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Ocean City Ecumenical Council thanks volunteers with luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:00 am

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 Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 am

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 Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:00 am

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 Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am

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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 Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:00 am

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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 Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:00 am

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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 Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:00 am

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 Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 am

 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 09:00 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 Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 am

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 02:45 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 Sunday, July 06, 2014 12:00 am

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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Knights celebrate Blue Shield awards

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 29, 2014 07:00 am

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.

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Big turnout for golf tournament

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, June 23, 2014 04:11 pm

Stephanie Gaitley, Marty Vanderslice, Val Davis and Vickie Franceski (seated) enjoy the Vanderslice/Davis Golf Tournament with Harry, Tara and Scott Vanderslice.
Stephanie Gaitley, Marty Vanderslice, Val Davis and Vickie Franceski (seated) enjoy the Vanderslice/Davis Golf Tournament with Harry, Tara and Scott Vanderslice.

The 16th annual Harry Vanderslice/Jack Davis Memorial Golf Tournament was held recently at the Great Bay Country Club with proceeds from the tournament to be used for scholarships for graduating seniors on the Ocean City High School football team. Over the last 15 years, they have raised more than $150,000.

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Red, white and blue all around at fashion show

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, June 15, 2014 12:00 am

Lynn Cates, Maribeth Neall, Marion McCaughey, Cathy Finnegan, Andrea Paul and Sally Stair are ready to welcome guests to the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show. Lynn Cates, Maribeth Neall, Marion McCaughey, Cathy Finnegan, Andrea Paul and Sally Stair are ready to welcome guests to the United Methodist Women luncheon and fashion show. St. Peter’s United Methodist Women saluted America with a Stars and Stripes Fashion Extravaganza and Luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club recently with proceeds benefiting UMW missions near and far.

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Fun murder mystery raises funds for Cape Shore Chorale

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, June 08, 2014 12:00 am

 Bill Vinal, Cathy Finnegan, Helen O’Brien, Cecilia Dugan and Val Vinal strike a pose at the Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery. Bill Vinal, Cathy Finnegan, Helen O’Brien, Cecilia Dugan and Val Vinal strike a pose at the Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery.

The joint was jumpin’ when guests arrived in Roaring ’20s attire at Helen O’Brien’s “Juice Joint” to participate in a murder mystery and enjoy good food all for the benefit The Cape Shore Chorale. Ginny Coco greeted guests while Helen O’Brien, sporting a purple flapper outfit and feather boa, as owner of the Juice Joint made sure her guests had plenty to eat and drink. Kay and Bill Sundermeir arrived early to get good seats for the show. Val Vinal portrayed Helen’s daughter and was later named best dressed female for her red fringe dress and matching sequin and feather headband and boa. Bill Vinal wore a dark suit, shirt and tie and black hat as mob boss Southside Sal.  Director of the Chorale Scott Breiner, while not a member of the cast in the murder mystery, sported a black tux and different mustaches throughout the evening, as they were seven for a dollar. Scott made sure guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts he made for the party. Dolly Neilson has short blonde hair and sported trousers and suspenders on her police chief uniform. This columnist played Flirty Flapper and had lots of interaction with Mayor and Mrs. Biggs portrayed by Oliver and Claire Thies, and Mugsy Malone (Peter Jamieson). Bruce Rahn as Hal Hollywood and Pat Angarano as Gino Gin did double duty pouring wine for guests while playing their parts.

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Beautiful day for Author’s Tea at Flanders

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, June 02, 2014 12:00 am

Evie Bachich, Barbara Weber, Rosemarie Ricci, Angel Smith and Carol DeMill welcome author Carol Brill (second from right) to the Author’s Tea. Evie Bachich, Barbara Weber, Rosemarie Ricci, Angel Smith and Carol DeMill welcome author Carol Brill (second from right) to the Author’s Tea. Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Public Library held the sixth annual Author’s Dessert Tea on a sunny afternoon at The Flanders. I chatted with Carmen Constable while her husband held the door for us when we arrived. Elaine Novello sported a small navy blue feather hat as she kept the crowd waiting in the lobby until it was time to go upstairs. Elaine let this columnist by so I could take pictures of the committee. Joanne Romano, who is headed for Clark’s Summit for Mother’s Day, handled the publicity for the Tea. Nicollette Mirra and Gerry Cusato had baskets in hand ready to take guest’s tickets. Nicollette had three grandsons graduate this spring, one from the University of Florida with an Engineering degree, and two from their high schools. Gerri was happy to be out and about and wore a bright pink blouse. Dot Johnson is excited about the birth of her first great, great grandchild, Nellie Jane on Jan. 7. Sandy Crescenzo and husband, Al, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary June 7 at the Atlantis in Nassau.

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Big turnout for Stainton Society brunch

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00 am

 Sandy and Dave Beyel and son, Dave, Jr. chat with Lou Holtz at Stainton Society brunch. Sandy and Dave Beyel and son, Dave, Jr. chat with Lou Holtz at Stainton Society brunch.

The Stainton Society of Shore Medical Center held its 25th annual brunch at the same venue as its first one, Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. When Jim and I arrived at valet parking with our neighbors, Pat and Gregg Matis and Meredith Neely right behind Mary and Bob Garrett, we all made our way up the escalators to the newly renovated grand ballroom. Steve Wallace from the foundation office welcomed guests when they arrived, picked up their table assignments and checked the seating chart where I caught up with Kate Logue. Barbara and Richard Long arrived early as did Linda and Curt Gronert. Linda, in a bright red jumpsuit, and Curt introduced everyone to Rev. Richard Carlson, the new president and CEO of the Ocean City Tabernacle. I caught up with Sue and Joe Clark, Ashley and Pete Madden and Keith Hartzell who sported a red, white and blue striped necktie similar to my husband’s Donald Trump tie.  As soon as the doors swung open to the grand ballroom, guests headed in to find their tables and I chatted with Marlene Sheppard, who is looking forward to attending her granddaughters’ graduations from Dartmouth and Penn State. Dorothy and Larry Himmelstein told me their son is opening another Surfside Casual furniture store on Route 72 in Manahawkin. Ginny and George Curtis, Paula and Larry LaMaina and Denise and Dick Schmalbach enjoyed recalling many of the great speakers, Laura Bush, Tom Brokow, Rudy Guiliani, Robin Roberts, Ben Stein and Anderson Cooper, that they have heard over the years at the Stainton Society Brunches. Carol and Jim Frisby joined their friends just after I took their picture so I promised to get them in another one. Roy Wagner joked about running into me when I’m biking and he’s running then he catches up with my husband at Mass at 40th Street.

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Richard Stanislaw entered into Book of Golden Deeds

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 18, 2014 06:16 am

 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.

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The triumphant return of the Exchange Club beef and shrimp night

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 am

Mike and Julie Dattilo, Jay and Michele Gillian, Dawn and Harry Vanderslice and Cathy and Joe DiMarco get together at beef and shrimp night.
  Mike and Julie Dattilo, Jay and Michele Gillian, Dawn and Harry Vanderslice and Cathy and Joe DiMarco get together at beef and shrimp night.

After an eight-year hiatus, the Exchange Club of Ocean City resurrected beef and shrimp night when members and guests gathered at the Seaville Fire Company to eat, drink and dance on a beautiful Saturday evening.

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Photography show was the place to be

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 04, 2014 05:00 pm

 Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph. Dave and Lynn Sullivan, Annette LoPresti, Jackie Caplan, Sarah and Jonathan Kimble and Ron Caplan pose in front of Jackie’s photograph.  The Ocean City Art Center was the place to be for the annual juried photography show.  I stopped to chat with Sandy Crescenzo, Rosemarie Ricci, Marie Platzer and Elaine Wilson who were selling tickets in the lobby outside the library for the Author’s High Tea to be held May 8 at the Flanders. When I walked upstairs to the Art Center I was greeted by Jean Byerly who made sure everyone signed the Guest Book. Carla Migliaccio was behind the counter at her computer. I enjoyed catching up with Lynn and Dave Sullivan. While Lynn works at the Art Center, Dave, a retired postal carrier, keeps the municipal parking lots running all summer. Art Center President Jack Devine was surprised and pleased to see me when he arrived after I had conflicts for the past three months art shows. Thanks to Art Center Executive Director Roz Lifshin who introduced me to the photographers whose work was in the show and coordinated many of my pictures.

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Businesspeople celebrate spring, and working women

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, April 27, 2014 08:00 am

Maria Marinelli, Mary Ellen Danser, Rose Savastano, Gloria Votta and Kathy Sykes arrive at Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Maria Marinelli, Mary Ellen Danser, Rose Savastano, Gloria Votta and Kathy Sykes arrive at Chamber of Commerce luncheon. It was a bright sunny day when guests arrived at the Ocean City Yacht Club for the Ocean Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salute to Working Women Luncheon.

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Pirates and princesses meet to party

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 St. Peter’s Trustees, Dick Strang, Bill Bateson and Phil Young, pose for a picture with Disney Princesses Ashton Flora, Miranda Bishop and Erica Rolls. St. Peter’s Trustees, Dick Strang, Bill Bateson and Phil Young, pose for a picture with Disney Princesses Ashton Flora, Miranda Bishop and Erica Rolls. It was raining Saturday morning when children arrived in the Stainton Room at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church dressed up for the second annual Princess and Pirate festivities.

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Again renamed ‘Snow Ball’ was the ‘Spring Fling’ this year

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, April 14, 2014 04:49 pm

 Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling.   Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling. The Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township held its 18th annual 50-50 raffle at the Greate Bay Country Club. Originally called the Fall Fling, it was changed to the Snow Ball last year when it was moved to January after Hurricane Sandy wiped it out. This year the Snow Ball was postponed due a burst pipe flooding the country club, moving the raffle to March 28 and thus being called the “Spring Fling.”

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