Revised On March 6, 2018
BLIND CENTER OF THE JERSEY CAPE NEWS
(A no-fee to participate organization)
MARCH AND APRIL 2018
P.O. Box 624, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609)624-0931 www.blindcenterjerseycape.org
First Methodist Church of Avalon
3344 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday and Thursday
10 AM to 1:30 PM
Congratulations to all our March and April 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!
Thursday, March 1, 12 Noon Bingo
Tuesday, March 6, 12 Noon Tom Celendine, Great Vocalists and Their Music
Thursday, March 8, 12 Noon Technology Experts from Avalon Library
Tuesday, March 13 St. Patrick’s Day Party w/Vocalist Lotti Honer, Accompanied by her Brother on Guitar
Thursday, March 15, 12 Noon John Pekich, Riddles and Jokes
Tuesday, March 20, 12 Noon Janet Gibbins, Arts & Crafts
Thursday, March 22, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing
Tuesday, March 27, 12 Noon June Willis, Music Program
Thursday, March 29 Mario Tobia, Computer and IPhone Lessons
Tuesday, April 3, 12 Noon John Pekich, Riddles & Jokes
Thursday, April 5, 12 Noon Technology Experts from Avalon Library
Tuesday, April 10, 12 Noon Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse and George Wasser discussing Fall Prevention
Thursday, April 12, 12 Noon Bingo
Tuesday, April 17, 12 Noon Bonnie Kratzer, Parish Nurse discussing Fall Prevention
Thursday, April 19, 12 Noon June Willis, Music Program
Tuesday, April 24 BLIND CENTER CLOSED, In-Service Day for Fare Free
Thursday, April 26, 12 Noon Caring and Sharing
(NOTE: Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Carole Donohue with Exercise Program.)
February was technology month at the Blind Center. Popular instructor, Norm Rothstein from Advancing Opportunities came to the Blind Center on two occasions teaching the participants and volunteers the finer points of IPhone usage. In addition Norm explained the use of the group’s IPad so hopefully now the participants can take the group’s IPad with them and practice using it for a week or so in their own home. The IPad in question was given to the Blind Center by the New Jersey State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and each participant may take it home with them and practice what Norm has taught the group.
Mario Tobia, the Blind Center’s long-time computer instructor, also helped the participants with their IPhones and in addition was helpful in explaining several important techniques on the computer.
Technology lessons will continue in March and April with the assistance of technology experts from the Avalon Library. Mario Tobia will continue to visit the Blind Center and impart his extensive knowledge of these important systems to the participants and volunteers of the Blind Center.
On Tuesday, February 13, the Blind Center held its annual Valentine’s Party. Pizza was served and Jim Doran, the group’s favorite guitarist and vocalist provided his patented renditions of many popular songs. He was aided don percussions by long-time associate, Clint Adams. No Blind Center party would be complete without a rousing rendition of “On the Way to Cape May” led by the incomparable, Reggie Lancaster. Volunteer, Lotti Honer, also contributed to the festivities with a rendition of her own providing a glimpse of what to expect at the St. Patrick’s Day party when Lotti will be the vocalist providing a repertoire of Irish songs.
Returning April will be Parish Nurse, Bonnie Kratzer with her lectures on Fall Prevention, a very important subject for the Blind and for Seniors in general. Assisting Bonnie will be former volunteer George Wasser who will assist by explaining the various exercises which help to develop balance and prevent falls.
The Avalon Library has generously agreed to provide further assistance to the Blind Center in its quest to master the technology devices that help provide independence to the blind and visually impaired.
The St. Patrick’s Day Blind Center Party will be held this year on March 13. Volunteer Audrey Emery will prepare an authentic Irish meal with corned beef and the usual accompaniments. Lotti Honer, assisted by her brother on guitar, will provide the entertainment with the rendition of traditional Irish music.
(Answer on last page)
Can you guess what I am?
1. I make people laugh.
2. I celebrated my 30-year anniversary in 2014.
3. I’m set in New York City.
4. I’m popular with critics and the general public.
5. I inspired toys, video games and a theme park attraction.
6. I feature a demonic spirit and a marshmallow man.
7. My main characters investigate paranormal activity…
8. …and ask “who ya gonna call?”
9. My 2016 remake will star Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarty.
10. I am a movie starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.
QUOTES FOR MARCH AND APRIL
“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.”.. Robert Lynd
“Every generation finds it hard to hear what its children need – because its own childhood is still ringing in its ears.”….Ellen Goodman
JOKES FOR MARCH AND APRIL
Paddy was in New York. He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, “Okay, pedestrians.” Then he’d allow the traffic to pass. He’d done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted, “Pedestrians!” For the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, “Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?”
Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, “Pour me a stiff one – just had another fight with the little woman.” “Oh yeah?” said Charlie, “And how did this one end?” “When it was over,” Mike replied, “She came to me on her hands and knees.” “Really,” said Charlie, “Now that’s a switch! What did she say?” She said, “Come out from under the bed, you little chicken!”
A BIT OF CAPE MAY COUNTY HISTORY
Can you really see whales off the Shore of Cape May County? That question would have seemed absurd to early area settlers who made their living through whaling in the Delaware Bay. Many of them came from New England and Long Island, New York. Among them was Hannah Gorham. She was a granddaughter of John Howland. He had sailed to the New World in 1620 on the Mayflower. The 1st settlement in the County was established by these whalers in about 1685 on the Bay’s southern banks. They called it Portsmouth, or New England Village, and later Cape May Town and Town Bank.
Too many whales were killed in too short a time, causing the destruction of the Bay’s whaling industry. Tides, storms and erosion eventually washed the village into the Bay, so that today’s Town Bank is a namesake, and not the original settlement.
As the county’s whaling industry diminished, farming became more popular, and more necessary as a means of survival. Many whalers who had been seasonal farmers during those months when the whales were not in the Bay now depended entirely on the land for their living. Greater numbers of settlers came. Cape May County was formally created in 1692 from land held by the West Jersey Society. In 1726, the 1st census showed a population of 668. Increased trade between Cape May, Philadelphia and Burlington, along with improved transportation, led to the establishment of new towns and villages. The County was divided into 3 precincts in 1723: Upper, Middle and Lower (3 of today’s townships). In 1745, Cape May Court House became the County seat.
Programs & Scheduling: Phil Harrison – Typing & Circulation: Judy Dolan
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