Marie Carhart started kindergarten the year her brother, Joseph Egles, started college. With 12 years between them, she didn't really get to know him until they were both adults.

She kept getting to know him better, even after his death at age 60 in 2010, when she found the manuscript for a novel he had written in 1987. Called "The Kabrini Message," it was about humanity's reaction to first contact with an alien civilization and involves a terrorist subplot.

"I found it in my attic in 2011, when I was going through some old photos," said the restaurant and hotel interior designer who lives in Absecon. "There were all these loose, hand-typed pages."

Her mother, Marie Egles, had typed it for Joe, of Ship Bottom. She had written on the envelope, "Joe's book."

"I never knew he wanted to write. I knew he was interested in astronomy and loved to read fantasy - all the novels of (J.R.R.) Tolkien," Carhart said.

At one point, his main character tries and fails to comfort a woman. He writes: "He hated that every time he tried to be sensitive, it just came across as awkward."

Those lines came from his heart, she said, and explained his reluctance to show emotion.

She so believed in the book, she hired a professional editor and a videographer to make a trailer for it. Before it was published last year as an e-book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble by Etopia Press, the book's Facebook page had 1,000 followers, she said.

Later this month, it comes out in hardcover, she said. See the book trailer at bit.ly/presskabrini.

Author to sign book

Michael "Mickey" Williams Jr. will sign his book, "Pushed out the Crack House into God's House," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Corner Stone Christian Bookstore, 21 S. Seventh St., Vineland.

Williams spent 22 years in and out of prisons and drug rehabilitation centers before finding God and getting clean in 2009. He lives in Bridgeton with wife, Lernell. For more information, visit

Service excellence

Danielle Foster, RDCS, echocardiographer technician at Cape Regional Medical Center, is the Service Excellence of the Month award recipient for April, for successfully getting a complete pre-operative echocardiogram on a woman with limited mobility.

The patient had been denied an echocardiogram at another hospital because she was unable to roll on her left side due to a neck issue, the hospital said in a statement.

Danielle and her husband, A.J., live in East Vineland.

Museum milestone

Plumbing contractor Chip Duross, of Sea Isle City, recently became the 10,000th visitor to the Sea Isle City Historical Society history museum, inside the Sea Isle branch of the Cape May County Library at 48th Street and Central Avenue.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219, MPost@pressofac.com