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worse! In addition to the heat, we have to start watching the tropics carefully. Not the Atlantic - there's a lot of Saharan dust and wind shear - but rather the Gulf. We are looking at our first Tropical storm of the year, Barry. Don't worry, there is NO impact on our region that is worrisome. 10 days down the road we could see some rain make it up here but the area of real impact will likely be in Louisiana. Looks like El Nino is all but dead - and that was our weapon against hurricane season this year. As water in the pacific cools, wind shear will likely shut down in the Atlantic making the environment more conducive for tropical development. We will watch closely.

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t has been a whirlwind of excitement at the Jersey Shore over the last week! Fireworks, parades, and concerts! New businesses, community service, and so much more! What a time to be living here along the Jersey Shore. It's hard to believe that a year has flown by since Ocean Resort and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened their doors. The two resorts, who have been adamant about team efforts in Atlantic City since the beginning, put on a tremendous fireworks show to celebrate their one year anniversary. The highly anticipated Wahlburger's opened its doors this week complete with a visit from actor and producer, Mark Wahlberg himself!

The celebrations continued with a five-star parade down the Atlantic City Boardwalk that was kicked off by a $200,000 donation from Hard Rock to five community nonprofit organizations. Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, we rolled right into 4th of July weekend. It was wall to wall festivities at the Jersey Shore and July is just getting started. Concerts in the park and on the beach have kept us dancing all summer. Thousands gathered for the 4th of July concert on the Somers Point beach while The Billy Walton Band took them dancing and singing into the night. The night finished off with

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a beautiful fireworks display over the Ocean City bridge. Galloway's Fourth of July parade pulled out all the stops. "Wow" is all there is to say about the fireworks throughout the area. My daughter and I enjoyed our fireworks over the ocean with our toes planted in the sandy Ocean City beach. This Saturday is Ocean City's Night in Venice, a boat parade and celebration of shore living throughout the island. OC Pops continues to offer great entertainment at the Music Pier while OC Theatre Company will present Mama Mia in July. Broadway at the Boardwalk returned to Kennedy Plaza this year with emcee Deena Blizzard. The Jersey Boys continue to perform at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino through July 21st. FUNTASTIC Tuesdays on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City is also a wonderful time for the whole family with balloon making, live music, face painting and princesses strolling down the Avenue.

And of course, the fabulous shopping! So many fun activities, so little time! Business is booming at the Jersey Shore and for the first time in a while, “Help Wanted” signs have popped up everywhere. No doubt we are busy, but be sure to carve out some time to dip your toes in the ocean, take in a show and a good book on the beach or whatever makes the summer feel special to you.

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Food Contests at Local Farmers Markets experience we will never forget. If you are a pie baker, there are two peach pie contests coming up for you to enter. The Margate Community Farmers Market contest will be held on Thursday, July 18th. Pies need to be registered by 9:30 and judging will begin at 10:00. If you only think of blueberries when you think of

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as anyone ever said that you make the best peach pie or the best salsa? If so, you should consider entering one of the many food contests happening this summer at area farmers markets. It’s a really fun experience, especially to do so with kids and who knows, you might just win a really cool prize! Many summers ago my kids and I won second place in the Margate Community Farmers Market peach pie contest and it was an


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peach salsa for this one. So how do you go about preparing to enter one of these contests? The first thing you need to do is find out the rules. You want to make sure you follow all instructions so you don’t spend hours preparing only to find out you skipped an important step. Next you need to test out recipes. You want your recipe to stand out but not be too far outside the box. When my kids and I won second place in the peach pie contest, we went with a recipe that we had been making for years with apples, just swapping out the fruit. The secret to our recipe was the most delicious and f lak y homemade crust. You also want to consider presentation. Most farmers market days over the summer are extremely hot so make sure your recipe is visually appealing and will stand up to

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contest day and enter it. Recipe tasters are easy to find and let them know you would like honest feedback. If you enter one of these contests,, good luck and I would love to hear how it went! Marci Lutsky is a food blogger at Vegging at the Shore, www. and can be reached at veggingattheshore@

the heat. Find out what time your dish needs to be on the t a b le fo r judging and don’t be late! Most importantly, if you decide to enter one of these contests, have fun with it! Winning is always great especially when it involves a gift certificate but it’s the

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Hermit Crabs: Nature's Mobile Homes

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hile visiting the Jersey Shore, you’ll want to bring home something to remember your experience; a memento of all the fun times had while visiting our beautiful beaches. Many shops along the boardwalk sell hermit crabs as pets that you can buy. Before you invest in making this important purchase, you should have an understanding of how to care for these creatures and the care they require.

Wild hermit crabs grow in various shapes and sizes, expanding anywhere from a few millimeters to two feet in length. You are bound to notice hermit crabs crawling along the beach, or climbing high along a seabed. They have been noted to live up to thirty years in their natural environment. With the most optimal conditions, hermit crabs can live anywhere from six months to a year in captivity. One of the most unique features of the hermit crab is its shell. These small, circular structures protect their fragile ligaments while maintaining the amount of moisture required for their survival. One interesting fact is that

they do not grow their own shells; they get their shells from other crabs, gastropods, and snails.

Hermit crabs use a molting process to grow and develop. For a period of one to two months, the crab will hibernate deep into the sand, at which point it will form a new exoskeleton. Once this process has completed, they will seek out a new shell to call home. Hermit crabs will also use their shells for added protection against a large number of predators including fish, snails, and blue crabs. Before bringing your new hermit crab home, be sure it is set up with the proper environment. Make sure it has an enclosure that is about the size of a ten gallon aquarium. Its home should be equipped with an air screen and plenty of deep sand. Hermit crabs love to exercise, so ensure that they have plenty of room to climb and areas to hide in. Hermit crabs are a community of social creatures that live in large colo-

nies in the wild. Your pet hermit would love to have several friends with him. It’s best not to have no less than two crabs per cage. Fluorescent and dome lighting will help keep temperatures at optimal levels for Sheldon to survive; make sure to install a thermometer to monitor conditions. They rely on 70 degree temperatures and a relative humidity of 75 percent. Fresh water is critical for the survival of your crustaceous friend. They use the fresh water to replenish, drink and bathe. Avoid tap water; distilled water is required, as tap water is poisonous to them. They also require salt water that can be mixed from specific aquatic stores or purchased online. Hermit crabs enjoy a diet consisting of fresh, natural foods. They have a sweet tooth and enjoy apples, pears, and even applesauce. To ensure good health, they need to be given plenty of nourishment rich in calcium and supplements. This, again, can be found online or at an aquatic store. Baby food also works best. Avoid all processed foods. Buying painted shells may seem harmless and fun to look at, but it will also create an unsafe environment for your crustaceous friend. Over time the paint can easily chip off and get inside their food or water dish, which could cause hazardous effects. Make sure you have a variety of shells for your crab to choose from in its natural form. With the proper amount of love and care, your hermit crab can live a long, healthy life. It is important to take care of the creatures we choose to share in our lives.


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Yoga Classes at Absecon Lighthouse ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6pm 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. Atlantic City Absecon Lighthouse will be open every day July through August from 10am-5pm, and Thursdays until 8pm, with the last climb ½ hour until closing. Adding to the excitement is Free Yoga on Thursdays incstucted by the Orange Loop’s Leadership Studio. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). Visit for more details. Margate Movies on the Beach ▶Thursdays ▶ at 8:30pm Decature Ave. & the Beach in front of Lucy the Elephant Catch the Margate Wave every Thursday for free movie nights. This Thursday, July 11th, catch a screening of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Don’t miss Bumblebee next Thursday, July 18th. Pre-movie activities start at 8pm. Rain dates are Friday. Visit. for more details. Smithville Car Cruise ▶Friday, ▶ July 12th from 5-8pm 615 E. Moss Mill Rd. Smithville A car cruise at Historic Smithville is a simple, great place to hang out with fellow car enthusiasts. Just drive to the side parking lot of the Village Greene near the red covered bridge. Cruise on down to Smithville and hang out. Second Friday at Noyes Arts Garage ▶Friday, ▶ July 12th from 6-8pm 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City Join Noyes Arts Garage as they gather to celebrate the opening of their most recent exhibitions, Souls of Black Folk: Lavett Ballard and 100 Faces of War. Also, enjoy live music from Danny Keiser, refreshments, guest artists and craft vendors. Second Friday at Ocean City Fine Arts League ▶Friday, ▶ July 12th from 6-7:30pm 711 Asbury Ave. Join OCFAL for this month’s opening reception, Jersey Shore. Awards will be presented during the evening. Light refreshments provided.

Atlantic Christian School Community Yard Sale ▶Saturday, ▶ July 13th from 8am-2pm 391 Zion Rd. Egg Harbor Township This giant yard sale features some two dozen vendors, with something for everyone; furniture, housewares, jewelry, toys, baby to adult clothing, and more. Food and drinks will also be sold, with the proceeds benefiting the ACS senior class. Bargain shoppers will find something to smile about. First Tech Challenge Southern Outreach Scrimmage ▶Saturday, ▶ July 13th from 8:30am-5pm Atlantic County 4-H Center 3210 Route 50, Mays Landing Want to build robots? Want to compete with robots? Come experience both at our FTC Southern Outreach Scrimmage for any child grades 7-12. Everyone is invited to come out and see what FTC is all about. Food will be available to purchase for lunch. This is a full day event; plan to be there the entire day to get the full experience of an FTC competition. For more information about the FIRST organization, First Tech Challenge, Atlantic County 4-H Robotics Club or to register, please visit Space is limited. Call Barb at 609-703-1549 with questions. OC Historical Museum Antiques & Collectibles Fair ▶Saturday, ▶ July 13th from 9am-2pm 1735 Simpson Ave. Shop some of the best known antique and collectible dealers in the region selling china, glass, furniture, vintage collectibles, postcards, jewelry, textiles and more. For more information, call 609399-1801. SatArtDays at Noyes Arts Garage ▶Saturdays ▶ at 11:30am 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City The Arts Garage is happy to bring Saturday Art Classes to the Atlantic City community. These

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spectators and anyone who wants to enjoy a summer day at Lake Lenape. Learn more at Atlantic City Movie Under the Stars ▶Sundays ▶ at 8:30pm Gardner’s Basin 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Catch a screening of Lego Movie 2: The Second Part either at Gardner’s Basin this Sunday or at Bartram Avenue (beach block) on Thursday, July 18th. Movie begins at dusk. We encourage you to bring a chair or blanket and your own snacks. More information is available at Senior Dancing Society ▶Tuesdays ▶ at 7:30pm Somers Point Fire Co. 1 447 Bethel Rd. Admission is $10 and includes light refresh-

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ments. There are some line dances along with social dances, and dance mixers each week. For more information and directions, contact Rita Voli at 609-408-3619. Potluck Picnic for Peace ▶Thursday, ▶ July 18th at 6pm Peace Pilgrim Park 500 London Ave. Egg Harbor City PeacePilgrim100 and Friends of Peace Pilgrim will be celebrating American sage’s 111th birthday with a Potluck Picnic of Peace. Peace Pilgrim, who was born in Egg Harbor City in 1980, relinquished her personal identity and started a pilgrimage for peace at the Rose Parade in 1953. Come celebrate with her followers at a free picnic with acoustical music from Pat Lamanna. Bring a covered dish to share, a chair or blanket and a musical instrument. Birthday cake and tea will be provided. Visit for details. Funny Farm Rescue at Hamilton Mall ▶Friday, ▶ July 19th from 2-4pm 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing Swing by to meet Tucker, the megaesophagus puppy, and Adele, the Famous Diva Chicken, along with some of their other rescued friends when Funny Farm Rescue makes a visit to Hamilton Mall. Lucy the Elephant’s Birthday Party ▶Saturday, ▶ July 20th from 10am-8pm 9200 Atlantic Ave. Margate The Save Lucy Committee will host Lucy’s 138th Birthday Party. This year, we will be going “Back to the Beginning” as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Save Lucy Committee, formed in 1969. Come enjoy a fun-filled day of games, rides, activities, food and much more. This is one party you won’t want to miss. Free parking will be offered at the former Tow Lot at Benson and Monmouth Ave. as well as free Jitney shuttle service departing every 15 minutes. Visit for more details. EHT Under the Stars Movie Night ▶Saturday, ▶ July 20th at 8pm Robert J. Lincoln Amphitheatre at Tony Canale Park Catch a screening of The Incredibles 2. Free admission.

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Atlantic City Fresh Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 1-5pm Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall Fresh Markets delivers a highly curated series of farmers and makers markets to the Jersey Shore and beyond. Visit atlanticcityfresh. com for more details. Brigantine Farmers Market ▶Saturdays ▶ from 8am-12pm 15th Street & Reserve Blvd. Join Brigantine Green Team every Saturday for their Farmers Markets featuring fresh local produce, artisan items, contests and children’s activities. Rain or Shine. Bring your own bag. Visit for updates. Galloway Green Market ▶Thursdays ▶ from 4-7pm Historic Smithville 615 E. Moss Mill Rd. Smithville Stop by Historic Smithville every Thursday all summer long for fresh produce, seafood, prepared foods and so much more. The Galloway Green Market was started by Go Green Galloway and is celebrating its 3rd season of bringing locally grown food and unique products. Come support your local farmers and businesses. Margate Community Farmers Market ▶Thursdays ▶ from 8:30am-12pm Behind Steve & Cookie’s Monroe and Amherst Ave. Visit margatefarmersmarket for updates. Ocean City Farmers Market ▶Wednesdays ▶ from 8am-1pm Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds Corner of 6th St. and Asbury Ave. Sea Isle City Farmers Market ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 8am-1pm Excursion Park JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave. Ventnor City Farmers Market ▶Fridays ▶ from 8:30am-12pm Holy Trinity Parish Atlantic and Newport Avenues Visit for updates.

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Jazz on the Beach ▶Thursdays ▶ at 7pm Kennedy Plaza 2300 Boardwalk, Atlantic City Join the Chicken Bone Beach Heritage Foundation for their Jazz on the Beach summer concert this Thursday, July 11th, with performances by the Carmen Lundy Quartet with Lee Smith and the Odean Pope Quartet. Next Thursday, July 18th, don’t miss the Jason Marsalis Quartet. Somers Point Beach Concerts ▶Fridays ▶ at 7pm William Morrow Beach Bay and Higbee Ave. Blues Foundation Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker and The Deck Band hit the beach this Friday, July 12th. Next Friday, July 19th, don’t miss multi Big Easy & BMA Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone. Rhythm in the Park ▶Fridays ▶ from 7-9pm Robert J. Lincoln Amphitheatre at Tony Canale Park, Egg Harbor Township The EHT Rhythm in the Parks Summer Concert Series continues this Friday, July 5th, as Duck and Cover perform hits from the 60’s and 70s. Folk rock band Thriving Seas bring their mix of original music and covers to the stage next Friday, July 19th. Sea Isle Concerts at Excursion Park ▶Saturdays ▶ from 7:30-9:30pm JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave. Don’t miss the Dirty Dozen Band playing your favorite R&B and Pop hits this Saturday, July 13th. Absecon Concerts in the Park ▶Sundays ▶ at 7pm Heritage Park 699 Blenheim Ave. The City of Absecon Concerts in the Park continues this Sunday, July 14th, with a performance from the band Juicy, playing the best oldies, R&B and classic rock. Free admission. Please bring your own chair or blanket. Food will be available for purchase at the concession stand. Somers Point Children’s Concert Series ▶Mondays ▶ at 6:30pm William Morrow Beach Bay and Higbee Ave.

Get your dancing shoes on because the party is starting this Monday. Popular children’s DJ Dave is coming to Somers Point to mix it up for the kids. Mardi Gras AC ▶Wednesdays ▶ from 7-10:30pm Kennedy Plaza 2300 Boardwalk, Atlantic City Mardi Gras AC rolls on this Wednesday, July 17th, as one of the best reggae bands in the world, Third World, performs at Kennedy Plaza, supported by Marcella Simien and Her Lovers. Classic rock star Gary U.S. Bonds hits the boardwalk with Heather Hards and the Lil’ Mama Band next Wednesday, July 24th. Atlantic City Boardwalk Summer Concert Series ▶Next ▶ Friday – Sunday from 6-9pm Kennedy Plaza 2300 Boardwalk, Atlantic City Join Atlantic City for free outdoor concerts next weekend. Don’t miss Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns next Friday, July 19th, Triple Rail Run on Saturday, July 20th, and Screaming Broccoli on Sunday, July 21st.

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Jersey Boys ▶Now ▶ – July 21st Sound Waves at Hard Rock Tickets are $39 Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the show follows the rise of four boys from Jersey who took the world by storm, and now they’re returning to the state where it all started. truTV Impractical Jokers ▶Thursday, ▶ July 11th at 8pm and Friday, July 12th at 7 & 10pm Borgata Event Center Tickets start at $55 Q, Murr, Joe and Sal, aka The Tenderloins, will be performing their live show consisting of unseen videos, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. Get ready for plenty of laughs as the “Cranjis McBasketball World Tour” hits the Borgata. Ages 16+ Suggested.

Lionel Richie ▶Friday, ▶ July 12th & Saturday, July 13th at 8pm Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena Tickets start at $85 Lionel Richie is best known for his mega hits such as Endless Love, Lady, All Night Long, Stuck on You, Hello and Dancing on the Ceiling. His discography of albums and singles are second to none and part of the fabric of pop music. Richie is one of only two songwriters to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. Citizen Cope ▶Saturday, ▶ July 13th at 9pm The Music Box at Borgata Tickets start at $60 Citizen Cope’s music is commonly described as a mix of blues, soul, folk and rock. His compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens. Tropicana Fireworks ▶Saturdays ▶ at 10pm Join Tropicana for a dazzling fireworks show that will light up Atlantic City’s skies. Foghat ▶Friday, ▶ July 19th at 9pm Superstar Theater at Resorts Tickets start at $35 Foghat’s live performances show why the band is still around today. Constant touring is part of their DNA and the band just loves to play. Their love show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect and hope for from a seasoned band with such a long musical history. Atlantic City Blackjacks ▶Sunday, ▶ July 21st at 4pm Boardwalk Hall Tickets are $10 The Atlantic City Blackjacks play their final home game of the regular season next Sunday as they face off against the Baltimore Brigade.

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Love at First Stitch Needlecraft Group ▶Thursdays ▶ at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor City 134 Philadelphia Ave. Open to adults and teens. If you crochet, knit or do any other type of needlecraft, this is your club. Learn and practice your craft in a fun, welcome environment. Family Fun Movie Friday ▶Friday, ▶ July 13th at 2pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suggested ages 6-16. Enjoy a different children’s film this Friday afternoon. Light refreshments provided. Please advise staff of any food allergies. 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. Miss Debbie uses the latest books and some old favorites to help introduce new vocabulary and reinforce learning. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and movement while building language and literary skills. Peace, Love & Coloring ▶Saturday, ▶ July 14th from 11am-3pm Atlantic County Library Somers Point 801 Shore Rd. Create a colorful, flower-power-themed notebook. Make one for yourself and make one to donate to support the Atlantic County Library Foundation. Checkmates Chess Club ▶Saturdays ▶ from 12-4:30pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor 6500 Atlantic Ave. Exercise your mind. We welcome all to the challenge of playing a friendly game of chess with others. Paper Bag Space Helmet ▶Saturday, ▶ July 14th at 1:30pm Atlantic County Library Pleasantville 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Open to ages 3-11; younger children must be

accompanied by an adult. Registration requested. Make an awesome and colorful space helmet. Read and Play Baby Storytime ▶Mondays ▶ at 10:30am Atlantic County Library EHT 1 Swift Dr. Suggested for ages 6 months - 2 years and their parents. Registration required. Bring your child to enjoy songs, puppets, fingerplays, simple crafts, snacks & of course, books. Please advise staff of any food allergies. Summer Crafts ▶Mondays ▶ and Wednesdays at 1pm Atlantic County Library EHT 1 Swift Dr. Suggested for ages 5 and older. Registration required. Children and their guardians are invited to enjoy creating a weekly summer craft. This week’s craft theme is Red, White and Blue. Please register for each event separately. Grief/Loss Support Group ▶Mondays ▶ at 5pm Mental Health Association of Atlantic County 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suite 8, Galloway Individuals affected by the loss of a loved one due to addiction/substance use disorder will meet Mondays from June 3rd – July 8th. The meeting is facilitated by a peer who received training and experienced this type of loss. For more information, call 609-652-3800. Gathering Wool ▶Tuesdays ▶ at 10am Atlantic County Library Ventnor 6500 Atlantic Ave. Open to adults. All levels of experience welcome. Would you like to learn how to create original handcrafted blankets, scarves, sweaters and more? Join the group to stitch, loop, craft & chat. The Every Third Tuesday Book Club ▶Tuesday, ▶ July 16th at 1:30pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Open to adults. Love to read? What does everyone love to do after reading a great or downright stinky book? Talk about it. How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners ▶Tuesday, ▶ July 9th at 2pm Atlantic County Library Brigantine 201 15th St. S Open to all ages. Registration requested. Come

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and work on various crochet projects. Crochet hooks and yarn will be provided if you don’t have them. Lego Club ▶Tuesdays ▶ from 3-5pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suggested for ages 6 and older. Gather with other LEGO lovers to build something and show the rest of the group. We supply the LEGOs, you supply the imagination. Nerdvana Family Board Game Night ▶Tuesday, ▶ July 16th from 4-7pm Atlantic County Library EHT 1 Swift Dr. Open to all ages. Everyone is welcome to our board game nights presented by local store Nerdvana Games & Comics. A Universe of Movies Film Series ▶Tuesdays ▶ at 5pm Atlantic County Library Ventnor 6500 Atlantic Ave. Suggested for adults and interested teens. Celebrate our galactic summer reading theme with a collection of modern and classic science fiction titles and out-of-this-world documentaries. Furry Buddies ▶Tuesday, ▶ July 9th at 6:30pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suggested for ages 6-14. Registration requested, but drop-ins are welcome. Read a story to Cody, Erin or Freedom, therapy dogs who love sharing

stories with children. Learn about the benefits of reading aloud to a therapy dog. Women with Disabilities ▶Wednesdays ▶ at 3pm Atlantic Center for Independent Living 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suite 7, Galloway Women with all types of disabilities meet to network, find support and discuss common issues and topics. Call Marissa at 609-748-2253 ext. 321 for more information. Welcome Warriors ▶▶ Thursdays at 6pm Denny’s 242 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway Welcome Warriors is an all-veterans meeting on topics such as employment, adjusting to civilian life, relationships/family and more. For more information, call 609-652-3800 ext. 308 or Chad Juros Family Fun Magic Show ▶Saturday, ▶ July 20th at 2pm Atlantic County Library Galloway 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Open to all. Internationally recognized magician Chad Juros mixes a blend of magic, juggling & comedy along with lots of audience participation for an enjoyable afternoon of family fun. Classes in Art The Ventnor Cultural Arts Center is holding Classes in Art year-round. Workshops range in pottery, watercolor, oil & acrylics, pottery, pastels, jewelry making and mosaic. Classes are $20 each. Beginners welcome! Pre-registration is required. Call 609-823-7952 or visit for more information.

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back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash–hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has

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cean City will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Night in Venice at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. The evening ends with a fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m. The parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Special guests will include the legendary Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery from NBC’s “The Office,” and Caissie Levy, star of the Broadway production of “Frozen.” Former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Freddie Mitchell also will be part of the parade. The optional theme is “Celebrate: 65 Years of Night in Venice,” a chance to reminisce about favorite memories from Night in Venice history. Entries for boats and homes are still being accepted online at or by calling 609-399-6111. Deadline for entries is at noon July, 11.

Where does the parade route begin and end? The boat parade begins near the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and travels along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue, looping in and out of lagoons along the way. Where can I watch the parade? To view the Night in Venice boat parade, grandstands will be set up at street ends along the bay from Battersea Road to 16th Street and also at Tennessee Avenue. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Streets include: Battersea Rd., North Street, First Street, Second Street Marina, Fourth Street, Sixth Street, 11th Street, 13th Street, 15th Street, 16th Street and Tennessee Avenue. Tickets are also on sale to view Night in Venice from the Bayside Center (520 Bay Avenue), which will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale, bleacher seating and entertainment. Tickets are $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. A DJ will play music from 4:30 p.m. until the first boats in the parade arrive. Face-painting will be available for children. The band will resume after the parade until the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at oceancityvacation. com/boxoffice or 609-399-6111.

Where can I park? Free parking and shuttle service will run starting at 4 p.m. Parking will be available at: ●● Ocean City Municipal Airport: 25th Street and Bay Avenue ●● Soccer Field at Tennessee Avenue: Off Shelter Road ●● Ocean City Community Center: 1735 Simpson Avenue Shuttles will drop off spectators at street ends where they can watch the parade and return them to the parking lots afterward. The shuttle also drops off at the Bayside Center. The service is free and will be available until 10 p.m. Parking restrictions begin at midnight Friday (July 12) and continue through midnight Saturday (July 13) for the following locations: ●● Both sides of Bay Avenue between 16th Street and 24th Street ●● The east side of Bay Avenue between 14th Street and 16th Street. ●● West 16th Street, West 17th Street and West 18th Street will have parking restrictions in place. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced. Violators will be ticketed and in severe cases, the vehicles will be towed if public safety is affected. This is to allow ●●

for safe passage of all pedestrian and vehicle traffic and emergency vehicle access to isolated areas of the bayfront. Can I watch from the Ninth Street Bridge? All pedestrians and bicyclists should use the Shared Use Bike Path and stay to the south side shoulder for viewing. No persons will be allowed to bring chairs for seating onto the bridge. At no time will persons block the free movement of the Shared Use Bike Path. No open alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bridge at any time. Persons are not permitted to walk along the bridge with motor vehicle traffic. Ocean City Police will be present monitoring the bridge while the parade is in progress for assistance. Can I watch online? A video stream of the parade will be available through Facebook Live at Ocean City NJ. The video will be captured from the Bayside Center toward the beginning of the parade route. When and where are the fireworks? Night in Venice will include a fireworks display launched after the parade at 9 p.m. from a barge in the bay north of the Ninth Street Bridge, roughly off Third Street. The display should be best viewed from street ends or the bayfront between

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the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and 16th Street. How do I participate? You can register your boat or house online at The NIV Committee is seeking volunteer patrol boats to assist with keeping the parade together, monitoring the parade route, and general safety. If you're able to help, email Michael Hartman at by 4 p.m. Thursday (July 11). Are paddleboards and kayaks part of the parade? For safety reasons, paddleboards and kayaks are not part of the Night in Venice parade. What are some other parade highlights? The Ocean City Theatre Company Show Choir, the Cousin’s Band and Andrew Hink will perform from boats in the parade. The cast of the upcoming “Newsies” also will be part of the fun. What else is happening on Night in Venice Weekend? Tickets are on sale now for the following: ●● Chubby Checker and the Wildcats: Chubby Checker will help kick off Night in Venice weekend with a special concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The rock ‘n’ roll icon will perform “The Twist” and other hits from his legendary career. He will return on Saturday to appear in the Night in Venice boat parade.

Tickets are $25 to $30. Meet-and-Greet with Kate Flannery: Flannery will greet fans before her appearance in the Night in Venice boat parade. The Philadelphia native, who starred as Meredith on “The Office,” will be at the Ocean City Music Pier starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13.


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f you are like me, at one time or another you’ve used the phrase “back in the day.” Of course, most of the time, we use it in the context of reminiscing of grander, more positive times. We might hear someone say, “Back in the day, we never worried about ….” You fill in the blank. This past week, a visitor to our area was asking me about Atlantic City “back in the day.” In this case he was referring to the early years of casino gaming and the stretch of time when championship boxing reigned at Boardwalk Hall. I was telling him about a couple of the Mike Tyson fights I had the opportunity to attend and one in particular where (like most of his bouts) was over in under a minute. I remember turning to the person I was with after the opening bell. We were about to discuss some of the finer points to look for and POW!!, just like that, a knockout by Tyson. The fight was over. This person I was talking with remarked about times changing and that the city “isn’t what it used to be.”

It caused me to think a lot about how we can all romanticize about the past. We all tend to pull the “back in the day” card from time to time. And there is a lot about the past in many of our lives that we can look back on fondly. Maybe, it’s just the opposite for you. Maybe you look back grateful that things aren’t as they were “back in the day.” But as I thought about it, I realized that when we were present “back in the day”, no doubt we found ourselves at some point saying, “back in the day” then as well. What I’m saying is we can’t spend so much time living our lives in the past that we forget to live fully in the present. Seasons change, circumstances change. It can be fun to look back on times in our lives that bring us happy memories, that we remember with fondness. But in the process, let’s not forget to make the most of the time we have now. Let’s learn to maximize the hours we are given each and every day. Because I guarantee you that one day, today will be looked back on as a fond memory “back in the day.” Jeff Whitaker is a lifelong communicator and storyteller. He is a certified trainer, coach and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Jeff’s goal is to encourage excellence in individuals and corporations through leadership and communications training. Connect with him at, through The Jeff Whitaker Company on Facebook or @jeffwhitaker on Twitter.

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The Legacy of Casey Feldman and Our Community’s Ongoing Commitment to Ending Distracted Driving By Ryan Gerace


asey Feldman was a talented, compassionate, and highly personable person that everyone loved to be around. She was an aspiring journalist who always had an eye for a story wherever she went. She was a communication and media studies student at Fordham University in New York City. On July 17, 2009, Casey was on her way to her summer job as a waitress at Bob’s Grill on the Ocean City boardwalk when she was fatally struck by a distracted driver. Distracted driving is something that is unfortunately all too common both here in the United States and all over the world. According to the CDC, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured by a distracted motorist everyday in our coun-

try. One of the best ways to prevent distracted driving is to put down the cell phone and keep it nowhere near you while operating a motor vehicle. People who use cell phones while driving are 5 times more likely to get into an accident. Now that we are in the age of texting, Snapchat, and other instant messaging platforms, people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash when typing on their phones. In the moment, it might seem like a quick text to your friend about tonight’s dinner plans while driving is perfectly harmless, but it only takes one quick instance of being distracted for you to be involved in an accident. is a project of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and their mission is “to save lives from distracted driving through advocacy, education, and action.” EndDD has given free talks to over 375,000 students nationwide on the dangers of distract-

ed driving. The have also created a bystander intervention program to teach teens how to effectively speak up when they are in the car with a distracted driver. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation has done so much good for our community and country since it started for not only distracted driving prevention, but also for students and organizations whose interests and goals aligned with Casey’s. Casey Feldman was a very involved young woman who actively volunteered at a soup kitchen, a women’s shelter, an AIDS clinic, and at a no-kill animal shelter, all while pursuing her dream to become a reporter. She was involved in theater and writing during her high school days and the foundation gives a scholarship every year to a member of the Greater Philadelphia Region Cappies which was a theater club that Casey was a part of. The Foundation also gives grants to the

Providence Animal Shelter and Fordham University’s student newspaper where Casey was the news editor. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation continues to give and fundraise for charities, organizations, and students all while seeking to end distracted driving. “I was very afraid that Casey’s short life would be forgotten” explained Joel Feldman, Casey’s father on Shore Local Live, “but today I am no longer afraid of that, there is so much good being done in Casey’s memory.” If you would like to learn more about Casey Feldman and the foundation in her memory, please visit They are always accepting donations in order to fund their efforts and scholarships. Please also visit to learn more about how you can stop distracted driving in your community. Ryan Gerace is a recent graduate from La Salle University with a Master’s in Strategic Communication. Born and raised in Linwood, NJ. He enjoys cooking, baking, and community events.

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How a Two Block Move Saved Lucy By Eric Conklin


ithout Lucy the Elephant’s current home in Margate, she wouldn’t be America’s oldest roadside tourist attraction. Lucy was scheduled for demolition, but was given a second chance by Margate residents Ed and Silvia Carpenter. The couple founded the Save Lucy Committee and attained rights her home at her current location, two blocks south of her former spot. Lucy – built in 1881 and named “Elephant Bazaar” – had fallen victim to a business deal where her original home was sold for land development. It was originally owned by Lucy’s designer James V. Lafferty Jr., who owned most of South Atlantic City’s land. Lafferty originally developed Lucy as a method to increase tourism in South Atlantic City, now Margate City. With tourist piling into trains and headed to Atlantic City, Lafferty wanted a way to advertise real estate. After spending roughly $36 thousand on construction, Lucy was a success. She was eventually sold to the Gerston Family who kept the elephant open to visitors. With the start of a new decade, Lucy had gotten into trouble.

Lucy had been deemed unsafe for tourism in 1962 because of her corroding structure. Atlantic City had also been experiencing a decline in tourism, do to increase travel by airplane. “They no longer had to come by car to Atlantic City,” said Executive Director Richard Helfant. “They could fly all over, and Atlantic City started on the decline. And along with it went everything else that depends on tourism.” In 1969, the Gertson’s decided to sell Lucy’s location to allow a developer to

raising events such as bake sales raised enough money to keep Lucy at the Jersey Shore. The organization earned status as a 501C3 non-profit organization, meaning

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On Jul 20, 1970, the mission was a success as Lucy made it safely to her new home on Atlantic Ave. Doubters in the community were stunned as they crowded the street as Margate’s famous skyscraper defied all odds. Since her move, Lucy has been an ongoing restoration project. She continues to be battered around by age and the forces of mother nature. Margaret Westfield Lucy’s Restoration Architect, recalls being called into action mend Lucy’s tail after a windstorm. “A tent set up for a wedding got picked up in a windstorm and bashed into her tail,” said Westfield. “So, she had a bandage on the back of her tail until we had that fixed.” Helfant says that Lucy continues to attract visitors and that her popularity continues to grow every year. She will turn 138 years old next Saturday. .

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he decision was made and the countdown started in earnest at 100 days. My wife has worked for the local school system for 26 or 28 years (depending on whom you ask). She had a great 19 or so years filled with the joy of working with children and coworkers who have become lifelong friends. Over recent years, the working environment changed and conditions were such that retirement became a very attractive option. She filed the appropriate paperwork, and the countdown began. Time moves the slowest when you want it to pass quickly. However, as the days ticked down from the 30’s to the 20’s, to the 10’s and then finally single digits, the reality of my wife’s

retirement started sinking in and I was faced with some uncertainty. Sure, I was ecstatic that she wasn’t going to be working for a supervisor who should have been removed years ago and that she wasn’t going to adhere to any schedule outside of what she plans for herself, but I knew things were going to change for me. For instance, in our almost 40 years of marriage we have never been alone together for more than a week at a time and even those weeks were rare. Now it was just going to be the two of us 24/7 and that can be a daunting prospect. I know the days of me listening to hear her pull away from the house and climbing back into a big cool bed have probably ended, as well as the hours of binge-watching my shows that she has virtually no interest in. So has the instructional YouTube videos: I have an insatiable

thirst to learn about things which I will probably never use. I am reasonably sure I am not going to have to build a cabin in the woods from scratch, trap animals for food and use their fur for clothing but if so…I am prepared. At the time of this writing, my wife is one week into her retirement and I have seen some positive changes. She is more relaxed and sleeping better. I am better fed. Yelling at pedestrians leaping out in front of our car and at tourists ignoring simple rules of the road has subsided a bit but hey, they deserved it. I see the spark of who she once was starting to burn brighter before the stress started to dampen it. Stress is bad. My mother used to say stress will kill you before whatever it is you are eating and drinking. So, in celebration of my wife’s newfound freedom

we are embarking on a challenging adventure of taking a three-month camping trip across the country visiting many of our nation’s parks out west, i.e. the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and other states along the route. Months of planning, routes, reservations, renting our house for the three months, mail and bill paying are all coming together. Our friends commented that this trip is something they always wanted to do, and we try and encourage them to start planning. Time goes by. To my faithful readers, stay tuned. I am going to chronicle our adventure in this column and have set up a YouTube channel for you to follow. More information to come. Who knows? I might be building a cabin after all. Charles Eberson has been in the newspaper business for over 25 years. He has worked as a writer, advertising executive, circulation manager and photographer. His photography can be viewed at charles-eberson.

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Friends and Enemies in the Garden

By Tammy Thornton


e all have those friends that build us up and make us better. We want to be near them and hope they also benefit by being close to us. Unfortunately, other friends take away so much they leave us weak and depleted. Plants are the same way. Some vegetables and flowers are compatible and help each other in various ways. Companion planting is the practice of intentionally placing certain vegetables, herbs, and flowers near each other for the benefits they confer to their neighbor. Conversely, incompatible plants can be negatively affected if planted too close to each other. Tomatoes and basil are a natural match both in the garden and on the

table. Jersey tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil will make your mouth water when sprinkled with fresh basil. But they are also a good pairing in the garden. Basil is believed by many farmers to enhance the flavor of tomatoes as well as deter Basil and tomatoes make great companions aphids and white in the garden and on the table flies. Lettuce and spinach are normally the growth of the peas and planted in early spring when temperatures are cooler. Plant them under other plants the shade of tomatoes and corn to in the bean extend their growing season. The family. taller vegetables will help protect the Howevlettuce and spinach from the sun of er, garlic and summer, but their shallow roots won’t onions are great comdeprive the larger plants of nutrients in the soil. panion plants for many other Peas add nitrogen to the soil which vegetables since will be appreciated by cucumbers and they deters pests zucchini. But avoid planting peas near such as Japanese anything in the allium family such as beetles, aphids, garlic and onions, which will stunt

cabbage worms, cabbage maggots, and rabbits. Help protect your roses from aphids by planting garlic and onions around them. Or plant beautiful alliums near your roses for a double benefit of their impressive globe-shaped flowers. Plop garlic cloves around your tulip bulbs when you plant them in the fall to deter rodents. Marigolds are rockstar companion plants. If you are a vegetable, you definitely want them to be your n eig h b o r and friend. They deter nematodes, which a re microscopic roundworms that attack tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, and corn. Marigolds also repel cabbage moth worms and, therefore, make good companion Nasturtiums are beneficial in the garden and look beautiful in a salad. plants for cauliflow-

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Marigolds deter many garden pests er, broccoli, and cabbages. They also deter bunnies. If that’s not enough, besides keeping away bad pests in the garden, they attract good insects such as bees to pollinate your vegetables. Marigolds are easy to grow from seed and, though they are annuals, their seeds can be collected for the following season. We should all have such an easygoing protective friend. Nasturtiums have beautiful colorful flowers in deep shades of red, orange, and yellow. Their flowers are edible and add a peppery taste to a salad. They repel pests in the garden such as squash bugs, aphids, and beetles. Meanwhile, they attract pollinators to your garden and are believed to enhance the flavor of cucumbers and summer squash. Strawberries are fun to grow and delicious to eat, but they don’t always play well with others. Members of the Brassica family such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower can have their growth impaired if planted in

the vicinity of strawberries. On the other hand, certain plants can harm strawberries. While plant rotation is often a good gardening practice, avoid planting strawberries in the same beds that have had mint, berry plants, roses, chrysanthemums, or melons. All of these plants can make strawberries susceptible to verticillium disease, causing injury or death to the plants. So choose your friends wisely as well as those of your plants. Consider the advantages of companion planting. Learn how some plants will add nutrients to the soil or defend against pests in the garden. Using your plants efficiently will allow you to grow more produce in a smaller space. And hopefully, we will all strive to be the type of companion that lifts the spirits of others and causes them to thrive. Tammy Thornton is a mom of four, a substitute teacher, and a Sunday school teacher. She is passionate about gardening and cooking, and loves the beach. We would love to heart about your own gardens. Please send pictures, questions, and comments to: shorelocalgardener@

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The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival Makes its Return to Atlantic City

By Ryan Gerace


n Sunday July 14th, Green Whales Inc. is proud to be hosting the Jim Whelan Open Water Festival which will see the return of the 54th Around the Island Swim which will be a 22.75-mile swim race around Absecon Island. The Open Water Festival will also feature the Green Whales 2k and the Pilot Whale Intro to Open Water 400-meter swims as well. This event will take place at the Atlantic City High School Boat House and all proceeds will go to the Whelan’s Whales Swim Program which teaches the kids of Atlantic City water safety and swimming lessons. Originally started back in 1953, the Around the Island Swim last event was in 2006 and the return of this event will feature swimmers and athletes

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from all over the globe. The swim will be started at the 7 am and end no later than 7 pm. The athletes will be swimming around the entire Absecon Island which is the barrier island consisting of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. This event is returning largely in part because of the efforts of Green Whales Inc. and the communities of Absecon Island. A total of 11 New Jersey Beach Patrols will be assisting with this event including ones from Atlantic City and the downbeach communities. The beach patrol volunteers will be in lifeguard boats following the swimmers around the island in order to ensure their safety during the Around the Island Swim. The festival is named after former New Jersey Senator and former Atlantic

City Mayor, Jim Whelan who was a huge supporter of the Around the Island Swim as he often participated in it during his time with us. In his lifetime, he taught many children how to swim in Atlantic City and taught many of the parents who now have kids in the Whelan’s Whales Program now. Jim Whelan’s legacy continues to shine in Atlantic City and he without a doubt be ecstatic to see the return of the Around the Island Swim after 13 years. Registration for the Around the Island Swim closed in April but, if you or someone you know would like to participate in the Green Whales 2K race happening on the same day, registration is still open and Green Whales Inc. will allow same day reg-

istration for that race as well. The 2K race will also start at the Atlantic City boathouse. The race course will be from the boathouse to a 1K mark north where the swimmers will turn around and finish at the boathouse. If the 2K is also a little bit long for your liking, there will also be a Pilot Whales 400M race which will be a much shorter open water race for people of all ages. The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is bound to be an awesome day filled with plenty of exciting races, prizes, and more. If you are on one of the many Absecon Island beaches on July 14th be sure to cheer on the racers as they make their way around the island. To find out more about Green Whales Inc and the Jim Whelan Open Water Festival, or to register for a race, please visit Ryan Gerace is a recent graduate from La Salle University with a Master’s in Strategic Communication. Born and raised in Linwood, NJ. He enjoys cooking, baking, and community events.


HERO Police Car Unveiled at HEROtini Tasting


he HERO Campaign held a HEROtini Tasting on Wednesday, July 3rd at the Atlantic City Boardwalk, giving the public an opportunity to sample a variety of mocktails in one, central location. Eight participating establishments were in attendance, and their drinks were as delicious as they were diverse, which included everything from the pina colada-inspired “Bocca Bulldozer” (Bocca Coal Fired Bistro) to a turmeric seasoned “Cuddles on the Beach” (Dock’s Oyster House). Patrons were encouraged to stop and sample the free beverages, and vote for their favorite in the HEROtini Challenge. One visitor, Pam of Bel Air, Maryland, who often serves as a designated driver, appreciated the opportunity to have a non-alcoholic option beyond the usual choices of soda, water, or tea when dining out with friends. “It’s nice to be included,” she remarked as she sampled “The Pineapple Express” from Knife & Fork. “And this one is very good… it tastes like a real cocktail.” Hosted by the Tropicana, the tasting took place at the boardwalk pavilion across from the casino, and was buoyed by both the July 4th holiday

Sponsored by the With the goal of significantly reducHard Rock Hotel & Caing (if not eliminating) DUI incidents sino, the Atlantic City in Atlantic County, The HEROtini Police Department was Challenge is a donate-to-vote contest, proud to add a special the results of which will support the HERO-wrapped vehicle campaign’s Holiday HEROES Safe Ride to their fleet, and help Program, providing free and safe rides promote the HERO Camhome locally for patrons of participaign’s message of safe pating establishments over the 2019 and sober driving. holiday season (from Thanksgiving Eve Volunteers representing HEROtini participants Knife & “Our hope is that when to New Year’s Day), to prevent drinking Fork, Dock's Oyster, Linwood Country Club, Harry's individuals see this car paOyster Bar, Gregory's, Bocca, and Tropicana and driving. trolling the streets every The HEROtini Challenge lasts until crowds, and the Tropicana boardwalk day, it’s a reminder of the importance August 29th, and more events to help promote individual entries will be held screens, which featured images of of having designated drivers,” exthe 32 HEROtini mocktails, and their plained Deputy Chief James Sarkos, throughout the summer, including The HEROtini HERO bartenders throughout the who worked closely with mid-day event. Attendees included ElBackyard Bash the H ERO dorado Resorts Senior Vice President at Gregory’s Campaign to Steve Callender, as well as members of Bar this Friday, complete the the Atlantic Police Department, who from 6-10pm. project. “We To vote for were on-hand for a special reveal that are all about your favorite proved to be the event’s highlight. having fun in “We want to thank Steve Callender HEROtini, visit Atlantic City, and his team, and all the bartenders www.herotini. but everyone HERO Campaign Chairman & CEO Bill Elliott and establishments represented at org. For inforhas to do it and ACPD Deputy Chief James Sarkos pose in the tasting event for promoting the mation about safely. Trag- front of newly unveiled HERO-wrapped police car upcoming HEROtini Challenge and our goal to events, or to save lives by preventing drunk and imedies happen paired driving,” said HERO Campaign when people drink and drive, and we follow along with the HEROtini Chalchairman Bill Elliott. “We encourage hope that when you see this car, it’s a lenge highlights, visit herocampaign. reminder to be safe, be sober, or get a everyone to vote and donate for their org, or the HERO Campaign’s Facedesignated driver.” favorite HEROtini.” book, Instagram, or Twitter platforms.

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Views from the Shore By Brian Cahill of Shore Medical Center


just decided to scrap the column I originally planned for this week. Not because of writer’s block or a lack of stories to share. It was because I recently witnessed something truly incredible at the Mainland Recreational Association in Linwood. Hundreds of children, ages 4-18, swam seemingly endless laps to raise money for Shore Cancer Center. In fact, children on the MRA swim team have been swimming laps and raising funds for Shore Medical Center for 37 years. After seeing these swimmers in action, I spent some time talking with them and their swim coach to find out more about this event and its impact on our community. The event that took place on July 5 is known as the Carole Schiavo Kids Swim for Health. It’s an annual event sponsored by the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center – the hospital’s original fundraising organization. It began in 1982 as the Kids for Kids Swim-A-Thon, which originally funded special pediatric projects at Shore Medical Center. The first year, swimmers raised $8,500, and

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to date, the group has raised nearly $300,000, with proceeds now going toward cancer care at Shore. In 1989, the event was selected as one of the top ten fund raising ideas in the United States by the American Hospital Association Two years ago, the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center recognized the MRA’s long-time commitment by presenting them with the New Jersey Hospital Association Partnership in Volunteering award for continuing the tradition and motivating young fundraisers to support healthcare in their community. Upon accepting the award, MRA swim coach Michael Schiavo said, "I am very proud to be a part of something that has impacted so many people for the past 37 years. As a coach, it is really fun for me to watch the kids embrace the challenge and responsibility of the Kids Swim. They learn a lot about themselves, and the longer distances motivate them to train harder and improve their performance. This event gives kids an opportunity that they would never normally have." I asked some of the participants why they swam in this year’s event, and their answers were the perfect blend of determination, innocence and compassion: Megan Pruitt, 11 of Linwood swam an incredible 164 laps. “I like to swim and wanted to help and raise money. I just kept going until the two hours was up.” Blake Levinson, 7, of Linwood, swam 36 laps. In addition to swimming, Blake’s a base-

ball player whose favorite player is the Phillies’ Rhys Roskins. “I swam today to have fun and raise money for charity.” Leah Nirenberg, 11, Linwood. “I have been on the swim team for a long time, since I was six years told. I swam today to help the people

who are sick at Shore Medical Center, and also because I wanted to do something fun with my friends.” Owen Eissler, 5, Northfield. This first-time participant proudly swam 13 laps. “I wanted to help people have some fun before I start Kindergarten.” Abaigh Heffernan, 11, Linwood. “I have been doing this event since I was six years old, and today I swam 188 laps to help the people at Shore. We got the option to do it again this year so I said ‘Why not?’ Max Roesch, 8, Northfield. Max’s mother was actually taught by Coach Mike so the Schiavo family influence runs deep. This is the third year in which Max participated. When asked how he prepared to swim 36 laps, he said, “I

just jumped into the pool and went for it!” Anabelle Perez, 8, Linwood. “I went to my dad’s friends’ houses and offices and signed up eight people to sponsor me. Today I swam 102 laps and raised $210 for people who are sick and need to get better.” On July 16, there will be a pizza party at the MRA to celebrate all of the swimmers and to announce the total laps swam and dollars raised for cancer care at Shore. Congratulations to the participants, their families, Coach Schiavo, and the Shore Auxiliary on another successful event. The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center is Shore’s original fundraising organization. The Auxiliary is made up of dedicated volunteers who work throughout the year on initiatives that include the hospital gift shop, thrift shops, golf tournaments and other community events. Since the Auxiliary’s inception in 1940, the Auxiliary has donated more than $12 million to Shore Medical Center. For more information on the Shore Auxiliary, call Lisa DiTroia at 609.653.3969 Brian Cahill is the Director, Marketing & Public Relations for Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. He is also a Board Member for the Somers Point Business Association, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Stockton University, and is founding member of Somers Point-Community First, a local volunteer organization.


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he AtlantiCare Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point have had an astronomical, historical first four shows in our 27th season this year. At the same time, our friend, Devon Allman has launched the 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour of the Allman Brothers Band Legacy with his phenomenal new Allman Betts Band while recording a historic album at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios where the Allman Brothers did some of their greatest work. This album, “Down to


the River“, is now the number one rock ‘n’ roll album in the United States. These two meteors will collide at one of the most memorable and explosive events in the glorious musical history of Somers Point on August 23, 2019 when the Allman Betts Band performs an incredible

free concert fo r South Jersey at the finest, most unbelievably fantastic free concert series in southern New Jersey. Now with Greg Allman’s son, Devon Allman leading; Dickey Betts’ son Duane Betts co-writing, playing guitar and doing vocals and

the incredibly talented Barry Oakley Jr on bass, this is the living legacy of the Southern Blues Rock phenom known as the Allman Brothers. For the next 9 Friday nights through September 6th and a special Labor Day Sunday concert September 1st you can experience the greatest small town concert series on the Beach for FREE at the AtlantiCare Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point. When something is this great in life you just roll with it! Let the Good Times Roll!

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Enjoy Your Cold Carbs By Nancy Adler


few weeks on my radio show, a caller was asking about resistant starches. We discussed briefly what they are and how they work in your body. The topic was great! So with that, I would like to share exactly what resistant starches are with all of you. Resistant starch is a unique type of fiber with impressive health benefits. However, only a few foods contain high amounts of it. Furthermore, the resistant starch in food is often destroyed during cooking. Most of the carbs you consume, such as those in grains, pasta and potatoes, are starches. Some types of starch are resistant to digestion, hence the term resistant starch. Resistant starch functions similarly to soluble, fermentable fiber, helping feed the friendly bacteria in your gut and increasing the production of short-chain fatty acids . Studies have shown that it can help with weight loss and benefit heart health, as well as improve blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity and digestive health. Interestingly, the way you prepare starch-containing foods affects their

starch content, as cooking or heating destroys most resistant starches. However, you can "recapture" the resistant starch content of some foods by letting them cool after cooking. Yes! Put your pasta in the fridge and eat it for breakfast! Although there is no formal recommendation for the intake of resistant starch, many of the studies showing health benefits used 15-30 grams per day. Oats are a good source of resistant starch, providing around 3.6 grams per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cooked oatmeal flakes. Letting your cooked oats cool for several hours or overnight could increase the resistant starch even further. Rice is another low-cost and convenient way to add resistant starch to your diet. One popular preparation method is to cook large batches for the entire week. Doing this not only saves time but also increases the resistant starch content when the rice is left to cool. Brown rice may be preferable to white rice due to its higher fiber content. Brown rice also provides more micronutrients, including manganese and magnesium . If prepared correctly and left to cool, potatoes are a good source of resistant starch. It's best to cook them in bulk and allow them to cool for at least a few hours. When fully cooled, cooked potatoes will contain significant amounts of resistant starch. In addition to being a good source of carbs and resistant starch, potatoes contain nutrients such as potassium and vitamin C. Remember not to reheat the potatoes. Instead, eat

them cold as part of homemade potato salads or other similar meals. When a client asks if they can enjoy bananas on their weight loss plan, I tell them only green bananas. They are another excellent source of resistant starch and fiber. Additionally, both green and yellow bananas are a healthy form of carbs and provide other nutrients such as vitamin B6 and vitamin C . As bananas ripen, the resistant starch transforms into simple sugars like fructose, glucose and sucrose. Therefore, you should aim to buy green bananas and eat them within a couple of days if you want to maximize your resistant starch intake. Cooking and cooling other starches will increase their resistant starch content. As with the sources discussed above, it's best to heat them and then allow them to cool overnight. This can be applied to most of the sources discussed in this article, such as rice and potatoes, as well as pasta. One time-saving technique is to prepare a large batch of pasta, rice or potatoes on the weekend, then cool them and eat them with vegetables and proteins for complete meals during the week. Nancy Adler is a certified nutritionist and practitioner in Linwood. Her office is located in Cornerstone Commerce Center, 1201 New Rd. Learn about her practice at (609)653-4900 You may listen to Nancy every Sunday at 2 pm Nancy Adler Nutrition LIVE! NewsTalk 1400 WOND


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onald Campbell is the director of the Atlantic Center for Independent Living Inc., where staff offer support to individuals of any age with any type of disability. In his role, he serves as a powerful advocate. On a local level, he has worked with individuals whose housing was at-risk. With his help, they were able to avoid homelessness. Campbell also has been instrumental in establishing a disability advocacy group in Atlantic County. Not only that, but he also started a support group for individuals who live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a group of disorders that affect connective tissue supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs and tissues. Campbell works to create change locally, but he hasn’t stopped there. Campbell also advocates on national level. Currently he’s involved with a push for the passage of the Disability Integration Act, which would ensure that every state provides the same options for long-term care. If passed, those with a disability would have the choice between home-based/


community-based supports and institutionalization. In some states, public and private insurances only offer institutionalization. Campbell is working to ensure all individuals with disabilities have the same choices for quality support in their community. The need for more support is vast, and is often not talked about enough. People like Campbell make an important difference in this fight for equality. Whether he’s writing a letter to the editor, making phone calls to legislators, giving an interview to a reporter, or meeting with a representative, Campbell is passionate about issues that affect his peers. One day, Campbell says, he thinks he may get involved in serving in a public office. Campbell’s easy-going way and welcoming smile win over people in an instant. He uses his humor and charm in multiple ways, whether he’s fundraising for a good cause or trying to raise awareness and change minds on behalf of those who live with a disability, like himself. He was born with Cerebral Palsy. In his case, it affects his speech, fine motor skills and mobility. Donald Campbell is an example to others as someone to constantly strives, adjusts, and remains resilient. Recently, he explained his secret to success like this: “I like overcoming things. I see everybody else accomplishing things, and I say, ‘Why not me?’”

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Brigantine’s Beacon


he Brigantine Lighthouse was built in 1926 by the Island Development Real Estate Company to attract people to Brigantine Beach Island, the newly popular beach town nicknamed "the Twin Resort of Atlantic City". Their slogan was "come to the lighthouse". It was never an operating lighthouse but it did serve other purposes for the resort. In the 1930's the Brigantine Lighthouse became the town’s police station. The tiny building could accommodate the city’s few officers. If they had a call, they'd turn the light on which would alert officers to return to the station. The steel door of the holding cell is on display at the Historical Museum located just 100 yards away. The lighthouse also served as a gift shop and in the 70's was the original

location of the Historical Museum. The lighthouse fell into disrepair in the early 1990s. A group of volunteers and construction companies answered the call, refurbishing the building in 1995 and again in 2013. The lighthouse has survived numerous storms including the Great Storm of 62 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.




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Goodnight Mr. Michael Ramsey “You Finished Your Race…”

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n the Bible...Paul said in 2nd Timothy 4 verse 7. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” I rarely quote scripture (I’d rather live the word) but in remembering Atlantic City football/track and field coach Michael Ramsey...the words are so very fitting. Travel back with me to the year 1982, my freshman year at ACHS. The Atlantic City High School seemed so big and I thought it was going to be impossible to navigate physically, emotionally and socially. The first teacher I met was Frank Campo, my home room teacher who would go on to become the school’s athletic director (trust me my Mr. Campo

stories are coming.) Mr. Campo may have been the perfect teacher for me personally to meet first. The second teacher I met was Mr. Michael Ramsey. As a rule everyone said you don’t want gym first period. And don’t want gym first period. However, having Mr. Ramsey be the second teacher I met at ACHS and my very first class teacher at ACHS was a blessing. I never really thought about how much of a blessing until I had to write this and to Mr. Ramsey’s family and friends I am sorry this should have been written sooner. Mr. Ramsey was as a gym teacher... all the things I want to be as a man, a man of color and an educator. His smile immediately put “freshman” Raymond Tyler at ease. More importantly, he was the first gym teacher I had that did not look at me as just an athlete or a “kid with athletic potential.” Mr. Ramsey looked at the students in his charge as children becoming young men and women. Mr. Ramsey saw and spoke to us about developing our “potential,” as scholars and members of our community. Mr. Ramsey saw his role as not just finding the next football or


track star but helping us as students prepare for what was coming after highschool...not just what was coming up for 2nd period. God Bless all of my high school teachers. Even the ones whose classes I never pa s s e d . And one particular teacher, I battled with everyday I was in her class. I have to say the teachers, the staff, our Vice Principal Mr. Dennis, all seemed to care about making sure we were preparing for what was after highschool and not just ready for tomorrow’s lesson plan. Maybe it was just in my head but I felt that the teachers were getting me ready for the next phase of life from the moment of Freshman orientation to the time I put on my gap and gown. After freshman year gym, I would continue to see Mr. Ramsey over the years in the hallway passing classes or on the occasion he would fill in for one of my other gym teachers. After graduation, I would mostly see him at the football games and he would ask about my family. (I would ask him questions ...making him teach for free.) In the ACHS of the 1980’s, so much of the whole culture revolved around basketball. If you were a black

student, you really could not escape basket ball. I loved Mr. Ramsey’s approach to it. When he had to teach it. He set it up in a way so that the goal was to win... but in order to had to truly think and work as a team. Mr. Ramsey set up his basketball “class” so that the tools you took from his PE class could be used in any “team dynamic” from the gym to the board room. Mr. Ramsey also bucked the basketball culture of AC by wanting to expose his students to as many different sports and physical activity as possible. It’s cliche to say that a person’s passing leaves a “hole” in the fabric of a city or system. In the case of Coach Michael Ramsey that cliche is very true. Very few people have fought the the race of life, as well and uniquely as Mr. Ramsey and none of them did so with the smile or the class he displayed. You can connect with Raymond Tyler via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram @ RaymondTyler2018.


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Galloway community rallies to bring Sadie home Family desperate to find lost dog

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une 14th is a day that I will never forget. It’s the day my dog, Sadie, went missing from my home in Galloway, NJ. Sadie is more than just a dog, she’s been my best friend for 13 years. I went to college in Florida, which meant I was very far away from my family and all my comforts of home. One day, I went to Target and saw a sign up at the Pet Smart next door saying they were doing adoptions. I walked in, and saw a litter of dogs that had a big sign asking for donations for their medical bills. They were a litter of Pitbull/German Shepard mixed dogs that were abused badly by their owner. The animal rescue owner had saved the puppies and now they had an uphill battle filled with vet bills and recovery. I will never forget when I first saw Sadie. She was the runt of the litter, and had taken the brunt of the beatings. Sadie had a broken rib and was malnourished and had worms. She was in the worst shape by far of any of the dogs. She had been hiding, but when I walked up she got up and came over to me. The owner of the rescue had a surprised face because she said she hadn’t seen Sadie (“Baby

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nursed my girl back to health, and our journey through life together began. Sadie has been by my side through it all: college, moving back to New Jersey, getting married, buying our first house, getting her sister Chyles our Golden Retriever, having my son Declan, building our new house, and everything in between. Sadie has been my constant in life. She comes to work with me every day, and I never can move my chair because she’s always right at my feet. However, for the past three weeks I’ve been able to move my

chair because my constant shadow is missing. Every day for the past three weeks has seemed like a bad dream, and I just want to wake up. Sadie had wondered off through an opening in my fence that was down temporarily while work was being done in my yard. Sadie is a very timid, skittish dog, so when she wondered off and someone tried to stop to try and help, she got extremely scared and ran. The problem is, she ran far and to an area she is not familiar with and this was right at the time when it gets dark. My husband, my son Declan, and I spent the next endless days searching for her. When we couldn’t find her, we hired a lost dog recovery company Missing K9 Search and Rescue who has been advising us on how to find Sadie. A large part of how we will be able to bring Sadie home is by having as many people as possible aware to keep an eye out for her. I started a Facebook group called Find Sadie! With the hashtag #findsadiedog and through the power of Facebook information

on Sadie has been shared thousands of times. My local community has banded together to help find Sadie. People who have never met me or Sadie have been out searching for her, have dropped off baked goods, had signs made for her, and have put their lives on hold to try to help find Sadie. The past three weeks have been the hardest in my life, but I’ve also been given so much hope because of all the people standing behind me. All that seems to surround us in the news is how bad people are or how our country is in a bad place, but what I’ve learned in the past 3 weeks is just how amazing people are and how complete strangers will step up to help someone in their time of need. I know Sadie will come home, and all it takes is one set of eyes to see her and call me at 609-513-1058 or the Galloway Police Department, to bring her home. Sadie is about 40 lbs and is tan with white on her chest. Sadie has lupus, so she has a noticeable nose that is very pink rather than black and at times has what would be described as “cuts” on it. If you see her, please do not chase her but rather call me or the Galloway Police Department. I need my best friend home.


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odano is the administrator of Loving Families In Need Matter (Hope For the Disadvantaged). She created the organization to support families through a series of events staged during the course of the year, including a backto-school drive that provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students who would otherwise go without. Her biggest and most successful event of the year is her Annual “Gift Giving� Christmas Party, which provides presents for over 300 kids in the community. Sodano’s organization is 100% supported through donations from local

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your right, you will see the World War II lookout tower, built in 1942. Open daily for willing climbers, Fire Control Tower #23 was a major part of a Delaware Harbor Defense system known as Fort Miles. If you are lucky, you will leave Sunset Beach with some semi-precious stones, a nice tan, and some knowledge of local history. You may even see dolphins at sunset. Enjoy your treasure hunt!

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Earth, Wind, & Fire At Hard Rock Casino: Playing The Legendary High Energy Hits!

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arth, Wind & Fire (EWF) took the stage with their 12 members and was high energy from the start. They came out swinging with major hits like "Feelings,” then "Sing A Song" and "Shining Star" for a fast start that got the crowd up and cheering quickly. The sold-out concert started 20 minutes late. The band played a solid 2 hours and 27 minutes without an opening act, so the crowd was pleased they got their money's worth. The hits kept flowing and the concert seemed to fly by so fast, with the hits from "Getaway" to "Jupiter" to the popular "Serpentine Fire.” Next was "Evil,” featuring a bass solo from Verdine White, who smiles more than any other musician I have seen. You can

tell he truly loves what he does. Phillip Bailey sang lead vocals on most of the hits. Bailey’s son is also in the band now, on percussion and background vocals. Phillip Bailey also played the kalimba, which is a small handheld African thumb piano, giving a unique sound which became central to much of EWF’s music over the years. The soulful, funky, pop, R&B blend of success has kept EWF on the charts and hearts of millions for almost 5 decades now. Although EWF started in the early 70’s basically as jazz musicians, who played also soul, funk, gospel, blues,and jazzy styled rock and dance music, which somehow ended up becoming a great blended award-winning recipe for top-selling pop and rock ballads and fast-paced dance songs that were always lining the top of the charts as major hits. EWF is now close to entering its 50th year of performing. Maurice White founded the band in the early

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it, forever! Our socialist/democrat/revisionist radicals have been taking very calculated incremental steps ... at times so small, you don't even notice them. Here are just some of the recent examples: Nike recently introduced and briefly launched a beautiful red, white and blue sneaker, the Air Max 1 USA, also known as the Betsy Ross Flag edition. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly called Nike and complained that the Betsy Ross Flag is a racist symbol. Without hesitation, Nike contacted all of its distributors and

required them to send back all of these sneakers. A small number had already been released to the public. A pair recently sold online for $ 15,000. The manufacturers list price was $ 120. It is outrageous and dangerous for the survival of our country as we know it, for these radical socialist democrats to get away with revising our history and replacing it with a bizarro world "new" version. In the novel "1984," George Orwell wrote in the year 1949 ... "Who controls the past controls the future. This applies today, like never before. Orwell wrote this as a science fiction novel. Orwell details about a dystopian future, where all of our citizens are manipulated and controlled by a single political party. Orwell describes the reality that is achieved in the future, when information is controlled by a minority of the people, who then wield control over the majority.

Ironically, the dystopian superstate of "Oceania" is controlled by the fictional English Socialist Party. This radical society was being run by an entity known as "Big Brother," a totalitarian government. The question hangs in the balance; Who will be our era's "Winston Smith." Who will be our generation's hero protagonist, to stop the actual radical socialist democrats, who are committed to destroying our country. Also, the notion that The Betsy Ross Flag is a symbol of racism is ridiculous and factually inaccurate. Betsy Ross was a Quaker. They led decent and pure lives and were

abolitionists. The Quakers helped mightily to ban slavery in England. Quakers were instrumental in the "American Underground Railroad" to actually free slaves. For Nike, (because of Kaepernick) to object to the Betsy Ross Flag, by falsely claiming that it is a symbol of slavery, ignores all of the empirical evidence to the contrary. It's a big lie, in order to further a false narrative, in pursuit of their radical agenda. Barack Obama proudly flew the Betsy Ross Flag at both of his inaugurations. Was it "racist" then, or, is it only "racist" now? Here's the photographic (Betsy Ross Flag) evidence above. In Charlot tesville, Virginia, the sworn government voted to remove Thomas Jefferson as an official celebrated holiday. Yes, this is true. It happened last week. This bunch of elected freaks actually did this to our third President of The United States; the author of the Declaration of Independence, and, the founder of the University of Virginia. The radicals are currently winning, while people of good faith sit back and do nothing. This disturbing pattern of radical socialism will intensify during the Democratic Primary election season for President of The United States.

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They want free health care for illegals. They call them undocumented immigrants. Changing the English Language has been a very big victory for the socialist democrats. They have successfully managed to change the term "illegal" into something else. Isn't calling an illegal immigrant an "undocumented" something like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist?" The truth doesn't appear to matter, the radicals have won a hard-earned victory in this campaign. The madness goes on and on. The San Francisco Board of Education (the taxpayers) are going to spend as much a $ 600,000 to paint over an iconic, historical mural of President George Washington at a public school, which bears his name. It was painted by Victor Arnautoff in 1936. Arnautoff was one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Great Depression. The painting is titled The "Life of Washington." This painting depicts our first President as a soldier, surveyor and statesman. He was all of these things and more. The painting is 1,600 square feet in size and has been displayed at George Washington High School for 83 years.

It's time for people of good faith to really get engaged. More artwork and more iconic figures in history are

going to be redacted because of what our radicals refer to as "changing sensitivities." The radicals keep winning in their campaign of revisionist history. They have taken an iconic mural, which was always considered to be educational and innovative, and, now they will succeed in whitewashing it from history by declaring it to be racist and degrading. In just the past two weeks, the socialist democrats have scored major victories in pursuit of vaporizing our first and third Presidents. If American Patriots do not step-up and do something about this, George Orwell's 1984 will become true. Those who control the past will actually control our present and future! Here's one last outrageous example. Last week, in Tempe, Arizona, a Starbucks Coffee Company store employee asked a police officer to leave its store because one person complained about the police officer's presence. The complainant was "uncomfortable" that a police officer was present in the store. Did you ever believe you would live to see something as radical as this to occur so routinely in our country? The radicals are feverishly trying to re-write our entire history. They

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do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." We are now in the midst of a critical tipping point in American history. Are we up to the challenge? 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 (2013) and New Jersey (2015) Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Harry Hurley has also been selected (2015-2019) as one of the Top 100 Most Important Talk Radio Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. Hurley is the inaugural recipient of the New Jersey Broadcasters Association "Broadcaster of the Year" (2019). Hurley is also performing national fill-in, on-air talent work for FOX News Radio on their nationally syndicated platforms. He has hosted various television programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and is the editor and publisher of his news and information website,www. Send comments to





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Extra Points with Pete soccer after winning their fourth World Cup in France. Back to back too, as Delran’s Carli Lloyd was relegated to a backup role and Megan Rapinoe won the golden boot as the standout star. I’m not a huge soccer fan, but the women certainly made a fan out of me as I intently watched their narrow 2-1



hat’s One Small Step For Man…One Giant Leap For Mankind” – Neil Armstrong, July 1969 50 years ago this month, man first walked on the moon and our country swelled with national pride. Since I last wrote, the U.S. Women’s National Team has won the World Cup for the fourth time. They will be honored with a “Canyon of Heroes” parade in New York City, the way we did for astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins 50 years ago. The Sixers have begun summer league play, while watching the landscape of the Eastern Conference change dramatically. The Phillies take two out of three from the Mets before the All-Star Break, but starting pitching continues to be a problem. It’s all quiet from the Flyers & Eagles right now, but it was definitely LOUD for the Atlantic City Blackjacks in their return home. From the entertainment world, I’m just getting into “Stranger Things” season 3 on Netflix. Also, the quote at the top of the article is timely as several media outlets are honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program and moon landing. As always though, we begin with sports, and my thoughts for the week that was: ●● The United States Women’s National Team is now a dynasty in

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second year player, but he missed so much time last year, this is his chance to start over. It’s hard to really get a good read on anything out of summer league play, other than you hope the players stay healthy…! I woke up at 5:45a the other morning to two alerts on my phone. One was that there was another earthquake in California near Ridgecrest. The other alert was that Kawhi Leonard had signed with the Clippers and he wasn’t going alone. That second one probably woke me up more than the first, because that’s HUGE news for the Sixers. Lebron James is out of the East, Kawhi Leonard is out of the East, and now the path to the Eastern Conference Finals seems easier. The Clippers,


with Leonard and Paul George, are now the favorites to win it all according to the sportsbooks. The Lakers are actually second, the Milwaukee Bucks are third and the Sixers are fourth. Meanwhile, the Phillies are just hoping to make the playoffs, but despite taking two out of three at Citi Field in New York prior to the All-Star Break, the Fightin’s have a 47-43 record, and they’re 6.5 games behind Atlanta in the N.L. East. The Phillies biggest problem is starting pitching. Aaron Nola appears to have returned to last year’s dominant form with a 0.61 ERA in his last four starts, but now comes word that #2 Jake Arietta has bone spur problems in his right elbow that may require surgery. I spoke with Matt Gelb, Phillies beat writer for The Athletic on my radio show last week and asked him about where the drop-off is in the starting rotation for the Phillies and he answered “pretty much after Aaron Nola”. And that’s my point. Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta don’t scare any opposing team right now. Jerad Eickhoff has been injured. Triple-A call-ups Enyel De Los Santos & Cole Irvin have not done enough to stay. The MLB trade deadline is July 31st, so the clock is ticking, literally, for G.M. Matt Klentak to make a move. Speaking of moves, it’s a bad news / good news situation for the Atlantic City Blackjacks as they return home and lose to the Philadelphia Soul 50-45 on a last second touchdown. That’s the bad

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news as the Blackjacks playoff chances took a major hit. But, the GOOD news is that an announced crowd of 7,104 were at the game. Arena League Executive Committee President Ron Jaworski told Dave Weinberg from the Press of Atlantic City that the Blackjacks “aren’t going anywhere”. The Blackjacks have a BYE this week, and play their final home game of the regular season on Sunday 21st against the Baltimore Brigade. Come on out and support a LOCAL team…! Entertainment now, and I’ll start with “Stranger Things” season 3 on Netflix. No spoilers here, but so far I’ve enjoyed seeing a perfect recreation of an 80’s shopping mall. Signs inside the Starcourt


Mall that have made me chuckle are the neon sign for a “Sam Goody” record store as well as the 80’s versions of signage for “J.C. Penney” and “The Gap”. Plus, R.I.P. “ Walden books”. Finally, I’m a bit of a space race geek. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, there are several programs out there about NASA and our efforts to put a man on the moon.

Watching the old footage of when Neil Armstrong took those first steps made me realize how much of a unifying event that was for the entire world. I wasn’t born yet in 1969, but I sure do enjoy seeing how when we all work together, anything is possible…! I’ll close with my weekly reminder that you can listen to me on the radio each Saturday on 97.3 ESPN from 8-10 a.m. It’s the “Pete Thompson Show” and I’ve been calling it “Breakfast with the PT”, so I

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Detaching from Overwhelm

By Alexis McCarthy


s someone who loves to write, I try to think about the way in which we use our words and how it relates to the way we live our lives because, well, there’s a powerful connection. Something I found myself saying often - whether out loud, or in my head, was - “I’m Overwhelmed.” While this isn’t an uncommon thing at ALL to say, I sat back and thought about the power that I was letting that word have over me. OVERWHELMED. It’s a strong word. Particularly strong when it’s being used in the context of something I’m using to describe myself... You see, when I said the word, or thought to myself I. am. overwhelmed. In that very moment, I took on the emotion of overwhelm, and let it become something physical. No

longer was it just the situation that was a lot to handle. It was an emotion that was going to determine how I acted/reacted to whatever was in my life that was causing me to say that I was “overwhelmed”. So, I took a step back, as I often do, and I reflected on the ways that overwhelm had seeped it’s ugly face into different areas of my life, in ways I was allowing it to, because I was giving it the power of my emotions. It was making me react in an urgent or rushed way, rather than calm. I was stressing out over things that were definitely important, but they were not life or death, nor did they deserve to hold the weight I was letting them hold in my mind. I was being taken out of moments that did deserve that spot in my mind, because the overwhelm was not shaking off when I desperately needed to be able to connect in those times. I was creating a sense of panic in the people I came in contact with because now MY problem processing my feelings became their problem to handle. Needless to say, letting overwhelm control you is not the way you want to

live your life. It’s not the way I want to live do we solve this? We solve it by removing the physical connection to “overwhelm”. By deciding that while the tasks at hand may be a lot to handle and the situations may be “overwhelming”... we are calm. we are steady. we are taking it one step at a time. we are taking back the reins of something that could easily spiral us into another direction if we let it, and we’re telling this “overwhelming” thing where we are actually going to go in our life because dang it, we are under pressure but we are not overwhelmed. We are us. The situation is overwhelming, it’s allowed to be. But we are going to handle it in the way we tell it we will. You may be thinking, “Sure, that sounds great, Alexis, but how do we really make that happen? What does that look like for me?” Well, it looks like pausing to reflect before we react. It looks like organizing our thoughts and getting a real grip on what the situation actually is and what the solutions may be - rather than just looking at how the situa-

tion makes us feel (because, there is almost always a difference between perception and reality). It looks like shutting down from it when we can, and regrounding ourselves so we don’t miss the beautiful things that are in front of us during the times when we would have otherwise not been able to focus on anything besides the “overwhelming” problem! It looks like handling what we can, when we can, with the best of the abilities that we have, and letting go of the things that may not be able to be fixed. When you detach “overwhelm” from yourself it will feel like you’ve pulled a parasite out of your body and you’ve been given permission again to be yourself even when life gives you more than you think you can handle. Until next time, Shore Locals, I am sending you peace, love, and good vibes! Alexis McCarthy is the executive assistant for Rockstar Real Estate and Media Group. Born and raised in Atlantic County, small town living shaped her life, but didn't stop her from dreaming big. She and her husband/highschool sweetheart, Mike, have a 2-year-old son, Levi




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About 150 people gathered at the football field in the city’s Venice Park section to mourn those who have been lost in years of violence, and talk about ways the community can help. The community needs to return to the time when neighbors watched out for one another’s children, Shalanda Austin told those gathered. Neighbors no longer will call out someone else’s child, since it’s seen more as an insult to the parent rather than caring, Austin pointed out. “We’ve got to stop being afraid, as a community, to step up,” said Loreal Chrisp, known as ElleVintage. “It’s how you respond.” Her response is to talk to go out into the community and see what they need. She also shares her poetry, using it Monday as a battle cry for those gathered. “This is how I give back,” she said. “This is how I put my love into the community.” The woman who organized the event has asked not to have her name printed, stressing that this is about the community, not any one person.

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This was needed like medicine when you are ill: “If we keep breeding hate amongst each other, we will not have a solution to solve the sickness.” Mayor Frank Gilliam said he understands firsthand the hate that can fester after a loved one is killed. “My mother was murdered by violence,” he said. “Growing up, I wanted to be an individual who to got back at the individuals that took my mother’s life. So, I understand the frustration that people are going through when they are hurting.” Many in the crowd also understood. "Grandson.” “Son.” “A grandmother.” “A brother and a nephew.” “Five friends.” The list of loss came as people were asked to raise their hands if they had a loved one who had died. “I had my hand up, too,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner told the crowd. “Because those are the

people I lost: maybe teammates of mine; maybe classmates of mine. Too many names to name.” Monday’s was the first prayer vigil in what will be repeated at 6 p.m. over the next three Mondays: next in Pleasantville, then Egg Harbor Township and then Mays Landing. Mark-Anthony Rassmann has plans for the next eight Tuesdays focusing on Atlantic City. He plans to have 6 p.m. prayer meets at each of the city’s schools during the remainder of summer. “God is my source and you are my friends and I care about you,” he told the group. “I care about your children. So who’s going to meet me next week at Uptown.” The last will be Sept. 10 at the High School. “It’s not about one individual,” the woman who organized Monday’s event said. “It’s going to take more than one movement for an impact to happen in our city.”

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