Special Olympian honored by Sea Isle City

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Maureen Larsen (front, left), a member of the United States Special Olympics Alpine Ski Team who recently won a bronze medal while competing in South Korea, is shown with Mayor Leonard Desiderio (holding plaque) and Councilman Frank Edwardi, Councilwoman Mary Tighe and Council Pesident Bill Kehner. Maureen Larsen (front, left), a member of the United States Special Olympics Alpine Ski Team who recently won a bronze medal while competing in South Korea, is shown with Mayor Leonard Desiderio (holding plaque) and Councilman Frank Edwardi, Councilwoman Mary Tighe and Council Pesident Bill Kehner. SEA ISLE CITY – Special Olympian Maureen Larsen was honored by city officials and Acme markets Friday, Feb. 15 after winning a bronze medal in the Special Olympics held in South Korea.

Larsen, 24, recently returned from the games, where she won a bronze medal while competing for the U.S. alpine ski team. She is a resident of Sea Isle City and works at the Acme in Seaville.

The city was marking the start of its annual Polar Bear Plunge Weekend. It also held a large ribbon cutting as part of its “We’re Ready” marketing campaign, aimed at drawing visitors to Sea Isle after Hurricane Sandy.

At the start of the ceremony, Mayor Leonard Desiderio and Larsen arrived at the Promenade on the back of a Sea Isle City fire engine. After exiting the fire engine, Desiderio and Larsen stepped to a podium, where the young athlete was honored by a gathering of dignitaries, including the members of Sea Isle’s city council, Cape May County freeholders, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, county clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti and Sheriff Gary Schaffer. 

After Larsen accepted her awards, Acme Markets eastern division operations manager Matthew Juhring presented a check for $10,000 to the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization in support of their “We’re Ready” advertising campaign, which was created to remind travelers that Sea Isle City is open for business.

Desiderio and the event’s honored guests then stepped up to a 1.5-mile length of red ribbon, which stretched from one end of the Promenade to the other, 29th to 57th Street. Larsen cut the ribbon.


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