Once again this year, Police Officer Frank Schalek (a native of Woodbine) will be riding in the Police Unity Tour in memory of former Wood-bine Police Chief Philip DeSantis, who was killed in the line of duty in 1973 when only months away from retirement.
The Police Unity Tour Chapter Two consists of Law Enforcement Officers bicycling from Linwood, to Washington D.C. to honor fallen officers such as Chief DeSantis.
The primary goal of the tour is to raise funds for the National Law En-forcement Officers Memo-rial (NLEOM).
This memorial was founded in 1983 by mem-bers of Congress who wanted to recognize the services and sacrifices of all enforcement offices who have died in the line of duty.
The bicycle ride will be touring South Jersey on May 10 and visiting some of the towns where officers have fallen in the line of duty before departing the state to the nation’s capi-tol.
Each rider must raise a minimum of $1,500 in contributions.
Toward that goal, there will be an all-you-can-eat buffet on March 26, from noon to 4 p.m., at Greg-ory’s Restaurant and Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point.
Donation is $20. For more information call 953-2299.
To donate door prizes or raffle items for that event, contact Kim Schalek Downes, 683 Town Bank Road, Cape May.
Apparently I need to learn to read more than the Monday column on the borough calendar:
There will be a second Municipal Court session this month.
It’s on March 29, an un-usual Wednesday schedul-ing.
Woodbine Borough Council meets tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Woodbine Port Author-ity meets March 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to meet March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Wood-bine Ambulance Corps/Public Safety Build-ing (behind Borough Hall.)
St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop reopens tomor-row, restocked with warmer seasons’ styles.
Congratulations to Woodbine rec’s varsity basketball team and coach Torey Harris on their 10-0 undefeated season and South Shore League Championship.
When the Cat in the Hat appeared, as Mrs. Popper notes, “all across America” earlier this month, he made a special stop in Wood-bine, portrayed by teacher Tim Ward, accompanied by two assistants who were way too well behaved to have been Thing One and Thing Two.
Guest readers were there, too: School Board President Melissa Rodri-guez, Councilman Louis Murray (a daily volunteer at the school), great-grandmother Rozena Bates, twice-retired teacher Mary Lombardo, and multi-faceted Julia (soon to be Dr.) Hankerson.
The fifth grade did a choral reading of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” which was this year’s theme.
During that March 2 Cat in the Hat assembly, Suc-cess for All (SFA) Reading Program certificates for the first four weeks of the third marking period of achievement and buttons were given out.
“Read and Respond” Homework Awards for 90% or better homework for Reading.
First grade: Charles Bland, Amber D’Abundo, Camryn Fashaw, Jalen Hudgins, Philicia London, Kylie Price, Christopher Rivera, Tyrique Williams.
Second grade: A.J. Dickerson, Enrique Gay-tan, Dakota Lawwill, Joshua London, Kameron Mitchell, Icole’ Peyton, Matthew Schaffer, Joshua Sloan, Lee Warner, Ty-rome Williams
Third grade: Jose Aponte, Caesar Barreto, Carlos Camacho, Angie Garcia,Dallas Holden, Maddison Montanez, Jasiah Peyton, Katelyn White
Fourth grade: Kayla An-thony, Ajea’ Hughes, Lenoni McNear, Tamira Spence, Kiera Warner
Fifth grade: Sibirah Davis, Jon Fisher, Shadera Gibbs, Mariel Gold, Adam Otero, Amanda Rivera, Juan Rodriguez, Ulysses Rodriguez, Zakiah Rogers, Andrea Williams.
Sixth grade: Ronette Bolling, Xavier Soto, Tiana Thompson
“Book Talk” book pro-jects are oral reports on self-chosen books that include a visual compo-nent.
First grade: Amber D’Abundo
Second grade: A.J. Dickerson, Kaylee Eckert, Enrique Gaytan, Kayla Murray, Icole’ Peyton, Carlea Turner, Tyrome Williams, Zharia Young
Third grade: Jose Aponte, Courtney Atten-borough, Caesar Barreto, Steven Barretto, Mac Fisher, Angie Garcia, Dallas Holden, Maddison Montanez, Alexis Murray, Jasiah Peyton
Fifth grade: Robert Broughton, Sibirah Davis, Allee Dickerson, Shadera Gibbs, Adam Otero, Amanda Rivera, Juan Rod-riguez, Ulysses Rodriguez, Zakiah Rogers, Dante’ Williams.
I’ll now embarrass the daughter and delight her hubby by pointing out that Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” was her requested present for col-lege graduation.
She’s gone very far since then, leaving local newspaper work and North Jersey’s NAFA communi-cation offices for the na-tional Capitol City.
According to their hat-less cat Hobie, their home life is kept very busy by what Hobie thinks of as “Thing One and Thing Two.”
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