Atlantic and Cape May Counties
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 18, 2014 05:16 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 04, 2014 04:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, April 27, 2014 07:00 am
Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 19, 2014 11:00 pm
Written by Cathy Finnegan Monday, April 14, 2014 03:49 pm
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.”
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, April 05, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:00 pm
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.
- 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
- Garden Club and Exchangettes meet in January in Ocean City
- Epiphany concert and Goldcoast grand opening kick off 2014 in Ocean City
- Friends head to Hayeses’ for holiday bash
- Visitors flock to The Flanders for holiday high tea
- Holiday parties begin in Ocean City
- Fun and Friends and The Flanders’ 90th anniversary gala
- Ocean City business owners gather to celebrate award winners
- Friends meet at Author’s Luncheon in Ocean City
- Benefit by the Bay raises funds for Ocean City education
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