Stephen Thomas, 15, of the North Cape May section of Lower Township, lives like others of his age did in the 19th century. He is homeschooled and has been trained as an apprentice in woodworking and blacksmithing since he was 11.
Rick Mather, of Deerfield Township, has always been a musician, practicing trumpet three hours a day for 40 years. But it was not until he lost a finger in an industrial accident that he started playing piano.
Kirk Hastings started writing a science fiction novel about a robot seeking his creator in 1970, when he was 18 years old.
Tom Moore says he's living proof that you shouldn't let other people bring you down.
Elaine Campanelli Santo had a message "burning inside" her, but she waited 30 years to share it.
Soraya D’Simone “celebrates life” through belly dancing. But D’Simone is far more than a casual belly dancer. She is known internationally for her authentic, entertaining style of dance.
While many pilots hop in their planes and go for joy rides, Ken Knopp gets his joy helping sick people by transporting them for medical treatment.
For years, Alex Kaganzev, 52, and Steve Plevins, 61, watched each other perform charitable acts and hold fundraisers in separate capacities. It finally occurred to them last year to join forces, realizing they could help more people together than independently.
Ralph Marino, 55, of Waretown, is a quadriplegic, the result of an accident in which the former baseball catcher's neck was broken after a collision at home plate when he was 19.
John Gowdy makes a living doing what children spend hours doing every summer on the beach: making sandcastles.
Jim Commander expects his Buena Regional High School marching band to perform at the highest level. Winning, however, doesn’t matter to the resident of the Sweetwater section of Mullica Township as much as learning does.
As an administrative assistant at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, Vanessa Herold is surrounded by doctors and nurses who save lives. So Herold thought she would try to do the same despite lacking the same medical expertise.
A Ventnor native plays an integral role in the upcoming PBS documentary "Circus," a six-hour series beginning Nov. 3 that shows life in, out and under the big top.
Oakcrest High School teacher David Jungblut likes to lead by example. As a ninth-grade science teacher, the 57-year-old Ocean City resident could easily just instruct his classes, assign homework and grade tests.
Lisa Gross really knows how to throw a party. Just ask anyone who has been to her son Corson’s first three birthdays.
Jennifer Shieh admits she's a people person. Her day job as an independent financial analyst and consultant allows her to work closely with people to help plan their futures. But the Ventnor resident's life is certainly not all about stocks and bonds; it's also about chords and charts. Her first love is music, mostly because she loves performing in front of crowds.
Karyn White strongly believes that parents — not just teachers — are responsible for their children’s education. And she is leading by example.
In the premiere episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," actor Steve Buscemi, as quasifictional Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson, peers into a Boardwalk storefront window and watches a small, premature baby being weighed by a nurse.
When the Francke family heard that director Martin Scorsese was planning a Frank Sinatra biopic, they knew it was time to spring into action to defend their late grandmother’s legacy.
If you check out the nation’s No. 1 movie at the box office this week, “The Social Network,” you might get a glimpse of a Linwood resident in the film’s rowing scenes.
Melvin Weinberg may be best known as the founder of Mel’s Furniture and Factory Direct Bedding in Atlantic City. But the community remembers Weinberg as a man who seemed to always be there for people in need.
When Maura Corcoran was born 32 years ago with cystic fibrosis, Gerald and Myra Corcoran realized they had a duty not only to take care of their daughter, but also to help fight the disease.
Sometimes, a little peer pressure can be a good thing.
As an aviation survival technician in the U.S. Coast Guard, David Downham’s job is to save lives through water rescues. But it’s what he does above and beyond the call of duty that made his superiors — and his community — take notice.
Karen Buondonno’s faith that there are plenty of good people in the world has been renewed, but it was a rough road getting there.
When “Boardwalk Empire” debuts at 9 tonight on HBO, many southern New Jersey residents with premium cable subscriptions will be watching because of the show’s Atlantic City roots. Rich Black, however, will be watching particularly closely.
Alissa Bleazard can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, so she’s pursuing two of her dreams at the same time.
When Priscilla Noel won the inaugural MissInkAmerica.com pageant in February, she wanted to change people's preconceived notions about people with body art.
There are plenty of books about divorce, but the one Lisa Gottlieb is working on definitely has a different take on the subject.
Like many New York City actors, Heather Shields makes a good deal of her living as a waitress. But a road trip that led to a full-length musical may have the Linwood native out of restaurants and into more theaters.
After the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, Michael Cagno, executive director of The Noyes Museum of Art of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, knew he wanted to do something for citizens of the ravaged country.
The drive home from a soccer match became pretty interesting for Cape May County's Padraic Roney and Tyler Dougherty.
Alexi Panos admits she has a pretty fun life. As a model and TV personality, the former Ventnor resident hosts a sports trivia show on SportsNet New York, and anything bought in size 6 at Kenneth Cole is based on her figure.
Earl Paul calls himself Ocean City’s No. 1 beach bum, and no one should argue.
In 10 months, Absecon's Pat Dumadag transformed himself from a fast food-eating couch potato into a marathon runner.
WCMC 1230-AM may not have the most listeners, but it certainly has very loyal ones. A big reason the 1,000-watt Wildwood station has those listeners is Jim MacMillan, the station’s program director and host of “South Jersey Journal” from 6 to 10 a.m. daily.
Richard Schmollinger is the kind of diner brothers Steve and Anthony Cozzi dreamed about when they opened Fuze in Avalon last year.
When Vineland’s Gregg Lillie went to Chapman University last year to study film, he basically enjoyed just watching documentaries. Now, after filming one in Africa for two weeks, he wants to be a documentarian.
Andy Wells wants to prove that bartenders are not just worried about making tips. They care about their customers.
When "America's Got Talent" returns to NBC for its sixth season in 2011, it may feature an Egg Harbor Township resident.
Thanks to a wealthy entrepreneur, an artistic vision and a strong work ethic, a group of Port Republic-based friends started a production company, wrapped their first feature film and are no longer working mundane jobs.
The Press of Atlantic City’s 2005 high school softball player of the year is still putting her skills to use as a Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirl.
A 22-year-old Hammonton resident will not only return to grace the pages of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders calendar this year, she will be on the cover.
James Wiener always wanted to be a star. Instead, he became a dentist. But that doesn't mean he's giving up on his dream.
Michael Kafkalas not only believes in miracles, he believes he witnessed one after a stormy night 23 years ago.
Chris Arena believes this could be the year his career as a professional musician breaks. And his 76-year-old grandmother can take some credit.
The surfer’s life in New Jersey can be pretty tough. So tough — and interesting — that a pair of locals decided to make a movie about it.
As a veteran, Joe Astick finds it frustrating that many fellow veterans, particularly younger veterans who are finishing recent tours of duty, cannot find employment.
Stephanie Ariel Williams admits that she was not a "toddler and tiara girl." But that did not stop her from winning the 2010 Miss District of Columbia pageant June 20.
Wildwood's tram cars are certainly legendary, but a local legend also drives them.