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The freedom to change lanes

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tay in your own lane” is a phrase I hear a lot lately. But the beautiful thing about America is that we can and do change lanes. Where we are does not dictate where we will be. With hard work, determination and perseverance there is no limit to what lane we can end up in. It is part of our freedom,“The American dream” and why America was and still is the land of opportunity. Memorial Day weekend at the Shore is synonymous with opportunity. Hundreds of thousands of visitors pour on to our islands and into our economy. With a three month window to earn our income for the entire year, the competition can be fierce. However, that freedom to compete, pursue our dreams and change lanes is precious and should never be taken

for granted. This Memorial day weekend, we remember the brave soldiers that sacrificed their lives for that freedom. Freedom is not free. Even for the soldiers that do come home, the war can rage on. Veterans often battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury and more. Without the care, treatment and support they need, many veterans,

in despair, take their own lives. 22 veterans die of suicide in our country every single day. That is 660 a month, a tragedy. Hometown Hero, Lynn Brown is doing something about it. Through the organization Flags For Forgotten Soldiers, she is building awareness and calling for change. Read more about her and this important issue on page 12.

Also this Memorial Day, Shore Local is excited to launch our new Atlantic City edition. The growth and revitalization that is happening in Atlantic City is thrilling to us all because we know that it has a tremendous impact on our economy, far beyond Atlantic City. We welcome guest contributor, David Luber, President of Casino Marketing at AIC Hotel Group. He explores what it will take for Atlantic City to have long standing success. We also welcome Assistant Editor, Allison Molineaux and new Gardening Columnist, Tammy Thornton. As Shore Local continues to grow and increase zoning, the columns that you have come to know and love will continue to appear in all four zones. However, specific pages in each zone will contain hyper-local news features. As always, your opinions matter. We look forward to any suggestions or feedback you offer. Send your thoughts to shorelocalnews@gmail.com Summer has arrived! We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous Summer 2018.

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By Nick Pittman

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h boy! The big holiday weekend, and unofficial beginning to the summer season is upon us! After over 5" of rain has fallen in the past 2 weeks, most of us are just a little bit wary about what the weather has in store for us. Can we skate by without any rain for the entirety of the weekend? Probably not. But Friday through Sunday will be great! We begin the clearing process on Wednesday, as high pressure builds in. It's going to act as a forcing mechanism to get that very stubborn frontal boundary out of our hair. As the high settles in, we will see much

brighter and tranquil weather for several days leading into Sunday. Temps climb into the mid 80s by Saturday, and we become sticky with rising dew points. There's a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean right now that has potential for development as it gets into the gulf. We could see the moisture funneled up into the Mid-Atlantic by early next week, so that's why I have showers and thunderstorms in my forecast for Monday. Point blank - if you are having a holiday barbecue, do it on Saturday or Sunday. While the forecast can change (there is some flexibility), don't risk it. Have a great week! NorEaster Nick Pittman Chief Forecaster SNJ Today Channel 4 News NorEasterNick@snjtoday.com P: 609.579.4263 www.snjtoday.com

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never envisioned myself as a stay at home mom. I worked very hard for my undergraduate and graduate degrees and wanted to see them put to good use. Then I had twins and my world changed. I was working in the nonprofit sector right up until I gave birth and it made more sense for me to stay home with the kids rather than return to work. I spent the first six years with my kids giving myself to them completely. When they began pre-school I started my blog, Vegging at the Shore. They are just completing first grade which is the first year that they are in school full-time. I’ve found myself with much more free time this past year that I’ve filled with many activities (like writing for Shore Local) and volunteering.

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I’ve always enjoyed volunteering with different organizations, but this year I needed to find something that would fit into my schedule while my kids are in school. I have found two different volunteer opportunities that I’ve really enjoyed because they both feel very hands-on and make me feel like I’m making a difference. If you find yourself with free time during the week at lunchtime, Sister Jean’s Kitchen in Atlantic City is a special place always in need of helping hands. Volunteers are needed to dish out food and serve plates to those in need. Hours for volunteering are 11:45 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call 609-348-4300. Another special place to volunteer is with Manna at the Shore. Once a month volunteers meet at Beth Israel in Northfield to package over 2,000 meals to be delivered to people living with AIDS/HIV and other life-threatening illnesses who are too sick to cook for themselves. Local chefs donate their time making the meals while volunteers are needed to package the meals. Manna volunteer dates are typically on Thursdays

once a month from 9am to 2pm. Children are welcome to volunteer with Manna so long as they are accompanied by an adult. More information about volunteering with Manna can be found at www.mannashorenj.org. Another great organization to volunteer with is Jewish Family Services in Margate. If you get on their mailing list, you will be updated about various opportunities. They receive a delivery from the food bank for their food pantry about once a month. My kids and I have helped unload and stock the shelves. The kids enjoy this because they are kept very busy and it gives them a real understanding of where people in need come to get food. Other volunteer opportunities available through Jewish Family Services include helping with mailings, delivering food

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to people who can’t get out and being a companion to people in need of company. For more information, visit www.jfsatlantic.org Keep an eye on this column to learn about more volunteer opportunities that are appropriate for kids as well as ones that are just for adults. If you find yourself with time while your kids are in school or over the summer all together, make time to give back. There is always need and organizations will appreciate your time. Marci Lutsky is a local mom of seven year-old twins and can be reached at veggingattheshore@gmail.com.

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Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky

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ast Saturday was the final day of the Linwood Farmers Market spring season. I co-founded and co-manage the market. The end of the spring season signifies a couple of things. First, I can stop obsessively watching the weekend weather forecast until our fall season starts up again in September. Second, I can visit all of the summer farmers markets. From now until November, I buy most of my produce locally. Jersey fruits and vegetables are some of the best and luckily you can find them at a variety of markets. Here are some of my favorite markets to shop at over the summer. The Ventnor City Farmers Market will begin their second season on Friday and be held every week from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish until August 31st. At this market you will find a variety of farms, prepared food vendors and crafters.

This market is ideal for the summer crowd who comes to the Shore and wants to stock up on local goodies for the weekend. I’m really looking forward to checking out the Upper Township Farmers Market which will be held on Sundays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm from June 24th through August 26th at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. It’s nice to see the revival of this farmers market. There are not many markets held on Sundays and what’s also nice about this one is that it’s being advertised as Sunday Fun Day. Families are encouraged to attend not only to shop, but to enjoy entertainment. The three other markets that I enjoy shopping

at are Ocean City, Margate and Brigantine. Ocean City Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm from June 27th through September 5th at the Tabernacle. This market is a nice blend of farms, food and crafts. The Margate Community Farmers Market is held on Thursdays in the parking lot of Steve and Cookies from June 14th through August 30th from 8:30 am until noon. Follow their Facebook page so you know when their annual peach pie contest is held in August. The Brigantine Farmers Market begins Memorial Day weekend and is held on Saturdays from 8:00 am to noon through September 1st. They always have a lot of kids activities and entertainment as well as chef demonstrations.

This market is very nicely spread out so you don’t feel overcrowded. While I love shopping at the local farmers markets, I also cannot wait for my CSA (community supported agriculture) to begin in June. I purchased a farm share at B&B Farms in Egg Harbor City and each week I can go there to pick up my bag of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables from June through October. Other local farms that offer CSA’s are Jah’s Creation Organic Farm, Potato Homestead and J&T Farms. Jersey fresh produce is one of the reasons I look forward to this time of year. I would love to hear about your favorite farms and farmers markets! 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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hen you approach the team at Ernest & Son are accustom the counter at Ernest to perfectly describing each and every and Son at their new item on the menu. This is helpful when location at The Exnavigating the vast array of burgers, change in Linwood, be prepared for subs, sandwiches and more the first two things. First a friendly greeting and even the second or third time you visit. If you are wondering “what’s in a accompanied with a big smile. One thing that has been constant, along name?” the majority of the sandwiches with the quality products offered, is are named after family and friends of the customer service from greeting to eating. The second thing you need to be prepared for is trying to decide what to try on a very full and appetizing menu. From breakfast sandwiches to snacks to delectable lunch and dinner options there is something for every member of your family at Ernest and Son. With access to a butcher shop that happens to be the original location of Ernest and Son in Brigantine, the experience and knowledge to source the best quality meats, cheeses and toppings has been a part of owner Mel Cortellessa’s business model since he bought The Talleyano - Prosciuttto, sharp provolone, and long the Brigantine location over a hots... all piled on a crispy chicken breast dozen years ago. Mel is the kind of owner that puts Mel. Special note are “The Lacey”, “The his heart and soul into the business Brianna” and “The Zoey” breakfast sandwiches named for Mel’s three and that means making a personal connection with almost every cusdaughters and “The Jodie” a sandwich tomer that visits his stores. He also named after Mel’s wife and partner sets a tone for his dedicated team of in life. co-workers to do the same. In addition If given one thousand words, it would still be difficult to list all the to the top level of customer service,

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great things offered at Ernest and Son in Linwood. Here are just a few items you may want to consider. The chicken cutlet sandwiches are delicious with the toppings offered on each sandwich well balanced in taste and texture. Both the sandwich menu options along with the cold subs offer a nice mix of meats and cheeses. If you are in the mood for a burger or a cheesesteak you are in luck. You just have to decide if you are a “Gordy” or a “Guido”. The Gordy Burger is served with mushroom and brown gravy (also available on a cheesesteak) while the Guido Burger has roasted red peppers, spinach and provolone. Both are great choices. The fries and waffle fries with choices of seasoning are the perfect complement to any sandwich.

You do not have to take our word for the quality offerings at Ernest and Son. When it came time to find interesting and tasty spots to stop in South Jersey and film, Guy Fieri and his Diners, Drive-ins and Dives team took a trip to Ernest and Sons in Brigantine. According to Mel, Guy and he had an instant connection based on the fact they are both butchers. Although, these days Guy does a little less butchering, something that Mel said he was quick to point out. By the way, Guy, the Triple D Crew and the Food Network Team recommend “The Tailgator” a grilled Italian sausage with peppers and onions with sharp provolone. Location and space is always a factor. The Exchange in Linwood offers ample open seating that is perfect for eating the “friends and family” type food that Ernest and Son offers.

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Atlantic City Cocktail Challenge By Krystle J Bailey

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o you have what it takes to compete in the Atlantic City Cocktail Challenge? If you’ve ever found yourself sipping a cocktail inside of a New Orleans bar, you’ve probably tried a “Hurricane” or two. Maybe you’ve enjoyed a “Mint Julep” in Kentucky, a “Dark and Stormy” in Bermuda, or a “Miami Vice” in Miami. These signature cocktails are synonymous with the cities in which they were invented. They’re more than drinks for the visiting guests though, they’re experiences of the city. Soon, Atlantic City natives and tourists will be find themselves drinking the famous cocktail of our city. This June through July, bars and restaurants in Atlantic City will compete for their chance to win the bragging rights as the Atlantic City Cocktail Challenge Winner. Participating establishments will let their creatively spiked juices flow to develop Atlantic City’s Signature Cocktail. What we know for sure is that the final beverage will include 48 Blocks Vodka - a vodka distilled in the heart of the city by Little Water Distillery. No matter which signature cocktail wins the title, this fun and exciting competition, is a winner for everybody who participates. The

restaurants and bars have a unique opportunity to drive traffic to their establishment and invite their customers to engage in the fun. Locals and guests of Atlantic City have the opportunity to participate in a little friendly competition and have their say in what will ultimately be the drink of the city. The 48 Blocks Vodka that will be used in all of the contending cocktails is a signature vodka only sold in Atlantic City. Little Water Distillery donates $0.50 from each bottle of 48 Blocks Vodka sold to the Atlantic City Arts Foundation (ACAF), a foundation created to foster an environment in which diverse arts and cultural programs enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors to Atlantic City. What’s even better is that participating establishments will be able to show off their 48 Blocks Vodka creations to the throngs of visitors and arts enthusiasts during the 48 Blocks Arts Festival sponsored by the ACAF during the weekend of June 23-24 throughout Atlantic City. When the challenge launches this June, bars, restaurants, and casinos will be invited to participate by creating and promoting their unique take on what they believe will be the signature drink of Atlantic City. Entries will be submitted to an app, which will be announced in the coming days via all of the challenge sponsors. Patrons and fans will then have an opportunity to vote via the mobile

app. After the five week voting period, the top 10 finalists by popular vote will make it into the final judging event. In addition to the popular vote, each of the industry expert judges will be invited to choose one of their favorites as a finalist. Final judging will be based on one vote per judge and the winner will be celebrated publicly by each of the challenge sponsors. Sponsors include Shore Local Newsmagazine, Atlantic City Arts Foundation, #ThisIsAC, CRDA, and Little Water Distillery.

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Lynn Brown, Flags For Forgotten Soldiers Lynn Brown’s brother, Howard Berry. His son and Brown's nephew, Staff Sgt. Joshua Berry, died by suicide. People are always shocked to learn that number,” Brown said. Her brother, Berry’s father, had decided By Cindy Fertsch

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or some, the war does not end and the pain is not seen,” explains Lynn Brown. Brown heads up the South Jersey initiative of Flags for Forgotten Soldiers, a movement to raise awareness of the shockingly high rate of veteran suicide. In this country, according to federal statistics, twenty-two veterans take their own lives every day. That is 660 per month and 8,000 per year. A national tragedy. Flags for Forgotten Soldiers was actually started in Cincinnati, Ohio by

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on the 660 flags for this program because it puts a visual to it. Each flag represents life lost. Flags for Forgotten Soldiers is now in 20 states and here in Atlantic County it has had displays at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Galloway Township, Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, and at Zion and Fire roads in Egg Harbor Township. More schools are now participating including Oakcrest High School, Egg Harbor Township High School, Cedar Creek High School and most recently Holy Spirit High School. “It seems like so many people are touched by this tragedy,” Brown said. “It’s important to see how devastating it is and how the effects of it ripple outward. So many families are devastated by such great loss” Bringing awareness to

the suicide crisis among veterans is only the first step. More needs to be done to help and support veterans especially with Post Traumatic stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and seemingly invisible mental-health conditions. Without, the care and the support they need, the suicide crisis continues. “Our hope is that someone will make a different choice and families

will know their loved ones aren’t forgotten,” said Brown. If you would like more information or to participate in Flags for Forgotten Soldiers go to their Facebook page at Fa c e b o o k . c o m / flagsforforgottensoldiers

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elieve it or not, most of us have already done some form of yoga without even knowing it! Remember the stretching you did in gym class, exercises in physical therapy or stretching before participating in a sport? Have you ever stopped, closed your eyes and taken 3 deep breaths to calm yourself? That is a mini-meditation. It’s all part of yoga. Many people, including myself before fully embracing yoga, hold some misconceptions and have a reluctance to even try a class. “I am not flexible enough to do yoga!” “I don’t have the time!” “I am not really that spiritual!” “I don’t want to be a vegetarian!” “It’s too hard!” My personal story started 11 years ago . As a 300 lb man with a stressful job, no time for myself and severe back issues, I ventured into the yoga world to try to find some sense of relief. I won’t lie, it was difficult at first and my male

ego took a bruising, but with perseverance, it got easier every time I went. 11 years later, I’m a studio owner, certified instructor and huge spokesperson about the health benefits of yoga and have no back pain. Did you know that NFL players do yoga regularly? Our local high school sports teams are practicing yoga and it is a great way to just take some time for yourself while also reaping numerous health benefits. Yoga studios, teachers and classes are as diverse as the people that run them, so if a particular teacher or class doesn’t resonate with you - try again. Yoga has so many aspects that one is sure to be a good fit for what you are looking for. Most studios offer teacher and class descriptions so you can have an idea of what to expect before attending. The goal is to try it. Yoga translates as “to join” referring to the joining of mind, body and spirit. But it also extends further and yoga studios and teachers try and create communities, joining with others, joining with other local business, and extending the yoga philosophy to everyday life, which is where it belongs. So please join our community, try a yoga class, open your mind and you might be surprised at what you experience.

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Events & Happenings Memorial Day Parades and Services

▶Brigantine ▶ Memorial Day Parade and Service Sunday, May 27th at 11:30am Veterans’ Memorial, 32nd Street and Revere Blvd.

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▶Galloway ▶ Memorial Day Service Monday, May 28th at 10:30am Germania Cemetery Vienna Ave. and Moss Mill Rd. The ceremony will be held at this location regardless of the weather. ▶Linwood ▶ Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28th at 10am ▶Margate ▶ Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28th at 9:30am In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the gymnasium in the Margate Municipal Building. ▶Mays ▶ Landing Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th at 11am War Memorial Park, Main Street and Cape May Avenue ▶Northfield ▶ Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th at 9:30am Veterans Park, 1913 Oak Avenue ▶Ocean ▶ City Memorial Day Service Monday, May 28th at 11am Veterans Memorial Park, Wesley Ave. In case of rain the ceremony will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. ▶Sea ▶ Isle City Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 28th at 10am Veterans Park, JFK Park & Landis Ave. In case of rain the ceremony will be held at 4501 Park Rd. ▶Somers ▶ Point Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28th at 11am ▶Ventnor ▶ Memorial Day Service Monday, May 28th at 11am 601 N. Dorset Avenue

Events & Happenings

Ventnor City Farmers Market ▶Fridays ▶ from 8:30am – 12pm Atlantic and Newport Avenues across from Ventnor Library For more information, visit www.facebook. com/ventnorcityfarmersmarket. Smithville Car Cruise ▶Friday, ▶ May 25th from 5-8pm Historic Smithville, 615 E Moss Mill Rd. Moun-

tain Waves Summer Concert Series Friday, May 25th from 6-9pm Ventnor Ski Beach, Dorset Avene Mozart to Webber ▶Friday, ▶ May 25th at 7:30pm Christ Episcopal Church, Shore Road & Meyran Avenue, Linwood For further information, contact Steve Beddia, Conductor, at 609-432-7876. Brigantine Farmers Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 8am-12pm 15th Street and Revere Blvd. Brigantine Ventnor Beach Opening ▶Saturday, ▶ May 26 Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Suffolk Avenue Beach (Ventnor Beach Patrol Headquarters). 3rd Annual Brigantine Art Walk ▶Saturday, ▶ May 26th from 10am-5pm City Ball Park, Brigantine Ave. between 24th & 26th Streets Buena Vista Township’s Celebrates their 4th Annual Richland Village Festival Saturday, May 26, 10 am to 5pm when Buena Vista Township celebrates its 4th Annual Richland Village Festival. Admission and parking is free. Saw Mill Park is the home of the “Most Unusual Tree” in the state of New Jersey with over 40 chainsaw carvings showing our History. Classic car parade at 9:30, Train Rides and see the huge model railroad display at the Patcong Valley. There will be food vendors, crafters and live music all day with Ten Eddie Drive, Kenny Jeremiah & Co. and East Coast Entertainment. For the kids there’s the petting zoo, bouncy houses. Dancing at Somers Point Fire Co. 1 ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 7:30-10:30 pm 455 Bethel Rd. Somers Point For more information, contact Rita Voli at 609-408-3619 Fool Moon Theatre’s Sylvia ▶June ▶ 1st – 3rd and 8th – 10th Gateway Playhouse, 738 Bay Ave. Somers Point For tickets and information, visit http://www. gatewaybythebay.org/ Smithville Comic Book Show ▶Saturday, ▶ June 2nd from 10am-5pm Historic Smithville, 615 E Moss Mill Rd. Rain date is Sunday, June 3rd Please visit http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com/ for more information

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Brigantine Community Yard Sale ▶Friday, ▶ May 25th – Sunday, May 27th To be added to the Green Team’s map of yard sales, please e-mail your address to brigyardsales2018@gmail.com

Upcoming Runs & Walks

Gallagher, an American comedian and prop comic, known for smashing watermelons as part of his act, will perform at the Bourbon Room (the former House of Blues) at the Showboat in Atlantic City on May 26th. To get your tickets to see this comic legend go to Bourbonroomac.com/events

Kenny Wayland Memorial 5K & 10K Run and Fun Walk ▶Sunday, ▶ May 27th at 9am Ventnor Community Building, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Registration is $30 per person Keep Calm and Run to the Best You 5K ▶Saturday, ▶ June 2nd at 8am Field of Dreams, 1000 Morton Ave. Absecon Sign up today at https://runsignup.com/Race/ Events/NJ/Absecon/KeepCalmandRunToTheBestYou5K.

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Hamilton Township PTA Color Run and Community Fair ▶Saturday, ▶ June 2nd from 8:30am-4pm Hess Educational Complex, 700 Babcock Rd. Mays Landing Register for the color run online at http://shop.schoolathon.org/EventIndex.asp?EID=190072. Galloway GreenFest ▶Saturday, ▶ June 2nd from 10am-3pm 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Rain date is Sunday, June 3rd South Jersey Craft Beer, Music and Food Festival ▶Saturday, ▶ June 2nd from 12-5pm Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing This is a rain or shine event. For tickets and information, visit www.sjcraftbeerfoodfestival.eventbrite.com Funny Farm Rescue Summer Festival ▶Sunday, ▶ June 3rd from 9am-4pm 6908 Railroad Blvd. Mays Landing Tennessee Avenue Takeover ▶Sunday, ▶ June 3rd from 10am-3pm Steve & Cookies, 8700 Amherst Ave. Margate ShopRite LPGA Classic ▶Monday, ▶ June 4th – Sunday, June 10th Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 S. New York Rd. Galloway For tickets and more information, visit http://www.shopritelpgaclassic. com. Art Workshop with Steve Kuzma ▶Sunday, ▶ June 3rd from 1-3pm Enlightened Café, 6414 Ventnor Ave. Ventnor This class is $20, paid at the door. Please call (609) 270-4443 or message Enlightened Cafe on Facebook to sign-up. June Watercolor Series ▶Wednesdays ▶ starting June 6th from 5-7pm Noyes Art Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City Individual classes start at $30, or $100 for the four week class. To sign up, visit https://squareup.com/store/ stephanie-segal-miller-art Galloway Green Market ▶Thursdays ▶ starting June 7th from 4-7pm 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. For information visit https://gogreengalloway.org.

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Community Events

EHT Book Sale ▶Now ▶ – May 31st Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Dr. Classes in Art The Ventnor Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Ventnor Classes are $20 each. Pre-registration is required. Call 609-823-7952 or visit ventnorarts.org for more information. Knitting Club ▶Friday, ▶ May 25th from 10am-12pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Dr. Storytime University ▶Saturdays ▶ at 10am Atlantic County Library Pleasantville, 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Saturday Afternoon Movie ▶Saturday, ▶ May 26th at 1pm Atlantic County Library Galloway, 306 E.

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Senior Moments

A Senior’s Observations, Opinions and Rantings

Charles P. Eberson

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n a previous column, I wrote about the importance of taking some of the photos we have on our phones, computers, etc. and making them into something more permanent and enjoyable. As a photographer, I have thousands of images and have made my favorites into prints and self published books. What good are these photos if most of them never see the light of day? Periodically, I go through the albums and envelopes of photos of my parents but I tend to return to the album my father put together of his life in the military. With Memorial Day coming up, I thought what better gesture to honor my father’s service than to publish a book containing those photos. I noticed how much care he took in preparing the album carefully captioning the photos mounted on

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for the next 12 years. I learned that he was stationed in Canton, NY, Ft. Meade, Missouri, Soux Falls, South Dakota and Bangor, Maine. It was clear that my father had strong ties with the Atlantic City area. His military records gave two Atlantic City addresses as residences; 2819 Atlantic Avenue and 21 S. Soveriegn Avenue. One of the photos of my father showed him posing outside of a large canvas army tent . On the outside of the tent, he had written in large letters “Atlantic City” and “Steel Pier-20 Attractions, One Low Price” as well as “Boardwalk” with an arrow. Under the photo he noted that he was trying to create a homelike atmosphere but his commanding officer made him take it down. My father’s connection to Atlantic City continued when, on a military leave to the resort, he received a military commendation for rescuing a girl in the ocean. The commendation read, “Staff Sergeant Bernard Eberson distinguished himself by meritorious achievement at Atlantic City on 11 June 1946. Upon hearing a young girl screaming for help about 200 yards from shore and realizing that she was in serious danger of drowning, he immediately jumped into the turbulent water, swam to her side and with the aid of a “Mae West life preserver, succeeded in bringing her to safety. The courage, sound judgment and prompt action displayed by Sergeant Eberson reflect the great credit upon himself and the United States military service.” Connections to Atlantic City seemed to find my father in other unusual ways as well. At Mitchel Field in Long Island, he was trained as a parachute packer. While stationed with the 56th Fighter Group in England, he packed parachutes for the fighter pilots who escorted the bombers on their way to France and Germany. With his ever present sense of humor, he told the pilots that every parachute carried his personal guarantee that if it didn’t work, just bring it back and he would give them another. He said he never got a return.

One of the pilots he packed parachutes for was Captain Walker “Bud” Mahurin, a fighter ace who flew a P-47 Thunderbolt christened “The Spirit of Atlantic City.” A war bond campaign in Atlantic City raised $76,552 to buy the Thunderbolt and Mahurin kept the name on the plane to commemorate “the generosity and patriotism of the people of Atlantic City.” This plane replaced the Thunderbolt in which Mahurin was shot down and survived thanks to the use of my father’s parachute. After marrying his English sweetheart and after my birth, my Dad and Mum settled into a little bungalow on Albany Avenue across from Bader Field in Atlantic City before moving to Ventnor and then finally to Margate. A few years back, I was honored to attend a special ceremony at our local Air National Guard base in Egg Harbor Township, home of the 177th Fighter Wing. As I stood there gazing upon the christened F-16, I couldn’t help but think about the emotion my father would have felt knowing this “Spirit” would fly above the city that meant so much to him. For readers interested in viewing the book I published, go to www.blurb.com and type Charles Eberson in the search option

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Jimmie Leeds Rd. Contact the library at 609652- 2352 for the title Hidden Gems of the Library ▶Saturday, ▶ May 26th at 2pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Dr. Toddler Social Hour ▶Monday, ▶ May 14th at 10am Atlantic County Library Somers Point, 801 Shore Rd. Gathering Wool Quilting and Knitting Group ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 10am-12pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Family Cardio Workout ▶Tuesday, ▶ May 29th from 6-7pm New Day Family Success Center, 622-624 S. New York Rd. Galloway Pre-registration is required. Call 609-652-0230 for more information. Into the Evening Book Club ▶Thursday, ▶ May 31st at 6:15pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. This month, the book club will discuss Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. Love at First Stitch Needlecraft Group ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor City, 134 Philadelphia Ave. Teen SEAL Organization Meeting ▶Tuesday, ▶ June 5th at 6pm Atlantic County Library Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Ave. Furry Buddies ▶Tuesday, ▶ June 5th from 6:30-7:30pm

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Trips

Biltimore Estates Trip ▶June ▶ 16th – 21st Brigantine Community Education Recreation will be hosting a trip to Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. For more information, please call 609-264-7350 ext. 1.

Trip to Israel

▶September ▶ 30th – October 9th The Brigantine Community Education Recreation will be hosting a trip to Israel, beginning in Tel Aviv. For more information, please call 609264-7350 ext. 1. Rhode Island Trip ▶October ▶ 22nd – 25th The Brigantine Community Education Recreation will be hosting a trip to Newport, Rhode Island For more information, please call 609264-7350 ext. 1. JCC Trip to Israel ▶November ▶ 29th – December 9th The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will be hosting a trip to Israel. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167 or jcutler@jccatlantic.org. Trip to South Africa ▶March ▶ 11th – 19th, 2019 The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center are hosting a trip to South Africa. For more information, call 609-822-1167 ext. 138 or travel@jccatlantic.org.

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alter (Wally) Korzeniewski has lived in Ventnor for 18 years. One day, he was running an errand when he ran into a friend. “Are you going to this event?” the friend asked. Unfortunately, Wally had already committed to other plans because he didn't know about this other event. Both were disappointed. That is when the idea came to Korzeniewski. Wouldn't it be great if there was one central place where everyone in our community could see all the events and happenings going on and then make their choices accordingly? Downbeach Events was born in that moment, the brainchild of Wally Korzeniewski. Downbeachevents.com is a website designed specifically by Wally Korzeniewski and Bernie Jenkins

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The Ins and Outs of Marijuana in Atlantic County

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his is a real weapon for a better quality of life for a lot of folks in this state”, says Gov. Phil Murphy in a February interview regarding the expansion of medical marijuana in New Jersey. Medical marijuana patients and advocates tend to agree that the use of medical marijuana is not necessarily a cure, but a reliever of symptoms for many chronic disorders. For many living with chronic illnesses, a better quality of life is what they’re longing for. As the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana, New Jersey has had a specific list of qualifications including cancer, glaucoma, seizure disorder, muscular dystrophy, terminal illness and several others since 2010. The limited conditions have kept the list of medical marijuana users relatively small up until the beginning of 2018 when new Governor Phil Murphy added conditions such as anxiety and chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions as a part of his

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medical marijuana expansion program. “When I was diagnosed with PTSD last year, I knew I needed some kind of relief to help me become less hyper vigilant, motivate me to complete daily tasks, ands get a peaceful night of rest.” says Atlantic County resident, Robin C. “Medical marijuana was the best choice that I made for my healing, as it has increased my productivity as well as my ability to sleep at night without a hitch. I am thrilled that the program has expanded and that more patients with debilitating conditions can explore the benefits of medical marijuana.” New Jersey reached an all time high number of medical marijuana applicants with over 20,000 people currently enrolled. It is reported that 100 people per day are applying to be a part of the program, which shows that there is a pent up demand within the state. Modern science and thousands of years of experience have shown that cannabis-based therapies can lessen the intensity of disease symptoms and offer relief for patients with debilitating conditions without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. New Jersey patients are currently served by five dispensaries, located in Montclair, Egg Harbor, Woodbridge, Cranbury and Bellmawr, which recently opened a new retail location across the street from the existing location. A sixth dispensary is expected later this year in Secaucus.

In addition the expansion of medical marijuana demands, there also lies the anticipation of what could result in legalized recreational marijuana. This March, The New Jersey Assembly began discussions on whether or not marijuana will eventually be sold recreationally in retail shops throughout New Jersey. According to a new poll conducted by Stockton University that asked 728 New Jersey adult residents their opinion of recreational marijuana, it seems the opinions are nearly split down the middle. 49 percent of participants agree with legalizing recreational marijuana. 44 percent oppose legalization, which leaves 5 percent unsure of their stance on the issue and 1 percent that agrees that marijuana should be decriminalized. Out of the 49 percent that were pro-legalization, when asked their reason for support, 24 percent say that tax revenues are the main reason. They are not alone in this thought process. Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam along with the support of Gov. Phil Murphy are actively campaigning for the legalization of recreational marijuana as a part of Atlantic City’s tourism experience. Gilliam envisions “adult entertainment districts” where marijuana could be used freely and a fresh source of revenue for the city. Gilliam hopes to bring a new generation to Atlantic City with the ever-expanding growth of millennial-friendly businesses, the anticipation of a Stockton University Campus, and if he has it his way, legalized recreational marijuana. Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization have referred to it as “modern day prohibition.” Outside of Atlantic City, 26 New Jersey towns have already taken their stand. Within Atlantic County, Brigantine is still undergoing

final vote on an ordinance banning marijuana sales. Other townships have not yet taken a public stand. Of course there are also critics to the new laws and proposals, many of which believe that legal marijuana will do more harm than good. More than half of the opponents from the Stockton University study cite health problems or addiction as the reason they are against the change. Many others share that they disagree with the legalization because of regulation difficulties and impaired driving. Only time will tell, as the jury on recreational use is still out while medical marijuana use is expanding rapidly. Interested in following this topic more closely? Check out www. NJcannabisInsider.nj.com

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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Honoring the Legacy of a Legend –

Big Man’s Brew Launches in Atlantic City By Joe Molineaux

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larence Clemons spent a lifetime entertaining audiences as part of the E-Street Band, the Red Bank Rockers, Temple of Soul and as a solo artist. When you talk to people that knew the Big Man, they will tell you he cared deeply about the people in his life and his community. He was also the type of person that served his community through charitable giving along with sharing his time and talent to make the world a better place. Nick remembers watching his father, Clarence Clemons, help people within the community and talk about how important relationships are in life. So it is only fitting that his son, Clarence Clemons III, who goes by Nick has worked to create a business that will

keep his Father’s Big Man legacy strong. His father also stressed the importance of the value of every person’s voice being heard. It is Nick’s goal to set that tone within his business so that each person involved with the project has a voice and value. Clarence Clemons was a hardworking man that also new the value of enjoying time with friends and family. Just over a year ago Nick Clemons and his dedicated team created Big Man’s Brew, Inc. a subsidiary of Big Man’s West, LLC. They decided that a new craft beer would be the perfect product to enter the market. Not being brewers, the team contracted with 902 Brewing Company out of Jersey City to help them create the first brew and to allow the company to grow. Speaking of growth, last year New Jersey Beer Company and 902 Brewing Company announced they were merging their two craft breweries. The teams worked together and after tasting a number of beers decided on the IPA as the first beer to launch. Chief Financial Officer

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Don Vogt recalls the meetings at 902 Brewing Company with Nick Clemons and the Big Man’s Brew team as very “Jersey Focused”. That Jersey focused theme continued May 20th at Chickie’s & Pete’s, Tropicana Atlantic City as a solid group

of invited guests and fans had the opportunity to be the first people south of Monmouth County to taste Big Man’s Brew IPA. There was a building of excitement as the fans and friends assembled. As the Big Man’s Beer pull was secured into place and the first keg was tapped team members Vice President Barb Deitz-Caprioni, Director of Marketing Andrew Schuman and Representative Bobby Dee surround-

ed President and CEO Nick Clemons at the bar as they gathered to take in the moment. They were later joined by Chairman of the Board of Directors Allen Rosen, Chief Financial Officer Mike Beck and Director of Sales Josh Rosen. The Chickie’s & Pete’s Tropicana Atlantic City launch was definitely a perfect mix of two things many people enjoy, beer and music. It was two South Jersey Guys that were catalysts to help get Big Man’s Brew on the first tap in Atlantic City. Steve Callender, General Manager at Chickie's and Pete's, knows craft beer and enjoys music. Vice President of Hotel Sales Jim Ziereis knows music and enjoys craft beer. When the two talked about Big Man’s Brew they both decided this was something they wanted to make happen. And happen it did. At the event, Nick Clemons reiterated his thanks and appreciation to everyone that made the Atlantic City launch possible. While this may be the first tap of Big Man’s Brew in on region, thanks to the vision and determination of the Big Man’s Brew team, this should be the first of many. How wonderful it is to enjoy a tasty craft brew while honoring the legacy of a music legend. I have a feeling the Big Man would be proud. Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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Surviving The Summer By Nancy Adler

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ummer is about to officially kick off with Memorial Day Weekend! These next 3 months are an action-packed time of year, so even if you aren’t firing up the grill over the long 3-day weekend, you’re bound to find yourself at a barbecue, potluck, or outdoor party at some point this sunny summer. So here are my helpful survival tips for surviving (aka staying on track!)... Have a drink or dessert, not both (and not two!). Survey the buffet and all the options before plating. Choose only what you really want, rather than taking a spoonful of everything you don't dislike. A really helpful idea is to bring a healthy dish that you and everyone else can enjoy, and use it as your main portion. Always start with a plate of veggies or a big salad first. If there is a grill, bring lots of vegetables! Use the smallest plate possible, or eat off a napkin. If you have a big plate, you'll fill the big plate, and if you try to be good and "portion control," a little bit of food on a big plate will make you feel deprived. Feel like a king (or queen!) with an overflowing amount of food on a small plate. Run! Converse far away from the food. Don't stand by it, talk by it, man it, or sit facing it. Sit as far away as possible, preferably with your back turned. Do your best to ignore all peer pressure-y comments made by family and friends telling you to “just live a

little!” or “treat yourself!” Remember that they're trying to pressure you so they can feel better about their own consumption. And whatever you do, don't peer pressure yourself. You're not missing out. You are NOT missing out . (Do I need to say it again?) And "just this once" is the abracadabra to open Pandora's box - don’t open Pandora’s box! I like to ask myself “is feeding myself things that aren’t good for me, or maintaining or reactivating a food addiction really how I can treat myself well?” Have a plan in place. Visualize your successful endeavor, and you're halfway there. Walk, walk, walk. Don't sit and socialize, buzz like a bee! Most importantly, if you do slip up or indulge, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Stop friggin' digging, climb out of the hole while you still can! Don't succumb to the “ahscrewit” moment. Because, believe me, you’ll be 1000 times happier if you stay on track. I know that I beat myself up for days, 100 times longer than the 10 minutes I tasted the junk food in my mouth. And my body pays for it too. Hold on to the perspective! Big picture folks! My own personal summer barbecue mantra is “I am not here for the food. I am not here for the food.” You’re there for the fun and socializing. Food is not fun or entertainment, it is fuel to have fun. Happy summer! 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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n a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 25. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the early forecast looks sunny and warm. The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”). Everybody is invited to participate in the Business Persons Plunge. It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash. Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge. The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m. Call 609-399-6111 for more information. Saturday morning (May 26) brings the Memorial Beach Challenge, a spectacle to behold as athletes complete a 2.5-mile obstacle course that covers much of the beach between Fifth Street and 15th Street. Proceeds from the event

benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. The race begins at 8am near the Ocean City Music Pier and is followed by a kids fun run. Call 856-905-0583

or visit memorialbeachchallenge.com for more information on the races and for registration. The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert on the loggia of the Ocean City Music Pier at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of show tunes and patriotic favorites. Ocean City’s Memorial Day Service starts at 11 a.m. May 28 at Veterans Memorial Park on Wesley Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street. All are encouraged to attend. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Eric J. Duckworth. In the event of inclement weather, the service will move across the street to the Ocean City Tabernacle. The National Moment of Remembrance is also set for May 28. Established by Congress, the event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m.

on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for one minute. The moment of remembrance will take place on the Boardwalk as Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America sounds Taps to commemorate the moment.

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches starting Memorial Day Weekend (May 26): St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 26th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street. OCBP strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. More beaches will be added throughout the following weeks. Also a reminder: Seasonal beach tags will be on sale for a discounted $20 only through May 31 (the price goes up to $25 on June 1). Tags are available online at www.ocnj.us/beachtags and at eight locations in Ocean City. Follow the same link for details.

COMING UP IN JUNE

OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW (June 1 to 3): See beautiful commercial, amateur and kids displays at the Ocean City Music Pier. Show times are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 609-399-6111. CAPE SHORE CHORALE CONCERT (June 3): Cape Shore Chorale, directed by Scott J. Breiner, will perform music from around the world. Refreshments after the free concert. Showtime is 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2998 Bay Avenue. For more information, visit capeshorechorale.org or call 609-861-2311. WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT WONDERLAND PIER (June 7): Free fireworks show following an evening of discounted rides at Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The company is celebrating 89 years of rides on the Ocean City

Boardwalk. ARTISANS FAMILY WEEKEND (June 8 to 10): The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection will hold their 73rd annual Family Weekend in Ocean City. The highlight of the weekend will be the Miss Artisan Pageant and a show by the Original Hobo Band to be held at the Music Pier on June 9. The Hobo Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Artisan Pageant at 8 p.m. Admission is free. RESTAURANT WEEK (June 8 to 15): Fixedprice specials at participating Ocean City restaurants. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and special treats for the whole family. Visit www.eatinocnj.com for list of participating restaurants and specialty shops. SKATO WITH KATO (June 8): Event runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the skateboard park in Ocean City (Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue). All-skate warm-up with music by the Sheckies starts at 4p.m. All-ages skate competition starts at 5:30 p.m. Kato, everyone’s favorite white German shepherd rescue dog, presides over the fun. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org. BARKS ON THE BAY (June 9): Dress up your pirate pooch and join all your mates for a fun day of music (Cosmic Charlie of Dead Reckoning), games, contests, prizes, costumes, food and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Humane Society of Ocean City, 1 Shelter Road. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org. COP CHASE (June 9): Five-kilometer race and 2-mile fitness walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Proceeds benefit Ocean City Police Benevolent Association scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas toy drive, and distribution of free bike helmets. For more information, call 609-5259108 or visit www.ocpba.com. MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (June 13 to 16): The Miss New Jersey Pageant includes a Boardwalk Parade (June 13), preliminary competitions, and the finals (June 16) at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information, visit missnewjersey.net.

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egistration is still open for the OCNJ Triathlon/Duathlon on Sunday, May 20. The low-key race includes a quarter-mile pool swim (timed separately), followed by a two-mile run, 16-mile bike and a final two-mile run. A kids’ course includes an eighth-mile swim, one-mile run, eight-mile bike and one-mile run. The pool swim must be completed between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The run-bike-run starts at 9 a.m. Entry is $50 for adults and $25 for kids. To register through Friday evening, visit www. ocnj.us/race-events. A less strenuous event for a good cause will be the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, May 19. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sports & Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111. An annual beach metal detecting hunt adjacent to the Ocean City Music Pier takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. The ‘On Cloud Nine’ Treasure Hunt includes a special hunt open to children on Saturday morning for only $5 with loaner detectors available. An optional big silver hunt on Saturday and optional gold hunt on Sunday and two regular prizes each day are part of the fun. Visit www. ecrda.org for registration information or sign up at the Music Pier on the day of event. For more information, call 732-2768251.

MORE EVENTS IN MAY

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 26): The main obstacle course challenge is a soft sand adventure race followed by a kids fun run. Staging at 9th St. beach. For registration information, visit www.memorialbeachchallenge.com or call 856-905-0583. BUCKS COUNTY SINGERS (May 26): Bucks County Singers celebrate the summer season with a rousing concert of show tunes and patriotic favorites. Admission is free. 3:30 P.M., Music Pier Loggia, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk.

Young sensation Jackie Evancho will join the Ocean City Pops for a special concert on July 29.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 28): 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, between 5th and 6th Streets on Wesley (Rain Location: Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue). For more information, call 609399-6111. NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE (May 28): Established by Congress, the event asks Americans, wherever they are at 3pm on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The moment of remembrance will take place on the Boardwalk as Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America sounds Taps to commemorate the moment.

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ost of life’s greatest journeys are unplanned and unexpected or as Bernie McCabe would say, “a part of the maze of life.” Bernie, a 29-year-old Northfield native, doodled his way through notebooks as a kid. Most of his childhood art came in the form of little solvable mazes. What began as a small doodle in a notebook is now scaling buildings as McCabe works to create his first 45-foot high mural on the side of a Tennessee Avenue building in Atlantic City, NJ. As a young adult, Bernie McCabe began to travel both in real life, venturing through 50 different countries, as well as through the

stories found in the countless books he has read. It was during this travel while he was living in New York City that a large blank wall inspired thoughts of creating larger than life mazes. However at that time, Bernie thought of murals as a more “elitist” type of creation so the humble young adult that he was, he created his first larger maze on a canvas and posted it on Facebook. The reaction to his first maze was so great that Bernie decided to pursue his art with more intention. He began creating more detailed mazes that included hidden words, messages, and inspiration. Over time, they grew in size. He has since created

art as large as a 10,000 square foot maze for children on the pavement in Charlottesville, VA and now his first 45-foot maze up the side of an Atlantic City building. At first glance, the viewer of Bernie’s art typically sees color followed by understanding that there is a maze to be solved. Only after staring at the maze for some time, will you be able to see the layers of detail intertwined between the lines. All of the mazes that he creates are fully functioning and solvable and often you will find several different mazes in one piece of artwork. “The more you look, the more you see” says McCabe as he relates the mazes that he creates to our journey through life. It’s about more than the visual art for Bernie. “All of my art is about becoming who you want to be in life. You start at the beginning and work towards the finish only to

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“Looking Ahead At The Big Screen in Summer 2018” By Eric Conklin

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ummer is making its way to the Jersey Shore. The beaches will be filled with sunbathers, barbecue food will become a trend again, and Hollywood will throw summer blockbusters in the faces of filmgoers. This summer is packed with new films that are sure to impress everyone who purchases tickets this summer. Many of the films being released this summer have been in anticipation for years, including Disney-Pixar’s follow-up to, “The Incredibles.” Going to the movies is a fun way for your family to relax after getting some color at the beach or pool, or if rain keeps spending time outdoors from being an option. With Regal Cinemas’ location in Mays Landing, both Frank Theaters locations in Egg Harbor Township and Northfield, and the IMAX Theater at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, there are plenty of places to catch Hollywood’s summer blockbusters. Here are some of the films that will be in theaters over this summer: 1. “The Incredibles II:” What can be said most about this film is that, “It’s finally here.” Many Disney/Pixar fans have been looking for the company to

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produce a sequel following up from the original 2004 release. Disney has teamed up with Pixar recently to make sequels for other feature films, including their 2016 release, “Finding Dory” which is a follow up to their 2003 release “Finding Nemo.” Director Brad Bird once again was tasked with telling the story of the the Parr family as they face a new challenge. The superhero family fac-

es a new villain which requires them to develop a fresh strategy to defeat their new foe, as they team up with their superhero friend Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson). While facing off against their new enemy, Helen and Bob Parr’s infant son “Jack-Jack” is still developing his superpowers. Even if you’re not a Disney fan, this is a summertime must-see. It’s set to be released on Jun. 15.

2. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:” Maybe not a family friendly film, but the sequel to 2015’s “Jurassic World” is sure to give fans of the iconic Jurassic franchise what they’ve been dying for. Following up with the original release from 2015, the film continues the story of the Jurassic World theme park after it was destroyed. The film once again stars Chris Pratt as Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire. The two team up again, this time to save remaining dinosaurs from the abandoned theme park after the island’s volcano erupts. Hoping to entertain the Jurassic fans, this summer blockbuster is set to be released on Jun 22. 3. “Ocean’s Eight:” This spin-off film of the Ocean’s series stars an all female cast lead by Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean. Debbie devises a plan to pull off a heist at the Met Gala in New York City. Realizing she needs a crew, she hires a team of woman to join her. Casted in her team are a variety of female stars including Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling. This film is looking to grab the attention of fans of the Ocean’s Series and is set to be released on June 8.

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Carmen 'Tony Mart" Marotta digs deep to bring "roots" music to Somers Point, AC By Bill Laconey

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rom New Orleans to New Jersey, with stops in Memphis, Austin and San Francisco in between, the music will be non-stop in Somers Point and Atlantic City this summer, thanks to a community-minded concert promoter with a unique musical heritage. Carmen Marotta and his “Tony Mart Presents” will once again deliver a stellar lineup of free concerts every Friday night at William Morrow beach on Bay Avenue in Somers Point, beginning with the Countdown to Ecstasy trib-

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ute to Steely Dan June 15. And this year, the also free Mardi Gras Atlantic City concert series - featuring Taj Mahal, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gary U.S. Bonds and others - returns to Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk, thanks in part to a grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. “We have 15 phenomenal beach concerts planned,” Marotta said of the venerable Somers Point series, now in its 26th year. “It’s a fabulous lineup that we’ve been able to put

20); Zydeco great C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band (Sept. 7); and New Orleans favorites Bonearama with Dave Malone from the Radiators (Aug. 31). Marotta’s eyes light up when he talks about the music he loves: New Jersey rock and Tony Mart's nightclub, Somers Point, circa 1960 Carmen roll, Memphis-style soul, and ‘Tony Mart’ Marotta digs deep to bring ‘roots’ music to especially the blues from New Somers Point Orleans. Marotta’s roots are together.” firmly entrenched in South Jersey. His father, The AtlantiCare Concerts on the Beach Anthony Marotta Sr., was the namesake of the includes Grammy-nominated Marcia Ball and legendary Tony Mart’s nightclub in Somers her band (July 13); John Cafferty and the BeaPoint. ver Brown Band (June 22); Devon Allman (son “It’s the roots music, Americana music, jam of the late Gregg Allman) and his band (July rock, blues rock, classic rock,” Marotta says.

“This is the music that millions of people across the country get together (and listen to) at festivals and concerts that are not the concerts that are mass media-driven, the same names that you hear all the time, the big stars, many of whom are not even as good as the performers that we have.” Many of the performers in Somers Point and Atlantic City are internationally-renowned and recent winners of awards from the prestigious Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in Memphis. But local talent will not be ignored, including outstanding rock and soul guitarist Billy Walton, Americana roots singer Patty Blee, and guitarist Danny Eyer, who will make his triumphant return this summer from a devastating car accident. “We have a great music history in Somers Point,” said former mayor Dan Reilly, who,

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along with Marotta, took over the beach concert series 13 years ago from founder Nick Regine. “It’s amazing how many of these artists we’ve had in Somers Point, and they’re just now starting to win awards nationally. It’s really a tribute to the type of talent (Marotta) has been bringing to the town. It’s proven by the crowds that show up every week. There’s 500 to a thousand people there on the Somers Point beach every Friday night with their beach chairs, enjoying the beautiful bayfront and listening and dancing to great music. It’s really a terrific legacy.” Marotta spent his youth at his father’s side, soaking up the music and energy of a vibrant era. Tony Mart’s was the place to be on the South Jersey shore music scene from 1945 until its close in 1982. Depending on your age, it was known as the “Showplace of the World,” “Where Friends Meet,” or simply, “The Mart.” Artists ranging from Bill Haley and the Comets to Conway Twitty to Duane Eddy, Del Shannon and the Four Tops headlined Tony Mart’s.

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“How about Taj Mahal for free on the Atlantic City Boardwalk?” Marotta marveled. “Many thanks to my friend Larry Sieg (CRDA director of communications and marketing), (Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman) Frank Formica and Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam. With their help, the CRDA gave us a substantial grant and we are able to have great talent. We are very proud that we are able to get talent like that to perform for free. It’s going to be a great summer.”

- Billy Walton, right, and bassist William Paris 4 - Dirty Dozen Brass Band Levon Helm and the Hawks parlayed a 1965 summer-long residence at the Mart into a gig as Bob Dylan’s backing band and later into their own stardom as The Band. The movie “Eddie and the Cruisers” was filmed at the Mart and surrounding environs during the club’s early-80s swan song and produced a hit, “On the Dark Side,” for the Beaver Brown Band. Marotta continues his father’s legacy today, booking both regional and internationally acclaimed artists through his production company. Marotta is the MC of these free concerts, introducing the artists and sharing his encyclopedic musical knowledge with kindred spirits both on stage and in the audience. “I was born doing this,” says Marotta, who just returned from New Orleans, where he and wife Nancy made their annual trek for the JazzFest musical festival. “We

used to promote music at Tony Mart’s in the 1970s. My brother and I did the talent buying, the promotion, I wrote the advertising. That was more than 40 years ago. I chose to take a path as a professional. I went into government (Somers Point councilman) and a profession (personal injury claims consultant for a law firm). Of course, I gravitated back to the music, so now I do both.” Thanks in part to a grant from the CRDA, the Mardi Gras Atlantic City concert series will return to Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk this summer for 12 consecutive Wednesday nights. The lineup is still being put together, but it will begin with the world-famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band on June 20 and will conclude with the legendary “Maestro” of world music and American Blues, Taj Mahal, who will perform on the Boardwalk Sept. 5.

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avid Luber, President of Casino Marketing at All Inclusive Collection (AIC) Hotel Group is anticipating Atlantic City’s most exciting summer ever. Excitement is building as two new resorts prepare to open this June. With new resorts comes new mouthwatering restaurants and bars, beat-bumping nightclubs, luxurious hotel rooms, and brand new Atlantic City experiences for all to enjoy. The former Trump Taj Mahal, now Hard Rock will feature a 120,000-square-foot casino. Throughout the casino, you will find 2,144 slot machines and 120 table games. In addition to the casino games, Hard Rock also will provide 2,000 state of the art guest rooms, a number of food and beverage options throughout the property, and a 7,000 seat event center. That just begins the list of facilities to be experienced at Hard Rock. Luber says, “Hard Rock has identified itself in the marketplace as much more than a gaming hall. It is a world class product that is hyper transparent in its brand commitments toward guest experience and total entertainment.” Down the boardwalk a bit, Ocean Resorts Casino will be opening its doors this summer as well. The former Revel, now Ocean Resorts, will

offer a 138,000-square-foot luxury casino, five swimming pools including a salt-water pool and a sun deck with cabanas. Guests will also find brand names like Top Golf and Wahlburger’s along the retail row within the property. A 90,000 square foot outdoor event space will offer home to events overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The two casinos will combine to restore about 6,500 of the 11,000 casino jobs that were lost since 2014 due to shutdowns. Luber is confident that the two casinos will thrive during the much anticipated “rebirth” of Atlantic City stating in an interview, “Both of these properties are extremely talented in leadership. I don’t think they could have picked better people to market and operate these anticipated resorts.” Luber has spent his career working in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He is often approached with two common questions: Will Atlantic City survive? And will it ever be like Las Vegas? According to Luber, “Because Atlantic City and Las Vegas are hospitality & gaming centric destinations, they often get compared. Both cities offer gambling, day-life, night clubs, music, dining, entertainment, and shopping. Yet, the one thing Atlantic City has that Las Vegas will never replicate or add-on, no matter how hard it tries, is a big beautiful

The two casinos will combine to restore about 6,500 of the 11,000 casino jobs that were lost since 2014 due to shutdowns.

Ocean and sand alongside of it. We call it “The Shore.” Now Try building that!” “It is outfitted as a tourist haven - an original gaming destination be-

“A key piece to Atlantic City’s short term and long term success is accessibility.” Luber says, “Right now, almost all of Atlantic City’s marketing efforts are directed at Philadel-

“Because Atlantic City and Las Vegas are hospitality & gaming centric destinations, they often get compared. Both cities offer gambling, day-life, night clubs, music, dining, entertainment, and shopping. Yet, the one thing Atlantic City has that Las Vegas will never replicate or add-on, no matter how hard it tries, is a big beautiful Ocean and sand alongside of it. We call it “The Shore.” Now Try building that!” fore the expansion of casinos worldwide! It has history; showcasing the third tallest lighthouse in America (the Absecon Lighthouse). It has beach bars, boardwalks, water-ice, famous pizza & cheesesteak joints, shopping piers, hidden getaways, and shore towns that stretch nearly 30 miles.” So why has McCarran International Airport Las Vegas reported an all-time annual high of 48.5 million airline passengers in 2017, breaking a 10-year-old record while Atlantic City is hugging nearly 1 million passengers in total. Why does Las Vegas tourism see nearly $10 billion more in retail spending? Why more conventions, more international travelers, more trade shows, more in every category? Luber says simply – “Because you can get there.” The direct economic impact of our global tourism industry, which includes accommodations, transportation, entertainment and attractions, are approximately 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually.

phia, New York and Baltimore. All of which are opening city (submarket) casinos & hotels. Those of which are being carefully designed with low overhead and succeed at catering to locals who once frequented Atlantic City more often.” Making Atlantic City trips more easily accessible to neighboring cities as well as cities across the U.S. would be a game changer for the tourism in Atlantic City. More flights to ACY and direct access ground transportation would encourage visitors to come see all of the new and exciting opportunities happening this summer and in years to come. Booking trends today show people spending more money on life experiences than consumer goods. They are up for spontaneous trips, travel to destinations as often as every one to three months. Travelers are now, more than ever, mixing business with leisure in the U.S. Statistics show that 43% of business trips are what people are calling “Bleisure” (Trekk Soft, 2017).

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Now that the Supreme Court has legalized sports betting, striking down the 1992 law that effectively banned sports betting in nearly every state, Atlantic City is prepared to quickly take advantage of the nearly $100 billion marketplace of illegally placed sports bets year over year (cited: American Gaming Association)

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efforts for luxury resort properties in Florida, including Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort and Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, as well as throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana (the world’s first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel) in addition to seven Mexico properties including Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos (set to open in 2018), Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Can-

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state, Atlantic City is prepared to however, assist in the adoption of quickly take advantage of the nearly online gaming.” Luber goes on to explain, “Neva$100 billion marketplace of illegally placed sports bets year over year da's sports betting revenue tallied (cited: American Gaming Associajust 2% of the total gaming revenue tion). David Luber, President of Absecon Lighthouse Casino Marketing at AIC Hotel Group says,"This is good for sports bettors and vested fans in many ways. Now that sports betting will have regulations and accountability, we will see cutbacks in questionable situations and accusations that come along with sports integrity.” Casinos closely monitor the bets for red flags unlike offshore sites or bookies. This

new sports marketplace will protect the consumers while protecting our favorite games. Additionally, the change in laws will empower local law enforcement to crack down on illegal gaming outside of the casinos. When asked about the economic impact in Atlantic City, Luber wasn't convinced it was going to be the cure to the city’s economic history stating, "Although sports betting will benefit each casino's bottom line in Atlantic City, it will not be the reason for long-term growth. It will

without having much competition. Atlantic City will have a jump start, but sports betting will eventually become overcrowded nationwide and online.” What does this mean for sports fans & viewership? Luber says, "We are living in the "now" generation. Everything needs to be instant, and quick. Snapchat, WhatsApp, OpenTable, Instagram, etc offers instantaneous information. In sports, we are seeing a similar trend. The NBA, MLB, and NHL are all losing viewership because for the "Now Gen," it is vigorous to watch a full 2-3 hour event after they have posted on their personal media and checked-in online; unless there is something vested. Legalized sports bettors will increase media opportunities. Similar to the lottery business model, viewers will tune in to watch games based on their personal investment in the outcome.

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The Sonic Mount Rushmore AC's Pipe Organ in Boardwalk Hall

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idden in the walls, ceilings, and basement of historic Boardwalk Hall lies Atlantic City’s biggest hidden treasure. The Midmer-Losh pipe organ, a historic instrumental giant, made its original debut in 1932 and roared beautiful music through the walls of Boardwalk Hall for 12 short years before it was damaged in a 1944 hurricane that flooded parts of the building. The Midmer-Losh organ, the largest organ in the world, could only function at about 15-20% following the damage. Boardwalk Hall has been used for decades housing concerts, shows, graduations, sports tournaments, and more. Many visitors have walked through the the hallways without ever knowing that the sleeping giant lie in between the walls. In 2013, the

organ was played during the Miss America pageant, which was the first time it had been played publicly in over 40 years. In 2014, the Historic Organ Restoration Committee, a 501c3 organization, began a $16 million, ten-year restoration project to bring the organ back to full functioning capacity. Lead by Curator of Organs since 2015, Nathan Bryson, the organ is now func-

tioning beautifully just shy of the 50% mark for the first time in 40 years. Pipe organs are made up of three materials: wood, metal, and leather. Leather is the most perishable material and what the committee spends most of their time restoring. Each valve or pallet being restored holds thirty leather pouches. Each pouch, when played, presses down and allows air to flow into the pipe. The pouches are all being intricately replaced by hand. To give you an idea of how large the organ is, each pallet of pouches holds thirty pouches. There is at least one pallet per pipe and the organ is made up of 33,112 pipes. 600-horsepower worth of blowers is held in the basement that provide the compressed air that brings the music to life. In addition to the replacing of the leather, there is also intricate wiring work that is being done by skilled volunteers and committee members. The detailed work that is going

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▶3 ▶ ears Jersey sweet corn ▶1 ▶ bunch Jersey asparagus ▶3 ▶ to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided ▶5 ▶ to 6 large Jersey beefsteak tomatoes, quartered ▶Salt ▶ and pepper, to taste ▶1 ▶ pint good-quality Greek yogurt ▶1 ▶ bunch scallions, roughly chopped ▶1/2 ▶ bunch oregano, roughly chopped ▶Juice ▶ of 2 lemons

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1. With a sharp knife, cut corn kernels off cobs. Chop off the top third of each asparagus stalk; you want only the tips. Reserve remaining asparagus for another use. 2. In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Saute corn and asparagus for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked but still crisp. Do not overcook. Let cool. (This can be done an hour or so before serving.) 3. Preheat an outdoor grill. Toss tomatoes with salt, pepper, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the olive oil (just enough to coat them). Place tomatoes on the hottest part of the grill and heat until one side is charred. Immediately toss tomatoes with corn mixture. 4. In a mixing bowl, stir together yogurt, scallions, oregano, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. 5. Serve this salad family-style, with the yogurt sauce alongside, so that guests can dress their salads. Or plate individual portions, with a dollop of yogurt sauce on each.

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Dear Atlantic City..

By Raymond Tyler

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s Al Green once said “I’m Still In Love With You”. I was sitting back and thinking about all the great times we will have this summer, and started to remember all the fun we’ve had until now. Baseball! With summer almost here, it occured to me that the little league baseball season is almost here, and sadly, neither Atlantic City or Pleasantville will have leagues this year. Also sadly, this year our little league family lost Coach Lenny Perry. Shout out to all the coaches and staff that have helped teach Atlantic City kids the game of baseball over the years: Sgt. Ward, Sgt. Savage, Sgt. Sam, along with Coaches Adams, Jones, Bailey , Fauntleroy, Toombs, Walker, Banks, and others. As a kid and young adult I valued what you gentlemen taught our young boys about sportsmanship and courtesy off the field. Music and Concerts Dear Atlantic City, I always love what you bring to us musically. Remember when Beyonce and Jay-Z came to Atlantic City for the ground breaking ceremony of The 40/40 Club? They were so gracious,posing for every picture. Remember the night The 40/40 Club opened? I still have a great photo of the upstairs area where Puffy, Andre Harrell, and Barry Bonds were partying. Atlantic City, remember when Terrell Owens had his birthday party at The 40/40? The hall of fame Eagles running back was making it rain $20 bills. I still feel sorry for those that did not get a couple of hundred in extra spending money that night. Atlantic City, you have also been great with all of the concerts at Gardner’s Basin in the inlet. Each year we enjoyed a who’s who from the world of soul music, from The Sugar Hill Gang and Kool Moe Dee, to Full Force, and George Clinton. Sadly, we lost the great Dennis Edwards, of The Temptations, who put on one of the best concerts ever at The

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Basin. Parties, Events, Festivals. Atlantic City, who can forget the great parties here each year? Although more than a party, Marty Small’s Pure Paradise White event is coming August 18th to The Harrah’s Casino Resort. Each year Small brings in a million dollars or more of revenue to AC. His events puts some extra summer money into local businesses, from clothiers, to restaurants, to the people who park cars, and service the hotels. The scene is always amazing with everyone wearing summer white. For information go to www.MartySmall.com Dear Atlantic City, right next door is Pleasantville and each year

and The Polaris Group keeps the memories of places like The Club Harlem alive for all. I have sung along to The S.O.S Band, The Stylistics, and this year on August 11th I will get to see Blue Magic sing songs I have loved for years, including Side Show. Dear Atlantic City, I have to go. I am however, so excited about all the fun we’ll have this year! My pen and camera are ready. See you soon. Love Raymond You can connect with Raymond Tyler via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram @RaymondTyler2018.

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TANF to CAREER Skills Training Program by Trina Byrd, T.Byrd Training Center

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administrative office skills, financial literacy, customer service principles, and refresh their English and math literacy. Included in the curriculum are soft skills that allow us to effectively relate to others in the work place, build stronger work relationships, work more productively, and maximize our career prospects. Most training programs will only focus on hard skills – such as creating documents in Microsoft word, excel, etc. which means soft skills are neglected which

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and office administrative training to refresh any training issues that might arise in a particular situation for a period of three months after initial three month training provided by the One Stop Center. The End Result: Students who successfully complete this three month program will earn two certificates: Microsoft Office Professional and Quick Books, along with professional employment and development skills. The T.Byrd Center is not just preparing TANF individuals for jobs, but for careers. “The jobs people get (coming out of the program) are great entry-level office jobs, and they all come with a tremendous potential for advancement. “They may start as administrative assistants, but they could go on to become supervisors and managers due to the leadership training atmosphere delivered daily in our training program which is really important to us and to the student. Prior to training and approval to attend, students will attend our FREE Careers training program where they will receive the pre-training skills needed to become successful as a student. So in this training we will teach project management skills as a student, prioritizing your assignments, homework tips and techniques. We want you to be successful and so we will ensure that we create the learning environment that will encourage you to want more for your future

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By Sean Fawcett

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favorite pastime for many United States Presidents is golf. Our current president famously owns and builds many golf courses both here and around the world. He and his predecessors love to play the same game. Seaview Golf Club, which is famous for famous guests, is where Sam Snead won his first major championship, the 1942 P.G.A. Championship. It’s also where the LPGA gathers annually to compete at The ShopRite LPGA Classic. Seaview has hosted United States presidents as well. A friend of Seaview founder Clarence H. Geist was President Warren G. Harding. He was a frequent guest, and

golfer, at the Reed’s Bay neighbored Bay Course. President Harding first teed it up at the Hugh Wilson and Donald Ross designed masterpiece in 1922

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Orleans R&B; classic rock and roll ▶Sept. ▶ 2 (Sunday) - The original Cowsills family band (inspiration for the Partridge Family) performing their multi-million selling pop hits “Hair,” “Indian Lake,” “The Flower Girl” Sept 7 - Multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band; son of Clifton Chenier, the father of electric zydeco For more information on the The AtlantiCare Concerts on the Somers Point Beach or the Mardi Gras Atlantic City concert series, call 609-653-6069, go to www.tonymart.com or email tonymarto@aol.com. And check out the Tony Mart Presents radio show for music, food, fun, travel and community professionals noon Saturdays on WPG 1450 AM and 104.1 FM.

and returned many times afterwards. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, commanding hero of World War II in Europe, also, was a visiting golfer to Seaview. Ike played Seaview’s seaside Bay Course, and its Pines Course, opened in 1927, during two different press campaigns in 1953 and 1967. Maybe America’s most famous golfing president, who had a putting green constructed right on the White House lawn, and who was, also, a member at Augusta, Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club, with a tree named for him right off Augusta’s 17th tee, Eisenhower’s trips to the Jersey Shore and the Atlantic City area often included a round of 18 at Seaview. Great friend of America’s golfer, Arnold Palmer, it is estimated that the number of golfers in

America doubled during Eisenhower’s eight years in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Seaview has always been known for its upscale environment and historic setting. However, having multiple Presidents just confirms what a top tier facility Seaview truly is,” said Seaview’s TROON GOLF Director of Golf Brian Rashley. “From its world class amenities to top rated golf, Seaview separates itself from the competition. Not many facilities can say they hosted multiple Presidents and that is just one more accolade to add to the long list at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.” Sean is a Linwood Country Club golf professional who coaches college golf and has more than 15 years of high school coaching experience.

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other’s Day has come and gone, which means I’m just finishing up a semesterful of laundry for two returning college kids, and finding creative ways to store the contents of two apartments in my little house. But for the South Jersey gardener, it also means it’s time to plant flowers! In our gardening zone (7) you can now safely plant annuals without fear of another frost. Our old friends the perennials, who come back every year, are the staples of the garden, but annuals provide loads of variety and pops of color. For a sunny location, petunias come in many colors. They make a great addition to

urns or as border flowers, and give off a wonderful scent. But try their little cousins, calibrachoa, in a flower pot. They are similar flowers with a charming appearance and a smaller bell, and look lovely coupled with the lime-green of a potato vine cascading down. Butterflies find lantana irresistible with its small clusters of aromatic

florets. Soon you will see hummingbirds sampling them too. While your little winged friends are visiting your lantana, offer them snap dragons, cleome, and salvia. If you have a garden on the shady side, plant New Guinea impatiens or double impatiens. They aren’t affected by the downy mildew that has plagued the much adored impatiens (walleriana) — previously the go to flower for shady spots.

Honestly, I still plant the walleriana and haven’t had a problem, but check with your local nursery. Begonias can also add color to a garden with partial sun; the double varieties have wonderful blooms. As an added bonus, you can dig them up when it gets too cold and bring them inside as a houseplant. Consider planting coleus in your shade garden. This annual doesn't need flowers to impress, as it is known for it’s amazing foliage. Coleus has wonderful shades of chartreuse and burgundy. Combine them with your shade-loving flowers in complementary colors and you will look like a master gardener. Take a walk back on the sunny side and try one of my favorite annuals. Al-

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A Night with Nucky and Other Historical South Jersey Fun By Nick Leonetti

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veryone loves a good crime story. With the success of the novels by John D. MacDonald, the mafia films of Martin Scorsese, the iconic role of Tony Montana played by Al Pacino, and The Sopranos HBO series, it is undeniable that this is an extremely lucrative genre that has the ability to draw in an enormous crowd. The lives of these individuals who make their dealings by flouting the law and the inevitable violence that results from it is captivating for “normal” folks like us. We get to live vicariously through these characters in the safety of a movie theatre or our own living rooms. When Boardwalk Empire, the hugely successful HBO series created by Terence Winter, made its way on to television

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screens across the country, South Jerseyites hit the roof with excitement. A major television event based on a time and place that occurred in practically in our backyards received the Hollywood treatment. Stars like Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, and Michael Shannon took on the roles of real-life individuals that lived and did their dealings fifteen-minutes from the Hamilton Mall, warts and all. The frenzy was palpable. I have to admit, I have yet to watch the show. I am terrible when it comes to television series, and it takes me forever to get through one. From what I have from friends and family, when I do watch it, I’m sure I’ll love it. It doesn’t matter whether or not I have seen the show, anyway. Boardwalk Empire is not what this article is primarily concerned about. Rather, this piece is to give the much-deserved attention to a very exciting and educational experience happening just in time for summer for all who are even slightly interested in local history. “A Night With Nucky” is a brand-new feature offered by Jersey Shore Tours. Local historian Levi Fox takes on the role of

Nucky Johnson, the infamous character Boardwalk Empire is all about. Fox dons the character of Nucky – as well as a fedora and a checkered tie – and tells in-depth stories about what the Prohibition-era in South Jersey was like. Get ready to learn about what happened in Atlantic City in the 1920s, how political boss and gangster Nucky Johnson did his business, as well fun little factoids like how Salt Water

talk with Dr. Levi Fox and was thoroughly impressed, to say the least. He oozes with enthusiasm and his love and passion for history is evident from the first few words that leave his mouth. Jersey Shore Tours is of his own making and does not stop with Nucky Johnson. For example, there is another tour called “Ocean City – Footsteps of the Founders,” which focuses on the founding of Ocean City in the nine-

Taffy got its name and the tale of another famous native, the Jersey Devil. Jersey Shore Tours is one of a few recent endeavors made locally to celebrate our local history and heritage, which is important: the history surrounding this area is just as palpable and significant as any other. South Jersey Culture & History Center is another recent addition, offering Sojourn, a publication specializing in South Jersey history, culture, and geography. Professor of British Literature at Stockton University and Director of SJCHC (as well as one of the most brilliant individuals I have had the opportunity to learn from), Thomas Kinsella, along with a few other of his like-minded compatriots, have put all their effort into making this journal available to the public-at-large. It is truly an invigorating experience for anyone interested in regional history and geography. There is also Pinelands Adventures – an initiative of the Pinelands Preservation Society that offers guided adventures through one of America’s most beautiful woodlands. Whether it is guided paddling, hikes, nature and ecology tours, or history and culture tours, Pinelands Adventures proves you do not need thrill-rides, junk food, and calliope music to have a breath-taking experience. Jersey Shore Tours offers a fun and exciting way to learn about the past and heritage of what is now South Jersey. I have had the opportunity to meet and

teenth-century and the efforts there have been to maintain its oldest district. Fox is also an ordained officiant, able to perform the actual ceremony. Weddings can be held on the beach, Boardwalk hotels, and even in the historic Gardner’s Basin. They even offer bachelor/bachelorette tours! I wrote an article a few months back on Enoch “Nucky” Johnson’s burial site. A lot of people from the area never realized his mausoleum can be easily located in a quiet cemetery off Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township. It is hard to fathom when something so important is so close by. This is a testimony to how local Johnson was in this area. History is so easily obtained, yet so easily forgotten if we are not careful. It can slip right through our fingers and be lost forever, dooming us to repeat the past. Jersey Shore Tours has made it its mission to engrain local history into the minds of anyone who is willing to listen and has made it just as fun as a go on the Ferris wheel at Wonderland and more mouth-watering than Boardwalk Fries. Well, almost, anyway. For more information on Jersey Shore Tours, South Jersey Culture and Heritage Center, and Pinelands Adventures, please visit the links below: Jersey Shore Tours: http://www.jerseyshoretours.com/ South Jersey Culture and Heritage Center: https://stockton.edu/sjchc/index. html Pinelands Adventures: http://www. pinelandsadventures.org

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rom local BMX races as a kid to professional motocross Jeremy Smith of Marmora NJ is taking his passion for racing to new heights. Jeremy is a part of a small group of professional

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The goal or objective was always to master the skills being offered within the work opportunity in front of me, then move on to the next job and growth opportunity. That lead to much shorter engagements with employers than what would seem to be normal. It was not until I found myself in a career of business development and consulting that offered so many different learning lessons every day that my time in that role lasted fifteen years. Yet it did not curb my aspirations to master the skills and move on. Results - It may go back to my first job as a paperboy, but I have always been results driven. Deliver the paper and collect your money at the end of each week. Perform at an acceptable or above expected level and the

desired results will follow. However as easy as that sound, in reality conditions t h ro u g h o u t my career were not always equitable and as simple as I would have hoped or had expected them to be. Those less than positive experiences will most likely find their way into future columns. The results driven model of my life was something that followed me throughout my entire career. As I reflect upon these five words that became the elements that formed and followed me through my work backstory, I realize that they are still areas that I utilize regularly. I have just modified and updated these the way I view these areas based on the world and my world of today. I am still very action oriented. However, today I do my best to work smarter not necessarily harder. My wife and now my daughters do their best to keep me looking stylish, if you see me let me know how they are doing! As far as technology goes, it is extremely difficult to keep up with

every new platform, app or next big thing. I think the fact that I attempt to tweet about my Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook on blog, may give you a glimpse into my tech savviness these days. I still have aspirations to achieve more and the concept of mastering the skills I am learning every day and searching out new opportunities to do so will always be part of my model. And no matter what occurs during the work that I do now and continue to do in the future, despite the fact they do not always materialize I will focus on results that allow me to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment of a job well done. While my youth may be gone my ability to act youthful and stay connected to the key elements that brought me to where I am today are still real. And remembering that a certain amount of energy, enthusiasm and excitement is still something I have access to and have the ability to control, the future looks very promising.

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More Wacky & Weird Republican Developments in the Race for United States Congress in New Jersey's District 2

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he contest for the Republican Nomination for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's District 2 just keeps getting weirder. It still must play out in real time, however, the presumptive front-runner, Hirsh Singh appears to be in jeopardy and former New Jersey Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi is presently the biggest benefactor of Singh's sudden and dramatic fall from grace. The whole point of Singh's inevitability had been cloaked in the belief that Singh would largely be able to self-fund his campaign. It has been a strong-held belief, because Singh had promised it himself. Republicans well know what a prodigious fundraiser State Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-1 is. They understandably grav-

itated to Singh, because he appeared to be the only Republican left standing who could raise the seven figures required to take-on Van Drew. Various high-ranking County officials are said to now be furious upon learning the news of Singh's financial disclosure form, which came 11 days after the required deadline. Most believe that the reason that Singh filed late was because his current financial standing is shockingly below what he had previously promised to all County Chairman and party movers and shakers. Singh had directly and unambiguously promised to be able to self-fund. Upon require disclosure, it has now been learned that Singh has only two assets: A 401K plan (a tax-deferred financial instrument) worth between $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 and $ 1,000 to $ 15,000 in Atlantic City casino winnings. On top of this, Singh disclosed that he has two loans, which could total more than the than the 401K plan and casino win assets. Singh may have a negative net worth. You can't make this stuff up. This Republican Primary season has been a freak show. Singh personally described his casino

win as "Hit black 13 on Roulette in Atlantic City after the first annual GOP Leadership Summit." Of amusing note, Singh actually placed a smiley face on his official federal financial disclosure form; probably a first in American federal campaign history. Incredulously, Singh does not have a checking or savings account with at least $ 1,000; because it would have to be disclosed. It is important to note that the federal financial campaign laws are different then state level campaigns. In a federal campaign, only the candidate can loan money to his campaign. At the state level, Singh had impressively amassed more than $ 1 million during his campaign for Governor last year. This was due to a loan from his immediate family. That is not permitted in this campaign. The momentum of Singh's previous demonstrated financial prowess, carried into this year's Congressional race. There was no reason to question Singh on his financial pronouncements. After all, he had just recently proven that he was a seven-figure candidate. One Chairman that I have spoken with is furious with Singh, saying, "It's on tape,

he promised everyone that he would be able to self-fund to the tune of $ 2 million." The multiple seven-figure promise was politically/electorally intoxicating to the many Party Chairman, who saw that with Senate candidate Bob Hugin being able to self-fund; coupled with their belief that Singh had promised to be able to do the same ... they were simply blinded by dollar signs, which would also prove to be so powerful down ballot. This Primary election season is turning out to be a disaster and embarrassment for the Republican Party in District 2. It's all playing into Van Drew's hands. Van Drew has been attacked from the far left, but, he has skillfully avoided any major problems during his bid to secure the Democratic Nomination. Van Drew is flying clear skies like a stealth pilot. He's basically unmarked during the Primary campaign. The Fiocchi campaign has aggressively pounced on the Singh financial revelation: "I clearly remember Hirsh Singh saying he would spend $ 2 million of his own money on his campaign, said Fiocchi. "He said it at the Cape May County Convention. Other candidates heard him say it and rank-andfile members of the party heard him. For

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his Campaign Manager to say he never said it is untrue," said Fiocchi. "The untrue statement from his campaign is just the tip of the iceberg. The real concern is that the two loans listed in the report that Singh took out in January. Who co-signed for the loans? No financial institution is going to give someone with no collateral a loan for between $ 10,000 and $ 50,000 as listed in the report," said Fiocchi. On Singh's federal financial disclosure form, the following loans are listed: A loan of between $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 from Goldman Sachs and a second loan from theLending Club, between $ 15,001 to $ 50,000. Fiocchi campaign spokesman Steve Kush said, "Obviously Goldman Sachs is a lending institution and would require collateral of a co-signer. Lending Club clearly states on its website that "In some cases when you apply for an individual loan, we may recommend that you add a co-borrower, which may help you qualify." The suggestion is two-fold. First, the Fiocchi campaign is pointing out that Singh appears to have no visible signs of individual income. Second, it is a direct reference that if Singh has used a co-borrower, that he may be violating at least the spirit of federal campaign finance laws. "This all adds up to more controversy surrounding Hirsh Singh," said Fiocchi. "Singh needs to tell voters who co-signed the loans and explain if he did an endaround federal campaign finance laws. If he wants to continue to be a candidate for office, voters have a right to know, because candidates (we are), should be held to a higher standard. Either come clean, or get out of the race," concluded Fiocchi. In the last issue of Shore Local News Magazine, I offered a scathing assessment of Cumberland County Republican Party Chairman Michael Testa, Esquire. While I still strongly believe that there should have been a manageable way for Brian Fitzherbert to have been included on the Cumberland County Convention ballot and that Robert Turkavage should be in Column A on the Cumberland County Republican Primary Election Ballot ... I have subsequently talked, again with Testa. The conversation was entirely respectful and positive. Testa was highly professional throughout and I only feel that it is

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fair to our readers to follow-up that while I can't take back my words in total; I can say that I feel differently now about Testa then I did at the time I wrote my stinging rebuke of him a few weeks ago. The easiest thing for me to do here would be to say nothing. That's not how I work. The easy way is usually not the right way. Testa takes a great deal of pride in his leadership responsibilities. I owe it to you, our valued readers, to revise and extend my remarks about Testa. It's the intellectually honest and right thing to do. I didn't get it completely wrong. But, I also didn't get it completely right. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 5, 2018. At the rate things are going, I can almost guarantee you that more wild and wacky story lines are sure to unfold. Stay tuned, we'll continue to be your most comprehensive source for Decision 2018. 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. Harry Hurley has also been selected (2015-2018) as one of the Top 100 Most Important Talk Radio Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. 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 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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Local Author To Release Third Book At Brigantine Farmers Market

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ames McCusker’s “Black McCool” Debuts Saturday With Meet And Greet BRIGANTINE - Local author James McCusker will debut his third novel Saturday at the city farmers market and will meet and greet with readers and offer signed copies for sale each weekend this summer. McCusker, 30, of Brigantine will release “Black McCool,” and hold a meet-and-greet book signing Saturday, May 26 at the Brigantine Farmers Market. Ten percent of profits from all copies sold at the farmers market will be donated to reachoutandread. org. This will be the fourth summer that McCusker will be a mainstay at the Brigantine Farmers Market. His debut novel, “Atlantic City Nights,”

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James McCusker, 30, of Brigantine, will release his third novel “Black McCool,” and hold a meet-and-greet book signing Saturday, May 26 at the Brigantine Farmers Market.

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“Black McCool” by James McCusker, 30, of Brigantine, takes place 25 years after the events of his first novel, “Atlantic City Nights” on the streets of Philadelphia, will debut Saturday, May 26 at the Brigantine Farmers Market. It takes place 25 years after the original crime drama on the streets of Philadelphia. McCusker combines his flair for gritty dialogue with elements of romance, violence and mystery in this epic saga. “Black McCool” will be available each weekend this summer in print at the Brigantine Farmers Market and online at Amazon and his website booksbymccusker.com. “I feel like I’ve really grown as an author over the last few years,” McCusker said. “This new book has all the action of the original with a love story and the introduction of the Irish Mob, so hopefully there’s a little something for everybody.”

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County exec asks towns to consider plastic bag ordinances the use of plastic bags. Ventnor’s 5-cents fee on single-use plastic bags will take effect on Oct. 1, and the municipality recently won a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant to educate the public about the

urge state legislators to create a comprehensive state plan as New York, among others, is doing. Either way the discussion may serve to raise public consciousness.” Levinson said he believes the green move-

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sing Longport Borough and Ventnor City as examples, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has asked the county’s 20 other municipalities to consider enacting legislation that could help reduce the use of plastic packaging in all its forms. Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica also confirmed that the freeholder board is formulating an ordinance that would ban the use of plastic bags and straws at all county parks. “I have a great affinity for the quality of our environment, especially where I live,” he said. Formica, who was born and raised in Atlantic City, said the ordinance is currently going through legal review and will likely be on the freeholder board agenda for May 22 or the following meeting at the latest. Meanwhile, Levinson sent a letter on May 14 asking municipalities to form committees of supporters and detractors who could review the issue and make recommendations to the governing bodies about enacting bans or imposing fees on the use of plastic bags and bottles. Longport Mayor Nicholas Russo said Wednesday, May 16 that the county is using the borough and nearby Ventnor as examples of how municipalities can effectively tackle the issue. Longport was the first municipality in Atlantic County to impose a 10-cents fee on single-use, carry-out bags. Although the legislation is largely symbolic in Longport, which has just three businesses – two restaurants and a real estate office – Ventnor’s bag fee ordinance may have a larger impact on reducing

Photo by Steve Jasiecki fee and the need to reduce the use of plastics that wind up in the ocean, are eaten by fish and have become part of the food chain. “I think the public is ready to do their part and be more responsible,” Levinson said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “It is ubiquitous. These bags are everywhere. They are stuck in trees, tangled in electrical wires, littering our forests and on our beaches. Animals are digesting plastic and it’s found in the stomachs of 94 percent of sea birds. It’s time for a discussion and action.” Levinson said he would like to see New Jersey follow New York’s lead in enacting a bottle redemption bill, but until that happens, bans on non-compostable plastics could be enacted at the local level. “County government cannot legislate to municipalities as state government can; we can only suggest,” he wrote to Atlantic County mayors. “Perhaps each municipality could form a committee consisting of both environmentally-committed citizens as well as those not as committed to make their recommendations to their governing body, and/or to When you download the free app, you can enter for your chance to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle from our friends at Atlantic County Harley-Davidson. One winner will be selected at random on July 15th, 2018. Don’t miss out! Download the free app from your app store and fill out the entry form. Restrictions apply. Limit one entry per household. For terms and conditions and complete details and how to register without downloading the APP, go to snjtoday.com/ acharleygiveaway. Drawing will be held on July 15, 2018. Attendance at drawing not necessary. Winner will be contacted.

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ment has made residents more environmentally aware and they are ready for a change. “I believe people do want to do the right thing,” he said. Levinson said he will send a copy of his letter to Governor Phil Murphy and to state legislators, but it’s up to municipalities to decide whether they should enact an outright ban on single-use plastics or impose a fee to discourage their use. The fee imposed in Longport and Ventnor

is not a tax, but a user fee that stays with the store owners. “It’s a user fee that is totally unnecessary,” Levinson said. “People don’t have to use plastic at all. What’s wrong with bringing your own bags to the store?” Levinson said he would like the issue brought up at the state level, but local residents need to take responsibility for their environment. “We prefer state action, but it has to start somewhere,” he said. “It should be here, especially because we invite visitors to our beaches and parks.” He said he knows enforcement of the ban of plastic bags and straws in all 7,000 acres of county parks will be difficult, but it is his hope that the public will comply, he said. “If nothing else, it will start a discussion and make people more aware,” he said. “New Jersey is the Garden State where we enjoy clean rivers, lakes, ocean water, pristine wooded areas, and a rich agricultural history. It’s time we do more to ensure our ability to live up to our motto.” Nanette LoBiondo Galloway is an award-winning journalist who has chronicled the news in Atlantic County communities for more than 20 years. She can be reached at nlo@ nlocommunications.com.

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On Tour With Dean Randazzo By Dean Randazzo

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his past weekend was a big deal for some talented young local surfers as they competed in the Eastern Surfing Association Northeast Regional. The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) was formed in 1967, and one of the founding fathers is New Jersey native, Cecil Lear. The Northeast Regional is where the best surfers from all of the

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ESA Districts in the North East come to compete, in hopes of qualifying for the East Coast Championships in September, where they will meet up with other qualifiers from ESA Southeast Regional and Mid Atlantic Regional. There is a lot on the line for these kids coming up through the ranks: the Northeast Regional is a stepping stone toward much bigger dreams, the ESA being a gateway for these kids to possibly compete in the Olympics. You would have to qualify through your region to compete in the US Prime events and the US Nationals in California, to have a chance to make the International Surfing Association’s US Team, to then have a chance at the Olympics. Yes, it’s a long road but it’s paved and ready for

the long haul. For me the ESA was a lot of fun! Every contest you would see all of your friends hanging out, surfing, and having fun. I can remember the pressure of the Northeast Regional because I really wanted to qualify to go to Cape Hatteras for the East Coast Championships. Surfing is a subjective sport and anything can happen in a heat, such as being disqualified for interference, or the ocean going flat so no waves come to you, allowing Joe Smo beat you. Fortunately, I always qualified and part of my motivation was my sponsor at the time, George Gerlach, owner of Surfers Supplies. As part of being on the team, George paid for my whole trip. Every year team Surfers Supplies would show up in the Outer Banks. We were a little different than the long haired blond kids from Florida, and after all, we had Doc X on our team! He was an eccentric character that dared to wear Malcom X tee shirts on the Outer Banks back in the day- but that’s another story! I have great memories of competing at the

East Coast Championships: meeting new friends from other places, surfing different waves, and eating grits and hush puppies. Everyone has great memories of traveling down to the Outer Banks for the East Coast Championships! Leading up to the Northeast Regional I held a Camp ZZO coaching session with some young local talentTucker Collins, William Bumbernick, Kayden Cameron, and Sofia Whelan, to get them prepared for the big event. We ran mock heats, worked on contest strategy, and followed up the session with video analysis and heat strategy literature. I love coaching and having the opportunity to help these kids surf better and strive to be their best. 15 year old William Bumbernick says he has preheat rituals to help ease the nerves: he stretches, listens to music, and says some prayers. He made two division finals: U16 and U18. Other surfers might have something like a lucky leash, or specific ritual that must be done to help them mentally prepare

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in U12. Cruz said he was super excited to surf in his first Northeast Regional stating that he thought it was awesome to travel to an event, stay in a hotel, and surf for two days with the best surfers in the North East. He said he that he had so much fun hanging with friends and meeting new friends from other places. Local competitions are just fun! Although there is a lot on the line for some of these up and coming kids, you don’t have to be the next Kelly Slater or local prodigy to show up to the contest and compete. It’s fun for everyone. I asked my 11 year old son, Dean Jr. what he liked about competing in the ESA or OCSA. He said he really wants a trophy but he likes hanging out with the kids

for the competition. 12 year old Tucker Collins made 3 finals: U14, U16, and Menehune longboard, and said that this was his best contest performance, adding that advice I had given him freed his mind and changed his perspective. Kids get nervous when they look at who is in their heat. I say it doesn’t matter, that surfing is a self sport, and you’re not actually competing against the other kids in your heat, you’re competing against yourself. You’re the only one allowed on

more. I remember last year at one of the ESA events there was a contest for the kid with the most sand on them. The kids rolled around in the sand and the sandiest kid got a prize! These kids are gaining great memories that will last a lifetime! Keep Shredding! Dean Randazzo “Surfing is life, the rest is detail” quote Allen J. Wolf

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that wave- now go find the best waves! You can’t control the outcome, but you can control what wave you catch, and how you perform on that wave. Focus your energy on what you can control and the rest will fall in place. Tucker also felt that he had added pressure to do well since O’Neil had just become his sponsor. 11 year old Sophie Whelan, a Heritage team rider made 2 finals: U12 and Sharkbanz Girls U14. 8 year old wonder kid, Cruz Dinofa, finished 2nd

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GRILLED FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA I was planning to make fish tacos and asked for a recommendation of what kind of fish to get. He recommended wild caught mahi mahi which is what I went with. About a half hour before grilling, my assistant helped me brush the fish with olive oil. You could make a simple dry rub

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promise to stop writing about peaches soon. I’m just not ready yet. When I was menu planning for the week and looked at my counter, I saw huge, juicy peaches and tomatoes. To me this combination shouts peach salsa so I grilled up some fish and made fish tacos with peach salsa. It was a fantastic dish to have as summer

winds down around here. I made the peach salsa earlier in the day and let it sit in the fridge to marry the flavors. I chopped up peaches, Jah’s tomatoes, cilantro and onion. I don’t like food too spicy so I added a jalapeño, but made sure to remove the seeds and ribs. I made the mistake once of touching my eyes after chopping a jalapeño. That was unpleasant to say the least so now I always wear gloves when chopping jalapeños. To this mixture I added salt, pepper and the juice of one lime. When you go to the fish counter do you engage the fishmonger in

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1. For salsa combine all ingredients (peaches through pepper). Mix well and store in fridge until ready to use. 2. About half hour before grilling rub fish with olive oil and sprinkle with spice rub. If using a grill basket, spray with cooking spray and place fish in grill rack on grill at medium heat. Grill for about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove fish and cut into chunks. Serve with peach salsa, tortillas and chopped avocado. for the fish with cumin, chili powder and salt, but I had recently picked up this chili lime rub at Williams Sonoma that I wanted to try. I placed the fish in a grill basket on the grill and cooked it for about three minutes per side and it was done to perfection. The filets were thin so they only needed a short time on the grill. I cut the fish up into chunks and served it alongside tortillas, peach salsa, avocado and queso fresco. Summer is not over yet so pick up some peaches and make this before it’s too late!

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Fish taco 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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Lessons From All The Rain

By Jeff Whitaker

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f you’re like me, the rain and more rain recently has taken a toll. When you talk about a full week of gloomy weather, and for that matter, an entire month that has been made up of more clouds and dampness than sunshine and warmth, it can affect even the most optimistic person. Let’s face it, the dreary weather can get you down. We've all heard the saying, "Don't let anyone rain on your parade". But the fact is, sometimes we allow it, if we’re not careful. No matter how hard the rain falls, how long the storm lasts, eventually the sun returns. It does so without fail. Sometimes it rains longer than we thought it would, the clouds are thicker than we had hoped, but the sun always returns. That’s not always comforting when we’re in the midst of the storm. The reality is that many times the things we hope for either don't materialize the way we thought they would, in the time we thought they would, or sometimes even at all. And it’s at this point that we’re faced with a choice. As we follow the analogy, do we drown in the storm, or weather the storm and see things through to the other side. The next time the storms come, consider this 1. Storms are inevitable. Just as the sun rises and sets, the rain will fall. Sometimes it’s a shower, sometimes it’s a downpour. But the rain can’t be avoided. Sometimes the storms of life come about

because of choices we make or circumstances we create. Other times, the storm are unavoidable through no fault of our own. 2. Storms serve a purpose. Although we can’t always control the storms of life, we can control how we respond. Pastor and Author Charles Swindoll says, “the longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.” Don’t allow a storm to come into your life without coming out of that storm a better person. Find the lesson in the storm. There is always something we can learn. The storms will come, and when they do, we need to be reminded that the beauty that we see in the bright sunshine of a new day that follows isn’t possible without the rain. It's the rain that sets the stage for a bright tomorrow. It's the rain that makes the grass greener, the flowers brighter, and the air fresher. The next time it rains and rains and rains, remember the sun will return, and when it does you'll be much better off for having gone through the storm. So raise your umbrella, take shelter, and be grateful in the rain. Look for the rainbow over the horizon and anticipate the return of the sun. It's coming. I promise. 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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begin to move your knees forward similar to a running motion just on the ground. While always remembering to breathe in through the nose out the mouth. (Tip: make sure to keep the chin tucked & continue to squeeze those By Aaron Green

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ere are a couple great exercises that will not only push you towards your goals but encourage you to never stop growing. So from start to finish never forget to have the mindset of knowing YOU GOT THIS! We’re going to start off with Mountain Climbers. This has proven to be one of the top calorie burning exercises around! Mountain Climbers: Starting in push up position with your arms locked out straight. You want to abs to be ) Bicycles: Here’s you get into a comfortable starting position laying flat on your back. Next you will place your hand directly behind your head. From there you will start with your right elbow and bring your left knee in at the exact same time , meeting each other in the middle. From there you will proceed to the opposite side ( left elbow to right knee ). Now the moment you feel comfortable I want you to continue the motion and roll like a bicycle thus the bicycle motion. (Tip: the faster you turn the more you burn!)

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Who is your workout buddy? By Gena Laielli

clothes, and are out the door. Why the change of heart? You don’t want to bail on your friend and let her down when she got up and now has to sweat solo. Motivation is key, and always there when you have the perfect pair. If you think you can’t run anymore, and want

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eas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, Tom and Jerry, Hans Solo and Chewbacca: pretty common dynamite pairs right? When you have the perfect pair, the end results are unstoppable! What does this have to do with exercise? I’m getting to my point. I always hear the famous excuses: “I don’t have time“, “I’m too tired”, and “My dog ate my sneakers”. I get it. Working out can be a struggle and feel like a chore, or even a second job. But not if you buddy up with one of your friends and get that “Duet Sweat” together. Don’t believe it will work? Here’s why it will. Working out with a friend requires accountability. You are tired. You went out last night, and are laying in bed thinking how comfy you are, and probably even say “ I’ll work out later”. But wait. You made plans to meet up with your girl for a kick butt HIIT class. Next thing you know, you jump out of bed, throw on your

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to give up, or you think you can’t bust out 10 more reps: well now you can with your own personal cheering squad that you buddied up with. Not only will you have your squad, but now you don’t have to find a spotter when you want to graduate to bigger weights. You have your buddy! Whether it’s your friend or your significant other, they are there to motivate you and push you to do better.

Remember how they cheered you on and pushed you? Now it’s your turn to return the favor. Now that you have your gym bestie, it’s time to let the fun begin and get in those fun partner workouts. Hate pushups? Not anymore! With your bud you will both get down, get up, and high five each other for every rep you both do! Partner burpees, partner sit-ups, partner race: I can go on and on. Partners are the best. You are both sweating, burning, toning, and yes, you are hanging out. Sometimes you might spark up a friendly competition, or challenge each other to do something. Now you have a goal, a friend, and are getting in shape. Not bad, bud! Exercise ruts are the worst. You are doing the same 3 miles every day, the same arm workout, the same ab workout, so much that you can do it in your sleep. Time for a serious change. If you do the same thing day in and day out, your body will plateau and not change at all. It just adapts to what you are always doing and now that’s what it expects. Partner up with a pal, throw in a little bit of this and that from their routines, and boom, your body is challenged and you will see results. Change is good! When we do partner workouts at

Genfitness it’s amazing to see and hear everyone laughing, working as a team, saying “sorry” if they throw a ball hard and their partner misses it. When someone is running with the rope around the block and they get tired, we push them, as a team, to finish. I love the atmosphere of teaming up, especially the laughter in the air! The happiness factor is out, and now with a friend, that dopamine is doubled and those endorphins are flowing like crazy. As Memorial Day weekend is approaching find that friend that always wants to get into a fit routine but hasn’t yet. Now you both can get started together. Whether it’s a running buddy, lifting, buddy, or group fit buddy, just do it! Fit friends make the best friends, and what a perfect way to kick off summer 2018 at the shore! Salty air, sweat, and a beginning to a healthier lifestyle together! Gena Laielli, owner of Genfitness 57 W laurel Dr Somers Point, Nj 08244 Genfitnessusa57@gmail. com Nurse, personal trainer, group fitness instructor. Over 15 years in fitness, health, wellness, and nutrition.

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Summer is upon us and the Spring real estate market is in full bloom By Christina Sciarretta

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DOWN 1. Type of nuclear missile 2. Eye layer 3. Legal wrong 4. *Orient Express, e.g. 5. On the same page 6. Echoed by the flock 7. Chronic drinker 8. *Down Under marsupial 9. Scorch 10. ____wig or ____winkle 11. *Middle name of Shakespeare's hometown 12. Unit of force 15. *Taking the ____, or going to BadenBaden 20. Consumed 22. Pharaoh's cobra 24. Joins the military 25. *Location of world's tallest building 26. Omani and Yemeni 27. "____ in Toyland" 29. *Where to see Taj Mahal 31. #17 Across, pl. 32. Source of lymphocytes, pl. 33. Savory sensation 34. *Chunnel ride from London 36. *Party in Maui 38. *Sydney Harbour is one of first to ring in the new one 42. Ancient fishing tool 45. Modus operandi 49. Female pronoun 51. In working order 54. Run-of-the-mill 56. Native New Zealander 57. Memory unit 58. Nobleman's title 59. Throat-clearing sound 60. Flipside of pros 61. Unrivaled 62. *Vegas light 63. Floppy storage 64. Change for a five 67. *Home to Christ the Redeemer

here is a whole lot going on in the market right now. Let me explain: This Spring, we saw a dramatic increase in interest rates nationwide. Rates jumped from an average of 3.75% last year, to an average of 4.75% this year. Maybe it’s the climbing rates, or maybe it’s that we’ve all been stuck inside watching HGTV reruns during what was seemingly the longest Winter in East Coast history, but whatever the reason, the pool of home buyers in Atlantic County right now is robust! They are out and searching endlessly for the perfect home. Here’s the issue: inventory is super low. (Inventory=homes currently for sale.) Inventory, county-wide, is down 20% from last year. 20%! I don’t think we have a statistic for the amount of home buyers that are currently searching in Atlantic County, but it feels like it is up 439%. Now I am a real estate agent in the thick of it, so obviously I’m stressed, well dressed, and coffee-obsessed at this point, and not to be trusted on that stat. The point is that there is a healthy pool of buyers and low inventory. Why it’s awesome: Prices are up 11% from

last year which is an excellent increase. At the same time, the amount of time that homes are staying on the market before selling is down 10%, which means that homes are selling faster and for more money over all! Why it’s stressful: Buyers in many price ranges are having difficulty finding a suitable home that is realistically priced, without having to get into a bidding war. This is driving prices up. Word around town is that wine sales have gone up 37% in direct correlation. I have fact checkers checking that one out, so let me get back to you on that. (Disclaimer: I have no fact checker. Just a very active sense of sarcasm.) I have found that the more information my buyers and sellers have going into the process, the less stressful it all is. That being said, my advice to buyers is to be prepared to look well within your price range, instead of at the top of your price range, so that you have some negotiating room if you have to go to list price or above. Be prepared to make strong offers. Make sure you have a market-savvy agent so that he/she can advise you on the best way to get the home you want, while making sure that you’re not over-paying. My advice to sellers would be that homes sell or remain on the market for four reasons: price, condition, location, and marketing. It all boils down to price, so price your home at market value, based on your condition and location and you’ll have no problem selling your home. Until next time, peace, love, and good vibes!

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