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The Wildwood Leader

Published, Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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Crest Memorial is ‘Wild About Books’
WILDWOOD CREST – Crest Memorial students had a wild time last week, during their celebration of Read Across America, a national literacy event held every year in honor of children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. The celebration is planned to coincide with his birthday on March 2, every year. The theme of this year’s celebration at Wildwood Crest Memorial was “Wild About Books,” a children’s book by Judy Sierra, where zoo animals learn to read with the help of a mobile librarian. Crest Memorial teachers were on the move this week as well, helping students to transform the school’s hallways into a jungle of artwork and stories inspired by books they’ve read about animals. “It’s a school effort,” librarian Tina Chila said. “We couldn’t do it with out them.” Iconic characters from Seuss’s books like “If I ran the Zoo,” and “Please Don’t Feed the Animals” lined the walls of the school, including original student artwork and Seuss-like figures that bore a strange resemblance to the school’s faculty and staff. “Pretty much the whole school gets into it,” said classroom aide Jeanine Yecco. Students in the younger grades donned striped paper caps similar to that worn by Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” and they enjoyed book-themed snacks and visits from guest readers throughout the week. Some of the guests were parents like Marjie O’Keefe, who visited on Friday to read to her son Jimmy’s second-grade class. Others were community volunteers like Betty Collins, of the Civic Club Evening Division, who said she looks forward to the visit every year to see the expressions on the children’s faces when she reads them a story. “It’s really fun,” Collins said, while waiting in the school library for her first-grade audience to arrive. “I love reading to the little ones the most.” The library was a buzz with activity all week long, and the school’s older students share Collins’ enthusiasm for spending time with the younger grade school children. For some the highlight of the week was the 30 minutes they spent cuddled up on the floor of the library, reading to the younger ones. “They are so cute. I love those little ones,” sixth-grader Maggie Chase told her friend after reading a book about sea life to kindergarteners, Bella Feraco and Alyssa Katz. To add to the fun, classroom aide Nancy Zinkewich transformed herself into an honorary “Cat in the Hat” for the day and made frequent visits to classrooms to read to students. Read Across America celebrated its 10th year nationally this year. The event is sponsored by the National Education Association, as a way to generate enthusiasm for reading, much like Dr. Seuss did with his zany characters and unforgettable rhymes. Just about everyone love Seuss’s infectious rhymes, but by the end of the day on Friday, Zinkewich could be found perusing the library’s shelves for some other material. A full day of Seuss had twisted her tongue. “It gets hard to say them after a while,” she admitted – even for the Cat in the Hat.
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Recreating in the Wildwoods
North Wildwood Recreation Center Ninth and Central avenues Call 522-2955 for more information unless otherwise noted.

Yoga Yoga will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center. Cost is $5 per class.

Karate Karate is held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is hosted by Hamer School of Karate. Call 465-5618 for more information.

After-School Program The After-School Program is held Monday through Friday from 2:15 to 5 p.m. for children in grades 1 through 6 for North Wildwood residents only. Children must be registered.

Tot-Time Tot-time is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Wildwood Recreation Center.

Crime Watch Second Tuesday of each month at North Wildwood Recreation Center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enter on the 10th Street side entrance.

Wildwood Recreation Center Events Rio Grande Avenue Call 522-5837 for more information unless otherwise noted.

Open Rec The recreation center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Creative Dramatics By using your imagination, you will learn the fundamentals of acting in this zany class of improvisation, pantomime, creative movement and theater games. Classes are for ages 7 to 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Cost is $45 for 10 weeks. Registration is a must.

Fit Kids: Exercise Classes Designed just for kids ages 7 through 13 teaching exercise through a series of games, drills, aerobics, obstacle courses and a brief discussion on nutrition at the end of every class. Class will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday. Cost is $45 for 10 weeks.

Half Pint Basketball Coed league for kindergarten to second grade. Games will be played on Saturday mornings through March 10. Cost is $20 for registration.

Wildwood Crest Recreation Center Crest Pier and Von Savage Memorial Pool Call 523-0202 (Crest Pier) or 522-0084 (Von Savage Memorial Pool) for more information.

Adult Yoga Classes Adult Yoga classes are held at the Crest Pier Mondays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.; Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.; and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Classes are $5 per session or $50 for 12 sessions. Call 523-0202 for information. (note: no class on March 29)

Pier Programs Tap and Jazz classes will be offered for age 6 through adult, beginner and intermediate classes will be available with an open enrollment. No experience necessary. Fee required. Classes are Thursday evenings. Ages 6-13, 6 to 7 p.m.; Ages 14 and up 7 to 8 p.m. Fee is $30 for eight sessions.

Fit Kids Exercise Classes Creative, fun-filled program is an eight-week course including drills, games, aerobics, nutrition discussions and obstacle courses. Children 7-12 held Mondays from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Fee is $30 for eight sessions.

Pier Walking Pier walking is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twelve laps equal one mile.

Open Rec Open rec will be held Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for grades 1 through 8; 6 to 7:30 p.m. high school; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. high school and adults (island residents only, adults must show ID upon request). Mondays 3 to 6 p.m. grades 1-8; Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. grades 1-8; 2 to 6 p.m. high school and adults; Do not bring own equipment, balls etc to open rec. All open rec participants must sign in.

Volleyball Night Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., adults only.

Men’s Winter Basketball Open to players 26 and up. Registration fee is $45. League to begin in February. Individual and team registration being taken. Registration must be made in person.

Creative Drama Classes This ongoing program holds classes Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 for children ages 6 to 8 and 4:30 for children ages 9 to 12. Fee is $30 for first child, $20 for each additional child. Call 523-0202 for information.

Aerobics Open to all ages. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Fee is $5 per class

Children’s Art Class Classes are on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. for children 6 to 12. Fee is $30 for first child, $20 for each additional child.

Tot Time Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Moms, dads and children ages 5 and younger.

Tai Chi Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Cards Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Grade School Dance Saturday, March 31, 7:30 to 10 p.m. $5 fee. Children not permitted to leave the dance unless parental consent is provided to a staff member by letter or by phone.

Pool Pizza Party Friday, March 30, 7 to 9 p.m. at Von Savage Memorial Pool for boys and girls grades 4 to 8. Pizza, music and pool activities. $4 fee which includes pizza and beverage. Return to Story Index

Wildwood Middle Schoolers visited Trenton recently, thanks to a state grant, and received a hands-on social studies lesson while on their class trip.
Middle school students visit Trenton By JOHN STEVENSON For The Leader WILDWOOD -- On Feb. 27, 66 seventh grade Wildwood Middle School social studies students and chaperones toured the state Capitol, stopping underneath the rotunda, stepping onto the Assembly and Senate floors, and visiting (very quietly) the office of New Jersey’s governor, Jon Corzine. The Eagleton Institute of Politics, “Celebrating 50 Years of Research,” awarded a small grant of $300 to the Wildwood Middle School to be used for its State House Express program. This program is designed to help students learn about the lawmaking process while touring the State House in Trenton. It is also designed to enhance classroom teaching about representative democracy in civics, social studies, and history classes. The New Jersey Legislature provides funding to the Institute for this program to promote civics education in high schools and middle schools throughout the state. Of special interest during the tour was a one-of-a-kind porcelain sculpture of New Jersey's state symbols, which is on display in the Legislative Wing corridor. The violet, the goldfinch, the red oak and the honeybee evoke powerful images of community and place. The primeval red oak, signifying the strength, beauty and dignity of the state, stands rooted in the rich native soil with a flock of 21 male and female goldfinches scattered in it branches--their number representing the counties of New Jersey. Beneath the protective branches are delicate purple violets; indigenous spring blossoms that conjure up images of renewal and home. Thirteen self-reliant honeybees, representing the original colonies and New Jersey's original counties, gather sustenance and pollinate blooms in the perennial cycle of life. A single ladybug signifies New Jersey's first female governor, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. A special thanks goes out to Ms. Winters and Mr. Gurman, our tour guides, who made the visit an enjoyable one for students and staff.

(John Stevenson is the seventh- and eighth-grade Social Studies teacher at Wildwood Middle School.) Return to Story Index

Crest Memorial recognizes outstanding writers
WILDWOOD CREST – The first thing visitors notice upon entering Crest Memorial School is a bulletin board in the lobby that showcases writing by the school’s students in grades three through eight. The exhibit of works by the young authors is Principal Ann-Maria Guevara’s way of recognizing and encouraging exceptional writing by Crest Memorial students. Every two months Guevara honors students who earn entry to The Principal’s Corner with a certificate and a pizza party. In February, 29 of the school’s students were so honored when their work was selected for The Principal’s Corner. The certificate awarded to each honoree states that the selected student has “a gift for writing that transcends mere words and reaches instead into the language of the spirit.” During the pizza party with Guevara, the students’ essays are read aloud and discussed. Named to The Principal’s Corner for January/February were: Mackenzie Bradley, Jackson Rogers, Kristina Voorhees and Aras Walker, third grade; Anthony Cardella, Gia Tammaro, Joe Durso, Rachael Kobielnik, James Holmes, Meg Ziemba and Trevor Gentek, fourth grade; Alex Yecco, Dominic Orlandini, Siani Aspenburg, Tyler Skwara, Amber Carella and Donna McAteer, fifth grade; Neve Marino, Michael McGowen and Theresa Flacco, seventh grade; and Rich Ziegler, Leatrice Spiewak, Lance Karvounis, Stevie Silnicki, Zach DeWeese, Kelisa Valinote, Bryan Toland, Aubrey Foreman and Sukhdeep Gill, eighth grade.
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Kiwanis seeks new members
WILDWOOD -- The newly re-chartered Greater Wildwood Kiwanis, an organization dedicated to helping children in our community, is looking for new members. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at Alfe's Restaurant, 3401 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. Call 522-5364 for more information.
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Joe Maloy has been voted the CAL’s top scholar athlete
for the 2006-07 scholastic year.

Catholic’s Maloy honored as top scholar-athlete By BRIAN CUNNIFF Staff Writer NORTH WILDWOOD -- John Maloy’s hard work throughout his four-year Wildwood Catholic High School career in both the academic and athletic arenas has earned him a prestigious honor. Maloy was recently named the Cape-Atlantic National Conference’s top scholar athlete for the 2006-07 scholastic year, as voted upon by the league’s athletic directors. Maloy will represent the league at the South Jersey Coaches’ Association’s annual awards banquet in the spring. Maloy has earned the award three years after his older brother, Joe, who is now a junior on the Boston College men’s swimming team, also was honored. The Maloys are believed to be the only siblings from the CAL to win the award. “I was really excited about it when I found out,” said Maloy, who will follow his brother to Boston College. “I knew what it entailed since my brother also got it. It’s a great honor to be picked for something like that out of the whole conference.” Maloy, 18, has been one of the top athletes in the conference the past four years. In addition to numerous appearances on CAL National Conference all-star teams, Maloy is a two-time all-South Jersey cross country runner and swimmer. He also was an all-South Jersey honorable mention selection in tennis last spring. Last weekend, he finished in fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle and in seventh place in the 200-yard individual medley and helped Wildwood Catholic’s 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay teams to third-place finishes at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Academically, Maloy ranks first in the senior class at Wildwood Catholic with a grade-point average of 4.5 due to honors classes. He also recorded a combined math and verbal SAT score of 1,370. “First of all, John was really on top of the game back in September when I asked him for information on his academic and athletic honors when we were about to nominate him,” said Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello. “The next day, he got all of his information to me in a very organized manner, and that made it very easy for me to bring to the CAL for the vote in February. And once everyone saw John’s info and his background at the vote, it was practically unanimous. “He comes from a great family, he has a great motivator in (swim coach) John McGrody and he has an older sibling he emulates in Joe,” Zuccarello added. “You put all those things together and have a top-notch student-athlete.” Maloy was asked how he has been able to be successful despite a heavy academic and athletic load. “I think it comes down to having good teammates,” he said. “It’s easier knowing everyone else is doing it, too. You know everyone’s going home to study after practice and that makes it easier on you, that you know you’re not the only one doing it.” Maloy is the son of Joe and Mary Maloy, of Wildwood Crest.

Brian Cunniff can be reached at 624-8900, ext. 242 or at Return to Story Index

Maureen L. Cawley Crest Commissioner Don Cabrera took members of the town’s tourism and recreation commissions for a tour of the Crest Fishing Pier on Heather Road on Monday, in hopes of gaining some support for renovating the historic structure.

Fishing for a solution
By MAUREEN L. CAWLEY Correspondent
WILDWOOD CREST – Commissioner Don Cabrera knows that from Heather Road, the Fishing Pier doesn’t look like much - a white ramshackle building and a worn wooden pier stretching toward the ocean. But Cabrera says he sees more, and on Monday afternoon, he brought members of the borough’s tourism and recreation commissions on a tour of the facility to share his vision with the hope of building support for his bid to save the aging structure. “If it was always open to the public, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Cabrera said. But for more than 90 years the pier was run by a private fishing club, who rented the borough’s land for a nominal fee. As a result, most Crest residents have never been past its locked gate. Cabrera believes that if more residents knew what the pier offered as an amenity, they would be willing to pay the significant cost to repair it. Initial engineering estimates to bring the entire structure into compliance with safety code and to make it ADA compliance were as high as $1.2 million. An ADA grant will cover $400,000 and the borough is expecting $80,000 in grant money for the county to be used for recreational purposes. But the rest of the repairs, if approved, would be funded by local taxpayers. The initiative to finance the repairs met with criticism from Commissioner Joyce Gould last month, and former Commissioner Bob Young spoke in support of Gould’s position during an open session at the Feb. 21 meeting. “Are they going to throw their lines into dry sand?” he asked, noting that the Crest’s growing beaches make it nearly impossible to land a line in the water. Cabrera went back to the drawing board with the borough’s engineer, Ralph Petrella, of Van Note and Harvey, and the borough’s grant coordinator to see if the cost could be reduced or if the project could be broken into phases. Figures presented to the tourism and recreation board members on Monday, indicate that if the borough focuses strictly on installing bathrooms, replacing the worn boards, installing safer handrails and making the structure accessible to those with disabilities, the project will cost $780,000. So taxpayers would be required to pitch in roughly $235,000. Repairing the dilapidated clubhouse will cost an additional $275,000, but that decision can be delayed until later when more research can be done on the availability of grants, Cabrera said. He noted that the borough is under increasing pressure from the Joint Insurance Fund because in its current state, the pier represents a safety hazard. “It’s considered an attractive nuisance,” he said. Demolishing the structure and disposing of the debris would cost roughly $300,000, making it roughly a “break even” scenario. But, he added, state environmental regulations would make it nearly impossible to replace the pier if it is removed. “Once it’s gone, it’s never coming back,” he said. Some of the commission members joined Cabrera in his enthusiasm for restoring the site. But others, like Dean Gentek of the recreation commission, believe there are more costs involved with the project than those that are currently being discussed. Gentek said that the funding of benches, staffing, lights, trash cans and other essentials have not been determined. “There are taxpayers out there that are going to be concerned about the money we are going to be put into this pier – not a fishing pier, this pier,” Gentek said But Cabrera advocated for other uses of the pier – weddings, food service, picnics. It could even be used as an oceanfront entertainment venue, he said And in light of the ADA money going into the project, Cabrera noted that the pier will allow people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities to easily access the beauty of the beach and the ocean. Ed Masterson, a recreation board member, indicated that he believed that the pier is a valuable amenity to offer the elderly and disabled. “If I want to bring my grandmom down to the beach, it’s hard,” Masterson said. “Here, I just have to park close and wheel her down the pier.” He said the calm of the pier would be a perfect venue for tai chi or yoga, as well. Tourism board member Steve Tecco had never been to the pier before, and he said he was surprised at the size of it and the many areas for gathering that it offered. He said he doesn’t know how many times he would use the pier if it were open to the public, but he believes it is worth preserving. It is a matter of stewardship of the town’s assets for the future, he said. Dennis Hall, also on the tourism board, said that he, like all board members, is concerned about taxes but he indicated that he believes the expense may be justified to preserve “something that is pretty unique…even though today is the first time I’ve ever been on it.” The borough’s tourism commission passed a resolution unanimously on Monday, asking commissioners to fund the renovation of the pier. The recreation commission was not convinced - two of three board members voted against it. Borough commissioners are expected to make the final decision on the pier’s future today, Wednesday, March 7, at their regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Maureen L. Cawley can be e-mailed at or you can comment on this story by calling 624-8900, ext. 250, or visiting and clicking on the Speak Out link. Return to Story Index

DiFalco siblings named to Dean’s List
WILDWOOD – James and Michelle DiFalco were both named to Temple University’s Dean’s List for the 2006 fall semester. Both are majoring in elementary/special education. James is a 2003 graduate of Wildwood High, and Michelle is a 2004 WHS graduate. They are the children of James Sr. and Theresa DiFalco, of Wildwood.
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Bauer named to Dean’s List
WEST WILDWOOD – Christopher Bauer, son of Harry and Teresa Bauer of West Wildwood, has been named to the Temple University Dean’s List for the fall 2006 semester. He is an elementary and special education major and will graduate in May of this year.
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Dionysus to visit WCHS NORTH WILDWOOD
Wildwood Catholic High School’s Parent Teacher Connection will present a Wine Tasting and Seminar on Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The event will be conducted by wine expert Rich Gerber of the American Chapter of The Dionysian Society International, a group founded in 1978 to expand knowledge and appreciation of the fruits of the mythical Greek god of wine, Dionysus, whom the ancient Greeks always saluted in the month of March. Tickets to this event are available at WCHS or by calling Karen Mangold at 496-4098 or Sharon Cannon at 675-0914. Only 125 tickets will be sold at $50 each. Light food will be served and raffle prizes will be available.
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Cape May Tech lists second marking period honor students
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twenty-one students have been named to the first honor roll for the second marking period and 93 students earned second honors.

First honors

12th Grade Kenneth Blanda Megan Lynn Dennison James Herron Robert Post Kelly Richman

11th Grade Paul Marotta Hanna Toft Keely Weinberger

10th Grade Robert Davis Sarah McDonald Jonathan Post

9th Grade Annelise Buono Kaitlyn Campbell Jeremy Dearing Natalie Green Nicolas Lanza Brett Murphy Katrina Nicoletta William Piotrowski Joseph Rogowski Angelo Walton

Second honors

12th Grade Peter Baldwin Barry Cole Joseph Buono Candid Culbertson Timothy Durstewitz Connie Fisher Damian Gilley Luis Guzman Crystal Hand Kenneth Hickman Jalissa Johnson Mark LeMunyon Brian Lopez Eugene Miglio Eric Nevil Christopher Oney Danielle Peterson Jaymie Pew Jodie Schweibinz Christine Spedding Joseph Swartz Kristin Todd Elizabeth Van Trieste Amber Waddington Kelly Watson

11th Grade Chelsey Barber Zachary Britton Robert Derouin Chelsea DiAntonio Gary Farrow Adam Fike Michael Fitzpatrick George Gardner Matthew Hamer John Kayanan Timothy Kerr Janelle Langford Ashley Lee Gabrielle Manzi Corey McCluskey Ashley Napiorkowski Phillip Rossi Jade Seltzer Sarah Sheets Joseph Simmerman Michelle Taylor Nathaniel Weiss Catherine Wheeler Krista Zielinski

10th Grade Sarah Alulis Jaclyn Ballman Philip Calfina Francis Callahan Kristina Cerracchio Kristi Collemacine Zoe Daly Erin Dennison Katherine Donnelly Timothy Fisher Kyle Gibson Catherine Herr Lilly Hippel Marina Mangano Ryan Nardy Deneen Piotrowski Brandon Price Mariel Simpson Jared Smith Kyle Sullivan.

9th Grade James Adams Emily Arenberg Karley Armpriester Devon Bailey Ryan Bailey Benjamin Campbell Nicholas Crippen John Davis Sarah Dever Emily DiPietro James Ferguson Steven Harrigan Sean Holton Seth Kelly Bruce Knoll Zaria Marshall Matthew Martorana Kalin McVeigh Ryan Minarik Michelle Poulopoulos Valerie Robertson Amanda Seltzer Kylie Smith Richard Walters

Tech Students of the 2nd Marking Period named CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- Eight students at the Cape May County Technical High School were recently selected as Students of the Marking Period for the second quarter of the school year. Honored were full-time students James Herron, grade 12; Chelsea DiAntonio, grade 11; Simone Valentine, grade 10 and Kylie Smith, grade 9. Shared-time students were Bernard Pettit, grade 12, Mandy Hartman, grade 11; Jonathan Patela, grade 10 and Zamir Wise, grade 9. The student recognition program selects a full-time student and a shared time from each class each marking period based on nominations and recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors, grades, attendance and school participation. Return to Story Index

Sister Albertine among special guests at St. Pat’s parade
By MAUREEN L. CAWLEY Correspondent
NORTH WILDWOOD – Irish eyes will be smiling this year at North Wildwood’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and organizers are hoping this event will outshine all of its predecessors. “It should be the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade we ever had,” said the city’s entertainment coordinator, Joe Quattrone. The parade will kick-off at City Hall at noon on Saturday, March 17, where bands and entertainers will gather for a brief ceremony before heading north along Atlantic Avenue to Second Street Annie’s Pub on First and Olde New Jersey Avenue. Music will be performed by The Atlantic City Pipe Band, Duffy’s String Band and the school bands from Margaret Mace Elementary School and Wildwood High School. “And there will be a special appearance for the first time ever by the North Wildwood kazoo band,” Quattrone said. That ‘exclusive’ band is currently taking applications, Quattrone quipped, and membership is limited to those who can hum. “It will be a lot of fun,” Quattrone said. The tram car will carry some parade participants, and local community groups such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and The Emerald Society will also march in the parade. The event will serve as a special kind of reunion for former students of St. Ann Regional School. The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade will be Sister Albertine Conway, S.S.J., 74, who taught fourth-grade at St. Ann for 24 years. Sister Albertine retired five years ago, during a battle with cancer, she said, but she still is a familiar face in the halls of St. Ann’s. She substitutes there and works with the school’s honors choir, which is preparing for a concert this spring at the Performing Arts Center in Middle Township. “I loved (teaching),” Sister Albertine said, and she loves to see former students, as well. “I see them in church every week. I love trying to remember them,” she said. Albertine said she taught for more than 50 years including a 23-year stint in Philadelphian Archdiocesan schools, where she also served as a principal. But North Wildwood has been her home for decades. “When I came here, it was like I was in heaven,” she said. In recognition of the hundreds of lives she has touched, Sister Albertine will ride atop a special float, accompanied by as many former students as parade organizers can locate. Mayor Bill Henfey says he is hoping the parade will be a good way for permanent and summer residents to get together and celebrate community as they did with last year’s centennial celebration in May. “It will be a nice way to get together,” he said. When the parade is over, the St. Patrick’s Day party will continue in the pubs on Olde New Jersey Avenue, Quattrone said. To participate in the parade as a kazoo musician or to join Sister Albertine on her ride down Atlantic Avenue, call Quattrone at 374-0562, or Buddy Tarbotten in the Tourism office at 522-7722.

Maureen L. Cawley can be e-mailed at or you can comment on this story by calling 624-8900, ext. 250, or visiting and clicking on the Speak Out link. Return to Story Index

Win a trip to Riviera Maya by supporting “Love of Linda”
SWAINTON -- Cape May County Association of Realtors Community Service Committee will be selling raffle tickets now through March 14 for a chance to win a trip to the Mexican Riviera Maya. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Cape May County’s “Love of Linda Cancer Fund, Inc.” For a $20 chance you can win a trip for two to the Mexican Riviera Maya. This all-inclusive vacation voucher valued at $2,700 is for a seven-night stay including air and transfers to one of the Mexican Riviera Maya’s beautiful all-inclusive resorts. You pick the place and the date. It includes all meals, drinks, taxes, tips and non-motorized sports. Visit for more information. The winner will be drawn at 10 a.m. on March 14 at the Avalon Country Club. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any Community Service Committee member or by contacting Community Service Co- Chairs, Kim Schiela (624-0990) or Carol Anderson (368-6400).
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Help us help others
Help us help others In the DEN is a program for local groups, charities or other organizations to list items they need but can’t afford to buy. It is also a place where a group, charity or private citizen may list an item they wish to donate something that’s been collecting dust in the attic or garage but would be greatly appreciated by someone else. And, as the seasons change, so do the needs of many organizations that are still in need of things many of us don’t think about. It’s still cold outside, and maybe you have old coats, hats, gloves or scarves in your closet somewhere that you’ve forgotten about. Maybe an old snow shovel or boots you don’t need anymore. If you do, let us know. There may be dozens of families that would be grateful to have them. Or perhaps you’ll begin spring cleaning soon and discover old items you’d like to replace and don’t want to bother with a yard sale. Already, this newspaper and the organizations listed below have had an overwhelming response from people wanting to help. Please call us and let us know if the items you have asked for have been donated, or the items you offered to donate have been received. It’s amazing how quick local residents and organization were to respond to the needs of the community. Thank you for taking the time to help your neighbors, local groups and organizations in their time of need. All of our shelters listed said the response they’ve had is enormous. Things like pet food, cleaning supplies and blankets are always in need, they said, and this wish list had helped them greatly. Return to Story Index

Tech after-prom in need of volunteers, door prizes CAPE MAY COUNTY -- Already, the time for proms and after-proms approaches, and organizers need your help to keep kids safe and sober during these times. The Cape May County Technical High School has come onboard with other county high schools who have hosted an after-prom party to keep their students off the roads and out of trouble on prom night. After-prom committees throughout the county are asking for support to help fund these, always successful, events, and have sponsored several fundraising activities to help them do it. Elizabeth Skarbonja, a parent of a technical school student, is calling on the community to remind parents and local businesses to continue to support these activities by contributing to their high school prom committees in whatever capacity available to them. The technical high school is currently running a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Hugit’s Hoagie tickets will also be going on sale shortly, so keep an eye out for them as part of their proceeds will go to after-prom parties. In addition, the Technical High School is in need of door prizes and/or cash donations. And most importantly, Skarbonja urges parents to encourage their children to attend these events. Call 465-2161 for more information on their after-prom party, or e-mail Skarbonja at Update: The after-prom committee has just wrapped up its last fundraiser and say it has been very successful. However, donations, door prizes and volunteers are still very much in need. Committee members said they would love to have a used car or lap top computer for one of their door prizes, as well as people to help run the event. “Individuals, parents and big and small organizations have really stepped up with cash donations and helped us out,” said committee member Veronica Mangano. “It’s people who we would have least expected to donated that have given us the most. And, it’s our first after prom, so, of course we want it to be the best we can possible make it.” Return to Story Index

Musical instruments needed CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- The School Based Youth Services at the Cape May County Technical High School is looking for donations of musical instruments for after-school jam sessions. The program also needs people willing to donate music lessons for guitar, piano, keyboard, bass or drums. Call the SBYS at the high school at 465-2161, ext. 226 for information on donating instruments, your time or any other materials the school may need.

Pet supplies, kitchen trash bags needed OCEAN CITY -- The Ocean City Humane Society on Shelter Road off Bay Avenue is in need of canned and dry cat food, cat supplies of any kind (including cat beds, toys, etc.), canned tuna, kitchen trash bags and Neosporin or any triple antibiotic. Call the shelter at 399-2018 for more information on donations. Return to Story Index

Items for resale needed to help cats OCEAN CITY -- Cape Atlantic C.A.T.S. (Citizens Altering The Strays) is opening Mew to You Resale Shoppe at 1034 Asbury Ave. Donations of new and gently used collectibles, household items and furniture are gratefully accepted for resale to help rescued cats and kittens. Please call 425-0058 or 442-5989 for pickup or e-mail Return to Story Index

Red Cross received office furniture, still in need of computer CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- Thanks to some local residents, the Cape May County Red Cross on Mechanic Street will be receiving the metal desks they asked for in last week’s column. They have also received numerous offers for the filing cabinets needed for their local office. The organization is still in need of an up-to-date computer that is compatible with most computer programs and able to be used as the office server, however. A person willing to donate their time to install the computer is also needed. The Red Cross does not normally accept material items because the items often vary with circumstance, however, it does accept monetary donations to pay for the material items they have purchased. Call the Red Cross at 465-7382 for more information. Return to Story Index

Animal Welfare has received some donations, and now a fax machine DIAS CREEK -- The Animal Welfare Society on Route 47 is in need of anti-bacterial cleaners (i.e. Clorox Clean Up), dog collars for dogs 25 pounds and up, dog leashes, cat litter, dry and wet cat food, fancy feast cat food for sick cats, newspapers, blankets and a fax machine or photocopier. They have received some items like dry cat food, but are still in need of more. Volunteers at the shelter also said cat carriers would be very helpful as well. Update: The shelter volunteers are working very hard to transmit information for and about the adoption of their animals. For several weeks the shelter had been seeking a new fax and photo copy machine and this week volunteers said they have received both of them in working condition and have just installed it. “It’s a great idea and we truly appreciate the opportunity to receive these much needed items,” said Rosemary Lafferty of the shelter. The shelter is also looking for dependable people to volunteer their time to help clean the shelter during the week. Monetary donations to help field the cost of spay and neutering are also on the shelter’s wish list. Call 465-3403 for more information on how you can help or for other items the shelter may need.

Food Pantry still collecting clothing, canned items WILDWOODS -- The United Way First Call For Help Food Pantry is always in need of T-shirts of all sizes, pajamas, socks, canned and non-perishable food items to keep resident and families in need warm and fed, especially during these cold, winter months. Call 729-2002 if you have items to donate or are in need of them. Return to Story Index

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Fisherman and charter boat owner Brook Koeneke contemplates
a shorter flounder season.

“It’s been four years or so since anybody on my boat has caught the limit … There are some days we are catching 100 fish to produce one or two keepers.” – Brook Koeneke, of North Wildwood

The ones that got away A shorter season to catch the bigger flounder By MARJORIE PRESTON Staff Writer Brook Koeneke can’t talk about the state’s new flounder fishing regulations without getting a little hot under the collar. The silver-haired fisherman, owner and operator of the Duke O’Fluke charter boat out of Somers Point, concedes he is less than objective about the new rules, which increase the minimum size fish and trims the season by almost two months. “When I start talking about the pathetic state in general of the fisheries regulatory process, I hate to use the word emotional, because I am the male of the species,” said Koeneke, of North Wildwood. “But I get furious.” He agrees the flounder fishery was once in peril. But thanks to federal guidelines, he now believes the species has rebounded. “It’s true, 10 years ago the flounder was on the verge of being in trouble,” Koeneke said. “Now the feds say there are more flounder out there than there were 30 years ago, yet we are still being punished. On the one hand, they tell us, ‘Nice job,’ you get an ‘Attaboy’ for complying with the regulations, but do we get a reward? No, we get our fingers smacked again. This is what riles me.” The rules for 2007 were announced last Thursday at a meeting in Galloway attended by more than 100 fishermen. The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council, under pressure from the federal government to reduce the catch, decreed that flounder are legal this year from May 26 through Sept. 10. Last year’s season ran from May 6 through Oct.9. The council also increased the minimum catch size from 16.5 to 17 inches. Koeneke said the shortened season is hardly allayed by the increased minimum, or by the bag limit (unchanged at eight fish per day per angler). “It’s been four years or so since anybody on my boat has caught the limit … There are some days we are catching 100 fish to produce one or two keepers,” he said. Ocean City fisherman Greg Jones added, “If anything, I think if you get eight (keepers) you get a heyday.” Jones said he is disappointed by the decision to shorten the season, but understands the rationale. “The federal government, they say it will help increase the stock, so I think there’s a valid reason,” he said. “But (charter boat owners) aren’t happy because they just lost five or six weeks off their fishing.” State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Darlene Yuhas said the decision was bound to irk many, especially locals, who like to go fishing in the off-season. “No one’s happy, but the fact is that a reduction of 39.5 percent of (New Jersey’s) harvest was required,” she said. “The federal government basically said that the summer flounder fishery needs an opportunity to rebuild, and this requirement for reduction was imposed on the states up and down the East Coast … This option does maintain critical holiday weekends, and also recognize the wishes and concerns of the majority of those who fish for summer flounder.” The Mid-Atlantic Council of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) targeted scup (a multispecies complex including black bass and summer flounder) as varieties that are overfished. A 10-year plan to rebuild the species will last until January 2013. Fisherman Frank Lorusso, of Cape May, said he caught few flounder last season. “It was the slowest flounder season, the slowest striper season,” he said. “It’s hard to say why. I think those netters (commercial fishermen) are in a little too close.” Koeneke remains unconvinced about the purported lack of flounder, and concerned about the welfare of small businesses that depend on the fishing industry. “I am speaking as a businessman here. There are bait and tackle stores, head boat businesses, right down the line—flounder in this state is a critical component of our seashore tourism industry,” he said. “We have come to point where it’s obvious we have more enemies in this process than we have friends.”

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CWRF hosts luncheon, fashion show
AVALON -- “Hats Off To Our Troops,” a fashion show and luncheon sponsored by the Cape Women’s Resource Fund, will be held Sunday, March 25 at the Golden Inn, on 78th Street in Avalon. A sit-down luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. and fashions from Talk of the Walk will be modeled by members and friends. Women attending are encouraged to wear a hat and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The event will also include a no-bid silent auction with proceeds benefiting the educational and civic programs of Cape Women’s Resource Fund, the Cape May County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters of Cape May County. Tickets are $30 per person and tables for eight, 10 and 12 can be reserved. Send checks, payable to Cape Women’s Resource Fund (CWRF), Box 903, Cape May Court House, 08210 before March 19. Call 399-6199 or for more information.
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CORRECTION: The Cape May Tech After-Prom Party slated for Friday, April 27 will be held at the Crest Pier on Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood Crest. A previous story on the event incorrectly listed the location of the after-prom as the Technical High School. Return to Story Index

Don’t forget Forgotten Warriors:
The Forgotten Warriors began as a traveling museum, displaying various veterans’ treasures that were donated by fellow veterans to be displayed whenever the opportunity presented itself. One of our goals is to preserve the history of the Vietnam War and those who lived it in the jungles of Vietnam. We are honored to be given custody of so many items that are Vietnam veterans’ prized possessions, so they may be shown to anyone interested. Veterans would rather see their artifacts preserved, rather than go to a landfill upon their passing. The museum artifacts have been displayed as teaching aids at elementary schools and colleges for students studying the history of the Vietnam War. They have also been displayed at air shows, veterans’ events and other functions throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and even as far away as Alabama. While a traveling museum is very unique in its own way, the collection of Vietnam artifacts that’s been donated has simply gotten too large to be safely transported as a traveling museum. We can no longer display the entire collection on the road. We will, however, continue to operate the traveling museum with a limited display which can be safely moved to various locations. The Forgotten Warriors has been working for nearly a year to open a permanent Vietnam Veterans’ Artifact Museum at the Cape May Airport. We have been incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of New Jersey, and more recently, we have been granted non-profit I.R.S. tax status (501 (c) 3). This allows any monetary donations to be tax deductible. At the outset we attempted to open in a temporary structure, a donated mobile home. In order to do this, several local building codes had to be met. It soon became evident that a renovation mobile home was not feasible, as variances to the building codes could not be granted by public officials. Therefore, in order to make a Vietnam Veterans’ Artifacts Museum a reality, our original plans must be altered. We are asking for your help. We are seeking to raise the funds necessary to erect a building at the Cape May County Airport. This will cost approximately $30,000. As you might imagine, it will take a while to raise this much money. But, The Forgotten Warriors are committed to providing a permanent home for the Vietnam Veterans’ treasures that have been entrusted to us. If you can help, by making donation to assist us to reach our goal, we will be very grateful. Individuals and organizations, that make organizations, will be honored by the museum. Contributors will also have the pleasure of knowing that you will always be remembered in the hearts of all Vietnam Veterans. Tom Collins, President Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum
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Help make domestic violence history during Women's History Month
We can all remember women throughout history – many well-known and many in our own families – who are symbols of the struggles and victories women have experienced in pursuing the rights to vote and obtain education, promoting civil rights and more. We are reminded of these achievements and the progress women have made throughout Women’s History Month. Undoubtedly, our world is now, more than ever, a better place for women. But there is still much to be done. Through our work with our HopeLine® phone recycling program, we meet thousands of women who have been touched by domestic violence. In fact, nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a partner. And 30 percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her partner in the past year. These are alarming statistics. Domestic violence is too often an issue that remains behind closed doors and raising awareness of this worldwide concern is the responsibility of all of us. So, talk to the women, girls and boys in your life about domestic violence and make sure that they have the resources to get help and information if they need it. It’s easy to support local organizations through programs like HopeLine that promote domestic violence prevention and awareness to benefit our communities. All it takes is the donation of an old wireless phone that you are no longer using. In honor of Women’s History Month, we should all make the call to make domestic violence history. Christine Baron President, Philadelphia Tri-State Region Verizon Wireless
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Extreme challenges
It had to happen. In this age when nothing is deemed too extreme, a man just announced he is going to swim the length of the Amazon River, from where it falls out of the Andes Mountains to where it spills into the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon is 4,007 miles long – the second longest river in the world (longest is the Nile at 4,145). The man’s name is Martin Strelb. He says he will do it in 12-hour segments and it should take 70 days. He’s from Slovenia, a country not noted for its swimmers, but he has already swum the Danube (1,775 miles), the Yangtze (3,436 miles) and the Mississippi (3,710miles, if you include the Missouri, which he did), so this is not just some out-for-the-headlines paddle. What is it then? A challenge. He says he wants to swim as many of the world’s great rivers as he can, a modest ambition. Strelb’s announcement came just as four runners finished running across the Sahara Desert, some 4,000 miles in the sun. They said they ran the equivalent of about two marathons a day. They said it was a challenge. They said nothing about running across other deserts. And in Maryland last week, a Boy Scout finished his quest for every merit badge in the book, 122 in all. His last one was learning to play the bugle. It took him the longest because, as he said, “I have no musical talent.” He practiced while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, among other places. He said he started just doing the ones he needed to become an Eagle Scout but felt challenged to go for the rest. I feel some sympathy for Strelb and his kind. The days when you could make a mark by climbing Mt. Everest or swimming the English Channel or sailing solo around the world are long gone. Nowadays you’d have to climb Mt. Everest on your hands or cross the channel with your hands tied behind your back to get noticed. The world is simply running out of things that nobody has yet done. Eventually those runners, or others, will run the Gobi and the Mojave and – why not – the moon, somebody will sail around the world on a surfboard and somebody will swim under the North Pole. Somebody will scale the Empire State Building hanging on with only his fingernails, somebody will dive off the Brooklyn Bridge with a bungee cord tied around his nose and somebody will wrestle with two gorillas and a kangaroo. But frankly, as spectator sports, these have all gotten boring. There are limits and somebody will reach them and we’ll all go ho-hum. When’s the last time you heard about somebody shaving another 1/100th of a second off the record for a mile run, much less get excited about it? What I’d like to see is somebody tackle some real challenges. How about climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson and shouting, “Hey Mike, lend me an ear.” Or streaking at the next Victoria’s Secret show? Or playing Daniel in the lion’s den at the zoo? Too violent? Okay, write a sonnet while running a mile juggling a bowling ball, a robin’s egg and a fish bowl--with fish in it. Not exciting enough? How about hanging by your hair while blowing bubblegum and whistling Dixie? Too silly, I suppose. If you want serious, explain the Japanese system of aesthetics known as wabi and sabi in under two hours (or at all) while eating blowfish; or devise a way to keep score in cricket such that the outcome of the game can be told in two numbers, you know, like 12 to 7; or come up with a definition of art that includes Andy Warhol; or discover how grandchildren of the Monarch butterfly know to come back to a place neither they nor their parents have ever been to. Or win those merit badges in a language utterly unfamiliar to you, like Urdu. In fact, there is no shortage of challenges in the world. You don’t have to flip through the Guinness Book of World Records for something that hasn’t been done, just the newspapers. For example, raise a family of four on the minimum wage. The minimum wage is now $7.25 an hour. For a standard 40-hour week that comes to $290 per week, or just over $15,000 a year. If you throw in a little overtime you might get up to $20,000, which happens to be the poverty level. Or you could raise an autistic child and care for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s…at the same time. Okay, that’s pretty grim. How about teaching an elephant gymnastics…. eating just one Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup…choosing between Kate Blanchet and Kate Winslett to be stuck on the proverbial desert island with. Or here’s one I like, apropos of the recent to-do about it: Be the president of Harvard University. Think past the good seats you’d get at the Harvard-Yale game for a moment. You have to face complaining students, surly alumni, dissatisfied parents, unfriendly townies, arrogant faculty and the entire, envious, un-ivied world, all on the same day, every day. Compare that to a corporate CEO who only has to worry about suck-up middle management, strike-happy unions, bargain-hunting customers and how many carats he gets in his golden parachute. Okay, okay, with Machiavellian planning, clever accountants, and 24/7, Olympics-style dedication, all the above might be accomplished. There is one challenge, though, that will probably never be met no matter how much effort is brought to bear, one whose solution would not only get Guinness’s attention but everybody’s: Win an election by telling nothing but the truth. Everybody will pay attention because if he/she wins, it will start a whole new era in human affairs, and if she/he loses we’ll know just what kind of fools we are.

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Howe you can stop the sale of state roadways
By SETH GROSSMAN Guest Columnist When your kids ask you, “Where were you when they sold our public highways?” What will you tell them? “I thought the state needed more money.” Forty-one years ago, there was no sales tax, income tax, casino tax, motel tax, lottery, or riparian claims in New Jersey. Property taxes were affordable, and taxes on businesses, cigarettes and gasoline were a fraction of what they are today. Now we have a 9.6 percent state income tax, a 7 percent sales tax, a 14 percent motel tax, $5 per pack cigarette taxes and hundreds of other state taxes and fees that we never had before. The average New Jersey home pays $6,000 a year in property taxes. How can the government need more money? “I trusted the Wall Street ‘experts.’ ” In the 1980s, the once wealthy South American country of Argentina borrowed $65 billion, so its corrupt politicians could stay in power and make themselves rich. In the 1990s, most Argentine citizens wanted the crooks in jail, and the “odious debt” repudiated. But some powerful Wall Street firms like Jon Corzine’s Goldman Sachs used their huge wealth and power to manipulate Argentine politics, and protect the guilty officials. They were backed by the U.S. government under the Clinton administration, and his Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Investment Bank. In the 1990s, Argentina “monetized” billions of dollars of its public assets, and issued new junk bonds to pay previous debts. By 1999, Argentina was $130 billion in debt. That debt was $180 billion by 2001. By 2003, Argentina could not collect enough taxes to pay its debt, and the economy collapsed. The Argentine middle class and suckers around the world who bought the junk bonds lost their life savings. But the big Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs, earned more than a billion dollars in fees doing these transactions. “They offered to buy our highways for a real high price!” Democrat Assemblyman Jim Whelan of Atlantic County said he would sell or lease the Parkway and Turnpike, “if we get a high enough price.” But if you need something you already own that you can’t get anywhere else, you are a fool to sell at ANY price! If a farmer in a desert got all his water from one well, would he sell it at any price? If he did, he and his kids and grandkids would pay outrageous prices to buy the water that they used to get for free! “There was nothing I could do. The Democrats and Republicans were both for the deal!” Although Atlantic County’s new Republican Senator Sonny McCullough says he personally opposes the sale of public highways, no other Republican officials have publicly supported him. His big backer, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo has said nothing. Neither have Republican Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Assemblyman Frank Blee, or 1st District State Sen. Nick Asselta. Democrat Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew is quick to publicly challenge almost any cause, but neither he nor his colleague Nelson Albano have said a word about blocking the sale or lease of our public highways. But there is something you can do. Be a candidate yourself. Machiavelli had it right 500 years ago. “It is better to be feared than to be loved,” he said. The only thing a politician fears is losing the next election. Corzine’s plan will go through in May, unless 12 citizens opposed to it file as candidates for Senate and Assembly for the June 5 primary election. That’s one Democrat and one Republican candidate for Senate in Cape May County, and a similar pair in Atlantic County. Two Assembly candidates dead set against selling our public highways are needed for each party in Atlantic County. You need roughly 200 signatures from unaffiliated voters or members of your party on your nominating petition. The filing deadline is April 9. It is much easier to knock out an incumbent in a primary, than a general election. I know. I knocked out an incumbent freeholder in a primary when I was in politics. Fed up with both parties? Remember that political parties are only vehicles that help candidates win elections. It is much easier to hijack one of those vehicles, than to build one from scratch. If you really want to stop the sale of our public highways, Liberty and Prosperity invites you to our 6 p.m. dinner meeting this Monday evening, March 12, at the Athena Diner in Northfield. The guest speaker is William Monk of Burlington County. He will have all the forms and information you need to be an effective primary election candidate for either party.

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