Thursday, December 7, 2023

Sea Isle 2/15/2006

By Rick Racela

Mike Monichetti, owner of Mike’s Seafood, made the first offer, Jim Bennet, owner of LaCosta Lounge, and matched the offer for a total of $1,000.
This will be her 12th plunge.
Irene Jameson plans to donate the money to the city’s Heart Walk, which runs Breast Cancer Research, in honor of her best friend Charlotte Moretti, Autism Awareness, and Alzheimer’s Research.
In addition, she is still seeking pledges from family and friends, neighbors, and local business owners to go toward free family activities sponsored by the tourism commission on which she serves.
Over the 11 years, she estimates she has raised almost $30,000.
Jameson is brought to the plunge area, 41st Street, by a Sea Isle Ice Co. truck.
As in the past years, she will be wearing a bikini while sitting on a throne carved of ice. Last year, the crowd of lookers was estimated at 5,000 and the plungers at 500.
There are pre-plunge activities, like the costume contest from noon to 1:30 p.m. under the big tent, sales of hot soup, coffee, hot dogs, etc, on-site broadcasting by SOJO 104.9, and giveaways from 1st Bank of Sea Isle City and Farina & Boeshe Realtors.
New this year will be the appearance of Amy Freeze, Channel 10’s weekend weathercaster.
Post-plunge activities will take place under three tents on the parking lot of LaCosta Lounge with free buffet and live musical entertainment.
There will be one family tent with food and entertainment for children and their parents with face painting, stilt walker, and balloon maker.
Hot dogs, pizza, soda, and hot chocolate will be on the special menu for children.
Registration for the plunge will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the tourism office located in the old firehouse building at 121 42nd Street, second floor.
A banner can be seen from Kennedy Boulevard. Registration is $25.
All registrants receive a free polar bear tee shirt, a wrist bracelet that entitles them to enter the polar bear plunge area, and a chance on a $200 gift certificate.
Only registrants are eligible for the costume contest.
Additional tee shirts will be on sale for $5 each as supplies last.
Come early on Saturday to register beginning 10 a.m. and for all the pre-plunge activities beginning at noon and the plunge at 2 p.m.
Mayor Leonard Desiderio is answering any questions or concerns from Sea Isle City taxpayers on Feb. 25, at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Take advantage of this opportunity in regards to any questions you would like the mayor to answer.
Following in the steps of their successful Chili Festival, the Sea Isle City Recreation Department is sponsoring a Soup Cook-off on Feb. 26, from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Lodge, Kennedy Boulevard and Park Road.
Anyone wishing to enter his or her soup must fill an entry form available at City Hall or call recreation, 263-0050.
All entries must be received by Feb. 21.
Soup lovers are invited to come and taste the entries and vote on their favorite soup.
Music and refreshments will be provided.
Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
Are you interested in a spring or Easter family portrait?
If so, the Sea Isle City Public School PTA is giving you that chance. They are sponsoring a fundraiser with Lifetime Portraits.
The PTA is selling $10 coupons which will entitle you to a complete professional setting and a color 10×13 Canvas Panel Color Portrait.
These portraits will be taken the weekend of March 11 at the SIC Public School.
You do not need to be a family of Sea Isle City Public School to participate in this event. It is open to the public.
To see a sample portrait, please go to the school’s office.
You must purchase and present the coupon to get photographed and they may not be purchased at the event.
No coupons will be sold after March 3.
For more information or to purchase a coupon please call Kelly Blum at 263-9070.

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