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Changing My Perspective

From the Editor

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he flu struck our household with a vengeance last week. I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. Everything hurt and I had absolutely no energy. The fever came with chills and teamed up with nausea and a relentless cough that made life seem unbearable. As I prepared to lose an entire week of my life to this debilitating illness, I felt frustrated and sorry for myself. Then I got a message that completely shifted my perspective. An outdoor food pantry in Egg Harbor City had been emptied and was in desperate need of donations. I first reached out to Lisa Sodano, a Somers Point resident who advocates for the homeless, the elderly, and really anyone in need. She put me in touch with Angela Krukauskas who maintains the outdoor pantry in her front yard in Egg Harbor City. After talking with them, I learned about people in our

own community who are living with little to nothing. Given the state of my health, I couldn't help but wonder: if these people caught the flu, what would they do? How would they get to the doctor or get the medicine they need? How would they secure seemingly basic items like cough drops and soup? Each day, I take so many things for granted. I have so many blessings in my life, and the simplest things - like turning on the lights, turning up the heat, and checking to see what looks good in the refrigerator - provide powerful reasons to say "thank you." When I find myself annoyed that I have to schedule a doctor's appointment or go to the grocery store, I need to remind myself how fortunate I

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Weather with Nor'easter Nick Looking at the data, we've seen no real large increase in the occurrences of 70 in February, so as it stands right now, I don't

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fter two days where record warmth grasped the area, a lot of people are asking " Is this extreme? Should we be concerned?". The simple answer is that while it is rare to see 70s in February, it is not completely out of the ordinary. Going back to the late 1940s, we've seen our first 70 degree day of the year occur in February 14 times. Now, that's not to mention the number of days we've seen it reach 70 in February of course, that's more like 50. It's very easy to blame "Global Warming" or "Climate Change" when we see weather out of the ordinary, however, you can't do that. What's going on with the climate has zero correlation with what's going on with a specific day's or week's weather. It's short term vs long term. Just because it's very warm for a couple days does not mean it's because of climate change. There's a common misconception and my job is to set the record straight.

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am. What if I didn't have easy access to these basic resources? Just like that, my state-of-mind can shift from self-pity to gratitude. When I spoke with Lisa, she shared how she became interested in helping those in need in her community. One day when she went to the Somers Point Acme, there was a man who appeared to be homeless standing by the entrance. He was bleeding from his head, and Lisa was stunned by the amount of people that passed by, not offering assistance or even asking if he was okay. This gave me pause. Like most people, I tend to get wrapped up in my own life. Would I have walked by that man? Or would I have stopped and asked if I could help? I hope I would have stopped. What would you have done? What will you do?

ocean streams that deliver warm water north are interrupted. I don't know what man's contribution is. I think it's possible that we lend a hand in the warming process but to what extent? I am all for sustainable living but I feel as though what's going on has been politicized for too long. Let's get back

to talking about facts and not about "what could happen in 50 years" based on model data that has trouble getting the first 4 days of a 7 day forecast right. Just my two cents. NorEaster Nick Pittman is the Chief Forecaster at SNJ Today Channel 4 News NorEasterNick@ snjtoday.com

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Winter Olympics 2018 By Steffen Klenk

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or the past two weeks, millions throughout the world have been tuned in to watch the excitement and glory of the

snowboard event, winning his first gold in slopestyle. In skiing, Mikaela Shiffrin of Colorado took home her second gold medal in the giant slalom course. Team Norway has proven successful in the cross country skiing events this year, winning over 10 medals in Pyeongchang thus far. In short track speed skating, twenty-two year old John-Henry Krueger finished second in a neck-to-neck battle for gold in the 1000 meter race. Last week, Chris Mazdzer of Massa-

weekend, no matter the result, Olympians from around the world will make their way proudly to share the honor of representing their country. In two weeks, the 12th Paralympics Winter Games will begin. More than 42 countries and 550 athletes

from around the world will take participate in a six different sports: sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, biathlon and snowboarding. The next Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing and are set to begin on February 4, 2022.

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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 Shoprite 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. Guided Nature Tours Saturdays from 10am-12pm 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. Stephanie Segal Miller Watercolor Class Sunday, February 25th from 3-5pm Noyes Art Garage 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City Beginners and explorers welcome. Bring your own photo or work from a still life. Class fee: $30 includes: ▶Instruction ▶ from Stephanie Segal Miller

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4th Annual Sip Savor Support Gilda’s Club of South Jersey Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm672 N. Trenton Ave. Atlantic City Sip, Savor, and Support Gilda's Club of South Jersey on February 28 at our 4th annual Sip, Savor and Support Event. Tickets are $60 per person and include food buffet and open bar. Silent auction with amazing prizes will be held. This event is not to be missed! For more information, please visit http:// www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org Chick-fil-A Grand Opening Thursday, March 1st from 6:30am-10pm 6801 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township Join us as Chick-fil-A opens its second location in Egg Harbor Township next to the new Walmart. Atlantic City Restaurant Week Sunday, March 4th – Friday, March 9th Restaurant Week is a six-day celebration of the culinary scene in Atlantic

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Atlantic City Events Jersey Shore Wine Festival Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th Grand Exhibition Center at Tropicana Tickets: $25 in Advance; $30 at the door Phone: 609-340-4000 Over 150 of New Jersey’s finest wines to sample and purchase by the bottle or case. Festival features artisan crafters, hand-painted glass & live entertainment. Ticket will include tasting glass, wine seminars, cheese & fruit plate. Must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office or at Ticketmaster. com. Blues Traveler Saturday, February 24th at 9pm The Music Box at Borgata Tickets start at #39 Phone: 609-3171000 Blues Traveler is an American rock band formed in Princeton, New Jersey in 1987. The band's music covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul, and Southern rock.

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Kansas Friday, March 9th at 8pm Borgata Events Center Tickets start at $39 Phone: 609-317-1000 Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

Free Community Events Job Seekers Club: Finding Employment Monday, February 26th from 12-1pm Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township. Join our employment specialist on site to assist with searching and applying for employment online. Free, Call 609-5690376 to register. Family Cardio Workout Tuesday, February 27th from 6-7pm New Day Family Success Center 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway . AmeriKick is partnering with New Day to bring in a great evening workout! Bring your water bottle. This is a free event. Call 609-652-0230 to register or for more information.

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Wrestling Championships Friday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 4th Boardwalk Hall Phone: 908-268-4256 This coming March, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall once again will host the New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships. Continuing what has become a tradition for the sport since 2002, the top high school wrestlers from across the state will be at Boardwalk Hall on March 2, 3, and 4 to compete in the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) State Wrestling Championships. All-session tickets will be priced at $40 and go on sale through Ticketmaster.com, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone (800-745-3000) beginning Friday, December 8. This public sale has a limit of 10 tickets per order. Single session reserved tickets are $10.

Atlantic City Boat Show Wednesday, February 28th – Sunday, March 4th Atlantic City Convention Center Tickets: $16 Adults, Children 12-Under Free Phone: 1-888-228-4748 The 39th annual Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show® is the largest show in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast regions, hosting over 35,000 attendees each year with more than 550 boats. The Boat Show will be held Wednesday-Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday from 10am8pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. New Jersey State High School

Somers Point Garden Club March 6, 7 PM. Celebrate the oncoming of Spring. The Green Thumb Garden Club of Somers Point is happy to host renowned orchid specialist Lester Block of the Sandpiper Orchid Society presenting "Growing Orchids in your home" on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm promptly at the Senior Center, Ambler & Massachusetts Ave. For more information email rosemaryevans@verizon.net. Yoga Wednesday, March 7th & 14th from 9-10am, 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.Program is free. For more information please call (609) 625-1897.

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Health & Wellness February 28 Get Pumped for Shore’s Cardio Challenge at Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness. Shore Medical Center is teaming up with Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness to present the second annual Cardio Challenge on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 to wrap up American Heart Month. The Cardio Challenge will take place at Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness, and it will include a free day of activities, health screenings and more. This day is open to everyone, as Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness will be offering a one-day free pass to use the gym facilities to anyone who comes that day. Greate Bay Racquet & Fitness (www.greatebay.com) is located at 90 Mays Landing Road in Somers Point, NJ. The Cardio Challenge is a contest that is designed specifically by the trainers at Greate Bay. Programs are available for advanced, intermediate, and beginner levels. People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate and have a chance to win prizes and claim bragging rights of the being the best in the community! Participants can take the challenge at any point between 8 am and 7 pm. In addition to the chal-

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Choose Love

By Krystle J. Bailey

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n my book, Nourish, I talk about removing judgement as a way to live life with a more open heart and mind. While the message in Nourish is geared towards women, I think we could all use a loving reminder that we are all in this life together, just trying to be the best that we know how to be. I would go out on a limb and say that not too many of us want to live life closed off and unwilling to accept all the goodness that life has to offer. Most of us want a life of loving on and being loved by people. Yet, as soon as we log onto our social networks, step into the office, or turn on the news, hatred is all we seem to see these days. The hate levels seem to be sky high everywhere we turn. For many of us, it’s mentally and emotionally taxing. What if we stopped participating in pointless social media arguments all together? What if we boycotted hate? Trust me, I do not agree with everybody in my network. Many of the people that I love have differing viewpoints than my own. Here’s the thing though. It’s not my job to agree with them, nor is it my job to change their mind. By arguing, all I am doing is fueling the fire of division. My job in their life, as their friend, is to love them for who they are. To recognize that I haven’t

traveled their journey or walked in their shoes. I haven’t seen the world through their lens and they haven’t seen the world through mine. We literally have different perspectives on life. The fastest way to agree to disagree is to find common ground. So you may have different views on gun laws but we all want our children to come home from school safe - that, we can agree on. You may not agree with someone’s choice to marry the same sex or a different race but you know what true love feels like. To flu shot or not? Someone doesn’t agree with someone else but don’t we all just want to stay healthy? No matter your political affiliation, it is my belief that most of us are decent people with the best interest of our country and communities in mind. We just see things differently. Everyone has an opinion about something and there will always be something to disagree on. However, more division is the last thing we need right now. Unity, love, and connection is what we are longing for. Beneath all the fears, the policies and opinions, the words and facebook posts, we are all tied together by a unifying thread of love. The sooner we can strip the layers down, the sooner we will be fueled by love, respect, and goodness again. I have faith that we can get there! It starts with one. Krystle J. Bailey is a motivational speaker, poet, and author of Nourish: A Journey to Loving and Embracing The Woman Within.

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Community College and Stockton is Saturday, February 24th, 4-8PM students. It also gives out grants to with special guest Miss New Jersey, community organizations including Kaitlyn Schoeffel, also of Egg Harbor the Egg Harbor Township Police Township. Tickets are available in Athletic League, Covenant advance and at the door. It House and Atlantic is not unusual for 500 County Adopt a people to attend and throughout Road. Jamie wantthe years severed to be a police officer. Through al professional football players the years, Jim and Margaret have have been among been able to see the guests. The the recipients of second annual the Remembering fundraiser is a golf Jamie Foundation tournament held in scholarships grow and Mays Landing in Sepachieve their dreams. tember each year. Many keep in touch and ap- Jamie Crescenzo Jamie Crescenzo, in only preciate the investment in them that the Remembering Jamie Foundation provided. “More than the money, it is the vote of confidence that matters the most to the students,” says Jim Crescenzo “It's like someone saying ‘Hey, I believe in you.” The Remembering Jamie Foundation holds two fundraising events per year. The first is an Italian Dinner, always the Saturday after President’s Day at the Elks Lodge in Egg Harbor Township. This year it Jim and Margaret Crescenzo

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Wishing you a Happy Black History Month The Light By Raymond Tyler

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reetings one and all and best wishes for a Happy Black History Month. Today I would like to wish a Happy Black History Month to several people I know, have met and people that made an impact on my life through the years...and they just happen to be people of color. (Not that people not of color haven’t as well.) Happy Black History Month to… (Former) Mayor James L. Usry - The late Mayor Usry was one of the first people I met that was actual living and breathing history. Mayor Usry played pro basketball with The New York Renaissance a

team that often played against The Harlem Globetrotters. Known as “The Renns” or The Renn Big 5 the team won a few world basketball champions. My memories of Mayor Usry however are more personal. He coached me for a while in a league he put together at The Atlantic City Salvation Army. His coaching style was way less about game technique and basketball,but more about leadership and working with people. I learned that I am responsible for using my platforms and blessings to help my community in ways big and small. Raymond Tyler Sr. - My father would have been celebrating his birthday with us on March 3rd. “Big Raymond” as the family called him, was of course responsible for the man I am today. A little known fact is that he was one of the first black men to join Local 54 Carpenters’ Union in Atlantic City. As a father he taught me about great music from Sam Cooke to Nat King Cole, to business people

in music like Alan Freed. My father’s goal was to allow me to live my dreams and to make me aware of the need to have economic control of them. James Avery - Though I never met the late actor. He was raised in Atlantic City and I have spoken several times with his co-stars DJ Jazzy Jeff and Karyn Parsons from Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Both his co-stars remarked about his professionalism as an actor and his big and loving spirit. I can say. I am proud of Mr. Avery’s contribution as a father and lawyer/judge on Fresh Prince. As an artist I am happy to try and follow in his footsteps. Jan Harper and Sparkle Prevard - Both of these beautiful ladies have had audience with President Barak Obama. Harper as an educator and Prevard as a student/artist. Kelley Prevard - Not to be out done by her sister (Sparkle)....Kelley is an accomplished visual artist. Technically she is not in the history

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Here Comes The Weekend

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could go all week meal prepping, saying no to the office candy jar, snacking on fruits and veggies, and hitting the gym after work. But then the weekend came and I’d be completely thrown off. It’s all too common to have the weekends stop all your hard efforts to get to that long awaited weight loss goal. If your diet during the week is strict, you are much more likely to binge as soon as Friday night hits. After 5 days of unflavored veggies, plain chicken, and mounds of brown rice…pizza starts to look just so much more appealing. If you strictly eat boring food all week, of course your mouth is going to start watering the second you see something appetizing. Did you know it’s possible to eat healthy foods that taste delicious? You need to be eating foods you actually like during the week. That way when Friday night comes and your girlfriends want to order nachos and binge on ice cream, you aren’t as easily tempted to overindulge. So stop over-restricting Monday-Friday. When you over restrict all week, it makes 5:00 on Friday feel like a finish line. “Ok I made it to Friday following my plan, now I get to reward myself”. If you’re struggling with sustaining your diet, you might be overly restricting. This is inevitably going to lead to weekend binging. Learning to balance your daily food intake is crucial. A little bit of this, a little bit of that is what leads to long term success. Weekends entail different things for everyone. But whatever your situation, most people find it hard to workout on the weekend. For some of you, between driving to soccer games, feeding your kids, and trying to fit in yard work, there just seems to be no spare second to work out. For others, you like to go out with your friends, dance hard, and indulge in some weekend night “drinks”. And some of you worked hard all week, by the time the weekend hits, all you want to do is just chill. Weekends entail different things for everyone. But whatever your situation, most people find it hard to workout on the weekends.

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The reason you can workout during the week is because it’s part of your routine. Whether you’re an early bird exerciser or you dutifully hit the gym on your way home from work, it’s your routine. It’s scheduled and you know it’s going to happen. Schedule your exercise. It’s an important part of your daily routine. “But Nancy, weekends are so much less predictable,” you say. You might not get your full hour routine in on a weekend. But this is my advice to my clients, find a way to squeeze in a workout. Ten minutes is better than nothing You’ll still get those good endorphins that come from exercise. Exercising naturally influences you to choose healthier foods. (Have you noticed that?) So even if you don’t burn hundreds of calories in your workout, it might save you hundreds of calories of binging. You’ll feel proud of yourself for not falling totally off the wagon You can actually do a lot in 10 minutes. In 10 minutes, you could run a mile, do a few circuits of weights. So throw on those running shoes and do a few laps around the block, turn on your favorite workout video, or make a quick stop to the gym this weekend. Trust me, you will thank yourself for your Monday morning weigh in. Weekends are actually a perfect time to make exercise fun. Especially now that spring is coming There’s so much you can do that will be enjoyable while also getting your heart rate up. Get some friends and go for a hike somewhere beautiful to kayak, canoe, or give paddleboarding a try. Grab a ball and some friends to start a game of basketball or beach volleyball. Take your family to an amusement park (bring your fitbit to this one, because you’ll sure be doing a lot of walking) Pull out your rollerskakes and hit up the park with someone special. Go out dancing. Enjoy a bike ride somewhere beautiful. This one might not be the most exciting, but yardwork and deep cleaning can actually burn a lot of calories! If you’re hungry and have no healthy food in sight, you’ll definitely feel more inclined to say yes to that convenient pizza slice, or stop by Taco Bell . Food prep and planning is key. So let’s fix this. Are you going to watch a baseball game? Portion out a bag of nuts.Going to the lake? Cut up some watermelon. Watching a movie? Make sure you have

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Marsini’s Kitchen Opens in Somers Point

Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky hen I hear about the opening of a new Italian restaurant I usually think to myself, does our area really need another one of those? In the case of Marsini’s Kitchen, the answer is yes. I sat down recently with Carlo Marsini to hear about his latest venture and learn what sets his restaurant apart from all the others. The answer can be summed up in one word, homestyle. His food is homemade featuring fresh seasonal ingredients which is exactly what I look for when I eat out. Carlo Marsini has been in the catering business for years after completing a culinary degree at Atlantic City Community College. He has built quite a reputation and just when he was considering getting into the food truck business, knew the

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time was right when the location on Maryland Avenue became available. Marsini’s Kitchen is a small eat-in restaurant also offering take-out and catering, featuring homestyle cooking. He is passionate about bringing the freshest ingredients to his high quality dishes at affordable prices. Marsini’s has been open for just a couple of weeks and has already created quite a buzz about town. So when you visit, what should you make sure to try? You may want to start with the soup. One of his biggest sellers is escarole soup with fried mini meatballs that my children both approved of. He also offers a daily empanada special made with his signature hand-braided dough and filled with fresh seasonal ingredients. He considers his two signature dishes to be his Italian meatballs made fresh everyday with quality meat including prosciutto di

parma. He also takes great pride in his pulled pork with a house made spice rub which is slow cooked for thirteen hours. No worries for the vegetarians, there is plenty for you at Marsini’s Kitchen. The quinoa salad includes fresh vegetables and feta cheese which I found to be quite satisfying. The fresh pesto flatbread comes topped with cherry tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella and a balsamic drizzle. Vegetarian soups and pastas are also available. Marsini’s Kitchen is located at 12 E Maryland Avenue in Somers Point. They are currently closed on Mondays and open 11am9pm every day except for Friday and Saturday when they are open until 10pm. If you aren’t following Marsini’s Kitchen on social media, I highly recommend doing so, especially on Instagram at https:// w w w. i n s t a g r a m . com/marsiniskitchen. Manager Christian Correa

is crushing it on Instagram, posting daily pictures that when they come up in my feed, make me want to stop what I’m doing and head in there. Pick up a bottle of wine and visit Marsini’s Kitchen to give them a proper welcome to the neighborhood. There is always room for a new restaurant that features fresh made dishes at affordable prices. 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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Cupping: For You, Me & Olympians By Ryan Buccafurni

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he Olympics are back. With the Olympics comes an increased sense of national pride, inspiring stories about athletes overcoming great odds, international unity, and of course tens to hundreds of athletes with visible red circular marks all over their body. These are the marks that became most famous to Americans during the 2016 Rio Di Janerio Olympics when Michael Phelps was covered in them on his way to have another record breaking Olympic games. Those marks on Phelps and countless other Olympic athletes were made from a manual therapy technique called cupping, or as us physical therapists like to refer to it as, myofascial decompression (MFD). MFD is performed by placing plastic or glass “cups” on an individual’s skin, and applying a local suction effect by drawing the air out usually through a mechanical pump. The cups can be left on for a period of time (usually 10 to 15 minutes) or applied with massage cream and moved slowly through the muscle. The tissues targeted by the healthcare practitioner are areas of increased muscle pain, tension and trigger points. So cupping seems pretty trendy, but does it actually work? This is where things get a little complicated. There is no long-term randomized

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The Somers Point Arts Commission By Nick Leonetti

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riting has always been my passion, and the prose form became my raison d’etre shortly after I graduated high school. I became a voracious reader in my late teens and have been so ever since. However, up until this point, my tastes and style have been rather prosaic; in other words, I have tended to steer clear from poetry. I believe this is because I didn’t know how to read poetry. I would approach a poem, for example, the same way I would approach a novel: I would read it quickly, never stopping to appreciate the form, the semiotics, or content, among other things. Not to say that these things aren’t possible when appreciating prose; yet, they are not necessary. A good poem, on the other hand, is like a very small piece of art by, say, Alghiero Boetti: it takes patience and persistence in order to fully appre-

ciate it. The reader must analyze each and every word, read the poem more than once to pick up on the nuance, and even read it aloud in order to hear its cadence. Again, not to say this isn’t something that can be done with the prose form. Pat Conroy’s novels read more like poems in long form. The same goes for the novels of James Dickey. And then there are the plays of Shakespeare. Even so, poetry is a form that stands sentinel in a rather precarious position as of right now – a sort of limbo that keeps it just out of reach from the less bookish public. I remember while obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English finding it odd that we spent such a paltry amount of time on poetry. It seemed to be such an ever-present specter that loomed above our heads; yet, it kept itself at arm’s length, unless you went searching for it, as did some of the Creative Writing majors. My point is that poetry is being left out. It’s being kept out of the guise, the spotlight, and it’s a crime. Kids are growing up without even realizing there is a

form of art out there that is made up of nothing but words that can transcend the boundaries between one human’s soul to another. That may sound hyperbolic, but I do believe it is true. Luckily for South Jersey, the City of Somers Point is doing it’s best to put poetry front and center again. The Somers Point Arts Commission, funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has made it clear by it’s ac-

tions that poetry is an important form of expression and needs to be taken seriously and appreciated. In doing so it has created a Poet Laureate position to ensure that there is an outlet for artistic individuals in the surrounding area who depend on the art form to express themselves. Maria Provenzano is on her second, consecutive term as Poet Laureate and has shown in very public and creative ways that poetry still is not only being appreciated by the general public, but celebrated, as well. She, for example, created an event called Pop-Up Poetry. The premise is simple: the poet laureate travels to local businesses in the area during business hours, in order to recite a poem to an unsuspecting crowd. This showed great fanfare, and certain businesses requested Provenzano when hearing about it. Her latest endeavor is a class that is currently being taught on Mondays at Jordan Road School in Somers Point. “Poetry Your Own Way” is one-part workshop, one-part lecture. It is a class that was so popular last

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year that it was brought back a second time with an even bigger attendance that includes both new and familiar faces. “The objective is to make poetry accessible and fun for anyone who cares to learn about it,” Provenzano said. “One of my goals is to increase awareness of poetry and to share diverse kinds of poetry. Poetry has been something that can seem unattainable and inaccessible to a lot of people, but it’s not.” Being that this is the second time she is teaching the class, Provenzano said, “it’s certainly reinforced the fact that everyone has something to share, and everyone is different in their experiences and the ways they express their experiences. Through writing their poems and sharing their poems they are able find a common ground. This is important because poetry is one of the most powerful tools we have to create empathy and understanding with each other.” Before this class I never wrote a poem in my life; I have written well over two-dozen at this point. It’s become a sort of downtime activity that gives me both leisure and peace of mind. This is one of the many reasons why the arts are so important and necessary, and without access to different kinds of art forms, certain people will never

be able to know whether or not there was something out there for them to personalize and call their own. The Somers Point Arts Commission, along with Provenzano, is on a mission to provide art forms of all kinds to everyone with an interest in learning. “Poetry Your Own Way” is just one example of how this goal is not only attainable, but can be successful and celebrated when it happens. If you missed Provenzano’s poetry class, don’t worry: there will be plenty more events to come. April In Paris, for example, is a five-day event that takes place throughout Somers Point. This celebration will feature a number of French-themed activities and events. It kicks off on April 11 with “An Evening of Spoken Words and Music” where people can enjoy poetry, music, and a light buffet in an atmosphere Parisian in style (more information can be found here: aprilinparissp.weebly.com) Provenzano will be there, reciting poetry with others, which is what she loves to do. Try to stop by and see what all the fuss is about. Nick Leonetti is a writer and nature-enthusiast from Somers Point, NJ. He works in Atlantic County’s department of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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Hurley Line: The Latest Regarding the Race for House of Representatives - District 2

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n just the past few weeks, two more Republican candidates have entered the race for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District. The filing deadline is April 2, 2018, and the primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. This seat, held for nearly a quarter-of-a-century by United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo, R-2 is now considered a battleground race. Democrats need to capture 24 seats to win back the majority. Many millions of dollars will be directed into this pivotal race that some believe could be the deciding contest for control of The House of Representatives. The well respected "The Cook Political Report" currently rates this race as "Lean Democratic." This is largely because New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew is considered to be the candidate from central casting. He's Dem-

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ocratic-enough, but, has crucial crossover appeal with independent voters and even some Republicans. It's been an unflappable winning combination for Van drew for the past 25-plus years at the local, county, state and now federal levels. Mark McGovern is the latest Republican candidate to enter the race. I know very little about him. We'll be interviewing him in the very near future and I'll report back to you with my findings. His campaign has promised to be high energy and media attention grabbing in nature. Hirsh Singh is an engineer by profession. He has impressed in the aerospace, satellite navigation and defense industries. He has directed the front-line work at Hi-TecSystems Inc., where he manages eight different locations. He manages and negotiates contracts regarding safety and security issues and programs for the National Missile Defense program. He has worked on solutions to provide our soldiers (in-the-field) with communication capabilities to the informant in a village, to the drone in the skies, to the Commander in the Pentagon. That's heavy-duty stuff. He has an impressive resume. Singh has run statewide in the recent past for Governor. He's a proven fundraiser, which is the

single most important requirement to run in the "political big leagues." He raised seven figures in his run last year for Governor. The Republican field is getting very crowded. John Zarych, Esquire is very serious about formally entering the race. He's intelligent, savvy and highly regarded. He possesses a great deal of experience in election campaigns at all levels. Brian Fitzherbert is aggressively pursuing the Republican nomination. He's not running to make an impressive showing and demonstrate that he has a future in Southern New Jersey electoral politics. He believes that his time is now. Former Supervisory Special FBI agent Robert Turkavage is also in it, to win it. He possesses credible federal level experience. He's a serious contender. Somers Point City Councilman James Toto is humble and serious about this race. There is still no confirmation whether local Attorney Seth Grossman will enter the race. Grossman is a former Atlantic City Councilman and Atlantic County District 2 Freeholder. He has a complete command of all issues pertinent to the 2nd Congressional District. Former New Jersey Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi has expressed interest in running. His current status as a potential candidate remains unknown at this time. I expect Van Drew to clear the Democratic field with ease. He has firmly locked up the formal endorsements of all District 2 County Democratic Chairman. Many have asked me about the composition of District 2. It is expansive. In fact, it covers 40 percent of the geography of the state of New Jersey. It is one of the largest districts in the United States House of Representatives. New Jersey's 2nd Congressional breakdown is as follows: ATLANTIC COUNTY (all 23 municipalities); BURLINGTON COUNTY (Bass River Township and Washington Township); CAMDEN COUNTY (Waterford Township);

CAPE MAY COUNTY (all 16 municipalities); CUMBERLAND COUNTY (all 14 municipalities); GLOUCESTER COUNTY (Clayton, East Greenwich Township, Elk Township, Franklin Township, Harrison Township, Mantua Township, Newfield, Pittman, South Harrison Township, Swedesboro and Woolwich Township); OCEAN COUNTY (Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Eagleswood, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom, Stafford Township (part), Surf City and Tuckerton; SALEM COUNTY (all 15 municipalities). That's a total of 91 municipalities served by one member of the United States Congress. It's a daunting task. Anyone seeking this seat must understand that you basically put your personal life on hold; because you've chosen to pursue public service. I think it's incredible that Bill Hughes, Sr. and Frank LoBiondo have held this seat for almost 50 years. I don't think we're going to see anything like this anytime soon. The Democratic Primary is looking like a snore. That's a big advantage for Van Drew. He won't have to spend an inordinate amount of money to win the nomination. The Republican Primary is a much more fluid and competitive situation. At this time, I would give Singh and Zarych the upper tier status, with Fitzherbert and Turkavage in the mix. As always, we'll be providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding this and all of the other election contests here at www.ShoreLocalNews. com and "Hurley in the Morning" at www. WPGTalkRadio.com and on-air at 104.1 FM, 1450 AM and 97.3 FM HD2. Harry Hurley is the president of Harry Hurley Consulting and Communications, LLC. He hosts the daily talk radio program "Hurley in the Morning" 6-10 a.m., weekdays on Townsquare Media, WPG Talk Radio 104.1 FM & 1450 AM, where he also serves as the senior programming consultant. Harry was elected to both the Philadelphia (2014) and New Jersey (2015) Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He has hosted various programs for local television and is the editor and publisher of his news and information website, www.harryhurley.com. Send comments to HarryHurley@aol.com

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The Story of George Washington is the Story of America By Seth Grossman

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he story of George Washington is the story of America. Remembering George Washington on his February 22 birthday, and teaching his story to our children and grandchildren is teaching them how to be good Americans. George Washington grew up with poverty and hardship. However, was free to become one of the richest men in America through work, study, planning, and discipline. George Washington was 11 years old when his father died. Most of his father’s property went to the children of his father’s first wife. Washington quit school to work the small farm left to his mother, so his mother could care for his younger sister and three younger brothers. At age 15, Washington made himself an apprentice to a land surveyor. Washington

knew that selling wilderness land to farmers was the most profitable business in Virginia, and becoming a land surveyor was the only way a poor man could get into it. To learn this profession, Washington worked for nearly two years without pay on long and dangerous trips, hundreds of miles into the wilderness. George Washington also agreed with Benjamin Franklin that a good marriage was as important to success as learning a useful occupation. Benjamin Franklin often said an unmarried adult was as “incomplete” as “the odd half of a pair of scissors”. Finding a good wife was not easy for a young man in colonial America. There was a “scarcity of women”. Many women died in childbirth, but few men in America died in wars as they did in Europe. Most young women in America were very selective about who they chose to marry. Washington did far more than read books to give himself the equivalent of a college education. He also read, observed, and practiced how to dress, dance, have perfect table manners, and make interesting dinner conversation. George Washington was regularly invited to dinners and dances in the homes of the richest and most influential

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gradually end slavery. Washington freed his own slaves when he died and made them financially independent. George Washington was a brilliant military commander because he didn’t act like one. Unlike the British commanders whom he defeated, Washington systematically asked for and considered the opinions of his younger officers and ordinary soldiers before making major decisions. Washington stayed loyal to the principles he fought for. Washington’s soldiers often got fed up Congress and urged Washington to take over the government. Each time, Washington stopped them. After the war, the thirteen newly independent Americans states almost ruined the economy by taxing goods brought in from other states. George Washington fixed this problem by calling for changes to the Articles of Confederation that became our Constitution of 1787. When Washington was urged to run for a third term as President in 1796, he stepped down and began the practice of eight year term limits for President. At his funeral, George Washington was praised for being “First in war. First in peace. First in the hearts of his countrymen”. When I taught U.S. history at a local college, I was appalled to learn that none of my incoming freshmen learned any of this in high school, and that none of these facts were even mentioned in our college textbook. Seth Grossman is a Somers Point attorney and executive director of LibertyAndProsperity.com. It holds breakfast discussions 9:30 am every Saturday at the Shore Diner in Egg Harbor Township by Parkway Exit 36. Seth Grossman can be reached at info@libertyandprosperity.com

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My Take On The Parkland Tragedy

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here is so much anguish, sadness and emotion surrounding the Parkland, Florida school tragedy. And with it, cries for action, laws, changes, reinforcements, something, anything. My heart breaks for the families, for the community and for our nation. I can’t even begin to imagine their pain and loss. I’m going to leave the whole gun debate to someone else in a different forum. I have my very strong opinions on that topic, but I’ll keep them from what I feel compelled to share with you here. Everyone is talking about the weapons issue, but few are discussing what I believe to be an equally important view of the landscape. I really feel that the “why” question needs to be addressed if we are

to understand the “what”. I don’t by any means want to suggest that we gloss over or dismiss the what and make excuses for the why. On the contrary, I think all too often we (as a society) ask the why question in a cavalier way but never really stop to address what we witness all around us. The conclusion I have come to will no doubt anger many and be discounted by others, but it’s my conclusion and I believe based on evidence right before our eyes. Our society today has virtually kicked to the curb any sense of absolutes; of right and wrong. Not only that, we have lost all respect for authority within our families, educational environment, law enforcement community and more. The family structure is broken. As a culture, we abdicate our parental responsibilities because we either don’t know how to effectively parent or we don’t make the time. In addition, we allow our children to be influenced and in many cases “parented’ by a moral standard they learn through Hollywood and the music industry. Our children’s heroes are people who live in a

carefully crafted bubble of contrived reality. We downplay and in many cases entirely discount the virtues and values that this nation was built on. Our history books rewrite the past and then wonder why the very foundational truths we cry for when tragedy strikes are ignored by this generation. We’ve intentionally kicked God out of our public discourse, our schools and our institutions. Yet, when tragedy strikes, we plead with Him for answers and comfort. If we are to survive as a civilized society, we must be honest about the root of the problem. And you say, “but the guns.” And I say that in all of this, we have lost total respect for the value of human life. Whether it be someone suffering from mental illness or the person who is lonely, feels unloved and pushed to the brink or bullied, we have lost all sense of our responsibility to recognize and reach out to these people. Ask me what the bottom, bottom-line is? It’s a heart issue and until we address it head-on, boldly and free of politics and anger, we will never solve the problem. That’s how I see it for what it’s worth.

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

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some unbuttered popcorn in the cupboard. Trust me, I used to laugh when I heard stuff like that too. But it is not as hard (or weird) as it sounds. It takes just a bit of time and thought, but it can do wonders to keep your progress on track so you’re not derailed by the weekend. And so starts the mental game. And trust me I’ve heard it all. If the weekend has wreaked havoc on your diet, chances are you have the wrong mentality. Have you ever told yourself any of these? (Or have your friends peer pressured you into indulging with one of these lines?) “I worked hard all week, I don’t need to work out” “It’s the weekend, calories don’t count” “After all my dedication this week, I deserve a break” “Sundays are for brunch and mimosas” This is the type of thinking that leads to weekend indulgence. In the end, it’s all about your mindset. Of course we all know to eat healthy and exercise, but we let ourselves start thinking like this, and we slip up! Try to get out of the mindset of

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t’s freezing. The thick, ominous clouds shield the sun and trees seem more like skeletons. The green grass looks more like a patch of yellow carpet. Our skin cracks, your joints ache and everything is horrible. It’s winter. Not the winter wonderland, Frosty-theSnowman type of winter. No, this is the Call of the Wild, frozen tundra sweater weather that has you daydreaming about the beach. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, can really ruin your day. How can we overcome the winter blahs and embrace our true selves? Here’s my tricks to conquering the winter blues: 1. Get Some Sunshine Seasonal Affective Disorder is literally caused by a lack of sunlight. Our bodies react to February darkness, making us feel sad and sick. Therefore, happiness lies outside. Zip up your oversized coat and take your dog for a walk. Not only will you be filled with sunshine-y goodness, but the exercise will release endorphins, making you feel happier. Park on the

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how you can add to your local culture. Attend a bible study, volunteer with an after-school program, get involved with your local political branch, or check out the free library events and activities. Winter can be a great time to get to know the world around you.

bond. Hard times bring people together. My friends and I have to walk 15 minutes to class in the bitter cold, but our best jokes and fondest memories come from those experiences. In your own life, think about who you can connect with this winter. Ask your mom to tell you stories about her childhood. Learn to crochet with your sister. Host a cooking competition between your neighbors. Spend a cozy night-in with your significant other. Consider the larger community and

4. Learn a New Skill Learning new things opens up so many new opportunities. My twin sister loves learning new languages and trying to teach herself sign language. Recently, I’ve been improving my art skills and trying to develop new watercolor techniques. My roommate Megan hopes to conquer yoga and learn how to do a handstand. Use your downtime to improve yourself or even start a side hustle. There are plenty of free online resources to develop your graphic design, bookkeeping, or social media skills. Take up photography, play an instrument, bake a soufflé, or train for a 5k. Whatever you do, be awesome. While winter may be hard, we can look forward to the joys of spring. Flowers will bud, the snow will melt, and the world will become a little more bright. When we feel the sun hit our skin and the grass under our feet, we will look back at these months with sentiment. Maybe sweater weather wasn’t so bad.

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