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Sea Isle 5.17.2006

By Rick Racela

The Million Dollar Machine Program, and its “spokes-robot,” Gizmo, are coming to Sea Isle City Public School on May 24th at 10 a.m.    The assembly is for Pre-K – sixth grade and will take place in the cafeteria.
Cited by President Bush as one of the 30 superior private sector initiatives, The Million Dollar Machine Program targets elementary students with a powerful, yet entertaining, anti-drug message.
Gizmo D. Robot introduces the program with a 45-minute presentation. The school then gets a complex life skills curriculum contained in teachers’ guides and lesson plans.
This curriculum, designed in consultation with over 1,000 child development and education professionals goes beyond drug abuse prevention. It tackles such subjects as self-awareness, refusal skills, and self esteem.
Educators and drug abuse professionals are praising The Million Dollar Machine as an effective tool for the war on drugs. Since 1987, over 2 million students throughout the United States have participated in this program.
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Sea Isle City has announced the postponement of Landis Weekend, originally scheduled for May 19 and 20.
The new event was proposed by Mayor Leonard Desiderio to showcase the business and recreational services offered in the south end of the city. Most special events are held on the promenade in the downtown business area.
The Mayor, a business owner in the busy 63rd Street/Acme shopping complex, has been meeting with other business owners to hold an event to promote the southern area of town and invite residents, new owners, and vacationers to discover this often neglected side of Sea Isle.
Plans also include co-sponsorship with Vineland, which like Sea Isle City, was founded by Charles K. Landis in the late 1800’s.
The event is postponed, not canceled. The committee plans to hold Landis Weekend next year.
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Additional volunteer guides are needed for Sea Isle’s popular Beachcombing program, now in its 18th year. The Beachcombing program, which is sponsored by the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission, increases public awareness of the treasure that is the seashore environment and the need to preserve it for future generations.
Anyone interested in becoming a guide may call 263-9643 for additional information.
Guides select either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., which they wish to volunteer.
New guides are trained by veteran guides and get the satisfaction of making a difference in the important goal of protecting the sensitive seashore environment.
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Project Healthy Bones, which is sponsored by Burdette Tomlin Hospital and St. Joseph’s Church Parish Nurse Program, will hold exercise classes every Monday at 11 a.m. in the St. Joseph’s Church community room beginning on May 22.
 Project Healthy Bones is a low impact exercise program for both men and women of any age who have been diagnosed with, or are at a risk for, osteoporosis.
More than 44 million Americans have, or are at risk, for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin, brittle, and easily broken.
Goals include improving or stabilizing bone density, increasing strength, balance and flexibility, and building muscle mass.
The program includes information about the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy, and lifestyle factors that relate to osteoporosis.
Participants must have a signed medical clearance and pre-register to begin the program.
For more information call Keebler at 263-9153.
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John Manganaro, Director of Public Works for Sea Isle City, received the prestigious Croft Award at the 91st Annual Conference of the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) held at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City on May 4.
The Croft Award is presented to members for distinguished and outstanding service to the association or the field of water pollution control.
This is the second award for the Manganaro family from NJWEA. Manganaro’s father, Joseph, 79, won the Croft Award in 1992. Joseph Manganaro worked for 38 years in the public works of Glassboro and has been retired for 17 years.
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There were 140 attendants at the annual Knights of Columbus Breakfast held at the Community Lodge on April 30.
The breakfast, which was catered by Mrs. Brizzle’s Buns, was very successful.
The guest speaker was Sister Meg, a marriage and family therapist for the Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Allentown, Pa.
Her primary focus is on Project Rachel, which specializes in working with men and women who are dealing with the psychological and emotional impact of making the choice to abort their child. Sister Meg is the daughter of Al and Pat Cole of Sea Isle City.
During the breakfast, Jack Hadfeild was honored as the knight of the year for his 25 years as a member and his service to the church, the Knights of Columbus, and the community.
He is the choir director of St. Joseph Church and one of the founders of the Sea Isle Players, a community theater group.
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Messiah Lutheran Church’s Sunday Worship Services are now being held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 301 41st Street Sea Isle City. Everyone is welcome to the Sunday Service, which starts at 10:30 a.m.
We appreciate the V.F.W’s invitation to hold worship services in the building while we begin planning our new church on Route 9 in Dennis Township.
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The Beachcombing guides will hold their annual Turtle Party on Friday at the Community Lodge, Kennedy Boulevard and Park Road.
Tickets are $15 per person and include a catered dinner by Valerie’s Place, door prizes, music by Frank Brad, and lots of fun.
The event benefits the very popular Beachcombing program, which every summer takes approximately 2,000 children and adults on educational, fun-filled tours of the beach.
The Beachcomber guides are a dedicated group of volunteers who freely give of their time to point out to visitors and local residents the natural wonders found at the Jersey Shore and the importance of protecting the delicate balance of the environment.
Because of the limited accommodations at the Community Lodge, order your tickets early. Tickets are available from Beachcomber guides or by calling, 263-9643
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The Sea Isle Garden Club flower sale will be held on May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marina Building, 346 42nd St. 
Geraniums, a variety of annual bedding plants, perennials, and hanging plants will be available. 
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The Townsend’s Inlet Civic Center Memorial Day Indoor Sidewalk sale, Food Court featuring Busch’s Award winning She Crab Soup and auction will be held May 27 at the Center located at 138 85th Street.
Table space is now available at $20 a table. Applications are being accepted on a first come first basis.
All proceeds benefit the Townsend’s Inlet Civic Center Restoration Fund. For reservations and applications contact Louise Clemente at 263-3002.
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Deadline for the column is Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the following week’s printed column.
Email any events or news to volpeseaislecity@comcast.net or fax at 609-465-6159.

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