Knights celebrate Blue Shield awards

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Joe DiMarco, Chris Breunig, Steve Ang and Bill Flynn congratulate Blue Shield Award recipients, Karl Brown and Bobby Reichanek.
Joe DiMarco, Chris Breunig, Steve Ang and Bill Flynn congratulate Blue Shield Award recipients, Karl Brown and Bobby Reichanek. The Knights of Columbus held their 39th annual Blue Shield awards banquet recently at Culinany Hall at St. Francis Cabrini Church.

George Onefer welcomed this columnist and wanted to know if Exchange Club had any trips planned. I stopped to chat with Barbara and Bob Lautenschlager and Eleanor and Joe Lang while members of the police and fire departments arrived for the ceremony. Bill Flynn and Joe DiMarco were in charge of the festivities with Joe serving as master of  ceremonies, explaining that each year the Knights of Columbus honor the top police officers and firefighter chosen by their respective department chiefs. Captain Steve Ang, standing in for Police Chief Chad Callahan, highlighted Bobby Reichanek’s accomplishments with the OCPD where on at least four different occasions entered the ocean to save swimmers from drowning. Fire Chief Chris Breunig had high praise for Blue Shield recipient Karl Brown, who has been an EMT with the Fire Dept. since 1983 and is famous for arriving at work 30 seconds before the bell goes off, eating everything he can get his hands on and carrying all his worldly possessions in a plastic bag instead of a briefcase.  He is also the man you want to see if you are in need of an EMT. Karl never told his wife or mother he was getting this award and they only learned of it hours before. Pat Brown was on hand to see her son get this award, however his wife was out of town on a business trip, but sent a letter that was read. Pound mom, Denise Reichanek, took pictures of the awards ceremony as did Stan Duzy for the Knights.

Guests enjoyed an Italian dinner catered by Piccini’s and Primo’s along with desserts from Wards Bakery.

Congrats to Norma and Carmen D’Angelo, who celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary at the award ceremony. Barbara and Fred Distel report their son-in-law, Michael Wherley, was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in Mystic, Conn. on May 31.  Barbara and Fred and daughter, Janet, attended the Olympics in Switzerland and Canada to cheer for Michael. Dot and John Lynch love Ocean City and moved here permanently from Somerdale. 13 years ago. The Lynch’s have eight children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Cathy DiMarco made sure everyone took some pasta and hoagies home for dinner the next day.

When Denise and Gary Jessel hosted their annual Welcome Summer party on a busy weekend with lots of tourists in town, guests had a hard time finding a parking space. Jim and I passed Patty and Norm Haas walking to the party as we drove up and down streets searching for a spot. Finally found one five blocks away, but his columnist didn’t dare complain as Jim wanted us to ride our bikes.  That’s what Aimee and Jim Schultz did, but you had be careful with so much traffic. Carol Heenan spotted us walking up the street and called to us from the third floor deck as she and Eric Wakabayashi had Carol’s brother, Joe Heenan, drive them to the party along with Eric’s famous won tons.  We climbed the 29 steps rather than take the elevator to the party where guests were gathered around the center island sampling hors d’oeuvres. Mare Frei helped Denise prepare the hotdogs and sauerkraut and other goodies for dinner. While Jim caught up with Carol and John Herrington, this columnist stepped out on the front porch where I caught up with Joanne and Bob Marzulli, Betty Ray and Caren and Brian Broadley enjoying the great view of the beach and boardwalk. Gail Blevin celebrated her 65th birthday while back door neighbor Mona DiComo turned 61. I enjoyed chatting with Susan and Ted Strempack who live in Princeton and also are neighbors of the Jessels in Ocean City.

Peggy and Larry Doyle had to leave early because they had another party to attend. Joanne Marzulli is ready to take over my column as she did a great job taking pictures with my camera. Carol Heenan reports her niece, Delaney Heenan, a sophomore at St. Joe’s, is spending a week in Mississippi working for Habitat for Humanity then will return to Ocean City to work at her Aunt Jeri’s Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor. Becky Friedel wore a short print sundress from the 7th Street Surf Shop where she does the buying for women’s fashions. Husband Larry Friedel, enjoyed the party but had to leave early to check on business at his surf shops. Carley Rossiter kept jumping up behind her grandparents when I took their picture, but I managed to get a couple without her face popping up. After working with a group of ladies for the past 20 years on the After Prom, Gail Ping said she would miss getting together with them so they have decided to go out to dinner at least once a month to keep in touch. Caren and Brian Broadley were delighted when daughter, Paige, was chosen Prom Queen since her older sister, Taylor, was Prom Queen four years earlier as there’s nothing like sibling rivalry. I enjoyed catching up with Peggy and Ed Howe who spent most of the winter in Florida.

Susan Sheppard was easy to spot in her bright green long flower print sundress. Hubby Frank Faverzani said this was their second party and left their kids with grandmom, Marlene Sheppard, at that party. Jennifer Bowman is usually in the kitchen at St. Peter’s coordinating dinners, but this time I caught her sitting at a table on the porch relaxing and eating dinner. Steve Ang was disappointed I wouldn’t take his picture at the party, because I had just taken one of him a few nights before at the Blue Shield Awards Banquet that would appear in the same article. When I walked out on the back deck to get a soda I caught up with Barb and Bart Russell and Denise and Ken Jones. By the time you read this column Beverly and Ron Denney are sure to be in their new bayfront home. Jon Werley and I had a great time reminiscing about the “good old days” when we were so young and thought we were invincible. I checked about the delicious desserts while chatting with Marie and Lloyd Hayes, June and Doug Huen and Scott Ping. I had a serious talk with Jen and Mike DeVleiger about politics in Ocean City. Keith Hartzell, John Flood and Ed Wisham arrived late but there was still plenty to eat. Marion and Ned McCaughey were the last to arrive after attending a family gathering in Upper Township. And since the McCaughey’s got a parking space just one block away they volunteered to give Jim and me a ride to our car and drive Carol Heenan and Eric Wakabayashi home which meant that Marion got stuffed in the back of her little Tracker.

Blue Shield recipient, EMT Karl Brown, is surrounded by his family, children, Logan and Jessica, sister, Karen Ermelin, daughter Cassidy, son, Mason, brother-in-law, Brian Ermelin, mom Pat Brown, and daughter, Rachael.
Blue Shield recipient, EMT Karl Brown, is surrounded by his family, children, Logan and Jessica, sister, Karen Ermelin, daughter Cassidy, son, Mason, brother-in-law, Brian Ermelin, mom Pat Brown, and daughter, Rachael. Police Officer Bobby Reichanek, a Blue Shield recipient, is sounded by his girlfriend Rachel Goldenberg, niece Carlee Hiddemen and mom, Denise Reichanek and Capt. Steve Ang.
Police Officer Bobby Reichanek, a Blue Shield recipient, is sounded by his girlfriend Rachel Goldenberg, niece Carlee Hiddemen and mom, Denise Reichanek and Capt. Steve Ang. Bob and Barbara Lautenschlager, Joe and Eleanor Lang, George Onefer, Cathy DiMarco and Dot and John Lynch line up for a picture at Knights of Columbus Blue Shield award dinner.  
Bob and Barbara Lautenschlager, Joe and Eleanor Lang, George Onefer, Cathy DiMarco and Dot and John Lynch line up for a picture at Knights of Columbus Blue Shield award dinner.    Brian and Caren Broadley, Joanne and Bob Marzulli and Peggy and Ed Howe smile for the camera at a Welcome Summer party.
Brian and Caren Broadley, Joanne and Bob Marzulli and Peggy and Ed Howe smile for the camera at a Welcome Summer party.  Denise and Gary Jessel welcome Bob and Gail Blevin and Mona and Mike DiComo to their Welcome Summer party.
Denise and Gary Jessel welcome Bob and Gail Blevin and Mona and Mike DiComo to their Welcome Summer party. Eric Wakabayashi, Carol Heenan, Frank Faverzani, Susan Sheppard and Cathy and Jim Finnegan line up for a picture on the Jessel’s front deck.
Eric Wakabayashi, Carol Heenan, Frank Faverzani, Susan Sheppard and Cathy and Jim Finnegan line up for a picture on the Jessel’s front deck. Charlie and Jen Bowman, John and Carol Herrington and Becky and Larry Friedel welcome summer at Jessel’s annual party. 
Charlie and Jen Bowman, John and Carol Herrington and Becky and Larry Friedel welcome summer at Jessel’s annual party.


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