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t started with one. Then there were a few. I thought nothing of it. After all, I am at least a thousand times larger. What harm could these tiny ants do? If I ever doubted that there is power in numbers, I never will again. Within three days, the ants grew in number from three to three thousand. Now that had my attention. It began in the kitchen. Hundreds of black moving specks clustered around the smallest crumb that was left on the counter or stove. They appeared to be following a well orchestrated plan to haul that crumb away, perhaps to feed their Queen. No more crumbs seemed to be the logical answer, or so I thought. I cleaned and cleaned, meticulously wiping down the counters and stove each night. Undeterred, the ants marched in lines along the baseboards. I ran to the hardware store and bought ant traps. You know the kind where the ants “Check in, but don't check out.” I’m pretty sure I heard them laughing at me. I knew things were getting serious when they moved upstairs. The bathroom sinks were the first place I spotted them. One was running on my toothbrush. Now I was getting mad.

We consulted with a friend who happened to be an exterminator. He gave us all the “inside tips.” The ants didn't stand a chance now, I reasoned. But instead the ant population would shrink in one room only to grow in the next. In desperation, we turned to the all knowing Google, and then even better, Pinterest. Vinegar to kill on impact and Borax mixed with sugar in specific ratios, soaked up in cotton balls to attract the ants, only to poison them. I am cautiously optimistic that it may be working. From an aerial view, we all look like ants, moving to and fro. Like those ants, we too have power in numbers. It's easy to think though “What difference can one person make?” It only takes one person to light a fire, or to start something that will grow and grow, ultimately making a big impact. Hometown Hero, Dorrie Papademetriou is one of those starters. She began her MudGirls Studios in 2017 with a mission to empower homeless women and engage them in their community. Read about the amazing things Dorrie is doing on page 6. The summer of 2018 is well underway and is offering us so much in entertainment and opportunities for family fun. This issue of Shore Local is full of information about fun events and local happenings along with all the columns that you have come to know and love. We hope you are having a wonderful, safe and pest free summer season!

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attern change is a comin'! Most of July has featured above average temps and high humidity. If you're a fan of Summer, you've been in your glory, however, if you're like me and don’t like the hot humid stuff, you've been miserable. The good news about this summer? Everyone will be happy from time to time. Another pattern shift is coming our way, and it begins today as a cold front slams through. We saw showers and storms (some severe) on Tuesday, and behind the front comes cooler and drier air. Exciting stuff! We've got a trough (dip in the jet stream)

that will build in over the next several days and lower our temps. With the cooler weather also comes some wetter weather too. No, we are not in a drought, but we are below average with our precipitation. That will likely change at some point over the weekend. When a pattern shift happens, it is often accompanied by a larger rain event. Some model guidance suggest a feature will move north along the coast and bring some wind and rain. Track is everything, obviously. Still several days to watch. Overall, I think August is cooler, which is great since it's typically our hottest month of the year.

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Hometown Hero: Dorrie Papademetriou

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orrie Papademetriou is passionate about two key things in life: art and social change. Her life’s journey has taken her from Boston to Ohio, to living abroad while raising her children, and ultimately finding herself right here in Atlantic County. Through her travels, art has been a constant for Dorrie in her heart as well as in her career path. She has worked for brands as big as Louis Vuitton, Legal Seafood, and Infinity. Much of her most prided work is with the homeless of Atlantic City. After working as curator of the Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University, Dorrie was inspired to use art as a way to empower economically disadvantaged women. She started with one of our other hometown heroes, Sister Patty, director of Adelaide’s Place. Dorrie packed up her clay and tools and volunteered her time at Ad-

elaide’s place, where homeless women can find refuse and a safe place to rest. She worked with women to create art and was inspired to begin a non-profit organization of her own that would offer these women pay for their work. In 2016, MudGirls Studios was brought to life, and is currently operating out of the 2nd floor of St. Michael’s Church in Atlantic City. At MudGirls Studios, homeless women are not only offered an hourly wage for the art that the create,

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power homeless women and engage women who have no connection to community; to bring them together as a community and really transition them into a life of self sufficiency. I want to give them a place to be creative and express themselves.” “We are a family once we’re here,” says Donna Gaskins, MudGirl. Dorrie has always had a passion for giving back. She is aware and humble in her life blessings, and has always had a heart for giving to those less fortunate. She has used her gift of art to empower those with Alzheimer's, underprivileged children, and now the disadvantaged women of Atlantic City. The ceramic, functional tableware being hand built at MudGirls Studios connects the viewer with the maker. The person who is holding it in their

hands after purchase has the unique opportunity of being connected to the person who made it. “It gives the women an opportunity to say I made this. This is validating who I am. It’s an object that says I exist,” says Dorrie. Currently, the women are working on 2,000 architectural tiles that will be used to intricately decorate a fireplace in the new Stockton University Campus in Atlantic City. The inspiration behind the mosaic is “land to sea,” which represents the connection between the original mainland Stockton Campus and the soon-to-be Atlantic City campus. MudGirls welcomes volunteers in both time and resources. If you’d like to volunteer your time rolling clay, glazing clay, and working alongside of these amazing women, contact Dorrie Papademetriou at musgirlsstudios@ Paper towels, water bottles, and necessities are always welcomed as well. Dorrie is looking to expand the group of MudGirls to about 12 women. Visit the MudGirls on Facebook at MudGirls Studios and online at www. Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia journalist, freelance writer, and self published author.

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hile colorful characters, like Nucky Johnson, may make Atlantic City’s past more widely known, there is a great deal of history to discover in the Downbeach towns of Margate, Longport, and Ventnor. The most famous historic site, Lucy The Margate Elephant. is celebrating her one hundred and thirty-seventh birthday this Saturday, July 21, 2018. Initially built by James Lafferty in 1881, to draw potential buyers to look at his lands in what was then called South Atlantic City, the elephant was soon sold to the Gertzen family of Philadelphia, who named her Lucy in 1902, despite the fact that only male Asian elephants have tusks. Though she served as a draw to

the Elephant Hotel in front of her for years, by the 1960s the building had fallen into disrepair and faced potential destruction. Luckily for Lucy and the rest of the community, in 1970 the Save Lucy Committee was formed by concerned locals, and on July 20, 1970 they paid for her to be moved down the block to city owned land, where the long process of restoring the

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1970, in the worst shape of her life. The Longport Historical Society, housed in a United States Coast Guard Building that was the town’s City Hall until 1990, boasts a police room that holds a bong confiscated in the 1980s. Their jail cells are mostly for storage, except when special tour groups come through such as the “FELS” seminar of lifelong learners I brought several years ago. Another nifty exhibit is the set of shoreline maps that explains how the town, named for a man called Long, today starts at Eleventh Street, due to several storms.

Longport Historical Society Shore history plays a similarly significant role at the first place I took the FELS group, the Ventnor Historical Society museum which, since 2006, has been across from the library in the Community Center. While lifeguard heritage and historic bathing suits comprise much of the collection, visitors to Ventnor’s museum will also learn how the tourist town was named for a resort located on England’s Isle of Wight. Dr. Levi Fox holds a PhD in History from Temple and teaches at Stockton. Levi is also Secretary of the Somers Point Historical Preservation Commission and President of Jersey Shore Tours

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Work with staff to improve interview skills, and other skills needed to become gainful employees. Please call 609-5690376 to reserve your computer. Pajama-Rama Storytime ▶Wednesdays ▶ at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Brigantine 201 15th St. South For children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Wear your pajamas to the branch and explore fun with reading, instruments, movement and sounds with the following themes: ▶July ▶ 25th: We’ve Got the Rhythm ▶August ▶ 1st: Loud and Quiet Colorful Straw Pan Flutes ▶Wednesday, ▶ July 25th from 1:30-3pm Atlantic County Library Pleasantville 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. This activity is open to ages 7-12, and registration is required. Tap your inner Zamfir and make a cool, colorful pan flute out of straws. Don’t know who Zamfir is? Register for this event and find out. Summer Splash Party ▶Thursday, ▶ July 26th from 4:305:30pm Inland Family Success Center 3050 Spruce Ave. Egg Harbor Township Enjoy water games, summertime activities and refreshments. Please call 609-569-0376 to reserve your space.

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love to let readers of this column in on secrets, and I have a good one for you. Are you ready? The Ocean City Skatepark is both free, and one of one of my children’s favorite places to go to when we have an unscheduled afternoon. If you haven’t been to the skatepark and own a skateboard, head over there. When you need a break from the beach and don’t want to park your kids in front of their screens, this is a wholesome and fun activity that your kids will love. The Ocean City Skatepark was built in 2015 in a large, open space at 5th and West Avenues. A list of rules is posted outside the park which you should familiarize yourself with before heading over. Most importantly, all skaters are required to wear helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads. If this seems excessive, you will quickly see within 5 minutes of being at the park why this rule exists. My kids fall on skateboards. A lot. We also suit up our kids with wrist guards. Other

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important rules to be aware of are no bikes, scooters, or rollerblades, and parents must supervise participants under 12 years old. So why do we enjoy the skate park so much? My kids are not going to be the next Tony Hawk, but they enjoy anything that involves learning new skills. The park was built for skateboarders of every level. At the front of the park is the beginners area, with smaller ramps that my kids learned to feel very comfortable using. Towards the back are two different bowls that skaters can drop into on their boards. The bowls are fun for practicing tricks and working on advanced skills. My son is working his way to the easier bowl and, by the end of the summer, I expect him to feel comfortable dropping in. I am always struck by the camaraderie of the skatepark. My kids manage to make new friends whenever we go. Skateboarding

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isn’t really the type of activity that involves lessons; so much of learning to skateboard comes from watching other kids. Kids naturally tend to offer advice to one another at the skate park and encourage each other to

with similar skills and they spent an hour practicing a jump that they both wanted to master. When it was time to leave they both begged to meet up again at the park soon. Ocean City is a wholesome town to

Left to right: Andrew Baur, Jaxson Jaffe, Zoe Herishen, Shane Sandlin, Chaz Moreno begin with, so it makes sense that the skatepark follows suit. No alcohol, loud music or profane language is permitted. There is always someone monitoring the park, which is run by the city. A covered picnic table is located towards the entrance of the park which is very nice for parents who want to be shaded from the sun. The park is open daily from 9am to dusk. If you don’t have pads, no worries. They always have a box of pads to borrow if you forgot yours. Next time you want a break from the beach or to try something new, dust off the skateboard and head to the Ocean City Skatepark. Your kids will probably make new friends and you will have a chance to relax in the shade. Marci Lutsky is a local mom of seven year-old twins and can be reached at

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hat do you do when you feel like your tank is low or you’re running on empty? I’m not talking about your car. I’m referring to you. Do you feel depleted, a lack of energy? Maybe you’re mentally or spiritually wiped out and feel like you have nothing to give. So what do you do when you find yourself in that situation? I can only share with you what works for me. When I feel like I need a refuel here is what I do. Be willing to admit I need the refuel in the first place. Unless you’re conscious of the need, it’s difficult to realize when you need to do something about it. I suggest that you find some reading material, something that will motivate you, inspire, or educate you in an area where you feel as if you need help or encouragement. Whether a book or just a Google search of an article, there is plenty of great wisdom and insight right at your fingertips, if you’re willing to look for it. I also take advantage of online training and resources like podcasts, YouTube videos,, and online courses. Another way I look to refuel myself is with personal, one on one connection with others; someone to mentor you or at least bounce off ideas. I like the old

adage that says if you want the quickest path to a solution, find someone who has done it before you,, and done it successfully,. and learn from them. It’s amazing the feedback, the interaction, the ideas you can get by meeting with someone when you feel like your tank is getting low or running on empty. Many times a conversation will spark an idea or a thought that will help get you back on track. So there you have it, a few ideas for refueling when you feel like you’re running low or on empty. The key is to catch yourself,, and be doing one, or all of these things before you run out of fuel. But like most anything else in life, it’s all available to you if you want it. But you have to take the steps necessary yourself. None of these resources are going to magically appear in front of you. If these thoughts interest you, and you want to hear a little more of my thoughts, visit my YouTube channel where I have several recent videos surrounding this topic. You can find me at beginning with Jeff Whitaker Leadership - Episode 64. Jeff Whitaker is a lifelong communicator and storyteller. He is a certified trainer, coach and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Jeff’s goal is to encourage excellence in individuals and corporations through leadership and communications training. Connect with him at, through The Jeff Whitaker Company on Facebook or @jeffwhitaker on Twitter.


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cean City will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during Night in Venice on July 28, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 64th annual bayfront celebration. The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. The optional theme of “TV’s Greatest Hits” could include tributes to iconic sitcoms, characters, memorable TV moments or any other item from television history. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www. or by calling 609-399-6111. ▶NIV ▶ Boat Registration ▶NIV ▶ House Registration ▶NIV ▶ Condo Registration In keeping with this year’s theme, the parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie

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Evancho and NFL-lineman-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame. One highlight will be Master Dance Classes with Chmerkovskiy on the day of the parade. He will provide instruction for intermediate to advanced dancers (individuals or couples). Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The $65 ticket includes a meet-and-greet with Chmerkovskiy and a Q&A session. Born in the Ukraine, Chmerkovskiy moved with his family to Brooklyn and

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fell in love with dancing after his father opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey. He joined the cast of professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 2 and has competed in 17 seasons. He has made it to the final round five times. In 2014, he partnered with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis to win his first “Dancing With the Stars” title. He also has starred in Broadway productions of “Burn the Floor” and “Forever Tango.” Chmerkovskiy also joins fellow “Dancing With the Stars” winner Laurie Hernandez to greet fans on July 28. A session at 11 a.m. July 28 ($30) provides an opportunity to get a photo and an autograph with the stars. Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. gymnastics team since 1984. She brought home gold and silver medals from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After winning her “Dancing with the Stars” title with Maks’ brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, she published her first book, “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond,” which hit the New York Times Best Sellers list. Tickets are on sale now for the fol-

lowing: Master Dance Class with Maks Chmerkovskiy: The famous dancer will provide instruction for intermediate to experienced dancers. 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Meet-and-Greet with Laurie Hernandez and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Chmerkovskiy joins his former dance partner to greet fans. 11 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Jon Dorenbos Magic Show: Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier with a show that mixes his mind-blowing magic talents with inspirational stories. Dorenbos has performed two sold-out shows in Ocean City. The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $32 to $47. Jon Dorenbos Meet-and-Greet: Meet Dorenbos, get an autograph and a photo. Session ($20) is at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 27.

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Jackie Evancho with the Ocean City Pops: A special Ocean City Pops performance on July 29 will feature the remarkable vocal talents of Jackie Evancho. The young singer first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She finished as runner-up in that competition and has continued to make history with achievements that include: youngest solo platinum artist, youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the United Kingdom, youngest person to give solo concert at the Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Evancho’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. She will perform with the Ocean City Pops orchestra 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30 to $45. Visit, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers to purchase tickets for these events. Tickets are also on sale to view Night in Venice from the Bayside Center (520 Bay Avenue), which will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets are $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. The Good Tymes Band will play until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children's activities include crafts, games and

face-painting. The band will resume after the parade. Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a returning presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2018. A fireworks display will return this year to cap off the celebration.



Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of pianist Ryan Shirar and singers direct from Broadway, who will join the Ocean City Pops for a special tribute to Gershwin including songs like “Fascinating Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’,” “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful,” “Summertime” and more. This concert is produced by Broadway POPS International. Tickets are $25 to $30, and the show is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit www.

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farms are investing in creating the activities and experiences that tourists and locals have embraced. Tom Consentino, Executive Director at the Garden State Wine Growers Association testified and stressed the importance of growing the identity of New Jersey and its products. Tom proudly spoke about The Judgment of Princeton, a wine tasting modeled after the 1976 Judgment of Paris, where New Jersey wines were at "eye level" with the French wines, with three of the top four whites from New Jersey, and the best New Jersey red was ranked third place. Tom continued to espouse the accolades of New Jersey wine quality citing William Heritage Winery's Robert Parker 90+ rating and Wine En-

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t was one of the best times we have had in a long time" said Larry Merman of Philadelphia. "It brought back memories of the best times of my life, when I was younger" related Judy Miller of Ocean City, NJ. These comments were referring to America, the group founded by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell who were appearing before a sold out crowd at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ on Monday evening, July 16, 2018. The audience was not disappointed as America treated the fans to their "down the middle" type of music, and a relaxing trip back in time for an evening of just plain fun. Taking the stage to a round of applause and whistles, they opened the show with one of their hit songs, “Tin Man” followed by another hit “You Can

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of their seats to the sides of the Music Pier so they could dance in time to the music more aggressively. As the show wound down, America played those songs for which they are best known, “Lonely People” and “Sandman”, which brought the room to their feet for a standing ovation. Gerry Beckley told the audience, “We want to thank you and to tell you, as long as you keep coming out to see us, we will continue to keep performing,” to which the mostly over fifty year old audience, once again rose to their feet for another standing ovation. America has performed about one hundred concerts per year, for the last twenty years or so. When the concert ended America left the room. However, their fans in the Music Pier did not. They stood applauding until the band returned to the stage to sing an encore of their best known hit, “A Horse With No Name” which, once again drew a prolonged round of applause from their standing fans.

Beginning their career in 1968, America hit the charts in 1970, when they released “A Horse With No Name”, written by Bunnell. Since recording that song, which catapulted them to stardom, America has been in demand all over the world. Bunnell and Beckley are both open, friendly, and easy to be with. While on stage, they reach out to their audience with smiles and down to earth small talk. Like their fans, both Bunnell and Beckley appeared to be genuinely having a good time as they were singing and talking to the audience, who would have liked to have much more of the groups music. They remained standing and applauding until America disappeared behind the curtain ending the evening. Donald B. Kravitz is an Entertainment & Special Events photographer for national publications including Getty Images & Miss America

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Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival By Marci Lutsky


he mission of New Jersey VegFest is to make New Jersey a more compassionate, healthier, and happier place to live, by bringing together vegan friendly foods, products, and nonprofits with people of the Garden State. It’s safe to say that they accomplished this goal by attracting 6,000 visitors to the first Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival, which will hopefully become an annual event. The organizers, Kendra Arnold and Marisa Sweeney, did a fantastic job of bringing a wide variety of vendors and nonprofits to this area for a weekend of enjoying good food, and being in the company other like-minded individuals. So what exactly does it mean to be vegan? According to the Vegan Society, veganism is a way of living

which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing ,or any other purpose. You did not have to be vegan to attend the festival but if you weren’t, it sure was inspiring! The event took place at the Showboat Hotel and kicked off on Friday, July 12th with a vegan food truck festival from noon to 8pm. Sixteen food trucks, including local favorite Tony Boloney and Self Love Vegan Food Truck (best known for

their vegan mozzarella sticks), served up vegan goodies all day. On Saturday morning a 10K, 5K, and kids fun run took place on the boardwalk before the festival got underway from 11am to 7pm. The former casino floor was filled with everything vegan you could imagine. The food was plentiful

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Diet means Deprivation By Nancy Adler


ou know exactly how it goes... you’re too tired after work or have had a busy day, and you end up eating delicious, but unhealthy take-out again rather than a healthy meal. You begin to follow a restrictive diet, or do a cleanse that will just leave you craving endless amounts of sugary and salty treats. Don't stress! We’ve all been there before, as we’re all humans, and it is natural to crave the ‘good stuff.’ So rather than being hard on yourself, which can lead to unhealthy eating habits, it's important to find out how to eat healthy, while not depriving yourself, and adopting a healthy lifestyle today. Typically, individuals cannot live on a restrictive diet for the rest of their lives. Rather, they should aim to create a diet to fit their lifestyle and not force themselves to adopt a whole new lifestyle and eating habits for a diet. Realisti-




cally, individuals can still eat pizza, ice cream, chocolate, and numerous sweet and salty treats, and still lose weight. The key to creating your own healthy lifestyle is moderation and portion control. For instance, someone cannot eat a whole tub of ice cream in a sitting and expect to lose weight, but rather, it is possible to eat half a cup to feel satisfied, and not gain any significant amount of fat. Many think, Why not restrict yourself? I tell my clients all the time that restrictive diets will not help anyone lose weight effectively and keep it off, as these restrictions often eventually lead to cravings, binges, and overeating, which will sabotage attempts at eating better, improving nutrition, and losing weight. Also, food deprivation can cause an individual to dislike healthy, nutritious foods, which no one wants. Instead, create eating habits that work best for you and your goals. Roughly, these should be comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy, and also include eating sugary and salty treats in moderation and controlling the portions you eat for every meal.

For starters, it is not healthy or recommended that an individual goes 'cold turkey' and tries to cut out everything from their diet they consider ‘bad’ or unhealthy. Instead, focus on making gradual changes that will make eating healthily, simple and easy. As previously mentioned, start by eating smaller portions, and take fewer bites, and gradually work down from eating a full serving of ice cream to eating a half serving. It also helps to measure your portion and put it into a small container,

versus eating out of a bag or tub for complete portion control. Put containers out of sight and out of mind when you are done eating those delicious treats, thus ensuring you’re not tempted to overindulge. Another helpful step is to experiment and discover what works best for you. Many individuals find using recommended servings help them control their portion sizes, while others might prefer to weigh their portions themselves. Lastly, use a food diary or mobile app to record what you are eating, as this will greatly help you learn what works best for you and what doesn’t, especially when trying to reach a healthy weight. I believe the first thing many individuals need to realize is that eating healthy and managing their weight is a lifestyle choice that requires eating a wide variety of foods. Don’t be afraid to try new foods! Eat what you truly desire and be aware, when choosing foods higher in fat content and calories, to use proper portion sizes, and to enjoy your food, but avoid overindulging. Trying new foods can also open up a whole new way to eat for an individual and healthy options as well. For instance, do not be afraid to try foods from other cultures, such as Indian, Thai, Chinese, or Spanish food, that use a wide variety of spices, flavors, and fruits and vegetables, that can be easily healthy and satisfying for anyone. First and foremost, while

trying to lose weight and incorporate a healthier lifestyle into your life, you are allowed to eat out, contrary to what many may believe. While eating out, individuals can easily make their meals much healthier by asking for dressings or sauces on the side, and by asking for a smaller portion, or getting a take-out container right away and portioning their food in it before they eat anything. Also, they can share a large-portioned meal with a partner, and avoid filling up on lots of free bread and appetizers. Also, do not be fearful to ask for a ‘diet menu,’ or healthier sections of the menu, as luckily, many restaurants now offer healthier selections and will provide the fat and calorie counts for each meal. Individuals should also decide what their favorite part of the meal is. For instance, if they prefer the dessert portion over french fries, skip the fries and enjoy a smaller portion of the dessert. The key to indulging in your favorite sweet or savory foods is to practice moderation rather than deprivation. For instance, if there are donuts in the office, have just one or half of one, allowing yourself to taste it and enjoy it. It’s not going to hurt you or blow up the number on the scale. If an individual is finding it difficult to eat healthy while at work, bringing in their own snacks to control the treats can be quite helpful. Simply trying to resist treats, whether it is at work or home, will create more problems, as an individual will be more likely to give up on their diet or binge eat, due to the cravings or the restrictive nature they’ve programmed their mind to have. Simply, do not tell yourself something is forbidden, as it is human nature to desire it even more! Rather make conscious choices about what you will and will not eat, such as only eating pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving, then eat it and enjoy it, but do not indulge in other snack foods you eat all year-round, such as chips and chocolate. Ultimately, no one needs to deprive themselves to make healthier eating choices, as it will always come down to moderation and portion control. Ditch the diet, stop depriving yourself of delicious foods, and begin to eat a more healthy and sustainable way that will always allow you to indulge once in awhile! 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 (609)653-4900

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or 63 years, Storybook Land has been providing South Jersey with family fun for all ages. Set in the shaded trees on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, Storybook Land offers a unique South Jersey experience. For many, their fond memories of Storybook Land are generational. I, for one,

spent many childhood moments navigating my way through the maze of cards, searching for the old woman in the shoe, and begging for “just one more time” on the spinning teacups. While we loved to visit in the summertime, no Christmas season would be complete without a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus at Storybook Land. Now, as a mom of two, it’s my joy to see the same childhood memories created in the hearts of my children. Class trips, family trips, and birthday parties all bring the same excitement and anticipation for my kids time and time again. Recently retired Egg Harbor Township English teacher, Karen Burd, is excited to be spending time with her grandson at Storybook Land this

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Joe Molineaux’s Business Beats “Bringing Back the Blocks”

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s I conveniently parked and left my vehicle in a grassy lot next to Bourre’ on South New York Avenue on Saturday night, my senses were greeted by the sights, sounds, smells, and eventually the tastes of a new experience in Atlantic City. As I walked towards the building, I was facing an “in progress” New Orleans themed mural created by local artist Chris Correa, the music from a tight and talented house band filled my ears, and I smelled the barbeque that I would eventually taste. Taking it all in, from the intimate music venue through the opened garage door, to an outdoor relaxation space with an oversized sandbox, this newly renovated

property created a welcoming feeling. Inside and out, this is what the market needs. There is something at Bourre’ for the Atlantic City regulars, residents, and visitors. Bourre’, whose offering includes music, food and drink, invited us all out to be part of a “Welcome to AC Party Weekend”. The brainchild of Asbury Park bar and restaurant in-

novator Pat Fasano, this new entity is now fully engaged in the rebirth and redevelopment excitement that is the new “orange loop” in the center of Atlantic City. In addition to Bourre’ in AC, Pat is currently involved with three successful entities in Asbury Park including; such an impression that his words inspired the theme and column title for this week’s Business Beats. Why did Pat Fasano choose a Cajun NOLA concept for his first Atlantic City project? It is simple. Pat loves the vibe, music, and food of New Orleans, and so do millions of other people. Why would you consider building a place that you would not enjoy visiting? Pat was motivated by current redevelopment activity, and believes in Atlantic City and our region. The people, the places, and things that make us who we are and our potential is what drew a much sought after investor and innovator to our area. Bourre’s soft opening “Welcome Bond Street Bar & Grill, Loteria, & Capitoline. Pat’s interest in Atlantic City stems from a track record and solid vision of taking chances on opportunities that p rovide pat rons local, unique, music, food, and drink experiences. Clearly the orange loop is a district Pat believes in especially with the Tennessee Avenue Projects of The Leadership Studio, MADE Chocolate and Wine Bar, currently open, and Hay Day Coffee and Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, set to open this summer. Not to mention his iconic neighbor the Irish Pub, that has been championing an authentic and unique Atlantic City experience for as long as anyone can remember. Pat’s mantra is “Bringing Back the Blocks”, something he has been doing for much of his career. He actually sang this phrase to me as his house band, made up of Jersey musicians from multiple bands, ripped through a Cajun rhythm perfectly fit for that moment in time. It made


to AC Party Weekend” was a solid success. Pat and his team tell me they are hoping for full operation, seven days a week, summer hours to begin in August. Check out the newest addition to AC’s “orange loop” and I will see you there this summer. Let ‘dem good times roll in Atlantic City! Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY SONG of the WEEK as seamless, efficient and effective as possible), we can work it out. The song was released on The Soul Project NOLA’s April 2013 debut album, “Music for Movers and Shakers”. The Soul Project’s vibrant spirit of New Orleans is evident in their musical mix of Funk, Jazz, Soul, Blues, and Gospel.

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f We Can Get Together We Can Work It Out by The Soul Project NOLA When Pat Fasano, owner of the newly opened Bourre’ in Atlantic City, and I met this past weekend, he shared one of his main goals for his investment in the city. We are “bringing back the blocks”, Pat told me. He actually repeated it and sang the phrase to me in a perfect rhythm that was music to my ears! This week’s Economic Opportunity Song of the Week comes from the band The Soul Project NOLA, that Pat and the Bouree’ team brought to South Jersey to help open the stage, over the soft opening welcome to AC weekend. The phrase “If we can get to-

gether we can work it out” could easily be a guiding principle in what needs to happen for Atlantic City’s, and our region’s, next wave of economic development. There are glimpses of this occurring, especially with the speed and efficiency that the Bouree’ project was able to

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rowing up in western Pennsylvania, I had a glorious 13 acres at my disposal to run and play. My dad planted endless rows of vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes. Trust me, I helped hand plant rows of corn—they were endless! My mom grew beautiful flowers along our rock wall and walkway to welcome you home. Now that I’m a happy homeowner in South Jersey, space is at a premium, and 13 acres is just a dream. If you are short on space, container gardening is a great way to garden. Picture a mediterranean garden filled with terra cotta pots and glazed blue urns. Although a small space would be the ideal setting for this type of intimate garden, container gardening has many applications whether you have a small or large garden.

If you've chosen the city life, gardening space may definitely be sparse. But even a small balcony or window box can provide adequate room for containers of flowers, vegetables, or herbs. Some fortunate urbanites grow rooftop gardens. What a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plant tall potted plants as a natural wall for privacy and to filter out noise pollution. Decks are perfect places for container gardens. Not only can you liven up the space with pretty flowers, but if you have a deck with a sunny corner, plant vegetables in pots. Be sure to use compact or dwarf varieties and choose a container large enough to allow the roots to grow. You can grow cucumbers, zucchini, or peppers on your deck. Most grocery stores have patio tomatoes ready to go. Just bring it home and water it and you will be rewarded with the fruit of your labor (or lack thereof). Some of the easiest things to grow in pots are herbs. You can group a variety of pretty pots or interesting containers with a different herb in each one or plant a few herbs together. Besides looking beautiful

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mances for Middle Eastern celebrities and also performed at Caesars, Bally's, Golden Nugget, Borgata, Tropicana and the former Taj Mahal and Showboat in countless concerts since her early teens. Soraya’s art has taken her all around the world. A highlight of her career was performing for King Hassan and the royal family of Morocco in the palace in Casablanca. She has

toured many five star hotels in India. Soraya also performed at the black tie gala at the official opening of the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. “My main goal or ideology is to break down all negative and cultural stereotypes with my own theatrical approach without ever cheapening or debasing this dance and turning it into something it is not. I hope for it to be

as respected as Ballet one day, which is what I am striving for as an artist and Anthropologist,” explains Soraya. She is a graduate of both Atlantic City High School and Stockton University, holding a degree in Anthropology. She now resides in Margate with her husband, Dr. Robert while pursuing her career in Ethnic Dance. If you would like more information, go to




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The Evolving Culture of The Cult The Shore Local interview with lead singer Ian Astbury

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e caught up with The Cult frontman, Ian Asbury, to get his take on the new Revolution 3 tour with Stone Temple Pilots and Bush, coming to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, his influences, methods, music, and more. Joe Mx: How excited are you about the new tour? Astbury: Very much looking forward to the unique experience of three headliners and the rotating order of each tour date. Joe Mx: Clearly the tour is in high demand. There have been an additional ten dates added since you announce the tour. How great is that? Astbury: The expansion of the tour is inspiring. With the ups and downs of the music industry, live music still thrives. We seem to live our lives around computers and in front of screens. A live concert breaks you away that and helps you share an experience with others. Live music is a celebration that goes along with creating a connective moment. Joe Mx: You and the Cult have toured extensively over the years, how important has all that touring been to the band? Astbury: We take the energy from the tour and that energy goes into the creation of the studio album that followed each tour. We keep touring and we stay more productive. Joe Mx: This is your fifth tour to come to Atlantic City, have you had a chance to explore the Jersey Shore on previous visits? Astbury: For the most part we are on a very tight tour schedule and always seem to be. I have walked the Boardwalk. I know Atlantic City is in a bit of a renaissance. Joe Mx: You were born in the UK, moved to Canada at an early age, and have lived and traveled all over the world. How does that global perspective help you with the music you create? Astbury: Experiencing other cultures helps to give you a better perspective on where you grew up. The creative process is increased based on what you see and

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experience. The music of The Cult keeps evolving. We are a much different band, based on our experiences and evolution, than we were when we started out. Joe Mx: With ten albums of material to choose from, how did you and the band decide what songs to include in the set list? Astbury: With the rotating order of performances each night with STP and Bush, we have two different set list we will play if we are the headliner or not on a certain tour date. We want to utilize the time we are given to play each night and fill it with 12 to 15 songs of the over twenty we can play. Joe Mx: Can longtime fans of The Cult expect any surprises? Astbury: Fans will be thrilled with the set lists we are putting together, this includes a song we have never played live before. Some of the best songs are buried within albums. Joe Mx: So what is the song? Astbury: I can’t say. I can only tell you it comes off of our Choice of Weapon album and we had to work on a live interpretation of the song for the tour. As I mentioned, we feel fans will be thrilled with the set list. Joe Mx: Who were some of your influences growing up? Astbury: David Bowie. I bought Life on Mars before I was ten years old. The same week I bought T. Rex’s Telegram Sam . I also grew up with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones being played by family members and growing up so close to Liverpool the Beatles music was everywhere. Joe Mx: So David Bowie was a major influence on you from the beginning. Astbury: Yes, I saw Bowie 12 times live and The Cult opened for him in 1987 as part of the Glass Spider tour. Joe Mx: What was your first concert? Astbury: Pink Floyd 1975 Ontario, Canada. My brother and I got to see the tour through a spot in the fence. Joe Mx: What advice can you give young musicians coming up in the industry right now? Astbury: Well, the advice I received was “do you”. I would add to explore yourself, be true to your influences and try to get as close to the truth as possible while making your music. The more you can reveal, the more people appreciate

the authenticity and honesty. Joe Mx: That is good advice. Astbury: I would also say that listeners are more intimately connected to a piece, knowing the person writing and performing it actually experienced it, and that was their true experience. Ideas are easy, the difficult part is crafting a song from those ideas, don’t throw anything away; your editing can give it value. Joe Mx: You mentioned the evolution of the band. How do you deal with evolution and change in general? Astbury: I went to ten different schools growing up so my life and surroundings were constantly changing and evolving. That actually made me more interested in change. And all that change and evolution is something I have understood from an early age. Joe Mx: So did that also helped you prepare for the success and evolution of the band? Astbury: The Cult has been through the cycle. We have gone from playing small gigs to arenas and from selling a hundred albums to hundreds of thousands albums. We know how difficult the industry can be. I buy new music every

day and support other artists by going to concerts and other artists’ shows. Joe Mx: What keeps you connected to the audience and the fans? Astbury: Being present and delivering our best show. Connecting with the audience and band, playing live music is about being in the moment. Joe Mx: Where is The Cult today as a band? Astbury: We are not really braggadocious, but I feel we are in a really positive place as we continue to evolve and continue to work with additional instrumentation. Sometimes I think the name, The Cult, may have held us back. Many people associate that name with darker music. The reality is I always considered it a shortened version of the word culture. We do not belong to any sect or denomination. As a band we are supportive of diversity, inclusion, and culture moving forward. We desire for people to get to that harmonic space of working together for our future and for our culture. That is what we are trying to create, a positive influence and a transformative time. The Cult will play Hard Rock Live at the Mark Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City as part of The Revolution 3 Tour with Stone Temple Pilots and Bush on August 1st, 2018. Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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his past Saturday, Gilda’s Club South Jersey held a unique event for a worthy cause. Hundreds of participants, volunteers, vendors, and spectators gathered near Mays Landing for their third annual Dragon Boat Festival. More than 650 paddlers and 31 teams took to Lake Lenape for a day of family friendly fun. The history of dragon boating can be traced back to ancient Chinese culture.

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ou've had a ringside seat right here, as we have been correctly advising you in advance that, on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, United States Congressional candidate Seth Grossman will be under relentless attack by: Major television networks, national, regional, and local newspapers, national political organizations, other interested and uninterested 3rd parties, and late night so-called comedians. It's all been happening before our very eyes. It's a script. It's playing out in similar fashion in 49 or more congressional districts throughout America. The national media and their close-aligned allies are conspiring in broad daylight to try and win back the majority of The House of Repre-


sentatives to democratic control. Our ever liberal-loving media carries on as if it is their solemn duty, by any means necessary, to place Democrats back in charge of The House, so that they can stop President Donald Trump and the Trump agenda. Look at the coordinated hysteria over President Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on The United States Supreme Court. The pro-democratic media and allies are losing its collective minds. Kavanaugh's record is so beyond legitimate attack, they're resorting to reporting that his name "Brett" sounds like a "frat boy" name, and not that of a Supreme Court Justice. Can you believe it's been reduced to this? "We'll be DAMNED if we're going to let five MEN - including some frat boy named Brett - strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights tweeted NARAL (the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League). So-called comedian Stephen Colbert of CBS' "The Late Show" parroted the same coordinated narrative, saying: "Now I don't know much about Kavanaugh, but I'm skeptical because his name is Brett. That sounds less like a Supreme Court

justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's, ‘High everybody, I'm Brett, I'll be your Supreme Court Justice tonight. Before you sit down, let me clear away these rights for you,’” said Colbert. It's disgusting and disgraceful. The media didn't attack Ruth Bader Ginsburg and report that her first name doesn't sound like a Supreme Court justice, but more like a waitress at a Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Or that Sonia Sotomayor's first name sounds more like she's from Sonia's Psychic Network. This kind of undignified treatment is always reserved for a Republican President, nominee, or candidate. The next line of media attack was that they discovered the horror that Kavanaugh had purchased Washington Nationals Major League Baseball season tickets on his credit card. Has there ever been such a nonsensical attack ever made about a nominee like this? Maybe Kavanaugh wanted to pay by credit card to pile-up some rewards or frequent flier points. Or, just like most Americans, he's not rich, he loves baseball, and he spread the payment out by using a credit card. The point is ... so what! But, in the hate and stop Trump era resistance,

anything goes and the ends justify any means. If they don't have a legitimate path to attack you, the rules are now that they can just make stuff up. The media's behavior has never been this blatantly biased in American history. This fever pitch of media impropriety is proceeding at warp speed because they desperately want to flip 23 Republican House seats on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. With more than 3 months left until General Election day, this is only the beginning of their dishonesty campaign. We no longer have a national media. They are campaign consultants and advocates, who are running a partisan campaign for the Democrats. It's been this way for a long time. The only difference is that they no longer even attempt to hide it. And Grossman currently finds himself at the epicenter because the media smells his political blood in the water. Grossman is one of the most well documented and controversial candidates to ever win a major political party nomination for the United States Congress. He has been unambiguous, highly opinionated, and provocative for more than 40 years. The media hasn't even had to work

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hard to brutally attack him. They have simply copied and pasted his own words and beat him to a pulp with them. The national media is now a lethal weaponized agent. The Republican National Campaign Committee was so instantly paralyzed by the latest Media Matters and Washington Post blistering attack on Grossman that they rescinded their endorsement of Grossman, which further played right into the Democrats playbook that Grossman is the anti-diversity, anti-Muslim, racist, bigot, and Nazi candidate. The truth is that Grossman is not guilty of being any of those hideous things, but that doesn't stop them from crushing Grossman with it. The attacks have been so incendiary and persistent that Grossman has not been allowed to be a normal, functioning candidate. He went, in mid-July, to speak on a panel at a church in Cumberland County, and was the recipient of nasty protests and name-calling as he entered and exited. In the districts that the Democratic National leaders believe can be flipped to Democrat control, this is going to be the life that all Republican Nominees will face. It will be the Congresswoman Maxine Waters doctrine playing out in real time. That you don't deserve any peace or sleep. That you should be attacked wherever you go, no matter what. If you're with family members, your children; no problem. The brutal attacks will be no less severe.

The media would never permit the Republicans to conduct themselves like this. It would not be tolerated. They would spend millions of dollars to ruin anyone who behaved in this uncivilized manner. And here lies their blatant hypocrisy. This is one of the saddest chapters in American history. Electoral politics has always been rough and tumble. But, never like this. The media is attempting to shift the entire paradigm, whereby fair campaigns will not be allowed. They don't want to leave anything to chance. They have now set-out to destroy any candidate of their choosing. This leaves the candidate they wish to win as the only one left standing. Rather than leave it to the voters to select the best candidate, they have developed a playbook, that they can ruin someone so completely, that they predetermine the outcome. Left unchecked, this will ultimately destroy our Democratic Republic. All vibrant debate will be eliminated. The pendulum that has freely swung back and forth for more than 242 years will be locked in place. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That's why it is so important for voters to have the opportunity to witness free, fair and open debate. When one party goes too far, the voters have always made a course correction. If this honest concept is taken away, America is doomed to become the Dem-

ocratic Socialist Republic that the media and national Democrats are all-in to create. Never you mind that every Socialist nation in world history has failed. National Democratic party Chairman Tom Perez has publicly and proudly confirmed that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future of the American Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez is literally an unapologetic Venezuela-style socialist. Presently, the people are literally starving in Venezuela, having resorted to eating the animals from their zoos and their own pets. Socialism keeps people down. It destroys the human spirit. It is the exact opposite of what our founders risked everything to create for America. It further illustrates why today's American Socialist Democrats despise our Constitutional form of government. They have to resort to lying and calling our Constitution old and out-of-step with modern times. That is all a smokescreen. They detest our various freedoms and the fact that, when we are left unbridled, the American people can grow to unlimited potential. The cold, hard truth is that Grossman hardly stands a chance. First, the Democratic Nominee, Senator Jeff Van Drew is a spectacular, highly qualified candidate, who is straight from central casting. He will have whatever money and outside influences that are required to win.

On the other hand, Grossman has little money and has been dumped by the Republican National Campaign Committee. They had only provided him with a manual, complete with advising the candidate to make his bed every day, and a phone battery charger, engraved with the name of the Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The RNCC was never going to actually support Grossman, yet the stark reality that they have officially dumped him is still very damaging. The 2nd Congressional District race was likely over before it began. 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. Hurley is also doing national fill-in, on-air talent work for FOX News Radio on their nationally syndicated platforms. He has hosted various programs for local television and is the editor and publisher of his news and information website, Send comments to


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Remembering Somers Point’s Lifelong Friend - Neil Regina By Cindy Fertsch


eil Regina was a dedicated and lifelong friend to Somers Point. He spent much of his life both working and volunteering in public service. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the community. Neil’s name is synonymous with public safety in Somers Point and has been over many decades. He fought fires, delivered babies and administered life-saving CPR multiple times - all as a volunteer. He was a dedicated volunteer for 42 years, serving as a firefighter, an EMT on the Rescue Squad and the Deputy Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator with the Somers Point Office of Emergency Management. Neil was born and raised in Somers Point. He began serving as a volunteer at the young age of 16 on the Junior Rescue

Squad. As a young adult, he worked as the Somers Point Dispatcher. He then became the Linwood Dispatcher where he stayed for 25 years before retiring. Throughout his entire career he also continued to serve his community. Neil was a Somers Point volunteer firefighter for 15 years and a volunteer EMT for 22 years. He volunteered for the Office of Emergency Management for 42 years. Recently, Neil received an award for his distinguished service from Somers Point Mayor, Jack Glasser. Neil was married to the love of his life, Peggy Regina. Throughout Neil’s medical issues in recent months, Peggy was always by his side. Neil also belonged to several service groups, he was past Commander of The Sons of the American Legion Squadron # 352 of Somers Point, past Chief of Security for the Good Old Days Festival in Somers Point and was a founding member and past Board Member of the Jerry Regina Legacy Foundation. Mr. Regina in his later years became an independent entertainment manager, managing such local celebrities as Ted Prior and Steve Larcombe. Neil's passion for music and his love for his friends

were widely known in the community. Mr. Regina was also known for his sense of humor; he was "Mr. Pie in the Face" for the Ocean City NJ, Doo Dah parade; this title was bestowed on him by the late comedian Soupy Sales.

is also survived by his step children; Joshua Walter, Corey Altman, Tyler Walter, Bryan Sutton, Nicholas Sutton, Linda Reed and Kimberly Reed; 11 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. Additionally, he is survived by Denise Moya-Bettis whom he loved and treasured as a daughter. Neil had a big heart for his community and all who lived in it. He strongly believed in community service and he modeled it throughout his entire life. He will be missed by many and always remembered.

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ucy the Elephant’s 137th birthday celebrates her role in the construction of the railroad on Absecon Island in the late 1800’s. Lucy the Elephant, our World Famous National Historic Landmark, will celebrate her 137th birthday on Saturday, July 21st from 10am to 8pm. Rain date is Sunday, July 22nd. The highlight of our “mammoth” size birthday party will be a trackless train offering rides between Decatur Ave. and Cedar Grove Ave. (the same route Lucy took in 1970 when she made her historic move) all day long. Everyone’s favorite S T I LT- W A L K E R , MACKIE, will be on hand to greet Lucy’s friends and help celebrate her special day. Again this year, Lucy will have a carnival Midway complete with games of chance and prizes. No birthday party would be complete without hotdogs, soda, Philly Pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream, funnel cakes and of course, birthday cake. We will have a nine hole mini-golf course. There will be a giant water slide, a Birthday Bounce, skee ball, and a slip ‘n slide. Evelyn Johnson, author of Lucy’s official bedtime storybooks, will also be on hand to sign copies of her highly acclaimed children’s books from 10am to 4pm. Tours through the World’s Largest Elephant will be offered every half hour. Our annual collectible Lucy Birthday T shirt featuring Lucy’s

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137th Birthday will be available for purchase in limited quantities while supplies last. Music, food, and fun will be the order of the day as we celebrate 137 years of the World’s Largest Elephant. Revenue generated from sales throughout the birthday celebration will help offset operating costs and capital improvements to our National Historic Landmark. Satellite parking is available at the Margate Municipal Building (formerly Union Avenue School) playground. Entrance to the playground is located on Vendome Avenue between Winchester and Monmouth Avenues. A complimentary Jitney shuttle will be running every 15 minutes between the playground and Lucy from 10am to 8pm. We are proud to announce our 2018 fund raiser; Lucy’s Thanks for Giving 50/50 Raffle. There will be a grand prize (35% of sales) and a 2nd prize (15% of sales). Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Lucy and our website, www.LucyTheElephant. org. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, November 28th; 1pm at Lucy. You must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket. Stop by and say “Happy Birthday” to Lucy. Lucy’s summer schedule is; Monday thru Saturday; 10am to 8pm; and Sundays; 10am to 5pm. Check out Lucy’s website at www. “Like” Lucy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too. We hope to see you on the LUCY EXPRESS!


Award Winning Peach Pie By Marci Lutsky


ays with toddlers can be long. Days with toddler twins can be really long so I’m always on the lookout for fun activities to do with the kids. Last week the Margate Community Farmers Market held a peach pie contest and we entered. You will have to read through to the bottom of the post to see how we did. I have to be honest, I had never made peach pie before. But I have a tried and true pie recipe that I make with apples at Thanksgiving and strawberry and rhubarb in summer so I decided just to swap out the fruit and it was a wise decision to stick with a trusted recipe. We had to have the pie at the famers market by 9:30 am. I wanted to cook it the day of the contest so luckily with the early rising that occurs in my house, this was perfectly feasible. My son and I were up at 6:30 to get things started. I have always loved making pies. I can

totally relate to Keri Russell’s character in the movie Waitress (adorable movie, by the way). It takes some patience but the results are well worth it. I have some important rules when it comes to making pie and here they are: 1. Know your fruit. We are in the middle of a fantastic peach season here in South Jersey. The only problem is that when you pick them up at the farmers market, they aren’t ripe yet and you can’t bite into them right away. Ripened peaches work well in this recipe so you need to know how long it will take your fruit to ripen. My peaches needed 3-4 days from the time I bought them to be perfect. 2. Make your own dough. If you have dough-making anxiety, let me help you because good pie dough is crucial and I will show you how to do this. Sure, you can use store bought dough but homemade dough makes a huge difference. A food processor makes this quick and easy. 3. Let your fruit filling sit for about 15 minutes before putting it in the crust. This is a really important one. Once you

make the filling you want to let it sit so that the liquid can accumulate at the bottom of the bowl. Then you should use a slotted spoon to scoop the filling into the pie shell so that the liquid does not make your pie soggy. 4. Use the right baking dish. I have several baking dishes including a beautiful ceramic one but I love my standard, no frills glass baking dish. The sides are the perfect height and it always cooks evenly.

INGREDIENTS Crust: ▶2½ ▶ cups all purpose flour ▶1 ▶ tablespoon sugar ▶¾ ▶ teaspoon salt ▶10 ▶ tablespoons (1¼ sticks) chilled unsalted butter cut into ½ inch pieces ▶1/3 ▶ cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, diced ▶6 ▶ (or more) tablespoons of ice water

5. Keep an eye on the edges during baking. I cook my pie for a total of one hour but usually put an aluminum foil tent over it about halfway though. This is to prevent the edges from burning. My pie last week got a little burned around the edges. I was worried how this would impact the judging of it, but apparently burned edges don’t affect taste. When we arrived at the farmers market with our pie and I saw the other 12 entries I became worried. There were 3 judges and after they each tasted all of the pies, the winners were announced and we….won 2nd place! The kids are I were so excited. After the winners were

Filling: ▶8-10 ▶ ripened peaches (depending on size), skins removed and sliced into ½ inch pieces ▶½ ▶ cup packed light brown sugar ▶½ ▶ cup sugar ▶¼ ▶ cup cornstarch ▶1 ▶ teaspoon ground cinnamon ▶¼ ▶ teaspoon salt ▶1 ▶ large egg yolk beaten blended with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze) ▶2 ▶ tablespoons of sugar combined with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

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For crust: Blend flour, sugar and salt in food processor. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and pulse until moist clumps form, adding more water by tablespoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather into ball and divide into 2 pieces. Flatten each disk, wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours. Can be made 2 days ahead. Let dough soften slightly before rolling out, usually about 15-20 minutes. For filling: Preheat oven to 400. Combine all filling ingredients and let sit for about 15 minutes. Roll out one dough disk on a lightly floured surface and transfer to a 9-inch-diameter glass baking dish that has been greased. Using a slotted spoon, let the juices drain out and spoon filling into crust. Roll out second dough disk and using a pizza cutter (or knife) cut 10¾-inch-wide strips. Form lattice by placing over and under one another, usually 5 in each direction. Using a fork, pinch sides and remove excess dough. Brush lattice and outer edges with egg wash glaze. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 20 minutes and then lower temperature to 350. Bake for a total of one hour, putting an aluminum tent around pie about half way through if edges browning too quickly. Cool on rack for about an hour.

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5 Great Places To Eat That Locals Don’t Tell You About By Ray Tyler


sk anyone from almost anywhere in the country where to buy subs, hoagies or cheesesteaks from in Atlantic City or South Jersey and they will always say White House. White House does indeed make a sandwich with a taste that is glorious and only native to South Jersey. However, here are 5 places to eat that we locals love, that we don’t tell out of towners about.

Tony’s Baltimore Grill www. 2800 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Open 24 Hours The Baltimore Grill is a go to spot for local people that want a late night slice of pizza or an adult beverage. Tony’s has been a mainstay of Atlantic City and a favorite spot of mine for years. I first came across Tony’s as a student at Atlantic City High School. In fact, our choir would go straight to Tony’s after our annual Christmas Concert and our Spring Concert.


Tony’s offers a wonderful selection of Italian food and, more importantly, the staff always gives you that Italian family warmth and cheer. If AC did not have a Tony’s Baltimore Grill, we’d have to create one.

Whether Mike Hauke the owner of Tony Baloney’s brings back Slaughterfest or not, he’s built the best pizza parlor in South Jersey. I wish the space was bigger, however the pizza, wings, calzone, and other food offerings are always the best!

Tony Baloney’s www. 300 Oriental Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 I predict that in about 5 years, people will think of Tony Baloney’s as having world famous pizza. I would say that Tony Baloney’s is to pizza what White House is to Subs (although you can get a great sub at Tony Baloney’s too.) Personally, I am disappointed that the city of Atlantic City does not encourage Tony B’s to restart Slaughterfest. Slaughterfest was an annual event held at Tony Baloney’s that brought together hours of great music, food, and family fun. You could get a slice and see a live band. At the last Slaughterfest, Quest Love of The Roots was the DJ. Atlantic City needs more of this local/national driven excitement.

The Phoenix Diner 200 W Absecon Blvd, Absecon, NJ Picking a diner for a local’s spot is kind of easy. I stand by my choice, however. Even as I am writing this, I am imagining their tasty chicken soup, which I order by the bowl and is available daily. Then, if were eating lunch there I would order a “Fat Tony”...a special wrap that contains hamburger, chicken fingers. and other stuff you should only eat on vacation. The Fat Tony is a beautifully American sandwich, and God bless the person that came up with it. With 2 dining rooms, The Phoenix Diner always has enough space, friendly staff, and virtually no wait time for your food. When I have a lunch meeting, 8 out of 10 times we are going to The Phoenix Diner! T Wakes Barbecue 6701 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ T Wakes is known for having the best ribs in New Jersey. The Wakefield and Dixon families have been cooking and catering for more than 20 years, and now 3 generations. They can lay claim to having the best beef or pork ribs. If you order the ribs, hold on tight because they will fall right off the bone. I enjoy their smoked chicken (also breaks away from the bone), and roasted potatoes . My favorite meal prepared at T Wakes however, is their quarter pound cheeseburger with the works. I am not a chef, but I know they use angus beef and special seasoning, and I know my mouth would like to marry one of those cheeseburgers, and might do that if that kind of thing ever becomes legal.

The food and atmosphere is always beyond great. Fish Heads 800 N New Hampshire Ave Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401 Fish Heads is one of the most recognized names for delicious, Atlantic City dining. First of all, the place is legendary

because they are only open from Memorial Day to sometime after Labor Day. Operating out of a trailer in Gardner’s Basin, Fish Heads offers hands down the best takeout in the city. You can get fried fish or chicken sandwiches there for very reasonable prices, but think of those as samplers. The real treat is in ordering a large fish sandwich with the works. I also suggest you ask owner, Gregory Woods, about the exclusive soul seafood menu only available at Fish Heads. Woods has perfected a menu that merges soul food cooking with great seafood from shrimp to crab, and a lot of great choices in between. They also have some exclusive desserts as well. No trip to South Jersey or Atlantic City is complete if you have not taken some Fish Heads food with you. Keep in mind if you would like to eat there, limited seating is provided with a beautiful view of the waterfront. So while you are out and about this summer, you will most likely catch me enjoying great food at one of these spots us locals like to keep to ourselves.

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Senior Moments A Senior’s Observations, Opinions and Rantings

By Charles P. Eberson

I THEME: TOURIST DESTINATIONS ACROSS 1. Dog show outcasts 6. Pose a question 9. Mr. Potato Head, e.g. 13. ____ tower 14. Holstein sound 15. Liable to cry 16. Was rebroadcasted 17. Pilot's deadline 18. Packers QB 19. *Where ATMs have instructions in Latin 21. Army bathroom 23. Surf turf 24. "At ____, soldier!" 25. Pat 28. University head 30. Pre-wedding agreement 35. Caspian Sea river 37. Like the fairy tale duckling 39. Pore in a leaf 40. Hindu Mr. 41. Intrudes 43. Month before Nisan 44. Perpendicular to the keel 46. "Pronto!" 47. Highway hauler 48. Magazine collection 50. Bike maker 52. Bro's counterpart 53. Start of a conclusion 55. Look through a scope 57. *Popular all-inclusive location, pl. 61. *Where to visit "the happiest place on Earth" 65. Yokel's holler 66. Crematorium jar 68. Dip a ____ ____ the water 69. General direction 70. Be indisposed 71. Jagged 72. Trees on Freddy Krueger's street 73. Spade for stony ground 74. Roller derby turf, pl.


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

t's summertime and for many of us it means one thing...road trip. Pack the wife, kiddies, granny and the dog and head out across this great country. There are many reasons why this country is great and one of them, in my humble opinion is the rest rooms available while traveling. You may have taken them for granted especially if you have never traveled outside the U.S. particularly France and Italy as we did some years back. I came away from spending three weeks in Europe with many wonderful experiences including a fine appreciation for the American rest room. Walk down the Atlantic City boardwalk, boardwalks in Ocean City and Wildwood and you will see there are no shortages of public restrooms. My experiences in Europe left me with certain curiosities about how towns and cities address this situation. Travel books about touring France made a point of stating, “Never pass up a clean restroom.” It was a phrase that haunted me during the entire trip and I repeated it to my family like a mantra. “Never pass up a clean restroom, never pass up a clean restroom.” My first experience was in the town of Dijon (yes, the same as the mustard) France. At a tavern, I went into the bathroom and instead of a commode was greeted by what looked like the bottom of a stall shower with two raised surfaces to place my feet upon. I returned to our hosts and asked what the heck was that in the bathroom? They laughed and explained how I would go about making use of the facilities. It was very natural they told me but there was no way I could perform the task and read at the same time. That is simply unnatural. As the trip progressed, I resigned myself to acclimating to their way of, let's just say taking care of business. I also found that in some towns there were stand alone, automated individual rest rooms which required the use of a 2 franc coin. It reminded me of the transporter one would get into on Star Trek. You walk

into this chamber, the light would go on and the door would close. If you took too long, the light goes out. I found myself hoarding 2 franc coins. At one point, we were in the Cannes train station in the south of France preparing to go to Italy. I though it prudent to hit the restroom before boarding. (Never pass up a clean restroom.) With a 2 franc coin in hand I went off in my search. I was bewildered that this train station in Cannes, home of the Cannes Film Festival, with streets lined with the highest end shops you can imagine, had just one rest room. On another excursion, we were driving along the coast to go to a beach and were scheduled to meet another family at a rest stop along the way. We were early so (Never pass up a clean restroom) again I sought out the bathroom. I walked over to a door that had the universal sign on the wall indicating its intended use and went in expecting to find a rest room facility like we are used to on our highways. Sadly, there was only one single use lavatory for another 2 francs. Just a couple weeks ago, I retold this story to our friend living near there at the time and asked her "What gives?" She simply shrugged. So, a couple weeks ago, with these experiences forever etched into the hard drive of my mind, I was meeting some friends at the Maryland House on I-95 in order to drop my wife off for a trip they were all going on together. True to form, before heading back on the highway I decided to hit the restroom. What unfolded before me stopped me in my tracks. More stalls, urinals and sinks that I have ever seen in one place. For research purposes, I started walking down the aisles counting them which certainly drew some uncomfortable stares. The tally; 26 urinals, 26 stalls and two rows of sinks. Probably more than in all of France. After reading of my experiences abroad, I am hoping that you take to the road this summer with a fine appreciation of one feature that makes America great. Our highways and points of interest are flush with clean restrooms. Charles Eberson has been in the newspaper business for over 25 years. He has worked as a writer, advertising executive, circulation manager and photographer. His photography can be viewed at charles-eberson.

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Putting the Beast in Beauty

By Gena Laielli


’ve always wondered why people, especially women, are afraid to lift weights. Maybe occasionally you have picked up a dumbbell, curl some biceps, and start thinking “ Oh my gosh I’m going to get bulky” or “it’s dangerous”. False. I promise you, if you lift weights, you will not turn into the Hulk overnight. You’re shirt will not rip from doing bicep curls, and ladies, we will not only have our womanly figure we are just adding some curves.. The only fact about lifting weights is that it will help you to live in a healthier and stronger body. I get it, you love the treadmill or you love yoga, and they are great for you, but those are not enough! They have their places with certain individuals’ fitness objectives, but without some strength training it could possibly take you longer to get to your goal. You will get to your goal faster with adding some iron! By adding strength training to your routine you have better results, for more effective fat loss. Weight training burns calories during and after exercise, aka “the after burn”. How does this happen? Well during and after pumping some iron, you continue to consume additional oxygen, hours, even days after! When your body uses more O2, it needs more caloric expenditure, which increases your metabolic rate, which helps burn fat!! Curves! Building muscle can help you

get that perfect hourglass shape. While cardio is great for the heart and great for you, too much of anything can make you lose not only fat, but muscle too. By losing the combo, there goes your curves. Pumping iron helps maintain and sustain. My favorite quote is, “Train insane or remain the same”, I live, eat, and breath this quote because it is a fact. Now go get those curves!!!! I am a huge fan of strength training. Whenever I want to blow off some steam, I hit the weights. It’s proven that weight training can help with stress and cognitive functions. It gives you this sense of, “holy cow, I am so strong, I can do anything”, and guess what? You can! It also helps with any loss of bone mass, especially for those that are going through menopause. Postmenopausal women are at greater risk for osteoporosis because the body no longer produces estrogen. By adding weights, it helps combat loss of bone mass, and decreases the risk of osteoporosis. The muscles are protecting those bones! The stronger the muscle, the stronger the bone! We all want to feel strong and confident in everything we do. From running around with your kids, to moving furniture, and of course fitting in a pair of jeans. Weight training can help you in all different directions in your life, and it will get you to your goals faster than just doing plain cardio. Pick up some iron and pump! You will thank me later! Gena Laielli, owner of Genfitness 57 W laurel Dr Somers Point, Nj 08244 Nurse, personal trainer, group fitness instructor. Over 15 years in fitness, health, wellness, and nutrition.

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he calm AFTER the storm has hit the Margate Bay. The storm of course being the Fourth of July week. It was stunning weatherwise and fishwise! The trend has continued as we have settled peacefully into summer after a hesitant Spring. Numbers of flounder caught to land an 18 inch keeper have increased providing constant action for anglers. For example, longtime Margate Bay fishermen, Bill Sr. and Jr. Mendenhall and Skip Van Lew of Downingtown caught 117 fish to land four over 18 inches. Frank Boninu of Philadelphia caught 77 to take home 4 big fish. Ken Stuck of Harrisburg and his team caught over 40 fish to land a 20 inch keeper flounder.

Nearly everyone targeting summer flounder was successful in nabbing a keeper amid dozens of “throwbacks.” Unlike the local Mosca brothers however, most needed to put in some time on the water. Michael, Bill and Ken simply hop in their boat, take a turn around the bay and return with a large keeper flounder. By the way, they perform the same magic on striped bass. The fishing forecast for the upcoming week is strong with maturing peanut bunker, every species favorite snack, and migrating large flounder rotating through on their way to the deep water canyons. Dolphin abound providing Sea World type excitement back here and cow nose rays school up to provide a beautifully choreographed dance. Margate’s magic is held by the bay.

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Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE By Krystle J. Bailey


ealth is the top priority for Nancy Adler. Nancy is a regular columnist for Shore Local, offering regular insight and encouragement in the way of healthy living. We are excited to celebrate her in her newest endeavor, Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE on WOND 1400 am Radio. Finding her new spot on the radio didn’t happen by chance though. Nancy has been an advocate for health for 21 years. She has spent her years celebrating the beautiful life changes that happen through self care and proper nutrition. With certifications as a certified personal trainer, specialist in performance nutrition, sport conditioning specialist, as well as a long list of other certifications including diabetes education, elderly nutrition, and children’s fitness, Nancy is equipped and educated to help anyone who


desires change. For six years, she worked alongside of the team at NBC TV40 and Robin Stoloff, offering tips and segments discussing nutrition every week. Nancy also worked as the nutrition editor for Boardwalk Journal magazine and wrote several pieces for Atlantic County Women’s Magazine. Taking her expertise and experience even further, Nancy spends much of her time giving seminars to local and state businesses, attending charity events, and sits on the board as the Nutrition Advisor to Chef With a Mission. She was also a regular guest for 6 years on Barbara Altman’s show also on WOND 1400 am radio. Nancy had the honor of being the nutritional support that the late Ed Hitzel used to lose 65 pounds. Nancy was a guest on the Table for One radio show hosted by Hitzel for 7 years and after much encouragement from Hitzel to start a radio show of her own, took the leap this year and did just that. Longport Media reached out to Nancy and invited her to bring even

more nutrition discussion to the radio with the start of her new radio show, Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE. To say that Nancy’s experience is vast is an understatement. Her 21 years

of nutritional experience and a heart for help has opened many doors for her and her family. She is committed to helping the community and those who look to her for guidance, love, and

encouragement. Nancy had the honor of being the nutritional support that the late Ed Hitzel used to lose 65 pounds. Nancy was a guest on the Table for One radio show hosted by Hitzel for 7 years and after much encouragement from Hitzel to start a radio show of her own, took the leap this year and did just that. Longport Media reached out to Nancy and invited her to bring even more nutrition discussion to the radio with the start of her new radio show, Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE. Nancy is incredibly excited to be able to speak regularly about the topic that she loves, but even more excited to bring guests of her own onto the show in the area of chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, fitness, health prep, chefs, children fitness experts and more. Each week, Nancy will host a new guest with the option for listeners to call in and engage in the conversation. Nancy’s goal with the radio show is to create a fun and upbeat informational atmosphere where listeners

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