Debbie and Michael Schurman, of Northfield, got a postcard recently from Michael’s identical twin brother, saying he was looking forward to visiting and spending time in “my little room in the back.”
That made sense, since Robert Schurman, 70, was due to arrive soon.
But the postcard was from Wellington, New Zealand, a place Robert visited more than 20 years ago.
“Our son Robert was 22 in April, and there is no mention of him,” said Debbie, 53, the office manager for Fresh Cut Lawn Care in Egg Harbor Township, owned by her brothers John and Shawn Ferrie. Her older son Larry Fernan is named in the postcard, as is a dog the family had more than 20 years ago.
There is a 1990 Wellington postmark, so the card must have made it to the U.S., where someone found it after decades, slapped a U.S. stamp on it, and put it back in the mail. This time it made it to her door, just in time for Robert’s latest arrival.
The elder Robert is moving back to the area to help Debbie care for Michael, who has Alzheimer’s disease. His twin has not developed signs of the disease, Debbie said. The brothers are close, having grown up together in St. John’s Home for Boys in New York City.
Michael Schurman is a former journalist who was the Atlantic County Highway Safety Director for 20 years. He was also the first news director for radio station WOND and later for local NBC affiliate WMGM-TV 40, for which he was a weekend news anchor. His children from a previous marriage are Tom Schurman, of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Shannon Marie Schurman, of Las Vegas.
Choir on TV
The William Davies Middle School Choir will be recorded live for the annual TV 40 Christmas Chorale on Wednesday, and its performance will be televised several times during Christmas week, said Donna Marie Berchtold, music teacher at the middle school in Hamilton Township. About 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10, the choir will be on the radio on WFPG-FM 96.9.
Davies’ Premier Band, Concert Band, Treble Choir and Show Choir are all co-directed by Berchtold, Andrew Seigel and David Rothkopf.
Port Republic teen Madison Meeks, 13, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals New Jersey Southern Chapter as Young Philanthropist of the Year on Nov. 15. She was nominated by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic and Cape May Counties for her three years of running a bake sale for the organization, which raised both funds for and awareness of the needs of foster children.
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