She named her son Delbay, for the body of water she lives on, works on and loves.

Now she's trying to create a fan base for the Delaware Bay, by attempting to be the first person to swim from Delaware to New Jersey.

Meghan Wren, of Money Island in Downe Township, will leave Port Mahon, Del., at 5 a.m. Aug. 3. She plans to emerge on the beach at Fortescue, 13.1 miles and about 10 hours later.

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Wren spearheaded the renovation of the 1928 Delaware Bay oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald more than 20 years ago, making it a floating environmental and history classroom.

"I hope to get more of a following for the bay, so people enjoy it, appreciate it and take care of it," Wren said. It's also a fundraiser for the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, where she is executive director.

Two swimmers have made it from New Jersey to Delaware, but crossed in areas with shorter distances, she said.

Wren was a competitive swimmer in college, and does triathlons and organized ocean swims for fun. But she hasn't done a lot of long-distance swims, she said.

"I'm stretching doing 13.1 miles," Wren said.

Her dad, Jim Wren, of Stone Harbor, encouraged her to give it a try, after hearing the swim was on her bucket list. He will be in one of two support boats, she said. Kayaks also will accompany her, with a rotation of paddlers.

Delbay, 8, will be on shark lookout in a boat. "He has a love/hate relationship with sharks," Wren said.

Husband Jesse Briggs, one of two captains of the Meerwald, is trying to arrange his schedule on the schooner to be there, she said.

Rain isn't likely to make her postpone the attempt, but wind might. Visit

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Mike Richman and Diane Mitchell, of the "Mike & Diane Morning Show" on 95.1 WAYV, now have their faces - in caricature - on the Wall of Fame at The Palm Restaurant inside the Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

The pair, who have been morning hosts for more than 15 years, celebrated at The Palm last Thursday.

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Abigail Craige, 10, of Seaville, Upper Township, won the Girls Division ages 9-10 at the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby at Dealy Field, in Sea Isle City.

Christopher "CJ" Furey, of Strathmere, took first for boys ages 7-8 ; and Brian Furey, of Strathmere, came in third for boys 11-12.

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