Upper Township Business Association holds first Community Night

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Kalley Avila of Cape May Court House gets her face painted by Christine DeAugustine. Kalley Avila of Cape May Court House gets her face painted by Christine DeAugustine.

MARMORA – The Upper Township Business Association held its first Community Night on Wednesday, Nov.14 at the Upper Township Primary School gym.

 

Signs to advertise the event were placed throughout the township and it paid off. The event was free to attend and I had trouble finding a parking spot when my husband Joe and I arrived at 6:30 p.m.

The gym was full of tables from many local businesses, including The Gazette, and my first stop was the First Bank of Sea Isle. There were other banks with tables but this one had a counting jar full of candy. A correct guess won you the jar. I guessed 1,406 pieces because that is my old address from when I lived in Ocean City. I'm still waiting for the call to say I won.

The next stop that drew my attention was set up by the Deauville Inn. Chef Daniel was offering a cherry tomato and mozzarella appetizer ka-bob. Jackie Friend was also at the table. We also stopped at the Yesterday's Bar and Grill table where Greg Harvey and Cora Jasinski were serving up samples of their New England clam chowder. Meanwhile, chicken wings were on the sample table for the Seaville Tavern.

I said hello to my former employee, Tom Fitzpatrick. He and Danielle Fox were at a table promoting his accounting business.

Across from him were my friends from The Country Shore Women's Club. They had a table to promote their upcoming fundraising events, including a charity benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Levari's Restaurant in Petersburg. It’s a good cause. I was surprised to learn the number of families in Ocean City alone that were completely displaced and lost so much.

Which leads me to write that the Thomas Heist Insurance Agency offered a booklet to all entitled “Be Prepared for Coastal Storms.” The picture on the cover is from the March '62 storm and it included the street with my former home in Ocean City – 1406 Ocean Avenue.

I found Hubby talking to Doug Longenecker, who is the president of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. Their table had a picture album of Upper Township historical sites and Apple Fest recipe books.

South Shore Chiropractic offered free spinal evaluations, while Enterprise Graphics had a table full of hats and sweatshirts.

Lynn Sooy of Sooy Fitness let everyone sample a fruit smoothie enriched with Mila, the natural raw chia seed product. And for those who brought along children, there was face painting, a magician and Daryl DiTroia of Challenger Sports let kids practice their throwing skills with a couple of ball toss games.

A few non-profits for young people also had tables, including Cub Scout Pack 55 and the Upper Township cheerleaders. Go Indians!

The mission of the evening was to showcase the business of Upper Township, the association’s motto being: "When we shop locally, everyone benefits." There were many businesses present, a great showing for the first Community Night.

But next year I hope they will hold a community night like the old-time townhall get-togethers of days gone by. In other words, some line dancing, more refreshments, more socializing and less strictly business. That's just my old fashioned humble opinion.

Magician Charles Barber performs at the Upper Township Business Association’s Community Night with a volunteer from the audience. Magician Charles Barber performs at the Upper Township Business Association’s Community Night with a volunteer from the audience.

Members of the Upper Township Rescue Squad pose for a picture in front of their table. They are Mellissa Linz, Eileen Gannon, Chief Jay Potter, Donna Haugen and Angel Anderson. Members of the Upper Township Rescue Squad pose for a picture in front of their table. They are Mellissa Linz, Eileen Gannon, Chief Jay Potter, Donna Haugen and Angel Anderson.

Karen Petalino, Helen Gargano, Janet Buchanin, Nancy Seto and Rose Peperissa are all smiles at their table from First Bank of Sea Isle’s Seaville office. Karen Petalino, Helen Gargano, Janet Buchanin, Nancy Seto and Rose Peperissa are all smiles at their table from First Bank of Sea Isle’s Seaville office.

Daryl DiTroia of Challenger Sports poses with Hunter Ludlam, 3, of Upper Township. Daryl DiTroia of Challenger Sports poses with Hunter Ludlam, 3, of Upper Township.

Chef Daniel Lynch of the Deauville Inn poses with Jackie Friend whose family owns the Inn. Chef Daniel Lynch of the Deauville Inn poses with Jackie Friend whose family owns the Inn.

 


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