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Celebrating 100 years of fishing. . .

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Casting their rods into the mighty Atlantic, these local and familiar faced fishermen have helped re-enact a nostalgic Jersey Shore scene from the turn of the century. Young women in their summer white dresses must have watched from a post Victorian boardwalk as the men made their way past sea-grass covered dunes, rusted fragments of The Sindia shipwreck, and onto the legendary Ocean City Fishing Pier. Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, Community Service Director Jim Mallon, Monihan Reality agent Ken Cooper, local musician/artist/surfer Aaron Jamison, aka A5, and John McCann of McCann Realtors pose for a back-in-time photo to inspire a “golden-age” fondness and admiration of the Jersey Shore’s olden times. This season, The Ocean City Sun honors the 100th anniversary of the Fishing Pier and Club; the oldest, still operating in America, as our magazine includes many reflections of the century old celebration. Open your personal guide to the Happiest Place on Earth! May Summer 2013 be a reel Keeper! Like Us @ OCEAN CITY SUN






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{Pure Ocean City delight!} 100 YEARS AND COUNTING George Ingram Page 6 SHOP, DINE, UNWIND ON ASBURY AVENUE Pages 8-11

One thing certain in life is that it is always changing. Life is our story. .. telling

itself, unfolding at each dawning of a new day. At the dawn of a new season and as The Sun begins its second year in Ocean City, one thing remains the same; I remain gratified by the life stories our readers have graciously shared and honored to watch more of those stories unfold. Through each tale told I’ve learned what makes Ocean City so special; the people who love it. We here at The Sun have loved being a witness to the life story continually revealing itself in America’s Greatest Family Resort and look forward to many more years of seaside reminiscing. I’ve been doing much reminiscing of my own lately. My life story forever changed on January 22 of this year, when I said goodbye to my father, Joseph McMonagle. My father’s story is the letter he wrote for all to read. He was compassionate, generous, patient, humble and loving. It tells the story of goodness and grace to everyone who knew him. It is a wonderful story. He was a newspaper guy who retired as a Union worker from the Philadelphia Inquirer. He loved reading the papers, (especially mine.) Over the past 10 years, my Wildwood Sun pleasantly reunited him with old friends and family, as it has done so serendipidously for many others as well. He loved people. He will be missed as we remember this man who was Dad, Pop, Joe, and Joe Mick, sitting on his favorite chair or on his porch rocker with his paper in one hand, and his magnifying glass in his other, (and a dog or two by his side) giving a nod to all of those heading down to the beach and making sure they took a copy of The Sun from the pile he would put on the wall by the sidewalk. My life story seems to always be teaching and reminding me the practice of letting go. Looking back I see that any struggle in my life had come from unwillingness to let go of trying to control things. But I have learned that life is full of many paradoxes and by letting go, we really hold fast to that which we love so dearly. I know no more now than I ever did about the other side of death at the last letting go of my father. But I know that I do not need to know everything. God knows. He assures me this; the wonderful life that my father had here on earth was just a glimpse of what he is experiencing now in eternity. My life story is full of so many blessings and my father will always be one of the biggest ones. HIs passing has given me wind under my wings to forge into another year of publishing… he was a hard working man who found so much pleasure in knowing all of his kids were working. I love the work God has given me to do. I am blessed and thankful to know that my story makes a difference in the world, and it made my father proud. Not only did he love to read The Sun, but he was one of my biggest fans. Here’s to you Dad! And to year #2 of The Ocean City Sun! Hot off the press!


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WHILE YOU WERE AWAY Pages 12-23 SANDY SNAPSHOTS Rob Kulisek Page 24 SUNSHINE IN SANDY’S WAKE Josh Kinney Page 25 AMERICA’S GREATEST SMILES 26, 29, 32, 34, 41, 42, 43, 44, 54, 55 MACARONI ST. Peaches Lukens Page 27 AN INTERVIEW WITH LILLIAN RICHARDS Josh Kinney Page 28

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Ocean City Community Center Centerfold THE HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER Steve Murray Page 35 AN INTERVIEW WITH PEGGY LLOYD Josh Kinney Page 36 WHO COVERED THE FIG TREE? Marilyn Guidetti Page 37 OCEAN CITY, THE VERY BEST PLACE Josh Kinney Page 38 OCEAN CITY FIRSTS Fred Miller P. 40 CHURCHES ON THE ISLAND Page 45



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“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it” – George Moore

May Events May Hath 31 Days.’s the merrie, merrie, month of the May

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~JUNE 14TH IS AMERICAN FLAG DAY, fly the Old Glory! “You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave.” ~George M. Cohan

5/31, 6/1-2 Ocean City Flower Show commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat10am-9pm,Sun 10am-4pm. Pre-season beach tags are $20.00 until May 31,2013. $25.00 beginning June 1,2013 5/18 American Heart Assoc. HeartWalk Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am. 5/18-19 “Four at the Shore” Treasure Hunt Ocean City Music Pier. metal detector competition. 5/19 Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon 1/4 mile Swim, 2M run/16M Bike/2M run. And kids course. Swim 6am-8am. Run/Bike/Run 9am. 5/19 Literary Luncheon Series at Pointe Diner. Featuring local authors Art Higbee & David Jones “Promising Forecast”. 1pm. $10. all inclusive lunch. 609.816.4310

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6/2 NJ MasterChorale Concert 60-voice classical choir; Wayne Richmond, Director; Haddonfield, NJ. Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. 7:00 pm. Free admission. 6/6 Wonder’s Birthday Bash Gillian’s Wonderland Pier – Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6pm-10:30pm. 6/12-15 Miss New Jersey Pageant– Boardwalk Parade(June 12th), preliminary competitions, and the finals at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. 6/16 Johnsons Popcorn Fathers Day Family Fun Fest ~ Bands, Magicians & Pony rides at 11th St. 1pm – 3pm.

5/24 Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons Plunge Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the new season. 12noon, Moorlyn Terrace St. Beach.

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6/24-28 July Jubilee A fun filled week of contests leading up to July 4th complete with taffy sculpting, treasure hunts and more. 11am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. 6/25 FUNday at Playland 1pm –5pm at Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th & Boardwalk 6/30 Tony Campolo Author & Commentator, Ocean City Tabernacle, 7pm. Free 6/26-9/4 Every Wednesday~Farmer’s Market at the Tabernacle Grounds 8am – 1pm

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“The best compliment we can pay our past is to prophetically and bravely face today and tomorrow.” ~Bernie Wiebe

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The Ocean City Fishing Club: 100 Years and Counting By George Ingram

It was the summer of 1913, and Woodrow Wilson was six months into his first term as the 28th President of the United States. The Panama Canal was nearing completion. A gallon of gasoline cost eight cents. And a group of forward-looking surf anglers met inside a store in Ocean City, NJ, to establish the Ocean City Fishing Club (OCFC). These men laid the foundation for an organization that is now celebrating its 100th anniversary--the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in America. “Every one of our 215 men and women members owe a debt of gratitude to the individuals who had the foresight to launch this club so many years ago,” said OCFC President Paul Keuerleber. To commemorate the milestone, the club has planned a year-long series of events and activities, including an exhibition at the Ocean City Historical Museum, an Open House on the pier, a Centennial Banquet at The Flanders Hotel, and a three-day surf fishing tournament next October. For club members, it’s a time not only to look forward to the celebrations but also to take a sentimental look at the past: Included in the club’s Certificate of Incorporation on September 4, 1913, were such

lofty objectives as “to advance, promote, and enjoy the sport of fishing in this state and to prevent the violation of the laws thereof relative to fish and fishing...and to establish social intercourse and good fellowship…” In 1915, the first pier and clubhouse was built at 14th Street and the Boardwalk at a total cost of $3,000. Situated on the New Jersey shore for the past century, the club and its pier have been clobbered by Mother Nature more than a few times and by at least one maritime accident. But OCFC has always come back. In 1919, for example, a severe storm destroyed the 14th Street pier and a second club pier at the north end of the Boardwalk. The pier at 14th Street was rebuilt, only to be heavily damaged by another storm in 1923. But the most destructive one of all was the March 1962 storm that completely destroyed club property, leaving only wrecked pilings stuck in the ocean like toothpicks. By 1968, OCFC had a new clubhouse and pier. Twelve years later, at 2 o’clock in the morning, two barges broke away from a dredging project and slammed into the middle of the pier, wrecking 125 feet of pilings and leaving wooden debris strewn across the beach. Once again, the pier was rebuilt.

It was damaged again by a storm in 1992, and as part of reconstruction, the pier’s length was extended for a total of 635 feet from the Boardwalk. Fortunately, last year’s Sandy caused only minor damage to the pier, but there are some non-storm related repairs that will be made this year. The club’s history includes the famous Ocean City Cup. Proposed by a club member in 1914, it was made of sterling silver and stood 43 inches high. The cup, created J.E. Caldwell & Co., was awarded from 1914 to 1986 to the top teams who competed for it in surf casting tournaments on the Jersey coast. A fire destroyed the original cup in 1920, but an exact replica, complete with the names of the winning teams and their averages, is proudly displayed today at the Ocean City Historical Museum. Here are some additional facts gleaned from the club’s yearbooks: --In the early years, the most sought-after fish was the channel bass, which is only rarely caught in Ocean City waters today. In 1915, 75 of these bass were caught in the surf, including 15 from the club’s first pier. --Fishing from the pier was good in 1917, when a total of 12, 817 fish were landed. By contrast, club members caught 2,464 fish in 2012. --During the First World War, 22 club members served in the Armed Forces, and 18 answered the call to duty in the Second World War. --In 1918, regular meetings of the club were cancelled because of an influenza epidemic. --A September 1936 hurricane ruined fall fishing, but did little damage to the pier. --The club’s first annual Boys & Girls Surf Fishing Tournament was held at the North End Beach on July 10, 1976. Cosponsored by the Ocean City Department of Recreation, this free event for youngsters 8 to 16 will notch its 37th year this August. --Weakfish catches in 1969, 1970, and 1971 were the largest in club history. (Only 135 were caught in 2012.) --This June, OCFC will present its 7th annual $500 scholarship to a graduating Ocean City High School senior who plans to continue his or her education in such fields as oceanography, environmental sciences, biology, or related fields. The past 100 years have produced a great deal of fishing, camaraderie, and community service for members of the Ocean City Fishing Club. For more information, visit the club’s website at

Ocean City Fishing Club Elects a New President By George Ingram

When Paul Keuerleber was a teenager visiting Ocean City many years ago, he had a dream of becoming a member of the Ocean City Fishing Club (OCFC). That dream was fulfilled in 1992, and this past Fall, the 69-year-old Keuerleber was elected president of the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in the United States—one that is celebrating its 100th anniversary with its iconic 14th Street pier undamaged by Hurricane Sandy. “This is an exciting time for our 216 members of the Ocean City Fishing Club, for the City of Ocean City, and for the many local merchants who support our efforts” said Keuerleber, who presides over a series of events planned for the club’s centennial, including a 3-day surf fishing tournament, an exhibition at the Ocean City Historical Museum, and a banquet at The Flanders Hotel. To help kick off the celebration, the Ocean City Arts Center hosted a January 2013 art exhibit of “plein air” paintings of the club’s fishing pier. OCFC will conduct its 38th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament, which is co-sponsored by the city’s Department of Recreation. The 100th Anniversary Surf Fishing Tournament from October 17-19 will mark the 46th consecutive year that the club has held a fall surf tourney. And, for the sixth consecutive year, the club will award a $500 scholarship to an Ocean City High School graduating senior who plans to seek a career in such fields as biology, oceanography, environmental sciences, or related fields. When he’s in Ocean City, Keuerleber doesn’t have to travel far to cast a line into the surf. That’s because, in addition to having a residence in Hatboro, PA, he and his wife Darlene own a unit at The Beaches condominium at 14th Street and Ocean Avenue, across the Boardwalk from the fishing pier.

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“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ A bit of breezy chat about the island’s happenings. . . . . . from Labor Day 2012 through Memorial Day 2013 It’s been a sunny, and occasionally soggy, off-season along the picturesque coast filled with sensational events proudly depicted in these upcoming pages of the SUN. Ocean City proved to be the city with strength and spirit as good-hearted Samaritans came out in droves in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, determined to return our town to its sunlit glory. We celebrated autumn and winter’s events, lit up during an Old Fashioned Family Christmas, stayed up late for a First Night Celebration and, of course, supported our Downtown merchants. Author Anne Morrow Lindberg once said, “Only with winter-patience can we bring the deep desired, long-awaited spring.” As we wait patiently for seasons to change, and before turning our attention toward Ocean City’s endearing and always entertaining summer events, we take a look back on cooler days gone by (by the sea)…

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Jerry Lukas, the flopping cartoonist from Vineland, flops in front of Trash Buster, Ocean City’s environmental “Canned Crusader” and emcee of the contest. Trash Buster reminded everyone to recycle and “can their litter.” He also led the World’s only Wind Chimes Band that performed at the contest.

Falling in to a Brand New Season Stumbling into Labor Day Weekend were the contestants for the King and Queen of Plop Contest, Miss Fall and Mr. Fall Guy, who demonstrated their best slow motion “fall” in to a new Ocean City season. Prizes were awarded during the free contest, with celebrity ploppers on hand for the event, including the infamous hermit crab Martin Z. Mollusk.

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A Sun-Filled Ocean City Block Party The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce happily announced the Official Ribbon Cutting for the Ocean City Sun-bythe-sea. The Ocean City Block Party was held October 6th under clear, sunny skies. Featured among the crowd were ladies dressed in vintage beach hats and glasses signing autographed copies of The Sun. Read on!

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. . . OCEAN CITY, A NEW SEASON An Artful Reminder Artist Jose Chara represented the Ocean City’s Community Arts Program at Ocean City’s 911 Ceremony. His sculpture, which was formed out of a recovered steel ibeam from the World Trade Center, was officially dedicated on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012 at the 6th St. firehouse. Welcome Aboard On October 24th, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Welcome Night” at the Ocean City Music Pier to introduce residents to Community Civic and Social Organizations, Community Leaders, City Officials and local businesses and medical offices.

59th St. pier Hurricanes and Halloween In the devastating aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, during which time record flooding occurred, thousands of evacuated residents waited on word to return home. The hurricane produced record tide levels of 7.25 feet with hurricane force winds extending 175 miles in either direction, 6-12 inches of rain during the course of the storm which left severe erosion to Ocean City beaches, downed trees and utility lines and streets filled with sand and debris. Dunes were destroyed resulting in extensive damage to beachfront homes along with unprecedented flooding in downtown businesses on Asbury Avenue. Not much remains of the 59th St. fishing pier, as seen in the photo above taken after the storm by Rebecca Fiedler of Just Right TV Productions. Getting Back to Normal Trick or Treaters were a welcome sight on Saturday, November 10th as they celebrated a belated Halloween through the streets of Ocean City as well as kicking off the Quiet Festival with NAP, the National Assn. of Tired People, providing the treats. Also celebrated was a Quiet Pet Contest and The Snore at the Shore, a quiet snoring contest. Giving Thanksgiving for a Caffeine Jolt Dunkin Donuts, located at 926 West Avenue, held their Grand Reopening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 24th, giving the first 50 eligible people in line free coffee a week for a year.

Bailey, a laid back Chocolate Lab, was crowned Ocean City’s “Dog of the Year”. 1st runners up were Oopsie and Oliver, white and tan standard poodles sponsored by the Donna Gay Dillon Boutique. 2nd runner up was C-Max, a white Bischon, sponsored by the Dog Park.

The Dog of the Year Ceremony, initially to be held on October 28th was postponed until November 11th. The winner was announced during a gathering of contestants, their best friends, the public and assorted canines at the Port O’ Call Hotel, 15th and Boardwalk. Contestants photos were displayed on the Boardwalk and in the downtown where people could vote for them by money. The one who raised the most cash for the Ocean City Dog Park was crowned Dog of the Year. Bailey was sponsored by Uncle Bill’s Pancake House of Ocean City. The Dog Park, located in the south end of the city, provides a safe, cogenial place for dogs to relax and frolic plus take care of business. Available at the event were 2013 Dog of the Year Calendars. Did you get yours? Following Sandy’s wrath, residents as well as business owners began the arduous duty of clean up, providing the Ocean City landscape with a new sight every day. Appliances, furniture and carpet lined driveways as power washers and hoses were put to good use. Volunteers, including students from Rutgers University, were also in plain sight, going door-to-door offering assistance, food and bottled water.

OCNJ CARE, the formidable volunteer organization formed immediately following Hurricane Sandy and comprised of dozens of local volunteers, has helped provide food, clothing and shelter needs to hundreds of Ocean City residents. Financial assistance was at first the most pressing need; as well as to assist relocated residents and cover hurricane related injuries. Project partners include the City of Ocean City, Chamber of Commerce, Ecumenical Council, School District, St. Peters United Methodist Church, the Ocean City Tabernacle, Board of Realtors, Ocean City PTA, and the local Firemen and Policemen’s Benevolent Associations. OCNJCARE continues working to help remaining residents still requiring recovery assistance. To make a donation, send a check to PO Box 807, Ocean City, NJ 08226, visit Ocean City Home Bank, 10th and Asbury Ave. or donate online at Continues on next page. . .




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“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.” ~Jasmine Heiler

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ Ocean City Lights up the Holidays The new Christmas lights and decorations debuted November 19th with a grateful shout out to its leader, Paul Cunningham of P. Francis and President of Main Street Ocean City. The objective was to further strengthen a sense of community and tradition while supporting Ocean City’s unique holiday brand, “An Old Fashioned Family Christmas” as they set the stage for original holiday events including “Earlier Than the Bird,” which was held the weekend before Thanksgiving, through the annual New Year’s Event “First Night.” Additionally, the intention of the twoyear project was to inspire Downtown merchants to extend their holiday hours, to persuade second homeowners to visit, and to encourage visitors to support local businesses.

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Celebrating a New Day and Night Ocean City’s 21st First Night, one of the longest-running and most popular, family-friendly events of New Jersey’s kind, drew celebratory crowds back to a mostly-recovered city following Hurricane City. The annual event, which promotes the island and local businesses during a typically slow time of year, featured rides and musical performances at over 17 locations, culminating with midnight fireworks.

Recovery Continues In Super Storm Sandy’s aftermath, an interactive presentation, “Coping and Recovery—Hope and Support,” was held January 12th. Project “New Jersey Hope and Healing,” which focused on managing the emotional consequences of storms as well as coping strategies, was presented by the N.J. Division of Mental Health Addiction Services and other government agencies and was held at the Ocean City Free Public Library Auditorium. Meanwhile, the Christie Administration has worked tirelessly to get programs and assistance to small businesses. Over $54 million in Small Business Association disaster loans was approved. Over 8,300 impacted residents and businesses registered for assistance. The U.S. Department of Labor approved a $15.6 million National Emergency Grant to fund the administration’s plan to hire unemployed New Jersey residents to assist cleanup efforts. Governor Christie stressed the importance of helping small businesses, the backbone of our statewide economy. Many Asbury Ave. shops were directly impacted by the storm. Some were able to reopen in time for downtown holiday shopping, others will be ready by summer and sadly, some will not reopen. Winter’s Museum Events The Ocean City Historical Museum’s winter events included The Annual Children’s Tea, a much-loved tradition, on February 9th with this year’s theme being “Life in the Sand.” The event also included music from Leslie Clark. Museum staff members were hard at work gathering and preserving the history of Super Storm Sandy: Sandy Stories, relying on the help of others to donate pictures and videos to help tell the story of the “superstorm.” A Sizzling Start to Valentine’s Day A state Department of Transportation salt truck caught fire during the early morning hours of February 14th on the elevated portion of the Route 52 causeway between bridges. The westbound lanes of the causeway were briefly closed with the cause of the fire under investigation. There were no injuries. Read on!

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Historic Everyday The Ocean City Historical Museum, which is preparing to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2014, has lots of stories to tell, and its new executive director, Jeff McGranahan, is on hand to usher in a series of new programs to entice both locals and tourists to visit. His goal is to host more special

events with more school involvement, making the museum more kid friendly and his visitors excited about the experience. Included in the plan was putting an audio system in place to deliver a taped message explaining the history. The museum, located at the Ocean City Community Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, is partially funded by the city while also relying on donations. Nearly 9,000 visitors stopped by the museum in 2012. Seaside Award Season Due to Super Storm Sandy, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012 Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Awards, which was originally scheduled for November 7th, was postponed until February 21st and held at the Greate Bay Country Club. The awards dinner was combined with the Chamber’s Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner. The Citizen of the Year Award was renamed the Citizen of the Decade and was presented to Ocean City Publicist Mark Soifer. Mr. Soifer, who has promoted Ocean City for over 40 years while creating many

unique events, was named Citizen of the Year 20 years ago. The Business Renovation/Improvement Award was presented to Stainton’s Peace, Love and Yogurt. The Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award went to Dunkin’ Donuts and Yogurtland. Sunoco 34th Street and the Rt. 52 Causeway received the Business New Construction Award. Ocean City Parasail/Pirate Voyages and Yianni’s on the Boardwalk were awarded the Outstanding Business Award. The Outstanding New Business Award went to Heritage Surf Shop on the Boardwalk and Yoasis in Downtown Ocean City. Outstanding Service to the Community Award was presented to Cricket Box. The Ocean City Fire Department and the Ocean City Halloween Parade were awarded this year’s Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award. Outstanding Use of Technology was awarded to Tackle Direct for their website. The Environmentally Friendly Award was presented to Jilly’s. Two special awards were given to Henry’s, celebrating 40 years in business and to the Forum, celebrating 50 years

in business. Also attending the event was the recently-expanded Sun crew, including starsalesman JT Williams, managing editor Josh Kinney, photographer Lacey Nichols, and publishers Dorothy Kulisek and her son, Rob Kulisek. Fine Art Display by the Sea Ocean City Fine Arts League’s Art on Asbury Gallery reopened for business two months after Hurricane Sandy flooded the business and destroyed artwork by hosting a meet the artist reception on January 11th. To honor the 100th anniversary of the Ocean City Fishing Pier, Arts League artists displayed their paintings of the boardwalk landmark following the reception. Gallery President Rae Jaffe was relieved they were able to reopen so quickly and encouraged support of local artists. Donations supported the Fine Arts League while they looked for grant money. For the past year, the Ocean City Fine Arts League and the Cultural Arts Center joined together to make the second Friday of each month “an evening of art.” In addition to holding fundraiser, the Fine Arts League does a lot of community outreach, including teaching art at Gilda’s Club. Continues on next page. . .


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Winter Happenings The SUN shone brightly over local businesses like Laura’s Fudge on the Boardwalk as they closed up for the winter with the SUNniest storefront windows. With so much “Sun” brightening winter’s dark days, can summer be far behind? Thank you to Elsie Becker for submitting this photo. A Cleaner Community The City, in conjunction with the Clean Communities Program, held its annual clean up on January 21st with the help of its hardworking volunteers. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which the City has participated in since 2008, gave volunteers the opportunity to improve their community while honoring the memory of Dr. King. The City’s annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday was held January 19th at the Bill and Nancy Hughes performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School.

Stories by the Sea New Jersey native Bill Schweigart began his writing career in college after winning a writing competition and a check for $100. Following graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, it was on a cutter where Bill’s first story, Slipping the Cable, which prominently features Ocean City, was born. He was offered a publishing contract in early 2012 by Martin Sisters Publishing, LLC. Bill spent summer vacations in Ocean City and proudly made it his main character’s idyllic hometown. Bill works for the Department of Homeland Security and lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Kate and daughter. Visit Bill’s website at

A Centennial Event This year the Ocean City Fishing Pier celebrates its 100th Anniversary. The committee responsible for the 2013 Ocean City Beach Tags accepted a depiction of OC Fishing pier on this year’s tags in acknowledgment of its 100 years in Ocean City. While the landmark piers such as Waverly and 57th Street, suffered significant damage, the 14th Street pier stood the test of time.

Open Mic Night Blends Coffee for a Cause Beginning in January, The Ocean City Coffee Company, located at 917 Asbury Avenue, hosted weekly live entertainment featuring local musicians as well as open mic. Their objective, according to manager Aubrey Corbett, was to support local musicians as well as local causes. Their first event was a benefit for the Humane Society of Ocean City. Ocean City Repertory Theater Hosts Open Mic at the Ocean City Community Center Every Thursday the Library and the Ocean City Repertory Theater present Open Mic Night. Come to perform or just listen and relax with refreshments provided. The event is hosted by singer/songwriters Josh Wise and Robyn Rosenthal from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Meeting Room N116. Building Better Bridge Players Since sunbathing is not a year-round event, many locals have taken to learning the intricacies of bridge playing. Regular beginner level classes are held at the Ocean City Library while locals looking for intellectual stimulation can be found partaking in weekly games at the Senior Center every Thursday. Continues on page 18. . .

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. . . OCEAN CITY - A NEW SEASON Dredges to Finish the Job in 2013 The project to deepen bayside lagoons between 15th and 34th streets failed to meet its December 31st deadline due to various concerns, including preparing the soil site and extended mechanical breakdowns, with Hurricane Sandy causing a minor delay. The project, which included dredging in an area between 16th Street and 34th Street, was to be completed at no additional cost to the city by Hydro-Marine Construction Company of Hainesport, NJ, who were awarded a $1.8 million contract in May 2012. Carnival Bayou Lagoon, Venetian Bayou Lagoon, Sunny Harbor Lagoon, South Harbor Lagoon and Clubhouse/ Bluefish Lagoon were to be dredged to a minimum depth of four feet at low water and average of five to six feet deep. A narrow and shallow channel is the only break in the mud flats at low tide near the lagoons, which remained impassable to boat traffic near low tide. Due to environmental concerns, the work will not begin until June. Paying Tribute to a Super Volunteer Susan Canale, one of Ocean City’s “Super Volunteers” and an irreplaceable part of our community for more than 30 years, passed away on December 23rd. Despite a full-time job as the owner of Susan Canale Real Estate and Abstract Appraisal in Southampton, Pa, (which eventually evolved into a partnership, Century 21 Montague-Canale), Sue became an active part in the community when she moved here from Huntington Valley, Pa, in 1987. She devoted thousands of hours to countless events including Night in Venice, the Baby Parade, the Easter Parade, the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, the Doo-Dah Parade and the Trail of Two Cities. She played an active role in The Realtors Association, her church, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton, was a member of the Bryn Athyn Fire Company and of the Order of the Eastern Star. Sue and her husband, Joe, contributed thousands of dollars to host receptions for our Doo Dah celebrities, including Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing and Soupy Sales. Despite a debilitating illness, Sue remained devoted to our town. She often enlisted family and friends as volunteers and was an intricate part in making Ocean City “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” She will be dearly missed.

Majorette Betty Lambert came all the way from Harmony, Pa Cartoons and Comedy Join the Parade The 28th Annual Doo Dah Parade, held April 13th, featured as its grand marshal “Perky” Peggy King of Philadelphia, who starred on the George Gobel show during television’s early days. The event also included the syndicated cartoonist of “Close to Home” John McPherson, 80 year-old Majorette Betty Lambert from Harmony, Pa and 500 basset hounds. On April 12th, A Doo Dah Comedy Show was held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace which included a tribute to Soupy Sales, songs by King, a cartoon talk by McPherson and impersonators of legendary comedians. The parade began at 6th and Asbury Ave., traveled through the business district to 12th and Asbury and preceded to the boardwalk concluding at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace with an awards ceremony held at the Parade’s conclusion. Ocean City’s 59th Annual Night in Venice will be held July 20th, with the theme “Good Old Summertime” The colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration was initiated to commemorate the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75th anniversary in 1954. It was organized by former Public Relations Director, Art Watkins and Jack Jernee, the Captain of the Beach Patrol. Watkins, who was a boat tour director, prior to settling in Ocean City, witnessed a semi-religious celebration in Venice, Italy during which residents sailed to a nearby Island and had a sociable evening. Night In Venice has remained one of Ocean City’s most popular events. Read on!

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“The waves of the sea help me get back to me.” ~Jill Davis

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ Local historian, Fred Miller, learned that there was a celebration held here in 1901 that was also called Night In Venice. It consisted of musical groups and Philadelphia debutantes sailing through the lagoons on colorful boats, the young ladies waving to homeowners and visitors. The City would like to start a new category for non mechanized boats to include kayaks, gondolas, sailboats, etc. Beach Additions The Army Corps of Engineers returned in February for one of their regular beach visits to dredge sand and replace sand that was lost. The City’s Beach Dredging program, which began in February at the north end of the island, operated 24 hours a day to replace 1.8 million cubic yards of sand on Ocean City beaches. As was customary, the City presented honorary Sea Shore Sand Supervisors Certificates to those watching the operation. The Certificates featured a photo of the dredge verifying that “The holder has spent at least five minutes watching Ocean City’s massive beach replenishment project.”

bare feet grazing across a cool carpet, going back to the house is sometimes just as pleasing as the walk to the beach. Now imagine that the cost of your stay was nothing. Too good to be true, right? Not so fast… Ocean City has put together one of the biggest contests they have ever offered. Eleven families will be awarded a seven night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps up to eight people. Joining forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” the Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean City Board of Realtors have created the contest which participants can enter through the Chamber’s website “Winners will be treated to an outstanding Ocean City vacation,” said Pat Gallelli, Chairperson of the Ocean City Tourism Commission. “After spending a fun-filled week in Ocean City, we hope the winners will return for future vacations.” Winners will be randomly selected beginning June 3 and each week following until August 12. They will be notified about three weeks before they embark on their free vacation. The Ocean City Sun believes that the greatest things in life are free, so we are thrilled to announce this exciting contest. Stay tuned for our Indian Summer issue this Fall when we will share our interviews with various winners and tell the stories of their free vacation in OCNJ. Winning Beaches ~As NJ beach towns recover from Superstorm Sandy, the annual contest for “New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches” will not have voting this year, putting rivalry on hold. Instead, New Jersey will be celebrating everything there is to love about the Jersey shore by changing it to a best photo contest.




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Sea Isle City News On March 3, Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio led a well-attended street naming ceremony that changed 44th Street at Pleasure Avenue to “Chuck and Mary McCann Avenue.” The McCann’s started their real estate empire in Sea Isle and spread to Ocean City where John McCann’s office resides. John’s parents were honored by Mayor Desiderio who also declared March 3 to be “Chuck and Mary McCann Day” for Sea Isle City, knowing that the Jersey Shore has been made a better place because of this devoted family. A Safer Tour Between Shore Towns Bicyclists and pedestrians, who were prohibited from traveling on the old causeway, can now enjoy a safe route along with the breathtaking view that separates Ocean City and Somers Point thanks to the March 23rd opening of the new path along Rt. 52. #Follow The Sun Do you want to keep up with The Ocean City Sun? Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. We’ll be posting beautiful pictures from your favorite barrier island, covering Sun worthy events, hosting picture contests and reposting vintage photos from years past. Do YOU have an old Ocean City photo you’d like to share with us? Upload to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram. We want to hear YOUR stories and memories. CONTEST: For each issue we will choose a lucky participant to have their photo, along with a story, featured in our paper. Winners will also receive an Ocean City Sun beach bag. Share your pictures, tell us the stories behind them and you might be our next winner. Here’s your chance to find your very own special place in The Sun. Instagram: @OceanCitySun

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Martin Z. Mollusk Creeps Again~Ocean City’s relatively famous hermit crab creeped onto the 9th St. Beach on May 2nd for the 38th time. After successfully seeing his shadow, it is official that summer will arrive one week early to this family resort. Martin has always insisted on much hoopla the day of his creep, and May 2nd was no exception. ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ was played as Martin was carried to the beach. ‘Some Enchanted Morning’ was led by Suzanne Muldowney, aka Underdog, a powerful soprano. Many local dignitaries, as well as Martin’s advisor, Mark Soifer, were in the audience to celebrate ‘Martin Z. Mollusk Day’, the Ocean City, NJ way.

FISHING FOR HISTORY: Several dozen trustees, officers, and members of the Ocean City Fishing Club gathered at their clubhouse on Saturday afternoon, March 16th, for the unveiling of the 2013 Centennial Banner. The 4’x8’ banner now hangs on the front of the clubhouse at the Boardwalk near 14th Street. It was designed and printed by club trustee Joe Hughes and his wife, Lili, who own Del Val Print Solutions in Sicklerville. Founded in 1913, the Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in America. The year-long Centennial celebration began in January with the Ocean City Arts Center’s exhibit featuring paintings of the club’s pier and clubhouse. Other planned events throughout the year include an Open House at the pier on July 7th; an exhibit of the club’s history at the Ocean City Historical Museum; a gala banquet at The Flanders Hotel on September 28th; and a 3-day surf fishing tournament October 17-19 that is expected to draw as many as 100 teams. For more information: George Ingram at or 609-398-0534. Read on!

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Ocean City’s resilience pressed on as evidenced by Jon & Patty’s owners who were back at their Asbury Ave. restaurant the morning after the storm, getting right to work and preparing to do business.

An Ocean City Revival: New Businesses ~ Despite her strength and the damage she caused, Superstorm Sandy left an opportunity in her wake, giving Ocean City a fresh start and a chance for revival. Because of Sandy, Ocean City is stronger, confident and more community focused with a tremendous enthusiasm for the 2013 summer season. Paul Cunningham, owner of P. Francis and president of the city’s Main Street organization, believes that a newly restored Ocean City is about to experience a resurgence. As business owners worked together to help each other during the difficult time after the storm, there was a common goal in mind; a focus on recovery for everyone in order for the whole island to come back strong and do well. That is exactly what has been accomplished ‘while you were away’ as Ocean City has prepared for its annual surge of vacationers. With summer expected to be Ocean City’s turning point, the island’s downtown is welcoming new businesses that have made their way onto the island as well. With a bright dawn breaking over Ocean City, a new breakfast and lunch spot has opened up in-between 9th and 10th on Asbury Avenue: The Sunrise Café & Deli. Helen M. Reid, also known as “Nana” was a lifelong Ocean City vacationer who loved her family and supported their dreams to the very fullest. She was the best support system, and anyone who knew her was truly blessed to have had her in their life. Using Reid’s precious memory to start The Sunrise Café, the owners are excited to bring their home cooking to the beach. The café is also incredibly Internet and social media savvy with a trendy web presence using their blog, Facebook and Instagram accounts to share pictures and updates about their journey as a business as well as their delicious foods.

Starbucks to make its way onto the island Craving a Grande White Chocolate Mocha or a Tall Carmel Macchiato has usually led to folks dropping in on Margate or Somers Point to grab their Starbucks beverage, but not for much longer. Ocean City will soon boast its very own Starbucks at the corner of 11th and Asbury Avenue in late August or early September. John Betz and his business partner Pierce Keating are very excited about opening their new store within the Ocean City community, adding yet another new downtown destination. Although they would prefer opening in time for the summer season, Betz and Keating don’t want to rush the project, knowing they are making a longterm investment with top notch intentions. With seating for 70, tables inside and outside and a gas fireplace for the chilly season, the famed coffee shop is set to bring a new dynamic to the island, offering a pleasant pit-stop amid Asbury Avenue shopping, or a walk to and from the beach. The new owners clearly believe that Ocean City is a place to invest and do business, which is why they are so thrilled about the fresh venture. Starbucks has served many communities with a focus on giving back, which is what the Ocean City location plans to do, becoming involved in the island community. Real Estate Move. In addition to delicious food, Ocean City welcomed the grand opening of Kevin Redmond’s NJ Realty Office. For the last eight years, Redmond has been professionally dedicated to the real estate industry, opening a new office to enable him to increase his service and offering him the flexibility to provide Ocean City customers with personalized attention that wouldn’t be offered through larger offices or national franchises. Working as a team, Redmond’s agents who have directly served the Ocean City market for many years, are combining their knowledge and experience to support each other through each of their clients. Despite the real estate industry trending towards more national franchises, Redmond’s office feels strongly about keeping things local with a family-type business that is personally focused on its clients. A Divine Move Having relocated from Somers Point back to their origins in Ocean City, Divine Images Salon & Day Spa has marked the year 2013 with 13 years of being in business, and a new location inside the Flanders Hotel. Peter Voudouris, President of The Flanders Condo Assoc. expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for the hotels new business partner, describing the salon as “first class” for The Flanders. From across the Great Egg Harbor Bay, welcome back to Ocean City! Continues on next page. . .

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Peace Walk Makes a Special Stop in Ocean City ~ An on-foot journey in the name of peace that left from the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA, en route to Washington, D.C. made a special pit-stop in Ocean City on March 20. Buddhist monastic Peace Walkers began their journey from Massachusetts on February 15, ending on April 5 in the nation’s capital. The walkers were welcomed to a Pot Luck Dinner at the Bayside Center in Ocean City for the first of two nights spent on the island. Residents and visitors had a chance to meet the peace walkers at the Senior Center inside the Ocean City Community Center where a presentation was arranged. With a history stretching back 2,500 years, Peace Pagodas, which are a symbol of light in a dark world, are dedicated to the realization of universal peace on earth. Ocean City resident Georgina Shanley said, “Our community and our island need healing after Hurricane Sandy, and there is no better way to start the process than opening up our arms and our hearts to the Peace Walkers.” In commemoration of great leaders who were committed to helping create a more just and peaceful world such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, the peace walkers picked up their mantle of commitment as they made their journey, walking also for those, known and unknown, alive and deceased, who dedicated their lives to the betterment of the world. Ocean City was blessed to have been graced with their presence in its time of healing and rebuilding. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Although Dave Lewis passed away in June of 2008 from Multiple Myeloma, his legacy lives on in South Jersey. The Northfield Education Foundation and Missions Team of Central United Methodist Church join forces annually to pay tribute to Dave through the “Dave’s Day” fundraising event which began in 2009 in memory of the local coach, teacher, father, husband, and mentor whose selfless service within his community and beyond inspired all who knew him. With all proceeds donated to mission teams, the level of community assistance and enthusiasm for this event has increased over the last several years, creating many opportunities. The 5th annual “Dave’s Day” took place on March 23, 2013.

Surfing News In February, 23 year old Ocean City native Rob Kelly made it to the Semifinals of the 4-Star ASP Rip Curl Puerto Rico. His sixth-place finish landed him some crucial points on the Association of Surfing Professionals North America. A huge congrats to this local!

Where Angels Play Ocean City leaves no room for tragedy to triumph. Near the 29th street firehouse, a playground is in the works that will honor one of the children who passed away during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Sandy Ground Project was started by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association when members proposed ideas as to how they could help the community after Hurricane Sandy and the heartbreak in Newtown. 26 playgrounds, 100% handicap accessible, are planned for New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, each honoring one of the 20 children and 6 adult victims. Inspired by senseless violence and a storm ravaged northeast coast, out of the wicked and the dangerous came something noble and safe, 26 living memorials and places for children to be children. A symbol of hope, recovery and a return to normalcy, the NJFMBA thought it only natural to build playgrounds in the states devastated by Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown tragedy. The project website ( states: “26 playgrounds all along the coast of three states built by firefighters, police officers, teachers and support staff, and volunteers in an attempt to connect two tragedies that eerily share the same name in a way that people can never forget. Perhaps each playground can reflect the personality of the teacher or child for whom it would be named. A project that would only be done with the approval of the families of those lost.” Ocean City Fire Capt. John Murphy, president of FMBA Local 27 and NJFMBA Southern District vice president shared that the NJFMBA reached out to the parents of Sandy Hook victims to find out if they were interested in the project, with each playground being unique to one of the victims. The expenses will be covered with the help of corporate sponsors, organizations, families and any individual who feels their heart led to contribute. After Hurricane Sandy, the 29th street firehouse suffered severe damage, moving the firefighters into rented space in a nearby duplex. The idea is to build Ocean City’s Sandy Ground Project playground where the firehouse stands now. The playground, representing a childlike innocence and playfulness by-the-sea will go to honor Sandy Hook Elementary School student Benjamin Wheeler, whose adored memory will grace Ocean City with a place for children and angels to play. Concludes on next page. . .

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Young Bob French, 2nd from right, 1939 OCHS swim team. This swim training shaped Bob’s life in many ways. Photo courtesy of Ocean City Historical Museum Whether it was his country, his family or his island community, Robert C. French lived his life in service to others. One of Ocean City High School’s varsity athletes, a member of the Ocean City beach patrol, a WWII veteran, civic leader, real estate broker, husband and father, as well as an Ocean City legend, Bob French passed away on Oct. 4 at the age of 91. Born in Philadelphia in 1920, French’s father Edward owned French Real Estate at 45th and Walnut Street. After the stock market crash of 1929, the family decided to start their business over in Ocean City. President Harry Truman honored French with the Air Medal in 1948, noting his noble devotion to his country. After the war, he returned to his island community and married his high school sweetheart Marie Craig and took on French Real Estate. His lifeguard training was an invaluable asset, especially during his years in the service. He learned to ride and row the ocean waves and could land a plane on the water, becoming a lead navigator. French helped rescue 130 sailors from the sinking ship Indianapolis, even in the midst of great white sharks. When he came back to Ocean City, French became heavily involved in everything that was happening in his community and was eventually left to run the family business after his father passed on in 1954. Throughout his life, Bob and his family gave back and served the Ocean City community, taking great pride in their island. French helped sell the Ocean Reef and Nantucket condominium complexes and created the city’s golf course and the Gardens. Having nothing but pleasant memories of his shore town, his wonderful family and his great business, Bob French rode some very big waves in his amazing and fulfilled life.

A cornerstone of the island community, the renowned Frank Manco left behind a legacy that has helped make Ocean City America’s Greatest Family Resort. In the summer of 1956 when the first whiff of the family’s famed pizza saturated the boardwalk with its delectable fragrance, then young Frank watched the start of his father’s pizza empire. He would carry on the time-tested tradition and by the late 80’s open a third store at 12th street with his wife Kay. Aside from creating what has been famously known as the best pizza at the Jersey Shore, Frank was a loving, dedicated hard-worker who was always the life of the party. He was president of the UNICO, a Lyons Club member and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. It was common to find Frank playing his sax, breaking out his amazing dance moves, bowling, golfing and finding a special place in his heart for the arts in Ocean City. To his family, he will always be remembered for making folks happy.

Conclusion With the Summer of 2013 unofficially started (thank you, Martin Z. Mollusk), we here at the SUN are ready for our Ocean City adventure. We plan on venturing beyond Beach Walks; where we’re sure to find beauty at the Ocean City Flower Show, as well as the Miss New Jersey Parade and the 104th Baby Parade. We’ll celebrate at Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, jam at the July Jubilee and partake in Family Nights on the Boards. We’ll find our unique persona at Character Nights on the Boardwalk and appreciate the peculiar among us during Weird Contest Week. We take to our seaside-loving hearts the words of the great Helen Keller, who believed, “Life is either a great adventure or nothing,” and wish our seaside friends a summer by the sea filled with non-stop great adventures. . . Compiled by Dorothy Kulisek, Meg Corcoran and Josh Kinney

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was Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in Ocean City but couldn’t restrain the upbeat spirits and resilient recovery in the days that followed. Instead Hurricane Sandy provided an opportunity for the island to come together as a community in ways it never had before. Some might even argue that the restored, post-Sandy Ocean City is better or on the path to becoming even greater than before the monster storm struck its shores last October. Water wasn’t the only thing to flood the island, random acts of kindness flowed through the streets and neighborhoods, along the bay, across the boardwalk and alleyways, inside living rooms and garage lofts and down the business district of Asbury Avenue. In homes and shelters, school gymnasiums and churches, Ocean City residents naturally rose to the occasion, going where help was needed in a unified effort to restore the island, using the damage and devastation as a starting point to advance and rebuild even better than before. When Marianne Hooper and her husband returned to Ocean City for Thanksgiving, she found out that a woman who worked at her brother-in-law’s office in Somers Point had her first floor destroyed near 17th and Simpson Avenue. “We cleared our personal stuff out of our house and they moved in. We’re so glad we had the opportunity to help someone out,” said Hooper, saying she was “Just happy to be able to pay it forward.” Despite flooding Asbury Avenue with more than a foot of water, Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop businesses from clearing out the damage and re-opening. Yianni Signanos immediately got to work on restoring his café on the corner of 9th street next to City Hall. With the

generous help and support from the local community, hard work every day including weekends, Yianni’s reopened just six weeks later in December with a special breakfast for Santa Claus and the local area children. For Signanos, it was nothing short of a miracle. “The hurricane showed us how important our friends are and how we need to support each other,” said Signanos, accrediting his café’s restoration to the support of the island community. As terrible as Sandy was, good disseminated in her dispersal. Just three days after the storm, a clean-up and relief effort was organized called OCNJcare, assisting the local community with food, clothing and shelter needs. Mayor Jay Gillian realized very quickly that the city could only do so much, and with businesses and homes flooded, the mayor looked to a bighearted community that quickly organized and got involved, without any hesitation in getting their hands dirty. “It’s been an incredible journey,” said Drew Fasy, chairperson of OCNJCare. “The amount of heart and soul that this town has and the people that are attached to it, second home owners, and hundreds of volunteers all over the country donating thousands of dollars, is just amazing.” Hundreds of volunteers went door to door checking on people immediately following the storm, assessing and swiftly meeting needs. “Everyone pulled together,” said Fasy, “And there’s a lot of really, really good people here.” As of May 1, every person on the housing list created by OCNJcare has a place to live, a marvelous accomplishment in such a short time. When asked if a particular story or instance in which serving and compassion spoke to Fasy, he responded with a laugh, “Do we have a couple of days to talk? I could go on forever.” With countless stories of generosity, sacrifice and gracious volunteering, Ocean City emerged from Hurricane Sandy as an island forever changed by the sea and refined by an authentic community.

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own chickens and rabbits and made their own wine from local grapes. They’d scour the beaches collecting crabs, clams and conches to make delicious stews and soups. Sundays were reserved for resting and enjoying big family dinners together. The Italian presence remains today and still contributes in countless ways to our community. Palermo, Longo, Esposito, Voltaco, Mario, Luigi, Allegretto, Talese, Romeo, Annerelli, Pileggi, Manco, Piccini, Mazatelli, Dattilo, Taccarino, Mazzeo, Migliaccio, Pelto, Calise, Troffa, Regine, Palma, Pinto, Sannino, Nania. For those of us who live here year-round, many of these names bring wonderful faces to mind. Our beloved friends and neighbors we are so grateful for.  

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Although immigration might be a hot topic in today’s news, it is really nothing new under the sun. There has always been that human innate curiosity that wants to explore what’s on the other side of a river, a mountain range, a continent, a vast sea, the outer reaches of the universe and into the unknown. We are all bound to ancestral immigrants who came to (North) America at one time or another by foot, canoe, horse, boat, wagon, train and ship...from all directions, over countless centuries. America drew millions to her shores, and as the East Coast cities and boroughs filled, they overflowed into even the little remote barrier islands off of New Jersey. Once Ocean City began its own particular development in  the late 1800’s, people from all walks of life made their way here. Though the island was founded by English Methodist ministers, others would soon join them as Ocean City emerged into a firstclass seaside resort. Over the ocean and over Great Egg Harbor Bay came many Italians fleeing severe droughts in their homeland. These hardworking people would forever change and shape this small island with their tenacity, skills and businesses. They became the backbone of the building trade, plumbers, electricians and concrete workers. Simpson Avenue between 9th and 14th Streets eventually became known as “Macaroni Street”, a neighborhood of large Italian families and boarders; a strong people who worked long hours and weeks to give their families here and back in Italy a better life. Not only did they help build Ocean City, they fed her (and still do!) Macaroni Street had a flavor to it. The air was filled with the aroma of fresh baked breads and homemade meatballs and sausage.  Many families raised their


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One look around Lillian Richard’s apartment shows just how intensely she savors life, every hundredth of a second. On every wall and table there lie photographs of what she treasures most dearly: her family. A good snapshot keeps a moment from slipping away, and Lillian has made sure to surround herself with the instances that have made her life abundant and fulfilling. From her children to her grandchildren, family reunions and vintage shots from her own childhood, each capture tells a unique story that Lillian knows full well. Having celebrated her 98th birthday on April 3, The Shores at Wesley Manor house an Ocean City gem whose love for her island has resounded for almost a century. “When I was in high school, we would ride horses on the beach,” she said, recalling the old days when Ocean City residents had horses and ponies out in the back of their homes. Back then it was a normal occurrence to own a horse and spend early morn-

ings trotting along the coastline, hoof-prints in the sand dotting the beaches. Adorned in her finest long dress, high-school aged Lillian would spend her weekends at Ocean City’s Golden Galleon at 12th street and the boardwalk. There she would watch live bands perform and meet different highschool students to dance the night away with; a prom for every weekend. “That was high school for me. There were some really great things back then,” she said. Today, the Golden Galleon’s name remains emblazoned above the boardwalk shops of the Air Circus and the 7th Street Surf Shop; it’s pointed terracotta roof an iconic fixture of the boardwalk’s skyline. Once a place where Lillian Richards and other high school students met to dance, the Golden Galleon is now a family-fun miniature golf course on Ocean City’s boardwalk. “There used to be an ice skating rink on the boardwalk, too,” she said, recalling the many shows

that were put on by the skaters. “It’s amazing how it’s changed,” said Lillian, “But Ocean City is a good town; I’ve always really enjoyed it here.” Even during Lillian’s high school years, the boardwalk was just as crowded as it is today in the summer months. “That much has not changed a bit,” she said through a smirk. Having always rented a place to stay on the island, the family bought their own summer home in 1954 on Oxford Lane at the south end of town. “This was long before the Acme on 34th street,” she said, “our children used to walk from our home to the beach. The area down at that end changed and developed a lot as time went on.” Although they were born with sand in their shoes, three of Lillian’s children went to Haverford High School in Delaware County, Pa., though her youngest, Penny, attended Ocean City High School. Lillian recalls an Ocean City with a train that ran through town,

bearing visitors from Philadelphia. She and her family would frequent restaurants along the bay; enjoying meals by the docks as the tides went in and out, watching the most magnificent sunsets over the Great Egg Harbor Bay. “I remember one time when I took my daughter to Strawbridge’s in Ardmore and we went out to eat afterward. She said to me, ‘Where’s the water?’ because she was so used to eating by the bay in downtown Ocean City. I thought that was so funny.” With pictures throughout her apartment, Lillian is fond of surrounding herself with what she truly holds near and dear on the island that she treasures just as much. “For me, pictures really bring it back because over time you tend to forget a lot, but pictures, they mean so much, and they’ll take you right back to that very moment.” Lillian’s beautiful, well-kept photos can attest to this fact. We hope you enjoy them.

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Come and explore the Ocean City Historical Museum by perusing our extensive collection of Ocean City artifacts and memorabilia. Take a trip back in time as you hear stories of a princess, a shipwreck filled with treasures from the Far East , sandy beaches, marshes, wildlife and its famous boardwalk. The Museum is a non-profit organization and is located in the Ocean City Community Center.

Museum Hours:

Tues - Thurs - Fri 10am - 4pm Thurs 10am-7pm Sat. 11am-2pm Admission is free.

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The Ocean City Community Center is truly the ga something for every age and interest. The newly r common lobby area with wireless internet throug Aquatic & Fitness Center, Arts Center, Museum,

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Spring 2013 Jazz Series All Concerts are Free At 2pm Lecture Rm N110 Sunday, May 19TH “THE ITALIAN TENORS” “Creative Writing” Workshop Sunday May 19th , 1:30pm Inspiring prompts, timed writings,

playful experiments and artistic encouragement. Bring a journal or note book and a fast pen! Led by Zoe Forney, a poet and writer who has been teaching other writers for more than 25 years.

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ACTIVITIES • Bingo • Black Jack • Bridge • Memoir Writing • Tai Chi (Arm Chair) • Poker Games • Crafts • Jewelry Making • Healthy Bones Exercise Program • Guest Speakers • Information & Referral Assistance with PAAD and other Program Applications Lunch Served Daily at 11:30am Reservations are required  Please call the day before no later than 11:00am Fare Free Transportation  is available with reservations 2 days in advance


The Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center is a newly renovated facility that encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to participate in programs that help to promote good health. The center has a 25 meter salt water pool; strength and cardiovascular equipment training space; an exercise studio for aerobics, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and martial arts; personal training; racquetball court; child care; and youth programming spaces.


for access to the Summer Recreation Brochure and online Registration

Aquatic & Fitness Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 9 6 p.m.  

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

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athering place for the community and offers renovated and expanded facility features a ghout the entire building and is home to the Library, Senior Center and Yianni’s Café.


MONDAY through FRIDAY 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. SATURDAY from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. SUNDAY from 9:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Ocean City Arts Center Arts Center Hours: 1735 Simpson Avenue Monday -Friday 9a.m. to 9p.m. Ocean City, New Jersey 08226 Saturday 9a.m. to 3p.m. See Summer 2013 Art Camp SCHEDULE 609-399-7628


Ocean City Arts Center is a place for the individual to gain an appreciation of mankind’s diversity through the visual and performing arts. OCAC strives to offer creative opportunities that appeal to all ages and interests, all people in the local and surrounding South Jersey communities.   

Our facility offers an inspiring setting that includes three large studios with northern light and a dance studio, music room, pottery studio, reference library and darkroom.

• Free monthly Artist Exhibits with second Friday receptions • More than 40 Children’s Art Camps each Summer • Visual and Performing Arts Classes for all ages • Annual Juried Art and Photography Shows • Southern New Jersey’s Largest Community Arts Center • Low Cost Memberships


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“Surfing is a special kind of madness, a feeling for the sea, a combination of love, knowledge, respect, and fear.”

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“On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it.” - E.B. White

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L-R Tony Antonelli of FAMS P&S Furniture with Joe & April Crifo, owners & designers of the new Kitchen & Bath Showcase at FAMS, and Sam DiPasquale of the Flooring Dept at FAMS.

nyl, window treatments and faux wood blinds. This furniture, flooring and design center is operated by dedicated, creative and skilled designers who seek to cater and customize, meeting the individual needs of customers and their unique homes. Kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, countertops, entertainment centers, closest organizers, fireplace mantles, home design or renovation services, Kitchens by J.N.C. is located at Fams P&S and celebrates over a decade of professionalism with a number one customer service rating. They offer the best quality products from name brand manufacturers as well as full installation services for everything in their showroom. If you’re looking for a one stop shop with professional designers that have the familiarity and skills to personally offer a wide range of innovative and creative design solutions at superb prices and with only a 3.5% sales tax, then this is a place that’s worth the trip, where all of your shore-house needs can be met all at once.


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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Priesthood for Father Michael Rush Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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Lance helped judge the exhibit 2nd Place , Sue Rau Check out this new book The Jennifers, written by Ocean City resident Jenny Perry. Visit her facebook page Peace, love, joy, and sparkles. Jenny is a spunky married mother of four beautiful kids, who has a passion for life that she infuses in her work. She loves to blog about her life’s journey in a fun way. The Jennifers is her first novel. She is currently working on her second novel.

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“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”


~Vincent Van Gogh

THE HOLLYWOOD JUNIPER Juniperus Chinensis “Torulosa”

Written by Steve Murray of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Photo by Rob Kulisek of the Hollywood Junipers in front of the Ocean City Lifesaving Station

As most seashore gardeners know, there

is not a lot of printed information available to help them with their plant selections. Most everyone, myself included, has replanted many times over the years. Trial and error seem to be the best teachers in our unbelievably difficult environment. Invisible and drying salt spray, frequent intense winds and sandy soil create quite a challenge to say the least. Successfully cultivating a healthy, beautiful garden can be achieved, however, once the lessons (and plants) are learned. Through many years of experience (mistakes), I can easily recommend the best of the best seaside plants. At the top of the list is “Hollywood” Juniper – Juniperus chinensis “Torulosa.” This plant is native to Asia and was imported from Japan in 1920. This is one of many plants from coastal Asian countries that do better in our seashore environment than many of our own natives do. (ie: Japanese Black Pine – Pinus thunbergiana, Salt Cedar – tamarisk chinensis and others.) This plant will take the absolute worst conditions. I have planted them as close as 20’ from the Atlantic Ocean. This is much closer than our native Eastern Red Cedar can withstand. Hollywood is of course an evergreen with beautiful emerald green foliage. It stays this bright color even in winter. Growth habit is upright and somewhat conical but at the same time, twisted and rustic looking. It has a very sculptural look without being pruned that way. The bark is also quite pretty – a grey brown color

similar to cedar. (They are in the same plant family) Mature plants can reach 6 – 8’ across and 20’ tall. I have never had any reach that size however. Females have blue grey berries that are another attractive point, as well as being a great food source for many varieties of birds. Juniper berries, for you gin lovers (like myself), are what gives gin its distinctive flavor. Scratch a ripe berry and you’ll smell gin! Hollywood can be found in a wide zone area (3-9). I also just found out that the reason they are called “Hollywood” is because they have been planted intensely in the Los Angeles area since their introduction in the U.S. They prefer full sun but will tolerate some shade. When first planted, be sure to water thoroughly for the first year to get a good root system developed. After this they only need moderate watering and in fact are a great choice for a xeriscape garden (low water). Another plus is that I have never had an insect or disease problem with any of the dozens of these shrubs I have planted over the years. Hollywood can be used as an accent plant and left to grow in its natural form and size potential. It can be pruned to take a shape similar to an Arborvite (but a much better choice). It can be planted close together for a screen or hedge. They can also be topiaried if that’s your style. Pruning for any reason should be done in the summer. They are perfect for a Japanese garden and have. By the way, always been a favorite plant for bonsai. Feeding with an acid based fertilizer should be done in the spring before new growth emerges. Hollywood juniper is not hard to find at local nurseries – give it a try.

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“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.”

-Cynthia Ozick

A CENTURY OF EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN A Glimpse into the Life & Character of Peggy Lloyd

An avid skier and instructor, Peggy is pictured second from the left holding a warm beverage inside a ski lodge.

At the turn of the century, it was a common site to see folks, including Peggy and her mother, riding horses and ponies on the beaches

By Josh Kinney Peggy during her days at the U.S.O. in Newfoundland, Canada during WWII.

A beautiful portrait of Peggy in her younger days hangs among her art collection.

Today, Peggy is still vibrant and energetic, sharp as can be and continuously dedicated to helping others.

“My idea is that you do things for people,” said 99-year-old Peggy Lloyd, sporting a stylish ruby sweater, her delicate hands resting on a stack of preserved history books and magazines ranging from pre-World War II era, the Civil Rights movement, to the present “war on terrorism.” When I called Peggy for an interview, I didn’t know I would be invited into a beautifully well-kept home swathed with mesmerizing art, photographs and vintage maps, all of which spoke volumes, an absorbing story behind each. Peggy took me by the hand as I walked through the door of her home at the far north end of Ocean City, welcoming me into her extraordinarily fascinating life. “So, how can I help you? I want to help you,” she said immediately, smiling as we sat down in her study, a cozy woodpaneled room with a gleaming brick fireplace, and hand-crafted wooden bird sculptures on the mantel. “Throughout my life people have helped me, now I want to help you.” Born and raised in Atlantic City during the days of Nucky Johnson’s “Boardwalk Empire” Peggy would find herself on a path that led to Trenton, where she would pay her way through college during the height of the Great Depression, help raise and take-care of her younger brother with special needs, to living and working at the U.S.O. in Newfoundland and being a ski instructor, to the moun-

tains and valleys of New Hampshire, traveling throughout Europe and the world with Miss America, and finally to the shores of Ocean City. Through all of her travels, adventures, jobs and challenges, her legacy and person are best exemplified in her sacrificial love, especially for her brother Sonny. “My great interest was in dyslexia, because of Sonny. He was unable to read or write, though he could sign his name beautifully,” she said, picking up one of the wooden ducks from the mantel, turning it over and pointing at the elegant cursive lettering. “Sonny was an incredible artist; he sculpted all of these by hand.” Coming from a family of teachers, Peggy taught Sonny and took classes in special education. Her interest and care for her brother helped shape her career which would eventually take her on the road as a teacher promoting scholarships, commentating, and arranging press conferences for Miss America. Having volunteered at the pageant in Atlantic City for many years, her efforts and dedication didn’t go unnoticed. She was plucked from teaching in Margate and asked to fill the traveling position with what was the largest scholarship foundation in the world for women. Upstairs in her memory-encased house hang photos of Peggy with the Miss America women in front of renowned landmarks throughout Europe as well as with past U.S. Presidents including Harry

A magnificent painting by Peggy’s younger brother Sonny. “To me, that bird is Sonny,” she said. Truman and Richard Nixon. “And that right there,” she said, pointing to a sturdy wooden bookshelf, “Is the boardwalk.” In 1927, when the Ocean City boardwalk burnt down, Peggy’s father was in charge of the rebuilding, using only local laborers and working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., finishing the job ahead of schedule. Using the leftover wood from the original boardwalk, her father constructed a bookshelf for her to take to college. Recently, when Peggy heard that pipes and concrete had to start being replaced on the boardwalk due to being almost 100-years-old, she couldn’t help but smile and say, “Dad, when you did something, it was built to last and it stayed done.” Despite her travels, the sea was always a part of Peggy’s life. Beckoning her back to the coast, along with her deep love and appreciation for the arts, Ocean City called her home. “Well, you know,” she said, “if you look in my shoes you’ll find that I have sand in them from walking on the beach.” Peggy Lloyd found her place in The Sun and offered me a marvelous glimpse into her epic existence. Peggy, if you’re reading this, thanks for helping me.

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“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but also the parent of all the other virtues.” –Cicero, Roman philosopher (106–43 B.C.)

W ho Covered the Fig Tree?

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I love spending my summers at the shore house but sometimes it takes quite a bit of planning to be able to do everything I would like to do in the summer. One thing I try to do is grow vegetables and herbs. I picture myself preparing a meal using the fresh ingredients picked from my garden. Unfortunately, I am dealing with two different growing zones.


Bob Guidetti, keeper of the fig tree the power going out at the shore house as it does sometimes out of season, I took everything out of the freezer~ the Jersey fresh supply of blueberries, plus the local corn, zucchini and peppers all came back north with me and were safely in the freezer. 

I’ve tried many methods like starting my seedlings in North Jersey and then in June my husband would transport all kinds of pots and containers in our already overloaded car. But here in South Jersey the growing season is in full swing and its too late to transplant, I try leaving the plants in the pots but that doesn’t work out because of watering and other problems like the little garden pests that are starving and waiting to munch on my plants. One year I started some herbs in South Jersey in the spring, thinking that they could survive between my visits before the season, but that was a disaster.  Tried growing tomatoes in the topsy-turvy pot, but got very little fruit for my efforts.   

The weather reports started coming in about a big storm that was going to hit Jersey. Oh! Oh! did we batten down the shore house enough?  We were so worried about that house we didn’t think about North Jersey (we are not on the coast).  Then Sandy hit. Trees went down, the power went out and stayed out. A day after the storm, my sister from South Jersey called to say we lucked out there with no apparent damage.  But, now we were in trouble up north without power. Time was running out to keep everything cold. I wanted to cry, I was going to lose my harvest. 

Many years ago a relative was selling his property and asked if we would like to have the fig tree that was on it. We gladly accepted so we would at least have a tree growing in our yard. It grew without any special care from us.  Then one year we had a harvest of figs.  My husband became the caretaker of the tree and every morning he would go out to pick the figs before the birds made a meal.  I found a few recipes to use the figs in, but we started getting way too many figs to use. Not many people are fond of figs so as hard as we tried to give them away we had an over abundance of them.

One of my sons had a generator so he made room in his freezer for my blueberries. Two days later one of my other son’s power was restored, we packed up as much food as we could, went to his house and cooked everything that we could. Then the whole family went to keep warm at his house and enjoyed a smorgasbord.  Unfortunately I will not have my fresh pesto this winter, all my herbs defrosted, I tried to salvage what I could when the power finally went on, but I could only dry some to use later in my cooking. I did use the figs for the cookies this year. The fig tree survived the winds and nobody even covered it.

Then I remembered my Italian Grandmother and Mother used to make a fig cookie called “cucidati” every Christmas which called for lots of dried figs. So I bought a dehydrator and stored them in mason jars and when I got back to North Jersey froze them until needed for the Christmas cookies. (a little satisfaction for me using fruit from my garden) This year I came up with a new idea. My husband built me raised beds to grow my herbs in. Happy to say we had an abundant harvest. I felt like I was a farmer at last. The family tried many new recipes with the fresh herbs.  Then just before leaving after the season I picked all the herbs to freeze for use over the winter. (Yum! fresh pesto!) Since I did not want to take a chance with

Originally I was writing this story for the holiday edition, but the storm and its aftermath overshadowed what I was writing about. I have too many friends along the shore and in North Jersey that really suffered and some are still suffering. Many lost everything.  It is hard to poke fun at yourself for little inconveniences when so many have nothing left to poke fun at. At the time when I was worried about losing my harvest, I didn’t realize the devastation so many had to endure. I am so sorry, and I count my blessings and hope our state will make a recovery soon so we can all enjoy the summer.

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“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Wyland

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Gillians, Ocean City, NJ boardwalk, 1920s

The Lenox Apartments, Ocean City, NJ

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a wonderfull nostalgic ocean city story written by josh kinney

Sand and sea-grass rustled beneath tiny feet as the sun vanished below the horizon. The mighty Atlantic waves crashed against the sea-shell laden coastline amid a backdrop of silky pink while glimmers from the first few stars materialized overhead. Five-yearold Barbara crouched against a sand dune, watching as her young friends spread out across the beach. The dusk had brought a tranquil cooling after a blazing summer day and also summoned “The Invaders.” As darkness fell across the island of Ocean City, the subtle radiance of Atlantic City’s skyline appeared on the northern scope. Barbara clasped a piece of drift wood as her walking staff and popped her head out from behind the dune. Like embers, the lights from the beachfront shore homes flickered to life along with the children’s imaginations. “It was and still is, the very best place,” she said, now a grandmother. Barbara Martin, a Cheltenham turned Philadelphia resident was brought to Ocean City as a newborn where the sand crept into her soul and made itself at home for life. During the summers of her childhood, Barbara and her family stayed at the Lennox Apartments on 7th and Atlantic Avenue. Her father was friends with the apartment owner and she became friends with his grandson, Roy, who was around her age. The kids from the apartment played and grew up alongside each other, riding their bikes up 7th street to the boardwalk where they would stop by the fun-loving Mr. Gillian, frolic along the beach, and eat ice cream with sour balls at the bottom. Bart’s hot-dog stand stood at the end of 7th street and the beach, the owner of which would pay the children from the apartment two cents to collect bottles from the beach. During the 1960’s, convention hall dances and the old skating rink dominated Barbara’s agenda as she participated in many of the skating shows.

“There have just been so many wonderful memories through the years,” said Barbara, “It was so much fun and such a safe place for us kids. Never for one minute were we afraid of anything.” The friends from the Lennox apartments were a huge, close-knit group that gathered every summer at the beach and to this day, are still friends, many of which, including Barbara, have their own homes in Ocean City. The island that they were introduced to as young kids stayed forever in their hearts. “We all took different paths in life but we’re all still friends and we still reunite,” she said. Back then, Ocean City was a small neighborhood by-the-sea, whereas now it is much more seasonal with hundreds of thousands of visitors every summer. However, to Barbara it is still the old Ocean City she always remembered and kept in her heart, calling it “the best of both worlds.” In 1997, Barbara found her own summer house in Ocean City. She watched as her children grew up enjoying the island just like she did, all of them working at Wonderland at some point throughout their lives. “My son worked his way up at Wonderland and eventually asked if he could propose to his wife on-top of the Ferris wheel,” said Barbara, as she explained the town’s great significance in the lives of her family. “Everyone cooperated with him, it was wonderful!” “OCNJ is a place full of memories for both my family and my husband’s family, and I hope to make many more with my children,” said Monica Martin, Barbara’s daughter-in-law. From her Philadelphia home, Barbara recounted her vivid Ocean City memories of a friendly, laid back beach town where everyone looked out for each other. “It’s the same way even today,” she said, “And I just can’t say enough good things about it.”

The Martin family on 12th St. beach 1982

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“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we first started, and know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Ocean Ci ty Fi r s t s an ongoing series curated by

The First Presbyterian Church was on the corner of 7th St. & Wesley Ave. 1907

The Uno was the first movie theatre in Ocean City. 1908

Piggly Wiggly was the first selfservice grocery store in Ocean City. 1932

The site of the1901 wreck of the Sindia was designated as a historic site in 1967.

F red M iller

1880—First accidental death: Harry McCann, 16, died when the wagon he was driving overturned on June 5 1880—First funeral service: Rev. William H. Burrell performed the service for Harry McCann with the burial in Bargaintown 1880—First Sunday religious service: On June 13 Rev. William H. Burrell preached the sermon on the lawn at 5th St. and Wesley Avenue 1895—First Catholic Church: St. Augustine’s erected on Asbury Avenue near 14th Street 1897—First poles erected for the purpose of operating a telephone system 1907—First stone church opens: First Presbyterian Church on the corner of 7th Street and Wesley Avenue 1908—The first movie theatre opens: the Uno 1913—First fishing club incorporated: the Ocean City Fishing Club 1916—First National Casting Tournament was held August 12 on the beach near North Street: Asbury Park Fishing Club won trophy 1917—First motorcycle policemen: George Seaman, George Sack and Howard Johnson 1917—First fatal auto accident: Eight year old Malcolm H. Krauss 1918—First time daylight saving time was observed: March 31 1927—First policeman killed: Harry E. Shore in a motorcycle accident 1932—First self-service grocery store opens: Piggly Wiggly at 704 Asbury Avenue 1932—First auto show held in Convention Hall 1937—First memorial to a dog (Hobo) placed on the lawn of Ocean City High School 1941—First OCHS graduate to set a world record: Archie Harris tossed the discus 174 feet and 8 ¾ inches 1941—First lookout tower built on top of the Music Pier to watch for enemy aircraft 1953—First time a 3-D movie was shown in Ocean City: House of Wax at the Village Theatre 1960—First time a 50-star American flag flew over Ocean City 1962—First fixed-span bridge to the island opens at 34th Street 1967—Sindia becomes the first shipwreck in New Jersey designated as a historic site 1972—First high-rise condominium, the Garden Plaza, built at 3rd Street and the Boardwalk 1972—First Ocean City woman elected to a county office: Angela Pulvino became county clerk 1973—First time voters had a say in who would occupy seats on the Board of Education: Elected were David Blyler, W. Rodman Boone, Robert Lautenschlager and Margaret Sharp 2004—First home night football game at Ocean City High School 2012—First edition of The Ocean City Sun

A lookout tower was built on the top of the Music Pier. December 1941

Convention Hall was the site of the first automobile show in Ocean City. 1932

A memorial to Hobo was placed at Ocean City High School in 1937

The Village Theatre was the site of the first 3-D movie. 1953

Angela Pulvino was the first Ocean City woman elected to a county office. 1972

The first edition of The Ocean City Sun knocked our flip flops off. May 16, 2012

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“The fantastic and unexpected, the everchanging and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.”


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5/2/13: Martin

Z. Mollusk Sees His Shadow! photos by Lacey Nicholl


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Onlookers waited eagerly to see if Martin saw his shadow. An early shadow indicates summer’s arrival one week early to Ocean City, thus bringing joy to the hearts of visitors and merchants alike.

Martin enters the ‘CIRCLE OF TRUTH’ and lo and behold! he saw his shadow!

The World’s Only Wind Chime Band provided the celebratory music

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Martin Z., (Z stands for Zambezi) Mollusk, Ocean City’s Trashbuster, Mark Soifer who is chairman of the National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach (NASCRAB) and Dr. Ernest Frankenstein celebrating Martin’s early summer prediction.


Ocean City has been called America’s Greatest Family Resort since the slogan was adopted by the chamber of commerce in 1920. But it has always been a gathering place for families, beginning in 1879 when the Lake family came here to build a Christian Seaside Resort. Since those early years, Ocean City has evolved into a community of diverse people, with the value of family still holding strong. While famous people, such as actress Grace Kelly and author Gay Talese, called Ocean City home, most of the people in this book are ordinary citizens. Many of these families are third and fourth generation. Some trace their roots back to the Lakes, others have grandparents or great-grandparents who came here as immigrants. Still others have moved here more recently; all contribute to making Ocean City a wonderful place to live and work.

Shelley the South Jersey Seashore Mermaid sang Martin Z. Mollusk’s introduction song “Some Enchanted Morning”

Author Bio: Fred and Susan Miller have written four other books for Arcadia about Ocean City history. Many of the photographs come from their own collection or from the collections in the Ocean City Historical Museum, where Fred is a past president. Other pictures have been shared by friends and neighbors, those members of the community who keep Ocean City truly America’s greatest family resort.


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“He stretches out the north over the sea and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”

~Job 26:7



2/22 OCHS NSSA SURF BANQUET at the Greate Bay Country Club Photographs by Lacey Nicholl

Mike Monroe and Elsie Becker

The Bowman Family

Andrew Gessler, Don Pilleggi, Founder of OCSA and Rob Kelly

Andrew and Brooke Funk


935 West Avenue Ocean City, NJ

Tina Spadafora, Brian Liess, Shannon Williams and Rob Kelly

Abby Lyons and Caroline Bowman Girl Surf Team SALES, SERVICE & INSTALLATION

Mr. Rundgren picking up the board his son (absent) Evan Rundgren won


Pat, Andrew, Pete and Townie


Family Owned & Operated Since 1984 1360 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City New Jersey 08226

Phone: 609-398-7923 Email:

Frankie Brady, John Simonson, Herbie Godfrey, Jimmy Naplacic, and Mark Pfander

Louis Becker, Mike Buck and Ray Clark

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“Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.” -Ovid

Open Thurs-Sun then Open 7 Days Starting early June

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Reservations Recommended

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Apple Cider • Donuts


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4th Street & Boardwalk Ocean City, NJ 609-398-3712

Fresh Seafood Dinners


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Wildwood Locations Roberts Ave. & Boardwalk 609-522-4396 22nd St. on Boardwalk 609-729-6022

Cape May Locations 513 Washington St. Mall 609-884-2834 728 Beach Drive 609-884-4287


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“If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me...” ~Psalm 139:9 Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day OCEAN CITY, NJ CHURCHES

St Damien Parish of Ocean City

609-399-0648 St Frances Cabrini 2nd & Atlantic Ave.

Central Ocean City Union Chapel

Sat 4:30 Sun 8, 9:30, 11 Spanish Mass Sun 6pm Mon-Sat 8:30am

32nd Street & Central Aves. Dawn Patrol Worship 8am Sunday School 9am Worship 10am

Coastal Christian

St Augustine 13th & Wesley Ave Sat 5:00 Sun 7:30, 9, 10:15, 11:30 Mon-Fri 7am

300 8th Street & West Ave. Sunday: 8am 9:45am & 11:30am Thurs: 7pm 609-399-4747

Cornerstone Community Church 810 Asbury Ave., Ocean City Sunday 9am 609-399-7527 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City 701 Wesley Avenue, Ocean City Praise Worship 8:45am Sunday School 9am Worship 10:30am & 6pm 609-399-1833

Holy Trinity Episcopal

30th & Bay, Ocean City Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8 & 10am 609.399.1019

Macedonia United Methodist 951 Simpson, Ocean City Sunday 11 am 609-399-9317

Our Lady of Good Counsel 40th & Central Ave. Mon-Fri 4pm Sat 4:00 Sun 7:45, 9:15, 10:30, 11:45,

ST. James A.M.E. 200 E. 7th Street, Ocean City Sundays 11am & 3:30pm 609-399-3099

St. John Lutheran Church 1001 Central Avenue, Ocean City Spoken Service 8 AM Sung Service 10:30 AM 609-399-0798

St. Peter's United Methodist 501 E. 8th Street, Ocean City Sun Comm. ~ Chaplet 8am Praise Worship 9am Sunday School 9:45am Trad. Service 10:45am 609-399-2988

Tabernacle Baptist Church 8th Street & West, Ocean City 609-399-6177

Ocean City Baptist Church 603 E. 10th Street, Ocean City Sun School 9:30am Worship 10:45am, 6pm 609-399-2261

Ocean City Tabernacle

550 Wesley Ave, Ocean City Sun Worship 8:30 & 10:30am Concerts 7pm 609-399-1915

Shiloh Baptist Churh

7th Street & Simpson Ave, Ocean City Sunday School 9am Sunday 11am 609-399-4281

Union Chapel by-the-sea 55th Street & Asbury Ave, Sun 10am 398-1563

HOPE PREGNANCY CENTER 3808 Rt. 9S Rio Grande 609-886-7022

321 West Ave. Ocean City 609-398-9449

FIND HELP AND HEALING DivorceCare support group TUES 7pm-9pm at Seaview Baptist Church, 2025 Shore Rd., Linwood, NJ. 609-601-2718 The church page is printed compliments of The SUN with blessings. To change or add to your church’s listing, please call 609 522 2721.


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“Should I get lost, just point me in the direction of a poem.” - Betty Bleen

Dylan Hooper, Jack Hooper and Drew Shelton playing on the beach

Sea Isle Mayor Desiderio as Trash Buster & Mark Soifer with Martin Z. Mollusk just a couple of Mark’s crazy friends!

My Crazy Friends

A Box of Pastels by Ted Kooser I once held on my knees a simple wooden box in which a rainbow lay dusty and broken. It was a set of pastels that had years before belonged to the painter Mary Cassatt, and all of the colors she’d used in her work lay open before me. Those hues she’d most used, the peaches and pinks, were worn down to stubs, while the cool colors — violet, ultramarine – had been set, scarcely touched, to one side. She’d had little patience with darkness, and her heart held only a measure of shadow. I touched the warm dust of those colors, her tools, and left there with light on the tips of my fingers.

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ~ John Wooden

Dylan & Jack Hooper

My crazy friends It never ends Your lives depend On promises Just out of sight Around the bendMaybe tomorrow Maybe tonight… My crazy friends Can’t you see Life’s litany Will always be A mysteryIt never ends… My crazy friendsIt never ends… Mark Soifer

Ocean City

Surf Beaches ◊ Waverly Rd. ◊ 7th Street ◊ 16th Street ◊ Anywhere between the stands South of 37th St.

Respect Yourself & Others!

Young poet, Dylan Hooper on Ocean City’s southend beach

Dylan & Jack Hooper. Life is Good in Ocean City!


by Dylan Hooper She is always there Waiting for me. She is the sun of my day And the moon of my night. She is all I could ever ask for. She is one in a billion But I can spot her within seconds. She is the shining diamond in a rock garden Her warm aura flourishes from the others. She is the most amazing person In the gigantahugic galaxy. She is my leader She Is You. You Are Mom.

Dylan & Jack Hooper

dear We are new summer home owners here in Ocean City. We bought a house at the south end of the island and love it. Our boys, Dylan and Jack have had so many great times here already. We have seen the moon rise over the ocean, spectacular sunsets, as well as snow on the beach. It’s magical! We feel so blessed to have discovered Ocean City. We love your paper, too! From former Avalon/Stone Harbor vacationers, Marianne Hooper

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THE SUN brings out the beachcomber in you!

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Beachcombing with Peaches

written & illustrated by Peaches Lukens

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What are those mysterious strings of yellow, disc-like capsules we so often come across on our beach walks? Those odd little floating nursery are the eg cases of the Knobbed or Chaneled Whelk. Whelk shells resemble conch shells but there are some minor differences between the two. But both whelks and conch are carnivorous snails that feed on clams, mussels, oysters and the dead flesh of marine animals. This often large and beautiful spiraled shell is a great find and keepsake and the egg cases are an interesting conversation piece in your collection. The whelk eggs are laid within these tiny chambered capsules that are connected together with a cord of the same substance. Each strand may have as many as a hundred capsules and be a yard long! If you look closely, you will see a tiny hole at the top of each capsule where miniscule whelk exited to the open sea or bay. Drying out the sand of cases in the sun may produce some whelks left behind. You can open a capsule or two and see if any are still there. The whelk are as small as this print, but perfectly formed and resembling the larger parent. Small beginnings for our New Jersey state shell, the Knobbed Whelk.


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Beach Walks

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Al & Sylvia Erb with sons and friends on Ocean City beach, circa 1960

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Where YESTERDAY and TODAY Meet by-the-sea! Do you want to keep up with The Ocean City Sun? Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. We’ll be posting beautiful pictures from your favorite barrier island, covering Sun worthy events, hosting picture contests and reposting vintage photos from years past. Do YOU have an old Ocean City photo you’d like to share with us? Upload to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram. We want to hear YOUR stories and memories. CONTEST: For each issue we will choose a lucky participant to have their photo, along with a story, featured in our paper. Winners will also receive an Ocean City Sun beach bag and sticker. Share your pictures, tell us the stories behind them and you might be our next winner. Here’s your chance to find your very own special place in The Sun. E-mail: Web: The SUN P.O. Box 31, Ocean City, NJ 08226 Ph: 609-522-2721



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Aaron Jamison sports his new OC Sun merch after winning one of our Facebook/Instagram photo caption contests. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to participate in our monthly contests, promos and giveaways as well as enjoy the best pics of Ocean City, both new and old. Do you have an old OC pic to share with us? Upload it to Instagram and tag us @OceanCitySun or post it on our Facebook page: Facebook. com/TheOceanCitySun Share your “All these new condos look the same.” story behind the photo and you could ~Aaron Jamison find your place in The Sun!

Jeff McGranahan

Hello Ocean City Sun Readers! Last summer the Museum marked the 50th Anniversary of the “Storm of 1962”; little did we know that we would be in for another historic storm. Thankfully the museum weathered Hurricane Sandy unscathed. As with the rest of Ocean City, we are looking forward to an exciting summer. Below you will find what’s new at the Museum and our upcoming events. Don’t forget to check out our website for more information: www. Audio Tour Thanks to the help of the Ocean City Community Center Association and the Foster-Karney Foundation, the Museum has created an audio tour for our visitors. You can access the tour recordings through your cell phone, so there is no added cost. We think it’s a great way to experience the museum “a la carte.” You can pick which stops to listen to and skip the ones you wish to check out another time. Special thanks to Roy Gillian, Al Crescenzo, Jean Bell, Dot Turner, Margaret Schock, Steve and Mary Ann Gring, Paul and Ruth Anselm, Lou Davis, George Ingram, Edwina Wagner, and Richard Stanislaw for their help in recording the audio tour stops. Things you’ve always wondered Later this summer, we are planning an event, as part of our Thursday Night Lectures, which will bring together a panel of experts to answer your questions about Ocean City’s history. However, we need to start collecting questions. If you have a nagging question you’ve always wondered about, let us know. We will have some time between now and our event to do some research and find the answer. With that being said, we will not be able to answer every question,

but you will have to come to the event on July 11, to find out. Email your questions to You can also stop by the Museum and put your question in the box. Upcoming Events Museum Movie Night: May 24, 2013, 7PM “Rear Window,” starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly A classic Hitchcock film from 1954 in which a wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. This movie is ranked as #48 Greatest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute. This would be a great opportunity to see a fantastic film. The event is free, but seating is limited. Upcoming! Summer Exhibit:

100 Years of the Ocean City Fishing Club. Hope to see you soon!

Jeff McGranahan Executive Director Ocean City Historical Museum DONATE TO THE MUSEUM- History is all around us and happening everyday. The Museum is always looking for new donations to help us document and preserve the history of Ocean City. Do you have old photographs you just don’t know what to do with? If they show Ocean City and its people, we hope you consider donating it. Letters, diaries, and other personal items are treasure troves of history that would make great additions to the Museum. RESEARCH COLLECTION- Curious about Ocean City’s History, the Museum must be on your list of places to visit. With thousands of documents relating to Ocean City’s development and the history of its people, we may be able to answer that question that has been nagging you all these years.

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Blast from



“My heart is warm with the friends I make.” ~High School Program Book, 1983



Ocean City High School Yearbook Photos

Phone: 609.399.3193 Fax: 609.399.1831 Night: 609.926.2177

Courtesy of Ocean City Historic Museum

Ma z zit el l i & Mero l l o Plumbing and Heating 255 West Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226 Sally Nania Huff OCHS 1960

Antwan Lamont McClellan OCHS 1993

Arleen Troffa OCHS 1974

Est. by Frank Mazzitelli, Sr. 1951 “Muzzy”

N.J.S.L. NO. 3031

Carol Joyce Marie Calise OCHS 1985

Don Pileggi OCHS 1974

Linda Troffa OCHS 1974

Gerald L. Stroh OCHS 1980

Jim Ginn OCHS 1974

Kathryn Anne Calise OCHS 1982 Muzzy 1/4.indd 1

Robert Halliday OCHS 1974

Thomas Weiland OCHS 1974

Thomas Henderson Steele OCHS

N.J.S.L. NO. 9181


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“Those who live at the beach {ends of the earth} stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy!” ~Psalm65:8



You have a truly wonderful magazine! ~Lorraine N.

The Sun is the best and classiest paper around. It certainly does capture the old and the new and has a whimsical feel. Can’t wait for the first issue of the season - its so chock full of interesting pictures and articles written from the heart! Great Job Sun!!! ~ Carol Boyce McCormick Can’t wait for the new issue! ~M. Iannetta I just wanted to tell you your paper is just magical for this island.I love all the sayings at the tops of the pages and I love learning about the history here. Seeing all of the old beach beauty photos really makes me realize how special life is at the shore and what a strong hold the sea has on us. Thank you for your creation. I can tell you pour your heart and soul into your work. It is the most awesome, artistic and unique paper that I have ever seen.

~G. Dougherty

The Ocean by Josh Kinney

There’s a sense of security about being next to the ocean, A consistent faithfulness that’s never changing, always beautiful, and can never get old. The waves will never stop crashing and the wind will never stop blowing and the vastness will always be vast. It’s as if the ocean has its own enchantment it places upon people, not everyone, but most. It’s like an undeniable prevalent grace that everyone shares whether they believe it or not. You can’t help but watch it, even though it’s the same, there is something about it that holds a person, Perpetually drawing them to the infinitely vast. There is safety, awe, delight and a thrilling sense of the great unknown. Maybe the One who made the sea created it in such a particular way that in it we would notice Him.

Ed Gorczyca & Tony Taylor

Last fall, my wife Carol and I traveled to Miami to see the Phils at the end of the season play the Marlins in their brand new beautiful stadium. When I left the ticket window at the ball park I heard a voice call to me asking me if I was a real Phillies fan. What a crazy question I thought to myself as I stood there in my bright blue Phillies shirt with the current Phils catcher’s name, RUIZ, plastered on the back and my Phillies ballcap on. I said as I looked up, “Yes sir, my whole life since I was a little kid.” He responded: “I’m T.T.” I know I had to look shocked, for there in front of me was a childhood Phillies star going to the same game as us. It was Tony Taylor. His face looked just like it did when he was in his 20s playing for the Phils. I walked up to him and we shook hands and exchanged comments of how I had watched him play growing up since I was 10 years of age when

he started playing for the Phils. My dad and I road the number 60 trolley down Allegheny Avenue to 21st Street and then walked to Leheigh Avenue many times to go to Connie Mack Stadium to see him and the Phils play. That 3.5 mile trolley ride seemed to take forever when I was 10 years old. Ah, the fond memories I have of going there with my dad. Back then, they even played double headers where you would see two games for the price of one. A box seat cost $3.50, reserved seats were $2.25 and for that price we could sit in Connie Mack on a Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm till sometimes 7:00pm or a twilight double header when you’d get home after midnight. It was great. I know that sounds crazy today, but these were fun times. Watching the stars of the day like Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks & Pete Rose just to name a few. Tony Taylor was our regular 2nd baseman for over a decade, and a great defensive 2nd baseman for the Phils who played from 1960 till 1971 almost everyday and then again for a few years at the end of his career after a stint with the Tigers. His 15 year career Phillies batting average was .260. While during those years playing for the Phils could not have been very easy. Some of their worst years in baseball history occurred back in the 60s. However, Tony Taylor is honored as one of the top one hundred Phillies ball players of all time. What caught my eye as a youth was how he blessed himself everytime that he went to the plate to bat. Now coming from Port Richmond in Northeast Philadelphia, everyone there was a Catholic or so it seemed to me as all my friends were going to a Catholic parochial neighborhood school so it was no big deal from my standpoint to see someone make a sign of the cross on their face, but to see someone do it in public left a fantastic impression on me that he was not embarrased of his faith or religion. It was a fun night seeing the Phils win and meeting a Phillies star from the past in his Miami neighborhood.

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“He leadeth me beside still waters, and restoreth my soul.”

~Psalm 23: 2-3

Remembering Water Safety Pioneer: Joseph P. Krauss by Fred Miller

This illustration appeared in the Ocean City Guidebook of 1910, accompanied by an article entitled “Ocean City’s Ideal Beach.” The article lauded the beach at Ocean City and the safety and healthful benefits of the ocean, including the “constant and most efficient lifeguard service.”

Joseph P. Krauss was Ocean City’s first lifeguard. He began protecting bathers in 1893.

Captain Krauss

erected a large tent on the

10th Street

beach to treat bathers with beach related


This summer, the Ocean City Beach Patrol

will be celebrating the 120th anniversary of bather protection in America’s greatest family resort. Joseph P. Krauss began his lifeguarding career in 1893 patrolling the beaches between 8th and 11th streets. Bathers quickly got used to seeing Krauss rowing his lifeboat between Brower’s Bathhouse and the Excursion House and saving bathers in trouble. “Life Guard Krauss to the rescue!” was the shout as a floundering bather struggled with the waves in the gay nineties. The newspaper headlines read: “Rescued by Life Guard at the Last Extremity,” or “Saved from a Watery Grave,” and the hero was always Life Guard Krauss. Until 1898, Krauss’ only financial reward for his lifesaving work came from donations and end-of-the-summer benefits held by the local hotels. In 1896, the Ocean City Sentinel led the demand for beach safety after two drowning deaths occurred in four days. It was not until August 3, 1898, however, that City Council finally voted to appoint three lifeguards. Ocean City was only the second municipality in America to pay for bather protection. Krauss was appointed captain of the lifeguards, a position he held until 1910, with George W. Lee and William Scull, working with him. The men were on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and were paid $40 a month. As the popularity of ocean bathing grew so did the lifeguard squad. In 1901, Krauss designed a lifesaving buoy and reported, “With our buoy the victim has three chances to be rescued. He can throw his arm over it, take hold of one of the loops

The Excursion House was built at 11th Street and the beach in 1887 as the first amusement center and bathhouse in Ocean City. Lifeguard Krauss made most of his rescues on this beach

Joseph P. Krauss stands second from right in this picture taken during the summer of 1912 P hotos

courtesy of

O cean C ity H istorical M useum

around it, or grab the line attached to it, and six people can be brought in with one of them.” During the summer of 1906, Krauss erected a large tent on the 10th Street beach that was used as a lifeguard headquarters and to treat bathers with beach related injuries. The professional bather protection contributed to the popularity of Ocean City. A 1910 publicity brochure lauded the beach at Ocean City and the safety and healthful benefits of the ocean, including the “constant and most efficient lifeguard service.” In 1910, Mayor Lewis Cresse appointed Krauss superintendent of lifeboats, and Alfred R. Smith captain of the lifeguards. The two men guided the lifeguards until 1920. That year Smith resigned, and Mayor Joseph G. Champion appointed Jack G. Jernee captain of the lifeguards. Krauss continued to work with the lifeguards until his death on February 10, 1924. He was 79 years old. Rev. John B. Handley, pastor of the First M. E. Church, said Joseph P. Krauss would be remembered as the city’s water safety pioneer. The pallbearers were: Jack G. Jernee, Alfred R. Smith, and Fred Hedelt, representing the Ocean City Beach Patrol, and Ross Collins, Michael Pileggi and Joseph Grifford, representing the Patriotic Order of Sons of America. Lifeguard Hedelt, driving a city vehicle pulling a lifeboat, led the funeral procession to Port Elizabeth where the burial took place. Krauss has been inducted into the Ocean City Beach Patrol Hall of Fame, and a plague with his likeness on it is on display in the Ocean City Lifesaving Museum, 520 Bay Avenue. Much has changed since Joseph P. Krauss left his footprints in the sand of Ocean City, but not the lifeguards dedication to bather protection.

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“Never judge a book by the movie.” ~Anon.

Meg the Movie Buff


Goes to Hollywood

10% Off



by Meg Corcoran America’s Greatest Family Resort prepares for an Epic start to summer, inviting imaginative characters along for the most thrilling ride. Our shore-loving cast shouts Now You See Me, now you don’t to studio movie executives on their way to our beach haven, thrilled to be on vacation from harsh lights and Hollywood drama. Fortunately, they arrive long Before Midnight, following a Strek Trek Into Darkness that reveals sparkling sunlight. Summer has yet to turn on The Heat, as a soft sea breeze welcomes them to town. They quickly learn Rodeo Drive’s got nothing on Asbury Avenue and spend much of their spring break shopping and sightseeing. Trading their movie passes for beach tags, the cast glows straight into the summer of 2013, surrounded by soothing natural sunbeams, as well as their own supernatural starlight. Before following the light to the nearest star-studded movie theater, please check your local listings for release date changes… Industrialist Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (3, Robert Downey, Jr., opens May 3rd) finds strength at the Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon after enduring a personal attack at the hands of The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and must rely on his own special survival skills to save his loved ones. A Midwesterner (Tobey Maguire) moves to Long Island and gets caught up in the decadent, ultimately tragic life of his neighbor, The Great Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio, opens May 10th) during one too many great Spring Block Parties. Sharpening their skills at Seaside Village Miniature Golf, Captain Kirk and sidekick Spock (Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto) take the Star Trek Into Darkness (opens May 17th) on a dangerous manhunt to stop a powerful terror found within the Enterprise. Married parents of twins Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) attend the “Four at the Shore” Treasure Hunt while finding themselves at a crossroads hoping to be happily reached Before Midnight (opens May 24th). A teenager (voice of Amanda Seyfried) wishes she’d chosen to attend Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier when she finds herself on an animated, Epic (opens May 24th) trip to the forest of good and evil and joins up with an eclectic group to save their world and her own. Also heard throughout the wooded area are Beyonce Knowles and Steven Tyler.

A group of illusionists (including Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher) catch sight of summer at Martin Z. Mollusk Day before pulling off bank heists during their performances, declaring Now You See Me (opens June 7th) to the amazement of the FBI agents on their trail (including Mark Ruffalo).


Clark Kent wishes only to attend the Ocean City Flower Show with beautiful reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) but instead must become the secretive Man of Steel (Henry Cavill, opens June 14th) sent to save the Earth. World War Z (opens June 21st) is on for a U.N. employee (Brad Pitt) fighting fate and time, as well as hungry seagulls and unsightly suntan lines, as he travels the world to stop the eruption of a deadly Zombie plague. Before becoming gainfully employed at Monsters Inc., and spending their salaries at the Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales, best friends Mike and Sully (voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman) were competitive students at Monsters University (opens June 21st). The (comedic) Heat (opens June 28th) is on during the Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons Plunge for both a tense FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and a testy Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) forced to work together to bring down a drug lord. Time spent beneath The SUN and stars has done wonders for the movie gang, who unanimously declare Word War Z on studio sets and script reading. To celebrate their brief-retirement, The Great Gatsby throws the greatest party on the Boardwalk, where the Man of Steel and Iron Man (3) entertain the crowd by lifting family-friendly rides off the ground. Meanwhile, the students from Monsters University pretend they’re not afraid to reach for the sky on the great Ferris Wheel. As the partygoers sail (in Nights in Venice) toward another fabulous Ocean City season, they wish upon the brightest star their time by the sea will last all summer long…

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“Every story has its time to be told.” ~Sekou Sundiata



An Illustrated History of


Honored Citizen of the Decade

This winter, a legendary cornerstone of Ocean City was honored as with a celebratory dinner. Too imperative to be citizen of the month and too influential to be just the citizen of the year, the only honor that was appropriate to bestow upon Mark Soifer was citizen of the decade. “We have the beach, the boardwalk and the bay and we’re lucky enough to have Mark Soifer,” said Michele Gillian, Ocean City’s chamber executive director. With over 45 years of diligently promoting Ocean City using the very best of his imaginative zeal, the town truly wouldn’t be the place it is today without Mark Soifer. From eccentric and one-of-a-kind citywide events like sand sculpting contests, various races and even a beauty pageant

written & illustrated by Peaches Lukens

Five hundred years ago, European explorers sailed along our coast looking for a place to settle in the New World. Henry Hudson first surveyed the Atlantic Coast in 1609. Captain Cornelius Jacobsen Mey (found of Cape May) later charted the coastline. Dutch explorer David Pieterzen De Vries noted that our island had “flat sand beaches with low hills.” Senator Jeff Van Drew and Shawnda for a hermit crab named Martin Z. Mollusk, Soifer has left a legendary impression on the beach town that is his very essence. At least 200 people gathered together at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point on Thursday, February 21, to share in the fun and festivity of Soifer’s hardworking passion that has made Ocean City stand out. We are blessed that Mark Soifer has found his place in The Sun.

The north end of Ocean City, now known as The Gardens, was once a maritime forest of pine, holly, birch and cedar trees. Sassafras, beach plum, wild roses and bayberry created vast undergrowth. The map above is adapted from the Somers Point map of 1873. Creeks meandered through marshy meadows on the bay side of the island, forming brackish ponds for ducks, geese, loons and brant. Everglades, similar to freshwater springs, filled parts of the forest floor. Rolling hills of sand and dune preceded the large flat beaches that ran along a portion of the bay, inlet and all along the sea coast. The forest ran central to the island tapering into shrubs, sand hills and marsh past 18th street. The island was rich with wildlife; fox, skunk, raccoon, opossum, deer, song and shore birds of every kind.

JT Williams, Talia Burkhart (Mark’s granddaughter) Mark Soifer, Rob Kulisek, Josh Kinney and Lacey Nicholl. {JT, Rob, Josh & Lacey represent The Ocean City Sun}

The Dutch named a portion of our bay, “Eyren Haven” (Egg Harbor) due to the abundance of gull and mud hen eggs and nests found throughout the salt marsh islands. The British later named the bay Great Egg Harbor.

Sea Isle Mayor Leonard DMesiderio as Trash Buster, Mark Soifer, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and Martin Z. Mollusk

To learn more about the history of Ocean City visit the Ocean City Historical Museum at 1735 Simpson Ave. Summer hours (June 1 to Aug. 30) are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and holidays.

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“In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes.”

~Cole Porter



Random acts of kindness are great! But regular acts of kindness are even greater!

Bogie the Artist and Surfer

Sandy McIlvaine & Meghan Mangel working at the Ocean City Library

Ocean City Repertoire’s Flossy

Stop in to say hi to Jeff McGranahan, Ocean City Historical Museum director

Say it’s notso! Paul Brietenger at the Ocean City Farmers’ Market last summer


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Meeting Address: 1501 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ 609-391-8660 Ellen Moskowitz displays her artwork at the Arc on Asbury Exhibit, Feb. 15, 2013




An Enchanting Summer fffffffffffffffffffffffff

Sea breezes blow fair and salty over unmeasured miles of blue. The sun is warm and the world is far away. And long, long afterwards, the sun, the wind, and the surf will return in memory to flood your mind and lift your spirits.

from: Dorothy

The Sun by-the-sea Ocean City, N.J.



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“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

Ocean City Fishing Club 2013 Centennial Events Save the Dates! breakfast ◆ lunch ◆ dinner


5/19 Annual Awards Luncheon at the pier. 12noon 6/9 Pot Luck Dinner Social at the pier. 5:30pm.

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Ocean City Fishing Club Centennial Kick Off Art Opening at the Ocean City Community Center Art Gallery

Jan. 11, 2012

Ocean City Community Art Project 911 Dedication at the Ocean City Firehall on Sept. 11, 2012

7/4 4th of July Party at the pier, 6pm. Followed by city fireworks 8/4 Ladies Social at the pier. 6pm. July to Mid-October Ocean City Historical Society Exhibit

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9/15 OCFC Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament On the beach between 16th & 59th Streets, Ocean City 6am. 9/28 Centennial Celebration Dinner at The Flanders Hotel 10/17-19 100th Anniversary Tournie

JT Williams & Rozz Lipkin

December TBA Christmas Luncheon at the Crab Trap in Somers Point.

Artist Jose Chara & Leslie Skibo at the 911 Ceremony & Sculpture Dedication

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9/2 Shoobie Party at the pier 5pm.

November TBA Members-Only Surf Fishing Tournament on the pier and along all of the beaches of Ocean City. Club members only.

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8/11 Boys & Girls Fishing Tournament at Ocean City - Longport Bridge 10am, Rain Date Aug. 18

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“If you swear while you are fishing, you will not catch any fish.” - Old Dutch Proverb

A Message for the Fisherman & Boater. . . “Be Careful!” From George Ingram



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As they head out to fish this season, both surf and back-bay anglers may find dramatic changes in their once-familiar spots because of a mega-storm called Sandy. The south end of Corson’s Inlet State Park, for example, looks as though someone took a potato peeler to the beach across from Strathmere. I don’t know how much sand the storm washed away, but Corson’s had to lose some of its original 341 acres. The park’s website offers this caveat emptor to would-be purchasers of the $50-per-year beach permit: “Be aware that the beach at Corson’s Inlet is inaccessible at high tide. Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion to the beach. It is suggested you visit the beach to view the conditions before you purchase your permit. Refunds will not be issued due to the existing conditions.” One angler who drove to Belleplain State Park recently to purchase a 2013 beach permit was Bill Daley, of Ocean City. He says you shouldn’t be worried about the damage to Corson’s as long as you take precautions. “If you’re careful and pay attention to the tides, the wind, and the lunar tables, you should be all right,” Daley explained. “The one thing you don’t want to do is get trapped out there and have to wait for the tide to change.” Other dangers to anglers may lurk in the back bay, even as a contractor from Florida is working hard to remove hazardous debris all the way from the south end of Island Beach, around Cape May, and up the Delaware Bay to Salem County at

Captain Brook Koeneke, of the Duke o’ Fluke, was lucky. A few days before Sandy, he piloted his pontoon up the Great Egg Harbor River to Thompson’s Boat Yard and had it taken out of the water. His municipal dock in Somers Point did not fare as well, but the good news is he’ll be back in business, and he’s already planning special six-hour trips on the river for perch and stripers before the fluke season opens on May 18 (609926-2280). Still, Brook has a warning for boaters in the waters behind Ocean City. “There’s a concern about debris,” he said. “Pieces of docks are all over the meadows and they haven’t been cleaned up yet. People fishing in shallow water in the back bay should be very careful.” That sentiment was echoed by Ocean City’s Norm Hafsrud, (609-399-8835) charter captain of the 22-foot Viking. A man who knows the waters behind Ocean City “like the back of my hand,” he specializes in flounder fishing. “The back bay has me very concerned because I do a lot of low-tide fishing,” he told me. “There’s a lot of debris out there.” Before the season for summer flounder starts, he plans to reconnoiter during both high and low tides. “The main channel, I think will be OK,” he said. “But I will be careful. I’m not going to zap my way through the back bay.” The message is clear: whether you’re surf fishing on the beach or in a boat on the water, be careful out there.

Best Times for Fishing ~Taken from the Farmer’s Almanac • One hour before and one hour after high tide and low tide. • During the “morning rise” after sunup for a spell and the “evening rise” just before sundown and the hour or so after. • When the barometer is steady or on the rise. But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. Smart fisherman will find just the right bait. • When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east. • When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.

Mon. - Fri. 7am - 7pm Sat. 6am - 7pm Sun. 6am - 5pm

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 Ocean City Fishing Club trustees, officers, and members gathered at their clubhouse at the 14th Street pier for the unveiling of the 2013 centennial banner.


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