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Ocean City Ho Ho Holiday 2012

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Ed. Note: This issue went to print before Hurricane Sandy made landfall near our beloved island. We love the Ocean City community and wish for a speedy recovery!

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Notes from the Beach

from the editor’s desk

Letters to the editor City. There is no better place to vacation and even live, than there! - Timothy and Melett Swailes

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No Place Like Ocean City

I wanted to take a moment and let you know that our entire family is delighted with your outstanding magazine. We have been subscribers for three years now (we have every issue published). It is such a thrill to come home and find such joy in our mailbox. We look forward to each and every issue! We live in a small town near Penn State University in Pennsylvania. We have vacationed in Ocean City every summer, for the last 15 years. Unfortunately, we can only visit once a season and we were really missing out on a lot of the great sites and scenes, around Ocean City. Your magazine has helped us keep up to date with everything Ocean

I just wanted to pass along a thank you for the “Macaroon Wars” article in the September/October issue. The only macaroons I’ve bought over the years are from Fralinger’s on 11th Street and I only buy the almond variety. To be honest, I didn’t even know that George’s or Shriver’s sold them. But now that I have read the article, I’ll have to give them all a try to compare. One more note here: thanks for a good magazine. It brings a nice alternative to The Sandpaper and The Sure Guide, etc. I’ll look forward to it again next year. - Rob Stanert

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Old-Fashioned Kindness

’m amazed by the kindness of the people in Ocean City. Example? The day I scheduled an interview with Mayor Jay Gillian (see the story on page 32) my children were off from school. When I called to reschedule, Kathy and Vickie in the Mayor’s office offered to keep an eye on my boys while I worked. When I arrived, the Mayor came out, greeted us, and said he always keeps his office stocked with treats for when kids come. Needless to say, I was blown away by the kindness and consideration they all showed me and my family. I really don’t think that happens in too many cities, which is just another reason I love Ocean City. It’s a small town with a big heart.

What’s on YOUR mind? Send a Letter to the Editor, stef@ocnjmagazine.com or P.O. Box 63, Marmora, NJ 08223.

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And speaking of big hearts, read the interview with Dottie Cianci from the Ocean City Food Cupboard on page 17. It’s an organization that’s vital to helping OC residents going through a rough patch. If you look closely at this issue, you’ll notice a few small changes that I hope you enjoy. Most notably is the new column on the left, Letters to the Editor. We’ve given you a voice, cool readers, so please let us know what’s on your mind. We want that column to grow, so email us at stef@ ocnjmagazine.com. Enjoy your holiday season and maybe I’ll see you on the island.

inside this issue

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Instructor Teri O’Connor trains OCHS athletes in yoga to help their game.

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Editor Stefanie Godfrey, stef@ocnjmagazine.com Advertising Manager Bill Godfrey, localocean@comcast.net

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This month we publish our very first fiction piece, Culmination Point by Gordon McClennen.

artist Marie Natale Published by Gone Native Communications, Inc. Ocean City magazine is published six times a year. 4,000 copies are distributed all around Ocean City and its surrounding communities. To get an annual subscription for $21.40, call (609) 675-0867 or visit www. ocnjmagazine.com/subscribe. Copies are available at many island locations: Please visit us online at www.ocnjmagazine.com for the list.

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32 gillian’s island

We sit down with Mayor Jay Gillian to hear what projects are upcoming in Ocean City.

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November/December 2012 features HeART of the Island 34 Culmination Point 36

every month In the Kitchen 5 Five Food Finds 7

Chocolate Wars 8 The Dining Guide 10 Famished Foodie 12 Snapshots 14, 16, 20 Random Employee 15 Six Questions 17 Events Calendar 18 It’s History 21

Ocean City Style 23 The Look 23 Stef’s Must Haves 24 The Shopping Guide 28 In the Biz 30 Trends 32 Books by the Beach 41 Activities Directory 41

Word Search 42 Ocean’s Eleven 44 Service of the Month 45 A Look Back 46 Home & Garden 47 Snapshots 48 Last Shot 50

Fly by In September and October monarchs making their way to Mexico, one wing flap at a time, pass by our shore. Here we caught one at the Howard Stainton Wildlife Sanctuary on Bay Avenue. Photo by Stef Godfrey.


Eating in the OC in the kitchen Chef Tyson from Tuckahoe Inn

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ach time I cross the parkway bridge coming south into Cape May County, I am awed by the shear beauty that surrounds us here at the Shore. I always think to myself “we are truly lucky to live in this area.” And then my eye catches the Tuckahoe Inn, nestled neatly on the shoreline. And like a youngster distracted from his chores by a shiney bike, my thoughts quickly wander and I think “oh, hey, we should go eat at the Tuckahoe really soon.” The Tuckahoe Inn is undoubtedly one of the area’s “go-to” spots. The food is always great and it’s a can’t miss destination for a Friday night (or any night really), a birthday party or just a quiet drink on a Saturday afternoon. Chef Tyson Merryman is the man behind that cozy atmosphere and those great crabcakes. Did you know he was born in Kansas? Yes, Kansas. Read on… Start at the beginning Chef. Where are you from and how did you come to this spot on the banks of the Great Egg Harbor? I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas. Wait, What? Really? Really. We had wheat and cattle. We still have the farm. It’s just south of Wichita in a town called Wellington. My parents worked for Boeing Aircraft and they were transferred to Pennsylvania when I was in ninth grade. Then I joined the Navy, started cooking. Woah, hold on… back up. Let’s talk about that move to PA. How was that? Pennsylvania was quite a radical difference from Kansas. The Philadelphia area, where we were, is

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very different from Kansas. I’m sure it is. Did you start working in restaurants in high school? Yes, but that’s not when I decided to be a chef – that was later. At the time I had a friend and he was really into cooking. We hung out so I picked up a few things. He got a job at a restaurant and I did too. I was a bus boy until I dropped a pan of dishes on the owner’s foot. After that I was a dishwasher. But I noticed the cooks were eating a lot better than I was so I decided it was better to be a cook than a dishwasher. So I started to learn how to cook. And then you joined the Navy? Yes. That same friend, Bob, and I skipped school one day – May 29, 1968 – and I drove him to join the Navy. And I wound up joining with him. Correct me if I’m wrong, but 1968 was a tough time to be in the Navy… It was a tough time to be drafted into the Army for sure. But the Navy wasn’t too bad. And you were a cook in the Navy? No, I was an aviation electronics technician. Of course. But my old friend Bob was a cook in the Navy and he and I were stationed together a couple times so I continued to learn cooking from him. After the Navy I just bounced around for awhile – you know, went to Florida and stuff. Then I called Bob one day. He was working in a French restaurant in West Chester, PA called “La Cocotte” – it means “the kettle” in French – and he asked me to come up. I got hired and Bob and I were the only Americans in the kitchen. The ordering was done in French, the dishwashing was done in Spanish.

I really liked it and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a chef. And you wound up at the Shore how? I liked the Jersey Shore. So one day I got up, got in my car – I had a little Austin Healey Sprite (Editor’s Note: please Google this car and picture Chef Tyson driving it) – and I drove to Atlantic City.Then I turned south and stopped at every restaurant I came to until I got a job. So you’ve got a sweet gig in PA, but you just get up one morning, leave it all behind, drive to the ocean and keep driving around until you find a job? Yep. Naturally. I worked in Wildwood for a while. I worked at the Regency Hotel in North Wildwood. They tore that place down, it’s condos now. That was the time the casinos were starting. I got hired by Playboy to open their showroom. But they never opened

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that place so I never got that job. Then I went to Harrah’s and opened a place there called “the Meadows.” That was possibly the best restaurant in Atlantic City ever. Early casino days eh? The early days of the casinos were great – unlimited expense accounts, famous clients – it was great. I also worked at the Tropicana – that was a 27-seat restaurant – phew, out of this world. Beautiful. Huge money in that place. Then I went to the London Pavillion at the Claridge. Seems like you moved around a lot. Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days. I’ve opened 13 different restaurants. So bring us to the Tuckahoe Inn. I was leasing the kitchen at The Anchorage (in Somers Point). That was ending and we were looking for a place to buy. So one day my sister called me – I’m partners with my sister Vicki Merryman and my mom,

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Gerry Jones – and she said “we’re buying the Tuckahoe Inn.” I told her it was too big and too old but she said “too bad.” What year was that? 1996. We made settlement on New Year’s Day of ’97 and we gutted the place. We enclosed the back porch, rebuilt the bar – a lot of work. What’s your clientele? We have a lot of visitors, but we have a lot of regulars, too. This is the 50th year of the Tuckahoe Inn – we’ve had it for 17 years – and we have generations of people still coming here. There’s been a business here since the 1700s. Any ghosts? Well, I’m the only one who will go up in the attic after dark (from the distance one of the staff yells “Charlie is in the attic!”) And what’s the secret to your longevity? Consistency. We have a great relationship with our customers. We try, but mistakes happen. Customers have no problem emailing me, or calling me or texting me if there’s a

problem and we’re on it. What’s your favorite things on the menu? The crabcakes are the most popular item. For me I like the snapper ponchartrain, the black and blue prime rib and whenever our sauté chef Jorge makes his potato-crusted fish. Any plans to walk away from this gig in the near future? No. I have one daughter in college and another who will be going to college. So no. Besides I love this. It’s my passion. I wouldn’t mind retiring one day. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. So what brings you in every day? Every day I get to look out over this beautiful scenery. This bay, the water, everything. I love coming into this every day. The Tuckahoe Inn is located at 1 Harbor Road in Beesley’s Point. Call (609) 390-3322 or visit www. tuckahoeinn.com.

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chocolate wars Laura’s Fudge Shop vs. Rauhauser’s Own Make Candies

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At Ocean City Magazine, we love competition. And food. And Ocean City. So one day, we had a scathingly brilliant idea. Let’s combine all three and call it Food Wars. In this war everyone wins. Since Ocean City is famous for its fabulous food, we’ll highlight two of the creme de la creme each month in head-to-head format and let you, hungry reader, decide which one you’re going to try first. And of course, you’ll have to try both each month to be a fair judge. At the very least, you’ll expand your food horizons and that is a good thing. Happy eating.

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o you remember reading the book “The Chocolate War” in high school? You do? Good. Well, this chocolate war is nothing like that. Picture the scene from the opening of Willy Wonka, where the glossy thick chocolate streams and flows, gets molded, packaged and shipped off to anxiously awaiting customers. Now picture that happening right on our very sweet island. Yes, it’s true! Ocean City has its very own chocolatiers and none of those pesky, moral-high-horse oompa loompas. Rauhauser’s Own Make Candies and Laura’s Fudge both hand craft chocolates on Asbury Avenue just a few blocks down from each other. And if the wind shifts just the right way, Asbury is transformed into a sweet-smelling chocoland. Willy Wonka indeed.

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I’m a big fan of both candy shops. I mean, c’mon, how can you not be? A. It’s candy. B. We’re human. And C. The cocoa bean is a seductive minx. So on a crisp fall day, I headed down the 700 block of Asbury straight to Rauhauser’s and walked under the brown awning and through the white door. It’s impossible not to smile when you walk inside either one of these shops. There is literally, candy and chocolate everywhere. Piles of jelly beans, stacks of butter creams, trays of mints, rows of chocolate-covered pretzels. But amongst all of this sugary madness, loyal customers always have a favorite. I found two very loyal customers in sisters Sally Smith and Phoebe Lindacher. Though Phoebe is from Ocean City, her sister Sally resides in Pennsylvania. But Sally assured me, “Every time we come to Ocean City, we come to Rauhauser’s.” When I asked why, Phoebe chimed in, “I just like homemade candy and I can get a gift and little things for my kids here for Christmas. It’s good ingredients (being used). We like the fall jelly beans and the dark chocolate.” Owner Rodney Blomdahl is a bit like Mr. Wonka, in that if you are fortunate enough to take a tour of the factory, he’s more than happy to give you a taste or three of his confections. During my visit, I sampled the pumpkin fudge (omg), a banana truffle and some almond crunch. Have I mentioned how sweet this job can be sometimes? And I was only half done! So after saying goodbye to Rodney and his smiling helpers (two of whom are his children Blake and

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Trevor – pictured above) I headed back onto the concrete and turned south. Laura’s Fudge is run by brother and sister team John and Katie Ball. When I walked into the beautiful showroom, Katie was there making something divine, so I perused the front glass case and found about 19 things I wanted. Laura’s may have “fudge” in its name, but they are no slouches when it comes to chocolate. Example? Sea salt caramels and chocdipped pumpkin muffins, the tray of which, Katie is holding in the top left photo. In search of what might be the best of their goodies, I did what any self-respecting reporter would do. I asked the people who possibly frequent the shop the most: the adjoining shopkeepers. Lisa Fuschillo from Flying Carp Gift Gallery had this to say, “I love the innovation of flavors. Laura’s Fudge keeps up with the trends of what’s happening in the food world.” And what is that? “Truffles with champagne and truffles filled with Guinness. I like when I want something out of the ordinary that I can go there.” Zoi from Butterfly Boutique also mentioned the truffles. “They are fresh and delicious. They make their truffles, that’s why they are all so good.” Now that you’ve heard from both sides of the chocolate coin, which will you try first? Either way, life that day will be sweet. - Stef Godfrey To chime in on a food war, email stef@ocnjmagazine.com.

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Rauhauser’s

Laura’s Fudge

Their chocolate covered blueberries! To die for! - Colleen

The chocolates are delicious. Love their caramels. - Jami

The candy is delicious, but even more important the staff that works there is wonderful! - Kara

Peanut butter smidgins, caramel-filled chocolate covered pretzels... the list is endless! - Jessica

Rauhauser’s chocolate covered blueberries have been my favorite since I strolled down Asbury with my mom... 40 years later I’m still lovin’ them! - Neen

There’s almost nowhere left to get delicious homemade candy (like Rauhauser’s). - Kathleen

Love the pumpkin fudge and the chocolate-covered bacon! - JT

Top quality. Flavorful. Big variety to choose from. - Hank

It’s smooth, creamy and positively delish! - Sharon

Ocean City’s best fudge and chocolate-covered strawberries. - Amy They are always so friendly in there. - Pam The truffles are outrageously good. - Bill

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The Dining Guide Need to know what restaurants are open? Consult this handy guide. pizza/bread/rolls BENNIE’S BREAD AND ROLLS Magnificent bread, Italian pastries, cakes, and tomato pie. 1159 Asbury Avenue, 398-9450. See ad page 7. Kirk’s Pizza This pizza place is always busy. We love the chicken cheesesteak with mushrooms and the white pizza. 44 Route 9, Marmora. 390-1845. See ad page 7. MANCO & MANCO PIZZA OC icon. Three locations on the Boards. 7th, 9th, and 12th Streets, 399-2548. PREP’S PIZZERIA AND DAIRY BAR Great thin-crust. Sandwiches and salads too. Plus an ice cream bar! 1004 Boardwalk, 398-0636. Call for hours.

GLOBAL CUISINE/ SEAFOOD Cinco De Mayo Awesome authentic Mexican food. B, L, D. Try the

Chiles Rellenos. 1039 West Avenue, 399-0199. See ad page 13. HULA Restaurant and Sauce Company Tasty Hawaiian cuisine. One of the best in town. 940 Boardwalk, 399-2400. See ad next page. OC SURF CAFÉ Surf-inspired cuisine. 715 8th Street, 391-9555. THE PINK PARROT GRILLE Great ocean views, good food, kid friendly. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. RED’S JERSEY-MEX Superior Mexi/ Southwest food. Gluten-free menu. 11th and Haven, 399-2272. See ad page 6. UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE Legendary breakfasts, lunches. 2112 Asbury, 40th and West, 398-7393. YIANNI’S CAFE Fresh, delicious and Greek-inspired. 841 Asbury & 1735 Simpson, 391-1113.

jon & patty’s Healthy, creative bistro fare. 637 Asbury Avenue, 3993377. See ad page 7.

COFFEE/sweets fractured prune Hot, handdipped donuts. Open early. 1225 Asbury, 399-0482. GEORGE’S Fantastic breakfasts, even better macaroons. Ice cream too. 700 Boardwalk, 398-4444. OCEAN CITY COFFEE COMPANY The perfect cup of coffee. Fresh noshes too. 928 Boardwalk, 917 Asbury, 399-5533. Wards Pastry Butter cookies! 730 Asbury, 399-1260. See ad page 7. BAKED Pastry SHOP Crazy good sweet treats baked daily. 32 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora. 226-6859.

BURGERS/FRIES/CRABCAKES/CHEESESTEAKS CHATTERBOX RESTAURANT Legendary. Great burgers and shakes. 500 9th Street, 399-0113. DEL’S OCEANSIDE GRILL Menu is time-tested and sure to please adults and kiddies alike. 934 Boardwalk, 399-3931. JAY’S CRABSHACK Awesome crabcakes, kid friendly. 737 Asbury, 399-4022. Year round. Jilly’s With an ice cream and a french fry factory you can’t go wrong. Ice cream, 1172 Boardwalk. Fries, 1034 Boardwalk. READY’S COFFEE SHOP Really good old school diner. 415 8th Street, 399-4418.

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Famished Foodie

pink parrot grill The Parrot serves up tasty, thoughtful dishes

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n a recent fall day, as I was feverishly devouring a juicy bacon burger at the Pink Parrot Grill inside the Port O Call Hotel in Ocean City, I realized that I had not dined at the Parrot since spring. My trance-like feeding frenzy sagged for a moment as I became aware of my countless missed opportunities for gastric delight – why had I not visited for all those many months? WHY?! But my spirits rebounded with the knowledge that all was not lost and that salvation was at hand. The Pink Parrot was staying open until the new year and I could dine there anytime I wanted. Crisis averted. Whew. I have no idea why I hadn’t been to the Pink Parrot in so long. The Parrot is a consistent, family-friendly, reasonably-priced place to go. The service is nice, the food is always tasty (actually it’s really tasty) and

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my family always has a great time. Plus the dining room overlooks the Boardwalk, beach, and ocean – in other words, the views are heavenly. When you live in the OC, it’s almost like “beat the clock” during the summer, because so many restaurants are only open those few months of the year. Perhaps that’s why I treat the Pink Parrot a bit too cavalier, knowing she’ll always welcome me back no matter how long I’m gone. Whatever the case, I’ve decided not to worry about meals lost to time, but instead just enjoy all the meals I’m about to have. The family – Apollonia, Michael, Sonny, Fredo and I – arrived and were immediately seated near the big picture window that looks out over the ocean. That view is a huge plus and I sometimes think I take those views for granted. But as I looked out over the fishing pier I sighed deeply and appreciated the scenic beauty the island offers.

We settled in (not an easy feat with sweatshirts, jackets and hats to remove and little ones to wrangle) and perused the menu. Nothing too fancy here – I would describe it as American comfort food. Eggs, pancakes, sandwiches and the like for breakfast with salads, burgers and wraps for lunch. What keeps me going back to the Pink Parrot is the

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quality of the food. My burger was really good. Juicy, cooked properly, etc. And the little details mean a lot. For instance the pickles (there were a lot of them fresh and nicely cut) were cold. In other words they were not sitting under a heat lamp – my dish was served promptly with everything at the proper temperature. The housemade cole slaw that

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came with my burger was oh-sofresh and the fries I plucked from Sonny’s plate were so crispy and tasty that Sonny shot me a sour look for taking too many of them. Know what else I noticed? The napkins. (Actually it was Apollonia who noticed the napkins). They were embossed with the Pink Parrot logo and they were thick. Thick and functional. That tells me that whoever is running the dining room is thinking (as opposed to just ordering whatever napkins are cheapest). Those little details make

for a nicer meal. So my burger was fresh and juicy with fresh lettuce and tomato, too. I really enjoyed it. Luckily for me, my family can’t eat as much as I do and were unable to finish their meals. So I offered to help. Apollonia’s honeystung chicken was as good as the fried chicken served at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons restaurant. I’m not kidding. Apollonia’s brown eyes lit up at first bite and she raved at how good it was. I remained skeptical until I actually bit into the chicken myself, at which point I was unable

to stop until I’d strip the bones clean (oh yes, it was served on the bone). Even Michael’s chicken tenders were good, which is impressive since chicken tenders are usually so generic. Fredo ordered a hot dog and was pleased. A good thing, since Fredo resembles Bruce Banner’s alter ego when things do not go his way. I truly recommend the Pink Parrot. Executive Chef David Melker is a conscientious chef and looks after the details. The entire family’s meal was excellent and the experience was easy going and relaxed.

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The Parrot will remain open through the holidays from Wednesday to Sunday with breakfast served from 7:30 to 11am and lunch from noon to 2pm. The Port O Call closes for January and February so get over to the Pink Parrot now, before you have gastric regret. -Al Fresco The Pink Parrot Grill is located at 1510 Boardwalk and can be reached at (609) 399-8812.

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Snapshots by the Shore

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Fall Block Party Photos by Pam Leypoldt

Kathi Babnew and Barb McKeefery

Kathleen and Abagail Smith

Beth Bowman and Miss Sunshine Caroline Bowman

Michelle Herman and Kathy Batty Smith

Wayne, Julie and Noah Schaerder

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Local Ocean Random Employee Diana “Scourge of the Sea” Licata from Air Circus What’s the best part of being a boardwalk pirate? I like pirate fashion, it’s cute. Rumor has it that you are mostfeared by other seafarers in these parts. It’s true, I’m feared and cute. Is it true that you have a pirate ship off the coast ready to plunder other ships? If you say so. What’s the name of your ship? The… um… the S.S. Booty! And what’s your favorite treasure? Diamonds, ‘cause diamonds are a girl’s

best friend. And they’re pretty. What do you do when you’re not sailing the high seas? I go to school. What’s your favorite subject? Chemistry! Kidding. Thanks! Wait! Want to hear my pirate joke? Sure. Do you like my earrings? Yes, they’re cute (natch). They were a buccaneer. -Interview/photo by Bill “Cute” Godfrey.

Rebecca Holden and her adorable girl Amelia sit outside Jon and Patty’s on a warm afternoon

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Olivia Alvarez, Gina Palovick, Anthony Natoli, Lisa Palovick

Carmela Coronel, Mary Ann Whelan, Kevin Whelan, Jackson Whelan, and Joni Whelan

Tony and Janet Galante

Deb, Nate, and Bill Jabjiniak and Anne Frey

Handsome boys Aiden and Stephen Leypoldt

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Six Questions

Ocean city food cupboard Coordinator Dottie Cianci

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e’ve all heard the phrase, “It takes a village.” In a town like Ocean City, where there are so many ways to give back and volunteer your time, this phrase is truly meaningful. We sat down with the coordinator of one of the most impacting volunteer organizations on the island – The Food Cupboard. Dottie Cianci has been volunteering for over a decade to help people going through rough patches get good food to eat in a safe and reliable way. How does the Food Cupboard work? We package bags for our clients. All the items in the bags are all the same. We have bags for either one person or a family of three or four to five. It’s been given out this way since the Food Cupboard started. We added a few things, like the microwavable meals, because a lot of the clients only have microwaves. Clients are allowed to come once a month unless they have a problem, then they can go over to Social Services and get another referral. We encourage our clients to apply for food stamps so they get that additional help. This is only an emergency supply of food, once every month. Can people just come here or do you have to go to Social Services first? First time they come we service them, but the second time we like them to go to Social

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Services so their address can be checked to make sure they are living here in Ocean City and to check who they have living with them. We send them over there because we’re very fortunate to have a Social Service office on the island and if there is any additional help they can get, Social Services directs them to the proper agencies. When clients come back, we ask that they bring a referral proving that they live where they live and we take the last four digits of their social security number. That’s how we keep track and try to discourage double dipping. Do you only service Ocean City residents? Not necessarily, but the majority is Ocean City residents. Anyone who comes the first time, we’ll give them food as long as they live in Cape May County. Last year in 2011 we serviced 1537 households and 2410 clients. How do you get the food you have in the cupboard? Various ways. We have food drives. We just had one in September with ACUA and we got 3648 pounds of food. We did very well this year. We have two foods drives with the Ocean City Post Office in May and December. Sometimes the schools help us too. We purchase foods with our monetary donations through a wholesaler named Zucca. We also have a FEMA grant that we get some years and grants we use to purchase food from the NJ FoodBank in Pleasantville. For example, we have a grant from ShopRite

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in Somers Point that provides us with credits to purchase items at the FoodBank. We also participate in the state food purchase program and we get an amount of free food depending on the number of people we serve. Wards Pastry donates bread and pastries. We purchase hot dogs and rolls because we want people to have some meat. In the summertime we have produce from gardens that parishioners from St. Peter’s tended. Do clients take the fresh produce? Sometimes it’s hard to give out because people don’t have the facilities. If you’re living in a room you basically have just a microwave. You might have one of those little college refrigerators. How long have you been involved? About 12 years. I retired to Ocean City and wanted to get involved with something. I started out as a volunteer and gradually moved my way up to organizing or coordinating. I’m the coordinator of the Food Cupboard. However, it really takes more than one person. I have someone who does the buying, someone who takes the inventory, tells us what we need to purchase. I also have somebody who takes care of the grant money and goes over to the FoodBank. We have no paid people at all – everything is volunteering. It takes a lot of time. - Interview and photos by Stef Godfrey

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3 Trail of Two Cities Run/Walk over the 9th Street Bridge from Somers Point to Ocean City. Registration 7am, Run/Walk 8am. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. 11 Veterans Day Program 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Avenue. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. 9–11 Quiet Festival A celebration of quiet things. For more information, call (609) 5259300. 10–11 Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival 10am-5pm both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Free Parking. $3 contribution benefits local charities. Children under 12 free. For more information, call (800) 822-4112.

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17 “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza. 7am-Noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas, free coffee and giveaways, early bird shopping specials. Free turkey giveaways to the best PJs. Noon-3pm free horse and carriage rides, face painting and photos with Santa. For more information, call (609) 398-4662. 17 & 18 Holiday Celebration of Fine Crafts 10am-5pm both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Free Parking. Presented by the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild. Contribution of $3 supports area charities. No charge for children under 12. For more information, call (800) 822-4112.

23 Christmas in the Downtown “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” 2-5pm. Join the merchants and Chamber in kicking off an oldfashioned Downtown Christmas. For more information, call (609) 399-1412. 24 & 25 Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am every weekend at a different restaurant Downtown. For more information, call (609) 398-4662. 24 & 25 Photos with Santa Noon-3pm at the Music Pier. For more information, call (609) 3991412.

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1 & 2 Train Show Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. 1 & 2 Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am every weekend at a different restaurant Downtown. For more information, call (609) 398-4662. 1 & 2 FREE Horse & Carriage Rides Noon-3pm in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call (609) 399-1412. 1 & 2 Photos with Santa Noon-3pm at the Music Pier. For more information, call (609) 3991412. 1 Ocean City Pops presents Joy to the World A Symphonic and Choral Celebration of the Joyous Sounds of Christmas! Heraldic trumpets,


8 & 9 Photos with Santa Noon-3pm at the Music Pier. For more information, call (609) 399-1412.

8 Christmas at the Tabernacle Angelus Chorus with instrumentalists and soloists, 4pm at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, free admission. For more information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

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15 & 16 FREE Horse & Carriage Rides Noon-3pm in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call (609) 399-1412. 15 & 16 Photos with Santa Noon-3pm at the Music Pier. For more information, call (609) 399-1412.

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22 & 23 Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am every weekend at a different restaurant Downtown. For more information, call (609) 398-4662. 31 First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information, call (609) 399-1412.

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8 FCA Surfers presents Sarah Hill Hill, from Kauai, Hawaii, speaks on her work with Bethany Hamilton (the “Soul Surfer” who lost an arm to a shark). 7pm at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, free admission. For more information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

1 5k Boardwalk Run 1pm. For more information, call (609) 5259300.

14-16 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR! The annual favorite returns in a new production for 2012. Come “rock around the Christmas tree” as a cast of professional sing-

1 First Day At The Beach 2pm at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Featuring Ocean City’s first dip in the ocean for the New Year. For

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8 Live Nativity Presented by the Youth of Ocean City Tabernacle, 2pm. Drive by or stop and visit, Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, free admission. For more information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org.

All dates are subject to change or cancel. For more information, call (800) BEACH-NJ or (609) 525-9300. Visit www.oceancityvacation.com or www.ocnj.us.

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8 & 9 FREE Horse & Carriage Rides Noon-3pm in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Avenue. For more information, call (609) 399-1412.

1 New Year’s Day Shopping Extravaganza Tremendous bargains all day along Asbury Avenue.

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7 Christmas Parade 7pm on Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th Street. Sponsored by the Ocean City Retail Merchants. For more information, call (609) 525-9290.

ers and dancers celebrate the season with a fully-staged musical revue of holiday hits. High-energy choreography, spectacular costumes, unbelievable talent and a phenomenal set all come together on the Music Pier stage to create a highlight of the Holiday season. December 14 at 10:30am. Special discounted performance for school groups. Contact info@oceancitytheatrecompany. com for more information. December 14 at 7:30pm, December 15 at 2pm and 7:30pm. December 16 at 2pm.Tickets: $18 for Adults, $15 for Senior Citizens and Kids under 12. Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. 15 & 16 Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am every weekend at a different restaurant Downtown. For more information, call (609) 398-4662.

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dazzling bells, and triumphant choirs join the POPS in this annual holiday tradition. Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Sponsored by Norman and JoAnne Schaut. 7:30pm. Tickets $15. Please call (609) 525-9300 for more information.

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around the downtown Photos by Pam Leypoldt

Marge Bixby and Linda Leonard hanging in front of Wards Pastry

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Yoasis workers Leeann Mitzel and Kendall Casaccio

Michelle Testa and Tara Galman

Pat McHugh and Bunny Jones take a break from shopping at Gabrielle & Co.

Rauhauser’s owner Rodney Blomdahl with Beth Christy

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It’s History

woodrow wilson elected president Fred Miller on Days Gone By hello governor Governor Woodrow Wilson spoke in Ocean City on September 28, 1911 in the Hippodrome building.

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ne hundred years ago, November 5, 1912, Ocean City and America went to the polls to elect a president. They had four choices: President William H. Taft, Republican; former President Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive; New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson, Democrat; and Eugene V. Debs, Socialist. Wilson won by a landslide, but he did not win in Ocean City. Roosevelt won here with 381 votes. Wilson placed second with 185 votes, and Taft received 144 votes. Debs received no votes. Nationally the vote results were: Wilson 6,296,547; Roosevelt 4,118,571; Taft 3,486,720; and Debs 900,672.

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The total electoral vote was: Wilson 435; Roosevelt 88; and Taft eight. The Wilson win was expected when Roosevelt, a former Republican, decided to run on

Governor Wilson to Ocean City on September 28, 1911. He stayed at the Biscayne Hotel on Moorlyn Terrace and spoke at the Hippodrome building on the Boardwalk.

“I want Cape May County to be ‘in the game.’ I want her to have something different from what she has had.” - Governor of New Jersey Woodrow Wilson the Progressive ticket which split the Republican vote between Roosevelt and Taft. Local Democrats thought Wilson would win in Ocean City. Democratic leaders William H. Campbell, W. Scott Hand, Luther L. Wallace, E. A. Bourgeois, R. Howard Thorn, B. Frank Smith, and Alfred R. Smith had brought

W. Scott Hand introduced the Governor, thanked him for the excellent job he was doing in Trenton, and expressed the hope he would be the next president of the United States. Governor Wilson spoke at length on what he had accomplished since his election as chief executive of New Jersey, and

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what he hoped would come in the future. He received the longest and loudest applause when he said, “I want Cape May County to be ‘in the game.’ I want her to have something different from what she has had.” At the conclusion of his talk, Governor Wilson shook hands with nearly all the people who were at the meeting. “ P R E S I DE N T - E L E C T WRITES TO BOY” was the headline in the November 21, 1912 Ocean City Sentinel. The article reported Irwin Holt, eightyear-old son of Frederick F. Holt, of 705 Fifth Street, wrote a letter to Governor Wilson expressing his feeling that Wilson was superior to the other candidates and he hoped he would be elected. Presidentelect wrote back on November 13,

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1912: “My Dear Little Friend: I cannot tell you what gratification it gives me that you should think of me. Your letter has given me a great deal of genuine pleasure, and I hope that as the years go on you will continue to feel that I am the sort of man you would like to support and keep as your friend. Cordially and faithfully yours, (signed) Woodrow Wilson.” On Tuesday, March 4, 1913, the Governor of New Jersey and former Princeton University president was accompanied by President Taft to the Capitol. The oath of office was administered on the East Portico by Chief Justice Edward White: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” President Wilson began his inaugural address saying, “There has been a change of government. It began two years ago, when the House of Representatives became Democratic by a decisive majority. It has now been completed. The Senate about to assemble will also be Democratic. The offices of President and Vice-President have been put into the hands of Democrats. What does the change mean?” He continued explaining how that was going to shape the future of America. He ended his speech telling the country, “This is not a day of triumph; it is a day of dedication. Here muster, not the forces of party, but the forces of humanity. I summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men, to my side. God helping me, I will not fail them, if they will but counsel and sustain me!”

hey mr. wilson Clockwise from top: Wilson stayed at the Biscayne Hotel on September 28, 1911; Taft for president button; Wilson for president campaign button; The Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall two-sided cardboard campaign hat was seen around Ocean City before the 1912 election; Woodrow Wilson; Roosevelt for president button.

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Shopping OC ocean city style

the look Colette, 900 Asbury (609) 525-0911

The C. Luce pewter sequin party dress ($78) is perfect for the holidays or a night out on the town. Shown with Zina Eva leather wrap belt ($82) in steel gray. For your feet, the Jeffrey Campbell studded nude pumps ($200) are the ultimate lady shoe with an edge! Perfect for anything from a cocktail dress to a tailored suit. The clutch shown above ($42) is a nude raw silk with a touch of glimmer – wear it year round! - Maria Cabata

chris vega Sneakers - Nike Jeans and Sweater - Tilly’s Shades - Native

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Miss me straight leg jeans ($99) are perfect to wear with boots, heels, flats, you name it! Shown with the C. Luce boyfriend cardigan ($48). The scarf ($49) from Desigual (a whimsical Spanish line) adds just the right amount of spunk. The Gee WaWa leather boots ($228) can be worn over the knee or folded down. Not only are they beautiful, they are comfortable as well. Pair them with the Zina Eva hobo bag ($318) and you have yourself a complete look. - Maria Cabata

We just love how cool this mom and baby duo look, but, sadly, our roving reporter’s recorder didn’t work to get the outfit details.

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Attention dads: this is a good look for anyone. Notice the broken in jeans and the cool shades? Grab a look like this out of your closet and you will be stylin’.

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stef’s must haves give Ready player one

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Playmobil is rad with the 10 and under crowd. Now, you may be thinking they look like Lego figurines. Contraire Mon Frère. Legos break apart these do not. Score one for playmobil! butterfly boutique, 943 Asbury (609) 391-0812

I heart ornaments. They are little hanging memories or glimpses into someone’s personality. These felted ones from B&B are so homey and cozy. Bring them all home now. Hey, that’s the ornaments talking. B&B, 827 asbury, (609) 391-0046

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gold digger I think I could be hypnotized if you dangled this little gem in front of my eyes... you will by this Hobo bag... you will take it home... you will bark like a dog when I say “holiday.” august heart, 717 Asbury, (609) 399-1565

Don’t have a fabulous iPad cover? Where have you been? Clearly not to Flying Carp Clothing. These buttery soft covers make wonderful gifts for a chic gal. flying carp clothing gallery, 745 Asbury, (609) 391-1546

added space self storage 532 Route 9 South, Marmora, NJ 609-390-5881

www.addedspace.net We Have a Gift for Entertaining

733 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City (609) 399-5570 pfrancisgifts.com

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A secure clean dry facility offering 24/7 controlled access, on-site management and affordable prices!

•Moving/packing supplies •On-site U-Haul truck/trailer rentals - 609-390-8925

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stef’s must haves give lounge act

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The only reason I’m not still in this Lafuma chair is because I had to finish this magazine you’re reading. The best lounge chair ever. You can recline to any degree with security and supreme comfort. island beach gear, 2 W. 9th street, (609) 788-3836 DESTINATION

Seriously, these little knit keychains are off the cute meter. They are hand knitted and super soft and bright. Hand knitted! (All knitters right now are nodding their heads in collective awe). Knit one pearl two indeed. flying carp, 939 asbury, (609) 464-2608

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i’m hooked There’s something pretty cool about jewelry that doubles as a souvenir in a subtle way. It’s like a being part of a cool club and this is your membership card. henry’s jewelry, 1236 Boardwalk, (609) 398-4238

Around February, I start to jones for the Hula salad. But it’s not really the fresh combo of lettuces – it’s the amazing dressing I’m after. Thanks to these bottled sauces and dressings, winter is a little easier to take. hula grill, 940 boardwalk, (609) 399-2400

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Stef’s must haves give Plaid tidings An elegant and stylish gift from our home accessory guru P.Francis. This country estate holiday line by Juliska is made in Portugal and was featured in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. p.francis, 733 Asbury, (609) 399-5570

nick of time Gingham Whale is a treasure trove of modern home decor and vintage pieces such as this collection of holiday cheer. See what you find on your next visit. gingham whale, 636 Asbury, (609) 391-0996

cool tees

balms away

Those cool cats at Jilly’s offer some of the best sports gear I’ve seen. It’s like high fashion fanwear and, bang, it’s right here in the OC. I fell for this long sleeve Phillies shirt. You will too. The spot by jillys, 1066 boardwalk, (609) 385-1234

Who told you to put the balm on? I didn’t tell you to put the balm on! Actually, unlike Jackie Chiles, I am telling you to put the balm on. Specifically this one – it’s the balm. l.e.h soap, 232 S. Shore, (609) 390-9500

FACT We absorb 60% of what we put on our skin. Children’s bodies absorb 40-50% more than adults and are at higher risk for diseases later in life when exposed to toxins. 232 South Shore Road Marmora NJ 08223 (609) 390-9500

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FACT At L.E.H Soap... we only use natural ingredients - no parabens, no animal products or by products - EVER!

SHOW SCHEDULE November 10 & 11 Holiday Celebration of Fine crafts in the Ocean City Music Pier December 1 26th Annual Crafts at Christmas Show at the Cape May Convention Hall December 7 & 8 Family Holiday Celebration at the Wildwood Convention Center

Our soaps and lotions make great shower, stocking stuffer and secret santa gifts!

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Stef’s must haves give ticket to ride

speed racer This is a must do in the OC, so dropping a few tickets into someone’s stocking this year will make their day, no matter what age. Go speed racer, go! playland go karts, 10th & Boardwalk, (609) 399-4751

How lucky to have amusement parks in our front yard... When you wrap up a few Gillian’s ticket books for your kids you are giving much more than a ride. You are giving memories. wonderland pier, 6th street (609) 399-7082

catch a wave Did I just want a reason to use this amaze photo from our last holiday shoot? Maybe. But getting someone surf lessons from By the Sea Surf Shop as a gift is awesome sauce indeed. by the sea, 850 boardwalk, (609) 398-0159

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token gift Another way to say I love you Ocean City in the form of jewelry. Pick up any of the OC Charms and create a piece as unique as you. Jewelry Hut, 1308 boardwalk, (609) 399-9634

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Did you find something you LOVE at one of the shops you see in this magazine? Email your find to stef@ocnjmagazine.com.

The Shopping Guide

DOWNTOWN SHOP Ocean City! OC’s Downtown named Number One U.S. City for Independent Retail! See ad page 27.

Antiques/Collectibles The Gingham Whale Antiques, shore things and a lot more. 636 Asbury, 391-0996. See ad page 29.

Apparel/shoes Alyse’s Shoes 951 Asbury, 3918859. Flying Carp Clothing Gallery Comfort, quality, timeless design. 745 Asbury, 391-1546. Gabrielle & Co. A collection of beautiful things from around the globe. 715 Asbury, 399-1008. La Bottine Boutique Stylish shoes, accessories, jewelry, home accents. 1033 Asbury, 399-6400. Could Be Yours 716 Asbury, 703-4457. Colette 900 Asbury, 525-0911. Donna Gay Dillon Boutique 725 Asbury, 399-0082.

Hoy’s 5 & 10 7th & Asbury, 398HOYS.

Shriver’s Gelato Only gelato store on Boards. Good stuff. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100.

stainton’s gallery of shops 810 Asbury, 545-8681.

Island Beach Gear Stop by on your way to the beach! 9th & Bay, 7883836. See ad page 25.

Johnson’s Popcorn An OC classic. A great gift too. 1368 Boardwalk, (800) 842-2676. See ad page 33.

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Spinning Wheel Florist 858 Asbury, 398-1157.

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Artisans alcove Estate jewelry., diamonds, vintage timepieces. 714 Asbury, 399-2050. The Butterfly Boutique Kids crafts/gifts, invites, wedding gifts, more. 943 Asbury, 391-0812. Cricket Box A must for OC lovers. 704 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, 391-0055. P. Francis Heirloom-quality gifts and more. Mariposa. 733 Asbury, 3995570. See ad page 24. Flying Carp Gift Gallery A special selection of handcrafted jewelry, cards and gifts. 939 Asbury, 464-2608. Ireland Imports 711 Asbury, 398-1948. potomac bead company 910 Asbury, 399-4400.

Pappagallo 744 Asbury, 398-4009.

sports/athletic wear

art galleries

Harbor Outfitters 625 Asbury, 938-0175.

aCCENT gALLERY Gorgeous pieces of art to make your home look fabulous. 956 Asbury, 398-3577. Fine arts league Art for sale, shows, classes. 608 Asbury, 814-0308.

Beauty salon Lindsy James Salon 945 Asbury, 525-9900.

Books/CDs/Office Sun Rose Words & Music Books, music, CDs, office supplies. 756 Asbury, 399-9190.

Department Stores B&B Department Store Big selection, great prices, open year round. 827 Asbury, 391-0046.

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Sneaker Shop 846 Asbury, 3915223.

sweets and treats Laura’s Fudge A sweet treat, with fine ingredients. 935 Asbury, 399-0616. cake studio A master cake craftsman. 1046 Asbury, 231-1851.

Things to do Glazed Over 854 Asbury, 3988880. Kidz Creations 811 Asbury, 399-9922.

apparel The Spot by Jilly’s Style, attitude, vintage tees, sunglasses and great brands. 762 and 1066 Boardwalk, 385-1234. breezin’ up Your family’s favorite destination at the Shore. 1040 Boardwalk, 398-9400. Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory Get your Phillies at Jilly’s and lots more. 936 and 1048 Boardwalk, 385-1234.

home goods/JEWELRY Henry’s OC’s Landmark Jeweler. 1236 Boardwalk, (800) 214-4435. See ad page 31. Jewelry Hut Superior jewelry. 1308 Boardwalk, 399-9634.

RENTALS Surf Buggy Centers Two locations; 8th & 12th Streets at the Boardwalk. Cribs, strollers, TVs, coolers, bikes. 976-5679.

VARIETY/beach items Jilly’s $1 Store One dollar! 1044 Boardwalk, 399-1234. Pessano’s Variety Stores Everything you need is here. Really. Two locations, 3rd and Atlantic; 11th and Boardwalk, 399-1889.

WEST AVENUE BIKES Tuckahoe Bike Shop Sales, service and rentals. Nice guys too. 1214 West Avenue, 398-9700. Relax Concierge Rent linens, and more online. Store front too. 1213 West, 601-5077.

ON THE WAY TO OC sports tackledirect The finest in premium fishing tackle and value. 6825 Tilton Road, EHT, (609) 788-3819.

SURF SHOP/SUNGLASSES

Tuckahoe Bike Shop Modern bikes, Old-fashioned service. 2151 Route 50, Tuckahoe, 628-0101.

By the Sea Surf Shop Sun, Sand, Surf. Private and semi-private surf lessons. 850 Boardwalk, 3980159.

Euro Line Designe Kitchen and Bath. 751 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, 927-1111.

Sunglass Menagerie Sunglasses for every budget. 1124 Boardwalk, 391-8000.

SWEETS AND TREATS

Fudge kitchen Candy that melts in your mouth. 800 Boardwalk. 398-7457. Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy Ocean City icon. Taffy, fudge, candy. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100. See ad page 31.

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garden center vaughan’s farm & garden Jersey produce, flowers, barbecue hq. 312 Roosevelt Blvd., 390-1864.

bath and body l.e.h. soap All natural soap and lotions. 232 Shore Road, 390-9500. See ad page 26.

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Maria’s must haves give

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Centerpiece for the holidays. Who doesn’t love freshies? spinning wheel florist, 858 Asbury, (609) 399-4624

Very inspiring. A knitting bag, handpainted needles and beautiful yarn. knitting niche, 1330 Asbury, (609) 399-5111

sparkle and shine Gold flats and a matching bag to dazzle your socks off! la bottine boutique, 1033 asbury, (609) 399-6400

bottles up These guys are great for a masculine gift! cricket box, 704 Asbury, (609) 391-0055

Ed. Note: Maria Cabata gives her picks for gifts found Downtown on Asbury Avenue. Want to share your must haves? Email us stef@ocnjmagazine.com.

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In the Biz

strike a pose Teri O’Connor traines OCHS student athletes .with yoga.

teri o’connor Stefanie Godfrey learns balance is key from this yoga instructor

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ife is a little crazy, no? We wake up, try and do 110 things and fall into bed like a sack. To help cope with all the crazy, it’s important to remember perspective, balance and, if you ask yoga instructor Teri O’Connor, posture. Teri trains OCHS student athletes to help them achieve better results in their sport. On a crisp fall day, I sat down with Teri on the bleachers on the OCHS football field and learned more about her training. Tell me what you do for the OCHS students. Six years ago Bill Moreland asked me if I would work with the cross country team because he read an article that said yoga helped with stretching and prevented injuries. Once a week I came to help cross country and it grew to spring track and field. At the time my son Jimmy was a freshman and it was great because I could do that and I could be with him. We started seeing that the boys embraced not just

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the stretching, but the breathing aspect of yoga. There are several runners you see in the top doing really well and people wouldn’t expect it but some of them have asthma. Learning yoga breathing helps them with their running. Yoga is as much about breathe as it is about stretching the muscles and about stress reduction. In our training we do visualizing exercises. After the workout the team goes into relaxation and we talk about visualizing the run before they go out there – kind of like elite athletes do to get in the zone. We started seeing fewer injuries and the kids were happy and looking forward to yoga. The results were very rewarding. Wow that’s very exciting. It’s still exciting. This is my sixth year and Jimmy has graduated, but I still continue with them because they are awesome. Working with the teenagers is fantastic. I do some work with the girls field hockey as well. I’ve been the longest with boys cross country and boys track and field though. Their coaches are really progressive

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because they are open to modernizing their training. We start every season by looking at their regular warm up and regular cool down and then assessing if it’s anatomically correct and in alignment. Often times what kids do in a warm up, if they are out of alignment, is causing the potential for injury instead of really stretching them out. A big part of my work with them is teaching them about their anatomy. That’s one thing coach Matt Perdue is really happy about. He really encourages the boys to learn how their body works so they can get it to work for them instead of working against them. Can you give me an example? I teach them lengthening their spine and how posture can really help the way you breathe. If you slouch you can’t get any air inside your lungs. It’s like squeezing a balloon and expecting to blow it up. They also learn how to breathe correctly. A lot of people suck in their belly when they breathe and you need to expand it. We do a lot of work with different kinds of

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breathing exercises, so they are exercising their lungs and view their lungs as important muscle; as important as their quads or their hamstrings. It translates into overall wellness. My big line with them is “listen to your body whisper, so it doesn’t scream.” The lungs are a muscle? Yes. They are covered in muscle. Actually all your organs have muscle. Do you get resistance on yoga? There’s a lot more to yoga (than people think). We burn fat, not just incense. The students have been really open to it. What else do you do with the students? There’s different muscle creams and anti-stress aromatherapy lotions. The girls in field hockey love the anti-stress lotions. We work on giving them tools so they don’t get hurt and they enjoy it more. How many kids are on the teams you help? Cross country is usually in the 20s, then in spring track and field it’s more and you get more of a variety.

your muscles will follow. Will you know just by looking at somebody? Am I out of alignment? Um, not since I said the word, “Posture.” Anything exciting you just learned? I just got back from a therapeutic anatomy training and it teaches you how to asses your student’s bodies rather than teaching the poses. I like to use that with “We burn fat, not just incense,” says yoga instructor these kids and make their own prescription. What Teri O’Connor 4 SIDED BEAD • FITS ALL BEAD BRACELETS they need to do might be different from the group 10% of All Proceeds Donated to COA warm up because they never heard of yoga. Then once they might have something going on them more power. started, they realized it was really with their hip or the knee. It’s been How do you know all this? I’m a personal trainer with the hard and they were shocked by how great to individualize. Do they keep up with the yoga? American Council on Exercise. much work it was. They were so Some of them come to the group I did my 200-hour training with grateful for the guided relaxation. How do you know if someone classes I offer and I don’t charge the YogaFit and I’m on the track for my 500-hour yoga therapy certification. is out of alignment? I’ve taken kids if they are on the team because 4 SIDED BEAD • FITS ALL BEAD BRACELETS trainings and it teaches you the reward is they aren’t injured or Part of the reason I keep going is anatomy 10% of All Proceeds Donated to COA Other I’ve taught the students how hurt and that’s good karma. I’m motivated by the kids. I see the posture. Stylesare supposed to line up. Visit njbeachyoga.com for a full list their bones results it makes. don’t have to memorize every of Teri’s yoga classes. How long have you been YouAvailable! muscle. If you line up your bones, teaching yoga? Instead of just distance runners, a lot of the people who do field events are football players. It’s interesting because certain exercises we do are about endurance and length, and as much as they can bench press, they struggle with things like long term arm circles because they have a lot of bulk, but it’s not functional. It’s getting them to get their muscles to be flexible not just strong. It gives

Seven years. I grew up with the team. Every time I came back from a training, I couldn’t wait to share with them something new that might be more effective. The best part is that the coaches are open to change and because they are open, the kids are open to trying new things. How were they when you first started? The first year was the hardest, because the seniors had

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f you’ve spent time in Ocean City about it. Nice. People have also been at any particular event, (and if you have, you’re lucky) chances are you’ve vocal about the skateboard seen Mayor Jay Gillian and his wife, park on 6th Street near the Michele. Now, you may not have Boardwalk that was removed October 2011. Any plans to recognized them, but they were probably there. The Mayor and his wife are two of the hardest bring it back? We’re still working on our working people on the island. But they don’t ask for accolades, they do it because in the Mayor’s concept. We want to put the skateboard park back in, words, they love Ocean City. I met up with Jay Gillian in his office in City add pickle ball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and keep the Hall on a Friday afternoon. And with me, in tow, were my two little boys street hockey courts up. We’re really trying. We’re looking at (there was no school that day). Of course, I didn’t just bring my kids. When that whole facility right now I called to cancel the interview (it’s generally a (including the OCHS football no no to bring your children to work), Vickie field and track). The track is and Kathy in the Mayor’s office bent over bubbling up, so we have to do backwards to help me, and offered to keep an repairs. Instead of throwing eye on my guys while I conducted my interview. money just to repair it, we Sometimes real life situations are the best want to do it right. We want to examples of true character. This kindess offered put an artificial field down, fix sense to keep it there anymore. by the staff and mayor went a long way. Jay even the track and then (continue People asked me why we didn’t build a new offered to have the boys stay in the office while with our concept). The artificial turf means the skateboard park (right away). When this Sixth we talked. He keeps little sweet treats in there football players would be able to practice on the Street recreational concept came about, I for times like this(!) He and Michele have seven field without tearing it up all the time. thought it was worth waiting a couple years to That’s smart. children between them, so he knows a thing or Plus we can go out and market it and bring do something cool. It would be so cool for our two about keeping kids happy. After my kids got settled with their coloring football games and band competitions to Ocean local residents from seniors to little kids. The upkeep and the maintenance that we’ll save year books and crayons, I headed into after year would be spectacular. the spacious Mayor’s office and We have a lot of requests from “It’s a balancing act between what we can and sat down to speak with Jay. Pennsylvania schools to play football, Any big plans for the next few can’t do without raising taxes. But it can be done. and soccer in Ocean City. This could months? be a really big revenue generator. That’s You just have to have the courage to do it,” We’re going to continue with what we’re working on now – the our capital projects. When I Mayor Jay Gillian numbers. When we propose a project became mayor, I wanted to put like this, I want the tax payers to know a plan in, plan ahead, and bond ahead for the money. We’re paving more streets, City so we can make this a year round facility. what it costs and what revenue we can generate. Cool. doing more drainage, doing more bulkheads. Hopefully we can do this in the next couple This stuff is fun. You can go from the bay to Hopefully, by the end of this month, I’ll find years. the beach on that block – you have the Bayside Ocean City is a great town for recreation. out what we’re going to do with our Boardwalk I really want to get the skateboard park back. Center, then you have the Bay Avenue fields, the – that’s one of our main streets. We’re right in the middle of dredging right now and our beach I know a lot of people miss it. We have so much primary school, fire department, the tabernacle, replenishment will be going on in March. It is recreation here, but I have to make sure we are Veteran’s field. From that beach to bay corridor, fiscally responsible. I have to balance a lot of you really have an amazing place for everyone in a very busy year. Ocean City. I’m excited about it. I’ve heard there are going to be new things. Do you think it’ll happen? What do you mean? decorations Downtown this year. I hope we can pull it off. What prevents us If I can grab extra revenue, I feel I have to We have some Christmas lights going in from doing this is we can only bond so much Downtown. I grew up in Ocean City and do that. When the skate park first came in it remember the way the Christmas lights used to was supposed to be temporarily located at Sixth money. I have to take care of the streets. We’re be. When we put in new lights and changed it Street (originally the space was filled with doing so much to catch up on what we need to a bit, I heard from a lot of people. They wanted parking spots), but it stayed. Over the years with get done. Yes, you mentioned the Boardwalk. it back the way it was. There was some charm the loss of revenue and vandalism, it didn’t make

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We were going to put a pine Boardwalk from 5th to 6th Street. Then I saw a couple places on the Boardwalk where this pine was put in and realized it’s not like the old pine, it doesn’t have the chemicals in it to last. So we stopped and I took a breath. Now we’re looking at it again. The sub structure needs to be repaired or a new one needs to put in. We’re trying to do it in the most cost effective way. You can be talking costs of $1.5 million, $1.7 million per block. Until you sit in the mayor’s seat, it’s easy to take the cost of running a community like Ocean City for granted. I’ve been asking everybody to do more with less. We have to get back to what we’re supposed to be doing here – (maintaining) infrastructure, roads, streets and drainage. We got away from it a bit and started doing aesthetically-pleasing stuff. It was good to a degree, but once you fail to maintain the infrastructure, then you play catch up. It’s a balancing act between what we can and can’t do without raising taxes. But it can be done. You just have to have the

courage to do it. Is being the mayor what you thought it would be like? I guess it is because my dad (Roy Gillian) was the mayor and I was on the school board. I learned so much on the school board that prepared me for this job. I’m looking forward to the next two years. What do you think about the new Downtown rebranding efforts? I think the Downtown is phenominal. It has to run like a business though, it has to be accountable. It can’t just run off taxpayer’s money. Our last two years, we’ve done a lot for the Downtown because I think it’s vital for us to stay who we are. How do you handle your critics? I love Ocean City. I love everything about it. It’s such and honor and so humbling to be the mayor. (The critics) don’t bother me too much because I think to myself, “Man, you live in Ocean City, how lucky are you? -Interview and photo by Stef Godfrey

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eART. There it is on my sleeve. I heart art. My heart is not without it. And no charming town is without an art community circulating through it. Our beloved Ocean City is no different.

If you take a walk on Asbury, you’ll see what I mean. Start on First Street – Who’s on First, you ask? Indeed, I say. Who’s on First Café wears their heART on the outside as well as the inside. Every two weeks the work of a different local artist is hung on the wall. It is on these walls that I noticed many of the artists featured here. One half of a north about face and you will pass many other cafés and shops which support the local artists by hanging and selling their work; Jon and Patty’s, Ocean City Fine Arts League, Stainton’s, Glazed Over and Accent Gallery are just a few. At the heart of this matter is the heARTists, themselves. Here are a few…

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Michele Pasciullo is a mosaicist, originally from Philadelphia, who came to sow her purple lotus seeds locally. She refers to the turn in her life when she found mosaicism as “finding her bliss.” It was in 2008 when her desk job expired, she looked for a creative outlet and made a mosaic – it moved her; spiritually, soulfully and in a new direction. She was stricken with mosaics and thus was the start of her mosaic renaissance; she took workshops, borrowed books and experimented like mad and Purple Lotus Mosaics was born. Michelle found that art, the creation of it and appreciation of it afforded her happiness and fulfillment. She is inspired by other artists, their work, and the boundless nature of art and hopes to disseminate her joy and appreciation of mosaicism. She volunteers in many different ways; one community project has taken the form of a mosaic

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rainbow mural on the side of the Who’s on First Café. Typically, her mosaics take the form of wall hangings, flowerpots, stained glass panels, garden stones, birdhouses, surfboards, pendants and more. They are made of varying materials; stained glass, mirrors and, where possible, are made from recycled items such as dysfunctional surfboards, windows, frames, and doors that are being thrown away. She saves rubbish from its demise, beautifies it and gives it a new eternal life as art. See more of Michele at Stainton’s, Art on Asbury (the Ocean City Fine Arts League), the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor or at Purple Lotus Mosaics on Facebook.

Maryanne Pappano is a fine artist. No, really, she is a fine artist. A fine, mixed media, artist. She has lived all over south Jersey, including Ocean City, and grew up going to beaches at

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59th Street and Corson’s Inlet, which remain today a favorite subject of her art. The first art show she ever had was at Accent Gallery. Who’s on First gave Maryanne her first solo exhibit and continues to do so twice a year. And she will continue to “hang” there as long as they let her. Maryanne is a traveling artist and her gypsy road right now is in Asheville, North Carolina, where the mountains inspire her waves. Maryanne’s niche is creating something that tells the art-holder’s story. She is our voice in art. Her voice is mounted on wood with found objects such as maps and book pages. Whilst in the mountains, longing for her dog, she also started artfully speaking for canines. She doubles as a dog portrait artist, capturing their spirit and telling the stories that lie within them through their eyes, and so began The Artful Dog by TLB. TLB stands for Talula Love Bottoms, an umbrella name for fun, quirky and unique art projects that involve you, freedom in art, and most-importantly, the artist that reside in all of us. Yes, you too. Outside of gallery shows, Maryanne fills custom orders. Contact her or see what she is mixing up on her facebook page under Maryanne Pappano. You can also find her work at An Octopus Garden in Millville.

Jamie Kelly is the island’s resident surf sculptor. Though from outside Philadelphia, he grew up summering at a cottage in Ocean City and moved to the area permanently when he graduated college in 1995. He has surfed Ocean City his whole life and consequently he lives and loves surfing, it consumes him and he consumes it; he makes and fixes surfboards for a

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living and creates art inspired by it. Jamie’s rustic surf sculptures are made from wire, fashioned into a surfer, and wood, exotic or recycled from driftwood or scraps, carved into a replica of a surfboard. Mounted on wood further creating the surfer’s environment, these meticulously hand-crafted sculptures are highly sought after, especially the dashboard rider. He accomplishes the seemingly-impossible feat of turning aluminum wire and various wood pieces into a realistic sculpture, capturing a moment any like surfer has experienced. Jamie’s sculptures rotate through local galleries and can be found at Steve and Cookie’s, Who’s on First or at www.jksurfart.com. For custom orders, contact Jamie at info@jksurfart.com.

Kiesha Bond is a photographer and a jeweler merged into one. She is a photeweler. What you see in her craft is her worldliness from her nomadic past (as well as her favorite tree which she can see from her work space). From a military family, Kiesha lived all over the country, mostly in Alaska, and has met many a tree. She’s a resident of Upper Township, mother of three boys, and wife to a man who was “just a friend,” and in the Army like her father. Kiesha thought her calling was teaching, and it was for 14 years until her photography branched out. Kiesha posted some photos on Flickr, and when a comment (from an individual who later became a friend) came in suggesting she try to make them into pendants, Simply Vintage Designs was born. Her vintage-inspired jewelry married with her unique nature photography offer beautiful works of art, which can be exhibited, not on your wall, but around your neck. She fashions them out

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of glass, copper, silver, and bronze pendant trays and is headed for the woods next as she is experimenting with wood pendants. Kiesha is wildly fun which is reflected even in her item descriptions, as she points out, “Please note the pendants are water resistant but not waterproof. Which means no swimming the English Channel, showers, dunk tanks, etc.” Like what you tree? You can find her work on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/simplyvintagedesigns

Susan Hanna Rau, a local watercolorist, is from Pennsylvania, but landed and has made a splash in Upper Township where the local ocean, back bays and pinelands inspire her. Rau loves to paint in any medium but most appreciates the unpredictability and challenging nature of watercolors which draws the creativity out of her. Her work comes to life on paper, canvas, wood and glass among other surfaces; Susan says “if it’s flat space – watch out!” Susan likes to make a grand entrance, one of which can be seen on the entrance of the Ocean City Library in the form of a mural she worked on with Nancy Palermo. She teaches classes and still finds time to be heavily involved in community art outreach and is currently working with Community Art Projects in Ocean City on the utility box project. Her award-winning art can be found at the Ocean City Fine Arts League and the Ocean City Arts Center, as well as in Millville at J.B. and M.E. and the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. Her business, Keep It Simple Studios, can be found at www.sandbrau.com/SusanRau.

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gotta tell ya. Nothin’ used to bother me. I was an upbeat kinda guy. There was no sore feelin’ that a good night’s nap couldn’t put right. I lost jobs, friends, even part of a finger once, and still the next day seemed a bright shiny day. But that all changed, ‘bout a year back, and I’ve never been right since. It wasn’t no gradual thing, neither, this loss of the cheery. It happened – BAM – like a car hittin’ a telephone pole. In fact, that’s ‘xactly what happened, except the pole broke and crushed the car pretty good after, and left a big ugly scar right on my face that near-shouts “I’ll get you back” to anyone fixin’ to mess with me. Physi-cally, I’m fine, but I got a little psycho goin’ in my head for that one. After that, my life just wasn’t the same. A big part of it, the biggest part, the part that was my soul-heart, but outside my body, was torn clean away. Even my ever-clingy wife never seemed to be around much after that… But I don’t like to talk about it none. Not with anybody, but myself when I’m sure nobody else can hear. Talkin’ out loud was nothin’ new, just that it happened more lately. It’s been a little shy of a year since my life turned sour and dried up. Mostly I kept the hurt to myself, especially at first. But I think they begun to notice at work, which is why I was sittin’ on the couch at home in the middle of the day, tortured by my own thinkin’ instead of bein’ tortured at work by my job. A funny thing, that. If I hadn’t been home, inside, on that bright, sunny, depressin’ day, I wouldn’t’a seen who walked through the door. I gotta say that nothin’ surprises me. Nothin’. You could sneak behind me and shout “booga booga booga” into my ear and I’d just turn and look. I may be psycho-depressed, but I’m still as calm and steady as they come. But this particular time, I suddenly found no sofa between me and the floor. And the person who walked through the door had to grab somethin’ to keep from fallin’ over himself. But, of course he’d have the same reaction as

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myself, because, well, he was me. I don’t jus’ mean he looked like me. Nope. This guy was me. That much was obvious. He had the same hair-shave, same scar on his face, was wearin’ my favorite shirt, had the same hole in the pocket of his jeans that comes from carryin’ a handy-dandy pocket knife, and, as the kicker, had a beat up old leather brief-bag which matched mine, faded spot for faded spot. And, as if to prove it, he set that bag right down next to mine. We was both gapin’ at each other like we was tryin’ to compare tonsils. He spoke first, and broke the silence, though I remember wishin’ he’d’a just walked back out the door. “What are you doin’ in my house?,” he asks. His jaw was no longer hangin’ open. And he looked mighty angry. Now I don’t really have a problem findin’ stuff to say to myself when I have to look in the mirror to get a proper response, but I sure as heck don’t know what to say now there’s no mirror, but my face is still in front of me. But I tell you what, I decided to talk to the other-selfguy politely like a stranger, and not rude and condescendin’ like I do to the self in the shavin’ mirror. “Sorry,” I says, pickin’ myself off the floor. “but you can’t come in here tellin’ me what’s mine is yours. I must ask you to leave, you have interrupted my foul mood, which makes it fouler, and I don’t much appreciate it.” “I’m home!” he shouts, all the while lookin’ confused at the two briefcases sittin’ side-by-side at the door. “You’re not home, you ninny! And do you hafta shout? There’s no other bodies here. Ann’s on a cruise with her hen-flock somewhere near Mexico. Even if she weren’t, it’s the middle of the day, and she’d be workin’. If you are tryin’ to pretend to be me, you should know that much, at least.” He looked at me, mumbled somethin’ like “not again” and “I’m hungry” and headed off for the kitchen, against my protests. By the time I caught him he was standin’ in the doorway, lookin’ as though he couldn’t find the room, though it was in front of his face. “The wallpaper! I painted over

it last spring. “What!?” he says, his eyes all buggered out so far I thought I was goin’ to have to push them back in. He had a sort of dawnin’-recognition come across his face, and he turned towards me to speak. I knew I had to do somethin’, and talkin’ didn’t seem the answer, so I did the only other thin’ I could think of. I wished I’d had some sort of kung-fu karate type moves, but I don’t so I plain whup-tackled him. Now, if you come across yourself, or at least a reasonable facsimile, I recommend against tacklin’. First, I ain’t young anymore, and it hurt! Second, this guy, though he was me down to the same mole on my/his chin, was actually a tad bit thinner, more muscular, and definitely quicker. Why I hadn’t noticed it before didn’t occur to me right away. Alls I know is he weren’t there when I landed on the floor, but quick enough he was lookin’ down at his foot in the middle of my chest with a grin on his face. That smug grin seriously pissed me off. It was supposed to, I know. Remember, it was my grin. I used it many times before. Never on myself, though. I grabbed his leg, fixin’ to send him for a good topple when suddenly the front door opened and another me walked in. This one was lookin’ at me and the other-other me sayin’, “not again!” My foot left my chest (my other-self foot, that is) and the two standin’ myselfs circled one another. He wasn’t smilin’. MeNumber-Three, I mean. MeNumber-Two wasn’t either, but other than the outfits they were wearin’ I couldn’t distinguish them. I would’ve joined the circlin’, but they-me were doin’ it pretty well on their-my own, and I wanted to sit back down on the sofa. My back hurt from my failed tackle and I was still out of sorts and depressed. Soul-heart still a’hurtin. I watched them for a minute or so, then finally spoke. “Is any other myself as confused as me as to who’s me and…?” I started. I didn’t really expect a response, but the other two finished my sentence. “…who’s not?” they said, damn near simultaneously. They looked at each other, and Me-Two asked Me-Three “do you remember this?”

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floor-bump, and it wasn’t from the beer which would be warm before I had a chance to backwash in it since I was doin’ more thinkin’ than drinkin’. My noggin was spinnin’ from dustin’ off my grey matter and doin’ all this thinkin and gettin’ nowhere. Finally, Me-Three spoke. “Well sittin’ here drinkin’ is all fine and dandy-like, but I don’t think bein’ stuck here suits me much. I wish to get back to my empty house. I got sulkin’ to do, and I mean t’ do it, alone. Ann left me. Left me good. And since, to me, this routine is a practiced one, I bid byebye and good luck.” He stands, graceful as a hippo on the ice, ignorin’ our dropped mouth gapes and walks towards the door. He turns, smiles, waves, and makes a grand onefingered gesture as he walks through the jamb like it was a wall of water tryin’ to crush him. And to add effect onto cause, he fell to the floor in a tangle of legs and arms. I turn to Me-Two, and ask “Is that what’s s’posed to happen?” And he says, “No, not the way I remember.” Because now there’s two Me’s outside on the front porch, one on top of another, and two Me’s inside. All wearin’ the same dropped mouthed gape. The two outside dusted off and sidledwalked back inside. Still gapin’ and shakin’ their heads. As I run to the kitchen for another beer, I worry that the two cases I keep hiddenstashed in the basement won’t be enough if Mes keep showin’ up. Me-Four is the most ragged me. Wherever (whenever? Ugh!) he was before he was here, it wasn’t treatin’ him right. In fact, he was downright embarrassin’ me. And him bein’ me and all, I have every right to say so. That man, he smells. And needs a haircut. And a laundry machine, or somethin’. Even by my standards, which, case you couldn’t

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tell, ain’t much. Sorry. Aren’t much. Ain’t ain’t a word and I ain’t gonna say it. He jus’ steps back through that door and mutters “not again.” While gapin’ around the room at the same time, like he was in the Smithsonian or Loove (you know, that French place with the pictures)(spell it how you want, I’ll spell it how it makes sense). And damned be if he didn’t look about to cry. He was a sorry sight. The only thing good about him was that scary scar on his-our-my cheek was finally startin’ to fade.

for a while. But stick here a while longer, ‘cause this is where things get good. When Me-Four appeared, conversation sorta died. Everyone was lookin at each other, and nobody was really sayin much. Even though the other-me’s had been here before, they seemed to be just as surprised as me-me. I started to wonder if my head was dreamin’ this. So I took it in as my task to say somethin’. Lookin’ straight at Me-Four, I said “So what’s got you so down, bub?”

Whenever he was from musta been far past the others. I hand him the Hops Delight I got from the kitchen fridge and he plops down, openin’ it with his teeth. Yellow, broken, teeth, I must add. Not that I got anythin’ against broken, yellow teeth, ‘xcept they’re ugly. See, now right about here, if I were readin’ this, I’da got bored and quit, and go watch a CRT

His one word answer shocked us into a murmured silence: “Little Gabby” There was a noticeable vacuum left when the two other-mes and the real-me lung-filled our chests. Now, it’s not that I didn’t understand his answer. I did. But for him-me, years removed from me-me, I woulda expected the pain to have subsided, not grown. This guy was a messy-mess. More a

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messy-mess than me, and I’m fresh from bein’ dipped in the pain. Even though his face scar was muchly faded, the inside heart-scar was much worse. He-me looked around the room, surveyin’ everythin’. “The place looks good. I’d forgotten how good Annie could dress a wall,” he-me said. He sighed and said faintly, “yup,” plopped in the green corner chair and looked deeper into his bottle than a fortune girl would. Now, Me-Three, who had been quiet and watchin’ the rest of us like we was a theater troupe, says, “Say, friend, I know you’re sad and upset. I would be too. In fact, I am. But, man, look at us. We all have the same pain, but you’re the only one wearin’ it badly.” And Me-Two, the same threebeer-geek we all are, says, “Yeah, and what happened to your pearl chompers?” M e - F o u r smiled this time, first time, showin’ off his chewin’-ivor y like busted up piano keys. “Car accident, again. Nobody lostdead this time. Nobody but my teeth. I can live without them. Wish I’d wore my seatbelt, though, bitin’ the steerer at twentyfive didn’t tickle none.” He smiled again, showing off perfect, white, carrot-chewers. I was sittin’ down, but I nearly stood up so I could fall over with the proper dramatic effect. Me-Two noticed also, and said “Friend, again, I know I just asked this, but, Friend, what happened to your teeth? Not ten seconds ago, they was all broken up, and now

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they look just as good as mine and… mine.” Me-Four looked around at us, with surprise on his face now as his eyes swept past my gapin’ face. “My teeth have always been fine, buddy. I don’t know what you could be talkin’ about.” To show us and prove them, he chomped and clicked loudly. Well, I was bestunned and confuddled. But then the light blub came on above my brain and blinded everyone else in the room. This man was Future-Me. He told a Previous-Me how he damaged his teeth. And now his teeth weren’t broke. “Fellas,” I say, “I think I have a good think-thing here.” Me-Three and Me-Two had definitely wrapped their noggins around it as well. Well, they are me and I will be them, one day, so that shouldn’t be no surprise to anyone. “We can fix things, you see?” I say, importantly, “That might be the reason why this is happenin’. To fix things. As the earliest MeYou present, everyone tell me what needs to be fixed. I’ll fix it if I can. Just like I fixed his,” I point at Me-Four, “teeth when I decided to always wear my seatbelt from now on. This here is fate take-back time.” There was mouth-babblin’ all at once. And it weren’t no easy thing to figure it all out, three people talkin’ at once. “One at a time, please!” I yell, “One tongue-wagger at a time is all I can take, thank you!” We all took turny-turns and the listy-list came in: “I forgot to register my, I mean, our, college-car, and it got towed” “I shouldn’t have called in sick, the day of the audit was the day they picked the layoffs, too” “I got caught speedin’ with an expired license, and it cost me $400.” “Ann’s dead.” All gasped and focused their oculars on Me-Four at this admission. “Do you know why, friend?” one of us asked, gently. He nodded. “DUI. I shouldn’t’a been drivin’, I know, but she was so tired. I thought I could get her back with me. So I took her out. And I messed it up bad for good.

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But now things are really bad. I can’t get the pain out of my head, is all. One mangled death was bad enough, two is unbearable.” “Right!” I said. “Everyone concentrate. No more drinkin’. We’ll fix Me-Four right up.” We closed our lids and scrunched our faces and burned some nogginwood, but when we opened them again, Me-Four was the same as always. Dirty. Shabby. Sad. “This won’t work,” said, MeThree, “I like the beer and the wine too much.” I didn’t have to say out loud that I did, too. “Fine,” I say, “Let’s make a deal, then. No drinkin’ abroad, only at home. Can’t DUI if we don’t go out. Agreed?” “Agreed!” “I’ll drink to that!” Everyone looked at the silent corner of the room, where an empty chair now rested. Fixed or not fixed, shabby or not shabby, Me-Four was gone. As if by magic. Which, for some reason, was more impressive magic than the fact he-I ever walked through the door in the first place. I got a notepad and wrote down the other complaints. Any other complaints, besides... I paused to read them back… “Always register car and license and don’t call in sick durin’ audits.” I get blank stares from the other two. I take it to mean that our plan was workin’. “Anything else?” They look at each other, both fingerin’ the tell-tale scar on their cheeks. The scar that’s barely healed on mine. Me-Two whispers, “Gabby.” The sadness which planted me on the sofa in the first place grips me, and I try to grip it and bundle it back up before it comes out my eyes and stings my scar, but it’s too late, and I have to wipe my face. “I’m sorry,” I say, “but as you can see,” I point at my wrecked cheek, “I won’t be any good help there. That’s one bad drivin’ mistake I can’t never take back. The dead ain’t gettin’ raised. Not on this one.” “It wasn’t our mistake to undo,” Me-Three whispers. “I know,” I say. “But what’s done is done. And that’s a mistake in its own self.”

Their beers needed refillin’, and since we were, technically, home, we were free to drink under the new rules, and I went to get some more. I could hear the two of them tradin’ gabs out in the livin’ room, and it just plain struck me funny, yet again, to be listenin’ to myself talkin’ to myself. I grabbed the last of the cold beer and joined them. We had a grand ole time, laughin’ it up. We know each other’s stories, of course, but we have the same sense of humor, too, and we got on right perfectly, I must say. Mostly we joked about future changin’ kind of stuff, and how inconvenient it was that none of the future mes carried a newspaper or any kind of future stock report with him today. I tried concentratin’ on that but apparently makin’ money wasn’t in the fate cards. But we laughed anyway. And our sadness, though everpresent, seemed more tolerable. Like gettin’ rid of a sore spot on your hand by concentratin’ on your foot. Bein’ able to commiserate and console was like injectin’ aspirin into the soul-heart. And it felt good, for a while. I made a plan to myself, that I need more friends, or make the old ones better. As much as talkin’ to myself was a heart-delight, nothin’ would help me heal more than talkin’ with good-friend company. And though I didn’t speak that one aloud, I thought I could see the difference in my future self ’s faces. That could be my head-thoughts, though. My sneaky head likes to trick me when I’m not lookin’. Me-Three was doin’ his best humped-back-slack-jaw impression of our bossy-boss of ten years, when he stepped close to the door and his foot disappeared. He started and pulled it back, and looked up at us. “It’s time, I guess,” he said. I have to admit, I was sad to see them go. And I didn’t need to say so. “Well, friends, it was good talkin’ to ya, this was good. Much better than I remember from before.” Then he addressed me, “Don’t forget that list, we’re countin on, ya.” He did a wave and a little jig and disappeared out the door as I yelled “throw a stock report back if you

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can!” But he was gone. Two walked to me, shook my hand and said, “Thanks, this was fun. Can’t wait for next time.” Then he picked up his briefcase (and checked to be sure it was right), and walked back through the door without lookin’, shuttin’ the door behind him. I sat there, again alone, though happier. I am a big believer in things happenin’ for a reason, and always try to figure the whys of things. But this one was clear. A lot of good had been done here today, for me. Gabby was still gone, but I seen proof that I could survive it. When Ann got back next week, I’d make things right. I picked up the empties and walked them back to the kitchen recycle bin. I tossed each bottle in, one at a time, relishin’ the clinkyclink sound and secretly hopin’ for a crash-tinkle. I must’a not heard the door open again. When I got back to my exsulkin’ spot, I was surprised (but less so) to find myself already sittin’ there. He looked up, startled. And gazed at me, wonderin’. “What are ya doin’ in my house?” he growls, gettin’ up. Before I knowed what he was doin’, he tried to tackle me. Havin’ been here before, it wasn’t any difficult problem to grab his snakin’ wrist, twist his noodle arm and end him up supine with my foot in his chest. But there was a difference here from last time. I closed my eyes and looked again at his babybutt-smooth face cheeks. This fella had no scar. It suddenly dawned on me, my beer-hazed mistake, as I looked towards the kitchen calendar. The year was the same, but not the month. This wasn’t June 15. Not here. Not this house. This wasn’t my house. Never was. And I wasn’t Me-One. He was. (Wait! I mean “is.”) But the sweetest, most beautiful difference of all made me break out in tears. I was slumped-kneelin’, but I don’t remember sinkin’ to the floor. A tiny little voice called from the livin’ room. A voice I craved. A voice I dreamt every sleepy-time. A voice I hadn’t heard for a year past, ‘cept in my head. “Daddy, who are you talking to?”

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arr i ag e can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades

Get out and play in the OC! BayCats Kayaks and Catamarans HobieCat and kayak rentals, Sailing Camp. 316 Bay Avenue, OC, 391-7960. Bayview Marina Waverunners, parasailing, more. 312 Bay Avenue, OC, 399-5100.

an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? Employing her trademark razorsharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. - gillianflynn.com

NY Times Bestseller List Hardcover Fiction 1.THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J. K. Rowling 2.NYPD RED, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp 3.GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn 4.WINTER OF THE WORLD, by Ken Follett 5.MAD RIVER, by John Sandford

golf courses, and Go Karts. 1020 Boardwalk, 399-4751. Tuckahoe Bike Shop & Surf Buggy Center Rent bikes. Fun. 1214 West Avenue, OC, 398-9700.

The Butterfly Boutique Very kid-friendly with cute crafts such as seashell painting. 943 Asbury Avenue, OC, 391-0812.

Zumba Fitness with Lynn Sooy Get shakin’ with the biggest trend in fitness right now. In and around OC, 3770982. See ad page 44.

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Tons of exciting rides/mini golf. 6th and Boardwalk, 3997082. See ad previous page.

SHORE GATE Voted Best in State by Golf Digest in 2011 and 2012. 35 Schoolhouse Lane, 624-TEES.

Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness A premiere spot to workout. New boxing classes. 90 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, 925-9550.

GHOST TOUR Take a spooky walk around OC’s historic section. If you dare. ghosttour.com, 814-0199.

Jilly’s Arcade Awesome arcade. Ten cent skeeball! 1172 Boardwalk, 385-1234. OC Aquatic & Fitness Center Newly-renovated center – state-of-the-art equipment. 1735 Simpson, 398-6900. See ad

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Ocean City Free Public Library A fabulous place filled with DVDs, games, computers, and... books! 1735 Simpson, 3992434. Ocean City Historical Museum A lovely spot to check out OC’s past through postcards, photos and exhibits. 1735 Asbury, 399-1801.

CLAM DRAIN Where the beach meets the game and everybody wins. Available at Island Beach Gear. clamdrain. com. OC THEATRE COMPANY Bring cool culture into your island time. Shows throughout the year. 854 Asbury, 525-9300.

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OC arts center Artist exhibits, low-cost membership. 1735 Simpson, 399-7628. OC POPS Summer concerts at the Music Pier. 525-9248, www. oceancitypops.org.

Playland’s Castaway Cove Over 30 rides, two mini

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Ocean’s 11 Pirate Treasure, TV Specials and the Mayan Calendar 1. There’s a 5k race on the Boardwalk Thanksgiving Day… what’s it called?

7. What is viscum album?

3. The 28th president of the U.S. was governor of New Jersey early in his career. Name him.

9. What is the date for Memorial Day, 2013?

2. What pirate allegedly buried treasure along the NJ coast?

8. The tophat that brought Frosty the Snowman to life originally belonged to whom?

4. Name the two retail giants featured in “Miracle on 34th Street?”

10. How many days is it from New Year’s Day until Memorial Day in 2013?

6. What group of people were the original inhabitants of Tuckahoe and the surrounding area?

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11. According to interpretations of the ancient Mayan Calendar, on what day is the world supposed to end?

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THURSDAY

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5. Yoga is said to have originated where?

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Services adopt a pet from the humane society of oc Bring home one of these little darlings

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f you’re thinking of adopting a dog from the Humane Society of Ocean City, now is a great time. We adopted our dog Seven nearly nine years ago from an area shelter. It was an easy experience and we got to take home a food vacuum, burglar alarm, and warm blanket all rolled into one. The HSOC shelter is no-kill and also has cats. Pictured on this page are some of the fur kids you can adopt today. Visit the Humane Society at 1 Shelter Road (off Tennesee Avenue), call them at (609) 399-2018, or check them out online at hsocnj.org. - Stef Godfrey. Photos by Ray Zaleski.

scooby 3-year-old Brindle Lab mix.

I have tons of energy and love to play. I am very smart and know all basic obedience. I would love to learn new tricks. I would be a great family pet and I am okay with some dogs.

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18-month-old Aussie Sheppard/Border Collie mix. I am a little shy at first, but I just want to be loved. I would be a great family pet. I haven’t been here long enough for anyone to know how I respond to other animals.

babe (right) 4-year-old American Bulldog mix.

I need to be an only pet; I don’t like cats and I’m scared of other dogs. Even though I am a big boy, I don’t realize how strong I am. I love people and would be great in a home with kids over 12. I am smart and need someone who can give me the love I deserve.

Olive 4-year-old Crusian/Hound mix.

I would be a great family dog with kids 5 and older. I love to run and play and go for rides in the car.

howie (right) 6-year-old Beagle.

I am a special needs dog because I cannot hear. I am friendly, laid back, I like kids, and I like to explore

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Snapshots by the Shore

a look back

happy baby Longtime Ocean City vacationer Nancy Walker shares a photo of herself at eight months old on the Ocean City Beach in 1936. You can see The Flanders Hotel in the background.

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Home and Garden

about to pay for College?

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e tt i ng accepted to college is one thing, but paying for it is another. In 2011, a year of public university cost more than $20,000*, and with inflation, that cost is only going to rise. According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing, the 2011-2012 average total costs (including tuition, fees, room and board) were $38,589 for students at four-year private colleges and universities. To help offset that cost, many parents seek out financial aid options. Here are some common myths about the process: Not enough financial aid is available In 2010-2011, there was $177.6 billion of undergraduate aid available. Federal student aid

Eric Reich dispels common financial aid myths programs alone provided roughly $118.9 billion in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.* Only students with good grades get financial aid While a high grade point average will help a student get accepted by a good school and might help with academic scholarships, most of the Federal student aid programs do not take a student’s grades into consideration. Our family makes too much money One of the biggest misconceptions today is the average family’s concept of who is eligible to receive financial aid. In 2010, a financial aid officer at Princeton University indicated that an income of $100,000 was considered middle income.

We own a nice home The equity in your primary residence is not a countable asset for determining financial aid. If you are in the process of helping your high school senior with their college search and application process, it is important that you have a plan of action. When you’re researching schools, make sure you know the tuition, fees and room and board costs, how the school can help meet these costs, and deadlines for financial aid applications. In addition, explore other college funding sources such as scholarships and federal and private loans. And remember, in order to receive any type of aid you MUST complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (www.fafsa. ed.gov). The sooner you file the FAFSA the better! Also, consider attending one

of our complimentary College Funding Workshops. Through our affiliation with 123College.com, we can provide solutions to the college funding problem. You can learn how to potentially lower your out-of-pocket costs and maximize your student’s financial aid eligibility, how to potentially send your child to an expensive private university for less than a lower priced college and how to select colleges that can provide you with the best financial aid package. For more information, please call Reich Asset Management, LLC at (609) 486-5073.

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Collegeboard.org Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through NFP Securities, Inc. (NFPSI), member FINRA/SIPC. Reich Asset Management, LLC and NFPSI are not affiliated. NFP Securities, Inc. and 123College.com, Inc. are not affiliated.

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Snapshots by the Shore

throw down for danny Margagliano Fundraiser for local surfing legend on October 14

Danny Margagliano was born and raised in Upper Township and known as one of New Jersey’s great surfers. Sadly, Danny recently sustained a devastating spinal cord injury from a diving accident which paralyzed him. His wife April, son Ethan, and daughter Summer have been affected greatly by this tragic accident and are currently struggling. This event was the second fundraiser hosted by the Bricker family, raising money to help offset the cost of Danny’s aggressive physical therapy in Atlanta, GA and travel expenses. If you’d like to help Danny and his family, send donations to
Throw Down for Danny,
331 Stagecoach Rd,
Marmora, NJ 08223.
Make checks payable to:
Ocean City FMBA Local 27.

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Last Shot

blues traveler

With fall comes cornstalks and crisp amazing skies that illuminate an entire ocean. Photo by Stef Godfrey.

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