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Where YESTERDAY and TODAY meet by-the-sea

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Words & Design by Dorothy Kulisek & Meg Corcoran

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Live by the Tides. . . Love by the Moon

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“Let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see.”~Anon.

Call Brian Kolmer 609-425-1391 bk@bergerrealty.com

109 E. 55th Street • Ocean City, NJ 08226 www.bergerrealty.com

5852 Asbury Ave. Deep southend first floor. 3 BR, 2 BA, turn key property. This unit offers a great rental history! Central air, gas heat, vinyl siding and is located just steps to the end of the island and beach. $449,000.

5221 Central Ave. Classic ocean city southend single family twin directly across from the beach. This single has 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Fully furnished. Ocean views from the front porch. $449,900.

2814 Wesley Ave. Enjoy the privacy of this impeccably kept fantastic townhouse on a rare 50 x 120 features: 4 lg. BR, 4.5 BA, dual zone heating/cooling, spacious family room w/ocean views, kitchen w/pantry, vinyl siding, private garage w/full cabana bathroom, central vac system and private entrance. All this in the most exclusive neighborhood in Ocean City. $1,199,900.

1300 Bay Ave. Centrally located single on large 75’ x 100’ lot with 3BR, 3BA, hardwood floors, charming kitchen with granite, gas heat, central air, large game room above garage and fenced in in-ground pool. To many amenities to mention, you must see this home to appreciate it! $974,900.

800-399-3484

5806 Asbury Ave. Top of the line single family in the deep southend, close to beach and corson’s state park. This 4 BR, 4.5 BA bachich design has 2 master suites, 1 with a fireplace, a den or 5th bdrm. Brazillian cherry floors, custom kitchen, plantation shutters and so much more. Easy to show. $1,149,900.

3221 Asbury Ave. Only the finest describes this fully loaded rich young custom build! Never rented better than new construction and an absolute must see! Features high-end upgrades through out. This fantastic turn key is also fully furnished!! $599,900.

3428 Wesley Ave. 1st floor with ocean views, hardwood floors, 4 BR, 2 BA, large beach, garage, tons of parking (6 cars), fully furnished per inventory, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops. Large 50’ x 120’ lot. $1,089,000.

5316 West Ave. Incredible location in the exclusive Ocean City Homes Neighborhood! This classic OC surfside single features 5 BR, original hardwood floors, extremely well maintained and the pride of ownership. Endless opportunities available at this incredible location with a 54 x 100 ft lot, and zoned for single family use only. $499,900.


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“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter... but here comes The Sun!” ~The Beatles

from the editor

A Dip in the Sea with the editor

See what’s inside ... lots of happy Ocean City thoughts!

While You Were Away by Dorothy Kulisek & Meg Corcoran 14 - 25 America’s Greatest Smiles 12, 18, 20, 27, 36, 37, 38, 39, 49 A Wonderful Life with Eddie Flotte by Josh Kinney 26 A Grand Hotel by C. Shore 28

PHOTO BY ROB KULISEK

While the March winds blow cold, with its third snowstorm approaching, I sit here checking my countdown app that is set for Memorial Weekend. The red circle pops up with less than 100 days to go. It’s fun and necessary to dream about the warm summer days that are heading our way as I wait for the snow. At this moment, I’d rather be taking a dip, followed by a long stroll along the beach... in early June as the sand settles after a jam packed banner Memorial Weekend. The crowds have come and gone, for a little while anyway, until they’re back to stay for the summer in a few weeks after school lets out. Is there anything more lovely than a mild, warm June afternoon with a gentle breeze to caress your soul? . . . in Ocean City, NJ!? I put on my bathing suit and slip into my flip flops, tuck a bottle of water in my beach bag, hop on my bicycle and head to my favorite place on earth... the 59th St. beach. The remaining pilings from the old pier have disappeared a little more, but not as much as last summer after Hurricane Sandy took most of them away. Every once in a while, the dolphins return early because the ocean is warm and warm enough for me to take a dip early in the season... It’s just the way I love it to be, too... Low tide, clean, glassy little waves that are perfectly floatable... and I am one with the horizon. I look up at the cloudless blue June sky, seagulls happily flittering here and there...a larger wave comes and I throw my arms in the air and leap with a joy that thrusts me upward from the depths of the sea... And I’m struck by the beauty, and how magical life can be on an island. I return to my blanket to bask, feeling the salt soak into my skin and the sunlight warm me all through. I turn on my transistor radio to the tune of the oldies. Every care seems to vanish in this place and in a little while my focus turns to the fine art of shell collecting. I head to the water’s edge feeling the powdery sugar sand between my toes once again... I look down at tiny treasures... occasionally turning inward to kick up the water because I’m so happy....after scooping up a handful to wet my face and arms, I look up and see the boardwalk in the distance, slowly coming back to life with afternoon strollers and the aroma of funnel cake and boardwalk sweetness in the air... reminding me what a blessing it is to be right here in this very special place called Ocean City, NJ... where generations of families passionately know it as their little slice of heaven on earth, their happy place, America’s Greatest Family Resort! So that is my secret to surviving the long winter...an occasional dream of a dip in the sea. After a long, harsh winter, my countdown app has happily reached the sunniest, most splendid season of the year!

Welcome Back SUMMER!

He who seeks beauty shall find it by the sea.

Dorothy

Artist / Editor / Publisher The SUN by-the–sea, Ocean City, NJ

Chris Maloney - Always Remembered by Josh Kinney 29 Peck’s Beach Shipwrecks by John McCall 32 Ocean City Firsts by Fred Miller 34 Sea Breezes & Ship Lover’s 35 Meg the Movie Buff 38 Wild Ocean City by Peaches Lukens 40 Dear SUN & Poetry & Cartoon by Kirk Hastings 44 Ask Patty Cakes 45 The Cache by Bob Ingram 46 Rough Times Birth Great Ideas by Josh Kinney 48 Don Pileggi Growing Up in Ocean City by Peaches Lukens 50-51 About the Cover Photo Story 51 Ocean City Historical Society 1964-2014 by Fred Miller 52 Ocean City Historical Society & a Blast from the Past 53 Meditation Churches on the Island 54 Beachcombing with Peaches Lukens 57 Fishing with Capt. George Ingram Capt. Brook Koenecke of the Duke O Fluke 58

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gggggggggggggg Artist, Editor & Publisher Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek 609.214.5608 Art Director Managing Editor Rob Kulisek Josh Kinney 609.435.2457 484.557.1601 Sales & PR JT Williams 609.602.1155

The SUN by-the-sea©2014 is the original nostalgic bi-monthly magazine published by So They’ll Know, inc. Contributing Writers:

Patty Cakes • Meg Corcoran • Kirk Hastings Bob Ingram • George Ingram • Josh Kinney Peaches Lukens • John McCall • Fred Miller

2014 Publish Dates: July 2, no beach here comes bag The Sun! August 28, can be it! without Nov. 19 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.A.

Send in your nostalgic stories & photos to: snail mail: P.O. Box 31 OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226 or email: thesunbythesea@gmail.com You don’t have to be a professional writer or a grammarian to join us. Every single one of us who loves Ocean City has a special story to tell about it. Your story matters, because it’s part of our history here, not because you punctuated everything correctly. Sharing your story is what helps makes The Sun so much fun! HONOR VETERANS. FLY THE FLAG!

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

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


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“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” ~James Russell Lowell

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

June Events June Hath 30 Days ~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

5/30-31, 6/1 Ocean City Flower Show commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat10am-9pm,Sun 10am-4pm. “The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.” -The Old Farmer’s Almanac

5/17 American Heart Assoc. HeartWalk Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am. 5/17-18 TREASURE HUNT Ocean City Music Pier. Metal Detector Competition. 732-276-8251 5/18 Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon 1/4 mile Swim, 2M run/16M Bike/2M run. And kids course. Swim 6am-8am. Run/Bike/Run 9am.

memorial weekend events

5/23 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. 5/26 Memorial Day Service 11am at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Ave. *Please remember America’s courageous veterans on Memorial Day~ especially those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country~ by flying your flag. Your flag should be flown half-staff until noon and then raised full staff from noon until dusk.

OCEAN CITY

AMERICAN LEGION POST 524 Meeting Address: 3304 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ 609-398-1751 www.legion524ocnj.org

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS EVERY 1ST SUNDAY

OCEAN CITY VFW POST 6650

Meeting Address: 1501 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ 609-391-8660 www.oceancitynjvfw.org

FULL SUNDAY BREAKFASTS EVERY 2ND & 4TH SUNDAY

6/5 Wonder’s Birthday Bash Gillian’s Wonderland Pier – Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6pm-10:30pm. 6/6 BOOK SIGNING by The SUN’s editor, Dorothy Kulisek, with her newly released book ‘HELLO SUN‘ at the Grand Opening of BLUE EDEN at 813 Asbury Ave. 7-9pm 6/11-14 Miss New Jersey Pageant– Boardwalk Parade(June 11th), preliminary competitions, and the finals at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. 6/13 Full Strawberry Moon 12:11am {The only Friday the 13th in 2014} HAPPY 6/15 Johnsons Popcorn Fathers Day Family Fun Fest ~ Bands, Magicians FATHER’S & Pony rides at 11th St. 1pm – 3pm. DAY DAD!

6/21 Antique Auto Show~ Over 300 vintage vehicles. Tabernacle grounds, 9am–2pm. Boardwalk parade after 2pm.

6/23-27 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. 6/26 - 8/28 MARKET DAYS 10am –1pm Every Thursday on Asbury Ave. Entertainment, Face Painters, Balloon Sculptors. FAMILY NIGHTS 7:30pm-9:30pm btwn 6th14th Sts. Entertainment on the boardwalk CHARACTER NIGHTS on the boardwalk. Parade starts 6pm. Every Sunday 6/25-9/10 FARMER’S MARKET Every Wednesday at the Tabernacle Grounds 8am – 1pm

4th of July preview. . . 7/3/ British Invasion at the OC Music Pier! 7/4 Bike Parade Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assoc. Reg 9am at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Parade begins at10am. 7/4 Bike Parade Sponsored by the South OC Improvement Assoc. Reg 9am at 40th & Asbury Ave. Parade begins at 10am. 7/4 Fourth of July Celebration Kite flying competition at 5pm followed by entertainment. A spectacular fireworks display off 9th Street beach tops off the evening.


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“I need the sea because it teaches me… I move in the university of the waves.”

– Pablo Neruda

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BOATER’S HIDEAWAY The perfect compliment to your yacht. Very nice Harbor House efficiency offering Swimming Pool, laundromat, breath-taking Bay views, and 40ft Boat Slip for just $158,000.

QUIET BAY AREA 3 BR, 2 BA, 1st floor in pristine condition with large Deck, Garage and Boat Slips for rent nearby. Priced to Sell at $350,500.

OCEAN REEF CONDOS Ocean City’s best kept secret awaits w/2 swimming pools, tennis courts, and Bay Views. Waterfront 2BR townhouse at $384,900. Spacious 3BR available for $379,000.

CENTRALLY LOCATED Rare 2 BR, in a great location close to everything. Large Deck, 2 car parking and NO condo fees. Make this happen for $274,900.

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FLAGSHIP CONDOMINIUMS 2 of the nicest units in the building now available. Awesome beachblock location w/Ocean views, parking and huge Sun Deck. Starting at just $198,000.

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“Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups & downs... it’s your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.” ~Anon.


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“Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.” ~John Cale

ONE LOCATION: BAYVIEW MARINA

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LOTS OF FUN ! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

OPEN DAILY 8AM-7PM

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312 BAY AVENUE, OC NJ www.baycats.com

609-391-7960 Family owned & Operated since 1987

Guided Nature Tours of the Back Bays Authorized Hobie Dealer

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Beginner and Experienced Riders Welcome!

Reservations Required! www.TotallyTubularWatersports.com 314 BAY AVE. OCEAN CITY, NJ

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Party Trays & Gift Packaging Available 1345 West Ave. I Ocean City, NJ I 609.391.1919

Look for our red awning across from Rite Aid at 14th & West

Bernie’s Barber Shop Est. 1965

Traditional Men’s Barber Shop • Women are Welcome STRAIGHT RAZOR SHAVES • COLOR • CLIPPER CUT Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday 8:00am - 2:00pm 937 Asbury Avenue • Ocean City, NJ 08226

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OPEN YEAR ROUND Eat in • Take-Out • Delivery • Catering

Pizza • Stromboli Calzoni • Sandwiches Homemade Pasta Dishes Lasagna Kids Menu • Desserts Gift Certificates Available

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Wards Pastry mon - fri : 7am-6pm

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An Ocean City Tradition for Over 80 Years!

Full Line Retail Bakery HOME of the FAMOUS SCRAPPLE PIE & BACON CINNAMON BUNS!

Cakes for Any Occasion ...or just for dessert!

730 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ

609-399-1260

www.wardspastry.com

We Ship Cinnamon Buns "Best Buns On The Island"

721 Asbury Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226

609-399-1464

Gift Certificates Available Appt./Walk-ins Welcome

Specialty Giftware for all Occasions

Own Make Candies

Celebrating 48 Sweet Years!

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Candy Made on Premises

Distinctive Chocolates • Sandwich Mints • Sea Salt Caramels Caramel-filled Pretzels • Diabetic Candies • Crispy Marshmallows Butter Creams Assorted Truffles • Nut Free & Gluten Free Candies

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Subs • Sandwiches • Salads • Wraps • Pizza • Pasta • Seafood

Food Market

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Hot Bagels & more

Daily Specials

breakfast lunch dinner   Find Yianni’s at 3 Locations! 841 Asbury Ave., Ocean City (609) 391-1113

Savory Selections

Appetizers ◆ Greek Specialties ◆ Gyros ◆ Salads Quesadillas ◆ Specialty Sandwiches ◆ Burgers Cheesesteaks ◆ Kids meals and more!! Best of the

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Road Service Brakes • Batteries • Oil Changes • Tire Services • Front End Work Available Exhaust Systems • Air Conditioning • Computer Diagnostics

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“The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” AMERICA’S GREATEST

Smiles!

“Spring Swing”

~Duke Kahanamoku

Honoring Don Pileggi APRIL 25, 2014 See pages 50-51 in this issue to read more about Don!

Smile! It’s Free! Photos by Jayne Lukens at 7th St. beach, OCNJ

Spring Swing judges: Teddy DelFRanco, Matt RinCk & Dean Randazzo

Don Pileggi & Dean Randazzo with Ocean City HS Surf team alumni

This year’s Spring Swing Surf contest honored Mr. Don Pileggi for all of his contributions to the Ocean City surf community over the years. The general tone of this photo is that “Old Guys Rule!”

Ocean City Spring Swing Surf Contestants & Surf community

Bob Marshall, Donna Costigan, Don Pileggi & Susan Peiffer

Zoe Bourgeois, 9 yrs. old, took 2nd Place

Caroline Bowman won 1st Place Women’s open

Charlie Bowman won 1st Place Master’s

EdGillin, Wayne Blizzard & Don Pileggi, Jr.

Nick Brady, Men’s 13 & Under Div.

William Fannon, Charlie Bowman, Dennis Stiteman, and Ravishing Ron


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Travels with

CELEBRATING

52

YEARS

24 HOUR

SURF

REPORT

“Follow the river and you will find the sea.” ~French Proverb 3 1 0 1 A S B U RY AV E N U E 609.399.8399

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An Ocean City Favorite. . . Your Home Away from Home! Local Ocean City surfer, Sam Ballam took The Sun on his surfari to Maui this past winter to escape the polar vortex. A jumping 50-foot humpback whale on Maui from Sam’s surfari is an unusual shot, although it is not uncommon to see many

Oh yea!

Breakfast • Lunch Homemade Pastries

whales and large sea turtles in the surf on Maui in the winter. Sam says ‘no worries’ though, they keep their distance.

Summertime Dinners LaurelBay400@aol.com

LOOK FOR SAM’S SURF STORY IN THE UPCOMING SUMMER ISSUE, DUE OUT JULY 2ND, 2014

Learn to

SURF

©2009-12 Sharon & John Szabo. All rights reserved. Watercolor ©2008 Beebe Bahrami, widely-published writer and artist -- www.beebesfeast.com

Surfboards • Stand Up Paddle • Wetsuits Clothing • Sandals and More! For more info visit

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“We’re captive on the carousel of time.” ~Joni Mitchell

“Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.” ~Thomas Carlyle

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

Compiled by Dorothy Kulisek & Meg Corcoran

A bit of breezy chat about the island’s happenings from Labor Day 2013 through Memorial Day 2014 Autumn arrived to America’s Greatest Family Resort, conducting the start of the most colorful and ultimately coolest of times. Our time in town has taught us that summer is not the only season that shines, as we headed toward Ocean City’s most imaginative events. We found calmness at the Quiet Festival, wisdom at the Mr. Mature America Pageant and a quickly-completed yuletide list thanks to Christmas in the Downtown. An entertaining First Night New Years Eve Celebration led us into a fantastic First Day Shopping Extravaganza (and many more days of Asbury Avenue shopping). Greeting a bright new year, snow blanketed our seascape, making our picturesque abode even more postcard worthy. While we were searching for beach moments beneath the wintery surface, we were reminded that “Under the… snow blossoms a daring spring” (quotation anthologist Terri Guillemets) and dared to look ahead toward the softest of seasons (with the permission of the reliable Martin Z. Mollusk). Before taking that lighthearted leap, we’re al-

ready feeling nostalgic for recent days gone by and welcome you to take a glimpse back in cooler time to all that occurred While You Were Away… In the words of Professor Byron Caldwell, “The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light.” (The best light to breeze through every Sun page)… Family Entertainment takes a Cue from Bygone Days In May 2013, the Moorlyn Family Theater held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of family entertainment on the boardwalk, including live shows, movies and a wide assortment of community events. The building that opened in 1901 as a bowling alley and was converted in 1922 to the Moorlyn Theater has been restored and repaired, repurposed and modernized and promises to be a welcomed, nostalgic boardwalk addition. The theater witnessed the beginning of the “talkies” and by 1989 had been divided into four separate movie theaters, an arrangement they intend to keep. The theater is opened year

round (except for March and April) and hosts a children’s show, on Thursdays. Expect a trip to the theater to possess a sweet nod to days gone by. Saving Dolphins On August 29th, the Christie administration announced more state resources toward probing the high number of bottlenose dolphin deaths along the New Jersey coast. During the summer of 2013, 74 dead or dying dolphins had washed up along the coastline. The nonprofit Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine responded to the deaths, confirming 12 with morbillivirus, according to the stranding center’s executive director Bob Schoelkopf. Morbilliviruses are biologically happening pathogens in marine mammal populations. The viruses suppress the immune system with many animals ultimately dying from secondary infections, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The viruses are typically transmitted through the air or direct contact between animals. Cetacean morbillivirus affects dolphins’ lungs, brain and im-

mune systems, causing sickness and death. Officials stated there is almost no chance for human beings to be infected, but still cautioned against approaching sick or dead animals in the water. Education and Renovation The Ocean City Board of Education took steps toward a Primary school renovation project amounting to $6.54 million. The project should be eligible for 40 percent funding and, according to school Business Administrator Tom Grossi, would include roofing, HVAC, exterior windows and doors and energy-efficient upgrades while addressing health and safety issues. A Grand Welcome The new Roy Gillian Welcome Center, located on the Rt. 52 Causeway, held a Grand Opening Ceremony on September 20th, 2013. The building was part of the $396 million NJDOT rebuilding of the Rt. 52 bridges and causeway project and is the central hub of Ocean City information. The Welcome Center offers plenty of parking, entry to the pedestrian walk


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. . . OCEAN CITY, A NEW SEASON way, rest rooms, picturesque wraparound decks and one of four fishing piers located along the bridge. Tennis, Anyone? On September 25th, The Hurricane Sandy Relief Program granted Ocean City $20,000 for stormrelated repair of its tennis court facilities. The grant was presented on a 50-50 matching fund basis. Phil Birnbaum, director of Ocean City Tennis Programs, was made aware of grant through the U.S. Tennis Association. Adding Color to Ocean City The Community Art Projects (CAP) hosted its 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1 mile Fun Race – “Run for the ART of it” on Sept. 14th on the Ocean City Boardwalk in an effort to raise awareness for the importance of the arts along with funding to assist CAP’s efforts to make Ocean City even more beautiful through public art. The Boardwalk now features many painted electric boxes with addition traffic boxes being displayed throughout Ocean City by local artists. The International Day of Peace was celebrated on September 21st at the Ocean City Mini Park, where a Peace Pole was installed at the park as a sign of the City’s devotion to World Peace. The group was led by Susan Brastow, a peace advocate and member of the St. Peters congregation. A Freaky Frankenstein Exhibition As ghosts and goblins were getting ready to make their creative, scary appearance, a just-as-creative free exhibit of Frankenstein artwork and memorabilia, which was first shown at the Lincoln Center in New York City, was displayed at the Ocean City Free Public Library during the month of October. The artwork displayed is by John McPherson, internationally syndicated cartoonist of “Close to Home” and spoofs a famous Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post magazine cover. Over 40 cartoonists, in addition to an array of memorabilia, were represented. Building an even Better Boardwalk The first phase of a 9-year project to replace the Ocean City Boardwalk between 5th and 12th Streets began in late October with the closing of the Boardwalk between 5th and 6th streets. The nearly-90 year-old Boardwalk will have entire substructures and decking replaced during

the winter months. Mayor Jay Gillian revealed a $50 million, five-year development plan to City Council, with more than a quarter of the money funding Boardwalk improvements. The first phase of construction was expected to be completed by April 2014. Award-Worthy Citizens The 2013 Citizens of the Year awards were presented at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner on November 14th at the Ocean City Yacht Club to Drew Fasy, broker and owner of NJ Realty, and Rev. Brian Roberts, senior pastor at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Fasy and Roberts became co-chairs of the new OCNJ CARE, a nonprofit organization created following Hurricane Sandy to aid survivors. Both men assisted in organizing and mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and organizations aiding in clean-up efforts by providing information and volunteers as well as requesting donations. Thousands of locals received support under their leadership. Bicycle Safety During the capital workshop in the Ocean City Library on October 17th, Cape May County engineer Dale Foster presented the county’s plan for a bicycle path on West Ave. south of 34th Street. The plan featured two lanes of traffic with a center turn lane. A bicycle path and a parking lane will be on both the west and east side of West Ave. with a 3-foot buffer separating car traffic from the bicycle path, with the objective of increasing pedestrian safety while reducing the number of vehicle crashes. Ocean City’s capital plan included $200,000 for the bike path. Racing for a Cause The 18th annual Trail of Two Cities 5k run and walk took place Saturday, November 2nd from the Ocean City Transportation Center. Runners traveled across the Rt. 52 bridge toward the finish line in Kennedy Park in Somers Point to raise funds for Ocean City youth programs and the Somers Point Education Foundation. The first place overall winner was Brendan McClure, 15, of Margate, who completed the race in 18:43. Ocean City’s Martha Grinnell, 47, was the fastest female, finishing the race seventh overall with a time of 19:16. A Calm Celebration Hushed silence filled the November air as the Quiet Festival, one of the Continues on next page. . .

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many quirky Ocean City events, quietly took place in a park across from City Hall on a serene Friday morning, concluding the next peaceful day at the Ocean City Cultural and Community Center. Featured at the relaxing occasion was a Quiet Pet Contest, a quiet magician and a quiet artist. Ocean City publicist Mark Soifer explained the significance of the event, as it gives locals time to value the little things a little more during the tranquil off-season. Gratifying Holiday Feasts St. John Lutheran Church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner fed between 200 to 300 people and was made possible through food and monetary donations provided by local businesses and residents. For nearly a decade it has been led by St. John’s Social Ministry Committee and local Chef Michael Mc Sweeney, executive sous chef at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincided, a rare opportunity for Jews to blend the two holidays. “Thanksgivukkah,” as it has been referred to, won’t occur again until 2165. In anticipation

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“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . . “ of the occasion, Atlantic City’s Ella Rapoport led a pre-Thanksgiving and Hanukkah cooking class at Chabad at the Shore in Margate. St. Peter’s Methodist Church hosted an Annual Christmas Dinner Buffet spearheaded by Mike & Peaches Lukens 23 years ago. Together with a growing community of volunteers, as well as their daughter Hallie, they continue to share the love of Christ to those less fortunate. Helping our Furry Friends “The Fast and the Furriest,” a fundraiser for the Ocean City Humane Society held its own turkey trot to help animals in need. The event, held on the boardwalk at the Ocean City Music Pier, included a 5K run or walk of that same length, plus a kids-only 1-mile fun run. Skateboarding through Town? In December, Mayor Gillian spoke of a plan for the skateboard park to return to town in 2014. The administration suggested to City Council that the park be located just north of

the Sports and Civic Center near the shuffleboard courts. The skateboard park, which opened in April 2002, was taken apart in October 2011 after equipment was stolen. Following neighborhood concerns, Mayor Gillian remained open to potential sites for that new long-awaited skatepark in addition to the area adjacent to the Sports and Civic Center. City Council also held their second workshop on public safety with police and fire chiefs answering questions from the council as well as the public. A Successful Merger The Ocean City Historical Museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, is located together with the OC Free Public Library inside the city-owned Ocean City Community Center, and although the two are individual nonprofit units, the museum benefits from its closeness to the library, according to, Jeff McGranahan, director of the museum. The integration of municipality libraries and historical societies has become popular in other local communities.

New Verdict affects Dune Plans An October 28th ruling complicated matters for Ocean City as they sought to acquire easements authorizing beach replenishments. The city was in the process of attaining easements for a few dozen beachfront property owners in preparation for a dune-building venture south of 34th St. scheduled to begin this spring. The Petrozzi v. Ocean City suit stems from agreements signed by many homeowners in the 1990s permitting the city to build dunes not to exceed 3’, 2” above the bulkheads. By early 2000s, these dunes had grown biologically to more than 6’ above the bulkheads in some areas. As stated by City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson, the city is anticipating reimbursing owners relative to the assessed worth of their properties. Introducing Doctor Silverman On December 21st, Greg Silverman was awarded his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting by the U. of Arizona. He served as conductor of the school’s early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and as co-conductor of the honor choir and


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. . . OCEAN CITY - A NEW SEASON Breaking Down and Building Bridges Rt. 52 Contractors, who were responsible for the new roadway between Somers Point and Ocean City, were faced with the task of demolishing a nearly 5,000’ long bridge while handling construction of a new span. The 85-year-old Beesleys Point Bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since 2004. Demolition is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with the new bridge done around January 2016. The completed south-bound span will include three traffic lanes and a shoulder that can also be used in the event of an emergency. Precipitation Cancels Parade The Christmas Parade, which was to be held on December 6th, was canceled due to a pre-winter weather mix. Especially disappointed was Santa himself (a.k.a JT Williams) who was to make his first public appearance (his reindeer were also disappointed). Phillies Fever found at the Ocean City Library Jamie Moyer, the Phillies durable 2008 World Series standout and MLB All-Star, ap-

peared to a packed house at the Ocean City Library on December 8th. Moyer, president of the Moyer Foundation and author of the book, “Just Tell Me I Can’t,” racked up 269 wins during his Big League career, pitching until he was 47 years old. He has more wins than Bob Feller and many other Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers. During the event, he discussed defying the Radar Gun (using stuff rather than speed) and defeating time. City Hall Centennial History Much controversy occurred when Ocean City’s historic City Hall was built in 1914 to house city government offices, police and fire departments and its very own jail cell. Following the 1911 election, Mayor Harry Headley and two commissioners set about building City Hall. At that time, city government meetings were held at the Masey Edwards building at 8th and Central Avenue. While Headley wanted a new hub for city government, commissioners were proposing a new bridge onto the island from Somers Point at 9th Street. A resolution to advertise for bids for the bridge was passed and a new, two-lane bridge was completed

in 1914. A plan was put into effect to pave 9th Street from the bridge to the beach with City Hall located along the new entryway, making for a likely anchor. Police and fire departments would reside on the first floor of the three-story structure. On-the-rise local architect Vivian Smith designed the Beaux Arts Classic style structure, which was made of brick, stone and terracotta and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Some expressed concern that the city was spending too much money, with the structure costing taxpayers $75,000 and Mayor Harry Headley a re-election bid in May 1915. In due course, the people voted for a new City Hall, the cornerstone was laid on April 11, 1914 and the grand opening was held January 1, 1915. City Hall served as a concrete indication of the change from a Methodist Camp Meeting in the late 19th century to a growing contemporary city of the 20th century. In October 2012 following severe damage during Hurricane Sandy, the first floor offices had to be relocated. City Council approved a $1.17 million contract with Arthur J. Ogren, Inc. of Vineland for the restoration to { Read on! }


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include new carpeting and tile flooring, new bathrooms and counter tops, furniture and equipment. There will be an information center located on the first floor, with plenty of restrooms to accommodate the downtown. The long-awaited reconstruction of the first floor of City Hall, was finished on schedule by March. In commemoration of their 100th Anniversary, City Hall will be featured on this summer’s beach tags. Cozy Coffee Moments The new Starbucks, located at the corner of 11th and Asbury Avenue, opened just in time for the holidays, with gingerbread lattes and peppermint mocha a welcomed festive addition. With its cozy, big leather couches and chairs and warm fireplace, it was the perfect place to stop by during the cold winter months for a jolt of caffeine and a trip back in sandy time, as its nostalgic Ocean City photographs made the visit all the more inviting. John Betz and his business partner Pierce Keating are thrilled to be a part of Ocean City’s downtown area and like their fellow Starbucks businesses, plan on becoming involved in the island community. Year Round Delights Ocean City may be a great summertime destination, but it is also home to numerous year-round businesses offering their own unique brand, especially during the festive, gift-giving season. Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, an Ocean City staple for over 100 years, remains opened daily year round and is reminiscent of days past with delectable treats beyond taffy, including holiday gift boxes ready to travel during the off season. On the bay, Mallon’s Sticky Buns recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and the 23rd year they provided holiday shipping. They’re opened weekend hours in the fall and winter and offer 14 varieties of sticky buns. Downtown on Asbury Avenue, yearround Ward’s Pastry has been offering a variety of cookies, pies and cakes for over 80 years, with Christmas Eve being one of their busiest days. Also thriving during the holidays is Ward’s neighbor Rauhauser’s, specializing in assorted chocolates,

caramels, buttercream, peanut chews and sea salt caramel. Downtown Shuffle Glazed Over Studios and The Sneaker Shop, longtime businesses in the 800 block of Asbury Avenue, were hoping to share approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space at 704 Asbury Avenue. Cricket Box resided there for over two decades but was sadly wiped out during Hurricane Sandy and relocated to inside of Stainton’s. Glazed Over, a walk-in art studio for local artists and vacationing families, closed while the new space was being renovated with plans to reopen in April 2014. Owner Jennifer Boyce remained hopeful the planning board would approve the subdivision, likening the new space to a “blank canvas.” In addition to pottery, ceramic painting and mosaic work were plans to add glass fusing, which is a method used to join glass pieces together by partially melting the glass at high temperature. Along with a larger party room, visitors can design jewelry, bowls, ornaments, etc. with a do-ityourself corner offering a variety of craft kits. The Sneaker Shop, originally owned by Celeste Bittner, started on the ocean side of Asbury in the 800 block. A few years after Maureen Kelly and Janet Schlitz purchased the establishment, the building was sold and they moved to the bay side. The new shop will provide more storage space with everything new and friends Greg and Marilyn Merritt helping in the design. The new storefronts will be all wood and glass along Asbury, with Brian Foley of Foley’s Custom Cabinetry on Asbury Avenue, creating the front elevation, the wood, glass and trim. The shops will feature high tin ceilings with an eyecatching streetscape. Paul Cunningham of P. Francis Gifts found 846 Asbury, the former Sneaker shop, to be a more intimate space to operate his store out of, formerly located in the middle of the 700 block across from Hoy’s. We’re sure you’ll agree it is a perfect fit. The new Ginger Yoga studio was also being planned while Sun Seekers, also in the 700 block, renovated following Hurricane Sandy. { Read on! }

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ON APRIL 26, 2014 work crews demolished the 3 story oceanfront Christian Brothers Retreat house that had stood watch at 31st Street & Central Avenue for more than a century. Photo courtesy of downtownoceancity.com/images

Oct. 25, 2013 ~ OC Library ~ Jeepers Creepers it’s Boris Karloff! a show presented by artist/actor Ron MacCloskey celebrating the life of of Boris and his legendary on screen portrayal of Frankenstein. Photo by Don Kravitz

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Tennis Anyone? The Hurricane Sandy Relief program granted Ocean City $20,000 for storm-related repairs of its tennis coutrt facilities. Pictured above (l-r) Michael Dattilo, City Business Administrator, Birnbaum, Frank Donato, City Chief Financial Officer and Mayor Jay Gillian

Sept. 20, 2013 ~ Grand Opening of the new Roy Gillian Ocean City Welcome Center (L-R) Ocean City Councilman Tony Wilson, Bill McMahon, III, Gary Jessel, Brian Broadley, Mayor Roy Gillian, Jay Gillian, William Hughes, Michael Allegretto, Gus Bruno, Antwan McClellan. Photo by Don Kravitz

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Jan. 6, 2014 ~ The Grand re-opening of the new Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty offices located at 200 34th in Ocean City. Their location at 18th Street was damaged during Super Storm Sandy. Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian; Chamber Vice President Bill McMahon; OC Mayor Jay Gillian; Goldcoast Sotheby’s Director of Marketing Emily Wilkins; Goldcoast Sotheby’s Broker/ Owner Burton Wilkins; Goldcoast Sotheby’s Owner Susan Wilkins; Office Manager Susan Plourde; and Ocean City Councilman Tony Wilson.

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. . . OCEAN CITY - A NEW SEASON Local artist, entrepreneur and Sun cover girl, Lauren Beakley, along with her friend and owner of Blue Eden in Stone Harbor, Caroline Ranoia, ventured together to open a 2nd location of this cool and eclectic shop at 813 Asbury Ave. Fire on the Beach, a new eclectic eatery, sure to become a fast OCNJ favorite, opened at 949 Asbury Ave. In its first week on the market, the Ocean City Pharmacy, located across from City Hall at 9th and Asbury, received numerous offers on its $649k asking price. The Chatterbox, a fixture located at the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue since being built in the 1920s, was in the market for a new owner. The building includes three upstairs apartments and was designed in the 1920s by Vivian Smith. The Chatterbox was originally owned by Jean Campbell. The well-known pink restaurant was purchased by the late Tom Repici Sr. and his wife Marie in 1970. Through the years, the Repici family, which included their son Tom, his wife Aimee and their four sons, worked together, renovating and redesigning the restaurant. Following both her husband and son’s death, Marie made plans to sell the business with the rich history. The Chatterbox, which reopened in April, was ultimately purchased by Bob and Martha Boyer, who formerly owned Tory’s Ice Cream. They intend to keep the same business name. Celebrating 50 Years of Delectable, Old-Fashioned Fare For 50 years, Ready’s has been serving its satisfied customers oldfashioned, American food, what coowner Doug Wing believes is the true recipe for delicious success. Located on the north side of Eighth Street, Ready’s Coffee Shop, which was founded in 1963 by the Ready family before being passed over several more times, is proud of its old-fashioned cuisine as well as the steady stream of regulars ordering the same, tried-and-true fare. A local since 1979 and a graduate of Ocean City High School, class of 1987, Wing was a regular at Ready’s when the opportunity presented itself to invest in what he felt was a landmark business with a loyal clientele. A true family business, he bought the establishment along with

his brother, Jamie Ford, in 2006, content to keep the setting as it had been, adding a few menu ideas without taking anything away. Revitalizing and Saving Lives The historic US Life Saving Station 30, on the corner of 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue, underwent a major overhaul thanks to grant funding. A new foundation was built underneath, with the building resting approximately eight inches higher than when it was built in 1885. Exterior doors and windows, siding and a new roof are all historically accurate. The interior phase of the project was expected to be completed next, with the goal of having the building in operation sometime this summer. The organization has hopes of returning the building to the days of 1905, a busy time for the station, when lifesaving crews watched the ocean and searched for sailors in trouble. Volunteers collected history and period artifacts. A public plea was made for anything related to Life Saving Station 30 during that time. Volunteers hoped to perform live demonstrations, with a working cannon and car. Special Improvements throughout Town Council collectively accepted the 2014 Special Improvement District budget at a December meeting with a $343,588 plan allotted toward maintaining and marketing the district, which includes the boardwalk, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. SID representatives told council they’re working together better than ever despite the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and a rainy June, with merchants excited to try new things. Boardwalk Merchants Association president Wesley Kazmarck, owner of Surf Mall, said the 2014 plan will be hard-hitting, with two more fireworks displays occurring on Father’s Day and the third week in July. The two downtown groups were the Retail Merchants Association and Main Street Ocean City. As of January 1st, the Retail Merchants and Main Street combined to become the new Downtown Merchants Association. A Rise in Residence The developers of the proposed sixstory Soleil Hotel and Spa at 11th and Continues on next page. . .

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View our Menus at SpadaforaSeafood.com Ocean appeared before the planning board requesting a change of the property use to residential condominium and an increase to the building by one story. Remodeled Realty The new year began with a grand opening of the completely remodeled Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty offices, located at 200 34th in Ocean City. When their location at 18th Street was damaged during Super Storm Sandy, they found temporary space on the 900 Block of West Avenue. Goldcoast, which was founded in 1998, has been associated with Sotheby’s since 2008. New Year, and Here Comes the Snow! With the new year barely begun, a nor’easter fittingly dubbed Hercules was lurking out ominously out at sea, bringing tidal flooding and creating very icy conditions when the tide receded (along with unwelcomed icebergs). Approximately 5 inches of snow was left on the ground, with snow drifts aplenty and pristine views in abundance. Days later, frozen temperatures held the majority of the country in its grips, making for dangerous condi-

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . . “ tions while instilling longing thoughts of balmy beach days to come. On January 21st, under the windiest of skies, Storm Janus arrived, blanketing our town while leaving the landscape with 1-3 inches of snow (just enough for a snow day for kids and some adults). The “Polar Vortex” continued on January 29th, as the third snowstorm of 2014 made its presence in town known, leaving 6 inches of snow in its path, a month on pace to become the coldest winter in 10 years, pushing many local heating bills (and chilly locals) to the breaking point. February arrived and, despite the groundhog’s prediction, had locals wondering when spring would actually start as a Nor’easter ushered in snow, rain and heavy winds on February 13th. Lo and behold March arrived bringing 3 coastal snowstorms, leaving us desparately awaiting spring’s arrival. Snow Storm Titan descended upon the Wildwoods with 6” of the

white stuff on March 3rd, and then as luck would have it, a whole foot (that many snow-loving leprechauns had fun making green snowmen with) on St. Patrick’s Day! Then came a lovely Spring Snowstorm on March 26th with 8” more inches. Although spring arrived on the calendar, it took its good old time getting here. This summer, the rule is noone is allowed to complain about the heat. An Honorable Retirement Following over 44 years of working for the Ocean City School District, Robert “Bob” Gannon, who worked his way up the ladder, retired as the head custodian of Ocean City High School. “Mr. Fix-It, as he was affectionately known due to his ability to repair anything, was honored by board members during a December meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. Gannon, a 1966 Ocean City High School graduate, married his childhood sweetheart, the former Anna Fiorentino on July 13, 1968. His career began at the Ocean City Intermediate School in

September 1969, where he worked for about 34 years, ultimately becoming head custodian. He moved to the old high school in 2003 just as the transfer to the new Ocean City High School, which opened September 2004, was occurring. Gannon had been the head custodian of the new high school for more than nine years. See a younger Bob and Anna in our Blast from the Past in this issue. Coaching Success The Houston Texans hired Doug Coleman, who was an All-South Jersey football player at Ocean City High School and championship coach at Absegami, as assistant special teams coach. Coleman, who played six seasons in the NFL, was a sixth round draft choice of the New York Giants, named Giants’ Special Teams as Player of the Year as a rookie and played in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Tennessee Titans. He was named South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year his senior year at Ocean City High School and was a fullback for the Raiders, gaining 1,272 career yards, currently the 21st highest total in school. { Read on! }


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Poetry in Public Motion In addition to his many responsibilities as city publicist, Mark Soifer is also an accomplished poet. His latest book, “A Nation of Things,” contains over 100 poems, some having appeared in literary magazines. His other volumes of poetry are “Sentiment and Steel,” “Infinity’s Alley,” “It’s About Time” and “A Primitive Mind.” His poems have also appeared in Reader’s Digest. Soifer, a journalism major at Temple University, has been at the wheel of the city’s public relations office for over 40 years, creating during that time madcap community events and imaginative characters. He’s been writing poetry since junior high school. Soifer is the founding member of various community groups and events, including the Doo Dah Parade, Martin Z Mollusk Day, Quiet Festival, and First Night just to name a few. Yacht Members On Thursday, February 6th, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce installed their new Board of Directors and Officers at Ocean City Yacht Club. Following two years of service, Brian Broadley (Broadley’s MDI) stepped down as president and assumed the role of Immediate Past President on the Executive

. . . OCEAN CITY - A NEW SEASON Board. William McMahon III (McMahon Agency) now holds the position of President of the Chamber. New officers were also installed that day. A Swimming Success During a chilly February, the Raiders accomplished something no Ocean City High School swim team has ever done-they won a South Jersey championship, 95-75, over Haddonfield. For six consecutive years, the Raiders girls swimmers won their first meet in NJSIAA competition then lost the second one. Although the first South Jersey championship by any Ocean City swim team, it was the 4th by Raiders teams this school year. During the fall of 2013, the boys soccer and girls Cross Country teams won South Jersey titles and the field hockey team went on to a state championship. While those programs have experienced similar success before, it was a new experience for the swimmers. A championship was not new to their coach, Katie Merz, however, who as a senior at Holy Spirit in 2007 swam the 200 and 500 meter freestyle and was part of two relay teams when the Spartans won South Jersey.

President’s Day Sale The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library held a President’s Weekend Book Sale on February 15th in the Atrium of the Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Specially priced books and some paperbacks were available. For information access: www.fvocfpl.wordpress.com. The Ocean City Free Public Library has continuous free events including movies, cooking classes, jazz concerts and much more. For more information on these programs, see our Centerfold or call (609) 399-2434. Made to be a Star The Ocean City Free Public Library was chosen a “Four-Star Library” by the Library Journal based on yearly usage data submitted by the library every year; an achievement the staff graciously acknowledged would not have been possible without the support and patronage of its visitors. Upgrading, Resurfacing and Revitalizing Construction for resurfacing improvements on Bay Avenue was scheduled to begin February 24th at the intersection of Bay Ave. and 14th Street. The project included the

removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveway aprons. The preliminary stage of the work consisted of installing extra catch basins and drain pipes in an effort to lessen the amount and spread of storm water runoff along Bay Avenue. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps were to be installed at all intersections. Asphalt Paving Systems of Hammonton, New Jersey was awarded the resurfacing improvement contract and set up three separate constructions zones as a way of not conflicting with the continuing work in that New Jersey-American Water Company area. The water company replaced water mains along Bay Ave. from 10th to 18th Streets in advance of the County’s Resurfacing Improvement project. The water company replaced the water main between 6th St. and Revere Place. When completed, Asphalt Paving Systems planned to shift their operations to that part of Bay Ave. Food is Love Drive “Food is Love, Share Some Love” says the Ocean City Board of Realtors, announcing its annual Food Drive running through Feb. 28th. The Realtors Community Service “Valentine’s Month” Project planned to collect Continues on next page. . .


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“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . . “ food, including canned items, juice and microwaveable pasta meals for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Monetary donations as well as Shoprite Gift Cards were also collected for disadvantaged families. Making the way for more Coastal Cottages In February 2014, the Ocean City Planning Board unanimously approved an application to build 18 single-family homes at 13 Street and Haven Avenue. The planning accepted the subdivision, the site plan and the conditional use, which is the coastal cottage. At the time, the property accommodated storage buildings and a car wash. The idea behind coastal cottages was to support more reasonably priced, single-family homes. City Planner Randy Scheule said the site plan necessitates common open space, particularly a common walkway behind the buildings and a private entry drive off of Haven Avenue, to be preserved by the homeowners. A homeowner’s association and bylaws to be agreed upon by the planning board and the Department of Community Affairs needed to be established. Planning board chairman John Loeper said the development plan increases the goals of the city’s 2012 master plan, believing this will provide new, affordable homes in a “very creative design,” along with the prospect for coastal cottages on other island areas. Grown-Up Handsome The Mr. Mature America Pageant the first ever of its kind to be held in the United States, took place on March 22nd at the City’s historic Music Pier Auditorium and featured men a minimum of 60 years of age. The Pageant, which was intended to highlight the contributions of senior citizens, welcomed, among others, singers, instrumentalists, hobbyists and story tellers. Jessica Albertson choreographed the opening number. Also taking part in the festivities was Vanessa Shaw, Ms. New Jersey Senior America and first runner up for the national title. The traditional format featured an inspiring opening number followed by each contestant wearing classic bathing suit attire. Talent, poise and a question session followed. A new song was composed in honor of the auspicious occasion and played while Frank Faralli Jr., a nurse from Cape May County, was

crowned the first Mr. Mature America. Former Ocean City Mayor Roy Gillian, 84, won in the talent department for his performance of piano favorites. Adding to the festivities, Betty Lambert, an 81-year old baton twirler from Harmony, Pa., also performed alongside TV and movie legend, Peggy King and Nancy Fox, who sang the national anthem and an original runway song. Proceeds benefited the Ocean City Cupboard and the Philippine Relief Fund. Basset Hounds and Pie Parades On April 12th, Ocean City hosted its 29th annual Doo Dah Parade with Peter Funt, host of “Candid Camera,” as Grand Marshal . The popular 1940s TV show was created by Alan Funt, Peter’s dad. The Parade featured comic brigades, colorful costumed characters, clowns and bands. 500 loveable basset hounds returned for the colorful Doo Dah Boardwalk Waddle. The Basset Hound Olympics, an athletic extravaganza, was held on Fri., April 11th on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. All participants received a commemorative T Shirt and a hotdog lunch from Dietz and Watson after the Parade. The popular PieAsco was held after the Parade during which participants sat in grandstands in front of the Music Pier and smooshed the person sitting next to them with a shaving cream pie. Every participant received a certificate certifying they were smooshed. Sea Isle Amusement Park Sadly, Gillian’s Funland of Sea Isle City, the 5-year-old amusement park, has pulled out of town. Jay Gillian, Ocean City Mayor, park owner, and owner of Ocean City’s much larger Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, said Hurricane Sandy-related damage and other issues contributed to the closing of the park, which worked hard to open in part by July 4, 2013. The Ocean City-based amusement park Gillian’s Funland spent approximately $2.5 million in 2009 to build the park when Gillian’s and Sea Isle City came to a public-private partnership to lease city-owned land. Mary Tighe, Sea Isle City Council president, said the amusement park struggled to attract families with


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“How beautiful can life be? We hardly dare imagine it.” - Charles Eisenstein

. . . OCEAN CITY - A NEW SEASON older children. Tighe said the city intends to utilize that area for parking this summer. Meanwhile, Ocean City’s Gillian’s Wonderland Pier opened in April with tickets purchased at the Sea Isle City Park being accepted in Ocean City. An Adventurous Summer Beneath the winter snow, a new island was being formed on the Ocean City Boardwalk, where Adventure Island creatively combined two longtime favorite boardwalk attractions-Adventure Golf and Gillian’s Island Water Park. Adventure Island Park was expected to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, visit them at www.ocwaterpark.com Bouncing by the Sea A new Bounce House is expected to open at the Strand Theater in time for the summer of 2014 with preseason bounce-house tickets available for $7 for an hour of bouncing for one child and an adult. Visit them at www.boardwalkbounce.com for more information. People are Talking USA Today published an article in their February 20th edition commending the many virtues of our seaside town, from its wholesome qualities to its warm welcome, likening a visit to that of a wonderful family reunion. Ocean City has been regarded as the perfect locale for swimming, surfing and soaking up the sun while being held by its cozy charm, with its appeal happily being carried into the summer of 2014. Advertising Accolades Ocean City, NJ won a 2014 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award from the New Jersey Travel and Tourism Association (NJTIA) thanks to their “Ready for Your Stay” advertising campaign following Super Storm Sandy. Through a quickly-organized and aggressive advertising and marketing campaign, Ocean City became the first community to alert everyone they survived the storm as they encouraged guests to return and support local businesses. A Brief Political Statement The pre-summer heat was on in the political arena, as Jay Gillian, mayor since 2010, threw his hat in the ring for a second term, running on a platform of “Proven Common Sense Leadership.” First-time runner, challenger Ed Price, who narrowly lost the race for the 4th ward council seat in 2012,

ran with the slogan, “We Can Do Better.” Price is the CEO and owner of Computer Service & Support, Inc. The Changing Seaside Skyline On April 28th, following more than a century of standing watch at 31st Street and Central Avenue, the Christian Brothers three-story oceanfront retreat was demolished to make room for a subdivision that will include four duplexes. Since 1898, the two landmark buildings of the De La Salle Christian Brothers Ocean Rest Educational Center has been a well-known feature of the central Ocean City skyline. The land was privately owned by the Catholic order, who announced in January 2013 that they regretfully could no longer afford the multimillion-dollar restoration required to make the buildings livable. The four lots, which will correspond with existing residential zoning, would extend from Central Avenue to the beach and be twice as big as required lot size. According to attorney Steve Nehmad, the Christian Brothers, also known as the Brother of the Christian Schools, intend to keep at least one of the lots for continued retreat use and sell the others. Conclusion English poet Barry Cornwell once said, “Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light, And she sits on a sapphire throne.” From our cushy thrones (also known as comfy beach chairs) beneath our very own sapphire sky, we here at The SUN are ready to shake off winter’s dust and sink into summer’s sand. We excitedly anticipate the beauty just waiting at the Ocean City Flower Show along with the awe-inspiring spectrum of light sure to make our skies even more spectacular during the Fourth of July Celebration. Consider us hopeful participants at the July Jubilee, promising artists at the Sand Sculpting Contest and strangers no more in our friendly abode all through Weird Week. We plan on making the most of every week spent in America’s Happiest Place on Earth and hope you will be a part of our Summer of 2014 where you’ll find us reveling while reporting happily on everything occurring under the sun and by the sea… Compiled by Meg Corcoran and Dorothy Kulisek

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by Josh Kinney Derelict boats, nostalgic architecture, quiet marinas and scenic back roads illustrate the journey of a historian water-color artist. Capturing scenes as they once were with each stroke of brush on canvas, Eddie Flotte likes his paintings to feel the way he felt about the shore at ten-years-old when he counted the seconds until reaching the coast. “It was and still is the best thing life had to offer,” Flotte said, recalling the euphoric excitement he experienced coming over the 9th Street bridge as a child and seeing boats docked at the marina. Born into a living Norman Rockwell painting, Eddie spent the late 1950’s growing up in the small, close-knit factory town of Ambler, just outside Philadelphia, where the streets were crowded with children playing outside in all seasons. From the chipped paint and faded upholstery of his grandparents home in Center Square, the 1938 Zenith console radio in the dining room, to the junk drawers filled with pins, tops, pen knives, skeleton keys, dice, kazoos and whistles, Eddie’s memory paints colorful details of a golden age. The Sindia Hotel became the home of Flotte and his family during the summer time as they took over the neighborhood. The nautical ship theme of the hotel in-

spired the young artist with an adoration and awareness that would come to define much of his art in the years to come. The boardwalk was where Eddie found one of the most fun jobs he ever had: playing a ghoul in a haunted house. Growing up, the Jersey Shore was a place of wanderlust and remains the same today as Eddie spends his time re-capturing memoirs through his paintings. Since 10th grade there’s been a complete immersion in his art with teachers telling him that he was on the level of the greats and could really do this with his life. Those words encouraged Eddie to pursue his dreams despite the odds. From working in a restaurant doodling on napkins to studying illustration at The Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, Eddie evolved into a fine art painter that gave others a look at their life, bringing to color what was always there but not necessarily noticed in the subconscious. By 1977, Eddie had moved into the renaissance community of Philly’s South Street: a place flourishing with artists and musicians. It was there during the early 80’s when he had an awakening during an afternoon painting a dilapidated grocery store across the street from his apartment. He discovered his gift in illustrating his own world as opposed to being hired to try to illustrate others. The commencement led

to a liquidation sale of all his things and a quest that landed him in Maui with $100 in his pocket. The history of the Hawaiian island was beginning to disappear when he arrived but he kept it alive through his work and the people fell in love with it. For thirty years Maui has been home to the ardent painter but another island thousands of miles east captures his childlike heart and keeps him coming back. You won’t see Eddie on the Atlantic City Expressway but you’ll find him cruising routes 322 and 559 as he relives his journey’s to the shore as a kid back when his dad and grandfather would take him crabbing and fishing. Always anxious to paint in the area, he fantasizes about living in Ocean City during the off-season with the access, view and desolation he desires as a painter. As is true with only the greatest artists, Eddie has an epic life story, rich with experience, divine appointments and adventure that we can only capture but a glimpse of through these words. His paintings will do the rest. Visit eddieflotte.com to view Ed’s portfolio, listen to his music and to check out his awesome journey thus far

Eddie loved painting at a young age, and his sisters loved to watch!

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The flashbulbs from the photographers’ cameras burst with snaps and flickers as the press made their way into the lobby of Ocean City’s newest and tallest building. Named after the American cemetery in Belgium where soldiers had been killed in World War I, the grand hotel’s architect Vivian Smith stood at the foot of the sprawling staircase wearing a grin of accomplishment. A young writer for The Atlantic City Daily Press slowly nudged his way toward the stairs, his notepad turned to the next blank page. He had just moved to Ocean City from Philadelphia, never knowing that his career path would eventually lead him back to the very shores he spent his childhood summers. The adventure was just beginning; his first article would appear in tomorrow’s newspaper. A classic tone was now set for the town of Ocean City with the completion of The Flanders. Competing with some of the biggest and best hotels in America, the seaside town was rising to prominence with an elegant Spanish Mission Revival style that would eventually become a trademark of the island’s famous establishments. Vivian smiled for the cameras as press members clamored around the staircase. The local architect was proud of the latest project that had been devised by a group of New Jersey entrepreneurs at the Atlantic City Country Club. Soon guests from across the country and the world would inhabit its many rooms,

gazing out over the infinite expanse of Atlantic Ocean. After the opening ceremony was finished and the reporters had vacated the premises, the young writer re-visited his notes, making sure he had all of the information. He strolled through the lobby admiring the artwork and decorations. He happened to glance at the staircase where he caught sight of a striking young woman. She was carrying a tray with a kettle and tea cups, her large dark eyes weighed heavy on him. Subtly he followed her up the steps, stopping to peek through a window and feel the sturdy new banister. She slowed her pace so he could catch up. Passing a mirror, their eyes locked again. They smiled at each other through the reflection and met at the top of the stairs. Her name was Emily and to the young man, she was an enigma. Having immigrated to America from Antwerp, Emily had suffered great losses from World War I. There was a deep sadness about her that couldn’t be pierced. She had left New York City with the great opportunity to work at The Grand Hotel on the New Jersey coast. As the days turned to weeks and months, the young man and Emily spent countless hours in each other’s presence. The ambiguity of her character and her past wildly intrigued the young man but he never pried for information, even as a journalist. Instead, he liked it better that she was a complete mystery to him. One summer day in the late afternoon when all of the bathers had vacated the beach out front of The Flanders, Emily and the young man stepped into the surf, swimming through the ocean that was as still as the glass of the mirror they had first gazed at each other through. They laughed and splashed as patches of white froth enveloped them. The young man felt a peace around Emily and savored every moment with her. He felt blessed to live in paradise and to have the honor of cherishing Emily. The following morning the young man awoke early to sit on the giant porch of The Flanders. There, underneath one of the magnificent archways, he composed a letter for his love. Note: Emily is the ghost that has been known to haunt the Flanders


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“We read to know we are not alone.” - C.S. Lewis

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A poster that hangs in the library reads “Ocean City Library Director Chris Maloney loves his library!” We all know that he truly did.

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love that magazine, you guys do some really fantastic work,” he would often say, especially each time a new issue made its debut. “It’s really a great publication, we’re so glad to have it here.” For someone who had just moved to Ocean City to start a job as Managing Editor for The Sun, it was incredibly encouraging to hear those words from the city’s very own Library Director. In fact, before we officially started the publication, Chris Maloney gave us direction, guidance and reliable support. Every time I went to the library and saw him I could tell he truly loved his job and his town. You could get the sense that there was no place else he would rather be. Beneath his humble demeanor was passionate ingenuity, hard work and authentic appreciation. The former Library President Nancy Larrabee said that the Ocean City library was his life, testifying to his great love for the place as well as the island. For 15 years Chris served at the library before taking his position as director in 2003. On August 19, 1968 Chris was born in the town of Lewiston, N.Y. In 1986 he graduated from Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, N.J. and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Holy Family University in 1991. Chris went on to earn a master’s degree

in library science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994. Before joining the Ocean City Free Public Library he worked at the Pennsauken Public Library’s reference department because he enjoyed seeking the truth, wanting to find the answers to difficult questions as well as the history behind something. Maybe it was this fact about Chris that intrigued him with The Ocean City Sun. A retro throwback to the beach town’s history was certainly something that piqued his interest and he was never hesitant to tell me personality, always leaving me with words of encouragement. Chris eventually became the director of Pennsauken library, bringing the place up to speed with cutting edge technology. Groundbreaking for the Ocean City Community Center’s library expansion began in 2008, creating meeting and reading rooms, a computer center and a large non-fiction area. These ideas stemmed from Chris himself. He has been described by many at the library as a pleasure to have worked for. As a behind-the-scenes coordinator, Chris was too humble for the spotlight but enjoyed facilitating library events and activities. When former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer came to speak at the library one cold, snowy afternoon in early December, Chris was bustling around making sure attendees were comfortable as they waited for the baseball star to arrive. I asked Chris if I could get a picture of just himself with Jamie. He smiled and hesitated. “We’ll see what we can do,” he said, but I knew he wasn’t one for the attention. He rather me show off his wonderful library and the people who were enjoying it. Little did I know that would be one of the last times I’d ever see Chris. Had I known, I would have gone out of my way to make sure he truly knew how much he was appreciated. A few days later on Dec. 30 Chris suddenly went to be with the Lord. He passed away in his Somers Point home at the age of 45, leaving behind a colossal legacy and a genuine love that will always be remembered. Chris lives on now with more triumph, inspiration and influence than ever before. We at The Ocean City Sun are all richly blessed to have known such a dear friend.

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Tues. May 20 - Weds. May 21 or Tues. June 24 - Weds. June 25 Limited seating. AARP members $15. Non-members $20.

LATE SPRING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 2014 TUESDAYS Family Craft Time 6:30-7:30pm for ages 7-11 through May 20

WEDNESDAYS Toddler Time ~ for ages 2-3 10:30—11am. through May 21 Stories, music, and puppets

FRIDAYS Seashore Story Hour for ages 3-5 10:30—11am through May 23

Story Train ~ for 4—5 yr olds. 1:30—2pm Stories, music, crafts through May 21

PUBLIC LIBRARY 609 399-2434

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www.ocnj.us

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES Tuesdays 9-11:30am Basic Internet/Email Beginner Level Class May 20 & 27, June 3 & 10

YIANNI’S CAFE

Enjoy dining along with your favorite book while visiting the Ocean City Community Center. Yianni’s Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and specializes in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Library Hours: Monday-Friday 9a.m. to 9p.m. Saturday 9a.m. - 5p.m. Sunday 1p.m. - 5p.m.

• NEW! Download Free E-Books to your Kindle via Website • NEW! Download over 500,000 MP3 songs for Free via website • Free Wireless Internet Access available inside entire Community Center • Extensive Entertainment and Educational Video Collection • Free Educational Lecture and Movie Series • Free Children & Teens Programs • Free Downloadable Audio and E-Books via Website • Remote Access to Full Text Research Databases via Website

Open Mic Nights

Every third 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Meeting Room N116. Thanks to the generous support of the OC library this is a FREE event. The OC Repertory Theater is dedicated to the collaboration between professional and community theater artists, while taking full advantage of our creatively rich community.

~Kathleen Norris

CLASSIC FILM SERIES May 19th June 2nd June 1 “CLASSICS FOR A CAUSE” 3rd

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WELCOME!

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.

1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean For general information

The Ocean City Community Center is truly the g something for every age and interest. The newl common lobby area with wireless internet throu Aquatic & Fitness Center, Arts Center, Museum

LOCATED WITHIN THE COMMUNITY CENTER... • Ocean City Historical Museum • Howard S. Stainton Senior Center • Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness • Ocean City Arts Center • Ocean City Free Public Library


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to read and discuss the world’s greatest classic en, Joyce, Hemingway & Faulkner.

Whole Under Roof

~John Lubbock

“DECLUTTER YOUR WORLD” Presented by Ellie Weiss. Limited seating. 3 Weekly Sessions. 6-7:30pm Thursdays May 15, 22, 29 “CULTIVATING AWARENESS & MEDITATION WORKSHOP” Presented by Kate Lutz Weekly Sessions. Mondays 2-4pm

Howard S. Stainton

SENIOR CENTER 609 399-0055

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

AQUATIC & FITNESS CENTER www.ocnj.us/Aquatic-and-Fitness-Center

609-398-6900

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.

Visit www.ocnj.us/Recreation/

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 a.m.to 6 p.m.  

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

n City, New Jersey 08226 n call: 609-398-6900

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

HOURS:

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.

ARTS CENTER

~Henry Ward Beecher

Ocean City Arts Center Arts Center Hours: 1735 Simpson Avenue Monday -Friday Ocean City, New Jersey 08226 9a.m. to 9p.m. 609-399-7628 See Summer 2014 Art Camp SCHEDULE Saturday www.oceancityartscenter.org 9a.m. to 3p.m. 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 50 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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“June. . . the month of rare and perfect days. . . “~anon.

Pecks beach TREASURE WRECKS BY JOHN MCCALL

“send us a wreck afore mornin’.” ~ from a beachcomber’s prayer

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T he arch over our garden gate

is driftwood, a curved, six-foot long timber from a large ship old enough to have pegged framing. It could have been a portion of a deck beam or a bulkhead. We think of it as a bit of treasure. Yet there have been so many shipwrecks along our immediate coastline that a relic like ours is no more than a bit of litter uncovered by a storm and strewn on the beach by accident. The real treasure is still out there waiting, like our beam, to be kicked up by a dredge or a storm. Just look at the wrecks. Take, for example, the American brig Fame, a Revolutionary War privateer preying on British ships off the South Jersey coast until her complete loss on February 22, 1781. Under the command of William Treen of Egg Harbor, she had hit an unspecified number of prizes when she capsized in a gale in Great Egg Inlet. Between 17 and 20 of the men aboard reportedly drowned. (Three survived by pacing back and forth on the capsized hull until the following morning.) The ship’s cargo was never recovered. The brig Perseverance would go down in the same place under the same conditions in December 1815. The story goes that southeast of Cape May, in mounting seas of near-freezing cold and with the 70-mph winds of a gale gathering around him, the ship’s captain hailed an outward-bound vessel and was told that New York, his destination, was 200 miles away. “Anxious to make port,” wrote historian John Cunningham, “the captain … spread all canvas.” His attempt to make New York before Christmas destroyed captain, crew and almost all of the passengers. Perseverance sailed from Europe during unsettled times. Napoleon had been exiled to Elba the year

before, and Bourbon King Louis XVIII ascended the throne of France. Then Bonaparte regained power for 100 days, long enough to suffer his ruinous defeat at Waterloo. The Holy Alliance was signed in Europe for the unstated but widely acknowledged purpose of suppressing democratic revolution, and Louis triumphantly re-entered Paris. Meanwhile, in America, Washington was sacked by British troops, and the Battle of New Orleans was fought and won by Andrew Jackson. As the November cold settled on the French coast, 20 people took passage on Perseverance for a crossing that should have taken them to a new life by Christmas, but which killed all but three of them off an unsettled New Jersey barrier island known then as Peck’s Beach. Peck’s Beach at the time was an uninhabited cedar-ridged sand bar, a natural habitat for wildfowl where farmers from Somers Point grazed cattle or hunted plover. When Perseverance struck the Great Egg Harbor Inlet shoals at night, the wind was truly howling. The ship slammed aground in the absolute dark – there would have been no light or human habitation whatsoever on the island at that time -- the wind and sleet hammering the crew on deck while the bitterly cold ocean poured over the brig broadside. The horrible truth is that for nearly everyone onboard, their last significant act was deciding how to die. “Some scrambled into the rigging, others to a lifeboat,” wrote David Seibold and Charles Adams, co-authors of Shipwrecks Off Ocean City. The lifeboat capsized and everyone in it drowned. Then the captain dived overboard and the current sucked him under. By daybreak, frozen corpses were hanging from the rigging. According to eyewitness Dr. Maurice Bee-

sley, our finest early historian, help arrived from the mainland then, but the unabated storm made all rescue attempts impossible. As the ship was breached and sank deeper into the sand, those still alive clung to the tattered shrouds and waved their jewelry at the wouldbe rescuers, screaming for help. “But like frozen birds,” one account concluded, “the survivors of the initial blow dropped from the yardarms to their deaths.” Among them was a young woman, “the concentration of all the graces of the female form,” said Beesley of the half-naked and bejeweled body that washed up on the north end of the island along with some of the china, silk and linen torn from the doomed brig’s hold. Most of the $400,000 cargo went to the bottom and was quickly covered with sand, where it has remained undiscovered for 185 years. “As a result of the combined wrecks of the Perseverance and the Fame,” concluded Cunningham, “the north end of what was Peck’s Beach is a very likely site for the recovery of ... a bit of genuine treasure.” This could be an understatement. The cargo of Ocean City’s legendary Sindia, for example, at the time of her wreck in 1901 was valued at $240,000. The Sindia’s cargo was valued at $30 million in 1983. The cargo of Perseverance, by comparison, was $400,000 in 1815. Factor in Fame’s plunder. Add the legendary Dolphin, described by Seibold and Adams as “a three-deck Spanish galleon that sank near the Great Egg Harbor Bar in the late 1600s,” said to be carrying “a cargo of silver and gold.” What might the total value be? Who knows?


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“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” ~James Taylor

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

F red M iller

1881—First painter and paper hanger—B. R. Smith 1882—First hardware and house furnishing stores open—R. Howard Thorn, 801 Asbury Avenue 1881—B. R. Smith store

1890—First fire company incorporated—Ocean City Volunteer Hook & Ladder Company Number 1

1930—John Carey 1937—Historic marker

1901—First souvenir postcard mailed from the Ocean City Post Office 1903—First superintendent of schools—James M. Steven 1913—First design of city hall by Vivian B. Smith included a six-story tower topped with a golden dome 1916—First OCHS girls’ basketball team—coached by Agnes Bradley and Maude M. Foulds 1882—R. Howard Thorn’s stores

1916—First report to the police of a stolen car—made by Dr. John H. Whiticar 1924—First Ocean City Beach Patrol water show at the Flanders’ pool

1955—Dairy Queen

1930—First OCHS student to win three state championships—John Carey won the shot put, discus and javelin events 1937—First historic marker dedicated to Ocean City’s founders was attached to a tree on the corner of 6th Street and Asbury Avenue 1955—First Dairy Queen opens on 34th Street near Bay Avenue 1890—Firemen to the rescue

1963—First African American to practice law in Cape May County— Ocean City native Nathan Davis 1965—First African American member of the Ocean City Fire Department—Louis Davis

1963—Nathan Davis

1986—First Doo Dah parade held

1901—First postcard

1965—Louis Davis 1916—First girls’ basketball team 1913—First design of city hall

1903—James M. Stevens

1916—First car stolen

1924—First water show at Flanders

1986—Doo Dah parade, Soifer twins


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“If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers.” – Julian Assange

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stian seaside , was founded as a “Chri cean City, New Jersey a vibrant year-round thereafter, it became resort” in 1879. Soon s were integral ble summer retreat. Hotel desira highly , a and community was the Flanders Hotel most famous of these to the city’s success. The in the Spanish built was It 1923. in fanfare today, Field; ers which opened to much Fland m’s and named after Belgiu Mission Revival style In addition to stately ter of Historic Places. it is in the National Regis like Jernee Manor, the hotels and guesthouses, hotels, many smaller the Bellevue, Locksley ne, Biscay the , ton Hotel Castle Inn, the Brigh e as well. Ocean City’s h Inn, began to emerg y Hall, and the Scarboroug l and recreational histor es the rich architectura Historic Hotels featur its many hotels. and town l coasta of this New Jersey ia books on Ocean Arcad five n writte have r Fred and Susan Mille images of Ocean City g about and collecting City. Fred has been writin years ago. While most a summer lifeguard 50 some have since he came here as the Millers’ collection, from are book this in um, of the images n City Historical Muse s as well as the Ocea been loaned by friend ent. of y where Fred is a past presid histor ica series celebrates the al The Images of Amer country. Using archiv , and cities across the neighborhoods, towns stories from the past presents the distinctive photographs, each title . Arcadia is proud today unity comm cter of the that shape the chara ge, making history vation of local herita to play a part in the preser available to all.

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Report: This Canadian-built, American owned merchant brigantine was constructed in 1861 by a shipbuilderO named Joshua Dewis. From Spencer’s Island, Nova Scotia, The Mary Celeste (originally named Amazon) would sail all over the world before she was captained by Benjamin Briggs of Marion, Massachusetts. Briggs, along with his wife Sarah and two-year-old daughter Sophia and a crew of seven boarded the ship that was docked on New York City’s East River. The Mary Celeste held a cargo of 1,701 barrels of commercial alcohol, bound for Italy. When the ship passed through the Verrazano straights and into the Atlantic, the crew would never be seen again. On December 5th, a month into the transatlantic voyage, The Mary Celeste was spotted by the crew of the Dei Gratia. Some 600 miles west of Portugal, the Mary Celeste appeared to be rudderless, tossed with the wind m g.co www.arcadiapublishin as if in some kind of trouble. Crew from the Dei Graitia boarded the ship only to find it completely unmanned. The weather had been fine; the ship was completely intact and in perfect seaworthy condition, under sail and heading toward the Strait of Gibraltar. The Muzzy 1/4.indd 1 cargo and the crew’s personal belongings including valuables were

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Ocean City, New Jersey, was founded as a “Christian seaside resort” in 1879. Soon thereafter, it became a vibrant year-round community and a highly desirable summer retreat. Hotels were integral to the city’s success. The most famous of these was the Flanders Hotel, which opened to much fanfare in 1923. It was built in the Spanish Mission Revival style and named after Belgium’s Flanders Field; today, it is in the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to stately hotels, many smaller hotels and guesthouses, like Jernee Manor, the Castle Inn, the Brighton Hotel, the Biscayne, the Bellevue, Locksley Hall, and the Scarborough Inn, began to emerge as well. Ocean City’s Historic Hotels features the rich architectural and recreational history of this New Jersey coastal town and its many hotels. Fred and Susan Miller have written six Arcadia books on Ocean City. Fred has been writing about and collecting images of Ocean City since he came here as a summer lifeguard 50 years ago. While most of the images in this book are from the Millers’ collection, some have been loaned by friends as well as the Ocean City Historical Museum, where Fred is a past president.


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“A habit for all of us to develop would be to look for something to appreciate in everyone we meet.” ~Carl Holmes

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Joan Gearghart, Tricia Piola and Michele Gillian Ocean City’s tourism staff leader Sally Huff and Carole Heenhan

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“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the sea...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”

The Adelmanns A Summer House

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Smiles!

Always look on the bright side of life!

Ocean City celebrated its annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration, ushering in 2014 at the shore with fireworks, music and family fun. This year’s First Night button commemorated the 100 year old 14th St. Fishing Pier

Since 1978

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Fireworks high above the ocean as the clock struck midnight!

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A cold January 1st, 2014 didn’t hinder Ocean City’s annual tradition. In anticipation of summer, hundreds entered the brisk waters. Photo by Don Kravitz.

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Carley Del Sordo, 2014’s Miss Ocean City with Little Miss Ocean City Mary Grace Jamison and Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Erickson at the Music Pier on NYE.

A pre-jump snapshot before they took on the polar bear plunge challenge of New Year’s Day 2014. Pictured: Kerri Janto, Jared and Matt Lenko, Jim, Noah and Jude Gibbs.

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

Respect Yourself & Others!

Stampeding across the chilly sand and into the roaring white foam of the freezing ocean, hundreds of polar bear plungers took to the beach on New Year’s Day. Photo by Don Kravtiz.

Mike, Jon and Drew, Ally, Fallon and Rachel from Brigeton, NJ, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Ocean City.

Broadcasting live from the Air Circus on the Boardwalk, OCNJ Radio’s “Jammin Jack” and “Marvelous Marv” hosted Ocean City’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Listeners throughout the area tuned in to hear from our city’s hosts and ring in the new year First Night style.

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Off to the polar bear plunge is Drew Beech, Amanda Bachmann and Jay Bowen, braving the cold of New Year’s Day for a dip in the frigid Atlantic.

All smiles: Katie Hardesty and Michael Mignogna of Voorhees, NJ.

It was a beautiful brisk First Day Plunge for 1000s of Ocean City visitors and locals alike. Photo by Don Kravtiz.

A special thank you to our Instagram followers for sharing their First Day / First Night pictures with us. Follow us on Instagram @OceanCitySun and tag us in your pictures both new and old.


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“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” ~Groucho Marx

AMERICA’S GREATEST

Smiles!

Keep your sunny side up!

May 1st, 2014 Martin Z. Mollusk Sees His Shadow!

Martin’s 40 th Anniversary Tribute Song was sung to the tune of Edelweiss after Martin saw his shadow.

Martin Mollusk… Martin Mollusk… You are clawsome and cleverMartin Mollusk Martin Mollusk Please keep predicting forever…

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Martin perched upon his throne provided by the Old Salt store on the boardwalk. Martin creeps again! After the famous crab saw his shadow, Summer was expected to arrive early in Ocean City Shelley the South Jersey Seashore Mermaid recites Martin’s introduction song “Some Enchanted Morning.”

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It is hard to imagine the unruly maritime woods, swamps, streams, marsh and vast rolling dunes that were once all there was to this desolate barrier island now called Ocean City. But wildness lingers. Remnants of wild-life remain here among us; tucked away under your rosebush, in the hollow of your Holly tree, under your bayside dock, in the eves of the garage, along the path to the beach, perched atop the water tower, burrowed in your driveway-our wild neighbors are close at hand and worthy of knowing a little about. It was one of those freakishly warm December days last year where my husband was working under a customers home in the southend, when he came nose to extremely-tiny nose with a Diamondback terrapin hatchling that must have thought Spring had sprung. Only the size of a quarter, the little terrapin was a long ways from the bay, but with egg-laying habitat at a minimum, under a house would have to do for Mama Terrapin. Diamondbacks are the only turtle that live in our East coast estuaries where the mix of both fresh water from the rivers and the tidal inflow from the ocean make for a “just-right” home for them. Unlike sea turtles, terrapin have webbed feet with claws that serve them well on land as well as navigating the strong tidal currents of the backbay. They have beautiful markings, swirls, stripes and spots and no two look exactly alike. Females are twice as large as males and mating begins in May and continues into the summer producing 4-23 eggs for the two or three clutches they lay each year. Come November they bury themselves for a long hibernation in the mud at the bottom of tidal creeks until April or May. They are completely inactive and dormant absorbing dissolved oxygen from the water in their mouth and tail opening. Terrapin’s carnivorous diet consists of snails, crabs, mussels, marine worms, and insects.

But these gentle creatures face many dangers living so close to crowded island resorts along the Jersey shore. The loss of salt marsh habitat and destruction of nesting beaches due to waterfront bulk heading and development, Jet ski and boat strikes, falling into storm drains, predation by raccoons, fox and domestic dogs and cats, chip away at their population. Drowning kills many air-breathing terrapin when they become trapped in commercial and recreational crab pots. Many terrapin deaths can be prevented by adding simple “turtle excluders” to the openings of crab traps. Crabs can crawl in, but not turtles. These inexpensive life-savers can be found at most bait and tackle shops. While crossing streets and highways in the Spring, countless Diamondbacks are injured or crushed as instinct drives them to seek higher ground to lay their eggs. If you see a terrapin crossing a road and can pull over safely to help them across, always move them in the direction they were heading even if it seems as though they’re going the wrong way. Turning them around is of no use, for their instincts to move away from lowlands and water are beyond reasoning. Above all, do not take adult terrapin home. The only reason they’re visible and vulnerable is they are looking for a place to lay their eggs. It is against the law to keep terrapin without a permit. If you come across hatchlings in Ocean City or are interested in terrapin rescue call Peaches Lukens 609-399-4411. In Sea Isle call Steve and Susan Ahern 609263-7358. If you find an injured adult terrapin call The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor 609-368-1211. Visit www.aqua.org/explore/animals/ diamondback-terrapin for some beautiful photos


“The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.”

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Dear SUN, In response to your wonderful special Holiday edition, page 45 on the Ocean City side, the photo is not of the OCHS Basketball team, buut rather the county 7th-8th grade team sponsored by the Chatterbox. I’m sending you a photo of the Wildwood version of the same era, known as the “Green Hornets.” The rivalry was very intense annually as these two squads played for the championship 3 or 4 years in a row. ~Sent anonymously from Ocean City Dear Anonymous, Thank you! ~From The SUN

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“It makes no difference what the clock says or what the calendar says. It is still now and always will be now.” -Joe Goldsmith-

JOE’S KNOWS SEAFOOD! JOE’S KNOWS BRICK OVEN PIZZA! JOE’S KNOWS MARGARITAS! JOE’S KNOWS FAMILY DINING!

Joe’s Fish Co. prepares Boardwalk fare with a Morey’s flare! Stop by for a casual meal overlooking the lights and action of Surfside Pier. Enjoy the freshest seafood dishes, burgers, wraps, salads and more. Pair your meal with one of the many craft beers on tap or indulge in one of Joe’s signature margaritas. Joe’s knows lobster. Joe’s knows seafood. Joe’s knows Summer! We take boardwalk dining to the next level with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Walter Jurusz and locally sourced produce and seafood. JOE’S FISH CO. IS LOCATED ON MOREY’S SURFSIDE PIER AT 26TH STREET AND THE BOARDWALK

MOREY’S PIERS OFFERS THE BEST FOOD ON THE BOARDWALK AT JOE’S FISH CO., JUMBO’S SEAFOOD, THE NEW TACO JOINT, STUBBORN BROTHERS BEACH BAR & GRILLE, JAKE’S STEAKS, TONY LUKE’S, ALOHA SMOOTHIE AND MORE! WWW.MOREYSPIERS.COM • WILDWOOD, NJ • 609.522.3900


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

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{head over heels in love with The SUN testimonials} Josh Kinney, Africa, 2014

I could write a book about wonderful times spent in Ocean City. It all began in 1935 when the doctor told my parents “A vacation at the shore if possible and forget all the medication!” What a brilliant idea... and it worked! The Ocean City SUN is the best publication yet in OC, NJ! It is read and reread by all the members of our family. ~Mary Louise M., Vero Beach, FL

My family LOVES The Sun! (I hope to send in a piece sometime.) ~Joni Steers I love The OC Sun! Keep up the great work! Great Stories and tons of information! ~ Mary DiS.

I just love your magazine! Ocean City is like my 2nd home ever since I was 3. I have been to OC each summer (rented houses) and continued to do so after my marriage in 1947. During my teen years I worked on the boardwalk and for years enjoyed the skating rink. My best friend’s father was the manager of Playland. When Playland burned down I was devastated. So many wonderful memories. I try to get down to Ocean City as often as possible. I tell everyone when I drive over the bridge across the bay, my spitits rise immediately. I was born in 1926 and have some photos to share. Thank you for your happy magazine! ~Naomi Rogerson

Josh Kinney, OCNJ, 2014

MY LOVE From Ocean City to the Gulf of Guinea (Written after a trip to West Africa) by Josh Kinney How blessed am I that I get to see my lover every day? To feel and taste and embrace her, to gaze upon her as if it’s the first time I’ve ever seen her, To be captivated by her as if she’s still to this day the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on. She is the most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world. Her waters swirl around my feet and suck back into her dark abyss. To my right, she extends down the East Coast of America, wrapping around the peninsula of Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. To my left, her waters crash up and against the shores of New England and the cold of Nova Scotia. Directly in front of me she stretches out to touch the beaches of Portugal and France, crawling through the Strait of Gibraltar to form the Mediterranean Sea. I had only known her from one view point until I reunited with my lover on the other side.

This time, to my right she stretched out until reaching the shores of Brazil. Directly in front of me, her vastness lapped against the western coast of Africa before freezing against the tundra of Antarctica. Her water, the same water from New Jersey, swirled around my feet before sucking back into the deep. The breeze and aroma was exactly where I left it on the other side and to the north. The Atlantic, The Gulf of Guinea, muffled and boomed against the beach underneath sub-Saharan West Africa. I watched the same waves that break against me back on my beach at the end of 13th street in Ocean City. A world away, the only thing standing before me and my very street was her infinite expanse. When I returned she was there, waiting for me, just as I left her on the other side. How blessed am I that I get to be with my lover every day?

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earning for a heavy handle of the propane tank- the lingering gas is ignitedby flames with a twist of the crank

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umping for joy that June has arrivedbumper to bumper traffic on the bridgeare sights of our town coming alive

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nder estimating the weather mans’ predictions of a hot humid summer- us tanners and beach goers say “bring it on“- without heat- it’d be one bummer of a summer

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othing compares to the OC sun glares- our seemingly endless shore lineand jam-packed boardwalk- loaded with shops and places to dine

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venings of enjoying the amusement park rides- days of playing miniature golf and being “lazy” in the “river” at Gillian’s Water Slides Marki Lyn Warlow, is a writer and a poet who is employed as a real estate agent at Berger Realty


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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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Beautiful Beet and Kale Salad Makes 4-6 Servings

Dear Patty Cakes, I’ve been reading so much about the health benefits of greens. I love vegetables, but haven’t strayed too far from salad greens and spinach. I also want to try some new varieties in my garden this spring. Do you have any interesting recipes or ideas for me? -Jack ‘trying to eat healthier in The Gardens’ Dear Jack, Good for you, Jack! This is a perfect time of year to start not only eating healthier, but gardening healthier, too! And, greens are a wonderful way to begin! Greens are an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals such as Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Calcium! They are also super rich in phytochemical antioxidants which protect our bodies from cancer causing free-radicals and are important for immune function, skin health and vision. These substances also detoxify the liver which is why people have traditionally used greens as a “spring tonic” to rejuvenate the system after a stagnant winter. I suggest buying some different varieties to see what you like before planting your seeds. Try some tasty salad greens such as arugula and watercress. Collards, Swiss chard, escarole, kale, mustard, beet or turnip greens are better gently cooked before adding to salads. They can also be incorporated into soups, stews or stir frys and added to omelettes, enchiladas and rice or pasta dishes for added nutrients and flavor. You can also do a quick, simple sautee with herbs, garlic and olive oil for a delicious side dish. My bright and tasty recipe for a beet and kale salad is a great way to use a variety of greens and other seasonal veggies and fruits. Since kale and some other greens are more palatable when cooked, this recipe calls for doing a quick blanch first, and then using the beautiful healthy greens in a cold salad. Consuming a healthy source of fat with your greens (like extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds) helps your body utilize the important vitamins that are so abundant. Happy eating and gardening! Patty Cakes

Salad: 2 bunches of kale or 1 bunch kale & 1 bunch other green (such as mustard, beet or turnip)

2 large red beets 4 spring onions or scallions, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin rounds 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced (try other fruits in season like blueberries, raspberries or peaches)

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Dressing: 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoons chopped, fresh basil (or any of your favorite garden herbs)

2 cloves garlic, chopped fresh ground black pepper to taste 1) Boil beets until tender, cool, peel and cut into bite size pieces 2) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 3) Wash and de-stem kale and other greens if using. Place in boiling water for about 30 Seconds. DO NOT OVERCOOK!! 4) Remove greens from pot, place in strainer, gently cool with cold water. 5) Squeeze the water out of kale with your hands, pat dry with paper towels. 6) Chop kale into bite size pieces and “fluff up” with your fingers. 7) Combine dressing ingredients and whisk together well. 8) Toss all salad ingredients with desired amount of dressing. serve chilled. 9) Enjoy!

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The Cache By Bob Ingram

The “Fun Deck” Plymoutyh Place & Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ, 1940s

For people of a certain age, World War Two is known simply as “the war.” During the war, especially at the shore, you saw things you would never, ever see again in all your life, no matter how long you lived. I remember being on the beach with my mom and sister and the convoys coming up from Newport News and the other ports down south would sometimes take two or three days to pass. One day, I was peering at a convoy through a small telescope I had, little more than a toy, when a Coast Guard jeep pulled up on the Boardwalk and two Coast Guardsmen got out and started down the steps to the beach. They wore sidearms and serious faces. They stopped by our blanket. “I’ll have to ask you for that telescope, ma’am,” one asked with military politeness. “What? Why is that?” my mother asked. “The war, ma’am. The war.” :When does he get it back?” “After the war, ma’am.” My mother shook her head in exasperation, but then nodded to me and I handed it over. I guess they thought I might be a midget spy. I never did get it back. One night the three of us were on the Ferris wheel. It was during the week, and my father only came down on weekends, and then on the train because of gas rationing.

We loved it when they stopped the Ferris wheel when we were at the top and could just swing gently in the soft seashore air, looking out on one side at the endless black ocean, faint white waves rolling and breaking, and on the other side at the Boardwalk, the town, and the far-off black pine forest. The Boardwalk at night from the top of the Ferris wheel was a blinking, twinkling, luminescent wonderland, diamond-faceted, and alive with the footsteps of thousands of eager pilgrims. From above, it was a carnival with a two-mile midway. This night, we were easily rocking, grinning at each other, when the sirens slowly started and soon were in full wail. An air raid drill. A blackout. A minute or so passed while the sirens drowned all other sound. Then – plink! – all the lights on the Boardwalk went out. Just like that. Now darkness, deep and total, beneath us. Plink again and all the town lights went out and the blackness spread. In the distance, pockets of light poofed out here and there and finally everywhere and then we were hanging in a lightless world, dim and eerie beneath a faint quarter moon and what seemed muted stars. The sirens stopped and in the new silence we heard the rustling wind and the voices and cautious laughter from the other gondolas. We hung above the blackness for perhaps five minutes and then the sirens started again and the lights began to flick on and in another few minutes it was as if the blackout had never happened. Another night, from the top of the Ferris wheel we heard what we thought was faint thunder, but then we saw a soft orange glow over the ocean’s horizon that grew until we could see the tops of flames. Many ships were torpedoed right off our coast. My sister and I were of an age when we could – within limits – go off on our own and one of our favorite places was, of

course, the Boardwalk. The arcades had penny pinball machines and we became little pinball sharks, winning penny or twopenny bets on the rainy afternoons when the arcades became our casinos. Our goal was to amass the small fortune of $25 and buy a war bond with it. We liked prowling around under the Boardwalk, too; it was pleasantly spooky even though people were passing right above our heads. It was cool under there, too; even on a relentlessly hot and humid Jersey summer afternoon – only fit for mad dogs and Englishmen – there was a slight hint of chill that seemed to seep out of the wood itself under the Boardwalk. One day, we were under a part of the Boardwalk that we had never explored before and we came across a recess far back, almost hidden. There was a small box-like structure there, with three juryrigged shelves, containing various tools: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, a small saw. On the bottom shelf was a cigar box. I picked it up and opened it. Inside were rubber-banded stacks of bills of all denominations. “Jeez,” I said. “There must be a thousand dollars here!” “Count it!” my sister said. “Should we keep it?” “I don’t know. Maybe it belongs to somebody up on the Boardwalk. One of the stores or games or something. It has to belong to somebody.” “I know,” she said. “Let’s get out of here before somebody comes.” As if on cue, we heard a noise behind us and whirled just in time to see a figure land in the sand. When he stood, we could see that it was the one-armed man who ran one of the wheel games on the Boardwalk. We’d always wondered what had happened to

his arm. “Hi, kids,” he said, grinning like a pirate. “So you found my little cache. Always keep something down here for a rainy day. Did you take anything?” “Oh, no, no, sir,” I stammered. “We’d never do that. Really.” “I believe you,” he said. “But turn your pockets out anyhow.” We did and there was no money, just the silly detritus of kids’ pockets. “Okay,” he said. “You got to reward honesty. What do you think is a good reward for not stealing my money and for keeping your mouths shut about what’s down here.” “How about $25?” my sister piped up. He cocked his head and looked closely at us. “That’s a lot of money. What do you want with $25?” “We want to buy a war bond,” my sister answered. “A war bond? I lost this in the other war,” he said, pointing to his empty sleeve. “So I guess I can kick in 25 bucks for this one.” He took out a roll and peeled off a twenty and a five and handed them to my sister. “Now get out of here before I change my mind,” he said. “And remember: don’t say nothing to nobody.” We pledged our silence and got out of there fast. A few nights later, we were on the Boardwalk with our mother and when we passed his stand, the one-armed man winked and gave us the V for victory sign. “Did you see that?” our mother said. “What’s that mean?” “I don’t know,” my sister said. “I guess he’s just patriotic.” Bob Ingram is a writer/journalist/editor whose work has appeared in Philadelphia Magazine, Atlantic City Magazine, Philly Arts, the South Philadelphia Review, the Cape May County Herald, to name a few. He is a contributing writer for The Sun By-the-Sea. He currently lives and writes in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.


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Jean McCallister from Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) and Stockton College’s NJ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) director Joseph Molineaux, Bubba Mac, and standing alongside him, the Ocean City Library’s heart and soul, our dearly missed friend Chris Maloney and Rhonda Lowery from the Workforce Investment Board.

stepped up to the podium inside a small crowded room of the Ocean City Free Public Library last Fall, he fought back tears of joy and gratitude. Longtime local musician, Ocean City resident and former owner of ‘Bubba Mac Shack’ in Somers Point, Bubba helped facilitate a very exceptional intensive program that he had been mulling over for the last ten years with high hopes of bringing it into fruition. The dream had finally become a reality and the room was packed with creative, hopeful and enthusiastic participants of all ages. Fresh Start Entrepreneurial Training Program is a six-week course offered through Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) including cooperation between the Workforce Investment Board, the Small Business Development Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and library. Bubba, a local entrepreneur and the program’s facilitator felt honored to be in a room with likeminded people who now had the chance to bring forth their business plans and take serious steps toward making bringing them about. An era of rough economic times has birthed some truly brilliant ideas, and the class at Ocean City’s library is living proof. Despite high unemployment rates throughout the country there is a great need for new businesses. The class, which is run out of a room in the Ocean City Library, acts as a go-between where people of all ages can bring their ideas to the table, weigh the possibilities, become inspired and learn how to start their small business. With the help of local professionals, business owners, as well as experi-

Herb “Bubba Mac” Birch at the podium

enced entrepreneurs and mentors such as Bubba himself, participants not only learn the ins and outs of their potential industry but also how to avoid making some big mistakes, honing in with a particular focus and strategy for success. With high hopes of continuing to build up the Ocean City seashore community and surrounding areas with new businesses and opportunities, the class focuses on helping folks reach their fullest potential and explore, stretch and cultivate their innovative thoughts. “Your ideas have value, keep them going,” said Jean McAlister, Associate Dean of Continuing Education Operations at ACCC who stood next to Bubba at the podium. Participants shared a large variety of their business ideas which ranged from event and party planning, a Philly pretzel shop, computer and technology assistance, niche foods to a traveling bookstore, just to name a few. Sea Isle Mayor Leonard “Lenny” Desiderio attended the gathering and praised the idea behind the class, emphasizing the importance of small businesses and encouraging attendees to stay focused on their goals and dreams. If you are reading this and have a brilliant idea of your own, this class could very well be the path to getting it started. Even in a weak economy, pressing onward is something this generation will someday look back on with great wisdom and thankfulness, knowing that sometimes it takes the roughest times to produce what will become some of the greatest ideas.


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“A happy memory never wears out.” ~Libbie Fudim

Growing Up in Ocean City with DON PILEGGI

Bill, Don & Theresa with their beautiful mother, Jesse

by Peaches Lukens

Don in between his two special girls, Theresa & Angie

Growing up on the north end of Ocean City was pretty much Don Pileggi’s whole world when he was young. Delivered by Dr. Petit on the dining room table of his grandparent’s property, 11 Asbury Avenue, Don and his twin sister Theresa came into the world on a beautiful summer day in June,1930. Born on the tail end of the Great Depression, the Pileggi clan all felt the ripple effects of a defunct economy, even in this little sand-spitof-a-community. Michael Pileggi, Don’s hardworking father and local fireman made it clear, “one pair of shoes a year and you better not scuff them.” Cotton gloves and socks were darned a dozen times over to make it through as many seasons as they could. Come summertime, Don and his parents, sister and older brother Bill all moved to the hot and cramped third floor apartment of Michael’s parent’s home in the heart of the Italian neighborhood of 10th and Simpson known as Macaronie Street. This communal hub was filled with first-generation Italian immigrants that would shape, feed and literally build Ocean City from the ground up. Renting out their winter home to summer tourists was another way to help make ends meet. Life for a young boy like Don was simple and spent outdoors most of the time roller skating, playing street hockey, marbles, catching crabs and fishing from an old abandoned duck boat they refurbished, riding bikes, running the beach and swimming the sea. “ Winter’s were just as fun. We always had alot of snow and we’d build elaborate forts, stockpile dozens of snowballs and then have full-on fights with longtime friends Ed Wisham, Bill Bateson, Bill Nichols and other neighborhood kids.” But sorrow overshadowed the sunniest of days when Don’s beloved mother Jessie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “My mother was the kindest woman you’d ever meet. A beautiful woman inside and out. Though she was sick when we were young, she was always there for all of us. She’d make tomato sandwiches and take

Twins, Don & Theresa

us to the beach or played Lifeguard watching over us when swimming in the Yacht Club lagoon. We helped with many of the chores and stuck together as a family. She was a good mother. My world was never the same after she died.” Jessie Jack Pileggi died when Don was 11 years old. She was only 32. The pain of such loss manifested in restlessness and mischief for Don. Focusing on schoolwork was a challenge. His mother’s absence always present. Don’s father gathered in his family after his wife’s death and kept them going. Though he worked two jobs, a breakfast of hot oatmeal was waiting, lunches packed for school and dinners made to be heated up later. Don’s grandmother would often stay with them, but he and his siblings were sometimes on their own. Finding work kept Don out of trouble, busy and helped him move through his grief. “I always wanted to work. I liked work. I’d help clear lots and mow grass for Mr. Nichols. Empty lots were where neighbors planted and grew vegetables and I liked garden work. As I got older Whitey Battersby and I would deliver milk. Sometimes eggs and butter too. Early in the morning while most were still asleep, we’d slip in the unlocked backdoor of people’s homes and put their milk in their ice box. We did the same thing delivering ice. We hustled in and out. Up and down stairs.” The ‘ice box’ was just that. A metal box that hung out a window much like air conditioners do today but none were powered by electricity. The frigid winter cold was all that kept things chilled inside them. Unlike the convenience of today’s refrigerators, you’d have to throw open your window sash to get to the ice box door. A different and larger summer ice box was inside the house where the huge block of ice Don and Whitey delivered kept things reasonably cold during the hot humid months. State of the art appliances for that day and age. Then came that fateful December day in the quiet lagoons of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,1941. The war en-

Jesse Jack Pileggi

gulfing foreign young men now reached our shores swallowing up the Senior boys of Ocean City High. In the blink of an eye they were gone. Never to see graduation or diplomas and some would never come home. “During the war, the government would bring hundreds of American soldiers down to Ocean City to ‘play soldier’ on our beaches. It was a good place to train them. They’d be landing and fighting on foreign beaches before too long so it made sense to train them on similar terrain. The soldiers slept in the sand dunes overnight. Bivouac tents were set up on large empty lots between North St. and First and Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue. But Don will never forget when German submarines cruised our coastline. “The government sent airships (blimps) to drop depth charges on top of them. These dirigibles were quiet unlike war planes so you never knew they were out there until the whole house would shake and the windows rattle so hard we thought they’d bust when they started dropping explosives on top of these subs. We’d hop on our bikes and race down to the beach and watch this all going on just about 4 miles out. Quite a sight to see. The Germans came and blew up oil tankers coming out of the Delaware Bay. The crude oil would clump into black balls and wash into shore. We kept a pan of kerosene by the back door to get it off our feet and shoes.” Don recalled another scene years later after the 1944 Great Atlantic hurricane battered the island. “No one knew when a hurricane was coming until it was here! The war was still going on so there was limited communications. We were dismissed from school about noon. My dad came and picked us up in his plumbing truck. That was a big storm. The boardwalk was badly damaged and the town was a wreck. After the storm we heard German POW’s had been brought here from Upper Township camps to help with the clean-up. We went out to see them expecting them to be like monsters, but they were just young men like us.” contnues on next page. . .


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I met my True Love in Ocean City

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contnued. . . Don would later do his military part and joined the Air Force, experiencing yet another war unfolding in Korea. But Ocean City was where his heart was and where Don married and raised his family. Other wars and hurricanes would come and go. He faithfully served as Superintendent of Recreation where he was a part of many families lives over the years. Don still lives in the northend of Ocean City having lost his beloved wife Angie and twin sister Theresa not so long ago. His grown children and grandchildren (see article to right) are very much a part of his life and Don still loves the outdoors.

Don Pileggi presenting surfing medal to Joe Grottola, of Wildwood, winner of the boys open division. On left is Brad Callen of Ocean City who had just received his medal as winner in the Junior Men’s Open Division.

Surfers Mike Carl, James Earl, Sr. and Terry Dearborn head for the surf during the Spring Swing Surfing Contest.

Lauren Waltz Tim Beakley Ocean City High School Silverware for the Ladies - The Fishing Mermaids exhibit their winners spoils won in the 6th Annual Ocean City Surf Fishing Tournament. The lone male in the lineup is a City Rec Director Don Pileggi exhibiting the team’s winning trophy. The lady anglers are (l. To r.) Marsha Senkarik, Bunny Childs, Mabel DeBeer, Mary Ann Bowen, Alice Shambora, and Dot Lynch.

Ocean City Recreation representatives travelled to Montclair State College for the Urban Recreation Conference. (l. to r.) are Dr. Richard Tews, Jack Bittner, and Don Pileggi, Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr., and Bill Bagnelli.

Tim and Lauren Beakley first met when Tim, an Ocean City high school junior, offered his sister and Lauren, just 13, a ride home from school. It wasn’t until Lauren’s freshman year at Ocean City high school, when Tim was a senior, that they became friends, seeing each other at school functions and hanging out with the same crowd. Lauren eventually moved to Philadelphia to be closer to her then boyfriend (with Tim lending a helping hand with the move). They didn’t see each other again until the year 2002 when Lauren would stop by the music pier during one of her shore visits, giving the two some

“catching up” time. Time continued to pass, as the future Mr. and Mrs. continued to keep in touch. By May 2009, it was clear Tim was interested in more than friendship, which initially caused Lauren some unexpected anxiety. A few weeks later, Lauren was back in Ocean City with a friend for a quick weekend getaway. Her initial concerns ultimately faded away and their love story was finally beginning. By the end of the summer, Lauren had moved back to Ocean City. The couple weathered their share of relationship ups and downs before finally realizing they were meant to be (at a Halloween costume party complete with zombie make up). A year later, they were engaged and married in the fall of 2011. Blissfully in love and happily living in Ocean City, Tim and Lauren graciously posed as Shoobies for The Sun as Lauren recalled their first meeting many years earlier, never imagining at the time that she was being driven home by her true love…

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The Ocean City Surfing Association novice winners were (l. to r.) Jeff McLarnon, Junior Men’s Division, Paul Weidemann, Boy’s Division and Dan Canova, runner up in Boy’s Division. Second from left is Bill Schwab’ contest director.

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

OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Summer of 1964 by Fred Miller

Mayor B. Thomas Waldman was instrumental in the founding of the Ocean City Historical Museum.

A commemorative stamp honoring New Jersey Tercentenary was issued on June 15, 1964. The Ocean City Historical Museum opened on July 1, 1964 as part of tercentenary celebration.

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he Ocean City Historical Museum opened on July 1, 1964, but the history of the museum goes way back. Parker Miller, the first resident of Ocean City, built a house, located about where Wards Bakery now stands, from an English ship which was wrecked off the coast in 1859. City officials hoped to make the house the city’s first museum. An article in the June 28, 1929 Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger reported, “Several years ago this building was moved through the activity of the Civic Club to its present location at 6th street and West Avenue. It was planned to restore the building to be used as a museum, but this has not been done as yet.” “Parker Miller home razed in clean-up drive” was the headline of the August 5, 1939 Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger. The article reported, “The city commissioners a few years ago had discussed the possibility of renovating the old frame house and making it a showplace. But they never felt like spending the money when other important things were to be done.” Mayor George D. Richards justified tearing the building down saying, “It undoubtedly was a menace to health and to safety because of its condition. And it didn’t have enough historical value to warrant spending money on it. It was in such bad condition that practically complete rebuilding would have been necessary.” In 1941, Jack G. Jernee, captain of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, led a group of citizens whose goal was opening a local museum. World War II, however, ended that museum drive.

The 51-year-old Wesley Avenue School, 409 Wesley Avenue, was the site of the city’s first museum.

The Ocean City library often featured historical displays, but there was no permanent exhibit. On February 3, 1964, Mayor B. Thomas Waldman, along with Commissioners D. Allen Stretch and Roy Gillian, appointed Martha Stevens to head a committee of local history-minded people with the goal of opening a museum by the summer. The new museum would be part of New Jersey’s Tercentenary (1664-1964) celebration. On Wednesday, May 20, 1964, a meeting of the Ocean City Historical Museum Committee was held at 8:00 p.m. at the Music Pier. It was at this meeting the first officers were elected: President Martha Stevens; Vice President Mary Gates; Corresponding Secretary Pearl S. Barclay; Recording Secretary Cecilia H. Nelson; Treasurer Craig Mathewson, Jr.; Trustees Arthur M. DeMaris, Bruce Dimon, Harold Lee and George W. Meyer. After many meetings, the Ocean City Historical Museum opened on Wednesday, July 1, 1964 to much fanfare. The front page headline of the June 30, 1964 Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger announced the good news: “Local History Museum Opens On Wednesday With Formal Dedication.” The article reported, “Opening ceremonies for the Ocean City Historical Museum, housed for the summer in the Wesley Avenue School, will be conducted at 10 a.m.

Wednesday.” “New Museum Is Ocean City’s Gift To New Jersey’s Tercentenary Year,” was the headline in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. The article began, Ocean City’s gift to New Jersey’s Tercentenary Year, and in celebrating its own 85th birthday, is the new Historical Museum, with temporary headquarters in the Wesley Avenue School.” The Bulletin article ended, “The Museum, open daily, except Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features exhibits of the heritage of Peck’s Beach Island before it was incorporated in 1879, and a wealth of memorabilia depicting the resort’s history.” President Stevens and the museum officers arranged an opening program that included Walter Fredericks singing the National Anthem, the raising of the American flag and New Jersey Tercentenary flag on the school’s flag staff; and a welcoming address from Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Good news was received on July 9, 1964 when the Certificate of Incorporation of Friends of the Ocean City Historical Museum was filed and recorded by the State of New Jersey. The paper included the purposes of the museum: 1. To cooperate with and to assist the City of Ocean City in establishing and maintaining a historical museum; 2. To collect and preserve objects of historical interest relating to

the growth, history and development of the City of Ocean City; and 3. To publish records and documents relating to the history of the City of Ocean City. The Certificate of Incorporation was signed by Mayor B. Thomas Waldman, Martha L. Stevens, Mary W. Gates, Cecilia H. Nelson, Pearl S. Barclay, Craig Mathewson, Jr., Harold Lee, Bruce P. Dimon, Arthur M. DeMaris, and George W. Meyer. President Stevens announced on July 16 the appointment of Frances Van Gilder to the museum board. Van Gilder belonged to the New Jersey Historical Society and was active in planning the celebration of the New Jersey Tercentenary. It was a very successful summer for the museum with many visitors and many donations. The acquisitions included: Sindia memorabilia, lifesaving equipment, marine relics, old bathing apparel, Victorian furniture, native American relics, early property deeds, an old fire alarm bell, quilts, a large collection of 19th century children’s books, many photographs capturing images of the early days in Ocean City, postcards, early dolls and doll house furniture, whale’s teeth, old newspapers, maps, an old organ complete with rolls of music, and local school memorabilia. Unfortunately, the entire collection had to be removed by Labor Day because the building was still being used as a school. Museum volunteers and city employees moved all the displays and fixtures to the city defense headquarters at 18th and Bay Avenue for safe storage. The future location of the Ocean City Historical Museum was unknown, but with attendance of 5,000 during the summer of 1964, its future was bright.


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“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis

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Meditations for the Beach by Peaches Lukens

Meditation and contemplation are forms of worship. Whenever we draw ourselves close to God, we show our love for Him and our desire to be with Him. The beach offers a conducive setting to meet with God. Early morning sunrise and solitude or the dusk of evening settling in provide time to listen, think, pray and converse without all the everyday distractions. These meditations are intended to be read on the beach. F O U N D AT I O N : Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it, is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rains come in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it will not collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears My teaching and does not obey it, is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a crash.” ~Matthew 7:24-27 Living on a barrier island made of pure sand has its challenges. We have certainly learned the hard way that we cannot simply build on top of sinking, shifting sands here in Ocean City. We need a stronger, deeper foundation to root us, ground us and save our homes during storms and floods. Every winter we witness the erosion of sand from our island’s beaches as storms pummel the shore. Soft cliffs form as the turbulent waves wash away layers upon layers of sand. We now replace our beaches through Replenishment efforts. Yet when was the last time we needed to replace the rock jetties that line our shores? They remain intact as they were when built decades ago. In a world with so many deceptions and lies, we can find Truth in God’s Word and

in Jesus’ teachings. God is honest with us. Jesus does not say, IF the rains come, but WHEN they come, for life has its own particular storms that blow through our lives. Sometimes literally, as Superstorm Sandy is still fresh in the memories of all who live or visit the Jersey shore. We are foolish to think we won’t experience turbulence at times in our lives. We will. How we respond is rooted in what we believe and Who we believe. Our response to life-shaking trials, if we are honest with ourselves, comes down to TRUST. Do we trust that God is with us in each and every storm, no matter how big or small? Building our lives on God’s Word and on God Himself is building on bedrock. Rooting ourselves in the reality that God is trustworthy, can keep us from being swept away with doubt, fear, anger, frustration, anxiety, panic and any number of bad and deperate decisions. When the storms of tough-stuff come, what we believe and Who we believe, makes all the difference. MEDITATION EXERCISE: Sit on a beach where there’s a rock jetty and watch the waves roll in and out, taking sand out to sea. If this is hard to see, pile a little hill of sand near the edge of the water and observe it as the waves meet it. What happens to the best of sandcastles built on the beach? Now study the jetty made from rocks and consider their weight. How solid they are. Waves have pounded these very rocks for years, but they remain firmly in place. Journal your observations and thoughts that the Holy Spirit brings you as you consider these two elements. CONTEMPLATION EXERCISE: How grounded are you in God and His Word? How have you responded to your trials and challenges in life? Do you turn to the world’s solutions or do you seek God for answers? What emotions dominate you or anchor you in a trial? Do you feel you can “stay firmly in place” by trusting God for the outcome of a trial? What does it look like for you to trust God with something you’re currently up against? Journal your thoughts as the Holy Spirit brings them to you. PRAY: Journal or voice your prayers to God concerning revelations He gave you today. OTHER VERSES: Wisdom: Psalm 111:10, story of Daniel, James 1:5. Foundation: Isaiah 28:16, 1Corinthians 3:11, Truth: Isaiah 38:19, John 8:32 Trials: James 1:2-4

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“Here I am, where I am supposed to be.” Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa

Travels with T he SUN Nothing is wasted.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28

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(Above & below) The Sun’s managing editor, Josh Kinney, along with his friend Mark Walz assisting an English & Art class in Ghana, West Africa

She barely shifted in her chair, each

pen stroke centered and focused. Her writing was crisp and clear as I glanced over her shoulder but she never turned from the page. For the first time, her assignment was to write or draw whatever she wanted; a platform of unlimited creativity and self-expression. I watched as she wrote, line after line, the words small so she could fit as much on the paper as possible. After the class had ended and the school day was long since over I asked her if she was done. “Not finished,” she said. I pat her back and nodded because I understood. In fact, in this sense, as a writer myself, I couldn’t identify with her more. She’ll stick with me forever, and I’ll always wonder about the novel she was writing on that paper. As much as I wish I could have read it I kind of like it better that I don’t know what it said. She was an inspiration and an enigma to me. I’m just blessed to have been able to give her the chance to unleash the words and phrases she had archived inside her heart. Not one piece of that paper was wast-

ed, she made sure of it. Ever since my first time on the continent back when I was seventeen, Africa has always been a special part of who I am. In January of 2014 I was blessed with the rich opportunity to volunteer in the West African country of Ghana where I helped teach English and Art classes. Unlike America, where free speech and expression is plentiful and a part of daily life, I quickly learned that it wasn’t so for Ghanaians, especially the children. When we gave the students paper, pencils, crayons and markers and told them that they could write or draw whatever they wanted many of them were confused and astonished. Never before were they able to express themselves in such a way because art supplies were unavailable in the country and their school assignments had never been anything other than what they were told specifically to do by their

teachers. There was no room or time for creativity... until now. I was mystified and intrigued, watching the students draw and write, fully engaged in their art, not making a sound. Outside, the red dust swirled around the children playing soccer, the humidity weighed heavy in the warm equatorial sky. Vehemently the kids worked, expressing their inner thoughts and images, fully appreciating this unique instance that had come their way. Finally, when it was time for me to leave for the day I opened wide a duffle-bag packed with leftover copies of The Ocean City Sun. I gave each child a copy of the magazine and their eyes blazed with enthusiasm, grasping and marveling at the colorful magazine. They couldn’t believe that the gift was theirs to keep! Some of the children started to draw the pictures on the front cover and the advertisements. The teacher walked over to me and smiled big and bright, “We can use these so that the children can learn reading, writing and art,” she said, explaining how the school lacked a library and books. In that moment I was so glad I had kept the extra copies. Little did I know that they would be used for such an incredible purpose to enrich the lives of some of the most beautiful, amazing children half a world away. Surely nothing was wasted, not one single copy.

Art supplies were generously donated in part by Glazed Over Studio on Asbury Ave. If you would like to support a library fund for underfunded schools in Ghana, feel free to donate at www.together-we-are.com/donate


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“I ’m older than dirt,” snorted Brook Koeneke, captain of the Duke O’ Fluke pontoon boat, after I had the temerity to ask him his age. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of dirt is “a thing or person that has no value.” You could never employ that description for Brook Koeneke. At 78, the captain exhibits no indication of anchoring himself to a rocking chair any time soon—not when he’s preparing for another season of fishing trips, wildlife excursions, and marine science classes for school kids in the back bay of Ocean City and Somers Point. “It’s still fun,” he said, after nearly two decades of piloting his 45-foot head boat. “I still get a lot of laughs and I meet a lot of nice people. The job is still doing that for me.” During a major part of the fluke season, which this year opens May 23 and ends September 27, Captain Koeneke and his mates will run morning-and-afternoon trips for summer flounder, blues, and weakfish. When not fishing, Brook often takes the Duke O’ Fluke on sunset cruises for people who want to learn about back-bay flora and fauna from professionals at Stone Harbor’s Wetlands Institute. The journeys he especially enjoys are the ones with school children. Each year he books several trips with members of the Ocean City Intermediate School Fishing Club, under the guidance of social studies teacher Nick Verducci. “Nick is the best,” Brook said. “One of our trips last spring was

up the Great Egg Harbor River for perch and stripers, and I’m hoping to do it again.” The Duke O’ Fluke has also taken youngsters from Egg Harbor Township’s Fernwood School out on the bay for science adventures. The kids conduct such experiments as testing the water for salinity. A trawl net trolled by the Duke O’ Fluke and recovered by their teachers offers kids the excitement of discovering the remarkable variety of species that live in the sea. This year, to satisfy the insatiable appetite of those who relish steamed or boiled “beautiful swimmers,” he is even considering a late-season crabbing trip up the Tuckahoe River or Patcong Creek. That’s the avuncular side of Captain Koeneke. Ask him about government regulations on fishing and fish quotas, and this laid-back mariner with a short, gray ponytail morphs into an epitome of feistiness. A particular beef of his is the decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to lump New Jersey in with New York and Connecticut to forge a new Mid-Atlantic Region, at least for one year. Under the old rules, for example, each state could set its own regulations for summer flounder as long as it conformed to guidelines set down by the inter-state organization. Now all three states must have the same minimum size and bag limits. For 2014, that means 18 inches and five fish per angler. Brook says the new plan will cause major migraines for boat captains in Delaware Bay because, to the south of Cape May, the First State’s minimum size for fluke is only 16 inches. “It’s going to raise hell with the head boats in Cape May and along the entire bay,” he grumbled. “They better not cross the state line out there [with 18-inch fish].” Brook was just getting warmed up. “This is going to be nothing but a big [censored] disaster,” he declared. Another issue lighting his fuse is that fish quotas are too often based on a paucity of sound scientific research. “Last year New Jersey was accused of exceeding its quota for flounder,” he said. “I sure didn’t see any over-fishing. From the Feds on down, how did politics get so embedded in the fisheries industry?” It may be only a rhetorical question. But you can bet your favorite flounder rig that Captain Koeneke will continue asking it until he really is older than dirt.

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“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” ~Anton Checkov

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