Margate resident Curt Kugel, 75, remembers visiting the Luden Estate at Atlantic and Tallahassee avenues in the Chelsea section of Atlantic City when he was growing up about a block away in the 1940s.

William Luden, the retired developer of the first menthol cough drop, lived there. Mrs. Luden would go to the door of her mansion with treats for neighborhood kids, he said. They were always cough drops.

His neighbors were among the city’s political and business leaders. Mayor Joseph Altman, in office from 1944 to 1967, lived a couple of doors down in an elegant home on Tallahassee. Kugel’s six-bedroom home was a block from the ocean and two blocks from his rowboat on the bay.

“I had the life of Riley there,” he said.

On Saturday, the restaurant consultant took three of his grandchildren on a walking tour of his old neigborhood — granddaughter Olivia Romeo, 17, of Westerly, R.I.; and grandsons Jacob Romeo, 19, of Westerly; and Cameron Kugel, 12, of Jupiter, Fla.

He showed them the site of the old Unity Food Market; Weiner’s Candy Store, where he bought bubble gum during World War II; and the Jackson Barber Shop, all within a few blocks of his home.

His parents owned Carter & Co. Jewelry Store on the Boardwalk at St. James Place, and Kugel later became a restaurateur, running Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Bar in Atlantic City with his in-laws.

Daughter Stacee Kugel, of Westerly, R.I.; and sons Jack, of Jupiter, Fla.; and Curt, of Linwood, also went along for the tour. Son Richard is an Atlantic City firefighter and chief of the Margate Beach Patrol.

UMDNJ Class of 2016

Six local students were welcomed into the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2016 on Sunday, in a White Coat Ceremony. The class of 162 students was chosen from more than 4,200 applicants, a spokesman said.

Locals include Thomas Egizi, of Northfield; Patrick Eigbe, of Galloway Township; Sidra Hafeez, of Brigantine; Khadijatul Kobra, of Atlantic City; Anh Tran, of Atlantic City; and Victoria Shertel, of Mays Landing.

Outstanding physician

David Roeltgen, M.D., a board-certified neurologist at Cape Regional Physicians Associates and Cape Regional Medical Center, has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as one of New Jersey’s outstanding physicians.

Roeltgen most recently served as an attending neurologist, professor of neurology and director of the Headache Program at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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