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Ocean City MAY 2014

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Shopping•Dining•Events•History and More in America’s Greatest Family Resort


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Notes from the Beach FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK Sunshine and Happiness

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E WANT you! Well, we do. It's nice to be wanted, isn't it? So, let me explain a little. We want you, dear reader, to be involved in our magazine a little more. You know, edit, proofread, design. Just kidding. We want you to tell us what YOU love about Ocean City and its surrounding communities. After all, we get to tell you what we love every month... it only seems fair for our readers to have a voice. We want you to share your favorite shops, restaurants and photos with us. If we use them in the magazine, we will send you a $15 gift certificate to a local eatery or shop. This month we are also debuting a couple new columns. Take a peek to the right... this is one of my favorite new things on these pages. Why? Because it highlights the people that make Ocean City

great... the locals and visitors. Each month we will select a Facebook fan and run this fun feature. If you're selected, you guessed it, we will give you a $15 gift certificate. So take a minute to become a Facebook fan of Ocean City Magazine. You can go to www. facebook.com/oceancitymagazine and hit LIKE. Easy! As I write this, birds are singing and flowers are blooming. It's midApril in OC and the pear trees along Bay are just about to pop open and create a white wonderland for drivers and walkers along that stretch of road. It's spring and soon summer will be rolling in. And after the winter we had (I tried clicking my heels together in hopes that I'd land somewhere warm, but alas, I stayed put), we deserve some serious sunshine and happiness. I can't think of a more happy place than OC, so shine on everyone. Happy May!

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FACEBOOK FAN OF THE MONTH Colleen Haigler New York City Want to be our next Facebook fan of the month? LIKE our facebook page at www.facebook.com/oceancitymagazine. If you're chosen, you'll win a $15 gift certificate to an OC business! How long have you been coming to OC? I've been coming to OC my entire life... 37 years. I grew up spending my summers in OC on the South End of the Island. What's in your beach bag? Most important thing in my beach bag is a toss up between a fashion magazine, my Yankees visor, and $3 for a chipwich from Buddy the ice-cream man. What's your favorite beach in OC? My favorite beach is without a doubt 57th Street. What are you tuned into this season? On My iPod this month: Fleetwood Mac (reminds me of summer), Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Jay Z, Eminem, Tears for Fears. What's your favorite thing about OC? My favorite thing about OC? That's easy... EVERYTHING!

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Contents IN BLOOM Spring has sprung all over the island Photo by Ray Zaleski

From the Editor's Desk 3 Hide & Seek Contest 3 Facebook Fan 3 In the Kitchen 5 Battle Crabcake 7 Double Take 8 The Dining Guide 10 Famished Foodie 12

Snapshots 14, 16, 20 Random Employees 15 Six Questions 17 Events Calendar 18 It’s History 21 Ocean City Style 23 The Look 23 The Shopping Guide 26

In the Biz 28 Word Search 44 Trends 30 Ocean’s Eleven 46 Artist of the Month 32 Pets for Adoption 47 Untamed Island 34 Real Tour 48 The Family Vaughan 36 Accommodations Guide 49 Postcards 40 Last Shot 50 Activities Guide 43 Boardwalk Bounce 43


Shore Eats Battle Crabcake 7 / Dining Guide 10 / Mario's Pizza Rises Again 12

IN THE KITCHEN

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F YOU’RE not frequenting Emily’s Ocean Room Café inside The Flanders Hotel, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. The folks at The Flanders are always trying to make things better, from renovating rooms to introducing afternoon high tea and taking steps to make their food really yummy. I eat there fairly often so I know those efforts are paying off. And if you’re going to have a yummy menu then you need a quality chef. Enter Executive Chef Blake Young, a local kid who started out thinking he would be an accountant until the lure of the kitchen brought him full circle back to his true passion. Chef Blake handles not only Emily’s Ocean Room but the event and wedding menus as well. I was curious about his path back to the OC so I asked him about it. Read on… OC mag: Give me the basics Chef; name, rank, serial number… Chef Blake: I’m a local. I grew up in Marmora and graduated from Ocean City in 2003. From there I went to Monmouth University and actually have a degree in finance. But all through my childhood and college I was cooking. I grew up in the kitchen. I worked at Uncle Bill’s for a number of years. Then when I finished college I moved back here and started working at The Flanders and realized this was what I wanted to pursue. It’s always been my passion. Even in college I was working in restaurants. It’s what I enjoy. So I was working at The Flanders and started attending ACC culinary school. I was working under Mike Drucker as his sous chef and since he moved on I’ve been the executive since November 2013.

Chef Blake Young from The Flanders OC mag: So you’ve been at The Flanders for awhile? Chef Blake: Yes, most of my professional career has been at The Flanders – I’ve been here about five years now. But I worked at a lot of places including some places up near Monmouth University. OC mag: Did you ever pursue a career in finance? Chef Blake: No. When I got done school I looked for jobs as an accountant, but the kitchen is where I love to work. It’s what I wanted to pursue and make happen. I wanted to be happy going to work. I really enjoy what I do so it’s not really work. OC mag: So Chef Blake shows two fine dishes in the upstairs hall at The Flanders. what’s on the menu Photo by Erin McCusker at The Flanders? Chef Blake: I would say it’s mostly outlets. They’re separate, but I handle and grooms and their families American/Italian. But it depends both. I have a sous chef at Emily's personally. That’s what I really enjoy. on what the guest wants for who works breakfast and lunch and Being a part of their special night their wedding or event. We can then a chef that comes in during is great and I work my hardest to accommodate a lot of different tastes the season for dinner. It’s not always make sure the food surpasses their depending on what the guest wants. glamorous. There’s the detail work of expectations. We do Asian stations, Latin-themed keeping food costs in line and some OC mag: So there’s no doubt dishes, whatever the client wants. of the less-fun stuff. But I’m enjoying you’re following your passion. What’s OC mag: You’re overseeing both myself and looking forward to this the most rewarding part? Emily’s and the event menus? That season. We have a lot of weddings Chef Blake: Without a doubt my seems like a lot. coming up and I met all the brides favorite part is making the guest Chef Blake: I do oversee both

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In the Kitchen happy. That’s my goal. Putting out quality food and making sure the guest enjoys their time here is my priority. So far it’s been going really well. OC mag: Tell us something about you that we don’t know. Chef Blake: In my free time I like to work on my motorcycles. OC mag: Wait. What? Dirt bikes? Chef Blake: No, street bikes. Harleys. OC mag: Please continue. Chef Blake: I’m finishing up my third build. I customize them. OC mag: How’s that work? Chef Blake: I’ll buy a stock bike. Then I tear it down, do a paint job on it and give it the look I like. I’ve been doing that about three years now. I own two now and the third is almost done. OC mag: What's a good way to spend some down time in OC? Chef Blake: I would ride my bike on the Boardwalk and then go get some lunch at Cinco de Mayo on West Avenue. OC mag: What's your favorite thing about Ocean City? Chef Blake: I love the sunshine and the people. I have to say I honestly

enjoy having people in town for the summer. I like being social. OC mag: Do you have a favorite event in Ocean City? Chef Blake: Well, this isn't an event but they used to have competitions at the skate park, back when they had a skate park. They're trying to get a new one and I hope they succeed. OC mag: Oh, so you're a former skate rat? Chef Blake: Skate rat? (laughs). A rat? (laughs again). I guess. Back in high school, yeah, I guess I was. OC mag: Do you still ride? Chef Blake: Yes, I'll go over to the skate park in Upper Township sometimes. OC mag: What's your advice for young chefs? Chef Blake: Hmm... Well you have to come to work everyday. You have to put your best foot forward and always be willing to learn and better yourself. OC mag: Ever seen Emily the ghost? Chef Blake: No, I've heard plenty of stories, but I personally have never seen her.

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Some of the gorgeously plated food at The Flanders. Photos by Erin McCusker


Food Wars

Battle Crabcake GRILLED CHEESE & CRABCAKE CO.

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This is not a crabcake sandwich, it's an "Angry Crab Melt" (scream in mock terror here) and if I were Emeril Lagasse I would say that chef/owner Steve Novak "kicked it up a notch." I suggest you try this before you head north on the Parkway. First I like the bread properly toasted and not as heavy as a roll. Then there's the "angry crab." Apparently Chef Steve was not happy with a "mellow" crab melt so he threw in some jalapenos, a bit of pepper jack cheese and a smidgen of homemade spicy tartar to create a sandwich that explodes with flavor, yet is refreshing at the same time. How does he do that? The fresh tomato was, um, fresh and added a nice balance for texture. Come hungry, order angry, go home happy. Now feel the love.

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This is my go-to sandwich. When the chips are down and the clouds are forming and the baby is crying and Johnny Cash is playing on the radio, I can always count on the Tuckahoe Inn and their crabcake sandwich. I don't know what Chef Tyson does to create this delicate, firm and flavorful crabcake, I'm just grateful I live nearby so I can enjoy it regularly. Mmm, that soft roll giving ground to that perfectly seasoned crabcake - wait! don't forget to add some of that tartar sauce! Bring me a bottle of Perrier with a twist of lime and suddenly the world's problems are not that big. I can certainly have this sandwich to go but I prefer it on a warm summer night sitting on the porch soaking up the Tuckahoe's warm ambiance while a troubadour strums guitar. And sings Johnny Cash.

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Shore Eats DOUBLE TAKE

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Stefanie Godfrey tries her take on the Tuckahoe Inn's bread pudding

OMETIMES, I go to the Tuckahoe Inn just to get dessert. Okay, I order dinner to fit in more with "society rules," but I'm really there for the sweet stuff. The bread pudding to be exact. It's creamy, yet firm, not too sweet and rich beyond expectations. I usually ask for it with a scoop of vanilla and the combo is happy dance worthy. Now, I can't always be at the 'Hoe, so I thought it would be fun to try to recreate the bread pudding at home. First I had to find a recipe that was worthy. The Tuckahoe's bread pudding is called New Orleans Bread Pudding, so that pointed me in the right direction. Now, I didn't cheat and ask Chef Tyson what makes his sauce so rich and lovely. But I knew there at least had to be a sauce. After scanning about ten recipes, I decided to use one from Cooking Light Magazine. It seemed to have the correct ingredients and I went with it. The results? A bread pudding that was easy to make and made my home smell amazing. But the really important question is ... how did it compare? Truth be told, it was not the same as having a server bring you a warm plate heaping with bread pudding that you didn't have to make, yet still are able to enjoy. But it was delish. Not as firm as the Tuckahoe's pudding, and the sauce didn't have quite the same butteriness, but made up for it with the very trendy salted caramel sauce. It was incredible and this recipe's crown jewel.

3 tablespoons bourbon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 6 tablespoons half-and-half, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt Cooking spray

SALTED CARAMEL BREAD PUDDING Ingredients Bread pudding: 5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces) 1 cup evaporated fat-free milk 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons bourbon 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs Sauce: 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. To prepare bread pudding, arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. 3. Combine evaporated milk and next 7 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add bread cubes. Let stand 20 minutes, occasionally pressing on bread to soak up milk. 4. To prepare sauce, combine brown sugar, 3 tablespoons bourbon, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in 5 tablespoons half-and-half; simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Remove pan from heat. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon half-andhalf, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Keep warm. 5. Spoon half of bread mixture into a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 3 tablespoons sauce over bread mixture. Spoon remaining half of bread mixture over sauce. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm sauce with bread pudding. - recipe from Cooking Light Magazine

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Shore Eats THE DINING GUIDE

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HERE are so many ways to satisfy whatever food craving you're having in the OC. Check out our list for the best places to eat. We've also included which places are open year round and which are seasonal, but be sure to call first before you head over. And when you do head in, please let them know you saw their ad or listing in Ocean City magazine.

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. Open year round. See ad page 7. MANCO & MANCO PIZZA OC icon. Three locations on the Boards. 7th, 9th, and 12th Streets. 9th Street open year round, 399-2548. See ad page 8. PREP’S PIZZERIA AND DAIRY BAR Great thin-crust. Sandwiches and salads too. Plus an ice cream bar! 1004 Boardwalk, 398-0636.

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JON & PATTY’S Healthy, creative bistro fare. 637 Asbury Avenue, 3993377. Open year round. LA FONTANA DEL MAR Daily specials, fresh seafood, antipasti. 1 S. Commonwealth, Strathmere, 263-7700. LA FONTANA COAST Al Fresco dining in Sea Isle City. 5000 Landis, Sea Isle City, 486-6088. LA FONTANA VECCHIA Fine Italian dining. 700 First Avenue, Avalon. 967-7708. OC SURF CAFÉ Surf-inspired cuisine. 715 8th Street, 391-9555. Open year round. THE PINK PARROT GRILLE Great ocean views, good food, kid friendly. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. Open year round. RED’S JERSEY-MEX Superior Mexi/ Southwest food. Gluten-free menu. 11th & Haven, 399-2272. Open year round. See ad page 7. TUCKAHOE INN Delicious dinners, Back Bay Cafe on outdoor deck with live music, Boat Bar. 1 Harbor Road & Route 9, Beesley's Point, 390-3322. Open year round. See ad page 13. UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE Legendary breakfasts, lunches. 2112 Asbury, 40th & West, 398-7393. Open year round.

CINCO DE MAYO Awesome authentic Mexican food. B, L, D. Try the Chiles Rellenos. 1039 West Avenue, 399-0199. Open year round.

VOLTACO’S We think about eating here at least once a day. Not sure if that says more about us, or the amazing food. We’ll say the food. 957 West Avenue, 399-0753.

THE CLAM BAR Fresh seafood right on the bay. 910 Bay, Somers Point, 9278783. See ad page 6.

YIANNI’S CAFE 841 Asbury, 822B Boardwalk, 391-1113.

COUSIN’S Varied and sophisticated menu. Outside dining, catering too. 104 Asbury, 399-9462. See ad page 6. EMILY’S OCEAN ROOM High tea all summer long, breakfast and lunch year round. 11th & Boardwalk, 398-5700. Open year round. HULA RESTAURANT AND SAUCE COMPANY Tasty Hawaiian cuisine. One of the best in town. 940 Boardwalk, 399-2400. See ad page 9.

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COFFEE/SWEETS AUNT BETTY’S ICE CREAM SHACK Seriously fresh ice cream. Even treats for your doggies. 2100 Asbury; 40th & West. 398-4001; 398-4005. BAKED PASTRY SHOP We've been digging into the creme brulee all winter. It's good for summer too. Better get there before we do. 32 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora. 226-6859. Open year round.

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CRAZY SUSAN’S COOKIES She’s crazy, but that’s good for us cookie lovers because her crazy means a rollercoaster for your tastebuds. 1345 West, 391-1919. GEORGE’S Fantastic breakfasts, even better macaroons. Ice cream too. 700 Boardwalk, 398-4444. JOHNNY B GOODE Waffles, ice cream, family entertainment. 14th and Asbury, 525-0646 & 34th & West, next to Hoy’s, 525-0648. JOHNSON’S POPCORN Part of the original OC Trifecta. This corn is legend. This year try something other than the caramel. Or, in addition to. C’mon, we know you can’t resist the caramel. 1368 Boardwalk, (800) 8422676. Open year round. KB’S KETTLE KORN Sometimes you feel a little sweet, sometimes a little salty. Now you can be both. 600 Boardwalk, Wonderland Pier, 646-7069. OCEAN CITY COFFEE COMPANY The perfect cup of coffee. Fresh noshes too. 928 Boardwalk, 917 Asbury, 3995533. Open year round.

YOASIS The inside of this Downtown eatery looks as good as the froyo tastes. 838 Asbury, 525-2100. Open year round. STARBUCKS 1061 Asbury, 938-6905.

BURGERS/FRIES/CRABCAKES/CHEESESTEAKS DEL’S OCEANSIDE GRILL Menu is time-tested and sure to please adults and kiddies alike. 934 Boardwalk, 399-3931. FLIPPERS GRILL Outside at PortO-Call Hotel. Burgers, etc. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. JAY’S CRABSHACK Awesome crabcakes, kid friendly. 737 Asbury, 3994022. Open 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. Open year round.

WARDS PASTRY Butter cookies and some delish sticky buns. 730 Asbury, 399-1260. Open year round.

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Famished Foodie DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK Mario's Pizza's been here for years, but rises again after Hurricane Sandy's blow

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IKE a phoenix rising from the ashes, Mario’s Pizza is back! There were a lot of disappointed people who showed up on the island last summer to find this enduring Italian restaurant closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. That storm was more damaging than most people realized and it was the end for some island businesses. So when summer came and went and Mario’s stayed closed, many of us feared the worst. But like Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson overcoming a terrible knee injury, Mario’s defied the odds and is in the middle of a triumphant comeback. Being that everyone in the family likes to eat, we piled into the car and made our way to the corner of 15th and Bay to the new Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant. “Mario’s opened in Ocean City in 1977,” said Giuseppe “Joe” Cannuscio, who along with his brother and partner Ernesto have made Mario’s a place reminiscent of the 1980s television bar “Cheers” – it’s a place where everybody knows your name. “And we didn’t want to give up after the storm.” This past winter was long and cold, but we knew we were on the comeback trail when the temperatures warmed, the sun burst through and we settled into our window seat at Mario’s on a day when spring finally began to show. All of us – Apollonia, Michael, Sonny, and Mary – settled into a big clean table alongside one of the wide picture windows that line the restaurant. There’s not a bad seat in the house here – the renovation opened the place up and the sun shines in sweetly. Our server greeted us with a big smile and we perused the menu. The menu is just what you’d expect from a family-run Italian place – pasta, pizza, salads and sandwiches as well as a nice selection of entrees. Being that this was a fact-finding mission we decided to get a little

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bit of everything. The boys had chicken fingers and a grilled cheese. Apollonia ordered the ricotta gnocchis (doesn’t that sound good?!) and I ordered a chicken parm sandwich. While we waited we got reacquainted with one of Ocean City’s most resilient eateries. “We were closed for 17 months,” said Joe emphatically, his Italian accent rolling off his tongue as thick as cannoli filling. “We reopened March 27. But we feel bad that there are people in town who still don’t have houses. It’s been very bad. We went through it.” Dinner was delicious, but that’s not too surprising. These guys have been around a long time so they must be doing something right. Everything was served on simple, but elegant white plates that were pleasing to the eye. I like simplicity in a restaurant and that's the vibe I got at Mario's – simple and good. Clean, uncluttered tables, servers dressed in black, dishes served on white plates, walls minimally dressed – these are thoughtful touches that allow one to dine peacefully without a lot of distraction. As there was, of course, the food. Let’s start with the gnocchi, which were cooked just right. I thought this ricotta version was a bit sweeter and much lighter than the potato gnocchi I’m used to. They had a great texture and the sauce was a nice compliment – it didn’t drown the flavor of the pasta. “I really like this place,” said Apollonia. “Everyone is so nice and the food is good. Plus they really did a nice job on the renovations." There are really only a few places that I trust to do a good chicken parm sandwich and Mario’s is now on that list. Sandwiches are not as easy as they sound and it requires focus to produce a memorable one. First, you need a nice cut of chicken, cooked properly. Then it has to be served on a good roll. I’ve had my share of rubbery cutlets and hard-as-rock rolls in my time but Mario’s comes though with quality

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Above: Mario's owner Joe Cannuscio holds up some ricotta gnocchi and a chicken parm sandwich. Left: Mario's has tons of Italian faves such as pizza fries and pastas, but also has kid staples like grilled cheese and chicken fingers.

ingredients on a nice Atlantic City roll. Again, the sauce is an excellent compliment and doesn’t overpower the sandwich. In the name of research I dug into the kids chicken fingers and found them very tasty. Again, when you start with quality ingredients, you’re already ahead of the game. Diners came and went and Joe spoke to everyone who came through. We ran into local friends and conversation touched on the destruction of Sandy and how happy we were that many folks had endured.

But as we were chatting and enjoying our meal it dawned on me that the two owners are Joe and Ernesto; so why is it called Mario’s? Joe explained that his father, Mario had his own restaurant. So when it came time for the brothers to name their restaurant, they decided to honor their father by naming it after him. "He was so proud of that," said Joe. Good job guys, way to make us all proud. - Al Dente


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NANCY WADDELL Ocean City Free Public Library

What's the last book you finished? "The Library; A World History." Really, that's the title. Did you know that in the 18th Century – and still today – that libraries kept bats to eat the bugs? Tiny little bats. The only problem, of course, is guano. Last video you rented? "New Trick" starring Amanda Redman and Denis Waterman. Describe your feelings for the OCFPL... Pride. What author would you like to have lunch with? Alan Bradley. He's a British author who wrote a series of books about an 11-year-old chemistry wiz named Flavia de Luce. Lunch of course, would have to be at his house in London. Other than the OCFPL, what is one of your favorite spots in the OC? 29th Street Beach.

CRYSTAL BROWNELL Red's Jersey Mex Café

NICK MANSMANN B & B Department Store

What's your favorite thing on the menu? The fish tacos. Oh, they're so good. I eat them every day. How long have you worked here? About a year. Do you speak any Spanish? A little. I picked some up working here. What was the last movie you saw? Gravity. Any good? It was short. But it was good. What do you do when you're not working at Red's? I work at Beach Buddies Animal Hospital in Marmora. I want to be a veterinarian. I'm going to ACC to finish my prerequisites then I'm applying to St. George's University in Grenada. Tell me one thing most people don't know about you? I'm really not afraid of anything.-All interviews and photos by Bill Godfrey

If I got in your car and put on the radio what would I hear? Talk radio. What was the last concert you saw? Dirtyheads at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. What do you do when you're not working? I go to Stockton; I'm a history and poly sci major. I like to play pick up hoops too. Where do you play? At the Upper Township Community Center. But I thought Ocean City was famous for its hoops? It is, but it's too cold now. You gotta wait till it warms up and there are people here. If you could have lunch with anybody, who would it be? Taylor Swift. No wait. Governor Christie. Quien es mas macho... Christie or the Governator? Gotta go with the Governator. May 2014 OCNJMAGAZINE.COM

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DOO DAH PARADE

Troy and Stella Eiter

Delaney Poppa and Molly the dog

Daisy May

Ronald Raymond and his pup Watson (Ronald's wife Beverly is behind the float pushing)

Gabrielle LoPorto and Charlee and Callie Zuschnitt

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Six Questions GOOD PUBLICITY Roger McLarnon, Director of Community Operations for Ocean City

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ITH countless beach towns buried under water at the hands of Sandy, it was all they could do to tread and keep their heads above water. And yet, amidst flotsam and jetsam, waterlogged plans and sand strewn streets, Ocean City marched on through winter and spring and into the summer season with its head held high. No hurricane was going to stop them from keeping calm and carrying on. Like a well-oiled machine churning out product after product, this city, too, must operate seamlessly in order for the community to thrive. The parts making up this well-oiled machine are the people working for the city of Ocean City, of course. Recently, I caught up with one such employee, Roger McLarnon, engineer turned Director of Community Operations. What are your daily duties? My daily duties (laughing)? You name it. I’m in charge of engineering, planning, zoning, construction, sanitation, building maintenance, parks and recreation. Mainly I concentrate on building, engineering, zoning and planning issues in addition to any personnel issues that may arise. What would you say is the most exciting, entertaining or rewarding part of your position and what is the most challenging? I’d say being able to help the residents and tax payers in so many different aspects is the most rewarding part of my position. I’m involved in almost everything that occurs in this city.

Director of Community Operations Roger McLarnon takes time from his busy day to smile for the camera.

Especially when someone had a structure of a house that was damaged by Sandy, just doing everything that we can to help them get back on their feet. I think that’s very rewarding and something I’m proud to be a part of. As for the most challenging, something that people should be aware of is that, ever since Sandy hit, there are constantly changing rules with flood maps. We’re trying to stay up-todate on that and it’s been a real task. What exactly does dune protection entail and why is that so important? Maintaining the dunes, keeping people and their footprints off of them, containing them so as not to let them encroach on people’s properties and keeping them trash free is all important to encouraging them to grow and serve their purpose of protection. To what extent is Ocean City Public Works responsible for pedestrian rules and can you flesh out what those rules are? The Department of Public Works and the Department of Community Operations work together on a program that inspects the pedestrian ways like sidewalks and crosswalks to make sure there is a safe passageway to cross streets and traverse sidewalks. It’s a state law that motor vehicles must yield when a person is crossing the street at a marked crosswalk. With so much activity down here in the summer, it’s important to keep people safe. Regarding residential trash and recycling: how well do you think Ocean City recycles and what steps is the city taking to encourage and increase recycling?

Our year-round residents are very good at recycling. The problem is when the summertime comes and a large percentage of the population is on vacation, many people are less tempted to abide by the recycling rules. We do have literature on recycling available, we sponsor programs, we have a table at the block parties dedicated to providing people with information about recycling on the island. What are some big Ocean City events you’re involved in and what behind-the-scenes work do you do for those events? All the events that occur in Ocean City are handled by an events coordinator, but here at Ocean City Public Works, we ready the venues for all those events. We prepare the fields for soccer, football and lacrosse games. When there’s a parade, we make sure the Boardwalk is safe for the vehicles to travel on, that there’s barriers up when needed. For the Block Party, we make sure there are enough trash cans available. All summer long, this town offers a lot of events. We are always working to make sure the restrooms are well stocked for event-goers. Pretty much every event, we work behind-the-scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. We even handle maintenance of the parks by the 9th Street Bridge and work closely with the police department to ensure traffic is under control and everything is running smoothly. We’re involved with every aspect, really. Personally, I’ve always liked the 4th of July fireworks. When I was a kid, I was really into Night in Venice. - Taylor Canavan

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9am-5pm from 5th-14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more.

efeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You will receive exact drop off and pick up locations the morning of your trip. You should arrive home in Ocean City approximately 8:30pm. Trip will provide NYC guidebook, water bottle, snack and a bus with a restroom. You will also have city staff accompanying you on the trip. For more information, call (609) 525.9317 or e-mail lrumer@ocnj.us.

3 CYSTIC FIBROSIS GREAT STRIDES

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1 MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY Come and find out if summer is coming early, 11am at the 9th Street Beach.

3 SPRING BLOCK PARTY

WALK Registration 10am at 6th Street practice field, walk begins at 11am. For more information, call (610) 325-6001 or visit www.cff.org.

3-4 BOARDWALK & DOWNTOWN

MERCHANT TABLE SALES (No Vendors) 6th-14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

3 COOKING THE CLASSY WAY All demos will be held in the Senior Center Kitchen. Saturday, May 3, “Fun with Flax,” 10am-12pm or 1-3pm. Join Chef Chelius and learn some easy cooking techniques you can share with family and friends. Class size is limited to 20 people so please respond promptly. Adults only please, you may only register one person. No admittance once the demo has started. For more information, contact Karen at (609) 399-2434 x5238 or karen@oceancitylibrary.org.

6 FAMILY CRAFT TIME 6:30-7:30pm for ages 7-12 every Tuesday night up to May 20 in Room 111 at the Ocean City Library. Crafts and special programs.

7 TODDLER TIME 10:30-11am for ages 2-3. Stories, music, and puppets every Wednesday up to May 21 in the Children’s Activity Room at the Ocean City Library. Parents must stay with children.

17 AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK Registration begins at 9am at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10:30am.

17 SPEND THE DAY IN NEW YORK CITY Bus leaves the Ocean City Transportation Center, 10th & Haven at 8am. Departs New York City 6pm. Cost: $34 (Transportation Only). A few details for NYC Trip: The bus will leave the Ocean City 10th Street bus terminal at 8am. There is no parking fee in the transportation lot this time of year. You should arrive in NYC at 11am and the bus will depart NYC at 6pm. The drop off and pick up will be in the area of Rock-

BAND The GRAMMY award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) - led by pianist, composer, and director Arturo O’Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of 18 of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. The orchestra’s debut album Una Noche Inolvidable was a 2006 GRAMMY nominee and their second; Song for Chico (ZOHO) won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2008. ALJO’s third album, 40 Acres and a Burro, (ZOHO) was a 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Show time 7pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Ticket prices are: Somers Point Jazz Society Member $20, Non-member $25 until May 15. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.spjazz. org/shop or by mail: Somers Point Jazz Society, PO Box 329, Somers Point, NJ 08244. Tickets will be available at the door: Somers Point Jazz Society Member $25, Non-member $30. Sponsored by Cape Bank. For more information, call (609) 927-6677 or email: info@spjazz.org.

17 & 18 “CINCO EN MAYO” TREASURE

HUNT The ECRDA’s fifth annual beach hunt at the Ocean City Music Pier. Compete in a series of metal-detector hunts for great prizes. Special kids hunt on Saturday and gold and silver hunt on Sunday. No experience needed. Loaner detectors available for kids who hunt for only $5. All are welcome. Access the website at www. ecrda.org for more information and to register. Registration also available at the Music Pier on Saturday. Saturday hours 8am-4pm, Sunday hours 8am-3pm. For more information, call (732) 276-8251.

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of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the new season. Noon, Moorlyn Terrace Beach.

24 STANDUP4SEALS "GET IN THE

FIGHT BEACH CHALLENGE" On the Ocean City beach. Race as a team or individual. The race consists of three simultaneous events - The Stand-Up Paddle Ocean Challenge, a SEAL Team-approved Obstacle Course Challenge, and a Kids Fun Run - as well as a Patriot Ceremony to honor our veterans and fallen warriors. All proceeds will go to One Team One Fight, the official sports charity program of The Navy SEAL Foundation and The Travis Manion Foundation. Activities will be held on 8th Street Beach, and start at 7:30am. Teams and individuals interested in participating in this event can find race registration information at www.StandUP4SEALs.com. For more information, call (609) 228.5770.

24 THE BUCKS COUNTY SINGERS The Bucks County Singers will present a free concert in front of the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace at 3:30pm. The 35 group ensemble will perform selections from The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, patriotic selections, standards and pop songs.

24 AMERICA TRIBUTE TO HEROES

STARRING LINDA GENTILLE & THE JERSEY SHORE POPS A musical tribute to the heroes of this great country who inspired a nation. The show will star the amazing entertainer and conductor Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops. Music of Glenn Miller and George Gershwin will be featured. Show time 7pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets will be $25 - $35 and are available by calling (800) 8383006 or by visiting www.jerseyshorepops.org.

26 MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Avenue.

30-31 OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW See beautiful commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Show times are Friday 2-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

1/4 mile Pool Swim, 2 mile Run/16 mile Bike/2 mile Run. Plus a kids course 1/8 mile swim, 1 mile run/8 mile bike/1 mile run. Pool Swim start 6am-8am. Run/Bike/Run starts 9am. $50 Tri/Du. $25 Kid’s Course.

23 UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains

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EASTER EGG HUNT

Tighe, Dane and Quinn Olek

Brynn and Mia Gallagher

Janet, Jessica, Matthew and Isabella Peaschek

Jeff, Dylan, and Amy Southwood

Noah and Lila Rhodes

Ashley, Laura and Keira Fahy

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It’s History FIRST AUTOMOBILE BRIDGE OPENS Fred Miller on Days Gone By

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CEAN City's Gala Day was the headline on the front page of the Ocean City Ledger on Saturday, April 11, 1914. A smaller headline explained, “Corner-Stone Laying at New City Hall—Great Automobile Parade—Official Opening of Inter-County Automobile Bridge.” The article began, “What appears destined to be the greatest day in the history of Ocean City has at last arrived, and if the weather is at all favorable when this issue of the Ledger reaches our readers, the resort will be alive with visitors and enthusiasm will be at high pitch all over the city.” The day-long schedule of events was advertised as follows: 11:00 a.m.—Corner Stone Laying Ceremony in front of City Hall

On April 11, 1914, The Ocean City Automobile Bridge Company opened the roadway and four bridges connecting Ocean City and Somers Point. This picture, looking from Somers Point, also shows the Shore Fast Line Trolley Bridge, which was built in 1907. 12:00-1:45 p.m.—Luncheon at the Ocean City Yacht Club 1:30 p.m.—Parade of Automobiles forms near Yacht Club 2:00 p.m.—Parade of Automobiles begins 2:30 p.m.—Official opening of the Inter-County Automobile Bridge with an Artillery Salute by Sons of Veterans of Atlantic City 4:00 p.m.—Mammoth Clam Bake on the Bay in Somers Point 7:00 p.m.—Concert at the Ocean City Music Pavilion 9:00 p.m.—Fireworks display Another article on the front page of the Ledger discussed the two events: “The fates seem to have smiled with special favor upon the new City Hall project in making possible that the corner-stone of that imposing structure could be laid on such an auspicious occasion as the official opening

and dedication of the great InterCounty Automobile Bridge, and the location of the magnificent municipal building makes it proper and fitting that the two great events should take place on the same red-letter day.” It cost the Ocean City Automobile Bridge Company $250,000 to build the new roadway and bridges across Egg Harbor Bay. It was constructed with the latest bridge building techniques and included many safety features. It was well-lit with 150 lights of the Tungsten type of sixty watt power. They were frosted ball globes staggered so that there would be light every 50 feet. The company charged for the use of the bridge and the fee schedule was posted on a sign on the bridge tenders booth. The sign included the following information: automobiles with driver 25 cents,

each additional person 5 cents; trucks with driver 50 cents; one horse and rider 15 cents; wagon in tow in rear of horse 10 cents; motorcycle with driver 15 cents; pedestrian 10 cents (free if under five years of age); bicycle with passenger 10 cents. The company advertised the bridge in New Jersey and Philadelphia newspapers. The ads included pictures of the bridge with the caption “All roads lead to Ocean City via the new bridge.” “New Automobile Bridge Is Great Success” was the front page headline of the October 3, 1914 Ocean City Ledger. The article began, “At the meeting of the Ocean City Automobile Bridge Company directors, Tuesday afternoon, the report of the business done from June 5 to the last day of September was very satisfactory to all concerned, and

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emphasized the fact that the bridge fills the proverbial ‘long-felt need.’” The bridge owners reported the totals during the four months as follows: Automobiles 32,641; Trucks 1,638; Motor Cycles 1,868; Wagons 1,286; Bicycles 1,240; Pedestrians 440. How much money the company collected was not reported. “A Banner Season For Ocean City” was the headline in the September 12, 1914 Ocean City Ledger. Much of the credit for the success was given to the new bridge. Mayor Harry Headley was quoted as saying, “I think we have much to be thankful for. Everyone knows that a greater number of people were in Ocean City during the two busy months than ever before, and with the numerous improvements, next season will be an epoch-maker.”

TAKING ITS TOLL From Top: This is a view of the bridge from Somers Point. The Shore Fast Line bridge is on the right. This view from the bridge shows Ocean City’s bay front. The bridge tenders booth can be seen on the bridge in this view from Ocean City. It cost 25 cents for an automobile and driver to cross the bridge.

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Shopping OC Shopping Guide 26 / Gail Graham 28 /Yoasis Premiers Acai Bowl 30

THE LOOK AT IZZADORABLES

OCEAN CITY STYLE

SAVANNAH BRUEY OCEAN CITY Almost everything Savannah is wearing can be found at B&B Department Store Pants: Element Top: Utopia Scarf: Tie Dye Infinity Sneaks: Vans Tank: Her closet

TORII ALBO SOMERS POINT Also mostly from B&B Department Store Dress: Billabong Tube Shoes: Sanuks Hat: Tropica

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ZZADORABLES is exactly that - adorable. Just about everything in the cute little Wayside Village shop is fun, stylish and appealing. And... wait for it... affordable. That's right, owner Gretchen knows her customer and knows her price point. This is a shop where you can get an entire outfit for under $80. That's exactly what I did on my last visit. Yes, the fabulous outfit you see above costs under $100 for

everything. Let's break it down: The hat is $28, the necklace $20, the dress $18 and the purse $20... for a grand total of $86. Grab a pair of black flip flops or sandals (yes they sell those too if you're looking for a new pair) and you have yourself a complete outfit that didn't break the bank. It didn't even bother the bank. 30 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora, (609) 390-4360 - Text and photos by Stefanie Godfrey

MICHAEL DIDIO HADDON TOWNSHIP Shoes: Toms Jeans: Banana Republic Jacket: Saucony Shirt: Urban Outfitters In the stroller: Lila Stroller: Bob -Interviews and photos by Bill Godfrey

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Must Haves - beach access

pitch perfect This totable game can go anywhere, including the beach. It's lightweight and perfect for keeping the kids happy. Butterfly Boutique, 1119 Asbury.

FOLDER SMOLDER

You could choose a boring old folder or you could jazz up all your docs with these well appointed numbers. Fazzio Interiors, 1324 Asbury.

IN THE PINK

This bag is perfect for toting all things for the beach. Fazzio Interiors, 1324 Asbury.

Great selection of in stock and custom order furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories.

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Must Haves - beach access TOP HAT

Every beach goer should have a hat for times when the sun is just too much. Here are two delish options. Heritage Surf Shop, 1368 Boardwalk.

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These shades are only found at Heritage Surf Shops. Check out their fun names. Heritage Surf Shop, 1368 Boardwalk.

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KNOTS LANDING

If your little one is going to bring a doll to the beach, best to get one that's washable, like this Mellissa and Doug doll. Butterfly Boutique, 1119 Asbury.

If you have a fabulous beach home and a fabulous dog, then you must get these fabulous dog toys. Onni, 1356 Boardwalk.

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Cape May County’s Largest Retail Greenhouse! FRESH JERSEY PRODUCE Herbs, Veggies, Hanging Baskets, Geraniums Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice (Squeezed Daily)

Perennials, Annuals, Pottery, Mulch, Shrubs, Wild Bird Supplies

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Shopping THE SHOPPING GUIDE DOWNTOWN

BEAUTY SALON

SHOP OCEAN CITY! OC’s Downtown is ready for you! Shop. Dine. Relax. See ad page 32. THE GINGHAM WHALE 636 Asbury, 391-0996.

DEPARTMENT STORES

APPAREL/SHOES

B&B DEPARTMENT STORE New styles, new look. Check out the home accessories. 827 Asbury, 391-0046.

ALYSE’S SHOES 951 Asbury, 3918859. FLYING CARP CLOTHING GALLERY Comfort, quality, timeless design. 745 Asbury, 391-1546. COULD BE YOURS 716 Asbury, 703-4457.

GALLERY

DONNA GAY DILLON BOUTIQUE 725 Asbury, 399-0082. PAPPAGALLO 744 Asbury, 398-4009.

SUNSEEKERS 751 Asbury, 399-1640 TA DAH, 925, 952, 1026, 1038, 1040 Asbury, 398-6771.

P. FRANCIS Come visit at new location. Heirloom-quality gifts and more. Mariposa. 846 Asbury, 399-5570. See ad page 24. POTOMAC BEAD COMPANY 910 Asbury, 399-4400.

7TH STREET SURF SHOP, 720 Asbury, 398-7070 SEA OATS CHILDREN'S SHOP 710 Asbury, 398-8399.

SCOTT GRISWOLD ART 854 Asbury.

HOME GOODS/JEWELRY ARTISANS ALCOVE Estate jewelry, diamonds, vintage timepieces. 714 Asbury, 399-2050. THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE 1119 Asbury, 391-0812.

GATHERINGS/THE BAG ROOM 700 Asbury, 938-0691

FINE ARTS LEAGUE 608 Asbury, 814-0308.

FLORIST SPINNING WHEEL FLORIST 858 Asbury, 398-1157. STAINTON’S GALLERY OF SHOPS 810 Asbury, 545-8681.

COLETTE 900 Asbury, 525-0911.

ACCENT GALLERY 956 Asbury, 398-3577.

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

ANTIQUES/COLLECTIBLES

ART GALLERIES

LINDSY JAMES SALON 945 Asbury, 525-9900.

AUGUST HEART, 715 Asbury, 3991565. STING RAY Lovely home accents. 854 Asbury, 399-0660.

PET SHOP ANIMAL HOUSE, 705 Asbury, 3983771

SPORTS/ATHLETIC WEAR HARBOR OUTFITTERS 625 Asbury, 938-0175.

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SNEAKER SHOP Come visit at new location. 704 Asbury Suite 1, 391-5223.

SWEETS AND TREATS

SWEETS AND TREATS

FUDGE KITCHEN Candy that melts in your mouth. 800 Boardwalk. 3987457. See ad page 27.

RAUHAUSER’S Handcrafted chocolates such as Chocolate Covered Caramel Filled Pretzels. 721 Asbury, 399-1465.

SHRIVER’S SALT WATER TAFFY Ocean City icon. Taffy, fudge, candy. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100.

CAKE STUDIO A master cake craftsman. 1046 Asbury, 231-1851.

SHRIVER’S GELATO Only gelato store on Boards. Good stuff. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100.

THINGS TO DO GLAZED OVER Come visit at new location. Paint pottery, create mosaics. 704 Asbury, 398-8880.

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. 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.

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

SURF SHOP/SUNGLASSES BY THE SEA SURF SHOP Private and semi-private surf lessons. 850 Boardwalk, 398-0159. SUNGLASS MENAGERIE Shades for all budgets. 1124 Boardwalk, 391-8000.

JOHNSON’S POPCORN An OC classic. A great gift too. 1368 Boardwalk, (800) 842-2676.

VARIETY/BEACH ITEMS JILLY’S $1 STORE One dollar! 1044 Boardwalk, 399-1234.

BAY/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. See ad page 25.

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.

GARDEN CENTER VAUGHAN’S FARM & GARDEN Jersey produce, flowers, barbecue hq. 312 Roosevelt Blvd., 390-1864. See ad page 25.

HOME DECOR COASTAL DESIGN OUTLET Beautiful furniture for your home. 556 Sea Isle Blvd • #F • Ocean View. See ad page 24.

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In the Biz GARDEN OF EDEN’S GAIL GRAHAM Taylor Canavan discovers what makes this gardenista bloom

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N THIRD grade I was famous – or so I thought I was. For the first time ever I saw my picture in print. It was a color photo on the front page of the local paper... me kneeling next to a small strawberry sprout, piling dirt around its fragile stem. My dark bob was windblown, my turquoise rain jacket puddled around my bird-like legs and my expression was one of intense concentration. The picture accompanied a feature story about our elementary school’s gardening program – a program I was psyched to be a part of. Three days a week, my third grade class would venture outside to check on our plants and contribute to our compost pile. I remember feeling such a sense of duty, pride and maturity on those gardening afternoons, a feeling that was only

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heightened when I made the front page of the paper that spring. Much like my third grade teacher who planted seeds in the garden alongside us, and the seeds in our minds to nurture our environment, former teacher Gail Graham fostered a similar love for the environment in many of her students. Today, Gail and both of her green thumbs can be found surrounded by plants, capturing photos of wildlife in South Jersey. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What you do, where your passion lies, what makes you tick as a person. As a kindergarten teacher, my friend Madelyn DiGenni and I did a lot of programs where we taught children history through gardening projects. In the process, we wrote several grants which included building a greenhouse, an arbor and a nature observation station in

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Above: Gail Graham stands tall in her garden. Below, colorful blooms take over the property. Photos by Bill Godfrey and Gail Graham.


In the Biz addition to several gardens around our school. I’ve been retired for ten years now, so my main focus has been on my garden at home. I like to share it with other people and give them advice. All the while, I’ve developed an interest in birds and photography. That has just been fabulous for me. I find that I keep getting better at photography – I love to take pictures of birds and flowers. It’s good when you’re retired to have a passion of some kind – you can’t just sit around, growing old and stagnating. I have to always have things going on. I did a little scooping on Facebook and rather enjoyed clicking through the abundance of pictures on your Garden of Eden page. How has social media like Facebook affected your artistry and photography? My daughter helped me set up my Facebook account, so I started taking pictures and putting a couple on in the morning and a couple on at night. I remember her saying, “I really think you’ll be good at this and enjoy it.” Well she was absolutely right. It really changed a whole lot about my life. And what kind of response have you been getting from your Facebook posts? A really good response! I have a couple hundred “likes” on my page and a lot of people that look at my pictures daily. Just recently, I was chosen by HGTV editors to feature my garden on their website. I was the “editor’s pick.” They have over 30 pictures of my garden on their HGTV site. It’s really exciting to be recognized for what I’m doing. It sounds like you do a lot for our environment, a value you attempted to pass on to your students years ago. Are you involved in any charitable organizations? My husband and I are in Florida in the winter. While there, I volunteer at the botanical gardens – that keeps me going through the winter. It’s my garden fix. They have a lot of special events. Some involve leading people through the garden during moonlight affairs.

It’s just glorious. Locally, I’ve helped some of my friends re-do their yards. Additionally, I belong to the Charity League of Atlantic City. And locally for you is…? I live on Gardener’s Lane in Beesley’s Point – hence Garden of Eden. When we built our house 25 years ago I wanted to create a world for us to live in – our own special world. And I think we’ve got that here. I just can’t see myself leaving here ever. The only thing I might foresee is to extend my time in Florida. But I love to go to the beach on the island. Fifty Ninth

how important it is to nurture it. Whether growing your own garden, helping with a community garden or volunteering at the schools to help children garden. Read and be aware of ways to better serve the environment whether it be something as little as providing food for the birds by putting your orange peels out after breakfast or filling up a pot with water to provide a bird bath. Everyone should come up with something they can do. What does an ideal day in the eyes of Gail look like? My ideal day would be sunny,

“You have to provide the things that sustain nature” - Gail Graham Street is my beach. I like to walk all the way back in the bird sanctuary. That’s just fabulous. Between your idyllic garden, the botanical gardens, the bird sanctuary and your wildlife photography, it seems as though you’ve really immersed yourself in nature’s beauty. What do you think can be gained from studying and enjoying the nature around us? Everything is popping right now – things are pushing out of the Earth, buds are appearing. All life is so important. I would hope we would learn to appreciate our environment a little more. If you don’t provide for nature to continue, everything will stop. It’s terrible that we have messed things up just for our own convenience. We need to take care of the planet before it’s too late. How would you say you give back to the environment and what can others do? Our house is a certified habitat which means we have everything to sustain wildlife on our property. You have to provide the things that sustain nature. If more people did that instead of fertilizing their lawns, it would help. Be aware of the environment and realize

but not too hot. Seventies would be good with nice sunshine. Summer of course! My favorite time of year is the summer. I would have my breakfast and drink my coffee out on the deck. Our deck is wonderfully comfortable

with lots of plants and a red tin roof over top. I have a big chaise lounge and I really am the queen out there. After breakfast, I would do my gardening, feed the birds and take some pictures. Early in the afternoon, I would head to the beach. Later in the afternoon, when my husband comes home from work, we’d both sit out on the deck and enjoy it as we usually do – he smokes his cigar and I drink a Diet Pepsi as we discuss the day. Sounds just wonderful, Gail. Any parting thoughts for us? One of my basic tenants in life is that you shouldn’t wait for your ship to come in, you should swim out after it. In other words, what you want in life you have to go after. You can’t just sit there. The more I do, the more that keeps coming to me. If you have an interest, go for it! I didn’t know my gardening would develop an interest in all of nature and photography – who would have guessed?

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Trends YOASIS PREMIERS THE ACAI BOWL Tina Spadafora takes us out West... sort of

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HE last time I visited Yoasis I ended up with a $36 bowl of froyo. How, you ask? I was in such a rush to grab my bowl of heaven that I forgot to feed the meter a quarter and found a $32 ticket slapped on my sad little windshield. I was left feeling like the air was let out of my excitement balloon. You can understand my haste though, right? There’s really nothing like an ice cold treat on a hot summer day, especially if that treat can be made to order. That’s precisely what Tina Spadafora dishes up at Yoasis – selection, innovation and ease of portion control. And now with healthy options set to launch this spring, that chilled delight can come with a topping of no guilt. You better believe I’m going to check out the new Acai Bowl in the near future…on my bike… which will be legally parked and properly chained… no meters involved. It’s your third year in the frozen yogurt business. I bet you’re starting to see some trends develop. What would you say is your most popular froyo flavor? When it’s all said and done, I sell more of our Tahitian vanilla than anything. Of all the crazy flavors we have, we just fly through our vanilla. There are so many cool toppings to pair it with – that’s probably what it is. That always surprises me. What about topping trends? Do your customers seem to have a favorite? As far as toppings, people just love our fresh fruit – strawberries and blueberries especially. We fly through them. I tried out some crazy stuff like chocolate rocks and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Also, they’re always coming out with new gummies like Angry Bird gummies, but everyone just wants the traditional mini gummy bears and plain M&Ms or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I’ve tried so many different things to switch it up, but everyone always comes back to the normal toppings like the standard Reese’s or cookie dough pieces. Coming from this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lover, I guess if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Keep those classic toppings stocked.


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What are some of the most unusual combinations of yogurt and toppings you’ve seen thus far? It’s always the kids - the really young kids – that pair unlikely things together. They can just barely see over the counter and they seem to be grasping for anything in arm’s reach. They’re the ones that will put orange yogurt with cookies n’ cream yogurt and then add some sour worms with hot fudge on top… and then throw on eight cherries. (laughing) It’s always the little kids that put crazy stuff together. After this seemingly never-ending winter, everyone is gearing up for summer fun in the sun. What events can froyo fans expect from Yoasis this summer? Because this is our third year and we have everything down pat now, I feel confident about introducing new things to our menu and seeing how they’re received. Here at Yoasis, our big thing is being innovative. Because we were the first ones to bring frozen yogurt to Ocean City, I wanted to continue our trend of innovation by branching outside standard frozen yogurt and toppings, while still keeping everyone’s favorites stocked. I really feel passionate about a couple products that I’ve missed since moving back to the east coast from California. One of these products is the Acai Bowl. The Acai Bowl is really popular in San Diego and now I’m hoping it will gain popularity in Ocean City. The bowl is made of acai fruit puree from the acai berry. The puree, which is made in-store, comes out the consistency of frozen yogurt. Health enthusiasts rejoice! Any other healthy options in-store for debut at Yoasis? In addition to the Acai Bowl, we also recently introduced a couple signature smoothies, each having different health benefits. The two that debuted in March included a green smoothie called Green Goddess and a pink smoothie, aptly named Pink Goddess. Green Goddess consists of spinach, kale, coconut water and fresh fruit. Pink Goddess, on the other hand, is

papaya, mango, banana, raspberries and apple juice. That comes out a hot pink color. All three sound tasty and virtually guilt-free. Any other items set to debut in the coming months? Yoasis will also offer smoothies with ingredients that emphasize boosting the immune system, replenishing protein and detoxing the body in the near future. How have your healthy options been received? Amazingly. So many people have mentioned that they’ve had Acai Bowls in California, Puerto Rico and Hawaii and they’ve been waiting for them to come here. After opening for the 2014 season in mid-March, I’ve had so many repeat customers on the Acai Bowls. And loyal customers seem to be the key to a successful business, especially in a town like Ocean City where many patrons pick their favorite spots and rarely stray. What continues to set Yoasis apart from the competition? No other places on the island have Acai Bowls or papaya smoothies. They are really, really new to the area so we’re trying to educate everyone on the health benefits of the fruits that make up the Acai Bowl and our smoothies. I know when I need a sugar fix I run to a froyo joint for the rich frozen yogurt flavors and decadent toppings. What kind of long-term popularity do you think these healthier products will sustain once the novelty wears off? Well, I’ve noticed a lot of moms who bring their kids in often gravitate towards our healthy items as opposed to the froyo. They grab a green smoothie or an Acai Bowl while their kids are getting yogurts. Additionally, I anticipate in the summertime when we’re open at 10am, a lot of people may choose the Acai Bowl or a healthy smoothie over frozen yogurt. It’s a nice graband-go item in the morning. We’re excited about it! - Text by Taylor Canavan; Photos by Erin McCusker

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HAT was previously used to shovel food into your mouth, looks somewhat like a seashell, holds memories of the past, and will surely gather compliments in the future? Why, one of Ashley Warley’s spoon necklaces, of course! Ashley Warley and her montage of pieces sold under the name Nedia Arts make recycling fashionable and fun. Inspired by a need to reuse and a desire to create beauty out of everyday items, Warley has been reshaping and refashioning household items and marketing them to Ocean City natives and tourists alike for a couple years now. I caught up with the passionate, laid back, artsy Ashley early this spring to get the scoop on her unique designs. Tell me a little about your journey as an artist. I’ve always been artsy. I love art. I was the vice president of the art

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Taylor Canavan meets with artist Ashley Warley club in high school and then went off to college for glass art and flame working. When I had my first child, I put down the flame and started doing recycled projects such as flipping tires and making them into planters. Those recycling projects slowly morphed into beautiful as well as practical pieces. So when did you start making art for the body and home? I used to work at a little café in Ocean City called Who’s on First which has since closed. One day my boss at Who’s on First gave me a bucket of silverware and told me to make her something, so I did! That’s really when my jewelrymaking took off. My customers loved the pieces I wore to work, in particular a big necklace made out of my great aunt’s sterling silver tomato spoon. It was already punched and beautiful in its own right. I just brought it out of a dusty cabinet, made it into a necklace and started wearing it, so a lot of people were inspired to do the

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same. I do a lot of heirloom pieces and rework them. I also do a lot of weddings that way - people give me an heirloom set and then everyone in the family gets a little piece. It sounds like you’re busy catering to all types of clients. Are you doing this full-time now that the café has closed? I am. I have a great support system and have decided to take at least six months to dedicate all my energy and time to growing and expanding Nedia Arts as much as possible. My three kids were the reason I started making jewelry in the first place so it’s nice to be home with them while also focusing on my art. As an Army wife, there was no choice but to work. Now that the café has closed, I’m back to the jewelry. I do believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe Who’s on First closing is a sign that it’s my time to shine! I can only hope. It sounds like a good omen. When not making wearable or decorative art, what are you up to? Do you

garden? Definitely. Another thing I think is so important is to teach your kids where food comes from. That understanding is lost in this upcoming generation. I feel as though a backyard garden is a great teaching tool for parents. It’s great to garden your yard and just pick a couple things for your meal. So when not working on my pieces, we garden, visit the park, kayak, surf and camp. Do you enjoy the process of reimagining purposes for everyday items? It’s changed my life. Around my home you can find all sorts of things we’ve repurposed and reimagined. We really don’t waste anything down to digging up moss and replanting it elsewhere. We make a science project out of re-imagining. It’s a great learning experience for my kids. Do you make pieces upon request? Definitely. I have an online Etsy site so I get a lot of sales through


SPOON MAN Left: Artist Ashley Warley. Middle and right: Ashley repurposes silverware into beautiful creations.

that and I’m pretty approachable otherwise. People stop me all the time and ask about my pieces. I allow them to choose colors, size and style. I have a pretty good idea for what someone will wear everyday just from a little chit chat with them. I like to do a week to two week turn around. Sometimes people come to me with ideas that are really out of the box. That scenario takes much longer. Are spoon rings really popular? I love them! Every show I do someone asks about them. It’s hard because I use all salvaged materials and the bend on that one in particular is just so small. For a sterling ring, the bend is easy to make but with stainless, it’s much harder. Sounds like some of these pieces are a real challenge! How exactly do you make them? I start by hammering the silverware with an anvil. My husband brings home all sorts of tools and supplies from his demolition and removal company, even silverware that he has removed from houses. I’m honored that we’re not sending people’s memories to the landfill and instead I’m repurposing estate silverware for others to enjoy. I noticed you use the word “upcycled” to describe your pieces. What do you mean by that? So recycling is the process of taking something old and essentially still making it trash. Up-cycling or re-imagining is taking something old and looking at it completely

differently. You repurpose it and make it into this re-useful item – and hopefully, simultaneously, a beautiful item. And because of your unique way of re-imagining, your pieces are truly one of a kind. Where does the inspiration come from? The first one I hammered was a soup spoon which I really thought looked like a shell. More often than not, before people know it’s a spoon, they ask me where I get my shells. So I think it’s the inspired life down here. I was born and raised in Ocean City and am a true beach bum. That beachy inspiration has actually given my pieces more appeal. A lot of people visit the beach and want a little memento to take back with them. I’m able to reach a wider audience by participating in the farmer’s market and the block party in town. I also do a couple other charity events, art shows and gallery shows. Would you say your art is a reflection of you – your values, your aesthetic preferences, etc.? Absolutely. To look at me, I’m the definition of a tree-hugging hippie with dreadlocks down to my waist. I fit the bill. Our children are the future and we are watching our resources deplete. It’s not acceptable. If I can be a little bit of an example or leave someone something recycled – if I can inspire them to do the same in their own life – it’s just as much an undertaking as the actual sale of my stuff. Where do you see your art going in the future? How has it evolved

thus far and how do you think it will continue to evolve? I would love to see my things across the country in different stores. Because I did the farmer’s market, I started making a lot of non-wearable items like magnets and such. I think it’s a good idea to keep things fresh and branch out of jewelry. I like to come out with a new design every week so it challenges me and keeps it interesting for the customers. This year I hope to recycle beach chairs

into wind chimes. I think that will be really phenomenal. What makes your art different from other creations on Etsy? I’ve been told from people who have bought from me my personality shines through. That’s really flattering that you can get a feel for who I am and what I love just from looking at my pieces. - Photos by Erin McCusker

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IMAGINE this, if you will: A peaceful island abundant in wilderness less than a mile wide and with a length that changes with the tides – a setting basking in pristine beauty. It is teeming with flora; standing twisted and abstract from the ocean’s breath are pines, cedars, holly and sassafras. Below are the abridged beach plums, wild roses and bayberry with their feet in beds of moss and lichens breached by teaberries. Access to halophiles such as fish, shellfish and crustaceans is without obstacle in the clean water 34

of the sea. The undisturbed scene doubles as an aviary with tourists such as passenger pigeons, ducks, geese, herons, cranes, turkey, quail, eagles and osprey. This is the ghost of Ocean City past. A book about the aboriginals of the island quite appropriately quoted the well known words, “nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” This was the philosophy of Sir Frances Bacon’s as well as the first documented group to summer on the island during his lifetime though unbeknownst to him. They were the Lenape, or Delaware, of the Algonquin nation. Lenape, a word from the Unami dialect, translates to our men as well as common, ordinary, real people. They are quite often referred to as the Delaware or Lenni Lenape but the latter is repetitive and redundant. Exemplifying the words of Bacon,

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Ocean City, as it is a barrier island, is inherently unstable due to currents, storms and tides. It has been a part of that intimate relationship between all of New Jersey’s barrier islands as they unite and divide at the hand of nature. Ocean City is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Egg Harbor bay – this Earl of sandwiches was thick with meadow and muddied with mudflats and marshes on the bay side and beach on the ocean side. The island was topped and bottomed by inlets and prickly with shrubbery and dunes – a preservation of these times can still be seen in real time at Corson’s Inlet State Park, nature’s museum, at the southern end of the island. The Lenape resided in a region they referred to as Lenapehoking which translates as the land of the Lenape and includes the whole of New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southeastern New York state and

Northern Delaware. They adjusted and moved with the shore line never trying to control it. The peaceful, timid, woodland people came to and camped on the island in the spring, summer and early fall to seek food and shells during the days when there was no causeway leading people to the island. The history of the Lenape at the Jersey Shore, who had no recordkeeping process to speak of, is derived from a mixture of speculation, lore and actual evidence leaving breached, defective and impaired accounts of their past. It is agreed that they were a peaceful group with strong family bonds who had a strong sense of responsibility and devotion to their fellow community members, however, they were intimidated by other more aggressive tribes. The theory of how the Lenape got here suggests that their ancestors migrated across a land bridge from


Left: A view of the northern end of Peck’s Beach. Right: a 1688 map of New Jersey.

Asia 15,000 years ago. Over time, they came to span across North and South America arriving in New Jersey about 12,000 years ago. The Lenape were well-seasoned fisherman using fishing hooks made from antlers and bones from deer and elk. There are also accounts referring to them as “whalers” foreshadowing the next phase of the island’s history. When not claiming washed up drift whales, they would eventually float on hand-crafted canoes and would weaken the whale with harpoons and rock until the beast would surrender and then return to shore with it in tow. Whether to travel or fish, the Lenape crafted two types of canoes; the prevailing dugout canoe sculpted from pine, oak, chestnut or tulip wood and the bark canoe fashioned

out of the rind of a tree. The former could be carved using stone tools by one man in half a moon’s time. They hunted inland and on shore with bows and arrows with the subjects of the flying darts including mainly deer, elk, black bears, raccoons, turkeys, geese and turtles. They speared fish at night by torchlight and collected shellfish by day, an important part of their diet. The evidence for this is unmistakable as they left behind heaping mountains of shellfish compost in Cape May County proximal to the ocean. The New Jersey coast provided shellfish for food but later the shells were harvested for wampum beads. Oysters, mussels and clams were also smoked on hot stones in the sun and stored in clay pots or leather bags for

later consumption in soups. Bowls and cups were fashioned out of the carapace from box turtles, terrapins and snapping turtles as well as from gourds, seashells and trees. Shells were also used to make tools such as hoes to be used in gardening when they returned inland. Their three most important crops, referred to as “The three sisters,” were corn, beans and squash. These were important because they could eat them when gathered or dry them and use them in winter. The women gathered berries, fruits and nuts on the islands as well as inland which could also be stored when the hint of the wintertide would chase them inland. The various versions of Mt. Shell mentioned above were not the only

evidence left behind for the colonists; a complex arrangement of trails, laid out like arteries, bridged the inland to the islands of Cape May County. Some of our roads today originated from these cleared paths. Telling burial grounds hiding flint pieces and pottery pieces were unveiled throughout the county by farmers and construction workers including one at Beesley’s Point. Proof regarding the Lenape whale business is documented in a Burlington Court record showing a Cape May County Native American sold a whale to an early settler in 1685. This foreshadowed the ensuing phase of the City’s history – Peck’s Beach.

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FARM FRESH Clockwise from Top Left: Vaughan’s Farm and Garden from above. John, Barbara and Stewart Vaughan. John and his sister Pamela. Vaughan’s greenhouse hosts tons of colorful plants.


ARE FEET went up when Vaughan’s began P L A N T E D offering flowers. The flowers IN plush grass, soon gained popularity and a fingers grasping second greenhouse was needed. corn on the cob Enter a third greenhouse, fourth slippery with melted butter, greenhouse and finally a fifth colorful flowers swaying in the greenhouse. The garden business mid-summer breeze, wind chime surpassed the produce business aimlessly chiming as busy bees with time. Even with the addition peruse those same flowers that of five greenhouses, Vaughan’s sway to and fro. business was booming and a What is it about blooming bigger space was needed. Exit gardens bursting with color in five small greenhouses and enter spring, lazy summer afternoons one state-of-the-art brand new spent under a tree and mums and enclosed greenhouse connected pumpkins adorning your front to the building. The effect is a porch in the fall that makes you continuous floor plan encouraging love life just that much more? ease of shopping when migrating I recently chatted with garden from section to section. aficionado John Vaughan, owner Today, customers enter into the of Vaughan’s Farm and Garden main building and walk right into who are celebrating their 40th the greenhouse with shopping anniversary, to find out what the carts, perusing potted plants, plant buzz is all about. hanging baskets, vegetables I soon found out I was chatting and herbs. Elsewhere in the with the right person. Ever since expansive shop, they can find he can remember, John was garden supplies, fertilizers, soils, surrounded by nature. “I was mulchers, shrubs, trees, perennials always the one in the yard digging and Weber grills. In addition, up my parent’s garden – planting Vaughan’s still sells local produce tomatoes in the backyard and like fresh corn from the farm, flowers in the front. I was the tomatoes, peaches - you name it! mower of the lawn. From a young The store also changes from age, I was always interested in season to season. Customers see business, as well.” completely different things in So into business John entered. the greenhouse depending on And what better a business than the time of year: spring brings one that sells plants, flowers, bedding plants like pansies, produce and the like. In 1974, primrose and Easter flowers and John bought an existing farmer’s summer offers tomato plants, stand with his brother and sister, hanging baskets, patio containers Photo courtesty of Ocean CIty Historical Museum located on Roosevelt Boulevard. and blooming perennials. The Eventually, his brother and front of store features produce sister went other ways, his once the local crops start coming sister achieving assistant dean in. Whatever is in season at the at Stockton and his brother time will be stocked in the store. becoming a biologist in the John looks forward to the seasonal Florida Keys. That left John to crops the most. “I can’t wait for man the stand as sole proprietor some good Jersey tomatoes and of the business. corn – that’s my favorite.” Fall With its convenient location brings mums, pumpkins and right off the parkway and apples. “There’s always something its proximity to Ocean City, new right around the corner Vaughan’s was in the ideal location and something to look forward to reel in customers and that they to purchasing.” Additionally, did. What originally started as a Vaughan’s is currently featuring a simple stand soon morphed into complete line of pottery from all a store stocked with a variety of over the world – Mexico, China, goods. The original greenhouse Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. 38

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Unlike larger retailers, mom and pop shops offer experience. You’ll find that all the people working in the store have been there many years and know their stuff because of it. In John’s own words, “the advantage of having an independent store owner is they have been in the business their whole life. They’re experts in their field. We’ve been doing this 40 years now, we’ve seen trends come and go and we know what works in this soil and this area. When we recommend a product, it’s because of experience; we know our products and know they work.” You can also be comforted by the fact that you’ll always find a Vaughan in the store. With four generations of Vaughans pitching in and John’s son Stewart acting as manager, they’ve seemed to adopt an “all in the family” concept. Even those not related by blood have become surrogate family members over the years. John says some of the best memories include seeing family members grow up in the business and also watching some of the employees come back with children and their children. The Vaughan’s formed similar relationships with customers, now serving sons and daughters of original customers. Vaughan’s Farm and Garden doesn’t have an official motto, but if John were to pick one it would be “it’s family owned and operated and we grow our own.” All the greenhouse plants are grown on-site. People can watch the plants grow from little seedlings, soon blooming and exiting the building, ushered out by eager customers. How else does Vaughan’s Farm and Garden set itself apart from the competition? They’re open seven days a week, 7am-6pm, from Valentine’s Day to Halloween (closed November, December and January), weather dependent. They are willing to check out customer’s yards if they have questions about what to plant and will help with smaller jobs, if need

be. Have trouble transporting your Vaughan’s purchases home? They will deliver, so that’s another advantage. As if they don’t offer enough variety and convenience, Vaughan’s is also a propane pumping station. They fuel their greenhouse with propane and sell propane tanks. Further setting themselves apart, Vaughan’s is part of a national co-op of independent garden centers that sell their own master nursery products meaning it holds the title of Master Nursery Garden Center. This allows them to sell a personalized line exclusive for independent gardeners that feature premier products such as their own fertilizer line, potting soils and compost. Vaughan’s was actually the first member on the East Coast. Today, there are close to 400 members nationally who gather for conventions several times a year. These meetings serve to strengthen the independent garden centers and discuss premium products stocked in their stores. Those superior products set independent garden centers as well as master nursery members apart, according to John. So what does the future look like for Vaughan’s Farm and Garden? Owner John has an optimistic outlook. “We’re in a good spot right now. Without the family it would be really, really hard. Everyone pitches in – my parents, my in-laws, my wife and the children.” John carries the same outlook regarding the new growth in the area post-Sandy. “It’s nice to see all the colors – it’s good for the eyes and it’s good for the soul to get in the yard and see the riches that you can produce whether it’s a little container or your backyard tomato garden. That’s the part of spring that makes everyone happy down here at the shore – everything is colorful, you’re at the beach, the weather is nice. That’s the time I like.” -Text by Taylor Canavan; Photos by Bill Godfrey and from the Vaughan Family


John Vaughan (left) with his sister Pamela and his brother David at Vaughan’s Farm and Garden. The Bradley’s Roadside Market sign was still there during the first year Vaughan’s opened.

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POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST

OCEAN CITY AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER

OC Aquatic & Fitness Center 1735 Simpson Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226 (609) 398-6900 ocnj.us

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GO TO the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue; the main entrance is on Simpson Avenue.

Group Land & Water Exercise Open Year Round

exploring the Aquatic & Fitness Center

Spinning Classes

25–METER POOL The center’s salt-water pool is open year round (heated in winter) and there are a wide variety of programs including water exercise, swim lessons, adult lap swim and recreation swim time.

Child Care Reasonable Rates Free Parking Email Alerts Courtesy of the Ocean City Historical Museum

Aquatic and Fitness Center Memberships Vary

GROUP EXERCISE STUDIO Great instructors perfect for Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Body Sculpting, Kickbox, Zumba, Flirty Girl, Interval Circuit, Martial Arts/Self Defense and more. STRENGTH AND CARDIO Rubber-coated barbells and dumbbells, power cage, smith machine, selectorized and circuit strength pieces, treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent and upright bikes, lots more.

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Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center 25-Meter salt-water pool open year round offering a wide variety of programs

609-398-6900 1735 Simpson Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226 www.ocnj.us/recreation

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THE OCAFC is a multi-faceted facility that encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to participate in programs that help to promote good health. The center offers personal training sessions as well as indoor spin classes, racquetball and more. They also offer child care. Hours: Monday to Friday 6am to 9pm; Saturday 7am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.

• Group Exercise • Water Exercise • Lap & Rec Swim • Open Year Round • Child Care • Reasonable Rates • Free Parking • Personal Training Available • Indoor Cycling Classes

Hours Monday-Friday 6am to 9pm Saturday 7am-6pm Sunday 9am-6pm


What’s better than summertime in Ocean City? Having a taste of Ocean City all year round

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The Shores: RETIREMENT LIVING IN OCEAN CITY

THE CARE YOU WANT, IN THE PLACE YOU LOVE AT A PRICE YOU CAN AFFORD. The Shores is a true treasure in retirement living right in Ocean City. Artwork by Talula Love Bottoms

Inside the compassion of our staff and the friendliness of our residents mirror the warmth of a summer ocean breeze. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 609-399-8505 or visit TheShoresRetirement.org.

2201 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ 609-399-8505 www.theshoresretirement.org


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Fun at the Shore? Check our Activities Guide! Though we like to keep all the listings here so you can plan your next visit to OC, please note that many of these activities are seasonal. Please call first before heading to any of these establishments. BAY CATS KAYAKS AND CATAMARANS HobieCat and kayak rentals, Sailing Camp. 316 Bay Avenue, 391-7960. BAYVIEW MARINA Waverunners, parasailing. 312 Bay Avenue, 399-5100. GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER Tons of exciting rides/mini golf. 6th and Boardwalk, 399-7082.

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OMETIMES you just got to bounce. You know the feeling... rough day, nothing went your way. What to do... what to do? Head over to Boardwalk Bounce and jump till you drop. This only applies, of course, if you’re a kid. Sorry adults, we’re not allowed on the super fun, air-filled rides. But we can watch. “Our main goal is to keep kids entertained,” said Tony Polcini, general manager of Boardwalk Bounce. And entertained they will be. Plans for the Boardwalk Bounce include five bouncers all with cool themes, an iPad station, an art station, face painting, and balloon animals. Some days there will even be visits with Bouncer the Frog, Boardwalk Bounce’s mascot. Boardwalk Bounce is part of the Strand Theatre. It’s in the back - in a large space that formerly housed

three separate theatres. The theatres were cleared out, and Boardwalk Bounce was born. “We’re fixing the building up. It’s a historic building and we want to keep as much of its character as possible,” said Tony. For movie lovers, fear not, there are still two theatres at the Strand that will show first run movies. For snack lovers, rejoice for the same concession stand that sells popcorn for the theatres will sell lots of yummy eats for hungry bouncers. “We’ll have chicken fingers, icy drinks, pretzels, candy, popcorn,” said Amanda Thomas, director of marketing and advertising. “We’ll have servers who will bring food to you.” Since parents are required to stay with their children, there will be tables and chairs in the front of the room. That area

GLAZED OVER Create your own pottery, mosaics, and more. 854 Asbury, 398-8880. GREATE BAY RACQUET AND FITNESS A premiere spot to workout. New boxing classes. 90 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, 925-9550. JILLY’S ARCADE Awesome arcade. Brand new ten cent skeeball machines! 1172 Boardwalk, 385-1234. OC AQUATIC & FITNESS CENTER Newly-renovated center – state-of-the-art equipment. 1735 Simpson, 398-6900. See ad page 40.

OCEAN CITY LIBRARY A fabulous place filled with DVDs, games, computers, and... books! 1735 Simpson, 399-2434. OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Check out OC’s past through postcards, photos and exhibits. 1735 Asbury, 3991801. PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE Over 30 rides, two mini golf courses, and Go Karts. 1020 Boardwalk, 399-4751. TUCKAHOE BIKE SHOP & SURF BUGGY CENTER Rent bikes. Fun. 1214 West Avenue, OC, 398-9700. MOORLYN THEATRE Bring the family to enjoy movies and live theatre productions all summer. Between 8th and 9th & Boardwalk, 399-0006, www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org. OC THEATRE COMPANY Bring cool culture into your island time. Shows throughout the year. 854 Asbury, 525-9300, www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. OC POPS Summer concerts at the Music Pier. 525-9248, www.oceancitypops.org.

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IN BLOOM SAND MARIOS PIZZA AL FRESCO YOASIS HYDRANGEA SPRING BLOCK PARTY

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will also have televisions and free wi-fi. “It’s going to be very kid-friendly,” said Amanda. “We want to provide a safe, fun environment for kids year round.” Part of that commitment is keeping hand sanitizers all around and inspecting the bounce houses regularly. “I want people to walk in and know they are in a clean, safe environment,” added Tony. Every bounce house and every station will be watched over by an attendant. No shoes are allowed in the bouncies and there is a special area for 2-4 year olds. There will be cubbies for all the flip flops and sneakers and if you forget socks, no need to worry. “We’ll be selling souvenir socks with our logo on them for $4,” said Tony. The Boardwalk Bounce is a unique attraction on the Boards in that it isn’t weather dependent at all. Since it’s all indoors, fun will be happening rain or shine. The facility is climate controlled, so no matter how hot it is outside, it can be cool in Boardwalk Bounce. Though it hasn’t opened as of this issue’s release, plans are big for the Bounce. “We have party packages. If a family wants a private party, they can have it in one of the theatres. We can even project a message on the screen,” said Amanda. “We can offer families a custom package that’s desirable and affordable for everyone.” The Boardwalk Bounce is also going to be doing fundraising for local charities including down syndrome and autism awareness. “My passion is to give to charity,” said Tony. Admission to the Boardwalk Bounce is $13 for the first 90 minutes and $8 each additional hour. In the off-season, the price is $8 per hour. Parents are charged $5 for the entire day, since they must accompany their children. Visit www.boardwalkbounce.com for more information. The Boardwalk Bounce opens May 10. - Stefanie Godfrey

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LET’S BOUNCE The Catch a Wave slide will be one of the bouncies inside. The Pirate Ship bouncie will also be featured in the new Boardwalk Bounce set to open on May 10.

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Game On OCEAN’S 11 How well do you know this island? 1. What was the first name for the island known today as Ocean City?

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2. Where is the Ocean City Historical Museum located? 3. Are conch shells found in Ocean City? 4. Is Corson’s Inlet in the North or South end of the island? 5. What two islands does Ocean City sit in between? 6. Where is the LifeSaving Museum? 7. What is the name of the Native Americans who first inhabited Ocean City? 8. Which famous family had a home at 2536 Wesley Avenue? 9. What year did the OCBP begin? 10. How many Johnson’s Popcorn locations are there on the island?

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11. How many Manco and Manco Pizza locations are on the Boardwalk? 1. Peck’s Beach 2. 17th & Simpson 3. Yes 4. South 5. Ludlam Island and Absecon Island 6. Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue

7. Lenni Lenape 8. The Kelly Family 9. 1898 10. Three 11. Three

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PETS FOR ADOPTION AT HUMANE SOCIETY OF OCEAN CITY Trooper and Josh need you to take them home

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7-year-old Chihuahua & 12-year-old Whippet Terrier mix. We love each other so much that we have to be together! We have been best friends forever and don’t like to be apart for very long. We’re great with other pets and people. We are house broken. You won’t find many dogs happier than the two of us.

BERKELEY

8 month old • Border Collie Mix I might only be eight months old, but look how cute I am. I’m adorable, it’s true and it just so happens that I’m good with kids and other dogs. So no matter what your situation is at home, if you’re looking for a fun addition to your family, pick me!

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2 years old I’m a white and gray girl two year old kitty in search of my future palace, or an extra loving home. If your heart is warm and kind you might make the cut! Truth is that I was a stray found right here in Ocean City. So, my mother was probably not the queen.

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Real Tour 2209 WESLEY AVENUE Listed by Jack and Jill Zaborowski from Keller Williams Jersey Shore

GOLDCOAST Luxury Beachfront with panoramic ocean views has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths and bottom floor Cabana Room. The Grand Master Suite offers 2 large walk-in closets, jacuzzi soaking tub and deck. This unit is appointed with Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring, a professional grade kitchen with large center island, Travertine tumbled marble backsplash, and granite counters. There is crown molding throughout, custom tiled bathrooms, large front deck with dramatic ocean views, easy beach and boardwalk access for all. Contact (609) 398-SOLD or visit jackandjillattheshore.com for more information.

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bFamily Owned bGreat Rates bBeach Tags bSteps from Beach and Boards b41 Years in Business bFree Wi-Fi bOcean View Decks bGuest Rooms and Apartments

Osborne’s Inn 601 E. 15th Street, OC (609) 398-4319; (267) 419-8200 peggyannocnj@gmail.com www.osbornesinn.com

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Services ACCOMMODATIONS GUIDE Need a hotel, motel or B&B? Check out our handy guide below ATLANTIS INN LUXURY B&B An elegant European-inspired bed and breakfast, with an extraordinary beach block location. 601 Atlantic Avenue, (609) 3999871. BEACH CLUB HOTEL Superb ocean views, beachfront pool, sun terrace and a top-rated restaurant. 1280 Boardwalk, (609) 399-8555. BEACH CLUB SUITES A step from the Boardwalk with wellappointed, one-bedroom suites. 1217 Ocean Avenue, (609) 399-4500. EBB TIDE SUITES One and two bedroom apartments featuring private balconies steps from beach. 1001 Little Atlantic Avenue, (609) 391-9614. THE FLANDERS HOTEL Modern, luxurious accommodations on Boardwalk. 719 East 11th Street, (609) 3991000. HARRIS HOUSE MOTEL Clean, comfortable and quiet rooms and a heated pool. 1201 Ocean Avenue, (609) 3997800.

THE IMPALA ISLAND INN Rooms that offer refrigerators, free WiFi and cable. 1001 Ocean Avenue, (609) 399-7500. OSBORNE’S INN 50 yards from the beach and boardwalk offering free Wi-Fi, ocean view decks, parking and beach tags. 601 East 15th Street, (609) 398-4319. PORT-O-CALL HOTEL Amenities including Wi-Fi, as well as flexible meeting areas for gala receptions, small board meetings or large conferences. 1510 Boardwalk, (609) 399-8812.

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SEAPORT INN MOTEL Clean, newly-renovated rooms that are comfortable and close to the beach and boardwalk. Seaport Inn was recently voted #1 Ocean City Hotel on TripAdvisor. 1116 Wesley Avenue, (609) 399-1122. WILD DUNES INN The Wild Dunes Inn has luxurious suites that are spacious and completely furnished just a step away from the warm, inviting sand... the sparkling ocean waters... and the fun-filled Boardwalk. 801 10th Street, (609) 399-2910.

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CARING KIDS Blowing Bubbles for Autism is a national event that takes place every April. Here the students from Upper Township Elementary and Middle schools form a human ribbon to show their support.


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