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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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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 am

 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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Spaghetti dinner welcomes spring

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 am

 Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Twas the wearing of the green and the eight inches of snow that fell in South Jersey didn’t deter a crowd from gathering at the Tuckahoe Inn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Exchange Club brought their favorite ladies to their dinner meeting that night. Andrea Paul and this columnist staked out a table in the dining room then joined our husbands in the lounge to enjoy the social hour.  Warren Iredell and Bill Culp told me the Exchange Club has resurrected their Shrimp and Beef Night that will be held April 26 at the Seaville Fire Hall. I almost didn’t recognize Ron Denney who sported a green plaid tam with red hair and a mustache to the party. Frank McCall, who wore a cream color hand knit sweater he got when visiting Ireland in 2005, liked Ron’s hat so much that Ron gave Frank an extra one he brought with him. David Powell gave these guys a run for their money in his tall green and white stripe Cat in the Hat style hat. 

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Fans come out to support Ocean City surf team

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Mike Lukens, Christina Wilson, Don Pileggi, Charlie and Jen Bowman, Mark Miedema and Steve Beseros line up for a picture at Surf tem benefit. Mike Lukens, Christina Wilson, Don Pileggi, Charlie and Jen Bowman, Mark Miedema and Steve Beseros line up for a picture at Surf tem benefit.

A large crowd gathered at the Ocean City Yacht Club on a warm sunny evening to enjoy the Ocean City surf team benefit.

I caught up with Jen Bowman running from her home a block away to the yacht club with a couple of boxes to finish setting up for the benefit she had been working on all afternoon.

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Fun and friends at Mr. OCHS pageant

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:00 am

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The Hughes Performing Arts Center rocked when 14 Ocean City High School students hit the stage to compete for the title of Mr. OCHS. Cheryl Clearkin took time out from collecting tickets to wave to this columnist as I walked by to join fellow judges, Pete Madden, Michael Martirone and Megan Maguire, at the judges table in front of the stage.

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Ocean City Realtors earn sales award at annual ceremony

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Board of Realtors honored their own at the annual Circle of Excellence sales award ceremony held recently at The Flanders.

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Tuesdays are terrific at St. Peter's in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Tuesday, March 11, 2014 01:00 am

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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is a busy church and Tuesday afternoons are no exception when members and friends of the community gather for Terrific Tuesday activities, fellowship and dinner.

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Ocean City Exchange Club members celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 02, 2014 01:00 am

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Love was in the air when the Ocean City Exchange Club members arrived at the Tuckahoe Inn with their favorite Valentines. Red was certainly the color of the night as most chose outfits to celebrate a night of love.

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Friends and family support annual Charles Knox benefit

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 23, 2014 01:00 am

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The ninth annual Charles Knox Memorial Scholarship Foundation Benefit was held recently at The Flanders. Helena Hamilton closed her popular boutique on Asbury Avenue early so she could check in guests when they walked up the stairs to the second floor lobby to enjoy the social hour.

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McMahon Agency comes out in force for Ocean City Chamber installation dinner

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 16, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 installation of officers and board of directors last week at the Ocean City Yacht Club. It was a clear, cold evening when I waved to Tom Heist talking on his cell phone as I walked into the yacht club with Kim Davidson and we stopped to check our coats with Aimee Repici.

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Ocean City comes out to celebrate King with annual service, dinner

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 09, 2014 01:00 am

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A celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at the Ocean City High School Hughes Performing Arts Center the weekend of Martin Luther King Day.

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Garden Club and Exchangettes meet in January in Ocean City

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 02, 2014 01:00 am

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The Ocean City Garden Club postponed their luncheon meeting for a week due to extreme cold weather only to have it rain the next week when I arrived at the Episcopal church.

I caught up with Barbara Welden sporting a unique rain hat to keep her hair dry while this columnist opted for an umbrella. Joanne Romano greeted me when I arrived and Jeanne Robinson took my coat and pointed out my seat at her table. When I complimented Jeanne on the snowmen decorations on the dessert table, she admitted she got them at CVS and Rite Aid.

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