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Cancer Center at Shore celebrates 10 years

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 am

Amy Waters, Taryn Jones, Hazel Kavle, Jean Robinson, Mary Garrett, Judy Schwartz, Kathy Maguire and Cathie Kane line up to welcome guests to the Shore Cancer Center benefit. Amy Waters, Taryn Jones, Hazel Kavle, Jean Robinson, Mary Garrett, Judy Schwartz and Cathie Kane line up to welcome guests to the Shore Cancer Center benefit.

A fall luncheon to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Shore Cancer Center was held recently at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

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Chamber roasts county surrogate Susan Sheppard

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, November 01, 2014 11:00 pm

Susan Sheppard, center, poses for a picture at the Ocean City Chamber’s annual roast with her friends, Marianne McLaughlin, Donna Oves and Melissa Wilson; husband Frank Faverzani, and her children, Mark, Nora and Frank Faverzani Jr. Susan Sheppard, center, poses for a picture at the Ocean City Chamber’s annual roast with her friends, Marianne McLaughlin, Donna Oves and Melissa Wilson; husband Frank Faverzani, and her children, Mark, Nora and Frank Faverzani Jr.

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual roast at The Flanders Hotel. This year’s roastee was Cape May County Surrogate Susan Sheppard. Besides being a daughter, wife, mother and politician, Susan is known for her long, blond, curly locks, so it was no surprise the invitation featured a picture of Susan sitting on the beach with a large gavel in her hand and exaggerated hair.

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Golfers gather for Sunshine Foundation Classic

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic. Beth Bowman and Cathy Finnegan get together with Roger “Dougie” Albright, Scott Raab, Harry Vanderslice, Joe DiMarco and Mike Dattilo at the Sunshine Golf Classic.

Warm weather greeted golfers when they arrived at the Linwood Country Club for the Sunshine Foundation Cape Atlantic Chapter’s 19th annual Sunshine Golf Classic. Local Sunshine Foundation President Carmen D’Angelo and wife Norma, along with Bev Ayotte handed out assignments.

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Ex-CIA agent guest speaker at Ocean City’s museum luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, October 04, 2014 11:00 pm

Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon. Fred Miller welcomes Bill and Nancy Pugh, Pat and Jack Devine, the guest speaker; Sharon and Joe Grimes, and Karen and Tom Heist to the historical museum luncheon.

The Ocean City Historical Museum held their 51st annual luncheon recently at The Flanders Hotel on a warm, sunny day. Steve Gring was entertaining at the grand piano when I arrived while Jean Robinson, Noel Wirth and Carol Dotts greeted guests at the door. When I told Jean I missed her at the Ecumenical Council luncheon, she said she was playing golf.

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Ocean City Ecumenical Council thanks volunteers with luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00 pm

Rev. Charles and Lavender Frazier, Colleen Snodgrass, Jane Doren, Rev. Anna Livingston and Joan Robertson show off their prize-winning hats at the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Volunteer Luncheon. Rev. Charles and Lavender Frazier, Colleen Snodgrass, Jane Doren, Rev. Anna Livingston and Joan Robertson show off their prize-winning hats at the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Volunteer Luncheon.

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council held their annual Volunteer Luncheon recently in the Stainton Room at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

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Friends of the Pops celebrate 25 years

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00 pm

Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon. Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon.

Friends of the Ocean City Pops held their 25th anniversary “Silver Serenade” luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a warm, sunny day.

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Fashion show and Frank Sinatra at OC Yacht Club dinner

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:00 pm

Maureen Glanzmann, Janice Glanzmann, Priscilla Sauers, Joanne Weber, Diana Probasco, Mary Kay Hildebrandt, Kathy Bastain and Katherine O’Brien line up for a picture at the Ocean City Yacht Club dinner. Maureen Glanzmann, Janice Glanzmann, Priscilla Sauers, Joanne Weber, Diana Probasco, Mary Kay Hildebrandt, Kathy Bastain and Katherine O’Brien line up for a picture at the Ocean City Yacht Club dinner.

It was a late summer evening when ladies arrived at the Ocean City Yacht Club for dinner and a fashion show. Commodore Chip Ott and Vice Commodore Bill Hancock were at the door to greet the ladies, who were all dressed up for this special evening.

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Pops performance sells out at Music Pier

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00 pm

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The Ocean City Pops presented “The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Andrew Lloyd Weber” at the Music Pier recently to a sold out crowd.

When Jim and I arrived on a late summer evening, I caught up with Bert DeVries and John Curto socializing with Pops patrons before going inside. I chatted with Judy Perkins as we headed to our seats in the front row with Marion and Ned McCaughey and Sue Koiro.

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Another Miss Ocean City crowned

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:00 pm

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Miss Ocean City 2015 was crowned recently on the Music Pier stage, but not before 10 young ladies endured a week of rehearsals leading up to the big night. Monday through Thursday night, contestants rehearsed their talent routines and learned dance steps for the opening and closing numbers under the direction of former Miss Ocean City Devon Vanderslice.

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A week of Night in Venice events in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:00 pm

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A week of celebration kicked off when 12 contestants competing for the title of Miss Night in Venice turned in money they collected for local charities the past six weeks.

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Luncheon celebrates the arts in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 09, 2014 11:00 pm

Arts Center President Jack Devine, center, welcomes Amy Mahon, Kathy Wheatcroft, Shirley Hawthorne, Donna Halper, Rae Mullineaux and Michael Waters to the annual luncheon. Arts Center President Jack Devine, center, welcomes Amy Mahon, Kathy Wheatcroft, Shirley Hawthorne, Donna Halper, Rae Mullineaux and Michael Waters to the annual luncheon.

The Ocean City Arts Center held their annual summer luncheon recently at the Greate Bay Country Club. Jane Charles and Marian Talese greeted guests in the lobby when they arrived while Roz Lifshin and Lynn Sullivan distributed bright orange Arts Center reusable cloth bags.

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St. Peter’s welcomes new pastor

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 02, 2014 11:00 pm

 Christine Crist, Katie and Kooper Grim, Jill and Sydney Chin and Pat Custard pose for a picture at the welcome aboard dinner. Christine Crist, Katie and Kooper Grim, Jill and Sydney Chin and Pat Custard pose for a picture at the welcome aboard dinner.

Members of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church held a welcome aboard party recently for new senior Pastor Steve Donat and his wife, Dianna. I waved to Betty Ann Powell when I parked my car in the lot next to her home then Audrey van der Loo joked about walking the stairs to the Stainton Room to keep in shape.

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Locals turn out for council swearing in

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Tuesday, July 29, 2014 08:00 am

Frank LoBiondo joins Lisa and Michael Allegretto and their children, Alexis and Gavin, and Michael’s parents, Kathy and Mike Allegretto, prior to Ocean City’s swearing in ceremony.
Frank LoBiondo joins Lisa and Michael Allegretto and their children, Alexis and Gavin, and Michael’s parents, Kathy and Mike Allegretto, prior to Ocean City’s swearing in ceremony. On a sunny day while tourists enjoyed the beach, locals gathered in the Music Pier for the inauguration ceremony of mayor and council at-large. Thanks to Eric Wakabayashi who drove wife, Carol Heenan, and this columnist to the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace, but refused to drive on the boardwalk to drop us at the Music Pier door.

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Various clubs celebrate the summer

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. On a picturesque summer evening the Ocean City Republican Club held its annual barbecue on the bayside deck of Judy and Phil Kolea. Jim and I passed Lisa and Michael Allegretto as we looked for a hard-to-find parking space on West 17th Street. Michael Dukeman caught up with us walking down the street to the party. Rita Fulginiti and Joanne Budnick welcomed guests when they arrived. Rita wants everyone to be on the lookout for her husband, Tony, as he tools around town on his new scooter.

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Pops open 85 concert series

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, July 14, 2014 01:45 pm

Bobby Rydell chats with John Curto, Bill Scheible, Bert DeVries and Leon and Wanda Riggins at the Pops reception. Bobby Rydell chats with John Curto, Bill Scheible, Bert DeVries and Leon and Wanda Riggins at the Pops reception.

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra opened its 85th anniversary 2014 Summer Concerts with guest artist Bobby Rydell, who wowed the audience with his wonderful voice, wit and charm receiving a standing ovation.

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St. Peters says farewell to Brian Roberts

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, July 05, 2014 11:00 pm

Sandra and Brian Roberts (center) say farewell to Tony and Nancy Caine, Cathy Finnegan and Mildred Mott at their bon voyage Party. Sandra and Brian Roberts (center) say farewell to Tony and Nancy Caine, Cathy Finnegan and Mildred Mott at their bon voyage Party.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Cape Shore Chorale presented a dance extravaganza featuring songs from roaring ’20s through the 1970s.  

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