VENTNOR — Brett Denafo, who brought new life to a Stone Harbor movie theater, plans to turn the closed Ventnor Twin into a thoroughly modern movie house in time for next summer’s films.
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Have you ever been awakened from blissful sleep with leg muscles spazzing with what seems like mind-bending pain? Or have been surprised while sitting, standing, swimming or after a workout by the excruciating, hard-to-soothe muscle spasms, known as a charley horse?
Question: Years ago, my late grandmother received a 28-inch-long “Hilda” doll with a china head and soft body. Originally owned by her best friend’s mother, Hilda is marked “JDK Jr. 1914 Made in Germany 245.” I would like to know about the doll’s maker and possible value. — L.R., Linwood
Question: What’s the best way to find good, trustworthy, qualified people who can help seniors with home chores or small jobs? — Looking for Mom
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: Need best deal on CLEAR storage bins. — Craig B.
This past weekend was stormy enough to spoil New Jersey’s views of the great Perseid meteor shower — and of Mars. The summer of 2018 has often been cloudy and therefore frustrating for those of us who want to see Mars at its closest in 15 years.
Throughout our communities, students of all ages will be returning to school in the next few weeks. It’s a time of year when stress levels can soar with increased activities and back-to-school jitters.
Question: About 10 years ago, a friend who collected President John F. Kennedy items gave me two ceramic figurines from her collection. Each about 5¾ inches high, they represent John John and Caroline Kennedy attired in the outfits they wore at their father’s funeral ceremony. Caroline is dr…
Question: How well does Medicare cover diabetes? I’m 66 years old and was recently told by my doctor that I have pre-diabetes. If it progresses to full-fledged diabetes what can I expect from Medicare. — Recently Retired
It’s hard to imagine Alan Kopala, decked out in an “I love cats” sweater and snapping photos of a group of kittens, was ever allergic to cats.
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I know that Christmas will be approaching very soon. I am looking for a pizzelle maker that has deep groves. I don’t want to spend a fortune on one. Could you please tell me if you see any bargains? — Jo Ann S.
Within the past month, there have been as many as five known serious salmonella outbreaks nationwide, all with recalls. These concerns may have made you look twice since it reached some brands that you may have had stocked in your pantry or refrigerator.
Question: Among a number of old, round watches I inherited is a working stem-wound one with an 800 silver mark. It has a white dial, gold hands and a silver and black striped face case. The watch is 1 7/8 inches in diameter and “International Watch Co. Made in Switzerland” is engraved on its…
Question: What options can you recommend for finding a good executor for my will? At one time I thought one of my two kids could do it, but they are both financially inept and would probably make a mess of things. — Looking for Options
Question: You often recommend the Onkyo TX-8020 as the top pick in an affordable (under $200) receiver. Have you ever evaluated the new Onkyo TX-8220, which includes Bluetooth? — B.R., San Jose, Calif.
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I have been looking for butter pats that are individually wrapped. I use them for a monthly club dinner. I used to buy them at Sam’s Club, but they no longer carry them. — Lou S., Galloway Township
Our topics today are two of the most exciting astronomical sights of this or any year. One sight is Mars at the closest, brightest and biggest it has been in 15 years. The other (on the perfect moonlight-free weekend of Aug. 11-12) is the marvelous and powerful Perseid meteor shower. And for…
Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. And thanks in large part to factual anti-smoking campaigns, there are now more ex-smokers than smokers in the United States.
Question: For several generations, our family has owned an unusual circular, cast-iron Christmas tree stand. It is 14 inches in diameter, covered with white glitter and ringed with 10 large poinsettia blossoms, each with a socket for a small, colored flame-type light bulb. “NOMA” is stamped …
Question: The lens of my husband’s “action camera” has a scratch right in the middle. The camera is a nice little Panasonic DMC-ZS3. It has a Leica lens that goes down to an effective 25mm wide angle, and this very wide angle is very useful. He is considering having a repair shop replace or …
Question: I manage a large health clinic that treats thousands of seniors each year, and we have found that patients who come prepared when they visit our doctors are much more satisfied with the care they receive. Can you write a column educating patients on how to prepare for doctor’s appo…
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I was wondering if you know how or where I could sell a mink stole. My mom passed away and I have no use for it. I would appreciate any help you could give me. — Kruvolo
Have you ever felt a surge of energy when faced with a dangerous, fearful or exciting situation?
Question: Your recent column about the Disney Nifty Tea Set reminded me that I own a four-bear Steiff Teddy Bear Tea Party Set. I received it as a child at Christmas during the early 1980s. The bears are in a 5-inch by 12-inch box that resembles an old-fashioned room. They are seated around …
Question: Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply. — Worried Retiree
Dear Franny the Shopaholic: I can not find Wheaties cereal anywhere. Are they still making it? Please help. — BBrks54