Atlantic and Cape May Counties
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00 am
“Hats, Hats, Hats” was the theme of the United Methodist Women’s Retreat held recently in the Stainton Room at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The ladies picked out their favorite chapeau to wear to the retreat and were greeted by Elaine Winder and her mom, Ellie Beebe, at the door.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:00 am
The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Public Library held their annual Author’s Luncheon recently at The Flanders. A large crowd filled the lobby as they waited for Al Crescenzo to remove the barrier so everyone could head upstairs.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, November 01, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, October 04, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00 pm
The Ocean City Ecumenical Council held their annual Volunteer Luncheon recently in the Stainton Room at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00 pm
Friends of the Ocean City Pops held their 25th anniversary “Silver Serenade” luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a warm, sunny day.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 09, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, August 02, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Tuesday, July 29, 2014 08:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, July 14, 2014 01:45 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, July 05, 2014 11:00 pm
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Cape Shore Chorale presented a dance extravaganza featuring songs from roaring ’20s through the 1970s.
Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 29, 2014 06:00 am
Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, June 23, 2014 03:11 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, June 14, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, June 07, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, June 01, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
- Richard Stanislaw entered into Book of Golden Deeds
- The triumphant return of the Exchange Club beef and shrimp night
- Photography show was the place to be
- Businesspeople celebrate spring, and working women
- Pirates and princesses meet to party
- Again renamed ‘Snow Ball’ was the ‘Spring Fling’ this year
- Spaghetti dinner welcomes spring
- Fans come out to support Ocean City surf team
- Fun and friends at Mr. OCHS pageant
- Ocean City Realtors earn sales award at annual ceremony
- Tuesdays are terrific at St. Peter's in Ocean City
- Ocean City Exchange Club members celebrate Valentine’s Day
- Friends and family support annual Charles Knox benefit
- McMahon Agency comes out in force for Ocean City Chamber installation dinner
- Ocean City comes out to celebrate King with annual service, dinner
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