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september/ october2010


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Wine Down

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Fish your Wish a journey on the back bays

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

Coconut Shrimp Crab Cake

940 Boardwalk, Ocean City End of Ocean Colony Walk (609) 399-2400

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

It’s where the locals eat!


Notes from the Beach


ISH for a rainbow, mom. You like those.” That’s what my son Salem said to me before bed on a breezy night in mid-August. And it got me thinking of a rainbow I saw in Ocean City a couple years back. It was so fabulously brilliant, that I ran a couple blocks to the beach to see it in its full beauty. So worth it. Rainbows make me smile and rainbows in a place like Ocean City, well, that’s just about the best. I want to know what you love most about Ocean City or what things made you smile last time you were here? Send your best memories of and/or favorite things about Ocean City or the things you love most about America’s Greatest Family Resort to ocnjmagazine@ We’d like to print them online or in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Memories are made with each moment spent in OC, and now that September is upon us, those moments seem to be a bit more personal. Though there are still loads of people here, the mood seems to shift towards a less frenetic pace, a more relaxing feel. September brings a cooler breeze, a warm ocean and that bittersweet notion that pretty soon the only person on the beach will be you. For some of us, that’s heaven. September is arguably the best time down the shore and Ocean City makes sure there is plenty to see and do when you come here during these shoulder months. A trip here is never dull., even in second season. Want proof? In September, there’s Street Rod Weekend, a Corvette Show, a

Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow, and the OC Municipal Airport Festival. Plus there’s a Farmers Market every Saturday in the Downtown and loads of theatrical/musical performances. Let’s just say – you will not be bored. October is the time to go shopping! There’s Citywide Yard Sale, Boardwalk Merchant Table Sales, Fall Block Party and Indian Summer Weekend. The Farmers Market continues this month right up to Halloween, which of course, is celebrated here with trick-or-treating for the children at all the shops and a down home parade that will make the best of you smile. Happy Autumn!

Ocean City Publisher/Editor/Writer Stef Godfrey Publisher/Advertising Manager/Writer Bill Godfrey Contributing Writers Laura Kiniry, Fred Miller Contributing Artists/Photographers Marie Natale, Eric Weeks Ocean City magazine is published six times a year. 3,000 copies are distributed all around Ocean City and its surrounding communities. Cover price is $2. To purchase a copy or get an annual subscription for $20 plus tax, call (609) 675-0867 or www.ocnjmagazine. com

Copies are available at these island locations: Sun Rose Words and Music, La Bottine Boutique, Flying Carp Gift Gallery, Gabrielle & Co., and Laura’s Fudge.

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local ocean Photos16, 20 Favorite Memories17 September, October calendar18 Soifer’s Seven21

dining Five Food Finds5 In the Kitchen6 Recipe9 Famished Foodie10 The Dining Guide12


Shadowy Stripers32 Hail the Red & White35 In Gino Veritas38 How to Save a Life40


Real Speak46 Staying Over47


Stef’s Must Haves24, 26 In the Biz27 The Shopping Guide28 Trends30

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Notes from the Beach3 Arts in the OC42 OC Quiz/Word Search44, 45 It’s History48

Bryan DiLeo pushes his way through the back bays on his boat. See Bill Godfrey’s story on page 32

september& october

Eating in the OC OH SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER... How we wish you didn’t lead into chillier weather. For your days are long, your nights are cool, and your restaurants are considerably more accessible. This is the month to hit the food scene in OC. Get zen with Chef John at Ocean City Seafood and see what he’s cookin’ up. Bring a taste of Hula home with their Coconut Shrimp recipe and, below, slurp up a lasting taste of summer with Al’s picks for five of the best ice cream finds in and around OC.

Al Dente’s Five Food Finds The Sweet Life in the OC


Cinnamon Bun ice cream at Custard Castle, 137 Route 9, Marmora, 390-4432.


The Chatterbox Sundae from The Chatterbox, 9th & Central, OC, 399-0113

Gelato Cake from Shrivers, 9th & Boardwalk, OC, 399-0100




Chilly Jilly from Jilly’s, 1172 Boardwalk, OC, 399-2814

Cookie Sandwich from Kessel’s Korner, 2760 Asbury Avenue, OC, 398-1170

In the Kitchen Chef John Hoover OCEAN CIT Y SEAFOOD

fun. It’s fresh bread with toasted almonds and I infused Coco Lopez with some fresh caramelized bananas, made a custard and folded it into the pudding and baked it. Finished it off with a key lime puree, of Bill Godfrey finds everything’s zen in this kitchen course. OCmag: Oh man that’s good. Why don’t you go ahead and talk while I eat. Start by N ONLY its second year in business, might actually explode were he to serve giving me some background info on your Ocean City Seafood has quietly built anything other than his best work. education and experience – your kitchen a large following of foodies attracted OCmag: Hi John, By the way these dishes cred. to the restaurant’s fresh ingredients, are outstanding. John: Born and raised in Cape May County. signature crabcakes, daily specials John: Thanks. The first dish is a chilled I’ve had a passion for food all my life – my and great location (and key lime pie). lobster salad infused with coconut and mom and my sister are both bakers, so I was Actually it hasn’t been so quiet. I’d almost born into the business. I started at heard from several people that the 15, as a dishwasher and busboy, worked seafood joint on the corner of 9th and three jobs during the summer, the whole Central was dishing up surprisingly thing. I went to vocational school in Court good food. Though I’m not surprised House and fell in love with food and food at that either, especially after talking preparation while taking classes there. with Chef John Hoover, who speaks I did a work study program in my senior of his occupation with the quiet year where I learned a lot of the basics reverence of a Zen cooking master. – time, temperature, control, how to Ocean City has attracted great talent hustle, and then I went on to ACCC. to its restaurant scene and people OCmag: How old are you? are really beginning to notice. Thanks John: I’m 30. I have a three-year-old to the abundance of information and daughter Abriana. She’s the next upthe success of The Food Network, and-coming chef around. She’s already people are also more educated and cooking with me. She’s the reason I get discerning when it comes to food. up in the morning. She makes it all worth And Ocean City is keeping up. it. Chef John Hoover is a local boy OCmag: [Still eating.] Keep talking. What (born at Burdette Tomlin, before about your hands-on experience? it became Cape Regional) with an John: I started at Blue Heron Pines impressive resume and a ton of Golf Club at 21 and by the age of 22 I was Chef John Hoover uses only the best ingredients experience for a young guy. He executive chef – it was a tough job. I in his dishes at Ocean City Seafood talks the talk when it comes to chef managed the East Course and the West lingo, but after enjoying the lobster Course. It was also wedding central with salad, I have to say he also walks the walk. raspberry vinaigrette; it’s sort of like “east a lot of different outings – it was baptism Together with owner Kathi Sica, John’s meets west” food. It’s a very light dish by fire. But I worked hard to put out great serving up super-fresh seafood at his garnished with strawberry and toasted food and drove profit. I’ve worked with corner restaurant – really tasty stuff. He almond. The cucumber item you see is some great chefs and celebrity chefs too says he just couldn’t do it any other way – it actually the hors d’oeuvres form of the – Cat Cora, Rocco DeSpirito. would go against all his training as a chef to dish – the cucumber and coconut are a OCmag: Cat Cora? From Iron Chef America! take a shortcut or use inferior ingredients. nice contrast. The second plate is almond, Allez Cuisine! It really makes me smile to see a chef so coconut and banana bread pudding. Now John: Yeah, she came to Atlantic City and particular about his ingredients and after the key lime pie is our signature dessert – I was working for an organic restaurant talking with John, you can see his passion it’s mind-blowing – but I like to try different called Drazil. I got a call from Chris Meyers for his craft shine through. I think his head things too. And the bread pudding was



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In the Kitchen from the Convention Center in Atlantic City, and Cat Cora’s manager gave me a menu and I had three days to complete it. I bought the ingredients and prepared it – then she prepared it on stage. I got to spend the day with her. It was cool observing her style and how she does things. Robert Irvine (from Food Network’s Dinner Impossible) was one of the best I ever worked with. I did a TV show with him while I was at Blue Heron Pines. He showed me how to do large parties, just like his show. OCmag: What was your toughest gig? John: I was the executive chef at Tun Tavern – huge volume and four and a half stars. I’m very thankful for that job. I learned a lot there. I learned


about pairing food with drink and how to make beer, too. I also opened my own place near Buena – Richland Seafood and Steak House. I bring a little bit of each place I’ve worked at and a little bit of the people I worked with to what I do. OCmag: So what’s your goal here in Ocean City? John: I’m producing great, fresh seafood at a reasonable price. What it comes down to is this… did the customer walk out of here with a smile on his face? If he did, I’m happy at the end of the day. This restaurant – this concept of fresh and reasonable – is the next generation for seafood. We serve only fresh crabmeat here. I haven’t touched pasteurized crabmeat in two years. But that was new to me and there’s a lot

to learn about crab meat. OCmag: You’ve a nice place… John: I’m particular about stuff. I’ve been through the serve-safe courses. I’m very aware of those practices. I’m so particular, from cleanliness and temperatures to the way knives are washed and the guys washing their hands – it’s so important. You need to be careful. If I wasn’t a chef I’d probably be a food safety inspector or something. OCmag: Does your menu change? I’d like to try more of your dishes. John: Oh yes, I change the menu often. I like to keep it fresh and fun. Consistency is good, but I like change too. I order different fresh fish from Honolulu and have it shipped overnight for our


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daily specials. We have our famous crabcakes, which are phenomenal, but I do blackboard specials everyday too. OCmag: Ever get out and see Ocean City? John: Not really, except during deliveries. OCmag: You do the deliveries too? John: Yeah, there’s a lot to take care of with this place. It can be stressful, but I love it. OCmag: What have you seen? John: Restaurants. I like Katina’s across the street and Voltaco’s too. I’ve tried a lot of the places in town and there are some super eateries here, you just have to find them. I’d like to try Island Grill too. There’s some great, great food in Ocean City.

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Recipe of the Month Coconut Shrimp

Hula Restaurant & Sauce Company, 940 Boardwalk, OC COCONUT SHRIMP INGREDIENTS: 12 large or jumbo shrimp 4 egg whites Flour for dredging Sweet coconut flakes for dredging Canola oil for frying PREPARATION: Peel and devein the shrimp. Make a slice into the back of the shrimp and fan out. Dry the shrimp with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until fluffy and white. Dredge each shrimp in flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the floured shrimp into egg white, then into coconut flakes. Place shrimp in the fridge for a half hour before frying for best results. Heat canola oil in deep fryer or saute pan and fry shrimp until golden brown on each side. Serve with orange chili dipping sauce (recipe below) and enjoy!

ORANGE CHILI DIPPING SAUCE Mix a 1/2 cup orange marmalade with 1 tsp sambal chili paste and 2 tbsp water. Serve with warm coconut shrimp.

“Our friends love when we serve the coconut shrimp. There’s something about the pairing of sweet and spicy that always ‘works’ in a recipe” Dave Rihl, Hula owner

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Al Dente resists standard Boardwalk bites and finds a true classic

HE end of summer panic was upon me when I realized I had not yet taken the kids on the rides. What is wrong with me? It’s mid-August! The clock is ticking and I still have a list a mile long of things I want to try this summer. Once again the Ocean City Boardwalk was calling, so we hopped into the car and drove to 9th Street; the most central of all locations to park for a stroll on the boards. The temperature had broken from the typical 98 degree day at the shore. Instead we enjoyed a slightly cooler 87 degree day. We enjoyed the rides as promised and decided it was time to choose amongst the many fabulous places to eat within walking distance. We didn’t have to go far to find a spot to please everyone in our party... Del’s Oceanside Grill. Del’s is locatedontheboardsbetween 9th and 10th Street  and is one of the longest running eateries in Ocean City. The menu has staples from the past  like cheesesteaks, fries and burgers as well as many creative dishes such as Key Largo Chicken and Key Lime Coleslaw. When you step into this cozy eatery you can’t help but notice the artful surroundings. Jimmy Buffett memorabilia


such as concert tickets, maps of Key West, and mounted game fish all collaborate together with the menu to make you feel as if you are spending time at a cool burger joint in the Keys. My dining partners and I loved the vintage surfboards and photos of Del’s colored past. These gave the restaurant a real personal feel. We sat ourselves as instructed by a cook behind the line of the open kitchen. Del’s utilizes every inch of its narrow property without crowding diners. All of the tables are booths and that worked for us considering we had very young, squirmy, energetic guests. Our server approached us and took our drink order. We pondered over the menu and the daily specials. I was surprised and impressed with the numerous burger selections and salad choices. We ordered a starter of Steamed Clams and Coconut Shrimp. The clams were 18 instead of a dozen. They were perfect for sharing, plump and juicy. They tasted just as the ocean does and were served with melted butter. The coconut  shrimp were sweet and crispy and served with an orange horseradish sauce. We finished our appetizers. For an entree, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak

Sandwich. It was a huge portion of thinly-sliced chicken cooked on a flat top, smothered in a tangy buffalo sauce and melted cheese on a soft sub roll. Perfect for this type of sandwich, and if you’re from this area you know how crucial the hoagie roll can be. The kids ordered an all beef Hot Dog and Fries and Grilled Cheese. The dogs were definitely worth sitting at a table for – unlike the ones rolling on a greasy machine. Our youngest guest was pleased with the grilled cheese and left nothing for

the seagulls waiting outside. The fries appeared to have been fresh cut with pieces of potato skin at the ends. I’m always happy to see extra effort when it comes to the kids menu. My partner ordered the Crabcake Platter. The cake was pan fried and perfectly crisp on the outside. The inside boasted a good amount of backfin meat with hardly any filler. Lots of great flavor in this cake. It was served with a creamy and tangy coleslaw and fries. A hardy dish and one we would order again. Our other guest


Hours: August 30-September 2: 4:30-9pm Labor Day Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 12-10pm Monday, September 6: 12-9pm September 7-19: Sunday - Thursday 4:30-9pm Fridays and Saturdays 4:30-9:30pm Fresh seafood at terrific prices! Serving daily specials & chowders. A bayside restaurant with waterfront views and a nice breeze. The Clam Bar is a great place to sit, but there’s room inside too. Great for families.

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Del’s Grill has been lighting up the Ocean City boards since 1954. Right: The interior has a Key West vibe.

ordered a Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese, Mushrooms and Bacon. The burger was a nice size, probably a quarter pound, made with Angus beef and cooked to a perfect medium well, as instructed. The server checked in on us several times, refilling our

iced tea as needed. She was busy and attentive, and probably getting ready to take her summer earnings back to college with her in a couple of weeks. The line cooks all seemed

well-seasoned and moved in harmony in the small openair kitchen. We were very pleased with our lunch. Del’s does a great job with great ingredients. Next time you get distracted by the long line

at a pizzeria, go around it and eat at Del’s, you’ll be glad you did. I’ll be back for seconds and recommend Del’s to anyone looking to escape the everyday on the Boardwalk.

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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.

EMILY’S OCEAN ROOM CAFÉ At the famous Flanders Hotel. Open year round. 719 E. 11th Street, 398-5700.

OCEAN CITY COFFEE COMPANY The perfect cup of coffee. Fresh noshes too. 928 Boardwalk, 399-5533.

BENNIE’S BREAD AND ROLLS Magnificent bread, Italian pastries, cakes, and Italian pie – yum! 1159 Asbury Avenue, 398-9450. See ad page 11.

EXPRESS PIZZA & SUBS My friend Travis swears by this place – and I trust Travis. 719 E. 11th Street, 3985700.

OCEAN CITY SEAFOOD Fabulous crabcakes and voted Best of Shore. What more could you want? Killer key lime pie maybe? Yes, they got that too. 846 Central, (609) 8141203. See ad page 9.

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, & dinner. 1001 Ocean Avenue, 399-4953. BOYAR’S MARKET Famous for their party trays, they also have great sandwiches for a smaller crowd. 1340 Asbury Avenue, 398-1343. 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. 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. 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.


FLIPPER’S 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. 1510 Boardwalk, 399-8812.

OC SURF CAFÉ Very good – so good it’s “sick.” Surf inspired cuisine in a cute setting. 715 8th Street, 3919555.

F&M RESTAURANT Good food and a nice outside dining area on Asbury Avenue. 1200 Asbury Avenue, 3910800.

OVES SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Awesome. Seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like it. 4th and Boardwalk, 398-3712.

GEORGE’S CANDIES AND BREAKFAST GRILL Fantastic breakfasts, even better macaroons (it’s true). Great ice cream too. 700 Boardwalk, 398-4444.

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.

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.

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.

ISLAND GRILL A wide variety of seafood and steaks, big dining rooms. Exotic game menu too. 100 Atlantic, 391-9616. See ad next page. 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. LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Can’t miss this place as you come into town. 300 Ninth Street, 399-4937. 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.

RANDAZZO’S RESTAURANT Pizza, steaks, hoagies and fine Italian food. 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.

SZECHWAN GARDEN Best Chinese on 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. THE CLAM BAR A legendary place right on the bay in Somers Point with views of Ocean City, open air dining, delish seafood, and corn fritters (go early if you want these). 910 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, 9278783. See ad page 10. 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 page 7. 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.

RED’S JERSEY-MEX Superior Mexican/Southwest food. Other local chefs eat here. That’s always a good sign. 11th and Haven, 399-2272. See ad page 7. 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.

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Local Ocean WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID this summer.... okay, we so don’t really know what you’ve been up to. That is unless you’ve graced our glossy. Then everyone knows.... (cue creepy music). This section’s got the scene covered, with what’s been, to be, and who’s doing what. If you want to know what’s up in the OC in September and October, read on.

The staff at Randazzo’s Pizza is cute as pie

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The 101st Baby Parade August 12, 6th Street & Boardwalk

The Rupprecht, Monaghan, Glanzmann and McLaughlin families

Mayor Jay Gillian and his wife Michele

Leah, Daniel, Stephanie, Daniel and Kelly of the OCBP

Bev, Nate, Ed, Susan, and Anne from the Pitman Hobo Band

Mackenzie Vandenbogart, Vladyslava Levenchenko, Madison Welsh, Mackenzie Olson, Angelina Rizzuto

We don’t know your name, baby, but we love your tropical style


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Favorite Memories Missy Fillman This longtime OC visitor shares a laugh

ON THE Boardwalk at 11th Street used be an open air grill that served breakfast and lunch. I was twelve years old and was down for a couple days with my family when we went there to eat. My mom Debbie, dad, and five-year-old brother Damon all ordered and sat down outside on the porch. I ordered one of my favorites, blueberry pancakes. We all started eating so I took a bite of them. Then I looked closely at the plate. I asked my parents what was wrong with one of the blueberries. It wasn’t a blueberry – it was a bumblebee! I obviously got new pancakes, but will forever more hear my father say, “Blueberry pancakes, hold the bees!”

Left: Missy and Damon Fillman in their youth, sitting on the beach. Above: Missy and mom Debbie pose as the famous OC “Sandals”

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septemberevents SEPTEMBER 2 – The Roaring ‘20s, OCHM, 7pm. Free admission 4 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 5 – C.S. Lewis Drama – Ocean City Tabernacle, 7pm 5, 7, 8 – Ocean City Pops – Anything Goes! – At the Music Pier, 7:30pm 6 – Mayor’s Labor Day Race 10, 11, 12 – Street Rod Weekend, Sports & Civic Center 11 – September 11th Ceremony, 11am, Veterans Memorial Park 11 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 11 – Humane Society of Ocean City – Funday at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 1pm to 5pm 11 – The Fabulous Greaseband, 8pm, Music Pier 12 – Ocean City Pops, GAMP Concert Choir, Music Pier, 7:30pm 15 – Ocean City Pops, A Night in Old Vienna! 7:30pm 17 & 18 – Red & White Weekend, all– class reunion of OCHS 18 – Ocean City Airport Festival, Municipal Airport, 10am to 3pm 18 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury

18 – 19 – Boardwalk Fall Family Fun, 9am to 6pm 19 – Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow, 1pm to 3pm. 6th to 14th Streets 19 – Ocean City Pops – Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play with the POPS at the Music Pier, 7:30pm 21 – 23, Pastors Conference – Ocean City Tabernacle, 7pm 25 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 25 – MS Bike–a–Thon

26 – Corvette Show, Boardwalk from 6th to 10th Streets, 11:30am to 4pm. Raindate: Sunday, October 3

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OCTOBER 2 – Citywide Yard Sale, Tabernacle Grounds & homes throughout town, 8am to noon. Table sales along Asbury 2 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 2 & 3 – Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Tables Sales, No vendors, 6th to 14th Streets on Boardwalk and Asbury 2 – Dave Mason in Concert, Music Pier 3 - OCNJ Half Marathon & 5K 7 – The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library annual luncheon 8 to 11 – Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales, No Vendors, 6th – 14th Streets on boardwalk and Asbury

9 to 11 - Indian Summer Weekend, seafood vendors at the Music Pier and Boardwalk table sales 9 – Fall Block Party, 9am to 5pm from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury and the Tabernacle grounds 9 – Bruce Vantine’s Chorale in Concert, Ocean City Tabernacle, 7pm 16 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 16 – Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant, 7pm at the Music Pier 20 – Ocean City Free Public Library presents South Jersey Ghost Research 23 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown,

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8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 23 & 24 - Free Hayrides on the Boardwalk, noon to 4pm, 8th and 12th Streets. 28 – Halloween Parade, 7:15pm on Asbury from 6th to 11th Streets 30 – Fall Farmers Market Downtown, 8am to 1pm, 9th & Asbury 30 – Downtown Merchants Trick or Treat, noon to 3pm, 6th to 11th on Asbury 30 - Free Hayrides on the Boardwalk, noon to 4pm. 8th and 12th Streets

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Ocean City offers two outstanding car shows in September. The Annual Street Rod Weekend features classic, modified cars, many colorfully decorated, September 10-12. The cars are displayed at the Sports and Center Parking Lot, 6th Street off Boardwalk, and are exhibited on the Boardwalk on Saturday, September 11 from noon till 4pm. The Annual Corvette Show, one of the largest on the East Coast, features over 400 Corvettes from every year the car was produced. The event is set for September 26. Cars will be displayed on the Boardwalk

from 6th to 10th Streets from 11:30 to 4pm. The City’s Annual September 11 Ceremony will be held 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 6th and Wesley Avenue. Veterans groups and the City hold this ceremony to remember the victims of the tragedy. The Ocean City Airport Festival, September 18 features ground displays of unusual airplanes ranging from World War ll crafts to classics and Warbirds at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Avenue from 10 to 3pm. The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show,



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September 19 showcases some of the best stunt pilot and aerobatic champions in the world of flying, 1 to 3pm over the beach and Boardwalk from 6th to 14th Streets. Dave Mason in Concert: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s career spans 37 years and includes membership in such legendary bands as Traffic and Fleetwood Mac. Mason has recorded with Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones and has scored numerous hits. The show benefits the Ocean City Education Foundation. Concert is set for the Music Pier, October 2 at 8pm. Tickets are $30, Music Pier Box Office, 535-9248 or Indian Summer Weekend features the popular Fall Block Party Saturday, October 9, 9 to 5pm from 6th to 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, free pony rides for the children and more. Indian Summer Weekend includes seafood



vendors at the Music Pier, table sales by Boardwalk merchants and Sunday table sales by Downtown merchants. For more information, call 5259300. Fall Farmers Market in the Downtown, every Saturday during September and October, from 8am to 1pm, 9th and Asbury Avenue. For information, call 398-4662. Free hayrides on the Boardwalk, October 2324, October 30 from noon to 4pm. Passengers get on and off at 8th and 12th Streets. Free pumpkins, face painting and trick or treating also on Boardwalk. Halloween Parade, October 28, starts 7:15pm and goes from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Always a great event. On line registration only at or call (800) 813-5580. For a complete list of Ocean City events call (609) 525-9300, access or www.



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RULERS FROM GABRIELLE AND CO. Is being an official measurer an actual job? Because if it is, I think I’d like to be considered for the position. No, not because I have any particular talent in the field. I simply want to be able to say “I rule” and mean it. Gabrielle and Co. owner Julie Gunn actually does rule, as seen in the picture at left. Julie and her husband Steve pick out the most fabulous products and display them beautifully in their shop on Asbury. I always find something darling and out-of-the-ordinary, such as these lovely rulers. Each one (there are four) is nicer than the next and they are actual rulers made for measurement, not decoration. Pick up one for your scholastic adventures and you’ll rule the school. $3.99 810 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 399-1008. Gabrielle and Co. is expanding to a second location at 101 Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton (609) 270-7755. Get there! See more of Stef’s Must Haves on page 24.

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Chocolate-covered almonds from Village Pharmacy Tell me you aren’t so wishing you could pull a Mary Poppins and dive right into that picture above. I sure am. These almonds are coated in luxurious dark chocolate and are super perfect for snacking on between classes or at lunch. Or both. I say both. They are truly that good, people. And at 220 calories per 11 pieces, you can spin it as an actual “good-for-you” snack. Yes, that’s exactly what they are. A little anti-oxidant and protein goodness. Dive in. $9.15 per pound. 38 Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, (609) 390-9594.

Pencils from Pappagallo Everything is stylish these days. It’s almost downright insulting to think that we made pencils dress in that hideous yellow for all those years. Well, pencils are now strutting the runway dressed in fabulous offerings from designer Vera Bradley. These are No. 2 (not that I have any idea what that means. Does anyone? If so, let me know – ocnjmagazine@ and come with the standard eraser top that never lasts as long as the actual pencil, and a too-cute sharperner. Throw a few of these in your pencil case and you’ll be set for any test or quiz they might throw at you. As long as you do it with style, you’ll get an A. Pencils down! $14. 744 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 398-4009.

Backpacks from Platt’s Home Furnishings When you walk into Platt’s it’s almost mandatory to smile. Everything in there is so bright and beautifully arranged – it’s like a little slice of well-designed heaven. Actually, it’s not at all little, but you get my drift. Platt’s has everything you can possibly want or need for your home. In fact, the day I was there, a nice lady asked for an oar to hang above her door and they had one. And it was adorable, like pretty much everything else in there including these backpacks made from recycled packing materials. They are bright and beautiful...and waterproof. Pack one up with snacks for the beach or boat and arrive in style. The line also includes various other bags and totes...even a wine holder. $45. 25 MacArthur Blvd., Somers Point. (6909) 927-8200.

Lamps from August Heart Accesorizing with lamps is a total art form and only a few can really pull it off. The rest of us, while not displaying the pantyhosed leg lamp from A Christmas Story, are probably not keeping the most stylish of lamps on hand. That’s all about to change. Head to August Heart and pick up one of these Lamps in a Box for your new dorm room or desk. They are fun and functional and will keep you smiling all the way through those mid-terms. $65. 717 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 399-1565.

Books from Sun Rose Words and Music Who was the 15th President? What year did Abraham Lincoln become leader? With the knowlede packed into these fun workbooks, who knows what you can accomplish? Pick one up to get smart and have fun too. I smell a future Jeopardy contestant... Various prices. 756 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 399-9190. Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap from Shore True Value Hardware It’s time for school. That means crisp blue skies, uniforms, projects and germs. Sick season has gotten so scary the past couple years, with the SARS, MRSA, and H1N1, it’s amazing we still touch each other. Pass the Purell, please. Though hand sanitizer is my bestie these days, nothing replaces soap and a good old fashioned wash. When I spotted the line of Mrs. Meyers products at Shore Hardware I was superhappy and not just because I’m a germaphobe. These products look cool and work well. The fragrances are unique and the lather leave your hands feeling really clean and soft. My fave scent is the lemon verbena, which smells strong and fragrant. There’s also geranium, lavendar, and basil (I keep this one at the kitchen sink - hey I’m Italian...I’ll buy anything with basil in it. It’s mandatory). $4.29. 515 New Road, Somers Point, (609) 927-6464.

360 Pen from Hoys 5&10 Whoever thought this up is either a true genius or diabolically ADHD. Here’s how it works: once you tire of writing and need to think out whether it’s two, too, or to, you take the pen and start spinning on your finger. I just totally blew your mind, didn’t I? The pen, from Fred is actually quite nice and writes well. Pick up one for all your friends and go spinning. $7.99. 732 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 398-6244. See more must haves on page 26.

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Halloween Mariposa from P. Francis My mom Claudia would not have a skull decoration in her house. I think she’d be offended just at the thought of it. But skull phobia must skip a generation because I love them. Insert evil laughter here. When a classy company like Mariposa uses them, it’s a win win. Look at these darling dead heads...aren’t they cute? Give one as a gift or bring for the Halloween party hostess. I also love the witch hat paper weight and box. I’ll get you my pretty... 733 Asbury, Ocean City, (609) 399-5570. Costumes from Sea Oats I totally know what you’re thinking... It’s absolutely imperative to have triplets now that you’ve seen what they can wear on Halloween. I thought the same thing. Sometimes you just gotta do what’s right in the name of shopping. These classic costumes are well-made and adorable, and just a few of the options available at Sea Oats. Note to children: if you come to my house wearing these - it’s a guarenteed full size candy bar. The good ones too. No Bit O’ Honey here, man. 710 Asbury, Ocean City, (609) 398-8399.


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DO so like jewelry. If it were more socially acceptable, I’d wear a ton of it. However, I’m not a rock star, so I just can’t rock the skull ring like Keith Richards does. But you know who else likes jewelry? The editor of this magazine – Stef Godfrey. So anytime we’re within sight of the Jewelry Hut at 1308 Boardwalk, I know we’ll be stopping in. Not only because Mary and Anthony Bayham are totally cool people, but because they have great stuff at great prices. Quality jewelry and sunglasses, good prices, nice people – stop in, you’ll dig it. I caught up with the ever-busy Mary Bayham recently and asked how she and Anthony juggle their store, their family and their NEW store in Egg Harbor Township. OCMag: How did you come to own this store? Mary: We purchased it seven years ago. OCMag: The store was already here? Mary: Oh yes, Anthony has been working here since he was this high (Mary puts her hand to her waist), like since he was 13 or 14 years old. I married into it and here we are. This is actually our – or the store’s - 32nd year. But we’ve worked our butts off. And it’s done well so we’re opening another store. OCMag: A new store?! Mary: Yes! In Egg Harbor Township, corner of Zion and Ocean Heights Road in Harbor Village. It’s called Belle Jewelers. OCMag: Where’d you get the name? Mary: After my daughter, Madison Belle. It’s going to be all high-end jewelry. We’ll be opening around mid-October. We close the Boardwalk store down for the winter, but we’ll be out there year round. Yes, so two locations, but we have a good customer base.

OCMag: And why do you suppose people come back? Mary: Because we’re friendly. And our prices are great. We have a lot of families that come in and Anthony and I are very family-oriented so we like that. OCMag: How is your fabulous family? Mary: They are just beautiful. OCMag: Yes they are. Mary: Alex Kenneth will be three in December. We’ve trained him quite well. He’ll run behind the counter and say “Thank you, have a nice day.” Alex just got potty trained and Madison Belle will be two in October. Madison just likes to play with the rings. OCMag: Got any favorites at the store? Mary: I like the 14 karat gold, the Alisa, the Ammolite – which is really cool – and the sunglasses. We’re taking Pandora out to our new store and we’re a gold dealer of Pandora – we won’t have it here at the Boardwalk after this year. And personally I like bracelets. This is Pandora I’m wearing now. Oh, and the Tommy Bahama watches are great. OCMag: Wait go back to the sunglasses. Which are your favorites? Mary: We carry Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray Ban, Revo, Serengeti... OCMag: I really like Maui Jim. Mary: Me too. They have such a crisp, clear view. I like Oakleys too, but they’re a little sportier. Anthony likes Oakleys. OCMag: These Oakleys that I’m wearing – I got them here. Mary: I know. And might I say they look fabulous on you. Like em? OCMag: Totally! I like the sporty look and they’re great for running. Very light and comfy. Wait, I’m supposed to be asking the questions here…

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Mary: Right you are. Please continue. OCMag: Okay then. I lost my train of thought… What else? Mary: We do ear piercing too. And our employees are great. OCMag: Tell me their names. Mary: Erica, Ashley, Roxanne, April and me and Anthony. OCMag: Ever get to enjoy Ocean City? Mary: Well we work a lot so I’ve only been to the beach twice. But we like 13th Street since it’s right in front of the store. The kids love the water. And throwing sand at each other. OCMag: Ever order out? Mary: Oh yeah, we like Boyar’s and the Beach Club. OCMag: Is it fun working on the Boardwalk? Mary: A lot of people think it’s glamorous, but I get a little jealous when people come in wearing bathing suits and sun tan lotion and I have to work. But the view is nice.


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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 30. ART GALLERIES ACCENT GALLERY Gorgeous pieces of art to make your home look fabulous. 956 Asbury, 3983577. FINE ARTS LEAGUE Lovely art for sale, artist shows, and classes. 608 Asbury, 814-0308. 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, 3990616. CHILDREN’S APPAREL SEA OATS CHILDREN’S SHOP, 710 Asbury, 398-8399. DEPARTMENT STORES B&B DEPARTMENT STORE Big selection, great prices, open year round. 827 Asbury, 3910046. DOLLS KAY JAY’S DOLL SHOPPE, 737 Asbury, 399-5632. FLORIST SPINNING WHEEL, 858 Asbury, 398-1157.

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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. 733 Asbury, 399-5570. THE 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. DOODLES 714 Asbury, 398-1226. POTOMAC BEAD COMPANY Amazing selection of beads for do-ityourself stringing or have it finished for you. 910 Asbury, 399-4400. LADIES APPAREL FLYING CARP CLOTHING GALLERY Comfort, quality, timeless design. 745 Asbury, 391-1546.

LA BOTTINE BOUTIQUE Stylish shoes, accessories, jewelry, home accents. 1033 Asbury, 399-6400. See ad this page. COULD BE YOURS Consigned collection of name brand clothing at low prices. 716 Asbury, 7034457. 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.

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FASHION THE SPOT BY JILLY’S Style, attitude, vintage tees, sunglasses and great brands. 762 and 1066 Boardwalk, 385-1234.

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THINGS TO DO DOWNTOWN GILLIAN’S, 838B Asbury, 391-0060. GLAZED OVER Make your own pottery. Great for kids and adults. 854 Asbury, 398-8880.

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 8.

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Stef Godfrey finds that Paul’s middle name might just be “danger”

’M NORMALLY a pretty level-headed person. That said, when I pass by Shore True Value Hardware in Somers Point around Christmastime, I go a little berserker. All I can picture myself doing is grabbing those giant Christmas lights off the building and running with them down Route 9 until the cops find me and I go down in a multi-colored blaze of glory. It’s with this frame of mind that I sat down with Paul Giunta, co-owner of Shore Hardware (with his sister Alison Dannehower). Paul’s been in this business for a long time, so he knows his stuff. I even found

out what would happen if that above scenario came true. OCmag: How long have you owned Shore Hardware? Paul: This is my fifth year of owning it, but it’s been in my family for 47 years. We’re the third generation. It was started by my grandfather Sam Giunta. OCmag: Why did he open a hardware store? Paul: I believe he got a small inheritance when he was younger and it was either a hardware store or a McDonalds from the stories he told me. He and his brother-in-law started in Egg Harbor City. They branched out and opened a second location in Somers Point. As

it would be, Sam took this location and Sid took the Egg Harbor City one. It’s since sold out of the family. OCmag: Is working here fun? Paul: It’s very rewarding being your own boss. You get to make the rules and you’re only as good as yourself. You’re successes and failures lie directly on your shoulders. OCmag: Is your house totally perfect considering you have everything you need to fix it is right here? Paul: Bad question. OCmag: Or really good question... Paul: I have a very nice home, it’s very comfortable. It’s lived

in. I’m not a perfectionist. I don’t like to do hardware projects when I go home from selling hardware all day. With my two small boys, Nicholas and Vincent, I’m constantly putting toilet paper holders back on the wall, cleaning carpets, painting touchups from nicks in the wall. OCmag: What are the top three hardware items to always have on hand? Paul: Duct tape – because you can fix anything with duct tape. Extra picture hangers are a necessity. Light bulbs. OCmag: Regular lightbulbs or the compact flourescents? Paul: The compact flourescents

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are all the rage right now. They’re better for the environment while they’re burning. However, there’s a lot of mercury in those bulbs, so they have to be disposed of properly. You’re going to see an influx of LED lighting, which is going to revolutionize lighting once again. It burns much cooler and brighter than flourescent lights. And has a longer life span. Flourescent typically lasts five years. These new bulbs will last 20 years. OCmag: Is that good for a hardware store? Paul: They keep reinventing the wheel. Everyone’s been using compact flourescents for the past three years. Now when they see the LEDs and the light they produce and how cool they burn. They are so efficient – they run on pennies a day. And then I’m sure someone will come out with something

better that you’ll have to have. It’s just like electronics. First it was the cassette, then the CD, now you don’t even have a CD, it’s all MP3. OCmag: LEDs are expensive. Paul: They are very expensive, but when you look at the cost per usage at pennies a day versus a regular incandescent bulbs, they pay for themselves in a short time. OCmag: How much trouble would I get in to if I actually stole the giant lightbulbs you put out at Christmastime? Paul: If you STOLE them? OCmag: Yeah, I really love them. They are the coolest things. Paul: They are tough to get and when I tell people the price of them, they fall over. There are seven in a strand and they are $500 per strand. OCmag: Oh, I’d get in a lot of trouble, huh? Paul: (laughing) You’d get a

free ride in a police car. The seven bulbs are only about ten feet. I’ve had those for quite a long time. I don’t even think they make them anymore. OCmag: Darn. There goes that. Paul: For the right price, I could sell them to you. OCmag: Okay, what do you do when you aren’t at the store? Paul: I enjoy surfing, paddleboarding and I play rugby for the Jersey Shore Sharks over 35 men’s team. OCmag: Rugby’s a little scary. Paul: Mmmmhmmm. I’ve played since I was in college. We’re going to a tournament this Saturday in Delaware. OCmag: Where is this team? Paul: We’re based out of Galloway. The young team two years ago went to the nationals in Texas and came in third in the nation. OCmag: I guess that’s fun, huh? Paul: A lot of fun.

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OCmag: Do you where a uniform? I mean do you wear padding and stuff or is that it? [pointing to a team photo on the wall] Paul: No. That’s it. OCmag: That’s it? Paul: That’s it. OCmag: That’s dangerous! Paul: It’s a lot of fun. OCmag: I can tell you’re into the danger sports. Paul: I just paddled 28 miles around New York City on Friday. Me and two other guys. There was 140 of us all together. It was for Surfers Environmental Alliance, they do a big paddle every year. A lot of the funds go to different autism charities. It was unbelievable – seven hours to paddle around Manhattan. OCmag: Wow. That must have been a cool thing. Paul: It was a really cool thing. Now I’m hooked. I’ll be back next year. I want to do it as long as I can. I have different strategies now. OCmag: It’s not a race? Paul: There’s a race division. There’s an elite race division. But I paddled in the social division. Us guys that are just trying to make it. OCmag: How do you stand that long? Paul: It was hard. I just felt good today. I could get out of bed. I went surfing this morning before I came in to work. OCmag: Where do you surf? Paul: This morning we surfed in Ocean City at North Street. OCmag: Was there surf? Paul: It was okay...wasn’t great, but there was something to ride.


Shadowy Stripers in the Shallows Text by BILL GODFREY Photos by Bryan DiLeo and Bill Godfrey

The author, with an intense stare, looks into the shadows of a sod bank in the back bays near Ocean City. No need to wait for cooler temps for good striper fishing around here, simply call Capt. Bryan DiLeo and his Iowa Fortune Guide Service for a superb fishing experience.


est. Fishing. Trip. Ever. And I’m not a fisherman. Oh no, I’m no fisherman. Don’t even pretend to be. Not my thing. When I see a guy standing on a bridge at midnight with a fishing pole in one hand and a bucket of who-knows-what at his feet, I think, “biggest waste of time EVER.” I’d rather be in bed. Or having a late dinner with my wife. Or at a blackjack table. Or in jail. ANYWHERE but on a bridge at midnight with a fishing pole. I don’t like deep sea fishing either. Maybe it has something to do with the time I went deep sea fishing and was seasick the whole time. That happened twice actually. So when my friend Don suggested a trip with local fishing guide Captain Bryan DiLeo, I thought “yeah, okay. Sounds like a good story.” But I wasn’t totally jazzed. Until I went. Whoa that was fun! And cool. And a huge buzz. Oh yes, fishing with Bryan was electric. It was early in the morning in the bay and we were fishing within minutes of our de-

parture – no three-hour ride to the deep water. It was beautiful and quiet and exciting and I saw a side of the Shore I rarely see. Bryan was a great guide and good company on the trip. We were out for four hours or so, but it felt like four minutes. And while I didn’t catch anything on that trip (yeah, I’m just not that skilled yet), I can’t wait to go back. Maybe I’ll take my father-in-law… The day started at about 3am (oh please, after rising at sunrise with my two kids each morning, that was no problem). After a giant coffee (Dear God, thank you for coffee) I stepped into the early morning and got a big whiff of that Jersey Shore scent – you know what I’m talking about: that heavy, humid, middle-of-summer air complete with a strong salty tinge. I love that smell. The world was quiet, no burden did I carry and the morning was filled with promise. Good start so far. I crossed the Longport Bridge and found Bryan waiting at his dock. I stepped into his lowslung Maverick Mirage 17-foot flats skiff and sat down. Here’s where fishing with Captain DiLeo diverged from all my other

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fishing experiences. We weren’t going to go out and drop a line and wait for some fish to hit. We were going hunting, hunting for some stripers – the world famous striped bass that every fisherman at the Shore talks about. “We’re going to be stalking bass in the shallowest water possible,” said Bryan. “The shallower the water the more spooky the fish are, and in turn the harder they are to catch. Together with the visuals of seeing the fish you are targeting – that’s what makes this type of fishing so exciting.” Off we went into the quiet morning past a newly-docked sailboat, under a bridge (not sure which one) and out into a not-so-remote section of the bay where Bryan cut the engine near a sod bank. We were there in minutes. And there was nobody else around. Except for the no-seeums, which bit the crap out of me until I applied some of Bryan’s 100 percent deet repellent (Bryan’s 25-plus years of experience is a good thing). Bryan’s rig was meticulous. The boat was immaculate and the tackle (meaning the rods and reels


and stuff) was cherry. Bryan handed me a fishing rod, gave a few lessons on casting and hooking, and bam – I was fishing. “We’ll start with some sub-surface fishing,” explained Bryan. Stripers feed at night. Bryan told me that most of their food is the baitfish that congregates near the sod banks. But in the dark morning hours we were casting into the middle of a channel creek where Bryan told me a large “structure” – probably a submerged sod hump in the middle of the channel – attracted stripers, who would wait downstream at the end of the structure for their breakfast to arrive. I thought stripers only ran when the water got colder, but Bryan tells me there is a large population of resident stripers who hang around all summer long. Those were the fish we were gunning for. Forget if you will the fishing for a moment and let me tell you how beautiful is our section of God’s Green Earth. I do it an injustice trying to describe the lush green sod banks that stretch as far as the eye can see, the view interrupted only by an occasional squat bridge and the inevitable houses that line the shore, which are not too shabby. I inhaled that Jersey Shore morning air and thought – “wow, not a bad way to spend the morning.” Unfortunately I’m not a skilled fisherman and we motored away from our sub-surface fishing spot empty-handed to try a little surface fishing deeper into the channels. Bryan told me he began his career in retail. I looked around at his current gig and couldn’t help but laugh. I’m guessing he’d heard that reaction before. He told me he’d spent his childhood cruising these waters, because well, that’s the kind of fun that was available to kids like him. He also spent a lot of time in the Florida Keys where he was drawn to the shallow-water fishing style that’s prevalent down there; a style that’s almost unheard of here at the Shore. “I had a small boat and we had these long summer days with nothing to do. We just cruised around and fished,” he said. “I grew up with this shallow-water style of fishing, splitting my time striper fishing here in Jer-


sey and tarpon fishing in the lower Florida Keys. That style was the norm for me, but nobody else did it here in New Jersey.” Bryan told me that the retail business got old. (Really? Who-da thunk). So he got out. “I have an uncanny knack for finding fish and after spending countless days on the water fishing with friends or sales reps from the store, I saw how much fun they all had with this style of fishing. And I thought to myself ‘I could do this as a business. Successfully.’ I saw the chance to try a new path and take a chance on pioneering a new style of fishing as a business. And now I cater to those anglers and sportsmen who prefer and enjoy the thrill of the hunt

Capt. DiLeo poles into shallow water

versus the generic bay-style of fishing. My business caters to fly fishermen and light tackle anglers too.” And there we were. As the sun came up, Bryan motored us into one of the tight channels that snake through the marshes. The water couldn’t have been more than a foot deep – his skiff has an amazing six-inch draft so that was no problem. He cut the engine and climbed onto the stern platform. From there he used a pole to push us into position where

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I could easily cast into the shadow of the nearby sod bank, which is where a striper breakfast would be hiding. Bryan tells me that during the muggy days of summer, the early morning hours are when the fish are feeding before they head out into deeper water and rest during the hot and sunny part of the day. “Look, look, look” whispers Bryan excitedly. “Ten o’clock… see that ripple?” I land my cast within a foot of the bank, near where I saw the ripple. “You’re a quick study” says Bryan. Bryan had instructed me to “pop” my line as I reeled in. So I reeled a bit and then jerked on the line, causing a distinctive “pop” in the water. Then I reeled slowly again. I cast into the shade one more time. But this big bass that’s been lurking about in front of the skiff has already sized me up and thought “amateur.” And on top of that I landed a cast or two on the sod bank and needed Bryan to unstick the mess. Still, that was the most fun I’d ever had fishing. And probably the only time I ever felt like I had a chance to actually land a fish. Bryan’s policy is strictly catch and release though, just so you know. “Fishing for stripers on top water is by far the most exciting way to catch them. This is a Florida Keys Flats fishing-style experience,” explained Bryan. “When you actually see the fish that you going to attempt to catch – that’s ‘sight fishing’. That’s really exciting fishing.” As the sun rose higher in the sky, Bryan told me that the stripers were probably done feeding for the day and were heading out to find a cool spot in which to lie low for the day. We turned the skiff toward the dock and were on dry land in minutes. I’m telling you, two weeks later I was still buzzed from that trip. Bryan is good company on the boat and the fishing is exciting. If you think the Shore is all about the beach, you need to look around a bit more. There’s treasure here in Jersey you probably never dreamed of, and Captain Bryan knows a good spot to look for some. To contact Capt. Bryan DiLeo, visit www. or call (609) 432-6618.

Members of the Ocean City High School Red Raider fall sports teams, including soccer, football and field hockey

HAIL THE RED AND WHITE! A look into Red Raider fall sports. Text and photos by Bill Godfrey


cean City has a ton of civic pride. Sure it’s a small, laidback beach town, but residents are very passionate about their little piece of paradise and it shows in the clean streets and family-first attitude. There’s another reason why it’s easy to stand tall in Ocean City – our high school sports teams. It makes getting up on Monday morning a little easier when your sports teams are competitive, and Ocean City is definitely competitive. Ocean City Red Raider sports teams are perennial contenders in almost every sport they play and have a slew of state championships and regional titles to show for their efforts. “I’ve been blessed as an athletic director with a coaching staff that doesn’t just view their job as a seasonal obligation; they work with our student athletes twelve months a year,” said Athletic Director Christine Lentz. “They’re devoted not just to the sport, but to the development

of the student athletes. And that contributes to our success.” With an average of about 1,300 students in the high school, Ocean City doesn’t have the largest pool of talent to choose from, but what the school lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. “Last year was one of our most successful years – a state championship in field hockey, a three-pete in cross country, our baseball team won the first South Jersey championship in 25 years – my hope is that we’ll build on that momentum.” As we embark on another school year, we’ve compiled a brief overview of the fall sports teams. It may not help you win your fantasy football championship this year, but we’ve got a lot of pride on Ocean City, and we don’t mind showing it. “The number one thing I look for is for our kids to have a safe, fun environment. There’s no pressure to win here, it just happens and I think that’s a part of our success,” added Christine.

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY These girls are some of the sweetest, most polite athletes I’ve met. They’re also stone cold killers. All smiles and charm on the sidelines. Their eyes glaze over and it’s straight business once they pick up their sticks. Field hockey is one of the winningest programs at the school with a slew of state titles – including last year – and too many regional titles to name. With the retirement of legendary coach Trish LeFever (who actually started the program), first year coach Cory Picketts Terry has a tough act to follow. But Terry has quite the pedi-

gree – an All-American in high school and at Princeton University, she was one of the leaders of the Lady Raiders in the late ‘90s when they won three straight state titles. She was also an assistant for LeFever for the last two years. “I’m fortunate that I had [LeFever] as a coach. And I’ve worked alongside her in the program so I feel comfortable. And excited. It’s a little intimidating if I stop and think about it but I’m just happy to be with the program.” Terry lost seven starters from last year’s championship team. “We have a lot of positions to fill, however we have a ton of athleticism and we have a ton of girls ready to fill those positions,” she said. This year’s captains are M.J. White, Jenn Staab, Cody Barr and Molly Guldin. “We lost a lot of starters, but we also have some great girls returning,” said White. “There’s always pressure in a new year, but that’s only because we want to succeed. We’ll do well,” said Staab. “We work well as a team, so that helps. And we just take it one day at a time,” said Barr. “We’re going to go through so much this

year, but we’re all working well together,” said Guldin. GIRLS SOCCER Coach Bill Pesda and his crew are looking for a little payback after his 2009 (and 2008) team came up just a penalty kick short of a Cape Atlantic League championship. His 2009 Lady Raiders came in second in the CAL after a hard-fought 1-1 tie against rival Seneca went to penalty kicks for the


second straight year. Seneca prevailed and Ocean City settled for a 6-6-3 record. “We came up just a little short last year,” said Pesda. “We had a great start to the season last year – the first month we were undefeated. But we lost four or five of our best players in one week to swine flu, a liver injury – it took a while to recover. But we’re moving past that. Hopefully no more penalty kicks. Our goal, like every year, is to win the league and get to the state championship. We’ve got a great nucleus coming back and a ton of young talent.” Senior Jill Baltz is optimistic on the team’s chances this year. “[I hope we can] take the Cape Atlantic League title and win the state championships. We lost five returning seniors, but we have some speed this year,” she said. Senior Perri Hansen: “we’re all a tight, close team and we work well together. Junior Kelsey Ladd: “We have a great defense and I think we’ll be strong. Senior Victoria Wyand: “we’re like a family.” Senior Taylor Hennessy: “we did well last year, and I expect us to make some plays this year.” BOYS SOCCER To hear him talk about it, you would think second-year coach Aaron Bogeshefsky was a punching bag last year. His team’s 9-8-1 finish was a little disappointing for him, even in his first year. Bogy is expecting more now. You can hear the drive in his voice, which is crackling with determination and anticipation. I hope his players have their shoes tied tight.

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“[Last year’s record] is not Ocean City caliber. But we have big ambitions this year. This team’s got some heart. A lot of these players were new to the program last year and didn’t know what to expect, but I think they learned what they need to put into it. This year’s going to be better than last year. They paid their dues – they were young and they took their lumps. I still have a lot of young guys on the team, a lot of juniors. But we gained some experience and this year I hope it pays off. I think we’re going to turn some heads. “We’ve really been working on teamwork. Everybody needs to be on the same page for us to be successful and I’m expecting everyone to give me their best effort.” Senior Mike Carmody has high expectations too. “Our goal is to win the South Jersey championship. We have a strong team and we’re a little older with more experience,” he said. Senior Max Burardis thinks the team just wants it more this year. “We’re more determined to win this year. That’s what’s going to make the difference for us.”

Senior James Ruff lost the entire season to injury last year but is back and more excited than ever. “I was out all season and last year was hard to watch. But I’m excited for this year. We’re going to win some games.” FOOTBALL Coach Mark Impagliazzo’s Red Raider 2009 football team had a lot of talent last year, but unfortunately much of that talent graduated. On the bright side, this year’s team will be gaining a lot experience. Plus he’s got a big offensive line that could help establish a good running game this year. “We have a young group this year after losing some seniors last year. But [expected starting quarterback] Logan McGuigan is getting some good reps and we have

several good young wide receivers. We’re trying to establish a read-option offensive game this year and then throw off of that. We’re young on defense too and hopefully we’re becoming a better defensive unit with each practice. “We have the biggest offense line we’ve had in years and we have the most experience at the offensive line,” continued Mark. “We’ll establish a run game behind that experience and size and then play-action off of that to get our passing game going.” Senior Logan McGuigan will helm the offense and expects good things. “We’re just trying to work as one. We bonded pretty well in the weight room and we all know what we can do.” Running back C.J. Schultheis blocked a lot last year in the Raiders pass-heavy offense. “We worked real hard in the off season and I think we’ll do well this year,” he said. Tackle Senior Dan Neate is one of the anchors on the offensive (and defensive) line

and returns after an outstanding season last year. “We might be more run-oriented this year. We have a good line and some good running backs.” Wide receiver Michael Coccodreilli will be counted on to catch some passes. GIRLS TENNIS Second-year coach Samantha Newgas went 12-9 last year and went to the semifinals of the state championships – not bad for a first-year coach. But she lost a lot of

that talent to graduation and is counting on a core group of younger girls to carry the day. “We lost four seniors from last year so we have some openings on the team. We were pretty competitive last year. Mainland, Atlantic City and Millville were our toughest competitors and we expect the same again. We’re working on some strategy this year. A lot of players tend to go with what their comfortable with and I want them to grow as players. Doubles is a good way to strengthen our team so we’re reworking our doubles. I was new last year and didn’t have a feel for things. This year I know the girls a little better.” Seniors Emily Walsh and Megan Zerbo lead the team as co-captains. “I’m very excited for the year and excited to see how it goes,” said Emily. “I’m also excited to see how our ladder (the individual rankings on the team) turns out. Tennis is a very competitive and challenging sport – one day you’re on top of the ladder and the next you could be at the bottom. “Other teams have strong doubles teams and strengthening our doubles play can mean a lot of points. Singles are very important, but doubles can lead to a few wins too. Coach is great about keeping us together as a team. It’s a large group but we all try and stay together. The little things can help us become a better team.” GIRL’S CROSS COUNTRY Coach Trish Henry lost only one dual meet last year for an 8-1 record and was third in the South Jersey sectional championships. Not bad for a young team with some standout freshman and sophomores. The Lady Raiders placed all of their runners in the top 35 places at last year’s sectional championship, so this year Henry is expecting her senior leadership to inspire her team to greater heights. “We look good this year. Our senior captains are great leaders. Captain Katie Laver-

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ty has been on the team for four years and Sam Piergross has been on the team for three years. We have six of our top seven runners returning so we have some experience and some depth.” Laverty grew up running with her older sister and soon came to love the sport. “We have a lot of girls back and together with our new girls I think we’re going to have some fun. We’ll do our best. I think last year we had some girls with shin splints, so we’re working to stretch better.” Prior to 2006, the Lady Raiders won 26 consecutive Cape May County championships before losing the last three of four to Wildwood Catholic. Let’s go Lady Raiders! BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Coach Matt Purdue and his Red Raider boys cross country team won their 10th straight Cape May County championship as well as their third straight South Jersey Group III championship in 2009 with nowsenior Miles Schoedler leading the pack. Schoedler also won an individual Cape May County championship title while setting a new course record. The team placed fifth at New Jersey State Championships. Not bad eh? Almost the entire team is returning. Miles Schoedler and Jimmy O’Connor are this year’s co-captains. “Our goal this year is to make it to the state meet and we’re shooting for the state title. We’re really trying to do something this year.” Cross country may be an individual sport, but teamwork plays a large role. “We’ve always been about team unity – that’s a big part of cross country. Some races are about pack running and we’ll have a bunch of the guys grouped together trying to help each other out.”For a list of fall sporting events go to http://oceancity.


In Gino Veritas Gino Pinto’s School of Wine has classes you won’t want to cut. Photos and Text by BILL GODFREY


arlier this summer, Bill McGinnity, owner/chef at Cousin’s restaurant at First Street and Asbury Avenue hosted a private party to celebrate the first-ever issue of Ocean City magazine. He put out a great spread and I figured people would be oohing and ahhing about our new glossy magazine – and they were. But it seems there was a co-star at the party – it was the wine Bill served to our guests – a wine he crafted himself. “I enjoy making my own wine. It’s fun and we get a great product. We choose our own variety and we do it from beginning to end. We choose the grape – a cabernet or merlot or whatever – we crush the grapes, press the grapes, rack it, it sits in an oak barrel for a year and then we bottle it. It’s a great feeling when you go to someone’s house and you say ‘here’s a bottle of wine I made’.” We had a lot of people who were at our little shindig say “hey, love the magazine! And wasn’t the wine at your party great?!” I’ve had the homemade wine that the old-school Italians make. This is definitely not the same thing. This was real wine, with the complexities and taste you expect

from professional vintners. I’m hesitant to describe it as homemade because in essence it’s really not homemade – it’s more hand-made. It’s produced at a professional facility with professional equipment, but the people who produce it are not professional winemakers. They’re just hobbyists. And for a hobbyist, Bill makes an excellent wine. “Wine is an important part of a good meal,” said Bill. “Certain wines bring out flavors that you may not taste in certain foods. Wines are made to be paired with food. It definitely enhances a meal.” So I went in search of the source of McGinnity’s fabulous hand-made wine and I found what I was looking for at Gino’s School of Wine in Hammonton. McGinnity and I travelled out to the wine school where we met Michael Pinto, Gino’s son and the co-founder and driving force behind Gino’s School of Wine. We turned into the dirt driveway and made our way past rows of neatly planted vines and arrived at the school. The building was rather plain – sort of a warehouse-looking place with corrugated siding. But inside was the prize. We found a comfortable tasting room and all the modern tools and tech-

nology one might need to produce a fine vintage. If you’re looking to start making some wine, September is the time to start. “In September, Mike goes out to California and inspects the grapes. Then he puts a list of varieties on his website and we get to choose. Once those grapes come in, the process starts; you crush the grapes, then it needs to sit, then you apply the yeast, the sugars break down and then you press them and so on.” I made the mistake of asking how one crushes grapes. “Ever see the ‘I love Lucy episode’?” asked McGinnity. “No socks, no shoes, it’s all feet. You just get in there and go.” Oh, you funny. “No, we use a machine, what did you think? And the grapes are the way to go. If you’ve tasted an old-school Italian’s wine that he made in his house, he probably used grape juice. You can do that, but it’s not the same. It’s not the same taste or the same quality,” said Bill. We met up with Michael Pinto on a sunny August morning where he showed me around his facility and grounds, and explained how his wine making school has gained in popularity.

Michael Pinto can help you reconnect with the old country, even if you’re not Italian

“It started out as a hobby – people I knew were interested in learning about wine and making wine so we started out on the White Horse Pike in a much smaller facility. We made about 26 barrels of wine that first year.” If you’ve been paying attention to American culture these days, you’ll know that food, cooking and wine and other gastronomic pursuits have skyrocketed in popularity the last decade. “With the Food Network and the 24-hour access to information, everybody’s a foodie. And they enjoy it,” said Bill. Pretty soon, Gino needed a bigger place for his wine school. “We found a spot where we could have a vineyard. It’s good for people to go out and learn about the vineyard and grapes. You can go out and pick your own grapes and crush them if you want. We thought a Sonoma or Napa feel here in New Jersey was a good thing. We have American – or native – grapes as well as the European grapes too.” If you’re interested in making your own wine, you’ll want to contact Michael. He’ll help you through the whole process from choosing grapes, to getting it bottled (you can pick from Michael’s vineyard, or you can choose grapes from more established grape growers in California). But make no mistake; he’s not doing the

work for you. If you want wine with no effort, go to the liquor store. If you’re interested in the process and the pride associated with making your own wine, Gino can certainly help. “We give people the experience of making wine. Many people are interested in wine, but don’t have the facilities or expertise to do it. There are a lot of Italians who come to regain a piece of their heritage. They remember their grandfather making wine and they want to connect to that. But we’ve got some Irish too, like McGinnity! We’re a melting pot. All that matters is a love of wine. It’s an event. Some folks will bring in their kids with some food – it’s fun. Walking past the tasting room, we entered a wide-open space lined with aging barrels on one side with various wine making equipment on the other. “There’s fermentation, secondary fermentation, malolactic fermentation, racking filtering, bottling – it takes a while. But if you produce a barrel of wine, you’ll go home with approximately 20 cases of wine. Why not grab a few friends, meet a few times a year, learn the wine-making process, have a fun time and go home with good wine?” Gino grew up in an Italian household and started making wine at an early age. His fondness for the vino just grew and soon he was learning the process from

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vintners across the country. But it takes more than just passion to make wine. “I learned from my father and from experience. Winemaking has a lot to do with science too. We have a lab here where we can test certain things like ph, total acidity, and such. Plus I’ve had some great teachers.” Michael’s not quite satisfied with just making wine these days. He’s got an idea to bring back some of the oldschool arts that have been lost to time. “I want to get back to some Old-World things, like canning tomatoes, making your own sausage, jarring eggplants, making fresh pasta – these are skills that have been lost. I remember my grandmother doing that and think people would be happy to get back to that.” Sure, if you join up you’re going home with 20 cases of wine and the self-satisfaction of making it yourself. But Gino thinks he knows an additional reason why people are reclaiming skills their grandparents once had. “You can discover yourself through cooking or winemaking. When people take that first sip of their wine and they realize they produced it and everything it took to get to that point – it’s great. Then they’ll hand it out to friends – it’s beautiful. I’ve seen it happen in here.” To contact the Gino Pinto School of Wine go to


How to Save a Life (saving station) It was almost

doomed. Now, thanks to a few passionate people, it’s not.



n an era of fast food franchises and big box stores, it’s refreshing when something born from and cemented in history is given a second chance. Such is the case with Ocean City’s Fourth Street Life-Saving Station, a structure that has stood in what’s now the city’s Historic District for well over a century, outlasting Blue Laws, Boardwalk attractions, and hundreds of homes constructed, destroyed, and rebuilt. This past spring, after more than a decade of legal wrangling, the station officially received a new lease on life. An eleventh-hour vote reinforced the notion that some things are worth fighting to preserve for the sheer fact that they’re part of the foundation on which a community grows. Built in 1885 at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Fourth Street Life-Saving Station was one of the first es-

tablished stations of the United States Life Saving Service, a government agency employing local men to save the lives of shipwrecked passengers. It was originally called Beazley’s Station, later serving as U.S. Life Saving Station #30 for three decades and U.S. Coast Guard Station #126, after the Life Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service – a branch of armed maritime law enforcement – merged to create the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915. Throughout its history the Fourth Street Life-Saving Station was responsible for hundreds of rescues, though perhaps the most famous of them occurred on December 15, 1901, when the 329-foot, four-masted commercial ship Sindia, arriving from Japan, ran aground off the city’s shores. Rescuers pulled surfboats and buoys, saving 33 people. While it once stood on prime beachfront property, the island’s natural expansion

caused the station to become obsolete. In 1945 new owners purchased the property, converting it into a four-story residence, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the fight for its future began. “The owner’s father passed away (they jointly owned the property), and she was talking with the city about tearing down the 1905 addition and then moving part of the structure somewhere else in Ocean City,” says Charlie London, a Ventnor resident who lived nextdoor to the station for 12 years. “I found

out about it, called some friends, and others involved in preservation efforts, and started getting things mobilized.” In 2001 London and his associates formed Save Our Structure (SOS), a coalition aimed at preserving the life saving station in its original location, citing it as one of the neighborhood’s main draws. At the same time another contingent was fighting for a similar goal, but they felt that the location – if anything – was secondary. “We wanted to move it in proximity of where it was designed to be,” says John Loeper, co-owner of the city’s Northwood Inn Bed and Breakfast. “That is, closer to the water.” For nearly 12 years the fate of Ocean City’s Fourth Street Life-Saving Station remained undecided, its prospects ebbing and flowing through a series of court cases and appeals. Developers had purchased the property in 1998 with plans to demolish the structure and replace it with three condominium duplexes, but a study of the station caused the city to reassess its historic value. Council reconsidered, voting to buy the property and leave it in its original location for nearly $3 million – a price based on commercial real estate – and with backing from the SOS, it looked like a done deal. However, the deal ended in stalemate. “The price was ridiculous,” says Loeper, “so I and four others created a referendum to overturn city council’s decision.” With no resolution in sight, many would have abandoned their cause, but SOS plowed ahead slowly and surely. “Lower courts would vote one way and we’d ap-

peal it, feeling we were right,” says London. “Our attorney Clem Lisitski did a great job and we won every case along the way. [In the end] it became a matter of us wearing them down rather than them wearing us down.” Last November, the SOS Coalition finally won their long court battle and was granted permission to market and sell the property for $887,500, its preservation value, on the condition they find a buyer by May 14, 2010. If no buyer was found, the Life-Saving Station could be demolished. Loeper, however, felt the price remained too high: “You couldn’t negotiate a deal. There were no contingencies, so you couldn’t do a house inspection and hold that above a person’s head. And there was no electricity or running water, so you had no idea if anything worked.” With no prospective buyers coming forward, the same B&B owner who helped block the property’s purchase years earlier faced the reality that the Fourth Street LifeSaving Station may be reaching the end of its nine lives, and offered a plan. “I had always wanted to save the station,” says Loeper. “It’s a remarkable piece of history. That’s the real story – not its location.” Loeper stood before City Council and gave a vision of what the station could be: a piece of living history. Two weeks later he presented officials with a financial proposal, and on March 25, they approved a $1 million bond. “The price was right. The time was right. It was a deal.” Loeper is now chairman of U.S. Life Saving Station 30, the newly formed non-profit overseeing the Fourth Street Life-Saving Station’s restoration, and he’s surprisingly qualified. Over the last decade, Loeper has done extensive research on the U.S. Life Saving Service, reading every piece of related literature he could get his hands on. His passion and knowledge are impressive. According to Loeper, only a handful of life saving stations still stand throughout the U.S., though they once existed every three miles along the coast. “During their history, the Life Saving Service saved 270,000 lives and approximately 47,000 vessels,” he says, “and they employed the same motto used by the Coast Guard today: You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back. I tell people, ‘you pick the worst day you have ever seen in the middle of the winter on

the beach – that’s the day those guys had to go to work.’ There were eight of them in an open rowboat that could turn over and sink. That’s pretty hard core.” For the SOS Coalition, who worked tirelessly to ensure the Station’s survival, the new leadership is a welcome transition. While some of the members have been brought on as part of the U.S. Life-Saving Station 30’s Advisory Board, others see this as an opportunity to pass the torch. “We are well-known and recognized for making sure the station didn’t get demolished and preserving it,” says London. “Now it’s time to let people from other parts of the community get involved.” And a main goal of U.S. Life-Saving Station 30 is to get involved with the community. Along with transforming the station into a living history museum, Loeper plans on offering traveling educational programs to local schools and constructing a boat that will become Ocean City’s tall-ship ambassador, available for maritime outings and accessible to visitors when stationary. Though no opening date has been set, Loeper believes it’s going to take two or more years to get the museum up and running, which includes contracting a historic preservation expert to decide what year to reinterpret. Loeper thinks it should be sometime during the Life Saving Service’s heyday, 1905-07. “Ultimately, you’re gonna walk into the station and it’s gonna feel like the guys on crew just went out for a cup of coffee. It’s gonna smell and look like a lifesaving station, and very little of it is gonna be behind glass and ropes. You’re gonna be able to touch and feel and respect what these guys did.” As for where things stand with Fourth Street Life-Saving Station and its future, Loeper says he’s thrilled. “I’m comfortable with how the city and community are rallying around it.” And while Loeper and the SOS Coalition haven’t always seen eye-toeye, they’ve managed to transcend their differences to assure a positive – and exciting – outcome for Ocean City. “Things in the past are in the past,” says Loeper. “We’re in the process of moving forward.” The first public meeting for the Life-Saving Station is September 22 at 7pm in the lecture room at the Ocean City Library.

Arts in OC Fall’s Art Scene Bill Godfrey on shows to inspire you throughout the season OCRT Candlelight Readings Series October 29 and December 17 Ocean City Repertory Theater’s (OCRT) Candlelight Readings Series is an absorbing and fun tribute that brings two of literature’s most famous classics to life. Come enjoy a case of the goosebumps on October 29 as OCRT presents “Poe Evermore” – sure to be as dark and foreboding as the man himself. On December 17, witness the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption as OCRT conjures the magic of Charles Dickens’ timeless characters. OCRT also features a kid-friendly haunted house from October 15 through 31. Visit or call (609) 399-PLAY(7529). Ocean City Theatre Company A Christmas Wonderland 2010 at the

Ocean City Music Pier. Showtimes are December 17 & 18 at 7:30pm and December 19 at 2pm Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the Ocean City Theatre Company and their annual holiday production, “A Christmas Wonderland.” This high-energy, family–friendly song and dance tribute to the holidays features a cast of professional singers and dancers directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. With stunning costumes, your favorite songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza is sure to bring out the holiday spirit in all of us – even the Scroogiest – as the OCTC brings the holidays to life. For tickets call (609) 5259300 or visit

Ocean City Pops September 12 – The Ocean City Pops presents the GAMP Concert Choir appearing with tenor Justin Gonzalez along with exciting pianist Yang Bao playing Beethoven with the Pops. Sponsored by New Jersey American Water Company. Showtime is 7:30pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $15/10. For info call the Music Pier Box Office at (609) 525-9248 or visit September 15 – The Ocean City Pops presents “A Night in Old Vienna!” with singers. Featuring an evening of Strauss marches, polkas and waltzes! Sponsored by Mack and Manco in memory of Frank Ruggieri. 7:30pm. Tickets $15. Call the Music Pier Box Office at 609-525-9248 or visit

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Fred Miller on how Ocean City finally got its own modern airport

EVENTY-FIVE years ago, July 4, 1935, Mayor Joseph G. Champion cut a ribbon stretched across a runway and officially opened the municipal airport saying: “In keeping with the advancement of aviation and the growth of Ocean City, we cannot afford to be backward by lacking airport facilities. Our visitors’ horizon has been extended considerably in having guests fly here from distant cities, representing a type who should be welcomed and encouraged to come to Ocean City.” The City of Ocean City, during the administration of Mayor Joseph G. Champion, Commissioner John E. Trout, and Commissioner Reuben W. Edwards, acquired the land for the airport in 1929, paying $87,000 for 124 acres on the west side of Bay Avenue, from 22 nd Street to 28 th Street. A

week after land was purchased, the New York Stock Exchange crashed, beginning the Great Depression. Plans for building a new airport were put aside for lack of money, forcing aviators to continue using a grassy field at 18th Street and Bay Avenue. Locals who owned airplanes came up with some unique ways to help pay for their hobby. They advertised special rates: One-half cent per pound – fifty cents minimum; 25 cents plus one cent per inch of your height; $1 per passenger for 1,000 feet, $2 for 2,000 feet, $3 for 3,000 feet. The Garden Garage, 220 Wesley Avenue, capitalized on people’s desire to fly advertising: “Fly – Free Airplane Ride with the purchase of a LEE TIRE.” On September 7, 1932, Mayor Harry Headley, and Commissioner John E. Trout and Commissioner William H. Campbell, hoping to obtain federal funding, named the undeveloped

airfield Clarke Field in honor of Vincent A. Clarke, Jr. Clarke, a local man who died from blood poisoning on August 11, 1932, gained international fame as the commander of the Los Angeles, the U.S. Navy’s huge (656-feet-long) dirigible. Clarke would often fly over Ocean City just a few hundred feet above Bay Avenue. When he was over his father’s house at Third Street, he would dip the nose of the airship as a salute to his father, who would wave to him from the ground. After Clarke’s death, dirigible commanders continued the nose dip salute when over Third Street and Bay Avenue. On January 5, 1934, Mayor Harry Headley announced the good news from the federal government: “Approximately 400 men will start work soon building this city a modern airport. It is expected that it will practically eliminate unemployment here for the balance of the winter.” Headley continued reporting, “The completed project will cost $100,400, which has been granted to Ocean

City by the Civil Works Administration. Of this sum, 75 percent is to be spent for labor, the balance for material. Construction will be in direct charge of the city engineer, who will work with federal engineers.” The airport, designed by Erwin L. Schwatt, consisted of three runways, each 3,200 feet long and 150 feet wide with an additional 100 feet of width of fill at each side. The required earth and sand would be dredged from the bay. Ground breaking ceremonies took place on January 15, 1934, but because of long administrative delays, adverse weather conditions, and equipment breakdowns, the official opening of the airport did not take place until July 4, 1935. Mayor Champion called it “a red-letter-day for Ocean City.” It was also a special day for the 70year-old Mayor as he was taken aloft by Col. J. Carroll

Cone, assistant director of Air Commerce. They flew over Ocean City and Atlantic City and returned safely to Clarke Field. “It’s all wobbly, but I liked it fine,” said the Mayor as he was helped out of the small cabin. The public could take the same ride as Mayor Champion for $4 or for $1.50 fly over just Ocean City. The opening day ceremony ended with the American Legion Band playing a number of patriotic tunes. Celebrate the 75 th anniversary at the annual Air Festival on Saturday, September 18, at 26 th Street and Bay Avenue, from 10am to 3pm. On Sunday, September 19, the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will fill the air over the beach and Boardwalk between 6 th Street and 14 th Street from 1pm to 3pm. All photos and illustrations provided by the Ocean City Historical Museum.

Clockwise from top: The front page of the program given out at the July 4, 1935 opening of Ocean City’s municipal airport; On September 7, 1932, city commissioners named the city’s air field in tribute to the late Vincent A. Clarke, Jr., former commander of the Navy dirigible Los Angeles; On January 15, 1934, a total of 400 men, employed under the Civil Works Administration were present and ready to work after the ceremonial ground breaking at Clarke Field; “Fly” is what a lot of people did for the first time on July 4, 1935; “A red letter day for Ocean City” was how Mayor Joseph G. Champion described the opening of the new municipal airport on July 4, 1935. He celebrated with an airplane ride to Atlantic City and is shown here.

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