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f you could choose a superpower, what would it be? I would choose the ability to fly. So when I was given the opportunity to parasail recently, I was all in! My mind right back to 1993, on our Honeymoon, when Bob and I went parasailing for the first time. I remembered the feeling of being weightless while flying over the back bays of the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the beautiful birdseye view it offered. It was a brand new water sport at the time. Only a couple years later though, we were excited when parasailing became available in Ocean City. We talked about going often. But by then, we were so busy with our growing family that there never seemed to be the time. 25 years flew by and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary anniversary this

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how silly it was that I even let it bother me. So what if I did fly by the seat of my pants or “wing it.” After all, you never know what life may throw at you, so thinking on your feet is a good thing. Most importantly, Bob and I shared another special memory in our book of life. We are already planning on doing it again for our 50th Anniversary. We flew twice as high as we did in 1993, so by then, who knows what may be possible! Summer at the Shore is opportunity central for creating special moments with loved ones. From water sports to world class restaurants and entertainment, along with the beautiful beaches and back bays. Let us know what special moments and memories you are making this summer. We would love to know and share. Email Wishing you and yours beautiful experiences and memories this summer.

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ou won’t want to miss the red carpet movie premiere of If Life Were A Musical: Rock The Ages. This mini Hollywood production was written and produced by Kevin McCafferty, a local Egg Harbor Township middle school media teacher. Each summer, Kevin leads a group of children ages 10-18 years old through learning scripts, rehearsals, on location filming, student editing, and ultimately a premier of their work. Kevin went to school for theatre at Temple University and spent several years working Off Broadway in NYC. After returning to South Jersey, he received his teaching degree from Stockton University and began teaching at Alder Avenue Middle School in EHT. Soon after, Kevin merged his love of teaching with his

The cast of Rock the Ages recording the vocal soundtrack love of film and theatre with a yearly summer camp for the youth. What started as a small acting class at Cygnus Creative Arts Centre has evolved to become a full production with 28 students participating in this year’s camp. He now has former middle school students working alongside of him including choreographer, Jessica Rosenthal and editor, Al Ziegler. This year’s story focuses on

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AC's University District About to Come To Life By Donna Albano


s the fall semester fast approaches, Stockton University and Atlantic City will welcome 533 students to the new residential complex at the Atlantic City campus. These new residents will be steps away from the beach and Boardwalk and have access to the city’s many options for art, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. The potential impact that Stockton’s presence will have on Atlantic City and the surrounding region was formally recognized by the State of New Jersey in April 2016 when Stockton was designated an Anchor Institution. Anchor Institutions are enterprises that are rooted in in their communities and driven by their mission, investment, and relationships. Stockton’s presence in the city and community, as well as its economic impact is evidenced not only by the construction of the new campus but also by our addition-

al holdings in Atlantic City - the Carnegie Center, Noyes Arts Garage, and Dante Hall Theater. More recently, Atlantic City Council approved the designation of a University District surrounding the new Campus in Atlantic City. The University District will extend from Sovereign Avenue to Dover Avenue, and from the Boardwalk to the Inside Thoroughfare. The district would span along Albany Avenue from the Boardwalk to Bader Field and would be bordered by Sovereign and Dover avenues. The zone also includes the area between Albany and Trenton avenues to West End Avenue, as well as about 50 acres of Bader Field. The area connects the Tourism District and the Bader Field District. Optically, this area could have banners lining the streets, and signage to identify the district. When I researched successful University Districts, I was excited to discover University City District (UCD) in Philadelphia is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. University City District is a group of dedicated residents, institutions, and businesses celebrating the successful transformation of their community. Philadelphia district initiatives include

transforming public spaces, hosting community events, introducing a skills initiative, providing economic development

research and resources, and coordinating a clean and safe streets initiative. Stockton has already participated in similar initiatives in Atlantic City. When people share with me how excited they are that we are “coming” to Atlantic City, I often must remind them of our roots when we offered our first classes at the Mayflower Hotel at Tennessee Avenue and the Boardwalk. In addition, the Carnegie Center has been an educational and instructional facility offering undergraduate and graduate courses, continuing professional education programming, and special events relevant to the needs of Atlantic City and the surrounding re-

gion, since 2004. Stockton students, faculty, and staff can already be found in the Atlantic City community, participating in food drives, homework completion programs, Campus Kitchen, Community Gardens, school murals, and partnering with the Atlantic City Arts Foundation to sponsor “48 Blocks”. Stockton is fully committed to Atlantic City. Designations and districts help us expand beyond our traditional boundaries, investing in the local economy, and working with the community, while staying true to our mission of excellence in teaching, supporting scholarship, and dedication to service. We look forward to adding to and contributing to the already vibrant landscape of Atlantic City and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Donna Albano Associate Professor – Hospitality & Tourism Management Stockton University 101 Vera King Farris Drive Galloway, NJ 08205-9441 609-652-4493


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Events & Happenings Atlantic County 4-H Fair ▶Thursday, ▶ August 9th – Saturday, August 11th 3210 Route 50, Egg Harbor City The Atlantic County 4-H Fair will be open Thursday, August 9th & Friday, August 10th from 2-10pm and Saturday, August 11th from 11am10pm. Admission is Free but there is a $4 parking fee. For more information contact the 4-H Office at 609-6250056 before the Fair or 609-9651677 during the Fair. Free Yoga Summer at Absecon Lighthouse ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6:30pm 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. Atlantic City Free Yoga instructed by The Leadership Studio will be held every Thursday this summer at 6:30pm. Bring your own mat & a friend. Thrilling Thursdays Moonlight Movies, Margate ▶Thursdays ▶ at 8:30pm Huntington Avenue Beach behind Margate Library Every Thursday in July and August, families can enjoy Free Beach

Days; no beach tags required, plus Free Moonlight Movies featuring the newest releases. Fun pre-movie activities begin at 8pm. Don’t miss these upcoming movies: ▶August ▶ 9: La La Land (PG-13) ▶August ▶ 16: Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG) ▶August ▶ 23: Justice League (PG-13) Shore Medical Center American Red Cross Blood Drive ▶Friday, ▶ August 10th from 7am-5pm Shore Medical Center 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point All blood types are needed. When you donate blood or platelets in August, you’ll receive a coupon for a free Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and a donut. To make your appointment visit and enter the sponsor code SHOREMEDCENTER. Ventnor City Farmers Market ▶Fridays ▶ from 8:30am – 12pm Atlantic and Newport Avenues across from Ventnor Library Jersey Fresh Produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, beverages, handcrafts, meats, fish, pasta, specialty foods and more. For more informa-

tion, visit Smithville Car Cruise ▶Friday, ▶ August 10th from 5-8pm Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mill Rd. See cars from the days gone by or bring your vintage ride to show off. Free admission. Somers Point Beach Concert Series ▶Fridays ▶ from 7-9:30pm The Somers Point Beach Concert Series continues this Friday, August 10th with a Chess Records Tribute; Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, and John Lee Hooker performed by The Nick Moss Band with special guests “Little Charley” Baty and Dennis Gruenling. On August 17th, The Dane Anthony Band performs Motown, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and other dance favorites. Rhythm in the Park, Egg Harbor Twp. ▶Fridays ▶ from 7-9pm Robert J. Lincoln Amphitheater at Tony Canale Park off Dogwood Avenue in EHT. The Rhythm in the Park 2018 Summer Concert Series continues this Friday, August 10th with The Rhythm Wranglers, a five piece band featuring new and classic country songs. On August 17th, catch Jersey Jukebox playing vocal harmonies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Brigantine Farmers Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 8am-12pm 15th Street and Revere Blvd. Brigantine Ventnor Community Yard Sale ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th & Sunday, August 12th from 9am-1pm To see a list of participating households, please visit http://www.

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Ventnor Summer Beach Jam ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 7pm Newport Avenue Beach Swing That Cat will perform the best jazz, blues and rock n’ roll this Saturday, August 11th. Concerts at Excursion Park ▶Saturdays ▶ at 7:30pm JFK Park & Pleasure Ave. Sea Isle City This Saturday, August 11th, presents a performance by Countdown to Ecstasy, a Steely Dan Tribute. On August 18th, don’t miss Real Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute. Improv & Stand-Up Comedy Workshop ▶Sunday, ▶ August 12th & 26th at 11:30am Enlightened Café 6414 Ventnor Ave. Ventnor Learn about stand up comedy, sketch comedy, improv and performance while developing your writing and performing skills. Study with pros in the comedy field and work with like-minded individuals to create and produce content. Showcase your talent, have fun and laugh. Suggested donation for this class is $10. Absecon Concerts in the Park ▶Sundays ▶ at 7pm Heritage Park Don’t miss The Brandon Ireland Band as they perform the best pop and rock n’ roll this Sunday, August 12th. Food will be available at the concession stands. Please bring your own chair or blanket. Free admission. Monday Night Kids’ Concert Series ▶Mondays ▶ at 6:30pm Somers Point Beach Bay & New Jersey Avenues Wacky Wednesdays at Absecon Lighthouse ▶Wednesday, ▶ August 15th from 11am-3pm 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. Atlantic City Must be accompanied by an adult. Each program includes crafts and activities, theme related movies & coloring pages. On August 15th, learn about Outer Space. Patcong Creek Foundation Community Night, Somers Point ▶Wednesday, ▶ August 15th at 6:45pm Somers Point Youth Center Marks Rd. Speaking will be Russ Babb, a Somers Point native, and Bureau Chief for the Division of Shellfish-

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eries for NJ Fish & Wildlife. Please visit for more information and to RSVP. Free Summer Concerts on the Atlantic City Boardwalk ▶Wednesdays ▶ at 7pm Kennedy Plaza This Wednesday, August 15th, Mardi Gras AC continues as Chicago’s Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland brings her band to the boardwalk. On August 22nd, it’s the AC Airshow Funkfest starring Ivan Neville & Dumpstafunk. There is limited seating, so bring your festival chairs and dancing shoes. Margate Community Farmers Market ▶Thursdays ▶ from 8:30am – 12pm Monroe & Amherst Avenues behind Steve & Cookie’s Atlantic City Farmers Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 8:30am-1pm Bartram Ave. & the Boardwalk The market will be open for the summer season from now until September 9th. Returning vendors include Ladle of Luv homemade soups, Busy Bees’ local honey, Monteleone Farm fresh produce and vegetables and Magilla Gorilla Sweet


Treats. Sponsors are welcome; email for more information. Egg Harbor City Food Truck Festival ▶Saturday, ▶ August 18th from 3-9pm Philadelphia Avenue Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, Beer Garden, Vendors and more. Under the Stars Movie Night in EHT ▶Saturday, ▶ August 18th at 8pm Robert J. Lincoln Amphitheater at Tony Canale Park off Dogwood Avenue Don’t miss a screening of Coco. Dancing at Somers Point Fire Co. 1 ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 7:30-10:30 pm 455 Bethel Rd. Somers Point Live music for your dancing and listening enjoyment. For more information, contact Rita Voli at 609-408-3619.

Upcoming Runs & Walks Atlantic City Triathlon ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 7am Bader Field 600 N. Albany Ave. Atlantic City The 8th Annual TRI AC has one of the most beginner friendly Sprint triathlon courses in New Jersey. Our .25 mile swim, 11 mile bike, and 5k

run is the perfect stepping stone for any beginner. For the triathlete that wants to go a little longer, TRI AC also features an Olympic distance triathlon consisting of a 1 mile swim, 22 mile bike & 10k run. The Atlantic City Triathlon is also “The Ultimate training race for Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City”. Please visit http://delmosports. com/events/atlantic-city-triathlon-new-jerseys-best-triathlons for more information. Champions Club Superhero Walk and Roll ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 9am South Jersey Field of Dreams 1000 Morton Ave. Absecon Do you have a child with special needs? JOIN Champions Club at the South Jersey Field of Dreams In Absecon for The very first "Champions Club Superhero Walk and Roll" Event. This is a great family event open to all ages. The First Annual Champion's Club Superhero Walk and Roll will be helping to support the efforts of our Local Champion's Club in Egg Harbor Township as well as Champions Clubs Worldwide. Champions Clubs exist to help people with special needs to grow Spiritually, Intellectually, Mentally, and Physically. Champions Clubs can be adapted to fit into many different

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Atlantic City Events Kidz Bop Live 2018 ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 6pm Boardwalk Hall Tickets start at $35 The Piano Guys ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 8pm The Event Center at Borgata Tickets start at $49 The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of pianist Jon Schmidt, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, videographer Paul Anderson, and music producer Al van der Beek. Top Rank Boxing: Jennings vs. Dimitrenko ▶Saturday, ▶ August 18th at 7pm Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino Tickets start at $37 Tickets are on sale now via, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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here honestly isn't a whole lot to talk about on the weather front these days. It's been rather stagnant with not a lot going on. Why? We've had an expansive ridge of high pressure situated just off shore for a couple weeks. No system has been able to successfully move all the way through with ease, meaning frontal boundaries have been stalling and allowing for unsettled weather. 11" of rain picked up over the past week in portions of PA... incredible! Luckily we didn't see nearly as much. The bigger story for us over the past week? The big heat. Highs reached the lower 90s for the past several days, with very high levels of humidity. Icky, sticky,

swampy, and soupy are the words best used to describe where we've been. A rather potent cold front moves through on Wednesday night. Some showers and storms likely as a result. Dew points will come WAY down by Thursday and a more refreshing air mass will settle in overhead for a couple days. Looking forward to that! Looks like we could get unsettled again with shower and thunderstorm chances increasing later in the weekend. Hey! I'm very proud to announce that we've launched our new WEATHER app for apple and android devices! Simply do a search for "SNJ Today Weather" and you'll have my forecasts at your fingertips! NorEaster Nick Pittman Chief Forecaster SNJ Today Channel 4 News P: 609.579.4263

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Community Events Classes in Art The Ventnor Cultural Arts Center is holding Classes in Art year-round. Workshops range in pottery, watercolor, oil & acrylics, pottery, pastels, jewelry making and mosaic. Classes are $20 each. Beginners welcome! Pre-registration is required. Call 609823-7952 or visit for more information. Come visit and see what we’re doing. 6500 Atlantic Ave. Ventnor. Rainy Days: Board Games, Wii, Coloring and More ▶Now ▶ – August 18th Atlantic County Library Brigantine 201 15th St. South Open to all ages. Got the rainy day blues? Grandchildren visiting and bored? The library has board games, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, Wii games & more that you can use here. Ask at the circulation desk. Garden Club Party ▶Friday, ▶ August 10th & 17th from 1-6pm New Day Family Success Center 622—624 S. New York Rd. Galloway This is a free family gardening activity. Each day there will be a different garden activities to help us

grow our garden and to take home your own plant. Families can sign up for individual days or both. Open to everyone in Atlantic County. Pre-registration is required. Call (609) 6520230 for more information. Knitting Club ▶Fridays ▶ from 10am-12pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township 1 Swift Ave. Open to all ages. Beginner or experienced knitters are welcome to bring current or new projects. Share your talents with others, learn new stitches or work on your own project. Build & Create Summer Makerspace ▶Fridays ▶ at 11am Otto Bruyns Public Library 241 W. Mill Rd. Northfield ▶August ▶ 10th: Puppets ▶August ▶ 17th: Tabletop Hovercrafts Yoga for Life ▶Saturday, ▶ August 11th at 9:30am Atlantic County Library Mays Landing 40 Farragut Ave. Open to adults and teens. Registration & $5 fee required. Presented by Janet Hahn. No food 3 hours before class. Wear loose comfortable clothing & bring a mat or towel. Checkmates Chess Club ▶Saturdays ▶ from 12-4:30pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor 6500 Atlantic Ave. Exercise your mind. We welcome all to the challenge of playing a friendly game of chess with others. Escape from the Library ▶Saturdays ▶ from 2-4pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Open to ages 12-16. Registration


If you would like your event included, please email it to Shorelocalevents@ at least two weeks in advance. required. Teens will work in teams to find a series of clues & riddles to solve a mystery. Similar concept to escape room challenges but in an open meeting room setting. Toddler Social Hour ▶Monday, ▶ August 13th from 10-11am Atlantic County Library Somers Point 801 Shore Rd. Suggested for ages 1-4. Bring your toddler to our social hour to play, read and interact with others. A snack will be provided. Please advise of any food allergies. Furry Buddies ▶Tuesday, ▶ August 14th at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suggested for ages 6-14. Registration requested, but drop-ins are welcome! Read a story to Cody, Erin, or Freedom--therapy dogs who love sharing stories with children. Learn about the benefits of reading aloud to a therapy dog. The Escape and Enjoy Afternoon Book Club ▶Wednesday, ▶ August 15th from 3-4pm ▶Atlantic ▶ County Library Egg Harbor City Open to adults. Registration requested. Choose your favorite books and discuss them. Led by librarian Julie. Coffee and snacks included. Please advise staff of any food allergies.

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The Sunflower Farm By Cindy Fertsch


f you’ve ever driven by it, you will definitely remember it. The Sunflower Farm on the corner of Route 50 and 610 in Upper Township, is a breathtaking view of sunflowers as far as the eye can see. Donald Westergom has been farming sunflowers in that location for 20 years now. “Every year I plant a couple hundred thousand,” says Westergom. Now together with Ketty Lippi, they tend to the sunflowers that Ketty affectionately calls “their girls.” July through mid September, they

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have a roadside farm stand bursting with fresh cut sunflowers that sell for only .50 each with an honesty can for the many patrons that stop by to get their sunflowers. Each morning, Donald and Ketty check on “their girls” and Donald cuts a couple hundred for the day’s sales. In recent years the sunflower farm has become more and more popular. Westergom attributes that to Facebook, with more folks sharing photos of the sunflowers along with information about the farm’s location. The Sunflower Farm has become a very sought after Donald Westercom, owner and founder of the Sunflower Farm, place to take photos cuts a couple hundred sunflowers daily to place at his roadside for special occasions. stand. Westergom shares that

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many engagement and wedding photos are taken in those sunflower fields. It has become so in demand that they had to add another honesty can, charging $5 per photo session. Artists come from all around to sketch and paint the sunflowers. Art clubs go into the fields and set up their easels on a regular basis. But the strangest request that Westergom ever got came last year when a rock and roll band came to shoot their music video in the sunflower fields. Interestingly, a poet once visited the sunflower farm and wrote a po-

em about the sunflowers in her book “Passion of a Poet.” A photo of Ketty in the sunflower field appears on the back cover of the book which was sold internationally. The heavy rains this summer have created a unique overabundance of sunflowers with both fields blooming simultaneously. When you are standing within the field you can see sunflowers in every direction. “Photographers love to come in the evening,” says Ketty. “The flowers change color, becoming a richer shade of gold. It is so beautiful.” When I asked Westergom why sunflowers, he smiled and replied “I like how happy it makes everyone. Nothing else makes people so happy.” I had to agree.

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The Farm Stand at 14th Vegging at the Shore By Marci Lutsky


t’s used to be that options for eating out in Ocean City included funnel cake, fries and ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, as a kid, going to the rides in Ocean City meant a junk food paradise and I loved it! Fast

forward to my adult life and that is just not what I want to eat anymore. Ocean City has seen an amazing transformation in recent years when it comes to food. The newest healthy eatery to open there is called the Farm Stand at 14th and it’s quite a special spot. Owner Becky Juzwiak is no stranger to Ocean City. Born and

raised there, she is the Vice-President at Johnson’s Popcorn where she has worked for 22 years. Tired of eating pizza twice a day, Becky wanted to be able to get a fresh fast food option. She teamed up with vegan chef Natalie McKenna and together, they have created one of the freshest

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and most delicious fast food eateries in Ocean City. Located at 14th and the boardwalk on the street, The Farm Stand at 14th is convenient for beach goers, boardwalk strollers and anyone driving by. One of the reasons I instantly took a liking to The Farm Stand at 14th, is that the menu appeals to everyone, not just vegans or vegetarians. While my husband and I prefer vegetarian menu options, my children are meat eaters and it can be challenging to find something to satisfy them when we go to exclusively vegetarian or vegan restaurants. The menu is simple and consists of sandwiches, mains and salads. The vegan dishes are made from real ingredients and the kitchen is separated to prepare meat dishes separately from vegan dishes. So what have I tried? The eggplant cannellini sandwich is absolutely delicious. Served on toasted whole grain bread, cooked to perfection eggplant is layered with tomato, pesto and a white bean sauce. They offer daily specials and on a recent visit I wanted to try the vegan pulled pork and kale slaw sandwich, but they had just ran out of it. I settled on a veggie burger that was perfect, especially with the pickle sauce topping. I’m a visual person which is why I love Instagram so much. Chef Natalie takes mouth-watering pictures of her specials and if you follow them on Instagram, chances are that you will frequently be changing your lunch plans to head there for the special of the day.

So what lies ahead for The Farm Stand at 14th? Juzwiak’s eyes lit up when she talked about the fall specials. They are currently open daily. On Monday and Tuesday their hours are 11am to 4pm and for the rest of the week they are open from 11am to 8pm. They intend to stay open into the fall and close during the winter. Next time you find yourself hungry in Ocean City, make your way down the boardwalk to The Farm Stand at 14th where healthy and delicious food options await! The Farm Stand at 14th is located at 14th and the Boardwalk in Ocean City. You can follow them on Instagram at and on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/farmstandat14th/. Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, and can be reached at

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WACKY WEDNESDAY – THAT’S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES (August 8): Use your creativity to shape and sculpt a cookie into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-6111 42ND ANNUAL BOYS AND GIRLS SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT (August 11): The tournament for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16 takes place by the Ocean City-Longport

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between the ages of 16 and 22. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Stop by the Music Pier Box Office or visit OCEAN CITY POPS – THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF OZ (August 12): L. Frank Baum's classic novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," took the world by storm upon its publication on May 17, 1900. The beloved classic is still enchanting readers and music lovers today – more than 100 years later. Fans now can celebrate all the music based on the original tale in one magical concert event. "The Wonderful Music of Oz" pays tribute to the story as told on Broadway ("Wicked," "The Wiz"), in Hollywood ("The Wizard of Oz," "Return to Oz") and on the radio ("Goodbye Yellow

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Brick Road," "Tin Man"). Defy gravity and travel over the rainbow as we take a musical journey down the yellow brick road with a cast of New York's top vocalists. There's no place like home and there's no show like "The Wonderful Music of Oz." The show is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20 to $25 and are available at, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway and the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office. GORDON LIGHTFOOT (August 13): Songwriting Hall of Famer Gordon Lightfoot has delighted audiences across the globe for the better part of a century with his undeniable knack for crafting songs that tell stories. The legend lives on with an

evening of music celebrating the vast and successful catalog of this generational talent. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $39. Visit Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000. WACKY WEDNESDAY (August 15): Paperclip Sculpting and Little Miss/Mister Chaos and Miss/Mister Miscellaneous are the events this week. Use your creativity to shape and sculpt paper clips into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. As the sculptors work, who will win the titles of Miss and Mister Miscellaneous? This hidden and unique talent competition is for anyone over the age of 6. Judges are looking for unusual and unique talents! Plus, Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos, which requires boys and girls from 3 to 5 years of age to make as much noise as possible by

banging on supplied pots and pans. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. For more information, call 609-3996111. MISS CRUSTACEAN HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT (August 15): The original beauty contest for crustaceans invites families, kids, businesses and organizations enter their crustacean in this annual contest. The winner receives the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway. Registration is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. Contest begins at 6 p.m. Open to all ages. For more information, call 609-399-6111.


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Be Diet A Supporter By Nancy Adler


ou've been trying to lose weight and stick to a diet plan that helps you feel good and achieve your goals, only to watch your significant other bust out a bowl of chips and a chocolate bar as an evening snack. Whether your spouse is naturally slender or ignoring his own weight problem, you can take steps to keep your diet from derailing. Many a dieter wishes her spouse would change his ways so she can achieve her diet goals. While it may be tempting to simply throw up your hands, creative strategies that curb frustration can help, says one resourceful dieter. My client notes, “ I’m not going to blame my husband for this, but I am around him all the time and he can eat anything and everything that he wants, He has a completely different metabolism and he exercises all the time, whereas I find it hard just to find the time." For years, her husband's habit of snacking during the evening TV shows they enjoyed together undermined her diet plans. Even after finding a plan that keeps her feeling full, she still sometimes has to fight the temptation to snack along with him. While you may be frustrated that your spouse doesn't "get" your diet, your spouse may actually feel threatened by your resolve. Sometimes if they just realize how important it is, that you're trying to do it to change your health, and you're not going to leave them, it helps. Although it may not seem like your attempt to lose weight should bother your husband or other family members, loved ones may worry

that certain activities you used to do together, such as going out to eat, may now be off-limits. I recommend reassuring your family that you will still do things and go to places you have enjoyed in the past, although perhaps less frequently. To do this successfully, you need come up with your own game plan ahead of time so you know what you will or won't eat when you're out together. Try to make a personal commitment to cut back on high calorie cocktails and wine when dining out. Also, often a good suggestion is to bring a serving of nuts in your purse in case you need to stave off the urge to order unhealthy items on the menu, or take the edge off hunger while waiting for everyone to order. No matter what situation you find yourself in, communicating your goals to your spouse is pivotal to your weight loss. Here are some ideas: ●● Convey a positive message. Tell your spouse, "I love you, you love me, and this is a form of self-love. I'm taking care of myself, and I know you want me to do that." ●● Explain your process. If your family teases you about your diet strategies, like weighing portions, explain that you are more successful when you take these measures. ●● Talk about what you can eat instead of what you can't. Avoid boring non-dieters with all the details of your plan. ●● Cook separate meals if necessary, but encourage your spouse to try some of the new dishes you are eating, especially if he has a weight problem too. He just might like them!



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yndi Lauper walked out on stage and brought the eighties back to prominence. Appearing as a “Special Guest,” Lauper opened the show for Rod Stewart. Performing some of her best known hits, “She Bop,” “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, and more during her set, she revved up the full Boardwalk Hall arena audience prior to Rod Stewart's performance. Rod Stewart has made numerous

appearances in Atlantic City, but his concert Saturday night, August 4, 2018 at The Boardwalk Hall reaffirmed to the packed venue that he was just as “sexy” and talented as ever. From the moment he came on stage and announced that he would be performing for “an hour and fifteen minutes or more”, his fans rose to their feet and began to applaud wildly. Stewart was backed by a great band, backup singers, and dancers. His set is more like a show than a concert, with band interludes that included an outstanding band, drum and upbeat violin solos, and even some tap dancing. As Stewart smiled and began to sing “Forever Young”, one of his bigger hit songs (which contained the drum solo), the mood of the crowd was established. They jumped to their feet, and began screaming and dancing.

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Looking fit and in great voice, Stewart, who is seventy-three, had no problem dancing around the stage as he had done back in the ’70s and ’80s. His set was dedicated to many of his best known hit songs, which spanned most of his career, as well as a smattering of cover songs. It took no effort to keep his fans, who were already happy and feeling good, involved in the show, Stewart performed a few of his hits including, “Tonight’s The Night”. Do you remember Rod Stewart’s smash hit “Maggie May”? Well, without a doubt his loyal fans did, as Boardwalk Hall came even

more alive when Stewart hit the first note.

As with most major concerts, the audience seemed to wish the show would never end. Stewart had the audience singing along and moving all night, and wanting more and more. Stewart proved to his fans that he is still as good, if not better, than they remembered. Rod Stewart proves that talent and showmanship are always received well, and Stewart is a symbol of both. Rod Stewart was born on January 10, 1945, in London and became one of the true superstars of the '70s. At one time he was a soccer player, gravedigger, and street singer. Beginning his career with singer Long John Baldry's group the “Hoochie Coochie Men” in 1964, he later moved on to groups “Steampacket” and “Shotgun Express”.

Stewart signed a solo deal with Mercury Records that led to 1971's international #1 smash hit "Maggie May." Stewart has been an enormously successful solo act and continued making top 10, platinum-selling albums well into the 1990s. Stewart has been a fairly frequent performer in Atlantic City. When he returns, he is a “must see” performer because, like the Boardwalk Hall audience of this past weekend, you will have a fabulous night of entertainment. All photos by Donald B Kravitz Donald B. Kravitz is an Entertainment & Special Events photographer for national publications including Getty Images & Miss America 752 Asbury Ave Ocean City NJ 609-938-2398 1055 Shore Rd Linwood NJ 609-365-8899

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Lifeguard Races Demonstrate True Athletic Discipline

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ifeguards up and down the coast watch over the water, protecting swimmers from potential hazards. Throughout the summer, all 15 beach patrols representing Atlantic and Cape May Counties, from Brigantine to Cape May Point, compete in a series of lifeguard races. The lifeguard races officially started in 1924 and have been held every year since, with the exception of the 1930s and 40s, during World War II. One of those events, the Margate Memorial Lifeguard Races, was held last Friday night on the beach near Decatur Avenue. Hundreds of spectators watched on and cheered for their respective teammates. After a thrilling night of competition, Longport Beach Patrol took home the

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title, after winning the doubles row and swimming races. Longport was also victorious at the 49th Annual Dutch Hoffman Memorial Championships, held in Wildwood two weeks ago. The races are organized by the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association,

Competitors sprint into the Atlantic for the start of the swim. Longport Beach Patrol is set to defend the title at home. The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships will be held at 33rd Street Beach in Longport this Friday, August 10th at 6:30pm. The event is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. If you’re unable to Longport Beach Patrol after winning this year's Margate Memorial Lifeguard Race attend, you can listen to the radio broadcast which is run by current president and before the season on 97.3 ESPN. Former chief of the Upper Township Beach gets underway. Many Longport Beach Chief Patrol, Bill Handley. Bill talks about how of the lifeguards are Dan Adams will be proinvolved in swimming or important these races are to the commuviding color commentary. nity. “All of these races allow the skills a rowing clubs while attending All upcoming lifeguard lifeguard needs to become a life saver. school and college during the Vince Granese of Atlan- races are listed below: Everyone is building their skills so they winter. tic City Beach Patrol in ●● Sunday, August 12: Captain Turner Memorial can become better people that represent It takes a lot of power and the singles row event the beach patrols.” strength to prepare for an Open Swim, 8:30am at 33rd Street Beach in Longport Longport Beach Chief Matthew Kelm athletic event of this magnitude. To see these lifeguards compete at such a high says these events are not just ways to ●● Friday, August 17: Goudy Memorial keep them going physically and athletlevel of endurance is truly unique and Races Rescue, 6:30pm at Suffolk Ave. ically, but it also showcases their skills thrilling. If you have never seen a lifeguard Beach in Ventnor to everyday individuals. “These are all race up close, I would definitely consider ●● Saturday, August 18: Brennan McCann attending in the near future. regular working lifeguards. They go out Masters Row, 7:30am at Seaview HarPractice is already underway for this on rescues during the day and take time bor Beach in Egg Harbor Township week’s headline event, the South Jersey out of their day before or after work, to ●● Wednesday, August 22: Around the Lifeguard Championships. Three events practice and train for competition.” Island Row, 7:00am at 1st & Surf Avmake up the Championship: the 1 ½ mile Practicing for these events begin long enues in North Wildwood doubles row, a ¾ mile swim, and the ¼ ●● Thursday, August 23: Hammer Row, mile singles row. After winning their sec6:15pm at Seaview Harbor Beach in ond consecutive championship last year, Egg Harbor Township

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f you’ve been paying any attention to the excitement brewing in Atlantic City recently, you may have heard of the Tennessee Avenue Renaissance or The Orange Loop. This section of Atlantic City, on the beach block of Tennessee Avenue, and expanding into St. James Place and New York Avenues, features one-of-a-kind new businesses like MADE Chocolate Bar, The Leadership Studio yoga, Bourre Restaurant, and now the newest kid on the block: Hayday- Atlantic City’s Coffee Shop. Hayday is the brainchild of three local and long time friends, Loryn Simonsen, Evan Sanchez, and Zenith Shah. The three co founders grew up and attended high school together. After moving away from the area and spending time in various big cities, pursuing a variety of careers, they found themselves back home with a desire to be a part of positive change. Evan and Zenith began Authentic City Partners, a real estate development company focused on building projects that support and unify community. They began working with Mark Collazzo on the Tennessee Avenue project, and ultimately decided to open a business of their own on the block, now known as Hayday. The name is a unique play on words and a tribute to the past and the future of Atlantic City. Many locals reference the good old days or the “heyday” of Atlantic City as they reminisce on times past. For the last several years, hope in

Atlantic City seemed to dwindle as casinos closed and jobs were lost. Many lost the belief that they once had in the city except for a select group who decided that we would see a new and bright future for Atlantic City. A new “heyday”, or Hayday. Hayday, named after William Hayday who invented the famous rolling chair in 1887, is a symbolic glimmer of hope in the rising of the new Atlantic City. Walking into Hayday, the energy and community feel Hayday Co owners from left to right: Evan Sanchez, is undeniable. Since opening Loryn Simonsen, and Zenith Shah their doors on August 1st, the Tennessee Avenue coffee shop has been shop will be a big part of that change,” buzzing with locals from the time the said Zenith Shah, Co-Founder of Hayday doors open at 7am until they close at and Authentic City Partners. 4pm daily. Quality, locally roasted coffee, The three co founders of Hayday bring different strengths to the table when it comes to business. Loryn offers a background in human resources, Evan has a career path in business development, and Zenith has a corporate background in asset management. As far as coffee though? They come with a history of loving to drink it. Understanding the coffee is something they all have been learning since the decision to open the shop. They have been working with a coffee consulting company learning the mechanics of the business and sourcing of the coffee beans. Cookie Till, owner of No. 7311 in Ventnor has been a supporter of the project since day one, and has offered the Hayday team the resources and space needed Hayday Merchandise available in store to train and learn the ropes of the coffee industry. Together, they’re learning and tea, and espresso drinks, complemented growing in insurmountable ways. by baked goods from Kizbee’s Kitchen, “For me, one of my favorite pieces of are being served in abundance throughall of this has been working with friends out the day. “We’ve always wanted to be a spark for positive change in our city, and we believe that opening an independent coffee

I have known for a long time in this type of setting. We have learned so much more about each other as friends and it’s cool to see it all come to life. You have no idea what it’s really going to be like when starting a business but we all have a really great time together,” says co owner Loryn Simonsen. Community, unity, and diversity along with a desire to

Hayday Cold Brew is a customer favorite see Atlantic City thrive are the things that make Hayday and the rest of the Tennessee Avenue Renaissance project more than just a few new businesses. It’s an experience to be had and something that we are all enjoying being a part of. It’s a new “Hayday” for Atlantic City and it’s just the beginning. Hayday -Atlantic City’s Coffee Shop is open for business daily from 7am-4p at 131 S. Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City. Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia journalist, freelance writer, and self published author.

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n August 15, 2018, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission (ACRM) is holding its annual Summer Gala Fundraiser. The event is intended to benefit the organization’s organic farm program and 2018 “Help Us Grow” campaign. The Summer Gala Fundraiser will be held from 6:00–10:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at The Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, located at 2 Convention Blvd. Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Tickets for the event are $125 for individual guests and $1,000 for full tables, and they can be reserved at Highlighting the evening will be two very special guests: Betty Cantrell, a performer, speaker and rising country music singer-songwriter who was named Miss America in 2016; and keynote speaker, Lee Strobel, a bestselling author and investigative journalist. Cantrell became only the second Miss Georgia to ever win the Miss America crown

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t is the height of the summer and along South Jersey beaches the tradition of lifeguard racing is in full swing, with tanned men and women representing their beach patrol in swimming, rowing, paddling, and simulated lifesaving events. Have you ever wondered what being a lifeguard is all about? I interviewed one former local guard to get his answers. Me: How long were you on the beach patrol? Guard: 7 years. I started when I was 16 and was 23 when I left to get a full time job. Me: How long after you started did you make your first rescue? Guard: Some rescues just amount to running out and pulling a little kid in, and that could be the first day, but

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that? Me: Did you learn any life lessons since you served during the formative years of 16 -23? Guard: Tons. I m in sales and people ask me how did I get so good at it and I say beach patrol. All day we dealt with people. You have to be respectful no matter the situation. You are dealing with beach goers, dealing with stand partners, as well as superiors. You have to convince people why they can t swim where we know there is danger. Now I feel super comfortable in any situation and can speak with anyone about anything for at least twenty minutes. Me: If a young individual came to you and said they wanted to be lifeguard, what would you say to them? Guard: I always tell them yes because of the experiences I have had and the people I have met, but I would ask if they can swim. If they say yes, I ask them again, can you swim well? I don t mean in the pool or in the bay. The test is a half mile swim in the ocean with a lifeguard can. Train for it. Most beach patrols have a program where you can learn to row a lifeguard boat but swimming is key. To be perfectly honest, there are better paying summer jobs out there but you are in the beach patrol fraternity forever. You have something in common with every south Jersey beach patrol guard and I have forged friendships that will last me forever.

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he Brady Bunch had Marcia, Marcia Marcia. For the past two years, the national media has parroted Russia, Russia, Russia on a 24/7 basis! The media purposely ignores that under United States President Donald Trump, we now have the lowest unemployment in American history. We once again have a Gross Domestic Product above 4 percent. This is something all of the expert pointy-headed liberals said could never happen again. When candidate Trump said it three weeks before the 2016 election, they said it can't happen because "Pigs can't fly". The media won't report that more than 3.5 million jobs have been created. We have the lowest African-American unemployment in history. The lowest Hispanic unemployment in history. The lowest female unemployment in more than 65 years. We have the highest work participation rate

and highest number of workers employed in history; an astonishing 155,965,000 Americans are now employed. There's actually a labor shortage in America. You couldn't get a job in the Barack Obama era. ISIS is basically gone. Under Obama, they were growing and on-the-run around the World. The stock market is up 40 percent under Trump. America is on the path to energy independence. Manufacturing is returning back to The United States. Employees are receiving the biggest pay increases in a decade. President Trump has played hard with our allies and enemies and has already achieved a $50 billion drop in our trade deficit. Middle class taxpayers are experiencing more than $ 1,600 per-year in tax cuts. These are just some of the favorable conditions now in place since President Trump won the 2016 election. You can see why the pro-Democrat media simply refuses to discuss what's really been going on all around us. Here's another impressive fun fact. On August 2, 2010, Obama's job approval rating was 45 percent. This, despite Obama receiving 90 percent positive media coverage. On August 2, 2018, President Trump's job approval rating in the same poll ( was 50 percent. This, despite Trump receiving

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2001. Out of 65 competitive House races, 60 are held by Republicans, and just 5 by Democrats. Democrats have to win 28 of these races to win the majority 218 in The House of Representatives. History and common sense will tell you that Democrats have the upper hand. However, should the American people process all of the good news (of the past two years) in time, Republicans may defeat history and maintain the majority. Outside Republican interest groups are currently mounting a $100-plus million campaign to keep the majority. 15 of the House races are currently tossups. Only two of these races are currently held by Democrats. New Jersey's 7th District is one of these tossups (Lance vs. Malinowski). Republican Leonard Lance has been in office since 2009. He's fighting for his electoral life. New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District race between State Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-1 vs. Seth Grossman is currently rated "Leaning Democrat." I'm surprised it's not in the "Likely Democrat" column; as every national pundit is almost guaranteeing that this seat will flip from Republican (Frank LoBiondo) to Van Drew. The overall number of races (65) that will decide this can be reduced further to about 31. This is the number of races that are either presently a tossup or tilting Republican/Democrat. 15 are now tossups, 12 are tilting Republican, and 4 are tilting Democrat. The stakes couldn't be higher. Will the agenda beginning in January, 2019 be: further progress regarding the economy, jobs, deregulation, energy independence, and more? Or, will the agenda be: impeach President Trump, shut-down current Congressional investigations, try to raise taxes, and worse? Literally, we're talking about polar opposite approaches. People use to say that it doesn't matter who wins, they're all the same. I don't believe that was ever true. However, there is no way to make that case anymore.


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The Democratic Party is lunging so far left, that they now joyfully embrace socialism. This is counter to all of the founding principles of The United States of America. We haven't written much about the United States Senate because, as close as the current margins are, the Democrats do not have much legitimate chance to win the majority. Here's why: The current math is: 51 Republicans 47 Democrats 2 Independents (who both organize with the Democrats) If the Senate were to end 50-50, Republicans would maintain the majority with Vice President Mike Pence breaking any ties. However, it is almost certain that even in the first mid-term election of a Republican President, the Republicans should pick-up seats. In a reversal of the current House of Representatives scenario, the Democrats are the ones defending the vast amount of races. 26 Democrat incumbents are facing re-election vs. just 9 Republicans. Here are the likely 10 most vulnerable candidates and nine of them are Democrats: Dean Heller, R-Nevada; Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri; Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; Joe Manchin D-West Virginia; Bill Nelson, D-Florida; Jon Tester, D-Montana; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania. I believe that Casey will win. And, Manchin will most likely vote for President Trump's

United States Supreme Court Nominee (Brett Kavanaugh) and may win re-election. Current Florida Governor Rick Scott leads Nelson. Heitkamp currently trails, as do several more of the above Democrats. Republicans should pick-up 3-5 senate seats. In The House, the Democrats can achieve as many as 228 seats and Republicans as many as 238, depending on the voter turnout. It's going to be an intense, nasty three months ahead. When the stakes are this high and the outcome so much in doubt, this always brings out the worst in our electoral politics. You can expect no less this time. 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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Smithville Preserves History And Revives Gristmill Waterwheel By Eric Conklin


isitors of Historic Smithville, in Galloway Township, still ask The Merry Goldfinch Manager, Elizabeth McCleary about when the water wheel connected to the building became operational again. The answer is just about over a year and a half ago, says Smithville Inn Manager Anthony Coppola. He says that his family wanted to fix the waterwheel since they had purchased the property in 1997, and finally have been able to preserve the history

of the building. “The water wheel was something that was on our wish list for a long time, we just didn’t have the financial resources to get it done right away,” said Coppola. “We needed roofs and air conditioning and upgrade the electrical systems and plumbing. The list was monumental and the water wheel took a backseat.”

The waterwheel is a part of an old grist mill that was located in Sharptown, NJ that provided families from the town with fresh flour in the 1800s. Though it’s used as a storefront now, the mechanism used for the gristing process still remains in the building from the fourth floor down.

The gristing process would start on the fourth floor of the building and be carried out through the building with a gristing mechanism that was powered by the water wheel on the outside of the building. The process would take the wheat on a journey through all four floors of the building until it reached the first floor as flour. The mill remained operational in Smithville in its earlier tenure in the village, but has been converted to a storefront, most recently being the The Merry Goldfinch which moved from its former location in Smithville this past March. Coppola says that the project to replace the building’s old wheel started about two years ago and the replacement wheel was made operational a short time later. He says

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that his family found a contractor to work with a manufacturer who could construct a new metal wheel. Grist Mills would run solely on water from a barrier of water that was poured into small buckets on a water wheel. The wheel is balanced enough so that when the buckets would be filled, the wheel would turn. As the wheel turned, the entire mechanism inside the mill would be powered by the wheel which turned wheat into flour. The wheel in Smithville now runs on a small pump which pumps water onto a ledge, which is the dropped over the wheel, which fills the buck-

ets, thus giving the wheel its power and visitors a sight to see from earlier centuries. Since the grist mill has moved to Smithville it has housed numerous storefronts, the newest being the The Merry Goldfinch. The store had originally been across from the Smithville Inn for about five and half years. The owner of the store acquired ownership of the grist mill and opened The Merry Goldfinch in its new location on

St. Patrick Day of this year. Store Manager Elizabeth McCleary of Galloway, believes that the wheel being operational again adds to the building and acts as a way to preserve its history. Plus, it helps attract curious visitors too. “I think it does bring business in because people are interested in it and want to see it,� said McCleary. “It brings a historical point of view to the building itself.�

She also says that she interacts with customers who are eager to ask her for more information about the building in order to learn more about it. “It also brings in a lot of curious customers wanting to know about where the building is from, how old is the building, and is there still working parts,� she added. “I think that preserves all the history of it and it allows us to pass on that information to other people.� Anthony Coppola also spoke about how the wheel preserves history in Smithville and how the wheel acts as “identity� to the village. “It’s something that’s indelibly marked in a lot of people’s memories,� said Coppola. “So to have that operational again is significant because it kind of reinforces a lot of people’s memories. They remember that it’s a part of Smithville.� Eric is a graduate of Rowan University, and has a passion for radio and journalism.

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er “Year Of Service” comes to a close as Miss America 2018, Cara Mund reflects back on the on her life and the events that are shaping her immediate future. Reflecting back to the evening of Sunday, September 10, 2017, standing center stage hearing her name announced as Miss America 2018, Cara Mund’s life has taken on dramatic changes. She remembers “When I heard my name, I could not believe it was me! My dream finally came true. When I got a grasp on what was happening, I felt a sense of pride in being Miss America but also a sense of accomplishment of being the first Miss North Dakota ever to be selected Miss America.” Since becoming Miss America 2018, Mund has been traveling across the country making hundreds of appearances. When ask what she enjoyed most

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018 poses next to the sign in the Miss America Organization headquarters before passing the crown to someone new on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Photo by Donald B Kravitz about her myriad of visitations she said, “I love, love my hospital visits to see the children as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When I talk about those visits I always think back to the one that is most memorable and will always be with me in my heart. I was in the pediatric ward visiting children





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Cara Mund, Miss America 2018 returns to the floor of Boardwalk Hall where she was crowned Miss America 2018 and will be passing the crown to someone new on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Photo by Donald B Kravitz when a mother came up to me and said she had heard I was in the hospital. She asked if I would stop up stairs and see her son. What I did not know when I entered his room was that they had just put him on hospice that morning, he was a twenty year old young man. His mother told her son, that she wanted Miss America to be there and be a part of his life. His mom and I just sat there talking to him and crying. That is a visit I will never forget. I realized for the first time the real impact Miss America had in the lives of others until then!” She is also am very proud of the fact that she was asked to be a guest of U.S. Republican Senator, John Hoeven from North Dakota to attend President Donald Trump’s State Of The Union address. The Miss America Organization is in the process of revitalizing their direction and presence. Mund has dealt with the inevitable questions with intelligence and class. “It has been a tough year for me. I have always felt I have a serious responsibility to be the best Miss America I could be and I tried to demonstrate those beliefs during my year of service. I have always loved the quote, ‘You can’t control the cards that are dealt to you but you can control how you play the hand’ and I believe that.” Seeing her “Year Of Service” reach an end has prompted Mund to express her feelings. I will miss many aspects of being Miss America and the fact that this has been a wonderful launching pad for me to move forward and

told me, you never know how strong you are until you are challenged.” Sitting and smiling Cara Mund, Miss America 2018 remarked, “My mom and dad were the first faces I saw as I walked the runway after being crowned. They have been with me through the journey and will be with me in Atlantic City when I pass the crown to the new Miss America.” Do not think Cara Mund is done. Once you wear the mantle of Miss America you will always be a Miss America. Mund has deferred her return to schooling until 2019 when she will be attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. “I firmly believe life is not about the titles you hold but rather the service we do for others. I do not want to shift persona. I want to continue to go out and advocate for others.” When reminded, until Cara Mund North Dakota had never had a Miss America, Mund remarked, “Nor has North Dakota ever had a female Governor or female member of the United States House of Representatives, so what is preventing me from becoming North Dakota’s first female Governor?”

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Training vs. Straining

By Gena Laielli



hen it comes to health and fitness, I have noticed that everyone is always focused on the word “more”. More weight. More reps. More cardio. The more you use that word in the gym, it could be putting you on the road to over training. Exercise can be addicting, but you have to find that sweet spot and give your body enough recovery time for the next session in the gym. When we train, we get healthier and stronger with the right amount of exercise. We strain, we stress, and we break down with too much exercise. Some signs that you could be overtraining are: having an altered resting heart rate, an unquenchable thirst, extended muscle soreness, increased injuries, decreased motivation, insomnia, and halted progress. These are only a handful, but if my heart rate is speeding while I’m at rest, that should be a red flag that I need to rest my body! Don’t try to be the super hero by taking no rest days, because you will just be the super ZERO with lots of injuries. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling burned out its ok to take a rest day- no one is going to give you a


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demerit or think any less of you. Don’t beat yourself up, either. Exercise can be one’s livelihood but the second you get hurt or sick, it could take weeks to repair and get back into it. That’s why rest days are so so important. Your likelihood of developing symptoms of overtraining syndrome really depends on your fitness level and program that you are following. For example, an elite athlete who follows proper rest periods can most likely perform two workouts per day without negative results. However, a beginner may show signs of burning out after training everyday with no rest for an entire month. Any workout program that you begin from ground zero should be done 2-3 days per week and gradually increase the frequency as you become more acclimated and accustomed to regular exercise. We all know that too much of anything is bad for us. Listen to your body when it’s tired, and if you have extended soreness with those muscles. If you get a great night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast, and give your muscles a rest, you will hit that PR!! “Train insane or remain the same” is so true, but if you train insane with no rest and muscle recovery, you will strain. Listen to your body! 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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Champions Club and Superhero Walk

By Krystle J. Bailey


nly 1% of churches offer a specific onsite program for children with special needs. South Jersey is blessed enough to offer one of those unique opportunities for special need children to experience the joy of the Lord in a group church setting. Champions Club at Fresh Start Church, in Egg Harbor Township, opened on Mother’s Day 2016. Lead pastor, Tim Chambers, saw a need for special needs accommodations for families who had been visiting the church. He reached out to a friend in Lakewood, TX where the Champions Club originated, and opened New Jersey’s first Champions Club program at Fresh Start Church. Children with special needs can come to Fresh Start Church on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings to experience all that Champions Club has to offer. After parents fill out an intake form, the child is taken with a one-on-one volunteer who caters the child’s experience to their needs. Through a variety of different rooms, each child is given a unique journey through the facility. They begin their journey in a physical activity room where they can wiggle their sillies out and bounce out some of their energy. This room has wall to wall padding across the floor and includes cushioned slides, a mini trampoline, bean bags, and more. From there, children head to the sensory room where they have the opportunity to explore their senses through wall projections, a weighted blanket, lights, and sounds all catered to the stimulation of senses. This room experience is tailored to the individual needs of each child. The spiritual room is the next step where they settle down for a message from God, tailored similarly to what is being taught in the larger church service. Their final stop is the educational room where they put what they learned into use through

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Lego play, puppet shows, and various educational activities. Lisa Price, Director of Special Needs Ministries at Fresh Start Church, has 25 years of experience in working with long term care and developmental disabilities prior to ministry. As an attendee of the church, Lisa volunteered her time for several years prior to Champion’s Club. When the Champion’s club came to the church, she felt it was a natural fit for her, and a dream come true to be able to merge her professional experience with her ministry. She is overjoyed to see families being able to experience church in a new way. August 11th, the Champions Club is hosting the First Annual Champion’s Club Superhero Walk and Roll. The walk will be helping to support the efforts of the local club as well as Champions Clubs Worldwide. The

walk course is 1.5 miles and will be held at the South Jersey Field of Dreams in Absecon, NJ. Registration begins at 8:00am. Children with special needs and children under three years old are invited to attend the event for free. Adults age 14 and up are $15 and children ages 3-14 are $5. You can visit the Champion’s Club on Saturdays during the 5pm service and Sundays during the 10am service for ages 4-12. The Sunday 11:30 am service offers accommodations for those with special needs ages 12-29. Groups are welcome during the week to use the facility as well. For additional information, contact Lisa Price at 609-646-4693 or Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia journalist, freelance writer, and self published author.


MBCA Makes It Easy to Network While Helping the Community at Hard Rock Cafe

code and everybody looked great. A closer look at the MBCA event from an event planning viewpoint showed the hard work and commitment of Gary Hill and John Schultz, along with the entire team of MBCA volunteers, as they never stopped moving to deliver an event that truly rocked. What looked seamless in effort is exactly what makes the MBCA offerings must attend events. Every MBCA event offers an opportunity to the business world to connect to the community for the betterment

By Joe Molineaux


he Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association held one of the most popular events of their year, “The

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MBCA’s Annual Summer Mixer” at Hard Rock Cafe inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on July 31st. A capacity crowd of rocking and rolling, movers and shakers representing both the business community and engaged citizens of our Atlantic City metro region attend. Members of the MBCA leadership team, board members, and volunteers were on hand to greet every guest as the crowd in the main area of the Hard

Fulton Bank with Mary Blackburn and Bill Cradle Rock Cafe filtered into the portion of the café that borders the boardwalk. The sights, sounds, and smells filled the area, a perfect backdrop and soundtrack for networking. MBCA and Hard Rock provided just the right amount of food and live music, along with an over the top array of auction items, with proceeds of the going to the MBCA Scholarship Foundation. Guitars, trips, golf foursomes, overnight stays, and restaurant dinners were just a portion of the items being offered in the auction. The event looked and flowed like an easy summer breeze, with its food and auction placement, and designed attendee movement from one area of the cafe to the other. Swanky summer casual was the recommended dress

of both groups. The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association has, since its inception, understood that the community supports businesses and businesses also support the community. The connection MBCA fosters and the role it plays is vital to the ongoing development of our region. That is one of the key elements that helps each of the events the MBCA offers be successful. For more information about the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association visit

Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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The Founding Brothers- Brothers Stephan Logan (left) and Tyrone Logan (right) are the founding members of a great family group The Logan Bros. These 2 Rutgers University graduates are making great music for their generation... but us older hip hop fans like them too. Here they are with me on The Light. Harv Nichols The Love Doctor- Full disclosure. Harv Nichols is NOT a real doctor...however...the poems written in his new book "I Dedicate To Love" can real. Harv takes his time to write honestly from the heart about love. His words can heal your heart, your spirit and even a relationship that could use some beautiful, sexy words (that will lead you to some action.) Warning: Harv Nichols is not responsible for any babies that happen as a result of his book. Shot hear at The Light while waiting for his interview.


The Boys Of Summer League-The Light/Freeze Frame was at The Summer League Basket Ball 2018 Championship Game! In the crowd I found these 2 champs/ legends of summers past. Referee, Frank Baker (left) and the Mayor with the quickest first step to the basket to ever sit in the big chair in city hall (right), Atlantic City's Mayor Frank Gilliam. When either of both were on the court it was "Frank's Place." Portrait Of The Artist- Artist Shelley Wentz Evans in front of one of her wonderful pieces. This was shot approximately 2009 at The Atlantic City Art Gallery that was on The Boardwalk.

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The Layers of Local History A Trip Through The Past Down The OC Boardwalk

By Levi Fox


fter our ‘Footsteps of the Founders’ Tour through the historic district, the next most popular walking tour of Ocean City regularly offered by Jersey Shore Tours, is surely our ‘Taste of the Shore Tour,’ which heads down the busy section of the Boardwalk, from Wonderland Pier on 6th Street down to 12th. Wonderland Pier was founded by Roy Gillian in 1965, a decade after Stainton’s Playland, which had been at the same site, was destroyed in a fire, and two decades before Gillian became Mayor of Ocean City. Both amusement parks and politics seem to run in the family as Roy’s father David Gillian had opened a Fun Deck at Plymouth Place in 1929, following the 1927 fire that destroyed much of the old Boardwalk, while Roy’s son Jay Gillian, who built the town’ first water park in 1988, has served as Mayor since 2010. While there is nothing quite like the

immediacy of walking along the Boardwalk while hearing about its history, the best place to learn about the Boardwalks that came before, and that 1927 fire, is the Ocean City Historical Museum, which is where I did much of the research for my Ocean City tours. In addition to the exhibit on the various boardwalks, which also documents how the shoreline has moved over the decades, the museum is home to an Interactive Boardwalk Building display that exhibit creator, and museum Executive Director, Jeff McGranahan told me was designed to engage younger audiences. The museum, which regularly brings in excellent temporary exhibits such as one on surfboards last year, has for the last three years, also held History Camps, where students learn to do research and give tours. One can also learn about several iconic Boardwalk buildings and businesses at the museum, such as the Music Pier, which opened on Independence Day of 1929, and the Moorlyn 4, built in 1901 as a bowling alley, then converted into a theatre in 1922, before being moved by horses after surviving the 1927 fire. There are quite a few stories that I tell on the ‘Taste of the Shore Tour’ that are not

easily told in the museum, especially those relating to the Boardwalk foods which lend that particular tour its name. Indeed, after spending two summers talking about the his-

tory of taffy and fudge, as well as chocolates and macaroons, at the James Candy Factory, I try whenever possible to integrate food history into tours, though this is the only tour where visitors regularly get to taste the past while learning about their food. For example, tour- goers learn that fudge dates to 1880s Baltimore, and likely resulted from a batch of caramels that did not cook correctly, before trying a piece in front of the Original Fudge Kitchen, which was founded by the Bogle brothers in 1972. Visitors can also sample Johnson’s Popcorn while learning how it was founded in 1940, then sold to a local

teacher in the 1950s. They then can see taffy being made on decades-old batch rollers at Shriver’s Candy, the oldest business in Ocean City that was founded in 1898. William Shriver also founded the Strand Five as a one-screen Art Deco theatre with a balcony in 1938, though in 2017 it became the latest in the chain of pizzerias that was initially founded by Anthony Mack and Vincent Manco in 1956, and is now best known for its workers throwing their dough in the air. Indeed, the Ocean City Boardwalk is today home to several businesses that have adaptively reused older architecture, such as the Surf Mall, which opened in the 1980s at the site of the 1929 Showboat Theatre. Perhaps no Boardwalk along the Jersey Shore undergoes such regular change as Ocean City’s, which every year sees new businesses like Laser Mazes and Escape Rooms, although many stores have persisted since the 1980s, when I first remember learning the layout of the Boardwalk. One such store is Only Yesterday’s, which has sold nostalgia since 1987, that I recently learned will relocate after this year. 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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The Talent and Diversity of Thomas Dolby

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s the anticipation mounts in advance of Thomas Dolby’s first ever performance in Atlantic City, Shore Local caught up with the music man to talk about his exceptionally diverse career, and what we can expect from this week’s performance. With Stockton University’s Dante Hall providing an intimate setting for a must not miss experience of musical sight, sound, and storytelling, the sold out audience will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with Thomas Dolby’s creative process. Joe Mx: How excited are you about this week’s performance in Atlantic City? Thomas Dolby: I have never been to Atlantic City so I am delighted, and Dante Hall is the perfect venue for this show. I looked at a map and the shows I was currently doing and decided to

do a concert in Atlantic City because I have never played there. Playing a new city and a new location gives me a chance to win over some new fans. Joe Mx: Thank you for making the decision to bring the show to Atlantic City. What can the audience expect on this tour? Dolby: It will be something out of the ordinary and hopefully something very different for Atlantic City. This is also a very new format for me and so far the audience has been fantastic. People have shown a lot of interest when I unstitch the songs. I will explain the inspiration behind the music I will be playing including the sounds, chord sequences, and the beats that I use in the songs. Working in an intimate setting like Dante Hall, the audience is able to see on a video screen behind me how I am using the different keyboards to create the different sounds. I will also be able to show how I am putting the different chords and melodies together along with the history of the songs and how they were constructed. Joe Mx: It sounds like you are creating a very unique intimate opportunity for people to experience your music differently. How special is

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this opportunity to connect with the audience with this type of concert format? Dolby: I have always had a pyramid shaped audience. At the tip of the pyramid were the most commercial stuff I did like “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Hyperactive”, the ones that got radio play and videos on MTV. Of course, the largest number of people became aware of those songs. There was a subset of people from that larger group that got into the deeper cuts and those much more personal songs became their favorites. Those were the songs that fans were dissecting online and creating fan fiction around. My hardcore audiences are the people fascinated by what went into making those songs. Those fans are less interested in the more commercial songs that you can hear any day on the radio. Joe Mx: Who were some of the artists and bands that influenced you early on? Dolby: When I was in my fanboy years around age 15, I used to adore artists that were not being played all over the radio. They weren’t displayed in the windows in the stores on High Street. Artists like Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison. I had no idea where they got in the charts or how much radio play they were getting. In fact if anything, if you told me a huge audience is about to discover your favorite artist I would have been a bit possessive. I wanted to hang on to those artists myself. Joe Mx: How about other artists that influenced your musical style? Dolby: David Bowie would have to be a big one. Brian Eno was an ultimate hero because he invented ambient music, and incredible experimental stuff, and on the other hand produced albums by Bowie, Coldplay, U2, and Talking Heads. He is sort of like the Leonardo Da Vinci of the music production world. Leonardo both painted the Mona Lisa, invented the helicopter and the drum machine. Brian Eno was a modern equivalent and a big inspiration for me. Also Kraftwork was a big influence. For me, it was always about the songs. That is why I mentioned Joni and Van. I also listened to early Elton John. I admire some of the artists that could write a really great song and did not need all of the frills. My goal was to use electronics to create a soundscape and still have songs layered over the top. Joe Mx: How did you respond to your original success? Dolby: When I had a top five hit with “She Blinded Me with Science” it took me aback because I never deliberately set out to be a commercial

artist. Following that success there was pressure from the industry to come up with a cookie cutter approach and churn out a bunch more hits. I used that success to get into the more personal and atmospheric stuff. My audience came along with me. I am very grateful for that opportunity. Through the years, making the correct artistic decisions- that has paid off because I ended up accumulating a certain level of respect and regard within the industry. Joe Mx: So those choices lead you to even more opportunities? Dolby: It allowed me to do other things like teaching, writing my book and making films, and doing shows like the one I am doing at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. Joe Mx: How great is it that your fan base continues to embrace all that you are into? Dolby: The audiences that are coming to see me now even if they did not necessarily spend money on the stuff I was doing, they still took note of what I was doing and they have realized I made choices for the right reasons and have never been pursuing that unicorn of the next hit. Joe Mx: I have always been surprise by artists that keep trying to replicate early success. You tend to move forward rather than looking back. Can you talk about your views on moving beyond the past? Dolby: As you get older, as a pop performer, statistically the odds are really reducing every year that you are going to have that hit. Today it is pretty much a young person’s game. They have the energy, the vitality; they are the ones that to go out and play the clubs, venues, etc. There are a handful of mature artists that were contemporaries of mine that have made that transition and have cut through. The vast majority of artists are grateful to be doing rewind type retro shows. That stuff is fine because there are so many people that are into music of the eighties. Fans like to relive their glory days and their prom years. That is fine for an artist to do as long as it is balanced with the real stuff. Joe Mx: Can you give me an example of that happening in your world? Dolby: Recently I did a show with Blondie and Adam Ant in front of 7,000 screaming eighties fans. It was a good show, and again you just need to balance it with new music and work. Again, it is worth doing as long as you get that balance right. Joe Mx: What was the first concert you attended? Dolby: You are not going to believe this, but it was the Beatles. My older sister, at 14 years old, was a huge

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Beatles maniac. For Christmas she got two tickets to a Beatles concert at a theater in London, which is where we lived. She didn’t have a babysitter so she took me along to the show. I couldn’t see over people’s heads and I certainly couldn’t hear because of the screaming. The Beatles played that show with The Searchers, Jerry and the Pacemakers, and Freddie and the Dreamers. Joe Mx: How about the last show you attended? Dolby: An African Musical Festival in the U.K. Joe Mx: You have toured the world and visited some amazing places. How is that global view helpful to your creative process? Dolby: I am pretty selfish and self-centered when it comes to writing music. I don’t set out to please anybody other than myself. I do like the challenge of new idioms of music, so on my last album “A Map of a Floating City” there are a couple of songs that are verging on Americana or, dare I say, country in their style, but that was only because I was telling stories where that was appropriate. Those new idioms challenge me and help me come up with new ideas. Joe Mx: You have worked with so many talented artists. Did you have any favorites that stand out over your career? Dolby: My favorite collaboration was with an English band call Prefab Sprout. They were never particularly well known in the states. They were big in the eighties in Europe with a number of hits that I produced. Joe Mx: How did your transition to scoring films take place? Dolby: I was always a film fan and the fact that the lights go down in the cinema, you are in a comfortable seat, you’ve got their wrapped attention,

and you have a decent sound system. Then the screen bursts into life and the music can be anything & you got them right there. It is a very different context from the radio, or even the club. I love the idea of music as a secondary thing to enhance the atmosphere, emotion, and drama of what is happening on the screen. The action

been through that cycle. Joe Mx: So you are sharing real world relevant industry experience with your students? Dolby: When I was starting out I never had anyone to mentor me in that area. So these students can get the technical lessons from my colleagues on the faculty who are better qualified,

of stitching together a soundtrack to the arc of what is happening on the scene, and the arc of the characters on the screen, is very appealing to me. I got my first break to work in film in the eighties. I actually worked with the London Philharmonic on my first film. I really didn’t know what I was doing at the beginning. But sometimes you need to learn by just diving in. Joe Mx: How did that experience help prepare you for what was to come in your career? Dolby: That experience gave me a huge launch pad to something I am doing now. I am finding those lessons extremely valuable now that I am teaching music at John Hopkins. I find myself teaching composition students that are classically trained students. The lessons I have learned have allowed me to share the experience of the “rinse cycle” that you need to sometimes go through in the music industry. You might get beaten up and come to realize you may just be one of those names that go scrolling by at the end of the film credits. You need to be part of a team and leave your ego at the door. Sometimes that is hard to teach unless you yourself have

while I can offer something unique that will hopefully rub off on them. The challenge for any educational institution is for the schools to keep up with both the tools and technology to keep pace with the most current trends. If I am going to be teaching it, I need to be current in it. Joe Mx: How has the music industry changed during your career? Dolby: It is a fascinating time, but also ugly at times, in the eighties and nineties. The industry had hit makers and people that filtered what was being pressed and being played on the radio. I was really fortunate because I had options during that time in the late eighties. While people were figuring out the music industry I was more thrilled and interested in what was happening in Silicon Valley. Some of the companies that made the equipment and software I was using were there and they were consulting with me to help direct their products. It was only a matter of time before I moved to Silicon Valley. Joe Mx: Is that when you started your own company? Dolby: I started a company called Beatnik to create products of my own.

Joe Mx: What is your connection to TED Talks? Dolby: In the early nineties, TED had only been going for a few years. About 400 people to include venture capitalists, MBAs, and former entrepreneurs in Monterey, California. I gave a TED Talk in 1993 on interactive music software. Then my friend Chris Anderson took it over in about 2000. I was involved helping to book talent and play interludes & previews to each session. Then with the opportunity with the growth of the internet to stream a 15 to 18 minute lecture become very popular. Of course, that all let to the regional TEDx programs. Joe Mx: So those are two more examples of the diversity of your career and how your desire to seek out new opportunities has lead you to unique experiences? Dolby: Some things become too big and unwieldy. I tend to like things when they are more in the early stages and undefined. Once they become more mature I find myself less interested. And that was true with my company, Beatnik. We became very successful embedding our synthesizer in billions of mobile phones. Then the market changed with ringtones, and it ceased to interest me as much with less of a creative challenge. I guess moving on to other things to be more creative has been the story of my life. Joe Mx: We are all looking forward to hearing more stories of your life at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. Thank you for sharing your diverse talents! Dolby: Thank you. It was very nice to speak to you. Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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MBCA Makes It Easy to Network While Helping the Community at Hard Rock Cafe By Joe Molineaux


he Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association held one of the most popular events of their year, “The MBCA’s Annual Summer Mixer” at Hard Rock Cafe inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on July 31st. A capacity crowd of rocking and rolling, movers and shakers representing both the business community and engaged citizens of our Atlantic City metro region attend. Members of the MBCA leadership team, board members, and volunteers were on hand to greet every guest as the crowd in the main area of the Hard Rock Cafe filtered into the portion of the café that borders the boardwalk. The sights, sounds, and smells filled the area, a perfect backdrop and soundtrack for networking. MBCA and Hard Rock provided just the right amount of food and live music, along with an over the top array of auction items, with proceeds of the going

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hanges in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" by Jimmy Buffett Getting away – either going north or south, depending on your preference, and changing your “latitude”, could be exactly what you need to get your creative juices flowing. A different place or space can help you look at things and think about things differently. It does not have to be a lavish island getaway it could be as simple as a cabin or tent in the woods. It may even be a dude ranch or a chalet surrounded by snow. Whatever your idea of the perfect getaway is, to get things going, get going on making it happen! "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" was the second single released off of the Jimmy Buffett album of the same name in August 1977.

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s there something in your life you need to change or someway you need to adapt? Last week, my family and I were on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was thinking about how vacations and traveling have changed. I know I’m dating myself but when I was growing up and my family went on trips, most of the time my dad didn’t book reservations ahead of time. We’d travel, get to a place we wanted to stop for the night. He and my mom would see a motel that looked clean, had a AAA approved sign out front and of course, a vacancy light blinking. Dad would check out the room, and it if looked clean and the price was reasonable, we’d take it. Most of the time, the motel or hotel had a unique name too; names like Shady Brook Motel, or the Skyline Motor Lodge. We never stayed in a chain motel. If fact, the truth be told, when I was young there were no Days Inns, or Hampton Inns. The big names like Hilton and Marriott were in the big cities. We usually stayed in a motel. What am I getting at? It’s that times change. People change. The tourist market changes. Now when my family plans a trip, we go online, look up scores of places to stay. We use those specialized websites that compare prices and deals.

We get to see pictures of the place and read reviews of people who’ve stayed there. We lock in a room and rate, and book our accommodations ahead of time. We do it all without any human contact. To be honest, it was kind of fun traveling and not knowing where we would stay until we got there. But times change and the industry has had to change to accommodate. My point is this: do you ever ask yourself, what has changed in your business or industry that you are slow to adapt to? Where in your business are you dragging your feet because you’ve always done it that way? If you are going to stay relevant, you and I must adjust to the needs of the people we serve. We either adapt or we eventually die. This principle not only applies to business but to our personal lives as well. If we are growing, we are changing. I’m not talking about core values and believes. I am talking about looking at our lives and becoming flexible and open to what needs to change in order to make the most of our lives. Next issue, I’ll expound on this more. 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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"I Offer Voters Clear Choice Between Needed Change and Same Old Swamp" by Seth Grossman


onald Trump and I are very different. Donald Trump grew up in New York. He was a TV celebrity who built housing projects, hotels, and casinos all over the world. I grew up on top of my dad’s small dental office in Atlantic City. I opened my first law office before casinos and took the hard cases no other lawyer wanted. It took years of work and long hours to build a successful, but modest, small-town law firm. Trump took little interest in politics until very late in life. I loved reading history books, and had an interest in politics since childhood. I formed the Chelsea Neighborhood Association in Atlantic City in my 20’s and was elected city councilman and county freeholder in my 30’s. I taught history and politics as a writer, radio talk-show host, college professor, and executive director of However, I was careful to never put myself in a situation where I needed politics to earn a living. Although Donald Trump and I have vastly different personalities and life experiences, we both believe in these three core ideas: 1. The America we grew up in during the 1950’s and 1960’s was great. We never claimed it was perfect. However that America produced more wealth, safety, opportunity, and justice for more people, than any nation in human history. 2. For more than 50 years, our schools, colleges, media and Hollywood entertainment culture lied about that America. They falsely blamed it for every evil in the world today. During that time, radical left-wing Democrats used those lies to take political power and damage or destroy much of the culture, laws, and institutions that made America great. Meanwhile, far too few Republicans stood up to stop them. 3. If older Americans like us don’t teach the truth to our kids and grandkids, and get active in politics, the America we knew, loved, and grew up with will be lost forever. If that happens, immigrants to our country will soon find the same oppression, poverty, and violence they thought they were running way from. I am running as a pro-Trump Republican for Congress in the 2d District that

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includes most of South Jersey. The election is November 6. Early voting begins on September 22. My opponent is Democrat State Senator Jeff Van Drew. My personality and background are very similar to his. For years, Jeff Van Drew and I were self-employed in small-town professions. We knew each other for years, and were often in the same business, social, and political circles. Unfortunately, as when the Civil War had brother fighting against brother, we are now on completely opposite sides in this election. Van Drew has been part of the majority Democratic Party in the New Jersey Legislature since 2002 as both Assemblyman and State Senator. Van Drew always depended on the political and financial support of Camden/Gloucester Democrat bosses Steve Sweeney and George Norcross. These Democrat power brokers helped Jeff get re-elected by letting him vote for some “conservative” issues when his vote did not matter. However, Van Drew consistently voted with the Democratic machine on issues that did matter. For 16 years, Van Drew reliably voted for the spending, borrowing, and budgets that put New Jersey some $230 billion in debt and made every public employee pension fund insolvent. Last June, Van Drew voted for a referendum for a bond issue that would borrow another billion dollars—and mandate a new statewide property tax on top of local property taxes if existing state taxes can’t pay that money back. For 16 years, Van Drew voted for the high taxes and regulations that forced busine Van Drew voted to let illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses—and to have driver’s licenses automatically be voter registration forms Van Drew voted to include illegal immigrants in next year’s census, so “sanctuary” states get extra votes in Congress and the Electoral College. Obama/Clinton Democrats (and “swamp” Republicans) would like to spend the rest of the campaign talking about the same stuff they talked about for the past six weeks. They claim I should be disqualified because of two or three of the thousands of posts I shared on Facebook years ago, taken completely out of context. I would like to spend the rest of the campaign talking about real issues that matter. Please learn more at


Week Days and Weekends with Raymond Tyler

By Raymond Tyler

THEME: SCIENCE FICTION ACROSS 1. Flora's partner 6. Cafe alternative 9. Alpine lift 13. European blackbird 14. Owned 15. Reflecting light 16. ____ ____ estate deal 17. He was the greatest? 18. Main artery in the body 19. *"The War of the Worlds" invader 21. *Typical temporal setting 23. Shape with an ax 24. Combustible heap 25. Fleur-de-____ 28. *Scully's first name in "The X Files" 30. Huey, Dewey or Louie to Donald Duck 35. Crematorium jars 37. Ponies at a party 39. #30 Across' sister 40. ____ of arms 41. Mideast V.I.P. 43. Military no-show 44. *"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off 46. Hippocrates' promise, e.g. 47. *David Bowie in "The Man Who ____ to Earth" 48. *The Dagobah ____ in "The Empire Strikes Back" 50. Lack of guile 52. Bad-mouth 53. Form of arthritis 55. National Institute of Health 57. *"Foundation" series author 60. *Stanislaw Lem's famous novel 64. Single-cell protozoan 65. Famous Dolly, e.g. 67. Absurd 68. West African country 69. "Eureka!" 70. Neil Diamond's "Beautiful _____" 71. They're marching one by one 72. Auction set 73. Young sows


DOWN 1. Memory ____ mattress 2. Certain something 3. ____-friendly 4. Poet's "below" 5. Like U.S. and U.S.S.R. in WWII 6. Conjunction in comparatives 7. *Heuristically programmed algorithmic computer, for short 8. Enlighten 9. Biblical pronoun 10. Ethiopian currency 11. Initial stake, as in poker 12. Swedish shag rug 15. Shiny cotton 20. Not asleep 22. One of #35 Across 24. "Miss America" contest, e.g. 25. *"Star Wars" creator 26. Shoemaker without shoes, e.g. 27. Hose woes 29. *Captain of Nautilus 31. "La Vie en rose" singer 32. #23 Across, past tense 33. Cause for food recall 34. *One of the "fathers of science fiction" 36. Proofreader's mark 38. "____ ____ good example" 42. It's black or white and lives in Africa 45. Office errand boy 49. Barn sound 51. Bureaucratic task 54. Relating to uvea 56. Capital of Vietnam 57. So be it 58. Dispatched 59. Avian wader 60. Center of authority 61. Iron horse track 62. Research facil. 63. Visually perceives 64. Bar association 66. *"Doctor ____"

Pleasantville’s National Night Out Tuesday August 7th 5pm to 8pm Tilton and Langston Avenue in South Pleasantville As always I had a wonderful time with Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle, members of Pleasantville’s City Council (Judy Ward, Rick Cistrunk) and the entire city of Pleasantville at their National Night out. Once again Kara Jeril tapped me to DJ for their National Night Out. Every year on the first Tuesday in August, all of the cities in South Jersey bring together the community to meet and enjoy a summer evening with their fire and police departments. I always have fun playing music for the event and watching the kids enjoy basketball and other games, and also watching local law enforcement bond with their community. Thursday’s Back to The 1990’s Boogie Nights at The Tropicana Atlantic City, NJ Last Thursday I attended a fundraiser for the mentoring group She Inspire at Boogie Nights. I have never had a bad time at Boogie Nights. However. I really enjoyed the DJ’s selections of 1990’s to 2000 pop, house, and hip hop. The 7th Annual Kentucky Avenue Renaissance Festival Saturday August 11th 12 Noon to 8pm Kentucky and Arctic Avenues , Atlantic City , NJ Once again I am happy to be a part of The Kentucky Avenue legacy. Each year, Steven Young puts together a festival that celebrates Kentucky Avenue’s rich history. Young takes pride in organizing a free festival that brings together generations of entertainment. On stage you will see and hear live jazz, amazing dancers from around the world, gospel recording artists, funk bands, girls bands, hip hop artists, and more. The day will be capped off by the headliners Blue Magic. Blue Magic is an award winning R&B group that topped the R&B charts with hits like Sideshow and Stop to Start. Saturday August 12th 9pm to 1pm

The Reunion Weekend Party and Kentucky Avenue Renaissance Fundraiser The Chelsea Beach Bar The Boardwalk and Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City Tickets $20 I look forward to mixing some great music and making the people dance at this after party for The Kentucky Avenue Renaissance. The Chelsea Beach Car is a great outdoor venue where grown ups can enjoy drinks, great food and wonderful music. Joining me in providing great classic hip hop will be DJ’s Mike Black and DJ Mar. My advice is to arrive early and wear comfortable shoes. We will also raffle off great gifts, including 2 tickets for Gladys Knight and The O’jays at The Mann in Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased by calling 609-431-0741 Sunday August 13th The Uptown 4 Life Reunion Gardner’s Basin 10am to 8pm Once again. I will be one of the featured DJ’s at The Uptown 4 Life Reunion at Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. Everyone that lived in AC comes back home this weekend for The Uptown 4 Life Reunion. A full day of food, family and great music. Sunday August 13th 1pm The Posh Affair The Mays Landing Country Club Admission Free Posh Affairs is New Jersey’s Premiere event planning company. On this Sunday they will be having an event that will showcase their vendors, from DJ’s to caterers, and also showing off everything they offer for event decorations. They will also be giving away some great prizes and discounts on future events. Next Week! Back To The 789 at Choices Lounge Old School Dance Party with DJ’s Able, K-Ave and Hitta Friday August 17th at 10pm Admission $20 Saturday August 18th at 10pm Marty Small’s Pure Paradise All White Experience Music, Dancing, Entertainment with DJ Envy, Doc B and DJ Sterl Admission starts at $30. Tickets available at

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ASK THE EXPERT by Dr. Rodney Brunson Plan on getting a NEW JERSEY MEDICINAL MARIJUANA CARD? Check out these official websites which has lots of useful information which will guide you through the entire process. The sites will prompt you through and is very easy to understand and use. It was developed for non expert computer users. NJMMP.NJ.GOV or NJDOH MMP If you get stuck you may call Customer Service 609-292-0424 (I have had excellent help from customer service when calling for my patients) If you have decided to give the NJ MMP (NJ medicinal medicinal marijuana Program) a try, here are the very basic details for qualifying for your card. If you have a qualifying medical condition, a certifying physician can approve you for a card. Here are the 16 qualifying conditions: ANXIETY DISORDER CHRONIC PAIN OF VISCERAL ORIGIN (basically this means any organ in your body thats causes pain all the time - heart, pancreas, stomach, liver, kidneys, uterus, ovaries et.) CHRONIC PAIN RELATED TO MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDER (like unrelenting muscle pain, disc herniations, sciatica, radiculopathies, arthritis, osteoarthritis,....). MIGRAINE HEADACHES TOURETTES SYNDROME SEIZURE DISORDER including EPILEPSY resistant to conventional therapy INTRACTABLE (will not go away) SKELETAL SPASTICITY (if resistant to conventional therapy) GLAUCOMA AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

TERMINAL CANCER MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE OR CROHNS DISEASE TERMINAL ILLNESS WITH A PROGNOSIS OF LESS THAN 12 MONTHS TO LIVE SEVERE CHRONIC PAIN, SEVERE NAUSEA OR VOMITING CACHEXIA OR WASTING SYNDROME WHICH RESULTS FROM THE CONDITION OR TREATMENT OF HIV POSITIVE OR AIDS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) Next, if you have (or think you have) one of these qualifying conditions, you should see a certifying physician who should approve you for a card. Your physician will determine your qualifying condition and give you a diagnosis. To qualify you the certifying physician has to accept you as a BONAFIDE patient (real, genuine). The state of NJ requires you and your chosen doctor to have at least 4 sit down office visits before he may certify you. During those visits you will receive education on how the program works, how medicinal marijuana works, types of marijuana, strength of the marijuana, the chemistry of marijuana (CBD, THC, ECT.), safety, storage, ect. After the doctor has legitimately established you as a patient and you intend to stay with him/her you will receive a CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION. Next you (or your doctor) can go to the NJMMP website and sign up for your card. I usually help my patients with this part because sometimes some baby boomers find this part a bit intimidating (even though there is no need to be). The website will ask you for a few documents verifying that you are who you say your are and that you are a NJ resident (sorry Pennsylvania residents, you will have to move here). You will need the following: DRIVERS LICENSE (if you don’t have one you may go to DMV and get a non driving ID card, very easy to get)

a 2x2 head shot PHOTO. No glasses or hats please. You may go to CVS, Eckards or Staples and pay $10 for a passport SIZE photo (you will not need a passport. The photo you submit will be the one that will be on your official card). A utility bill with your name and address on it. Gas, electric, water, ect. A fourth item is required if you want to apply for the discounts: $80 off the usual $100 for registration fee with the state and a %20 discount on all of your purchases (sweet). This item is a copy of a medicaid card, proof of military service, for retired or medicare patients, they will use the date of birth off your drivers license. Disability also get the discounts. Essentially ,if you receive help from the government you should get the discounts. The above 3 or 4 items are scanned in / uploaded to the NJMMP website. If you have answered all the questions on the page you may now click the button to proceed. Next the NJMMP will verify the information you have submitted. They will send an email to you that your submitted information is good and ask for the registration fee ($20 or $100). When they receive that you should receive your card within 10 days. Now you are ready to make an appointment for a dispensary visit where you can purchase your product of choice. You should then safely transport your product to your residence and use it safely, indoors. The New Jersey Medicinal Mrijuana Program has been well thought out and it works. The steps are clear and the computer system set up is easy to use. However some NJ residents may be less computer savvy and require help navigating the system. The problems my patients have presented are not having a scanner or computer or finding a 2x2 photo or a utility bill. We usually work those issues out though.

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What’s The Catch

By Robin Scott of Ray Scott’s Dock


e’re just flip flopping our way home…. Enjoying a Jersey Shore day!” Overheard from a group coming off the Margate Bay. We should have signed them up as an ad team for Margate! Of course, it is hard to NOT have a good time once out on the water, whether fishing, crabbing, stopping for lunch, admiring stunning homes, or marveling at the wildlife and wetlands. Beach Thorofare has it all. For example, Bradley Hurst of Temple, Pa caught a beautiful nineteen inch flounder, while the Serlenga family annual crabbing tournament

Spiny puffer fish. Have to admit he looks kinda cute!

yielded large blue claws up to seven inches for their efforts. Meantime, Kodie Segich of Margate hung out on the dock behind the Longport Fire Department and Police Station catching large sheepheads. This species has been seen frequently in the past couple of years. Offshore and inshore delights abound also. No one appears to enjoy any kind of fishing better than twelveyear old Henry Seward of Longport. Whether off a dock, bay or ocean he lands a variety of species. His conquests this week included lesser amberjacks and remoras. Not exactly dinner table conversation for most twelve-year olds.

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Oyster cracker. Fierce and looks like a rock!

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Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden

By Tammy Thornton


e dips down, diving 50 feet, almost crashing into her before he pulls up into a U-shape, being careful to turn his body just enough to show off his vibrant colors. His wings hum as he flies by, showing his aerial prowess, and he even sings to her hoping all his effort is enough to impress. This isn’t a Blue Angels fighter pilot at the air show, but the ruby-throated hummingbird trying to woo his next mate. These aerial acrobats are impressive indeed, and their beautiful gem-colored feathers make us want to roll out the red carpet, hoping we can entice them to live with us for the summer. Hummingbirds are an amazing part of creation and earn their nickname of “jewels of the sky”. Their iridescent feathers glow with


the colors of gems such as emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. This side of the Mississippi, though, the ruby-throated hummingbird rules. Make sure your welcome mat is in place and ready, so that these beauties will grace you with their presence. Plant tubular flowers that hummingbirds love such as been balm (monarda), cardinal flower, and salvia. I have fond childhood memories of a tall fence my dad built covered in orange trumpet flower vine. As I remember it, hummingbirds were always on its flowers. After years of growing a trumpet vine started from a friend, mine is finally blooming and I hope to recreate that memory. While waiting for flowers to bloom in the spring, set out feeders before you actually see hummingbirds. They will be scouting out a new home and you will want to grab their attention. Give them a solution of one part sugar dissolved into four parts boiled water. Be sure to change the solution frequently—about every few days—especially when the weather is hot as it

will ferment and get moldy. Window feeders that attach with suction cups are especially fun because you can get a close-up view of your little friends. Hummingbirds’ legs are not strong enough to support them to walk, but they love to perch. Hang your feeder from a wire or clothesline suspended between two trees and your visitors will rest on the wire, and you will be able to focus on them, which is very difficult when they are in flight and

constantly on the move. For a touch of the exotic in your garden, plant summer-loving hibiscus for your hummingbirds and a hanging basket of the stunning flowers of fuchsia, which will be irresistible to you and them. In the shade, hummers like coral bells (heuchera) and the purple flowers that shoot up from hostas. Hummingbirds have voracious appetites and need insects to add protein to their diet. They eat mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies, aphids, and spiders—yet another reason to love them and encourage them to live in your garden. Because of their high metabolism and almost constant movement, hummingbirds need to drink large amounts of nectar. To promote more blooms on your plants, be sure to deadhead your flowers. This sounds violent or a reference to Jerry Garcia fans, but it simply means cutting off faded blooms to encourage your plants to make new flowers. You can flick them off between your thumb and pointer finger or snip them with a pair of scissors. So as the Queen of Hearts

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said, “Off with their heads!!” Provide your flying friends with a source of water for bathing. Traditional bird baths are too deep for these little guys. Give them a shallow birdbath or place rocks in the middle. Hummingbirds love to play in the lighter flow of drip or mister hoses. They also enjoy garden fountains. You can purchase an inexpensive solar fountain that can be placed in your birdbath. This offers the added benefit of moving the water which discourages mosquitoes from breeding.

Groups of animals are often referred to by names such as a litter of puppies or a swarm of insects. Doesn’t it seem fitting that a group of hummingbirds is called a charm? We would feel lucky indeed to have a group of hummingbirds visiting our garden. But hummers are very territorial so you don’t normally see them in groups. If you hang multiple feeders in your yard, keep them a small distance from each other to help control “bully” birds that scare the others away. If you give them more options, the bully is outnumbered and you may attract multiple ruby-throats. Plant tubular flowers, provide clean feeders, and a water source, and hopefully, you will enjoy the charmed life of hosting hummingbirds in your own yard.

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