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Firecracker Shrimp Fried Jumbo Oysters Grilled Ahi Plate Salmon Teriyaki Hawaiian Chicken Pulled Pork Plate Delicious Fresh Salad Shrimp Scampi Hula Burger Ahi Burger Huli Cheese Fries Kids Items

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WO (or three if the stars that case, catch me on the way back. align) mornings a week, I Another reason to love OC is because take a long walk on the OC it’s one community filled with tons of difBoards. Yes, I’m lucky, I get ferent aspects, personalities and places that. The feeling is shared. to go that make you feel like there’s conNearly everyone I pass, whether they’re stantly something new to experience. too. walking, biking, or jogging with an iPod, When you’re shopping the amazing Speaking of love, in this issue, Bill Godbaby, or both, smiles and either says or boutiques on Asbury, the seagull’s cry frey writes a piece on one of the most benods a quick hello. seems faint. When you’re hiking the san- loved places on the whole island – that’s Does this mean Ocean City right – Jilly’s Arcade. Can you say is full of friendly people who “dance dance revolution?” know they are lucky to be June is a perfect time to hit the exercising on one of the best beach. OC’s beaches are fabustrolls in America? Yes, I think lously restored and looking marit does. But I also think it demvelous. Don’t like to sit in the sand onstrates one of the things the whole time? No worries – conI love most about this beach tributor Micah Warren’s got you town: community. covered with three beach games A brisk walk on those gray to get (and keep) you cool. Time wooden planks makes you feel away from the beach? Read Laura like a part of the town as you Kiniry’s 29 Things to Do in OC and recognize faces and share the get out there. experience of being out there Also in June is Restaurant Week. in this amazing spot together. OC has terrific places to grab a Me, second from right, with my brother Joey, cousins Allyson, Jilly That’s something, you know. and John, who, with his wife Jackie, just welcomed his first baby. bite and during the week of June And it’s not just locals. Visitors 20-27, two-for-one deals are ofwho’ve been coming to the island for dy trails in Corson’s, the bustling Board- fered. Take advantage! several years are strong members of this walk doesn’t seem so close. And when Till July, stay in the salt spray and send community too and they feel the same you fly down the Haven Avenue bike your suggestions, thoughts, comments sense of pride for this special place. path with wind whipping your hair, you and dance dance revolution challenges If you see me walking with my sons on are worlds away from the serene beach- to ocnjmagazine@comcast.net! the Boards, say hi and you can bet I’ll say es. A stay (or lifetime) in Ocean City hi back, unless I’m searching for a fallen means taking advantage of the different Thomas or Percy train, trying to juggle surroundings and experiences this one sippy cups or something of the like. In island offers. I love that and hope you do

contributors NJ NATIVE MICAH WARREN used to spend his summers selling sunglasses at Sunglass Menagerie on the Boards. Now he spends his time writing for sports website GCobb.com and running another sports blog called Off the Record (otrsportsonline.com). OTR’s constantly updated with the latest sports news colored by a touch of off-beat humor. Micah’s also an occasional guest of Garry Cobb on Sportsradio 610 WIP. See Micah’s story on beach games on page 32.

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LOCAL ARTIST MARIE NATALE captures Ocean City at its best using her vibrant palette of color and her expertise in watercolor techniques. A well-known teacher at the OC Arts Center, Marie can be found painting on location throughout southern NJ. She’s also a signature member of the NJ Watercolor Society. Marie loves Curly’s Fries and Mack and Manco’s pizza, shopping at Islander, and sunsets on the Ferris Wheel at Gillian’s. She painted the brilliant cover of this issue.

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features

Get Played 32 Life in Watercolor 36 29 Things to Love 38 All in the Family 41

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Get out and get played. Learn three new beach games on page 32. Photo by Bill Godfrey

June Calendar 15 Soifer’s Seven 18 Favorite Memories 16 Photos 14, 17, 21 & 51 Kid Calendar 19

shopping

Stef’s Must Haves 25 In the Biz 26 The Shopping Guide 28 Trends 30

dining

In the Kitchen 6 The Dining Guide 10 Famished Foodie 9 Recipe 8

staying

Staying Over 50

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Notes from the Beach 3 Arts & Culture 46 OC Quiz/Word Search 48 It’s History 52

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Eating in the OC AL DENTE GETS HIS GRASS SKIRT on with a visit to the one and only Hula Restaurant on the Boards. Our Dining Guide on pages 10-11 keeps you in good eats all month long. Who needs a fork? Below catch our intrepid foodie’s fabulous finger food finds on the island. Get upclose and personal with chef Jeff Taccarino of Voltaco fame and serve up a taste of Scarborough Inn with the Ocean City mag recipe of the month. Yum.

Al Dente’s Five Food Finds Finger Foods in the OC in June

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Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki sauce at Katina’s

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In the Kitchen

Chef Jeff from VOLTACO’S

sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and sharp provolone, served with spaghetti and pesto. OCmag: What’s you favorite thing to do in/ favorite thing about OC? Jeff: I like to run on the Boardwalk. And Bill Godfrey on this local chef’s cred and I really like the family friendliness of the why he’ll never be “Mr. Voltaco” town. When I was 21 I was wishing there also worked at Jake’s in Manayunk during were some bars, but now I’m a little older ACK in the day, we would culinary school. and I’m glad there’s not. No mess, no spend our entire week waiting. OCmag: How about your Ocean City creds? people roaming the streets at 3am. It’s From the moment we woke up Jeff: My family came here from Italy in nice. on Monday, we were waiting. the early 1900s and we’ve been here ever OCmag: Favorite beach? On Tuesday, Wednesday and since. I lived in Upper Township for awhile, Jeff: 10th Street. It’s right down the Thursday we would go about our day, but but aside from three years in Philly I lived in street from the restaurant, plus there’s a we were waiting. And when Friday came, we Ocean City most of my life. I went to Ocean bathroom nearby and there’s food close. could hardly wait for quitting time because City High School. OCmag: Where else in OC do you eat? quitting time was Voltaco’s time. We knew OCmag: Voltaco’s closes for the winter. What Jeff: Yianni’s. They make a good gyro. But that someone else was taking care of dinner do you do in the off-season? Hula Grill is my favorite. Chef Dave does that night. One call to the nice some dynamite stuff. folks at 10th and West and then OCmag: What’s with the a fabulous dinner that left name of your place? Your us smiling all weekend long. last name isn’t Voltaco. Voltaco’s has been around a Jeff: My grandmother and long time and they get better her sister Rose opened every year. Chef Jeff Taccarino, Voltaco’s in 1954. So it’s a the third generation to man combination of Taccarino the stoves at this storied – my last name – and eatery, talked with Ocean City her sister Rose, who’s magazine about the passing of married name was Volpe – the torch and that weird phone Voltaco’s. It’s funny, some in the corner of the store. people will come in and Left: Chef Jeff Taccarino OCmag: Hi Jeff, give me your say “yeah, I’m good friends Above: Mystery phone kitchen creds. sculpture at Voltaco’s with Mr. Voltaco – we go way Jeff: I went to the Art Institute back.” And I’ll say, “oh yeah, of Philadelphia in Center City Jeff: I had a I’ll tell Mr. Voltaco you said what’s up.” and graduated in ’05. I loved son last July OCmag: What’s on the sign out front? Looks it. It was a great school with – Jeffery Jr. – like somebody holding up a tray. some freedom to do things so that keeps Jeff: No idea. That sign’s as old as the my way. Other schools want me busy. My business I think. There are some things it done their way, but the Art wife Lori is a teacher so I play mister mom in here that I have no idea what they are. Institute worked well for me. Like that thing (pointing to a weird phone in the off-season. It works well for us. OCmag: Given that your parents own OCmag: How do you keep it fresh at sculpture thing). Voltaco’s, I’m guessing you were exposed to Voltaco’s? It’s a lot more than sandwiches. OCmag: What the heck is that? the kitchen at a young age… Jeff: Everyday I come up with a new soup, Jeff: Who knows. But it’s been here my Jeff: I’ve been cooking here since I was 10 so that’s fun. And I try not to stick to a whole life. Somebody back in the ’70s years old – most of my life. But I moved set plan. The chicken Sorrento is really probably took a little too much LSD and up to Philly in 2000 and was working at a dynamite – chicken breast stuffed with called it art. restaurant in Manayunk called Sonoma. I

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Recipe of the Month

Breakfast Apple Puff Scarborough Inn, 720 Ocean Avenue

INGREDIENTS: 6 eggs 1 ½ cups of milk 1 cup flour 3 tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp cinnamon ½ cup butter 3 tbsp brown sugar 2 apples, peeled & sliced (any fruit can be substituted) 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Blend eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon together into lumpy batter. 3. Melt butter in 12” quiche pan in oven. 4. Add apples, return to oven until butter sizzles. 5. Pour batter over apples, sprinkle with brown sugar. 6. Bake 20 minutes. Serve warm as is or with maple syrup. Dinner, club, rounD rolls italian stick large italian Multi-grain, Wheat cinn-raisin, cran-Walnut toMato pie, spinach artichoke Dip, olive breaD, seeDeD & plain seMolina Focaccia

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Famished Foodie

Hula Restaurant & Sauce Co.

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Al Dente feels da Hula vibe

N A sunny, brisk Saturday in the early spring, my dining partner and I longed to celebrate the end of the long, cold South Jersey winter. We ventured to one of our favorite walks, the Ocean City Boardwalk, and knew the summer season could not be far off when we discovered shops open and the Boards filled with people just like us. During our stroll, we found a fantastic restaurant tucked away on the Colony Walk annex between 9th and 10th Streets. It’s called the Hula Restaurant and Sauce Company. There were some tables outside with a few diners eating yummy looking food, so we decided to investigate. The inside dining room was clean, neat and decorated with a cool Hawaiian vibe that instantly warmed us up from our spring chill. The menu was written in chalk on a blackboard above the counter in fun colors decorated with hibiscus flowers. It was a nice touch and kept the vibe rolling. Skimming the menu, many choices appealed to me. Should I start with a firecracker shrimp or fried oyster appetizer? Maybe follow with a grilled ahi plate, crabcake, or Hawaiian chicken plate? All of the entrees are served with sticky rice and a side salad. Off to the right were all the daily specials

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offered. On the day my dining partner and I visited, the specials were banana encrusted flounder, Thai barbecue scallops and crab bisque. After a bit of deliberation, we placed our order at the counter and received our drinks. We settled into a booth and took in more of our surroundings. The surf video that played continuously in the background was another reminder that summer was just around the corner. The walls were covered with everything from

old authentic surf art to pictures of food, and accolades earned by the chef/owner of the restaurant. After reading the good reviews from others, we were hopeful that our experience would be the same. Our meal began with the crab bisque. It was creamy, slightly thickened, full of crab with a hint of sherry. We finished the entire bowl. For my entree, I ordered the banana encrusted flounder. The flounder was flaky and fresh, a good sign, and was coated with a sweet banana and beer coating very similar to tempura style, but

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with a banana flavor. My guest and I both loved the crust and realized we had never tried anything like it before. The fish was laying over two ice cream-scooper sized balls of japanese sushi rice, coated with an herb-infused butter sauce. Also on the plate was a salad of spring mix, grape tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and papaya seed dressing. The dressing is available for sale and I left with a bottle for home. My friend ordered the Thai barbecue scallops. Our counter server described the sauce on the scallops to be a little sweet, spicy and sour. The scallops were cookedto-perfection and the spices appetizing. The portion was more than enough and she was happy to take some home for the next day. Our server told us the sauce on the scallops was also bottled and for sale, and that it is also used in the pulled pork dishes on the menu. The service was speedy and the food was hot and fresh though the people seated in the next booth over assured us that we would need to come early in the heart of the summer or “you will stand in line.” We looked for the dessert menu and struck out. Hula didn’t have anything for us to satisfy our sweet tooths that day, so we ordered a fresh cup of coffee and contemplated where on the Boards we’d find our sweet treat. I’ll be back for seconds and recommend Hula Restaurant & Sauce Co. for anyone looking for a delicious, Hawaiianinspired meal on the Boards.

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Th e Di n in g Guid e Bill Godfrey’s useful, slightly quirky guide to eating out in Ocean City ALL NATURAL AWARD WINNING PIZZA The name says it all. Good stuff. 1136 Asbury Avenue, 391-2212. BEACON INTERNET & COFFEE Lattes, Cappuccinos, Frappes, and Cannoli. Muffins and Bagels too. 1301 West Avenue, (609) 5259906. BENNIE’S BREAD AND ROLLS Magnificent bread, Italian pastries, cakes, and Italian pie – yum! 1159 Asbury Avenue, 398-9450. See ad page 8. BERENATO’S CORNER DELI Joe told me to put him in the guide – or else. Please go eat there. Or else. 47 Atlantic Avenue, 399-2751. BLOOM ‘N TULIP A full menu of fantastic fare, just steps from the beach. Breakfast, lunch, and

dinner. 1001 Ocean Avenue, 3994953. BOYAR’S MARKET Famous for their party trays, they also have great sandwiches for a smaller crowd. 1340 Asbury Avenue, 3981343. BROWN’S RESTAURANT Unbelievably fresh donuts. Breakfast and lunch. St. Charles and Boardwalk, 391-0677. CAFE BEACH CLUB Outstanding views and great food. 1280 Boardwalk, 398-7700. CASA DEL DOLCE House of Sweets. 947 Asbury, 398-9300. CHATTERBOX RESTAURANT Big. Pink. Legendary. 500 9th Street, 399-0113. See ad page 11.

COUSIN’S RESTAURANT Varied and sophisticated menu. Outside dining too. 104 Asbury, 399-9462. See ad this page. CUSTARD CASTLE Fresh, homemade ice cream served up by super friendly folks. Try the new Cinnamon Bun. Fat free yogurt too! 137 Route 9, (609) 390-4432. See ad page 8. DEL’S OCEANSIDE GRILL A topnotch menu sure to please adults and the kiddies too. 934 Boardwalk, 399-3931. DEFUSCO’S TRATTORIA New this year. But owner/chef Lou De Fusco makes great stuff so we’re waiting with anticipation. 8th and Asbury in the Crown Bank building. EMILY’S OCEAN ROOM CAFÉ At the famous Flanders Hotel. Open

year round. 719 E. 11th Street, 3985700. EXPRESS PIZZA & SUBS My friend Travis swears by this place – and I trust Travis. 719 E. 11th Street, 3985700. FLIPPERS GRILLE Outside on the pool deck at the Port-O-Call Hotel. Burgers and such with nice outside tables. Perfect if you want to take a break from the beach. Lovely views. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. F&M RESTAURANT Good food and a nice outside dining area on Asbury Avenue. 1200 Asbury Avenue, 391-0800. GEORGE’S CANDIES AND BREAKFAST GRILL Fantastic breakfasts, even better macaroons (it’s true). Great ice cream too. 700 Boardwalk, 398-4444.

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HULA RESTAURANT AND SAUCE COMPANY Great cook, great staff, great food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shakkah brah. One of the best. 940 Boardwalk, 399-2400. See ad on inside cover. ISLAND GRILL A wide variety of seafood and steaks, big dining rooms. Exotic game menu too. 100 Atlantic, 391-9616. See ad page 7. JAY’S CRABSHACK Awesome crabcakes, Old Bay fries, kid friendly, cute staff. Go Huskies. 737 Asbury, 399-4022. JOHNNY B. GOODE ICE CREAM PARLOR My in-laws love this place – and I love my in-laws. 14th and Asbury, 525-0646. See ad page 10. LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Can’t miss this place as you come into town. 300 Ninth Street, 3994937. MACK & MANCO PIZZA An Ocean City icon. Three locations on the boards. 7th, 9th, and 12th Streets, 399-2548. MCGLADE’S ON THE BAY Great

deck, great food. 228 Bay Avenue, 399-5588. OCEAN CITY COFFEE COMPANY The prefect cup of coffee. Fresh noshes too. 928 Boardwalk, 3995533. OC SURF CAFÉ - Very good – so good it’s “sick.” Surf inspired cuisine in a cute setting. 715 8th Street, 391-9555. OVES SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Awesome. Seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like it. 4th and Boardwalk, 398-3712. See ad page 21. THE PINK PARROT GRILLE Great ocean views at the Port-O-Call Hotel. Kid friendly but tasty enough for the adults in your group. Breakfast and lunch. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812. PREP’S PIZZERIA AND DAIRY BAR Superior thin-crust pizza. Sandwiches and salads too. Plus an ice cream bar! Lots of seats as well. 1004 Boardwalk, 398-0636. RANDAZZO’S RESTAURANT Pizza, steaks, hoagies and fine Italian food.

The Dining Guide Asbury between 7th and 8th streets and 34th & West Avenue, 814-1600. READY’S COFFEE SHOP Old school. Really good old school. 415 8th Street, 399-4418. RED’S JERSEY-MEX Superior Mexican/Southwest food. Other local chefs eat here. That’s always a good sign. 11th and Haven, 399-2272. SACK O’ SUBS Subs of course. Sacks optional. Really yummy good food. 926 Asbury Avenue, 525-0460. SCULLY’S ASBURY CAFÉ Ocean City’s newest family tradition. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the ahi tuna rolls. 955 Asbury Avenue, 391-1111. SZECHWAN GARDEN Best Chinese place on the island. 503 9th Street, 398-5456. SINDIA RESTAURANT Great American cuisine and your meal includes everything – dessert too (really

good dessert). Serving b, l, d. New outside deck too. 801 Plymouth Place, 399-1997. UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE An Ocean City favorite. Legendary breakfasts and lunches too. Two locations. 2112 Asbury, 40th and West, 398-7393. VARSITY INN A locals’ favorite. Open every day till 2pm. 605 E. 8th Street, 399-1500. VOLTACO’S What? You didn’t already know about this place? Great Italian food. 957 West Avenue, 3990753. See ad this page. WARDS PASTRY Freshly baked goodies and treats – now that’s what vacation is all about! 730 Asbury Avenue, 399-1260. YIANNI’S CAFE Fresh and delicious. Inspired by the Island of Crete, Yianni’s birthplace. 841 Asbury Avenue, 391-1113.

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GET THE SKINNY on all the local happenings upcoming in June plus places to go and events you must attend. Turn the page to see where we’ve been and whose picture we’ve been taking. This section’s all about the scene, the visitors, and locals who make this island special. See their photos, listen as they share their favorite memories then get out there and make your own.

Back in April, this was the scene on the Ocean City beaches as the island’s coastline was undergoing its $18m beach replenishment.

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Earth Day in Ocean City Sunday, April 25

Allison Moonitz and Kevin Bligh

Fred Miller and Bobby Storm Chaser

Fred and Susan Miller, Karen and Tom Heist, Leslie and Andy Skibo

Bill Hollingsworth and Carrie Dickinson

Cool T-shirt folks – sorry we don’t have your names

Jennifer, Kelsea and Katie Bowman; Kathy and Summer Reimet; Kirsten and Aidan Fasy; and Mark and Todd Reimet

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•Hungryman Relay Race at 5th & Asbury - Noon •Ocean City Restaurant Week June 20-27

•OCBP Rookie Test

•Ocean City Flower Show at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 10am-4pm •Boardwalk Spring Family Fun Fest - 9am-6pm •Mitchell McAllister Ocean City walk - Reg. 8:30am, Walk 9am

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•Broadway on the Boardwalk at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 7:30pm •FUNday at Playland, 10th & Boardwalk - 1-5pm

•Ocean City Free Public Library Fim Series at Library Annex - 5:30 - 8:30pm •FUNtastic Tuesdays on Asbury Avenue - 10am-1pm

•July Jubilee Week at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 11am. Fun contests all week long •OCAC Summer Camp June 28 to July 2 - Mosaics & Collages, for 6-10 year olds - 9:15am 28 - Noon

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•Miss New Jersey preliminary competition

•Ocean City Repertory Theater’s Bloomsday celebration www.ocrep.org •Miss New Jersey Boardwalk Parade - 7pm

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•Antique Auto Show at Tabernacle, 6th & Asbury - 9am-2pm followed by Boardwalk Parade •Rock the Bands concert at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 8pm •ACS Relay for Life - 6pm-8am

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•Miss New Jersey preliminary competition

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•Family Golf Tournament for Humane Society of Ocean City

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•Ocean City Flower Show at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 2-9pm

•Putting for Paws for the HSOC at Golden Galleon Golf, 11th & Boardwalk - 6pm •Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. All rides one ticket, 6th & Boardwalk - 6pm

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•Saturday Movie at Library Annex - 2pm •Ocean City Nor’ Easters Soccer Game at Carey Stadium, 6th & Atlantic - 7pm •Philadelphia Boys Choir at St. Peters, 8th & Central - 7pm

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•Saturday Movie at Library Annex - 2pm •Eastern Surfing Assoc. Surf Contest at 7th Street Beach - 7am •Miss New Jersey finals

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•Saturday Movie at Library Annex - 2pm •Police Chase 5k footrace & 2 mile fitness walk •OCBP Rookie Test •OC Firefighters Beach Volleyball Tournament - 8:30am

•Saturday Movie at Library Annex - 2pm •Ocean City Flower Show at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk - 10am-9pm •Boardwalk Spring Family Fun Fest - 9am-6pm

*dates and times are subject to change, please confirm before you head out!

For more information and details on all events, visit www.ocnj.us


Favorite Memories

One Shell of an Experience

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Kiziah Kemmler shares the best beach walk of her life

y husband Ed has been coming to Ocean City, New Jersey, since he was a child with his family. Ed started bringing me to Ocean City in September of 2004 while we were dating. We are from Lancaster, PA and I fell in love with the whole town of Ocean City. We started coming weekends in the off season and for First Night as well as our week in the summer. In November 2005 for Ed’s 45th birthday we came down for the weekend again. Believe it or not the weather was very warm and sunny. We just love off season. I am an avid picture taker, so as usual I wanted to take pictures down on the beach. I was busy taking pictures of flocks of sandpipers when apparently Ed picked up an oyster type shell and put it upside down in his hand. After calling to get my attention he announced he had found a unique shell. When I glanced down in his hand I recall saying, “What’s so special about that, it’s just an oyster

on the Boardwalk shopping, he asked if I was ever going to answer his question.

“We feel blessed to be a part of our shore town.” shell.” Then he dropped to one knee and turned it over and said “This is why, will you marry me?” I was so taken by surprise that I replied “Are you sure?” Not really realizing that I didn’t answer, two hours later as we were walking up

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Of course the answer was yes! My dream was to get married on the beach in Ocean City, but due to family obligations we weren’t able. We were married September 2, 2006 (I still would like to renew our vows someday on the

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beach). However, in 2008 we were able to buy a small condo on 10th and Wesley. Now we are able to make memories all year long with our three children and our first grandchild. We have made many friends in Ocean City and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of our shore town.

To have your favorite Ocean City memory printed in an upcoming issue of Ocean City magazine, please email us at ocnjmagazine@comcast.net.

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Doo Dah Parade Saturday, April 17

The crew from Pirates Arrgghh Us showing off their tricks

The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Pipes and Drums band

Legendary comedian Shelley Berman and his wife Sarah from Bell Canyon, CA

The Ocean City High School Raider Band

Jessica Creamer, age 6, from Marmora

The Dougherty Family

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Soifer’s Seven June’s Must-Attend Events See what tops OC Publicist Mark Soifer’s list

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FLOWER SHOW June 4-6 at Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace One of the finest flower shows in the Delaware Valley featuring over 300 exhibitors in artistic design and horticultural categories. Includes a commercial division in the Pavilion area of the Pier with flowers for sale. Hours: 2 to 9pm Friday, 10am to 9pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Admission is free.

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MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT June 16-19 Parade of contestants June 16 at 7pm on Boardwalk.

Pageant June 17-19. Winner competes for Miss America title. Contestants dress up in comical themes for the parade. For pageant tickets, call (856) 424-3564.

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RESTAURANT WEEK June 20-27 Ocean City Restaurants provide great deals on dinners and lunches all week long. Diners can get acquainted with the City’s outstanding eateries at discount prices. A new event, the Hungryman Relay, will benefit the Community FoodBank of Southern New Jersey. Contestants eat a

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE June 25-26 Teams walk all night to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise money for the fight against cancer. Held at Ocean City High School, 6pm to 8am. For information email relayforlifeocnj@gmail. com or call (800) 227-2345.

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ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW June 26 One of Ocean City’s longest running special events. It’s been held here for over 75 years. More than 300 cars and military vehicles are displayed on the Tabernacle grounds, Sixth and Asbury Avenue from 9am to 2pm. Visitors are invited to inspect the cars and take photos. Admission is free. At 2pm there’s a parade on the Boardwalk. For information, call (609) 432-5347.

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OCEAN CITY’S SISTER CITY TRIBUTE TO THE PHILIPPINES June 26-27 Featuring sensational, international singing star Imelda Papin, in concert at the Music Pier, Saturday, July 26 at 8pm. There will also be a twoday Filipino Crafts and Cultural Festival in the Pavilion of the Music Pier. For tickets to the Papin concert and information, call (609) 525-9300.

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JULY JUBILEE June 28-July 2 A fun-filled week of unusual, free contests leading up to the City’s July 4th Celebration. Young and old alike compete in Taffy Sculpting, French Fry Sculpting, TastyKake Pie Sculpting, Wet T-Shirt Throwing and Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling (extremely non-violent). Contests are held 11am daily in the Music Pier Pavilion. For a complete schedule of Ocean City events access www.ocnj.us or call (609) 525-9300.

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Shopping SUMMER’S APPROACH is the best time ever to get out there and hit the streets, with focused mind and serious style on. It’s kind of a sport, spa visit and therapy session all rolled into one. It’s SHOPPING and it’s in the OC. See Stef’s picks for the must haves of June and read our shopping guide, a perfect way to get the most out of your experience. Meet Kathy Notaro, owner of LEH Soap Co., and see what Gingham Whale’s got in store this season.

BAEKGAARD BAGS FROM P.FRANCIS WHEN you walk into the new P.Francis, your heart goes still – the shop is that gorgeous. Of course, it starts beating again just in time to move you to the back where these fabulous bags sit. The Baekgaard line of bags are 100% leather and 100% stunning. They are definite conversation pieces and will have people saying, “where did you get that bag?” The full line includes several styles of purses, both big and small, as well as accessories such as a jewelry roll, cell phone wristlet, tape measure, and contact lense case. Prices range. P.Francis, 733 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 399-5570. See more of Stef’s Must Haves on page 25.

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Crocs from Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory Like walking on pillows. Seriously, get a pair and be in the know. Me and Shelby have ‘em. Shouldn’t you? Right now they’re 40% off. 936 Boardwalk, (609) 399-4200.

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Hat from Cloud 9 Throw it on to run errands when your hair says, “uh uh, no way.” Look how adorable Jamie Hansen looks in hers. Some styles come in organic and women’s fit. $20-25. 976 Boardwalk (609) 399-8989.

Gelato from Shriver’s Gelato Dimitar at Shrivers went to Italy to learn to make the gelato Devan Dempsey is holding. It’s creamy, lower in fat/calories than ice cream and made with fresh ingredients. 844 Boardwalk, (609) 398-2288.

Beads from Potomac Bead Co. I feel super happy in here. Beautiful beads are everywhere including these pink impression stones Allie Buchman is carrying. Choose some, string em as you wish or let them do it. Fun! 910 Asbury, (609) 399-4400.

Papaya bag from The Islander How do I love this bag? Let me count the ways. Or I’ll just tell you. It’s durable (think kid-friendly), beautiful, and seriously fun, spacious and cool. $62. 920 Boardwalk, (609) 398-3069.

Marvy LePen from Sun Rose My mom bought me these as a kid and they are still fab. Smudge-proof, dainty, and available in a rainbow of colors. I just like to say, “LePen.” $1.89. 756 Asbury, (609) 399-9190.

Soap from LEH Soap Co. Made with fine ingredients, moisturizing, divinely scented. This is my soap and I approve of this message. Pick up a few bars and feel the difference. 232 Rte. 9, Marmora, (609) 390-9500.

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HEN Kathy Notaro first began making soap, she made it in her home. She made it in small batches and the more it got out there, the more people wanted it. They called her the “Soap Nazi.” For us, extreme Seinfeld fans, this is hilarious. OCmag: Are you still the Soap Nazi? Kathy: No, I give everybody soap now. OCmag: When you see other people buying soap in the grocery store, do you say something to them? Kathy: It sure is tempting. I don’t because I rarely stop at that aisle. When I do, it’s to refresh my memory of the

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ingredients. But if I did say something, I’d ask them if they wanted to try some good soap. OCmag: Why is your soap better? Kathy: Because it’s all vegetable fats and food grade. Grocery store soaps are from animal fats and detergents. Animal fats that aren’t from healthy animals of course. OCmag: Okay that’s kind of gross. Let’s move on. How long have you been making soap? Kathy: It’ll be 13 years in October. OCmag: When did you begin your therapeutic skin care line. Kathy: The therapeutic soaps began when my granddaughter was born with eczema. That was 11.5 years ago. That’s

where Bobbi Sue Therapy came from. As for the lotion line, we were making lotions and butters, and we improved it with more therapeutic ingredients such as shea butter, extra virgin olive oil and only essential oils. The therapeutic ingredients heal and calm the skin. They’re protective and moisturizing. Kathy: Which of your products are you most excited about right now? OCmag: The olive and shea body butter. It’s just so over-the-top good. It’s so rich and emollient for your skin. It keeps you from having dry legs. And I’m very excited about our body balm too. At a party this week, I brought little half ounce bottles. My friend Steve sat in the sun and fried on Saturday.

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He peeled like crazy on Monday. I put some on his face and all that peel disappeared. He’s got hardly any left. It went away when I put the balm on. I used the eucalyptus and spearmint and he said it felt really good because it was cool and his skin was hot and red. OCmag: Anything else? Kathy: Pretty soon we’ll be having 100% shea butter on our shelves and all vegan lip balm. OCmag: I like that I know you are making this stuff right here. Kathy: You have better quality control when you do it right in your store. OCmag: What’s your favorite soap? Kathy: Olive oil smoothie. I love Olive oil smoothie. It’s a great shaving soap. It’s a great face soap. Sometimes I use coconut, like today I used coconut and olive oil smoothie. Sometimes I use three different bars. OCmag: Are you kidding me? Why? You’re making soap cocktails.

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Kathy: I have the suction cup holders all lined up in the bathroom with all different kinds of soaps. OCmag: Do you use the soap on your face? Kathy: Oh yea. Olive oil or Bobbi Sue or oatmeal. Little Egg Harbor Soap Co. owner Kathy Notaro Not fragrance. enjoying the sunshine on the Ocean City Boards OCmag: Can you wash your hair with OCmag: Where? it? Kathy: Wherever my nephew is Kathy: You can. Some people love working. He’s Devin McArdle and works it. They use whatever they have in the for Bert’s Beach Rentals. Sometimes shower. But Tea Tree would be good for he’s at 15th Street. people who have dandruff or oily skin/ OCmag: What’s your favorite thing scalp. It would help dry that up a bit. to eat? OCmag: What’s your favorite thing Kathy: I want to try the Hula Grill reto do in Ocean City? ally really bad. Kathy: Go to the beach.

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Th e Shopp in g Guid e In need of a little retail therapy? Consult this guide before hitting the streets DOWNTOWN

PHONES WE R WIRELESS Your local premium Verizon Wireless Retailer. Great selection and customer service. 641 Asbury, 545-8731. ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES THE GINGHAM WHALE Antiques, Shore Things and a lot more. 636 Asbury, 391-0996. See ad page 31. BICYCLES ANNARELLI’S BICYCLES A huge selection of bikes; repairs. 1014 Asbury, 399-2238. BOOKS/CDS/OFFICE SUN ROSE WORDS & MUSIC Your best source for books, music, CDs and office supplies. 756 Asbury, 399-9190. CANDY LAURA’S FUDGE A very sweet treat, made with the finest ingredients. 935 Asbury, 399-0616.

CHILDREN’S APPAREL SEA OATS CHILDREN’S SHOP, 710 Asbury, 398-8399.

A special selection of handcrafted jewelry, cards and gifts. 939 Asbury, 464-2608.

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

IRELAND IMPORTS It’s everything Irish. 711 Asbury, 398-1948.

DOLLS KAY JAY’S DOLL SHOPPE, 737 Asbury, 399-5632.

LADIES APPAREL THE FLYING CARP CLOTHING GALLERY Comfort, quality, timeless design and lots of imagination. 745 Asbury, 391-1546.

FLORIST SPINNING WHEEL, 858 Asbury, 398-1157. GIFTS/CARDS/CANDLES/ JEWELRY THE BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE Kids crafts and gifts, specialty invitations, wedding gifts and more. 943 Asbury, 391-0812. P. FRANCIS Heirloom-quality gifts and more. Mariposa. 709 Asbury, 399-5570. THE FLYING CARP GIFT GALLERY

DOODLES 714 Asbury, 398-1226.

GABRIELLE & CO. A fabulous collection of beautiful things from around the globe. 810 Asbury, 3991008. See ad page 22. LA BOTTINE BOUTIQUE Stylish shoes, accessories, jewelry, home accents. 1033 Asbury, 399-6400. See ad page 31. COULD BE YOURS CONSIGNMENT An awesome collection of name brand clothing at low prices. 716 Asbury, 703-4457.

TA-DAH 4 stores: 925, 1026, 1028 & 1040 Asbury. 398-6771. COLETTE 900 Asbury, 525-0911. DONNA GAY DILLON BOUTIQUE 725 Asbury, 399-0082. PAPPAGALLO 744 Asbury, 3984009. SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW BRIDAL SHOPPE 1020 Asbury, 399-9340. BEAUTY LINDSY JAMES Asbury, 525-9900.

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The Shopping Guide HOYS 5 & 10, 7th & Asbury, 398HOYS. ISLAND BEACH GEAR 9th & Bay, 788-3836. THINGS TO DO DOWNTOWN GILLIAN’S, 838B Asbury, 391-0060. GLAZED OVER Make your own pottery. Great for kids and adults. 854 Asbury, 3988880. KIDZ CREATIONS, 811 Asbury, 3999922

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RENTALS SURF BUGGY CENTERS Two locations; 8th & 12th and Boardwalk. Cribs, strollers, TVs, coolers, bikes (and more). 976-5679. JEWELRY JEWELRY HUT Great owners, superior jewelry. Sunglasses too. 1308 Boardwalk, 399-9634. HENRY’S OC’s Landmark Jeweler. 1236 Boardwalk, (800) 214-4435. FASHION THE SPOT BY JILLY’S Style,

attitude, vintage tees, sunglasses and great brands. 762 and 1066 Boardwalk, 385-1234. See ad page 20. DOLLAR STORE JILLY’S 99 CENT STORE 99 cents! 1044 Boardwalk, 399-1234. See ad page 20. T-SHIRTS JILLY’S T-SHIRT FACTORY Get your Phillies at Jilly’s, personalized tees too. 936 and 1048 Boardwalk, 385-1234. See ad page 20. SWEETS AND TREATS SHRIVER’S SALT WATER TAFFY An Ocean City icon. Salt water taffy, fudge, candy. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100. See ad page 24. SHRIVER’S GELATO Only gelato store on boards. 9th and Boardwalk, 399-0100. See ad page 24. JOHNSON’S POPCORN An Ocean City classic. A great gift too. 1368 Boardwalk, (800) 842-2676. FRALINGER’S SALT WATER TAFFY Fresh ingredients made to strict quality standards. 1100 Boardwalk, 399-2202. AIR TOYS/PIRATE SWAG

AIR CIRCUS Kites, flags, air toys, more. 1114 Boardwalk, 399-9343. PIRATES ARRRGH US! Everything for the buccaneer in you. 1116 Boardwalk, 399-9343. SURF SHOP/SUNGLASSES BY THE SEA SURF SHOP Sun, Sand, Surf lessons. 850 Boardwalk, 398-0159. SUNGLASS MENAGERIE Cool shades, cute staff. Name brands, sunglasses for every budget. 1124 Boardwalk, 391-8000. See ad page 28. VARIETY STORE PESSANO’S VARIETY STORE Everything you need is here. 3rd and Atlantic and 11th and Boardwalk, 399-1889. GIFTS SILVER LINING AND NAME STATION Everyone finds something they like. Bracelets from Name Station. 930 Boardwalk, 3984918.

FURNITURE HANDPAINTED FURNITURE AND DESIGN STUDIO Beautiful furniture and superior home items. 628 West Avenue, 398-5661.

ON THE WAY TO OCEAN CITY

BIKES TUCKAHOE BIKE SHOP Modern bikes, Old-fashioned service. 2151 Route 50, Tuckahoe, 628-0101. LITTLE EGG HARBOR SOAP COMPANY Hand-crafted soaps, lotions, hair/skin care. 232 S. Shore Road, Marmora, 390-9500. See ad page 26. SHORE TRUE VALUE HARDWARE Tons of stuff you need and want. We love this place. 515 New Road, Somers Point, (609) 927-6464. See ad page 30.

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Wicker, nature-inspired items and Lilly will put your home in good design

AVE you ever visited Gingham Whale? It’s a really cute store and it’s right on Asbury Avenue, between 6th and 7th Street, next door to Toilet Water. And owner Carol Kearney has great stuff for your beach house (and your not-so-beach house too); antiques, folk art, furniture and more, all neatly arranged in her neat little store. We stopped by and asked Carol her thoughts on new trends for summer 2010 and learned Lilly Pulitzer is always a no-brainer and a row-boat oar makes a nice home accent. OCmag: Hi Carol, what’s new at Gingham Whale? Carol: Lilly Pulitzer has a great line of gifts and stationery, and this year she has some really fun market bags. They’re

recyclable, they come in great colors, they’re inexpensive and I expect them to be very popular. Now, last year we had the Lilly Pulitzer pom poms – they’re tissue flowers – everybody loves them for parties or little girls’ rooms; even some college girls were taking them for their dorm rooms. We have them again and this year we have Lilly Pulitzer paper lanterns. They come in the traditional pink and green and they’re easy to open and hang outside on a porch or inside in a room. They’re just great fun. OCmag: How about wall art? What can you suggest? Carol: This year I have a lot of great photos, not just of Ocean City, but Carol Kearney, owner of Gingham Whale. Opjust beach-y photos too, by some great posite page top: Lilly Pulitzer items. Below: amateur photographers. You can get white wicker is in style this summer.

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them framed or matted and as a bonus you can get them as blank cards. They’re a lot of fun too. OCmag: What’s old that’s new? Carol: Wicker is always in. I found this great wicker table with styling from the ’20s. It’s painted white – white wicker is the classic seashore look. Or for some added oomph,

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paint it black. Or shocking pink. I have a great wicker desk and chair too, it’s white, but it would be sweet in a little girl’s room painted pink or light blue. OCmag: Keep going. I know you have more great stuff. Carol: Architectural salvage is a great home piece. If you want something other than photos or paintings or prints, you can always hang a piece of architectural molding from a Victorian building and that will make a statement. Also, I see a lot of oars. People hang them on the wall – I had one gentleman install it as a railing going down some steps. Some folks use them as curtain rods too. It’s a great nautical look. I

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have some nice stained glass as well. You can hang it in a window or just prop it against a wall. Put it in a spot where you get some light so you can see all the colors. OCmag: Any prevailing themes this year? Carol: It seems the emphasis more and more is on nature

and natural things. People love the shells, starfish, shell garlands. Put the shells in a bowl, or place them on a table or mantle. Soft greens are big this year – jade or celery are big colors – very soothing and easy to live with.

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By MICAH WARREN Photos by BILL GODFRE Y

PLAY DATE Lauren Dalzell, Meredith Castellani and Michael Hubbard getting ready to play some fun beach games. Opposite page right: Meredith dives for a catch in Turn Two.


It’s that time of year again! That’s right, it’s time once again to dust off your bathing suit, grab your sunglasses and hit the Ocean City beaches. Just about everyone has some sort of game plan for their day(s) at the beach and it could range anywhere from grabbing their surfboard and tackling the waves to just camping out on a towel for hours on end working on that tan. Personally, I’ll get bored to death if I just plop down in a chair and dig in the sand with my feet, so I have to come up with ways to entertain myself (and my family and friends will tell you how annoying I can get when I’m not occupied). So, I’m here to share a couple games that I’ve created over the years and they don’t require expensive equipment so pretty much anyone can play them. Let’s get started! ocnjmagazine.com

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TURN TWO Any baseball fans out there? It’s summertime and for sports enthusiasts, that means it’s baseball season. Playing Turn Two is simple, requires only two friends and a tennis ball, and will let you enjoy the waves. The first thing the three of you need to do is get in the water, which is the first thing I want to do when I get to the beach anyway. You’ll need to wade out into knee- to thighdeep water and spread out about 10-15 ft. apart (you can adjust this distance based on skill level). The first person (the batter) should be facing the incoming waves, with the other two in front of him/her diagonally to the batter’s left and right at around 10 o’clock and two o’clock. This may not be completely clear until you actually get out there and start chucking the ball around. The person at 10 o’clock to the batter will play the role of shortstop Jimmy Rollins (or Derek Jeter if you are one of the New Yorkers that trickles all the way down the Garden State Parkway). The person at 2 o’clock to the batter serves as Ryan Howard, the first baseman (you can be Mark Teixeira, but it is illegal to portray any of the Mets. This is of utmost importance). The waves will play

the role of an opposing player on first base who tries to slide into the shortstop to break up the double play at second. Now, it’s time to pull it off. First, wait for a good thigh-high wave to come down the pike. The batter’s job is to fire the tennis ball across the water to the shortstop to put the ball in play. Throw it hard. Skip it. Make it hard for him to field it. As he is fielding the ball (that’s the first out at second base if he can field it cleanly), that wave should be coming in to take his legs out the way a runner in baseball tries to slide in and make the throw to first. As the wave is undercutting the shortstop, he has to make the throw over to the first baseman to complete the double play. If you do it right, it ain’t easy. And of course, to finish it off your third player needs to catch it to get the force out at first base. It may sound boring on paper, but I promise you can kill a lot of time playing Turn Two. And another great aspect of this game is that the three of you can easily rotate and take turns at the different positions.

BODY PARTS Body Parts is a game that was handed down to me by my older cousins. You can play it in the water or up on the sand (provided that you aren’t standing in someone’s lemonade. People get testy when you step in their food and drinks). You only need two people and a standard paddleball set. As with most games, it’s better if you get two people of similar ages and skill sets. You’ll want to stand about five to seven feet apart to begin play. As you may have guessed from the name of the game, you score points when you are able hit different parts of the other person’s body. Don’t start with the “oh that sounds dangerous” nonsense. It’s not. It’s a little rubber ball and it doesn’t hurt. It’s not lawn darts. And also, you aren’t hitting the ball that hard because you are going for accuracy and not power. Try playing it with a lot of power and you’ll end playing a game of Chase the Ball Down the Beach. That gets old really quick. This is still basically two people tapping the ball back and forth to one another. It’s


Opposite page left: Lauren and Meredith demonstrate Body Parts. The goal is to target your opponents arms, legs, etc. and score points to win. Left: Lauren passes a football to Michael in Go Over the Middle, a toss and catch games that pits you against the waves. Below: Lauren, Michael and Meredith hug it out after some furious beach game play.

paddleball after all. So you can just start out going back and forth and score points based on who gets hit and where. Scoring can vary based on your own imagination, but I’ll give you some of the guidelines we always use. •Hands and forearms aren’t worth much as they are relatively easy to get. They should be worth maybe 1-2 points. •Upper arms are a little more difficult, so we reward a player with three points. •Chest and mid-section is about the same as the arms. •Legs and feet are usually worth about 4-5 points, because people tend to jump out of the way quickly and it can be tricky to get a leg. •Getting someone in the back is a prize. If you catch someone on the back, that probably means that they turned away to avoid the ball. That’s cowardly and will net your opponent about 10 points. Of course there are other parts of the body that you can create a scoring system for, but I’ll leave that up to you.

GO OVER THE MIDDLE Go Over the Middle might just be my favorite beach game and requires only a football and at least one other friend. This is also better on good wave days. You and your friend(s) play the part of quarterback and receiver trying to complete a pass over the middle of the football field (or ocean in this case). The wave, as you may have figured out, plays the part of the nasty NFL safety who wants to separate you from the ball (think Brian Dawkins, not Macho Harris). Now, it’s time to go have a catch. Go out in the water to where the waves are breaking that day. You can be as far apart as your arm strength will allow. The QB is going to try to throw the receiver a pass into the wave just as it comes crashing down. The receiver’s job is to absorb the hit of the wave while

still coming down with the football. It’s not easy at all and will give you a new found respect for the guys that do this for a living. I love this game for a lot reasons, but it’s great that you can run around, get exercise and wear yourself out. If you are looking for ways to maximize your fun at the Ocean City beach before the sun sets, try these fun games. But, don’t gas yourself too much or you won’t have any energy left for the Boardwalk – and no one wants that!


life in watercolor By BILL GODFREY

I CAN’T remember why or how I was introduced to artist Marie Natale. I can’t even remember where we met. What I do remember is how powerful her positive energy is and her warm smile. It’s so friendly and inviting, I felt we’d known each other for years instead of minutes.


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F YOU’VE thumbed through this magazine, and I hope you did, you probably noticed the watercolor drawings throughout at the upper corners and tops of some pages. They are lovely, colorful and fun and have benefitted the publication greatly. They are the hard work and creative genius of Marie Natale. Marie is a local artist who’s been painting South Jersey for years. “Art has to touch people. When you capture something that’s a part of their experience, it means so much more. My watercolors are very bright and lively and they’re not real detailed; it’s an impressionistic type of style and that opens it to a lot more people. It’s more playful and fun and it has certain energy to it. I think people can relate to that energy.” Marie will be the featured artist at her one-woman show – Ocean City Through the Eyes of an Artist – during the month of July at the Ocean City Arts Center in the Community Center on Simpson Avenue. That’s a cool thing. You’ll get to admire and perhaps purchase one of Marie’s watercolors during the show. And if you attend the artist’s reception on July 9 at 6:30pm, you’ll get to meet Marie in person. Though you may have already seen her. “My specialty is plein air painting, meaning painting outside and doing things on location,” said Marie. “I love architecture and coming into a unique community like Ocean City that has many established landmarks that are near and dear to people’s hearts. These are the things I like to capture. And I like to incorporate people in the painting; people eating outside or just having a conversation.” If you’re familiar with Marie’s work, you know one of her pieces can brighten a room all by itself. I’ve seen her painting on Asbury Avenue during the Evenings On Asbury events and she’s a delight to talk with and observe as she paints. She teaches classes at the OCAC and does commissions as well. For a guarenteed opportunity to watch Marie in full painting action, head to the Ocean City Arts Center during its annual fundraising luncheon on July 7. Marie will be there painting live. I recommend you purchase a ticket and get up close and personal with Marie’s work. “I’ll actually be painting during the reception – possibly a beach scene. Isn’t that timeless? Kids building sand castles, or out surfing, with maybe the Music Pier in the background. That’s a beautiful building. I want to capture the unique things that make Ocean City different from every place else.” To see more of her work, check out her show at the Arts Center. “For my show I’ll be doing Boardwalk themes, including Wonderland Pier, Mack and Manco’s – all the places we love; street scenes along Asbury Avenue, the Chatterbox – all the things about Ocean City that make it a compelling place. It’s all Ocean City, including final moments of the 9th Street Bridge. It’s amazing how many people love that bridge.” Marie grew up in Egg Harbor City and has spent most of her life

around the Jersey Shore. She’s enjoyed a successful career in the area and has a Masters degree in art education. She’s also worn many hats over the years. Marie taught in the local public school system for ten years and won the “teacher of the year” award. She’s also a businessperson with a keen sense for design. She founded Paw Togs/Enchanted Beginnings, a designer clothing line for infants and children and ran the business for 10 years. Currently she creates gift products and containers that can be found in WalMart and Lowe’s. I’m not sure how she found the time to help out with this magazine. But if you talk to her you’ll discover that she’s a generous soul, and she believes that generosity often finds its way back. In 2003, Marie painted eight fiberglass lighthouses for the “Beacons by the Sea” fundraising project. Proceeds went to local arts and education programs. Marie’s art is also award-winning; she won Best In Show at the NJ Water Color Society Associates show in 2006 and an Award of Excellence at the same show in 2007. Lunch with Marie is like one of her paintings – bright and lively. I met up with her at one of her favorite eateries in town – Positively Fourth Street at 4th and Atlantic. It was just a lovely experience. I enjoyed one of the café’s famous sandwiches - a panini with eggs and some hot peppers (absolutely fabulous) as well as a great cup of coffee. Marie, her beau Paul and I sat and just dug the scene. Oh and I serendipitously met someone I’d been trying to catch up with for some time. I told you, hanging out with Marie has a cool vibe and a positive energy. So maybe you’ll enjoy Marie’s artist reception and show just as much as I enjoyed my lunch with her. “The reception is July 9 at the Ocean City Arts Center from 6:30 to 8:30pm and I should have 40 to 50 paintings in all sizes. All will be for sale. There will be a collection of my prints too, including a collection I call The Final Moments of the Ninth Street Bridge. That bridge really has a beauty about it and I don’t think people appreciated it until now that it’s almost gone,” said Marie. Marie’s painting aren’t just beautiful, they are inspiring. If you get the jones to create your own masterpiece, you can take one of her classes at the Arts Center. “The Center promotes local talent and that’s wonderful. It also provides activities and experiences in art for all ages, from kids to adults. And we have a full slate of classes in all forms of art, including art, sculpture, and every month there’s a new featured artist. It’s a great thing for people to come and be a part of that,” Marie said. Wherever you might find Marie during the summer, go ahead and say hello. In return you’ll get to experience her creative energy and if my experience is an indicator, you’ll be that much better for it.

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Find Marie’s work at Accent Gallery, 956 Asbury or visit her website marienatale.com.

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HINK it’s easy picking only 29 things to love about the OC? Hardly. There is so much about this place that makes it great – from annual events like July’s Night in Venice to community efforts to preserve local structures, such as the 1885 Fourth Street Life Saving Station. So in order to simplify things, I decided to select a small sampling. Without further ado, here are just a few of the reasons I think Ocean City is the best place on earth… 1) Pining for a shell-covered box to hold your collectibles? Searching for starfish to decorate your window-sill? You’re in luck. For more than 40 years, Discovery Seashell Museum has been both the place to peruse and purchase coral, fossils, seashells, and nautical items from across the globe: everything from Jamaica scallops to giant African land snails. It’s also the only spot I know of where you can pose for a pic inside the jaws of a 75’ prehistoric great white shark. 2) As if April’s annual Doo Dah Parade weren’t quirky enough, city publicist Mark Soifer upped the ante for wackiness when he instigated OC’s Pie-Asco, a tribute to the comedian and TV personality Soupy Sales. Sales, known for his own pie-in-the-face and pie tossing trademarks, even served as the event’s honorary MC before passing away in October 2009. Here’s how it works: hundreds of folks fill temporary grandstands erected in front of the Music Pier and wait for the signal, then smoosh each other in the face with shaving cream pies. 3) Jutting 300 feet over the beach and ocean from Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk is one of the city’s most recognizable – and beloved – landmarks: the Spanish-style Music Pier. It’s weathered hurricanes and hosted hobo bands, rock-n-roll shows, and Miss New Jersey pageants throughout its 80+ year history, and is still going strong. 4) Don’t want to ever leave Ocean City? That’s the same sentiment shared by Emily, or “The Lady in White,” resident ghost of the Flanders Hotel. By all accounts, she’s a happy one: mischievously walking through walls and unscrewing light bulbs, even belting out tunes while sashaying through the halls in her long white gown. If you’re hoping for a guaranteed glimpse, a portrait of Emily painted by Liverpool-born artist Tony Troy hangs on the hotel’s second floor. 5) Pizza reigns supreme in Ocean City, but despite popular belief, a magnificent pie isn’t relegated to the Boards. At Downtown Asbury Avenue’s All Natural Award Winning Pizza, owner Lou DeFusco incorporates decades of culinary experience and a southern Italian heritage – not

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to mention a family recipe for dough handed down from the 1860s – to create pure pizza joy. 6) The Boardwalk – two-and-a-half miles of easily walkable, (mostly) unobstructed, ocean views. Need I say more? 7) We’re used to seeing Jilly’s French Fry Guy pose for pics along the Boards, but going head-to-head with Shriver’s Mr. Taffy, the OC Trash Buster, and other costumed characters? Now, that’s something interesting. Cape May County’s first Amazing Mascot Races took place in April at Ocean City’s Earth Day Celebration, and Bobby the Boardwalk Nor’Easter – talisman of OC’s soccer club – emerged victor. However, a July rematch may turn the tides. 8) A Boardwalk staple for nearly four decades, Mia’s Christmas Gallery By the Sea has kept the holiday spirit alive during even the hottest months. There’s no better place for picking up glass tree ornaments, Byers’ Choice dolls, porcelain Snowbabies statuettes, and a little seasonal cheer. 9) When it comes to local cycling efforts, Ocean City is ahead of the curve. In 2008, the town declared three-mile Haven Avenue near the Municipal Airport an official bike route, reducing

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the speed limit to 15-mph and adding four way stops at intersections to reduce traffic. And cyclists will soon have a designated bike lane across the 9th Street bridge, connecting OC’s bikeways to Somers Point. 10) Paper-thin crepes topped with Nutella, quiche made from scratch, and French press organic coffee served fresh by the order. At Ma France Creperie along 9th Street, a little taste of Europe goes a long way. 11) Whoever the genius is behind Ocean City’s “America’s Greatest Family Resort” slogan was spot on. Where else can you find a blend of Boardwalk, beach, activities, and entertainment that incorporates such familial flare? My answer: nowhere. 12) A 20-foot-tall fiberglass pirate; rotating dice; waterfalls; and weathered ships. Watch out Wildwood – when it comes to the miniature golf courses, OC’s got the kitsch covered. 13) Hard to imagine OC’s skyline without the Port O’Call Hotel and its pink bubble-gum-colored paint job, but the building’s exterior was originally white when erected in 1966. It wasn’t until the current owners purchased the property 20 years ago that pink became its prominent hue. According to Sales Coor-

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washed out to sea, but thanks to local replenishment efforts it returns each year, pretty and prepped for another wonderful summer season. 21) Nothing beats the Chatterbox Restaurant for a taste of nostalgia cooked medium-well, with a milkshake on the side. Since opening in 1937, the pink corner landmark has been entertaining families and serving up some of the best burgers in town. 22) The 1926 classic wood carousel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier boasts 22 standing Top: Crabcakes from Ocean City Seahorses, two single chariots, and is one of only food. Above: Dessert Crepe from Ma France Creperie. Left: Ice Cream from a couple dozen pre-1960 carousels remaining across the U.S. with operational ring maGeorge’s Candies chines. Go on, take a ride. dinator Merry Daley, 23) Scoops of homemade ice cream (think they chose the color A la Mode Ice Cream Parlor on the city’s quieter southern side) to reflect those of and George’s Candies fab homemade flavors. their favorite vaca24) For a bit of introspection, take a walk at 341-acre Cortion spot – the Baha- son’s Inlet, located toward the island’s southend along Ocean mas. Drive. One of the last undeveloped tracts of land on New Jer14) Ocean City’s sey’s Atlantic shorefront, and seasonal home to herons, sandHarbor Outfitters erlings, and least tern, this sandy stretch is not only serene, but offers lessons in and satisfying. rents out stand-up 25) In what other city is the hermit crab more revered? Each paddleboards, a sport introduced to the U.S. mainland from Ha- May for more than three decades, crowds have gathered to waii as recently as 2000. It’s an ideal way to explore the area’s see if Martin Z. Mollusk, crustacean extraordinaire, spots his marshy back bays and slip away from the seasonal crowds. shadow. If he does, summer arrives one week early. Flash for15) Arugula? Check. Summer Squash? Check. The Farmers ward to August, when beauty queens draped in painted snail Market is Ocean City’s premier place for picking up Jersey-fresh shells try and claw their way to victory in the Miss Crustacean produce, along with flowers, plants, and herbs, all peddled by Pageant. Winner receives the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, and area growers. Every Wednesday through July and August. bragging rights. 16) Sun Rose Words and Music. There’s no better place to 26) What began as the city’s Municipal Orchestra is today pick up the latest Janet Evanovich paperback or a pictorial his- the tireless Ocean City Pops, marvels of the Music Pier for over tory of America’s Greatest Family Resort, and the shop’s Asbury eight decades. A night with the Pops may include Broadway Avenue location has been accommodating islanders for years. show numbers, operatic accompaniments, jazz tunes, or trib17) Fighting for clumps of Johnson’s caramel popcorn. Slurp- utes, but it’s always a worthwhile time. ing down sips of Bob’s Lemonade. Ocean City has the market 27) Being the Jersey Shore’s largest downtown shopping on memories passed down and relived through generations. district, Asbury Avenue between 6th Street and 11th Street is 18) This is a city that doesn’t skimp when it comes to fam- also among the most inviting, featuring dozens of independentily-friendly events, especially throughout summer. Along with ly owned and operated stores and local chains interspersed Downtown’s Tuesday Family Film Nights and Wednesday Eve- with art galleries and eateries. Bring your walking shoes, and nings on Asbury, each Thursday is “Family Night” on the OC your wallet. Boardwalk. Watch for strolling stringbands and barbershop 28) Grassroots Music Store. Where else can you pick up quartets, face painting stations, and stunning displays of mag- Lady Gaga’s smash album The Fame on vinyl, test out a Gibson ic. electric guitar, and catch a performance by Monkees’ drummer 19) Sometimes ordering-in is part of the fun. Newcomer Micky Dolenz? Somewhere perhaps, though why go looking for Ocean City Seafood is the OC’s go-to place for take-out seafood, it when it’s in your own backyard. with an expansive menu that includes cream of crab soup, local 29) Why I really love Ocean City? It’s a place of possibility. jumbo scallops, and some of the tastiest crabcakes around. Still Here, you can breathe a little easier, sleep more soundly, and hungry? Tack on a slice of killer key lime pie. dream a whole lot bigger. Cliché perhaps. But true. 20) The beach. Sure, with each big storm a portion of it gets

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All in the Family

The story of the famous arcade and the family who started it all By Bill Godfrey


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N CASE you were in Florida over the winter (not jealous at all; okay, a little), then you may not know how bad the weather was six months

beginning. How cool is that? “Feeling Pac Man at 4am? C’mon by,” offered Jody. The Jilly’s story begins three generations, and about 80 years, ago on Coney Island. “Jilly’s was started by my parents and grandparents, but my great-grandparents started in the gaming industry in Brooklyn, Coney Island. Not in an arcade, but with skill games and games of chance,” said Jody. “And my grandfather had arcades in Wildwood, Kingsburg and Seaside Heights.

see his kids working at an auto parts store, so he helped create a better opportunity for his children and here we are today. It was very humble in the beginning – they had to pay their dues – but they found a ago. way to make a successful business.” Heavy snow, damaging winds, crazy And thank goodness for that success. rains – it was bad. And the worst part was Jilly’s Arcade is a great spot to take the kids, being stuck inside. The snow was too deep guests, and friends from out of town – you to play in, and it was just too cold to do can’t go wrong at the arcade. anything outside. There was one thing that “My grandfather and grandmother kept me sane; one place where I could take – Beverly and Wally Kreisberger – are really the kids so they could burn off the reason why we’re here. We’re some steam… enjoying the fruits of their labors Jilly’s Arcade. from the ‘50s and ‘60s and all the Jilly’s has been an Ocean City troubles they went through.” icon since 1976 and is the flagship And so began the Jilly’s story. operation for the Jilly’s family of Fast forward 40 years and the stores, including Jilly’s $1 Store, Jilly’s name is up and down the Jilly’s French Fry Factory, Jilly’s Boardwalk. As the Levchuck family T-Shirt Factory, the Ice Cream grew, so did the Jilly’s business. Factory and The Spot by Jilly’s. “Well, my mother got bored Jilly’s Arcade; the savior of working in the arcade so she put cooped-up dads and their cabinin the ice cream store in 1986. I fever kids in and around Ocean started working the ice cream City for over 40 years. Pinball, when I was 10 years old with my pool, lots of video games, and mother and grandmother – if the number-one boardwalk game you’ve ever worked for both your of all time… skeeball. And the mother and grandmother then best part? The arcade is open you know it’s the worst job you everyday - that’s 365 – including could ever have in your life – but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New you learn a lot.” Years. Oh my. Knowing that arcade was open “Eight years later my mom everyday was a lifesaver over opened the 99 Cent Store and the winter. My oldest still keeps Above: Jody in front of his arcade. Opposite page: Jill and dropped the ice cream store in my saying “can we go to the arcade Paul Levchuck with their children Randy, left, and Jody, cen- lap, just as I graduated high school.” ter, with his girlfriend, Jill dad?” So you always planned on taking “We take a lot of pride in what over the family business? we do,” said Jody Levchuck, director of Then, when my parents got married, they “I – and I speak for my brother on this operations for the Jilly’s family of stores were looking for something to do and they – we had absolutely no intentions of ever who, along with his brother Randy, makes found this, here in Ocean City.” working on this boardwalk again after sure the arcade stays open for desperate Ilovethesekindsofstories–determination college. We both went to Seton Hall dads like me. “Ocean City is my home – this plus a love for one’s work leads to success. University, graduated and went to work in is where I vote and this is where I have my Jilly’s has that kind of story. other fields for a couple years. By accident, livelihood. Keeping the arcade open gives “My mother grew up in Brooklyn and my my father was unable to rent the store next people in town something to do, but it also father grew up in Asbury Park. My father to the 99 Cent Store and my brother and gives us a way to retain our employees, worked at an arcade as a teenager and my I came up with Jilly’s French Fry Factory. and that’s important to us. We have a lot of mom’s father actually owned an arcade. We convinced my father to give us a small longtime employees and we want to take After they were married they came to loan, and we convinced the bank to give care of them.” Ocean City where my dad was working at us a little bigger loan and we opened Jilly’s And here’s something you may not an auto parts store and my mom worked at French Fry Factory.” know – the arcade is open 24 hours in the Steinbach’s (department store). They were And then? summer. Doesn’t close from Memorial also working for my grandfather in the “Then we opened Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory, Day to Labor Day. Been that way since the summer. My grandfather didn’t want to another T-shirt factory, then we opened


the Spot and then another Spot. It just became viral. We love the business – my brother and I are best friends and 50-50 business partners. It’s like people climbing the corporate ladder, except we have to climb our own corporate ladder.” So where did the name come from? “My mother, whose name is Jill, always hated being called Jilly but my father found it very fitting. I guess it’s funny for her to look up and down the boardwalk and see a name she really doesn’t care for. So was it cool growing up on the Boardwalk? “Back in the ‘80s the arcade business was at its height and everybody hung out in the arcade after school. Everybody was playing the new pinball or the new video games, like Super Mario Brothers or Pac-Man – it was a pretty cool time to be 15 years old and I made a lot of friends in this arcade. A lot of them are still my friends to this day. Sometimes people will come up to me and I don’t remember them, but they remember me. They’re coming back 25 years later and they’re back with their kids or grandkids. That really makes us feel good that we have survived this long. It’s endearing – people had a fun time in their 20s and they’re back. It shows we are entertaining generations of families here in Ocean City.”

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Do you ever get to hang out in Ocean City? “I love this town, but if I’m lucky enough to get a day off, I want to escape. If I wasn’t here everyday, this is the first place I’d want to come, but taking a day off is even more stressful because you’re worrying – is everything okay, is everything clean, are the customers satisfied – you become anxious. It’s easier to just not take a day off. But I love what I do so I don’t need those days off. But if I could, I’d go check out the cool stores on Asbury Avenue, or take a boat out on the bay.” Now what’s with The Spot? It’s a completely different store from the French Fry Factory or the T-Shirt Factory. It’s very urban. “Well The Spot was a pipe dream. I have a style that’s a little different from Ocean City – it’s more of a surf-scene look here, but I like to dress a little edgier and I didn’t see too many stores around here that carried that type of clothing. So we had a space open up and we weren’t sure what to do with it.” It’s definitely a unique store on the Boards. “Why not a high-end boutique on the Boards? We signed a lease and weren’t sure what we were going to do and we

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just kept referring to the store as ‘the spot,’ and it just stuck.” Are your parents still involved with the business? “My father still runs the day-to-day operations at the arcade. My mother is the buyer extraordinaire for the $1 Store. We carry 15,000 items in that store so imagine the thousands of items sold – she has to reordered, put into the warehouse, put back on the shelf – it’s a heavy workload and she runs the whole show there. You’ll see her unloading boxes from a 40-foot truck. She does it all.” Jilly’s keeps their stores open as much as possible – everyday through Thanksgiving or so and then on most every weekend. Except for the ice cream store. “My grandmother passed away a year ago and she was the hardest working person I ever met in my life. She could have retired 20 years ago, but up until about a year before her death, you could see her working that cash register. She could have been retired and sailing around the world. Thank you Grandma for everything. I wish there was a movie made about her cause it was really something.” Well, here’s a story – it’s not a movie, but it’s a start.

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CEAN City has some great restaurants, and if you didn’t know that, well, now’s the time to expand your horizons. Sure we’ve got some of the best Boardwalk food in the country – pizza, fries, ice cream, popcorn, and the like. But there’s more to Ocean City than just pizza and fries. The island has undergone what I call a restaurant renaissance over the past few years, and there are several restaurants in town with sophisticated menus to satisfy the discerning palette. There are superior breakfast places, awesome stops for lunch and dinner, seafood of the freshest variety, steaks, snacks and everything in between. Take a look around, chances are you’ll find a restaurant that serves just what you’re looking for. The Second Annual Ocean City Restaurant Week, June 20 to 27, will showcase some of Ocean City’s best restaurants in a week-long event offering a special two-for-one deal, giving you a great opportunity to sample the city’s tastiest treats. “We want to get the word out and let everyone know that Ocean City has great places to eat,” said Bill McGinnity, owner/chef of Cousins Restaurant at First Street and Asbury Avenue. “Ocean City restaurants are teaming up to jointly promote our restaurants and the city as a dining destination. We hope to attract new customers and keep our regulars interested, so we’re offering special fixed-price menu options.”    As part of restaurant week, participating members are offering a two-for-one special that should not be missed. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, you can get two items for the price of one during this special week at member restaurants.

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“Restaurant week is a celebration of everything Ocean City has to offer – especially the food. We have many different types of cuisine here,” said Bill. “It’s a chance to let everybody taste what’s going on in Ocean City.” Kicking off restaurant week is a new event in town – The Ocean City magazine Hungryman Relay. The first annual Hungryman Relay is June 20 (yes, that’s Father’s Day) from noon to 2pm along Asbury from 5th Street to 9th Street. Asbury Avenue will be closed to traffic along that stretch for those two hours. Over the long cold winter months, when my wife Stefanie and I were thinking of starting this new magazine, we thought organizing and sponsoring a cool little event would help us with some much needed publicity. We thought a competitive eating contest might be a good idea, but we wanted something with just a little more pizzazz. Enter the Hungryman Relay, consisting of running, eating and raising money for a local charity. All that was left was working out the details. We approached the Ocean City Restaurant Association and asked if we could work together in our quest for a silly event in Ocean City – one that would provide a bit of publicity for Restaurant Week. And here’s what we came up with… A running and eating event; teams of four members will participate. Your team can consist of whomever you can get – men, women, children, grandparents – anybody who can safely run from 5th Street to 9th Street and back. Now here’s the catch; each member starts at 5th Street and must finish a donut before being allowed to begin the run to 9th Street. Once a runner reaches 9th Street, that

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runner must eat a slice of pizza before being allowed to make the return run back to 5th Street. At that point you must tag your teammate (We’re actually thinking of making the runners wear big chef hats and then handing them to the next runner in lieu of a baton). Once your teammate has been properly tagged, he/she repeats the donut, run, pizza, run sequence until all four runners have completed the course. Now you know that sounds like fun. The Hungryman benefits the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch and the Ocean City Food Cupboard, two very worthy organizations that do great work in the local community. We also got great help from OC’s Downtown Shopping District. Have you shopped Asbury Avenue lately? It’s beautiful with over 100 great shops, boutiques… and restaurants. If you love Ocean City, shop Ocean City. The Ocean City Tourism Development Commission gave us some much needed support and the City of Ocean City has been very gracious in their assistance. I’m telling you – this is going to be a great event! Bring dad, granddad, your kids, your friends – whomever. There will be two categories for competitors. One being competitive (for instance, is everyone in your group under age 50? You’re probably competitive), the other being family (granddad and young kids on your team? You’re probably a family competitor). This event is for everyone in your family. And while there will be prizes for the winners of the race, there will also be prizes for best dressed, best themed, youngest finisher and more. Grab dad, run the Hungryman and then go have dinner at one of Ocean City’s fabulous restaurants. Man, you gotta love this town.

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Arts in OC In the Good Old Summertime Bill Godfrey sums up the OC arts scene for June OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER watercolor, oils, summer camps; there’s so developed into a visual artist and currently The Ocean City Arts Center (OCAC) much the center offers – we feel we’re a produces floor cloths – an art form from the is getting ready to host its 19th Annual diamond in the rough,” Marian said. 16th century that are beautiful alternatives Summer Luncheon; the center’s major Here’s the catch; while the center is to area rugs – at a studio she shares with fundraiser for the year. If you’re a lover of fortunate to be located in the Ocean City her daughter on West Avenue. the arts, then you should get yourself over Community Center, the center is not a “This year we have nine noted artists there and help support one of the city’s branch of the municipal government who have contributed an original piece of most versatile and diverse and, well, artistic and is therefore funded entirely through work that you’ll be able to bid on. We also organizations. have gift baskets “This is our biggest from merchants fundraiser of the year,” in Ocean City and said Marian Talese, a the surrounding member of the center’s area and people board of directors. “It’s can bid on them as important that we have well. The auction a generous response.” goes on during the The luncheon, luncheon so you entitled In the Good Old could go home Summertime is July 7 with some goodies at Greate Bay Country that day.” Club, 901 Mays Landing If you’re a Road, Somers Point. stranger to the Cocktails open the OCAC, then you are event at noon followed spending way too by an “All-American much time in front Lunch.” of the TV. There are “For the past five some great events years we’ve travelled and classes at the the world with our Marian Talese, right, watches as Fran Bickel puts the finishing touches on her painting center. There are themes from France to music classes, Spain, Italy, China and Japan and I thought grants, tuition, gallery sales, donations danceclassescoveringmanydifferentstyles, it was time to bring it back to Ocean City; and fundraisers. Hence the All-American watercolor and oil painting, woodcarving, we have such a beautiful life here,” said fundraiser in July. pottery and a whole lot more. There are Marian. “That’s why it’s called In the Good “Come and have a good meal,” said monthly artists’ shows and too much more Old Summertime. It’s summertime and Marian. “But we also have entertainment to list. The center has something for all on the Wednesday right after the Fourth and the art auction. Our entertainment ages and interests, and there’s probably of July. Everything will be red, white and this year is ‘Right on Cue,’ a barbershop something for everybody in Ocean City and blue.” quartet that’s well-known in this area. the surrounding communities too.  The Ocean City Arts Center is the town’s They’ll be wandering around the event “The goal of the event is to raise money,” premier place for visual and performing arts. and entertaining table by table and their said Marian. “We hope this year will be a Whether you want to admire, purchase, or repertoire will be all about the beach.” banner year. The arts have been hurting learn about artistic expression, the Arts Marian Talese is a noted artist in her all over New Jersey and we are hurting Center is the place to be. own right and taught music and piano badly this year as far as our grants. We “From dance classes and pottery, to after graduating college. She eventually really need to support our beautiful arts

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Arts in OC center which gives back so much to the community – and we’re so happy to be a part of this wonderful renovation at the community center – the library, fitness and aquatic center – it’s such a benefit for our town. The museum will be helping with our fundraiser too. The community never lets us down and we’re looking for great support. It’s going to be a great time.” OCEAN CITY THEATRE COMPANY The Ocean City Theatre Company and Ocean City Pops kick off the 2010 summer season with the musical, Oklahoma! Often called the birth of the modern American musical, Oklahoma! is the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Oklahoma! tells the story of the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys. This conflict provides the colorful backdrop against which Curly, the handsome cowboy, and Laurey, the winsome farm girl, play out their love story. 

The Ocean City Pops, under the direction of William Schieble, does its usual fabulous job with classic hits including People Will Say We’re in Love, Surrey with the Fringe on Top and Oh, What a Beautiful Morning. Catch this stunning production on July 6 at 8pm, July 7 at 8pm, July 8 at 2pm and 8pm at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. For tickets please call 609-525-9248, go to www.ocnj. us or visit the box office at the Ocean City Music Pier. This production is appropriate for all ages and the perfect outing for any group. OCTC is offering special rates for groups of 20 people or more. If you’re interested in a group rate, please contact the Ocean City Annex at (609) 525-9300. OCEAN CITY POPS Opening Night; Legendary singer Patti Page; June 27, 7:30pm and 11pm at the Music Pier. Patti Page is a living legend and has sold more than 100 million records.

Sponsored by Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy. After-concert reception with Ms. Page at the Flanders Hotel - cocktails and dessert - $30 per person. For tickets and info go to oceancitypops.org. OCEAN CITY REPERTORY THEATER The Secret Garden; Friday, June 4 at 7pm; Saturday, June 5 at 7pm; Sunday, June 6 at 2pm. OC Rep Theater in the Stainton Building; Tickets $5 and available at the door. A dark spell of sorrow and mystery hovers in the air as a young orphan, Mary Lennox, arrives at Misselthwaite Manor the Yorkshire estate of her uncle Archibald Craven. Mary decides that this place will be her secret refuge and begins to tend the garden alone. Inside the manor, another secret lurks. This mystery is so deep that it will take all Mary’s determination and courage to solve it. Bloomsday VI; A Celebration of James Joyce. Wednesday, June 16, from noon to midnight. Visit ocrep.org for details.

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It’s History their trains into Ocean City. In 1884, the West Jersey Railroad built a bridge over Corson’s Inlet entering the southern end of Ocean City, continuing up in the middle of West Avenue.  In 1898, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad built a bridge over the Crook Horn Creek entering Ocean City at 52nd Street, continuing up Haven Avenue.     On July 1, 1907, the first Shore Fast Line trolley came over a trestle bridge from Somers Point entering Ocean City at 8th Street.  Author Fred Miller on the history of    A friend warned Henry Ford in 1909 that if everybody owned a car Ocean City’s many bridges the horses would be frightened.  Ford replied, “I am democratizing the automobile. The horses will disappear from our highways.” By O HISTORY of our community is complete without 1914, Ford’s company was producing more and better cars at a mentioning the many bridges that helped Ocean reasonable cost. The horses’ days were numbered. People were City become “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” buying cars and demanding better roads and bridges.  On June 15, 1883 Ocean City’s first land route    Ocean City and Cape May County officials responded, opening to the mainland was completed at 34th Street.  two automobile bridges in 1914.  Rev. William B. Wood, president of the Ocean City Association,    On April 11, 1914, the Ocean City Automobile Company opened reported, “It is a little over two miles in length, connecting Ocean the causeway and four bridges connecting Ocean City and Somers City with the shore road leading from Beesley’s Point to Cape May Point. The trip across the Great Egg Harbor Bay cost 25 cents for City. The thoroughfare is spanned by a good bridge containing a the driver and automobile and five cents for each passenger. The draw, at which is erected a suitable house for the accommodation toll was ended on August 15, 1922 when the causeway was sold to of the toll-keeper.” The charges were 10 cents for horse and the State of New Jersey. wagon and 5 cents for pedestrians. The total cost of the road,    On May 15, 1914, Reuben W. Edwards and John P. Fox, Ocean City bridge and house was $6,000. residents and Cape May County freeholders, led the ceremony    The next two bridges were built by railroad companies to get

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Clockwise from top left: The Rush Chattin Bridge over Middle Thorofare opened March 4, 1991; The causeway and four bridges connecting Ocean City and Somers Point opened April 11, 1914; Cars backed up on the 9th Street Bridge will soon be history.

officially opening the new bridge at 34th Street. This replaced the city’s first bridge to the mainland built in 1883.    In 1917, the Cape May County Board of Freeholders authorized a bond issue of $134,000 for the building of automobile bridges over Corson’s Inlet and Middle Thorofare to connect Ocean City and Strathmere. These bridges were rebuilt in the fall of 1933.    The Ocean City-Longport Bridge was dedicated on October 25, 1928.  Congressman Issac Bacharach and Mayor Joseph G. Champion cut a ribbon formally open the bridge. It cost $1,250,000 and was built in only ten months. The toll for automobiles was 25 cents. A strip of five tickets cost $1.    Alfred R. Smith, World War veteran and former captain of the Ocean City lifeguards, was the grand marshal of the parade at the August 19, 1933 dedication of the new 9th Street bridge.  It included four bridges: two drawbridges over the Ship Channel and Beach Thorofare; and two bridges spanning Elbow Thorofare and Rainbow Channel. This modern structure replaced the automobile causeway built in 1914. Mayor Harry Headley said, “This is the most magnificent entrance of any resort along the New Jersey coast.”      In 1948, a new bridge was built over Corson’s Inlet replacing the 1933 bridge.     On July 4, 1962, the new 1,625-foot-long Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge connecting Ocean City with Marmora at 34th Street opened.  Construction on this $1,243,000 bridge began on November 14, 1960.    March 4, 1991 a new 878-foot-long bridge over the Middle Thorofare was dedicated to the memory of Rush Chattin. Chattin,

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