Richard Stanislaw entered into Book of Golden Deeds

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 Book of Golden Deeds Recipient Richard Stanislaw poses with Joe and Marie Libby, Warren Iredell, Becky Stanislaw and Michele and Jay Gillian. Book of Golden Deeds Recipient Richard Stanislaw poses with Joe and Marie Libby, Warren Iredell, Becky Stanislaw and Michele and Jay Gillian.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City held its 49th Annual Book of Golden Deeds Award Dinner at the Greate Bay Country Club recently. Curt Gronert, Brandon Dierolf and John McGuigan welcomed guests when they arrived while program chairman Joe Libby tended to last-minute details. Golden Deeds Honoree Richard Stanislaw along with wife, Becky, were busy catching up with friends during the social hour. Jane French wore a sequin jacket and posed for a picture. Mary Ann Kull wore a bright orange two-piece boucle’ suit with matching shoes and purse, gifts from husband, Richard, a few years ago. Andrea Paul was easy to spot in a pink jersey dress accented with big spring flowers she whipped up on her sewing machine.

I chatted with Fred Marcell, John Petricki, Beverly and Frank McCall and John LaRosa while we checked out the healthy hors d’oeuvres. Mark Cassidy came to my rescue once again and gave me his pen when I left mine home. Thanks to Tony Wilson who put a name with the face in a picture I took at another party. I told Marie Hayes I didn’t recognize her at the Block Party with her long hair hidden under a baseball cap until I heard her familiar voice call my name. Duke Spitzer told me he sold lots of funnel cakes at the Block Party. Nancy Fox is looking forward to a three-week tour of Europe with five of her students. I almost didn’t recognize Ed Sheppard all dressed up in his navy suit, but he forgot a necktie.

During the social hour when I sat down with Burt Wilkins and his “Gold Coast Girls” they had lots to tell me and will probably never do that again. Anne McDowell is awaiting the birth of her third grandchild and looking forward to her son’s wedding. Susy Wilkins is flying to Miami for Mother’s Day to visit her son, Burton Wilkins, III. Linda Hinchman was heading to Newport, R.I. for her nephew’s wedding Mother’s Day weekend followed by her son’s graduation from Bucknell University. Jim and I caught up with Mary and Warren Hughes, Ginny and Carl Scheetz and Terry Lothian as we headed into the dining room for dinner that we enjoyed chatting with Judi and Warren Roseland, Carol Heenan, Eric Wakabayashi, Pete Madden, Brandon Dierolf, Bob Barr and Marie Hayes when she wasn’t running around talking with her constituents. Exchange Club President Warren Iredell welcomed guests to the dinner and Joe Libby served as the master of ceremonies.

After dinner, elected officials Frank LoBiondo, Jeff VanDrew, Bob Andrzejczak, Sam Fiocci, Rita Fulginiti, Kris Gabor, Marie Hayes and Jay Gillian read proclamations and praised Golden Deeds Honoree Richard Stanislaw for his accomplishments during his 11 years leading the Tabernacle and so many other organizations in the community. When Richard finally got his turn at the podium he thanked the Exchange Club for bestowing this honor on him and alluded to the fact that he had lots of help with his accomplishments when he said “If you see a turtle on the top of a lamppost you know he didn’t get there by himself.” When Don Pileggi commented on the new Youth Center at the Tabernacle he recalled the original Youth Center, which was built by members of the Exchange Club in the 1950s where Ocean City High School now stands,. Kristin Kelleher and Don Kravitz took lots of pictures during the presentations and Don wanted to know where I was. I assured him I got my pictures before dinner.

The Ocean City Theatre Company held a benefit at the beachfront home of Donna and Bill Heep recently. Aimee Schultz greeted me when I arrived, then Bill Heep showed me upstairs where guests were enjoying the view of the beach and ocean. The party took on a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville theme and Bill chose a bright turquoise Polo shirt while Donna wore a long black jersey dress. Artistic director of the Theatre Company, Michael Hartman, who I first met when he was in the Ocean City High School productions of “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma” and always made sure I took his picture, sported navy Bermuda shorts and a red, white and blue stripe shirt. Melissa Wilson told me husband, Tony, was celebrating his 45th birthday, but I promised not to tell.

I enjoyed meeting Stacey and Matthew Fisher who have lived in Ocean City three years. Matthew is a pediatrician in Vineland.  Heather James has worked for Catamaran Media, which publishes the Ocean City Gazette for twenty years, but this was the first time she ever met me.  Of course the fact Heather lived in North Wildwood until she and husband, Mike, moved to O.C. six months ago is probably why. Cathy DiMarco got her outfit she at Sun Seekers earlier in the day and Cathy was beaming when she told me daughter, Gabriella, was named to the Junior National Honor Society. Julie Dattilo reports daughter, Maria recently turned 17 and is driving the car she purchased with money she earned working at Uncle Bill’s since she was 14.  Julie’s daughter, Joey, is looking forward to serving as a Little Star for Devon Vanderslice in the Miss New Jersey Pageant.

Guests lined up quickly when Joe Del Sordo set out the hot buffet and I joined Marlene Sheppard and Vicki and Jamie Herrington on the front deck. It was nice to meet and chat with Marie Tomlinson who along with daughter, Johnis Seybold, own Lucky Find with unique jewelry at 1035 Asbury Ave. Johnis makes most of the jewelry in the shop as well as mosaic mirrors.  It was nice catching up with Pam Horn who I haven’t seen since Ocean Pharmacy closed in January. Pam’s daughter, Kate, an Environmental Scientist, recently graduated from Stockton. Wendy Moyle was sporting a cast on her foot following surgery from a mishap playing volleyball this winter. Janice Hartman told me she and I have a lot in common as she has worked for the law firm of Nehmad, Perillo and Davis for 39 years. One of the Theatre Company’s popular artists, Allyson Pace, arrived late with husband, Joe Sonenshein, as they were stuck in the Holland Tunnel for two hours. Michael Hartman told everyone he married Allyson and Joe this past March 22, then Allyson took the microphone and entertained everyone with two selections, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “It’s Raining Men.” Thanks to Connie and Don Smedley who made room on the sofa for this columnist to sit and enjoy the performance. Miss Ocean City Carley Del Sordo and her sister, Samantha, Miss Snowflake, arrived just in time to hear Allyson sing. Michael Allegretto looked and sounded like a professional photographer when he picked up Aimee’s camera to take pictures and told his subjects to “Work it, work it” as he moved around rapid firing the camera.  After I thanked Donna and Bill for opening their home and hosting this party to benefit the Ocean City Theatre Company, I stopped downstairs to satisfy my sweet tooth with a couple of desserts and chat with Jen Bowman and Val Godfrey

 Bob and Mary Mohr, Cathy Finnegan, Nancy Fox and Duke Spitzer arrive at the Book of Golden Deeds Award Dinner. Bob and Mary Mohr, Cathy Finnegan, Nancy Fox and Duke Spitzer arrive at the Book of Golden Deeds Award Dinner.

 Terry Lothian, Mary Ann Kull, Jane French, Ginny and Carl Scheetz and Andrea Paul smile at Book of Golden Deeds Dinner. Terry Lothian, Mary Ann Kull, Jane French, Ginny and Carl Scheetz and Andrea Paul smile at Book of Golden Deeds Dinner.

Matthew and Stacy Fisher, Melissa and Tony Wilson and Heather and Mike James check out the view at the Theatre Company benefit.  Matthew and Stacy Fisher, Melissa and Tony Wilson and Heather and Mike James check out the view at the Theatre Company benefit.

 Jodee Wagner, Bill and Donna Heap, Michael Hartman and Aimee Schultz welcome guests to the Theatre Company benefit. Jodee Wagner, Bill and Donna Heap, Michael Hartman and Aimee Schultz welcome guests to the Theatre Company benefit.

Hank Glaser, Linda Carnuccio, John and Susan Shirk and Jennifer and Tom Heist enjoy Theatre Company benefit.  Hank Glaser, Linda Carnuccio, John and Susan Shirk and Jennifer and Tom Heist enjoy Theatre Company benefit.

Laura Bretherick, Karen and Joe Del Sordo, Michael Hartman and his parents, Janice and James Hartman get together at Ocean City Theatre Company benefit.   Laura Bretherick, Karen and Joe Del Sordo, Michael Hartman and his parents, Janice and James Hartman get together at Ocean City Theatre Company benefit.


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