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Five Mile Beat > Goodbye to councilman, fun events over one weekend

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Written by Joyce Gould Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:36 pm

Lori Roach with Art Swann. Lori Roach with Art Swann.

On Friday night, Nov. 4, the North Wildwood Republican Club hosted a dinner honoring North Wildwood Councilman Bob McCullion on his impending retirement in December. The dinner was held at the Anglesea Fire house where Bob has been a member for more than 50 years. McCullion served on Council for 24 years.

McCullion and his wife, Diane, were lauded by more than 150 admirers, including present Freeholders Sue Sheppard and Jerry Thornton, Sheriff Gary Schaffer, Mayor Suzanne Walters, and North Wildwood’s favorite son, former Senator Jimmy Cafiero and his wife Pat. Also there were Mayor Bill Henfey and his wife Diane, former Mayor Aldo Palombo, and his wife Sylvia, and Mayor Ernie Troiano and his wife Donna. McCullion’s son Bob was there and so were his two granddaughters Sarah and Kelsey Montgomery.

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Five Mile Beat > Teachers, business people honored at two events

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Written by Joyce Gould Tuesday, November 01, 2011 12:43 pm

The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Member of the year award went  to Coastal Broadcasting Systems and was accepted by Scott Wahl and Bob Maschio. The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Member of the year award went to Coastal Broadcasting Systems and was accepted by Scott Wahl and Bob Maschio.

Recently I was invited to attend the Cape Educational Fund luncheon at Neil’s Island Pub in Wildwood. The lunch was hosted by Barbara Tomalino, who has been a member since its inception in 1981. The fund is a local community-based nonprofit organization trying to promote quality education in Cape May County Schools.

The fund has two principal purposes, to raise and distribute funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations for the benefit of students in the county, and to re-establish ties between the community and the schools.

Annually, $500 grant awards are given to teachers for programs that demonstrate effective ways to meet student needs and increase motivation to learn. This year, 13 were given out to different educators in Cape May County and included six from Cape May County Technical High School. Those included Hans Toft from CMC Tech, whose grant went toward high school students mixing with students from the Special Services School for nature tours  and especially those about Marine Biology.

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Five Mile Beat > 50-year reunion, ’50s weekend

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, October 19, 2011 01:57 pm

Lola Borden, ’61, and Snooks Bailie, ’54. Lola Borden, ’61, and Snooks Bailie, ’54.

It’s been 50 years since the class of 1961 graduated Wildwood High School.

Most people just have their year for a 50th class reunion at their respective school, but Wildwood does it differently, with reunions including the classes from the beginning of the school in the 1930s, although not too many from those days still attend. However, many who graduated in the 1940s and later turn out each year.

The event is a dinner dance although few dance because they are so busy visiting with their former classmates. It is amazing to hear about where and when everyone has been, especially those who have stayed in the Wildwoods. The dinner was held at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Chairwoman of the event is Snooks Bailie, class of 1954, Treasurer Chris Taglialatela, class of 1952, and Secretary Eileen Carlson Fausey, class of 1960.

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Businesspeople honored at Wildwood Chamber event

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Written by Joyce Gould Monday, October 03, 2011 12:14 pm

Caroline Ranoia, Helen Kane, Jamie Hallman, Heather Frame, Chrissy Romell, Linda Diritis, Joy Kelley-Nielsen, and Fran Feketics at the recent Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce awards dinner. Caroline Ranoia, Helen Kane, Jamie Hallman, Heather Frame, Chrissy Romell, Linda Diritis, Joy Kelley-Nielsen, and Fran Feketics at the recent Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce awards dinner.

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce held its annual installation and awards dinner upstairs at Neil’s for 115 people on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

This was more than the event has had in a long time.

Jim Rowland, the president of the chamber, welcomed those attending. Johnnie Walker, who is a former Marine, led the pledge of allegiance.  The invocation was given by Erin Springer a member of the chamber staff who is the membership/marketing specialist.  Tracey DuFault, the chamber’s executive director, introduced the head table which included Freeholders Sue Sheppard and Jerry Thornton.

Sheppard swore into office the new officers, including myself as first vice president, second vice president Jackie Fiore, secretary Lisa Rendzak, and Darlene Heym and Angel Daniels as members at large.  Dan Glaze, Valerie Trivelis and Joe Murrray were sworn in as new board members.

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Families were a big part of celebration

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Written by Joyce Gould Tuesday, September 27, 2011 04:05 pm

The Frederick family, Ansley, Tom, Abbie, Emie, Melissa, Karla and sister Linda Markson. The Frederick family, Ansley, Tom, Abbie, Emie, Melissa, Karla and sister Linda Markson.

Last weekend was the 26th annual Seafarers Celebration in the borough of Wildwood Crest at Sunset Lake. It was a perfect day for a festival because there was limited sunshine and other events throughout the Wildwoods made participation available for many on the island.

The events started at 9 a.m., and ended at 5 p.m. There were craft vendors with wares for Halloween, Christmas (never too early for Christmas), wooden items, pillows and baby clothes. There were T-shirts for your dogs and they made a dog tag while you waited. By the way, it was a field day for dogs at the lake consisting of every kind you can imagine- Labradors, German shepherds, poodles, English bulldogs, and more.

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Golf tourney remembers Bob Doherty

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Written by Joyce Gould Thursday, September 22, 2011 01:06 pm

Debra Grassi, Jeryanne Simone, and Caroline Doherty. Debra Grassi, Jeryanne Simone, and Caroline Doherty.

Caroline Doherty wants to keep the memory of her son Bob alive. For the past 16 years she has had a golf tournament in his memory. The proceeds from this outing go to benefit the high schools in the Wildwoods, both Wildwood Catholic and Wildwood High School.

Bob Doherty was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing and golfing. Those that knew him would agree that the annual Bob Doherty Golf Tournament is just the kind of event he would have wanted.

This is no ordinary golf outing. In fact my husband remarked that he has never seen so many prizes -- and so many great ones -- at any golf tourney he entered. There were 72 golfers at the Sand Barrens Golf Club and there was a great weather Friday, Sept. 16.

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Beef and beer for the ‘Love of Victor’

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:04 am

Todd DeSatnick with Mary and Joe Malloy. Todd DeSatnick with Mary and Joe Malloy.

I never met Victor Krivitski, but from all I’ve heard about him I wish I had. At 21, Krivitski died from Medistinal Germ Cell Cancer and on Sept. 8 at the Bayview, Victor’s friends had a beef and beer to remember him and to raise money to help with his medical expenses.

The Bayview was very crowded. Many came from Lower Township, the Wildwoods and Middle Township. Paula Carroll was there with her daughter who has just returned from Africa with the Peace Corp and she heads back to Africa in several weeks. David Burns, a big supporter of Love of Linda was there and seated with Cindy Fineberg, Bob and Ginny Fineberg and Bonnie and Bob Donahue. Ginny Fineberg told me that she has known Victor “since his inception” and that she brought him his favorite sandwich when he was feeling poorly. Ginny Fineberg worked with Roxanne Krivitski in the Sandpiper Embroidery store for many years and now Roxanne is a nurse at Cape Regional Hospital, and when she can, still works at the Sandpiper. Victor’s dad Vic Krivitski operates Algie’s bicycle shop in Wildwood Crest.

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Five Mile Beat > Crest says farewell to Jim Davies

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Written by Joyce Gould Tuesday, September 06, 2011 01:02 pm

Jane Shell, Cathy Mahon, and Bonnie Sharp. Jane Shell, Cathy Mahon, and Bonnie Sharp.

Jim Davies, auto mechanic extraordinaire, retired from the Borough of Wildwood Crest, Aug. 31 after 19 years as the supervisor of the motor pool.

Since he came to work for Wildwood Crest, he has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the borough vehicles, which include everything from police cars to trash trucks, street sweepers to beach jeeps. Anything you can think of, Jim has repaired it. In fact it was very rare for him to have had to send out a vehicle to get repaired when he couldn’t get it fixed.

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Five Mile Beat > Crest Ball celebrates its lifeguards

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Written by Joyce Gould Tuesday, August 23, 2011 08:45 am

Pat and Buddy Johnson with Larry and Lisa Murphy. Pat and Buddy Johnson with Larry and Lisa Murphy.

The 91st Lifeguard Ball was held last week at Lighthouse Pointe and it honored those members of the Wildwood Crest lifeguard patrol. The event organizers believe that the Crest is the only patrol that still honors their members at a ball and suggested this one was as successful as many before it.

The patrol is made up of men and women who do a marvelous job for their municipality.  Wherever you are bathing on whatever beach, know that the Wildwoods take great pride in their Lifeguards all over this island.

Chief Bud Johnson called the patrol to order and senior Lt. Max Bilkins helped give out the awards to the deserving guards and they were many to give. The dynamic duo of Brendan Cunningham and Terry McGovern were the surprise winners of the 36th annual Bud Tarbotton Memorial North Wildwood Beach Patrol Around  the Island Row . One week before the actual row  the two tried out the course and it took them just over 4 hours, and when they actually did the race they won by doing the row in 2 hours 11 minutes and 49 seconds. The women doubles row champion were Wylie Wilson and Gabby Szlachta. John Maloy won swim champion male as well as run-swim champion and Iron Man champion.  In the women’s division swim champion Greta Reichert, paddle board champion Rose Brenner, two mile run champion Grace Lederer (also Miss North Wildwood), iron man champion Mary Chew and surf dash champions Rose Brenner, Leeny Tarnowski, Christina Caroulis, Gabby Szlachta-McGinn, and Leah Oresic. The surf dash champions male were John Maloy, Nick Ranalli, Terry Mcgovern, Gabe Keown, and Steve Zamulinsky. Paddleboard champion was Tye Cameron, and two-mile run was Kevin McDonnell.

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Five Mile Beat >‘Girls night out’ for Women’s Resource Fund

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, August 17, 2011 09:26 am

Kathleen Rutherford, Christine Cote', and Rita Fulginiti, all members of Cape Women’s Resource Fund. Kathleen Rutherford, Christine Cote', and Rita Fulginiti, all members of Cape Women’s Resource Fund.

The Cape Women’s Resource Fund held its second annual “Girl’s Night Out,” upstairs at Neil’s Island Pub and Grille in downtown Wildwood on Thursday Aug. 11, and continued with a performance of “Steel Magnolias” at Cape May Stage, in Cape May City.

There were 93 women who participated in the evening’s festivities and we had a great time. The fund provides scholarship money for young women who graduate from Cape May County High Schools. Last year the fund gave out six scholarships to area seniors.

Rita Fulginiti, the chairwoman of the fund and the county clerk, welcomed the women and invited all to have a wonderful evening. Jamie Mancini of Neil’s did a great job of feeding all of us fine cheeses, a wine bar, and cocktails.

Dinner was a southern feast to go together with the Steel Magnolias theme, which is set in Louisiana. We had fried chicken, jambalaya, pulled pork sliders, corn bread, collard greens, sweet mashed potatoes and white mashed potatoe, and for dessert double chocolate pecan pie and peach cobbler.

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