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Seven Mile 2.22.2006

By Rick Racela

It’s true that “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” Well, it is also true that “You can’t tell the holidays without a calendar.”
Monday was the Presidents’ Day Holiday.
Today is President George Washington’s actual birth date.
In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal holiday, Presidents’ Day, to be observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America.
Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday occur late this year.
I can never figure out when they will fall without checking the calendar.
The date for Easter shifts every year.
Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal equinox and the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21.
As a result, Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25.
What? Oh, just check the calendar.
This year Ash Wednesday is March 1 and Easter Sunday is April 16.
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Stone Harbor Seniors’ “Fun Days” take place each Wednesday.
They have temporarily re-located to the Fire House Meeting Room at 96th Street and Second Avenue.
Bridge and bingo begin at 1 p.m.
Come out and join in the fun.
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The Seven Mile Beach Democratic Club will meet tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Jeannette Glazier Senior Center, 3100 Dune Drive.
The club will discuss community issues.
The meeting is open to residents of Avalon and Stone Harbor, regardless of political affiliation.
For information, call 967-4877 or 368-4469, or write to 7MBDC, P.O. BOX 212, Avalon.
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Join Barbara Solem-Stull, author of “Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens”, when she talks about the towns that rose up and vanished around the glass factories, paper mills and cranberry bogs of the Pinelands at a covered dish dinner at the Wetlands Institute, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
Cost is $5 for members, $10.
Bring a main course, dessert or salad to share with at least eight people.
For reservations by Feb. 23, call 609-368-1211. 
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A Mardi Gras party for all ages will be held in the new Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 100th Street and Third Avenue, on Feb. 25, at 6 p.m.
Food and entertainment will be provided.
Tickets in advance or at the door: $15 for adults and $5 for children.
Call the rectory for more information, 368-3091.
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“Movies on the Marsh” is the Wetlands Institute’s own film festival.
After a documentary or animated film, meet some of the animals from the County Zoo or the Wetlands own aquarium on Saturdays in February.
Movie time is 1 to 3 p.m.
On Feb. 25 the presentation is “Blue Planet 5 & 6: Seasonal Seas and Coral Seas.” March 4, “Finding Nemo”, and on March 11, “Blue Planet 7 & 8: Tidal Seas and Coasts”.
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The Avalon Senior Center welcomes all seniors from Avalon, Sea Isle and Stone Harbor.
Sue Keen, 967-5924, can answer any questions you may have about their activities or events.
Here are a few of the many activities.
The next monthly cooking class by Natalie Bailey is Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.
There will be a “surprise chef” for this class. Please call to sign-up.
The Senior Center has added a puzzle club, “Piece Time.”
 They meet and work together on the third and fourth Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
As each puzzle is completed it will be laminated.
Those people who complete the puzzle will then present it to the organization or group that is depicted in the puzzle.
Bingo is played every other Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. regular Bingo will be Feb. 22, Mar. 15 & 29. Apr. 19 will be the last Bingo game until September.
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Lunch and learn series at the Wetlands Institute occurs on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch; coffee and dessert will be provided along with a different speaker each week.
Here’s the up-coming schedule; Feb. 28; “A Greener Home”, Green Street Market, Mar. 7, “Stranding Stories”, Melanie Reding, Marine mammal Stranding Center.
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Kindergarten registration for Stone Harbor and Avalon children will be on Mar. 6 at the Stone Harbor Elementary School, 275 93rd Street, Stone Harbor.
Please call Mrs. Neary, the school secretary, at 368-4413 to schedule your appointment.
Parents are also encouraged to pick up registration forms prior to registration to help speed the registration process on March 6.
Requirements for registration are as follows: A child must have reached or will reach his/her fifth birthday by 10/1/06.
Parents must display proof of age with Birth or Baptismal Certificates, Parents must present proof of complete immunization record signed by a physician or advanced practice nurse.
Pre-Registration forms are available at either Stone Harbor or Avalon Elementary Schools.
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The MASH Branch of the BTMH Auxiliary will meet for lunch at Sand Barrens Golf Club on Mar. 9, at 11:30 a.m.
The guest speakers will be Patrick Galloway, executive chef and Nancy Galloway, director of Nutritional Services.
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The speaker at the Avalon Home and Land Owners meeting on March 11 will be Bruce Tell, director of the Avalon Museum.
He will provide information on the musuem’s operations and programs.
The meeting will be held in the Avalon Senior Center at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
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Tracking the progress of our regularly scheduled boards and councils: Tonight; Avalon Council meets at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, Stone Harbor Planning Board meets at 7 p.m.

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