Melvin and Zelda Weinberg
Melvin and Zelda Weinberg. Family photo.

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.

Weinberg, who died in 1980, will be honored by Atlantic City at 10 a.m. Thursday when a portion of Massachusetts Avenue, next to the furniture store he founded with his wife, Zelda, at 508 Atlantic Ave., will be renamed Melvin Weinberg Way.

The street dedication was granted after the current owners of the family business, Weinberg’s sons Philip, 57, and Ron, 60, of the Downbeach area, reminded City Council of their father’s accomplishments and positive impact on the community.

Since Weinberg originally opened Mel’s Sales in 1954, he was part of a block that featured various stores. Fifty-six years later, the Weinbergs’ store is the only one on the block, mostly because Weinberg always wanted to stay in the community that made him successful.

“Without the people in the community, we would never be here,” said Philip, whose mother, Zelda, is 86. “My father was always there for them, whether it was for the kids, the churches or the soup kitchens. If he saw kids on the streets playing with wooden bats and stones, he would get them baseball bats and balls. He taught us it was always great to give back to the community, and he always showed his kindness and generosity around the holidays, whether it was turkeys for Thanksgiving or pumpkins for Halloween. So my brother and I try to follow in his footsteps as much as we can.”

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n Atlantic City’s St. Monica Roman Catholic Church will honor four of its members for service to the church and community during a fundraiser Friday, Oct. 15. The church will pay tribute to Egg Harbor Township’s Carolyn Crisp for her service to the church’s youth, Pleasantville’s Sara Brown for her years as altar server, Atlantic City’s Sister Patty Prendergast for her work with local homeless women and Norman Williams for his work with the church.

n Southern Regional High School will see the return of its hypnotist show benefit this year, sponsored by the Stafford Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association and organized by Stafford Township’s Melissa Ardoin and Tuckerton’s Christine Ryder. The family-friendly show will benefit Southern Regional’s senior class and will take place Friday.

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