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he school buses rolling down my street remind me how exciting it is to be starting a new school year. When you are a student, September represents a fresh start, a brand new chapter just beginning. If you are a parent or teacher, September is also the beginning of a new year. Family schedules are changing and new routines are forming. There is no doubt, it is an exciting time of year, and it's fun to think of all the possibilities. Whether you have school age children or not, September is the perfect time to try something new. It’s true that we may still be going to the same workplace and seeing the same co-workers, but there are still a lot of things we can do to shake up our routines. You never know what could happen when you take a step out of your comfort zone. As our children grow, they face change every September: a new class, a new grade, a new teacher, and maybe even a new school. That is something to be celebrated, but what are we choosing to do that is new or different for ourselves? One of our daughters is graduating college this year and as I was helping her pack and prepare for her final “first day” of school, we talked about her future. “You’re so lucky because you already know what your life will be like, where you will live, what you will be doing. Everything in my life is a big unknown!” she said. I could empathize, as I remembered

back to my own feelings of complete uncertainty at that age. Scary as it was though, a part of me still yearns for that kind of excitement. It is the little changes and challenges that keep my life dynamic. For me, it is a critical piece of my joy. I love meeting new people, taking a new class, or learning a new skill. However, I rarely get the opportunity to travel. But if I did, I think I would love the experience of new places and cultures. We all have different circumstances which pose limitations on us. Wherever you find yourself though, look for the possibilities, because that is where the magic lies. I am so inspired by the Transplant Games and how John Hughes of Egg Harbor Township found possibilities where others would have only seen limits. Read his story on page 22. Bobby Barr was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but that didn't stop him in any way from living his dreams. Today, he is serving others as a 4th Ward Councilman in Ocean City. Read his compelling story on page 13. Change can be hard, but without it, we become stagnant. Like water, it is the moving water that is dynamic and fresh. Shore Local Newsmagazine is committed to changing to meet the needs of our community. We at Shore Local strive to be fluid and relevant. Everything that you read in print, and a lot more, can be read digitally. If you haven't already, visit us at shorelocalnews. com. We are also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and would love to connect with you. We care about what you have to say. Email us at shorelocalnews@gmail. com with your thoughts, comments and suggestions.

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t pains me to write this as the impact of Hurricane Florence is going to be catastrophic for the residents of the Carolinas. This hurricane will go down as one of the most destructive and costly in US history due to its track along the coast of not just one state, but two. As I type, Florence is barreling towards SE North Carolina where it will likely make landfall, or come close, before being pushed south and allowed to impact South Carolina at that point. 130mph winds, 1015’ storm surge. Thousands of homes and businesses will be lost.

Impact for south jersey? Not much. Outside of some spotty minor tidal flooding through Cape May County, it’s really no big deal. In fact, if Florence stays far enough south, we may even get in on a nice weekend. Low humidity, sunny skies, breezy, but nice! I think there’s potential for the remnants to get us mid next week with some heavy rain. We will continue to watch! None of this happened by magic by the way, we set the scene for you several months ago. Quiet season, turning the heat up in September with a threat of east coast landfall. Set the pattern up and things will fall in line. Prayers for all affected by Florence. NorEaster Nick Pittman Chief Forecaster SNJ Today Channel 4 News P: 609.579.4263

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he third year of the Linwood Farmers Market begins on Saturday, September 15th. As one of the co-founders and market managers, this is so exciting! We began the market in the fall of 2016 and over the years it has been extremely gratifying to watch the market grow. We have so much fun in store for this season so mark your calendars now to join us! What makes the Linwood Farmers Market so special? The small businesses who participate and the community that comes out each

week to support it make it so special. We started the market to fill in where all of the summer markets left off. The beach towns have great summer markets but we still wanted be able to buy fresh local produce and locally made items after the summer ended so we created the Linwood Farmers Market. This season will see the return of many of your favorite vendors like Happy Valley Berry Farm selling pesticide-free produce, Red Room Cafe selling fresh pasta, and Black Sheep Dog Treats selling gourmet goodies for the canine crowd. We are excited to welcome several new vendors this season like Julio’s Mexican Cuisine

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food truck, and Sprout and Thicket Flower Farm. To create a friendly and welcoming environment we will have tables set up for dining at in addition to live music each week. Make sure to bring the kiddos because there will be plenty for them to do like chalk art, face painting, flower planting and pottery painting. We are thrilled to kick off a new feature of the market this season called The Young Entrepreneurs Club. Each week we will offer a table (for free) to a young entrepreneur, 12 or under, who would like to sell handmade items. On opening day we are looking forward to welcoming Gianna S who will be selling scented sachets, pajama bottoms, hand warmers and hand sanitizer keychain holders. If you have a young entrepreneur interested in selling items, send an email to to reserve a date!

Nonprofits are welcome to have a table set up at the market at no cost. ACUA and Rutgers Master Gardeners of Atlantic County are just some of the nonprofits who will again be joining us. We are grateful to all of our sponsors who make the market possible. The market takes places on Saturdays from 9-12:30 in Central Square, located at 199 New Road in Linwood. The season will be from September 15t h t hrough November 3rd. Some vendors will be joining us for the whole season while others are considered pop-up, meaning they are only there on certain market days. Every Friday we post a list of the week’s vendors on Facebook. Make sure to follow us on social media for all of the latest news about the market. On Facebook and Instagram we can be found @linwoodfarmersmarket. Make sure to stop by the market before or after youth sports so you can stock up for the week on fresh produce and feed the family. We look forward to seeing you! Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, www.veggingattheshore. com and can be reached at

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Events & Happenings Galloway Green Market ▶Thursdays ▶ from 4-7pm 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road Our Late Summer Market will offer the freshest produce, baked goods and natural products around - plus browse the fine products from a few select crafters. Forsythe Friday Morning Bird Walks ▶Fridays ▶ from 8-10am 800 Great Creek Rd. Oceanville Call 609-652-1665 for more information.

Shore Medical Center Monthly Healing Touch Session ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 10am-1pm 100 Medical Center Way Somers Point Healing Touch is an integrative therapy that employs light touch to assist the body in rest, recovery, and stress reduction. Its applications can range from alleviating chronic conditions to preparation for and recovery from surgery. Sessions will be held through the end of 2018 on September 15, October

20, and November 17. All sessions are held in the Planetree Conference Room located on the first floor of the surgical pavilion. No appointment is necessary. To learn more, call 609-653-3676. Ventnor City Lawn Fest ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 11am-8pm Enjoy live music, entertainment, performance arts, crafts, and food. The festival will be held in various locations throughout the city as residents turn their lawns, backyards and outdoor

spaces into live stages hosting a variety of musicians, music genres and, performing artists. The Newport Avenue Gazebo will host a live DJ, food trucks, and crafters. Enjoy a grand finale fireworks show at dusk. For more information, please visit Crabsecon ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 11am-9pm Faunce Landing Road Boat Ramp Join the City of Absecon and the Absecon Cultural Arts Alliance for a day of live music, games, good food, wine

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Second Friday at Noyes Art Garage ▶Friday, ▶ September 14th from 6-8pm 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City Gather to celebrate the openings of our newest galleries and to spotlight guest artists and authors. Enjoy live music, wine tasting courtesy of South Jersey Wine Friends, and refreshments. This month we will feature the live music of Cait Darcy and N.E. Hertzberg, a Stockton Alumni duo who will be performing original work, ranging from a folk-oriented style to experimental spoken word. Acoustic Guitarist Eric G ▶Friday, ▶ September 14th from 7-9pm Ventnor Coffee 108 N. Dorset Ave. Come on out and join Eric G at Ventnor Coffee for a great night of fun and music. No admission at the door. Eric’s new CD will be available for purchase. Art in the Park ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 9am-4pm War Memorial Park Main Street, Mays Landing Enjoy the work of local artists and crafters at this annual fall event hosted by the Hamilton Historical Society. Rain date is Sunday, September 16th. Sea Isle City Fall Family Festival ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 9am-4pm JFK Blvd. & Promenade 300 vendors, a food court, live music, amusement rides and children’s activities. Smithville Drum Circle ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 10am-3pm Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mill Rd. A family event that is fun-filled and enlightening. Bring your favorite percussion instruments and your best energies. Don’t have a drum? There will also be vendors selling handmade drums, crystals, henna body art, tarot card readings, and other drum circle essentials.

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Cape May County's Oldest Tree has Deep Roots The Tree That Moved the Parkway

By Steffen Klenk


iving in the Garden State, we are fortunate to have some of the most spectacular scenery this country has to offer. Traveling up and down the Garden State Parkway the 173 miles from Cape May to the New York state line can be an adventure in itself. The colors of the leaves and short, gentle turns add to the appeal of the drive. It also has the distinct honor of being home to one of the nation’s oldest holly trees. The 325 year old, sixty foot holly sits idle at the John B. Townsend Shoemaker Holly

Picnic Area in Upper Township, just a few miles south of Exit 25. The tree once stood on the property of the Shoemaker family, whose house was sold to the Highway Authority in the early 1950s. The original plan was to construct the Parkway over their property, and the tree was expected to be uprooted. Daniel G. Fenton, founder of

the Holly Society of America and resident of Millville, led an effort to save the tree. He worked in conjunction with the Highway Authority’s chief architect, Gilmore Clarke, and other road planners, to come up with a new road design that incorporated the tree. A 120 yard gap was created between the north and south lanes of the Parkway and the tree was spared.

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and beer. Kids events will take place at Turner Cove 11am-2pm. Bands and Food Trucks will be set up at Faunce Landing between 3-9pm. The Schultz Hill Foundation Arts Outreach: 6th Ward Community Concert ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 3-4pm Bartram Park, Atlantic City Enjoy an afternoon of joyful music, featuring musicians of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. See trumpeters Brian Cook and Malcolm McDuffee play music of the classical era through the Jazz era. This concert is free and open to the public. Bring a chair or blanket. The program will be followed with a Q&A session with the musicians. Open Pier Nights ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th from 6-8:30pm Ventnor City Fishing Pier Cambridge Ave. & Boardwalk The City of Ventnor will be hosting an Open Pier Night this Saturday, September 15th. Fishing will be allowed without a fee. The pier will be open during this time so visitors can take a stroll, enjoy a sunset or learn from the pier attendant about fishing. Children under 10 will not be allowed past the second gate.

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To learn more about the Ventnor City Fishing Pier, visit Smithville Antique Auto Day ▶Sunday, ▶ September 16th from 10am-3pm Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mill Rd. Come spend a day in the Historic Smithville and see some spectacular vehicles from days gone by or show off one of your own. Group Reiki Healing ▶Mondays ▶ at 10am Enlightened Café 6414 Ventnor Ave. Ventnor Every Monday at Enlightened Cafe come get your chakras aligned and those energy blocks flowing with a group reiki healing. We suggest a $15 donation for this class. Dancing at Somers Point Fire Co. 1 ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 7:30-10:30pm 455 Bethel Rd. Somers Point Live music for your dancing and listening enjoyment. For more information, contact Rita Voli at 609-408-3619. Smithville Art Walk ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd from 10am-5pm Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mill

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Rain Couldn’t Dampen the Fun at the AC Seafood Festival By Tammy Thornton


abor Day may be over but the Atlantic City Seafood festival has kept the party at the shore going. Seafood lovers and foodies found their mecca at Bader Field September 8th and 9th. 2018 marks seven years of Good Time Tricycle Productions bringing the best of Atlantic City’s chefs and restaurateurs together to show off their culinary creations. Over 50 local and regional seafood vendors came out for a delicious two-day party at the shore. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The festival returned to Bader Field overlooking the Atlantic City skyline after a trip to the boardwalk last year.

Winner of the Crab Cake Eating Contest, Jay Martinez with his fiancé, Tash Campbell drove all the way from Long Island and said they come every year and wouldn’t miss it! Jay generously gave his prize to another contestant, a young boy that competed against him. Umbrellas, ponchos, and rain boots were the fashion of the day. But as organizer and promoter John Henderson of Good Time Tricycle said, “Seafood actually started out wet in the ocean…so if you get wet while you’re eating it, well, that just makes sense, right?” Those who braved the rain took it in stride and didn’t seem to mind. How could you while stuffing your face with crab cake sliders, blackened shrimp, and scallops?

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Reyna Bissell (Middle) from Atlantic City enjoyed playing in the wet sand with her cousins Rita and Stephen Stefanko from Pennsauken. Reyna’s mom, Sheila, says they come every year and are still having fun despite the rain. James and Angelina Berry of Egg Harbor Township, are ready for the rain and having a good time at Bader Field

The schedule was jam-packed with activities. Each day hosted a chowder cook-off. Attendees could sample 18 chowders for a $5 donation to the New Jersey Food Bank and vote for their favorites. From New England to Manhattan,

chowder lovers could try samples with clam and corn on the sweet side, or chowders with a kick. One tasty entry included bacon and lobster. Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House took first place Sunday with their Spicy Conch Chowder. Second place went to Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, and third to the Golden Nugget. Chain saws could be heard roaring from the parking lot as the Carve Wars put on a great show and didn’t let the rain stop them. Brooks Abeln took home first place with an

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amazing table including a lighthouse. Joe Wenal won second prize with a colorful under the sea theme, and Tom Cerian took third with a beautiful fish-holding bear. Children were welcome at the festival with an opportunity to interact with and feed live butterflies at the Butterfly Encounter exhibit, play an oversized Connect Four game, dig in the sand,

Brooks Abein, winner of Carve Wars mini beer fest within the Seafood Festival. Tunes from the Danny Eyer band filled the air and Robert’s Basement rocked in the spirit of Jim Morrison. If you let the rain scare you away, you missed a good time. As one faithful attendee put it, “those who came prepared for the weather,

and jump in the the giant bounce houses. Attendees found cover under tents, watching local chefs give cooking demos and offering samples, tasting wine in a blind tasting demo, and playing “Stumping the Wine Guy” with Mark Callazzo, hosted by Salvatore Spena, local wine rep resent at ive. N ew this year, were talks by Ocean/Marine Conservation speakers, and the South Pacific Island Dancers performed and kept everyone warm with hula 3rd Place Winner of Carve Wars, Tom Cerian dancers and fire twirlers. Of course, the biggest crowd came in smiling and left laughing”. gathered under the Great Brews of It’s all about attitude, and the mood New Jersey tasting tent, which has was cool music, great local seafood, grown since last year and is like a and loads of fun.

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Built To Last, The Van Duyne Lifeguard Boats

By Krystle J. Bailey


ou’ve seen the Lifeguard Boats on beaches across the Jersey Shore this summer. You know they’re there, you know they’re important, and you expect them to save a life if necessary. What you might not know is that most of those boats are being strategically and specifically built by a local Ventnor family, the Van Duyne Family. John and Sam VanDuyne, born and raised in Ventnor NJ were the original boat builders, a business that came in a roundabout way. In the 1950’s,

they spent much of their improve the quality of time as duck hunters. local beach patrol. It took years before They used to go out on the back bays to hunt for a beach patrol was willing to try the Van ducks on boats made out of cedarwood. It wasn’t Duyne design but after long before the idea of legendary lifeguard, coming home with wet Bill Howarth Sr. gave it a thumbs up, the bottoms from the leaky cedarwood became a Seaside Heights Beach Patrol gave the boats a problem that they’d soon fair shot. find a solution for. John and Sam set out to make Since then, Van a new boat that would Duyne boats have bekeep their bottoms dry come a standard for while they enjoyed the local beach patrol. The sport of duck hunting. Van Duyne family is still Fiberglass was a new the only family in South material on the market Jersey that makes the at that time and seemed Eileen and John Van Duyne Sr. Cape May USLA Races approx. 1991 boats suitable for local like the perfect material lifeguards. There have to keep them dry. They coated their boat led to another and soon they been several new companies that have first duck hunting boat in fiberglass were making boats out of fiberglass tried to compete but the strict stanand were amazed at the results. One entirely. dards and specifications set by the After seeing the benefits of ficoast guard make it hard to compete berglass boats for hunting, John with the legacy that the Van Duyne and Sam thought that the fiberglass family has built. They pride themmaterial would prove applicable to selves on the fact that their boats are created for rescue. lifeguard boats. At that time, wooden boats were being made in Atlantic In 1997, John passed away and Sam CIty for the lifeguards, but the Van had retired and moved to the South. Duyne team knew that it could be imJohn’s son, Tom Van Duyne took over proved. They had a mold made of the the family business and continues to Seabright Skiff, the wooden lifeguard operate with the same family princiboat, and they instead cast it in fiberples and quality standards that his dad glass. The boats looked wooden but and uncle started with. A dozen or so boats are made every year by the Van the functionality was so much better Duyne family and these boats are the than wood. John and Sam Van Duyne tried and number one name for South Jersey failed for some time to get their new Beach patrol. and improved design in the hands of The next time you see a lifeguard local beach patrol. Lifeguards were boat on the beach, thank the Van Duyne family for providing quality superstitious and traditional so getting them to try something new, like safety for over 60 years. a brand new boat, proved to be a challenge. For John and Sam though, Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia this was a challenge that they were journalist, freelance writer, and determined to overcome, as they self published author. knew that their design would greatly

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Hometown Hero: OC Councilman Bob Barr Cerebral Palsy Won't Slow Him Down

By Cindy Fertsch


obby Barr is a lifelong resident of Ocean City and a 1999 graduate of Ocean City High School. He was also Ocean City‘s first student with a disability to be mainstreamed into a regular classroom. He went on to graduate from Stockton University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Today Barr is the 4th Ward Councilman in Ocean City. Barr was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. He uses a wheelchair for mobility. However, that has not slowed him down a bit. In fact, while campaigning for public office, he knocked on 3,000 doors. When Barr sets his mind to something, he has a

long track record of getting it done. “I can achieve anything I want to and this (cerebral palsy) is not going to stop me,” says Barr. As 4th Ward Councilman, Barr is getting things done also. In less than two years as Councilman, Barr has brought about positive change. He has made more dollar per capital improvements in just two years than in the entire history of the 4th Ward. One of his greatest achievements is the opening of the new American Legion Post 524 Building. The remodeling of the 52nd Street playground, drainage relief pumping stations and bringing Christmas decorations to the south end are some of Barr’s greatest achievements as Councilman thus far. “Whether it is true or not, there is a perception that the 4th Ward is underserved. My biggest goal is to make sure people do not feel that way,” says Barr.

No doubt, Barr is a busy man. He is also the President of the Ocean City Democratic Club, Vice Chairman of the Democratic Committee, Chairman of the Ocean City Housing Authority and sits on the Pinelands Commission. As a friend described him, “Barr wakes early, comes home late and works every minute in between.” Barr began volunteering for Senator Jeff Van Drew 15 years ago when Barr developed an interested in pursuing politics. Over the years Barr has come to see him as a great friend and mentor. Senator Jeff Van Drew said that he couldn't be prouder of Bobby Barr and added “When Bobby came to us as a volunteer he began by stuffing envelopes. We quickly realized that he had so much more potential and he went on to do much more. I am very proud of Bobby, all his success and how he is helping others.”

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Rd. More than 40 local artists set up shop on the Greene and showcase and sell their work near the red-covered bridge. Those wishing to participate can email Rain date is Sunday, September 23rd. Bocca Bike Crawl ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd from 10am-5pm Bocca 7805 Ventnor Ave. Margate Join Bocca on their 6th annual bike crawl to help raise money for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. Participants must be 21 or older and come with your own bike. Early sign-ups are $25 per person with payment due at sign-up. Day of sign-ups are $30 per person. Cash or check only (please make checks payable to The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation). Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd from 11am-6pm & Sunday, September 23rd from 11am-5pm Amherst Ave. & the Bay Enjoy a weekend of crafts, food, live music, and amusements along Amherst Avenue. Miss New Jersey 2018, Jaime Gialloreto, will be appearing at Funfest on Saturday at 1pm. For more information, call 609-822-1129 or visit 2018 South Jersey Wine & Food Festival ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd & Sunday, September 23rd from 12-5pm Lake Lenape Park East 953 Park Rd. Mays Landing Meet some of South Jersey’s best winemakers and culinary personalities

and sample their delicious creations. Attendees will be able to immerse themselves in live music, culinary demonstrations, as well as shop local craft and novelty vendors. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate, which includes wine samples and a commemorative sampling glass. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available for $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. For more information, visit Funfest After Dark ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd from 8-11pm Washington & Amherst Avenues, Margate Funfest After Dark is a special adults-only event with free live music by the Mas Tequila Orchestra, along with a wine and spirits tasting, and delicious food. Tickets for the wine tasting are $25 and will be sold at the door. Must be 21 years of age or older. Mainland Choral Society Rehearsals ▶Wednesday, ▶ September 26th at 7pm Christ Episcopal Church 157 Shore Rd. Somers Point The Mainland Choral Society is inviting singers to join in rehearsals for their Christmas concert to be held Friday, December 7. Stephen A. Beddia, Organist/Choir Director of Our Lady of Sorrows, would like to invite any high school chorus members or alumni, college chorus members or alumni and current choir members in Atlantic and Cape May Counties to add their voices to this choral group of 40 plus members. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 26. Nominal membership fee of $20 will be charged and is due at the first rehearsal. For further informa-

tion, call Steve Beddia, Director, at (609) 432-7876. Nashville North Studios Fourth Friday ▶Friday, ▶ September 28th from 6-8pm 210 New Road #8 Linwood Join Nashville North Studios for this month’s Fourth Friday exhibit, Elise Cashman Bond and Kaleidoscope. Live music will be provided by Denizen Pine. Light refreshments served. Patcong Creek Clamboree ▶Saturday, ▶ September 29th from 10am-2pm John F. Kennedy Park 24 Broadway, Somers Point Clamboree is a celebration of the clamming traditions of the southern New Jersey shore. Enjoy live music, clam chowder contests, a clam shucking contest, a clam shell pitching tournament, a super seashell hunt, clamming demonstrations, exhibitors, and a chance to win great prizes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Patcong Creek Foundation, a nonprofit organization that looks to help the local environment through education and environmental initiatives. For more information on Clamboree and to buy tickets, please visit www.

Upcoming Runs & Walks The 5th Annual Margaret Stringer Memorial 5K Splash Run ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd at 9am 700 Babcock Rd. Mays Landing All proceeds of this event will be used to fund scholarships which will be awarded annually to deserving high school students who plan on continuing their education after graduation. The 5k run/walk and 1 mile walk will start and finish at the George L. Hess Educational Complex, in front of The

Margaret Stringer Aquatic Center. Following the race and awards presentation, the pool will be open for all to enjoy. For more information or to register, visit MaysLanding/MargaretStringerMemorial5ksplash. Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City ▶Sunday, ▶ September 23rd at 6:50am Bader Field For more information or to register, visit ironman-703-atlantic-city.

Atlantic City Events PBR: Unleash the Beast Saturday, September 15th at 6:45pm and Sunday, September 16th at 1:45pm Boardwalk Hall Professional Bull Riders' signature tour stop will bring the leading western lifestyle event to Atlantic City, in its sole 2018 stop in the Mid-Atlantic region. The event will include two nights of showcase bull riding competition and live music, and will be broadcast nationally. Jefferson Starship ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th at 8pm Tropicana Showroom Tickets start at $25 Deadmau5 at HQ2 Beachclub ▶Saturday, ▶ September 15th Tickets are available via For VIP inquiries, please email info@ or call 609-783-8001. Please note all HQ2 Beachclub events are rain or shine. Darci Lynne and Friends ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd at 8pm Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Tickets start at $40 Queen Extravaganza ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd at 8pm

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Community Events 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. Storytime University ▶Saturdays ▶ at 10:30am Atlantic County Library Pleasantville 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Open to ages 3-6; children must be accompanied by an adult. Children & their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and movement while building language and literacy skills. 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. Read & Play Baby Storytime ▶Mondays ▶ at 10:30am

Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township 1 Swift Ave. For ages 6-36 months. Registration is required for any session. Come enjoy stories, songs, stretches, rhymes, puppets, felt boards, fingerplays and more with your child.

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Girls Book Club ▶Thursdays ▶ at 3:15pm Otto Bruyns Public Library 241 W. Mill Rd. Northfield Inviting all sassy, snack loving Middle School and older girls to join us. We do book talks, read short stories, poetry and articles throughout the school year. This group provides a space for positive support and encouragement academically and socially.

The Escape-and-Enjoy Afternoon Book Club ▶Thursday, ▶ September 20th at 5pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor City 134 Philadelphia Ave. Registration is requested. Come join the group led by librarian Julie and discuss your favorite reads. Snacks will be provided; please advise staff of any food allergies. Third Thursday Family Game Night ▶Thursday, ▶ September 20th at 6pm Atlantic County Library Pleasantville 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop by the library branch for some family time together and play our board games! We have Scrabble, Monopoly Junior, and more.

Love at First Stitch Needlecraft Group ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor City 134 Philadelphia Ave. Open to adults and teens. If you crochet, knit, or do any other type of needle craft this is your club. Learn and practice your craft in a fun, welcoming environment. Mindfulness Meditation ▶Saturday, ▶ September 22nd at 11:30am Atlantic County Library Mays Landing 40 Farragut Ave. The events are presented by trained yoga instructor Linda Schwartz. Registration is requested. Learn mindfulness practices to live life fully engaged. Furry Buddies ▶Tuesday, ▶ September 26th at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. The free program welcomes children ages 6 to 14. Learn about the benefits of reading aloud to a therapy dog, while reading to therapy dogs, Cody, Erin, and Freedom.

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Trips Trip to Israel ▶September ▶ 30th – October 9th The Brigantine Community Education Recreation will be hosting a trip to Israel, beginning in Tel Aviv with stops in Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Jaffa, Latrun and more. Rates start at $4,295 for double occupancy, $4,277 triple occupancy and $5,783 for single occupancy which includes eight night’s accommodations and 14 meals. For more information, please call 609-2647350 ext. 1. Trip to Vermont ▶October ▶ 7th – 10th Enjoy a four day trip in White Water Junction, VT, with stops in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, visits to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Hildene Estate Gardens, Flume Gorge, the Historic Red Lion Inn and more. Bus trip, three night accommodation, breakfast, and dinners included. The cost is $629 per person with double occupancy. For

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The Layers of Local History The Many Historic Sites of Mainland Atlantic County

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hile the end of summer leads to population plummet on Absecon Island and Cape May County, the mainland communities of Atlantic County include many more permanent residents. In addition to local families, these towns are home to unique and often underappreciated historic sites, stretching as far away as Hammonton, home to Stockton

University’s Kramer Hall, located in the former Hammonton Shoe Company factory building constructed in 1909. The town also boasts the Hammonton Historical Society Museum, housed in an 1887 building that previously served as the Town Hall, Library, and Kindergarten, before being moved to sit next to the town’s Veterans’ Memorials. Not far from Hammonton, near the Egg Harbor City farming communities that mostly spoke German up until WWI, is another historic site not to be missed, especially for those interested in beverage tourism. The Renault Winery became the second commercially successful vineyard in the nation after it was opened in 1864 by French expat, Louis Nicholas Renault. As

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visitors who take the winery’s tour learn, in 1919 it was sold to John D’Agostino, who gained a special exemption from the government that let them continue to produce and sell their wine for religious and medicinal purposes during Prohibition. This was thanks to the lobbying efforts of Nucky Johnson, who was rewarded with a job as a “brand ambassador” after he emerged from prison in 1945. A bit closer to the beaches, not far from the village of Leeds Point, where the Jersey Devil legend began, is the Towne of Historic Smithville, an historic site for shopping and dining. Developed by art museum founders Fred and Ethel Noyes, the Towne of Historic Smithville includes a wide range of aged structures that were relocated to the site from throughout South Jersey to be close to the Smithville Inn, which the pair bought in 1951. However, no area of mainland Atlantic County is as steeped in history as Mays

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historic sites are as far from the shore. Some of the best sit just over the bridge in the towns of Linwood and Northfield. Landing, the county Linwood’s Historical seat. Several historic Society actually runs buildings remain tomultiple museums, headlined by displays day in the heart of Mays Landing, which developed at the Leedsville Schoolfollowing the creation of house that was built in 1873. Atlantic County in 1837. These It later served as City Hall until earliest structures include the The brick ruins, is the 1960s, then as the local liSamuel Richards Hotel built in "the ruins of the brary until the 1980s. The city’s 1837, the county courthouse Estellville current library, located, since 1988, in the former Crestlea itself, that is still home to several Glassworks built in key county offices and dates to 1825, located within Park School, is also home to their Jim Kirk Maritime Mu1838, the Presbyterian church Estell Manor Park." that opened in 1841, and the Inn seum, which includes models at Sugar Hill that was built as the residence of ships from the Age of Sail, as well as of State Senator William Moore in 1846. a full-sized Sneakbox boat. A few miles The best spot to find out more about all away is the Northfield History Museum, these structures, as well as the history of built in 1915 and moved several times bethe John W. Underhill Park, next to the hisfore being brought to Birch Grove Park in toric courthouse, is the Hamilton Township 1989, not long before the two-century old Historical Society, which is housed in a 1903 Casto House was relocated to that site. school built for the children of workers at On Virginia Avenue you’ll find one of the the Mays Landing Water Power Company. oldest homes in the area, Northfield’s RisJust south of Mays Landing is Estell ley Homestead, which dates to the 1790s. Manor where, in 1924, Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston became the first female Dr. Levi Fox holds a PhD in History mayor in New Jersey history. Winston grew from Temple and teaches at up in the 1832 Daniel Estell house, which is Stockton. Levi is also Secretary of the now the site of Atlantic County’s Veterans Somers Point Historical Museum, near the ruins of the Estellville Preservation Commission and PresiGlassworks, built in 1825. dent of Jersey Shore Tours Not all mainland Atlantic County

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do not consider myself “a climate change denier”, however I am not a “tree hugger” either. So, when I was invited to “Reporting On Climate Change in Communities Of Color In New Jersey”, I was curious, if not excited. On Friday, September 7th, I attended this climate change conference at Rutgers New Brunswick to discuss how climate is affecting Atlantic City (and other Jersey cities.) The presenters ranged from expert geologists and climate change scientists, to activists fighting for environmental justice. First, panelists Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director, of Rutgers Climate Change Institute, and Dr. David Robinson were among the scientific experts that presented numbers and charts. While many of the statistics regarding warming temperatures caught my attention. It was the presentation by Maria Lopez-Nunez that made me excited about attending this event and writing this column. In fact, based on Ms. Lopez-Nunez’ presentation, I will be devoting several columns in the future on the topic of climate and The Jersey Shore. Maria Lopez-Nunez works with a

community based organization called The Ironbound Community Corporation, as the Environmental Justice Director. You can see my exclusive interview with Ms. Lopez-Nunez at www. and on Saturday, September 15th we will air an interview on FM 91.7 WLFR.

Here Are 5 Quick Things Atlantic City and NJ Needs to Know About Climate Change Now! 1. Climate Change is a Now Factor as well as a Future Factor Climatologist, Dr. David Robinson explained “Climate change is not a belief. It is proven science.” 2018 was, according to his data, the 5th hottest summer on record. Often climate change is discussed as something that will have dire effects by the middle of the century, however the earth is already getting hotter by the year. The change in climate is impacting residents daily and the impact is increasing year by year. 2. The Sea Level is Rising and The Island is Shrinking Honestly, beach erosion doesn’t bother me. However, with the sea level rising as a result of the changing climate, the flooding during storms is getting worse. For years, people in the inlet part of Atlantic City, West Atlantic City, and Absecon have known that specific main roads can flood for apparently no reason on a sunny day. Flooding can can force

you to find another road home and, in some cases, may shut you out of your home altogether. While some communities only felt the flooding from Sandy, there are local communities that experience severe flooding with any significant rainfall. 3. Weather/Hurricanes Getting Worse According to Dr. Robin Leichenko, author of “Environmental Change

4. Air Quality In Atlantic City air quality is affected by the heating of the air. Since casino gambling has come into play, the increased bus market has added fumes as well. I will be talking about this in a few weeks with Atlantic City Mayor, Frank Gilliam. I will also be asking the mayor to discuss how our

Flooding in Atlantic City's Inlet section and Globalization:Double Exposures”, Sandy would have impacted The Jersey Shore under any circumstances. Dr. Leichenko however, explained that the level of devastation increases with the warmth of the air. Also the doctor states that the frequency of tropical storms is increasing. Storm intensity increases, combined with the water rising, affects Atlantic City from employees getting to work, to

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garbage is managed, as waste disposal causes severe air quality issues in cities like Newark,NJ. 5. Health With the problems caused by air quality, the numbers of children and older adults now suffering from diseases like asthma is increasing. More young children are being diagnosed and people that have not really had issues with breathing are now finding themselves having to adjust their activity and outdoor exposure, due to record heat and air quality. So there you have it. I learned how climate is affecting Atlantic City, today. The next step is to talk to the experts, contributors, and players to come up with long term, short term, and day to day answers. For more information The NJ Climate Change Adaptation Alliance is a great resource, complete with videos and various support tools. You can contact them at www.njadapt. If you have a question or topic you would like me to tackle. Please email me at TheLightWithRaymondTyler@ You can connect with Raymond Tyler via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram @RaymondTyler2018.

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Local Kidney Transplant Recipient, John Hughes Participates in Transplant Games of America

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n April, we shared a story with you about a local kidney transplant recipient, John Hughes. John had received his fourth kidney transplant in his lifetime, and was preparing to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to participate in the Transplant Games of America. The biennial Transplant Games of America took place last month. August 2nd to the 7th, over 8,000 people gathered to participate in the games, honor those lost, celebrate those living, and cheer on their loved ones in the biennial games. This was John’s 2nd experience at the Transplant Games, having participated in 2014 in Houston, TX. As a lifelong bowler, John chose bowling as his Transplant Games sport of choice. He spent time practicing and spend-

ing time with other bowlers on Team Philadelphia. Even after having his 4th kidney transplant last October, he was back at the bowling alley as soon as he was cleared to play. Practice paid off, as this year he brought home a gold medal in singles bowling and a silver medal in doubles bowling. John Hughes was inducted into the Quarter Century Club this year as a donor recipient of 25 years. He attended a special dinner and was given celebratory apparel in honor of his lifelong experience with transplantation. The Transplant Games of America is about so much more than medals and winning though. The games are created to raise awareness and show the world that transplantation truly does work. For those participating, it means family. It’s been described by participants as a place where everyone gets it, where they don’t have to explain, and where

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Most of all, for thousands of families connected to transplantation, the games mean that they’re not alone. It’s a tribe of people who have traveled the emotional road of chronic illness, loss, and survival through transplantation. A standout moment at every Transplant Games event is the Opening Ceremony where a parade of athletes swarms the main arena, as their friends and family cheer them on from the stands. This year, they celebrated the oldest organ recipient at 83 years old and the youngest at three years old. They walked with each other as they showed the world how impactful organ donation can be. Emotions were flowing through the stands as the donor families were celebrated during the opening ceremony. The donor families and recipients have a bond that cannot be adequately put into words by those on either side of that coin. It’s the beautiful circle of life in full experience. The Guiness Book of World Record was also in attendance this year as the most transplant recipients ever in one place was recorded for the record books. 540 transplant recipients gathered to break the last record of 482 in Turkey. The next Transplant Games of America are taking place a little closer to home, in July of 2020, at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. John Hughes and family, along with Team Philadelphia, will be in attendance. In 2021, the World Transplant Games will be coming to Texas where John hopes to participate as a part of Team USA. Transplantation has given John and thousands of others a new lease on life and they are making the most of it! Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia journalist, freelance writer, and self published author.


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eptember is a time when television networks debut their new shows and seasons to viewers. If you’ve been watching any NFL game this season, you most likely have seen a commercial for a new show or season premiere of a returning show. If you’re someone who has been trying to binge their way to the most recent episode or season on Netflix, this September may have the new episodes of your favorite shows that you’ve been waiting for. Or, if you’ve been looking for a new show to get hooked on, that show may be there for you this September too. Here are some of the shows debuting and return to network television this fall: This Is Us: Season 3 - NBC - It’s safe to say that people love the Pearson family, and NBC is debut-

ing the third season of their show. Nominated for eight Emmy Awards, the show is a story about a family of five and their life through several decades. The show skips between the past and present day for each of Jack and Rebecca Pearson’s three children, Kevin, Kate, and Randall, and shows the challenges they’ve faced as children and as parents. The show stars Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, and Mandy Moore as his wife, Rebecca. The Pearsons have experienced tragedy in season two,


Manifest: New Series Premiere - NBC - This is a new show debuting on NBC later this month. The show has a cast that features actors Luna Blaise Boyd, Melissa Roxburgh, and Josh Dallas. It is produced by Jeff Rake, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke. The series revolves around passengers aboard Montego Air Flight 828. The passengers believed that their flight lasted for a few hours, but when their plane lands they learn that the world is five years older. They also learn that their loved ones had mourned their loss thinking that the plane went missing. This looks to be an intriguing plot line that will make viewers return each Monday Night as they thirst for answers in this bizarre mystery. “Manifest,” premieres on NBC Sept. 24 at 10pm. (Local Channel is WCAU-TV/Philadelphia).




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Modern Family: Season 10 - ABC - ABC’s hit show returns this month. Jay Pritchett (played by Ed O’Neill), and his wife Gloria (played by Sofia Vergara) return to cable television, at the center of the series that debuted in 2009. The series returns looking to build off of its numerous Emmy

The Good Doctor: Season 2 ABC- Debuting in Sept. 2017, ABC’s hit show returns for an anticipated season two premiere. Actor Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgeon who suffers from Autism and Savant Syndrome. Highmore has been in various film roles in his career, including his role as Charlie Buckett in Tim Burton’s “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.” “The Good Doctor” returns to ABC on Sept. 24 at 10pm. (Local Channel is WPVI-TV/Philadelphia)

The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 - CBS - Now on television for 11 years, CBS’ hit sitcom returns this month for its 12th season. The show revolves around two physicists Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons), and their quirky friends. The two have had help with life from their friend Penny, who is now Leonard’s wife. The series, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, has won numerous Emmy Awards. “The Big Bang Theory” returns to CBS for its new season on Sept. 24 at 8pm. (Local Channel is KYW-TV/Philadelphia) Eric is a graduate of Rowan University, and has a passion for radio and journalism.

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Find Your Tribe

By Marci Lutsky


his week’s Mom’s Vibe column is a bit different than what I usually write about. Typically, I give you lists like the best places to take kids on rainy days, or the best books to read on the beach while enjoying the quiet of September. This week I’m writing more from heart on a subject that I find VERY important, which is why you need to find your mom tribe. Now that kids are back in school and life is more hectic than ever, friends are especially important, since they are the glue that holds us together and keeps us sane. Find your tribe and keep them close. There is one word you will never hear come out of my mouth and it’s bestie (is it even really a word?). I’m sorry if you are reading this and you just posted a picture on social

media of you and your bestie. As a mom in my mid-forties, I don’t feel the need to label someone as a best friend or bestie. When you do that, you are basically telling other people that they aren’t as important as your bestie. What message does that send to our young children? I don’t want my seven year-old daughter upset because the girl she thought was her bestie finds a new best friend, leaving her sad and feeling left out. Instead, I think it’s important to have a tribe of women who you call your close friends. I have found that friendships in my forties are some of the strongest I have ever had. So why do you need good friends? For a lot reasons! My tribe of friends is made up of people who I can call in a pinch if I need help with my kids. Two weeks ago I was stressed out with a full schedule of cooking classes in one week and the thought of taking my kids to the supermarket was just too overwhelming, so I texted a friend

and asked if my kids could play at her house for an hour while I got my food shopping done. She didn’t even hesitate for a second and I would do the same for her. Asking for help is never easy but your tribe doesn’t judge when you need help and will always help if possible. I ran into a friend on the first day of school who I hadn’t seen all summer. She knew how busy I was with teaching cooking classes. She said that she was really proud of me for how hard I was working and how successful our classes had become. That sweet sentiment touched me and meant so much to me. It was so genuine and caring. Your tribe

will celebrate your successes and give you encouragement when you need it. Being a good friend isn’t always easy. As moms, we all struggle with different issues. It’s important to take the time to think of others and what they need. If I know someone is sick or has a sick family member, I will offer to bring food. If I know someone is starting a new job and feeling super stressed, I will offer to pick up their kids from school. Sometimes it’s not about what you do, but just being there to lend an ear when someone is going through a rough time. I look at the new school year as a time to start fresh. Think about your tribe and who you want to have in your inner circle of friends. Nourish those friendships and let people know that you value them in your life. There are many ways to show a friend you care. They will appreciate you and have your back when you need it!

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A Classroom in the Garden By Tammy Thornton


e wake up and find ourselves in September - when locals reclaim their beaches, children go off to school, and stores are pushing everything pumpkin. Where did the summer go? Take heart friends, we can still squeeze in some perfect beach days and now is a wonderful time to plant in your garden. During summer’s brutal heat, new plants will take a beating, but early fall is ideal

for planting bushes and shrubs, and science, math, art, and other subjects. you can even find perennials on sale. Children love bugs, birds, and butterflies. Place rocks in your Planting now gives time for the garden, encourage chilroots of your new plants to become established dren to turn them over before the first frost. and hear squeals of delight as insects September is also a great time squirm away. Add to start a chilbird feeders and dren’s garden. bird baths to Some schools give more life to realize the valyour garden and ue of teaching teach your chilchildren about dren to care for little creatures. gardening. Their Plant flowers and little hearts are full of wonder and host plants that will you can engage their attract butterflies to senses and give them a life your garden, then observe long appreciation of na- Atlantic City Day their life stages from ture. School gardens can Nursery School caterpillar through metaprovide a cross-curricular loves gardening with morphosis. Children will classroom encompassing children. have lasting memories of the building excitement of Teachers in our towns are rocking it! Thanks to waiting for the butterflies to emerge generous grants from sources such as Atlantifrom their chrysalises. Gardening Care, New Jersey Agricultural Society, Subaru teaches so many valuable lessons to Adopt a School Garden Program, and Atlantic children such as patience, the rewards City Electric (to name a few), local institutions of hard work, and the fulfillment of have been able to launch children’s gardens nurturing and caring for something that are now sustainable and also give back to other than themselves. the community. Engage children’s sense of smell by

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Children learn about Monarchs from Mary Lenehan at Ventnor Library seminar remember picking up my daughter from the gardening club at her school. She walked down the hall beaming with pride and holding up the largest kale plant that I have ever seen - roots and all. She came home and instantly started making kale chips in the toaster oven and was smitten. I don’t think I could have ever drummed up as much interest in kale for dinner as she had from growing it herself. Beets, lettuces, and spinach are excellent choices for a children’s garden because they are fast growers. Radishes and green onions can be harvested as quickly as

Ventnor Elementary School teacher, Steven Evinski, started his school’s garden with a plot of milkweed and developed it to the point of winning the Teacher of the Year award from the State Agricultural Dept. for his work with students. He uses supplies from local businesses and plants native plants such as Hammonton blueberries. garden in fun shapes such as hearts, butterflies, or airplanes. Or create a theme garden - a pizza garden for example. Plant basil, oregano, and

tomatoes; then celebrate the harvest with a pizza party. Make their garden personal. At home, form the garden into the initials of your child’s name. Then get them involved by letting them choose the plants and flowers from your local garden nursery. For a school garden, form it into the initials of their school name and then cultivate some school pride by having the students fill in the letters with plants in their school colors. Another fun idea for a children’s garden is to plant a living teepee. Use bamboo garden stakes to form a teepee, leaving an opening for the door. Plant sweet peas all around the outside edge. When flowers grow to the top, children will have a beautiful and sweet smelling house in which they can play. Get creative with garden supports as you grow cucumbers and zucchini. Grow them over a trellis or archway that children can walk through or use upcycled items as supports for a touch of whimsy. Of course no children’s garden would be complete without a fairy or miniature garden. Plant tiny flowers and use small stones as pathways leading to a mini fairy house. Add some small figurines, plastic dinosaurs, and fake insects and your child’s imagination will run wild. Whether it’s a garden at home or at

Atlantic City Day Nursery School students plant marigolds. their school, children’s gardens teach the upcoming generation to love and care for nature, to eat healthy and try new things, to be responsible, and to let their imaginations grow. Visit public children’s gardens for inspiration, encourage your local school to garden with their students, and start at home by creating your own children’s garden. We would love to hear your gardening stories. Please send your pictures, comments, and questions to:

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aerobatic champions in the world to put on a show over the beach and boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street starting at 1 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 16). The tentative lineup includes: ●● Fastrax Parachute Team with National Anthem: ●● Redline Aerobatic Team Teaser ●● Texan Flight – Jersey Jerks 4 Passes ●● Kevin Russo: ●● N.J. Air National Guard UH-60 SPIES/FRIES Demonstration ●● U.S. Coast Guard MH65D Dauphin Search and Rescue Demonstration

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Nutritional Facts: Are they telling you the truth?

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ave you ever picked one grocery item over another because of the health claims on the label? You may have been duped. That’s because terms like fat free or all natural are often slapped on a food item that may not be healthy at all. As a nutritionist, my clients often ask me how food companies, and even your favorite meal prep companies, come up with the nutrition facts labeled on their product. How can they turn their product recipes into nutrition facts, statistics, calorie counts, vitamin content, etc.? If you’re curious, and trust the listed nutrition facts included on the meals you’ve been eating, you might be interested to read what I know out about how to create a nutrition facts panel. It’s nearly impossible to do on your own! In order to come up with nutritional facts, food manufacturers have to analyze the ingredients in their products. They can do so by giving a list of ingredients and measurements to a food scientist, or by inputting data about ingredients and measurements into a nutritional database. Both of these options ultimately work to produce information for nutrition facts panels. Even transferring nutritional facts to your creation is a crapshoot. How do exact measurements add up from one product to the other? Moving another company’s nutritional facts over to your similar product doesn’t work, and is inaccurate advice. One way to measure the facts up is by using a nutritional database. This option calculates the nutritional content of a food item by entering data into a database that already contains an analysis of ingredients. This is a much easier process because the data is readily available. It is also a less ex-

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pensive option. However, some foods cannot be analyzed this way. Certain food items, including fried, salted, and coated foods, can only be determined by lab analysis. This is because ingredients in these foods are difficult to determine, and a more thorough analysis must be conducted. Lab analysis must follow strict FDA protocol for each ingredient, and can become very time consuming, and ultimately very costly. Most food prep services do not realize that the FDA does not proactively certify your company’s nutritional facts panels. Instead, the FDA simply establishes a standard set of information that must be provided on the nutrition facts panels. If the FDA finds that a company is inaccurately or improperly reporting its nutrition facts, they will require a product recall. This is usually discovered as a result of a “spot check” by the FDA, or a report of an inaccuracy. Always question where the

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Success or Significance? You Have A Choice.

2018 SEASON By Jeff Whitaker


here is a lot of talk about success these days. Everyone, it seems wants to be successful. They want to find “success”. But I would argue that there is a lot more to be said for finding a life of significance rather than success. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong, and a great deal right, with looking to be a success whether, at home or on the job. After all, who wants to be a failure? But I would argue that the idea of success is so subjective. What is success in one person’s eye, falls short with someone else. It’s relative. Sure, success can be measured, but depending on who is doing the measuring, the level of success achieved means something different to everyone. Not only that, but success is fleeting. Significance has longevity. Significance is measured by the impact it leaves. You don’t achieve significance through accumulating a certain amount of money or assuming a role or position at the board table of your company. Don’t get me wrong. If you accomplish those goals and achieve success, that can lead you to a place where you can then do something significant. But the

first doesn’t automatically lead to the second. Tim Tebow put it this way. He said, “When we talk about having a life of significance and meaning, it's not about fame or money or resources. It's about people and lives and hearts. That's my biggest passion in life.” What is your passion? What gets you up in the morning and keeps you awake at night? The way I see is, if you can answer that question, that is the area where you are most likely to have a lasting significance. I think there are three distinctions between success and significance. 1. Success tends to be ‘me’ centered. Significance is ‘others’ centered. 2. Success can usually be measured easily. Significance is not as easily quantified. 3. Success is often rewarded and recognized in the short term and can be quickly lost. Significance is usually

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Some Thoughts on Thrift Shopping by Joe Molineaux


recent trip to the Alcove Center for Grieving Children offices in Northfield, resulted in me visiting their thrift store. The Alcove Thrift Shop is conveniently located right next to their main office. Nonprofits have long utilized thrift stores as a revenue stream for their charities and programs. The Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, are national examples, and there are local organizations such as the Alcove and the ARC. Some church and hospital fundraising is supported by thrift stores. In some small towns, thrift stores help support the community itself, with local volunteer groups collecting items and operating the stores. On certain days of the week, these thrift stores open to give community members in need the opportunity to “shop” up to a certain dollar amount at no cost and before general merchandise is available to the public.

I have long enjoyed thrift shopping. It started for me, as many things do, with music, frequenting area thrift stores searching for rare and out-of-print LP records and 45 rpms. Over the years, I added cassette tapes and CDs. However with the digital age of music, I now do a little more browsing and less buying. The idea of thrift in a normal retail setting has been around a long time. Calling something “vintage,” “retro,” or “original” is one way to place certain thrift-like items into the traditionally non-thrift retail setting. There are different looks and designs to how our local thrift stores are operated. The most popular are those that take the look of the store and the merchandising seriously. Those that set the stores up to look boutique-like, or more like a traditional retail store, seem to attract the most repeat business. Locally owned consignment stores and national franchises now specialize in everything from ball gowns, to baby clothes, to trendy teen and young adult fashions. Why is thrift so appealing to so many people? I have a few theories. The easy answer would be it saves money and recycles items. While finding an item that you believe has more value than the price you paid is a great feeling, I believe the act of finding

the item is the real attraction. Perhaps it speaks to a primitive instinct of hunting and gathering. Maybe the appeal is the thrill of the hunt and the stories one can tell about the find. This was definitely true during my days searching thrift stores for records. I still tell stories about certain “finds” to other fans of record collecting. And that is the Business Beat concept for this week’s column. Whether you are selling thrift or new products, do your best to create an environment where the hunt for unique or one of a kind items could be part of your offering. Even some national brand stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, & Ross create this feeling by offering limited choices of a variety of items, from clothing and accessories to home goods. The bargain hunter and those on the hunt for uniqueness both seem to enjoy this business model. So how can you offer the same feelings to your customers in your store? Here are just a few suggestions. Perhaps consider buying limited runs of close outs on some products to “test” the concept. Use some of these items in displays, both inside the store and in your front window. Do not forget to promote the limited availability of these specific items on your social media. Another option, if you sell clothing, may be to incorporate

gently used jewelry items somewhere in your store. How about necklaces and rings for the ladies, and perhaps cufflinks for men? Again creativity in displaying these items and bringing attention to the uniqueness, are both keys to selling more of these items. Of course, make the experience your customers have as memorable as possible. Hopefully, when they find a unique or rareto-them item, they tell that story about the “find” and your business to many people. And let’s hope those people also become your customers. There is no question that the “vintage vibe” of thrift store shopping is alive and well in our region and around the country. So consider taking a page from the retro book and adding a few offerings to your retail mix!

Economic Opportunity Song of the Week By Joe Molineaux


hrift Shop by Macklemore Some business concepts reach the public by way of a song. In Business Beats this issue we examined why thrift is so appealing to so many people? The easy answer would be it saves money and recycles items.

“Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore, is a catchy and at times hard to resist song that discusses shopping for thrift. If you want to listen to the song, seek the clean, edited version. Like Macklemore sings in the song Thrift Shop, “one man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.” The Urban Dictionary defines “come-up” as “a bargain, or a found item that is of value to the finder.” So that brings me to my theory of the growing popularity of thrift store shopping.


Macklemore with Ryan Lewis released "Thrift Shop” August 27, 2012 on their debut album, The Heist. The song features vocals by Wanz. The song was composed to show Macklemore's esteem for thrift shops and saving money, rather than flaunting expensive items like many rappers. The single was a hit and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over 7 million copies in the United States. The song also reached number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. The music video has had more than 1.2 billion views on YouTube. In 2014, the song won two Grammy Awards, one for Best Rap Performance, and one for Best Rap Song. So, here’s to the growing shift to thrift. Go forth to hunt and gather, perhaps you will find what you are looking for at the thrift store. Joe Molineaux is a writer, television and radio host, speaker, economic gardener, business strategist, consultant and founder of Biz Mx

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Pumpkin Granola By Marci Lutsky


y family goes through a lot of cereal. I don’t bother removing it from the shopping list I keep on my phone because I always need more each week. I’ve become very cognizant of the sugar amounts in cereal and it’s scary. It’s challenging to find a good cereal with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Do people really need that much sugar in their cereal? So I’ve been wanting to come up with a breakfast option with less sugar that still tastes good. I seem to make a lot of recipes this time of year with pumpkin so I frequently have an open, unfinished


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Oat Mixture Before Baking Stirring Wet Ingredients can of pumpkin in the refrigerator. This pumpkin granola is perfect because it uses up that leftover pumpkin, is low in sugar and delicious. It took us a couple of tries to get this recipe right, but we did and I foresee it becoming part of our regular breakfast rotation. This recipe comes together quickly and my little chefs loved helping me make it. You start by combining old fashioned oats, pepitas, pumpkin

spice and salt. Next you combine pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and coconut oil. The first batch we made had agave nectar but in the second batch we used maple syrup which we all preferred. Combine the pumpkin mixture and the oat mixture and then spread that out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cook that for thirty minutes, stirring about halfway through. It will continue to crisp up as it cools. When it is cool, add the roughly chopped pecans. This granola tastes amazing with vanilla yogurt. I’ve been

Preheat oven to 350. Combine oats, pepitas, pumpkin spice and salt in a medium bowl. In a small bowl combine pumpkin puree, syrup and coconut oil. Add pumpkin mixture to oat mixture and stir until evenly coated. Spread mixture out on parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and let it cool. It will continue to crisp up as it cools. Add chopped pecans. looking forward to it every morning for breakfast for the past week. It’s seriously my new favorite breakfast! Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, and can be reached at

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mericans cannot commit treason against the president. That’s because an American citizen does not owe loyalty to any individual, but to the republic. Once, kings and emperors saw any disloyalty to the individual wearing the crown as disloyalty to the nation, but now, that attitude is mostly reserved for dictators, despots and mob bosses. Mostly. Over 242 years, treason has been an incredibly rare charge in the United States. In part, according to lots of constitutional experts, that’s because the founding fathers wanted it that way, going so far as to define it in the Constitution, in Article III, Section 3. It even sets limits on conviction for treason, which requires at least two witness or a confession in open court. They were so careful, in part, because 18th century England and other monarchies were so loose about the charge. The American Revolution was of course seen as treason in London. But that was a remarkably low bar. Speak against the king? Treason. Henry VIII beheaded two wives on allegations of treason. In the United States, there have been a bare handful of treason charges brought since the ratification of the Constitution. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, accused, convicted and executed for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union,


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Most presidents realized this, and carefully tempered their words. Donald Trump is not most presidents. I know that’s what many of his most ardent supporters love about him, that he says whatever he’s thinking, without regard for political correctness. Often, without regard factual correctness, either. It is essentially impossible for an opinion to be treasonous in the United States. If you felt like it, you’d be within your rights to advocate for the abolishment of the United States government, the impeachment of the president, the incarceration of members of congress. In an odd bit of legal loop-de-loop, calling for the violent overthrow of the American government is only illegal if there’s a chance it would work. And even if there is a clear and probable danger, it still would not be treasonous. Which brings us to Twitter. President Donald Trump has suggested that the author of an anonymous op-ed piece in the New York Times committed treason. That is ludicrous at its face. In another tweet (you know, the guy really does tweet a lot) he says the Times should “for national security purposes, turn him/ her over to the government at once.” Earlier that same day, tweeting about Bob Woodward’s book on his presidency, Trump questioned why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws. He’s suggested Jeff Sessions investigate to unmask the opinionated culprit. Wading through the morass of presidential tweets, he criticizes his own attorney general because charges were brought against Republican congressmen at a politically inconvenient time, suggested pulling the license of NBC, and so very much more. All of this was entertaining when Donald Trump was a reality TV personality. OK, it was excruciating back then, too, but a lot of people seemed to like it. He is now

the president of the United States, and like every president before him, his every public pronouncement has weight and import, including those endless, ridiculous tweets, which seem to flow directly from his id to 54.4 million followers. Before his most recent troubles, Trump has labeled former FBI agents, White House leakers and Chelsea Manning as traitors, not to mention Democrats who didn’t stand and applaud enough at the State of the Union. He’s attacked the free press as the enemy of the people and sought to demonize any opposition. Friends and opponents alike say the president values personal loyalty above all else. He’s lauded dictators and disparaged allies. He’s denigrated protestors as unamerican. This isn’t just bad form. It’s bad for the country. Somewhere else, we can hash out questions of policy, the economy, the Supreme Court. But we should put beyond debate the idea that dissent is a vital part of a functioning democracy. Conservatives, especially, should caution against anything that smacks of demagoguery from the Oval Office. Limits and checks to the power of any office, of any individual, has always been one of the organizing principals of the American conservative movement. I understand why it might be deeply gratifying to see just how much he infuriates liberals. But I’m asking you to look past that. You don’t have to knit a pink hat or carry a #resist sign around the block. Just remember that opposition to the president is not opposition to the nation. People have a right to criticize their leaders, and a responsibility to do so. That does not stop at the highest office - it intensifies. Americans hold their leaders accountable. I won’t say to do less would be treasonous, but it would be unfaithful to the nation.

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prediction that I made more than two years ago has now come true. Barack Obama is back out on the campaign trail. He can't help himself. It's both undignified and outrageous. When have you witnessed in your lifetime, a former President on the campaign trail, trashing the current President? How about never! There was an unwritten rule that you just don't do that. However, the unhinged, Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd can't help themselves. They refuse to accept the great economy and other positive results that have been achieved since Obama left office. The last 19 months serve as actual proof that it was Obama who was the impediment to getting our economy moving again. Incredulously, Obama is also trying to take the credit for our current great economy. Yet, he spent 8 years blaming former President George W. Bush for the bad economy that he had inherited. Obama blamed Bush on a daily basis for his entire presidency. And, now he wants to take the credit for President Donald Trump's economic record. Someone needs to have a serious intervention with Obama and tell him that you shouldn't blame the previous President for 8 years for every thing that's wrong, and then try to take credit for the next guy's work. It doesn't work that way. The best way to settle this point is to not offer opinions. That settles nothing and causes more division. Rather, it's much better to take a total dispassionate look and compare both President Donald Trump and Obama at the exact same point of their presidencies. When Obama became was elected President on November 4, 2008, the DOW Jones Industrial average was at 9,625. Four months later, it sank to 6,547, representing a decrease of more than 30 percent. When Trump became President on November 8, 2016, the DOW was at

18,332. As of this writing, the DOW stood at 26,000. Trump has presided over 99 all-time DOW records in his first year. Obama never had a record high during his entire first term. In the 100-plus year history of the DOW, there had never been an increase in one year of more than 3,500 points. Trump's first year saw a 4,956 point increase. Also, the most all-time increases in a year prior to 2017 was 69 in 1995. The same pattern has held true for Trump regarding the Russell 2000, the S & P 500, and the NASDAQ. All are at record highs. It's the latest example that when you lower the taxes of the American people and eliminate strangling government regulations, consumer confidence, employment and our free markets roar with inspiring strength. Currently, we have the lowest unemployment in American history (3.9%) and the highest work participation rate ever. There are currently 7 million jobs available and only 6 million people looking for a job. This has also never happened in American history, where there have been more available jobs vs. people looking for them. The so-called Obama economic recovery was the worst in postwar American history. Obama said we could not return manufacturing jobs in America. He said that we could not grow at 3 percent GDP in America anymore. He declared that we would just have to accept that there is a "new normal" in America. Enter Trump, and America is now growing at 4.2 percent GDP and manufacturing jobs have in fact returned to America. Obama was wrong about everything. The truth has now become self-evident. Every down-turn in American history (since 1949) had been followed by robust growth (more than 4 % GDP) until Obama. The Obama "recovery" featured an anemic 2.0 % overall average and never a year with 3% GDP. Obama is the only American President ever to not have a single year with at least 3 % GDP. Obama and a lying national media tried to con the American people into accepting a new abnormal. Until our recent demonstrated growth of more than 4%, many Americans accepted the big Obama lie. After all, you're not a failure when you convince enough people that bad results are the best that you can do. Create a perception that there is a new normal and then you can make bad actually look good. Even after the Great Depression,

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ASK THE EXPERT by Dr. Rodney Brunson IS HEMP OIL or CBD OIL AN ALTERNATIVE TO MEDICINAL CANNABIS? We may have an additional drug, CBD oil, to add to the current two species of medicinal cannabis (aka marijuana). That is if the DEA or FDA have their way about it. Not that it’s a bad thing to classify CBD as a drug, but it would be helpful if a decision was quickly made about making CBD into a drug or controlled substance- as the sativa or the indica species of cannabis are currently classified. Then yours truly could make a clearer treatment plan for patients. What’s this all about? We all have seen Hemp products before- Hemp flour, Hemp lotion, Hemp seeds in the baking section of the supermarket, Hemp rope (for us baby boomers), Hemp paper, Hemp cloth, Hemp cooking oil (you may purchase a gallon container full in markets). Further, we are beginning to see Hemp products on Amazon, in 7 eleven stores, it is sometimes being sold in your doctor’s office. Its use is recommended by yours truly. We are seeing Hemp products everywhere. For instance, remember those pirate movies with the square-rigged sails on a ship? The sails and the rope were hemp. Thomas Jefferson wanted all US farms to be required to grow hemp for our agricultural markets. George Washington started growing hemp as a crop because his plantations crops were not profitable enough for him. The Declaration of Independence, paper money, Betsy Ross flag, all had hemp in them. Then came the banning of US made hemp products. Now hemp is making a comeback. All the excitement over it these days makes it seem like hemp is some new product. Everyone is interested in it. Trust me, you will become very familiar with it (from the media) real soon. Let me bring you up to speed: What is Hemp? If your mind reflexively thought “It is the weed the hippies smoked to get high!” That was wrong. Hemp is not weed or cannabis. Cannabis is classified as a drug according to the DEA and the FDA. Hemp “is” in the cannabis family, true. But it is not currently classified as a drug because of something that is almost entirely missing from it (THC). The Cannabis Family has many species. Most are only familiar with 3 Species: Sativa, Indica,

and Hemp. These are all cannabis plants. My previous Shore Local articles about the NJ Medical Marijuana Program and how to get your medicinal marijuana card. I wrote about Indica and Sativa species but not about Hemp. Indica and Sativa are legally recognized as drugs and are controlled substances and scheduled as highly dangerous with no use at all (or schedule 1 where an antibiotic, a drug, is schedule 5). Hemp is not recognized as a drug so it is not scheduled…yet. What about hemp that is causing all the fuss? It is the chemical that is in the hemp plant that is common among all the cannabis plants: the CBD and THC. As you have read in my previous articles, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive substance that goes to the brain and activate the CB1 receptor (CB1 is the lock and THC is the key) once the CB1 lock or receptor is activated one gets the relaxed feeling. Or if too much is consumed, a drugged feeling. The CBD does not go to the brain much and cause a high. Hemp has CBD and a very small amount of THC >0.3%. That number is very important because 0.3% is the cut off for making cannabis a drug or legal. The species Sativa and Indica both has more than 0.3%, therefore, they are drugs. Hemp has less than 0.3% so it is not a drug.

One can just go to the store or online and legally buy it. No doctor prescription is needed. But it is not the whole hemp plant you are buying. It is the expressed CBD oil form the whole plant that is used for the medicinal purposes. If you are looking for the CBD oil which has medicinal properties, it is not the whole plant that you want. Don’t be misled into purchasing a similar product, HEMP extract. This is not CBD oil which is separated from all the other components of the hemp plant. So, if what you are purchasing does not say “CBD OIL” Don’t get it because it is meant for cooking or making clothing etc. In summary, we now know that there are three main cannabis plants that we are interested in. The medicinal properties of sativa, indica and now hemp plants. Sativa and indica has >0.3% THC making it a medical drug that cannot be purchased freely. Only Hemp with its low THC content is permitted to be readily available for everyone. CBD is not psychoactive like THC. CBD is known for its medicinal actions such as: relief for mild pain, anxiety, motivation, balanced energy level. It also helps with rashes, seizures, neurological conditions, and other ailments. I recommend it regularly in my practice for those who do not want the psychoactive properties of medicinal cannabis.

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America grew beyond 3 %. My point is, when you actually analyze Obama's dismal record, without the rose colored national media lies and spin to protect Obama ... the results are undeniably poor. You can argue about the different political philosophies, however, you can't argue about the current economic recovery in America under Trump. It is incontrovertible. Even the recent outrageous "anonymous" opinion editorial (allegedly written by) a "senior Trump official" concludes that the results under Trump have been highly successful. Obama's prescription was to massively raise taxes. He raised the capital gains tax from 15 to 20 percent. He raised the top income tax bracket from 35 percent to nearly 40% and the regressive 3.8 percent tax on investment income for the so-called Affordable Care Act; which has been any and everything except affordable. Obama increased the amount of United States debt by $20 trillion, and achieved a record of raising the debt by more than the previous 43 American Presidents combined. President Trump has thus far increased our debt by just half of what Obama did (at the same point in time), despite inheriting the high interest rates and massive debt incurred by Obama. As a direct result, President Trump has decreased our nation's debt to GDP ratio by more than 40 percent. This and so many other tremendous accomplishments are never reported by the pro-Democrat/ Socialist national media. For the first 19 months, President Trump has bested Obama by the creation of more than 830,000 new manufacturing jobs. By comparison, Obama's last 19 months featured the creation of only 26,000 new manufacturing jobs. Trump has opened up markets. He has provided incentives for business and

industry to invest and create new jobs. Obama governed by executive fiat, implementing strangling regulations that discouraged investment and job creation. In Obama's first four months, America lost 4.4 million jobs. During Trump's first four months, America created more than 3.4 million jobs. As you can readily see, a dispassionate review of Trump versus Obama objectively yields that when you analyze every economic indicator, Trump has moved America in a more positive direction versus Obama. When you compare the Trump record to Obama, Trump is breaking economic records, while Obama presided over one of the worst economic periods in American history. Don't listen to an unhinged, pro-Obama, pro-Socialist Democrat media. Just be willing to let the actual numbers speak for themselves. They tell the whole story.

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Make Room for Vicky: Simply Funny By Brandon Craig


ake Room for Vicky is the fourth original play by local theatre writer, director, and actor Sam Sardina. The show recently made its debut at the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point on the weekend of September 8th. In this play Sardina plays the role of Dylan, a doctor who is coming across financial issues due to his third ex-wife’s insistence that he pay his alimony on time. He and his brother Austin, who is a successful lawyer with a less than successful love life, become frustrated and distressed when they are introduced to their father’s new girlfriend, Vicky. Vicky’s loud, blue-collar, southern demeanor immediately clashes with Dylan and Austin’s more upper-class tastes and tendencies, creating many moments of comedy and drama. Sardina puts a clear emphasis on comedic dialogue in this play, like he does in many of his other works. For the most part, Sardina’s wit comes through naturally in the dialogue of the character throughout the show. He also uses Vicky’s attention-grabbing character and unconventional behavior as a large source of visual and absurdist humour to get laughs from the audience. The show itself is, visually, quite minimalist, using mostly only one set with little prop usage. There are only six actors in the show, with only four of them having more than short cameos. The show itself is relatively short, having only three scenes and, not including the intermission, is only a little

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