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Sea Isle City – 6-14-2006

By Rick Racela

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my eldest daughter Christie Ann.
Christie will graduate from Middle Township High School tomorrow and has received a full scholarship to attend Rowan University to major in Education and History.
My youngest daughter, Chelsie, graduates from Middle Township Middle School and will make the transition to the High School in the fall.
Also, congratulations to my niece Tina Maria Prickett who has graduated from Long Island University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Science. Way to go girls!
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The annual Heart Walk, sponsored by the city and Chapter 710 of AARP, had something new this time – a 5K Run.
Thanks to the walkers and runners, the event raised $1,200 for the Heart Association of Sea Isle City.
All the participants received tee shirts and bottled water sponsored by Mayor Leonard Desiderio, who with his daughter, Carmela, seven, was among the walkers.
Sam Hubbi, of the 7-11 stores in Sea Isle, donated bagels.
All proceeds of the event went to the American Heart Association of South Jersey.
Any expenses were donated by AARP.
Winners of the 5K Run in the men’s division included Ian Doherty of Wildwood, first place, Herb Townsend, Ocean City, second, and Bill Anton, Seaville, third.
Doherty is from Ireland and is here for the summer.
Women’s division winners were Sara Slear, Sea Isle City, first place, Mary Hessler, Jamison, Pa., second, and Christine Coates, Sea Isle City, third.
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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.
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.
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Mass schedule for St. Joseph Church is the following: Saturday night in the Church at 5 p.m. and in the Auditorium at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday 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.
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The city’s is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Skimmer Weekend.
The name Skimmer refers to the skimmers straw hats worn by men in the heyday of the 20s, when going to the seashore was a festive occasion.
By popular demand, the dance contest, usually held only during the Fall Family Festival, was added on Friday night, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Medals will be awarded in five age categories from tots to over 50s.
On Saturday, the biggest Seaside Market on the Jersey coast will be held with more than 350 vendors participating.
On Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Skimmer Weekend Dance Party on the Promenade at Kennedy Boulevard, featuring music from 40s to the 90s.
There will be line, swing, and good ole rock ‘n roll for dancers of all ages.
The cha cha slide, chicken dance, and electric slide are always popular requests.
On Sunday, the Sea Isle City Historical Museum will host the annual Jersey Cape Region Antique Auto Show and Parade, open to all non-modified vehicles.
At least 60 antique cars will be shown on the Promenade at Kennedy Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the awards ceremony and show at 1:30 p.m., to the delight of watchers lining the route, there will be a parade through the center of town to Townsend Inlet and back.
From 9 to noon, a sand sculpting contest sponsored by Farina and Boeshe Real Estate Co., will take place at Kennedy Boulevard and the Beach.
Medals will be awarded in four categories and cash awards to the top winners.
The Snake Brothers Band will provide musical entertainment in front of the pavilion in the concert area from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and free trolley rides will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Volunteer guides will be on board to point out places of interest and to give some interesting historical anecdotes about Sea Isle City.
Riders will board at the southeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Landis Avenue.
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The Pet Parade sponsored by the Sea Isle City Tourism Commission, will be held on the Promenade on June 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded in six categories: Most Unusual, Best Dressed, Funniest Costume, Smallest, Biggest, Cutest, and Best of Show.
Cats, parakeets, rabbits, hermits crab, etc. are welcome.
Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m.
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The Townsend’s Inlet Civic Center Restoration Fund Dinner Gala will be held June 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center located at 138 85th Street.
There will be live entertainment, dancing and a dedication ceremony for the Jonathan Townsend’s Stage, Founder of Townsend’s Inlet.
Tickets are $15 and take out is available.
For reservations and tickets contact President Louise Clemente at 263-3002.
Also, look for the Townsend’s Inlet Improvement Association table on Skimmer Weekend. We will be selling framed paintings done by a local artist.
You have your choice of either the Sea Isle or Townsend’s Inlet Lifeboat on the beach. The lithographs are $20 and all proceeds go to the Townsend’s Inlet Civic Center Restoration Fund.
We will be located at JFK and the promenade in the Organization section.
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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 to 11 at St. Joseph’s hall located at 44th and Central Ave.
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 (609) 263-3353 or visit www.SeaIsleUMC.org.
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Deadline for the column is Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the following Wednesday’s printed column.
Email any events or news to volpeseaislecity@comcast.net or fax at 465-6159.

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