Revised On January 5, 2018

(A no-fee to participate organization)
P.O. Box 624, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609)624-0931


First Methodist Church of Avalon
3344 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202
(609) 967-4204

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Thursday
10 AM to 1:30 PM


Congratulations to all our January and February Birthday participants, volunteers and instructors!


Our prayers and good wishes go out to our fellow participants and volunteers who may be “under the
weather”. Hope you will be feeling well soon!



Tuesday, January 2, 12 Noon John Pekich, Riddles & Jokes

Thursday, January 4, 12 Noon Norm Rothstein, Advancing Opportunities, Lesson on IPad

Tuesday, January 9, 12 Noon Christa Fitzsimmons, CMC Dept. of Aging, Programs Available in CMC

Thursday, January 11 Blind Center Closed

Tuesday, January 16, 12 Noon Tom Celendine, Classic TV Stars

Thursday, January 18 Mario Tobia, IPhone & Computer

Tuesday, January 23, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing

Thursday, January 25 Blind Center Closed

Tuesday, January 30, 12 Noon Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse, Sound Sleeping Habits


Thursday, February 1, 12 Noon Norm Rothstein, Advancing Opportunities, IPad

Tuesday, February 6, 12 Noon John Pekich, Riddles & Jokes

Thursday, February 8 Blind Center Closed

Tuesday, February 13 Valentine Pizza Party with Jim Doran and Clint Adams

Thursday, February 15 Mario Tobia, IPhone and Computer

Tuesday, February 20, 12 Noon Maryann, Bayada Nurses, Laughter as Therapy

Thursday, February 22 Blind Center Closed


Tuesday, February 27, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing

(NOTE: Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Carole Donohue with Exercise Program.)

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.

(Answer on last page)
Can you guess what I am?

1. I’ve got 47 different species.
2. I attract butterflies.
3. I’m sometimes used in cooking as an herb.
4. I belong to the mint family.
5. My oil can be “essential.”
6. I grow in a field.
7. I’m said to have a calming effect on people.
8. I share my name with a color.
9. I’m known for my scent.
10. I’m partial to shades of purple.


“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”…………..T.S. Eliot

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ……Charles Ketting


A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table she turned to her six year old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?” “I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied. “Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

A father was at the beach with his children when the four year old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand…”Daddy, what happened to him?” the son asked. “He died and went to Heaven,” the dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, “Did God throw him back down?”



Woodbine and Whitesboro were established to settle specific groups of people.

Whitesboro: The founder of Whitesboro, George White was a Congressman from North Carolina and served two terms in the House of Representatives, 1897-1901. In 1901 White purchased 1,700 acres of land from Congressman Robert Hand, from South Jersey, in order to establish a community that would attract people to come to the North for educational and business opportunities. Although his vision was never completely realized, families such as the Spauldings, Grahams, Blanks and Mitchells trace their history back to North Carolina.

Woodbine and the Jewish Community: In 1891, the Trustees of the Baron De Hirsch Fund purchased 5,300 undeveloped acres. Baron De Hirsch was a French industrialist and banker who wanted to assist the Russian Jews and establish agricultural colonies in North and South America. In addition to farming produce and raising poultry, the Woodbine economy was supplemented by the numerous factories that had moved in the cities.

The Woodbine Agricultural School was opened in 1897 in order to provide scientific and agricultural studies. The school produced world renowned scientists and doctors. Dr. Selman Waksman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1952 for his discovery of streptomycin (effective against tuberculosis). He is considered the father of microbiology. Although the school closed in 1917, the State opened the Woodbine Development Center on the site in 1921.

Until World War II, Woodbine was the Shopping center of Cape May County, yet the first and second generations of Woodbine families did not remain. Many of them went to the cities to be educated or to become business men and did not return.

Programs & Scheduling: Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan
(I am Lavender)