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Notes from the Beach

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OU know how they say it takes a village? Well this month it took a village to put Ocean City Magazine together so it can sit in your fine hands, cool reader. Thanks to an eager, willing, and helpful bunch, this issue is one of the best yet. Bill, Cassie, Carolyn, Kelly, Joanna, Taylor, and Pam – I thank you very much. It’s great to be surrounded by cool people. Speaking of, Ocean City is filled with just such folks. Whether you’re a longtime visitor, a day-tripper, a lifer or a transplant, chances are you realized this not long after arriving. This island is packed with hard workers sweating it out to make your vacation the best it can be. Visit the shops, eateries and services you see in the mag. They are awesome. You’ll see. If games are your thing, check out the article on the Jilly’s Family of Stores, including Jilly’s Arcade. They have a killer new Pac Man game that’s anything but Old

School. Let’s just say that I was actually spellbound for a moment while gawking at it. Email me at stef@ocnjmagazine.com if you want to arrange a showdown. I’m so there. Along with being hard workers, so many of the people I’ve met in the OC volunteer their time and donate their money to support various organizations around town. Back in April, there was an event to benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. See the story on page 36, written by the talented Kelly Tjoumakaris. Enjoy the beginning of this year’s summer. May you have many long, hot summer nights. They are the best, you know.

cover Our amazing friend and artist Marie Natale has once again outdone herself with this second painting in the retro series for Ocean City Magazine, inspired by sea, surf, and swimsuits. The covers are available for sale in poster size. Won’t this look fab in your home? We think so too. Email stef@ ocnjmagazine.com for more info.

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GLOW AHEAD

It’s glow-in-the-dark fun at the new mini golf course in Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Check it out on page 48.

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FEATURES Ars Gratia Artis 34 How To Save A Life 36 All In A Day’s Work 40

EVERY MONTH In the Kitchen 5 Five Food Finds 7 The Dining Guide 10 Famished Foodie 12

Photos 14, 16, 20 Random Employee 15 Six Questions 17 Events Calendar 18 It’s History 21 Ocean City Style 23 Merchant 23 Ocean City Must Haves 26 The Shopping Guide 28 Trends 32 Word Search 46

Books by the Beach 47 Activities Directory 47 Activity Zone 48 Ocean’s Eleven 51 Volunteer of the Month 53 Service of the Month 53 Real Speak 54 Health & Beauty 56 Last Shot 58

FETCHING Lisa Maiale-Howell and her pup Maggie take a break from the work week to play in the Northend surf.

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Eating in the OC IN THE KITCHEN John Szabo from Positively Fourth Street

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OU can tell when a business owner is passionate. When I sat down with John Szabo upstairs in his B&B Laurel Bay, his passionate attitude about food, art and decor was apparent almost instantly. That’s a cool last name. What’s your heritage. I’m half Hungarian, half Irish. Tell me how you ended up at Positively Fourth Street. It was a long journey. I worked at the Sands Casino for a long time. We were having coffee one Sunday and I saw a hotel for sale in Ocean City. It was 22 units for $145,000, which was what we paid to build our house in EHT. I made a joke to my wife Sharon that we could sell everything and have our own business in Ocean City. On a lark, we looked at the property, but the owner took it off the market. Oh no. But then the realtor told us about her friend who had a property on Fourth Street that she was ready to sell, but wasn’t on the market yet. That was this property. We walked through (it was quite a bit rougher than it is now) and when we walked out I really liked the idea of apartments, restaurant and B&B rooms. As we stepped onto the porch, Sharon shook her head and said, “I’m so glad we’re not looking at that place again.” I thought it had real potential. Fifteen years ago we bought the corner. What were you doing at the Sands Casino? I ran the catering, convention services and banquet department. Were you cooking at that time? Only when pressed. Sands would do offpremises catering. We would rent beach houses for celebrities and in summertime, the catering end was slow so they’d send me out to cook for

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folks at the beach houses. Normally, all I did was plan, organize, and set up the events and deal with the chefs. When did you take over the restaurant? This is going to be our fifth summer. The place was stripped out and we started rehabbing, painting, deep cleaning. The first day we were open as Positively we just gave away free coffee because we were going to be working, but didn’t want to turn anyone away. So the round table folks came in (there are a few guys who sit at the round table in the back room all the time), sat down, had coffee and did their crossword puzzle as they always do. As they walked out to leave, they said, “see you soon” and I figured that meant tomorrow for more free coffee. Instead they came back in an hour with their ladders and painting clothes and stayed for the next eight days while we got everything going. It really amazed me. People dropped off food. Another friend watched Sharon as she was doing the mosaic on the counter and for the next two hours helped her tile out the countertop. We got great support from friends and stangers. People just showed up and said, “Hi, what do you want me to do?” Who’s the Bob Dylan fan? Well, we like Dylan, but we wanted to key on creating a positive space. Sharon gets the nod for coming up with the name. It’s not a positive song. It’s great, but it’s mean. I made my daughter listen to it the other day. The title is very deceptive. I’m counting the minutes til I come in and see the fennel ricotta muffins in the counter. I almost made that for you today. That’s such a funny muffin because we have our standards and we try to mix in a couple more adventurous ones, like the sweet potato cheesecake muffin. We also do a fig gorgonzola

muffin. The big trick is making people get over the name. Once they get a bite, they realize it’s different and really good. How do you come up with these different concoctions? They come from everywhere. I had to have some work done on my arm and was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I flipped through a magazine from Philadelphia and saw an ad with a recipe in it for a baked good. I asked the nurse to photo copy it. Then we tweaked it and all of the sudden, our chocolate chip sea salt cranberry cookie was born. Oh, I haven’t had that one yet. Oh, it’s a killer. Really good. One time I was teaching one of my guys to make something. I went back to check on the progress and there

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TOTALLY SAUCESOME Positively Fourth Street owner John Szabo and his crew hand make all their stocks, sauces, and glazes for their culinary adventures.

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was a miscommunication. They were supposed to add cocoa and instead, they were adding coconut. That’s not the chocolate banana muffin you’re supposed to be making... Well, we took that batter in a new direction and ended up with the mango, candied ginger, coconut muffin. We just experiment – at times we’ll take a basic batter and try it with different things and have a tasting. I bet that’s fun. It is. The ideas come from everywhere. It’s crazy because I’ll work 12 hours and come upstairs and watch Food TV. I must be out of my mind. My basic rule is if I can get one recipe out of a cookbook, no matter how big it is, then it’s a win. Do you consider yourself a chef? No. Because I’m not classically trained. It’s funny because I had a very even temperament as a kid. Then I tried making a Boston cream cake and when I cut it I messed it up and took my revenge on the cake with the spatula and destroyed it. A little psychotic episode. We all have those. I taught myself to cook when I was in college. I went

to Stockton and didn’t want to starve and didn’t want to eat junk all the time. Then when I went to the Sands, I spent so much time in the kitchen, meeting with the chef. You just learn so much by watching and looking at technique. It’s so cool to take things that shouldn’t go together or don’t appear to go together and make them meld and work. We started to do these chili raspberry brownies, then we started doing the white chocolate raspberry chili brownies. Whoah. I don’t come here enough. Besides sweet stuff, what do you guys do for breakfast and lunch. We make frittatas and use the panini grill. We started doing three varieties of those. For summer we’ll add a fourth or fifth. We did smoked salmon frittata, wild mushroom and arugala frittatas. Then Sharon said she really liked oatmeal. This is the second or third time she’s been ahead of a culinary trend. She said we could customize it and make it really fresh. I can’t believe how popular our oatmeal is. We have a list of ingredients you can choose from to add in.

What’s your favorite thing to eat here? The millet burger. Hands down the best. We make all our stocks, we glaze everything, we make all of our sauces. For the burger, we make a vegetable stock with fennel, parsley, chipotle peppers, raisins, apples, carrots, celery. Then we take millet and we make a binder with the millet and rosemary, garlic and sundried tomatoes. We pan sear it and hit it with two different sauces, gorgonzola cheese. It’s served on salad with roasted peppers and a balsamic reduction that Sharon makes. Sharon also came

up with a sweet potato quesadilla. It’s a spinach tortilla, fontina cheese, almonds, cranberries, sweet potato. Yum. When we started the restaurant I said, “McDonald’s has a secret sauce, so we need to have a secret sauce. We joke that it’s called “saucesome.” It’s totally saucesome, I’m sure. It is. It’s this great chipotle sauce. Positively Fourth Street is located at 400 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, and can be reached by calling 399-8400. For more of our interview with John, visit ocnjmagazine.com.

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PIZZA WARS Manco & Manco vs. Prep’s Pizzeria

vs Manco... 50 years is one heck of a reputation, keep it up guys (and gals) - Don Bergey 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. T THE ballpark, fans get a hotdog smothered in condiments. A trip to the theater warrants a large bucket of butter smothered popcorn for the average moviegoer. And in Ocean City, many claim a visit to the Boardwalk is not complete without a slice of their preferred pie – pizza that is. As the summer heats up, so does the endless debate over who makes the best slice. Our first contender is Prep’s Pizzeria I’ve never been to Prep’s before, but was impressed with the prompt service as I grabbed a stool at the open

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If I don’t come to Prep’s, it’s not even a trip to Ocean City - Herb Smith

counter. Unknowingly, I placed myself next to one of the most devoted Prep’s customers of all time. Score one for me. Oh wait I’m not competing. Herb “like what they put in the pizza sauce” Smith consumed his first Prep’s slice in June of 1972. He was hooked ever since, to the pizza and the staff. “This is where I know the people,” and thus he’s never ventured elsewhere – not to Manco & Manco or any other pizza joint on the Boardwalk. Every Sunday for the last 40 years Herb has traveled on a bus to Ocean City to attend church and get his fill of Prep’s pizza. His order? “A slice or two, at least one with sausage or pepperoni.” Without Prep’s, Herb can’t imagine making the weekly journey. “If I don’t come here, it’s not even a trip.” Other longtime customers enjoy Prep’s for different reasons. John Kendall admits Manco & Manco and Prep’s “are both good, but in different ways.” He claims Manco has a more tangy taste, while Prep’s is saucier. The reason John has been returning for 50 years is because Prep’s is less crowded and thus provides better seats with ideal views of the ocean. On the other side we have Manco & Manco

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Pizza. As expected, Manco & Manco was overflowing with customers when I approached late one Sunday night. Pies were tossed, sauced, and sliced as tables were feverishly wiped down and customers contemplated their orders. Two such customers were couple John and Resie. Resie, a seven year Manco & Manco faithful customer, claims the sauce and crust taste better than anywhere else. Standing behind John and Resie was avid Manco & Manco customer Kaitlyn Hoffman. Devouring Manco pizza by the slice for 15 years, Hoffman, at the age of 16, is a lifer! She likes everything about Manco & Manco pizza and calls it “the best in the world.” She keeps it simple and is satisfied with her plain single slice and vows never to visit another pizza joint on the boards. So there you have it. Head to Prep’s and Manco & Manco and decide for yourself which pizza wins this throwdown on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Weigh in on our facebook page www.facebook. com/oceancitymagazine. And, please, beware of seagulls. They’ll eat any pizza; they have no loyalty to either establishment. - Taylor Canavan

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THE WEIGH IN Consistently good. Manco’s... no matter how long the line. It’s been my favorite pizza for the last 18 years.

There is only one that I will drive an hour to have even in winter: Manco! Always my first stop when I roll into town.

Nothing can top Manco, from the thin crust to the toppings, its just in the salt air down here! Manco’s. I have been eating there for so many years, I can’t even remember what other pizza in OC tastes like.

It’s tradition!

Perfect crust, gooey cheese.

Prep’s! Been going there every summer for 26 years.

Awesome!

Prep’s... great pizza great customer service!

Love the french fries! Prep’s all the way. The best pizza on the Boardwalk!

Prep’s...quite simple, it is better.

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Prep’s – I’ve been going there since I was a kid and I take my family there now. It’s not only nostalgic, but the pizza is the best. I’ve driven from PA just to get a pie.

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THE DINING GUIDE A guide to eating out in and around OC PIZZA/BREAD/ROLLS

MANCO & MANCO PIZZA Ocean City icon. Three locations on the Boards. 7th, 9th, and 12th Streets, 399-2548.

BENNIE’S BREAD AND ROLLS Magnificent bread, Italian pastries, cakes, and tomato pie. 1159 Asbury Avenue, 398-9450. See ad this page. KIRK’S PIZZA This pizza place is always busy. We love the chicken cheesesteak with mushrooms. 44 Route 9, Marmora. 390-1845. See ad this page.

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.

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CINCO DE MAYO Awesome authentic Mexican food. B, L, D. Try the Chiles Rellenos. 1039 West Avenue, (609) 0199. THE CLAM BAR Legendary – on the bay in Somers Point, open air dining, delish seafood and corn fritters. 910 Bay, Somers Point, 927-8783. See ad page 6.

HULA RESTAURANT AND SAUCE COMPANY Tasty Hawaiian cuisine. One of the best in town. 940 Boardwalk, 399-2400. See ad next page.

KB’S KETTLE KORN Waffles and ice cream, kettle korn made fresh daily. 600 Boardwalk, Wonderland Pier, 646-7069.

OCEAN CITY SEAFOOD Fab crabcakes. Voted Best of Shore. 846 Central, 814-1203.

WARDS PASTRY Fresh baked treats. 730 Asbury, 399-1260. See ad page 6.

OC SURF CAFÉ Surf-inspired cuisine. 715 8th Street, 391-9555.

BAKED PASTRY SHOP Crazy good sweet treats baked daily. 32 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora. 226-6859. See ad page 6.

THE PINK PARROT GRILLE Great ocean views, good food, kid friendly. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812.

BURGERS/FRIES/CRABCAKES/CHEESESTEAKS

UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE Legendary breakfasts and lunches. 2112 Asbury, 40th and West, 398-7393. VOLTACO’S Classic OC. Great Italian food. 957 West Avenue, 399-0753. See ad page 6.

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OCEAN CITY COFFEE COMPANY The perfect cup of coffee. Fresh noshes too. 928 Boardwalk, 399-5533. AUNT BETTY’S ICE CREAM SHACK Homemade waffles, brownies cookies, fresh ice cream. 2100 Asbury; 40th & West. 398-4001; 398-4005.

RED’S JERSEY-MEX Superior Mexi/ Southwest food. Gluten-free menu. 11th and Haven, 399-2272. See ad page 7.

Dinner Rolls • Round Rolls • Club Rolls Italian Stick • Hoagie Rolls • Bagels Large Italian Seeded Semolina Plain Semolina • Wheat Bread • Multigrain Olive Bread • Sund Dried Tomato Pumpernickel • Cranberry Walnut Cinnamon Raisin • Pepperoni & Cheese Sausage & More!

JOHNSON’S POPCORN Classic OC. Three locations, one great bucket ‘o popcorn. 1368 Boardwalk, 398-5404.

COUSIN’S RESTAURANT Varied and sophisticated menu. Outside dining, catering too. 104 Asbury, 399-9462.

PURE TACOS Premium tacos, nachos and salads, all gluten free. 1138 Boardwalk, 736-8028.

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better macaroons. Ice cream too. 700 Boardwalk, 398-4444.

YIANNI’S CAFE Fresh, delicious and Greek-inspired. 841 Asbury & 1735 Simpson, 391-1113. JON & PATTY’S Healthy, creative bistro fare. 637 Asbury Avenue, 399-3377.

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GEORGE’S Fantastic breakfasts, even

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CHATTERBOX RESTAURANT Legendary. Great burgers and shakes. 500 9th Street, 399-0113. See ad page 7. DEL’S OCEANSIDE GRILL Menu is time-tested and sure to please adults and kiddies alike. 934 Boardwalk, 399-3931. FLIPPER’S GRILL Outside at PortO-Call Hotel. Burgers, etc. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. JAY’S CRABSHACK Awesome crabcakes, kid friendly. 737 Asbury, 3994022. 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. JOHNNY B. GOODE Burgers and ice cream. 14th and Asbury, 525-0646. READY’S COFFEE SHOP Really good old school diner. 415 8th Street, 399-4418.

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JON AND PATTY’S BISTRO Al Fresco feels right at home at this Downtown dining spot

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U T D O O R dining intrigues me. My name, after all, is Al Fresco. There’s just something fabulous about dining outside where the warm breeze invites you to relax, unwind, and enjoy your dinner. Naturally, one of the first warm enough days of the season, I grab up my brood and head to a fresh air table. This time, we chose Jon and Patty’s Bistro in Downtown Ocean City. Jon and Patty’s is relatively new to the OC scene, and a welcome addition indeed. From a quick cup of joe, to a hot breakfast sandwich or inventive dinner, Jon and Patty’s serves up a special twist on the familiar, in a mouth-watering way. On a mid-May eve, we unloaded out of the mini van and onto the white sidewalks on Asbury. It didn’t take us long to cozy up to the colorful tablescapes at the bistro. I love a clean, well-appointed table. After Apollonia and boys, Fredo, Sonny, and Michael settled, took off sweatshirts, took away utensils,

and figured out what to order it was dark. Just kidding. The staff at Jon and Patty’s let us take our time, popping in now and again to check on our progress. Each server was helpful, smiley and nice – all things that make a restaurant experience one you’d like to repeat. Once Apollonia read through the menu, she decided on the baked brie to share and the killer quesadilla for an entree. I chose the fish tacos. I just can’t resist when I see them on a menu and Jon and Patty’s didn’t disappoint. For the wee ones, we chose french fries (we barely greet the waitress before this gets ordered), chicken nuggets and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The pb and j wasn’t on the menu, but since it’s the only thing our littlest will eat on any given day, chef made it for him, no questions asked. And it was delish. Drinks were served up in no time (we all ordered water) and served up in big cups – love that. The baked brie came out shortly thereafter. First let’s talk about presentation. It’s important. Really important.

And it’s something Jon and Patty’s understands. There were red cranberries sprinkled on top along with gooey honey drizzle and a good size portion of water crackers. The first bite was decadent. And it kept me intrigued until all the crackers were gone. It was warm, perfectly melted and a good balance of sweet and savory. Our side salads came out after and were a simple pairing of tender greens and a few veggies. It wasn’t fancy, but did the job just right. I finished my plate, while Apple left a bit behind. Perhaps she had indulged a bit too much on the brie. Our entrees came out immediately after our salads, which was a bit of a rush, though we rolled with it, moving our salads to the table next to us and continuing our smorgasbord. The fish taco had me at first glance. It was colorful, flavorful and definitely worth ordering again.

Apollonia said her chicken quesadilla was giant (plenty for lunch the next day) and very tasty. It came with three generous sides: guac, salsa, and sour cream. These accoutrements are the only reason for the quesadillas existence, according to my lovely wife. They didn’t make it home with the leftover quesadilla. The boys were intrigued by the Asbury benches, leaving the table periodically to lay down, exhausted after a day of playing. We finished up with a generous slice of homemade chocolate peanut butter pie. Forks were picked up and not put down again until the entire slice was gone. It was silky, rich and pure homemade goodness. Jon and Patty’s is a cool eatery, serving up thoughtful dishes all year long. We’ll see you on the outside.

WINNING BRIE The sweet and savory combo of the baked brie makes for a winning dish. Photos by Al Fresco.

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GET OUT Clockwise from top left: Simple tender leaf salad. Sinfully good homemade pie. Killer quesadilla and fish tacos.

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FREEDOM GALLERY DEDICATION - MAY 14 Photos by Joanna Heston

Kristina Burnell, Shelby Petro, and Sophya Lebedeva

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Carl Waterman, Gam Broadley, Bill Layton, and Dave Huegel

OCHS Choir

Jean Jacobson and Debbie Clark from Ocean City Home Bank

Belinda Chester and Chef Annmarie Chelius

Air personality Bill Culp and his wife Anita

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Local Ocean RANDOM EMPLOYEE Betsy Arnot from Randazzo’s Pizzeria

SUMMER GIRL Randazzo’s Betsy Arnot hangs out front of the Italian eatery.

How long have you worked at Randazzo’s? Five years. Where are you from? Medford but OC every summer. Beach reads? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. What’s your dream job? I’m looking for a middle school teaching job in science. When I was little I wanted to be a painter. What’s your favorite Ocean City beach? North Street. Where do you like to shop on the island? 7th Street Surf Shop. Do you have a favorite color? Purple. Most of my shirts are purple. What is your favorite Randazzo’s dish? Penne pasta with shrimp and arrabiata sauce. If you’re not eating penne pasta with shrimp and arrabiata sauce at Randazzo’s, where do you like to eat? Smitty’s Clam Bar in Somers Point. -Interview and photo by Taylor Canavan

A stunning cattail sunset off 52nd Street in mid-May. Photo by Cassie Plunkett

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AROUND THE ISLAND - MAY 16 Photos by Pam Leypoldt

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Jodee Reedy, Marge Moran, and Lori Moran

Casey and Maeve Geary

Joseph and Maryanne Roman, Kelly Ganter and cool baby Lucy

Abby Leypoldt on the swings

Kourtney Myers and Raza Ahmad

Joey and Charlie Korabik - how cute are these two?

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Nor’ Easter forward Terry Gibbs originally hails from London, England

SIX QUESTIONS WITH... OC NOR’ EASTERS’ TERRY GIBBS

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PLAY a collegiate sport. Okay, a collegiate club sport which, I admit, isn’t always a top priority among classes, social activities, internships and caring for an impulse, Craig’s-List-purchased (but adorable and totally worth-it) puppy. Needless to say, a club sport is enough for me. But not for Terry Gibbs. In his years at Bloomfield College, Gibbs played not one but two sports – tennis, earning him a scholarship, and soccer, earning him a career. These days Terry plays for the Ocean City Nor’ Easters Premier Development League soccer team as a forward, but also as attack or center midfield. Let’s just say Gibbs has no time for Craig’s List. Where are you from originally? I’m from London, England. I moved to America at the age of 19 and have been here for about five years now and love it. The way of life is a lot better. It’s more expensive in England and you don’t get beaches like this in England. Why do you enjoy soccer? It is my passion – it’s what I live for. If I didn’t have soccer in my life, I don’t know what I’d be doing. There’s so much to it; it’s such a fascinating sport. Everyone does their own thing and no one’s ever right and you can sometimes never be wrong

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as well. I can tell you’re really passionate about it. What’s your favorite soccer memory? In terms of playing, I was 18 years old and my team had won two cup finals and we were in our third cup final of the year. We were down two at halftime, and I came out in the second half and scored two goals. Then, in the last minute of the game, I scored a header to win the game and the cup final. And it was the best feeling, I suppose, that I’ve ever felt. Tell me about your relationship with your teammates. Are you close? It’s a new team right now. We just got out of our pre-season training camp where we tried to get to know one another and build team spirit. In a sport like soccer, if you don’t have good team cohesion, it’s very hard to win games. Everyone’s got to be on the same page and know the right formation and the right tactics in order to be successful. We’ve brought in real quality players this year; all we have to do is go on the field and execute the strategy. Additionally, we really want the support of Ocean City fans at our home games so we can take this organization forward. What message would you like to send to kids who play sports and wish to continue past high school?

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Never give up on your dreams and aspirations to

play a sport either at the collegiate or professional level. Hard work and dedication can get you through many barriers you will face. Look to use

any negative feedback as motivation to succeed. Also, you have to find a healthy balance between school and athletics, because the higher your

grades, the better chance you have of earning an athletic scholarship at a university.

Do you have any superstitions or rituals before

games?

I had a weird superstition in college. Our soccer

socks had an L for left and an R for right. I would put the left sock on my right foot and the right

sock on my left foot. Strange, I know, but it was a superstition nonetheless. Also, I have to have clean soccer boots. I never ever play in dirty boots. In

England, if you turn up to a game with dirty boots

you get a fine so it’s kind of imprinted in my mind now.

Ocean City Nor’ Easter tickets are sold online at

www.oceancityfc.com and at the games.

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1 & 3 OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW See beautiful displays, Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-4pm at the Music Pier. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.

7pm. FREE ENTRY to any youth soccer player on our Ocean City FC summer teams. $8 Adults, $4 Kids. For more information, call (609) 5259999.

3 MITCHELL MCALLISTER WALK Walk in memory of teen Mitchell McAllister and help raise funds to support Emmanuel Cancer Foundations Direct Service Program. Registration begins at 8:30 on 6th Street Beach. For more information, call (856) 853-4803.

9 OCEAN CITY POLICE CHASE 5K 5K Footrace, 2 Mile Fitness Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk Saturday, June 9. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Po­lice Benevolent Association that sup­ports scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas toy drive, and distribution of free bike helmets with the funds they raise throughout the year. For more information, call (609) 5259108.

3 NOR’EASTERS VS JERSEY EXPRESS Kick off at Carey Stadium (6th and Atlantic) at 7pm. FREE ENTRY to any youth soccer player on our Ocean City FC summer teams. $8 Adults, $4 Kids. For more information, call (609) 5259999. 7 WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6-10:30pm. All rides 1 Ticket and at 9pm a fireworks display. Celebrate 82 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk! For more information, call (609) 399-7082. 8 NOR’EASTERS VS READING UNITED Kick off at Carey Stadium (6th and Atlantic) at

9 HSOC FAMILY GOLF TOURNAMENT Family golf outing to benefit shelter residents. 8:30am at Ocean City Golf Course (25th and Bay). Registration is $30 per person or $100 for a foursome and lunch. For more information, call (609) 398-9500. 10 NOR’EASTERS VS BALTIMORE BOHEMIANS Kick off at Carey Stadium (6th and Atlantic) at 7pm. FREE ENTRY to any youth soccer player on our Ocean City FC summer teams. Half time show includes 3rd annual soccer game between Ocean City fire department and Ocean City

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police department. $8 Adults, $4 Kids. For more information, call (609) 525-9999. 13 - 16 MISS NEW JERSEY Boardwalk Parade June 13 at 7pm. Preliminary competitions and finals at Music Pier. For more information, call (856) 424-3564. 16 ESA SURF CONTEST Registration 7am on 7th Street beach. First heat at 8am. For more information, call (609) 884-5277.

16 JOHNSON’S POPCORN FATHERS DAY FAMILY FUN FEST Bands, magicians, and pony rides at 11th Street from 1-3pm. For more information, call (609) 399-1412. 22 OCEAN CITY EXCHANGE CLUB CRAFT SHOW 9am-3pm at the Music Pier Loggia. For vendor information, call (610) 368-6656. 23 ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW Over 300 vintage vehicles on the Tabernacle grounds of 6th and Asbury from 9am-2pm followed by a Boardwalk parade at 2pm. For more information, call (609) 432-5347.


23 THE WORLD RENOWNED PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR AND CHORALE America’s Ambassadors of Song, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Avenues. Doors open for general seating at 6:30pm for the 7pm concert. Tickets $10 each or six for $50 if ordered early ($15 at the door). Children 12 and under are free. Call St. Peters at (609) 399-2988 for more information. 24 AUTHOR READING TONY CAMPOLO PROFESSOR EASTERN UNIVERSITY Author, founder of EAPE – 7pm at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue, free admission. For more information, call (609) 399-1915 or visit www.octabernacle.org. 25-29 JULY JUBILEE A fun filled week of contests leading up to July 4 complete with taffy sculpting, treasure hunts, and more. 11am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call (609) 5259300.

26 TUESDAY TEEN KNITS Ocean City Library from 4-6pm. Bring current needlework projects or start something new.. Grades six and up. For more information, call (609) 399-2434 x5235. 26 BIERKO’S MUSICAL PAJAMA STORYTIME Come to the Lecture Room (N110) at the Ocean City Library for a musical night for kids. Beth and Scott Bierko will entertain with stories and music. Children ages 5-10 should come in pajamas. Event runs 6:30-7:30pm. 27 FUNDAY AT PLAYLAND Unlimited rides, mini-golf, and go-carts. $10 wristband at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and Boardwalk, 1–5pm. Proceeds benefit Community Quest’s housing and employment support services for persons with special needs. Raindate: Friday, June 29. For more information, call (609) 646-0388. See ad on page 45. 27 BROADWAY ON THE OC BOARDWALK III Featuring Tony Nominee Annie Golden. 7:30pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn

Terrace and the Boardwalk. Tickets: $20 Orchestra and $18 Solarium. For more information, call (609)525-9300. See ad on page 48. 27 FARMER’S MARKET Farmer’s Market at the Tabernacle Grounds every Wednesday also crafters in Fire House Parking Lot on 6th St. 8am – 1pm. 29 A MUSICAL EVENING WITH ALAN MANN Alan Mann – vocalist, philosopher and entertainer – is a one-man-show with a repertoire rich in Broadway hits and jazz standards. He shares background information about the singers and their songs – Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Cole Porter and more. Start time is 6:30pm in Lecture Room N110 at the Ocean City Library. For more information, call (609) 399-2434 x5238. 30 OCEAN CITY EXCHANGE CLUB CRAFT SHOW 9am – 3pm at the Music Pier loggia. For vendor information, call (610) 368-6656.

KICK OFF TO SUMMER From Left: Wonder Bear waves hello. See him on June 7 at his Birthday Bash at Gillian’s. The flower show is in full bloom June 1 through the 3. Miss New Jersey contestants wave from a float in the Boardwalk parade. See it on June 13. Then see who gets crowned June 16.


BOARDWALK - MAY 11 Photos by Pam Leypoldt

Tracey Rooney and Christian Twiggs from Del’s Oceanside Grill

Terry Camoratto, baby Abbey and Michelle Karayiannis

Allison Zynn, Drake Gooding, Luke Wenger, Alex Gooding, Robert Wegner, Mary Zynn, and Angus Gooding

Megan McLaughlin, Mike and Michael Killbride Jr.

Chef Dave Rihl from The Hula Restaurant and Sauce Co.

Cassandra Dramis, Melissa and Luke Merlino and Merle Harper

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It’s History

POST OFFICE CELEBRATES PLATINUM JUBILEE Fred Miller on Days Gone By

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EVENTY-FIVE years ago, on June 28, 1937, the new post office, on the corner of 9th Street and Ocean Avenue, opened for business. The history of our city’s mail service, however, dates back to March 2, 1881. The first post office was in the Ocean City Association building on the corner of Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. The Rev. William H. Burrell, one of the city’s founders, was postmaster. The establishment of a U.S. Post Office was a huge accomplishment for the founders of Ocean City. Ocean City’s Post Office, which was located in five different buildings between 1881 and 1910, moved into a new building at 410 Eighth Street on August 1, 1910. The Post Office occupied a 35 foot by 79 foot space on the first floor. The upper floors of the building contained four apartments. Postmaster Edward M. Sutton found the 2,750 square foot space adequate to serve the city’s year-round population of 1,950. Twenty years later, 5,463 people

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called Ocean City home and Postmaster J. Reeves Hildreth needed a lot more space, but his requests for a larger building were always denied. Surprisingly, it was during the Great Depression that money became available for a new post office building. President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed the post office department was the most visible form of the federal government in every community. He also believed post office construction could play a significant role in revitalizing America. Suddenly, post office buildings were being built all across America, including in Ocean City. In 1936 Ocean City Postmaster Leroy Jeffries negotiated a deal by which the federal government would pay $45,000 for a 150 foot by 200 foot lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Ocean Avenue for the new post office building. Construction began on July 17, 1936. The new Ocean City Post Office

opened on Monday, June 28, 1937. The Daily Sentinel-Ledger reported: “Post office employees accomplished the big feat of transferring the base of their operations from the old quarters on 8th St. to the new $100,000 building at 9th and Ocean Avenue over the weekend, practically with no break in postal service.” John B. Kelly served as chairman of the post office dedication committee. The dedication took place on Saturday, August 7, 1937, with a four-event program: 12:30 pm Mayor Joseph G. Champion

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POST IT The Ocean City Post Office on 9th and Ocean turns 75 on June 28. This photo shows the Post Office as it was in 1937. New Jersey’s first air mail flight between Ocean City and Stone Harbor was remembered when the new Post Office building opened during the summer of 1937.

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led a formal dedication in front of the new building; 1:15pm luncheon at the Flanders Hotel; 3:30pm re-enactment of the first air mail flight in New Jersey made between Ocean City and Stone Harbor on August 5, 1912; 8:30pm OCBP Captain Jack G. Jernee and his lifeguards presented a 13-event water carnival in the Flanders pool. We remember President Roosevelt as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our Post Office and his belief that the post office department was the most visible form of the federal government in every community.

OCEAN CITY POSTMASTERS WILLIAM H. BURRELL 1881-1887 R. HOWARD THORN 1887-1889 R. CURTIS ROBINSON 1889-1893 R. HOWARD THORN 1893-1901 EDWARD M. SUTTON 1901-1914 B. FRANK SMITH 1914-1923 EDWARD M. SUTTON 1923-1928 EVERTON A. CORSON 1928-1930 J. REEVES HILDRETH 1930-1934 GEORGE R. GREIS 1934-1935 LEROY JEFFRIES 1935-1954 T. LEE ADAMS 1954-1961 C. WESLEY BARCLAY 1961-1970 MICHAEL N. DATTILO 1970-1981 BASIL A. RANDAZZO 1981-1988 JAMES W. FUSCO 1988-2008 JAMES F. LOGAN 2009 to present

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MAIL AWAY Top to Bottom: This was a popular post card during the 1930s. It cost a penny to mail it, and three pennies to mail a letter; The Flander’s was the site of two events during the dedication of the Post Office. The current building at 9th and Ocean.

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Shopping OC MERCHANT OF THE MONTH Vaughan’s Farm and Garden Center

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IGHT over the 34th Street Bridge on the Marmora side, Vaughan’s Farm and Garden Center has positioned itself as an Ocean City favorite for more than 35 years. Husband and wife, John and Barbara Vaughan, have turned the oncesmall produce stand into a full-service shop. Their secret? It’s all in the family. We talked with Barbara, the shop’s co-owner and secretary, to see how the Vaughan family stays successful after all these years. How long have you been at Vaughan’s? Vaughan’s has been here since 1974 when John’s parents bought an old road-side produce stand. They started out operating it during the summers. John and his siblings eventually went off to college to pursue their own degrees and careers and then in 1982, John and I took over the shop and we’ve been building and operating since. We’ve turned it into the biggest retail greenhouse in the county. We have a state-of-the-art greenhouse, a showplace, all cement walkways. It started as a produce place, then we started adding

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The Vaughan family – Stewart, John, and Barbara stand amongst the gorgeous flowers in their expansive shop.

and building, and we became a full-service garden center in addition to the produce. Why do you think Vaughan’s has remained an Ocean City staple over the years? It’s because we’re family-owned and operated. We always have family on-site, we really care about the community and give to the community. Vaughan’s has donated to schools, local sports, scouts. You have to be community active to be viable. We live in Ocean City, we’ve raised our kids here, and we take great pride in our work. We made it a real family business – you can always count on a having a Vaughan there. One thing we’ve done recently that we’re really proud of, which Stew [Barbara and John’s son, who now acts as the store manager] helped us come up with, is social media. Now we’re on Facebook and Twitter. Stew brought a lot of good ideas. He redesigned the nursery, completely building it back up – pottery displays, a whole wild bird center. We still specialize in custom planting, we’re getting very busy with that now. People come in with a pot from their grandmother, and they want something special planted. We sell

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freshly-squeezed orange juice, which people really love and keep coming back for. In the summer, we have all fresh Jersey produce. John brings in fresh, new produce everyday – corn, blueberries, lima beans, peaches. Everything that’s in season, we carry. We also pump propane. We’re really full-service. Sounds like it. What are your best sellers? Proven winners that people love are the hanging things – petunias, million bells, and we’re famous for our geraniums. We do stock plants, people come every year for them, and we have thousands of them and we have a lot of pride in them. Hanging baskets, mixed planters, ivy geraniums, thousands of baskets. Herbs are also becoming very big now. Did you grow up in Ocean City? No. My parents came in ‘69 for a summer home, and John’s family came down in ‘62. I’m from Bergen County originally. John and I met in Ocean City and when we got married, I left my career in northern New Jersey to come here. We’re both transplants. We got down here with our parents as young kids, then when we started a family we wanted to raise them here. Favorite place to eat on the Boardwalk? We like Litterer’s. Also Rosario Pizza – its a family place. What’s your number one Ocean City must-see for people that are new to town?

Oh, the Boardwalk. And the beach. You have to go up on the Boardwalk and look out at the ocean. It doesn’t get much better to me. Next would be Corson’s Inlet State Park. It’s a family favorite. Favorite ride on the Boardwalk? I like the big ferris wheel. I like looking out over OC, and I like being stuck up on the top. I know some people are scared of that, but I love it. Describe Ocean City in five words. Family friendly magnificent seashore destination. I’m all about the beach. That’s why I raised my family here.

COLOR WONDER Rows and rows of flowers make Vaughan’s one of the prettiest shops in all of Cape May County.

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OCEAN CITY MUST HAVES FOR JUNE Dads and Grads

BRACE YOURSELF Say “I Love You” with this beautiful stainless steel bracelet from the Nomination Portofino Collection. Engraved with nautical flags $142. TERRY IVORY JEWELRY, 952 BOARDWALK. 391-1166

OFF MY GRILL What goes better together than hotdogs and baseball? Help Dad show his team spirit as he hosts a BBQ this summer. RUTH’S HALLMARK SHOP, 733 ASBURY AVENUE. 398-9623

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Keep your grad on time with one of these stunning watches. Made of metal and bedazzled with rhinestones $20. TA-DAH, 1026 ASBURY AVENUE. 398-6771

Surfer dads need their brew too! Exclusively roasted for Heritage by Harry and Beans. $15.95. HERITAGE SURF SHOP, 744 WEST AVENUE. 398-6390

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PEDAL POWER Present the simple pleasure of a bike ride with this line of Annarelli’s bicycles found in a variety of colors! ANNARELLI’S BIKE SHOP, 1014 ASBURY AVENUE, 399-2238

THINK PINK Prepare your grad for laundry duty with this cute, patterned, laundry bag. $40. WHITE PALMS, 952 BOARDWALK. 3994700

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Now you can make those famous pancakes at home. Yes, my mouth is watering too! Mix, $7.25 Syrup, $6.50. UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE, 2112 ASBURY AVENUE. 398-7393

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Give in to your grad’s sweet tooth. One-pound of this salt water taffy is a treat for any candy lover! $7.95. STEEL’S FUDGE, 1000 BOARDWALK. 398-2383

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Shopping THE SHOPPING GUIDE Looking for the best shops in and around the OC? Look no further! DOWNTOWN

BOOKS/CDS/OFFICE

SHOP OCEAN CITY! OC’s Downtown Shopping District was named the Number One U.S. City for Independent Retail! See ad page 25.

SUN ROSE WORDS & MUSIC Books, music, CDs, office supplies. 756 Asbury, 399-9190.

ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES

B&B DEPARTMENT STORE Big selection, great prices, open year round. 827 Asbury, 391-0046.

THE GINGHAM WHALE Antiques, shore things and a lot more. 636 Asbury, 391-0996. See ad page 33.

APPAREL/SHOES ALYSE’S SHOES Well-made, comfortable shoes and more. 951 Asbury, 391-8859. 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 Consigned collection of name brand clothing at low prices. 716 Asbury, 703-4457. COLETTE 900 Asbury, 525-0911. DONNA GAY DILLON BOUTIQUE 725 Asbury, 399-0082. PAPPAGALLO 744 Asbury, 3984009.

ART GALLERIES ACCENT GALLERY Gorgeous pieces of art to make your home look fabulous. 956 Asbury, 398-3577. See ad page 33. FINE ARTS LEAGUE Art for sale, shows, classes. 608 Asbury, 814-0308.

BEAUTY SALON LINDSY JAMES SALON 945 Asbury, 525-9900.

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FLORIST SPINNING WHEEL FLORIST 858 Asbury, 398-1157.

HOME GOODS/JEWELRY THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE Kids crafts and gifts, invitations, wedding gifts and more. 943 Asbury, 391-0812. CRICKET BOX A must for everyone who loves OC. 704 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, 391-0055. P. FRANCIS Heirloom-quality gifts and more. Mariposa. 733 Asbury, 399-5570. See ad page 27. FLYING CARP GIFT GALLERY A special selection of handcrafted jewelry, cards and gifts. 939 Asbury, 464-2608. IRELAND IMPORTS It’s everything Irish. 711 Asbury, 398-1948. POTOMAC BEAD COMPANY Amazing selection of beads for do-it-yourself stringing or you can have it finished for you. 910 Asbury, 399-4400.

SPORTS/ATHLETIC WEAR HARBOR OUTFITTERS 625 Asbury, 938-0175. SNEAKER SHOP 846 Asbury, 391-5223.

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 Make your own pottery. Great for kids and adults. 854 Asbury, 398-8880. KIDZ CREATIONS Fun! 811 Asbury, 399-9922.

VARIETY/BEACH ITEMS HOY’S 5 & 10 7th & Asbury, 398HOYS. ISLAND BEACH GEAR Stop by on your way to the beach! 9th & Bay, 788-3836.

BOARDWALK 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 27. JEWELRY HUT Superior jewelry. 1308 Boardwalk, 399-9634. See ad page 27.

RENTALS SURF BUGGY CENTERS Two locations; 8th & 12th Streets at the Boardwalk. Cribs, strollers, TVs, coolers, bikes. 976-5679.

SURF SHOP/SUNGLASSES BY THE SEA SURF SHOP Sun, Sand, Surf. Private and semiprivate surf lessons. 850 Boardwalk, 398-0159.

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SUNGLASS MENAGERIE Name brands, sunglasses for every budget. We love it here! 1124 Boardwalk, 391-8000.

SWEETS AND TREATS SHRIVER’S SALT WATER TAFFY Ocean City icon. Taffy, fudge, candy. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100. SHRIVER’S GELATO Only gelato store on Boards. Good stuff. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100. JOHNSON’S POPCORN An Ocean City classic. A great gift too. 1368 Boardwalk, (800) 842-2676.

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, luxury bath items, and more online. Store front too. 1213 West, 601-5077. See ad page 24.

ON THE WAY TO OC SPORTS TACKLEDIRECT The finest in premium fishing tackle and value. 6825 Tilton Road, EHT, (609) 788-3819. TUCKAHOE BIKE SHOP Modern bikes, Old-fashioned service. 2151 Route 50, Tuckahoe, 628-0101.

HOME DESIGN/DECOR EURO LINE DESIGNE Kitchen and Bath. 751 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, 927-1111. See ad page 26.

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In the Biz

JOHN STAUFFER Johnson’s Popcorn

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HE Ocean City Boardwalk has a lot to offer from rides to souvenir shops to its own waterpark. And the food. Oh, the Boardwalk food. Pizza, ice-cream, french fries, even a taco joint invite beach-goers and boardwalkers to eat in or take out. However, there is one establishment that seems to have a total monopoly on their product: Johnson’s Popcorn. Established in 1940, Johnson’s Popcorn has served Ocean City customers for 72 years. I had the pleasure of talking to owner John Stauffer (affectionately nicknamed JS by Johnson’s employees) and store manager Becky Juzwiak to get the inside scoop on their product. You bought Johnson’s Popcorn in 1974. What were you doing up until that point? JS: I was a teacher in Ocean City for 24 years and also taught in Venezuela. I had never heard of Johnson’s even though I’d been in Ocean City every summer since 1952. My wife, having a sweet tooth, did and she loved it. I saw an ad in the paper: a Boardwalk business was for sale. We took out a second mortgage on our garage apartment.

Now that you’ve owned Johnson’s for nearly 40 years, what can you say about the business? You seem to really enjoy your job. JS: It’s a blessing to be in a business where 99 percent of customers are excited to buy our product. You’re a successful business owner, do you have any advice for people who aspire to own their own business? JS: All businesses need to make a profit, however, prices should be kept within reason. Who you are means more than just money. Some of your previous students called you Mr. Rogers because you wore cardigans a lot. What advice do you have to give young people? JS: Never give up on yourself, there is always someone who loves you. Be a person of integrity. If you want to get somewhere, you have to work for it. You showed me a lot of pictures of past employees that are proudly displayed around your gift shop. Would you like to say something about the work and dedication of Johnson’s employees? JS: The real success of Johnson’s is not my doing, but the hard, hard work of the many

employees, past and present, with whom I’m very blessed. Speaking of students and employees: Becky, can you tell me a little bit about how you came to work at Johnson’s, how long you’ve been here and what your relationship is like with John Stauffer? Becky: John was my seventh grade reading teacher. I was so scared to ask for a job, but my father strongly encouraged it when I was 14 years old. I have had the blessing of building one of my closest friendships with JS over the last 16 years. He’s taught me a lot about not only business, but life and what’s important. In addition to being generous, honest, and sincere, he cares about every single person that works for him. He would do anything for anyone in need and has gone above and beyond what most employers do for employees. I have not only the honor, but the pleasure to call him my boss and my friend. Would you please consider bottling the smell of Johnson’s popcorn and selling it in the gift store? Becky: While we have been asked that question before, we are not working on manufacturing any scents at this time. There’s something special about all of the scents mixed with the salt air that

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POP CULTURE Johnson’s Popcorn owner John Stauffer stands in front of his iconic Boardwalk shop.

make Ocean City a truly unique experience. It brings people back to their childhoods, remembering the smell of the beach. We are lucky to be one small part of that. Can Johnson’s employees still smell the popcorn or are they used to it by now? Becky: We can still smell the popcorn, especially in the cold

weather. It smells the same as it did 38 years ago when JS bought the business. Do you get home smelling like popcorn after a long day’s work? Becky: Everyone who works here smells like popcorn every day and usually has it on the bottoms of their shoes, in their hair, and maybe a piece or two stuck to their shirts at

the end of the day. You must eat popcorn all the time. I know I would if I worked at Johnson’s. Becky: I do not eat the popcorn. Only when I must test for quality do I eat a piece. Many of our staff members like it, though. What? Don’t eat popcorn and you work at Johnson’s? You must share it then. Becky: My car is usually stocked with popcorn. No matter where I go, someone inevitably asks if I have any popcorn with me. Nine times out of ten the answer is yes… but only the caramel flavor. What’s so special about the caramel flavor? Is it your best seller? Becky: We have six different kinds of popcorn: Caramel, Peanut Crunch, Cheddar, Chocolate Drizzle, Butter, and Platinum

Edition. Caramel, by far, is our most popular flavor. Johnson’s Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Festival is coming up on Saturday, June 16. Can you tell me more about it? JS: Johnson’s Popcorn sponsors this event in support of Ocean City and what it stands for. Last year was our first year for the festival and the turn-out was better than expected. Some of the events include a trackless train, pony rides, a pie eating contest and a Father and Son look-alike contest. What will you be doing during the festival? JS: I’ll be participating with my five grandchildren. Is it rain or shine? JS: Yes, so pray for good weather! - Interview and photo by Taylor Canavan.

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OR most Ocean City beach-goers, the Boardwalk is as much of a must-do as soaking in the sunshine on the beach, playing on the bay, or shopping Downtown. One of our favorite places? Anything with the Jilly’s name on it. Whether you want to cool down with an ice cream cone, shop for some new threads, or challenge your friends in a classic arcade game, the Jilly’s Shops will make you happy. Jody Levchuk, the director of operations at Jilly’s, gives us the inside scoop on what’s hot this year. What are the hot ticket games right now? I would say the big games are the ones that you can’t play at home. Those are gonna be the first games

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now. There is nothing like playing an old-school pinball game, because there’s a crazy amount of skill involved. You can’t change the difficulty level, it’s simply a mechanical game, and it’s all about the game and the player. Pac-man or pinball? What do you choose? Probably pinball, if we’re talking personal choice. We have a huge customer base that comes in and won’t even look at the video games. Kids today didn’t grow up in a pinball era, but it’s really a cool, fun skill game. I’ve noticed Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is missing from the front of the arcade(!) What happened? Yes, we moved DDR to the middle of the arcade. First of all, we found that when DDR was in the

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PAC MAN FEVER Jody Levchuk, director of operations at the Jilly’s family of shops, hangs out in front of two of his businesses. Jilly’s has seven shops along the Boardwalk in OC, including the beloved Jilly’s Arcade.

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front, it drew a big crowd. That’s always a good thing, but the problem is that the crowd would become so big that it would block the entrance into the arcade. People couldn’t get in and out and it just became a fiasco. Traffic flow was just chaotic. It took up so much space, and no one could see the big variation of games that we have inside. Second, a lot of people that loved the dance game were complaining about the glare from the sun. We had a couple requests to move it so the visibility was better. Now that it’s in the middle, people can see the screen and the traffic flow is much better. What are your best selling clothing items? It depends on the store, but probably our best sellers are the ones that are exclusive to Jilly’s. For example, in the sports store, we did a Phillies shirt. It had the Phillies logo in black and white, but it was printed on a carrot orange t-shirt. When you first

glance at it, you think it’s a Flyers shirt, and then you notice the Phillies logo. It’s the best of both worlds for Philly sports fans. Plus, it was made exclusively for Jilly’s, so you can’t find it anywhere else. What’s your favorite thing to do in Ocean City off of the Boardwalk? That’s always a pressing question because its mentally impossible for me to imagine myself in Ocean City and not be on the Boardwalk! If I ever have a day off, I need to leave town completely, or else I’d be on the Boardwalk. My favorite thing to do off the Boardwalk is spend time with my wife, Jill. To check out the Jilly’s family of shops a little further, go to www. jillysoc.com. -Interview by Carolyn Godfrey. Photo by Stefanie Godfrey.

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GE HIRES a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities. – Clifford V. Smith, president of the General Electric Foundation Look around at America’s great cities. What do they all have in common? They probably have good transportation and

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quality health care to start. But the most important assets for a great city? Great arts and great education. So you’re wondering… is Ocean City a great city with great arts and great education? (You need to ask?) The answer lies with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s (GOCTC) summer youth camps and classes. The company, led by Artistic Director Michael Hartman, is one of the torch bearers for arts in the community. The company has

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educated, entertained and kept-occupied local and visitor kids with their cool workshops and productions for years. And 2012 is no exception. Is your child looking for some fun? GOCTC can help. Your child is interested in a real stage production? No problem. Your child is seriously considering theater as a career? No problem there either. “The neat thing about our theater program, and theater programs in general, is that it builds a level of self-esteem and confidence you won’t get any other way,” said Michael. “Kids learn to be comfortable in their regular classes, especially when they have to get up and speak in front of the class. That’s a great benefit from participating in theater. I really encourage parents to involve their kids in the arts, especially theater.” The company offers a host of classes, workshops and productions every summer. Unfortunately, if this is the first you’re hearing about these classes then some are already closed, including the immensely popular two-week Youth Theater Camp. “The two-week theater camp has always been extremely popular. This year it sold out – 55 kids – in 16 minutes. Years ago people would line up at the civic center at 4am waiting for the sign ups at 9am. They’d bring beach chairs and sit and just wait,” said Michael. Now before you launch into Hamlet’s soliloquy lamenting the poor fortunes of the sold-out theater camp, know that there are other opportunities for the thespian in your brood. This year the company has added another youth camp: a youth production of The Hobbit. If I were attending summer theater camp, this would probably be my choice. I love the story of Bilbo Baggins and just like Bilbo, I think the entire production would be a fantastic adventure. “I’m excited about this production. The two-week camp sells out quickly so this is an opportunity to get more kids involved,” said Michael. Since the Hobbit workshop is new this yea it’s possible that there are still spots open for this production. Go ahead and give a quick call to the company to see if slots are still available. I’ll wait to continue until you get back.

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“The rapidly evolving global economy demands a dynamic and creative workforce. The arts and its related businesses are responsible for billions of dollars in cultural exports for this country. It is imperative that we continue to support the arts and arts education both on the national and local levels. The strength of every democracy is measured by its commitment to the arts.” –Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation What we have right here in Ocean City is a theater program that is the envy of other cities of similar size. The theatre company’s programs can take kids from kindergarten all the way through college and even prepare them for professional careers. And every year kids can experience something fun, new, different and educational. There are opportunities for kids of every level. “There are a lot of kids without experience who come to these camps. A lot of times it’s all about summer fun and the joy of something new. And it’s a great way to keep kids learning through the summer without them even realizing it. Plus they’re out of the house.” Amen to the kids out of the house. “We don’t always focus on a performance for our workshops. Imagination Station is focused more on the fun – it’s more of an introduction to theater. It’s like training wheels. But we also offer classes for older kids that help hone their techniques. So for something like our voice and dance classes, students can focus on fine tuning their talents as opposed to focusing on the rigors of a production.” For the more dedicated theater student, the company is also presenting its fifth GOCTC Junior Company show… Xanadu. The junior company is for students with a strong interest in the arts and enough dedication to attend auditions. “Theater is a tough industry. So we value the junior company because it holds the kids to a very high standard and makes them think seriously about theater as a career. It opens their eyes a bit. Theater in school is not the same as theater as a career and we try to convey that message in the junior company.” With a group of kids so dedicated to theater in general and to this production specifically, you know you’ll get a great performance. Michael promises Xanadu

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will be something special. “First off it will be fun to transport the kids back to the ‘80s when Xanadu hit the theaters,” he said. “Most of the kids never heard of Olivia Newton John let alone saw the movie. But what’s really cool is that we’re transforming the music pier into a roller skating rink. The kids will be skating in and out of the audience. It’s a totally different way of doing a show and there aren’t many places for a kid to get that kind of experience.” So there you have it. Ocean City is a great city with a vibrant theatre company and a vibrant summer youth theater camp program to boot. Whether it be for fun, exploring a growing interest in the arts, or honing the talents with which your child hopes to earn a living, the theatre company has a program for him or her. And if it’s sold out there’s always next year. Here’s a quick run-down of still-open camps as of press time. IMAGINATION STATION One hour and fifteen minute classes for grades K through second, designed to initiate your child to creative movement, improvisation and more. Six classes, choose one or all six. Wednesdays from July 11 through August 16. THE HOBBIT New for 2012.This non-musical production runs from July 16 through August 3. Students should be able to attend most rehearsals as well as the performance. Kids will learn first hand how to bring characters to life on stage. DANCE WEEK Professional dance instructors, choreographers and dancers will teach the classes so students are exposed to a wide variety of styles. July 30 to August 4. COMMERCIAL ACTING WORKSHOP Perfect for kids interested in breaking into commercials. Taught by a local actress, students learn “the biz” from start to finish and go home with a packet on getting started in the Philadelphia commercial market. For more information or tickets to an GOCTC production email info@ oceancitytheatrecompany.com, call (609) 3981118 or visit oceancitytheatrecompany.com

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TOP me if you’ve heard this George found himself a niche. He opened Chris Konicki and Jim McAfee, make up one. A brewing company, a up a surf shop that’s been in business Tuckahoe Brewing Company, a local, craftseal and a surf shop walk into a ever since. That surf shop is Ocean City’s beer savvy, community-attentive brewing bar… beloved Surfer Supplies (SS). company right here in Cape May County. It wasn’t just any bar. George, who passed away in January These fellows emulate the very same vibe It was Yesterday’s Restaurant Tavern or, 2011, is described by many as a nice, low- as Surfer’s Supplies. A group of guys, quite as us locals call it, “The Y.” And it was not key, gracious guy who endlessly exuded appropriately, you’d like to have a beer with just any brewing company; it was the local positive energy. And a soulful guy whose and, make no mistake, it is one of their Tuckahoe Brewing Company. And it wasn’t “contributions to the local surf community beers you will want to have with them. They just any surf shop; it was Surfer Supplies, were large, and not only provided the area offer high-quality, unique, artisanal brews on 31st and Asbury in Ocean City. And it with good surfing equipment and honest including the DC Pale, Marshalville Wit wasn’t just any seal. It was the mascot to the advice, but he also dedicated a lot of time and Steelmantown Porter, using ingredients Marine Mammal Stranding Center. to the amateur surfing scene up and down grown in our local community when Sometimes an event happens, however the east coast and was very functional possible. They are strong on community large or small, that illustrates how connected in developing the Ocean City Surfing making it their practice to give back. Case a community can be and how supportive Association,” says Greg Beck. in point is their recent decision to celebrate individuals, or groups, can be to each other Greg and Andrew Funk are the current Surfer Supplies 50th anniversary and honor and that community. The synergistic efforts owners of SS and are both mentees of George with a new stout. of the aforementioned parties culminated George’s. They continue to disseminate The coffee stout is brewed with coffee from on April 21, during three happy hours at the amity that has always been a part of Harry and Beans, a neighboring company “The Y,” where the collaborators came SS. It’s warm, soulful and inviting with to TBC who sells organic and fair-trade together to raise much needed money for its relaxing score, essence of surf wax and coffee, which coincidentally is also sold at, the Marine Mammal Stranding you guessed it, Surfer Supplies Center. Our beloved ocean provides food, livelihood, (are you seeing the connections In 1962, Silent Spring, written Owner Harry Gale tourist attraction, sport, entertainment and connect?). by Rachel Carson, was published isn’t just a supreme roaster, he is prompting an entirely new way relaxation, we need to be sure to maintain the another well-respected member of viewing the environment. In it health of the ecosystem as well as ourselves. of the local surfing community. Carson wrote, “The history of life The stout, with nine percent on Earth has been a history of potency, is called New Brighton, interaction between living things and their profoundly interesting conversation making a former name of Ocean City for a brief surroundings.” it difficult to spend a short time in the time following “Peck’s Beach.” The New This idea that everything in nature is shop. While there you’ll witness countless Brighton Coffee Stout is a rich, flavorful connected, including us humans, has since surfers, non-surfers, or wannabe surfers brew that has terrific body, taste and aroma, permeated all environmental thought and (like myself ) stopping in for the peace and similar to the SS experience and it is my action today and can be seen in this story non-judgmental climate that the shop and favorite of the four they offer. This coffee connecting marine mammals, the sea, and staff steadily offer along with George’s vibe stout brew, already outlasting the name us, the humans living in proximity to them. which still emanates today. assigned to the barrier island for a month’s The community I speak of includes the Surfer Supplies has always been time, has accomplished a great many things. marine mammals, their helpers, surfers, a philanthropic particularly with the Marine It’s an elixir of good will. surfer-supplier, a brewer, a distributor, the Mammal Stranding Center. For about eight Surfer Supplies chose the Marine brew-drinkers, a roaster, a restaurant and a years now, they’ve sold an organic “green Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) to girl who has an affinity for them all - that tee” with a portion of proceeds going to an receive all the proceeds from the sale of is me. environmental-friendly organization. The the New Brighton Coffee Stout Beer in The same year Carson’s book was first organization tee monies went to was continuation of a former favored charity published proving inter connectedness, the MMSC in addition to total profits from of George. And as if it was not enough to George Gerlach, in his 20s at the time, a CD by Tom Curren, a three-time world pledge all profits from the sale of this beer, and his friend Paul Ruger, built a surfboard champion surfer and musician, sold in the Tuckahoe Brewing Company organized a out of wood from a recipe in a Popular store. fund-raising event, in cooperation with SS, Mechanics Magazine and took it to a beach One of countless individuals who to raise awareness and funds for MMSC. in downtown Ocean City. In a decade appreciate and respect the shop and its Much needed funds. where surfing found its popularity, that milieu is Tim Hanna, a cofounder of Fortuitously, the plan for the event came daytrip to downtown Ocean City stirred up the Tuckahoe Brewing Company. Tim, before the announcement of the potential great interest in George and his board and along with partners Matt McDevitt, loss of federal funding for the MMSC. The

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center is at risk for losing up to $100,000 of their $650,000 budget as soon as this September from federal budget cuts. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a non-profit organization in Brigantine that responds to strandings of various marine mammals, including seals, whales, dolphins, and various endangered species along the entire coast of New Jersey. They are the only licensed organization to do so and are made up of only four individuals who handle this range of active shore and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Says Founder and Director Robert Schoelkopf, “Animals can not be left on the beach, there are always people on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, and leaving the animals on the beach can pose a health hazard.” When nature speaks up and sends a marine mammal their way, it can sometimes be a message to us; marine mammals act as a reliable environmental indicator and the MMSC plays their part by investigating the cause of death of any marine mammals

that wash up on our Jersey shores. Cause of deaths can vary from collision with a ship, bacteria or virus. The center also offers education and outreach providing internships, group tours and summer camps as well as visiting schools. I’m no stranger to their unforgettable on-site museum; it’s very humbling to be in the presence of real whale bones! It’s a place where my “little” and I would visit. She was the little sister assigned to me from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean City about ten years ago. We were matched based on our common interests in the environment and animals. The MMSC is a spot we’d frequent because of what it symbolizes. Their mission statement: Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release, Preserve proves to go beyond the realm of marine mammals. In an area where our beloved ocean provides food, livelihood, tourist attraction, sport, entertainment and relaxation, we need to be sure to maintain the health of the ecosystem as well as ourselves. Events such

as the fundraiser on April 21 at Yesterday’s are key to raising money and awareness for the MMSC. Schoelkopf says the center encourages such homegrown fundraising events and is very fond of this event – for even in its wake, monies are still being donated with the sale of every bottle of New Brighton Coffee Stout Beer. Speaking of which… Thirsty? You can find the New Brighton Stout just outside of old New Brighton at Yesterday’s in Marmora, Passion Vines in Somers Point, and Canal’s Liquor Store in Mays Landing. Really Thirsty? Kegs are available at the Tuckahoe Brewing Company (contact them at tuckahoebrewing.com). Don’t want your donation to MMSC to stop there? Visit marinemammalstrandingcenter. com.

JUST BREW IT From Left Jim McAfee, Chris Konicki, Tim Hanna and Matt McDevitt of Tuckahoe Brewing Company created the New Brighton Coffee Stout Beer and give all proceeds from its sale to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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Cherilyn (on right in foreground) sits with her family at Chris’s Seafood Restaurant in 1961.

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HEN I WAS A to a beach blanket by snuggling the lips radios playing the Top 40 spying for YOUNG GIRL, of the bottles between two knuckles. A empty bottles. When one was spotted, growing up in larger haul would need the help of a six- we always politely asked if we could Ocean City, sectioned paper carrier. have the bottle so we could redeem it there was a hot Quietly, as the temperature rose, my at Richard’s for the two-cent deposit. dog stand on stilts back in the dunes, friend Mary and I would wait, back in Anything over a dozen bottles was a away from the surf, where, on hot days the dunes on the beach, pouring the hot really good day. It meant having an hundreds of beachgoers would gingerly dry sand over our tanned legs like human extra 24 cents for a fudgsicle or a ride skip across the hot sand in search of a hourglasses. We were each armed with on the Tilt-a- Whirl. cold soda. They were not disappointed. two of those six-sectioned paper carriers Mary and I were not the only ones on Richard’s, as the stand was called, did and we were on a mission that would the beach collecting bottles. Sometimes not serve fountain drinks in waxy paper make our night on the Boardwalk that our polite request was met with a “no, I cups. Instead, several large waist am sorry I promised it to high zinc-lined tubs dominated my kid brother Tommy.” the center of the establishment. This winner of the bottle “The click and hiss of each Cliquot Club cream usually sat only a couple Each a foot deep with chunks of ice and water where slender glass of feet away and sneered and orange soda bottle being opened kept bottles of Coke and Cliquot Club triumphantly at us as we cream and orange soda shivered slinked away. rhythm with the swishing of sandy feet.” awaiting thirsty customers. A Sometimes, the bottle built in bottle opener equipped went to the one with the with a cavernous bottle top nimblest feet. It was not repository sat conveniently in a uncommon to see two or corner of each metal tub. The click and much more wonderful. We were waiting even three bathing-suited entrepreneurs hiss of each bottle being opened kept a for those bottles to be emptied of their racing through the deep sand to the rhythm with the swishing of sandy feet contents so we could get the two-cent same blanket when an empty bottle was on the bare wood floors as the customers deposit on each one. We were not alone spotted. filed past a fat woman taking nickels and so we had to move fast. Up and down It was all in a day’s work. dimes as she teetered on a metal stool in the beaches, scampered boys and girls, front of the cash register. A couple of just like us, weaving through beach sodas could easily be carried back down blankets and the antennas of transistor

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From Left: Cherilyn standing in the side yard of her house at 100 Beach Road in 1958. Playing on North Street Beach also in 1958. Sitting on the front step of 100 Beach Road with her stuffed dog, Scotty in 1959.

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STRIPED DOWN The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht explores family secrets, inexplicable circumstances and private mysteries

N A Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly-cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself. But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he

was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Grief struck and searching for clues to her grandfather’s final state of mind, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. On their weekly trips to the zoo he would read to her from a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which he carried with him everywhere; later, he told her stories of his own encounters over many years with “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal and appeared never to age. But the

most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. “These stories,” Natalia comes to understand, “run like secret rivers through all the other stories” of her grandfather’s life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for. - teaobreht.com Are you loving a book right now? Tell us about it! stef@ocnjmagazine.com

ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY BAYCATS KAYAKS AND CATAMARANS HobieCat and kayak rentals, Sailing Camp. 316 Bay Avenue, OC, 391-7960. See ad page 51. BAYVIEW MARINA Waverunners, parasailing, more. 312 Bay Avenue, OC, 399-5100. THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE Very kid-friendly with cute crafts such as seashell painting. 943 Asbury Avenue, OC, 391-0812. GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER Tons of exciting rides/mini golf. 6th and Boardwalk, 399-7082. GREATE BAY RACQUET AND FITNESS A premiere spot to work-

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out. New boxing classes. 90 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, 9259550. 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. OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY A fabulous place filled with DVDs, games, computers, and... books! 1735 Simpson, 399-2434. See ad page 52. OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MU-

SEUM A lovely spot to check out OC’s past through postcards, photos and exhibits. 1735 Asbury, 3991801.

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

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE Over 30 rides, two mini golf courses, and Go Karts. 1020 Boardwalk, 399-4751.

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

TUCKAHOE BIKE SHOP & SURF BUGGY CENTER Rent bikes. Fun. 1214 West Avenue, OC, 398-9700.

CLAM DRAIN Where the beach meets the game and everybody wins. Available at Island Beach Gear. clamdrain.com. See ad page 50.

ZUMBA FITNESS WITH LYNN SOOY Get shakin’ with the biggest trend in fitness right now. In and around OC, 377-0982. See ad

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MINI GOLF – OCEAN CITY STYLE Stefanie Godfrey gets a hole in one. Kind of.

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WAS born in the ‘70s. The era of disco, sideburns and black lights. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking day glo, man, and it just runs in my veins. Seriously. I’m so into the stuff that I’m pretty sure if you held a black light up to skin, my blood would glow. Naturally, when I heard Gillian’s Wonderland Pier had remodeled their indoor mini golf course to an air-conditioned mecca of fluorescence, I was there in a flash. And it did not disappoint. I stumbled into the fairly large

CLUBBIN’ Yo ho ho and a bottle of ... day glo paint. It’s a glow-in-the-dark world inside the new Gillian’s indoor mini golf.

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space on a weekday in May, when the pier and golf course were closed. Perhaps Gillian’s employee Melissa Brown sensed my need to see this day-glo paradise, and she allowed me to head into the dark. Then she shut the door and left. Holy cow. Black lights are cool but alone(!) I wasn’t sure about this. What’s that squeaky noise? Deep breaths, deep breaths. It took my eyes a few minutes to fully get used to the awesomeness that is the black light atmosphere and once they did, the room didn’t look nearly as dark. With my “afraid of the dark alone” fears pushed out, I grabbed my pink club, green ball, yellow pencil and white score card and started to play. By myself.

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Not nearly as fun as with a group, but, you know what I had that nearly made up for the lack of company? A glow in the dark ball, club, and pencil. I love when businesses pay attention to details! The holes at the Gillian’s course were deceptive, as are many mini golf holes. When I went up to the ship’s wheel course, I had this. C’mon, I’ve been playing mini golf for 30 years. “Crack” said the ball as I sent it flying towards the rotating wheel. “Crack” said the ball as it hit a spoke and came

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flying back at me. And so it went. When I played the hole with the hills, my ball would cascade over them and just miss the hole, which by the way, is also glow in the dark. After hitting and missing almost every hole, I sulked over to the giant treasure chest at the last hole. And guess what happened? I made it in! Okay, I really didn’t, but since I was the only one there, I cheered as loud as I could. Glow on.

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OCEAN’S 11 Test your smarts 1. What is the name of Ocean City’s soccer team?

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8. What is the name of the first bridge you hit heading into Strathmere from Ocean Drive? 9. What is the official flower of Ocean City?

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Services VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH OC Exchange Club’s Stu Sirott How long have you been with the Exchange Club? This November it will be 30 years, a pretty long time. I was invited by a friend to join and so I joined. I really enjoy it. What exactly does the Exchange Club do? It’s a service organization of men and women who help make the community a better place. It’s mostly about the children. We help prevent child abuse and we do a youth exchange too. Each year we give out about $1,200-1,500 in scholarships. We also give a scholarship of $1,400 to Miss Ocean City. What’s your role with the Exchange Club? I’m the secretary. I was the chairman for the

Freedom Gallery/Shrine in the Ocean City Community Center. I’m also a part of the Rotary Club and Foreign Exchange officer. Sounds like you’re busy. What do you like to do in your free time? Almost everything I do is volunteer work, but I like learning new things on the computer. I run the website and Facebook pages because I like learning on the computer. And I like to travel. Where do you travel? The Rotary club sent me to the Philippines in 1999 for one month to do a direct exchange. It was mostly women on the trip, but one woman dropped out and they asked me to go. And I’m always willing to travel and help with

any volunteer organizations. What’s something you learned in the Philippines? Well, this one time we were traveling rebel territory with armed guards, but most of the people were very friendly. We learned how to eat mangos. They were really delicious. Do you have a favorite place you like to eat in OC? I mostly eat at my house, but if I do go out to eat I like Manco and Manco and Voltaco’s. What’s the most rewarding part about Exchange Club? The children and that feeling you get from helping other people. For more about Exchange Club of Ocean City, visit ocexchangeclub.org. -Joanna Heston

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Y refrigerator stopped working the very day I was scheduled to meet up with the folks at Broadley’s MDI to talk to them about this column. Broadley’s is, for those of you not in the know, a plumbing/HVAC company. The fridge’s temp leaped from its usual 36 degrees to an unusual 65 degrees and things began to spoil at a rapid pace. While running food to the garage refrigerator in a desperate attempt to save groceries, I realized the irony. Once I got to Broadley’s, I found out that, although they offer commercial and residential services, they don’t fix refrigerators like the broken one in my kitchen. Some of the refrigeration systems Broadley’s does service include ice machines, walk-in boxes, freezers, reach-ins and under-the-counter units. According to two-year employee and project manager Joe Petrini, Broadley’s refrigeration services are “new and up and coming.” The company also specializes in heating, cooling, plumbing and energy

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solutions and serves Cape May, Atlantic and Gloucester counties. Joe ensured the company’s quality service, no matter what service they provide. “It’s a family-owned and operated business so we have quality workmanship. Our services are guaranteed – if something goes wrong, we can fix it for you to make sure it’s right.” The Broadley family hails from Ocean City where owner Brian Broadley is the president of the Chamber of Commerce. Broadley’s has been in business 65 years and is a staple maintenance company in the area. Proof? Next time you’re driving around, see how many of the iconic blue vans you can spot. Punch Broadley’s van no punch back. Broadley’s homebase sits right across the 34th Street bridge in Marmora. No need to visit this location, though, because a maintenance van will be dispatched out to your location when you need service. Broadley’s MDI is located at 115 Roosevelt Blvd, Marmora. For Broadley’s services, call (609) 390-3981. -Taylor Canavan

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OFFER A HAND TO SHARE, VOLUNTEER WITH ATLANTICARE Seeking volunteers in Cape May County. Next training in June.

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UMMER’s a time traditionally thought of as one in which people “get a break.” Whether you’re vacationing for a week, visiting for a day, enjoying your summer residence or you live in Ocean City year-round, you’ll likely plan to soak in some of the summer fun and relaxation Ocean City and the region offer. Be it down-time, vacation, or a day of respite, we all need a break. So, too, do those facing the end stage of life and their families. AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to assist Hospice patients and their families in Atlantic, Cape May and southern Ocean counties for direct patient care and family support. The next AtlantiCare Hospice volunteer training will take place Saturday, June 16 from 8am to 3pm at AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care offices, Airport Commerce Center, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 210, Egg Harbor Township. An additional bereavement training will take place at the Hospice office June 23 from 8am to Noon for volunteers interested in providing monthly phone

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support for up to 13 months for those who have lost a loved one. If these dates are not convenient additional volunteer and bereavement trainings are scheduled for October 13 and October 20. Registration is required. “Whether you live in or near Ocean City year-round or seasonally, if you are interested in volunteering and truly making a difference for others, we have many opportunities, said Maureen Hope, Bereavement/Volunteer coordinator, AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care, an Ocean City resident. “Retirees, travelers, summer residents and full/part-time employees provide tremendous support to our Hospice team. We pair volunteers with patients who live in Ocean City or other areas of Cape May and Atlantic counties within a short drive from Ocean City.” Hope encouraged veterans and those who are licensed

massage therapists and/or those who hold current certifications in pet, music or aroma therapy to volunteer. She said there’s a particular need for volunteers to assist with clerical tasks including mailings, filing and data entry at AtlantiCare’s Hospice Office in Egg Harbor Township. To register for the training or for more information about AtlantiCare Hospice or other AtlantiCare programs and services, please call the AtlantiCare Access Center at (888) 569-1000, visitatlanticare. org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com

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