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Ocean City may 2012

MAGAZINE

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


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Notes from the Beach

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HAT a winter! The east coast w a s truly spoiled this off-season with weather that never got super cold and if it did, it didn’t last long. And boy, am I thankful for that. I’m a summer girl, inspired by the warm feeling of the sand between my toes and the ocean splashing me as I walk near the waves. Despite our mild winter, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate spring. It’s so nice to see the white blossoms on the Bay Avenue trees go from buds to full bloom to green in a matter of a few weeks. Once the green comes out, you know it won’t be long till you’re eating ice cream sitting on a Boardwalk bench with your friends. OC has tons of amazing shops, eateries, and activities Downtown

and on the Boardwalk – so much so that a guide is necessary. Lucky for you duckies, OC magazine has a guide inside for each of these categories. See them on pages 8, 32 and 33. For a gorgeous hardcover guide to everyone’s favorite island, visit www. welcometooceancity.net and purchase your copy for only $10. This is a keepsake yearbook that shows off the best of the best in Ocean City. This year, we’ve gone mobile. Our new Ocean City guidebook app will premier on Memorial Day and is easy to navigate with coupons, photos, maps and more. Happy Spring!

cover This painting of vintage Ocean City is an original created for Ocean City magazine by artist Marie Natale, marienatale.com. We asked Marie to paint us something inspired by the OC of old with fun colors depicting Memorial Day and Mother’s Day at the shore. We think she got it just right. What game are the children playing? Check page 44 for the answer.

THE CLEAN SCENE

Meet Shore Clean owner Chuck Baker and find out how he overcame a lifethreatening illness and built a thriving business. Page 21.

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Ocean City EDITOR Stefanie Godfrey, stef@ocnjmagazine.com ADVERTISING MANAGER Bill Godfrey, localocean@comcast.net

PAST LIVES

Revisit the grand Ocean City hotels of old on page 19.

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Love to shop? Check out our list of Ocean City Must Haves on pages 23 & 24.

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May 2012

FEATURES Hey Man Nice Shot30 Best in Show36 Walk this Way40

EVERY MONTH In the Kitchen 5 Five Food Finds 7 The Dining Guide 8 Famished Foodie 10 Photos 12, 14, 18 Random Employee 13 Six Questions 15

Events Calendar 16 It’s History 19 Ocean City Style 21 Merchant 21 Stef’s Must Haves 23 The Shopping Guide 26 Trends 28 Word Search 42 Books by the Beach 43 Activities Directory 43 Activity Zone 44 Ocean’s Eleven 45 Volunteer of the Month 47

Service of the Month 47 Real Speak 48 Home & Garden 49 Last Shot 50

ROCK AND ROLL The pier and jetty at 55th Street looks different every day in every light.

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Eating in the OC IN THE KITCHEN Darren Dipietro from The Cake Studio

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ESTLED on Asbury Avenue is a cozy cake studio that produces some out-of-thisworld creations. Cakes that look so much like sand castles they might crumble as the tides come in. Floral creations so real that you can almost smell their fragrance alongside the sweet sugar. Okay. Let’s face it. Pastry Chef Darren Dipietro’s cakes are much more than a delicious dessert – they’re amazing works of art. Classically trained in a French kitchen, Dipietro opened The Cake Studio of Ocean City in 2006 after finding the perfect location at the right size with the right price tag. He called it serendipity. The addition of Dipietro’s delectable desserts and artistic talent to Ocean City’s food scene? I call it fate. What did you study in college? I have a BS in chemistry. How did studying chemistry in college help you as a pastry chef? Baking is precise and you need the skill to think critically at all times regarding design and flavor. Practicing science develops precise technique and critical thinking. What can someone come to expect at The Cake Studio? I do cakes for every occasion. I’m entirely custom and everything on my cakes is edible. But I’m not a walk-in bakery. You can’t come in and carry away something from my store. It’s appointment only. So the more notice, the better? We fill up quite far out. I’m not taking any more orders for the month of September. October is

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pretty much full. I think I have one date left in June. The first thing I ask is what date the cake is needed. I need notice and time to plan. Wow! You seem to have a booming business, even in a tough economy. Why do you think that is? What I think and what the reality is might be two different things. What I do here is really the only thing that’s going to be custom made for you at your wedding. Your cake will be unique to you. I like to think people come to me for something that’s unique. I like to think people come to me for something that’s quality. I pride myself on the quality of my cakes. Your cakes are not only works of art – they’re absolutely delicious to boot. What’s your secret? I was trained in a French kitchen, so all of my buttercreams are butter-based. We use flour, sugar, butter, eggs – the finest and freshest ingredients. Can you tell me a little bit about your flavor profiles? I think I occupy the middle of the road with flavor creativity. I offer classic with a twist. There’s so much you can do with flavors, but I just try to have simple, clean, recognizable flavors in my cakes. We offer one cake called Carnival – vanilla, chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut – it’s a little bit of everything. I have one cake I put together that is really out-ofthe-ordinary. We call it the Elvis – peanut butter and banana cake. That’s about as funky as I get. I imagine you get a lot of requests for beach-themed cakes. A lot of people want shells on their cakes to represent they’re at

the beach, but there’s a lot you can do to make the cake beachy that isn’t shells. There’s waves. There’s a nautical feel. We’ve used Shriver’s salt water taffy along the outside of the cake. There’s so many different decorating techniques, but yes, we do a lot of cakes with shells, and we’re happy to do it! So, your pastry career started at the famed Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia. Why did you decide to open your own business? I was working for other people doing this type of work, and you get to a point when you want to do it for yourself. As a small business owner, you sort of want to be the king. What’s the best part of having

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TAKE THE CAKE Darren Dipietro creates his masterful cakes for events and parties. Here he shows off a detailed geometric beauty with the northend bay and passing sailboat in the background.

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your business in Ocean City? I couldn’t be happier. Ocean City is a very business-friendly town. They try very hard to promote us. It’s everything a business owner would want. Plus I’m at the beach and the clients are amazing. It really has been a 100 percent positive experience having a business here. What’s your favorite flavor of cake? Coconut. Can you eat other people’s cakes or are you ruined on them because you’re a pastry chef? I have to taste everything I make, every chef does, but I’m kind of ruined on cakes in general. Though I do have a weakness for TastyKake coconut pies. I’m not proud.

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AL DENTE’S FIVE FOOD FINDS Think Global. Eat Local. FAJITAS

Cinco De Mayo 1039 West Avenue Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-0199

PIZZA

Manco & Manco 9th & Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-2548

COFFEE

OC Coffee Company 928 Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-5533

GYRO

Yianni’s Cafe 841 Asbury Avenue Ocean City, NJ (609) 391-1113

CLUB SANDWICH Ready’s Coffee Shop 415 8th Street Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-4418

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

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

MANCO & MANCO PIZZA Ocean City icon. Three locations on the Boards. 7th, 9th, and 12th Streets, 399-2548. PREP’S PIZZERIA AND DAIRY BAR Superior thin-crust. Sandwiches and salads too. Plus an ice cream bar! 1004 Boardwalk, 398-0636. Call for hours.

DAILY SPECIALS, PIZZA CHEESESTEAKS, HOAGIES, BURGERS Check us out on

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44 Route 9 Marmora, NJ

390-1845 Ocean City’s Famous

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

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

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

OCEAN CITY SEAFOOD Fab crabcakes. Voted Best of Shore. 846 Central, 814-1203. See ad page 6.

BURGERS/FRIES/CRABCAKES/CHEESESTEAKS

OC SURF CAFÉ Surf-inspired cuisine in a cute setting. 715 8th Street, 391-9555. THE PINK PARROT GRILLE Great ocean views, good food, kid friendly. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHATTERBOX RESTAURANT Legendary. Great burgers and shakes. 500 9th Street, 399-0113. See ad page 7. DEL’S OCEANSIDE GRILL Menu is time-tested and sure to please adults and kiddies alike. 934 Boardwalk, 399-3931. FLIPPER’S GRILL Outside at PortO-Call Hotel. Burgers, etc.. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. JAY’S CRABSHACK Awesome crabcakes, kid friendly. 737 Asbury, 3994022. Year round. JILLY’S With an ice cream and a french fry factory you can’t go wrong. Ice cream, 1172 Boardwalk. Fries, 1034 Boardwalk. JOHNNY B. GOODE Burgers and ice cream. Entertainment. 14th and Asbury, 525-0646. READY’S COFFEE SHOP Really good old school diner. 415 8th Street, 399-4418. WARDS PASTRY Fresh baked treats. 730 Asbury, 399-1260.

GEORGE’S CANDIES AND BREAKFAST GRILL Fantastic break-

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RED’S JERSEY MEX Al Fresco is a frequent customer at this local fave

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l Dente, our intrepid reviewer of the restaurant scene has returned to his native Italy. Al’s cousin, Al Fresco, is pulling out the chair for 2012. Let it be known that I am already a fan of Red’s Jersey Mex and I’m not writing this review as a first-time customer. Red’s unique blend of Jersey-Fresh flavors and Mexican cuisine hooked me a while back and I eat there often. The motivation behind this write-up is variety – it’s about expanding my horizons. You see, every time I go into Red’s place, I invariably order the same thing, the chicken super burrito. It’s a tried and true favorite of mine and I know it’s always going to be satisfying and yummy. Why mess with a good thing, right? Au contraire mon frère. Red’s menu is giant and deep with a wide variety of ingredients and flavors. Red’s is no one trick

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GREEN SCENE The food at Red’s is fresh made, and tasty. Photos by Al Fresco.

pony. He knows how to properly handle all sorts of flavors, texture, proteins and vegetables. I know

this and still I hew close to my comfort zone. But no more. “So many people that come in here order the same thing time and time again,” said David “Reds” Bridgens, owner and founder of Red’s Jersey Mex. “Sometimes we’ll get a delivery order and I know where it’s going without even seeing the address because people always order the same thing. You have to live a little. Get some variety in your life!” Who am I to deny this poor chef ’s request for variety? I vowed to try something different. On a recent beautiful Ocean City day (aren’t

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they all) I sauntered into Red’s with the whole family in tow – my wife Apollonia, and my sons Fredo, Sonny and Michael. I was determined to get a better feel for the depth of Red’s expertise. I was not disappointed. I’m ashamed to admit that when I think “Mexican cuisine” I always think tacos and burritos. But that truly is a very narrowsighted thought. Mexican food, especially when prepared by Red’s, is bursting with all kinds of flavors. The opener at Red’s is homemade crispy tortilla chips with a side of homemade salsa – on this particular day it was graciously dropped by our lovely server Jamie. This is no ordinary salsa mi amigos. It’s a deep red and it simply bursts with fresh flavors. My boys love those chips. One thing I’ve come to notice at Red’s is the freshness. There’s no sign of grease or oil anywhere,

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and I can taste the fresh in the food. Another thing I like about Red’s is the staff. Most of them have been there for a few years and they always seem cheerful when I’m there. It always makes a meal that much better when your server serves with a smile. So back to the food. Apollonia had the teriyaki chicken tacos, which were yummy and came with a fresh pineapple mango salsa. She normally orders the chicken quesadillas. “The teriyaki tacos were awesome,” said Apallonia. “Every bite was so flavorful. I tasted the Asian influence in there and it had a nice rich tangy flavor. Every bite was good. I didn’t think teriyaki and taco would go well together, but Red’s pulled it off.” I ordered off the board and got the honey chipotle grilled shrimp. Again, just the right mix of flavors. Not too hot, not too sweet and prepared to perfection. The boys are young and their palates crave simple things like chicken tenders. Red’s has a nice kids menu that includes fries so everybody left happy. Once again my fondness for Red’s Jersey Mex is reaffirmed. I got an awesome meal and my hesitation for ordering anything other than my favorite dish has been cured. Bring on the mahi mahi for next time! Red’s is a cozy little place. There are a few tables and, depending on

the time of year and the time of day, they can fill up. Luckily they have free delivery all over the island. There’s also free off-street parking in front of the restaurant. My next adventure at Reds? Ordering from the gluten-free menu.

RED LETTER DAY Top: Quesadillas are a perfect lunchtime bite at Red’s. Bottom: Owner Reds Bridgens and staff members Roman and Jamie take a break to show off some of the delish dishes at Red’s Jersey Mex.

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DOO DAH PARADE Photos by Bill Godfrey

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Nancy, Dann, Martha, Cana, Bob, Annie

Gabby, Lois, Brooke, Gianna, Mary

Jeffrey, Joni, Ellis

David, Carole, Sebastian, Ozma, Cowboy

Mike and Michael

John, Dawn, Clyde and crew

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Local Ocean RANDOM EMPLOYEE Tom Sullivan from By the Sea Surf Shop

SURF’S UP By the Sea’s Tom Sullivan hangs out on the world famous OC Boardwalk.

Where are you from? Northfield. I assume you surf? Yeah. Who taught you how to surf? I’m self taught. Who’s the best big-wave surfer alive today? Hmm… Mark Healey. Favorite lunch in OC? Hula Grill for sure. There are other good places but Chef (Dave Rihl) is the best. Plans for the summer? Surf. Surf camp, surf instruction. And hopefully relax. What do you do when you’re not here? Beside surf? I’m a union carpenter and I also play drums in a punk rock band. What? Yeah, the name of the band is Jumpship. And your musical inspiration? ‘80s punk. ‘80s punk lives? It does – you just have to find it. Punk is kind of tied into surf culture. What did I miss? The band’s website… www.jmpshp.com. -Interview and photo by Bill “Johnny Rotten” Godfrey

Josh and Dana Angstadt hang with their basset hounds Gabby, Cassidy, Elmer and Stoggie on the OC beaches.

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Chris, Dylan, Elijah

Adicia, Martheasha, Taiesha, Tahliyah, Mark

Hannah, Bella, Jess, Sarahjane

Who ya gonna call?

Andrew, Geoff, Mike, Reid, Josh, Jared

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Marybeth and Eliot from Prep’s Pizzeria

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Everyone’s favorite crustacean, Martin Z was born in Africa along the Zambezi River.

SIX QUESTIONS WITH... MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK

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N THE spring of 1974, famed weather forecaster Martin Z. Mollusk saw his shadow on an Ocean City beach for the first time. He predicted summer would arrive a week early to this seaside resort, and lo and behold, he was right! The ceremony was dubbed Martin Z. Mollusk Day, and this little hermit crab has predicted an early start to summer each year for 36 years. Ocean City Magazine recently had the opportunity to catch up with the famous crustacean and find out a little more about what makes him tick and how he came to be the most popular hermit crab around. The interview was translated by Ocean City Publicist Mark Soifer, who serves as Martin’s spiritual advisor, chef and biographer. Conveniently, Soifer is also the only person who can communicate with Martin, using what he calls “an osmosis process.” Can you tell me a bit about your background, Martin? I was born along the Zambezi River in Africa over 110 years ago, orphaned after my parents abandoned me. It was in those early days floating along the Zambezi River that I developed my skills. I liked to look at the clouds and this is how I learned to predict the weather.

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Orphaned and floating along a river – what humble beginnings! How did you come to have your own celebrated day in Ocean City? Well, I moved to Tepid Swamp, Louisiana, where I met my future wife, Mollie Shellfish. We came to Ocean City because Mollie wanted to compete in the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant. This is all documented in my biography, “Rhyme and Punishment,” by Mark Soifer. In fact, it was a few years after coming to Ocean City that Mark noticed me. I told him about my skill for predicting weather, and he asked if I could predict summer’s arrival for a ceremony. I told him of course! If I saw my shadow, I knew summer would come a week early. That’s how it all started. I’ve predicted every year that summer would come a week early – except one year, when I only saw a half shadow. Summer arrived three and a half days early that year. I’m much more accurate than the groundhog. This year’s Martin Z. Mollusk Day is just around the corner. How do you prepare for your big day? Do you follow a certain diet, exercise routine or beauty regimen? I bulk up on my favorite food – stale pizza crust. I just love the edges of pizza. I also drink

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a lot of Tepid Swamp water, which I have imported from Louisiana. What about some favorite hobbies? I have a cage condo at Old Salt on the Boardwalk. That’s where Mollie and I live. I like to climb the wire on the cage – that’s what hermit crabs like to do. I also have a little surrey that I enjoy riding on the Boardwalk. I get some help from my friends at Old Salt for that. What’s your favorite spot in town to escape your stardom and relax? I just like to relax at my condo cage. Mollie and I are very protected there. And I’ve got to ask, Martin. Where did your name come from? After all, you’re not a mollusk – you’re a hermit crab! That’s right – I’m a crustacean. I had no name, but I did really like the name Martin. That was a good first name, I thought, and while thinking about it a boat passed me by called “The Mollusk.” And I thought Martin Mollusk sounded really good. And the Z, of course, is for Zambezi. And there you have it – Martin Z. Mollusk. Martin Z. Mollusk Day is at 11am on Thursday, May 3, at the Ninth Street beach. Come find out if summer is coming early!

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3 MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY Come and find out if summer is coming early, 11am at the 9th Street beach. For more information, call (60) 525-9300.

5 SPRING BLOCK PARTY 9am – 5pm from 5th–14th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more. For more information, call (609) 399-1412. 5 & 6 BOARDWALK & DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (No Vendors) 6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue. 5 GREAT STRIDES OCEAN CITY 5k walk to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis; it’s the largest national fundraising event for the foundation. 10am at the 6th Street practice field off of 6th & Boardwalk. For more information, call (610) 325-6001 or visit www. cff.org/great_strides. 5 TEAM FUND RAISER FOR DEAN RANDAZZO PADDLE FOR A CAUSE Come to DiOrio’s from 6-10pm to help raise money for team Hula Girl’s 22-mile paddle around Absecon Island on June 16. Proceeds go to the Dean Randazzo Cancer foundation

which supports local patients inflicted with cancer. Tickets are $25.

6 WALK MS 2012 Held on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration begins at 9am and walk begins at 10am. For more information, go to www.walk4ms.org. 12 & 13 MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND “Mother’s Are Special in OC” flower give away to all moms at participating Boardwalk and Downtown stores, while supplies last. 13 - 15 ANNUAL MOTHERS DAY FAMILY CONCERT West Chester Senior String conducted by Charles dePasquale, 4pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Admission is free. 19 AMERICAN HEART ASSOC. HEARTWALK Registration begins at 9am at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am. For more information, call (856) 546-5600. 19 MILES FOR MELANOMA 5K RUN & FITNESS WALK IN MEMORY OF

ANDREA SHERIDAN Registration is 9am. Run begins 10am at 34th Street beach. Registration fee is $25 if registered online before May 12, $30 day of event. For more information, call (717) 538-4359 or visit the website at www.blackoutmelanoma.com. 20 OCEAN CITY TRIATHLON/DUATHLON 1/4 mile Swim, 2M run/16M Bike/2M run. Plus a kids course. Swim starts 6am-8am. Run/ Bike/Run starts 9am. For more information, call (609) 525-9317. 20 WALK FOR LUPUS NOW SOUTH JERSEY 2 to 4k walk on the Boardwalk. Register at the 6th Street practice field, 6th Street off the Boardwalk. Registration begins at 9am, walk begins at 10am. For more information, call (302) 622-8700 or visit www.walkforlupusnowsouthjersey.org. 25 UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the new season at noon, Moorlyn Terrace beach. For more information call (609) 525-9300.


26 TONY MART PRESENTS – ROCKIN’ THE OCEAN CITY MUSIC PIER A tribute to the Horn Band of the ‘70s – CHICAGO, featuring a nine-piece SOS Show Band. 8pm at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $20,at the door, general admission. For more information call (609) 653-6069. 27 NOR’EASTERS VS CENTRAL JERSEY SPARTANS Kick off at Carey Stadium (6th Street and Atlantic Avenue) is 7pm. Come and enjoy the soccer. Half time events include a marching band. FREE ENTRY for any youth soccer player wearing their team jersey. $8 Adults $4 Kids. For more information, call (609) 525-9999 or visit www.OceanCityFC.com. 27 BARKS ON THE BOARDS Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. Registered dogs can walk on the boardwalk from noon – 2pm. At 1pm there will be a canine contest held in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.org. 28 MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.

KICK OFF TO SUMMER Clockwise from Right: A flag stands tall above the beach grass. This year Memorial Day services are on May 28. Will Martin see his shadow? Find out on May 3. Dogs rule at Spring Block Party. Head to Asbury Avenue on May 5 for the milelong celebration. The beach officially opens on May 25.


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NE hundred years ago, Ocean City’s slogan was “America’s greatest cottage seashore resort.” While many tourists rented cottages, just as many enjoyed staying at one of the city’s beautiful hotels. The 1912 Hand Book of Information, published by the Ocean City Ledger, informed visitors of the plethora of hotels that were available: “The hotel accommodations are varied and unexcelled. The rates run from $8 per week upward. The hotels and boarding houses are all located within a comparatively short distance of the Boardwalk and beach and all are easy of access to the railroad stations. In some instances, the electric cars from Philadelphia run by the doors. The diversity of style in these houses

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gives every person the advantage of all the comforts of home. Many of the hotels are enlarged and improved for the season of 1912. Some of the houses provide orchestra music and various entertainments are given. Everything is done to afford satisfactory service to patrons.” The Brighton Hotel, on the corner of Seventh Street and Ocean Avenue, was built in 1880, making it the oldest hotel on the island. It advertised: “Ocean Front, Location not excelled, Appointments and service First Class.” The Breakers Hotel, Third Street and the Boardwalk, was the resorts’ newest hotel. It opened on June 29, 1912 advertising: “Only Boardwalk Hotel; First Class in every particular. Private baths, hot and cold running water and telephone service in every

room. Elevator to street level. Auto bus meets all trains at main station of the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads. Booklet on request.” The NO VACANCY signs were often seen in front of the following hotels: Bellevue, Berkeley, Biscayne, Breakers, Brighton, Fairview, Illinois, Mayberry, Normandie, Oceanic, Scarborough, Strand, Swarthmore, and Traymore. The hotels all had one thing in common – they all provided their guests with postcards with a beautiful picture of the hotel on the front. They found there was no better publicity than guests sending hotel postcards to family and friends with the standard line, “Wish you were here.”

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Illinois Hotel, 926-928 Wesley. Hotel Bellevue, Eighth and Ocean. Strand Hotel, 9th and Wesley. Hotel Scarborough, 720 Ocean. Hotel Mayberry, Eighth and Wesley. Fairview Hotel, Wesley. Hotel Swarthmore, 921 Wesley. The Traymore, 9th and Wesley. Brighton Hotel, Seventh and Ocean. The Breakers Hotel, 3rd and Boardwalk. The Berkeley Hotel, 48th Street and Wesley. Hotel Biscayne, Ocean. Lincoln Hotel, 9th and Wesley.

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HAD my oil changed at Shore Clean Valvoline Express Oil Change a while back. As I was waiting, I overheard a man talking about his brush with death. Shore Clean did a nice job with my oil change (they also vacuumed and washed my car as part of the deal) and it turned out the man who had that brush with death is owner Chuck Baker. His story is incredible. OC Mag: Nice job with my oil change Chuck, but let’s hear the story of how you’re still alive… Chuck: I was at the shooting range one day. My ear plug fell out and I popped my ear drum. I went to the doctor and he gave me Prednisone to try to bring back my hearing. Somehow, soon after, I caught the swine flu but I didn’t know it because I was taking the Prednisone. Then I contracted pneumonia and didn’t know that either. The only reason I went to the doctor was because I was feeling tired. When I got to the doctor’s office I passed out. They rushed me to emergency and the doctors said “this doesn’t look good.” My wife had me flown up to Philadelphia and I went into septic shock – all my organs were shutting down. They said I had a three percent chance of living and that it didn’t look like I was going to make it. So one of my doctors knew another doctor who was doing experimental

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Shore Clean owner Chuck Baker and his son Brandon stand outside the center on Route 9 in Marmora.

medicine on the swine flu and I managed to get one of those experimental doses. I was in a coma for about 14 days but the medicine brought me right back to life. It took over six months for me to recover. My lungs had so much scar tissue I could hardly breathe. OC Mag: Did you say they gave you a three percent chance of living… not 30 percent? Chuck: Three percent. They didn’t think I was going to make it. But I did. OC Mag: Incredible. On top of being deathly ill, you had a business to run. How’d that go? Chuck: No problems. Jay Gillian from Wonderland Pier is a good friend of mine and he sent someone over to help with the finances. My manager Mike Lee took over and did a nice job and my son Brandon, 12, helped out too. Brandon really knows the business. I have a great crew here and they pulled it all together. And of course my wife. She held everything together – everything. I have some great people around me. OC Mag: Whoa. Tell me a little about the biz. Chuck: I started this in 1995 when I bought the land from the Gillians. I cleared the land with a backhoe and chainsaw and it took me seven months to build the car wash. I would say I worked from morning to night but I actually worked from morning to morning. I added a

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detail center later and last year I added the Valvoline Express Oil Center. So yeah, 16 years. OC Mag: And the services you offer? Chuck: We’re one stop car care. We clean your car. We have an all-cloth automatic exterior wash. We actually wash it twice. My guys prep your car and then we send it through and we towel dry on the other end. We also have professional auto detailing. And our new service is oil change. OC Mag: Give me a quick bio. Chuck: I grew up in Philadelphia and went to Frankford High School. I graduated in 1985, came to the shore for the summer and never went home. I worked three jobs when I got here. I worked for the Gillians, did asphalt and had my own balloon business. From April to October I slept maybe four hours a night, seven days a week. OC Mag: What do you do in your off time these days? Chuck: I like shooting. My youngest boy Cody is nine and we like to shoot every Sunday. We go to Cumberland Rifleman out on (Route) 49 and we target shoot. I also play golf and fish. OC Mag: Favorite spot to fish? Chuck: Back bays of Ocean City – the parkway bridge and a place called “the west wall.” OC Mag: Wow! That’s the all-American story; man works around the clock to build a dream and

overcomes a life-threatening illness. How do you feel today? Chuck: I feel great. I don’t have a tail from the experimental medicine so that’s good.

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STEF’S MUST HAVES FOR MAY Hey Momma!

GREEN WITH ENVY This triple-strand turquoise and silver necklace from New York’s Jewelry Row feels modern and old school at the same time. Genius! LA BOTTINE BOUTIQUE, 1033 ASBURY AVENUE, 399-6400.

PRETTY IN PINK I love this v-neck tee almost as much as I love the Phillies. Okay, I love it much more. I’m a football girl! THE SPOT, 1066 BOARDWALK, 3851234x3

NO SWEAT Be a hot mom who still looks cool with this Saucony, semifitted moisture management shirt for running, tennis yoga or more and a Nike, Dri-Fit featherweight hat. THE SNEAKER SHOP, 846 ASBURY AVENUE, 391-5223

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This bag is brilliant. Mummy, let’s go out and eat some bangers and mash while we watch the telly, luv. COLETTE, 900 ASBURY AVENUE, 5250911.

THIRD DEGREE Your mom will love the Ocean City Latitude Longitude bracelet. You’ll love making her smile. Aw. HENRY’S, OCEAN CITY’S LANDMARK JEWELER, 1236 BOARDWALK, 398-4238

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

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SHOP OCEAN CITY! OC’s Downtown Shopping District was named the Number One U.S. City for Independent Retail! See ad page 23.

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

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

THE GINGHAM WHALE Antiques, shore things and a lot more. 636 Asbury, 391-0996. See ad page 29.

APPAREL/SHOES ALYSE’S SHOES Well-made, comfortable shoes and more. 951 Asbury, 391-8859. FLYING CARP CLOTHING GALLERY Comfort, quality, timeless design. 745 Asbury, 391-1546. GABRIELLE & CO. A collection of beautiful things from around the globe. 715 Asbury, 399-1008. LA BOTTINE BOUTIQUE Stylish shoes, accessories, jewelry, home accents. 1033 Asbury, 399-6400. COULD BE YOURS Consigned collection of name brand clothing at low prices. 716 Asbury, 703-4457. COLETTE 900 Asbury, 525-0911. DONNA GAY DILLON BOUTIQUE 725 Asbury, 399-0082. PAPPAGALLO 744 Asbury, 3984009.

ART GALLERIES ACCENT GALLERY Gorgeous pieces of art to make your home look fabulous. 956 Asbury, 398-3577. See ad page 29. FINE ARTS LEAGUE Art for sale, shows, classes. 608 Asbury, 814-0308.

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

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FLORIST SPINNING WHEEL FLORIST 858 Asbury, 398-1157.

HOME GOODS/JEWELRY THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE Kids crafts and gifts, invitations, wedding gifts and more. 943 Asbury, 391-0812. CRICKET BOX A must for everyone who loves OC. 704 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, 391-0055. P. FRANCIS Heirloom-quality gifts and more. Mariposa. 733 Asbury, 399-5570. See ad page 25. FLYING CARP GIFT GALLERY A special selection of handcrafted jewelry, cards and gifts. 939 Asbury, 464-2608. IRELAND IMPORTS It’s everything Irish. 711 Asbury, 398-1948. POTOMAC BEAD COMPANY Amazing selection of beads for do-it-yourself stringing or you can have it finished for you. 910 Asbury, 399-4400.

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

SWEETS AND TREATS LAURA’S FUDGE A sweet treat, with fine ingredients. 935 Asbury, 399-0616.

CAKE STUDIO A master cake craftsman. 1046 Asbury, 231-1851. See ad page 7.

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

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

BOARDWALK APPAREL THE SPOT BY JILLY’S Style, attitude, vintage tees, sunglasses and great brands. 762 and 1066 Boardwalk, 385-1234. BREEZIN’ UP Your family’s favorite destination at the Shore. 1040 Boardwalk, 398-9400. JILLY’S T-SHIRT FACTORY Get your Phillies at Jilly’s and lots more. 936 and 1048 Boardwalk, 385-1234.

HOME GOODS/JEWELRY HENRY’S OC’s Landmark Jeweler. 1236 Boardwalk, (800) 214-4435. See ad page 25.

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

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

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

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

VARIETY/BEACH ITEMS JILLY’S $1 STORE One dollar! 1044 Boardwalk, 399-1234. PESSANO’S VARIETY STORES Everything you need is here. Really. Two locations, 3rd and Atlantic; 11th and Boardwalk, 399-1889.

WEST AVENUE BIKES TUCKAHOE BIKE SHOP Sales, service and rentals. Nice guys too. 1214 West Avenue, 398-9700.

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

HOME DESIGN/DECOR EURO LINE DESIGNE Kitchen and Bath. 751 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, 927-1111. See ad page 24.

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’VE never stayed at a bed and breakfast, but after talking to Val Reyes, owner of the Atlantis Inn, I know I’m going to have to change that fact. And soon. Reyes says his luxury bed and breakfast is not simply in the lodging industry – it’s in the entertainment industry. It’s about the personal touches, the attention to detail and the way staff interacts with guests that brings things to another level. And I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly into personal attention while on vacation. Reyes bought the Atlantis Inn in January 2011, and while the European luxury feel of this bed and breakfast was already in place, he did change some things about the historic 107-year-old inn. Window dressings were adjusted and eliminated to

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The Atlantis Inn Luxury Bed & Breakfast let in more sunshine. Colors were reversed in some suites. Lighting was increased. On the lobby floor, a massage parlor was added. Think couples massage after a nice day on the beach. The breakfast buffet was revamped to an a la carte service and, in the summer, there are rooftop receptions for guests. The 12 luxury suites and two multiroom villa apartments are designed after their namesakes. Bordeaux takes guests on a visual trip to France. Seville feels like Spain. Amalfi is a journey to Italy. And all of this is done in the most tasteful way. Luxury Italian linens. Plush European carpeting. Eggs benedict served on fine China. I can already hear the ocean waves. You bought the Atlantis Inn last year. How’d that come about? I have worldwide experience

in hospitality. The Atlantis Inn compliments my inn up north in Manasquan, but both locations were really unplanned. When I walked into the one in Manasquan, it met my standards and I found it to be for sale. This was in 2009 when the economy was collapsing. I thought, okay, I need the tax write-off, but I ended up making money. Then I thought if I have two of these inns, it might be even better. To make a long story short, I was really looking for my competitors. The Jersey Shore was my target. And it just so happened that the Atlantis Inn was for sale. How does the Atlantis Inn stand apart from other bed and breakfasts? You can’t describe it as just another hotel. It’s almost totally out of place – a European-themed seaside resort in Ocean City. It’s a luxury inn. The fabrics, the colors, the feel – it’s a

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getaway to something different. The minute you look at the guest suites, all of a sudden it’s not just room 205. You see the name. Versailles. Bordeaux. Seville. It piques your interest. The economy has been tough in recent years. This will be your second season at the Atlantis Inn. How do current trends in the bed and breakfast industry influence the Atlantis Inn’s success? It seems like there’s a better pace of bookings today than last year. Last year was very challenging with the economy and the unemployment. The bookings came in very slow, in dribs and drabs. This year was different. During our slow season – when we planned to close from December to February – we were not able to close at all. It’s a good trend. But I also happen to think the way things are being booked today are totally different than the past. Totally different? What do you mean? They are so much more short-term these days. It used to be one, two months out for a booking.

Now it can be as narrow as 10 or even three days out. Everybody is playing the same game – what is the weather going to be? When they expect good weather, the hotel will sell out. We also changed the booking process when I took over the Atlantis. It used to be all phones. None of the systems were synchronized. There were a lot of points where you were set up for failure because you might miss one and over book. Now, you book on the website and you accept the terms and conditions there. Because guests do it themselves, they can’t say you made a mistake. It’s actually released us from a lot of fingerpointing and becomes more of a professional dialogue. Whenever there is a booking, I get a text message. Technology is amazing at this point. You call the Atlantis Inn part of a budding small boutique hotel group. Can you explain that term? It’s a touch thing. How does that pillow with goose down feathers feel? How do those Italian sheets

feel? These are things you don’t have at home, I can assure you. Then we have bath amenities that are Bvlgari – Italian and boutiquelike. You know there’s value in there. We actually have Villeroy & Boch China, just like you would find in a real fancy residential home. Our carpets are one-of-a-kind, top-ofthe-line European carpets. What would you say are the best rewards about owning this Ocean City inn? It’s been there for a while, so it

has the name recognition already. And I think it’s nice to be the only luxury inn on an entire island. It’s easy to market that. Because of Ocean City’s character, it makes things more profitable. Ocean City has tremendous traffic, and we can get more business out of that natural traffic. Ocean City also works hard on creating events. They do a great job at that and most of the events are free. That’s a big dynamic here, and it draws people in. -Interview by Kristen Dowd.

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An interview with Master Photographer Jim Indo Jim Indo puts knee in sand to get the best shot of the sunrise on an early March morning. Interview and photo by Stefanie Godfrey

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This is the sound you hear as you approach Jim Indo while he’s on a photo shoot. When I met up with Jim, it was in the wee hours of morning on the beach at 59th Street gearing up to capture the sunrise in early March. It was really cold that day and (at first) really dark.

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Y THE time we sat down at Uncle Bill’s Pancake house on 21st Street about an hour later, we were chilled to the bone. Over a couple coffees, Jim and I talked about life and how he came to capture it on film. When did you first pick up a camera? 1968. I was an eight-year-old boy. In my parents attic, I found this old, dusty Kodak that took 126 film. Do you remember that? It comes in a long cartridge with two fat ends on it. I picked it up and went outside. It was May and there were azalea bushes in my neighbor’s yard. They were fuchsia, gentle, and it turned me on. I took that camera and started shooting. I figured out how to get the cartridge out of the back, got it processed and it just blew my mind. I think I still have those pictures. No way. Really? I think I do. I started photo albums and I was very religious about my photo albums for many years. At eight years old? It was many years later, but I still had

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those pictures in a box. Then when I was about 16, I put them all in a book. My next camera after that was when I was a freshman in college, 1978. I was a biology major at West Virginia University and I don’t know why, but photography turned me on. My parents who had zero money to their name bought me a Canon 81. Do you remember that Canon? Um... no. It was the first time Canon started making fully-manual cameras. SLRs. My parents scraped together about $300 and bought me one. They could hardly put food on the table. Guess what I did with it? I used to take it to concerts. I was big into concerts. I’d have to sneak it in, because you weren’t allowed to take cameras in. I found out ways to do that too. Do tell. Take the lens off. You ready for this? You take the lens off and you duct tape the body to your crotch, because they wouldn’t search you there. Then I’d take the lens and duct tape it to my inner ankle. Sometimes they pat you down, but they would go on the outside, not the in-

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side. I got my camera into every concert I ever went to, which was several hundred. What?! Which bands? Back then I was into Genesis, Yes, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp, King Crimson, Steve Hackett. I was into progressive rock. In the early days it was Meatloaf. Meatloaf ’s first tour was awesome. Well all right. I was going to a concert. I think I was hitchhiking in West Virginia when I stopped at a gas station. I had a backpack; I took it off and put everything on the ground. I was stretching, you know, just walking around. And a car pulled in and ran over my camera. I kid you not. The guy was actually the owner of this abandoned gas station. Oh my. He crushed the lens in – completely useless. I called my parents and, you know, I was a young man, and I was crying. Guess what they did? Bought you a new one? They did. Really? That was nice. It makes me cry thinking about it. They bought me a new one and they could

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Delaware Water Gap waterfall by Jim Indo.

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barely afford it. Where are you from? Norristown, PA. Born and raised and never left until I went to West Virginia for college. The only place I’d ever been other than that was Ocean City, NJ. Did you used to vacation here? Once, twice in my life. I fell in love with the ocean immediately. The whole thing. The smell... you know, when your windows are down because there’s no air conditioning in the car. You can smell it at a certain point on the expressway and then you see sand on the road instead of dirt. You know you are getting close. It was very exciting. It still is. So what did you do with the new camera? I’m in biology at college and I didn’t like it. It wasn’t what I expected. I had straight As in high school and was in the honor society. Suddenly I was getting Cs. This class just wasn’t my thing. The classroom had three hundred kids in it, stadium style. I wanted smaller, so I switched to psychology and photography. There were two kinds of photography at this school. You had to choose, you couldn’t do both. I chose art but they wouldn’t let me in the program because I would have had to change my major to an art major, which meant changing campuses. So I went with journalism. How did you do with that? I took three classes and got As in every one of them. Then I created my own course. You can do that at any college. It involved going back to Philadelphia and photographing homeless people. It was a storyboard. I went by myself and did it. I got an A in that too. Were you still studying psychology? I was but I thought – what am I going to do with this? Be a psychologist? So I went home that summer and I called photography studios. Didn’t know what I was doing. I called literally 29 studios and I said, “I’d like to sweep your floor.” Don’t pay me, I just want to get in there and see what you’re doing. Twenty-nine of them said no. There was one in my hometown and I avoided calling them because they

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were the “big studio” and I was intimidated. But I called everyone else, what could they say, no? I already had 29 “no”s, So I called them and they go, “we have an emergency, what are you doing this Saturday?” That’s awesome. And guess what... I’ve done a wedding almost every weekend since. They put you, who didn’t know that much, right in the mix. But I had enthusiasm. They needed assistance. I was that person holding that light for two years. That’s how it started. Great story. Okay, back in the present. When you’re out on the beach at 59th Street, what are you thinking when you’re by yourself? I’m thinking 66 things at once and trying to prioritize them. If you miss one, you’ll pay for it later when you’re looking at your images. I still forget stuff. Ugh. Lighting, composition, am I going to shake the camera? What’s my shutter speed, what’s my f stop, what’s my ISO. You have to always be thinking of that because I change them all regularly. So you have to be a total spazoid, detail oriented person. Yes, but fortunately there’s no pressure. There’s no assignment, so I don’t have to worry about not getting back without a picture. Now at weddings, and I’m a wedding guy, you have to produce, so you’re thinking of all these things: the dress, the bride, her attitude, her expression, what her mother might want to buy, my lighting, and I have three minutes to get 45 pictures because we have to leave for church. Weddings are way more difficult. What are you thinking existentially while you’re on the beach? I’m not into nature photography for the money. And I never was. I’m in it for the hope that when that picture comes up on my computer screen, it’s going to blow my mind. Nature is different every single time. At 59th Street, the sky is different every time. The pier is the same, it stays there. The rocks are pretty much the same.

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The tide changes and waves are always different. You can learn waves though. They follow patterns, but they are chaotic, which is good because I can get different stuff every time. Do you go to other places than 59th Street? Yes. I like 59th Street because it has the pier – it has a point of interest that’s a constant. I do go to other places though. I like a plain old beach with nothing. That forces you to concentrate on something else, like seaweed. Seaweed, when it washes up on the beach, makes art. So what’s coming up next for you? After personally photographing 1,600 weddings, hundreds of family portrait sessions, and a plethora of nature images over the course of my 30-year career, I’m very excited to begin sharing my photographic adventure in the form of leading photographic workshops, seminars and private mentoring. My next fine art nature workshop is June 9-10 in Ocean City, and is geared towards all skill level photo enthusiasts. Awesome. Speaking of Ocean City... how did you end up at the shore? I operated a full-time wedding and portrait photo studio in the Philly suburbs for many years. I had been creating sunrise and sunset beach portraits for my clients in the ’80s and ’90s quite consistently. Those were the highlight of my year, when I got to visit the seashore at the time of day I loved the most with clients who really appreciated my art. Ten years ago I had the good fortune to meet and fall in love with a wonderful lady living in Egg Harbor Township at the time. Eventually we moved in together in Somers Point, where we still live. Master Photographer Jim Indo can be reached online at www.zacharygallery. net, emailed at zpg@zacharygallery.com, or called at (610) 831-5888.

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Waves are never the same in any shot, according to Jim. Below: engagement portraits are one of Jim’s specialities.

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The Ocean City Flower Show celebrates its 40th year. By Kristen Dowd. Photos by DBK Photo and Joan Shaw.

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Soifer said the Flower Show is a natural for Ocean City. “We specialize in family events, and this fits,” he said. “We also have a very strong garden club.” While the event is put on by the city,

chair, having stepped up to the task after longtime chair Frank Leone asked her to take the reigns. Shaw, whose mother was a flower show participant, said she started out as a “gopher” 10 years ago, doing whatever was needed of her to make the

it is still staged and run by members of the Ocean City Garden Club, as well as a strong network of dedicated volunteers. “A lot of our members are very involved in putting on the show, helping out and volunteering in all kinds of ways,” said Shaw. This is Shaw’s first year as Flower Show

show a success. Shaw co-chaired last year. This year’s co-chair is Kay Reilly. Shaw said she and the committee are working hard to make this year’s show another success. She suggested the anniversary theme at last year’s show, and once she tossed the idea out there “everyone’s minds started clicking.” The

Delicate orchids bursting with color. Romantic roses in perfect bloom. Lilies white as snow. Daisies bright as sunshine. The Music Pier will be filled with this – and so much more – for the 40th annual Ocean City Flower Show. Flowers and foliage will take over the venue from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3 for this year’s “Celebrating 40 Years of Flowers.” The artistic design and horticulture categories – which can be entered by novice and expert, newcomers and veterans alike – will bring back various themes from the show’s four decades of flower power. “We thought it would be nice to revisit some of the past themes to see what memories it evokes for people who have participated before or have come to the show,” said chair Joan Shaw. “Everybody seems to be enthusiastic for the show and that’s all we can ask for.” Enthusiasm for the Ocean City Flower Show has been in place since it began in the 1960s. The concept bloomed from the mind of artist Jim Penland, who collaborated with Publicist Mark Soifer and the Ocean City Garden Club to stage the first year’s “Flower and Art Show.” During the inaugural event, Penland painted flower landscapes. The longtime Ocean City artist, who passed away last year, will be honored at this year’s anniversary show.

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committee collaborated to decide the best direction to take things. “Everybody is inspired and interested. This is for the city and we want it to be a good event and put our best foot forward,” said Shaw. “We know it draws people into town. As long as the weather cooperates, we should have a good turn out and we look forward to that.”

where participants use their creativity and eye for design to create floral arrangements at all different scales. You don’t have to have a green thumb to win the artistic design division, but plant prowess will certainly help in the horticulture division. Plants and flowers entered in horticulture – encompassing 21 categories, such as roses, perennials, cactus and orchids –

The show is divided into two divisions – artistic design and horticulture. All of the entries are on display throughout the Music Pier, where visitors can walk through to see everything the show has to offer. There are 12 categories in artistic design,

must have been grown by the entrant and in their care for at least three months prior to this year’s show. Anyone can enter, said Shaw, including children. “I enjoy working the flower show, especially the children’s division,” the

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retired teacher said. “I think we’ve got that in really good shape now. To me, you have to encourage that generation because that’s what’s coming up next.” For artistic design, kids will tackle a circus theme – “The Greatest Little Flower Show on Earth.” For horticulture, they must enter foliage or a flowering plant they have grown themselves. Entrants start coming in months before showtime, another indication of the Ocean City Flower Show’s success. Shaw said, while the artistic design categories have limited participants, there can be unlimited entries in horticulture. Each year many past participants return, but newcomers are involved, too. “Anyone can enter. All you have to be is interested,” said Shaw, “and you’re more than welcome!” Judging is completed on Friday by certified judges from the Delaware Valley area. They are led by head judge Bonnie Nichols. The show runs from 2 to 9pm on Friday, from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Shaw said the committee works hard to keep the show fresh every year. She said keeping the show from being dated makes it successful. “We have tried to stay up with the times. You can’t become stale. If that happens, you’re going to lose the interest of the people. We try to stay contemporary in planning and things like that. You have to,” Shaw said. “I think the energy of the people on the committee helps, too.” Entry is free to competitors and the public; donations are accepted to support this year’s and future shows. Anyone interested in entering “Celebrating 40 Years of Flowers” can pick up a preprogram booklet at the Ninth Street entrance reception area of City Hall. The booklet outlines all categories, including rules and guidelines. Entry cards are available at the same location. Committee members listed on the back of the booklet can be called for questions. Volunteers are always needed and welcome and can also contact a member of the committee.

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AY in Ocean City brings fresh spring flowers to the trees, birds to the marshes, and walkers to the Boardwalk. There are five walks this month – each one raising money for an important cause. Read on to learn more about each one. GREAT STRIDES OF OCEAN CITY • May 5 beginning at 10am • Starts at 6th Street & Boardwalk • Walk goes from 6th to 23rd and back on the Boardwalk • Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Number of Walkers Last Year: 500 Money Raised: $40 million nationally Funds Raised: Go towards finding a cure for cystic fibrosis www.cff.org/great_strides (610) 325-6001 “The walk is to raise money for cystic fibrosis. We have 11 walks around the Delaware Valley, but Ocean City is a good location because people like to go the beach and to walk the boards,” said Kate Keeley, Development Manager at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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WALK MS • May 6 beginning at 10am; 9am registration • Starts at the Ocean City Sports and Rec Center • Five mile walk on the Boardwalk • Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Number of walkers expected: 900 Suggested donation: $25 Goal: $117,500 Funds Raised: Go to a) finding better treatments and a cure for MS and b) services for people living with MS. www.walkpae.nationalmssociety.org “We focus on being in the community. For a lot of people living with MS, it’s hard to travel so the closer (the walk) can be to where people actually live makes it easier for them to attend,” said Kevin Moffitt, Vice President of Communications and Operations at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. “People with MS attend this walk. This walk is for anyone. Even if you use a scooter or a wheelchair you can attend. Those who can’t walk can help.”

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HEART WALK • May 19 beginning at 10:30am; 9am registration • Benefits the American Heart Association Goal: $310,000 Funds Raised: Support research and getting that research into doctors’ hands. www.heartwalk.org We help get life-saving information to those who need it most – information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices” - from the American Heart Association website. MILES FOR MELANOMA May 19 beginning at 10am; 9am registration Starts at 34th Street Beach. Five k run and fitness walk from 34th Street to 49th Street and back on the beach. • Benefits the Melanoma Research Foundation Number of walkers last year: 80 Registration fee: $25 online before May 12; $30 day of event. Money Raised: $5053 in 2011; over $8,000 in 2010 www.blackoutmelanoma.com. (717) 538-4359 “My brother Kyle and I started the walk in 2009 after we lost our mom Andrea Sheridan (from Melanoma). Ocean City was where my family always vacationed. My mom loved the beach so we thought it would be a perfect place,” said Carly Bauermaster. “This is the event’s third year. All our proceeds benefit the Melanoma Foundation. They have helped us organize and we work directly with them.” • • •

WALK FOR LUPUS NOW SOUTH JERSEY May 20 beginning at 10am; 9am registration Starts at 6th Street practice field (right off the Boardwalk) Walk goes up to the Boardwalk turning south. There’s a turn around point for a 2k and 4k distance. • Benefits the Lupus Foundation of America Number of walkers expected: 800 Goal: $60,000 Funds raised go towards programs and services in South Jersey with 10 percent going to research nationally. www.walkforlupusnowsouthjersey.org 302-622-8700 “A lot of our registrants participate as a team. It fosters a sense of community,” said Arielle Bernstein, Community Development Coordinator. “Being a team creates a sense of competition. There’s a team challenge award for the most money raised. There’s also an award for the highest number of walkers on the team.” • • •

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Left: May is Melanoma Awareness Month. The Sheridan Family – Zac and Carly Bauermaster and Ryan, Kyle, and Mike Sheridan – in last year’s Miles for Melanoma walk. Andrea Sheridan passed away just two and a half months after being diagnosed with Melonama. Top to bottom: Team Mathew’s Marchers for Great Strides. Lee Domenico’s team – Lee’s MSKeteers has already raised over $3,000 for this year’s Walk MS. The Rockin’ Reeves team for Walk for Lupus Now.

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MARIE NATALE WALKS FLOWER SHOW MUSIC PIER CLAM DRAIN BOOKS SPRING

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DOWNTOWN MARTIN Z MOLLUSK CAKE HOTELS SHORE MUST HAVES COOL BREEZES

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IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller gives a fresh perspective to the Trojan War as a sort of prequel to Homer’s Iliad.

H NO – not a story about war. Not the Trojan war. Not Again. Don’t be deceived, you mortals. Here the story is told through fresh eyes. This is Madeline Miller’s first novel and she delivers with an impressive background in the classics. This novel is essentially a prequel to the Iliad. The narrator, Petroclus is a minor, but pivotal character in Homer’s epic. Petroclus, the son of a king, is exiled to Phtia when just a boy of 10 where he meets Achilles who is also the son of a king. Achilles’ mother, icily drawn out by the author, is the sea nymph, Thetis. It is she who delivers the prophecy to Achilles: Go to Troy, become a legend and die young or stay in Greece and die old and ordinary. As we all know, Achilles goes to Troy. But this is more a love story than a war story. The book spends

most of its 360 pages describing the adolescence of the boys and their instructions in nature, sport and war gaming. Kind of like summer camp with some gods, goddesses and a centaur thrown in. It gradually builds their relationship into a delicate and budding love. Don’t worry if you are not up to speed on your Greek mythology. The author provides a handy reference guide in the back of the book that is very helpful in keeping track of the “who’s who” of mortals and gods. When we finally get to Troy the action ratchets up to a breakneck pace. We meet the clever Odysseus and the prideful Agamemnon. And we learn that Achilles’ “heel” is not a physical part of the body, but vanity and arrogance lodged in the soul. Of course, it’s his undoing. The ending of the Trojan War and the fulfillment of Achilles’ prophecy has already

been determined in Greek myths. We know what will happen. However, that doesn’t stop your eyes from being glued to the page and your heart from thumping. You will weep… for Petroclus, for Achilles, and for all young men that are the victims of senseless wars. This is a great beach read. Look up at the sea and imagine the hundreds of battle ships from the Greek army on the horizon. Or see Thetis rising out of the ocean. Miller makes it easy. Her tight prose takes you smoothly on the journey and all of those Greek characters with the hard-to-pronounce names come vividly to life. This is a startling and beautiful retelling of an old story. It will make you a little bit smarter and hopefully a little bit wiser. I highly recommend it! – Auntie M Are you loving a book right now? Tell us about it! stef@ocnjmagazine.com

ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY BAYCATS KAYAKS AND CATAMARANS HobieCat and kayak rentals, Sailing Camp. 316 Bay Avenue, OC, 391-7960. See ad page 45. BAYVIEW MARINA Waverunners, parasailing, more. 312 Bay Avenue, OC, 399-5100. THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE Very kid-friendly with cute crafts such as seashell painting. 943 Asbury Avenue, OC, 391-0812. GILLIAN’S

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PIER Tons of exciting rides/mini golf. 6th and Boardwalk, 399-7082.

state-of-the-art equipment. 1735 Simpson, 398-6900.

GREATE BAY RACQUET AND FITNESS A premiere spot to workout. New boxing classes. 90 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, 9259550. See ad page 27.

OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY A fabulous place filled with DVDs, games, computers, and... books! 1735 Simpson, 399-2434. See ad page 25.

JILLY’S ARCADE Awesome arcade. Ten cent skeeball! 1172 Boardwalk, 385-1234.

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

OC AQUATIC & FITNESS CENTER Newly-renovated center –

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

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CLAM DRAIN Stefanie Godfrey on the perfect pitch

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Y MIDDLE name is “games.” That’s right, I’m Stefanie “Games” Godfrey. Pretty cool, huh? I might not have received it at birth, but I’ve earned it. I love games. Any kind – board, card, beach. Ah, especially beach. Apparently, Joe McGettigan feels the same way. He’s the creator of the Clam Drain game. “My intro to clam shell pitching was in 1968. Since then I’ve played

CLAM UP Clam Drain creator Joe McGettigan throw shells on the 10th Street beach with Ken Fabianovicz, Anna McGettigan, and Emily McGettigan.

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all my life. It’s tradition,” said Joe. “I remember learning from some cousins. My intro to the shore and to that shell game was in Ocean City. My grandmother lived between 2nd and 3rd on Asbury. ” Clam Drain is essentially horseshoes. “Think horseshoes, but rather than a stake, you’re throwing the clam shell into a hole. The distance between holes can differ. Farther south in Cape May and Avalon, 25.5 feet is traditional,” explains Joe. “The way I’ve always played is to take 10-12 steps and dig.” Clam Drain points are earned like so: in the hole is a ringer and earns three points. Hanging over the edge is a leaner and earns you two points. Inside the scoring circle, closest to the edge is one point. Of course, local players can customize the game rules.

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OCEAN’S 11 Test your smarts 1. What was the name for the Southend of the island when it was first inhabited by settlers? 2. When was schooling first introduced to the island? 3. Where is the Ocean City Yacht Club?

4. What is the name of Martin Z. Mollusk’s wife? 5. What is a “Bennie”? percent the weight of the real thing. The aerodynamic are great according to Joe. “If you can’t find shells, you can’t play. If you can’t play, the game dies,” he said. Clam Drain comes in a variety of colors. Each mesh bag contains four shells, two of each color. They are $17.99 each and are available at Island Beach Gear or on the website www.clamdrain.com. for $13.99 plus shipping.

7. What Northend neighborhood has a floral name?

8. What bridge will you hit if you continue north on Wesley Avenue? 9. The pavilion on the Boardwalk at 17th Street has a name. What is it? 10. What color is the Atlantis Inn?

11. Where is Veteran’s Memorial Park?

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Joe created Clam Drain out of necessity. “About a year ago on Christmas break, we were hanging on the beach and we had trouble finding shells (in December!). We finally found four shells and then one of them broke. “Game over!”, said Joe. “Then we started wondering if they could be made and we thought, yes, they probably could.” It took about six months for Joe to get a prototype. The weight of the Clam Drain shell is about 60-70

6. If you’re driving south along the beach from 9th to 34th, you have to make several left turns to stay along the coast. At what streets do you turn?

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3. 100 Bay Road.

8. The Longport Bridge.

2. October 1881.

7. The Gardens.

1.Cedar Beach after the large cedar

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Services VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH CASA’s Jim Hagen How long have you volunteered with CASA, Jim? Almost 12 years. I got started when I lived in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. When we moved to Ocean City full time in 2005, I found out there was a CASA office for Cape May and Atlantic counties, so I started with them. And what exactly do you do as a CASA volunteer? You’re an advocate for kids in the foster care system. You’re their voice when it comes to court hearings. As a CASA volunteer, you’re assigned to a child and stay with them the entire time they’re in foster care. You visit them, foster parents, their school. If they have any special needs – health, counseling, schooling – you make sure those needs are being met. You make sure the kids are safe. The

advocates write reports and make recommendations for the judge to consider in court. You’re a voice for the kids. Any child involved with CASA is going to be much better off during the process of foster care. As an advocate, you usually only have one case. You’re totally devoted to these kids. You can focus in on the fact that if they need things, you can advocate for them. You can facilitate relationships with everybody involved. Most importantly, if things aren’t being done, you can go to court and recommend they are done with the hope that the judge agrees with you. Working with kids coming from these backgrounds – it must be difficult sometimes. Obviously they

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would not be out of their homes if they were not neglected or abused, so you don’t know what scars or damage has already been done. It doesn’t always work out the way it should, and if I have a frustrating outcome, I may take a month off. But I can’t stay away from CASA. So what would you consider the most rewarding part? Knowing you are helping a kid who has been neglected or abused. You want to give them every opportunity to make it. The reward is the fact that I know I’m helping that child. To find out more about CASA of Atlantic and Cape May counties, visit www.atlanticcapecasa.org or call (609) 601-7800. -Interview by Kristen Dowd. Photo by Stefanie Godfrey.

admit it. When it comes to interior design, I’m not too awesome. I try. I really do. And sometimes I succeed, but it’s not always a slam dunk. So when I heard that Accent Gallery, that airy gallery on Asbury Avenue in the Downtown, offers an in-home consultation service, I thought – that is so me. And so I called them half expecting whoever answered to sense my design inferiority through the phone and hang up in pure snooty art world disgust. Of course, I was mistaken. Working at Accent Gallery are two of the nicest women I’ve ever met in a shop. Kira Campo and Rody O’Rourke are patient, smiley, and super friendly. Plus they know their stuff when it comes to art and understand that not everyone does. “We extend our consulting service to any one at any stage in their own design process. There comes a point where it may not have been a priority to have an art collection, but many people reach a stage where it does

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become a priority,” said Kira. Accent Gallery has two dimensional art work as well as three dimensional art work. In the showroom you’ll find vases and accents that are functional as well as decorative to create the whole aesthetic such as shelves, lamps, and clocks. “We look for inspired pieces that really enrich the space. One of the things we operate from is ‘enrich your home, enrich your life.’” said Kira. When you work with Accent Gallery they create a dialog with you to understand where you are in the process and what it is you want to accomplish in utilizing their services. They are open for projects with one piece of art work, accessorizing, or doing an entire project both personal and commercial. If you want to try a piece on, Accent Gallery has an approval policy. According to Kira, seeing a piece in your home is a chance to see the scale of the piece and the colors. Call Accent Gallery at (609) 398-3577 or stop in to 956 Asbury Avenue. -Stef Godfrey

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5914 CENTRAL AVENUE, SECOND FLOOR, OCEAN CITY ‘Southpoint’ is the southernmost residence on the island LOCATION ON THE ISLAND? Southend. BEDROOMS? Three. BATHROOMS? Two full baths. DETAILS? “Southpoint” holds true to its name. This condo is the last residence on the most southern point of the island. It boasts panoramic views of Ocean City and Corson’s Inlet State Park. The condo has tremendous outdoor living space with a front, oversized rear deck, and an exclusive rooftop deck to enjoy the serenity of the shore. Wake up to the sunrise, enjoy the sunset without leaving this luxurious condo. The condo offers a kitchen with a large center island, a built-in gas fireplace, and much more. ASKING PRICE? $1,899,900 LISTED BY? Jack Zaborowski - cell (609) 602-7140.

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Last Shot

BEARY GOOD Well, at least we think it’s a bear. You never know what you’re going to find on the OC Boardwalk. We came across this fun loving dude during a morning walk in April.

Photo by Stefanie Godfrey.

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The may issue of Ocean City Magazine