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Everyone Has A Story

Monday 07/01/2013
Posted: July 01, 2013 - 12:01 am
Immigrant turns pain into prose

Esther Buckley Sutherland immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland when she was 18, with her mom and siblings.

Saturday 12/04/2010
Posted: December 04, 2010 - 11:45 pm
Lower Township teen an expert in 19th century trades

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.

Tuesday 11/30/2010
Updated: November 30, 2010 - 11:49 pm
One less finger no problem for pianist from Deerfield Township

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.

Sunday 11/28/2010
Updated: December 04, 2010 - 11:22 pm
Somers Point author’s novel grew with age

Kirk Hastings started writing a science fiction novel about a robot seeking his creator in 1970, when he was 18 years old.

Tuesday 11/23/2010
Updated: November 23, 2010 - 8:11 pm
‘Disabled' Atlantic City boy becomes Pleasantville man who overcame

Tom Moore says he's living proof that you shouldn't let other people bring you down.

Monday 11/22/2010
Updated: November 23, 2010 - 4:54 pm
Galloway Township woman talks about teaching special education, running for Miss America in new book

Elaine Campanelli Santo had a message "burning inside" her, but she waited 30 years to share it.

Saturday 11/20/2010
Posted: November 20, 2010 - 10:35 pm
Margate resident celebrates life through belly dancing

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.

Tuesday 11/16/2010
Updated: November 17, 2010 - 6:27 pm
Upper Township pilot gets lift from helping transport sick

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.

Sunday 11/14/2010
Posted: November 14, 2010 - 11:50 pm
Vineland men again unite to do more good

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.

Updated: November 17, 2010 - 6:27 pm
Quadriplegic from Waretown tells others not to give up

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.

Tuesday 11/09/2010
Updated: November 10, 2010 - 5:19 pm
Sand sculptor dug up hobby on Atlantic City beach

John Gowdy makes a living doing what children spend hours doing every summer on the beach: making sandcastles.

Sunday 11/07/2010
Updated: November 10, 2010 - 5:19 pm
Buena Regional High School band director says winning is not everything

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.

Saturday 11/06/2010
Updated: November 10, 2010 - 5:19 pm
Team of Egg Harbor Township women walks 60 miles for cancer cause

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.

Wednesday 10/27/2010
Posted: October 27, 2010 - 12:01 am
PBS documentary shows life under the makeup for Ventnor native

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.

Sunday 10/24/2010
Updated: October 26, 2010 - 5:50 pm
Hurricane Katrina, BP oil spill chances to shine for Oakcrest High School teacher

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.

Saturday 10/23/2010
Updated: October 23, 2010 - 11:49 pm
Cape May Court House mom throws parties fit for tiny king

Lisa Gross really knows how to throw a party. Just ask anyone who has been to her son Corson’s first three birthdays.

Tuesday 10/19/2010
Updated: October 26, 2010 - 5:51 pm
Ventnor woman shares musical gift

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.

Sunday 10/17/2010
Updated: October 17, 2010 - 6:40 pm
Northfield woman, school board member, one of two mothers picked by Parenting Magazine as delegates at NBC’s Education Nation summit

Karyn White strongly believes that parents — not just teachers — are responsible for their children’s education. And she is leading by example.

Saturday 10/16/2010
Updated: November 10, 2010 - 5:19 pm
For 'Boardwalk Empire'-era Atlantic City, babies in incubators were a sideshow attraction

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.

Saturday 10/09/2010
Posted: October 09, 2010 - 4:41 pm
Sinatra loved their grandma — and that’s why the lady’s no tramp

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.

Tuesday 10/05/2010
Posted: October 05, 2010 - 4:52 pm
Mainland Regional graduate Joe Carroll rows crew as extra in 'The Social Network'

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.

Sunday 10/03/2010
Posted: October 03, 2010 - 7:18 pm
Atlantic City honors businessman by renaming part of street

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.

Tuesday 09/28/2010
Updated: September 28, 2010 - 6:16 pm
Ocean City family fights cystic fibrosis through golf tournament

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.

Sunday 09/26/2010
Updated: September 26, 2010 - 7:33 pm
Egg Harbor Township teacher going a long way to help a charity

Sometimes, a little peer pressure can be a good thing.

Tuesday 09/21/2010
Posted: September 21, 2010 - 5:20 pm
Atlantic City-based U.S. Coast Guard technician honored for work with children's charity

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.

Sunday 09/19/2010
Updated: September 19, 2010 - 10:05 pm
Donors replace Linwood girl's stolen toy Jeep — and then some

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.

Saturday 09/18/2010
Updated: September 19, 2010 - 12:00 am
West Atlantic City man’s grandfather busted rum-runners, was friends with Nucky Johnson

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.

Tuesday 09/07/2010
Updated: September 07, 2010 - 10:19 pm
Talented Galloway woman torn between two passions

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.

Sunday 09/05/2010
Posted: September 05, 2010 - 12:01 am
Atlantic City woman ready to pass on Miss Ink America crown

When Priscilla Noel won the inaugural MissInkAmerica.com pageant in February, she wanted to change people's preconceived notions about people with body art.

Tuesday 08/31/2010
Updated: August 31, 2010 - 6:37 pm
Margate writer shares family’s gains from a divorce

There are plenty of books about divorce, but the one Lisa Gottlieb is working on definitely has a different take on the subject.

Sunday 08/29/2010
Updated: August 30, 2010 - 7:26 am
Linwood native goes from waiting for her big acting break to helping create a musical

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.

Saturday 08/28/2010
Updated: August 29, 2010 - 12:51 am
Everyone Has a Story: Noyes art museum to host work created by Haitian children, artists

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.

Tuesday 08/24/2010
Updated: August 24, 2010 - 6:22 pm
Everyone has a Story: Cape May County men honored for heroism

The drive home from a soccer match became pretty interesting for Cape May County's Padraic Roney and Tyler Dougherty.

Sunday 08/22/2010
Updated: August 23, 2010 - 8:24 am
Everyone Has a Story / Former Ventnor resident, now a model and TV host, gives back on ‘EPIC’ scale

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.

Saturday 08/21/2010
Updated: August 21, 2010 - 11:26 pm
Man says he is Ocean City's biggest beach bum

Earl Paul calls himself Ocean City’s No. 1 beach bum, and no one should argue.

Tuesday 08/17/2010
Updated: August 17, 2010 - 5:14 pm
Everyone has a Story: Absecon man runs himself to better health

In 10 months, Absecon's Pat Dumadag transformed himself from a fast food-eating couch potato into a marathon runner.

Sunday 08/15/2010
Updated: August 16, 2010 - 7:29 am
Everyone Has a Story: Wildwood DJ brings classic career to a close

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.

Updated: August 15, 2010 - 8:14 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Avalon restaurant serves items fit for a king

Richard Schmollinger is the kind of diner brothers Steve and Anthony Cozzi dreamed about when they opened Fuze in Avalon last year.

Tuesday 08/03/2010
Posted: August 03, 2010 - 11:53 pm
Film student from Vineland finds calling in Botswana

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.

Sunday 08/01/2010
Updated: August 02, 2010 - 10:44 pm
Driver safety is Somers Point bartender trainer’s goal

Andy Wells wants to prove that bartenders are not just worried about making tips. They care about their customers.

Updated: August 05, 2010 - 7:00 pm
Egg Harbor Township teen to audition for 'America's Got Talent'

When "America's Got Talent" returns to NBC for its sixth season in 2011, it may feature an Egg Harbor Township resident.

Wednesday 07/28/2010
Updated: July 28, 2010 - 12:54 am
Port Republic-based group of friends gets big break as filmmakers

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.

Monday 07/26/2010
Updated: July 26, 2010 - 12:47 pm
Rowan grad from Vineland enjoys job as Phillies ballgirl

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.

Friday 07/23/2010
Updated: July 25, 2010 - 8:48 am
Hammonton 22-year-old featured as Eagles calendar girl

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.

Wednesday 07/21/2010
Posted: July 21, 2010 - 8:19 am
Dentistry lets Mainland Regional High School grad follow his music dreams

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.

Sunday 07/18/2010
Posted: July 18, 2010 - 12:00 am
Everyone Has a Story: Cross formed by lightning strengthens faith for Egg Harbor Township man

Michael Kafkalas not only believes in miracles, he believes he witnessed one after a stormy night 23 years ago.

Updated: July 19, 2010 - 12:12 am
Everyone Has a Story: 25-year-old musician turns to his grandmother for an honest ear

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.

Tuesday 07/13/2010
Updated: July 14, 2010 - 12:43 am
Local surfers film an ode to the Jersey stoke

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.

Monday 07/12/2010
Posted: July 12, 2010 - 12:01 am
Everyone Has a Story: Brigantine man creates jobs for veterans

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.

Saturday 07/10/2010
Updated: July 10, 2010 - 11:10 pm
Everyone Has a Story: Margate native wins Miss D.C. crown

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.