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Sea Isle 6.7.2006

By Rick Racela

Sea Isle City’s City Hall was overrun by students on May 17. They were there to step into the shoes of city employees, including the mayor, to find out about careers in government.
After following employees around for the morning, the students and their mentors for the day were treated to lunch at Valerie’s Place by Mayor Leonard Desiderio.
Ethan Haffert, 14, and Nichole Larkin, 14, were kept busy following Mayor Leonard Desiderio around.
During their day as deputy mayor, they supervised the beaches in the north end of town where storms had eroded the sand covering the geotubes protecting the dunes and roadway and declared an emergency.
They also reviewed the progress on the new playground and improvements, costing more than $2.8 million, to the recreation area at 63rd Street and Central Avenue.
These improvements included the construction of a safer handicapped accessible Play by the Bay.
The deputy mayors were happy to announce that the city was dropping fees for use of the Skateboard Park.
The South End Neighborhood Association of SIC (SENA) seeks all Townsend’s Inlet residents to support the T.I. Center, 138 85th St., in their endeavor to renovate the Center.
Please send annual $5 membership dues or donations to: 25 72nd St., payable to T.I. Improvement Association, Treasurer, V. McCaffrey. SENA has sent a contribution to T.I. in support of their remodeling program. SENA, during 2006, will continue to represent you in all community activities and meetings.
They will also maintain the planting of eight flower tubs at the entrance to the dunes on each street. They encourage any residents to water and add to entrance ways.
As we have in the past, SENA will also provide funds for plants to beautify the T.I. Waterfront Park.
If you have any suggestions for improvement, please call 263-4911
The Townsends Inlet Civic Center Restoration Fund Dinner Gala will be held June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Civic Center.
There will be live entertainment, dancing, and a dedication ceremony for The Johnathan Townsends Stage, founder of Townsends Inlet.
Tickets are $15 and take out is available.
For reservations and tickets contact Louise Clement at 263-3002.
Look for the  Townsends Inlet Improvement Association table on Skimmer Weekend. They will be selling framed paintings done by a local artist.
You have the choice of either the Sea Isle or Townsends Inlet Lifeboat on the beach. Lithographs are $20 and all proceeds go to benefit the T.I. Civic Center Restoration Fund.
They will be located at JFK Boulevard and the promenade in the Organizations section.
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 of the need to preserve it for future generation.
Anyone interested in becoming a guide may call 263-9643 for additional information.
Guides select either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 to 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.
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.
They appreciate the V.F.W’s invitation to hold worship services in the building while they begin planning their new church on Route 9 in Dennis Township.
Mass schedule for St. Joseph’s Church effective May 28 is the following: Saturday night in the Church at 5 p.m. and in the Auditorium at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday mass in the Church and the Auditorium at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Starting June 18 and through September 3 we also add Sunday morning Masses in the T.I Civic Center at 8,9,10, and 11 a.m.
The Churches of Sea Isle City are excited to announce Vacation Bible School for children ages five to 12. This non-denominational program will run from August 7 -11 at St. Joseph’s hall located at 44th and Central Avenue.
Through the Time-Stone Travers program, kids will learn about living for Jesus in five different discovery sites.
For more information and registration, please call 263-3353 or visit
The Cape May County Library is excited to offer Independent Math Club this summer at all branches of the library. 
Independent Math Club is designed to reinforce math skills on an individual basis. Registration is required and will continue until July 3.
Kids can register in person at the Cape May Court House Library, or by calling 463-6350. 
This program is open to kids who will enter kindergarten through eighth grade this fall.
Each Monday members receive a new, individual packet of material to be completed.
For each activity completed a sticker will be awarded.  Upon receiving twelve stickers participants can choose a special prize.
Members will be able to receive their independent packets at the following libraries: Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, Upper Cape Branch Library, 2050 Route 631, Petersburg, Cape May City Public Library, Ocean and Hughes Street, Cape May, Stone Harbor Public Library, 9508 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City Public Library, 125 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Sea Isle City, and Wildwood Crest Library, 6301 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest
Sea Isle City’s Town Watch/Town Pride organization will be holding a public meeting Saturday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Community Lodge on JFK Boulevard.
Guest speakers will include Mayor Leonard Desiderio and Chief William Kennedy.
All members of the public are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to voice your opinions and ask your questions in an interactive session.
Deadline for the column is Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the following Wednesday’s printed column.
Email any events or news to or fax at (609) 465-6159

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