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The Trail of Two Cities: It Was the Best of Times PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 01, 2008 at 03:04 PM

The Trail of Two Cities: It Was the Best of Times

Saturday was a perfect day for the Trail of Two Cities Walk/Run across the Ninth Street Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point. My mother, in her eighties, encouraged me to go with her. She has gone for many years, but this was my first time. The race began at 8 am, and we made it across in about one hour. I was just hoping we wouldn't come in last! Luckily, there were some that finished the 5K race after us.

Pictured below: The front runner

My guess there was about 400 people, but I didn't get an exact count. At the finish we were greeted with water and scones. A perfect finish to a fun event! Then we were bussed back to Ocean City.

We enjoyed catching up with our doctor, Jerry Horowitz from Beesley's Point. There were a lot of local families and folks of all ages on hand for this fun time to walk over the new bridge. There were beautiful views of the bay and skyline.

Everyone got a nice navy long sleeve shirt for participating. This event was a great way for 2 cities to work together for a fun time for all. Pictured above: Dr. Jerry Horowitz and Mildred Mott. Pictured below: Jennifer Palermo


Last Updated ( Nov 01, 2008 at 03:19 PM )
The Newest Beach Baby at the Jersey Shore! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 02, 2008 at 01:38 PM

The Newest Beach Baby at the Jersey Shore!

Clara, 3 days old with cousin Adley, 3 months old and Moms Amanda and Amy.

Mather and Grace with sister Clara.


Picture Perfect at the Jersey Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 12, 2008 at 04:40 PM

Last Updated ( Aug 14, 2008 at 07:19 PM )
Shark Attack Survivor Greets Locals in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 12, 2008 at 04:14 PM

Shark Attack Survivor Greets Locals in Ocean City

Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii and lost her left arm in 2003. Since she has returned to competitive surfing and signed autographs at the Chip Miller Surf Festival in Ocean City, NJ last week. The great event raises money for amyloidosis, a rare disease that took Chip’s life.  The fantastic weather and a chance to meet Bethany turned out tons of teenagers who wanted to meet Bethany and watch the contest. Her father Tom was originally from Ocean City.

The competing surfers made the most of small waves. One longboarder did a headstand stunt on his board and another surfed the board backwards, doing a 180.

Surfer Dean Randazzo (pictured above) was also on hand. Dean is recovering from cancer and there will be a benefit Sept. 6, 2008 in Margate for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Surf for a Cause.

The long line waiting to meet Bethany.


Longboarder Mike Monroe gets ready to surf.

Last Updated ( Aug 12, 2008 at 04:58 PM )
Gidget Goes to Ocean City for the Art of Surfing Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 07, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Gidget Goes to Ocean City for the Art of Surfing Festival

Gidget used to surf the waves of Malibu as a teenager, now she travels the country and tells her story to others, including how she got back on her board at 60. Gidget’s message is we can all face our challenges in life whether it be old age or doing something we have never done before…You are never too old to try and to move past your limitations. (Gidget with artist Ron Croci)

I have gotten to know Gidget over the past 3 summers when she comes to Ocean City, New Jersey for the Art of Surfing Festival.  Her name is short for “Girl Midget,” the nickname given to her by the surfers she hung out with. She is an inspiration to all who meet her. The energetic icon is keeping her dreams alive and also the memory of the story her father wrote about her as a teenager which became the TV show “Gidget,” starring Sally Field and the popular movie “Gidget,” starring Sandra Dee.

There is also a documentary on her life, “The Accidental Icon: The Story of the Real Gidget” and a play called “Gidget” that opened in Chicago with hopes of taking it to Broadway. She is also a mother of two sons and 4 grandchildren and wife to Marv, a retired professor. She also works at Duke’s in Malibu, a restaurant for the namesake Duke Kahanamoku, the famous Hawaiian surfer born in 1890.  As a hostess, she gets to meet the public and talk about the life of a surfer. (Pictured with Mayor Sal Perillo).

I am amazed how close Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, was to her father, Frederick Kohner, a Hollywood screenwriter, and how she confided in him about the surfer boys of Malibu. Once I asked Gidget what music she listened to growing up, guessing the answer would be the Beach Boys. Astonishingly she said, “No, I was a surfer before the Beach Boys!” She listened to Elvis and she even knew Jan & Dean when they were playing in a garage.

Gidget has been interviewed by ‘The Today Show’ and is invited to speak around the country for many charitable events and to seniors. She loves Ocean City, for its nice people, family atmosphere and the safe feeling as she walks around the area.

Gidget Goes to Cape May

This year we planned a trip to Cape May which she had heard so much about. She was not disappointed and had the excitement of a teenager taking in all the sites- The Lobster House docks, the outdoor mall for shopping, and the view of the lighthouse from the beach and all the old restored Bed & Breakfasts. She raved about her meals at The Inlet in Somers Point, The Lobster House in Cape May, The Surf Café in Ocean City and the Scarborough Inn. She even got to go to Wheaton Village in Millville on her way back to the airport to see glass blowing.

It is amazing how many people were affected by the TV show, movie and the book. She met a woman who used to write to her father, when the lady was a teenager. The lady still has all the letters Gidget’s father wrote back to her. They soon became fast friends. Gidget also has all the diaries she wrote as a teenager.



Gidget Goes to the Music Pier

There is only one of the original surfers she keeps in contact with, but the present day surf community has embraced her and locally she was in town for the Art of Surfing Festival on the Music Pier hosted by Steve and Phil from the Sagemore Art Gallery in Ocean City. At the festival great surf-related artwork can be purchased and you have an opportunity to meet the artists.

Every year this free event coincides with the Boardwalk Art Show, around the first week of August. This year I enjoyed talking to Bogy (pictured  with City Administrator Jim Rutala), Jon Baker and his wife Kristin and baby Noah. I was hoping Gidget would meet Pat Croce, one of this year’s sponsors with his news drink, “Skinny Water.” Also on hand were the “Save the Life Saving Station,” Christian Surfers and Brendan Borek Memorial groups. There was also great music every night. Thanks to events like this, we can get to enjoy those who love surfing and the artists who bring the ocean to life. Don’t miss next year!



Last Updated ( Aug 20, 2008 at 02:40 PM )
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