It’s such a pleasure to have so many people in town again. In addition to milder temperatures and longer days, springtime is also when we get to see many new and familiar faces. Spring is also a special time of year because it’s filled with great expectations as people all over town reunite with friends, neighbors and the sights and sounds of their favorite seashore community. There’s a lot going on in Sea Isle City in the weeks ahead, so plan on being with us as the season continues to unfold.
If you’re looking for something fun to do on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, April 17, 18 and 19, check-out Girls Weekend, a special event hosted by Sea Isle City’s Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization. During Girls Weekend, local restaurants, retailers, salons and other businesses will offer discounts and special deals that you won’t want to miss. Since the weather forecast looks very favorable this weekend, why not be here to take advantage of the terrific bargains that await us all?
Also this weekend, Sea Isle City’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host their second annual Arts and Crafts Fair inside the Community Lodge on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. The Ambulance Corps has lined-up over 30 unique vendors, who will sell one-of-a-kind, hand-made items. Please come out and support this worthy cause – and discover some amazing creations this weekend at the Arts and Crafts Fair.
And speaking of “The Arts,” beginning Friday, April 17, Jugglefish Art Gallery on 63rd Street will host a Community Art Show that will spotlight the work of many local artists. There will be an opening reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and then the Art Show will run through May 15. If you stop by Jugglefish during the next four weeks, you can take-in a variety of artwork – and see how much talent we have here in Sea Isle City.
April 24 is Arbor Day, which, as you can imagine, is an important day for Sea Isle City’s Garden Club. On Arbor Day, the Garden Club will plant new trees in the public gardens along 70th Street that will not only beautify our town but will also add shade during the summer and supply additional habitat for wildlife throughout the year. My thanks go to each member of the Garden Club for all of the good work they perform, including hosting an annual Spring Flower Sale, which supports their charitable efforts and helps property owners make Sea Isle City more beautiful. Please mark your calendars now for this year’s Flower Sale, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Dealy Field.
On April 25, Sea Isle City’s Environmental Commission will host their 30th Annual Spring Beach Clean-Up. The yearly beach cleaning is an amazing effort that brings together over 100 volunteers, who remove hundreds of pounds of trash and debris from our beaches and dunes. My thanks go to Chairperson Annette Lombardo and all of the members of the Environmental Commission for all they do. Also, special thanks go to Mike Monichetti, owner of Mike’s Seafood Market in Fish Alley, who is donating a buffet luncheon for each of the Clean-Up’s volunteers, and Chris Marguglio and James
Hackney, owners of Approach Clothing Company on Landis Avenue, who are donating custom-made tee-shirts for the event’s volunteers. Mike, Chris, James and each of the Environmental Commission members are fine examples of the first-rate people you’ll find here in Sea Isle City.
A “Shout Out” goes to Sea Isle City resident Jackie Meiluta, the Executive Director of Volunteers In Medicine of Cape May County. Jackie leads a small army of individuals (a number of whom live in Sea Isle City), who volunteer their time and energy to provide much-needed health care to County residents without medical coverage. The non-profit VIM clinic in Cape May Court House has literally changed people’s lives, and I commend Jackie and everyone at VIM for their devotion to a very worthy cause.
Smile…You’re in Sea Isle!
Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio