Revised on January 5, 2018

We are sad to announce the closing of the Pudgie Pelican, Ron Griffin’s restaurant on the corner of Dune Drive and 33rd Street in Avalon. Ron for many years has been a good friend of the Blind Center. We have traditionally had our fundraising breakfast in April at Ron’s Pudgie Pelican. Ron always proudly prepared his home style breakfast for the Blind Center customers. The breakfast has always been successful both as a great meal and as a fundraiser for the Blind Center. For many years we have held a Thanksgiving luncheon at the restaurant with turkey and all the trimmings. This year our Anniversary Luncheon was also held at the Pudgie Pelican. Ron closed the restaurant permanently on Sunday, December 10. Ron and his staff will be sorely missed by the volunteers and participants of the Blind Center. Ron and his staff have served the Blind Center faithfully these past years. We wish Ron, his family and his staff the best in the New Year and we hope to see him in Avalon as perhaps a visitor to the Blind Center.

On Thursday, December 14, the Blind Center held a Christmas luncheon at the Avalon Links Restaurant located in the Avalon Golf Club. Rich Chimingo of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts gave the assembled participants, volunteers and friends of the Blind Center a very interesting talk about the origins of Christmas music with appropriate selections from the topic being discussed. Subsequently the restaurant staff provided a delicious lunch for the group. The outing was financed by a generous grant from the Avalon Lions Club.

The Blind Center will scale back its meeting days during January and February. We will meet every Tuesday during this period, but only every other Thursday. In January and February, the Blind Center will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month (see schedule included herein). The Thursdays in January and February will be dedicated to technology lessons. Long time technology instructor, Mario Tobia, will lead many of the sessions. However, all participants are invited and those not participating in the technology sessions will be entertained by playing various games with our usual prizes. If you have any questions concerning the schedule, please call Phil Harrison at 609-382-5987.

On Tuesday, January 9, the Blind Center will welcome Christa Fitzsimmons, CMC Office of Aging and Disability Services, to discuss the various programs available to our participants through her office.

On Tuesday, January 30, Parish Nurse Bonnie Kratzer returns to the Blind Center to discuss how to obtain a sound sleep each night.

Maryann, Bayada Nurses, will entertain the group on Tuesday, February 20 by explaining how laughter can be effective therapy.


Some familiar faces, John Pekich and Tom Celendine, will appear on Tuesday, January 2 and February 6, and January 16 respectively.

The Blind Center’s annual Valentine’s Day Pizza Party will be held this year on Tuesday, February 13. Once again, guitarist and vocalist, Jim Doran, and Clint Adams on bongos, will be entertaining the participants and volunteers of the Blind Center.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Blind Center participants, volunteers, instructors and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone after the Holiday Season.