Jimmy Ward, 15, a sophomore at Southern Regional High School, has run through Long Beach Island in two films now.
The first, “Hope for Long Beach Island,” showed him jogging by scenes of devastation after Hurricane Sandy and had more than 30,000 views on YouTube from people in about 100 countries, he said.
The second, “LBI Is Alive,” shows him passing open businesses, proving the island is ready for summer tourists.
“I’m the cameraman, acted in it and edited it,” Ward said. He would set up the camera, record himself running by an area, then stop and set up the next shot. But it’s edited to look like he’s doing a marathon, he said.
Ward, of Manahawkin in Stafford Township, was inspired to film Sandy’s aftermath by his father, a Jersey Central Power and Light worker.
“I didn’t see him for 30 days. He called and texted me about some of the stuff he’d see. It changed my view,” Ward said. “I just didn’t have power for three days, and thought that was bad.”
Southern Regional’s DECA Club, led by Manahawkin seniors Shana Maw,17; and Kelsey Sullivan, 18, adopted LBI for a public relations project. Members asked Ward to make “LBI Is Alive,” and have been putting up “See You This Summer” posters throughout the island. The club is also running a social media campaign to distribute Ward’s film.
They are working with former Southern Regional student Sam Sepanak, a recent Penn State graduate, and her mom, Pat Sepanak, who owns Sand Dollar Realty in Surf City. To watch the film, click here.
Top hospital employee
Transporter Robert Walton Jr. was named Shore Medical Center’s 2012 Employee of the Year for his positive attitude and excellent patient care, a spokesperson said.
Walton joined Shore Medical Center’s Environmental Services Department in 1993. He lives in Pleasantville with his wife, Barbara. Their family includes nine children, 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Chef educator honored
Chef Vincent Tedeschi, a chef educator at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
A 1998 ACA graduate, Tedeschi lives in Northfield. He formerly worked at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Cousins Country House in Egg Harbor Township and owned Fiddler’s Well Catering. He also served as a personal chef for entertainer Cher in Atlantic City.