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Sunday 05/10/2015
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Green thumb grows into teaching honor

Retired Mullica Township teacher Susan Polk taught in this rural township for 33 years, and in her six years of retirement, she has been the driving force behind the township’s school district’s award-winning schoolyard garden.

Sunday 05/03/2015
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 10:03 pm
Northfield police officers honored for saving woman's life

Northfield’s Traci Fisher, 42, was relaxing at home one night in February when she took off her glasses and said to her teenage daughter, “Something is wrong.”

Sunday 04/19/2015
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 3:11 pm
Heart device maker cures broken heart by volunteering

Frank Tamru had already tried several careers before moving to Asia, co-founding a company to make heart devices, and starting Asia's first peer-reviewed scientific journal for heart surgeons.

Sunday 04/05/2015
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 12:04 pm
Wine expert drinks to inspire

John Mahoney drinks wine.

Monday 03/16/2015
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 6:30 am
Married Northfield native gets pope's nod for priesthood

James Thomas Wray, a native of Northfield and a 1977 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, is one of only about 80 married men in the U.S. to become a Catholic priest through Papal dispensation.

Sunday 03/08/2015
Posted: March 08, 2015 - 10:23 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Birding made easy for kids in new Stockton short course

When she talks to kids about bird-watching, nothing gets their attention like telling them birds are living dinosaurs, said Susan Puder, of Barnegat Township.

Sunday 03/01/2015
Posted: March 01, 2015 - 6:15 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Small hands make big money

Margate’s Laura Dulac has seen her idea for helping her kids participate in philanthropy blossom into a multistate nonprofit organization called Our Children Making Change.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Everybody Has a Story: Sea Isle City baker finds purpose helping Haitians

A bakery owner for decades, Anthony ‘Tony’ Pestritto, 88, of Sea Isle City, has spent the past 26 years helping people in Haiti.

Posted: February 08, 2015 - 1:32 pm
Sea Isle man finds key to Haiti's future linking people, land

A bakery owner for decades, Anthony ‘Tony’ Pestritto, 88, of Sea Isle City, has spent the last 26 years helping people in Haiti.

Sunday 01/25/2015
Posted: January 25, 2015 - 10:37 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Hammonton Kiwanis see a comeback

The Kiwanis Club of Hammonton, which has roots to 1922, was in trouble last year. Like service clubs of all kinds around the nation, it had only a few people coming out to meetings.

Sunday 01/18/2015
Posted: January 18, 2015 - 4:30 pm
Tribute to a good listener: a therapy dog

Back in 1999 when Eloise and Bud Sulzman, of Vineland, rescued a Cocker Spaniel named Cookie, she was an eight-month-old puppy with a serious case of mange.

Sunday 01/11/2015
Posted: January 11, 2015 - 11:58 am
Think college is costly? These students want focus on national debt

A team of five Richard Stockton College students will spend much of February trying to get people riled up about the national debt.

Sunday 12/28/2014
Posted: December 28, 2014 - 9:33 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Hearts ache for missing therapy dog on Long Beach Island

Long Beach Township’s Mary Ann Wurst is hoping for a holiday miracle.

Monday 12/01/2014
Posted: December 01, 2014 - 10:48 pm
Mays Landing woman gets home back after 20 years

When Katharine Bernhardt lost her home on a lake in Mays Landing about 20 years ago, she thought it was gone for good.

Sunday 11/09/2014
Posted: November 09, 2014 - 3:30 pm
Mullica woman lives, teaches disability rights

Muscular dystrophy has restricted Lydia Fecteau’s physical movements, but not her intellect or career.

Sunday 10/12/2014
Posted: October 12, 2014 - 10:30 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Atlantic City woman filled neighborhood need for ice cream, sparked small business

When the ice cream truck stopped visiting her Atlantic City neighborhood about 20 years ago, Bonnie Davis didn’t just wonder why. She jumped on an opportunity.

Sunday 10/05/2014
Posted: October 05, 2014 - 12:33 pm
Late Ocean City Library Director Christopher Maloney honored with portrait by Linwood artist

Linwood artist Nancy Palermo knew the late Ocean City Free Public Library Director Christopher Maloney through her murals in the library.

Sunday 09/21/2014
Posted: September 21, 2014 - 9:01 pm
Everyone Has A Story: Man behind Hammonton's Halloween parade unmasked

Bob Schenk was never a Halloween fanatic, but he’s become an expert at putting on an incredible costume party.

Monday 09/15/2014
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 8:30 am
Everybody Has a Story: Green Bank family of teen with cancer makes every minute count

The DeAngelis family of Green Bank, Burlington County, has done more traveling together and enjoying each other’s company this past year than ever before.

Sunday 09/07/2014
Posted: September 07, 2014 - 8:33 pm
Everybody Has a Story: After trip, Northfield student appreciates Iran and U.S.

Back from a three-week trip to Iran, Northfield’s Amanda Etemad, 16, feels both closer to her parents’ country of birth, and more thankful to be an American.

Sunday 08/31/2014
Posted: August 31, 2014 - 9:28 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Dispatcher from Egg Harbor Township won't let malady keep her home

Egg Harbor Township’s Kathy Ford, 29, doesn’t have to work. She wants to work. In fact, she loves it.

Sunday 08/24/2014
Posted: August 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Egg Harbor Township druggist specializes in military war dogs’ care

When retired military war dogs across the U.S. need medical treatment, the drugs used in their care are likely to come from Mark Taylor’s Jersey Shore Pharmacy in Egg Harbor Township, which specializes in compounding medications.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Posted: August 17, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Retired Mainland teacher recognized for dedication

For retired Mainland Regional High School social studies teacher John Shields, the 37 years he spent in the classroom were pure joy.

Sunday 08/10/2014
Posted: August 10, 2014 - 5:53 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Dennis Township man made career running between fish and fires

Jeff Lidle retired from the Atlantic City Fire Department recently, after 34 years and three months in Station 1 at Maryland and Atlantic avenues.

Sunday 08/03/2014
Posted: August 03, 2014 - 9:51 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Two women with same name doing great things

It’s the mystery of two women named Emily Arentz.

Monday 07/28/2014
Posted: July 28, 2014 - 1:30 pm
Linwood actress has film, writes one-woman show on moving beyond amputation

In the two years since Linwood actress, singer and dancer Rachel Handler, 26, lost part of her left leg in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, she has continued racking up career firsts.

Monday 07/21/2014
Posted: July 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Galloway's singing lifeguard to sing at tonight's Phillies game

“Singing lifeguard” Jim Craine, of Galloway Township, will fulfill a lifelong ambition when he performs tonight at a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Sunday 07/13/2014
Posted: July 13, 2014 - 10:18 pm
Basketball icon Red Klotz of Margate, longtime Washington Generals owner, dies at 93

Basketball pioneer Louis “Red” Klotz, of Margate, died Saturday at the age of 93.

Posted: July 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Ex-wrestler dad helped young gymnast grapple with fear

Gymnast Gabriella Ricca, 12, of Hammonton, has learned a few things about competing from her father, former professional wrestler in the WWE (then WWF) Superstars of Wrestling Tom Ricca.

Sunday 07/06/2014
Posted: July 06, 2014 - 7:06 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Year without food no piece of cake for Linwood native

After not eating food for a year, having to rely on a feeding tube and getting down to 81 pounds on a 5-foot, 2-inch frame, Kyli Wolfson got her life back in an operation to make her liver function as her pancreas.

Sunday 06/29/2014
Posted: June 29, 2014 - 9:59 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Heir revives Michel's baked treats for Margate farmers market

When she was a teenager, Tena Friedman didn’t want to be making cinnamon buns and pull-aparts in her family’s Margate bakery.

Sunday 06/22/2014
Posted: June 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Estell Manor family longs for service dog for diabetic toddler

There are service dogs that can sense when the blood sugar of a diabetic is about to go too high or too low by the scent of the patient’s saliva. The parents of little Braydon Hraska, a Type I diabetic, would like to get him one.

Sunday 06/15/2014
Posted: June 15, 2014 - 6:35 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Brigantine parents battle to keep sons lives normal

John and Cindy Ordille, of Brigantine, had two perfectly healthy baby boys who suddenly stopped making developmental gains.

Sunday 06/08/2014
Posted: June 08, 2014 - 9:58 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Atlantic City woman proves girls do like math

When Atlantic City’s Ka'lah Johnson, 22, graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia with an accounting degree in May, she was almost finished her master’s in business administration, too.

Sunday 06/01/2014
Posted: June 01, 2014 - 10:45 pm
Shore doc upsets champs in brain bowl

After decades working in big university medical centers, neurologist David Roeltgen came to southern New Jersey looking for a different kind of practice.

Sunday 05/25/2014
Posted: May 25, 2014 - 9:55 pm
Everyone has a story: Late bloomer finds her passion in a nurse's life

Linda Benner jokes that her classmates in the nursing program at Atlantic Cape Community College thought of her as ”the Ancient Mariner” at age 59.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Posted: May 18, 2014 - 9:46 pm
Everyone has a story: Blueberries gave Hammonton honoree his start in business

Tip DiDonato, 83, got started in business before he hit his teens.

Sunday 05/11/2014
Posted: May 11, 2014 - 9:59 pm
Everyone has a story: Linwood social guru takes new career track

After almost two decades as Linwood’s recreation director, putting on parades, holiday events, summer camps, Miss Linwood contests and fairs, Patty Ogrodnek has decided to go in a new direction.

Sunday 05/04/2014
Posted: May 04, 2014 - 9:10 pm
Everyone has a story: Play a legacy of Holocaust survivor's life

Holocaust survivor Esther Raab, of Vineland, was one of 300 Jews to escape from the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland in 1943, said son Abe Raab, of Atlantic City.

Sunday 04/27/2014
Posted: April 27, 2014 - 12:01 am
Everyone Has a Story: Former 'blackout drunk' from Atlantic City writes book on struggle for sobriety

For decades, Jim Anders was an advertising copywriter, a bartender and a blackout drunk, he said.

Sunday 04/20/2014
Posted: April 20, 2014 - 8:09 pm
Everyone has a story: Margate man to speak on Holocaust

Sam Kaufman was the only member of his family to survive imprisonment by the Nazis at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and a Jewish assistance group brought him to the U.S. as a 16-year-old orphan in the wake of World War II, he said.

Saturday 04/19/2014
Posted: April 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Hungry? Try an insect, Stockton student says

Prisoners once complained about being fed lobster, calling it cruel and inhumane punishment to eat "ocean insects," said Alexis Demitroff, of Buena Vista Township. As recently as 30 years ago, the general public was skeptical about eating sushi.

Tuesday 04/15/2014
Posted: April 15, 2014 - 9:48 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Singer writes song for people recovering from mental illness

By day Denise Miller works with older people who have mental illness at Taylor Care Adult Behavioral Health in Galloway Township.

Sunday 04/13/2014
Posted: April 13, 2014 - 10:21 pm
Everyone has a story: Filmmaker shows dark side of college parties

Like many college students, Deanna “Dee” Lugo, of Ocean View in Upper Township, has a friend who was sexually assaulted at a party.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Posted: April 09, 2014 - 11:15 am
Everyone Has a Story: Speech to examine strategies for bypassing bias

Teressa Moore Griffin was already an accomplished consultant and career coach when she signed a contract to buy a vacation home on Long Beach Island in 1999.

Sunday 04/06/2014
Posted: April 06, 2014 - 9:59 pm
Everybody Has a Story: Cape May artist spreads her wings at Somers Point exhibition

Egrets used to approach Peg Dittmar and take pieces of barracuda off a fork when the Cape May Court House artist spent winters in the Florida Keys. She got such close-up looks at the birds there, she said, and plenty of photos.

Saturday 04/05/2014
Posted: April 05, 2014 - 5:01 pm
Everybody Has a Story: Linwood eye doctor rescues Somers Point man's sight

Somers Point's Richard Rodriguez almost lost his sight because he couldn't afford health insurance.

Wednesday 04/02/2014
Posted: April 02, 2014 - 12:01 am
Everyone has a story: Linwood teen delves deeper into jazz

At 5 years old Michael Gordon, of Linwood, was studying piano and already composing music. After about a year, he picked up his piano teacher's guitar and started to play.

Sunday 03/30/2014
Posted: March 30, 2014 - 11:52 pm
Everyone has a story: Retiring principal gets a classy farewell from school

Assistant Principal John Burns spent a lot of time disciplining kids at Cumberland County Technical Education Center, but that never kept them from appreciating him.

Saturday 03/29/2014
Posted: March 29, 2014 - 7:52 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Any bit of metal will do for artist showing at Noyes Museum

Someone gave Eric Schultz an old, broken stereo when he was 17.