Atlantic and Cape May Counties
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am
The Ocean City Board of Realtors honored their own at the annual Circle of Excellence sales award ceremony held recently at The Flanders.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, March 02, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:00 am
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.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00 am
Snow was melting on a warm Sunday afternoon when the Cape Shore Chorale presented an Epiphany concert at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:00 am
The full moon was shining bright over Marie and Lloyd Hayes’ lagoon home when guests arrived for their holiday party. Marie wore her Santa apron and spiral Santa hat when she greeted Carol Heenan, Eric Wakabayashi and Jim and I at the door while Ryan and Evan Jones took our coats and stored boxes and bags of canned goods everyone brought for the Food Cupboard.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am
The Flanders Hotel was decorated for Christmas when guests arrived for the holiday English high tea held in the Crystal Ballroom. Karen Bergman and Denise Sammartino greeted guests and showed them to their tables when they arrived.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 15, 2013 12:00 am
The sights and sounds of Christmas are everywhere and The Title Company of Jersey got a jump on the season and put everyone in the holiday spirit when they held an open house the week before Thanksgiving at their newly renovated offices at Seventh and West.
Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 08, 2013 12:00 am
It was the social event of the season when The Flanders Hotel celebrated their 90th anniversary. It felt like we were stepping back in time we arrived in 1920s attire and posed for pictures in front of antique cars provided by Jersey Cape Region Antique Automobile Club lined up in front of the hotel.
- 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
- Ocean City Chamber roasts Sea Isle mayor
- Ocean City Community Center benefits from ‘Endless Summer’
- All aboard the pirate ship for Ocean City Exchange Club members
- Luncheon celebrates Ocean City history
- Golfers gather for local Sunshine Foundation classic
- Volunteers honored by Ocean City Ecumenical Council
- Summer in Ocean City ends with Sailing Foundation dinner and Peggy Lloyd’s 100th
- Local tennis group gets together for fun and for charity
- Locals march for Miss America
- Ocean City artist Jaffe’s Color ‘Scapes comes to Somers Point
- ‘Real Housewives of Ocean City’ at yacht club fashion show
- Ocean City Pops luncheon brings out friends, supporters
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