Dr. Jim Huang, of Quality Eye Associates in Linwood and Cape May Court House, was treating patient Teresa Laurence for macular degeneration, an age-related disease that impairs central vision. She was 93, and could still see television, but only if she sat really close.
"I said, ‘Why don't you get a bigger TV?'," said Huang, of Northfield. But she didn't. So Huang said he would buy one for her, for her 100th birthday. She jokingly reminded him of it at every visit, Huang said.
Last month, Laurence became a centenarian and Huang bought her a 37-inch flat-screen TV. Daughter Ellen Laurence, 66, who lives near her mom in senior housing at Haven House in North Cape May, said the gift surprised and delighted Teresa, who really didn't expect it.
Teresa, who goes by Tessie, was a seamstress who raised six children alone, after her husband, John, left her, Ellen said. After her youngest grew up, John returned, and she took him back. It was forgiveness you can only understand if you know Tessie, Ellen said.
"We said to him, ‘Mom has had a very hard life. We just want you to treat her good, or you'll have six of us to answer to,'" Ellen said. And he was good to her the second time around. John died about 15 years ago. Teresa's children are now 64 to 74 years old.
Teresa, whose macular degeneration is now stable, was able to watch video from her 100th birthday party on the new set, Huang said.
Give us a ‘W'
The Southern Regional High School varsity cheerleading squad recently earned its 10th consecutive bid to the National High School Cheerleading Championship, finishing fourth out of 13 large varsity squads. The squad will represent New Jersey at the national competition Feb. 11-12 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Jodi Lynd, 38, of Mays Landing, co-taught a three-day Emergency Water Rescue Class for seven members of the Sea Isle City Volunteer Fire Department and two members of the municipality's Police Department recently.
Lynd and an instructor for Life Guard Systems, a water rescue company based in Shokan, N.Y., worked with participants aboard the SICVFD's new 14-foot Zodiak-style rescue boat and the municipality's 26-foot police and fire rescue vessel, a city spokesperson said.
Roger Fehrle, an underwater dive instructor and 33-year member of the SICVFD, organized the sessions.
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