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St Patty's & March Events "Mean Moms" Group Forms Upper Twp Hometown Heroes A Second Act For House of Blues

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Showboat's House of Blues Reopens as The Bourbon Room By Cindy Fertsch

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he lights went out on the Showboat’s entertainment arena, The House of Blues, four years ago, but they are coming back on with a new name and a new energy. The Bourbon Room is Atlantic City’s newest entertainment venue. Under the new ownership of partners Brian Miranda, Jason Dobson and Rob Erikson, The Bourbon Room will offer a wide array of innovative entertainment including concerts, shows, bands, social nightlife events, expos, sporting events (boxing/ MMA), seminars (motivational speaking) and much more. The venue will be available for private bookings as well. The partners are a perfect combination with Miranda being the

“numbers guy,” Dobson leading Public was also the the production Relations, Erickson as the Operations manager for this venue when it was the House of Blues. Manager and Brad Adams overseeing Merchandising. “We are setting evWith Hard Rock Casino Reeryone up for success,” said Dobson. sort (formerly Taj Mahal) and Miranda notes that “Step one is getting the staff in place.” The Bourbon Room is now in the process of hiring two hundred part-time employees. Miranda is also one of the owners of Atlantic City’s Wonder Bar and has brought upgrades and revitalization to the establishment. The Bourbon Room’s first premier event is March 24th with ECW Joker’s Wild Wrestling featuring Booker T. Several other events are already booked including a Whiskey Social on March 31st and a full April lineup with Dead Reckoning, Unusual Suspects, Cybertronic, a Silent Disco and much more coming this summer. The Bourbon Room which seats 2,400 people will be under the care of production manager, Paul Fabre who interestingly, Partners Jason Dobson and Brian Miranda

The Bourbon Room Production manager, Paul Fabre, and Partner Jason Dobson Ocean Resort Casino (formerly Revel) opening this summer, the Bourbon Room is now yet another cause for celebration and excitement in Atlantic City. If you would like more information on the Bourbon Room follow them on Facebook and Instagram or go to www.thebourbonroomac. com

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Getting Free From Judgment From the Editor

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ou’re a hot mess.” A few years ago, that combination of words really hurt my feelings. Over the years, I've learned that those words have always had more to do with the speaker than with me. I've also learned that - unless I figure out how to transform myself into a unicorn, or a plate of tacos - I'll never be able to make everyone happy. Someone will always be ready to make a judgement or

misinterpret our words or intentions, especially if we're challenging the status quo. As long as I'm confident that I'm approaching every day with integrity and kindness though, I've realized that it's none of my business how others feel about me. Although there is a part of each of us that wants to feel liked and included, we can't let the opinions of others keep us from pursuing our own personal truths. We cannot let judgments prevent us from honoring our own dreams and passions. Many dreams seem impossible and silly until they're achieved. Every creator and innovator initially has more doubters than believers. When we pursue our dreams, we run the risk of failing. Don’t let that deter you. As Walt Disney famously said, “The difference be-

tween winning and losing is most often not quitting.” Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Oprah and J.K. Rowling are just a few notable examples of exemplary humans who failed before they succeeded. The key to each of their accomplishments? They persevered. They tried again, and again, and again. As Babe Ruth said, “It is hard to beat a person who won’t quit.” As Shore Local Newsmagazine approaches its second birthday this month, it’s easy to forget the risks and the challenges we've faced. That said, I wish I had a dollar for every person that thought Bob and I were absolutely insane for starting an independent news publication. People will always talk, judge, and create their own stories. Never let that keep you from your dreams. In this issue of Shore Local

Newsmagazine, read about our Hometown Heroes, Daryl and Jennifer DiTropia. They created an entire community program for special needs children where there was none. Also read about Jason Dobson, Brian Miranda and Rob Erikson who are bringing new life to the former House of Blues and bringing entertainment back to Atlantic City. Plus, enjoy all the columns you have come to know and love, by Harry Hurley, Nancy Adler, Jeff Whitaker and many more.

Weather With Nor'Easter Nick

By Nick Pittman

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alk about a complete 180 reversal in our weather pattern, huh? Nothing in meteorology happens by chance or accident or magic. You could see this coming from a mile away, really. We set

concerning because it looks to be another large storm with lots of precipitation and wind. Exact track obviously will dictate what we see in terms of snowfall but we will work on that over the next several days. As long as the jet stream is situated to our south, we've got the threat of storminess on the table. Things finally look to head in a more favorable direction by the third week of the month. Blocking breaks down and

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the high pressure system in the Atlantic (called the Atlantic ridge) will rebuild. Until then, buckle your seatbelts, we are in for a rocky couple weeks! NorEaster Nick Pittman Chief Forecaster SNJ Today Channel 4 News NorEasterNick@snjtoday. com P: 609.579.4263. www.snjtoday.com

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Office - (609) 788-4812 Publisher - Bob Fertsch (609)705-5323 shorelocalads@gmail.com Executive Editor - Cindy Fertsch (609) 334-1691 shorelocalcindy@gmail.com Columnists - Charles Eberson, Jeff Whitaker, Harry Hurley, Marci Lutzsky, Michael Smith, Krystle J. Bailey, Seth Grossman, Raymond Tyler, Nick Leonetti, Steffen Klenk, Nancy Adler, Cynthia Coons, Nick Pittman the pattern up for you back in February. Granted the return of winter was delayed, it wasn't denied. We've seen two nor'easters just five days apart and guess what? We will see another one by this weekend. We've got plenty of atmospheric blocking left over eastern Canada and that drives our pattern. The storm coming this weekend is

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Goodness Abounds at the Enlightened Café Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky

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o matter when I go to the Enlightened Café in Ventnor or whom I go with, I always leave satisfied with a smile on my face, feeling a little more peaceful. I’ve gone for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee as well as by myself, with my kids and with friends. It’s always the same, a fantastic

experience that is completely unique to Ventnor. Enlightened Café opened last year on Ventnor Avenue in a huge, open and beautiful space. The front part is a café and restaurant while in the back are meeting rooms. The café is part of the Hansen Foundation whose mission is to offer recovery services to those who suffer from

substance use disorders. 100% of the proceeds from the café go towards scholarships for those who cannot afford treatment. I’ve spoken with Jennifer Hansen and asked how

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the Enlightened Café came to be. She told me that in their treatment programs they teach about healthy living, which includes eating organic foods. They wanted to offer a space for people to be able to nourish their souls in a healthy manner. The menu is extensive and even though I’ve been there a bunch of times, I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. My breakfast favorite is the curried tofu scramble. No mat-

ter how many times I make this at home, it never tastes as good as at the Enlightened Café. For lunch and dinner I’m always torn. I will never understand why more restaurants don’t serve homemade veggie burgers. Not only is the black bean veggie burger at Enlightened Café homemade, but it’s delicious! They serve it on the most delicious homemade bread. My other favorite on the menu is make your own bowl where you get to choose your protein, base, veggies, sauce and add-ons. Let me just say that the rice noodles with marinated tempeh and bok choy in a Thai peanut sauce is what I would gladly eat every day. While the food is all fresh and organic, don’t visit without trying the coffees, juices and smoothies. The turmeric latte is not to be missed. If you asked my kids their favorite thing about the Enlightened Café I can guarantee they would say the hammocks. You can relax in a hammock while listening to live music or reading a book. In addition to live music, Enlightened Café offers open mic night, yoga and meditation workshops, full moon drum circle, astrology readings, support groups, peer-to-peer recovery services and 12-step meetings. Enlightened Café has added so much to our community not just by offering a place to get fresh, organic food. It’s a gathering space for people to nourish themselves while also finding support and enlightenment. You can find Enlightened Café at 6414 Ventnor Avenue and on social media at www.facebook.com/enlightenedcafenj or www.instagram.com/ enlightenedcafe. If you already have been enjoying the Enlightened Café, I would love to hear what you love to eat and drink there! 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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MINI CRAB CAKES Fried Golden Brown Service with Curly Fries & Cole Slaw $12.99 LOBSTER ROLL Lobster Meat Mixed with Celery & Peppers Served on a Brioche Roll with Lettuce, Dished with Curly Fries $12.99 SCALLOPS IMPERIAL Stuffed with Our Jumbo Lump Crab & Lobster Imperial, Served Over Mornay Sauce $14.99 SHRIMP FAJITA WRAP Succulent Grilled Shrimp with Tri-Color Peppers, Onions, Cheese Blend, Tomato Sauce with Lettuce & Tomato on a Wrap Served with a Side of Chips & Guacomole $9.99 SURF & TURF Center Cut Sirloin Steak Served over Mashed Potatoes Drizzled with Red Wine Reduction & Seared Jumbo Scallops with Bernaise Sauce, Dished with our Veggie DuJour $16.99 PEPPERCORN TUNA Black Pepper Encrusted Tuna Seared & Served over Broccoli Slaw with Soy Sauce, Pickled Ginger & Cusabi Sauce $10.99 LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE $11.99 KOBE MEATLOAF Homemade Meatloaf with Sauteed Mushrooms, Shallots & Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Madeira Served with Mashed Potatoes & Veggie DuJour $14.99

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THURSDAY FROM 4PM $2 Pints $3.50 Pints SHORT RIB Angus Short Rib Sauteed with Mushrooms & Shallots in a Sherry Demi Glaze Sauce with Mashed Potatoes & Veggie DuJour $12.99 KOBE MEATLOAF Homemade Meatloaf with Sauteed Mushrooms, Shallots & Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Madeira Served with Mashed Potatoes & Veggie DuJour $14.99 BEEF STROGANOFF Bite Size Filet Mignon Sauteed with Shallots & Oyster Mushrooms in a Worcestershire Sauce, Served over Egg Noodles $12.99 PRIME RIB WRAP With Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Swiss Cheese & Horseradish Sauce Served with Au Jus & Roasted Long Hot, Dished with Boardwalk Fries $11.99 ANGUS SLIDER Served on a Toasted Roll with Blue Cheese Crumble, a side of Tabacco Onions & Drizzled with a Port Wine Sauce, dished with Boardwalk Fries $10.99 FILET TIPS CHEESESTEAK With Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms, Sweet Onions, Banana Peppers & Mozzarella Cheese on a Toasted Baguette, dished with Boardwalk Fries $11.99 PHILLY PORK Roast Pork with Broccoli Rabe, Sharp Provolone Cheese & Roasted Long Hot, served with Boardwalk Fries $11.99

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FR. ANTHONY’S PASTA DINNER SUNDAY, March 18, 2018 • 1:00-7:00 pm Enjoy Pasta w/ homemade tomato sauce & meatballs, Caesar salad w/ homemade dressing, desserts, silent auction, and much more! Tickets at a discounted price are on sale now after all the weekend Masses and at the Parish Office Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm (Adults $10, Children under 12, $5). The day of the event at the door: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $6 Children. For more information please call 609-646-5611.

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Events & Happenings Atlantic City Restaurant Week Sunday, March 4th – Friday, March 9th.Restaurant Week is a six-day celebration of the culinary scene in Atlantic City, March 4-9, 2018. During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer a multi-course meal for the fixed price of $15.18 for lunch and $35.18 for dinner. Gift cards are available now.For more information and list of participating restaurants, visit http:// acrestaurantweek.com/ Artist Retrospective at Claridge Now – Sunday, March 11th Noyes Gallery at the Claridge 123 S. Indiana Ave. Atlantic City. The Noyes Gallery at Claridge spotlights the talent of local artists Steve Kuzma, John Lugara and Valeria Marcus. Over 20,000 feet of work painted from published illustrations, the Statue of Liberty, comprehensive local sea and landscape paintings and more. Don’t miss this showcase.

Enlightened Café Open Mic Fridays from 7-10pm, 6414 Ventnor Ave. Ventnor. Open Mic, Open Stage ~ to all musicians looking to spread good vibes through music and community. Jam with others, or go solo. Every Friday night from 7-close. Noyes Arts Garage Second Friday Friday, March 9th from 6-8pm, 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City. This month we will feature the live music of Brenda Bass, as well as stunning photography by a guest artist, and a very special book release and signing by local author, Indra Owens. At Second Friday Receptions, we gather to celebrate the openings of our newest galleries. Also enjoy: Live music, Wine tasting courtesy of South Jersey Wine Friends, and Refreshments. Gen Fitness Open House Saturday, March 10th from 10am-12pm, 57 W Laurel Drive Somers Point. Join Gen Fitness for an open house and learn about the importance of hydration. Come check out the gym and meet the owner. Honey Tree Natural Food Store will be on hand and see a demo from The Water Guy. 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.

Kidabaloo Saturday, March 10th at 12pm Boardwalk Hall Tickets: $15 Join Lizzie Green from Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn at Kidabaloo, a fun-filled day for the whole family! Enjoy superheroes, princesses, moon bounces, Magician Chad Juros, a circus, live animals, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, games, crafts, live entertainment and more! Get the kids out of the house and in to Kidabaloo! VIP offer includes Guaranteed Meet & Greet with Lizzie Greene including a professional photo that you can download, signed photo, lunch and early admission starting at 11:00am to Kidabaloo. Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 10th at 1pm, Boardwalk from New Jersey to Albany Avenues, The 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day parade begins at 1pm just north of the Garden Pier and the Boardwalk ending at Albany Avenue and the Boardwalk. Easter Bunny Arrival Garden Party Sunday, March 11th from 11am-2pm, Hamilton Mall 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, Welcome the Easter Bunny with balloon animals, face painting, an art bar, and a dance party.

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Stephanie Segal Miller Watercolor Class Sunday, March 11th from 3-5pm Noyes Art Garage 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City Enjoy the wonderful world of watercolor in this fun and relaxing class. Beginners and explorers welcome. Bring your own photo or work from a still life. Class fee: $30 Class fee includes: ▶Instruction ▶ from Stephanie Segal Miller ▶Free ▶ parking in the attached Wave Parking Garage Bring your own supplies or supplies provided for just $5 extra. To register or for more info, email Stephanie Segal Miller at info@stephaniesegal.com with the subject "Watercolor Class." Mainland Regional High School Presents: Roger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Thursday, March 15th – Saturday, March 17th Mainland Regional High School (MRHS) students will perform Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on March 15-17, 2018 at the school, 1301 Oak Avenue, Linwood, N.J. The show is open to the community, and proceeds will benefit the high school’s drama program.Show times are Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students (8th grade and under with valid student ID). To purchase tickets, visit www.MRHStheater.net or call 609-904-2013. ACUA Rain Barrel Workshop Saturday, March 17th from 10am-12pm, 6700 Delilah Rd. Egg Harbor Township. Join us for a hands-on workshop where you'll construct a rain barrel to collect and reuse rainwater in your yard. Learn the tips and tools of maintaining your barrel, using rainwater and more! Tools and supplies will be provided. Cost is $20. Please register at acua.com/rain Sea Isle City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Saturday, March 17th at 3:30pm, 83rd to 63rd Street & Landis Avenue. The 28th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is always a favorite, thanks to many shamrock-clad enthusiasts and plenty “Wearin’ of the Green.” This event is rain or shine. Scullville Fire Company Spring Fundraiser Beef & Beer Saturday, March 24th from 3-7pm, 1708 Somers Point Rd. Egg Harbor Township, $20 per ticket. Food, beer, wine and soft drink included. Live music! 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction will be held.

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Atlantic City Events Kansas Friday, March 9th at 8pm, Borgata Events Center, Tickets start at $39 Phone: 609-3171000 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".

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↘Continued from 9 Community Events Yoga Programs Saturday, March 10th & 24th at 9:30am Atlantic County Library 40 Farragut Ave. Mays Landing offers older teens and adults “Yoga for Life” on Saturdays, March 10 and 24 at 9:30 am. Registration and a $5 fee are required for any session. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a towel or mat. Please do not eat three hours before the class. Janet Hahn leads the program. Lego Club Saturday, March 10th & 24th at 10:30am Atlantic County Library 1 Swift Ave. Egg Harbor Township holds a LEGO Club on Saturday mornings, March 10 and 24 at 10:30 am. Kids of all ages are invited to come make LEGO creations. Second Saturday Crafternoon Saturday, March 10th at 2:30 pm Atlantic County Library 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Galloway will hold weekend crafting for kids on Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 pm. The programs is free and suggested for ages 8-14. Registration is required. Join us for arts, crafts and cool stuff. Monthly Movie Night Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 pm Atlantic County Library 801 Shore Rd. Somers Point hosts monthly family movie nights on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 pm. Ages 4 and up are welcome, and pizza is served during the movie. Please advise the library staff of any food allergies. The movie is rated PG; call the branch at 609-9277113 for the movie’s title.

3.14 = Pi Day: Taste-Test Challenge Wednesday, March 14th from 1-4pm Atlantic County Library 6500 Atlantic Ave. Ventnor is holding a Pi Day Taste-Test Challenge from 1-4 pm on Wednesday, March 14, in honor of the mathematical constant. Albert Einstein's birthday is 3/14. Einstein was very smart, so he probably enjoyed pie -- and you will too. Sample slices of pie and vote for your favorites. Note: This challenge will last only as long as we have pie, so come in early for a slice of fun. Please advise library staff of any food allergies. Exploring the Bug Life in our Backyards Wednesday, March 14th from 7-8:30pm Estell Manor Park 109 Route 50, Mays Landing. Join Lynn Maun and Julie Akers to explore the insects (and other "bugs") that can be found right in our backyards. They will discuss the importance of pollinators both large and small, the relationships between predators and prey, and the decomposers that do the clean-up work. For more information, please call 609-625-1897 St. Paddy’s Day Sing Along Thursday, March 15th at 5pm Atlantic County Library 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Galloway welcomes all to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 15 at 5 pm. Enjoy lively music a sing-along with Grandfather Joe, as well as a performance by award-winning Irish dancer Francesca Bishop. Family Movie Night Thursday, March 15th at 5:30 pm Atlantic County Library 1 Swift Ave. Egg Harbor Township invites all to its family movie

night on Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 pm. Come bring the kids to enjoy a family-friendly film and popcorn. Please advise of any food allergies. Little Learners Craft Class Friday, March 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. Saturday, March 17 12 -2 PM at Fusion Church, 701 New Hampshire Ave., Somers Point Limitless Easter Egg Hunt for special needs children. Questions or information email SPC. LIMITLESS@fusionchuch.cc Forum for Women Veterans Saturday, March 17th from 9am-2pm All Wars Memorial 1510 Arctic Ave. Atlantic City Women Veterans face unique challenges in navigating the transitions from military to civilian life and navigating the VA health care system. This event is an opportunity for women veterans from all years of service to come together, to hear from women who have navigated the challenges, to understand what resources are available today, and share the camaraderie of others. Lunch will be served. (Free) Childcare will be available, but please pre register your children. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ forum-for-women-veterans-tickets-42533643272

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Yoga at the Library Saturday, March 17th at 10am Atlantic County Library 1 Swift Ave. Egg Harbor Township offers yoga to adults and teens on Saturday, March 17 at 10 am. The program is free, however registration is required for each session. Exercise at the library with local instructor Linda Schwartz. Orientinteering Saturday, March 17th 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. Classic Movie Saturday, March 17th at 2pm Atlantic County Library 40 Farragut Ave. Mays Landing treats all ages to a classic movie on Saturday, March 17 from 2-4 pm. Step back in time and enjoy an old favorite. Free Rabies Clinic Sunday, March 18th from 9-11am Atlantic County Animal Shelter 240 Old Turnpike Rd. Pleasantville Please have cats in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Proof of previous rabies vaccination is needed for a 3 year vaccine. For more information, please contact Kathy Kelsey at 609-485-2345. Pleasantville Page Turners Tuesday, March 20th from 1:30-3pm Atlantic County Library 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Pleasantville holds a monthly book discussion on Tuesday, March 20 from 1:30-3 pm. The branch invites all adults and teens to come together to discuss literature. Chess Club Tuesday, March 20th from 4-7pm Atlantic County Library 801 Shore Rd. Somers Point will hold a chess club on Tuesdays, March 6 and 20 from 4-7 pm. All ages are invited to receive a lesson from U.S. Chess Federation member Dylan Clark, or just come and play. Zumba Class Tuesday, March 20th from 5:30-6:30pm Lake Lenape – East Catering Hall 753 Park Rd. Mays Landing. 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. The Art of Haiku Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm Atlantic County Library 40 Farragut Ave. Mays Landing hosts published haiku poet, Erin Castaldi, to speak on the power of haiku poetry on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm. The program is open to adults and teens and registration is requested. Come learn how haiku can help one find solace by encouraging creativity in a new way. If you have an event or know of an event you would like included in this listing please email shorelocalnews@gmail.com

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Hometown Hero: Daryl & Jennifer DiTropia By Cindy Fertsch

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bowling, dance, floor hockey and track and field. The DiTropia’s also team up with Special Olympics and participate in both the Winter and Summer Games. Most recently, the Upper Township Challenger Chargers Floor Hockey team won the State Championship, beating the undefeated Bergen County team. They brought home the gold medal winning the Division 5 at the NJ Special Olympic State Games. The Upper Township Committee presented each player with a Resolution in recognition of their accomplishment. “I was so proud of them and the Resolution was just another

exclamation that they did an amazing job, “ said Daryl. The Upper Township Challenger Sports Program is a

hen Daryl and Jennifer DiTropia’s young son was diagnosed with autism, they knew they had to create opportunities for him to socialize and engage with other children his age. They eagerly signed him up for the Upper Township Soccer league. Everything went great during the practices, but not-so-great at all, during the games. Daryl and Jen saw that they needed something different, an Adaptive or special needs soccer program. co But there were none to be found in Upper ed recreation Township or even anywhere in a tri-counprogram that enables ty radius. That didn't stop Daryl and Jen children and young though. They knew if their child needed adults age 5 (kindergarten) this, there must be others that and up with intellectual and/ would benefit from it as well. or developmental disabilities From that, Jen and Daryl DiTto enjoy the benefits of team sports participation. ropia formed UT Challenger Sports League. The UT Challenger Sports That was 2008 when their Program is broken down into son, Cameron, was six years fun filled skill-building activold. They began with a soccer ities designed to fit the inditeam consisting of 20 special vidual player’s needs and in an needs athletes and 20 volunadapted game. The player will teers. Now, ten years later, be paired up with a volunteer Challenger Sports is a staple in The Upper Township Challenger Sports Floor Hockey Team won the “Buddy” to shadow the player the community and offers not New Jersey Special Olympics State Championship and received a and offer encouragement and only soccer, but also baseball, Resolution Award from the Upper Township Committee. support when needed.

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Jen and Daryl’s son, Cameron is 16 now and is thriving at the Ocean City High School, doing better than his parents ever thought was possible. He is on both the Cross Country and Track and Field team and is doing very well academically as well. He looks forward to getting his drivers license and going to college. The sky is the limit for Cameron now and his parents credit it to the excellent education and teachers

Cameron has had, along with his experiences through Challenger Sports. “I think Challenger Sports was a great stepping stone for Cameron to learn how to be part of a team,“ says Daryl. Sign ups are going on now for UT Challenger Baseball. You can follow them on Facebook which has a link to register online or go to utchallengersports.com

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We're All Irish On St. Patrick's Day

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arch 17th is the most important day on the Irish calendar. While this day resembles luck and fortune, wearing anything with the color green and drinking your favorite pint of beer, it also has a very significant meaning. St. Patrick’s Day is regarded as one of the most important holidays in Ireland and throughout Irish culture. Celebrated every year on March 17th, this day honors the life of Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland. Born in Scotland, he was credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland during the 5th century. He learned about the various customs, traditions and language before teaching religion and becoming a bishop. Patrick died on March 17th, 461. The earliest celebrations of St. Patrick’s life date back to the ninth century, but it wasn’t until the early 1600’s when a more formal holiday was adopted. March 17th has since been considered a holy day, and is marked by many celebrations worldwide. In Ireland, the day begins with a traditional church service, followed by a day

of parades and food. Last year’s celebrations in Dublin drew an attendance of over 100,000 visitors from around the world. Originating in 1771, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia is one of the oldest parades in the country, and takes place the Sunday before March 17th. Festival goers and onlookers will line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the parade makes its way to Penn’s Landing. More than 120 bands and 150,000 marchers will take part in New York’s annual parade, a tradition that dates back to 1762. This year’s Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Saturday, March 10th, is expected to draw big crowds to the boardwalk. Grand Marshalls Sharon Essl and Joe Crilley will lead the procession from Garden Pier to Albany Avenue. The city of Chicago has taken a unique twist to the holiday. Every year, the Chicago River is decorated with over 40 lbs. of green dye. This process takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Tens and thousands of people will flock to Chicago for this year’s festivities. Many commonly mistake leprechauns as bringing good luck or fortune. In folklore, the leprechaun is a small fairy with a beard. Short in stature, these mischievous creatures would end

up playing tricks, deceive people. Shamrocks, or three-leaf clovers, are common symbols for the Holy Trinity, but Americans commonly get this confused to the four-leaf clover. Four-leaf clovers stand for faith, hope, love and luck. Legend believes that finding one is a symbol of good fortune, but your odds of looking over one are slim. Only 1 in 5,000 clovers have four leaves, making them exceptionally rare. Traditional foods such as pink bacon, savory roast chicken and potatoes are about as Irish as you can get. Corned beef and cabbage is a popular dish enjoyed by Irish Americans. Irish potatoes are another treat that becomes popular around this time of year, but don’t be deceived by its name. While they may look like potatoes, these sweet treats originated in the

Philadelphia region and are actually made of coconut and cinnamon. Traditional Irish music is often comprised of ballads, drinking songs and laments performed in an accompaniment of instruments such as the flue, fiddle and bagpipes. are performed for audiences far and wide. Many of today’s modern bands have been influenced by traditional Irish songs, bringing a new twist to the Celtic sound such as Celtic fusion. The Coors, Gaelic Storm and Lunasa have acclaimed success worldwide for their unique sound. Nearly forty percent of Americans will take part in a day of celebration on March 17th. On this day, many will attend church to honor the Patron Saint Patrick. Party goers will enjoy a round of Guinness and attend social gatherings; others may decorate their homes and plan a special meal with their family and friends. Whether you are of Irish decent or not, St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irish history and culture that will continue to be celebrate for generations to come.

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Ocean City Events ‘ALL OVER THE PLACE’ EXHIBIT AT ARTS CENTER (through March): South Jersey artist Lolly Grilli brings her exhibit “All Over the Place” to the Ocean City Arts Center March 2 through March 31. A “Meet the Artist Reception,” free and open to the public, will be held Friday, March 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Her work will be for sale and ranges in price from $95 to $300. “My subject matter can be ‘all over the place,’ but are images that I’m attracted to and inspire me,” Grilli says. “My hope is that my paintings are easily relatable, speak to the viewer in some way, and if they should adorn your home, are like the background music to your life.” BOOK SALE AT OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (March 10): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium outside the library at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Hosted by Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library. Info at friendsvolunteersocfpl.com. Shop specially-priced books, audio items and more.

THE GREAT EGG HUNT (March 24): The first of two massive egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. For children ages 7 and under. Starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. THE GREAT EGG HUNT (March 31): The second of two massive egg hunts on the beach between 11th and 14th streets. For children ages 7 and under. Starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. COMMUNITY EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (April 1): A traditional non-denominational service by the sea takes place 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Speaker is United Methodist District Superintendent Brian Roberts. Music by: Jeff Seals, piano; Jack Melton and Laura Olivero, trumpets; 7th grader Treasa Hayes, soloist. Participants include Mayor Jay Gillian, Sr. Joelle Thren, Pastors Mark Bruesehoff, Terry Lothian, Elizabeth Mallozzi, Larry Oksten,

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he fifth and final phase of a multi-year Ocean City boardwalk reconstruction is now complete. Walkers, runners and bicyclists have been detoured since October while the portion between 10th Street and 12th Street was demolished and replaced. The work is part of a five-year project to completely replace the boardwalk between 5th Street and 12th Street. The sec-

tions of decking were assembled off-site and then lowered into place by crane. It is made from southern yellow pine with a thickness of 3 inches, much thicker than traditional planks. A new pavilion near 12th Street is being built.

John Sheldon and Marcia Stanford. All are invited to attend. DUELING PIANOS SHOW AND EASTER FASHION PROMENADE (April 1): In a longstanding tradition, families are invited to dress their best for the annual Easter Fashion Promenade. The Philly Keys will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday, April 1 in front of the Music Pier. Judging for the Promenade starts at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for various categories, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to visit with children. GIRLS WEEKEND (April 6 to 8): The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a popular fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season and to see what Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer. For a detailed

schedule of Girls Weekend events, accommodations and participating businesses, call 609-399-1412, visit the Girls Weekend blog at www. oceancityvacation.com or check out the Facebook pages “Downtown OCNJ” and “OceanCityNJVacation.” Tickets ($20) for a Fashion Show Kickoff at Glazed Over Studios (704 Asbury Avenue) at 7 p.m. April 6 are on sale now at City Hall, the Route 52 Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.) and the 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.). ‘DEFYING GRAVITY’ (April 7): Kelli Rabke’s “Defying Gravity” show is part of the third annual Girls Weekend. The show stars Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

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Planning Your Garden By Nick Leonetti

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ow that March is here (and, boy, did it come in like a lion) spring is just around the corner and on everyone’s mind. Last year, I gave gardening a go, and it worked. Well, it kind of worked. I planted green bean, carrot and radish seeds. The green beans and the carrots turned out to be a bust, but the radishes flourished and tasted delicious. This year, I am going to make a conscious effort to be even more proactive, and I am determined to grow a colorful array of veggies to impress and, most importantly, feed family and friends. After doing research and talking with some seasoned-pros on the subject, the soil seems to be initially the most important ingredient in getting quality, organic edibles. Therefore, composting plays a major role in creating healthy and nutrient-rich soil for the plants to thrive in. Com-

posting sounds intimidating, though, especially for a novice like me; however, it’s actually quite easy to do! Below, the reader will find some easy and fun ways to get the perfect compost. According to the EPA and GreenScapes, the first thing a person needs is a bin to amalgamate carbon-based materials and nitrogen-based materials. The bin should have a closed-top, in order to keep out the curious neighborhood wildlife. It’s also interesting to note many communities provide composting bins to residents, free of charge. But what are nitro ge n and carbon-based m a te r i a l s? Well, think about it this way: brown is for carbon and green is for nitrogen. Carbon-based materials are things like paper products, dead leaves, twigs and small branches, and even used-potting soil.

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Nitrogen-based materials, on the other hand, are grass clippings, food scraps from vegetables and fruits, coffee ground and tea bags. So, instead of bagging your grass clippings and throwing them in the trash, or jamming up the garbage dis-

posal with fruit and vegetable peelings, start stockpiling them in your bin. The general rule of thumb is to add three-parts brown materials to one-part green, and bury the nitrogen-based materials underneath the carbon-based materials. As the pile breaks down, something really neat happens: it grows warm. So warm, in fact, that when it’s cool out you may even see steam rise off of it. This means it’s working. When everything at the bottom begins to turn dark and monochrome, the compost is ready to be used. It is important to note that every time you add to your pile, make sure you turn over and “fluff” what’s already in the bin. Why go through all this trouble, though? Why not, for example, take a ride out to Walmart, buy a bag of Miracle-Gro, and save yourself the time and trouble it takes to do all this? Simply put: it’s just better this way – better for the plants and better for you. Anything done organically is going to be more beneficial for everyone and everything. And there are also added bonuses. According to Sue Marx, the treasurer of the Sustainable Township of Hamilton (STOH) Green Team, “It keeps the food waste out of the solid waste stream, provides gardens with nutrients, and it utilizes what nature gives us.” In other words, it’s the cycle of life doing its thing right in your backyard. Also, for the thrifty spenders out there, it saves money! Instead of buying

a bag of Black Gold compost from the hardware store, you’re spending zero dollars, and the result is the most nutrient-rich humus a person can find. Your plants will love you for it and so will your wallet. Regardless of all this, composting still may seem formidable to some. Luckily, the STOH is here to help. On May 5th at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, there will be a Green Fair. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be a plethora of demonstrations and events to help educate the general public on how to be mindful of the environment and get the most out of it, as well. They will be collecting e-waste (electronic products) and rigid plastic, a demonstration on how to correctly compost, and a Q and A session with Dave Yeager, a member of the Green Team. There will also be document shredding, food trucks, a plant sale by the students, and road cleanups in the morning. It will be a day of green and organic education and, more importantly, fun for everyone. In his classic The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, author, poet, and environmental activist, Wendell Berry, discusses our steady estrangement with the land. With produce being grown from a petri dish more often than the ground nowadays, this text is more relevant than ever. Berry elegantly explains how good farming can be not only beneficial to healthy living, but it has the potential to be a spiritual experience, as well. And I do believe more people are realizing this, and local groups like the STOH Green Team are setting the example. Young people, like the students at Oakcrest, are getting involved, too, which is even more good news. They are showing us all that it’s not that difficult to take the land back and have fun doing so. Therefore, if you have a backyard, you have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the soil and all the treasures it holds. This summer, try it out. Grow some stuff.

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Where Does The Time Go? tively pursuing your goals and where you want life to take you. I’m all for that. However, too many times it’s easy to get caught up in the future so much that we forget that life happens in the

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don’t know about you, but the fact that we are adjusting our clocks again is a bit scary. I say that because it’s just another indication to me of how fast time just seems to slip away. I say ‘seems’ because in reality, time is moving at the exact same speed it always has. It’s time. But as I get older, it seems to move faster. Seasons that seemed to drag on and on, come and go in an instant. Sundays turn into Mondays and all of a sudden it’s Friday. I come across pictures of my family and what is timestamped four years ago, seems like a flash in the pan, only yesterday and I ask myself where it all has gone. I’m all for laying out goals and looking forward to tomorrow. In fact, in this column I often write about the importance of thinking through a plan, putting it down on paper and then ac-

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present, in the here and now. And if we are always looking at the horizon, we miss what’s right in front of us. There is a song on the country music charts right now titled “Five More Minutes”. It chronicles a person's life and the various times during their life that they stop in the middle of a monumental or life altering event and realize the moment they are living in is about to go

away forever. At that moment, they ask for just five more minutes. I think time is a lot like oxygen. If you have plenty of it, you can easily take it for granted. But when every breath become a struggle, you begin to realize how valuable it is. We’ve all heard the advice that we need to ‘manage our time’ more efficiently. But I choose to look at it this way. It’s not so much managing but being acutely aware of time. I don’t know about you, but for me the challenge is to be so present in the moment that I don’t miss out and regret what I might otherwise miss. We all are given 24 hours or 1440 minutes every day. The question is, are you making the most of the time? It’s a gift we can never reclaim once it's gone.

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his may not come as a surprise, but having kids is very expensive. When my twins were born we were so grateful for all of the gifts and hand me downs we received because we needed a lot. Between the swings, strollers, clothes and toys, our house was bursting at the seams with stuff. What do you with all that stuff once your kids outgrow it if you don’t intend to have more children? There are many options and one that’s very popular is consignment. I’ve done a mixture of things over the years once I am sure that we are done with something. I don’t buy expensive clothes for my kids. My son only wants to live in “comfy pants” and my daughter is not picky (yet) when it comes to fashion. Most of the time I pass clothes along to friends. I like seeing our clothes go to good families where they will be appreciated. If you want to sell your outgrown or

no longer used items, you have several choices. There are countless online yard sale sites where you can list what you are selling. There are pros and cons to going this route. The biggest advantage is that you don’t have to give a percentage of your profit to anyone else. If you are selling a high chair for $50 and someone agrees to pay that, the money is all yours. The downside is coordinating with buyers. I’ve heard stories about people not showing up when they were supposed to, making this process often times frustrating. I’ve had luck selling bigger items on yard sale sites that I know are in demand, like bikes and high chairs. Most of the time when I post an item for sale, the person who responds is someone I know. If you are selling to someone you don’t know, it is recommended that you meet in a public place unless this is not possible for bigger items like furniture. If you don’t have the time or patience for yard sale sites, I suggest consigning your items. There are a lot of questions to ask when it comes to

consignment. What kind of items does the store accept? Some stores only accept higher end items. Do you need an appointment to drop off what you want to sell? How much will you get from what is sold and how much will the store keep? Do they only accept seasonal items? What happens to items

if they haven’t sold within a certain period of time? We have a bunch of great consignment stores in our area. Fievel and Louise in Linwood is one to check out. Owners Elizabeth Goldfarb and Lindsey Passante have created a special little nook in the back of Central Square where you can find a mix of gently used higher end items mixed in with new accessories. They accept items from newborn to size 14, with the big sellers being 12 months to 4T. They give sellers 40% of what the item sell for and at the end of the season, consigners can either get items back that haven’t sold or they will be donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. Fievel and Louise does a fantastic job of posting items for sale on social media which helps your items sell faster! You can of course go the old fashioned route and have a good old yard sale. If you find yourself doing spring cleaning and making piles of stuff to get rid of, hopefully these suggestions will give you guidance on the best ways to make money on your no longer used items. Marci Lutsky is a local mom of seven year-old twins and can be reached at veggingattheshore@gmail.com.

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What You Eat Affects Your Brain By Nancy Adler

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hen most people think of boosting their brain power, they think of learning something new or engaging in thought-provoking debate. As it turns out, one of the best ways to improve your mental health is through your gut. Like your brain, the gut has its own nervous system, which sends information to the brain via the vagus nerve. This helps explain why you might feel queasy when you’re nervous or stressed. Just as the brain impacts the gut, what we put in our gut can impact the functioning of the brain. The Standard American Diet is sorely deficient in omega -3 fatty acids, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and high in trans fats and saturated fats which have been shown to negatively affect the brain. Since our brains are made up largely of fat and our bodies cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, we have to rely on a diet rich in

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moods), including dopamine and serotonin. By supporting the synapses in the brain, omega-3s also boost learning and memory . I feel the most important primary source of energy for the brain is glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates exacerbate low mood by creating spikes in blood sugar and have been shown to have effects on the brain similar to drugs if abuse . By contrast, complex carbs release glucose slowly, helping us feel full longer and providing a steady source of fuel for the brain and body. Healthy sources of complex

carbohydrates include whole-wheat products, bulgur, oats, wild rice, barley, beans and soy. Understand , foods we eat are broken down into substances that are used to make neurotransmitters and other chemicals that allow different parts of the nervous system to communicate effectively with each other and the rest of the body. Next to carbohydrates, protein is the most abundant substance in the body. The amino acid tryptophan, a building block of protein, influences mood by producing the neurotransmitter serotonin. Sometimes called natures Prozac, serotonin is associated with depression. Lean protein sources, including fish, turkey, chicken, eggs and beans, help keep serotonin levels balanced. Even more important are complex carbohydrates, which actually facilitate the entry of tryptophan into the brain, reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety and improving overall cognitive functioning. Popeye was on to something with a diet high in spinach! Leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, turnip and mustard greens, and broccoli are high in folic acid, as are beets and lentils. Deficiencies in folate as well as other B vitamins have been linked with higher rates of depression, fatigue and insomnia.

Our modern diet is significantly different from that of our ancestors. We can blame busy lifestyles, food manufacturing and the affordability of processed foods, but most of us can make changes to counteract these influences; for example, increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables, limiting processed foods that come from bags and boxes, and cooking meals from scratch. Sadly, the genetic and environmental influences passed down by our ancestors, though far from perfect, were likely better than the ones we’re passing on to future generations. An emerging body of research is showing that the way we eat today not only affects our own health but also that of our children and grandchildren. Nutrition is a key contributor to good mental health, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Dietary changes won’t be sufficient for everyone and are not a substitute for other forms of treatment. Nancy Adler is a certified nutritionist and practitioner in Linwood. Her office is located in Cornerstone Commerce Center, 1201 New Rd. Learn about her practice at ww.nancyadlernutrition.com (609)653-4900

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tlantic County residents are encouraged to get creative with materials they would normally toss into the trash or recycling bin for the 4th annual County-Wide Recycled Art Contest. The contest, is open to Atlantic County residents of all ages, and challenges participants to create unique pieces of art using materials that would normally be discarded. Entries will be accepted at Atlantic County Library branches between Friday, March 23 and Saturday, April 7, 2018. “The contest goal is to heighten everyone’s awareness about the waste we generate, and to get people thinking about recycling, reuse, waste and litter reduction,” ACUA President Rick Dovey explained. The contest is open to all residents of Atlantic County and winners will be chosen in four age categories: 8 and under, 9 to 12, 13 to 18 and 19 and up, as well as one group category. Entry forms and artwork must be received between March 23 and April 7 at the Atlantic County Library System branches (Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton,

Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor). Entries will be displayed at the branches through April 16. At that time selected artwork from each branch will be moved to ACUA where it will judged and exhibited. The artwork will be on display and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the ACUA’s 28th Annual Earth Day Festival, Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m. “Working with the Library staff and management has been essential for the success of the contest. Thanks to our partners, we can provide several venues for this great art to be seen; first at local libraries, then at ACUA’s Earth Day on April 22, and finally at the Hamilton Mall during the month of May,” Dovey noted. “Each location gives additional visibility to showcase the skill and creativity of the participants and to raise awareness about recycling and the waste that we produce.” The contest rules and entry can also be found online at www.acua.com/artcontest. Questions or comments can also be emailed to artcontest@acua.com or answered by calling (609) 272-6950.

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"Mean Moms" Connect to Form a New Group By Cindy Fertsch

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here is a new mom's club in town called the “Mean Moms of Atlantic County” and it is growing like wildfire. It is the brainchild of Christina Sciarretta. “We are all mean moms at some time or another, whether we know it or not or we just feel like we are,” explains Sciarretta. She began the group on Facebook as a way to connect with other local moms, share events, humor and encouragement. “There is only one rule” Sciarretta explains. “That is good vibes only. We build each other up, not down.” Sciarretta resides in Egg Harbor Township with her husband Andrew and two children Grayson and Avery. She is also a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. Mean Moms of Atlantic County hopes to plan activities both for the moms and the children. Sciarretta already has a lot of ideas including beach yoga, dance, a possible wine tasting for the moms and a coat drive. Their first event will be this Saturday

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he night was Friday February 23rd. The location was the beautiful theater at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. The organization Friends In Action paid tribute to over 20 people that Atlantic City great every day because they love the city and people, not for reward or recognition. I have been blessed with a few awards, over the years and I love them all. The award I received at this event was special to me, because I remember Councilman Delgado as a freshman at AC High. Delgado and I sang on the choir. He knew my parents and I absolutely love his mother. I also know a few of the other winners from school including Councilman Marty Small and Arnel Lyles. During those school days their friendships were fun and we all knew we were talented. I don’t think that the same Raymond Tyler that ran the halls of AC High would have thought that years later, I would be accepting an award for helping my city from Mo Delgado as a city councilman, in a pace as stunning as Dante Hall. I truly was proud to be with Mo and Marty

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Shore Medical Center Names Christal Hogan-Snow of Absecon its March Guardian Angel of the Month

Councilman Mo Delgado (Left) giving award to Stockton University's Dr. Pedro Santana (right) Anthony Brower (Middle) Photo by Tyler Studios and all the great winners that evening. I do wish that my father Raymond, Sr, and several of my highschool teachers could have been there. I still wonder almost daily if I have made them proud. I was overjoyed however, to be able to thank on stage and share the moment with Vanessa Graber (the station manager at 106.5 WPPM in Philly) , Robert Williams (producer on my radio show) , Ana Moore ( a dear friend and artist manager at MJ records), producers Taina DuCote and Khalida Hunter. It was extra special for me to have my brother Mark there as well. For the complete list of winners and additional photos please visit my site www. RaymondTylerMedia.com.

hore Medical Center is proud to recognize Christal Hogan-Snow of its housekeeping department as its March 2018 Guardian Angel of the Month for providing passionate and exceptional care to Shore’s patients. The Guardian Angel Program was established to enable members of the community to say thank you to a special Shore caregiver through a donation to the medical center. Hogan-Snow was hired in the housekeeping department at Shore in 2003 after working many years in casino hotel housekeeping. She remained on board when Shore’s housekeeping department was outsourced to Xanitos, a management company that provides hospital housekeeping, patient

transport, and central laundry services to hospitals nationwide. Baylen Botts, Xanitos director, says Hogan-Snow is an outstanding employee, who is “trustworthy, reliable, accountable and conscientious.” Hogan-Snow takes time to get to know the patients and families she meets during her shift, which is evident from this note that accompanied a recent Guardian Angel donation made in Hogan-Snow’s honor: “Christal would walk into the room and give me a smile and comforting words. She showed such warmth and compassion when I sat bedside with my husband,” the family member said. A resident of Absecon, Hogan-Snow is married and has a daughter. She enjoys cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and is active in her church. The Guardian Angel program recognizes anyone who works at Shore Medical Center and makes an impact and difference in your care. Guardian Angels are recognized amongst their peers and are presented with a special Guardian Angel pin at Shore Medical Center’s annual pinning ceremony. If you, a family member or friend would like to honor a Shore Medical Center Guardian Angel, please contact the Shore Medical Center Foundation at 609-653-3800 or www.GiveToShore.org.

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Yoga Lessons for Life By Krystle J.Bailey

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with me off of the mat. Things like opening my heart, exploring my edge, and being present for whatever is there for me in any given moment are just a few of the on mat, off mat takeaways. One yoga practice in particular made a significant difference in my thought process when it comes to life off of the mat. I had been struggling with parenting and feeling frustrated at home. Home wasn’t the setting of this life lesson though. I was in my least favorite yoga pose: half pigeon and I had nowhere to run. The instructor gave us three options. Option one: Run. Flee. Get the heck out of dodge. Well, I could leave but realistically, that wasn’t an option. I came to yoga, I was going to finish my hour. “What are my other options,” I thought. Option two: Be here but be frustrated. Tell yourself all of the reasons why this pose isn’t for you and why everything sucks including the pose and your position in the pose. I did tell you, I hate this pose. This seemed like a viable option. But then she dropped Option three on us: Be here and breathe. Breathe through the discomfort, the doubt, the voices that are telling you that you shouldn’t be here. Embrace all that is - right here and now. Choose to be a yes to this moment and show up for it with all that you’ve got. Option three started to sound like the option I was supposed to pick. Then she said

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whelmed as well. It is my honor to now pass it along to you. Life is a beautiful dance. Breathe through the hard stuff. Embrace what is and let go of the things, the thoughts, and the feelings that no longer serve you. 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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laughs all evening long while learning new educational and life skills. With all of the winter holidays behind us and cold weather settling in our region, a lull of outdoor activities is apparent. That means time to break out the chess board or your favorite board game and get ready for an evening of family fun! While board games have been the topic of many scientific and developmental studies, they have been researched for more than a century by psychologists. Playing board games with young children can be proven beneficial for early brain development. Those that play board games can learn all important life and education skills such as math, problem solving, decision making. It can also help improve memory and emotions. There are three basic types of games: skill and strategy, chance and some involve both. The great thing about board games you can play them almost anywhere. Most board games are versatile and do not require electricity. They can become excellent boredom breakers if you end up losing power at home, get stuck at the airport or go on a camping expedition. Even a

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simple game of tic-tac-toe will pass the time at a doctor’s appointment. Some of the simplest of games can teach children patterns, sequences, numbers and color and shape identification. Kids can also learn about basic direction, taking turns and socializing with others. An easy game of checkers can enhance one’s ability to solve problems, communicate and resolve conflict. Players will also learn the practice of sportsmanship and losing graceful-

other players territory are provided as examples. Games like Battleship can produce a feeling of satisfaction. Games offer relaxation from the chaotic environment that surrounds us. Being focused on the board is a welcome respite from the outside world and daily life, and allows players a chance to engage in personal interaction, providing a much-needed break from the glow of our cell phones and computer screens. Science professionals have warned us that the “blue light” emitted from popular electronic devices can interfere with sleep patterns. So, playing a long round of Monopoly or several hands of cards may produce a more restful sleep. Family game night has been a

staple in our household for decades. Quality time with siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended family has always spurred fun conversations and stories. It’s a great way to create warm memories that will last for generations to come. As adults, we are reminded constantly to make more time for play. In today’s society, games are developed on every skill level and just about every subject of interest. It can be as simple as a card game of War to something more complex like Settlers of Catan (a family favorite). So, while the cold winter weather has us housebound, turn off your TV, break out your favorite snacks and choose an evening of entertainment for family and friends to enjoy.

ly to their opponent. Many anthropologists agree that some classic and modern games are based on the dynamics of war. Scenarios such as two or more side squaring off, trying to win a race, racking up points and for taking the

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