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Year 14 Vol. 3






Where YESTERDAY and TODAY meet by-the-sea



! *Best enjoyed with cookies & milk

Christmastime in Wildwood by-the-Sea

Watercolor by Dorothy Kulisek, available as a card at

ISHED PUBL thy, ro by Do r of

Edito N SU THE

Let us consider the sacredness of these holy days while we celebrate the holidays. . . and may we remember that we don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful! Everyday truly is a Holiday!

Give the gift of

Wildwood Sunshine!

Dear Dorothy, My copy of Hello Sun arrived in the mail. I was truly captivated by the beauty of the sunrise photos and the quotes that so perfectly matched. The book is so inspirational and uplifting that I decided to order additional copies for friends, as it makes a beautiful gift.

M.S. Brown Jewelers After 23 years, our Cape May Court House store will be closing

Sincerely, Elena

Favorite Sunrises & Quotes

from the collection of Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek

*All 50 photos taken during Sunrise on the Seawall at Hereford Inlet

SUNRISE SPECIAL - $12 each. FREE Shipping with 3 or more items in the store.


3 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, NJ • 609-463-8799


2 “Christmas is a day that holds all time together.” ~Alexander Smith

Wishing you and your family PEACE, LOVE and JOY this holiday season and the year to come!

3300 Pacific Avenue WILDWOOD, NJ 609-523-1112


Broker Associate CELL: (609) 602-2008

215 East Stockton Road, Wildwood Crest ONE OF A KIND – This single-family home is located on the desirable Seaview Ave. in Wildwood Crest.This 2-story home is situated on a corner 70x100 parcel and is a short stroll to both the beach and Sunset Lake. The large front covered porch is so inviting. A great place to relax, rain or shine.You enter this home and are immediately greeted by the open floor plan.The foyer area has two sets of French doors that lead to the front porch. The living room offers 18 ft. ceilings with a Palisade ceiling fan, lots of large windows, custom-built gas fireplace and beautiful oak staircase. The fully equipped kitchen has a microwave/oven, a center island with range top, large deep sink and dishwasher.There is plenty of custom cabinetry throughout the kitchen that’s finished with granite countertops and tile backsplash.The cozy breakfast nook is surrounded by windows allowing a lot of natural light to brighten your morning.The dining room has plenty of room for seating when hosting dinner parties.This level conveniently has a first-floor master suite with walk-in closet, private bathroom with double sinks, tiled shower and a separate tiled shower/tub.This level also has a laundry room, home office and powder room. At the top of the stairs on the second floor, you will find a large front deck measuring 18x25 with gas and hot/cold water hook-ups. On this level, you will also find two additional bedrooms with large closets and their own private baths with tiled shower/tub and double sinks. The rear bedroom has its own private deck.A 2nd laundry room with a washer and dryer hook-up can be found in the hallway.That’s not all. On this level, you will find a mother-in-law suite with its own private and separate entrance. This suite has a private bedroom, living room with hardwood flooring, full tiled shower/tub with washer and dryer and a fully equipped kitchen with snack bar, granite tops and stainless appliances.This separate apartment also has its own private deck.This is perfect for additional guests looking for privacy or for rental income.There is a 3-car garage and a driveway that can easily accommodate 4 plus cars.There is hardwood flooring throughout most of the home with carpet in the bedrooms. It also has an upgraded interior door and trim package throughout. The home is equipped with 4 zone gas heat and central air and has 2 separate electric meters. The well-maintained landscaping is equipped with a multi-zone irrigation system. CALL COLLEEN SOWERS FOR MORE INFO OR FOR A PERSONAL TOUR! PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMOTHY FLEMING


Merry Christmas 2018

“We owe it to each other to tell our stories.” ~Neil Gaiman

from the editor

See what’s inside

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all, my sunniest of friends! What a wonderful 2018 season of Fun in The Sun it’s been! I hope it was for you as well. Now that Summer ‘18 has become a part of our sweet history, I’m looking forward to all of the stories it inspired, just waiting to be told. Have I told you how much I love my job and how grateful I am for the opportunity God has given me to share your stories?! Some inspired person once wrote, “By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.” I wholeheartedly agree :-) Stories are like old friends we’re fortunate to visit with from time to time, have tea with and share a part of ourselves, thanks to the memories they inspire. They help us to find our place – they create our personal history comprised of family, community, and culture. The pages of The Sun have become like one big love story written to remind us that the wonderful story of the Wildwoods started long before us and continues to live on, as we pass our love of the seashore down through each generation.  I’m overwhelmed by all of the “Dear Sun” letters I receive, telling me how much you love reading The Sun… The salty sea got into my heart and soul, and my story poured out onto the pages of The Sun. My grandparents fell in love with this Island and brought my father and his siblings here in the summers. My parents wanted to do the same for their children, so they bought us a home here, too! The sand will forever be in between our toes... How about you? What is your story?  Usually the first thing I ask people is, how did you get to Wildwood? The beginning seems like a good place to start! The Sun will forever be my own family’s story, began when my husband, son and I went on a tremendous adventure 15 years ago to create this magazine, launching our first issue on April Fool’s Day, 2004, taking the Island by surprise... and us! by the warm response it received... it makes me smile so much remembering it all... Now, your stories, memories, and photos have become the heartbeat of The SUN. Why not take some time to gather your loved ones and celebrate your stories? Get out those old dusty boxes of family photos. You may discover some treasured photos inside... The Wildwoods are such a special place I’ll never tire of writing about. . . sharing those unforgettable tales occurring right here by the sea… Send your old photos and stories to The Sun! E-mail: Snail-mail: The SUN P.O. Box 2101, Wildwood, NJ 08260

{a gift wrapped in sunshine} FIVE MILES of SMILES 100s OF HAPPY FACES LINDA KELLEY’S MESSAGE in a BOTTLE by Bob Ingram P. 17 WINTERWOOD’S GHOSTLY HISTORY by Cathy Tchorni P. 18 WILDWOOD’S SEA GYPSY B&B by Cathy Tchorni P. 22 OUR ROCKETTE by-the-sea: SOPHIE SEA by Dorothy Kulisek P. 26-27 CHRISTMAS in the CREST with TEX & TURCHI P. 30 CHURCHES on the ISLAND P. 32 Remembering REV. William McClurkin CENTRAL BIBLE CHURCH WINDOWS by Jon Stevenson P. 33 DR. MACE - HATTIE LONG - HOME BABIES P. 34 MARGARET WHEATON’S BABY BASKET P. 35 OUR ANGLESEA AUNTS SHIRLEY & SYLVIA P. 36 by Lana MacDonald & Carol Leeper FISHING/TIDES by Capt. Gary Sloan LEGEND of the SANDDOLLAR P. 38 JINNY WOOD’S 1961 YEARBOOK and a BLAST FROM THE PAST! P. 40-41 POETRY by-the-Sea P. 43 Jim Cafiero, Steven Clark, Ann Stiles A Wildwood-Lovin’ WHITE DOVE by Meg Corcoran P. 45 SURF AVENUE’S FIRST HOTEL 1948 by Dianna Copeland P. 46-47 MOVIE BUFF Goes to HOLLYWOOD by Meg Corcoran P. 48 PROPOSAL on 18TH ST. CANAL by Gina Prickril P. 52

artist, editor & publisher Wildwood by-the-Sea, N.J.

Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek 609.214.5608 The SUN by-the-sea©2018 is the original nostalgic bi-monthly paper published by So You’ll Know, llc. Published, Edited & Designed by Dorothy Kulisek with the help of those listed here: Assistant Editor, Meg Corcoran James Cafiero • Dianna Copeland Bob Ingram • Gina Prickril • Gary Sloan Jon Stevenson • Cathy Tchorni • Lana MacDonald • Ann Stiles • Jinny Wood here comes The Sun! no beach bag can be it! without

2019 Season of The Sun MAY 16 • JULY 3 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.A.

Here’s an Idea!

Let’s buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people, for example, from your neighbor who sells online, a local craftsperson who makes great things, the stunning local florist shops, clothing shops, cafes, the local bakers that sell homemade goodness. Let’s make sure our money goes to individual people and not multinational companies, this way more locals will have a better Christmas. Support real people and show community support. . .


Salute the Flag!

Gratefully Yours,


gggggggggggggg Artist, Editor & Publisher

by stories

in The Sun

Disclaimer The Sun by-the-Sea Newspaper© and So They’ll Know Inc. cannot pledge the accurateness or comprehensiveness of all editorial content in all of its constituent parts.

“Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.” ~Erik Pepke

4 “June suns... you cannot store them to warm the winters cold… “ ~ A.E.Hausman


November Hath 30 Days.

“And November sad,—a psalm Tender, trustful, full of balm, Thou must breathe in spirits calm. ~Caroline May, 1887

FULL Beaver M o o n N ov e m b e r 23 r d

The Native Americans used the lunar cycle and nature’s signs as their calendar to track the seasons. November was the month to set beaver traps before the streams froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. The November full Moon was also called the Full Frost Moon by some Native American tribes.


FEBRUARY 23, 2019 11a.m. 15TH ST. BEACH, NORTH WILDWOOD POST PARTY AT KEENAN'S Register early! Registration forms available at:

w w w . F al l en H er o Pl u n g Find us on Facebook at FALLEN HERO POLAR PLUNGE Special guests, Bands, Prizes for best costumes, teams & individuals and more. Post Party at Keenan’s $25 Adults before the plunge, $30 the day of the plunge. Kids under 15 are $15. Pre-Party Friday night 2/22 at Keenan’s All info and updates at or call Dennis Dool at 215-990-8689


11/17 Henri J. Bedard Day in North Wildwood

11/18 Cheer Tech School Championships Wildwoods Convention Center. 9am-2pm 866.52.CHEER 11/19 Annual THANKSGIVING DINNER at CREST COMMUNITY CHURCH, Crocus & Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest. 4:30pm. Live Music. 11/22 Thanksgiving Day.

“Being thankful makes ice cream taste better, butterflies look more beautiful, and weekend days seem longer...” ~Jon Gordon

11/24 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Shop Local. Shop Small. Help change the world in your own small way.

The LYnch who Stole Christmas from the GrYnch is celebrating it’s 10th year providing a helping hand to families in our community. In the past 9 years the GrYnch Team has been able to service over 1000s of kids at Christmas with toys, coats and food cards through the generosity of an awesome community! Go to for drop off locations


December Hath 31 Days. “As far as the Moon is concerned, he is always FULL.” ~Nathaniel LeTonnerre

December 22nd FULL Cold Moon When the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark, this full moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by Native American tribes. 12/7 Hereford Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:30pm. 12/7 Wildwood’s Christmas Parade by Jaycees 6:30pm. 609.729.5501 Ending at the new Byrne Plaza 12/7 Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting After Parade. 609.523.1602

12/7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony. St. Demetrios Church at the AngleSea Walk, North Wildwood by VFW Memorial Post 5941. Noon. 609.729.5832. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan, and WWII began on December 7, 1941, “A date which will live in infamy.”

12/8 Cheer Tech Spirit National Championships Wildwoods Convention Center. 866.52.CHEER 12/8 Pinch the GrYnch Boardwalk Run 10am

12/1 Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration Wildwoods Convention Center. Holiday bazaar Get all your holiday gifts in one place! 9am-4pm. 609.729.9000. 12/2 Chanukah begins at sundown

12/21 Winter Solstice.

Celebrate the Sun’s return! After the winter solstice, the nights grow shorter and the days grow longer.

~Courtesy of The Old Farmers Almanac

12/25 Happy Birthday Jesus! It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. O Holy Night

12/22, 26-31 Boardwalk Classic.

Wildwoods Convention Center. The largest holiday basketball tournament in the country! Featuring 70 High School Boys and Girls teams. 9am-9pm. 609-884-4297



Downtown Wildwood

The Wildwoods’ 11th Annual Family Holiday Celebration December 1 & 7, 2018 Celebrate the holidays with a fun-filled day of FREE activities at the Wildwoods Convention Center! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 ST 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Face Painters Balloon Twisting

9:00 a.m.

Margaret Mace Choir

9:30 a.m.

Cape Trinity Catholic Choir

10:00 a.m.

Cape May Dance Company

11:00 a.m.

Wildwood Catholic High School

11:30 a.m.



Magician Ken Northridge

1:00 p.m.

Glenwood Choir

1:20 p.m.

Wildwood Middle School Choir

1:40 p.m.

Wildwood High School Choir

2:00 p.m.

Avalon String Band

3:00 p.m.

Crest Memorial School Choir

3:30 p.m.

The Turning Pointe Dance Studio

4:30 p.m.

Wildwoods Convention Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

Our Holiday Celebration is now TWO weekends of fun activities! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 th 6:30 p.m.

Jaycees Christmas Parade (Rain Date: Sunday, Dec. 9th – line up 4:30pm, parade 5pm)

7:30 p.m.

Quick Deposit ATM


Mobile Banking

Savings Account CD Account

Online Banking

Shopping Bazaar, Children’s Craft Making Table, Holiday Movies & Stocking Making Table

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Checking Account

Debit Card

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade Awards Byrne Plaza at Oak & Pacific Avenues in Wildwood




Here to help with all your Financial Needs

Mobile Deposits

CALL US TODAY! Big Bank Products Community Bank Service 609.522.5115 •

Join us for the Annual

Wildwoods’ Christmas Parade Presented by the Greater Wildwood Jaycees

Friday, December 7

(rain date Sunday December 9, see our website for updates)

Registration at 5:00pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, 10th & Central Ave.

Parade begins at 6:30pm from 16th Ave along Central Ave then continues down Pacific Ave to Rio Grande Ave in Wildwood where it heads west towards New Jersey Ave and back north to Oak Ave. At Oak Ave it heads east toward Pacific Ave ending at the Byrne Plaza where the awards ceremony and tree lighting will be held. For more information or to register, visit our website or

call 609.729.5501

w i ld wo o d h ol id a y .c om

To learn more visit or call 609.729.9000 *Please note that schedule is subject to change





Visit the Shops, Restaurants and Bars of Downtown Wildwood this Holiday Season!

Downtown Wildwood







SHOP • DINE • PLAY & STAY Live Entertainment

Merry Christmas!

every Friday & Saturday


Happy Hour Fri. & Sat. 6-8pm

Gift Certificates Available

We Now Deliver!

Gifts • Toys • Jewelry • Clothing • Shells • Greeting Cards • Beach Supplies


Now Booking Holiday Parties


“Where Cooking Comes from the Heart” Now that’s amore!

Thursday - Friday & Saturday

Buy One Get One

Not to be combined w/any other special. Certain restrictions apply.

Surprise Thursdays

Call to find out the surprise specials! between Oak & Cedar on Pacific Avenue in downtown Wildwood

3813 P acific A ve. Wildwood, NJ 609-522-8300

Free Parking at 137 E. Spicer Ave. • Drawing of Joey M courtesy of Jersey Cape TV Magazine


A Really Cool secondhand clothing shop

essential oils & classes

Grab Some Homemade Goodness

Espresso • Coffee Homemade Baked Goods Follow us on facebook & instagram Quiche • Soup • & more for daily menu & seasonal specials 3811 Pacific Avenue • Wildwood, NJ • 609-854-3042

Open All Winter Call for Hours

Thrift Store on the corner of Taylor & Pacific Ave.

WILDWOOD 609-523-1166

JUN Now booking Holiday Parties!

and I mean cheap!



. . . new merchandise arriving daily!

We are happy to accept donations of gently used items.



“Where the old meets the new” VISIT OUR 2ND STORE at 2408 BOARDWALK New Gifts • Home Décor • Christmas Room

Still find your treasures at 4501 Pacific Ave. downtown Wildwood Available for Catering

On the corner of Glenwood & Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ • 609-408-6524

Slightly used clothes • electronics • records • décor • small appliances

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday • 609-214- 2253


Downtown Wildwood OPEN YEAR ROUND



Book Your Holiday Parties Early!

Christmas HAPPY New Year MERRY




A Wildwood Favorite Since 1985





*All discounts are for in stock bikes and accessories only. Cannot combine offers.



2014, 2016 & 2018

3900 Pacific Ave. DOWNTOWN Wildwood

(609) 408- 8956 •

Friday Nights with Benny Marsella “Sounds of Sinatra”


Oak & New Jersey Aves. WILDWOOD, NJ 609-729-5755




SHOP • DINE • PLAY & STAY Warm Winter Wishes! from the Bowman Family

ce 1948 in S e ic rv e S ty li a u Q Dedicated to High

Serving Cape May County For 3 Generations! Specializing in Gas Forced Air Heat & Central Air Conditioning

Season’s Greetings! Personal Injury Business Law - Corporations - Collections Wills - Estate Planning and Eldercare Real Estate - Zoning and Planning

Cafiero & Kaufmann Attorneys-at-Law A Tradition of Excellence

Andrew Cafiero

Since 1931

tel :

William Kaufmann

Bruce Conwell

3303 N ew J ersey A venue • W ildwood , NJ 08260 (609)522-0511 fax: (609)729-3441

Delivering fresh, pressed articles of clothing to Cape May County’s best dressed since 1987 Mon-Fri 7am - 5:30pm

Sat 7am - 3pm

FULL-SERVICE QUALITY DRY CLEANING New Alterations Department Specializing in Bridal Gowns Pick-Up & Delivery Service Same Day Service • Repairs

NJ License # 13VH01834100

5104 PACIFIC AVENUE, WILDWOOD • 609-522-0121 • FAX 522-7313 Follow us on WWW.BOWMANSAIR.COM 800-638-4393 Facebook



On the corner of Rio Grande & Pacific Avenues Wildwood, NJ {COMPLIMENTARY PARKING DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET IN OUR LOT}



3209 NEW JERSEY AVE. WILDWOOD 609-522-6291 • 609-522-4499

Michael Cummiskey, Cummiskey, owner owner Michael

Thank you for your Support! We are now closed for the winter.

See you in the Spring!

. . .for a walk down Memory Lane. . .


Happy Holidays from the beach!



It’s Open 24 hours a day!

Browse and explore the Museum’s many treasures and celebrate the rich history of the Wildwoods

Call for Your Appointment


Color their world with beauty

There are many ways to support your local museum. Visit our website to learn more. WHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Donations are tax deductible and are gladly accepted.


for a $10. Donation

202 E Rio Grande Ave Wildwood, NJ 609.523.9500

George F. Boyer Museum

3907 Pacific Ave.

Wildwood, NJ

We can accommodate group visits by appointment. Our space is open to meetings and events. Email us for more info


Downtown Wildwood


3 % 1/2


4712 PACIFIC AVE. WILDWOOD 609-522-2379 Larry Lillo celebrates 70+ years on Pacific Ave!

South Jersey’s Most Complete Train Stop Cape May County’s Only Authorized Lionel & MTH Dealer “Watch the tram car please!”


OPEN Mon-Thurs 3pm-3am Fri-Sun 11am- 3am



Live Music and



• Walthers Trains and Accessories • Lionel Pennsy Sets with Bluetooth • HO Polar Express sets TOY TRAM CARS IN STOCK • Thomas the Tank • LGB sets New with operating headlights • New MTH Houses

Come to Goodnight Irene’s! Where every night is a good night! decorated with operating Christmas lights OPEN 7 DAYS 10am-6pm NOV. 23 ‘til CHRISTMAS • In stock - Brick paper and Grass mats

38 Beers on Tap! Over 30 Cans!

Featuring 2 Taps from Cape May Brewing Co.

HAPPY HOUR Mon - Fri ‘til 7 at Bar Only ~ Food & Drink Specials

MILLER LITE $1.50 Drafts - $2.50 Bottles

Mexican Mondays

e s t W Cafe y e K

Open year round 7 days a week 7am - 2pm. a i


$1 Tacos - $3 Coronas - $5 Margaritas

Tiny Tuesday $1 Sliders

Where the locals Love to eat! BREAKFAST & LUNCH



Mon: Mini Meatball Parm w/FFries $5.99 Tues: Beef, Chicken, Fish Tacos $4.99 $5.99 $6.99 Weds: Cheeseburger w/L,T, O & Chips $5.99 Thurs: Beef Stew over buttered Noodles $5.99 Fri: Mini Cheesesteak w/French Fries $5.99 *Specials must be accompanied with purchased beverage

$5 PIES Plain - White - Margherita


Mon: Creamed Chipped Beef & homefries $5.99 Tues: French Toast w/Sausage or Bacon $5.99 Weds: 2 Eggs, Toast, Homefries, Bac or Saus $5.99 Thurs: FREE Coffee w/Any Omelette

Wildwood’s Home of the 222

Let us do the cooking!


.49¢ Wings & Steamers


on the corner of Poplar & Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, NJ (609) 729-3861 all specials are subject to change

pm t 9am-5 a S s a n o m t s M Chri 0 Hours: We have Everything for your Sandcastle at the Shore. :30-2:3 0 1 y s e a t d a Sun Gift Certific Great furniture at even better prices! Now carrying Two-Sided Bedding! Available! son) (in Sea

Dinette Sets

Ask About our Condo Packages!

Call today 609-522-3101

Decorating Cape May County Interiors Since 1947 Sleep Sofas

• ceramic tile • carpet • vinyl • window treatments • faux wood blinds

Baker & New Jersey Ave. Wildwood, NJ Major Credit Cards Accepted

Furniture I Flooring I Design Center

12 “Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble.” ~Turkey proverb

Merry Christmas from

At the bEach LiFe is GOOD! summer 2018

Open Year Round

On August 18th, Ocean Outfitter’s Wacky Wave Surf Contest had its 21st year of wearing costumes, doing silly surf tricks, riding party waves and pure wacky fun.

Ye Old Anglesea Pub

116 West 1st Avenue • North Wildwood (609) 729-1133


A S u m m e r i n P h o to s FIVE MILES OF SMILES

H O M e f O r t H e H O l i d aY s e M O !

NWBP’s Annual BOOGIE BOARD Races were held July 14, 2018

Open every Day year rOunD

Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New Year from the Haldeman’s & Owen’s Pub!

NFL ticket

17th Ave. North WildWood BetWeeN NJ & CeNtrAl (609) 729-7290

NWBP 1948 Top Row: Gus Vigo, Charlie Young, Bob Aicken Second Row: Joe McGettigan, Tom Kelleher, Jack Gara, Jack McGettigan NWBP 1948 Top Row: Gus Vigo, Young, Bob AickenDick Lau, Jack Buckley Third Row: Billy Rolfing, HarryCharlie Rolfing, Ed McGettigan, Second Joe McGettigan, Tom Jack Gara, JackKelleher, McGettigan Bottom Row:Row: Ed “Bud” Wilson, Ron Alig,Kelleher, Pete Sweeney, Jimmy Bill Krauss,Tink Haldeman Third Row: Billy Rolfing, Harry Rolfing, Ed McGettigan, Dick Lau, Jack Buckley Bottom Row: Ed “Bud” Wilson, Ron Alig, Pete Sweeney, Jimmy Kelleher, Bill Krauss, Tink

Wounded Warrior Stand Up Paddleboard Day was held on the bay at the Wharf on June 30th: Sammy, Imene, Leiah, Sophia, Natalia, Brigid, Gabby, Angie, and Macie. Hosted by Dennis Dool

Life Rolls On...they will surf again Summer brothers Nate, Matt, Jack, and Jordan teamed up to help at this huge summer event held Aug. 6th.

Look for more photos from the summer in next issue!

Merry Christmas 2018


“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” ~Anon.



Your Holiday Party Headquarters


at sam location




(All shrimp is freshly peeled & cleaned) SMALL TRAY 30 SHRIMP $36.95 MEDIUM TRAY 60 SHRIMP $66.95 LARGE TRAY 90 SHRIMP $86.95 EX-LARGE TRAY 120 SHRIMP $106.95



$58.95 $78.95 $99.95



All party trays include cocktail, tartar, mustard sauces & lemon. WE • STUFFED MUSHROOMS • CLAMS CASINO ALSO HAVE Other combinations are available, just ask!!!

435 W. Spruce Ave. on the road into North Wildwood EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS • 609-729-9443


Merry Christmas 2018

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”

— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Happy Holidays from


A Sum

m e r in P hotos

five miles of smiles

The First Annual Chicken Plunge was held August 18, 2018

BURGER BAR Open every day in the heart of Stone Harbor on 96th St. at South Jersey’s only Dine-In Movie Theater (609) 796-5669

The First Annual CHICKEN PLUNGE was held for those too chicken to plunge in the winter... Look for more photos and the 2nd Annual Plunge Date TBA in next issue

Gift Card Special! Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Receive a $20 bonus card

Island Art of Stone Harbor


NWBP hosted a SPECIAL SWIM on the morning of August 18, 2018. All had a great time!

Located in the heart of Stone Harbor, we are the premier art store of our beautiful town. We have an eclectic mix of American – made art, furniture, nautical lighting and kitchen accents. We also feature etched glass barware by ROLF, Wade's internationally loved Gluggle jugs, Napa Valley wine barrel accents and beach-themed jewelry. Our artwork is affordably made by American craftsman. Island art is the perfect place to shop for your shore home or your home away from the shore.


Corner of 96th and Third Ave, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

(609) 231-6777

(609) 368-9540

Mayor Ernie Troiano with Capt. Dan Speigel at the city of Wildwood’s 911 Ceremony, held for the first time at the new Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood

Wildwood Police Officers Smith & Granero and young Brody pulled up to the city of Wildwood’s 911 Ceremony in their newly wrapped patriotic Hummer

Merry Christmas 2018


“In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in.” ~Robert Brault

of Smiles! 5 MILESWhat do you call someone who is afraid of Santa? Claus-trophobic!

It’s been a long-standing tradition in North Wildwood for Santa and Mrs. Claus along with members of the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company No.1 to deliver toys and stockings to each and every local child in the city.



Vintage photo of Anglesea Volunteer Fire Co. #1 by Tom Kinneman

Volunteers, Rick Davis & Dave Lindsay

Photo taken at then Mayor Vinci’s residence on Central Ave. on Dec. 17, 1969 with the Fire Dept. delivering toys to Lew, Jr. and his sister Joanne.




Happy Holidays!


Rick, Sherri & Rickii by the bay in North Wildwood Christmas 2017 ~ Mike Brown Sr., Bob Davis, Les Cline, Paul Amenhauser, Kia Lindsay, Mike Brown Jr., Mike Brown 3rd, and Tyler Brown, Santa, Snowman & Rudolph Rickii and Sherri Davis. Left: At the 15th & Central Firehouse is Rick & Sherri (Rudolph) Davis Right: Rick, Sherri, Rickii & little Josie Davis with Santa


• Incorporated since 1993 • Fully licensed and insured NJ13VH04275700 • Free Estimates • Free Plans & Drawings • Large local customer reference base • Senior Citizen Discounts • Born & Raised in the Wildwoods Rick Davis - WCHS ‘74 Rick is also on the following committees• Volunteer North Wildwood Fire Co., 20 yrs. • President Wildwood Rotary • Volunteer Five Mile Beach Firemen’s Assoc.

Times are Tough! Building shouldn’t be rough! Ask us about local discounts.

16 “It’s wonderful when you can bring sparkle into lives without fading away from your own true color. Keep the hue in you.” ~Dodinski

C O F F E E® AVA L O N RIO CAFE AND GRILL Holiday Catering Specialties To: Our Patrons,


Wishing you Happy Holidays!

• Sweet Trays • Bagel Trays • Sandwich Trays • Cookie Trays • Coffee Service

From: The Sanzone Family & Staff

v a g a b o n d boutique



Gift Cards Available! @shopatvagabond

Visit our website! Send our Shore Roasted Coffee to someone for the Holidays!

3167 Rt. 9 South, Rio Grande, NJ Open Daily 6:30am to 3pm • 609-463-0275

37 north third street, phila, pa on Third between Market and Arch



Still Local, Still Independent SINCE 1946

5200 New Jersey Ave. Wildwood, NJ 08260 (609)522-3406

917 Madison Ave. Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)884-3333

1032 Rt.9 South Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609)465-7710

200 Rt. 9 South Marmora, NJ 08223 (609)390-5566

1605 Bayshore Rd. Lower Township, NJ (609) 886-5888

A History of Experience, A Future of Excellence. We Look Forward to Serving You!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas 2018


“I’ll send an SOS to the world. . . I hope that someone gets my Mesage in a Bottle.” ~STING

MeSsagE iN A BOTTLE By Bob Ingram

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Diner Cafe Major Credit Cards Accepted She actually found a message in a bottle. . . Linda Kelley has to have the best eyesight of any lifeguard on the Jersey Shore – or maybe anywhere. Three years ago, lifeguarding at Diamond Beach, Linda spotted a bottle with a message in it bobbing in the waves. And it wasn’t one of those big bottles you always picture, but a little tube, smaller even than your average test tube. She doesn’t know how she spotted it. “I just did,” she says. Earlier in our conversation she announced, “I’m known to find money,” and related that she found $300 this past season, mostly in fifties and right out there in the street. Luck of the Irish plus good eyes... very blue good eyes!? Anyhow, whoever actually heard of someone finding a message in a bottle – and what did Linda Kelley’s message say? There’s a cool, yet warm story here: first, the message said to send the bottle to a guy named Barry Smith in upstate Pennsylvania for a reward. So Linda replied and Barry sent her a $20 Domino’s gift card (of all things!) in a pop-up card! . . . “he sends me beautiful pop-up cards every Christmas now,” Linda says. The gift card wasn’t what you’d expect in return to finding a message in a bottle, but the best was yet to come. This June, she got a letter from Barry saying that he was coming to Wildwood and wanted to meet her for dinner at Beach Creek Restaurant. One thing: he didn’t know what Linda looked like and was walking around Beach Creek asking diners, “Did you find a message in a bottle?”

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325 W. Spruce Avenue • North Wildwood 609.729.4900 • When Barry Smith finally found Linda Kelley, over dinner he told her the backstory of his ‘message in a bottle’: twenty years ago he went through a divorce and gained custody of his daughter, Marie, which is unusual in divorce cases. Marie was ten years old at the time, and to teach her the virtue of patience, he told Linda, he put the first of the messages in a bottle and sent it out to sea. Since then, Smith says that he has sent bottles out to sea whenever he and his daughter were at a seaside resort. Talk about patience; twenty years later, with Marie now being married with a child... Linda Kelly was the first and only person to contact Barry Smith about finding their message in a bottle. She says that her friends thought that maybe she’d strike it rich when she received her reward. Well, rich in pizza anyhow, with a Domino’s gift card and some new friends. For his part, Barry says that he was “dumbfounded” when Linda contacted him and that when he told his daughter, now a computer tomography specialist at a hospital in Cleveland, she was “astounded.” So the next time you hear Sting sing “Message in a Bottle,” think of Linda Kelley and her sharp blue eyes.


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“Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans Rogers

interwood: more than a C hristmas S tore

by Cathy Tchorni

The Joshua Hildreth Homestead is one of Cape May’s surviving architectural treasures. The original 2-story section was built c. 1735. This photo is courtesy of Cape May County Historical Museum dated early 1900s.

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Hildreth House Mantle carved by a British Soldier

This family photo c. 1930s was sent by Jeri Hoffman Holton, native of Anglesea, of “the girls going gunning” on the Rio Grande property BACK ROW - Bertha Hoffman Smith, daughter Gerry Smith, Great-Great Aunt Hess (Winterwood’s ghost), her sister, Sadie Hildreth Hoffman, Jeri’s father’s grandmother. FRONT ROW- Esther Carlson Haun (neighbor on 3rd Ave), Ma Mae, Jeri’s grandmother, and Adelaide Hoffman, Jeri’s mother.

Meet Cindi and Tom Alvarado, owners of Winterwood, three gift shops located on the Wildwood boardwalk, Rio Grande, and Cape May, offering wonderful Christmas-themed gifts as well as yeararound accessories for people wanting warm, welcoming reminders of family and friends. In 1978, Cindi Sawyer Alvarado’s parents bought an old, circa-1735 house located about a mile north of Route 9 and 47 in Rio Grande on the mainland. The Sawyers renovated the small rooms in the Hildreth house. In 1985, Cindi and Tom bought the house and turned it into the first Winterwood Christmas Shoppe. The former house with low ceilings offers unique charm and a story of its own to tell. A plaque above one of the fireplace mantels mentions that the Hildreth family harbored a British soldier who defected during the American Revolution. To repay their kindness, the soldier carved the intricate mantel. Studying the mantel, it’s easy to picture a man toiling away during many a winter evening to show his gratitude. Although it can’t be seen from the driveway, back in the woods is the old Hildreth family graveyard. According to Cindy, the cemetery contains the graves of Hildreth children, sadly lost to the many illnesses that plagued early settlers. The history of the house, engraved on a plaque by the front entrance, jokingly warns customers not to be disturbed by Hestor (Hildreth) the resident ghost named after the spinster who once lived there. (photo) Winterwood’s Hildreth House is open year around, although it slows down for the two months following Christmas when the store is open only on weekends. The equally-charming year-round Cape May City Winterwood originally opened in 1989 at Carpenter Square Mall, then moved to its current location, in an old bank building on the corner of Washington and Ocean Streets, in 2005. The store is strategically located to beckon tourists with its unusually-situated corner steps and majestically-curved doorway. Cape

watercolor by Dorothy Kulisek May City and its businesses offer weekend events throughout all four seasons, and the weather occasionally cooperates, contributing to the perfect shopping excursion. Last but not least, the Winterwood shop on the Wildwood Boardwalk (between Glenwood and Magnolia) is the only seasonal venture. Cindi commented that the boardwalk store is packed throughout the short season with customers shopping for holiday gifts despite it being the summer, knowing that a memento from Winterwood will be cherished by family and friends. During the Hildreth House Christmas season, the back yard sports a bright red vintage teardrop trailer – a perfect “Merry Christmas” photo op for visiting families. They’ll also host visits with an old-world Father Christmas on the weekends during the holiday season. Cindi and Tom are both from Cape May County and currently live in Wildwood Crest. Keeping it all in the family, their grown children and spouses are also involved in the Winterwood ventures. Tom has been a volunteer firefighter in Wildwood Crest and now his son carries on the tradition. Their seasoned employees will happily show you various treasures, big and small, including ornaments representing occupations, hobbies, family and pets, adding a special, seaside touch to your holiday memories.

In memory of Jane Hildreth Daughter of Ephraim and Mary Edwards. Born July 25th, 1750 and departed this life Feb. 2nd, 1802

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Sounds of Christmas Concert at Assumption Church has truly been the best kept secret in Cape May County, featuring world class musicians and Opera singers. But not for long! This year the venue moves to the PAC Center on Dec. 9th. See details on page 13 of this issue.

Friends, Judy & Trish enjoyed the Christmas concert together

Ione and her mom Ione with “Hollywood Ave. friends” enjoying their annual get-together for the Christmas Concert

Key West Cafe Breakfast with the Grinch : Linda, Mary, Carolann, Stephan and Ellie

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Ugly Sweater Contestants Jackie, Hope, Karen, Joe, Bev & Fran Key West Cafe owner Steve Mikulski with the Grynch and a truck full of toys

1973 Santa with Wildwood Mayor Muziani on left (and unknown) from the George Boyer Historic Museum

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22 “....because noone could ever write truthfully about the Sea and leave out the poetry.” ~ Rachel Carlson

T his Old House:T he S ea G ypsy associated mostly with poets.

Now, as we get ready to celebrate another seaside holiday, we salute the Old House Heroes among us, those who have gone above and beyond to preserve our Wildwood history, a priceless gift meant to be shared right here by the sea…

The Sea Gypsy was built circa 1902 as an inn called “Oak Rene”. A subsequent owner, Prosper Webb, a plumber, raised the house in the 1930s and added a bottom floor with its own beautiful corner entrance. The apartment now houses the innkeepers.

photo courtesy of Anastasia A.

The Sea Gypsy by

Richard Hovey

I am fevered with the sunset, I am fretful with the bay, For the wander-thirst is on me And my soul is in Cathay*. There’s a schooner in the offing, With her topsails shot with fire, And my heart has gone aboard her For the Islands of Desire. I must forth again to-morrow! With the sunset I must be Hull down on the trail of rapture In the wonder of the sea. *Cathay: China



n a rare sunny Spring day between two nor-easters, I met with Todd Keininger, co-owner and proprietor of The Sea Gypsy. Todd, a mechanical and electrical engineer, and his wife, Natalie, an art teacher at the Dennis Township School, and artist (and I would add, design genius) transformed a pedestrian rooming house at 209 East Magnolia Avenue into a vision of Victorian loveliness, both formal and comfortable. The title, The Sea Gypsy, is the name of a poem written by American poet, Richard Hovey, who died at the age of 35 in 1900, a poem that conveys the restlessness of a man drawn to the sea. For sailors and landlubbers who wish for the rhythmic waves of the ocean, The Sea Gypsy offers rooms, suites and a carriage house, welcoming and soothing. Just like the name, the rooms are

Todd and Natalie Kienenger, true “Old House Heroes,” have mastered the art of salvaging old houses, and the rich Wildwood history that resides there, while restoring these memory keepers for future generations. They proudly closed on The Sea Gypsy in May 1995. As fate would have it, when they came home from settlement, a couple was waiting outside to rent a room at the old rooming house... a fortuitous sign indeed! Gradually, room by room, floors were stripped, then stained, walls and doors were moved to provide bigger, lighter rooms, some with intriguing doorways into other living spaces. The Bed and Breakfast offers everything from a bedroom and a bath, to suites that include light cooking facilities. The carriage house is a stand-alone rental, ideal for a honeymooning couple. As the Kienengers completed the renovations in 2003, they noticed that properties were being bought around them, torn down and replaced with condos. They had their eye on a two-story Arts and Crafts Style house directly behind theirs, which fronted on Poplar Avenue. It had been condemned after pipes had frozen and burst, destroying the inside. This renovation took them two years because of the extreme deterioration of the building. However, it was another sign of good things to come when the first guests to be hosted was an autumn wedding party. In 2014, the couple purchased a carriage house across the street on Poplar, completing the trio of properties. All are bound together by the distinctive outside rust, honey and forest green color scheme, plus a soft blue on the Poplar properties. The Sea Gypsy is open year around and also rents to families with young children, happily passing on the endless stories it holds from generation to generation.

The Sea Gypsy was originally the “Oak Rene” Inn, built in 1902

This photo, c. early 1990s, as it stood when the Kienenger’s acquired it

Sea Gypsy’s Victorian Christmas tree and Nativity grace the sitting room

Merry Christmas 2018


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24 “Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house...With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies...And a book.” ~Dr. SunWolf

5 MILES of Smiles! Do simple things like smile at someone.

Joe Barilla (8k) & Nancy (Sunwolf) Suhaka (half marathon) of Manville, NJ smile after their races at Wild Half Mud Hen Race

Sunrise on the Seawall ~ watching dolphins and catching Stripers with Chris, DonnaJean & Ricky

Ricky Lannetti’s bench at 13th and JFK in N. Wildwood. His sister and nephews sit down to take a moment to remember him. Photo by Dennis Dool

The Sahalo family of Boardwalk Buck$ Bob, Marykate & Emmy

Sarah Donnelly is a 2018 graduate of Wildwood High, and a student at AC Community College. She began volunteering at the Wildwood Historic Museum this past summer. Here she is with one of her favorite museum pieces, a vintage carousel horse.

Steve Mensch & Patti Nawalinski, Mable Jaworski & Bob & Denise Tisone enjoying family dinner at ALFE’S

Natalie’s Christmas Barbie Collection Imagine waking up every Christmas morning, eager to find what treasures are waiting under the tree and happily discover a soon-to-be-loved Barbie doll ready to join an ever-expanding collection. Natalie Kuprianov doesn’t have to dream, thanks to her mom, Rose, one of Santa’s hardworking helpers, who has made sure her daughter has received a new Barbie for every occasion since she was born. As these photos depict, Natalie, now a young adult, stands on the stairway amongst her Barbie collection, which is well over 100 dolls, including ones of Italian & Russian descent, which proudly signify her family anscestry. With so many Barbies to love, which one will be waiting under the Christmas tree this year?

City & State officials along with the Wildwood Chamber of Commerce came together to welcome a wonderful new restaurant to North Wildwood, Salty Mermaid Bar & Grille (Open Year Round!)

Salty Mermaid’s official ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the heat and height of the summer after all the final touches were made. A Special blessing was given by Fr. Yvans of Notre Dame de la Mer symbolizing the importance of putting God first in all our endeavors and asking Him for special favor...Congratulations Eric, Sondra & Kristie!! Wishing you many successful years by the sea!

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26 “When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.” ~Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio


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by Dorothy Kulisek

W Sophie in all of her Rockette glamor. Here she is seated at her assigned vanity in Radio City’s dressing room, wearing the newest costume for the debut finale of the show called Christmas Lights.

Sophie the beautyfull ballerina

“When a star is born They possess a gift or two One of them is this They have the power to make a wish come true When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires will come to you...” @sophieseasilnicki

hen in Wildwood by the sea, you may spot a tan, long-haired beautiful blonde ballerina leaping through the air, twirling aerials across the beach, or happily jogging past every cute lifeguard from North Wildwood to Wildwood Crest. Sophie Sea, the beauty in question, has had sand between her toes since the day she was born. In 1997, as her mother was about to give birth, her grandfather serendipitously signed papers to their charming, beach cottage by the sea. Since then, Sophie, her mother and grandparents travel to the Wildwoods every summer to enjoy an old-fashioned, simple beach routine consisting of pure fun in the sun. “It’s what we work all winter for,” said Sophie’s mother, Stephanie, who teaches dance in West Virginia during the off-season. Sophie Sea’s summer wardrobe consists of as many bathing suits as her winter closet does dance costumes. Shells and shore décor are sprinkled throughout their property, located across from the Hereford Inlet lighthouse. Portraits of Sophie and her beach-themed artwork hang throughout the cottage-- the latest a picture from her 2017 holiday performance with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center. On the fridge is a magnet to every Broadway show she’s seen. At 18-months-old, Sophie began dancing at her mother’s dance school. She went to public school until she was 12 years-old, then switched to online classes once she made the commitment to attend Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Sophie’s grandparents drove her every day to ballet school, which was located several hours away. Once home, she took her mother’s last dance class and repeat-

Sophie with her furry little sister Gilly

ed the same routine the next day. Stephanie remarked Sophie’s hard work has furthered her dancing career, landing her many roles in ballets, as well as being fortunate to represent the USA in the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. That opportunity led to a two year study at the pre-professional division of the San Francisco Ballet School. Sophie occasionally takes on small acting roles and has appeared in several episodes of Blue Bloods. This past April, Sophie auditioned for the Radio City Rockettes, where an impressed director invited her, on scholarship, to a one-week summer intensive. The 21-yearold’s dream came true when she was picked to be a Rockette in the 2018 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Sophie’s future goals are to dance on Broadway and to later become a choreographer. More than a talented ballerina, she’s also a Wildwood girl at heart who likes to boogie board, go on bike rides and play paddleball with her grandmother. The family cherishes their time together, especially time spent in North Wildwood. They value their traditions, which include going to the beach the first day of summer, no matter how miserable the weather. They’re happiest when they arrive at their quaint little cottage with their wide-open calendar, ready to savor every sea-kissed moment. With the holidays upon us, and so many of Sophie’s wishes already coming true, she treasures her family’s beach home more than ever and plans to always return to it and the countless memories it happily holds for her right here by the rhythmic sea… Fly high Sophie Sea...

Sophie as “Clara” with the Rockettes 2008

Ever since Sophie was little, her mom has traditionally presented her with a homemade doll of her character on opening night. Photo from her 2017 performance in Merry Widow at the Metropolitan

Merry Christmas 2018


“Smell the Sea, and feel the sky... let your soul and spirit fly...� ~Van Morrison



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Sophie with her Gilly, her grandfather Frank, mom Stephanie and grandmother Virginia at their home by the sea in North Wildwood, NJ


Sophie Sea & Gilly flying by the sea

The ballerina on the NWBP boat

Sophie and her family cherish offseason getaways to their beach cottage. Their holiday traditions include plenty of baking and basking in the sun, bundled up in warm quilts. Waxing her surfboard on a summer morning at the inlet

Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. . . at the inlet beach

Sophie & Gilly with her grandparents and mom: Frank, Stephanie & Virginia... at the cottage

Sophie & Gilly in their happy place

28 “The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.� ~W.C. Jones

Merry Christmas 2018


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Merry Christmas 2018

“Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.”~Eberhard Arnold

Christmas on Cardinal Ave. in the Crest

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” ~author Marjorie Holmes by Meg Corcoran & Dorothy Kulisek If you follow the road leading to the home of Tex and Turchi Bower during the holiday season, you’ll find Christmas has happily taken up residence (with the obligatory reindeer clearly showing Santa the way!) Tex and Turchi, (Turchi being a North Wildwood native and member of the large Jenner family,) take special pride in their festive, seaside home. The house, located at 114 W. Cardinal Ave. in Wildwood Crest, was purchased in the 1930s by Tex’s parents, William and Grace. William, who worked in Philadelphia as a lithographer, would catch the train at the end of Cardinal Avenue (back when only trains traveled on New Jersey Avenue). His grandfather was a Philadelphia fireman and the Christmas home’s original owner, making Tex its 3rd generation home owner. Tex is a retired military man, having served in both the United States Marines and the Army as a first sergeant. He and Turchi have three sons and one daughter, LENA, who sadly passed away. They are the proud grandparents of 11, all of whom love the Christmas house. As the pictures indicate, making the house come alive during the holidays takes months of loving preparation. Numerous trees, including a special one set up for their daughter, along with a collage of photos of her, fill the brightly-lit home, with Christmas villages and boardwalk-themed music boxes each finding a special place. Much of the wooden décor was lovingly made by Tex. Undoubtedly true Christmas lovers; the Bowers even decorate the decorations, wrapping everything in twinkling lights! Naturally, no Wildwood holiday-inspired home would be complete without a mini boardwalk platform, which reminds us all that while Christmas remains in the heart all year long, a home by the sea truly makes for a Wonderful Life!

Every inch of the Bower’s home is decorated

Tex and Turchi Bower in the true spirit of Christmas

Tex shops at Holly Beach Train Depot on Pacific Ave.for all of his train needs

Tex and Turchi Bower’s Christmas home

The Bower family in Wildwood Crest


Merry Christmas 2018


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Sunday Worship 10:30am Eve. Prayer Meeting 6pm Weds Family Bible 7pm

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Assumption RC Church

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“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” ~Revelation 21:5 Eureka Baptist Church 142 W. Spencer Ave. 609-522-1028 Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Service 11am Wed Prayer 7pm

First Presbyterian Church 4511 Pacific Ave. 609-522-1244 Sunday Service 11am Wed. Bible Study 9:30am

St. Ann’s RC Church 2900 Atlantic Ave. Wildwood 609-522-2709 Weekday Mass in Chapel MON-FRI 7am SAT. 4:30pm / SUN 10:30 SUN 7pm, Spanish Mass

Beth Judah Temple Pacific & Spencer Aves. 609-522-7541 Shabbat Services Saturday 9:30am

Central Bible Church 18th Ave. & Central Ave. 609-522-5917 Sunday 11am & 6pm

Crest Community Church

Crocus & Pacific Aves 609- 522-1618

Sunday 9:30am Breakfast, Worship and the WORD!

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2810 Atlantic Ave. 609-522-5000 8am Spoken Service w/Communion  10:30am Traditional Service w/Communion ~ Sunday School.  Third Sunday of each Month 10:30am Contemporary Blended Service w/ Communion

North Wildwood United Methodist Church 2nd & Central Ave. 609-522-2271 Sunday Service 9:15am

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox 301 Anglesea Ave., 609-522-0152 Orthos 9am Divine Liturgy 10am


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St. Simeon’s by-the-Sea Episcopal 26th & Central Ave. 609-522-8389

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illiam L. McClurkin was born August 8, 1939 to Jesse and Jessie Mae McClurkin. He was the oldest son, the second of twelve children and spent his childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1957, following school, William moved to Wildwood, NJ and got a job as a Tile setter. With determination and strength, he eventually formed his own TILE business, working diligently for more than 35 years. His staff consisted of two fulltime employees and one part-time. He also spent over 15 summers as a Wildwood police officer. William’s life changed dramatically in 1967 when he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He was a proud and faithful member of the Eureka Baptist Church in Wildwood and was baptized on March 17th of that year by Rev. Thomas B. Whitfield. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, choir member, and assistant to the pastor until 1973, when he received his next call to pastor Bethel Baptist Church in Atlantic City. At the start of his ministry, William spent six years attending the Garden State Bible School in the Atlantic City area. True to his calling to serve, he organized and presided over the W. L. McClurkin Crusade Team and ran revivals locally and nationwide. In March 1973, the Bethany Baptist Association ordained William at the Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Atlantic City. He pastored the Bethel Baptist Church from September 1973 to April 1980. Always growing, William went on to become the minister at Mount Olive Church in Cape May Courthouse in 1980, a church that began humbly in 1911, with meetings conducted in a rented room in a Whitesboro Hotel. William served there until his death on December 31, 2017.  William married Evelyn E. Johnson on February 14, 1987. In addition to his wife, he left behind their seven

William McClurkin was a former Wildwood police officer in the 1960s children, more than twenty grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and the countless memories of a life beautifully lived. In the summer of 2018, to commemorate his beautiful spirit, the township and church congregation celebrated the life of “Uncle Brother,” a name affectionately given to him in his early Wildwood days, with Mayor Michael Clark declaring July 22 as Rev. William McClurkin Day in Middle Township, naming a portion of West Atlantic Avenue in his honor. While Reverand William McClurkin was consecrated as Bishop on June 14, 2014 in Acworth, Georgia, he remains a proud part of the history we hold dear right here in Wildwood by the Sea.

Rev. William & Mrs. Evelyn McClurkin


Merry Christmas 2018


“Christmas is the coming of new life in the heart of winter when everything seems to be dead ...” ~Shadowlands, CS Lewis

Central Bible Church NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. 1921

Christmastime 2017 by Dorothy Kulisek

Main Stained glass Window taken from the Pulpit

Photos and history by Central’s Elder Jon Stevenson


he North Wildwood Union Church grew out of the North Wildwood Union Sunday School which was organized on Dec. 8, 1907 and operated out of the North Wildwood Public School building, later known as the “Hazelhurst,” on 17th Avenue. For twenty years the work was carried on under the auspices of the Sunday School. All Christians were welcomed to participate in the activities of the school without respect to denominational affiliation and, in this same broad spirit, preaching and gospel meetings were held from time to time. With the opening of the chapel building at 18th and Central Ave. (Aug. 18, 1921) Mr. A.F. Hirst conducted worship each Sunday morning and evening until March 22, 1926. Rev. Dr. Charles L. Hunter, former pastor of Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was called as pastor. At a service held November 23, 1927, combining a Thanksgiving meeting with the observance of the twentieth anniversary of the Sunday School, Dr. Hunter announced that the processes were about complete for the organization of a Union Church. These places together with a proposed constitution and by-laws were presented to the School at the regular business meeting on December 14th 1927. By vote of the Sunday School the Pastor was authorized to call a congregational meeting and proceed with the organization of the church. This was done, and on Monday evening January 16, 1928 the church was officially organized . In September of 1937 the name of the church was modified to North Wildwood Bible Church. In January 1950 the name of the church was changed to Faith Chapel. In the early sixties it became Faith Bible Presbyterian Chapel during which time Mr. George Forbes was ordained as an elder in that denomination. It returned to independent status in the later sixties as Central Bible Church. In January, 2002 the congregation officially called Rev. Jim Allay to be its pastor and requested the Presbytery of New Jersey to receive it into the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. On March 10, 2002 Central Bible was recognized as a particular church of the Presbytery of New Jersey of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


Merry Christmas 2018

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain

Only a handful of Wildwoodians can say. . .


Dr. Margaret Mace Dec. 21, 1871 - Dec. 15, 1951

Only a handful of Wildwoodians can say. . .


Only a handful of “Dr. Maggie Mace’s Very Special Babies!” Wildwoodians can say. . .

1. Jack Mattera 5/22/31 2. Cheri Darus Russell 8/17/44 3. Midge Lutz Boyd 8/17/44 {Delivered by Dr. Mace on the same day} 4. Lana Turner MacDonald 11/15/46 5. Robert Labar 11/26/49 6. Jim Wheaton 4/15/32 7. Carol Turner Leeper 4/29/49 8. Jim Cafiero 9/21/28 (9lbs. 2oz.) 9. Elizabeth Costanza (Purcell) Maides 12/20/44 10. Bob Speigel 8/10/47 NOT Bonnie James Speigel 2/27/49SHOWN 11. Harry DiSilvestro 11/9/41 AKA SUPERMAN 12. Louise Hand Mihalek 8/17/48 13. Larry Lillo 10/20/47 14. Peter Walsh 9/13/43 15. Mike Reagan 1/2/47 16. Dennis Reed 11/13/48 17. Anita Carlson 2/1/31 18. Dr. Joe Salvatore 8/29/30 19. Anna Bierbrunner Baker 4/13/43 20. William Bierbrunner 2/23/36 NOT Adelaide Bierbrunner Mazza 4/7/38 SHOWN Remembering their siblings... Janet Bierbrunner 9/10/33 - 10/15/12 Ray Bierbrunner 7/13/37 - 6/14/14


“Hattie Long’s Very Special Babies!”


1. Lois Hand Myers 8/31/47 born in her Granny Hankins home at 4th & NJ where Beach Bums is today. 2. Tom Palmer 2/2/50 Delivered at his home at 237 E. 5th Ave. in North Wildwood by his mother’s friend since Dr. Eisenhower arrived 20 minutes too late. 3. Howard “Putt” Palmer 10/10/33 Delivered at his home at 237 E. 5th Ave. in North Wildwood by Dr. Dandois 4. Doris Peterson Menz, 10/11/25 Delivered at her home built by her father at 214 W. 1st Ave., North Wildwood 5. Ada Weatherby was born the day after Christmas 12/26/35 at her home on Montgomery Ave.

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“If you wish to live long you must be willing to grow old.” ~George Lawton

Margaret Wheaton’s

S pecial B aby B asket

Jimmie Wheaton in his basket, Jan. 1933

Moses baskets may be popular among young mothers today, but they’ve been around for a long time, well, since Baby Moses was placed in one and hidden in the reeds alongside of the Nile River. The baskets are designed for sleeping newborn babies for the first few months, providing a cozy space for infants alongside their mother. But did you know Wildwood, being the ultimate storyteller, has its own special, Moses baby-basket story to tell, thanks to Jim Wheaton, Wildwood-born native, Dr. Mace Baby and the keeper of his mother Margaret’s basket? Jim shared his “basket story” at our Annual “Baby” Photo Reunion this summer. On April 15, 1932, he became the first of many babies to be placed inside that basket. His mother shared the basket with many women ~ friends and family alike, and it continues to this day to welcome newborns, giving the basket its own part in the Wildwoods history. The Wheaton family also shares a long history in the Wildwoods, dating back to NW Mayor Harry Wheaton in the early 1900s... Stay tuned for their future Sun story!

Margaret Wheaton’s original basket

B aby Names 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1939

Jimmie Wheaton Shirley Heizman Walley Keene Leslie Rea Judy Schaidler Doris Keys Carl Carlson Ed Bradway Kenneth Hand

1940 1941 1943 1947 1947 1948 1948 1949 1952 1952 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1956 1957 1958 1958 1958 1959 1960 1962 1962 1963 1963 1964 1965 1967 1968 1969 1970 1972 1972 1972 1976 1980 1983 1983 1984 1986 1987 1988 1988 1990 1991 1992 1993 1993 1994 1994 1996 1996 1997 1998 1998 2000 2001 2001 2002 2003 2013 2014 2015 2017 2017

John N. Carlson Barbara Bradway Ernest Rea James Wheaton Warner Bobby Lehman Carol Warner Steven C. Wheaton Jane Thomas Warner Warren Bradway Pamela Blank Richard Donald Moore Margaret Blank Michael Hockman Kathleen Blank David Rose Mark James Wheaton Lee Ann Blank Steven Jay Casper John Paul Blank Edward James Wheaton Matthew Wheaton Blank Allen Vincent Pollard Mark E. Rose Elizabeth Ann Carlson Richard James Wheaton Mark Alan Novsak Karl Andrew Novsak Karen Patricia Carlson David Scott Novsak Steven Paul Novsak Carey Lynn Aspenburg William Frederick Warner William Anthony Benbow Jr John Daniel Carlson Pamela Michelle Blank James Alan Warner Seth Abram Herschfeld Thomas Raymond Schaut Megan Marie Wheaton Arielle Herschfeld Elizabeth Anne Wheaton Jamie Lee Wheaton Victoria Louise Wheaton Kylene Ann Wheaton Patricia Jane Wheaton Jacob D Messer Brendan Sean Bridgeman Thomas Fraser Buchanan IV Jennifer Marie Novsak Katherine Elizabeth Messer Abby Louise Messer Zachary John Buchanan Tyler Scott Novsak Lauren Elizabeth Novsak Emma Jane Carlson Maribeth Olivia Novsak John Bradley Carlson Troy Alexander Novsak Kiersten Elizabeth Keywood Owen Alexander Carlson Victoria Elizabeth Novsak Marnie Lorraine Duncan Ryan Ayde Duncan Aster Hoyland Osiris Raven King Annie Duncan

A&LP QUALITY FOODS Founded in 1953 by “A”lfonso & “L”ina “P”izza

This past summer, while out delivering The SUN early one morning, editor Dorothy Kulisek casually snapped this photo of North Wildwood’s own Ellio Pizza, owner of A & L P, and posted it to her Wildwood Sun Facebook page, not realizing the positive attention it would quickly receive. Within a matter of hours, this handsome guy appeared over local newsfeeds, and within days reached far and wide to over 25K fans. Ellio, who can be found every day hard at work in the restaurant his parents, “A”lfonzo and “L”ina “P”izza founded in 1953, enjoyed his “Facebook fame,” which proved that his name, combined with his classic good looks, makes this hardworking octogenarian one of Wildwood’s most famous treasures…

Ellio traditionally bakes his parents Easter bread to take on his visits to their grave


Merry Christmas 2018

“What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Remembering O ur A nglesea A unts

Aunts Shirley & Sylvia by Lana Turner MacDonald and Carol Turner Leeper

Aunts Shirley & Sylvia Palmer with friend Nick the barber

Aunt Shirley with baby Lana in basket

Aunt Shirley with Cozy Morley

My sister Carol & I share many fond memories of growing up in the early days of Anglesea. If you spent time here in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s, you most likely went to Sylvia’s Restaurant or D & S Cold Cuts, owned by our aunt Sylvia Gerner and our aunt Shirley Palmer. In 1966, Aunt Shirley and our mother, Doris Calamaro, were partners in D & S Cold Cuts. In 1982, mom decided she wanted to open a gift shop, so she turned her half of the business over to her sister Shirley. Aunt Shirley operated D & S until 2002, when our mom sold the building (which now houses Joe Joe’s Pizza). Aunt Shirley looked forward to seeing all the children and parents every summer. Many of those children even called her Aunt Shirley. She watched many of those kids grow up and then bring their kids to her store where she loved taking many photos of “her kids”. She loved them all and they loved her. Sadly, Aunt Shirley died on September 15, 2017 and is sorely missed. We miss seeing her riding her bike, walking the boardwalk and sitting outside our cousin Joe’s Curiosity Shop. She was a Dr. Margaret Mace baby, living her whole life in North Wildwood and beautifully left her mark in Wildwood’s history. Contributing to that full memory book, Sylvia’s was a wonderful little restaurant on the corner of 1st and Olde New Jersey Avenues, where The Establishment now resides. Aunt Sylvia served breakfast and lunch and re-opened for the late-night crowd. After the bars closed, she would have hungry people forming a long line. Many agreed she had the best creamed dried beef they ever ate!

Aunt Sylvia

Aunt Sylvia married George Gerner, the grandson of George Redding, a former mayor of North Wildwood and state senator. Their marriage didn’t last, but they had a daughter, Joan, who would later have her own daughter, Theresa. Joan tragically passed away at 36 years old and a year later Theresa passed away from childhood leukemia. During such a tragic time in her life, Aunt Sylvia found the love of her life. He was a retired firefighter from Philadelphia named “Blackie” Bell, who, unfortunately, died about two years after Theresa. Most people didn’t know the heartache Aunt Sylvia endured in such a short time span, but her contributions here in our seaside community are well remembered. She died on October 9, 1996. Offering his own much-appreciated services in town, Nick “The Barber” Matacena was Aunt Sylvia’s landlord who came to Anglesea in 1929. Nick was a kind and caring man who befriended many in the neighborhood, including Aunt Sylvia. Nick’s wife died in the mid 1950’s. They had no children. Many years after his wife’s death, Nick took in a local man by the name of Harry (Diapers) Thomas. Harry owned a home on the 100 block of West Chestnut Avenue (it is still there but remodeled). Harry had difficulty taking care of himself, so Nick took him in. They were great company for each other. Harry died in the mid 1970’s. One morning in February 1978, Nick’s barber pole was not on, immediately alerting everyone that something was terribly wrong. He was a barber right up to the day he died. We fondly remember him and hope to one day proudly share more about our Anglesea roots and all the memories they inspire. Look for more of Lana’s memories to come in The Sun. . .

Aunt Shirley in front of her Deli

D&S Cold Cuts on the corner Olde NJ Ave. (photo Richard Deitz)

Sisters and Dr. Mace babies from Anglesea, Lana & Carol


Merry Christmas 2018

“If something goes without saying, let it.”


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“I just like to Smile! Smiling is my favorite thing!” ~Buddy the Elf

Brad & Jen Vodges watching the one and only Mike LeCompt rockin the stage at the ‘Inlet on Olde’ all summer long. (Photo taken Irish Weekend)

Mike LeCompte with the Inlet on Olde’s Puri Garzone

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The Rucci - Foti family enjoying a day at the 15th St. beach. Micah, Henry, Lauren, Michelle, Mark & baby Charlie

Unity Day at Fox Park with Minister Jonathan & Charlette Whitfield and family of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cape May Courthouse. (Photo courtesy of Deb Moore) See page 32 to read about Rev. Whitfield’s predecessor, the late Rev. William McClurkin

Wildwood Postmaster Bernadette Puodziunas with her favorite lady, Toni Stahl



Merry Christmas 2018

“So God created the great creatures of the sea . . . and God saw that it was good.” ~ Genesis 1:21

Wishin’ for Good fishin’

5 MILES of Smiles! Never pass up a chance to glow... Shine with all you have!

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Joey, Joey, Ryan ~Summer ‘18

Wildwood by-the-sea just has a way of connecting people in the sweetest of ways. In the latest case of ‘Sun Serendipity’, Maria Hoover was having a conversation with Dan Karvounis in his boardwalk store, Eleanor’s Gifts & Variety about a photo she had seen in The Sun, which just happened to feature an old photo of his mom, Eleanor. As fate would have it, Eleanor just happened to be in the store! This, naturally, led to another photo op of the two of them above, something we here at The Sun can never get enough of, with new friends reflecting on sweet days gone by…

Joey, Joey, Ryan ~Summer ‘07

Friends Joey Ebert and Joey and Ryan Comas, members of the Philadelphia Quartette Swim team, shared their “Now and Then” photos with The Sun (wisely knowing we love all things past and present), flashing the same winning smiles circa 2007 and 2018, which found them protecting our beaches and our beachgoers in their roles as lifeguards together for the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

MaryLou Trottnow (center) surrounded by her children. . . youngest to oldest (L-R), Meg, David, Lynn, Mark, Richard, Maryann & Albert The Trottnow clan enjoyed catching up on The Sun during their family reunion this summer, except for MaryLou... since it was “old news” to her, having read it cover to cover and back again by that time :-) She was simply in her glory being surrounded by her kids

5.6 lbs and 3.5lbs flounders caught by the Captain himself this summer. Old guys still can catch some dinner! Hello and Welcome fellow Anglers, As the fishing season begins its final swan song, much could be said about the 2018 season. The image of a roller coaster ride comes to my mind. My own description of the fishing season would be the drum fish kept a good beat, the seabass were the bass-est, and the flounder were flat. No pun intended. The offshore fishing was reported to be fair early. Late summer in the northern canyons the marlin were off the charts. The constant summer winds became a daily issue for many anglers. The bluefish seemed to increase in numbers, but the size suggest they were fresh out of the nursery. The increased numbers of trigger fish and Jacks around wrecks would have you think you were fishing in the South Carolina’s instead of South Jersey. If you are planning on Stripers in early November you will need a time machine to take you back to 1993. Stripers now show up around Christmas apparently working out a deal to help Santa. Reflecting back on the past season brings the reality that fishing resembles the classic saying “With the good comes some bad. I managed to catch some nice fish this year and feel fortunate to have that opportunity and enjoyed the experiences of the 2018

season. Fishing often personifies life in many ways. Fishing requires persistence while learning from your mistakes and failures. The blending of those experiences and trying new methods will often end with success. Fishing shines the light brightly on the journey not the success. Time spent on the water allows your senses to become flooded with the beauty of Mother Nature. It often creates the feeling of a spiritual connection with your soul and much perspective about you in the world. I realize at the end of many days on the water how blessed we are to have this amazing wonder in our backyard. The friendships and memories created will last forever. Traditionally I include my Christmas Wish List in this article. This year’s list has the following holiday wishes: I pray that Marine Fisheries would create a plan that would receive acceptance by all in the sport, in particular the group that provides the most return in dollars to the economy. RECREATIONAL ANGLERS. Hopefully, your stocking will be full of items to catch the future lunkers that will be calling you next year. I hope we all can take time to introduce the youth to the beauty and the importance of the natural resources. They will be thankful and become good stewards of our land in the future. May the love and harmony of the Christmas season carry thru the year. We are so blessed to live in these United States of America. When the good Lord finds me in his net, I pray he will qualify me as a Keeper.

Captain Gary Sloan, North Wildwood, NJ


Merry Christmas 2018


“God is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them ~ He remains faithful forever.” ~ Psalm 146:6

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Merry Christmas 2018

“Enjoy the moments for they quickly become memories. . . “


CLASS OF 1961 by Jinny Wood

What an exciting senior year for me it was! On November 19, 1960, WHS had its first Homecoming Weekend with Sandy Bunal selected as the Queen and Tom Ekstrom as her escort. The bon fire was held on Friday night behind Maxwell Field. The football team won three championships: Cape-Atlantic, South Jersey Group I, and Group I State Champs!! Our Senior class trip was two fun-filled days in Washington, D.C. - touring, sightseeing and snapping photos... oh the parties in our hotel rooms! ... And, not to be outdone, our basketball team won the South Jersey Group I Championship! Not to be further outdone... the Track and Field team were the Cape-Atlantic Title Winners. What a year to remember! After graduation I kept up with fellow classmates by saving news clippings of their weddings and other achievements, tucking them away in my yearbook...



Merry Christmas 2018


“I’ll be home for Christmas you can plan on me. Please have snow and mistletoe and presents on the tree...” ~ Recorded by Bing Crosby, 1943

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FEATURED HOUSE for 2018 - The Jonathan and Sarah James House - c. 1860 The 29th Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour will take place on Saturday, December 15th from 4PM-8PM. On the 3rd Saturday of December a minimum of 8 beautifully decorated 18th and 19th century historic homes, as well as several public buildings and 2 churches, are open to the public. Please think about starting your holiday season with a festive glimpse of history in Dennisville at Christmas time! The Jonathan and Sarah James House was built about 1860 in a vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival style. The main portion of this 2-story frame house is three bays wide and two bays deep with a center entrance. The side gabled roof has overhanging eaves and a boxed cornice with returns in the gable ends. The eaves are decorated with 1890 flat jig saw cut trim in a tear-drop shape. The front door has a surround of reeded pilasters that support a cornice with a dentiled pediment. Of special interest to visitors is the side sun room with the many multi-paned windows. The house has survived the foreclosure process and its new owners are giving the house plenty of well deserved attention. In keeping with an old fashioned tradition, the South Dennis United Methodist Church will sponsor a soup and sandwich supper from 3PM until food runs out. The price is $8. for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. The Middletones Carolers (Middle Township High School a cappella vocal quartet) will perform through the village in period costume. Tickets are available online for $15. at Ticket center will open on the day of the tour at the Dennisville Post Office at 3:30. For more info, go to or call 609.861.1338

Jonathan and Sarah James House

Jim Waltz, 2014

The strolling Middletones Carolers from Middle Township High School


Merry Christmas 2018


“Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind,Thou art not so unkind, as Man’s Ingratitude...” ~William Shakespeare

A Christmas Psalm by,

Steven J. Clark

Oh boy! What a beautiful little baby boy! Surrounded by the people Who raise Him to be our Father Cherish the name of Jesus Bow down with respect A respect deeper within one’s soul Praise His good name Happy Birthday my Loving King! Sing out loud the joy of his arrival! Kneel before Him with a loving heart! As the Angels dance with compassion And admiration for His Beautiful soul That was sent to Earth by His Heavenly Father God! Thank you! Thank you! For the precious gift of the baby boy we call Jesus Christ I love you Lord!

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Silouette of young Jim Cafiero

An Ode to “My Pat” Christmas by Jim Cafiero, 2017

Anne Stiles, Christmas in July

Blessings on the Beach BY ANNE STILES The calming effects of the waves, repetitive and constant, rolling in and onto the beach The view from the top of the ramp of the colorful array of beach umbrellas which resembles a large meadow of wild flowers The assortment of flags, the American to show patriotism, and others to display allegiance to our Armed Forces and sports teams, also to support our Police forces

did you know? “She sells seashells by the seashore” is about a real person? Mary Anning was an 1800s Englishwoman from a poor family who dug up fossil shells on the beach and sold them to make money. She made many important discoveries for the scientific community that changed what people thought about historic life, but they stole the credit for most of her work. Her life story was so inspirational that a song was written about her, and we still use the lyrics as a Tongue Twister today... She sells seashells down by the Seashore

This Christmas for us will mark 62 How blessed I have been to have shared 61 with you In my 90th year I know the score yet, I’ll pray to God for many more Though his denial would make me sad I’ll still thank his for those I’ve had Merry Christmas!!

The children quickly finding friends to play with because they are not judgmental The acts of kindness of the people who will assist elderly people and people with disabilities The feeling of amazement when you watch an osprey dive down and catch a fish, then fly over you with the fish in his talons Arriving to the beach after attending mass, in a packed to the rafters’ gym at NWCHS, celebrated by a exuberant, dynamic and inspirational priest from Haiti, whose sermon leaves you with a joyful heart! Seeing the joy of a child jumping the waves, and the giant smile on the faces of the grandparent holding their hand Every day is a gift; however, a Beach Day is an extra bonus from God!

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Merry Christmas 2018

“Help us gather those irreplaceable links with the past and preserve them for generations to come.” ~George Boyer


The Wildwood Historical Museum’s Fabulous Fall Open House ... Oct. 13th, 2018 Young 50s enthusiast M’Kayla and Floss Stingle, the woman behind the voice of the tram car. All were amazed to hear Floss do her infamous ditty, “Watch the tram car please...”

Roseann & Joan

A few board members, L-R, former president Anne Vinci, Lew Vinci, Pam Bross, Dorothy Kulisek, Kathy Skouras, Taylor Henry. We, along with volunteers continue to preserve the past of the Wildwoods. The museum is always in need of dedicated people to help with its many tasks. If you would like to find out more, please stop by or email us at

Pam and Kathi of the Museum with Richard Deitz, who brought his own traveling museum to showcase

Teri & Bob Grone

Ann & Vince Fulginiti

Ed Keller


Thank you for all you do to spread the love of the Wildwoods. A 40th birthday surprise party was held for Al Alven of Wildwood 365 at the museum on August 26th.

Pictured are brothers, Al & Dave Alven

Wildwood Weeks & Growing Up in Kensington author Bill Mettinger with his wife, were guests of this Fall Open House. Available at Wildwoodweeks. com

Jim & Lorraine Shafer


Merry Christmas 2018


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“Our memories of the sea linger long after the waves have washed our footprints away...”

�y �emories of by Diana Benero Copeland

Diana at about age 10 or so with her parents, Bob and Mary Benero in the lobby of Surf Hotel circa 1956

The Surf Hotel after the remodel circa mid 50s.

After the Benero’s sold The Surf Hotel, the new owners renamed it Yorkshire Terrace and the apartments behind it the Seagull Apts. They were demolished in 1997

When I would tell my friends that I grew up in a hotel, they called me “Eloise” and told me of their visions of me sliding down hotel banisters. When I was young, I was quite precocious and went through many nannies hired to look after me while my mom ran the hotel. But the true story is that the hotel was actually built for me. Built in 1948, it was the first Mom and Pop small hotel in North Wildwood (21 rooms), appropriately named The Surf Hotel, located at 22nd and Surf. For as long as I can remember, my parents told me it was built for me. They were older when they had me in 1946, their only child, and were used to traveling and staying in nice hotels. My parents continued that lifestyle but soon found out that children were not allowed at the hotels they had previously stayed in or in hotels they were hoping to stay in, and boarding houses were the only option for families. That really got to my Dad, no one was going to tell him where he could stay or not stay. He didn’t like boarding houses and was not about to stay in one just because he now had a child. So, he said, “We’ll build our own hotel where families are welcomed.” That is just what they did. They purchased a few lots on the west side Surf Ave. between 21st & 22nd, one for the hotel, one for the parking lot and one to prevent another hotel being built next to them. I will never forget when dad, mom and I would drive to North Wildwood at the beginning of the season. The car would pass over the old rickety wooden bridge going clackity clackity and we would smell what I called the “clam smell,” letting us know we were close---and then that long drive down Surf Ave inching closer to the hotel. In the early years, there wasn’t much else around, so we could see it from a distance. My parents had to stop at Mr. Tannebaums, their attorney, to pick up the key. Finally, we got to the hotel and I would run all around. I was home! (like Eloise!)


I remember rainy days would be baking days for cookies and cakes. Since the hotel was seasonal, we didn’t have heating or air conditioning, so in May when we went to get it ready for the season, there would be rainy, cool days, and my mom would use the oven to heat up our little kitchen. The hotel did have a landline phone and since we were the closest place to have a phone, our neighbors would ask if they could use it. What I found interesting was how many motels had the wives operating them while the husbands worked their jobs back home, only coming down on the weekends. My dad worked at the Navy Yard and would drive down Friday nights for the weekend. My mom had a dress shop in Philadelphia but would close it for the summer to run the hotel. Fast forward a few years in the early 50s when the hotel went through a remodel. I remember that being a big deal! The hotel was very boxy, designed after the then-current style of the much larger hotels but there was a style revolution happening with new Futuristic styles ---known later in history as “DooWop” ... So, gone was the flat front of the hotel with its little square windows and in its place was a set of very large floor-to-ceiling angled windows with jalousies on the sides with glass bricks around the front doors. It now had more of a Jetson look than before. Mom also put a pay phone in the lobby for the guests’ convenience. Our hotel was very family oriented with the same guests returning year after year. We would sit out on the front porch and talk with the guests and people-watch as clusters of families walked down 22nd to “the boards.” Weekends were especially busy in Wildwood. Cars were buzzing up and down Surf Ave. on Friday and Saturday nights. The scene was even more special with the neon lights from all the motel signs that had sprung up around us. By this time, the Surf had its own futuristic neon sign out front. Across the street

Merry Christmas 2018


“Memories are special moments that tell our story.” ~Anon.

�y �emories of

S U R F H OT E L was The Grey Manor and one of my favorites, the Flame Inn, where the sign was a tall, flickering neon candle. Our hotel had no vacancies starting early on Fridays, but my Mom kept the neon ‘vacancy’ sign on. I didn’t understand that until she explained it was her way of helping out the other motels that still had rooms. People appreciated that, too, so that they wouldn’t have to keep driving around to find a room. A good life lesson for me. I had good childhood “summer friends” like Mary Teresa (Tweetsie) Soens-- she and her family spent the summer in a house on the beach block of 22nd, known as Undertakers Row. I think it was named that because the string of houses was owned by Mr. Kinney, (Mary Teresa’s grandfather) an undertaker in Philadelphia. Those houses were two stories and a very funny, nice lady named Frances Starr lived on the top floor of the Soens. She would tell us the funniest jokes. Another good friend was Ava Maria Carpenter---she stayed with her grandparents for the summer at their house on 21st near Surf. Her grandfather’s name was Rocky. He had a boat and would take us for rides out on the bay. We all played kid games together and loved putting on plays. Tweetsie had brothers and boxer dogs. Another who would join in was Johnny Ryan, whose family had a lovely large white house right at the end of Surf Ave. before you got on the ramp to the boardwalk. I always thought the Ryans were really rich because they had a water sprinkler system for their lawn! Ava’s parents owned a luncheonette at the end of 22nd. You could step off the beach and right onto the diner’s property. I loved spending time there--spinning on the stools at the counter and listening to the jukebox. One of my favorite songs one summer was “You Belong to Me.” These days, whenever I hear that song, it takes me right back. When we got a little older, we were able to go on the boardwalk by ourselves and enjoy the rides, movies, skee ball and wheels of chance. I especially remember the caterpillar ride and the little cars that you drove on your own under the Flyer. I enjoyed the Jungleland ride but was afraid of the Mighty Mouse roller coaster. We loved the Fun House, but we

girls always made sure to wear Bermuda shorts or clam diggers instead of skirts if we were going on that walk-through type ride. When you stepped on a floorboard, a blast of air would come up--well you get the idea. On rainy days, we would head out to a matinee. I remember seeing “The Wizard of Oz” for the first time at the Regent Theater. I loved all the movie theaters in Wildwood. On special occasions, meaning when my cousins would visit, we would go to Zaberers for dinner. It was such a bustling, exciting place! On some weekends, when my Dad was in town, we would go to Schumann’s for ice cream sundaes. If you finished the whole thing, you would get a certificate. After Mass on Sundays, we would have breakfast at Groff’s... Loved their black bottom pie. I loved Mack’s pizza, Laura’s Fudge and Douglass Candies... so glad they still have their iconic plaid rug and boxes. I remember how I would bike up to Larkin’s to bring back some hoagies--they were the best... and getting ice cream sodas at the pharmacy luncheonette--the one that used to be on Pacific near Central Ave. Another favorite restaurant was “Pierre’s” on the boardwalk around the corner from Groff’s. The restaurant was so cute with its French theme. It had the best waffles. When I became a teenager, I would go to Starlight Ballroom to dance --before or after getting a lime rickey, that is. Dick Clark was the DJ at Starlight. I started dancing on Bandstand in my freshman year of high school and soon became a regular on the show. It wasn’t always just fun and games growing up in a family business. When I was older, I took on assorted hotel responsibilities. I was the writer in the family, so my mom had me correspond with guests inquiring about reservations. I also greeted the guests, was the chambermaid in the early slow season and did my share of painting and other assorted little jobs around the hotel. I am so grateful for the experiences I had. My parents built a hotel just for me because they wanted families to enjoy their vacations. I visited the Boyer Museum a few summers ago and met a gentleman who had done PR for area musicians. He remem-

Diana at around 8-9 years old at side of front porch of Surf Hotel

Diana with best friends Ava Maria and Mary Teresa (Tweetsie) on North Wildwood Beach circa 1948, with their moms in the background bered my mom and the Surf Hotel and how she would put on big pots of pasta for the “starving musicians.” He told me to go across the street to La Cucina and tell one of the musicians I was Mary Benero’s daughter. I did just that and the musician had tears in his eyes. He remembered how gracious my mom was. I am so thankful for the wonderful legacy of my parents and The Surf Hotel. My parents sold the hotel in 1963. The new owners added a pool and renamed it the Seagull Apartments. It was torn down c. 1997 and replaced with condos. Fortunately, I could never replace the countless memories of my Wildwood summers.

Teenage Diana with friend Arlene-her Mom would let her invite a Philly friend to the hotel for a week every summer

Diana with Mr. Groff at George Boyer Wildwood Historical Museum a few years ago


Merry Christmas 2018

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know... WHS Class of ‘73 Celebrated their 45th year Reunion at the Mudhen Brewery, Sept. 22nd, 2018 Photos sent in by Lisa Ann Lauriello

Front Row: Doreen DiCarlo, Jane Alexander Bulman, Sena Ward, Donna Reuter, Cathy Palmer & Dave DelConte Back Row: Shirley Ludman, Wally Carty, Lisa Ann Lauriello, Deb Coleman Brannon, Kathy Thomas, Hank Korzienowski, Carol Clark

�ia Chiarella’s Christmas Decision

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, a day of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance-a day in which we think of everyone we have ever loved.” Augusta E. Randel

My sister Gia was a talented, bright, strong-willed girl whose life was cut tragically short when she was just 13 years old and I was 11. This year marks her 20th anniversary. In honor of Gia’s anniversary, I’m setting her wings free, to be the beautiful spirit she always was. Sadly, I have made the difficult decision to no longer have the annual Gift for Gia, which had become a loving tribute to my much-loved sister, who never wanted for anything. She had me, her proud little sister. Gia was love; and a force to be reckoned with. She could touch people’s lives without them even knowing it, so much like our mom, who continues to touch people’s lives to this day. Now, I want my sister Gia, as well as my mom and dad, to be proud of me and know I will always be the best I can be for them! Rest in Peace my dear family. . . Love, Mia

The Faces of Addiction submitted anonymously by Islands Apart

LisaAnn Lauriello, Teresa Cappachione and Autumn Hall Park Blvd. friends for life!

Don’t you like me anymore? A message from your RELATIVES....We don’t see you very much at family functions, you’ll only call when you’re in need of money. We love you. Don’t you like us anymore? A message from your PARENTS....Why did you forget to do the one simple chore we asked of you? Why did you steal all of our jewelry? Why are you lying all the time and trying to convince us that you’re not? Why won’t you eat with us anymore? Why do you criticize everything we give you or do for you? Don’t you like us anymore? A message from your BROTHER: ... Why won’t you go fishing or surfing with me anymore? Why can’t we sit and talk like we used to? Why won’t you be a great role model for me.? I want to look up to you but I can’t now. Don’t you like me anymore? We all love you, don’t you like us anymore? Can you face the reflection in your mirror? Why when I call you, you disappear and not answer me? We are all the faces of addiction!!! A message from your PETS: ... Why won’t you come out of your room and feed me and play with me. You don’t take me for walks anymore. Thank you for changing my litter but you disappeared for three hours and forgot to finish putting the clean litter in my box. Don’t you like me anymore? A message from your NEIGHBORS: We don’t see you riding your bike or going out to surf anymore. You don’t stop and talk to us anymore. Don’t you like us anymore? A message from your FRIENDS: Hey, We called you and you don’t answer your phone. We leave messages and you don’t call back. We invite you out for some fun but you decline our invites. Don’t like us anymore? Your life matters!!!! We love you and we will never stop supporting you. Just when you think you can’t stand the life anymore, get down on your knees and pray and reach out to God and ask for help. You will receive it.


Merry Christmas 2018


...with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” ~Lewis Carroll, Adventures in Wonderland

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood 2018 WINTER MOVIE GUIDE by Meg Corcoran

Mary Poppins Returns to the festive

town of Wildwood, NJ alongside friends, old and new, searching for a bit of seaside sanctuary (and Santa Claus). Aquaman is naturally intrigued by our vast ocean, and, despite the temperature, is boogie-board bound, waving a cheery hello to Holmes and Watson, who are on the case of that elusive Santa. Ben is Back just in time for the holidays, hoping to find healing on our therapeutic shores. Never looking for, but, of course in need of redemption, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is trying to hate the scenery but reluctantly finds his grouchy mood lightening up along the coast. While our cast settles in for a long winter’s nap, Wildwood style (Tops on everyone’s Wish List), don’t forget to check your local listings for release date changes… After her godfather (Morgan Freeman) gives her a mysterious key, young Clara (Mackenzie Foy) finds herself carried to an enchanted land (strangely sans scenic ocean view) within The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (opened November 2nd). Intrigued by news about the ‘Pinch the GrYnch Boardwalk 5K Run, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, opens November 9th) is determined to keep the Whos and all of Whoville, along with the spirit of Christmas, from disrupting his solitary life. Within the Wizarding World, it’s 1920s Paris, and the Fantastic Beasts: (over) The Crimes of Grindelwald (opens November 16th) are involved in the adventures of magizoologist Newt (Eddie Redymayne) and his wizard company (including Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston), who just can’t wait to experience the magic within the upcoming Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade. Six years after his first arcade adventure, and after many “educational” visits to Gateway 26, Ralph Breaks the Internet (voice of John C. Reilly, opens November 23rd) when he and friend Vanellope (voice of Sarah Silverman) find a wi-fi router. With the help of trainer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), champion Creed (II, Michael B. Jordan, opens November 21st) prepares for his next formidable opponent in the ring, taking much-needed

mental health Seawall strolls. On Christmas Eve, troubled 19-year-old Ben is Back (Lucas Hedges, opens December 7th) for the Family Holiday Celebration and welcomed home by mom Holly (Julia Roberts), who struggles to keep their family intact. Danger strikes, and reality is turned upside, sending Spider-Man into the Spider-verse (voice of Jake Johnson, opens December 14) joining animated forces with the Spider-men occupying those dimensions (including Nicolas Cage) with all involved finding time for the Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree Christmas Lighting Ceremony and the Hereford Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Just in time for the all-new Christmas on the Plaza, Mary Poppins Returns (Emily Blunt, opens December 21st), bringing a bit of enchantment into the adult lives of Jane, Michael and his children. Also starts Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The comedic adventures of Holmes and Watson (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, opens December 21st) are highlighted in the latest crime-fighting tale, where they get easily distracted at the Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival. Discovering he’s heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, Aquaman (Jason Momoa, opens December 21st) is forced into a heroic adventure, fortunately finding inspiration courtesy of the Battle of the Boards Basketball Tournament. As the temperature continues to drop, the frosty sea creates the perfect setting for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, who have finally found the magical kingdom they’ve been searching for. Creed II is getting the best workout sprinting on the boardwalk, passing Ralph (who) Breaks the Internet but forms an unbreakable bond with our finest off-season arcades. Spider-Man (steps out) into the Spider-verse while enjoying his time in our seaside universe, web slinging from Anglesea to Diamond Beach. The Fantastic Beasts: (forget) The Crimes of Grindelwald in favor of fresh salty air, knowing it would be criminal not to appreciate every minute of their Hollywood break. Our holiday cast shares that grateful disposition (which looks good on everyone) as they sail into a brand-new year by the sea…

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Merry Christmas 2018

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”

5 MILES of Smiles! Summer is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Merry Christmas in July

July 22, 2018 Hosted annually for over 25 years by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol

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Blake, Michelle, Payton & Mayor Patrick Rosenello

Bill Dobbins and family with Santa

Nancy, Corkie, Carol & Bert Corcoran Look for more photos from the North Wildwood Flea Market and Christmas in July in the Summer issue

Mike & Christine Gain had a jolly time

Matt Gain & Pat McCain

NWBP Bill Shav & his barber John Russo Chris & Dylan


The boys of summer: Dylan, Kevin, Ian, Nick, Austin, and Jordan

Carolyn Weisman & Santa

Erin, Linda & Kelly with Santa


Merry Christmas 2018


“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” William Thomas Ellis

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Merry Christmas in July

July 22, 2018 Hosted annually for over 25 years by the North Wildwood Beach Patrol

Ho! Ho! Ho! Don’t forget to be AWESOME!

Sammi, Mackenzie, Gabby & Hannah

Brian is secretly one of Santa’s elves

WBP Bill Auty with Cody & Will

What would Christmas in July be without the NWBP Band playing Christmas carols?! . . . thanks to John O’Brien & The McGuigans

NWBP Inlet beach guards Brian & TE

1997 ~ (L-R) John O’Brien, unknown, Jr. guard Matt and Tom McGuigan

Kevin, Stacey & baby Ethan Simon

2007 ~ Matt McGuigan These 3 photos featuring Matt McGuigan, are each 10 years apart. He’s been playing the part of Santa’s helper at NWBP “Christmas in July” event since his Jr. Lifeguard days in 1997, when he handed out candy canes. Today, Matt works as an Optometrist. He is married to his wife, Jenn, and they now bring their daughter, Erin, to Christmas in July to see Santa. ~Sent in by his proud father, Dr. Tom McGuigan

Hope & Santa

2017 ~ Matt & Pat McGuigan, and John O’Brien

Stevie B & little Santa friend

Look for more photos from the summer in next issue!


Merry Christmas 2018

“All you need is love.” ~John Lennon

Proposal on 18TH ST. CANAL by Gina Prickril

N39°.00” W74°.48”. “The best place on earth”. That’s how my nephew, Kevin Tinneny, Jr. described it to me. My nephew lives in Oahu and is a lifeguard on a squad that serves all the beaches made famous by the surfer boy bands of the 60’s: Waimea Bay, Bonzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach just to name a few. So, imagine my surprise when those same coordinates which he had tattooed onto his foot led me to a point on earth located right here in North Wildwood. To be more specific, if you put these coordinates in your GPS unit, you will find yourself right smack in the middle of Otten’s Canal, somewhere between our family’s home and Canal Side Boat Rentals at 18th and Delaware Avenues. Nearly a quarter century ago, Kevin and his cousin (my other nephew), Michael Raila, spent their days at the shore wrapping bait and cleaning boats at Canal Side. When they completed their work, they were sure to play a few tricks on Mike Lanza, the owner. Our family’s house is on the other side of the canal, so we have known the Lanza family for many years. Mike enjoyed teaching Kevin and Michael about life on the water. How to start a manual start engine, how not to flood an engine, how to tie a fishing rig onto your rod, the best way to net a keeper. When they were at our house, Kevin and Michael would cast nets for minnows, cast lines for snapper blues and reel in all that life near salt water can offer. The list of what those boys got into is endless. So are the memories. So, it is fitting that Kevin chose this exact location, this best place on earth, to propose to the love of his life, Chelsea Genova. They had each traveled nearly half way around the world to live on Oahu but Kevin still managed to find his own Jersey Girl – Chelsea hails from

Chelsea says “I do!” to Kevin’s proposal

Kevin as a young boy, growing up on the canal

The Perrucci family homestead for generations, since 1961

Galloway Township, New Jersey. On July 28, 2018, Kevin gave Chelsea a tour of Otten’s Canal on his paddle board and made his best place on earth even better. A hush fell over the family as they disembarked the paddle board; Kevin dropped to one knee on our floating dock and presented Chelsea with a ring and a question. She said yes! Both families celebrated the good news. Soon-to-be Best Man Michael Raila toasted the happy couple. Mike Lanza sat back and enjoyed the moment and recalled the memories, more than happy to be part of the setting. Sunset was on the horizon and Otten’s Canal was aglow with heaven’s light show. Who could have imagined? By the way – those coordinates above? I caught a glimpse of them tattooed on the shoulder of my nephew, Michael. Birds of a feather, two peas in a pod, wait, here’s a better one: rod and reel. These two nephews of mine – still living the dream in North Wildwood!

Great Grandmom enjoyed sitting on the deck of the canal cottage

Love is in the air at 18th Street Canal... Mike Lanza with his ‘boat boys’ at Kevin’s cousin Michael’s wedding. Lately Mike has been enjoying attending the many weddings of his employees over the years ...


Merry Christmas 2018


“This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.” ~Taylor Caldwell

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Jim & Jen shining in the glow of The Sun

Marian Stevenson, pictured with The Sun, traveled with family members to China with her adopted granddaughter Joy to visit her family. L-R Joel, Marian, Jared, Jolene, Jessica, Joy with her foster Mom, Jin Dai. Joy was adopted by Jolene & Joel at age 12, and is now 16.

I brought The Sun to the Keys not just for a photo op, but to see how many people recognized it where I went. People asked to see it in Marathon, Key West, Key Largo, Miami, Ft.Lauderdale and various parts of Palm Beach. Many people recognized it and got excited to see that I brought a piece of their life with me, through you. I can’t wait for the next edition when I bring it to Disney, and on a flight in a real WWII fighter plane. The Sun truly travels around the world! ~Phil Schmeer

Ed Gorczyca never forgets to pack The he is on the final leg of his East Coast road trip this summer

The Branner / Thomas family made sure to take The Sun to Virginia Beach for summer vacation. Mary DeMaio took The Sun along for a trip to Barcelona for a friend’s wedding. This picture is at the famous market: Boqueria en Barcelona.

Perfect Cutz patrons, David Richart and MaryLou McClosky enjoy reading The Sun while waiting for haircuts. (Look for MaryLou’s old Wildwood photos that she sent in, featured in the summer issue:-)

Kim McMonagle & Marsha Shrader took The Sun and their angels with them to Arizona

Peggy & Cliff took The Sun to the beach because “No Beach Bag should be without it!” :-)


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