For 54 years, Tom Larocca made sandwiches at The White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City — a place where celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis and Bill Cosby used to visit regularly.

The famous still come, he said.

“The last (celebrity) I took a picture with was Dr. Oz, about three months ago,” said Larocca, 76, about the surgeon and author Mehmet Oz, who has a television show. “He had his family with him.”

Larocca, who started at the White House at age 22 in 1958, was the oldest and longest serving sandwich man there when he retired early this year.

He grew up near the restaurant, which opened on Arctic Avenue in 1946 in Atlantic City’s largely Italian Ducktown neighborhood. He now lives in Absecon.

“I always fiddled around with food,” he said. In high school, he steamed clams at Hackney’s restaurant in the Inlet — now long closed.

For three years after school, he worked at the Lenox China factory in Galloway Township, also now closed. When the workers went on strike, he left and started making sandwiches.

“I could walk to work at the White House,” he said, because he lived in Atlantic City then. “And I didn’t have to worry about lunch — that’s for sure.”

His best memories are of going out after work with bosses, such as the former Army cook who founded the shop, the late Anthony Basile. They treated him like family, he said.

Up-and-coming scholars

Port Republic fifth grade honor roll student Jakob Joseph Mangold has been nominated to attend the National Young Scholars Program at The Hun School of Princeton in Lawrenceville, Mercer County, from July15 to 19, said parents Karma and Jeremy Mangold, of Port Republic.

His grandmother is Joelle Nielsen, also of Port Republic.

Women’s Hall of Fame

Superior Court Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio will hold its fifth annual induction ceremony of The Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame April 17 at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland.

This year’s inductees are Vineland’s Reba Chonofsky, the first coordinator of the county’s Personal Assistance Services Program for the disabled; Millville’s Pat Witt, an artist who has inspired countless people through 50 years at her Barn Studio of Art; and Goldie Leasure Wulderk, of Bridgeton, for developing the county Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Council of Club Women.

Dinner is $50. Contact Louise T. Bertacchi at or Kim Litchendorf at, or 856-825-5929.