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Atlantic City Firefighters and Ventnor Firefighter take part in the breakfast eating challenge to raise money for fellow firefighters Zoe' (Horton) Palermo and Thomas McMeekin Sr. Event presented by The Atlantic City Firefighters Union at Teplitzky's at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Annual 'Big Telplitzky Challenge' at Chelsea Hotel

The Atlantic City Fire Department will once again take on the Atlantic City Police Department at Atlantic City's Chelsea Hotel in the race to see who can be the first to clear their plates of the mega four-pound Big Teplitzky breakfast.

The Chelsea Hotel will host the 3rd annual Big Teplitzky Challenge on Saturday, May 18, in an effort to raise community support and awareness of suicide prevention among first responders. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorship will benefit the Andrew Fisher Memorial Scholarship Fund - a tribute to ACPD Captain James Fisher's son - and Cop2Cop, a New Jersey-based phone counseling service for law enforcement. Law-enforcement officers, some of whom have faced their own struggles with depression, volunteer their time to staff the service.

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The Atlantic City Fire Department recently suffered two losses to suicide, with the deaths of Andrew Fisher and a distinguished veteran of the department. In addition, at least four Atlantic County law enforcement workers have committed suicide in the last six years.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance through the Atlantic City Police Department by calling Jane Tayoun at 609-271-2500 or emailing Tickets may also be purchased through the Atlantic City Fire Department by calling Christine Parker at 609-576-4084 or emailing Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The Chelsea Hotel is located at 111 S. Chelsea Ave., Atlantic City. For more information on the hotel, call 800-548-5030 or go to

Mayfest in Historic Smithville

The annual Mayfest, a popular festival featuring juried crafters, live music and vendors, will return to the Historic Town of Smithville 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Admission is free.

Many professional crafters from outside the region will be attending this year's festival, showcasing everything from pictures and sewed goods to jewelry and clothing. Face painting and crafts for children will also be available, in addition to 12 food vendors in the international food court.

Historic Smithville is located at Moss Mill Route and U.S. Route 9 in Galloway Township. Call 609-748-8999, email or go to

Cape May Stage presents 'How to Make a Rope Swing'

Cape May Stage will present the world premiere of New Jersey playwright Shawn Fishers' "How to Make a Rope Swing," the inaugural production of the Equity theater's 25th anniversary season, beginning Friday, May 17.

Emmy nominee Roy Steinberg directs the play, a dramatic story about long-buried secrets in a Jersey Shore town, and will feature guest performers Lynn Cohen, Barry Phillips and Ben Rosenblatt.

The story unfolds when the South Jersey town of Oakbranch is replacing an old schoolhouse. Local elders Delores Wright, the beloved town matriarch and former school principal (played by Lynn Cohen) and Bo Wells, a dedicated custodian and longest-serving African-American school employee (played by Barry Phillips) come together in the soon-to-be-demolished old schoolhouse. They soon rediscover the circumstances of their first meeting there a half-century earlier, when school was first integrated. A long-suppressed moment in the town's history surfaces and threatens to change the memory of the town forever.

"How to Make a Rope Swing" will run from Friday, May 17, to Saturday, June 7, at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, located at the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets in downtown Cape May. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $15 for students. Friday, May 17, is a half-price preview, followed by the official opening on Saturday, May 18. Sunday, May 26, will be half-price day for senior citizens 62 and older.

Call 609-884-1341 or go to

- Regina Schaffer

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