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Stephanie and Trish Cook with Linda Johnstone Stephanie and Trish Cook with Linda Johnstone

On Saturday Feb. 25, the annual Love of Linda beef and Beer was held at the Bolero in Wildwood and again a smashing success. “The Soul Cruisers” are the music group of choice, and they did not disappoint. Greeting us at the door were Sarah Bachman, Kathy Popper, Margaret Clark, and Maryann Tarbotton.

For $25 we were treated to as much beer you can drink and delicious roast beef with all the trimmings. Helping serve the food were Michael Lerro and Dalya MacMath. Some 500 people piled into the “Blue Water Grill” of the Bolero and many started coming earlier than the appointed time.

Amy Mahon was keeping an eye on all that entered which included Jack and Ellie Bickel, who have just become great-grandparents to Jackson Nocito and Fred Grassi became the grandfather to the newborn son of Krista Grassi Nocito and Mario Nocito. (Krista is the daughter of Linda Grassi, for whom Love of Linda was named. Now we celebrate the birth of Linda’s grandson).

Joe and Chris McKenna were there and they chatted with the Fretzs, Terry and Dennis Hall, Jamie Scarlatta, and George and Marilyn Hallett. Tony Previte met up with Jennifer Hallett that night and talked most of the evening. From North Wildwood was “Mo,” also known as Maureen Thall, with Norma Gwynn. They are Scrabble partners at the Wildwood Crest library every week. Don Montgomery from Lower Township recreation was there solo but got on the dance floor and there was no stopping him.

Albert and Kathy Mahon came with Kathy’s sister Valli Cox, Kelly Mahon, and Carla and Tony Chrietzberg. Ed Einhaus was busy selling the tickets for the $1,000 Visa Card which will be drawn at the LOL Golf tourney on May 6.

Jack and Karen Holland were there and so were Patty Callanan and Jim Souder who were sitting with Steve Szcur. The gang from the Shampoo bar in North Wildwood were there including Kellie Murray, Sue Smith, Beth Wermeth, Lainey McAvoy and Bill Schwab was along for good measure. The music played until midnight.

Later in the week I attended the seventh annual Women’s in Business Conference, sponsored by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Inn in Avalon. The keynote speaker was Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno who spoke during lunch on the role of women in Gov. Chris Christie’s term of office. She has been appointed the economic point person, because “women bring vitality to the state,” she said. In addition there are four women who are working with her solving problems for women in New Jersey.

Guadagno said she was able to keep business in the state including Bayer, Panasonic, and State Farm Insurance.

We then broke out in to sessions and I attended “2012 Social Media: Strategies for Success” given by Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, president of Suasion Communications Group. She did a program on all the techniques of social media, including Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. The next session was “Confessions of a Career Connector” led by Donna Vassallo, an expert in human resources, and a former restaurant owner in Wildwood.

The conference had more than 100 women in attendance. Janet Buchanin and Veronica Morey were the co-chairwomen and committee members were Winnie Anderson, Janice Brown, Jacqueline Fiore, Michele Giampaolo, Maura McMahon-Primus, Lisa Roberts, Maggie Warner, Ellie Weiss and Sue White.

In attendance to just  mention a few were both female county freeholders Kristine Gabor and Sue Shepperd , along with Stone Harbor Mayor Suzanne Walters, Barbara Tomalino, county tourism director Diane Wieland, Joanne Carrocino of Cape Regional Medical Center, and Lenora Boninfante the communications director  for the county.  The program was a complete success.

Chris and Joe McKenna. Chris and Joe McKenna.

Norma Gwen and Maureen Thall. Norma Gwen and Maureen Thall.

The Soul Cruisers. The Soul Cruisers.

Beth Wermeth, Kellie Murray, Bill Schwab, Susan Smith and Lainey McVoy. Beth Wermeth, Kellie Murray, Bill Schwab, Susan Smith and Lainey McVoy.

Karen and Mike Wuko. Karen and Mike Wuko.

Pete Byron, Brad Blubaugh, Kevin Yecco, John Szulewski, and Tony Leonetti. Pete Byron, Brad Blubaugh, Kevin Yecco, John Szulewski, and Tony Leonetti.

Marilyn and daughter Jennifer Hallett along with Tony Previte. Marilyn and daughter Jennifer Hallett along with Tony Previte.

Mark and Michele Rucci. Mark and Michele Rucci.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno addresses the crowd at the Women in Business Conference March 1.  Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno addresses the crowd at the Women in Business Conference March 1.

Vicki Clark, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Steve Morey and Veronica Morey and Janet Buchanin. Vicki Clark, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Steve Morey and Veronica Morey and Janet Buchanin.

Freeholder Kris Gabor, Barbara Tomalino, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, and county tourism director Diane Wieland. Freeholder Kris Gabor, Barbara Tomalino, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, and county tourism director Diane Wieland.

Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt speaks at the Women in Business Conference March 1. Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt speaks at the Women in Business Conference March 1.

Motivational speaker Donna Vassallo was also at the conference. Motivational speaker Donna Vassallo was also at the conference.


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