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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:16 pm | Updated: 8:43 am, Mon Feb 18, 2013.

Imagine being introduced to someone who will not look up from an electronic device to say a simple “Hello.”

Dan Anderson, co-owner with wife, Sandi, of Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro on Shore Road in Somers Point, said it has happened to him more than once in his own restaurant.

“I’ve had people not look up from their iPad to shake my hand and not look me in the eye,” he said.

So the Andersons are holding “No Tech Tuesdays” on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, when guests are asked not to use any electronic devices and will be “fined” if they do. Money collected will be donated to the Jordan Road School Garden and Kids are Cookin’ Dinner, Dan said.

“This is our tongue-in-cheek way of saying, ‘Why don’t we just deal with people?’” Dan said.

Dan once saw a teenage boy looking at pictures of naked women on his cell phone, while mom and dad ate dinner across the table.

“I walked over and put my arm around him, and the screen goes off,” Dan laughed.

He said the restaurant will unplug its television sets, which usually play sporting events, and will offer old-fashioned drinks such as Harvey Wallbangers. Acoustic guitarists and singer/songwriters Rebecca Nell and Ben Clayton will perform: Nell on Feb.19 and Clayton on Feb. 26.

“This is my putting toes in the water. We may shoot to do this for an extended time,” he said. “Of course, you know we didn’t do it in football or baseball season.”

Holocaust drama

Rowan University theater students Claire Kane, of Wildwood, and Katie Kiessling, of Bridgeton, are portraying two of 20 women sharing a barracks in Auschwitz in a Holocaust drama based on the true story of Charlotte Delbo, “Who Will Carry the Word?”

It’s at Rowan University’s Westby Hall Black Box Theatre on the Glassboro campus from Feb. 21 to March 3. Visit rowan.tix.com or call the box office at 856-256-4545.

Delbo was a French writer who died in 1985. She was imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, along with 228 other French women. Only 49 survived.

Farming award

Eric M. Hensel, Eric R. Hensel, Eric Hensel Jr. and Michael Yacovelli run Hensel Farms LLC in Milmay, Buena Vista Township.

The business won Vegetable Grower of the Year Feb. 6 at the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City from the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey. Four generations of the Hensel family have been involved in farming in Atlantic County during the last 100 years, starting with German immigrants Robert and Clara Hensel in 1908.

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