Locals turn out for council swearing in

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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.

Curt Gronert was on hand to escort the women across the boards in their high heel shoes. JT Williams was at the door greeting guests while Sally Huff distributed programs. Winnie Piriano, in a red and white Capri outfit, waved us to come down front where she had staked out seats. I stopped to chat with Judy Kolea, MaryAnn Nespoli and Joanne Budnick who arrived early to get good seats. Rose Savastano and Barbara Brown brought me up to date on Chamber of Commerce activities. While Sheila Cottrell seated dignitaries and family members of council in the reserved section I chatted with U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.

After eight years on council, Scott Ping looked relaxed and comfortable in shorts and a shirt as he sat in the front row for the ceremony. Kathy and Mike Allegretto were on hand for their son’s third swearing-in to City Council. Pete Madden needed an entire row for his family as his parents, Eileen and Vincent Madden, in-laws, Debbie and Richard Booth and sister-in-law Michelle Kreisman, joined wife, Ashley, and their children, Brynn, Avery, Riley and Carter. Keith Hartzell picked his mom, June Hartzell, and friends, Dee Gaskill, Becky Friedel and Margi Kilgore, to be in his picture.
  Pete and Ashley Madden are surrounded by Ashley’s parents, Richard and Debbie Booth, their children, Brynn, Avery, Riley and Carter, and Pete’s parents, Eileen and Vincent Madden.
Pete and Ashley Madden are surrounded by Ashley’s parents, Richard and Debbie Booth, their children, Brynn, Avery, Riley and Carter, and Pete’s parents, Eileen and Vincent Madden.   Keith Hartzell is surrounded by Dee Gaskill, his mom June Hartzel, Becky Friedel and Margi Kilgore, prior to Ocean City’s swearing in ceremony.
Keith Hartzell is surrounded by Dee Gaskill, his mom June Hartzel, Becky Friedel and Margi Kilgore, prior to Ocean City’s swearing in ceremony.   Jay and Michele Gillian (center) pose for a picture with family members after the swearing in ceremony.
Jay and Michele Gillian (center) pose for a picture with family members after the swearing in ceremony.   Bert DeVries, Sally McDonnell, Carol Karivalis, Joan Keels and Liz Vasturia check out the view on Schuy Wood’s deck.
Bert DeVries, Sally McDonnell, Carol Karivalis, Joan Keels and Liz Vasturia check out the view on Schuy Wood’s deck.   Kathie Hughes, Chris Olek, Joan Walker, Marie Shafron and Peggy Doyle enjoy the cool breezes on Schuy Wood’s deck.
Kathie Hughes, Chris Olek, Joan Walker, Marie Shafron and Peggy Doyle enjoy the cool breezes on Schuy Wood’s deck.   Schuy Wood (center) chats with Karen Porreca, Eleanor Parker, Robin Crowley and Holly Monihan at her Ladies’ Night Out party.
Schuy Wood (center) chats with Karen Porreca, Eleanor Parker, Robin Crowley and Holly Monihan at her Ladies’ Night Out party.   Maribeth Neall, Ann Dahme, Fran Cerchiaro, Joan Andrews, Cathy Finnegan and Doris Rutkowski pose at Ladies’ Night Out.
Maribeth Neall, Ann Dahme, Fran Cerchiaro, Joan Andrews, Cathy Finnegan and Doris Rutkowski pose at Ladies’ Night Out.

I stopped to chat with Jean Simpson and Sue Edden while waiting for Jay Gillian to get his family picture. Sue wore a print jersey dress from Donna/Gay Dillon Boutique exactly like one in my closet. When Jay stopped to talk to his dad, former Mayor Roy Gillian and his wife, Pat, he told me I’d have to wait to get his picture as it was time to start the program. Michele Gillian chose a yellow sleeveless piqué dress for the start of her husband’s second term. I waved to former Mayor Bud Knight and his wife, Marie, who had reserved seats down front then I squeezed by Marcie Chew and Don Hart to get to my seat with Winnie and Carol and waved to Cecelia and Marie Dugan, John Kemenosh, Gail and Bob Blevin and Denise and Gary Jessel sitting two rows behind. Jim Mallon served as master of ceremonies and Miss Ocean City Carley DelSordo sang a the “Star Spangled Banner.” Municipal Judge Richard Russell wore his long black robe to swear in Jay Gillian while wife, Michele, held the Bible. County Surrogate and former Ocean City Councilwoman Susan Sheppard likewise wore her black robe to swear in Michael Allegretto while wife, Lisa, held the Bible. City Clerk Linda MacIntyre swore in Keith Hartzell while his mom, June Hartzell, held the Bible. Sheriff Gary Schaffer wore his full dress uniform to swear in Pete Madden while wife, Ashley, held the Bible. Following remarks by newly sworn in officials and a brief reorganization meeting, Carley DelSordo closed the ceremony with “God Bless America.” True to his word, Jay Gillian gathered his large family together for my picture before meeting and greeting his constituents where Barbara and Bob Lautenschlager were first in line. John Walton stopped to remind this columnist about the “Meet the Artist Reception” at the Arts Center the next evening. As guests headed to the VFW for lunch hosted by councilmen Hartzell, Allegretto and Madden, this columnist accepted a ride back to my office from Dick Stanislaw.

It was a beautiful summer evening as ladies jockeyed for parking spaces on the cul-de-sac at Schuy Wood’s bay front home for her annual Ladies’ Night Out. Schuy wore a shocking pink sheath dress with ballerina slippers in matching striped shades of pink. Cindy Wright and her catering staff served hors d’oeuvres inside and out on the deck where cool breezes made for a comfortable evening. Kathie Hughes sported a pink and white Lilly Pulitzer dress and long chain necklace from her new summer collection. Kathie reports she will have her jewelry for sale at the Farmer’s Market and Crafts every Wednesday morning this summer. When everyone admired Karen Heist’s turquoise jersey dress she said she got it at her favorite boutique at the airport in Florida. Marie Shafron couldn’t wait to get her hands on my camera to take pictures. I enjoyed catching up with Chris Olek, event coordinator (Queen of Events) for the past 16 years at the Yacht Club. Chris said she got her navy shift dress accented with white anchors on the island of Anguilla. Holly Monihan is excited to have daughter, Lindsay, along with grandsons, Charlie, 2,  and Will, 2 months, spend the summer with them. Lindsay and her family live in Manhattan however she is on maternity leave from work and couldn’t be happier than to spend it in Ocean City.

When I admired Ann Dahme’s necklace accented with gold anchors she told me it was from the Lilly Pulitzer Boutique in Florida. Marge McGuckin recently returned from a western Mediterranean cruise with three of her grandchildren. Eleanor Parker is busy planning two weddings; both her son and daughter are getting married this fall. Eleanor loves playing golf three or four times a week while husband, John, oversees sailing classes along the bay.

When I spotted Doris Rutkowski with an e-cigarette she told me after 54 years she has finally kicked the habit and couldn’t be happier. Fran Cerchiaro and Joan Andrews told me they were neighbors in Delran for 45 years until Joan and Jim retired to Ocean City. Bert DeVries and Joan Keels are looking forward to a river cruise on the Rhine this fall while Sally McDonnell is going on a river cruise from Paris to Normandy. Carol Karivalis recalled owning and operating the Sinda Restaurant for 20 years from 1990 to 2009. Liz Vasturia, whose grandson, Steve, played basketball at St. Joe’s Prep, is now a sophomore at Notre Dame playing for the Fighting Irish. Maribeth Neall got lots of compliments on her tomato red lace sweater and shell with matching colorful gold chain necklace from Sun Seekers. Gail McMurray’s granddaughter, Erin, has been busy soliciting donations for charities hoping to be crowned Miss Night in Venice. Peg Madona and Mary Eggly finally made their way outside to enjoy the beautiful evening and watch the sunset before the party ended. I caught up with Joan Walker, Marilyn Evans and Peggy Doyle when we stopped to thank our hostess, Schuy Wood, for another lovely evening at “Camp Wood By The Bay.”  


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