When she was a teenager, Somers Point's Camille DeCaro was selling dollhouses in her family's toy stores in Philadelphia and Ventnor.
"My father made them, I furnished and electrified them. Now I sell real houses," said the 25-year veteran real estate agent, currently working with Century 21 in Linwood. "But to this day, I always have a dollhouse in my house."
A serious knee injury in 2010 forced her to slow down and find ways to occupy her time while recuperating. So the self-described "foodie," who has been a judge for the Long Beach Island Chowderfest, handwrote a cookie cookbook and gave it to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's Southern Branch and others around the country to sell as a fundraiser.
Then she started making upcycled jewelry, creating new pieces out of the old. She gave about 1,500 of pairs of earrings to local charities and those around the country for the first two years, to sell for $2 each. Now she only donates her jewelry to the FoodBank's Kathleen's Closet thrift shop in the Festival at Mays Landing and to the Atlantic County Women's Center thrift shop Finders Keepers in the Cornerstone Building in Linwood.
"My goal is to do as much as I can with as little as I have," she said.
As if that isn't enough, she also writes a blog about how to make great meals on a restricted budget, using examples of food from the FoodBank, at:butterflychef.blogspot.com.
New name for SRHS field
During halftime of the first home football game Thursday, the field at Southern Regional School District's Goldberger Memorial Stadium will become the "Ron Emmert Field." Emmert is a longtime SRHS coach and retired teacher. The game begins at 6:30 and a reception will follow at Applebee's Restaurant in Stafford Township. Contact Athletic Director Chuck Donohue Jr. at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribute by O.C. Pops
Ocean City's Peggy Lloyd turned 100 Tuesday, and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra dedicated its concert at the Ocean City Music Pier to her, complete with a birthday cake with 100 candles and singing to "the perky lady who still attends to her garden and shovels snow," as city publicist Mark Soifer described her in a press release.
Lloyd is a former Miss America chaperone, and during World War II taught skiing and swimming to troops on rest and rehabilitation leave in Newfoundland. She has donated money to many city causes and still runs fundraising bus trips for the Ocean City Arts Center.