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Mid February 2018


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he Steel Pier’s new 230 foot-high observation wheel is now open. It is one of the country’s largest ferris wheels and features 40

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temperature-controlled gondolas. With the much anticipated May 2018 opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City and recent purchase of the Revel that will reopen as Ocean Resort Casino, the future looks bright on the north end of the Boardwalk. The Atlantic City Gateway project is a $210 million public-private redevelopment initiative located in the southeastern area of the city. It will include a five-story Stockton University residence hall and beachfront satellite campus, South Jersey Gas corporate headquarters, parking garage and retail space.

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t’s true that everyone has an opinion, but these days everyone has a STRONG opinion, especially about political matters. We live in a very divided time. Either you're a liberal or a conservative, right or left, anti-Trump or you love Trump. We are passionate about our views and tempers flare when we are faced with opposing views. We see it at family gatherings, in our neighborhoods and especially on Facebook. The best part of the recent Super Bowl fever was that it simply brought people together. From the moment the Eagles won the Division Championship through their Super Bowl victory, there was a feeling of unity in the air. We all wanted our Underdogs to succeed. Regardless of how we feel about the “big" issues or serious matters, we all loved that the Eagles were in the Super Bowl. People were more willing to look over the proverbial fence or line in the sand that divides us and smile at

one another while saying something like “How about those Eagles?!” Some say it doesn't matter; it’s just a game or a sport. But that’s the beauty of it. It gave us a much needed reprieve from the heaviness of all the serious issues that we have been so consumed with. People were less interested in your political alliances and more interested in your Super Bowl plans. Businesses cashed in on excitement too. Many found creative ways to show their Eagles support. One of my favorites was the Philly Pretzel Factory’s Underdog Bone shaped pretzels. In this issue of Shore Local, Jeff Whitaker takes a look a what it took for the Eagles to go from Underdogs to Topdogs and how we can apply these same principles to our own lives. Raymond Tyler lists his top picks for Valentine's Day gifts and Seth Grossman dives into the life of Abraham Lincoln. We, at Shore Local are very fortunate to have an incredible team of columnists that provide interesting, relevant and local content in every issue. We hope you enjoy this issue of Shore Local and as always, your opinion matters to us. Please send your comments, opinions or suggestions to shorelocalnews@gmail. com

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achary Eberson turned a boring commute to a new opportunity. Zach films an interview with different people in the community while cruising around the town. He then posts it on Youtube and social media. I stumbled upon Cruising with Zach on LinkedIn and was instantly captivated by it. Then, after reaching out to Zach, I had the great honor of Cruisin with Zach. Shore Local will be featuring Cruisin With Zach on our website, and all of our social media platforms. Zach grew up in Ventnor and is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School and the University of Rhode Island. He currently lives in Upper Township with his wife and two children with one more on the way in June.

"Both my jobs require me to be on the road a lot and I was getting bored of listening to sports radio. So I went on, bought a hands free attachment for my phone and started recording myself driving from client to client. Just like that, “Cruisin with Zach” was born." It wasn’t until I had my first guest on (Casey McAllister from Comfort Now Heating and Air) that “Cruisin with Zach” really took off. If you watch the videos you will know right away we like to have fun, but we also provide a lot of information to the public from mercantile services, charitable work, entrepreneurship, health tips and much more." If you, or someone you know might make an interesting guest on the show, please feel free to reach out via email at

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Winter’s Not Over Yet By Noreaster Nick


ast time we spoke we celebrated the Eagles NFC Championship victory, now two weeks later we get to celebrate the first (of many to come) Super Bowl Championship – how cool is that? That should get you pumped up and excited. Unfortunately what I have to say may NOT get you in the same type of mood if you’re a Winter weather/snow lover. Why? Well, while we DO have an active pattern ahead of us, we are not going to get any substantial snow out of it. That’s because we are going to be on the proverbial “wrong side of the tracks” meaning the storms will miss us to the west. For us to really get dumped on, we NEED a storm offshore. The closer

the low is to the coast, the warmer it turns out to be. Forget it if the low is on the mainland and passes to our west. Game over. We’ve got two such events, one today and one on Saturday/Sunday. Temps will be well into the 40s at least meaning all rain. There’s LITTLE hope for some snow at the onset/end but nothing big. I made the prediction that Winter would come back strong in February. I still believe that. One thing about forecasting? You need to formulate an idea and stick with it until you see there’s NO chance of it happening. Originally I thought by the 10th we’d see a big pattern change, that won’t happen. Upper atmospheric dynamics are working against that storyline but DO look to come into alignment as we push into mid month. We are also seeing something called a “sudden stratospheric warming event” occur all the way at the very upper levels of the atmosphere. When that happens the column of air underneath (into the troposphere) constricts bringing cold air to the surface. The impact of these events on

OUR area can be delayed up to two weeks. I maintain the idea that we will get more snow this month. I maintain the idea that Winter won’t die easily this year with below average temps well into March. Obviously I can’t tell you specifics on storms on certain days, but it is coming, even if it is going to

be delayed by another 10 days. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. You will be rewarded for your patience. NorEaster Nick Pittman is the Chief Forecaster at SNJ Today Channel 4 News NorEasterNick@




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ith the exception of Superman, not too many people can say that they have fought fires, delivered babies and administered life-saving CPR multiple times - all as a volunteer. When it comes to the safety of the people of Somers Point, Neil Regina is a superhero. He has been a dedicated volunteer for 42 years serving as a firefighter, an EMT on the Rescue Squad and the Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator with the Somers Point Office of Emergency Management. Regina was born and raised in Somers Point. He began serving as a volunteer at the young age of 16 on the Junior Rescue Squad. As a young adult, he worked as the Somers Point Dispatcher. He then

became the Linwood Dispatcher where he stayed for 25 years before retiring. Throughout his entire career he continues to serve as a volunteer. Regina was a Somers Point volunteer firefighter for 15 years and a volunteer EMT for 22 years. He has been and is currently volunteering for the Office of Emergency Management on his 42nd year. He recently received an award for his service from Somers Point Mayor, Jack Glasser. The Office of Emergency Management provides public education training for any type of disaster. Storms and major fires are two of the most common disasters we face in Atlantic County. If there is a fire, for example, Regina acts as a liaison between the family in crisis and the Red Cross in order to get the family’s basic needs met, such as shelter and clothing. Regina with the Office of Emergency Management also does a great deal of public education both in

the schools and in the senior centers about what to do in a disaster. For example, it is wise to have a “Go Bag" prepared in advance that you can simply grab in an emergency if you need to evacuate. “I Love public Safety and I love Somers Point. It is the greatest town and I love all

Neil Regina with his wife Peggy Regina. tumor in the heart and is awaiting to hear if he will be able to have it removed. Many people throughout the community are rooting for Regina. There is no doubt he has some good Karma coming his way. Kudos to Neil Regina for all he has given back to his community.

that it offers,” says Regina. Regina met the love of his life, Peggy Regina, when he was only 17 years old. They went their separate ways at the time, but reconnected 35 years later and have now been happily married now for six years. Recently, Neil has faced serious medical issues. He has been diMayor Glasser presents Neil Regina with an award for agnosed with a myxoma his extraordinary service.

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Food Is Love, Share Some Love Winter Food Drive Now – February 28th from 9am-5pm Ocean City Board of Realtors 405 22nd Street The Food Is Love, Share Some Love winter food drive will collect non-perishable food items: microwave meals, peanut butter/ jelly, canned meats, soups, pasta; laundry and dish detergent, as well as Shop Rite gift cards, which will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Cupboard in Ocean City to provide for local needy families. Donations can be dropped off at the office of the Ocean City Board of REALTORS®, 405 22nd Street, or call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service. Hamilton Mall Blood Drive Friday, February 9th from 2-7pm at Hamilton Mall 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are also encouraged at Use keyword HAMILTON MALL. The blood drive will be located on the upper level by the elevator. Noyes Art Garage Second Friday Friday, February 9th from 6-8pm at the Noyes Art Garage 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City. Join us from 6 - 8pm on February 9 for our FREE Second Friday reception at the Arts Garage! We are celebrating the opening of the LINKS exhibition featuring work by renowned artist and art pioneer, Kimberly Camp, as well


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Guided Nature Tours Saturdays from 10am-12pm at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 800 Great Creek Rd, Oceanville. Come join us for a guided tour of the refuge that covers natural history of the area and some of the wildlife that can be seen at the refuge. Tours are free and family friendly! Tours last between 1 1/2 hr to 2 hrs. Binoculars are available to borrow. Donations appreciated. Painted Lips Painting Workshop at Noyes Art Garage Sunday, February 11th from 1-4pm, Noyes Art Garage 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City, $30/person, $4 parking in garage. Includes all art supplies, apron and step by step instruction for painting acrylic 16x20 masterpiece. Painting: Rainbow dripping lips. Lip colors may be modified. *This painting utilizes a paint splatter technique that can get messy. Although we supplies aprons, paint may get on your clothes. Dress accordingly! BYOB food & drink. Make it a date night- Couples welcome to paint one

large unified design on 2 canvases! Registration and info at: Sea Isle City Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, February 17th at 2pm, 40th Street Beach.Jump start the 2018 season at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Come early, as the polar bears don’t stay in the ocean very long! Sea Isle Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism Sunday, February 18th at 12pm, 4222 Park Road Sea Isle City. This event encourages runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate with their families, while supporting a worthwhile cause. Celebrating our 10th annual event because of YOU! Join over 5,000 participants on Sunday, February 18th for the Mike’s Seafood Run-Walk for Autism. On-site registration at tent outside of The Coast Motel, Landis Avenue between JFK Blvd. & 40th Street on Sunday, February 18th from 9am – 11:30am. For more information or to register online, please visit http://www. Questions? Call 609-602-5734. President’s Day Hike & Yoga Monday, February 19th from 10am-1pm Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor 109 State

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Atlantic City Events Atlantic City Classic Car Show ▶Friday, ▶ February 9th – Sunday, February 11th Atlantic City Convention Center Tickets: $25 Adults, $5 Children Phone: 1-888-228-4748 GPK Auctions is proud to present the 45th annual Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. The auction has grown to be an annual three day event auctioning off over 400 cars in the spacious 500,000 sq ft. state-of-the-art Atlantic City Convention Center. Along with the auction, guests are able to enjoy a wide variety of vendors, a vast array of vehicles available for sale in the car corral, and the best casinos, restaurants, and shopping that Atlantic City has to offer. The Classic Car Show will be held on Friday and Saturday from 9am – 7pm and Sunday from 9am – 5pm. For more information, please visit Piff the Magic Dragon ▶Saturday, ▶ February 10th at 9pm The Music Box at Borgata Tickets: $25 Phone: 609-317-1000 America’s Got Talent finalist and holder of residency at The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Piff the Magic Dragon will be returning to Borgata February 10. Don’t miss this magical British comedian/magician show off his tricks in the Music Box this winter. Taste of Atlantic City Restaurant Week ▶Tuesday, ▶ February 13th from 5:30 – 8pm Signature Room at Borgata Tickets: $35 Phone: 1-888-228-4748 The kick-off for the 10th Annual Atlantic City Restaurant Week, March 4 – 9, will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa from 5:30

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How The Eagles Did It And You Can Too Celebrate The Light

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hinking of throwing in the towel; calling it quits? Think again. Just ask Super Bowl Champion quarterback Nick Foles. He was this so close to retiring last year. As a backup to Carson Wentz and not much hope for a future in the NFL, he considered cutting his losses and hanging up the laces. But he didn’t. With quite a bit of encouragement to hang in there, Foles had second thoughts. And after this last season, I’m certain he is glad he did. In my last article, I wrote about the many lessons we can learn from this years Philadelphia Eagles team. After this past weekend, there are even more to take to heart. The great thing is that these lessons apply to our personal lives as well as our careers and more. After watching an exciting and nail biting victory, here is what I came away.

Always be role-ready. Just as Nick Foles was prepared to step up from the bench at a time of need, we need to be ready to do the same in whatever role that we currently find ourselves. Recognize that we need to wake up everyday to learn, be open to growth and always prepared to step into a new position of leadership or responsibility on a moments notice. Attitude and mindset trump others opinions of you. Like the Eagles, sometimes it’s good to be the underdog. It can even give you a psychological edge if you allow it. How each of us view ourselves and our circumstances in any situation can far outweigh the influence and opinions of those who may discount or eliminate us from the game. This isn’t just about the game of football. This applies to the game of life as well. Charles Swindoll said that he is convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and me and 90% how we react to it. Don’t allow someone else to write your story. Preparation pays off. If you watched the Super Bowl, you’ll remember the one play that many consider a defining moment in the game. Nick Foles, in an instant, stepped out of his role as quarterback and became the receiver

and scored a pivotal touchdown. It was a play the team had worked on and saved for just the right time. Coming to the moment prepared and knowing when to execute is key to victory in any endeavor we take on. Never let up. Coach Pederson emphasized going into the Super Bowl that he had respect for the Patriots and knew that there was no room for let up once the game started, no matter what the score. It’s great advice for all of us to know the strength and power of the odds playing out against us. We have to then realize the importance of not letting up or taking anything for granted. Anything worthwhile in life that we tackle isn’t over until the clock says zero. As Winston Churchill so famously said, “Never, never, never give up.” Jeff Whitaker is a lifelong communicator and storyteller. He is a certified trainer, coach and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Jeff’s goal is to encourage excellence in individuals and corporations through leadership and communications training. Connect with him at, through The Jeff Whitaker Company on Facebook or @jeffwhitaker on Twitter.

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America ▶Friday, ▶ February 16th at 9pm The Music Box at Borgata Tickets start at $55 Phone: 609-317-1000 The year 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name." America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

Community Events Crochet & Knitting Circle ▶Friday, ▶ February 9th from 4-6pm New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway Learn how to crochet and knit or perfect your skills. Beginner, intermediate, advanced crocheters are all welcome to this free event! Call 609-652-0230 to register or for more information! Orientinteering ▶Saturday, ▶ February 10th from 11am-3pm Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor 109

State Highway Route 50 Are your children learning to read a map in school? Put on your hiking boots, pack a trail lunch and head to the Estell Manor Park for a three mile orienteering course through the woods. We provide the instructions, maps and a loaner compass. A basic course for the beginner and an intermediate course for the experienced or more adventurous are offered. Please specify course when registering. Children under 13 must have an adult with them. Standard tick precautions are recommended. Free but must register in advance, please call the Nature Center office: (609) 625-1897. Family Fitness ▶Saturday, ▶ February 10th from 1-2pm Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township Join us for family fun fitness activities! Designed for all fitness levels and all members of the family! This is a free activity! Call for information or to sign up (609) 569-0376. Free Rabies Clinic ▶Sunday, ▶ February 11th from 9-11am Atlantic County Animal Shelter 240 Old Turnpike Rd, Pleasantville, NJ Please have cats in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Proof of previous rabies vaccination is needed for a 3 year vaccine.

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Family Arts and Crafts Night ▶Thursday, ▶ February 15th from 5-6pm Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township Come out and enjoy a free family, fun, arts and crafts activity! We will provide refreshments. All families are welcome! Please call 609-569-0376 to register! Little Learners Craft Class ▶Friday, ▶ February 16th at 10am & 1pm Warren Fox Nature Center 109 Route 50, Mays Landing Open to 3-5 year old preschoolers accompanied by an adult. Transform everyday objects into works of art. Time permitting; children will have the opportunity to “show and tell.” Please specify morning (10am) or afternoon (1pm) session when registering. Please pre-register by calling the Nature Center office at 609- 625-1897. No Bake Cooking with Kids: Valentine’s Day Treats ▶Friday, ▶ February 16th from 5-6pm New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway Join us in making this no bake Valentine's snack! This is a free, fun, family event! Call 609652-0230 to register or for more information! Random Acts of Kindness ▶Saturday, ▶ February 17th from 1-2pm New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway

Join us as we discuss how we all can perform random acts of kindness each day! All are welcome to this free event! Call 609652-0230 to register or for more information! Zumba Class ▶Tuesday, ▶ February 20th from 5:306:30pm Lake Lenape- East, Catering Hall 753 Park Road, Mays Landing, NJ NEW TIME! 5:30-6:30 PM Get ready to party yourself into shape! These energizing, easy-to-follow, Latin dance moves will burn calories and get you into shape for the Spring! Program is free! For more information please call 609 625 1897. Family Bingo Night ▶Tuesday, ▶ February 20th from 6-7pm Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township Join Inland Family Success Center for prizes, fun and Bingo! Please call 609-569-0376 for more information and to register! Toddler Time: Sponge Painting ▶Wednesday, ▶ February 21st from 11am1pm New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway Using your ABC's and 123's sponges, toddlers can explore their senses! This free event! Call 609-652-0230 to register or for more information!

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Choosing a Preschool

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hen my twins were nearing the age of three, we started researching preschools. It was an exciting process but also one that required a lot of thought. Preschool may be the first time your child is away from home and not with family. You want to make sure to take many factors into consideration. Here is some guidance if you are beginning this process. Think about when is the right time for your child to start and for how many days. There is no right or wrong answer to this. For us, we started right before the age of three and right after our kids were potty trained. Some schools require that children are potty trained. We had done some mommy and me music classes and gymnastics classes when they were babies and then toddlers so they had some early exposure to other children in a class-like situation. As a stay at home mom, I wanted them to go to preschool but I also wanted to treasure the time I had with them. For the first two years they went two mornings per week and for the third year they went for three half days. What kind of curriculum would best suit the experience you want your child to have? We started out at a preschool with a play-based curriculum which means that learning takes place through play. That preschool temporarily closed after a year and we moved the children to a different preschool that also put an emphasis on learning through play with a bit more of an academic focus. This was very well-suited for my twins. They flourished in this environment both academically and socially. Some other important questions to ask are what is the teacher to student ratio, what certifications or training do the teachers have, are they open on holidays (important if you work), how do they handle food allergies (if you have a child with food allergies), how do they communicate with parents and how are parents involved in the classroom. This last one was important to me because I valued being involved in the classroom to read stories or help out with celebrations.

So now you are ready, how do you go about choosing which schools to visit? Talk to people you trust! I am in a moms of twins club and looked to my fellow club members for recommendations. My husband and I made a list of about five schools and I started calling for more information. Then we narrowed it down to three for us to visit. This is the most important advice I have to offer…make sure to take your child or children with you when you visit. I had an idea in my head of which preschool was going to be the one for us, but after visiting with the kids and observing them in the classroom, that totally changed. You will get to see what the layout of the classroom is like, how your children interact in that environment and how the teacher


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n 1968, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress adopted the Uniform Monday Holiday Law and made Columbus Day a new national holiday. Washington’s Birthday is now part of ”Presidents Weekend” and no longer a national holiday on February 22. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 is almost forgotten. A recent study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that only 9 percent of fourth graders correctly identified a photograph of Abraham Lincoln and could state two reasons for his importance. This is a tragedy. Every American child should know that Abraham Lincoln was important and why. Like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln is a classic example of how one individual can change the course of history.

Had there been no George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, there would be no United States. Without the United States, there would be no democracy strong enough to defeat the Nazis and Japanese in World War II, or Communist Russia or China during the Cold War. Abraham Lincoln also has special importance for Americans today. He had a unique understanding and talent for applying conservative American traditions to bring about revolutionary change. Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in Indiana, nearly ten years after George Washington died in Virginia. In his first known speech to a group of young people in 1838, 29 year old Abraham Lincoln recognized that his generation of Americans was lucky to be “in peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth” with “a system of political institutions” with more “civil and religious liberty” than any other nation in history. However, Lincoln feared Americans were in danger of losing everything because they were forgetting the principles of the people who created America. At age 29, Abraham Lincoln was deeply committed to respect for the Constitution and laws of the United States. Lincoln also


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opposed slavery. Lincoln believed that the enslavement of blacks in the South was an evil that violated natural law, and that would destroy America if it continued. This was a problem for Lincoln. Slavery was permitted by the U.S. Constitution and the laws and state constitutions of the southern states. Lincoln’s genius was pursuing a consistent and non-violent way to end slavery, while still respecting our Constitution and laws. Abraham Lincoln knew that America was created by our Declaration of Independence. That document clearly opposed slavery. It held these truths to be self-evident: “All men are all created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain ‘unalienable’ rights. Abraham Lincoln also carefully examined letters and documents written by the Founding Fathers who signed our Declaration of Independence and framed our Constitution. Lincoln found that most delegates who framed our Constitution in 1787 opposed slavery, and wrote the Constitution with its “ultimate extinction” in mind. For example, most them specifically voted for federal laws that banned slavery in the Northwest Territories in 1787, which ended the ending the importation of new slaves after 20 years. It seems likely that slavery was on the verge of gradually being abolished until Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793. Then cotton and slavery became too profitable to stop. Lincoln knew that opponents of slavery did not and could not legally and constitutionally end slavery in the South. .Lincoln did not support revolutions or slave rebellions in the southern states. However, Lincoln did oppose the expansion of slavery into new territories like

that their states were no longer part of the United States. At this point, Abraham Lincoln nor Congress still had not power under the Constitution to free any slaves. However, on April 12, 1861, the South Carolina militia opened fire on federal soldiers on Fort Sumpter outside of Charleston. That began the Civil War. That war gave Union soldiers and President Lincoln, their commander-in-chief, the Constitutional right to free slaves. Under military law, soldiers can seize “contraband” or property used by enemy soldiers. Since the Confederate Army used black slaves to bring them food, ammunition, and equipment, President Abraham Lincoln for the first time had the power under military law to “seize” those slaves as “contraband of war” and then free them. Seth Grossman is a Somers Point attorney and executive director of The organization maintains a Liberty and Prosperity Facebook page. It meets for breakfast 9:30 am every Saturday at the Shore Diner in Egg Harbor Township by Parkway Exit 36. Seth Grossman can be reached at




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lives in nursing home care, sometimes with limited government assistance. These Veterans at times lack certain basic essentials that we might take for granted such as socks, undergarments, or certain other basics. These Veterans, in many cases, do not have family to help out. Veteran facilities and care providers do a great job and give these honorable ladies and gentlemen care and compassion. However, community involvement in the form of donations of various types, a helping hand or simply a visit on holidays is still very much needed and appreciated. These Veteran

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in a stand at a football game, collecting donations outside of a Supermarket for the school club, or a member of ANY group trying to raise money for their organization, you know how difficult it is to ask for money from strangers. But you ask anyone and everyone to help out because you BELIEVE in what you are doing. Pride is put aside because it is for the greater good and helps someone that can't do it without you. I am proud to be a member of the Patriot Riders of America, New Jersey, Chapter 1. We support our Community and it’s Veterans and First Responders. I will shamelessly ask for donations on behalf of this organization and I will honorably donate my time and efforts alongside my fellow brothers and sisters. We will always be grateful for the support we are given on behalf of the Veterans and First Responders, and we will always show our appreciation on behalf of the Community without asking for anything but continued support. On behalf of the Community in which we hope to continue contributing to, THANK YOU. We salute you, Atlantic County. Cynthia and her husband Bryan Coons live in Egg Harbor Township. She is a member of the Patriot Riders of America.


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GET AWAY Or STAY-CATION If you want to go away for a few days and enjoy sun and warm weather? Why not contact AAA South Jersey at www.southjersey. They can handle all the arrangements and you can concentrate on the romance. If staying close to home? Atlantic City has several great romantic options. Light Pick 1-The Borgata Water Club is perhaps the most beautiful and sexy space in South Jersey. You can request rooms and suites with kinds of bells and whistles (like pools and in room massage.) Light Pick 2-Some people just do not like The Casino Life and so for them I would suggest The Flagship Resort. Every room is a suite and the views of the ocean and Atlantic City are breathtaking. There are many great places in the area to also get a wealth of other wonderful gifts, flowers, candy and more. Happy Valentines Day to all. Date Change-Our Light First Fridays at Naomi’s Cafe has been changed to April 6th at 6pm. Admission is $5 and The Light Family will be curating a pop up art gallery and a live performance cafe. For more information go to Also check out my site for more picks and pictures!


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reathing is the single most important process of the human body. Without oxygen, human cells would cease to function. Virtually every reaction in the body needs oxygen for the process of aerobic respiration to create energy. Although there are millions of chemical reactions occurring in the body due to respiration, we take the act of breathing for granted. Respiration is regulated by the autonomic nervous system so in essence there’s no thought necessary for this process. But what we fail to realize is that breathing can be controlled and in turn create a healthier environment for our bodies. Consciously slowing the act of breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, the division of the nervous system that controls the

“relaxation responses” of the body. When this occurs heart rate decreases, blood pressure drops and stress hormones are reduced. This creates an environment for homeostasis, a balanced and stable internal state. Breathing not only regulates our internal organ systems but also affects our biomechanics and posture. As a chiropractor, many people come to the office complaining of neck and shoulder pain and say they “carry” stress in those areas. The “carrying” part is due to improper breathing habits. Improper breathing habits engage accessory muscles in the neck causing shallow breaths and over time neck and shoulder pain as well as tension headaches. It can also tense muscles in the low back creating imbalances in the pelvis and hips resulting in decreased range of motion and low back pain. Proper breathing habits can actually improve posture. Diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing relaxes the muscles in the neck and shoulders, opens the chest cavity and allows more oxygen into the lungs. This in turn gently rolls the shoulders back and straightens the

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In The Spotlight with Rick Land By Ava Holly


his issue we shine a spotlight on the talented guitarist Rick Land. Rick is a local entertainer and music teacher that started his dream

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Jobs Returning To Atlantic City Thanks To Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City provides employment opportunities through job career events By Donald B. Kravitz


ne of the many changes Atlantic City is seeking is a more robust employment market. In that regard, the much anticipated opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City (Hard Rock) this summer could be just the impetus of a more vibrant opportunity to provide those much needed jobs. Hard Rock has openings for and looking to hire the best industry people who can offer guests authentic experiences in the many faceted gaming and hospitality market in Atlantic City, and specifically at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City. The first two (2) events took place on January 30-31, 2018 and were formulated to provide interviews for former Taj Mahal employees who were active employees at least 30 days prior to the property closing. Approximately 1,600 former hopeful Taj employees were invited to apply with an impressive 1,400 showing up for interviews. Hard Rock will be holding additional career path interview events in the near future for all

Many very enthusiastic past Taj Mahal employees were taking part in the first career event hosted by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in an effort to fill 3,000 positions. other applicants who will go through the same application process. It is Hard Rock's goal to hire at least 3,000 permanent employees, which does not include an additional 1,000 construction positions. “We are excited to host the property's first career event in our employment series. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is proud to offer opportunities for those who share the brand's vision to deliver an exceptional new level of guest experience,” said Hard Rock Hotel &

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By Charles P. Eberson There was the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China and Trump…well you know. But on a recent trip to the local supermarket, I was unprepared for the Wall of Yogurt. When my wife and I go food shopping, we try and be as efficient as possible and split up the list. One of the items on my list was yogurt. How complicated can shopping for yogurt be? When my wife and I got married many decades ago, one of our gifts was a yogurt maker. All it took to make our own was some milk and small amount yogurt as a starter. Maybe if we were feeling especially adventurous, some fruit. Still, it was an acquired taste. If it wasn’t for the widely touted health benefits, I probably would have avoided it completely. Years ago, a yogurt

company made a splash with putting fruit at the bottom of their yogurt thus making it more appealing to the general public. One of the nutritional benefits of yogurt is the probiotics that we ingest but now I see labels stating “Prebiotics and Probiotics.” They must be even better for me. Yogurt companies have still been waging the battle to make their product more palatable to the masses so they have made significant changes. You can now choose yogurts that come with various condiments which are housed in the lid such as pretzels, chocolate chips, granola, graham crackers and yes, M & M’s. Now we're getting somewhere. Still the manufacturers of yogurt push the envelope of what is considered health food even further with additional selections such as strawberry cheesecake, key lime pie, s’mores, cookies & cream, caramel fudge pretzel, banana choco nut, peanut butter delight, coconut chocolate bliss and as a nod to the Girl Scout cookies including their logo, thin mint and peanut butter chocolate. There are even Twix and Snickers yogurts

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Tropicana’s Jersey Shore Wine Festival By Kimberly Shurig Food and Beverage Editor


ou absolutely love going wine tasting, but it does present one serious problem: who will sit out and drive you around? Playing designated driver on a day of wine tasting is a necessary evil, ensuring that everyone else is able to enjoy the day without posing a hazard to others on the road. Fortunately, Tropicana’s Jersey Shore Wine Festival is taking place Feb. 24 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.) and Feb. 25 (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.) in their Grand Exhibition Center. It's time to check out what New Jersey wine is all about. Taste some new wines you've never had and enjoy this rare opportunity to sample pours from over 150 New Jersey wineries without ever having to undergo the inconvenience of getting behind the wheel. The thing I like best about the Jersey Shore Wine Festival, (besides the

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The Hurley Line: The Latest in the Race for the House of Representatives in District 2 On the Republican side, no major marquee names have been willing to step-up and make the run. In a "Hurley in the Morning" exclusive on Thursday, February 1, 2018 ... former New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Polistina confirmed to me that he will not be seeking the seat. He was the Republicans best chance to keep the seat held by LoBiondo for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. The Republican with the most momentum at this time is not even an officially declared candidate. Highly regarded local criminal defense attorney John Zarych has established an exploratory Committee. He's met in Washington, D.C. with the National Republican Congressional Committee. He is a very serious man, who is quite serious about making this run. Zarych is a somewhat unlikely warrior. He's cut his substantial political/electoral bonafides on the campaign trail with the Presidential campaign of United States Senator John McCain, who ran in 2000 and became the Republican Nominee in 2008. Zarych has also worked on New Jersey Gubernatorial campaigns and other state, county and local campaigns. Zarych has usually been the guy working quietly on

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n the Democratic side, there's no competitive challenger for State Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-1 at this time. Van Drew has received the endorsements of all County Chairman in the race to replace retiring United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo, R-2. Van Drew also has the unconditional support of Political "King Maker," George Norcross, III, the most powerful non-elected political potentate in the entire state of New Jersey. The simple truth is, the candidate who has Norcross' focused, unbridled support almost always wins. Van Drew is really sitting pretty to fill this seat. However, that's why "they" play the games. It's not a coronation, it's a contest.


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the inside; not the person with his name on the ballot on the outside. Zarych broke the news of his exploratory effort on "Hurley in the Morning," whereby he also stated that he is "very likely going to enter the race." Zarych may be in the process of catching lightning in a bottle. He understands the significance of having to be capable of raising the $ 3 million-plus that will be required to be competitive against Van Drew. Other then Zarych, there's no evidence that any of the current crop of remaining Republicans has the ability to raise campaign dollars. As of now, Zarych is the one receiving the most buzz. Another potential candidate, who also has not officially declared his candidacy is Seth Grossman, the most well known of all of the potential challengers. Grossman is a semi-retired attorney, who is a former Atlantic City Councilman and Atlantic County Freeholder. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Liberty and Prosperity, a not-for-profit organization that has aggressively sought to provide important public information about the processes of government within the state of New Jersey. The name of this

organization is the very slogan of the state of New Jersey; these words appear with Lady Liberty on the New Jersey state flag. Though almost all of the other candidates are relatively unknown, the list of other officially declared Republicans seeking the Nomination is an impressive one. Robert Turkavage was employed for 31 1/2 years, as a Supervisory Special FBI Agent in both the public corruption and fraud sections. Turkavage is an elegant, experienced individual. In both the spoken and written word, I communicate often about the "Hurley Likeability Quotient." Turrkavage has extra heaping helpings of likeability. I've been busy conducting one-hour, long-form on-air interviews with all of the Republican candidates. What became readily apparent to me early on, is how decent and high quality in nature all of the Republican candidates are. For example, Somers Point City Councilman James Toto. His cup of likeability quotient runneth over. Despite how long he's been on the political/electoral scene, we had never met or spoken until our live (in-studio) interview Thursday, February 1, 2018. Toto has a very interesting and di-

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verse background. In another "Hurley in the Morning" exclusive, Toto officially announced his candidacy on our talk radio program. He is a disabled veteran, who served in the United States Army in psychological operations within Special Operations Command. He is also a former United States Federal Air Marshall and pilot. Toto is largely responsible for the current atmosphere, whereby there has been an unprecedented level of respect being shown by all of the candidates to one another. Brian Fitzherbert is a newcomer to the electoral scene. He is employed by Textron, asa senior project manager. Textron is a multinational manufacturing company, ranked # 200 on the Fortune 500 list. Textron is known for products built by Bell Helicopter; E-Z GO, Cesna, Hawker Beechcraft. He has traveled and lived around the country, serving in positions of increasing responsibility. Fitzherbert holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Technical Management. He is thoroughly investigated and holds a top secret security clearance, having been vetted by the FBI. Fitzherbert also officially declared his candidacy on "Hurley in the Morning," on January 24, 2018. Although most of the Republican candidates are relatively unknown, this is one of the most decent bumper crops of very

good people that I have seen in my nearly three decades as a member of the New Jersey Metro market media. It's still advantage Van Drew, however, a well regarded Republican will emerge. From the iconic letter and movie: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! ... Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus." I drew this inspiration from an amazing editorial written by the New York Sun in 1897; which responded to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter. In other words, there will be a race of the 2nd District Congressional seat this year. And, this could very well be the race that decides which major political party will control the House of Representatives.

Hearts for Homes” Pizza Fundraiser to Benefit Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County


gg Harbor Township, NJ–Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County, has partnered with restaurants across Atlantic County to help raise money for building projects planned for 2018. What’s a better way to celebrate the love of family, friends and community on Valentine’s Day than a pizza with a side of Homes, Community and Hope! On February 14th, the following participating restaurants will offer heart-shaped pizzas and provide a donation to Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County.






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What is Natural Weight?

By Nancy Adler


o me, your natural weight is a place where you feel comfortable and healthy. It’s not a body-fat percentage or a number. We often get hung up on what the scales say, but if you are at a place where you feel comfortable, where you have good energy levels, can do what you want to do and sustain that without fighting, you are at your natural weight and should embrace that. As long as it’s a healthy weight you can live by and not starve to stay there . Eat three meals a day while sitting down. Spend time on each meal, focus on the food and consume it properly. Achieving your natural weight comes from eating in a way that means your body feels satisfied with the food you eat so you stop craving more. Every meal I eat contains a protein such as meat, fish or eggs, some vegetables and a source of fat. Even for breakfast I’ll eat something like eggs, feta and spinach or cooked frozen peas. This combination is like putting a log on your metabolic fire. It will stay burning for four or five hours. Sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates are like adding a bit of kindling – no wonder if you eat these your energy fades after a few hours and you are hungry again. We have become partly addicted to food – not just sugar, but the idea of eating. Before the 1990s no one really snacked, but we have ended up eating in a way that means our blood sugar see-saws and we are hungry all the time. We have forgotten that it is good for our stomachs to rest between meals. If you eat well, you don’t need to snack. Eat only when you are hungry, stop when you are full. If you are eating the right foods, that should be three times a day. Protein needs fat to be absorbed, so do a lot of the nutrients in your vegetables. It satiates us. I don’t mess with my food anymore – I eat chicken with the skin on, eggs are eaten whole and yes, I do sometimes cook my vegetables in butter. It’s ok to go out of the box every now and then. People often feel that who they are and what they have is not enough, and eat to try to make that feeling go away. The more you

identify the good in your life, the less you feel the need to fill the gaps with food. This exercise can help: a couple of times a day sit and take a moment to think of five things that are good in your life right at the moment. Even the smallest thing can help you appreciate that overall your life is good. To tackle a weight problem you have to know how and when to eat, but you also have to look at how you talk to yourself when you are not eating. The more critical you are of yourself the more likely you are to soothe yourself with food. Phrases such as “You’re so stupid”, “When are you ever going to learn?” all chip away at the idea that you deserve to be kind to yourself – and eating more healthily is a type of kindness. People think they are supposed to be happy all the time, or that if they have bad feelings it will destroy them, but it’s not feeling that does that. Often we eat because it’s easier than tackling an issue – food can’t hurt you with its reaction, it won’t leave you, it doesn’t argue back – but unless you work out your feelings rather than eating them, you will always have a weight problem. Please exercise! It’s what your body is designed to do. Even if you never set foot in a gym, if you are moving in some way everyday, you are exercising. Going for a walk, playing with the kids, taking the dog out – the more that you can do, the better. And if you truly enjoy whatever it is you do, it’s better still. I would, though, suggest exploring yoga – it can help you tune in to your body’s needs and become more comfortable with yourself. If you are eating portions that make you stagger away from the table feeling uncomfortable, if you are eating foods that don’t nourish you but fill your body with chemicals, or foods that make you feel bloated, gassy, tired, cranky or hungry within minutes – these are all foods that are fighting your system. If they are in your diet, your body will never perform at its best, and finding your natural weight will be harder. No one is born with a weight problem, but over the years our beliefs, confidence and self-esteem – and those of others – chip away at what helps us maintain a natural weight. Recognizing that at some point you have been the weight you want to be now is key to ensuring you get there again. Nancy Adler is a certified nutritionist and practitioner in Linwood.



The Best Foot Forward


ell, the New Year did not start the way I had hoped. You see, I have been under the weather this past week with an unknown virus that has stolen my sleep and fatigued my body. Meetings have been postponed and ministry work has been delayed. So instead of hitting the New Year running like I had planned, my current physical condition has knocked me to my knees. Interesting, isn't it?! Perhaps therein lies the lesson. God is reminding me that my "best foot forward" needs to be the one that begins on my knees. And I admit, I probably would not have been so still, at rest, and conscious of prayer, had I not been knocked out with this flu and it is that realization that is warming my soul. I am reminded of the Psalm that states, "Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning." This temporary setback has me also thinking about the many people who face every day fighting a debilitating disease and still maintain their joy in the morning.

How do they do it? They endure through with a perspective of purpose. You see, joy is not a natural emotion, but an inward manifestation of a spiritual condition. And with true joy as the medicine to the spirit, no adverse set of circumstances can steal it. I am still feeling the effects of this cold, but these lessons have warmed my soul. God never brings us to a place of discomfort without providing for us a greater comfort in Himself. And I thought nothing good has been accomplished over these past several days, yet after re-reading these thoughts, I am reminded that God is in the business of using everything we go through as the means necessary to get us to grow in Him. I rest in this truth.



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Matthew Maher is a former professional athlete and author of the books "U MAY B THE ONLY BIBLE SOMEBODY READS: R U LEGIBLE?" & “Imprisoned by Peace. He is the President of Soldiers for Faith Ministries and the Teaching Pastor at Coastal Christian Ocean City. You can learn more at www. Follow him on Twitter||Facebook||Instagram @ TruthOverTrend


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