hall. “We have also pushed back the arrival ceremony in Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to 5 p.m. We wanted to give the public a greater opportunity to be a part of the opening day festivities,” said Randle. The significance of making the competition easier and more accessible to the public is one of the new changes. With the final preliminary on Friday, the always- anticipated evening of fun at the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the final competition on Sunday, Sept. 10, makes for a full weekend to be enjoyed by the entire family. In speaking about the boardwalk parade, Randle said, “This will be the largest parade we have ever presented.” Randle said there will be more groups, more entertainment, and more fun. As always, the parade is free to spectators along the boardwalk but there is also VIP seating section at Kennedy Plaza. Anyone interested in getting tickets for the VIP seating area can go to the Miss America Organization website (http:// www.missamerica.org). The Miss America Organization is constantly finding ways to enhance the

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017 poses for a photo with President and COO of the Miss America Organization Josh Randle at their offices in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Photo by Donald B. Kravitz legions of Miss America fans to have more access to their events and to be a part of the competition, Randle said. “We have thousands of volunteers throughout the United States who devote many hours, days, and months making the Miss America Competition a greater success than it has ever been,” he said. “These volunteers are like our family and we appreciate their efforts and support more than words can say.” He smiled when he spoke about the Miss America Centennial Club. “This year we have sold out the limited memberships. There are 18 members and for each member we donate 100 tickets via community services

groups and schools, primarily through the schools. So, this year we will be providing 1,800 free tickets to the Miss America events to local youth.” The Official Miss America After Party has been moved this year to the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. The party gives the public a chance to celebrate the crowning of a new Miss America with an evening of celebration and dancing, along with the opportunity to see the new Miss America 2018. The party runs from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are available on the Miss America website. The buzz and the energy the Miss America Organization is generating once again shows signs that the future of Miss America is bright and healthy. Their partnership with Dick Clark Productions, Tally Pony Productions, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and ABC helps ensure that this year’s 97th Anniversary Competition has the earmarks of being the best to date as Miss America works its way to the 100th Anniversary. Don is an internationally known photographer who photographs for Miss America/Dick Clark Productions, Getty Images and the City of Ocean City, NJ. He also donates his talents to the New Jersey Special Olympics and The Sunshine Foundation.

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RIGANTINE – Bob Schoelkopf is not a marine biologist. He is not a scientist. But the co-founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center has knowl-

the center in 1978. Bob handles the rescue and rehabilitation side, while his wife is in charge of the development side and special events - keys to their fundraising efforts. There are just four paid staff for strandings, so volunteerism is important to continuing the success of the center. “All of the people who volunteer and help out are so important. Whether helping marine mammals or anything else, people need to get involved,” Schoelkopf said. “All you have to do is show up and have a willingness to put some time in and follow direction.” The center has a program for volunteers to help since they are so limited

From 1975 to Aug. 4, 2017, Strandings Handled by MMSC are: ATLANTIC 660 MIDDLESEX 50 NO RECORDS 3 BERGEN 1 MONMOUTH 1008 ALL DE 22 BURLINGTON 9 OCEAN 1571 ALL FL 1 CAMDEN 2 SALEM 102 ALL MA 2 CAPE MAY 1366 UNION 11 ALL MD 11 CUMBERLAND 69 ALL ME 4 ESSEX 2 ALL NC 10 GLOUCESTER 4 ALL PA 7 HUDSON 17 ALL VA 13 MERCER 1 TOTAL 4946 edge that comes in staff. from 40 of expe“We are so limited rience rescuing on staff and we handle and rehabilitating the entire area – the injured and sick back bays, estuaries mammals. He and and everything else – his team educate the all of the barrier islands,” public about how vital Schoelkopf said. “That adds marine life is along up in mileage so we the 1,800 miles of A harbor seal is one of the many mammals really depend heavwaterways they rescued or rehabilitated by the team at the ily on volunteers.” handle from the stranding center. Volunteers and sea, canals, bays members of the and estuaries. public are often the eyes and ears for the center. History of the Center But even with the help, the team has “I started the stranding center in its work cut out for them. The number 1978, but I started doing rescues in of strandings in the state are highest in Cape May, then Ocean, Monmouth and 1970. I was Captain Bob and did dolphin Atlantic counties. shows at the Steel Pier,” Schoelkopf said in an Aug. 8 interview. “I would sneak What has the Team Seen This Year? out of work to help the animals out.” When the public found out the good “We’ve had 113 animals come in work Schoelkopf was doing, at a time from seals to dolphins and sea turtles. when people knew far less about savIt’s the average that we get every year,” Schoelkopf said. ing seals, dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and other sea life, it gave him And on Aug. 8 the team located a a bit of job security. “At one point the dolphin entangled in a line who had to owners threatened to fire me, but then be freed. Sea turtles also get caught in fishing gear. people thought how great they were at the Steel Pier to let us go to help the “Turtles dive down into manmade animals.” wrecks and natural wrecks, fishing gear gets hung up on rocks in the bottom and Volunteerism is Vital the turtles get entangled in it,” SchoeFast forward almost 40 years and lkopf explained. But he said when fishing boats lines Schoelkopf, 70, who along with his wife get stuck there isn’t an awful lot a fishSheila, both of Galloway, are co-directors of the Marine Mammal Stranding ↘Continued on 19 Center or MMSC. The couple started

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↘Continued from 18 erman can do to get bring the line back up. Some volunteer to clean up areas where animals have been entangled. Recovery Rate is High When it comes to mammals rescued by MMSC the recovery rate is high. For seals, it is 90 percent. “We are pleased at the dedication of our staff. We had a seal came in a Barnegat Inlet hit by a sailboat propeller and the flipper was amputated.” For now, the seal is at the center, awaiting the determination by the federal government where the mammal could live in captivity. “We make every effort to bring them back to lead a productive life in capacity,” Schoelkofp said. Experience is Everything Back in 2013 a dolphin die-off created a scare in the area. “We were busy with five or six animals a day. It was a mysterious virus.” But it wasn’t so mysterious to the Schoelkopfs who saw it 23 years earlier. It was the Morbillivirus, which affects the lungs and brain. Sick animals may appear thin, have respiratory difficulties due to pneumonia, and/or exhibit abnormal behavior, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The first time it was scary,” Schoelkopf said, adding that it was hard because back then they didn’t know about the virus. “My wife and I worked 20 hours a day.”

Bob Schoelkopf, co-founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine has 40 years of experience in rescuing and rehabilitating animals such as this seal. An Inventor Sometimes becoming an inventor is necessary. “We use a lot of equipment in rescues that I invented,” Schoelkopf said. “Really invention and learning come together.” He invented a special net to rescue seals. He also invented a special net and

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Funding It costs roughly $650,000 a year to run the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. While the federal government mandates how the center does things, it does not give funds to operate the nonprofit which relies heavily on donations. “The food alone is our big expense,” Schoelkopf said. “We take in animals from other states. We took in a harbor seal that is up to 300 pounds now and eats 18 pounds of food a day.” The states that send the mammals to MMSC do not pay for the food or medical expenses incurred while at the MMSC. As of Aug. 8, two Harbor Seals were being cared for at the stranding center. How Can the Public Help? “We have a lot of people who call in when they see animals. Unfortunately, we have people who think that they know the best thing to do,” Schoelkopf said. Leave handling of mammals to the experts, he cautioned. “The public shouldn’t do anything. We’ve had people touch the animals, put them in their house, their bathtubs,” Schoelkopf said. Social Media is not always the best way to notify the center of a mammal in need of help. People sometimes share information through social media rather than calling or emailing the center. That lag time, could mean the difference between life and death for the animal. “Call us. Get a picture if you can so we have an idea of the size of the animal. If a seal is 40 pounds that is one thing, but 400 pounds - we need to know,” Schoelkopf said. Anyone wishing to visit the center should call first because the staff may be out on a stranding. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is located at 3625 Atlantic Brigantine Boulevard in Brigantine. For more information call 609-266-0538 or visit mmsc.org/

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Amazing Artichokes

By Jacqueline D’Angelo

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y beautiful Jerusalem artichokes. I find that many people who tour my gardens in Brigantine usually point to the multitude of plants that I have growing alongside a section of fencing, and am often asked what am I growing. Knowing my love for sunflowers, similar in height and beauty, many

roasted, or even eaten raw. My favorite way of preparing them is to wash, peel and slice, then add fresh basil, garlic, and Kalamata olives. I then sauté everything together, in extra virgin olive oil. It’s so good, and so simple, and only takes a few minutes. Mother Nature has made it very simple to grow and eat what tastes exactly like an artichoke. Over time, Jerusalem artichokes have developed several names, such as sun root, earth apple, or topinambour. I originally thought this tasty vegetable was called a sunchoke. Originally from North Jersey, I always purchased sunchokes in health food stores. A little expensive, I thought that it was a specialty item which was hard to grow. Then 13 years ago, I moved to South Jersey. I couldn’t find it in any of the local stores. That is when I decided to try to grow this tasty vegetable myself. It was actually easier than I thought. I ordered Jerusalem artichokes through the mail from a garden center and they arrived in late April. I was given about three tubers. The directions were to slice and plant them in the ground,

Like most sunflowers, Jerusalem artichokes can grow quite tall. assume I am growing sunflowers. Though it is true, that Jerusalem artichokes, are a species of sunflowers, many are surprised to hear my reply, “I am growing artichokes!” Most responses are, “I love artichokes!” followed by a very puzzled look. I tell them if they love the taste of artichokes, they will surely love the taste of Jerusalem artichokes. Despite its name, Jerusalem artichokes have no relationship to artichokes, but amazingly, taste just like one. Jerusalem artichokes, are thick crispy tubers, that grow beneath the ground, yes, much like a potato. Easy to prepare, there are many recipes for this delicious vegetable. It can be put in soups, fried,

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Though the name is deceiving, Jerusalem artichokes are actually a kind of sunflower. about four to six inches deep, and space them about a foot apart. By mid-May I was growing my own sunchokes for the very first time. I was so excited and so surprised to see how tall they grew. Although I was told that they would grow between 4 and 10 feet, some of mine have grown as high as 15 feet. Another welcome surprise was to see pretty, yellow flowers

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bloom at the end of their growth. Lovely yellow d a i s y- l o o k i n g flowers sprout from the top and sides of this massive plant, right before it is ready to be harvested. Once the flowers die off, I know it is time. The plant can now be cut down and pulled out. The vegetables are attached to the bottom of the plant in the ground. The harvested vegetable will come in a variety of sizes and a multitude of colors, such as white, tan, brown, purple, and red. The thing I like most about the tubers is that they do not have to be harvested all at once. I only harvest what I need and continue to harvest until the ground freezes over. Next year whatever tuber is left behind, will begin to grow and make new plants. Just like their relatives - the sunflower, their massive leaves, and tall bamboo looking stalks are very impressive and make a welcome addition to any garden.

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sniffing her tail. Two labs compete for a Frisbee thrown in the ocean. A mutt chomps on a horseshoe crab. Callie loves people to a fault. Like any toddler, her excitement and energy cannot be tamed and she loves up anyone in sight. Callie spots an older couple, and I know in my gut this will not end well. The couple, with a little white terrier, holler when Callie approaches. She bounces side-to-side and tosses sand in the air. Howling for attention, she jumps on to their chair and licks the woman’s face. I grab Callie and apologize. Then Callie starts to chase a seagull. Cooper sprints toward the ocean. He swims past the breakers, much farther than the other dogs. I squint toward the horizon and see a furry head bobbing on the water. He’s a happy and strong swimmer, so I don’t worry too much. A man in a racerback tank and sunglasses throws a tennis ball to his puppy. Callie gets excited and rushes

the bulldog. She is howling, squirming, and nipping the pup’s ankles. The bulldog is fine at first, but after a few minutes of Callie’s pestering, he gets annoyed. He’s barking now and nipping back. “Hey there,” hollers the man in sunglasses. “Sorry!” I squeeze myself in between Callie and the pup and grab my dog’s collar. She’s little, but fierce. My feet dig deep into the sand as I try to pull her away, but she leaps toward the puppy. She licks my face and turns back toward the man and barks. “Come on baby,” I beg. She sees a piece of algae up the beach and gets distracted. Suddenly she is tackling me running me over - to get to the opposite side of the beach. I’m suddenly soaking wet, covered in sand, and spitting blonde dog hair out of my mouth. Women gasp. Rising out of the water, smiling Cooper has a flailing fish in his mouth. I get up and run over to him. As I get closer, I find that it’s not a fish - it’s

a sand shark. Proud of his catch, Cooper darts away. He groans with pride as he circles the beach, waving the shark in families’ faces. Callie sees me chasing Cooper and gets excited. The three of us form a dysfunctional beeline, with me chasing Cooper and Callie chasing me. We’re all sandy, soaking wet, and when I think it cannot get worse, I step in a mound of dog poop. Gasping for breath, I dive onto Cooper and pull the shark out his mouth and quickly toss it into the tide. Frustrated, I lock my fingers around their collars and drag them to the car. Sitting in our car, the rambunctious doggies pant as they shake water and sand all over the seats. They climb on to the passenger seat, overflowing onto my side and lick the steering wheel. I know they’ll sleep soundly tonight. As summer draws to a close, the beach gets more and more empty. Families have school and work and the fun activities that fall brings. The thrill of beach towns soon will seem like a distant memory. During the summer, though, the Jersey Shore isn’t just paradise for Pennsylvanians and New Yorkers, it’s an oasis for furry friends, too.

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Lily is a playful pooch who has a super personality and cute face and would love a good home.

Cybil the cat with soft fur and pretty face wants love and a forever home. animals also receive an Alumni Card which entitles them to a 10 percent lifetime discount for veterinary services at the Humane Society of Ocean City clinic. Here is some information on Cybil and Lily, both at the Humane Society of Ocean City. Cybil is a female silver-tiger kitty, about 1.5 years old, with plush, bunny-soft fur! She is an independent & self-sufficient girl who does enjoy people, but on her terms. She would do best in a quiet home, with no children under 12.

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Become Bigger On The Inside

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By Sean Fawcett

Swing Easy when it’s Breezy you might even have to choke down a little more and take an even longer club, like an eight iron, from that very same distance. Don’t let your ego get in your way. You might even need to hit a driver on a 200-yard or 180-yard par 3 that’s playing into a three-club wind, sometimes. I have had to do that many times, and I wouldn’t have reached the green,

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laying golf in high winds is tough enough, but we can make it tougher on us when we swing harder, and sometimes too hard. And that’s especially the case when hitting into the wind. The natural tendency is to swing harder to get the distance you are losing by hitting into the wind. But the problem with swinging harder is that the wind will balloon the ball upward into the sky making the shot come up short. The harder we swing, the higher the ball will go up into the air. It’s why airplanes take off into the wind. The air resistance helps to elevate the aircraft. Airplanes need that air pushing back on them to create lift and lift off. Panes need resistance. The other thing which hurts us is that any spin we have put onto the ball, and mostly accidentally, like with a slice (which we’re trying not to do, but often will do when we over swing) will curve all the more because of the wind’s resistance. You really cannot muscle the ball

or carried the water, if I hadn’t taken the extra club. It’s just the way it goes. Sean is a Ballamor Golf Club professional and college coach with 15 years of high school coaching experience.

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Mess Up And Fess Up

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cates that mistakes are shameful, and since we can’t avoid them, it’s best to act like they never existed. On the other hand, we can confront our blunder and all its complications head-on. We can acknowledge the part we played, clean up our own mess, and move forward with a new understanding of how we can avoid a similar situation

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e’re all human. We make mistakes. We screw up, sometimes badly. This isn’t any evil thing. It’s part of the fabric that makes us who we are. As we get older and assume various roles of authority in our lives (mom, dad, manager, leader), we tend to over complicate our mess-ups. To a certain extent, we’re supposed to be the ones giving direction and moderating the mistakes of others. If we mess up, what does that say about our ability to lead effectively? The answer lies in the way we choose to react. On the one hand, we can pretend it never happened. Once our mistake’s small fire is extinguished, we can move on, skip any appropriate apologies or explanations, possibly even divert the blame to someone else. This communi-

in the future. This communicates responsibility and growth, and articulates powerfully the value of learning from our experiences. As leaders (we’re all leaders in our lives, in one we or another), our actions speak particularly loudly about our convictions. We can talk a big game, but if the choices we make don’t align with the philosophy we preach, we’re selling ourselves short. In an effort to appear stronger, we are actually diminishing our own power. Our egos can be big and nasty and full

of hot air. They tell us we should know all the answers, all the time. They say we should be shatterproof, and if we’re not, we sure as hell better be able to fake it. Here’s something you already know: Perfection isn’t real. It’s a façade that creates unrealistic expectations and holds us to a false standard. As leaders, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, it demonstrates that it’s okay for others to be vulnerable, too. It communicates that we’re all in this work together. Most powerfully, our vulnerability shares that we can accomplish great things without being perfect. In fact, it’s the imperfections – the messy, gooey, beautiful bits – that lead to real growth, accomplishment, and leadership. The moral of this story: When you mess up, admit it. Acknowledge the part you played, share it with your people, and move forward, together. We’re all human. One of the most helpful and empowering things we can do is remind each other of that. Maria Provenzano is the poet laureate for the city of Somers Point and the founder of The Elegant Root. See what she’s up to at www.TheElegantRoot.com and on social media @theelegantroot.

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orsythe in Art” Reception at Wildlife Refuge GALLOWAY - Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Forsythe are hosting an opening reception for the public to view and purchase recent paintings by Alice McEnerney Cook next month. The opening reception of the exhibit will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23, called Forsythe in Art. It is the capstone of a two-year collaboration among the refuge, Friends of Forsythe, and award-winning regional artist Alice McEnerney Cook that captures refuge habitats, such as salt marsh, beach,

freshwater wetlands, upland forest, and wilderness as they transform from one season to the next. As Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig enthusiastically said, "We are very excited to be offering a first-ever art show that depicts refuge landscapes, tells the story of how they are important for wildlife and people, and that they are changing. We encourage the public to visit us and take advantage of this unique opportunity." In addition to being an art show, this is also a fundraising event for the Friends of Forsythe to help support educational programs and public engagement projects that will introduce more people to the “fragile beauty and enduring resil-

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ience” of the area, McEnerney Cook has said, and to also develop signage in public access areas of the refuge. She goes on to say, with regards to the habitats found at Forsythe, “They also give me hope that humanity can be a keystone species that holds ecosystems together, rather than an invasive species that destroys habitats through human activity.” The art will be on exhibit Sept. 23Nov. 1 at the refuge’s Visitor Information Center in Galloway. Viewing is by appointment through the Friends of Forsythe who can be reached at 609-652-1665, ext. 7121. Visit the Facebook page to learn more about additional special programs connected to the exhibit.

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flagpole sitting. This objective of this bizarre fad was quite simple, to be the person who sat on top of a flagpole for the longest period. Of course, one would also have to climb up there first to do so. Usually, people would affix a board at the top to sit easier while others would place a chair or other such object at the top. The origins of this fad can be created to Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly, a stuntman who claimed to be a Titanic survivor (thus the “Shipwreck” nickname). His flagpole sitting was usually a paid publicity stunt and he would spend days or even weeks up on the flagpole. His first stunt occurred in 1924 when he sat upon a flagpole for 13 hours and 13 minutes. Quickly, flagpole sitting became a national craze and hundreds of people were trying to become the “King of the Pole.” Since everyone was vying to be the record holder, Kelly decided that he would permanently cement his name in the record books. In the summer of 1930, Kelly was hoisted to the top of a flagpole at Atlantic City’s Steel Pier and began

his record-breaking sit. In front of audiences of around 20,000 spectators, Kelly would do many of his normal, everyday activities. He would receive meals, read, bathe and even sleep. There was always the possibility of losing his balance, especially when he was sleeping. Kelly figured out a solution. He could sleep during his performances by putting his thumbs in bowling-ball sized holes in the flagpole shafts. If he swayed while dozing, the twinge of pain in his thumb caused him to right himself without waking up. Kelly did indeed set a world record for flagpole sitting. He was perched atop the flagpole for 1,177 hours, which amounts to 49 days plus an hour. His record held, mainly because the fad of flagpole sitting by 1930 was already dying out due to the onset of the Great Depression. According to The New York Times, Kelly had spent a total of 20,613 hours in the air. The time was not full of sunshine and refreshing breezes. He totaled the bad weather as follows: Forty-seven hours of snow, 1,400 hours of rain and sleet, 210 hours in temperatures below freezing. Kelly’s fame and fortune did not last. His last event was in 1939 and even with a brief flagpole sitting revival after World War II, the public had already moved on. On his way home one night on 1952, he collapsed on the street. When he died, he was living on welfare and was clutching a scrapbook of old newspaper clippings detailing his flagpole sitting days.

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Smart Home Technology Helps Eliminate Stress at School

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any parents have worries around the backto-school season, especially if kids will be alone for a portion of the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus. What if you could keep a better eye on things when you’re not physically there? Here are some ways to use smart home technology to simplify daily routines and minimize stress knowing the kids are safe. Start with a Hub A hub is like the brain of your home tech and connects to your router, allowing devices like locks, thermostats and lighting to communicate with one another. The hub can even send notifications to your mobile phone, so you can monitor and control your home remotely. With hubs such as SmartThings, Wink or Nexia, setting up your devices and customizations is simple. However, you may prefer a hub disguised as security panels,

such as ADT Pulse or Vivint, or those that work with popular voice speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.

lights and turn on speakers. Finish the day with a “good night scene,” that shuts off lights, lowers the temperature, locks the doors and arms the security system.

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Transitioning from PreSchool to Kindergarten

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couldn’t have been more pleased with the preschool experience that my twins had. They spent three years in the most nurturing and enriching environment. From the first moment, we walked in the door, I knew instantly that we had found our special place. At preschool graduation, I cried for all of the wonderful teachers, friends and experiences we would be leaving behind. I knew that my children were ready for kindergarten both academically and socially, I just wasn’t sure if I was ready. The transition from preschool to kindergarten was seamless for my twins. Their school held a kindergarten breezethrough so that each student could meet their teacher and see the classroom. This

definitely helped make them comfortable in their new environment. They also had the opportunity to see the cafeteria and what it would be like to purchase lunch. As a parent, I found the transition from preschool to kindergarten more difficult. In preschool, I was accustomed to walking the kids into the classroom every morning, helping them get situated and chatting with the teacher. In kindergarten, the kids line up outside of school and then get escorted in by the teacher. Parents have little opportunity to see the classroom, so I had to rely on the kids to tell me what was happening inside the school since I couldn’t see for myself. Another adjustment was the difference in communication. In preschool, we were sent daily pictures of activities so we always knew what was going on in the classroom. In kindergarten, we did not receive pictures. Instead, a weekly group letter was sent home from the teacher telling us what would be happening for the upcoming week. I so missed seeing those pictures, but understood that the teacher had less time to take pictures with so many students and a packed curriculum. My children’s preschool class was very

Photo credit Marci Lutsky Columnist Marci Lutsky’s 6-year-old twins Mirah and Spencer pose on their first day of kindergarten last year. small with about 12 students so the parents all got to know each other very quickly. My children’s kindergarten class had about 20 students so it took some time for me to get to know the students they came home talking about every day. It took me a little while to adjust to all of these changes. I took every opportu-

nity to go into the classroom whether it was for a holiday party or school trip. I also initiated communication frequently with the teacher whenever I had a question. I always found her to be very responsive. By chatting with other parents at pick-up, I quickly got to know the new families who became friends. My twins are now preparing to enter first grade. Kindergarten was half-day in our district so as we look ahead at the upcoming school year, I know that spending a full day at school will be an adjustment for them as well as for me. I hear a lot of parents at this time of summer say that they are ready for school to start, but I’m over here holding on to the last of our summer days together before first grade begins. I hope that you and your children have a wonderful school year! Marci Lutsky is a local mom of six-year-old twins and can be reached at veggingattheshore@ gmail.com.

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How to Avoid the New Outpatient “Summer Slide” and Center Opens at Keep Kids Reading Shore Medical Center

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e all start off the summer with good intentions. Our kids will complete their summer reading lists and assignments way ahead of schedule. Maybe they’ll even read an extra book or two for fun. We can always hold out hope!

Maureen Edwards is one of the children’s librarians for the Ocean City Free Public Library. She reads a lot of children’s literature herself. It allows her to make suggestions and recommendations to a child once she finds out what they’re interested in. Maureen designs programs that reinforce the books they’re reading. For example, the very popular animal program run by Steve Serwatka of New Jersey Nature. Have a “screen free” night at home each week. It is a great opportunity to turn off all your electronic devices and start a family book club. Each family member can take turns reading the same book and then discuss what they liked and did not like. It’s great family bonding time and will help your child’s critical thinking.

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Inevitably though the summer becomes more about the beach than the books. The “summer slide” refers to the decline in a child’s reading development that can happen during summer vacation. It is well documented that when children are away from the classroom and not participating in a formal reading program there is a backslide. Summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about one month. Bottom line, it is incredibly important for children to read over the summer to maintain and improve their academic achievement. Here are some easy tips to prevent the summer brain drain. Visit local bookstores and your library. Recommendations from librarians are always helpful. They see a wide range of kids and know all the resources that the library provides. Libraries often have summer book clubs, programs and activities that will keep your child’s mind engaged during the summer vacation.

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Make sure your children have easy access to books and allow them to choose what they want to read. Summer allows you to “spice” things up for your child and introduce more fun reading and books that are tailored to their interests. Just reading, no matter what it is, is important during the summer months. It helps maintain a love of books. When reading is viewed only as an assignment or a chore, it loses some of its joy. Remember, if you want your kids to love books - as a parent, you play a big role. I hope you find these tips helpful and that the only “summer slides” you experience are the ones on the boardwalk! Meghan is a Library Assistant for the Ocean City Free Public Library. She lives in Margate with her husband and two children.

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t seems like summer, of all seasons needs a soundtrack. Maybe it’s the amped-up trips to the beach, family cookouts, or the sense of freedom that comes with summer vacation. Here are the top-charting songs we’ve played on the boom box over the ’80s and ’90s. Survivor: "Eye of the Tiger" This summer ’82 song topped charts worldwide and in South Jersey as a fist-pumping favorite. The intro should be played loud. When Sylvester Stallone was denied the rights to Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" for Rocky III, he commissioned the band Survivor to write the theme song for the movie. The film version contained growls. John Mellencamp: "Hurts So Good" "Hurts So Good," of ’82 was his first top 10 single from the multi-platinum American Fool. It was the hit that Johnny Cougar needed to regain control of his career and his name: His next album would be released as John Cougar Mellencamp, and eventually “Cougar” would be dropped entirely. Peter Gabriel: "Sledgehammer" “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel’s only chart-topping hit. The wildly innovative video made it an MTV favorite as well. His previous band, Genesis also ruled the summer of ’86 airwaves with “Invisible Touch” Eurythmics: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) A modern synthesizer sound and a striking video took this track to the

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top in late summer of ’83. It was the first Eurythmics hit after the album was released in January.

Rick Springfield: "Jessie's Girl" "Jessie's Girl" was the Number One song in America the week that MTV debuted in August ’81. At the same

Around" was the hit that got away. First written for Tina Turner in ’86, the song was covered with moderate success by everyone from a reggae version by Aswad to Neil Diamond before Swedish pop group Ace of Base made it a worldwide smash in ’94. EMF: “Unbelievable” EMF made number one on both sides of the Atlantic with this song in ’91. It mixed intoxicating rhythms, sweet high vocals and rousing shouts for a refreshing new sound. Later EMF made a top 5 with a cover of the Neil Diamond/Monkees ’60s classic “I’m A Believer” which was included in the movie “Shrek”.

Smash Mouth’s “All Star” topped the charts in the 1999. Ray Parker, Jr.: "Ghostbusters" A former sideman for Stevie Wonder, Ray Parker, Jr. enjoyed a string of R&B hits before agreeing to write and record the theme song for Ghostbusters. It reached number one in August ’84. Huey Lewis sued over the song's similarities to "I Want A New Drug." The Human League: "Don't You Want Me" The Human League helped kick off 'the Second British Invasion' when this video went into heavy rotation on MTV and rocketed to the top in the summer of ’82. Within months, several other UK new wave and synth pop acts like Duran Duran, A Flock of Seagulls and Culture Club had also taken over the American charts.

Sugar Ray: “Fly” This late ’90s hit has a breezy reggae feel. Pegged as one hit wonders after this breakthrough sma sh , Sug ar Ray actually had a few more hits in their bag, including “Someday” and “Every Morning”.

time, Rick Springfield was starring on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. We at Shore Local wonder if actually wrote the line “that point is probably moot”. Third Eye Blind: It does complete the Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer “Semi-Charmed Life” rhyme with “cute” but was a huge hit in 1986. a seems bit awkward in Best played on the a pop song. last day before summer break. It was released in June ’97 as the lead sinSheryl Crow: “All I Wanna Do” gle from their debut album. It rose to number four as a stand-out rock song Her breakthrough hit made it the among pop ballads and dance tracks. top of the charts and remained there for 6 weeks in the summer of ’94. This Smash Mouth: “All Star” feel-good tune had everyone singing “All I wanna do is have some fun…until This uplifting song played in the the sun comes up over Santa Monica opening credits of Shrek among othBoulevard” Sheryl Crow scored another movies and commercials. Smash er hit in 2002 with “Soak Up The Sun” Mouth fittingly performed for the ’99 Major League All Star Game. It was Ace of Base: "Don't Turn Around" also played to wake up the crew of For nearly a decade, "Don't Turn Space Shuttle Discovery.

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25 Years of Beach Concerts in Somers Point Remaining Summer Schedule

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On Sunday, Sept 3rd, a special 25th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend Holiday Show will take place with 2 TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE featuring Louisiana Zydeco World Music and a “Last Waltz 40” Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band. Sept 8 – PAUL NELSON Grammy Award Winning Guitarist and Producer with Johnny Winter Classic Rock & Blues Party with a Tribute to Johnny Winter

Attendance is free to the public, and there will be limited snacks and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase at each concert. In the event of inclement weather, concert venue changes or cancellations will be posted to the Somers Point Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SomersPoint.

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take care of their animals. Boat owners should prepare their boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water. Evacuation: If you are told to evacuate, heed the order. Recover: Wait until the area is safe before returning home. This is a gradual process as it takes time to get over a storm that there is extensive damage to your property and surrounding areas. Remember August is when Hurricane season starts to ramp up. These tips along with keeping a close eye on the forecast, will help you in determining the right course of action for you and your family.

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and pen and ink mediums. The sessions were held at the Senior Citizens Center on July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 and organized through the Somers Point CER Office. This is the second year of The Arts Reach Out Program for Children in Somers Point Schools After School CASTLE program and for Seniors Summer Program. Funding for this program has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the local Arts Grant administered by the Atlantic County office of Cultural Affairs.

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Shore Medical Center Laboratory Business Associate Victoria Gatto, of Egg Harbor Township, was named Shore Medical Center’s July Employee of the Month. projects and always asking what more she could do. “I am honored and so thankful for all of my coworkers who have taught me so much here at Shore,” Gatto says. A resident of Egg Harbor Township, Gatto enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and their family and friends, going to the beach and reading.

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Get a Taste of AC Seafood Festival By Marci Lutsky

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ne of the area’s biggest food events, The Atlantic City Seafood Festival, is returning on Sept. 9th and 10th for its sixth year. I attended in the past, and can tell you three reasons why you should go; it showcases the best food of our region, it is filled with family-friendly entertain-

at a later time. I took a look at the food offered and noted two restaurants I’ve had on my radar, Olon and Veracruz. They will both be on my list to try this year. The festival will also feature plenty of local beers and wines. Thinking of bringing the kids? Do it! There will be bounce houses, face- painting, butterfly feeding and sand sculptures to

Photo credit Atlanticcitynj.com Lobster and corn are just some delicious treats at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival coming up in September.

Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, www.veggingattheshore.com and can be reached at veggingattheshore@gmail.com.

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ment and it will give you a greater appreciation for this place we call home. I sat down recently with festival producer Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle Productions to hear about what this year’s festival has in store. The biggest change for 2017 is that the venue is moving from Bader Field to the open space between Showboat and the former Revel casinos. Why the change? They wanted the event to be more accessible to those staying in Atlantic City and it also seemed more fitting to hold a seafood festival on the water. Whether you like seafood or not, there is sure to be something to please everyone’s palate. You can see a full line-up of food vendors on the event website (www. acseafoodfest.com). I love seafood so for me, this is a great opportunity to get a taste of what a restaurant has to offer that most likely will make me want to visit that restaurant

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keep them busy. The Atlantic City Aquarium will be there with the touch tank. Make sure to bring your pet for the pet costume contest which benefits The Humane Society of Atlantic City. There will be plenty of entertainment for adults too like the crab cake eating contest which is being held both days. You can also check out the chowder cook-off (which benefits the Community Food Bank of New Jersey), a beer seminar or a cooking demonstration with one of our area’s best chefs. The Atlantic City Seafood Festival will take place on September 9th and 10th. Not sure which day to attend? You can see the full schedule of events at www.acseafoodfest.com. Cost to attend is $10 and kids under 12 are free. Affordable parking will be available around the event and restaurants are asked to keep their price points between $4 and $11. My advice, go hungry and be ready for a fun day of entertainment. I will see you there!

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he was immediately wounded and taken out of action to recuperate. I then asked if he was sent home. He smiled and told me that when he recovered the Army sent him back into action, this time in Germany. I asked how well things went for him there and he smiled again and said he was wounded a second time and taken out of action to recuperate. I just shook my head. Was he sent back into action again? This time he said that he wasn’t, they made him an MP, which stands for Military Police. What was he doing sitting by himself in the back of the lobby? He was waiting for his wife to check them into the hotel and did not want to get in the way. I just shook my head again. Here is a quiet man who in the prime of his life, a time

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he summer ocean may be inviting, but we can never truly by at home there, Cape May Beach Patrol Captain Geoff Rife points out. Human beings are only visitors. The fish, the marine mammals,

the crabs and other marine life are the ones at home in the ocean. Usually, most ocean life keeps well clear of the crowded area in front of the lifeguard stand, but there are exceptions: Crabs that grab a toe, minnows that scatter in the morning light, or the occasional ray that glides along the shallows, flapping like an underwater bird. And dolphin. Dolphins are the rock stars. Rife says Cape May beaches see more dolphin than others along the Jersey shores, in part because of its proximity to the Delaware bay. Every time they swim by, beachgoers are on their feet for a better

look at the marine mammals. Children run to the water’s edge and adults point, he said. Dolphin enjoy a good reputation among beachgoers, possibly because of warm feelings from the old Flipper TV show, or else because the shape of their faces make them always look happy. According to Bob Schoelkopf, the founder and director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, the dolphins that can be seen from the beach are almost always bottlenose dolphin, although there are

How to Get Your Family Interested in Art and Music

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hen school budgets suffer, often so do arts and music programs. Families can make up for scaled back opportunities in the classroom by bringing both music and art into the home. Art Corner Create a little art studio in your house with a few key supplies. Drawing pencils, sketchbooks and watercolors are great basics. As skills progress, you can expand these supplies to include acrylic paints, charcoal and more. For those into crafting, check out sites like Pinterest for creative ideas and step-by-step instructions. While many community centers offer

opportunities to receive classic art instruction, there are a number of online tutorials that can help you learn basic techniques from the comfort of your home, and for free. Make Music Research has shown that listening to classical music can have many positive benefits on the brain and body, from improving one’s mood to boosting performance on tests, so, get exposed to all the greats, from Mozart to Beethoven to Vivaldi. September is National Piano Month, and an excellent opportunity to encourage your family to learn to play classical music with the right gear. These days, it’s possible to get the concert grand piano tone with modern technology. New models of keyboards reproduce the feeling of an acoustic piano. Explore Your Community Take a field trip! Go to a museum or art gallery. Attend a live concert. Being inspired to create art and music is easier when you have real life examples to admire. Encourage everyone to talk about what they heard and saw and what they liked best. Whether or not your school has comprehensive music and arts programming, you can enhance whatever lessons the classroom offers on weekends and in the evenings. StatePoint

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many ot h e r species that visit the area in the warm weather. Other kinds, like the common dolphin or the huge Risso’s dolphin, usually stay much farther from shore. In the spring, the dolphin pods often have young among them, and that can make them very protective. Schoelkopf says it is against the law for boaters, jetskiers, swimmers or paddlers to approach dolphin in the water. That’s for the animal’s protection, but he said in a recent interview, it’s a good idea to give the animals plenty of space regardless. Dolphin can be 12 feet long and weigh hundreds of pounds, and despite their friendly reputation, will ram someone if they feel threatened. “I’ve been hit in the water and knocked out,” he said. As mammals, dolphin must surface to breathe, which means they are far more visible than the other marine life in the area, especially considering New Jersey’s cloudy

water. That doesn’t mean it’s polluted, only that the waves stir up silt and nutrients. Most days at the beach, bathers can’t see their own toes. That means they usually can’t see what’s swimming next to them. There are exceptions. Occasionally the water is crystal clear, allowing view of the tiny minnows among the waves, and in the mornings, light shining through the waves can silhouette some of the other, larger creatures swimming near the shore. Schoelkopf has seen sharks swimming through waves, and at times cownose rays can be spotted as well. While Schoelkopf says dolphin are not always gentle, he and others say most sharks at the Jersey shore are not as terrifying as many believe. The smooth dog f ish shark, one of the most common in the area, could not harm a person. It literally does not

have the capability. There are other, larger sharks to be found, including the spiny dogfish, the sandbar shark, the thresher shark and the occasional hammerhead shark. For the most part, these are also harmless, although fishermen who catch one have to use more caution when trying to retrieve their hooks, compared to the smooth dogfish shark, which have only blunt teeth rather than the bristling rows of sharp teeth of other sharks. Much more frightening, great white sharks and bull sharks also ply the waters off New Jersey. One huge great white, a 16-foot, 3 ,500-pound female known as Mary Lee, has been tagged with a tracking device, and has been tracked from New England to Florida. But several people interviewed

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for this story said there’s little to worry about from great white sharks in New Jersey. Bull sharks, however, are another matter. It’s been more than a century since there was a deadly shark attack in New Jersey, but in July of 1916, a string of horrific attacks left four dead, and one injured. A great white or a bull shark was seen as the most likely culprit, although most experts now believe it was a bull shark. While great whites typically keep to deep water, bull sharks may be found in back bays and inlets. Schoelkopf said he won’t swim in the back bays for just that reason, where cloudy water prevents a clear view of what’s nearby. George Ingram, who handles public relations for the Ocean City Fishing Club, said the organization recorded 616 sharks caught last summer from their pier off the boardwalk at 14th Street. For comparison, the next closest species was the king fish, of which 481 were caught, along with 50 weakfish and 188 bluefish. The club has had a pier at the location for a century, and has kept close records of every fish caught off the pier for most of that time. Dan Ladik, the club’s current weighmaster, meaning the guy who keeps those records, said a number of skates were also caught. Those fishing from the beach often catch the small, flat fish, which is a close relative of the shark. It’s also related to the larger cownose ray, which can sometimes be found swimming through the breakers or buried in the sand near the beach. “Cownose rays are more likely to be seen. They tend to travel up and down the coasts and in and out of the bays in fairly large numbers,” said Steve Evert, the manager of Stockton University’s Marine Science Field Station in Port Republic, where he divides his time between research and teaching students in the South Jersey university’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics. The large rays sometimes swim close to the surface, where their wings can be seen above the water. “It’s definitely a little frightening, but they’re really not going to hurt you.” The rays have a stinger on their tails, which could be very painful

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if someone were to step on one when it was buried in the sand. But the animals would much rather avoid people. Most swimmers’ encounters are far less fraught. Cape May’s Rife says as the water warms, various species of jellyfish drift in closer to shore. Some just feel squishy, while others have stings that range from mildly irritating to deeply painful. One of the most unpleasant, the Portuguese man o’ war has a truly nasty sting. It’s described as excruciatingly painful, and can open deep cuts from the chemical action. Even if the animal is dead on the beach, the sting can still hurt. Sea nettles can also cause irritation, and when there isn’t much of a crowd nearby, you may feel something sharp grab a toe. It’s most likely a la-

the waves close to shore, ready to dive in after fish. “It’s very common to see an osprey come over the beach, and nine times out of 10 he’s got a bunker in his talons,” Evert said. Local anglers, at least the human ones, are most often after striped bass and flounder, which bathers are only ever likely to see at the end of a hook. Schoelkopf has been working with marine life for decades. At the stranding center, he has a number of seals that are getting nursed back to health, but he said seals h ave u s u a l l y

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move north during the summer, and are only likely to be seen in New Jersey in the winter. Sea turtles can also be found off New Jersey, he said, but don’t expect to see them close to the beach. Those heading into deeper water may see a loggerhead turtle, which can grow up to 300 pounds, or the far larger leatherback turtle, the largest turtle in existence, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. But plenty of astonishing creatures can be found in the tidal pools around jetties and on many beaches, where starfish, minnows and octopus can sometimes be seen. As the summer progresses and the water warms, the wet sand around those pools can also show bioluminescence, where the damp sand or splashing wave sometimes glows in the dark, an effect of a concentration of one-celled organisms. And by August, the toe-deep water often teems with life, including brilliantly colored coquina clams. Or dig a little deeper with your fingers in the wet sand to find sand crabs, also called mole crabs. Most kids love a chance to hold one, and then let it go in the shallows, to watch it swim away and quickly bury itself.

dy crab, according to Evert, and although you may not feel that pleased with the attention, they are very pretty crabs, with a mottled red shell. “That’s the crab that’s usually biting your toes.” He said the blue claw crabs most familiar for pairings with Corona and Old Bay seasoning are mostly found in the back bays. Sometimes schools of fish can be spotted from the beach, including bluefish and drum fish. Local fishermen often bring in large numbers of bluefish. Sometimes, a school of bunker fish, a small bait fish also known as menhaden, will attract sharks, striper, dolphin and even humpback whales, which have become more common in the area in recent years. Evert said he recently saw a humpback at Beach Haven. Osprey, a once-rare bird of prey that’s also called a fish hawk, have made a big comeback since the outlawing of the pesticide DDT, can often be seen hovering over

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eil Young can have as many guitars as he wants. Let’s face it, the guy has a car collection you’d have trouble matching with the matchbox versions. But in concert and in the studio, he’s been playing the same black 1950s Gibson solid body electric guitar since 1969. Willie Nelson’s nylon strung Martin is actually newer, but looks eons older, with an extra sound hole worn through the wood by Nelson’s pick and carved with the signatures of a generation of country and rock greats. Nelson calls the guitar “Trigger,” as in Roy Roger’s horse, and chances are if you’ve ever seen Willie play, he was picking Trigger. Then there are guys like Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, who trades his guitar for almost every song, each one lending some nuance or resonance to the sound of the band. Jackson Brown travels with a stack of vintage acoustic Gibson guitars. I doubt the audience can tell the difference with their eyes closed – or open for that matter – but however subtle, that difference clearly matters to him. So, does this have anything to do with surfing? These guys are all pros. They know what they’re doing,

Mark Quinnette in the board room of 7th Street Surf Shop on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. They also have shops on the Boardwalk. He said there are boards for every wave, and every style of surfing. For some, that means collecting a variety of boards, while others try to find the perfect board for how they surf. Photo by Bill Barlow. Swell Life and do it for a reason. Sometimes, the lead guitar is part of the personality of the band, and that tone is what the crowds want to hear. Sometimes, each guitar offers something unique. Of course, there are times it’s just show business. Think Nigel from Spinal Tap and his array of guitars. So it is with surfboards. Some

want a selection of boards shaped and tuned for every possible wave. Some have their standby, the board that comes out for winter hurricanes and summer rollers, and stays handy if any waves appear on the way to work. That’s almost always a longboarder, by the way. A collection of boards is called a quiver. Like Green Arrow in the

comics, with a specialty arrow to fill every need. Does anyone really need a quiver of surfboards? “Absolutely,” said Mark Quinnette, a veteran local surfer who walked me around the board room at Seventh Street Surf Shop in

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Ocean City recently. On one side are the short, pointy performance boards, and a line of longboards toward the front of the store, with a variety of stand-up paddleboards closest to the window. There’s a similar room upstairs at the nearby Heritage Surf Shop, and taking up the front room at Surfers Supply at 31st and Asbury Avenue. There’s a board for every wave, and for every style of surfing, Quinnette said. To have as much fun as possible in the water, you need to be ready for anything, he said. “If you’re a local surfer, you want to be ready for the waves we see in the local area,” he said. In the summer, that’s mostly relatively small breaks on the sandbar. You could try to hit them on a 5-nothing board with more rocker than your great-grandpa’s favorite chair, but you aren’t going to have any fun. Catching small waves usually requires the extra float you get with a longboard. That’s a board from 8 to 10 feet long, beloved of old guys and soul surfers the world over. Between the short board and a longboard is the fun size, usually about 7 feet long, which provides enough float for little waves, or to catch the bigger waves a little farther outside,

while still fitting in the back of your station wagon. But summer won’t last forever. Come fall and into winter, the big storm-powered swell rolls in, and the short boards come out to play. Looking over a display of short boards, each a tiny white sliver compared to the big nose riders on the other side of the room, Quinnette said every element of the design of these performance boards affects the ride. They are designed for speed and maneuverability on the wave: catching it is on you. In the biggest waves, a shorter board allows a rider to get deeper in the barrel of a hollow wave without getting flipped by the tail. Yes, there are barrels in South Jersey sometimes. But the subtle differences go way beyond the length of the board. A wide nose offers more float, but shave the sides down for a pointy nose allows for sharper turns. The curve of the board, called the rocker, keeps the nose of the board clear of the water on a steep wave. Quinnette picked up one of the waytoo-light short boards to show how the shaper curved the underside of the tail, so there was a channel for the water to follow to increase the speed.

“These are all custom shaped performance boards,” he said. Every detail is there, or not there, for a reason. But can’t we just admit that sometimes that reason is just that someone thinks it looks cool? For the longboards, at least, that’s clearly a factor. Quinnette pulled out a Hobie single fin that looked like it took its color scheme from a 1957 Buick. Classic look. A wide stringer runs down the center. A look back at some of the board designs in the 1970s and ’80s shows a mix of trends and science at work, with a few outlandish tail shapes or experimental skegs that look hyper-modern, but I can’t imagine make that much of a difference in the water. For a while in the 1970s, nobody under 30 wanted anything to do with a longboard. The waves hadn’t changed, but fashion said that style of board was for the old and the out of touch. Quinnette said he’s starting to favor longboards, and ends up riding his favorite most days. It allows him to get into the wave earlier, out deeper than the scrum of shortboarders fighting over the peak when the waves are decent, and he said he’s been getting into the long, smooth, graceful ride of a longboard

over the busy cutbacks and pumping of a short board. Let’s not forget the expense. It sounds great to be able to reach for a new board for every swell, if you work at a surf shop selling boards and your roommate is a shaper. But each board runs hundreds of dollars to more than a grand. I’ve known some surfers who have 20 or more boards at once, with maybe five in rotation at a given time of year. And I’ve met some great surfers whose board is an extension of their personality, part of their trademark in the water. Everybody reaches for the tool they feel like they can most rely on. Some surfers want a variety pack, some will paddle out on their version of Trigger for decades, getting to know how the board will react in every kind of wave. I tell Quinnette about my guitar metaphor. A musician, he points out that sound also travels over waves. Mind blown. A couple of his friends stop by to see if he’s going to hit the waves after work. They don’t look like much, but could offer some fun. “Yeah, I’ll take a sponge out,” he said, meaning a body board. He said you catch your fun in the waves any way you can.

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