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or some people, serving is just a way of life. Our hometown hero, David Hernandez, has served in the United States Air Force since 2001. He is an ophthalmic technician and was recently an Air Force recruiter. Some of his duties have included humanitarian missions to underprivileged countries such as Bolivia, Thailand, and Belize, and Peru, where he served on teams to provide free medical attention to the poor. While stationed at the JBSA-Lackland base, he was in charge of 18 technicians in the Air Force’s largest ophthalmic clinic for five months during his supervisor’s deployment. He also directed the Air Education and Training Command’s

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to the Air Force Medicine newsletter, “The number of men promoted under the STEP program is incredibly limited.” STEP promotions are a way for commanders to immediately promote enlisted members. Hernandez continues to receive honor and recognition and was recently promoted to Master Sergeant. Msgt. Hernandez realizes that

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Honoring Our Veterans

making holidays and then everything else. Sadly, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving have been pushed to the back burner in the way of holidays. Yet, I can't think of any holiday that is more deserving of our utmost attention and respect than Veterans Day. From the Editor Every day we enjoy freedom and safety that our troops have laid their oments after the sun lives on the line for. Our Veterans have seen and experienced things set on Halloween night, that are unfathomable to many of Christmas decorations broke out of their boxus. Physically and emotionally, our es and into retail stores everywhere. Veterans sacrifice. It is their bravery These days, it seems, there is no time that allows us to live in the land of for holidays less recognized in the rethe free. tail world. There are the major, money When our veterans come home, many of them have what to us may be invisible challenges, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This can change their lives forever and make day to day life difficult, if not impossible. The rate of suicide among veterans is more than twice the national average. Veterans account for seven out of every ten suicides nationally. This tells A group from the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and us loud and clear, that Atlantic County Veterans Museum in Estelle Manor set up a we must do more to display of 660 flags as part of the Flags for Forgotten Soldiers. support our soldiers The number of flags represents the number of veterans that both when they are on active duty and die of suicide each month in our country. The display is at when they come the Atlantic County Veterans Museum on Route 50 in Estelle Manor. The display will be up for 30 days home.

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Our freedom comes at a high cost not only to the troops but also to their families at home. In this edition, Christina Sciarretta shares “A story from An Active Duty Army Veteran Family” that offers a glimpse into an Egg Harbor Township family’s life when their spouse is on active duty. Loren (Ron) P Rondeau Sr. Of Egg Harbor Township was in the Coast Guard for over 20 years. Read his story on page 14. Also, look for a listing of all Veterans Day ceremonies and a resource listing for our Veterans. As we move into this season of giving, check out local organizations that you My father, Charles Christy, at the age of 18 in 1954, can donate or volunteer serving in the United States Army. with on page 9. With the holidays approaching quickly, we will all be that actually live here and value this shopping and purchasing gifts in wonderful place that we call home. abundance over the coming weeks. I encourage you to always think local Peace & Love, first. Let's keep our dollars in our Cindy community and support the people

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around South Jersey and you have everything you need for a successful bakery. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably enjoyed one of Sharon and RJ Idell’s fabulous eateries. This mother/son team are the owners of Sunrise Café, Drip N’ Scoop, Dockside Kitchen and now Dead End Bakehouse. They have established excellent brands that are known for freshness, innovation and consistency. They are lucky to have Mike Fitzick as the Lead Baker at

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Avenue. If you h ea d e d to wards the bay, you would hit a dead end. They specialize in bagels and breads, but they don’t stop there. They also offer spreads like maple whiskey cream cheese and white chocolate chip along with sandwiches and toasts. It was nearly impossible for me to choose which toast to have for lunch recently, but I went with the Everything Always which was cream cheese, avocado smash and

everything seeds on sourdough toast. That along with the hot coffee they serve from Counter Culture was all I needed for a perfect lunch. At Dead End Bakehouse you will find consistent favorites every day but you will also find a variety of specials like squid ink bagels. I tried one and it’s definitely something I could see coming back for. If you go in for a bagel, it will be hard to resist also picking up a sourdough boule, cookie or slice of cake. Everything is made daily with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Mike will also be offering breakfast pizza pop-ups with combinations that you could never imagine but won’t want to miss. Text DEADEND to 66866 to stay in the loop about the breakfast pizza popups. Dead End Bakehouse is open daily from 7am to 2pm. It is located at 1050 Bay Avenue in Ocean City and if you aren’t following them on social media, start immediately @deadendbakehouse. Next time you want the perfect bagel or bread to compliment your dinner menu, stop in. Make sure to check out the daily specials! Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, www.veggingattheshore. com and can be reached at veggingattheshore@gmail.com.

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A Story From An Active Duty Army Veteran Family By Christina Sciarretta

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he phone rang in the middle of my Company Hip Hop Class. I ran to the phone and smiled at the bizarre, out of country phone number on the screen. “You know the drill, girls!” I said to my class. And they did. One of my students ran up and grabbed my 3 month old baby boy out of my arms, as the rest of the class began reviewing choreography on their own. I grabbed my phone and ran outside to hear the sweet voice of my husband, who was deployed to Afghanistan. “I’m frustrated, Baby. They said we weren’t supposed to go on any more missions., but I have to go out on yet another mission, so I’ll talk to you tomorrow or the next day when I get back, okay?”

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But he didn’t call the next day. Or the day after. In fact, he didn’t call for nine long, excruciating days. Andrew was a 13-Fox (a forward observer) for the prestigious 101st Airborne Division, 2-327th infantry, also known as “No Slack”. He went out with the infantrymen and called in fire when his unit was under attack. He was incredibly proud to be an Army Combat Soldier. But he had been gone for almost a year on one of the deadliest deployments that No Slack had ever experienced. Morale was down for the entire unit, but they were set to return home in 3 weeks. Andrew & his unit had gone out on Operation Strong Eagle III, which was a mission designed to take down QZR, who was one of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, beheading elders of villages to instill fear and control over their people, and ruthlessly attacking the American Forces who were trying to protect them. In order to conquer QZR, they had to descend into the deep dark valley of Kunar Province. In the middle of the night on March 29, 2011, they were dropped onto the top of a mountain and began

their descent. What they didn’t realize, was that they were descending into the hornet’s nest. Over the next nine days, the unit was under fierce attack. They were com-

pletely surrounded from above. They were shot at and bombed constantly. Even the medevacs were viciously attacked. There seemed to be no way out. They came under such extreme fire, that two eye-opening documentaries were made about them. “The Hornet’s Nest”, created by ABC’s Michael Boettcher, detailed the mission. “No Greater Love”, created by No Slack’s Chaplain, Justin Roberts, beautifully showcased the bond between Army Brothers and the unit’s struggle during that deployment and back on American soil after the mission was over. Back at home, I couldn’t sleep. I could barely eat. It seemed like every day, I was getting another call from the FRG (Family Readiness Group), telling me that my solider was okay, but that we had lost yet another brother. Someone’s Daddy. Someone’s Husband. Someone’s Son. Every time I heard a knock at the door, my heart stopped and I held my breath, waiting to see two soldiers at my door, caps off, telling me that they’d lost him in the dust of Afghanistan. I would wake up from a dead sleep hearing door knocks in my dreams. It was the absolute worst time of my life, as a wife. What would my life look like without him? We weren’t even married for 2 years. We had a 3 month old baby. We had bought out first home. We had these dreams, and these plans, and these ideals. They would be gone in an instant. I ached for him. What did I get us into? If only I had been against him going into the Army. He’d have listened to me. He loved me so deeply. What

have I done? This is all my fault, and now I may lose him. His infant son, my sweet mother and sister-in-law, and my incredibly loving father-in-law. We may all lose him. We didn’t lose him. But we did lose Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, 28, Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski III, 26, Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog, 23, Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, 29, Spc. Dustin J. Feldhaus, 20, and Pvt. Jeremy P. Faulkner, 23. The 101st lost 131 Brothers during that deployment. Many others were horribly injured. Still many (if not most) others suffered and still suffer deep emotional wounds. A few committed suicide after returning, because the pain and memories were unbearable. Countless soldiers sought PTSD therapy. It has been almost 8 years since that deployment. My husband carries those brothers of his on his wrist and in his heart every day. He is planning a tattoo memorial on his body to honor them. Sometimes he gets very emotional, thinking of that time and his Brothers. Even writing about those men, that deployment, and that time… the tears are falling onto my keyboard. We are absolutely broken for those we lost. The wounds that our Veterans and their families suffer run deep. Perhaps, they run deeper than you can ever imagine. Just because you can’t imagine the pain, doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. This Veteran’s Day, I would like to challenge you to not just write a Veteran’s Day post on social media, but to do something. Find a military family and meet a need for them. Let your heart lead you. I promise you will come up with something. Whether you agree with the war or not, our soldiers and their families are suffering. You can be the blessing that brings even a tiny ounce of healing to their hearts. To you, our Brothers and Sisters of No Slack, and to you, United States Veterans- our Brothers and Sisters… The Sciarretta Family honors you. We thank you. We love you. And to those we lost, we will NEVER forget you. Christina Sciarretta is the president and CEO of The Sciarretta Collection of Keller Williams Jersey Shore, a real estate and media team. Born and raised in Atlantic County, she’s a mom with a serious passion for people, good vibes, and AC. She lives in EHT with her husband Andrew and 2 kids, Grayson and Avery Lee.

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The Season of Giving Begins with You By Steffen Klenk

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he Season of Giving is upon us. We are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving and Christmas and Chanukah are right around the corner. Locally, there are many ways to help individuals and families over the holiday season. Each year, the Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program helps collect toys throughout the year not only to support children at Christmas, but anytime there is a need for a family. The program is expected to launch its 2018 initiative in the coming weeks. More information can be found at www.toysforkidsprogram. com. Over the next month, several organizations will be giving back to our local communities by hosting food

drives. Each donation will be ensured to help families living in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation will hold its 10th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. From now through November 19th, donors may bring canned or non-perishable food items to any AMI office in the region. Longport Media will be holding their 11th Annual Operation Help food drive from Saturday, November 17th – Wednesday, November 21st at 3pm. WMGM will be camped outside of Chickie’s & Pete’s as they collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch. Starting a clothing drive can bring local families warmth and comfort over the harsh winter season. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties is actively seeking dona-

tions. The Atlantic City Rescue Mission has several drop-off bins in the region where you can recycle gently-used clothes and shoes for the homeless. Don’t forget about our local animal shelters and humane societies. All throughout the year, shelters may ask for basic needs such as food, paper towels, blankets, pillows, toys and other items essential for shelter pets. To find out how you can help, call your local shelter or visit the shelter’s website. They would be glad to hear from you. Besides donating a bag of canned goods or several new unwrapped toys (which there are never enough of), there are also many other ways to give back. Mailing Christmas cards to

our troops domestically and overseas serves as a constant reminder that we are thinking about them. There are several “Adopt a Soldier” programs that can provide resources to those who are interested. The holidays can be an exciting time of year, especially for a child. Experiencing the magic of their joy can be much fun to celebrate. Yet iit can be easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the season. It’s more than just gift giving, going to see Santa or taking in a favorite Christmas movie. It’s also the perfect opportunity to develop a philanthropic way of thought while activating an attitude of gratitude in both adults and children. Giving back does not have to be monetary. Donating your time to charity can be a very fulfilling and worthwhile service It is important for us to remember how vital these organizations are. Many foundations rely on year-round donations and volunteer efforts in order to serve their communities. No matter how large or little the contribution, giving back can go a long way in helping others in great need.

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Somers Point Restaurant Week ▶Now ▶ - November 11th The 9th Annual Somers Point Restaurant Week. We are Jazzing Up Restaurant Week this year with a full live jazz lineup taking place throughout Somers Point, with two course pricefixed lunch starting at $12.18 and three course price-fixed dinner starting at $27.18. For a list of participating restaurants, please visit www.somerspointrestaurantwk.com. AMI Foundation 10th Annual Food Drive ▶Now ▶ – November 19th The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation is holding its 10th Annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey. From now through Monday, November 19th, anyone may bring unexpired canned and other non-perishable food items to any AMI office in Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. A collection bin will be placed at all office locations. For a list of office locations, please visit www.atlanticmedicalimaging.com. Forever Forest ▶Open ▶ Select Dates Now – January 2nd 354 S. Bremen Ave. Galloway Attractions at Forever Forest include a 50-foot decorated Christmas tree display, live-in snowglobe, magical Sleighride experience, Marshmallow Lounge,

Events & Happenings Santa's Office Wonderland, Ice Skating Rink, Toyland Train Display, "Mancini's" Working Toy Factory and many more. Learn more by visiting foreverforestnj. com or call (609) 957-6501. ACAA Holiday Art Mart ▶Thursday, ▶ November 8th – Sunday, November 11th Tanger Outlets Atlantic City The Absecon Cultural Arts Alliance will be hosting a fine arts and crafts marketplace on Veteran’s Weekend, November 8th – 11th. This juried show will be held at Tanger Outlets on the corner of Arctic and Michigan Avenues. Local and regional artists will be showcasing their handmade work. Pottery, jewelry, glass, paintings and more will be available for sale. Money raised will go towards cultural art and educational programs. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Christmas Bazaar ▶Friday, ▶ November 9th from 11am7pm and Saturday, November 10th from 10am-7pm. 591 New Jersey Ave. Absecon The bazaar will feature more than 40 crafters and vendors. Lunch and dinner are served both days. The menus include chicken tortellini soup, chili, and a baked ziti dinner on Saturday night.

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Downtown Asbury Avenue, Ocean City Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas, enter to win prizes and take advantage of early bird shopping specials. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Brian and Mark’s Pinball Arcade Madness ▶Saturday, ▶ November 17th from 10am-10pm The Starcade at Showboat Atlantic City Tickets start at $10 Level Up Entertainment presents BAMPAM 2018. Join us for this awesome all day event where you can compete for prizes or just enjoy playing some of the coolest pinball and arcade machines in town. The Starcade is a family friendly environment and this will be a family friendly event, with portions of the proceeds to benefit The Arc of Atlantic County recreation programs. Visit www.bampam.us for tickets and information. Operation Help 2018 ▶Saturday, ▶ November 17th – Wednesday, November 21st Chickie’s & Pete’s 6055 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township Join the stations of Longport Media for their annual Operation Help food

drive. Bring any non-perishable food items or monetary donations to Chickie’s & Pete’s to support the Commuinty FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch.

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The Fast and the Furriest Turkey Trot ▶Thursday, ▶ November 22nd at 8:30am Bring your family and friends along to participate in this fun-filled holiday tradition. This 5k run and walk will benefit the Ocean City Humane Society. Race day registration begins at 7am Thanksgiving morning at the Civic Center. 5k Run and Walk starts at the Music Pier at 8:30am. Following the race, there is a 1 mile fun run for kids 14 and under. For more information, please call 609-3989500 ext. 4 or visit hsocnj.org/events.

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The American Finals Rodeo is the capstone to the entire rodeo season for the American Professional Rodeo Association. Air Supply ▶Saturday, ▶ November 10th at 8pm Superstar Theater at Resorts Tickets start at $55. Paul Anka ▶Saturday, ▶ November 10th at 9pm The Grand at Golden Nugget Tickets start at $75 Wayne Brady ▶Saturday, ▶ November 10th at 9pm Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Tickets start at $45 Kesha and The Struts ▶Friday, ▶ November 16th at 8:30pm Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Tickets start at $40 Bob Dylan ▶Saturday, ▶ November 17th at 7pm Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena Tickets start at $50 The Guess Who ▶Saturday, ▶ November 17th at 8pm Tropicana Showroom Tickets start at $35

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. Storytime with Miss Bonnie ▶Fridays ▶ at 10:30am Atlantic County Library Brigantine 201 15th St. S Suggested for ages 3 1/2-5. Support your child's early literacy skills and school-readiness by joining Miss Bonnie and her crew to hear stories, sing songs and make a quick craft. Concert with Jill Salkin and Dave

Posmontier ▶Friday, ▶ November 9th at 6:30pm Longport Public Library 2305 Atlantic Ave. 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. Mindfulness Meditation ▶Saturday, ▶ November 10th at 11:30am Atlantic County Library Mays Landing 40 Farragut Ave. The events are presented by trained yoga instructor Linda Schwartz. Registration is requested. Checkmates Chess Club ▶Saturdays ▶ from 12-4:30pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor 6500 Atlantic Ave. Chess Club ▶Tuesday, ▶ November 13th from 4-7pm Atlantic County Library Somers Point 801 Shore Rd. All ages are invited to the challenge of playing a friendly game of chess along with others. Tuesday Night at the Movies ▶Tuesday, ▶ November 13th at 6pm Atlantic County Library Mays Landing 40 Farragut Ave. Computer Help at the Library ▶Tuesday, ▶ November 13th at 6pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township 1 Swift Ave. Open to adults. Registration required for any session. Have our librarians help you with most Microsoft Office programs, find information on the Internet, set up and use an email, or other computer questions you may have. We can help you with your own

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computer, Apple/Android smartphones or tablet as well. Tuesday Tastings at the Library ▶Tuesday, ▶ November 13th at 6pm Longport Public Library 2305 Atlantic Ave. Kitchen19 chef will present a gluten free Quinoa stuffing for Thanksgiving or any day. Registration is required. Please call the library at 609-4877403. Furry Buddies ▶Tuesday, ▶ November 13th 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. Academy of Culinary Arts Irresistible Chocolate Desserts Workshop ▶Wednesday, ▶ November 14th from 6-9pm Atlantic Cape Community College 5100 Black Horse Pike This workshop will take place in Kitchen 1 of the Academy of Culinary Arts. For more information or to register, call 609-343-5655. Girls Book Club ▶Thursdays ▶ at 3:15pm Otto Bruyns Public Library 241 W. Mill Rd. Northfield Love at First Stitch Needlecraft Group ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor City 134 Philadelphia Ave. Open to adults and teens. Join our dedicated crafting group. If you crochet, knit, or do any other type of needle craft this is your club. Third Thursday Book Club ▶Thursday, ▶ November 15th at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Somers

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JCC Trip to Israel ▶November ▶ 29th – December 9th The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center will be hosting a trip to Israel for Hanukkah. The trip begins with a two night stay in Tel Aviv where you will tour city sights, the Mediterranean coast and nearby city of Jaffa. The trip concludes with a five night stay in Jerusalem. Here, you will visit the Western Wall, The Israel Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jewish and Christian Quarter and more. One day trip to The Dead Sea will also be included. Round-trip airfare from New York, nine nights’ accommodations and some meals included. Prices are $3,600 for double occupancy, $4,350 for single occupancy. For more information, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167 or jcutler@jccatlantic.org.

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without the love and support of his family, this service would be much more difficult. Like most military families, Hernandez’s wife and children also sacrifice for this life of service. Though Hernandez was recently stationed in south Jersey, he

was transferred to Fort Dix in June. Hernandez has been stationed in California, Japan, Texas, and New Jersey. Most assignments are for a period of 4 years. When he and his family came to live in Linwood, New Jersey, in 2014, his daughter, Destiny (DJ) was just starting middle school, his

Senior non-commissioned Officer’s Induction Ceremony other daughter, Harmony, was beginning first grade. They settled, made friends, and became part of the community, knowing that in 4 years, they would need to uproot move and start all over again. As their older daughter graduated middle school right before the move, the reality of beginning a new high school with total strangers set in. Hernandez’s wife, Jennifer, has also sacrificed much for this military career. While her husband worked the long hours of a recruiter, Mrs. Hernandez, studied for and passed the boards to become a registered nurse. And by the time they were ready to move this past June, they were welcoming their newest addition to the family, another daughter, Trinity Aria. Hernandez did not have an easy start in life. He was raised in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up in a rough neighborhood with high crime rates and drugs. Instead of choosing this lifestyle for himself, he rose above

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these obstacles and chose a better life. This proud father of three is seeing his children following in his footsteps. His daughter, DJ, now a freshman in high school, has recently joined the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC). We know that though the details and names change, this story is repeated over and over again by military families. Many branches of the service are represented in our shore and mainland towns as they pass through for a chapter of their lives. We are honored to know you, to become your friends, even as you know, it’s only for a time. We thank you and salute you.

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Veterans Day Services and Events American Legion Post 158 Veterans Day Observance ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th at 5pm 527 Philadelphia Avenue, Egg Harbor City The American Legion Post 158 invites all veterans, current service members and the public to a Veterans Day Observance Program. There will be a Retrieving and Posting of the Colors with a bugler. Commander Micschlich and Atlantic County Vice Commander will preside over the events. For more information, call 609-965-0419. Atlantic City Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony & Tour of WWI Monument ▶Saturday, ▶ November 10th at 11am Stockton University Academic Center, Hamer Event Room 3711 Atlantic Ave. Following a remembrance ceremony at Stockton University, attendees will walk to O’Donnell Park for a tour of the WWI Memorial, home to the ‘Liberty in Distress’ sculpture. Limited parking is available at the Academic Center for a fee. Atlantic County Veterans Museum ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th from 10am-4pm 189 Route 50 South, Estell Manor The Atlantic County Veterans Museum is extending its normal hours to be open on Sunday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. The museum includes military artifacts and personal donations from the Revolutionary War through

modern day, most of which has been collected from Atlantic County veterans and their families. The museum plans to join organizations across the country with the tolling of bells at 11am in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. To learn more about the museum or to schedule a group tour, please call 609-909-7305. Brigantine Veterans Day Celebration ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th at 11am Veterans Memorial Park 32nd Street and Revere Blvd. Come out and say Thank You to all of the men and women who have served and are now serving in the United States Military. Galloway Veterans Day Celebration ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th from 11am-1pm Galloway Municipal Complex 300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd. Please join Galloway Township on November 11th for their annual Veteran's Day Celebration. There will be local speakers, music and a luncheon immediately following. This event is proudly sponsored by Galloway Community Services & Galloway Veteran’s Advisory Board. For more info please contact 609241-0692. Ocean City Veterans Day Program ▶Monday, ▶ November 12th at 11am Ocean City Tabernacle 550 Wesley Avenue For more information, call 609399-6111.

Sea Isle City Veterans Day Ceremony ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th at 11am Veterans Park JFK Blvd. & Landis Ave. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to 4501 Park Road. Somers Point Veterans Day Service ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th at 11am Patriot Park Bethel Road The City of Somers Point and local veteran organizations will hold a Veterans Day service inside Patriot Park on Bethel Road. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 609-412-7769. Tropicana Veterans Day Specials ▶Sunday, ▶ November 11th 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City In support of Veterans Day, Tropicana Atlantic City will light the cupola at the top of its Havana Tower and its interior fountains within The Quarter green to honor those who serve. Veterans and active duty military can enjoy exclusive offers on dining, retail and entertainment on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. WWI Lecture ▶Wednesday, ▶ November 14th at 1pm Stockton Campus Center Board of Trustees Room 101 Vera King Ferris Dr. Galloway Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey L. Pierson, a retired General who spent 42 years in the military, will discuss World War I, the National Guard and how New Jersey reacted to the war.

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Ocean City Happenings

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cean City’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). The event honors all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Ocean City’s ceremony is always well-attended and will include music, remarks, prayer and the placing of a memorial wreath. Ocean City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts sponsor and participate in the event. This year’s keynote speaker is Thy Nguyen Cavagnaro. Thy came to the U.S. in 1975 after Saigon fell at the end of the Vietnam War. She has been inspired to do more for the Vietnam veterans who helped her. Carrie Merritt’s first-grade class from

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Ocean City Primary School will make a presentation, and American Sign Language classes from Ocean City High School will sign the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Ocean City’s holiday celebrations begin “Earlier Than the Bird” on Saturday, Nov. 17. The annual downtown shopping extravaganza takes place 8 a.m. to noon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Jump-start your holiday shopping and

shop in your pajamas for early-bird shopping specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Free coffee will be available at Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (917 Asbury Ave.) and Starbucks (1061 Asbury Ave.). Enjoy a free standard doughnut at Drip N’ Scoop (960 Asbury Ave.). Free turkeys will be awarded to the best-dressed. Register while you shop for chances to win up to $150 in gift certificates and prizes. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or visit facebook/downtownOCNJ. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting on the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18. Ride the downtown the old-fashioned way noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Board in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. The 11th annual Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot goes off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 22. The course for this 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race is on the Ocean City Boardwalk, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609398-9500 (ext. 4) or visit www.hsocnj. org/events. Ocean City’s small-town version of

“Black Friday” takes place on Friday, Nov. 23. The Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – takes place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be a warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.

Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horseand-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Singer Jackie Evancho will perform and offer a preview of her show on Saturday. The event culminates around 5 p.m. when

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he Ocean City Restaurant Association (OCRA) hosted its third annual Chili/Chowder Festival on October 14 at the Music Pier. Through ticket sales and donations, OCRA has raised over $10,500 since launching its annual Chili Chowder Festival. Proceeds have benefited the Humane Society of Ocean City and the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation run by the local #4032 union of the International Association of Firefighters. The festival is sponsored by Ocean City Magazine – www. ocnjmagazine.com. Steaming cups of chili and chowders from restaurants all over Ocean City were dished out to hundreds of hungry patrons at the Chili Chowder Fest this past October. Families lined up for tastings from Ocean City restaurants including Cousins Restaurant, Island Grill, Bennie’s Bread, Clancy’s, Jon and Patty’s, Arlene’s, Randazzo’s, Soma Café, Yianni’s Cafe, and Starfish Cafe. Hot Dogs for the kids and water bottles were provided by fellow OCRA members Blitz Markets and Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlors. Fireman Steve Peifer defended his title as the winner of last year’s Chili Cook Off between the three Fire Stations in OC. This year, the title went to Jason Boyle representing Station 1.

With a WIBG DJ playing music, balloon animals and face painting for the kids, tables lined with hot chilis and chowders and a fun atmosphere - it was, once again, a festive fall scene on the Ocean City Boardwalk. OCRA is committed not only to serving delicious food, but to giving back to the community through fundraising events like the Chili Chowder Festival. “We are grateful for the support of the OCRA membership as well as the community who came to support OCFD’s Charitable Foundation” said Jane Davis, treasurer of the Restaurant Association and owner of Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlors. This year’s beneficiary - the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation - is a local organization that is supported by direct donations throughout the year such as this one given by OCRA. Monies raised support scholarships and rewards that are distributed locally to Ocean City High School, Intermediate, and Primary school students, the Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant, Ocean City Humane Society, Waves for Caring and many other recipients. For more information on the Foundation, visit www. oceancityfirefighters.com. For more information, please visit www. EatinOCNJ.com or email ocra@eatinocnj.com.

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The Layers of Local History A Trip Through the Past Down the AC Boardwalk

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he most popular excursions offered by Jersey Shore Tours are without doubt walking tours of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, especially the Beaches and Buildings Tour that begins on the Boardwalk at Albany Avenue, and the Boardwalk Heritage Tour that picks up at JFK Plaza across from Boardwalk

Hall. While the Beaches and Buildings Tour includes a stroll along the strand, and a discussion of beach birds, it mostly focuses on the histories of the structures that are visible along the south end of the Boardwalk. While the sign outside, and the history offered on their website, suggests the Knife and Fork was initially founded by then-Mayor William Riddle and the so-called Commodore Louis Kuehnle, amongst others, in 1912, some sources suggest Riddle’s mother, one of the first female real-estate magnates in town, had operated an establishment by that name on the site of the current structure as early as 1908. All sources seem to agree that business boomed until the mid-1920s, when a missed kick-

back payment in the teeth of Prohibition led to a raid by federal agents and the sale of the site to longtime owners the Latz family. The Beaches and Buildings Tour goes by several more historic sites, such as the Eldredge Chelsea Fireproof Warehouse built of brick and concrete in 1924. Turning off the boards at the Celebrity Corner Deli allows tourists to appreciate their mural of caricatures completed in 1986, as well as view the 1960s era Malibu Motel Pool and Cabana Club from a better angle, before walking by the displays, public art, and images in the open-air lobby of the thirty-four story Ocean Club Condos that opened in 1984. The Tropicana complex has several historic parts, starting with the Chelsea Tower, which sits on the site of a kosher resort called Teplitzky’s that was replaced by a Howard Johnson’s in the 1970s. Much of the Trop is built on the bones of the Ambassador Hotel, finished in 1919 and site of the famous meeting between Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini in 1922, though the Trop extends all the way to the site of Nucky Johnson’s two-story cottage on Iowa Avenue. Nucky also famously rented the entire ninth floor of the Ritz-Carlton across the street that dates to 1921 and featured hot and cold running, fresh and salt water. Nucky was particularly proud of being involved in building Boardwalk Hall, completed in 1929, which was the largest event space in the world when it opened and remains home to the world’s largest musical instrument. The site was home to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, where Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegate Fannie Lou Hamer testified about Free Pick-up & Delivery her struggles to regisFrom Your Home, Golf Course ter to vote, which led to or The Beach. 4 Hour Turnaround the building that year of Kennedy Plaza, now the 609.653.1658 • 609.214.8850 site not only of a bust of JFK but of statues commemorating Miss America and memorializing local laborers. The

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Boardwalk Heritage Tour continues past the Playground Pier, which was the city’s first concrete pier when it was built by Cap’n John Young in 1906 as the Million Dollar Pier and included the then-world’slargest ballroom called the Hippodrome, as well as mansion where Young lived at the address One Atlantic Ocean, leading to the site later turning into the Ocean One Mall. The tour also passes by two historic sites that are now part of Bally’s complex: a recreated streetscape of the Warner Theatre that opened in 1929 and became a bowling alley in 1966, and the adaptively reused Dennis Hotel that was completed in 1925 but has a name that dates to 1860. The Boardwalk Heritage Tour goes by several more historic sites, such as the Irish Pub that dates to the nineteenth century and whose unique architecture inspired the style of the red Monopoly hotels, as well as the nearby First Responders’ Monument honoring police and fire personal who died on 9/11. After stopping at the compass rose in front of Central Pier, which opened as Applegate Pier in 1884, and pointing out Steel Pier, completed in 1898 and home to the famous diving horses as well as a diving bell that can now be found across from the aquarium in Gardner’s Basin, I point out a few of the structures that lie further down the northern end of the Boardwalk, such as the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel that became Resorts in 1978. I like to end that tour, which--like this column has done--seeks to unearth the layers of local history, by showing visitors the detailed mosaics of the Boardwalk National Bank building that dates to the 1920s, but since the late 1970s has been the home of the Casino Control Commission.

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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My Favorite Podcasts By Marci Lutsky

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few weeks ago I saw a friend at the supermarket and after calling her name repeatedly, it wasn’t until I got close to her and realized she wasn’t ignoring me. She had headphones in and was completely absorbed in what she was listening to. After she spotted me, she told me that she was listening to a podcast and that it had revolutionized her grocery shopping. I gave it a try and it’s life changing! So what is a podcast? A podcast is a pre-recorded radio show. There are thousands to choose from. When do I listen to them? All the time! Listening in the car is the best time for me. I also enjoy listening

when I’m making dinner, doing the dishes, folding laundry or food shopping. I even listen while my kids have tennis lessons and hockey practice. The kids like to see my eyes on them while they are practicing which I can do while also listening to something interesting. There are some I enjoy listening to on my own and others that my whole family enjoys. My favorite one is called Mom and Dad Are Fighting. There are three

regular hosts who are at different stages of parenting discussing issues that we can all relate to. On one episode they were discussing what to do when you have a close friend but your kids don’t get along. Do you schedule play dates or do you avoid making plans when the kids are involved? They have a feature called Triumphs and Fails and I find it reassuring to hear that other parents have fails. It helps to know that I’m not alone in this department. My most recently discovered favorite is called MILK: Moms I’d Like to Know. The podcast host interviews women with an interesting story. Last week I enjoyed hearing from a popular fitness instructor who I follow telling about how she got started on her journey and how she balances motherhood with work. I find that a lot of the women interviewed are in my age range and that the host is someone who could be one of my friends. My family enjoys the outdoors all year long so one that we can all listen to as a family is The Adventure Sports Pod-

cast. They interview people doing extraordinary and interesting things outside. A recent favorite episode was about a family of five who fixed up an old school bus, sold their house, downsized and are living life on the road. My kids found this fascinating and the podcast led to some interesting discussions about material things and what we need versus what we want. Other interesting stories relate to people setting records for biking long distances or climbing big mountains. It’s always inspiring to hear such stories. Sometimes when I write an article for Shore Local I think, I have so much more to say! There are plenty of other podcasts that I enjoy so this could be just part one of my podcast story. If you are looking to discover podcasts, click on the Podcast icon on your phone and then Browse. Go to All Categories and start searching. If you find a good one, let me know! Marci Lutsky is a local mom of seven year-old twins and can be reached at veggingattheshore@gmail.com.

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The Many Varieties of Salt By Nancy Adler

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alts have exploded with popularity. What once was a simple decision between iodized table salt or sea salt has become a sensory overload. Walk into Whole Foods restock on salt and you'll be confronted with a dazzling array of colors, textures and price points. But, what makes salts so different from the next? Are expensive salts actually worth the money? What once was a simple decision between iodized table salt or sea salt has become a sensory overload. Walk into Whole Foods to restock on salt and you'll be confronted with a dazzling array of colors, textures and price points. Table salt is created by superheating natural salt to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which destroys most beneficial compounds. Fortified with essential iodine, table salt is also bleached and devoid of trace elements, so it's certainly not the healthiest salt you can shake. This type

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of salt can often contains additives to slow moisture absorption so it is easy to sprinkle in your salt shaker. I believe this highly refined version of salt is responsible for many sodium-related health issues, whereas unrefined salts heal the body instead of harming it. Most people are very familiar with sea salt. This salt comes from—you guessed it—the ocean and undergoes an evaporation process to separate the salt from the water. Sea salt contains a small amount of iodine although not nearly as much as iodized salt. It is typically much less refined than table salt and comes in both fine and coarse varieties.While sea salts are a great unrefined choice, unfortunately, pollution is steadily becoming a concern. Whereas ancient seas were once clean, we have sullied our ocean coastlines with pollutants like microplastics . While this is no means a reason to give up sea microplastics have infiltrated nearly everything —it's good to keep yourself in the know and balance your sea salt consumption with other, earthbound salts. This is my personal favorite

and one I recommend to my clients ,Himalayan Pink Salt . These salts come from ancient seabeds in the Himalayan mountains. Their pink color comes from their rich iron content. This salt is, in fact, quite rich in minerals, containing all 84 essential trace elements required by your body. Pink salt

can assist in many bodily functions, such as reducing muscle cramps, promoting blood sugar health and promoting healthy pH in your cells.Many experts recommend pink salt as one of the healthiest salts you can consume. Its popularity has made it more affordable than other more exotic salts on the market. Grey salt, Colored by the clay from where it's harvested, grey salt is often called Celtic Sea Salt. It is hand-raked in Brittany, France, where the natural clay and sand create moist, mineral-rich crystals. This salt generally retains its moistness.Grey salt can help to restore electrolyte balance, has alkalizing properties and can prevent muscle cramps, much like pink salt However, this salt is a bit more expensive, due to the labor intensive process of hand-raking. Flour de Sel to be used as a finishing salt, this “flower of the salt" usually has a hefty price tag. It is hand-harvested along the French coastline in the same pools as grey salt.However, for every 40 killagrams of grey salt produced , only 1 1/2 kilograms of delicate fleur de sel is harvested. This light and flaky salt is highly prized and generally used for finishing foods. In terms of health, it's simply a pricey mineral-rich sea salt with a delicate flavor and texture. Black Salt , Originating from Hawaii, black lava salt is unrefined and volcanic. Its black color is due to its content of activated charcoal, which is great for digestion and removing impurities in the body.The contrast of color can also make dishes more visually interesting. There is

also another black salt, kala namak, which originates from India and is actually pink once it's ground. It is highly sulphuric in taste and content. For this reason, it is thought to be a beneficial digestive aid. Both black salts are highly prized and can be healthful when used on occasion. Another Hawaiian salt, red salt gets its color from the volcanic Hawaiian clay called alaea. As water evaporates, this salt gets trapped in tidal pools, where it mixes with the alaea.It is estimated to contain the highest concentration of essential trace minerals of any salt and is especially iron rich . If you have a tendency to be low in iron, this salt may be a good addition to your balanced diet. Blue Salts.This unique salt harvested from an ancient salt lake in Iran is extremely mineral rich and slightly sweet. Its blue color comes not from mineral content, but from the natural compression of the salt's structure over the millennia. The same beautiful effect is seen in blue glacial ice, where the molecular structure has been compressed to the point that it begins to refract light differently.While aesthetically exciting, as one of the rarest salts in the world, this salt may not be worth the price tag if you're just shopping for health benefits. Smoked salts have no significant nutritional benefits over normal sea salt. In fact, they are simply sea salts smoked at low temperatures over a bed of coals, which lends a lovely smokey flavor to the crystals and a grey or tan color. The smokey flavor lends dimension to certain dishes, but they have no health benefits beyond those associated with regular sea salt. When it comes to choosing a healthy salt, don't get confused by price. In general, it's better to consume unrefined salt over table salt, since it's generally lower in sodium and high in essential minerals . Other than that, you don't need to spend a fortune to consume healthy salt. Exotic salts can make for a lovely culinary experience, but in terms of health, no single unrefined salt is undeniably better than another. Choose a salt that suits your needs and enjoy it in combination with a smart, healthy lifestyle. Nancy Adler is a certified nutritionist and practitioner in Linwood. Her office is located in Cornerstone Commerce Center, 1201 New Rd. Learn about her practice at ww.nancyadlernutrition.com (609)653-4900 You may listen to Nancy every Sunday at 2 pm Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE! NewsTalk 1400 WOND

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Local Coast Guard Veteran tells his story

By Doris Perkins

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oren (Ron) P Rondeau Sr. was born in 1940 in Philadelphia PA. He was one of four children who learned the hard knocks of life from an early age. Ron’s mother died when he was only seven years old, which landed him in the foster care system. From the St. Vincent’s Home for Children and through various foster homes, Ron’s foster care experience is not one that he celebrates. As a foster child, Ron wandered the streets of Philadelphia in defiance of the rules set by his foster homes. Panhandling and sleeping in the back seat of cars was the norm for him for many years. At 17 years old, Ron was on the wrong track having left school in 10th grade, and knew he needed direction in his life. Because he was underage, he had his father help him enlist in the Coast Guard in 1957. As a first-class petty officer, he was stationed in Hawaii and toured in the Coast

Guard Cutter Kukui which supplied the loran stations in the South China Sea during the Vietnam conflict. Even though he never engaged in combat, because he was serving as a diesel mechanic, he has lasting memories of the flashes from the war off in the distance at night. Ron served a total of 20 years, 2 months and 70 days in the Coast Guard. One of his most memorable moments during his service was when he was about to retire. He was in New York on the 95-foot Cape Straight when a storm came in leaving a sailboat stranded with 9 people onboard. While

they were attempting to rescue the boat, the line got tangled around their own propeller and stalled the engine, leaving them stranded in near 25-foot waves. Against his quarter master’s orders to get into life rafts, Ron who was a Chief at the time, attempted to navigate the boat toward shore. They started heading stern first into shore but at the last minute, the boat turned and the crew landed safely. It was a risky move for Ron to disobey orders but his gut instinct prevailed and he ultimately was thanked by his superiors for saving everyone involved including the boat. Five years ago, Ron faced another hard blow. His wife who always taken care of him, died of ovarian cancer, leaving him feeling like he had no purpose in life. Knowing that the Coast Guard had saved him years ago, he decided to start giving back. PAL was putting up paddocks near where he lived and since he had a love for horses, he showed up one day and said “sign me up!” They did, and he became their first volunteer! At first he was feeding and taking care of the horses but given his various skills learned through his military experience, Ron began to take on other tasks. Eventually Ron began maintenance jobs, painting, building, gardening and more for PAL. At 79 years old, having fought against several health issues, Ron says that he is as

energetic and enthusiastic as he has ever been especially when he is working with the animals at PAL. Ron is so dedicated to his work that he schedules all of his doctors appointments for one day so that he can spend the majority of his time doing what he loves on the farm. While we celebrate Ron as our Hometown hero, he passes on that recognition to the heroes in his life - the Coast Guard and PAL. He plans to continue his work with PAL as long as he is able. We thank you for your service, Ron Rondeau. Doris Perkins has been a parent advocate for Autism for 20 years. She does free lance photography, enjoys gardening, and is on the Board of Directors of Heart of Surfing.

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Family Does Halloween "Southerey Strong" health complications slow them down from making a lifetime full of great memories. Brian, who will be three years old in a few weeks, was born with an endocrine disorder that was misdiagnosed at an early age. He has suffered two cardiac arrests in his short life and has spent ten weeks in NICU at CHOP. Through his illnesses, Brian faces life with developmental delays and at just shy of three years old is unable to walk or talk yet. The Southrey’s make each day memorable for

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do Halloween. We all love Halloween.” Brian Southrey Jr is a local hero at just barely three years old. The Southrey family have been open in sharing their journey with Brian’s health through social media on their Facebook page - Southrey Strong. Follow their Facebook journey to stay up to date on the fundraising that the Southrey family does for CHOP as well as a spring fundraising walk. Krystle J Bailey is a multimedia journalist, freelance writer, and self published author.

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Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa will descend and help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall. The shopping discounts will continue on Nov. 24 as downtown merchants celebrate Small Business Saturday.

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ALSO COMING UP IN NOVEMBER JURIED ART SHOW (Throughout November): The annual Juried Art Show will be exhibited at the Ocean City Arts Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) Nov. 1 to 30. An awards reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Nov. 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More than 40 pieces will be shown in the Arts Center gallery, and art will be for sale. INVITATIONAL SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT (Nov. 17): The Ocean City Fishing Club invites families and individuals to compete in its 50th Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17. This event was originally scheduled for Oct. 27 but was postponed due to a coastal storm. Registration for the tournament will take place from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th Street and Bay Avenue. It costs $80 for a six-member team, while individuals can sign up for only $15. For more information, call Dever at 267-251-2306.

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Flying Pumpkins! By Tammy Thornton

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elhaven Middle School’s fifth grade science class put their engineering design process to the test as they hurled pumpkins through the air in the name of science. Students and parents lined up with catapults outside of the school, not to storm the walls, but to put into practice the STEM process of design,

Though students were permitted parental assistance while making their catapults, Savannah Jones insisted on making hers alone from items found in her garage.

build, test and evaluate, redesign, and retest. The project began in the classroom of fifth grade science teacher Bonnie Marino. Students conducted a pumpkin science/dissection lab using their observation skills to analyze the physical properties of their pumpkins. They also worked on creating reasonable estimates and then checking those estimates through proper measurement skills. Students had a great time using scales and tape measures to check their estimates. Next they estimated seed allocation. Of course, the best part was carving open the pumpkins and getting messy while snacking on roasted pumpkin seeds. These semi-carved pumpkins were

Students Samatha Friedman and Zizi Nwotite check in with fifth grade teacher, Mrs Marino, before the big launch

Anthony Marinelli and his mom Cheryl show off his catapult Reese Gurwicz tests out his robotic catapult. then used to implement the STEM process. Students were given an extra credit challenge to construct catapults at home. Some student designs were so large, they had to be delivered to school on a trailer; others were small and created with popsicle sticks. Though parents were able to assist in catapult construction, student Savannah Jones insisted on making hers alone from items found in her garage. One student, Reese Gurwicz, went hitech and made a robotic catapult. Outside in the schoolyard, fifth and sixth graders lined up to watch the event. Students cheered as pumpkins were launched into the air and landed

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players are from all over Atlantic and Cape May Counties. They practice several times a week under the direction of their coach, Leon Brown. Team Captain, Brooke Liebrand, of Upper Township shares with pride “I love it and it has really improved my skills.” GPS promotes professionalism on and off the field. The team participates in a number of community service projects.

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Shore Local Talent: Artist Chung-Fan Chang’s

By Krystle J Bailey

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rtist, Chung -Fan Chang's work is currently on display at the Stockton Art Gallery. Her solo exhibition, Kite XI features 53 works ranging from paintings, works on paper, wall drawing installations and video, and marks the debut of Chang's first solo exhibition. The exhibition will remain on view through November 14. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Chung-Fan Chang’s work employs cultural influence, displacement and spirituality through investigation in painting, works on paper, video, and wall installation. Growing up in Taiwan, Chung-Fan began her exploration of art with music.

She took piano lessons until the age of 10 when she made the decision to pursue other forms of art. Her father took her to visit various art studios that grew her love of the arts and began a foundation for what would become her career path. Chang pursued an education in art that began with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) from Taipei National University of the Arts. After undergrad, Change was curious about art outside of her home country and applied to study abroad. She graduated with her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and

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ultimately found herself in New Jersey where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Stockton University. Chang’s Kite series of work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally since 2009. Selected and invited group exhibitions include the Kite X: High

and the Noyes Collection, which is scheduled to exhibit at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York in March 2018 followed by The Noyes Museum of Art at Kramer Hall in Hammonton, NJ from April to June 2018. During the The Stockton Art Gallery exhibit, guests are welcome to contribute to a piece of collaborative wall art through November 14th. Basic materials are provided to be used

Volatility (2017) at the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Changzhou, China [with full-color catalogue]; “A Building with a View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture (2016) at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, GA (2013). She has co-curated exhibition Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan at Tenri Cultural Center in New York, NY (2013), and Dollye M.E. Robinson Gallery in Jackson, MS (2014). Chang's recent curatorial project Shifting Momentum – Abstract Art in Taiwan

as creatively as desired by the public. Create and share your contribution on social media using #StocktonArtGallery. The Stockton Art Gallery is located on the Galloway campus, in the main building in KL Wing. The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 127:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Parking is free. Gallery ends November 14th.

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he concert which began an hour late started on a shaky note until Pitbull took to the stage and exclaimed, “I am the most on time Cuban you will ever meet but I took more time with a fan who missed two chemotherapy sessions to be here tonight, so now lets get this party started!” Pitbull, the Latin/American rapper/singer has a huge fan base started the party in the Etess Arena at Hard Rock Atlantic City, Saturday evening on stage in front of perhaps 5,000 or more people that included Pitbull fans of various ethnic backgrounds and gender. He reminded the audience, “Music is the universal language that brings us all together, I’m thankful for this beautiful opportunity to be in front of

all different people here now.” Pitbull, tries at all his concerts to make his audience aware of his feelings about people and music and what should be important in life. However, there’s something to be said for the music of Pitbull, which made for an

enjoyable 18-song, 75-minute show. Some of his success has come from working with other artists like Christina Aguilera, Kesha and Neyo, not to exclude other Latinos Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. But for his part, a Pitbull concert incorporates all of those songs with exciting Latin rhythms and other elements like his attractive back-up dancer that helps keep the music irresistible. Pitbull's energy and enthusiasm spreads to the audience as well. It was without a doubt one of the most enthusiastic crowds to see a concert the arena. Pitbull opened the show with “Don’t Stop the Party,” for the already energized crowd already standing and those dancing at their seats which the audience did through the show. Opening the show in an all-black suit, which he later exchanged, for a red tuxedo jacket Pitbull was backed by a five-man band and he was constantly surrounded by six increasingly-scantily-dressed dancers (by the show’s end, they were essentially in G-strings and bra-tops), the dancers and Pitbull were in constant motion. The accessibility of Pitbull’s music

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was shown in how he connected it with virtually every genre. He included “Hey Baby” and also played a bit of “Guns ‘N Roses”, “Rain Over Me,” “On the Floor” and “I Like It.” Pitbull fans clearly enjoyed the songs that were most distinctively Latin. “Sub Las Manos Pa Arriba,” which had the whole room really moving. The Etess Arena erupted when it was time for “Fireball.” With Pitbull constantly interacting with the dancers, there was a semblance of sexual undercurrent to the entire show, but the sexuality always seemed fun and never raunchy. Pitbull took time to address his audience and once again recounted comments that seem to be a part of his every concert, “We all bleed the same blood, we all breath the same air and we all put our pants on one leg at a time,” but when Pitbull says it he makes it believable. He closed the show with “Give Me Everything,” his #1 hit with NeYo, Afrojack and Nayer – amid steam blasts and a confetti drop. All photos by Donald B Kravitz

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The Labelle Art Gallery... A Place With Art and Soul you never want to shop online again. I fall in love every trip to Haddonfield. The town offers book stores, eateries, street sculpture and browsing shops that Wal-Mart makes you forgot existed every where just 15 years ago.

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s the we get into The Holiday Season, I enjoy two things. One is my annual Holiday Drive which is doing well in the early stages. The second thing I love, is sharing my my insight on great venues, caterers and gift ideas. Every year, I have people on my list that value great art. For me the premiere art gallery in South Jersey is just up the road at The Labelle Art Gallery in Haddonfield. First, the entire Haddonfield downtown shopping area, is a warm , cozy throwback to when shopping was a “take your time and enjoy the atmosphere” kind of town. Going to Haddonfield will make

The Labelle Art Gallery is a place where you can go and not just experience African American Culture but revel in it, celebrate it. The paintings each tell striking stories in color and context. Besides just paintings you can find figurines and other collectibles. Owner, Mame Young, is always

on hand to help you find the piece that speaks to your soul and that will agree with your budget. Ms. Young is able to help you pick a painting that can be an investment and that will be worth more in ten years, or she can direct you to a original that you may want to keep in your family archives as a part of your estate or she can put a affordable print in your hand that will make your office or dorm room lively with culture. A trip to The Labelle Art Gallery is a wonderful gift in and of itself, buying a piece of art is not only a gift to a loved one but pays dividends in keep the arts alive. Oh and one more thing. Parking is free after 5pm and on weekends. The Labelle Art Gallery 53 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ www.LabelleArtGallery.com 856281-9751 Owner Mame Young You can connect with Raymond Tyler via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram @RaymondTyler2018.

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My Tortellini Pavarotti

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ta. It’s a large cup or bowl, usually with indentations around the edge, for everyone to take a sip. At La Grolla we filled it with espresso and grappa, a digestive usually sipped at the end of the meal. The staff was filled with excitement and we made sure everything was sparkling for this great singer. Our restaurant was famous for its

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n April 1976, world-famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti was in Philadelphia to help America celebrate its bi-centennial. Luciano, a native of Modena, Italy, gave an outstanding and sold-out concert at the Academy of Music on South Broad Street. Although I wasn’t able to attend, Franco Giordano, at that time the head of the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia, invited Luciano to have dinner after the concert at La Grolla, my brother Giovanni’s restaurant located at 782 South Second Street. La Grolla means “cup of friendship,” and it’s an ancient coffee service from the Italian region of Valle d’Aos-

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In 1974, the Spirit of Giving Turned to the Eagles

n this season of giving, lets take a moment to celebrate the Eagles! Not just because they’re the reigning Super Bowl champions, but because the franchise is partly responsible for the creation of the Ronald McDonald House, which launched in Philadelphia in 1974. In 1969 Eagles tight end Fred Hill learned that his 3-year-old daughter, Kim, had been diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. Doctors estimated she had six months to live. So the Hill’s spent the better part of the next three years driving back and forth from South Jersey, where they lived, to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in North Philly for her treatment. The original six-month timeline doctors gave Kim proved to be wrong. She spent three and a half years receiving treatment. It was a long, grueling process and it weighed heavily on her and her

family. Under marching orders from owner Leonard Tose, then-GM Jim Murray visited St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to speak with Kim’s doctor, Dr. Lawrence Namain. He was armed with exactly two questions: What did the hospital need and how could the Eagles help? Namain said that they needed everything. Their facilities were 100 years old. The hospital was relocating from 18th and Bainbridge Street to where it stands today at 34th and Civic Center Boulevard. However he also said that there was a woman named Dr. Audrey Evans, the head of oncology, that he should check in with. Evans was extremely direct and handed Murray a grocery list of necessities. She didn’t care about football or the Eagles. She didn’t even own a TV. When Murray suggested they meet at the Spectrum so the team could present her a check, she had no idea where he was talking about. Her life was dedicated solely to the kids she cared for. After Evans accepted the

team’s check to jump-start improvements at the old CHOP in 1974, she said to then GM Jim Murray: ‘… ya know what else we need?’ They needed a safe haven. CHOP needed a place where families could comfortably stay while their children are in the hospital being treated for cancer. Parents needed a place where they could support each other emotionally through the turmoil of a child with a disease that was considered a virtual death sentence. Evans asked Tose for $50,000 to fund two new rooms. When Tose asked, “how much for a whole floor?” There was no hesitation in her answer. It would cost a million dollars. “Then we’ll put in a million,” Tose told her. “… and Jimmy will raise it.” The Eagles were committed to

helping, they just needed to find a way to pay for it. So Murray worked it out with his friend that worked at a local ad agency with McDonald’s, Don Tuckerman. The Shamrock Shake was their next upcoming promotion. The proceeds from the shake would go toward the establishment of the first Ronald McDonald House. It was perfect. Green shake. Green money. Green Eagles. Murray asked that 25 cents per shake go to help fund Evans’ vision of a home for families. Regional manager of McDonalds Ed Rensi called Murray about the 25-cent-pershake going rate. Murray wondered if he’d asked for too much. Rensi said to him: ‘If we just give you all the money, can we call it the Ronald McDonald House?’ Murray said that if they gave all the proceeds over, McDonalds could name anything they wanted for all he cared. Regional sales went well. A few months later, Murray and the Eagles were able to buy a seven-bedroom fraternity house that they renovated. On Oct. 15, 1974 he first Ronald McDonald House was dedicated. Today, over 350 houses serves 60 countries. Ronald McDonald House Charities helps more than five million families a year.

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The Hurley Line: Harry's Election Crystal Ball

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his is always my riskiest column of the year. I make my election predictions prior to the General Election; yet, my column does not come out in print until after the results have actually taken place. Here we go! The United States Senate race has been brutal. The Republican Nominee, Bob Hugin hit incumbent Senator Bob Menendez with everything he had. Hugin spent more than $ 30 million of his own money to try and break a 46-year drought for Republicans. He pulled close to even during the final two weeks. I strongly believe the pipe bomber and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Synagogue stopped much of the Republican momentum at the most critical moment of the campaign. It reminds me of Barack Obama vs.

Mitt Romney. Romney was no worse than even in the polls and then Super Storm Hurricane Sandy hit. Romney was frozen in place, while Obama was very Presidential and did a great job meeting with those tragically affected and being an effective "Consoler in Chief." It worked like a charm. The two Domestic Terrorist attackers created this same type of atmosphere. In the final Stockton University poll released on November 2, 2018, Menendez was leading 51% to 39%, the biggest margin in several months. The Stockton poll was once almost a joke, however, under John Froonjian, it is now a legitimate poll. I think Hugin will lose by single digits. If I'm right, this result shows you how hopelessly Democrat New Jersey has become. Hugin was a candidate from "Central Casting." A Marine, self-made multi-millionaire. He was a relentless, tireless candidate. He had no flaws. he made no mistakes during the General Election campaign and yet he couldn't win. Menendez literally couldn't have been a more flawed candidate. You'd cast him in some political crime story. Democrats have become a monolith. They will vote for a severely challenged candidate over a pristine Republican. There are 800,000-plus more Democrats then there are Republicans in New

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Jersey. And, the Independents typically favor the Democrat candidate. Hugin chopped Menendez down like a tree with a chainsaw. The pro-Democrat leaning New Jersey voters would not allow Menendez to topple. If the near perfect Republican candidate, with almost unlimited personal funding can't win against the most scandal-plagued Democrat Nominee in New Jersey history ... we may never see a Republican United States Senator from New Jersey ever again. In the race for the United States House of Representatives in Congressional District 2, I predict that the Democrats won, again. Jeff Van Drew was the candidate straight from Central Casting on the Democrat side. Van Drew led the race from Day 1 and never lost the lead. Republican challenger Seth Grossman couldn't have worked harder. He just faced too many headwinds. He was also dramatically outspent. Grossman faced consistent backlash from numerous liberal media sources who misrepresented him and his views during the entire campaign. Grossman thought the debate season was a game-changer from him. I strongly disagree. He brutally insulted Stockton University at every level during the debate (held at Stockton). He called for

new leadership. He insulted the students and the questions asked during the debate. He made no friends that night. You don't get to addition through subtraction. The NAACP debate was also a disaster for Grossman. The irony for Grossman is that most often times he speaks incontrovertible truth, yet by the time the media and other partisans change the meaning of what he says; Grossman finds himself having to explain or clarify. In electoral politics ... when you're explaining ... you're losing! It's that plain and simple. In the end, I project that it it was a 12-15 point win for Van Drew. The Democrats needed to pick-up 23 seats to win back the majority in The House of Representatives. I predict that they did it. It's not a Blue Wave election, but, I foresee that they Democrats will have about a 7-10 seat advantage come this January, 2019. On the United States Senate side, I predict that Republicans have retained their majority and picked up 3-4 additional seats. A 51-49 advantage will now be 54-46 or 55-45. Having a few more seats advantage, will be very helpful with many more Senate confirmation battles that will occur during 2019-2020. Once again, Craig Callaway has proved to be a determinative factor during Decision 2018. Candidates who benefited

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include: Van Drew, Atlantic County Democratic Freeholder at Large candidate Celeste Fernandez and the Hamilton Township Republican candidates, Mayor Art Schenker and Bruce Laws. Fernandez ran a poor campaign and yet because of Menendez, Van Drew, Callaway and a changing Atlantic County electorate, Fernandez may have toppled long-time Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica. If this occurred, it is a most undeserving result. With the "Callaway Factor," Formica was down by about 3,500 votes before he scored his first vote. The Freeholder incumbents in District 2 (Vice Chair Maureen Kern) and District 5, (James Bertino) both prevailed on my pre-election prediction ballot. Kern and Bertino don't have to run in Atlantic City, Pleasantville or Hamilton Township ... the three areas that Callaway assigned his focus. If Callaway prevailed in Hamilton Township, Schenker and Laws both won, meaning that Democrat incumbent Rodney Guishard was defeated, powered by Callaway paper ballots. Over the past decade, the second seat winner in Hamilton Township has had to wait for several days until all of the absentee and provisional ballots have been counted in order to know the outcome. The difference between winning and losing has typically been less than 10 votes. The Brigantine Mayor and City Council races were filthy. The Democrats even misrepresented a revered Priest and failed in their attempt to misuse him in their dirty campaign. The Republicans tagged the Democrats as "The Delucry Trio" ... and created an optic that portrayed them as a sort of "western stage coach robbing gang." Rick Delucry was the best of the Democrats. He ran for Mayor versus Andy Simpson. In the end, Simpson carried the day. On the Brigantine Council side, incumbents Vince Sera and Mike Riordan

defeated Democrats Denise Hakanson and Jerry Szucs. With this election behind him, Sera may now consider a run for The New Jersey General Assembly in 2019. I also predict that Somers Point City Councilman James Toto will be running for the Assembly. Sera will have to decide if he wants to run three different races in three years. I rarely pull for any particular candidate, however, in Northfield, I am hopeful that Brian Smith won the 1st Ward seat. Smith is a former Councilman, who ran a successful write-in campaign in the Republican Primary to win the nomination. With the strong support of the wildly popular Freeholder Chairman and Sea Isle City Mayor Len Desiderio ... the Republican candidates that he backed in Dennis Township ... Frank Germanio and Matthew Cox both won. They are both members of multi-generational Dennis Township native families. Let's see how my many predictions will hold up to the actual election results? 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, onair 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, www.harryhurley.com. Send comments to HarryHurley@aol.com

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For the Birds By Tammy Thornton

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s leaves fall and temperatures drop, we see the garden going to seed and taking a rest. But if you look closely, it’s actually still full of life. Many birds do not leave our area, but stay to brave the cold of autumn and winter. More than ever though, they will be in search of good food sources. Seeds from garden flowers can provide some much needed protein. Our state bird, the American Goldfinch, can be found balancing on the seed-filled centers of purple coneflowers (echinacea). In the spring, the yellow and black goldfinches are striking and fun to spot in our yards and feeders. During the colder months, they seem to disappear, but actually their colors have simply faded and they are more difficult to find. You can attract them to your feeders by offering specific types of birdseed. Most birding

websites insist on nyjer--a small black seed that requires a special type of feeder to accommodate its small size. For the last few years, I have had zero luck getting any goldfinches to eat the nyjer I’ve provided them, even when I bought a brand new bag of seed. When I gave up and filled my feeder with the type of seed I usually use for songbirds, I once again saw goldfinches and many other birds I had missed. Many cheaper bags of bird seed are filled with the tiny round seeds of millet. I prefer to avoid buying birdseed with millet since it’s a filler that often falls to the ground, causing much waste. It also attracts birds that are a nuisance like grackles, blackbirds, and starlings. Once they find your feeder, they take over and, like bullies, scare away the little songbirds that you were trying to attract in the first place. Once this happens, I can only solve the problem by taking down the feeder for a few days. The bullies find a new place to loiter, and I rehang the feeder for my little friends.

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You can usually avoid all this hassle by spending a little more on quality food that will not be wasted. My favorite type of seed to offer is black oil or striped sunflower seed mixed with fruits and nuts. Of course, if squirrels aren’t a problem in your garden, you can grow sunflowers for birds to enjoy when the flowers go to seed. Peanuts attract many desirable birds to your garden, especially woodpeckers. I remember the first time I saw a woodpecker at my sister-in-law’s feeder and was amazed. She brushed it off as a common occurrence and told me she simply adds nuts to her feeder. I ran out and bought a bag of fruit and nut bird seed from the local hardware store and had woodpeckers at my own feeder the next day. Although seven species of woodpeckers live in New Jersey, I usually see the red-bellied woodpecker, the downy woodpecker, the hairy woodpecker, and sometimes the Northern Flicker. When I keep my feeders filled with fruit and nut bird seed, I see one of these types of woodpeckers most days. Many birds also enjoy fruit, I love feeding gray catbirds apples, grapes, and oranges. Catbirds aren’t as skittish as most birds and seem to wait for me to toss fruit to them. Around 15 years ago, when I started the garden I have today, a catbird sat on the fence and watched me work. Perhaps it’s the same bird and his cousins in my yard today, since they have been recorded to live over 17 years. You can also grow native trees and bushes such as dogwood, winterberry, and serviceberry to attract catbirds to your garden. Lately, my favorite way to watch birds is to fill a window feeder with seeds and fruit. This clear feeder has a suction cup that attaches to the outside of my window and I can watch a steady stream of birds from the comfort of inside my house. Some of the birds at this feeder are: chickadees, purple and house finches, tufted titmice, cardinals, and blue jays, and occasionally a woodpecker. The larger birds find it difficult to wedge themselves into this small feeder,

so they usually make way for the the smaller birds that I enjoy. If you decide to start feeding birds in your backyard now, please continue throughout the winter, when food will be scarce. I love the sight of a bright red cardinal against pure white snow - a welcome burst of color in the dreary winter months. When I toss seed on snow covered ground, you can see how hungry the birds must be as everyone comes to the table. I often see cute little birds called juncos as well. A word about squirrels. For many years I battled squirrels who quickly devoured my birdseed and often chewed right through the feeder, knocking it to the ground. My best solution has been to suspend a small feeder from a tall branch with wire, then cover the feeder with a squirrel baffle. It is a little dome that they struggle to circumnavigate. For feeders hung from shepherd’s hooks, I only use seed that squirrels don’t like such as nyjer or safflower. Chickadees, downy woodpeckers, blue jays, and house finches like safflower, so it’s a nice change from battling squirrels. Feed your little winged friends through the winter, and they may nest in your garden in the spring. They will thank you by eating pesty insects and serenading you throughout the year. As you too endure the winds of winter, autumn, and life, may you feel inspired to hope by the sweet sounds of songbirds. As Emily Dickinson wrote: “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops - at all -

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Watoto Children’s Choir By Tammy Thornton

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ounds of hope and joy rang through the Central Methodist Church in Linwood, as the Watoto Children’s Choir danced and sang their lively music and praise songs at the free concert

Central Methodist Church has hosted 11 choirs over the years, beginning in 1996, and has also sent mission teams to Watoto Village in Uganda in 2008, 2010, and 2013. According to mission team leader, Mike Smith, the mission team’s projects include raising money and traveling to help build: homes for the children, a teacher’s home and classroom, and a dormitory. The church has also sent money for other projects in the Watoto community. Locally, families hosted children and leaders of the choir in their homes. This year, the children were

school. Choir leaders jokingly encouraged attendees to “exit through the gift shop” to see the beautiful African jewelry, purses, and clothing for sale to benefit Watoto Ministries while gaining information about sponsoring a child or supporting the ministry. Of

on the evening of November 1st. The group which travels from Uganda, Africa, is comprised of children that have lost at least one parent from war or the epidemic of AIDS. Watoto Child Care Ministries was established in 1994, by the Watoto Church. Over time, they have given new life and hope to over 5,000 children (Watoto means “children” in Swahili). Many of the adult choir leaders were themselves orphans rescued by the Watoto Church mission and have grown up to serve.

course cd’s of the choir’s inspiring music were also for sale and choir members eagerly greeted people and thanked them for attending. For more information about this life-saving ministry go to Watoto.com or call Central Methodist Church at, 609927-4882.

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ASK THE EXPERT by Dr. Rodney Brunson MEDICINAL MARIJUANA FOR BABY BOOMERS MEDICINAL MARIJUANA VS. RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA VS. STREET MARIJUANA What is the smart choice to make when considering where to purchase cannabis? First, let’s look at dispensaries in NJ. MM (medicinal marijuana) may only be prescribed to patients by a physician for medical reasons or conditions. Unlike regular prescriptions, there are no paper prescriptions, and is prescribed online only. The cannabis found in dispensaries is grown in that particular dispensary. The ingredients of the product must be clearly noted on packaging and it would indicate % of THC and CBD and perhaps Terpenes found in the package. The state government will periodically test the product for accuracy of information and this is so that you will know the purity of what you purchase. Marijuana is not allowed to be transported across state lines. It can only be grown indoors in NJ. One will need a MM card to make a purchase and therefore should have a qualifying diagnosis of at least one of about 16 currently approved conditions. The purchase amount is limited to up to two ounces. The maximum THC percentage is limited to a large percentage. The cost of the product may seem prohibitively high but there are no extra charges. (as there are more dispensaries in NJ the cost should come down.) Only NJ residents may purchase MM. Currently some residents are allowed a 20% discount on product and up to an 80% discount on the cost of your card. NJ physicians provide users of MM classes or instructions on the safe and most efficient ways to use MM. Physicians are likely to take the time to explain the use of medicinal marijuana, rules and safety. Physician will steer you towards the correct species for your particular problem (Sativa, Indica or CBD oil from Hemp) Now, Let’s look at recreational marijuana and its uses. Of course, recreational marijuana is not legal in NJ yet. But let’s talk about it anyway. RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA Cost. It will cost more than medicinal marijuana and likely due to a type of surcharge (currently, perhaps 10% - low compared to other states). And a retail tax leading to an average cost of about 27% more than medicinal. My estimates are probably low. Purchase amount and strength. As in other states, recreational marijuana will be limited to a much lower quantity per transaction. This makes sense because if visitors do not use all the purchased product, will they be allowed to leave the state with product? (Think federal laws) So they should not purchase the same amount as mm allowed per purchase. But if they are residents should they have the same restrictions on amount as out of state visitors? The strength will also be lower in recreational. That is, the THC concentration will be lower as compared to mm. The only method of controlling this, in my opinion, is by limiting the choices of the strain that recreational users can purchase. Ordinarily medicinal and recreational should be basically the

same (in the flowers and concentrates) but there are strains of mm with genetically very high THC percentages, but marijuana genetic variations with lower amounts of THC naturally.

tions, delusions, confusion, aggression, neurological effects, etc. Not good to ingest. Heroin (and maybe Fentanyl) lead to severe sleepiness, lethargy or relaxation. Opioids as we know can lead to breathing problems and overdose. Embalming fluid, cocaine, Laundry detergent (improves the smell) and LSD, Just about anything that increases the appeal of the product being sold. Generally, if your marijuana does not provide any psychoactive or pain relieving or anxiety or sleep benefits / effects then you may be smoking inert material only. If there is too much psychoactivity seemingly uncharacteristic of marijuana, your product may have dangerous drugs added. Medicinal and recreational bought from the street (meaning someone procured legal medicinal and recreational product to sell.) is commonly obtained through mail from states where it is legal for medical and/or recreational (or from NJ MM patients) However I believe now that NJ has its own medicinal and soon recreational products (maybe) the need to participate in this activity will no longer be necessary and cease. GENERAL DIFFERENCES AMONGST MEDICINAL, RECREATIONAL, AND STREET MARIJUANA

Purity. Recreational should have the same purity as medicinal because it is sold out of a government sanctioned business or facility. Recreational would also be grown in NJ. Prescribing. A card may not be needed. Purchasers will be 21 years old or older and likely will need proof of ID. It’s likely be required to be smoked indoors. This is an interesting point because if one is not a resident- where will they be allowed to use it? On the beach? On a boat? Maybe we will build or use some of the old casino’s for marijuana smokers? What about a coffee house -like in Holland? They would have to be built and serviced. STREET MARIJUANA This should not be such a category, but it is. Lacing. This is a big concern with street marijuana. MM and recreational marijuana do quality control and assurance on their products. This isn’t done on street marijuana. This means that what your purchasing may have contaminants or adulterants. To make the THC stronger in the oils or in extracts, Butane may be used and there may be residue of it in your purchase. It is harmful to you. Heavy metals found in the soil where marijuana is grown can leach into the plant. Heavy metals are harmful to you. Pesticides and fertilizers can be used to make the potency stronger and plants to grow more robustly can end up in the marijuana too. Pesticides are not good to combust and be inhaled or drawn into the lungs. Glass shards may be found in the marijuana made into the street edibles. Obviously not good for you. Fungus and Bacteria (not intentional) grow on the plant due to poor storage of the product. Again, not good to consume. Chemical Lacing. PCP is used to add more psychoactive properties to the marijuana. PCP can lead to hallucina-

Medicinal marijuana will be stronger than recreational in most cases. Street marijuana may be just as strong as medicinal, but you may not be able to find out the strain or the ratio of THC to CBD until you try it (and then maybe not). Or street marijuana may be weaker than the medicinal. It may not help your problem. For decades now, persons have been buying street marijuana. It has been known in the past to be laced. Nothing new here. Just that now there are some powerful substances to lace it with. Medicinal marijuana is assuredly free of lacing. No contaminants or drugs mixed. No fungi or molds. The same for recreational marijuana. All street marijuana may not be laced. But can you tell or are you going to risk it. Cost differs too. Medicinal may end up being the least expensive. Recreational may end up being the most expensive. Street? Anything goes. Most users of recreational and street marijuana only want to get high, so the details may not be so important. It should be different with medicinal because these users are using it not to get high but to treat something medical. Your allowed to purchase higher quants of medicinal, and speculatively a lot less recreational and presumably as much as you want street marijuana (which is not a very smart activity to be involved in these days of very strong designer illicit drugs). If you are unsure of what you purchased, don’t use it or maybe return it or complain about its quality to the dispensary. This article is not meant to be medical advice. Info was taken partly from The American Addiction Centers: and Abbey Hutmacher. The author recommends procuring marijuana from government regulated facilities only.

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during the bombing blitz in World War II. My father was placed in an orphanage at an early age learned to fend for himself and became a decorated serviceman in the same war. We have it infinitely better than their generation yet the hate and anger that permeate our lives everyday seems to overshadow any good that is done. Yes, there are serious issues at hand but there have always been. Has modern technology allowed these issues and the vitriol that surrounds them to depict a world whose challenges are too formidable for those with compromised coping skills? Are we guilty of fostering an environment for them that paints a dark future consisting of violence in the streets and the flagrant disregard of our nation’s laws; an environment that a segment of the population is desperate to seek peace from whatever the cost? The Millennials and the upcoming Generation Z youths are the future of our country and everyone bears a responsibility to encourage, motivate, nurture and set a positive example for them moving forward. If not, we may have to face the ugly truths of the results. Charles Eberson has been in the newspaper business for over 25 years. He has worked as a writer, advertising executive, circulation manager and photographer. His photography can be viewed at charles-eberson. fineartamerica.com

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